This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
Page 7 STEROIDS AT WATERLOO
Apr. 8 - 14, 2010
SEE PAGE 10
Out of town ‘Yes’ CSA supports ‘No’ with campaigners ﬁll campus a majority vote
According to the organizers of the ‘No’ campaign, they shouldn’t be here. It’s a Guelph issue, with Guelph dollars, they say, so why then are students from York and the University of Ottawa canvassing along Winegard Walk or in the library, informing students on the reasons why they should vote ‘Yes’ on continued membership in the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS)? For the ‘Yes’ campaigners, it’s simple: their presence on campus is a sign of solidarity. “I am so happy to see York students on our campus and Ryerson students on our campus to explain why it’s important to work together. I am so happy that they took time oﬀ from their days either from their unions or their studies to come and talk to us and explain their process,” said Denise Martins, the incoming external commissioner for the CSA, who has been actively campaigning for the ‘Yes’ side. But Martins says that student canvassers from other campuses have received a negative response by some University of Guelph students. “I am frustrated at the hostility that students from outside our campus have been facing on our campus… the fact that they’re getting heckled and the fact that they’re getting yelled at, the fact that lies are being spread about them getting paid,” she said. “This is not true. A large portion are here devoting their time to talk to us and it just really frustrated me to see the negative attitude a lot of students are taking.” Starting April 7, voting began on continued membership in CFS. Up until April 6, an active ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ campaign was visible across campus: in the UC courtyard, for example, both ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ campaign stations were set up where students could be provided with the competing arguments. Both campaigns registered with the Referendum Oversight Committee (ROC) prior
the issues this week BOOKS FOR
At a March 31 board of directors meeting, the Central Student Association (CSA) voted to support the ‘No’ side in the referendum on continued membership in the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). This eﬀectively allows the CSA to use their organization’s resources to campaign to discontinue membership in the CFS. The referendum is the result of a recent court battle between the CSA and the CFS, after a requested referendum was halted by the CFS; both the federal and provincial factions of the lobbying group claimed that there were issues with the petitions that had initiated the referendum. The motion to end the CSA’s neutrality stance and take a side in the referendum was hotly debated, passing with a 16 to 7 majority, with some board members abstaining from the vote. Gavin Armstrong, the communication and corporate
aﬀairs commissioner for the CSA, chaired the March 31 board meeting and therefore did not vote, but said that the main reason the CSA broke their neutrality stance was in the spirit of fairness for both sides. “Both CFS and CSA are student organizations. Students pay to both the CFS and the CSA,” explained Armstrong. “CFS is paying for the ‘Yes’ campaign, meaning students are paying for the ‘Yes’ campaign. The CSA [was] not campaigning for the ‘No’ campaign, therefore students [were] not paying for the ‘No’ campaign. Which means there was not an equal allocation of resources. That was one point for taking a stand, that is leveling the resource allocation.” Denise Martins, another CSA board of directors member and the incoming external aﬀairs commissioner, voted to maintain the CSA’s neutrality stance and said that it was a mistake to do
16 SEX ADDICTS
Arts & Culture Sports & Health Life Opinion Editorial Crossword Comics Classified Community Listings
SEE “CAMPAIGN,” PAGE 4
SEE “BOARD,” PAGE 3
inyl ew V in N now k! stoc
Top 10 Albums This Week
What to do with your old textbooks
Student organizers request that unused textbooks should go to Africa
Beginning last week on April 5, a number of book receptacles could be spotted in the University Center courtyard, the Bullring, and the Co-op Bookstore. These bins are for the Books for Africa book drive. The Books for Africa organization is dedicated to the collecting, sorting, shipping, and distribution of donated books to children in Africa. While the book’s ﬁnal destination is the nonproﬁt Books for Africa, there is an intermediary: Better World Books (BWB). BWB describes itself as a for-proﬁt social venture, meaning that it makes money in order to supply revenue for its non-proﬁt aﬃliates such as Books for Africa. It is BWB that is responsible for organizing book drives such as the one here at the University of Guelph. Jasmine Sereda, one of the student organizers of the event, explained the process. “We collect textbooks during the exam period, because that is when students no longer need their books, and we ship the acceptable ones to Better World Books in the U.S,” said Sereda. “They decide which ones to send to Books for Africa and which ones to sell online to make money for Books semester, this amounts to 40 books. University of Guelph student Alan Bauer understands this situation well. “I have about ﬁfty books just sitting in my closet that I don’t need or want anymore,” said Bauer. “I can’t even justify selling them. A ﬁrst year philosophy textbook cost over a hundred dollars and I only made four dollars back selling it. This [Books for Africa] campaign seems like a good way to get rid of unused and space-hogging textbooks by giving them to people who really need them.” As for whom the books actually go to, this is determined by Books for Africa after they receive what is left over from what BWB couldn’t sell. According to Books for Africa itself, the books go to children of 13 diﬀerent African countries such as Sierra Leone, Rwanda, and Uganda, to name a few. This eﬀort to increase the literacy of people all over Africa is no easy task and even at the local level, Books for Africa needs help. Organizers such as Sereda encourage those interested in volunteering, donating, or just asking questions to email them at firstname.lastname@example.org before the event ends on the April 23.
Scrabble considered too hard
With many people claiming that the popular Mattel board game is too diﬃcult, the next edition of Scrabble to be released will allow for proper nouns to be permitted in play. The game formerly allowed players to get points (anywhere from one to ten points per letter in each word) for any words found in the Collin’s dictionary, but banned players from using proper nouns. With the hope of encouraging more families and younger players to enjoy the game, the makers of Scrabble have made the decision to allow for the names of places, people, companies and brands to be included in play with the hope that a pop culture element will be attractive to new players. Along with the new edition of the game, Mattel will continue to oﬀer the old edition for those that feel that they can compete under the old rules. (BBC News)
Books for Africa asks students to donate their unused textbooks to help increase literacy in various African countries. Drop boxes in the University Centre, the Bullring, and the Co Op bookstore are in place to make donating easier for students. for Africa.” Sereda also outlined why the organization sends books to Africa rather than money or some other essential resource. “We’re students. We don’t have a lot of money. But we do have books,” explained Sereda. “Sometimes we can’t sell them back to the bookstore or on the Cannon. Unless we decide that a certain book would be useful to have in the future, it feels great to give the gift of education to some that might not get it otherwise.” The piles of leftover textbooks that a student accrues over his or her university career are certainly formidable. Even assuming that one book is required for each and every class in a four year program and that ﬁve classes are taken a
Unpaid internships may be illegal
Oftentimes for young adults, the only way to gain the type of work experience necessary to advance their careers is to take an unpaid internship. With the rise of companies using unpaid interns to perform necessary tasks normally performed by paid employees, labour departments in the United States are running investigations and discovering that many companies are in fact breaking labour laws with their interns. One investigator even went so far as to say that if an intern is working for a for-proﬁt company and is oﬀered no compensation, then this is likely a violation. Prospective interns should be aware that the only time an intern can be unpaid is when they’re being provided with training akin to that of a vocational institution, when they are not taking the place of a formerly paid employee, or when they are not providing the company any immediate beneﬁt. (New York Times)
Board of directors votes to provide resources for campaign to leave the CFS
CONTINUED FROM COVER
otherwise. “The CSA has been taking a neutral stance this entire time and then they turn around and say ‘we’re not neutral anymore,’ when it’s convenient for [some] individuals’ purpose,” said Martins. “I feel like the neutrality stance was used a lot to silence a lot of people and now it’s being used to justify the fact that student resources were being used to push forward this campaign against the CFS.” Dave Molenhuis, the national treasurer for the CFS, has been on campus speaking to students during the campaigning and said he continues to get support from CSA board members despite last week’s vote. “There has deﬁnitely been an outpouring of support from a number of the board members in favour of continued membership in the federation, and as well the majority of new executive members also support continued membership and have been campaigning very actively on campus for the past couple of weeks,” said Molenhuis. Despite this support from certain board members, Martins believes that by the CSA using its resources to campaign for a particular side, they’re not equalizing the debate but rather
eﬀectively dictating how students will vote. Armstrong, however, disagrees.
We’re not telling students how to vote. We’re taking a ‘No’ stance. If students look to us and they follow our messaging, then that’s up to them but we’re not forcing all of our members to vote ‘No.’ We don’t operate like that.
CSA communications and corporate aﬀairs commissioner
“We’re not telling students how to vote,” said Armstrong. “We’re taking a ‘No’ stance. If students look to us and they follow our messaging, then that’s up to them but we’re not forcing all of our members to vote ‘No.’ We don’t operate like that.”
Tiger Woods returns with facial hair; confusion ensues
Tiger Woods’ return to golf was much anticipated after his highly publicized philandering, but some appear to be distracted by the golf star’s freshly sprouted facial hair rather than how he’ll fair on the course. Experts have weighed in suggesting that men grow facial hair to save face after a public embarrassment, citing Al Gore’s beard after his loss in the presidential race. Another suggestion is that the goatee has been considered a symbol of the badass and that perhaps this is an accessory of his newfound persona. Another theory is that the facial hair is being used as a diversion to take the focus oﬀ of his sex addiction. (Globe and Mail)
The CFS has become a presence on campus during the period leading up to the referendum by manning tables which seek to provide students with information about the services they oﬀer such as the ISIC.
APR. 8 - 14, 2010
What can you do with $224,000?
With the referendum underway, the CFS is asked ‘show me the money’
Denise Martins has been a strong presence on the ‘Yes’ side during the campaign period leading up to the referendum on continued membership in the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) on the University of Guelph campus. Martins, an avid CFS supporter and incoming external aﬀairs commissioner for the Central Student Association (CSA), has also been going to classrooms to speak to students about the beneﬁts to being part of a national student union with a mandate to lobby the government on the behalf of students. According to Martins, she has encountered many questions about the various aspects of the CFS, but a great deal of them have been about money in particular. The contribution from U of G students to the CFS is more than $224, 000 of a $7 million dollar budget that the CFS works with annually to run their many programs. She explained that many students have misconceptions about where their money is going. “A lot of what I’ve been hearing is that there’s no transparency or that you can’t see the budget [for the CFS],” said Martins “Go to the CSA oﬃce during oﬃce hours and you will ﬁnd that if you ask for a budget from any CFS meeting in the last 20 years, you will be given one.” Martins also explained that when students do look at the budget, they may continue to be unclear about why money is spent on particular things. “Someone came forward to the ‘Yes’ table yesterday and asked why we’re spending $150,000 on translation,” said Martins. “We need full-time translators. We are working to lobby federal government. We have francophone students as well. We publish all our work in both French and English. We’re a bilingual country and we have to understand that.” Dave Molenhuis, the national
$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
CONTINUED FROM COVER
Among other things, $224,000 can pay a semester’s tuition for 90 undergraduate students at the University of Guelph. treasurer for the CFS, has been on campus, speaking to students about the work that the CFS does. According to Molenhuis, the money that U of G students pay to the CFS everything from the money spent on research which helps to mobilize members and puts research in the hands of politicians and the campaigns and mobilization work that the federation does. The entire budget is the movement’s budget. It is the numeric manifestation of that.” Martins, who is also a student at the U of G and contributes the $7.17 per semester to the CFS, feels that students are unclear, at times, on what they are paying the CFS to do. “I think a lot of people are thinking of them as donations but I think I’m paying them to lobby on my behalf,” said Martins. With students being asked to vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ on continued membership with the CFS from April 7 to 9, the ﬁgure that U of G students contribute annually, $224, 000, is being widely discussed. Because an amount of money this large is not one that many undergraduate students deal with often, or let alone have a clear concept of, one Ontarion staﬀer decided to put it in perspective for argument’s sake.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH $224, 000?
A lot of what I’ve been hearing is that there’s no transparency or that you can’t see the budget [for the CFS]
in their student fees goes into a pot and then eventually funds the many campaigns the organization runs. “[The money] goes from the membership dues and then it goes into the democratically decided upon campaigns, services and lobbying in the federation,” said Molenhuis. “The entirety of the budget is arguably campaigns and advocacy…
784 lbs of silver Continental GT or a 13th century illuminated manuscript property in Nova Scotia African children for a year 90 undergraduate students
to the campaign period, adhering to certain campaign protocols. “Anyone campaigning had to follow the campaign protocol and the campaign protocol does not say you have to be a university of Guelph student to campaign,” said Gavin Armstrong, a member of the ROC. “There are a number of students from across the country who are here promoting the ‘Yes’ campaign.” While the ‘No’ campaign acknowledged the right of nonGuelph students’ to be on campus, members questioned the legitimacy of their presence. “This is a referendum that was organized by Guelph students. Guelph students signed on. Guelph student paid the fees. Guelph students did all the organizing. And it’s important that when these issues are presented to us it’s from Guelph students. From people we know. From people who know our issues. Who know what are perspective is on issues,” said Curtis Batuszkin, a ‘No’ campaigner and the student responsible for starting the referendum petition drive in September. “They don’t know our history of sustainability. They don’t know our history regarding CSA services. They don’t know our history regarding our human rights background at the University. They simply don’t know. How can they come to this campus?” For Dave Molenheuis, the CFS national treasurer, the logic of ‘No’ campaigners simply doesn’t add up. “The fact of the matter is that students who are members of the federation want to continue to work with students from Guelph through their national student movement. And so I’m a bit confused as to why that would be an issue,” he said. “Like myself, I’m here at the national capacity to answer questions student might have about any issues or the work the federation has done in the last couple of years… or the way Guelph students have worked with other students across the province of Ontario on the Drop Fees campaign and worked with other students on national campaigns.” The campaign period is now over and students will continue to vote online until April 9.
