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University rankings give Guelph top grades
Guelph is still one of the best
The rankings are out, and the University of Guelph has passed with honours. Last week brought both the Maclean’s University Rankings and The Globe and Mail’s Canadian University Report, and Guelph was placed near the top. In the Maclean’s rankings, U of G maintained last year’s fourth-place ranking in the Comprehensive category. The university also earned third place in the reputable survey, as well as receiving top marks in research funding and library acquisitions. The Globe and Mail report, which uses letter grades, gave the university an A for both campus atmosphere and environmental commitment. Overall, Guelph topped the rankings in eight categories. The report highlights the university in an article on campus sustainability. “Students tell us they come to Guelph because of our reputation for being a caring, learner-centred university with a ﬁrst-class academic program and a strong residential environment,” said president Alastair Summerlee in a press release. “It’s gratifying to have our students give us top marks in those very categories year after year in the University Report Card. It tells us that we are doing our job of making the Guelph learning experience personal and unique.” Despite this year’s success, the administration is not complacent. “We are always looking to improve what we do at U of G
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Unbeknownst to the Gryphons at the moment this photo was taken, Guelph would go on to capture the OUA title for the twelfth time in the 17 years it has been competed for.
Gryphons bleed red, black and OUA gold
The Gryphons women’s rugby team claims OUA championships at home for fourth consecutive year
The past Saturday Oct. 29, the Gryphons women’s rugby team battled the McMaster Marauders in front of a large home crowd, settling for nothing less than OUA gold. Neither the frigid weather, the injury of Jacey Murphy nor the opponent could deter them from their goal. Their reward: the OUA championship banner and a spot in the CIS Championships at Trent University. Adding to their success, head coach Colette McAuley was awarded OUA Coach of the Year. McAuley, who happened to be “on the call when she heard the news,” (the same call that announces the OUA players of the year), said the award was “unexpected” but that she was “very honored” to receive it. If winning the OUA championships and the Coach of the Year award wasn’t enough, the Gryphons had the added excitement of playing and winning in front of a home crowd. “It was nice. It was so nice. We had a great turnout at the home game and there’s no better feeling than winning at home, that’s for sure,” said McAuley.
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On Oct. 27, Paul Uys the vicepresident of Loblaw Sustainable Seafood Initiative, joined students at the University of Guelph for a guest lecture. Loblaw is currently the largest food retailer in Canada, and created popular food brands such as “No Name” and “President’s Choice”. They serve roughly 14-million Canadians every week. Loblaws is also the dominant seller of seafood in Canada. Due to Loblaws’ dominance in the food sector, Uys has realized they ought to be responsible and accountable for protecting and sustaining the environments from which they draw from, and has vigorously incorporated sustainability into the Loblaw business model. In 2007, Loblaw was targeted by a national Greenpeace campaign, which denounced the destructive ﬁshing practices that Loblaw endorsed. Loblaw was selling 14 out of 15 red listed ﬁsh that are at risk of extinction. At the time, there was no uniform policy that required Loblaw to label their ﬁsh species as “farmed” or “wild”. Consumers were relatively uninformed, and Greenpeace was able to bring attention to these issues with large banners covering Loblaw stores. Uys stated that 49 per cent of consumers understand what sustainable seafood is and 51 per cent of the Canadian population remains unaware. Loblaws began its progressive sustainable sourcing of seafood in all of its products, including pet foods and health products, by 2013. Loblaw identiﬁed that they oﬀer 2,500 products containing ﬁsh, and purchase these ﬁsh products from 250 suppliers. The company is seeking rigorous certiﬁcation under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Beyond this, Loblaw supports the development of credible aquaculture certiﬁcation. Aquaculture can be understood as ﬁsh farming. Loblaw suppliers must also be certiﬁed to MSC standards in order to ﬁt their new Sustainable Seafood Model. Uys commented on the need for more transparency within the process of their new initiative; they plan to keep consumers informed of the large decisions that are to be made. Uys spoke about bycatch in the industry and the poor labeling system used to separate products that use sustainable practices and those that don’t. Uys commented on the need to create a set of oﬃcial and federally recognized labels so that consumers are better informed and can trust the product labels. Currently, there exists over 350 sustainability labels on food products. What do “ecofriendly”, “dolphin-friendly”, or
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“dolphin-safe” really mean? “The question of by-catch… you can target one species but you might be catching something else,” said Uys. “Just because tuna products are “dolphinsafe”, it does not mean they are reducing by-catch of seabirds, other ﬁsh, and plants. By-catch is also rarely used and is often thrown back into the ocean.” As the lecture morphed into a discussion between students and Uys, questions arose regarding Loblaw’s true intentions. Uys remained clear that it makes practical sense for Loblaw to become certiﬁed and sustainable as they depend on the future of ﬁsheries for their products. “Big businesses are realizing they must organize themselves around sustainability,” Uys said. “As ﬁsh become more and more scarce, the prices rise…this is a double edged sword.”
Pilot blamed for death of Russian hockey team Russia and hockey fans all over the world were devastated when on Sept. 7 a plane containing Russia’s professional hockey team crashed in Yaroslavl, central Russia. Of the 44 people that died in the crash, 36 were members of the Yaroslavl team and coaching staﬀ. The tragedy was felt in Canada as Canadian coach Brad McCrimmon, New York Rangers player Alexander Karpovtev and Vancouver Canucks player and Slovak team captain Pavol Demetria were among the deceased. An investigation has revealed that the crash was caused by a piloting error rather than the mechanics of the plane. Apparently the pilot had accidently applied the brakes during take oﬀ, causing the plane to rise too steeply. (The Globe and Mail)
Forensic archeology aids Ottawa murder investigation Police called in an archeologist to conduct a “slow dig” at the previous home of serial killer Camille Cleroux. Cleroux , 56, is suspected for the murder of two of his spouses, as well as his 64-year old neighbor. Police believe that the murders took place over the last 20 years. When excavations began, police found dried blood under the carpet. The slow dig will take place in the backyard of his town house in Ottawa. After his 14- hour interview with police, Cleroux confessed to the murder of his neighbor, but refused to reveal the location of the other bodies. (National Post)
with the resources we have,” said Charles Cunningham, assistant vice-president of communications and public aﬀairs. “For example, you will note that we have made a considerable investment in upgrading our playing ﬁelds this year and that may be reﬂected when students evaluate our recreational facilities next year.” The Maclean’s survey judged universities on 13 criteria within the general themes of students and classes, faculty, resources, student support, library, and reputation. The survey also divides universities into three categories: medical/doctoral, primarily undergraduate and comprehensive. The University of
Guelph is considered a comprehensive university because it is research-intensive, has a variety of both undergraduate and graduate programs, and does not have a medical school. The Globe and Mail rankings are based on a survey of 33, 000 Canadian undergrads. There are 19 categories ranging from quality of teaching to infrastructure. This year the newspaper chose not to collect information on university food services, to the detriment of U of G (which consistently received a top ranking in this category in past years). As this year’s graduating high school students begin applying to university, the University of Guelph will be an attractive choice.
Worth a shot?
It’s ﬂu season again on campus
Despite the controversy, the university’s Health Centre remains adamant that the ﬂu shot is the right move for students in the upcoming months. “We’re very supportive and strongly recommend the ﬂu shot, particularly for people who are living in residences,” said Lynda Davenport, director of Student Health Services. It’s free, and it is oﬀered at a convenient location on campus. Students may feel like there is no point to the ﬂu shot: they might not even get sick, or worse, there is a chance that they will catch the ﬂu despite having gotten the shot. However, Davenport says that students are more at risk for contracting the ﬂu because of the student lifestyle and close living conditions that often accompany academic study. “For people who are living, studying and working in the type of community that students generally are in – most of them, even if they’re not on campus – are living in housing with other people,” said Davenport. “[They] are studying with other people and working on projects together.” While students may maintain that their immune system is working ﬁne, the stress of coursework and exams can take its toll on how our bodies are able to protect themselves. “This time of year is always when everybody’s stretched with their academics, so not necessarily sleeping and eating and doing all the good health things that they might otherwise be able to manage,” said Davenport. “So we really do recommend [the flu shot] to students.” It’s important for students to know that the “flu” does not mean simply not feeling well. If you are feeling nauseous or sick to your stomach, chances are it is a Gastroenteritis infection rather than influenza, which is an upper respiratory infection. In an effort to boost student participation, the Health Clinic has posted a schedule on its home page, and has also communicated to students through the CSA. The speed at which flu strains mutate means that the vaccine needs to be taken every year, but the number of students only goes up when there is a flu outbreak like the H1N1. “It’s hard to know what to tell people because the vaccine does change every year, but basically the message is the same,” said Davenport. “Influenza can cause significant loss of work and study time for people if you get sick. I mean, recovery time for influenza is typically around seven days. And for a student to be out of commission for seven days at this time of year, or even the early winter, you know, in a semester system can be detrimental to their studies.”
Wikileaks founder to be extradited After being charged with serious sexual oﬀenses, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange will be extradited to Sweden after loosing his appeal in British courts. He is accused of raping and molesting two women in Stockholm. Assange denies these charges, saying that they have been set up in an attempt to undermine his organization. Wikileaks is an organization that publishes classiﬁed information, and claims that by making information available to the public the organization is upholding their freedom of speech and expression, as stated in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The British Court system does not agree with Assange’s claim that he has been made a political target. Assange will be extradited to Sweden within the next few months. (CBC) Compiled by Beth Purdon-McLellan
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and none of the critics so far has proposed a fatal or even relatively signiﬁcant objection” replied McMenamin when asked about the skepticism with which his hypothesis has been greeted. The behaviour he describes, where the Kraken would have drowned the Ichthyosaurs and dragged them down to its hiding place, is not unheard of. Contemporary species of Giant Octopi are known to wrestle with large prey, such as sharks, and drag them down to a hidden feeding area. Unfortunately, other than this possible self-portrait, there is no other evidence of this giant cephalopod having existed. This is to be expected, however, as the soft-tissue that makes up these invertebrates does not fossilize well. McMenamin’s only hope of proving this animal’s existence would be to discover the squidpen, the hard internal structure that supports the mantle cavity. If his proposal is accepted, McMenamin hopes to return to Nevada with a British ﬁlmmaker to continue his search for more evidence of the Triassic Kraken. In the meantime, the professor of geology at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts will be working on two
Scientiﬁcally Inclined: The haunting Triassic Kraken hypothesis
Every once in a while, a story comes along that it so imaginative, so haunting, that you feel less the scientist and every bit the dreamer. This is one such story. During the Triassic period, Ichthyosaurs (Shonisaurus popularis), giant marine reptiles measuring up to 45 feet in length, were amongst the top predators of the sea. In the 1950s, worldrenowned palaeontologist Charles Camp discovered nine Ichthyosaur fossils laid out in a most peculiar fashion, in what had once been the sea ﬂoor, in Nevada’s Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park. The skeletal articulations of the fossilized beasts indicated that they were deposited at the site soon after their death. Studies demonstrated that these animals did not die in a single catastrophic event but rather in a sequential and unrelated fashion. In addition, a very high proportion of the bones were broken, hinting at the possibility that the deaths were far from accidental. Finally, the bones seemed to have been rearranged in an interlocking fashion, creating multiple circular discs with “almost geometric regularity”, like pieces to a puzzle. When well-known palaeontologist Dr. Mark McMenamin took a look at these fossils, he saw a pattern that no one else had seen before, birthing the Triassic Kraken hypothesis. According to McMenamin, the culprit was none other than the legendary “Kraken”, a 30 metre long squid-like or octopuslike cephalopod, which would have rearranged the bones to resemble a giant cephalopod tentacle complete with sucker-discs. In essence, he hypothesized that the “most intelligent invertebrate” to have ever lived was the author of the world’s ﬁrst self-portrait. These ﬁndings stirred up quite the controversy at the 2011 Geological Society of America’s annual meeting in October, with many scientists in attendance calling the Triassic Kraken hypothesis extremely far-fetched. Other hypotheses had been put forward since the Ichthyosaur death assemblage’s discovery, including death by phytotoxin poisoning, but none has caused this kind of reaction within the scientiﬁc community. “When you consider that all other explanations for the Ichthyosaur death assemblage have failed, the plausibility goes up. It is currently the leading hypothesis,
The Kraken hypothesis suggests that even the ancient 30-foot long cephalopod needed room for self-expression.
