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October 28th 2010

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Hayley Mullen
 The Warped 45’s rocking a set at the Jimmy Jazz last Friday. They came back to town for a show of their own after performing at Hillside
Catching on toFoucaults fever 
University life tends to beits own little world. We findourselves surrounded by a similardemographic of students day in and day out, leading many to forget what life outside thebubble of traditional academiaand theory-based discussions onceresembled. Recently, one particularmethod meant to burst throughthe confines of the scholarly circlehas been gaining attention acrossacademic communities worldwide.International Open Access Week, a campaign calling for the“free, immediate, online access tothe results of scholarly researchand the right to use and re-usethose results as you need,” took place from Oct. 18 to Oct. 24.Faculty from the U of G joined with the members of the Guelphcommunity in holding a paneldiscussion contemplating the valueof open access to information.One of the panelists, Mike Ridley,Chief Information Offi cer andChief Librarian at the University of Guelph explained why hesupports the movement towardsmore accessible research findings.“Currently there are barriers toeasy access,” said Ridley. “You haveto pay a subscription, be a memberof a university, know someone, whatever. Let’s not create an infodivide of haves and have-nots.”Ridley explained how thepresent challenges in accessingscholarly articles go against thesocially progressive tune that theU of G has embraced.“Information and an informedcommunity are the core ingredientsfor innovation. And more thanever we need new and better ideas. at’s the heart of the University’sBetter Planet Project,” said Ridley.
International Open Access Week callsfor the need to movescholarly knowledgefrom the hands of few to the minds of many 
KELSEY RIDEOUTDr. Ajay Heble, professor in theSchool of English and eatreStudies, also sat on the paneland discussed how his work withthe Improvisation, Community and Social Practice project hasencouraged the public to learnalongside academics.“Open access is central toour philosophy…precisely todemocratize our research outputsto make our work available broadly and freely,” said Heble.Heble is also the founder of therenowned Guelph Jazz Festival,the only jazz festival in NorthAmerica that has an internationalconference integrated into itsregular programming. For threedays, individuals from a wide range
see “ACT DINNER,”page 5see “ACCESS,” page 6
 An inside look at an annual traditionof decolonializing the mind
lthough it’s been acouple of weeks sincethe long weekend, Irecently had the chance todelight in a second thanksgivingdinner at an event that streamsaway from typical turkey-eatingfestivities and instead invites thecommunity to share in a potluck of thanks, justice and solidarity for indigenous sovereignty. Heldat the Guelph Youth MusicCentre on Friday Oct.25, thesixth annual Anti-Colonial anksgiving Dinner was markedby a stunning smorgasbord madepossible through the hands andhearts of those willing to takethe time to create meals meant to
Guelph’s sixth annual  Anti-Colonial  anksgiving Dinner examined the colonial mentality behind a holiday 
KELSEY RIDEOUTbe shared with others. Of course,the appeal of the dinner goes farbeyond the food itself. e senseof community at ACT enrichedthe spirits of many and bred acomfort strong enough to evokea rare honesty amongst a crowdof strangers.A series of discussions took shape after everyone hadfinished eating and assembledinto the auditorium to talk about the deeper motivationsthat had led them to gather. e evening’s speakers consistedof Dan from TyendinagaMohawk Territory and three women from Haudenosauneeand Anishinaabeg nations. Danspoke about the threats to landthat the Mohawk have overcome within the last several decades,and the ongoing challengesthat continue today. Speakingfrom his own experience, Danexplained that the protectionof indigenous lands has only been made possible by collectiveaction that demonstrates to thepublic and policy makers alikethat “not another shovel shouldbe put in the ground.” Danurged listeners not to be fearfulof direct methods of advocacy, asactions like boycotts and protestsstill prove to be impactful. e next speaker offered criticalperspectives that challenged theconstructs of the event and how it was being carried out.“I’m sorry, but I just have tosay it. e way this is set up is very colonial with you sittingover there and me over here. Weneed to be in a circle,” said oneof three First Nations women who spoke about many subjects,primarily the complex process of decolonization. e audience fell silent. I senseda disturbing, inconspicuoustruth being unleashed withinmany people’s minds, includingmy own. I realized that I hadforgotten to critically reflect
