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NEWS WESTDALE THEATRE Hamilton’s last freestanding movie theatre goes on the market Page 3

ARTS & CULTURE HEARTY HOOLIGAN Vegan comfort food restaurant plans to open at Main and Locke Page 14

SPORTS SPONSORSHIP How brand sponsorship influences McMaster Student’s Athletics Page 17

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BY LAW Why city council is spending $139,000 on two more officers in the McMaster neighbourhoods. Page 5



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News Uncertain future for Westdale Theatre

City council is discussing possibilities to maintain the famous structure, from a Mac lecture hall to a fast-tracked heritage site Emily O’Rourke News Reporter

Westdale’s iconic movie theatre is currently on the market. Westdale Theatre opened in 1935 and is Hamilton’s last freestanding movie house in operation today, playing both mainstream and independent movies every evening. Listed for nearly $1.8 million, the 495 seat, single-screen movie theatre has been a staple within the Westdale community for over 80 years. The theatre has seen several owners over its course but has been owned by the Toronto-based Sorokolit family since 1980. After the death of long-time owner Paul Sorokolit in 2015, the family has been struggling to keep the theatre alive. The sale of the theatre has been in question for nearly five years, but it was officially put on the market on Dec. 22, 2016. As the theatre is not yet covered under the Ontario Heritage Act, residents and city councillors alike are worried about the future of the theatre, and whether its sale sees either closure or demolition under new owners. Ward 1 councillor and longtime theatre-goer Aidan Johnson has been working diligently for over a year to designate the theatre as property of Cultural Heritage. “The Westdale Cinema is secular sacred space. It is a place for community, art, and contemplation,” said Johnson. “The cinema is an integral part of the original heritage landscape of Westdale Village. It is inseparable from Westdale itself. It needs to be protected.” Under the Ontario Heritage Act, the owner of a designated property is not able to alter or permit the alteration of the property if the alteration could affect the property’s heritage attributes. The owner may, however, apply to Hamilton’s city council and receive written consent to alter their property.

The designation of would typically take years to complete, but due to the high priority of the case, Hamilton heritage officials are expected to complete an inspection of the theatre by 2018. Alternatively, city council could vote to give the theatre emergency heritage protection. The next council meeting is scheduled for Jan. 25. McMaster University was able to review the opportunity of owning the historic theatre after ideas of using it as a classroom began circling. But now that the L.R. Wilson Building is complete and potential projects are rising, the university has several spaces that will meet the needs for campus and the community and is not considering the ownership of the theatre. “While we certainly agree it is a unique and much-valued community landmark and asset, the university is not in a position to consider ownership or investing in a possible purchase,” said Gord Arbeau, McMaster’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs. The future of the cinema remains unclear at this point, but the magic of the theatre has left a lasting effect on the community. Several residents within the Westdale neighbourhood have expressed their concerns over the potential closure of the beloved cinema. “The community is rightly alarmed by the thought of losing the city’s last one-room movie house,” said Johnson. “The community is eager to see a partnership to save the cinema.” @theSilhouette

The Westdale Theatre has been a part of the community since 1935. MADELINE NEUMANN / PHOTO EDITOR

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Newborn kittens abandoned at Mac Five cats found in Kenneth Taylor Hall Steven Chen News Reporter

It was a December morning, and Courtney Sheppard showed up for work at McMaster University just like she would have any other day—unaware that her next few weeks would be consumed by a feline mystery. According to Sheppard, who works for the Faculty of Social Sciences as information technology analyst, the story began with the discovery of a grey tabby cat and her tiny kittens in a bathroom in Kenneth Taylor Hall on Dec. 2. “There was this beautiful mother cat… with four tiny baby kittens. Eyes not yet open, umbilical cords still attached… tiny kittens in a box with a blanket underneath,” she said. “They clearly had been left by somebody.” Sheppard and her colleagues called various local shelters and organizations, but nobody could take the cats in. The SPCA advised them to call animal control. While many members of the faculty were aiding in the care of the kittens, it was clear they needed a home. “We are the faculty that has the therapy dog program and studies how animals benefit our students. That is a big part of our identity and what we value. We weren’t just going to abandon these kittens again, there’s no chance,” Sheppard explained. Kelli Cale, an academic advisor, was kind enough to take the five felines into her home temporarily. Considering the costs needed to properly care for these cats, a GoFundMe page was set up to help alleviate the financial burden. Within a matter of days, the GoFundMe page raised almost $1,500. The story of the abandoned kittens attracted attention from social media and local newspapers but the underlying question persisted: how did these kittens get here? A month after the launch

Sheppard and her colleagues called various local shelters and organizations, but nobody could take the cats in. The SPCA advised them to call animal control. of the GoFundMe campaign, Sheppard received a message from a man saying: “That’s my cat, please call me.” “This young man, who has no affiliation to McMaster, said he had this cat for three years but had to re-home her for personal reasons. He was trying to find a good home for her and left his pregnant cat with one of his co-workers,” she said. “Everything seemed fine, and he hadn’t heard from the co-worker since.” The co-worker then placed the cat for sale on Kijiji with the agreed meeting place set as McMaster. The person who chose to buy it never showed up, so the pregnant mother was left abandoned in the washroom. “At that point, it was just one cat that he left at the bathroom… in the morning we found five,” Sheppard said. And with the backstory settled, Sheppard addressed some of the accusations made towards students regarding this incident over social media. “These were people who had no affiliation with McMaster at all. [The incident] had nothing to do with students. Perhaps a nice reminder to some people that just because something happens in the McMaster area, doesn’t mean you can blame it on the students,” she commented.


