CONVERGENCE SENIOR STAFF Editors-in-Chief Simran Ahluwalia Timmy Dutton Kaleem Hawa News Editor Caleb Guthrie World Editors Max Carnella Christopher Taylor
Entertainment Editor Amrithal Bachra Sports Editors Daniel Chiang Michael Kim Layout Editor Daniel Banh
Secretary Matthew Cooper Blazer Jacob Green
Photography Editor Chris Lee Faculty Advisor Marshall Webb
February 2012 -
An Interview with Innes Van Nostrand
LUCAS MANUCHA Staff Reporter On Thursday, February 16th, 2012, I made my way into the memorial wing, where Mr. Innes van Nostrand resides. Mr. van Nostrand has been a member of the UCC community for over 20 years and has taken an offer to become the Principal of Appelby College. Lucas Manucha: How many years have you worked at UCC? Innes Van Nostrand: Good question Lucas. I have worked here as a Vice Principal for 13 Years, but previous to that I was a volunteer for about 5 years and I was a student for about 10. LM: What is your favorite aspect of UCC? IVN: There are two parts of UCC that stand out to me. Firstly, there is a brotherhood that is formed at early ages, even at SK. It evolves and morphs in different ways. By the time the boys graduate from the Upper School, they have incredible bonds and these bonds carry on beyond the school. I work with old boys and I realize how important it is to strengthen those relationships. Secondly, UCC may not be the best at anyone thing, like athletics, or academics or the arts, but we are the very top in every category. UCC is a blend of things. LM: What have u seen change from when you were a student to now, as a Vice Principal?
Innes Van Nostrand
IVN: When you come back, understand-
month assessment process. That consisted
IVN: I got approached, I had never thought
ing whats changed and stayed the same
of interviews and me deciding whether or
about it before. I am not a teacher, It is
is a fascinating journey. Some of my old
not I wanted to leave UCC.
rare for a school to apply a principal who
teachers are still here. The academics have
LM: What do you plan to take from UCC
is not a teacher. I was encouraged by my
changed, the arts programs have improved.
and apply to Appelby?
friends and colleagues. It’s a whole differ-
I really enjoyed my UCC experience as a
IVN: Well, Lucas, UCC and Appelby are
ent thing. UCC has been my life and made
student, but it was traditional. The school
completely different places. They have dif-
me who I am. My sons are going to con-
has become far more innovative. The Prep
ferent DNA’s. For example, Appelby is co-
tinue being students here. I want this for
is a very nurturing place.
ed from grades 7-12. They are very differ-
personal opportunity and challenge.
LM: When did you get the job offer from
ent. I want to get to understand them first.
LM: What will you miss about UCC?
I will say that I have learned a lot from
IVN: Whole bunch of very close friends.
IVN: I think, Lemme check, it was in the
people at UCC. I’ve learned a lot from
Faculty, parents and old boys, strong re-
fall, let me get my month right, late spring
Dr. Power, Mr. Blakey, and many others.
lationships with. Dr. Power and him are
I have leanred a combination of many dif-
very close, won’t be working with him.
LM: When did you agree to take the Job
ferent skills. I want to apply of Hybrid of
You hate leaving strong relationships.
everything I’ve learned from.
LM: Thank you so much, I wish you the
LM: What made you want to switch from
best of luck with your new career.
Innes: It was a long process, about a 3
UCC to appelby?
February 2012 -
House System in Disrepair
CALEB GUTHRIE News Editor In the olden times, before the iDiv was even conceived, the advising group used to be a strong, thriving institution, comprising students from Y2 to IB2, and meeting regularly on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Now, advising groups have lost the Y2s, and have seen Tuesdays become “individual advising days”. Thursdays, of course, are for mentors and mentees to meet in the form rooms, so the only remnants of the group that meet regularly are the FYs and IB2s. IB2 attendance is, to put it politely, inconsistent, leaving the FYs to sit and converse awkwardly with the advisor and one or two particularly keen IB2s. The advising group, once a place for younger students to befriend and lean from older students, has become a selection of people who don’t know each other but happen to meet the same advisor. The group has shrunken, and most weeks, it never even meets as a whole. The relationships across grades no longer materialize, or even if they do, they are broken apart when the year ends. The advising group is the principal casualty of the administration’s iDiv policies,
which are designed to ease the transition
tem is that it tries to do too much as once.
