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Portrait of a Founder
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TIFF, MANIFESTO, NUiT BLANCHE, ELECTIONS & more
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Athletics Mature Students WCSA Student Profile Peanut Gallery Sorority Expose
Halloween Frosh Review
He’s Just Not That Into You
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portrait of JS Woodsworth
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Editor-in-Chief Rachel Rogier Assistant Editor Julie He Content Editors Justine Johnston La-Dana Manhertz Copy Editors Lydia Hali Kil Frances Hikosaka Layout Editors Amanda Pereira Daniela Vasilescu Ifthia Haque Writers Justine Johnston Annum Bokhari Harrison Dahme Brian Ogilby James Sinclair Ryan Jones Sean Kavanaugh Siwei Chen Max Cadmus Najvaa Amin Marie Yung Alyssa James Ruichen Zhu Matt Giovinazzo Amanda Pereira Jasmine Attfield Debbie Molnar Frances Hikosaka Christine Mitchell Steve Masse Photo Credits Thomas Chung Harrison Dahme Annum Bokhari Other Contributors/Geriatric Ward Athmika Punja Heather McCann
Dearest Woodsworth, It’s that time of year again, the leaves are changing colours, girls’ skirts are gradually getting longer (although some girls still resist the temperature change with short hemlines, pretending summer is eternal), and midterms are underway. Yes, folks it’s fall or l’automne for you good, bilingual Canadians. I find fall a useful analogy to The Howl. We’re in our second year as a publication, and like any good sophomore we’ve learned from the mistakes of first year. We may be the youngest publication on campus, but for a Woodsworth publication making it to the second year of print is a good sign. Sure, we’re sophomoric, but this just means we can get away with being pretentious and juvenile at the same time. Besides, being serious all the time does have its drawbacks. As a publication we’re still figuring out our place amongst the myriad of other student publications at U of T. In this issue there is have some good oldfashioned investigative reporting, some politics, rounded out with a dose of humour (after all it wouldn’t be The Howl without a bj or two). We have a rather spirted Frosh Review in this issue. I urge you to read the article with caution and avoid knee-jerk reactions. It’s only an opinion, but you have to look at the deeper reasoning behind it and consider the possibility of any underlying truths. These types of articles reflect the personal growth of The Howl, we’ve come a long way in terms of content since last year, blowjobs are no longer our primary concern. We’re here to print what you, the students, want to say. Want to write, edit, design layout or have a comment about this issue? Send me an email at publications@mywcsa. com, we can always use an extra hand and a fresh perspective. Rachel Rogier
The Red Carpet Treatment Stella Artois’ “Unseen Contest” gave 52 individuals the opportunity of a lifetime on September 17th 2009 to experience the Toronto International Film Festival from an insider’s perspective. It was a simple luck of the draw that occurred on a random Thursday evening at the Bedford Academy that allowed me to experience this glamorous night. Stella had dispatched two of their brand ambassadors to hand out free beers in an attempt to find individuals to attend the event (really, who would have refused?). My good friend Farrah won and then chose me to accompany her (I’ll be honest, she didn’t have much of a say in the matter). The night began with a limo pick up at Front and John St. where we met all of the other contest winners. After some brief introductions, we piled into two limousine coaches (which were stocked with an abundance of Stella’s) and made our way over to the Drake for some appetizers and, once again, more free beer. There we mingled, ate, drank and had a Q & A session with Reginald Harkema (director of Leslie, My Name is Evil) who gave us his insights on what it was like to direct a movie and take part in the film festival. Soon after we were sent back into the limousines and rushed off to Roy Thompson Hall for the main event of the evening, a gala premiere of Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky—an absolutely riveting performance, in French, of the love affair that occurred between the two in the early 1900s. Once there, we had the opportunity to pose on the red carpet for some paparazzi-type-shots before we were escorted to the area Stella had reserved for us. The show began with a short speech by the director of the film, Jan Kounen followed by another speech by Mads Mikkelsen, the main actor. The movie was incredible with some thoroughly graphic shots of Mikkelsen that I’m sure no one minded. The film got a little slow towards the end though, but that might have also been all the Stella’s inside of us complaining. I also heard complaints from fellow contest winners about having to read subtitles the entire time, but I chalk that up to either ignorance—or again, the Stella’s that had started pouring in at 5:00pm . Our final stop of the night was at Flow Lounge in Yorkville for the VIP after party where, you guessed it, we were provided with complimentary Stella’s to complete the night. The winners had their own section just off the dance floor and we continued to feel pampered until the very end. The crowd there was a little older than expected but a good time was had by all. I had a wonderful night and although I haven’t been able to drink any Stella since, I’d like to thank Stella Artois for the opportunity to dress up and party with festival insiders!
By Annum Bokhari
Dundas Street West Running through the heart of downtown Toronto, Dundas Street West is located between Queen Street and College Street. It cuts through several important areas, including Dundas/Yonge and Chinatown at Spadina, as well as borders of Kensington Avenue. There are many delightful restaurants, art galleries and other venues, so if you’re on Dundas, the following places are worth checking out. Yonge-Dundas Square is a popular site for festivals, protests, and street performances. If you stop by in the evening, the Square is illuminated by many giant advertisements on the surrounding buildings. On most nights, you can pull up a chair and watch a live music or dance performance. Arts at the Heart features artisans selling their home-made products on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and continues until October 18th. This is not something you want to miss. On the north side of YongeDundas Square, you can catch a movie at AMC Theatres. Purchase your tickets on the main level and ride the escalators to the third floor. The building can be slightly confusing, but there are many places to grab a quick meal or a coffee in the food court. AMC is a new theatre with very comfortable seats, and
live music • festivals • home-made • artisans • AMC
generally plays new releases and blockbusters. One of the best parts at this theatre is that when you buy your soda and popcorn, you can butter your own popcorn at the condiment stations.
are tons of deals to Montreal, New York, and Niagara Falls. Just remember: the earlier you book, the cheaper it will be.
Pizzaiolo serves gourmet Italian pizza, as well as the usual Located on the south side of side orders like calzones, Yonge-Dundas Square, the al- wings, breads and salads. It ways fashionable Hard Rock offers a variety of meat and vegetarian pizzas, including Café has a wonderful menu three vegan choices. Their for those looking for North American inspired foods. It’s selection of vegetarian and vegan pizzas are some of best no surprise that the burgers in the city. Pizzaiolo is open are delicious, but there are many other flavourful dishes late and you can order takeout or dine in. Check them to choose from. However, out online at www.pizzaiola. the real treats are the decadent deserts so if you decide ca. to stop in at the Hard Rock Taking up an entire city Café, make sure to try one. block, The Art Gallery of If you’re looking for swag, Ontario boasts 110 galleries check out their gift shop which sells “Hard Rock Café and more than 4000 works of art. Permanent exhibits Toronto” gear. include Canadian (Thomson Collection of Canadian Spring Rolls, on the corner Art), African, European, of Dundas and Bay, is an and Oceanic artwork. There Asian chain restaurant that are also temporary exhibits serves delicious spring rolls that change throughout the and a variety of other qualyear. The AGO also has a ity dishes. Depending on restaurant and a café as well your entrée, a meal can cost as a shop where you can buy anywhere between $11 and prints of paintings found $25. For the stylish décor and relaxing atmosphere, it is throughout the museum. The AGO regularly costs $10 for well worth the trek. full-time students with a valid ID, and $18 for adults. HowThe Toronto Bus Terminal (Greyhound, Coach Canada, ever, on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8:30pm entrance to Mega Bus) is conveniently the AGO is free. It is advislocated on Dundas Street West. If you’re feeling over- able to go early, as this night can be quite crowded. whelmed by the city, or just want a weekend break, there
Across the street from the AGO is the unique art gallery, Art Square. Art Square features temporary exhibits from mostly Canadian artists and sculptors, as well as a fantastic café (open 10am to 10pm). The café has outdoor and indoor seating areas and serves delicious crepes (averaging $9), chocolates, fresh juices and coffee drinks. The exotic fruit crepe is filled with mango, pineapple, papaya, and is served with your choice of vanilla or chocolate ice cream. Much farther down Dundas Street at 156 Augusta Ave, you will find Function 13 gallery. Function 13 has quite the selection of t-shirts, local consignment art, hard-to-find books, magazines, DVDs and school supplies. There are also regular exhibits – Colours of Nature by Erik Natzke opened September 26, and will run until November 8th. Function 13 also offers courses through the Rich Media Institute, which teach flash design, toy making, and digital music. With new merchandise arriving every week, it is worth the trip, especially for the 10% student discount (with ID). Check out www.function13.ca for more information. Open Mondays to Saturdays at 11 to 7 and Sundays 11 to 6.
