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features Thousands attend santa claus parade
Peace WEEK Genre -Con tI-cats in Guelph
Families brightened up Guelph’s downtown core during the annual holiday parade
michael long
When Santa Claus came to Guelph on the afternoon of Nov. 18, students making their way through downtown might have been amazed to see so many families out and about – an unusual but welcome sight for those feeling cut off from the simple pleasures of home and family, especially during this busy season. The annual Santa Claus parade, organized by the Downtown Guelph Business Association, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, and the Ariss Lions Club, drew large crowds out in the unseasonably warm weather to watch the many colourful troupes go by. The parade’s short route began at the corner of London Road and Norfolk Street. The procession then made its way down Norfolk and Quebec Street, where it turned onto Wyndham Street, passing St. Georges Square, and ended up by the police station on Fountain Street . The event lasted about one hour. All the staples of any good parade were present: colourful floats hitched to the backs of big rigs, marching bands, elementary schools, sports teams, civic associations, police and fire

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Downtown Guelph was decked out in Christmas spirit for the Santa Claus parade.
departments; each made their way through the city. Some entries were particularly popular – the live camels, especially. A rock band playing atop another float also garnered much applause. As the Guelph Mercury reports, this year the parade was 10 floats shorter than last year. “We wanted quality, not quantity this year,” said Sam Jewell, the event coordinator. In the crowd, many parents were waiting for their son or daughter to pass by. Being in a parade is something of a rite of declared one particularly eager passage for many children. four-year old. “Watching this parade makes me And, of course, the main attraca bit sentimental. It reminds me tion was the man in the big red suit. of my time participating in pa- Riding at the back of the closing rades with my own family back float, Father Christmas was seen in Acton,” said Joe Cortese, a sitting behind an old wooden desk fourth year student. “Those were – evidently taking a break from the days.” some adjustments to the naughty Parents and their children and nice list – handing out many watched in anticipation from the generous ho-ho-ho’s to the crowd. curb. Speculation about looming Needless to say, some very excitChristmas presents was the hot ed children were left in his wake. topic, much to the amusement of some parents. Visit for a “I want a baby for Christmas!” web-exclusive photo reel.

See Cellscapes from Nov. 20 to Nov. 25
Jordan sloggett
Professor Jaideep Mathur and his team at the laboratory of plant development and interactions have developed an exhibit titled Cellscapes – where art meets science in a symphony of light, colour and form. The exhibit invites the public to witness the inner workings of plant cells through beautiful images and time-lapse movies. They were also meant to captivate the mind and fuel the imagination while educating about the world of the living cell. Mathur’s lab in the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology works in three major areas of plant biology: cytoskeleton and cell morphogenesis, plant interactions, and live cell visualization and organto develop these images into an offshoot of the science aspect.” “When you’re looking at something that most people in the world have no experience with, something a thousandths the size of a millimetre, the mind boggles. We get to a scale where a lot of people just can’t appreciate it – but that’s what the tax payer’s money is paying for.” Mathur has always believed the importance of being able to explain his research. “My attitude has always been that if I cannot actually tell about my research to the public, and really educate them about what I’m doing, then it’s not really worth it.” The fascinating and beautiful images in the exhibit were developed through a number of different biotechnology techniques. “What we’re doing is taking things from the cells of jelly fish, sea cucumbers, bacteria, human and mice, and then we’re putting all these things back into a plant – actually creating a chimeric organism, that doesn’t exist in nature.” The purpose of these techniques is to induce the plant cell to incorporate different colours into its tissues and cells. “Other than chlorophyll and a few other pigments, your average plant cell isn’t very colourful. And now we can start seeing what is going on inside.” There is plenty of information available for those interested in the science behind the exhibit. “I’ve tried to create a situation where those who are interested in what they’re seeing will be able to understand what was done to create it.” Many of the researchers (now turned into artists) who were involved in creating these images, will be there to answer questions as well. “Most of the life sciences are about figuring out how something works, what life is about,” said Mathur. “We can live without a mobile phone – many of us used to in fact, and we can live without a transistor, but if something goes wrong with a living cell – that’s a disaster. When we’re looking at the fundamentals that make up biology, that’s when it becomes exciting.” For Mathur, a traditional artist himself as well as a scientist, plants are his life’s passion. “Research can be an immensely satisfying experience. I have

1 6 9.12 ◆ november 22nd, 2012

art and science combined in new exhibit


Global to Local:
U of G students and staff on international and national news

News recently broke that Hostess Brand Inc. is going out of business after the company’s ability to make its products, which includes Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Wonder Bread and Nature’s Pride, was crippled by striking workers who couldn’t come to an agreement with the company, and it filed for bankruptcy. Striking workers were warned of this possibility, but the deadline for an agreement passed to no avail. 18,500 jobs across the United States may be lost as a result of this closing, though there have also been more mediation talks. The Ontarion: Have you heard about this news story, and do you think that it’s important? Megan stewart, first year student: I didn’t. I think [this story] is relevant, but I probably don’t pay attention to the news as much as I should. You kind of get in the bubble of Guelph and you don’t really check the news because you’re too busy with studying, but I definitely think [that] it’s a relevant issue, especially if there’s massive job loss. The president just got reelected, and they’re supposed to be promising more jobs. Jacqueline Morris, student: Yeah, I heard about the issue. I think it’s relevant just because of all the jobs that are being lost, and it’s a pretty big company that’s been around for a really long time, so it’s relevant that it’s disappearing now. The Ontarion: Is it important for you whether you can continue to buy these brands? Ms: I don’t know, I think it’s one of those things where when these things aren’t on the shelves, then people would start wondering, “Oh, where’s Wonder Bread?” Then, maybe, people would get interested, but right now in the preliminary stages, I don’t know if people would really [care]. Like, I didn’t know until you told me, and I haven’t heard about it from anybody else. The Ontarion: Do you think that this will personally affect you or Canadians? JM: It won’t affect me, I don’t even know anybody that works there, [and] I don’t eat Twinkies. I think it’d be weird not to see Wonder Bread for sure because you see it at every grocery store, it’d be different. Thanks to the participants for this week’s interview. If you have an international news story that you want to see here, or if you want to be added to a mailing list of potential interviewees, contact News Editor Alicja Grzadkowska at

“[Y]our average plant cell isn’t very colourful. And now we can start seeing what is going on inside.” –Jaideep Mathur
elle dynamics, the latter being the focus of the exhibit. Mathur explained the origin behind the Cellscapes exhibit. “Over the last 25 years I’ve been giving out a lot of images, mostly in situations where people wanted to use our illustrations in books or on journal covers, and in the classroom.” Mathur’s research is devoted to linking the internal working of a plant cell to its exterior form and function. The researchers in his lab use state-of-the-art live imaging techniques to create the images that will be on display in the exhibit. “We are actually, if not the top, one of the top labs for live imaging of plants in the world,” said Dr. Mathur. “The idea was

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Posters at the exhibit explained the inner workings of a cell alongside dynamic images.
never regretted a single day [that] I’ve spent doing this.” “I am a dedicated plant biologist because for me this is a very fascinating organism, and we’re sharing the world with them. Without plants, we and the entirety of the animal kingdom would not be here.” There are plans in the works to make the artwork available for people to buy. “If anything is sold we want this money to come back into research. This is a by-product of our research, so any money made from this should go right back into funding more of it,” said Mathur. “I am not interested in making a profit, I don’t think in terms of money much. We want people to be able to look at and appreciate something they see every day in a whole new way.”

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4 w w e on ta r ion . c om Keeping students in the know
The Better Planet Project works to spread information about its initiatives
On Nov. 19, students Anthony Ngai, Ben Hayes, and Derek Alton discussed their per sonal project, We Change the World and the Small Actions, Big Change Movement, at the alicJa grzadkowska Better Planet Speaker Series in the University Centre. Finally, on Nov. 20, the BPP If students were not previously aware of the Better Planet Student Council invited Alastair Project (BPP), they were cer- Summerlee and other senior tainly made better aware of it administrative staff to speak after three significant events at the BPP Conversation Café. that focused on the project and Again, in an informal and reinforming students, staff and laxed setting, students were faculty about its initiatives took encouraged to ask the presiplace in the last week. dent and the staff any questions On Nov. 16, the Better Planet about the project. Student Council held an informal event in Branion Plaza where they welcomed students to discuss what they are doing to make the planet a better place, and shared information about the project. “We had over 31 surveys that were filled out. We spoke to over 60 students that stopped and actually had engaged conversations with us,” said Jacqueline Watty, the development manager, CME and Vancouver region, for Alumni Affairs and Development. Watty added that many students were unsure as to where the money for the university is coming from. “[We’re] debunking the myth “We’re just trying to create that tuition covers everything. awareness and tell people what It really only covers 20 to 25 [the project] is about, and how per cent of what it costs to op- it directly impacts students, beerate the university and then cause I think that’s one of the we have to fundraise to fill the biggest questions,” said Watty. gaps in government funding,” During the discussion, Sumsaid Watty. merlee spoke about how the According to Watty, the event project has elevated the status of the university beyond achieved its purpose. “Branion Plaza was really its reputation as “Moo U” by successful, and everyone was raising awareness about the really receptive. They key is positive impacts of the univerthat they’re asking questions sity on health, community, food, and even if we don’t have an and the environment, the focal answer right there, we find out points of the project. those answers and get back to “We’ve always done things [students].” that make this a better planet,”


“We’re just trying to create awareness and tell people what [the project] is about.” – Jacqueline Watty

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The Better Planet Student Council discussed the project wit students in Branion Plaza.
said Summerlee, adding that the project has aimed to illustrate exactly what faculty, staff, and students do to a broader public. Several controversial points were brought up during the event, such as the belief that the donors dictate what the university does with the money. Summerlee described instances where the university did not want to be associated with a donor and refused their gift because their ideas did not align with that of the university’s, like when Imperial Tobacco offered money to the U of G. Watty also addressed a popular misconception concerning the project before the café. “There are policies in place and major legalities on who we can accept money from, and how we use that money…[Donors] are certainly involved with that money because they’re giving it to us, but we come to a general agreement and we have legal terms and conditions on to how we use that money.” The senior administrators and Summerlee ended the conversation on a student-oriented noted by promoting student participation in the project. The president encouraged students to contact him or talk to the student council to let them know about how they’re making this a better planet.


1 6 9.12 ◆ november 22nd, 2012

using up dirty money
New study answers the reason behind spending habits
olivia zollino
With the new $20 polymer bills recently coming into currency, it’s a good time to ask the question: spend, or save? Most likely, we would save. At least, that’s what Theodore Noseworthy, an associate professor in marketing at the University of Guelph, recently found. In a new study co-authored by Noseworthy, it was found that participants would be more willing to spend their money if the appearance of the bill was damaged or unclean. If the money was brand new and crisp, it would be saved. The idea behind this experiment was brought up initially by Noseworthy’s co-author Fabrizio Di Muro of the University of Winnipeg. The duo wanted While this will most likely not to answer the reasoning behind affect the economy, seeing as legal tender will always be people’s spending habits. “In the end, money is just cur- needed, it calls into question rency,” Noseworthy said he social consumerism and superfithought initially. Yet, the pair’s ciality. It shows that people value findings prove that people appearance more than originally do not just see money for its thought – even the appearance of money. currency. In one of the experiments, par- “We socially signal with our said Noseworthy, ticipants were paid for what money,” they believed was a study on adding, “We know this about choosing between healthy and credit cards. Money behaves just junk food. When told that they like any other consumer good could purchase items or keep behaves.” the money given to them, those According to Noseworthy, “If we who partook in the investigation are looking to impress someone, that were given newer currency we will be more likely to pull a were more likely to not spend. crisp new bill out of our wallet.” However, when given old bills, At the end of the day, money is there was a significant increase viewed not just as currency, but also as a product itself. in willingness to spend it. “It says something about us psy- Noseworthy’s study, “Money chologically,” said Noseworthy. isn’t Everything but it Helps if “Even my mother does this.” it Doesn’t Look Used: How the The study concluded that the Physical Appearance of Money value of money could be less Influences Spending,” can be important to consumers than found in the Journal of Conthe overall appearance of money. sumer Research in 2013.


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Having bills that are dirty might be encouraging people to spend their money.

