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The March 28th, 2011 issue of the Interrobang features a look at the downtown London campus, a review of Rango, and a special Job Hunt section.
The March 28th, 2011 issue of the Interrobang features a look at the downtown London campus, a review of Rango, and a special Job Hunt section.

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Volume 43 Issue No. 27 March 28, 2011 www.fsu.

Jump start your job hunt 4-5
Bad behaviour can ruin rep 8
Fashion abound at Unbound 20
Carrie Buskard is in her first
year of medical office adminis-
tration. She revealed, “I am 21
years old. I moved to London in
September and now I live with
four girls. I am a dedicated stu-
dent, but I also know how to
have fun. My drink of choice is
probably Jager, or whiskey or
rum and Coke. In my spare time
I watch a lot of movies, televi-
sion, play video games and play
guitar. I love music. I go to a lot
of concerts, ranging from
Backstreet Boys to Marilyn
Manson. I love animals. I have a
kitten in London, and a dog back
home. I am a vegetarian, and
have been since grade three. I
collect My Little Ponys. I have
over 100. I have about 25 pierc-
ings, it could be less or more ...
it’s hard to keep count. Most are
on my ears ... but I have three on
my chest, one wrist, one face and
two on my bellybutton. I work at
Subway and Quiznos.
1. Why are you here?
Because I don’t want to work in
fast food all my life.
2. What was your life-changing
I would honestly say moving to
London to live without my parents.
It has made me more responsible
and grown up.
3. What music are you currently
listening to?
No music, just my teacher talking.
4. What is the best piece of
advice you’ve ever received?
Just be yourself.
5. Who is your role model?
Lady Gaga.
6. Where in the world have you
Florida, Dominican, P.E.I., New
Brunswick and Quebec.
7. What was your first job?
Tim Hortons. Isn’t everyone’s?
8. What would your last meal
Pizza, for sure.
9. What makes you uneasy?
People fiddling with their eyes.
10. What is your passion?
I love music.
Do you want Fanshawe to know 10
Things About You? Just head on
over to fsu.ca and click on the 10
Things I Know About You link at
the top.
Volume 43 Issue No. 27 March 28, 2011 www.fsu.ca/interrobang/
10 Things I Know About You...
Buskard served up double doubles
Carrie Buskard hates people who play with their eyes.
Fanshawe Student Union VP Entertainment Joe Ayotte had his golden locks chopped off to raise funds for the
Make A Wish foundation’s Go Blue! Go Bald! campaign on March 23.
Hadya Abousha-
—“I’m look-
ing for a job
on the Inter-
Layal Mohamed
—“In the clas-
of the news-
of the
are you
for a job?”
Kayla Gardiman
—“I’m look-
ing for jobs
from bus stop
Saeed Hassan
—“I’m look-
ing for a
job through
Career Ser-
Tarik Zebian
only on the
Internet; Ki-
jiji, Monster
First Run Film
Rainbow Cinemas
$3.50 students
$5.00 guests
Sucker Punch
El ectr i c Open Mi c
OBS - 9pm
Wel come to
the Jungl e Pub
OBS - 9:30pm
Nooner - Forwell Hall
Live Music
j o b h u n t i s s u e
Nooner - Forwell Hall
FSU Free Movie Series
Due Date
Oasis - 8pm
New Music Night
Monster Truck
OBS - 9:30pm
Euchre Night
Oasis - 7pm
Drop by the Welcome Kiosk with
your answer. Five winners will
be selected from correct entries
and we’ll notify winners by email.
Where can you
advertise to
sublet your
The Welcome Kiosk (between the
Bookstore and the Library) is open
all year between 8am and 4pm,
Monday to Friday.
Volume 43 Issue No. 27 March 28, 2011 www.fsu.ca/interrobang/
HIV is not something you want to
think about when you’re getting
ready for some fun with a partner,
but it’s something women need to be
aware of, as they’re becoming
increasingly at risk for contracting it.
A new local campaign, called A
Woman Like Me, aims to open
women’s eyes about their risks of
contracting HIV. It began on
March 8, to coincide with
International Women’s Day. It is
being put together in partnership
by the Regional HIV/AIDS
Connection and the Options Clinic
service of the London
InterCommunity Health Centre.
“There’s a notable increase in
women contracting HIV. This has
been going on since 2000,”
explained Bonnie Baynham,
women's HIV/AIDS community
development coordinator for the
Regional HIV/AIDS Connection
and organizer of the campaign.
“There are some theories around
why women are more susceptible
to contracting HIV, one being our
bodies,” said Baynham. “There’s
more area in our vaginas, for exam-
ple, for the virus to get in. If there
are any cuts or scrapes, or maybe
an existing STI. Women actually
contract it easier than men do.”
Internationally, women between
the ages of 15 and 24 are 1.6 times
more likely to be infected with
HIV/AIDS than their male peers.
Despite the fact that more
women are contracting the virus,
they are still not being tested.
“In 2010, the Options clinic test-
ed 871 people (for HIV),”
explained Lyn Pierre Pitman, coor-
dinator of the clinic. “Of those 871
people, only 23 per cent were
“Younger folks under the age of
19 aren’t really being tested,” she
continued. The majority of people
who were tested last year were
aged 20 to 29, representing 38 per
cent of those tested. The under-19
age group only represented four
per cent.
“About 30 per cent of people
who have HIV don’t even know
they do … because they’re not
being tested,” said Baynham.
A Woman Like Me aims to
empower women of all ages with
knowledge and increase their
awareness about the importance of
being tested.
“It is really built on women tak-
ing charge of their sexual health
and taking care of their health in
general,” explained Baynham.
“We need to empower each
other,” added Pierre Pitman. “If the
guy doesn’t want to wear a con-
dom, women need to be able to
speak up and say, ‘This is my
body. You may not want to, but
you need to, because I need to keep
myself safe.’”
Part of the campaign includes
educating women about testing and
what the process involves.
The Options clinic is the only
one in London that offers a rapid
test. It is free and completely
anonymous – no identifying infor-
mation is required. “Anonymous
testing means that nothing is
reported about the client. Even if
the client were to test positive, that
information would stay with us,”
added Pierre Pitman.
An appointment to be tested at
the clinic involves counseling
before and after the test. Pre-test
counseling involves a risk assess-
ment, where the counselor will
help you explore your lifestyle to
see how at-risk you are for HIV.
This can include talking about sex-
ual history, needle use and acci-
dental workplace exposure, and the
counselor will address the ways of
doing things safely and outline the
basics of how HIV is transmitted.
“We’ll talk about condoms or the
needle exchange program, safe tat-
tooing and piercing, things like
that,” Pierre Pitman said. The
counselor will also discuss steps
that will be taken in the event that
the test shows positive for HIV.
The test itself doesn’t take long.
Baynham said it was comparable
to a diabetic blood sugar test – a
simple finger prick to draw some
blood. The blood is then examined
for the presence of antibodies cre-
ated by the body when it is infect-
ed with HIV. The test can tell if the
antibodies are there, but not the
concentration, meaning that this
test cannot determine how long a
person has had the virus.
“Fortunately, most people do
test negative,” said Pierre Pitman.
“The odds are 99 to one that some-
one will test HIV negative.”
In the event a person tests posi-
tive for HIV, Bayham said the clin-
ic will perform a second blood test
to make 100 per cent sure.
The next step, according to
Pierre Pitman, is to give the person
a copy of their test results to take to
their family doctor, who will refer
them to the infectious disease pro-
gram at St. Joseph’s hospital. They
will then perform a viral load test,
to determine how far the virus has
progressed, and decide on medica-
tion and treatment from there.
The campaign aims to inform
women about the resources in the
community that are available to
them to learn more about
HIV/AIDS or for support should
they test positive.
“It’s not about the scare tactics,
but more about information. I think
with the information, people can
be better informed about what their
risks are,” Baynham said. “This
campaign, A Woman Like Me, is
really about that – ensuring infor-
mation gets out, and that women
feel empowered with that informa-
tion to take the precautions they
need to stay safe.”
For more information about the
Regional HIV/AIDS Connection,
visit aidslondon.com. For informa-
tion about the Options Clinic and
the London InterCommunity
Health Centre, visit lihc.on.ca.
A woman like you
The A Woman Like Me campaign aims to inform local women about pro-
tecting themselves against HIV.
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Despite all the excitement sur-
rounding the new downtown arts
campus slated to open next year,
some staff members are regarding
it with caution.
Darryl Bedford, president of
OPSEU Local 110, the faculty
union, said he is concerned with
the creation of full-time positions
within the college. “The business
plan had indicated 75 positions
(would be available downtown). It
said full-time staff, so it wasn’t
clear whether that was all faculty,
or whether it was faculty, support
staff and administration.”
“Some of the programs that they
identified (that will reside in the
downtown campus) already exist,”
he continued. “We were wonder-
ing if there were faculty being
transferred from other campuses,
whether it be Citi Plaza or from
London campus. A problem we’ve
had in the past is that there will be
a promise of job creation – and I
don’t necessarily blame the college
for this; the politicians will prom-
ise that jobs will be created – and it
doesn’t happen.”
Dr. Howard Rundle, president of
Fanshawe College, said this was
not a solid number but an estima-
“All we do is estimate the num-
ber of students (at the new cam-
pus), then use a formula, which is
just based on the past. That’s
where the 75 comes from. It’s not
necessarily 75 full-time staff.”
As part of a move to raise aware-
ness about the union’s stance on
this issue, Bedford and other union
members sent letters to local politi-
cians and Fanshawe College offi-
cials, urging them to find or pro-
vide the funding to hire 75 full-
time staff members.
According to Bedford, the only
politician who responded was
London West MPP Chris Bentley,
who agreed with the union that
funding was needed to create full-
time positions.
“We just want to make sure that
that money is there; that this just
strictly isn’t a renovation for a
number of downtown buildings,
but without the support needed to
make it successful,” said Bedford.
“In order for Fanshawe College
to grow … we need capital fund-
ing, and we need operating fund-
ing,” explained Rundle. “Those
two never come together – they’re
always separate. Operating comes
when the government creates its
own budget for the year, and that
gives us our operating funding.
That’s what we use to hire staff,
and we need that in order to grow
“Fanshawe’s situation right now
is that, even if there were more
operating money, right now, today,
we couldn’t grow our enrolment by
any significant amount because we
don’t have space,” he continued.
“We have a need for space, and
therefore, capital funding.”
“You can’t just create a building
overnight. You can hire staff pretty
quickly, but you can’t create facil-
ities quickly.”
The city of London is consider-
ing providing the college with up
to $20 million in capital funding to
renovate heritage buildings down-
town. The union is looking to the
province to fund the operating
Bedford said that in a meeting
with representatives from the city
of London and Fanshawe College
on March 14, the union’s concerns
were echoed. He said that the rep-
resentatives had indicated that they
had wanted to see jobs created, not
just moved from one campus to
another. “The city did share that
concern in that they wanted to see
the jobs created (within the col-
According to Janette
MacDonald, manager of the
Downtown London organization,
the downtown arts campus has the
potential to rejuvenate the core of
the city and create lots of job
opportunities in the downtown dis-
“It is absolutely going to
increase jobs in the college, and I
think the union reps have every
right to take care of that, but we
have to look at the entire city,” she
said. “We feel that, not only will it
create new jobs within the college,
it will definitely create other jobs
as well.”
“We already have people (com-
ing to us) to say, ‘With Fanshawe
coming, I have this great business
idea,’” she said, adding that many
of the businesses are art-themed,
including art supply and fabric
stores. “People are already specu-
lating on how good it will be.”
The downtown campus
and job creation
Volume 43 Issue No. 27 March 28, 2011 www.fsu.ca/interrobang/
Volume 43 Issue No. 27 March 28, 2011 www.fsu.ca/interrobang/
1. What’s one thing we should know
about you and one thing we shouldn’t
know about you?
“My nickname is Hardcore. I have NO uncles or aunts. But
everyone has an Uncle Bob.”
2. What’s a service or event the FSU
does that isn’t well-known?
“That Fanshawe Student Union has a Production Depar tment that
take care of special events across campus, and all Fanshawe
Student Union events.”
3. What has been your best memory at
Fanshawe so far?
“The Vanilla Ice concer t that sold out very fast and the music
video that was shot at the college this past fall for the Arkells.”
4. If you could switch places with
anyone in the world, who would it be
and why?
“I might want to switch places with the Great One, Wayne Gretzky,
since we were born the same day just 19 years apar t. But being
a father rocks ... So I think that I would leave things the way they
5. What’s your favourite simple
“Chocolate chip cookies: just unwrap, place on tray in cookie
sizes and shapes and bake them. They are ready to eat as soon
as they cool.”
Harold "Hardcore" Arnett - Production Assistant
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The school year is quickly com-
ing to an end, and for some of you
this means trying to find summer
employment until the next school
year. For others, this is the time
when you transition from student
to professional. Looking for
employment can be difficult, but
fear not: Fanshawe’s Career
Services has your back.
Career Services has a lot to offer
for current students and alumni,
including an online job posting
service, free job search materials
and literature, resume assistance,
computers for online searching, a
fax machine, annual career fair and
much more. Alumni can use their
services for up to five years after
graduation and can view the online
job postings for up to six months.
One of the features Christina
Cook, customer service representa-
tive for Career Services, thinks
will be very useful for students is
their new series of workshops, all
free of charge. “We have an online
job searching information session
where we show you our website,
how to utilize that, as well as other
external sites, so you can get the
most out of your online job
search,” said Cook.
Cook acknowledged how com-
petitive the job market is right
now, and said, “you need to stand
out from the crowd.” One of the
best ways to do this is by having a
good resume and cover letter.
“Proper resumes and cover letters
are really important. You need to
market yourself to the best of your
ability. I think it’s a good idea if
you’re graduating and you’re look-
ing for your dream job, get a sec-
ond opinion, have one of the con-
sultants look at your resume.”
There are specific Career
Services consultants for students
and alumni to speak with, depend-
ing on their program of study,
which means your consultant will
have specific knowledge about
ways to approach finding employ-
ment in your field.