papers, one regarding the hypothesis and the other describing the geological site. There is nothing new about a scientiﬁc hypothesis being greeted with doubt. Science has advanced thanks to daring members of its community who have ventured beyond the realm of the probable in order to push the limits of the pre-established notions we guard ﬁercely and sometimes to a fault. Even if Dr. McMenamin’s hypothesis turns out to be a misguided dreamer’s fantasy, it will have served its purpose by lighting ﬁres under competing palaeontologists, compelling them to dig deeper (no pun intended) in order to explain the mysteries of Earth’s past and the dwellers therein. Arielle blogs about science at www.salamanderhours.com
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PJ’s restaurant goes green
Guelph develops sustainable restaurant practices
PJ’s restaurant is already a unique feature at the University of Guelph, but it’s about to get a whole lot greener. The student–run restaurant is going sustainable as one of the many initiatives that fall under the University of Guelph Sustainable Restaurant Project (UGSRP). PJ’s is part of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM), and provides an opportunity for students to gain hands on experience in what they’ve learned in their program. Bruce McAdams, a professor within the HTM program, had the initial vision for the sustainable restaurant project. He received a $15,000 grant from the university’s Learning Enhancement Fund to make sustainability part of the course curriculum. PJ’s restaurant is the perfect opportunity to experiment because the ﬁnancial risks that make “real world” restaurant owners hesitant to implement changes aren’t there. Mike Von Massow, an assistant professor with the HTM program, worked with McAdams to hold a panel discussion on Oct. 26 where leading ﬁgures from the sector met to discuss diﬀerent aspects of restaurant sustainability. “A lot of restaurants are small businesses,” said Von Massow. “And sometimes you can’t take risks, and sometimes you’re just too busy to know what your opportunities are and so we have an opportunity to say, here are some things to think about.” Attention is being given to all areas of the restaurant, from food sourcing to food preparation. There is, of course, a focus on local and sustainable produce. For example, the ﬁsh that PJ’s uses are not only being ﬁshed sustainably, but also are “nuisance ﬁsh”. Taking them out of the eco system helps counter their potential threat as an invasive species. However, PJ’s is also looking at the fundamental use of resources within the restaurant business: energy use and water audits are monitored to make the preparation of food more sustainable. “We see this as an opportunity to say, ‘well what can we learn from other people? What can other people learn from us? How can we help both the students that we’re training and the industry to think about this’,” said Von Massow. “The reality is, it’s important, people care about it, and in many cases, it can save them money.” The restaurant is also hosting other research projects for sustainable restaurant practices. One of the projects run by Von Massow looks at one of the ﬁnal stages of food production – plate waste. “Some of [the research projects] aren’t highly glamorous,” said Von Massow. “What doesn’t get ﬁnished on a plate gets thrown out…On average, research says that plate waste is about 10 per cent, about 10 per cent of food that goes out comes back and gets scraped.” The project weighs each plate before and after they are served to ﬁgure out which items are
PJ’s lunch menu oﬀers a tasty and ethical selection.
being sent back. The project helps estimate which menus items are contributing to waste based on daily sales. Managers don’t need to change everything, but helps them understand what elements of a meal people aren’t enjoying. “In order to reduce waste, you have to know what’s contributing to it.” It goes to show that for sustainability, what seems like a small step can make a big diﬀerence.
Entrepreneurship: the business of employing yourself
Have you got what it takes to start a business? According to Rachel Jones, a University of Guelph graduate and entrepreneur, you just might. Recent trends in unemployment reﬂect a large number of recently graduated students without jobs. In light of this phenomenon, Jones and others have turned their critical thinking skills and initiative into careers, breaking into the world of entrepreneurism. “With the way the economy has been going, it’s a really scary time in society,” said Jones. “One of the things I’ve been hearing over and over again is that, in Canada, the largest number of unemployed are the recently graduated. These are people under 30 that have degrees, that went to university. They’ve been trained, and now they cannot get a job.” While starting up a business based solely on a passion or a skill might have you wondering about the true value of your university experience, according to Jones, the skills learned in university transcend the topical. “Out of all of the things I learned at university, I love that I learned how to do my research. I learned my critical thinking skills,” Jones explained. “The skills that I learned at University are life skills. I learned how to meet deadlines, I learned how to get the job done, I learned how to work under pressure […] The things that you are doing in University will have a huge impact on the rest of your life, whether you actually use that cell-bio or physics course or not.” But how do you put your critical thinking and time management skills into practice and build a business from scratch? “There are a lot of resources out there. My best advice is to ﬁnd a mentor and ask them,” said Jones. “A mentor is your best resource. Whenever you do something, you want to ask the person that’s already succeeding at it what they did, how did they got started.” In the world of entrepreneurism, she continued, it is important to know your strengths, and play to them. problem that you can solve- ﬁnding your niche, so to speak.” Jones emphasized that your education is not a drawback. In fact, whether or not you are putting your degree to direct use, the knowledge learned through higher education can help to set you apart in the world of business. Learning the power of hard work is a critical skill often acquired in post-secondary studies, and one that could make the diﬀerence between a dream and reality in business. “In this economy, it does not take money to make money, it takes work,” said Jones. Finally, Jones spoke to the need to stay grounded, open-minded and optimistic. “What you’re doing right now is creating your world ﬁve to 10 years from now,” said Jones. “So, always be open to learning and keeping your eyes open for opportunities”
“What you’re doing right now is creating your world ﬁve to 10 years from now. So, always be open to learning and keeping your eyes open for opportunities” –Rachel Jones
“Entrepreneurship is something that anyone can do,” said Jones. “But only if you’re using your skill set […] It’s recognizing where your talents are, and then ﬁnding something in the world that has a
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event, Longo explained that members of the fraternity were appalled when they “discovered that one in four women that graduate university have been sexually assaulted.” “We modeled our event after the Guelph Women in Crisis event, Take Back the Night,” said Longo. “We had to do our part to raise awareness of how signiﬁcant this issue is.” The fraternity decided to support the Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis women’s shelter with its fundraising endeavors. They aim to raise $1000 through this march. All donations will go directly to the shelter. Longo, along with his other fraternity brothers, stressed their fraternity values as they geared up for the event. “We are not an animal house full of womanizers; we are strongly committed to making an impact in our community,” said Longo. “In a society with such liberal standards of behavior, we hope to lead by example, encouraging other men to respect women’s rights and equality.” To learn more about gender equality and ending gendered violence visit, my.care.org
Frat Guys in High Heels?
Delta Upsilon Fraternity runs “Walk a Mile” event.
On Tuesday Nov. 1, dozens of volunteers marched on campus in a united gender movement to be part of the solution in ending gendered violence - in high heels. The “Walk a Mile in her shoes” event is an international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gendered violence. Frank Baird created this movement back in 2001. Since then “Walk a Mile” has happened all around the world, and on Nov. 1 the University of Guelph played host to the march. The Delta Upsilon Fraternity organized the event. The frat is one of the oldest fraternities in Canada and encourages “the promotion of friendship, the development of character, the diffusion of liberal culture and the advancement of justice,” according to Nick Longo, vice-president of public relations with the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. The fraternity worked alongside other organizations on campus to ensure its success, including Women in Science and Engineering, the criminal justice and public policy department, SAFE in association with the Wellness Centre and the Pi Beta Phi Sorority.
“We hope to lead by example, encouraging other men to respect women’s rights and equality.”
In high heels, the frat members and volunteers marched from the Cannon, through the residences, back down to the University centre, and ﬁnally to the Brass Taps. They accepted donations while also handing out information on women’s rights, statistics on abused women and information on resources available for victims along the way. Wearing high heels was a ﬁrst time experience for some of these guys for sure! When discussing why the Delta Upsilon fraternity chose to run this
Delta Upsilon Fraternity struts their stuﬀ during ‘Walk a Mile in Her Shoes’ to raise awareness on sexual assault and gendered violence.
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Opeth plays devil’s advocate
Swedish group drops signature death metal growls, challenges fans
Mapping a setlist around an album that’s vocally removed as far as possible from expectedyet-unnerving death metal growls on Devil’s Night might not be the most conventional move for a Swedish metal group to take, but echoing Nietzsche and singing “God is dead” in your opening song seems wholly in the spirit of a night dedicated to the disruption of authority. Shattering preconceptions, expectations and other results of idolization is just the direction Opeth took with their September 2011 release Heritage, and it’s the formula they delivered at the Guelph Concert Theatre on Oct. 30. Well known for singer, guitarist and creative director Mikael Åkerfeldt’s gripping death metal growls, Opeth’s tenth studio album omits some of the band’s more recognizable characteristics in favour of a progressive rock sound, still managing to guide listeners to some of the darker recesses music can bring them. It’s not even an entirely new direction that the group has taken; their 2003 album Damnation also forewent the growls in order to let acoustic sounds ﬂourish. “Opeth’s fans have been tested before. Damnation, which is totally calm, this one is way more intense than that one is in comparison.” Opeth guitarist Fredrik Åkesson said. “And a lot of old fans like that album. Even though they might be a bit orthodox death metal if you put it that way.” The band is also remarkably lighter on tracks like “The Throat of Winter” and “Patterns in the Sky,” lighter artifacts in the Opeth back catalogue that are helping the group deliver the show they’re currently touring with a more linear sonic continuity. That’s not at all to say that the group is scrapping their heavy act. “It doesn’t mean that this is forever, you know?” Åkesson said. “On the next tour […] we deﬁnitely need to play some of the heavier shit.” The vocal digression was decided on partly to accommodate a feeling on Åkerfeldt’s part that his growls had reached their pinnacle, but it’s also a mark of the songwriter’s maturity. “Mikael needed to do something diﬀerent because he took that death metal thing to its peak and he needed to do something fresh instead of the band repeating itself” Åkesson said. “When Mike told me the approach for the new album—that there wasn’t going to be any growl—at ﬁrst I was like, ‘Wow, are you really sure about this?’ but when I heard the stuﬀ, there wasn’t really much room for any growl in these songs.” At their Guelph performance, the death metal detractions were met by some impatience on the part of the group’s fans. When the crowd begged between tracks for growlladen numbers like “Godhead’s Lament,” Åkerfeldt responded only in question. “Does your ticket say we take requests?” he teased, as if ragging on his fans for failing to accept the major premise of their Nietzschean opening song, “The Devil’s Orchard.” With Halloween hours away, the group played a dark and heavier rendition of a set thick with tracks from their new album, overall an experience that allowed concertgoers a significantly longer listen than they were afforded when the group last played Ontario at Heavy TO back in July.
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Opeth’s September 2011 release Heritage sees singer, guitarist and creative director Mikael Åkerfeldt drop his signature death metal growls, a feature he has also checked on the band’s present tour.