6 w w e on ta r ion . c om exploring oVc’s historical past
Exhibits at the library show off fascinating documents and artifacts
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Since June, the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) has been celebrating its 150th anniversary. The history of OVC began in 1862, when it was founded with the purpose of training people to care for the horses that helped keep the economy moving in the colony of Upper Canada. Many changes have taken place since, both in the city of Guelph and the college. With the opening of the state-of-the-art Animal Cancer Centre at the start of the school year, the OVC has shown its leadership role in veterinary health care. On Nov. 3, the OVC anniversary finale took place in War Memorial Hall, but the celebration of OVC history is far from over. The “OVC is 150! Untold Stories from the Archives” exhibit in McLaughlin Library began on Nov. 8 and will be carried through until next year. The displays can be found in the Library Academic Town Square, located on the first floor. The recently formed exhibit committee was the primary force behind the organization of the OVC displays, which was one of the first attempts to organize an exhibit of this magnitude at the library. Melissa McAfee, the Special Collections librarian and an overseer of the exhibit, says that this was a new initiative for Archival and Special Collections. “[This] was our first effort, and it was certainly done because of the 150th celebration, but also as a [new] initiative to promote the fabulous things we have in our collection,” said McAfee, noting the first Canadian edition of Winnie the Pooh, which has ties to an OVC alumni, early editions of works on animal husbandry, and an early printing of a Roman account on caring for animals, all which can be found in Archival Collections and the ongoing exhibit. McAfee says that the process of putting together the display was extensive, and required staff members from many different departments in the library. “There are so many people in the library that helped. It’s not just


about putting materials in a case. It’s about doing the research, it’s about finding the materials,” said McAfee. With some help from the Cliff Barker Museum on campus, the members of the exhibit committee utilized available resources from their archival collection to create a variety of historical displays that showcased archival pieces. One of these displays is called, “A Day in the Life of a Student,” and aimed to focus on the student aspect of university life in the 1800s and 1900s. Michelle Goodridge, one of the many staff members from OVC and the library who helped put together the display, says that she found the process of assisting in the organization of the display interesting and informing, especially when lookCOurteSy ing at the student experience in the an exhibit honouring OvC was also held in the macDonald Stewart 1800s and 1900s. “It was neat to see that noth- art Centre. ing really has changed. The time had changed, but the experience OVC, that it is the longest contin- this campus. This is another way hadn’t,” said Goodridge. uously running veterinary school that we can reach out [to students].” Through the exhibits, both the in North America [and] celebrate McAfee says that the committee history of OVC and the archival col- that achievement,” said McAfee. plans to have one or two exhibits a lections are honoured. “We have this asset in Special Collec- year in the future and collaborate “I think it’s important for peo- tions of rare books and manuscripts with students to curate an exhibit ple to know about the legacy of that are available to students on as an educational experience.

Emotional and thought-provoking events take place during Peace Week
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The Multi-Faith Resource Team (MFRT) recently had their hands happily full with organizing events for Genocide Awareness Month, Holocaust Education Week, and Diversity Week, which all took place under the banner of Peace Week. Many other groups on campus also took part, including the Student Help and Advocacy Centre, the Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity, Guelph Hillel and ECM-Campus Ubuntu. From Nov. 12 to Nov. 16, numerous events were held to celebrate the initiatives of the different awareness campaigns. “We started off Peace Week right here, [at Raithby House], and we had a peace vigil,” said Marty Molengraaf, a member of MFRT and an organizer of many of the week’s events. “There were prayers from different traditions…and prayers for peace.” The vigil took place overnight, with students participating in the vigil until 9 a.m. the next morning.

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Giving students something more to think about


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Genocide awareness took place as part of Peace week, alongside Diversity week.
An African drumming circle was another event held during the week, and drew attention to the connections between people. “The teaching there was [that] the drum beat itself is something that is similar to all of us [and] ties in with our heartbeat, and recognizes our connection to each other in terms of our humanity,” explained Molengraaf. “We talked about Ubuntu in respects to that; our shared sense of humanity, that we’re all connected together.” With the help of the Central Students’ Association (CSA), Student Volunteer Connections (SVC) and the World University Service of Canada (WUSC), MFRT held an event on campus that focused on Emmanuel Jal, a child soldier from the Sudan, and his story as a youth in war. Jal is a hip-hop artist who first became popular in 2006, and has since become a humanitarian advocate. In 2008, he launched the organization Gua Africa, and in 2010, began his most recent project, We Want Peace, which “celebrates and supports, through music, the maintenance of world-wide peace.” Holocaust Education Week also involved some on-campus events. On Nov. 14, Guelph Hillel brought in Gershon Willinger, a Holocaust survivor, to speak at Eccles Centre.

Likewise, on Nov. 13, the CSA Human Rights Office organized a talk with Darfur advocate, Glen Pearson as part of Genocide Awareness Month. Pearson, a Liberal MP for London North Centre, shared his experiences in Sudan during the talk. According to Molengraaf, the purpose of the week was “to raise awareness in terms of peace and the celebration of peace stories, but also to help people recognize that war is not a way to create peace.” Molengraaf also said that there was an emotional response to the week, as well as in general, great feedback from those who participated. “People were deeply moved by each of the events, [like] Emmanual Jal. [As] someone who had experienced so much horrific violence in life, to be able to choose to do something different rather than to enact that violence on others was really quite incredible.” MFRT has already started looking at initiatives that extend beyond Peace Week, and ways to sustain the message of the week throughout the year. “We’re looking at trying to spread out peace initiatives throughout the whole year to try to keep the idea of peace as an option for people to work towards,” said Molengraaf.

Presenting, Do You Know Mr. Big?
U of G students shed light on questionable undercover stings being used by the RCMP
andrew donovan
If a multi-million dollar secretive operation was being executed by the RCMP using taxpayers’ money, and was also violating human rights, would you like to know about it? This question was posed to a small group in the MacKinnon building on Nov. 19 by some concerned fourth year sociology majors. Their goal was to shed light on this topic, and begin a debate on one of the best-kept secrets in Canada’s most highly recognized police service. So what exactly is a Mr. Big sting? “When police lack any physical or forensic evidence against a suspect, a Mr. Big sting may be initiated. Undercover officers spend months of time and millions of dollars posing as a criminal organization run by Mr. Big, and convince the target to perform increasingly illegal activities for large sums of money in order to obtain a confession,” according to the brochure that the group handed out to attendees. What little information is available to the public on this matter is quite shocking. The RCMP uses coercion to get their suspect, be they guilty or not, to admit a murder they’re alleged to have been involved in. “Some of the controversial tactics used to gain a confession are psychological manipulation, relentless pressure and abusive language.” The presenters made note of scenarios that the RCMP used whereby they’d stage killings and beatings of people who “got in their way.” The suspect, unaware that this entire scenario was staged, would be genuinely terrified about the power that the people who he’s now in business with have. According to the organizers, because of these staged events, coupled with the seemingly endless pressure to admit a crime the “gang” suspects him or her of, the police are generally able to elicit a confession of guilt from the suspect. The website Victims of Justice outlines eight cases, three of which have in depth detail, of wrongful convictions from a Mr. Big sting. Despite the wrongful convictions, the RCMP still boasts a 95 per cent success rate, but even those numbers are met with debate. After being assigned the topic of Mr. Big in one of their sociology classes, and learning about the secrecy of such operations, the four students decided, on their own accord, to bring some exposure to interested students on campus. The attendees were shocked and rather upset that these operations are in existence in Canada, especially after finding out that they are illegal in the United States and the United Kingdom. One particular student in attendance summed up the queries quite succinctly.


Do You Know Mr. Big? hopes to shed light on immoral police service actions.
“It’s not to say we should abandon undercover operations entirely, but there’s obviously unjust aspects that make this cross a fine line…there needs to be more debate on this topic.” For now though, there are few journalists and even fewer politicians and members of the justice system that are willing to speak out publicly on the actions of the RCMP.

8 w w e on ta r ion . c om ontario students protest misogyny on campus
Anti-sexist activism takes place at universities
roisin lyder
A wave of anti-sexist activism took place last week on several campuses in Ontario. On Nov. 13 at the University of Western Ontario in London, about 40 students protested the presence of Kitchener MP, Stephen Woodworth, for a talk sponsored by the pro-life group Western Lifeline. Western Lifeline stated that Woodworth had been invited “to speak about his efforts in support of Motion 312 and other political activities concerning abortion in Canada.” Motion 312 was a private member’s bill introduced in the federal legislature by Woodworth in March. It called for the convening of a parliamentary committee to determine if the definition of “human being” should be extended to fetuses. The bill was defeated 203-91 in the House and critics decried it as an attempt to reopen the abortion debate and to limit the rights of pregnant individuals. Woodworth has also faced criticism for speaking on a panel where it was claimed that gay people are sick and can be “cured.” Student protesters distributed pro-choice materials, drew prochoice slogans in chalk outside the building, and used the opportunity to ask Woodworth a variety of questions about the ethics of his beliefs. “Denying people access to safe and legal abortion endangers people’s lives, and results in forced motherhood or clandestine, unsafe abortion,” said protest organizer Rachelle Marek. The controversy at Western came in the same week that international outrage erupted over the death of a 31-year-old woman in Ireland who was denied a life saving abortion in a country where abortion remains illegal. On other campuses, students reacted to the announcement that Men’s Issues Awareness clubs would be organizing an Ontario speaking tour for the controversial men’s rights activist Warren Farrell. Farrell argues that men are systematically disadvantaged and discriminated against. Activists at Guelph and London had planned to distribute



Students protested against men’s issues awareness clubs in recent weeks.
flyers countering some of Farrell’s claims, including the idea that men and women perpetrate domestic violence equally, that women earn as much as men do, and that women addict men with their sexuality in an attempt to extort money. The tour was cancelled in both of these cities, however, with the Facebook event page citing “lack of interest.” Farrell did however speak at the University of Toronto, where a “Rally Against Sexism” was organized by Students Against Sexism. More than 100 people attended. complains about boys being Organizer Peter Hogarth said that ‘feminized’ and calls date rape ‘exthey called the rally because Men’s citing.’ These sentiments are not Issues Awareness clubs “use the conducive to a safe environment language of equality and concern for women on campus.” for the real problems of boys and At one point when activists atmen in order to advance a politics tempted to block access to the that blames women, and the vic- event, the police were called and tories of the women’s movement, forcibly removed the demonstrafor those problems.” tors. Hogarth said that the next Rally participant Alexandra goal is to circulate a petition in Spalding said that she came to pro- order to revoke the status of Men’s test Farrell because he “dismisses Issues Awareness on the University women’s oppression, claims that of Toronto campus for promoting rape statistics are exaggerated, hate speech.

newsology: Important news issues, move over
Bieber appears on cover of Maclean’s alongside his repetitive and boring story
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issue of Maclean’s, where his pouty face appeared on the front page alongside the headline, “I want to be the next Michael Jackson; A candid, surprising interview with the new king of pop.” Pardon? Since when was anything that Justin Bieber said surprising, or candid for that matter? Brian D. Johnson, the lucky reporter who Every point made in the article is a clichéd fact in the history of Bieber and his rise to fame, and tries to contribute to his heartthrobgone-bad status, though owning a chrome car and getting pretend beat up by Michael Madsen in one music video hardly deserves that title. There are, however, several surprising parts to the article, though not necessarily concerning what Bieber himself said. For one, Johnson met Bieber’s grandparents standing outside his dressing room. They’ve been tagging along with the tour for a while, and have seen Bieber once, for breakfast. Their excuse for being mistreated? “[Justin] wants us with him.” Bieber also added that now, he doesn’t get involved with “politics and abortion and stuff,” since he “just gets in trouble talking about it.” That’s not a very Michael Jackson type of attitude. All in all, the article does what every piece of writing on Bieber has done in the past. He comes off as an arrogant, spoiled teen who cares about fame and his fans, and who has a heart-wrenching story that has been over-saturated in the media. Moreover, Johnson’s inclusion of Bieber’s patient grandparents in the article, the writer’s somewhat satirical use of well-placed adjectives, and in general, the star’s uninteresting thoughts on a variety of subjects seem to contrast the image of Bieber as portrayed by the front page and the apparent theme of the feature story in question. Does society care that much about Bieber and his aspirations to show him on the cover of a newsfocused magazine when there are arguably more important and world-changing events taking place at the moment? Bieber’s fame permits him to some luxuries, but let’s get serious. Nothing he does, including his break-up with Selena Gomez, is newsworthy enough to grab the attention of anyone except obsessed naive teenagers who beliebe in his “revolutionary” image. Sorry, believe.