popcorn • festivals • Hard Rock Cafe • Spring Rolls • Toronto Bus Terminal
WOODSWORTH LOOKS FORWARD TO UNVEILING NEW STUDENT HUB
By Steve Masse and Jasmine Attfield
Woodsworth, founded in 1974, has gone through an awkward phase and over the past decade has begun to come into its own (not much unlike ourselves). The focal point of Woodsworth’s new-found identity and is the renovation of Kruger Hall is getting transformed from a blank canvas, used only as a last-resort study room and exam hall into a dynamic and engaging atmosphere where students can do all of the things which are part of student life: study (comfortably), meet new friends, meet with friends, hold meetings, debate, and laugh. Our hope for Kruger Hall is that it will be a destination for you while you are at Woodsworth as well as a pleasant memory once you have left. Like Robarts Library, Sidney Smith Hall or Hart House, we would like Kruger Hall to be a symbol of what it was to attend Woodsworth College. You might wonder whether or not such a goal is too ambitious, but we believe that where our College’s youth has, at times, been its weakness in that it is not as recognizable an institution as many of the other colleges, it serves us in this endeavor. We will never be able to build a 200-year-old building and it would be odd for us to attempt to build something in the same style as the old one. Instead, we have the opportunity to be innovative and to create a space that is both contemporary and welcoming at the same time—a space that is designed for modern students. The approximate deadline for completion will be late October and the Hall will be used as a social-space. It can be used for studying along with hosting events and meetings. The space will have comfortable sofa chairs as well as desks and booths. The Hall will also have separate rooms for meetings along with a small second floor mezzanine. The mezzanine is an open concept and it will look out onto the buzzing ground floor of Kruger Hall (which will, no doubt, be an interesting view for studying and people-watching) and the lobby of Woodsworth College. This is an exciting time for Woodsworth College and we are hoping that you will join us in taking full advantage of this landmark accomplishment in Woodsworth’s history. This space will be an architectural right of passage and we are excited to celebrate such an accomplishment because it reminds us that we can take part in creating Woodsworth tradition.
WHAT IS A MATURE STUDENT? by Christine Mitchell and Debbie Molnar of MatSA What is a mature student? As co-founders and co-presidents of the U of T Mature Students Association (MatSA), we are asked this question often. The university defines a mature student as one who is over the age of 25. By this definition alone, nearly 35% (more than one third!) of all Woodsworth College students the 2008/2009 school year were mature students. Since we founded MatSA in August 2008, we have come to realize that being a mature student is about age differences, absolutely, but it’s also about lifestyle differences. We prefer to define a mature student as someone who did not take the traditional route to university. Perhaps you never graduated from high school (like Christine) and spent many years in the workforce (like both of us), or perhaps you married young (like Debbie) and had children. Or maybe, you were just not ready to attend university right out of high school and felt that you needed some life experiences first (like Debbie). Or first you raised a family, had a career, became a grandparent, and then decided to come to university. Whatever the case may be, MatSA realizes that mature students cannot be identified simply by their age or the way that they look. It’s about what an individual’s lifestyle and experiences mean to them and whether they identify themselves as a mature student. Every mature student has a “mature student moment” that they’ve lived to tell about. Whether you’ve been mistaken for the professor (like Christine), or a direct-entry student thought you lived in family housing with your mother and not your husband (like Debbie), we’ve probably been there and so have our many members. If you identify as a mature student, we’d love to see you out at our events!
by Brian Ogilby and Sean Kavanaugh
Hey Woodsworth! Welcome back – or welcome to a new school year. Aside from all the horrendous readings and labs we get shoved in our face this time of year, we need some relaxation time to help take our mind off the cruelty of university. Like most students, we can’t wait for the weekend to begin. So we have complied a list of the top 5 bars on campus for you to check out this fall.
The Madison Pros: • sweet patio • rich dudes • piano man/live music every floor • looks really cool and has nice furniture • $10 pitchers, $.25 wings • no cover • has a hotel attached if… • my buddy told me Elisha Cuthbert goes there
Cons: • 21+ Fridays and Saturdays • easy to get lost if you’re hammered • really crowded
Best day to party: Friday/Saturday
Brunny Pros: • lots of drunk girls and guys • big dance floor to get your grind on • cheap cover • play a lot of music with ‘flava’
Cons: • big line up • guy in the washroom asking for mon ey (who hands out soap and towels) • lots of annoying drunk people • there’s a step leading down to the dance floor on the northeast side where people fall • vip area looks like the handicap sec tion • bartenders don’t wear low enough shirts
Best Day to Party: Thursday
James Joyce Pros:
Pros • live music 365 days a year • kitchen is open late • free wifi • awesome food & drink specials every night • Sundays; open mic at 10
• nachos are amazingly fucken good • they have WWE on TV and all the cool people love that shit • cheap beer if you like Nicklebrook • nice paintings
Cons: Cons • no dance floor to build jiggyness Best Day to party: Sundays
• the soap in the washroom is always out • they use one-ply toilet paper • a lot of dudes – nerdy dudes Best Day to Party: Thursdays or in between ancient poetry class
Molly Blooms Pros: • sweet Monday karaoke • cheap pints • lots of Guiness • they play rugby on TV
Cons: • washrooms are upstairs, which makes things hard when you’re drunk • drunk girls suck at karaoke and some times you get douchbag frat boys singing Enrique Iglesias
What Not To Wear Top (or, rather, bottom) 10 Halloween Costumes
1. Kanye West – You know what’s worse than being a douche bag? Dressing up like one (not literally… well actually, yeah, if you literally did that it would be pretty close). Think of a food you particularly dislike. Something utterly disgusting. This is Kanye. And do you know what that makes you? The generic, no name version. The “drink” or “beverage” to his “juice”. You’re the No Frills brand of douche bag. That’s a new low. And to make matters worse, those ridiculous sunglasses they sell at every corner of Chinatown originated from Kanye’s face. At least he wasn’t wearing them at the VMAs. But for obvious reasons, he’s still a douche bag. And so are you.
acter – You wouldn’t want to be mistaken for a Trinity student, would you? Didn’t think so. ‘Nuff said.
2. Any Harry Potter Char-
4. Breathalyser – Have you
3. The Opposite Sex – It all starts off well and good. You’re all dressed in drag, inciting laughs with your short dress and hairy legs. Then a few days later, you realize that women’s underwear are pretty comfy (though why you felt the need to include the underwear is beyond me; I’ll assume it’s because you’re thorough and dedicated). Next thing you know, you’re skipping classes to hit up J C Penny sales and your shoe collection has expanded tenfold. The snowball effect is a dangerous thing, my friend.
