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UWindsor students to receive a Fall Reading Week
OPINION: UWSA COUNCIL NEEDS TO STEP DOWN
UNIVERSITY TO FREEZE UWSA CASH FLOW
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14g the UWSA’s last meeting, where the council chair ruled the BDS Referendum and failed to meet quorum • photo by Jason Rankin
GOVERNANCE PROBLEMS CRIPPLE STUDENT UNION TRAVISFAUTEUX news editor __________________________ The University of Windsor has decided to withhold funds from the University of Windsor Student Alliance (UWSA) in light of recent events, according to an unconfirmed letter from university president Alan Wildeman, addressed to UWSA executives and councillors. The leaked letter states that “there is a significant governance, leadership and credibility gap that looms immediately.” This gap was revealed by the findings of the university’s investigation into the BDS referendum combined with the impending vacancy of all UWSA executive and board of directors positions. The university forwards $7 million of student fees to the UWSA on an annual basis ac-
cording to the letter. Wildeman said in the unconfirmed letter that “any decisions or official positions taken by the UWSA ... cannot be recognized by the University as being properly made” until the organization’s governance flaws are corrected. The only exception to this would be a resolution by students asking the University to assist them in reforming the UWSA. “Should this [resolution] not occur and students prefer to address on their own the governance issues facing the UWSA,” writes Wildeman, “the University will seek assurances that all of the University’s concerns have been addressed to its satisfaction before it will resume the transfer of funds to the UWSA.” Adam Bednarick, the fourthyear international relations student who started the “Vote None of the Above” (NOTA)
campaign, which successfully campaigned to leave all elected positions in the UWSA vacant, said that this is the only option left. “It’s sad that it has had to come to this, but without a board of directors to oversee the funds the administration doesn’t have much of a choice,” said Bednarick. “I think it’s in the best interests of students that the money be secured until there is a properly governed organization to manage it.” Bednarick said that NOTA will continue to keep an eye on the reformation process. “While we don’t have the ability to make changes to the by-laws or constitution, we’re continuing to monitor developments and to inform students of any changes,” said Bednarick. “None of the Above is about holding student government accountable and we’ll be there to act if need be.”
I think it’s in the best interests of students that the money be secured until there is a properly governed organization to manage it. — Adam Bednarick The full version of Raj Anand’s investigation report, which has yet to be confirmed by university administration, identifies a number of serious problems with UWSA governance and criticizes the UWSA for operating “in an institutional culture of disregard for procedural fairness.”
The report alleges that the fundamental structure of the organization does not follow the Ontario Corporations Act on CONT’D, GOVERNANCE PROBLEMS CRIPPLE UWSA PAGE 04 w
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YOUNITED current UWSA needs to step down for our future
Undergraduate students at the University of Windsor have seen better days. The University of Windsor Student Alliance (UWSA), our chief representative body, has failed us. Since the fall, nothing of substance has been done for students, albeit the recent campaign to produce a Fall Reading Week. This is what students wanted and I applaud those who fought on our behalf, but the argument is virtually useless because, in the end, senate has, in a roundabout way, added an extra week onto the semester. My point is not to write off this accomplishment, but to emphasize that the only considerable effect the UWSA has had on student life in the last four months is actually fairly minor and inconsequential. At the most, this effort comes off as an attempt to create the illusion of an organization that has acted on behalf of its members.
In order to do this, we need more than just 10 per cent of students to become involved. I can only hope that the university will fulfill its obligations to students by allowing a free and fair process by which students will be able to make changes themselves in the coming months. However, if only a small group of students is active in this process, the system will have failed from the outset. When the time comes, students must be ready to participate. Tell your friends, classmates, club leaders, and whoever you see walking around campus that all students need to make decisions from now on because we cannot afford another year like this one. Nobody – not the current UWSA representatives, nor the university administration – can tell us what we want as long as we stop lying down at every opportunity to make a difference. Indifference is no longer an acceptable option – it’s time to stand up for ourselves and demand accountability. — Travis Fauteux, news editor & third-year UWindsor student
The university has concluded that they will be freezing the UWSA’s funding. I have already heard complaints that this means there will be no student representation, but there is one simple fact that these complaints do not address: students never really were represented. The malaise I have with the university’s decision does not compare to the disgust I have with the actions of the UWSA itself throughout the year. I believe that, in freezing the funds, the university is doing what is in the best interests of the students who have been left essentially incapacitated when it comes to reforming the UWSA on their own. However, students must insist that it is they who take charge in this moment of need. If the past two months have not been eventful enough, what comes next will surely be a defining moment for University of Windsor students today and in the future. It is not too often that 11,000 students are given equal opportunity to re-define themselves as a grounded, institutional collective. This is not simply a chance to reform, but this is a chance to completely rethink how University of Windsor undergraduate students will be represented for years to come and to ensure that the deliberate mismanagement that has occurred in recent years will never happen again. It’s time for a clean slate. Students from all departments and faculties must stand together and
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If executives and councillors had put any effort into holding fair elections, building us a restaurant as W/ TRAVISFAUTEUX promised, or ensuring that the university properly reimbursed students for the lost services during the strike, instead of either supporting or condemning the BDS referendum, perhaps some would have been re-elected. Perhaps students would be represented as of May 1. In the grand scheme of things, over 11,000 students have paid a small group of incompetent, selfinterested children to bicker over meaningless policies, contradictory by-law amendments, and rigid interpretations of the currently flawed bylaws. I would cite specific instances of these, but the minutes of these meetings are either indecipherable or non-existent. In addition, no agendas have ever been made accessible for members and emergency meetings have been held at generally inconvenient times (on a Sunday evening for example) without proper notice – meetings that did not solve any problems, it should be noted. Furthermore, tactics like breaking quorum on purpose to derail a meeting have been used as a last resort by multiple members. There is no excuse for these actions.
create the UWSA that they collectively want to see. It’s time to stop being complacent or ignorant in the matters that decide where our money goes and how our experience at this university will be.
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DARKOMILENKOVIC lance reporter __________________________ Students will be catching a break in the next school year as the University of Windsor’s senate has voted in favour of adding a Fall Reading Week. “It is a growing trend,” said University of Windsor Student Alliance (UWSA) senator Hussein Zarif, who read testimonies to senate from students across campus who believed a Fall Reading Week should be implemented. “I believe that a Fall Reading Week will become a standard across the country. I’m glad that we pushed the university to be ahead of the curve.”