Interviews with celebrities often appear on the front pages of magazines like Glamour, GQ, and Vanity Fair. Rarely are they considered news, unless the interviewee says something that’s considered ignorant or politically charged on record. Take, for instance, when Justin Bieber commented on abortion in last year’s February issue of Rolling Stone, stating that he doesn’t believe in it, and that even in cases of rape, “everything happens for a reason.” COurteSy maClean’S maGazine The commentary sparked some colourful responses from news sources and talk shows, most prominently, Justin Bieber poses on the cover the women of The View, who said of maclean’s magazine, and that his statements were insulting announces his dreams. to victims or rape, and that he had little say on the issue since he would got to interview Bieber for the arnever have to give birth (which also ticle, even notes at the beginning applies to most Republican candi- of the piece that the superstar dates who made any comments on “comes across as well-coached kid rape, abortion or contraceptives in determined to ace an exam.” Perthe last year). haps the supposed candidness of Nonetheless, Bieber was given yet Bieber’s comments comes from his another chance to present his opin- poor articulation in his answers to ions and beliefs on topics that are questions, where he frequently adds, seemingly important in the recent “and stuff.”

arts & cuLture

1 6 9.12 ◆ november 22nd, 2012

Get your geek on
GenreCon brings celebration of fandom to town
elias tsafaridis
Over the weekend of Nov. 16-18, the Holiday Inn on Scottsdale Drive was both literally and figuratively crawling with fictitious characters that you wouldn’t traditionally see outside of a computer screen. From Halo’s Master Chief to Mass Effect to Dr. Who to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to the cast of Japanese manga classic Sailor Moon, there were few people dressed in traditional non-fictitious garb. That weekend, Guelph was privileged to host GenreCon, a convention that brought together geek culture in its entirety. Geeks came from far and wide to converse, practice, and employ the culture they have come to live by together at a convention that celebrates what it means to be a geek. By stringing together multiple genres of video games, computer games, comic books, television shows and cult classic B-films, the convention featured a multi-faceted assemblage of both literally and figuratively) characters that came out of the characters were the LARPers. woodwork to celebrate with “LARP” or “Live Action Role their fellow geeks. Playing” comes from taking the Over the course of three days, characters one with plays onfans were able to meet and con- line and bringing them to life. verse with not only each other, “Underworld Larp” is an online but actors, writers and directors action role-playing open world from featured films and televi- game such as the Elder Scrolls, sion series. Some of the honored Morrowind, Oblivion, and the guests include Nicholas Bren- 2011 critically acclaimed Skyrim; don, better known to the patrons however, when the role-playing at the event as “Xander Harris” goes live, it becomes LARPing. from the television cult favor- Live Action Role Playing is an ite Buffy The Vampire Slayer. extraordinarily boundless expeBrendon spoke about the role rience that takes years to create throughout seven years on the and hone a craft as the character air as well as other efforts on the you created online. Once every more contemporary fan favorite month for a full weekend, LARPCriminal Minds. Other featured ers bring their character to life guests include Michael Biehn; by assuming the role of the charto any geek, his better-known acter in a live action version of title of “Kyle Reese” is almost a the world online. A deeply imhousehold name. mersing experience with years of Along with days filled with history and substance behind it, exciting question and answer it was arguably the most entersessions with various comic taining and enthralling exhibit book and big screen heroes, at the convention this weekend. geeks were able to perform what GenreCon was indeed an seemed to be, for them, the most effortful event that was put torecreationally stimulating and, gether out of the hard work and as an observer, most fascinating passion of these geeks, but it part of the weekend: compar- most importantly brought people together out of mutual love ing notes. Some of the colorful (again shared through fandom.


anDrea COnnell

Getting into the spirit of GenreCon, 13-year-old mark willey donned a full Predator costume as the ultimate expression of fandom.

from a to Zavitz
Setting up shop
nadine maher
Investing in original artwork is not something that may seem immediately feasible for most students, when even a small painting by their peers could be reasonably sold for hundreds of dollars. This is an issue that forces art-making and buying to be seen as an exclusive activity for only those that can afford it. But since the 1950s, the concept of small, affordable artworks has manifested in the practice of creating “artist multiples,” which is exactly what was presented in Limited Unlimited in Zavitz Gallery during the week of Nov. 12. The show, put on by the 16 students in Dave Dyment’s class on the subject of artist multiples, transformed the gallery into a temporary art boutique, complete with a striped storefront awning, cash register, and paper purchase bags printed with their logo. The store was open all week for the public to peruse, and the grand opening was held on the Monday evening, where over $600 was made. The store showed a wide range of works, from Tyler Muzzin’s affordable $0.50 matchboxes (each box containing one match and a set of instructions directing you to light the matchbox on fire) to Yusuf Rahamaty’s prized collection of “Please Do Not Touch” signs, each stolen from a different art gallery around the world, and each being offered for $100. (Incidentally, one sign mysteriously and inexplicably vanished at some point during the show...) The collection of items for sale also included postcards, small sculptures, bookworks such as Zoe Cala’s End Note (beautiful hand-bound books displaying images of the pink striped ends of receipt rolls), whimsically hand-crafted items like Graham Ragan’s Confession (small bottles containing a mixture of the entirety of Ragan’s cologne collection), and even charming gift ideas, such as Vikki Dziuma’s universal distinction, a prize ribbon matching the “average colour of the universe” as deduced by NASA, which can be awarded to oneself or others, to distinguish an individual’s participation in existence. Purchase was not required for every piece, as Brittany Hartley’s World Piece was obtainable through “fair trade.” To receive one of the small paper cubes, which were constructed from old atlas maps, one was required to give up an item that they felt

naDine maHer

Students set up a temporary art boutique in zavitz Gallery to sell affordable ‘artist multiples’ throughout the week of nov. 12.
was a fair trade, and place it on the provided shelf. Throughout the opening night the cubes diminished, but the piece gained interest based on the collection of items being left behind. Buyers traded pocket items like pens, an elastic, a green feather, a packet of gum, a bent Scotiabank card, a condom, an “I.O.U.” note, and then even began trading other art pieces like Muzzin’s matchbox and another one of the cubes itself. The show was a tremendously exciting divergence from the generally interesting but ultimately predictable nature of routine Zavitz exhibitions. The dedication and creativity of those involved was apparent not only in their individual works but in the presentation of the store itself. As every successful business does nowadays, Limited Unlimited created a website for the exhibition that will remain active now that the show is over. The entire collection of artworks can be viewed, including those that may have sold out during the show, at

10 w w e on ta r ion . c om Getting to know Janet Morton
Artist’s exhibit closes as career-spanning book is launched
hand-knitted blanket comprised of three different Toronto city newspaper headlines each day for a month. Almost on par with the absorbing notion of how it was conceived is where it elias tsafaridis was conceived. Throughout the month of April 1995, Morton was tenant to a It was both a melancholy and priv- storefront window on Queen Street ileged afternoon on Nov. 13 at the Macdonald Stewart Art Center because it marked two very special events. It was sad because it marked the end of Janet Morton’s The Ravelled Sleeve art exhibit that began on Sept. 29 and concluded earlier this week. However, the day was indeed privileged, because a lucky group of exhibit goers were met with the pleasure of having an in-person artist talk with Morton. At 4 p.m. on Nov. 13, Morton was met by a densely crowded second floor MSAC lecture hall eager to explore the last 20 years of the artist’s career. The day was also met with a special occurrence in that it was the launch of Morton’s book Entwine, which is a comprehensive publication of artwork that spans the last two decades of Morton’s career. Throughout the talk, Morton shared various situational anecdotes and often comical scenarios West in downtown Toronto, which encountered while working on vari- was where the artist hand knit all 23 ous pieces. by 9 feet of wool mat the finished piece One particularly extensive and is comprised of. Morton laughed, reenthralling piece titled “Newsflash; calling the various reactions received Madame Defarge Eat Your Heart from everyday passersby and remiOut” consisted of a 23 by 9 foot nisced over gifts people would bring

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“Over the course of Morton’s career, the artist has engaged in the act of knitting as a vehicle to explore artistic expression.

vaneSSa tiGnanelli

world-renowned local artist Janet morton’s wool-based exhibit at mSaC came to a close nov. 13, but the date also marked the launch of a career-spanning book.
out of sheer confusion. of photos accompanied by facts about Morton also spoke in depth about the construction of the piece. the process of adding the newest Over the course of the hour, Mormember to the MSAC sculpture park. ton explored not only the stories that Before Flight was unveiled at the be- accompany the artwork, but also the ginning of the exhibit on Sept. 29 as stories the artwork aims to tell. Over the 37th outdoor installation in the the course of Morton’s career, the artpark and as Morton’s very first per- ist has engaged in the act of knitting as manently sited public sculpture. The a vehicle to explore artistic expression. behind-the-scenes look at the sculp- A quote taken from the introduction ture’s inception included a slideshow of Entwine states that Morton uses knitting as a “metaphor to explore time and labour through performative art making” and “subverts stereotypically domestic, private and feminist practices by working publicly and in a monumental scale.” Morton shares an artistic message over a career that spans 20 years and now, through the publication of Entwine, it can belong to all of those who have been and continue to be inspired.

The Dirty nil certainly isn’t clean
Guelph ups the ante for Dundas rock and rollers
shonda white
I’m certain that Dave Nardi, bassist of The Dirty Nil, ate his words after telling me that they’ve usually been unimpressed by crowd sizes during the previous times they’ve played shows in the Guelph area. By the time opening act Teen Violence hit the stage around 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 17, the Jimmy Jazz in downtown Guelph was packed. The fourpiece band of guitarists, as well as support on drums and bass, had everyone dancing to their surf rock: antsy and gritty love ballads where films of girls in polka dotted bikinis on the beach meet the T-birds from Grease for lunch. After a few minutes of confusion to switch up band gear and pump themselves up, The Dirty Nil took to the stage (well, the floor in this case, as a 5’ by 2.5’ block hardly counts as a stage). Joining Nardi on bass was Kyle Fisher on drums and Luke Bentham on guitar and lead vocals. The Dundas band describes their music as rock and roll, and it really is raw and dirty rock and roll at the core. The vocals are a mixture of heart-felt lines and warrior screams encased in Bentham’s unpolished guitar riffs. It all accompanies the heavy bass and speedy, hard-hitting drumming. Although they did play a few tamer songs, it always seemed to end in wild antics anyway, such as Bentham running into the sea of fans while playing a guitar solo. With the amount of energy that The Dirty Nil brings with them on and off the stage, it’s amazing that no one got hurt – specifically themselves. With only two seven-inch records and not even a fulllength album under their belt, it was great to see a near-full house of fans turn up for the event. If you missed the show, I think this impressive turnout will have the three-piece band of rock and rollers coming back to Guelph more often in the near future.
SHOnDa wHite

“With the amount of energy that The Dirty Nil brings with them on and off the stage, it’s amazing that no one got hurt – specifically themselves.”

while The Dirty nil had concerns about the turnout after disappointing audiences at previous Guelph shows, the city made up for it nov. 17 at Jimmy Jazz.

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1 6 9.12 ◆ november 22nd, 2012

a folk force to be reckoned with
Tom Fun Orchestra and The Strumbellas strum up some fun


bug-eyed, red-faced and slightly intoxicated lead vocalist Simon Ward’s banter with band mate and keyboardist David Ritter added a sense of humor to the band’s performance elias tsafaridis that provoked the crowd to join along. “This was fun Guelph, we should On Nov. 14, what seemed to be do it again. Next week? Great. We’ll an amiably filled eBar on a chilly start a Guelph residency. Who doesn’t Wednesday night couldn’t possi- love getting drunk every Wednesday?” bly have predicted the onslaught of Ward slurred. festivity brought about by the Tom The band laughed between beers Fun Orchestra and the Strumbellas. and songs and thanked London as It began as a quiet night, a low-key they walked off stage. The Strumbeland complacent crowd convers- las certainly warmed the crowd up ing over drinks with fellow patrons, with their fast-paced folk-heavy rock, however when the last amplifier was however the crowd was greeted with blindly carried up a rather steep stair a differently paced performance by Bryan wauGH case and plugged in, the show was on. the night’s headliners. Hailing all the The Strumbellas hit the stage way from Cape Breton Island, Nova The tom fun Orchestra headlined at the eBar on nov. 14, picking up where the upbeat Strumbellas left around 10:50 p.m. and shook the Scotia, all seven members of the Tom off before transitioning to a mellower vibe. relaxed crowd onto their feet. What Fun Orchestra slowly and sleepishbegan as a sparsely filled room turned ly sauntered and packed in on stage high from the Strumbellas, the crowd the vibe to a collective mellowed- southern Ontario in support of quickly into a whirlwind of dance pits just before midnight and attacked danced and sang along to “Throw Me out atmosphere oscillating from the their respective new releases. The and cheers. Blasting through tracks the audience in the same fast-paced to the Rats” and the highly regarded audience. The slow jam coupled with two bands left with many thanks mostly off of their most recent release, up-tempo folk jams the night had “Watchmaker.” the rock vibe added a vast dynamic and appreciation for the crowd My Father and the Hunter the band become accustomed too. With a masHowever, as the night went on, the between the two acts’ performances and promises of return in the notwelcomed sing-a-longs of “The Sher- sively coordinated stage presence, the set slowed to a quieter, stripped down that were well received and recipro- too-distant future. But if this fabled iff,” “The Bird That Follows Me,” and band danced along to their upbeat jam of “Boxcar Lullaby” off their latest cated by the audience. residency follows through, both acts “Sailors Blues,” all the while engag- sanguine folk tunes and the crowd effort Earthworm Heart. The dance The Strumbellas and the Tom Fun are definitely worth the good time ing with the crowd’s receptivity. The didn’t miss a beat. Coming off the party slowed to a sway, changing Orchestra are both on tour through they bring.

album review: Luke Lalonde – Rhythymnals
A surprisingly poppy effort from Born Ruffians' gallant lead singer
attempt to appeal to a more popIt's not all bad. The heartfelt friendly demographic. “My Friend Archibald (R.I.P.)” This pop element is evident as is a refreshing break from the early as the second track “Hate mindless pop through the midthe Night,” where a vocal bridge way point of the album, as is section makes regrettable use of airy electro-acoustic “Inamorobyn nicholson auto-tune, but at least the lyrical rataos,” while the provocative content and delivery still holds Grizzly Bear-esque “Wave” proMidland natives Born Ruffi- out. The lyrical content gives out vides some desperately-needed ans have long enjoyed success by “Undone,” which comes off as sonic interest. The slowly marchbeyond their loyal Southern On- more of a Backstreet Boys throw- ing acoustic closer “A Great Man” tario following, with influence back, with chorus lyrics like “I in some way helps to erase the efstretching as far as the United always said I'd be your boyfriend” fects of synthesized drum loops and auto-tune, thankfully hearKingdom. Much of the originality attributed to the band's signature kening back to the earnestness of indie rock sound is thanks to lead the album's opener. singer Luke Lalonde. Lalonde’s This was a disappointing debut warbly yet versatile vocal tone to say the least. Luke Lalonde has the vocal ability to create is fascinating, not to mention his something incredibly original, range. While Born Ruffians have but perhaps personal musical been actively touring and recordtastes or song-writing, indeing since 2004, recently Lalonde has been ever busy preparing a pendent of the Ruffians, leaves solo album. Rhythymnals is an something to be desired – unambitious debut, and not at all less this was an overt attempt at COurteSy what most Ruffians fans might a more mainstream audience, in have been expecting. which case the disappointment is The album starts strong with accompanied by campy reverb ef- all the more. Despite the overall opener “Grand,” a pulsing elec- fects. This trend continues with let-down, the few good tracks tronic ballad gently blended with tracks “Shove Off” and “Red mentioned are a hopeful glimpse more indie aspects like whistling Wagon,” to the point where the into the potential for a truly great and acoustic strumming. This cheap pop aspects become almost solo effort, and so the silver linearnestness akin to Lalonde's unlistenable. While this opinion ing the listener is left with is the former work with the Ruffians may be biased by a familiarity possibility of a better sophomore doesn't last for long, however, with the brilliance of the Born album. The fact that Lalonde was as the album takes an unfortu- Ruffians catalogue (to which this able to craft even a few tracks nate electro-pop turn. As the effort absolutely pales in compari- lovely enough to make up for an tracks continue, a serious lack son), the sheer contrast between overwhelmingly pop-digestible of cohesiveness becomes pain- Lalonde's work with the band and album is reassuring, and reason fully present as does an obvious this solo material is hard to ignore. enough to want more.

