o-Week 2012 through the lens
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Stumbling out of the gate Football team starts season 0-2 shelby blacKley SportS edItor
Two games. Only two touchdowns. No wins. Something is wrong here. The Wilfrid Laurier University men’s football team may need a miracle just to make the playoffs — something that hasn’t been a problem in almost ten years — after losing their first two games of their eight-game season. After being shut out 19-0 by the Toronto Varsity Blues last week, the Hawks came home to host the No. 6 Queen’s Gaels last weekend hoping to improve the faltered offence. But had no luck. Laurier only managed to produce two touchdowns against Queen’s, losing 42-16 and dropping to 0-2 on the season. “It’s honestly something that we should be getting every single drive we’re on the field because that’s what offence is supposed to do,” fourthyear receiver Alex Anthony said after Saturday’s game. “We’re supposed to score and we’ve got two touchdowns the past two weeks, which is not good enough.” The Hawks went six and a half quarters without a touchdown before Anthony found the endzone midway through the third quarter on Saturday, when the Gaels were already leading
29-2. Alex Sanchez scored the second touchdown, but didn’t connect until there was a minute left in the game. The Hawks’ offence just hasn’t shown up. And in the unpredictable OUA, they know that can be lethal. “We’re still making too many errors,” head coach Gary Jeffries said. “You can’t win in this league with the mistakes that we’re making.” It’s not that the Hawks didn’t compete. The defence held Toronto to a very low-scoring game, and it took Queen’s until halfway through the second quarter to really break free, aided by some of the mistakes Jeffries mentioned. “It was an even football game until, you know, we turned it over and gave up a big one,” Jeffries said. “And next think you know, it got away from us. “The defence, they play hard. They play hard.” “Defence is playing awesome and offence just has to step it up,” Anthony said. “That’s all it is.” Laurier quarterback Travis Eman only had nine completed passes out of 21 attempts, while his Queen’s counterpart Billy McPhee went 22 of 28 for 333 yards and two touchdowns. Toronto quarterback Richard Quittenton completed 16 of 25 passes against Kate turner photography manager
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New dining hall draws criticism Students lash out against recentlyimplemented changes to Fresh Food co. elizabeth dicesare campuS neWS edItor
Kitchener-Waterloo goes orange K-W Byelection, page 8
Inside Surviving roommates
Page on mental health
Tips and tricks for dealing with the people you live with during your university career
Former Barenaked Lady Steven Page provides motivational talk regarding stigma of mental illness
Life, page 16
Arts, page 20
While the official opening of Wilfrid Laurier University’s new dining hall has shown a large improvement with the quality of food being served, as well a large expansion on the number of food stations, it has left many upper-year students both upset and angry with the renovations, specifically with the new rules put in place surrounding the use of the space. Concerns over new pricing have also come up, as students, staff and faculty without a meal plan must pay an entrance fee before even going into the dining hall. The prices change depending on the time of day, with breakfast costing $8.00, lunch at $12.00 and dinner for $14.50, which many students have stated on social media sites is too high of a cost. In order for the new dining hall to properly function within its all-youcare-to-eat meal plan system, a new wall was erected along the confines of the space to ensure that students who don’t pay for the buffet cannot enter. This wall has drastically changed the physical appearance of the dining hall: it has gone from an open to a confined space that only certain students are allowed to enter. “It goes against what Laurier sells
itself to be as this kind of close-knit community, and then all of a sudden you set up a system where you start segregating people and it’s not a close-knit community at all,” stated Eric Reis, a fourth-year WLU student. “I thought it was just an abomination.” Reis continued and told The Cord that his biggest issue with the new system was in fact the construction. To him, the wall symbolizes a much larger issue, where upper-year students are being denied access to a space that they should be allowed to utilize. “It seems like they have set up arbitrary restrictions on people who just want to walk around in [and use] a place they have been for years, unless they pay,” he continued. “To put up high walls and [in doing so] suggest that the students will steal, and then to fence them in like that, as if they’re cattle … in a way you’re de-humanizing them.” Brendan O’Driscoll, another fourth-year student, echoed Reis’s concerns regarding the new lack of space. “It’s sort of restricting, especially we already pay tuition and extra fees to use the Laurier campus facilities, so it’s like you’re paying a second Campus, page 4
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Bag o’ Crime Theft Under $5000 Location: Parking Lot #20 Reported: Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 2:07 am A SCS officer on mobile patrol noticed three males carrying two white colored vinyl fold up tables on Mid Campus Drive. They ran and the tables were discarded in the parking lot. One male was apprehended and identified as a 22 year old intoxicated student. The tables were identified as W.L.U. property. They were stored in a secure place for the night. The student was reprimanded for his actions. Suspicious Persons Location: Parking Lot #3 Reported: Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 4:37 am SCS Dispatch received a report of two males sleeping on a mattress beside a parked car in the parking lot. A third male was sleeping in the backseat. SCS officers attended and identified the males as two 19 year olds and a 21 year old from the Walkerton and Kincardine area. They had been out drinking that evening and got separated from the driver of the vehicle. They were on campus to visit one of their friends. The mattress had been found at the side of the road for garbage disposal and discarded of. They were cooperative with the officers and allowed to sleep in the vehicle until daybreak in order to contact their friends. Theft Under $5000: Location: Residence Reported: Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 1:09 pm A non-university male had his locked bicycle stolen from the fence on the pathway between 200 King Street and the Laurier Coop Building. No Suspects or video surveillance in this area.
Description of Stolen Property: Make: Mountain Bike Model: Custom Color: red & grey Value: $500.00 Injured/Sick Person: Location: Residence Reported: Monday, September 03, 2012 @ 1:29 pm ERT responded to a medical call for a female that had fainted in the washroom in a Residence. Ambulance was not required. Drugs: IR#040912-1033 Location: Residence Reported: Tuesday, September 04, 2012 @ 3:05 am Six Laurier students three female, three male were confronted for smoking marijuana in residence. A small quantity of marijuana and a bullet container for holding a joint was seized. The matter will be dealt with through Residence Life. Liquor Offence Location: Mid Campus Drive Reported: Tuesday September 04, 2012 @ 9:32 pm Two male WLU students were issued PONs for possessing alcohol while under 19 years of age. They were denied entry to the O-Week celebrations. Liquor Offence Location: Mid Campus Drive Reported: Tuesday September 04, 2012 @ 9:33 pm A WLU student was evicted from the “O” Week celebration because he was found in possession of a bottle of liquor that he had brought into the event. He was given a verbal warning and was given an appointment date with the Student Conduct Administrator.
Liquor Offence Location: Mid Campus Drive Reported: Tuesday September 04, 2012 @ 9:54 pm A WLU student was issued a PON for being in possession of alcohol while under 19 years of age during O-week celebrations. He was evicted from the event. Assist Other Service Location: Off campus Reported: Friday, September 07, 2012 @ 1:40 am Two female students, one male student and one female guest were the victims of an assault that had occurred at an off campus location. They had left a house party on Hemlock St. and were accosted by two unknown females and a male. A physical altercation ensued and the female guest was assaulted by two females. She received scrapes and bruises to her right elbow and both knees, two swollen lips, right thumb nail ripped off and a bump above her right eye. The investigation has been turned over to W.R.P.S. The male student was threatened to get cut by a male wielding a knife. The injured female was treated on scene by EMS and later admitted to Grand River Hospital for further treatment and observation. Suspect Descriptions: 1. Female/Black, 19-20 yrs. medium build, dressed in pink 2. Female/Caucasian, 19-20 yrs. long dark brown hair, wearing a long black sleeve dress 3. Male, light brown tan skinned, 5’6”, tattoo of a spade on his neck, wearing a black bb cap, black jeans & blue varsity shirt, armed with a knife.
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WLU gets $40,000 for mental health initiatives MARISSA EVANS LEAD REPORTER
Students will start to see improvments in student support as Wilfrid Laurier University received a $40,000-grant from Bell Mobility to be used towards mental health initiatives on campus. Leanne Holland-Brown, dean of students, and Gail Roth, associate director of development, library and student affairs, applied for the grant in March 2012 after it became apparent that there was a need for better student support on campus. “We’ve had constrained resources in trying to address mental health,” said Michael Onabolu, president and CEO of the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union (WLUSU), who explained how counselling services and the dean of students office was overwhelmed with cases this past year. However, with the attainment of the grant at the end of August, programs targeting improved mental health support at Laurier are becoming a reality. “The biggest portion of the grant that we received is for training faculty, staff and other students to better understand how to support others who are experiencing mental health difficulties,” said Adrienne Luft, mental health and student support team leader at Laurier. Luft will be working alongside a mental health task force, which will be comprised of community partners, campus partners and students to discuss the most beneficial avenues for the money to be spent. One of these venues is a Healthy Minds Research Project. Luft explained that this involves an outside partner evaluating on-campus support around mental health. “It’s a very specific study that will really shed some light on the areas of growth and development that should occur at Laurier,” she continued. Another application of the grant will be an anti-stigma video. Onabolu said he’d like to see the organization of a “Let’s Talk” — similar to what Bell has put out in the past — campaign at the university. “One where we actually connect with students who’ve had issues with mental health and talk about what it is that they were going through and some of the ways that we can support other students,” he explained. According to Luft, they are also linking to off-campus resources such as Canadian Mental Health, Self-Help Alliance and the Grand River Hospital. “It’s about widening the scope of options for students,” said Luft. “There’s some great services and supports within the university, and we certainly want to build up knowledge of those, but I think it’s also very important to look at our community partners and develop relationships with them.” Luft and Onabolu both agreed that the overall goal of the project is to increase campus support and create a comfortable environment where students can access the resources they require. “My hope is that there’s less shame around the conversations about mental health,” expressed Luft. She encouraged students to get involved as the initiatives begin to unfold throughout the year. “Reach out and ask,” advised Luft to all students. “[It] can take a lot of courage, but it can lead to a lot of positive results.”
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Throughout O-Week, Special Constable Services were called in for over 300 incidents.
Keeping it all in control SPENCER DUNN STAFF WRITER
Every year, throngs of first years come to Wilfrid Laurier University and are quickly bombarded with high-spirited icebreakers, new friends and crazy events. Orientation Week is a time for students to meet one another and get used to Laurier’s campus. However, with any event of this size, there are sure to be problems mixed in with events. Josh Proksch, vice-president of campus experience, spoke to the positive aspects of Orientation Week. “I think this year’s O-Week was a massive success,” he said. “I think we put across a very solid message to the first years.” The theme of “balance your worlds” was prevalent throughout the week. “We implemented a number of new projects this year,” continued Proksch. One of these new aspects of OWeek was the inclusion of a presentation by former Barenaked Ladies front man, Steven Page. Page personally experienced issues with mental health in the past and spoke to its prevalence among students. “It really brought forth the topic of mental health on campus,” explained Prosksch.
“Our students are really well behaved and we really only make sure that they get the students home safely.”
Annual butterfly release pushes for suicide awareness -By Katelyn Cullum
- Rod Curran, director of SCS However, O-Week wasn’t all cheers and friendly rivalries. There are always a number of incidences during O-Week that warrant extra work from Special Constables Services (SCS). Rod Curran, director of SCS explained that, “this is our busiest time of the year”. Over the week, SCS was called in for over 300 incidences on campus. “Our people were pretty much going the whole time,” said Curran. Among these incidences there were three occasions resulting from offensive weapons. “This was at the on-campus party, and the knives were turned over to us,” Curran explained. “It’s not a crime to have a knife, we just care about safety.” Other incidences included intoxicated students, alcohol violations, theft, and breaking and entering. Despite the extensive disruptions, Curran said that he was impressed with student behaviour. “Our students are really well behaved, and we really only make sure
that they get the students home safely... and that everyone has a good time,” he continued. Michael Onabolu, president and CEO of the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union, was also a very prominent figure in orchestrating O-Week. “It went incredibly well,” beamed Onabolu. “I’m so proud of my team.” “Everything went off very smoothly, without any issues at all,” he continued. Onabolu also spoke to the topic of disruptive incidences. “We had Emergency Services on site, and this year they only had to take two people, as opposed to last year when they took 18,” he said. He also felt that there are always things to be improved upon during O-Week. “That is definitely a conversation I need to have with my executive team, because there is always something to be improved upon.”
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Read how Waterloo copes with the return of 40,000 students -By Alanna Fairey
Body discovered near Laurier campus JUSTIN FAUTEUX EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Waterloo Regional Police Services (WRPS) have confirmed that a body was found at a construction site at the corner of King and James Streets Saturday morning. According to WRPS public affairs coordinator Olaf Heinzel, investigators found that the deceased took his or her own life. “There was a determination made on the circumstances surrounding how this person died,” said Heinzel. “[Investigators determined] that the person took their own life.” Police were called to the scene at
8:40 a.m. Saturday morning after being alerted of the situation by a security guard. Three police cruisers and a forensics unit arrived and the body was removed via ambulance shortly thereafter. The WRPS has not released, nor could they confirm, any details on the identity of the deceased person, and according to Heinzel, that is because of the nature of the incident. As a result, there’s no indication that this person was a student at the surrounding universities. “Because of the circumstances, we can’t really release any details,” said Heinzel.
“There’s no criminal investigation here. We would only release information with the permission of the person’s family and for investigative purposes and there’s no investigation in this case.” Heinzel confirmed that the deceased’s family has been notified, however it is unlikely that the WRPS will release any further details surrounding his or her identity. “When you hear us release information, for example, in a homicide, part of that is keeping the family apprised, part of that is for investigative reasons,” he said. “In this instance, there is no investigation.”
“In this instance, there is no investigation.”
—Olaf Heinzel, WRPS public affairs coordinator
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Dining hall slated for more renovations —cover
time in order to use a space,” he stated. However, Chris Walker, vicepresident of university affairs, spoke to these concerns, and stressed that solutions to these issues are being pursued. “Study space is obviously an issue on campus, and it was something that going into the process we were very aware of; we’re exploring other options too,” he said. He continued by stating that additions will hopefully be added onto the new dining hall so students can use the space after hours. “The way it would have to work is there would have to be some sort of way of [blocking] off the actual dining facility itself and then keeping the seated area open,” he explained. “So we’re trying and exploring the cost of putting a cage in there which would separate the two areas, and then [students] would be allowed to enter through one of the current fire exits.” Dan Dawson, the assistant vicepresident: student affairs echoed many of Walker’s comments, while also maintaining that the newly built wall is completely necessary. “We respect that some students are frustrated and they have their opinion — we’re not going to oppose their opinion on that — but the wall, while some people are making a metaphorical reference, that’s not what it’s intended to be, it’s to allow this business to operate effectively,” he explained. However, students have expressed concerns over other details regarding the new systems. Now, in order to ensure that students are not stealing dishware or large amounts of food, they are not allowed to bring in any bags. In order to accommodate students, 130 lockers have been installed to hold bags while students are inside. O’Driscoll felt wary of the locker system for many reasons. “The lockers are only a certain size and not all bags are the same, [or] if it’s a particularly high-traffic day and lockers are full, bags end up on the ground; what’s stopping someone else from taking unwatched bags,” he pointed out. While Walker stated that students are ultimately liable for all of their belongings, Ryan Lloyd-Craig, director of food services, stated that the area where bags are placed on the floor is secure, as there are always staff members present, and security cameras have been put in place.