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ever seen the picture of the “Ultimate D-Bag?” The guy with the popped collar and the Asian characters tattooed to his forearm? You’re now him. Times a hundred. Maybe more. I was never very good at math. First of all it’s not clever if you buy your jokes off a shelf. Secondly, any women you attract with that thing (and let’s face it, Halloween is all about getting some action – or so I’ve been told) have diseases you haven’t heard of. I guarantee it. 5. The Backwards Man – In the world of Halloween costumes, there is a fine line between brilliantly clever and helmet-wearing retarded. You are on the wrong side of this line by leaps and bounds. This costume rivals the ghost
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as far as a cop out (at least with the ghost you could have something surprising on underneath – like nothing, right?) and requires no thought or effort. You simply throw on some clothes backwards, maybe some shades on the back of your head and you’re off. You have foolishly failed to account for the reduced crotch room that accompanies backwards pants and spend the evening waddling about awkwardly. If you wore your shoes backwards, I might give you a little credit. Maybe. But regardless, your costume fails. It’s time to go home. 6. An employee from a chain corporation – Alright, so you’ve whittled away all of your time studying, partying and levelling up World of Warcraft (everyone does it, right?) and before you know it, Halloween is upon you. Narrowly dodging the public pants-pissing level disaster that is the ghost costume, you opt to deck yourself out in
your McDonald’s uniform. Though this is passable in your mind, you have failed to take into account that your friends aren’t stupid and will pounce at the opportunity to call you out, dumbass. On the other hand, if your costume is the frightening image of your dismal burger-flipping life, then maybe you deserve a little more credit. But I doubt it. And you’re still a dumbass. 7. Ghost –A sheet with holes does not a costume make. Unless you’re Charlie Brown. Barring that, your costume is rather bland and flavourless: the Bran Flakes of the costume world. If you’re willing to ruin some perfectly good sheets (and more importantly, togas) in your aspiration to mediocrity, then more power to you. But if you’d like to rise up in the costume world, try incorporating opposable thumbs this year. I’m just saying. 8. Pimp – You’re a middle
class suburban white kid with more money and teenage angst than you know how to manage. So what do you go as? Why, a pimp of course. Sadly, for you, the days of glamorized pimping are dead and gone, leaving behind only the skid mark that is your costume in their wake. Unless you roll up in a Cadillac with a ‘ho’ on each arm, please put the cane down. Disclaimer: I must stress the quotation marks around the word ‘ho’ indicating the non-literal use of the word. There’s a time and place for everything, and it’s called college. Oh wait... 9. Hippie – You came back from Batman, loved it, and still had the foresight not to opt for the most obvious solution this Halloween. So you’ve smoked a bit of the green stuff, and you think you’re pretty much at peace with the world, ready to take on the evil corporations. A quick tie dye job and a flower and you’re ready to go.
While I hate to be the bearer of bad news, you’re no hippie. Unless you’ve refrained from showering for a year and spent the last month wacked out on LSD, you’re really only half-assing it. If you have done these things, I’m impressed you’re still in school. Either way, the 60’s are over. Leave it that way. 10. The Joker –This one just had to be said and gotten out of the way. I saw Batman. So did you. So did that odour ridden gentleman next to you who took his hippie costume a little too far. The point is that it may have been socially relevant last year (and by socially relevant, I of course mean ridiculously overdone), but the moment has passed. Men (and perhaps women), there’s a time to reuse and recycle and this is not one of them. Also, that Joker impression of yours – the one all your friends said was really good. It isn’t. Trust me, I know. Please stop.
LSD • green stuff • costume fail • burger-flipper • douchebag
By Siwei Chen
A Historical Japanese Election by Frances Hikosaka Imagine you are about to graduate from University; imagine you have already been accepted for a full time position at a prestigious company. You have nothing to worry about. Then, you get a letter saying that your job acceptance has been revoked as the company has been affected by the recent economic recession. This is what happened to Japanese university students as job acceptance revocations swept across Japan in the spring of 2009. Shock and anger were felt, not to mention fear over what does the future hold for them? On August 30th, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) won by a landslide against the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), making Yukio Hatoyama the new Prime Minister of Japan. This was a historical moment as change like this rarely happens in a culture where patience is the attitude taken by most towards life. It was time for change, however. People finally had enough. Japan never fully recovered from the Asian economic crisis of the 80s, and this recession struck a chord with its citizens. As a result, the Liberal Democratic Party was fired after 54 years of almost non-stop reign over the nation. Just as President Obama captured the attention of the young people, saying, “It is time for change,” this recession brought the idea of change to the young students of Japan as their futures were at stake. Politics could no longer left to be discussed by adults and public officials; it was time to be serious. Prime Minister Hatoyama now
has to step up to the plate and take a swing at rebuilding Japan. For the Democrats, this is a dream come true after many years of slowly building their strength in numbers. The DPJ was formed in 1998 as four fractional parties merged into one to compete against the majority party, the Liberals. A few days before the election, Yukio Hatoyama published an essay in the New York Times. The essay, “A New Path for Japan,” spoke against U.S. market fundamentalism and encouraged Japan to increase domestic demands within the country rather than to rely on exports. It also talked about the importance of local communities, and the need to form a tighter bond with other Asian countries. In spite of the excitement for change, Japan is still conscious of its gloomy path, which is unlikely to change without a fight. Firstly, the Baby Boomers generation is getting closer to the age of retirement at which point, the country’s medical expenditures will have to increase. Secondly, birth rates are still declining in Japan. To put it simply, more people will be leaving the work force and less people will be entering. You do the math; this does not exactly spell out economic growth. The number of people young enough to stay in the work force and contribute to the nation’s resources will continue to decline. More medical care, fewer working people means a hike in taxes. There is no doubt that Japan will have to find ways to increase the number of workers to stimulate its economy. PM Hatoyama is pushing for better childcare policies to promote an increase in birth rates. With Japan facing a public debt of 200 percent of its GDP, however, it will
be difficult to find the funds without worsening the already crippled state of Japan finances and economics. Furthermore, while increasing birth rates are needed, this approach alone cannot stop taxes from increasing horrifically. The rapidity with which the population is aging calls for a solution that shows more immediate results. It will be difficult for Japan to recover from the economic recession without facing the fact that Japan needs to increase the size of its work force by allowing more immigrants into Japan. For a society that is still highly homogenous, this idea is heavily resisted. Despite Prime Minister Hatoyama’s declaration for a revolutionary change, promoting increased immigration seems to be the last thing on his mind. He is calling for Japan to develop and cherish its East Asian identity. A truly “new path for Japan,” however, would be one that is open to immigration. Potentially leading Japan to improved economic development. Students in Japan will now have to pay closer attention to the daily political discourses, in order to make sure politicians have students’ interests in mind. Their interests now lie in a future where jobs are scarce; yet, students are expected to financially support the elderly. With an already full plate on their hands, how can they be expected to afford to have children? Young or old, the citizens of Japan must accept and promote a cultural change towards diversity in order to create a truly revolutionary change to save Japan and their future.
By: Alyssa James At the end of the last school year, UTSU elections left the St. George campus disheartened and frankly, a little pissed off. Rather than telling UTSU they are irrelevant, such as in previous years, this last election encouraged a lot of debate around the slates and UTSU. But in the end, after the ballots were counted, UTSU constituents demanded access. Here, I explore exactly what their demands are:
At last year’s Annual General Meeting, the most prominent issue facing students was lack of transparency and communication. Students requested that meeting minutes be posted online or at least made available without objections and distrust. To facilitate the posting of these minutes online, UTSU constituents were looking forward to a new website. During candidate speeches, Vice President of Internal and Services Adnan Najmi boldly declared a new website could be created in one week. Hopefully, this comes to fruition soon.
Connecting with Students
Last year, Team Demand Access faced a lot of criticism for being out of touch with students. I believe this stems from a lack of visibility of the incumbent Executive. To remedy the situation, it would be appreciated if UTSU Executives set up regular office hours. For example, it would be useful to know that I can talk sustainability with Adam Awad, Vice President of University Affairs, between the hours of 3PM and 5PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On that note, numerous students have found UTSU to be nepotistic and exclusive. I have seen an effort from them this year to let students know that their voice can be heard during Commission meetings. Many criticized that UTSU campaigns were simply parroted CFS campaigns; however, it is at these Commission meetings that grassroots movements will begin. I urge the Executive to open their minds to students who have concerns that are not already on the UTSU agenda.
Empowering the Board of Directors
Yes, the Executives who meet regularly are in the know and get all the glory (or shame, depending on how the year went), but it is the faculty and college directors who are the most knowledgeable about what students want. Seeing as they regularly attend their respective student association meetings, they are the ones who have a clearer idea of what students want. The Executive habit of holding multiple proxy votes not only compels directors to hand over their obligation, but often discourages others from even attending meetings. The Board of Directors is supposed to be the highest governing body of an association, not the Executive. Share those proxies and put some power back into the hands of your constituents.
