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VOLUME 58 ISSUE 8 • OCTOBER 18, 2017


Tasting KW’s thriving micro-brewery scene. Features, page 10






12,000 Ontario college faculty push back

Laurier takes part in global campaign

Loving Vincent paints vivid tale of Van Gogh

The reality of Harvey and men like him

Men’s hockey kicks season off with might

News, page 3

News, page 6

Arts & Life, page 15

Opinion, page 18


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Where do you think people would go if they didn’t have Ezra?


The Cord




“Marshall.” –Kelsey Brown, thirdyear global studies

“Western.” –Jamie Bradshaw, fourth-year business administration


Tarot cards were among the many magical items present at Witchfest North 2017, an event that kicked off in Toronto Oct. 5 and continues to Halloween.

“Marshall is a backup.”

your new favourite podcast.

–Kate Cross, secondyear global studies

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: OCT. 18 1855: Franz Liszt debuts “Prometheus.” 1919: Pierre Trudeau is born. 1922: The British Broadcasting Corporation is founded. “Marshall.”

1951: USSR perfoms nuclear testing experiments. 1952: First issue of Mad Magazine is published. 1953: Willie Thrower becomes the first modern black NFL quarterback.

–Aurora Vassal, secondyear health science

1967: Jungle Book is released by Walt Disney. 2016: US government says it is “confident” that Russia was behind email hacking that influenced the US election.

Compiled by Erin Abe Photos by Luke Sarazin NEXT ISSUE OCTOBER 25, 2017




ARTS & LIFE EDITOR Shyenne MacDonald


EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Kurtis Rideout




WEB DIRECTOR Garrison Oosterhof



PHOTO EDITOR Tanzeel Sayani



NEWS EDITOR Nathalie Bouchard





Victoria Berndt Leah Shaw Tyler Currie Megan Pitt Sara Burgess Caitlyn Lourenco Simran Dhaliwal Jessi Wood Serena Truong Lauren Sanders Sadman Sakib Rahman

“Girls Belong Here initiative empowers women” by Safina Husein

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Faculty at 24 Ontario colleges go on strike SAFINA HUSEIN NEWS DIRECTOR

Faculty at 24 Ontario public colleges have been on strike as of this past Monday, Oct. 16. The strike was confirmed on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 9:28 p.m. after failed deliberations for a new contract. The strike will affect over 500,000 students in Ontario, including students at Conestoga College in Kitchener-Waterloo. The union represents approximately 12,000 faculty members. Apparently, the union presented a new offer to the College Employer Council (CEC) this past Saturday night. The union’s final offer included improvements in job security, a stronger voice for faculty in regards to academic decision-making and a call to match the number of faculty members on contract. However, the CEC claimed that the demands could not be met as it would add more than 250 million in annual costs, jeopardize the quality of college programs and eliminate almost a thousand of contract faculty jobs. “The union has some really unaffordable demands that remain on the table,” Peter McKeracher, academic director at CEC, said. “They’ve got a 250 million dollar


Faculty at Conestoga College’s Waterloo campus hold signs for the strike along the sidewalk on University Ave.

set of demands on the table, that’s the impediment.” However, Lana-Lee Hardacre, local Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) representative, explained that the CEC refused to accept some of the union’s demands that were essentially cost-free. “For instance, just agreeing to look at the Counsellor Class Definition that’s outdated and updating it,” Hardacre said. Another focal point for the

union in their deliberations is allowing faculty to have a stronger voice in regards to academic decision making. “We could have someone who’s never taught in the classroom but they make decisions on what textbooks we use and whether we should use multiple choice or essay,” Hardacre said. “It costs money, but at the same time, we wouldn’t then be delivering quality education to our students, which is the issue that

we’re concerned about. It’s not workload we’re concerned about; we’re concerned about the fact that we have no control.” As for the students who are affected by the strike, both parties iterated that they are confident all students will be able to resume their semester within the next few weeks. A statement provided by the CEC spokesperson, Sonia Del Missier, noted the inconvenience which students will face as a result

of the strike: “This strike is completely unnecessary and unfair to hundreds of thousands of students. We should have had a deal based on our final offer. It is comparable to, or better than, recent public sector settlements with teachers, college support staff, hospital professionals and Ontario public servants, most of which were negotiated by OPSEU.” Although deliberations are currently at a halt, both parties are working with a mediator who will indicate when he believes the parties are ready to return to the bargaining table. “We have a good offer … we think it would be appropriate for the union to take this to their membership for a vote. It’s a good deal and we’re hoping that will form a basis of a settlement,” McKeracher said. Hardacre reiterated that she hopes that students can understand the importance of what the union is fighting for. “I hope … that our students can understand that what we’re doing will impact them in a positive way, not a negative way,” Hardacre said. “Because when we get back into the classroom, they will all finish their semester and we will make it as stress-less as we can.”


Number one in student satisfaction for two years ERIN ABE LEAD REPORTER

For the second year in a row, Wilfrid Laurier University takes the number one spot for student satisfaction in the annual Maclean’s Ranking of Canadian Universities. Laurier ranked number one in eight of the ten categories. These include: course instructors, student life staff, administrative staff, academic advising staff, mental health services, extracurricular activities, residence living and bureaucracy. While also taking the number two spot in experiential learning and steps to prevent sexual assault. In addition to the student satisfaction category, Laurier has moved up to spot number one in overall ranking of the comprehensive category for undergraduate and graduate programs in all of Canada, making Laurier number four in Ontario. “If your students are satisfied then you’re doing something right and to be number one it’s quite the achievement and I think it really is our ultimate goal,” Kevin Crowley,

director of Communications and Public Affairs said. Prior to receiving the number one position last year, Laurier staff and faculty has been working over the past few years to take a more focused look at the categories and deciding what can be done to improve the university within each.

If your students are satisfied then you’re doing something right and to be number one it’s quite the achievement ... -Kevin Crowley, director of Communications and Public Affairs

“We’d like to say that everyone at the university plays a role in student satisfaction. The register office, assistants in each faculty, professors, the student affairs

office, students’ union. It is a university wide-effort,” Crowley said. Both categories which Laurier falls under number two in have been assessed and worked to improve the ranking. Experiential learning has been a major focus of Laurier, to work towards complimenting the traditional curriculum of the classroom in order to gain hands-on skills and experiences. Labs and other hands on classes, co-op, research internship opportunities and more have been added as options to further one’s experiential learning at Laurier. In addition, further improving the area of gender equality and combating sexual assault are also a priority at Laurier. Additional staff, committees, online resources, training and increasing the gendered and sexual violence policy are ways the university has focused on preventing sexual assault. “[Student satisfaction] is the most important measure of how we are doing as a post-secondary institution,” Crowley said. Laurier is dedicated to making


improvements in order to keep up with the pace of changing needs for students at both academic and support levels. A goal at Laurier is to further research capabilities in order to expand the current intensity, quality, amount and overall reputation of Laurier’s academics. Keeping the academic excellence high is crucial for student success and satisfaction. Enhancing the research at Laurier is a way

to do that. “Laurier is a great school and anyone who has been here — students and alumni — feel[s] very strongly about it, we need to tell that story further,” Crowley said. Laurier is ranked at number ten in the reputation category and aims to move up in the rankings. “It is just a matter of telling the story, over and over, so people know about Laurier and how great it is.”

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Tracking for the future News Director Safina Husein explores MilkweedWatch, a citizen science project to track the plant that Monarchs love.