of students to the Upper School. Y1s main
It wants to have strong small groups for
allegiance is to their forms, which are out-
all ages, create a strong house system and
side of the house system. Their integration
develop individual relationships between
in to the house system is put on the back-
mentors and mentees as well as between
burner for a year. They still belong to hous-
advisors and advising groups. The intro-
es, but the house only meets one a week.
duction of forms and individual advis-
Forms, on the other hand, meet every day,
ing sessions has served to weaken the in-
and go to all their classes together. It is no
stitutions that were in existence before.
surprise that the main support group for
People have a limited capacity to form
Y1s is the form, and that the house plays
relationships, and being expected to in-
a very minor role in the lives of Y1s. This,
tegrate into multiple groups simultane-
I would argue, is a bad thing. Houses are
ously will result in the existence of mul-
permanent; friendships within a house
tiple weak ties, rather than a few strong
will be maintained throughout a students
ties. Since the school is invested in pro-
entire Upper School career. Forms, on the
moting a “small school feel”, I would ar-
other hand, disappear completely after Y1.
gue that the system fails on these grounds.
The system as it currently stands has a
The house system as we have it now
terrible habit of creating groups and rela-
is not something anyone would’ve logi-
tionships that disappear at the end of the
cally designed. It has evolved, year-by-
year. No student is a part of the same small
year, following shifting goals, different
group for more than one year. Y2s instead
interest groups and differing ideals. It
of Y1s now meet with the senior house
represents the outcome of years of com-
advisor. FYs and IB2s have house advis-
promises and incremental changes. In its
ing, and IB1s go to mentoring with their
present form, it fails to accomplish most
mentees. The key thing to note is that
of its goals, and is in grave need of a re-
there is no longer any continuity between
design with an overarching vision, rather
different years. Relationships form and
than continuing the incrementalist ap-
are then broken as soon as the year ends.
proach that has given us the current mess.
The main problem of the current sys-
Steward’s Poll Over the past couple of weeks, 90 UCC students were asked to rate the current 2011-2012 stewards, 10 being the highest on the scale and 0 being the lowest on the scale. The averages were then taken, all being between 5 and 8. The results are shown below:
A Look into the Recent Past
AMRITHAL BACHRA Entertainment Editor During UCC’s 183 years of history, our halls have seen eighteen headmasters. We walk by their names everyday on our way to the UDH but rarely do we stop to glance at our school’s historic past. After hearing Mr. van Nostrand’s speech at our Founder’s Assembly, I decided to do a bit of research on our school’s past and decided that it was important to share what I could about a few of our past Headmasters. Before Dr. Power took command in 2004 there was Mr. J. Douglas Blakey. Mr Blakey spent over 25 years at the College and was Headmaster from 1991-2004. A fervent environmentalist and founder of the Green School, Mr. Blakey taught Biology at the College and eventually became the chair of the Science
ties at the time in both the Upper School and
lor and community service work abroad.
Prep. In 1985, Mr. Blakey took over as Senior
In 1975 Mr. Richard H. Sadlier was the
Boarding Housemaster in Seaton’s, which was “the most rewarding experience he has had at the College” – Old Times June 1991. Mr. Blakey also played a major role in adopting the International Baccalaureate program at UCC as he also held the role of Vice-Principal Academic. Not only did Mr. Blakey ride a Harley, he was also an artist, musician and strove to make UCC the best school in Canada. Prior to Mr. Blakey was Mr. Eric Barton. Mr. Barton was in fact an Old Boy, first attending the College in 1951 after being enrolled in Grade 7 at the Prep. After tranton joined the First Hockey, Cricket and Football Teams, as well as being a Stew-
English Department for eight years prior to taking the position of Headmaster, which
Park C.I. he originally intended on becom-
he would hold for thirteen years until 1988.
ing a veterinarian after working in a pet store
During his time as Headmaster, Mr. Sad-
in order to put himself through university.
lier was responsible for the redesign and re-
Mr. Blakey joined the College in 1975 after
modelling of the entire third floor in order
teaching for three years at the East Northum-
to expand the Science Department. Further,
berland Secondary School. After joining the
Mr. Sadlier was a major advocate of the Arts,
College, Mr. Blakey divulged into every as-
promoting music in Laidlaw Hall during as-
pect of life at the College. In addition to his
sembly and the growth of the Arts Festival’s
influential role in the Science Department,
popularity in order to showcase the talents
Mr. Blakey coached the First and Second
and artistic ability of students at the College.