ARTS & CULTURE
touch … and I think you should buy three copies.” Cardiﬀ ’s successful attempt at selling me on his new album isn’t an isolated incident, and his approach to playing music is quite similar to his approach to marketing that music. His vast fan
Sitting on stage with Craig Cardiff
While most spent last Sunday at home with ham and Easter eggs, some of us spent it at Vinyl with Craig Cardiﬀ. Cardiﬀ stopped by Guelph for a live show the day after performing in his hometown of Waterloo, before heading back to Ottawa where he now resides. I was uncertain which held more promise, family dinner or the show, but was converted before Cardiﬀ ever struck a chord. A small but spirited crowd of music enthusiasts and folk lovers huddled around the stage for a show they knew held promise, and was evidently worth skipping dinner for. After a set by Robyn Dell’unto, a regular songbird whose comedic approach made her a natural ﬁt to open for Cardiﬀ. I had a chance to sit down with Cardiﬀ as he shared with me some of his ideas on music. “I do a lot of house concerts, churches and prisons. I think all of them are equally interesting,” Cardiﬀ said in response to how he felt about more personal venues. Cardiﬀ explained that the space is incidental so long as ﬁrst and foremost comes music. “I just like places where people make music or want to have music made for them. I’ve always felt pretty lucky to [be a part of ] that.” As the dedicated group of fans waited for him to start, most of them were content to sit crosslegged on the dirty ﬂoor of club Vinyl, Craig made a small request. “Could we rearrange ourselves better? There’s lots of room up here on the stage and beside me. You guys are all back there in the dark,” Cardiﬀ said. And that was
I do a lot of house concerts, churches and prisons. I think all of them are equally interesting.
Travis Jon Allison
base exists mostly out of sheer love for seeing him live, which speaks to his word of mouth style of promotion. He also praised Kevin Priddle, the U of G student-DJ and show promoter who put the performance together for being “excited about music, and making music happen.” Cardiﬀ ’s philosophy seems to hinge on the idea that music is a joint eﬀort, and takes the interest of everyone to be truly successful. I for one have no reservations to being a part of any music that sounds as good as Cardiﬀ ’s, and highly recommend you keep your ear to the ground for when he comes back next fall.
Waterloo’s Craig Cardiff played an intimate set at Vinyl last Sunday to an intimate group of 120 people. how a handful of music lovers came to sit on the stage beside Cardiﬀ, as he spent the next two hours delivering a heart warming catalog of songs to a crowd of 120. His call and response style of involving the audience made it less of a concert and more of a large group of friends and strangers getting together. “The shows that I enjoy the most happen in places where it’s most intimate,” Cardiﬀ said, remarking on the smaller than ordinary party that claimed the ﬂoor. He didn’t expect anything more from our city on Easter Sunday. But that didn’t stop him from making jokes about ignoring the phone calls of ambitious aunt’s, and the excuses the audience must have made in order to be there. Cardiﬀ involved his audience to the point that they stopped being an audience. A larger group would have only taken away from the solid relationship he formed with the whole room. Cardiﬀ explained that what he does “requires a smaller group. After two or three hundred people it becomes a diﬀerent domain.” “I feel like what I do is a combination of music with an improvised element,” Cardiﬀ said, looking over the growing crowd. His between song antics and personable approach made it also a comedy show, as Cardiﬀ pulled enough material out of the air to have everyone in Vinyl laughing hysterically. Needless to say, if you were present last Sunday night, you were entertained. Cardiﬀ is truly a pioneer of independent music, giving a new name to that scene by producing upwards of 12 albums within roughly the past 10 years. His recent album, Mistletoe, was “recorded entirely on an iPod
Featured artist: Aislinn Thomas
I have known Aislinn Thomas for a while now. We had several classes together during our undergrad and it is always helpful to know where someone is coming from and where they might be going to. Yet, Thomas’ work has surpassed all of my high expectation and she has been producing work that ﬁrmly plants itself on the fence between cheeky/serious and sardonic/ sincere, and it’s wonderful. For Thomas, her work has traditionally been sincere and honest. One might say that sincerity and honesty are pillars of not only her work, but her personality as well. Last year Thomas produced Notes, a work that she views as proposals or possibilities to the universe. With this project, Thomas employs sincerity to attempt a way of making some sort of connection; ﬁnding some way to connect with something else, or at least create something else to connect with. She then enlarged the notes and wheat pasted them about town. With the placement of posters and the slightly large handwriting note it is hard not to get drawn in and read, there is something very approachable and even inviting about her work that you want to be immersed in. It’s like a ﬁne wine or a book, except you don’t have to read from start to ﬁnish or get drunk. Her recent works have been a bit more tongue and cheek. Thomas still maintains her written/drawing style but has added some lovely and subtle humor. In one piece, she talks about buying fake cigarettes to be able to smoke and be apart of something she is missing, without the negative heath eﬀects. In another work, Thomas is simpler, she creates a Shit Distribution Diagram where on the left side there is a circle with the words “My Shit” in it and the right side there is another circle with “Your Shit” written in the centre and where those two circles overlap is “Our Shit.” A very poignant and simple idea that summarizes everything from relationships to life in general on a little 8.5 x 11 placket piece of paper. Along the same lines of the Shit Distribution Diagram is the Eater Compatibility Portrait #1: Rod, Peggy, Zach, Katie, Aislinn. Thomas takes eating preferences of her Dad, Mom, brother, and herself and maps out diet, preferences/restrictions. This idea stemmed from relationships (be it family, friends, romantic or what have you) and how sharing food or meals is such an integral part of them and how completely incongruent and random they can be. Most of the time it’s a funny joke, but it does hold some insight to who a person is. Food and food preference resonate on such a personal level, there is so much that can be said about food as it is a very integral part of who we are. It is also able transcend the individual by being written into our DNA as well as our culture; it is something that is both beyond us as well as being us at the same time. Fantastic stuﬀ. -Miles Stemp
Top: Eater Compatability Portrait #1: Rod, Peggy, Zach, Katie, Aislinn Above and left: From the series Notes
ARTS & CULTURE
APR. 8 - 14, 2010
Fixed gear bicycles
Look Ma, no brakes: ﬁxed gears and courier culture
Elliott Allen’s day starts around 8:30am when his phone rings. It’s his dispatcher. The phone call tells him where he needs to travel to pick up a package for delivery. From there, Allen hops on his bike and rips, because in his line of work, time is money. Allen is a bicycle courier in the hustle of busy downtown Montreal. He delivers packages on commission for a living. “The whole reason that bike couriers are valuable as a service is because they are faster than cars,” said Allen about his job. Speed is a huge factor for bike couriers who need to go fast to make a living wage. But, Allen has something up his sleeve: a ﬁxed gear bicycle with no brakes and pedals that are always turning. A ﬁxed gear bicycle, as bicycle enthusiast Abe Levern explains is “a bike in which the rear wheel is always engaged and where it doesn’t coast. So the pedals always spin at the same rate as the rear wheel.” The mechanics of a ﬁxed gear bicycle are very simple and lie in the back sprocket that is fastened directly to the hub. Consequently, when the back wheel turns, the sprocket turns and runs the chain, making the pedals revolve as a result. On a ﬁxed gear bike, as long as the back wheel is spinning, so are the pedals, and the rider has to keep up with the demand of the bike. “What I really like about ﬁxed gears,” said Allen, “is the fact that when the wheel is spinning you always have to be pedaling, the bike is always moving in proportion to how much energy you are putting in.” Because the pedals never stop moving, the rider is almost being pushed by the bike, whereas on a freewheel bicycle (a bicycle where
In this special edition of Sound Check, we have for you The Rest, a seven piece group hailing from Hamilton, Ontario. But what makes this week special is not the CanCon-like plug, but the particularly interesting way in which The Rest decided to market their new EP The Cried Wolf Book by releasing it with a short ﬁctional book. In fact you can’t even purchase the EP without simultaneously buying the book for $18 via the band’s own label, Auteur. Some might call that a pretty risky move for a band with only 200K listens on their MySpace site in an age where the average listener’s attention span is inversely proportional to the number of songs on their iPod. The Rest must realize this reality and oﬀer a free download and read of the book at the cost of junk email here: http://www. auteurrecordings.com/therest/ criedwolf/index.html. The book is about 14 “chapters” (pages) of playful story separated by title pages with corresponding names from each song (in reverse order from the EP). It’s a picture book. The Rest credit the mysterious MLXNDRSC for the illustrations, whose childishbut-dark style could be compared with Gary Baseman (Teacher’s Pet/Cranium), Maurice Sendak (Where The Wild Things Are) or Stanley Donwood (Radiohead’s cover art). Not surprisingly, the story is loosely based oﬀ of the classic Aesop’s fable. It was written by the lead singer/song writer, Adam Bently, in the same digressive, sinisterly humorous manor in which the band’s biography was written. As it states in their bio, “The Rest have always used the band as an outlet for all sorts of creative explorations.” Chalk this book up as more evidence of that. Unlike Bently’s writing, The Rest’s lyrics and music are surprisingly serious but it gives them a sense of sincerity rather than awkwardness. The Cried Wolf
THE CRIED WOLF BOOK/EP
EP starts out with its titled track, a slowed down (unintentional) rendition of Radiohead’s “(Nice Dream)” from 1995, whose riﬀ was even more blatantly stolen in Pilate’s “Melt Into the Walls” (2003). “Cried Wolf (and Other Animals)” salvages itself after the gloomy intro bursts into wistful operatic moans. The Rest channels Aesop in a ‘moral-of-the-story’ way and remind us, “It can happen to you.” “Over The Hill” is a nice piano ballad, but it’s not until “The Close Western” hits that I am reminded of why I bothered to listen to The Rest in the ﬁrst place. It’s emotionally epic and all centered on the refrigerator magnet lyric, “Can We Make It Tonight?” “With Every Heartbeat” acts as somewhat of a bonus track as it is originally by Robyn and Andreas Kleerup, shining examples of Sweden’s ever interesting pop scene. For the ﬁrst time we can hear the same sense of humour in a song that is displayed in Bently’s writing. It’s not that The Rest are less sincere when they play “With Every Heartbeat,” but if you listen to the original and picture a couple of goofy Canadians jamming out to this song, the wit is there. -Daniel Wright NOTABLE TRACKS: “The Close Western”, “Over The Hill” LISTENERS MAY ALSO ENJOY : Destoyer – Bay Of Pigs EP, Kleerup – S/T NEXT SOUND CHECK: Most anticipated releases
LSAT MCAT GMAT GRE
• Complete 30-Hour Seminars • Convenient Weekend Schedule • Proven Test-Taking Strategies • Experienced Course Instructors • Comprehensive Study Materials • Simulated Practice Exams • Limited Class Size • Free Repeat Policy • Personal Tutoring Available • Thousands of Satisfied Students
1-800-269-6719 416-924-3240 www.oxfordseminars.ca
coasting is possible) a rider has the option to not pedal and put in less energy for the speed in which they are traveling. But for all the energy a rider puts into pedaling a ﬁxed gear, he/ she must stop the bike as well, and usually without brakes. “Because there is no freewheel mechanism and in my case, also no brake,” said Allen, “you have to be responsible for the speed you create. All the energy you create, you also have to get rid of.” Now, you might think that riding a bicycle without brakes would be like riding a missile down the street. But, control is one of the reasons why riders in tight metropolitan business districts use ﬁxed gears. Just as the rider pedals the bike, he/she resists the pedals to slow the rotation of the wheels. Crowded downtown streets are where ﬁxed gears really pull their weight. “Fixed gears don’t really make sense in the context of long distance biking. They are meant for having hyper control in tight situations,” Allen explained. “You become a lot more in tune with the bike and what it’s doing when you’re surrounded by cars and people.” As of late, in cities like Toronto and Motreal, ﬁxed gears have become more of a fashion trend then a practical tool for couriers to get around the city eﬃciently. But, if you need to get around the city as quickly as possible, a ﬁxed
gear bike, simple and aesthetically pleasing, is the best option. Although bicycle couriers have been around for much longer then ﬁxed gear culture, the two compliment each other.
The bike is always moving in proportion to how much energy you are putting in.
For Allen, speed is a requisite, and a ﬁxed gear makes the diﬀerence in his line of work. “Its all about being faster then cars,” said Allen. “The nature of the job is almost inherently illegal because if we want to make any money, we have to get there fast, and if we want to get there fast, we can’t be obeying traﬃc laws.”
SPORTS & HEALTH
runners must be full-time university students. “Many of these athletes have international experience and can range in age from 18 to 29.” In fact, all of the Gryphons participants have international experience, except for Brunsting, who has been injured on two previous occasions, which kept him from running. Moulton will be working predominantly with the Canadian men’s team in Kingston, helping to prepare them for Sunday’s 10km event, while McMaster coach Rory Sneyd will lend his expertise to the women’s 5km event. “We’ll cross over wherever we need to,” said Moulton. “But, my role will be very logistical and managerial, which is great for me, because it ﬁts with what I do in Guelph.” Canada has never medaled at the FISU cross-country championships, and although Moulton did not want to tie himself to a prediction, he is optimistic for both genders. “This is one of the strongest [Canadian] teams that we’ve ever put forward in recent years,” he said. “The level of CIS cross-country running keeps getting stronger and stronger. “I’m looking at our potential top three women with Lindsay, Rachel and Megan and those are three unbelievable talents who have competed internationally. We’re blessed.” Brunsting voluntarily held back throughout the indoor season in preparation for the FISU championships, and will be looking to continue his success on the Fort Henry Hill course, the site of his CIS title in November. “This will be a great way for Matt to ﬁnish his university career,” said Moulton. “He has unbelievable faith in himself and a big part of his year was planning for the FISU race.” Despite their outstanding history of experience and success running at the international level, Brunsting and Carson have also been dogged by injuries this season. Moulton, however, quieted any speculation that two of Canada’s top runners would be hampered this weekend. “Lindsay raced 5km in Hamilton last weekend and ﬁnished with a time of 17:10, which is pretty good. She’s coming along quite well and she’s such a tough athlete,” he said. “She’s ﬁt, healthy and ready to go. “Matt just does so well in crosscountry. His health is good. His past two weeks of training have been great. He’s ready to go.” Moulton believes that hosting the event will provide a degree of home ﬁeld advantage for the Canadian team, which has never run FISU cross-country on Canadian soil. “This race has never been held in North America, so hopefully it provides a boost,” said Moulton, who also recognized the strengths posed by teams from Japan, France and Great Britain. “I really think that we can be in the mix. We’re a deep team.”