As with many other post-secondary institutions, University
of Windsor’s Fall Reading Week will be implemented during the week of Thanksgiving by extending the regular long-weekend. “The Thanksgiving long-weekend does not suffice because the diversity of our campus and the needs of our student body,” said Zarif. “Sometimes being able to spend an extra few days with family in Toronto can help out-of-town students cope with home sickness. Giving students that additional time will allow them to come back refreshed and better prepared to take on the semester.” The University of Windsor currently has a fall semester that lasts only twelve weeks, while the winter and inter/summer semesters are both longer and last for thirteen. This is because
I believe that a Fall Reading Week will become a standard across the country. I’m glad that we pushed the university to be ahead of the curve. — Hussein Zarif
only the winter and summer semesters have traditionally had a reading week. “The Winter Reading Week dates back to when the University held full year courses,” said university secretary Renée Wintermute. “The Winter Reading Week reflected a mid-year break. When the university moved to semester courses, the winter break remained, but the question of a fall break was likely not raised.” A week will be added to the fall schedule, extending it to a thirteen-week semester like the winter and inter/summer semesters. This way, all three semesters will equally have twelve instructional weeks and one “reading week.” This also means that the fall semester classes end on Dec. 3 and the exam period will last from Dec. 6 to Dec. 17. The adoption of a Fall Reading Week by universities is a rather recent phenomenon with currently over half of the universities in Ontario having some form of a fall reading/study break. The University of Windsor has even previously had a Fall Reading Week back in 2008, called “UWin Week.” However, this was cancelled due to a faculty work stoppage during the 2008 bargaining sessions. UWin
University of Windsor students get a week off in the Fall semester from now on • photo by Travis Fauteux
UWindsor senate approves Fall Reading Week
I don’t think there is an actual need for a Fall Reading Week. — Josh Hompoth Week was held in the fall 2009 semester before being withdrawn the following year.
tain about including yet another mid-semester break in the academic year.
Rick Caron, chair of the Academic Policy Committee, presented a report on April 11 to the senate regarding semester lengths and proposed a Fall Reading Week.
“I don’t think there is an actual need for a Fall Reading Week,” said Josh Hompoth, a third-year computer science student at UWindsor. “Unless its purpose is to reduce stress and give some time to relax after midterms… If the purpose is to give a bit of leniency and rest, then I would say that for many it’s required.”
Caron reported that, based on a survey from faculty, staff and students, 85 per cent were in favor of the proposed break. “Students played a crucial role in advocating and passing a Fall Reading Week,” said Zarif. “For the past three years, people have talked about [the Fall Reading Week] as a possibility but it never happened. A strong student push made it move up as a priority issue on the senate agenda and be passed in less than a year.” While support was strong, some students are still uncer-
“I have mixed feelings about a Fall Reading Week,” said Matt Jean, a second-year communications UWindsor student. “The first semester goes by quicker and the second semester always feels longer due to the weather, so during the winter semester [it] gives us a much needed break, whereas the fall semester, I don’t think it’s as needed. Some students may need [a Fall Reading Week] to catch up on work, but … if I had the choice, I would have left it winter only.”
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Governance problems cripple UWSA CONT’D FROM PAGE 01
Students leaving campus for the summer must do so with the knowledge that they will not be represented by their student alliance in the coming months • photo by Travis Fauteux
which it is supposedly based and that only board members and not councillors should have the authority to make by-law amendments, which has not been the case. In addition, the report criticises the organization’s less-thanstellar attempt at informing its members of “meetings, agenda items, elections, referenda, reports, events, and UWSA job postings.” According to its constitution, the UWSA must allow members to inspect any document that is non-confidential within one week of filing a request. Notice of council meetings must be presented six days in advance and the agenda in three. Concerns about the hiring procedure of a new CRO this January are also raised in the report. On Feb. 27 at 9:00 a.m., Jake Dejong entered his office to find his Support Our Troops flag defaced with the anti-semitic remark as seen above • photo by Jason Rankin
The sequence of events in the CRO selection process is suspicious to say the least. — Raj Anand
In August of last year, former CRO Jordan Renaud was terminated after only a few months in his position. A new CRO was not appointed until a council meeting on Jan. 30 when the BDS referendum timeline and a number of questionable elections policies were approved. In the report, Anand said that “the sequence of events in the CRO selection process is suspicious to say the least.” The hate crime that occurred the morning the BDS referendum voting began is also mentioned in the report as a troubling human rights issue. On Feb. 27, VP academic affairs
Jake Dejong entered his office to find his Support our Troops flag spray painted with the Star of David and the word “Zionist.” According to the report, an equally troubling message was found the same day, the details of which have only recently come to light. The washroom near the university’s Multi-Faith Space in the CAW Centre was vandalized with graffiti saying “Stupid Muslims Should Kill Themselves.” Windsor Police is currently investigating these incidents and has not released an update since February. While Anand was only able to make findings about some of the allegations that turned up in his investigation, he said that “they raised serious issues that must be considered going forward as the UWSA develops more effective, predictable and transparent governance processes.” Holly Ward, chief communications officer for the university, responded to the Lance’s inquiries stating that the letter that was not intended to be made public and Wildeman will not be providing a comment at this time. Ward ensured that updates will be provided “once more information is available about how the university will be moving forward.” The Lance has not received confirmation from the UWSA if the funding has been frozen as of yet.
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CJAM station manager Vernon Smith is disappointed that the radio station will not receive an increase in their student levy, but is excited about a massive power boost that will quadruple the wattage of heir signal • photo by Sarah Hurst
CJAM gets a signal boost & PROBLEMS WITH THE LATEST REFERENDUM LINDSAYSHEPPARD lance reporter __________________________
the University of Windsor Student Alliance (UWSA). One thousand votes need to be cast in order to meet quorum.
CJAM’s referendum for a student levy increase may have failed for not meeting quorum, but a massive power increase should raise spirits.
Vernon Smith, CJAM’s station manager, expressed concerns regarding campaigning for the referendum in light of recent problems with the UWSA.
On April 3, CJAM campus radio station was approved to quadruple its power from 500 watts to 2084 watts. This piece of welcome news came the first day of voting on the referendum for a 99 cent increase to the station’s operating budget.
“Election rules here are incredibly complicated… and in some areas, possibly anti-democratic,” said Smith. “My instructions to staff were not to colour outside the lines… quite frankly we were afraid to campaign.”