Whether you’re looking for
summer employment, some volun-
teer opportunities or a full-time
career, Fanshawe’s Career
Services is here to help you.
Visit www.fanshawec.ca/careers
or head to room D1063 for more
Need a job? Career Services is
here to help
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An anti-drinking and driving
conference organized by marketing
management students had a good
message but a disappointing
turnout, said Pablo Tovar, who
organized the event.
The event, entitled I’m Against
Drinking and Driving, took place
on March 16 in Forwell Hall.
It included a YouTube playlist
showing effective anti-drinking
and driving ads and a speaker from
Arrive Alive Drive Sober, Anne
As Leonard took the stage, she
mentioned some good news: vehi-
cle collision rates (not only for
drinking and driving) had gone
down since the late 1980s. She also
mentioned that driving laws and
consequences for breaking them
have become much more strict
over the past three decades.
Part of the message of the day
was not only to remind people not
to drink and drive, but to look out
for their friends as well.
“Our goal was to let the people
know that we are still facing this
problem in society,” said Tovar.
“In my personal opinion, I think
that we didn’t achieve our goal,” as
the turnout was much lower than
expected. He added that he thinks
the event wasn’t promoted enough,
and that many students were possi-
bly too busy with projects or
exams to attend.
The organizers spread their mes-
sage in other ways, however,
including distributing informative
packets created by Arrive Alive on
tables throughout Forwell Hall.
The packages included information
about local services such as taxis
that can be used to avoid driving
while intoxicated; reminders about
Ontario’s drinking and driving
laws; a booklet full of coupons and
information; and more.
Despite the disappointing
turnout to the event, Tovar said he
is interested in hosting a similar
event in the future. “I like to be
part of social cause events to help
society. I think that I would totally
change the concept of the event,
(and maybe do) something that
would be funny for the audience
but it would create awareness for
them, such as a comedic play.”
For more information on drink-
ing and driving, visit
Drinking and driving event
reminds students to stay safe
It’s that time of year again—no,
I’m not talking about Easter eggs
and chocolate bunnies, but exams
and finals. Here at the Learning
Centre, we have great advice to
help you improve your grades.
These are a few tips to follow when
beginning to study for exams:
1. Be informed
• What will be covered: lectures,
labs, readings?
• Is it cumulative or covering
post-midterm material only?
• Have you been given any sug-
gestions from the professor or fac-
ulty member?
• Can you access previous exams
on file for review and practice?
• Put yourself in your professor’s
shoes: if you were creating the
exam based on the content covered
and course expectations, what
would you include?
2. Learn to understand, not
just memorize
• Exams aren’t simply regurgita-
tion of memorized facts; they often
ask students to apply their knowl-
edge. It is important that you really
understand the content because it
will be easier to apply it on exams.
• Think about the meaning of
what you are trying to learn. How
does it fit in with other aspects of
your course?
• Look for connections and simi-
larities between new course materi-
al and your personal knowledge.
This makes it easier to relate to and
3. Use Memory Techniques
• Use visual imagery represent-
ing the material learned to help you
recall it easier. Try using graphic
mind maps to connect information.
• Use acronyms. For example,
HOMES for remembering the
Great Lakes (Huron, Ontario,
Michigan, Erie and Superior).
• Use rhyme. Think of the I
before E except after C spelling
Learn about these tips and more
at The Learning Centre’s Test
Preparation & Test Taking Tips
workshops running three times a
week: Mondays (2 to 3 p.m.),
Wednesdays (9 to 10 a.m.) and
Thursdays (1 to 2 p.m.) beginning
March 31 and running until April
14 in room A2008. These work-
shops are free for all and no regis-
tration is required!
If you cannot make it to one of
the workshops, book an appoint-
ment to speak with Student Success
Facilitator Samantha Diamond.
You can email her:
s_diamond2@fanshawec.ca or call
her: 519-452-4430 x 4726.
Whatever your academic goals
are, let us help you reach them by
sharing smart study strategies that
will help you do better on exams.
Remember, reviewing each day
keeps cramming away!
Your overall health greatly
affects your quality of life. Luckily,
this is something that is within your
own control. Here are a few simple
things you can do to improve your
Regular exercise is vital for good
health. It doesn’t have to involve
spending hours at the gym; you can
easily incorporate exercise into
your daily routine. Try walking
instead of driving or take the stairs
instead of the elevator. All it takes
is 20 to 30 minutes of moderate
intensity exercise three times a
week. No matter how busy your
school, work or social life is, take
the time to exercise.
Prevent Illness
Vaccinations help prevent dis-
ease by allowing your body to build
up a defense to the virus, thereby
giving your immune system the
power to fight the disease, if
exposed. Annual flu shots are a
great way to ensure the flu bug does
not prevent you from doing the
daily things you enjoy. Many com-
mon bugs are transferred by your
hands. Take time to wash your
hands frequently and use hand san-
Eat Right
We all know that proper diet can
help us stay fit, reduce the chance of
disease and provide us with the
energy needed to make it through
the day. Maintain a balanced diet as
recommended by Canada’s Food
Guide, which can be viewed at
Monitor and limit your intake of
sugar, trans and saturated fats. The
best way to control your weight is
to balance your caloric intake with
your output. Consuming too many
calories without using them as ener-
gy output leads to weight gain.
Staying healthy does not have to
be hard. A few simple changes can
help you live healthier and happier.
Live healthy, live happy
Study effectively with these tips from the Learning Centre.
Grade check-up:
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Toronto city workers are preparing themselves for
major job cuts after a memo from a top official was
leaked. The memo contained information for city
managers on how to help employees cope with being
laid off. It also states that no decisions regarding job
cuts will be made until the fall, but city councilors
suggest this is the only way the city can make up for
the $784 million shortfall in next year’s budget.
On March 22, opposition leaders rejected the gov-
ernment’s budget, meaning Canadians will likely be
heading to the polls for a federal election in May. The
Liberals have been leading the charge against Stephen
Harper’s minority government, arguing that
Conservatives can’t be trusted with budget numbers
after a report concluded they were in contempt of
Parliament. The government failed to produce all doc-
uments that had been requested and neglected to pro-
vide an acceptable explanation for withholding them,
therefore impeding the abilities of MPs to carry out
their duties. This is the first report of the government
being held in contempt in Canadian history.
Four Greenpeace protesters were arrested after
chaining themselves together and to a table in protest
of the hearings being held in Courtice, Ontario, to dis-
cuss the possible expansion of the Darlington nuclear
plant. After refusing the police requests for them to
leave, the four protesters were taken away in hand-
cuffs and charged with mischief. Another five protest-
ers stood at the back of the room with their mouths
taped shut.
After losing his mate and offspring to a young man
on a bender last season, it looks as though Nick, the
Stratford swan, might be on his way to finding love
again, reported QMI Agency. Nick lost his mate
Angela and offspring last season when an intoxicated
young man on a bender killed Angela and destroyed
her eggs. Nick spent the rest of the summer swimming
near the nest and keeping to himself. A young female,
leg band number 543, followed him around, but Nick
wasn’t feeling very social. “He chased her over the
dam,” said swan volunteer June Kinsman. Finally, a
young female known as Lacey followed, but kept her
distance. “She followed him all autumn and in the
barnyard,” Kinsman said. They’ve busted out of the
winter quarters and made their way to the Avon River.
Dallas Wiens, 25, of the Dallas-Fort Worth area in
Texas, became the second person in the world to
receive a full face transplant. In 2008, Wiens was
injured on the job when his face came too close to a
high-voltage wire, burning his entire face. After a
family generously donated a loved one’s tissue for the
transplant, Wiens will have the appearance, function
and the sensation of the majority of his face. The only
feature doctors could not restore is Wiens’ eyesight.
An American fighter jet took off from a base in Italy
on a strike mission, going after Libyan leader
Moammar Gadhafi’s air defense systems in Libya.
Overnight, the jet encountered mechanical problems,
resulting in both crew members ejecting from the
plane, landing in two different places. U.S. Marines
rescued the pilot of the jet, while the weapons officer
was recovered by Libyan rebels, who, according to
CNN International, treated him “very well.” Both
crew members are safely back in the hands of the U.S.
Knut, the world’s most famous polar bear, has died
at the age of four. Knut was born at the Berlin Zoo in
2006, and, after being rejected by his mother, was
raised by zookeeper Thomas Doerflein who died of a
heart attack in 2008. Polar bears can live up to 30
years, so Knut’s early death has promoted animal
rights debates about whether Knut should have been
raised by humans, and if polar bears should even be
kept in zoos. An autopsy showed the cause of Knut’s
death was brain damage.
In a state where men have legally strolled the streets
in nothing but tennis shoes and Portland hosts an
annual naked bike ride, nudists appeared at the Oregon
Legislature on March 21 - clothed - to ask lawmakers
not to let their lifestyle get wrapped up in an effort to
regulate strip clubs, reported the Associated Press.
Nudist advocates testified against a bill that would ask
voters to change free-speech protections in the state
constitution to let communities keep strip clubs out of
neighbourhoods. But, nudists warn, that might unin-
tentionally allow cities to outlaw nude recreation. The
measure at the heart of the hearing would allow cities
to use zoning laws to regulate “the location at which a
business or organization may offer live entertainment
or other services performed by a person in a state of
– compiled by Kirsten Rosenkrantz
360º News:
national and international briefs
Every year, students look for-
ward to St. Patrick’s Day; it’s like
the Halloween of spring. You get to
dress up in ridiculous costumes and
party all day with your friends. For
the most part, St. Patty’s can be a
day full of fun, but unfortunately,
this past March 17 has raised some
issues within the Fanshawe College
On Thurman Circle, festivities
were taken to the streets, a mattress
was burned and one person was
Emily Marcoccia, Fanshawe’s
director of marketing and corporate
communications, discussed the col-
lege’s concerns about what inci-
dents like this mean for the students
at Fanshawe. “It’s unfortunate for
the majority of Fanshawe students
who have learned to be responsible
and who do celebrate responsibly,
that the actions of a few or maybe
even a dozen really ends up damag-
ing the reputation of all,” said
Fanshawe Student Union
President Joe Scalia shared similar
concerns. “It’s disappointing that
students choose to represent them-
selves that way. I don’t think they
realize it makes all of us look bad.”
In light of a few events that have
taken place in this neighbourhood
in the past, the city seems to put
Fanshawe students under the
“We’re at a point of frustration
where we believe our students are
being unfairly targeted as the only
people in town who allegedly mis-
behave; we simply don’t believe
that to be the truth,” said
According to Marcoccia, even
the London police have spoken
with the college about St. Patty’s
Day: “They told us that the incident
on Thurman Circle that a lot of
people are referring to, in their
opinion, was not as significant as it
was reported.”
Though the mattress burning on
St. Patty’s Day at Thurman Circle
is a concern of the college, there are
other issues related to this subdivi-
sion that need to be addressed.
“What we did learn that was dis-
maying to us and very disappoint-
ing was the amount of broken glass
left in the neighbourhood,” said
Marcoccia. “We would like to
remind all students, not just
Fanshawe students, that that is a
subdivision, and there are people
who live there who are not stu-
Another major concern is that,
according to first-hand accounts of
people who attended parties in this
neighbourhood on St. Patrick’s
Day, approximately 50 per cent of
attendees were not Fanshawe stu-
“We have heard from people that
were there that the partiers were not
just Fanshawe students, that as we
know the Fleming subdivision has
become a bit of a destination,
which is very unfortunate,” said
As for how incidents like this can
be avoided in the future, Marcoccia
said it is very important that stu-
dents begin talking to each other
about this kind of behaviour. “It
needs to be deemed by students to
other students that that is totally not
With the end of the school year
around the corner, Marcoccia
offered some tips on how students
can ensure their year end parties
don’t get out of control. “Keep your
parties small, don’t advertise them,
don’t post them on Facebook, it
will attract people that are either
underage or from another part of
the city, and very likely from
another city. Keep your parties rel-
atively small; know the people who
are attending your homes. It’s
always a good idea for students
who live in rental units to keep their
parties in the back of the house.”
Despite this incident, Marcoccia
credited this year’s students: “It has
been the best year in the college’s
five-year history of trying to man-
age the issue of students living
safely in the community.”
If students work together, they
can change their reputation within
the community, highlighting the
accomplishments of the many
rather than the poor behaviour of a
Bad behaviour can ruin
the reputations of many
The Gardens of Fanshawe
College and A.M. Cuddy Gardens
have been members of Botanic
Gardens Conservation
International since 2009.
BGCI is an international organi-
zation that works with the objec-
tive of saving the world’s endan-
gered plants. It was established in
1987 and started the journey from
a small organization with the sup-
port of World Conservation Union.
Over the years, BGCI has devel-
oped its network across the world.
Today, it has partners from 118
different countries and all are com-
mitted to saving the world’s
endangered plants.
BGCI has a unique database that
contains over 150,000 plants,
includeing approximately 12,000
species of plants under the threat of
extinction. Various programs are
being planned for such plants. Over
470 botanic gardens in 83 countries
have officially committed to the
preservation of plants.
For reaching audiences, espe-
cially young audience, BGCI has
made special arrangements. Under
special educational arrangements,
approximately 1,000 teachers and
over 80,000 children have partici-
pated in various programs in
Brazil, Argentina, Russia and
Indonesia. In the past few years,
BGCI has organized various exhi-
bitions across the world with the
objective of conveying the impor-
tance of these plants to human sur-
BGCI started a global trees cam-
paign in 1998 for those species
nearing extinction. It is an initia-
tive between Fauna and Flora
International, BGCI and the United
Nations Environment Programme
World Conservation Monitoring
Centre. Their main objective is to
draw people’s attention towards
the global problem of extinction.
Nature is crucial for human exis-
tence. It provides medicine, food,
clothes and shelter.
Protecting plants
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We are all familiar with ads on TV, in
newspapers and on the Internet of companies
promising to clean up and fix bad and poor
credit quickly for a very high fee. However,
what is the magic behind credit repair agen-
cies? The answer is simple: there is no
magic. CRAs cannot do anything that con-
sumers cannot do for themselves. Indeed,
CRAs may claim to improve a consumer’s
poor credit rating, but in fact, CRAs do not
have the authority to have negative informa-
tion removed from a consumer report, unless
the information is inaccurate or the law
requires for such information to be removed.
