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 Te Central Student Association’s Annual General Meeting: Is it worth your time?
here are those that ollow the steps and stories o the Central StudentAssociation (CSA) with diligence,and then there are those who wantnothing to do with student politics whatsoever. For the second year ina row, the CSA’s Annual GeneralMeeting (AGM) did not reachquorum. Without reaching thequota required (which is presently 197 students, or one per cent o theCSA membership) voting could nottake place and policy decisions couldnot be made. Te AGM is one o the most important meetings orthe CSA and carries with it many delightul perks like ree prizes andtasty ood. So why don’t studentseel the need to attend?Demetria Jackson,Communications & CorporateAfairs Commissioner or theCSA, was unsure as to why 
CSA AGM failedto reach quorum for second consecutive year 
 A story of survival 
t is deeply disturbing tocontemplate the numberso those who died in theHolocaust. Between 11 million and14 million people were killed, ninemillion o them being Jewish, all inthe span o six years. Imagining thehorror o their experience inducesa straining sort o sadness, one thatcauses the heart to weigh heavy  with an agonizing disbelie.For Holocaust Awareness Week,the Guelph Hillel and SAND
Holocaust Survivor Pinchas Gutter speaksat U of G about therealities of genocide
KELSEY RIDEOUGuelph invited Pinchas Gutter toshare his own harrowing encounter with the Holocaust, which began when he was just a young boy atthe age o seven. Born in Lodz,Poland, Gutter and his amily traveled to Warsaw in the hopesthat it would be saer, but they ended up being held in the Warsaw Ghetto or several years. Gutterdescribed memories he had as achild witnessing genocide unold.“I was watching through acrack…I saw people being killedand then stacked like piles o  wood. Can you imagine? A littleboy, watching this, what does it doto a human being?”Gutter recalled the day whenthe soldiers gave notice to alloccupants o the ghetto that they  would be re-settled in the eastby train. While those who wereorced to board arrived to a placethat was disguised to initially appear comorting and beautiul,they were being led to a deathcamp called reblinka, wherebetween 700,000 and one millionpeople eventually died.Along with his mother, ather,and sister, Gutter was orced toboard a train to Majdanek, anotherGerman Nazi death camp. Gutterinsisted the two-night journey tothe camp was so horric that it was not necessary to share. Aterthey nally arrived at Majdanek,the women, men and children wereseparated. Being tall or his age,his ather told Gutter to pretendhe was 18 so that he would escapebeing placed with the children, asmost were killed right away.Gutter’s entire amily wasmurdered on that same day. Asthe sole survivor, Gutter managedto live over the next ew yearsthrough persistence and chance,and narrowly escaping death onseveral occasions.At one point, Gutter contracted yphoid. Tose that were ill andcouldn’t work were killed.“I you didn’t [work], you’d go tothe so-called hospital…they’d bring you in a truck to the orest andthe AGM was unable to reachquorum, as there was ampleadvertising and outreach leadingup to the meeting.“I was disappointed,” said Jackson. “I got a lot o positiveeedback on the advertising sideso people knew about it. It wasn’t aproblem with people not knowingabout it. It was just people didn’tshow up I guess and didn’t see aneed to, which is unortunate.” Jackson could really only seeone way to bring more students tothe AGM.“Honestly, the only thing I seereally helping is controversialissues. I controversial issuesdon’t happen, then people don’tnecessarily want to come.”Emily Pearson, th-yearInternational Developmentstudent, believes that the steadily low student voter turnout atthe AGM and other electoralcampaigns is emblematic o societal attitudes that go beyondcampus.“I do think that apathy does existon our campus,” said Pearson. “ButI also think that it is a problemthat stems rom our nationalgovernment. We have low voterturnout because people do not think that their votes will matter. We alsohave a population who in generaltends to steer clear o politicaldiscussions or ear o ofendingsomeone or speaking on a topic, which we are not experts on. I ourstudents are coming rom a space where their vote eels worthless andthey do not eel included in ourdemocracy, then perhaps they don’texpect much more rom even a localstudent government.” While Pearson did not attendthe AGM, she cares about studentpolitics and keeps hersel updated
Hayley Mullen
see “HOLOCAUST,”page 5see “CSA AGM,” page 5
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Hamlet, directed by Judith Tompson, will make it’s debut on Monday,November 15 in an interesting imagining of the classic play.
  N e  w   V  i n  y  l  n o  w   i n  s  t o c  k   !
MICHAEL JACKSON - ThrillerAC/DC - Back in BlackPINK FLOYD - The Dark Side of the MoonWHITNEY HOUSTON - The BodyguardMEAT LOAF - Bat Out of HellEAGLES - Greatest HitsVARIOUS ARTISTS - Dirty DancingBACKSTREET BOYS - MillenniumBEE GEES - Saturday Night FeverFLEETWOOD MAC - Rumours1.
