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U of G staﬀ and students break own world record
World Hunger event considered a success
On Sept. 8, over 2000 University of Guelph students, staﬀ, and members of the Guelph community came together at the Field House to combat world hunger, and surpassed last year’s world record of 159,840 emergency relief meals packed in 60 minutes. This year, over 300,000 emergency relief meals were prepared in just 60 minutes to be sent to the droughtridden country of Mauritania. The event, organized by University of Guelph graduate Gavin Armstrong, increased awareness of the extreme poverty and hunger that many people around the globe live in. According to the World Food Programme, Mauritania is seriously aﬀected by food insecurity due to the deﬁcits of the 2011 rainy season. About 25 per cent of households are currently experiencing food insecurity, and the situation continues to deteriorate. Mauritania is also one of the world’s least developed food-deﬁcit countries, and imports 70 per cent of its total food consumption needs. A recent decrease in the country’s purchascamps in East Africa several years ago. Upon his return, he signed the University of Guelph up as the ﬁrst Canadian University to join Universities Fighting World Hunger, and organized Guelph’s record-breaking events. Armstrong addressed some of the impediments to solving world hunger. “People think the problem is too big,” said Armstrong. “There are two billion people starving, and 2500 people die a day of hunger.” As the event demonstrated, small actions can make a big diﬀerence. Donating just an hour of time can make a positive diﬀerence in the lives of thousands of people. University of Guelph student Carrie Baldwin noted, “Today’s event shows us what we need to solve world hunger. We need people coming out and working together. I think the nature of this event being a world record is sort of the icing on the cake.” Community member Sue Broderick shared similar sentiments. “Wouldn’t this be something if we did it every month! Half the world would be fed,” Broderick noted. Another difficulty in fighting world hunger noted by Armstrong is donor fatigue. Donors may have just supported one major drought DENISE GANDHI when another one occurs. It becomes easy to see hunger re- A team of Peer Helpers works together at the World Hunger lief initiatives as a band-aid solution Event on Sept. 8 to pack meals for the poverty-stricken region of to structural inequalities, politi- Mauritania. cal instability, and other systemic problems. according to Canadian charity ON- through initiatives such as the BetHowever, hunger is in itself a fun- EXONE, hunger negatively impacts ter Planet Project, Meal Exchange, damental barrier to solutions that the behavioral and cognitive devel- and the Guelph Food Bank. This will lead to long-term stability and opment of children, and leads to Hallowe’en, Meal Exchange is orthe self-sufficiency of countries higher rates of hospitalization. ganizing “Trick or Eat,” in which Guelph students can get more in- students go door-to-door collectlike Mauritania. Hunger debilitates people in many ways. For example, volved in ﬁnding solutions to hunger ing items for the local food bank.
“There are two billion people starving, and 2500 people die a day of hunger.” –Gavin Armstrong
ing power has weakened its ability to respond to the present crisis. Armstrong witnessed extreme hunger while working in refugee
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Initiative aims to protect students while they enjoy Guelph’s bar scene
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Guelph’s Task Force starts in full force
Global to Local:
U of G students and staﬀ on international news
This year at The Ontarion, we are asking students and staﬀ from around campus if they are paying attention to a particular topic that has recently appeared in international news. Because of the fast pace of the school year, and the accompanying stress of working or studying at a university, it is sometimes diﬃcult to be aware of what exists beyond the “university bubble,” or to ﬁnd a reliable and consistent international news source. This week, we asked, “Have you been following the events surrounding the American elections? Do you care, and why or why not?” Anonymous Student: I really don’t care, to be honest. I mean, they’re a big country, and they have a lot of power…They’re responsible for everything that they’re doing. I care about Canada; we live here. Saman Asif: I agree because I’m living in Canada, not America, right now. I guess you could say I really don’t care that much because I worry more about Canada. The Ontarion: So, if you guys see American election news on television or hear about it on the radio, do you just not pay attention or turn it oﬀ? SA: No, actually I’ll pay attention, it’s not like I’ll turn it oﬀ because I don’t care. I’ll pay attention, I guess just not as much. I won’t go into depth, or do research afterwards to ﬁnd out what happened after [the event], but I will listen to it. Student: Same thing with me. If it’s on [the news], it’s good to know what’s going on in our neighbouring country because the U.S. does have an impact on Canada, so I’ll listen to it, but I won’t care. Thanks to the students who participated in this week’s interview. If you have an international news story that you want to see here, or if you want to be interviewed for the next issue, contact the News Editor at email@example.com.
Students who ventured downtown Thursday, Friday or Saturday night during the ﬁrst week of class encountered several new initiatives designed to boost safety and security for pedestrians and businesses during those busy hours. Guelph’s Downtown Late Night Task Force, an organization chaired by the Downtown Guelph Business Association and responsible for the implementation of these initiaVANESSA TIGNANELLI tives, began a new “Safe Semester” pilot project on the ﬁrst weekend The Nightlife Task Force closed down streets, organizing taxi stands, and provided portable washrooms of September. The initiative is ex- for club-goers this weekend. pected to last until Sept. 30. After this time, the throngs of people will VIA Rail station and the Macdonell while visiting a nearby friend. She works, downtown renewal, and presumably become smaller and Street parking lot. wishes to remain anonymous but transit departments, the project more manageable. Given that the entire intersec- added that the process of retriev- has more than enough weight and The most obvious initiative oc- tion was blocked oﬀ to vehicles ing her car was very easy. resources behind it to be called curs between the hours of 11 p.m. during these hours last weekend, Notwithstanding the rela- anything else. and 4 a.m. when a greater part cars that had parked prior to these tive newness of the program and “We’re hoping the changes in of the Macdonell and Wyndham hours without noticing the new some diﬃculties removing parked traﬃc ﬂow will prevent collisions Street block becomes closed oﬀ to signs were given a “courtesy tow” cars, the municipality is call- and increase safety for people walkvehicles, with police cars and bar- to a nearby parking lot. No parking ing the program a success. And, ing and driving downtown,” said ricades responsible for cordoning tickets were issued in these cases. given the large number of inter- Allister McIlveen, Guelph’s traﬃc oﬀ the area. However, the sight of a ﬂeet of tow ests involved in the Task Force, and parking manager. “We want Additionally, a taxi stand ap- trucks transporting these unsus- including the Guelph Police Ser- everyone to get home quickly and pears on the corner of Wyndham pecting cars was indeed an unusual vice, the university, the city’s safely at the end of the night.” Street and Cork Street with another one. by-law compliance and enforce- Some students, however, feel that on the corner of Wyndham Street “I was really worried about my ment, the Downtown Residents’ they are more independent. and Fountain Street. Also, porta- Teddy car,” said a fourth year stu- Neighbourhood Association, sev“We can manage that on our own,” ble washrooms are placed near the dent who had her vehicle towed eral downtown businesses, public said one Saturday night reveler.
Ontario farmers refuse to repay
Drought-hit farmers are hit once again by debt from nine years ago
In April 2012, farmers across Ontario were asked to repay money that was given to them almost nine years ago during the mad cow disease crises. Agriculture insurance company Agricrop is demanding that farmers repay as much as $100,000. Farmers are saying that this is the ﬁrst notice they have received about repaying the money since they were given the money between 2003 and 2005. Jack MacLaren, an MPP for Ontario’s Progressive Conservative party, and a farmer who also received a letter from Agricrop, has decided to rally Ontario farmers aﬀected by this issue, and notify Agricrop and the Ontario government that they aren’t going to pay. “No one knows why they’re asking for the money now, other than that the government’s broke and is looking for a way to get some money back,” said a member of MacLaren’s oﬃce. “We’re making a list of the farmers that call us about this, and we’re all just saying, ‘We’re not gonna pay.’” For many of them, refusing to repay is not only a matter of principle, but is also a necessity. This year has been one of the worst droughts in recorded history for Ontario and paying back all of the money now simply isn’t an option. There is also a chance that it isn’t legal for Agricrop to ask for these farmers to repay debt that has been inactive for so long. In an interview on CKNX radio, Jack MacLaren was asked whether it should have been the farmer’s responsibility to know when and if they would be asked to give the money back. “There is a statute of limitations in Ontario that only gives businesses two years to reclaim their debt,” said MacLaren. Beyond that timeframe, debtor’s are restricted from collecting debt. For many farmers, it has not been nine years and they are without record of the monies. It would seem that they may not be legally required to pay it back.
The worst droughts in Ontario since the Depression have made the work of farmers more diﬃcult, without the added stress of the government demanding the repayment of debts.
For now the course of action for MacLaren and many of these farmers is refusing to pay, and petitioning the government to call oﬀ the debt. Agricrop has stated that if monies aren’t repaid by Jan. 2013, interest will begin to accumulate on the amounts owed.
4 w w w.th e on ta r ion . c om A diﬀerent take on anti-smoking attitudes
Anti-smoking advertisements and artistic representations of the harms associated with smoking are known for their often graphic, gruesome, and generally dark content. For example, the photographs used by the Cancer Society of Finland in their anti-smoking campaign Tobacco Body, which is targeted towards young people, split the body in two, with one side representing a non-smoker’s condition and the other showing the degenerated and mutated condition of a smoker. Leave the Pack Behind, a government-funded group operating on the University of Guelph campus, as well as many university and college campuses across Ontario, is also dedicated to making students aware about smoking. However, Leave the Pack Behind does not use graphic images or other invasive techniques to target people who smoke. “We’re not about providing our own opinion or telling people what they Services. should be doing,” said Tess Ingram, The Leave the Pack Behind prothe campus program coordinator for gram is particularly signiﬁcant as an Leave the Pack Behind. The group is on-campus presence in universities also unique because, unlike anti- around Ontario because students are smoking campaigns that only target susceptible to developing smoking smokers, Leave the Pack Behind does habits. not focus solely on providing infor“Looking demographically, up to mation and support to people who 22 per cent of college and university want to quit smoking. students smoke,” said Ingram, adding, The program provides a variety of “Usually that demographic is repreresources for non-smokers, smok- sented by social smokers, so they’ll ers who want to quit, and smokers only have a cigarette when they’re who are not interested in quitting, at the bar or with friends.” such as pamphlets geared towards However, according to Ingram, the each group. habits of social smokers can escalate Leave the Pack Behind also oﬀers because of the addicting quality of students services orientated around nicotine. their health. “[University] also presents a huge “What many students don’t know life transition, and smoking provides is that there is free nicotine replace- a bit of an outlet for people because ment therapy, as much as they would it’s very much a stress reliever,” said like, oﬀered through the health clinic, Ingram. [like] the nicotine patch and gum,” The Canadian Community Health said Ingram. Prescribed medications Survey in 2011 revealed that one in are also available for students who ten people between the ages of 15 want to quit smoking through Health and 17 smoked last year, and that
they were three times more likely to start smoking if a member of their household also smoked. Furthermore, close to two million people between the ages of 20 and 34 smoked in 2011, a number that was only surpassed by the number people who were between the ages
of 46 and 64 and smoked, which totaled just over two million. “We’re not trying to convince anyone to quit,” said Ingram. “It’s not an anti-smoking program. The reality is that if people want to quit or don’t want to quit, it’s ultimately their decision.”