Consequently, if the information on a con-
sumer’s report is correct, even if it is nega-
tive, there is nothing that a credit repair
agency can do.
For these reasons, CRAs are governed by
the Consumer Protection Act and regulated
by the Ontario Ministry of Consumer
Services. The CPA offers protection to con-
sumers, making illegal certain situations
involving CRAs and consumers. For exam-
ple, among other things, it is illegal for a
CRA to make false or misleading claims.
This means that it is illegal for a CRA to rep-
resent that they can cause a material
improvement to your credit file prior to
examining the actual report. Furthermore,
the CPA makes it illegal to accept advanced
payment for a promise to repair credit.
Finally, the CPA also provides guidelines
that all CRAs must follow when setting out
a consumer’s credit repair agreement. Thus,
an agreement will not be binding unless it is
made in accordance with the CPA.
By this point you may be asking yourself,
if CRAs cannot do anything which I cannot
do for myself, what can I do to improve my
credit report? The answer to this question is
also simple: work with creditors and demon-
strate improved payment habits.
Nonetheless, if you are in serious debt, it is
advisable to contact a credit counsellor.
Reputable credit counsellors can be found at
the Ontario Association of Credit
Counselling Services (oaccs.com).
If instead you chose a CRA to help you fix
a bad credit report, keep in mind that the law
allows for a consumer to rescind within one
year of entering into an agreement with a
CRA if violations of the CPA can be cited.
The rescission will operate to cancel the
agreement, all related agreements and any
guarantees relating to money owed.
If you need to report a problem with a
CRA, or if you feel that you have been treat-
ed unfairly by a CRA, the Ministry of
Consumer Services has broad investigative
powers and can conduct an inquiry to any
complaint received. The Ministry can prose-
cute offenders for no cost, and can make
restitution orders in order to compensate vic-
tims of malicious CRAs.
This column provides legal information
only and is produced by the students of
Community Legal Services and Pro Bono
Students Canada (UWO). The information is
accurate as of the date of publication. Laws
change frequently so we caution readers
from relying on this information if some time
has passed since publication. If you need
legal advice please contact a lawyer, com-
munity legal clinic or the Lawyer Referral
Service at 1-900-565-4LRS. You can contact
Community Legal Services to book an
appointment to discuss your legal issue or
mediation services. Fanshawe College stu-
dents may also book an appointment to
attend our outreach clinic at the college.
Please call us at 519-661-3352 with any
inquires or to book an appointment.
The Emperor of Japan once awarded a cer-
tain Caroline Macdonald the Sixth Order of
the Sacred Treasure. In 1925 she became the
first woman to receive an honorary Doctor of
Laws degree from the University of Toronto.
Last week I wrote about Christianity in the
history of Japan. This week I want to focus
on one of the most impressive missionaries
to serve there.
Annie Caroline Macdonald was born in
1874 in the small town of Wingham,
Ontario. Peter Macdonald, her father, was a
physician and an elected federal politician
who was for a time Deputy Speaker of the
House. Her mother, Margaret, was a leader
in groups such as the Women’s Foreign
Mission Society, the Women’s Christian
Temperance Union and the Wingham
Children’s Aid Society.
Caroline went to school in Owen Sound,
in London and at the University of Toronto.
Inspired no doubt by the Christian activism
of her parents, she joined the Young
Women’s Christian Association, eventually
becoming the secretary for the Ottawa chap-
ter. She had the board meet for an hour to
pray every morning. And her daytime hours
often found her working to improve the lives
of young women working as telephone oper-
ators, textile workers, office clerks and
domestic staff. She traveled with the Student
Volunteer Movement whose purpose was to
communicate the Christian story of Jesus
Christ to the world in “this generation.”
Then, in 1904, she began a path that
changed the lives of many people. She
accepted a YWCA challenge to move to
Tokyo and begin an outreach to non-
Christian women there. She spent the first
few years immersing herself in Japanese cul-
ture, mastering among other things, the lan-
In the words of John Vaudry (Channels,
2001), Macdonald began “opening her home
to young women, teaching Bible classes to
both men and women and teaching English
literature in a college. Caroline pioneered in
establishing YWCAs in mission schools and
colleges. She set up hostels for women stu-
dents so that there might be a safe alternative
to the cheap dormitories that often left
women vulnerable to harassment.”
One of the fascinating episodes in
Macdonald’s service in Japan involved a
young man named Yamada Zen’ichi, a
member of her Sunday evening Bible class.
He murdered his wife and two sons.
Macdonald felt responsible for what had
happened because she had not spent (in her
view) enough time getting to know this man.
She spent a night in prayer about the situ-
ation. That morning, though it was a cold
winter day, she visited Yamada in prison and
reflected on a relevant section of the Bible
with him. As he waited to go to court,
Yamada told Macdonald, “I am trusting in
God’s grace, but the dark days come over
me. I can only keep trusting even then.”
An American missionary helped Caroline
find a very good lawyer who argued that,
although the murders were terrible acts,
Yamada’s total repentance and changed life
were indications that he had already gen-
uinely reformed, which was the true goal of
punishment. Thus a severe punishment was
not necessary. Yamada indeed did receive
mercy from the court; he was sentenced to
17 years of prison. Again in the words of
Vaudry, “In prison, Yamada’s ‘marvelous
sense of God’s forgiveness’ (as Macdonald
put it) astonished a number of prisoners and
guards and led to several conversions (to
From that point on, Macdonald served
prisoners in Japanese detention centres.
Supported by Canadian churches, she sought
not only to acquaint prisoners with the
acceptance and love of Jesus Christ, but she
also addressed the social conditions that con-
tributed to crime. She drew the conclusion
that the main social cause of crime was the
“neglect of children.”
Macdonald left behind a book published in
1922 called A Gentleman in Prison, the story
of another murderer who also was restored
by Macdonald’s work. She established a
house in Tokyo for the poor and neglected.
She became known as the White Angel of
At the age of 56 she was diagnosed with
lung cancer. She returned to Canada that
year, 1931, and died on July 17. Her remains
are buried in Wingham and her grave can be
seen to this day.
This article is based on the John Vaudry
article mentioned.
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These last few weeks have been filled
with so many global hardships and disasters!
It makes one really take stock of what we
have, and perhaps what we take for granted.
The following is a blog entry from a friend
of mine and a friend of many here at
Fanshawe. Lee Mashinter is a long-standing
employee of Fanshawe working as a techni-
cian on the Mac support team. Lee was
recently diagnosed with stage four liver can-
cer. He created a blog to track these changes
and the new trials in his life. With Lee’s
approval, I would like to share his latest blog
entry with you.
All the bitching that I do, all the blind eyes
that are turned in our society, it is words like
the following that really have impact.
Another dog in the house – Lee Mashinter
March 16, 2011
Reality check - my hair has started to fall
out. It’s like having another dog in the house
… it’s everywhere! The vain male in me
wonders how creepy I’ll look bald, but my
wife has assured me that I’ll be sexier than
Vin Diesel.
With so much time on my hands, this
chemo/cancer bullshit certainly makes you
think about life, death, the universe, luck,
fate, science, faith and everything else. I’ve
pondered all of these over the years, but
when you’re faced with a crisis it challenges
you to examine everything that you have
been, everything that you are, and every-
thing that you will be.
First of all, I don’t believe that when we
die we go to a shiny happy place with pearly
gates and fluffy clouds. I just don’t see any
logic or reason for such things. How nice
could it be with billions of people hanging
around? And if it’s so amazing and idyllic,
why did we waste our time on boring old
Earth, why not just skip to heaven, where
there’s no cancer or car accidents? If I’m
wrong I’ll be delighted and shrug sheepishly
when a big cartoony God with a big beard
shakes his massive head and says, “See, you
were wrong!”
That said, I do believe in a creator. I have
no idea if it’s a human-like being or a
gaseous cloud or something so weird that my
puny human mind can’t comprehend it, but
the remarkably complex structures of the
tiniest protozoa on our planet tells me that
this just didn’t “happen.” Unfortunately, we
hostile humans have killed many of our
brothers and sisters fighting over this big
question ... stop it, will ya? Just have a slice
of cake together and respect the fact that no
one (not even the Pope) has the slightest clue
what’s on the “other side” (if anything).
On the other hand, I have no patience for
blind faith. Oh, you belong to the same reli-
gion as your parents, and you haven’t done
the slightest research into your own belief
system and the alternatives? That’s not faith,
that’s sheer laziness. Is your so-called reli-
gion not even worthy of your time to look
behind its curtain? Ironically, you’ll defend
this belief system with nothing but a tissue-
thin explanation, and you’ll likely put far
more effort into choosing your next car.
Wow, that was a quite a tangent, but I can’t
believe how many “smart” people I know
that make unbelievably stupid decisions
with so many resources to help them make
smarter ones ... unfortunately, far too many
are far too engrossed in watching American
Idol to spend any time learning anything
about themselves or the issues that they
allegedly care about.
So what would you do if you were me?
Would you write your “bucket list?” Would
you want to meet a celebrity, or maybe
climb a mountain or drive a racing car? I’ve
already filled my bucket list so I’m at peace.
I’ve built a happy life for myself, and I can’t
imagine it being any better.
Gift or curse, we fragile humans seem be
the only creatures on the planet that know
we’re going to die (although we’re all in
denial about it), so do you party hard, know-
ing that you can’t take it with you, or do you
squirrel away your nuts for winter, presum-
ing a long, healthy life? I think the smart
money is somewhere in between. Feed your
soul, remember that most people care far
more about themselves than they care about
you (so stop wasting so much energy on
hairstyles and “who’s hot”), and just live! Be
realistic about the world you exist in, and
stop listening to the “you can be anything
you want to be if you just try really hard!”
nonsense that we’ve all been fed since child-
hood. I think the star system and our North
American “who’s number one at the box
office” mentality has driven us insane. Our
self-esteem (especially among young
women) has been so damaged by the “per-
fect skin, skinny is good, glossy hair” mantra
that it’s no wonder that we’re so freaking
And most importantly ... stop going to the
mall so much! It offers you nothing but debt
and hollow temporary pleasure. To consume
as recreation is as much a dangerous path as
illicit drugs and slot machines.
Enjoy the ice cream, enjoy the music that
your ears like, help others when you can and
just ... love each other. Please. It’s all we
To check out his blog, visit
B.A.L.L.S. is Bitching About Life in
London and Society
Prez asks stop setting things on fire
To certain students:
Please stop setting things on fire in the
streets of your neighborhood; it makes us all
look bad. If the public perception of
Fanshawe College is what’s burning next
door, we’re ALL doomed in a job interview.
Let’s start looking out for one another and
keeping the furniture at room temperature.
To all the rest:
Keep showing us what’s good at
Fanshawe. Summer’s getting closer and
closer and you definitely deserve the break!
Fanshawe’s best-kept secret
Dear Editor:
From the outside, Fanshawe looks like a
big school with a lot going on inside, but
what exactly is going on? Aside from the
hustle and bustle of student life within these
walls there is a growing need, a need to
expand the boundaries of education. What I
am talking about is a degree. I am a
Fanshawe College graduate of the GIS and
Urban Planning program who wanted more
than a diploma. I was looking for a way to
expand my education when I stumbled upon
a four-year applied degree program. The
Integrated Land Planning Technologies pro-
gram allowed me to bridge right into third
year of the four-year program. This allowed
me not only to save time and money, but
allowed me to stay right here in London
where my family lives.
So far, this program has offered me count-
less real life experiences, including a life-
changing trip to Brazil, where I was able to
apply my knowledge working with students
from other schools around the world. We
devised a revitalization plan while creating
sustainable living solutions for residents of
falling-apart neighbourhoods in Curitiba.
Having the ability to work with students
from more than one discipline alone was
great, but working with five different cul-
tures made it a once in a lifetime opportuni-
The ILPT program has offered me more
than an advanced education over my college
diploma. I have connections not only all
over Canada, but worldwide, with many
invitations to return in the future. I haven’t
graduated yet, but I know when I do I’ll be
ready for wherever life takes me. For some-
one looking for something exciting, reward-
ing and even life changing, this program is
where you want to be.
One of Fanshawe’s best-kept secrets will
hopefully soon no longer be a secret, but a
long lineup of future students ready for
something a little bit extraordinary.
Dan Ridgeway
Joe Scalia
You know, I’ve been writing this column
for hmm … let’s see … about five years
now, and it never once occurred to me to
tackle this week’s subject. It’s not that it has-
n’t always been lurking on the periphery.
Rather, I guess I just kinda took it for grant-
ed as something not really as relevant con-
sidering the “heavy-hitting” business-related
material I typically discuss.
I recently conducted a guest lecture to a
group of young budding rock starlets. After
contemplating what I imparted and the
responses I received, it dawned on me that
this issue is one worthy of its moment on my
personal soap box.
And so, without further ado, we shall dis-
cuss the phenomenon known as “stage
fright,” the difference between “debilitating
nervousness” versus “good nervousness”
and, finally, some tips for how you may
combat your own case of “cold feet” and/or
“sweats” when getting ready to rock. But
first, as always, a personal story:
Long before I got into rock ‘n’ roll, my
dream was to become a Broadway star – the
next Sarah Brightman. Accordingly, I went
through classical and operatic vocal training
for about 14 years.
Although I’ve always enjoyed singing,
performing and speaking in front of audi-
ences and never, from an emotional perspec-
tive, felt anxious before stepping on stage, I
used to be plagued with something I like to
refer to as the “jitters.”
Basically what would happen is anytime I
prepared to sing solo in front of a crowd, the
moment I uttered my initial note, my legs
would start to shake so violently that it
sounded as though I was putting on a ridicu-
lously over the top vibrato technique. No
matter how hard I tried, I had no control over
it. I got so self-conscious that I wore floor-
length dresses to all of my vocal recitals so
that my leg shaking could not be detected by
This was something that plagued me for
several years, and I couldn’t figure out the
cause, because as I said, I didn’t feel nerv-
ous. It wasn’t until I formed my first rock
band at 15 that it eventually went away.