Gryphon runners prepare to take on the world
With the national competition handled with relative ease, several members of the Guelph Gryphons cross-country team will now ply their trade on the world stage, as members of the Canadian team in Sunday’s Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU) world championships that will be held in Kingston, ON. Gryphons lead the way on the men’s side, led by two-time CIS cross-country champion Matt Brunsting, who will be joined by his Gryphon teammates Allan Brett and Kyle Boorsma, along with Nigel Wray, who will serve as the alternate. The six-member men’s team will also feature Dave Weston and Kyle O’Neill from Western, and Kelly Wiebe from the University of Regina. On the women’s side, the Gryphons will also have a commanding presence, led by CIS silver medalist Lindsay Carson, along with her teammate Rachel Cliﬀ, who recently won a pair CIS gold medals in track and ﬁeld. They will be joined on the ﬁve-member team by two-time CIS cross-country champion Megan Brown from U of T, Sherbrooke’s Valerie Belanger and Jess Pearo from McMaster. Chris Moulton, one of the Gryphons coaches, will also be on a staﬀ led by Western’s Bob Vigars. “This event is so unique because of the range of athletes that participate,” said Moulton, who did note that in order to participate,
Fourth-year Gryphon Kyle Boorsma is among the six U of G runners heading to Kingston for the FISU cross-country championships.
Waterloo’s steroid response sets a good example for other schools
Late last week, the Ontario university sports community was rocked by news that a Waterloo Warriors football player was being investigated for possession of steroids and human growth hormone, with quantities of these banned substances deemed to be used for the purposes of traﬃcking. As a result of the investigation, Waterloo’s athletic director Bob Copeland requested that the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) test all members of the Waterloo football team. Copeland’s decision has good intentions, but is also costly, with blood and urine samples expected to cost approximately $1,500 per player, for a 65-member team. The player, who has yet to be named publicly, was subsequently banned from campus while the investigation continues further. Police suspect that this ﬁnding in Waterloo could ultimately help uncover a pipeline of banned substances transported between
other universities and possibly high schools as well. And, with the CCES involved, drug testing at other universities has since commenced, including tests at Guelph, Laurier, McMaster and Western, ﬁtting in with the speculation that the Waterloo ﬁnding was merely the tip of the iceberg. The CCES has stated that positive results will be made public, and it is worth keeping in mind that they are testing for ALL banned substances, including recreational drugs such as marijuana. Names – aside from the Waterloo player in question – may not be released, however, the number of positive tests will likely be made public in an attempt to serve as a deterrent to other athletes. So, that’s a Coles Notes-esque version of the news story, but as you know, this is an editorial column and my platform to oﬀer opinion and commentary on local sports issues. To begin with, I ﬁrmly believe that Waterloo’s full-scale testing procedure is unequivocally the right decision, regardless of the costs or ﬁrestorm that may be created. Critics of the team-wide testing believe that its costs, which could exceed upwards of $30,000, are simply too
great for a single team to foot the bill and set a dangerous precedent, especially with other universities dealing with ﬁnancial diﬃculties to begin with. Will the tests uncover some damaging information that could aﬀect the OUA football landscape? Perhaps. But, the ramiﬁcations would ultimately be of short-term consequence, and, if executed properly, the response to this situation could ultimately lead to the crackdown on a province-wide issue that aﬀects the health of thousands
of young athletes. By now, you likely know that I have continuously applauded Canadian university sport for its purity and relative lack of pro sports egoism. Understandably, this story came as a shock to myself, as well as others. I was not too naïve to think that steroid use was non-existent on Canadian campuses, but the notion of pipeline traﬃcking is disturbing and in need of a stern response. For the most part – sad as it may be – varsity sports are the last opportunity for young athletes
to compete at a high level in a game that has been a feature of the majority of their lives. Only a select few will go on to play at a higher level and this experience is about maximizing enjoyment and helping to create young adults with high character, who will leave their respective campuses and take on new non-sports related challenges. With this in mind, and knowing the highly-documented physical dangers associated with steroid use, doping must be continually discouraged, even if it means undertaking some unexpected expenses. In the last 20 years, nearly 6000 athletes have been tested on Canadian campuses, returning 56 positive results, 45 of which were football players. This is a very small percentage of ‘using’ athletes, who, by and large, seem intelligent and educated about the dangers of steroid use, ﬁtting in with my ‘purity’ assertion. To continue this history of good judgment, these alleged pipelines and dangerous sources of distribution must be dealt with swiftly and sternly. Kudos to Waterloo for setting such a formidable example for their Ontario university peers. One can only hope that similar assertive action is mirrored on other campuses, including this one.
SPORTS & HEALTH
APR. 8 - 14, 2010
Coping with that ‘spare tire’
With beach season right around the corner, many people are trying to shape up and get ready to wear that itsy bitsy teenie weenie bikini, polka dotted or otherwise. Weight-loss supplements and muscle enhancers are typically advertised as being a great way to burn calories and replace fat with muscle mass. But really, how safe can these magical weight loss pills be? Recently, two particular products were recalled from the market for being unsafe. West Pharm Therma Lean Fat Burner Energizer is not only a mouthful to say, but it is also a health product that has recently been found to cause dizziness, tremors, headaches, and an irregular heartbeat among users. In more serious cases, usage has led to seizures, psychosis, heart attacks and strokes. The combination of Ephedrine and caﬀeine in the Energizer supplement is what causes it to be so dangerous. “Our health food store does not permit the sale of products in which an ephedrine is mixed with caﬀeine,” said Paul Ezard an employee at GNC Live Well Health Canada has stated that people with heart conditions, high blood pressure and diabetes would be most at risk from using the product and further advised the company to stop selling and advertising an unauthorized supplement. The company has already responded by closing down its website. Border oﬃcials have also been notiﬁed to stop imports of the product into the country and anyone who has used the product or has any health concerns regarding the use of the product is highly advised to consult a medical professional. Hydroxycut products are among other supplements that have been recalled from the market. All users of Hydroxycut were warned to stop using the product immediately after the death of a 19-year-old American teenager in 2007. Liver failure in the teen was reported to be linked to the use of the Hydroxycut products. There were also reports of at least 23 people using Hydroxycut who had suﬀered serious liver injury and damage, ranging from jaundice and elevated liver enzymes – an indicator of potential liver injury – to liver damage requiring a liver transplant. In May 2009, Health Canada claimed to have received reports of 17 adverse reactions related to Hydroxycut. The symptoms from patients included yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, known as jaundice, brown urine, nausea, vomiting, light-coloured stools, excessive fatigue, weakness, stomach or abdominal pain, itching and loss of appetite. Hydroxycut, similar to West Pharm Therma Lean Fat Burner Energizer, is a product in which the
Hydroxycut products are among some of the supplements that have drawn concern in the health community. pills were not oﬃcially authorized by the federal agency to be sold in Canada. Health problems associated with Hydroxycut included seizures, cardiovascular disorders, and rhabdomyolysis, a type of muscle damage that can lead to other serious health problems such as kidney failure. The FDA claimed that these cases were reported by patients consuming the recommended doses listed on the Hydroxycut bottles. Ezard disagreed with this claim. “People aﬀected by Hydroxycut were most likely taking a higher dose than [what is] recommended on the bottle,” he said. After the recall of Hydroxycut in 2009, the product has been re-released to the market with a slight change in the ingredients and is currently still being sold at GNC Live Well health food stores. Other health food stores, however, including Healthy’s refuse to sell the product. “These products don’t cause rapid weight-loss,” said Dr. Yoni Freedhoﬀ of Ottawa’s Bariatric Medical Institute stated in a CTV news report. “There is no magic weight-loss in a bottle...if there were, we would all be taking it and we would all be skinny.” So, before we seek the extremes in our weight-loss goals for the summer, we have to be sure to recognize the risks were taking in using these ‘magical weight loss pills.’ After all, having a few rolls is better than suﬀering from serious liver damage, isn’t it?
Shattered dreams, only for a moment
Returning from a serious injury, Thorn puts the pieces of his career back in place.
In a football game, momentum can change in mere seconds; a big play or a bone-crunching hit can change the complexion of a game in an instant. Gryphons rookie defensive lineman Cameron Thorn had his ﬁrst season turned upside down in a matter of seconds. Oct. 24, 2009, was as day that Thorn will not soon forget. The Gryphons were closing out the regular season against the McMaster Marauders in Hamilton, a game in which the Gryphons would suﬀer yet another close loss. But Thorn would have to endure much more than the pain of defeat. In the third quarter, Thorn was running down the ﬁeld to cover a punt, when all of a sudden, he was on the ground, writhing in pain. “As soon as I fell to the ground, I knew something was wrong,” Thorn said about what he felt when the injury occurred. “I looked down and saw my foot almost backwards, and I started screaming.” that he would be able to heal properly with the probability of him returning to the football ﬁeld. Thorn suﬀered a severely himself the opportunity to return to football. “It was painful,” Thorn said of the rehabilitation process. “I went to physiotherapy three days a week, and I started jogging and stretching to loosen up all of the stiﬀ ligaments.” After more than ﬁve months of physiotherapy and many workouts in the weight room, Thorn’s leg is back to full strength. Thorn has worked all the way back to health very quickly and is participating in a full range of drills this week at the Gryphons spring practices. His football career is able to continue after battling back from such a serious and horriﬁc injury. Thorn had a successful rookie campaign before suﬀering his injury. The rookie defensive lineman dressed in all eight regular season games for the Gryphons, seeing time on special teams and rotating in on the defensive line. He recorded one solo tackle and six assisted tackles during his rookie season and hopes to improve on those numbers by gaining an increased role next season along the defensive front. Thorn has a clear vision of his goals now that he is able to step on the ﬁeld once again. I deﬁnitely want to start,” he said. “I am going to try to start and be the best.”
As soon as I fell to the ground, I knew something was wrong. I looked down and saw my foot almost backwards, and I started screaming.
Gryphons defensive lineman reacting to his injury
After a season-ending and possibly career-threatening injury, Gryphons defensive lineman, Cameron Thorn, is back on the ﬁeld, better than ever. Medical staﬀs from both teams quickly ran out onto the ﬁeld to Thorn’s aid, and were soon accompanied by an ambulance. “There was no pain until they popped my ankle back in. The medical staﬀ had to put my ankle back in because it was cutting oﬀ the main artery to my foot,” he described. “The doctors believe that my ﬁbula shattered when they put my ankle back into place.” The ﬁrst doctor whom Thorn met with actually told him that he would have chronic pain for the rest of his life and he would never play football again. Fortunately, the surgeon felt otherwise, saying
dislocated ankle and a shattered ﬁbula, which required a ﬁve-inch plate and six screws to hold the bone in place to ensure it healed properly. After surgery, Thorn had to endure many hours of painful physiotherapy in order to give
SPORTS & HEALTH
Female sexual dysfunction: a biological or social problem?
It’s the seven words that all men dread: “Not tonight honey, I have a headache.” The international phrase for a woman’s low libido is now in the middle of an international controversy. The four categories of Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD) have been labelled: decreased sexual drive/libido, female arousal disorder, female orgasm disorder, and pain during intercourse. FSD has been dubbed fact by some, and invention by others. But how can a dysfunction, recognized by medical physicians, be deemed false? Leonore Tiefer is a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at New York University’s School of Medicine and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is also the founder of the New View Campaign, which opposes the recent medicalization of sexuality that has helped pharmaceutical companies sell drugs to millions of Americans every year. “FSD as a medical disease? No. It doesn’t exist,” said Dr. Tiefer in a phone interview from her oﬃce in New York. “There are a lot of lies and misinformation out there.” Dr. Tiefer views the recently deﬁned dysfunction as part of the newest trend in medicine today. “[It’s about] disease mongering. It’s about marketing – the marketing of attitudes and diseases,” she said. “The marketing of models of sexuality are a part of the marketing of drugs and treatments.” Disease mongering includes the widening of the deﬁnition of illness and disease to allow pharmaceutical companies to proﬁt oﬀ the ‘cures’ for new sicknesses. There needs to be a disease in order to necessitate a drug to cure it. the validity of the statistics on American women who suﬀer from the dysfunction. Dr. Clark’s website claims that 43 per cent of women in America suﬀer from FSD. When asked where this statistic came from, Dr. Clark cited a 1999 study done by Edward O. Laumann et al., published in the Journal of the American Medical Association ( JAMA). Tiefer scoﬀed at Clark’s choice of proof. “[The study was a] re-analysis of sociological data from 1994,” commented Dr. Tiefer on the 1999 study (referred to as the JAMA paper). “It is completely fraudulent as health data. “One of the authors of the JAMA paper has been quoted as regretting the widespread publicity of the study. He had no idea it would be used in this way,” said Dr. Tiefer. “The reiteration of that 43 per cent ﬁgure signiﬁes a lack of concern with academic rigour.” The second study cited by Dr. Clark is the 2008 PRESIDE study by Jan Shifren, published in Obstetrics and Gynaecology which found that 44 per cent of women “reported experiencing a sexual problem of some kind.” The study also concluded that of the 44 per cent, only 12 per cent said that they had problems that caused them distress. “[Shifren] went one step further, and this is kind of important,” said Dr. Clark. “Of the 44 per cent of women, only about a quarter of them are disturbed by the sexual dysfunction. It’s not that 44 per cent have a real bothersome problem; probably it’s only 10 or 12 per cent. “[A woman] may not get orgasms, but if they don’t have a partner, and they’re staying at home knitting sweaters, it really doesn’t matter,” added Dr. Clark. Another issue that has been raised is the role of pharmaceutical funding in research, such as the PRESIDE study, which was funded by pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim. Studies (like the 2003 BMJ paper by Joel Lexchin et al.) have shown that a bias favours products that are made by the company funding the research. “The problem is in the real world, if we don’t have pharmaceutical companies funding these studies, most studies won’t get done,” insisted Dr. Clark. “Because that’s the only place the money comes from. “So there won’t be any medical breakthroughs or any research, because the National Institute of Health or any government organizations don’t have the money anymore to fund this kind of research.” It is statements like this that has led Dr. Tiefer to believe that “Sexuality has been hijacked by pharmaceutical companies.” Ideas about the ‘normal’ sexual functioning of women have always been in ﬂux according to University of Guelph History professor Linda Mahood. “In the Victorian era, women who showed overt sexuality were seen as suﬀering from female insanity which could lead to incarceration or institutionalization,” said Dr. Mahood. Is FSD a medical dysfunction? Does the existence of FSD open the ﬂoodgates for pharmaceutical companies to create the next Viagra for women? Or does the invention of this disease signify new social ideas surrounding ‘normal’ female sexuality?