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Sesame Workshop, Kevin Clash call controversy distracting from programming’s educational focus
tom beedham
Pursuant to last week’s column that perhaps too boldly announced puppeteer Kevin Clash has only been tickling Elmo and consenting adults, Pop Machine returns to examine the fallout of accuser 23-year-old Sheldon Stephens recanting his allegation that Clash engaged in sexual activity with him when Stephens was just 16 years old and Clash was 45. For Kevin Clash, a significant weight was lifted when accuser Sheldon Stephens recanted a public claim he issued alleging that Clash was involved in a sexual relationship with him when Stephens was just a teenager, and the two parties subsequently reached an agreement in an out-of-court settlement. Sesame Workshop, Sesame Street’s parent organization, enjoyed the same relief. Clash had taken a leave of absence to defend himself amidst allegations, and could then return to his job. The recanting was in line with a signed agreement between Clash and Stephens, stating, “Stephens agrees that immediately upon execution of this Agreement, his counsel, Andreozzi & Associates, P .C., shall release the [following] statement ... ‘He [Stephens] wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship.’” On Nov. 19, TMZ broke that Stephens had met with lawyers in Los Angeles to tell them he was pressured into recanting his allegation, insisting that he was telling the truth when he made his original allegation. Upon the initial agreement, Clash agreed to pay Stephens $125,000, but Stephens says he will forfeit that sum to restore his name. In its original approach to the case, Andreozzi & Associates claimed to have incriminating emails between

1 6 9.12 ◆ november 22nd, 2012

Pop Machine: elmo puppeteer resigns


Clash and his accuser in which Clash us want, and he has concluded that situation and it might seem like a acknowledged the affair to have he can no longer be effective in his wiser decision for the company to begun when Stephens was only job and has resigned from Sesame hold back on pushing Elmo’s pres16. Sesame Workshop officials be- Street.” ence, it’s important to note Sesame lieved those emails to be fraudulent, Questions concerning whether or Workshop’s status. As a non-profit although upon an internal investi- not Clash was pressured to leave the organization, the company relies gation they did discover exchange organization have been unanswered heavily on public funding to broadbetween the two and disciplined thus far, but the non-profit seems cast its programming and foots Clash for an inappropriate use of plenty eager to push forward with production costs largely through its use of Elmo’s iconography. company email. licensing the use of its characters to A new plaint seeking damages On Nov. 20, Hasbro, the main toy companies like Hasbro, Fisher-Price, in excess of five million dollars for licensee for Sesame Street products and the Milton Bradley Company, Cecil Singleton received on Nov. 20 said it is “confident that Elmo will among several others. alleges that Clash trolled gay tele- remain an integral part of Sesame At Sesame Workshop, Elmo is phone chat line rooms to meet and Street.” This fall, the company’s something of a mainstay, and with have sex with underage boys, in- Playskool brand released “Plays- good reason: the New York Times cluding Singleton (now 24) when kool Sesame Street LOL Elmo,” a reports that Jim Silver, editor-inhe was just 15. revamped version of the popular chief of Time to Play, a website that Clash resigned from his post as “Tickle Me Elmo,” with a suggested follows the toy-licensing business, Elmo’s puppeteer on programs like retail price of $40. estimated that Elmo-related prodSesame Street on Nov. 20 following Following the recent explosion ucts account for 50 to 70 per cent the new allegation. of controversy, Macy’s – the de- of an annual $75 million in Sesa“Personal matters have diverted partment store that hosts a famed me Street branded toys sales. The attention away from the important annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in character’s success has been recwork Sesame Street is doing and I New York City – was approached ognized and incorporated into the cannot allow it to go on any longer,” by The Gothamist about Elmo’s programming to the point where said Clash in a statement on Nov. presence at this year’s parade. Rep- Sesame Street traditionalists are 20. “I am deeply sorry to be leaving resentative Orlando Veras told them known to react to the character’s and am looking forward to resolving that Elmo “will absolutely join us screen time – which has caused these personal matters privately.” in the Parade...under an alternate the reduced roles of characters “None of us, especially Kevin, puppeteer.” like Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird, The want anything to divert our atOn Sesame Street, Elmo will be Count, Grover, and Cookie Montention from our focus on serving puppeteered by understudies Clash ster – by dubbing him the “Little as a leading educational organiza- trained and recommended to Sesa- Red Menace.” tion,” Sesame Workshop officials me Workshop. While Sesame Workshop has said in a statement similar to Clash’s. While all of this might seem un- called losing Clash a sad day for “Unfortunately, the controversy sur- necessary to the educational focus Sesame Street, losing Elmo would rounding Kevin’s personal life has Sesame Workshop has so fervently involve an entirely different breed become a distraction that none of championed in discussion of Clash’s of loss.

what the tech?
Can you hear me now?
nick revington
The iPod and the wave of imitator mp3 players that followed revolutionized how we listen to music. Sure, the Walkman came first. (Note to any readers who have not taken ancient history courses: the Walkman was a device the cavemen used to listen to something called “audio COurteSy cassettes.”) But with the Walkman, and later portable CD players, the High volumes close to the ear musical selection you could bring can cause hearing damage, with you was limited. With the while noise-cancelling wonders of digital technology, it is technologies can make it easy now possible to have over a gajil- to be oblivious to surrounding lion songs on a little device in your dangers. pocket. But the evolution of portable response? Nudge up the volume. music players is secondary to the Earbuds, then, have a propensity to topic of this article. It’s the drive put a louder volume of sound even for convenience that is important. closer to your ear, as compared to In seeking convenience, those tiny conventional over-ear headphones. earbuds have become the prime And, if it’s loud enough, this transdelivery tool between music play- lates to hearing damage. Fun Fact #1: Ever leave a concert er and ear. Convenience is fine, but there’s or a club and find your ears ringjust one problem. The tiny speak- ing? That’s hearing damage. Once ers are poor at blocking out ambient that ringing stops, you will never noise like traffic or your roommate hear that particular frequency again. singing in the shower or maybe even Fun Fact #2: Exercising can ina really dry lecture. The common crease your risk of hearing damage from earbuds because it draws blood away from the inner ear to the limbs. Getting rid of that ambient noise is important, then, so you can enjoy your music at a lower volume without it being drowned out by passing cars as you wait at the bus stop. Ordinary over-ear headphones will do this to some degree by physically blocking out ambient noise. That is known as passive noise cancellation. But active noise-cancelling headphones go one step further. In addition to providing that physical barrier, as the name suggests, they actively eliminate ambient noise from the perspective of the wearer. This is accomplished by a process known as destructive interference. For any readers who have not taken courses in the physics of sound, sound is transmitted by waves of compressions and rarefactions. By creating opposing sound waves that match rarefactions with compressions and vice versa, the incoming ambient noise is cancelled out. But while there’s less chance for hearing damage, you may find yourself a little out of tune with what’s going on around you (that’s kind of the point). And that can be dangerous too. I guess you just can’t win.

if we were birds

Play exposes violence against women as a tool of war
School of English and Theatre Studies stages If We Were Birds
Andronicus – into a full-blown tragedy of its own. In traditional Greek style, If We Were Birds uses a chorus to aid in the telling of the story, but there’s a twist: this chorus of slave women Nick ReviNgtoN represents five victims of sexual violence from conflicts in Nanking, Berlin, If We Were Birds is not for the faint of Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovena, heart. Winner of the 2011 Governor and Rwanda, highlighting how war General’s Award for Drama, it refus- is disproportionately brutal towards es to shy away from heavy topics. The women. play, which runs until Nov. 24 at the “I would say that given the stories of George Luscombe Theatre and is pre- the slave women, it certainly makes sented by the School of English and the play relevant now, whereas I feel Theatre Studies, exposes in graphic that if it was only the Greek tragedy detail the horrors of rape. stories, it would be a little bit harder Playwright Erin Shields expands to see how important these stories are a small passage from Ovid’s Meta- to tell,” said actor Lily Davis. The play morphosis – the same epic that thus exposes a devastating reality of inspired Shakespeare’s bloody Titus contemporary warfare. “Just kind of speaking on a personal note, I wasn’t aware of all the horrific things that were going on, especially because a lot of these stories aren’t told in the press,” said Lisa Gachet, who plays Philomela, one of the principal characters. “Just having to go through and research it more, and as my character experiences the whole thing from the beginning to the end, it was very emotional to me just as an actor to go through that as well.” Philomela is raped by her brother-in-law and locked in a cabin in the woods. Her tongue is cut out to prevent her from recounting the story. She is thus transformed from an innocent princess to a victim of rape like the slave women who make up the chorus, said Thomas Jones, movement coach and associate director. As the audience filled the theatre, the actors were already on stage, perched on the minimalist set of metal pipes like birds. The actors captured the curious preening and head movements perfectly. Besides the metal frames, there was an austere white tile floor, and all the actors wore white. There was, effectively, no backstage. The simple and revealing nature of the design choices served to accentuate the play’s message. “[Director Ric Knowles] didn’t want to hide anything, and [Jones] made sure that we didn’t hide some of the aspects of the show, like drinking water to spit up later – you see it happening and you don’t realize why it’s happening until the show, and it really doesn’t change the effect of the show at all,” said Gachet. “If we take away the hiding or the duping of the audience, it allows us to highlight why this is a play, instead of a novel or a short story,” Jones said. The production is a fine example of how less is more. The stark lighting, set, and costumes served to accentuate the telling of the story. Instead of fixating on the fact that there was no backdrop and few props, the observer was instead allowed to concentrate on the content. The result is a dark and powerful exposing of rape as a tool of war. Visit for a webexclusive photo reel.

Photos by Vanessa Tignanelli

16 w w w.t h e on ta r ion . c om sports & HealtH tigercats to call alumni stadium home
The Hamilton Tigercats of the CFL have tentatively agreed to play next season’s home games in Guelph
chris müller
The morning of Nov. 20 witnessed an information leak out of Hamilton regarding the Tigercats’s plans for next season while their stadium is being renovated. That information – that Hamilton is intending to use Alumni Stadium as their home venue next season –prompted an impromptu media event at the home of the Guelph Gryphon football team. The deal is outlined in a “Memorandum of Understanding” between the Hamilton Tigercats of the Canadian Football League and the University of Guelph. Essentially, due to major reconstruction at Ivor Wynne Stadium, the current home of the Tigercats, the team was left without a home field for next season. Looks like the Tigercats got wind of the house the Gryphons built in Alumni Stadium. The newly renovated facility, home of a video scoreboard and professional-grade playing surface, became an attractive option for the displaced Hamilton franchise. “It’s going to be great to play out here, it looks very nice,” said Marwan Hage, a defensive lineman for the Hamilton Tigercats. “I hope it brings a lot of good experience to the players here at Guelph.” Hage explains that the Tigercats worked to ensure the location was as close as possible to Hamilton – ensuring the loyal fans that make up “Tiger-Town” would still be able to enjoy their favourite team. Consideration was given to McMaster’s football stadium, but the logistics of installing additional seating and the necessary infrastructure of a professional game deemed the Hamilton location unsuitable. Making Guelph’s newly renovated facility suitable for the professional game (and the fan-fare that follows it) will include the temporary installation of additional seating on the opposite side of the existing grandstand, which could nearly double Alumni Stadium’s capacity. Considerations for the Tigercats’ corporate sponsors are also being considered, including the possibility of removable ads on the playing surface, a licensed beer-garden area, and additional advertising space for television broadcasts. Concerns about the player’s locker rooms, weight facilities, and classroom areas are also being addressed. Parking, crowd management, and security are issues the university is working to rectify.

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Offensive lineman Peter Dyakowski (left) and teammate Marwan Hage stand at midfield in Alumni Stadium.
It’s important to note that the CFL season runs throughout the OUA’s season, and the logistics of facilitating both teams in the same venue could prove difficult. However, the Gryphons are focused on the unique experience of sharing a stadium with a professional team – an opportunity they will look to take full advantage of. “A lot of us aspire to be in the CFL one day, so it’s a great opportunity to pick [the professionals’] brain, see how they work out, and things like that,” said Gryphon linebacker John Rush. Rush didn’t express any concern on the logistics of the teams’ new arrangements at Alumni Stadium, but suggested that certain things could be done to make the situation a little more manageable, such as frontloading Hamilton’s schedule with home games before the OUA season starts (the CFL season starts on Canada Day). “The exposure of the university and the facility certainly isn’t going to hurt us,” explained athletic director Tom Kendall. The university stands to benefit financially from this agreement, as a contribution to Guelph’s “Building Potential” campaign is reportedly associated with the agreement. The university doesn’t feel this agreement will impede on any of the university’s athletics programs. The excitement of the agreement could be felt throughout the Gryphon football program and the athletics department as a whole, and this unique opportunity is sure to benefit the school as a whole through nationally televised exposure to the stadium and campus.