Pregnancy and alcohol don’t mix
FASD Awareness Day Promoted Safe Pregnancies
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With social and academic pressures making every day a jumble of recreation and distractions, staying positive and feeling accepted can be a challenge for anybody. Factor in the physical and neurological damage that FASD can have on an individual and facing the challenges everyday life can become impossible. Sept. 9 was International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day. The clear message was that that someone is aﬀected by it, which there is no safe amount of alcohol makes it more challenging for the to drink during pregnancy. Welling- surrounding community to underton-Duﬀerin-Guelph Public Health stand and support those who are has stressed the importance of pre- dealing with the disorder. venting this disorder and supporting Melissa Horan, a healthspecialist at those who are already impacted by it. p r o m o t i o n FASD is a spectrum disorder, Wellington-Duﬀerin-Guelph Public which refers to the physical, mental Health, reveals that according to the and behavioral disabilities that occur John Howard Society, 60 per cent of when a baby is exposed to alcohol people with FASD over 12 years old during the mother’s pregnancy. will have been charged with and/ The disorder is the leading cause or convicted of a crime, and 95 per of preventable disability in Cana- cent of people with FASD will have da, as it is believed that one in 100 a mental illness. individuals have FASD. It is often “A good start is for everyone to referred to as a “hidden” disability learn about FASD,” said Horan, as there is rarely any physical clue when asked how Guelph and the surrounding Wellington County can better support those who are dealing with FASD, adding “It is very important to see people with FASD as a person, rather than their disability.” Mary Cunningham, a retired secondary school teacher and an FASD educator and advocate from KWC FASD Consulting, has experience parenting a child with the disorder. She is a ﬁrm believer that FASD stands for Finding Acceptance and Supporting Dignity, and stresses the importance of local support programs, advocating the increased need for trained staﬀ at these agencies. Cunningham explained FASD to be permanent brain damage, made worse by continuous punishment and frustration from others, including family members and greater society, which weakens conﬁdence. “The ideal thing to do is support [people with FASD],” she says, “they all have talents, you just need to ﬁnd what they can do well and start supporting them there.” Canada’s Public Health Agency has expressed that since half of all pregnancies are unplanned, all sexually active adults should use birth control and avoid drinking alcohol. “If you are pregnant don’t drink,” says Cunningham, “and if you are drinking use birth control.”
Another 9,900 jobs in Ontario waterpower
study,” said President of Ontario and Kingston-Pembroke Regions. Waterpower Association (OWA) Paul “The results of our analysis inNorris in a press release issued by dicates that these 41 waterpower the OWA. “Crown land is absolutely projects have the potential to drive colleen mcdonell essential to environmentally sus- many jobs in the local, regional tainable waterpower development and provincial economies”, added Water is something we often take and it is very clear from this report Andy Keir, senior environmenfor granted. It not only operates as that the entire province beneﬁts tal consultant with AECOM and a drinking source, but also as a re- from increased investment in our primary author of the report. “In liable power supply. sector.” addition, 30 per cent of these projRecently, a report by AECOM These projects are to be devel- ects have Aboriginal Community Canada Ltd. was released focus- oped on Crown Land within the involvement and can provide a ing on the socioeconomic impact next four years. The use of Crown stepping stone to community of waterpower projects in Ontario. Land in Canada is often a debated improvement and a sustainable The report was conducted for the issue, but the report argues that economic future.” Ministry of Natural Resources, and these projects will boost Ontario’s Many other water projects are it analyzed the 41 waterpower proj- economy by generating over 9,900 currently being pursued by or in ects that are proposed to be located jobs and increasing annual revenue. partnership with First Nations peoon provincial Crown Land. The greatest economic eﬀects will be ple. More than 5,000 megawatts “I want to acknowledge the concentrated in the local commu- of untapped economic waterpowleadership of Ministry of Natural Re- nities within the Northern Ontario er potential has been identiﬁed in sources and the expertise of AECOM Region, the Kitchener-Waterloo- Ontario, leading to the possibility in undertaking this comprehensive Barrie Region, and the Northeast of many future jobs for students.
ARTS & CULTURE 6 w w w.th e on ta r ion . c om Guelph hosts another extraordinary Nuit Blanche
Art and music throughout the night downtown
It is likely that you have either seen Nuit Blanche advertised downtown this past week, heard about it from someone you know, or noticed its events posted on the internet. For those who do not know, Nuit Blanche is an all-night arts festival that happens annually in cities across the world such as Toronto, Montreal, Paris, Rome, and Madrid. On Sept. 8, Guelph turned its downtown into a booming celebration of arts, culture, and creativity for the night. Jazz musicians could be found on any corner, including Minor Thirds, a group of U of G students who rocked the Albion Hotel. Market Square played host to Shye Bentzur, playing classic Indian music to an enthusiastic crowd dancing and clapping along until midnight. Down on Norfolk Street were some great events and installations. Whitestone Gallery stood out for its variety of interactive activities, turning the observer into a participant of local arts. Outside of the gallery were people talking to gallery members throughout the evening and even helping to build a small totem with found objects. A couple of the Whitestone artists set up a whimsical “Free Advice” booth, oﬀering free tips and opinions for any question or problem a person may present to them. Inside the gallery were some truly fantastic pieces of art. Patrice Baker’s mixed media pieces greeted you at the door, followed by Supria Karmaker’s works. Karmaker’s encaustic books were truly beautiful treasures, using gears from old clocks and antique keys to add interest to an otherwise old book. Grayce Perry also provided some enchanting oil paintings and Clive Lewis’s distinct lines and clean look made his prints a stark contrast to many of the ﬂowing oil paintings on display. Many other innovative pieces were shown, including a painting with a circuit breaker attached to it, and a glowing backlit painting that merged technology and beauty. There were also opportunities to interact inside the gallery, including the chance to write down name suggestions for many of the paintings. A memorable instalment was a picture of the Mona Lisa painting and the caption “What is Mona Lisa thinking?” People wrote their answers down on the sticky notes and posted them up beside the photo, resulting in an amusing wall of responses. This was also done for a couple other prompts, such as “It was a dark and stormy night, I open the door and see…” This idea was deﬁnitely a fun way to keep viewers involved in the gallery showing. Behind Moksha Yoga studio, Dino “Deeno” Busato, a Guelph-based DJ, was mixing tracks for a dancing audience. Creating some great tunes to groove to, he included a variety of songs like “Superstitious” by Stevie Wonder and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’s “Under the Bridge.” The range of songs allowed those not normally into house or dance music to enjoy his mixes. CFRU, held a silent dance party in Market Square later on in the night. That’s right – DJs and dancing partygoers, but no music. It was a unique and interesting experience, making you realize what a diﬀerence music can make in the atmosphere of a place. While only a few are mentioned here, Guelph hosted an abundance of events and installations on the 8th. Seeing the city so enthusiastic about its arts and culture, and ﬁnding a wide range of art and music everywhere one turned, it could be said that Nuit Blanche 2012 was a huge success.
Artists create visions of the apocalypse in pen and ink at Nuit Blanche’s Nuit d’Encre Noir event at a studio on Woolwich Street.
Vol au Vent’s aerial acrobatics were accompanied by the Ondine Chorus in “Anthemusa,” performed at Old Quebec Street as part of Nuit Blanche.
ARTS & CULTURE
Walking tour showcases Guelph history
The afternoon of Sept. 9 saw selections from Guelph’s past, resurrected into the present. These selections were found on Spirit Walk: a walking tour hosted by Guelph Museums, the municipal organization responsible for operating the Guelph Civic Museum and the McCrae House. The title Spirit Walk refers to the notion that “spirits” of deceased historically significant Guelphites are encountered on the tour. Spirits were expressed by a volunteer group, comprised of community theatre actors and storytellers. Some of the volunteers had portrayed historical figures before this event. Volunteers were given biographical information on the historical figure they were to portray, and instructed to interpret character traits from this information. Interpretations began soon after the tour left McCrae House and wandered to nearby parkland alongside the Speed River. There, tour-takers were treated to Deb Deckert’s portrayal of Fiorenza Johnson Drew, an opera singer who had given just one official public performance in her lifetime. Her spirit gave a public performance as she briefly sang to the tour group. Drew’s father was Edward Johnson, a famous tenor who inspired Drew to become interested in opera. Her husband was George Drew, who served as Premier of Ontario from 1943 to 1948, and afterwards as leader of the federal Progressive Conservatives.
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Spirit Walk: A stirring simulation
Upon learning that George Sleeman would be visited by the tour group, Carter responded by sending his greetings in a subtly sarcastic manner to Sleeman. The tension between the two figures could have been at least in part due to their views on alcohol; Carter was a prohibitionist while Sleeman owned a brewery. Following this encounter the group visited a York Rd. house’s front yard to meet J.W. Lyon (played by Brian Holstein), who made a fortune in book publishing and owned 400 acres of land in what would later become incorporated into the Ward neighbourhood. He boasted of his significance in bringing electricity to Guelph and told the group to think of him whenever they turned on a light switch. The last stop of the tour took the group to a bench facing the Eramosa River where George Sleeman – portrayed by Vincent Wall – greeted the tour group. He explained his business investments in the Silvercreek Brewery and Guelph’s electric railway system, a project which while a financial failure for Sleeman, allowed Guelph to compete with other Ontario cities during the turn of the 20th century. He emphasized civic and personal pride when he mentioned the Guelph Silvercreeks, an amateur baseball team comprised of Silvercreek Brewery employees. This team defeated professional teams from the United States, some of which would eventually become Major League Baseball franchises. Sleeman finished his speech with a jibe at Carter by pointing out that while Carter has his name on glass in one church, he has his name on many glass bottles, alluding to the Sleeman brand of beer.
Deb Deckert portrays opera singer Fiorenza Johnson Drew, daughter of tenor Edward Johnson and wife of former Ontario Premier George Drew, all famous Guelph natives.
Fiorenza often gave campaign speeches on his behalf. The tour soon moved to Marianne’s Park where Susan Jennings portrayed Priscilla Johnson. Most present-day observers – in a similar manner to Drew – remember Johnson better when her husband is brought up. Johnson’s husband was William Johnson, the owner of a boat club located at the current location of the Boathouse Tea Room. Priscilla stated that she did not know how her husband came to own the boat club, further adding that married women should not engage themselves in the careers of their husbands. She later announced her disapproval of alcohol, a sentiment which, like her beliefs on marriage, was likely more commonplace in late 19th century and early 20th century Ontario. The tour then crossed the architectural styles along with Town Bridge (the covered pe- numerous lesser-known locadestrian bridge spanning the tions of historical significance. Speed River) where tour guide Additionally, St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church was visited by the group and one of its parishioners told the history of the church. The River of Life International Church, which until three months ago was home to Paisley Memorial United Church, was also visited. It featured actor Thom Smith playing Samuel Carter. Carter was a businessman who began a co-operative bakery in Guelph as he strongly supported the co-operative business model as a way to not only reBev Dietrich, curator of Guelph duce poverty but also encourage Museums, informed the group of men to reach their full potentwo textile factories which used tial. His name can be found in to be located nearby on Wynd- one of the church’s stain glass ham Street. Throughout the tour, windows because of his support Dietrich pointed out different for the church.
“J.W. Lyon boasted of his signiﬁcance in bringing electricity to Guelph.”
