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Canada’s third world
Students start letterwriting campaign for Attawapiskat
University of Guelph students have organized a letter-writing campaign that calls on the Federal Government to address the urgent needs of Attawapiskat, an aboriginal community located on the Western side of James Bay. Many of the residents are without heat or running water, and over 100 people are living in temporary tents and trailers. Although the Red Cross has begun to send in aid in the form of sleeping bags and winter clothing, as winter progresses the situation in Attawapiskat is extremely time sensitive. Tara Joly and Kayla Simms are both fourth year arts and science students and they organized the campaign in less than four days. Simms describes the conditions in the Attawapiskat community as an example of “the third world in Canada.” Poverty in Attawapiskat has been present for many years, and the students claim that not enough has been done to make sure these communities have the basic amenities and infrastructure they require. “There’s also the argument that funds are provided, but they’re not being dealt with properly and they’re not being allocated in the proper situation,” said Simms. “But if that’s an issue, then that’s an issue worth solving. A call to action is not a call for funds only, that’s only a part of it. We want to call attention to the fact that maybe there needs to be more education on the handling of funds.” Harper claims the Federal Government has already given $90 million in funds to the community. However, that only translates in $50, 000 per person which is not nearly enough to provide the infrastructure to withstand northern conditions. Homes that can accommodate permafrost cost approximately $250,000 and that does not solve the already present condition of over crowding. As of Nov. 30 Attawapiskat was placed under third party control. This means that the community no longer manages funds received by the government and that spending decisions are made by an outside party. This decision comes dangerously close to blaming the community for the crisis, and government has not taken responsibility for the lack of
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Water Way, in benefit for the Wellington Water Watchers, put on a stunning performance last sunday november 27 featuring a compilation of performances by hugely talented musicians, dancers, and spoken word artists.
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The ability Kiosk
‘Tis the season to be inclusive
Stone Road Mall is buzzing with the collective energy of holiday shoppers. Flitting from shop to shop, it seems that everyone is on the same mission: to find the perfect holiday gift. In the midst of it all, Tim Tentcher stands in the centre of his “Ability Kiosk,” a treasure trove of artisanal goods. Tentcher, a local therapist, started the ability booth as a means to support individuals with disabilities in their productive pursuits. Employing differently able individuals as contract workers, Tentcher opens his booth from Nov. 25th-Dec. 24th to showcase various cultural goods such as handmade jewelry and ornaments, as well as food hand packed by locals. “For my business, without them this would be a huge undertaking,” said Tentcher. “They’ve really helped me get this dream going for me, and then it helps them to reach their dreams as well. What we do, it’s integrated.” The wares at the booth come from local artisans and individuals with disabilities alike, though the two are not mutually exclusive. According to Tentcher, the key to the Ability Kiosk’s success is encouraging everyone to put his or her skills to use.
Cobras set loose inside land revenue office in northern India On Nov. 29, Mr. Hakkul of Lara village, India caused havoc by setting snakes loose at the Land Revenue Office. He released the snakes after a dispute with the office. As the village snake charmer, Mr. Hakkul is responsible for removing poisonous snakes if they are sighted in the area. He appealed to the government for a plot of land to create a conservation area for the snakes after they had been caught. Although his land grant had been approved, he had not acquired the land because of disagreements with local authorities. As a formal complaint, Mr. Hakkul freed the snakes inside the office, terrorizing the clerks and office personnel. Mr. Hakkul has yet to be found, and many of the snakes are still roaming inside the office. (BBC)
tim tentcher runs The ability Kiosk and helps people with disabilities create their own micro-business.
“What I really want to stress is “It’s about a sense of pur- with disabilities to work hours that pose, and using your gifts,” said work for them, to work from home that these people rock- we need to Tentcher. if needed, and to pursue their own hire them,” he said. “People with Working with four or five people goals and interests. According to a disability are not disabled. They at a time, Tentcher strives to sup- Tentcher these micro-business- have an issue that is in their lives. port the micro-businesses of those es often contribute to both their We all have a disability [of some with special needs. livelihoods and their sense of kind].” “Their own micro-businesses are happiness. Working at the Ability Kiosk an answer for them,” said TentchThrough the Ability Kiosk and over the Christmas season gives er. “They can work when they feel his support of micro-businesses, Tentcher a chance to help his cligood, and they can accommodate Tentcher hopes to inspire openness ents sell their wares and to talk to themselves.” in the community and encourage people about the ways in which A “micro-business” refers to a other organizations to give every- they can support the diverse memflexible venture that allows those one a chance. bers of our community.
space travel: from chimps to worms Scientists are now using microscopic worms to study the biological effects of long-term space travel. The worms, known as C. elegans, undergo the same biological processes as humans during spaceflight. Scientists sent 4,000 worms to the International Space Station in December of 2006. They were able to monitor reproduction, growth, feeding and behaviour using miniature cameras. The experiment was fruitful because it proved that muscles in space do not deteriorate indefinitely and will eventually plateau. The researchers hope to conduct future experiments in order to monitor muscle growth and repair in space. (CBC) drug cartels take a different approach to border crossing Mexican authorities have unearthed a second underground tunnel outside of San Ysidro, California. The tunnel is 600 metres in length and used by cartels to transport drugs across the US-Mexico border. The Mexican entrance to the tunnel was located only 100 metres from the federal police, a military air base and a customs office. The tunnel was equipped with electric lighting, steel tracks and carts, suggesting that drug cartels are becoming more efficient at shipping drugs into the United States. (The National Post) Compiled by Beth Purdon-McLellan Correction Last week we referred to those working at Fair November as volunteers. They’re actually paid employees. Also, in a caption for Rose, we referred to the play as an adaptation of Snow White. It is an adaptation of Sleeping Beauty. The Ontarion regrets the errors.
aIeseC: the international internship program
Experiencing the best of both worlds
Students at the University of Guelph have the unique opportunity to develop their leadership skills with AIESEC, the world’s largest international internship program. AIESEC is a student run non-profit organization and is present in over 100 countries. “It’s a student-helping-student process. AIESEC Guelph members will help students find the kind of internship they are looking for through our online database,” said Shristi Gartaula, vice president of communications at AIESEC Guelph. “We support the whole process from visa issuing to helping with social integration. Between leaving Canada and arriving in the participating country, there will always be an AIESEC chapter to provide support.” The organization was founded in Europe during the 1930s for students studying economics and business. However, as more students participate in the program, it has expanded to provide a variety of internships where students can develop their skills by working abroad. “AIESEC encourages students to realize the kind of leadership potential they have,” said Gartaula. “By volunteering to represent and manage a franchise of the organization on campus, students have the opportunity to learn and develop skills in management, sales and marketing, finance, event planning, and budgeting.” Students work in countries such as India, Spain, China, Kenya and Brazil. AIESEC also offers an exchange program, which means that many students from other countries come to work for local businesses in
aIeseC is a student run, non-profit organization that gives students the opportunity to intern abroad. .