But as we know, history sometimes likes
to make a habit of repeating itself. And so,
10 years later – last summer – and the first
time I had performed solo in a long time, my
jitters came back with a vengeance. Not only
were my legs going haywire, but I found
myself completely overwhelmed by the
experience of being so tiny and alone on this
massive stage, relying on only myself to pro-
duce sound playing to a crowd of over
500,000 at a major U.S. festival.
Now, before I go any further, let me just
state for the record that harbouring a little bit
of pre-show nervousness, in my view, is
actually a good thing as it means you’re
invested in what you’re doing and you’re
putting your heart into it. You’re nervous
because you want things to go well. For that
matter, I’ve yet to meet a professional who
doesn’t claim that they still experience antic-
ipation and anxiety before doing their thang.
On the other side of the equation, however,
is what I was experiencing (i.e.: debilitating
nervousness): something that was affecting
my performance detrimentally and some-
thing I needed to understand so that I could
resolve it.
After thinking long and hard about what
was similar between my vocal recitals and
last year’s festival experience and compar-
ing how I felt before jumping on stage with
my bands to both of these scenarios, I quick-
ly figured out what was missing and there-
fore what was bringing on the jitters: it was
all about the approach.
With both of my bands, before officially
plugging in, we always gave ourselves posi-
tive pep talks, did band cheers and went out
there with an attitude to have fun.
Realizing that the live show medium is
really more about entertaining people than
hitting every note with perfect precision (if
they wanted that, they could go listen to the
recording), even if we screwed up parts or
re-sang the same lyrics, if we delivered a
show that got the crowd pumping, we
weren’t too hard on ourselves afterward as
we fulfilled the goal we set out to accom-
plish. Moreover, as you’ll learn once you get
out there and touring, even when you com-
mit what seems like glaring errors live
onstage, if you treat them with professional-
ism in that you “just rock past ’em,” to be
honest, the vast majority of people won’t
even notice.
The point is this: because my classical
training was so much about indoctrinating
me with the concept that I was to sing every
single note exactly how it was written on the
page, I felt I had to perform perfectly or I’d
be failing to live up to the “Conservatory”
standard. This mentality carried over to my
first few solo performances because it was
established as the initial guideline for how I
was to perform when I was all by myself on
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing
against classical training – in fact, I owe a
great deal of credence to it for allowing me
to develop the abilities – however, the way
in which it was taught created a situation
where I developed a nervous reaction that
affected my performances in a negative way.
The resolution? Quite simply, I had to learn
to overcome my classical perfectionist men-
tality and to take on the positive approach I
did when I was with my former bands.
You may think it’s cheesy, but I tell ya, it
works. Each time before I step on stage, I
take a moment to find a quiet corner, close
my eyes, and have a brief moment of Zen
with myself. I ask for confidence to go out
there and do the best that I can.
Performance anxiety can also in part be
conquered by making sure that you’re ready,
by investing in practising, and by realizing
that with everything in this business, the best
laid plans don’t always work out. In other
words, and in complete contrast to the above
stories, I’ve been completely exhilarated to
jump on stage, and 100 per cent confident I
was gonna rock it, and then what happens?
Well, I find out the soundman didn’t proper-
ly ground the electrical equipment and so
every time I strum my guitar and sing simul-
taneously, I get slightly electrocuted … I
wish I was joking.
Let me leave it at this: we all have wicked
shows, and we all suck sometimes – some-
times it’s our fault, sometimes there’s some-
thing freaky out there in the air. As a musi-
cian, you need to learn how to deal with all
of the above – not just deal with it, but deal
with it like a professional.
Taking centre stage … fright?
So you wanna be in a rock
Rose Perry
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I write about random things a
lot. I write a lot about random
things. And it’s because I appreci-
ate random things so much that I
love where the name Childish
Gambino — the hip-hop persona
of actor/comedian Donald Glover
— came from.
Born in California but raised in
Stone Mountain, Georgia, Glover
attended New York University,
graduating with a degree in dra-
matic writing in 2006. He has
since gone on to become a mem-
ber of Derrick Comedy — the
team that wrote, produced, and
starred in Mystery Team — a reg-
ular writer for NBC’s 30 Rock and
a star of NBC’s Community.
Glover is a quadruple threat: his
performances on television seem
effortless and genuine; his writing
for 30 Rock is testament to his gift
with words; and as Childish
Gambino, Glover is a masterful
rapper, dropping articulate,
insightful wit in each track.
His fourth threat is charm; if
you’ve seen any of his appear-
ances on The Late Late Show with
Craig Ferguson, you know what I
mean. Charm can be a big threat
when the individual is that charis-
Glover began self–recording
and releasing his own albums and
mixtapes on the Internet as far
back as 2008. Culdesac, his third
album (and fifth release), was
made available through the web-
site culdesac-album.com and
started creating buzz about
Glover’s musical prowess and
“Fuck Rap Cool” message.
But it was fundamental in gen-
erating enough talk for SPIN
Magazine to name Glover one of
their five artists to watch in
March, just in time for him to
release his latest untitled EP on
his website on March 8.
“Music was my side chick, but
now we’re moving in together,”
he begins on Be Alone, the open-
ing track. He’s referring to his
efforts and interests in hip-hop,
despite some critics from the past
alluding to his lack of talent as an
emcee. “I’m someone they
admire/Set the game ablaze, I’m
an Arcade Fire.”
This EP is a brilliant listen, with
rhymes going from playful name-
dropping — like the second track,
Freaks And Geeks: “I have
worked all winter, I will not fail
summer/In the back of a bush like
Gavin Rossdale’s drummer.” —
to continuing the trend began with
Culdesac in opening himself up
more about his past — from My
Shine: “Gambeezy make it work
something, let me check the syn-
tax/Don’t add an ‘eezy’ to my
name ’cause it has never been
On March 16, Glover hosted the
mtvU Woodie Awards live from
South By Southwest in Austin,
TX, and then performed there on
March 19 as a part of his
IAMDONALD tour, highlighting
all of his talents: beginning with a
period of stand-up comedy, view-
ing a reel of sketch comedy, and
then a Childish Gambino set to
round out the evening. Luckily,
that tour is coming to The Opera
House in Toronto on May 16,
with tickets available for $18
from Ticketweb.com.
Glover’s records are fresh,
interesting hip-hop that are more
than worth the effort of down-
loading them for free. Visit
IAmDonald.com and culdesac-
album.com to receive a free copy
of these records, and check
Glover out on Twitter
@DonaldGlover and on tour in
And for the latest news, reviews
and downloads, follow
@FSU_Bobbyisms on Twitter or
check out the Music
Recommendations thread in our
FSU social network. Fuck rap
cool, I’m out of words.
Donald Glover delivers
the goods on new EP
Odd Future are a bunch of punks.
Hailing from Los Angeles,
California, the rap collective are
receiving a lot of attention lately
for their latest album, Radical.
With their bombastic debut per-
formance on Late Nite With Jimmy
Fallon, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill
Them All (also known as
OFWGKTA or Odd Future) are
beginning to gain some mainstream
The mastermind behind Odd
Future is 20-year-old Tyler
Okonma, known better as Tyler the
Creator. Having self-released his
first album Bastard in 2009,
Okonma devised the lyrics and
beats for many Odd Future tracks
and produced a great deal of Odd
Future’s output before the age of
19. Okonma plays with words and
makes crass comments, but the fact
he is gifted is undeniable, and his
talent comes wrapped in sardonic
The lyrics are violent and epito-
mize true despair. Odd Future are
not lyrically convoluted with vain
attempts to convey a “gangster”
image or to send messages beyond
personal knowledge, and the result
is raw and filled with angst. It’s
undoubtedly hip-hop, but the
tongue-in-cheek sarcasm and use of
imagery and pop culture references
reveals that there is something
going on below the surface of Odd
What separates Odd Future is an
indefinable quality of emotional
strife and sheer style. They present
a unique image as jokers, but juxta-
pose it with lyrics that are at times
Drawing comparisons to groups
like Doctor Octopus and
Gravediggaz, sounding like Wu-
Tang, kicked out of class for selling
their Ritalin prescription, Odd
Future are being hyped as the next
big thing by bloggers and estab-
lished rap artists alike. (Kanye
West has already stated that the
video of 2k11 is Tyler the Creator’s
Having released all of their
albums for free online to date, they
are developing a rapid fan base in
an almost viral way. Odd Future are
exciting to watch, and it will be
interesting to observe their growth
as they edge closer to the main-
stream spotlight.
For more info, visit
oddfuture.com or oddfuture.tum-
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Self-described “underground hip-hop artist,” NevaHurd performs among
his fans.
TORONTO (CUP) — There are
few who choose to go against the
grain when it comes to musical
Popular hip-hop, in particular, is
in a state that could be called cliché
and gimmicky, lacking substance
and obsessed with excess.
Ryan Daley’s music is radical
and rebellious, too, but not in the
way you may think. Instead of rap-
ping about the hip-hop staples —
exorbitant wealth and blatant dis-
respect for women — Daley, a.k.a.
NevaHurd, fuses into his infectious
melodies and banging beats parts
of his Christian faith, like forgive-
ness, love and peace.
As a self-described “under-
ground Christian hip-hop artist,”
NevaHurd has been making waves
in the Canadian Christian hip-hop
scene for quite a while. Many have
described him as one of the top
Christian hip-hop artists in
Canada, though he has not yet
released an official album. His
first, Unseen Proof, is scheduled to
drop around June 2011.
Although he prides himself on
being a Christian, he admits he is
not perfect, and he uses his music
to dismantle the happy-go-lucky
Ned-Flanders Christian stereotype.
“Christians are real people —
we go through some difficult
things as well,” said Daley. “I
wanted to make music that
appealed to non-Christians as well
as Christians. I am not ashamed to
talk about my faith, which is why I
don’t say my music is only for
He said he believes his music
has a certain appeal.
“I offer something positive and
uplifting to my community. I think
it’s pretentious and insincere to
glorify a lifestyle that most people
will never attain. I discuss issues
like addiction, sexual promiscuity
and abuse,” he explained. “The
overall message is that you can rise
above your circumstances. I’m liv-
ing proof that you can find peace.
I’m not preachy; you either take it
or leave it.”
Daley’s journey to his current
place of peace, however, was not
easy as he struggled to leave his
lifestyle of casual sex and hard par-
tying behind.
Daley discovered hip-hop at age
13, and the genre blew him away.
At the time, hip-hop was refresh-
ingly innovative, and had just
begun to become mainstream.
“The first album I ever pur-
chased was Enter the Wu-Tang (36
Chambers) by Wu-Tang Clan. It
was raw and gritty,” recalled
Daley. “I was only 13, so some of
the stuff these dudes were rapping
about was a complete shock to me,
but all my friends and I loved the
The album ignited within Daley
a desire to emulate not only the
music, but also the lifestyle it prof-
fered. Donning the standard
Timberland boots and baggy jeans,
he immersed himself in free-
styling, battling, writing and even-
tually became a hip-hop artist.
At 22, Daley formed a group
with some childhood friends who
shared dreams of becoming rap
superstars. His big, brown eyes lit
up as he reminisced about his first
encounter with the stage.
“I took solace in the fact that
people were actually listening to
what I had to say. For the first time
in my life, I felt as if I had a voice,”
said Daley. “I rapped about
women, cars and money. Not orig-
inal in the least, but people were
When Daley turned 25, an
epiphany struck.
“For about three years, I lived
the same things that I talked about
in my music, like smoking weed,
going to the clubs to get drunk,
sleeping with random women and
disrespecting women because of
my own immaturity,” he said.
“Then I realized I couldn’t live like
that anymore. It was physically
and emotionally draining. I believe
that God was speaking to my con-
science at that time, and was
telling me that I am more than that
and have more to offer the world.”
His decision to leave that world
was scary at first, but Daley even-
tually found his calling in
Christian hip-hop, and made a
commitment to the youth of his
Nowadays, you will not find
Daley in a club, but at various
gospel concerts and youth outreach
programs around Toronto, includ-
ing Wisdom and Words, a music
and spoken word event; The Spot,
part of United Way Toronto, where
youth gather to discuss world
events and issues that affect them;
and Toronto’s Hunger, an annual
fundraiser for the less fortunate.
“I just want to encourage kids
who were just like me,” Daley
said. “It’s very humbling when I
see young black men and women
who say my music has helped them
through hard times. It’s especially
humbling because at one point in
my life I was just like them, look-
ing for someone to tell me there’s
hope and that my circumstances do
not have to define who I am.”
Christian hip-hop artist
praises God over dope
There are countless articles and
publications that give women
advice about men. Ways to tell if
he really likes you, or if he is just
playing you for a fool. There is a
book and movie that I am sure
most of you have heard of called
He’s Just Not That Into You.
Whatever happened to writing a
book called She’s Just Not That
Into You? As much as men like to
admit that girls obsess over guys
who don’t want them, men can be
just as obsessive. Also, men can be
even more clueless when it comes
to reading signs of attraction from
the opposite sex. So I have put
together some signs that she’s just
not that into you.
If she is flirting with you … she
probably wants something from
you. A big misconception males
have is that they think when a girl
flirts it means she is attracted –
WRONG. Women flirt all the time,
sometimes not even realizing what
they are doing. Other women, like
me, know exactly what they are
doing but can’t help it. It’s almost
like second nature. So what you
have to do is read her body lan-
guage when she flirts: is she con-
stantly trying to get closer to you,
or is she slowly walking away try-
ing to keep a distance? If the right
body language isn’t there, she isn’t
into you.
If she never initiates a conver-
sation with you … she doesn’t
want to talk to you. When a guy
isn’t into you, he stops returning
your calls or responding to your
messages. When a girl isn’t into
you, she still returns your calls and
messages you back, mostly
because she knows what it’s like to
be ignored by someone. The way
to tell is how she responds. If she
never initiates the conversation or
she always keeps it short, never
prolonging the discussion, she
doesn’t like you. She is just being
nice; do not confuse this for any-
thing more. Stop talking to her – if
she likes you she will care enough
to contact you.