Opeth is now finished their North American tour and has ventured back to Europe for further touring of their new album. For a complete interview with Fredrik Åkesson, visit www. theontarion.com.
List Service: three drastic music departures
Crass: Penis Envy When Crass recorded their 1981 album Penis Envy, they wanted to achieve an authentically feminist album. In order to do this, they felt it was important to feature only female vocals on the album. While Crass’s main vocalist Steve Ignorant watched from the sidelines (on the record sleeve, he was still referenced as “not on this recording”), this album saw Eve Libertine and Joy De Vivre scream and rant about institutions like marriage and sexual repression. Death Cab for Cutie: Codes and Keys Notably less guitar-centric, and a lot more upbeat, this is probably the closest thing we’ve got to a Death Cab for Cutie pop album. The group seemed to drop the emo atmosphere present on Something About Airplanes and We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes in favour of something they could listen to when on the road between tour dates without risking falling into a glum philosophical mopefest.
A teeming horde of fans clad in zombie attire hungered after Ill Scarlett while they headlined the CSA’s Zombie Prom event in Peter Clarke Hall on October 28.
Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Yeezy’s media controversies were probably the best things to happen to him, and not in the way that “all publicity is good publicity.” The attention to concept on MBDTF is cranked up in a way that it never was on The College Dropout, Late Registration or Graduation. The same attention to themes of excess and celebrity is also markedly focused in Ye’s collaborative eﬀort with Jay-Z, Watch the Throne.
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drums. Epworth only produced a handful of tracks of Florence + the Machine’s debut Lungs, and with him at the production helm for the whole record this time around, it’s those tracks he produced for the band’s ﬁrst record which turned out to be the most telling of the direction Welch’s music would take. While the GAP ad garage rock of “Kiss With A Fist” made a name for her, it has, thankfully, been abandoned altogether at this point. What is likely the greatest strength of Ceremonials, especially compared to Lungs, is its consistency. Lungs suﬀered by being little more than a series of unorganized, disparate songs that served to showcase Welch’s staggeri1ng voice and didn’t achieve much else. This was compounded by both the long roster of producers and songwriters, as well as a revolving door of backing musicians serving as “The Machine.” Ceremonials pares this down greatly. The recording band was less erratic, Epworth is the only credited producer, and there are far fewer contributing songwriters– the majority of the songs are credited solely to Welch and Epworth, or Welch and Isabella Summers, her keyboardist and dark horse songwriting companion, who has contributed as a songwriter on the best tracks on both albums. The result is a far more focused, cohesive record. The sophomore slump is a devilish trap for most emerging artists, especially those who skyrocket to the levels of commercial success and critical adulation that Florence + the Machine did. But by narrowing her focus and going with what worked best from the ﬁrst album, the group has managed to avoid the kind of disappointment second albums usually bring. Instead they’ve accomplished that rare feat: surpassing their debut in every way.
Album review: Florence + the Machine, Ceremonials
Within the ﬁrst minute of Ceremonials’ opening track, “If Only For a Night”, it’s easy to pick up on so much of what makes the rest of the album as interesting, original and engrossing as it is. Distant pianos give way to frontwoman Florence Welch singing about dreams she’d had of strange, surreal ghosts, quickly developing from soft and subdued into her distinct siren’s wail, with runs, trills and leaps intact. Welch’s use of the ethereal, mysterious and macabre to evoke the Gothic and Romantic recurs throughout the album in a way that seems as close a conscious nod to Kate Bush as she could give, and while the ghost of Bush lingers throughout the album, Welch’s inﬂuences are mined from a wider variety of sources: from melodic baroque pop, to blue-eyed soul, to psychadelia and back again. The band’s greatest asset is Welch’s soaring voice, as she sings with the kind of theatrics and bombast that few of her contemporaries dare attempt. It’s handled deftly by encore producer Paul Epworth, who alternately lets her loose, sparse vibrato shine with little accompaniment, or surrounds and buries it under layers of itself or thundering tribal
Measuring the bard
The brainchild of Daniel Fischlin, the University of Guelph’s research chair and early modern professor as well as the founder and director of the Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project, Outerspeares, a daylong conference about Shakespeare took place in the U of G’s Peter Clarke Hall on Nov. 1. Fischlin, alongside U of G PHD students Mark Kaethler and Mauricio Martinez, and Georgetown University PHD student Jessica Williams, organized the event. The four divided duties contacting potential sponsors to receive funding and setting up speakers to appear at the conference. Operating under the premise that “a globalized, digitized media environment has truly become, in Shakespearean terms, a “brave new world,”” the conference strived to show how new media are changing the way Shakespeare is being understood, and in the process transforming understandings of history, culture, and media itself. Featuring three panels, the day involved discussions about topics like Shakespeare after 9/11, Iranian adaptations of Shakespeare’s work, Facebook as a environment for discussion about Shakespeare, early 1930s radio representations of Shakespeare, and more. Although she was scheduled to make an appearance and read from her paper “Shakespeare: Bard of Hindustand – A Semiotic and Cultural Perspective,” Surabhi Modi of India’s Lucknow University, absence illustrated just how crucial funding was to the facilitation of the conference. “It was unfortunate, she sent her regrets and we tried to accommodate as best as we could, but unfortunately we couldn’t work the tech out in time,” Kaethler explained. However, there is also a book in the works that will gather essays like the ones presented at the conference, and Kaethler suggested that hopefully she will end up being a part of that. Apart from the three panel discussions, the event’s afternoon programming presented the conference with two plenary sessions. The ﬁrst, provided by Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery, and Andy Belanger was on Kill Shakespeare, a graphic novel adaptation that pits some of the playwright’s greatest heroes and villains against one another. The second plenary consisted of a screening of Mickey B, an Irish adaptation of Macbeth set in an operating maximum-security prison and starring actually prisoners that were currently serving time for what were mostly life sentences. The screening was preceded by opening remarks about the ﬁlm from director Tom Magill, who also answered questions after the screening. “It was really important for us to have artists instead of just having a scholarly conference about how Shakesepeare has been appropriated and adapted.” Kaethler explained. “It was a bit better to have artists and creators talk about that as well
as scholars speaking on what’s been done at the same time. That was the best kind of conference we could have asked for.” “We’d love to have another one. We really hope to have this again,” he said. “It was a tremendous success in my mind and the conference organizers’ and pretty well anyone I spoke to who came.” Sponsors included the Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project, the Central Student Association (CSA), the School of English and Theatre Studies’ (SETS) visiting speakers committee, School of Language and Literatures (SOLAL), The Better Planet Project, and the College of Arts. Their partnership allowed the conference access to guest speakers, AV equipment, catering, and more.
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On the Saturday of Halloween weekend, Dan Mangan ﬁlled the pews of Dublin United Church with material from his new album, Oh Fortune. His encore featuring the track, “Robots” was a particular hit, as the whole audience stood up to sing along with him.
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Struggling to hear The Magic Flute
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“Rather than a problem with the centre, I think the problem was just that this was their ﬁrst performance of the piece there.” The Magic Flute was written for a mass audience, but it can often be performed dreadfully seriously. Opera Kitchener’s production did not make this mistake. The opening moments of this production did not bode well, with the ﬁrst two minutes or so of the overture sounding ﬂat and lacking in energy. Luckily, the orchestra soon found its form and performed well throughout the rest of the evening. Post-overture, the opening song began similarly worryingly, near inaudible from where I sat. I damned the River Run Centre a little in my head, assuming a problem with the acoustics of its design, and considered leaving. This problem too proved shortlived, as Tamino (Jeﬀrey Boyd) adjusted his volume by the end of the song and the rest of the cast maintained that level throughout. Rather than a problem with the centre, I think the problem was just that this was their ﬁrst performance of the piece there. Papageno (Jay Stephenson) carried the bulk of the comedic weight, and proved the crowd favourite. His acting was hammier than the rest of the already hammy cast, which is in line with the piece, but I found myself less than enthusiastic about anything he had to say. (I would have preferred the comedy in general delivered less with a wink to the audience and more deadpan. It felt like if someone tripped a pre-arranged “BOING” sound eﬀect may have been played.) This was countered by his strong singing voice. His duet with his wife-to-be Papagena (Jennifer Elisabetta Fina) was his highlight, and maybe the highlight of the whole show, aside from anything involving the Queen of the Night (Teiya Kasahara). The Queen was dominant whenever she took the stage, and Kasahara handled one of the most diﬃcult parts in all of opera well. Disappointing in that part is a very easy thing to do, and she easily avoided that fate. She justiﬁed attendance on her own. Her daughter Pamina (Jennifer Carter) also sang well, though she was underused in many ways (take note, Mozart). The producers of this production did not take the opportunity to remove some of the more misogynist and racist aspects of the opera. This wasn’t a purist production, the only person in the audience likely to drop their monocle in shock over changes was me, and I’m predisposed toward monocle-based shock expressions. The misogyny at least was defused by the laughter of the audience (a lyric explaining that women need to be controlled by a man lest they overstep their bounds drew the loudest and most sustained laughter of the night). The racism was more resilient, if less pervasive. What did serve to lessen it was the casting of a white man (Shane Glabb) in the role of Monostatos “the Moor”. Casting a white man in the place of a black man isn’t usually the route to solving race issues, but here it was better than nothing. Monostatos gives a speech explaining his need to rape Pamina while she sleeps crediting it to his worship of her whiteness that would have been diﬃcult to watch with a person of colour in that role. Better yet, the scene could have been excluded, or even not written in the ﬁrst place (again, take note Mozart). Overall, I enjoyed the night, including as it also did an extremely prescient description of the next night’s Penn vs. Diaz UFC ﬁght provided by two women in their 70’s sitting beside me.
Despite claims, Threespective artists are uniﬁed in exploration of the past
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While all three artists showcasing work during Zavitz’s display of Threespective denied a unifying theme to their show, each dealt with approaches to recording the past. Patrick Beh’s works revolved around food, but were characterized by their approach of preserving the past as nonnegotiable fact. Each piece made a claim on authenticity, whether by employing actual preserved food or photocopies, or through explanations linking them to cold fact. A menu full of sketches and descriptions of everything Beh had eaten while on a trip to New York was housed in the actual menu casing taken from the restaurant he ate at. Even an acrylic painting of bacon, eggs, and toast, which appeared initially out of place, turned out to be of “the most common food that was served” during a stay at Algonquin Park, linking it back to the factual documentation and preservation approach. Mark Ferkul’s pieces used the written word for comedic purposes, but in a way that highlighted the unconscious distortion present in written claims to veracity. His ﬁrst piece was a blow up of an oﬃce missed call note, documenting a clearly joking message regarding lost virginity: “A lady called – she lost her virginity in your oﬃce, have you seen it?” This conscious distortion led the mind to thoughts of the role of memo-writer as intermediary between recipient and the event being recorded, and opened it to explore the theme of unconscious miscommunication and distortion. Another piece compared Ferkul and Marcel Proust’s answers to the same questionnaire, which highlighted the way in which much written—supposedly factual—documentation doubles as communication and signaling about the author. A third piece, a notepad with “What are you looking at? Nothing much.” painted across it seemed meant to continue the critique of written factualism to the point of nihilism. Paul Chartrand was most upfront in presenting his work as an exploration of the past, especially by route of memory. His nature-based pieces explored magniﬁcation and exclusion in memory, and by placing these beside a “separate” focus on psychedelic mushrooms made a strong link between distortion by memory and delusion. Three sketches of the leavings of campers from diﬀerent locations were designed to run together in a way
that pointed to the liberties our mind takes categorizing memories, with edges running oﬀ into white to represent incompleteness and exclusion in memory.