Figure skating team opens season with silver
Veteran skaters lead the way as the Gryphons skated to a team silver at the Carleton Invitational
Jeff sehl
On Nov. 16 the Gryphons figure skating team travelled to Ottawa to participate in their first skating competition of the season, the Carleton Invitational. Lead by a gold medal performance by second year Francis Adamo in the men’s free skate and silver medal performances by Amanda Sproule in the senior silver free skate, Sproule and Chelsea Mulvale in the intermediate silver pairs event, and Christine Kucava and Maya Goldman in creative dance, the Gryphons remained in medal contention throughout the day. However, with one event remaining, the Gryphons found themselves in a tie for second with the Western Mustangs. In the final event, veteran team members Gabrielle Boulding and team cocaptain Kaitlin Snell skated to a fifth place finish in the senior similar pairs event, one place better than the Mustangs pair, solidifying the silver medal for the Gryphons by a single point. According to team co-captain Bailey Beldham, added practice time may have been the difference between medalling and placing in the middle of the pack. practicing. We have really come together as a team this year compared to past seasons.” Despite the team’s solid performance in Ottawa, there is room for the team to polish their skills, according to Snell. “We are really pleased with how we placed in Ottawa, but there is room for improvement,” said Snell. “The points were very close between us and a few other schools, so we need to keep practicing well for the next competition.” With a long layoff before their next competition which takes place on Jan. 24 and 25, the Gryphons will have plenty of time to improve their routines in an attempt to close the gap between themselves and the gold medal winning University of Toronto Varsity Blues squad who finished first by a 24-point margin. “We would really like to place well in the next event,” said Snell. “We are adding synchro’, bronze rhythm, and pairs fours which are all strong events for us and will definitely add to our score.” In the meantime, the team will continue their strenuous training regiment that includes 6 a.m. practices five times a week as well as off-ice training as they continue to prepare for their next event hosted by McMaster in Ancaster.

“we are very proud of the way the team has been practicing. We have really come together as a team this year.” – Bailey Beldham
“We have added a few hours a week to our practice time compared to other seasons,” said Beldham. “We are very proud of the way the team has been

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Gryphons drub the Ryerson Rams, best the Varsity Blues
andrea connell
The Gryphons women’s hockey team bested the Toronto Varsity Blues 3-2 on Nov. 18 at Gryphon Centre moving up to a 9-3-2 regular season record in the OUA. The Blues loss puts Toronto at 8-4-1. The visitors opened the scoring halfway through the first period with a goal on Gryphons Brooke Siddall. The Blues Jacqueline Scheffel scored the power play goal assisted by Amanda Ricker and Callie Bazak. The score stayed that way until 29 seconds into the second period when the Gryphons hit the ice flying. Forward Kaitlyn Mora fired a shot past the Blues goalie to tie the game. Centre Amanda Parkins, assisted by Jenna Lanzarotta and Jessica Pinkerton, added another goal shortly afterward moving past the Blues 2-1. In the third, forward Tamara Bell scored on the Blues giving the Gryphons a two-goal cushion. Mora and Lanzarotta assisted on the play. Late in the third, Varsity’s Bazak scored cutting the lead to just one goal. Gryphons hung on to take the win 3-2. This was the second win at home in a week. On Nov. 15 the Gryphons ran over the Ryerson Rams (2-10-0) at the Gryphon Centre, winning 6-1 in a game determined by power plays. Guelph dominated throughout the first period, Pinkerton picked up the first goal, Lanzarotta added two more, and all three were scored on power plays.

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Women’s hockey team win two at home


“The Rams saw no relief in the third, as Gryphon Kim Wong scored 40 seconds in on a shot from the blue line.”
With less than four minutes left on the board, Janella Brodett put one in the net for the Rams. In the second period Guelph’s Hillary Walsh scored her first goal of the year, and Parkins added a short-handed goal making it 5-1 for the home team. The Rams saw no relief in the third, as Gryphon Kim Wong

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The Gryphon defense gets into position during their weekend action. The Gryphons have won three of their last four games.
scored 40 seconds in on a shot from the blue line – making it a fourth power play goal – and nailed the door shut with a 6-1 lead. Guelph’s Michelle Sabourin took a two-minute penalty for boarding and Ryerson tried but failed to score on the power play opportunity. With three minutes left in the third, Wong took a shot on goal but Rams goaltender Brianna Tremblay had eyes on it all the way and made the save. The win was Gryphon’s goalie Katherine Brazda’s first start in net this season. Shots on goal were 28-18 for the Gryphons. Their next game is at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 21 at home against the Brock Badgers (1-11-1).

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congratulations to Samantha Anderson, Jessica Jarrell, and courtney lacey for being selected as the Ontarion’s Fan of the Game. enjoy the free tickets, and Go Gryphons!

18 w w w.t h e on ta r ion . c om maxwell earns gryphons two wins
Led by their rookie goaltender, the Gryphons improve to 9-4-1
chris müller
It was yet another successful weekend for the men’s hockey team, as their winning streak extended to seven games. Nov. 16 saw the Gryphons travel to Waterloo to take on the Warriors in an important OUA West division matchup. Waterloo jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but a late third period goal by Gryphon Michael Hasson tied the game and forced overtime. The extra period would solve nothing. J.T. MacDonald shot first for the Gryphons in the shootout. His goal found twine and following Waterloo’s failed attempts, the goal stood as the game-winner. Brandon Maxwell’s 26 saves on the day helped to keep the Gryphons in it, his effort culminating in an excellent shootout performance against Waterloo. There was little rest for Maxwell, as the Gryphons hosted the UOIT Ridgebacks on Nov. 17 as part of “Hockey Day in Gryphonville.” The event brought together decades of Gryphon hockey alumni in two exhibition games prior to the UOIT matchup. The Gryphons impressed the alumni, beating UOIT 3-1. Maxwell’s 20 saves on the day highlighted yet another victory for the first year netminder from Guelph. Goals by Nicklas Huard, Jon-Thomas MacDonald, and Brett Appio secured the victory for the Gryphons.

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“The Windsor series will showcase some of the league’s top scoring and goaltending talent.”
Now sitting only one point behind the first-place Windsor Lancers (10-2), the Gryphons battled tough opposition to keep pace as one of the top three teams in the OUA West. Windsor, Guelph, and Western are each enjoying a seven-game win streak atop the OUA West.

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Brett Appio (12) of the men’s hockey team works the puck between two UOit defenders on nov. 17. Guelph won the game, 3-1.
The Gryphons have only four games to play before the Christmas break. Nov. 22 will see the Gryphons host the Western Mustangs in a battle for second place in the OUA West. A match with Laurier on Nov. 24 precedes an exciting two-game series with the Windsor Lancers on the last weekend of this half of the regular season on Nov. 30 to Dec. 1. The Windsor series will showcase some of the league’s top scoring and goaltending talent. Offensively, both Guelph and Windsor boast two of the top-twenty scoring threats in the OUA. Pair that with two top-five goaltenders and the game should be full of plenty of fireworks for both sides. By series end, the forerunner for the OUA champion may emerge; here’s hoping it’s the team in the red and black.

gryphons in History
sasha odesse
Published in The Ontarion on Jan. 23, 1969. “Girls hockey is better than you think,” begins the article accompanying this photo of the 1969 Gryphons hockey team. That year the Gryphons lost only their first regular season game, finishing the rest of the season undefeated and proving to be a potent rival for the reigning WIAU champions, the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. Though the women had to change their skating style from “figure skating to longstride skating,” the team’s biggest challenge was convincing fans that women’s hockey was worth watching. As the author of this article, Rick Turnbull, admirably pointed out, a number of players on the team had skills that left their counterparts, the male Gryphons, envious. Hindsight really is a privileged view. I have a bone to pick with past Ontarion sports writers and even a few rare sports fans today. Let’s dump the pet names please – Gryphonettes, Lady Gryphs – and call these athletes what they are: Gryphons.

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Home sweet home
Men’s and women’s basketball teams both secure victories in their home openers
chris müller
On Nov. 17, Guelph’s two basketball teams played host to Queen’s squads at the W Mitchell Center. .F. It was the first home game of the season for both teams. The women defeated the Gaels 71-62, improving their record to 2-1 on the season. Erica McFadden converted 5-of-9 of her three-point attempts en route to a game-leading 22 points on the day. Rookie Katherine MacTavish took full advantage of her first regular season appearance in front of the home crowd, posting a stat line that earned her the honour of being named Gryphon athlete of the week by the athletic department. MacTavish posted 17 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, and two steals. MacTavish’s well-rounded performance was supplemented by going 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. Queen’s dictated the style of play well during the first half, entering halftime with a 32-28 lead. That would change quickly as Guelph’s offensive potential came to fruition good enough to lead the game in in the second half. scoring, also tallying three steals Posting 20 points in the third on the night. This positive start to both teams’ quarter, and an impressive 23 in the fourth, Guelph simply outmatched seasons suggests early improvement Queen’s offensive firepower – in- on the difficult 2011-2012 camcluding an 11-point stretch of paigns. The women finished with unanswered points. an overall record of 10-12, whereas Guelph emerged victorious fol- the men finished 8-12. lowing their overwhelming second The two nearly .500 seasons both half, a motif they will look to du- resulted in playoff appearances for plicate when they travel to Ottawa the Gryphons, but only the men’s on Nov. 23. team would advance beyond the In the men’s game, the Gryphons first round. The early exits are sure would take a much different road to be motivating factors during this to victory. year’s campaign, but the pursuit of Following an early 9-2 lead, a winning season may hold more Queen’s battled back to tie it up at weight for the teams as they con13 after the first quarter. Queen’s tinue into their 2012 schedules. The would develop a 20-15 lead, but the men haven’t had a winning season efforts of Michael Clark’s 4-5 run since 2007-2008, and the women of three-pointers would give the are looking for their first since Gryphons the lead going into half- 2006-2007. time, 37-33. The men will join the women Guelph established a 10-point when both teams travel to Ottawa lead early in the second half, and on Nov. 23 to take on the GeeGees, rarely let up. The Gryphons ended and Nov. 24 will witness both Grythe scoring on the day ahead of phon teams playing the Carleton Queen’s by 10 with a final score Ravens as they seek to improve their of 83-73. Daniel Thompson, Adam records in their pursuit of the first Kemp, and Charles Amponsah all winning season in several years. had perfect days at the free-throw line, accounting for 12 Gryphon a web-exclusive photo reel of the points. weekend’s action is available online Zachary Angus’ 21-point day was at


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Gryphon guard Zachary Angus (5) drives towards the net in Guelph’s 83-73 win over Queen’s on nov. 17.

to loaft and sleep-in or to push through it:
Where’s the balance?
andrew donovan
With the fall and winter months come bare trees, the threat of snow blanketing the roads, and the inevitable exams. But with the changing of the seasons, comes the changing of health as well, and anyone that frequents a gym or plays on a sports team can attest to this. There are certain natures that comes with attending a public gym – the permanent ski boot smell, some guy’s head sweat on the bench, and the classic “who taught you that one, dude?” exercises that can cause you more lightheadedness than that last set of squats you did. But at this time of year gymgoers and varsity athletes alike contend with a new more prevalent problem: sickness. Yet another reason to wipe down the machines after using them, these next few months produce the most appetizing of sniffles and coughs during a time of year no one can afford for their body to let them down. So, an age-old debate rife amongst university students, whom already find it a struggle to get out of bed when it’s twenty degrees, sunny and they’re as healthy as can be, is, “do I exercise when I’m sick?” Your snooze button tells you no, the empty bedside tissue box tells you no, but is that really your best option? An article released by Medical News Today would say no, that simply isn’t the best option. But there are stipulations to that. Surprise, surprise. The article says that when you’re feeling sick, your body is essentially telling you that it needs a break, or at least a slowdown from the regular strenuous activities you put it through at the gym or on the pavement. The remedies for your typical cold and flu aren’t rocket science; water and sleep will do you well. But is this the right time to just call it quits on physical fitness altogether? According to the article, certainly not. “You don’t necessarily need to be in bed all day, but you can’t expect to have the same level of energy as you would if you weren’t sick,” commented Dr. Keith Veselik of the Loyola University Health System. Veselik recommends that if you have a sickness above the neck – for example, a runny nose or sore throat – you can push through the discomfort in a reasonable

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manner. But he also notes that it would probably be wise to skip the zumba class or basketball game, and elect to be active on your own time in solitary. Gryphons basketball veteran, Jasmine Douglas, judges her ability to play and practice based on what she calls the “contagious factor.” “Are you going to potentially get more people on your team sick by practicing? If so, it may be best for you to take the day off to

recoup,” said Douglas. “PersonalThere is never a concrete answer ly, I never get hit too badly with a as to whether one should work out cold (knock on wood), but I do get while sick because we all respond the beginnings of one. My usual to sickness in our own fashion. But remedy is drink as much orange one thing is for certain: your snifjuice as possible and then practice fles and sore throat aren’t excuses is always good to ‘sweat it out’.” to make yourself bedridden with Douglas’ coach, Tom O’Brien, assortments of snacks and DVDs. Nature is your remedy so when concurs with her on the matter. “We have had players with strep you’re sick, get outside, train at throat, flu, and colds the last two an appropriate level based on how years and I have kept them away you feel, and be conscious of the from the team because of it being health of others. As Douglas said, so contagious.” “sweat it out.”