If she never has time to hang
out … she just doesn’t have time
to hang out with you! If a girl real-
ly liked you in any kind of roman-
tic way, she would squeeze you
into her busy schedule. No ques-
tion about it, if she is constantly
too busy to make time to grab cof-
fee or for you to meet her at work
for lunch, she isn’t into you. You
should stop asking her to make
plans and keep the little dignity
you have left.
If she stops sleeping with you
… she isn’t interested. Plain and
simple, if you have already slept
together and she all of a sudden
makes up excuses to avoid it, it’s
either because she wasn’t all that
into it and thinks you would be bet-
ter as friends or she’s sleeping with
someone else.
If she constantly makes last-
minute plans with you … you’re
her last resort. If you are always
waiting by your phone to confirm
plans with a girl because she can’t
commit to anything in advance, it’s
because she is waiting for some-
thing better to come along. I know
many of you think this happens to
girls all the time, but doesn’t really
happen to guys. In reality, this hap-
pens to guys too – girls are just
more open when it happens to
them. Guys, on the other hand, are
too embarrassed to ever admit that
they waited for a girl, so they keep
it to themselves.
If she says she is not looking
for any type of relationship …
she just doesn’t want one with you.
Most of the time when a girl says
she isn’t looking for anything seri-
ous, it’s her nice way of saying she
doesn’t like you but doesn’t want
to hurt your feelings. Plain and
simple, she is just not interested, so
stop calling or messaging her
unless you want to push her to the
point where she isn’t so kind about
her true feelings.
These are just some ways to tell
if a girl is just not that into you.
Guys, pay more attention to the
signs before you become that
annoying guy that every girl hates.
Love, Lust & Lies
Patricia Cifani
Some men need to be hit with a sledgehammer when it comes to women.
She’s just not that into you
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Scott Thompson’s phone isn’t co-
operating as well as it should as he
speaks with me from Los Angeles.
He always opts for cheap phones
when he’s down there.
“I get one of those drug dealer
phones that are disposable, but I’m
always having people call me con-
stantly,” Thompson explained.
Thompson recently released a
graphic novel focusing on one of
his classic Kids in the Hall sketch
characters — Danny Husk. He
appeared at the Wizard World
Toronto Comic Con to promote
Danny Husk: The Hollow Planet,
the first book of the Husk trilogy,
based on a screenplay Thompson
wrote 10 years ago.
“I tried to get it made for years
and everybody told me that it was
‘wonderful, original, hilarious,
fantastic — we’ll never make it.’
After years of heartbreak, I went,
‘Oh jeez, I have to get this story
out, it has to be told,’ so I decided
I would do it as a graphic novel,”
he explained.
The story centres on Danny, who
loses his son at an amusement
park. Years later, no one in his
family has moved on and just when
you thought Danny has lost every-
thing, he ends up losing more. It
sounds entirely too depressing, but
it’s also funny, charming and kind
of sexy. It’s the type of well-round-
ed story you’d expect from
The second book reveals what
happens to Danny’s wife the night
Danny disappears. “She’s been left
on the surface of the earth with
three missing people she can’t
explain. It’s going to be a lot of fun
to see what happens to her,” said
Thompson, who is about one-fifth
of the way through working on the
second installment.
One of the benefits of Husk not
becoming a movie is the limitless
creative freedom Thompson now
“I can write whatever the hell I
want and no one can say, ‘That’s
too crazy, that’s obscene, that’s too
expensive.’ Those are the three
things that I love — crazy, obscene
and expensive,” he said.
“This whole project was just a
way for me to release my imagina-
tion and not worry about whether
it’s possible to do and whether it
was even smart to do. This is just a
really pure creative endeavour.”
The past few years have been
difficult for Thompson, but he said
he is thankful to have a project like
Husk to see him through. After
being diagnosed with B-cell non-
Hodgkin’s gastric lymphoma in
March 2009, Thompson underwent
chemotherapy and radiation and is
now cancer-free.
“For me, chemo, radiation,
Hollow Planet, Death Comes to
Town, family and friends, those are
the things that got me through
this,” he said.
“What’s really interesting for
me, and kind of scary, is that so
much of what I went through the
last couple years is mimicked by
Danny Husk. Danny loses every-
thing, even his hair, just like me,
and he comes back, stronger and
better. In my darkest days I would
look at those pictures and go,
‘Well, look at what Danny’s lost.’
It’s kind of weird to talk about an
imaginary person like that, but
that’s how I roll. I sound like
Charlie Sheen.”
When Thompson was in his
third chemotherapy treatment and
had lost all of his hair and was very
sick, he received illustrations for
Husk from comic book artist Kyle
Morton, depicting Husk with no
body hair.
“It kind of freaked me out
because I wrote that whole idea 10
years ago, how would I know? It’s
almost as if the book was there to
help me get through it,” said
Beyond Husk, we may see proj-
ects featuring Thompson’s other
popular Kids in The Hall charac-
ters, namely Buddy Cole.
“I definitely hear Buddy calling
lately. He’s like, ‘Dude, where
have you been? It’s time.’ I can’t
say yet, but there is going to be
something most likely coming
from Buddy very soon,”
Thompson teased.
Also new for Thompson is his
website NewScottLand.com, fea-
turing videos, blog posts, podcasts
and more. The website is a new
incarnation of Thompson’s online
project from the 1990s,
“Finally the Internet is caught up
to ScottLand in a way. We had no
idea how naïve we were when we
were creating that site. We just
thought everyone will be able to
see it. But it turns out very, very
few people could ever really access
what it was supposed to be,”
Thompson said.
One of the most popular features
on ScottLand was the chat rooms
where Thompson himself would
often visit and chat with fans.
“I don’t have a chat room yet,
but that’s going to be the next
thing. I hope to create a real online
little empire,” he continued.
Thompson is a busy guy, adding
new projects to his roster regularly.
He’s pitching a series in the U.S.,
working on a project for Canadian
television, writing a movie, doing
stand up and putting together a
new one-man show.
“And my number one thing is
keeping my health and I’m very
healthy. I beat cancer, so now it’s
all about, how do I maintain that
and keep moving forward,”
explained Thompson.
Thompson’s passion and dedica-
tion to get Husk’s story out is
unwavering. The story is connect-
ed to Thompson’s life more than
ever now.
“I decided I could never let this
project die. So, I had the symbol
that Danny has branded on him tat-
tooed on my shoulder. It always
reminds me that I must never rest
until this is done. And also to make
sure that when the movie comes
out, I’m playing Danny. ‘Wait a
second, I permanently marked
myself. You’re going to save hun-
dreds of dollars not having to do
the tattoo every day,’” said
Kids in the Hall comedian giving character new life
Former Kids in the Hall star Scott
Thompson promotes his graphic
Devil’s Playground
If you like zombie flicks and
British cinema, you may want to
check out Devil’s Playground, an
interesting film with a slightly con-
fusing storyline.
The films premise involves a
pharmaceutical company working
on a legal performance enhancer.
The trial hits a major bump when
all 30,000 human guinea pigs, bar
one, Angela Mills (MyAnna
Buring), have severe allergic reac-
tions causing them to gain strength,
speed, stamina and the thirst for
human flesh and blood.
Normally zombies slumber
about, but these zombies reminded
me of the creatures in I Am Legend.
In fact, this flick reminded me of
several flicks in one – I noticed ele-
ments of I Am Legend, 28 Days
Later, 28 Weeks Later and some of
AMC’s The Walking Dead. Not
that these comparisons are a bad
This is no cheap knockoff of any
of those films; after all, it is a zom-
bie flick, and how many new ele-
ments can be added in? This film
has some real talent alongside
Buring (The Twilight Saga:
Breaking Dawn, parts one and
two). Jaime Murray (Dexter) plays
the part of Lavinia, the sociopath,
very well. The male leads really
shine in this movie also: Danny
Dyer as Joe, Craig Fairbrass as
Cole and Sean Pertwee as Rob.
Fairbrass, a mercenary hired to find
Angela, shines in his role as tough
guy, especially as he forgoes his
gun and uses a hammer to crush
zombie skulls.
The movie moves at a quick
pace, creating enough tension and
suspense to keep you watching and
anticipating the next move. The
film may have its flaws, like lack of
originality, but it is at least watch-
able. The lack of an explanation as
to why Anglea may have been
immune to the virus was never
broached, and left many unan-
swered questions. On the plus side,
the track-star zombies are far more
intimidating than regular run-of-
the-mill ones, and the movie fea-
tures some graphic and bloody
death scenes but nothing complete-
ly over the top.
I liked the darkness of Devil’s
Playground. There was a sense of
dread and hopelessness you would-
n’t want to wish on anyone that
helped carry that end-of-the-world
vibe you could feel with all the
panic in the streets of London,
The recently released DVD fea-
tures informative, colourful audio
commentary with Dyer, Fairbrass
and director Mark McQueen. There
are about 15 minutes of behind-the-
scenes extras, including an expla-
nation on their zombies and some
deleted scenes.
Devil’s Playground isn’t any-
thing new or fresh that hasn’t been
seen in other zombie films, but I did
enjoy watching it, and any fan of
the genre would likely enjoy it too.
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Many people are familiar with
the story of Judas Iscariot, the
apostle who betrayed Jesus with a
kiss. His story usually ends with
his death – either suicide by hang-
ing or being stoned to death by the
11 other apostles, depending on
whom you ask.
Fanshawe’s third-year theatre
arts students’ production of The
Last Days of Judas Iscariot, writ-
ten by Stephen Adly Guirgis,
explores what happens to Judas
“It’s about Judas Iscariot, and a
trial that takes place in Hope, with-
in Purgatory,” explained Chris
Reid-Geisler, who plays the racist,
alcoholic Civil War veteran Judge
Littlefield presiding over the trial.
“He’s being tried on whether he
should be in Hell or not.”
“The whole play touches on the
conflict between divine mercy and
human free will,” he continued. “It
asks: Was Judas’ (betrayal) of
Jesus of free will or was it of
divine control?”
The show is a true ensemble
piece, according to Jenna Blanken,
who plays Judas’ defense lawyer,
Fabiana Aziza Cunningham.
“They were looking for stuff
that challenged the whole ensem-
ble … it’s just something that none
of us would have thought that we
would end up doing this year,” she
said. “It was a total surprise and a
challenge, which was really great.”
The ensemble includes a wide
range of characters, including
Mother Theresa, Freud and Satan
alongside an average joe.
“Everyone we bring in to testify
has some relation to Judas or some
thought about Judas,” added
Not only does the play encour-
age the audience to see the Judas
story in a new light, it “also
humanizes the Judas story.
Everyone has betrayed someone
before – this is just the biggest
example of it,” Blanken said.
The story takes place on a pretty
amazing set, according to Blanken.
“Our Purgatory looks like an aban-
doned construction site … It really
brings the (story) to modern
The production has been six
weeks in the making, and repre-
sents the graduating class’ final
project as Fanshawe students.
They had some help from profes-
sionals, including Maja Ardal, an
esteemed director from Toronto.
The two students would not
reveal too many details about the
play. “I think the beauty and magic
of this play is going into it with no
idea of what’s going to happen,”
said Reid-Geisler. “It goes from
hysterical laughter to close to
home. There’s a huge range of
The show takes place on the
Fanshawe campus in Citi Plaza,
March 30, April 1 and 2 at 7:30
p.m., with afternoon shows at 2
p.m. on April 2 and 3. Tickets are
$15, cash only. To reserve seats,
contact Alina Subrt: 519-434-2756
x 230 or asubrt@fanshawec.ca.
Play stirs up big
Brit zombie flick hammers bad guys
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Rango (2011)
What do you imagine would hap-
pen if a pet chameleon, that sound-
ed and acted just like Johnny Depp,
were stranded in the middle of the
Mojave desert?
Well, wonder no more, for
Rango explores that very situation.
The new animated film from Gore
Verbinski follows the journey of
Rango, a small pet chameleon who
longs to find his identity. After a
car accident on a desert highway,
Rango is flung from his aquarium
into the dry, blazing heat of the
Mojave. He quickly finds an
armadillo that, despite being run
over, tells Rango of the Spirit of the
West, and guides him on how to
find water. Rango eventually finds
his way to the old western town of
Dirt, whose inhabitants include
possums, turtles and moles. Dirt is
facing a dire water shortage and
Rango sets out to become the hero
the town so desperately needs.
Rango is so chock-full of hilari-
ous comedic personalities that it’s
hard to imagine the cast could be
any funnier. Depp takes the lead as
Rango, whose personality is made
up of a series of acts, including a
pirate that surprisingly sounds
nothing like Jack Sparrow. Depp
proves time and time again that he
has perfect comedic timing and a
true sense of what’s funny for the
audience to watch as he keeps the
laughs going throughout the entire
Isla Fisher does her husband,
side-splitting comedian Sacha
Baron Cohen, proud with her top-
notch performance as Beans, the
southern belle with an attitude.
Fisher holds her own against
funny-man Depp, earning more
than her fair share of laughs
Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty and
Bill Nighy round out the humorous
townspeople of Dirt, and Timothy
Olyphant makes a brief but memo-
rable cameo as the incarnation of
The Spirit of the West (although it
must be pointed out that Olyphant’s
voice does not intrinsically belong
to Spirit, although his very distinct
appearance is sure to please any
western film fan). The cast work
well together and interact with one
another in a believable manner,
something that is not always found
in animated flicks.
Rango is largely composed of the
grey/brown colour palette found in
deserts, and this backdrop makes
the animated Rango, who is pre-
dominately bright blue and green,
stand out. This creates a lot of fun
for the children in the audience, and
is a spectacular achievement in
CGI that the older viewers can
more fully appreciate. The film has
a fairly standard children’s run-
time at around an hour and a half,
but the fast pace of the editing and
the adventure-filled story make it
feel noticeably shorter.
Rango proves to be one of those
kids’ movies that appeals just as
much to adults as it does to chil-
dren. Even if you don’t have a little
one to take, Rango is a flick that’s
entertaining and fun for everyone.
Rango offers up fun and adventure
Alison Gaze
Mr. Nice (2010)
While Mr. Nice may sound like
the title of some light and fluffy
Freddy Prinze Jr. romantic com-
edy, it is actually the tale of one
of the most notorious drug smug-
glers in history. Howard Marks,
a.k.a. Mr. Nice, gained great
wealth through the smuggling of
cannabis, however, as is usually
the case, sees his world come
crashing down around him.
