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WCH hit by thefts Students’ property stolen over break ELIZABETH DICESARE CAMPUS NEWS EDITOR

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A new shade of purple Former Western QB named Laurier head coach; Pyear out as offensive coordinator JUSTIN FAUTEUX EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Four years ago, Laurier football supporters would have greeted Michael Faulds with anything but applause. But on Tuesday afternoon Faulds was the man of the hour as the former Western Mustangs star, was introduced as the new head coach and manager of football operations at Laurier. This will be the first head coaching gig for the 29-year-old Faulds, who just four years ago was setting passing records for Western. As a player, Faulds is one of the best to play quarterback in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) history, holding the all-time passing yardage record with 10,811 career yards. As a coach, he’s only been a part of three career CIS wins since taking over as offensive coordinator of the York Lions, a team that has gone 0-8, 1-7 and 2-6 in the past three years. However, Faulds is credited with the dramatic improvement in the Lions’ offence going from 26th to 6th in the

nation in yards per game between 2011 and 2012. Admittedly an inexperienced coach, Faulds didn’t shy away from questions about his age. “The passport doesn’t lie; I am 29 years old,” he said. “I am a firsttime head coach, I didn’t lie on my resume either… But in my 29 years, no one has been more entrenched in the sport of football than me.” In taking over the Golden Hawks, Faulds steps into a potentially delicate situation. He will be replacing Gary Jeffries, who stepped down in November following the team’s 3-5 season, the worst in his ten-year span as head coach. Jeffries gained a large following of supporters in his nearly 40 years with the program, but Faulds isn’t worried about following the wellentrenched coach. “He has big shoes to fill. But I’m not trying to fill those shoes,” said Faulds. “Gary Jeffries has his own legacy just like every other coach that’s been a part of this great program. I’m trying to be coach Faulds.” The hiring of Faulds also spells

the end of Ryan Pyear’s 11-year tenure at Laurier. Pyear — who played at Laurier from 2001-05 and led the Hawks to their 2005 Vanier Cup win — took over as the team’s offensive coordinator almost immediately after graduating. On Tuesday, the WLU athletics department confirmed that Pyear was “no longer working with the program.” Laurier’s offence struggled for much of Pyear’s time as offensive coordinator, hitting a low point in 2012. The team finished second-last in the entire country in points per game, averaging just 13.6, as rookie Travis Eman and veteran back-up Steve Fantham struggled behind an offensive line comprised almost exclusively of first- and second-year players. So clearly, fixing the offence is priority number one for Faulds, who will take over offensive play calling duties. “I’m going to install a new offence. My first meeting yesterday was with the whole team, afterwards I got the offence to stay

“It’s my job to bring back that excitement.”

—Michael Faulds, new Laurier head coach on his goals in the position

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Inside Idle No More spreads

Fall sports: in review

Examining the complex issues covered by the growing Idle No More movement

The Cord Sports staff assess the performances of Laurier’s fall varsity teams

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Sports, page 16

After returning from the winter break, some first-year students living in Waterloo College Hall (WCH) had a rude awakening. Upon moving back into their rooms, some noticed that some personal items, as well as furniture from their lounge, had been stolen. The reports of stolen items began trickling in Sunday afternoon after the students began moving back in and were quickly directed to Special Constable Services. Special Constables, however, declined to make a comment to The Cord. In an e-mail to The Cord, Kevin Crowley, the director of communications and public affairs at Laurier, explained that the school is aware of the thefts and is working towards resolving the issue. However, in his e-mail he explained that because “the thefts are the subject of a police investigation, that’s about all we can say at the moment.” Sheldon Pereira, manager: residence life at WLU, was able to give more insight regarding the incident. He explained that the majority of reports were for small, personal items, and the Residence Life Dons directed their students to Special Constables. “Since then, the police reports have continued to develop, and the investigation has continued to develop as we try to figure out exactly what happened,” he explained. “At this point we do have some information as to what was found when the students returned to the rooms, but I can’t speak to the ongoing investigation.” For the time being, however, some students of WCH feel uncomfortable within their residence, and want the school to do more with regards to student safety. Bethany Bowles, a first-year living in WCH, expressed how she now feels at risk within her living arrangement. Campus, page 4


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THE CORD • WEDNESDAY,JANUARY 9, 2013

NEWS

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Region looks to public for LRT name The $818-million project will be named after the public is consulted on possible names: Ion, Trio and Arc ALANNA FAIREY

“We will be going to the public with the shortlist of names, get their feedback and then we will go back to council with recommendations ...”

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Waterloo Region’s Light Rail Transit (LRT) is going to be named soon, with three potential names that will be determined by the public: Trio, Arc and Ion. Back in November, Waterloo Region was accepting requests from developers to determine who will design the $818-million project. Thomas Schmidt, the commissioner of transportation and environmental services, is currently overseeing the report along with the Region of Waterloo officials. The report still requires time and a plethora of supplementary discussions by both the public and the regional officials, but Schmidt ensures that the negotiations between the Region and Bombardier, the developer chosen to produce the trains, are still underway and are going smoothly. “The process in the report is still being followed and Region staff continue negotiations with Bombardier,” Schmidt informed. “Negotiations are going well and it is anticipated that an agreement will be reached shortly at which point a report will be presented to Regional Council for their approval.” Now, the Region of Waterloo officials and Quarry Integrated Communications Inc. are working together to propose three names for the rapid transit system. The names are not arbitrary, as they all have significant representation. According to Sarah Harwood, vice-president of Quarry Communications Inc., Ion symbolizes the electrical charge, playing on the

—Darshpreet Bhatti, director of rapid transit at the Region of Waterloo

STEPHANIE TRUONG GRAPHICS EDITOR

A team was hired by the Region of Waterloo has come up with a shortlist of names: Trio, Ion and Arc.

notion that the transit is always on the move. Arc is rounded like the proposed rapid transit route and represents a prolongation of transit in the region. Trio represents people working together with inventive and harmonious implications. The name will be determined through a series of public consultations. According to Darshpreet Bhatti, the director of rapid transit at the Region of Waterloo, this is significant since public involvement is essential to the program. “We have a full public program that will be starting soon,” Bhatti

said. “We will be going to the public with the shortlist of the names, get their feedback and then we will go back to council with recommendations in terms of the preference from the public and then we will move forward with one.” Three separate public conference sessions for the proposed names will be taking place before making a final decision, which is to be announced at the end of February. Once the public has selected a name, construction is intended to begin next summer. According to Bhatti, the Region’s

Savings found in agreement JUSTIN SMIRLIES NEWS DIRECTOR

In a recent cost-analysis conducted by Wilfrid Laurier University, the institution has found that Fall 2012 course pack costs have decreased, on average, by about 50 per cent, or $0.17 per page, from the cost of course packs in Fall 2011. This is largely due to the agreement the university signed with Access Copyright last June. Instead of a point-of-sale cost of $0.10 a page for course packs, the current agreement charges students a full-time equivalent (FTE) fee of $26 for five courses, $5.20 of which is covered by the university. The original estimate in savings under this new agreement was only 30 to 35 per cent with the FTE included. However, course pack for BU 447 that was priced at $41.95 for the Fall 2011 semester fell to $21.95 in Fall 2012. “We’re pleasantly surprised, we were a little skeptical as to exactly what the impact of the Access Copyright arrangement was going to be,” said Chris Walker, the vicepresident: university affairs at the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union. The new agreement has faced some criticism in the past for the upfront fee of $20.80, since the originally average students paid for copyright under the original framework was $15-18. For this framework, however, a student will have to pay this fee even if their classes do not use course packs. “Students who are purchasing a lot of course packs are saving a lot of money. Students who aren’t purchasing course packs are being

charged more. That’s another potential problem with the current arrangement,” explained Walker. The current agreement with Access Copyright expires in 2015 and Walker noted that the university should discuss whether or not Access Copyright should still be an option for the university. “There’s still on-going follow-up that needs to happen with respect to when 2015 comes around and the agreement expires. Is Access Copyright still going to be the right agreement for us or do we encourage the university to go in a different direction?” continued Walker, adding that online content has been somewhat problematic under the agreement. While undergraduate students may be saving money on course packs, graduate students don’t share the same luxury. According to Domenica De Pasquale, the academic and research director for the Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Students Association (GSA), the new agreement doesn’t benefit graduate students because many graduate courses don’t have course packs. “Those ones [course packs], fortunately, did decrease a bit. However, there is not enough savings to justify the cost [of the FTE] for all graduate students,” said De Pasquale, noting that graduate students still pay the $20.80 FTE. Graduates students used to only pay $5.10 a semester for copyright. “We’re trying to strategize ways in which we can see that payment received in others ways, such as increasing the number of publications we have access too, for example,” she added. Mike Zybala, the associate

director of retail services/systems at the Bookstore, explained that with this cost analysis faculty might be more willing to use course packs, something that has declined in use the past few years. “Now with that agreement, I’m thinking we’re going to be seeing a bit of an increase [in use of course packs],” he said. “I think it’s an alternative to a student buying three, four or five books for course. It gives the faculty some flexibility to kind of customize the course content.” As well, professors have begun consolidating course packs for similar courses or classes that have multiple parts. “We were worried that printing costs and other costs associated with course pack material with offset the saving … but that didn’t prove to be the case,” added Walker. He also noted that if students were told to buy course materials at an external business such as Kinko’s they were actually paying more in copyright since they had to pay the upfront fee regardless. “Due to the way the costing works out it’s far cheaper for the student to actually purchase it at the Bookstore,” he said.