MilkweedWatch is a citizen science project launched to encourage the public to track Milkweed in order to allow researchers to obtain crucial information about the plant. The online platform, which was launched this past September, is a website where users across Canada can input data and information whenever they identify milkweed. The data ultimately tracks the quantity and locations of milkweed plants that exist throughout the country. By collecting data on the whereabouts and quality of milkweed plants present in Canada, researchers can understand how to create and maintain a healthy population of milkweed. Robert McLeman, associate professor in Laurier’s department of geography and environmental studies, explained that the online platform surfaced as a result of his past work and interest in citizen science. “Laurier has been doing a lot of different projects on citizen science, which is the idea that you get the general public to help researchers collect data about different things,” McLeman said. MilkweedWatch is simply the latest citizen science initiative amongst McLeman’s various other ongoing projects include FrogWatch, PlantWatch, WormWatch and RinkWatch — which tracks the conditions of outdoor skating rinks and more. MilkweedWatch was brought forth after McLeman was approached by Ontario Nature, an organization dedicated to protecting wild species and wild spaces, who suggested that researchers could greatly benefit from

the collected data on milkweed through the watch. The decline in milkweed may stem from herbicides being used among agricultural fields. McLeman explained that Ontario Nature is working to reach out to North American farmers to encourage them to allow milkweed to continue to grow on their land. “Milkweed is what we call a keystone species in ecology, it means that without milkweed you lose other species; an important one being monarch butterflies,” McLeman said. Monarch butterflies are currently on the endangered species list. In recent decades, the monarch butterfly population throughout North America has declined and continues to do so. Although this decline comes as a result of numerous issues, the quantity of milkweed is a prevalent concern to the issue. “The reason is that the female, adult monarch butterfly lays a single egg per milkweed plant. She flies through the meadow and she looks for those plants and she’ll lay an egg on each one, but only one,” McLeman said. “So if there are very few milkweed plants or none at all, she’s got nowhere to lay her eggs and so then she doesn’t have any caterpillars.” McLeman explained that there are two crucial goals behind MilkweedWatch. The first is to educate and bring an awareness to individuals across Canada on the importance of milkweed. “We want to raise people’s awareness about just how critical milkweed plants are, we need the publics help and sort of doing an inventory of them,” McLeman said. The second goal is to assist researchers who may find the data collected through MilkweedWatch’s platform useful to their own studies and research. “For example, there’s Environment Canada scientists who are trying to figure out how much milkweed and what the minimum amount that you need to have a healthy Monarch population [is],” he said.

Laurier has been doing a lot of different projects on citizen science...

-Robert McLeman, associate professor in Laurier’s department of geography and environment studies

“We simply don’t know what that amount is so this is where that kind of information can be valuable from a research point of view.” In order to take part, individuals simply track their sightings of milkweed on where they can easily pool the information they acquire. “When they see milkweed plants they record their observations, it’s very simple — you can do it on your phone and there’s a drop down menu to put all the info in; even a kid can do it,” McLeman said. As for reaching out to the public to encourage them to track their sightings on MilkweedWatch, McLeman said he wants to encourage Laurier students to take part and note their sightings of milkweed. “It’s a great time of the year to do it … it’s super easy to spot them right now, and if we could challenge [Laurier students to take part] that would be awesome.”


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Roofers at Laurier are heard catcalling students SAFINA HUSEIN NEWS DIRECTOR

On Oct. 5, 2017 it was made known to Wilfrid Laurier University that two third-party construction workers who were working near Conrad Residence were allegedly catcalling students who were on campus and near the construction site. The complaints first stemmed from two anonymous tweets posted on the Spotted at Laurier Twitter account. The first tweet posted on the Spotted at Laurier account on the morning of Oct. 5 warned students to avoid Conrad residence due to the inappropriate comments coming from third-party contractors.

“PSA: the roofers at Conrad are catcalling the girls walking by so avoid if you’re not into harassment,” the tweet read. Later that morning, the Spotted at Laurier account posted another tweet which reiterated that roofers were voicing inappropriate comments towards students. This time the tweet also stated that various profanities were being used. Shortly after the anonymous tweets were posted, Laurier Residence Life became aware of the situation and took the necessary action immediately in order to rectify the situation. “We had received a call from one of our Dons in Conrad saying that

there had been some complaints about catcalling, specifically that word was used, by some of the contract workers on the roof a Conrad,” Clayton McCourt, associate director of Laurier Residence Life, said. The information was then passed along to Robert McCallum, ESCO project manager at Laurier, and Mark Dettweiler, director of planning, design and construction at Laurier, who both reiterated that there is a zero tolerance policy for such behaviour. Two individuals from the construction company were identified and removed from the job site immediately.

“It shouldn’t be accepted by anybody on campus and it’s certainly not accepted by third party companies that are coming to campus,” McCourt said. After the situation had been handled, Residence Life ensured that all students residing in Conrad were made aware of the situation through a formal communication. “Some people may have noticed it and some people may have been affected and decided not to come forward and say anything,” McCourt said. “So we wanted to make sure everyone was made aware that we were made aware and did something as soon as possible.”

“ITS JUST A JUMP TO THE LEFT!” Don't Come Alone!

As for similar situations in the future, McCourt encourages students to feel comfortable to report any situations or concerns to Laurier staff and faculty. “Anything that’s brought to the attention of SCS, the [Residence Life] front desk, a Don or a professional on campus — we’re always willing and ready to act,” McCourt said. “It’s the anonymous complaints or things that go on Spotted at Laurier that are really tough to track ... I recognize social media can be a fun and cool thing, sometimes it does make it difficult for us to try to rectify issues that students may have.”








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Girls Belong Here initiative empowers women 17-year-old Muneeza Sheikh steps into MacLatchy’s position as President of Laurier for the day SAFINA HUSEIN NEWS DIRECTOR

In honour of International Day of the Girl, 17-year-old Muneeza Sheikh was selected and paired up with Deborah MacLatchy, president of Wilfrid Laurier University, to participate in Plan International Canada’s Girls Belong Here initiative. The initiative allows girls to learn from individuals in leadership roles by having them “take over” their dream job for the day. Plan International Canada created the initiative in order to inspire and empower girls while addressing the prevalent issue regarding the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and leadership. Sheikh was one of 17 girls across Canada and almost 500 girls throughout the world in 60 countries who got an inside look into leadership roles. Many of these roles are positions in which girls and women may be under-represented in some cases. Although Laurier was one of the only Canadian post-secondary institutions to take part, MacLatchy was amongst various other Canadian leaders who shared their roles, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Other leadership mentors included Cheryl Hickey, host of Entertainment Tonight Canada and Pamela Alexander, CEO of Re/ Max Canada. Sheikh’s aspirations and passion for science aligned perfectly with the research which MacLatchy has undertaken. “I think we know that it’s really important for girls and young women that they actually see role models and have mentors and that there are pathways provided to


them to leadership roles in whatever area they want to be, whether it’s in science or arts or business, whatever it might be,” MacLatchy said. “It’s really important to me that I participate, even in this way.” MacLatchy also added that she was also proud to be able to showoff Laurier throughout the day. Some of Laurier’s top leadership roles, such as president, chancellor and board of governors chair, are currently held by women, further confirming Laurier’s focus on diversity and equity.

It’s recognizing that people are people, regardless of what you’ve accomplished and why you’re doing it, you’re all doing it for the right reasons. -Bardish Chagger, Waterloo MP and Minister of Small Business and Tourism

“Today has allowed us to explore all different avenues of Laurier from the graduate student interests, to undergraduate interests, research, multi campus, etc.,” she said. As part of her day as President of Laurier, Sheikh was able to sit in on meetings and take part in a tour of the labs at Laurier’s Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science, among other activities. A highlight for Sheikh was being able to see MacLatchy’s own laboratory. “I’ve definitely [been able] to see the amazing work that Deborah MacLatchy has done, as well as the graduate students at Laurier and

it’s amazing to see their work in action,” Sheikh said. Sheikh and MacLatchy also sat down with Bardish Chagger, Waterloo MP and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, for a lunch meeting later in the day at Veritas Cafe. “It’s about taking those opportunities; and that’s why Muneeza has done so well,” Chagger said. “She’s taken the opportunity to be a leader in her local institution and to really take a chance and apply for a program like this. To have president MacLatchy making herself available … creates really great opportunities.” Chagger also reiterated the importance of programs such as the Girls Belong Here initiative because of their empowering and inspiring nature. “What we talk about in the house of commons is taking your place; because we belong, women belong everywhere and people belong everywhere,” Chagger said. “Our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, always says ‘better is always possible’, programs like this allow for that betterment to take place.” “It’s recognizing that people are people, regardless of what you’ve accomplished and why you’re doing it, you’re all doing it for the right reasons,” Chagger said. For Sheikh, her day spent as President of Laurier reiterated and confirmed her passion and ambition to pursue a career in science. “I think that girls should definitely understand that they shouldn’t feel alienated or embarrassed simply because they want to pursue the dream job that they want to do,” Sheikh said. “Girls really, truly belong in their dream jobs if they have the passion and drive for it.”


Bardish Chagger, Deborah MacLatchy and Muneeza Sheikh shake hands.



















