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Gryphons name stuart lang as next head football coach
Former receivers coach takes reins, bring ing athletic and professional experience
After a dedicated search to find their next head coach, the Guelph Gryphons football team has found their new leader. Gryphons receivers coach and former CFL slotback Stuart Lang was introduced as the new head football coach on Tuesday afternoon at a press conference in the Gryphon Lounge on campus. Lang takes over from former Gryphons head coach Kyle Walters, who tendered his resignation in February to take the job of special teams coordinator with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League. “Stu Lang is the right man, at the right time for Guelph,” said athletic director Tom Kendall, during the introduction of the new coach. “We are very fortunate to have him lead our program to accomplish the goal of competing for a conference and national championship.” Lang brings familiarity and continuity to the Gryphons football program, having coached an explosive group of receivers last year, including the likes of veterans Jamie Shaw, Jedd Gardner, Dave Harrison, and budding rookie Dillon Dimitroff. Lang, a former football coach at Upper Canada College, also had a successful playing career, winning a Yates Cup provincial title with the Queen’s Gaels and five Grey Cups with the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL. He has also been incredibly successful in the business world, recently retiring from his position as a senior executive of CCL Industries, his family’s lucrative specialty packaging company. With the Gryphons, Lang will serve in more of a general managerial role, effectively leaving something that all football teams should have, but many in this country don’t. “Football is unlike any other sport in that there are so many players, coaches and support staff,” Kendall continued. “If you don’t have that organizational structure that works, it can be a disaster. I’m really excited about this new structure and format.” For the past four years, Lang has traveled across North America, obtaining coaching information and knowledge and educating himself in the world of football leadership. His long-term vision for the program is all about sustained winning and the development of great athletes, who are also individuals of high character. “I want our student-athletes to win in two areas: first in the classroom, and second, on the football field,” he said. “As a coaching staff, we’ll make sure
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Athletic director Tom Kendall (left) introduces new head coach Stu Lang on Tuesday. the ‘x’s and ‘o’s to the two fulltime coordinators that will be hired shortly. Guelph will be in the unique position of having three full-time coaches, more than any other OUA football program. “Above all else, Stu Lang brings organizational and management experience to our program,” said Kendall. “Managerial experience is
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What are your rights as a “MARKER“? Do you have any?
Some students are doing the work of a TA but are not being paid as a TA. If you are employed by the University to perform any teaching related functions such as:
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The conflict continues over Hanlon Creek
An update on t h e c o n t rove r sy s u r ro u n d i n g t h e development of the HCBP
Back in September, the Ontarion sat down with two protesters who played an active role in opposing the development of the Hanlon Creek Business Park (HCBP). To refresh your memory, the controversial development of the HCBP was slated to begin in the spring of 2009. However, the construction site was met by a group of protestors who occupied the site over the summer of last year. Protesters across Guelph gathered on the projected development site, with the hope of reversing the HCBP construction plans due to four distinct concerns. As outlined on the Hanlon Creek Business Park Occupation website, HCBP development may threaten the intrinsic worth of an old growth forest, the significance of the ParisGalt Moraine to the integrity of Guelph’s drinking water, the abundance of “brownfields” and industrial land that is not in use, and provincial and federal regulations concerning the preservation of the Jefferson Salamander. After a longwinded battle to halt the construction of the HCBP, the City of Guelph decided that development would have to be delayed until the spring of 2010. Spring has arrived in Guelph, which raises the question: what is going on with the HCBP development plans? The City of Guelph still aims to go forward with plans to develop the HCBP, despite the challenges Creek 5’ are five individuals who have a lawsuit filed against them by the City of Guelph in order to “recover costs associated with stolen equipment and damage to the property” of HCBP. The decision to hold five protesters responsible for legal damages was handed over after a legal injunction to keep people off of the land failed to stop protesters from occupying the site for 18 days in the summer of 2009. The city is claiming $5 million in damages against these five individuals. A website has been developed to support the Hanlon Creek 5, and oppose the lawsuit. According to the website, the legal actions taken by the city frame what are known as Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation (SLAPP) suits. Many organizations view SLAPP suits as a legal form of bullying and intimidation, which threatens the possibility of citizens to participate in the public policy and decision-making process. One of the protesters that received the lawsuit, Matt Soltys, said recently to the Guelph Mercury that the accused intend to defend themselves on this issue. “If we fail to serve a statement of defence, we would forfeit the right to ever defend ourselves in the future [on this issue],” said Soltys. Given these ongoing legal battles and continued resistance to HCBP development, it looks as though the controversy is not likely to subside any time soon. Many protesters hope that this upcoming summer will allow for a resolution that protects Guelph’s environment without intimidating or threatening the lives of those who remain in disagreement towards the city’s stance in regards of HCBP development.
Earth Hour takes place across the country and around the world
On Saturday March 27 from 8:30 to 9:30 pm local time, a lot of lights went off. This was because approximately one billion people in 121 countries took part in the fourth-annual Earth Hour. The point of Earth Hour is not to reduce power consumption but to raise awareness about climate change. As involvement is strictly voluntary, any electrical systems deemed essential such as streetlights and traffic lights are kept on. In honour of the event, outdoor musical events lit by LED lanterns and flashlights were planned in Fredericton, NB, and the local Sears and Wal-Mart promised to shut down any non-essential electrical appliances. Across Canada, other non-essential lights were turned off, such as Halifax harbour bridges, the majority of external lights on the CN tower, and the exterior lights at the Air Canada Centre. (CBC)
The land that has been zoned to become the Hanlon Creek Business Park is one that has inspired contention in the last year. and opposition they faced over the course of the summer of 2009. The City of Guelph’s website reiterates that the development of the HCBP will allow for an abundance of economic opportunities and continues to be an essential part of its growth management plan. Additionally, on a ‘myth and fact’ page on the website, the city debunks several of the opposition’s main concerns. According to the city, the project will not contribute to sprawl, it will not harm old growth forests (as they have zoned in protection areas for old growth tree species), the Jefferson Salamander species do not exist within the region, and Guelph’s groundwater resources will be protected. In regards to the outcry against thousands of tree species being lost, the city contends that the 1,688 trees proposed to be removed are mostly non-native and invasive species, and about 2,500 trees will be planted to replace those trees set to be deforested. The city has worked hard to target and demystify the concerns laid out by the opposition, but it may be doing little to curb ongoing mobilization against HCBP development. The Hanlon Business Creek Park Opposition supporters are continuing their public outreach efforts to stop HCBP development and manage to constantly inform the public with up to date news for those following this issue. More recently, the HCBP has focused its energy on educating the public on the ‘Hanlon Creek 5’. The ‘Hanlon
24’s clock wind down
Another step on the quest for a green campus
Ta s k Fo rc e o n Sustainability seeks feedback to increase its effectiveness
On April 6, those in the University of Guelph community with ideas about how to make the university more sustainable will have a chance to express them directly to the Presidential Task Force on Sustainability (PTFS). PTFS was formed by U of G President Alastair Summerlee, with the hopes of increasing sustainability on campus and hearing viewpoints and suggestions from individuals at all levels at the university, including faculty, students and staff. Kevin Hall, a U of G professor and vice-president of research, chairs the committee and its findings go directly to the president. In a recent video promoting the task force, Summerlee explained the need for the continued pursuit of a sustainable university community. “The University of Guelph is a leader in terms of sustainability,” said Summerlee. “It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about issues that are social, economic or environmental. There are a number of circumstances where we can quite rightfully claim leadership. But there’s always more we can do. It’s for this reason that I’ve established the task force for sustainability.” The task force has been a recent addition to the university’s already sizeable sustainabilityminded community, and the April 6 meeting will be the first of a series of town hall-style forums where those registered to present ideas may do so to a panel moderated by Summerlee himself. In a press release that appeared on the U of G website, Hall said that the goal of the town hall is to create inclusive discussion. “We want to hear from everyone, students, faculty and staff from all our campuses, who have ideas about how we can live and work more sustainably,” said Hall. “Whether it’s using less energy and water, initiating social and economic changes, or enhancing our teaching and learning practices, we as a university need to look for ways to place fewer demands on the planet.” Hil Coburn, a fourth-year U of G student, is not on the task force, but her ideas and concerns will be brought to the table through designated student representatives. Coburn is part of The Sustainability Collaborative, a commends some of the great advances the U of G community has made as an environmental leader, but says there is still a lot of work left to be done. “There are a lot of wonderful, inspiring students who are doing a lot of progressive and motivating things on this campus…[and] I think the connection between
Fox television network has decided to make the current season of the hit drama 24 its last. The show stars Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland and is well known for its “real-time” storytelling approach. Sutherland, who plays agent Jack Bauer on the show, also serves as an executive producer. Referring to Bauer as “the role of a lifetime,” Sutherland also said that the cast and crew “always wanted 24 to finish on a high note, so the decision to make the eighth season our last was one we all agreed upon.” The show began airing in 2001 and will air the series finale on May 24. It currently airs in Canada on Global Television. While the end of the series is definite, plans are currently in the works for a feature film adaptation. (BBC)
Wizard World comes to Toronto
Crowds of fans flocked to the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto on the weekend of March 26-28 for the first Wizard World Toronto Comic Con. Run by New York based book and magazine publisher,WizardEntertainment,the event is “the culmination of movies, video games, TV, toys, comic books, sci-fi, horror and fantasy – all rolled into one,” said CEO Gareb Shamus. Around 400 exhibitors showed and sold their wares, including literature, films, video games, toys and other collectibles. Actors appeared from a number of movies and shows, such as Ernie Hudson of Ghostbusters fame and various actors from the sci-fi cult hit Battlestar Galactica. Toronto, being the North American tour’s only Canadian stop, had organizers expecting up to 20,000 visitors. (CBC) -Compiled by Vanessa Szpurko
I think the connection between students and administration is at a peak right now. There are a lot of good things happening but I think there’s a lot of room for more.
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recently created initiative on the U of G campus which brings all the ‘green clubs’ on campus together in an effort combine forces and share ideas, many of which are brought to the attention of the PTFS. As a student active in the quest for a more sustainable campus, Coburn students and administration is at a peak right now,” said Coburn. “There are a lot of good things happening but I think there’s a lot of room for more…we come off as a “green campus” but I think that we can’t slide by on that image without really living up to it.”
That female horse is a male, of course
Koko’s aggressive female-mounting behaviour raised suspicion
Recent tests completed at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) have determined that Koko, a horse that appeared to be a mare (female) was, in fact, a (stallion) male, and part of a family of intersex horses. Researchers Allan King, Tracy Chenier and Daniel Villagomez discovered that not only was Koko an intersex horse, but so are her sister, Sequoia, and cousin, Pandora. The researchers are the first to identify a rare genetic abnormality in a family of horses called pseudo-hermaphroditism. Observers originally thought that Koko had an ovarian tumour, which heightens testosterone levels and often causes aggressive behaviour that is more commonly exhibited by stallions. It wasn’t until tests were done on Koko’s reproductive system that internal testes were found. Further chromosome studies concluded that Koko had the male XY genotype. “It was a very exciting discovery,” said Chenier, in a press release on the university’s website. “To be expecting a tumour but discover an entirely different internal system than anticipated sparked a lot of questions.” When similar diagnoses were applied to Sequoia and Pandora, the condition was deemed hereditary. Using this discovery, the researchers are continuing their research on genetic mutation. “Because these horses are from the same family line, the condition is likely a genetically heritable one,” said Chenier in the this procedure would lessen her aggressive behaviour. The surgery and outcome went as planned, leaving Koko with a much calmer demeanor. “Before the surgery, she was so aggressive that it was too dangerous to ride her,” said owner Sam Campbell. “But she is completely different now. She is an incredibly lovely horse.” Given the success of Koko’s procedure, similar surgical removals of the testes were performed on Sequoia and Pandora at the OVC. Similar discoveries were later found in two American standardbred horses, which had excessively high levels of testosterone. Initially, it was thought that these testosterone levels were due to steroid use, but this suggestion was later disproved when the internal testes were discovered.
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After extensive testing, it was discovered that Koko the horse had internal testes. release. Upon the discovery of Koko’s internal testes, they were surgically removed; researchers hoped
Referendum on continued CFS membership to take place
After months of confusion regarding the status of student petitions sent to the both the provincial and national components of the Canadian Federation of Students, a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice decided that a referendum on continued membership in the Federation will be held on the University of Guelph campus from April 7-9. The March 24 decision came after the CSA filed an application to the court requesting that they make a decision on whether a referendum would be held. This came after both components of the federation failed to grant the CSA a referendum. Both the national and provincial components had said there had been several issues with the petitions, including issues over when the provincial petition had arrived and the validity of the names on the both petitions.