Rhys Ifans (Harry Potter and
the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,
Hannibal Rising) stars as Marks,
playing him from the time he
was a young boy until he reaches
his fifties. Marks was a shy
youngster whose world com-
pletely changes when he heads
off to study at Oxford.
Marks’ roommates are quite
the potheads, and Marks himself
grows quite fond of both the drug
and the freewheeling lifestyle
attached to the scene. But after a
run-in with the law, he goes
straight, gets married and begins
a career as a teacher.
The story doesn’t end there.
When one of Howard’s old col-
lege friends presents him with
the opportunity to unload a large
amount of pot, and make a nice
tidy sum while doing so, Howard
jumps head first into the world of
drug smuggling.
He doesn’t just involve him-
self in the world of narcotics.
Marks forms a partnership with
Jim McCann (David Thewlis), a
prominent member of the IRA, to
facilitate the movement of all of
these drugs. Britain’s MI6
(James Bond’s employer) is
quite interested in knowing what
is going on, and offers to help
Marks out of any difficult situa-
tions he might find himself in, in
exchange for information.
The film follows Marks
through the highs, as he makes a
fortune, falls in love with his
wife Judy (Chloë Sevigny) and
raises several kids. But the life of
a drug baron doesn’t stay
charmed for too long, and
Marks’ life is no different. Marks
has many opportunities to get out
of the game, but whether it is out
of greed or simply due to the
thrill he gets out of skirting the
law, he stays involved in the
scene for too long, and finds
himself behind bars.
Ifans (a friend of the real-life
Marks) is terrific in this film.
Ifans resembles a middle-aged
Liam Gallagher throughout the
film, although he is far less
prone to engage in violent behav-
iour than Gallagher. In fact,
Marks claims to never have
resorted to violence during his
smuggling days, and also refused
to deal in harder drugs.
Mr. Nice is a very entertaining
film. Perhaps it could have been
a bit longer though. That’s not
something I say about many
films, but this one took place
over such a large chunk of time,
and Marks did lead such an inter-
esting life that at times the film
did seem rushed, trying to pack
too much into a two-hour run-
ning time. Another 15 minutes or
so to flesh out some areas would
have been welcome.
Nevertheless, what is presented
is quite good.
Mr. Nice arrived on home
video on March 22.
Mr. Nice deals a vice, pays the price
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Remember kids,
Practive safe eating and
use condiments.
Bus Stop
hard Daily Sudoku: Mon 29-Jan-2007
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8 4
3 1 7
3 9 7 2
6 2 8
5 4
1 9 4 2
Sudoku Puzzle
puzzle rating: hard
Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 grid con-
tains the digits 1 through 9. That means no number is repeated in any col-
umn, row or box. Solution can be found on page 18. laura.billson@gmail.com
Thank you for the
privilege, no, the
HONOR of shopping
in your store!
. . . Omg . . .
Is that huge bag of jelly
bellies ONLY $10?
I don’t know. Doesn’t that seem
a little like a bad lolcats ‘In
Russia . . . “ joke?
So you really have to
PAY to shop here?
Welcome to Cost-
Low Tiger!
In aisle 4, the walrus is hunting for its bucket
1. Prunes
6. Peruse
10. Homophone of 52 Down
14. Capital of Vietnam
15. Spindle on which wheels are
16. Perceive with the ear
17. Precisions
19. Supreme Catholic court
20. Rip
21. Conger
22. Steak orders
24. Scandinavian language
26. Uncooked
27. Gambling house
30. Homophone of 4 Down
34. By oneself
35. Three-point basketball goal
37. Worthless dog
38. Male deer
39. Homophone of 8 Down
40. Regard with deep affection
42. Corn cob
43. British Isle resident
44. Smell, for one
45. Cut into pieces
48. Homophone of 65 Across
49. Frequently-used pronoun
50. Assumed name
52. Homophone of 10 Down
55. Large receptacle
56. Formerly
60. Very narrow shoe
61. Corrupt by adding inferior
64. “___ do you no good”
65. Homophone of 30 Across
66. Masculine nickname
67. Sheltered sides
68. Observes
69. Consumers
1. Not this
2. Speed contest
3. Ancient S. American
4. Homophone of 30 Across
5. Polite form of address to a man
6. Speed contests
7. Expel
8. Homophone of 39 Across
9. Demolish
10. Homophone of 52 Across
11. A very long time
12. Tardy
13. Periods of time
18. Air (prefix)
23. Tavern counter
25. Change for a five
27. Surrounded
28. Krai of Russia
29. Glides through the sky
30. Thaw
31. Small computer graphics
32. Health care giver
33. Excessive desire for wealth
35. Adroitness in dealing with oth-
36. ___ de Janeiro: site of 2007
Pan American Games
40. Continent
41. Cakes, for example
43. Cries out in a high-pitched
46. Areas of shallow water
47. Poetic nightfall
48. Aromatic plant
50. Mistreat
51. Walks with a light springing
52. Homophone of 10 Across
53. Abhor
54. Abnormal lung sound
57. Scarce
58. Mix
59. British drinks
62. Perish
63. Jacque's water
Solution on page 18
1. The largest stamp was issued
by China and measured 210 x 65
2. The longest engagement lasted
67 years, and the couple ended up
marrying when they were 82 years
3. The month of December is the
most popular month for weddings
in the Philippines.
4. The more a person struggles to
get out of quicksand the faster they
will sink. Staying still, and being
calm will actually make the body
float in the quicksand because the
body is less dense
than the quick-
sand is.
5. The most
overdue book in the
world was borrowed
from Sidney Sussex
College in Cambridge,
England and was returned 288
years later.
6. The most popular grown bulbs
are tulips.
7. The most popular name for a
pet in the United States is Max.
8. The official state tree of
Illinois is The White Oak.
9. The range of a medieval long-
bow is 220 yards.
10. The reason why bubbles are
round is because this is the most
efficient shape that the soap film
can take for the amount of air
trapped inside.
11. The size of a red blood cell is
708 microns. This is equivalent to
one millionth of a meter.
12. The strike note of the Liberty
Bell in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
is e-flat.
13. The titan arum flower is the
largest flower in the world and
gives off a horrible odor that smells
like rotting flesh when it blooms.
14. The world’s deepest gold
mine is seven kilometers below the
surface of the Earth.
15. The world’s oldest rose is
located Hildeshiem Cathedral in
Germany and is thought to be over
1,000 years old.
16. There are five years in a
17. There are over 1,000,000
swimming pools in Florida, even-
though the ocean is no farther than
80 miles away.
18. There is a large brass statue
of Winnie-the-Pooh in Lima, Peru.
19. There is a type of coffin
made that can be used as a wine
rack or picnic table before its final
20. There is an organization
called SCROOGE in
Charlottesville, Virginia that stands
for Society to Curtail Ridiculous,
Outrageous, and Ostentatious Gift
Exchanges. This was formed to
keep gift giving affordable and
21. There is enough water in
American swimming pools to
cover the whole city of San
Francisco seven feet deep.
22. There was a 19th century
Native American tribal chief who
went under the name, “Not Able to
23. Touching and stroking a
plant will aid in it growing healthy.
24. When Easter baskets were
first introduced they were made to
look like a bird’s nest.
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Aries (March 21 - April 19)
You feel crowded and jostled.
You may be driven to take refuge
in behaviour that isn’t healthy.
Remember the good things about
yourself as well as the bad. Check
in with a family member if you
need help.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Be a good host or a helpful
guest. You live to make other peo-
ple’s lives interesting. Whether or
not you watch the clock, there’s no
such thing as wasted time.
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Although not openly playful,
you have your moments. If others
want to call you a square, a stick in
the mud or a sourpuss, that’s their
business. Gemini stands above dis-
traction and correction.
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
It’s amazing what you can be
when you give yourself free rein.
Cancer is the undisputed authority
on matters of domestic comfort
and joy. Bring along your sense of
home wherever you go.
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
This is a time of opposites and
contradictions. Intuition comes on
strong when logic falters. Stop
your restless movement for long
enough to figure out what will
actually make you happy.
Virgo (August 23 - Sept. 22)
If it works well for you, imagine
how it will go over for an entire
group. Transformation spreads
outward from the energy source.
Give your heart to the people who
take you at face value.
Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
Let others battle the odds about
which you’re curious. Discretion is
the better part of valor, and brevity
is the soul of wit. Libra can suggest
so much by doing so little.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
Scenes of high drama and sweet
emotion happen in the restaurants
and cafes of your world. See and
be seen in public while a skilled
professional takes your order. If
the time is right, the magic will
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
You’re easily overwhelmed.
The ecstatic turns slightly toxic
faster than you’d like to believe.
Nourish a healthy sense of humour
for moments when upbeat energy
droops in the doldrums.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
If you’re up for a challenge, the
universe is happy to oblige. The
logic of emotions is nonlinear and
unilateral. With a few strategic
bends, you can reach places that
you never imagined.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
Negative thoughts snowball into
a sum far greater than its parts.
Fight the trend that leads you to an
obviously wrong conclusion.
Aquarius can see beyond the fog
into the clear daylight ahead.
Pisces (Feb. 18 - March 20)
This weekend, Spring fever
comes to Pisces’ house. Whether
cleaning out your closets or muck-
ing out your garden, it’s a new
contract with the physical world.
A vital relationship thrives with a
burst of fresh energy.
Fill in the missing letters in
the Jumble below
Now rearrange the letters you
filled in to spell the name of
An actor in a drama series:
Jumble answers on page 18
Word Search
Starring James Caan
(Words in parentheses not in puzzle)
(A) Bridge Too Far
(Comes a) Horseman
Dick Tracy
(For the) Boys
(The) Gambler
Gardens (of Stone)
(The) Godfather
(The Killer) Elite
Kiss Me (Goodbye)
Las Vegas
Mickey (Blue Eyes)
The Student Union runs
the Health and Dental
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with Jay Leno
It was raining so hard in Los
Angeles that Charlie Sheen changed
his slogan from “winning” to
Remember when President
Obama said we can’t fight two wars
and vowed to change our policy?
Well, he did. Now we’re fighting
three wars.
According to Newsweek, 73 per
cent of Americans can’t say why we
fought the Cold War. This sounds
bad until you consider that no one in
the White House can tell us why
we’re fighting the Libya war.
We know more about President
Obama’s basketball picks
than his plans for Libya.
Sarah Palin visited
Israel. As if the Jews have
not suffered enough.
with Conan O’Brien
Sarah Palin visited the Wailing
Wall in Israel. There was an awk-
ward moment when she asked, “So
this keeps the Mexicans out?”
There was an essay question on
the SATs this year about reality TV.
In other news, China has won.
Lindsay Lohan’s father was
arrested in West Hollywood. He was
immediately placed in the county
jail’s Lohan wing.
Marijuana farmers in California
are worried that radiation from
Japan could affect their crops.
Maybe, for some reason, they’re just
being paranoid.
A 400 pound former
Sumo wrestler ran in the
L.A. Marathon. He should
be done jiggling by June.
with Jimmy Fallon
AT&T has decided to buy T-
Mobile for $39 billion. It was a
tough call for AT&T, but then again,
every call is a tough call for AT&T.
Optometrists say the new
Nintendo 3DS can spot lazy eyes in
children. It can also spot lazy
A new study found that elderly
people lack the coordination to talk
on cell phones while crossing the
street. But it’s still really fun to
watch them try.
A new study found that many
woodwind and brass instruments
used by high school bands
are contaminated with bac-
teria. Kids must remember
to always practice safe sax.
with Jimmy Kimmel
It rained really hard in California.
It’s God’s way of trying to flush out
the Real Housewives of Orange
Chris Brown flipped out after an
interview on Good Morning
America, smashing a window with a
chair. I guess he’s not a morning
An Ethiopian man won the L.A.
marathon and broke all the records.
He had never run in a race and he
had a bad stomach going into it. In
fact, he didn’t even know he was in
a marathon.
President Obama is doing busi-
ness in Latin America
this week. I guess regular
America isn’t good
enough for him anymore.
with David Letterman
Charlie Sheen sold out Radio City
Music Hall twice. Winning! Now he
has two weeks to come up with a
show. Nervous! Bring the kids
because it’s the Easter show.
The moon appeared 30 per cent
bigger this past weekend. That’s
great, unless you’re a werewolf.
The Today show featured the cat
with the loudest purr. I guess there’s
nothing else to report.
CBS says that after all of Charlie’s
odd behavior, they’re thinking about
bringing him back to “Two and a
Half Men.” That’ll teach him.
We now have wars in Iraq,
Afghanistan, and Libya.
They call it a “theater” of
war but this is a multiplex.
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Mark your calendars fashion lovers!
Once again, students in their final
year of the Fashion Design Program
are ready to sign-off in style at their
annual UNBOUND fashion show.
These dedicated students will debut
their final collections at this high
profile event which features a meet
and greet with industry profession-
als and a dazzling runway show.
Students participating in the show
will be evaluated by a jury of lead-
ers in the Canadian fashion industry,
including the acclaimed fashion
designer David Dixon. Be a part of
the show that is guaranteed to wow
and impress over 300 guests.
Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Museum
London Doors open at 7 pm; show
commences at 8 pm. Tickets are
$45 and can be purchased through
the Grand Theatre Box Office by
telephone (519-672-8800), online
(www.grandtheatre.com) or in per-
son at the box office. For more infor-
mation visit
renewable energy and conservation
workshops, FREE, various locations
around London, Wednesday
evenings: February-May, 7 p.m. to 9
p.m. Topics include: Geothermal,
Solar power, Green roofs, LED, wind
power, community gardens. Hosted
by TREA in partnership with Post-
Carbon London and the City of
London’s Mayor’s Sustainability
Energy Council. For more detail call
519-645-2845 or visit www.trea.ca.
Need assistance applying for OSAP,
completing a bursary application,
planning and budgeting or just have
some general questions about
Financial Aid? Drop in to one of our
session held every Tuesday at 9 -
11am in A2036 until April 12.