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Mermaid lessons come to KW ERIN ABE LEAD REPORTER

AquaMermaid recently opened up their newest location of mermaid school in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. AquaMermaid was founded in Montreal by Marielle Chartier Hénault, who created the idea as a way to introduce a new fitness activity while also bringing the childhood dream of being a mermaid to life. Currently taking place at the

Lyle Hallman Pool, this Monofin Mermaid dream is holding classes for birthday parties, bridal and bachelorette parties, regular classes for individuals and, coming soon, workout classes. “As we gain more interest we would have more or less a fitness class where people can return to and have a membership,” Courtney Johnston, manager of the K-W location, said. “We would do more regular workouts, focusing on primary muscles to get that high intense workout and getting in

their cardio.” AquaMermaid plans to expand within the K-W region and begin lessons and workout classes in various pools. In addition to expanding, AquaMermaid Kitchener has been looking to branch into both Wilfrid Laurier University and University of Waterloo pools, hoping to provide the opportunity for students looking to participate in a more accessible location. Participants will begin with the basics of learning to swim with the

Monofin, focusing on swimming on your front and back and eventually a butterfly swimming motion to create that mermaid effect. After the basics, participants will be taught new techniques and tricks that you can do with your Mermaid fin, such as a mermaid ‘high-fin’. Classes being at 48 dollars and participants will be provided with the tools and guidance to learn how to swim like a mermaid. Tails come in various colours and sizes, ensuring a tail for anyone interested. “We want to be able to bring this opportunity to you as best as possible,” Johnston said. The popularity of this new swimming trend has increased since the company began. It has since become a franchise with nine locations in different cities across Canada and the United States. In addition, swimmers are now able to purchase their own mermaid fin to use outside of classes and at increasingly more public pools. The new swimming technique has not only been popular for children; many adults have also attended classes of their own. AquaMermaid has noticed an increasing number of bachelorette and bridal parties and the new swimming style has become very popular for men and women between the ages of 20 to 35 years old. “We are gaining more popularity and classes are becoming more frequent, and we’re trying to get people to come back as regulars

[by] having that membership opportunity open,” Johnston said. AquaMermaid ensures that the swimming style is completely safe. All classes have rented lifeguards, instructors and other employees to supervise. Children must pass two swim tests and be over the age of six. It is also very easy to take off the tail if the swimmer has to do so.

We are gaining more popularity and classes are becoming more frequent and we’re trying to get people to come back as regulars ... -Courtney Johnston, manager of the K-W AquaMermaid location

K-W is the newest location for the AquaMermaid school and has been introduced here because it is thought to have a population that would take advantage of the activity. “[It’s] great to have the opportunity to introduce that new fun activity to a city with a great population of younger people, whether it be students or young families,” Johnston said. “And we do get a lot of senior citizens too, it’s a fun workout.”


YW rebrands to enhance awareness in community Organization that serves women and children changes name in order to distinguish reputation NATHALIE BOUCHARD NEWS EDITOR

Founded in 1905, The YWCA is Kitchener-Waterloo’s oldest and largest organization serving women and children. The organization works to combat homelessness and provide children with youth development programs. Many YWCAs in Canada have changed their name to YW and the YW Kitchener-Waterloo has followed suit. YW KW has recently launched a new logo and has undergone rebranding in order to ensure community awareness. Elizabeth Clarke, CEO of YWCA Kitchener Waterloo, explained that the organization has struggled to differentiate itself from the YMCA. “There’s such confusion in the community about the YWCA and the YMCA,” Clarke said. Either people think that we are the same organization or they think that we are a part of the YMCA, and that has [got] in the way of doing a lot of things that we want to do.” During a presentation for the new logo, Clarke explains that there are continuous phone calls regarding membership rates for a non-existent gym. “One of the factors is that there are far more YMCAs that exist around the world, which have a

There’s such confusion in the community about the YWCA and the YMCA.

-Elizabeth Clarke, CEO of YWCA Kitchener-Waterloo


different kind of role in the community because we are an organization that exists with members in the community,” Clarke said. “People in poverty and people that have barriers to employment,” Clarke said. As said in the presentation, the YWCA and the YMCA are separate and distinct organizations that were founded a couple years apart more than 100 years ago. Their similar names and the way they look in print ultimately enhance confusion as Clarke

explained. “The YMCA seems to work with more people in the community using their facilities,” Clarke said. “Also, there are a number of communities in Canada where the YMCA’s and YWCA’s do work together in Guelph for instance, which increase[s] people’s confusion; the majority of YWCA’s are separate.” The various departments which interact with the community on a daily basis are overlooked because many people assume that they are

just a gym. This rebranding will shed light on the various departments which YW KW has to offer. “YWCA divides our programs up in [various] categories,” Clarke explained. “Our main areas are homelessness so we provide street outreach and we provide supportive housing for women and children [in need], we have a lot of programs in our children[‘s] services department such as full day child care.” “Our smallest department [is] our Girls program, where we

provide mentorship for girls about body image and self-esteem, violence prevention and community involvement and volunteerism for teenage girls,” Clarke said. The YW offers unique volunteer opportunities to women in the community and has extended them to the Laurier community in hopes of gaining student volunteers. “In our Girls program, we have a program called community SheRoes and it’s a mentoring program where we match girls age 11-14 with women in the community who have an interest in social justice and community development,” Clarke said. “The launch was meant to give attention to how we differ to the YMCA about our advertisements that are going to be popping up in our community.”

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Succulents are sticking around ALAN LI/GRAPHICS EDITOR


The Wilfrid Laurier University Rotaract club will be hosting its annual Succulent Sale inside the concourse on Oct. 26 at 9:30 a.m. The President of the WLU Rotaract chapter, Robin Scheffer, explained that the Rotaract Club’s mission statement is to support the Kitchener-Waterloo community in various community building opportunities.

“Rotaract is a club that is focused on service above self, we also have community outreach and professional development events coming up,” Scheffer said. “This week we are volunteering at St. John’s Soup Kitchen and we are working on a Holiday Gift Wrapping event in support of KW Epilepsy. If students are interested in volunteering with us, they can sign up for opportunities through our Facebook page,” Scheffer said.

Additional details about the sale are available on the WLU Rotaract Club’s Facebook page, but the various price points and logistical details were explained by Scheffer. “Small succulents are six dollars, which are 3.5 inches in diameter … and large succulents going for 10 dollars,” Scheffer said. “The sale is happening on Oct. 26 around 9:30 a.m.,”Scheffer continued. “We are finalizing with our supplier but if you come nice and early you get the largest selection

of the cacti and succulents. We’ll be running throughout the day until supplies run out.” The succulent sale is the most well-known fundraising endeavor that the Rotaract club does. Ultimately, the sale has grown from its origins as a small-scale fundraiser into this larger event that now makes use of wholesale suppliers.

The succulent trend has kind of blown up, people really like having a plant in their rooms for a burst of colour. -Robin Scheffer, president of Laurier’s Rotaract Club

“The idea started out as a really small-scale sale, they probably only bought 30 plants from grocery stores [and] we sold out very quickly,” Scheffer said. “Our last sale we had over 400 plants, this was the sale right before the final exam period in the fall semester.” “Last year when I started out in the club and they had that great success, I thought that we should do this again but on a larger scale,”

Scheffer said. “We found a wholesaler for the succulent sale this [time] so we could sell them at lower prices for students and still make a margin to donate.” The Rotaract Club has had to change the date due to concourse scheduling conflicts and also in order to accommodate the large space which the club requires. The line up in the concourse is still anticipated largely in part due to the ‘aesthetic’ significance that succulent plants have acquired more recently. “The succulent trend has kind of blown up, people really like having a plant in their rooms for a burst of colour,” Scheffer said. “It’s the Tumblr aesthetic that people like. People like that they are easy to take care of they are appealing to the eye and it’s nice that you can pick them up on campus.” However, the Rotaract club is aware that they may have a slight lesser turn out due to other campus clubs selling succulents and cacti as a fundraising opportunity. “The main difference this year is that the trend of doing succulent sales [has] caught on, other clubs are running this, which is great,” Scheffer said. “This is a great fundraising opportunity; no one is doing this for their personal gain. I understand that the sale might not have a huge volume this year because people may have already been able to purchase them.”