Kudos to Sandy Hudson, President of UTSU, for pushing for a fair deal in the TA strike and her work on Toward 2030 last year. Now let’s get moving on that Student Commons initiative that passed two years ago! Students voted for a levy (which doesn’t happen often: WCSA can attest to that), so some updates on its progress would be immensely useful. With the new consciousness about UTSU on campus, they face much more scrutiny than in the past (hard to believe, I know). Foremost, they should keep in mind the people they represent and try to appeal to wide array of students. I hope that UTSU took note of the election results last year and recognize how tenuous their support base on the St. George campus is. Here’s to new beginnings!
Just a quick note on what UTSU offers: - Discounted MetroPasses - ISIC cards - Agendas - Discounted tickets for Wonderland, Cineplex and AMC Theatres, and Yuk Yuk’s - Book Bursaries - Food for all Garden
Join one of the UTSU Comissions! Campus Life Commission University Affairs Commission Sustainability Commission Equity Commission External Commission
i am c.f.s.
by Athmika Punja
In late September, the McGill Daily reported that students at McGill, Concordia, Dawson, Western, Windsor, Carleton, Guelph, Trent, Kwantlen, University of Victoria, Calgary, and Regina were circulating petitions to leave the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). It is absolutely vital that we, as students, are informed as to what this means and why we should care. Every student at the University of Toronto is a member of the CFS: represented by the University of Toronto Students’ Union (U.T.S.U.), the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU), or the Association of Part-Time
Undergraduate Students (APUS). Alongside 84 other student unions, each group holds one vote at both a provincial and national level. Those votes are cast by the elected students from their respective schools. For instance, Local 98 of the CFS is the University of Toronto Students’ Union which represents the fulltime undergraduate students here. Currently, Hadia Akhtar is the VP External on UTSU, meaning she is the person elected to speak for you at CFS meetings. The CFS builds their mandate based on what those voices say and how their votes are cast. Its structures function at provincial and national levels to ensure effective
researching, organizing, and lobbying across the country. Meetings are also a heck of a lot shorter this way— Instead of a week, they only take 3 full days. The fervent naysayers collecting signatures to leave the CFS pose a huge risk to the strength and validity of the Canadian student movement. In their attempt to build a case against the CFS, they criticize the organization’s alleged aggressive use of litigation, the progressive nature of its campaigns, and lack of transparency. It is essential that we, as students, recognize why this is a bunch of horseshit.
local or run in the next election. Leaving the Federation and all of its invaluable work on education and services because of one issue that may or may not be on your campus is a bit of an overreaction. Side note: I’m no feminist but it is medieval to pretend like we should be debating a woman’s control over her body. I say kudos to the CFS for not taking crap 500,000 is the number of students from people who call themselves the in the CFS. It is huge when it comes Genocide Awareness Project. I mentioned services—being a CFS to the resources and manpower that entails. Not only does it give us the member saves you a lot of money. ability to lobby the government on Look up Travel Cuts, ISIC card, behalf of students, it provides us with National Student Health Network, the a unique bulk-purchasing power. Studentsaver Discount Card in your Look beyond those ethically made agenda, to get an idea of how much. t-shirts, water bottles, agendas etc. Leaving the CFS is just miserly We get ridiculously cheap health because you benefit from their insurance: a third of the cost non- successes without actually having to CFS members pay for the same if not pay for it or doing any of the work. fewer services. I don’t see any other This brings me to why there are organization stepping up to the plate students who want to leave the CFS. with the same collective strength or It’s generally because they’ve put so values of affordable, post-secondary much time into the extracurricular education. If this does not continue that they need to do something really or is hindered in any way, it poses important to validate those hours and a serious threat to the future of that hours. education. The American student This brings me to the next criticism movement, for instance, is all but they make - that not all 500,000 non-existent. Flat fees is just baby fat students are allowed to attend a to the obesity of the States’ private CFS meeting. Transparency is up education system. to member locals. Period. Your
And the losing candidates from every local. It would get ugly fast and not a lot would get done. It makes sense to have the people we elect attend on behalf of the student body. If you do not like their work, stage a coup at the local level.
local student union has everything from audited financial statements, meeting minutes, to policy binders, to campaign information. If you want them, go ask. There are about 80 votes that get cast at a national meeting. Each member local brings two to eight representatives. Now imagine if those meetings were open. Imagine that two different media outlets from each school showed up. Next it would be the local pro-lifers. Then the hippies from the Sustainability Club. And, all the over achievers looking to get a little taste of politics.
But, if you are hearing some of the criticisms, try and encourage some fact checking. The CFS is in the tough predicament of having to constantly defend themselves against groups that can say anything they want to, even slander or libel. I didn’t want this article to go into the specific campaigns and successes of the CFS, but I hope it gives you an idea of the structure and what it advocates. Most importantly, it should say that effective student representation at a national and provincial level is something we cannot do without.
When I first started this article, I detailed the money-saving services, the structures, student perspectives, psychology of naysayers, etc., in an effort to explain why student membership in the organization was so vital. Needless to say, this was a task too large for this article, so if you want more specifics, google it. This is just my two cents.
That covers the assertion that students do not need the CFS. The critics will then say, “But the CFS is pro choice!” There is often much ado and uproar over some of the stances adopted at CFS meetings arguing that they do not reflect the values of all students. Let me be clear; the CFS does not hand out binding directives to student unions. Support for a campaign simply means generating materials and resources available for schools that want to participate. If you find a campaign you disagree with, take it up with your member
There are very few student memberships to which we say “Gee whiz, that sounds important”. I should know, having dabbled a bit in the world of student politics. Res council, WCSA, UTSU, and the CFS are some of the venues that have had the pleasure of my company in some capacity or the other. Anyways, my involvement specifically does not matter. This is a fact that a couple hours of therapy helped me come to terms with. All the groups I listed are for the most part collecting fees from Woodsworth students, unless you’re part-time (APUS, not UTSU) or a commuter (not res council). Most of them matter for a limited period of time, varying between how long it takes you to get hammered at a pancake kegger and the time you spend in a Metropass line. It’s no surprise that our interest in their socalled ‘politics’ is weak at best. The CFS is out there and it is working for you. Get involved. If you don’t, no worries—they will keep going.
HE’S REALLY NOT THAT IN By: James Sinclair, Brian Ogilby, Sean Kavanaugh, and Ryan Jones
Relationships can be a lot of work. Between classes, studying, work, extra-curricular activities, jerking off, and watching sports, it is often difficult to carry on a relationship with someone, even if you still kind of want to bang them. Ending relationships can be a very complicated process. In fact, guys will even act like shitty boyfriends so that they don’t have to be the one breaking it off. With this in mind, after having a few beers and checking out some porn, we have contrived a list of the top sixteen indications that your boyfriend is not that into you. Editors Note: There used to be 20.
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Masturbation is more than just a hobby. Example: He can’t have sex cause he’s already jerked off, like, three times already. He stops putting effort into your dates. Example: a romantic “dinner and bang” at the Keg has been replaced by “fast food and bj” at Whopper Wednesdays When you ask him to dance at the Brunny, he takes drastic steps to avoid it. Example: you grab his hand and drag him to the dance floor, while walking he blindsides a bouncer in the back of the head, causing a brawl during which, he gets kicked out. But, it’s totally cool cause he doesn’t have to dance with you. Sweet. When he talks about you around his buddies, he refers to you as “that girl I’m banging.” Example: “Hey Red, you know who’s really annoying? That girl I’m banging.” He has convinced you that putting a paper bag over your head during foreplay is ‘kinky”. Example: He puts a paper bag over your head during foreplay and tells you it’s “kinky”. He encourages you to get in touch with your ex-boyfriend. Example: “Remember that douche bag exboyfriend you had? You guys should hang out again. He was super cool.”
His excuses for not hanging out with you seem unlikely. Example: He tells you that he can’t come over for sexual intercourse because he has to do laundry with Nana.
The only time he calls you is for a booty call. Example: He calls you at 3:30 am after getting hammered at his buddy’s house and asks to come over for sex. He would rather do something lame than hang out with you. Example: You invite him over to watch Everybody Loves Raymond, and he decides to play squash with Steve Holden and Zack Besner.
He is in a relationship with one of his buddies on Facebook just so he doesn’t have to confirm a relationship with you. Example: “Sorry honey, I can’t change it, Ryan would be soooooo pissed.”