ARTS & CULTURE 8 w w w.th e on ta r ion . c om Craig Cardiﬀ: Live above the Albion Hotel
Getting intimate upstairs
Craig Cardiﬀ is a talented musician with a soothing voice and a friendly disposition, a man with dishevelled hair and a burly beard. His Sept. 7 welcoming his guests with a smile. The crowd waited around the stage, some sitting and some standing, and there was a large patch of free space in front of the stage. Cardiﬀ jumped on stage, wielding a black acoustic guitar and harmonica, and beckoned all of the people standing to sit on the ﬂoor in front of the stage. His gentle voice enchanted the crowd into a silent, humming joy. There were these wonderful moments when he would record a loop of his voice or guitar and then continue to play it in the background, giving his performance a new dimension. Cardiﬀ would be singing one lyric and then he would start singing another lyric, but at the same time the lyric he was singing before would keep going in the background. It was magical, the way he used this layering eﬀect in a live performance. Between songs he would stare at the ceiling and tell the crowd humorous anecdotes about his life, and built an intimate repertoire with the crowd. He performed a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” and a quick song about a musician who made a life above the Albion Hotel. A book that he described as “full of truths” was passed around
“There were these wonderful moments when he would record a loop of his voice or guitar and then continue to play it in the background.”
show was at the upper ﬂoor of the Albion Hotel. The stage was small and the atmosphere was intimate. From 7:30 p.m. to almost 8:30, Cardiﬀ was running the ticket booth himself,
Singer Craig Cardiﬀ enthralls the audience by creating a cozy atmosphere on the second ﬂoor of the Albion Hotel.
for the crowd to read and contribute to. Cardiﬀ would occasionally read from the book himself, recounting his fans’ stories of terrible dates and unrequited love. It was a beautiful sentiment, and attributed well to the atmosphere of intimacy. For his encore, Cardiﬀ invited all of the couples in the room to slow dance in the space in front of the stage where everyone was previously sitting. Even for those who weren’t romantically involved with anyone in the room, it was a nice way to end the evening. Craig Cardiﬀ’s show above the Albion Hotel was an event that warmed the heart, and as the crowd slowly left, there was an air of hope—that if everything wasn’t alright, then it soon would be in due time.
ARTS & CULTURE
Guelph band headlines at indie mainstay
Those who self-identify as “regulars” at the Jimmy Jazz will understand when I say that the place has a pretty speciﬁc feel to it – some would say “dive” while others might venture to call it “charming” and even “home.” Personally I fall into the latter category, and while not everyone togetherness which can only come from lengthy experience. The set took a bluegrass turn toward the middle, peaking with a song “about stabbing someone in the heart” - an earnest touch. Trumpet lines over several songs added a nice touch, which would lead me so far as a comparison to fellow genre-benders Cake. However, the set took a bit of a turn for the worst due to an unfortunate lack of proper sound mixing. As the volume increased, so did the incredibly frequent feedback, making for a near-unbearable second half of the set. A really admirable eﬀort, especially for the small crowd and limited interest, but this opening set was altogether a bit of a miss. Next was bluesy Wicked Witches. The bluegrass theme continued but with a considerably more lighthearted feel, especially with the addition of a female vocalist. The result was similar to folk darlings Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, but with a bit more punch – thoroughly enjoyable. Much more of a crowd pleaser than the opener, the set also seamlessly moved from twangy ballads to more rowdy stompers, and with more grace. Horns were a nice touch to this ensemble too, although this time a saxophone added to the retro feel of the material. The set overall was a summer festival-worthy mix of smiling folk and blues, perfect for a hot pre-autumn night. Finally, home favourite Bill Killionaire took to the stage (or the front of the bar, more like). The ‘90s trend continued but with a
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Bill Killionaire right at home at Jimmy Jazz
“[Bill Killionaire paired] danceable melodies and rhythms with a wild DIY electric sound”
may feel that way, Thursday’s live music line-up was just the kind of fun-loving rowdy good time which deﬁnes the Jimmy Jazz as a downtown Guelph mainstay. First on stage was Low Hanging Lights, a surprise un-billed opener. Despite the late start, their beginnings were strong, channelling a very thoroughly ‘90s blend of lo-ﬁ garage rock and shoe-gaze noise. The four-piece shifted easily from slow-moving balladry to considerably more raucous stomping sections, demonstrating a
Guelph’s own Bill Killionaire brought an energetic performance to their headlining show at Jimmy Jazz on Sept. 6.
more present and lively spirit which spread from the band to the crowd, which had grown considerably since the ﬁrst act. “This song’s for the boys in blue,” singer and band founder Scott Haynes quipped, launching into a boisterous grungy romp as two police oﬃcers inexplicably walked through the doors – needless to say, the pair left just as quickly, dangers averted. The rest of the set ﬁnished just as strongly, with the ensemble pairing danceable melodies and rhythms with a wild DIY electric sound. The sense that this was deeply rooted local music was undeniable – in fact, the band’s guitarist even happened to be a well-recognized security guard for Jimmy Jazz. It’s shows like these which make me very glad I’m part of such a warm and tightknit music scene that calls Guelph home, even if it’s a little rough around the edges.
What the tech?
want to have the rigidity of straight electronic loops. We’re trying to take things that are made of ﬂesh and make them robot, and taking nick revington things that are robotic and make them into ﬂesh. [We’re] trying to In the 1980s, synthesizer technol- really blur the lines between the ogy came of age. At the time, the two,” said founding member Troy range of unique sounds that could Witherow. be produced was so enticing to artFor some, the reasons for inists that these electronic sounds corporating electronics are more became mainstream – and per- practical. Kat Burns of Torontohaps even a little over-done. Just based Kashka uses samples and picture some of the hits from that loops to simplify live performances. decade and notice how prominent “Basically the idea is to let the the synthesizer parts often are. singing come through a lot. The The novelty seemed to wear less busy I am with eight thousand oﬀ in the 90’s, but as computers things – that’s better performhave become more powerful – en- ance-wise. Essentially we would abling artists to do increasingly be pushing how far two of us can more with less bulky and expen- go – two or three of us. But we sive equipment – there has been a could add live instruments as well,” resurgence in the use of electron- said Burns. ics in music recently. With so many pre-recorded Take Illitry for example, an elec- sounds and loops, it has become tronic band from Hamilton. an oft-heard criticism that elec“Our tag is electro-organic music. tronic music is cheating. But is it? We want to have all these electron“I resonate a lot with that accusic noises and sounds, but we don’t ation. I look at a lot of electronic
Is electronic music cheating?
bands I’ve seen, and I’m so concerned with being honest in a performance. And part of being honest in a performance is having control over what you’re doing. I don’t think our band is cheating because we do have control over all those kinds of elements,” said Witherow. Witherow added that Illitry undergoes constant interaction with the sound, adjusting the mix and controlling all the eﬀects live. For Burns, however, the artistry is in how the samples are made. “For all our samples, I’m at home putting it into there, playing it. Or it comes from a recording, painstakingly originally created. We made it, we’re just using it in a diﬀerent way.” To Burns, electronic music is comparable to print-making, in that the process can be complex, but the product can appear much simpler. “I think when people write stuﬀ oﬀ as really simple it can be misleading,” said Burns.
10 w w w.th e on ta r ion . c om Putting culture on the map
City to compile directory of cultural assets
A new initiative is putting Guelph culture on the map - literally. The Guelph Cultural Mapping Project is a community-based database of artists, cultural organizations, and creative enterprises. Information is currently being collected through an online form, and will be used to create a virtual map and searchable directory, sort of like an interactive Yellow Pages. The focus will be on Guelph’s facilities, organizations, individuals, public art, heritage and festivals, as well as on preserving community histories, traditions and stories. This information will be collected online, updated on an ongoing basis and made available to the public. The project is being overseen by the City of Guelph, in partnership with the Guelph Arts Council and the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. Mary Calarco, Cultural Inventory Coordinator, spoke to The Ontarion to discuss some of the goals of this project. “What we’re really hoping to do too is highlight the people that work in the creative sector and live in Guelph. Eventually what we’re going to do after we’ve collected all the data is create a creative directory and it will be free for the public to use,” said Calarco. “If you’re a musician looking for studio space, if you are looking for arts organizations, or if you’re a tourist looking to see what the different arts events are, it will be a really good resource.” Many municipalities have done cultural mapping projects before, as cities realize the importance of art and culture and the role it plays in tourism, economic development, and even the well-being of the community. Calarco noted that the thriving arts scene of Guelph plays an important role in the lives of Guelph citizens; just this weekend, for instance, Nuit Blanche took place, as well as the renowned Jazz Festival, among various other
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excited about the project. I think that once its up it will be a good way to measure the amount of activity and creativity that is going on in Guelph. And then the city will be able to use that info for city planning, and use it as a starting to point to make the community better.” The Cultural Mapping project is in the data collecting stage right now; the website is up so people can add their information at http://guelph.ca/guelphculturemap/. The directory is scheduled to launch in March 2013. Guelph has a vibrant cultural and arts scene, which will only grow stronger with this project. “A lot of the time people move to a city and think ‘I’m only going to school here, I’m not really a resident,’ but even during that short period of time you are a resident. If the university population was a little more familiar with the richness of Guelph creative community, they may not be too quick to leave!” said Calarco.
“As I meet with these people from the community I am ﬁnding these very interesting stories. One of the great things will be when the community ﬁnds out about these hidden jewels that are often pretty hidden,” said Calarco. So what role does the University of Guelph play in this project? “Part of what we want to do is bridge that gap between the city itself, the people who live here year-round and the people who are immersed in University of Guelph,” Calarco said. U of G’s own campus has many cultural resources such as Zavitz Gallery, SOFAM (School of Fine Art and Music), and Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. For instance, Zavitz houses an impressive print collection, and between Macdondowntown events. ald Stewart Art Centre and Zavitz, Calarco has been meeting with there is a collection of about 7,000 people from the community who individual works. work in the creative sector. CreCalarco spoke of the positive ativity can be found in unexpected feedback she has received regardplaces - including an artist in resi- ing this project. dence at the Woodlawn Cemetery. “Everyone I’ve spoken to is really
“One of the great things will be when the community ﬁnds out about these hidden jewels” – Mary Calarco
Studio concert demonstrates importance of local music scene
Three bands play Magnetic Sound Studios
An integral part of the city of Guelph’s culture lies within its success at breeding talented artists that are at the heart of its unique musical scene. This past weekend at Magnetic Sound Studios, three bands – Del Bel, the Minotaurs, and Baby Eagle – all came out to perform for both fans and newcomers alike. In a musical generation divided between a desire for the innovative and for those who are nostalgic for the old, these concerts serve a very important purpose. They unite audiences in their love of music, inviting those who attend to see a more realistic image of the musicians and how they play a part in shaping the cultures of those who follow them. The artists came out not in an attempt to vie for popularity and fame, but as a collaboration of talented people who enjoy the journey that music has brought them. The Baby Eagles’s vocalist and front man Steve Lambke speaks of his time working with fellow bands the Proud Mothers and Del Bel. “Let the songs be a part of the creative process,” said Lambke. This philosophy has allowed many of these bands to tran- adapt to the needs of the audiscend typical genres, mixing ence, erupting from a slower elements of funk, punk, rock, tempo into a song aptly named folk and more into a wholly “Day of our Departing,” this unique experience. For many song was clearly created with students at the University of dancing in mind, with a faster Guelph including myself, the tempo that embraces a wholly idea of taking part in the town’s different part of the bands’ talculture ends at frequenting one ent. The same can be said for Del of its many bars. Celebrations Bel and the Minotaurs, who have of music and culture advocated taken it upon themselves to creby Del Bel, Baby Eagle and the ate a sound that has something Minotaurs are left unappreciated for anybody who cares to listen. The relevancy of the Minotaurs, Del Bel, and Baby Eagle has a lot to do with the talent that they provide. However, more importantly, they are worth noting for their importance as aspiring icons helping to shape the culture of our generation. “Split the Atom,” created by the Minotaurs’ own Nathan Lawr, is relevant in that it expresses his disdain with our culture’s tendency to look inbecause many have no idea that ward at the expense of looking they even exist. outward. This speaks wonders All of the bands make frequent for those who live within towns use of instruments such as horn such as Guelph but sever all artand trumpet to convey a music- istic ties by erecting barriers al style that constantly shifts in against anything unfamiliar. In reality it is musicians such both tone and mood. “Bone Soldiers,” both written and sung by as those seen at Magnetic Sound Lambke embraces an enigmatic Studios which allow people to lyrical structure focusing on all have a sense of pride over the matters of the body. Particular places they choose to call home. emphasis is placed on the use of Once our sense of prejudice has sexual undertones to express the been stripped away it becomes duty an individual has to their clear that a vastly different side body. Part of the band’s ap- of Guelph’s culture is waiting to peal lies in its ability to quickly be experienced if given a chance.