Magnifying glasses throughout reminded that memory not only excludes information, but also magniﬁes the signiﬁcance of that which remains.
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than the minister’s words?” This marks the ﬁrst time this group has expressed such a vulnerability regarding personal religious beliefs and similar coming-of-age allusions are made throughout the entire record. Another highlight is “Candles,” which details what this band does best; draw the listener in and crescendo with emotive lyrics and extremely loud layers of guitar, drums and keyboard. Additional praise should be given to LS:M’s rhythm section, as the band takes a cue from many long broken up post-punk groups (At the Drive-In, Further Seems Forever) by syncing up the bass lines and drum patterns for tasty grooves and large accentuations that give the whole album a great sense of feeling and space. “Lessons,” the album’s closer, is by far the moodiest and darkest song on the record. It sees the band lean closer to the realm of “heavy” music than they ever have previously. “[The darker lyrical content] reﬂects us getting older, not being so naïve anymore, and dealing
Guelph band drops new album
Lifestory: Monologue return with Drag Your White Fur—Make it Grey
Guelph’s own Lifestory: Monologue, a long-running posthardcore experimental group has made a tremendous and roaring comeback with their long awaited full-length album Drag Your White Fur, Make it Grey. The blame for the wait can be partially put on some restructuring issues the band went through in 2009. “We had a quite a few songs written within the year after the last release, they just never materialized into a full length,” bassist and singer Jay Reid said. “When our guitar player Jordan [McLean] quit in 2009, we had to start this long, tedious process of trying people out, seeing if they could write with us, which set us back quite a bit.” “It was just always more important for us to be able to play live than any other option,” he added. Within these ten tracks the band has found that rare space between artistic integrity and accessibility that many bands struggle to ﬁnd their entire career. Noticeably absent are the nine-minute opuses, front man Richard Nuttalls’ previous allusions to never-ending happiness and former guitar player/singer Jordan McLean’s cooing and “aweing” in the band’s choruses. Instead, the band opts for shorter, more poignant, and accented songs which veer closer to pop territory (note: form, not top 40) than they ever have before. This is highly noticeable in the tracks “Thornberry” and “The Sound That Love Makes” which adhere to a basic verse-chorus structure but still pack an emotional punch akin to later material by Brand New or Thrice. The album’s opener “Drag Your White Fur” is the gentlest moment on the record but subtly sets the mood and leads perfectly in to the second track “Make it Grey.” The song starts with a Sigur Ros/ Explosions In The Sky type intro, which then explodes into a heavy, largo paced, backbeat-laden rock sequence. The outro eclipses the song with Reid and Nuttall charging, “isn’t the comfort worth more
Guelph locals Lifestory: Monologue are set to drop their ﬁrst fulllength album Drag Your White Fur, Make it Grey on November 8.
with the “adult” things,” Reid said. “The title [of the album] is kind of a reference to that concept of growing up and letting go of your younger self.” Unfortunately, with the good comes the bad. As solid as this album is, there are a couple tracks that could have beneﬁtted from further pre-production or revamping. The album has an extraordinary starting and middle section but some tracks towards the end fall ﬂat in comparison. The album is likely to appeal to a wide spectrum of listeners, old and new. There are sure to be comparisons to other melodic/ experimental/post-hardcore/ ambient bands (Alexisonﬁre, La Dispute, Envy) but these comparisons are unfounded and rather lazy. This band possesses an accessibility and emotive catharsis that the bands mentioned above have struggled to ﬁnd but is evident from the ﬁrst note of DYWF,MIG. Lifestory: Monologue is playing an upcoming show at the E-bar with Brighter, Brightest. Check their Facebook page for more information.
Reawakening a Sleeping Beauty
For 10 days, beginning on Nov. 14, the theatre studies department will be mounting a production titled Rose, based on the classic fairytale Sleeping Beauty. Prof. Jerrard Smith is directing the production, and spoke with the Ontarion about his plans for the production. O: Could you tell me a bit about the source material you’re working from? JS: It’s the Sleeping Beauty legend, story, tale, whatever, and it predates Disney, it predates the Brothers Grimm, it goes back to some really old stories from Italy and France. That source material was taken by a writer, Robert Coover, who made it into a short novel called Briar Rose, and it really deconstructs the whole story and retells it over and over again. It’s very cyclical. I’ve taken that novel and adapted it into a stage play by adding dialogue, and by adding images. That’s basically where it came from. O: Does it diﬀer a great deal from what people might know as the Sleeping Beauty story? JS: Yes and no. It is the same story. Girl gets pricked by a spindle, and falls asleep for 100 years, and is awakened by a handsome prince, but that’s about where it stops. And then there’s a lot of dark and a lot of erotic overtones to it. We’re really playing with those. O: Were there any challenges so far in adapting this to the stage? JS: It’s been really fun; we’ve got a great cast and a great stage manager. The process has been going really well. It’s big. It’s a big build for the production crew and as usual we’ll be down to the wire, but I think it’s going to be great. It’s fun, it’s funny, and we’ve had a good time putting it together, and I think that will show when it’s on stage. O: Did you have any speciﬁc vision? Is it going to be traditional? JS: No, I wanted some levels. I wanted some interest. It’s a castle, but it’s a pretty abstract castle. Basically, it’s just platforms, entrances, exits, and we need a screen for projected images. O: Is there any of the creative direction led by students? JS: There’s some. Although I do design everything, within that there’s ﬂexibility in terms of interpretation of designs, and I certainly welcome the students’ input in production and in the acting class. It’s been a fairly collaborative process.
Remixing the remix
Mashing up traditional sounds with big beats is common practice for Guelph-based producer Andrew McPherson, better recognized as Eccodek, an act that draws from influences as wide and reaching as the equator. That said, his group has taken a new direction with its live performance, currently touring Remixtasy, a 14-track remix album that features the group’s songs as artistically embellished by other musical acts, Guelph got a taste of it at the eBar Oct. 27. Some might find the challenge of relearning one’s own songs as artistically developed by others to be an incredibly daunting task, but for McPherson, it just makes sense. “People think of a DJ going out and playing his mixes on a dance floor. It’s just like, well, why can’t a live band go out and play remixes?” he told The Ontarion the night of his group’s Guelph performance. “It’s kind of a weird cerebral exercise” In order to relearn the tracks, the group gathered for an initial listening session where they picked out the tracks on the album that would work. Afterwards, the individual members branched off to develop their own parts. After five rehearsals and some “remixing of the remixes” to accommodate some of the less duplicable complexities of their remixed tracks, the group arrived at the act they’re presently touring. “I just love remix culture” he said. The group’s been touring the present act through Toronto, Peterborough, and Waterloo since September, when they also played a very music busy Guelph during its annual Jazz Festival. massive crowd of 5,000 alongside musicians like Dan Mangan, Jully Black, Hawksley Workman, Sarah Harmer, and The Canadian Tenors. McPherson says he’d love to do a more extensive tour of Europe. “I think they get what we’re doing over there more than North Americans do. It’s no diss on North Americans, there’s just a much broader sense of multiculturalism over there I think, or just a longer history of it,” he said. “It’s nothing to be speaking a different language within five hours in a European country, just driving in any direction.” McPherson expressed his gratitude for the warm reception his project has received. “We started this thing ten years ago, and it’s crazy to think you could do this kind of weird vibe for a completely mostly white-bred community and yet appeal to people’s sense of globalism for ten years,” McPherson said. “And people just keep coming out. Crowds are younger.”
“I just love remix culture” – Andrew McPherson
While the band enjoys opportunities to play club shows, McPherson revealed that his real passion is with the summer festival season. Eccodek has played Hillside three times, and the group played a massive Canada Day celebration in London, England’s Trafalgar Square to a
SPORTS & HEALTH
The sunshine vitamin
Shorter days mean less natural access to vitamin D
Of all the vitamins and minerals a body needs for good health, vitamin D may be the coolest. Known as the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D is the only vitamin naturally created in the human body through exposure to sunlight. When the sun’s ultraviolet rays hit the body, cholesterol in the skin is converted to natural vitamin D. During the summer months it is easy to expose our bodies to the sun. Warm weather equals less clothing and more outdoor activity for longer periods of time. In June, around the time of the summer solstice, daylight lasts for more than 15 hours. However, for those who don’t go outside often or keep their bodies protected from the sun, it is more diﬃcult to manufacture enough of the vitamin. Why is vitamin D so important? According to Health Canada, “the vitamin is essential for development of strong bones and teeth by aiding in the absorption of calcium. Too little can cause a decrease in calcium and phosphorus levels in the blood. This leads to calcium being pulled out of the bones into the bloodstream leaving bones at risk of becoming weak. Severe vitamin D deﬁciencies can cause rickets (softening of the bones) or osteoporosis (fragile bones).” The lack of sunlight in Canada during the winter months impairs the body’s ability to manufacture vitamin D and may leave some wondering if they should supplement their diet. The Health and Performance Centre’s lead dietician Lisa Armstrong knows how necessary vitamin D is for a healthy diet. “It is important to include vitamin D-rich foods into your diet daily,” said Armstrong. “The advice contained in Canada’s Food Guide recommends that all individuals over the age of two consume two cups (500ml) of milk or fortiﬁed soy beverages every day, to help meet calcium and vitamin D recommendations.” Health Canada recommends adults between the age of 19 and 50 should get a minimum of 600
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international units (IU) of vitamin D per day. The Dieticians of Canada recommends egg yolks, milk (read the label to see if vitamin D has been added) and ﬁsh as good food sources of vitamin D. For example, a tin of waterpacked white tuna contains 60 IU of vitamin D and canned salmon has 10 times more than that. Incorporating these foods into your diet is a simple way to boost your vitamin D intake over the winter months. To ﬁnd out how much of the sunshine vitamin is contained in other foods visit dieticians.ca. Daylight savings time ends this weekend meaning the clocks “fall back” one hour. Although that much coveted extra hour of sleep will be welcomed on Saturday night, it also means the sun will set around 5 p.m. on Sunday evening. Winter is coming. Canadians know the drill – it’ll be cold and grey. However you can take action to combat the lack of sunshine. Take advantage of the daylight that is available and get outside for 15-minutes at lunchtime. Look up at the sun and smile at the fact your body is creating its own vitamin D.