 PA G E  1 2
Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2010
 A new way of learning at the OVC
y pt owr will vouchor th act that a good vtriaria is a ivaluablpart o a aimal’s li. From routi vacciatios to rv-wrackigsurgris, w dpd upo thskills o vtriarias to providcar or our urry bst rids. TUivrsity o Gulph is hom toOtario’s oly Doctor o Vtriary Mdici program ad stads outas a prstigious istitut or thistructio o thos to whom wtrust our blovd pts.Rctly, Gulph’s OtarioVtriary Collg (OVC) has madhadlis or what is widly prcivdto b o o its most importatcurricular dcisios i rct history:th cssatio o trmial surgris.Up util rctly, aimals that wrdstid or uthaasia would basthtizd or surgris prormdby studts. T aimals would thb uthaizd whil thy wr stillasthtizd upo th compltioo surgry. T d o trmial surgris will prohibit th practic o prormig surgris o aimalsthat ar uthaizd post-opratio. Studts who ar otdirctly ivolvd with th OVCmight dismiss this dcisio as aobvious mov, or covrsly, bsurprisd that trmial surgris wr occurrig i th rst plac. Withi th OVC studt body,th ractio has b mixd, withgral support or th cocpt butAnDReA LAMARRe
Understanding thedecision to end terminal surgeries
I dare you to…
dar is a challg. It issomthig that th majority o us hav partak i atsom poit or aothr, prhaps ith gam calld ‘truth or dar’ ormayb i aothr orm.Who kw that a dar could turito a movmt? Tis movmtbga through a campaig st outby th Stph Lwis Foudatio,calld ‘A Dar to Rmmbr.’ Tisoudatio volvd rom th dor HIV ad AIDS awarss worldwid, ad is mat to ispir
Tahlia Dyer
 Te ‘Dare toRemember’ Campaignchallenges faculty and students to put themselves out thereand raise awareness for HIV/AIDS
som hsitacy about whthr thw dlivry will provid th samlarig outcoms. o illumiat this dcisio, a w thigs must b udrstood about thuivrsity’s policis with rgard toth us o aimals i tachig. Ttachig o vtriary mdici adth thical tratmt o th aimalsivolvd has com a log way romits humbl bgiigs i 1862. Dr.Ptr Colo, Associat Da o Studts at th OVC providd ahistorical prspctiv i this dbat.“Up util 20 yars ago, studts would lar surgry o aimals which wr asthtizd ad thawakd rom asthsia atr thsurgry. Tis abld studts tolar about rcovry rom asthsiaad surgry,” said Colo.Mor rctly, studts havlard surgical skills by rstpracticig o iaimat modls,th prormig trmial surgris. Ty also prormd spays adutrs o aimals rom shltrs which wr th rturd to thshltrs or adoptio. I kpig with socity’s viwpoit o th usago aimals i tachig, th collgrctly dcidd to oc agaimak a chag to th way surgry istaught to studts, ad d trmialsurgris. Ay surgris that wouldhav rquird uthaizig aaimal post-opratio will ow bprormd o cadavrs.ev bor movig away romtrmial surgry, th OVC hasopratd udr a xtrmly strictaimal car policy.“W’v always b a uivrsity that promots aimal wlar,” saidColo.Studts at th OVC shar iCaadias to bcom ivolvd ithir commuitis ad rais udsto ght AIDS i Arica.erika Martlira, a ourth yareviromtal Scic studt,is a commuity mobilizr or thStph Lwis Foudatio. Hrgoal is to ocus o gagig poplto tak iitiativs ad bcomivolvd. Sh xplaid how th‘Dar to Rmmbr’ Campaig ismuch mor tha a simpl gam.