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More bylaw officers coming to Mac Mohawk College co-op students to patrol Westdale and Ainslie Wood area Scott Hastie Editor-in-Chief

If you have been pushing the parking limits in Westdale and Ainslie Wood, consider this your heads-up. On Dec. 14, Hamilton city council voted to increase the number of bylaw officers in the communities surrounding the McMaster campus. Aidan Johnson, the councillor for Ward 1 which includes many McMaster students, submitted the motion. The motion was approved after it was tabled eight days earlier. Johnson spoke at a city council meeting on Dec. 6 about the need for more enforcement. “I won’t go into a big speech about how bad it is, I won’t go into a big speech about all the noise problems and hygiene problems that are bylaw violations. I think it’s fairly well-known that throughout the community that McMaster neighbourhoods — Westdale and Ainslie Wood — have special challenges in terms of by-law enforcement,” said Johnson. He also said the neighbourhoods are “really suffering” because of bylaw violations. The issue of absentee landlords was not mentioned in his opening remarks as part of a reason why there are neighbourhood issues but other councillors brought it up. The original motion called for “one full-time Environmental By-Law officer, assisted by one part-time officer and student help in the summer” because the current structure “is not sufficient to deal with ongoing noise pollution and and hygiene problems associated

Common bylaw infractions among McMaster students include yard maintenance and parking limits. MADELINE NEUMANN / PHOTO EDITOR

with bad student housing.” The expenditure would be $113,000 for the employees and $26,000 for the vehicle. Johnson asked McMaster University to contribute money to fund a second full-time bylaw officer, but the university said they were not able to fund it right now. Johnson told city council that Mac would be “genuinely interested” in funding it after a one-year pilot project, which is what the councillor is proposing. In an email, McMaster University spokesperson Gord Arbeau said they support the hiring of co-op students, but “we’ve been clear that we will work with the bylaw enforcement officers to help support their work but we are not in a position to contribute funds towards their hiring.” During the Dec. 6 meet-


ing, ward 5 councillor Chad Collins pointed out that a bylaw enforcement team was created between three wards in 2013 to address these issues in a proactive manner. It was clarified that Johnson could use this program, but residents tell Johnson that “it does not feel” like there is proactive enforcement. Another councillor mentioned that there was an existing program that used Mohawk College coop students. Johnson tabled the motion to get more information. “I will go back to McMaster for more conversation, I will go back to my excellent two neighbourhood associations for conversation,” said Johnson. These neighbourhood associations are the Ainslie Wood/Westdale Community Association and the Ainslie

Wood Community Association. Students are represented by the McMaster Students Union. “It’s my policy to treat the MSU as equivalent to the ‘other’ neighbourhood associations in the ward,” said Johnson in an interview with the Silhouette this summer. However, Johnson’s website does not list the McMaster Students Union as one of those neighbourhood groups on his website. The bylaw officers are being brought in specifically to address concerns with students, but the MSU says they were not consulted. Johnson asked the union to endorse a motion that asked for the university to contribute more money, but the MSU did not. This new motion was not brought to the MSU. The Dec. 14 meeting saw the motion reintroduced, asking



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for the Mohawk co-op students to police McMaster students. At the Dec. 6 city council meeting, it was noted that the Mohawk co-op program issued $68,200 in tickets, with wages costing $42,400 for a positive difference of $25,800 from Jan. 2016 to Aug. 30, 2016. One city councillor used the discussion of bylaw enforcement to discuss larger student issues. Lloyd Ferguson, councillor for Ward 12, Ancaster, said that some students “terrorize” the community and suggested that McMaster academically suspends people who violate property standards bylaws. For a city that has made a lot of noise about trying to retain post-secondary graduates, the latest actions suggest that is not very high on their list. @Scott1Hastie


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questions from family members and friends begin to collect and haunt as the end approaches: where are you going to live next year? What are you going to do?

We want to help the City with a joint priority for both of us: student retention. BLAKE OLIVER

One of the things that I know as your VP (Education) is that transit, housing, and employment are big issues imvped@msu.mcmaster.ca pacting almost every under905.525.9140 x24017 graduate student at McMaster. So this week, as you get settled Happy New Year, McMaster! into your classes, the MSU AdI hope you all had a pleasant vocacy Street Team is going out break. With the end of the break comes a new semester and a chance to improve upon the previous term. I hope everyone had an excellent start to their classes. Of course, there are also new challenges that come with a new term. For one, getting to class is a bit more difficult the unpredictable weather can increase barriers, whether it be mountains of snow, or the prospect of waiting 15 minutes in subzero temperatures for a late HSR bus. For returning students, it’s time to lock down leases and ensure that there is a student house for next year with a rational landlord, affordable cost, and reasonable living conditions. For graduating students, the unanswered Vice President (Education)