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While first-year students have been enjoying the new systems, upper-year students want change to benefit the entire student body.
“We respect that some students are frustrated and they have their opinion — we’re not going to oppose their opinion on that.” —Dan Dawson, assistant vice-president: student affairs Despite the amount of concerns from upper-year students, first years that have meal plans have expressed positive feelings regarding the new system. “The first-year students, who we are designed to set up for, are thrilled with the environment,” stated Dawson. “Once they get in the doors and they have the experience, we’ve had nothing but great comments.” Lloyd-Craig also explained that a new pre-order system has been put in place to replace the take-out option that is now gone, except for
small items such as fruit. All students can now order a meal 24 hours in advance, and have it ready to be picked up at the front doors. However, the prices will reflect the all-you-care-to-eat prices of the buffet, rather than a price-per-meal system. Dawson and Lloyd-Craig concluded by stating that in order to ensure that all students, staff and faculty are pleased with the new system, they will be conducting surveys both on campus and online in order to get feedback.
Fall reading week in question again MARISSA EVANS LEAD REPORTER
The possibility of fall reading days at Wilfrid Laurier University is up for consideration again, despite last year’s proposal being tabled by Senate. Due to mixed feelings from students and logistical issues with faculty, last year’s proposal to shorten Orientation Week (O-Week) by two days and insert reading days somewhere in the fall semester was never voted on. A new committee led by the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union (WLUSU) has been formed to re-evaluate the proposal with the aim of meeting both faculty and student needs.
Chris Walker, vice president of university affairs, explained that the committee’s intent is to submit the proposal to senate in November, when the academic days for the following year are usually approved. It would then be implemented fall 2013. “There are a number of different proposals on the table that will change the academic scheduling from the last proposal,” said Walker. He mentioned that some of these options “may or may not affect Orientation Week.” Furthermore, the committee is mindful of the need to balance the importance of orientation programming for first years with the mental health component of fall reading days. However,
according to Walker, the official proposal has yet to be decided on. “We haven’t ruled anything out yet,” he said. Michael Obabolu, CEO and president of WLUSU, gave a different account of the progression of the proposal. “We’re basically looking at having two exam days on Sundays,” he explained. That would allow for two fall reading days to be inserted in October, most likely around Thanksgiving. “It went through the committee and they seemed to appreciate and like the idea,” Onabolu explained. “So they’re bringing it back to their own individual councils within the
university to talk about it and pitch the idea. Then it’ll go before the senate.” Under this proposal O-Week will remain untouched. “Hopefully, it’ll help with the mental health side of things,” said Onabolu regarding the fall reading days. “Students will actually get a chance to take a break and recuperate from the stresses from the first part of term.” Walker also commented on the big picture of the proposal. “At this point it’s part of a larger mental health strategy. Because mental health is such a large issue right now and something that there’s a big push to address, fall
reading days has definitely come up in response to that,” he stated. In accordance with Walker’s statement that there is a possibility of O-Week still being affected, icebreaker and third-year philosophy and sociology double major, Nathan Groskopf, remarked, “I don’t want to see O-Week become less than what it is right now.” Second-year kinesiology major Lisa Alexander also expressed her opinion on the proposal. “I have no problem with exams being on Sundays,” she said. “But I think a better way to do it would be to start classes on the Thursday instead of the Monday and just continue O-Week around classes.”
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Academic freedom under debate Conference facilitates discussion about the future of academics at WLU, UW ELIZABETH DICESARE CAMPUS NEWS EDITOR
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Laurier students browse through the bookstore to find the most accomodating option for books.
Textbook options expanding KATELYN CULLUM LEAD REPORTER
For the second year in a row, Wilfrid Laurier University’s bookstore is providing students with alternative options to the standard textbook purchase, which include both competitive online prices from alternative sellers, and rental textbooks. “We are just trying to get as many options to students as possible,” said Michael Zybala, the associate director of retail services and systems, who explained both the “compare and save” and rental options for the bookstore. Essentially, students are able to locate their textbooks on the shelf in the bookstore via a course code tag, which shows the bookstore’s prices. However, they are also provided with a second red tag that displays competitive prices, such as those on Amazon.ca. “We are basically making students aware of what our competitors’ prices are,” said Zybala. “We realize that everyone is shopping around and we just want students to realize we are as price competitive as the other online retailers.” “I don’t really think it helps,” said third-year business student Kyla MacEachern. “[It] just kind of says ‘look, this is our research’ and doesn’t really do anything else, [and] it makes them look cheap,” she added. However, some students believe that the competitive price aspect is a positive thing. “You have choice,” said Elise, a third-year exchange
“I think students are pleasantly surprised that we are doing that comparison and giving them that information.” —Michael Zybaka, associate director of retail services and systems
student from France, who declined to give her last name. Zybala explained that the bookstore has had some inquires about these features. “I think students are pleasantly surprised that we are doing that comparison and giving them that information so that they can make an informed decision,” he said. However, a rapid response from the student body is not necessarily occurring. “It’s our second year of doing the rental, so it’s gaining a bit of interest,” said Zybala. Still, students are showing some interest, and as MacEachern explained, if all her textbooks were available on the rental site, she would consider that option. “Most of my textbooks are online, so they have an online component,” she explained.
But when asked if she would rent them if this weren’t an issue, she responded, “probably.” Elise added that rental textbooks are a good idea. However, she commented that if the rental textbooks were in the same price range as the books on the shelves, then it wouldn’t be as convenient. Zybala also addressed the concern that students are becoming overwhelmed with the amount of options available to them for purchasing textbooks. “I think it’s becoming more and more confusing as more options are available so we are trying to make ourselves available,” he explained. However, some students are still looking for the best and most affordable options to purchase their textbooks, as MacEachern expressed. “Students are going to find other options,” she said. The bookstore is also aligning itself with the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) book swap by offering booklists and other resources. “We are working with as many student groups as possible,” Zybala explained. While it’s unclear whether or not the bookstore profits from these conjunctions with student groups, it is clear that the students are their main focus. “The key for us [is the students.] I mean, the students are why we are here so we are trying to give them as much options as possible,” he concluded.
Laurier in brief Additions to WLUSU’s student health and dental plan
This year, the undergraduate health and dental plan has been revamped in order to better accommodate students in need of medical coverage. In the past, students covered under the health and dental plan could only receive generic drug prescriptions, but now they will be able to receive both brand name drug prescriptions as well. Brand name prescriptions will be available with 50 per cent coverage, while generic prescriptions will receive 80 percent coverage. Students can now also register
for a new Direct2u prescription program, where they will receive 100 per cent generic drug coverage, and eight per cent on brand name drugs. This program will also allow them to have prescriptions delivered to the U-Desk for easy pick-up, and 24-hour access to a pharmacist. For students wishing to opt-out of the health and dental plan, the deadline is September 21.
Laurier SOS go to Peru
This past summer, the Laurier Students Offering Support (SOS) group planned a trip to Peru to provide
education and developmental support programs to communities in need. The trip was paid by volunteers, who will also live in the communities and do charitable work while gaining worldly experience by interacting with societies and cultures outside of their accustomed lifestyles. While in Peru, SOS was partnered with Las Casuarinas, and helped build a community centre to help the town flourish. Volunteers also had a chance to teach English and tutor students. -Compiled by Elizabeth DiCesare
Last Thursday, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo held a conference at the Waterloo Inn, entitled Perspectives on Academic Freedom. The conference gave academics a chance to come together and discuss issues surrounding the topics of academic integrity and academic freedom. It also allowed for a moderated discussion regarding the Balsille School of International Affairs (BSIA). The second panel, titled Governance of the BSIA: A Three Way Partnership, was carried out by both Peter MacKinnon from the University of Saskatchewan, and Jim Turk, president of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), and was moderated by Jeffery Simpson from the Globe and Mail. In this panel, MacKinnon stressed that academic freedom is limited by donors who want to control their funding after it has been given. “For many faculty members, collaboration within industry is not optional,” he said. “[And] we should be careful not to put restrictive barriers in their way [of researching].” He also explained that the lack of trust in university administrations is an ongoing issue. “We are suspicious of these collaborations and we don’t trust university administers to manage them,” he expressed. “If I were an industrial leader seeking university collaboration, and if I were faced with these [CAUT] guidelines, enshrined in policy, I would run for the hill.” MacKinnon went on to explain he believes there are too many ambiguities within the CAUT guidelines, especially in regards to power structures between universities and donors.
However, Turk turned the panel around by addressing issues of academic integrity rather than academic freedom. “Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier have jeopardized their academic integrity in agreeing to certain provisions of the donor agreement, and the governance structure of the BSIA,” he stated. “When a university agrees to something that is a problem, it is not the donors problem, but the university’s.” He went on to explain that both the donor agreement and the governance documents used by the BSIA, and approved by the universities, are problematic, and jeopardize both school’s integrity. “It is not appropriate for a university to allow a donor, or a donor’s organization, a voice in academic decisions that include structure of faculty-chair positions, the structure of graduate fellowships or the selection of faculty,” he stressed. “[But] there is a solution: it is called revising the donor agreement and revised governance documents.” Gary Rhoads, director of the center for the study of higher education at the University of Arizona, delivered the keynote speech, which addressed solutions for both WLU and UW in regards to their situation with BSIA. Rhoads gave international examples of how universities overseas are able to co-operate with their donors without facing any issues that call into question the notion of academic freedom or integrity. He concluded by suggesting that those involved within BSIA have regular discussions, and clearly outline how their partnership will continue to function in order to insure both WLU and UW maintain their academic freedom and integrity.
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Controversial discussions arose from the second panel discussion.
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Incoming first-year students living on learning community floors in residence will get to see some new programming initiatives this upcoming year. This year, 12 of the 118 residence communities will be focused learning communities, with specific themes relating either to students’ interests, such as healthy living, or academics, such as languages and literature. Dave Shorey, the associate director of residence education at Wilfrid Laurier University, explained that this year will be the largest in terms of the learning communities. “We actually have what I would consider a break-out year this upcoming fall because we’ve had five new residence learning communities come online,” he stated. “We’ve had a tremendous response ... there are pockets of students that really want to have a community that is focused on [their interests].” Shorey continued to explain that the learning communities were first used in the 200607 year as an attempt to further engage students in specific programming and themed activities in their given residence. Since then, interest has piqued and the learning communities have expanded and become much more specific. “We have, in residence, been trying to do this for some years, and for the communities that we piloted we did see some positive growth. It became evident for our department that we needed to invest more time and resources into this project,” continued Shorey. “As its grown we’ve noticed more benefits in the students; we’ve seen a level of comfort and integration that we’re maybe not seeing in every residence community.” In order for the learning communities to be as
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successful as possible, their dons began training a full two days earlier than other dons, and also began planning their programming at the beginning of summer. Their programming, which was overseen by the residence education office, takes on a more educational role that is reflected in their additional don duties. Tom Waites, the don of Scholars’ Hall — one of the learning communities for the upcoming year — explained that his specific module for his first-year students. For his 11 students in Scholars’ Hall, all of which are from differing academic backgrounds, he has sought out upper-year students to team up as mentors for the incoming first years. They will aid the first-year students not only in terms of their academics, but also in getting involved on campus as well as the greater community in order to promote a healthy, balanced lifestyle. “I think the biggest thing is that we all have a shared purpose in our learning community,” said Waites. “The students in Scholar’s Hall are all academically driven, but then they are also seeking out opportunities to get involved on campus, and they are also seeking balance.” While some of these initiatives are completely new this year, the Residence Life Office noted that its past experiences in residence learning communities have suggested that they will continue to positively reflect the needs of incoming students.
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On Friday Sept. 7, members of the community gathered at the East Wing of the Research and Academic Centre anxiously awaiting the announcement of $16.7 million in federal funding for the Laurier Brantford YMCA Athletics and Recreation Complex. Invitations were sent out to members of the community earlier in the week for a special announcement from Haldimand-Norflolk MP and Diane Finley, minister of human resources and skills development, as well as Brant MP Phil McColeman. Minister Diane Finley could not emphasize enough that such an opportunity does not come along often. “The government realizes how important having projects like this are for a community,” she stated. Finley concluded her announcement by acknowledging the efforts of the entire community. “Great minds, great community; coming together to work together,”
she said. Although all levels of government have now secured funding, Brantford Mayor Chris Friel urged the community and supporters “to come together and make it a reality.” Community and student financial support will still be required. Another $18 million still needs to be raised. A student referendum will decide on an added fee to tuition. Dr. Max Blouw, president and vice-chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University, was passionate about this significant investment for the school. “It is great to see that the federal and provincial government could come together and make this grant happen for this location,” said Blouw. “The patience and time that this development took will make the community stronger and be well worth the wait,” stated Jim Commerford, CEO of the YMCA. Commerford continued to discuss some statistics and how the YMCA will be able to further help and develop the community.
“There are high levels of obesity and with obesity, the healthcare costs increase. When healthy living is promoted, and more enforced, the chances in reducing healthcare costs are increased.” Over the next three to four years there should be major development in the downtown core. This development is planned to make a huge difference, even though some people are still adjusting to the land that now stands vacant where many buildings once stood on Colbourne Street. The Laurier-YMCA athletics complex is one of ten architectural projects selected among hundreds of projects from across the world. The 130,000 square-foot facility will include a pool, multiple gymnasiums, a fitness centre and health and wellness promotions. The athletics complex will be open to the local Brantford community and will accommodate the rising student population of Laurier Brantford. The complex will also be fully accessible to people of all abilities.
