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This week's environmental awareness themed issue of the Interrobang features a look at green initiatives on campus. Plus more Fleming Drive coverage, and a review of The Hunger Games.
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Volume 44 Issue No. 27 April 2, 2012 www.fsu.

Some students still don’t get it 3
Can you solve the Guidestones mystery? 7
Go green 12-16
Volume 44 Issue No. 27 April 2, 2012 www.fsu.ca/interrobang/
Alex Ranchod is in his second
year of the Hospitality
Management program. “Having
grown up in the suburbs of
Toronto, I am someone that is to
be reckoned with,” said
Ranchod. “I have a ton of ambi-
tion. I can be a hard worker
when I choose to be, but I still
know how to have fun. I enjoy
staying active, chilling with
friends and being the best I can
be. I don’t judge anyone unless I
know who they are personally.”
1. Why are you here?
To do the best I can and graduate
within the time that’s been given.
2. What was your life-changing
Hiking through the Rockies and
reaching the pinnacle of the moun-
tains in the sky.
3. What music are you currently
listening to?
Rusko’s “Somebody To Love.”
4. What is the best piece of
advice you’ve ever received?
My grandfather: “Never forget
where you are.”
5. Who is your role model?
My dad, Dino Ranchod.
6. Where in the world have you
Florida and the Rockies.
7. What was your first job?
At Za-Neo Inc. selling fine leather
goods and accessories in a high-
end retail environment in down-
town Toronto.
8. What would your last meal
A massive steak and cheese sand-
wich with Caesar salad and pou-
tine on the side.
9. What makes you uneasy?
Walking in somewhere and every-
one is staring at you.
10. What is your passion?
Travelling and being adventurous
all while meeting cool, fascinating
Do you want Fanshawe to know 10
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Ranchod’s a mountain man
Alex Ranchod, left, hiking through the Rockies.
(From left) Christine El-Helou, Youssef Meddoui, Haley Wiltshire and Beth Jackson are members of the Project
Fanshawe group, which aims to help rebuild Fleming Drive after the March 17 riot. They held a bake sale on
March 27 to raise money for the neighbourhood. On March 24 they held a bottle drive and raised $342.42 for
their cause.
Sarah Van De
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Steven Corsaut
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Rob Catherwood
“Yes, I suppose I care as
much as the average guy.”
Derek Gillingham
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much as possible.”
Nick Davenport
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Volume 44 Issue No. 27 April 2, 2012 www.fsu.ca/interrobang/
Depending on who you ask, the
Fleming Drive riot on St. Patrick’s
Day is a source of shame or a
source of entertainment. Though it
seems the majority of Fanshawe’s
staff and students have expressed
disgust with the incident, others are
seeing it as no big deal, as evi-
denced by the 67-plus Provincial
Offence Notices handed out by
London Police Services in the
Fleming area since March 17. The
PONs were issued for everything
from liquor law violations to traffic
infractions to a “set unauthorized
open air burning” violation for a
resident who had a bonfire in his
“Number-wise, when you look
at the number of charges, you
would think that people are just
kind of brushing it off,” said Const.
Dennis Rivest, Corporate
Communications and Public
Relations Officer for the London
Police Service. “(Police Chief Brad
Duncan) actually went on to say
how disappointed he was that the
behaviours continue despite
(police) being out there, having our
command vehicle out there and our
officers on the ground and our offi-
cers charging people, writing tick-
ets, and yet people are still out
drinking, the one person (had) a
bonfire in their driveway, all sorts
of different issues. It is rather dis-
appointing to see this behaviour is
still continuing.”
Emily Marcoccia, Director of
Marketing and Corporate
Communications at Fanshawe
College, said she felt the vast
majority of Fanshawe students
understood the seriousness of the
situation. “One of the things that
we need to remember is that there
are 17,000 Fanshawe students in
the community. So, a general ques-
tion, ‘Are students getting it?’ Yes.
The vast majority of our students
have not done anything inappropri-
ate in the community, and in fact
the opposite is true; we have such
an overwhelming number of stu-
dents that are contributing in a pos-
itive way through their volunteer
work and other work in the com-
“Have there been some people
who don’t seem to get the message
in the Fleming area? Absolutely,
yes,” she continued. “For the
police to have to issue another 67
provincial offense notices since
(March 17) is 67 too many.”
According to Rivest, police are
going to continue to remain strict
and hand out tickets in the area.
“It’s going to continue … as long
as it takes … We’re going to take a
zero-tolerance approach, strict
enforcement, and if you are com-
mitting an offence, you will be
charged accordingly,” he said. “If
it’s an offence, you can probably
guarantee you’ll get a ticket – at
least a ticket, if not arrested and
charged criminally.”
Despite the serious conse-
quences that have come since the
riot, some people are finding
humour in what happened. “I
would consider myself ‘Team
Funny’ in terms of the jokes about
the Fleming riot, but like every
other joke there is a time and a
place for it,” said Jes Clarke-
Madamba, a student in Fanshawe’s
Advanced Filmmaking program.
“The odd joke I hear from a
stranger I find pretty funny and
jokes between Fanshawe students
are a true riot. It’s honestly a joke.
The whole thing is a joke.”
Some people are taking the jokes
one step further. An image of a
shirt that proclaims, “I survived the
Fleming Drive riot Funshawe
College 2012” has been circulating
around social media, with some
individuals saying they will create
the shirt for a fee.
“I think it’s very, very, very
unfortunate and frankly disgusting
that some individuals want to make
jokes or money on the backs of our
good students and their creden-
tials,” said Marcoccia. “To contin-
ue to make light of or profit from
this incident is continuing to deval-
ue the reputation of the majority of
our students.”
“How dare you use our students
as a way to profit and then tell oth-
ers, as we’ve read, that it’s ‘just for
fun,’” she continued. “It’s not ‘just
for fun’ for the students who are
looking for future employment … I
really wish students would stand
up and take back their rights to not
have to let others make fun of or
personally profit by individuals
like that.”
According to John DuGray,
another AFM student at Fanshawe,
the jokes are to be somewhat
expected. “Travelling to other
cities recently representing
Fanshawe, as well as having guest
speakers from other cities visit, has
led to some light-hearted teasing
about the Fleming riot. It is to be
expected, though, as it has become
an international news story. I
haven’t felt judged or discriminat-
ed against because of it, but it is an
easy punchline at the moment.”
Some people have made com-
ments on social media about how
fun the riot was or how it’s not a
big deal, such as Twitter posts
from @gloriaristocrat: “People
need to calm down about what
happened at Fleming Drive last-
night- personally I thought it was
fun and wild! #partyon” (March
18) and @xtinacolakovic: “broken
necks, Swat on our lawn, cars on
fire, keg stands on the roof, beer
allll day. I can easily say yesterday
was the best day of my life”
(March 18).
“I don’t think (the riot is) any-
thing that one should walk around
being proud of,” said Rivest. “It’s
certainly an embarrassment to that
particular area and to the city as
well. I think that when we look at
the idea that we’re supposed to be
adults that are living in that area,
then maybe we need to start show-
ing a little bit more respect. The
rules are in place for people’s safe-
ty and for people’s enjoyment, and
as I said earlier, we will continue to
charge as necessary.”
“I believe the zero-tolerance
approach is absolutely correct and
I believe it will deter some behav-
iours on the short term,” said
Marcoccia, “but the College
remains very concerned that longer
term solutions need to be found for
the Fleming area.”
Showcasing student
On April 4, Fanshawe College is
holding its first annual Student
Research and Innovation Day
(SRID). The event brings together
some of Fanshawe’s most innova-
tive students in a friendly competi-
tion with some great prizes.
Danielle Phillips, a Corporate
Communications and Public
Relations student completing her
placement with the department of
Applied Research and Innovation
at Fanshawe said she is really
excited to see the event come
together. “(Students) are going to
set up their research and innovative
projects that they’ve been working
on in school. It’s kinda like a sci-
ence fair, but when I think of a sci-
ence fair it’s mostly science and
technology, but this is also arts and
humanities, business, health sci-
ences and human services, too,”
she said.
The event starts at 1 p.m. with
keynote speaker Wesley From,
Vice President of Engineering at
Trojan Technology, in room
T1003. From there, projects will be
presented in the Colvin Atrium in
B building from 2:30 p.m. until
4:30 p.m., at which point the
awards will be presented. Projects
are being evaluated based on for-
mat layout, logic of presentation
and the presenters’ ability to
answer questions about their work.
The event features 25 projects
completed by students in five cate-
gories: Arts/Humanities, Media
and Design, Business, Health
Sciences/Human Services and
Science/Technology. Within each
of those five categories there will
be three prizewinners. “The first
place prize is $1,000, second is
$500, third is $300 and then every-
body gets $100 for participating,”
said Phillips.
“I think it’s going to be really
good. They haven’t had anything
like it at Fanshawe before,” said
Phillips. “We were hoping for 25
submissions, five in each category.
We had over 45 submissions,” she
added, highlighting the success the
event has already had. Student
entries included capstone projects,
team projects, degree assignments
and course assignments. A selec-
tion committee then met to deter-
mine which entries would be
included in the event.
Phillips thinks that, given the
number of students who were
interested this year, the Student
Research and Innovation Day will
successfully continue every year.
For more information about
SRID, visit fanshawec.ca/SRID or
their Facebook page at
Social media played a huge role in the March 17 Fleming Drive riot.
People have been using Facebook and Twitter to make jokes about what
happened, and police are using the same sites to track down suspects.
Some students still not getting it
Volume 44 Issue No. 27 April 2, 2012 www.fsu.ca/interrobang/
A new study being conducted by
Ontario Health is asking Ontarians
to help in the research effort to
identify contributing factors and
ultimately find treatments and pre-
ventions for diseases such as can-
cer, diabetes, heart disease, asthma
and Alzheimer’s.
The Ontario Health Study
(OHS) is an online survey that is
open to all Ontario citizens over
the age of 18. It takes roughly half
an hour to complete and asks par-
ticipants questions regarding the
status of their own health, family
medical history and various
lifestyle factors.
Issues surrounding privacy have
been taken into consideration by
the OHS, so you need not fear your
medical information becoming
public knowledge. The OHS has
implemented various strategies to
protect the privacy of participants
as, according to the website, the
study has taken measures to
ensure, “information is stored with
all identifying information
removed, all information is pass-
word-protected and encrypted and
access is kept to a minimum.”
As of mid-March, of the 9.5 mil-
lion citizens who are eligible to
participate in the study, 175,000
had done so, with 7,700 of those
participants hailing from London.
The OHS aims to have one million
participants by the conclusion of
the study, which as of yet has no
end date, and has plans to roll out a
new recruitment initiative later this
The OHS is a not-for-profit
study that receives funding from
the Ontario Institute for Cancer
Research, Cancer Care Ontario,
Public Health Ontario and the
Canadian Partnership Against
Cancer. The OHS is just one com-
ponent of the nationwide Canadian
Partnership for Tomorrow Project,
which is gathering similar studies
from five regions around the coun-
try in a larger research initiative
surrounding the diseases focused
on in the OHS.
For more information on the
OHS, or to sign up and participate
in the study, visit ontariohealth-
The Library and Media Services on
Fanshawe’s London campus will once
again offer 24/7 access during exam
The 24/7 Library access begins at 8
a.m. on April 9 and runs until 4:15 p.m.
on April 20. These extended hours will
also include access to the print collec-
tions and photocopiers. Use your
Fanshawe student ID to get in.
Please note that the Library Student
Research Lab hours won’t change,
because it’s already open 24/7.
So head to the library and shhhh! Get
Ontario Health
Survey aims to
answer big questions
Proposed changes to the public
nuisance bylaw will be presented
to City Council by mid-April, but
before that happens, the city is
offering local residents the chance
to voice their opinions.
A public safety meeting will be
held April 2 at 6 p.m. at the
London Convention Centre (300
York St.) and students and resi-
dents will be able to voice their
concerns to council members.
“We want to hear from the com-
munity – from the residents, the
students’ council and so on – on
their experience and what was of
concern, and any ideas or sugges-
tions the public has to improve the
situation are welcome,” said
Councilor Joe Swan, whose ward
includes Fleming Drive. The
meeting will also include a status
report from police and emergency
personnel regarding what hap-
pened at the riot and the sugges-
tions they have to help ensure pub-
lic safety.
A “nuisance party” is defined in
the proposed bylaw as a social
gathering on public or private
property that includes disorderly
conduct; public drunkenness or
intoxication; damage to public or
private property; obstructing the
flow of traffic; unreasonable noise
(such as loud music, talking or
singing); unlawful burning or fire-
works; public disturbances (such
as fights or threats); outdoor pub-
lic urination or defecation; and
other conduct that could constitute
a public nuisance.
The proposed amendment to the
nuisance bylaw would enable
police officers to disband any par-
ties that are getting out of hand,
removing everyone from the
premises of the party except for
those who permanently reside
there. The bylaw aims to give
police officers greater proactive
control in stopping “unlawful
gatherings” before they begin.
Penalties for breaking the bylaw
include convictions or a maximum
fine of $10,000.
Fanshawe students had mixed
reactions to the proposed change.
“I think it’s a really good idea,”
said Stephanie Reimer, a first-year
Business student. “Some parties
can get way out of control really
quickly and I think if the cops
could step in and shut them down
before they got to that point, it
would save a lot of trouble.”
Chris Schwartzer, a second-year
General Arts and Science student,
disagreed. “I think people are real-
ly overreacting to this whole
Fleming thing. I don’t want the
cops to be able to come into my
party and kick everyone out just
because they think it might get
crazy at some point. It seems like a
violation to me and it’s like they
don’t trust students to throw par-
ties without them turning into
Though the proposed change
came about due to the Fleming
riot, Swan explained that the
bylaw aims to control other
“hotspots” in the community, such
as downtown, Western Road and
Sarnia Road. “It really is helping
the city come to terms with large
gatherings of people in which
there’s unregulated use of alcohol
and when it moves into an unsafe
environment … It’s not just
Fanshawe – although that is the
primary hotspot we have to deal
with – this law has to apply fairly
across the community.”
Some people see the proposed
bylaw as being in conflict with the
potential changes to the concert
bylaw – currently concerts can be
no louder than 90 decibels and
must shut down by 11 p.m.; city
council is looking into allowing
concerts to run louder and longer –
but Swan said he thinks both
bylaws could be a positive part of
the solution. “Having a concert
format on days like St. Patrick’s, it
gives people a place to go. It can
have a really good vibe and a good
party atmosphere in a safe and
controlled environment … I think
(the two bylaws) need to be mutu-
ally supportive.”
The proposed changes to the
bylaw will presented to the
London City Council on April 11
and, if approved, are set to take
effect the following day. “That’s
the timeline proposed, but if good
suggestions come forward or
things need to be worked on, we’ll
take the time to get it right,” said
‘To read the proposed public
nuisance bylaw for yourself, go to
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To be really honest with you, I was having
trouble deciding what to write about this
week. I was working on a story for the enter-
tainment beat in my Broadcast Journalism
program, which isn’t my strongest point by
any means. Nevertheless, I happened to
speak to John Young and Pat Maloney at the
Fanshawe Student Union and I chanced
upon the Jack Richardson Music Awards.
Maloney is the Producer of the show, while
Young is the Chair of the awards. I had
never heard of Jack Richardson before, until
I listened to a personality profile in class: a
profile of Richardson.
Richardson shares his birthday with my
brother, and that is probably the only con-
nection I have with the man, but I did get a
chance to speak to people who worked with
him while he taught at Fanshawe.
Richardson was an instructor in the Music
Industry Arts program and his colleague,
Steve Malison, has fond memories of him,
“Jack and I were the morning crew, we
would talk for an hour before class.” This
went on every day, according to Malison. He
went on to add that Richardson was not
restricted to one genre, though many people
thought he was. He had a vast influence on a
number of musical acts and genres during
his years as a record producer.
When Richardson passed away in 2011,
Canada lost a legend. “I will never, ever for-
get how you changed my life,” were the
words of The Guess Who frontman Burton
Cummings on his blog. Richardson saw the
music business from a variety of perspec-
tives – as a musician, producer, advertising
executive, record-company executive and
college professor. His whole life was devot-
ed to music, so much so that he took a sec-
ond mortgage on his house to finance The
Guess Who from Winnipeg to go down and
showcase for a label in New York City.
According to Maloney, who was in the last
class that Jack taught at Fanshawe credits,
that decision was “the start of the Canadian
music industry as we know it today.”
In total, Richardson produced 14 albums
for The Guess Who, five of which were cer-
tified platinum in Canada, with three of
them reaching that mark in the U.S. He has
received 38 gold and platinum awards for
his production work. He also won the Walt
Grealis Special Achievement Award at the
Juno Awards in 1986. Such was his impact
on Canadian music production that in 2002,
the Juno Awards category for Producer of
the Year was renamed the Jack Richardson
Producer of the Year award. Richardson is
also a member of the Canadian Music Hall
of Fame. And that’s not all; he was also
made a member of the Order of Canada in
Though Richardson has passed, his mem-
ory lives on among us. The Jack Richardson
Music Awards are held annually in the
Forest City. It carries on the legacy that cre-
ated by the ‘Godfather of Canadian Music.’
Jack chose to live in London for a while, and
every year at the Jack Richardson Music
awards, local talent is given a platform to
shine and stand out. This year will be the
first time that the show goes on without the
watchful and supportive eyes of Richardson.
It should definitely be an emotional night
and it all happens April 15 at the London
Music Hall (185 Queens Ave). For more
information, check out jrma.ca.