in the community to lobby for improvements to these areas of concern, via our Hamilton Advocacy Week. Hamilton Advocacy Week is designed for students to meet with decision makers in Hamilton and lobby for effective change. This week, we are meeting with stakeholders including Mayor Eisenberger, ward councillors, and local community organizations to talk about the issues affecting students in the community. We want to see less blocking of low-rise and highrise student housing projects in the area, a landlord-licensing registry, less targeting of students from by-law enforcement officers, more bike lanes, and more transit options for students travelling up and down

the mountain. We also want to help the City with a joint priority for both of us: student retention. Student retention refers to encouraging students to remain living and working in Hamilton after graduating. Hamilton is a rising city, and is due to expand dramatically in the upcoming decade. In order to develop economically, the city will need educated graduates to work, live and play in the region. With that in mind, we are working with the City to create opportunities for graduates, and for students to discover the great things that Hamilton has to offer. Follow us online this week via our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/MSUAdvocacy.





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Editorial Who represents students at city hall? The recent actions of city council should raise questions about how students are viewed by our elected officials Scott Hastie Editor-in-Chief

City council’s decision to add two by-law officers to police the Westdale/Ainslie Wood area is a surprise, but only if you have not been paying attention. At the Dec. 14 Hamilton city council meeting, the group approved a motion submitted by Ward 1 councillor Aidan Johnson that will see two Mohawk co-op students patrol the neighbourhoods surrounding McMaster. This decision is the latest in a series of events that have deepened the divide between McMaster students and residents. In the late 2000s, some Westdale residents turned into vigilantes, literally hid in the bushes to film the behaviour of intoxicated students leaving the campus bars. When the Phoenix moved to its new location, a community group claimed that the new restaurant would create a “1,000 seat capacity student bar complex” when combined with TwelvEighty, even though they were in different buildings. When a house on Winston Avenue looked to convert into a rental property for seven students in 2015, Johnson attempted to prevent this from happening. He said it was “a classic case of over-studentification,” and while he has since said he regrets the choice of words, it hints at the belief that there can be too many people from a cer-

tain demographic in one area. Johnson, elected in 2014, also spoke against a five-storey student-housing complex on Leland Avenue this past summer. It was a bizarre stance; Johnson has consistently been against the increase in single-family homes being converted in to student housing. Johnson said the proper place for these buildings would be on Main Street West, but residents have complained about those locations too. The Leland development was approved despite some objections from city council. And now, thanks to our city councillor, we have more bylaw officers to hand out tickets. Yes, property standards and maintenance are important issues. But so are absentee landlords, who continue to neglect their properties and tenants with very little recourse for students. The McMaster Students Union has consistently asked for the landlord issue to be addressed, but city council has dragged its heels. It is clear that the Westdale/ Ainslie Wood area would prefer students get lost, but they also need the money that students contribute. In fact, councillor Johnson wants more of it. He asked McMaster to help fund the new bylaw officers, which would mean that the university is paying other people to hand out fines to its students. That’s a great look. Johnson suggested the

university contribute money to purchase the iconic Westdale Theatre because it could be used as a lecture hall. Westdale Theatre is a 15-minute walk from the student centre and most lecture halls are further from the venue than that. Students would be late to any class before or after a Westdale lecture. Sure, we could take the bus to Westdale, but those busses are already full. Mac rejected both of these requests. Moving forward, students need to learn how to become better advocates. We need to vote in municipal elections and support a councillor who understands, engages and supports us. Students are not a well of cash that council can go to when it needs something, we are a significant group in this community and our existence has real benefits. The next election is in 2018, but for now, make your voice heard by electing student representatives who care about municipal issues. Students are not perfect neighbours, but we are not villains either. It is time that we pushed city council to reflect that. And Aidan Johnson, I challenge you to reevaluate the way you consult students. Asking the student union to support your motion for more bylaw officers is not consultation. The Westdale Theatre lecture hall suggestion was an insult to students: it is unfeasible and if you talked to any of us, you would have known that.

If you’re going to suggest our money be spent on something, talk to us about it. As individuals, students

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Do you have any advice for your first year self?

What is a passion that you have?

I guess a message I would give is to not neglect the pains underneath. I think we all walk around with a façade of smiles and laughter, but deep down we all face human struggles and human pains. What comes to mind is a friend of mine who had depression and was really struggling emotionally. I remember there was one dinner we had together where he shared about quitting his job and giving up on school. I was grateful that I was there that night to be able to encourage him and lend a listening ear, and before we left, I ended up praying for him and letting him know that I was there for him.

I love to stay active, and do things, and keep busy. While here at university, I joined a bunch of intramural teams, and, still on the hunt for a shirt. But, I think it’s a great way to stay active, amidst all the school where you can do something mindless, like play sports. Your physique and staying active really impacts your performance as well. I bike to and from school all the time. Who is someone that has inspired you? My mom. I know it’s kind of a standard answer, and playing it safe, but I’d say I’m a momma’s boy, myself.

What’s something new that you’ve tried in second or third year? I actually gave the juggling club a try, and that was something that was totally out of the blue. I heard from a friend, and thought hey, it couldn’t hurt to learn a new skill. It was pretty jokes. So once a week, I was just learning how to juggle from the club members.