The masses accept medicalization, according to Dr. Tiefer, because it promises fast, simple, and expert solutions to sexual diﬃculties. “There are a lot of interesting books to read about sexuality,” said Dr. Tiefer. “Don’t go to a doctor – go to a bookstore. I think women have sexual diﬃculties, but dysfunction? No.” The question of sexual ‘dysfunction’ versus ‘diﬃculty’ has not been ignored by physicians who treat FSD. “I think the word dysfunction is terrible. That’s really a misnomer,” said Dr. James Clark, a physician who runs the Central Florida Female Sexual Dysfunction clinic. “I think the reality, in better words, is female sexual diﬃculties or female sexual problems.”
But Dr. Clark’s discomfort with the term dysfunction does not mean that he doesn’t embrace medical treatment for FSD. “It’s a very common issue for young women to have pain with intercourse,” he said. “There are medications that can help relieve painful intercourse, especially for those that have pain upon insertion, which is another type of painful intercourse. “There are so many diﬀerent treatments, depending on which of the four categories the problem [is in],” he continued. “Often, there’s overlap – it’s more than just one of the four categories. So, the treatments are as extensive as the reasons and the diagnoses behind them.” One of the most contentious aspects to the debate on FSD is
Have your steak and eat it too
Exploring the beneﬁts and risks of red meat through the eyes of a former vegetarian
The road to eating meat has been a long and arduous one for this strict vegetarian-turned-steaklover. However, after the gradual journey from tofu to ﬁsh and from chicken to steak – one which was ﬁlled with culinary disasters – I truly feel home. As red meat and I become increasingly involved, I thought it would be a good idea to take a step back and analyze whether this is a healthy relationship. The question of whether or not red meat is a good dietary choice is fervently debated in the health world, and as is the case with most hot topics in health, the answer is far from being clear-cut. As is the case with many things delicious, there are both positive and negative aspects to your T-bone. On the bright side, lean red meats are not only a good source of protein and energy, but also may educing hold beneﬁts in reducing heart xcellent disease. They are an excellent source erals, of vitamins and minerals, including phorous, iron, zinc, phosphorous, and potassium. From the perspective of a formerly fatigued vegetarian, the addition of red meat in moderation to my diet provided a bounty of energy. ere The key word here e is moderation. In the case of red meat, ‘too much of a good thing’ is entirely possible. Excessive red meat consumption can be directly linked to obesity, due to its high fat content. Sarah White is a nutrition and naturopathy student who has done research examining the onsumption dangers of red meat consumption in high quantities. “Speciﬁcally, many of these studies link red meat consumption to cancer,” said White, who has speciﬁcally focused on diﬀerences between factory farmed and organic meats. “Factory-farmed animals are caged and fed grain that is laced with pesticides, Additionally, portions and cuts are important variables. It may be a shock to some, but a proper portion of red meat is not an Angus with cheese, or an A1 steakhouse XT, but instead, a 3oz portion, about the size of a deck of cards. It is important to opt for leaner cuts of meat, such as lean ground beef or a lean Depending on your blood type, you may be more or less prone to the beneﬁts of red meat. Those with Type O blood can be classiﬁed as meat-eaters. Type O is the oldest blood type, dating back more than 40,000 years, and requires animal proteins found in meats for good health. Types A, B and AB – the ‘newest’ blood type – have a slightly more diﬃcult time digesting red meats and are less reliant on animal proteins. There are additional factors that must be considered when choosing to eat red meat, including genetics, body weight and lifestyle choices, such as level of activity, smoking, and drinking alcohol. For example, if you tend to be an inactive, boozing smoker, perhaps a diet high in red meat may not ultimately be the best health choice for you. If you consider these additional factors, keep within the parameters of moderation and make healthy choices when it comes to your red meat, you can truly have your steak and eat it too.
hormones,antibiotics and animal products For this products. reason, consumers should choose only organic and antibiotic-free red meat.”
boneless tenderloin.Keep in mind that one cannot live on red meat alone, and it is necessary to incorporate red meat as one part of a balanced meal. Interestingly, red meat does not treat everyone the same way.
Women don’t really like sex, do they? Any woman who craves sex simply must be suffering from hysteria and should be denigrated and cured of her afﬂiction lest she poisons society. Certainly the aforementioned ideas are untrue and views on female sexuality have come a long way from a time in the past when they were widely held as reality. Along with the idea that women were never to enjoy sex, they were also not to engage in masturbation. A woman choosing to pleasure herself was considered the cause of heart disease, cancer and hysteria and any woman thought to engage in masturbation was in danger of having her clitoris removed as punishment. While ideas about female masturbation have come far, it continues to be stigmatized in a way that male masturbation isn’t. According to the Transformation of Intimacy by Anthony Giddens, when asked if they have masturbated at any point in their lives, 90 per cent of men admitted to having done so. Out of all women asked, 40 per cent of women claimed to have masturbated at some point. While certainly more women have then the survey expresses, there seems to be this reluctance to admit to having masturbated as a woman. In order to conceive of a woman masturbating, many men instantly picture scenes set for a romantic mood complete with a bubble bath or lit candles. Some ask what shower head was used in the making of a young lady’s recent orgasm or inquire about the treasure trove of sex toys she, no doubt, requires in order to pleasure herself sans partner. But sometimes all it takes is some pubescent curiosity and Gregory Smith, the young hero of the movie Small Soldiers. It was grade ﬁve. The year my parents bought me Small Soldiers on VHS. The year public school teachers were separating the boys and girls to have hushed conversations about our ‘changing bodies’ and burgeoning sexual desires. In the pamphlet each of the girls in my class was provided were instructions for ‘exploring our vaginas,’ just in case we were curious. We were. We’d heard and vaguely understood all of those Spice Girls lyrics and we wanted to know what we were missing. All the steps to the exploration were in it and eagerly memorized to be used later, when the time was right. And then along came Gregory Smith. I certainly hadn’t been looking for the object of my ﬁrst sexual fantasy; I more discovered it by accident. Through the hour and a half that Gregory fought artiﬁcially intelligent-army-action ﬁgure-robots, I swooned. So that night with both Gregory and the pamphlet in mind, I explored but not expecting much. Other girlfriends who had gone before me had reported lack-luster results. The pamphlet was a dud and sex was going to be a yawn for our entire lives. After a few moments of careful concentration and fumbling, I made a discovery. The girls in class were wrong and it was awesome.
The Ontarion goes a little deeper •Sex Shopping•
So, the Ontarion is talking about sex. But let’s face it, who isn’t talking about sex. It’s something that we are confronted with every day, in magazines, on television and in a lot of cases, in bedrooms. With our sex feature, we have proﬁled a number of different perspectives and approaches to sex. In some cases, the anecdotes are a little funny, others are more serious, while some are just awkward; but isn’t sex all of these things at one time or another? As we see public discussion about sex becoming less taboo, we are able to explore further into sexual practices that might not have been talked about in public forum before. This reinforces a dialogue about sex that helps to break down barriers to make people more comfortable and tolerant. Sex is something that we have all been involved with at some level and is something that goes beyond relationships; it is something that can be individual as well. Just take a visit to your local sex shop and see for yourself. With this feature, the Ontarion is trying to showcase the different and intriguing ways that sex presents itself to the student population. Everyone has a different and unique way of talking about sex, and below are just a few examples of one of the most important and talked about issues, not only on campus, but in our culture at large.
Abstinence. The only form of birth control that is 100 per cent effective, so they say. However true this adage may be, being a university student and choosing to abstain from sex is typically viewed as the territory of the staunchly religious and those for whom the opportunity for sex never truly arose. Many have expressed the sentiment that these abstainers can’t possibly know what they’re missing or else they would never have made the unconceivable decision to wait. This being said, some, like our born-again virgin, knew exactly what he was missing and is happy to wait anyway. At ﬁrst, choosing to abstain from sex was an incredibly difﬁcult decision. This, due to the fact that I really like sex. I’d been having sex with committed partners since I was 19. A late bloomer, some might say, I originally wanted to wait (like all good Catholic boys do) until I had found “the one.” After ﬁnding who I thought was “the one” at 18, and dating her for about a year, she ended our relationship the day after her senior prom. What I felt was inextricably more painful than anything I had ever felt before. At 19, and incredibly horny, I’d thought for the last year that I was about to give myself away to someone I cared about. However, before I was 20, I was lucky enough to ﬁnd someone else whom I did care for ... well, for about an hour. My decision to have sex for the ﬁrst time resulted from the ‘spur of the moment’ feeling that most guys get ... and although I’ve slept with numerous women since, at 28 years of age now, I still regret my ﬁrst time. So, at 26 when I met my current girlfriend, a conﬁdent, independent woman with high moral ﬁbre, I knew that I may not be having sex again for a while. It wasn’t until after a few months of being with her that I realized “a while” actually meant “not until marriage.” Although it was a difﬁcult thing to accept, I’ve since come to welcome my present situation, because I know that I’m with an incredible person whom I love tremendously. And at the same time, I know that I’ll ﬁnally get the chance to have the sex I’ve always wanted.
Male masturbation certainly doesn’t have the same level of mystique and intrigue – or frequency – as its female counterpart. By nature, men are curious, and at a young age start exploring what their bodies do, and how they work. This self-exploration, not to mention the discovery of pornography and the realization that they are attracted to other men and/or women, inevitably leads to masturbation, usually in late pre-teen or early teenaged years. Thoughts race through their brains: will I get caught? Do I really like what I’m seeing? What if I try it like this? Oh, that’s new! But...it happened so fast?! Renowned sex educator and counsellor Sue Johanson was very candid in an interview conducted by the Toronto Sun about her perception of the frequency of male masturbation. “99 per cent of men of all ages masturbate regularly,” began Johanson. “And the other one per cent are liars.” Whether Johanson was being completely frank or slightly facetious is debatable, but nevertheless, her comment reinforces the fact that for many men – particularly at a young age – masturbation fast becomes second nature, especially for those who may cope with vasocongestion, aka “blue balls.” Similar studies, such as American sex researcher Alfred Kinsey’s 1948 report, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, have alleged that upwards of 90 per cent of men masturbate, with those numbers declining in marriages and old age. And so persist the age-old questions: how much is too much? Should you stop masturbating when you’re in a relationship or when you get married? If you’re looking for answers, you’ll be hard pressed (no pun intended) to ﬁnd concrete evidence either way, however, the notion of compulsive masturbation is real, wherein the activity is performed not for pleasure or gratiﬁcation, but to reduce anxiety or stress. The practice of compulsion, according to The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, signiﬁcantly interferes with the individual’s normal routine, occupational functioning, or usual social activities or relationships with others. In short, if masturbation is preventing you from leading a balanced lifestyle, perhaps it’s time to reconsider. Until then, go nuts...
y out over and ut ve e Ed Reiber has seen the same story play out over and over again. A group of university-aged males walk into his local sex shop, perusing the displays and making jokes about the products. After a few laughs, but rarely any purchases, the group leaves. But, a few days later, one or two will come back – always on their own – and make a purchase. The group setting afforded the comfort of checking out Reiber’s products; the return trip simply validated their interest. “It’s a big joke when they come in as a group; they’re laughing a lot, especially when it’s guys,” said Reiber, the general manager of the Love Shop on Woolwich St. in Guelph, and the former manager of a similar store in Waterloo. “They don’t want their friends knowing what they’re buying, and the ﬁrst chance they get, they come back alone.” While Reiber admitted that his clientele in Guelph isn’t made up of as many students as was the case in Waterloo, where his store was close to the campus, he did acknowledge the importance of engaging the student sex shopper. “We do a big promotion at the Envy Lounge in downtown Guelph. Every Sunday is the Sex and Blues Trivia,” said Reiber. “We also offer a 20 per cent discount to students year-round. We recognize that they don’t have a lot of money, but they’re a big part of our business.” Reiber listed condoms, lubrication and novelty joke gifts among the most popular items sold to university students, with adult magazines and vibrators in the next group of the most sought after items. More than anything though, he stressed the importance of developing an expert relationship with customers, offering help when necessary, without being intrusive. “The more comfortable you make the customer feel, the better their shopping experience will be,” said Reiber. “If you see a customer come in and they’re nervous, you need to give them the support they need, but be discreet about it. You always want to make a joke out of it and have fun.”
