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London Underground The Finale

Letter from the Editor Welcome back to The London Underground — I know it's been a while, but while you've been out there growing and adventuring, we have been too! One of the important themes of this issue is setting goals, following your passions, and then taking the time to live and ex-­‐ plore between all of that planning. I took a hiatus from the magazine this summer to travel Asia and absorb dif-­‐ ferent cultures, stunning locales, and entirely new ways of life. I came home with a whole new perspective, re-­‐ freshed and recharged by the spark of inspiration that I hope we can pass on to you through these pages.

above all else, how to balance — because life really is a balancing act. Our team worked to achieve such balance in each release of The London Underground by repre-­‐ senting a variety of student initiatives, beautiful artwork, career advice, travel adventures, and trendy fashions. In our final issue, we celebrate our finale in style, the founders of dish on how to use their tools to secure your dream job, and we address prevalent issues like local, sustainable food, the homeless popula-­‐ tion in London, and our generation's silent battle with mental illness.

This marks our final issue of The London Under-­‐ ground, and considering a mere two years ago we didn't know the first thing about putting together a magazine, it feels a little like a graduation of our own. I've learned an indescribable amount through running this publication, and just like the students we write for, we've hit bumps in the road, contemplated giving it all up for junk food and reruns, overcame great obstacles, and experienced ful-­‐ filling victories. Whether we are heading back to school in September or graduating, travelling the world or set-­‐ tling down into our first full-­‐time career, we have taken away an immeasurable lessons from our time here in London. How to pull all-­‐nighters while cramming for ex-­‐ ams, for example, and subsequently, how to function on two hours of sleep. We've learned how to conquer the worst hangovers, how to work hard and play hard, and

So congratulations to you, our supportive readers, on your graduations, successes, and inspiring ventures that have fuelled the stories and photos that appeared in these pages. During these great periods of transition, take time to reevaluate what's important to you, stay true to yourself and the life you wish to lead, always seek inspiration, and do what you love. We can't wait to hear of the places you'll go. To hell with cliché's, Dr. Seuss says it best: "And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! 98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed! Kid you'll move MOUNTAINS!... You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your moun-­‐ tain is waiting, so... get on your way!" Happy Reading Friends, Gillian Berner

Brought to you by EDITOR-­‐IN-­‐CHIEF Gillian Berner ART TEAM Gillian Berner Sasha Goldstein


FASHION STYLISTS Gillian Berner Bianca Sparacino Emily Tauro MODELS Geoff Forsdick Zarina Markova

WRITERS Haley Allen Gillian Berner Sasha Goldstein Ali Millington Daniel Moher Bianca Sparacino Emily Tauro Trevor Whittamore Susan Young

THE finale : summer 2013

Arts 4 Student Art


8 Loud Luxury 10 Pieces of Poetry 12 Artfusion Culture

14 The Spot 16 Homegrown Goods


18 London Through the Lens 24 London's Instagram Feed

Lifestyle 26 Can You Spare Some Change? 28 Life After University 32 Student Start-­‐Up Helps Grads Get Jobs


34 In Pursuit of Happiness 38 Pick the Right Booze for any Schmooze 40 Travel Fever Fashion 46 Fashion Feature


62 Stay Season Savvy

"This world is but a canvas to our imagination."

[ Crimson Hibiscus, by Laura Newton ]

- Henry David Thoreau

[ Watercolour Girl, by Bianca Sparacino ]

[ Biggie Smalls, by Laura Newton ]

[ Chief Piece, by Laura Newton ]

Loud Interview by Trevor Whittamore It’s been a wild ride for Loud Luxury over the past year since the London based DJ/Production duo began. Joe DePace and Andrew Fedyk are Loud Luxury, a dynamic duo with professionalism and presence. If you’ve seen them spin before, you know just how en-­‐ ergetic and electric their sets are. Joe and Andrew dish on everything from their beginnings and rider lists, to greatest milestones in their career together. With a strategic, passionate goal in mind, it seems Loud Luxury is heading in the right direction and be-­‐ coming a driving force in the electronic music scene!

Maybe looked like horrible ideas for DJs to play but many people incorporated them into their sets. It's about being culturally relevant. How do you respond to requests during your sets? If we play together in a big show, requests are nor-­‐ mally write-­‐offs. We are being paid to professionally perform as a duo and we have a very specific experi-­‐ ence we tailor for people. If we were simply acting as a jukebox, it wouldn't be the same experience. Name the track you play every set, no matter what.

Let’s kick things off with how the two of you start-­‐ One song always sticks out as a must-­‐play. There is a ed working in the music industry. Hardwell mashup that combines Party Up In Here by We started to get together through the actual DJ club DMX with Squad Up by Clockwork and that always at Western. It is a really awesome tool for networking seems to mess with peoples' heads. Everyone loves with producers and DJs you go to school with. Our their 90s music. first show actually playing together didn’t come for a while. Once we merged everything into one seamless What is your greatest accomplishment so far as Loud Luxury? brand, we started trying to get shows. Our greatest accomplishment is having the ability to Think back to your first show. Where was it? How make people go home and think, "that was an amaz-­‐ was the crowd? ing night." Music is such a powerful form of expres-­‐ I think our first show we played together was the sion and it really can make someone's night. We will Identity Festival after-­‐party at The Hoxton last sum-­‐ always be proud to have that control and allow peo-­‐ mer. The response was overwhelmingly awesome ple to hear songs that they enjoy. and something you definitely do not expect from Do you have separate DJ careers on your own? such an early gig. We have our own separate careers, however these Who in the EDM world will you never play in a set? are brands with completely different focuses. I mean, I’d never be so eager to write off any DJ as a no-­‐play. it would be weird (and probably way too rowdy) to We like to incorporate a wide influence of genres in have Loud Luxury DJ your wedding or a more low-­‐key our set. In hindsight, Gangnam Style and Call Me event. So we do random shows on our own here and Arts,


Luxury there but always get together for large-­‐scale events. When can we expect your next release? We just released a preview for a track entitled ‘Clear Some performers have weird rituals before they Eyes’. During our trip to Los Angeles we met with take the stage, do you guys have any? Kaloopy Media who does very cool promotional mod-­‐ In terms of rituals, with the exception of a weird Euro-­‐ el videos with gorgeous women dancing and doing pean double cheek air kiss, a shot of tequila before we sexy things in stop motion. They released "Shay play is always necessary. Maria Dancing In A Bikini" which features 'Clear Eyes'. It hit over 115,000 views in a week and was fea-­‐ Who is the best crowd you ever played for and what tured on Tosh.0 and Machinima. The summer plan was the venue? was to release a proper vocal version, and there were a few other songs we have been sitting on that we The best and most memorable crowd we have ever planned to release. played for was when we opened for Zed's Dead. We 'd played large events like that before, but never have If you had five words of advice for an aspiring DJ/ we played for such a large crowd that consisted of so Producer, what would they be? many people we know. It was just an amazing feeling looking into the crowd and seeing all our friends hav-­‐ “Practice but get out there!” As much as locking your-­‐ ing the time of their lives. Absolutely humbling. self up in the bedroom and trying to bang out music is important, you need to get out there and meet peo-­‐ What is your favourite pre-­‐drink before you go on? ple and make your dreams happen. Do you DJ hammered?

What’s your ultimate rider list? Anything goes. As long as there are copious amounts of poutine and beer, nothing else matters. Maybe some airhorns to get turnt up. We did notice a lot of artists have a pack of clean socks on their rider list which sounds weird at first, but just imagine being able to change into fresh socks after! I think we will throw that in there too.