Gryphons volleyball’s sights set on OUA top three
The Gryphons men’s volleyball team played their first two games of the season at home on Oct. 28 and 29. The first game was a victory for the Gryphons, winning 3-1 against the Ryerson Rams, while they lost the second 0-3 to the McMaster Marauders. While the game against Ryerson was the first game of the regular season, it wasn’t the Gryphons first game against Ryerson so far this year. They played two games at the Ryerson Tournament on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2. Unfortunately, they lost both of these games, but for head coach Cal Wigston, those games were more about the opportunity to learn than just to win. “We played our rookies, and we didn’t start our regular lineup all the time,” said Wigston of the preseason games. “We didn’t want to show them too much while we were at their tournament, because we knew we had them first game.” With five first years on a team of just 16, it’s important to get the players on the court together. “Chemistry is very, very important so for our guys to get playtime together and touches together is really good,” said Wigston. “This year we have a good crop of rookies. We’ve got some guys that will make an impact right away. We’re starting with five new guys on the floor this year. It’s always difficult when you do that because the chemistry’s not there yet. It takes a while to build.” The first regular season game against Ryerson was played mostly by some of the team’s veteran players, and it showed in the team’s victory. The Gryphons had a strong start, but lost it in the second set. They built up a lead, but lost it at the 10 point mark, keeping the set almost tied until the end when Ryerson took it. They made up for it with the last two sets, gaining and maintaining their lead for both sets, eventually taking the game 3-1. “That’s something that we’re really working hard on is getting that lead and playing with the lead and going for it,” Wigston said of the game. The team is on the road for their next few games, before coming back to play the Queens Gaels, last year’s OUA silver medalists, on Nov. 11. “McMaster, Western and Queens are the three best teams in the league, and that’s who [we need] to beat,” said Wigston. “We have the number three on the back [of our warm-up t-shirts]. That number three symbolizes some of the things that we need to do this year, and number one is that we want to finish top three in the OUA. And we believe that is totally doable”
The 2011 OUA women’s rugby Champions. rugby continued
Only at one point in the game was the home crowd subdued, when OUA MVP Jacey Murphy went down. “I was a little worried obviously, because [Murphy] never gets injured,” said McAuley. “It’s always a bit nerve-racking as a coach to see how the girls will react and if people will step up or if they will fall apart. It was really nice to have a veteran team and they just stepped up, did their job and ﬁlled in the gaps. It was fantastic. Five minutes after Murphy went down McAuley was conﬁdent that “the girls would pull it oﬀ.” Murphy, who sustained a bad sprain, will hopefully be recovered and ready in time to play in the CIS championships that begin this Thursday Nov. 3 at Trent University. The Gryphons will compete with the defending national champions, St. Francis Xavier, as well as Laval, Trent and Lethbridge for the highly coveted national title. “[The CIS championships] has a grueling, grueling schedule for rugby,” said McAuley. “What we’ve done is we have good depth this year, which is fantastic. [We] did a lot of combinations, so that we can rest people when we need to and put people in and the level of play will never go down, which is pretty rare. Guelph has done a good job at working hard and just getting comfortable with everyone instead of just the people they’re used to playing beside.” Even with the tougher competition, McAuley is conﬁdent that the girls will medal again this year, and possibly better their bronze from last year’s CIS. “I think that we have the horses to do it for sure,” said McAuley. “We just need to play our game and concentrate and we control the pressure.”
Winston Rosser, Conner Cressman and Greg Houston (l-r) helped lead the Gryphons men’s volleyball team to a victory at their home opener against the Ryerson Rams.
SUPPORTING THE FOOD BANK, Why Trick or Eat is more important than ever SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY
BE TH PURDON-MCLELLAN The numbers are in and once again Guelph remains the number one contributor for Meal Exchange’s Trick or Eat. University students collected a whopping $70,498 worth of food donations, and over $6000 in online donations. The actual mass of the food collected was 35,249 lbs, with the estimated cost of two dollars per lb. The total was less than Meal Exchange had originally hoped to collect, however the decrease could be attributed to the fact that this year Halloween was on a weekday and many students had night class while Trick or Eat was taking place. Meal Exchange hopes collection bins at Zehrs and No Frills will help them top up their numbers. The bins are new this year, and will be set up until Nov. 3. Participants can expect an increase in the total of monetary funds raised as Loblaw Companies Limited has committed to match every dollar donated online. “I don’t know what it is about Guelph, but we are the epitome of how student run meal exchanges should work,” said Brittany Skelton, coordinator of Meal Exchange Guelph. “We’ve been going for so long, we’re always used as the example for other schools that are starting out.” Students who registered for Tick or Eat began to assemble at the UC at 4:30 p.m. to sign in. Approximately 1,100 students participated in the event, making it the biggest volunteer initiative in Guelph. The U of G students showed their Halloween spirit and got creative with their costumes. The UC was filled with all kinds of look-a-likes, from Poseidon to Pokémon. After being assigned a Trick or Eating route, students made their way to a fleet of buses that took them to their respective neighborhoods. Shopping carts and boxes were set up at the drop-off locations for students to deposit donations while en-route. By 8 p.m., the shopping carts were so full many students had to be careful they did not tip them over while traveling over sidewalks. Trucks driven by volunteers picked up the shopping carts and food at the end of the night. The results for the collection were impressive in more ways than one: they show how enthusiastic the Guelph community is about the cause. People who call Guelph their home use Trick or Eat to show their appreciation for the community. “I’m really passionate about it because I like that it engages so many students from different walks of life and the issues of food security,” said Skelton. “I think it gives them the opportunity just to give back a little bit. It’s insane the impact that you can have just by volunteering two to three hours of your time one night a year.” For Guelph, Trick or Eat is more than just a donation. It is an event that brings all members of the community together. The majority of the time, students at the university can live in the “campus bubble”. Trick or Eat is a way to bridge the gap between students, and the community that makes their university experience possible. “Hopefully [we’ll be] informing the residents of Guelph about it,” said Taylor Campbell, a first year criminal justice student. “Even if you don’t have anything for it this year, maybe be prepared for it next year. And giving them an idea of what it’s all about.” It’s not just the students that are on board– many of the Guelph staff and faculty support the event as well. “One of our teachers as part of our program has a community engaged learning aspect of the course,” said Caitlyn Brown, a first year BA student. “Basically she just wants people to get involved, and we thought that Trick or Eat would be a good way to give back, and well as class participation.” Trick or Eat is gaining a life of it’s own, and is transforming the traditionally spooky holiday into one of giving. Many students mark Trick or Eat on their calendars and look forward to collecting as much food as possible, giving back to the community, and of course, the giddy excitement of Halloween that they probably will never outgrow.
Guelph’s Hunger Count
Trick or Eat may be full of the spirit of giving, however, there is a more sinister side to this event. There is a reason for such a large push to collect food donations: the numbers of people using food banks is increasing. Food Bank of Canada has released in their “Hunger Count” for 2011, that since the recession in 2008, food bank usage has increased nationally by 26 per cent. Four per cent of people accessing the food bank are students. The trend has made its way to Guelph, and the CSA Food Bank is struggling to meet the demand. As of September, the Food Bank had received as many clients as they had served in the previous year, and the numbers will most likely go up. “We’re unsure of the specifics of how the future looks, but I think we can be certain that demand won’t suddenly go down next year,” said Laura Simon, CSA Food Bank coordinator. “It is probably reasonable to expect another increase.” What is perhaps more disturbing, is that in an attempt to provide relief for its students the Food Bank has gone through its yearly budget. “We are unable to keep up with the growth,” said Simon. “As of the end of September, we’d spent just over $30,000 of our $49,000 budget and with the forthcoming December rush, it’s conceivable that our funding could be exhausted by the end of the semester.” Since the number of students accessing the Food Bank doesn’t seem to be declining, the CSA has tried to collaborate with other organizations fighting for food security. That is why this year Meal Exchange is trying to direct its online donations from Trick or Eat to the CSA Food Bank. “This is the first year there’s been a push to have a strong partnership,” said Skelton. “I think what stopped us before is that we focused on the city food bank because it has the larger demand…But this year I want to work more in partnership with the CSA because we are a student run organization, so we can’t ignore the needs of students.”
However, the agreement between the CSA Food Bank and Meal Exchange has not been finalized. It has been difficult to arrange the transfer of funds because the CSA Food Bank is not a registered charity. It operates independently of the Guelph Food Bank as an extension of the university and receives substantial support from the portion of student fees that go towards the CSA Food Bank. This has given the CSA Food Bank a certain amount of freedom in terms of creating fundraising projects. However it has also created certain barriers in receiving donations. Meal Exchange has been careful to distribute donations from Trick or Eat equally among its associate organizations. “I’ve done my best that I’m not trying to cut one out and focus more on the other,” said Skelton. “I’m just trying to balance where we focus.” The Guelph Food Bank will still receive all the food donations. If the CSA does qualify for donations from Meal Exchange, they will receive the online monetary donations Although the CSA is grateful for any kind of donation, monetary donations give them the flexibility to meet the needs of their clientele. “The tendency, if you collect food specifically, is that you get certain staples,” says Derek Alton, CSA local affairs commissioner. “You’ll get a ton of KD. One of the great things about the CSA Food Bank is that, in terms of food banks, we have really good quality food. We have lots of produce that people can buy. Which is not common for food banks to have that same level of produce that we do. The downside is that it’s more expensive.” The CSA Food Bank is caught in a balancing act: how do they provide the relief that students need without compromising their health? So far this year, they have been unable to provide the quality service with the amount of resources that were adequate for previous years. “We’re looking into long-term partnerships that can provide some stability to the Food Bank, Meal Exchange being a perfect example,” said Simon. “I am hopeful that this relationship will be ongoing.” The future partnership between the CSA Food Bank and Meal Exchange is still being established, but the two will likely pair up for upcoming fundraising initiatives. While Trick or Eat is a fun way for students to experience Halloween, it provides a significant amount of relief to the Guelph community. Hunger is an ever-growing issue, and Meal Exchange and the CSA Food Bank hope that the level of involvement and generosity will continue throughout the year.
Photos by Marianne Pointner.
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LAST GAME RESULTS 10/29: Guelph vs. Queens 0 - 34 GRYPHON SEASON STANDINGS: W L 3 2
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LAST GAME RESULTS 10/29: Guelph vs. McMaster OUA Champions 106 - 0 GRYPHON SEASON STANDINGS: W L T 8 0 0
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LAST GAME RESULTS 10/30: OUA 1/4 Final Guelph vs. McMaster 1-1 GRYPHON SEASON STANDINGS: W L T 11 5 2
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LAST GAME RESULTS 10/26: OUA Playoﬀ Guelph vs. York 1-2 GRYPHON SEASON STANDINGS: W L 6 7
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LAST GAME RESULTS 10/30: OUA Championship Final vs. York 0-6 GRYPHON SEASON STANDINGS: W L T 12 2 0
LAST GAME RESULTS 10/29: Guelph vs. Laurentian 20 - 4 GRYPHON SEASON STANDINGS: W L T 9 2 0
LAST GAME RESULTS 10/09: Guelph vs. Toronto 4 - 12 GRYPHON SEASON STANDINGS: W L 8 2 T 1
LAST GAME RESULTS 10/27: Guelph vs. Brock 5-0 GRYPHON SEASON STANDINGS: W L T 2 5 0
LAST GAME RESULTS 10/30: Guelph vs. York 3-2 GRYPHON SEASON STANDINGS: W L T 6 2 0
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Guelph vs. Trinity Western
74 - 63 GRYPHON SEASON STANDINGS: W L T 2 0 0
LAST GAME RESULTS 10/29: Guelph vs. McMaster 1-2 GRYPHON SEASON STANDINGS: W L T 1 1 0
LAST GAME RESULTS 10/21: Guelph vs. Ottawa 0-3 GRYPHON SEASON STANDINGS: W L T 0 1 0
Toronto gives Gryphons a taste of the blues
The Gryphons ﬁeld hockey team lost to the U of T in the OUA championship game, settling for silver
After suﬀering a tough loss to the University of Toronto in the gold medal match on Oct. 30 the Gryphons are regrouping for the CIS Championships in Calgary. Amid the bitter sweetness of winning the silver but losing gold, the team must also prepare themselves for their next opponent, the Calgary Dinos as well as prepare their bags for their ﬂight out only two days after the OUA Championship game. “We’re scrambling at the moment, because we ﬂy out at 7 a.m. [on Nov. 1] so the bus will be here at 4:30 a.m. and I’ve also got to pick up exams for players who need to write them while we are away,” said head coach Michelle Turley. Going into the CIS championship, Toronto will take the top spot, with UBC second, Calgary third, Guelph fourth and Alberta in ﬁfth. “On Nov. 2 all of the teams get an hour to practice on the ﬁeld, and then the tournament starts on [Nov. 3]. We play against Calgary ﬁrst and then Toronto again in a rematch of the OUA championship,” said Turley. Their ﬁrst match should be an interesting one, as Calgary is an unknown to the Gryphon team, who have never played the Dinos before. “Sometimes [not knowing anything about your opponent] is a good thing because they don’t know anything about you either,” said Turley. “We have a better record then they do going in, but Calgary has a slight advantage over us, it being their home ﬁeld.” Adding to the challenge are the water-based surfaces that the Dinos play on. As there are no water-based ﬁelds in Ontario, the experience will be a new one for some of the players who are accustomed to playing on turf grass. “[On water based surfaces,] the ball moves that much faster and you’re skills have to be so tight, and you have to be very technically sound,” said Turley. “All we really need to do is carry out our game plan and that’s what we failed to do in the game against U of T.” The team’s goal to win OUAs was debunked, but their second goal, to qualify for the national championships is certainly coming true in Calgary this week. “When we go out there we need to recognize that we have nothing to lose and hopefully we turn it around like U of T did last year– we beat them in the OUA championships, but they won the CIS championships,” said Turley. If there is one thing Turley is positive about it’s the Gryphons fate at CIS. “There is absolutely no doubt in my mind [that the team will medal at the CIS Championships],” said Turley. “That’s our goal, and we’re aiming for gold.”