Guelph. Currently, there are over 70 to manage people, how to create students participating in the AIE- partnerships within the community, SEC Guelph. and how to facilitate the internship “The ones that are interested in needs of students who are interested running the organization within in going abroad.” Guelph are put into portfolios that AIESEC is fortunate enough to interest them such as corporate have the support of local partners. relations, finance, or communica- The Co-operators Group Limited tions,” said Gartaula. “They then donated $25, 000 to AIESEC to celmanage that portfolio on behalf of ebrate 30 years of working with the the organization by learning how organization.
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the far end of the room or across a doorway to a new room. The third experiment attempted to determine if the memory disruption could truly be attributed to the act of walking through a doorway, as opposed to simply being caused by the change of spatial context. The scientists predicted that if the memory disruption was due to a change of context, then returning the participants to the initial context where the memory was encoded would improve their memory. To answer this, the subjects were put through an experiment similar to the first, only this time they were asked to walk through two consecutive doorways that led back to the initial room in which they started. Returning to the original room, and thus to the original context in which the memory was encoded, did not jog the participants’ memories. This experiment is interesting because it reveals that it is the very act of walking through a doorway that causes memory disruption. In addition, this experiment lends support to the idea that performance is affected by the number of new rooms a participant travels through. The researchers think that the
scientifically Inclined: The doorway to forgetfulness
Researchers find evidence that walking through doorways make us forget
Walking from the living room to the kitchen can be a perilous journey fraught with obstacles. It is a frustrating experience to successfully navigate your way through your roommates’ shoe pile, past the Big Bang Theory DVD hill, over the mountains of textbooks and through the kitchen door, only to realize you’ve forgotten the very thing you had set out to accomplish in the first place. Were you going to get a glass of water, heat up some leftover chili, or make a cup of coffee? Why on Earth were you holding a spoon again? To those of whom this story sounds all too familiar, rest assured this is, unfortunately, quite normal. A new study from University of Notre Dame researcher Dr. Gabriel Radvansky and his team suggests that the act of walking through a doorway makes one forget. In this study, published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Radvansky hypothesized that the doorway itself was perceived by the mind as an “event boundary” that caused any ongoing activity to be divided into two. The actions that took place in the previous room are filed away in order to make room for the processing of new actions taking place in the second room. In order to test this, the scientists conducted three experiments that took place in both virtual and real-life environments. In the first experiment, they asked the participants, who were Notre Dame University students, to select an object on a virtual table and exchange it for an object on another table, which was either located in the same room or in an adjoining room. Upon completion of the task, the researchers asked the participants to answer “yes” or “no” as to whether the objects described in the computer prompts were depicting those they had selected during the experiment. The researchers found that participants were more likely to get the answer wrong if they had moved through a doorway than if they had stayed put. The same effects were observed in a real-world experiment, where the participants were given the opportunity to examine six objects concealed in a box before being directed to either
researchers suggest that walking through a doorway can “reboot” your brain, causing you to forget.
change of location, delimited by the working memory, thus discarding doorway, necessitates an update any information that might have of our understanding of ongoing been associated with the objects events. This “reboot” demands a lot in the previous room. of energy and reduces the amount I don’t know about you, but I’m of “space” where information can seriously considering moving into be stored in the memory. The mind a studio apartment. mitigates the energy cost resulting from this update by disrupting Arielle Blogs about science at the visual-spatial processing in www.salamanderhours.com
bus pass sticker system up for debate
Derek Alton, the Central Student Association’s (CSA) local affairs commissioner, is advocating a change to the way students board Guelph Transit’s buses. Presently, students may legally board buses by showing the bus driver a valid sticker affixed to their student cards. Alton hopes that students will be able to board buses by swiping their student cards into machines which would indicate to the driver if the student has paid for the universal bus pass offered by the CSA. Alton emphasized that this new swipe system would eliminate the replacement fee. For the past three years students who have lost their sticker-affixed student cards, or have seen their stickers fall off have had to pay a replacement fee in order to retain a universal bus pass. While Alton acknowledged that the replacement fee is unfair to students who accidently lose their student cards or stickers, he justified its current existence as it deters students from misusing the transit system. Plans to change the procedure students use to prove they have a universal bus pass have been presented throughout the last decade. So far the only change has been to replace stickers with
infrastructure and education that led to Attawapiskat to call a state of emergency in the first place.
Despite exams, they’re putting this at the forefront and prioritizing it as an issue because we want to understand why.
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coloured backgrounds to those been done in the past. Alton stated that technological with shiny ones in 2009 to combat counterfeiting. obstacles are currently the main By 2004 student cards could be difficulty in changing the student swiped in virtually all places on boarding procedure. campus to confirm that a student “If the swipe system is not poswas registered at the university. sible, a solution needs to be found However, the sticker procedure that will still stop people from miswas not expected to be replaced using the system without such a by a swipe procedure because heavy price for students who, Guelph Transit did not plan to through no fault of their own, lose upgrade its fare collection sys- their student card– or worse have tem that would allow it to swipe the sticker come off,” said Alton. cards until 2008. A likely replace- “I am open to any suggestions.” ment was the creation of separate bus pass cards, an action that has
The slow response to aide Attawapiskat reveals the difficult political climate of aboriginal affairs. Simms explained that a volunteer had experience working in a First Nations community where there had been a tornado and $5 million in funding had been given for restorations shortly after the storm. There is extreme inconsistency and miscommunication when it comes to what type of aid is provided and how it is given to aboriginal communities. While the government seems capable of a one-off response, they fail to account for
the lack of a long-term change in infrastructure. For Simms and Joly, the question they want the government to answer is why. “I think that’s why students at the University of Guelph are so proactive about the situation,” said Simms. “Despite exams, they’re putting this at the forefront and prioritizing it as an issue because we want to understand why. And that’s the question that’s hanging over our heads and the answer we’re hoping to get by sending these letters.” Simms and Joly believe that this campaign will successfully confront the Canadian government because Attawapiskat has already received international attention from countries as far as New Zealand. The letter campaign is not restricted to the University of Guelph although it has received support from BASA, CSA, and the Aboriginal Resource centre. Simms and Joly have also received outside political endorsement from Charlie Angus, NPD MP for Timmins/Thunder Bay, as well as other NDP leaders and Guelph’s MP Frank Valeriote. If students wish to participate in the letter campaign, there will be a table set up in the UC that provides a copy of a letter to the Harper government, as well as information on Attawapiskat and Aboriginal affairs in Canada.