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$149,000 overall amount raised throughout the week
$109,000 Amount raised on “Shine Day”
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Rain and cloudy skies didn’t seem to damper spirits on the most recent “Shine Day” on Sept. 8, as Shinerama volunteers and first-year students collectively raised approximately $106,000 for cystic fibrosis awareness and research. The total from all of Orientation Week was $149,000, roughly a $2,000 increase from last year. “The dedication and commitment that our first years showed was outstanding, they still all made a great appearance despite the rain, [which] I thought was really impressive,” explained Samantha Nash, the coordinator for Shinerama this year. While this total was an increase from last year, Nash noted that this isn’t the highest that Wilfrid Laurier University has ever raised. According to her, the Shinerama fundraising at Laurier has consistently been better than efforts made by other Canadian universities. “Laurier is the number one fundraising school in Canada and we have been for a number of years,” she added. According to Nash, cystic fibrosis, a recessive genetic disorder that severely affects the respiratory system, affects about one in 25 Canadians each year. Many members from the Waterloo community came and spoke about this illness to many of the first years during Shine Day. “I was actually pretty overwhelmed with how comprehensive
it was, and how many were students taking part,” said Rob Lake, a kinesiology professor at Laurier who suffers from cystic fibrosis. Lake, a first-time professor at Laurier, happened to pass by some students on “Shine Day” and took the time to donate money and speak to them. “It’s just phenomenal. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a university taking such concern with one particular charity for so long, I just think it’s fantastic,” he added. Both Lake and Nash asserted that major strides have been made in cystic fibrosis research, and that a cure is within sight. They believe that efforts should be increased so that goal is achieved earlier rather than later. “Realistically, in the next five or ten years, there’s going be cure, and that’s just an awesome thing to be part of,” said Lake. According to Lake, people should pay attention to cystic fibrosis and help out with the movement because the disease is something that a person is born with, so they have no way of preventing it. “[So] here’s a chance to do something in our lifetime,” added Lake. He also shared some interest in getting involved with the movement next year, and hopes to share his experiences to the new set of Shinerama volunteers and first-year students. “I definitely want to get involved, whether that means I get my hands dirty and do some fundraising myself or maybe speaking to some of the students before hand,” he said.
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David Docherty thought something was missing from Canada’s universities. “I was at a meeting and someone was talking about the importance of international offices at universities. They said ‘all of us think of ourselves as national universities, but it takes that extra effort to think of ourselves as international universities,” said the Mount Royal University president. “And I was sitting there thinking, ‘I think the opposition it true.’ All of us have international offices, but none of us have national offices.” So Docherty began exploring the possibility of an exchange program with another Canadian university, and sure enough he found a familiar partner in his endeavor — Wilfrid Laurier University. Docherty, who graduated from Laurier in 1984, began teaching political science at his alma mater in the early 1990s before being appointed dean of arts in 2005. Docherty took the job as president at Calgary’s Mount Royal last year. “It was something I had been thinking about, not necessarily related to Laurier,” said Docherty. “And then Laurier and Mount Royal had a joint alumni event in Calgary and [Laurier president] Max [Blouw] said in his remarks ‘this is the start of a good relationship and should grow to include student exchange.’ “So in my remarks all I could say was ‘Max you beat me to the punch.’” The agreement, signed by the two universities in early August, will allow students from one school to complete a term at the other in a situation both Docherty and Laurier registrar Ray Darling described as very similar to a semester abroad. Students would pay tuition fees at their home institution, but ancillary and service fees at the school where they are doing their exchange. The program is open to students
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from all disciplines and initially the universities’ goal is to have four students from each school participate in the exchange each year, though both Docherty and Darling said that the number is flexible. “We wouldn’t limit ourselves to four if we had more than that interested,” stated Darling. “If there’s student demand for it, that’s great, we would adjust the contract. It’s just to have some controls in place so, as I said, one school’s not taking on more than the other.” According to Darling, who has previously worked at the University of Guelph, this kind of agreement is almost unheard of. “Normally exchange programs are international or you’d have them with Québec because it was to do with French-language learning, but I’ve never seen one that’s between two English-language universities,”
he said. Docherty sees the partnership as an opportunity for the two universities to contribute to building national unity within Canada. “If we’re concerned about questions of citizenship, questions of understanding ourselves as a country, don’t get me wrong, as much as it’s important to spend four months in South Africa, or Spain, or Portugal or France, as much as that’s critically important, I think it’s equally important that we understand each other,” he said. “I understand Alberta a lot better now that I’ve been here for 13 months than before we moved out here. I think we’ll understand more of the country if we spent more time in different parts of it. If this is one small way that universities can help build the country, rather than pit it against itself, why shouldn’t we be doing it?“
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Fife takes Kitchener-Waterloo
Above: Catherine Fife and Andrea Horwath (Photo by Nick Lachance), top right: Tracey Weiler (Photo by Kate Turner), middle right: Eric Davis (Photo by Wade Thompson), bottom right: Stacey Danckert (Photo by Cristina Rucchetta)
NDP LINDSAY PURCHASE LOCAL AND NATIONAL EDITOR
Months of political pandering, door-to-door campaigning and heated debating culminated in a historic NDP victory for the Kitchener-Waterloo riding last week. The win ended a 22-year PC stronghold and simultaneously snatched away the possibility of a Liberal majority in the province. Catherine Fife has now assumed the responsibilities of KitchenerWaterloo MPP, taking over for Progressive Conservative incumbent Elizabeth Witmer. Witmer resigned last April in order to take over the role of chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). Election night results were consistent with polls released late in the campaign that showed Fife pulling ahead after a tight race between the NDP, PCs and Liberals. The number of votes received by each party were 18,559, 14,823 and
PC 11,204, respectively. According to Fife, the turning point of the campaign was the public debates between the ten candidates. “For me, the onus was the debates,” Fife explained. “People in this riding, they want to make sure their candidates know the issues, and they responded very positively.” While the Liberal party has typically come in second behind the PCs in the riding, this byelection saw a surge in NDP support. With a Liberal majority hanging in the balance and high tension between Premier Dalton McGuinty and the teacher’s union, strategic voting may have played a larger role in determining vote distribution. Additionally, the absence of Witmer, a widely-respected and highly visible public figure in the region, no longer in the running, the byelection represented an opportunity for a new political landscape in
Kitchener-Waterloo. When asked how she thought the teacher bill and Witmer’s appointment to the WSIB by McGuinty impacted the election results, provincial NDP leader Andrea Horwath responded, “I think Mr. McGuinty played a really cynical game with politics and he lost, and I think the people of Kitchener-Waterloo saw what he was doing for what it was and what they wanted was a representative that was going to take their issues very seriously.” Despite receiving just over 1,500 votes, Green Party candidate Stacey Danckert seemed more relieved than disappointed. “I think that we need a minority right now,” she argued. “I think at this point, especially given Bill-55, that we really need to make sure to hold the Liberals accountable, and hold them to task and make sure that there is somebody keeping track of what they’re doing.”
The byelection was the second consecutive loss for Liberal candidate Eric Davis, who focused on the Liberal win in Vaughan as a positive for the evening. Davis reflected, “We obviously were not successful tonight in Kitchener-Waterloo but we were in Vaughan and I think if you look across Ontario, we had a very tough fight on our hands.” He continued, “The NDP won one here, Tim Hudak didn’t win any tonight.” Toronto Centre MPP Glen Murray added, “When you’re the government, it means that you’ve won more than you’ve lost, so you always respect those times when you lose, because that’s as important a part of the democratic process as winning,” “This was a good demonstration that our democratic democracy is alive and well in Waterloo,“ he concluded.
“People in this riding, they want to make sure their candidates know the issues, and they responded very postively.” —Catherine Fife, Kitchener-Waterloo MPP and NDP representative
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NICK LACHANCE PHOTOGRAPHY MANAGER
After 81 polls had been counted, numbers were prophetic of the final results: NDP in the lead, followed by the Conservatives and Liberals, with Green trailing.
Byelections may have impact on Ontario JUSTIN SMIRLIES NEWS DIRECTOR
46.7 % K-W byelection turnout
25.4 % Vaughan byelection turnout
While Catherine Fife’s win last week may have prevented a Liberal majority in Ontario — a win that overturned a 22 year long Progressive Conservative hold in KitchenerWaterloo to the NDP — many other implications from the byelection may exist for the province. These implications, according to Wilfrid Laurier University political science professor Geoff Stevens, have yet to be seen. “A lot will depend on what happens between now and the next election and what circumstances cause the next election,” said Stevens. “The public sensed [in this byelection] that they weren’t happy with what they had provincially, whether that’s the McGuinty government or the Conservative opposition. So they casted that protest and voted NDP.” After numerous visits from all the party leaders and consistent dialogue about provincial challenges throughout the campaigning period, Stevens noted that this particular byelection was “free of significant local issues.” On Sept. 6, KW appeared to be a focal point for many in Ontario —much more than the one in Vaughan. “Most byelections don’t matter beyond the area in question, right? But this by-election mattered a lot for each of the three parties,” explained Peter Woolstencroft, a political scientist and analyst from the University of Waterloo. According to Woolstencroft, the NDP took over a riding that has
“I would be suprised if the government can pass the budget next spring.”
— Geoff Stevens, WLU poltical science professor
never been considered characteristically theirs, but there’s been a changing view towards the NDP in Ontario compared to what it once was in the past. “There was a time where a lot of people looked at the NDP with a great deal of fear and loathing,” he continued. The voter turnout for the KW byelection was 46.7 per cent, a figure that is much higher than is expected for a byelection. The byelection in Vaughan, which saw a win from Liberal Steven Del Duca, only received a 25.4 per cent turn out. Regardless of the turnout, both Stevens and Woolstencraft believe that the outcome of the byelections had an impact on the party leaders and the public’s perception of them — namely PC leader Tim Hudak and Premier Dalton McGuinty. “The thing is, if people are mad at the government, they should go to the opposition party,” explained
Woolstencroft. “But they didn’t, they went to another party. That’s really damaging to Tim Hudak.” Woolstencroft added that Hudak and the PCs could have made progress in Vaughan since they won that seat federally in a previous byelection. “I don’t think it’s a deal breaker for Hudak anymore than it is for McGuinty,” explained Stevens. “It’s not going to destroy McGuinty either but certainly takes some of the wind out of his sails. It does deny him a majority and Hudak has his work cut out for him.” The majority question for the Liberal government, if they were to win both byelections, was a huge factor in this byelection, but Woolstencroft believed it was much more than that. As seen in the last budgetary process in the spring, the Ontario government is going to have to continue with cuts to boil down the 15 billion dollar deficit the province has accumulated. “I think they have to come in with a tough budget, and in order to have a tough budget you’re going to need a majority,” he asserted. “Will they get support from the Conservatives for a tough budget? Maybe. But I think the Liberals wanted to handle it themselves.” With a minority government still in play and the threat of a tougher budget next year, Stevens expects to see talks of another general provincial election within the year. “I would be surprised if the government can pass the budget next spring,” he said.
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More at thecord.ca WLUSU raises concerns about the timing and student involvement - By Mike Radivoi
Fife: ‘Two-way commmunication’ with students is key LINDSAY PURCHASE LOCAL AND NATIONAL EDITOR
Catherine Fife didn’t wait to be sworn in as Kitchener-Waterloo’s newest MPP before getting busy at Queen’s Park. The NDP representative, who was elected in last Thursday’s byelection, was getting ready to attend her first caucus meeting Tuesday morning. Fife, a former Waterloo Region School Board trustee and chair, as well as mother of two, will be officially sworn in this coming Saturday. “I’ve already been taking calls for constituents and attending events,” Fife remarked. The NDP victory marked a momentous change in the political landscape of the riding, which had been claimed by popular PC representative Elizabeth Witmer for the past 22 years. Fife won with just over 18,000 votes, beating out PC candidate Tracery Weiler, who came in second, and Liberal Eric Davis, who followed
in third. Speaking to her group of supporters on the night of the election, Fife reflected, “I realized that people of riding and this province want to be part of something positive — and real.” In a riding that holds approximately 40,000 students, the appointment will undoubtedly be of large consequence to both universities as the functioning of the new relationship is determined. When asked how she envisioned her relationship with the riding’s post-secondary students, Fife responded, “I think it’s really important for me to work with your student governments,” and outlined her intention to set up a meeting soon. She also mentioned that she had met with student leaders earlier in the campaign, noting that “the communication is two-way.” One issue that Fife intends to address, in response to concerns voiced by students, is the Liberal tuition grant. The grant provides a 30 per cent rebate on tuition for university and college students in Ontario.
Fife noted that students have expressed “genuine concern” over barriers to accessing the grant, which she has taken into consideration. Thus far, however, Fife observed that her interaction with students has been more limited than is ideal. The timing of the election, nearing the end of Orientation Week, may have impacted the ability of students to engage fully with the issues and candidates of the critical byelection. Fife observed that she was not able to speak with students “as much as I would have liked to.” “When it comes down to between Frosh Week and a byelection,” she said, “Frosh Week gave us a run for our money.” Citing jobs, education and health as three of her primary focus points moving forward, Fife expressed her intention to represent all citizens of the riding. She concluded, “I definitely think that the job an MPP is to ensure the voices of its citizens are being heard at Queen’s Park.”
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Horwath and Fife greet a recently married couple on Sept. 6.
THE CORD • WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 Local Editor Lindsay Purchase email@example.com
Waterloo welcomes students’ return ALANNA FAIREY LEAD REPORTER
Despite the, at times, drunken and aggressive nature of students, their return brings many financial benefits to Waterloo’s business community. Upon their return to school, some have made the assumption that the student presence will lead to brawls at the local bars and nightclubs and frequent visits from the Waterloo Regional Police. However, that is not always the case. With the arrival of students comes the return of booming business at local bars and nightclubs. Ryan Good, owner of Chainsaw Saloon, claimed that his venture is a renowned “student bar” that does not get as much business from students during the summer. The volume of student customers that enter the bar ranges between 60 to 75 per cent. Like many others bars, Chainsaw does occasionally deal with students who attempt to sneak in with fake IDs, or the infrequent theft or vandalism of public property. However, Good still holds the student business in high regard. “In the ultimate scheme of things, it’s minor compared to the benefits that we get from students,” Good said. “We’re thankful for the students. Chainsaw basically survives because of the students,” he continued. “We wouldn’t be in existence without the students.” Waterloo Regional Police
Inspector Kevin Thaler agrees that there are incidents throughout the year where police have to be called in for a student situation, such as underage drinking and rowdy parties. Thaler argued that it is the students’ vulnerability to their new environment that makes them susceptible to trouble, not their antagonism. “With the pressures of being a student, some things get overlooked, such as leaving doors unlocked, which result in thefts in the dorms, houses and vehicles,” Thaler said. “But to say that all students are belligerent is not correct.” Thaler shared that the Waterloo Regional Police anticipates the conventional party events throughout the year, such as O-Week, Homecoming, and St. Patrick’s Day, and are sure to provide more assistance and resources to the community during these times as a safety precaution for both the students and the permanent residents. “The permanent residents should expect parties that cause some noise throughout the year. But should they expect loud parties all-year round? No,” Thaler shared. “But new students should also realize that it’s not a free pass for them to get in trouble. There should be a two-way street for students and residents.” Second-year Wilfrid Laurier University biology student Jennifer Hinton had noticed that while students do drink, attend parties and go to bars, things tend to quiet down
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by the beginning of October with the quick arrival of midterms, assignments and finals. “For Frosh Week, that is usually when things get really crazy sometimes, and that’s because it’s a week of fun and there’s nothing to worry about seemingly,” Hinton said. “But it’s the next week when school starts that they start to take
school much more seriously, because they know midterms are coming up soon and things quiet down.” As a don, Hinton witnessed her students take advantage of their newfound freedom from home. Once school has started and students are being given their midterms dates, they begin taking school much more seriously, proving
that education is ultimately a bigger priority than going out. “There are only the select few people that go out, not the whole school like some people assume,” Hinton said. “I find that most people are actually too busy studying to go out, so I think that most students aren’t a problem.”