Examples of price change: PO 217: Old price (2011): $66.95 New price (2012): $23.95 CS 212: Old price (2011): $66.95 New price (2012): $32.95

use of public consultations is on schedule and the expected changes will be made as soon as they are legitimized. “[The Waterloo Region officials] have always identified with this timeline,” Bhatti reassured. “We have the public consultations coming up and we are on schedule for that, and I don’t see a reason why we wouldn’t implement this model in 2014.” Harwood shared that the narrowing down of the three contending names came with its own prolonged development. Harwood explained that there

were more than three names that were considered. “We had a foundation of work to inspire our thinking and then we moved into a brainstorming,” Harwood shared. “We heard from citizens and from those at the spine of the community, delving into the history and characteristics that the people told us about the community that were collaborative. We ended up generating over 300 names.” Harwood shared that Quarry Communications Inc. were able to narrow down the three names based on if the names were meaningful and able to work with the technology. Though the process of elimination brought them to the top three names, there are still other factors that must be considered. “The explorations around font and logo colours and how the name will look on the station stop are a part of the contract that is needed to be done with the region,” Harwood concluded.


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THE CORD • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2013

CAMPUS

Campus News Editor Elizabeth DiCesare edicesare@thecord.ca

Student expresses concerns about living in residence —cover STEPH TRUONG GRAPHICS EDITOR

First-year experience to be reviewed by task force MARISSA EVANS LEAD REPORTER

In the coming months the first-year experience of students at Wilfrid Laurier University will be undergoing a detailed review by a task force, which will aim to bring a more comprehensive approach to considering the experience the university creates for first-year students. Struck in mid-December, the task force is co-chaired by David McMurray, vice president of student affairs, and Deborah MacLatchy, vice president: academic and provost. Comprised of 27 members drawn from various factions of the university, the task force held its first meeting before the holidays. “We’ve talked about doing this for a couple years,” McMurray explained. “There’s always been a concentrated effort on parts of the firstyear experience, but never something as comprehensive as this.” Two goals have been established to guide the task force, one being

academic, integration and success, and the other success with regards to personal transition. After looking at the different aspects of the first-year experience in alignment with the goals and principles set out by the task force, recommendations will be brought to WLU’s senate and the board of governors. “A big part of what we’re going to do as a task force is not only look at what we’re doing, but also look at what best practices are happening at other universities,” said MacLatchy. “A lot of it will be looking as well at some statistics.” Both MacLatchy and McMurray discussed the role students will have as part of the review, beyond their representation on the task force. “We’re planning on communicating to the campus community at large and asking for feedback as the work proceeds,” said McMurray. “We want to engage students and all members of the community and the external community to some extent in what we want to try to do.”

Michael Onabolu, president and CEO of the Wilfrid Laurier Universit Students’ Union, also emphasized the importance of involving firstyear students in the process as he explained that “their feedback will be instrumental in helping to shape what the strategy looks like.” All three confirmed that the task force will also be contributing to the discussion surrounding the possibility of fall reading days that were discussed this past fall. “It’s obviously not the entire thing, but it’s a component of it,” commented Onabolu. As for their long term hopes for the task force, MacLatchy said she hopes to see retention rates increase, and for students to come to Laurier because of “how we approach the first-year transition and student success.” “If we accomplish the two goals, to focus on academic success and personal transition, I think that will ultimately say it all,” McMurray concluded.

“I was expecting some sort of security [before moving in] but we don’t have that whatsoever,” she said. “There’s the odd Special Constable that drives by, but they’re not really protecting you in your building.” She also explained that upon returning back to residence, the other students on her floor discovered that both couches from their lounge, along with a flat-screen television brought in by a fellow student, had been stolen. “[That] would have meant they would have had to have a truck out front or some sort of large vehicle to put the couches in, which is really strange,” she continued. However, the most suspicious aspect of the event, according to Bowles, was that the students who had items taken from their rooms didn’t immediately suspect anything, because when they returned their doors were still locked. “So [we] think the person that broke in has a master key,” she said.

“They just tell us to lock our doors, but if they [people breaking in] have a master key, then what good is that?” Pereira also explained that as of now, the Residence Life staff has not implemented any further security measures, and will not do so until they know the full extent of the event. “I don’t know exactly how these thefts happened or the methodology that was used in facilitating them, what I can say is that students at Waterloo College Hall have swipe access to the building to get them in to the first set of doors, a key to their bedroom, a key to the lounge and a key to their mailbox,” said Pereira. “So a non-criminal would be able to get into the building by using their card and then using their key.” “We’re pretty confident in the level and degree of safety and security that we offer to our first-year residences, because we feel a sense of accountability to them to make sure they are safe and comfortable as well,” he concluded.

“There’s the odd Special Constable that drives by, but they’re not really protecting you in your building.” —Bethany Bowles, first-year living in WCH

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The filtered water refill stations on campus were out of order from the end of September until the break between semesters, when they were said to have been repaired. The filtered water refill stations are a recent addition to the Wilfrid Laurier University campus with the intended purpose of reducing the waste of water bottles as well as providing the student and faculty with filtered drinking water. The reasons why it took so long for the water refill stations to be repaired was explained by Chris Walker, vice-president of university affairs at the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union. “The units as an entirety weren’t Canada Safety Standards Association (CSA) compliant,” explained Walker. “What we had to do, was work with Water Fills, the company that builds the machine; they had to be

inspected, then schematics were drawn up [and] the company had to develop a new part, then install it to the systems, so the period of that took a considerable amount of time.” Students were bothered by the lack of water fill stations during the time it took to repair the stations. Alex Krawecki, a fourth-year student, noted this and said, “It was very inconvenient.” However, not all students were inconvenienced while the water fill stations were out of order, and were not concerned by the lack of water refill stations. Dan Graziotto, a third-year student at WLU, said that he was aware that the water stations were broken because of signs in the Concourse which indicated that the water stations were not working, but it did not affect him. “I don’t bring a reusable water bottle to school,” said Graziotto. “So the fact that they were broken didn’t affect me in ways other students

would have experienced.” Walker also spoke to The Cord regarding the concerns of students as to why it took so long for the water refill stations to be repaired. The water fill stations are now working and compliant with the CSA regulations. There is now filtered drinking water accessible to students on campus from the water fill stations. Students were able to voice their concerns about the water fill stations through Fix My Laurier. “We saw a lot of feedback through Fix My Laurier, so there defiantly was a response from students who wanted to use the free water fill stations,” said Walker. The concern of the students resulted in the repair of most of the water fill stations, but The Cord found that the water station in the science building is still out of order. However, WLUSU is still planning to increase the amount of water stations on campus, especially in high traffic areas.