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Mass Ezra celebrations take toll on WRPS JAKE WATTS NEWS EDITOR

Earlier this month in a police board meeting, Waterloo Regional Police Services Chief Bryan Larkin commented on big student street parties, as well as the toll they have on the police force. His comments came in the wake of Wilfrid Laurier University’s most recent homecoming celebrations. While the three-day event’s programming was oriented toward bringing together alumni, more than 12,000 people gathered on streets off-campus to party. Ezra Street, in particular, was packed. A mass of participants decked out in Laurier’s school colours of purple and gold filled the stretch of road in a manner not dissimilar from St. Patrick’s Day’s celebrations. Laurier students’ celebration of the latter made national headlines this past March. According to The Record, Larkin noted that the weekend resulted in 150 provincial charges. Some of the issues Larkin voiced at the recent board meeting, according to The Record, include the culture of binge drinking among students, the greater occurrence of preventable injuries and public

The taking of Ezra has become a right and, quite frankly, it has to stop. -Bryan Larkin, Chief of WRPS, according to The Record


safety issues connected to the presence of large gatherings of people in relatively small places like Ezra Street. “The taking of Ezra has become a right and, quite frankly, it has to stop,” Bryan Larkin said, according to The Record. Larkin also stressed the toll that ensuring public safety and manag-


ing these large gatherings has on first responders, according to The Record, who also reported that the recent homecoming weekend generated around 350 hours of police overtime. Larkin has voiced similar concerns elsewhere. At an Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police conference

in Kingston prior to this year’s homecoming, Larkin made several comments about the policing efforts around large events like homecoming, as well as about the role that local institutions play in promoting safety. According to The Kingston Whig Standard Queen’s University gives the Kingston Police 100,000 dollars

annually to assist with the costs associated with extra policing. Per The Whig’s report, Larkin expressed interest in the model. “It doesn’t happen in our area, but we often use the Kingston Police Service and Queen’s University as models to follow. It’s on my radar,” Larkin said, according to The Whig. With respect to means of toning down big student street parties around Laurier, Larkin was short on specifics; however, according to The Record, Larkin said there would be a full report released on the matter in November. The Cord reached out to WRPS, however they did not provide any further comment after the recent board meeting.

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Abe Erb is now a pair of brewpubs in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. Their restaurants focus on capturing a cool, mostly locally sourced menu and brewing awesome beers to pair it with. Last year they broke into liquor stores across the province with their Kölsch style lager, 1857, which is a light, accessible beer that can definitely appeal to drinkers who haven’t quite been able to pull themselves away from the macro-brew ‘fizzytoast’ taste of Molson and Labatt. This brewery is also one of few in Ontario that has experimented with ‘milkshake ales’ — beers brewed with lactose sugar, which gives them a creamy, sweet taste.

Block Three is one of the more experimental brewers in the area, located a hop skip and a jump down King Street in St. Jacobs. Their flagship brew is the immensely popular King Street Saison, which features tasting notes of coriander and bubblegum. However, they experiment regularly with all sorts of beers, especially now with the ever-popularizing sour-style. From strong, dark Belgian Quads to wit-beers brewed with coconut and lime (East Wind, a collaboration with Folly Brewpub out of Toronto), this brewery creatively riffs on both new and classic styles.

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Innocente capitalizes on the skills of one of the more interesting brewers in the area: their head brewer and namesake, Steve Innocente, holds a PhD in molecular biology and performed a Postdoctoral Fellowship studying yeast. This knowledge and experience are combined in the output of the Waterloo brewery, creating a variety of different delicious, award-winning beers. One of their best is the Charcoal Porter, which won Gold at the Canadian Brewing Awards, featuring hints of coffee and chocolate.

Craft beer can be a bit of a misnomer. The name connotes a kind of quality that is often a component of the beverage but isn’t an actual requirement of the final result. To say that all craft beer is genuinely ‘crafted’ isn’t entirely true. To qualify under the umbrella of ‘craft beer’, a beer simply has to be produced from a small enough brewer in a small enough quantity. Much of the time, the term microbrew is a more accurate description of the small-run beers we buy and consume. Luckily, the Kitchener-Waterloo area is growing — and not just physically: the culture inside of this city is burgeoning — and a focus on farm-fresh food and locally, creatively crafted (yes, actually crafted) drinks is becoming ever-more present, creating a real community and taste that is unique to the area. Luckily, the microbrews in this area truly do qualify as ‘craft beer’. And that’s fortunate, because it’s impossible to deny the popularity of craft beer these days. Most recently, alongside the Oktoberfest celebrations heavily sponsored by the bigger brewers, a special event highlighting thirty smaller brewers from around Ontario was held. It was called Craftoberfest. “This year the event took place at the Kitchener Market,” Alex Szaflarska, one of the worker-owners at TWB brewing, said. TWB is one of the many Ontario breweries selling fresh, creative beers at the event. “And we also sold out both nights, at five hundred people a night.” Szaflarska — and by extension TWB — recognized the importance and the excitement of craft beer. TWB specializes in a great deal of different flavours, different ideas, and keeping things within the community. “We can offer a lot of different flavours, often very locally based,” she said. “We work with local hop farms. Sometimes we forage for ingredients, so they really are very place-based beers which can provide a different experience for the craft beer drinker that really roots them in the community.” “Also, compared to macrobreweries, microbreweries create more jobs and create that sense of camaraderie that can really benefit what it feels like to be a Kitchenerite, or to live in Waterloo. And we find all of these things are really important.” What’s especially unique about the craft beer business model is how it is functionally opposed to monopolies. Where one craft brewery succeeds, others tend to

Set up as a European-style bierhalle in Kitchener, Descendants sells a handful of original, local beers boasting some of the best designed cans in the region. Their three standards are Harbinger, an American Pale Ale, El Buscador, an accessible light lager and Reynard the Fox, a smooth rye ale.

be successful as well. “Craft beer drinkers, they don’t tend to stick to one beer all the time,” Szaflarska said, expanding on the co-operative nature inherent to success in local breweries. “Through the Waterloo-Wellington Craft Collective, we cooperate and work with other local breweries to bring people the craft beer passport that allows you to travel through the region and try all the different beers we have to offer.” Crafting beer is so interesting because, while recently functioning especially well as a successful business model, it is rooted in being a fun, interesting hobby. And that makes so many of the local brewers so important: they are themselves fans of craft beer, who get excited about new ideas and new flavours. “We started a beer club a couple years before we started the brewery,” said Derek Lebert, one of the founders of Block Three Brewing. “And basically the rule was, whenever you leave town, wherever you go, you bring back the local beer. And we’d have monthly meetings where you try the different beers.” “I think in Kitchener-Waterloo we have a great beer scene, we have some of the best breweries in Ontario, and they’re putting out great beers. Us with our Belgians and sours, Innocente puts out some of the best pale ales in Ontario, Descendants has some great beers, Abe Erb does their milkshake beers.” “I think, locally, we have a lot to be proud of from our beer scene. And I think just being local and being able to appreciate the people in your neighbourhood who are doing great things is a cool thing.” Most of all, because craft beer is so dependent on a local clientele, it makes the effort to stay current. “We try to do seasonal beers that kinda tie into what’s going on in the season, and different events locally and stuff like that,” said Lebert. It’s difficult — on a student budget, at least — to drink craft beer. The macros have bigger distribution bases and more product which obviously allows them to sell at a lower cost. But the benefits of drinking local are enormous. Not only are you involved in community operations and conversations, but when you drink craft beer you are benefitting that very same community that you inhabit. When your dollars stay local — when your dollars support your neighbours — everybody wins. MADELINE MCINNIS/CREATIVE DIRECTOR

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Dear Life 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 and therefore do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Cord or WLUSP. They should be no longer than 100 words and must be addressed to your life. Submissions can be sent to dearlife@ no later than Monday at noon each week. Dear Life, Reflecting back on the past six months i’ve realized just how lucky I am. Never in my life have I had a group of people who have been as supportive and caring as this one. Whenever one of us falters, or is in need of help, the team rushes to assist. This kind of working environmemt has made my duties and responsibilities so enjoyable. My Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights are exciting and fun (regardless of the stress) because of this wild group of writers, editors, web people, video people, social media people, copy editors, and others. Im fiercely proud to be part of you all, and will forever remember this group, and year, foundly for the rest of my life.

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Dear SU BOD, When you’re out in public wearing an SU jacket, you represent all of us. Calling a class “retarded” is not my Laurier and I’m disappointed in you and your representation of us, and we are everywhere listening (and voting next year).