Swim Team, Under 16 Squash Team, superclub, and was housemaster in McHugh’s. As chair of the Science Department, Mr. Blakey was responsible for the planning, promotion and design of the new science facili-
man in charge. Mr. Sadlier was a Junior Housemaster in Seaton’s and a part of the
tor, during his high school days at Lawrence
vised College photography and the SCUBA
Mr. Richard Sadlier
sitioning into the Upper School, Mr. Bar-
Department. Despite his success as an educa-
Mr. J. Douglas Blakely
February 2012 -
Mr. Eric Barton
Mr. Sadlier was also in charge during the College’s Jubilee Year when the school’s
ard in his final year as Head of McHugh’s.
Official Visitor, Prince Philip visited the
After graduating from UCC and obtaining
school on the first Association Day during
his degree in sociology from the University of
the celebration of its 150th anniversary.
Toronto, Mr. Barton was a Marketing Director
Further, Mr. Sadlier’s belief in the impor-
with Aetna Life when he became concerned
tance of the College being an independent
about the welfare of executives who had
school saw him take up a vital role in the
been fired. Mr. Barton founded a counselling
Canadian Educational Standards Institute
service in order to help individuals find new
when the Ministry of Education issued
careers, which led to Mr. Barton’s documen-
new policies that threatened the values for
tary, After the Axe, for which he was granted
which Mr. Sadlier and the College stood for.
an Academy Award nomination in 1982.
Mr. Sadlier will be remembered for his belief
During his time as Headmaster from
that “example is the essence of leadership.”
1988-1991, Mr. Barton was known for his
Many great individuals have walked these
commitment to community service and
halls and it is important to remember the im-
responsibility, and in his honour the an-
pact and dedication they once put in towards
nual Barton Lecture has been named for
making this institution as great as it is today.
him. After parting ways with the College,
A special thank you goes to Ms.
he was awarded the Order of Canada in
1995 for his work as a relocation counsel-
February 2012 -
Syrian Spring: The Right Intervention
tator cannot occur in Syria, the military is
tional legitimacy being guaranteed through
World Editor The arrival of the “Syrian Spring” onto
the right hand of al-Assad. The reaction of al-
UN Resolution 1973, a broad coalition of
Assad to the breakout of mostly peaceful pro-
nations administering aid to the rebel forc-
the world stage has created a predicament
tests across his nation speaks for itself. The
es (through a no-fly zone, bombardment of
for the international community. Begin-
use of snipers to break up demonstrations, the
government armored and artillery units, and
ning in January 2011, the uprisings against
“besieging” of major cities throughout the
military aid to rebels), should be a frame-
the government of President Bashar al-
country such as Homs, Daraa, and Douma,
work for the military aspects of any inter-
Assad have shone a spotlight on the calls
the cutting off of electricity and water to in-
vention. They succeeded in Libya because
of the disenfranchised, and the world’s
nocent civilians throughout the nations, are
they allowed the rebels to take control of
will to act. So far, we have failed to answer
actions of a genocidal dictator, not a leader.
the situation on the ground while still guar-
that call, one that millions of Syrians have
The reason why the Syrians cannot ef-
anteeing that Gaddafi’s forces wouldn’t de-
made while struggling for freedom and dig-
fectively revolt is that the Free Syrian Army
stroy the rebels. They created a mutual trust
nity. Those trying to answer seem bent on
(FSA), the armed wing of the Syrian op-
between the international community and
repeating the mistakes of decades past, like
position, is not strong enough to fight the
the Libyan opposition, a trust that must
situations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Soma-
organized, professional forces of the Syr-
be fostered in any intervention in Syria.
lia. We, as the people of the West, must
ian army. Even with weapons and sup-
However, what was left out of the re-
answer their call. We must answer it with
plies coming in from nations such as Tur-
sponse in Libya was an endgame. That is,
the right response, the right intervention.
key and Qatar, the FSA does not have the
Syria is the one nation that could gar-
manpower nor equipment to defeat the
once Gaddafi was defeated, and hoped that
ner an international consensus on the
security forces of the Syrian government.