“Let the songs be a part of the creative process.” – Steve Lambke
Guitarist Brian Schirk of local band Dutch Toko performs onstage at Jimmy Jazz Sept. 8. The concert also featured hardcore punk band The Nasties as the headlining act.
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Pop Machine: Penny thoughts
About ﬁve years ago I wrote a literary argument that championed the hypothetical production of counterfeit money for the purpose of creating a mural of grand proportions that would read, “This note is not legal tender.” The article was written for a youth zine and at the time of writing this I didn’t have access to a copy, but my main argument was that if the faux bills were produced specifically for inclusion in an artistic piece that blatantly acknowledged their illicit composition, and if they would never be released into circulation, their production should be justiﬁed; it was a case against the absolutism of counterfeit laws, and it tried to tap into the grey area enjoyed by the bootlegging industry. A new move by the Royal Canadian Mint suggests that the kind of thing I argued for then could oﬀer a safer, cheaper alternative when employing the representation of money in pieces of art. After recognizing its pennies on the cover of struggling folk musician Dave Gunning’s new album No More Pennies, the Ottawa mint is demanding royalties on Gunning’s album sales because it says the cover art contravenes copyright. The mint has waived $1,200 in royalties on the ﬁrst 2,000 copies, but says it will not be so generous should he make another 2,000. The diﬀerence between counterfeit and legitimate currency, of
course, is that minted pennies are exchanged and perpetuated within the public domain. As such, one might expect more freedoms to be associated with the usage of the coins, but while the production of the coin was discontinued in May, it appears the coin will remain legal tender in more ways than one. Penny for your thoughts?
Album Review: The Darkness – Hot Cakes
Glam rockers reunite
The four original English lads that comprise The Darkness are back together with an album chalk full of driving rock beats, soaring vocals, and characteristic screaming – yet melodic – guitar solos. Hot Cakes delivers pure and unadulterated power pop rock with all the honest, abrasive, and indulgent sensibilities of a true rock super group. The cover alone is, suﬃce it to say, enough to rival Spinal Tap’s original cover art concept for Smell the Glove: three scantily clad women are depicted covered in syrup, each posing provocatively on a giant hot cake (which is the same as a pancake, for all you Canadians). Yet despite this potentially satirical chauvinistic display, there is a sensitivity hiding in the album’s lyrics, most of which are about love. Fans of The Darkness can expect the same quality of song writing as the previous two albums, but with the renewed energy and touch of maturity that comes with surviving a tumultuous six year hiatus – and for those of you who haven’t heard of them, you may want to do a bit of a research before biting into Hot Cakes. There is something about The Darkness’ glamourous yet honest song recipe that is altogether untouched by their contemporaries. The strength of tracks that drive the album right up as starting afresh, all over, from the to “Forbidden Love,” the only slow – beginning. if you can call it that – number on the I should warn listeners that Hot entire track list. Cakes doesn’t give you any breaks On the whole, the album has a to recuperate: it’s one catchy chorfeel of revitalization. There’s a not so us and wild guitar solo after another, subtle reﬂection on the band’s history perhaps (I’ll let you be the judge) at and where they stand now in “Every the expense of coming oﬀ as redunInch of You” and newfangled hope in dant. But then again, this kind of tracks like “Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us” rock ‘n’ roll isn’t about variety, it’s and the AC/DC-esque “Everybody about that fundamentally raw and Have a Good Time.” Lyrically, there empowering feeling of rebellion, and is a cohesive, underlying theme of re- in this case, reunion (which conjures newal, of casting oﬀ the weight of past an image of old-timers reminiscing of mistakes and forging forward with the good ‘ole days, and Hot Cakes is reckless gusto—refreshing, one might anything but!). Perhaps “revival” is say. Indeed, The Darkness themselves more ﬁtting, or even “resurrection.” see this album not so much as pick- Yes, that’s it: Hot Cakes – The Darking up from where they left oﬀ, but ness resurrected.
this band does not lie in its originality or its musical ability, but rather in its over-the-top delivery of passionately pure pop rock songs. The opening number “Every Inch of You” is reminiscent of Foreigner, setting the pace for a multitude of catchy, high energy
Photos by Vanessa Tiganelli
Abdullah Ibrahim brings a taste of South Africa to Guelph
Solo jazz show makes River Run Centre feel small
The main stage auditorium of the River Run Centre hardly seems conducive to an intimate performance – the venue is one of the largest seated theatres in the city, after all. But that did not stop jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim from providing one as part of the Guelph Jazz Festival on Saturday night. Throughout the hour-and-a-half or so solo performance, it felt like a much smaller setting; a coﬀee shop, perhaps, or maybe your living room (okay, not your living room – if you are a student you probably do not have a Steinway grand piano in your living room – but somebody’s living room nonetheless). The feeling of intimacy probably comes from the nature of Ibrahim’s music. It manages to be simple but not simplistic. While it has its intricacies in the form rolling tremolos, syncopations, and ﬂourishes, it is graciously free of the showy, breakneck pace bordering on random noise that some jazz performances become. And while an hour and a half is a long time to listen to any performer, Ibrahim’s non-stop set did not feel as long as it was. The inﬂuence of Duke Ellington on Ibrahim (known as Dollar Brand before converting to Islam) is clear. It is also unsurprising, as Ellington produced Ibrahim’s ﬁrst recording upon emigrating from South Africa to Europe in 1962. At the forefront of the subgenre known as Cape Jazz, several of Ibrahim’s works drew on the struggles of the apartheid era, becoming unoﬃcial anthems of the movement to overturn the overtly racist system of government. Coupled with a proliﬁc recording career, Ibrahim has become a legend in jazz circles. While the show itself was ﬂawless, it was marred by some disappointing occurrences on the part of the audience. Perfect silence is of course impossible, but a ringing cell phone, someone near the back of the hall dropping change on the hardwood ﬂoor, and a watch that beeped every half-hour unfortunately detracted from an otherwise beautiful and relaxing evening. For a city that prides itself on its sophistication in terms of the arts, one would expect a more well-behaved audience. Regardless, bringing such a prominent ﬁgure like Ibrahim to this city remains a feather in the cap of the Guelph Jazz Festival.
Charles Spearin’s Happiness Project enchants crowd
Spearin caps oﬀ Guelph Jazz Festival
There are very few words which would suﬃciently describe the experience that was witnessing Charles Spearin’s Happiness Project. A little background: Charles Spearin is perhaps best known for being a long-time guitarist and founding member of Canadian indie darlings Broken Social Scene, and perhaps less known for masterminding the instrumental trance rock outﬁt Do Make Say Think. The Happiness Project is Spearin’s latest brainchild, and it all started by simply asking his neighbours, “what is happiness?” The responses were recorded, carefully studied, cut and pasted, and complimented musically based on the natural tones and rhythms in the human voice. Small snippets of these interviews were treated almost as musical themes upon which Spearin and friends (an incredibly multi-talented set of musicians) build inspired and achingly beautiful pieces. The delicate and yet utterly powerful quality of these pieces was absolutely perfect for the River Run Centre, which provided a lovely and very intimate setting. Spearin began by making it clear that the honour of closing the 19th annual Guelph Jazz Festival was not lost on him, and proceeded to praise the festival, calling it “one of the best in Canada.” He provided a short background on the Juno award-winning Happiness Project, and started slowly, ﬁrst with a neighbour called Mrs. Morris. In a thick Jamaican accent, Mrs. Morris’s voice concluded simply that “happiness is love.” After playing the audio once, Spearin opened the ﬂoor to a young saxophonist who expertly followed Mrs. Morris’s every inﬂection. This simple demonstration of music through human speech made clear the magic of the Happiness Project better than any carefully worded description could. Now that the audience was completely on board, Spearin invited his entire ensemble on stage, including a drummer, violinist, trumpet and harp players. The result was nothing less than magical. The group seemed to breath together as they created swelling gorgeous movements. Each and every one of them was truly enjoying their work and was completely in the moment. Particularly stunning was a piece that was built on audio from a woman who, born deaf, regained her hearing at 30 years old through a cranial operation which saw electrolytes implanted in her brain. The clip used to build the track was simply this neighbour describing how it felt to hear for the ﬁrst time: “All of a sudden, I felt my body moving.” The music created around this theme was slow-moving at ﬁrst, but when it ﬁnally did peak, all the musicians suddenly stopped playing and began singing, in harmony, that very same line. It was an unbelievably moving musical moment, and one which will stay with me for a long time. The Happiness Project is one of the most unique and genuinely creative eﬀorts in recent music history. A lofty statement to make, yes, but completely warranted, especially after witnessing it live. It is still surreal to me that I, along with many other devoted Jazz Fest attendees, was privileged enough to witness such a phenomenal musical pioneer do what he does best, especially in what some would consider a smaller-sized city like Guelph. The capability of this city in attracting exceptionally talented and exciting new music never ceases to amaze me, and I hope that events like the Jazz Festival keep Guelphites proud and driven to continue these rich musical traditions.
Guelph Jazz Festival presents a divine double-bill
Ben Grossman and Colin Stetson split stage
One hundred years ago, the sounds made by Ben Grossman and Colin Stetson would probably be considered Devil’s music and they would have been driven out of town – forget being allowed to play in historic St. George’s Anglican Church. Fortunately, times have changed, and the experimental music they perform was able to take full advantage of the acoustics such a venue oﬀers on Sept. 6 as part of the Guelph Jazz Festival. Grossman, a Guelph native and player of the somewhat obscure instrument known as the hurdy-gurdy, opened the double-bill. Surely the most steampunk instrument ever to be designed, it is operated by a hand crank, and in combination with an array of electronic equipment, eﬀects pedals, and bells, Grossman was able to produce a stunning variety of sounds. These sounds were at times soothing and mysterious, vaguely reminiscent of whale songs, and at other times seemingly chaotic and random. At one point, Grossman created a series of noises not unlike popcorn popping if it were to be ampliﬁed through a large metal drum. A most impressive aspect of the performance was that it was played as one continuous song, putting the audience in an attentive trance for the entire duration of the roughly one hour set, lifted only when the house lights came up for intermission. After the break, Colin Stetson took the stage. A member of the band Bon Iver, Stetson has played with Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, and numerous other well-known acts. Thursday, though, was a solo saxophone performance. Alternating between alto and bass saxophones, Stetson displayed a virtuosic musical ability. On either instrument, Stetson was able to create low notes that literally rattled the ﬂoor and high-pitched tones that were nearly piercing – sometimes, seemingly at the same time. The songs were eerie and rhythmic, showcasing control of ﬁngers and breathing that is the sign of a true master of an instrument. Played with intensity and feeling that was all-consuming, each song left Stetson breathless and sweaty, struggling to gasp out introductions to the next piece. The audience appreciated the eﬀort, responding with a standing ovation and calls for an encore, which Stetson obliged. If Grossman and Stetson demonstrated one thing Sept. 6, it was that their works are nothing less than divine and thus St. George’s is the only suitable venue.
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Led by striker Robbie Murphy, Guelph wins 5-1.