If it is a large-­‐scale event, appearance is everything. If we played hammered it would just look unprofes-­‐ sional and tarnish the experience. However, the mo-­‐ ment after DJing – there are no restrictions after that.

It was just an amazing feeling looking into the crowd and seeing all our friends having the time of their lives. Absolutely humbling.


Pieces of Poetry Poem by Bianca Sparacino

Scientists insist that our bodies are made up of seventy percent water. Let this fact remind you of how wild you are. Whenever a drop of sweat falls from your brow, or whenever something stirs within you the emotion that spearheads a tear, you are being turned inside out, as if the very salt of the Earth is trying to reunite with the external world in search of the rousing depths of the ocean that crafted it. Foolish is the man who does not trust his wild. No amount of rationale will stop the cosmos from taking back what they bore in you. There will come a night when the very stars smell of your perfume. There will come a time when the very trees you walk by in your daily routine reflect the same colour green you admire in your lovers eyes; For we were born from the Earth, And one day, we will return to it.

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Her Morning Elegance, by Lyla Rose

Soft light spills into our bed And rays of sun illuminate Her glowing porcelain skin I watch the shadows she creates Enveloped in yesterday’s perfume I feel utterly transfixed On the memories I can recall The taste of her skin and forbidden lips. How long we stayed intertwined Lost in each other’s concealed dreams Waking up in an unsure world Where nothing is quite as it seems. As we lose ourselves in silky sheets We find ourselves through each embrace While I so long to understand The thoughts etched deeply on her face. I’m crawling out from within myself Our hands remember familiar lace I close my eyes and feel her breath And then she’s gone without a trace.

By Bianca Sparacino


When you see the kind of art people are putting up in their homes, you become one of two things: inspired or disappointed. Fortunately, local artist Ryan Mahy was disappointed. After working as a furniture mover in London, Mahy came to terms with the fact that most locals were decorat-­‐ ing their houses with bland Ikea prints and conven-­‐ tional landscape pieces from Wal-­‐Mart. He decided to create a change, and the idea for Artfusion was born.

throughout local London areas, creating outdoor art spaces that positively influence the communi-­‐ ty. One of Artfusion’s main philosophies is treating street art as a way to revitalize urban areas, and Mahy believes strongly in its progressive impact in our society. “People have such a negative impres-­‐ sion of graffiti art – they don’t know the difference between the good stuff and the bad stuff and how positive it can actually be,” he says. That impact is best portrayed in how a simple gallery idea has turned into a hyper local move-­‐ ment. Artfusion has displayed 5,000 pieces of work, participated in over 60 events and has grown from twelve artists to over 300, but it has never lost sight of its main intention: community. Mahy ex-­‐ plains that Artfusion was built by the community for the community. In turn, it operates the program on donations and the sale of resident art in order to support local artists, businesses, and public initia-­‐ tives through community murals.

Artfusion is a pop-­‐up art collaborative and es-­‐ tablished gallery that helps to connect London with urban artists and hip hop culture. Local artists are featured in a monthly rotation at the full time gallery, which is located in the Citi Plaza Mall. From graffiti to fine art, Mahy has created a sense of in-­‐ clusiveness within his project, and thousands of people with unique tastes and interests are drawn to the monthly events he generates. “It varies from teenagers to seniors and everything in between,” says Mahy. “Everybody is there learning from each One of Artfusion’s most recent mural projects other. It’s inclusive, not exclusive.” is slated to be the largest painting in London. The Artfusion has also taken on mural projects mural is a dedication to the late Stephen Watson, Arts, 12

who sadly passed away from lung cancer in 2012, and will depict his last piece of art entitled “Octo-­‐ pus Garden 2.” This mural will preserve an artist’s memory through creation, while spurring econom-­‐ ic prosperity within an inventive community. Mahy’s creative cycle of design and charity has fused to both inspire and motivate London culture. Artfusion has turned the conservative streets of London into an urban getaway, a place where art is [The Stephen Watson Memorial Mural] celebrated, not stigmatized. “The most incredible and humbling thing for me is when people say Art-­‐ means to the artists to finally have a place to dis-­‐ fusion is like a breath of fresh air. I never expected play their art. It’s a really incredible feeling.” how much it would affect people’s lives,” Mahy re-­‐ marks. “I’ve had parents come in to thank me for showing their kids’ works and explain how much it

THe SPot Auberge

French Cuisine at it's finest, Auberge Du Petit Du Petit Prince is charming from the moment you walk Prince through the stone gates into the blossoming patio. The menu is well-­‐rounded and original and the service is attentive, though don’t expect special treatment or accommodation if it strays from the strictly French cuisine. A simple request for oil and vinegar to accom-­‐ pany the fresh, warm bread was met with “Only but-­‐ ter, actually. We keep it French here.” The classic French Onion Soup is exquisite, with a rich veal broth base, caramelized onion, a sharp hint of sherry, and strong, heavy Gruyere cheese. Must-­‐have entrees in-­‐ clude the Steak & Frites — my personal favourite, which comes with truffled potato fries and tender juicy striploin served with tasty rosemary & grainy mustard butter and a unique peppercorn aioli — as well as Lobster Pasta. The chefs load up on garlic oil and white wine in the pasta, in addition to succulent poached lobster tail, crushed tomato, and arugula to create an incredibly satisfying seafood dish. Enjoy au-­‐ thentic French food right in London at a restaurant that offers quality food for reasonable prices, all cap-­‐ tured in the old world atmosphere of a 19th Century home. By Gillian Berner

Tru Tru Restaurant invites pa-­‐ trons into a relaxed and romantic atmosphere that features a cozy wood burning fireplace, a well-­‐stocked, dark hardwood bar, and friendly service from the knowledgeable staff. Locat-­‐ ed downtown on King St., the seasonal menu is pared down and appetizing, with a great vari-­‐ ety of starters and entrees. The Seafood Sam-­‐ pler comes with two lightly fried crab cakes made with fresh crab; two moist, soft, seared scallops with roasted red pepper; and two but-­‐ tery, juicy shrimp balanced with a spicy pineapple sauce. The Beet Salad Composée is also a tastynoptiom that comes with a hearty slab of fresh goat cheese, fried pancetta, and mixed greens, sandwiched between two cold, thick beet slices. The Grilled Beef Tenderloin is quite a heavy main dish. The meet arrived cooked perfectly to medium rare, resting on a cloud of whipped mash covered in sautéed mushrooms and a cabernet and veal reduc-­‐ tion. The concise menu, fresh ingredients, and taste combinations were more than pleasing to the palate. Tru comes highly recommended as the atmosphere and service were above ex-­‐ pectation and the pricing was fair for the great portions and high quality of food. By Haley Allen

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YOUR GUIDE TO LONDON'S BEST WINING AND DINING The exciting flavour combinations, charming and rustic déc-­‐ or, and friendly service of Black Trumpet help make this ca-­‐ sual fine-­‐dining restaurant a must-­‐visit. The delectable menu couples dishes with unexpected flavours to create ex-­‐ otic combinations, like seared scallops paired with red pep-­‐ per, daikon radish, and orange ginger vinaigrette. Such bold and unique pairings make for a refreshingly exciting dining experience. The plump, meaty Duck Spring Rolls are a fan-­‐ tastic starter, accompanied by a Thai-­‐inspired slaw consist-­‐ ing of papaya, onion, carrots, cucumber, and fresh cilantro. The impressive list of entrees includes the Togarashi Ahi Tu-­‐ na, with buttery sushi-­‐grade tuna that melts in your mouth —perfectly raw in the middle and seared to minimal perfec-­‐ tion. The fragrant coconut-­‐infused jasmine rice is creamy and flavourful, and the bok choy and radish salad is a refresh-­‐ ing citrusy addition to the meal. The menu boasts other mouth-­‐watering selections like seared shrimp risotto with lemon saffron butternut squash, and grilled beef tenderloin that comes with mushroom ragout and garlic whipped pota-­‐ toes. For a hearty pasta dish, the Beef Tenderloin Bowtie pasta hits the spot with exotic mushrooms, spinach, Parme-­‐ san, and a rich earthy peppercorn red wine jus.