The godfather of Canadian music
I think it goes without saying that ALL of
us come to the table with various chips on
our shoulders. While someone’s situation
may appear “picture perfect” on the outside,
ultimately you don’t know the trials and
tribulations they may have faced/continue to
undergo. Likewise, things are often not as
bad as they may seem. It’s really all a matter
of attitude AND gratitude. Given this, it’s
important to reserve judgement toward oth-
On the other side of the equation, it’s
equally important not to allow one’s battle
wounds to permeate every aspect of one’s
life. While one’s past largely informs one’s
present and reflecting upon past experiences
(both successes and mistakes) can be a fan-
tastic means of learning about oneself and
the world at large, you’ll ultimately never
get to where you want to go in life if your
perspective remains stagnant. The example
of Thomas Edison’s perseverant quest to
establish a reliable, long-lasting, electric
lightbulb speaks for itself. The point I’m try-
ing to make? Don’t allow yourself to be sti-
fled and/or suffocated by your own emotion-
al baggage – no one else wants to!
With that introduction, instead of getting
heavy into my regular “psychoanalytics” this
week, I’d simply like to relay to you two sto-
ries in hopes that you’ll reflect on your own
attitude toward yourself, others and life in
A few years ago when I was working at
the London Musicians’ Association (LMA),
I met a man who had the misfortune of being
afflicted with a lifelong disability that affect-
ed his motor skills. Despite this, he was pas-
sionate about pursuing a career in music.
Initial judgement would lead one to believe
he was making the best out of a bad situation
– that he possessed a rather admirable dispo-
sition. But the more I continued to speak
with him, the more his positioning of what
sociological-dramaturgist Goffman refers to
as one’s “front stage self” (i.e., the way in
which you WANT others to perceive you)
broke down.
His reason for contacting me was because
he was intent on performing at a variety of
local festivals. He claimed he had a massive
fanbase, his music had wide appeal and that
he was being discriminated against by the
organizers of these events due to his physical
ailment. At the same time, however, he also
made it clear that he was not a member of
our association and in fact didn’t see much
point in becoming one… yet he expected our
services to be granted to him.
I regretfully explained that unless he was
willing to consider membership, there was-
n’t much we’d be able to do as our limited
resources are reserved for those who main-
tain regular dues payments. With that said,
however, as one of the LMA’s services is to
investigate “unfair treatment claims” issued
by musicians against event organizers, I was
happy to look into the case for him.
I simply began by asking him to describe
exactly what happened. It didn’t take long
for his rather harsh accusations to lose speed.
As he explained to me, he applied to per-
form at a festival and received a generic
rejection letter back, advising him that his
music did not fall into the genre categories
they were seeking. At this point, I reviewed
the letter, the genre categories of the festival
and asked him to send me a sample of his
music. Wouldn’t you know it? The rejection
letter couldn’t be any more to the point.
When I attempted to explain that I, along
with many other musicians, have faced sim-
ilar rejections and that I did not see any indi-
cation he was being “unfairly” treated, he
immediately jumped down my throat and
ACCUSED ME TOO of being prejudice
against those with disabilities… but it didn’t
just end there. When I returned home from
work, I found a series of “bitch-out” letters
from him in my personal email inbox; he had
decided to look up my official website to
obtain my contact information to continue
this “cyber war.”
While I initially empathized with the fact
he obviously underwent many struggles in
his life due to his disability and commended
him for his musical efforts irrespective of his
condition, the revelation of his “backstage
self” proved that it was his ATTITUDE,
NOT his limited physicality, that was hold-
ing him back in life. Like a spoiled brat, if he
didn’t get what he wanted, he’d consistently
lash out and label the world as prejudiced.
Moreover he EXPECTED special treatment
– as though the world should revolve around
his every wish and command. Sad, but true.
In contrast, a few months ago I came
across a late-night talk show interview with
an amazing teenager named Joanne
O’Riordan from Ireland who was born with
Tetra-amelia syndrome – a birth defect that
afflicts only SEVEN people in the entire
world – in which the sufferer has not just
limited mobility, but literally NO limbs to
speak of. Throughout the broadcast,
O’Riordan spoke humbly of the “normal”
life she lives and her positive, self-sufficient
attitude was more than evident as she drank
a beverage without assistance.
She admitted to hating being called an
“inspiration” and intends on never allowing
her condition to become an “excuse.”
Equally, however, she explained she is
happy to engage others when they ask about
her physicality. She aspires to become either
a journalist or politician, and with her aca-
demic prowess and “can-do” attitude, I
believe there’s no doubt she will get to
where she wants to go. She’s already suc-
cessfully campaigned against a local MP
who was attempting to cut funding toward
families who support disabled children.
I welcome you to check the interview here
for yourself: tinyurl.com/oriordanvideo.
Like all of you, I’ve had many experiences
in life where I thought I was beaten down on
the ground for good, but somehow I mus-
tered the strength to get back up for another
round. The saying is true: “What doesn’t kill
you makes you stronger.” BUT there’s an
important caveat missing from that expres-
sion: “It’ll only make you stronger IF you let
It’s okay to grieve, it’s okay to get upset,
it’s even okay to scream at the tops of your
lungs if you need to get negativity out of
your system. It’s not okay (nor mature),
however, to allow yourself to be victimized
or to become an “excuse” king or queen sim-
ply because you don’t always get your way.
To quote a rock musician who upon occa-
sion has something insightful to say, “You
don’t always get what you want, but if you
try sometimes, you might just find you’ll get
what you need.”
In conclusion, have an “attitude of grati-
tude,” my friends – you do, after all, live in
one of the most privileged parts of the world.
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Discriminating taste
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In light of the recent Water Week, and in
keeping with the theme of this week’s issue,
it seems appropriate to revisit the relation-
ship between Canadian politics and the envi-
ronment. The last time Environment
Minister Peter Kent made the headlines, it
was over Canada’s decision to abandon the
Kyoto Protocol at a convention on climate
change in South Africa. The conflict arose
after Kent refused to comment on dropping
out of the agreement even long after it
became apparent to the international com-
munity that he intended to do so.
More recently there have been accusations
that the Conservative government has been
delaying, or even preventing, federal scien-
tists from speaking with the media about
research results. The research of Kristi
Miller on declining fish populations remains
unpublished, and other Canadian scientists
are currently studying similar environmental
issues, such as the impact of the Alberta tar
sands. Reduced transparency of academic
research is a new paradigm for both Canada
and the scientific community. Scientific
advancement relies on open sharing of infor-
mation and any threat to it, real or perceived,
reflects poorly on Canada internationally.
As per usual, the debate is being framed
by government assertions that critics and the
media are trying to create an issue where
there isn’t one. Although there may be an
element of this in every political story,
there’s usually a kernel of truth to these
accusations as well. The Conservative gov-
ernment has created a political environment
where presenting information that may
undermine their goals is frowned upon. The
official Federal agenda has several top prior-
ities, but the obvious favourites are job cre-
ation and economic growth.
It’s difficult for a country to deal with
environmental restrictions, as evidenced by
Kent’s actions in Durban, but it’s also diffi-
cult for them to care. Environmental restric-
tions can result in driving up manufacturing
prices and limiting the efficiency of indus-
tries. By the time any of these climate
change concerns begin to manifest, however,
Harper will be a portrait on the walls of
Parliament. This necessitates a precarious
balance. On one hand, the government needs
to invest enough into environmental reform
that the international community won’t con-
demn them, and, on the other, they cannot
make environmental changes that would
jeopardize the economy. You may have
noticed advertisements recently aired on
Canadian networks that picture a worker in
the Alberta oil sands talking about how clean
and safe the process is. I don’t pretend to be
any sort of environmental expert, but the
concerns of those who are, coupled with
images of stagnant sludge pools poised
above fresh water sources, point to the pos-
sibility of a different message about safety.
In a democratic government, there needs
to be an explicit and deliberate effort to con-
duct all business and research in the public
eye. Any failure to do so will undoubtedly be
misinterpreted by some as an attempt at
secrecy, which implies wrongdoing. A con-
certed effort must be made on the basis of
providing resources capable of informing
individuals on the principles and practices
being used by government. These resources
should be capable of educating a person
regardless of their background. While there
may only be a minute percentage of the pop-
ulation interested in this information, their
ability to access it should be guaranteed, as it
is their tax dollars funding these projects.
If everybody
else cared
about climate
would you?
It’s probably an urban legend, but recent-
ly I heard a story about someone who
refused to eat any more eggs. She always
liked them, but one day confessed to her
friends that she didn’t know where they
came from. When she was told that they
came from the back end of a chicken, she
swore off them.
London, like any city in Southwestern
Ontario, is surrounded by farmland. But how
many of us know much about rural life and
farming? We drive past vast stretches of
developed crop land with hardly a thought.
Actually, since most of our commuting takes
place either right in the city or on the stretch
of the 401 between London and Toronto, the
chances are good that many of us have never
even see a farm.
But so what? As long as the tiny percent-
age of people who actually work directly
with fields, orchards and livestock keep
doing what they are paid to do, who cares?
They make money by working the tractors
and operating the barns so they can buy the
stuff made in the cities. And city dwellers
who make money building toasters and
retailing clothes buy the food farmers pro-
duce in the country. It all balances out.
Maybe. Or maybe not. Wendell Berry, a
farmer, teacher and writer has for many
years been saying that we are in peril for
ignoring our land and our farms, especially
our family farms.
The family farm, one that is intimately
connected with the land, is a crucial source
of the values that make human life possible.
If, like me, you have ever spent any time
living on a family farm, living among fami-
ly farmers or even just visiting a family
farm, you might have a feeling for what this
means. Berry, in his book, On Farming and
Food (Counterpoint, 2009), explores the
meaning of the family farm, what its success
brings to all of us, and also what its failure
would mean for us.
In one of the essays, “In Defense of the
Family Farm,” Berry writes about the
Christian Amish communities in North
America. They are easily found. If you
drive, say, north of Kitchener, you might see
them working the fields by hand and using
horse and buggy instead of cars. Do slow
down when you pass such a rig so the hors-
es and the occupants in the buggy will know
you are sharing the road safely with them.
Berry recommends what he calls eight
“Amish Principles.” I more or less quote
them here.
One, they preserve their families and
Two, they maintain the practices of neigh-
bourly living.
Three, they practice the art of kitchen and
garden, household and homestead.
Four, they use technology, but are not
afraid to limit its use. They resist allowing
technology to displace or alienate the human
labour already available in the community.
And they do not throw aside the free sources
of power available from the sun, the wind,
waterways and so on that come with their
Five, they create farms of a scale that are
compatible with both the practice of neigh-
bourhood and the optimum use of low-
power technology.
Six, because of these practices, they keep
their costs down. Therefore, they are not for-
ever indebted to banks, nor are they at the
mercy of national and international agribusi-
Seven, they educate their children to live
at home and serve their communities.
Eight, they esteem farming as a spiritual
discipline as well as a practical art. In fact,
those two dimensions are inseparable.
I would add a ninth principle that is clear-
ly at home in these first eight. Frugality. To
throw away nothing. And a concluding
story: For a time my father farmed. The barn
he used was not the best. But within a few
months he had it ready for livestock. One of
the things he did was take an old pile of
planks and make a second storey.
But here’s the most interesting part. The
planks were full of nails. Many people
today, rather than deal with old planks filled
with rusty nails, would throw out such mate-
rial and buy new lumber and nails from the
building supply centre. But my father and I
took those planks and pulled out the nails.
Each of those nails was precious to him. He
had me take those nails, one by one and hold
them carefully on the concrete floor. I hit
them with a hammer, straightening out every
bend, and putting the recycled nails in a jar.
Almost all were salvageable. They held that
barn together for a long time.
I learned more about what makes an econ-
omy healthy from that small farm exercise
than I have learned from all the professional
economists I have read quoted in our media
over many years.
Principles from the Amish farm
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The Guidestones web series was based on the Georgia Guidestones. The interactive series invites viewers to
explore the mysteries of these cryptic stones.
Captivating, thrilling and myste-
Guidestones is a free, web-based
interactive thriller series based on
the Georgia Guidestones. The
story follows two journalism stu-
dents as they try to uncover the
conspiracy of the Guidestones
while investigating an unsolved
Jay Ferguson is the creator of the
series. He said the film was shot in
a very unique way to give the audi-
ence a sense of actually being on
site with the actors.
“(Cinéma) vérité is the style in
which we shot. One of the things is
that it’s a thriller and as a thriller
we want it to have that sense of
voyeurism,” said Ferguson. “The
main characters are essentially
always being watched, so we want-
ed to give that feeling to the audi-
ence and that comes from a vérité
documentary format.”
Ferguson got the idea for the
series from an exchange student
from India who he met at Ryerson.
She had told him a story about her-
self back in India. “Originally, I
was going to make a documentary
on her, but she wasn’t interested,
so I decided to make this a fiction
story and the story led back to
India,” said Ferguson.
The show is shot in such as way
that “you get episodes as they are
released in real time so you get the
shows as it happens to the charac-
ters. The whole thing takes about
three weeks to go through,” said
Ferguson. “The idea is that if
you’re watching the show, then
you get an episode emailed to you.
Then the characters may have to go
somewhere that takes the charac-
ters two hours to get there, so you
follow them. Two hours later, you
get another episode. So it’s this
real-time experience.”
The episodes are typically three
to five minutes long, to enhance
this experience that you are chas-
ing down clues to solve the mys-
Supinder Wraich, the lead
actress in the film, said, “We
would shoot longer scenes and
they were just cut where there was
a cliffhanger and would make you
want to watch the next episode.”
“They were meant to be some-
thing you could consume quickly
throughout the course of your
day,” added Feguson. “But we
found a lot of people were disap-
pointed and wanted more.”
To add to the uniqueness of the
series, in addition to its
Hollywood-calibre videography
and real-time experience, it is also
Within the show, there are clues
that are made obvious enough for
the audience to see. “When you
find a clue, you google it and it will
take you somewhere. They get
more complicated sometimes like
numbers may be hidden on certain
sites, or it could be a license plate
number or a serial number. Things
are usually google-able but some-
times it’s a phone number which
can take a little more searching,”
said Ferguson.
He was quick to add that, “if you
don’t want to do the interactive
experience, it won’t affect your
viewing of the show,” since every
episode reveals the clue from the
show before.
The show is shot in Canada, the
USA and in India. Wraich said,
“We actually shot all on location
for everything we talk about in the
story, so if people want to go do
their research, all those things in
Guidestone actually exist.”
A show that wasn’t initially sup-
posed to be an Alternative Reality
Game turned out to be very suc-
cessful and has garnered a lot of
dedicated fans.
“On our Facebook page, we are
continually getting pictures of peo-
ple who are going to the locations,”
said Ferguson. “Someone else
even set up a Facebook page ask-
ing people to take a trip to the
“The project was never meant to
be considered an ARG,” he contin-
ued, “but I knew that audiences
worked differently in front of a
computer screen, so I knew there
was a certain desire for interested
audiences to have some sort of
interactivity. So I thought I’d add
these elements that would allow
you to jump ahead.”
The show was created by
between 100 and 150 people in
total from the initial production to
post-production. Many of the peo-
ple involved were recent grads
from Ryerson, York, Toronto Film
School, Sheridan and a few others,
sprinkled with some professionals
in the business. “We had a lot of
experience on the one side and a
lot of dedication and people learn-
ing on the other,” said Ferguson.
It was shot for under $500,000,
which meant “we had to shoot
smart,” said Ferguson. “A lot of
people who worked on it donated
their time. Because it was such a
unique concept, people became
very passionate about it, but the
value is a lot higher than that from
what appears on the screen.”
It took three years to build
Guidestones and Ferguson wanted
to make sure he got it right. He
said, “We do consume a huge
amount of rich media online and I
was getting frustrated with the fact
that much of it was not good qual-
ity so I wanted to produce some-
thing really good.”
The quality did not just appear in
the videography or the content; the
actors also did a lot of preparing.
Wraich has been acting for a few
years but she said she has never
had a role like this one.
“It was definitely something
new to sit down and figure out how
my character grows and what those
character shifts are and how to
build this character. I’ve never
built a character in such a way that
I built Sandy because I got to play
her for a few months. So I actually
ended up moving into a hostel in
Toronto just to experience the city
in a new and different way,” said
Wriach also got to work with a
friend of hers; Dan Fox, who is the
other lead character. Wraich
described their relationship to be
similar on the show as off the
“Dan and I and Sandy and
Trevor have the same dichotomy;
we work differently and deal with
situations differently, so it was a
challenge at times and a gift at
times, in fact, every day was a gift
and a challenge,” says Wraich.
With all the positive feedback
Guidestones has been receiving,
Ferguson said, “We have plans to
make a trilogy. We find we are get-
ting really amazing reviews and it
has had a really amazing impact. If
we get good audience numbers, we
will definitely be able to finance a
second or third one.”
Check out Guidestones at guide-
stones.org and enter your email
address. Right away you will start
experiencing the three-week
adventure for free in high quality.
“Now that it’s online, anybody can
go and watch it, it exists forever,”
said Ferguson.
Can you solve the
Guidestones mystery?
Spring has sprung and job
opportunities have sprung up
around the city of London, too.
Fanshawe’s Career Services is put-
ting on workshops throughout the
month to help you on your way to
getting the perfect summer job or
landing your dream career.
“(Students) should come (to the
workshops) for added information,
to get their questions answered, to
feel more confident knowing that
the information that they’re mar-
keting to employers is good, and to
find out more about what Career
Services can offer them while
they’re students,” explained Liska
Martindale-Dubrule, Student
Services Specialist at Career
Services. “I know especially with a
lot of students graduating soon, I
would highly suggest getting on
top of their career search now.”
To register for the following
workshops, head to Career
Services in D1063 or call 519-452-
4294. For more information, check
out the events tab on MyFanshawe.