The question that will now be posed to students is simple: do they wish continue their membership in the CFS. As members of the CFS, University of Guelph students pay
I find it really unfortunate that we had to go to court to ensure democracy on campus
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$3.30 per semester to CFS-Ontario (CFS-O) and an additional $3.97 to CFS; U of G students alone pay over $224,000 dollars to the CFS each year. In return, the CFS lobbies the government for lower tuition on the
student’s behalf as well as providing a number of other services. Should students answer ‘yes’ to the question during the referendum, they would be voting to remain in the CFS. Should they answer ‘no,’ they are voting to end their membership with the CFS. Gavin Armstrong, the CSA’s communications and corporate affairs commissioner, has been actively working to allow students the opportunity to vote on this issue and regrets that it took a court hearing to arrive at this point. “I find it really unfortunate that we had to go to court to ensure democracy on campus,” said Armstrong. “It was an uphill battle to get here and we got here. We have spent tens of thousands of dollars of student’s money to get here, which I think is unfortunate but it had to be done.” In the face of criticism that the CFS behaved undemocratically in the months leading up to the referendum, Dave Molenhuis, national treasurer with the CFS, explained that the CFS acted within their own policies. “There are democratically agreed upon bylaws with respect to the mechanism by which members can initiate a referendum and was, in a sincere way, not met…[but] it is the CSA’s right to seek resolution to the matter using the courts as a mechanism to do so and that’s certainly their right…We respect the courts ruling. [The courts] felt that a referendum was a mechanism needed to resolve the situation,” said Molenhuis. When the courts ruled to accept the CSA’s application for referendum, rules were established to govern campaigning and a Referendum Oversight Committee (ROC) was established to ensure these rules were observed. The ROC is made up of two members from both the CFS and the CSA. Armstrong, who is one of the CSA representatives on the ROC,
During the campaigning period leading up to the referendum from April 7 - 9, CFS representatives have had a visible presence on campus, working to inform students about what the CFS does for them. explained that while ROC meetings are confidential at the request of the CFS, he has received several email complaints from students on the U of G campus about overlyaggressive campaigning tactics from CFS representatives; many of these complaints using the word ‘harassment’ to describe these encounters.According to Armstrong, university policy indicates that campaigners are prohibited from soliciting students; campaigners must be approached willingly and must not pursue students who have indicated that they are unwilling to engage in discussion. Molenhuis, who has been campaigning on the campus, explained that in his time talking to students, he has not felt any indication that students were anything less than interested. “The conversations I’ve had in the UC have been very positive… I have been approached multiple times by students and new students who are just interested in what is happening on their campus,” said Molenhuis. While Armstrong acknowledges that the CSA’s legal proceeding with the CFS may have led him to acquire a negative view of the CFS heading into this referendum, he intends to listen to both sides of the campaigning and urges students to do so as well. “[Students should] just get out and vote because it’s the most expensive question they’ll be asked in five years,” said Armstrong. “And this question can’t be asked for another five years according to CFS bylaws so a whole generation will come and go from this campus and not have the opportunity that the students have this year.”
Fecal analysis, vet students and polar bears
A look at the symbiotic relationship between zoo and school
Ever wondered why after a long day at the Ontario Veterinary College your roommate comes home and immediately jumps into the shower? Well, consider that smelling awful is perhaps just a small price to pay to improve the welfare of zoo animals. The University of Guelph has a long history of working with the Metro Toronto Zoo. The Ontario Veterinary College’s contribution to the Metro Toronto Zoo includes reproductive physiology research aimed at furthering wildlife conservation and nutrition and, veterinary medicine research to improve zoo animal welfare. According to Laura Graham, a professor in the department of animal and poultry science, there are many advantages for the Metro Toronto Zoo having veterinary students conduct these studies. “The advantage to the zoological institutions is that universities tend to be better equipped for research and has more staff trained in conducting research,” she explained. There is also a benefit for U of G students as well, allowing them to dive into a variety of health issues related to specific animals. Take Daniele Size, a masters student in animal behavior and welfare at OVC, who is currently studying three polar bears at the Metro Toronto Zoo, more specifically focusing on noninvasive assessments of endocrine functioning. Non-invasive endocrine techniques involve measuring hormone metabolites in the urine or feces, similar to the way home pregnancy tests are used by women. Size is also studying the mating practices of polar bears. “The polar bears have recently exhibited mating behavior so I will also be looking at pregnancy hormones, such as progesterone to see if we can determine whether or not the females are pregnant,” she explained. “Non-invasive fecal hormone analysis can be a valuable tool…which can potentially provide information that can improve the management of these animals in the wild and captivity.” Graham echoed Size in the importance of the development of non-invasive endocrine techniques. “The reason to develop these techniques is to eliminate the need for blood collection to assess hormone levels since blood collection can be very stressful for animal not used to being handled,” said Graham. “In the past 20 years, the field of noninvasive endocrine monitoring has grown rapidly and is used routinely by many zoos, including the Metro Toronto Zoo, to assess reproductive status and detect pregnancy in a variety of species.” Researchers from the OVC will continue to analyze the polar bears from the Metro Toronto Zoo, however it is still important to assess the hormone patterns in free ranging bears using non-invasive monitoring techniques. There continue to be several challenges that come from analyzing free ranging bears. Not only does the Metro Toronto Zoo benefit from OVC student’s research, but according to Size, the Zoo is very helpful in answering any questions students may have about their data collection. “The zoo has been wonderful so far about collecting samples for us and answering any questions I have about the bears. I travel there weekly to do behavioral observations on them as well,” she explained. So next time your roommate comes home from a long day of non-invasive fecal hormone research, clear out of the bathroom and congratulate them for their contribution in improving zoo animal welfare and furthering wildlife conservation.
The Ontario Veterinary College does a substantial amount of work in connection with the Metro Toronto Zoo, including one student’s work looking at polar bear mating.
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landmark, Broken Social Scene, where Powell was taking on double duty: first opening with her band, then singing the female vocal parts for BSS. The strain and the hours were just too much for her vocal chords, and the band ended up taking a break for the summer of 2009. The temporary hiatus gave the young band some time to rest and gain a little perspective on their situation. In fact, Powell cites her injury as being one of the best things that ever happened to Land of Talk. “As a young band starting out,” explained Powell, “everybody tells you that you have to do everything right away, that you have to tour the world and that you can’t say no to anything.” “You stop enjoying the music after a while if you’re not healthy and if you feel like what you are doing is hurting you,” said Powell, reflecting on the recent past. But when the going got tough, Land of Talk got going. The trio met expectations with their critically acclaimed first album Some Are Lakes, while releasing several EPs including this year’s softly released Fun and Laughter EP. All this while touring relentlessly around North America and Europe. Now, with a new approach and a more comfortable position, Land of Talk took a seat in the studio to record a new album. Along with drummer Andrew Barr and bassist Joe Yarmush, Powell, who cites Guelph as “where I came into my own, musically speaking,” is just putting the finishing touches on ten songs that are set to come out on August 25. Spending her formative teenage years as part of the Guelph basement rock scene, Powell sees her musical roots being firmly planting in the Royal City. “I think Guelph is probably the reason why I’m doing music the way that I do,” she said. Powell excitedly describes the sound of the new album: “Its got everything in there. It’s punk rock, bluegrass, and there’s some stuff in there that I don’t even know what to call it.” For their sophomore release, the band took a new direction that ended up producing something that Powell explains is totally different for Land of Talk: a studio album. “For Some Are Lakes, we were o n t h e
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Fresh out of the studio, Montreal’s sweethearts are back on the road
Elizabeth Powell doesn’t work an industrial job from 9-5. She doesn’t operate heavy machinery in a scrap yard, and doesn’t risk injury at the top of a ladder on a construction site. Powell works full-time fronting one of Montreal’s most talked about grunge-pop bands, Land of Talk. The three piece are admired for their distorted, pared down sound that is complimented by sometimes subdued and sometimes frantic vocal flourishes from Powell. When a workplace injury stopped her from singing, she was forced to take a step back and refine her style. “The last song I sung was ‘Speak to me Bones’ and it’s totally just a vocal shredder,” recalled Powell about a show a little over a year ago. “I remember that I could almost feel the blood in my throat at the end of that show.” The prognosis was vocal misuse, affecting her vocal chords to the point that she couldn’t speak. “It was just from singing way too much, my vocal chords were just burnt out,” said Powell. Land of Talk had just finished up a tour with Toronto indie
road so much playing as a live unit, that when we got into the studio we played on our strengths, which was our chemistry and playing live off the floor,” said Powell. While recording, because of the hiatus and Yarmush and Barr’s involvement in other projects, the band hadn’t been touring as much, and Powell found herself in Montreal sitting still, for once. This gave her the opportunity to become more acquainted with her old friend: the studio. “This time around, the approach was just to have fun with the studio and use the studio as our fourth member and see what happens, and so far so good,” said Powell. The new album sees Powell teaming up with several guest collaborators, including Jeremy Gara from Arcade Fire and Loel Campbell from Wintersleep to bring out a new dimension in their sharp edged, 90s influenced sound. Experimentation in the studio is new ground for this band of three that pride themselves on how much noise they make together on stage. Adding more elaborate tracks in the studio like horn parts, and also sampling, meant that Land of Talk would have to add a fourth member to their live show, an evolution that at first Powell was hesitant toward. “We had kind of
been protecting the holy trinity or the triangle of terror for so long,” laughed Powell. “But now the three piece will probably become four … I guess the puritan in me kind of thought, if you can’t do it with drums, bass and guitar then you shouldn’t be doing it.” Their fourth member, who will appear in four or five songs every night, is the band’s old friend and merch guy Michael Felber. To get out and play songs from the Fun and Laughter EP and the new album, Land of Talk will be touring parts of the US and Canada, starting in Guelph on April 6 at eBar with Adam and the Amethysts. “Guelph will get the first live debut of a song from the new album,” said Powell, who sounded excited to get out of Montreal and back out on the road, this time a little more humble and a lot healthier.
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Protest the Hero
Math-metal quintet hits the Brass Taps
In 1999, long before MuchMusic’s disBand and before the group Lights and Stereos were signed to his record label, Mark “London” Spicoluk’s Underground Operations was but a small nexus that consisted of a fistful of bands that you only knew about from word of mouth, hours spent on Myspace, or from watching George Stroumboulopoulos’ The Punk Show. While many of the bands that originally supported Spicoluk’s label have since left to pursue other things in life, and the face of Underground Operations has certainly changed, one group has only changed its name. Once known as Happy Go Lucky, Whitby mathcore act Protest the Hero (PTH) maintains its association with Underground Operations to this day, despite having gained worldly success and being signed on to the monolithic Vagrant records since 2006. Last Thursday, Protest the Hero took a night off from their freshly commenced Jagermeistersponsored Snocore tour to headline an intimate, 350 person capacity show put on at The Brass Taps by the University of Guelph’s metal club. The band assaulted fans with an arsenal of songs mainly from their 2008 studio album Fortress, but also including tracks like “Blindfolds Aside” and “Divinity Within” from their 2005 album Kezia. PTH
Protest the Hero, a progressive math-core metal band, played the Brass Taps last Thursday during an event that was put on by the U of G metal club. unleashed a performance that went against what lead vocalist Rody Walker anticipated about the band at the time of Fortress’ release. In a 2008 interview with MTV, Walker described PTH as ADD Metal, making reference to how the band gets bored easily. By the time of Fortress’ release, there wasn’t any desire from the band to play songs off of Kezia ever again as they wanted to perfect their new and more complicated work. Bassist and lyricist Arif Mirabdolbaghi confirms that when PTH plays tracks from Kezia, it’s mostly for the fans, but also maintains that when Rody did that interview, his responses were indicative of “a time in [the band’s] life where [they] were feeling this sort of musical frustration.” The band’s reverence for undertaking onerous tasks might have something to do with its influences. One of PTH’s most overt lyrical influences—especially in pre-Kezia material—is Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky. Even the title of one of their songs, “I Am
Dmitri Karamazov and the World is My Father” is a direct reference to The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky’s last novel, which is— in a few words—about struggling with intellectual stasis. In 2004, Mirabdolbaghi was even invited to (and attended) the 12th Symposium of the International Dostoevsky Society at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Reflecting on the Russian thinker, Mirabdolbaghi admires the fact that “[Dostoevsky’s] mind rebels
stagnation” while also contending that there is no way he could ever cease to be influenced by him, despite while “perpetually turning into someone else.” Despite the band’s selfacknowledged short attention span, bassist and lyricist Arif Mirabdolbaghi said that even though the band has made some obscure rider requests in the past—including birthday cakes, underwear, wallpaper imported from China, Persian carpets, and films by Dennis Quaid, “because we think he’s a comic genius, even if he doesn’t realize it,” on Thursday PTH played it modest and didn’t ask for anything special to play at the U of G. Mirabdolbaghi also insisted that, “Our rider isn’t ‘make it or break it’ in the sense that if we don’t receive what we request we’re not going to play a show.” According to Mirabdolbaghi, after Snocore and an appearance at New Jersey music festival, “The Bamboozle” at the start of May, the band—which hasn’t put out any new material as far as songs go since Fortress in 2008—is looking forward to getting back into the studio and recording new work that they’ve already started writing. Apart from his work with Protest the Hero, Mirabdolbaghi is further pursuing his interest in Dostoevsky. In collaboration with an actor friend, Mirabdolbaghi is currently in the process of interpreting a Dostoevsky work for a string bass piece, the performance of which will premiere in Toronto at the end of April.