By Gillian Berner


You'll be craving this scrumptious menu long after you leave Crave restaurant on Richmond Row. Satisfy the most distinguished palettes with the rich Escargot topped with crispy bacon and Parmesan cheese. Speak-­‐ ing of cheese, cheese lovers will drool over the creamy crusted Brie accompanied by vanilla apricot and crunchy walnut brittle. Fresh, quality seafood is a staple throughout the menu, and the delicate lobster tail din-­‐ ner, served with creamy saffron and black rice, does not disappoint. The perfectly seared Yellow Fin Tuna can be

ordered as an appetizer or main course, and is crusted with wasabi, topped with sweet ginger soy reduction, and plated with fragrant citrus infused rice. If you make it to dessert, sweet delights like creamy but crisp crème brulee, cheesecake crepes with Grand Marnier and fresh berries, and fudge-­‐filled oozing chocolate lava cakes await you. With its warm, stylish atmosphere and flawless meal presentation, Crave Restaurant is a delight that should be shared with friends and family. By Gillian Berner

homegrown goods Why you should take advantage of local Farmer's Markets By Haley Allen Everyone knows that eating locally is better for the environment, but is it really worth the extra cost? Eating seasonally and locally helps take some of the pressures off of our food systems, which are currently hard pressed to produce as much as they can at the lowest possible cost. Just like any other market, food markets are driven by demand, which is us, the consumers. Right now, we’re telling them that we want white meat. So they give us unnatural-­‐ ly giant chicken breasts by pumping chickens full of hormones. We are eating a version of chicken—an animal not created by evolution, but by us. Chick-­‐ ens with breasts so big they can’t stand up. Culture, 16

Did you know that the “chickens” in the grocery store today contain twice the fat and 35% less pro-­‐ tein than those of fourty years ago? Animals aren’t the only things being manipulated. The tomatoes we buy at the market are hardly genetically compa-­‐ rable to the tomatoes your grandmother used to eat. Most grain products in the grocery store con-­‐ tain genetically modified grain—gluten intoler-­‐ ances were unheard of until we started playing with the genetic composition of grains. Sure, it’s easier and cheaper to buy produce at the grocery store that has been shipped from South America, or meats that have been factory farmed in the US. But would you eat the pork and chicken

from the grocery store if you knew that it had once lived in overcrowded cages amongst feces? Or that they are sprayed with pesticides and fed antibi-­‐ otics, both of which can be harmful to humans? Quantity—at the lowest possible price—has usurped quality in food production today.

Abra make these fresh-­‐made farm products avail-­‐ able to the community. Nancy grows a variety of vegetables, fruits and herbs and makes homemade jellies, chutneys, mustards, jams and vinegars. Her products are unique, not only because the ingredi-­‐ ents are homegrown and every item is homemade, but also because her recipes are a mix of heirloom classics and her own imaginative flavour creations. Some examples are a surprising but well-­‐balanced chamomile pear herbal jelly and sinfully sweet car-­‐ rot cake dessert jam.

Perhaps you aren’t an animal empathizer, so let's consider the humans living around factory farms. Their groundwater becomes contaminated and air becomes polluted from the inadequately managed waste. This pollution can cause respirato-­‐ ry problems, skin infections, nausea, depression Nancy sells her From My Garden products and even death for those in the surrounding area. alongside other farmers at the various Farmer’s markets in London. “When I’m at the market or do-­‐ The answer to these issues is obvious, because ing [food] shows, people always come up to chat, I believe consumers have a voice. If a greater popu-­‐ which I love. They want to have a face to what lation of people start spending their money on ethi-­‐ they’re eating,” Nancy comments. cally produced products, the big producers will pay attention and will react with more responsible ani-­‐ The beauty of buying locally is the people who mal and agriculture farming practices. sell the produce are often the same people that grew it. For these individuals, it’s about growing What better way to ensure that ingredients are while respecting the food and the environment. fresh and natural than to grow them yourself? My Nancy aptly explains, “I grandmother, Po, had a take pride in what I do vegetable garden with and I enjoy what I do. If every fruit and veg-­‐ you are passionate etable possible in an about something, I Ontario climate. At the mean really love it, then it isn’t work. I have respect end of summer, she made jams from the strawber-­‐ for food, where it came from and the people who ries and raspberries not munched on by chubby-­‐ are eating it. I am very proud of everything I make, handed child pickers and we made pumpkin pies at because I know how it was grown and preserved: thanksgiving from fresh pumpkins. From My Garden to your table.” Real food isn’t picture perfect; it is crooked car-­‐ Eating locally has become much more accessi-­‐ rots, lopsided zucchinis and really small strawber-­‐ ble to city-­‐dwellers in recent years. Opting for local ries. Anyone who has tasted in-­‐season Ontario products whenever possible is worth the (marginal) strawberries knows they are sweet, juicy and in-­‐ extra cost, not only for the sake of the environment, comparable to the gargantuan strawberries from but also for your own health. Not to mention, fresh California available during the rest of the year. tastes better! Check out some of London’s farmer’s Of course, not everyone can have a flourishing markets and support hard-­‐working Ontario farmers vegetable garden; maintaining one is a full-­‐time who grow produce and raise animals responsibly. job. Thankfully, local farmers like London’s Nancy

The answer is obvious, because I believe consumers have a voice.


London Through the Lens

Through The Lens

Western's UC Hill Lights Up, by Ritchie Sham (

London Raves, by Trevor Whittamore

Colourful Campus Buildings, by Kariym Joachim

Busy Bees, by Gillian Berner

Class commences for the Canadian Geese, by Paul Pan



Photos by Miruna Toma

Can you spare some CHANGE? By Susan Young My own observations over the years have revealed that when homeless people solicit some-­‐ one for funds, it seems they are rejected more of-­‐ ten than not. Society often holds many precon-­‐ ceived notions about the homeless that influence people’s decision to help the less fortunate. This

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past April, I decided to ask a question that would shatter some of my own misconceptions about the homeless community. As I sat in the sun, read-­‐ ing on a bench in London’s Victoria Park, an elder-­‐ ly homeless man approached me and asked if I could spare some change. I said no, truthfully not

having any change to give. I then watched as he went from person to person around the park and was repeatedly turned down. When he walked past me the second time, I flagged him down and offered him a five-­‐dollar bill in ex-­‐ change for his story— why was he living this life? What had hap-­‐ pened to leave him begging for his next meal? The odds seemed to have been against him from the start, and I learned that his parents were drug addicts, leaving him to fend for himself as he was placed in the foster care system. He experi-­‐ enced devastating neglect and both physical and sexual abuse in his foster home, and ended up living on the streets. He later fought his own bat-­‐ tle with drugs after reuniting with his family who exposed him to a world of drug addiction. After that, he sadly never made it off the streets, and there seems to be little hope for an improved fu-­‐ ture at his age and poor state of health. As our conversation concluded, he told me this was the best five dollars he had ever made. I said it had been the most eye opening conversa-­‐ tion I had ever had. All because I stopped to ask the simple question of “why?”. I realized that we generally do not know what these people have been through and how they ended up on the streets, and I can only hope that more people will think twice before assuming that a homeless per-­‐ son is on the streets as a result of their own bad choices, or that they are only begging for drug

money. This may be the case for some of them, but not all. People may also be inclined to believe that all homeless people could get off the streets if they really wanted to. While I do not dis-­‐ pute the fact that there are many re-­‐ sources geared to-­‐ ward helping them, I would challenge the notion that all homeless people are aware of how they can access these resources and would ques-­‐ tion the adequacy of them as well. The next time you are approached by a homeless person for money, my hope is that you won’t be so quick to assume the worst, because we really don’t know until we ask, and asking is the first step towards making a change.