Students, bring your social insurance
number and financial documents to
begin your OSAP application online.
Financial Readiness sessions are
available on a drop-in basis.
Students can join us for the entire
session or however long is required
for their questions and inquiries.
OSAP applications for the 2011/12
school year are available!
workshop for all interested
Fanshawe students, who may want
to join the fashion club! Heather
Sydorko, a London makeup artist
employed by a prestigious world
renowned cosmetics company will
be highlighting key spring makeup
looks and dishing out top picks and
tricks. This is an event you will not
want to miss! The makeup workshop
will be on Thursday, April 7, 2 p.m.
to 4 p.m. in SC2012. For more info
contact, Jill, at
Fanshawe's Fashion Merchandising
program on March 31 will present
Designers in Toyland: A Wearable Art
Fashion Show at The Music Hall, 185
Queens Ave. (between Richmond
and Clarence), London. Doors open
at 7 p.m. and the show is at 8
p.m.This is an all ages event. Tickets
are $20 and are available at The Biz
Booth or by contacting Kim Ismail at
519-452-4227 or kismail@fan-
the Human Resources Professionals,
London & District at Saffron’s
Restaurant on March 30, 6-9pm for
their FREE student event with HR
Industry speakers, networking with
professionals, and to sign up for
membership at the discounted stu-
dent rate. RSVP:
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Jumble Answers:
Cold Case, Ellen Pompeo,
Scott Elrod, Kid Nation
Answer: Tom Selleck
Every week I think of a topic
that will be relevant to you and
your fashion life. Whether it’s
Dior’s new designer, fall trends or
what perfumes are in season,
they’re topics that are relevant to
your life; they’re topics that are
applicable to how you live - a stu-
dent’s life.
A student’s life – that’s a topic.
Well, considering this is a fashion
article, have you ever stopped to
look down at your clothes? Have
you ever considered where they’re
made, how they’re made and what
needs to be considered when you
make them?
You probably haven’t, and the
reason why I know this is because
I never really did either. When I
enrolled into the fashion design
program at Fanshawe, I had a
slight idea of what I was getting
myself into. Did I know complete-
ly? No.
What I’ve learned from this first
year of school is that the fashion
industry is nothing like it seems.
When we watch shows like
Fashion Television and RAW, we
get an idea of what the “good life”
of fashion looks like. Jeanne Beker
dressed in high-end clothes attend-
ing couture shows. A cute micro-
phone held by a hand decorated
with Rolex and diamonds.
Oh, if only.
The clothes on your back are,
most likely, made in the least
glamorous way possible. No, I
won’t go into detail of sweatshops
and tiny workers stitching on Nike
logos. But we simply need to real-
ize that this industry is something
so much different than what we
have been led to believe. This
industry is made up of mathemati-
cal equations that determine how
we’re categorized. We’re psycho-
analyzed by people who forecast
trends they think we’ll like in years
to come. They classify our behav-
iours and the way we purchase our
clothing and create ideas of what
they think we like. Then they take
a look at the economy and they
spin what we like into what we can
afford. Once they create what we
can afford, design details are ana-
lyzed and deemed popular. These
design details are usually deter-
mined based upon a mood that
these trend-forecasting services
see evolving in the world.
After all this work is done
approximately two years in
advance, companies and brands
purchase the rights to this informa-
tion and create a collection or line
based upon what we’re supposed
to like. This line in itself takes a lot
longer than what we ever see. I
have learned this through the third-
year fashion students who are
always sleeping in the sewing lab,
and have deemed Oasis their new
kitchen. The work they create is
Whether it be green and purple
organza that is essentially death to
work with or leather bodices with
intricate sewing detailing, they
truly show how not only are they
designers; they’re artists.
Over the past months of this
semester, I have had the great priv-
ilege of watching these students
create their collections. They’ve
done their research and now
they’re doing their work.
The third-year students’ fashion
show, Unbound, is without a doubt
worth checking out. You will be
razzled and dazzled by the beauty
of what you see. You will also be
amazed to see the details of the
Small stitching, bias bound
everything, stitching lines so per-
fectly spaced they look as if they
were done by a machine. These are
the things that fashion students
have learned to call their craft and
I truly feel as though they should
be appreciated for all the incredible
work I’ve seen them do.
Unbound takes place at 8 p.m.
on April 9 at Museum London.
Tickets are $45 and seating is lim-
ited. Visit tinyurl.com/fashionun-
bound for more information or to
purchase tickets.
While tattoos are still perceived
as “unprofessional” and a way to
obscure one’s true self, they are
still a beautiful art form and are
sometimes used as an escape. They
are a way to express one’s individ-
uality and creativity; whether it be
a memoriam, a portrait or simply a
meaningful object or saying, each
tattoo has its own sense of beauty
and usually enhances the appear-
ance, especially on men.
That being said, however, tat-
toos are permanent and need some
serious thought before actually
being “inked.” Here are some
guidelines of the top ten tattoos
men should avoid.
Superman and Batman may be
some of the hottest superheroes out
there, but getting their emblems
tattooed on your body does not
make you anymore supernatural. If
anything, it really brings out your
inner geekiness ... permanently
inked to the surface.
Mythical creatures such as uni-
corns and fairies are not unique,
nor do they do anything to help
build your masculine appeal.
Having something like this tat-
tooed onto your body is just as
bizarre as the fairy tales they’ve
originated from.
Probably one of the most classic
tattoos, an anchor, should not be
found anywhere on your body
unless you are a captain of a ship,
have a crew of sailors or sail the
seas. Stick to a symbol that repre-
sents your actual career so you
avoid the label of a poser.
Portrait tattoos usually have the
most meaning to people but are
one of the riskiest tattoos to get. If
you do not have an extremely tal-
ented artist, your portrait of a loved
family member could potentially
turn into nothing more than a cari-
cature for life.
Pop culture references should be
avoided, because getting
“LMFAO” tattooed across your
chest might be funny for the first
ten minutes, but now you are stuck
with it for life and the joke has
already faded. Stick to a meaning-
ful quote as they are eternal.
Barbed wire may have been the
next best thing in the ’80s, but get-
ting it today really discredits any
originality or creativity you may
have been going for. If you really
need something wrapped around
your bicep, stick with something
that actually has a meaning to you,
or something you have designed.
Chinese symbols may be a way
to integrate more culture into your
life, but you need to make sure that
what you are putting on your body
actually means what you actually
think it means. There are many
people who can’t verify what their
symbol means or is supposed to
The worst possible mistake you
can make is putting your girl-
friend’s or wife’s (boyfriend’s or
husband’s) name on your body. If
your relationship fails you are
stuck with that name inked into
your skin. If your love is truly for-
ever, then you don’t need a tattoo
to remind you of it.
The last and probably worst tat-
too that any man or women could
ever get is something that is on his
or her face. If you ever want a pro-
fession outside of a tattoo parlour
or freak show, it is in your best
interest to keep any ink off the
face. The body is a large canvas, so
pick anything other than your face
(unless you are Mike Tyson).
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Careful how you get inked
Calling all fashionistas!
Tom Leppard, aka The Human Leopard, has some serious ink.
James Bailey works on his design for the Unbound fashion show.
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Get ready, fashion lovers – over
15 talented Fanshawe fashion
design students’ designs will hit
the catwalk for the annual
Unbound fashion show on April 9.
This year, the show will present
designs for spring/summer 2012.
The theme is film noir, but with a
modern twist. “It has a primal edge
to it, which is a big trend in terms
of clothing forecasting,” said
Jaclyn Hall, executive director of
Unbound and third-year student in
the program. The stage will help to
set the mood, with fringe curtains,
chandeliers and live music from a
piano player. “It’ll be a dark, eerie
sort of rustic Hollywood,” added
The show represents months of
hard work by the third-year fash-
ion design students and faculty.
“It’s kind of like having two
jobs because the program itself is
very time-consuming,” said Hall.
“It’s a very busy semester.”
Besides organizing and raising
funds for Unbound over the past
semester, each student has been
working to create a collection con-
sisting of five looks for the show.
According to Hall, students can
present up to 12 separate garments
The third-year students will get
a little help on the day of the show.
“All the first- and second-years
volunteer at the show as dressers
and ushers. They kind of get a
sense of what the show’s like
before they plan it themselves,”
said Hall. She remembered helping
out with Unbound in previous
years. “I remember thinking, ‘This
is very professional. It doesn’t feel
like a college show.’ It just keeps
getting better every year.”
“For us third-year students, the
show is very important to us. It is
what we feel will probably make
or break us in the industry,” she
The garments seen in Unbound
will be evaluated by a jury of lead-
ers in the Canadian fashion indus-
try, including acclaimed fashion
designer David Dixon, fashion
blogger Lisa Butler, Toronto
Fashion Incubator’s Gail McInnes,
Flare magazine’s Erin O’Brien and
more. Others on the guest list
include representatives from mag-
azines, sourcing companies for
fabrics, retail companies and other
influential people from around
Another way the class is show-
ing off their talents is in the
Unbound magazine.
“(Photographer John Sayer-White)
has been kind enough to take us
under his wing. He really sees
potential in the Fanshawe pro-
gram,” said Hall. Sayer-White col-
laborated with Unbound to create
the magazine, which contains his
editorial photos of the students’
The show takes place April 9 at
Museum London. Doors open at 7
p.m., and the show starts at 8.
Tickets are $45 and seating is lim-
ited. Visit tinyurl.com/fashionun-
bound for more information or to
purchase tickets.
Fashion abound at
Unbound 2011
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Fanshawe student Kristin Gardiner surveys her work for the upcoming
Unbound fashion show on April 9. The theme for this year’s show is film
noir, and features designs for spring/summer 2012.
by April 15, 2011
VICTORIA (CUP) — Victoria
Westcott likes her social media.
She likes to go on Facebook,
Twitter and YouTube, especially
when she’s talking about Locked in
a Garage Band, the movie she’s
And it’s pretty obvious why.
Thanks to social media, Victoria
and her sister, screenwriter and
director Jennifer Westcott, suc-
cessfully raised $20,000 to fund
their film earlier this month.
This wasn’t your everyday
fundraiser. This was crowd fund-
ing on Kickstarter.com. The
Westcott sisters became the first
successful Victoria, B.C. crowd
Kickstarter is an online pledge
system for funding creative proj-
ects, like indie films and music
endeavors. Project owners choose
a deadline and a minimum amount
of funds to raise. The catch is that
if the chosen target is not gathered
by the deadline, no funds are col-
On March 3 — the second-to-
last day of the campaign through
the website Kickstarter.com — the
Westcott sisters only had $7,430 of
the desired $20,000.
“It was extremely last-minute; it
was in the last 10 hours,” said
Victoria of the final fundraising
push. “My sister and I literally
started tweeting at 7:30 in the
morning until 9:52 that night,
when Twitter kicked me out
because you’re not allowed to
tweet more than 350 times an
The tweeting was with strangers
around the world, and each dona-
tion received a personal, if not
silly, thank you from the duo.
Jennifer would write rhymes that
rhymed with the donor’s name,
Victoria offered to name her first-
born after one donar — either
Zamba from the Czech Republic or
Zuke from L.A.
“(The donors were) people
around the world that we never
even met that just loved the idea of
the movie, and these two sisters
who are following their dreams to
make a movie together,” said
Victoria. “It was the best day of
our lives.”
The movie, as the title suggests,
is a coming-of-age comedy about a
high school band that gets locked
in a garage. The band, on the verge
of breaking up, is then forced to
face the various tensions in its rela-
tionships. Drawing inspiration
from the 1980s classic The
Breakfast Club, the movie is set
almost entirely in one location —
the garage.
The Westcott sisters also wanted
to bring back the 1980s teenage
movie vibe of what Victoria calls
“the smarts.”
“There are smart kids out there
that get a witty sense of humour.
We have to get them more credit.
We have to give our audience more
credit. It’s not just about sex and
masturbation in movies,” she said.
Jennifer wrote and is directing
the film, while Victoria is produc-
ing, dealing with the budgeting and
behind-the-scenes aspects of the
film. Filming begins in June, now
that the necessary funding is ready.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and
Silent Hill star Jodelle Ferland has
officially signed on.
Victoria says that she and her
sister consciously did not go to the
Canadian government, not because
of the arts funding cuts over the
years, but rather because Victoria
thinks the government wouldn’t be
as keen to help as much as her
“If we make a really kick-ass
movie, people will want to see it,”
she said of the decision to raise
money through crowd funding.
While Victoria and Jennifer are
including their brother in the proj-
ect with the score-writing duties,
Locked in a Garage Band will also
look to feature unsigned indie
garage bands as part of the sound-
“We really want to have inde-
pendent garage band music as part
of our soundtrack where we’re
helping to discover some really
great musicians from across the
country,” said Victoria.
They are planning to hold a con-
test where winning bands will be
featured in the movie.
Film financed through social media
Victoria Westcott (pictured) and
her sister Jennifer found the fund-
ing for their movie through
“My doctor told me to stop hav-
ing intimate dinners for four.
Unless there are three other peo-
ple,” were the words of Orson
Welles. As humorous as it appears,
Welles’ doctor was right on the
mark. It is always hard to cut back
on things that taste so good but
aren’t so good on our health.
Thousands of studies have been
conducted to state what we should
and shouldn’t eat. Sometimes what
is recommended by one health
expert may not be advised by
another. How can you really tell if
what you’re consuming is actually
healthy? Regardless of what foods
we are told are better than others,
the bottom line is that science has
proven that food is actually our
best medicine.
With over 9,000 health studies
conducted, Jean Carper, a best-
selling author and contributing edi-
tor to the health section of USA
Weekend magazine, indicated that
these are some of the top foods for
health and longevity:
Tomatoes, especially cooked
tomatoes, are enriched with a high
source of the antioxidant lycopene,
which reduces the risk of prostate,
lung and stomach cancers by 40
per cent. Pizza and pasta sauces
have five times more lycopene
than fresh tomatoes, and canned
tomatoes have three times more
than fresh, but this doesn’t mean
you should pig out on them.