Resumes and Cover Letters
April 5, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
April 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
This workshop will help stu-
dents create a polished and profes-
sional resume for any field of work
and target resumes for a specific
position. “Most people think that a
resume is a one-size-fits-all
(thing), when in reality, a resume
will be somewhat unique to each
person, and it will be altered for
specific jobs they want to apply
to,” said Martindale-Dubrule.
Interview Skills
April 4, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
April 12, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
This workshop will help stu-
dents prepare for a job interview,
with tips about how to research a
company beforehand and the kinds
of questions to expect the inter-
viewer to ask. Martindale-Dubrule
said she hopes this workshop will
help to ease the anxiety that many
people have when entering into an
interview. An interview skills
workshop will also be held for
international students on April 4
from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Register for
that workshop at the International
office in E2025
Internet Job Search
April 9, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
April 20, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
This workshop will explain how
Career Services can help on a job
hunt, which websites to use and
how to use them most effectively.
“Work smarter, not harder on your
job search,” said Martindale-
If you can’t attend one (or any)
of the workshops, Martindale-
Dubrule said it’s important to
come see her. “I’ll do one-on-one
sessions with (students), I will sit
down with them and go through
the information, even give them
the handouts, as well with the
resumes and cover letters to bring a
copy in and have me review them.
They can see me many times
over.” She also encouraged stu-
dents who will be graduating this
year to see the Career Consultant
for their program to get industry-
specific advice.
For more information about how
Career Services can help you, visit
the office in D1063 or call 519-
452-4294. You can also join the
Career Services Facebook group at
vices and follow them on Twitter
Spring into career
advice workshops
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I write about random things a
lot. I write a lot about random
things. Did you know that the
Yardbirds, an English rock band in
the 1960s, are responsible for
launching the careers of Eric
Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy
Each served a term as the band’s
lead guitarist between 1963 and
1968, and after remarkable careers
across the board, they all made the
top five in Rolling Stone’s Top 100
Guitarists published this past
November (at numbers two, five
and three, respectively). In fact,
when the Yardbirds broke up in
1968, they left Jimmy Page in
charge of upholding their concert
commitments, so he formed a new
band to honour them: Led
Patrick Krief is a man who
appreciates the classics. His web-
site describes his love for music as
being inherited from his uncle and
steeped in the live music scene
while growing up in Montreal.
Krief built his reputation as a gui-
tarist for The Dears, but after the
release of Hundred Thousand
Pieces on April 17, attention is
bound to shift finally and solely to
his work as a solo performer and
After releasing his debut solo EP
Take It Or Leave in 2007, Krief
formed Black Diamond Bay for
subsequent releases – Calm Awaits
and the Marching Backwards EP,
both released in 2009. Still an
active member of The Dears, Krief
is turning his attention to his solo
work and his new album, Hundred
Thousand Pieces.
Due for release on April 17,
Hundred Thousand Pieces is styl-
ish indie album that succeeds in
being personal and unique with a
distinct Montreal vibe – casual lis-
teners will savour tastes of Arcade
Fire and Coldplay while more sea-
soned ears will hear ghosts of
Conor Oberst and Frank Black
among the refrains.
Krief produced the record him-
self, and he is responsible for most
of the musical performances you
hear: drums, piano, keys, bass, gui-
tar, percussion and vocals. As
anticipated, he demonstrates
exceptional prowess and virtuosity
throughout the record, but even
more impressively, he demon-
strates exceptional restraint; on
“Tell Yourself” and “Hundred
Thousand Pieces,” Krief solos and
assaults the ear with the sort of
sharp hot blues the British made
famous, yet other songs are con-
structed in more understated and
disarming ways.
This album is fueled with a love
and understanding of music unlike
many other these days, a refreshing
change that credibly adds to the
pleasure one can derive from the
Motown-esqueties of garage soul
on “Perfect Bodies” or the pure
cinematic atmosphere created in
“Blessed.” Overall, it’s a highly
listenable work from a very talent-
ed artist, sure to make people take
Hundred Thousand Pieces is
preceded by the singles “Simple
Lives” and “Forever Goodnight,”
the latter of which premiered on
AUX TV just before Canadian
Music Week in Toronto, which
Krief celebrated with a perform-
ance at the Pirates Blend Showcase
at the Great Hall.
Krief will be performing a string
of special gigs leading up to the
album release, with appearances in
Montreal, Toronto, Windsor and
Hamilton. For more on Krief, his
coming record and tour dates, visit
krief.ca or follow on Twitter
And for more of the latest music
news, reviews, album streams and
more, consider following this col-
umn on Twitter @fsu_bobbyisms
or via Tumblr at bobbyisms.com.
And in case you found yourself
wondering while you were reading
this, I wrote Krief 13 times. Go
Krief! I’m out of words.
This week, I have the sincere
pleasure of reviewing an album
from one of the most underrated
rap veterans in the industry. Obie
Trice seemed to have completely
fallen off the radar after going
quiet for six years since he released
his last album Second Round’s On
Me back in 2006. Apart from a side
compilation project with Canadian
hip-hop producer MoSS that he
released in 2009, rap fans have
been left wondering for years if the
talented MC would ever come
back. Finally, after several delays,
the Detroit native is set to release
his third studio album, Bottoms
Up, on April 3 and ease the pain
that fans have been suffering for
half a dozen years. Among a select
few, Trice has always been an epit-
omic symbol of east coast rap. His
flow, clean delivery and lyrical
quality made him a staple in the
rap industry.
Bottoms Up contains a modest
16-track set and is being released
by his self-started Black Market
Entertainment record company
under Universal. This will mark
Trice’s first studio album not to be
released by Detroit counterpart and
close friend Eminem’s Shady
label. Thankfully, Trice left on
good terms with Em; he is featured
on two of the tracks and produced
one himself.
“Richard” is one of the singles
of the album and features the
aforementioned Eminem. The song
is produced by one of the most
underrated hip-hop producers in
Statik Selektah, and he delivers a
unique yet unusual beat that is
quite busy but not overdone. The
lyrics are exactly what you would
have imagined from two monsters
of word play. Trice and Em are a
timeless combo that reinforce
every time they rap the way it
should be done. The track is my
favourite on the record.
“Bottoms Up (Intro)” is the first
song on the album. I don’t usually
include the introductory song in
my three-song wrap up, as they
usually serve as a mere quick tease
of what the rest of the album will
offer. Here, it would be a shame if
I didn’t. Dr. Dre produces the song,
and the beat is too good. The
instrumental is a classic Dre pro-
duction that features an assertive
bass coupled with piano that I just
can’t get enough of. I don’t think
I’ve ever heard a track produced by
Dre that I haven’t salivated over.
As the intro song, Trice thanked all
those who made the album possi-
ble, while tearing it up lyrically
like he always does.
“Spend the Day” is produced by
NoSpeakerz, who also works on
four other songs on the album, and
features singer Drey Skonie. All of
the tracks produced by
NoSpeakerz on the record are
excellent, but this one in particular
is fresh. The song features back-
ground guitar that sets the melody,
multiple trumpets, as well as a
deep bass that goes like peanut but-
ter and jam with Skionie’s incredi-
ble voice. Trice takes a little bit of
a break in his bars, but on this one
it’s okay. The song is highlighted
by the beat and chorus, and it
shouldn’t be ruined with Trice’s
usual intensity.
Honourable mentions include “I
Pretend,” “Going Nowhere” and
“Lebron On.”
Trice doesn’t know anything
other than rap perfection. He is one
of the very few MCs in today’s rap
industry that maintains a consistent
high lyrical standard. He may have
gone missing in action for a few
years, but Bottoms Up is a perfect
reminder to those that have forgot-
ten how good he is. It was a miser-
able wait that had many of us give
up all hope of ever hearing from
him again, but if it takes six years
for Trice to release a record like
this, then I will be waiting patient-
ly until 2018 for his next one.
Obie Trice comes through after six years.
Shane Philip headlined New Music Night in the Out Back Shack on March
twitter: @StuGooden
Trice time’s the charm
Hundred Thousand Pieces makes one solid album
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It’s been a little over a month
since I last talked to the guys of
The Creekside Strays – James
Vinyard, guitarist and vocalist; Nic
Cavaliere, bassist; and Justin
Shorey, drummer. Since then, they
have been playing shows around
town while also working hard at
putting together their new album. I
got the chance to catch up with
Shorey about three weeks ago to
follow up on what’s new with the
band and how things are going
with the new EP.
Can you tell me what you guys
have been up to since we last
“We have been playing a bunch
of shows – almost twice a week
between London and Toronto. We
have played at places like The
Horseshoe, The Silver Dollar.
Then over the last two or three
months we have been going in on
Sundays to record our new EP,
which we are calling Honour
Amongst Thieves. We have been
doing all of the recording and now
we are just in the process of mak-
ing all of the adjustments to our
master tracks and also putting the
final touches the artwork so we can
have that all together for May 4,
which is the CD release party at
Is there going to be more than
one show for your CD release
“We have a bunch of shows
planned. We are doing the CD
release here in London and we are
also looking to do some other
shows around southern Ontario,
like something in Windsor and
even maybe do something in
Toronto as well. We also have a
bunch of gigs booked in the sum-
mer for London Ribfest.”
What kind of response are you
hoping to generate with this CD?
“It’s kind of two- or threefold.
Firstly it’s kind of hard to show
what your sound is with three- or
four-song EPs. With our catalogue
of songs, you can pick out four
rocker songs and a person will go,
‘Oh, these guys are a rock band.’
But also in some of our other songs
we get into some jazz, funk, maybe
even a little bit of soul here and
there, so we are just building on the
EP we released last year. It has ele-
ments of jazz and funk and also has
more drum and bass with rock, of
course. We also have a song on the
EP which is a mash-up of every-
thing I just said.”
For more information and for
tickets to their CD release show at
APK on May 4, check out their
website at thecreeksidestrays.com.
The Creekside Strays poised to
release new CD
Being a Music Industry Arts stu-
dent, I had the luxury of attending
Toronto’s Canadian Music Week.
For those of you who don’t know
what that is, I shall start by simply
saying… It rocks!
Canadian Music Week is a five-
day event that includes panels of
the biggest names in the music and
the entertainment industry and a
ton of concerts being held all over
Toronto at various bars. Bands
from all over come to this event to
try to get some serious exposure.
There was plenty of ground to
cover here, so much that at times it
was too much. I will try my best to
narrow it down for you as best I
The event was held at the Royal
York Hotel in downtown Toronto,
and it took place from March 21 to
March 25. This was my first time
inside the hotel, and I was blown
away just by its architecture, not to
mention the many bands and
famous people running around. I
got tired just standing there.
There is a lot of nightlife during
CMW – concerts all over town you
can check out if you have a wrist-
band. Every person attending
CMW has different interests and
things they are most focused on. I
was there for the panels, network-
ing, handing out business cards
and learning as much as I could
about the current status of the
industry. That being said, I didn’t
go to a concert every night, which
I now regret. But I did have the
pleasure (sarcasm) of seeing
Treble Charger! Yeah, the pre-
Sum41 band that only had about
three hit songs. These guys haven’t
been around since like 2004 so I
thought it would be kind of cool to
check out some nostalgia, because,
after all, I was a punk skater who
went nuts for the song “American
Psycho,” which was really one of
only three good songs at that show.
Thank god it was free.
The panels were one of the most
interesting parts of CMW and I
learned a lot. For those of you who
are in bands, or are aspiring musi-
cians and songwriters, and are
down with the whole social media
thing, you’re in the right position,
but you need to start working hard-
er. Almost every panel I went to
talked about social media and how
crucial it is in today’s music indus-
Everything is digital now, which
means the ways of the old are pret-
ty much gone. This is not a bad
thing, as I came to learn, because it
just means that we have more
power than ever to do what we
want with our music. This doesn’t
mean that things are easier by any
means, because with new technol-
ogy comes new problems, like how
piracy is still affecting artists’
incomes. That situation isn’t gonna
change until the Internet is more
strictly monitored. But the industry
is turning back in favour of the
artist again, and since there are no
major record labels anymore, there
is less control.
The three most important things
I learned at CMW are:
1. Your song better be good: If
your song is good – and I mean
really good, to the point that it
doesn’t take much to make it better
– then you will get noticed no mat-
ter what. If you’re extremely tal-
ented, there will be far more
opportunity for you in every sector
of the new-model entertainment
2. You better know how to use
social media: Twitter, Facebook,
Tumblr, SoundCloud, Spotify, etc.
– the list goes on, but the point is
they are all important and they are
all the power you need.
3. If you’ve got the first two
covered, you’re looking at a
world of opportunity: There is far
more opportunity than ever before
in the business. If you have a good
song, are good with social media
and are educated with what’s
going on in the industry, then there
is far more opportunity than you
can imagine. Whether it’s in
music, TV, film, social media,
video games and beyond, if you
have a song that is good enough
and you make it heard with the
right tools, then you are set. For
If you’d like to hear more, email
me or hit up my blog: eter-
nalmelodies.tumblr.com. Cheers.
Canadian Music Week an
exhausting blast
The Creekside Strays will be releasing their latest EP, Honour Amongst
Thieves, on May 4 at APK Live in London.
Comedian John Hastings performs as part of free Comedy Night in the
Out Back Shack. The next free comedy show takes place April 4 at 9 p.m.
in the OBS featuring Brendan McKeigan and YTV’s Andrew Chapman.
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Director Michael Bay is bringing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back
with his upcoming reboot of the franchise, but with some major changes.
Will it alienate fans of the classic series?
Hot diggity dog! I’ve always
wanted to start an article that way,
but I’ve just never been jubilant
enough to do so. However, in
recent weeks, I’ve learned of an
exciting development – nay, two
exciting developments – that will
make 2013 the most exhilarating
year for feature films to date.
As a respected film critic, I have
access to an exclusive members-
only website called Google, which
allows me to find out about the lat-
est film production news. It is
through this avenue that I learned
that two of my all-time favourite
film franchises, Leprechaun and
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, will
be getting the reboot treatment. A
whole new generation will get to
enjoy these wonderful stories. But,
as I will explain, not everyone is as
thrilled as the Cinema Connoisseur
The Leprechaun series of six
horror/comedy films debuted back
in 1993. Warwick Davis (Life’s
Too Short) portrayed a delightfully
devilish little Irish fellow who ter-
rorized those who tried to separate
him from his pot of gold and other
lucky charms. The first film starred
a young actress by the name of
Jennifer Aniston, who I’m quite
certain would refer to it as the
standout moment of her career. By
the fourth film, the producers
decided to mix it up a little bit and
send the Leprechaun into orbit,
resulting in the landmark 1997
film Leprechaun 4: In Space. If
legendary writers Isaac Asimov,
Arthur C. Clarke and Philip K.
Dick got to work together to try to
pen the ultimate science fiction
classic, it would still pale in com-
parison to this film. Leprechaun
then went on to hang with Ice-T,
thugs and prostitutes in two further
films, Leprechaun in the Hood and
Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood.
One decade after the last
Leprechaun film was released,
news broke that Lionsgate and
WWE Films have agreed to work
together to give the series a glori-
ous return to the big screen.
Lionsgate’s latest film The Hunger
Games has made $211 million
worldwide in just a matter of days.
When you add that to the gross of
WWE Films’ latest release
Bending The Rules, you get over
$211 million. Now that’s a tag
team that even the Fabulous
Rougeau Brothers couldn’t stop.
Details are sketchy at this point,
however it does not look as though
original star Davis will be part of
the film. He stated recently that he
feels the film should be done as a
sequel, perhaps as a road film, and
maybe featuring a female lep-
rechaun. The WWE does employ
their own leprechaun,
Hornswaggle, so he may be a pos-
sibility to fill in. If I were casting
the film, however, I would prefer
they use Dwayne “The Rock”
Johnson in the title role, and use
the same techniques they used in
Lord of the Rings to make him look
smaller. I just don’t know how
good his Irish accent is.
Nevertheless, I’m hoping for a
Rock/Aniston pairing in
Leprechaun when it hits select the-
atres sometime in 2013.
Ninja Turtles
No, I didn’t forget the “Teenage
Mutant” portion of the title… but
Michael Bay certainly did.
The classic tale of four gnarly
mutant reptiles who learned karate
from a wise old mutant rat named
Splinter first was told back in 1984
as a comic book series. It then
became a wildly popular cartoon
show and eventually a live-action
series of films.
Well, Bay, director of the highly
acclaimed Transformers films and
the music video for “I Touch
Myself” by Divinyls, is bringing
Michelangelo and his brothers
back to the big screen in news that
will have lots of people touching
themselves. Not everyone, though.
It seems as though Bay has a dif-
ferent vision for future films in the
franchise. Instead of being
mutants, the turtles will be from
another planet. Robbie Rist, who
provided the voice of
Michelangelo in some of the previ-
ous films accused Bay of “sodom-
izing” the franchise. However,
1980s teen heartthrob Corey
Feldman, who provided the voice
of Donatello, has endorsed Bay’s
project. It was Feldman’s endorse-
ment that put Barrack Obama’s
presidential campaign over the top,
and Bay is hoping for similar
results when Ninja Turtles hits the-
atres on December 25, 2013.
That’s right, it opens on Christmas.
I know I’ll be waiting outside the
theatre – hopefully my wife and
children won’t miss me too much.
To those who still aren’t sold on
this idea, let me ask you this one
question: has Bay ever made a bad
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The Hunger Games
The boom of the cannon signals
the death of a fallen tribute as
Katniss Everdeen fights to keep
herself alive. The Hunger Games,
based on the wildly popular trilogy
of books by author Suzanne
Collins, brings to the big screen
the story of Katniss and her strug-
gle to survive a forced, nationally
televised fight to the death.