As our conversation concluded, he told me this was the best five dollars he had ever made.

Know the Stats There are an estimated 2,000 homeless Londoners on any given night. There are more than 3,500 London fami-­‐ lies in line for affordable housing. There are 500 emergency shelter beds in London. A survey by the London Free Press found that 39% of Londoners who participated see at least one homeless person per day. 20% said they encountered homeless people more than once a day.


After University By Bianca Sparacino It’s May. You just graduated from University and you're high on life. You start applying for jobs, dreaming of your future in corner offices and suits that would receive the Don Draper Seal of Ap-­‐ proval. A few weeks pass. It’s now the middle of June and you start to receive rejection letters. You move back in with your parents. You eat pepperoni hot pockets. You read an article on about a 17-­‐year-­‐old from Omaha who just sold an app for a million dollars. You eat another hot pocket. You realize that this might take some time…a lot of time. Breathe. You have a drive and dedication that sets you apart from the general population. Revel in that. Your vitality pushed you through four of the most intel-­‐ lectually challenging years of your life-­‐to-­‐date. That same vitality will push you to succeed at any point in your life. So what's the rush? We measure



our lives in checkpoints: Get a degree, Get a job, Do this, Do that. This is how you end up at a job you dislike. This is how you end up in an area of life that does not excite the innermost fibers of your being. You don’t want to look at your life when you’re 50 and realize that you aren’t happy. Take another breath. You will find your fire. You will find the thing that motivates you. There will be a time in your life when you wake up and you realize that you are working for something bigger than yourself. Un-­‐ derstand that you might not find it right away. You’ll get jobs, lose jobs, start relationships, and end relationships. You’ll strive to find yourself. Sometimes, you’ll feel overwhelmed, but other times you’ll feel content and fulfilled. This is sam-­‐ sara: the bigger picture, the cycle of life. The wisest person you know will tell you: In this

bigger picture, you have time – to figure yourself out and find what enlivens you. What you need to-­‐ do right now is experience. Travel. Touch the world. So much that it calluses on your fingertips. Let the Rocky Mountains leave a footprint on your heart. Let the bright lights of Los Angeles burn in your memory. I’m not saying you should leave all of your responsibilities behind, but investing in life experience is investing in inspiration. Go to Bangkok; go to Dubai; seek out the dustiest cor-­‐ ners of the world, and you will return home with a new perspective. You will see differently and think differently. You will be motivated in a different kind of way. When your new experiences become a compass to a life you genuinely want – head north with conviction.

Get a real email address – no one wants to inter-­‐ view Seek out constructive criticism. Research prospective em-­‐

What you need to do right now is experience. Travel. Touch the world. So much that it calluses on your fingertips. ployers. Bend the rules – everyone great has done it. Join LinkedIn – the quote in your Facebook “About Me” section isn’t going to attract the right kind of networks. Don't take no for an answer.

Try things that scare you – the fastest way to lose inspiration is to stay comfortable. Why can’t you move to New York City and pursue acting? Why can’t you start a company from the confines of

from your mother’s office wall, you learned some-­‐ thing in University. Realistically, most of the con-­‐ tent relating to Economics or Art History will be tucked away in a far corner of your mind. That’s

When your new experiences become a compass to a life you genuinely want – head north with conviction. your mother's basement? Most people can’t be-­‐ cause they won’t allow themselves to. They slaughter their impulses; they live a life of safe pro-­‐ tection. Not only are you better than that, you are bigger than that -­‐ these last four years have proven so.

fine, because what really matters is your life expe-­‐ rience, and you have four years of that under your belt so far.

You fine-­‐tuned your emotional intelligence. You taught yourself about limits, or maybe you learned them the hard way -­‐ dollar beers may be small, but Despite the fact that your frustratingly under-­‐ you’re 110 pounds and all you ate was a salad for whelming diploma seems as if it is laughing at you lunch. You brought that lesson upon yourself. You

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learned about discipline, time management, loss and gain -­‐ in regards to friendships, expectations, and vices. But, most importantly, you harvested a lot of insight into your strength and your resilience. All of those melancholic “I can’t do this” moments got you here. This is the number one lesson that every fortune cookie you ever opened at Harmony Buffet told you, and now I’m telling you again. You’ll live; life will go on. It may throw some ex-­‐ tremely disappointing curveballs your way, like a rejection letter from your dream company or a dev-­‐ astatingly receding hairline, but it will also greet you with some amazing experiences. Open your-­‐ self up to them. Stop thinking about everything you have to do and take this moment to realize how far you’ve come, and how very far you can go.


Student Start-up Helps Grads Get Jobs

By Ali Millington Searching for the perfect job as a new gradu-­‐ ate is stressful, especially when you can’t land that first interview. Luckily, UWO’s Jake Kotzer and Maurits Sels are part of the team that’s providing an alternative to pounding the pavement: FirstIn-­‐

process was becoming outdated, and saw a need to renew the hiring practice. Kotzer also realized that the current hiring process isn’t aligning with what people are looking for. “There’s a need for us right now to reverse these metrics and to get people into interviews right away.”

“ is a job posting site that in-­‐ corporates video applications into the hiring pro-­‐ cess,” Sels explains. “The site has two distinct sides to it; the job seeker side and the employer job side. Job seekers create an account and a pitch video, and then use this to apply to jobs.”

An entrepreneur from the get-­‐go, Kotzer started his first business at age twelve selling repackaged VHS tapes and Pokémon cards in his dad’s store. He later worked his way up to branch manager at Vector Marketing Canada, securing important skills like recruiting and team manage-­‐ ment. Other members of the First Interview team include in-­‐house developer and Western student Robbie Goldfard, and COO Dominic Macchia, a veteran of the HR world. “It’s really a collaborative effort between the whole team,” Sels says, reflect-­‐

The job seekers also answer questions via video recordings that employers ask of all their ap-­‐ plicants. “Employers then get an in-­‐depth applica-­‐ tion from the job seekers, which includes a resume, video pitch and video question,” Sels says. The two friends started the company in June 2012 and the test site was launched in January 2013. Kotzer, a Psychology student in his last year at Huron, originated the idea in an entrepreneur-­‐ ship course. “I saw a bunch of my friends having a hard time getting jobs,” says Kotzer. “They could-­‐ n’t even get an interview.” He felt that the traditional resume application

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Maurits Sels, co-­‐founder

ing on the integral role each member plays. Sels is finishing his degree from Ivey and has a solid back-­‐ ground in business and experience in real estate and media buying. “I’ve always loved technology,” he says, “So is a great way for me to combine this passion with many of the skills I’ve acquired over the last few years.” Since is still in its infancy, Sels currently has many roles within the company. “I’ve done everything from designing the website and creating the backend functionality, to devel-­‐ oping marketing strategies, to signing up compa-­‐ nies to our site.”

expand through advertising. Kotzer’s goal is to grow to 200 employers and 10,000 job seekers by the end of the year. Sels adds, “As the company grows, my focus will shift to heading up business development. I’ll be tasked with growing the com-­‐ pany and finding new revenue opportunities.” As for new grads seeking full-­‐time positions, Sels says other than signing up for FirstInterview.-­‐ ca, job seekers should understand what they’re looking for in a job. “I would recommend research-­‐ ing companies that look attractive, and narrowing down the companies that fit your personality and your career aspirations,” he suggests.