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I feel like I don’t know them as well as I would like to. Who would you say you are closest to? It’s really interesting how you meet someone and get to know someone. There are really complex processes. At times, it can be … really simple but hard. When do you become a friend? From strangers to acquaintances to a friend. It’s different for every interaction. My relationship with this friend is different from my relationship with my other friend. For instance, even though I’ve been living with my housemates for over two years,

My sister. It’s weird because she’s all the way in Korea. She has graduated now. She did come to Mac when I was in my first year and she was in her fourth year. Honestly, I didn’t see her as much as I thought I would. But now that she’s all the way in Korea, we’ve put effort into talking every day. It’s interesting that we are closer now than when we were physically close. I can go to her whenever I feel like I need to talk to someone.


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Opinion Why a fear of bias will no longer continue to obstruct our coverage of the MSU presidentials The 2017 MSU presidential elections will see more coverage than previous years Shane Madill Opinion Editor

On Jan. 5, the university announced their punishment towards two students who made a booking at Innis Library under the name “McMaster KKK meeting” in early December. While the Silhouette did not publish anything during the original timeframe about the controversy, mostly due to the fact that the final issue of the year had printed and exam season took priority for our student staff, the odd dilemma moving forward is the struggle presented with a topic like this. The paper and university have dealt with heated events this year, most notably with the presence of alt-rights posters in November. The problem comes with considering how much of a voice each side actually has compared to how many people actually wish to speak about their perspective. Basically, considerations about a silent majority or a vocal minority during any argument can easily tear apart

a newsroom if not done with absolute precision. What should be covered in limited space? How much does the average contributor need a devil’s advocate to reply to their position? What do we do if we cannot find one? While these considerations can weaken legitimacy due to potential bias, these are the questions and considerations that have also weakened our content. It is difficult to state we have had legitimate coverage if we have chosen not listen to the readers we are serving. This section in particular has failed its students during presidentials. Moving forward, the paper will attempt to bring you the best articles possible for the MSU presidential elections. Anyone associated with the Silhouette will be taking a leave of absence if they are associated with a campaign team. Our office door will be closed from Jan. 15 to 26 with the exception of section meetings. A number of other precautions, largely absent or deemed


unimportant in the past, have been taken to ensure the paper takes as neutral a stance as possible. While certainly not as controversial as discussions about race, it is difficult to navigate issues and politics that have far more grey area where moral integrity is not the main point of discussion. Difficulty is not a valid excuse. Our coverage last year mostly consisted of: • Opening statements from every candidate • A colour and design analysis of every candidate • Looking back at similar promises candidates in the past have made​ • Overviews of every candidate • VP reform referendum 101 • Reactions to the Presidential Debate • A critique on one point from every candidate • What every candidate stated about mental health • Five articles about the election results and Sarah Jama’s appeal of her presidential disqualification

• A fun article about a sixth candidate named Esther Chatul, the cat The Opinion section had exactly two election articles in print during this span. One was pro-VP referendum. The other debated that the referendum did not matter because democracy dies when “argument culture” takes over.

While certainly not as controversial as discussions about race, it is difficult to navigate issues and politics that have far more grey area where moral integrity is not the main point of discussion. Difficulty is not a valid excuse.

The now defunct Lifestyle section had more pages dedicated to politics. We have failed to provide open discussion out of fear. The vast majority of content for the last few years has been from the candidates themselves, our staff and news contributors. You were left to talk about the issues by shouting into the voids of random social media or in the comments section on our articles rather than in print. The want to remain unbiased and the want for open discussion do not have to be opposing ideas. When the nominations end on Jan. 12 at 5 p.m., I want to see your thoughts and perspectives on every candidate. I want you to absolutely grill the idiotic parts of each campaign and praise parts that you feel would be best to move the school forward into greatness. You, your peers and the school as a whole should have a more active part in bringing points to the forefront. @shanemadill

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Putting the self in self-improvement A note about the struggle between balancing body acceptance and health pressures


Time and time again, losing weight and getting healthier are the top New Year’s resolutions. The New Year’s surge of people at the Pulse and the subsequent disdain and groans from the regulars about newbies crowding up the gym is a predictable result. My concern is not with the plethora of benefits that these physical activities bring, but with the societal pressure to lose weight for aesthetic purposes. My relationships with food and body image have been my longest lasting and by far most complicated. Others had told me since before I started grade school that being skinny made me a better person and would grant me better treatment. When you’re little, it is cute and acceptable to be chubby. When I got to Grade 3, my classmates started commenting about the roundness of my stomach and face. By age 10, I was told by classmates to stop eating so I could stop being so fat. I tried to brush it off, but still felt hurt by the words that were hurled at me. As such, these New Year’s resolutions are neither simple nor methodical for me. Deeply ingrained in me through my peers and through my mother is that thin meant good and it meant being likable. Fast forward a decade and a half and I am considered to be an average, “healthy” weight. I unequivocally celebrate body positivity in other women. But

I don’t know if it is more comforting or disturbing that I was not alone in these thoughts.