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The anti-Colonial Thanksgiving dinner
A traditional holiday with a twist
domestic assault is not gender neutral
CJ Munford Centre holds workshop on Partner Violence
within a relationship. Women who experience abuse come from many different situations in terms of what they have to lose if they leave the relationship, and what they have to gain if they stay in the relationship. “A lot of times women are very unselfish and they think they’re staying in the relationship for their children,” said Dempsey. “The alternative might be to have nowhere to sleep. They might have to sleep in their cars or go to a shelter. What some women feel is that them putting themselves in jeopardy by being abused is at least putting a roof over the head of their children.” Partner abuse is marked by a cycle of tension building, followed by an explosion of violence and remorse, or what Demspey calls “the hearts and flowers” stage. For many women the worst part of the cycle is the build up of tension. This heightened anxiety can manifest itself into physical symptoms and many women who are abused may also suffer from anxiety, mental health and even digestive problems. “I think a good phrase to describe it is ‘walking on eggshells’,” said Demspey. “You have to watch what you say, or watch what you do. For some women, the sound the door makes when he comes in from works lets her know what kind of night she’s going to have.” The discussion also talk about how cultural issues are often implicated in abuse and that regardless of where the abuse is taking place, the need to support women is still the same. Through partner abuse, women may become isolated and discussion helps women learn what resources are available to them.
“The traditional narrative is one of a very quaint and pleasant interaction between the native population beth Purdon-mcLeLLan and the settlers when they first beth Purdon-mcLeLLan came here,” said Matthew Lowel, While the United States celebrated ACT organizer. “It’s a narrative that The Munford Centre welcomed Thanksgiving this past weekend, doesn’t really represent the histo- Nurse Mary Dempsey from Guelph Guelph held its own version of this ry of colonization, which is what General Hospital to give a talk traditional holiday at the 7th an- we’re trying to bring to the table.” on Partner Violence on Nov. 28. nual Anti-Colonial Thanksgiving Discussing repercussions of co- Dempsey provided information (ACT) dinner. The dinner was held lonialism is important because they from her extensive experience at the Guelph Youth Music Theatre, still effect relations with aborigi- working with domestic violence and was a free event open to the nal peoples in the present day. The and stressed the importance of whole community. dinner focused specifically on Na- sharing experiences regarding tive issues and current instances of partner violence. exploitation. Dempsey acknowledged that “we want to “We want to just bring up cur- partner abuse is not gender neutral. just bring up rent issues of colonialism today with Although men experience domescurrent issues of the dinner, and just bring that con- tic violence, an overwhelming sciousness forward by taking this number of cases consist of women. colonialism today holiday and putting a new spin on When dealing with partner violence, there is a need to unwith the dinner, it,” said Lowel. “The name of the event is obvious- derstand the complex dynamics and just bring that ly the Anti-Colonial Thanksgiving consciousness dinner,” said Shabina La Fleurforward by taking Gangji, ACT organizer. “We recently this holiday and realized that we wanted to assert the fact that in no way do we claim putting a new to be anti-colonial, but that we’re spin on it.” trying to take apart and unlearn our —Matthew Lowel colonial roots and the way we establish our supremacy on people. Like a traditional Thanksgiving Trying to undo that slowly I guess dinner, the ACT is still a holiday for is what our goal is.” Despite the gravity of the issues generosity and giving thanks for the harvest. However, it is also an at hand, the ACT is still a place for opportunity to re-examine the his- people to connect and share over tory of colonialism that is behind the holidays. the holiday. When we recount how “More so than anything it’s just a the indigenous people shared the great time to share food with peoharvest with settlers, very rarely ple, come together and talk about beth Purdon-MClellan do the issues of war, land theft, re- some serious issues,” said Lowel. source extraction and disease make “Thanksgiving is just an opportu- Candace stewart, Mary dempsey, rose Mcleod, shannon douglas, avianne birkett and Yonae rolle (l-r) participated in the CJ Munford Centre’s workshop on Partner Violence. their way into the story. nity for us to do this.”
Stories About Storytellers stations itself in guelph
interactions. Gibson told the stories while caricatures drawn by Anthony Jenkins were displayed on a screen behind him. OccasionmichaeL bohdanowicz ally music reflective of a discussed author’s interest was played. On Nov. 25 Douglas Gibson visited While famous Canadian writers Guelph as part of a national tour such as Alice Munro were mento promote his first book, Stories tioned, authors whose written About Storytellers. While Gibson work is largely seen as not being is a first-time author, he has had the central aspect of their public 40 years of experience in Cana- lives and Canadians who are not da’s publishing industry editing well-known comprised a large fiction and non-fiction books for amount of the authors discussed. publishing companies. Stories For example, Gibson helped pubAbout Storytellers contains much lish books written by well-known of what the title suggests. Gibson radio host Peter Gzowski who indiscusses memorable interactions terestingly described himself as “a he has had with authors as well as writer who works on the radio.” memorable interactions his subThe stories about these indijects have had with other people, viduals were often amusing. For including other points of interest example, Gibson spoke of Canadiin the book. an-born Mavis Gallant, who wrote The multimedia presentation short stories and gained fame in Gibson gave at the Bookshelf’s the literary world while residing eBar discussed several of his in Paris. Gibson’s employer strived
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to make her better known in Canada. These efforts were helped by the fact that a newly created award to be given to pieces of nonfiction was named after her. She respected the non-fictional aspect by reading her diary at the inaugural ceremony, which was attended by Gibson, where she read longer than her time allocation allowed. Despite Gibson’s attempts to move on to a question period she successfully insisted on finishing the reading of her diary. The conflict with Gallant was just one of the challenges Gibson faced as a publisher. Sometimes he had to tell authors that their requests to the publishing company to spend more on promoting their books were not going to be fulfilled. Like other publishers, he occasionally wrote descriptions of books without having read the book; Robertson Davies taught Gibson that people are often
nervous when speaking publicAnother challenge occurred ly and this even includes people when fiction writer Alistair who frequently address the public; Macleod was taking longerhe accepted a longer autobiogra- than-anticipated time to finish a phy of Brian Mulroney in order to book. Gibson unsuccessfully reallow details about his childhood, quested that Macleod hand in the which Gibson found to be valuable manuscript for his book. Gibson information, to be included. overcame this obstacle by travOne of his employers made a elling to Macleod’s home and heavy financial investment to at- having a friendly meeting with tain the autobiography rights of him and his wife, an event which Pierre Trudeau. This action put Macleod jokingly describes as a additional pressure on Gibson “home invasion.” Once Gibson saw to ensure that the autobiography the manuscript he picked it up was successful. The pressure rose and ensured that it stayed in his when Gibson met with Trudeau possession. to voice his concerns and recomThis presentation provided a mendations on Trudeau’s draft, taste of Stories About Storytellto all of which Trudeau initial- ers. The book seems delicious with ly objected. Many other authors its insights and information on often disagreed with what Gib- authors – some of whom are arguson wanted to remove from their ably underappreciated – and their books. Gibson explained his rec- relationships with the Canadian ommendations to Trudeau, which publishing industry he accepted, and the process moved smoothly afterwards.