He frequently lies about where he is. Example: He tells you that he’s staying in cause he’s “mad tired,” but really he’s going to the Maddy with some “homies”.
Instead of playing your song during sex he puts on “I hate everything about you” by Three Days Grace.
He has a negative outlook on your future. Example: You ask him what he wants for Christmas two days before, and he replies with “Oooh….I don’t think it’s a good idea to look too far in advance.” He does not seem enthused when you two see each other after several hours apart. Example: Instead of kissing you, he gives you a high five and says “Alright, perfs”.
He does not end phone calls with “I love you” anymore. Example: You say “I love you, bye” and he replies “Later, bro”.
He tries to get you to cheat on him. Example: He gets you really drunk and tells you it would be cool if you banged his buddy.
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While this seems somewhat negative, it’s not all bad. We have also provided a list of the Top 5 excuses your boyfriend uses that should not worry you.
During an intimate conversation he begins talking about his fantasy baseball team. Worry not. He is still probably into you, he’s probably just nervous about the draft because he’s not sure whether he will get Pujols top 5.
He tells you he can’t hang out because the Leafs are on. Not a big deal. If he missed Luke Schenn level some dude because he was hanging out with you, he’d be kicking himself for weeks.
He says his sexual fantasy is to have a threesome with another girl. This is basically every guy’s sexual fantasy and if you could satisfy this, he’ll be eating you out for weeks.
He asks to have a guys’ night. No big deal. He just needs to make jokes about hilarious shit that he can’t really make around you cause its really stupid.
End of the night phone conversations are not as “fruitful”. It’s totally cool. People just don’t like talking on the phone when they’re tired – it sucks balls.
Don’t get me started on Student Politics at the University of Toronto, because I’ll bore you and get myself into trouble, all at once. I will speak on the matter of politics of sex on campus, even including an account of my personal love life.
Politics AT UofT
It’s the beginning of the year, which means that new blood is running through the veins of the University of Toronto. Like a vampire, this campus can only stay youthful by sucking the youth out of its new victims. Those of us who have been away for the summer get bombarded with propositions from people more than willing to take advantage of the fact that you’ve been staying at your parents’ for the summer and likely have not been laid in months. Frosh was the perfect opportunity to get wasted for a week with no chance that your partner, or your unfortunate self, would remember the blessed event. If you missed out on that opportunity to get un-backed-up, don’t you worry, there is still time. Once the student associations across campus have finished putting on frosh, they will start putting on club nights, pub nights and poetry readings. Marketed as fantastic opportunities to network and meet potential study group members, these events are, in actuality, nothing more than weekly celebrations of Thursday and, for that matter, Friday and Saturday… and Tuesday and Wednesday… but never Monday. Never. For one thing: even the Good Lord needed a day of rest, and for another, who would attend those meetings at frats and sororities across campus? Speaking of Greek Communities, without their presence on campus, it would be a lot more difficult to get laid. One finds, after having been hit on by enough frat boys, that each frat has its own unique way of picking up girls… like a calling card. The ploys range from fake desperation, which allows you to think that you have the upper hand (until you don’t anymore), to the highly sophisticated technique of being just enough of an asshole to hook you in by making you want to fix him. At present, I have fallen victim to some kind of hybrid of both the former and the latter techniques. The engineer of this new approach is, surprisingly, not in a fraternity; but I would be not at all surprised to find out that he is selling his tactics to them. The result of my having become enamored with this boy is that instead of concentrating in class and reading (incredibly poorly written, for the record) science textbooks, I find myself writing articles like these. All of this exacerbated by the fact that I have not been laid in months and that I can’t force myself to bring home a random because I am too committed to the pursuit of “him”… that elusive one guy who makes you feel like you might actually be able to pull off the monogamy thing this time. Unfortunately for me, my “him” has a “her,” leaving me celibate and quite unable to accomplish anything… not that I do not consider this article a very fine accomplishment indeed. Until next time!
The Woodsworth Athletics Committee (WAC) by Siwei Chen The Woodsworth Athletics Committee (WAC) is now in full swing with enthusiastic committee members ready to take this year’s intramurals to new heights. With the conclusion of captains’ meetings in September, the schedules have been set, tryouts are done, and games are underway! Unfortunately, even this early into the season, we have encountered a few speed bumps. As many of you are now aware, the Wolfpack currently lacks both a soccer and Ultimate Frisbee team this year. We at WAC would like to take this opportunity to fully outline what happened with those sports. According to intramural regulations, a team is granted automatic re-entry into the league so long as it finishes in the top 75% of last year’s league standings. Unfortunately, neither of our Div 1 Soccer teams, nor our Div 1 Ultimate Frisbee team made the cut. Our less than stellar rankings last year were a result of two things: losses and defaults. Judging from the proportion of losses to wins in the men’s soccer and coeducational Ultimate Frisbee, the other division 1 teams are, to put it bluntly, more skilled (or rather, lucky) than we are. Compounding our woes were the defaults on games, which cause us to lose a point in the standings. Attendance is crucial and having
everyone just show up goes a long way. Because of our low standings last year, we attempted to improve our chances by entering a team in a lower division and thereby giving players a less competitive environment in which to improve their skills. If the team did well, it could then move up in division the following season. However, while successful teams are bumped up divisions, lower ranking teams are not moved down but rather ejected entirely and forced to re-enter with everyone else. The re-entry system requires any new or previously ejected team to ballot for a spot in the league (even for spots in lower divisions) via a random draw. The combination of certain colleges having multiple teams in one division and even more teams in other divisions, coupled with the large number of applicants vying for a spot in the draw makes openings in the league extremely few in number and difficult to come by. Consequently, we were unable to obtain teams in soccer and Ultimate Frisbee. So what can you do? Although some of the sports teams currently available may not have been your first choice, there is certainly always something to be gained from trying something new, and what Woodsworth needs most right now is participation and commitment in all of its present teams. Without this support, default
losses will continue to plague our program. Take for example the softball tournament on September 19. Turnout consisted of the friends and roommates of WAC and WCSA members with a sparse scattering of other Woodsworth students. This kind of athletic recruitment cannot continue for the rest of the year. There may have been some hesitation to come out because of unfamiliarity to the sport, but most of those who showed up that day had never played softball before, and very few knew the rules. Still, we did quite well. Plus, there was free pizza at the game and a post-game party that evening. While WCSA supplied the food and WAC provided the party venue, only Woodsworth students can make the game a success. Here at WAC, we will work with the Intramurals Sports Council (ISC) and express our concerns about the drawbacks of the current sporting and balloting system as well as continue to bust our backs to inform every one of you about games, practices, and everything concerning sports. However we need your help to fill those events because without you, there can be no sports. So, try a sport you’ve never tried before, come watch a game, and celebrate the students that are Woodsworth because our wood is worth it! See you at the game!