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Prince Caspian to open for First Rate people at the Albion
I have a lot things to say about Prince Caspian, but let’s just start with this one: Incredibly easy on the eyes. And no, in case you were wondering, I’m not talking about the Narnia guy, but rather four dudes in a band: Harrison Forman (guitar), Stephen Richards (percussion), Austin Roberts (bass), and David Fischer (piano, guitar, vocals). I met Fischer four years ago and the first time I ever heard him sing he played one of his first songs called “Chivalry in Me.” I can still recall the feeling of slipping into oblivion as before my eyes his young man changed into some sort of a male temptress. Since his humble beginnings in Elora, he’s made huge strides on his journey to becoming the next prince of pop, namely with the Feb. 2010 release of his band’s first EP, Nineteen. On Monday, March 29, I made my way to the renowned Horseshow Tavern in Toronto, where Prince Caspian was playing their first show in the big city. At the venue I caught up with David Fischer to delve into the mind and lyrical force of Prince Caspian. I also have to note that our interview was punctuated quite frequently as groups of girls would pass our table giggling. something a little bit bigger. The analogy I like to use is that Prince Caspian is a very grand name, very large, larger than one man. Prince Caspian is like a pair of very large shoes I have to fill. I guess it was just drive for me to get my shit together.” The performance itself was a tight set dripping with infectiously sweet and beautifully crafted melodies. Prince Caspian is pop as fuck. But don’t take that the wrong way - he’s no Jonas brother with a purity ring. David candidly states: “My lyrical inspiration comes from realistic things happening in my life, and I think a lot of people in my age group can relate to them, like living in the city for the first time …But I’m writing about stuff that I’m assuming happens in a lot of people’s lives. I’m 21 years old. My hormones are crazy; half of my songs are about sex.” Prince Caspian have embarked on their spring/summer tour of Ontario with their Toronto show on Monday, and on April 6 will continue to spread the love to Guelph when they open for First Rate People at the Albion Hotel. First Rate People are another brilliantly talented group that polished their R&B influenced simple “soul-pop” sound in
I’m 21 years old, my hormones are crazy; half of my songs are about sex.
“Give me like five minutes and I’ll come love you all individually,” he’d wave back. What a rockstar. It might seem quite obvious where the name Prince Caspian derives from, but where lies the reason? David explains quite simply: “I decided on the name when it was just me, there was no band yet, but I needed a name. The obvious choice would have been David Fischer, but I needed
Prince Caspian are set to open for Owen Sound’s First Rate People at the Albion on April 6. Southern Ontario. They’ve received serious accolades from Matt Berninger of The National and are doing a North American summer tour, including Guelph’s Hillside Festival in late July. April 6 at the Albion will be a night of fantastic live music for all ages for only five dollars. Doors open at 8:30pm, and Prince Caspian will be on at 9, followed by First Rate People at 10.
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Apr. 1 - 7, 2010
Good wood: the subtle intricacies of guitar wood
Standing outside of Doug Larson’s sprawling yet normal home, it is difficult to imagine that just inside is a woodshop where some truly unique instruments are crafted. Larson, now retired, was once a biology professor at the University of Guelph, and like his house he doesn’t show immediate signs of being anything out of the ordinary. It is only after having walked down the stairs to his woodshop and being surrounded by instruments of all shapes, size, and materials that it becomes obvious something different is going on. What is immediately striking is the juxtaposition of readily identifiable guitars with such eccentricities as electric guitars with bodies made out of old cigar boxes or empty Clementine crates. Even though he has been building guitars for eleven years, he refers to himself modestly as an amateur or a hack rather than a luthier; a luthier being an expert in constructing and repairing stringed instruments. Though Larson is adept at it his craft, he doesn’t feel that his experimental experience really qualifies him for the title. What Larson is admittedly an authority on, however, is wood. Through his 35 years of teaching ecology and wood anatomy, Larson is renowned for some of his discoveries. While guitars don’t necessarily need to be made out of wood, like some of Larson’s almost fully metal resonator guitars, the vast majority are. Wood is used by the luthier for its distinct tone that makes it more desirable than any other material. What goes into creating the
Retired University of Guelph professor Doug Larson knows a thing or two about wood, and takes that knowledge to the Guelph Guitar Project. “wooden” tone of the guitar is actually rather complex and depends on the species of the wood used. The sort of wood used for the top of the body of the guitar affects the timbre or tone colour produced. “The harder and denser the wood,” explained Larson, “the brighter the sound. So if you want a soft sound, you would use cedar or redwood.” Part of what causes a wood to be more or less dense, is the speed at which a tree grows. If the rings of the tree are spaced either closer together or further away, the tones it produces vary drastically. “A fast growing tree is going to have a more mellow tone then a slow growing tree,” said Larson. “On a slow growing tree, the rings are really close together and that’ll make denser, harder wood which in turn will make it stiffer, which will make it sound brighter.” Just as important is the material which comprises the back of the guitar’s body, as this piece is most responsible for controlling the vibrations which produce the sound. “Basically the guitar is an air pump, the body is a diaphragm moving the air down from the strings and pumping it into a chamber. You
want the back and sides to reflect that sound up, otherwise everything is vibrating randomly which sort of kills the tone,” said Larson. The back is then made of a stiff wood such as the coveted Brazilian rosewood which guitar crafters have harvested to near extinction because of its ability to reflect sound so well. The tone is not the only concern when selecting what wood to use, especially for the sides which must be strong enough to withstand the tension of the strings but light enough to vibrate well and produce sound. The cut of the wood that is used
is also something a luthier considers. According to Larson, every piece of wood in the guitar should be quarter sawn which means that each log is cut into quarters. This protects against warping and ensures that the guitar will remain useable for over 250 years more than plain sawn wood. “To make a good instrument, every piece of wood in it has to be quarter sawn. When you have a piece of wood that is quarter sawn, the number of cells on the inside and the outside are exactly the same, so when it shrinks and swells it does so evenly and doesn’t warp,” Larson revealed. Larson’s most famous creation, the Guelph Guitar, is a good example of the principles of guitar construction put into practice. He combines his knowledge of wood with a desire to experiment to concoct his historical guitar which really sums up his whole philosophy. “The making of the Guelph Guitar took two and a half billion years as well as help from around 85 different people, groups, and agencies. Now with this guitar I get to tell those people’s stories.” With the fingerboard of this historical piece being made out of a Taxus Yew tree found in Samuel McLaughlin’s backyard, and inlays made from materials such as a fish fossil donated by Herbert Axelrod, some of the stories find their origins on the University of Guelph campus. With the Guelph Guitar, Larson is telling a story about the history of Guelph, philanthropy, corruption and a way of life among other things, which will not soon be forgotten.
Featured artist: Doug Jarvis
Doug Jarvis and I spent some time together at his studio on Monday. The conversation that we had was very interesting, holding my attention for the entire hour. For each featured artist I usually have a recorded interview with him or her and I usually go into each piece with nothing really planned as an attempt to keep it more like a conversation and less like an interview. But Jarvis had a natural way of giving me all the information I would need to write this. Perfect. Naturally, Jarvis started our conversation with his undergraduate days at University of Western Ontario and then moved to his after school years and how to be an artist once you graduate; which for anyone just out of art school would say is no easy task. Luckily, it worked out for Jarvis and he is currently in his second year of his MFA here at Guelph. Jarvis’ works mostly begin with fidgeting, the simple yet universal act of being unconsciously active. Thought, his practice, is not necessarily restricted to fidgeting, it is more of a jumping off point to play, think, experiment, and develop a general interest. And that would be the thing that struck me most about Jarvis’ work: His genuine sincerity of his interest in things and ideas. For Jarvis, the act of doing lends itself to the act of creation, which has been a constant theme within his work: the connection between the “do” and the “stuff.” I am not just saying “doing stuff,” but more the behavior of things linking the actions we do. Example: He created an apparatus with a camera on it that mounted to his body and captured a view of his face and the peripheral. He then takes his contraption into galleries. So the viewer only sees Jarvis looking at art and reacting to it. The only time the viewer has a chance to see what Jarvis was looking at is when he walks away from it, creating this disconnect and shifting the focus from the art to the viewer. Another beautiful work by Jarvis is a piece where he collaborates with the sun using a solar powered pen. Jarvis came across these solar powered car kits at a flee market and found them interesting; he had also been playing with sticky tack, combining the two to make a solar powered pen the result. The collaboration resulted in these seemly random yet controlled drawings, the sun powered the motor that was attached to the pen and Jarvis “guided” it along. -Miles Stemp
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MGMT decide to impersonate a classic indie-pop sound rather than Treacy’s more psychedelic work, which is a nice change on the upcoming album, Congratulations. Brian Eno, perhaps, needs fewer introductions as he is one of modern music’s most iconic producers/composers, often cited as being influential in the careers of The Talking Heads/David Byrne, Robert Fripp, U2, Coldplay and David Bowie, on top of the untold
To say the least, Brooklyn-based rockers MGMT have done their homework. Merely take the song titles from MGMT’s forthcoming follow-up to the universally acclaimed Oracular Spectacular: “Songs for Dan Treacy,” “Brian Eno” and the curiously titled “Lady Dada’s Nightmare [sic].” Dan Treacy is the main entity behind the The Television Personalities, and one of C86er’s beloved influences. In their tribute song,
number of bands influenced by these artists. Assumingly, MGMT is one of these bands and Bowie would be the easiest lineage to draw-upon, make-up included. Much fuss has been made over Ben Goldwasser saying in New Musical Express magazine, “There definitely isn’t a ‘Time To Pretend’ or a ‘Kids’ on the album. We’ve been talking about ways to make sure people hear the album as an album in order and not just figure out what are the best three tracks, download those and not listen to the rest of it.” It’s the same persisting problem that Radiohead’s Kid A had around when Napster was first getting popular back in 2000. There’s something egotistical for a band to want to “force” people to listen to their entire album. I can understand Goldwasser’s potential frustration, but this seems like a self boycott. If an artist creates an album which has no singles but
rather a beautiful coherence solely by accident, then that’s a little different than forcing it. In essence, Congratulations seems like it’s trying too hard to be a certain type of album. Regardless, it’s likely you won’t be playing Congratulations at your summer house party. Instead, Congratulations is more suited as a bedroom/headphone album. The allusion in “Lady Dada’s Nightmare” needs no explanation. However, in Spin Magazine, Andrew Vanwyngarden, clears up any confusion over the pun in the instrumental track. Again, Vanwyngarden says, “thinking about Lady Gaga or Kanye West, and what their ultimate goal is [to be as famous as possible]… for us it’s really just about the music and getting people to hear what we have to say.” So they don’t care about fame, but they want a lot of people to hear them? On “Time To Pretend,” we
heard MGMT poke fun at the famous and on “Congratulations” we hear their regret of being famous. There’s an old proverb in the music business, “You have your whole life to write your first album and six months to write your second.” MGMT were given about two years to write that second one. Unfortunately, it still feels like they managed to sell themselves short. NoTable Tracks: “Congratulations”, “It’s Working”, “Song For Dan Treacy”, “Flash Delirium” lisTeNers May also eNjoy: The Flaming Lips – Embryonic, Yo La Tengo – Popular Songs NexT souNd check: The Rest – The Cried Wolf Book/EP -Daniel Wright
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Climbing the stairs of eBar last Thursday, the air was already alive with music. On stage was Canadian Wildlife and Ohbijou member Jenny Mecija’s independent effort. It was a great show, and as her first solo performance in Guelph, it couldn’t have come at a better time. She and other talented artists took to the stage for a fundraiser to help out a unique five-day festival of music and art, Kazoo! Fest, that will take place later this month. This will be the third running of the annual Kazoo! Fest, an event that happens here in Guelph and features artists from as far as Halifax and as close as our own backyard. From the April 21-25, a diverse set of shows will take place in houses and attics, on stages and outside, turning our lively city into an artistic wonderland. If Thursday’s fundraiser is any indication of Kazoo! Fest, you’d be hard pressed not to find something that floats your boat at this year’s festival. Brad McInerny, founder of Kazoo! and one of the brains behind this year’s festival, looked at last week’s Fundraiser as a preamble to what’s coming, and shared with the Ontarion his excitement for this years promising festival. “The most important part [of the fundraiser] is that each of these acts are playing radically different styles of music, so it speaks to the musical diversity that people can expect from Kazoo!” According to McInerny, diversity is a key element to Kazoo! In watching the bands at last Thursday’s fundraiser, it was obvious the festival wouldn’t just cover one genre, as those on stage McInerny is refering to the many visual art exhibits as well as musical performances that will be going on as part of Kazoo! Fest. This too was evident at Thursday’s fundraiser. Speaking with Canadian Wildlife’s Mecija after her refreshing performance, with the work from David Willekes Le Cyc lining the walls, viewers got the sense the impression that Kazoo! Fest was about more than just music. “It seems like everybody here is a musician or into some kind of art,” Mecija said of the Guelph scene, citing it’s atmosphere as an encouragement to her recent solo effort. “There’s a warmth that’s very apparent. It’s so supportive,” she said. The culture here is capable of supporting all kinds of art, which is how Kazoo! Fest came to exist here in the first place. McInerny explained the concept behind Kazoo’s creation and his efforts to maintain their values as the organization expands along with the festival. “The idea behind it is essentially to showcase new music, to keep shows all ages, and keep them relatively affordable,” he said. One can see where these interests might clash, and one of McInerny’s hardest tasks is balancing all these interests at the festival. “We try to constantly bring in fresh stuff. Keeping things to Guelph’s solid reputation for creativity throughout the province. “Guelph, for its relative size, is a huge musical force,” McInerny said. “People outside of Guelph regard this city in very high esteem. It’s almost like a badge of honour to be from Guelph.”
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Apr. 1 - 7, 2010
If people from Guelph want to experience the music scene in Toronto, they can get that here. The list of people playing is awesome.