20 w w w.t h e on ta r ion . c om mo moustache, mo problems
How your new moustache might be the breeding ground for bacteria
chris müller
A recent article published online by the CBC outlined a study conducted in 1967 at the U.S. Army’s Fort Detrick in Maryland. The study, entitled “Microbiological Laboratory Hazard of Bearded Men,” suggested that beards and other varieties of facial hair (read, moustache) may act as a sort of bacterial sponge. Fort Detrick was a centre of microbiological research during the period after the Second World War through to the conflict in Vietnam. Manuel Barbeito was a microbiologist in the labs at Fort Detrick, and with the help of a few friends, an experiment was conducted on the capacity of facial hair to house infectious bacteria. The results might surprise you. After two months of growing out their beards, the laboratory staff sprayed the beards with a collection of non-infectious bacteria. The bacterium was left to fester, and after a shower the beards were reexamined for traces of bacteria. While a quick rinse got rid of some of the bacterial content, a significant amount remained. Bacteria are all around us, so it comes as no surprise that it would be found in a beard. However, the environment created by the beard may be the biggest risk. Take the location of a theoretical moustache. The moustache is located between the two areas of highest traffic for bacteria, the nose and mouth. The warm, moist air expelled by either the nose or mouth can help create a breeding ground for unwanted bacteria. Proximity again contributes to the possible contraction of a bacterial infection originating in the confines of that miraculous beard. Recognizing this concern, the study identified the most appropriate method to prevent contraction of a disease. A hearty scrubbing of soap and warm water significantly reduces the amount of bacteria in those areas, and naturally occurring bacteria that manifest in the beard environment are generally not of concern to the general public.

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However, exposure to migrating bacteria can occur in the lab or anywhere else on campus, so extra attention ought to be paid

to these (often) temporary facial companions. For most, just keeping it clean should be enough. If the moustache

and beard are kept clean thanks to regular bathing habits, you too can enjoy a bacteria-free, magnificent, and lustrous facial hair experience.

second thoughts on sugar
Why you should reconsider your morning “pick-me-up”
sina woerthle
Once in a while, sugar feels good. Maybe more than once in a while – in fact, sugar always feels good. At least to our brain, to which sugar consumption triggers the release of “feel good” neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin. Not only does the perceived sugar high make the morning feel a lot peachier (maybe caused by a placebo effect to some extent), but there is in actuality some chemical proof that this is indeed true. Before pouring that large glass of orange juice in the morning, or perhaps that Grande-extra-hotskim-milk-caramel-macchiatowith-whipped-cream, here are some things to consider. Your brain loves sugar. It needs sugar. The brain is fuelled by carbohydrates- glucose mainly – and this source of energy allows for important bodily processes to occur. Without an adequate intake of sugar, our bodies would be working in a less than optimal form. That does not mean, however, that any type of sugar will do. For example, an apple and apple juice contain very different forms of sugar and will fuel the body in very different ways. It’s been made clear numerous times glucose levels caused a short-lived by health magazines that the most suppression of the attacking mode natural state of a food is always a in the immune system, which was better alternative than the pro- thereafter followed by homoeocessed or liquid form – oftentimes stasis returning at a much slower because the processed version of than optimal rate. While the shortthe item will contain hidden added term state of this condition may not sodium, sugars, among other not- immediately cause reduced immuso-healthy additives. nity, it must also be stated that with While sugar is essential to a a constant excess intake of sugar well-functioning body, there is a (often linked to foods high on the limit. Many people think that a big glycemic index scale), the risk for glass of orange juice will help kick obesity increases greatly. The instart the day – after all, it contains crease in fat tissue production in plenty of vitamin C, has a refresh- the body, which leads to obesity, ing taste, and not to mention a bit can alter the body’s natural horof sugar is sure to get the morning mone levels. going. Oftentimes, we drink more “Excess fat also leaves the body orange juice when we feel a cold in a constant state of chronic incoming on – the vitamin C is sure flammation. The body’s white to give our immune system the blood cell and general immune cell extra boost it needs. count is altered more by fat tissue,” Interestingly enough however, explained Sarah Atwi, M.Sc. canrecent studies have found that an didate at the University of Guelph. excess intake of sugar can actual- “In relation to sugar-loaded drinks, ly decrease the functioning of the there have been numerous observaimmune system. Orange juice is ac- tional studies concluding that there tually loaded with sugar; add that is a strong relation between these to a bowl of honey-nut cheerios drinks and a rise in obesity. So what and a granola bar on the go, and we can draw from this, is that high you’re bound for a serious sugar- sugar intake indirectly results in overload. The glycemic index of the immune system degradation by certain foods is alarmingly high, promoting the rise in adipose tissue and the majority of times, fruit production and obesity.” juices fall into this category. This Obesity is often correlated to index is measured as to how quickly other health issues, including one the sugars in the blood raise after which is now considered involvconsumption of a particular food. ing immune-system abnormalities, Studies conducted at the Univer- according to a study conducted at sity of Alberta found that high blood Stanford University, as well as at the University of Toronto. The early same rule applies in terms of living stages of Type 2 diabetes result in a healthy lifestyle and reducing the the blood sugars constantly fluc- risk of obesity, as well as obesitytuating as the body struggles to related illnesses. Like fruit juices, maintain control. The strong spikes whole fruit contains sugars. Howin blood sugar will cause insulin ever, instead of strong variations to react, which is followed by too in blood sugar levels, the carbomuch sugar being taken from the hydrates in the apple are more blood, and therefore dropping you complex, meaning the body will below the ideal normal blood sugar process them at a slower rate than point. The body fights to bring the simple carbohydrates. This allows levels back to the original state, for steady fuelling, which in turn and as the sleepiness increases and reduces post-sugar consumption the concentration levels decrease, crashes and sleepiness. This also sugar as an instant “pick me up” is brings about healthier choices, often the first choice, but also the which therefore reduce the risk of worst: this simply fuels the body to unmindful eating and obesity. A continue its vicious cycle. fair trade off, raw forms of fruits The interesting concept behind and vegetables also contain more this new study is that those diag- vitamins, minerals and fibres than nosed with Type 2 diabetes seem to the liquid form. If choosing fruit have immune systems which have juices out of convenience, look for turned on them – the antibodies ones that are 100 per cent pure fruit in the blood were against some of – avoid the label “made from conthe patient’s own proteins. This centrate” and steer clear of added further supports that unhealthy sugars and preservatives. choices, such as sugar laden foods, As for morning coffees and will eventually catch up to us – our juices, trying to make health conimmune system will let down it’s scious choices will have your body guard, and confuse the original thanking you later on. Instead of duties. that Grande-extra-hot-skimWhat is the best way to avoid milk-caramel-macchiato-withthe inconsistency of your blood whipped-cream, why not try a sugar levels, or at least control this simple caffeinated tea sweetened cycle? Moderation is key. The truth with stevia or honey – this will about blood sugar is that everything still give you that morning boost, can be kept within healthy rang- without the excessive amounts of es as long as conscious decisions sugar, not to mention leaving your are made and excessive amounts wallet feeling a little more satisof simple sugars are avoided. The fied as well.


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living apart from your heart
Students’ perspectives on long-distance relationships
colleen mcdonell
Your buddies may tell you to run, while your girlfriends tell you how romantic it is. Living apart from your significant other can be a new and challenging adventure. As you strive to manage your commitments and are seeking to find your path in life, you may need to travel. Studying or working abroad may form new relationships, or put a distance to existing ones. Nikki Prince, a fourth-year biological science student, has been in a long-distance relationship for almost three and a half years. Prince met her partner on a trip to England when they were introduced by mutual friends. Their relationship grew afterwards as they communicated over Facebook and Skype, and he came to visit Canada months later. “It’s so good when I’m with him that it’s worth being away from him,” said Prince. “I couldn’t imagine having that and being so happy with someone else, that I’m willing to spend that time apart, just to have that two weeks every six months with him.” The couple finds that it isn’t too expensive to keep in touch overseas. There are apps you can use on your phone and free online services. The five-hour time difference also has had little impact on her end – her partner sometimes has to wait up late for her to come home from work, but they have a general schedule laid out. Prince stresses the importance of the couple talking everyday. “It’s very easy in a long-distance relationship to not feel connected. If you don’t make that time for [your partner] everyday, it’s very easy to feel like they’re not there.” However, there can be a downside to constant communication. If you’ve had a bad day and are in the physical presence of your partner, there are things you can do besides talking, such as making dinner or watching a movie. “But when you have a Skype relationship, you have to talk everyday – you can’t sit in silence and stare at each other.” Through regular communication, however, Prince noted that she has learned to share her feelings with her partner in a productive way that has strengthened the couple’s emotional connection. “Sometimes I feel like I have a stronger connection with him than people who aren’t in long-distance relationships, because it’s easy when you’re not on Skype and with someone to jump on to physical attraction.” Prince points out that it’s not all rainbows and butterflies. Visiting her boyfriend in England can be bittersweet. On one hand you are happy to see the other person, but on the other, you know there will come a time when you need to depart from each other. Many lovers do not survive the stretching distance; it can be hard to relate to each other while you are leading separate lives. “I was in Guelph working, and my partner was at camp, doing camp things, which I didn’t really understand,” said Marissa Cressatti, on her past relationship. “He was always too busy to talk, so it’s hard because you don’t really understand where they are coming from.” Additionally, there is always the fear of infidelity. “You actually can’t have a long-distance relationship without trust,” said Prince. “It’s impossible; it would be a series of fights everyday.” Sometimes a couple may just not be compatible with what the distance entails. “What it essentially comes down to, is there has to be an understanding between two people, and that has to be there from the beginning that this is not going to be easy,” said Saud Hasan, fourth-year psychology student. “I feel that certain factors are present no matter what [in a long-distance relationship]. The


This Week in History
mcmurty announces curb on police after uproar in House about wiretap Long before News of the World was shut down due to a wiretap scandal that implicated thousands of people, Attorney-General Roy McMurty announced changes to Ontario legislature concerning the power of police to tap lawyer-client conversations. The changes were a result of a recent murder trial that had involved the police tapping phone communications between the two parties. McMurty decided that these types of conversations should only be wiretapped in “extremely rare circumstances.” When John MacBeth, the soliticorgeneral, told the House that a wiretap had occurred, some back and forth took place. The Liberals “demanded to see the authorization” that allowed for this tap, to which MacBeth replied that it would be illegal for him to publish it, to which the Liberals “cried [that] he would not.” It was a dramatic day in Ottawa. (The Globe and Mail – Nov. 19, 1976) allies open trial of 20 top germans For Crimes of War An interesting event in the discussion on the development of historical public memory about the Holocaust, the Nuremberg trials began on this day on Germany. The country was not portrayed well in the article, to say the least, with the first paragraph of the report condemning the nation “that raised [the war criminals] to power and glorified in their might.” Similarly, the article does not depict the Nazis in the best light, describing Hermann Goering as “the pompous…exhibitionist, shorn of his medals and glitter as well as his excess poundage, at last in full possession of the unchallenged status as No. 1 Nazi that was publicly bequeathed to him so long ago by his now vanquished Fuehrer.” (The New York Times – Nov. 20, 1945) Kennedy is killed by sniper as he rides in car in Dallas In a tumultuous presidency involving (supposed) sex scandals, cover-ups, and the Cuban missile crisis, JFK was shot down as he and his wife rode through the streets of Dallas. As America grieved, Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested and also fatally shot by Jack Ruby, an upset citizen, a few days after. Though numerous accounts have been written of the fateful day and the Kennedy presidency, Stephen King’s recent novel 11 / 22 / 63 narrates an interesting fictionalized perspective on the assassination and the possibility of stopping it, which appropriately leaves the legend of Kennedy and his death in the world of fiction. (The New York Times – Nov. 22, 1963) Compiled by Alicja Grzadkowska

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difference is that some people expectations of both partners. have the tools, or are equipped Some long-distance connections personality-wise or otherwise, will stand the tests of time and to deal with those problems separation. Prince has a saying that come. I don’t think that – which she admits is cheesy – any one particular couple will but reminds her of why her not have those problems.” relationship is worth the fight. In the end, the relationship “It’s better to be together apart, depends on the efforts and than not be together at all.”

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A dedicated Mo Sista, wendy Shepherd (/wendellshep) dons homemade moustaches, posing for pictures that are requested by donators of her Movember page.