Fewer than seven hundred full time students voted in the referendum, which was held through
A 99 cent increase in the station’s budget would mean an extra $24,000 in annual funding, in addition to the $120,000 they
We’re cutting whatever can be cut, operating on a shoestring, operating with obsolete equipment and operating without a proper automation system. — Vernon Smith
currently receive. CJAM has not had a fee increase for nearly twenty six years. “We’re cutting whatever can be cut, operating on a shoestring, operating with obsolete equipment and operating without a proper automation system. With a successful referendum… people can be a little bit more comfortable in their positions and certainly we’ll be in a better position to have the tools of production that we need in 2014 to run a real radio station,” said Smith. Arjun Krishnan, a first-year student at UWindsor, said he voted in favour of the increase. “I think 99 cents is not asking too much for a radio network we can call our own. I listen to CJAM regularly. It has a lot of good variety of international stuff, which I really like.” Smith said they will try again next year and will hopefully get the voter turnout they require. Unrelated to the referendum, CJAM has plans to forge ahead with the expansion of its broadcast range. Smith said they have been budgeting for several years to be able to afford this massive upgrade to the station. “In budgeting for the power increase we’ve not bought a lot of new stuff over the past couple of years. Eventually something’s
Election rules here are incredibly complicated… and in some areas, possibly anti-democratic. My instructions to staff were not to colour outside the lines… quite frankly we were afraid to campaign. — Vernon Smith gotta give,” said Smith. “I’m pretty sure we have the same [sound] board in the on-air room that we had when I was a student here in the 80s.” According to Smith, the project will cost approximately $50,000. They have already spent around $10,000 on engineering fees just to apply to the Canadian Radiotelevision and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for the extension. The rest will go to supplies, setup costs, and testing the new equipment. The CRTC is a governmental
regulatory board, which supervises and protects organizations under its jurisdiction. A radio station has to be licensed for a certain frequency and broadcast range according to its rules and procedures. Smith is proud of CJAM and excited for the improvements to their broadcast range. “This is radio for the people, by the people… it will give the people more sophisticated choice,” said Smith. Upgrades to the service are expected to be completed over the summer.
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WHEN FASHION MEETS ACTIVISM Students launch Wear Your Label business venture
LEADING A DOUBLE LIFE As my exams approach I can’t help but think of Leddy Library and how by this time I would be crammed into a cubicle, jamming information into my head or writing a ten-page essay on gender roles. Instead, I am on the other side of the Atlantic and I could not be further away from study-mode.
APR11 FREDERICTON (CUP) — Mental illnesses are invisible. Or at least, they were, but two young entrepreneurs are looking to change that.
Rather than filling my mind with academics, I dwell on the past. The blurred memories rush through and only pausing at moments of: laughter at work, happiness in sitting along the river with friends on the first warm day, and relief in knowing that my family waits up for me at the end of the day.
Kyle MacNevin and Kayley Reed are cofounders of a business project called Wear Your Label, which produces fashionable clothing with mental illness labels such as “anorexic” or “bipolar” prominently displayed. “It’s basically un-labelling by labelling. So [it’s about] taking ownership over your mental health, whether you’re happy and healthy or struggling with a disorder, and just realizing that it’s something that you can own and . . . realize it doesn’t define you. [Wear Your Label] takes an inside-out perspective on crushing the stigma rather than an outside-in,” said Reed, a third-year student at Renaissance College, a part of the University of New Brunswick (UNB).
The flashbacks leave me dizzy and lonely realizing what I’ve said goodbye to and how much has changed. The sad truth about being abroad is that you cannot touch base with all of the people you care about back home, as much as you kill yourself trying, because you’re not only saying goodbye but you’re saying hello to a completely new life (six hours into the future because of time difference).
“One of the reasons why we started the campaign was because we noticed a gap with different mental health campaigns, where a lot of them are really loud about crushing the stigma … and saying that you support this or you support that, but there wasn’t anything that really started from within yourself. So we thought instead of saying that you support somebody else in something, why not start by saying that you support yourself, that you accept yourself for whatever label you have. And by doing that you’re then helping others realize that they can do the same thing,” she said.
Life will move on: friends will get engaged, accept new jobs, and while on this amazing experience, you cannot continue to mull over what you are missing. You will spend more time sitting in your room, as your tea gets cold, than experiencing what this place has to offer. You will end up so caught in this double life, struggling to find a balance between staying in on a Saturday night to phone home or to hop on a train with new friends and create future memories. You wonder if you are favouring one group over the other, tearing yourself in two only to leave yourself spread thinly between both worlds, and it only passes if you let it. Know that you will never say goodbye to those who matter; your best friend will still message you about the date she went on, your dad will continue to send you pictures of food (even though he knows you are vegetarian), and everyone will smother you with Skype dates and gawk with envy at your international photos (but only if you get up and get out!) The ones who care will push for your adventures, and are waiting to befriend the new person that you will eventually become. So stop saying goodbye, and start saying hello.
The project combines mental health activism with business savvy in a way that MacNevin said will provide “real, tangible outcomes” for its consumers.
• images from WearYourLabel.ca
“Labelling theory is pretty clear, from many researchers that we’ve talked to. If you give an individual a label, and you start encouraging them to wear it in a positive way, research suggests that it will have individual, positive improvements in that person’s life,” said MacNevin, who is a fourth-year at Fredericton’s St. Thomas University and co-founder of the New Brunswick organization Youth Matters. “What we’re trying to do is reclaim the label from a position of strength and love. So in order to help others, you must first help yourself.” In addition to the stigma-reducing statement of their clothing, Wear Your Label also aims to simply create fashionable clothing. “We really want to incorporate both the fashion and the mental health and bring MORE, NEXT PAGE w
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them together into one new world. There’s different organizations for different causes. Ten Tree is the environmental fashion line, and Me to We is the international aid clothing line, but there’s not really one that’s associated with mental health. So what we want to do is not just create your regular boxy t-shirts, but fashionable clothing that people actually want to wear,” said Reed, who has recently been accepted into a Master’s program in fashion studies at Parsons The New School For Design in New York City. MacNevin and Reed both said that their personal experiences with mental illness have been the “driving force” behind their initiative. In addition to statement clothing, they are also hoping that Wear Your Label will help to create an online resource for people looking to learn about mental illness and stigma. “[There are] little things on the actual clothing, like where most garments say how to take care of your garment, our tag will also say how to take care of yourself, including mental health information either about a specific illness or about mental health in general. So our consumers aren’t just buying a shirt … they’re continuing to educate themselves after the fact,” said Reed. “So really you’re buying a garment, you’re a trendsetter, but you’re also a part of this large connecting group that’s also championing mental health. We’re not saying that we want to be the one place where everyone can all talk about mental health, but maybe we can be the one place where everyone can stand up for their illness from
a place of love and compassion,” added MacNevin. Although the initiative is still in the early stages, Wear Your Label has gained traction and support at a variety of mental health and entrepreneurship conferences. MacNevin and Reed pitched their idea at the Unleash The Noise 2014 national mental health conference in Toronto earlier in the month, and Wear Your Label came in second place at the Atlantic Youth Entrepreneurship Summit pitch competition. The duo is currently applying to the Foundry Institute at UNB. Although Wear Your Label apparel is not currently available for purchase, Reed said that many people have signed up for pre-orders, which are available on the website with no monetary commitment — you simply leave your email address and will be notified when the product is available. The pair hopes that the first line of clothing will be ready to launch this summer. Wear Your Label was also launched on Facebook and Twitter. Although the responses were largely positive, some people did have concerns about the initiative. “I think with anything that goes big, there’s going to be people who dislike the opinion or want to fight it … and sometimes that sticks with you, especially when you’re just starting out and it’s your brainchild and you love your idea so much it’s harsh to hear people fight it,” said Reed. “But getting this criticism has been really good for us because we are still at this development point where
we can question ourselves and [ask] what we can do to make our philosophy valuable to everybody.” Despite the criticism, the pair remain very confident about the future of their company. MacNevin said that the pair are their own harshest critics, and are working on developing cautionary measures to ensure their product has the intended effect. “Without losing our principles and values and what we believe in our company, we want to make sure that what we’re doing is successful, not only in profit but in change. So [we are] looking at making a positive impact of individuals lives, and how we measure that, and how we make sure that each person who buys our product is ready to wear that shirt … I feel very assured that what we’re doing is right and what we can do to make a difference, but we do need to make sure exactly what we’re doing is doing good while making money,” said MacNevin. “The only thing we need to worry about is at the end of the day, can we confidently say why are we doing this, is it important, does it matter, and is it going to make a difference. And as long as we can answer those questions and move forward, then yes, we’re doing the right thing.” To find out more about Wear Your Label, check out their website at WearYourLabel.ca. LEE THOMAS — THE BRUNSWICKAN (UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK)
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A glimpse into the Windsor arts community SOPHIASAVVA lance reporter __________________________ Many artists who have enrolled in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) programs at the University of Windsor have gone on to achieve international and national careers. One of these artists is Arturo Herrera, who graduated from the University of Windsor with a BFA and is currently working on his MFA. Before enrolling in the BFA program, the only medium Herrera had experience with was photography.