Pre-Election Tones Threaten Political Debate by Matt Giovinazzo On September 1st, Opposition Leader Michael Ignatieff held a press conference in Sudbury, Ontario. In front of a room full of supporters, he pretty much told Prime Minister Harper to start packing his things. “Mr. Harper, your time is up,” he said, and accused the Prime Minister of failing Canada on numerous fronts. Because of these failures, the Liberal Party would no longer support the government and would seek to topple Harper’s minority with a non-confidence vote at its first opportunity. While his partisan audience cheered, people across the rest of the country began to wonder just how soon it would be before we all went to the polls for the fourth time in five years. Are we really doing this again so soon? Up until September 16th it seemed that a federal election was imminent. Discussions about the fall of Harper’s government were not taking place in terms of “if” but in terms of “this week
or next week?” But then the Prime Minister found some friends in unlikely places. On the 15th, news came from Ottawa that the Bloc Quebecois would support the Conservative government because it approved of the idea of Home Renovation Tax Credits and wanted to see this proposal pass. Then on the following day, the New Democratic Party stated that they would also prop up Harper because he had “shown movement” on Employment Insurance initiatives which the NDP wanted to pass through Parliament. These friends are unlikely because during the Parliamentary crisis of earlier this year, when the Bloc and NDP had aligned with the Liberals to threaten the Conservatives, Prime Minister Harper had gotten into the habit of negatively referring to these parties as “separatists” and “socialists” respectively. The support they’re giving now is the result of classic deal making: everyone (except the Liberals) got a little of what they wanted. The support of either the Bloc or the NDP means that it is safe to assume that we will make it through at least October without an election. The relatively sudden swing in alliances between these three parties should not be disconcerting; that’s
politics. However, in the two weeks between Mr. Ignatieff’s announcement and the announcements that Harper had enough support to continue, there was a return of a practice in Canadian politics which makes me shake my head: I was watching TV one night when Michael Ignatieff appeared on my screen. He was sitting alone in a forest for some reason. He spoke in very noble terms about what Canada can and should be, and then he was gone. Campaign-esque political advertising, and yet there was no election over which to be campaigning. We’ve seen these before: earlier in the year when the PM prorogued Parliament to avoid defeat. Back then we were treated to ads which tried to convince us that Stephane Dion was not a leader, even though the GovernorGeneral had not asked any of us to choose one. I was upset by these ads then and now because I was under the impression that campaigning before an election had been called was illegal. I decided to get to the bottom of this. Turning to government websites, I reviewed the Canada Elections Act, the Federal Accountability Act, and the CRTC’s summary of election broadcasting policies. I could find nothing that explicitly forbade preelection political advertising, which of course means that this practice is legal. Indeed, I came across several articles that put a name to this practice (which also suggests its legality). They are called “pre-writ” advertisements. It seems that once an election has been called, mountains of regulations kick in which govern how much and where political parties can spend their money. Before an election, however, they are free to spend as much as they can afford on public service announcements. These ads also – based on my YouTube research
– have some substantive differences from “real” campaign ads. Campaign ads put forward party platforms and overtly suggest one should support a particular party, whereas these pre-writ ads simply either attack an opponent or prop up the party paying for them. If these advertisements are legal, why don’t they sit comfortably with the people I’ve spoken to and myself? The problem is that these pre-writ ads, more often than not, take the form of attack advertising. Attack advertising has become a time-honoured practice which dates back to Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 Presidential campaign in which an ad titled, “Daisy” juxtaposed a little girl picking flowers with a shot of a mushroom cloud implying that Johnson’s Republican rival Barry Goldwater would blow us all (but especially adorable blond kids) to smithereens if he became President. So attack ads are not new, but their use in pre-writ advertising takes the practice of undermining the credibility of an opponent over the airwaves out the usual forum of squabbling over election issues and into the realm of general political debate. During the Parliamentary crisis last January, the ads attacking Dion were designed to turn public opinion against him: he was weak, we were told, and so his ideas were probably bad ones. We as citizens could not vote on the outcome, but the government still wanted to generate disapproval for the Coalition’s threatening stance. Is every political debate going to turn out like this? Is a party going to release an ad telling us what idiots their opponents are every single time a vote in the House does not go their way? Attacks of this nature generally represent a turn to more American-style election strategies which focus more on the politicians than the politics. Think about the last American election. How many of us knew where either McCain or Obama actually stood on real issues other than Iraq? Not many. All that most of us knew were personal traits: McCain was a POW in Vietnam, and Obama was the son of a Kenyan man. But undermining a person instead of their policies is one of
Michael Ignatieff appeared on my screen. He was sitting alone in a forest for some reason. He spoke in very noble terms about what Canada can and should be, and then he was gone. the weakest argument styles one can employ. By attacking someone’s background or motives instead of what they’ve actually said, it gives the impression that you’re not smart enough to think of a way to refute them. Or more embarrassingly, their position is actually correct and you don’t want to admit it. Either way, it skirts around the real issues, and political debate in Canada doesn’t benefit when it starts revolving around something said 20 years ago when a candidate was pushing a mail cart in some law firm. Attack ads also have the potential of backfiring when their nasty tones are read the wrong way or are seen to go too far. An ad by the Progressive Conservatives in the 1993 federal election seemed to mock Jean Chretien’s partial facial paralysis, which he suffered after a childhood bout with Bell’s palsy. The fallout was immediate and devastating to the PC’s election campaign. The 1964 “Daisy” ad against Goldwater, by graphically invoking the prospect of nuclear war, tapped into Americans’ deepest fears of the day. Many were upset by it, but it ultimately helped Johnson win the election. Unfortunately most attack ads fit into this second category. Even the ones that freak people out still make them
wonder about the opponent enough to vote against them. Fear is a powerful motivator, and political parties continue to justify their use of attack ads by claiming that they work. But they don’t have to work. As Rick Mercer has pointed out, they are not necessary to win an election. Mercer’s example is Barack Obama. Here was a politician running for office in a country which is simply saturated with negative campaign strategies. Yet he ran on platforms of change and hope, of offering people a vision of how their country can be better. Senator Obama appealed to the best in his supporters in spite of the potential effectiveness of taking the low road, and now he is President Obama. Mercer suggests that our leaders can learn something from this, as can the rest of us. A federal election may no longer be imminent, but it certainly remains inevitable. We can also expect to see another round of these pre-writ ads and full-on negative campaign ads. But when an election does come around, we will have an opportunity to influence the outcome, and we should respond by not rewarding the parties that resort to these tactics.
Meet Chad. In the first instalment of “Meet your WCSA”, the Howl sat down with Woodsworth’s current male athletic director Chad Camacho for a conversation on (but not limited to) college athletics.
I’m hoping to host a variety of events for people who don’t exactly define themselves as athletes. I would like to engage them in athletics. We’ll have some Woodworth one-day tournaments like 3 on 3 basketball, dodgeball, Me: How do you do Chad? indoor soccer etc. I really want to Thank for taking time out of get them involved; maybe next your schedule for this interview. year they will feel confident enough to play for intramural teams. Chad: No problem. No problem at all. Me: These are all brilliant things; Me: What are your goals with but unfortunately there are some respect to Woodsworth Athletics this things that we can no longer look year, under your directorship? What forward to. Why do we not have sort of changes do you have in mind? a single soccer team this year?
Chad: The biggest problem, in my opinion, in the past is the lack of representation. I want people to be excited, to come out, to represent Woodsworth. Unfortunately for the last couple year we’ve been looked at as the default team.. My foremost goal is to develop through our athletics a sense of college pride.
Chad: In the last couple weeks, I have been really busy, dealing with the balloting system where we have lost out on a couple sports. We now have to pick up the pieces and deal with what we have.
