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Volume 46

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December 5, 2011

Festival of Trees moves downtown By Andrew Tan more photos on pg 6

A reindeer and a Trent student.

A young boy excited about his treat!

Del Mastro comments on crime CBC “falsely critical” of crime bill

By Sara Ostrowska

Statistics Canada released a new study last Thursday that found that 93 per cent of people surveyed in 2009 said they were satisfied with their personal safety from crime. According to Statscan, that’s about the same proportion of people who said they felt safe five years earlier, before the Conservatives came into power. Last week, Members of Parliament got to debate the crime bill, after it had been examined clause by clause by the justice and human rights committee the week before. Liberal justice critic, Irwin Cotlet, NDP justice critic Jack Harris, and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May have proposed 88 amendments to the bill, most of them seeking to have clauses removed. However, Speaker Andrew Scheer determined that only

amendments to issues that have not been debated by the committee can be proposed. The remaining amendments have been divided into five different groups to be debated on Tuesday, December 6. The bill is in its third and final reading, and was tabled with the intention of having it signed into law by Christmas. The bill must pass through the Senate first, but will likely do so, as there are more Conservative members sitting than Liberal members. Arthur spoke with Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro about Bill C-10. When asked why a non-violent criminal would be put in jail for the same amount of time or longer than a violent person or pedophile, Del Mastro was evasive: “Families are adversely affected by street drugs,” he said, “and those who target people, especially youth, will feel the full force of the law.”

Regarding the declining crime rate and the expense of Bill C-10, Del Mastro said that these measures are long overdue, and that the types of crime that the bill addresses have spiked in Canada, and that this can be seen in places like Peterborough. According to the Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Annual Report for 2010, youth drug crimes decreased slightly, from 22 charges to 21, however, sexual assault charges grew from 7 to 10. Sexual offences in general in Peterborough rose by 3.6% and drug offences rose as well: cocaine by 30%, marijuana by 3.4%, and “other drugs” by 8.3%. These figures represent differences between 2009 and 2010. Del Mastro went on to say that police are struggling to combat the prevalence of street drugs because people get arrested, released, and then are picked up on distributing

again. “We need a justice system that makes sure these people stay off the streets.” He also said that there is a distinction to be drawn between people looking to make a quick buck selling drugs, in a “predatory fashion,” and people who are addicted to the drugs. Bill C-10 does include a measure that offers drug treatment if the offender in a case is an addict, in which the sentence could be suspended or reduced if the offender undergoes and completes the treatment. He remarked, “We want to help them get their life back on track, so that they can be productive members of society.” Del Mastro also said that CBC’s reporting on the crime bill has been falsely critical, and that “people who oppose strengthening prison sentences will latch on to anything to support their own beliefs.”

in the paper this week

centre: reviewing art, two Arthur reporters attend two amazing shows p. 3 - holocaust survivor’s message to Trent students • p. 4 focus fair: buy local art p. 5 - half credits half as good? • p. 8 - its the Muppet Movie! review p. 9 - happy holidays with Trent Radio • p.10 - Othello revisited and reviewed


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Contributors

Break and enters “skyrocketing” north of downtown By Iris Hodgson

On snowy mornings, Peterborough Lakefield Police officer Steve Cox says you can see footprints trailing beside parked cars for blocks at a time. People walk up and down streets and laneways looking for unlocked car doors, he says. It isn’t unusual to discover that someone has few hundred dollars’ worth of change in a backpack, taken from the cup holders or glove boxes of many people’s cars. Cox is a liaison officer at Trent and usually works in an area that he described as North of Downtown where there is a lot of student housing. He approached Arthur to get the word out that theft from homes and vehicles in that area, and in other parts of Peterborough, is on the rise. He says that people aren’t taking measures that would prevent these crimes or help convict the people responsible. Cox told Arthur that the notion that you don’t need to lock up in a small city like Peterborough is making it easier for potential thieves. He says that some people say that they’ve lived here for decades

and never locked up. Others have moved here from smaller towns and don’t understand the need for preventative measures now that they live in the city. But, Cox says, keeping your doors and windows locked can prevent you from coming face-to-face with someone who is breaking in. Thieves who have to work harder to get into your house or car are more likely to make noise, alerting you to a break-in, or leave forensic evidence behind, which can help with convictions. It’s important to keep valuables out of sight, says Cox. Don’t leave cash, electronics (including your GPS unit), or even cases of beer in your car. Keep outdoor lights on at night and keep curtains closed, to make it harder to see inside your home. It might also be a good idea to take your valuables home with you for winter break. Make an inventory, with serial numbers, of what you own, and back up your assignments. Save your list online or offsite, just in case. Cox is also the officer who completed the safety audit of the McDonnell street building where the Champlain Annex was

Brian Lukaszewicz • Mitchell Powers Christian Metaxas • Yolanda Ajak • Caileigh Morrison

An Editorial List

Mathieu Lachapelle

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located, which is part of the area that is seeing increased break and enters. At the time, the rate of crime in the building and surrounding area was about average for Peterborough, he said. Cox counselled the university about installing safety features like window locks and exterior lights. Cox says that it’s likely that a small group of people are responsible for a majority of the break-ins and theft. He cites Peterborough’s tough job market and high rate of drug addiction as motivators. “People lose their jobs and they can’t find another one,” he says. Cox couldn’t comment on any actions that the police were taking to address these issues, except to say that Victim Services can redirect victims of crime to community organizations that might be helpful. The Peterborough Lakefield Community Police Service will complete a free security audit of your residence, and will make recommendations for things that you or your landlord could do to reduce your risk of theft. Call 705-876-1122 and ask for Victim Services.

Editorial

Some things we may miss out on while we’re gone By Miranda Rigby

Even though Arthur is taking a month off, doesn’t mean the world will too. This exam period, while you are stuffing your brain with knowledge and your bloodstream with Red Bull, so many things will be happening in the news. We can’t write about them: we won’t be here. Much like you, Arthur writers are Trent students who can’t take time for a nap let alone write an informative news piece on the most recent political debacle. Ergo, in preparation for our “Arthur revisited” edition, we have made you a list. A list of stories we’ll be following during the next month, and that we hope you follow too. 1) Kyoto Protocol, who is in, who is out, and what does it all mean? According to National news sources, the Tories are set to officially reject the renewal of Kyoto Protocol later this month. The Kyoto Protocol, which hoped to resolve the world’s climate change problems, is set to expire in 2012, and the Tories are not going to renew their pledge. Arthur hopes to find out what this means, which other countries are not renewing their pledge, and what excuses the Tories will give the Canadian public. 2) Speaking of those Tories, what is our government going to do about Attawapiskat? In a recent “drastic move”, Canadian parliament decided to take control of Attawapiskat’s funding by sending in a third party auditor. As a response to complaints of exceedingly poor living conditions, and the publication of this information in major Canadian press, Harper thought it best to take measures into his own hands. However, most Canadians are jeering at the idea that the government is taking land and money rights away from the Cree community in order to “solve their problems.” While opposition tries to push Harper to take the time to visit the community, and truly see what it is like, Harper has been simply throwing government money at the problem and not looking for a long term solution for the growing amount of issues in northern Indigenous communities such as this one. We at Arthur, hope to see a resolution in these coming weeks. This resolution will only start with warmer and better living conditions, but also a resolution that will mean long-term solutions for this community. 3) Politicians tackling bullying, will this really solve young students’ problems? This past week, Premier McGuinty put forward anti-bullying legislation in Ontario parliament. McGuinty hopes to solve