Some of these companies include Investor’s And once you get that interview, Kotzer advis-­‐ Group, Spinmaster, Hasbro and Mattel. “We’ve re-­‐ es, “The most important thing is to be yourself. If ceived really good feedback from everyone who you’re not yourself in an interview, people will get has used our product, from both sides of the table,” a false sense of who you are. Even if they hire you, Kotzer says. A you won’t fit in with "Have them hire you for who you are. great deal of this the work culture in success is due to Don’t falsify who you are to land the job.” the long term, and taking a risk to you won’t enjoy stand out from other companies. “We wanted to working there. Have them hire you for who you are. build a platform that gave our users a way to differ-­‐ Don’t falsify who you are to land the job.” entiate themselves from the crowd,” Sels explains. He adds that close to 88% of current employ-­‐ “We both decided that the time was right to take ers look at soft skills, such as interactions with peo-­‐ advantage of how connected people are though ple, personality and suitability for the work envi-­‐ the Internet, giving video applications the perfect ronment, rather than the hard skills that are found platform.” on a resume. Finally, Sels says it’s important not to While it’s important to be responsible in the online social media world while job-­‐hunting, Kotzer says this idea has its limits. “Everyone preaches that you shouldn’t put anything contro-­‐ versial online, but I’m not really a fan of that,” he says. “Prescreening processes are very inaccurate, as employers will look at whatever they can get, including Facebook pages, to get a first impres-­‐ sion. We’re giving the job seeker a chance to have their first interview and provide a true first impres-­‐ sion to accurately display who they are.” The team is in the process of redesigning and relaunching their site and they are also looking to

underestimate the power of the secondary job market. “Get out there and talk to as many people as you can,” he suggests. “Go through your friends’ LinkedIn connections; it’s all about being proac-­‐ tive.”

In Pursuit of Happiness IT'S TIME TO TALK MENTAL HEALTH. By Gillian Berner

We have all been affected somehow by the struggles associated with mental health — depres-­‐ sion, anxiety, panic disorders, bipolar disorder, ob-­‐ sessive-­‐compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, post traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, postpar-­‐ tum depression. We are inundated with these terms and conditions that seemingly don’t affect us until we actually meet people who are battling these very issues, often alone and isolated. So why aren’t we talking about it? The UWO community was certainly affected this past year as suicide, addictions, and mental health campaigns shook our world, leaving every-­‐ one asking “why”? However, through such tragedies came awareness and community support that have helped change many lives for the better. Western students took a brave step in creating the viral video, “Mental Health – It’s Good to Talk”, which takes a raw and informative look at their experiences and Lifestyle, 32

opens the conversation to students around the country. Others flocked to social media to seek and offer help, as seen on the popular Facebook page, UMentioned Western. A champion of mental health confessed, “I have seen the darkness the future held, I have felt the hopelessness and helplessness. I have cried from the loneliness and tried to end my life. But I'm alive right now. And I can't be happier.” This sin-­‐ gle post touched many lives across the social media channel, as the student concluded, “I know a psychi-­‐ atric disorder doesn't go away in a snap. It takes time and effort. I know because I'm still fighting my ill-­‐ ness. But…It will one day be conquered…and you will smile because you made it. You survived. You fought a long, hard battle and you won. So please, don't feel that there is no one that cares.”

GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT Mental illness is far more common than most

people realize, with an average 20 percent of Cana-­‐ dians experiencing mental health problems in their lifetime. The World Health Organization forecasts that depression will be the biggest medical issue dealt with by the health care system by 2020. Un-­‐ treated illness continues to lead to an increase in premature deaths amid youth, as suicide is among the leading causes of death for Canadians 15-­‐24 years of age, accounting for 24 percent of casualties in this demographic. If that’s not shocking enough, consider the 46 percent of ignorant Canadians that statistically believe mental illness is used as an “ex-­‐ cuse for bad behaviour”, and the 27 percent of the population who identify that they are fearful of be-­‐ ing around those suffering from serious mental health issues. The fact that these alarming figures remain in 2013 is not only disheartening, it also likely contributes to the 49 percent of Canadians who suf-­‐ fer from depression or anxiety but have never ad-­‐ dressed their problems with a doctor. It’s time we reverse these numbers.

STUDENTS SPEAK OUT Chances are, someone you know is suffering from a mental illness, but many refrain from dis-­‐ cussing their experiences to protect themselves from stigma and judgment. However, every day, brave young adults are taking huge leaps forward by publically disclosing their stories to seek help and, in doing so, encourage others who are experiencing similar struggles. Many Canadian students stepped forward for this article to share their stories in the hope of benefitting others. Brittany Marshall initially battled mental ill-­‐ ness in her first year at Brock University. Her opti-­‐ mism for a new and positive university experience quickly faded as the effects of depression took over her life. “I was scared to go to class, scared to hang out with my friends, scared to even leave my dorm room…I was having panic attacks on a daily basis,” Brittany explains. “I began to obsess over certain rit-­‐ uals and was constantly overwhelmed with negative thoughts — I believed my future was hopeless.” Brit-­‐ tany knew she had hit rock bottom when she began drafting suicide notes to loved ones and regularly

seeking refuge in eighteen-­‐hour sleeps. As she with-­‐ drew from all the activities she had once enjoyed and stopped going to classes, she realized it was time to seek professional help. Brittany was diagnosed with general anxiety disorder, and then panic disorder and major depressive disorder. Twenty-­‐two year-­‐old Josh Harris also experienced the effects of depression and general anxiety during his first year at Western University, as he began to feel increasingly anxious and negative. “I left things untreated for a year once I realized

“For the longest time I felt that if I acted like nothing was wrong, maybe it would go away. It becomes clear af-­‐ ter a while this is not the case.” there was an issue, and that’s something I regret,” he reflects. “For the longest time I felt that if I acted like nothing was wrong, maybe it would go away. It becomes clear after a while this is not the case.” Josh’s anxiety was based on worries about his own depression and the issues of other people – things that were often out of his control. The excessive worrying would frequently lead to panic attacks. Mark Smith* realized he was struggling with a mental illness in his second year at Western Uni-­‐ versity. “For about six months my life felt out of con-­‐ trol. I had a difficult time sleeping, staying on task, and I just wasn’t acting myself,” he explains. He de-­‐ scribes these sleepless months, battling racing thoughts and even hallucinations, as traumatic and rocky. Mark found answers when he was admitted into a Mental Rehabilitation Centre for a week and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, beginning his journey toward stability. For recent graduate Liza Webb, Type A de-­‐ pression and general anxiety hit during her first semester at McGill and completely derailed her uni-­‐ versity experience. At first, she attributed her con-­‐ stant exhaustion and frequent breakdowns to the major life changes associated with transitioning to university. It soon became apparent that these is-­‐ sues were more permanent than she anticipated. “I ended up ‘dropping out’ of McGill to move home to

focus on my health,” she explains. Liza later trans-­‐ ferred to Western University and concentrated on her recent diagnosis, while learning to deal with the physical aspects of her depression. Western Business and Marketing student Trevor Whittamore also came forward with his expe-­‐ rience, having spent the better part of nine years battling mental illness. “I realized I was really strug-­‐ gling with anxiety and depression in my first year at university. But when I look back now, I recognize that it was probably back in grade seven or eight that