“The program exposed me to art in a way that inspired me to explore the different ways in which I could express what I want to say now, as a practicing artist,” said Herrera. The program helped Herrera improve his craft on a technical level, but, he stresses, he had to make his way into the art scene on his own. “I don’t think there is a program that can prepare you for the art scene,” explained Herrera. “If your choice is to be an artist, like myself, then all that matters is the work you make and how straightforward you can say what you think.”
If your choice is to be an artist, like myself, then all that matters is the work you make and how straightforward you can say what you think. — Arturo Herrera
This May, Herrera will be showcasing a project funded by the City of Windsor called “The Wyandotte Street Corridor,” which involves creating a sense of community through a series of street signs installed along city-owned street posts. During the same month, he will be involved in Art Seals, which is a performance art exhibition in Hamilton, Ontario. Many more of his projects are set to take place this summer. Herrera said that the current Windsor art scene is much more open to new ideas than in the past. However, many Windsor artists still have few art opportunities within the community and on campus. For most, making art alone is not enough to make a living. “It would be fantastic to the future of the art scene in Windsor if the authorities were to develop new programs and ideas to involve the artists in the city,” said Herrera. Since Windsor is the fourth most culturally diverse city in Canada, Herrera believes there are a plethora of projects for artists to take part in. Vy Nguyen who is in her second year of double majoring in English and communications, media and film at the University of Windsor knows the dedication of young artists within the
community. “I see a really positive future for those pursuing the arts,” said Nguyen. “I know that there is a lot of stigma with programs such as the arts in that apparently it ‘won’t get people anywhere’ and that ‘they’re wasting their time,’ but I feel that all of those judgmental comments are unmerited as long as people in the arts are invested in their work and are hardworking themselves.” However, Nguyen said that the LeBel Building, the main building for visual arts majors, is too far away from the main campus to bring light to the creativity going on within the campus.
Dairy Queen, 2013 to be on display at the SOMarts Cultural Centre, in San Francisco, California in June 2014 • photo by Arturo Herrera
the caliber of local artists to the community. For the past three years she’s been featuring professional artists from Windsor, many of who teach and study at the University. The gallery’s next two exhibitions feature two MFA students from the University of Windsor, Amanda Dudnik and Pearl Van Geest.
“If [LeBel] were on campus or closer, people would receive more exposure to the building itself, as well as the students and the program, which would improve its general exhibition among the university students.”
“I think it’s important to really represent and highlight what’s happening here in the city,” said Beveridge. “I think there’s a strong want for people to strengthen the awareness of the art community within the city because we do have such a dynamic amount of talent and experience.”
Nguyen said artists should advertise more on the main campus as well; even when she was in LeBel for her photography course, she barely saw any flyers advertising artists’ work.
Windsor’s professional artists have a strong reputation within the community, and for future graduates hoping to break into the art scene, their futures look equally bright.
Sarah Beveridge, a UWindsor alum and the owner of SB Contemporary Art, a downtown Windsor gallery that focuses on local artists has made it her personal objective to showcase
“I’ve always been a huge supporter of the art scene in Windsor and I think, in terms of the artists within this community, that it can only get better,” said Beveridge.
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SIX WAYS TO LIVE GREEN ON CAMPUS JOANASZEEN lance reporter __________________________ Most people are clued up on what can be done to build a more sustainable and environmentally friendly society. We know that we should recycle, limit our energy use and try to create the lowest possible “carbon footprint,” but there are always new ways to enhance our sustainable lifestyles on campus.
REDUCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION: Turn off appliances and lights when you aren’t using them. A power bar can simplify this chore into a single flip of a switch.
BUY SECOND-HAND, BUY LOCAL AND RESELL: Websites like Etsy can offer handmade and vintage everything from bedding to clothing and housewares. If you are living in a dorm, clothing swaps are a good way to exchange gently used clothes for something new. If you’re looking to furnish your new spot, check the local consignment shops and online resources such as Kijiji where students who have moved or are graduating are trading and selling furnishings.
BYOM: Bring your own mug to school. When you’re ordering coffee, ask the barista to prepare your coffee in the cup. You can also refill the cup at any water fountain or tap. PLANTING FRUIT AND NUT TREES ON CAMPUS: With a little bit of care these plants will live for years and produce fresh and edible berries, fruits and nuts each year. Seeds can be collected from the tree to produce new plants. Try foraging to see what kinds of foods are already growing in Windsor. LOOK FOR ECO-FRIENDLY BATH AND CLEANING PRODUCTS: Notice labels that state the products are nontoxic, biodegradable, dye free, chlorine free, phosphate free, nonpetroleum based, vegetable based or fragrance free. Baking soda and vinegar is an old school green cleansing combination. GET CYCLING: Ride your bike, skateboard or rollerblade to school before the snow hits the ground! Ride the bus or carpool when the weather gets bad to save some fuel.