THE CORD • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2013

CAMPUS

WLU enjoys a longer break

Healthy choices for kids

This winter break gave students and staff more time to relax between their classes

JAMES SHIN

JENNIFER ARMEL

STAFF WRITER

Parenting is certainly no easy task: the innumerable number of lifestyle choices to be made for the child can easily become dizzying. As a mother, Linda Quirke, a sociology professor at Wilfrid Laurier University understands and researches this. Quirke’s current, on going research involves reviewing every Today’s Parent issue — a popular parenting magazine — from 1984 to 2012 and examining articles on topics related to childhood obesity, physical activity and leisure time. “I’m interested how parenting has or hasn’t shifted over time,” said Quirke. She is hoping that the comparison in content across the different periods will give light to just that. Although still in the early stages of her review, Quirke has already come across some notable patterns in parenting advice, especially in regards to childhood obesity. “I’ve looked at the nineties and what advice is out there for parents in respect to childhood obesity and then I compared that with the last three years, and the discussion of childhood obesity is quite different,” explained Quirke. “It changes and shifts a lot between the nineties.” One big difference she found was the way obesity was talked about. In the 1980s and 1990s, obesity was discussed more in relation to protecting the child’s self esteem. “[People would say,] ‘The world is a cruel place and people tease

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CURTOSEY OF LINDA QUIRKE

Quirke looks at parenting methods that combat obesity in children.

kids who are overweight so this is how you want to position your discussion with your child about their health.’” Therefore, articles advised parents to simply maintain their child’s weight and not overfeed them so they don’t feel bad about themselves. In contrast, over the past three years, obesity was discussed more in terms of the health of the child and the healthiness of their diet. There was significantly more microanalysis of the inherent qualities of the all the foods being eaten and advice tended to be much more scrutinizing and specific. “This has too much salt. This has too much sugar. Food is positioned in a slightly more sinister way,” said Quirke. “So parents are in an almost impossible position because they have to make these decisions in a

practical way daily.” Another notable difference Quirke discovered was who the articles on obesity were directed at. In the past, these articles and advice were mainly written for parents of overweight children. In recent years, however, they are directed at any and every parent whether their child is overweight or perfectly healthy. “Obesity is [now] seen as something to be avoided, even if your child isn’t overweight,” explained Quirke. “It’s still positioned as something you need to be very vigilant about because it’s a risk to every child.” Quirke’s research is still in progress and will also be examining other topics such as kids’ physical activities, leisure time and safety and danger. She anticipates it to be completed in the next year or so.

Unlike the past few years, students, staff and faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University are returning back to campus later than in past years, as we had an unusually long break this year. Although scrutinized in previous years, the office of the registrar is still maintaining that the later start date in January of this year and the earlier date in January 2012 were due to guidelines set out by Laurier’s senate. At the beginning of each year, in this case on Nov. 23, the senate produces guidelines for academic dates for the following year. The 20132014 academic dates have already been established. For example, in fall of 2013, students will be coming back to school on September 9 and on January 6 for the winter semester. For constructing these academic dates the senate uses ten guidelines. The most basic aspect of these guidelines outline that “the start date for the fall term be the Monday following Labour Day [and] ... the winter term Reading Week is the week containing the third Monday in February,” Darling explained, adding how these guidelines dictate the university’s academic calendar and affect the length of breaks. “There are guidelines for setting academic dates that dictate these things [longer breaks],” said Darling. “It is really out of my control as to how these things are set.”

Despite the complaints last year, many Laurier students and staff were pleased with the longer break this year. Ali Berish, a third year Laurier student enjoyed having more time off. “It allowed me to do everything I wanted to do,” she explained. However, she says that she has heard mixed feelings regarding the longer break. “Some people got bored during the holidays, so I could see why they would go back sooner and see their friends in Waterloo,” she continued. Barbara Carmichael, a WLU professor, also believes the longer break is good for students. “The longer break might work well for students – one more week to work to earn fees,” she expressed. Geoffrey Stevens, another WLU professor, echoed Carmichael’s comments. “One, [it] gives me time to prepare for the term and two it coincides with the high school schedule,” he said. This makes it easier for staff with children in those years to plan holidays and allows many university students with younger siblings to travel with them. Whatever the reasons may be, the consensus seems to be that the longer break this year was much appreciated by staff, faculty and students. Although there are several senate guidelines the registrar upholds, the majority of semester schedules are based on “how the calendar falls,” Darling concluded.

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THE CORD • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2013

LOCAL Communitech startup seeks to aid journalists Local Editor Lindsay Purchase lpurchase@thecord.ca

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Innovation is of the utmost importance at Kitchener’s Tannery District. Hundreds of startups work out of Communitech, the Laurier Launchpad and UW Velocity — all located in the refurbished Lang Tannery building located at Charles St. and Victoria — to turn their vision into reality. Located in the UW Velocity Garage, entrepreneurs Stavros Rougas and Ebrahim Ashrafizadeh are creating an online platform for journalists and specialists to connect that is fast and convenient. Mediaspotme.com is a resource for journalists to find media-ready specialists and for specialists to share their knowledge with a broader audience. For Rougas and Ashrafizadeh, innovation begins in media at the content creation stage. “How do you create quality content?” Rougas asked. “There’s more content than there ever was, so the question is how do you create content in a way that is feasible and ongoing? You need to do it in a kind of more pointed manner. And this [mediaspotme.com] basically helps

people create content.” The digital revolution has shifted the control in journalism from the executives and owners of established distribution channels (publications, television channels, radio companies), to individuals making creative, interesting content. Though the traditional media industry is historically resistant to change, new media, specifically the internet, has completely redefined who we can call, “journalist.” According to Rougas, by eliminating all barriers to entry, everyone and anyone can be a journalist. “The word journalism which we use, well what does it mean? It’s producing stuff,” he said. Rougas sees room for both traditional media and the new, citizen journalists who are reporting via blogs or Twitter. “Are they doing it on the side or if someone’s got a great blog and they’re more narrow? You get into more specific kind of niche areas, but you really know your stuff in an area. So you’re kind of moving beyond this idea of journalism,” he added. Rougas has an extensive background in traditional media himself. As a former television producer for

TVO, he acknowledges and sympathizes with the journalist who must become an expert in everything instantly. “Let’s deal with some of the pain points of a journalist,” he said. “Try to satisfy that, instead of trying to satisfy some sort of public relations need.” Working from offices in both Toronto and Waterloo, the co-founders utilize all the resources these two areas of Southern Ontario offer. Rougas explained that between Toronto and Waterloo Region, they have all the technology and media they need. “You’ve got all this great technology, great engineers, a certain core. On the other hand, on the media side, English Canadian media is based in Toronto,” he said. “There’s not much here on that front.” These entrepreneurs draw on the expertise of two distinct regions of Southern Ontario to create a product that will deliver. Launching a beta test in the coming months, Rougas hopes mediaspotme.com will be at the forefront of media innovation. “There’s no money in making stuff,” noted Rougas, “So I’m trying to facilitate.”

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Stavros Rougas explains his new project, mediaspotme.com.

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Local couple Taylor Jackson and Lindsay Coulter have launched a branding website that hopes to help local charities while also promoting small businesses. The initiative, called The Niyama Project, endorses local small businesses with the couple’s marketing services, like blogging or video. The products are sold online with a large portion of the proceeds going to a local charity. “I think a lot of small businesses are trying to market themselves like they are big businesses,” Coulter explained. “We’re just trying to tell the story about the people behind the business, what their products are, what their services are.” The project was inspired by Jackson and Coulter’s previous struggles to market their own small businesses from a lack of funds and a desire to share their businesses’ story to the world. Coulter explained that she and Jackson use an alternative method of payment for their services, opting for inclined payments, a modernized use of imbursement. “Rather than giving us cash and a cheque, [the small businesses] can pay for their marketing products in their own marketing products and services,” Coulter explained. By creating this website, the couple hope to help small businesses become more detectable on the Internet. “When people search for local businesses on the Internet, their websites will pop a little bit closer and then they can view their website and it raises their recognition up,” Jackson explained. The public has seemed to responded well to this project. After gaining some recognition for their

“I think a lot of small businesses are trying to market themselves like they are big businesses.”

—Lindsay Coulter, co-founder of The Niyama Project

work, Coulter and Jackson had been approached by several small businesses and self-employed workers who are interested in their help and associations. “My inbox was flooded from people from businesses such as Inkjet, a winemaker who works from home and freelancers from their homes who want to be a part of the project,” Coulter shared. “You don’t remember why you went into a store, but at least you heard about it, so there’s some social credibility there,” Jackson added. Coulter and Jackson are currently promoting Nutrition for Learning, a community association that assists students in gaining a proper education by guaranteeing they are fed throughout the day at school. The two hope to promote other Waterloo-based charities in the future. “I think one thing that we’re looking for is a local charity that doesn’t always look at the negative and sad stories around the city,” Coulter said. “We ultimately want to promote and filter something that goes back to the community.”