"I have experienced stigma first hand, but I also quickly learned the power of communicating, educat-­‐ ing and empowering others.”

at university in order to battle her own biggest chal-­‐ lenges. “The stress of university on top of my anxiety was a lot to handle. But I learned to not take things so seriously—it wasn’t the end of the world if I got a bad grade,” she explains. “My health came first and by changing my priorities, I was able to enjoy my time at school and even graduated with honors.” Beyond the stress of academic expectations, Trevor faced the physical effects of his mental ill-­‐ ness on a daily basis. “Some days I just didn‘t want to leave my bed. I would put so much pressure on my-­‐ self that I walked through campus dry-­‐heaving, wor-­‐ rying about so many different little things,” he re-­‐ calls. Trevor also feels that the education system falls short in assisting and supporting those with mental illnesses. He was disappointed to receive minimal accommodation for work that was jeopar-­‐ dized by his health, and he was told to wait six to eight months for a counseling appointment when he sought help at Student Health Services. For some students suffering with mental health issues, such a time frame would be far too late.

it actually began. I just chose to ignore it because I didn't really understand,” he recalls. For Trevor, the effects of anxiety take a very physical toll. His symp-­‐ toms range from increased heart rate, constant sweating, and nausea, to an overwhelming degree of racing thoughts. THE ROAD TO IMPROVEMENT In all of these cases, coping with the stress of school in addition to social pressures made dealing Against all odds, these mental health advocates with these students’ mental illnesses that much have found ways to cope with and improve their own more challenging. Brittany identifies stigma, em-­‐ illnesses. They have shared some of their tried and barrassment, denial, and fear of being labeled as pri-­‐ tested methods for healing and happiness. mary concerns. She decided to help overturn these -­‐ Meditation, yoga, and mindfulness: “This helped problems and start reversing the lack of education calm me down, prevent panic attacks, and surrounding mental health, symptoms, and treat-­‐ brought me back to reality,” says Brittany. ment options. “I have experienced stigma first hand, -­‐ Cognitive Based Therapy. but I also quickly learned the power of communicat-­‐ -­‐ Regular therapy: “The psychologist wants to ing, educating and empowering others,” she ex-­‐ know the root causes of your issues so it is impor-­‐ plains. Brittany helped develop and spearhead a tant to be open with them and be willing to get a chapter of Active Minds Inc. at Brock University as a handle on your issues,” Josh notes. resource for students who may be sharing her strug-­‐ -­‐ Physical activity. gles, in addition to speaking for the TAMI (Talking -­‐ Mental health groups: “Joining the mental health About Mental Illness) Program and the Speaker’s group at Western helped me talk about my situa-­‐ Bureau at the Canadian Mental Health Association. tion with individuals who were experiencing sim-­‐ This is the kind of positive action that inspires ilar issues and can actually relate,” Liza explains. Liza to believe that our generation is changing the -­‐ Mental rehabilitation in necessary cases. negative stigma surrounding mental health. “I think -­‐ Proper medication prescribed by psychiatrists. there is a much bigger focus on it than there used to -­‐ Balanced lifestyle. be and people are realizing it’s just as important as -­‐ Healthy eating habits and vitamin intake. physical health,” she says. Liza learned to prioritize Lifestyle,


Positive environment, people, and communication were identified as some of the most important and influential factors in achieving happiness for each student. For Josh, surrounding yourself with a con-­‐ structive, supportive environment should be a top priority, and he has found that “having good people around you makes all the difference in the world.” Though it’s not always the easiest, acceptance is al-­‐ so the first and most crucial step towards finding a solution. “Accepting that I have bipolar disorder was hard at the beginning, but once I did, it got a lot better,” says Mark. “I had to just accept that this is out of my control. My body will have a chemical im-­‐ balance for life.” A quick look at the stats can help demonstrate just how widespread mental illness is in this demographic. “Through my psychologist I learned how common this was—the fact that 1 in 4 people in our age group are dealing with these issues definitely helped me not feel like an outcast in a sense,” Josh admits.

FINDING THE POSITIVE “If you have a mental illness, or recognize someone that does, please reach out and tell some-­‐ one! There is so much help out there, I know I'm here today because I sought professional treatment and had an amazing support system,” says Brittany. There are numerous resources available to help those strug

those struggling with their mental health, or to aid concerned friends and family. Minding Your Mind and Depression Hurts are great resources that edu-­‐ cate and inform the public, and Active Minds is a student-­‐run organization available at many cam-­‐ puses across the country. Creative outlets like Art Therapy are available to alleviate stress and anxiety through artistic workshops. The Canadian Mental

“There are so many people out there who have a mental illness, but you may never know it, be-­‐ cause it is an ‘invisible illness’. Just remember you are not alone... This does not define you.” Health Association and various community help-­‐ lines are always open and available in times of emer-­‐ gency, or if you just need to talk. Approaching your doctor as soon as you detect negative symptoms or instability is vital towards improving your mental state. “There are so many people out there who have a mental illness, but you may never know it, because it is an ‘invisible illness’,” says Brittney. “Just re-­‐ member you are not alone, there is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed of. This does not define you.” Trevor echoes this sentiment, emphasizing how important it is to come forward and take action. “Don’t be afraid. You’re not the only one! There’s help available, and you can always contact me if you want,” he promises. So let’s abolish the elephant in the room and let’s open up the conversation. Let’s start taking mental health as seriously as the physical ailments and diseases covered in the media, because like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, lives are on the line—and every life matters. Trevor wants to help— I want to help—our community wants to help. Re-­‐ member that we are never alone in our pursuit of happiness.

Pick the Right Booze FOR ANY SCHMOOZE By Daniel Moher Whether you like it or not, your favourite whisky, beer or mixed drink may not always be the right choice of beverage. After all, you don’t want to be the guy who brought a two-­‐four of Lakeport to the in-­‐laws’ dinner party, nor do you want to be the one who had one too many vodka-­‐crans at the Christmas work function. And perhaps most of all, you don’t want to be the one hugging the toilet while your buddies slip into the bar’s VIP section and mingle with your childhood idols.

Merlot: Black Box , $22. If you are treating your new lady-­‐friend to a homemade dinner, get Black Box Merlot. The keg-­‐like spout gives it a classy look. It’s a slightly heavier wine, but it goes well with both red and white meat, so it doesn’t limit you to what you can cook.