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hollerado fills brass taps
with Mayor of Guelph Karen Farbridge, but on the tour the group has been able to ask mayors questions about topics like marijuana use and for their position on an tom beedham ongoing survey: “Mayor Quimby or Mayor West?” (according to Having released but a single stu- the Tumblr, Thunder Bay’s Mayor dio album, students arrived in Keith Hobbs has been the only droves to witness a free concert person to understand what the featuring Manotick, Ontar- group has been asking so far. He io’s Hollerado on Nov. 24 at the answered Mayor West, also reBrass Taps. Amassing a line that ferring to Peter Griffin as “the spanned the length of the Uni- guy with the balls on his chin”). versity Centre Courtyard, some Although they only have one students waited up to an hour to studio album-worth of material gain access to the campus pub to work with, the group’s manand catch the indie pop-rock- aged to get three years of touring ers charmers headline a show out of a demo series that led up to that also featured opener Molly its 2010 release Record in a Bag. Rankin’s blend of surf and folk. The seemingly endless rounds of The band, currently embarking touring, as well as some creative, on its “Meet the Mayor” tour, has choreography-heavy music vidbeen travelling from city to city, eos that have been released along KatIe Maz visiting mayors along the way. the way over those three years, Accepting email submissions of it’s allowed them to share festival hollerado packed the brass taps nov. 24 while in the middle of their “Meet the Mayor” tour.. questions fans have for their re- stages with artists like Andrew spective mayors, the group has W.K., The Stills, Malajube, and “Got to Lose,” as well as a cover and “Americanarama,” guitarFor updates and more informabeen documenting its encounters Jack White’s The Dead Weather. of Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls,” ist/lead vocalist Menno Versteeg tion about the “Meet the Mayor” via popular blogging platform While the crowd at the Brass it became apparent that per- announced that the group would tour, visit www.holleradomeetTumblr. Despite the group’s ef- Taps seemed to have a great time haps the group is growing tired soon be taking a three-week sthemayor.tumblr.com. forts, it doesn’t seem the band singing along to singles like “Ju- of the songs it’s been touring for break from touring in order to was able to arrange a meeting liette,” “Americanarama,” and so long. Between “Got to Lose,” write a new album.
Indie pop-rockers take break from civics and unwind at campus pub
This week the zavitz gallery hosted a class-full of student work courtesy of the extended Practices class. The show, entitled Walking, ran from november 21-25.
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d-sisive clears the air
Toronto rapper Derek Christoff dispels rumours and praises the underground
Sitting down to an interview with The Ontarion before his set at eBar on Nov. 29, Toronto rapper Derek Christoff – better known in the music community as D-Sisive – couldn’t help but rip on Twilight. Bashing the acting in the film adaptations and the widespread worship of the teen vampire romance franchise, Christoff’s arguments were typical of the perspectives he offers on the mainstream in his latest album, Run With the Creeps. The album dropped this November, just ten months after Christoff released Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye, a follow up to 2009’s Jonestown and his 2010 release Vaudeville, which saw him nominated amongst the likes of Drake and Shad for a Juno. Shad, a friend of Christoff’s, ultimately received the Juno, but unless Christoff himself had taken home the trophy, he couldn’t have been happier with the decision. “I thought Shad winning was amazing for the Junos because the better album won – not the popular album, which happens all of the time. I think that’s very “I think certain people are kind of taking it the wrong way, and I guess I get it, and I don’t say this to be insulting by any means, but people wanna create a story.” Christoff explained. “But some people kind of take it a little too left. I recently had a review of the album – I’m not gonna name the publication – and I’m not trashing because it was a great review, but with part of the review it just felt like they were trying to create this Drake/D-Sisive thing.” “They were like, ‘D-Sisive is definitely taking it to Drake because on the song “To the Moon” he’s talking about causing physical harm to someone by the name of Jimmy, and not coincidentally, Drake’s Degrassi character’s name was Jimmy.’ But I’m just That said, the Toronto under- like, ‘No, I fuckin’ put out two ground rhyme-slinger is anything albums called Jonestown, this is but at war with the commercially obviously the first record of mine successful Dizzy. That’s a common you’ve fuckin’ ever listened to.’” “I think he’s good, and I’m not misconception he’s had to deal just saying that to cover my ass. I with recently since launching a was excited to listen to his album complaint on Twitter. “Drake never responds to my when it leaked and I like The tweets,” the tweet said. Weeknd a lot, which is the only “Yeah, that was more of a joke. time I’ve listened to R&B ever in I remember putting out a tweet my life,” Christoff said, comment[directed at Drake] kind of refer- ing also on Drake’s production encing the 50 Cent/Kanye West skills. “It’s all just fucking fun sales thing. You know, ‘Let’s and games.” For a full interview with D-Sihave a sales competition,’ which is fuckin’ ridiculous because, like, sive, visit www.theontarion.com. come on now,” Chirstoff said. “But no, no hostility.” memorable, and Shad fuckin’ deserves it,” Christoff said of the London rapper. “He works harder than anybody.” “You hear the stupid people who are like, ‘Yo it’s like a slap in the face to Drake, he hosted it.’ Does Drake really care? He probably got like a hundred grand just to host the fuckin’ Junos, man,” Christoff suggested.
Drake never responds to my tweets – D-Sisive
on nov. 25, the bullring featured an event called “bYob - bring your own brush.” From 9a.m.-4p.m., the bullring was utilized as a creative space that allowed student artists to take a break from their projects and demonstrate their skills for a day. all of the necessary supplies were made available to the artists, who were simply requested to bring their own brushes.