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NatioNal

National Editor Lindsay Purchase lpurchase@thecord.ca

Idle No More goes nationwide H.G. WaTson ccE EDitoR-iN-chiEf

On a cold, windy day in late December, approximately 30 people are gathered at the Speaker’s Corner at King and Frederick Streets in Kitchener. They’re intently listening to a blessing led by a local First Nations leader. Drums beat along as he passionately tells the crowd what Idle No More is about. “[People] want to know what our people are fighting for.” The chill is most keenly felt by Miigizi Miigwan Kwe, one of the organizers of the protest. For the past 15 or so hours she has gone hungry, staging her own 24-hour hunger strike in support of Chief Theresa Spence, the headline-making leader of Attawapitkat First Nation in Northern Ontario. Kwe spent the night in front of Kitchener City Hall, hoping to bring attention to a protest movement that has captured the attention of Waterloo Region and the rest of Canada. “We had a bit of ignorance last night with people yelling profanities from cars … if we can get out and tell people what’s going on maybe they’ll listen.” Since the Idle No More hashtag sprang up on Twitter feeds nationally in early December, Canada has found itself in the midst of another mass protest movement just months after the climax of the Maple Spring. Rooted in protest against proposed amendments to the Indian Act, the Navigation Protection Act and the Environmental Assessment Act, the movement has come to represent resistance to what First Nations see

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Protests started in November as a reaction against mistreatment of treaty rights for Indigenous people.

as the many injustices against their community. On a much warmer day in January, Kandice Baptiste is overseeing the weekly soup lunch at the Aboriginal Student Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University. As the university’s Aboriginal student recruitment and retention officer, her job runs the gamut of possible problems an Aboriginal student may face on campus, from academic problems to homesickness. “The biggest challenge that they face is culture shock — they don’t

see themselves reflected here,” she said. The lone Aboriginal student in a class may be singled out to speak for all First Nations people— a daunting task, considering the number of bands and people right across the country. It’s a problem that’s reflected in the media portrayal of Idle No More and the First Nations community at large. Four Saskatchewan First Nations women coined Idle No More when they decided to protest Bill C-45, a bill that would, amongst

many other changes, get rid of waterways protections for 99 per cent of Canadian lakes and rivers and change the terms under which bands can surrender treaty territory. But as Idle No More began to make waves on social media networks, it came to mean many things to many people. “For on-reserve people they would say it’s a lot about land surrender and their treaty rights,” said Baptiste. Human rights, environmental rights and democratic rights are all on the table.

It makes sense then, that Idle No More has gained comparisons to the Occupy movement, another farreaching protest that encompassed several issues. Both have made use of social media to bring their message to the masses. “What is amazing about Idle No More is that there are thousands of people on Twitter and Facebook that read these articles and respond in unique and intelligent ways,” said Hayden King, a lecturer at McMaster University specializing in the representation of Indigenous peoples in media. For him, media that once may have gotten away with stereotyping the movement, are now being held accountable by the citizens monitoring the Fourth Estate via Twitter and Facebook. The comparisons to Occupy do not end at the use of social media. Idle No More claims no leadership. Individual communities and organizers are free to protest as they wish and when they wish. Yet more organized days of protest have come about. On Jan. 11 the first international Idle No More day of protest is being promoted, which speaks to the reach these three little words have. King believes that Idle No More also sets itself apart from activism of the past in tone, which he calls “spontaneous, celebratory and welcoming.” Baptiste views Idle No More as a positive movement. “I read once that our protests are really gifts … that our creators gave to us to perform so by doing them we’re gifting Canadians with our ceremonies and dances,” she said.

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FEATURES

Features Editor Colleen Connolly cconnolly@thecord.ca

Gain knowledge, lose weight Weight loss is the leading New Year’s resolution of modern day. But in an era of instant gratifications the vast majority do not educate themselves on how to achieve more timely but lasting results. Features Editor Colleen Connolly seeks out the information required for taking a proper approach When a new page is turned on the calendar, it feels as though a new page has been turned in the lives of those wishing to better themselves. According to the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology, 45 per cent of Americans make a New Year’s resolution and the most common of 2012 was to lose weight. However, only a discouraging 8 per cent were actually successful in achieving their goals. “I think maybe it’s because people wanted fast results and didn’t realize that it was something that they should just adopt for the rest of their life,” said certified nutrition practitioner Charlene Galloway. Galloway graduated from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Mississauga, Ontario during early 2009 with first class honors and currently works as a nutrition consultant at Willow Lane Natural Foods in Acton, Ontario. “In our current society we can get things so quickly,” added Galloway. “And I think the problem is that a lot of people don’t realize that their own bodies are not instant, that it takes time and it takes some effort. But people want instant results so within four weeks of going to the gym if they are not dropping the weight they wanted to drop then they just get frustrated.” A further problem may be that those willing to make a serious commitment to their resolutions are not focusing their efforts productively. Even with five weeks or even ten weeks at the gym, exercise is not enough for someone looking to lose weight in a healthy and sustainable manner. The best way to make a lasting change is to get informed as to how weight loss works in the body and the foods we eat play a very large role in that process. “The simplest explanation [of weight loss] is a mathematical calculation of calories in and calories burned and most people will use that only,” said Galloway. “But if you said ‘I’m only going to eat 1,500 calories a day’ there would be a very bad way of doing it and you would never lose any weight and there would be very good ways.” The kinds of calories we consume matter a great deal because different kinds of food have different effects on our bodies, but they all serve a purpose. By understanding that purpose, it becomes easier to consume them in a manner that is advantageous for our health. “Glucose is the fundamental building block your body needs, it’s just that you can give it too much,” stressed Galloway. Glucose, or sugar, is essentially body fuel. Our bodies turn most of what we eat into glucose in order for them to run but if they are receiving more than what is required, it gets stored as fat. However, if there is

less intake than what is required the body will then take from these reserves and that’s how we burn fat. “A lot of people are afraid of fat and they shouldn’t be,” Galloway said. “The real villain is sugar and things that turn into sugar very quickly.” Foods that turn into sugar fast are called simple carbohydrates which the body digests quickly, giving it the sugar it needs but leaving us hungry. These types of food assist with weight gain because we end up eating more and getting too much glucose. Complex carbohydrates, however, break down slowly, giving the body a steady flow of sugar and keeping our hunger in check. Galloway suggested that a good way to monitor weight is to eat simple carbs throughout the day when the body can use their sugar and keep to eating complex carbs at night. Another trick is to eat a lot of foods that break down the toxins in our body, like those high in fiber. “What your body does is: if there’s a lot of toxins in your body it’s going to build interior fat around your organs to protect them, it’s going to protect your organs from the toxins that are circulating in your body and that’s why people start to expand,” said Galloway. “So if you start to get rid of the toxins then that fat can go away because it’s not needed anymore.” There are certain cleanse diets that can benefit your health in this way, but many are not only detrimental to our health, but unsustainable. Dieting, which drastically reduces our food intake altogether instead of increasing the intake of better foods, deprives us of essential nutrients and makes our body more susceptible to weight gain in the long run. “When you go on a severely low-calorie diet, your body slows down, your metabolism slows down. Your body thinks it’s in starvation and the human body is supposed to slow down in times of famine,” said Galloway. “When there’s lots of food and you eat more you have a lot more energy and your metabolism works faster. So people that do a lot of this yo-yo dieting, their metabolism just gets slower and slower.” Again, it all comes down to eating the right foods. But these days it can be hard to decipher between the good and the bad with so much of our food undergoing unhealthy processes before ending up in our kitchens. “Processed food, food that has all the nutrients taken out of it, food that has had too many additives in it, food that were raised being sprayed with poison, toxic herbicides, pesticides,” listed Galloway, trailing off with a sigh. “The closer a person can get to naturally raised food; vegetables and chicken and beef and everything then the higher quality proteins and fats and

“A lot of people are afraid of fat and they shouldn’t be... the real villain is sugar and things that turn into sugar very quickly” —Charlene Galloway, nutrition consultant

carbohydrates they’re going to be putting into their body.” Living in Waterloo presents the advantage of being near the St. Jacobs market where many farmers sell all natural foods year round, but even buying basic foods to cook with at the grocery store is beneficial as opposed to those that are pre-made and packaged. “Most foods that are sold in grocery stores have to have enough preservatives so that food doesn’t go bad on the shelf and a lot of foods have too many preservatives in it because the manufactures want the shelf life to be very long,” Galloway explained. Although these types of foods can often be more time efficient, especially when dealing with a university work load, they don’t always serve a student’s bank account as much as we generally assume. Not only do these foods often cost more due to packaging and shipment on the short term but they will end up costing us on the long term as well, in more ways than one. “Some people believe that it costs too much money to be healthy and it doesn’t because the really good food has nutrients in it. If you’re eating food with no nutrients your body is still looking for that and its going to ask for more food. That’s how people get fat,” said Galloway. “So if you get really good quality food you eat less, and that costs less.” In general, there is no such thing as a quick fix for weight loss. So many of the things we do with this mindset are short lived and ultimately unbeneficial. The only way to keep that New Year’s resolution of getting healthy is to get informed. “Become familiar with what healthy food is versus junk food,” advised Galloway. “The type of food that you eat is going to give you life-long success.”