22 w w w.t h e on ta r ion . c om The truth is out there
several more contacts that he could contact within their field. One of the interviewees mentioned that she went to school with someone who is managing a lab in Calgary. Martin graciously accepted the offer to wayne Greenway send an electronic introduction to her contact in Calgary. This morning, Martin, a third year Martin used the information to chemistry student, had his worst improve his list of questions for day in months. His call with a labo- the telephone interviews. He then ratory manager in Calgary left him revised his resume ready to send feeling an odd mixture of embar- should a job opportunity be idenrassment and gratefulness. tified. He modified his resume to Up until now, Martin was feeling show his accomplishments that unusually proud of himself. This he had achieved each summer and year, his summer job search was not to include his lab experience from last minute. He decided to steer the school. He took the unique approach process in the direction he wanted it of asking his lab demonstrator for a to go, instead of feeling like the pro- three-line comment on his strengths, cess was steering him. He met with based upon the critical skills that he a career development professional had learned were needed from the to map out a possible career path for informational interviews. This was when he has completed his studies. tastefully added to his resume. the electronic introduction. When wrong impression. I have had the This summer, he wanted to He sent off six emails in Alberta. he spoke with her on the telephone best time of my life in university but explore the path to become a labo- When he followed up, three of these today, the interview seemed to go it was never at the cost of my acaratory manager. He had excellent contacts said they did not have time very well. She asked him to send demic work.” The lab manager said, marks in his lab work. He loved the to talk with him and referred him to an application to their human re- with a laugh, “You might want to precision and detail of this work. their human resources department. sources department after a position correct that impression before you At the same time, he also enjoyed He decided to leave this until later, for a summer job became posted on make any further calls, but I would socializing with and leading other as the career mentor had advised their website in a few weeks. What like you to compete for this job. people. He was known for play- him to not talk to human resource she said next shocked Martin. She You have shown a lot of initiative in ing on several intramural sports. departments until he was ready to paused and said “I was actually quite making this kind of research before For the past two summers, he re- apply for a position. Two people hesitant to speak with you, but since embarking on a career.” ally enjoyed managing the summer said their time was very limited but I had the electronic introduction I Martin loved Facebook, but he had staff at a resort near his home in the they agreed to talk with him – if it felt a little obligated.” When Martin never thought of it as a job search Muskokas,. was brief. One of the contacts said asked if there was something in his tool for employers. All he could do His only knowledge of laboratory that she could answer his questions email that had triggered this reaction, was think of the lab manager seework is from school and from his right away. From these interviews, she paused again and then she said, ing his numerous party pictures. No experience of going for a blood test. he gained several more names to “I Googled your name after receiving harm was done. He was grateful that He wants more information on what contact and one lead on a position your email, and it made me wonder he had time to make some changes day-to-day work is like and the dif- that was likely to come up in May if it would be worth my time.” before he talked to more people and Martin’s heart had sunk. He was before he went for a job interview. ferent types of laboratory work that in another lab. he could pursue. He also hopes he He then sent off his request to almost speechless. Then, he replied Recent surveys confirm the imwill find out about a summer job the person who had responded to honestly, “I guess it could give the portance of having a strong on-line before it is posted. Overall, his preparation has paid off. He targeted Calgary and Edmonton because of the general demand for employees in the province and to work away from home for the summer. He has already conducted two in-person informational interviews with lab professionals in Guelph because he wanted to meet someone, in person, before interviewing people over the telephone. Those interviews proved to be very helpful. The questions in his next informational interviews will have far more depth based upon this newfound information. His strategy was effective. He created a brief introductory email giving his pitch and asking for 10 minutes of the person’s time to help him learn more about their work. He researched their business to prepare a set of strong questions. He did the phone follow–up a couple of days after the email. To his surprise, they both said they would be happy to meet with him. One of the lab analysts gave him a tour of the lab and spent about an hour with him explaining why he loved his job. More importantly, they gave him


Maintaining a strong online presence is important for landing a job


presence. In its 2012 Social Recruiting Survey, Jobvite, a leading recruitment platform for the social web, found that 92 per cent of U.S. companies were using social networks and media to find talent and nearly half (48.6 per cent) of recruiters and hiring managers search for candidates’ social profiles. Martin is now spending his time cleaning up his social networking sites and creating a professional LinkedIn profile to highlight his past management experience, as well as the academic and industrious sides of his life. He is turning the social networking sites into a tool that will support him in his job search. His privacy settings will be in place, so that what he shows the world is professional and his keg party bashes will be for his close friends only.


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Warm from head to toe
Onesies are the new Snuggies
colleen mcdonell
It’s a cold winter night, the kind that keeps you from doing anything but curling up and watching TV. Enter a student house on such a night, and instead of bar-clad you may see a series of longsleeve, full-length pajamas from head to toe. Giant babies? No, these are your fellow adults, sporting what is generally referred to as onesies. This one-piece ensemble is becoming increasingly popular for adults to purchase and wear around the home. Because onesie is technically a brand name for infant-wear, it is believed that this style of adult pajamas originated from baby outfits. However, they are very similar to the long johns your grandpa wore while ice fishing. In the last couple years, they have generated more interest with celebrities such as Ryan Gosling sporting his on the Ellen Degeneres Show. While last November you may have been gearing up for the cold weather by purchasing a brand particularly in style,” said Jenna new Snuggie (the blanket with Watson, fourth-year psychology sleeves!), this year, it appears student. “I thought it was a sweatonesies are trending across the er actually, and then I picked it up nation. Either way, shoppers ap- and realized it was a onesie, and pear to be prioritizing warmth. I thought it looked super cozy.” Currently, you can purchase a men’s or women’s onesie at many stores such as Walmart, Boathouse, Urban Planet, Sears, or online. Ranging anywhere from $18–60+, they are comparable to the price of a set of pajamas. One fun feature that is emerging is the great variety of colours, patterns, and styles – you can have attached slippers or hoods if you wish. You can even opt for those questionable butt-flaps. “Mine had moustaches on it, and I thought because it’s Movember that it was pretty fitting,” said Watson. “I thought it looked really cozy and comfy, and good for wintertime and for exam season.” Watson says her purchase has inBut why are onesies so popular? spired her roommates to purchase Can’t we all just buy more sweat their own because of how comsuits or blankets to wrap around us? fortable it looks for relaxing in. You could hypothesize that stu- As this fashion statement spreads, dents all regress during exam time. expect to see a lot of onesies unBut the attraction to onesies has a derneath the Christmas tree. lot to do with perceived comfort. Afterall, onesies are the new “I wasn’t aware that they were Snuggies.


“Giant babies? No, these are your fellow adults, sporting what is generally referred to as onesies.”


Feeling chilly? Onesies are a cozy path to instant warmth.

one person’s trash is another’s treasure
How to make a positive use of your old, unwanted items
Kiera vandeborne
Think before you toss your trash: is this something that could still be of use? Instead of having an old chair sitting in a landfill, doesn’t it make much more sense for it to sit in someone’s living room? Stuff swaps are a great way to exchange items you no longer have use for with something you may be in need of. On campus, Guelph Students for Environmental Change manage the stuff swap located in the basement of the Food Bank. The basement holds lots of donated clothes, books, shoes, jewelry and miscellaneous items – free for all! It doesn’t get much better than that. Another great way to put old items to use is A website that functions basically as a large online community stuff swap. Groups are formed by location and are open for all to add or take offerings of used items. This site is a great place to find all sorts of goodies from bedroom furniture to craft supplies. And did I mention it’s free? If you’re not interested in trading goods, donating to secondhand stores or charities is always a nice option. You can’t help but feel good knowing your well-loved sweaters are going to someone in need. If your well-loved sweaters are too worn to be reused, think if they can serve another purpose. Upcycling is great for those who are creative and like to work with their hands. Maybe the fabric from the sweaters could be used to make a new blanket, or reusable bag. Just because something serves an original purpose, it doesn’t mean it is limited to that one function. Swapping old items, donating, and upcycling are easy ways to reduce waste and save money. It’s easy to focus solely on recycling (which don’t get me wrong, is great), but it is important to remember the other two ‘R’s: reduce and reuse!

supreme Court HiV ruling promotes responsibility
shamu mosoyni
This article is in response to Laura Chown’s article, “Supreme Court HIV ruling promotes stigma.” The Supreme Court ruled the following in R. v. Mabior: that an individual would not have to disclose HIV status, provided the following two conditions are met: (1) a low viral load of HIV and (2) use of a , condom. Chown argues that the Supreme Court was wrong in applying the two-part test. For her, if either one of the two parts of the test are met, there should be no requirement for disclosure. Consistent with the views of the HIV/AIDS Legal Network, she states that the ruling promotes “stigma” and places an extra burden on those living with HIV . The topic of consent is strongly promoted on campus. To be able to enter a contractual decision with another person, one needs to have all the facts to make a rational decision weighing costs and benefits. Chown further states that, “Condom use, regardless of viral load, is close to 100 per cent effective in preventing the transmission of HIV when used properly.” This is incorrect. The number is closer to 80 per cent. Quoting the judgment: [98] It is undisputed that HIV does not pass through good quality male or female latex condoms. However, condom use is not fail-safe, due to the possibility of condom failure and human error. Dr. Smith testified that consistent condom protection reduces the risk of HIV transmission by 80 per cent, relying on the widely accepted Cochrane review: S. C. Weller and K. Davis-Beaty, “Condom effectiveness in reducing heterosexual HIV transmission” (2002), 1 Cochrane Database Sys. Rev. CD003255. Chown is correct in identifying that both a low viral load and condom use significantly reduce rates of transmission. However, satisfying only one of the conditions means that a risk still exists. And for this reason, disclosure must still be required. Antiretroviral treatment reduces the chance of transmission immensely, by about 89 to 96 per cent (para. 101), but it is still not fail-safe. The Supreme Court did not pull this decision out of thin air, but considered expert testimony on this delicate issue. The importance of consent is hammered home for students day in and day out. The recent ruling has many implications for it, and the Supreme Court ruled correctly. For consent to truly occur, if a risk exists, however small, a person must know what he/she is getting into. The ruling protects society by requiring disclosure when risk exists; when a risk does not exist, disclosure is not required. It is a fair ruling. The statement by the HIV/AIDS Legal Network, which Chown draws her evidence from, is entitled, “UNJUST SUPREME COURT RULING ON CRIMINALIZATION OF HIV MAJOR STEP BACKWARDS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS.” It argues that “people not living with HIV need to be empowered to accept responsibility for their own health, and not proceed under a false sense of security that the criminal law will protect them from infection.” Chown likewise states that, “a legal obligation to disclose irrelevant information has instead promoted a false sense of security among HIVnegative individuals.” This sort of outlook is very dangerous. HIV status is certainly not irrelevant. If someone does not know that his/her partner has HIV because of a lack of disclosure, and he/she is at risk of contracting it, that is what creates a false sense of security. Blaming victims who cannot make an informed decision is not the right way of addressing this issue. The Supreme Court made the responsible decision, and those who believe in informed consent must agree.

opinion 24 w w e on ta r ion . c om Canada must be condemned for its support of israel
Peter miller
War today brings more deaths to civilians than to soldiers. Populations are bombed with the buzzing of drones overhead. Palestinians in Gaza are facing air strikes and strikes from military ships off the coast as this article is being written. There have been 80 deaths in the most recent offensive from Israel called Operation Pillar of Defense. 77 Palestinians and three Israeli civilians have died. Over 600 Palestinians have been wounded, including children. On Nov. 5, a 20-year-old man, Ahmad al-Nabaheen was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers when he wandered close to the Israeli–Palestine border. Then again, on Nov. 8, a 13-year-old boy playing football in front of his house was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers. The wounding of four Israeli soldiers at the border on Nov. 10 came after these triggering events. On Nov. 14, two days after Palestinian factions in Gaza called for a truce, Israel assassinated the leader of the Hamas’s Military wing, Ahmed Jabari. Israel has called up 75,000 army reserves in order to build up along the southern border of the Gaza strip. There is growing worry that Israel will go on a ground invasion into Gaza. This offensive from Israel comes close to election time, when the ultra-right wing Israeli Government wants to use war for political gain and to push Israeli citizens to the right. It also comes with the growing threat of war between the West and Iran. Since June 2007, Gaza’s population of over 1.5 million has been under siege and isolated from the outside world. Vital resources like building supplies, medical supplies, mechanical parts, fuel, and clothing have been prohibited from entering Gaza. Food has even been restricted to the point where Gaza civilians are given barely enough to live. According to a UN report in 2009, 75 per cent of Gaza’s population is food insecure. The blockade is a form of apartheid and collective punishment being forced upon the Palestinian population by Israel. According to OXFAM, hospitals experience power cuts lasting for eight to 12 hours a day, 25 to 30 per cent of Gaza’s households do not receive running water, 80 per cent of the water in Gaza falls below World Health Organization standards, and 95 per cent of industrial operations in Gaza have stopped because of the lack of electricity, production materials, and an ability to export goods. According to the Red Cross, 30 per cent of the Arable land in Gaza lies within a buffer zone beside the Israeli made apartheid wall. The Red Cross also reports that Palestinians who attempt to farm this land are often shot at. Canadian relations with Israel must be condemned. Canada is a strong ally of Israel and supports the blockade on Gaza, as well as Israel’s apartheid regime. Israel’s actions fall under apartheid. The United Nations’ Convention Against Apartheid defines apartheid as, “Acts committed for the purpose of establishing and maintaining domination by one racial group of persons over any other racial group of persons and systematically oppressing them.” One characteristic of apartheid is the denial of the “right to life and liberty of person” for a group of people. An attack against this right is happening on a huge scale right now for