Canadian Wildlife and Ohbijou
presented different colours of the musical spectrum. But varying musical styles isn’t all McInerny has in mind when he stresses diversity. “We’re doing stuff that goes beyond music,” McInerny explained. “That’s one of the big things about Kazoo! Fest. We’ve kind of always shied away from calling it a music festival.”
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affordable, and paying the performers well … can kind of go against each other,” McInerny said. That’s where events like Thursday’s fundraiser come in, to lessen the burden and provide the organization with enough money to bring great artists at a price people can agree with which is exactly what they’ve done. Instead of selling festival passes at a discount, “we can just give the discount price to everyone,” said McInerny, holding fast to the ambitions Kazoo! set out with. Exceptional efforts like Kazoo! Fest fit into the Guelph scene without surprising too many people, even while attracting the diverse talent they have lined up this year. This is partly attributed
Kazoo! Fest has support from outside organizations as well, making co-presentations a big part of this year’s festival. McInerny noted Guelph music organizations Kaleidoscope, Fortnight and Keep Your Eyes Open for their contribution in making this year’s festival a success. Along with these local Guelph promoters the festival will also bring in a big Toronto name. “I love how they’re doing a Wavelength series for Kazoo!” Mecija said, pointing out the strong Guelph-Toronto connection. “If people from Guelph want to experience the music scene in Toronto, they can get that here. The list of people playing is awesome,” she said. To find out more about this unique festival, visit kazookazoo. ca for schedules and info.
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On the ice, the OUA AllStar team showed that the level of hockey in the OUA is highly competitive. Despite having no practice time before the game, the OUA All-Stars were still able to post a 4-2 victory over the under-18 Canadian team. No Gryphons recorded a point in the game, but they were active at both ends of the ice. Zerafa and Kanis played on a line with fellow fourth-year forward Courtney Unruh, the captain of the York Lions. “After the first period, you kind of got to know the play of your wingers and adapt to it,” said Zerafa. Sollis was paired with fifth-year Queen’s defenceman and captain, Alison Bagg. “Defence is just you and your partner so it’s easier to figure out,” said Sollis on her defence partner for the game. “I was paired with Bagg from Queen’s [and] she was fun to play with.” All of the Gryphon women were happy to be selected and have a chance to interact and play with the best players from around the OUA. Kanis, in particular, was pleased to finally get the opportunity to work with her competition. “It was really nice to actually meet girls on a personal level as opposed to just on the ice.”
Three Gryphons named among league’s top players
OUA All-Stars prepare Canadian under-18 team for World Championships
On Tuesday, March 23, the Canadian under-18 women’s hockey team hosted a team of OUA All-Stars in an exhibition game at the Mastercard Centre in Toronto. The pre-tournament game helped prepare the Canadian team for the IIHF World Women’s Under-18 Championship in Chicago, from Mar. 27 - April 3, 2010. Three Gryphon athletes were selected to play for the OUA AllStar team. Fourth-year forward Jessica Zerafa, fourth-year forward Dayna Kanis, and third-year defenceman Jacky Sollis all took part in Tuesday’s game. “It was an honour to be picked to play on a team that would play against such a high calibre group of young ladies who have the chance to represent the country,” said Zerafa. One of the more interesting aspects of the OUA team was the fact that these women from around the province have competed against each other during the university season, but banded together against the under-18s. Rivalries have
Dayna Kanis (left), was one of the three Gryphon women selected to the OUA All-Star team for Tuesday’s game. developed between a number of different teams and players across the league. The biggest rivalry may well be between the Gryphons and the Laurier Golden Hawks, who have faced off against each other in the OUA Championships for two years in a row. “It was a little segregated in the locker room,” said Kanis. “You had the Guelph girls in one corner, the Laurier girls in the opposite corner, [and] York and Toronto girls in the middle.” Zerafa found it interesting to play with women who are normally her opponents in the OUA. “You develop these big rivalries against these teams,” she said. “Then, to be on the same bench as these girls, you get to see that they’re not so bad and they are not much different. They play hockey just like us.”
Hesitant to hand out congratulations
On Sunday, the Saint Mary’s Huskies won their first CIS men’s hockey championship, defeating the Alberta Golden Bears 3-2 in an overtime thriller. The success of the Huskies, though, has often been overshadowed by the story of a particular player on the team: Mike Danton. Some of you may remember Danton from his brief stint in the NHL, an uneventful 87-game career with New Jersey and St. Louis that abruptly ended in 2004 when he was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder. Danton later pled guilty for his actions in a murder-for-hire plot that saw him hire an undercover police officer to kill his agent, David Frost, a man with whom Danton shared a suspicious relationship. Details of the conspiracy remain somewhat vague due to Danton’s unwillingness to speak in detail about the case. It was later reported that Danton’s target was not Frost, but rather, his own father. In an unrelated, yet equally puzzling matter, Frost was also charged and later acquitted of 12 counts of sexual exploitation with young males and females between the ages of 14 and 16 during his time
After being paroled from prison, former NHLer Mike Danton joined the Saint Mary’s Huskies men’s hockey team in January. working in junior hockey. Frost has always been known as a controlling and mysterious agent, with his relationship with Danton arguably being the most troubling of all. The details of the Danton-Frost incident have been written about at length – both in newspapers and on the internet – and make for very interesting reading that I would recommend to anyone. Danton spent 63 months in the American and Canadian prison systems before being paroled in
September 2009. In January, the 29-year-old forward became a full-time student at Saint Mary’s University (SMU) and began playing for the university’s varsity hockey team. Huskies players, head coach Trevor Stienburg, and athletic director Steve Sarty all stood behind the decision to bring Danton into the league. But I’m hesitant to offer congratulations to a player with Danton’s baggage. I have written at length about
the purity of Canadian university sport and its refreshing absence of gossipy dramas, salary issues and egos. And sadly, Danton’s participation in the league works against everything that I believe is right about CIS athletics. Danton’s crime was very serious; it was not petty theft or speeding. He was convicted and incarcerated for a lengthy period of time for trying to have someone killed. Regardless of the fact that he has served his time, is this the kind of individual that should be representing Canadian university sport? At 29 years of age with a serious criminal conviction to his name, a league of 18 to 23-yearold university athletes is not his place. Other writers and supporters of the Huskies have applauded SMU for its benevolence in helping with Danton’s rehabilitation; however, it is also worth noting that prior to when Danton joined the team, the team struggled to attract fans. Following his addition, ticket sales skyrocketed, suggesting that administration looked at the opportunity to add Danton as a chance to draw attention to a struggling program, regardless of his background. I recognize that life is about second chances, but there is a time and place for these examples of one’s character reinvention, and this is not one of them. I have spoken to numerous
varsity athletes in the past two years and I can confidently say that these are some of the most passionate, committed individuals of high character that you will ever meet. To think that Danton took the roster spot of one of these athletes is deplorable. The decision of the athletic department at SMU to allow a player of Danton’s status to take the place of a studentathlete with a similar level of talent and far higher level of integrity is truly sad.
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SHOULD WE STAY OR SHOULD WE GO?:
a look into the arguments and costs surrounding continued membership in CFS and the events leading up to the referendum.
Week after week, we have tried to write about the ongoing issue about the Central Student Association’s membership in the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) in a manner that is easy for students to understand. Unless you’re already deeply invested in the issue, legal issues surrounding student politics can be dull, convoluted and long-winded. We’ve tried graphics, surveys, charts and the creation of a ‘dummy’s guide’ to the issue, and now, more than ever, your attention is required. Because despite all of the back-and-forth banter, legal jargon, accusations and findings, the final decision now rests with you, the student. Requiring the intervention of the Ontario court system, petitioners fighting against Guelph’s membership in the country’s largest student lobby group have, at long last, achieved their goal of presenting an official referendum to the student body, reevaluating the university’s membership in the CFS. By now, you hopefully have an idea about what the CFS attempts to do, and if not, have a look at the stay/go chart that accompanies this feature. By and large, the CFS stresses its ability to lobby national and provincial governments, to protect the rights of students, particularly concerning issues such as tuition costs. Its critics argue that for the semesterly fees in excess of$220,000 paid by U of G students to the organization’s provincial and national factions, the CFS needs to be more effective in making good on its platforms.The fact that the CFS has failed to establish a local presence, often refused to comment, and marginalized the democratic process has only fueled the fires within its detractors. The Ontarion has refrained from explicitly taking sides in the debate. We have spent countless hours communicating with both CFS advocates and condemners in an attempt to provide objective content on the debate, because let’s face it, if you’re only going straight to the CFS or its critics for your information, the facts will be clouded by subjectivity.This is not a shot against either side, just a statement of the obvious; they have an agenda, we don’t. At this time next week, the referendum will be in full swing. Each student will have been sent, via email, their individual ballot, which will ask their opinion as to whether our membership in the CFS should continue. The facts have been laid out, the arguments have been made. This is participatory democracy to the fullest extend. Students, it’s your move.
Dave Molenhuis, cfs national treasurer
Curtis Batuszkin & John Sakuluk, U of g student organizers
1. The Federation is the only student organization that represents students at both the provincial and national levels. Since tuition fees, financial aid programs, and funding levels are set directly or indirectly by the federal and provincial governments, it is vital that our interests and concerns are represented to both levels. 2.The Federation is the only student organization in Ontario advocating for lower tuition fees and lower student debt. Students can only win this if they work together. In Newfoundland, where every college and university student is a member of the Federation, the provincial government has reduced tuition, introduced student grants and increased funding for post-secondary education. 3.While the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is free for members of the Federation, non-member full-time students pay $20. The ISIC is the only internationally recognized form of student identification. 4.The Federation is a proud ally of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, Council of Canadians, Ontario Federation of Labour, Make Poverty History, Canadian Labour Congress, the International Union of Students, the National Union of Students-UK and United States Student Association. 5. The Federation’s ethical purchasing program is the only national, notfor-profit cooperative that offers t-shirts, water bottles and other items that are ethically purchased, sustainable and affordable. 6. The Federation’s Bottled Water Free campaign has resulted in four Canadian campuses phasing out the sale of Bottled Water entirely, with more on the way. 7. Federation campaigns such as No Means No (campaign against date rape) and the December 6th Day of Remembrance and Action against violence against women, are highly respected by women’s and social justice organizations nation-wide. The Federation played a supporting role in Guelph’s fight against program cuts, such as Women’s Studies, and linked Guelph students with other students in Ontario who were facing similar cuts. 8.Through the National Aboriginal Caucus of the Canadian Federation of Students, students across Canada work together to fight for Aboriginal students’ rights, and coordinates the Stolen Sisters campaign calling for a federal investigation into the over 500 missing or murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. 9. The Federation is the only student organization that has been a vocal advocate for fair copyright reform since the federal government started to work to reform copyright legislation. In coalition with the Canadian Association of University Teachers and Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, the Federation has been at the forefront of fighting for fair copyright so that students can access copyrighted materials free from licensing fees. 10. Over the past year, the Federation and its international coalition partners fought Russell Athletic for the reinstatement of 1,200 unionized workers in Honduras, the most successful targeted-corporate boycott in modern student activist history.
1. The CFS and CFS-O claim to have lobbied to lower tuition fees ever since we joined them in 1987. However, Statistics Canada has reported that tuition has increased more than 300 per cent since 1990. 2. We have paid $853,588 to the CFS and CFS-O since 05/06. That is near equal to the approximate increase in undergraduate student tuition fees we see at this university each year. 3. The CFS regularly litigates in referendum attempts. Simon Fraser, Kwantlen, UPEI, UVIC, Cape Breton, Concordia Student Union, and McGill PGSS are all involved in ongoing legal disputes with the CFS. Our own CSA spent ~$70,000 litigating for the right to hold this referendum. The CFS and CFS-O did not support this referendum, so why are they here campaigning in a referendum they didn’t even support? 4. The CFS is unknown at Guelph. When was the last time you heard about this organization before this week? Why are you paying ~$225,000/year to the CFS and CFS-O? 5. The CFS has been caught sending threatening legal letters to student journalists. Macleans magazine compares the CFS to “coal companies and criminal organizations.” 6. There have been multiple claims at other institutions about gross financial mismanagement from the CFS. Critics claim secret loans include $350,000 at the UVSS, $600,000 to the Douglas Students’ Union, $150,000 missing from CFS-Quebec and $300,000 of cheques written in 2008-2009. As well, representatives claim $413,000 of CFSQuebec fees have completely vanished in the last three years alone. These claims of financial mismanagement total almost eight years of OUR membership dues. 7. The CFS overwhelmingly voted to tighten the restrictions on referendums instead of listening to modest reforms in the Fall of 09 that included a conflict of interest policy, disclosure of legal costs and salaries of our paid executives, and recognition of legitimate referendums that have occurred in other schools. 8. The CFS opposed the Millenium Scholarship Foundation. This scholarship provides, on average, $3000 per year to qualified students. Statistics Canada has reported that the only thing that brought more students to universities in the 1990s, during a time of double digit tuition increases, were the increased scholarships and grants available to students during this time. 9. Who is behind the VOTE YES campaign? One Guelph student leader. The rest of the army of clipboards are not even Guelph students! The next time a CFS campaigner comes to speak to any of you ASK TO SEE THEIR STUDENT CARD. 10. The CFS always claims that they are a “united student movement.” Thirteen student unions petitioned to leave this year, nine referendums are occurring across this country, and three more referendums occurred the year before. This is the real united student movement.