In the not too distant future, in
the place that we currently know as
America, stands the great country
of Panem. Seventy-four years ago,
The Capitol quelled a rebellion
among the Districts, the outlying
territories of Panem controlled by
the Capitol. Now, in tribute for
their past sins, each year all 12 dis-
tricts of Panem must send one boy
and one girl between the ages of 12
and 18 to compete in The Hunger
Games. The Games are a brutal
fight to the death in a controlled
outdoor arena where the tributes
are forced to fight not only them-
selves but the cruel and controlling
Gamemaker as well.
In the 74th Hunger Games,
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta
Mellark are sent as tributes from
District 12; for them the Games are
not simply a struggle to survive but
prove to be a complex battle
between love and life.
In the coveted role of Katniss
Everdeen stands Jennifer
Lawrence, who was nominated for
an Academy Award in 2011 for
her role in Winter’s Bone.
Lawrence is an interesting yet apt
choice for Katniss as she is able to
play meek and strong with equal
conviction. Alongside Lawrence
as the lovestruck Peeta Mellark is
Josh Hutcherson, who proves that
he has the muscle to play such a
physically demanding role.
In his typical fashion, Woody
Harrelson gives a wry performance
as Katniss and Peeta’s mentor, and
former winner of The Games,
Haymitch. Harrelson is one of
those actors who has such a pow-
erful on screen presence that even
when placed in a secondary role he
manages to steal the show.
Also in small but memorable
roles are Elizabeth Banks as the
obnoxious Capitol fan girl Effie
Trinket, Stanley Tucci as Games
television host Cesar Flickerman
and Wes Bentley as the
Gamemaker Seneca Crane. There
is also the unforgettable role of
Hollywood heavyweight Donald
Sutherland as Panem’s cruel presi-
dent, Snow.
There has been much talk sur-
round The Hunger Games and its
allegorical properties that could
very well apply to the world in
which we live. Though this has
lead to some heated feelings
towards the story and the film
itself, when watching the movie it
brings to mind similar dystopian
stories such as Battle Royale,
Brave New World and even hints
of 1984. Though similar to numer-
ous other fantastical stories, The
Hunger Games stands out as a
powerful, exhilarating yet hopeful
If overt violence and children
fighting to the death make you
uncomfortable, it may be best to
steer clear of The Hunger Games,
but if you find yourself wanting a
real heroine to cheer for, you will
find that in Katniss and you’re sure
to love The Games.
May the odds be ever in your
favour during The Hunger Games
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March is host to Earth Hour, a
measly hour dedicated to raising
awareness with the hope of
increasing environmental care. For
some, Earth Hour has less of an
impact on their routines, because
as they maintain a lifestyle that
incorporates environmental friend-
liness every day. Stella McCartney
is one of those people.
A vegan and longtime advocate
of “meatless Mondays,”
McCartney is known for encourag-
ing omnivores to go veggie at least
once a week as cutting meat out
makes a huge and positive environ-
mental impact. McCartney, daugh-
ter of Sir Paul McCartney, is better
known for her environmentally
friendly designs than her food
choices. With a reported 34 per
cent increase in revenue this sea-
son, she’s clearly making a posi-
tive payoff for the environment
that’s a lot more glamorous than
sitting in the dark for an hour.
McCartney’s spring/summer
2012 collection is nothing short of
divine. Bloggers, fashion editors
and women everywhere love the
simplicity and elegance of the gar-
ments and their wearability. Little
white dresses done in mesh with
bold stretches of black, green or
blue were simple counterparts to
the dresses in mixed prints, all
detailed with corded embroidered
swirls. A few pops of red in the
form of slacks and a knit patterned
sweater complemented the muted
soft grays in the collection. Sheer
tops, trousers, matching top and
jacket sets, skirts and McCartney’s
staple, jumpsuits, were all done in
modern, graphic prints. Floaty,
easy, silk pajama sets in paisley
and sheer gray gave a nod to the
sleepwear trend.
Nude, minimalist heels paired
perfectly with the collection and
were met with equally neutral
nails. A simple, slicked-back,
twisted bun showed off
McCartney’s famous no-makeup
makeup look that legendary make-
up artist Pat McGrath has been cre-
ating for McCartney’s models for
many seasons past. Medium-sized
cylinder shaped duffel bags lent a
sporty vibe while a small, white
faux-leather clutch with a chain
handle worked beautifully with the
evening pieces.
The light-as-air collection “is a
celebration of energy, freshness,
and fitness,” said the designer. Still
creating collections in collabora-
tion with Adidas, McCartney is no
stranger to designing fitness-
inspired wear. This season, coral,
frilly bikinis and black cut-out
swimsuits were met with the
always bright and punchy sepa-
rates. If wearing these modern,
dreamy pieces helps the environ-
ment, count me in.
Eco-friendly fashion
Summer can be a very exciting
time of the year. Cut-offs, cropped
tops, sandals, bikinis, big-brimmed
hats and a good summer bucket
list; for us young college students,
this is the weather most of us live
for. However, usually what I see
when peering through my cat-eye
sunglasses is young folk who are
too afraid to play with any type of
summer look.
Summer is THE time to make
good use of colour, prints and
Don’t get me wrong – I think
summer should be a very relaxing
and carefree time for all of us – I
just think that summer is the per-
fect time to adopt a fashion per-
sona. There are three fashion per-
sonas that I find making a come-
Pretty Wicked: This is the new
adaptation of the hippie – it’s the
modern flower girl. It’s all about
pastels and eyelet lace. The best
way to channel this up-to-date
peacekeeper is through feminine
dresses with delicate accessories
and minimal makeup. This look is
supposed to be young and flirty.
Keeping things simple, classic and
slightly elegant is a great way of
channeling this look. Think casual
wedding flower girl with a hint of
maturity. Be inspired by flowing
dresses and cute flats, and channel
your inner Miss Dior Cherie.
Store: Forever 21
Old and “Out There”: As we
get older, I find our style goes in
one of two directions: it either gets
wild or it doesn’t. Some people
find their fashion freedom in their
old age. I find that these seniors
finally begin to realize that nobody
really cares what you wear as
much as you do, so you might as
well have fun with it. And believe
it or not, they are SO right. Young
people need to start experimenting
with not just laid-back looks but
with fine garments in riskier
colours. Personally I feel as though
Versace’s collection for H&M was
the perfect opportunity for young
folk to stock up on some great
bright pieces. Think cropped
boleros in a bright hue paired with
some great cigarette capris and a
strapless corset top. Think mature
silhouettes with young and fun
prints and colours.
Stores: H&M and French
’90s Trouble: My personal
favourite, this look has to do with
looking back to previous years of
teenage revelry and using those
carefree attitudes to influence our
decision-making. I’m talking about
high-waisted stonewashed shorts,
long hair that hasn’t been meticu-
lously coiffed and making every
day a no-makeup day. It’s about
focusing on what you’re doing that
day instead of how you’ll look
when you’re doing it. When dress-
ing with this as an influence, think
band t-shirts paired with Keds or
Converse sneakers. You should
feel relaxed, at ease; think friend-
ship bracelets and funky-coloured
nail polish. This is my favourite
look because it’s young and free.
Many people think too much about
how they’re going to look during
the day, but these ’90s troublemak-
ers focus more on what adventures
the day will bring them.
Store: American Apparel
This summer, get risky, try new
things and have FUN. It’s better to
say you tried it and it didn’t work
than never having tried it at all.
What’s your summer look?
Stella McCartney is a fashion designer with a mind for saving the envi-
A lot of people wonder why
makeup artists are even needed for
high fashion photo shoots and run-
way events because “it is so easy to
apply some eyeliner and powder,
right?” Well, if by “easy,” you
mean applying black eyeliner in
the crease of the eye (without it
smudging), creating a flawless
complexion and uniform look that
is visible on stage on 10 models in
a matter of 30 minutes, and ensur-
ing it will last for hours, then you
are definitely in the right industry.
Makeup artistry in the high fash-
ion industry is a very fast-paced,
exciting and stressful career that
requires a number of skills. Before
even learning the tips and tricks to
runway makeup, you need to first
make sure that you are able to mul-
titask (for example, powdering a
face while fixing another model’s
smudged lipstick five minutes
before the show starts), work well
under pressure and also provide
pristine results in a timely manner.
Once you have these skills perfect-
ed, you can then move on to the
actual makeup techniques.
One of the most important things
to remember when doing makeup
for runway is that the models will
be on stage with a ton of spotlights
and flashing cameras pointed at
them. This means that more make-
up is needed to make sure it is vis-
ible up on stage. While it may
seem clownish or way too much
makeup when you’re face-to-face
with the model, on the runway it
will just appear to be a normal
amount of makeup. In this article’s
picture, I used a ton of blush and
dark eyeshadow, but in the picture
it just appears to be an average
day’s worth of makeup due to the
bright studio lights and camera’s
Since there are so many bright
lights and flashes, as mentioned in
my previous article, these lights
tend to “white out” the face and
make the complexion seem very
flat and two-dimensional. To cor-
rect this, you need to make sure to
heavily contour and add a lot of
colour to the cheeks (if that is the
desired look). You can use a really
dark bronzer (with absolutely no
glitter or shine) or contour powder
to shape the face; however, some-
times these products are not dark
enough, and you may actually need
to buy a darker coloured powder
foundation and use it to contour.
Another important aspect to
always keep in mind when doing
makeup for high fashion is you
want the makeup to be on trend and
interesting by putting your own
personal spin on it, but it can never
overshadow the garments being
showcased. The makeup needs to
complement the collection while
giving it an overall uniform feel. CREDIT: ARIANA PINDER
The right makeup can really make your photos pop.
Teenage rebellion at its finest.
High fashion and runway makeup artistry
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Audio players, cameras,
modems, printers, televisions,
amplifiers and vehicles – for all
you tech junkies out there, there is
a way to recycle all of your old
technology so you can bring in the
Instead of throwing your old
junk at the side of the road on
garbage day, you can probably
recycle most of what is being boot-
ed to the curb. Even items as sim-
ple as egg cartons or wine corks or
foam packaging leftover from your
parents’ care package can be very
easy to get rid of the right way.
Typically every household in
London is equipped with a large
recycling bin meant for plastic
containers (like detergent jugs or
juice cartons) and a small blue bin
meant for paper and cardboard
products. London recently
improved their recycling program
to include a wider range of plastics;
now all plastic containers num-
bered one through seven on the
bottom can be recycled.
But when it comes to recycling
electronics, it’s not as easy as just
separating your plastics from your
papers – only certain locations
accept recycled electronic material.
Recycleyourelectronics.ca is a
website that lists all locations that
accept various recycled electron-
ics. You can enter the electronic
device you are discarding and enter
your postal code or your communi-
ty and it will show you the closest
places to recycle.
Near Fanshawe College, there
are Dynamex (2515-B Blair Blvd.,
a 10-minute drive from campus)
and Ardiel Electronics (21579
Highbury Rd. N., a 15-minute
drive from campus).
Another thing people generally
don’t think about recycling is cars.
Why would you recycle if you can
sell it and make money? As a stu-
dent, selling an old car can be very
appealing. Living on a student
budget is hard, and owning a car on
that budget is sometimes not even
feasible, which is why many stu-
dents’ first cars are often on their
last legs.
As much as people try to make
money off their cars, sometimes
they are just too old – what Ontario
Automotive Recyclers Association
(OARA) calls “end-of-life” vehi-
cles. If selling becomes impossi-
ble, recycling is a smart alterna-
tive… just ensure it’s done right.
OARA does just that. This is not
your typical junkyard lot. It has a
set of standards on how a car is to
be recycled properly and safely.
Steve Fletcher, OARA’s
Executive Director, said, “The
code itself is not prescriptive in
terms of how you specifically need
to do something. It’s more (about)
the outcomes. We have 130 mem-
bers across Ontario doing it 100
different ways. But in essence you
need to remove the operating fluids
before it’s crushed. So you take
them out in open areas so you are
not contaminated, and somewhere
it can be contained so it does not
get into the environment. You have
to be licensed to collect, contain
and dispose of all the chemicals.”
Fletcher said everything is docu-
mented in a registry.
End-of-life vehicles are one of
the most recyclable commodities
in a consumer market, but only one
third of end-of-life vehicles actual-
ly have any record of being recy-
cled, said Fletcher.
“Ninety-five per cent of all vehi-
cles are collected at some point in
their life to be recycled,” said
Fletcher. “About 83 per cent of a
vehicles can be reused and about
73 per cent of a vehicle can be
reused for its metallic cost.
Recycling vehicles is one of the
greenest initiatives that can be
taken. The OARA takes all road-
licensed vehicles from motorcycles
to 18-wheelers.
The standards of the OARA
developed out of the Retire Your
Ride Program. “We’ve developed
the OARA getting government of
all levels to recognize that code as
the starting point for a regulatory
starting place for anybody who
wants to take part in the industry.
It’s an industry that has been
around for a while and now we’re
putting standards behind it,” said
Fletcher. “Retire Your Ride was a
catalyst to put this sort of practice
into play.”
There are concerns associated
with the program such as disposing
of vehicle identification numbers
(VINs) so they cannot be reused
illegally. However, Fletcher
assured complete disposal.
“All of our members as part of
our requirement keep a registry of
every vehicle that enters their busi-
ness and whether they wreck it or
re-sell it. So we helped the govern-
ment put in place a branding loss
registry so that is permanently put-
ting a vehicle in a registry whether
a vehicle has been in a crash or
whether it’s a part-only vehicle.”
Although this type of recycling
does not make you any money, it
also does not cost you anything.
Any vehicles can be dropped off
free of charge.
“Having your car go through this
type of system doesn’t cost any-
thing, unlike electronics where
there needs to be a subsidy
involved in order to properly col-
lect and dispose of the equipment,”
said Fetcher. “But because there’s
no regulatory backing to our pro-
gram yet, it’s a profitable program
without having to accept fees.
There are no eco-fees and no cost
to the consumer.”
You can get just as much out of
this program as you give into it. To
buy recycled parts, “identify who
your recycler is on our website
(oara.com). We also have a consol-
idated website so members can
search their model and part and it
will generate a report as to who has
that part and where,” said Fletcher.
To find green parts or to recycle
your end-of-life vehicle, visit
oara.com. There are members all
over Ontario, including Corey
Auto Wreckers located at 1804
Gore Rd. in London – check them
out at coreyautowreckers.com.
Cars, CDs and egg cartons
can all be green
Check it before you chuck it
Volume 44 Issue No. 27 April 2, 2012 www.fsu.ca/interrobang/
Fanshawe’s school colour may
be Pantone 185 red, but the
College and the Student Union are
taking real steps to become a bit
more green.
According to Sarah Van de
Vooren, Environmental Program
Coordinator at Fanshawe, nearly
one million kg of waste was creat-
ed on campus in 2010, but she and
others on campus are taking real
steps to reduce this number.
Fanshawe College
Of the 881,000 kg of waste cre-
ated on campus in 2010, 336,000
kg was sent to landfills and
545,000 kg was recycled for a 62
per cent diversion rate, said Van de
“We’d love to see that number
(62 per cent) higher. I think realis-
tically when I say higher, I think
somewhere around 65 per cent
would be the range we’d have a
goal for,” added Marion Dietze,
Assistant Manager of Facilities
Operations at Fanshawe. “We’re
doing a number of different things
(to get that diversion rate higher);
every semester we change tasks to
try to make improvements.”
Many students and staff here are
well versed on the importance of
recycling plastic and paper. One of
the hardest things to get people on
board with is composting, though
the compost rate has increased
greatly since the program began,
according to Dietze. “Since
September, what we’re doing is
also including the Tim Horton’s
coffee cups. We’ve got permission
from our hauler that we can actual-
ly put that in with the coffee grinds
… We’re trying to encourage more
and more people to compost, put-
ting more bins around the college,
making sure labels are in place,
anything we can do to communi-
cate that to our users.”
In addition to paper and plastic
recycling, students can recycle bat-
teries in the bookstore (F1002) and
ink cartridges from printers in the
receiving department (B1037).
Another component of diverting
waste from the landfills is ensuring
something doesn’t get thrown out
in the first place. A few times a
year, the College holds purge sales
to get rid of old equipment, such as
computers. A few years ago, that
outdated equipment would have
just ended up in the dumpster. The
most recent sale in November
diverted about 5,000 pounds of
items from the landfill. “If you do
that three or four times a year,
that’s quite substantial,” said Van
de Vooren.
In addition to waste diversion,
the College is also focused on buy-
ing more environmentally respon-
sible products. “I think one of the
(things) that the College is doing
an excellent job with is the lighting
system,” said Dietze. “I think
around 90 per cent (of the lights at
the College) are on motion detec-
tors when you walk into a room.
(Those are) huge, huge savings in
terms of lighting.”
Not only is Fanshawe thinking
green, they’re building green as
well. Fanshawe’s new Z building
was built with sustainability in
mind, said Dietze. “Down at Z
building we have a green roof – we
don’t have shingles – it’s planting,
growing and a sprinkler system.
That’s a really positive thing for
the college.”
Another example of green meas-
ures on campus is the water bottle
refilling stations. “I was just out in
the hall here (in D building) and I
noticed that 2,600 bottles have
been refilled in there in maybe a
month. That’s huge,” said Dietze.
Fanshawe Student Union
“About two years ago, I was
given a directive by the student
council to go as green as possible,”
explained Rodney Sutton, Building
Manager for the FSU. “Since then,
I have been researching the differ-
ent cleaning chemicals and differ-
ent methods in order to accomplish
that while still staying financially
“Clean green” is the name of the
game at the FSU. Custodians in SC
and SUB buildings are reducing
their dependence on chemicals –
and using green chemicals, when
the situation calls for tougher
cleanup – in order to be more eco-
Sutton said that when doing
research about how to take envi-
ronmentally friendly measures in
the FSU, he looked at using a water
ionizer to clean with. “It’s about as
green as you can get. It basically
uses water to clean. It takes the
water, runs it through an electrical
process that adds positive and neg-
ative ions to it. This causes an elec-
tric charge to be induced into the
water that breaks up food particles
and dirt on surfaces and allows it to
be lifted easily and wiped away,”
he explained. “It also acts as a dis-
The ionizer looks like a regular
spray bottle with a small electronic
component attached. After it is
sprayed, the water holds its charge
for about 30 seconds – just wipe
away the water and the surface is
clean. The ionizer is used on
microwaves and tabletops, and,
said Sutton, “It was expensive to
buy, but it’s pretty much saved me
the amount of chemical in one
semester to pay for the unit.”