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AVOIDING THOSE #PURPLEWEDDING SPOILERS Did you see that last episode of Game of Thrones? When this, that, and wtf?! happened? Everyone cheered, some choked up crying with happiness. I really, really want to comment about it. I could issue a spoiler alert, but do those really work? Regardless, it will blow your mind! Sorry, I know a mind cannot be unblown, so I guess I’ve spoiled that for you. By the way, you can actually get an extension for your web browser to block spoilers on Facebook and such—or you can hurry up and watch the episode. If you are waiting for the DVD release, might I point out that this episode actually hit the record for most pirated show. Ever. POSSIBLE HINTS THAT MAY SPOIL THE EPISODE My one question is: is it right to be happy? The thing that happened to the person— think of how young he was. Was it nature, or nurture that made him what he was? Think. Think. And was there a possibility at redemption? Or just cheer because everyone else is. I am just going to leave it at that.
Protest the Hero • Photo courtesy of Pat Bolduc.
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WITH INTERVALS, THE MOTORLEAGUE & THE APEX SARAHHURST lance reporter __________________________ Protest the Hero, the progressive, aggressive hard rock/metal band from Whitby, Ontario will be returning to Windsor on Apr. 18 for a show at the Dominion House Tavern.
Protest the Hero is made up of Rody Walker on lead vocals, Luke Hoskin on lead guitar, piano and backing vocals, Tim Millar on rhythm guitar, piano and backing vocals, Mike Ieradi on drums and Arif Mirabdolbaghi on bass and backing vocals. Intervals, The Motorleague, and The Apex will be opening the show.
This show should be one of our best as we’ve been practicing hard to prepare ourselves for the studio shortly after the show. — Darren Marchand
“[Intervals] are fellow Canadians and it’s nice having them around and traveling with them all over the world,” said Millar. Protest the Hero has been on tour with Intervals for the past four months. Although The Apex has not had the chance to work with Protest the Hero until now, they are excited and believe that the show will be a lot of fun. “We’re looking forward to supporting Protest on their upcoming show here in Windsor,” said Darren Marchand, who is the lead singer of The Apex. “This show should be one of our best as we’ve been practicing hard to prepare ourselves for the studio shortly after the show.”
The band has released four studio albums, four EPs, one live performance album and has appeared in a number of compilations, including Warped Tour 2006 Compilation. Their latest album, Volition, was released Oct. 29, 2013 and was first on the charts for U.S. Independent Albums. “Our latest album I think sounds like Protest the Hero but with every release it’s always a maturation. It’s pretty heavy and fast but also very melodic at times,” said Millar, describing their latest album. “I feel like Volition has the most variation of music from any of our albums.”
Tickets are on sale for $22.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door, however as of April 12, there are only eight tickets left and they are only available at the Dominion House.
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BRINGING DANCING AND COUNSELLING TOGETHER Nicole Hamilton’s students demonstrate their dance skills. Jorge Cantor split jumps while other students strike ballet poses at Inica Dance Industries. (Photo by Preeteesh Peetabh Singh/The Dialog)
TORONTO (CUP) — Nicole Hamilton completed the assaulted women’s and children’s counsellor/advocate (AWCCA) program from George Brown College (GBC) 14 years ago. She is now the managing director of Inica Dance Industries (I.D.I.), Toronto. But the career still matches the education. Hamilton was always a dancer. At the age of nine, she started studying at the Burlington School of Dance, directed by Cheryl Bodrug. After few years, she moved on to train at Dancers Incorporated, also in Burlington, Ont. “It was then I decided that I need to take my dance career to a serious level,” said Hamilton. Hamilton got her teachers certificate from Dance Masters Canada and has been teaching for the past 20 years. While she was building up her career in dance she took on a lot of teaching and assisting jobs which came along the way at different dance schools. Hamilton moved to Ottawa where she was a faculty member at the Ottawa Dance Academy and Aylmer Dance Academy. These experiences helped her get an understanding of the business. Hamilton also wanted to do something within the area of counselling services. She studied social work and took several other courses at Ottawa and Carleton University. Moving back to Toronto, she started her AWCCA program at GBC in 1998. “One would wonder, here you are dancing throughout your life and all of a sudden making a shift to take on AWCCA,” she says. “I was trying to determine really and truly how I wanted my career to go. I wanted to be a mental health counsellor and at the same time I wanted a career in dance,” said Hamilton. “After I graduated, I made a conscious decision to pull the counselling and my dance experience together and open up a school where I can offer both. At our company we do indeed offer counselling sessions along with our regular dance programs. It allows us to get the best of both the worlds.” According to Hamilton, there are many issues that a dancer can go through such as transition to an alternate career after a physical injury,
lifestyle issues, eating disorders, victim of violence, gender issues, and self-confidence issues. “These can be daunting for the dancers to deal with. It’s very scary,” said Hamilton. “The best part here (I.D.I.) is that the counsellors are also dancers who understand what the students are dealing with.” Hamilton is a mental health counsellor at I.D.I. and teaches various forms of dance. She has been trained in tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, modern, Afro-Caribbean, West African and liturgical (worship). “She (Nicole) is a very professional and well-spoken woman. Kids really love her and also the atmosphere,” said Mallory Dunlop, an I.D.I. faculty member who studied commercial dance studies at GBC in 2011-2012, said.Dunlop teaches acrobatics at the academy. Jorge Cantor, an 18-year-old student at I.D.I., said, “I want to take dance as a hobby/career in the future. Nicole teaches me in West African and contemporary. She is great. She is not only strict about things that are necessary for a dancer but also a cool person to be around. She is not a teacher but a friend.” “As students when we are going through school, we are dealing with so much. Pressure of getting good grades, pressure of family, friend, relatives, relationships, boyfriends, girlfriends and all this different things that we have, sometimes it can be so heavy. But as a student if you stick to your vision, you can definitely achieve your goal,” said Hamilton. For dancers who want to make it their career, Hamilton emphasizes that dancers have many options available. Today one might be teaching at a dance school, tomorrow they can be abroad, judging a dance competition or speaking at a dance conference. On her own future plans she said, “I look forward to building more dance, and health education programs for dance artists. It’s been an exciting journey at I.D.I. and I am eagerly looking forward to what the future holds for the company, and our faculty.” PREETEESH PEETABH SINGH — THE DIALOG (GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER I have thoroughly invested myself in the Avengers/Marvel movie franchise, and so far it is only getting better. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is not just a continuation of Cap’s story, but also of other productions maintaining his involvement including The Avengers and even the television show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. With an all-star cast, a story rife with mystery and conspiracy, and the Marvel movie franchise’s continued delivery of witty banter, this is a movie that everyone will enjoy. Set in Washington D.C. two years after the Battle of New York, Steve Rogers is still trying to cope with living in the 21st century while doing occasional missions with S.H.I.E.L.D. Following a somewhat hairy mission in international waters, Rogers expresses pieces of his dismay to S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury.