As part of the campaigning for and against University of Guelph membership in the CFS, several students have created Facebook groups, outlining their arguments. Individuals are free to join these groups to either support the campaign, or simply become more educated about the issues. The following are quotations from both parties, posted on their respective pages or affiliated websites:
General Student Survey conducted by the CSA’s Capacity Analysis and Planning Committee.
This is what 2454 students had to say about CFS services.
Guelph for the Canadian Federation of Students.VoteYESCFS.ca!
“If you believe that Guelph students are stronger when they are united with hundreds of thousands of students across the country, then get involved with the YES campaign to show your support for membership in the Canadian Federation of Students.” – Facebook group home page. “After learning about the CFS by reading the Ontarion (Only source) I totally agreed with what everyone here is saying. But yesterday I learned that CFS does way more than try to lower tuition fees. It creates a network between all of the post-secondary institutions across Canada and allows for individuals and groups to coordinate movements that are nation wide. We have been able to organize pledges towards sustainability and competitions to remove bottled water from campus. We are addressing aboriginal rights, international student rights, and ethical purchasing. These are all issues that are supported and facilitated by the CFS, and are extremely important to me.” – Paul Wartman, independent researcher.
CFS Phone Service is in place to get phones to students at a discounted rate.
ISIC provides discounts on accommodation, admission to historical sites and museums, and transportation.
CFS’s TravelCUTS provides students with discounts on transportation, including VIA Rail and WestJet.
UoG CFS Free!
“The CFS has refused to be transparent and provide [certain] information, even though its members are entitled to them under their bylaws and under law. What do they have to hide? One example here: The CFS sues and threatens its own member student unions, individual students, and journalists.” – Curtis Batuszkin, group creator. “The arguments from the CFS don’t stand. Of course ‘Guelph students are stronger when they are united with hundreds of thousands of students across the country,’ but there are other student lobby groups, composed of schools that have left the CFS, such as OUSA at the provincial level and CASA at the federal level.” – Griffin Carpenter, group member. “Students from the Vote Yes campaign just came into my classroom to talk about why we should vote yes.It took up 15 minutes of the 50 minute class. Im sorry, but I like that my student fees go towards getting an education...not being lectured by people who don’t got my school.” – Meghan Semple, group member.
Studentsaver helps students save money on everyday purchases like books, clothing, food, and entertainment.
CFS’s Student Work Abroad Program allows students to work abroad while exploring a host country.
Sep. 11 Curtis Batuszkin, a University of Guelph student, commences a process to hold a referendum on the question of CSA’s continued membership in both CFS and CFS-O (CFSOntario). The petition sought a referendum on March 29, 30 and 31, 2010. Oct. 13 CFS-Ontario says they have not received petitions from University of Guelph organizers. The Ontarion obtains an affidavit that confirms a process server delivered the petitions to CFSOntario headquarters on Sept. 29 at 4:27pm.
Oct. 15 Brenda Whiteside, vice president, student affairs, prepares a letter dated Oct. 15, confirming the results of the verification process.The results of the verification process confirmed that for both CFS and CFS-Ontario petitions, over 10 per cent of CSA members had signed the petition, a defederating requirement.
Feb. 8 Oct. 30 Student organizers send the petitions to CFS-O via registered mail. Nov. 23 Dave Molenhuis, CFS national treasurer, confirms receiving the national petitions. January Disputes continue over the validity of the national petitions. The CFS says that many illegible names were counted in the verification process. CFS writes the university asking it to take the verification process The CSA and the CFS further, “where each continue to debate entry is marked showing about the validity of the where student numbers national petitions are or are not valid.” February
Feb. 25 The Ontarion prints a front-page story that says the CSA has filed a motion to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice asking them to decide on the fate of the referendum.
Sep. 29 Student organizers send petitions to CFS-O. Because of the required six-month notification requirement in CFS-bylaws, this was the last day the petitions could be received.
Oct. 19 A copy of the national petition was sent to the CFS via process server. Oct. 22
December CFS national rejects Whiteside’s letter as evidence that the petition was valid.
Jan. 15 The CSA goes ahead and appoints its two members to a Referendum Oversight Committee.
Feb. 9 CFS-O tells the Ontarion that because petitions were received by registered mail on Nov. 9, over a week after the deadline, CFS-O was denying the University a referendum.
March 24. A judge decides that a referendum on continued membership will take place on April 7, 8, and 9.
The CSA tells the Ontarion they are beginning an investigation into the petition sent to CFS-O after not hearing back from CFS-O. The CSA’s lawyers advise Batuszkin to resend the petitions via registered mail, a CFS defederating requirement.
Striding towards a cure
Guelph Relay For Life succeeds for sixth consecutive year
Six years ago, the University of Guelph became the first postsecondary school in Canada to participate in the Relay For Life. This past weekend marked yet another successful fundraiser, with all proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). On Saturday in the Gryphon Dome, approximately 276 participants on 45 teams took part in a 12-hour non-competitive relay around the track. The idea of the event is to create an opportunity where friends and families can get together and celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back in hope of finding a cure. The fundraiser occurs at different times throughout the year across Canada and the United States. Money for the CCS goes towards funding promising research projects on all types of cancer, providing information services and support programs within communities, as well as advocating for public policies that prevent cancer and helping those that live with it. This year, students raised an amazing $32,000. Leading the way was Samantha Smith-Moskal, a third-year French studies student. As well as being the top fundraiser, Smith-Moskal also took on the task
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of being the event chair by herself, the first time the position has ever been executed solo. What makes Smith-Moskal’s story even more unique is the fact that she is also a cancer survivor. In the fall of 2008, while taking part in a semester abroad in France, she was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). “I noticed a few bruises that I didn’t remember getting,” recalled Samantha of her observations shortly before the diagnosis. Samantha fought hard, but admitted that there were some very tough times. “Being diagnosed in a foreign country, so far away from home, was less than ideal,” she said. She battled through three
rounds of chemotherapy and had some complications on her road to recovery. “I had a blood clot in my lung, hypocalcaemia [an excess of calcium that is potentially fatal],” she said. “And, I was also put on oxygen supply for four days after being diagnosed with pneumonia”. Samantha gave credit to her friends and family who were always by her side, supporting her every step of the way. “I still can’t believe that I’ve had cancer,” she said in a surprised, yet jubilant voice. Her strength and determination has paid off as Smith-Moskal has now been in remission for one year as of Wednesday. “The atmosphere was
inspirational and celebratory,” said a tired Smith-Moskal, when the event was all said and done. There were many highlights throughout the relay that kept participants amused and entertained. At 6:50 a.m., after nearly 12 hours of team members taking turns circling the track, a giant conga lined was formed that unified everyone. There were also constant activities such as live music, an Easter egg hunt, aerobics, line dancing, boogies and more to keep the participants going. Smith-Moskal said that the survivor victory lap with fellow survivors and family members was a very “triumphant feeling.” Shaun Pinder, a third-year bio-medical sciences student, was
one of the many participants in Saturday’s relay. “The event was a blast. This was my fourth Relay that I have participated in and I know it will not be my last,” said Pinder. “The Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life is a great opportunity to get together with family and friends and celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back in hope of finding a cure for this terrible disease.” Despite all of the effort and stress that went into planning it, Smith-Moskal said that it was absolutely worth it. “I had a great time and I think the rest of the committee and the participants did too.”
Gryphons prepare to assume new summer roles
Va r s i t y a th l e te s become coaches for youth sports camps
They say that those who can’t do, teach. But, during the summer months on the University of Guelph campus, those who ‘teach,’ can also ‘do.’ During the summer, the department of athletics hosts a number of youth sports camps, aimed at developing the skills of elementary and high school-aged students. The Gryphons varsity coaches direct these camps, but the staff is comprised of Gryphons athletes, who bestow their knowledge, skills and experiences upon budding young athletes. Jasmine Douglas, the star second-year forward from the Gryphon women’s basketball team, is one of those specially selected varsity athletes helping to staff the women’s camp. “This will be my third summer working at the camps, so I believe that I will be given more responsibility this time around,” said Douglas, who will be joined by teammates Samantha Russell and Kara Muhlhausen on the basketball staff. “I’ll be looking to be more of a vocal leader to not only the campers, but also to other counsellors, as this is a skill I am basketball head coaches, Chris O’Rourke and Angela Orton, will be leading the basketball camps, and hockey, football, soccer, volleyball, lacrosse and track and field youth camps will also be offered and directed by Shawn Camp, Rachel Flanagan, Bill Brown, Keith Mason, Paul Funk, Sam Kosakowski, Chris Moulton enthusiasm and work ethic is virtually unparalleled. No rebound is beyond her reach and very few players attack the basket with her tenacity. “I think the most valuable thing that I can bring to the camp as an instructor and staff member is my work ethic and overall enthusiasm for basketball,” she said. “Also, [I can] show kids that with hard work and determination, they can improve immensely, as well as having fun along the way.” Despite never having the opportunity to participate in similar camps when she was younger, Douglas, who instead, honed her skills playing against her male friends on the playground, recognized the importance of teaching fundamentals of the game at a young age. “It is very important for young women to have such great opportunities to further develop their skills, because with some of the campers being younger, it allows them to be able to start learning the basics earlier on,” she said. “It’s always nice to see a camper that struggles with a skill at the beginning of the week, be able to see them progress with it, and by the end of the week have them excelling at the skill. “This shows how practice and hard work goes a long way in your development as a player.”
Jasmine Douglas is among the many Gryphon varsity athletes who are giving their time to help instruct youth summer camps. looking to improve on in general.” Douglas looks at this upcoming experience not only as a chance to give back to the Guelph community where she grew up, but also as an opportunity to provide young female athletes with quality training. “I want to teach them that
I want to teach them that females can play basketball, or any other sport for that matter, and to not be held back because of their gender. We teach the kids that with hard work and determination they can play basketball at the university level too.
Gryphon athlete and camp instructor
females can play basketball, or any other sport for that matter, and to not be held back because of their gender,” said Douglas. “We teach the kids that with hard work and determination they can play basketball at the university level too.” Gryphon men’s and women’s
and Dave Scott-Thomas – all of them being Gryphons varsity coaches. In watching Douglas play university basketball, her
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Martial arts: physical development and stress relief
Guelph’s intramural and club programs offer a variety of popular options
Having a regular workout routine at the gym is a valuable experience. Aside from obvious health benefits, exercising causes natural endorphins to be released in your brain that can combat mental and physical stress. But it doesn’t always work out. Working out by yourself can be a bit of a drag, and getting into a routine does involve a time commitment – which students who are heavily involved in clubs and organizations may not have. Intramurals are a great solution for students looking to get in shape, meet new people, and to be part of a team. For those still looking to make friends and get fit, but perhaps wishing to partake in more of an individual route, martial arts classes at Guelph are a great option. Even though the Ontario government refuses to sanction the octagon display of the Ultimate Fighting Challenge (UFC), these types of related classes tend to be the most popular, with Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu having full enrollment in both semesters. “Martial arts that are directly related to UFC do very well,” said intramural, martial arts and sports offered have a reasonable level of enrollment. Only classes that are cancelled for two consecutive semesters due to lack of interest are in serious jeopardy of being removed altogether. Martial arts are an affordable option for students looking to either get in shape or try something new. Since student gym memberships are included in your student fees, the majority of martial arts classes offered are around $60, the exceptions being Muay Thai priced at $99 and Capoeria at $75. With each semester containing 20 classes, it equates to approximately three dollars per class – the same price as dropping in to the athletic centre’s cardio or weight room. There are also club martial arts, such as Ninjutsu, which can often be much more independent than the class formats, because they are not run through the athletic centre. “Facilities are a restraint,” admitted Trudelle, who must find time and places to accommodate the variety of classes desired by students. Although a lack of facilities does impose limits to martial arts offered at Guelph, Trudelle said that the university will try to offer a new and appealing martial art every year to add to the program’s roster.
A martial arts student learns the technique of using a kama. clubs supervisor Dave Trudelle. Jiu-Jitsu, in particular, offers a supplemental class to deal with the additional demand in the winter semester. Albeit, as midterms and end of semester assignments wreak havoc on students’ social lives, actual attendance tends to dwindle near the end of classes; but, the classes are still generally well-attended throughout the duration of the semester. But not all of the non-UFC martial arts are as fortunate. Three of the eight classes offered – Self Defence for Women, Capoeria, and Tai Chi – were cancelled this semester. Trudelle said the pricing and class cancellation is primarily at the discretion of the instructor. Classes are almost always cancelled
because the number of students participating did not cover the cost of the instructor. However, this isn’t always the case; Aikido was cancelled due to low enrollment, but after some haggling with the instructor, he agreed to run the course for a reduced price. While class sizes and interests can fluctuate from semester to semester, all the classes
Lang will be joined by two full-time assistants
Stu Lang brings a wealth of football and business success to the Gryphons program. He is expected to take on a strong managerial role with the team.
that we build into our players the character that will make them great friends, great fathers and great husbands.” Part of Lang’s vision is also to help bring a new stadium to the Guelph campus. He will be actively working with prospective donors, using his experience to bridge football and business management. “Part of our vision is to leave behind a new stadium that is the heart and soul of the community in Guelph,” said Lang. “I’ll be out in the community, shaking hands, fundraising, meeting alumni, and developing those relationships too.” With spring camp shortly, and other schools already naming their incoming recruits, Lang recognized that he may be behind the 8-ball, relative to other university football coaches, both from a preparation and recruiting perspective. Despite his late start, his strategies and ambitions moving forward are quite clear. “There are two ways to get superior talent. The easy part is recruiting, and the hard part is training,” said Lang. “I met with the recruiters last night – we’ve got some great recruiters, but we’re pretty localized in Ontario. We need to stretch our recruiting from coast to coast and expand our geography.”