I have a difficult time rationalizing acceptance of others to the problematic pride I feel for myself when I manage to eat skimpy meals and feel the outline of my bones more sharply. The defiant ways my curves grew and my weight surged in undergrad felt as out of control as the weakening of my mental health and the lack of a grasp I had on my identity. Was this a moral error? Why couldn’t I just do the things that I know mean healthy and active living and fitness and clean eating? Why was it so hard for me? Why was there such a mental barrier? McMaster’s services to help with these questions are suitable, but simply cannot compete with such a large amount of seemingly unfixable societal pressure. I don’t know if it is more comforting or disturbing that I was not alone in these thoughts. Dr. Linda Smolak, a specialist in the psychology of eating disorders, found that by age six, girls start to express worry about their body appearance and 40 to 60 per cent of elementary school girls are concerned about becoming too fat. Individual experiences vary substantially along the spectrum, but this concern of weight gain follows most women throughout their lives. It stresses me out when my friends count calories or talk about how many pounds they have lost since working out more regularly. And although logically, I know that others’ choices regarding eating and exercise have nothing to do with me, it still remains a paralyzing force. I don’t understand how society is simultaneously so individualistic but judgmental about what bodies are deemed appropriate or not. The amount of space a body takes up should not dictate how a person is treated.

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Arts & Culture Students speculate future of theatre Westdale Theatre is for sale and students weigh in on possible closure of historic venue Michelle Yeung A&C Reporter

On August 31, 1935, a new movie house dazzled audiences for the first time ever in the budding suburb of Westdale in Hamilton, Ontario. Opening to rave reviews, the Westdale Theatre cast itself as an immediate Hamilton staple for those seeking a high-quality and comfortable

movie-going experience. The theatre continues to act as an anchor in the expanding community today. But recent events suggest that this anchor could soon become unmoored. On Dec. 22, 2016 the theatre was listed online for $1.8 million. Westdale’s token theatre has been a long-time supporter of independent cinema. Blockbuster movies rarely don their

single screen theatre. What is featured is a well-curated selection of great films both under and on the public’s radar. Typical showings feature foreign and award-laden movies, as well as critically-acclaimed films that bear high expectations in their respective award seasons. Some examples of past showings include Xavier Dolan’s

Mommy, Mia Hansen-Løve’s Things to Come and Tom McCarthy’s Academy Award winner Spotlight. Although devoted patrons find Westdale Theatre’s history charming, its age proves to be its great flaw. Most students choose to see the latest blockbuster at pricier Cineplex theatres, which offer D-Box live-action seats, 3-D movie experiences and IMAX

surround sound systems. Compared to the lofty prices of tickets and concessions at these mainstream cinemas, it’s a wonder why more people don’t favour Westdale Theatre for their $10 tickets and affordable snacks. @mich_yeung


Matt, Science IV

Joanna, Music I

Cheyenne, Nursing II

Mohamed, Science IV

“I personally haven’t been to the theatre but I hear it’s not the most popular place around. Maybe it’s a better idea to use the space and make it something [more appealing] to students, like a new restaurant.”

“The [theatre] is a major piece of Westdale’s culture. It’s really a core part of it visually… It was always such an exciting idea to have a cool little theatre to go to in my neighbourhood. I’d hate to see something mediocre replace it.”

“I haven’t been to [Westdale Theatre] but I really enjoy all types of art and hearing that an iconic landmark that showcases art is dying out is really sad to me. I’m [studying] music so I truly appreciate all kinds of art and all places that showcase them.”

“I assume the theatre is closing because there is currently no business, so this could be a good opportunity for other businesses to come into the community and add more variety to the scene.”

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Where vegans can “pig" out The Hearty Hooligan, set to open on the corner of Locke and Main Street, will offer cakes, pizza buns, peanut butter cups and other delicious vegan comfort foods Celia Kwan Contributor

Dedicated vegan restaurants and bakeries are more often associated with fancy salads and subpar substitutes to classic baked goods than junk food favourites. The Hearty Hooligan, however, is a vegan restaurant and bakery aiming to change that perception by explicitly specializing in hearty vegan comfort food on the corner of Main Street West and Locke Street South. ​The first of its kind in Hamilton, the Hearty Hooligan is owned by Staicha Kidd and David Haradyn, who have collectively lived a vegan lifestyle for over 16 years. Kidd and Haradyn did not always plan to be in the restaurant business. The two first oriented their careers towards academia, studying library and informational sciences and biomedical engineering respectively. “Between the two of us we have five degrees. After a while we didn't think that was really working out for us… so one day we decided to throw it away and do something we are really passionate about: vegan junk food,” said Kidd. ​The Hearty Hooligan’s menu mainly features soups, salads and desserts. One notable item is their pizza buns, a vegan take on pizza pockets. Two varieties Kidd and Haradyn have whipped up are stuffed with poutine and mac and cheese. The restaurant is committed to being completely meat, egg and dairy free, while also offering a number of soy-free, gluten-free and raw options. ​Their desserts include a vegan take on Reese’s peanut butter cups, cookies and cookie sandwiches. The Hearty C/O INSTAGRAM @THEHEARTYHOOLIGAN