student’s woes by adding anti-bullying to Ontario curriculum. The general consensus of this move is that it is not enough, and not helpful. However, it will be interesting to watch the reactions to this within the next month and how it pans out during these ever-depressing winter months. While McGuinty tries to prove that he is making a difference, he is supporting important groups that already existed within the public school system such as gay straight alliances, and similar programs. Again, though, getting the root of the problem seems to be the be the biggest issue in our Canadian government as usual, as no mention has been made to helping support those children who are the bullies. While McGuinty makes legislation to suspend children who bully, he doesn’t seem to realize that it is these homes that may have fostered the behaviour in the first place. Who knows what will happen in these next few months, but here at Arthur we are well aware that the world will just keep on moving. So keep an eye out for major issues, react, and pause, because as much as it seems that the world may be only about your paper due at noon today (or even worse, yesterday) there is always so much happening in this world around us and it is very important to remember that. Editor’s note: This is the last week my co-editor Iris Hodgson will be working for Arthur, and on behalf of our staff and volunteers I hope to extend my deepest gratitude to her and all she has done for the paper this year. Without Iris in these past months, I am positive that Arthur would have been much less than it is now. I only hope the foundation she has set for me, to work alone, will be maintained with the help of our amazing and well trained staff and volunteer contributors. Thank you, Iris.


campus

Eisen stresses critical media literacy

Photos by Andrew Tan

“Biggest crowd [he has] ever spoken to.”

By Carmen Meyette

Over 200 Trent students filled the Lady Eaton Dining Hall on the afternoon of November 24 to listen to Max Eisen, a survivor of the Holocaust who spent time in Auschwitz, a concentration camp. Max and his family were taken to the camp near Krakow, Poland in April 1944. Eisen is the only one of his family to survive. Eisen’s talk began with memories of his childhood. He talked about living with his parents, two brothers, his aunt, uncle and his grandparents. He reminisced about visiting other family in the summertimes and fondly told us about his pet dog. Life had been getting tougher for his family and the Jewish community as he was growing up - he could see moments of unease in the adults. But even when laws prohibiting Jews from selling liquor prevented his father from continuing as a cellar keeper, they went on, living under discriminatory laws.

With his little sister just born, Eisen was ten years old when his door was kicked in and his family given 5 minutes to collect any belongings. They were brought to a schoolhouse and kept there with the other Jewish families of the town. From this point on, Eisen told the audience about the horrors he endured, and with each tale of woe, came a shining tale of perseverance. After enduring the loss of his mother, brothers, sister, grandparents and eventually his father and uncle, Eisen says he knew in his mind that the only way to freedom was to focus every moment of every day on doing well; on surviving. Eisen talks about opportunities in life as doors open. He stressed that an open door shouldn’t be wasted and told the audience about the opportunity that saved his life. Having had his head “bashed in,” Eisen was taken to the hospital. He was given surgery and treated well by the surgeon. In the Auschwitz hospital however, only three days heal-

Carolyn Kay introduces...

ing time were allowed before patients who had not recovered were carted off to the gas chambers. As he was being loaded, on a road to certain death, the surgeon pulled Max back and gave him a job cleaning the operating room. From start to finish, Eisen’s tale is one of sadness and courage. From our perspective as Canadians in 2011, it’s hard to understand the immense hardship undergone, even when it is being clearly explained. One of Eisen’s greatest concerns is of how easily media today is taken at face value. He is deeply critical of the influence of mass media has on our opinions and understanding of the world. He reminded us that he has lived through one of the greatest human disasters created by media and propaganda, and he worries when he meets youth who are not critical of what they hear, see and read. Eisen is one of many volunteers who work at the Toronto Holocaust Centre to educate youth and the public about the events of the past so that repetition may be actively avoided.

national brief

Sun Media vs Quebecor and the CBC By Wesley Collett-Taylor

Quebecor’s founder Pierre Péladeau said that “We aren’t just a big media conglomerate. First and foremost, we are a company that is committed to the community and to culture, run by people who want to make a difference.” On monday, Union official Paul Morse confirmed rumours (spread on twitter) that Quebecor is planning to cut 400 sun media jobs. According to Morse, about 200 jobs will be eliminated by buyouts, about 100 through layoffs, and the rest through attrition. However, Quebecor has chosen not to comment on the cuts. Quebecor has reported a gain in revenue in this quarter, but a slight loss of news media revenue (from $238.5 million to $235.2 million). The last time Quebecor announced job cuts was in 2008, when they cut 600 jobs, also from Sun Media. Simultaneously, Sun Media/Quebecor is in a legal battle with the CBC over information release. Both news sources are waging a media war of epic proportions. Sun has never had very kind words for “the state broadcaster”, but more than ever before, the community newspapers owned by Sun Media are filled with editorials about CBC as a money drain that refuses to be transparent. In the Peterborough Examiner, there has been roughly one anti-CBC editorial every week, as well as the occasional slanted article about the legal battle. To their credit, most of the editorial writers openly acknowledge the corporate implications of covering this issue in a Sun Media newspaper. A glance through the Cobourg Daily Star and the Niagara Falls review shows a similar pattern, however, Pierre Péladeau of Quebecor has said, “no one will tell our journalists what to write”. Quebecor has also accused the CBC of boycotting their newspapers by not advertising in them. CBC has released its own stories about Quebecor’s public subsidies, and has made public statements claiming that Quebecor “trying to find out commercial information about [their] competitor to use to your advantage”. On top of all of this, the queer community is petitioning Sun Media for running transphobic print and television advertisements. Paid for by the Institute for Canadian Values, a group associated with the Canadian Christian College, the ads oppose teaching children about people who are transgendered, transexual, two-spirited, or intersex. Sun Media claims the ads are protected as free speech, and has likened those opposing the ads to bullies.