K -W in brief Arrest made after stabbing
Following a stabbing incident on Sunday, Waterloo Regional Police Services have taken the aggressor into custody. After rushing the 21-year-old male victim to Grand River Hospital, the police were able to locate and detain the assailant. The aggressor is a minor and no plans have been made to charge him for his actions for the time being. The victim, who was attacked near the intersection of Phillip Street and University Avenue, has been treated and has since been released from the hospital. NICK LACHANCE PHOTOGRAPHY MANAGER
Police vehicles arrive at the scene of a fatal hit and run, one of many accidents which have occurred in the past several weeks.
Hit and run claims life of woman MIKE RADIVOI CORD NEWS
Last Tuesday, Sept. 4, a tragic hitand-run accident at the corner of King and Hickory resulted in the death of 82-year-old local resident Ruth Hamilton. The driver, Dale Eastman, 55, of Wilmot Township attempted to flee the scene but was shortly apprehended due to efforts from both police and bystanders. In addition to the fatal hit and run last Tuesday morning, several other accidents have occurred in the cityover the past week. In one incident, a student was hospitalized after being hit by a bus at the University of Waterloo. Concerns have been raised over the safety of both pedestrians and motorists in the area. Traudie Kauntz, manager of Household China and Gifts on the northeast corner of the intersection expressed concern not only for
people’s safety, but for the effect the hazardous intersection has on businesses in the area. “I grew up here, at 308 King. It has got worse, and worse, and worse and I don’t see anything being done about it,” she said. “It’s a way bigger picture than just this poor lady being killed.” Kauntz believes that a lot of it is a parking issue. “I personally believe there should be no parking on Hickory between Regina and King.” she stated. Olaf Heinzel of the Waterloo Regional Police expressed regret over the accident. “Its a tragic incident. Someone has died in the community,” he commented. Heinzel went on to say that, “With the return to school there has been a ramp up with the amount of traffic. Whether a pedestrian or motorist, we need to be vigilant about what is going on around us.” Some measures had been taken
by the City of Waterloo in order to ease congestion during the student move-in period. On August 28th, the city released information on what would be their temporary strategy during this time: “Most students will be moving in the Labour Day long weekend. Our goal, during this busy time, is to keep vehicles moving by easing congestion in the affected areas,” said Jim Barry, the city’s director of bylaw enforcement, in a media release. Roads were closed to redirect traffic flow and officers were dispatched to patrol affected areas. The funeral service for Mrs. Hamilton was held this past Monday at Woodside Bible Fellowship in Elmira. Eastman has been charged with failure to remain at the scene of the accident as well as dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death. He is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 2.
“It has got worse, and worse ... and I don’t see anything being done about it.”
—Traudie Kauntz, manager of Household China and Gifts
Student struck by bus at UW On Friday Sept. 7, a Grand River Transit bus struck a first-year University of Waterloo student as he was crossing the road. The 17-year-old student sustained serious injuries and is currently being treated at the trauma unit of Hamilton General Hospital. Though the Waterloo Regional Police collision traffic experts are continuing an extensive investigation, authorities have not yet determined the cause of the crash. Tip lines are currently available towards the public for information.
City concludes public sector wage negotiations
The City of Waterloo reached a compromise with city workers on Monday. Negotiations over the contract renewal will result in an additional payout of $1.17 million over a four-year period. The amount was decided on after extensive research by the Waterloo, with figures being compared to public sector wage increases in the fourth quarter of 2011, as detailed by the Ministry of Labour. —Compiled by Alanna Fairey
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Butterfly release encourages discussion In recognition of Suicide Prevention Day, people gathered to remember and look forward with hope KATELYN CULLUM LEAD REPORTER
Dozens of butterflies fluttered through the air on Monday evening to represent World Suicide Prevention Day and to signify hope. The Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council (WRSPC) hosted, with the help of volunteers who had all been affected by the topic of suicide, this annual event in Victoria Park on Sept. 10. “I think it is a chance for people to come together as a community and to know that they’re not alone,” said Linda Bender, who works for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). She went on to say that its about “[supporting] each other and also to continue to break the silence around suicide and become more open as a society so that people don’t feel alone.” Numerous citizens of Waterloo region gathered for this two-hour event, which provided guests with a BBQ, an informative booth fair, a butterfly release and keynote speakers. People of all ages were there to show their support and to help raise awareness about this issue. “I heard that they were releasing butterflies and I have a family friend that committed suicide,” explained Nadine Howell, an early childhood educator. “We know some people in the last two or three years that have taken their own life so we are just coming here for support and donating some money,” added Patty McAlpine,
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Maria Macrae, who personally touched by suicide, looks on with a smile as a butterfly is released.
a personal support worker. Both Howell and McAlpine were among several supporters who had lost loved ones to suicide. Maria Macrae, whose son, Alex, committed suicide in 2001 at the age of 25, was also at the event because she believes that she represents the
Philip St. closed until winter Closure for reconstruction should have minimal impact on students JONATHAN PERES DA SILVA CORD NEWS
Students intending to drive or take the bus down Philip Street in the near future are in for a bit of a surprise. As part of an intensive reconstruction, the street, which connects major city arteries Columbia and University, will be closed for approximately 16 weeks.
While a seemingly minimal change, this upheaval may still provide a slight inconvenience for people, mainly students, as Philip Street runs along the east side of the University of Waterloo (UW) campus. Construction should be finished by Dec. 21. The new street promises to have a center turning lane, as well as a lane heading in each direction, bike lanes, and pedestrian crossings. To some students, both of UW and Wilfrid Laurier University, the street being closed off is of almost no consequence. The bus routes for the 201 iXpress which some students use on the closed street have simply changed to go around it, causing not more than a five or ten minute delay. According to the Grand River Transit (GRT) website, the route will go from Columbia St. up to Philip St. and onward to Albert St., before resuming regular routing. A student from the University of Waterloo, Derek Kohalmi, stated “I’ve had to find other parking at the stadium instead. It wasn’t a big deal, but it’s caused a bit of an inconvenience.” There may be some inconvenience to those who live in the
buildings near by, or those unwilling to pay for parking. The street was a regular hub to some students, as it was a location where they could park their cars for the day without having to risk receiving a ticket in the many permit required zones in Waterloo. Considering that there are few buildings which would concern students in the closed off section, some have had a more stoic approach. Daniel, a student from the University of Waterloo who declined to give his last name, added “It’s definitely going to slow down the commute to school by a little bit. But other than that, it’s not even really affecting me all that much.” According to an anonymous worker who is partaking in the Philip St. reconstruction, the students who are at odds with the construction are the reason for it to begin with. “The street is being reconstructed with new sanitary, water and storm services, due to the vast amount of people who have moved into the area,” he alleged. “In the last seven years, 20,000 people have moved into this area, due to the universities.” Higher density population places greater demands on old sewage infrastructure in the city, which will need to be addressed into the future as the Region’s population continues to expand. While it may be a minor hassle and promises to remain so for the rest of the term, the reconstruction brings hopes of a safer street and better sewer system in the future.
voice that Alex never had. “The pain of a mother who loses a child is the greatest pain,” Macrae expressed, holding back tears. “And out of that pain came so much determination and as I was looking at my Alex in the coffin, I promised him that I was going to be his voice.”
Tana Nash, the executive director of WRSPC, elaborated on the idea that the community needs to be vigilant in advocating that suicide is a real illness and can be prevented. “My role for the council is to make noise in the Waterloo Region and say ‘what are we doing about this
issue?’” Nash explained. One of the things that have been implemented by WRSPC in recent years is “Skills for Safer Living”, which as Allan Strong, the team leader for this program, explained, is “the intervention for folks who have made repeated attempts.” Nash further detailed that, while initial suicide prevention awareness is great, the next step is filling the gaps surrounding suicide, such as dealing with people who have attempted or collaborating with hospitals. “We are trying to go through and identify gaps,” she said. An underlying theme throughout the event was the belief that suicide should not remain quiet. MP Harold Albrecht from Kitchener-Conestoga, one of the guest speakers, addressed Bill C300, which plans to introduce federal framework for suicide prevention. In his speech, he stated that this bill is “one little piece of a big puzzle.” Both Nash and Strong have been touched by suicide and are strong believers in suicide prevention. “[It is about] channeling that grief into something positive,” said Nash. Strong added that, while it is about “awareness and understanding,” it is also about “hope.” And that is what the butterflies have come to represent to the WRSPC: a symbol of transformation and change. People looking for support can contact Mental Health Crisis Services toll free, at 1-866-366-4566.
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Students wait for a ‘real outcome’ Following the victory of pq leader pauline marois, student groups vow to continue pushing for change erin hudson cup quEbEc burEAu chiEF
MONTREAL (CUP) — Despite a Parti Québécois victory in last week’s provincial election, student leaders say the movement is far from over. This is despite the party’s headlining promise to abolish the university tuition hikes that prompted the protests that dominated Québec this past year. “This is not a complete victory,” said Elaine Laberge, president of the Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec (FECQ), on election night in a downtown Montreal bar as the news of the PQ and Marois’ victory came in. She continued, “It’s going to be a complete victory when the Parti Québécois is going to cancel the tuition fee increases.” Speaking at the election result party hosted by two of the student federations which represented students over the course of the general strike, president of the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec (FEUQ) Martine Desjardins expressed doubt that the election was an end to student mobilization. “It’s only a baby step,” she said. “This is not the end of the mobilization. Our goal is not obtained yet; we need a resolution and a real outcome.” Jérémie Bédard-Wien, an executive of CLASSE, the largest
student body representing students throughout the strike, said that, for students, the main course of action in the coming days would be to “keep the pressure on the government” to ensure the PQ follows through on its promises concerning education. “It’s really important to consider this repeal of the tuition hike not a victory of the electoral process or a particular political party,” he added. The day after her election, Premier Pauline Marois stated in a press conference her intention to order by decree the abolition of the Charest government’s tuition hike, to abolish the controversial Law 12 and convene a summit meeting to discuss higher education. Whether the PQ will be able to implement its promises remains to be seen according to Concordia political science professor Harold Chorney, who specializes in public finance and policy. “They’re a minority government. Minority governments cannot behave the way majority governments do,” he explained. Marois promised to abolish the tuition hike through an order in council, a process that, theoretically, could be issued by the Minister of Education unilaterally. Chorney also noted the potentially powerful position the upstart Coalition Avenir du Québec (CAQ) could hold with its 19 seats. The PQ occupies 54 of the 125 seats in the
National Assembly. The Liberals occupy 50. With the defeat and subsequent resignation of former-premier Jean Charest, Chorney pointed to the state of internal disorganization within the Liberals as unlikely to try to defeat the PQ government unless a coalition with the CAQ is likely. In the view of others such as another Concordia political science professor Guy Lachapelle, a coalition between the PQ and the CAQ is the more likely pairing. Regardless, Corina Kajugiro, a student at Cégep Rosemont, said after the election results were in that she felt the PQ would be unable to handle the problems with the student conflict alone. Marois’ final promise in her first address as premier was a promise to convene a summit on higher education — a step that university rectors and staff have wanted to take for years, according to Lachapelle. “We never had the debate about the place of education in our society and I think that’s very important,” he said. “It’s a question of education in our society.” The upcoming summit will be the next major focus for CLASSE as it will be a key opportunity to communicate the associations’ view for education, said CLASSE executive Bédard-Wien. “We’ve always fought for a radically different vision of education
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— education free from tuition and from the corporatization — the influence of corporations and so we’ll keep fighting against that and so, of course, the summit is a crucial point in that strategy,” he said. According to Bédard-Wien, the real victory for the student movement is the central role issues and debates around education assumed
throughout the general student strike. “The strength that we built through leverage in numbers allowed us to put these debates on the political map and the fear that such momentous times in Québec society will replicate itself is the main reason why the PQ is actually following up on these promises now,” he said.
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According to a news release from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), Aboriginal Representative Organizations (AROs) will be facing cuts in both project-based funding and core funding over the next two fiscal years. The aim of this funding alteration is to redirect financial support “to priority areas.” These cuts have left community leaders concerned over the potential detrimental consequences. Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn Atleo expressed considerable disapproval of these cuts in a statement, explaining, “These funding reductions have the potential to create very serious negative
impacts for First Nation families and in turn the broader community and all Canadians.” Financial assistance to Regional AROs will be decreased by ten per cent. A second possibility is that core funding will be limited to a ceiling of $500,000. Some of the key priorities listed by the AANDC that the redirection looks to support are education, economic development and resolving land issues, among several others. “To be honest it goes back to the Indian Act, the paternalistic way it governs First Nations communities,” explained Kandice Baptiste, who is responsible for Aboriginalstudents recruitment and retention at the Office of Aboriginal Initiatives at Wilfrid Laurier Univeristy. “I think it’s just a continuation of
history perpetuating itself, with the way the funding cuts are coming across now.” She continued, “It’s just decisions that are being made above everyone’s head and it’s affecting everyone but those making the decisions.” Baptiste went on to explain that the nature of funding allocation for First Nations communities is problematic in itself, as the government does not allow the people to decide where money should be spent. Canada’s treatment of its Aboriginal population has come under criticism in the past, such as last fall, when the community of Attawapiskat, located in Northern Ontario, declared a state of emergency due to lack of adequate housing, sanitation facilities and running water. “The Treaty of Rights said that the
Natives were guaranteed education and all these services,” explained Daniel Kennedy, co-president of the Aboriginal Students Association at Wilfrid Laurier University. He went on to say that there are people in the government that now unreasonably feel that First Nations communities should not go back and support such agreements since they were made quite a while ago. “It is still a government document, right? So now they’re saying we need to make cutbacks,” Kennedy remarked. “There’s other things they’re spending on that they could cut back on.” Baptiste went on to explain how serious the consequences of further funding cuts could be, due to the fact that the Aboriginal population is expanding at a rate of 45 per cent more
quickly than the non-Aboriginal population. “If we’re not educated and trained now, we’ll bankrupt Canada, it’s just a certainty,” she argued. “So I think [in the] long-term the Canadian economy will suffer and nobody wants to talk about the statistics now.” Baptiste added that there are misconceptions about Aboriginal people living exclusively in northern reserves, which allows for the impact of funding cuts to be undermined. “Toronto has the highest concentration of Aboriginal people in Canada, and over 50 per cent of our people are living in urban centres,” she concluded “So it will affect people outside the reserves, and outside the Aboriginal people, and I think a lot of people miss that.”