“Wh you ivolv yoursl  with somthig lik th ‘Dar toRmmbr’ Campaig, whr youdar yoursl to do somthig, ithas a much mor lastig impact adrally maks you rct o what youar doig ad why, ad why thsissus ar importat.”Martlira, who dard hrsl togo local, xprssd that by takig osuch iitiativs “th commuity o Gulph ca strgth itsl whilalso supportig commuitis halway aroud th world.” I hr dar, shis abl to udrais or Arica whilsupportig local busisss, suchas goig to th armr’s markt topurchas locally grow produc. T udig rom th StphLwis Foudatio allowscommuitis accss to udigthat “givs th commuity thcapability to addrss th issus asthy d… whthr addrssig thsocial, coomical, cultural, politicalproblms o HIV ad AIDS,” saidMartlira. T udig giv to a varity o commuitis is crucial,ad abls bottom-up approachsto addrss spcic issus. T ‘Dar to Rmmbr’Campaig, was hld rom Oct. 18to 22 o th Uivrsity o Gulphcampus. Svral o Gulph’s studtsad prossors bcam ivolvdi raisig awarss about HIV/AIDS i Arica. Dr. Saba Sadar,a psychology prossor, was amogthos ivolvd. Sadar xplaid why sh was iitially draw to partak ith campaig.“It smd that i tachig bothmy cross-cultural psychology adpsychology o gdr, which I talk about AIDS ad spcically AIDSi Arica, it was a grat opportuity to tak advatag o this adparticipat i a dar.”Sadar took a itrstigapproach i hr dar; istad o actig i th dar alo sh watdto ivolv th studts i both o hr classs. Cross-drssig was thdar that Sadar ad hr studtsdcidd to pursu, which itgratdth xploratio o cours topics withth goals o th ‘Dar to Rmmbr’Campaig. Wh askd about th xprico cross-drssig, Sadar xplaidthat sh rcivd a air amout o cousd looks ad atttio.“It was quit itrstig drssigas a ma. I would b walkig i thhallway with a w doubl taksrom studts ad othr prossors,”said Sadar. “T grat aspct o thday was talkig about th otioabout what th Stph LwisFoudatio is doig ad grally how th situatio is i Arica adSub-Sahara Arica or HIV/AIDS ad what w ca do to raisawarss.”It’s ot too lat to challg yoursl or somo ls to a dar. T ‘Dar to Rmmbr’ Campaigcotius util Dcmbr 1, whichis World AIDS Day.Challg yoursl, lik may prossors ad studts o campus,to bcom ivolvd i humaitariaorts i dirt crativ ways.Choos somthig you ar passioatabout, ad somthig that you l will mak a dirc – v i itmas havig to couragously stadout rom th crowd.this commitmt to car or aimals with th highst rgard or thir wllbig.“Vtriarias rprst aimal wlar - w wat what is bst orth aimal, w wat it halthy adhappy,” xplaid Kristi Butlr, athird yar vtriary studt.Although th curriculum has brvisd to xclud trmial surgry,studts hav had th optio o prormig thir surgry labs ocadavrs or may yars. Butlrmtiod that prormig surgriso aimals that would subsqutly b uthaizd was vr a dcisiostudts took lightly.“Tat was always a xtrmly hard thig or a lot o th vtstudts - thy would gt attachdad ot bcom vry motioal,v cry,” said Butlr.Dspit studt support or ththory o movig away rom livaimal surgris, thr is somcocr about th way this dcisiohas b covrd i th mdia.Butlr xplaid that thstudt body’s cocr about thimplicatios o th dcisio othir larig outcoms may havb misudrstood. “Tat wassomthig that was rally upsttigor vryo at OVC, but spcially studts, bcaus w wat to savaimals’ livs.”Aimal wlar ad aimalrights ca b a highly cotrovrsialtrritory to trad. Tr is o gttigaroud th act that thr will alwaysb a trad o btw th us o aimals i tachig ad promotigth wlar o th gratst umbr o aimals through th dvlopmt o  vtriary skill.“T argumt o could makis that th studt lars a skillor kowldg through th us o aimals i tachig that will btthousads o othr aimals ithat vtriaria’s carr,” afrmdColo. “T qustio could quitaturally b: could th skill blard i othr ways?”Ovr th past w yars, aimalrights groups hav b askigth OVC that vry qustio. Tscrutiy udr which vtriary mdici programs hav b placd was, i larg part, a raso to makth chag. Ad whil th dcisioappars to hav b mad quickly,Colo poitd out that it has budr discussio or quit awhilad was ot mad thoughtlssly.“I do’t wat to quat th wordquickly with carlssly or withoutdu cosidratio or withoutthikig about th cosqucs,”said Colo.Still, som vtriary studtsl that thy could hav rcivdmor warig about th chag.“It was rally th lack o studtiput that most popl wr upstabout,” said Butlr.O ogoig cocr is that thisdcisio could advrsly act youg vtriarias’ ability to prorm thsurgris that will b dmadd o thm i utur practic. Colo didot dowplay th sriousss o thdcisio, but poitd to th OVC’scotiud commitmt to rachiglarig objctivs i ay ormat.“Tis was a dcisio that wasot tak lightly,” h said. “W’rlookig at th w way w’r doigsurgry as still surig our studtsrach th larig objctivs, but it’sa dirt way tha w hav do ith rct past.”
Pam Duynstee 
 Te OVC has made the decision to end the practice of terminal surgeries.

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