Top 10 Albums of All Time
Nov. 11 - 17, 2010
Embrace the power of paying it forward
hen is the last time that you did something niceor someone, withoutexpecting anything in return? Kindgestures can be as small as smilingat a stranger or as large as donatinga sum o money to a good cause,and oten the most touching o these acts o kindness are thosethat come completely out o theblue. Random acts o kindnessand their power in our sometimes-disconnected world are the nameo the game on Nov.12, as Guelphparticipates in Random Acts o Kindness Day or the frst time.Random Acts o KindnessDay is being led by the GuelphCommunity Foundation (GCF), which builds endowments, oersgrants and engages in community leadership. Te oundation ocuseson the power o individuals to builda community legacy.“Anyone has the power topositively impact their community;that’s really where Random Actso Kindness Day fts in.” saidDominique O’Rourke, GCF boardmember and leader o the RandomActs o Kindness project in Guelph.Kindness will ood the city on the
Random acts of kindness take over theRoyal City 
Remembering what we fought for in the past and what it means today 
Conict. Guns. Blood.Patriotism. Freedom. Poppies.Community. Remember. Tese images and ideas area part o the notion o war and why it is so many people went tobattle to fght or what we havenow. Whatever your political orreligious belies, whatever yourphilosophies or ideologies, this is aday or everyone to stand togetherand reect on what this day meansto them.Brenda Whiteside, AssociateVice President o Student Aairs,reects on the meaning o Remembrance Day to her.“It makes me pause to rememberhow lucky I am to be in a country  where I can vote, where I canrun or election,” said Whiteside.“Men and women died to ensurethat I have that reedom, and it isimportant that we take the time toremember their ultimate sacrifce.”It is hard to imagine living ina world where the reedoms weenjoy now would not be permittedand even harder to imagine whatit was like to fght or that kind o reedom. Over 20 million soldiersdied during World War II alone
twelth, as diverse groups in the city oer their support to this day. Over60 organizations are confrmed astaking part, with kindness as variedas the groups themselves. Some willbe giving out ree coupons and gitcertifcates, others giting seniorsand the homeless or donating to theood bank.“Every amily or service club orbig or small business can fnd whatsuits them to do in the community,”explained O’Rourke. Te University o Guelph isgetting involved in the estivities by taking a multiaceted approach tokindness.“Student Lie will be in BranionPlaza rom 10-11am on Friday,Nov. 12
giving out apples andRandom Acts o Kindness cards which encourage students to carry on the ‘pay it orward’ idea. We’llalso be accepting winter clothes andpaper products or a drive to supportneighbourhood groups,” said AllisonBridgman, who is coordinating theevent on behal o Student Lie.Random Acts o Kindness Cards will act as tokens or the day’s niceties.“When you do something niceor someone, you give them thecard, and the card asks them to dosomething nice to pay it orward,”said O’Rourke. o start the trend, you can pick up the cards at RLBCharted Accountants and BusinessAdvisors, Te Co-operators andMeridian Credit Union locationsin Guelph. Tere will be 25,000cards circulating throughout theRoyal City- plenty o kindness togo around. You might be wondering why it’snecessary to put aside a day wherekindness is the rule rather than theexception. Or maybe you’re sittingon the other, more cynical side o the ence and pondering how oneday o kindness out o 365 can makea positive impact on our society.“I think November twelth is aday that acts as a bit o a catalyst,”said O’Rourke. “It begins a practice,a culture o kindness, not just o caring but o acting.”Bridgman agreed with thisassertion and noted that studentscan perorm random acts o kindness without dipping into theirhard-earned savings.“It’s easy to keep the spirit o Random Acts o Kindness day aliveall year; we can all do one simplething or someone else each day,”she said. “As the campus starts to getbusy with semester-end assignmentsand exams, we all tend to hurry andrush through motions. But wouldn’tit be nice i someone held the dooropen or you? I we all rememberedto say thank you? Smiled at thebus driver? Asked the cashier how their day is going...and really meanit? We should keep in mind thatrandom acts o kindness don’t needto cost anything.”As you’ve probably been toldcountless times over the courseo your lietime, it’s the smallthings that matter. Kindness canpermeate the year, even i there isonly one ocial day designated tothis nice idea.“Kindness is or everyone - it’san easy, ree way to improve yourcampus community, the community in which you live, your uture work places,” said O’Rourke. You can share your ideas andstories on the Random Acts o Kindness Day Facebook page, or getsome inspiration rom the list o 101Random Acts o Kindness online at www.guelphc.ca.So be sure to mark it on yourcalendars. I you’ve ever had yourday brightened by a smile rom astranger or appreciated some helpschlepping your textbooks aroundcampus, this Friday is your o cialchance to pay it orward.and that fgure is not includingHolocaust and civilian victims. Itis cause or wonder i that type o sacrifce is too high a price to pay.“Remembrance Day is a morally conicting day or me,” saidMichelle Ball, Multi-Faith eamStudent Facilitator and membero Guelph Campus Ministries. “Ibelieve in pacifsm as part o my aith, in the belie that there aremany ways that we as a community can solve our issues and respondto violent aggression that is notmore aggression. I am a believerin standing up or justice andagainst oppression, but that thereis another, more di cult way tosolve conict in our world i we are willing to search or it.” With this type o outlook employed, the way people view Remembrance Day may begin tomorph rom a day o rememberingpast conicts to a day o takingthat reection and using it to think o ways around war.“It is a day when we rememberhow all lie is ragile and valuable,”said Ball. “Tis day means many things to every person, but I value how we collectively gatherto remember the value o lie andmourn our ailure to be peaceul as we search out how to make peacein our communities today.”Remembrance Day may alsogive everyone the opportunity to work towards never lettingatrocities, such as past genocides,terrorism and oppression, occuragain in the uture. Tese acts o  violence and persecution still existtoday and the fght to vanquishthem goes on. It is a fght wechoose to partake in and this alsomust be taken into account in ourremembrance.“[Remembrance Day] alsoreminds me, however, that thereare many in the world who do nothave such reedoms, who are beingpersecuted or their belies,” said Whiteside. “We must individually and collectively stand up andoppose such abuse, just as men and women did or us in the past.”Nov. 11 has a dierent meaningor every individual, but collectively it marks a time o reection andappreciation or past sacrifces.In the uture, Remembrance Day may evolve into a day o takingthose past experiences and fndinga peaceul solution in preventingthem rom ever happening again.
Courtesy Megan Verhey

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