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art

Focus Fair Highlights Local Artisans

“Emilio Estevez”

“Original Gangstas”

By Matt Jarvis

beer! Merry Krampus! (look it up). I truly hope you all have a great holiday. Drink some cocoa. Have some hot tub to snowdrift parties. Give freely and receive with grace. But for Santa’s sake, don’t buy any crap. Focus Fair regular Lucky Jackson makes art. She makes, amongst other things, beautiful embroidered collage featuring pop culture icons, from Pee-Wee to Cat woman. She cuts, draws, sews, paints…creates things that I really like looking at (and I bet you would too). She has sold thousands of prints and originals to international collectors over the last few years. She is posting a new piece of art every day on her blog, 365 Lucky Days, which has weekly themes like “Girl, You Crack Me Up” (Tina Fey, Margaret Cho), and “Mugshot Week” (Bill Gates, Steve McQueen, Lindsay Lohan). The project has attracted widespread attention in the crafty bloagosphere, including the Nylon Magazine blog. Jackson lives here in Peterborough with her husband and two daughters. She was gracious enough to share a few words with Arthur. Arthur: You love embroidery hoops and bed sheets. Tell us why. Lucky Jackson: My love of bed sheets comes from of love of vintage textiles. They just don’t make textiles as pretty anymore. Vintage bed sheets have a real nostalgic feel. People are always saying to me “I remember that fabric!”

As gift giving time grows closer, you will be mentally pummelled with aggressive marketing strategies seeking to uphold and expand what Mel Brooks has dubbed the “holiday collective unconscious”. I see little wooden snowmen appearing in LED rainbow window frames. I see Coca Cola Santa clones distributed throughout the city’s retail centres, miniature candy canes and photo-scam elves in hand. I am ring ting ting-a-linged into buying “the gift of love”, “the gift of friendship”, “the gift of family”. You know what? This year, forget that stuff. Don’t buy into it. It sucks. I know this is pretty intense and negative for a time of year that is already filled with vitamin D deprivation. Aren’t we all entitled to a little bit of holiday cheer? Of course! Of course we are, and that is why I am extending an alternative invitation to YOU to come see Lucky Jackson, live and in person, at the 2011 Focus Fair Indie Craft show. Lucky will be joined by 13 of our finest local artisans, each one having THE perfect gift for any of your loved ones (everything from hand sewn stuffed monsters to custom leather belts). Buying local isn’t just sustainable, it’s classy for the new millennium. What’s better than giving “the gift of class”. And if you aren’t feeling all that classy, the venue serves

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Get Lucky

“Who the man”

You make a connection with people just with the material. Hoop Love? I just like the way they looked framed in the hoops. I used to take them out and stretch them on a rectangular frame but I was always disappointed in how they looked. A: There is fear amongst young artists that to grow up and/ or have kids would mean a loss of artistic drive due to time constraints/responsibilities. Explain to us why this is not true. LJ: I have two girls who are 4 and 6 and I make more art now than before I had kids.When my first daughter was born I committed myself to becoming an artist. I wanted her to see that you could do something you really loved and make a living. You prioritize your time when you have kids. Every little pocket of time I have to make art I make it. A: So many people have been integrated into your work. What is it about human beings that “gets you” aesthetically. LJ: I just really like people. I am a bit reclusive at times and I think I just live vicariously through my art. A: You’re a little more than a quarter through your yearlong project. Any ideas for what’s next? LJ: I really like making something every day. I think I’ll miss it when I’m done. Ask me on day 365. Focus Fair 2011 will be at the Spill (414 George St. N) Saturday December 10, 11-5pm and on the 11, 11-4pm. Find them on Facebook.


Campus

Transition to half courses recommended by Academic Plan By Sara Ostrowska

The first draft of Trent’s Academic Plan recommends that full-year courses be phased out in favour of half-year courses by 2013. Arthur spoke with various professors about the benefits, along with possible disadvantages and worries about this action. Dr. Moira Howes, Chair of Philosophy Department and member of the Academic Planning Committee, revealed that the Philosophy Department actually made the choice to switch to half credits independently and prior to the drafting of the Academic plan. Howes says that half-year courses are easier for students to manage. As well, students in different programs at Trent where half courses are the norm were having difficulty fitting the philosophy fullyear courses into their schedules. Howes also explained that the switch to half-courses has made it easier for the department to add new courses to increase options for students. “Our new second year courses — Love and Desire, Death, and Philosophy of Sport and Recreation — will appeal to students in many different programs at Trent, as will our new third year courses in Philosophy and Literature, and Philosophy of Emotion. We’re excited about these changes and feedback from students throughout the process has been very positive.” Dr. Byron Stoyles, also from the Philosophy Department, shared many of the same sentiments as his colleague Dr. Howes, but wittily said, “Maybe one thing half-courses do that full courses can’t do is allow students to be done with something they’re not good at faster.” Dr. Fraser Bleasdale of the Psychology

Department said that his department has been converting full year courses to half courses for quite some years so that now all but one of their courses is a half course. “For the most part half courses seem to work well and students seem to prefer them. I think students appreciate the flexibility that half courses offer.” Bleasdale believes that professors should be able to use their discretion when planning course material for half year courses. “We professors need to use good judgement when planning halfyear courses, especially when compressing full into half-credit courses. There is a temptation for the professor to try to include too much of the same material and, of course, that just can’t be done.” Dr. Victoria De Zwaan, Chair of the Cultural Studies Department, had something different to say: “I don’t want to say that there’s some sort of natural length of a course... but I really don’t think we need to take a cookie-cutter approach.” De Zwaan raised the issue of professors taking half-sabbaticals. Half-year courses can be useful in these situations. However, she explained that the Cultural Studies department has some very successful fullyear courses that students really enjoy, and that there is a commitment that the professors of these courses have to that pedagogy. “Our students feel very strongly about full-year courses, they like having the length, being able to get into a topic and really work with it and do an extended study over the whole year, and also not having to stop and start and stop and start.” De Zwaan believes that departments should and are supposed to be able to develop their own curriculum. The Cultural Studies department has been pressured to switch from full-year courses, and have in fact added some half-year courses over the

years; however, she said, “We’ve introduced [half courses] on the basis that they have to be their own courses, they can’t just be courses split in two, and that they’re for a particular purpose. So, it’s not that we’re moving over to half-courses, it’s that we’re introducing half-courses when we think it’s good to introduce them, and when we introduce them we review them for being real courses of their own.” De Zwaan highlighted that one of the problems with Trent’s full-year courses is the demand from transfer students. International students that come for one term may want to take certain courses that happen to be full-year courses, with no half-year alternative. Dr. Michael Neumann, who has been teaching in the philosophy department at Trent since 1975, has seen the benefits of both full and half-year courses. On one hand, he claims that “to commit yourself to a half-course is much easier than to commit yourself to a full-course” and that “there are some subjects that package better in half a year.” He told Arthur that the benefits being drawn out of the half-year course switch debate may have their merit, but that these are not huge advantages over full-year courses. On the other hand, Neumann believes that “there are courses that really benefit from the development that does go over the course of a year, and even if they are divided into two half courses with the same material, it’s not the same. There isn’t the same commitment and you cannot count on the same continuity.” Dr. Brad White, Chair of the Biology department, believes that use of half-year courses in the Biology department have been successful and that the sort of halfcourse system set up in the sciences work well. Regarding the question of whether

students’ grades have improved or declined with the use of half-year courses, as opposed to when full-year courses were offered in the department, he simply said: “we haven’t seen that difference in grades.” However, White believes that Bachelor of Science degrees are quite different from Bachelor of Arts degrees, and that the differences in the programs need to be taken into account: “to say that one thing should apply to both, or even across 26 departments is a pretty sweeping thing to do... I’m not a great fan of cookie-cutting across the university for anything. I think we suffer from that. I’d much rather there was local individuality.” Dr. David Newhouse, Chair of the Indigenous Studies Department and member of the Academic Planning Committee, made a statement about the use of full-year courses in his particular department: “cultural conversation requires sustained effort.” At the core of this discussion is the weighing of benefits for students. The recommendation is apparently being made with the interests of students at the forefront of the plan. If there is any criticism of the plan claiming that the switch is being made for the benefit of the administration or the institution as a whole, Professor White believes that it should not be forgotten that the university is still a business, and that academic issues need to be balanced out with what is best for the university. The Academic Planning committee includes representatives of various faculties. Since late August, the committee has had over thirty-five consultations with members of the community. The final draft will be presented in January and February to the Senate and the Board of Governors.