Ionizers have been approved in
the States for a number of years,
but Canada has not yet approved it,
as it doesn’t fall into chemical or
process categories as it is a device,
said Sutton. “Certification is
caught up in committee.” Once the
ionizer is certified in Canada, “we
could get rid of most of the chemi-
cals in the Oasis and just clean
with that,” he said.
The large floor-scrubbing
machine uses similar technology to
the ionizer and has eliminated the
need for many chemicals used to
clean the floors. “It’s saved us
about $300 to $400 a semester in
chemicals by switching to this
floor scrubber,” said Sutton. The
machine also uses 60 per cent less
water in the cleaning process.
In addition to the ionizer and
floor scrubber, Sutton also pur-
chased a steamer to use for sanitiz-
ing washrooms and other cleaning.
It leaves no chemical residue and it
cleans out the grout where bacteria
can hide. “It uses such a small
amount of water,” he said, but it is
powerful enough to melt ink off
walls, disinfect and remove grime
from furniture and more.
Even with the new cleaning
equipment, chemicals are some-
times required to tackle tougher
messes. “The chemicals that I do
use are from Enviro-Solutions,”
explained Sutton. These chemicals
decompose into carbon dioxide,
water and other harmless sub-
stances, and they have less of an
impact on the environment than
other types of chemicals.
In addition to the methods used
to clean the FSU buildings, the
cleaning accessories are now more
environmentally friendly as well.
The FSU staff uses microfiber
cloths – which can be laundered
on-site – instead of paper towels,
an initiative that started about four
years ago. In bathrooms, where
paper products are used often, the
staff now stocks biodegradable
paper towels and toilet paper made
from 100 per cent recycled materi-
als. The FSU also uses EcoLogo
garbage bags, and the mop heads
used to clean the floors are made
from recycled pop bottles, which
are made into a heavy-duty anti-
bacterial fibre.
The FSU has also had the bright
idea to switch lightbulbs – they
went from incandescent lights to
compact fluorescents, and Sutton
is now looking at switching to
LED lighting. He said the cost sav-
ings in electricity has been good so
far, and that LED lighting could
bring even greater cost savings,
though the initial expenditure is
much higher – a single lightbulb
can cost up to $90 or more.
The Oasis and the Out Back
Shack – the FSU’s two restaurants
– have also been taking some green
strides as well. As of September
2010, the restaurants compost all
food waste. “Every section has a
compost bin. We save a lot of
garbage from going to the dump.
That’s been very successful,”
explained Ryan McTavish,
General Manager of the Oasis.
Another initiative started in
September 2010 is the eco-takeout
containers. Students can purchase
a card for $3, and every time they
get a meal at the Oasis, they hand
in the card and receive a plastic
clamshell container with their food
in it. After eating the food, they
hand the container in to get their
card back. People without the eco-
takeout cards must pay 25¢ for a
one-time-use container. “It’s work-
ing well – I say ‘well’ because the
people that buy into the program
support it and they love it,” said
McTavish, adding that not every-
body has been enthusiastic about
the program. “Trying to get other
people involved who don’t care,
it’s a lost cause.” He said he
thought the program would work
better if Fanshawe and Chartwells
restaurants got on board with it as
Overall, Sutton and Dietze said
they will continue to look into
green measures as they become
available and accessible. “I think
there are certain things that (will
never change to become more
green),” said Sutton. “But as things
change, we try to convert over as
much as possible.”
– With files from Kirsten
Using the water bottle refilling stations on campus is one way to help
help the environment.
Fanshawe Student Union porter
Kevin Bosworth uses an ionizer to
clean the Oasis late night counter.
Eco-logical practices at Fanshawe
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I’m sure that you’ve heard more
than your fair share about how
important it is to compost. Now
more than ever in our ecologically
focused society, recycling, green
living and energy conservation are
being integrated into everything
from social media outlets to school
activities to municipal, provincial
and even national initiatives. But
there is something else that gets
talked about just as often yet some-
how manages to fall completely
under the radar: composting.
For some reason, composting
seems to be the one element of
environmentally friendly living
that no one can be bothered to do.
Simply put, it’s because compost-
ing is not fun.
A large portion of waste that stu-
dents on campus throw into
garbage cans can actually be com-
posted rather than trashed, but
around Fanshawe the available
compost bins are seldom used to
their full potential.
What To Compost
A good jumping-off point to get
more students interested in com-
posting more often is making sure
that you understand how and what
to compost. At various points
around campus, mostly near food
service areas, you will notice large,
grey bins with lids marked for com-
posting. This is the easy part – you
just open the lid and put your com-
postable waste it in!
Compostable items include:
Cardboard pizza slice containers
from Pizza Pizza, wax paper that
has been wrapped around a sand-
wich, the fry containers from
Coyote Jacks, the coffee and soup
cups from Olive Oyle’s and any
paper products that have food
waste on them.
Have Fun With Composting
Now that you know how to com-
post and what you’re able to com-
post, it’s time for the good stuff; the
fun that is composting. Now, just
bear with me here, some of these
ideas may sound a little cheesy or
childish, but let’s be honest, we all
have to start somewhere.
A great way to make composting
fun can be to get a group of friends
involved and make it a competi-
tion. Keep track of every time you
compost for a week and at the end
figure out who composted most of
their garbage. Loser buys the first
round of drinks that night.
Not into having compost wars
with your friends? That’s cool. Try
doing it for yourself. It’s nearly the
end of the semester and your wallet
is no doubt feeling the pinch, so if
you’re really pining after that brand
new bathing suit for the summer
and your remaining funds are being
rationed, make yourself a deal.
Compost every day for the next two
weeks and then reward yourself
with a shopping trip.
If neither of these ideas sound
appealing to you, try a different
approach. Instead of thinking “I’m
a cool kid and it will ruin my image
if I’m seen caring about compost-
ing,” just have a conversation with
your friends and simply start doing
it. If one person in your inner circle
starts composting, then it won’t be
long before the rest of the group
follows suit and it will become the
new norm.
So go out there, find those com-
post bins, open them up and throw
your non-garbage waste right on in!
Environmentalism is a growing
phenomenon in our society.
Advertising marketing, books, tel-
evision, movies and more have
become focused on environmental-
ly friendly living. If you’re looking
for a greener movie-watching
experience, here are the top 10
movies about the environment.
10. Wall-E
This 2008 Disney animated film
explores what life would be like in
the distant future if garbage cov-
ered the world. Humans live in
spaceships and have virtually no
reason to move a muscle because
of all the electronic aids they pos-
sess. Meanwhile, a lonely waste
disposal robot, Wall-E, is stuck
back on Earth cleaning up the
colossal mess.
9. The Day After Tomorrow
What if global warming hap-
pened suddenly and the environ-
ment turned violent and ruthless
against humanity? A group of stu-
dents must find a way to survive
the extreme weather, including a
deadly flash freeze in New York
City, and stop climate change
before it can do any more damage
to the planet.
8. Soylent Green
This futuristic dystopian flick
tells the story of a cop in future
New York City, where the planet is
overpopulated and the food supply
is running dangerously low.
7. The Lorax (1972)
This animated made-for-televi-
sion film brings to life the enter-
taining yet chilling book from
beloved children’s author Dr.
Seuss. The Lorax speaks for the
trees and warns of the dangers of
destroying the environment, and
yet his advice goes unheeded.
6. March of the Penguins
Narrated by Morgan Freeman,
this documentary film showcases
the hard life of Emperor Penguins
in the ice deserts of Antarctica.
The penguins must struggle nearly
every day of their lives to survive
the harsh environment.
5. Baraka
A wordless documentary explor-
ing various locales around the
world in quick shots that are set to
the background of beautiful music.
4. Into The Wild
The true story of Chris
McCandless, a.k.a. Alexander
Supertramp, who abandons all the
worldly possessions his wealthy
upbringing has afforded him and
heads for Alaska. Along his jour-
ney, which he completes largely by
hitchhiking, he meets people who
strongly impact his short but
intense life.
3. Planet Earth
This 11-episode documentary
series exposes the deepest corners
of Earth; from ecosystems to ani-
mal life to the planet as a whole,
this intricately detailed series is an
in-depth look at the planet we call
2. An Inconvenient Truth
This documentary film showcas-
es the campaign led by Al Gore to
bring the issues of global warming,
climate change and environmental-
ism to the forefront of American
1. Fern Gully: The Last
This feature-length animated
film tells the story of the fairy
inhabitants of Fern Gully, the
world’s last surviving rainforest.
When a fairy accidentally shrinks
down a logger to her own size, he
realizes that he must help them
stop the evil Hexxus from destroy-
ing the forest.
Flowers are blooming, birds are
chirping and everyone is putting
their winter gear into hibernation
and dusting off their spring
clothes… in MARCH? There is
one little problem here; this may
indicate the end of another school
term, but this premature spring
weather is yet another symptom of
global warming and the negative
impact on our environment coming
to fruition.
Environmental Awareness
Week (April 2 to 6) could not
come at a better time for Fanshawe
College! In order to increase our
awareness of the little things that
we can do to help, the FSU has
organized some amazing events
with the chance to win some great
prizes while learning how to
decrease our carbon footprint!
Our College has already put in
place a wonderful recycling pro-
gram, evident in every cafeteria
and hallway you walk down each
day. To name a few: water bottle
filling stations, compost bins,
paper and food waste bins, as well
as plastic, paper and aluminum
recycling options. If you love your
coffee and don’t have a ceramic
mug, Fanshawe has you covered,
with an innovative program that
composts Tim Hortons cups. Let’s
try our best to think green and take
an extra minute to sort out your
garbage/recyclables after lunch.
“We really want to encourage peo-
ple to take advantage of all those
methods to divert some of the
waste at Fanshawe,” said Jason
Yeoman, the Fanshawe Student
Union’s VP Internal and organizer
of the events.
On April 3, there will be a cam-
pus cleanup, so consider this your
official VIP invitation to take part!
We will provide students and vol-
unteers with the gear they need to
clean up campus, but be sure to
wear long sleeves and closed-toed
footwear. Registration will begin
at 5 p.m. in Oasis, and the cleanup
will start at 5:30 p.m. Afterwards,
helpers will be provided with a free
pizza dinner!
Last week you may have
received a “minor misconduct” if
you were one of the 80 students
busted by our Recycle Referees for
our Get Caught Recycling Week.
Lucky you! You got some sweet
swag (our new recycled pencils)
and free admission into our version
of Let’s Make A Deal, which will
be held on April 4 in Forwell Hall
from 12 to 1 p.m. This is a chance
to educate yourself about some of
these issues and also the opportuni-
ty to win some awesome prizes.
This event will give away some of
the biggest prizes ever, including
six cases of Rockstar energy drink,
a new longboard, gift certificates
and other prizes. Altogether, at
least $500 worth of prizes will be
given away.
Remember, this is YOUR plan-
et. We should all do our part to be
clean, be seen and, with apologies
to Kermit the Frog, it IS easy being
For more information, check out
@FlaggedFanshawe on Twitter,
the Flagged Fanshawe group on
Facebook (tinyurl.com/flaggedfan-
shawefb) and watch some hilarious
digital shorts on YouTube by
searching for ‘Tony the Recycle
Ref.’ “Tony the Recycle Ref can
tell you all of the different ways
that you can recycle on campus
and will also show you what hap-
pens when you don’t recycle prop-
erly,” explained Yeoman. Be sure
to catch the “Mission Recyclable”
video that will be released this
– With files from Erika Faust
Green up, Fanshawe!
Pizza Pizza cardboard slice holder
Soiled wax paper (the kind your
sandwich comes wrapped in)
Clamshell container from B
Coyote Jacks fry cup
Paper products soiled with food
Olive Oyle's coffee cups and soup
Paper Recycling
Mr. Sub bags
Newspapers, magazines
Paper (obviously)
Tim Hortons Recycling Bins
Tim Hortons cups (NO LIDS)
Plastic Recycling
1 and 2 plastics (you can recycle
1 through 7 at home)
Water bottles
Pop bottles
Juice bottles
Clamshell containers from Oasis
Dip cups
Cups, lids and straws
Plastic spoons, forks and knives
Tim Hortons lids
Fun with composting
Top 10 environmental movies
Using a few simple ingredients, you can whip up a cleaning concoction
that will leave your house sparkling clean.
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Finding ways to eat green can be
difficult, especially when you’re a
student, but there are lots of ways
to be environmentally aware when
choosing what to eat, as well as,
how and where you get your food.
According to runner, author and
blogger Mark Sisson, there are
many effective and relatively easy
ways to eat green. Here are a few
tips from his blog, marksdailyap-
Eat Seasonally/Locally: This
can be a tricky one for us
Canadians, since, as we know all
too well, we’re buried under snow
for a good four to five months of
the year.
The benefits of eating locally
grown food are twofold: not only is
the money you’re spending going
right back into our local economy,
but the food you’re buying doesn’t
have to be shipped across oceans
and continents.
Do your best to eat seasonally
during the spring, summer and fall
months. One of the great things
about living in London is the
amount of fresh produce stands on
street corners in the summer. If
you’re driving on rural roads
around London, you will also find
tons of small markets or stands
where farmers are selling the pro-
duce grown right there in their
One place to be sure to visit is
the Covent Garden Market, where
from May to November there is an
outdoor farmers market on
Thursdays and Saturdays. This is a
convenient place to get locally
grown produce.
Grow It Yourself: Growing
your own food might sound like a
huge task, but it doesn’t need to be.
If you happen to live in a place
with a nice yard, you can easily
plant a small vegetable garden.
Some easy vegetables to grow are
carrots, onions, tomatoes, radishes
and lettuce. If you live in an apart-
ment, growing your own food is
possible if you have a balcony, but
virtually impossible if you don’t.
In this case, I suggest you plant
your own herb garden. Herbs such
as basil, rosemary, cilantro,
oregano, chives, parsley and many
more can be cared for quite easily.
Not only will you have fresh herbs
for cooking, but some herbs are
quite fragrant and will smell great.
Added bonus: if you’re in a pinch
around holidays and birthdays, you
can always give potted herbs as
Sustainable Seafood: It’s no
secret that overfishing can serious-
ly damage the ecology of the
world’s lakes and oceans, so when
you’re choosing what fish and
seafood to eat, you need to choose
wisely. Fish that breed later in life
are in danger of being overfished,
whereas fish that grow quickly and
breed young are more sustainable.
Sustainable seafoods include
sardines, anchovies, tilapia, wild
salmon, domestic mahi mahi,
Pacific halibut, oysters, clams,
calamari, American lobster and
Dungeness crab.
For more information on what
seafood is safe and what to avoid,
visit seachoice.org.
Limit The Meat you Eat: Some
people take an extreme environ-
mental stance on meat and cut it
out of their diets completely. This
can be a reasonable life choice for
some, but there are definitely some
people who just love meat. If
you’re a meat-lover, try taking
some steps to ensure the meat
you’re eating is not only safe for
you, but is also sustainable.
Animals who are raised for meat
are very hard on the environment,
consuming over half our crop har-
vest. On top of that, animal waste
is not treated at conventional
sewage treatment plants, meaning
that it and any chemicals from the
crops the animals have consumed
go straight into our rivers and
The best thing you can do is
limit the amount of meat you eat.
Think of it more as a special treat
for yourself than a daily fixture in
your diet. There are plenty of alter-
natives you can eat to ensure
you’re getting your required nutri-
ents. When you do purchase meat,
try to make sure it’s organic and
raised without the use of hormones
or antibiotics.
Buy Organic: For a lot of peo-
ple, organic equals expensive. Yes,
organic food does tend to cost
more, but if you’re buying local
produce during the seasons it’s
available, buying organic from
your grocery store in the winter
shouldn’t be too much of a stretch.
Organic foods don’t use the
same pesticides and fertilizers as
regularly grown foods, meaning
less harmful chemicals are seeping
into the earth. This also means that
when you’re enjoying a shiny red
apple or eating a healthy salad, you
aren’t filling up your belly with
dangerous chemicals.
Even if you can’t afford to buy
all organic food, try to go organic
every once in a.
Read Labels: When you’re gro-
cery shopping, take a few extra
minutes to read the labels on your
food. Many products will tell you
if they’re organic or pesticide-free.
Packaging on meat will tell you if
it was raised without hormones or
antibiotics, and egg cartons will
tell you if the hens that produced
them were free range.
Water Bottles: This should be a
no-brainer by now. When you buy
water in a bottle, think of all the
steps that go into making the bot-
tle, shipping the bottle out to the
store and even the energy needed
at recycling plants to recycle that
bottle. Buy a reusable bottle to fill
up when you’re thirsty.
Eating green doesn’t have to be
a major change in your lifestyle; it
is about being conscientious and
aware of the choices you are mak-
ing. Small things you do on a day-
to-day basis can have a large
impact on your health and the sus-
tainability of our planet.
Greening your plate
April has arrived, and that
means it’s time for spring clean-
ing! Name brand cleaning products
can get pretty expensive – why
bother with those when you proba-
bly have plenty of excellent natural
cleaners lying around your house?
Cleaners made from common
household items, like baking soda,
vinegar and lemon juice, do not
contain harsh chemicals, meaning
they’re safer for you to use and are
less harmful for the environment.