Hooligan also serves a variety of special order cakes, ranging from strawberry shortcake to chocolate salted caramel and pumpkin cheesecake. ​“What we are really about is making junky comfort food… [we want] to show people how indulgent you can still be while eating vegan food,” explained Kidd. “Our policy is we want everybody to be able to eat… We want to make sure everybody who comes in can leave with something.” Kidd and Haradyn havecommitted to use fresh local ingredients from the Hamilton Farmer’s Market or from Our Father's Farm, a local farm that lets buyers pick their own vegetables. ​The restaurant is also planning to host artists’ work, adorning the walls with a rotation of local creations. “We got a great response from the community – many artists are willing to hang their art in the shop,” Kidd said. “We also want to have a shelf of hand-made arts, [where] local artists and crafters can display their [works].” ​Kidd acknowledged that the city has many vegan options, but she hopes that the Hearty Hooligan can add another location that is completely committed to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. “I'm actually really impressed by how much is offered… what I like about [the city] is everywhere you go you can find something [vegan-friendly]. It’s fantastic… but I don't see a ton of fully vegan places, which is interesting for a city with such a big vegan community.”​ The Hearty Hooligan was initially set for an early December open, but has since pushed their opening date for sometime

early this year. Currently, Kidd and Haradyn are taking special orders through social media and selling their foods at a variety of local events. In the meantime, hungry vegans and curious non-vegans alike can anticipate an additional hub for the local food, vegan, and arts community to enjoy.

“Our policy is we want everybody to be able to eat… We want to make sure everybody who comes in can leave with something.” Staicha Kidd Co-owner The Hearty Hooligan

Custom order chocolate salted caramel cake.



We are looking for friendly, enthusiastic students with a desire to share their passion for sport and activity with their fellow students.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2017 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM



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Culinary Class Act

The Burnt Tongue

Even as new restaurants open, the local soup shop is still one of the best spots for students on James Street Daniel Arauz A&C Editor

This series is designed for McMaster students to share some of their favourite restaurants in the city, and encourages the discussion of local businesses that have yet to get their just deserts among national and local publications. Why then should we, once again, talk about local soup restaurant, the Burnt Tongue? Frankly, it is still the first place that I recommend to students who want to begin exploring the downtown core. It is only natural for the Cannon and James Street soup shop to be my first pick for our new student oriented food column. The restaurant has been praised in the Hamilton Spectator, Huffington Post Canada, Elle Canada and the Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here”

series, in addition to almost every major local food blog. For me, the Burnt Tongue, represents something that should still be valued among the well-documented growth of the James Street food scene. It is a reliable and approachable option for students, while also introducing them to the popular downtown neighbourhood. If you are familiar with the recent string of restaurants that have opened, you may have noticed that all these places – Nique, The French, Eat Izakaya, Berkeley North, Born and Raised – have all popped up on, or just around the corner from James Street North and all sit in the $15 to $30 price range for an average dinner. They are all welcome additions to the street, but for the average student budget, they will always be an occasional treat rather than a reliable quick


I started going on a nearweekly basis during last year’s winter term, and I have never had a disappointing soup. That’s no small claim either. At noon every single day, the Burnt Tongue posts their new selection of daily soups. They then offer another rotation of soups just before dinner time. This amount has doubled since they opened a second location on Locke Street South last year. Despite the volume, there is still rarely any repeat soups in a given month. Co-owner and chef Dan Robinson and his staff have always succesffully met that challenging premise, and still serve other quality dishes.I know that even if I am unfamiliar with the set of daily offerings, I often find myself trekking through rain and snowstorms even just to enjoy best damn fries in the city, or one their mouth-water-

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ing grilled cheeses. The Burnt Tongue is also exceptional in how it naturally reflects the community around it. The interior marries the sleek, simplistic design of modern quick, dine-in eateries while maintaining that cozy, rustic feel that has come to be synonymous with the street. It’s all tied to together a corkboard of posters and business cards, a free advertising space for local artists, musicians, designers, business and

trades people. While the Locke Street location may be a more convenient option for some, the original gets my recommendation because it literally and symbollically plops you into the middle of one of the most talked-about neighborhoods in the city. Mass appeal, reliability and a reasonable price range is a perfect recipe for hungry students. I can’t think of a better first place to share with friends, family and readers.






Stop by DBAC between 12-3 pm from January 16-20 to support THINK PINK

EVENTS CALENDAR Food for Thought When: January 12, 2017 from 11:00AM until 02:00PM Where: ClubSpace Join us in ClubSpace from 11am-2pm to enjoy and learn about cuisines from 5 different cultures brought to you by 5 different McMaster student groups. Featured are the Afghan Students’ Association, Hindu Students’ Association, MacAfricans, Sikh Students Association, and Vietnamese Students’ Association. Food and cutlery will be provided for FREE so bring your appetite and an open mind!

Techocolor Dreams Paint Party When: January 13, 2017 at 09:00PM until January 14, 2017 at 02:00AM Where: TwelvEighty Bar & Grill On Friday January 13, TwelvEighty will be invaded by the Technocolour Dreams Team! Get ready for a paint experience like no other. Technocolour Dreams will be one of the most

unique party experiences of your life. Dress to get messy, as the Technocolour Dreams team paints you like a canvas.