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DearLIFE Dear Life is your opportunity to write a letter to your life, allowing you to vent your anger with life’s little frustrations in a completely public forum. All submissions to Dear Life are anonymous, should be no longer than 100 words and must be addressed to your life. Submissions can be sent to dearlife@ thecord.ca no later than Monday at noon each week. Dear Life/BT, Because of you, I no longer believe in love. Sincerely, I understand why Taylor Swift writes so many break-up songs Dear Life, Just when I just got used to the presence of last year’s freshmen students, I have to deal with more now Sincerely, I really hate those at the bottom of the food chain Dear Life, Grow up and get your priorities straight! Sincerely, Sick of this bullshit Dear Life, Can all the bros sitting in the back row please shut up? Sincerely, Your jokes give people a sad excuse to laugh Dear Life, Being an off-campus living student, to pay an “ entrance fee” to get into the dining hall is completely ridiculous – it isn’t a night club, I shouldn’t have to pay a cover to spend money the school will use to build more shitty walls around campus. Sincerely, If I dress skimpy enough, can I skip to the front of the line? Dear Life, Hi, I’m Sara and I’m in third year no one gives a shit. Sincerely, Profs, please stop making us introduce ourselves to the class Dear Life, If you didn’t want something to be walked on, why did you put it on the floor? Sincerely, Fake traditions suck Dear Life, Most first years were not alive for a Jays World Series. Holy shit. Sincerely, Apparently five years is too many
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My Roommates are driving me crazy Life Editor Carly Basch exposes the seemingly hilarious and annoying conflicts of living with others I lucked out with my roommates. I had the opportunity to live with four fabulous individuals who were not only my best friends, but my family. We cared for each other, spent the most time with each other and had a strong bond. However with all relationships there’s one thing that is bound to come up: conflict. It happens. My roommates had a habit of making me frustrated and irritated despite them being my best friends. Oh yeah, their antics pissed me off and I’m sure mine were just as annoying, but at the end of the day, when the stupidity of the issue got resolved, we were all smiles, until the next thing came up. Living with your pals is a ton of fun but much different from living at home. Your privacy and space is invaded, people have a different tolerance of rules and regulations. Here are the hilarious cons of living with others.
you want to party and dance in your living room, your roommate will have the most important essay of their life due that week. When you’re stressing out over that 40 per cent exam, your roommates will be competing in beer pong tournaments. Even watching TV at night. Conan killed me during the weeknights. Of course when you ask politely to keep the noise level down, you always appear to be the one being “unreasonable.”
Whether you like it or not, whenever there is an issue within the house and all the roommates know, people are going to pick sides. Expect to be the outcast in a few of them, and enjoy the ones where you have everyone supporting you. Enjoy it as long as you can! It’s a 50/50 chance, react wisely!
6) Stinky foods being cooked.
1) They’re horny, and they will want to hook up. A lot.
Just when you thought it was okay to walk around in your towel, you see that random dude chilling on your couch. Nothing to me was more uncomfortable than waking up in the morning, in my P.J.s and discovering three different pairs of male shoes near my doorway. Hey, if they wanted to bring someone home, they could. As long as the guest is respectful, you will just have to deal with it.
2) Their view of cleanliness are completely different than yours.
They could have mould on their dishes and stack them up for weeks
“Salmon nights” were my least favourite nights. Plug your nose and invest in a fan.
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in the sink before they thought it was an issue. They let garbage bags overflow, and wonder why there are bugs in the house. Hair and scum all over the bathroom? Who cares? They don’t! If the cleaning system is a free for all, it is guaranteed that the ones who are neater will pick up more of the slack. It is almost impossible to evenly assign cleaning chores to your roommates. Chances are, they won’t think it’s such an issue if the kitchen is a disaster but
they will think you’re crazy for getting mad at them.
Animals in a student house, especially an apartment, are cute for a couple of hours. That’s it. But when your roommate wants to treat the living area like a zoo and bring an animal into the house, things could get tricky. Not only must you deal with the smell, noise and potential hair (not
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Your noise level will clash with someone else’s noise level. We all have our different schedules. When
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Is there a ghost on my couch? Why has the TV been on for the past hour and no one is watching it. Some students are lucky and don’t have to worry about money, others are dealing with OSAP and balancing an extra job. Conserving energy is always a smart idea so give the roommate some slack when he/she gets annoyed that you leave all the lights and the TV on and plug in every electronic device when you’re not using them. They will have the pay for it.
First impressions in lecture are extremely important if you want to have a successful semester. Looking up pics of One Direction or your “social” night at Phils should be saved after class. You are paying to go to school and learn something right?
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19) We all have our fair share of walk of shames but try not to do one every single morning during this week. It’s not healthy always being “too friendly”.
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Leave a bit early if you want to get to class on time, the traffic on campus gets squishy and will tempt you to break a Laurier tradition. But don’t challenge the power of a floor:
even if your toe accidentally touches the Hawk, you will get yelled at.
Pisces (Feb. 19 - March 20)
Arguing with your roommate already? Only two ways to solve it: passive-aggressive snipes towards one another or couples therapy.
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Stay away from Bricker Residence if you want to avoid drinking violations. Yeah, we know: it sucks to be underage. You’ll grow up soon.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Your Don doesn’t approve of your contraband but making up nasty rumours about them to “get even” is not going to make the next eight months easier.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
If you can’t remember the names of the people on your same floor, how the heck are you going to memorize your disorganized lecture notes? Start practicing.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
You will find yourself in a tug-owar of wanting to get WILFs Spin Dip and debating whether or not you’re willing to wait over 45 minutes to get it served to you.
Leo (July 23 - Aug. 22)
We don’t have to worry about you not getting enough fun and action during the first month of school. What we are worried of is how many of those “interactions” will end up in your first-year Poli-Sci lecture.
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The Naughty Prude: Friends with Benefits Dear Naughty Prude, My best guy friend has really been there for me over the past two years at Laurier. We lived in the same residence in first year and have spent the past two years getting to know each other. I admitted to him that I liked him and he said he feels the same way, but does not want to get in a relationship. I have never done the whole “friends with benefits” thing, but I think I would be willing to try it with him. Am I setting myself up for failure?
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The Laughing Buddha Weighing the pros and cons of participating in a cleanse diet
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The beginning, at least according to Julie Andrews, is a very good place to start. So I decided to start one step before the beginning, by cleansing. But what exactly is a “cleanse diet”? Essentially, it is a diet that aids in the purging of the toxins that our body accumulates over time. Bits of food, bacteria or fat get lodged in the stomach, small and large intestines and the colon; this diet helps to clean and clear those places out. Does that sound gross to you? You’re right, it is. I took most of my information and recipes from a book called Super Cleanse by Adina Niemerow. It’s a fairly handy book that provides a number of different cleanses that you can do to your body. For my own personal preference I started with, “The Laughing Buddha”, a call back to the Buddhist Deity, and one of the more gentle cleanses. It got its name due to the various use of Chinese teachings regarding diet. Those being, vegetarianism, scarcity and the idea of a wholeness with our food. “The Laughing Buddha” is the title of the diet in the
book, but I can tell you- this Buddha-bodied-boy was not laughing at all. The goal of The Laughing Buddha is to not only cleanse but also to introduce me to a world of healthy eating while making me feel spiritually lifted. Naturally there were some good things, and a few unpleasant things during my cleanse week. Here are the pros and cons of “The Laughing Buddha”.
1. I did start to feel better by the end of the week, though the effects were not immediate, I did feel lighter and healthier by the end of the diet. 2. I discovered some foods that I normally would never have eaten. Ie. Millet? It’s what people feed chickens, but put it with some almond milk and coconut and it’s pretty good. 3. I snack, a lot. By restricting what I ate every day I could pinpoint a major flaw of my eating habits, and that is snacking too much. 4. I lost six pounds! If that’s not progress I don’t know what is.
1. For the first few days I felt like absolute garbage. Apparently this is normal because it’s a sign that the toxins “leaving my body.” That’s a pretty lame excuse for how crappy I felt. Also, a lot of the food was bland and gross.
2. It’s expensive. Health food is pricey, especially if you want to get organic or specialty foods. This is not a diet that can be sustained for a long period of time, as it gets very pricey, very quickly. 3. It’s a lot of work, and you have to clean a food processor just about every day.
The classic definition of “friends with benefits” in my own terms would be “two fun, pleasure-seeking friends sleeping together without the pressure of commitment”. Friends with benefits is an invisible contractual agreement, no written terms just the universal assumption that nothing will ever come of it. Within the confines of a friendship individuals feel extremely safe and comfortable. You respect each other, both find each other attractive but cannot entertain the idea of putting them first, or being in a relationship with them. Friends with benefits in most cases are easier to obtain then a relationship and usually easier to maintain as well, which could be why your male friend prefers to not get into relationships. Though some may believe indulging in a “friends with benefits” relationship is ideal, there are obviously major detriments. In my personal opinion, a “friends with benefits” verbal agreement is never 50/50. Someone always has hidden feelings that they are not revealing, which can lead to someone getting hurt. Another cautionary point: the sex can come between the
4. It’s the dumps. It’s crappy. There are only a few ways toxins can get out of your body. One of the ways is through your skin; the other way, we’ll just say is pretty shitty. 5. What’s a Jicama? No body knows. Exotic foods are expensive and hard to find and are required for a ton of the recipes.
The Final Bite:
I would recommend doing this cleanse if you really are feeling sluggish and gross, but to just to do for fun, well it isn’t that fun. The meatball sub on cheat-day certainly was worth it though. I also found that, as I am not a 90-pound child, the amount of calories per day wasn’t enough to actually keep me going. Stay tuned next week for another episode of How I Met Your Blubber. Spencer Dunn has transformed himself into a human guinea pig as he embarks on a quest to lose weight by trying different dieting techniques. Be sure to tune in and read his ongoing series of “The Carnivore’s Conundrum”. He also blogs about it here www.thecarnivoreconundrum. blogspot.com
friendship. Being “friends with benefits” changes a relationship from being platonic to sexually-charged instantaneously. As soon as you cross that barrier, sex comes before hanging out casually, going for coffee or seeking advice. You are now always thinking of one thing and one thing only: sex. Or, you and your friend have just had sex and now it is painfully awkward to hangout; you start resenting everything about them except their personal anatomy and how they strive to pleasure yours. A “friends with benefits” scenario is wholly subjective. When entering the agreement you must take into account your feelings and most importantly become conscious of the risks. Do not go into it blindly naïve. “Friends with benefits”, in my honest opinion has a high percentage of failure, so just be cautious and honestly, a bit guarded at first. The Naughty Prude is our sex columnist who takes pleasure in divulging the mysteries of sex. If you have any questions you need answering, or have any comments please feel free to e-mail her TheNaughtyPrude@Gmail.com. No question is too small- nor too controversial.
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Quick workouts and cheap meals Staff Writer Vanessa Tharen tells us how to fit in a workout and an easy-to-prep meal into your busy schedule As O-Week comes to a bitter end, the logical side of our brain reappears, reminding us of the unhealthy lifestyle choices of the last week, “Did I really eat nothing but pizza for four days?” It is hard for us to get into a routine of healthy eating with all the temptations of bad food circulating around us. The overwhelming number of greasy carbs we consume has snapped us back into reality. There is then a newfound inspiration to maintain a healthy lifestyle while at university. It is important to be realistic when budgeting time; whether it’s cooking or heading over to the Athletic Complex to work out. Arranging your schedule to spend
two hours at the gym to balance out the three doughnuts you had for breakfast probably won’t happen and it’s not realistic at all. Updating your agenda consistently, can help keep you organized so you have more time to fit in other important things such as studying or catching up on your favourite reality TV shows. One of the ways you can help get yourself back on track is fitting in a thirty-minute cardio routine. With an iPod, towel and water bottle in hand, start on the treadmill andwith a two-minute warm up, getting yourself to a fast-paced walk. Pick up the pace and get into a light jog for one minute, then increase your speed for another one
minute to a fast sprint, followed by one minute of walking. Repeat until the half hour is up, completing with a nice five-minute cool down. If that workout becomes repetitive or is too easy, you can incorporate two-minute intervals to present a challenge. Tip: if you’re not sweating, then it’s not challenging. There is no doubt that your stomach will be grumbling after completing a nice, hard thirty-minute cardio routine. Cooking can be fun but also seem like a chore as it not only eats away at your time, but also your wallet. However this simple spinach and cheese quiche recipe is easy to make, the ingredients are cheap, and delicious.
4 eggs 1 pie crust ½ cup cheese ½ cup spinach 1 red pepper To make:
Crack four eggs into a bowl and whisk. Add ½ cup shredded cheese, chopped pepper, and ½ cup spinach after chopping it into small pieces. Pour ingredients into pie crust, then bake in a pre-heated 350 degrees oven for 30-40 minutes.
Approximate total cost of ingredients: $9.85
A meal like this is essential because it takes less than an hour to make, does not require a lot of prep or ingredients to get confused with yet is hearty enough to fill you up and restore energy after a thirtyminute work out. Finding time to schedule in thirty-minute cardios with a healthy meal after ensures a better and more balanced day, giving you the proper nutrients your body needs in order to be alert for class.
