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November 18th 2010

November 18th 2010

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Did SHAC quell the controversy?
new center to addressstudent needs has beenup and running sincethe beginning o the semester.SHAC, Student Help andAdvocacy Center, is a student-run advocacy and reerral centerthat provides assistance in anarray o areas including academic,fnancial, housing, human rightsand legal issues. Te decision toestablish SHAC was not withoutcontroversy, as it meant shuttingdown the Human Rights O ce(HRO), which had previously beena separate entity o its own. So now that SHAC is ully operating, how do students eel about its one-stopservice? Yvonne Su, Coordinator o SHAC, explained that while thingsare still coming together in theo ce, SHAC has been able toreach out to many students.“Tings have been going great.It’s defnitely gone better than weexpected. A lot o students have
 Te new Student Helpand Advocacy Center hopes to support students in more waysthan one
Forecasts o our uture: disconcerting but not impossible
here’s a rampant worry about the state o theplanet and the conditionso our environment sweepingthrough communities and the world o academia alike. Somesay we’ve already crossed a ‘no-return’ point, in which recovery  will be di cult, i not impossible.Others say that i we change oureconomic structures and day-to-day practices, there’s still hope. TeU o G recently held a conerence
Conerence looks at environmental crisesand their implicationsor all o humanity 
KELSEY RIDEOUentitled, “Our EnvironmentalFuture,” which eatured a widerange o speakers who talkedabout major environmental crisesand their implications or thehealth o the earth. o Dr. Evan Fraser o theGeography Department, oodis an integral component o allthe environmental problemsacing societies throughout theglobe. Fraser spoke about hisbook entitled,
‘Empires of Food:Feast, Famine and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations.
’ By turningto history, Fraser believes we canbetter understand our uture.“[Te book] explores societieslike ours, where large numberso people live in cities and arethereore dependent on armsscattered all over the placeor ood, how over history those sort o societies otenemerge, developed, complicatedtrading networks, sophisticatedtechnology, and how over periodso time, those kinds o societiesdo quite well, and then ultimately sometimes they don’t do so well,”said Fraser. While there are uncertaintiesabout how the uture will pan out,Fraser is convinced o one thing;that change is coming.“Te world aces some majorchallenges,” said Fraser. “Tere’sno getting around that. Tecombination o climate change,soil erosion, population growthand urbanization are going tomean in the next generation ortwo, demand or ood is going torise and probably the supply o ood is going to go down. So thecurrent ood system is going tochange, I don’t think there’s any question about that.” ransition Guelph, a local groupthat shares a vision o buildingresilience and sustainability into the Guelph community inresponse to the challenges o peak oil, accelerating climatechange and global economicinstability, also participated in theevent. Chris Mills, co-ounder o already come up to talk to us...People are coming in because they know there is a place they canseek help or, so it’s good we arestill providing students with help when they really need it. At thesame time we’re not overwhelmingour volunteers and taking on morecapacity than the o ce can handle,”said Su.SHAC volunteers develop casesor each student they consult withusing the FILAC model – Facts,Issues, Legislation, Analysis andConclusion. Ater going throughall o the components o a case, volunteers then provides students with their best options in handlingthe conict. Su urther explainedhow SHAC approaches each case.“We eel that our role is notnecessarily to tell you what to do,”said Su. “Our role is to help you with the situation and kind o walk  you through it, and make sure youhave all the inormation you needto make the best choice.”Anastasia Zavarella, LocalAairs Commissioner o theCentral Student Association isimpressed with how SHAC hasbeen operating.“I think the sta, all o them,every single one o them, are doinga abulous job, in running the place,the absolute best that they can with the time that they have andthe resources they’re allowed,” saidZavarella.Zavarella emphasized the needhowever to expand the numbero coordinators and paid hoursgranted to SHAC employees.“I think they need more hours, Ithink they need more sta. Rightnow we’re working with less sta than we had previously…We now have 19,600 some students. Weneed more paid sta advocacy hours, not less, that’s so clear tome,” said Zavarella. Tere is still some concernrom the student body over thedismantling o the HRO. But Suexplained how SHAC has been very vocal in regards to humanrights related issues.
see “ENVIRO,” page 5see “SHAC,” page 3
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as students organized a winterclothing and paper product driveon Nov. 10 to 12. Students andcommunity members droppedo winter coats, scarves, hats anda multitude o paper products,such as tampons and rolls o toilet paper by the cannon inBranion Plaza.“Paper products are something we take or granted too oten,but we have to realize that itis not easy to aord everyday items such as toilet paper underinancial diiculties,” saidFarahbakhsh. “Since the projectis new this year, we are tryingthings out as a pilot. We hopeto make Beyond Project Servean annual oering to studentsthat can help them build on-going relationships and providesatisying ways to give back tothe community.”LCE welcomes students who wish to begin or continue theirlearning through community service volunteering and havetwo events on the way – aHoliday Hamper ood drive anda community kitchen workshopat two neighborhood groups.
Nov. 18 - 24, 2010
 Te will to serve others from global to local 
he University o Guelphis well known or many things – a green campus,caring sta, renowned aculty,delicious ood, and o greatimportance, the level o studentinvolvement in volunteeractivities. Volunteerism isextremely important ormany students who wish tomake a positive impact on thecommunity and beyond.Oct. 2 was a big day orhundreds o student volunteers.Project Serve Guelph,an initiative executed by Leadership and Community Engagement (LCE), wasan opportunity or studentsto engage in helping out acommunity organization as well as to learn about the localissues and problems that existin various neighborhoods o the city. Volunteers set out in
 A look at ‘BeyondProject Serve,’ a new ongoing community  volunteer initiative