•Sex and Emotion•
After a week of ignoring your partner, you show up with some K-Y warming gel, ready to make it happen. You get rejected. You scratch your head. You go home alone, and soon realize just how terrible K-Y warming gel really is. You would think it’s common knowledge for most people that a strong emotional connection between couples outside the bedroom translates to good sex. Pretty obvious, right? Not to everyone. “You will hear from women that what is going on in their head is going to affect them even wanting to have sex,” says Louise Dorfman, a psychotherapist who has been counseling couples for over nine years with her husband, David Rubinstein. “So, if they have a week or so of not really emotionally connecting with their partner, and the guy says well come on, let’s go to bed, they say ‘well I’m not really turned on.’ And he gets offended. But nobody is ﬁnding out what the other person is feeling.” Dorfman and Rubinstein work on issues such as inﬁdelity, a lack of passion and physical intimacy, communication problems, as well as issues like arguing and power struggles. Regardless of the problem, both therapists say that building a strong emotional connection with your partner is the most important thing in overcoming any one these issues. It’s seems simple. You might be thinking, ‘tell me something new.’ But both Dorfman and Rubinstein say that building this connection requires practice. One common problem that most couples are familiar with is a discrepancy in sexual desire, where one partner has a higher desire than the other. “[What we work on] is not making it a pathology, that there is something wrong with that, but to help them understand what is happening in each one of them,” said Rubinstein. “In other words, it’s OK for the high-desire partner to want to have sex, but it is also okay for the lowdesire partner to express that they’re not that interested.” Rubinstein says that one of things to work on is actually listening to each other differently; to engage each other differently. “I mean, for example, there are many couples who don’t look at each other in the eyes. So, even to have that type of engagement, where they look at each other and try to see who is there – so to speak – and try to understand what the person is feeling, [what they] are about and to try and understand the emotional world of each of them.” Adds Dorfman, “It takes practice, it’s a skill. We’re not talking about staring at each other, but really trying to see who’s there. To learn from all your senses, to listen deeply when your partner is talking, to put all that busyness out of your own mind so you’re not trying to ﬁgure out what you’re going to say next, or not thinking I need to defend myself because he is really talking about me.” Both therapists say that learning to develop a strong emotional connection with your partners at a younger age is beneﬁcial to a healthy relationship down the road. A good sex life will surely be the result.
By now, you’re surely aware that when news of Tiger Woods’ inﬁdelities was made public, it was accompanied by his own admission of being an addict. A sex addict. Many scoffed at the very idea, viewing the claim as nothing more than a weak excuse for unforgivable behaviour. But, according to Penny Lawson, manager of family services and special programs at Bellwood Health Services in Toronto, sex addiction is a real and treatable condition. “Sexual addiction is an addiction like any other,” said Lawson, one of Canada’s leading experts on the topic. “You could substitute the word ‘sex’ for ‘alcohol.’ It is when a person uses some sort of sexual behaviour to medicate or prevent uncomfortable emotional states.” It is important that people don’t attempt to ignore the serious nature of sexual addiction and afﬁx such a label to themselves to excuse cheating. Lawson indicated that through a series of tests, experts can easily differentiate between a high sex drive and an addiction. “Very often, we ﬁnd something sexually inappropriate has happened prior to adolescence that introduced them to the idea of masturbation or sexuality early,” she said. “It’s about looking at the criteria. Has this person’s tolerance increased to the point that they’re behaving in ways that they thought they never could? Is it interfering in other aspects of their lives? Are people in their lives objecting to what they’re doing? Have they tried to stop and not been able to?” The advent of technology and the Internet has a clear positive correlation with the likelihood of one developing a sexual addiction. “Obviously, pornography and masturbation are a big [factor] and have been since pornography was on the Internet around 1991,” said Lawson. “Everybody has a natural tendency to be curious. “In the old days, to see pornography, you had to have an exchange with someone; you had to buy a magazine or a tape. But today, in the privacy of your own home and your own room, you can view all kinds of things. This has created problems for people.” In agreement with Dr. David Demonico’s research, Lawson approximated that ﬁve or six per cent of the population has a sexual addiction, with an additional ﬁve or six per cent falling into an ‘at risk’ category. She also added that especially in the case of university students, sexual addiction can be difﬁcult to diagnose. “For someone who is new and in university, they probably have a high sex drive and perhaps for the ﬁrst time, a lot of freedom,” she said. “Therefore, it can be hard to assess this group, because what you’re doing in your ﬁrst year away from home may not necessarily be addiction.” Lawson listed websites such as sash.net and iitap.com as resources for people with questions about their own potentially addictive behaviour.
There’s even more sex in the Ontarion this week! Female sexual dysfunction: a biological or social Check out the following articles as well: problem? page 9 Sexposure: A final farewell page 13 Pop Cultured: A new kind of addiction page 16
lets them eat brioche
overnight or while you are out at work, or school, which means that you are not pacing your home and peeking at the rising dough every three minutes, praying for a rapidly doubling in size. And, on top of all that, by succeeding at baking your own bread from scratch you have swiftly become outrageously impressive to all your non-baker friends. This recipe for brioche is a perfect way to start of baking. The delicious, slightly sweet bread is wonderful for breakfast with a little bit of blackcurrant or apricot jam. The bread is even good when stale, and the leftover bread can be used in many other recipes. It is very simple to make and requires minimal kneading. And Hemmingway liked brioche. Need I say more? The recipe provided is inspired by Ina Garten’s and is enough for two loaves. It is diﬃcult to divide the recipe in two, but one of the loaves can be frozen for later. And in case there are any brioche enthusiasts reading this particular article and are scratching their heads about the appearance of the pictured brioche, yes it doesn’t look like brioche. The Barefoot Contessa said seam at the top and here we are with a crater-covered brioche rather than the shiny smooth crust one would normally expect from this beloved
APR. 8 - 14, 2010
There is nothing quite as satisfying to a bona ﬁde food enthusiast as successfully baking bread. This being said, there are so many obstacles and potential snares that can intimidate the bread-baking neophytes that the feat may never be attempted at all. Aside from the obvious mindtrap of ‘what if my yeast isn’t active somehow,’ which is usually accompanied by ‘what happens if my dough doesn’t rise,’ the fact that nearly every bread recipe seems to be written with the assumption that all home-cooks own a standing mixer with a dough hook is certainly daunting. In lieu of the home-cook’s likely lack of a standing-mixer, kneading the dough by hand becomes necessary. This can be diﬃcult especially without an understanding of the role that kneading plays in the bread baking process and the patience and strength to do so for often close to 10 minutes. Then there’s the time consuming nature of bread baking, often involving several rising times spanning hours or even days, and that damned aforementioned kneading time. But there is good news. With a properly stocked pantry, it can be very inexpensive to make your own bread. Not to mention that with many types of bread the rising time can take place
C RECIPE for Brioche C
Directions Ingredients 1/2 cup warm water 1 package of dry yeast 3 tbsp sugar 6 large eggs, at room temperature 4 1/2 cups unbleached ﬂour 2 tsp kosher salt 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 egg mixed with 1 tbsp milk, for egg wash Yields two loaves Combine the water, yeast and sugar in a bowl. Stir and allow to stand for 10 minutes until the yeast and sugar dissolve and there is a foam on the surface of the mixture. Add the eggs and beat them with a hand mixer or whisk for one minute, until well mixed. With the mixer on low speed, add two cups of ﬂour and salt and mix for ﬁve minutes. Keeping the mixer on low throughout, add two more cups of ﬂour and mix for ﬁve more minutes. Add the soft butter in chunks and mix for two minutes, scraping down the beater until well blended. Continuing to mix, add an extra 1/4 cup of ﬂour. Knead the dough for two minutes. Scrape the dough into a buttered
Graduate Degree Programs
check it out at
bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough overnight to rise. After rising time, allow the dough to sit at room temperature for one hour. Grease two loaf pans. Turn the dough onto a lightly ﬂoured counter and cut it in half. Roll each side into a small cylinder. Place the cylindrical loaves into the pans and cover with a damp towel, allowing them to rise at room temperature until they double in size, roughly two hours. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. When the loaves have risen, brush the top of each with the egg wash and bake for 45 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the loaves sound hollow when tapped. Turn loaves out onto wire wracks to cool.
Graduate Open House
Want a degree that will make a difference in your life? Then check out the outstanding graduate programs at niagara.edu/graduate. Master of Education The area’s only private university that’s both NCATE accredited and recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Training. Niagara offers programs in Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, School Counseling, School Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Special Education and Literacy. Master of Business Administration With a nationally acclaimed faculty, practice-oriented curriculum and AACSB accreditation, Niagara lets you complete your MBA in as little as 16 months with convenient weekday evening or Saturday classes. Master of Criminal Justice A traditional master’s program and the area’s only five-year BS/MS program in Criminal Justice Administration lets Niagara meet the needs of both incoming freshmen and working professionals. Master of Arts-Interdisciplinary Studies An innovative curriculum that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries and allows each student to design his or her own degree. If you’ve always wanted to pursue a master’s degree but have been unable to find the right program, we can help you meet your goals.
April 17, 2010 Niagara University Campus Lewiston, NY 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
To see how Niagara can make a difference in your career, visit www.niagara.edu/graduate 1.800.462.2111 e-mail email@example.com
Education That Makes a Difference
Office of Graduate Admissions Bailo Hall PO Box 2011 Niagara University, NY 14109-2011
Creeper alert: some strategies to surviving a night on the town
Let’s see if this situation sounds familiar to any ladies out there: it is Thursday night and it has been a long week. You and some friends are blasting the music and getting ready for a night on the town. You have visions of what your night is going to be like: a good time with the girls and a chance to dance all the stress away. You’re checking to make sure you have everything: ID, wallet, cell phone and a survival guide’s worth of strategies for avoiding the inevitable ‘creepers.’ Now, ﬁrst thing is ﬁrst: we must deﬁne the creeper in order to avoid the creeper. A solid deﬁnition of a creeper is hard to pin down; just as our survival strategies progress so too does the creeper’s oﬀensive moves. So in place of a deﬁnition here are some signs to look for. The biggest thing to watch out for is ‘the stare,’ which is the trademark of many creepy guys. It’s that leering, calculating look in his eyes that says ‘that’s right baby, come to papa’. Another sure sign of a creeper is when a guy ﬁnds a random excuse to get into your bubble such as massaging your shoulders, picking lint or hair oﬀ your top (which may or may not have been there in the ﬁrst place) or grabbing at your hand or arm to dance with you. When subjected to ‘the stare’ and ‘the bad touch’ it is natural to experience a sudden urge to vomit. Instead of because it is the one many women are the most afraid of using. This approach is about being assertive, standing up for yourself and not being scared of hurting a creeper’s feelings. It’s about shedding the fear of being called a bitch and looking out for yourself. Krista Pauly, a University of Guelph student, is not afraid to stick up for herself when the creepers comes out. “Don’t be afraid to tell them oﬀ and get assertive, girls are associated with being nice and gentle but when it comes to going out you are your own body guard and protect yourself because no one else is going to,” she says. So why is it that the most simple (in theory) and straightforward strategy for dealing with creepers is the least utilized? According to Britney McCullough, a second year english major at the University of Guelph, “Men are socialized into thinking that their aggressive and sometimes creepy behaviour is okay and we [women] are socialized into thinking that we shouldn’t hurt the man’s ego.” No matter what their origin and reason for existence may be, the fact remains that there are creepers among us. Next time you are going out to the bars and checking that you have everything, make sure you’re bringing along a repertoire or creeper survival strategies.
spewing on the dance ﬂoor, take a look at some of these survival strategies. STRATEGY #1: DO THE WALKAWAY There are many diﬀerent takes on ‘The Walk-Away’ but the basis of this classic creeper survival strategy is to get away, far, far away from the creeper. This may involve pretending to see a friend across the bar and walking in that direction or making a dash for the sanctuary of the washroom. STRATEGY #2: TELL THEM YOU HAVE AN STD I know many women out there would be too embarrassed to use this particular strategy, but if you
want to see a creeper move faster than you’ve ever seen someone move before than this is the move for you. If you have the ovaries to use this strategy, you can be almost guaranteed to have won the battle in the war on creepers. STRATEGY #3: I DIG CHICKS Be forewarned this move can work, but it also has the possibility of backﬁring... big time! Some creepers, upon hearing the words “I’m not into guys” or “I’m a lesbian” will back oﬀ if they believe they don’t have a chance. However, for some creepers, using the “I Dig Chicks” is like adding gasoline to a horny bonﬁre. Use with caution and make sure you have a backup strategy.