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last scheduled show at the city’s Dublin Street United Church when Mecija fell ill. “It was a real disappointment,” Bunton said. “The last time we played Guelph was amazing, and as well as the time before that. Both were at the Dublin Street United Church. It’s such a great venue, and Guelph is like a second home.” To make up for the missed tour date, Ohbijou will be making a special trip out to Guelph Dec. 10 at Dublin Street United Church, where tickets for their postponed October performance will be honoured. The group hopes to deliver something special to make up for any inconveniences the rescheduling might have caused. “We’re definitely going to make sure we bring something to the table that says, ‘Thanks for following us to this postponement day,’ but I don’t know what that is,” Bunton said. “It won’t be like free lollipops or anything. Nothing like that, or free certificates to The Cornerstone or something.
respect for the road
Ohbijou to make up for missed October date Dec. 10
Before Ohbijou started pounding the pavement in September in support of Metal Meets, the group took time off. They ventured out to Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula for some cabin sessions spent writing and arranging the new album, followed by a trip to Montreal to work with producer Jace Lasek (Besnard Lakes, Patrick Watson, Wolf Parade). “It was really important. The time that we took to spend on the album translates in the final product,” drummer James Bunton said, calling from the road. “We spent a lot of time – not just studio work, but before we went into the studio – considering all of our parts and beginning to find our specific sounds.” For singer/songwriter Casey Mecija, this was also time to collect lessons from the road and turn them into songs. With Metal Meets, there are nods to Ontario’s Niagara Falls and Echo Bay, as well as Sligo, a county town in Ireland. “For the album, we spent a lot of time on the road in Canada, and I think without marking any specific parts, just sort of being in Canada, seeing the landscape and seeing the roads first hand and meeting the people along the way, I think a lot of that is pretty inspirational and powerful stuff and I think – having a lot of influences from around the world – I think there’s still a lot of Canada on the record and I think that’s something that we’re all pretty proud of,” Bunton reflected. One location the band has particularly strong ties with is Guelph. Especially for Bunton and Ohbijou’s keys technician Ryan Carley, who both attended the University of Guelph in pursuit of undergraduate degrees. Unfortunately, in addition to a concert in St. Catharines, the group was forced to skip over their
Salsateria salsa for everyone! Actually, that’s a good idea.” After Ohbijou’s makeup performance in Guelph, the group is scheduled to perform in one of two concerts Toronto hardcore band Fucked Up is organizing as charity benefits towards the end of December. The group will perform
along headlining act Sloan to help raise funds for COUNTERfit, a safe injection harm reduction program in Toronto. For more information about the band’s upcoming tour concerts, visit www.ohbijou.com. For a full interview with James Bunton, visit www.theontarion.com.
going to church with agnes obel and timber timbre
voice, which, from studio to stage, and a cello on stage with her. loses none of its clarity or charm. Obel’s small, beautiful music On Nov. 25, Agnes Obel and Timber Obel played her way through much could have felt out of place in an Timbre played a show at the Dub- of her stellar debut Philharmon- austere church, under high ceillin St. United Church. The show, ics, including a stirring rendition ings and against the backdrop of a organized by the CSA, was an inter- of its standout track “Riverside.” towering pipe organ, but with the esting combination of performers. Her lyrics and vocal style draw from stirring intimacy of her songs and While both Obel and Timber Tim- a deep coffer of folk history, from the affection and earnestness of her bre have probably been described tradition British and European folk voice, it’s doubtful that anyone in as “folk” music many times in their to more contemporary folk-rock the building paid attention to anycareers, their approaches were en- artists, as much Sandy Denny as thing but her until she left the stage. tirely different. she is Joni Mitchell. The musical The venue seemed far more approObel, a bonafide celebrity in her accompaniment, however, was far priate for Timber Timbre, whose native Denmark, posseses a lilt- more reminiscent of baroque and eclectic folk rock could soundtrack ing, sweet, occasionally ethereal chamber pop, with only a piano any Southern Gothic. True to form, vocalist Taylor Kirk sings with the conviction of a revival preacher. He truly is Timber Timbre’s greatest asset, and an absolute wonder to watch and hear live. Although the www.uoguelph.ca/studenthealthservices band mostly stays within a familiar indie-folk framework, his vocal theatrics accommodate a wide variety of disparate styles, from dirty roadhouse blues to jangly surf rock. MON/TUES/WED/FRI 8:30 - 4:00 MON/TUES/WED/FRI 8:30 - 4:30 THURS 9:00 - 4:00 THURS 9:00 - 4:30 It’s not uncommon for this to happen within a single song, as is the case of the title track to their newest album, “Creep On Creepin’ On,” an Cohen-esque song that threw the crowd into momentary hysteria. The band deserves credit for these stylistic departures, of course, but without Kirk’s range and control, it would not be nearly as effective. Feeling Better Now® - is an online mental health program to assist students in maintaining their wellbeing. To access go to: www.feelingbetternow.com/uoguelph and then enter the access code: uoguelph The band mostly stuck to material from the new album, their first on Toronto indie titans Arts & Crafts, which is probably their most adventurous, but also really solidified their sound into something truly theirs alone.
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The Fugazi Live Series The future of Ian MacKaye’s Washington D.C. post-Minor Threat, post-hardcore group is vague; insight into Fugazi’s Let It Be past is amply available. As of When The Beatles were reDec. 1, over 800 of the band’s hearsing and recording songs in live recordings have been made January 1969 for 1970 album Let available on the Dischord Records It Be, a film crew was instructed website, where each show can be to record from the moment the downloaded for $5 – the origi- band first appeared at Twickennal price charged to see Fugazi’s ham Film Studios for rehearsal concerts – or any other amount and to record sound all day until between $1 and $100, as long as the last member left. Originally you add a note explaining that planned as a made-for-TV docchoice. umentary the documentary was filmed by two cameras that performed the same function from Pearl Jam Official Bootlegs Begun in 2000, the Pearl Jam a “fly on the wall” perspective, Official Bootlegs series is a con- without narration. tinually growing series of live albums recorded by the band. Metallica’s Some Kind of Monster Partially as a response to fans As if 2003’s St. Anger wasn’t making efforts to bootleg the bad enough, in 2004, Metallica concerts themselves, the band released an apologist documenhas released bootlegs of most of tary for the same flop. Besides their concerts since 2000. Ex- documenting the production of ceptions: the band elected not St. Anger, it follows the band to release official bootlegs for its as they stumble through some 2004 Vote for Change tour or its typical rockstar problems, in2007 European tour. cluding power struggles and rehab therapy. Golf Wang: the book As if the exploits of the four-yearold Los Angeles hip hop collective Odd Future haven’t been penned to death by journalists and bloggers around the world, on Nov. 15, the group released Golf Wang, a 196 page collection of photography, design, and writing that offers a glimpse into the controversial group’s lifestyle.