In the heart of the marvelous new Gryphon Soccer Complex, the Gryphons blew out the UOIT Ridgebacks in a physical and thoroughly entertaining style. The Gryphons utilized an aggressive strategy that forced UOIT into some early mistakes and resulted in Robbie Murphy opening the scoring only two minutes into the match. “We were on our home ﬁeld and we wanted to attack the opponent right oﬀ the bat, try and get an early goal and see if we could build on that,” said coach Keith Mason. The Gryphons would build on that ﬁrst goal, with Mike Bijman adding a goal of his own in the 31st minute. Shortly after the start of the second half, the Ridgebacks forced the ball into Guelph’s end and worked a foul oﬀ a Guelph defender. The ensuing penalty kick found the net, and would mark the only blemish on an otherwise stellar defensive performance by the Gryphons. Leading only by a goal until the 56th minute, Robbie Murphy showcased the talent that made him last year’s male athlete of the year by connecting on three scoring opportunities in the second half, putting the game well out of reach for the Ridgebacks. “Soccer’s a very technical sport. We knew that given the opposition tonight, if we put them under pressure they wouldn’t be able to play around us. They gave the ball up a lot and that’s what we were going for. We were able to capitalize on our opportunities,” explains Murphy. The win comes a week after a diﬃcult loss to Laurier, something the team kept in mind as they prepared for last week’s matchup. “The boys played well; we were disappointed with our last game against Laurier, and we worked hard this week and I think that’s translated into the game today,” said Mason. The Gryphons will travel to McMaster and York this weekend. Last year McMaster and York ﬁnished as the top two programs in the OUA, so the stage is set for what could be two very dramatic
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Brenden Springer (5) uses his head to play a cross from the corner
engagements, making last weekend’s win as much of a rebound game as it was a statement to the rest of the league. “It was important that we bounced back [after Laurier] for us, but especially for the league and to let them know that it was a hiccup and we’ll push on from here,” said Mason. “It’s a step in the right direction, we deﬁnitely needed that little push, that little boost, to get our conﬁdence behind us and play with a little swagger,” explained Murphy. Murphy, the second-leading scorer in the OUA, will look to bring his team, and their restored conﬁdence, out of the weekend with two more tallies in the win column and the swagger that comes with defeating two of the top programs in Ontario.
Gryphon football looks to christen new ﬁeld with a win
Following Guelph’s upset win over Windsor, the Gryphons prepare to win their ﬁrst home game of the year.
Last weekend the Gryphon football team travelled to Windsor to take on the Windsor Lancers in the second week of the OUA football season. Despite Windsor entering the game ranked as the seventh best team in Canada, Guelph’s running game proved too much for Windsor to handle as Guelph accumulated 233 yards on the ground en route to a 28-9 victory. The running attack was led by Rob Farquharson, who carried the ball 26 times for 156 yards and a touchdown in the contest. Prior to last weekend’s game, Farquharson wasn’t seen as the most potent element of the Gryphon oﬀense, which largely caters to the athletic abilities of quarterback Jazz Lindsay. “We hadn’t really decided who our running back was going to be,” said head coach Stu Lang. Farquharson had previously been splitting carries with Corey Davidson. “We were left with [Davidson and Farquharson], and Rob really stepped up. He impressed us not only with his driving ability to carry people on his back, but also through his speed around the ends,” said Lang. “Moving forward, Rob is going to be our guy. He just gets stronger as the game goes on,” explained Lang. While a strong running game isn’t necessarily the hallmark of a team that looks to gain yardage through the air, the complement of Farquharson’s power running game and Lindsay’s electric ability behind center could become a very potent oﬀensive force. That force was on display against Windsor, as Guelph’s oﬀense utilized the run game to run time oﬀ the clock and keep Windsor’s high powered aerial attack on the sidelines. One particularly memoEDWIN TAM rable drive began at the Gryphon one yard line and ended with the Corey Davidson (31) ploughs through the Windsor defense en route to a 28-9 Gryphon victory. Gryphons putting six points on the board, 109 yards from where exciting element of this weekend’s practice on their new turf ﬁeld, to a football game,’ not only for the they began. matchup against the 0-2 Waterloo be followed by the ﬁrst live game game, but to go out, grab a bite to The game serves as a statement Warriors will be the debut of the action in the heavily renovated eat, paint your faces, and have a to the rest of the OUA that defeat- renovated Alumni Stadium. Com- stadium. great time,” explains Lang. ing the Gryphons will be no easy plete with a video scoreboard, new Lang is hoping the new stadiFree entrance is available to the task. Given the developing success artiﬁcial turf, and checkerboard um will help attract more fans to ﬁrst 1,900 Guelph students, and of the program, Lang credits the patterned endzones, Alumni Sta- the games. tickets are available for purchase consistency and continuity of the dium has transformed into an “I love the student body here, online. coaching staﬀ to be critical to the exciting locale for sporting events. they’re very event-oriented, they Farquharson and the rest of the team’s success. “I certainly hear about it from like to get together, they like to Gryphons will showcase their dyWhile the continuity of im- the players, they’re just chomp- celebrate and have fun. We’re namic oﬀensive attack against the proved Gryphon football is exciting ing at the bit to get on the ﬁeld,” trying to create an environment Waterloo Warriors Saturday at 1:00 for fans of the team, the most said Lang. Friday will see the team where people will say, ‘Let’s go to p.m. at Alumni Stadium.
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The Gryphons start the season undefeated as they look to return to the national championship
The women’s rugby team opened up their 2012 campaign with two resounding wins over OUA opponents. The opener on Sept. 5 showcased a 53-8 win over McMaster, only to be followed by a 91-0 outing against Laurier on Sept 12. The Gryphons are taking the early success with a grain of salt, knowing their toughest challenges are yet to come. “An opponent like Laurier gives us advantages that will not exist when we face opponents like [St. Francis Xavier University] or Lethbridge,” said fifth year veteran Caitlin Beaton. “As a team, we had to work hard to not always take the easiest option, but working the systems that we need to ingrain as habits in order to compete and win against more competitive teams,” said Beaton. These systems establish the basis of what the team refers to as “Gryphon Rugby,” an aggressive and electric strategy intended to catch the opposi-
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Women’s rugby looks to defend national title
“It’s an exciting time, all we can do is keep playing our game and use the pressure to make ourselves a better team,” - Mackenzie Higgs
tion on their heels. Given the graduation of 11 players, the next generation of the team is working to establish themselves as they pursue their goal of
The women’s rugby team drives ahead in the scrum against McMaster University.
another national championship. “There’s some big shoes to fill, but our girls have proven strong in the last two games,” said veteran fly-half Mackenzie Higgs. “Obviously a lot of pressure is placed on us to defend a national title, it’s funny however because most of this pressure comes from within us,” said Beaton. There’s no denying the pressure, and yet the Gryphons look to use that self-generated motivation to propel them forward. “It’s an exciting time, all we can do is keep playing our game and use the pressure to make ourselves a better team,” said Higgs. The Gryphons will look to continue their quest for another national title this Saturday when they travel to Waterloo to take on the Waterloo University Warriors.
16 w w w.t h e on ta r ion . c om SPORTS & HEALTH Strong season for Gryphons women’s soccer
With a win against UOIT last week, the Gryphons women’s soccer team continues last season’s success with an early 2-1 record
Coming off one of their strongest seasons in recent history, the Gryphons women’s soccer team looks to be continuing their success on the field as they are off to yet another strong start to their OUA season after a nailbiting 2-1 victory over the UOIT Ridgebacks on Sept. 7. The win came on the back of a fantastic two-goal performance by fourth year veteran, Alexandra Hariss Laurier Golden Hawks squad. (Dundas, Ont.). The Gryphons The Gryphons are looking showed great potential in the to continue the success they win, defeating the Ridgebacks achieved in the 2011-2012 season not only on the score board, but in which they earned a 6-6-2 rein the time of possession battle cord, good for fourth in the OUA as well, creating several scoring West division and a first round chances for themselves, while playoff match-up against the at the same time limiting their York University Lions. Unfortuopponents to few quality op- nately, their season ended there, portunities in their end. The with a heart-breaking 2-1 loss Gryphons’ defence did surren- to the Lions. But, with the poder a goal to UOIT late in the tential showed by the Gryphons game, however they were able against UOIT, a trip to the later to withstand a late charge by the rounds of the playoffs isn’t out of Ridgebacks to secure the victory. the question. This year, the GryThe win was a stepping stone for phons will look to improve on the women as they look to ad- their first round playoff loss and vance deep into the OUA playoffs establish themselves as a powerthis season. The win improves house team in the OUA, hopefully their record to 2-1-0 after a riding their veteran leadership to season opening win against Wa- a birth into the later rounds of terloo and a loss versus a strong the OUA soccer playoffs.
Gryphon baseball oﬀ to a strong start
Led by a strong bullpen, the Gryphons start the season with three consecutive wins.
The Gryphon baseball team opened the OUA season undefeated. Combining stellar pitching with strong hitting, the Gryphons outscored their opponents 28-8 en route to victories over Wilfrid Laurier, Queen’s, and Brock. On Wednesday, the team kicked-oﬀ the season by travelling to Waterloo to take on a tough Golden Hawks team. Center ﬁelder Kevin Winters led an early oﬀensive surge which saw the Gryphons carry a 3-0 lead through ﬁve innings. Laurier’s bats were stiﬂed “The Laurier game,” commented by the accurate pitching of start- Gryphon coach Matt Griﬃn, “was er Lucas Borges, who completed a big momentum boost, winning seven innings. A seventh inning on the road against a very strong RBI single by third baseman Sean team.” Guelph opened a pair of games Molony helped pad Guelph’s lead. Closer Brendan Sorichetti on Sept. 9 with a 12-1 win against pitched the last two innings for Queen’s. Veteran pitcher Ryan the Gryphons, and recorded the Thompson threw a complete game save, suppressing a late blitz by for Guelph, while catcher Justin the Hawks. The ﬁnal score was 8-5. Interisano hit a three-run home where if we play our game we are a team that has a chance to really contend this season,” said Griﬃn. Griﬃn praises second year players Ricciardi, Winters, and Romak for helping to lead the oﬀensive attack, and veterans Thompson, Brook Coatsworth, and Marc Mongillo for providing leadership. “[They] have done a nice job making the transition for our younger guys a smooth one,” said Griﬃn of the latter three. Sorichetti, Thompson and Borges anchor the pitching staﬀ. For Grifﬁn, the two strong performances turned in by Sorichetti are notable. According to Griﬃn, Sorichetti has turned in some quality performances on the mound, despite being injured all of last year. Griﬃn and his coaching staﬀ have assembled a talented crew for the 2012 season, but the coach knows this is only one component of a successful team. “The group seems focused and the work ethic has been great from top to bottom,” Griﬃn stated, “we are playing with conﬁdence which is something that breeds success.” The Gryphons will look to translate that conﬁdence into more wins as they advance into the later stages of their season.
run to lead the Gryphon hitters. In the day’s second game, the Gryphons defeated a powerful team from Brock, 8-2. Sorichetti took the mound for Guelph, this time as a starter, and pitched well for six innings. Steve Fleischer, Peter Ricciardi, and Wes Romak propelled the Gryphons oﬀensive attack with multi-hit games. In his fourth year as coach,
Griﬃn leads a veteran squad that hopes to build upon last year’s breakthrough season that saw the team record 10 wins for the first time since 2004. Griffin, who played for the 2004 squad, is optimistic. “We have improved our win total each of the last 3 years, and with the experience we’ve gained as a group, I think we are in a position
SPORTS & HEALTH
Last weekend’s results have the team pushing each other to improve this week.
It’s been a diﬃcult week after an even more diﬃcult weekend for the men’s lacrosse team. A 14-13 overtime win against the University of Toronto was overshadowed by a disappointing 10-8 loss to Brock on Sunday. “We came out strong, but in the second half we made a lot of mistakes and that resulted in a loss. We were pretty fatigued, so I think that came into play, but what it came down to was mental toughness, and we just didn’t have it that day,” said fourth year midﬁelder Connor Deuchars.