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makes friends with fennel
that by pairing fennel with citrus the licorice taste is balanced out. Others explained that the taste of the bulb is much more mild than the foliage or the seeds, so going that route will mean a less-abrasive licorice taste. I came across a recipe for a spiced fennel salad on the blog Not Eating Out in New York written by Cathy Erway. The recipe matched to a ‘T’ all of the criteria I had in mind for a positive first-fennel experience. The presence of citrus? Check. Use of the fennel bulb? Check. Interesting spice combination to distract from the licorice taste? Check. Everything was in order. For the recipe, I had to adapt to the lack of crème fraiche at the grocery store by using sour cream. If you choose to do that as well, use slightly less than what the recipe calls for because most sour creams tend to be a little runnier than crème fraiche. Also I used Meyer lemon, but they aren’t available as often as I would like, so this salad can be made with regular lemons as well. Overall, my first fennel experience, in the form of a beautiful and crisp salad enjoyed in the sun, was a very pleasant one. The licorice taste was so mild and unobtrusive that I can’t help but feel foolish for avoiding it for so long. Another point worth noting is that the salad really benefits from a little time, allowing for the flavours to develop, so I will be happily enjoying leftover fennel salad for dinner the second night in a row.
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Fennel is one of those things you either love or hate. For fear of hating it and being forced to endure it through a whole meal, I had stealthily avoided it for quite some time. You see, I have an aversion to very few tastes in this world, but licorice is one of them. As you may know from experience or from taking my hint, fennel tastes very similar to licorice, thus a problem for the fennel/licorice-averse, of which there are many. Ever determined to overcome any sign of pickiness in my eating habits, I set out in search of a recipe that could introduce me to the more enjoyable aspects of the plant that has polarized so many eaters. I turned to a few friends for fennel advice and they suggested
ß Spiced Fennel Salad with crème Fraiche and meyer lemonß
inGredienTs 1 large fennel bulb, cored and finely sliced 1/2 tsp each whole cumin seeds and coriander seeds, coarsely crushed (either with a mortar and pestle, or crushed under a metal spoon) 1 Meyer lemon, zested and cut into 2 -3 tbsp fennel fronds, chopped individual sections, without any peel or pith (if using regular lemon, don’t add sections, simply add its juice to taste) 2 tsp honey direCTions Combine the crème fraiche, honey, salt, lemon zest, cumin and coriander in a large bowl. Fold in the fennel and Meyer lemon slices until evenly coated. Add the fennel fronds and toss once more. Serve immediately or chill up to one night, covered.
1/2 cup crème fraiche (or sour cream, but then add less) pinch of salt
A shift takes place over the course of this week as both Venus and Mercury move into Taurus and your personal financial zone. To make things really special, there is a Full Moon in your opposite sign of Libra, which is going to bring certain tensions to the surface. On Monday you may feel more emotional than usual, especially where your relationships are concerned. If you find your mood swinging from high to low, you’ll know why. Take it easy!
• Horoscopes •
A Full Moon in your communication zone means you get a clearer picture of what is going on in your life. Mars in Leo is a fierce and powerful combination of energies that knows no compromise. This is the way you need to be right now, within reason, if you want to succeed at the goals you have set yourself. But it also helps to have planned everything in advance, so you know where to direct this energy for best results.
Venus and Mercury move into your sign, so you’re now in control once again. You want to make changes and share your ideas with others. The week begins with a Full Moon in your health and lifestyle zone. You get a chance to find out why you may be feeling so emotional. Are you ready to wise up? Face problems head on and stay cool. If you overreact, you’ll ruin your chances to create harmony and may make thing worse.
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A Full Moon in Libra creates a dramatic start to the week. Love affairs could come to a head. Go easy. The high point in your chart is Jupiter in your career zone. You have a much better chance of standing out from the crowd and getting the publicity you deserve. Your place in the community seems to be bringing you recognition at last. Sunday is quite intense and potentially passionate. Whatever takes place is between you and that special someone.
Both Venus and Mercury move into your adventure zone. It’s time to look to the future and decide what you want to do next. The Full Moon on Monday may bring up financial issues, which could be emotional. You may begin to worry more than usual. Don’t panic or overreact. It helps if you can see things in a rational light. Wait a few days before you decide what to do. In the meantime, it always helps to talk.
The Full Moon in Libra early in the week may encourage vivid, powerful dreams. The focus shifts to your relationships. You may decide to spend more quality time with those you love. Mercury aspects Neptune on Wednesday, so beware of misunderstandings. Take special care if you’re signing important documents, especially any associated with your property. Venus squares Mars on Saturday, bringing a touch of creative tension your way. The answer you eventually arrive at may be brilliant.
As the focus shifts toward your home and family zone, you seem keen to get your place shipshape and ready for the good times ahead. Your partner continues to be forthright and always ready with a quick riposte or cryptic comment. You need to learn how to give as good as you get. Jupiter continues to move through your financial zone and bring you good fortune. It’s time to put your money to work for you and get a good return.
A Full Moon in Libra on Monday may bring tensions to a head at home. Conflicts could arise, so you may need to compromise to keep the peace. Don’t make any decisions on the spur of the moment. It’s best to wait a few days until everything has calmed down. You are happy to go with the flow, especially as Jupiter in Pisces is encouraging you to step out of line, and expand your options. You know what that means?
There is a Full Moon in your sign at the start of the week, so bask in the moonlight and pamper yourself. Don’t overdo it. Take care on Thursday, as it is all too easy to make a mistake. The same applies when purchasing over the Internet. The weekend looks set to be exciting, especially as Venus squares Mars on Saturday. A social event may be the start of a unique relationship, one that could last for some time.
You are much more restless than usual. This is down to the presence of Mars in your adventure zone. You are ready to travel over the rainbow and explore new horizons. A Full Moon brings issues to a head involving friends or groups. Don’t overreact and do something that you might regret. Mind how you go! This influence is great for partying. Enjoy! You may get opportunities to earn more money over the coming days. That should make you smile.
There is plenty of scope for socializing and making new friends. The weekend looks especially interesting with both Mercury and Venus making a trine to Pluto. Meetings that occur at this time are going to be quite intense, and the relationship may continue for some time into the future. Mars is in your work and health zone, where it has been for some time. You’re more determined than ever to get into shape and tone your body for the summer.
You may have plans that require an injection of cash. It’s time to talk to the people who might be able to provide it. Meanwhile, Jupiter in Pisces brings you plenty of opportunity to show how creative you are, even in the most uncreative of situations. You seem to pluck brilliant ideas out of the ether and amaze others with your originality. It’s time to use this quality to boost your business and get ahead. You have so much potential.
Horoscopes courtesy of horoscope.com
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Building a fixed gear bike
A fixed gear bicycle is a manipulated bicycle that has no freewheels, meaning that it cannot coast. On a “fixy,” when the bicycle is in motion, the pedals are always moving. This is a result of the back sprocket being screwed directly onto the hub, and among other things, this allows the cyclist to stop without using brakes by simply resisting the pedals. The appeal of a fixed gear bicycle is the constant push of the pedals that propels the rider to reach higher speeds, and is often used by bicycle couriers in crowded cityscapes. To convert the old bike that has been sitting in your garage for
the last two decades into a sexy looking fixed gear bicycle, follow these steps. Step 1: You will need to find a bike with horizontal dropouts. Many road bikes from the 1980s and earlier have these dropouts, so they are excellent candidates for fixed gear bikes because they are cheap and aesthetically pleasing. Step 2: Remove anything on the bike that isn’t absolutely essential for a safe ride, including: your derailleurs, derailleur cables, shifters, brakes, fenders etc. This is the fun part, taking off the hardware makes your bike lighter and gives you an opportunity to clean and paint the frame. Step 3: Convert your crankring (the round, toothed piece that attached the arms to the pedals). Remove your big chainring and bolt the small chainring back on with single or ‘shorty’ chainring bolts. Step 4: Next, convert your rear wheel. If you have a freewheel hub (the center part of a bicycle wheel), you can remove the freewheel and thread on a cog. You may want to consider using a lockring to hold the cog in place, and you may want to switch to a solid axle. Otherwise, it is best to buy a track hub or a flip flop hub and build up a new wheel. Step 5: Adjust the chain tension by moving the wheel back and forth in the horizontal dropouts. You want the chain fairly tight, but it shouldn’t bind in any position. Step 6: Check your chainline
(the angle of a bicycle chain relative to the centerline of the bike’s frame). Your front chainring must line up perfectly with the cog in the back. Step 7: If you want, you can keep your brakes. Some people remove both brakes or the rear brake to get a cleaner look. But in traffic sometimes it’s nice to have the stopping power of at least one brake.
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Each week, Ontarion editors will divulge their sage advice for breaking into a possibly intimidating aspect of culture. Anything that might overwhelm and seem impossible to "get into," Ontarion editors will seek to demystify and make the transition from neophyte to connoisseur a simple one.
For perhaps the most barebones online social networking site, Twitter is probably the hardest for a novice. It has really specific jargon and the homepage is almost devoid of information, working on the assumption that everyone knows how it works already. But that isn’t always the case. While almost everyone I know uses Facebook, only a small handful of them use Twitter. When I ask them why not, most of them reply that they don’t understand it. So this article is for them, and for anyone else out there who has had a passing interest in it but maybe didn’t understand just how to go about using it properly. Getting started So step one is kind of obvious: start an account. Pick a username you like, or are just kind of okay with. Unlike many sites, you can change your username whenever you want and keep your Twitter history intact.
You’ll be following all the same people, and anyone following your old name will be following your new one. Once you’re all signed up and logged in, you’ll be greeted with a big box that says “What’s happening?” This is where you post your updates, or ‘tweets.’ Underneath it, all of your tweets plus all the tweets of everyone you follow will show up, most recent first. Where you @? Twitter usernames are always prefaced with an @. If you ever want to mention another user in an update, you can precede their username with an @ to make it an active link for anyone following you. The user will also be alerted on their ‘Mentions’ page (yours is on the right hand side of the Twitter. com homepage: @ YourUsername.)
RT If you really like something someone said, you can share it with your followers by ‘retweeting’ it. If you mouse over an update, the ‘retweet’ button will pop up in the bottom-right corner. Click it and the post will then show up in their feeds as being retweeted by you. This automated way of retweeting is fairly new, and a lot of users stick to how it was done up until a few months ago: simply typing “RT” and then pasting the update in after. This also lets you add your own comments on it, but takes up more characters. #hashtags You can give your updates tags so that other users interested in the same topics can easily track them simply by typing a ‘hash’ (#) and then whatever the topic is. You can click these hashtags in the update and it will take you to a search
showing all the updates with this tag attached. You can save these searches to keep tabs on certain topics you’re interested in. Try it out by searching for #Guelph from the homepage! The current most popular hashtags, as well as other popular terms, will show up on the homepage under “Trending Topics.” Who to follow? With millions of users, it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. Here’s a list of my favourite Tweeters. But if you ever see someone whose updates you enjoy, just follow them. Because so little personal information is shared, following a stranger on Twitter doesn’t have the same social stigmas as adding someone you don’t know on Facebook might. Most people would probably be flattered someone is interested in what they have to say!
Suggested users to follow...
@dwmdm • Yours truly
@MikeTreadgold • Ontarion sports editor, Mike Treadgold
@ConanOBrien • Comedian, talk show legend, gangly Irish man @MindyKaling • The Office’s Kelly Kapoor’s Twitter is one of the funniest online.
@Maddow • MSNBC news anchor and political commentator Rachel Maddow. @shitmydadsays • Hilarious remarks from one Twitter user’s old man.
@badbanana • 40-something professional from Nebraska with wittier one-liners than any comedian on Twitter. @deadspin • Hvumourous and abrasive commentary from the world of sports.
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Imagine a history course without hip-hop. Imagine a history course without Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. Imagine a history course without Thomas Jefferson, the separation of church and state or any sort of distinction made between gender and sex. Does that sound like American History to you? Well, as of March 12, it is. A far-right faction of the Texas State Board of Education succeeded in removing all of the aforementioned topics in exchange for country music as a cultural movement and favourable representations of Reganism, Calvinism, McCarthyism and the National Rifle Association, among other pro-Conservative ideologies, figures and groups. The board also downplayed Latin Americans, specifically activists, and encouraged the studying of violent civil war protests by the Black Panthers. While some onlookers might sarcastically claim that these subjects are a more accurate representation of the views of Texans, this is no laughing matter. Aside from the obvious alteration of in-state history, this historical rewrite will affect Americans far beyond the borders
of Texas. Because Texas is one of the largest purchasers of textbooks in the United States, there is now an economic incentive to produce
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Texas textbooks rewrite history
cheapest textbooks. As anyone who has studied capitalism can tell you, or as it was recently renamed, the free enterprise system, the most manufactured books invariably become the most affordable. While it is easy to see this issue as an American concern, it has very real implications for the entire world. Reshaping history to pander to certain political ideologies isn’t just immoral: it’s incredibly dangerous. Doing so dissolves the very fabric of democracy in America. Then again, as future Texas students will tell you, America isn’t “democratic”: it’s a “constitutional republic”. For all the corporate sponsorship in healthcare legislation, for all the repression of populist regimes in foreign countries, for all the excessive and prohibitive costs an education in America incurs, these have all been problems of the present. These controversial policies might be socially responsible or they may not, but regardless, they were topics that would to some degree, be discussed in the classroom. The rewriting of history is a problem of an entirely different scope; the Orwellian changes to yesterday do not cripple the educational system of today, they poison it for the youth of tomorrow.