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From runway to Concourse Putting a campus spin to high-fasion looks and styles BRIEANNE BERRY STAFF WRITER
September is one of the best months of the year, despite having to return to classes after a four-month hiatus. Between Fashion Week, Fashion’s Night Out and the release of big September issues for every style magazine, this is a great month for gathering some of your favourite trends. However, as fashion continues to evolve and designers continue to push their limits, it’s hard to imagine ever wearing their looks without looking like Lady Gaga. Luckily, taking inspiration from the runway is easy when you focus on the trend
itself and take away pieces instead of the full outfit.
Trend #1: Oxblood
One of the grossest-sounding colours is now the hottest shade for fall and what better way to wear it than as a warm jacket to brace yourself against that Waterloo wind? How to get the look: Take a crochet shirt and pair it with an faux-fur collared jacket, in oxblood colour. Pair it with black leggings, thigh-high boots and a mesh top.
Trend #2: Geometric Prints
Another big thing right now is to mix and match your prints from top
to bottom, in complementary colours, as seen in Miu Miu’ Fall 2012. Since that can get a little hectic, try taking one print and a subtle texture instead. You get a similar effect and you don’t even need the crazy eye shadow. How to get the look: Take a shirt with a lace pattern and pair it with a cropped trouser with a geometric print on it. Top it off with a circle scarf and flats and a coloured tote bag. Anything you see in these sets are easily attainable at our local fast fashion stores (H&M, Dynamite, Spring, Aldo)+ and acceptable to grace our Laurier hallways. Stay tuned for more updates.
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First years rock out on campus
TIFF ‘12: A guide to this year’s festival What you can expect at the Toronto International Film Festival CARLY BASCH LIFE EDITOR
This time of year, Canadian cinephiles rejoice as Toronto becomes a temporary Hollywood, and the notable names in the film industry have an excuse to visit their friendly neighbours up north. Spanning over ten days from Sept. 6 to 16, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) showcases some of the most exciting and critically acclaimed up-and-coming films from all over the world. The festival prides itself in bringing together a multitude of diverse programs, specifically designed to showcase different types of films. Whether they are wide-release feature-lengths, or short Canadian films, TIFF-goers have the opportunity to meander through the wide selection and create their own program that caters to their own specific interests. The biggest and most exciting part of TIFF for attendees is the opportunity to be some of the first people to see films that will be in wide release in the next month or two. These tickets are the ones that sell out the fastest, and the films that gather the most attendees, as they tend to be the more “comfortable”
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films. Galas embody the ‘glitz and glamour’ of TIFF with the red carpet premieres and largest screening venues. However, what TIFF should be recognized most for is giving equal opportunity to foreign films with limited North American exposition. On top of that, and the festival recognizes Canadian films that will be limited in terms of exposition and gives support to new Canadian directors. Programs such as “Wavelengths,” “Short Cuts Canada” and “City to City” offer TIFF goers a more artistic and rare exposure to films. Although it is only halfway through the festival, here are some noteworthy events that are going on: Popular TIFF Programs: Gala Presentations, Special Presentations, Midnight Madness (Genre: Horror), Contemporary World Cinema, TIFF Docs Most exciting celebrities attending TIFF: Ryan Gosling, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kristen Stewart, Emma Watson, Selena Gomez, Bruce Willis, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Ben Affleck, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Jason Reitman, James Franco, Snoop Lion, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper,
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Bill Murray, Eli Roth, Kristen Wiig. Best Venue to watch a TIFF screening: The Elgin Theatre (VISA Screening Room). Audiences can get a feel of going to a picture palace when attending TIFF Galas or Special Presentations. Most intimidating venue to watch a TIFF screening: Roy Thompson Hall. Mainstream films that are making biggest buzz: Looper, Cloud Atlas, Argo, Hyde Park on Hudson, Silver Linings Playbook, The Master, Anna Karenina, Spring Breakers, The Sessions. Most unique presentation at TIFF: Jason Reitman’s live reading of American Beauty. Where to find the stars: When not hiding out in their swanky hotel rooms or attending press conferences, the celebs like to hang out in Yorkville— Toronto’s fancy mink mile. Sightings of Jude Law walking aimlessly down Hazelton, or Jim Krasinski taking a lunch break in one of Yorkville’s most expensive restaurants is where fans will have the most luck running into celebrities in this area.
controversial rules. Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming film The Master swept the awards portion of the fest, originally taking the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (a tie between Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix) awards. The film was unfortunately stripped of its Best Picture award because of an official rule where no one film can win more than two major awards. The real shocker came though when it was revealed that Seymour Hoffman and Phoenix were actually played by Daniel DayLewis. Man he’s good.
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Down with Webster performs at Tuesday’s On Campus Celebration
AMY GRIEF ARTS EDITOR
The annual Orientation Week (OWeek) tradition, On Campus Celebration 2012 brought a slew of Canadian musical talent to campus. Taking advantage of the various available performance venues on campus, this year’s party provided something for fans of all popular music genres. Unlike last year, the entire event took place in a single area of campus. “We used the TA, the Quad, the Turret and Wilf’s,” said Orientation Team operations executive, Chandler Joliffe. “Whereas last year we used the Quad, Turret, Wilf’s and the AC, so the two separate venues made it a little bit more chaotic.” Spinning in the Quad were System 21 and Dijon, who provided first year party-goers with face-melting EDM hits all night long. Playing the Turret on an almost weekly basis, these Laurier student DJs continue to gain a substantial following due to their uncanny ability to provide their peers with the bass-heavy music they crave. The headliner, Toronto’s Down With Webster, played to a packed house at the Theatre Auditorium. First-year history major Hannah Weir was fortunate enough to beat the line up, which began over an hour-and-a-half prior to event, and had a prime view of the show. “They were high-energy, they had just as much fun as we did. It was a party onstage,” she said. “They kept everything really interactive with the audience, so it made it a lot of fun. It was just a really good time.” The opening line-up for Down with Webster was quite diverse, including pop-rock singer Shawn Hook, the eclectic Tupperware Remix Party, and rappers Son Real and Rich Kidd, all of whom pumped up the audience for Down with Webster’s energetic show. Rocking out at the Turret were Gentlemen Husbands, Young Empires and Monster Truck. While Down with Webster may have
“It’s really up to the first years and what level of maturity and respect they choose to take, but they acted phenomenally.” —Chandler Joliffe, Orientation Team operations executive
monopolized much of the audience, Monster Truck, often compared to the Black Keys, reflected upon their Laurier performance in a tongueand-cheek tweet. “Thanks to the people that skipped Down With Webster to see us tonight. Biggest “cozy” show ever. To the rest of you: I hope you hate school.” Wilf’s played host to a live Karaoke band giving first year students the chance to entertain their peers; for better or for worse. From 9 p.m. until after 1 a.m., the Laurier campus was alive with music. With paramedics, ice breakers, committee volunteers and the emergency response team patrolling the event, there were significantly fewer alcohol-related incidents than last year. “At the end of the day it’s a dry event,” said Joliffe. “So it’s really up to the first years and what level of maturity and respect that they choose to take, but they acted phenomenally.” Despite long line ups, most first years enjoyed the event, getting a chance to see the fun side of Laurier life, and getting an opportunity them to break the ice and make new friends. “It was good way to meet people, like just standing in the lines and waiting, you met so many people just from that,” finished Weir.
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Steven Page ‘bares’ his soul at O-Week
Ex-BNL frontman strips down mental health stigma AMY GRIEF ARTS EDITOR
As part of Laurier’s Orientation Week event roster, former Barenaked Ladies front man Steven Page spoke quite candidly about his mental health in an attempt to put a face of normalcy on the negative stigma associated with mental illness. “We can live regular lives and productive lives while coping with our mental illness or our mental health challenges,” said Page. Page spoke about how, throughout his 21 years with the Barenaked Ladies he suffered from depression, among other things. Despite his happy-go-lucky appearance, he explained that “happiness and depression are not mutually exclusive.” He began by speaking about his very public arrest in 2008, Page iterated that it’s okay to speak about mental illness, and to always seek out support when you need it. “If you reach out to your friends and family, you will be a burden, there’s no two ways about it,” he said. “It puts stress on your family and your friends whether you’re addressing it or not. And I learned in 2008, when I had just gone through a divorce and was arrested for drug possession, I thought, you know, I’m probably sitting on some of these issues.” Always relating back to first year students, Page said, “One of the
great things about being at a school like this, and a week like this, is you have the opportunity to build relationships and build a community amongst yourselves.” He empathized the need to eliminate the stigma related to mental illness, especially to the negative connotations associated with seeking counseling or medication. “If I could live in a world where I didn’t have to take a pill every morning, I would love that,” said Page. “But I’d rather take the pill every morning than be destructive to myself or my family.” Beyond merely speaking about mental health, Page played four Barenaked Ladies songs, that provided insight about how his own mental illness shaped his musicianship and creativity. Combating the notion of the “tortured artists” Page exclaimed that his best work is always derived from the periods where he feels “normal” and is reflecting upon his illness. “If I could be totally normal... dude, I would take it, in a second,” he said. “As much as the great highs of a bipolar existence are wonderful, the great highs of a non-bipolar existence are also wonderful. And they don’t become fraught with hours and days and months of suicidal thoughts.” In explaining the “meaning” behind one of the Barenaked Ladies’ most popular songs, “Brian Wilson,”
Killabits at Beta
Toronto’s electronic producer/DJ duo kick-off Beta’s Back 2 School lineup
ALI CONNERTY ARTS EDITOR
Last Wednesday, The Killabits kicked off Beta Nightclub’s Back 2 School September lineup with a wickedly high-energy show that held the crowd entranced from start to finish. The electronic DJ and producer duo from Toronto played to the audience, all of whom seemed to have personal connection to the music. A more intimate crowd in contrast to some of Beta’s more wellknown acts, the common respect for the music really created an unspoken bond between everyone there. The openers, Tundra & Odi-Wun, worked together to hype up the crowd for the Killabits. Spinning new collaborations of drum n’ bass, dubstep and electro, they set the pace for the rest of the night. These local DJs can be found at clubs and parties across Kitchener-Waterloo. The Killabits hit the stage, and had the crowd pumped and singing along as they remixed Zed’s Dead and Omar LinX’s “Rudeboy” and later Adventure Club’s “Wait.” Seamless transitions from track
to track kept everyone dancing nonstop for the entire two-hour set. The combination of popular songs, including some by Skrillex, Avicii and Nero, along with original tracks, kept the audience on its toes as to what was coming next. As 2:30 a.m. approached, the audience called for “one more song,” and even after the encore, everyone went wild as the Killabits caved and dropped Nirvana’s “Smells like Teen Spirit”. The duo was extremely versatile, and seemed able to master anything within the genre of EDM. They continuously dropped heavy bass seamlessly alongside fastpaced electronic backbeats, mixed with a bit of a Moomba flair, all with a vocal layover; they are definitely someone to keep an eye on in the future. Having missed their show in August at Wrongbar in Toronto, I was very excited to catch their show at Beta. Needless to say, this was one of the most adrenaline-pumping shows I have been to in a while, and would go see them again in a heartbeat.
If I could live in a world where I didn’t have to take a pill every morning, I would love that.”
—Steven Page, former Barenaked Ladies Frontman
Page explained that despite the song’s cheerful melody, the lyrics speak to how he deals with his illness, through immersing himself in music. In a prelude to the popular song “War on Drugs” about the “suicide fence” known as the Luminous Veil, built under Toronto’s Bloor Viaduct, Page delivered a lasting message about the importance of community working together to combat stigma and making a communal effort to help those with mental illness. “People are going to fall prey to their own brains,” he said. “But the best that we can do, as a community, is to hold our arms out, like that luminous veil and catch people if we can, when they fall. That’s what we’re here for.”
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Steven Page, of the former Barenaked Ladies, speaks to first-year students about mental health awareness.
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The Control of Cruise
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Visual Director Wade Thompson makes a case for respecting Tom Cruise as a movie star despite some obvious flaws from his public profile
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Rock of Ages was arguably the biggest film disappointment of the summer for me. It was messy, it was stupid and it was not at all full of camp, like it easily could have been. As a guy who loves a good musical, I walked out hating almost every second of it. Although, I am restricted to saying “almost.” Because amongst all the crap featured in the movie, one shining light broke through and made it bearable to watch; an actor who has never failed to impress me on the big screen. I am referring to the silver-screen phenomenon that is Tom Cruise. Some people may have already stopped reading by this point, but I implore you, hear me out. Yes, I am praising the same couch hopping, L. Ron Hubbard worshipping, maniacal laughing scientologist who bitched out Matt Lauer on national television. And you would have a point if we were simply talking about Tom Cruise “the man”. In fact, I roll my eyes at pretty much any “news” reported about his personal life. However, Tom Cruise “the actor”, in his wheelhouse on screen, he simply can’t miss. He can’t. Since his debut in the early 1980’s, Cruise has time and time again shown why he deserves to be considered the biggest movie star in the world. We’re currently in an era of cinema where the idea of a “movie star”
is fading. No longer is Harrison Ford giving us chills as Indiana Jones, but rather, is walking through generic cop roles barely on our radar. We don’t have the quick talking, “raw” Eddie Murphy we once knew. No, the movie star as we have come to know it is slowly dying. The likes of Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are opening movies that can’t compete with blockbusters cast around nonames and newcomers. Audiences no longer pay to see big-name actors the same way that they used to. And that’s where Cruise becomes even more impressive. Unlike his contemporaries, Cruise has maintained a high profile throughout his career. After his double hit of Top Gun and The Color of Money in 1986, the actor has consistently built a solid career out of playing big roles in big movies, with miniscule blips on his gleaming record. I would argue that out of any current “star” in Hollywood, Cruise has the most impressive hit-to-miss ratio. We can look to the likes of Will Smith, another smash-hitter of the era. While he is constantly bringing
in the bacon for studios, his career choices don’t carry the same critical acclaim that Cruise’s typically do. Wild, Wild West, Seven Pounds, Hancock; all of these movies made money, but they aren’t what you would call critics’ darlings, that is for damn sure. Cruise’s career choices carry a much more refined intelligence towards the trends of the eras. He typically finds roles that tend to revitalize his career rather than stopping it in his tracks — unlike many of his peers. And more often than not, they break both the bank and the acclaim meter of the critics. After providing a double whammy of Mission: Impossible and Jerry Maguire in 1996, he took a three-year hiatus and fired back against typecast with the risqué Kubrick flick Eyes Wide Shut and as motivational sex revolutionist Frank T.J. Mackey in Magnolia, for which he received his third Oscar nomination. Then, after a string of sci-fi actioners and Oscar-bait movies, he took a turn as the chilling antagonist in Collateral. Even after he basically erased all of his credibility in Hollywood through his marriage to Katie
Holmes, and love proclamations on the top of Opera’s couch, he decided to re-invent himself with heavy make-up and vulgarity as mogul Les Grossman for Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder. How many big name actors would risk humiliation in the same way that Cruise was willing to by dancing in a fat suit to Ludacris? That strategy has not aided Eddie Murphy all to well, so it was risky indeed. It just seems that as many times as Tom Cruise can accidentally dent his image via his personal life, he can just as easily rope his audience back in through his film charisma. Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages was the silver lining, something Cruise often provides in his movies, and you could see his understanding of the fun that was required in pulling it off. He really seems to grasp the concept of entertainment for his fans, and it’s that reason why he will always be someone I will line up to see on film. As a person, he’s odd, no doubt, but as movie star you would be hard pressed to find a better talent working today.