Sports

Luck smiles on the daring Co-ed Competitive Outdoor Soccer By Mitchell Powers

What better place to start off in the menacing world of recreational sporting events than co-ed Competitive Outdoor Soccer. Yes, it hardly sounds daunting; “co-ed,” and “recreational,” I hear you all cry. I was inclined to agree until I witnessed two angelic-looking substitutes sharpening their studs and growling ferociously on the touchline. Okay, maybe not quite, but I was pleasantly surprised to find such meticulous and well-drilled teams gathered on the field. I was lucky enough to turn up while league leaders the Titans were playing against the modestly named Beercules. Indeed, this game was set up for a good old Greek mythological fist-fight, and rightly so, given that the temperature dipped well below freezing. Throughout the game, both goalkeepers stood oblivious to these intense conditions in little more than pyjamas and then continued, persistently, to dive about on frosty carpet. Having been briefed pre-match by the Titans’ captain Hamid, I was aware of the plethora of international talent on the pitch and I was deeply impressed by how the dynamic midfielder orchestrated his team in Arabic, Spanish and English.

Just before the end of the half, the Titans’ first goal directed itself neatly into the top left hand corner after some exquisite interplay on the edge of the box. I reluctantly pulled myself away at halftime to watch the ending of what turned out to be an equally impressive duel between the Hooligans and the Sweet Cleats. I didn’t find any primordial giant gods over here, but it wouldn’t have surprised me if some of them were the offspring of Uranus and Gaea too. One particular player stood out amongst the rest, his name, rather fittingly, was Victor Chikvinidze. He stole the show with his blissful trickery and two stunningly powerful strikes. The game ended 5 goals to zero in favour of the Hooligans, but the Sweet Cleats walked away still cheerful at managing to avoid a complete hammering. If you are looking for an intense and serious game of football – or should I say soccer, since I’m in Canada - get yourself selected for the varsity team. If you are looking for a fun and leisurely kick about, then get involved with Co-ed Recreational Soccer league. If you are looking for something to quench your competitive streak and maintain both your legs, then look no further than the Co-Ed Competitive Soccer league. Next semester’s games are all played indoors!

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Review

“Finding your face” . . . and showing it off

A review of Daystar and Friends By Andy Cragg “A Pueblo Elder told me, the purpose of your life is to find your face.” So says Daystar, also known as Rosalie Jones, a professor in Trent’s Indigenous Studies Department, and renowned pioneer in merging Indigenous and modern dance. Daystar and Friends: The Dreamed Imagination, A Celebration of the 70-year Marker of Life was presented last Thursday to Saturday at Nozhem, the First People’s Performance Space. The presentation was, as the title suggests, a celebration of Daystar’s 70 years of life. Fellow dancers and choreographers Norma Araiza and Sandra Lamouche, as well as students in Daystar’s Indigenous masked dance and storytelling course came together to celebrate the occasion in dance. The evening began with a short piece presented by several of the student dancers. They emerged onto the stage which, through their movements, was immediately transformed into the natural world of birds, rocks, and earth. The second piece was a solo presented by Araiza, a Yaqui/Mexican artist now based in Toronto, and who will be teaching in the department next term. For this show, Araiza was brought to Trent by Indigenous Performance Initiatives (IPI), an initiative led by Marrie Mumford, Trent Faculty and Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Arts and Literature. Through the IPI Mumford is able to bring professional Indigenous artists to Trent, something that Daystar says is “a key part of the learning process,” for students at Trent. Araiza’s first piece delved into a common theme of the night: change and aging. Specifically, the highly dramatic piece explores an Indigenous woman’s encounter with menopause, and the process of transforming from a maiden and mother to a Namuli (grandmother in Yaqui). In this powerful piece, Araiza’s expressive movements and captivating facial expressions burned with the power of the transformation, leading to the eventual acceptance to join the women that had come before her. Pukawiss, The Disowned One, a work by Trent MA student Sandra Lamouche, featured a touching and joyous performance by Kelly King as the lead role. The audience smiled, laughed, cried, and was generally captivated as Pukawiss discovered the natural world in all its struggles and triumphs. King’s

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Photo Credit: Wayne Eardley

five hoop dance at the end of the piece, the rings extended several feet on either side of her body, was definitely a highlight of the night. The centerpiece of the evening was Daystar’s Allegory of the Cranes, another piece focused on change and aging. More than this, Daystar explains that “the theme of the piece is a woman who is looking for her own self.” Here the Pueblo saying about finding your face is played out. Led through the aging process by an oft-masked trickster figure, Ksiistsikomm, performed by the talented Keith MacFarlane, Nitsitapiw Aakii (Alone Women), performed by Daystar, is at first daunted by her aging and propped up with crutches. When Ksiistsikomm takes her crutches away, she must learn to stand on her own, finding her own true face in the process. The penultimate piece was another stunning performance by Araiza, this time playing La Catrina, a conflicted death character, torn between her duty to usher people into the underworld and her desire to express her sexuality; La Catrina was yet another example on this night of a woman struggling to be true to herself. The evening concluded with a festive and irreverent group piece featuring dances by students wearing their self-created masks. Alligators, monkeys, peacocks, and all other manner of strange and wonderful creatures emerged from the masked dancers, reminding everyone present of the central purpose of the evening: to celebrate. For Daystar, at Nozhem “things are created in this space that cannot happen anywhere else.” One of these things is surely the joining of Indigenous dance, modern dance, and teaching into one organic process, as was witnessed in this performance. As an artist, Daystar’s drive is to “carry modern dance into the Indigenous context.” “Indigenous theatre and dance,” she says, “are in the process of evolving…The people working with this process will take it forward.” This involves finding a balance between teaching and continuing traditions on the one hand and change and creative interpretation on the other. “You choose very carefully the stories you are going to tell.” “We have to be very respectful of the way things are done.” Daystar has been at Trent since 2005, and the night’s performance was a celebration of this time. For her, Indigenous Studies at Trent “fits like a glove with what I do.”