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Men’s lacrosse looks to shift gears this weekend
Despite Jeremy Snider’s strong never know what you’re going goaltending eﬀort, the Gryphons to get [with Laurentian],” Kosacommitted too many turnovers to kowski said. Following a solid week of pracremain competitive with Brock – including 12 in the fourth quarter. tice, the Gryphons will look to “You can’t un-coach turnovers,” tighten up their play against an said head coach Sam Kosakowski. opponent they’ve historically “From a coaching perspective, overwhelmed. we need to focus on simple things, “It’ll be a day for us to work like passing, catching, and pro- out some kinks in our systems, tecting the ball so we can make make sure everything’s running sure it’s not going to happen smoothly, and let the guys who down the road,” Kosakowski don’t usually see a lot of ﬁeld time explained. get out there,” said Deuchars. Fortunately for the Gryphons, “At the same time, it’s not a they’ll have a chance to refocus game we can take lightly, we this weekend as they play host to need to go out there and win. Laurentian at the Gryphon Soc- We can’t lose another one, we all have to stay focused,” Deuchars cer Complex. “We have to look at the big pic- explained. ture. We don’t have, relatively The Gryphons will look to respeaking, as challenging of a turn to their winning ways Friday GRYPHON ATHLETICS weekend coming up, so the ten- at 5:00 p.m. at the Gryphon Socdency is to lose focus, but you cer Complex. An attacking Guelph player works his way through the Brock defense.
Put your money where your mouth is
How ‘Diet Betting’ is changing the way people diet.
Each year, millions of North Americans resolve to lose weight. Calories are counted, gym passes are purchased and the latest fad foods ﬁll the fridge. Still, the obesity epidemic continues to plague North America leaving individuals discouragingly overweight and questioning the integrity of even the best weight loss intentions. In a recent attempt to overcome the crippling social, medical and economical strife accompanying the obesity crisis, Americans are searching for a weight loss solution in “diet-betting.” Facilitated by the online company HealthyWage, individuals wager money based on the amount of weight they feel they are capable of losing in a particular timeframe. Successful participants win at least double their initial investment. To enlist in a weight loss wager, participants register in one of four online competitions. Obese individuals wishing to move to a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 25 can wager $300. They have one year to complete the task for a reward of $1000. Successful individuals who opted to play for free will receive $100 at the end of a year instead. For a more competitive wager, individuals can compete in the “10% challenge” – the chance to double a $100 wager by losing 10% of their body weight in 6 months. The option also exists to “diet for dollars,” where groups of 5 participants pay $60 each and aim to achieve the greatest collective weight loss, as measured by percent of body weight lost. Prizes for this a signiﬁcant weight loss regain the category total $18,000. Finally, teams amount lost or more within one year. may participate in the “Company vs. They also note that the discourageCompany” competitions designed ment of the regain could result in to target corporate America and complacency or the adoption of unimprove quality of work life while healthy weight loss techniques that relieving companies of the addition- will only further strain the health of Each week, the half a foot of snow,” the divers went al expenses associated with health the individual as well as the social and Ontarion delves beneath the ice, where few have claims regarding obesity. economic implications of obesity. Redared to go. Using 100 feet of rope The movement to favour “diet-bet- lying on the motivation of a wager to into the archives of for safety, the teams of two (secured ting” stems largely from the evidence carry forward weight loss plans may Guelph’s rich athletic both to the rope and to one anoththat pairing weight loss regimes with perpetuate the inability of the indi- tradition. er) explored what was described a monetary incentive triples compli- vidual to maintain weight loss once as “picturesque” and exceptionalance with these programs. the wager has expired. ly clear waters up to 25 feet below “Studies show that monetary The ability to employ weight loss sasha odesse the surface. The writer of the article incentives serve to enhance the ef- wagers as a solution to the obesity invited newcomers to join the Scuba fectiveness of, and duly complement, crisis may only reach the portion of Published in The Ontarion on Feb. Club members on their next diving weight loss programs of any and all the population fortunate enough to 17, 1966. trip to a “dam [oﬀ Highway 401].” sorts,” said HealthyWage co-founder spare money for a weight loss chalIf that wasn’t enticing enough, the David Roddenberry. In some cate- lenge. Appreciating the inability of On Feb. 5, 46 years ago, the OVC ﬁnal line added an extra bonus for gories participants are allowed to a majority of obese and overweight Scuba Club took a dive in the frigid new divers: “PS. CO-ED!!” Because participate free of preliminary wagers, individuals to access healthy food waters of the Elora quarry. After seeing each other in full winter yet surveys have found these indi- choices and regular exercise routines, digging through “a foot of ice and scuba gear is HOT. viduals to be highly unsuccessful in this purely motivational expense will achieving weight loss goals compared apply to a limited number of the target demographic. to those who establish an initial bet. Still, the “diet-bet” response can Of course, there is no simple solution to the devastating rise in the be considered a gentle answer to incidence of obesity and despite re- the looming health crisis threatenports of increasing participation in ing the welfare and quality of life for “weight wagering,” founders appreci- millions of individuals. It is a mild soate that it remains only a piece of the lution standing next to alternative solution. It is obvious that the wa- options of higher taxes for “junk food” gering itself will not shed the weight or the limited and maladjusted health and that it serves instead as an incen- insurance premiums oﬀered to overtive for individuals to embrace their weight and obese citizens. In a society weight loss strategies. haemorrhaging money they don’t Given that the weight wagering necessarily have on items they don’t saga encourages weight loss inde- necessarily need, perhaps it is appropendent of education and follow priate to invest instead in one’s self. up counselling, it is arguable that Rather than the running shoes purthe impact it is capable of carrying chased only to sit on the shelves or the is minimized. The Heart and Stroke mouldy vegetables that get tossed in Foundation of Canada has targeted the trash, spend money on the hope the post-weight loss phase as a point for a better self. The decision to stand of contention in the ability of Cana- up and “bet on yourself” could just dians to maintain healthy weights. be the liberating feat necessary to ONTARION ARCHIVES 1966 Careful monitoring reveals that a break free from the fat and lose the majority of individuals who report love handles. The 1966 OVC Scuba Club goes diving in frigid waters of the Elora Quarry.
Gryphons in HistoryScuba Steve Edition
18 w w w.t h e on ta r ion . c om Begin career planning now
Planning for your career now may not seem too important when you are up to your eyes in labs or term papers. Do you ever hear yourself saying any of the following statements: “I am not sure what I will do when I finish school, but right now I just want to focus on graduating;” or “right now it is insane, I just need to focus on what I am doing at the moment, if I want to get the grades needed for graduate work;” or “I have chosen my area of concentration because I do well in those courses but I am not sure what I will do with it when I finish. I will sort that out when the time comes”? Throughout life, it’s wise to periodically stop, take stock of where you are and where you are headed. Transitions happen several times in a person’s career and it is important to do this kind of assessment and planning on an ongoing basis. It allows for making the most of opportunities that are of benefit to your current work, andalso helps to prepare for future transitions. Planning to gain the right experience, community involvement/volunteering and effective networking have become routine functions for optimal career development. Life as a student, however, changes so fast that it’s important to do this kind of assessment at the beginning and the end of every school year. If you find yourself saying yes to any of the above statements, you need to stop and do this assessment right now. While it is wise to take courses in areas of Co-operation and Development strength, one should never do (OECD) Employment Outlook this without knowing what is predicts that “the recovery will happening in the world outside gain strength in Canada and its of the classroom. Are there jobs unemployment rate is expected in the field that you are learning to decline further to 6.4 per cent about? How is the field grow- by late 2013, close to its pre-crisis ing? Finding out what kind of level.” However, this still means that a typical career job search from being unemployed to a first career job means conducting a highly organized, strategic, career job search on a full time basis for four to six months. The right kind of practical experience to complement a university degree can often expedite this search and help you land a job that is closer to your goals, faster. How do you get this experience? Carefully targeted summer work experience in a related field would be the first choice. Ideally, it would pay what is needed for another year at school but if it doesn’t meet your financial needs, then it is worth finding a way to survive and choose experience over summer income. There are many examples, but a recent Accountemps survey found that “78 per cent of more than 270 CFOs interviewed believe it is importpractical experience (both paid ant for entry level accounting and and volunteer) that you need to finance candidates to have gained give you an important edge in a work experience while in school.” challenging market is of critical The same is true for almost every importance in landing your first field unless you have knowledge career job. that is tough for employers to Statistical surveys and those find. The reduced income from conducting a career job search a four month summer job will right now say that the labour more than pay for itself several market is recovering, but it is times over by helping you land a still very challenging. The 2012 great career job upon graduation. Organisation for Economic On average, new graduates gain about $3000 for each month they can trim off a search. It can also help in deciding if what you are planning is the right choice for a future job. If one learns that what they are studying is not what they want in a job, then it allows for a shift in courses, saving thousands of dollars that would be spent following a new path after graduating. Wise students also volunteer every year of their university education, in addition to finding work-related experience in the summer. Volunteering is an excellent way to help with a leading edge project in your field, demonstrate your ability to plan and manage a small project, prove your good work ethic, and build a network of connections who may be of help in locating a career job when you graduate. Volunteering is all about doing a great job that helps others to make the world a better place, but it is also about matching the experience you want to gain with the needs of the organization or community. If you can’t find a volunteer position advertised that will give you the experience you want to gain, don’t be shy to come up with an idea and propose it to a company or organization. Alternatively, you can always meet with the organization or business and see how you can work out something that serves their purposes and also gives you the leadership opportunity you need. Explore several volunteer opportunities to find the best match for the experience you would like to give and gain.
This week in history...
Soviet rocket hits moon after 35 hours In the midst of the Space Race between the U.S. and Russia in the 50s and 60s, the Soviets successfully launched a rocket to the moon and 36 hours later, the rocket landed on its target. Luna II, as the space probe was titled, was the ﬁrst man-made object to land on the moon. The article that assisted this headline went on to describe the failures of the U.S., which were recalled in response to the success of the Soviets. Rocket fuels and better equipment were the main reasons cited for Russian superiority in this ﬁeld. (NYT – Sept. 14, 1959) Ghastly murder in the east-end. In 1888, at least six prostitutes were brutally killed and mutilated in the East End of London, England. At this point, the murderer was referred to as Leather Apron by the media, who created frenzy among the citizens of London with their imaginative accounts of the serial killer. The woman who is the subject of the headline was found in the neighbourhood of Back’s Row, with her body ripped open and her organs lying around her, while her entrails were wrapped around her neck. The gruesome details of the crime sparked great interest, apparently, since the article reports that an excited crowd gathered around the house where the crime took place, as well as around the mortuary where the body was later kept. (British Newspaper Source – Sept. 1888) In mass meeting, recent race riots are denounced Surprisingly, this headline appeared in the New York Times more than half a century before the Civil Rights Movement gained full force. The headline referred to the meeting of representatives of Black Americans at Carnegie Hall, who wanted to express their dissatisfaction with the lack of prosecution of guilty police oﬃcers. These oﬃcers had taken up the practice of clubbing black men for what seemed to be no other reason than the colour of their skin. Reverend Dr. Brooks, who opened the meeting with his speech, stated that, “We mean to ﬁght for our rights...[but] we must do nothing which will cost us the sympathy of the best people.” His words bring to mind the peaceful, non-violent tactics encouraged by Martin Luther King in the Civil Rights Movement over 50 years later. (NYT – Sept. 13, 1900)
“Planning to gain the right experience, community involvement/ volunteering and eﬀective networking have become routine functions for optimal career development.”
Compiled by Alicja Grzadkowska
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Should we love People?