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Dear WLUSU or whoever can fix this, Over reading week I went home to Niagara and studied at Brock University with my sister, and my eyes were opened!! They actually have comfortable, well lit, spacious, and practical study space!! So many options and all of it useful to single studiers or groups. Why the actual @#$& is this not the same at Laurier!? You don’t know what you don’t have until you go elsewhere. This is a problem. Sincerely, Get it together and give us study space



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Arguably the best part of a pumpkin is the seeds. There’s no point on dancing around here, fall comes once a year so don’t waste the opportunity by trying to be healthy. And try get the authentic seeds, which means you’ll have to gut a pumpkin. But trust that it would be infinitely better than what you’ll find at a grocer. Sure, it’s easier to just get them there but you lose out on the experience. Which is, undoubtedly, the best part of gathering pumpkin seeds. Munching on the fruits of your labour is half the enjoyment. It’s the only part of the pumpkin I thoroughly enjoy. Everything else, in my eyes, is merely good for decoration

Soup is the epitome of a warm meal to have on a crisp fall day. The Pumpkin Pie Bisque Soup at Zoup is a spicy, smooth, seasonal delight that takes squash to the next level. The bisque is a savory, sweet and satisfying delight which creates a blend of flavours that work with the cream based puree. The soup is also a good bang for your buck, you can get a large meal size soup and complimentary bread roll for under 10 dollars which makes the soup taste even better. I’m not Pumpkinin’ around when I say that this bisque is the Pumpkin Pie delight you’ve been waiting for.

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There is no poetry eloquent enough to adequately describe the beauty held within that blue and red paper cup. That spiced whip of cream and nutmeg, served inverted. Red spoon diving into her luscious core, is a reminder that, yes, there is a god. And yes, he certainly loves you very, very much. In a world where pumpkin muffins are goodness and pumpkin lattes are salvation, the Pumpkin Pie Blizzard stands above them all at the gates of infinity, newly settled as the perfect, graham-cracker crusted be-all and end-all. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever, amen.

I have recently decided to stop drinking coffee. I was getting in too much caffeine and figured it would be good for my long-term heart health to switch to tea. However, I decided to make an exception of this new rule to try out Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte — or PSL, per their advertising. The espresso shot and steamed milk come with some sort of pumpkin flavouring and a nice topping of whipped cream. My favorite part was the whipped cream. The drink is somewhat a novelty and also a source of joking and ridicule. It’s harmless to try — but I’m going to stick to tea.


Disavowing Beautiful Trauma for genericism P!nk’s new album leaves listeners yearning for the tried and true rock singer they fell in love with


In her latest album, Beautiful Trauma, iTunes advertises P!nk as having attained perfection. Unfortunately, the people at iTunes sell music, not the truth. P!nk, to me, represents an underrepresented version of girl power that really resonates. She doesn’t have to be a traditional blonde bombshell to get her message across and to be remembered. She’s strong and outspoken and isn’t afraid to call anyone on their shit. Going into the album, I was slightly disappointed with the singles. They were more channeling “Please Don’t Leave Me,” one of my least favourite P!nk songs, rather than the “So What” that I was hoping for. Unfortunately, the full album left me with almost the same impression. It came across almost as whiny

and it was very repetitive. That said, I can definitely understand how some people could absolutely love this album. Like most pop, it will probably grow on me as I hear it more and more. But that’s exactly what it is — pop. It’s a new sound for P!nk, and one that I’m not exactly sure that fits with her image, reputation and fanbase. At best, most of these songs sounded like they should have been sung by Miley Cyrus instead of P!nk. At worst, they sound like something you would hear in a cheesy rom-com. They’re pretty, and just edgy enough to be separated from the fluff that a lot of pop artists get caught up in. But it’s not the sound that I was hoping for from a kick-ass no-nonsense modern lady. The song that’s closest to the old stuff is “I am Here,” at least message-wise. This, to me, was one of the most disappointing songs off the album because there was so much potential to be a powerful, moving song, and it turned off sounding like a cheap One-Republic-circa-2013


knockoff. There’s no one song that sticks out to me that I really liked. They all sounded pretty similar, and I can also understand why the label picked the songs they did for singles. Those seem to be the only songs that have any remote difference to the others on the album. It seems to me that she got

caught up in the trends of today’s pop music. There’s not anything wrong with switching to a more pop sound, just look at how well it worked for Taylor Swift. I think the difference is the reputations that these women hold. P!nk has always been about going against the grain, so this switch seems more dramatic; a clear turn from what she’s stood for

in the past. The ‘80s music trends are also not lost on Beautiful Trauma either. Though many of the songs are much softer ballads than what I’ve come to expect from P!nk, you can still find heavy synthesizers behind them and her talented, powerful voice in front of them. It’s definitely a turn for her, one that I don’t agree with, but one that the industry will likely lap up. Maybe it’s not the P!nk I was hoping for, but it’s a reflection of the current time in music more than many of the other new albums I’ve heard recently. I don’t think that’s much of a compliment, nor do I mean it as an insult. I just found it disappointing from a woman that has been so empowering to so many other women to fall into trends instead of standing on her own like I enjoy from her past. I don’t like it when I keep P!nk in mind, but I’m sure the songs will be fine on the radio. I just won’t go out of my way to listen to them. If you want something new, it’s worth a shot. But if you like P!nk and her sound, you’ll probably want to stick with Funhouse.

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Unpacking Wiccan’s culture during Witchfest SHYENNE MACDONALD ARTS & LIFE EDITOR

Witch City Arts North and Women in Music and Arts (WIMA) Toronto are currently hosting Witchfest North 2017, which will run from Oct. 5 to Oct. 31. Witchfest is an event wherein witches, Wiccans and wise women celebrate the repeal of section 365 from Canada’s criminal code. Section 365 states the following: “Every one who fraudulently (a) pretends to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration. (b) undertakes, for a consideration, to tell fortunes, or (c) pretends from his skill in or knowledge of an occult or crafty science to discover where or in what manner anything that is supposed to have been stolen or lost may be found, is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.” It goes without saying that having the practice criminalized in such a way in Canada hindered true development of the study of Wicca to blossom the way other spiritual practices have. As well, it has also added an obstacle for those who identify as witches, Wiccans or wise women to be viewed with legitimacy. However, with the section being removed from Canada’s criminal code, this opens doors that for many were previously closed. One of those doors opened is the


public and advertised gathering of Witchfest. The city of Toronto met with open arms; the festival allowed artists to showcase their work during artisan fairs and booths featured throughout the month. All in all, a great step forward for the Wicca community. Yet, despite this great step, there are still transgressions within the community that need to be discussed. Specifically, the ongoing cultural appropriation within the spiritual practices exhibited in Wicca studies. In Western society the word and title ‘witch’ is often affiliated with the term Satanism. Obviously this leads to a negative impression of Wicca, which is why the ideology of the devil, hell or Satan is often disavowed when discussing Wicca. To establish legitimacy to the

claim that Wicca is a peaceful practice, Wiccans attempt to establish ties with other polytheistic and nature orientated religions and faiths. More specifically, Wiccans tend to pick out parts of Hindu and Indigenous faiths and apply it to their practices. This comes through in the practice of smudging, using spirit guides and spirit animals. Taking statues of Hindu gods — I saw Rama a fair few times at the festival — and placing them around pentagrams. Now, don’t get me wrong. There are Hindu-Wiccans, who obviously have every right to do this. As well, Indigenous-Wiccans, but what I’m speaking to are Wiccans like myself — who are white and are still appropriating other cultures. In terms of spiritual practices, Wicca is still modern. It hasn’t had the millenniums of

development that others have had, which makes it awkward as Wiccans try to establish themselves.

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I find most Wiccans operate under the ‘everything is borrowed’ philosophy. Which can mean every breath we borrow has to be given back.

But to others means, we can ‘borrow’ what we want from other faiths, because at the end of the day it returns to the universe. These Wiccans see it as a ‘reclaiming’ of what it means to be a witch, Wiccan or wise woman, when, in truth, they’re only bringing harm to marginalized groups and what it means to be Wiccan. It wouldn’t be easy to unlearm behaviour that has, for the most part, gone unquestioned. However this is a sentiment you could apply to a number of concepts. Wicca operates under the sentiment “If it harms none, do as you will”. It’s not breaking news to hear that cultural appropiation is harmful. Wicca is a growing faith and I hope that with the removal of section 365 — now that Wiccans can meet more openly — these transgressions in the community will be addressed.

ART Armand Roulin, a painted subject of Van Gogh’s, asked around to get information on his mysterious suicide while attempting to send one last letter to Theo — Van Gogh’s brother.

It was as if the present was influenced by Vincent even after his death


The rediscovery of Vincent VICTORIA BERNDT CORD ARTS

This year marks the creation of the first feature film to be made entirely from paintings.