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Arts

Arts Editor Cristina Almudevar calmudevar@thecord.ca

The Cord presents: A compilation of a few upcoming releases and events for 2013 CristinA AlmudevAr ArtS EDitor

January can be a depressing month: Christmas is over, classes are starting again and it’s too cold to properly enjoy standing in line at Phil’s. To bring some cheer into your bland lives, here is a list of some upcoming movie and music releases and local events in K-W for January, February and March.

JANUARY

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New tarantino film has heart Andrew sAvory StAff WritEr

We all know what we are going to see when go watch a Quentin Tarantino film: excessive violence, copious amounts of blood, pop cultural references, quick-witted dialogue and characters unlike any you have ever encountered. Unfortunately, like every great director, there are some inconsistencies across their work where audiences are left to wonder what exactly was the intention of the film that they just saw. Sure, Tarantino’s last picture Inglourious Basterds was enjoyable, but there was no humanistic element that made you truly care for the characters involved. Now arrives Django Unchained, the latest cinematic installment from Tarantino. It’s a gritty western that takes a delicate period of American history in the thick of the slave trade and makes it guiltily comedic, if not heroic, as we watch the lovable and charismatic duo of Jamie Foxx as Django, a former slave, and Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Schultz,

pursuing bounties across America. Together they embark on a journey that is extremely graphic as we frequently see women abused, slaves beaten and depicted in shackles and other inhumane contraptions for entrapment. The film is tough to watch at times, yet it’s almost impossible not to remain entranced. Tarantino frankly approaches America’s dark past, not in an attempt to comment on slavery, but more so in an effort to acknowledge its prevalence and to place you in a world where you are witness to the atrocities that were common on a daily basis to those who endured it. Featuring an impressive supporting cast that features the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio as the captivating villain and plantation owner Calvin Candie, along with Samuel L. Jackson as his loyal housekeeper Stephen. Django Unchained is a great film not only for die-hard Tarantino fans, but also for those who want to find a human element in a film that endears them to a hero whom one can only wish existed during the American slave trade.

Gangster Squad – Jan. 11 THEMUSEUM: AVATAR Exhibit – Ends Sunday Jan.13 If you felt passionately about the movie Avatar, then this exhibit will be your dream. You can learn the Na’vi language or gaze upon authentic props from the movie among many other exciting opportunities. Mac Miller @ The Turret – Jan. 14 Cosmic Gate: Beta @ 10 P.M.– Jan. 16 Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony – Jan. 18 & 19 at 8 p.m. Stefan Jackiw will be performing Beethoven’s Pastorale Symphony No. 6 on violin. Tickets may be purchased on the K-W Symphony Website. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters

– Jan. 25 Movie 43 – Jan. 25 Tegan and Sara – Heartthrob (Jan.29)

FEBRUARY

Warm Bodies – Feb. 1 Tim McGraw – Two Lanes of Freedom (Feb. 5) Azealia Banks – Broke with Expensive Taste (Feb. 12) Bullet for My Valentine – Temper Temper (Feb. 12) A Good Day to Die Hard – Feb. 14 WLU Factory of Social Work: Anarchist Book Fair - Feb. 16 @ 10 A.M - 6 P.M. 50 Cent – Street King Immortal (Feb. 26) Stoker – Feb. 28 K-W Art Gallery: Gather…Arrange… Maintain (Jan. 18 - March 10) and Ornamental Boundaries (Jan. 11– March 3) G…A…M is a collection spanning over the course of 30 years of local artist and UW fine arts professor Jane Buyers. The exhibit focuses on the mediums of sculpture, drawing and printmaking to allude to the influences of architecture, tools, books and botanical imagery to showcase the action and desire within them. In Ornamental Boundaries, artists Soheila K. Esfahani and Brendan Tang

conceptualize hybridity, globalization and the marriage of craft and conceptualism.

MARCH

21 and Over – March 1 Admissions – March 8 Oz: The Great and Powerful – March 8 David Bowie – The Next Day (March 12) The Place Beyond The Pines – March 20 Bon Jovi – What About Now (March 26) The Host – March 29 Cher – TBA (TBA) Akon – Stadium (TBA) Smashing Pumpkins – Adore (Reissued) (TBA) Kid Cudi – Indicud (TBA)

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Arts bites The latest news in entertainment Kim Kardashian has procreated

Kimmy K and Yeezy gave the world one of the first great scares of 2013 when they announced to the world that they are pregnant. West referred to Kardashian as his “baby mama” while performing which brings a whole new level of irony to his song “Golddigger.” There is no word on whether they will continue the Kardashian tradition of “K” names but here’s a suggestion: Kash Kow.

Studio execs falsely assume The Bachelor is still relevant The “hit” reality TV show The

Bachelor premiered Monday night making this its 17th season. This means we get to watch the beginnings of yet another failed Bachelor marriage while trying to not throw things at the television when Sean Lowe, this year’s Bachelor proclaims that his future wife is definitely in the room tonight.

Speaking of potentially terrible reality shows …

Swimming darling Ryan “Reezy” Lochte (Jeah!) has signed on to star in his own reality show What Would Ryan Lochte Do? Apparently we get to follow Lochte as he works on his fashion line, prepares for the Olympics and searches for love. The part

that everyone is truly excited for is more Lochte quotes. Why would anyone ever give him a reality show? Because, racing.

Taylor Swift gets her heart broken. Again.

Taylor Swift can now cross “dating a prepubescent pop-star” off her boys of Hollywood list as the pair broke up yesterday. I give it three months before the songs about Harry Styles start popping up everywhere and two months before she latches herself onto whomever is culturally relevant and hilariously age-inappropriate. – Complied by Cristina Almudevar


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Life

Life Editor Carly Basch cbasch@thecord.ca

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Balancing house rules ally bongard StAff WRitER

All it takes is one question and immediately your freedom feels compromised. “Where are you going?” “Who are you going with?” “What time do you think you’ll be coming home?”. These questions are not too pressing on freedom and not really that offensive. However, even the most simple question of concern from parents can immediately result in feeling bombarded and it occurs immediately when we step foot in our front doors and settle down for the holidays. The beauty of living without our parents during the semester is having a firm grasp on our own freedom. But after the semester comes to an end, most, if not all of us temporarily flock back to our parents coop for the holidays and are required to obey the “my house, my rules” mantra. A motive enforced upon us by the ringleaders of the house: mom and dad. Living back home with my parents has made me realize how drastically different my home life is from

my school life for both positive and negative reasons. The positive aspects of living back at home includes the fact that it reminds us how important family really is, mostly because of the obligations that the holidays include. But believe it or not, your parent miss you when you’re away. So when you do come home, you’re viewed as their little munchkin they want to cater to, just like old times. The bank of mommy and daddy is not usually for our greedy little university paws, but being home can sometimes bring out a few extra dollars while your home can go a long way. Twenty dollars does help on those cab fares. Also, as a “starving student” moving back home for the break provided me with the opportunity to eat real food. Living back under our parents’ roof and having to check in after getting home from the bar to ensure our parents that we’re still alive is not something most of us are used to doing while living alone. It seems out of the way to shoot a simple text updating them on your whereabouts,. The worst thing, however, focuses

on privacy, and the fact that there is none. Someone is always hogging the living room TV or using all the hot water. Not to mention living back at home ensures that there is absolutely no ‘monkey business’, so the idea of bringing home that cute new ‘friend’ you met at the bar is quickly demolished. In this case, being back at home you take the good in with the bad. They take care of your health and well being, so you make up a reasonable time for when you’re going to be home. Although we do not have to check in with our parents on what time we are going to be home after Phil’s on a Wednesday night, responsibilities run deeper than just getting home safely. We become our own parents in making sure food is in the cupboard and that our clothes are clean. Ultimately, being back at home is an escape from the stresses that university entails. They remind you of the family values that you grew up with and show the appreciation of what it’s like to run a good and stable household. Hope you’re ready to become a starving student again.