With easy access to digital formats of media expanding over recent years, readers and media consumers have become an entirely diﬀerent animal than they once were. As a result, many producers of print media have struggled to ﬁght drops in sales. Among those licking their wounds are the people at People magazine. As a combative measure, People has angled to curb drops in single copy sales – issues sold individually from stores and newsstands rather than by subscription. People’s strategy is a new campaign that went live Sept. 12, beginning with the promotion of its Sept. 24 issue, which is the publication’s annual “Best and Worst Dressed” double issue. It’s an important step for the magazine because single copy sales account for about 35 per cent of the 3.56 million copies that People sells each week. The most puzzling thing about the initiative, though, is perhaps its most important feature: its theme. Boasting that “People love People,” the campaign includes national television spots in United States, ads to appear online, in print, in stores, and in social media, as well as in other magazines that are also owned by the Time Inc. division of Time Warner. The wordplay is clever, but it doesn’t seem clever enough. When the words at the front of the campaign aren’t formatted up to Canadian Press standard, they’re So People magazine wants you to think that people like them. That’s ﬁne. It’s where the campaign goes next that’s kind of disturbing. Maintaining its font and the general “People love People” theme of its campaign, subthemes promoting diﬀerent oﬀerings that the magazine has in store for consumers read things like “People love sexy” to encourage sales of its “Sexiest Man Alive” issue; or “People love legends” along with photos of stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. Here, it’s obvious that the subtext of the word play is intended to convince readers that People is a welcoming, pampering, and even loving host to speciﬁc attributes like sexiness and iconography. But People’s taste becomes kind of rotten when we think back to the original usage of the “People love People” message. There, it’s tied to COURTESY the promotion of its “Best and Worst Dressed” double issue – a publicavoid of italics, and without them, tion that’s inherently shallow in its any distinction that instructs con- judgey exploitation of other peoples’ sumers on how they should be sense of style, colour coordination reading or hearing the message; abilities, or competence in carrying the grammar has to do that work themselves. How can you tie that for you. “People love People” be- to love? comes a general testimonial voice It’s where the truth behind the for the appreciation that an un- message People is toting becomes speciﬁed demographic reserves for clearest: People magazine just loves People magazine. People’s money.
TREE OF THE WEEK
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Background to the food packing world record challenge
deaglan mcmanus, drew garvie & padraic o’brien
What did you do on Sept. 8? Were you among the most people performing a high ﬁve simultaneously, the most people playing duck-duck-goose, largest locomotion dance, and the longest human conveyor belt? All of these events were world records set during previous University of Guelph Orientation Weeks. On Sept. 8, the last day of Orientation 2012, about 2,000 campus and community members set another record: most emergency relief meals packaged in one hour. This altruistic record resulted in over 315,000 meals destined for the West African country of Mauritania. This event was also part of the university’s BetterPlanet Project which, according to the website, “is a call to action for the University of Guelph community and people around the world to work together to ﬁnd solutions for a healthy, equitable and sustainable world.” The University of Guelph approached Kinross Gold Corporation, a Canadian-based mining company, to provide the funding to purchase all the food that was packed. “There is an immediate and critical humanitarian need in Mauritania, and we’re excited to be a part of this Fight Against Hunger event,” said Ed Opitz, Kinross’s vice-president of corporate responsibility. The Guelph event was the ﬁrst in a series of food packing endeavors that Kinross is contributing $100,000 towards. The University of Guelph approached Kinross, knowing the corporation was already involved in Mauritania. “We approached Kinross regarding this initiative and are delighted that they’ve provided their support,” said University of Guelph President Alastair Summerlee. Last week when students asked about Kinross’s “sponsorship” they were given a copy of the packaging which included the University of Guelph logo, the BetterPlanet Project’s logo and the War on Hunger logo. Students had been told previously that this wasn’t a Kinross “sponsorship” per se. Somehow, between Thursday and Saturday (the day of the event), Kinross’s logo was added to all 315,000 meals packaged, which will be distributed in Mauritania. Kinross is one of the top ﬁve gold mining companies in the world. One of its largest operations is the Tasiast open-pit mine in Mauritania, which it acquired for $7.1 billion in 2010. The mine is members at the University of attracting more and more contro- Guelph showed up to package versy in the West African country, food for Mauritanians in need. This both for its social and environ- demonstrates that we care signifmental impacts as well as its lack icantly about ﬁghting hunger and of beneﬁts for the wider popula- poverty across the world. What is tion. Local communities have seen not addressed in Kinross’ or the unusual numbers of livestock die University of Guelph’s press refrom poisoning recently, and are leases is whether packaging food pointing at open-pit storing of addresses the root problems of the cyanide tailings, which can poison famine, poverty, and exploitation water sources. The Tasiast mine in West Africa. has yet to receive certiﬁcation for In the University of Guelph’s cyanide management and, as it press release published on Sept. stands, no environmental impact 8, it was made clear that the event assessment has ever been con- was part of a larger campaign of ducted for the mine. “several ongoing corporate social The Mauritanian government responsibility eﬀorts in Mauritadoes not have the capacity to nia” carried out by Kinross. The conduct such a study, let alone question is, do corporate social enforce environmental regula- responsibility initiatives actually tions. Kinross has beneﬁted from seek to make the world better? If the government’s lack of enforce- so, better for whom? For Kinross ment and notorious corruption to or for Mauritanians? minimize benefits to the counCorporate Social Responsibilitry: royalty taxes are minimal ty (CSR) is now a cornerstone of (3%), work is largely outsourced the vast majority of major corpoto foreign subcontractors with low rations’ public relations strategies. labour standards, and union-bust- It is a concept where companies use social and environmental concerns in their business operations. This can include “corporate philanthropy” (e.g., Ronald McDonald House), “cause related marketing” (e.g., breast cancer research branding on products), sponsoring awards (e.g., Reebok’s Human Rights Awards), and the ever popular corporate “codes of conduct” that many companies have now instituted. In short, corporations engage in CSR because they think it will be good for their bottom line. It ing occurs on a wide scale. When is increasingly tied to advertising the Mauritanian president made and marketing for companies and his impatience with the company their products. This can be seen clear earlier this year, the response very clearly in the fossil fuel infrom Kinross was to hire two of his dustry that has almost universally cousins as administrators. adopted the language of environAmong all this, Mauritanians ﬁnd mentalists in their public relations. themselves routinely struggling Take for example British Petrowith famine, as is the rest of the leum’s slogan “Beyond Petroleum.” arid Sahel region. The lack of food BP was responsible for the largest availability is rooted in a number oﬀshore oil spill in history in 2010 of factors, such as desertiﬁcation at their Deepwater Horizon rig in due to climate change and pov- the Gulf of Mexico. erty. Both poverty and famine are Kinross does invest heavily in partially a result of the econom- CSR initiatives. In 2011, it was ic policies adopted by Mauritania named one of Canada’s Top 50 soover the recent decades, under the cially responsible companies by guidance of international organiza- MacLean’s Magazine. Other cortions such as the World Bank and porations to share this prestige the International Monetary Fund. included General Electric, GildThese policies embrace large-scale an Activewear, Hewlett-Packard, resource extraction investments, IBM, McDonald’s, Nike, PepsiCo, while leaving little place for trad- Scotiabank and Suncor Energy. Some of these CSR dollars from itional small-scale domestic food production. Under this agenda, the Kinross are being spent right social and economic development here in Guelph. Kinross Gold has of the country, and its ability to donated $1 million to fund the address famines, is surrendered to Kinross Gold Chair on Environcorporations like Kinross Gold, al- mental Governance. Ex-Kinross lowing them to disempower local CEO Tye Burt was also an active populations and make them sub- member of the University Board servient to corporate interests. of Governors, as well as chair of It is certainly impressive that the BetterPlanet Project itself. Tye 2,000 students and community Burt, who received compensation
of $9 million in 2010, voted to in- and research dollars are being used crease tuition fees every year he to ﬁll the gap in public funding. was a member of the Universi- Ballooning student debt, caused ty of Guelph’s highest decision by increased tuition fees, are also making body. That was until this a side eﬀect of this privatization. The good news is that it is true summer when he was sacked as Kinross’ CEO. Kinross Gold has that we can make a diﬀerence. Our mines and projects in Canada, the universities can be dedicated to reUnited States, Brazil, Chile, Ecua- search, free from corporate strings, dor, Russia, Ghana and Mauritania. where the world’s problems are Kinross has also donated $1 mil- openly debated and solutions are lion to the University of Guelph to found. By making PSE a priorfound the Canada-Brazil Research ity and with adequate funding, Network for “responsible resource our universities can increase the extraction”. Contrast this last quality of our education and freeze, manoeuvre with Kinross’ vocal reduce, and eliminate tuition fees opposition and lobbying eﬀorts (as has been done in over 25 other to defeat Bill C-300, which would countries). This requires a change have given the Canadian govern- of policy at the university adment the ability to investigate ministration level, as well as the human rights and environmen- provincial and federal levels, that tal abuses of resource companies would see universities being run abroad. How’s that for corporate less like businesses and more like social responsibility? institutions that see education as a social good. Most immediately, Why is it that our universities are being increasingly drawn into as students and community memthese “photo-ops for cash deals” bers this requires that we voice with major corporations? This is our concerns with the current happening in the context of the cozy relationships between deciunderfunding of our Post-Second- sion makers and corporate actors. ary Education (PSE) system. In We need to actively campaign to Ontario we have the lowest per- ensure that our universities restudent funding in the country, ceive proper public funding and accompanied by the highest tu- confront the root cause of this ition fees. Corporate “donations” privatization.
“[Kinross’s] Tasiast mine has yet to receive certiﬁcation for cyanide management…”
Just within its first two days of class, York University was hit with another devastating case of sexual assault. York has had to deal with an onslaught of similar attacks in recent years, and it’s not the only university in Ontario facing this problem. The aftermath of the Toronto schools latest attack resulted in the speedy arrest of a suspect, but many other known cases at York and other schools have not , and sexual assaults are a notoriously underreported crime. The beginning of the school year is a particularly exploited window for perpetrators of sexual assault – a time when first-year university and college students are at most risk. As a result, first-year students become vulnerable targets for attacks. In order to curb that trend, students need to educate themselves about what sexual assault is, and that includes reaching a firm understanding of what is not sexual assault: consent. Consent is the explicit, uncoerced, sober, and informed act of saying “yes” to intimate activity. Without consent, the same activities become sexual assault. Readers should also understand that people victims often know and trust commit sexual assault. Without a proper understanding of consent and sexual assault, relationships can begin to facilitate environments that force members who are
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victims of sexual assault into dealing with not only the physical and emotional effects of an assault, but the broken trust as well. While closure might be on the way for the victim of the Sept. 7 attack at York, if the events at York should bring anything more, let it be an informed community. Please strive to become aware of the issues surrounding consent and sexual assault, and discuss these important issues with your peers.
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Correction: In this year’s edition of The Ontarion’s annual back-to-school guide, University of Guelph Campus Community Police, Fire Prevention and Parking Services Director Robin Begin was identiﬁed as “Interim Director.” Begin is not serving an interim placement and will continue to hold the directorial position.