STRATEGY #4: PUT A RING ON IT This is the ‘little black dress’ of creeper survival strategies. Also known as ‘Old Faithful,’ this strategy entails cracking out a fake engagement ring and sliding it onto your ring ﬁnger. Usually the sight of an engagement ring will keep the creeps at bay. A little skill is involved as it is imperative that the creeper sees the ring, so keep your drink at chest level in your left hand. Warning: this strategy does not discriminate between creepers and non-creepers, meaning the nice guy you were talking to will also see the ring. Use with caution. STRATEGY #5: BE OBSCENE: MAKE A SCENE This strategy comes in at the end
Sexposure: A final farewell
It’s been long and hard (pun intended)
This is a bittersweet issue of Sexposure; it’s the last one I’ll be writing. I’m about to graduate and be ﬂung into that big, scary “real world” thing, so I’ll be saying goodbye to Guelph, the Ontarion and this column. In this last issue I wanted to thank all those wonderful people who helped me along the way and reﬂect on the whole process. Pardon me this one last indulgence to cap oﬀ a truly indulgent column: I have been so lucky to be able to write to you all about my passion, sexuality, week after week. My ﬁrst thanks need to go to the Ontarion. To be given space in such a widely distributed publication to pontiﬁcate was an incredible opportunity. Thanks to all the staﬀ, volunteers and editors who turned my simple word documents into real newspaper articles. I would also like to thank all the members of NAKED at the Wellness Centre. Without the camaraderie and support of these amazing, passionate individuals this column would not exist. Thank you for reminding me that there are sex-positive, motivated people in this world who want just as badly as I do to make it a safer, more pleasurable place to be. Thanks Wren, Jamie, Rebecca, Sonja, Walker, Jordan, Brittney and Charlotte! And special thanks to Natalie, my former co-author, who helped get this whole thing out of our heads and oﬀ the ground. The Wellness Centre has been a great research resource for me this past semester, and the work they do on campus is invaluable. You remember those condoms your RA had in ﬁrst year? That’s where they come from! Shameless plug: please go visit the Centre, second ﬂoor of the JT Powell building (above student health services). We’d love to see you all! I also need to thank professor Robin Milhausen for her fantastic sexuality courses here at U of G. I was a wide-eyed freshman when I ﬁrst had the pleasure of being her student, and her absolutely boundless enthusiasm for all things sexuality has deﬁnitely rubbed oﬀ on me. Thanks Robin, for granting me space within my education to discuss sexuality with other interested people, and for widening the horizons of my mind. Another big thanks goes to all of my friends, family and classmates who have patiently listened to me rant indigently about my favourite sexuality pet peeves. You have all been gracious enough to listen to me and bold enough to challenge me, which has forced me to really and truly defend my opinions and examine why I think the way I do. Yet more thanks to all of those who sought out my advice on sexuality. (hopefully) starting a lively, informed dialogue about sexual issues was my humble goal in writing this column. It may not have changed the world, but I want to believe that Sexposure has had a positive inﬂuence on the Guelph community. Just because this column is ending doesn’t mean that the discussions it has fostered have to. Talk about sex with your friends, roommates, even parents! While great strides have been made in making the world a more sexpositive place, it’s only when people are talking about sex freely that it will be realized that sex isn’t anything to be ashamed of but in fact has the potential to be a beautiful, life-aﬃrming thing. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you on the other side,
It’s a real honour to be let in on someone’s sexual self, and I hope dearly that I have helped. I’d ﬁnally like to thank you (yes you!) for reading. Nothing warms the cockles of my heart the way seeing someone reading my column does. Better still is
to hear people talking about the issues I discuss every other week. I’ve harped on at length about how important communication is when it comes to sexuality, but simply talking about sex and sexual health is the vital ﬁrst step. Getting people talking and
I really want to get into...
of a sports team, but the simple act of following the Blue Jays can be considered a nation-building experience. Seeing as the Blue Jays are the only Canadian team in Major League Baseball, they attract fans from all across our diverse nation. You see, baseball is not necessarily a game just for traditional “sports fans.” Baseball does not sustain the same popularity and culture in Canada as does hockey.This is largely because baseball attracts a variety of fans, for many diﬀerent reasons. It’s not as fast-paced or physical as most other sports, namely hockey or football. Baseball is foremost a game of patience, and requires patience to watch. Playing video games is a great way to get to know the teams and players. Watching games with
APR. 8 - 14, 2010
someone who has a strong grasp of the rules is a good idea, as a lot of the excitement comes from taking notice of the ﬁner details of the game. Baseball is game of strategy, odds, and statistics; every situation calls for a diﬀerent plan of action. Just picture yourself as a batter, standing at the plate, waiting for the pitcher to throw you something in the strike zone. He could throw you a heater down the pipe, or an unlimited number of permutations of other types of pitches, locations, and speeds. Then, consider that batting is only one aspect of the very complicated game. The most important piece of advice that I can oﬀer to someone getting into baseball is most likely the most obvious: go to a game! Seeing it for yourself is the only way
Trying to get into baseball can seem intimidating at ﬁrst; after all, there are 30 major league teams, each of which play 162 games each season, not to mention the many years of tradition, scouting reports, and statistics that come with the sport fondly known as America’s pastime. But, if your initial reaction to the thought of getting into baseball is a feeling of intimidation and a sense of being overwhelmed, here are a
few starter suggestions for how to get into this great sport. First, I suggest that you start by following one team; maybe one from close to home? Let’s say the Toronto Blue Jays. Certainly not the most popular team, they could use the fans. If you don’t have an aﬃnity for a particular team, try following a select few players, or join a fantasy league and create your own team, made up of real players. Not being a hockey fan myself, I don’t like basing my sense of national identity around the performance
to get a feel for the atmosphere of the sport. Also, try rooting against the New York Yankees, the most widely-liked team with a wickedly loyal fan-base, and disgustingly large number of players making ridiculous sums of money. Considered a dynasty of hitting and pitching power and an archrival of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees provide the ideal enemy for loyal Jays fans. Like any sport, baseball is a game of inches. You can miss hitting or catching a ball by inches; just a few inches can be the diﬀerence between being safe or out, hitting a home run or bouncing a ball oﬀ the wall, winning Game 7 of the World Series or losing it all. Hopefully I’ll see you at the Home Opener on Monday! Go Jays Go!
Joe Mauer - Catcher, Minnesota Twins: Perhaps the most well-rounded catcher in recent decades, Mauer was last season’s American League Most Valuable Player, demonstrating a keen batting eye, power and superb defensive instincts. His trademark sideburns have become legendary in Minnesota to the point where the team now dedicates a game each year to honouring his facial hair.
Albert Pujols - First base, St. Louis Cardinals: Undoubtedly, baseball’s most dangerous hitter, Pujols is coming oﬀ of his third National League MVP season, a year in which he led the league in home runs, runs scored and slugging percentage. Pujols makes hitting look easy and has already taken aim at the game’s most illustrious batting records.
Jason Heyward - Outﬁeld, Atlanta Braves: Want to make a good ﬁrst impression? How about hitting a home run in your ﬁrst major league at-bat, as Heyward did on Monday. Heyward is among the most hyped prospects to come into the league in years and became famous for breaking car windows with his moonshot home runs in spring training. Rental car companies now oﬀer – no joke – HLI (Heyward Liability Insurance).
Roy Halladay - Starting pitcher, Philadelphia Phillies: Blue Jays fans went into mourning when their beloved ace was traded to The City of Brotherly Love in the oﬀ-season after Toronto determined that they could no longer aﬀord his game-changing talent. Doc, as he is aﬀectionately known, has a robotic-esque work ethic and instantly makes the Phillies the favourites to win the NL East. If you’re not a fan of lengthy ball games, go watch Doc pitch; he’ll go about his business and get you home in time to watch The Oﬃce.
Adam Lind - Designated hitter/ Outﬁeld, Toronto Blue Jays: Lind is quickly making Blue Jays fans forget about the last great lefthanded hitting Jay: Carlos Delgado. The sweetswinging slugger, entering just his second major league season, was the Silver Slugger award winner last year among designated hitters and started oﬀ the year with a bang, going long against the Texas Rangers on Monday. Lind brings all the talent, and none of the ego to the game and is a refreshing example of humble, yet successful players.
Don’t make drastic changes in your lifestyle this week, Aries. On Monday Mercury in Taurus squares impulsive Mars, your ruler, and you’ll be wise to think before you take action in a tricky situation. You’ll feel as if you’re driving with the emergency brake on as you go about your daily routine on Wednesday. Make sure you allow extra time for your tasks. On Saturday you’ll interact with an unscrupulous individual. Remember to stick to your personal standards and ethics.
this week! On Monday the Moon trines Venus, your ruler, in Taurus, and your sense of personal well-being will be strong. Your intuition will be on target when the Moon sextiles Mercury in Taurus on Saturday. You’ll devote a lot of thought to the best way to present yourself to others. On Sunday you’ll ﬁnd a new friend and discover a compatible companion. It’s a great time to meet new people.
chart your progress to make sure you’re on the right path. A domestic matter you thought was put to rest will pop up again on Wednesday. It’s possible you’ll need to embark on an extensive home-repair project. On Sunday you may be asked to volunteer for a committee dedicated to helping your community.
You’ll feel like you’re on top of the world
Where are you going, Gemini? Do you know? On Tuesday your brain will settle down when Mercury, your ruler, in steady Taurus trines profound Pluto. You’ll
Keep your wits about you as you interact with others this week. Don’t rise to the bait when the Moon in your sector of adversaries squares the Sun in volatile Aries on Tuesday. Your imagination will be more grounded on Wednesday, and your brain will start to operate in a pragmatic way. Try not to rock the boat in a certain situation on Saturday. Your best bet is to be as agreeable as possible in this matter.
c g d e f h
Consider planning a weekend excursion. On Sunday a new hobby will cure your feeling of boredom and stagnation.
You normally navigate the social scene with ease, but on Thursday you’ll be at a loss when you interact with others. The Moon squares Venus, your ruler, and you won’t be on the same wavelength as your associates. You might become entangled in a mildly embarrassing social faux pas. Don’t worry. You’ll be back on top of your social game by the weekend. On Sunday you may decide to obtain a friend of the four-legged variety and become a pet owner.
You’ll deal with frustrating moments this week, and your customary stoicism will be severely tried before the week is over! You’ll encounter a number of setbacks in your agenda when Saturn, your ruler, backtracks into frenetic Virgo on Wednesday. As you run into delays, you will become ﬂustered, so keep that in mind. On Saturday you’ll cut short your interaction with a loved one who grows extremely overbearing when you’re around. Your own needs will take precedence on Sunday.
You have a loud roar, Leo, and this week an associate will discover how strident you can be when you’re angry. On Monday Mercury squares Mars in ﬁery Leo and you’ll engage in a war of words with this person. You’ll return to your home to take care of family issues on Saturday. Allow time to sort out your domestic matters. On Sunday your attention turns to mystical subjects. You’ll read a book that will help you develop spiritual insight.
You approach life intensely, Scorpio. On Monday Mercury in your sector of open enemies squares aggressive Mars and you’ll come up against someone who isn’t on your side, to say the least. Before you aim your stinger, consider if your energy would be better spent creating a new lifestyle for yourself. You may become a mentor to a young person on Saturday. Remember that you have a lot to give to others, and they can beneﬁt from your experience.
Trust your instincts this week and you’ll be glad you did, Aquarius! You often forget to listen to that inner voice. On Tuesday make sure you look beneath the surface when you interact with others. Don’t ignore warning signals. Your sense of positive optimism will be strong when the Moon conjuncts lyrical Neptune in Aquarius on Friday. You’ll ﬁnd that your inspiration skyrockets. You’ll revel in your unconventional attitude this weekend and concoct a new image for yourself on Sunday.
Virgo, your innate shrewdness will kick in this week. That’s a good thing, because on Tuesday a diﬃcult life choice will confront you when Mercury, your ruler, trines discerning Pluto. You will make sure you select the right option. Cabin fever will hit you on Saturday. You often long for a change of scenery, since you’re of the Mutable Quality.
Sagittarius, you are usually too busy to think! However, this week you will become much more reﬂective, starting when profound Pluto, the ruler of your zone of subconscious thoughts and feelings, turns retrograde on Tuesday. A new responsibility will be added to your to-do list on Wednesday. Finding time for your task will prove a bit of a challenge. You’ll enter domestic mode on Sunday. You may spend time in your kitchen and prepare some of your favorite comfort foods.
You are usually laid-back in your approach to life, Pisces. This week you’ll surprise yourself with your desire to go after what you want with gusto! On Monday you’ll bring a bold attitude to your life experience. You won’t back down when you run up against challenges. Your self-esteem will rise on Saturday, and you’ll like what you see when you look in the mirror as the Moon in Pisces sextiles Venus. You’ll have the conﬁdence to strut your stuﬀ. Horoscopes courtesy of horoscope.com
poaching incident where she loses her baby, I am going to take up podcasting to ﬁll the radio-less gap. To do this, I’m going to be using Garage Band. On the one hand, it’s
KNOWS SOMETHING ABOUT DINOSAURS
I’m going to be a podcaster
Good Morning Angels, We should start a podcast. Yeah, seriously: You and me should get together some time to record one. It’s not hard, really. All we gotta do is lay down some audio tracks, pick a couple of songs to spice it up, and then share it with the world. We can make it Sumothemed, if that’ll make it easier. You and I can pretend we’re warring sumo wrestlers, and we can call the podcast Dohyo; that’s what they call the ring they ﬁght in. Look, I’ve done all the heavy lifting. All you have to do is show up. I’m starting to turn pretty heavily into podcasting…a podcaster? It may come as a shock to some of you that I’ve been hosting a radio program called Andrew T and the Dynamo Elite for just about three years now. It may come as more of a shock that after three years, this show will no longer be gracing the airwaves of Guelph’s own CFRU 93.3fm. I’ll be done. Kaput. Finito. Ended. Finished. Terminated. Over. Stopped. Other words that mean all of that. To break it down, that’s just about 156 episodes and probably a little over 300 hours of radio. And now it’s suddenly going to be gone. So like a gorilla mother who adopts a gorilla shaped doll after a terrible can go wrong! That’s kind of what it’s like being on the radio. With podcasting, however, nothing can go wrong and everything can go right. You have as many tries as you want to make the perfect bit of radio-styled entertainment. This American Life and Radiolab are highly produced and some of the most perfect bits of audio I’ve ever listened to. You Look Nice Today improvise most of their jokes, but they can cut out the fat. Even something like Stuﬀ You Should Know, which is mostly just reading lots of facts, can be rejigged to make the lesson funnier or more engaging. Not to say that these possibilities aren’t available on live radio, but there’s really no excuse for it to not happen in a podcast. You have a chance to do it right. Just like Zac Eﬀron in 17 Again. Did you see that movie? What’s wrong with you? I would never watch that! What I’m asking you to do here is come over to my house, or Skype in with me, and let’s record some podcasts. Oh, and if you want, listen to Andrew T and the Dynamo Elite on May 4th, 2010, from 10pm12am for the last little bit of a dynasty. It’s bittersweet, like a bowl full of rhubarb and sugar. Bam! My analogies are on ﬁre today! I actually eat rhubarb and sugar. My girlfriend makes fun of me for it. Is that mean, or am I actually weird?