Libya, a nation with no experience with de-
Any intervention into a sovereign nation
mocracy, would magically form a Western-
need for intervention.
It has proven it-
self hostile to both the interests of democ-
style liberal democracy. There have been
racy and freedom abroad, as well as those
out it, international cooperation quickly
no elections yet, but all eyes are on sev-
same qualities within its own borders.
falls apart and one nation is left to shoul-
eral Islamic fundamentalist political par-
Syria is unequivocal in its support of for-
der the burden of the intervention. Inter-
ties which might well soon rise to power.
eign terror; it has helped to sow the seeds of
national backing for a full-scale military
Instead of leaving, the “West” must pre-
chaos and anarchy across the Middle East.
invasion would be impossible to acquire,
pare an exit strategy. After deposing the
Together with Iran, it has helped to smug-
as the vetoing of recent UN resolutions by
regime of al-Assad, they must send in hu-
gle weapons to Hezbollah, a terrorist group
China and Russia would attest to. However,
manitarian, infrastructure, and military ad-
based in Lebanon that advocates for the
UN resolutions allowing for the establish-
visors to help Syrians craft a new govern-
complete destruction of Israel. Al-Assad has
ment of no-fly zones above Syria and aid
ment and society that is democratic and
even gone so far as to praise the organiza-
to rebels are enough to get the ball rolling.
free in nature. We must help the people
tion’s “successful resistance” against Israel
An intervention such as the one mounted
of Syria to free themselves, but can only
and considers himself to be “anti-Israel” and
in Libya in recent months, with interna-
do that through the right intervention.
“anti-West.” Even more alarming, Syria considers itself to be Iran’s “closest ally,” a scary thought given that Iran has threatened to wipe America off of the map. The two nations have military bases in each other’s nations, and the Iranian Republic Guard has been rumored to be training Syrian security forces to deal with the “Syrian Spring.” The Syrian government under Al-Assad has been hostile towards democracy and liberty within Syria. The government has been controlled by the Al-Assad family since 1970, when Bashar’s father took power. The Syrian military and internal security services have become closely intertwined with the Syrian presidency (meaning the al-Assad family). As a result, the situations in Tunisia and Egypt where military forces revolted against a dic-
February 2012 -
The Liberal Party Revival Meeting
public polls showing support for abandoning
The party hopes this will lead to increased
News Editor The Liberal party of Canada has suffered
the monarchy in favour of a Canadian head
membership, and hopefully revitalize the
of state after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
party’s support outside of its base in Toronto.
two disastrous elections in a row, losing
The second and higher profile resolution was
The election of a party president to oversee
their Quebec base, along with the rest of
to support the legalization of marijuana, and
fundraising and organization was also a vic-
their presence outside Ontario. Long identi-
it passed with over 70% of the vote. While
tory for the “outsiders”. By electing Mike
fied as the party of “reasonable compromise”
there is substantial risk of the party becom-
Crawley (ex-head of the electorally successful
they used to be able to draw favourable con-
ing stereotyped as the “pot party”, this pro-
Ontario Liberals) over Sheila Copps (a Chre-
trasts to the fractious and conservative par-
posal is in tune with public opinion as mea-
tien-era former Cabinet Minister), delegates
ties and to the radical, untested NDP. More
sured by national polls. The Liberals would
voted to move beyond the Chretien/Martin
recently the unification of the Conservatives
likely have wanted at least one other ma-
feud that had so divided the party in the
and moderation of the NDP have shrunk
jor policy proposal to share the headlines.
past. The new president has the difficult task
the centre that the Liberals used to represent
Both these resolutions are non-binding;
of closing a decade long gap in fundraising
and left them with few policies to call their
there is no requirement for the Party to in-
between the Liberals and the Conservatives.