An open letter to Karen Farbridge I was out driving today and I happened to recognize an advertisement on the back of a city bus that had me quite concerned. It was an advertisement that supports anti-abortionists’ views. Stating something along the lines of “It’s a Child, Not a Choice” and the picture of a fetus. Why it concerns me: leaving my personal views about abortion OUT of this conversation, the obvious purpose of this advertisement is to reach a broad range of the population. As you can imagine, there are plenty of women who are going to see that ad who have had an abortion. I do not know what your views on abortion may be, but regardless of what you may believe is right/ wrong, I believe that the city should not be supporting either side of the debate. It might be someone else’s advertisement, but it has been allowed to be on YOUR bus. Actually, the people of the City of Guelph’s bus. Some women have “chosen” to have an abortion for medical reasons. Some women have “chosen” to have an abortion because they were raped. Imagine one of these women seeing this ad and then having to sit on that very same bus, knowing what was written on the back of it. Quite appalling. Please let me know why you may continue to allow this campaign to be posted on the back of city buses. Please do not respond with an argument of “freedom of speech” and “freedom of opinion” and all that. I already understand this point, and I happen to be all for these freedoms. However, I hope that you understand that I am arguing against a form of harassment, not the liberty of expressing opinion. Regards , Emily Kerrigan deserve just as much kindness and respect as your fellow man. It has recently come to my attention that people have been kicking the squirrels on the University of Guelph campus. This kind of behaviour is unquestionably unacceptable. I am a 4th year student and it is not news to me that the squirrel population on campus rivals that of the student one. However, this does not give anyone the right to physically harm them if they happen to be crossing your path. There is a reason that the squirrels feel comfortable getting so close to students – they have learned over time that we are not going to harm them. I’m from Toronto and the squirrels in my neighbourhood won’t get anywhere near you. It is something to be proud of as human beings that these animals have become this comfortable around us. Why would we want to spoil such a thing? I know I for one, am going to keep an eye out. To anyone out there that thinks kicking squirrels is funny, you tell me how funny it is when I start kicking you in return. -Mira Cornblum Food Packing - A Guelph Community Event On Saturday I had the privilege of participating in an event that was so “Guelph.” Close to 2,000 people came out and donated an hour of their time to pack over 300,000 meals that will go to support those suﬀering in Africa. What was so inspiring was the sense of community during that short time in the Field House. Volunteers came from everywhere: full varsity teams (W Cross-Country, W Soccer, W Lacrosse); college representation (CME); department representation (Psychology); Peer Helpers; Orientation Volunteers; Residence Life staﬀ; Interhall Council. There were hundreds of city members, ranging from babies to senior citizens and many whole families. Our Mayor, MP and MPP were there. What a great introduction to the hundreds of new students who came out to help pack as part of their orientation week. The BetterPlanet Project is more than just a capital campaign - it is about making a diﬀerence. Thanks to all that came out. - Brenda Whiteside Associate Vice-President (Student Aﬀairs) and Acting Director, Human Rights and Equity Oﬃce.
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Dear Editor, Thinking back to the cartoons of my childhood, animals had it pretty rough. Scooby Do did more than any normal dog ever had to just to get a Scooby Snack. Wile E Coyote was outsmarted (and more often than not, massacred) again and again by his arch nemesis the Road Runner. However, these are ﬁctional animals that come from ﬁctional stories. In the real world, animals
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22 w w w.th e on ta r ion . c om Magic Mike: the demasculinization of men
In 1970, Pierre Trudeau told the nation, “just watch me.” Trudeau, of course, was referring to his plan to stop criminals and establish a nation of liberty and equality. However, if Channing Tatum, who stars as “Mike” in this summer’s blockbuster film Magic Mike, were to tell an audience of women to “just watch him,” he would be meaning it in a very different context. The film Magic Mike is about a young male stripper named Mike who shows his new friend Adam how to strip for female clientele in Tampa, Florida. The film demonstrates the difficulties and relationship issues that a male performer faces during his troublesome career. Although the film portrays the stripper lifestyle as glamorous and entertaining, it also reveals some alarming truths about our society. The film ultimately characterizes men as objects with monetary value and it forces males in our society to subordinate to the desirable male figure portrayed as Magic Mike. Many people use the term “male stripper” to describe the activities of Magic Mike. Usually the term “stripper” is used in a degrading and oppressive manner, but when “male” precedes the term it seems to justify and licence the activities of Magic Mike. Male strippers are also referred to as “performers” or “professionals” who have a respected and timely position in our society. However, this syntactical misconception is an error of judgement. Whether male or female, those who exploit the sexual appetite of others are equally distasteful. This film reveals a troubling social norm that is split between the genders; female strippers are deemed inferior to other women while male strippers are seen as superior to other men. This gender disparity needs to be resolved. Strippers should be afforded the same rights and equalities as everyone else, regardless of their sex or race, but the gender gap prevents the manifestation of such equalities and rights. It is fundamental that individuals not be treated differently based on their gender and this film directly promotes inequality between the sexes. Additionally, this film also bolsters a cookie-cutter characterization of the ideal male figure. Such a standard model subordinates men and forces males to strive for the ideal characteristics in a bid for social acceptance. Encouraging males to have certain physical characteristics is not going to help these males realize their fullest potential in life. We ought to foster the personal identity and individual potential that will bring fulfillment to those who are seeking meaning. The film Magic Mike completely assaults this truism and only creates self-dissatisfaction. To resolve these issues we must take a position that encourages gender equality, positive self-consciousness, and affirms a strong personal identity. The mantra of social and gender equality is clear; we should always contest gender disparity and not allow ambient sources to cloud our judgement. Males and females, whether
they provide erotic entertainment or choose to watch, should be afforded equal treatment by society. Furthermore, we should not allow society to force the ideal characteristics of Magic Mike upon us; we should maintain a strong and independent personal identity. If we want to protect personal
identity and if we want to preserve the liberty and equality of all human beings then we must take action. Speak out for those who are silenced and stand up for what is right. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility.”
Consider yourself warned. The following contains more than the usual amounts of hyperbole and likely 25% of your daily sarcasm allowance. And while I’ve tried other ways, those indulgences are all (mostly) necessary for highlighting one particularly foggy notion. If you were downtown on Thursday, Friday or Saturday night – and by the look of things most of you were – you noticed that the intersection of Macdonell and Wyndham Street became closed to vehicles as of 11:00 p.m. The cordoning oﬀ of this area is the most visible step the “Guelph Downtown Nightlife Task Force” is taking for the improvement of the safety of drivers and pedestrians (read: drunk students) this semester. You can Last semester, when we “went of slow-moving traﬃc, in reality do ﬁnd out more about that initiative elsewhere in this paper. out” we remained civilians; still us no good service. Our chaperones While it might be diﬃcult to re- roaming the sidewalks most- at city hall, the university and the call how you reacted when you ly as we would do any other day police station have lost faith in our ﬁrst realized that downtown now of the week. Yet with downtown capacity to drink responsibly and resembled even more of crime cordoned oﬀ, we’re now special so they’ve given us barricades for scene than usual (you can blame – we’re revellers, party-goers, our safety. Walls for our playpen. that lapse on the “we-have-to- we’re the lowest common de- These barricades are there to keep beat-the-lines-let’s-go!” tequila nominator. Now we can j-walk; our noise, our stupidity and our shot), consider how it all looks in now we can walk down the middle faults in as much as they are to keep hindsight. Picture this: hoards of of the street; now we can literally the cars out. In the end, the univeryoung folk hurled forth by rolling consume an entire city block. Our sity bubble is further expanded and boxes of bad-lighting and self-con- acknowledged power in numbers ﬁdence are suddenly oﬄoaded onto means that going to a bar downa blocked-oﬀ lot brimming with town now also includes stopping police oﬃcers, police cars, police by a three day long Mardi Gras du barricades and, of course, the in- Nord. And what did we do to earn creasingly unwashed masses. all this? Just drink… a lot. And while those police barriIn return for our midnight viccades probably changed little about tory over the downtown core we’ve your night, we would all do well been given a Trojan horse. Those to consider what their presence barricades that provide us with means in the grand scheme of the beautiful freedom of j-walking, things. that keep us safe from the menace we become yet more isolated from the real world. But what is perhaps most disturbing is whether we are deserving of it? Talk about buzz kill. So consider this: A plastered nineteen year old crossing the street on a quest to spend his leftover toonies on some drunk-food de jour – what’s the price of his security? Is it worth what remains of your dignity after a night downtown with friends? Not at this rate.
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Thursday September 13 GUELPH FIELD NATURALISTS. Indoor meeting 7:30pm at the Arboretum Centre. All welcome. Topic: What’s Up With the Weather? David Phillips discusses Global Warming. Guelph Community Wellbeing Initiative invite residents to shape Guelph’s future. Join the conversation on what matters in life, and how to work together to improve the wellbeing of individuals, neighbourhoods and the Guelph community. Find out the date and location of your ward’s conversation by visiting guelphwellbeing.ca wFriday September 14 The Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA) annual Noon Hour Concert Series ﬁnal concert of the season featuring Ian Reid. St. George’s Square. Visit downtownguelph.com for complete details and performer biographies. Saturday September 15 at Stone Road Mall parking lot (near Sears). Donation of $5 per banker’s box –proceeds to Crime Stoppers program. Information: www. shredit.com or www.crimestoppersguelphwellington.com PINOT for the PEOPLE -14 Ontario Winemakers are gathering in Guelph to raise money for the Guelph United Way. Meet with local Ontario Pinot Noir wine makers and winery owners. 11:30am 3:30pm at LCBO, 615 Scottsdale Dr. $10 admission provides four tasting tickets. (519) 823-5080. In Conversation with Jian Ghomeshi, 4pm , Rozanski Hall. The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, the College of Arts and the College of Biological Science present an advance launch of Jian Ghomeshi’s book 1982. Tickets at door, The Bookshelf or online at Ticketpro.ca: $10/general, $5/ student. www.uoguelph.ca/arts/ emwf-2012 is welcome. http://www.facebook. com/TheTerryFoxFoundation Monday September 17 Guelph Needlecraft Guild. See samples, meet teachers, sign up for classes, attend general meeting. Meetings every Monday at 7:30. Kortright Presbyterian Church, 55 Devere Dr. for classes and UFO (unﬁnished object) room. www.guelphneedlecraft.wordpress.com, email@example.com, 519-767-0017. New members always welcome. Wednesday September 19 The next Guelph Photographers Guild (GPG) meeting. 7-9pm at Dublin Street United Church –68 Suﬀolk Street W Theme this week: . ‘getting to know you and your camera’. Casual Q&A night, we invite all members to bring a guest. Basic and advanced groups. www. guelphphotographersguild.com
Shred-it and Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington invite community members to bring all unwanted personal documents for shredding by Shredit mobile trucks between 10am-1pm
Sunday September 16 Guelph Terry Fox Run starting at Silver Creek Park (corner of Wellington and Edinburgh). 8am - 12pm Anyone from the Guelph community
FOR SALE For sale by silent auction: PC Desktop Computer - Intel* Core TM 2 Duo CPU, E6550 @2033GHz, 2.34GHz, 2 GB RAM with Windows XP Prof. and MS Office Small Business 2007. Come into UC 264 to make your bid between Sept 13-19, 10am-3pm or email your bid to: ontarion@ uoguelph.ca VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES The Ontarion is looking for volunteers to help with photography, copy-editing and writing articles for our News, Sports, Arts & Culture and Life sections. For more information contact us at x58265 or email: ontarion@ uoguelph.ca Volunteers needed until late October to assist in preparations for the Friends of the Guelph Public Library GIANT Used Book Sale. For information visit www. friendsguelphlibrary.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org Out On the Shelf, a library and resource centre for the LGBTTTSIQQ* communities and allies is in need of volunteers to staff the library, sit on committees, join the board, help with promotions, events and fundraising. 141 Woolwich Street, Unit 106. For info visit: www.outontheshelf.ca or call 519-515-0691 Volunteers Wanted! Frontier College Students for Literacy runs tutor and literacy based programs in Guelph. Interviews are held until October! Please email email@example.com for more program information, interviews and applications. FOR SALE Large steel 4-post drafting table, adjustable surface. 6ft x 3ft surface. Very sturdy. Two drawers. In good condition. Excellent for art, landscape architect students or scrapbookers. $50 obo. Please pick up. Contact ontarion@ uoguelph.ca or x58265
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