While it is easy to see this issue as an American concern, it has very real implications for the entire world. Reshaping history to pander to certain political ideologies isn’t just immoral: it’s incredibly dangerous.
these questionable history textbooks at a mass scale. However, more importantly, Texas is the only state in the nation to have uniform educational standards throughout the state from kindergarten to Grade 12. With no other state lobbying as powerfully for other standards, there is a real likelihood that the impact of these textbooks reaches beyond Texas. While some industry
A far-right faction of the Texas State Board of Education succeeded in removing historical figures such as Thomas Jefferson out of history textbooks. Roosevelt’s New Deal has also been slashed. representatives have claimed that digitalization of media will promote other interpretations and hopefully limit these textbooks from becoming the national standard, many critics of the policy maintain that various under funded school boards will frequently purchase the
The meaning of No we can’t meaning is meaningless Why Barack Obama do Unlike us Ontarians,Americans not have universal healthcare.
What is the meaning of meaning, and why is it held so high? Theists sometimes ask me, “How can you be an Atheist? From where do you derive your life’s meaning?” The truth is: I don’t. I’m perfectly happy leading a life which ultimately has no meaning. I do not understand why this social construct of meaning is held in such high regard. What does it mean for something to have meaning? Is this why theists subscribe to some sort of higher power? Is it because going to heaven adds a level of meaning to your life? Is your ultimate meaning in life to get to heaven and be with God? Well, let’s say for instance you do go to heaven (fat chance you sinful, pot smoking, hippy!)… then what? What does your blissful existence in the clouds then mean? Is your meaning to serve God? Wouldn’t you get tired of an eternity of God serving? I know I would, but I’m only one Atheist. Obviously Atheists don’t subscribe to that belief system. We live, we die, we rot. Sounds pleasant, eh? Well actually, the part we experience really is pleasant. We know that it is pointless to attach a colossal life meaning to our existence, and we can therefore enjoy a stress free, boundless existence without feeling pressure or fear to live up to a self-imposed higher meaning. Meaning can be attached to
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anything. It is an entirely subjective social construct, and in many cases it is a critical component of existence. Nobody wants to work at a fast food join flipping burgers their entire life; it’s too meaningless. But this is only one component of life, it says nothing of life’s ultimate meaning. People find meaning in the silliest of things: Jesus’ face in a grilled-cheese sandwich; God’s eyes hidden in the wood grain of a door; mother Mary in the windows of a church. This deluded form of meaning is what has me most concerned. If people are so prone to find meaning in things where really there is none, our societal advances are hindered and our society advances much slower. Think of how much collective time people waste worshipping imaginary, non-existent Gods. To these people, getting to spend eternity in heaven is their life’s ultimate meaning. To me, this is just as silly as finding meaning in a grilled-cheese Jesus sandwich. The late Douglas Adams once rhetorically asked: “Isn’t enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” This quote sums up my thoughts perfectly: life is inherently beautiful in and of itself. There is no need to attach meaning to things because the whole construct of meaning is in actuality meaningless. Accept it, smile, breathe in, and live your boundless existence.
has failed the American Public
Barack Obama rode into office on a wave of reform. With the image of a warmongering, poorly spoken George W. Bush freshly ingrained in the public consciousness, here was a chance for hope. A well-spoken, debonair African-American was running for presidency—and he was doing it on the platform of healthcare reform. Even political cynics like me became optimistic. As controversial as the United States of America’s foreign affairs can be, as debated as drug and gun control legislation frequently are, America’s healthcare was almost inarguably crippled. Despite spending more money on health care than any other country in the world, America ranked 37th according to the World Health Organization. More than any other issue, Obama was elected on the basis of health care reform. Over two years later, healthcare reform legislation has finally passed. However, many of the same problems with the former plan still exist, and if anything, they might have become more challenging. The new plan that passed on March 25 falls far short of the plan promised two years ago by Obama and fellow democrats. For anyone who has not been following America’s healthcare debate over the last two years, here is a quick summary.
Americans could buy insurance— provided they met a certain number of qualifications, such as not having a variety of preexisting illnesses or medical conditions. This is (to dramatically oversimplify) one of the main reasons why cigarettes,
also laden with corruption and injustice. Without a universal coverage option, healthcare is not considered a right in the United States. Specifically, if I were diagnosed with treatable cancer in Canada, the Ontario government will do its best to offer me treatment. If I were an American,
Obama was elected largely on the platform of offering universal healthcare. Two years later, he has failed miserably in his attempt to deliver it.
beer and even generic grocery store items are cheaper in most states than in most provinces— because there is no public plan for healthcare. Proponents of this system frequently cite that American government should be as limited as possible, arguing that the additional taxation Canadians, French, British and the vast majority of the developed world pay is not an effective allocation of resources, instead favouring privatization of health care. This system certainly does have its benefits—for the right price, medical services are indeed faster and frequently more effective. However, this system is without a health plan, there would be no treatment available. Obama was elected largely on the platform of offering universal healthcare. Two years later, he has failed miserably in his attempt to deliver it. The most widely publicized piece of the bill drafted last week was the extension of coverage to 32 million more Americans. While the extension of coverage may sound like a lofty ideal, it does not make healthcare more affordable for these payers. Furthermore, no public universal option has been passed. While 32 million more Americans will now have the option to pay for healthcare, many millions more will still go without.
They’re two different things
Supporting our troops does not mean supporting the war
Many times in conversation, the war in Afghanistan has come up. I am always the first to say, “I support our troops.” Immediately after I say that, there is always someone who tells me that I am wrong to support the war, or that the war is wrong, or that our soldiers shouldn’t be overseas. I am very bothered by the fact that most people see “I support our troops” and “I support the war,” as the same thing. The fact is that supporting the war is a whole other debate. Why are Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan? It has something to do with NATO, the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and a counter-insurgency operation. Should the Canadian soldiers be in Afghanistan? That’s a little more complicated. But what is clear is that all Canadians, whether they think that the war is right or wrong, whether they think our soldiers should be over there or not, should support our troops. Supporting the troops doesn’t mean that you think that war is good. It doesn’t mean that you think our boys and girls should be overseas. It doesn’t mean that you believe there is a valid reason to have invaded Afghanistan. Supporting the troops means that you are behind our friends and family who don the uniform and fill the ranks. Supporting the troops means that you are proud and patriotic. Supporting the troops means that you are thankful for the brave Canadians who fight this war so you don’t have to. There are certainly easier jobs out there than enlisting in the Forces. Being a soldier is a demanding job, physically, mentally, and emotionally. It is not a high paying job, unless you are among the lucky few to rise high in the ranks. Members of the Forces have numerous more laws to time, separated by continents and oceans. There are also many single parents in the military who continue to shoulder the burden for childcare even when deployed. Their children often have no choice but to pack up and live with distant relatives. Furthermore, the job is extremely dangerous. If you make a mistake on a test, you might lose a mark. If you make a mistake on the job, you might inconvenience a customer. If you make a mistake in conflict, you could die, or cost others their lives. Besides death, there is a chance of permanent disability and disfigurement. The stakes are as high as they could be, every single day for every single soldier on the front lines. Think about how hard it would be to know that every single action and decision for the duration of a tour has the potential of life ending or life–altering consequences. The amazing thing is that the ranks are filled with volunteers; people who didn’t have to put their lives on the line, people who didn’t have to take such a difficult and demanding job and people who didn’t have to leave their homes, friends, and families for months on end. These are people who chose to anyway. They might have enlisted out of national pride, because they needed of a job, or to acquire a skilled trade, but regardless, they volunteered. They stand on guard so that others aren’t forced to. Imagine if there was a shortage of volunteers for the Canadian Forces. How would the ranks be filled? Likely in the same way they were in the past, through conscription and drafting. Over 100,000 fled the United States to Canada during the Vietnam draft era. Most of them were fairly well educated and contributed to academics and the arts in Canada. It would be devastating for Canada to lose 100,000 talented and educated citizens, whose potential contributions to Canadian society would be sorely missed. Furthermore, conscription would force young Canadians, much like myself and many others in university, into the service and overseas to war. The next time you hear about the War in Afghanistan, think. Think about how difficult it must be to be ordered to kill and watch your comrades die. Think about how frightening it must be to know that in combat your life could end in the blink of an eye. Think about how tough it would be to leave everything you know for months on end. And then think about how lucky you are that over 110,000 Canadians have volunteered to fill the ranks so that you don’t have to go through what they do. I am very proud to say that no matter what, I support our troops.
Supporting the troops doesn’t mean that you think that war is good. It doesn’t mean that you think our boys and girls should be overseas. It doesn’t mean that you believe there is a valid reason to have invaded Afghanistan.
abide by, and they can be charged for seemingly trivial offences, such as disrespectfulness, disobeying an order, and fraternizing. Many soldiers have spouses and children. Being deployed means not seeing loved ones for months at a
Why she shouldn’t speak
Debunking the notion that Ann Coulter’s denial to speak at Ottawa U was ‘unequal’
Last week, there was quite the fury at the University of Ottawa when approximately 200 university students rallied together to cancel Ann Coulter’s speech, one of three talks set to be presented by the American right-wing columnist and published author throughout her speaking tour at Canadian universities. Many Americans have labeled this move as unequal, oppressive, and a threat to freedom of speech. Some claim that Canada’s system of democracy is ‘weak’ and even ‘wimpy.’ However, thousands of students and Canadians alike have celebrated the move as one step towards banning Coulter from speaking in Canada. While I advocate for freedom of speech, I believe that boundaries have to drawn to prevent hateful language and actions. To me and many others, Coulter’s words are extremely hateful and so harmful that in this case, they should be silenced. For those of you unfamiliar with Coulter’s background, let me introduce you to her by sharing with you some of her quotes: “Airports scrupulously apply the same laughably ineffective airport harassment to Suzy Chapstick as to Muslim hijackers. It is preposterous to assume every passenger is a potential crazed homicidal maniac. We know who the homicidal maniacs are. They are the ones cheering and dancing right now. We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.” These remarks were featured in Coulter’s columns within two weeks after Sept. 11, 2001. If that didn’t phase you, maybe this quote will: “In contemplating college liberals, you really regret, once again, that John Walker is not getting the death penalty. We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals by making them realize that they could be killed, too. Otherwise they will turn out into outright traitors.” This was said during the CPAC conference in 2002. After reading these quotes, it becomes easier to completely support not allowing Ms. Coulter, or anyone else as hateful and uneducated as she is, to speak within an academic setting (in all honesty, I think these people should be banished to another planet, but that is another topic). We even given their own TV shows and political movements (i.e Glenn Beck). But here in Canada, we don’t sacrifice our principles as often for TV ratings or controversy. At least we try not to. Coulter supporters have also criticized the letter written by Francois Houle, the vicepresident academic and provost at the University of Ottawa. Houle addressed the letter to Coulter welcoming her to the capital, while expressing the seriousness of actions in Canada that evoke hatred against any identifiable group. Coulter lashed out upon receiving the letter, exclaiming that she was being intimidated and threatened of criminal prosecution before presenting any speeches. Canada has disappointed the public in regards to political responses to other pressing issues, such as climate change and torture against Afghan detainees. After hearing about Houle’s letter and what went on last week at Ottawa U last week, I finally felt a feeling rise within me that I have been missing for far too long – pride. Thank you Ottawa U students for standing up against Coulter, and showing the rest of the world that Canada does not tolerate individuals whose sole purpose is to promote hate.
American political pundit Anne Coulter has been making appearances on Canadian university campuses. have certain rules in Canada that do not allow for hateful speech to be perpetuated within a public realm, and it is these rules that we should be proud of. Focusing much on discourse in my studies, I understand words, both written and spoken, as
extremely powerful. I do not know why anyone in their right mind would allow her to say anything, especially within a university – a place of reflective thought. We know in the good ol’ US of A, these people can say whatever they want and are
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No rules? No problem
As features editor for the Ontarion two years ago, I had the great misfortune of covering a story about three student unions in British Columbia: the Simon Fraser Students’ Society, the University of Victoria Graduate Students’ Society and the Kwantlen UniversityCollege Students Association. All three decided to hold referendums on continued membership in the Canadian Federation of Students. Their reasons varied, but generally the groups were unsatisfied with what they were getting in return for their student dues. Anyone paying attention to the ongoing referendum saga at Guelph knows what happened next: a series of court battles that pitted student unions against the very organization that was supposed to represent them. The most recent ruling for the Simon Fraser Students’ Society vs. CFS was handed down in January of this year. Think about that: long after many of the students involved in the Simon Fraser campaign graduated, the two sides are still fighting it out in court. One of the most common causes of these legal woes is the body empowered to set referendum rules and arbitrate disputes, the
Referendum Oversight Committee. On the ROC, two representatives from the CFS and two from the student union meet and determine how a referendum campaign is going to run. At least, that’s how it’s supposed to work. More often than not, the two sides are hopelessly deadlocked, which works out perfectly for the CFS. On the one hand, if the ROC can’t decide on details like the length of the campaign or the number of voting days, no referendum can take
place. By default, the student union stays part of the federation, or must go to court to force a resolution. In Guelph’s case, the CFS dragged its feet and refused to form a ROC, claiming the petition requesting a referendum was invalid. After the CSA went to court, a judge laid out some basic rules and asked the ROC to do the rest. But even that is proving difficult. As of Wednesday, there is little information about what is considered acceptable behaviour for campaigning. By default, that means
the various volunteer canvassers from Toronto, Ottawa, Carleton and York that have sprung up on campus to shill for the YES-to-CFS side aren’t breaking the rules, because there are no rules. What about spending limits? None are required, nor is either side required to submit expense reports. This automatically benefits the CFS, which has more money to spend. Even the approval of campaign materials appears lopsided. The NO side has complained that the ROC is holding up its campaign materials while approving YES posters and fliers. No one knows exactly what is happening, since all proceedings at the ROC are confidential. Further, the members representing the Central Student Association, Gavin Armstrong and Galen Fick, are officially neutral, which means the NO side gets no representation on the committee. The ROC could ask a neutral judge to rule on every little dispute, but that simply eats up more time. More time without rules. Notably, the CSA already has rules for its elections, including campaign spending limits. However, the CFS claims their bylaws overrule those of local members, and it’s willing to fight for that interpretation.