Flying in the dark, reading under the covers I’m glad I’m blind,” she repeated at the end of the presentation. “It permits me to read, at night, sneaky under the blanket.” By Mathieu Lachapelle As the show started, the lights shut down. Kim Kilpatrick, a woman with around 10 years of storytelling experience, was sitting right in front of the crowd, in the dark. Kim is not scared of the dark. In fact, born blind, she has lived in it for all her life. When the lights turned on a few minutes later, I think that a good part of the crowd let their eyes stay closed, trying to experience Kim’s life. What followed had nothing to do with sight. In her first one woman show, Flying in the Dark, Kilpatrick brings us for one flight with her, in her universe filled by smells, textures and sounds. She travels with the audience into her childhood, telling with humour and ingenuity her adventures in her dark but beautiful world. Little adventures like reaching the convenience store alone or drawing and giving life to a dragon were part of the first half of this show. Told with imagination, these small quests became real journeys where Kilpatrick succeeded with courage and happiness. Kilpatrick also explained that she was not always understood by her peers. People have underestimated her because of her blindness.A lot of people tried to make her feel more disabled then she really was in reality. Hearing the applause when she came back from the intermission, Kilpatrick mentioned with humour that she was happy that we all had stayed for the second part. In this half of the show, Kilpatrick described how she had been able to overcome people’s prejudices toward blind people. Trying to find a model for her life, she talked to us about Beethoven and Terry Fox. Preparing this show was also for her a demanding experience, and integrating the work that she had to do to get ready into the show itself was a brilliant move. During her performance, Kilpatrick always seemed happy, but we understand during her performance that she passed through difficult moments during which she might have wished to be sighted. “I’m glad I’m blind,” she repeated at the end of the presentation. “It permits me to read, at night, sneaky under the blanket.” I really understood her happiness when she told how she had once run on the beach, her dog at her side and the wind blowing her face and her hair. Kilpatrick really knows how to bring emotion into her listeners. When Jan Andrews and Jennifer Cayley founded Two Women Productions in 2009, they wanted to promote the storytelling, especially for adults. Two Women Productions will present two other storytelling shows this season at Market hall. “The Brothers Grimms” will feature a master storyteller and a folk musician who will tell the life of the Brothers Grimm who released their first folktale collection 200 years ago. A Scandinavian tale named “Dragon’s Gold”, will finally close the season in April 2012. This time Jan and Jennifer will share the scene with Katherine Grier to tell us a story that inspired the famous world of Tolkien.


Treats, skates and smiles

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Arthur’s Andrew Tan visits the

21st Anniversary

of Festival of Trees

located for the first time in downtown Peterborough.

“A taste of Russia.”

Trent students enjoy the day.

Young hockey player.

Fair Trade coffee.

The sign says it all.

Something Canadians call their own.

Kids loved the skating rink.

Student volunteers at the information booth.

Warning - hot beverage.

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The Muppets Return As Strong As Ever

By Brian Lukaszewicz

As a kid I used to watch the original Muppet Show in syndication. I was probably too young to understand who any of the guest stars were, or some of the more subtle aspects of Muppet humour, but I loved it nonetheless and that goodwill carried well into my adult life. Judging by the number of cameos in this movie alone, I’m not the only one with a sense of nostalgia for this lovable group of eccentrics. The Muppets plays like a love letter to fans of old, and as one of them I couldn’t help but feel that glowing sense of history in every shot. This outing introduces us to Gary (Jason Segel) and his brother Walter (played by an extremely Muppet-looking actor), two lifelong Muppet Show fans who, along with Gary’s girlfriend Mary (yup, they rhyme), travel to Los Angeles to visit the old Muppets studio. When Walter overhears evil businessman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) divulging his plans to drill for oil under

the theatre, the three find Kermit and set out to reunite the Muppets and save the theatre. And therein lies the true brilliance of this movie. Jason Segel’s script is simple enough that any kid could understand it easily, but it also loves to call out many of its typical movie conventions, which makes it just as entertaining for adults. Whether it’s the Muppets deciding that the individual reunions were taking too long and they needed a montage to finish things up, or the hilarious travel-by-map sequence, the film is constantly breaking the fourth wall, much to the delight of the parents in the crowd... and you know, the twenty-somethings reliving their glory years. I was also a big fan of the new Muppet Walter. He fit in really well with the rest of the Muppet cast and he and Segel played off each other quite nicely, in part because of the hilarious premise that the two of them are brothers. But just as importantly, they don’t overuse him either. Segel and cowriter Nicholas Stoller were smart enough to realize that the

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real stars of this show are the original Muppets themselves, and they allocate screen time accordingly. And you’d be surprised just how much life these characters have left. Kermit’s straight man act, Miss Piggy’s divalike behaviour, even Fozzy Bear’s terrible jokes make a triumphant comeback. These performers were clearly brought up in the classic school of comedy and it doesn’t take long until you start to wonder why the Muppets haven’t got the big screen treatment since 1999. Watching now as an adult, it’s just fun to see how wonderfully subversive a lot of these jokes can be. You certainly don’t need a kid to justify going to see this one. But blatant nostalgia aside, if you’re a lover of comedy, of song and dance, or just superfluous celebrity cameos, then you are going to like The Muppets. It’s a testament to just how universal these lovable little creatures are that they still have this kind of staying power after so many years. Here’s to a new generation of fans.