Loving Vincent by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, is a one part Kickstarter, one part oil-painting revival collaboration between the UK and Poland. The project employed over 100 painters to bring the mysterious circumstances of Vincent Van Gogh’s untimely death to life onscreen. The film features recreations of famous Van Gogh paintings and uses animation to

give them new dimensions. People of all ages showed up to the theatre, including a little girl who brought a Van Gogh plushie that came complete with a removable ear and everything. Ever since the film was announced last year, there has been buzz around it in the art and film community, many curious to see how it would play out. One year after van Gogh’s death,

The film plays out as a mystery novel, introducing villagers in Arles, Van Gogh’s home in France, who all have different takes on his mental state, relationships, habits and love of art. Exploring Van Gogh’s life through his interactions with people never reveals his true self, but instead paints him with a variety of different brushstrokes that almost seem to mimic his iconic art style. Vincent’s story is dynamic, complicated and refuses to be pinned

down. The film alternated styles to differentiate time. Within the flashback sequences, a more realistic, black and white art style was used, but all scenes in the present used Van Gogh’s unique and distinct brushstrokes. It was as if the present was influenced by Vincent even after his death — and had a hand in shaping the way in which others saw the world. Sitting in the theatre, seeing such iconic paintings as Starry Night and his self-portrait start to move was a sign in itself that the world’s fascination with this lonely Dutch man was not about to go away. In fact, it has evolved into something beyond oil on canvas. Even though there is a plot, the art steals the show. It was surreal to see Van Gogh’s paintings in motion. Every time a painting was referenced in the film, the audience took a collective breath in recognition. It felt like we were taking part in something very personal and special. By using his art to reimagine his story, I feel like Loving Vincent turns Vincent Van Gogh’s wishes into reality when the film closes with his words: “I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say ‘he feels deeply, he feels tenderly’.”

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Note: Dear men beneath the surface every where you look. So what can you, as a cis-male, do? I would recommend that you educate yourself on bystander intervention and what to do when someone you know commits an act of sexual violence. It would also be super beneficial to educate yourself on how to properly respond when someone discloses their own experience with sexual violence. There is plenty of reading material available online that can prepare you for the worst, which, after reading, will leave you with no choice but to intervene when possible or necessary.


As a man I could sit back horrified and feign surprise at the allegations leveled towards Harvey Weinstein, but the point would be moot. Like many of the silent stars in Hollywood — who kept their mouths shut, in apparent fear of jeopardizing future career opportunities — I am not shocked about the existence of this “open secret.” If you are like myself, you might be asking things like “What can I do as an ally?” or “What can I do as a cis-man to combat this heinous culture?” and the answer to that question is far more complicated than just saying “not all men…” It’s far too late to act shocked when accusations like this come to light and moreover, making this problem about yourself won’t help anyone either. For a long time, I personally felt like I didn’t have the right to speak on behalf of other people unless I represented them. To be fairly honest I still don’t feel completely comfortable with the space that my words take up as a cis-man, but I learned quickly that silence in times like these can be toxic. I’m not saying that if you are a cis-man you are obligated to make a public service announcement that says you stand with survivors of sexual or gendered violence — not a bad thing to say about yourself though, either way — what I am saying is that we, collectively as men, need to stop pretending that this culture isn’t being fostered directly underneath our noses. We need to acknowledge that these things are literally happening all around us and we need stand in solidarity with those who have been silenced by fear. I used to like to think that being on campus at a university like Laurier — where women can be found holding strong, authoritative roles — shielded me from being exposed to some of the harsher aspects of everyday life, but in reality I know that these problems bubble just

As cis-men, we have the responsibility — and in my opinion, the duty — to exercise our privelege when it can benefit others or draw attention to inequality.

As cis-men, we have the responsibility — and in my opinion, the duty — to exercise our privilege when it can benefit others or draw attention to inequality. I am not talking about adopting this “savior complex” where you are the person that comes to the rescue, because it’s not like that either. I think that it’s more about acknowledging and validating peoples lived experiences and having potentially uncomfortable conversations, than coming to someone’s aide. Next time you see a guy acting inappropriately towards a woman, say something to him. Let him know that — as a fellow male — you do not condone his actions. Have these kinds of conversations when you are with other men. So many males fall prey to this culture of toxic masculinity and to be silent amongst ourselves can only serve to perpetuate violence.




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Putting feeling into your words SHYENNE MACDONALD ARTS & LIFE EDITOR

When I was younger, I was always embarrassed about writing. I never told people that I wrote and God forbid if they did find out, they asked to see it. Even now I get nervous over the idea of someone reading what I write. Which seems stupid, given the things I’ve had published. Even now, there’s only one person who gets to see my writing in its first draft and that’s my sister. But we’re so close I hardly count her as a person different from me. Because of this, my conditions required for writing are short. I need to be alone. Alone, with no one to read over my shoulder. A blanket, in case I need to cocoon myself if things get too emotional and absolute silence. The slightest thing can distract me and then I’m in a million other places other than my writing. But I’m not this high-maintenance because I’m a bad writer, without a care of how conceited I sound, I’m actually fairly good at what I do.

A lot of this has to do with how much of myself I put into my writing. I treat a lot of my editorials like a diary page, where I can lay out all my concerns in a neat and concise manner. There’s something extremely cathartic about perfecting your emotions. Take into account some of my personal stories. I’ve publicly discussed my struggles with having an eating disorder, I’ve talked about how much I loathe wearing bras. I’ll even have a poem in Blueprint that explores a personal subject. Last year, when I was a News Editor, I found myself struggling at times with my stories. Not because they were cumbersome, but because I lacked an emotional attachment to some of the content. For me, writing is all about emotion. There isn’t a mountain in life I haven’t climbed without writing about it. Because most of my work is seated in deep emotions, I have a tendency to come off as an extremely sentimental person. There’s a rule I follow for all of my writing, whether it’s thank-you cards or editorials: “Don’t say in a letter what you can in an ear.” I find the best writing comes from the feelings you can’t articulate, or don’t feel comfortable

saying out loud. Even now, I have trouble talking about my eating disorder, but writing about it is actually the only easy aspect of it. This isn’t news. Putting difficult emotions into any form of artwork is a tried and true form of therapy.

I treat a lot of my editorials like a diary page, where I can lay out all my concerns in a neat and concise manner.

Sentimentality in writing isn’t for everyone. But I’ve found my style and it’s extremely sappy. Which is great, because once you’ve met me you’ll realize that this isn’t who I am in conversation. If you find yourself unable to articulate what you’ve been bottling up inside, that’s fine. An easy fix may be to pick up a pen and help yourself sort through the mess.




Macklemore gets too much flak From rapping on minority issues to not, he can’t get a break



Democrat or Republican; Conservative or Liberal. Party affiliation has become an incredibly important way of labeling yourself, a way to express your values and find a like-minded community. It has become an increasingly important aspect of one’s identity, much like ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender. However, party identification isn’t the only aspect of identity that has gained traction in recent years. As fighting between different religious and ethnic groups has become frighteningly common and the LGBTQ+ community has begun to recognize more individualized conceptions of gender, how people identify themselves has become increasingly important. This newfound emphasis on identity is likely not going to go away anytime soon, so it is important that we understand the implications of this, both in our everyday lives and on society as a whole. Increased allegiance to certain aspects of one’s identity — such as religion, ethnicity, race, culture, socio-economic class, region, political values and party identification — has an important effect on our everyday lives. It affects the media we consume, the conversations we have and the communities we join. Perhaps most importantly, it affects the people we hang out with, because this increased allegiance has led to a parallel longing to be with people who have the same affiliations and can, therefore, better understand the unique challenges that come with that allegiance. This is not necessarily a new or surprising revelation; people have always chosen their friends on the basis of common interests. Is it really such a shift to start making the selection on the basis of common characteristics instead? Maybe not, but it is one that has important implications. Some are positive: increased

connection to one’s culture, increased interest in learning an ancestral language, increased sense of belonging to a community — religious or otherwise — and an increased sense of belonging and acceptance — and these should not be ignored. The negatives, however, are more dangerous than people realize: alienation, the increased division between people, consuming media in an echo chamber — which happens when you are only only listening to reports that confirm your previously held beliefs — and even societal rejection. For proof of the importance of this phenomena, look at the most recent American election. The Liberal echo chamber made Democrats soft while the alienated white working class went to the polls and the disenfranchised — the mathematical winners of the election — stayed home. Increased specification of identities is generally seen within the LGBTQ+ community and it comes with its own challenges. On one hand, it is lauded within the community as a necessary increase in the lexicon that paves the way for people to express an important aspect of their self. It is used to help people find an identity that fits their particular experience — or at least fits to a greater degree than the previous terms did — which is a seemingly positive development. On the other hand, certain new terms have been seen as too specific, confusing, jargon-like, etc. This has created a vocal opposition to their use and to other practices within the LGBTQ+ community as well. This backlash is real, and my assumption is that it is rooted in a very real fear: the loss of freedom of speech and the possibility of punishment for failing to use the appropriate pronouns. Your individual identity is important, so the strong feelings that membership to certain identity groups evoke are completely understandable. However, you are greater than the sum of these aspects; they don’t come close to touching the complexities of your thoughts, feelings and relationships. Before anything else, you are