“Try It Week” Try a recreation program for free!

Join the MACaws for our winter General Assembly January 16th for an evening full of games, drinks and lots of FUN! We will be providing free Caribbean snacks and drinks as well as tonnes of prizes to be won including a tickets to our new event of the semester!

When: January 15, 2017 at 12:00AM until January 21, 2017 at 12:00PM

Toonie Tuesday Comedy Show

Where: David Braley Athletic Centre

When: January 17, 2017 from 07:30PM until 11:00PM

Yoga, Pilates, Martial Arts, Dance, Triathlon training, Meditation and more! Try a week of classes for free, Jan 15-21, open to everyone! Check us out at marauders.ca/instructional

MACaws’ Winter General Assembly When: January 16, 2017 from 08:30PM until 10:00PM Where: MUSC 215 (Club Space)

Where: TwelvEighty Bar & Grill With comedians, Dom Pare, Aisha Brown, & Graham Kay the night will is sure to be filled with unforgetting memories. Purchase tickets at the door!

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Sports Sponsoring the Marauders Director of Athletics and Recreation Glen Grunwald talks about sponsorships, funding and the future direction for the Marauders as a brand Cullum Brownbridge Sports Editor

You see them on television shows, every website and pretty much everywhere you go. Sponsorships continue to be an effective way to enhance the visibility of various brands and companies. This is especially true in the world of sports, with brands being promoted on game attire (jerseys, footwear, etc.), playing fields, and in between game breaks through various fan promotions. Partnerships with various brands gives sports organizations more funds that goes towards upgrading equipment, travel expenses, employee contracts, and other areas that require attention. In 2014, the Athletic and Recreation Department at McMaster Universty hired Glen Grunwald, who had previously worked with various NBA teams, including stints as the general manager for the Toronto Raptors and the New York Knicks. Grunwald’s main objective since being hired has been to increase funding to the department through corporate sponsors and Marauder alumni. Since his hire in 2014, the Athletics and Recreation Department has secured sponsorships from notable brands such as Bio Steel and Nike. The department has recently renewed and grown their partnership with the Royal Bank of Canada, who has made its presence bigger with the addition of an RBC Automatic Teller Machine and branch in the David Bradley Athletic Centre. A partnership has been formed on a more local level with the Westdale restaurant Basilique, which has since been added to the McMaster meal plan and is one of the main advertisers claiming to help “fuel athletes”. For Grunwald, the key for

Access to the undergrad population is a key sales point for athletic departments. C/O DANIEL HIGGINS

“I would like to use those funds to decrease that financial burden on our student athletes and to remain competitive with other universities in Canada.” Glen Grunwald Director of Athletics and Recreation McMaster University creating these partnerships is to connect with sponsors who share similar goals with the Marauder brand. “We are trying to target good companies with good brands that share the same values as us,” Grunwald said. “It is tough out there because there are a lot different people looking for advertising and sponsorships, so it’s very competitive.

We still work with the local community, and will continue to work with the local restaurants and small businesses.” While students and spectators see the finished result of these partnerships through advertising and branding, few understand how these deals are made in the first place. The end product that is seen today is the result of a lot of work behind the scenes between various groups to iron out contracts and agreements. “There are more people seeking sponsorships than there are sponsors, so we have to be aggressive in trying to identify companies that fit the bill,” Grunwald said. “We do a lot of research on them in terms of what their products are, their marketing strategies, how they might benefit associating with us and what their visions and values are as well. We then try and tailor a program that satisfies what they want to do to help them attain their goals, while at the same time providing real value to us and our

students.” These partnerships do not necessarily mean one side giving money to the other. For example, Basilique’s partnership with the Marauders offers student athletes post-game meals as an in-kind partnership, as opposed to a monetary one. BioSteel also provides their hydration and nutrition products to Marauder athletes during and after practices and games. Since his arrival in 2014, Glen Grunwald has made good on his promise to bring in more sponsors for the Marauders. While the money from their sponsors goes towards the general funding the overall recreation and sports programming at McMaster University, there are areas where Grunwald would like to see more money spent. “Like a lot of Canadian university athletic programs, all of our sports are at least partly funded by our student-athletes themselves, through direct fees and/or their own fundrais-

ing efforts,” Grunwald said in a separate email. “I would like to use those funds to decrease that financial burden on our student athletes and to remain competitive with other universities in Canada. In addition, we would love to better subsidize the cost of our intramural and instructional programming so that our fees to our students on the recreation side could be reduced.” “We still need to get more sponsors, but I think we are in good shape and we just need to keep working at it,” he said. @Curtains1310

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Picking up where they left off The McMaster women’s basketball team look to keep their place at the top of the standings Lauren Beals Sports Reporter

The women’s team continued their dominate season with four solid wins against Brock, Guelph and Ottawa before being handed their first loss against the University Sports No. 2 ranked Carleton Ravens. After a 35-point blow-out against the Badgers, Brock was out for vengeance when they returned to Burridge gym, rocketing to a 64-53 lead at the end of the third quarter. But the Marauders clawed back from as much as 15 points in the fourth as fourth year guard Danielle Boiago scored 15 of her career-high 39 in the last eight minutes to tie the game at 79, before turning around to block Brock’s final shot attempt and force overtime. The Mac women sealed the win behind Linnea Harper’s double-double performance (21 points, 11 rebounds) and clutch free throw shooting at the end.