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The Passing

Holiday Happenings at Trent Radio

By Christian Metaxas

For this kind of occasion you hope that the trees would be full of bright, vibrant hues of pink, red and white, and the grass would be a beautiful shade of green. Normally the birds would be flying and singing, and the sky would be blue and cloudless, as the wind rustled the trees ever so subtly. It was a cold and decrepit day; solemn troops drearily drudging through the snow that filled the trenches. Some were carrying young, others were crying, many simply looked forward, carrying themselves pensively as they continued their dreary mission. There wasn’t a smile among the soldiers as they finally arrived at their destination. A man moved about the mob, dressed in elegant garb, chanting and swinging incense as he went. He spoke in a language I didn’t know as he led the mass through the sea of snow and stone, until we came to a ditch. Ally leaned on me, sobbing and wailing like the old ladies. The elegant man now spoke in English. “We are here to see a young man, taken far too early from this world, from us, cast into the eternal abyss. It is unclear to us, the divine method of the Lord, but we must trust in his judgment, and understand that he will forever more, be in a better place.” The priest took two coins and placed one on each of the young man’s eyes. “I have been told that his dear friend, who joins us today, would like to say a few words.” My jaw fell open a little. Ally and I were the only two there, and he certainly wasn’t referring to Ally. She nodded me onward with a faint smile, and I began to shimmy my way toward the casket. I turned and faced his friends, his relatives and his grave. What should I say? Should I tell them all how he died from an illegal drug overdose? That he was a jerk? Should I tell them how much I resented his confidence, his good looks and his sex life? Should I tell them how I loved him? How I resented and envied him? “Zeke was my best friend, and I’ll miss him.” I choked out as I began to cry, though why I’ll never know. The priest put his hand on me and cast me back into the ocean of cold, mourning victims. Ally came over and held me as I slumped into the snow by a crooked bare tree on the outskirts of the ceremony. The chanting started again; followed by prayers in a language I couldn’t understand. I gazed back through tear filled eyes. The priest chanted and swung the incense as Zeke was lowered into the ground. Many threw flowers, many cried, but no one looked away. After the casket was lowered, the family exchanged condolences and apologies with each other; it felt more lighthearted than before. The mob of black slowly dissolved into their cars and drove off through the cemetery. Zeke’s mother came over to us and gave us the address of the restaurant where lunch would be served. Apparently it was customary to eat fish, and for the family and friends to remember the good times that they enjoyed with the deceased, a friendlier affair. I looked up at her and nodded, biting back tears. Ally held me closer; Zeke’s mother smiled at us before joining her husband to leave. We sat there and watched the wind sweep away undisturbed flakes of snow. The branches of the trees shook back and forth violently as the wind grew fierce. The denim of my jeans was wet now, and stuck to my ass; my shoes were cold and uncomfortable. But I sat there crying as Ally held me like her child. “He told me he wasn’t going to shoot up with those losers, he told me it was just weed and booze.” Ally sobbed, “Why didn’t he listen to you?” After the crying stopped we made our way down the driveway of the cemetery toward the exit. “Let’s just sit for a minute,” Ally said as she pulled me toward a snow-covered bench. Everything was quiet now. She leaned on me as we sat, watching the trees and snow dance with the wind. I glanced out across the field; an empty tree shook violently in the cold. “I just feel so alone,” she sobbed. “What would Zeke want me to do?” I lowered my mouth onto hers and kissed her, and she kissed me back.

By Caileigh Morrison

Ah, yes. It’s that time of year again. The time when it gets cold and dark and exams are starting and you just want to crawl into bed and stay there until May. Fear not though, because all sorts of good things are happening at Trent Radio. December 9, 11:59am. The Fall Season Ends Yes, the season ends in December, but it’s more of a hiatus. Like when Parks and Recreation stops playing for a few weeks and you get really worried that they might’ve cancelled it and start freaking out because how are you going to get your weekly dose of Ron Swanson but then it comes back in the same time slot to continue to delight you in the new year. This means that if you’re a programmer you get a month to put together new shows for your listeners’ attentive ears. It also means that if your work or class schedule changes in the new year you should talk to James Kerr, Programme Director, about getting a new time slot. December 9, 12:00pm. The Good ‘n Country Radio Marathon Begins This is a pretty cool event because the Good ‘n Country folks take over the studio and raise money for Trent Radio by hosting a marathon. What happens is you call the station or drop by to request a song, and for every song you request you pledge to pay a dollar. Last year the marathon lasted for a good 24 hours, so you’ll have lots of time to make your requests. Also, although it’s definitely country-centric, they might just play a non-country request if you ask them nicely/call so late at night that they are disoriented and confuse Lady Gaga with Dolly Parton.

December 10, 2:00pm-5:00pm. Trent Radio’s Holiday Talent Show at the Garnet Hooray! A talent show! The line-up is under wraps at press time, but organizer Jill Staveley promises that it will be live and local and that talent will be drawn from Trent Radio’s operators and programmers (and hopefully Jill herself, because she’s awesome). Our Transmitter Fundraiser at the Cannery last year was amazing, and this show will continue the tradition. Plus the Garnet has delicious food and cheap beer. Why wouldn’t you show up? December 12-December 23. 5:00 PM-10:00 PM. Entre Season Programming What is the Entre Season, you ask? It’s a time between the end of the Fall Season and Christmas when you’re invited to try your hand at broadcasting. Have an idea for a one-time special? Want to experiment with a different musical style? Feel like talking about your cat for an hour? Contact Blake Redden (iamblakeredden@gmail.com) to sign up for a time slot! December 24-January 8. Trent Radio Goes to Sleep You’ll still be able to tune in, but all regular programming is on hiatus so it’ll be Radio Free Peterborough all the time. A vast selection of local music with a few radio dramas and five-minute projects thrown in for good measure? I’ll be listening! January 9. The Spring Season Begins Back to class, back to Trent Radio. In case you skimmed through the beginning of this article, I will re-iterate: IF YOU HAVE A SHOW NOW YOU WILL STILL HAVE A SHOW AFTER THE HOLIDAYS. PLEASE COME BACK! Doesn’t all this great stuff make you feel a bit better about your life? It’s working for me. Happy lead-up-to-the

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Shakespearerenewed foraPeterboroughcrowd

CanadaWorldYouth AdvocatesonBehalfof Tanzania

By Anthony P. Gulston

Shakespeare became the thing to do once again as denizens of the Peterborough arts scene and Groundlings alike took in Mysterious Entity’s adaptation of Othello at the Market Hall. Racism and sexism are two key concepts that Othello is playing with. Over and over the characters surrounding Othello, no matter what their rank, attempt to undercut his authority by calling him “Moor” in a disdainful tone. Beau Dixon did an amazing job of conveying a subtle and subversive frustration on his face every time that particular word was uttered to him. His love, Desdemona, has a father who is particularly misinformed and ignorant when it comes to the traditional cultural practices of the Moors. He accuses Othello of using magic or ancient drugs to ensnare his daughter’s heart, even though he should be happy that his daughter is marrying a General and a surgeon. Even though most characters are using “Moor” as a pejorative, Othello clearly takes strength from his culture, proclaiming “I thought this slave had 40,000 lives” and “arise black vengeance.” At every point of distasteful hate and ignorance though, Iago seemed to have something to do with it. Brad Breckenridge acted out every last drop he could from Iago. The booming bellow in which he speaks rang throughout the Market Hall like the fallout of cannon fire. Iago is a cunning trickster that is motivated by ambition. He’s a man’s man; always back-slapping, making lude jokes, grabbing crotches, talking about ladies and pelvic thrusting. His handlebar mustache made Iago’s big frowns seem like they were going to drip off of his face. “Who is he then, to say I play a villain”, Iago pleads at his mock trial in the very end. His machismo may have come from his rank, but his bravado definitely came from his ambition. The whole Venetian platoon portrayed varying archetypal male identities, largely constructed by insecurities. Rodrigo, Iago’s henchman played by Matt Gilbert, was the shortest and tried to make up for it by being the most rash and hasty in battle. Iago was a classic joker, concealing true feelings with jokes, keeping a jolly barrier between himself and the truth. Casio was so classically GI Joe that he was only interesting when Iago got