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The Gryphons Field Hockey team with their OUA silver medals.
Gryphons forward Brittany Siedler ﬁghts for ball possession with a Waterloo Warrior. Siedler received the 2011 OUA player of the Year award for the third consecutive year.
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Guelph Equestrians tread new ground
The University of Guelph Equestrian Club opened its semester with a Western Ride
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This past Thursday, Oct. 27, the University of Guelph Equestrian club (UGEC) held its first show of the semester. The event took place at Jake Circle K, a riding stable owned by Katherine Wilcox just 15 minutes from campus. Ten riders were eager to demonstrate their skills in Western-style horse riding, and to mingle with other Guelph horse enthusiasts. Western riding is a popular riding style descended from Spanish Conquistadors via the cowboys of the American West, and has become one of the two main competitive styles. “This show was focused on games of skill,” said organizer Julia Higginson. “And consisted of four divisions which tested different aspects of Western riding. It was a Halloween themed event with ribbons and Halloween treats.” Some participants also belong to the competitive Western Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, and will be competing this weekend in New York State. This is the first year Guelph has sent a Western riding team, and members took advantage of the opportunity to take in some more practice before the event. UGEC also fields three other competitive teams that compete in the English discipline in Ontario and New York State. A second Western Intraclub show will be held on Nov. 18 at Jake Circle K, and the club will be organizing carpooling for the event. Higginson is hoping to spur more interest in the sport and hopes for new members. UGEC will also be holding a Hunter Intraclub Show for English riders the same day at Old Orchard Farm.
The University of Guelph Equestrian Club held its ﬁrst show, a Westernstyle horse riding show, on Oct. 25 at the Jake Circle K stable.
Hockey: just add water
A look at Guelph’s Underwater Hockey Club
Underwater hockey is a game that situates the sport of hockey in an unlikely setting. Replace skates with ﬂippers, helmets with snorkels, and ice with water and you’ll end up with one of the more unconventional sports being played here at the University of Guelph. The Underwater Hockey Club rents the pool in the athletic centre on Monday and Thursday nights to practice and play this very unique game. The rules of the game loosely follow those of hockey and soccer. You use a stick about the size of a spatula to move the special puck and referees elect to grant a team oﬀensive possession as compensation for being on the receiving end of a foul. Personal fouls result in two-minute penalties, where players must be out of the water for the duration. The net is an aluminum trough with beveled edges and a goal is scored by sliding the puck over the edge and into the trough. The game is not designed to be overly aggressive, but by looking at the players’ knuckles, there’s suﬃcient room for physical play in the sport. The club here at the university consists of about 20 people. This obscure sport has also made the world stage with annual international championships. “We don’t have any ridiculously high-level people coming out, we just take people in that are interested in it … and have fun with it,” said ﬁfth year club leader Liz Johnston. She also states that the focus at most levels of underwater hockey is having a good time – the competition takes a backseat to just enjoying the game. “You’ve got to be weird to play this game,” she said. An unconventional game requires unconventional players. “We’ve got a lot of characters here,” she added. Many of the members of the club have been a part of it for their entire university career, and are convinced that underwater hockey is here to stay. The club often travels as far as Michigan for tournaments and exhibition games, and visits the Hamilton Club regularly for additional practice. You can contact the Underwater Hockey Club at email@example.com. They’re always looking for people of all ages and varying athletic abilities.
Whether you’ve played before or not, the U of G Underwater Hockey Club is always looking for new recruits
Gryphons Get Best of Badgers in 5-0 Victory
A recap of the Gryphons men’s hockey game against Brock
On Thursday, Oct. 2, the Guelph Gryphons (2-4) men’s varsity hockey team were host to the Brock Badgers (3-4) at the Gryphon Center. The two teams last met in a preseason game in the Steel Blade Tournament in St Catherines where the Badgers beat the Gryphons by a score of 4-0. The Guelph Gryphons started net minder Andrew Loverock of Elmvale, Ont. Loverock had 33 saves in the Gryphons ﬁrst shutout win of the season. Brock started goaltender Kurt Jory of Brandon, Man., who allowed three goals on 19 shots. Jory was replaced in the third period by Adrian Volpe of Burlington, who allowed two goals on just nine shots. The Gryphons scored their ﬁrst goal of the game on the power play coming at 9:02 into the ﬁrst period when Matt Lyall ﬁnished oﬀ a pretty passing play in front of the net from Andrew Merrett and Nathan Martine. The game would remain 1-0 until defenceman Pat Campbell scored the Gryphons’ second power play marker on a shot coming from the blue line. In the third period, the Gryphons took over, dominating the Badgers by scoring three straight goals. At 2:53 Pat Campbell scored his second of the game with an assist coming from Ed Gale. The Gryphons scored their fourth goal of the came coming at 10:06 of the third period. Philip Teri put the shot past the Badgers net minder as he streaked down the left wing boards. The goal was assisted by Barrett Brock and Michael McInerney. Guelph would score one more late in the third period to put the game away and ensure the victory for the Gryphons. Their next home game will take place Thursday Nov. 3 at 7:30p.m. at the Gryphon Center.
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Genevieve Lalonde and Andrea Seccaﬁen who ﬁnished with the silver and bronze medals. Carise Thompson also of the Gryphons, placed ﬁfth. For bronze medalist Seccaﬁen, this was an important race. Not only was it a tough run right down to the last 40 m, with the bronze medal up for grabs and three runners in contesting for it, but as Scott-Thomas said, “[It been] an interesting journey for [Seccaﬁen]. Going down to the NCAA and then not enjoying that experience and coming back and having to sit out and rebuild. I think this was a real validation for her that she made the right choice and is in a healthier environment for her and a place where she can perform even better then before.” For the team and for ScottThomas, sweeping the podium is nothing new, but for Nixon and Proudfoot this was the ﬁrst time medaling at OUAs. “It was great to see Nixon and Proudfoot step up ‘cause that’s the next generation for us. For them to punch through and go ﬁrst and second and then know we’ve got another two to three years out of those guys running for the Gryphons is good. It means we’ve got a quality front end guys for a few years yet,” said Scott-Thomas. The victory, however, doesn’t mean a rest period for the Gryphons who were back for their shake-out run the morning after OUAs. Not you’re typical shakeout run though. “I mean, shake-out for us,” said Scott-Thomas.” The [team was] doing anywhere from 16-22 km… just not pushing it very hard.” “We had a saying at OUAs and that is the second you cross the line, recovery starts and preparation for CIS starts. You don’t want to take away from the moment of success they’ve just had, but you also have to respect that there’s a bigger target two weeks down the road and that’s the main thing for us,” said Scott-Thomas. “We will not take our foot oﬀ the gas. Once [the CIS championships are] done in Quebec City then we can look back and reﬂect and that’ll be a night where they can stay up and celebrate a little bit if we pull it oﬀ.”
Gryphons soar to gold
Both the men’s and women’s cross country team take home the OUA championship banners
This year marks the seventh consecutive year that the Gryphons cross country team has swept the podium and taken home both OUA Championship titles. For the women’s team, this was their eighth consecutive year, and for head coach Dave Scott-Thomas, this was certainly another proud moment. “These are really positive teams and they’re very tough. Coaching is about a lot of diﬀerent facets but it’s surely a lot more peppy when you’re dealing with people that are hungry and energetic and positive all the time, and that was this group,” said Scott-Thomas. “[I’m] very proud of them for how they’ve raced. It was a great view watching them hoist the trophies and the banners up again, and hopefully we’ll keep doing it for a long time yet.” On the men’s side, Gryphons Andrew Nixon and Ross Proudfoot took home the gold and silver medals respectively, with fellow Gryphons Alex Genest in fourth and Aaron Hendrikx in sixth. Although the women’s team also ﬁnished ﬁrst as a team, Tamara Jewett from the University of Toronto would steal the gold from
Fan of the Game
This week’s Fan of the Game, at the women’s rugby OUA championship match were out in the cold dressed up in Gryphon gear, wearing homemade headbands and Gryph-coloured face paint to support the women’s rugby team as they battled for gold. Although Erica Baxter, Meghan McLean and Laura Gordon were at the game to pump up the team, they were also there to get themselves psyched up for their own championship game as part of the ﬁeld hockey team. “[We] wanted to get pumped up for our game tomorrow,” said McLean. “They’re another successful team,” “[and we] gotta support our fellow Gryphons,” added Gordon and Baxter respectively. When posed with the question, do you think the women are going to win tonight? Baxter replied “looks like they’re doing pretty good so far, so I’d put my money on it.” Stand up, stand out and cheer for the Guelph Gryphons and you could be Fan of the Game. Follow @TheOntarion on Twitter to ﬁnd out when we’re looking for Fan of the Game and it could be you and your friends in this spot! The winner also receives two free tickets to another Gryphons varsity home game!
Beth’s Craft Corner
Make your own vinyl bowl
For those of you familiar with second hand shops, you probably know that almost every rummage store has a crate of records for you to ﬂip through. Unfortunately, I ﬁnd that the quality of vinyl is hit or miss, and when it comes to selection, it’s usually a miss. However, the good thing about vinyl is that there is a lot of it around. More importantly, it is extremely cheap. For the everyday crafter, it doesn’t matter if the record is scratched or warped. Next time you see a box of musty records sitting at the side of the road, pick them up if you enjoy making the crafts from this column. Guaranteed, there will be more vinyl crafts in the future. This week: make your own vinyl bowl. This craft may seem intimidating, but it is actually extremely easy. You will need: An old vinyl An oven safe bowl Access to an oven Oven mitts A baking sheet or pizza pan
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How to make it Preheat your oven to 150 F. While you are waiting, place the bowl upside down on the baking tin so that the bottom of the bowl is facing the ceiling When the oven is heated, place the record on the bottom of the bowl. Place the pan, bowl and record in the oven. Leave in the oven for ﬁve minutes, or until the vinyl is soft.
With the oven mitts, remove the tray from the oven. Gently press the vinyl to the sides of the bowl. You may have to make folds in the vinyl for it to follow the contours of the bowl. Make sure you hold the vinyl in place for a minute or two while it cools and hardens into place. When it’s cool, simply take it oﬀ the bowl, and you have your very own vinyl bowl.