He then unveils project Insight, a massive operation where three enormous ships will remain airborne at all times with extremely advanced weaponry to protect the world from danger—or as Rogers describes it, “holding a gun to everyone on earth.” After an attack, Fury reveals to Rogers that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been compromised. Tragedy strikes, and agent Natasha Romanov (Black Widow) reveals to Rogers the existence of the Winter Soldier: an extremely illusive and successful assassin who has been involved with dozens of murders since World War II. Rogers and Romanov set out to find and stop the Winter Soldier as well as shut down Project Insight, knowing full well even the highest-ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. commanders can no longer be trusted with the confirmed breach of its intelligence. If you have followed Marvel’s ambitious reboot of The Avengers and all of the related movies to date, I assume you are probably not going to miss this one either. The good news is this addition to the plot development will only leave you wanting more from the movies to come. (Which are planned all the way up to 2020. Yay!)
APRIL 17 TO APRIL 24 THURSDAY APRIL 17 University of Windsor Film Festival 2014, Capitol Theatre Windsor, 7:00 p.m. Underground Open Mic., Lefty’s Underground, 10:00 p.m. Great Thursday – Beer, Brats & Blues, Windsor Beer Exchange, 5:00 p.m. FRIDAY APRIL 18 Protest The Hero wsg Intervals, The Motorleague and The Apex, Dominion House Tavern, 7:00 p.m., $22 in advance, $25 at the door Allison Brown & Will Gillespie,Villains Beastro, 10:00 p.m., pay what you can Working with the Environment, Artspeak Gallery SATURDAY APRIL 19 F.R.A.C.K. – François, Rachelle and Alex’s Cape Karaoke,Villains Beastro, 9:00 p.m. Lindy (Toronto) w/ Dennis Ellsworth (Charlottetown, PEI) and Tara Watts (Windsor), Phog Lounge, 10:00 p.m.
SUNDAY APRIL 20 Working with the Environment, Artspeak Gallery
CARTHAGE JOYCE CAROL OATES
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Joyce Carol Oates’ most recent novel, Carthage, follows the lives of the Mayfield family after the disappearance of their 19-year-old daughter, Cressida. The former University of Windsor professor tells a tale of guilt, trauma and morality with the small village of Carthage, New York as her backdrop.
Working with the Environment, Artspeak Gallery TUESDAY APRIL 22 Carnivores, Arts Council Windsor & Region, 6:30 p.m.
Cressida, known as the “smart” Mayfield daughter (her older sister, Juliet, is known as the “pretty” one), is last seen at a rowdy bar with Juliet’s fiancé, Brett Kincaid—who recently returned physically and psychologically wounded from the Iraq War.
The Mowgli’s, The Shelter, Detroit, MI, 7:00 p.m. The Penske File/Good Things/To The Strongest, Milk Coffee Bar, 9:00 p.m.
Despite his respected status within the community and his close ties to the family, the evidence piles against him and leaves him the main suspect in the disappearance of the Mayfields’ snarky daughter.
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Carthage examines the psyches of the confused Mayfield family and the haunted war veteran as they deal with the aftermath and consequences of Cressida’s disappearance. Oates does not leave a single aspect of their lives untouched—she even delves into the characters’ minds through sporadic bursts of streams of consciousness.
With such a variety of emotions to experiment with, Oates only manages to skim the surface of her characters’ turmoil, even with almost 500 pages to do it. Carthage reads as if it were written in a rush (which it might have been; Oates
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In Brett’s case, this involves muddled, violent flashbacks from his time as a corporal and equally troubling memories from the last time he saw Cressida, in his blood-stained Jeep. Although Oates refuses to abandon the minds of her characters even for a paragraph, their emotions still manage to be lacking; they’re too static, too predictable and not illustrated well enough to suck the reader into the shattered lives of the people of Carthage.
Ingrid Michaelson, The Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI, 7:00 p.m. Working with the Environment, Artspeak Gallery
has a reputation of releasing one or two books per year); repetitious descriptions echo each other from chapter to chapter, side-characters mysteriously disappear (much like Cressida—except, unlike her, these characters never have their disappearances explained) and often times the characters “wonder” or “feel” things without much else being added to these hollow observations. Even with such a deep subject matter, Oates’ story is shallow at best.
THURSDAY APRIL 24 MayWorks Windsor Festival 2014 Quilt Project Launch, Press Conference, Artcite Inc., All-day Working with the Environment, Artspeak Gallery
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MAD MEN: EP 701 Sunday night saw the premiere of Mad Men and perhaps it was because of the strong competition of the Game of Thrones wedding but the beginning of the seventh season was underwhelming. The episode began with Fred Rumsen pitching an ad to Peggy. Fred, despite being the character that helped to launch Peggy’s copywriting career, is a pretty minor character, even since his reappearance on the show. The first scene saw Rumsen pitching an ad to Peggy and she is quite impressed and taken aback with the quality of his work. This to me was the foreshadowing of the rise of the agency and perhaps the fall of Don Draper. Last season ended with the other executives dismissing Don and asking him to take an indefinite leave of absence. His replacement, Lou Avery, is the polar opposite of Draper. This is most apparent when he tells Peggy that his weekend was, “just peachy” and that he spent it chopping firewood. He also repeatedly seems to tell Peggy that he is “immune” to her charms. Although we first see Don in Los Angeles visiting his wife, Megan, their relationship is
still rocky. He is unnerved by her new career, is not pleased with the house she is renting in the Hollywood Hills and overall does not seem to find the healing powers of the California sun. It is no surprise that he meets an attractive woman on the flight home (frankly I’m surprised that he didn’t meet one on the way there as well) played by Canadian actress Neve Campbell. Back in NYC, Don timed his west coast visit to coincide with Ted checking back in at the east coast office, much to Peggy’s dismay. The two have a few awkward encounters throughout the episode and we’re left wondering if Ted will return to California a faithful husband. I don’t want to give too much away but the supporting characters seem to be out-ofwhack as well. Pete Campbell has also moved to L.A. and can be seen frolicking about in the sunshine sans suit and tie. The usually highstrung Campbell seems to be basking in the sun while his wife and new baby are back in the city. Roger Sterling also has a new living arrangement and a new woman…well, sort of. For a Mad Men follower and fan, the episode was quite unsettling as it was wrought with allusions to the dismay that may lie ahead for our favourite advertiser, father and playboy. The episode ends with the camera focusing on a truly disheveled looking Don and this time I don’t think he just woke up from a late night romp with last night’s woman.