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him drunk (“poor and unhappy brains for drinking”), while Othello hid his insecurities so well that his own love, Desdemona, had to pay for the deception. This was one of the most interesting and clever jobs of casting, as height literally determined rank for the four. The knives instead of rapiers were a thinly veiled phallic representation, made obvious when Bianca, played by Hilary Wear, is seducing Casio and casually floats her hand up and down his knife. The female characters were the ones that were actually good people. Othello was the only man in the play that was not mean spirited, and even he was drawn into villainy by his own concealment of his insecurities. Emilia, Iago’s wife, played to perfection by Sue Newman, would have been the most admirable and noble character in the play if Desdemona had not been so moral, innocent and pure, three concepts that construct a dangerous female archetype of its own. Emilia was less perfect, not less moral, but she was naïve, another vice classically attributed to women. She was always standing up for women’s rights and kept as much control as she could have over her unruly and dangerous husband. This version of Othello was really easy to enjoy because it was short, to the point, and interesting. The staging was bold and dynamic. Subtle shifts in light intensity and placement shifted to the emotional tone on stage. All portions of the stage were used for different reasons, even the balcony. The staging was really engaging when the actors came right up to the audience to deliver lines and when characters would hide on stage while the action was going on. All of the acting was incredible, even some of Beau’s more awkward sounding lines just rolled off his tongue like he had just thought of them (ex. “put by this barbarous brawl”). The amount of acting happening during a single breath was astounding and really made it easy to suspend any kind of disbelief. Somehow, the music was contemporary, but the roll of the snare drums and the plinky plunk of strings and even the innovative costuming put you in the Venetian army too. It was a fantastic experience to go see Shakespeare and not feel like an uptight, over-analytical person. Congratulations Em Glasspool and the rest of Mysterious Entity for putting on an amazing show.

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By Yolanda Ajak

The trade of agricultural goods in the global market economy has expanded consumer preferences and altered food choices. Developing technologies have led to substantial increase in agricultural production, with higher quantities of food in the international market as the main objective. As a result of this system, western countries go into developing countries and exploit workers for resources to be sold back to western countries. Since developing countries lack economic stability, most developing countries rely on exports of valuable resources to repay international debts or as a major source of the country’s income. This process is fairly evident in countries such as Tanzania. Farmers are employed at dishonourably low wages, which do not equate to the amount of labour and tools needed for production. Eventually, the external companies buy the land due to the farmers’ inability to afford to continue to maintain it. After attaining colonial independence from Britain in 1961, Tanganyika and Zanzibar united in 1964 to form the nation formerly known today as Tanzania. Tanzania is a country located in East Africa, borders the Indian Ocean, and resides between Kenya and Mozambique. In size, Tanzania is slightly smaller than the province of British Columbia, Canada, with a population just under 45 million. Its climate varies from tropical to mildly chilled temperatures, more frequently subject to drought, due to effects of climate change on the Tanzanian agricultural economy. Agriculture makes up half of the national economy as well as three quarters of market exports (approximately 85%) in Tanzania. Moreover, peasant farmers amount up to 80% of the Tanzanian workforce. Richard Ndendya, a volunteer at Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC), is a Tanzanian student here on exchange with the Canada World Youth Program for three months. Richard was granted this opportunity through Uvikiuta, a nonprofit organization that deals with environmental issues, in Dar es Salaam, the commercial capital of Tanzania. Ndendya delivered an outstanding presentation about climate change and the Tanzanian agricultural economy to Oxfam members, a KWIC working group that meets every Wednesday to discuss the intersection of, climate change, food, and gender. Coffee is one of the most important cash crops for the Tanzanian economy and is mostly exported from Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Ndendya claims, “Companies are buying the farmlands from the farmers and employing Tanzanians as labourers for very low wages. 1kg of coffee is sold for 1000 shillings,” which equates to about $1.00 in U.S currency. In North America, just a cup of coffee is up to $3.00. As Ndendya explains, the coffee beans are sold to foreign companies residing in the country who then trade it as a commodity to external countries. Due to price exploitation, farmers began to resist to cooperation with the cash crop industry. Due to climate change, the country experiences extreme rainfall in comparison to Tanzania’s normal rainy season. As Ndendya recalls, “the flood two years ago destroyed homes, there was hunger, homelessness, and major economic losses in tourism. Currents in the Indian Ocean are so high, causing severe stormy weather.” Moreover, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa, and as a consequence of warmer weather, the melting snow caused erosions, putting the people of the town at dangerous risk of their lives, as well as risking their crops and livestock. Ndendya states that coordinators on behalf of a Swiss company took initiative through their own independent project to spread environmental awareness and climate change through informative workshops in Tanzania. Ndendya got to participate in a 2000km bike ride that last over 2 months which served to spread awareness about current environmental issues in the globe and the effects on the region of Tanzania. Global warming as currently experienced worldwide is an increase in the earth’s temperatures, and rise in sea levels. This global phenomenon is caused by CO2 emissions polluting the air as a result of trapped heat from the sun in the earth’s atmosphere heating up the planet. In Tanzania, sea levels have risen, extreme floods have occurred, with poverty, hunger and homelessness as the end result. All of this in addition to the exploitation of farmers whose daily lives depend on the country’s agriculture. Where does a country turn?


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Listings PETERBOROUGH AUTHOR KATE STORY LAUNCHES SECOND NOVEL: A reading by the author of new novel, “Wrecked Upon this Shore”. Tuesday December 6 at 9p.m. Pig’s Ear Tavern, 144 Brock Street. FREE Admission. Fuck Yeah Cabaret!: The Centre for Gender and Social Justice is hosting a sexy cabaret on December 7 from 8-11pm at Sadleir House Great Hall. Admission is PWYC and 19+. There will be a variety of performances that will be body and sex positive! If you are interested in performing please contact bambiburlesque@gmail.com. Symons Seminar Series: The 3rd Symons Seminar Series is to be held in Bagnani Hall on Wednesday December 7 from 7-9pm. There are going to be two speakers: one from the History, presenting on Spousal Rape in Eighteenth-Century England, and the other from Environmental and Life Sciences presenting on applying risk effects to hunting as a management tool. Our event is open to Trent students as well as Peterborough community. There will be yummy food and drinks, too! Reading Group: Wednesday, December 7 at 5pm and Friday, December 9 at 4pm. Deleuze and Guattari, Becoming-Woman event. What do Deleuze and Guattari mean by becoming, and further, how might we think about becomingwoman? How can a group of individuals create an event around this imperative in Deleuze and Guattari’s work? Hausu, 240 Murray Street. Info: troybordun@trentu.ca. Theatre performance at PCVS: The PCVS grade 12 drama class presents: Stringy Beef, a collection of four one-act plays, all student-directed, ranging from the hilarious, to the absurd, to the very creepy, performed in an intimate makeshift theatre. Occurs December 15 and 16 at 7pm. Cost is $5 at the door or pay what you can. Hope to see you all there! CABS (Campus Association for Baha’i Studies): Next week, on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, we are running the “Can You Solve This” campaign on campus in front of the library during lunch time. This campaign started a few months ago in Germany and has been spreading around the world where it is being hosted at various universities. The purpose of the “Can You Solve This” campaign is to spread awareness of the increasing persecution of Baha’is and of other religious and ethnic minorities in Iran. Students are given the opportunity to have their voices heard by sending a letter to one of four high level officials either here in Canada, at the Iranian Embassy, at UNESCO, or at the UN. can-you-solve-this.org/ca. The Blue Tomato Art shop: Invites you to a Miniature Show at their new location at 140 1/2 Hunter St., 2nd floor (between FAB & Miranda’s Photo Studio, just east of their old location). The Miniature show will run from December 9 - January 9 with opening reception to be held December 9 from 7-10pm. The regular hours of the gallery, which features several local artists’ work, are Monday Friday 10:30 - 5:00 and Saturday 12 – 5. Focus Fair Indie Craft Show: Come out and find a bunch of local, handmade treasures for everyone on your shopping list. Support local artists. This starts Saturday, December 10 from 11-5 and Sunday, December 11 from 11-4 at the Spill Cafe, 414 George St. N. Come out and enjoy Holiday Cheer! The Weather Station, Nick Ferrio and His Feelings: Thurs. Dec 15, Gordon Best Theatre (216 Hunter St. W, above the Only Cafe). All ages, $10, 9pm. Students - St John Ambulance is Canada’s leader in first aid training - We offer courses every weekend and many weekdays and weeknights. Renew your CPR in 1 evening most courses include a student discount. St John Ambulance is a local United Way agency which proceeds from courses going back into the community providing a first aid program to thousands of Peterborough elementary school children each year, first aid at community events and more. If you need to renew your first aid certificate or take a course for the first time contact St John Ambulance 705 745-0331 sjapeterborough@bellnet. ca sja.ca