The problem with the balloting system right now is that it gives preference to nobody. The first part that I’m in disagreement with is as long as Me: How do you intend to do this? you come outside of the top 75% These are some lofty ambitions. in your division you will in essence drop out of the league. You won’t Chad: These are definitely big go down a division, you just go out. ambitions. The first step is to improve the athletics in itself, to get people Then comes the ballot. In order for who wouldn’t usually come to events your team to get back into the league to be there. My idea is to blend you’ll need to ballot with up to 20 other the social and sporting aspects of teams looking to get into 2 spots in college life; such as having pregame each division. It is almost impossible. events where athletes get to mix with students who don’t necessarily The flaw there, for a team like associate themselves with sports. Woodsworth which is a college, is that in theory the team may never Me: What teams are on offer this get back into the intramural soccer year? What events are coming up? league. That obviously just can’t What do we have to look forward to? work and that is something that I am prepared to fight for at the end of Chad: We have some very promising the year at the next ISC [Intramural teams in the sports we do offer. Sports Committee] meeting. It’s the first year for Woodsworth flag football. What I’m looking to do is to change On the social aspect of my portfolio, things within the intramural system
itself to benefit the colleges and stop giving equal rights to independent teams. The core of the intramural system should be within college society not without [outside] of that. Our number goes in ato bag; somebody pulls out a number;. It is as simple as that. The system is very flawed. We are willing to fight for change in the future. As the rules of the Intramural Handbook stand now, if we don’t finish in the top 75% nothing will change. It is possible that Woodsworth soccer and other Woodsworth sport teams will just cease to exist. It is important for our student body to represent the college, to show up to the games, and to stay committed. Me: So any final words on Woodsworth athletics this year? On a higher note perhaps? Chad: Despite the fact that we are missing one of our biggest sports, we have a lot of talented people out there and, so far, a lot of representation. We have the fall tournaments coming up: badminton, broomball etc. – sports that Woodsworth has rather neglected in the past. Things are definitely going to start looking up for Woodsworth intramurals. I hope it continues along this way. - Ruichen Zhu
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Hazing was possibly one of the biggest concerns of my rush group during recruitment. Most houses do not engage in hazing – in one sorority, new members are not even allowed to answer the door or clean up after activities. Clearly this did not apply to the ladies from another house, who de-pledged last year following a Influenced by the “Break the Stereotype” campaign hazing incident involving the damage of most of their on campus and a general intrigue in the mystery of jewelry and material possessions. “Greeks”, I decided to go through the process of formal recruitment and join a sorority. As a rushee turned My first “mixer” with a fraternity was certainly pledge, I was able to gain access to interesting details fascinating. Neither crass nor lackluster, it definitely was of the chronicles of Sorority Row. What fraternity men not what I had envisioned. Themes such as “No Pants know, and what your “sisters” will share once you’re in, Party” (considered clever for its use of alliteration) and will keep you captivated for issues to come. “Anything but Clothes” are not only cinematic gems found on the silver screen, but are one sorority’s ideas I spent some time doing a little extra credit homework of a good time. One would imagine that donning boyprior to the beginning of recruitment. The process cut panties might hinder the ability to fulfill the original of formal recruitment is a structured one, and every purpose of sororities – that is, self-improvement and member is on her best behaviour. Prior to the first day of meaningful networking. Break the stereotype, my ass. recruitment, however, the sisters let their hair down and their tongues flap, particularly at the mansions of local While rushing, every house emphasizes a strict “dry” fraternities having their recruitment parties. Speculation house policy. Every sorority is supposed to be drug-, ranged from gangbangs to eating disorders to drug use, alcohol-, and boy-free. However, a walk past one house and those are just the plausible possibilities. late at night and the scent of marijuana is unmistakable. A look at the recycling bins on sorority row, and one will During recruitment, it was pretty easy to distinguish the find empty bottles of vodka, wine, and rum. Overheard studs from the duds. One house, whose social skills could at fraternity gatherings are men recounting stories of sex be described as marginal, may soon lose its status as a in bedrooms, on couches, and in bathrooms. University of Toronto sorority. With less than ten active members, it could be going out like acid wash jeans. So, do these women “Break the stereotype”? For now, In comparison to the other sororities, the recruitment I have rendered a rather shallow view of sororities. techniques were practically non-existent and the house Perhaps in the months to come I will discover that these unappealing. Considering how popular this particular are extraordinary women who will change the world; or sorority is with the boys, however, one would have perhaps it will become apparent they really are girls who thought it could have scouted new members, if for drink too much and grind too many poles at the Brunny. nothing more than this reason. More likely, they are just average university students with hefty stereotypes placed upon them because of the Hidden during recruitment, one house suffers from way they choose to make friends. Either way, I would like internal power struggles between the group of women more time to make up my mind. who hold the important offices and those who do not. The ruling faction has a stronghold over elections, and the rest are resentful. New recruits will soon have to pick a side or perish. Another house is seeing a collapse in sisterhood, following a rogue sister sharing secrets (or spreading rumours) with fraternity men involving sex for money and cocaine addictions. Another sorority’s members, reminiscent of the Stepford wives, all had the same answers and the same inexpressive gaze when asked about their house in relation to others. Perhaps brainwashing is a regular technique of their initiation procedure.
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Frosh? “Bring clothes for the day and evening tunes to each other. Their lecture events, and anything else you think consisted of constant reminders that you will need during frosh!”- That was frosh leaders should not have sex with a quick summary of all the messages first year students and not to provide sent to me from Facebook. How was minors with alcoholic beverages. At I supposed to prepare for my first year first, these two rules were very easy to at university!? What was I to bring? follow, since no one knew each other, Should I be all nerdy, because it’s U of but as the ice breakers went by, the T or should I dress skanky and make first year students got friendlier with more friends? Were they going to make each other and especially with their us sing stupid cheers and treat us as frosh leaders. By the time we got to if we were in grade one again? And our Sunday night event at Wetbar, let’s not forget the stupidest rule of all, first year students were pre drinking “Alcohol would on their own only be provided It only took a few hours in common for those 19+ and until I realized that every rooms, and no drinking with a wide in common Woodsworth student was vareity of rooms.” As I Not an alcoholic waiting for students. counted down to to mention frosh, I started a reason to drink! getting drinks to realize that from older this event was going to be a weekend people at the club, and eventually not of babysitters treating us like noobs. returning back to residence because Fortunately, it only took a few hours they were spending the night hooking until I realized that every Woodsworth up! The events just kept getting student was an alcoholic waiting for a better and better. From Circa, to our reason to drink! Hart House Retreat, to the parade, Being the eager beaver that I am, I where we kicked the engineers’ arrived at 10 am on Thursday in time to asses, and to our amazing boat cruise, see the frosh leaders getting a pre-frosh Woodsworth showed U of T that “our lecture and chanting childish Woody wood was definitely worth it”
With 5 days of partying, getting drunk, hooking up with everyone, and the most important one, meeting new people, by the time frosh was over, first year students were tuckered out! This experience was not for you to learn how to become a good leader or to find your way around campus, it was for first year students to look up to older Woodsworth students and learn how the hell to party woody style and drink for no absolute reason. Am I going to apply to be a leader next year? Without a doubt, mostly because by that time I’ll be legal and can enjoy my drinking habits without a fake ID. Not going to lie, our events were sick, and although food kept running low, the freedom and our super cool frosh leaders made up for it. THANKS WCSA, you definitely started university off in a great way, and now it’s super hard getting back to my old nerdy habits! By Najva M-Amin.
James Shaver Woodsworth: Portrait of the Founder
by Max Cadmus I first met James Woodsworth in the corridor of our college which bears his name. He was serenely gazing in the direction of the Second Cup, clearly lost in thought. I am referring of course to the slightly stylized alabaster bust of our patron politician which stands near the WCSA door. Initially, my encounter with James had little impact upon me, and although I spent the next two years living under what may reasonably be called his roof, speaking his name everyday, and seeing it written everywhere, no thought of the man entered my mind aside from an occasional conjecture that perhaps he was some wealthy patron or former dean. I suspect that most students have spared equally pitiable amounts of time and energy worrying about their college’s namesake, which is regrettable but repairable. However, a full account of James Woodsworth’s life is unnecessary and impossible in this limited space. To parrot the chronology of his days would do us and his memory no good. Rather, I will condense one seminal period of his life into a scant few hundred words. It is a period to which we can all relate: namely Woodsworth’s university years and education. Woodsworth’s education began at Wesley College in Manitoba. It is for his energy and intensity that he is most remembered by his peers at Wesley. He
was considered a popular student, so much so that he earned the distinction of “senior stick” which is akin to student body president or “head boy.” However, popularity for students at that time in Manitoba was earned in a manner quite different than it is today. Biographer, Allen Mills includes an account of one particular prank which Woodsworth and his fellow seniors perpetrated against their younger “freshie” counterparts. One night the senior students all wore white bow ties to a private dinner (as opposed to the customary black). The freshmen found out about the seniors’ plot and responded in kind. However, the battle was not lost, and the seniors led by Woodsworth got ahead of the freshmen, each accompanying a lady to the table. To us, this may seem like nothing to write home about (which is in fact exactly what Woodsworth did). But Wesley was of course a Methodist school, and Woodsworth’s upbringing had been of the strongest Methodist sort. While growing up on the frontiers of Canada, his home was a place where swearing, dancing, smoking, drinking, and card playing were all strictly forbidden practices. In his later life, Woodsworth would openly disagree with the Methodist policy of restricting these practices, although he avoided alcohol all his life and certainly displayed an abhorrence of the excesses commonly associated with drinking and other suspect pursuits. After Wesley College Woodsworth Came to Victoria College (which by then had been incorporated into the University of Toronto). He lived on Avenue road just north of campus along with three other students, one of which would become his wife. He studied at Victoria for only a year, but all accounts seem to suggest that he worked intensely and, as always, was a superb student. But the year also left him full of questions and doubts about his faith and future. At the suggestion of his parents
as well as the Chancellor of Victoria (for whom Burwash Hall is named) he set off on a post-graduate year at Oxford. While at Oxford, he reveled in the strong cultural and historical connections of the island but he also complained of intemperance among British Methodists as well as the behavior of young Englishmen who, it seems, frequently embraced members of the opposite sex in broad daylight. He reported to his mother in a letter that one “would have to resort to extreme measures to induce them [the young Britons] to suspend kissing operations.” Although Woodsworth’s family was not wealthy, they were religious elites and intellectuals. This may have given cause for Woodsworth to turn up his nose at some of the middle-class “working-men” he met while studying at Oxford. In one letter home, he recounts an argument with just such a young man who “in some way obtained money to keep him at Ruskin Hall for a few months” and “has had practically no schooling.” Finally he begs the question “what can working men know of logic?” Perhaps these anecdotes do not paint a very inspiring picture. The cocksure young man of Woodsworth’s college days could have had no idea that the sometimes ugly opinions he espoused were nothing but the growth pangs of later ideological changes which would soon take hold of him; he had no clue that he would one day be putting his education to use as a day labourer on the Vancouver docks, or that he would one day be arrested for struggling to preserve the rights of the very workers whom he knocked. Of course Woodsworth went on to champion social reform in Canada as well as found the CCF (forerunner of the NDP). The Woodsworth whom Canada remembers is both an entirely different person, and yet the same man as he was in his youth, and his life story teaches us that while our convictions may change, we must never falter in adhering to them.