Red Grapes
Anthocyanins, which give the
grapes a red brilliant colour, are
antioxidant phenols. These phenols
are known to have immense health
benefits, such as lower risks of car-
diovascular disease, improve
immune response and lower
chances of cancer. At the store, the
first thing we do at the grape sec-
tion is look for the “seedless” label,
however, red grapes containing
seeds have a higher concentration
of anthocyanins than seedless
It seems logical that anything
green is healthy, but how often are
we eating our greens? This super
health-promoter is second best
among vegetables in antioxidant
capacity – garlic is the number-one
vegetable in this category. Spinach
is also rich in folic acid, which
helps fight cancer, heart disease
and mental disorders. New
University of Kentucky research
shows folic acid may help prevent
Alzheimer's disease.
Although eating way too many
nuts may drive you nuts, unsalted,
fresh nuts are the best kind.
Almonds and walnuts lower blood
cholesterol. Nuts are high in fat,
but most is the good kind of fat:
mono-unsaturated and/or omega-3
fatty acids that limit LDL or “bad”
cholesterol. Nuts are delicious and
good to have as snacks.
Whole Grains
Whole grains contain anti-can-
cer agents and help stabilize blood
sugar and insulin, which may pro-
mote longevity. The more whole
grains you eat, the longer your life-
span, as indicated by a new
University of Minnesota study.
That said, this does not mean that
you should drink and drive while
eating whole grains as your “sur-
vival” plan.
Salmon and Other Fatty Fish
These contain high amounts
omega-3 fatty acids, which per-
form miracles throughout the
body, fighting virtually every
chronic disease known. Red and
pink canned salmon, sardines,
mackerel, herring and tuna are rich
in essential omega-3s.
Tufts University research found
these to be one of the best antioxi-
dant-rich foods, containing the
highest antioxidant capacity of all
fresh fruit. Blueberries can boost
up your immune system and pre-
vent infections. They may also
help reduce belly fat and risk fac-
tors for cardiovascular disease and
metabolic syndrome.
Don’t judge what a healthy meal
looks like by quantity but by value.
As a student, it’s never too early to
start thinking about the future sus-
tainability of your health.
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This week I thought I’d take a
look at a few wrestlers who are in
serious need of new gimmicks.
First up is Santino Marella,
whose unfunny antics on RAW
have been a source of irritation to
me for over two long years. This is
the problem with the WWE cater-
ing to kids as their preferred fan
base: adult fans like myself are left
shaking their heads in disbelief as a
superstar like Santino dresses up as
his sister “Santina,” or comes out
costumed as Charlie Brown in
order to talk to Snoop Dogg, who
Santino mistakenly thought was
Snoopy. It’s elementary school
humour like this that is causing
hardcore Attitude Era fans to be
greatly disappointed in the current
WWE product. They are a demo-
graphic that the company should
not be ignoring.
Santino is also the practitioner of
the “Cobra” finishing move, which
is even worse than Scotty 2 Hotty’s
“Worm.” It looks ridiculous and
wastes valuable time, and several
of his opponents have used this to
their advantage by decimating him
while he was distracted. A sugges-
tion would be to scrap the humour-
less hijinx and simply have Santino
wrestling, or perhaps give him a
gangster-style gimmick and have
him viciously “whack” his oppo-
Next up is a star from TNA,
Robbie E. The gimmick he is sad-
dled with is an extremely lame
Jersey Shore style character, com-
plete with fist pumping and a stu-
pid hairstyle similar to that of
Pauly D. He is always accompa-
nied by Cookie, who is Becky
Bayless, a female wrestler who has
been around for a few years in the
indies. I understand TNA’s desire
to achieve a bigger audience, but
mainstream attention isn’t always a
good thing, especially when they
resort to bringing in people from
the real Jersey Shore television
show, such as J-Woww and
Angelina. These “celebrities” real-
ly bring nothing of value to Impact,
other than J-Woww’s fake breasts,
and will only hurt the show. This
particularly applies to the fact that
they’ve recently made Sarita, who
is a very talented Knockout, team
up with Angelina from the Shore
for a part of this angle.
Last but certainly not least is the
main offender, John Cena. Now I
will admit that when Cena first
broke onto the WWE scene I found
him entertaining, with his heel rap-
per persona. He was politically
incorrect, crude and acted like an
ass, using rhymes to cut down any-
one who crossed his path, even Mr.
McMahon! I never guessed that a
few years later his whole gimmick
would end up being so tame, and
that he would be the guy that car-
ries the entire “WWE Universe,”
as if no other Superstar had the
ability. Maybe he can’t go back to
being the Doctor of Thuganomics
the way he was in 2003, but some-
thing has to change as his kid-
friendly “Never Give Up” image is
way past its expiry date. This cur-
rent feud he has with The Rock is
actually surprising me, with the
way they are allowing Rock to ver-
bally savage their golden boy.
Perhaps this is a sign that the com-
pany finally realizes a change has
to come. Cena has started rapping
again, so we can only hope that he
carries it to the extreme.
The NHL has finally laid down
the law when it comes to head
After both Dany Heatley and
Brad Marchand were suspended
for two games each for illegal hits,
Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke got
banned for the rest of the regular
season and the first round of the
playoffs for a head check. This is
the second time this year Cooke
has been suspended, and the fifth
of his career. The NHL is trying to
eliminate head checks and the
stern punishment they handed out
to Cooke is the most extreme of
the penalties they have given this
The NHL playoff races are heat-
ing up in both conferences and
games are getting close. In the
East, the Buffalo Sabres are still
holding onto the eighth position;
however, Carolina, Toronto and
New Jersey are hot on their trail. In
the West, the Calgary Flames are
looking to get into the playoffs and
are sitting two points out. The
Flames will need to battle hard as
the West is so tight and will have a
great finish to the season.
With all the playoff races going
on, the Vancouver Canucks were
able to clinch the Northwest divi-
sion, guaranteeing home ice
through the first round of the play-
offs. In the East, the Philadelphia
Flyers have clinched a spot in the
playoffs and are still currently
leading the Eastern conference.
The third star this week is from
the Montreal Canadiens, P.K.
Subban. The Habs defenceman
had four goals and two assists that
included a hat-trick against the
Minnesota Wild – the first hat-
trick by a Montreal rookie
defenceman in 10 years. The sec-
ond star is from the Anaheim
Ducks, Ray Emery, who finally
broke back into the NHL. Emery
was two and zero with a 0.99
GAA. The first star was from the
San Jose Sharks, Joel Pavelski.
Pavelski had a league high 11
points, which included three goals
and eight assists.
There are lots of big games this
week in the NHL, including the
Buffalo Sabres battling the
Toronto Maple Leafs. The winner
of that game will almost certainly
ensure their playoff spot. Both
teams will battle hard at it, so it
should be a low-scoring affair.
Another week, another
ugly headshot
Santino Marella’s goofy finisher, The Cobra, is part of an awful gimmick
that the WWE creative straddled him with. Marella is in need of a gim-
mick change.
Top healthy foods for longevity
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke will miss the final 10 games of
the regular season and the first round of the playoffs for his elbow on
Rangers defenceman Ryan McDonagh.
Time for a gimmick change
The last time I tested the
Clubman version of the Mini
Cooper, it was the John Cooper
Works version. That version had
over 200 hp and was just about the
most fun I have ever had in a car.
This time, however, things are a
little different.
Sure, I am testing a Clubman,
but it is the base model with the
base 1.6-litre, four-cylinder engine
that produces just 121 hp. That is
not exactly going to set the road on
fire, but then again, it might just
keep your license in your pocket. I
would recommend that you choose
to buy the six-speed manual over
the automatic version, to get the
most out of that engine. Power
goes only to the front wheels.
The base model is not some
speed machine, so what is it then?
Think of the Mini Cooper
Clubman as the in-between family
car. If the regular Mini is too small
for your needs, and the new Mini
Countryman is not Mini enough
for you, then the Clubman just
might fill the void in your life.
The Clubman looks like a
stretched version of the Cooper,
which it is, and that means it is
much more practical. For starters,
it has lots more space for rear seat
passengers, and the trunk (which is
accessed through split opening
barn doors) has enough room to
carry all your groceries, rather than
just half of them.
The long wheelbase of the
Clubman has other benefits too,
like ride comfort. These are quite
relaxing to use as highway com-
muters. If you found the normal
Cooper to be a bit too bouncy, the
Clubman solves that issue.
The strongest argument for buy-
ing a Mini is its legendary han-
dling, and the Clubman suffers a
bit in that department. While it still
has great steering feel and proba-
bly handles better than most other
cars on the road, it is not as nimble
as the regular Cooper, and there-
fore not as much fun. The
Clubman also has a terrible turning
radius, so it’s not exactly great
when trying to park.
There is another downside to the
Clubman, and that is its fuel econ-
omy. While I have averaged 6.8-
litres/100km with a regular
Cooper, the best I could get out of
the base Clubman was 8.2-
litres/100km. That is probably due
to its extra girth.
It’s a good vehicle, while not a
great one. But should you ever
consider buying one? Yes, you
should, and there are three reasons
for that.
Reason 1: It is a cool-looking
car, and you will enjoy the compli-
ments you’ll get.
Reason 2: It is practical. You
can fit two adults in the back seat
easily, and since they have a small
but practical rear-hinged door, get-
ting in and out is a lot easier.
Reason 3: With prices for
Clubmans starting at $27,350, they
are affordable for most people.
So if you are looking for a fun
family car, and don’t have grown-
up kids, take a closer look at the
Interval training has been
regarded as the new way of exer-
cising for a number of years now.
Your advanced trainee is most
likely familiar with the concept,
but the general public remains con-
fused for the most part. Let’s try to
clear up some of the basics and fre-
quently asked questions.
What exactly is interval train-
It is a form of physical activity
that involves bursts of high-inten-
sity cardiovascular exercise. It
integrates periods of rest or low
activity in between bouts of vigor-
ous exercise.
Why is it such an effective
First and foremost, cardiovascu-
lar fitness is the most important fit-
ness component overall, and this
just happens to be a great way of
improving it. Secondly, most
sports involve intense bursts of
activity. Think of soccer or basket-
ball, for example; you often have
to go full out, followed by brief
resting periods. If you’re going to
train for sport, train SPECIFICAL-
LY for your sport. Interval training
helps accomplish this.
What is an example of interval
It could be anything, really. It
could include running as hard as
possible for 30 seconds followed
by 30 seconds of rest, then repeat-
ing. As you progress, it could
include running for 30 seconds and
resting for only 20 seconds. Ideally
you want to be able to train more
intensely for a longer duration
while minimizing the need for rest
in between intervals.
Who should use interval training
Anyone can incorporate interval
training, but it is more advanced
and not something you typically
prescribe for beginners. It’s not
exactly something you’d tell your
mom to do, especially if she hasn’t
trained for years. Heck, interval
training for your mother might
include 10 seconds of jogging fol-
lowed by one or two minutes of
rest then repeated – easy for you,
but challenging and safe for her!
Is there anything else I should be
aware of?
Interval training is very reward-
ing but very difficult. It requires a
high degree of motivation and
focus. Often, people only interval
train because their coaches force
them to under their supervision. It
is also a fast way of burning off
calories but the process is exhaust-
ing. One thing is for sure: if you do
it, and you do it consistently, you
will be in the best shape of your
Interval training could liven
up your routine
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Since there have not been any
major developments in the NFL’s
labour situation, I am going to get
away from the doom-and-gloom
article this week and get back to
There are always different draft
strategies, and certain positions are
always at the forefront when dis-
cussing draft value. No matter how
talented a defensive end or line-
backer is, it will never change the
fact that one position is still valued
above all the rest: quarterback. I
know the old adage says “defence
wins championships,” but that
doesn’t seem to be as true these
days. Quarterback play has contin-
ued to get better and better, and
teams that lack talent at the most
important position don’t fare well.
Therefore, I am going to look at
some teams that I feel need a quar-
terback, and pair them with a free
agent or draft prospect.
Carolina Panthers: The
Panthers hold all the cards in this
year’s draft. With the number one
pick, they can go in multiple direc-
tions. Most people have them tak-
ing a defensive player, and sticking
with Jimmy Clausen under centre;
however, I think the Panthers have
to look at the recent success of
rookie QBs, and take Missouri’s
Blaine Gabbert with the number
one pick. He is the most polished
QB in the draft, and will instantly
become a franchise player.
Buffalo Bills: Before I match
the Bills up, I will state that I think
Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the starter
this season in Buffalo; however, I
think that the Bills need to land
Auburn’s Cam Newton in the first
round. I realize that the number
three slot is likely too high for
Newton, but he would be a perfect
fit in Buffalo. He is a project QB,
who will likely not be a starter in
year one; however, the Bills need
something to spark the fans’ fad-
ing interest, and Newton would
certainly help. After a year or two
of polish, the Bills could build an
offence around his talents, and
become a force in the AFC once
Arizona Cardinals: The
Cardinals are a mess at this point.
Unlike the Bills and Panthers, the
Cards don’t have any other option
at the position. David Anderson,
John Skelton and several others
tried (and failed) to grab the
starter’s gig in the desert last year,
and they need a new solution. I
think another young talent would
be wasted at this point, so I see
them targeting Philadelphia Eagle
Kevin Kolb in a trade. Kolb
showed he has the stuff to be an
NFL starter, and paired with Larry
Fitzgerald, could become a very
solid starter for years to come.
Cincinnati Bengals: This of
course is based on Carson Palmer
following through with his threats
and leaving the team. Most NFL
experts have Gabbert going to
Cincy, but I feel they are built as a
team to win in the near future, and
should target a veteran. Ex-Titan
Vince Young would be a certain
possibility, but his dedication was
a major issue during his stay in the
Music City. If given the chance,
and a proper support system, I feel
Young could still be an elite play-
Of course, there are more teams
that require a new gunslinger, but I
don’t have the space (or time) to
discuss them all. I suppose all of
these teams could forget my
advice and try to convince a cer-
tain Mississippi resident to sign,
but nobody wants that.
Quarterback matchmaking
Clubman is Mini’s middle child
A look inside the Mini Cooper Clubman.
Auburn’s Cam Newton would be a perfect fit for the Buffalo Bills.
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