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Students’ return means we all must adjust Despite seeing a substantial increase in students throughout the past few years, it seems Laurier still clings to its ‘small-town’ roots. The nostalgia of that golden age is reiterated across nearly all campus tours and used as a selling feature to attract students from larger city centres. Coming to Laurier is romanticised to students from the GTA who like the idea of escaping to a quaint and quiet town. The City of Waterloo is also guilty of thinking this way, as it struggles to separate itself from its former identity as a member of small-town Ontario. The truth of the matter is that Kitchener-Waterloo is a rapidly growing region and should be treated as such. While Laurier is still primarily a one-block campus, its population has nearly doubled in the past ten years and the official population of Kitchener-Waterloo continues to increase over 300,000. With all these people running around, on both sidewalks and roads that are not designed to hold a population of its size, there’s bound to be serious safety concerns. The intersection at King and University for example, is a major intersection not just for students, but for many permanent residents who rely on these roads to carry them across the city. The combination of the invincible pedestrian mindset and the busy, impatient drivers creates very dangerous situations and as of late, it’s become apparent that accidents are common. Both drivers and pedestrians are at fault and both parties should understand that we are not living in a town with one traffic light. With the extra 40,000 students that return each fall, the population of the Waterloo Region is close to half a million. Knowing this, the City of Waterloo should understand that by adding stress to an already congested network of roads by beginning road construction in August and September only creates more traffic jams which lead to more accidents. While pedestrians need to pay more attention when crossing the streets and properly obey traffic lights, so too should drivers accommodate those using the crosswalk. This give and take, however, will only go so far in a city that resists growth.
New dining hall setup full of problems With the anticipation of a new semester beginning, students returning to Laurier got to see the exciting new changes and renovations that had taken place over the summer months. Unfortunately, change is not always a good thing. Many students looking to meet up with their friends or grab a bite to eat were stunned when they approached the dining hall and quickly realized they were no longer welcome to it. This renovation would be understandable if it benefited all Laurier students, but instead it functions as a dividing wall, segregating first years from the rest of the student population. It is commendable that Laurier is attempting to grow and improve the meal plan options for incoming students, however, changes should be made to improve a service and should not be at the expense of others. At a school that is already limited in space it is disheartening for students to see what valuable study space they had be taken away. On top of being the primary food outlet for most first-year students, the dining hall used to be a study space for all students. With ample seating and tables available, it was a good alternative to the constantly overcrowded Concourse or library. However, that has become impossible, unless students are willing to pay what is essentially a $12-entrance fee. The condition that bags must be left outside not only dehumanizes students and labels them as criminals, but essentially disallows the ability to bring in laptops and books for individual and group-study purposes. Both the university and Aramark did not attempt to get feedback from students or other university officials for such a drastic change. Considering the lack of study space and food options already on campus, this project seems poorly planned. This concept may work for a larger university that has the space to hold both a first-year and upper-year dining hall, but unfortunately Laurier needs to work within the confines of the space it has and not further reduce it to accommodate a small portion of its students. –The Cord Editorial Board These unsigned editorials are based off informal discussions and then agreed upon by the majority of The Cord’s editorial board, including the Editor-in-Chief and Opinion Editor. The arguments made may reference any facts that have been made available through interviews, documents or other sources. The views presented do not necessarily reflect those of The Cord’s volunteers, staff or WLUSP. The Cord is published by Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications. Contact Emily Frost, WLUSP President and Publisher 75 University Ave.W, Waterloo ON N2L 3C5
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Can’t put this one on us Student participation in the K-W byelection was low, but given the circumstances, could we really expect anything else?
justin fauteux EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Although by many accounts the right candidate won, the Kitchener-Waterloo byelection campaign was an absolute mess. Key local issues were glossed over while the Liberal government’s relations with the teachers’ union took centre stage. Party rhetoric was flung around more than in most general elections and with less than a month to campaign, just as most were becoming aware of the byelection, it was over. But what was likely the most glaring issue from a logistical standpoint was the lacking accessibility for the over 40,000 students that call this riding home, at least for eight months of the year. The problem is quite obvious: the date of the byelection. With K-W heading to the polls Sept. 6 the majority of students were either yet to return to the riding, or were in the midst of moving back for Frosh Week, with voting, understandably, not quite in the forefront of their minds. What’s worse is that unlike in previous elections, first-year students were not able to use being on a university residence list as proof of local residence. This, combined with the fact that firstyear students at both Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo were in the midst of pre-planned Orientation Week activities, it was virtually impossible for students in first
How can we be asked to participate in the democratic process, when doing so is not only difficult, but seemingly set up to keep us out?
year to vote. A common criticism of our generation, thrown around by pundits, political scientists and essentially anyone over the age of 35, is that people in the student-aged demographic are ignorant when it comes to politics. Apparently our heads are too buried in our smartphones to engage in or even be aware of the democratic process and of course there may be some merit to this argument. As a 22 year old, I will fully admit that a strikingly large portion of my peer group is completely unaware when it comes to politics. But what gets overlooked far too often, particularly when it comes to students, are the conditions. There are firstly, the logistics. This byelection was in the middle of Orientation Week, but poor Election Day setups for students are nothing new. Last October’s provincial election was on the eve of the Thanksgiving weekend, a travel day for most students. Last May’s federal election: mere days after
most students had finished exams and again, were in transit. While these may seem like superficial problems, they are nonetheless barriers to students voting, barriers that members of most demographics largely do not have to deal with. Beyond mere logistical problems, post-secondary education, despite what politicians may say, does not seem very high on the parties’ priority lists. The byelection in K-W, a riding that features two universities and a campus of Conestoga College saw little to no discussion of post-secondary education, beyond standard mentions of how great it is that Kitchener-Waterloo has three post-secondary institutions. While post-secondary education managed to make its way into the political conversation during last October, most of the debate devolved into squabbling over whether or not the Liberals’ 30 per cent tuition grant was or was not the solution to high tuition prices. While it is easy to take one look at the large portion of students that spent Sept. 6 drinking on a front lawn rather than in a voting booth and wag a finger, we need to ask, are students being set up to participate in politics even in the slightest? How can we be asked to participate in the democratic process, when doing so is not only difficult, but at times seemingly set up to keep us out? While we as students are anything but blameless for our lacking political engagement, is it not the older generation’s responsibility to instill in us the importance of the democratic process? It seems to me that the majority of the members of that generation have become so quick to criticize our lack of political participation, they’ve completely given up trying to engage us.
THE CORD • WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012
Opinion Editor Devon Butler email@example.com
The busy trap: student edition Getting involved in extra curricular activites is beneficial to future success, but at what cost to your sanity?
CARLY BASCH LIFE EDITOR
The most common piece of advice given to those starting their university careers is to make the most of the next four years. As students dive into the most exciting and hectic chapter of their lives, they must keep in mind that in order to be successful, they must “make the most of it.” Laurier culture booms with a small campus, small community feel; we are a school that thrives on being involved and helping each other out. The campus clubs, volunteer opportunities and extra-curricular possibilities are endless and can sometimes be overwhelming. First years are plunged into Laurier’s “get involved” atmosphere and try desperately to find as many opportunities as they can. However, the busy lives of student involvement can go largely ignored since university is viewed as a mere break before stepping into the real world. Though as many people like to remind us and attempt to scare us, the more you get involved, the more successful you will be in both your academics and future career. But what happens when you find yourself too busy?
When you reach the point where the extra-curricular activities made to improve your social lifestyle become more of a chore and you find yourself buried under a pile of stress and anxiety? Tim Kreider’s “The Busy Trap” featured in the New York Times, not only applies to “real” adults who find themselves overwhelmed with the heavy workloads they take on, but to students as well. Kreider notes that we are constantly saying how “crazy busy” we are with all the things we are involved in. Whether it’s taking care of yourself, doing your job or maintaining a social life, the most commonly used word to sum up all these factors is “busy.” Having a life in the 21st century means that we are constantly “busy” and if we aren’t busy, then we worry that we aren’t doing anything productive. While we all acknowledge the fact that our society is obsessed with being busy and having our time occupied with a bunch of random tasks, Kreider reminds us that doing absolutely nothing is just as important as being involved. According to Kreider, we should not feel guilty if we want to spend a day lying on the couch. We love the idea of having a vacation and sitting on our butts watching as much TV as we can, but how come we never take the time to do just that and enjoy it, especially during the school year? Two weeks of school has not even gone by and our calendars are probably already filling up.
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However, Kreider is making a very good point about the joys of not being too busy and advises us to avoid getting caught in the “busy trap.” It is important that we, as students, get involved in the things we love to balance our lives and make
our university schedule a more enjoyable one. This should not mean however, that we let it consume us to the point where we feel that we have no time for ourselves. It is okay to take a break and it is
okay to put everything on pause so that you can hide away for a couple of hours and not feel responsible for anything. Besides, don’t you find yourself to be repetitive when you’re constantly saying during your catch-up with friends, “Yeah I’m too busy. My day was so busy! I’m tired because I’m so busy.” I am extremely guilty for using this quote when a pal asks me how I’ve been or what I’ve been up to. Instead, I think it’s time to nix the term “busy” and just talk about what I’ve been doing in my spare time. We students have to do readings, write papers, study our notes and fulfill our roles in our extra-curricular activities. Unless your life has consisted of lying in bed and staring at a blank wall, we are all busy in some way or another. We understand, we sympathize and we know: we are all busy. Take that into consideration this semester. Did you take a break today? Have you done something just for yourself? When was the last time you felt relaxed? You are not alone, we all have our own hectic schedules to deal with. While balancing the work schedules is important, it is crucial to fit in the lazy-ass aspect into your routine. So go ahead and be a couch potato for a little bit before jumping back into your crazy-hectic-excitingBUSY lifestyle. You might be able to enjoy yourself this time when jumping back into that hectic workload pool instead of drowning in it.
Republicans do not deserve recongition With the misinformed positions of the Republican party they have lost the right to be taken seriously
ALEX REINHART OPINION COLUMNIST
The Republican National Convention (RNC) in Florida ended over a week ago, and it left me bewildered. How do people still take this party seriously? I understand that conventions for political parties are typically
egotistical rallies, but the Republican Party takes this to a completely new level. Fortunately, this self-congratulatory rally highlighted the deceitful nature of the party. Undoubtedly, the most criticized speech of the RNC was that of Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. Ryan’s speech was riddled with numerous inaccuracies. He accused President Obama of being responsible for closing a General M otors factory in Florida, while the plant began closure under George W. Bush. Additionally, he accused Obama
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of being responsible for the downgrading of the American credit rating, while in reality it was because the Republicans threatened to not raise the debt ceiling. These lies did not go unnoticed, with many news organizations exposing Ryan’s fabrications; even FOX News disapproved of the speech. This alone suggests how ridiculous the claims of the Republican Party have become. The fact that the right-wing media has become critical of the far right should signal to Republicans that they should reconsider their dismal political strategies. While there is some merit to the argument that all political parties bend the truth to some degree, this is far from the most appalling aspect of the party. That honour, of course, would fall to party members such as Harold Akin. Akin was recently in the news for remarking that women who are victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant. While he later attempted to apologize for his remarks, the fact remains that Representative Akin genuinely believes this is scientifically accurate, and shapes policy around it. Outrageous, pathetically
misinformed positions such as this, highlight that the Republican Party and their members are unfit to serve Americans. The Republicans’ lack of legitimacy leaves me with one final question: Why does the media even acknowledge the ridiculous antics and drivel of the right wing? Surely, the news stories regarding the Republicans have their place. It is important that the public be informed of the radical positions of the party, but these articles reach quite far, making the front page of BBC News. It is certainly not newsworthy, and it shouldn’t be treated as such. Clearly, the Republicans do not care about truth and legitimacy, and as such, no legitimate news
source should acknowledge their nonsensical rallies. With any luck, ignoring them will result in one of two conclusions, either the demise of the party, or a party which recognizes the importance of integrity.
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Anglophone culture should be preserved the parti Quebecois victory leaves English speakers in Quebec at risk of being marginalized
JAMES POPKIE COrD CONtrIbUtOr
With the victory of the Parti Quebecois (PQ) in last week’s Quebec provincial election, leader Pauline Marois has vowed to institute a series of new fascist anti-English laws. These laws include a bill which disallows private enterprises to operate with 11 or more people if English is the spoken language of their business. Currently, the law states that an English-speaking business must be less than 50 people, which has created a large number of 49-person businesses, particularly in the Montreal region. The fact that Quebec is littered with 49-person businesses shows the sheer ridiculousness of the consequences that these arbitrary laws create. Imagine if we made it illegal in Ontario to operate a business with over 11 people speaking Mandarin. It would be seen as a deeply problematic and racist policy. Yet in Quebec, this is not only tolerated but it is deemed “progressive” and necessary to the continuity of Quebecois society while the truth is, French in Quebec is alive and well. If there is any community in Quebec that is most threatened, it is the Anglophone community. This community has been leaving Quebec in steady numbers since the 1970s, and many of whom would feel more compelled to leave now than ever before if these draconian new anti-English laws are passed. There are many possible compromises here, for instance, the ideal plan would be to not institute the new proposed laws, and to lift the existing language restrictions on businesses, but I begrudgingly accept that compromise may be necessary. For instance, rather than forbidding English from the office, perhaps they could mandate that businesses with over 50 people must accommodate French-speakers. These laws could be amended to allow designated “multi-lingual business zones” where English and other languages would be allowed in regions such as West Montreal, Downtown Montreal and Gatineau, while still maintaining the Frenchonly business laws in the majority of the province. After all, whatever the laws in the rest of Quebec are, Montreal is historically a bilingual city, just like Ottawa, and should be treated as such. However, this wouldn’t truly be an adequate solution; ideally, these laws should be repealed altogether. Similarly, the Canadian government needs to stop fearing Quebec separation as a constant, imminent prospect as it gives the PQ leverage to institute more and more draconian laws. Quebec separation is a red herring and I don’t believe the PQ have any real intention to separate. It is a mere bluff. In actuality, the PQ want to have
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it both ways, as they realize that separation would deprive them of all their federal Canadian money, so they want to essentially create a fascist Francophone-only state within Canada. The Bill 101 sign laws are another red herring; a relatively minor and inconsequential law used to misrepresent the issue and distract people from the far more severe laws, namely those on the language of business and education. Whenever people think of Quebec’s harsh language laws, the sign laws are often the first that come to mind, but these laws are relatively inconsequential. To be fair, these bigoted antiEnglish laws do not represent the views of the average Francophone Quebecer. When I’ve visited Quebec, speaking in English — from Montreal to Gatineau to Quebec City — I met with nothing but courteous responses. For the most part, I don’t believe the Quebecois people actually meet the stereotype of being spiteful toward Anglophones. The Quebecois as a people are unfairly maligned in English speaking Canada. However, the PQ deserves every bit of the criticism it
gets. The laws that this party wishes to pass are nothing short of fascist and would simply not be tolerated anywhere else on earth in a free and democratic first world country. Quebec’s Anglophone population is a crucial part of the province’s economy, particularly in the Montreal and Gatineau regions. They are not a “foreign presence”, for their heritage lies in Quebec every bit as much as the province’s Francophones’ roots. Just as the Francophone minorities in Ontario and New Brunswick have their linguistic rights and their culture respected, so too should Anglophones in Quebec. Quebec may be a minority within Canada, but English-speaking Quebecers are a minority within that minority. And within Quebec, it is their linguistic heritage and presence that is currently being threatened most. We must stand up for the rights of Anglophones and non-Francophones, especially in historically bilingual regions. The federal government must strike these new laws down and declare them unconstitutional, if the PQ attempts to implement them.