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HEAD OR HEART CHRISTINA PERRI After almost three years, some chart success, and a popular single from the Twilight soundtrack, Christina Perri has returned. Head or Heart is her second full-length studio album. Head or Heart just came out a few weeks ago, but you may have heard the single “Human” in late 2013. While the song displays a fair bit of vocal talent, with Perri’s drawn-out high notes over a slow set of instrumentals, there are other songs that would have made better singles. One such song is “Be My Forever,” an acoustic, upbeat duet featuring Ed Sheeran (“A Team,” “Lego House”) , which is arguably the catchiest one on the album. Another lovely track is “The Words.” It is just Christina at the piano with a few violins in the background, but sometimes less is more. The song features her best vocals on the album and possibly her entire body of work; she exhibits emotion, variety, and control all at once. One slight problem with the album is that Perri consistently hits very high notes. More power to her for doing this, as it is no easy task; however, not everyone’s singing voice was made to soar. Although she remains on key, her voice has a squeaky, strained edge to it that makes her sound a lot like a post-2007 Avril Lavigne, screaming to reach those notes. Perri would have been better off playing to her strengths, namely the sultry middle-high notes. Fans of contemporary pop/rock will probably still enjoy the album despite its occasional out-of-place vocals. Some may even think Perri’s vocal demonstrations are superb. It is all a matter of taste.
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THE SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA* – Inner Fire (Strut) SHIMMER DEMOLITION* – Dance To Noise (Self-Released) VARIOUS* – Psych Pop 2 (Optical Sounds) ODONIS ODONIS* – HBSB (Buzz) TIMBER TIMBRE* – Hot Dreams (Arts & Crafts) J COLLECTIVE* – Irie (Self-Released) HEAVYWEIGHTS BRASS BAND* – Brasstronomical (lulaworlds) WHITEHORSE* – Ephemere Sans Repere (Six Shooter) TRUST* – Joyland (Arts & Crafts) MAC DEMARCO* – Salad Days (Captured Tracks) LIARS – Mess (Mute) TECHUNG – Lam La Che (ARC Music) SUBTRACTIVELAD* – Wilderness (N5MD) ARIANE MERCURE* – Dusty Diamond (Old Country) THE UTILITIES* – Sulky Jr. (Self-Released) KANDLE* – In Flames (Dare To Care) BEND SINISTER* – Animals (File Under: Music (FU:M)) AUDREY OCHOA QUARTET* – Trombone and Other Delights (Self-Released) CORY WEEDS QUINTET FEATURING STEVE DAVIS – Let’s Go (Cellar Live) LINDYVOPNFJORD* –Young Waverer (Self-Released) SAM ROBERTS BAND* – Lo-Fantasy (Paper Bag) TOKYO POLICE CLUB* – Forcefield (Dine Alone) PERFECT PUSSY – SayYes To Love (Captured Tracks) SEPTEMBER GIRLS – Cursing The Sea (Fortuna Pop) DILEMMANADE – The Stand (Self-Released) THOMAS BLONDET – Futureworld (Rhythm & Culture Music) THE WAR ON DRUGS – Lost In The Dream (Secretly Canadian) NEIL FINN – Dizzy Heights (Lester) SHE REX – She Rex (MGM) CHERRY GLAZER – Haxel Princess (Burger)
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Enhanced athletics facilities in the campus master plan will help to boost Windsor’s position as a host of top tier athletic events • photo by Ian Shalapata
Lancer future BIG PLANS BREWING FOR LANCER SPORTS MIKESPECHT sports editor __________________________ To fit with the theme of ideas, it is pertinent to note that the Lancers athletics department combined with the institution have had a detailed master plan in place for the better part of a year. With vision in place, athletic director Mike Havey and his staff must now set their sights on execution of a capital project which would update the St. Denis Centre, making it one of the top athletics facilities in the province. The project, which was reported in a February edition of The Lance, would add several amenities to the ageing gym, including the expansion of the forge and the addition of several
multi-purpose rooms. Though the disbanding of the UWSA provides a minor setback to the project, which athletics and recreational services had hoped to bring to a referendum next year. Havey admits that the added time could be beneficial to the success of the project. “The fact that it’s delayed perhaps isn’t a bad thing. The scope of the project we are imagining is beyond what we could reasonably ask students to pay for themselves. The gap between what we think we can expect from students and the final numbers is substantial enough that we need to look at potential funding from a number of sources,” said Havey. Those other sources would include possible of partnerships
with branches of government as well as potential Canada Infrastructure Grants. The application for such grants are cyclical meaning that The University of Windsor would not be able to apply for one until the next round of funding becomes available some time next year. Not only would the addition to the St. Denis Centre be an asset to all students at the University of Windsor – but it would also greatly improve the school’s capacity to host elite tournaments like the Bronze Baby championship that we saw in March. Lancer alumni and former president of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment Richard Peddie took to Twitter with his ambi-
tious idea for Lance reporter Ankur Kumar. Sadly for Lancers hockey fans the tournament could prove to be too rich for a small market lacking in corporate backing. The 2014 CIS men’s nationals in Saskatchewan ran in the neighbourhood of $750,000, roughly five times what Windsor shelled out to host women’s basketball. “I’m glad that Richard thinks we are capable of pulling it off. Men’s hockey and basketball are big nuts to crack and I would be worried about putting us financially at risk by taking on something of that magnitude. I just got this job, and I’d like to keep it,” chuckled Havey, who recently had the interim tag removed
from his title. Although fans may not be able to see the men’s hockey team compete for a national title on home court, Windsor is set to host the CIS track and field championship next march. The Lancers, who won bronze in Edmonton this year, will look to reclaim Canadian track supremacy on home soil in 2015. In addition to the domestic happenings, the OUA has just announced that each team will combine to create a central webcast network oua.tv. That way collegiate sports fans can follow their teams even on the road. Following a season that brought three OUA titles, and a national championship to Windsor, there still seems to be plenty left to get excited about for 2015 in blue and gold nation.
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MIKESPECHT sports editor __________________________ BOSTON BOMBINGS ANNIVERSARY Thousands gathered in the streets of Boston to honour those lost during the Boston Marathon bombings of April 15, 2013. The chilling tribute which raised a flag at the marathon’s end followed by the tolls of a bell at 2:50 p.m., the time the first bomb went off. The 2014 edition of the marathon, kicks off April 21 and will certainly be run with heavy hearts. LANCERS INK SIWAK (Via Go Lancers) Windsor, ON - Kevin Hamlin, head coach of the Windsor Lancers men’s hockey team is pleased to announce the commitment of talented forward Daulton Siwak to his Lancers men’s hockey program for next fall. A native of Olds, Alberta, Siwak played five seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Red Deer Rebels and Prince George Cougars. The 6’1 winger notched 13 goals and 14 assists for 27 points in 72 games for the Rebels in the 2010 to 2011 season. Along with teammate Ryan NugentHopkins, Siwak helped lead his Red Deer squad to a 46-16-4-4 record that year and a second place finish in the Eastern Conference standings. STAUSKAS AND ROBINSON DECLARE Michigan Wolverines sophomores Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas have declared for the NBA draft next Tuesday. Stauskas, a Mississauga native averaged 17 points per game in NCAA play last season while Robinson chipped in with 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Both players are expected to be taken in the first round. LEAFS INTRODUCE SHANAHAN Following a late season collapse change appeared to be inevitable in Toronto. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president Tim Leiweke introduced that change in the form of Brendan Shanahan on Monday afternoon. Shanahan who has worked at the league office of player safety for the past four seasons will now serve as team president and will be in charge of all hockey operations.