own. The Liberal party has been left with-
clude the legalization of marijuana in its
One issue on which there was surprisingly
out a constituency, and is in danger of effec-
party platform. However, the expression of
little progress was the search for a permanent
tively becoming a regional party, confined
overwhelming delegate support combined
leader to replace interim leader Bob Rae. All of
to a few dozen seats in and around Toronto.
with the policy’s popularity in national opin-
these reforms and proposals will be for naught
It was against this backdrop that the 2012 Lib-
ion polls makes it likely that the issue will
unless the Liberals can find a leader that can
eral party convention took place. Aimed heav-
at least be addressed in the next election.
avoid being defined by Mr. Harper’s attack ads.
ily at “renewal” the convention included a dis-
The change most likely to make a significant
If the Liberals are to avoid a rebuilding
proportionately high representation of Liberal
difference to the Liberals’ long-term viabil-
phase as perpetual as the Leafs’, the new poli-
Youth, and the agenda reflected this. The con-
ity was an amendment to the party’s mem-
cies and relaxed membership requirements
vention was dominated by three proposals.
bership rules. Previously, only dues-paying
will have to revitalize the party’s base. It is
The first was a resolution calling on Canada
members were able to participate in the se-
in Canada’s interest for the Liberals to sur-
to abandon the monarchy. Members of the
lection of a party leader. Many have argued
vive; without a viable centrist party, Cana-
Monarchist Club will be happy to note that
that this has contributed to over 100 of the
dian politics will become increasingly polar-
this failed to achieve majority support, with
party’s riding associations evaporating. Now,
ized between the extremes of right and left,
the vote splitting overwhelmingly along the
the party has created a new class of non-
and Canada will lose a part of its identity.
lines of age. This result was reached despite
paying “supporters” who are eligible to vote.
Interim party leader Bob Rae speaking at the 2012 convention
The Rise of Jeremy Lin
February 2012 -
While many compare Jeremy Lin to Tim Tebow’s dramatic rise in popularity, it is not possible to compare the two. Sure, they both play different sports and they both support Christianity religiously, but it goes beyond that. First of all, Tim Tebow had the spotlight on him throughout his entire career. Coming out of high school, he was considered one of if not the best prospect to ever come out and play the game of football. He was recruited to every single major Football University, receiving full scholarships from each of them. Sure, no one believed in his throwing mechanics, but he was still taken in the first round by the Denver Broncos. Everybody knew that Tim Tebow was going to play in the NFL, people just weren’t sure which position he would play. Contrasting this story to Lin’s is ridiculous, even borderline absurd. As mentioned, Lin worked for everything he had, failing to get into any school to play meaningful college basketball. Struggling to find a stable job, he couldn’t even afford a place to stay, as he needed to “crash” at teammate Landry Fields
Jeremy Lin and Landry Fields of the New York Knicks reads Time magazine’s cover feature. (NBAE via Getty Images) MICHAEL KIM Sports Editor
home before getting his chance of glory. Up to that point, Lin had never been considered
ers to get undrafted, and decided then to
for major minutes, but he has now flour-
pursue his dream of becoming a profes-
ished under the starting role he is now in.
sional basketball player. This dream was
While both athletes are similar, in that it is
Jeremy Lin has come nothing short of su-
realized when he eventually signed his
possible for them to drop significantly in the
perstardom. While his journey to get there
first NBA contract to play for the Golden
depth charts on their respective teams, both
may have been vastly different than oth-
State Warriors in 2010, playing his first
seem to be fan favourites. Both players have
ers, he has emerged gracefully yet hum-
game with the Warriors as well as getting
major flaws, in that it is generally agreed upon
his first points. While his tenure with the
that Tebow is inconsistent and does not pro-
Jeremy Lin is no ordinary athlete. Born in
Warriors was a short one, he bounced
duce numbers until the 4th quarter, and Lin
the United States through Taiwanese descent,
around teams finally founding a home for
has way too many turnovers. Regardless of
he developed the game of basketball at a young
the desperate New York Knicks, who were
the fact, both players have seemed to shown
age, and decided to apply to most basketball
searching for point guards due to their
tremendous leadership in their ability to
schools for an athletic scholarship. After get-
injury riddled backcourt. Finally getting
command respect from their teammates and
ting rejected by every college, Lin decided to
his first chance to play some real minutes
have been able to elevate their teammates’
go to Harvard University in order to study Eco-
in an NBA game, Lin seized the opportu-
play along the way. Most importantly, both
nomics while playing basketball on the side.
nity and scored 25 points, grabbed 5 re-
teams have been able to win games, and “lin-
Surprisingly, Lin surpassed all expectations at
bounds, and dished out 7 assists for the
ning” is all that matters in the end, right?