It seems popular to hate on Macklemore these days, despite his popularity just a few short years ago. The other day, I read a BuzzFeed in-depth about Macklemore showing his white privilege through his new music. Now, I’m usually actually quite fond of BuzzFeed in-depths. They usually show very personal stories of regular people or offer new looks into the psychology and sociology of celebrities. This one, however, rubbed me the wrong way. The author of this article argued that, by no longer rapping about minority issues, Macklemore’s showing how he can just walk away from these problems instead of having to face them like the minorities he’s been rapping about. The author also argued that what Macklemore was doing in the first place, rapping about minority issues, was also problematic. So, as you can plainly see, Macklemore can’t win in this author’s mind at all. There’s so much to unpack with this argument, but I’m going to focus on what I know — allyship. And that’s exactly what Macklemore was doing too. We all have the things that hold us down, but Macklemore seems like a poster-child for privilege on the outside. Born in Seattle, he’s an

educated, cis, white, straight male. The difference between him and someone like Trump, for example, is that Macklemore recognizes his power and was attempting to use it to create more acceptance. He was being an ally, not attempting to speak over the minorities, but to draw attention to what they have to say using his position of power.

He was being an ally, not attempting to speak over the minorities, but to draw attention to what they have to say...

Look at “Same Love,” for example. He was sharing his own experience with LGBTQ+ issues, not trying to speak for the group. He was speaking to other straight people who may not understand what’s going on within the community. In short, he was using his privilege to talk to other people with privilege. Isn’t that what we’re supposed to be doing, as privileged people? I’ve always been taught that I’m supposed to direct attention to these issues to my peers who may otherwise not be listening. But in Macklemore’s position,

this doesn’t seem to be popular or even acceptable. It’s not that his demographic has gone away. There’s plenty of “woke” white, young people who are willing to listen to minority issues if we recognize when they are brought into our everyday lives. Macklemore’s fan base, to break it down to the basics, is pretty well represented at Laurier. There’s no denying that our school is pretty white, and we’re the right age demographic. Most of us fall into the right tax bracket too. So why did Macklemore stop? The BuzzFeed article quoted Macklemore answering this very question. He said that he was stopping because he was preaching to the choir. His audience are the people who already know that life is harder for people because of systematic inequality. They know that minorities deserve to be listened to, which makes Macklemore’s old music redundant. So is the change showing his white privilege? Was his old music problematic? It depends how you look at it, but I don’t think so. I think he’s recognizing his place and his fans. He’s condemned for being an ally, then he’s condemned for listening to and acting upon what people have said about his allyship. There’s no one right way to be an ally, but I’m certainly going to miss Macklemore’s approach —but that doesn’t mean I don’t understand why he’s chosen this new path either.



The disturbing reality of Harvey Weinstein EMILY WAITSON OPINION EDITOR

Harvey Weinstein has dominated media headlines lately due to an increasing onslaught of accusations made against him regarding many alleged acts of sexual assault. I wish I could say that finding out about this news shook me to my core, but it didn’t. Reading about his repugnant behaviour detailed in a gripping article from The New Yorker was difficult but not unprecedented. Listening to a recording where he starred in an Oscar-winning performance as the entertainment industry’s leading scumbag left me fuming but not surprised. People acted aghast when Bill Cosby, America’s beloved, jovial comedian, was accused of being a serial rapist. There is a Wikipedia page dedicated solely to these sexual assault allegations, with a victim list of over 50 women’s claims. He is currently awaiting a second trial date that is set for March 2018. Jian Ghomeshi, a popular CBC radio host, was charged with four counts of sexual assault. A large


portion of the public turned the blame onto the victims and he was eventually acquitted of all charges. I could keep naming men in the entertainment world who have abused their positions of power, fame and money in order to assault, rape and harass the women around them without repercussions, but that would be a depressingly long list. Weinstein’s heinous behaviour, despite it being commonly known and a prominent rumour within the bubble of the Hollywood elite and many of his coworkers, was disregarded for over 20 years. As such, he was able to establish an incredibly successful career and company. He managed to slip through the suspicious fingers of newspaper publications like The New York Times with the alleged assistance

of nice-guy actor Matt Damon. There will be deafening cries of “not all men!” which is an obvious, yet lamely contrived attempt to derail the issue at hand. Of course not all men are capable of, or willing to commit these atrocities, but it does not take away from the fact that they happen and they happen far too often without the proper fallout and scrutiny. Reactions to Weinstein have been mixed, from emboldened voices detailing their disgust over his actions and others sharing their own personal accounts of sexual assault in and out of Hollywood, to non-apologies from male actors who hollowly state that they had no idea he could do such horrible things. Then, there are those who stand atop soap boxes of hypocrisy, doubtful naysayers who steadfastly

want to believe the best in a proven sexual predator, over the numerous accusations made against him — and an audio recording that verifies this behaviour. In a proclamation of the utmost irony, Woody Allen has come forward as one of those doubters, saying that he worries that it will start a “witch hunt” that extends to all men, ones who could face charges for simply winking at a woman in the workplace. A creepy weasel like Allen — who has his own fair share of skeletons in the closet — should know better than to voice the only opinion you would expect from an asserted sexual predator like himself. I have seen calls for women to dress more modestly from a fashion designer to a noted feminist and successful actress.

This rests behind the disturbing notion that there is somehow even a shred of justification in what Weinstein has done and the damage he has inflicted on numerous women who were merely trying to make careers for themselves in such a venomous, precarious business. I’m going to say it now, loudly for those in the back, that there is no excuse for sexual assault. Ever. There are no “buts” or “what ifs,” there should be no fucking debate over what the person was wearing when it happened to somehow insinuate that showing skin is an automatic plea for harassment. I could walk down King Street stark naked right now and it wouldn’t give anyone the right to touch me without my consent. These allegations are an unfortunate commonality in the society we live in. The denial that surrounds these crimes when they come to light is always disheartening. It contributes to the idea that the accused are to be pitied, above being held accountable for the crimes they commit. As Emma Thompson stated in an interview with BBC News, “I don’t think you can describe him as a ‘sex addict,’ he’s a predator.” Sadly, she is right and Weinstein is not the first, nor will he be the last sexual abuser to come out of Hollywood.

“Me too” diminishes experiences The popular Facebook hashtag is fine in theory, but when actually applied to survivors, it becomes problematic


This Monday, my Facebook feed blew up with young women setting “me too” as their status, showing that they are a survivor of sexual harassment and/or assault. The idea behind this initiative is that if every woman shared this as their status, people would understand how large the problem of sexual violence is in our modern society. As touching as that is, it’s completely missing the mark. Everyone’s experience with sexual violence is going to be different. It’s an extremely personal topic that can’t be summarized in two words. Women are posting the same words, regardless if they have been catcalled or if they have been raped. They’re the same, regardless of the varying impacts that the experiences have had on their lives. All sexual violence is understandably vile, but some acts are way easier to talk about than others. Is a woman who has been raped and doesn’t want to face her experience in front of hundreds, if not thousands, of Facebook

friends now not contributing to the movement? Does she not stand for women’s wellness? I have to face the effects of acts of sexual violence that have happened to me every day of my life.

All sexual violence is understandably vile, but some acts are way easier to talk about than others.

“Me too” diminishes each of our encounters to a blanket statement that reduces me to a statistic instead of a lived experience. Of course it’s easier to accept simple words than actual stories that are hard to listen to and even harder to tell. Giving women an opportunity to share is great, but making it a requirement — and one with limitations — is oppressive in itself. What happened happened, and it’s messed me up. I don’t want to have to face that more than I have to. So telling me that “if every woman did this, people would understand” is an insult. CONTRIBUTED IMAGE

Sometimes they keep me up at night, thinking about what I could have done differently, what would happen if my family and friends found out or what I would do if — when — it ever happens again. I don’t have to be a symbolic martyr for any cause, typing “me too” to have people see my trauma because that doesn’t even begin to cover how sexual violence has affected my life. My experience is not like the hundreds of other powerful young women that I am connected with on Facebook, nor will their experience be like mine.