If I can take my laptop there and record some audio, then that’s where a podcast can happen.
the free software that came with my laptop, and I’m getting pretty familiar with it. On the other hand, if I started a band, it’d be a garage band. Actually, it’d be a no-ﬁ surf rock/60’s girl group inspired type of thing, but they don’t make software about that. There’s other free software, like the ever-popular Audacity, but I’m sticking with Garage Band. Yes sir, it’s the platform of choice for
recording any and all audio projects that I do. The great thing about podcasts is that they can happen on your schedule. Kind of like how you can order pizza at almost any time in some cities (right?) I can wake up at 4am and record some SleepyTime audio. Or, it could be the ‘Join Andrew at the Beach’ edition of the
show. If I can take my laptop there and record some audio, then that’s where a podcast can happen. Some might argue that something special is missing from podcasting that you can get on the radio. Like, one of the things that everybody loves about SNL is the feeling that anything can happen at any moment. It’s live, and anything
Deconstructing the iPad hype
The feeding frenzy over Apple’s new iPad has become almost unbearable. While it won’t be available in Canada until later this month, it hit the streets in the U.S. this week and the media is saturated with chatter about it. The reviews have been mostly positive. And surprisingly positive from some of the usually jaded tech writers. However, this isn’t really a review. I have never used an iPad. Like you, I’ve just read about it and watched the videos. But there is something about it that intrigues me. First, true confessions: I am a bit of an Apple fanboy. And I am seriously distracted by bright, shiny objects. I am very excited about the iPad. However, that’s not what I want to talk about. This isn’t a review about the iPad; it’s a review about what the iPad means. The extraordinary hype around the iPad started long before we knew anything about it. We wanted it to be something to change our world, our lives. So what’s that all about? What needed changing so badly? Whether the luddites like it or not, advanced and emerging technologies tend to make things better. PC. Internet. iPod. The wheel. Fire. For some, the iPad will determine their future: wild success or serious crash and burn. Think newspapers. Print newspapers are gasping for air everywhere. Readership has tanked and the free versions on the web (while popular) are not bringing in the revenue. Are newspapers dead? Deﬁnitely. Well, sort of. Maybe. No. The publishing industry is hoping that the iPad will monetize digital newspapers (and magazines, and books) in the same way that iTunes and the iPod did for music. The popularity of the Kindle, despite its limitations, suggests they are on to something. So the iPad is really the payPad for publishers. Their future existence is tied very tightly to its success. This is probably a good thing. I’m by no means a fan of Rupert Murdoch and the mega publishing empires, but we do need a means to fairly compensate writers, editors, and other creators. What is the iPad? A laptop, a netbook, or just 4 iPod Touch duct taped together? Hence the chatter about this device as a “new category.” Neither ﬁsh nor fowl; something we will buy in addition to other devices. For the marketing types, introducing a “new category” makes their hearts beat faster. For us? Meh. However, there is something just plain diﬀerent about it that makes you think we are going into new territory. Doug Horne, one of the UG librarians, noted in his blog recently that the iPad was p likely the ﬁrst computer his mother t would buy. It will happily sit in her kitchen and get used all the time. e It may be the ﬁrst real “information appliance.” Oven. Toaster. Fridge. iPad. It’s also an appliance e in the sense that this is a device to encourage n, consumption, not a tool to further creation. The face touch interface and the r lack of other stuﬀ makes ndable it more amendable to the perience. consumer experience. Too uture bad. Maybe future versions cements and enhancements will t. change that. For now, getting an iPad means ing, viewing, reading, listening uch … not so much creating ting. and contributing. ager In a meager attempt ention to deﬂect attention away e, from Apple, Microsoft ures leaked pictures of its ice Courier device recently. This is a dual screen computer that folds together into a paperback book sized object. Quite fascinating. Already it’s being dubbed the “iPad killer.” Perhaps. Bring it on. We need diversity in marketplace as much as we need standards around the digital objects we use. The hype meter is on extreme at the moment. This too will pass. y g We are always so eager to see in new tools some sort of salvation or redemption from our It’s a bridge to the future for them. And it has arrived just in time. And, yes, I’m going to pre-order one for myself online. Can’t wait. Michael Ridley is the Chief f Information Oﬃcer (CIO) and Chief Librarian at the University of Guelph. h Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org www.u or www.uoguelph.ca/cio.
Teach English Overseas
TESOL/T TESOL/TESL Teacher Training Cer Certification Courses
• Intensive 60-Hour Program • Classroom Management Techniques • Detailed Lesson Planning • ESL Skill Development Skills • Compreh Comprehensive Teaching Materials • Interactiv Teaching Practicum Interactive • Internatio Internationally Recognized Certificate • Teacher P Placement Service • Money Ba Guarantee Included Back • Thousand of Satisfied Students Thousands
current condition. The device will set us free. And sometimes it has. In the case of the iPad, it’s carrying the hopes and dreams of many of the digitally challenged industries.
L oose Cannon
Apr. 8 - 14, 2010
Student spaces feeling the squeeze
As one of the oldest continuing publications on campus, the Peak has long been a place for students and community members to tell their stories using a variety of creative means: news stories, poetry, photography, visual art, long-form interviews, first person accounts and historical retrospectives. With a focus on social justice, the Peak has skirted with controversy and encouraged debate about everything from gender norms to the inequalities created by capitalism. Undoubtedly, it fills a niche in the campus community that other publications – including the Ontarion and thecannon – do not. So why is the Peak any less deserving of its office than the newly-created Student Help and Advocacy Centre? Questions like these will occupy the CSA Board of Directors at its Wednesday meeting (now passed) as they tried to figure out how to cram one more organization into the sardine can that we call “student space.” The outcome of the space debate – which may also affect the Photo Arts Club, if the Peak is given the front end of the PAC office as compensation – is not yet known. But the issue is larger than which group is more entitled to a door and four walls. Although student organizations continue to grow on this campus, the university has provided no more room to accommodate them. In fact, it can be argued that student space on campus is being systematically destroyed by neglect. The townhouse that holds the CSA Foodbank and Bike Centre at the corner of Gordon Street and South Ring Road is a prime example. In its fifty-plus year history, the building has suffered from a sagging foundation, warped floors, water damage and mold problems. For years, tenants have asked the administration to provide more
A new kind of addiction
I’m beginning to long for the days when exhaustion was the only bullshit psychological condition Hollywood also-rans used as a scapegoat. What a world we live in where the defacto response for an unfaithful celebrity is to go to rehab. Back in the ‘90s, Michael Douglas became probably the first celebrity to check himself in for sexual addiction. But the most publicized case in recent memory was David Duchovny—a bizarre case of life imitating art, as Duchovny plays a sex addict on Californication— who checked himself in back in 2008. It came a little out of left-field then, as the reports of Duchovny’s (alleged) philandering didn’t come out until well after he’d gone into rehab. Then Tiger Woods happened. One of the most successful and highly paid athletes in the world, his public image went into a tailspin beginning last (American) Thanksgiving, with woman after woman coming out of the woodwork in the following months. His wife moved out, he apologized publicly, and then checked himself into rehab for “sexual addiction.” When did this become an acceptable cover? I’m not here to dispute whether sexual addiction actually exists—a quick Google search will lead you to enough sexologists who are doing that far better than I ever could—just whether or not it is an acceptable copout. But just the fact that Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew is an actual show and not a fever dream should be enough to indicate that sexual addiction is far too trendy. Jesse James followed the same pattern as Tiger, almost to a T. Against my wishes, the (alleged) neo-Nazi and motorcycle enthusiast married Sandra Bullock back in 2005. Having America’s Sweetheart at home
Although student organizations continue to grow, there is little room to accommodate them. than piecemeal fixes to the seriously compromised construction. Instead, the university is planning to demolish all six of the white houses on the corner and replace them with landscaping. In the meantime, the Foodbank is being accommodated in a building across the street, but the Bike Centre will be closed until the CSA can find it a new home. Raithby House was once home to Student Volunteer Connections, the Student Support Network and the Multi-faith Resource Team. Two years ago, a triple threat of fire, flooding and destructive squirrel activity sent its former residents across the street to McNally House, where they waited for repairs. These groups play an important role in campus life; they deserve better than to be stuck on the far end of campus. Yet the historical home of college professor and farmer George Raithby, built in 1882, remains uninhabited. The University Centre itself was originally financed with student money, for use as a student space. Not just the second floor, mind you, but the majority of the building, was supposed to belong to students. But the predecessor to the CSA was bankrupted by the university, which refused to collect student
fees. The University Centre was then “appropriated” by the U of G in the 1970s. The CSA fought back and was rewarded with ownership of the second floor, which could be considered a consolation prize of sorts. That legal battle happened a generation ago, but the fight for student space is far from over. The soon-to-be empty space at Gordon and South Ring is prime real estate. If the university decides to rebuild there, there is no guarantee that it will include student space in its plans. Like death by a thousand cuts, we are being squeezed into smaller and smaller locations. To keep from losing any more ground, the CSA should adopt a give-andtake strategy for student space. For every square inch taken away by the university, our student representative must demand an equivalent amount of space somewhere else. The CSA should also continue to push for the university to expand student space for clubs (there are more than 80) as well as places of worship and social hangouts. Students are suffering from a serious space deficit. Rather than fighting over the little room there is left, we need to turn our attention to the bigger picture.
apparently wasn’t enough and James ended up nailing a woman with accommodating morals and a forehead tattoo (and a swastika on her thigh!) within five years of marriage. Then came the other mistresses, and the gutless public apologia that ended with claims of ‘sexual addiction’ and ended with a stint in rehab. When Lindsay Lohan was (allegedly) living off of blow, Adderall and Ketel One, during her formative years, going to rehab for “exhaustion” was laughable, but it didn’t attempt to excuse her misdeeds. It just repackaged it in a way that wasn’t illegal. Sexual addiction is different, and worse, because that’s what it does: it feels as if these lotharios are trying to absolve themselves of responsibility, and blame a psychological disorder which may or may not even exist. And even if it does exist, is a rich successful athlete going around having relations with porn stars really indicative of uncontrollable sexual desire? If it was really that compulsive, I think more than none of these women would be beautiful. Or at least have one that’s off-type. But they’re all beautiful, young, blonde women. If there are legitimate people out there struggling with this, this kind of high profile would do nothing to create sympathy for them. If anything, Woods and James’s behaviour would trivialize what might otherwise require serious concern. Instead of going to sex rehab, which I imagine is an approximate mix of resort spa and high school health class, I think the public reparations for these men should be being forced to admit the truth: that they couldn’t control their throbbing members and didn’t care enough about their wives or families to be faithful. That’s it. No ‘it isn’t my fault, I have a problem,’ Charlie Sheen excuses. This non-news would disappear ten times faster if that were the case.
Visit www.sundaycinema.ca for more info on these Central Student Association events
all day 8:00 pm
csa book fair
ERB PAP ACK S
Books for everyone: cookbooks, coffee table books, health books, how-to books, craft & gardening books, kids books & much much more!
9:30 pm doors
7:30 doors 8:00 pm show
an eveninG witH muSic By
99¢ - $6.99
Bruce PeninSula flowerS of Hell Katie StelmaniS
full five-day feStival includeS: live BandS, Zine fair, art GallerieS, BiKe-in film ScreeninG
sunday cinema Sun Apr 11
war memorial hall
$3 UoG stu | $5 general Nelson Mandela and the game that made a nation.
A great time to stock up!
Thurs Apr 8 & Fri Apr 9 uc courtyard
Thurs 8 am to 11 pm | Fri 8 am to 5 pm
e-bar | 41 Quebec | $10 | $8 with food item
Lic/all ages. Tickets at CSA and The Bookshelf. Co-presented with KYEO.
live music Thurs Apr 15
| $15 regular | $13 students Co-presented with Kaleidoscope Promotions and Kazoo! For more information, visit www.kazookazoo.com. Tickets at CSA and Ground Floor Music (13 Quebec Street).
dubin street united church | 68 Suffolk West
live Fri Apr 23
The Ontarion wants you to vote ‘No’
The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) did everything to stop this referendum from happening. Months ago, they refused to accept the petitions asking for the opportunity to let U of G students decide whether they truly want to be members of the CFS. It took a court battle and the ruling of a judge to allow students the right to democratically decide where their money goes and whether they want to be a part of this particular lobbying organization. Now that the CFS has been ordered by a judge to allow this referendum to go forward, they have descended upon our school in droves to inform us of the value of a ‘united student movement.’ But where were they before? Many students are hearing about the CFS and the money they’ve been paying to them for the first time during this campaign period. Last issue, the Ontarion published the results of a CSA Capacity Analysis and Planning survey that revealed that in nearly all areas involving the services offered to them by the CFS, they were either totally unaware of these services or had never used them at all. Now that the CFS is looking at loosing the $224, 000 that U of G students provide them with annually, they’re here and with some unusual tactics to boot. For some reason, the ‘Yes’ campaigners and the CFS felt it would be a good idea to bring in canvassers from outside universities like York, U` of T and Ryerson, among others, to go to classrooms, and walk around campus talking to students about all of the good that the CFS does and should be allowed to continue to do for U of G students. But this, to the Ontarion, speaks to a larger problem. Why do they need to bring students from outside universities to influence Guelph students in a Guelph referendum about Guelph issues? The answer seems to be because there isn’t enough of a CFS-supporting presence on campus to hold up the weight of a campaign; there weren’t enough students who openly cared enough to push for the ‘Yes’ side of the debate. According to Denise Martins, a ‘Yes’ campaigner and incoming CSA executive, in an article published in the news section of this issue, the negative ideas about these outside-university canvassers are likely being disseminated by those campaigning on the ‘No’ side and that they aren’t coming organically from students. But it’s hard to ignore that there’s some truth to the assertions likening these outside canvassers to interlopers. Let’s call a spade a spade here. What this comes down to is the University of Guelph. Guelph students paying Guelph money for services and advocacy from an organization that most students aren’t even aware of. It’s hard not to believe that there could be a better alternative to the CFS. One that is present on the campus all the year round; not just when they’re faced with losing our money. It’s time we had a look at what those might be. And that’s why the Ontarion wants you to vote a resounding ‘No.’