After their ROC processes stalled, the student unions at Simon Fraser and Kwantlen tried handing over control to third parties. They naively believed that the officials who oversee their elections were perfectly qualified to referee a vote on CFS membership. That’s when the lawsuits started. The folks at Simon Fraser and Kwantlen would surely recognize the name Lucy Watson, then national director of the CFS. She was on the ROC at the three campuses in B.C., and more recently at the Post Graduate Society of McGill. Three of the four committees she’s sat on (that we know of ) have fallen apart from infighting. The PGSS is going ahead with the vote anyways, which likely means another battle with the CFS legal machine. The federation spent $246,646 in legal fees in 2008-2009. That’s almost the same amount Guelph students pay in student dues to the CFS. Now, Watson is one of the ROC members at Guelph (the other is Ashkon Hashemi, internal coordinator for CFS-Ontario). Despite her abysmal track record, the CFS continues to rely on her to help run membership referendums. Run them into the ground, that is.
aCademiCs against apathy
A trying task
Dr. Judith McKenzie’s efforts to establish equality for women and marg inalized population
Dr. Judith McKenzie has focused her research on the Canadian government, public policy analysis, environmental politics and women in politics. She is currently working on several projects, one of them being a book manuscript for UBC Press tentatively titled, Social Justice and Mental Health Policy in Canada. Dr. Judith McKenzie exposes students to critical issues and problems facing Canada’s marginalized populations throughout all of her courses. Additionally, her writings are consistently featured in local and national newspapers, and focus on educating the wider Canadian public on an array of social justice and environmental issues. She is a self-declared feminist, and many students have gotten to know her at Guelph’s annual Take Back the Night March, aiming to curb violence against women. KR: What barriers have you come across, in aiming to spread awareness and improve equality for women? JM: Well, we have really become successful about pursuing post-secondary school. We have more women that are practicing as lawyers, as doctors, but when you look at how many women are sitting in the house of commons, it’s abysmal. It’s one of the worst. We’re something like 50th in the western world, in terms of women being in politics. We have three women in the supreme court, including the supreme justice, that’s impressive, but dayto-day public policy decisions are made by politicians. And one of the things I’m doing…is I point to the fact that the ‘equality project,’ while it has had some success in some areas, women still remain unequal when it comes to making political decisions. We also still know that women get beaten up by partners. Aboriginal women are disproportionally in the criminal justice system and women are still getting sexually assaulted. These problems are still relevant and continuing. KR: What do you hope will result from your work and efforts? JM: Well that more people will, especially young people, will realize that there are still some groups in our society that are facing disadvantages. The fact that we have all sorts of evidence about a looming environmental catastrophe, I hope to raise awareness that there are some looming problems right now, problems that are scary. KR: How can academics overcome this disconnect between academic theory and practical on-the-ground change? JM: Well, academia was my second career. I worked as a town planner for ten years. I really think I am not a huge theorist. I’m more a practical, sort of public policy person. So, the fact that I haven’t always been in academia I think gave me some insights about how the real world operates. I remember in my planning program spending all nighters with the team, a sustainable community with dedicated bike lanes, sustainable housing, and then by the time we all got into the planning business, all the ideas that we had were not accepted. It was all about politics and letting developers do what they wanted. It was very frustrating. So I think being in another profession before makes it sort of easier to bridge the disconnect between academia and the outside world. KR: What would you say to a tired university student who is beginning to feel that academia cannot lead to any real form of change? JM: Well they are certainly tired these days. Tired and sick, I’ve never had so many students tired and sick. You know, their parents have lost their jobs. And there’s really not a lot of jobs out there. The liberal budget was dropped and there is going to be a hiring freeze in the public sector now. That was one sector that used to hire students who graduated with an undergraduate degree. At the same time, we’ve had these tough times before. And usually, economies will bounce back, and certainly when I was a grad student, Mike Harris was the premier. The motto was kind of “I want you to be a worker, not a thinker.” But you know, I still think if students are tired right now and worried about the future, that it’s quite likely that things will improve. I still think you’re better off having a degree, then not having one. And you know, we had the worst voter turnout rate in Canadian history during the last election. There’s a lot written about young people not being interested. Unfortunately, we don’t have anyone on the political scene right now that are appealing to young people…I think that’s not helping students to get involved. KR: What are some ways to transform ambivalent attitudes into action, concern or compassion? JM: I think encouraging students to join organizations that reflect their own passions. If it’s about environmental issues, joining a group like Green Peace, or other Canadian groups. If someone has a passion for seeing some substantive progress on an environmental issue, I think you can really get mobilized that way, by encouraging them to become a volunteer or an activist. I think similarly if someone is concerned about a health care system that doesn’t seem to be getting more progressive as it relates to mental health, then I’d certainly encourage them to volunteer and do something about it. I recognize a lot of students have many draws on their time, being parttime work or family issues, but I think that’s the way you address ambivalence. You get involved. KR: What inspires you to keep going? JM: I love working with bright young people. I can’t imagine doing anything that I would get more enjoyment from. You know, they’re the leaders of tomorrow, and if any of them learn one little thing from me that they’ll remember, then I feel that I might have made a difference. So, that’s what keeps me going. I like working with disadvantaged people. And I love writing, I’ve been very fortunate to do so.
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One final chance to weigh your options
What the upcoming referendum comes down to is whether the relationship between the CFS and students on this campus is necessary enough to trump a clear attempt to put up barriers to student democracy. Across the nation, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) seems to get a bad rap. Far too often, they are painted as an overzealous organization that has no qualms with dragging student governments into the courtroom. The student press salivates at any opportunity it gets to throw the Federation in the fire. It is true that our own student government was forced to (successfully) argue in court why this campus deserved a referendum on continued membership in the organization. This came after a lengthy feud over the validity of the petitions sent to both the national and provincial components, requesting a referendum be held. The CSA won and now we have a referendum on our hands. But, it would be imprudent to say that the CFS is all bad and no good. Despite the zingers dished out by student politicos in the blogosphere, the CFS is not simply a self-serving organization where staffers conspire to waste student money while beefing up their resumes. The CFS is an organization with a mandate to serve the interests of students. Students on this campus pay $3.30 per semester to the provincial component of the Federation and $3.97 to the national component. With that money, the CSA belongs to the largest national student lobby, whose best-known initiative is lobbying the government for reductions in tuition. In the past, the CFS has made inroads for students. Tuition fees in British Columbia, for example, were frozen between 1996 and 2002, with the CFS playing a part in that. In Manitoba, fees were reduced by 10 per cent in 2000-2001. As journalist Erin Mallar, who has covered the CFS for nearly a decade, put it, “The CFS has access to many ministers. They have the ability to put in opinion on the budget. They have all that structure. They have done a hell of a lot over the years.” CFS initiatives go far beyond reducing tuition. They have task forces that investigate pertinent issues on university campuses like racism, Islamophobia and rape. They run services like the International Student Identification Card (ISIC), which gives students discounts of up to 50 per cent off VIA Rail, 25 per cent off Greyhound and Coach Canada, and discounts on WestJet flights. The Federation is the only student voice that major organizations in the labour and social justice movements work with. The Federation’s ethical purchasing program is the only national, notfor-profit cooperative that offers t-shirts, water bottles and other items that are ethically purchased, sustainable and affordable. In short, the CFS is an effective organization that unites students and their concerns. But according to CFS detractors, like the website cfswatch.ca, “The CFS has a long documented history of corruption, gross mismanagement of student funds, stifling opposing viewpoints, and far-left radicalism.” We can’t prove this. The resources needed to take on a complete investigation into the CFS’s past are far too extensive for a university newspaper. Nor should we prove this; this referendum should have nothing to do with the CFS’s past and their relationship to other campuses. It should have everything to do with this campus. According to a survey recently put out by the CSA’s Capacity Analysis and Planning Committee, the majority of students on this campus are not aware of many of the CFS’s most important programs. Well over 60 per cent of students surveyed had never used the CFS ISIC card. Close to 84 per cent had never used the CFS student saver card. Fifty-three percent had never heard of it (see page 12 for full results). The Ontarion’s own survey several weeks ago showed that nearly 80 per cent of students surveyed had never heard of the CFS. While this is not a good measure of how effective and important an organization is, these surveys do suggest that students on this campus are not feeling a CFS presence. The CFS has failed to attract students to their purpose and their programs. This means that a reevaluation of our membership is a worthwhile exercise. This never meant the CSA should leave the CFS. But, both the national and provincial components of the CFS did everything in their power to make sure a referendum did not come to this campus. With CFS-Ontario petitions, the provincial executive argued that petitions hadn’t been delivered on time and via the right method. On the smallest infraction, the CFS – an organization that says they look out for the interests of students, an organization that claims democracy as their cornerstone – put up a barrier to student autonomy. The courts felt the same way. The CFS national executive claimed to have had problems verifying signatures on the petitions sent to them, despite a letter from the University’s registrarial office confirming the names. The executive continued over several months, to show reluctance acknowledging what was a clear desire by many students for a reevaluation of membership. Like so many other student unions, ours was dragged to court. Is this an organization you want to be part of? Before you vote, familiarize your self with both arguments and read between the lines.
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Lately it’s been hard to avoid hearing about the Canadian Federation of Students. I don’t know about the workings of the CFS, but it seems clear that the accusations being leveled are as politically motivated as those thrown around in any Parliamentary Question Period. Students have no time for discussions about operational minutiae or attempts to diminish accomplishments, like the first ever national system of grants. Guelph students should be asking themselves whether they support the issues the CFS advocates for: promoting tuition fee reductions, more funding for post-secondary education, providing services and addressing important social issues. I certainly believe these are valuable endeavors for students to undertake. I also believe that any group that wishes to be effective needs to work together in order to be strong and effective. That’s the same rationale in forming the CSA, so until we consider leaving them too, I say we vote yes. Alecks Holtom I attended the event in the University Courtyard on March 16 hosted by Life Choice titled, “A Window to the Womb.” I found it extremely interesting and fascinating to see pictures of and read about the biology of human development. I appreciated the scientific approach to fetal development, and the 4-D ultrasounds were amazing! It is pretty awesome how technology has granted us the ability to catch a glimpse into the womb and witness the complexity of human development. Marianna Ferrant I would like to address the concerns raised by a reader regarding the monitors that were recently installed in the Library. The decision to install monitors in the Library to assist in communicating the many services and and features available at the Library and Learning Commons was made after a careful cost benefits analysis. The monitors not only assist in reducing the volume of paper materials that are produced annually in the Library, they also allow information that is already being created for the Library’s website and news forum to be automatically fed to the monitors, thereby reducing production time. Most importantly, they raise awareness. The workshops and tutorials that are offered to students through the Library’s Learning Commons have been demonstrated to raise students’ grade point averages by as much as 5 to 10 per cent; for some students, this is the difference between a successful university career and being placed on academic probation. For too many students the knowledge that a wide variety of free services are available to assist in writing, studying, numeracy, time management and a host of other areas comes to them when it’s already too late. We will continue to use every means available to raise awareness of these valuable resources. Cort Egan Senior communications officer Dear Editor, As a grad student I won’t be able to vote in the referendum for the CSA’s continued membership in the CFS. If I could I would vote YES, and I hope every one of Guelph’s undergrads does so. The outcome of the referendum affects me, and every student attending any of Canada’s university and colleges, even those without the chance to vote. Guelph students need to send a clear message to students across the country that we are united, because together we have power. Tuition fee levels, student financial assistance programs and funding for university research are all controlled by both the federal and the provincial governments while the main stakeholders are us, the students. Because governments won’t listen to groups posing no political threat to them, we students vitally need to unite under a single banner to effectively voice shared demands and concerns. The CFS serves this function, giving campus students’ unions across the country a united and powerful voice. Solidarity is as vital now as ever. Early last month Premier McGuinty announced plans to increase the number of international students at Ontario’s universities. The government plans to use funds generated from ridiculously high and unregulated international tuition fees to get them off the hook on their promises and responsibility to adequately fund post-secondary education. Who is going to speak up for the exploited among us, in a loud and strong enough voice to make the government listen? We need the CFS and the CFS needs us. John James Wilson
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