There’s two kinds of people in the world: those who hide from the sun in front of a fan or air conditioner, and then there’s this champion who knows that a summer spent not sitting outside and eating some watermelon oﬀ of a spoon is a summer wasted. Ah, the good old days.
Sex geek: Movember, your prostate and you
Before the Halloween parties have been cleaned up or rotting pumpkins disposed of, men around the country bid adieu to their top lips for a month. No, this isn’t a statement on personal grooming habits or a misguided attempt to pull off the hipster look, but instead a campaign to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer. Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s Movember. The way Movember works is that men can sign up through their official website (movember.ca) and pledge to grow their mustaches throughout the month. In turn, people can support their efforts financially. I get that it sounds kind of out there, but last year alone Canadians raised more than 22-million dollars to support education and awareness of prostate cancer, and to fund research into a cure. It also serves as a way to educate men about prostate cancer. But is prostate cancer actually a big issue, or is this just a way to keep lips warm as the temperature drops? Prostate cancer is definitely a big issue– it’s estimated that one in seven men will be afflicted with prostate cancer. That’s more than 25,000 cases a year. If it’s detected and treated in the early stages, it’s 90 per cent curable. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always have many (or any) symptoms in the early stages, and often isn’t caught without regular screening. Research shows that men aren’t always so good about routine screening, so it can progress to the later stages relatively undetected. In that case, the prognosis isn’t as good. (Bottom line: gentlemen, see your doctors.) Anyhow, in honour of Movember, I’m going to be focusing on men’s sexuality for the month of November. And what better a place to start than with one of those questions that I don’t remember ever being answered in my high school sex education: what is the prostate anyway? What does it do? There’s lots of physiology we could go into, but basically the prostate (which is located around the urethra) has a couple of main functions. One is that it controls urine flow. It also produces a fluid that’s part of a man’s ejaculate. In the some circumstances where the prostate needs to be removed (which might be necessary if it’s enlarged or in some cases of cancer), there’s a very high rate of erectile dysfunction. Even though doctors can preserve some of the function, the surgery usually changes a man’s erectile experience. Over the past several years, sex toy companies have also realized that the prostate is a source of much sexual pleasure, and many prostate stimulators have entered the market. Men can actually orgasm from prostate stimulation alone, and stimulators come in varying sizes and shapes. The leading comparison out there is that the prostate orgasm is to men what the g-spot orgasm is to women. While it’s not nearly as widely talked about as prostate cancer, the prostate does play an important role in men’s sexual pleasure. Which brings us back to Movember. Prostate cancer is a big deal for men, and despite some of the disagreeable aesthetics (let’s face it, not everyone can rock that look) it’s a novel approach to raising awareness and funds. Check out movember.ca to support the cause.
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LIFE Motiongames, how do they work?
It wasn’t that long ago that playing a video game meant sitting back in your couch with a remote in your hand, barely moving a muscle other than the ones in your thumbs. But as the technology has become more advanced, it doesn’t need to be that way any more. All three of the major consoles on the market today have options that go beyond, into a more immersive, active video game, and each of them work in very diﬀerent ways. The pioneer of these was the Nintendo Wii, which capture’s the player’s motion through its Wiimote. The Wiimote uses a combination of technologies in order to register player movements, as well as orienting the controller in space, including accelerometers and infrared detection. The remote uses an ADXL330 accelerometer within the remote itself, which can register movement on all three axes. This is combined with an infrared sensor placed on top of the television, which has 10 sensors on it which point in diﬀerent directions, allowing the position of the remote in relation to the sensor to be gauged. The PlayStation Move, a peripheral for the PlayStation 3 console, uses a specialized remote like the Wii, but with very diﬀerent technology. The remote is lit with a light-emitting diode (LED) and, through the use of a camera attached to the console, can be tracked. The brightness, size and shape are all invariable, and the camera can use that information as it ﬁlms to orient the controller in three dimensions. Kinect, the motion-gaming add-on for the Xbox 360, manages to allow the player to interact with the game without any additional controllers. Like the Wii, a combination infrared sensor– a CMOS sensor, like many cameras use for autofocus– and camera is placed on top of the television. Using both the data from the camera and from the infrared sensor, Kinect can track movement in three dimentions using a 3-D scanning system called Light Coding. This allows for gesture and facial recognition by the software, and allows for movements to be captured and interpreted in real time by the game without the need for any handheld peripherals. As technology develops, games get more immersive, and every major gaming system is jumping on board. While they’re all heading in the same direction, they’ve all taken very diﬀerent methods to get there. A diﬀerent technological mystery will investigated and explained each week in “How do they work?”
Potent potables: Everybody let’s take shots
So you’re out with your friends celebrating, and you want to have a shot. On TV, they can just walk up to the bar and ask for “a round of shots” and bam, there they are. In real life, there’s always the follow-up questions, most importantly, what kind of shot do you want. If you’re like me, the decision to drink an ounce of sweetened highly ﬂammable liquid isn’t always something that is preceded by a lot of forethought. I don’t want to have to think about this decision, or I’ll probably change my mind. So here’s a good list of drinks to know. Most importantly, these are drinks you can likely order at any bar. You never want to be that person (or with that person) who asks for a frozen bunny nugget or some other obscure, complicated shooter they read about on the Internet, which is supposed to taste like cereal milk or M&M Minis or who knows what else. B-52 A layered shot of coﬀee liqueur (such as Kahlúa, Tia Maria or Bolivar), orange cognac or liqueur (such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau) and Irish cream (such Baileys, Carolans or Panama Jack). The shot separates into layers due to the diﬀerent densities of the ingredients. All the taste of a ﬂavoured latte, but with a bit more kick. Kamikaze Traditionally a lowball cocktail, a Kamikaze is a mix of vodka, triple sec and lemon or lime juice. In a glass, it’s generally served without ice and drank like a martini. But it’s short list of ingredients make it easily transferable to the shot
glass. It is generally equal parts vodka and triple sec, with a few drops of lemon or lime juice squeezed in right before you drink it. Great option if you don’t want anything too sweet. Polar Bear Another sweeter option for those who are on the lookout for that. A Polar Bear is the shot version of the Grasshopper, a bright green cocktail with origins in New Orleans. It’s a mix of crème de menthe and crème de cacao, mint and chocolate ﬂavoured liqueurs respectively. Tastes like a Girl Guide Thin Mint– that is to say absolutely delicious. Lemon Drop Either one of the simples shots or one of the more involved ones you can order. Lemon Drops are always based
around vodka shaken with ice, but the lemon part is variable. Either the shot glass will be rimmed with wedge of lemon and then coated with sugar, like the rim of a Caesar is with celery salt, or a lemon wedge will be dipped in sugar, which you then bite into after drinking the vodka. Ice cold is the nicest way to drink vodka, and the sugar and the lemon oﬀset the alcohol burn quite well. Blow Job One of the most complicated shots to drink, but also one of the most fun and one of the most delicious. A Blow Job is equal parts amaretto and irish cream, so it is sweet and creamy. It’s topped with whipped cream, and the customary way to drink it is without your hands. Put them behind your back, lean
forwards, grab it with your mouth and go to town. It’s not always pretty, but it’s worth it. Prairie Fire What you get when you order a Prairie Fire isn’t set in stone. It is always a combination of a strong liquor and a hot sauce. Most places tend to go for tequila and Tabasco, but it isn’t out of the ordinary for some bars to default to American whiskeys like Jack Daniels, or other, hotter sauces. A Prairie Fire is as much about macho posturing as anything, but the combination does tend to work quite well. A good way to drink tequila without the rigmarole of the lemon and salt.
Movember is the annual event of growing a moustache to support and raise funds and awareness for men’s health. If you are planning on participating this year, consider your options. There are a wide variety of diﬀerent styles that are far more interesting than your typical ‘stache. I suggest you read the following and gather some ideas, and possibly try one of them out this year in your journey to support men’s health. According to the World Beard and Moustache Championships, there are six sub-categories of moustaches. The ﬁrst category is Natural, where the moustache is styled without any aids. The second is the Mexican, which is big and bushy and extends 1.5 inches beyond the end of the upper lip. Next is the Dali (named after Salvador Dali), which is long and narrow and points or curves upwards. Fourth is the English moustache which has very long whiskers that are pulled to either side and stick straight outwards. Fifth is the Imperial where whiskers grow from both upper lip and cheeks and then are curled upwards. And the ﬁnal category is the Freestyle, which classiﬁes any moustache that doesn’t fall into the other categories. Other speciﬁc styles of moustaches include the Fu Manchu, which has long whiskers pointing downwards, and typically hangs down past the chin. The Handlebar moustache is bushy and has small upwards-pointing ends. The Horseshoe, also known as a biker ‘stache, has vertical extensions from the corner of the lips downwards to the jaw line resembling and
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FASHION Moustache styles for Movember
upside-down horseshoe. The Pencil moustache is straight and narrow, as if drawn on the face by a pencil. There is also the Chevron, which is quite a popular favourite among older gentlemen and is wide and thick and covers the top of the upper lip. The toothbrush is another that is thick and shaved to sit in the centre of the upper lip, and is most commonly associated with Hitler who ruined this ‘stache for every man. The last example is the Walrus, which is big and bushy and hangs over the lip. Maybe you will be inspired by the endless options for moustache styles and try one out for yourself. Or maybe you will take the classic route and keep things simple. Either way, the whiskers on your face will make a statement (good or bad) and show your personal support for a good cause.
Ascot or cravat?
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Technically, the cravat is a category name which includes in it the Ascot, the necktie, the bowtie, and even absurdities such as the band or atrocities such as the bolo. Modern usage is not technical and the cravat has come to refer to what is otherwise called the “casual Ascot”, the wearing of which almost certainly marks one as a macaroni. The cravat, as a term, was born on the battlefields of the 30 Years War, named after the neck-wrappings worn by Croatian mercenaries. Louis XIII so loved the efforts of these soldiers who helped him triumphantly neither win nor lose the war that he named the wrapping after what he assumed their nation to be called. In its original form, it resembles a bib or something a child would dress themselves in and disappointingly claim to be a pirate. Today, it is a silk scarf worn under the shirt, tied loosely around the neck. Imagine a man in a smoking jacket, then imagine he’s even more of an asshole, and you’ll find yourself picturing him wearing a cravat. The Ascot is a short and fat necktie. Not much more to it than that. Often the lower part of it is hidden under a vest, making it indistinguishable from a regular necktie, its true identity a delicious secret known only by its wearer. It’s named after the Royal Ascot horse races, where for men it was required attire, be they prince or pauper (no paupers allowed). You won’t be going to the Royal Ascot races, but Ascot manufacturers claim it is also standard for weddings taking place during the day, worn with a waistcoat (according to waistcoat manufacturers). All this is muddied by the practice of referring to the Ascot as a “dress cravat”, and the casual Ascot/cravat as a “day Cravat.” Do not fall into this practice, and make a point of correcting “friends” who misuse the terms this way. Further, watch
for any situation where you come across the term “doggy Cravat.” There are such a bewildering array of doggy neckwear going under this name that the term tells us nothing of use other than that the neckwear in question is not a collar. Take the
time to intervene in these situations and identify the piece of doggy clothing with the form of human neckwear it most closely resembles, e.g. “doggy bowtie”, “doggy bolo”, etc.