Following a season that saw her lead the upstart Windsor Lancers to a surprise playoff berth, Kaila Seguin ends her career as the 2014 OUA West player of the year and Banner Shield nominee. Seguin and the lady Lancers rebounded from consecutive 3-15 seasons to make the playoffs with one of the youngest squad’s in the conference. Though the timing of her departure is unfortunate for the program that has worked its way back to respectability, Seguin sees big things on the horizon for both herself and Lancers volleyball. MIKE SPECHT: HAVING JUST PLAYED YOUR LAST SEASON, TALK ABOUT HOW THE VOLLEYBALL PROGRAM CHANGED FROM YOUR FIRST YEAR TO NOW. Kaila Seguin: My first two years we had a different coach, her name was Marilyn Douglas. She was pretty tough, but she won the OUA’s one year so she got a tenyear contract extension. So I got here in her tenth year, and that was the year that they fired her because she wasn’t doing a very good job with the program I guess and the girls weren’t happy. MS: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COACH DOUGLAS
AND YOUR COACH FOR THE PAST THREE SEASONS, COACH HODGSON? KS: He is a great recruiter. Lucas is a real sweet talker. He has brought in a ton of girls, and he just kind of turned it around. Every year we have gotten better. Before they would recruit a lot locally. And that is where a lot of the talent is for volleyball is in the GTA. So either you develop talent or you recruit. MS: IN TERMS OF THE LOCKER ROOM DYNAMIC, WHAT WAS THE RELATIONSHIP LIKE BETWEEN THE GIRLS? KS: Honestly we weren’t very good friends. I think that is a huge thing especially for our team dynamic. So like you can’t always be the best of friends with your teammates because that can take away from the business aspect. The thing is even though it was always the first string versus the second string in practice the second string always made the first string better because we always play against each other. You are only as good as your weakest player. I can hit the ball 100 times, but if I’m not getting dug (someone playing the ball up) it’s not going to make me any better. So we worked very well together. MS: THIS TEAM ENDED UP DEFEATING MCMASTER EARLIER IN THE SEASON BEFORE DROPPING YOUR FINAL TWO MATCHES TO THEM, HIGHLIGHT BY THE
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THREE SET QUARTER-FINAL LOSS. WHAT WAS IT ABOUT THE MARAUDERS THAT ALLOWED THEM TO HAVE YOUR NUMBER LATE IN THE SEASON? KS: It’s an intimidating gym to play in. The Mac fans are crazy, like you couldn’t even hear each other on the court. For all of us, it was our first playoff game ever so I think nerves got in the way. I felt 100 per cent ready, I was so psyched to play, but unfortunately it takes six girls to succeed and I feel like some of the girls were a little nervous. We had two rookies on the court with us playing in the playoff game. MS: YOU WERE NAMED THE OUA WEST PLAYER OF THE YEAR FOR YOUR EFFORTS THIS SEASON, AND WERE ALSO A NOMINEE FOR THE BANNER SHIELD AT THIS YEAR’S LANCERS AWARDS NIGHT, WHAT DO THOSE HONOURS MEAN TO YOU? KS: That was amazing to be nominated for the banner shield. I was to be nominated along with Jenny and Jessica who are such great athletes. The OUA West player of the year was also a surprise; everything was a surprise this year. MS: WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE, BOTH IN VOLLEYBALL AND IN TERMS OF A CAREER? KS: Last summer I played for the beach provincial team in Toronto, which is a completely different game. I felt like I was learning a new sport, but this summer I want to get into it a little more now that I am done my indoor career. I am moving to Toronto in September to take a course in holistic nutrition. It revolves a lot around herbal nutrition and acupuncture. More like, natural medicine rather than pharmaceuticals.
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THE BUSINESS OF MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY
MIKESPECHT sports editor __________________________ The major junior hockey system is widely considered to be the fastest route to professional hockey. The system which encompasses the Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior League immerses its athletes in a professional environment before they are even out of high school. While many of the candidates coming out of major junior do end up moving on to play pro hockey, the league does have it’s share of sad stories. Most recently with the passing of Terry Trafford, a 17-year-old forward rocked the hockey world. Trafford committed suicide following his suspension from the Saginaw Spirit for marijuana use. Incidents like this raise questions about whether or not the average 16 to 20-yearold is ready for the responsibilities of a forty-year-old man. Windsor Lancers goaltender Parker Van Buskirk played four years in the OHL for the Sarnia Sting, Belleville Bulls, and Kitchener Rangers and appreciates his experience. But the OUA playoff MVP wishes he was more prepared for the business
end of hockey. “For me when I got to the OHL, I had your own stall and my own jersey. That is kind of what I was focusing on. Like it was the coolest thing. But you don’t realize that in a root sense that you’re a piece of meat. You’re just a part of this business, I learned that really quickly,” said Van Buskirk. Van Buskirk was drafted and traded by the Mississauga Ice Dogs when he was 16. Although this is against league policy, he was dealt as a “future consideration” and relegated to his Junior B for what he thought was a season of development. The CHL is estimated to earn somewhere around $200 million in profits each year and has received flak in the past for poor treatment and payment of it’s players. In 2012 CHL hockey players threatened to sue the league unless it agreed to pay it’s athletes minimum wage and benefits. “It is what you think it’s going to be as a kid, you just don’t realize the implications of what it is. There is still the jerseys and you’re on TV, but people are also going to critique you when you are in grade 11,” said Van Buskirk. “You’re opened up to this whole thing where you are expected to perform, which is fair. It’s why you’re there. But it’s different from what you’re used to when you have a bad game and it’s just your parents or friends saying ‘hey tough loss.’”
It is the intense pressure to perform that causes many players to lose their passion for the game. After being discovered as an elite talent, hockey begins to dominate life for most prospects who train year round to get their shot at a professional contact. Stefan Legein a second round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2008 and world junior gold medallist made waves after announcing his intent to quit hockey. ‘’Really, I just lost my desire to play hockey,’’ Legein said in an interview with TSN. ‘’It started to happen after the (2008) World Junior Championship. I hurt my shoulder and I couldn’t play for three months. It was during that time I just sort of lost my passion to play.” Players like Legein and Van Buskirk have lived an unbalanced hockey-centric life for most of their lives. Van Burskirk, found success at the collegiate level and will graduate with a degree in criminology from the University of Windsor and advocates a more balanced lifestyle for young players. “It’s tough because you’re chasing that dream, but kids need to understand that it is just hockey. I know how big it can be, I mean hockey has been my entire life growing up. But, there needs to be other aspects of your life. I think that the sooner you can grasp that idea the better off you will be.”
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Published on Apr 18, 2014
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