 JIHEE PARK groups to placements acrossGuelph, working on dierentprojects such as cleaning windows, painting walls, andsorting ood items.Project Serve Guelph wasan excellent opportunity orstudents to sample unique volunteering activities in a way that enhances the student-community connection.Rachel Farahbakhsh, one o the organizers behind theinitiative explained that “theseprojects oten help students toexplore dierent career pathsthat they would not in othercircumstances.” Indeed, servingothers helps students to relecton personal priorities as wellas to provide insight on thecontemporary societal issues o the community in which we live.Many students oten pursueurther involvement by takingthe next step and participatingin Project Serve Canada andInternational, which involveseveral overseas organizationsover the winter and summerbreaks. Applications haveclosed, and groups are currently preparing or their trips abroad. wo Canada projects deal withlocal issues on HIV/AIDS andstreet involved youth in Guelph;another group is heading toHattiesburg, Mississippi andanother to the Chippewas o the Nawash community inOntario, learning about race andaboriginal issues, respectively. his year however, LCE isintroducing another way orstudents to continue their localinvolvement and the connectionsthey may have establishedthrough Project Serve Guelph. he goal o Beyond ProjectServe is to implement a systemin which students are given theopportunity to commit to on-going local volunteer eortsthroughout the city.Currently, Beyond ProjectServe has partnered with ourneighborhood groups. heselocal organizations are publicagencies that serve to helpindividuals and amilies withlow-income status, housingdiiculties and immigrationissues, through accessible oodshelves and social support. Nearthe end o October and earlierthis month, volunteers engagedin various activities at theseagencies, such as a boot driveand soup social at the GrangeHill Neighborhood Group, anda ood drive or the wo RiversNeighborhood Group. he work o the volunteers led to amazingresults. “We collected enoughood or the ood cupboard tolast or ive months!” exclaimedFarahbakhsh. he volunteer eort to helpthese groups continued last week,
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“SHAC,” continued
“A lot o our events are really human rights oriented. Like thismonth we’re collaborating to dogenocide awareness month andbeore we did queer identities week, which was very successuland a lot o people came out. SoI think we’re really upholding thehuman rights aspect.” While Zavarella is proud o the work being carried out by SHAC,she still believes that a separateHRO would be benefcial orstudents.“I think one o my arguments orhaving a separate autonomous body dealing with this, is look where the
he smell o newsprint,crisp and yet somehow earthy, flls your nose as you lea through the latest editiono your local paper. Black ink smudges decorate your hands,leaving traces o your morningreading. Well inormed and ready to go, you head out or the day,news in mind.Canadians have turned to thenewspaper or a reliable sourceo news since the advent o thefrst newspaper in 1792. Die-hardnewspaper ans across the country have since been enamored withthe news, ipping through thepaper over a morning coee, onthe commute to work, or to winddown rom a busy day. O course,in the changing media landscapeo the past ew years, the internethas become an increasingly important source o news ortoday’s technologically-mindedindividuals. But even with thesheer amount o inormationavailable at the click o a mouse,are students taking the time to getinormed?No one is more aware o thepotential behind reading the newsthan those who make the news acareer.“Reading the news keeps peopleinormed about their community,be it the university community or the community at large,” saidGuelph ribune editor, ChrisClark. “News, in its many orms,tells people about a ull range o issues, opportunities, events andmore. Police crackdowns in thecore area, volunteer opportunities, Just or Laughs perorming at theRiver Run Centre are but threeexamples.”Still, it can be hard to fnd timein a busy day to stop and smellthe newsprint. Between midtermsto sit and papers to write, wheredoes the news actor into our livesas students and as citizens?“I think that some studentsare very well inormed, either by personal interest or because o their programs, but it is easy to getcaught up and live just within theuniversity bubble,” said SionaidEggett, a ourth year student inChild, Youth and Family Studies.“It’s easy to get caught up onimportant issues in our campuscommunity, but taking the time todelve into news that concern thelarger society in which we live canbe a bit more dicult.” echnology can be a key resource in accessing the news,and some students make copioususe o this convenient newssource.“I read the news onlineeveryday, generally during my classes although oten at home as well throughout the day. It’s airly constant. I’d say I’m checking ornew articles at least once every two hours,” said a second year vet student. Te news is almostconstantly available on iPhonesand Blackberries, devices ownedby many students.“I fnd that mysel and mostpeople I know use the internet toget a lot o news today; anyone with a Wi-Fi device or mobileinternet have even easier access,”agreed Eggett.So while students today mightnot be ipping through hard-copy news, it would seem that most stillcare about what’s going on in the world. Contrary to the view thatstudents are apathetic about thegoings-on in the Canadian andInternational communities, thereis a general understanding thattaking a little extra time to readthe headlines can be benefcialto a well-rounded point o view.In act, it’s not uncommon orstudents to post interestingheadlines on Facebook or witter,making use o social networks tospread the news. Whatever it is that draws youin, reading the news can be a key actor in engaging in your campus, your community, and your world.As Clark said, “Reading thenews keeps people inormed. I inormed the more likely people will become engaged. Te morepeople are engaged, the greaterthe sense o community – be it atthe University o Guelph or theCity o Guelph.”HREO (Human Rights & Equity Oce) is relative to the rest o campus. It’s out o the way, and that’sa strategic thing. It’s to protect people who use the services o the HREOand I think there’s something to besaid or an oce that works solely on political issues and issues relatedto human rights…I think it’s goodto have sort o a laser-sharp ocus onthese issues.” While there are some mixedeelings that endure, there seems tobe a general consensus that SHACis optimally assisting those students who need help, and will hopeully grow stronger as its capacity expands.
“We hope to makeBeyond Project Servean annual ofering to students that canhelp them build on- going relationshipsand provide satisying ways to give back tothe community.” – Rachel Farahbakhsh,co-organizer o  Beyond Project Serve

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