University Centre Room 264 University of Guelph N1G 2W1
The Ontarion Inc.
email@example.com Phone: 519-824-4120 General: x58265 Editorial: x58250 Advertising: x58267 Accounts: x53534 Fax: 519-824-7838
Editorial staff Editor-in-chief Daniel Bitonti Arts & culture editor Zack MacRae News editor Nicole Elsasser Sports & health editor Mike Treadgold Copy editor Roli Wilhelm Web editor Sarawanan Ravindran Production staff Photo & graphics editor Rashaad Bhamjee Ad designer Anne Tabata Layout director Duncan Day-Myron Office staff Business manager Lorrie Taylor Office manager Monique Vischschraper Ad manager Chris Hamelin Board of directors President David Evans Chairperson Timothy McBride Treasurer Curtis Van Laecke Secretary Joanna Sulzycki Members Matthew French Andrew Goloida James Hawkins Marshal McLernon
LEttErs to thE Editor
Retraction On April 1 the Ontarion published an article entitled “No Rules, No Problem.” Shortly after the publication of the article, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) contacted the editorial staff of the Ontarion and the CFS advised that the article contained factual inaccuracies and a number of assertions based on those inaccuracies. Based on the advice of the CFS, we immediately removed the article from the online version of the Ontarion. We regret any harm that may have been suffered by the CFS, the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario, and any other individual. Dear UofG Undergraduate Students, On Wednesday, March 31, 2010, the Board of Directors of the Central Student Association, which represents all undergraduate students at the University of Guelph, voted to take an official stance, to support the NO campaign in the referendum regarding continued membership in the Canadian Fedeation of Students and in encouraging undergraduate students to vote to de-federate from CFS and CFS-O. As elected and appointed student leaders on this campus, and representatives of various groups, departments and clubs, we support the CSA in their decision and encourage all undergraduate students to vote No during the referendum voting period from April 7-9. We, the undersigned, encourage all undergraduate students at the University of Guelph to vote NO in the referendum on continued membership in the CFS and CFS-O. Signed: Every College Student Government President: 1. Zach Dadson (College of ArtsStudent Union, CSA Board COA Appointed) 2. Tammy Fisher (Student Federation-Ontario Agricultural College) 3. Martin Straathof (College of Social & Applied Human Sciences Student Alliance) 4. Kristin Butler (Central Veterinary Student Association) 5. Graeme Close (College of Management and Economics Student Association) 6. Guillaume Blais (College of Biological Science Student Council, CSA Board) 7. Adam Kristoferson (College of Physical & Engineering Science Student Council) Student Senators: 8. Nathan Lachowsky (CSA Academic & University Affairs Commissioner) 9. Kevin Bowman (CSA Academics & University Affairs CommissionerElect) 10. Allison Webb (Student Senate Caucus Co-chair, B.Sc. Student Senator) 11. Thomas Piggott (B.Sc. Student Senator, President of UoG Pre-Med Club) 12. Erin Preiss (B.Sc. Student Senator, Peer Helper) 13. Kaitlyn Townsley (B.Sc. Student Senator-Elect) 14. Jordan Evans (B.Comm. Student Senator) 15. John Sakaluk (B.A. Student Senator, CSA Board Student Senate Caucus Rep) 16. Alisha Fernandez (BAS Student Senator-Elect, DukeofEd President, BASSA Rep) 17. Derek Alton (BA Student Senator-Elect) 18. Josh Gaber (BComp Student Senator) 19. Kyle Runeckles (BSc Student Senator) And Other Student Leaders: 20. Nick Stepanov (CSA Human Resources & Operations Comm.Elect, GCC VP) 21. Gagan Dhaliwal (CSA Board CBS At-Large Elected, CBSSC VPInternal) 22. Eric Oosterhof (CSA Board OAC Appointed) 23. Robin Callaghan (CSA Board OAC At-Large Elected) 24. Leslie Kumagai (CSA Board OAC At-Large Elected) 25. Adam Little (CSA Board OVC At-Large Elected) 26. Lisa Parker (CSA Board CSAHS Appointed, CSAHS-SA VP-AdminElect) 27. Lindsay Morris (CSA Board CSAHS Appointed) 28. Johnathan McGillivray (CSA Board CSAHS At-Large Elected) 29. Karen Larkin (CSA Board CME At-Large Elected) 30. Lyndsey Smith (CSA Board COA At-Large Elected) 31. Mythri Viswanathan (CBS Student Council Student Governor) 32. Leona Morris (ADFW President) I came out of the recent CSA elections feeling inspired and with renewed faith in my fellow students. Not only had I just been elected the students’ External Affairs Commissioner, but I was elected on a platform of student unity and cross-campus solidarity. Having received overwhelming support from students in this campus I was ready to defend these ideals on behalf of all students (both Guelph and otherwise). I entered this referendum confident and empowered. Here we are now, in the middle of a referendum that is asking us whether we are stronger when connected to students across Canada. The Canadian Federation of Students just like any other organization has its imperfections, however without membership in a national student organization, our students will be left isolated from the broader student movement. This situation will not only undermine our position, but also the position of all students in Canada. It is vital for student unions to be in active communication and work with one another. The CFS allows for this communication to take place, and connects us to a strong movement which is fighting for students across the country. I see no proposed solution to the disorganization and impotence that we will face should we cease to be members of the CFS. In last week’s Ontarion, the opposing sides were presented with a disclaimer reminding you that both the ‘Yes’ campaigners and the ‘No’ campaigners have an “agenda”. My agenda is the platform that I was proudly elected upon. That platform of student unity is why I am the chairperson of the Yes committee, and it is why I believe the CFS is the best chance we have at effecting change. For these reasons and many more, I urge you to vote YES to student unity, YES to lower tuition, and YES to retaining our membership in the Canadian Federation of Students. Denise Martins CSA External Affairs Commissioner-Elect I just received a text message saying “vote NO for CFS”. Not only am I very annoyed with this, I am even more concerned on how they got my number. I do not recognize the number and when I try to call it the operator says the number if off. Regardless if this someone I know I am disgusted by these tactics. I can handle the aggressive campaigners yelling at me as I try and educated myself on the YES campaign (even though I am not YES). But I cannot begin to comprehend this mob mentality. If this is a group that wants to take over the responsibilities of the CFS I am very worried. What kind of propaganda will they be shoving down my throat next? I wonder how they would react if they found out the YES campaign did the same. As I mentioned before. I AM DISGUSTED. Anthony Fedec
Greg Beneteau Aldis Brennan Katelyn Dingman Josh Doyle Justin Dunk Cathleen Finlay Kyle Gillespie Allen Isard Elizabeth McLeod Sam Morton Michael Ridley Julia Shonfield Andrew Townsend Daniel Wright Aislinn Wyatt
All submissions must include your name and phone number. 300 word limit on all letters.
Submit your Letters to the Editor to
The Ontarion is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors. Since the Ontarion undertakes the publishing of student work, the opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect those of the Ontarion Board of Directors. The Ontarion reserves the right to edit or refuse all material deemed sexist, racist, homophobic, or otherwise unfit for publication as determined by the Editor-in-Chief. Material of any form appearing in this newspaper is copyrighted 2009 and cannot be reprinted without the approval of the Editor-in-Chief. The Ontarion retains the right of first publication on all material. In the event that an advertiser is not satisfied with an advertisement in the newspaper, they must notify the Ontarion within four working days of publication. The Ontarion will not be held responsible for advertising mistakes beyond the cost of advertisement. The Ontarion is printed by the Guelph Mercury.
Apr. 8 - 14, 2010
1 8 5 1 6 4
9 4 7 3 1 2 6 1 9 7 4 8 7 5 9 7 9 7 3 8 1
5 6 1 7 3 2 1 3 2 3 7 4 9 8 9 4 7
by Michael Slotwinski
9 8 6
1- King of comedy 2- Director Wertmuller 3- Fall prey to a banana peel, say 4- Swear words 5- Words of denial 6- Where It.’s at 7- Explosive shells 8- Env. Notation 9- Fatty part of milk 10- Pivot 11- Emblem 13- Doze 14- Steering wheel 20- “You’ve got mail” co 22- Norwegian king 24- Water holes 26- Pace 27- Calculus calculation 28- Maize 29- Like tubers 30- Schemes 31- Illumination 33- Designer Simpson 34- Et ___ 35- Accent 36- Large jug or pitcher 38- Light 41- Ethereal 42- Sagacity 44- Palm Pilot, e.g. 45- Clock pointers 46- Accustom 47- Memento 49- Contradict 51- “She turned me into a ___! ...I got better...” 52- Currency of Turkey, and formerly of Italy 53- Enclose 54- Comics canine 55- 1996 Tony-winning musical 56- a family _____ 59- Armed conflict
Congratulations to last week’s winners...
Anna Neustaeter & Jim Morrison
Stop by the Ontarion office (UC 264) to pick up your prize!
Submit your answers to the Ontarion office for your chance to win
2 Bob’s Dogs
The Ontarion also is looking for volunteers to make crosswords or other puzzles for us. Stop by if you have any inquiries, or email Monique at
1- “______ sprach Zarathustra”; 5- Bit of film, to a photog 8- Zwei cubed 12- Pale purple 14- It may be happy 15- Small combo 16- Writer Loos 17- French 101 verb 18- Canvas shelter used on camping trips 19- One of the 12 tribes of Israel 21- Period of immaturity 23- ___ de guerre 24- ___-Mart 25- 13th letter of the Hebrew alphabet 26- Of religious rites 30- Foot-operated lever 32- Band 33- Lessen 37- Architect Saarinen 38- Icons 39- Incandescence 40- Long drawers with fancy trimming 42- Feeble peevish complaint 43- Shouts 44- One who feels bad 45- Strike 48- Feel bad about 49- Driller’s deg. 50- Assumed name 52- Plant or shrub 57- Dangerous weapon 58- Victor’s cry 60- Command 61- Approached 62- Not any 63- Lobster state 64- Dispatched 65- Baseball stat 66- Sneaky guy?
8 5 2 1
the ontarion Classified
161.12 Community listings
pErsonals U N E X P E C T E D PREGNANCY? Considering ADOPTION? No judgements, just talk. I also have a professional Adoption Practitioner, home stud, PRIDE training, ready & certified, a professional artist/ teacher. Email: Waitingmum@ yahoo.ca for profile. sErviCEs SELF STORAGE – 1 MONTH FREE. Rent for 2 months & get the 3rd month free. Heated, Safe, Secure, Video Surveillance. Close to U of G. 519-822-2810 www. someplacesafe.ca Writer’s block? Professional essay help available for all subjects and levels. Masters and PhD graduates specializing in editing and research. Toll free: 1-888-345-8295. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit us: www. customessay.com t Hursday april 8 Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis – Getting Along With Your Kids, monthly workshops for parents and caregivers of children and youth 8-18 years old. 7-9pm at the Sexual Assault Centre, 38 Elizabeth St. To register call 519-836-1110. X232 or x300. All students and staff are invited to view “Community Class Works: A documentary about alternative learning environments for students”. Thornborough 1200 at 7pm. Admission is free and there will be free food! Friday april 9 Be the Change – Benefit Concert – to help build school in Masaai Mora, Kenya, with support from Free the Children. 6pm in Peter Clark Hall. Tickets: $10. Open Mic fundraiser for Tin Roof Global Action – an international development non-profit organization serving Canadian youth and children in the developing world. 8:10pm at the Bullring. $5/door!
Classified & Community listings
Community EvEnts Free Tai Chi Classes. The Guelph Tai Chi Club meets Monday, Wednesday, Friday @ 5:30pm on Johnson Green. Rain Location Mack 316. Beginners Welcome. For more information contact: nicholas@ practicaltaichi.ca Help Fight HIV/AIDS in Guelph Just By Dining Out. On Wed April 28th, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. till close, make a reservation at a participating restaurant. The restaurant will donate a portion of your bill to the AIDS Committee of Guelph. It’s one night only so – get a group together and book early! Visit www.aidsguelph. org for more information. Helping a great cause has never been so easy or tasted so good! Housing Furnished 4 rooms apartment, near stores & bus stops. Direct bus to UoG. $450/month/ room includes utilities & Internet. Offer of “swap rental for work”, ask info. Photos on Facebook “mrscelina guelph”. Celina 519-763-8444
saturday april 10 Guelph Civic Museum Exhibit: Engravings and Paintings of local artist John Mattar (19352006). Continues until June 6, 2010. A retrospective of his watercolour and acrylic paintings and engravings. 6 Dublin St. S. Open daily 1-5pm. guelph.ca/ museum. sunday april 11 University of Guelph Choirs - “Force of Nature” Featuring:
Missa Gaia. Conductor Marta McCarthy. St. George Anglican Church, 99 Woolwich St. Adults $15, Seniors/Students $10. 7pm. 519-824-4120 x52991 or kbygden@uoguelph WEdnEsday april 14 Storytelling at the Boathouse. 8pm (every second Wednesday through December) Boathouse at 116 Gordon St. Sandy Schoen, email@example.com, 519767-0017. www.guelpharts.ca/ storytellers. Free. Donations graciously accepted. ongoing: Guelph Food Bank Spring Food Drive – March 24-April 11. Most needed items include canned meat, pasta, cheese spread, peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned tomatoes and pasta sauce, stew, diapers, toilet paper, paper towels. Help recognize World Lupus Day on Saturday, May 8. Team Butterfly will be walking to raise funds for research and increase awareness of this life altering chronic illness. Please go to www.walkablock.ca to register.
SOME PLACE SAFE SELF - STORAGE
5 MINUTES FROM U of G STUDENT SPECIAL
1 MONTH FREE!*
Trusted Since 1986
199 Victoria Road South Guelph, Ontario NIE 6T9
*CONTACT US FOR DETAILS
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
We've moved you to where you read on your other device.
Get the full title to continue reading from where you left off, or restart the preview.