A New Year’s resolution is one of those things that everyone has but few manage to complete. Setting one up is really easy and can be done on a whim, but it’s the follow up that poses the challenge. Some last just over a week, or after a couple of months the idea of a new years resolution seems to get outdated. So why does this seem to happen? Do people lack the will to change something they want and be consistent about it? I can’t explain, nor justify the decisions made by others but what I offer instead are a few simple steps which hopefully would make 2013 a successful new beginning. The first step in making a new year’s resolution is to make it specific, measurable and tangible. If my goal was to get a six-pack (maybe by 2015), that would be a much better resolution than to “exercise more”. Getting abs is something specific, measurable (it doesn’t all form at once) and once the goal is completed, it’s definitely something tangible. Compared to “getting smarter, stronger, more good looking”, having a specific goal is a lot easier to see progress which then creates motivation hopefully having a positive feedback loop which would last until the goal is reached. The second step is to understand yourself and just how much willpower you can commit to a with New Year’s resolution. This is most

apparent when people attempt to change anything about their lifestyles. A lifestyle change is something that’s very difficult because humans by nature tend to be resistant to change. Beyond the psychology, there will also be physiological barriers to overcome, especially with starting to work out. Do you have a strong enough willpower to get past the huffing and puffing stage and actually make progress? That is probably going to be the most difficult part to push through, which causes many to give up early on. The final step has to do with expectations. By setting up the right expectations early on, it could mean the difference between success and failure. Losing fat is another common resolution and probably the reason why so many people hit the gym early in January. Some people decide to quit early when they feel that they’re not making any progress. A pound of body fat is equal to approximately 3,500 calories. What this means is that it will take a calorie deficit of 500 per day for an entire week in order to lose just one pound of fat. The point is, expectations have a large part to do with just how long people are able to commit to a task and it’s important to have them set up correctly at the beginning. Last year was quite eventful being the year of the dragon, the year when the Mayan calendar reset and also a leap year. Have fun and good luck setting resolutions for 2013.

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EDITORIAL

Opinion Editor Devon Butler dbutler@thecord.ca

Rape is still a prevalent issue It has become an ingrained part of our media system that breaking news has an incredibly short shelf life. Too often tragic stories of natural disasters and mass shootings are mourned and analyzed until a newer, more tragic story arises. This fickle media cycle, while momentarily bringing awareness to an issue, rarely dwells on the implications, solutions or ongoing trauma that results from a tragedy. The recent gang rape and consequential murder of a 23-year-old woman on December 16 in Delhi, India for example, has sparked outrage worldwide. It’s worthwhile, however, to question whether or not the amount of media attention given to this tragic event will contribute to a change in the way we view, treat and penalize rape and its victims. While Indian citizens are engaging in protests and calling for change, it’s clear that raising awareness through media does little to actually help change the way society approaches the subject of rape and assault. Some may blame the victim for travelling on a city bus, it is important to note that she was with a male companion, dispelling the traditional idea that a woman is safe if chaperoned. Closer to home, the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio has sparked controversy as the victim was not only blamed for being too drunk, but was videotaped and photographed at the location of the assault. After two boys allegedly raped the girl, Michael Nodianos, a student present at the party, created a 12-minute video in which he recounts the rape and laughs it off by blaming her drunkenness. What is most disturbing about these cases is the way that multiple people were involved in the attack and rape, and the general insensitive nature to which these victims were treated. Condoning rape is just as troublesome as those who actually commit it. It is important to remember these cases and the millions of others that occur both worldwide and in our own neighbourhoods. While the media is treating these cases seriously, it is obvious that even in our developed world, rape is still a prevalent issue not adequately being dealt with. Nothing will change until we start teaching children from a young age to respect women. It is a difficult issue to tackle, but change is only possible if we continue to vocalize our outrage and remember the victims and their tragic news stories. –The Cord Editorial Board

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Women’s ‘blobby’ bodies are none of your business CARLY BASCH LIFE EDITOR

The subject of beauty has been a controversial one since women have entered the frames of photography and movie screens, leaving audiences to scrutinize every single detail of their bodies. We can’t help that we are drawn to those types of aesthetics: we gaze upon it with admiration, envy, desire or disgust. The shift in the representation of women in media has had a positive reaction upon my viewing as I finally see real bodies appear on screen; women with curves, looking fabulous in their clothes and connecting with the audience. They are taking the lead, not having the stress of a so-called “perfect body” and using their wits, skills and talent that extends beyond the flesh to capture the hearts of audiences. But with a new batch of talented female celebrities hitting the spotlight, the shift goes away from their brilliance and right towards the physicalities they are born with. Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Rebel Wilson: what do they all have in

common? They’re talented, individual leaders that are making a name for themselves within the media. But turning the pages in guilty pleasures such as Cosmopolitan, we just see them as culprits to be labeled as “normal- looking”, “plump” or having “curvier bodies.” I was appalled to see in the January issue of Cosmopolitan that they not only stated that Kaling’s and Dunham’s bodies were bigger and more average, but that they made “smart” wardrobe choices, which made their bodies more flattering and slimming. This gives readers a chance to pick out these pieces for when they go shopping to make their average looking bodies more slimming and flattering as well. At this point, all I wanted to do was take a cupcake and smear it on the page. But, that would be a waste of a perfectly delicious sweet and a clear reminder that Cosmopolitan is loaded with useless crap anyways. While it is normal for tabloids and style magazines to put emphasis on body image, it has extended into being a remark within a television review. In a recent review of Girls —the second season of which premieres this Sunday on HBO—New York Post critic Linda Stasi used the word “blobby” to describe Duhnam’s physique. While this offended many readers and caused viral outbreaks of criticism and disappointment towards Stasi’s review, it is still a disappointing reminder that

no matter how far women have come, we still obsess over their bodies. Dunham and Kaling have made names for themselves through their writing and success, but that isn’t enough. It’s wonderful to note how realistic their bodies are because it’s true. The shapes and sizes displayed on television are more comforting because it is what I am used to seeing on a daily basis. It makes the content and subjects relatable and acknowledges the beauty that comes from all figures. Once the words “blobby”, “pear shaped” and “plump” come into the picture, negativity is spewed across the page. It seems we can’t just get away with saying their performances or work was “smart”, “funny” and “engaging” without tapping into the displays of their skin. While it is lovely that these female celebrities bring a positive image of women being comfortable in their own skin, it also makes people acknowledge that the need to emphasize words that condone a negative tone on the female body has to stop. Hopefully with the criticism from people who agree that these terms are disgusting, we can all stop caring about size. So please when Girls and The Mindy Project come back on screen, let them have her cake and eat it too—in peace. Where it ends up is none of your business. letters@thecord.ca

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OPINION

Opinion Editor Devon Butler dbutler@thecord.ca

Exams need computer integration With so much technology available, does it really make sense to continue writing exams by hand?