They’re also a little easier on your
wallet, as many of these ingredi-
ents can be bought in bulk.
These cleaning tips collected
from The Daily Green (thedaily-
green.com) will have your house
looking spring fresh and ready for
a mom-inspection.
Freshen Old Clothes: If you
have a bit of leftover vodka lying
around the house, pour some of it
into a spray bottle and spritz your
clothes with it, and then hang them
to dry in a well-ventilated area.
Take a shot to celebrate, because
now you don’t have to do laundry!
According to The Daily Green,
vodka kills bacteria that cause
odours, but does not leave a scent
after it dries.
Kitchen Counters, Stainless
Steel Sinks, Porcelain and Tile:
Sprinkle some baking soda (for
tougher grime, use kosher salt) on
the counter or sink surface, and
then scrub using a moist cloth. For
super-tough stains, knead the bak-
ing soda and water into a paste and
let it sit on the stain for a while
before scrubbing it away. The bak-
ing soda is abrasive, and it should
be able to lift those stains with a
little elbow grease.
Oven: Nobody likes cleaning
the oven, but this tip lets you take
a long break right in the middle of
it. Make a paste from water and
baking soda, and coat the inside of
the oven with it. Then kick back
and relax for a day while the mix-
ture does most of your work for
you – just don’t try to make cook-
ies while you wait. Put on some
gloves and scrub away that grime,
and then wipe the whole thing
down with a moist cloth to make it
Mildew and Grease Streaks:
Spray or douse the stain with
lemon juice, vinegar or vodka. Let
it soak for 15 minutes, then use a
stiff brush (an old toothbrush will
do) to scrub the stain away.
Windows: Mix 2 tbsp. of white
vinegar or lemon juice with 3.5
litres of water and pour into a spray
bottle. Use old newspapers to wipe
the windows, as it won’t leave
Clogged Drains: I had a room-
mate in college with gorgeous,
thick brown hair... but it wasn’t so
gorgeous when it was clogging up
the shower. All I needed to use was
a simple third-grade science trick
to clear the drain. Pour a half-cup
of baking soda into the drain, then
a half-cup of vinegar. The chemi-
cal reaction should be enough to
break up the gunk and clear the
drain. Be sure to cover this tightly,
or you’ll have a volcano on your
hands! Flush all this out with three
litres of boiling water.
Carpets: For a fresh carpet
stain, grab the club soda. Pick up
any solids, and then dump the soda
directly onto the stain. Blot with a
cloth. The carbonation of the soda
lifts the liquid as the salts in it pre-
vent stains. For bigger messes, put
some cornmeal on it. Wait a few
minutes – five to 15 should do the
trick – and vacuum it all up.
Maybe you haven’t vacuumed in
a while, and the carpet is starting to
smell a bit funky. Sprinkle some
baking soda or cornstarch on it –
not too thick, but enough to cover
the entire surface area. Let it sit for
half an hour to deodorize, then
vacuum the whole thing up.
Wooden Floors: If you’re lucky
enough to live in a place with
wooden floors, but have been
neglecting them all year, don’t
worry – they’re pretty easy to
clean. Mix a quarter-cup of white
vinegar and 3 3/4 cups of warm
water. Pour it into a spray bottle,
and then spray a cloth until lightly
damp. Scrub your floors to remove
Clean green (and
save a little green
while you’re at it!)
It’s easy to plant a small herb garden on your balcony.
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Researchers, including those based
at the faculty of biology at the
University of New Brunswick, are
searching for a way to explain and
stop a phenomenon that has killed
nearly seven million little brown
bats in just six years, pushing the
species to the verge of extinction.
In 2006, scientists in New York
state noticed a decrease in the bat
population. After surveying some
caves, they discovered some hiber-
nating bats had white spots on their
muzzles and wings. The fungus has
been aptly dubbed white-nose syn-
In 2010, Graham Forbes, a pro-
fessor of biology at UNB and
director of the N.B. Cooperative
Fish Wildlife Research Unit, along
with his team, decided to check
local caves to see whether the
infection had spread to New
“It was a new species (of fungus)
and nobody knew where it came
from, in part because nobody has
done research on what type of fun-
gus is already in caves or on bats.
So we wanted to find out — maybe
it was already here and no one
looked for it,” Forbes said.
At that time, the team surveyed
several caves and found no evi-
dence of white-nose syndrome
among hibernating bats. They have
also collected data from several
bats to determine what types of
fungi reside on the bats.
Last winter, when researchers
returned, they found symptoms of
white-nose syndrome on little
brown bats — one of only two
types of bats besides the northern
long-eared bats that are common to
the province.
In one of the biggest caves, the
researchers counted 6,000 hiber-
nating bats, including the infected.
Karen Vanderwolf, a graduate
student at UNB, has been working
with Professor Forbes in conjunc-
tion with the New Brunswick
Museum, surveying the sites and
probing the microclimate of the
“We confirmed from the
research that (white-nose syn-
drome) wasn’t here until 2011 and
we also wanted to find out what
sort of fungus community was nor-
mally on the bats.”
This winter, Forbes and his team
did not have to enter the same site
to see a different picture — flying
bats outside of the cave and dead
animals on the snow.
“Most of them died right at the
entrance — thousands of dead bats
on the ground,” Forbes said.
The scientists counted only 300
bats in that cave — a 95 per cent
drop in one winter.
Professor Forbes and
Vanderwolf are keeping a close eye
on nine bat sites that mostly stretch
from the Bay of Fundy to Moncton.
Some of the caves are open and
easy to get into; others so narrow
that researchers have to crawl.
They also have to be extra care-
ful not to transmit the syndrome
from the infected bats to healthy
ones. The scientists wear special
clothing, use clean equipment and
spend less than an hour in each
“It spreads on contact, either on
the walls or the bats, and because
they are (hibernating) in groups,
one gets (it) and (it) spreads to the
other ones,” Forbes explained. And
because New Brunswick doesn’t
have many caves, bats fly hundreds
of kilometres across the province to
gather in one cave, transmitting the
disease even faster.
Once in the cave, the team
counts the bats, which is often quite
difficult because of the high ceil-
ings of the cave. Sometimes the
researchers take a picture and esti-
mate the number of species.
Then, they carefully isolate one
hibernating bat from the group, rub
its fungus on a special plate called
an agar plate, and hang the bat
back. They take the agar plates to
the labs for further studying. The
researchers also measure and mon-
itor temperature and humidity in
the caves.
Cold and wet caves are an ideal
environment for the fungus to
thrive, Forbes explained. Fungus
attaches to the bodies of hibernat-
ing bats and starts growing into the
skin tissue. As a result, the mam-
mals wake up from itching and irri-
tation in the middle of the winter,
instead of April.
“To wake up (in winter), they
have to raise their body tempera-
ture and they have to burn their fat
reserve,” Forbes explained.
“And they are either hungry or
thirsty or both; they look for water,
for food, (which) takes them out-
side. There is no food and it’s
— they are going to die pret-
ty soon.”
Starvation and dehydration also
decreases the immune system of
the little brown bats and their abili-
ty to fight away infection.
Meanwhile, the white-nose syn-
drome is spreading fast: it is esti-
mated to spread from 200 to 400km
per year. In just six years, the syn-
drome spread across 19 U.S. states
and four Canadian provinces, and it
is expected that the infection will
expand all over Canada.
The loss of major pest predators
will affect flora, fauna and even
humans, as the abundance of bugs
and mosquitoes increases risks of
transmission of different diseases.
Now UNB researches roughly
estimate the population of bats in
New Brunswick — that was not
abundant in the first place — has
decreased from 10,000 to 3,000
“For Eastern America, one of the
most abundant mammals (will be)
essentially gone in five (to) 10
years,” Forbes said.
“It’s one of the biggest, cata-
strophic losses of mammal species
that we know of.”
New Brunswick biology professor raises
concern over shrinking bat population
It’s Earth Week. Fortunately,
environmental conservation and
financial conservation tend to coin-
cide, so there are many things you
can do to conserve resources,
financially and environmentally.
There are an infinite amount of
small things someone can do. Here
are just a few:
Buy reusable stuff. For exam-
ple, rather than buying bottled
water, you could buy a reusable
water bottle and just drink tap
water. I know to some people this
sounds unthinkable, but filtered tap
water isn’t going to hurt you, and if
you aren’t recycling all of those
plastic bottles from bottled water,
then it’s hurting the environment.
Plus, why buy something you get
for free?
Save on energy. If you pay per-
sonal hydro, there are about a mil-
lion ways you can do this, from
turning electronics and appliances
off when you’re not using them to
buying energy-saving lightbulbs.
Another example is to avoid run-
ning the air conditioner non-stop,
which can be hell on your hydro
bill. I know conserving your air
conditioner output is difficult when
we have 25°
days in March, but
cutting back a little can make a big
difference over time.
Recycle your liquor bottles.
Most students drink, but I’m
guessing not many get the refunds
on their liquor containers. The
LCBO and The Beer Store pay 10¢
for small containers and 25¢ for
large containers. This can add up
over the school year. I’ve recycled
this stuff in the past and gotten
quite a few dollars back over a
period of time. Just saving all your
containers and making one or two
trips a year can put some extra cash
in your pocket. There is more info
on recycling liquor bottles at bagit-
Eat smart. Tons of money and
energy go to waste on food in
everything from eating out too
much to using disposable paper
and plastic bags rather than
reusable bags when bringing your
lunch to school or work. It’s hard
to completely change your lifestyle
when it comes to dining out – espe-
cially for your morning coffee or
daily lunch – but there are small
things you can do, like using a
travel mug when buying coffee or
a thermos to bring a drink from
home. And this really isn’t a green
tip, but buy your groceries on stu-
dent discount day at Real Canadian
Superstore. It’s every Tuesday and
they offer a 10 per cent discount
with your student card.
Packing your lunch, using ener-
gy-saving light bulbs and recycling
your booze bottles are all small
things, and really aren’t going to
make a huge difference by them-
selves (although the cash from the
liquor bottles is actually pretty
sweet, especially if you can fill up
a couple of huge bags of them);
however, all these things add up if
you’re conscientious. In turn, if a
lot of people do these things, a lot
of money and a lot of energy are
saved. You can then take that
money you got from your beer
cans, and turn around and buy
more beer… and then get money
from those empty cans. It’s kismet.
Jeremy Wall is studying
Professional Financial Services at
Fanshawe College. He holds an
Honours Bachelor of Arts from the
University of Western Ontario.
Brown bats are quickly becoming an endangered species due to a fungus
that’s spreading through the United States and Canada.
Earth and money: Both green, both need saving
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I have been a vegetarian for
about 10 years, and for the past
decade I have answered the same
questions over and over again:
how do you get enough protein?
Are you eating properly? I have
decided to set the record straight
once and for all – you don’t need
meat in your diet to be healthy and
to have your daily recommended
nutritional counts met.
A vegetarian diet has been
shown to improve blood sugar in
people with diabetes, lower LDL
(bad) cholesterol and blood pres-
sure, and promote weight loss. It
also has been suggested that this
type of diet may even help prevent
colon cancer and heart disease –
that is one healthy diet!
The biggest questions vegetari-
ans are always asked are about
protein: how do you get enough
each day? Where do you get your
protein? Fact: protein does not
only come from meat. Here are a
few great protein suggestions for
vegetarians – and for those looking
for protein outside of the meat-
based diets – everywhere.
• Lentils, beans (chickpeas, kid-
ney beans, black beans, etc.), tofu,
nuts and seeds
• Whole grains
• Vegetables
• Dairy – Greek yogurt, cottage
cheese, eggs – unless you are
vegan, of course
Remember, if you are trying to
achieve fitness or health-related
goals, don’t necessarily sacrifice
your calories. If calorie needs are
not met, some protein from your
diet will be used for energy rather
than muscle repair. Always make
sure you have a protein source at
every meal; to be sure you are get-
ting the required amount each day,
try drinking a protein shake after
your workouts. Protein shakes are
digested quicker than other protein
sources such as eggs, and a post-
workout shake will help with faster
and more efficient muscle repair.
Regardless of whether you eat
meat or not, you can still manage a
healthy lifestyle consisting of a
balanced diet and exercise. Give it
a try – and remember, you are what
you eat.
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The school year is now winding
down, and the unusual spring
weather has everyone hitting the
gym to prepare for an early beach
season. Now that spring is here, it
is time to make a commitment to
something worth keeping through-
out the entire year, not just for the
summer. Challenge yourself right
now to commit to being fit all year
long. Commit yourself to manag-
ing a healthy, well-portioned diet
and working out at least four times
a week.
Always remember that your
body does so many amazing things
to keep you alive each and every
day, so respect it and say ‘thank
you’ by making a commitment to a
healthy life right now.
Here are the top 10 ways you can
commit to being fit, starting today:
1. Work out at least four times a
week – and remember that weights
are your friend. A balance of cardio
and weightlifting will help you to
get fit and stay fit throughout the
2. Say goodbye to the usual
stores in the mall and hit a fitness
store near you. Treat yourself to
new running shoes or workout
gloves – you will be even more
motivated then before to hit the
gym and test out your new gear.
3. Next time you sit down for a
meal, ask yourself: Do I have a
well-balanced diet? Protein, com-
plex carbs, fruits and veggies are
essential to maintaining a healthy
4. Recruit a friend to get you
motivated. If you have someone
who will push you to go to workout
when you are feeling sluggish,
your thoughts about working out
are more likely to become a reality.
5. Look into your family history.
It’s all the more reason to work out
if there is a history of diabetes,
heart attack or stroke in your fami-
ly. Dedicating yourself to a few
hours a week of physical activity is
worth protecting your health.
6. Plan your meals – failing to
plan is planning to fail. If you
record in a journal ahead of time –
or as you eat throughout the day –
you will be more likely to stick to
your diet and workout plan.
7. Set a goal. Want to run a
marathon? Lift a new personal
best? Setting a goal will be the
extra motivation you need to com-
mit to being fit throughout the year.
Just be sure to set a goal with a
realistic timeline… don’t try to go
from no exercise to a marathon in a
8. Limit your drinking. Alcohol
= empty calories with no nutrition-
al value, period.
9. Educate yourself. Visit your
local nutrition or health food store
to find out what you need to know
to make your goals a reality.
10. Choose what you use. Skip
the elevator and take the stairs…
little things like this each and every
day will make a huge difference in
the long run.
Making a commitment to stay-
ing fit year-round might seem like
an overwhelming obstacle right
now, but in a few short months,
working out and managing a
healthy diet will start to become a
part of your everyday life.
Remember, at the end of the day,
“Strength does not come from
physical capacity. It comes from an
indomitable will.” – Mahatma
Commit to be fit
Fanshawe’s First Nations Centre put on a year-end celebration in J Gym on March 28. Colourful costumes were
worn to the Pow Wow in the afternoon.
Rebecca Grieb
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with Jay Leno
The man who created the Red
Bull energy drink has died at the age
of 89. Actually, he died five years
ago. He was just so wired, nobody
could tell.
The New York Police
Department says Iran has conducted
surveillance inside New York City.
They say Iranian operatives are
using special mobile surveillance
units. I believe they’re called taxi
This weekend 71-year-old former
Vice President Dick Cheney
received a heart transplant. And I
thought this was nice — they let him
shoot the donor himself.
The Pope visited Cuba
yesterday and witnessed a
miracle. Fidel Castro is
still breathing.
with Conan O’Brien
In Germany, a court has ruled that
German police are allowed to racial-
ly profile citizens. But don’t worry.
It’s Germany, so things shouldn’t
get out of hand.
President Obama is getting tough
on North Korea. This weekend
President Obama warned Kim Jong
Un that bad behavior will not be
rewarded. Then Kim Jong Un asked,
“So how do you explain a new sea-
son of Jersey Shore.”
The man who hacked into Scarlett
Johansson’s cell phone and posted
nude photos of her has pled guilty.
However, the judge has reduced the
man’s sentence if he
solemnly swears to do it
with Jimmy Fallon
There are rumours that Kim
Kardashian wants to adopt a child.
You can tell orphans are nervous —
even Oliver Twist is like, “You
know what — I’m good on soup.
Sorry for complaining.”
A strip club in New York is offer-
ing to give Tim Tebow his first lap
dance for free. It’ll be the first time
where the customer is the one who
keeps yelling “No touching.”
This week a man wearing a
Batman costume was pulled over
while driving a Lamborghini. I think
the real story here is that a grown
man who owns a Batman
costume can actually afford
a Lamborghini.
with Jimmy Kimmel
Tiger Woods did something
unusual this weekend. He won a golf
Tiger’s now a 4-1 favourite to win
at The Masters. They say all he has
to do is stay away from Ambien,
Escalades, and hostesses at the
Waffle House.
Pope Benedict XVI spent the
weekend in Mexico. He likes to
spend spring break at Señor Frog’s.
He’s been doing it since he was in
There’s an exercise program start-
ed in Massachusetts called broga.
It’s a form of yoga for men. It com-
bines bro and yoga.
When I heard the word
broga, I threw up and lost
four pounds.
Sometimes disadvantages can lead to new discoveries.
We’re often told the
importance of making eye
Looking into someone else’s eyes;
however, can be very intimidating.
This is especially true for a person
with Asperger’s syndrome or autism.
So, if you can’t handle direct eye
contact, what can you do?
Look at their mouth.
It will give the appearance to
them that you’re making eye
contact, but you won’t feel
This is a great trick for
interviews, especially if you’re
already nervous!