sPorts & health
no Peaks, no valleys, just success
“Playing the fourth ranked team in the country on Friday night and the tenth ranked team on Saturday night can be a little overwhelming, but I thought we played really well for three and a half quarters in both games. We just didn’t get it done in the last part of the fourth quarter,” said Gryphons women’s basketball head coach Tim O’Brien regarding the team’s games against Carleton and Ottawa on Nov. 25 and 26. O’Brien continued to explain that the loss in Gryphon momentum in the fourth quarter of both games is partly due to the team’s lack of playing experience, as the team has 11 first years and only four upper years. “You’re physically tired, you’re mentally tired and you just need to fight through that,” said O’Brein “We just haven’t learned yet that you have to play harder in the fourth quarter than you did in the first three.” Although the team dropped both games, O’Brien says the margin between scores demonstrates that the team has got what
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it takes to compete with the elite With two games scheduled for Dec. 2 and 3 against Laurentian teams. “Anytime when you get a game and York, the team will look to where [the difference in scores] is improve their 4-4 record before ten points or under, that means heading into the break. the game could’ve gone either “When we come back after way. So you look at our four loss- Christmas we’ll have to keep es right now and you’ll see that plugging away. I don’t think this we lost by six to Queens, eight team is anywhere near close to to Toronto–and Toronto’s a top its potential yet,” continued ten team as well– and then by 10 O’Brien. “I know there are a lot to Carleton, so all those games of people who have seen us play could’ve gone either way,” said and know that we’re going to get O’Brien. better.” While the team’s shooting Win or lose, O’Brien stressed consistency has room for im- the importance of keeping a cool provement, their depth and head when faced with adversity. awareness of one another’s pres“I’ll put my hand out in front of ence on the court is certainly me and just wave it across from evident. side to side on a line and that’s “We can go eight or nine deep, the level I want the team play[whereas] last year we were ing at. I don’t want them playing going six or seven. I think that’s way up there after you hit a couhuge,” said O’Brien. “The leader- ple of threes or you miss a couple ship we’re getting from our three shots and you drop your head captains, Ali Dzikowski, Jasmine and you’re down,” said O’Brien. Douglas and Samantha Russell “You can’t play with those peaks are providing great leadership and valleys, you have to play at for our team. I think those two the same level all the time so we things really come together and preach that and practice that and form great team chemistry. They I think we’ve been successful.” don’t get down on each other, The Gryphons will return to they don’t get upset with each their home court on Jan. 14 to other, they just keep working.” challenge Waterloo.
second year player Kayla goodhoofd takes a shot at net in the gryphons’ game against ottawa, as gee gee scoring monster hannah sunleyPaisley waits under the net. although finishing ahead, the ottawa team failed to demonstrate the same team chemistry as the gryphons.
Jenna lanzarotta of the gryphons capitalized on a power play in the second period, scoring one of the gryphons’ eight goals in their away game against the uoIt ridgebacks on nov. 25. The next day, the gryphons were back on the ice in Kingston to play the Queen’s gaels. lanzarotta assisted herself in scoring in the third, banking the puck off the boards behind the net. The gaels would come back to tie up the game however, forcing the game into overtime and then a shoot-out. Jessica Pinkerton would score the winning goal, defeating Queens 4-3. The gryphons now move into first place in the oua standings with 16 points, while laurier is in second with 12.
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dodgeball tournament] but obviously it didn’t run,” said Trudelle. The mini volleyball tournament on the other hand, was a success. “We had 24 people out for it and we raised $240 for United Way, as it’s part of the university’s fundraising campaign,” said Trudelle, who also noted that the intramurals department will most likely host another similar charity tournament next semester. “We usually host one in the fall and one in the winter,” said Trudelle. “It was well received [so we’ll probably do it again].” In order to participate, students needed only to find one other teammate of the opposite sex and each pitch in $10 to register. Prizes were awarded not only to the winners but also to the most spirited team. For the participants, the tournament was a great opportunity to have fun and blow off some stress before exams while also raising money for a great cause. With the cold weather forcing runners inside, the tournament also provided a great alterative to the monotonous run on the treadmill in the cardio room upstairs. Students looking to sneak in some exercise should capitalize on opportunites like these to give their body a break from sitting in the library. After a day of friendly competition the team ‘Can Ya Dig It?’ was announced the winner of the tournament and took home the prize pack.
dig it for charity
Charity volleyball Tournament raises $240 for united way
place to raise money for United Way. Although posters advertised that there would be both a dodgeball and volleyball tournament taksasha odesse ing place, the dodgeball event was cancelled due to lack of interest. If you happened to be walking Head of intramurals, Dave through the Athletic Centre on Trudelle said that they might conNov. 27 you may have been sur- sider switching up the sports next prised to see coed teams in the gym semester in an attempt to get more rather than the usual varsity teams. student participation. That’s because there was an Intra“We tried to do something difmural Charity Tournament taking ferent this semester [with the
Victorious and humble
The Gryphon Men’s Volleyball team is enjoying an undefeated month of November. The Gryphons credit their success to the talent of veteran players of last year’s squad. A transfer student from Laurier has also helped to lead the charge for the Gryphons this season. Greg Houston, who was recently named Gryphon Athlete of the Week, joined the Guelph team at the beginning of this season after the dissolution of the Laurier program last year. “Greg was looking for an opportunity to play, “ said head coach Cal Wigston. Houston has made the most of his opportunity, meshing well with the Gryphon team and leading them to five wins in a row. The Gryphons look to improve on their 5-1 record when they “It’s nice to be ranked, but we’re take on Waterloo at home on Dec. about winning an OUA Champi2, and travel to London on Dec. 3. onship, and from that a national The game against Western will pit championship as well,” said coach two of the top ten Canadian uni- Wigston. Despite their recent sucversity teams against each other, a cess, the coaches are stressing the match that will test Guelph’s place importance of staying humble to among the elite of the OUA. the players. A top ten national
Despite their recent success, the coaches are stressing the importance of staying humble.
ranking is bound to bring out the best in Guelph’s opponents, a thought that coach Wigston is well aware of. “We have all the tools to [be successful], and our coaches put together solid game plans,” said Wigston. Adhering to those game plans should lead to the same sort of success the team has experienced thus far. With the depth of talent on the team, the Gryphons will look to continue their winning ways into the winter break, and will hopefully be able to fight off the wave of challengers looking to knock them out of their newly acquired position among the country’s elite volleyball programs.