“Me too” diminishes each of our encounters to a blanket statement that reduces me to a statistic instead of a lived expereince.

I have no obligation to share anything and neither does any other person in my position or one similar to mine.

Telling me that I am required to continue a cause that gives me personal harm is a case of victim-blaming if I’ve ever seen one. Even worse, this whole mob mentality isn’t going to do anything to actually fix the problems that are being addressed. If you’re not listening to women as individuals, you’re not going to listen to two words repetitively typed at you for one day. This is a perfect example of slacktivism. We are setting passive words, feeling good about ourselves and then doing absolutely nothing to actually help the people who are suffering from these acts and the trauma associated with them.

Noticeably absent from this trend are male, non-binary, and trans survivors of sexual assault, and people are even being attacked for pointing that out. This further perpetuates the notion that women are the only people affected by these crimes. It is important to recognize that men are also victims of rape. They deserve a voice to share their experiences if they wish to do so. So here’s a radical idea: instead of only listening to a blanket statement that reduces women’s issues to two words, let’s actually treat women as people. Listen to our experiences when we want to share them. Trust that there’s a reason if we don’t.

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Hawks sweep Lakehead to start season We had a good opening weekend to our regular season with two wins and we played well.

-Greg Puhalski, Laurier men’s hockey head coach



The Wilfrid Laurier University men’s varsity hockey team had a great start to their season this week, defeating Lakehead in both games of a doubleheader. The Hawks finished their preseason with one win and six losses. However, with three out of six exhibition games being played against non-OUA teams, the pre-season does not seem to be a strong indicator for the team’s potential. What may have been the biggest take away from the pre-season was a close 4-3 loss against UOIT, a skilled team that should do well this year. Also, in what can only be described as a learning experience, Laurier lost 8-2 against the Western Michigan Broncos from division one of the NCAA. For the remaining match ups, Laurier took on Windsor and Wa-

terloo and can expect to see these teams again in league play. A good indicator for the upcoming year is Laurier’s strong finish with a sound 5-2 victory against Waterloo and a close 2-1 overtime loss against the Brampton Beast of the ECHL. In an email response, Coach Greg Puhalski commented, “From our pre-season we gave everyone on our team an opportunity to play. As a coaching staff, we saw what we needed to see. All of our players have shown a commitment to be a good team.” There are four new additions to the Golden Hawk squad: Kyle Jenkins, Anthony Conti, Anthony Sorrentino and Jeremy Pullara. Jenkins will be a player to watch this year, drawing on his four years in the OHL and experience at the Edmonton Oilers rookie camp last year. Jenkins assisted Laurier’s first goal of the year with Conti and Sorrentino also earning assists in

the 8-3 win. “We had a good opening weekend to our regular season with two wins and we played well. We need to execute parts of our game plan better. That is something we will

work on all season long,” coach Puhalski said in reference to the team’s start. On Oct. 20 and 21 Laurier will be taking the long, cold trip north to Nipissing and Laurentian Universities. “[We] look forward to our road trip [to play] Nipissing and Laurentian. [The] trip up north is always a challenge and this time will be no different. Our team is excited for the games,” Puhalski said. The Golden Hawks will be on the road for their next four games. You can catch their next action packed home game against York on Saturday, Nov. 4.


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Golden Hawks add to successful season Laurier men’s golf team continues great season with a second place finish at Toronto Invitational PRANAV DESAI SPORTS EDITOR

The Wilfrid Laurier University men’s golf team earned a podium finish at the Toronto Invitational as they won the silver medal. The competition was held Oct. 6-7 and it marked Laurier’s second podium finish this year. The Hawks got great performances from the entire team, especially Austin Ryan, who finished second in the individual standings to boot. The Owen Sound native mentioned that the experience of competing at the course last year was the key behind his excellence this year. “For me, it helped that I played that course last year and I learned some valuable lessons,” Ryan said. “I didn’t play that well last year because the course is quite difficult, but this year, I played small ball and I didn’t try to be aggressive.” “I only had one mistake over the two days, which [cost] me the gold, but silver’s okay,” he said. The golf team lost Eric Flockhart this year as he moved on to do his masters at Western. Flockhart was a crucial part of this team, but the Hawks have brought in new talent and the team looks promising. “We’ve had a couple of guys come in who have helped us out. A couple of guys from the NAIA

and some new young guys which is what our team has been this year,” Ryan said. “Last year we were an older bunch of guys and this year we’re a lot younger.” “We have a lot of young guys on the team and we’re just trying to rebuild.” Ryan had a phenomenal finish to 2016 as he achieved a first place finish at the OUA championships.

You can’t be thinking that you’re going to win all the tournaments going into them...

-Austin Ryan, Laurier golfer


He pointed out how important it was for him to stay patient during his run. “Last year was just about staying patient. I had a really good start to the year and around this time during the Toronto tournament, I had a really bad tournament,” he said. “I took myself out of one the

tournaments last year and I went into the OUAs with an open mind. I played pretty well and I also got kind of lucky.” Going into the same tournament this year, Ryan acknowledged the difficulty of his competition. He added that it will be important for him to keep the same mindset that he had during the Toronto Invitational.

“The field is very strong. You can’t be thinking that you’re going to win all the tournaments going into them. This one, I’m just going to have the same mindset as Toronto, play the small ball,” he said. “The weather is supposed to be pretty bad so I’m just hoping to not make any big mistakes and [to] come out on top.” Ryan’s thinking paid dividends

as he finished with a bronze medal at the OUA championships this past weekend. It would have been extremely difficult for someone to finish first in back-to-back seasons, but a third place finish is far from a failure. The Toronto Invitational and the OUA championships added to the amazing year that Ryan and the rest of the Golden Hawks have had.




If you were looking for any standout Golden Hawks that might become household names in the near future, I think I have a pretty good idea of one to mention. He goes by the name Shomari Hutchinson. Hailing from LaSalle, Quebec and growing up in Toronto, he’s come up big for the Golden Hawks during many different moments this season. With there being plenty of household names on the defensive side of the ball, you could say it is not the easiest thing to emerge as one of them being a younger player. Regularly playing the boundary half position — as a defensive back — he has managed to make the transition to dime linebacker for the last couple of games. “Well coming here as a boundary half, it wasn’t much of a transition because I was usually in the box as a boundary half and still covering guys,” he said, regarding the transition. “But moving to dime linebacker I’m still in the box and also doing the same jobs as a boundary half.” Becoming a starter is another story though. In his first start at linebacker

and first start as a Golden Hawk, Shomari recorded an astonishing 14.5 tackles — 12 being solo tackles — versus the York Lions in a 53-31 win. In doing that, he tied the school record owned by Jesse Alexander for the most tackles by a Laurier player in a single game. He was also recognized as not only the OUA but also the USports defensive player of the week. “I was fairly shocked, I didn’t think I played that well. I just did my job at the end of the day,” Hutchinson said. For a guy who generally would be considered undersized for a linebacker — being listed at 5’10”, 180 lbs — you would not exactly think he would flourish in such a physical position. “Even though I’m an undersized dime linebacker, I still play with that physicality and aggression that my coaches love. With my speed and aggression I’m able to make up for my lack of size and I just play to my ability,” he said. This seems to have worked to his strength considering that he tied for the team lead in tackles versus Guelph with eight-and-a-half. With these accomplishments now behind him, he looks to continue his level of play along with keeping the job he has earned in playing to the level he has.

“It’s a great accomplishment of course, but at the end of the day, you still got to do your job as a football player. If you play to win those achievements, you’re not going far in life. You just got to do your job, play to get better every day and try to make it as far as I can in football,” he said.

Even though I’m an undersized dime linebacker, I still play with that physicality and aggression that my coaches love. -Shomari Hutchinson, Laurier football linebacker

Not in an effort to downplay the accomplishment, but his points show the perspective of a player who understands the importance in being the best you can be. Next up, the Golden Hawks will look to win their final game versus McMaster on home turf. If they win, they will finish second in the OUA and be rewarded with a first round bye.

The Cord Oct. 18, 2017  

Volume 58, Issue 8