Unfortunately, it was after a 19-point win against Ottawa that Mac would come up short against a versatile Carleton team. Struggling defensively against an established Ravens frontcourt, McMaster had no answer for Carleton’s 6’3 Ontario University Athletics all-star fourth year Heather Lindsey, who had 25 points and 17 rebounds on the night. Her performance was part of a much larger battle on the glass that saw McMaster grab just 27 rebounds to Carleton’s 50. They also gave up eight threes while shooting an uncharacteristic 31 per cent from the floor. The loss would temporarily cost them their No. 1 national ranking, as they slipped to third behind No. 2 Carleton and No. 1 ranked Laval. But after a quick holiday break it was back to business as Mac added five more wins to their record, starting with a three game tournament sweep at the Thunder Selects Hol-

iday Classic in Halifax. The tournament included a comefrom-behind victory against Acadia powered by Boiago’s 32 points, followed by a clean win over Dalhousie to earn a finals birth against St Mary’s. Putting together a strong defensive performance the Marauders held the Huskies to just 24 per cent from the three-point line while forcing 19 points off turnovers on route to a 72-67 victory. They also added a valuable piece in the play of fifth-year veteran Vanessa Pickard, who is back on the court after a series of knee surgeries kept her sidelined for 14 months. Since her return, they have won their last two games of league play by 82 points, and will look to run the table against OUA competition as they gear up for the post-season. Expect the Marauders to continue relying on their depth, defense, and sharpshooting backcourt as they head into a jam-packed winter schedule.



The squad opened 2017 as the No. 1 ranked team in the country. C/O KYLE WEST















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Room to grow for Mac men The men’s basketball team is through the toughest part of their schedule and look to improve their defence in 2017 Lauren Beals Sports Reporter

What you missed in 2016: A 12-game win streak came to an end as the Mac men dropped four games to No. 6 Brock, No. 4 Ottawa and No. 1 Carleton before the break. While the games against the Badgers were decided by just four points, both saw Mac struggle to contest with Brock’s lockdown defence in the dying minutes of the fourth quarter, giving up two costly turnovers and a block to set their record back two games. Second-year guard Chris Thompson was a bright spot for the Marauders, coming off the bench to put up 34 points and seven steals in the two-game series. In Ottawa, Mac fell behind early in the first and struggled


to regain control against powerful Gee-Gee and Raven teams. Third-year forward Connor Gilmore was strong offensively in both contests, and currently sits fifth in Ontario University Athletics with 20.2 points per game. The team rebounded with a solid 90-75 win to start the

New Year against Nipissing. They stumbled to a loss the next night, dropping 95-87 result against a Laurentian team who is still finding their groove after a hazing scandal resulted in key players being suspended to start the season. Defence continues to be a talking point for the Mac men,

who have struggled to contain teams early and make critical stops late. Against Laurentian, McMaster fell behind by 10 points in the first quarter, while relying on fifth-year forward Rohan Boney’s 14 points to tie the game at 20 apiece. Later in the fourth, they

managed to pull within three to make it a one possession game, before dropping back 11 until the final three minutes. Boney would go on to score a game high 32 points on the night, but the Voyageurs finished with more assists and bench points. Moving into 2017, the Marauders will to look to establish some momentum against more local OUA competition as they try to position themselves for a playoff run. Mac has played one of the toughest schedules in the country, let alone the OUA, so their 4-5 conference record has to be taken with a grain of salt. If Mac split the series with Brock, this is a different conversation. Expect to see more big offensive performances from the high-powered scoring duo of Gilmore and Boney, with thirdyear guard David McCulloch looking to make a big impact from the point guard position.

FIND YOUR FIT McMaster Recreation invites you to try out our Instructional programs at NO CHARGE during the week of January 15-21. We have something for everyone…yoga, martial arts, dance, triathlon training, meditation and more! Start your New Year off right, and try the first week for FREE.

For detailed program information and the weekly schedule, visit www.marauders.ca/intructional Follow us on twitter @mcmasterrec




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Keep Hamilton Warm has been collecting new and gently used clothing, footwear, blankets and sleeping bags for those on the streets, in shelters and inner city schools since February 2014. The donations are NOT resold and go directly to those in need. Distribution locations include: Salvation Army Booth Centre and Soup Truck on York Blvd, the Good Shepherd Family and Women’s Shelters on Pearl St., the Good Shepherd Venture Centre on Cannon and Ferguson, Mission Services on Wentworth St N and a couple of inner city schools yet to be determined.

Donations can be dropped off at Dalewood Recreation Centre on 1150 Main St W and Dalewood Ave. Contact Keep Hamilton Warm at keephamiltonwarm@gmail.com or 905.515.5755 for further drop off or pick up arrangements. www.keephamiltonwarm.com

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A small issue that is packed with great content! Check out our story on more bylaw officers in Westdale and an opinion piece on upcoming pre...

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A small issue that is packed with great content! Check out our story on more bylaw officers in Westdale and an opinion piece on upcoming pre...

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