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last gaMe results 11/25: guelph vs. Windsor 3-2 grYPhon season standIngs: W l t 6 1 0
last gaMe results 11/25: guelph vs. Windsor 3-0 grYPhon season standIngs: W l t 3 2 0
last gaMe results 11/26: guelph vs. ottawa 77 - 83 grYPhon season standIngs: W l t 5 7 0
last gaMe results 11/26: guelph vs. ottawa 58 - 68 grYPhon season standIngs: W l t 4 4 0
last gaMe results 11/26: guelph vs. Waterloo 1-3 grYPhon season standIngs: W l t 3 12 0
last gaMe results 11/26: guelph vs. Queens 4-3 grYPhon season standIngs: W l t 12 4 0
Fan of the game
Choosing this week’s Fan of the Game was an easy decision. Equipped with a homemade cheer-board, Gryphon colours and the infamous striped socks, this group of Gryphon fans stuck out in the crowd. Sitting at the bottom of the bleachers at the Gryphons women’s basketball game on Nov. 25 and 26, first-years Ashlen Leonard, Elsa Hergel, Lauren Bell, Megan Klimas and Courtney Whiteside cheered on their favourite players, who also happened to be their floormates. “Barbara [Inrig-Pieterse] and Dana [Van Balkom]– they’re our floormates! And Alyssa [Shortt], and Camille [Gardiner] and Kate [MacTavish] too” said the girls, almost in unison. It’s not surprising that five of their floormates are on the basketball team this year as the team is an extremely young one, consisting of a whopping 11 first and second year players, with only four being third or fourth year veterans. Eager to tell The Ontarion how much they were enjoying the game, the girls spoke in turn. “It’s exciting!” “It’s a good game so far!” “It’s close!” “I hope [they win] because we’re cheering.” “We have faith!” Despite their cheering efforts, the Gryphons scoring streak would go dry in the fourth period, allowing the Ottawa Gee Gees to widen the gap and pull ahead of the Gryphons to win 68-58.
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There’s a lot of reasons why
people indulge in fast food, and we’re
all guilty of them at some point: convenience, laziness, a combination of the two. Especially at this time of year when a lot of students are too preoccupied with exams and essays to do groceries or prepare a meal. But just because you’re making a trip to the food court or Wellington Rd. shouldn’t mean that you have to feel guilty about what you’re ordering. Or does it? We here at the Ontarion decided to take one for the team. We went to six popular fast food chains and checked out the nutrition info, picking out what we felt was the best option for the health conscious. In light of our findings, you may want to turn the page and check out some of our suggestions for how you can make slightly more delicious and way more nutritious fast food items in your very own home.
A few years ago, Taco Bell started offering it’s “Fresco” menu. It took a handful of menu items and replaced various ingredients of negligible health benefit– most commonly iceberg lettuce and shredded cheese– and replaced them with their “fiesta salsa,” which is a pretty close approximation of pico de gallo: a mix of tomatoes, onions, and cilantro which tastes shockingly like water. The change was promoted as a reduction in calories to their menu, which it is, although in some cases only by a mere 20 calories. The fine print still points out that what they were selling was “not a low calorie food.” And it isn’t, but as far as convenient, cheap fast food goes, Taco Bell hasn’t done half bad. The “Fresco” beef hard taco” is the lowest in both calories and sodium on the Taco Bell menu. The “Fresco” steak soft taco is a bigger difference between the regular version and the calorie reduced version, but still a little on the high side. With only 150 calories, 7 g of fat and 260 mg of sodium, I didn’t feel too bad about knocking two of them back. They were ugly, as all fast food is, but they tasted fine. Better than non-“Fresco” menu Taco Bell. I switched out the cheese with my nachos for more of the salsa as well, which was also an improvement. — DuncAn DAy-myron
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Quiznos likes to present itself as a fresher and heartier version of Subway. However, that doesn’t necessarily make it healthier. With Quiznos, it’s all about the portion size. Although most of the menu items are “sandwiches”, portion sizing and dressings can make these meals both high in calories and trans fats. Dressings can have anywhere from 90-200 calories per serving, and for sauces with a mayonnaise base, almost all of these are from fats. They have a handful of subs that they market for being under 500 calories for a small sub and are all pretty similar in terms of nutrition. We went with the Turkey Ranch and Swiss. The nice thing about Quiznos is that you can substitute unhealthy elements with light dressings. You can also add some veggie toppings for a serving of vegetables. However, because a lot of the subs contain processed lunchmeat, they are often extremely high in sodium. The Turkey Swiss alone has 1100 mg of sodium, along with 16.5 g of fat, and 395 calories. So although Quiznos is potentially a healthier option for fast food, students should be conscious that it’s not always as healthy as they would like you to believe. — BeTH PuRDon-McLeLLAn
While oftentimes we associate Tim Hortons with an image of home-style nourishment, this notion proves to be quite the idealization when the examining the nutritional information. Where Tim’s falls short is not in their offering lower calorie alternatives to their regular menu, but in the lack of health value in these options. Turns out they really aren’t kidding when “lighter” menu promotions, looking at these items more closely reveals that the reason for their attractive calorie count is simply due to a lack of substance. For instance, the item considered one of the healthiest is currently the BBQ chicken snack wrapper. The reason for this is due mostly to its size. At closer look one would see that it has on average half the serving size as a Tim’s sandwich, yet the calorie count does not even hit half, so already the sandwich is technically lower. Personally, this could have been excusable had the taste not have been similar to what I imagine it would be like to eat a copy of the Ontarion. Another example of a “lighter” menu option suggested for the health-conscious costumer is the clear-based soups such as Hearty Vegetable (equivalent calorie count to ¼ of a Tim’s peanut butter cookie). At closer look, however, we see the sodium value of 930 mg, making it difficult to not exceed a daily 1500mg, as recommended by Health Canada. — MArIAnne PoInTner
Taste: 4/5 Nutrition: 3.5/5 Presentation: 4/5
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Unbeknownst to most of us, the best thing for you on McDonalds menu is actually a hamburger. One bun, one beef patty, no condiments, no cheese. Sitting at 250 calories, these little babies won’t tip the scale. Swallowing it however, is another matter entirely. With no condiments and no cheese, the burger is rather bland and extremely dry. So dry that you might need that second cheeseburger with everything on it to chase it down. Of course, fountain pop will do the trick as well, but that small coke will equate to another 150 calories and roughly 10 teaspoons of sugar. Despite being a relatively healthy alternative to some of McDonald’s scarier meal options, the plain burger has 520 mg of sodium, accounting for almost a quarter of your daily intake of sodium, which Health Canada recommends does not exceed 2300 mg. Surprisingly the six–piece chicken Mcnuggets beats out another goodie, the Southwest salad with grilled chicken. The nuggets will only knock you back 280 calories and 600 mg of Sodium, but adding sweet and sour dipping sauce adds an extra 50 calories and an extra 150 mg of sodium. — SaSHa ODeSSe No one goes to KFC for a nutritious meal. Even the restaurant itself seems to know this. While at one point the chain made some effort to offer healthier options– salads, grilled chicken– that’s all in the past. These days the only salads they sell are potato or macaroni and there isn’t a lot of variance from the Colonel’s original recipe. With no clear lower fat or lower calorie menu available, I just went for whatever was smallest. A single Colonel’s Snacker. A little smaller than a fist, the Snacker is not enough food to fill up a toddler, yet still manages to come in with a terrifying 260 calories and 11 grams of fat. It’s just a single chicken finger, a handful of limp lettuce, and about a quarter cup of White Condiment. I’m reluctant to call it mayonnaise. Nothing anywhere will tell me what it is. It wasn’t good, and there was a lot of it. The chicken itself already had a layer of cold grease on it, so I don’t think it really needed any more lubrication, but I guess when you’re dealing with food in the loosest definition, anything that helps it slide down my gullet easier is probably a great help. Half of the bun, which was soggy with White Condiment, went in the trash. Half of the lettuce went on the pavement between the restaurant and the trash. The chicken went in an ever growing list of poor food decisions I have made.