Harvard, being chosen for the All-Ivey League
victory against All-Star Deron Williams
No matter what happens to Jeremy Lin, he is
First Team, as well as being considered for the
and the New Jersey Nets. Lin would lead
an inspiration to all being able to fight his way
Bob Cousy Award. However, playing on the
the Knicks to a 7 game win streak (start-
through diversity and challenges in order to
Harvard Basketball team had its limitations in
ing the next 6 games) largely without
achieve his goals. The beauty of this story is not
that although he became a premier player, the
the help of fellow superstars Amare Stou-
the fact that everyone can relate to it, but the
fact that he played for Harvard limited his op-
demire and Carmelo Anthony. From this,
fact that it gives everyone that slight bit of con-
portunities for the future. When the NBA draft
fans from Madison Square Garden dubbed
fidence that they too can achieve the unthink-
came around, Lin was one of the many play-
this miracle nothing short of “Linsanity.”
able. It just kind of makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
Tuesday Night Volleyball
HARKIRAT AHLUWALIA Staff Reporter
February 2012 -
hopes to inspire boys to play volley-
So far, 16 boys have attended Tuesday
ball seriously, like the hockey play-
Night Volleyball. Provided the interest
ers play hockey outside of school.
is strong, this program might continue
When growing up, we naturally kick a
Coach Poon plans to get old boy
in the spring term. Please contact Coach
ball at some stage, swing a bat or jump up
Jessie Mighton and some of the top
Poon, if interested. Also, in May, Toronto
and try to throw a ball in a hoop. From
is hosting the qualifying matches for the
then on many of us dream to become a star
help train the emerging talent. Ex-
Olympics at the Ricoh Centre. This is top
player in the NFL, NHL, NBA and so on.
UCC Varsity Volleyball MVP (Most
caliber volleyball which would be really
exciting to watch. Top players such as Giba
To aspire to be on a national volley-
ball team is not really the norm, and
and Dante (Brazil) are going to be there.
most of us have not been exposed to the
volleyball in Europe. For those of
Recently at an iDiv assembly we had
sport, except through one of the units
you who don’t know, volleyball is
some of the best volleyball players in
in a P.E. class (which isn’t really volley-
one the biggest sports in Europe.
Canada show off their skills. The high-
ball). For those of you who think volley-
Volleyball in Europe is the same
light was Terrel Bramwell, jumping over
ball is a sport for females, think again,
as Lacrosse or Soccer in Canada.
Y1 student Max Taylor, and spiking the
the birth of Beach Volleyball is due al-
Members of the UCC Varsity Vol-
ball all in one action. The footage was
most entirely in part to WWII soldiers.
leyball team also come out to the
captured and posted on youtube: “Ter-
‘Tuesday Night Volleyball” at UCC, aims
Tuesday night sessions, to help the
rel Bramwell at Upper Canada College”.
to give an insight about what volleyball re-
beginners and younger players. If we
Maybe, one day you could jump as
ally is. It’s a free skills clinic that is currently
keep up the momentum, and focus on
high (45 inch vertical) and hit a volley-
run by Varsity Volleyball Coach, Mr. Derek
the training, we could possibly bring
ball as hard as Terrel, or maybe one day
Poon. Coach Poon started this to grow the
back the OFSAA Championship in the
you could lead the Varsity Blues to an
sport by instilling a love for volleyball and
near future, and relive the glory of the
to improve skills in a fun environment. He
2008 UCC Varsity Volleyball Team.
Old Boy Jesse Mighton, Class of 2002
February 2012 -
Fashion Column: Batt Ball Primer
edo should be cut slim and be sharply
• Dark suit with 2 or 3 buttons. However
tailored. If you are renting, alterations
many buttons there are, do not button up
- if you
are not really a possibility, but ensure
the bottom one.
read e-mail’s that is – the dress code at
As you should know by now
that the shoulders and arms fit proper-
• A white shirt with a point collar. (French
Batt Ball this year is “Black Tie.” Here are
ly. Now, in convenient list-form, here
Cuffs are once again, up to you. Keep the
some guidelines to follow to look and
is a list on how to kill it in a tuxedo:
cufflinks like those for a tuxedo, simple and
dress your best in a “Black Tie” setting.