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As we venture further into the 21st century, we are all experiencing the “information age.” Although numerous advancements towards the integration of technology into pedagogy have been made over the past decade, educational institutions need to encourage the use of technology in all parts of university life. Just a few weeks ago, most students were spending countless hours preparing for exams. Anybody who was required to write short answers or essay components for their tests probably remember having a sore hand and an exhausted mind afterwards. I believe technology could increase the exam performance of many students at Laurier, or any other educational institution. The use of computers for typing answers for exams with writing components is beneficial for both students and faculty. Most of us acknowledge that exams will be completed online or using a computer in the future, so why not give Laurier the chance to be a leading example by starting now? There are a number of possible benefits to using computers during exams since many students are capable of typing more words per

minute than by hand writing. If these students were provided with technology, they could spend more time planning their arguments and answers instead of rushing into the actual writing due to lack of time. In addition to planning, the people taking the exams could more easily edit their work by inserting, removing, or changing sentences as they need. When editing a hand-written exam, the modifications can become confusing since there is limited space for adding new content. Students are not the only group who would benefit from the use of computers on exams. Professors would no longer be required to read messy and rushed hand writing and could print off typed exams resulting in more efficient marking. Better yet, if professors opted to view exams online or on their computer screen, they would be saving paper and making this option environmentally friendly. There are some foreseeable issues with the use of computers on exams, but each can be avoided with careful planning. Some opponents may suggest that cheating would become an issue, but like hand-written exams it can be prevented. Software can be purchased from third-party companies who design programs to lockdown a computer to prevent cheating on exams. Another possible issue is the limited amount of computer spaces at Laurier. This problem is more difficult to solve but the program could commence with only a small

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number of classes using the labs we already have. If the use of computers is well received, the university could plan to gradually add more devices to allow more students to use technology for their exams. Some students may also prefer hand-writing over typing, in which case the option to do so should be granted. In this case, professors could have a few traditional exam booklets available to accommodate these

requests. Technical problems would probably be the most difficult issue to predict and prevent since technology can fail at anytime. Nonetheless, the benefits of using computers for exams would far outweigh the possible risks. Like all changes, this one should be made gradually. I am not asking Laurier to immediately give all classes computers to use for this purpose. Instead, I would recommend that research

be initiated to measure the performance difference of students who are able to use technology versus those who hand-write their exams. If the results are positive, a few classes could start using computers as a test run. If these classes successfully use the computers without major issues arising, Laurier could develop a long term plan for the complete integration of technology into exam writing. letters@thecord.ca

Ideology only furthers violence in Middle East Drastic polarization of the Isreal-Palestine conflict incites hatred and fear both abroad and at home

Over the past month, the IsraelPalestine conflict has made front page headlines on numerous occassions. This clash is one of the most polarizing topics in recent news and many, if not most, have already determined which side they support. While I have been a staunch supporter of Palestine throughout much of the ordeal, a conversation with WLU professor Gavin Brockett in early December 2012 made me reevaluate the entire conflict. Initially, this article intended to condemn Israel for their actions against innocent Palestinian civilians. While I still denounce their actions, I no longer intend to condemn one side or the other, but rather suggest that this issue is not as straightforward as many people would suggest. The Israel-Palestine conflict is one of the most dividing debates on the current international stage and the clear disparity of these opinions has been continuously demonstrated on our campus. Unfortunately, however, the immense division of belief, be it political or religious, is not constructive. To understand the debate surrounding this conflict, there is much context that is imperative to

This constant state of fear has led to what many would deem paranoia. Both the state and citizens are continually prepared to return fire, a mindsewt that is compounded after every attack. Likewise, Palestinians are also in a continual state of fear, as Israel has become a trigger-happy nation. Additionally, the advanced weaponry of the Israeli army has ever-increasing consequences. Hamas’ tendency to locate military depots in civilian areas has led to massive amounts of innocent civilian casualties. Clearly, the mindset of both parties is one that reinforces itself. Each nation is in a

structive. It is time for the partisanship on this issue to stop. While many may view politics as a game, this situation is not; innocent civilians continue to die on a daily basis. letters@ thecord.ca

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Currently, there is a massive misunderstanding between both the Israelis and Palestinians.

continual state of fear, and senses the need to retaliate immediately. Unfortunately, these reactions not only promote continued hatred and a lack of understanding, but cause physical destruction to properties and lives. The current ideological polarization on campus mirrors this, as both groups appear as unwilling as the nations themselves to attempt to reach a mutual understanding. The solutions to such problems are far from easy and I, personally, would have no idea where to begin. Indeed, as Brockett stated, “The problem may never be solved.” Despite this, one thing is clear: the ignorance and loathing these groups display towards one another, be it on campus, or globally is de-

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understand. Since the Second World War the conflict between Israel and Palestine has raged on endlessly. While the conflict has had numerous periods of intense conflict and relative calm, the past five years have demonstrated a period of great tension. Following the takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007 by the Islamist political group Hamas, there has been a continual back and forth between Palestine and Israel. These attacks however, have been initiated on numerous occasions by both sides, thereby making it impossible to condemn a single party. Currently, there is a massive misunderstanding between both the Israelis and Palestinians. While it may be the goal of Hamas to destroy the Israeli state, this is not the objective of all Palestinians. Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine the motivation behind Hamas’ most recent attacks; it is situations such as this that make the entire conflict even more difficult to understand. As Brockett noted, bystanders must attempt to understand the mindset of both parties. He states that one must note the constant state of fear that both Israelis and Palestinians live under. For Israel, the political landscape in surrounding nations is disconcerting. Following the Iraqi attack on Israel in 1991, the nation has been in a constant state of alert. As such, Israel is continually aware of the potential for attack from every nation, but from Palestine in particular.

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OPINION

Gun legislation not a guaranteed solution

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In the Newtown, CT shooting, Adam Lanza used three firearms to kill 27 people including himself. His XM-15 rifle has received the majority of the media’s attention and reignited the American gun debate. For years, the defining cause of the modern gun control movement has been the restriction of assault weapons, a class to which the sinister XM-15 belongs. However, assault weapons are not so simple to classify, and their regulation is not as ‘common sense’ as it appears. Linguistically, an important distinction must be made.

meaningless. The AWB was a monstrous legislation, unclear in purpose, stumbling in execution and completely failing to make any meaningful impact on crime rates while punishing people who just wanted to own guns. Even efforts to make a stronger new ban are ultimately flawed by the statistical ineffectiveness of gun control in general and the rarity of assault weapons in crime. Unfortunately, there is extreme difficulty in studying the impact of the AWB as a National Research Council review stated, the percentage of assault weapons used in crimes is very small. On The Wendy Williams Show, journalist Nicole Lapin asserted that, had Lanza only had his handguns, he could not have killed so many people. However, the Virginia Tech shooting—the largest school shooting in American history— was carried out exclusively with

handguns. The largest school attack in the United States was carried out with bombs, not guns, in 1927, when guns were not controlled. The simple and unfortunate fact is that madmen and murderers will always be around and will always find ways to kill, regardless of the law. There is ample evidence, however, that other, broader types of gun control in the United States have failed. The 1993 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, for example, was a demonstrable failure, with the American Medical Association’s analysis stating they found no evidence the Brady Bill was seriously associated with a fall in homicide rates, indeed, California, not subject to the bill and passing no major gun control laws of its own between 1991 and 1998, had a drop in gun crime much larger than other states. A number of serious reviews of gun control measure have been

published, and the vast majority have seen little to no impact on crime stemming from legislation. A number have actually found an inverse relationship with decreasing gun ownership and tolerance leading to an increase in crime. Mass shootings are always tragic, but the immediate emotional reaction to legislate, forbid and force compliance on citizens is doomed to fail. Even worse, gun control undermines essential rights. Whether enumerated in constitutions or not, citizens have the same right to guns as to other property. Misinformation and transparent fear about assault weapons and firearms has led to a glut of terrible laws and media witch hunts. The truth of the debate is that laws will never really hamper the criminal and the violent, and that gun control has been ineffective. letters@thecord.ca

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An assault rifle is a select fire, intermediate cartridge rifle with a detachable magazine. An assault weapon, under the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban (AWB), is a semi-automatic rifle that possesses several cosmetic features of assault rifles. Much of the fear mongering about assault weapons stems from this simple distinction. Assault rifles are military-issued rifles while many firearms are technically assault weapons, principally rifles but also shotguns and handguns. All of the features qualifying an assault weapon, except the rare grenade launcher, were cosmetic, and do little to actually make a weapon more dangerous. The XM-15 used in Sandy Hook, for example, could not be used in some states to hunt big game due to its low power. Bans on assault weapon are popular because the term is essentially loaded, but it is ultimately


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SportS

Sports Editor Shelby Blackley sblackley@thecord.ca

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Hawks start 2013 on high note shelby blackley SportS EDitor

Greg Puhalski couldn’t have asked for a better New Year’s present from his team. The Wilfrid Laurier men’s hockey team opened 2013 and the second half of their season with back-toback victories over the weekend, winning the battle of Waterloo against the UW Warriors 2-1 on Thursday before defeating the Brock Badgers 4-3 in a road game on Saturday. “It’s a good win for us after not playing for a month,” Puhalski said Thursday. “I thought we played with pretty good energy. For us, work ethic is always going to be a key issue.