Bus Stop
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1. Flower
6. Japanese lead-glazed earthen-
10. Formerly title of Russian
14. Metric capacity unit
15. Port in Yemen
16. Frost
17. Bay window
18. Hindu queen
19. Location of first garden
20. Evil spirits
22. Luge
23. Make a mistake
24. Candles
26. Basic monetary unit of
30. Hindi disciple
32. Actor Alda
33. Hindu sages
38. Ride the crest of a wave
39. Characterized by ease and
grace of movement
40. Waistband
41. Sweet-briers
43. Women’s magazine
44. Silver salmon
45. Ate a morsel
47. Hold in religious respect
50. Breast muscle (informal)
51. Continent
52. Rearranging
59. Pierce with a knife
60. Use a bow on a violin
61. Violent pang
62. Ring a bell
63. Flat hollow unleavened bread
64. Leaven
65. Church recess
66. Affirmative votes
67. Narrow roads
1. Group of nations
2. Basic monetary unit of Italy
3. Relating to the ear
4. Brand of sandwich cookie
5. Blended
6. Harder to find
7. First man
8. Game of chance resembling
9. Indifferent
10. Makes an unlawful intrusion
11. Move in a devious manner
12. Title of some Muslim rulers
13. Tears apart violently
21. Alternative medical practice
using the olfactory sense
25. Boxer Muhammad
26. Comfort
27. Strike with a hard blow
28. Masculine name
29. That which cannot be con-
30. Front part of lower jaws
31. Strong and healthy
34. The excess value of one cur-
rency over another
35. Stop
36. ___ of Man: British Crown
37. Lose hair
42. And not
46. Monovalent radical of acetic
47. Jamaican sect (abbr.)
48. Prevent by law
49. Chemists’ containers
50. Malay boat
53. One of the Great Lakes
54. Eight (comb. form)
55. Flightless bird
56. Iraq’s neighbour
57. Organ affected by 21 Down
58. Obtains
Solution on page 22
1. Bill Murray was
arrested in 1970 for trying to smug-
gle 10lbs of marijuana during his
20th birthday.
2. The Canadian province of New
Brunswick had a bloodless war with
the U.S. state of Maine
in 1839.
3 .
Decaf f ei nat ed
coffee is not 100
per cent caffeine free.
When coffee is being
decaffeinated, two per cent of
the caffeine still remains in it.
4. When you are looking at some-
one you love, your pupils dilate,
they do the same when you are
looking at someone you hate.
5. Bullet proof vests, fire escapes,
windshield wipers, and laser print-
ers were all invented by women.
6. The most children born to one
woman was 69, she was a peasant
who lived a 40 year life, in which
she had 16 twins, seven triplets, and
four quadruplets.
7. In Monopoly, the character
locked behind the bars is called Jake
the Jailbird. Officer Edgar Mallory
sent him to jail.
8. When someone looks at a new
love, the neural circuits that are usu-
ally associated with social judgment
are suppressed.
9. Couples’ personalities con-
verge over time to make partners
more and more similar.
10. Most of the dust underneath
your bed is actually your own dead
11. The roar that we hear when
we place a seashell next to our ear is
not the ocean, but rather the sound
of blood surging through the veins
in the ear.
12. There was once an undersea
post office in the Bahamas.
13. Blue light fends off drowsi-
ness in the middle of the night,
which could be useful to people
who work at night.
14. If you get water flowing fast
enough, it can cut metal.
15. On average people fear spi-
ders more than they do death.
16. Standard paper cannot be
folded in half more than seven
17. A portion of the water you
drink has already been drunk by
someone else, maybe several times
18. The average person eats
almost 1500 pounds of food a year.
19. Pirates believed that piercing
the ears with such precious metals
as silver and gold improved one’s
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
You are an arrow drawn back
against a taut bowstring. Your aim
is true, but you can’t hold this posi-
tion forever. Release – when it
happens – is the most exhilarating
moment to experience.
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Living dangerously is not within
your general range of behaviour.
Take precautions against mishaps.
Your sense of style is bound to
impress someone unaware of your
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
In order to get something, you
need to give up something else. It
would be wrong to feel that you’re
being shorted in an exchange. In a
harmonious life, transaction is
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Start looking out for number
one, or the sum total of everything
will be zero. Retreat to your pri-
vate sanctum, and soothe yourself
with whatever you need. Find
something to laugh about.
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
Some people may be putting you
on a pedestal. Everything you do is
seen as an example of excellence.
On other weeks, this kind of scruti-
ny could be exhausting, but this
week, you crave the attention.
Virgo (August 23 - Sept. 22)
The only way to get things done
right is to do them yourself. You
may be too efficient for your own
good sometimes. Perfectionists are
often lonely, because they can
never find the right playmates or
enough time to relax.
Libra (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)
Elements of the unknown make
a welcome intrusion into your
orderly life. Brain power is the
most efficient form of energy.
Express yourself in daring new
Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
You must be self-sufficient in
order to gain the respect of others.
A show of emotion may be con-
fused with a show of weakness.
The good news is that you will
only have to maintain this rigid
armor for a few days.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)
Even if you don’t get what you
expected, you might wind up with
something even better. There’s no
need to go in search of adventure
– it’s likely to find you no matter
where you are.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
The only thing that may keep you
from seeing your goal is a bend in
the road. Diligent progress is about
to pay off, even if it seems like
you’re on a treadmill to nowhere.
Your ideals still mean something.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
There are no more secrets. A
dialogue that excludes anyone
isn’t worth your time. If others
view you as something of a dis-
ruptive force, it just means that
you’re performing your cosmic
duty of the moment.
Pisces (Feb. 18 - March 20)
Good luck is a poor substitute
for good judgment. Would you
rather spend your time explaining
something good that happened to
you, or something bad? Choose
your course wisely.
very hard Daily Sudoku: Mon 15-Jan-2007
7 6 9 8
2 3 9
3 6
1 5
6 9 2 4 3
6 8
1 5
6 2 8
2 5 1 7
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 22.
Sudoku Puzzle
puzzle rating: very hard
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Word Search
Men In Trees
(Words in parentheses not in puzzle)
Chief Celia (Bachelor)
Patrick (Bachelor)
Marin (Frist)
Ben (Jackson)
Annie (O’Donnell)
Jack (Slattery)
Buzz (Washington)
Mai (Washington)

We all do things in life without
rhyme or reason, which, to the peo-
ple around, you may seem sense-
less and stupid. I’m not afraid to
admit I’ve made bad decisions
when it comes to relationships over
the years. I have never regretted
anything, but I have definitely
wondered why I did what I did.
Recently I started thinking about
the reasons in which I did those
things, and have come to the con-
clusion that I may be terrified of a
real relationship. Women don’t
like to admit it, but we can be just
as scared of commitment as our
male counterparts.
I’m not here to tell you how to
fix your fear of commitment,
because honestly I don’t know how
to fix it, myself. What I do know is
that everyone has their own rea-
sons, but the first step would be to
realize that you are one of the
many women who are afraid to
commit to a relationship. So here
are some signs to help you identify
your phobia of commitment.
You’ve been hurt in the past
One common factor in women
who have a hard time with com-
mitment is that they have been hurt
in the past, whether it’s by family,
friends or loved ones. There is only
so much pain a person is willing to
put themselves through, so when it
has become too much, they
become guarded.
You associate relationships
with negativity
If you associate negative things
with relationships or love, that
could be a sign that you are afraid
of commitment. My roommate
came up with a list of words and
had me say the first thing that came
to my mind when I heard each one.
Anytime she mentioned words
relating to commitment like “mar-
riage,” “love” or “pain,” the first
words that came to my mind were
“divorce,” “evil” or “love,” respec-
tively – not the most positive way
to look at relationships.
You stay in rocky relation-
You stay in relationships when
you know there is no real future.
Even though you know you need to
end the relationship, you can’t
bring yourself to do it. I’ve been in
this situation so many times, and I
could never justify why I stayed as
long as I did. You hear all the time
about how nice guys finish last and
girls go after assholes. The reason
jerks can be appealing is because
we know in the end it won’t last.
They will do something to mess it
up, and in the end it won’t be our
fault that we got hurt.
You have impossibly high
Yes, girls are picky and, at
times, high maintenance.
However, some girls will never
find a guy who lives up to her stan-
dards. This is because she makes it
impossible for anyone to be good
enough for her. The reason she is
alone is not her fault; it’s because
there is no one good enough.
You chase unattainable men
We always want what we can’t
have, and when we get it, we don’t
want it. Sound familiar? If you
always find yourself going after
guys that you know you can’t have
– maybe they live far away or they
are in relationships – deep down,
you know you can’t be with them,
but that doesn’t stop you from
telling yourself it can happen.
You run from good relation-
When you are in a relationship
that seems perfect, is that when
you start second-guessing every-
thing? The very thought of some-
one who cares about you freaks
you out, so you run away.
You prefer serial dating
If you prefer dating one guy
after another – or multiple guys at
once – it might be because you like
to keep men at arm’s length, you
never let yourself get too close.
One guy told me that he likes dat-
ing one girl at a time so he can get
to know her. I, on the other hand,
like to date multiple guys at once
so I don’t really get attached to any
of them. How can you fall for
someone if you have other people
to confuse you?
If you think you might have
commitment issues, the first thing
you can do is identify the problem.
Then you need to find out why you
have those fears in order to over-
come them. Don’t throw away the
good relationships in your life
because you are terrified. Some
things in life should be worth the
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If you balk at the thought of spending the rest of your life with the same person, you just might be a commit-
It’s nearly here. The day you’ve
both been waiting for! School,
work or whatever else has been
keeping you from your paramour is
nearly over and you’re looking for-
ward to seeing the end of the long
distance part of your relationship.
Though feelings of excitement, joy
and longing are sure to be running
high, you’re likely also feeling
some trepidation and perhaps
regrets about what you didn’t
accomplish while you were on
your own.
Coming to the end of the long
distance phase can be a stressful
time, so here are some tips to help
get you through the home stretch:
• Figure out the logistics. If
you’re planning to live together
once the distance is no longer a
factor, make sure you have hous-
ing figured out well before your
partner comes home. Leaving it
until the last minute can create a lot
of unnecessary stress on you and
your relationship.
• Prioritize your to-do list. At the
beginning of this stint apart, you
made a list of things you wanted to
accomplish, not just to pass the
time but so that you had something
to work towards and be proud of.
But now, you’re looking at that list
thinking you didn’t get very much
done. Don’t let that get you down,
though. Instead, look at your list,
figure out what you still have time
to do and get it done! You can still
feel proud of what you did accom-
plish instead of focusing on what
you didn’t get around to.
• Have a conversation (or two)
about the future. Make sure that
before you get back into the day-
to-day life of a non-long distance
relationship that you and your sig-
nificant other are on the same
page. Talk about your daily rou-
tines, what you want the other per-
son to help you out with and what
you want to do independently. It
can be tough if you’ve been living
on your own for a while to have
someone (even if it is that special
someone) barge back into your
life. Good communication is the
best way to avoid clashes in this
department, and if you can align
your expectations beforehand,
that’s even better.
• Take some time for yourself.
Sure, you’ve been missing your
honey the whole time you’ve been
apart and it may not seem like it
now, but once you’re with each
other all the time again, you are
going to miss your alone time.
Take one last special day for your-
self and do all the things that you
love to do alone; spend quality
time with yourself.
I hope these tips will help the tail
end of your long distance stint
more manageable. Just remember,
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When the distance isn’t so long anymore
The first Ford Taurus showed up
in 1985 (as a 1986 model) and
proved to be an instant success. In
just one year, Ford had sold over
200,000 Taurus cars, and by 1989
that number had surpassed over
one million units sold. Ford had
not seen this kind of success for a
car since the original Mustang
went on sale in 1964.
The Taurus sent a wake-up call
to the entire North American auto-
motive industry and soon
Chevrolet and Chrysler tried to hit
back with their answer to the
Taurus, although none came close
to beating the initial success of the
Last year, Ford sold just over
63,000 Taurus cars in America.
While not a bad sales figure, it is
still far from the success the
Taurus saw back in the late ’80s
and early ’90s.
To capture the attention of more
buyers, Ford has revamped the
Taurus for the 2013 model year,
but will they be enough to shoot
Taurus sales up to their former
To find out, we were invited by
Ford to rainy, picturesque
Portland, Oregon, to test the new
2013 Taurus.
From a distance, the 2013 model
Taurus doesn’t look much different
from the 2012 model. The new
SHO model does stand out from
the previous model thanks to its
new nose and its stunning 20-inch
wheels, but you’ll be hard pressed
to tell the differences between last
year’s SE, SEL and Limited mod-
els and the 2013 models.
The differences might be subtle,
but they are there, like the wider
front grille and a lower fascia.
Around the side, you will find fold-
ing rear-view mirrors and new 19-
or 20-inch wheels (the old base-
model 17-inch wheels remain). At
the rear, you’ll find LED taillights
and dual exhausts.
To spot the real differences, you
need to step inside. Here you’ll
find nicer, softer materials than
used in previous Taurus models
and a completely revised dash-
board. Gone are the old twist knobs
and raised buttons, replaced by a
clean and simple flat panel in the
centre of the dashboard that has
soft touch buttons. This setup is
similar to the one you’ll find in the
current Ford Edge and Lincoln
MKX. Is this setup to everyone’s
liking? No, and we are not 100 per
cent convinced, either, but it does
give the interior a cleaner, classier
We are also not big fans of the
(optional) touch-screen infotain-
ment system. Yes, it has lots of
features and functions and the
screen graphics are very cool, but
all touch-screen systems start
showing finger smudge marks and
are hard to keep clean. An iDrive-
esque system might have been a
better option to go with.
Otherwise, the interior is a pleas-
ant place to be in, particularly
because it is very quiet. Ford has
spent a lot of time and effort mak-
ing the Taurus quieter than its
competition by using thicker glass
and more sound insulation.
According to Ford, the new Taurus
is quieter than the Toyota Avalon
and the Nissan Maxima, and we
would agree with them on that.
Space-wise, the interior and the
trunk have remained the same size
as before, so no changes here.
Where you will find some
changes is under the hood. For
2013, you get to pick from three
engines: a base 3.5-litre V6; the
top-of-the-line 3.5-litre Ecoboost
(turbo-charged) V6 in the SHO;
and, later in the year, a 2.0-litre
Ecoboost four-cylinder will be
offered, which will actually be
priced $1,000 more than the base
V6. Since there were no Taurus
cars at the launch that had the 2.0-
litre engine, we won’t talk about it
at this time.
What we will talk about is the
vastly improved base 3.5-litre V6
motor, which now has twin inde-
pendent variable camshaft timing
(Ti-VCT). Thanks to its variable
cams, this motor now produces 27
hp more than last year’s car, for a
total of 290 hp. Maximum torque is
now 255 lb/ft at 4,000 rpm. What
this does is it gives you bags of
power in the mid-range, so it
makes overtaking a lot easier.
Power from this motor is fed to
either just the front wheels or all
wheels through a six-speed auto-
matic gearbox, which might be
very smooth, but the competition
has moved to eight-speed gearbox-
es now and Ford should also have
followed in that direction.
Ford says, despite lacking a few
extra cogs, this new Taurus is still
more efficient than most of its
competition, averaging 19.2 mpg
in the city and 30.1 mpg on the
highway – not bad for a vehicle
that is 16.9 feet long and weighs
4,388 lbs.
Remarkably, the much more
powerful Taurus SHO, which
packs a 365 hp and 350 lb/ft punch
can deliver the same fuel economy,
provided you don’t lean too hard
on the power pedal.
All the SHO models come
equipped with all-wheel drive,
which certainly makes things a lot
more secure, especially when
you’re covering ground on the
twisting, greasy, rain-soaked
mountain roads like we were in
Portland. No matter what the road
had in store, the Taurus SHO could
manage it, and do it quite well, too.
To further help drivers navigate
through twists and turns, Ford has
fitted their latest Curve Control
and Torque Vectoring devices to
the Taurus. Curve Control will
slow the car down by as much as
10 mph if it feels the car is going
too fast for the corner at hand, and
Torque Vectoring applies slight
braking force to the inside front
wheel when accelerating out of a
corner – this helps the car take a
tighter, more precise line through
the corner.
We like driver aids that work
behind the scenes, keeping you
safe. What we don’t like very
much is the electronic power steer-
ing system. It lacks feel for what
the front wheels are actually doing
so it requires more attention to fig-
ure out how much steering input is
actually needed. But spend some
time with the vehicle and you can
learn and adapt to live with this
new system.
All in all, the 2013 Taurus is an
evolution of the car you’ve been
able to buy from your local Ford
dealer for the past two years. Some
of the improvements are more
noticeable than others, and some
people might consider that some of
the changes are not for the better.
From a technical and performance
point of view, we feel this new
Taurus is a step in the right direc-
tion. Will customers feel the same
way? Only time will tell.
Prices for the 2013 Taurus start
from $28,799.
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The new Ford Taurus is a real bull on the road.
The number of fitness enthusi-
asts out there who smoke is sur-
prisingly high. I’ve seen many
gym patrons having a post-work-
out cigarette instead of a shake,
and I’ve seen them out and about
lighting up every time they suck
back a cold one. Sporty smokers
will most often tell you that short-
ness of breath and low stamina are
the unfortunate outcomes. With
time, they always realize that their
gains would have been much
greater if not for all the darts. Even
occasional smokers should quit if
they want to see the best results
Find any reason to quit! If it’s
to save money, look better or smell
better, just find a reason. No matter
how trivial the reason may be, any
reason that will cause you to quit is
a good one. One of the most impor-
tant yet difficult tips to try to fol-
low is to stop right away! There is
no time like the present, and if you
try setting a quit date, you’ll prob-
ably find yourself postponing it
over and over again.
Get rid of all the cigarettes
around you. Whether it’s a carton
or a pack, get rid of them in any
way shape or form. Think of it like
unhealthy foods; if they are there,
you will eat them to get rid of
them. Any remaining cigarettes
should be thought of in the same
fashion. Before you know it, you
are smoking full-time again!