Gallery in the House presents its second annual Christmas show: “Electric City Lights” will feature the works of over 20 local artists and craftspeople. The show will run every weekend until Christmas. 11am-5pm. Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 10 & 11, 17 & 18. 30 Crafts Market: a nonprofit initiative to support handcrafting and the connection between artisans/craftspersons and the general public in the Kawarthas. This event is still open to crafters/artisans who would like to sell their goods. The market will be held May 12, 2012 in Peterborough Ontario. Booths are 15 dollars. To apply, visit 30craftsmarket.webs.com. HU Song Contemplation Regardless of your beliefs or religion, you can sing HU to become happier and more secure in God’s love. Join us for a 20-30 minute contemplation, every 1st Monday of the month, 7:30pm Sadleir House, 751 George St. N. No charge. Academic Skills Centre: Need help with essay and lab writing? Thinking ahead to exams? The Academic Skills Centre can help you to hone your writing and study skills. We have added extra appointment times to our schedule for the November “Crunch” period. Mondays are drop-in, first-come, first-served. Call 748-1720 to make an appointment or drop by CC Suite 206. Mock Interview: Participate in a Mock Interview! Get interview experience, get valuable feedback, network and meet professionals in a range of fields have your resume reviewed and targeted. Your first step is to attend one of our interview workshops happening on 3pm, February 14 at 10am, or March 8 at 10am. Go to www.trentu.ca/careers to register for the workshops. Sadleir House circus art jam: Every Tuesday until April 10 except on Nov.22, Dec.20, Dec.27, Jan.3 @Sadleir house upstairs in the dining room 7pm-9pm. Bring some toys and come and play. If you don’t have any toys just bring yourself. All for the low price of FREE (however donations to help pay for the space will be greatly appreciated.) Need $ for your theatre activity? Theatre Trent’s funding proposal deadline this month! Apply @ www.theatretrent.ca. We are welcoming new executive members to write cheques for theatre-makers and gain non-profit Board experience: you are needed.You are welcome to borrow props and costumes from the storage space at Sadleir House - email theatretrent@trentu.ca. Fall Monday night Yoga Class! Prana Flow Yoga 12 week series. Yoga has proven to reduce stress, increase euphoria, and maximize health in body and mind. This is an all levels class. All are welcome! Instructor: Tiina Kivinen 50 hr certified. Dates: Mondays Sept 12 - Dec. 5. (not including Thanksgiving) Time: 7:30 - 9pm Cost: 12 weeks for $108 (commit to your practice!) or Drop- in for $12-$15 sliding scale. At Sadleir House Dining Hall, 751 George St. N Peterborough.

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Arthur’s (2nd) AGM 2011-2012 Monday, December 5 @ 7pm In Gzowski College, Room 112

Are you a Arthur Staff Collective member? Here’s how to become one. All past editors and current staff and Board members are considered part of the Staff Collective. As well, anyone who has contributed to 15% of issues (3 or more) in the current volume are also part of the Staff Collective. Letters to the Editor do not count as contributions. Past practice dictates that the previous volume’s Staff Collective is also eligible to vote at the AGM.

Are you an Arthur member? Here’s how to apply. All full and part-time undergraduate students at Trent University, and Consecutive Education students, are members. Past Arthur editors, and current Arthur staff and Board members are also members. All Staff Collective members are Arthur “members,” too. If none of the above applies to you, but you’d still like to be an Arthur member, you can be approved by Arthur’s Board. To request this, send a short email to editors@trentarthur.ca by 3pm on Nov 16. The Board will have a special meeting shortly before the AGM specifically to designate members – anyone wishing to apply in person to be approved for Arthur membership should arrive by 7pm sharp.

Who can vote at the AGM All Arthur members may vote at the AGM. No proxy voting is permitted. Quorum at the AGM is 10 members. Motions require a mover and a seconder. Decisions are determined by a majority vote. The Chair has a second and a vote in the case of a tie. Voting may be done by a show of hands, or by paper ballot if requested. Voting for Board members is always done by paper ballot.

Agenda: Chair’s remarks, Election of new Directors to Arthur Board, By-law amendment, By-law committee call-out, Discussion and other business, Adjournment

Come and be involved! Arthur’s Board of Directors: Ensures the survival of Arthur as a corporation; reviews the financial status of the paper and makes other major financial decisions; sets the overall goals, objectives, and policies of the paper; monitors the progress of legal actions taken against Arthur; supervises Arthur’s committees; responds to complaints; plans Arthur’s AGM and elections; and gives direction to the Editors.

Board Portfolios: Chair: facilitates board meetings; ensures Board orientation takes place; communicates with funders; may speak publicly on behalf of Arthur. The Chair should have some experience at Arthur. Treasurer: presents financial reports; monitors the financial health of Arthur; may help in creating the budget. The treasurer should have some financial experience and must not be a paid staff person. Secretary: records and compiles all minutes; handles Arthur’s correspondence. The Secretary should have some experience at Arthur. Staff and Volunteer Issues: acts as a representative of the Board to the staff; may help with grants for staff positions; sits on committees; helps plan workshops; suggests changes to job descriptions. The S&VI Commissioner should be on the Staff Collective. Space Issues: assesses and maintains Arthur’s physical and equipment needs; works on health and safety issues; monitors Arthur’s physical security. Community Outreach and Membership: acts as a representative to outside organizations and individuals; assesses distribution; assists with Arthur’s promotion and fundraising. Fundraising Director: establishes a committee to work on a fundraising plan; plans events; maintains financial contacts.


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