Finally, learn this: white meat pairs with white wine. Red meat pairs with red wine. Pick local and pick old. Here’s the thing, don’t over-­‐compli-­‐ Whether you are drinking at the bar, with dinner cate this. Once the wine is delivered for tasting, or buying for yourself, you always want to be ap-­‐ always defer to the lady. No one likes a know it propriately intoxicated, and remain classy. Here all, so less is more. are some wise choices you can make that will sat-­‐ isfy you, and will make a good impression, no Meeting The The Parents Parents matter what the occasion. Meeting

The First (…or second…or third) Date The First (…or second, or third) Date We’ve all been here. As though there wasn’t We’ve all been here. As though there was-­‐ already enough to worry about, now you are n’t already enough to worry about, now forced to choose a wine at the dinner table. you are forced to choose a wine at the din-­‐ ner table. Cabernet Sauvignon: Mt. Brave, $60-­‐$80. You can’t go wrong with a good at din-­‐ Cabernet Sauvignon: Mt.Cabernet Brave, $60-­‐$80. ner. Don’t cheap, but don’t killayourself either. Yougo can’t go wrong with good Cabernet Mt.dinner. Brave Don’t fits thegoprice range, localkill (from On-­‐ at cheap, but is don’t yourself tario), is commonly in restaurants and has either. Mt. Brave fitsserved the price range, is local (from a fruity and after taste. This goes down Ontario), is light commonly served in wine restaurants and much smoother than most reds. has a fruity and light after taste. This wine goes goes down much more smoothly than most reds.

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If Dad offers you scotch, and you don’t like it? What if Dad offers you scotch, and you don’t like Too bad! Choke that shit down and tell him you it? Too bad! Choke that shit down and tell him love the oakey after tone. Mom wants to drink you love the oakey after tone. Mom wants to wine, great you love wine. But hold on. If there is drink wine? Great! You love wine. But hold on. If one thing that is more crucial than pretending to there is one thing that is more crucial than pre-­‐ enjoy the alcohol of your future parents-­‐in-­‐law, tending to enjoy the alcohol of it’s to not get drunk! Here are two great choices your future parents-­‐in-­‐law, it’s that should match your winning mentality. to not get drunk! Here are two great choices that should match If you’re buying for Dad, get a good your winning mentality. scotch: Talisker, $58.16. you’rethe buying forand Dad,this getone’s a good TheIfolder better, 18 getyears a good scotch: Talisker, $58.16. old. This whisky goes down The older the better, and this one’s 18 years smooth,

old. This whisky goes down old. This smooth, whisky butgoes alsodown pro-­‐ vides just enough burn smooth, at the endbut of each also sip. provides This stuff is fiery, which means just that enough you can burn getat away the with drinking it slower, end of andeach yoursip. father This in-­‐law stuff willis think you onlyfiery, drinkwhich the hard means stuff. thatWin-­‐win. you can get away with drinking it slower, and your If you’re buying for Mom, go with a bottle of vino: father in-­‐law will think you only drink Hidden Bench Riesling, $30. the hard stuff. Win-­‐win. Studies have proven that more women like If you’re buying for Mom, go with a bottle of vino: Hidden Bench Riesling, $30.

they’re ordering beer, order the same. If they’re ordering mixed drinks, go with a classic Gin & Tonic or Vodka-­‐soda. These types of drinks pre-­‐ vent drunkenness (your career enemy) and make tomorrow tolerable.

Gin: Hendrick’s, $47.95 But don’t drink it without some tonic. Hendrick’s is smooth, and is also very popular. Show up with this to your bosses house on Christmas, and it won’t go unnoticed. This gin is la Studies have proven that more women like whi-­‐ crème de la crème. te wine than red. So if you’re getting it as a gift, Vodka: Van Gogh Vodka, $39 go white. This is a fruity wine, that is still full bod-­‐ ied, which typically appeals to more mature If you think vodka, think soda women. too. Van Gogh is a premium vodka that is cheaper than most, and just as smooth. Boys Night Out Plus, the bottle looks awesome, and is a work of Drink whatever you want… just make it out to the art in itself. It’s smooth, even on the rocks or bar. neat, but don’t start taking shots until you know your bosses are too drunk to notice. Rule of Work Function thumb: 12:30AM is usually when it is safe to start Right out of the gate, order flat and sparkling wa-­‐ picking up the pace. ter. From there, follow the lead of the vets. If



Travel Fever

Check out our travel guide to the top locales for your month-­‐long backpacking trip or gap year adventures around the world. Our well-­‐ traveled writers take you on a journey that highlights the best of each destination. From Europe, to our beautiful West Coast, to bustling Japan, find the trip that will fit your time frame and budget perfectly.

Greece By Ali Millington

When your flip-­‐flopped feet step off a ferry and strike land in the island of Ios, Greece, take a deep breath—as soon as you follow the tank-­‐top-­‐clad dude holding the “Far Out Beach Club” sign, your adventure has begun. This is the perfect place to unwind as you transition from college life to real life, and this spot has the feel of a resort with the price of a campsite. With pools, sports facilities and a beach across the street, every day is a sun-­‐drenched party (Wet T-­‐shirt Contests included). At night, take a bus to downtown Ios, where narrow, white streets and lively bars are packed with the rowdy 18-­‐28 year-­‐old crowd.

-­‐ Go see the sunsets and white cobble-­‐ stone streets on the volcanic island of Santorini. You won't regret it. -­‐ Check out Myrtos Beach, where the clear blue water and white pebble beach surrounded by towering rock cliffs have made this the "Best Beach in Greece" for 12 years in a row. -­‐ Finally, go to the medieval village of Lindos on the island of Rhodes to see white-­‐washed houses and spectacular views of the harbours and coastline that surround it. Lifestyle, 42

If beautiful caldera views, whitewashed buildings and blue churches are more up your alley, take a ferry (roughly 30 Euro) to Santorini for at least three or four days. Rea-­‐ sonably priced day trips provide a tour of the island, a swim in the hot springs, and the chance to climb Santorini’s vol-­‐ cano, ending with a view of the famous sunset over Oia. A variety of hostels and villas are available for travelers of all budgets, with poolside private rooms or apartments for as low as 20 Euro a night. If you feel like adding more culture and history to your trip, check out the Acropolis when you fly in or out of Athens—if you still have any energy, that is.

japan By Emily Tauro

Japan is a lively country built on ancient tradi-­‐ tions and philosophies, fused with cutting edge fash-­‐ ion, design and futuristic technology. If you’re plan-­‐ ning on traveling to Asia, Japan is a must. Tokyo, the capital, is a beast of a city (also known as a metropolis)! Within the diverse districts of the city, you can find all that you need to satisfy any de-­‐ sire. Grab a map and hop on one of the worlds most intricate subway systems and start exploring! Harajuku, as Gwen Stefani has shown us, is where you’ll discover the wildest street fashion. Girls dressed up like Alice in Wonderland characters, or as if they’re from the Victorian era, can be seen every-­‐ where in this prime people-­‐watching and shopping district. Be sure to visit the Roppongi district and go to the Mori Art Museum with innovative exhibitions, where you’ll also get the best view of Tokyo Tower. After that, grab dinner at Tsurutontan Roppongi, the best place for udon, and then head out on the town to party! Gamers will fall in love with the Akihabara dis-­‐ trict, where all your anime and manga dreams come

true in the massive, colourful, and noisy arcades. For an experience unlike any other, go have lunch at a Maid Café (no, it’s not a strip joint). They can be found all around Akihabara, just look for the girls dressed up in French maid costumes, and go with the flow... it’s a fascinating insight into a totally different culture—enjoy it. As wonderful as the city is, there is more to Japan than Tokyo. Imagine Zen gardens, and huge temples — Kyoto is the place. It takes you to a qui-­‐ eter, more peaceful place where you can visit dozens of temples and parks, each with their own unique charm. Just a train-­‐ride away is Kobe, where Kobe beef originates from, with cool museums and amaz-­‐ ing food galore. Another day-­‐trip must is Nara, where it’s common to see deer that roam as freely as squirrels in Toronto. Japan is a fairytale in the real world. There is endless possibility and it’s filled with a thriving ener-­‐ gy that only keeps growing. Take a trip to Japan to tap into the creative wild energy that awaits you!