The nomenclature of israel’s “Operation Pillar of Defense” is being called into question as the country has consistently increased its domination of Palestinian territory since 1946.
Palestinians in the Gaza strip, and Canadians need to voice outrage at as long as it is committing such sysit happened again on a huge scale the Canadian government for its com- temic violence. during Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s pliance with Israel. Stephen Harper Universities in Canada should take offensive on Gaza in 2009 that saw an has stated that he respects Israel’s part in BDS. Students Against Israeli estimated 1400 civilians killed. “right to defend itself” when Israel is Apartheid targets Hewlett Packard Palestinians also live under a not acting in defense, but on the of- among other companies in their didifferent set of laws than Israelis. fensive and killing innocent civilians. vestment campaigns at the University Under Israeli law, Palestinians can There have been protests across of Toronto and York University. HP be detained indefinitely without trial, Canada and across the world calling provides Israel with IT infrastructure something that is not the case for Is- for Israel to stop its system of apart- including Biometric Identification heid and stop the offensive on Gaza. Systems that are used at checkpoints raeli citizens. And of course, it is important not We must call on the Canadian Gov- in the occupied territory. The Univerto forget the illegal Israeli settlements ernment to follow the majority of sity of Guelph received $6.2 million in Gaza and the West bank resulting countries at the UN that call for Israeli from HP for the science complex, and in thousands of Palestinian homes apartheid to end. It is outrageous that our university accepted a grant to use being demolished, and hundreds of Canada trades with Israel, and that HP tablet PCs in first-year CIS semithousands of Palestinians being left Canadian corporations profit from nars in 2007. There have been other deals with HP over the years as well, homeless. The UN calls for the set- apartheid. This must end. tlements in the occupied territories Boycott, Divestment and Sanc- and it is unacceptable that our unito be dismantled and given back to tions (BDS) is a campaign that calls versity works with a company that Palestinian refugees. for an end to relations with Israel for profits from apartheid.

inordinate ordnance
Getting a BA in BS
chris carr
I came to university for the ideas, not the grades. There is something wrong with this institution, born of industry and not innovation. We celebrate a stretch of rhetoric, the bell-curve and pandering here; this is the relationship between teacher and student. I’m for free education. However, I’m against the declaration of fouryears-spent. That’s what a degree is, a declaration to your aunts and uncles that you completed something. You crawled through those boring economics classes, accounting tests. You’ve read Heidegger and Chaucer and you know how string theory works, kind of. There is a problem with this. The problem is not that my liberal sense of education has its own benefits – which is true – the problem stems from the system of imposed substance much of education has become. The problem is what has evolved from the great idea of common education into an expected relationship between student and teacher. It’s important for your profs to like you. If they do, they can write you letters of recommendation, help you get into post-grad programs and of course, I’m sure it helps when it comes to marking the ill-constructed essay you wrote the night before. This is pandering, and it is inescapable. The truth is, we are people and relationships shape who we are. We all are part of a human-run system of education. However, the way in which we interact (teacher and student) needs an overhaul. Cramming for exams and ad hoc essay writing should not be what our education hinges on. I’ve had many profs who understand the problems of the standard exam structure. This accounts for the rise of take-home exams and critical summaries in classes. What is the problem here? This system of education does not lend itself to learning, it lends itself to back slapping and pandering. We, the students are at fault for this, as a lot of us do not want to learn, we just want to be told we are right. We aim at reinforcing our own ignorant ideals, even if that stifles, new, creative ideas and thoughts. How many times have you shoe-horned your own personal beliefs into an essay, even though it did not merit it? This isn’t learning; it’s reinforcing non-progress. I am a philosophy major, and truth be told, I took it to learn how to argue against religion, because at my core, I think religion is stupid. However, in more travels in the philosophic arts, I’ve learned that maybe I’m just an asshole. Maybe my ideas aren’t very good. Maybe I’m just full of hot air, ignorant and insensitive to the thoughts and values of others. I’ve learned all this from my time at school. But that came from a string single person (i.e. the aforementioned of bad marks and failed assignments. syllabus). I say, make education free, Sure, I’m learning that I didn’t give my but take away the superfluous titles profs what they wanted. I’m learning and diplomas that come with it. how to conform. I’m learning how to Spend four years learning about write a pro-feminist paper because my Socrates, the economy, art history and prof is sensitive to this struggle. I’m at the end, what do you get? You get learning to go to office hours, to put to be an intelligent person. You get to a face to the name so the next time be better. You get to feel like your grey it comes up on an exam, it’s not just matter isn’t being wasted. You get to a name, it’s a person’s future. I’ve understand. You get an appreciation learned to be out-spoken in class so the for the machine we live in. You get no teacher knows who I am. I’ve learned debt. You get it. not to have too radical of ideals, beI’d rather education represented cause its not in the freakin’ syllabus. time given, rather than time spent I’ve learned to massage this education grueling over asinine grading schemes. system, to make it work for me, without actually doing much work at all. Chris Carr is Editor-in-Chief of The I’m getting a BA in BS. Cannon. “Inordinate Ordnance” pubI control this – I have no delusions lishes every Thursday in The Cannon about that. I just think that maybe and in The Ontarion. The opinions there is a better way. An education posted on reflect those system that caters to forward-think- of their author and do not necessaring and radical new ideas. How about ily reflect the opinions of the Central we learn what is important to us? Not Student Association and the Guelph that which is deemed important by a Campus Co-op, or The Ontarion.

Black Friday: no purchase necessary
American Thanksgiving is here, and in its wake, Black Friday and its extended weekend-long excuse for further exploitation of a general culture of consumerism will follow. As the first day after the last major USA holiday preceding winter holidays, many large-scale retailers mark this date on their calendars as the “official” start of the holiday shopping season. To celebrate (read: take advantage of) the occasion, retailers will launch broad advertising campaigns promising


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“stores participating in Black Friday door crashers demand a specific culture of gift giving that necessitates purchase.”
cheap commodities in order to usher consumers into their fluorescentglowing aisles of knickknacks and thingies to pile sale items into gaping shopping carts that conveniently hold lots of doodads. In response to Black Friday and the related orgy of consumerism that follows, Vancouver artist Ted Dave founded Buy Nothing Day – a day held annually on the same day as Black Friday. The day asks consumers to halt yielding to a consumerist tradition and consider the issue of over-consumption by resisting

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Barbara kruger reinvents French philosopher rené Descartes’ famous quote “cogito ergo sum” (“i think, therefore i am”). She critiques our materialistic society as being defined not by what we think, but what we own.
commercial attempts to persuade consumers into purchasing specific items marked at lower prices. Many argue with the logic of Buy Nothing Day, considering Black Friday to offer more affordable shopping at a time that demands spending, but they’re missing the point. While it’s hard to measure exactly how effective Buy Nothing Day really is, there’s something praiseworthy in its objective. While many criticize the movement, claiming that many participants will simply take to the malls and big box stores the next day (and those detractors might be accurate in some cases), it is notable that the movement does something positive in striving to remind consumers to be conscious of the very culture supported by participating Black Friday stores: by branding the day as an opportunity for affordable holiday gift shopping, stores participating in Black Friday door crashers demand a specific culture of gift giving that necessitates purchase. The Ontarion won’t ask you to adhere to the writs of Buy Nothing Day; rather consider that there are other options out there if you’re short on cash and you want to give the people around you something special this holiday season. Take a look around the house and see if there’s something lying around that someone you know might benefit from more than you do, and explore your talents to see if there’s something personal you can create, or a good deed you could do for the special someones in your life. Black Friday might be a good time of the year to anticipate the holidays; just remember that there’s no purchase necessary.

on the conviction of gabriel nadeau-Dubois
A statement from the Guelph Student Mobilization Committee
students in Quebec were arrest- simply defended the legitimacy ed over the course of the strike of the students’ decision and the and many face serious charges. action they were taking to enThese students are being punished force it, all of which was within for taking action to protect their the recognized rights of student rights and interests, and espe- unions in Quebec. The judgment Peter miller cially for succeeding. against Nadeau-Dubois accuses Nadeau-Dubois, who was a him of “undermining the rule of On Nov. 1, Quebec student ac- spokesperson for the student law” and promoting “chaos” and tivist Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois association CLASSE during the “tyranny,” when he actually was was convicted of contempt of strike, has been convicted for defending democracy. court for publicly criticizing an speaking out against a court inNadeau-Dubois’s trial is just injunction issued against strik- junction issued in May, which one small part of the ongoing ing students during this year’s forbid students from enforcing attempt by the authorities in student strike. Nadeau-Dubois the decision to strike, a decision Quebec to punish students for faces up to a year in prison and a which had been made demo- successfully resisting the attempt fine of up to $50,000. This is only cratically by a general assembly to increase the cost of education the tip of the iceberg. Over 3000 of students. Nadeau-Dubois and for standing up against the broader agenda of austerity. The criminalization of dissent in Quebec parallels the efforts by those in power all over the world to suppress the increasing numbers of people who are resisting attacks on their standard of living and their rights. The Guelph Student Mobilization Committee condemns the conviction of Gabriel NadeauDubois and the criminalization of democratic student action in Quebec. There is more information about the Guelph Student Mobilization Committee on our website: http://


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Thursday november 22 UofG Police will be selling and placing STOP tags on equipment as part of their STOP program that combats theft of electronic equipment. 11am-2pm in Creelman cafeteria lobby. www.uoguelph. ca/police/stop-theft Get Swabbed! is recruiting potential stem cell donors for the One Match Stem Cell and Marrow Registry. 10:30 am - 6:30pm at the Athletics Centre and UC Courtyard. “Let’s Talk Mental Health” Panel will take place 5:30 pm in room 200 of Alexander Hall. University of Guelph students who have faced mental health challenges will share their personal stories. A discussion will follow where all attendees can participate. WellnessUofG Middle East Scholars Society presents Omar Alghabra “Prospects for Syria”. 5:30pm in MacKinnon room 313, U of G. Everyone Welcome. Friday november 23 Flu Vaccine Clinic - Student Health Services is offering a free walkin flu clinic 9am-4pm in the J.T. Powell Building, Room 20. For information about other public flu clinics, call the Public Health Branch flu hotline at 519-846-2715 or 1-800-265-7293, Ext. 4624. saturday november 24 Macdonald Stewart Art Centre Beyond the Frame Art Auction. A Collection of 45 Stunning Works by Canadian Artists. Tickets $70. Auction party 5:30pm, live auction 7:30pm. Exibition preview until Nov 24th. 358 Gordon St. For information contact: aware@ or visit Farquhar Street). Strategic advice and support; guest presentations; motivation to stay on track; worldwide Information exchange. PWYC. Info:1 866 873 7633 www.

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The Bookshelf & Cafe Philosophique present Director of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Neil Turok. “The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos” with host Donald Bruce, Dean, College of Arts, U of G. 7pm at Lakeside Hope House, 75 Norfolk St. Tickets: $8/general, $6/students. www. tuesday november 27 Healthy Holidays Seminar 7-8pm at the Health and Performance Centre. Learn strategies to insure healthy eating and exercise as part of your regular holiday routine and ideas for healthy recipes. $10 plus optional donation for the food bank. To register call: 519-824-4120 ext. 53460 before Fri, Nov 23rd. ALERT Training led by Bruno Mancini, Director of Counselling and Disability Services 4:30 pm in UC 335. Learn information and tools to identify and assist someone who may be facing a mental health challenge or crisis. www.facebook. com/WellnessUofG Thursday november 29 The University of Guelph Jazz Ensemble Fall Recital with Conductor Ted Warren. 8pm at Manhattans Pizza Bistro and Jazz Club, 951 Gordon St. $2 cover charge at the door For more information visit http:// Friday november 30 19th annual Winter Lights & Music celebration. Enjoy Christmas music and dancing in St George’s Square.

The Symphonic and Women’s Choir present “The Mystery of Bethlehem” with Conductors Marta McCarthy and Lanny Fleming.8pm at Church of Our Lady, 28 Norfolk St. For tickets call 519-824-4120 x52991 or email visotamm@ $15/General, $10/ Students/Seniors. www.uoguelph. ca/sofam/events sunday December 9 The Contemporary Music Ensemble Fall Recital with Conductor Joe Sorbara. 1:30pm at Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, 358 Gordon St. $5 at the door. sofam/events Light the wonky tree then follow stilt-walkers to Market Square for the lighting of City Hall and the first skate of the season. 6-6:45 pm. saturday December 1 Guelph Youth Singers presents Winter Song at Harcourt Memorial United Church at 7pm 1. For tickets, phone River Run Centre box office at 519-763-3000. Adults $25 / Students & Seniors $19/ ongoing: International Human Rights Day is December 10th! Help support human rights in Canada and around the world by taking part in Amnesty International’s Write for Rights Campaign! Visit for more information and to register your participation. The Guelph Family Health Team (FHT) offers FREE walking group at the YMCA-YWCA. Tuesday/ Thursday evenings 6-8pm. Participants receive a free pedometer the first time they attend and weekly handouts with recipes, health tips and exercises. Indoor shoes only please. Information: 519-837-0099. Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) is encouraging all Ontarians to register their consent to become organ and tissue donors. By registering as a donor, you could one day save up to eight lives and enhance as many as 75 more. Online donor registration is now available at It’s easy and it only takes 3 minutes to register.

sunday november 25 The University of Guelph Chamber Music Ensemble Fall Recital. 3pm in MacKinnon room 107, U of G. With Conductor Henry Janzen. Free concert, everyone welcome. For more information visit http://www. monday november 26 Career Aviators Business Career Club: Students and professionals welcome. Mondays 7pm-9pm , Innovation Guelph (111

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