Words, photos and layout by Amanda Pereira Nuit Blanche is a 12-hour contemporary art festival, where various spaces and neighbourhoods in the City of Toronto are transformed into temporary exhibits. The one-day event was originally conceived in Paris in an attempt to bring contemporary art to the masses. Now universally known as the “sleepless night” its success has spread across to Brussels, Rome, Bucharest, Riga, Madrid, La Valette, Portugal, Tokyo, Toronto, Montreal and Leeds, with each offering its own version of the all-night art extravaganza. Having attended and enjoyed Nuit Blanche for the past two years, it is my favourite all-nighter, and this year I set out with a couple of friends, camera in hand, hoping to capture some of the various forms of art that I knew I would find on the streets of Toronto, some awe-inspiring, some a little confusing and others just plain weird.
Here are some of this year’s highlights:
The Royal conservatory – Music Inside/Out Just east of Woodsworth Residence, this building was the first to catch our eyes: blue, green, pink and purple lights lit every window of the newly constructed “Telus Center for Performance and Learning.” Once inside, we were greeted by the humming of various musical instruments, their musicians seating in various corners of the building. Single musical notes were played and extended, filling the new building with sound and encouraging visitors to explore the music and the space – or so I was told by one of the musicians. While the music became annoying after a while, I was fascinated by the pretty colours and the architecture of the building, making this one of my favourite exhibits. Overheard: “Yo! This is some administrative doodie exhibit!”
Toronto Coach Terminal – Battle Royal While I never actually got to see this exhibit because of the long line, I did spend a decent amount of time outside it and got to overhear the weird conversation the random guy in front of me was having. “I love you, ohmigod, wheeze wheeze,” “He’s in shock now, in the hospital, from the exhibit,” “Have you seen my artwork? I’m famous; tell all your friends,” “I don’t think they’re going to be wrestling, I think they’re just going to be touching each other.” From the little peep-hole in the window I did manage to get a glimpse of some bare-chested wrestlers with blindfolds in a cage.
OBN Video Screen (above Canadian Tire) – The Reflecting Pool & Ancient of Day It was a video of a pool of water in a forest with sounds of “babbling brooks.” All I got from this exhibit was a reminder that I needed to use the washroom.
Toronto Eaton Centre – SPEED SHIFT Toronto Little LED lights in the wall helped guide me through the darkened underground passage of the mall to the exhibit. Then I realized it was the exhibit. Oops.
Toronto Eaton Centre – Rabbit Balloon Suspended from the ceiling just out Sears, this huge silver rabbit shaped balloon with a silver carrot in its hand peered down at the audience. I liked this particular exhibit only because it reminded me of cartoons I watched during my childhood. Any moment now I felt like the Power Puff Girls would burst through the ceiling and squeeze this giant foil animal.
Old City Hall – Hey Dave! Another very interesting exhibit consisted of a man sitting on the stage with a sign reading “Hey Dave” above it. One of the simplest exhibits of the night, participants went up to the stage and said “Hey Dave!” to the man who then engaged them in a few minutes of conversation. As it turns out Dave’s a pretty cool guy.
Toronto City Hall – Beautiful Light: 4 Letter word machine Hundreds of people seemed to be gathered in Nathan Philips Square watching as brightly lit four letter words suddenly appeared to be suspended in mid-air in front of City Hall. The words Hope, Live, Flag were some of the inspirational words spelt out in the night sky along with Zero, Night (not a four letter word), Low (still not a four letter word), G8an (not even a word). I still don’t know who operated the exhibit, but I’m pretty sure they don’t go to UofT.
Music Gallery Courtyard – Bouncing Bride: What goes down must come up This was one of the exhibits I was looking forward to seeing, and had to search around quite a bit for the tucked away courtyard. Somehow I expected it to be easier to find considering that the exhibit consisted of a bride bouncing on a trampoline on top of a ten-foot wedding cake. While I would have enjoyed nothing more than to be on that cake jumping up and down with that bride, the half-an-hour wait just did not seem appealing at 3am. I did however get to see one of the brides (there were three, two standbys I guess) get hit on by a random guy and then proceed to give him her number. Poor groom, bouncing away on that wedding cake.
Bata Shoe Museum & Diaspora Dialogues – Where have you been in there shoes? The last exhibit I visited, the museum seemed to have tiny Polaroid’s of people’s shoes strung about with paperclips on string. A picture of my own pair of shoes now proudly hangs on one of the strings. Visitors were invited to walk up to several microphones and talk about their shoes, in particular, to tell the audience what they would do if they were their shoes. One little girl informed the audience that if she was her shoes, she would go home and sleep in her closet. And I decided to go and do exactly that (though not in my closet).
Some of the other interesting things I saw: - Guy on stilts break dancing - Life size stuffed barnyard animals in a cloudy pen - Big white baby shaped balloons lying on the street and hanging off of buildings near OCAD. Overhead: “I know what they are – Pillsbury Foetuses’”
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9:05pm SG3 Woodsworth vs Pharmacy Volleyball Game (C)
7:30p Field House 1 - WW vs UC Basketball Game (M) 11p Arena WW vs Dents Hockey Game (M3)
9:00pm Arena Playoffs Hockey Game (W)
FREE PANCAKES! ll-2 WW Every Wednesday
4 11 Resume and Cover Letter Workshop 1 pm - 3 pm, Career Centre seminar Room
9:00pm Arena Playoffs Hockey Game (M1)
7:05pm Field House (South) Playoffs Basketball Game (C)
7:15pm Field House (South) Finals Basketball Game (C)
Varsity Blues Men’s Hockey vs. Ryerson Oct 18 2009, 4 pm - 6 pm, Varsity Arena Extern Job Shadowing Program Orientation Oct 20 2009, 12 pm - 2:30 pm, Career Centre Seminar Room How to Find Part-time Work Oct 27 2009, 11:30 am - 1 pm, Career Centre Seminar Room
6 13 Badminton Doubles 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. (Sports Gym)
The Body of Desire: Psychoanalysis, Subjectivity, and the Arts 9 am - 7 pm, Robert Gill Theatre
14 Varsity Blues Women’s Hockey vs. York 3 pm - 5 pm, Varsity Arena
Tuesday, October 21 - 8:00pm UTM - Woodsworth vs UTM Basketball Game (M) Thursday, October 15 - 7:05pm Field House (South) - Woodsworth vs FPEH B Basketball Game (C) Thursday, October 15 - 10:00pm Arena - Woodsworth vs IND ENG C Hockey Game (M3) Friday, October 16 - 7:00pm Arena - Woodsworth vs UC Hockey Game (W) Monday, October 19 - 10:05pm SG2 - Woodsworth vs OISE Volleyball Game (C) Friday October 17 - HOMECOMING!!! Tailgate at WW Courtyard at Noon. Football Game at Varsity Stadium at 1 pm.
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