By Sasha Goldstein

So you're stuck in an urban metropolis like Toronto, sucking in smog from the gardner ex-­‐ pressway, working by week and beating your way through mobs of panhandlers to get to the liquor store so you can go to another pre drink, give your liver a workout and empty your wallet at the Drake/ Hoxton by weekend. Or maybe you're stuck in small town Ontario somewhere, pretending not to know your high-­‐school friends when they pass you in the self-­‐help section at the local Drugmart.

You need a vacation. But that Punta Cana fund you keep in a jar just isn't cutting it. At this point, your options seem pretty limited… but did you know that you have an oceanside mountain range right here in Canada, complete with scuba-­‐diving and sandy beaches? The water in B.C. might be a little colder, but you can have an exotic experience without the hefty airfare price-­‐tag, and you won't have to refer to a spanish/english dictionary every time you want to ask where the bathroom is.



-­‐ Visit in the summer, unless you like the rain. All day. Everyday.

-­‐ Hang out around East Hastings street in Vancouver past 6pm. Unless you are in the market for crack.

-­‐ Stay in Vancouver, and spend time checking out the Granville Island Market, walking around Kitsi-­‐ lano, tanning on the Jericho Beach, and exploring Stanley Park.

-­‐ Wear heels or a suit jacket outside of metro Vancouver and act surprised when you stick out like a sore thumb.

-­‐ Visit Whistler, swim in spring-­‐fed lakes, rent a mouintain bike for the day, and eat a slice of pizza from Fat Tony's.

-­‐ Rent a car if you plan on staying in the city. Bikes and public transit leave them in the dust.

-­‐ Jump on a ferry to Vancouver Island, visit Victoria, rent a surfboard in Tofino, and go snorkelling with seals in Nanaimo. Also, definitely eat a fish taco from the Tacofino food truck in Tofino.

-­‐ Wear a Bruins jersey to a Canucks game. Ever.

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By Ali Millington

Italy is rich in culture, fantastic cuisine, beauty, and vi-­‐ brant cities that all deserve days of exploration. My favourite vacation spot is along the Amalfi Coast in South-­‐ ern Italy. Positano, a town bursting with colour and vigor, sits atop a hill looking down on the picturesque Mediter-­‐ ranean coast. Flowers sprout from buildings that house elite yet friendly Italians, white cobblestone alleys offer refuge from the scorching sun in the form of boutiques and cafes. Despite the upscale appearance of the village, the atmosphere is warm and casual. Try to be in Italy during a major sporting event such as the Euro or World cup to get a real feel for Italian pride, and fall in love with the beautiful language by making friends with the locals. Grab some vino and follow the crowds to a neighborhood gathering, where Italians often open up their homes with wine, food and hugs and kisses when their team takes the win. If you’re looking for a place to stay, Hostel Brikette offers a panoramic view of the Amalfi Coast that you can soak in while sipping happy hour drinks on a lively patio. Its location at the top of Positano’s hilly coast makes for a chal-­‐ lenging climb down to the beach (and nearly impossible climb back up after a day in the sun), but luckily a bus will take you down or deliver you back to a nearby bus stop. The hostel manager will even walk you 20 minutes up steep Positano streets to the nearby Ristorante da Costantino ( The family-­‐run joint offers freshly made stuffed manicotti, thin pizzas, homemade bread, delicious wine and lemon cake served on platters for 14 Euro per person. If carbs aren’t your thing (why are you in Italy?), the glow of the town as you look down the coast-­‐ line will make the hike to Costantino worth your while.

Musts: -­‐ Travel world famous canals to explore the beautiful art and history in Venice. -­‐ Brush up on your bargaining skills in the extensive markets of Florence, and soak in the city's art and archietecture, too. -­‐ Satisfy your every style whim in Milan, one of the world's major fashion cities. -­‐ Visit Pompeii, a city frozen in time after it was buried by the Mt. Vesuvius eruption. -­‐ Go see the Roman ruins, and take in the Colosseum and dozens of museums and ampitheatres. -­‐ Indulge in gelato, tiramisu, seafood, au-­‐ thentic pizza, gourmet pasta, and wine. Down some Italian Grappa and Limoncel-­‐ lo, and see where the night takes you.



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Geoff is wearing: Jacket, Club Monaco Dress Shirt, H&M Navy Pants, H&M Shoes, ALDO Zarina is wearing: Dress, Club Monaco High-­‐heeled sandals, ALDO Briefcase, Urban Outfitters


in Style

Geoff is wearing: Magenta Blazer, H&M Navy Tie, H&M Navy Dress Pants, H&M Dress Shirt, Club Monaco Shoes, ALDO Zarina is wearing: Sequined Dress, Lolita Sandals, H&M

Stay Season


Make the transition from Summer to Fall style with ease, by incorporating some of our favourite multi-­‐season items. Fashionable and functional!

Map print shirt, TOPSHOP

Paisley Jumpsuit, Miss Selfridge

Free DREE leather hoodie, Aritzia

Geometric Jeans, J-­‐Brand

Jovanna neon biker jacket, Karl Lagerfeld

Sister Jane dress, TOPSHOP

Mulberry Maxi dress, TOPSHOP

Zebra slipper, Club Monaco

Hype iPhone case, TOPMAN

Mark McNairy Saddle ingtip shoes, Club Monaco

Spotted denim bag, TOPSHOP

Black Dancehall shorts, TOPMAN

Ecru Marl Sweatshirt, TOPMAN

Deco Pendant, ASOS

Camo Wayfarer sunglasses,

Stacked ring, AllSaints

Dip Dye Denim Shirt, TOPMAN

King's Road T-ツュ窶心hirt, TOPMAN

Credits & Thank-Yous

Cover: photo by Sasha Goldstein

Contributors page: London image, Loud Luxury: Image,­‐keep-­‐pace-­‐releases-­‐loud-­‐luxury-­‐ep-­‐0 Poetry: background, Artfusion: Photo by Dustin Leitch; photo by Craig Greenwood, photo by Craig Greenwood, Art by Steve Tracy, photo by Craig Greenwood art by Christa Oglan, Photo by Craig Greenwood Art by Samantha Chilvers, Photo by Craig Greenwood, Art by Darryn Rae, Photo by Craig Greenwood Stephen Watson Memorial Mural, The Spot: Food images -­‐,­‐ menu/,, Homegrown Goods: Tomato image,­‐content/uploads/2013/01/Farmers-­‐ Market-­‐2.jpg Can You Spare Some Change?: Homeless image by Michael Niemis, Life After University: Handshake photo, Photos of Jake and Maurits, Employer photo, In Pursuit of Happiness: Man screaming by Chris Candy , woman crying -­‐­‐for-­‐depression/depression-­‐2/ Pick the right Booze for any Schmooze:; wine,; scotch,­‐ scotch-­‐day.jpg; drunk man, by George Crux Travel Fever: title surfer, Osmar01 Greece images: http://,, Vancouver images:,, http:// Japan images:, photo/1262185, Italy images:,,, photo/1394029, Credits Page: Graffiti images, by Gillian Berner Back Cover: Sparklers photo, by Zlad Dujsic Endless thanks to our devoted readers and those who have supported and helped us along our journey. Keep getting deeper with The London Underground. @LondonUNDERGRND, londonundergroundmagazine.

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