Letters to the Editor Stand up and do the right thing
To Whom It May Concern, Saturday night, Sept. 8, my friends and I enjoyed the first Turret night of the year. We decided not to drive home so we parked my brand new, black, four-door car in the gold parking lot right in front of the DAWB, directly under the light. We returned Sunday morning to pick it up and for no reason at all, your group of friends decided to severely key the hood of my car. Monday morning I took my car to a few different collision centres to get a quote. The entire hood of the car will have to be repainted and I am looking at a $1,200 expense My deductible is for $500 dollars so that will all come out of my pocket and because its comprehensive, my rates will not increase. I filed a report with the WRPS and the Laurier Special Constables. Fortunately for me and unfortunately for you, you all were seen on two different cameras inside of the school and on the camera that was focused almost directly on my car in that parking lot. Although I don’t know who you are, there is no way that I can believe that after you reaccounted your night with your friends, you found humour in keying my vehicle and didn’t find it to be gutless. I will be the first person to admit that I like to have a lot of fun with my friends as well, but never, in any intoxicated state would I ever destroy or vandalize the property of somebody else. I hope that you are willing to come to your senses and do the right thing. I am giving you two weeks for you and your friends to get my $500 deductible together and contact me. If you decide to do the right thing, which would be manning and up righting a wrong, I won’t hold anything against you and won’t file charges. Everybody makes mistakes and sometimes some mistakes are a lot more serious than others. I don’t want to have you arrested and charged, its not a good way to start out the year. We can both walk away from the incident amicably and get on with our lives. Email me at dani8650@ mylaurier.ca and we can make arrangements. –Ryan Daniels
some were dressed up, but all were animated. I was touched to see so many of them out on the streets doing such a good deed, but not only because I am a professor of kinesiology here at Laurier, but because I have Cystic Fibrosis myself. I wanted to extend a huge thank you to you all for your efforts. I have only just begun working here and am so thrilled that Laurier is the type of place where it seems students are engaged with wider issues and take steps to deal with them in such a positive way. To live with Cystic Fibrosis means to live with having to take daily medications, do chest physio and inhale nebulised antibiotics. And I am one of the lucky ones, able to live a relatively “normal” life, which includes playing sports, chasing after my one-year-old daughter and working as a full-time kinesiologist here at Laurier. There are many others who aren’t so lucky, however. The disease can be crippling, with an average life expectancy of around the mid-30s. But the good news is that Cystic Fibrosis Canada and other associations around the world are very close to finding a cure. Some reports suggest that within five years, researchers could be trialing treatments that can cure CF. How amazing is that?! Your hard work, and the money raised from all those KW residents, will help to make this dream a reality. Thank you immensely, from the bottom of my heart, for all of your efforts. –Rob Lake
Cord byelection coverage was not inclusive of all parties
Dear Editor, Just wondering why The Cord’s articles on the byelection made no mention of the six other candidates, who weren’t from the four major parties. This was a disservice to students. And did you know that WLU security also asked candidates to leave when they attempted to give out leaflets on campus? Something’s wrong with our democracy, especially as it affects students. –Eleanor Grant
Shinerama; a great success
Dear Editor, On Saturday of last weekend, thousands of first year students dedicated themselves with diligence and enthusaism to the task of raising money for Shinerama in aid of Cystic Fibrosis. I spotted a whole bunch of them on my way along Highland Road;
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Left: Kwasi Kwajah and Nick Sapone help Jeremy Deneau off the field. Top right: Queen’s players rush Travis Eman. Bottom right: Tyrrel Wilson misses a pass in the endzone.
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Laurier, while on that night, Eman only managed eight completions out of 27 passes. “The score kind of reflects it,” Eman said regarding his performance against Queen’s. “Could have done a lot better.” Eman came to Laurier after transferring from the NCAA’s Furman University due to personal reasons. Although his skill is evident on the field, the chemistry between him and his offence has not yet been developed. “We’re shooting ourselves in the foot,” Eman said. “We came out really well and were firing and we
were moving the ball. But again, stupid mistakes and penalties.” It may be early in the season, but with only six games left, the Hawks are already in a dire situation that requires them to fix many of their problems immediately in order to contend for the playoffs. “Everyone keeps saying that it’s a young team and we’re rebuilding, but it’s just mental busts,” Anthony said. “Mental busts and dropping passes. That’s honestly all it is.” Anthony’s solution? “I think we just need to come out here and focus more and catch every ball that’s thrown to us.” The Hawks are not necessarily doomed. They currently sit eighth in
the OUA standings due to point differential and are capable of winning their next four games. But to make the playoffs, they must win. And to win, they need offence. “It’s a quick fix,” Eman said. “We just need to focus more and everybody focus on their own job. If we do that, then we’ll be better.” Laurier will have a chance to mend the broken pieces when the York Lions visit on Saturday. In what is almost a must-win game, the Hawks will look to pick up their first win and keep their season alive. But you can’t take anyone in this league for granted.
Last week, York stunned the Ottawa Gee-Gees when they walked away with a 47-36 victory. The Guelph Gryphons also surprised the Windsor Lancers 28-9, knocking them out of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) rankings. “I’ll tell you what,” Jeffries said. “York is a good football team. The quarterback they brought in is outstanding. They’re much improved. “It’s a tough league. There are a lot of good teams. You have to be ready.” Jeffries was also anything but definitive when it came to who will get the start for quarterback against York. “They’re both good quarterbacks,”
he said regarding Eman and Steven Fantham, who replaced Eman in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game. “We’ll see. We’ll have to look at the film.” Laurier will meet with York, Ottawa, Guelph and Waterloo before heading on the road to battle always-tough Western and the defending Vanier Cup champions, the McMaster Marauders. “All we can do is just keep going back out there,” Jeffries said. “How many times have I said that we’re going to be back at it at ten o’clock tomorrow? We’re going to be back out here and in the film room. You know, trying to clean up the errors.”
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Hawks remain undefeated Women’s soccer holds top position in division despite inconsistency in team ASHLEY DENUZZO STAFF WRITER
Winning their third consecutive game, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s soccer team appears to be picking up where they left off. Sunday’s match against the University of Waterloo Warriors resulted in a 2-0 victory, bringing the team to a record of 3-0-1. Right now, the purple and gold stand first in their Ontario University Athletics (OUA) west division and are ranked seventh in the country. However, opinions about Sunday’s game did not correlate to the seemingly optimistic ending. “I don’t think we played very well,” reflected Laurier head coach Barry McLean. “We’ve got to get some consistency and we’ve gotta get less rattled when things aren’t going our way.” “We won,” he added. “I mean, it’s good to get three points.” Although Laurier appeared to be the more talented of the two teams, the squad seemed inconsistent and had difficulty with their execution. A game that could have easily been a blowout just didn’t seem to happen. The Hawks put 13 shots up against Waterloo netminder Lesia Bandura, while Laurier keeper Margaret Charmichael stopped the lone shot she faced.
“Hometown rivalry,” commented Laurier striker Emily Brown when asked about Waterloo’s intensity. “We knew that they were going to put up a strong fight, and they always come out pushing hard.” After an intense first half, Jacqueline Lence scored the first goal in the forty-third minute, giving the Hawks a 1-0 lead. Laurier outshot the Warriors 6-1 before the half. It was then Julie Maheu who would later bring the Hawks to their final 2-0 score. “I really think we pulled through in the second half,” said Brown. “We got the two goals we needed and I think we solidified our standing in the league.” Maheu, who had had a total of shots in the game, was also named the Laurier Bookstore’s female athlete of the week. Another win keeps the purple and gold’s momentum high as they continue on in their season after defeated they Brock Badgers 7-0 Wednesday night on Alumni Field. The win against Brock is the largest margin the women have won by in recent history, where five different Hawks found the back of the net, including rookies Shelby Fallis and Abbey Zamec Next, Laurier will travel to London to play the Western Mustangs this Saturday and attempt to keep their streak going.
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Emily Brown fights off a Brock Badgers defender during Wednesday’s game at Alumni Field.
Men’s soccer looks for improvement Head coach Mario Halapir says fixing the mentality is the main issue for the team ASHLEY DENUZZO STAFF WRITER
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Laurier midfielder Justin Manning jockeys the ball away from a Brock Badgers defender during Wednesday’s 2-0 win.
Coming off their third win of the season, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s soccer team demonstrated positive results despite ugly conditions over the weekend. The boys in the purple and gold battled cross-town rivals the University of Waterloo Warriors this past Sunday and managed a 2-1 win. Laurier head coach, Mario Halapir, took the victory as it is — a victory, but a signal that his team still has some improving to do. “We’ve got a lot of work to do as a group,” Halapir said. “Not quite the execution we would expect, but we’ll always take the three points.” Sunday’s game saw a lot of intensity from both sides of the field. Shots were low, but referee calls were relatively high. Laurier’s Robert Kardaras of Markham, Ontario scored the first goal of the game in the 12th minute of play. This would remain the score for a majority of the match until Laurier veteran Matthew Maughn would put away one more off of a pass from teammate, Giorgio Delgado. Minutes later however, Waterloo midfielder Evans Vordzorgbe responded, making the final score 2-1 Laurier. “Today was critical and we achieved that part,” Halapir explained. “We made sure the boys knew that. There were some good plays, but just not enough consistency for my liking.” A relatively young team, the Hawks are looking to revamp their skill level and make room for more consistent performances.
It’s just going to be a matter of how quickly we can learn and develop the mentality that is going to allow us to compete consistently.” —Mario Halapir, head coach
“I think we have a lot of learning to do,” Halapir said. “It’s just going to be a matter of how quickly we can get to that point where we can learn and develop the mentality that is going to allow us to compete consistently. “And I think that for right now that’s what we’re going to work on.” With the win, the Hawks have now won three straight since their season-opening loss to the division leaders from York. After defeating the Brock Badgers 2-0 on Wednesday, the Hawks find themselves with a record of 3-1 on the early season. This places them second in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) west division, which is an early improvement from last season, as Laurier went 4-8-4 and missed the playoffs after being eliminated from contention by the McMaster Marauders in late October. The Hawks now look toward their next game on the road against the Western Mustangs this weekend.
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Hawks hindered by injury plague Men’s rugby hopes to win their first game of the season with much of their roster returning from injury SHELBY BLACKLEY SPORTS EDITOR
Wilfrid Laurier University men’s rugby team has seen brighter days. They currently sit waiting for the Brock Badgers to come for a visit after dropping two decisions this past week to the Guelph Gryphons and Queen’s Gaels. And they’ve yet to score a point. “Starting the season, we knew that Guelph and Queen’s were tough games to begin with,” said head coach Rob McQueen after Sunday’s game. “It’s not something we weren’t prepared for.” The Golden Hawks travelled to Guelph to open their season Wednesday and dropped a 45-0 decision before coming home Sunday to host the Gaels. However, injury and exhaustion got the best of the Hawks as the Gaels scored six unanswered tries, to leave the home team shutout for the second straight game. “We played 65 minutes of strong rugby,” McQueen said. “We came into the game with several injuries. Unfortunately we played defence for 80 per cent of the game and that just wore us down.” The injury plague has followed the Hawks right into the beginning of the season, as the majority of their first and second-string players being sidelined. In Sunday’s match, the sixth string of athletes that the Hawks had dressed filled the centre positions. “I think today we were sixth in the depth chart,” McQueen said with a laugh. “It’s a bit of a headache, but we’ll get through it.” According to McQueen, most of the injuries are minor. During Sunday’s match, three more players were injured.
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A Laurier Golden Hawk player tackles a Queen’s Gaels runner during Sunday’s rugby match. The Gaels defeated the Hawks 38-0.
“Everyone’s kind of a day-to-day, bruises, slight ankle sprains, knee sprains,” he said. “It’s nothing that will keep anybody out for more than a week. But it’s just all in the same position.” As the team remains scoreless in their opening games, the Hawks look toward their meeting with the Badgers to find some kind of spark. But it won’t be easy.
The Badgers come in undefeated, and right off a 104-0 win against the Toronto Varsity Blues. However, McQueen feels that the game is hopeful for the tattered squad. “[It’s] a winnable game, and we’ve got players coming off injuries,” he said. “I think the boys are still pretty positive going forward. “It’s a tough start, but they’re
realistic. I don’t think it’s much to be concerned about.” The Hawks went 2-6 last season winning against only the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo and missing the playoffs by two points. With the majority of the team for the last two years being in first or second year, the squad is continuing to grow and develop a comfortable
niche for the season. Brock will come to University Stadium on Friday for a 3 p.m. start. Following that, the Hawks will have a hefty 15-day break before they play host to the McMaster Marauders on Sept. 29. Following their date with the Marauders, the Hawks will travel for their next three games before returning home to finish their season in late October.
Published on Sep 12, 2012