[Ryan] Daniels had a solid game and good contributions from a lot of people as far as effort wise.” Fourth-year goaltender Daniels stopped 63 of the 67 shots he faced over the weekend. After finishing off the first half of their season with four consecutive losses, the Hawks looked for a fresh start on the ice to open the second half of the year. With the two wins, Laurier moves out of last place in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) West division and now sits in seventh place, a point ahead of the Badgers and the UOIT Ridgebacks. The weekend also featured a new addition to the team, as former Ontario Hockey League (OHL) forward Derek Shoenmakers made his

Laurier debut Thursday night. Against Brock, Shoenmakers recorded two goals — including the game-winner — and an assist. “It’s been a while since I’ve played a game to be honest with you but it was good,” Shoenmakers said Thursday. “The team played really well top to bottom. Danny played well in net and it was great to come away with the win.” Laurier picked up Shoenmakers from the Peterborough Petes. While Shoenmakers could not confirm whether or not the trade deadline for the OHL — which is currently set for Jan. 10th — will affect him playing for WLU, dressing for Laurier does not affect his OHL eligibility. “There’s no rules that restrict him

from going back and playing in the OHL,” Puhalski said. However, Shoenmakers believes that Laurier is a “natural” fit for him. “I’ve been around this school a lot. I know a lot of people that went to this school and I’ve heard nothing but good things and it’s been great so far,” he said. “I think for him, he’s looking at this as an opportunity to kickstart the next phase of his career,” Puhalski said regarding Shoenmakers’ possibility of returning to the OHL. “So, we’re glad to have him and I know he’s blending in well with his teammates.” Laurier will host the eighth-place UOIT Ridgebacks Thursday before travelling to Windsor Friday night. Both games start at 7:30 p.m.

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The highs and lows of the first half The Cord Sports staff looks back at the fall semester and grades the performances of Laurier’s teams Women’s soccer

Women’s lacrosse

Men’s soccer

Men’s rugby

Men’s baseball

Men’s football

Laurier’s women’s soccer team ended their season by surpassing many expectations in what was supposed to be a “rebuilding season”. However, with an impressive 11-2-3 record, the purple and gold dominated the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) West Division. Trying out new talent on the squad, Laurier initially showed inconsistency and had trouble executing their shots. Games that should have been clear blowouts ended in dangerously close scores. The team was also decimated by injuries. Numerous starters were forced to sit, causing rookies to step up and keep the season rolling. The squad eventually finished first in their division. In their OUA semi-final match, the Hawks dethroned last year’s OUA and two-time CIS champions, the Queen’s Gaels but failed to defeat the Ottawa Gee-Gees. The Hawks then travelled to Victoria, B.C to play in the CIS finals where they were eliminated first round by the Trinity Western. Grade: A–Ashley Denuzzo

The young Golden Hawk rugby squad amounted to a 1-7 record, slotting them in the eighth spot in the OUA, falling short of the playoffs for a third-straight season. If this doesn’t sound bad enough, the real salt in the wound are the departures of key players such as captain Jeff Pickel, who stood out this season as the team’s allaround leader, including scoring three tries in the final season game against U of T. The Hawks were comprised mainly of rookies and second-year players, who saw impressive development through the season, including talented rookie backs Ryan Cowan and Andrew Thomson. They also only lost half their games by ten points, exemplifying how, despite their record, the Golden Hawks weren’t the punching bag of the conference and showed great fight. Grade: C+ –Brad Bowen

In Progress

Men’s Basketball: 2-7, 6th in OUA West Women’s Basketball: 4-5, 5th in OUA West Men’s Curling: 4-1 Women’s Curling: 4-1 Men’s Hockey: 7-9-2, 7th in OUA West Women’s Hockey: 14-1-2, 1st in OUA, No. 4 in CIS Swimming: next meet Jan. 13 @ Guelph

In a season that featured a 9-2-1 record, the women’s lacrosse team went into the playoffs a heavy favourite to bring Laurier home their first banner of the 2012-13 year. The team easily held the OUA to a low amount of points and their only losses came from the top team in the province, the Western Mustangs. The Hawks finished their season outscoring their opponents 32-10 in their last two games. However, Laurier failed to develop once the postseason arrived. A 9-3 win allowed them to play in the semifinal, but the team was stunned by the Queen’s Gaels and was forced to play for bronze. Even then, the Hawks couldn’t win an important game and were forced to settle for fourth. Grade: B –Shelby Blackley

The baseball Hawks garnered national coverage for everything outside of their performance on the field. A hazing incident that landed them a four-game suspension halfway through their season overshadowed their athletic play, albeit it was less than impressive. After winning much of their exhibition and preseason games, a 9-12 season landed them one game outside of the playoffs. Less than ten days after the season ended, the team then filed an appeal against the WLU athletics department. Currently, the appeal is still being reviewed. Grade: C+ –Shelby Blackley

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The women’s rugby team saw their season end with an 0-6 record and two of those games being shutouts. Despite this, in their final game against Brock, the Hawks still had a chance to make the playoffs as both teams were in the same position. After gaining an early lead, Laurier fell short in the second half, losing 39-12, falling just short of the final OUA playoff spot and their first win since 2009. Grade: D –Shayne McKay

Maybe not the best season Mario Halapir could have expected out of his players, but the men’s soccer team produced a surprising conclusion to a roller coaster season. The beginning of the year sparked a hopeful feeling as the team won six of their first seven games, however the wins slowly declined as the front line couldn’t produce enough offence to get past big teams like Western or York. A sufficient amount of ties allowed the Hawks to have a stranglehold on the sixth and final playoff spot in the West division. With minimal expectations, Laurier surprised the OUA by winning a last-minute come-frombehind game against the Western Mustangs. However, the lack of offence hurt them again as they were unable to produce any offence against the York Lions and were eliminated. Grade: B–Shelby Blackley

The 2012 men’s football team put on a clinic in one area: how to back into the playoffs. Despite a 3-5 record, two shutout losses and offence that didn’t score a touchdown for the entire last month of the season, the Hawks managed to squeak into the post-season – only to be (fittingly) eliminated by a 34-0 loss to the Queen’s Gaels. The Hawks most glaring problems were on offence where a quarterback carousel of rookie Travis Eman and fourth-year back-up Steve Fantham led to a Laurier attack that finished second-last in the country, averaging just 13.6 points per game. The struggles of the offence — which featured several first- and second-year starters — were compounded by the fact that the 2012 edition of Laurier’s usually reliable defence lacked the experience to keep the team in games. Even the Hawks’ three wins — a last-minute win over York, who has won three games in the past three years, a sloppy victory over then-winless Ottawa and an ugly 12-0 win over Waterloo — don’t offer many positives. New head coach Michael Faulds will certainly have his work cut out for him in 2013. Grade: D –Justin Fauteux

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behind and we’ve already planned our next meeting,” said the new coach. “Obviously I don’t know the talent here yet. I have to see where the pieces lie… but the gist of it will be no huddle and fast-paced.” Faulds wasn’t the only one getting a new title Tuesday afternoon. Defensive coordinator Ron Vanmoerkerke, who has held that

position since 2003, will add the role of associate head coach, which holds responsibilities in recruiting and staffing. Vanmoerkerke did throw his hat into the running for the vacant head coach position, however, he said he will have no problem working with Faulds, who essentially beat him out for the job. “I trusted the university to come up with the best candidate available and I think they did,” said

Vanmoerkerke. “Michael brings an immediate recognition, name recognition to the recruits. He has a proven track record with his success at York.” Vanmoerkerke will continue to lead Laurier’s defence, which has consistently been among the best in Ontario under his tutelage. He will also serve to take some pressure of the Hawks’ first-time head coach. “There are many questions that

I’m going to ask,” said Faulds. “I’m going to need another voice and another set of ears that I can ask those to and Ron and I are going to be able to do that.” Several players attended Tuesday’s press conference, and for the most part, they seemed excited by having Faulds as head coach. “It’s awesome,” said wide receiver Alex Anthony of the hiring. “It’s sad to see Coach Jeff go but I think change is good and bringing in

a young mind like Michael Faulds is good for the program.” Faulds may be a young coach — less than a decade older than most of his players — but he is not shying away from lofty goals for his new team. “There’s been winning here and recently in 2005 and it’s like since then, the light’s been slightly dimming,” he said. “It’s my job to bring back that excitement and bring back that light.”


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