Avoid your common cues to
smoking. If you always smoke at
the bar, try to avoid going for a
while. If you always smoke with a
beer or coffee, try to avoid the two
for some time. Once you have
tapered off for a while, you can
reintroduce these other things as a
reward for avoiding cigarettes.
Continually work out. Most of
us do this already, and we know
about the flood of endorphins we
get during exercise. This is some-
thing smokers definitely want in
the absence of their favourite stim-
Replace smoking with another
activity. Chewing gum has been a
popular one for years but you will
be hard-pressed to find one that
tastes like the Bubbilicious brand.
Perhaps, like most people, you
don’t drink water – try drinking a
glass of water during the times you
typically have a cigarette. Now
you have completely traded in a
negative habit for a positive one.
Lastly, think to yourself, “I
will not have a cigarette today,”
rather than, “I will never have a
cigarette again.” It is easier to
take things one day at a time than
telling yourself you will have it
again. Pretty soon those days will
add up and they will turn into years
of smoke-free living.
Crush the habit before it crushes you.
There is yet another storyline
regime change possibly happening
on Impact Wrestling, and it is quite
literally a case of “meet the new
boss, same as the old boss.” Ever
since Immortal lost control of the
company, Sting has been the GM
of Impact’s day-to-day operations.
He has found this job to be harder
than he expected, and trying to
control the actions of the TNA
champion Bobby Roode has
pushed Sting over the edge. Roode
has used underhanded tactics at
every step of the way in order to
hold onto his championship, and
not even Sting’s physical interven-
tion has thwarted the devious
It was becoming very obvious
that Sting’s increasingly unhinged
reactions were a serious detriment
to his position as Impact GM.
Someone who is supposed to be an
impartial authority figure should
not be booking himself into match-
es or having any physical engage-
ment with the talent. Sting has
finally realized that he cannot han-
dle his duties anymore, and that his
recent lack of unbiased judgement
has the potential to hurt TNA.
He announced his resignation
right in the middle of the ring to
TNA president Dixie Carter, who
was shocked to hear Sting’s deci-
sion, as she was the one who
placed Sting in that position to
begin with. His suggestion of who
could replace him was also another
shock to Carter, as it was the very
man who stole the company away
from her alongside Eric Bischoff.
Sting felt now that Hulk Hogan
was back to being “the real” Hulk
Hogan, that he was the right man
for the job. This brings up the
question of who the “real” Hogan
actually is. Is he the larger-than-
life superstar who told a generation
of kids to train hard, take their vita-
mins and say their prayers, or is he
the guy who never really wanted to
put anybody else over?
Regardless of that, it seems that
TNA is intent on going with this
storyline of Hogan yet again being
at the steering wheel. Vince Russo
is not writing for TNA in any
capacity anymore, so it is very dis-
appointing that they cannot envi-
sion a fresh new direction for the
future of the company. There’s no
reason why Carter herself can’t
resume her on-screen duties when
it comes to running the show.
Hogan’s continued amount of TV
time is unfortunately guaranteed to
take the spotlight away from
younger performers, and that is a
mistake that TNA simply can’t
afford to make anymore.
Greatness in the stars for 2013 Ford Taurus
Puffing cigs will leave you puffing for air Sting resigns, will the
“real” Hogan take over?
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In the highly anticipated (and
probably highly incorrect as well)
NFL Czar’s mock draft, picks 11
through 20 will feature some drop-
ping talents and some reaches as
well. The draft provides a shocker
or two every year, so let’s see
what’s on tap for the second batch
of teams.
11. Kansas City Chiefs select
Dontari Poe, defensive tackle from
Memphis: The Chiefs have swung
(and missed) on several DT selec-
tions over the years, but Poe
appears to be the real deal. With
elite size and strength, Poe will
help the Chiefs’ front seven for
12. Seattle Seahawks select
Quinton Coples, defensive end
from North Carolina: I have
Coples a bit lower than most
mocks, but I feel teams in the top
10 will reach a bit. Coples may be
the best pass rushing end in the
draft and will help the woeful
Seahawks D.
13. Arizona Cardinals select
Jonathan Martin, offensive tackle
from Stanford: After the two big
OTs come off the board, the Cards
will be elated to get Martin here.
This will allow them to move for-
mer first-round pick Levi Brown to
the right side, where he belongs.
14. Dallas Cowboys select Mark
Barron, safety from Notre Dame:
As the Cowboys reach this pick,
they will be torn between reaching
on a corner or safety. They choose
Barron, who will make this
defence one of the league’s best.
15. Philadelphia Eagles select
Luke Kuechly, linebacker from
Boston College: The Eagles’ major
weakness a year ago was stopping
the run. That problem ends with
this pick.
16. New York Jets select
Courtney Upshaw, linebacker
from Alabama: The Jets get a hard-
nosed pass rusher from a top
NCAA defence. Jets Head Coach
Rex Ryan will love his versatility,
and he will be a factor right away.
17. Cincinnati Bengals select
Dre Kirkpatrick, cornerback from
Alabama: Back-to-back Tide
members off the board, and the
Bengals find a replacement for the
departed Jonathan Joseph... a year
late, but it still counts.
18. San Diego Chargers select
Michael Brockers, defensive tack-
le from Louisiana State: They
choose to pass on an end simply so
Western Ontario’s own Vaughn
Martin can start this year!
Brockers is a beast, and he should
help immensely.
19. Chicago Bears select Cordy
Glenn, offensive guard from
Georgia: Resisting the urge to grab
a wide receiver, the Bears solidify
QB Jay Cutler’s protection with
the massive Glenn. He moves pret-
ty well for a 345-pound man, and
he will pair nicely with former-
first rounder Gabe Carimi.
20. Tennessee Titans select
Michael Floyd, wide receiver from
Notre Dame: If the Bears pass on
him, the Titans must pull the trig-
ger. Paired with the returning
Kenny Britt and the upcoming star
Damian Williams, the Titans
would provide a tonne of weapons
for whomever their QB ends up
Look for the final 12 picks of
round one next week.
The NHL season is drawing to a
close, and I’m embarrassed to call
myself a Toronto Maple Leafs fan.
Want to know how you can tell
someone is a Leafs fan? They hate
the Leafs. If the Chicago Cubs win
the World Series this year, then the
Leafs would have to be the most
futile team in all of professional
sports. Being a Leafs fan is like
loving someone who will never
love you back… actually, it’s
worse than that. It’s like loving
someone who will never love you
back, who also charges you $300
to visit, and then trades all your
stuff for Phil Kessel and Dion
Phaneuf. And it was good stuff,
stuff you could have used, Tyler
Seguin-ish type of stuff.
But I digress. Even though I’m a
Leafs fan (which means I hate the
Leafs, remember), there are a lot of
other things I enjoyed about this
season. There were some great
players throughout the league, and
I thought I would take a look at my
picks for a few of the year-end
awards. Here they are.
Hart: To me, this is a two-play-
er race between Evgeni Malkin and
Steven Stamkos. Malkin has been
leading the league in points for
awhile, but Stamkos has been lead-
ing in goals, and it seems like the
season will finish that way. Both
are franchise players, no question.
However, Stamkos is the corner-
stone on a team that likely won’t
make the playoffs, and Malkin is
the cornerstone on a team that
might win the Cup. As for as an
MVP award concerns, I think that
makes Malkin the obvious choice.
Norris: Nicklas Lidström may
have missed too many games this
season to get the Norris Trophy for
an eighth time, but it’s possible.
He’s near the top of the league
when it comes to plus-minus this
season and, well, he’s Nicklas
Lidström, probably the greatest
defenceman of his generation.
Zdeno Chara, who is having a
great year in Boston and may lead
them to another Cup, could win it
for a second time. Erik Karlsson of
Ottawa is by far the points leader
among defenceman, as he looks
like he might break 80 points this
season, nearly 30 points ahead of
everyone else. I like Karlsson for
the Norris, although Chara might
be a decent choice, too.
Vezina: Henrik Lundqvist. He’s
the man this year, near the top of
every goaltending statistical cate-
gory. Jonathan Quick in L.A. and
Jaroslav Halak in St. Louis are
both having great years, especially
Halak as St. Louis has been a sur-
prise as one of the best teams in the
league this season. But Lundqvist
has consistently been the man all
year, and is the cornerstone of a
Rangers team that may, God for-
bid, actually win the Cup.
Calder: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins,
Gabriel Landeskog, and Adam
Henrique are all near the top in
rookie scoring. There are really no
rookie goalies this year to have
made any type of significant
impact. Nugent-Hopkins and
Landeskog both have the recogniz-
able name value. Either of them
would be a quality pick, although I
would tend to favour Landeskog
since he is an important part of a
decent team in Colorado, whereas
Nugent-Hopkins is part of the still-
rebuilding Oilers.
Of course, there are a ton of
other trophies, but the above four,
in my humble opinion, are always
about the most interesting in terms
of who wins. A note should be
mentioned about the Jack Adams,
as Ken Hitchcock, who came to St.
Louis in the early part of the year,
has made them one of the best
teams in the league. I think he’ll
Predicting NHL’s
award winners
Evgeni Malkin has plenty to cheer about this season.
It’s been little over four months
since the NBA lockout ended, and
it’s almost that time when we get a
rough idea who’s making the play-
offs and who isn’t going to. The
league has entered into its fourth
quarter and it’s time for the final
push that could make or break a
One team that has already made
the playoffs is the Chicago Bulls.
The Bulls have been on fire this
season and have crept up to
favourites in my book. The Bulls’
key man and reigning MVP
Derrick Rose has missed a few
games recently due to injury.
Having watched the Bulls play
Denver, one couldn’t help but
notice that Rose was being missed.
It seems strange, but it’s true; the
Bulls look like they need Rose
back as soon as possible. While the
playoff spot is secured, the top
seed in the East is still a position
up for grabs.
The New York Knicks, on the
other hand, are still fighting, and
with the rise of their go-to man,
Jeremy Lin, all eyes are on the
Knicks. Milwaukee looks to have
pulled a smart trade: Monta Ellis is
ensuring that the Knicks have all
the pressure on them as the Bucks
are closing in on eighth place in the
East. New York will have to go
without Amar’e Stoudemire, who
suffered a back injury that could
keep him out of the playoffs,
should New York make it.
Carmelo Anthony has been awful
this season, to put it nicely. I was
surprised when he made the All-
Star team. It’s clearly his poorest
season as a professional.
In my last article, I mentioned
that Derek Fisher was traded to
Houston, which was true at the
time. Since then, he has moved on
to the Oklahoma City Thunder,
who claimed him off waivers. This
is a move that could help the
Thunder, as Fisher has a lot of
playoff experience. In my reckon-
ing, Fisher would play as the back-
up point guard, considering that
Russell Westbrook is on the roster
for OKC. They currently occupy
top spot in the West and should
clinch their own playoff berth
Let’s be real here, the Toronto
Raptors are going nowhere.
Canada’s only team lacked the
finesse needed to challenge for a
playoff spot, constantly relying on
Andrea Bargnani to deliver the
goods. The Raptors are currently
sitting 12th in the East with just 16
wins. They have, however,
‘stunned’ fans by dishing out the
odd victory, most notably their win
against New York: a 96-79 win
that snapped New York’s five-
game winning streak. They also
almost upset the Bulls, only to be
undone by a somewhat lucky bas-
ket for Luol Deng in the dying sec-
onds of overtime. A couple of
good performances could maybe
see the Raptors sneak into a play-
off spot but I wouldn’t count on
that happening. In the Raptors’
117-101 defeat to the Orlando
Magic, a loud cheer erupted when
Toronto scored 100, not because
they were leading with seconds to
play, but because free pizza is
offered to fans every time the team
scores 100.
On a side note, the game that
featured Atlanta and Utah was the
first game to go to quadruple over-
time since 1997 when Phoenix
beat Portland. Atlanta beat Utah
139-133 in this game.
With most teams having fewer
than 20 games left in the regular
season, it’s crunch time. There are
still playoff spots, particularly in
the West, which could be claimed
by a number of teams. If I were to
make a prediction, I’d say that
Chicago and Oklahoma will top
both their conferences while the
much-talked-about New York
Knicks will only barely scrape into
the playoffs this time around.
Josh Smith reacts after the Atlanta Hawks beat the Utah Jazz in quadru-
ple overtime, the first since 1997.
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brought home not 1, but 2
CCAA National Championships the past weekend. Not only did
the teams both win gold, but they took home
6 of the 10 individual awards as well!
intercollegiate athletes
It has been a great season and now it is time to
celebrate your success!
45th Annual Athletics Intercollegiate Team Banquet
Friday April 13th, 2012
Student Tickets $15
Tickets are available at the Athletics Department J1034
open gym time available during the day. all you need is
a campus card. see daily schedule.
Toronto FC took to BMO Field
on March 24 just as they had any
other season, it seems: with loads
of promise and confidence. The
result was a 3-0 loss to the hands of
the San Jose Earthquakes. This
match was also my first to take in
from the stands at BMO, and the
atmosphere was not what I had
imagined it would be.
The atmosphere wasn’t there
from the beginning, because TFC
wasn’t there, either. San Jose took
to them early, pressing hard with
early crosses. The Earthquakes
famously traded away current Red
Ryan Johnson, who became a rev-
elation in TFC land. However, you
can see why they traded the star
striker, as their position up front
amazing. Steven Lenhart, along
with TFC-killer Chris
Wondolowski have such chemistry
up front that they could play balls
in every direction around
Toronto’s defence. They created so
much on their own that it made
TFC’s offense look dismal. San
Jose jumped to a 1-0 lead early,
and it seemed like everything was
going to plan for them. Reggie
Lamb just ran up and down the
field in a line, very rarely was he
passed the ball, and when he did he
just gave it up. Johnson was
pushed into the middle, and needed
more open players when he got the
ball. Danny Koevermans would
usually play the middle, but he was
a second-half sub. Danny helps
tremendously as he can get the ball
and create as a target man. But
Johnson couldn’t play that style,
and had a lot of trouble just getting
by the defenders.
The wing play was fine. Ashton
Morgan runs up with the ball as a
wingback, then can always cover
his behind by making sweet diving
tackles, while Richard Eckersley
was great in this one as well.
However, these players were asked
to push up the second half to try to
score one and instead conceded
another two. Final score was San
Jose 3, Toronto 0.
What could have been Toronto’s
downfall this match was their lack
of height. San Jose played plenty
of balls in the air, and Toronto
couldn’t win them. They also natu-
rally miss Torsten Frings as he is
out with an injury for six weeks,
and they miss his creative pres-
ence. Julian de Guzman is no
replacement to his distribution.
Ty Harden will be the first to go
at this point. Adrian Cann will
come back and Harden will finally
leave as a constant back four solu-
tion. When you have mobile wing-
backs, you need to have a more
consistent presence behind in
terms of center backs. Harden just
doesn’t have the positioning to fit
this role, nor does he have the skill
to take the ball of attackers like
Toronto FC didn’t show any-
thing special on March 24 at home,
and will need to step it up, as the
points are up for grabs here and
they will need them later on.
Joao Plata can’t get by San Jose’s Same Cronin in this picture. It seemed
as if TFC couldn’t get by San Jose in any way during the game on March
Some say the Captain of the
London Knights, Jarred Tinordi,
has been playing under the radar,
that: he has been underperforming
in his second year with the
London Knights. This year he has
posted 16 points in 48 games, two
of them were goals. Standing tall
at 6’7” and weighing in at 218 lbs,
is the Millersville native under-
performing with the London
In a nutshell, no! He has been
solid on the blue line for the
London Knights this year – not so
much offensively – but that is
clearly not his role on this team.
Tinordi is the Captain of the
London Knights and a very fitting
one. There is no sizzle to his
game, you know exactly what
you’re going to get from him
every game and that is a big (and
I mean big) defenceman who will
shut down the opponents’ offen-
sive threats by getting in the pass-
ing lane and push the opposition
forward to the boards to make a
physical play on them, and he
won’t make many mistakes.
Tinordi has cut his penalty min-
utes down significantly; last sea-
son in 63 games he put up 140
minutes in the penalty box, and
this year in 48 games he put up
only 63 penalty minutes. Not only
does this show that he is maturing
as a hockey player, it also shows
he is getting better: his skating
skill has picked up over the last
year and what has helped him cut
down the penalty minutes is keep-
ing up with his opposition.
This season he has been playing
under the radar and that is not nec-
essarily a bad thing. He has been
so quiet because of all the other
attention and stories other media
has been following: Michael
Houser setting franchise records,
Seth Griffith posting numbers no
one saw coming (including
myself), huge moves at the dead-
line, Scott Harrington at the
World Juniors and Dale Hunter
going back to the NHL and
Washington to coach the Capitals.
Yes, with all these other news-
worthy stories, it makes sense
why we haven’t heard much about
Tinordi, the Montreal Canadians
prospect, who is leading the
league in plus/minus with a 39
With the second round of play-
offs coming up and more hard
times for the London Knight,
those who are inexperienced jun-
ior players will be looking for a
good example to follow. That
player is Tinordi. Tinordi is not
much of a talker, although he is
well-spoken; he goes by the motto
“Talk is cheap” and stands up for
his teammates through any situa-
tion and any time of game.
Tinordi is a class act, London
fans; enjoy his last year in a
Knights uniform, appreciate his
play, watch him do all the little
things right. I compare Tinordi’s
leadership skill to a former
Knights Captain, Danny Syvret. If
you remember him, you will
remember his last game as a
London Knight, beating the
Rimouski Oceanic in the
Memorial Cup finals in 2005.
Will Jarred Tinordi be the second London captain to ever hoist the
Memorial Cup?
twitter: @Ryan_Springett
A plus in London’s lineup
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Toronto FC fails in first home game

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