• A black jacket with either a shawl or
The first thing to discuss is basically every-
peak lapel. It should have one button,
• A dark, long tie. Ideally, it should be the
thing, which is not related to what you wear.
with a low stance so as to create a more
same colour as your suit. So, black tie for a
You must be clean-shaven. No debate, and
black suit, and a navy tie for a navy suit.
your hair must be cleanly and neatly arranged
• Black pants with a satin stripe. (There
• Pocket Square is at your discretion. Once
(however you do it). Furthermore, it should
should not be belt loops on it, as you
again, if you want to match anything with
go without saying that you should be respect-
will not be wearing a belt with a tux-
what your date is wearing, make it your
ful to your date and be the perfect gentleman.
In terms of what you wear, there is
• A white shirt with either a wing or
• Socks should match your suit colour, or
some flexibility. However, there are re-
point collar. (French Cuffs would be
can be a dark black. They should go to your
ally only two acceptable bases from which
nice, but not mandatory. Keep the cuf-
you can build off of. If available, you
flinks simple and elegant, i.e. Black/
• Shoes should be black lace-ups, and
can rent or buy a tuxedo, and if that is
not a possibility for whatever reason, a
• A black bow tie. (Do not match this
• Belt should be black as well.
dark coloured suit is perfectly acceptable.
with what your date decides to wear,
That is all there is on the front of dressing
How to Tuxedo:
this is a “Black Tie” event not, “Match
well. Remember to be the perfect gentle-
The first thing to note with formal wear like
your date’s clothing Tie” event. If you
man, and have a great time.
tuxedos is the fact that they will look dressi-
want to match something, let it be
er the slimmer they are cut. As such, the tux-
your pocket square). • Black or white braces/suspenders (you should not be wearing a belt with a tuxedo). • Cummerbund (this makes dancing easier, and is a more streamlined look). • Black lace ups, shined to the point of gleaming. Or, if you’re daring like Daniel Diamond: velvet slippers. • Black socks that go past your mid-calf area. • Pocket Square should be white silk, and done in the rectangular ‘tv’ fold. However, this is also an ideal place to match with what your date is wearing if you are so inclined. As such, you can have fun with this. The Dark Suit Alternate: If you are not going to be wearing a tuxedo for whatever reason, a dark coloured suit is a perfectly acceptable alternative. The first thing to keep in mind is that it has to be dark coloured, think a deep navy, or, black. It should also be slim. Here is a convenient list
The PlayStation Vita If in doubt, aim to dress like Drake.
on how to rock the dark suit:
Jay’s got 99 problems. But his outfit ain’t one.
ARTS & LEISURE
February 2012 -
King Richard II Review
included Jordan Wisenberg’s impressive
this was likely to be the last UCC perfor-
Co-Editor-in-Chief I’ll be the first to admit that I know
transformation from King loyalist to lowly
mance I would get to watch. My thoughts
gardener servant, Kyla Weinrib reminding
turned towards grade 7 and I realized
very little about theatre. Besides playing
us why King Richard is a female with her
that the theatre at UCC had grown up.
the manly role of fairy King in grade 7’s
ridiculously strong delivery of the famous
Gone were the days of fairy antics
Midsummer Nights Dream and some mi-
“I wasted time, and now doth time waste
nor roles in the Year 1 and Year 2 plays,
me” monologue, Jeremy Foote’s impressive
stead been replaced with a more ma-
my greatest exposure to theatre current-
chain twirling abilities, Peter Hannon’s
ture and raw style of performance –
ly comes from being in the same advis-
one that was completely alien to me.
ing group as Dr. Churchward and An-
from-chain abilities and John Lorimer’s
drew Ricci (we talk a lot about sports).