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a competitive job market, one has to be very strategic in their job search. Most jobs listed on the web or in the newspaper are filled almost as they are advertised. One has to tap into “the hidden job market” - the jobs that are not posted online or advertised and usually found by systematic networking. In interpreting the results of a 2011 survey conducted for Adecco Staﬃng US, Joyce Russell, EVP and president of Adecco Staﬃng US said, “The students who succeed are those who proactively put themselves out there and build relationships by networking with professors, working closely with university career centers, actively connecting with alumni, and capitalizing on real-world job experience through internships and temporary work.” These processes are impossible to achieve without a well thought out career plan. Getting a start on a career plan involves knowing your strengths, areas you need to develop, your values and the kind of environment where you will be successful. It is about ﬁnding those unique areas where your career passion and your strengths intersect. If you, like Mary, have avoided this kind planning, ease into it by thinking of other aspects of one’s life where similar kinds of planning seem routine. For example, many would think nothing of planning a canoe trip or ﬁnding out how to get to a friend’s house in another city. Career planning is just a more complex version of the same process. Look for the end-point and work backwards.
When it comes to career job search
I had a call the other day from a young woman who wanted me to help her to prepare a cover letter and resume for a position she was very excited about. As soon as I read the job advertisement and checked out the company website, I knew she was in for a disappointment. Her expectations were far too high. As we talked, Mary discovered she was a little afraid of planning her future. She had always done extremely well staying flexible. Her plan was to apply for interesting positions on line and in the newspaper. However, most career experts would say that using this approach would make Mary’s chances of finding her ideal career job slim. It takes most professionals about six months engaged in a highly organized search, on a full time basis, to find a new career job. The complex and demanding nature of the task makes the need for effective career planning extremely important. In
The language of longing
Early in the occupation of Wall Street, David Graeber characterized it as a re-awakening of the radical imagination. One way to conceptualize the imaginative dimension of the Occupy Together movement is to think of it as analogous to an art project undertaken in Dionne Brand’s 2005 novel, What We All Long For. Tuyen, one of the main characters in the book, goes around asking Torontonians what they “long for” and these are then transcribed in various languages onto a piece of cloth that becomes part of an installation. Occupations of ﬁnancial districts from Madrid to New York to Tokyo to Toronto can be understood as an attempt to translate the creative, heterogeneous spirit of an art project like Tuyen’s into a political process. On the other hand, mainstream analysis of the Occupy Together movement has been marked by a dramatic albeit predictable failure of the imagination. Mainstream media has criticized the movement’s decision-making processes for being “disorganized,” or identiﬁed its absence of hierarchical leadership as a weakness, when its openness and comparative inclusivity are among the major reasons for the brisk rise of its popularity. In an important article on the movement’s relation to race and the occupation of Indigenous land, Harsha Walia argues that, as opposed to characterizing Occupy Wall Street and its antecedents as a leaderless movement, “it might be more honest to suggest that We Are All Leaders.” This idea, that the power to make choices about how people live can and should be more widely distributed than it is at present, is beyond the comprehension of the pundit class. Witness the commonplace argument, put forth for example by The Star’s Chantal Hébert, that the Canadian ﬂank of Occupy Together had its chance to aﬀect political change during the multiple elections that have taken place in the last year and therefore ought not to exist. Among the more glaring weaknesses in Hébert’s article is her assertion that those in the movement opted not to vote, a claim she supports by noting that many in the movement are young and that many young people do not vote. But she oﬀers no evidence that those participating in the occupations belong to the segment of youth who did not vote nor does she give more than cursory consideration to the many reasons one might abstain from voting. Hébert also posits that the entire movement rejects any and all engagement with current legislative mechanisms even though this issue is being ﬁercely debated within Occupy Together. And she makes the highly debatable assumption that one cannot work for short-term improvements within existing structures while simultaneously working outside of them to create their replacement. What’s most striking, however, is the underlying presumption she gives away in her comment on the NDP’s upcoming leadership vote: “For anyone who cares to do so, having a say in the selection of the next federal leader of the oﬃcial Opposition is only a membership card away. Little could more change the internal dynamics of a party and its policy choices than a massive injection of new members.” According to the intellectual rules governing Hébert’s analysis, it is inconceivable that a political movement might long for more than (the perhaps impossible goal of) making the current parties more responsive to the broader population, that many may desire to fundamentally alter the way in which decisions are made about how their resources are used, what service they provide to whom and under which conditions, what they produce and how these goods are distributed. Such a politics is one Hébert and others in the pundit-ocracy are either unwilling or unable to imagine. Consider also the oft-made criticism that Occupy Together has yet to provide a viable alternative to the existing system. Commentators arguing that the movement oﬀers no solutions badly overstate their claim. Those desperate for proposals that can plausibly be realized in the short-run can ﬁnd them in criticisms of the way today’s world works. When, for example, someone in the movement complains that RBC funds the Alberta Tar Sands, the solution is implicit: stop funding the Tar Sands. A longer view, a more visionary one, being put forth by many in Occupy Together is that “the process is the message.” This is to say that the decentralized, direct approach to decision-making adopted at the movement’s general assemblies could oﬀer a far more equitable approach to determining how we ought to relate to the planet and to each other than the way such questions are currently settled. To the makers of oﬃcial opinion, however, this is the stuﬀ of fantasy, as their European equivalents centuries ago said about those who thought hereditary monarchy could be improved upon. It is true, of course, that Occupy Together has not oﬀered a concise, ﬁve or ten point plan for how to change the world. In part this is because the movement is dynamic and shaped by a plurality of voices and because its participants recognize that resolving multifaceted social problems in a truly participatory manner is necessarily a complicated process—as it happens, sound-bite discourse is among those features of our politics which Occupy Together wishes to discard. So this is another instance of elite opinion misidentifying one of the movement’s strengths as a weakness. None of this is to predict that Occupy Together will necessarily succeed in making any changes to the existing political-economic system, let alone at building another one. This movement is still in its infancy. To have a chance to succeed, Occupy Together should continue to experiment with a new political language, perhaps even new categories of thinking. For those as yet unsatisﬁed with the movement’s relative lack of speciﬁc proposals, keep in mind that, as Tuyen says about her art, Occypy Together is thus far a “gathering of voices and longings that summed themselves up into a kind of language, yet indescribable.” This article originally appeared on this.org Greg Shupak is a writer, an activist and a sessional instructor at the University of Guelph.
Motivations for moustaches
We are on the cusp of the eleventh month of the year twenty hundred and eleven. Newsprint copy writing convention says that year should have been written out for you in Arabic numerals, but I spelled it out. In Canadian tradition, the advent of the eleventh month of our calendar year has long meant one phenomenal certainty, and that is the widespread adornment of red poppies—a symbol perpetuated in remembrance for fallen soldiers that fought for things often taken for granted. This tradition is so deeply respected that our culture has adopted protocols for dealing with situations such as those experienced by poppy pins that have fallen from their lapelgranted grace only to be trodden below our feet on sidewalks and other lowly territories. There is an unwritten law that says we are to treat such fallen replica ﬂowers in a similar manner as we would our ground brushing country ﬂags. These disgraced decorations should be seized up and discarded like dead batteries: they no longer function in fueling our urge to display our respect. There are even circles so dedicated to this respect symbol that they debate when and how long it is appropriate to decorate oneself with a poppy, lest the origin and the meaning of the symbol should be lost to obscurity. In the year twenty hundred and eleven, there is another phenomenon certain to be expected of the Canadian November.
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The Movember moustache began spreading its earnest handlebar tentacles in Australia and New Zealand in 1999 when its founders—a group of Adelaide, Australia men—thought of growing out their crumb catchers for the month of November in order to simultaneously raise research money and awareness for the treatment of men’s health issues like prostate cancer. In recognition of the cause, dusters have been brushing across Canada as well as Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Israel, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States since 2007. Last year, Canada’s Movember funds topped those of all other countries—including Australia— bringing in $19,169,908, with 118,630 men taking part. But in the year twenty hundred and eleven, the phrase “Movember” might not always be invoked to refer to a movement about prostate cancer awareness. Let’s face it: the moustache hasn’t been a culturally fashionable facial accessory since Tom
Selleck was a relevant actor, and even that’s up for debate. His monumental ‘stache is now celebrated on blogs and Tumblrs for what’s recognized as an ironic presence in a world that has for the most part turned its back on upper lip bristle. Despite the lip tickler’s lacking popularity, the past few Novembers have seen increasing amounts of people citing Movember as motivation for growing moustaches, often unbeknownst of the intended signiﬁcance behind the movement. It is entirely valid that such activity can be recognized as beneﬁcial to the authentic Movember cause in that it augments the movement’s buzz. That said, it would be regrettable if the potential detriments of such vacant claims went unchecked. Call these instances of vanity projects or weak attempts at irony, but the bro mo’ is losing its meaning. Going back to my refusal to observe copy etiquette, I’ll concede that I should have
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Guelph Field Naturalists. Next indoor meeting: Thursday, November 10th at 7:30pm at the Arboretum Centre. “Redeﬁning our Relationship with Nature”. Brendon Larson, University of Waterloo. All welcome.
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Thursday November 3 Thursday At Noon Concert Series. “celebrating over 40 years of music making” . Concerts start at 12:00p.m. Thursdays in Mackinnon room 107 (Goldschmidt room). Admission free – donations gratefully appreciated. Everyone welcome!
Media Arts Centre. 7pm - ‘Roadsworth: Crossing The Line’ and 9pm - ‘Abel Raises Cain’. Tickets $8, at door only. The Festival of Moving Media takes place Nov. 3-6. www.festivalofmovingmedia.ca Saturday November 5 Opening Reception of “Beyond Landscape”: Clive Lewis’ Engravings. 7-9pm at Whitestone Gallery, 80 Norfolk St. Free admission. Exhibit runs from October 29- November 25, noon-4pm. www.guelpharts.ca/ whitestonegallery; clivelewisprintmaker.com/
Sunday November 6 Guelph Hiking Trail Club: Theatre Hike Ghtc Rlt Section 7/8 - 1 hr. Level 2. Speed Moderate. Meet 12pm at Guelph’s covered bridge parking lot east of Gordon St. for carpooling. Bring water/lunch or snack. All Welcome. Register: 519-836-6570 firstname.lastname@example.org . Remembrance Activities at McCrae House: 1-5pm (9am-5pm on Remembrance Day). Visit with members of the Guelph Amateur Radio Club as they send and receive messages of peace. 519836-1221 guelph.ca/museum
Monday November 7 “The Struggle for Human Rights and Citizenship in Iran: the Case of the Baha’i Minority” a public talk with Geoﬀrey Cameron, M.Phil. 5:30pm in MACK 232. Invisible Children Documentary. Invisible children works to stop children being forced to be soldiers in Uganda. Come to a screening of their documentary, “Tony” in War Memorial Hall. Members from Invisible Children will be there to speak. Admission free, screening begins at 7pm. Friday November 11 Remembrance Day Acitivities at McCrae House. Remembrance
Service at 9-9:20am with the Royal Canadian Legion, Colonel John McCrae Memorial Branch 234. John McCrae Public School Remembrance Assembly at 10:3011:30am. McCrae House open 9am-5pm. Admission by donation. 519-836-1221 guelph.ca/museum Saturday November 12 Macdonald Stewart Art Centre - Beyond the Frame Art Auction & Party: Purchase tickets, $60, at MSAC Tues - Sun, noon-5pm. Gourmet Food at 5:30pm. Live Art Auction at 7pm: Featuring a stunning selection of over 45 works by Canadian artists. 519-837-0010 www.msac.ca
Friday November 4 UofG is participating in the “Get Swabbed!” National University Challenge. With only the swab of your cheek, you could be the one match that saves a life. 8am-8pm in the UC Courtyard. The Festival of Moving Media presents two ﬁlms at Ed Video
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