It must have taken some very coura-
geous acting to have made the transi-
So, it will come to no one’s surprise that
Despite all the excellent action and
tion from one to the other. The cast and
my review of Richard will not be of the high-
impressive performances, I found my-
crew should take pride in King Richard;
est critical caliber. Instead, I would like to
self saddened at the end of the show be-
they delivered a kick-ass show and de-
focus on how the play was likely perceived
cause it had slowly dawned on me that
served every standing ovation they got.
by an average onlooker, such as myself, who was likely not privy to some of the subtler aspects of directing and acting that no doubt went on during the performance. From the first pulsing note of Alex Rand’s bass I was hooked. Elliot McMurchy’s harrowing violin performance at the beginning set the mood of the play very nicely and left the audience with an acute understanding of the darker nature of the material. The first act centered around the conflict between Henry Bolingbroke (Max Carnella) and Thomas Mowbray (Henry Krause) who are seeking a mediation to their conflict from their King – Richard the Second (Kyla Weinrib). The subject of the quarrel is Bolingbroke’s accusation that Mowbray had squandered money given to him by King Richard and that Mowbray is responsible for the recent murder of the Duke of Gloucester. For me, the interplay between Max and Henry was the strongest part of the first act. I could feel the anger that came with Richard’s decision to banish Bolingbroke for 6 years and I came to a better understanding of Bolingbroke’s motive for revenge against the King. If it hadn’t been for scenes like those, the list of Dukes and Duchesses and other forms of British nobility that were continually referenced in the play would have started to grow a little tiresome. If the first act was good, then the second was fantastic. As Bolingbroke successfully overthrows King Richard, loyalties are called into question and each actor shone even more in their roles. Highlights
Max Carnella, IB2, in the promotional poster for the play
ARTS & LEISURE
February 2012 -
Person of Interest
TIMOTHY DUTTON Co-Editor-in-Chief He was out there again. Except maybe ‘he’ was a ‘she’ – it was hard to tell in the dark. Three nights in a row, I’d looked down on to the street from my bedroom window and watched the shape standing there, almost hidden behind the tree that refused to die. I got the feeling whoever they were, they were only a year or two older than me… The first night I’d just stared for a while and then got bored. The second, I’d opened the window to shout something, but there’d been nothing there to shout at. Tonight, I was going to scramble downstairs and throw open the door. Really I was. Really. All of this was perplexing and upsetting. I knew with confidence that I ought
The last fear my mouth as I begged for forgiveness… I would do whatever it wanted.
I opened my door and the crowd grew still, I had walked into Stewart… my guard: I’d forgotten he was now patrol-
to go meet the creature lingering in the shadows, but I was nervous about what
Enough, I’ve got to see this thing.
ling the halls. Before I could explain
it might reveal to me. I could imag-
As I started towards the door my fears
myself he marched in and declared,
ine it, with hideous laughter, telling
flocked out of their quarters and en-
“Ms. Kinsley? You know you’re not al-
me something and watching me recoil
circled me with their presence. They
lowed to leave your room at this time.
with ghastly embarrassment as it tears
It’s not safe for you to wander around
down the world I’ve created. Shot af-
our mysterious friend as me; each fear
by yourself. Please go back to bed.”
ter shot, its words would pour into my
hoped to become the reality of the
mind and bring me to my knees in sup-
situation that I was dreading to hear.
plication. Tortured gasps would escape
In haste I replied, “Stewart, I… I just need to check something downstairs. It will only take a minute.” “I’m sorry miss, but you can’t do that.” With that he grabbed my arm and escorted me back to bed; as we walked by the window I tried to snatch a final glance of my friend but he had already disappeared. I sunk into my bed defeated, knowing I’ll have to wait another night to see the brute. Stewart pulled open a drawer from my bedside table and pulled out one of my syringes. “I know you don’t like these, but it will help you sleep,” he said as he inserted the liquid. Soon after Stewart left laughter broke out from the crowd. The tumult dwindled as fears dissipated one by one till there was only one left standing next to my bed. It leaned down to
The person outside the window
me so its face was an inch from mine. It winked and the lights went dark.
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