The healthiest menu items Wendy’s has to offer are hardly anything you’d want to get close to a Frosty. Granted, dipping them in a cup of that glacial chocolate sludge (mmm… delicious sludge) would offer just about your only hope for some flavour to make its way onto the Junior Deluxe Burger and a side portion of the garden salad, but think about the ice cream! Technically speaking, the Junior Deluxe Burger isn’t the healthiest menu choice available at Wendy’s. a meal-size portion of the garden salad wins that competition, and a five-piece order of chicken nuggets takes a close second. But Wendy’s chicken nuggets are cooked in soy, and when I reach for fast food, I’m going to get some kind of meat – however loosely the restaurant interprets that word. In terms of flavour, I’m sure this burger could rank amongst prison food, and even after shoveling down the desert of a garden salad that Wendy’s offers, you will still be hungry. When collecting your plastic utensils before grabbing your seat, be sure to grab a knife so as to properly battle the dehydrated tomato chunks. also, biting the bullet and adding at least half a packet of Italian dressing to the salad is recommended if you wish to even remotely enjoy your eating experience. — TOM BeeDHaM
Taste: 1/5 Presentation: 1/5 Nutritional value: 0/5
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Alternative recipes for fast food
Sweet Potato Spears with Spicy Chipotle Dip
This easy alternative to fast food fries is much healthier and can be made by those with even the most minimal experience in the kitchen. For the Spears – 4 medium sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds) 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper For the Dip1 tablespoon canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce 4 tablespoons regular mayonnaise Preheat your oven of 425° F and cut your sweet potatoes into ½ an inch sized spears and toss with the oil, salt and pepper. Spread across a baking sheet, and let bake for approximately 40 minutes, flipping with a spatula half way through. Baking time can vary depending on your preference to how crispy you would like the spears to be. For the dip, simply whisk the canned chipotle peppers with the mayo, adding more or less chipotle depending on the amount of spice you are looking for. Enjoy! The Aussie burger has a unique combination of flavours that will no doubt surprise and satisfy you more than an McDonalds burger could, while also being a lot easier on your arteries. Don’t let the cold weather discourage you from making them either. In lieu of BBQ season, simply grill these burgers on the stove-top. As well, the wide variety of toppings allows for some creativity, so feel free to mix and match. Whatever you do, keep the pineapple. Ingredients: Lean ground beef or turkey 1 medium sized, white onion, chopped finely Salt and pepper Egg(s) Breadcrumbs Whole wheat buns toppings: Cheese, lettuce, tomato Can of pineapple rings, or fresh pineapple Pickled beets- sliced into coins Fried egg (optional) For the ingredients above, no proper measurement is indicated, as making your own burgers is all about experimentation.
God save the Pineapple
Start by putting your desired amount of ground meat in a large bowl–make sure to buy lean ground beef, although a bit more expensive it’s a lot lower in fat. Add the finely chopped onion using as much or as little as you please. I usually aim for a 4:1 beef to onion ratio. For example, I would mix a quarter of a medium onion in with half a pound of ground meat. Add one egg to start and mix it into your meat using your hands. If you’re using more than a pound of meat you may want to use two eggs, however, you don’t want your burgers to be too wet. Add breadcrumbs until most of the egg is absorbed and the burgers feel just moist. Make your patties to the desired thickness. I prefer thinner ones as it leaves plenty of room for toppings. If you are using lean tukey or ground beef, put a little oil in the frying pan as the meat will be slightly dryer. Fry your burgers on medium high, first searing them on both sides so they don’t fall apart. Fry until cooked through– check by making a little cut in the middle of a patty to make sure there is no pink. Using a different pan, fry the pineapple rings or thinly cut pineapple until they turn just golden brown. Place your burger on a fresh whole wheat bun and add desired condiments and toppings making sure to place the pineapple ring directly on top of the burger. Enjoy!
Homemade chicken strips
For many students chicken fingers are a fail-safe dinner and give another meaning to the term “fast food”. However, eating a lot of frozen processed food isn’t the healthiest option. This recipe for chicken fingers is student friendly: it’s quick, easy and made from basic ingredients.
Ingredients: ¼ cup butter, melted 1 ½ cups crushed cereal, either rice crispies or corn flakes 2 tablespoons flour salt, pepper (paprika and cayenne pepper if you have it) 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts directions: Preheat oven too 400 F and grease a baking pan. Cut chicken breasts into strips. In a bowl mix the crushed cereal, flour and seasoning. Brush the strips of chicken with butter and then press both sides of the strip into the cereal mixture. Place the coated strips onto the baking pan and place it in the oven. Bake for approximately 25 minutes or until the chicken juices run clear.
For many people, the holidays mean gatherings of friends, families, and coworkers. Simply awful. On the bright side, however, these kinds of gatherings are often based around everyone drinking and eating. Food is great, obviously, but so are drinks, and holiday-time often ends up a time when I get the most creative with my cocktails. There’s just something about snow, mistletoe and “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey that makes me feel fancy and want to try fancy new things. Over the years, I’ve come up with a few tried and true standards, which I tend only to bust out around the festive season. snowball First start with egg liqueur. What, you didn’t know that existed? Well, why should it, really. There’s no reason that it ever needed to be invented. But, once I tried it, I’m glad it was. It tastes more like custard or eggnog than an omelet– unfortunately?–and is a mix of eggs, brandy, spices and sometimes cream. It’s thick and yellow, and really looks like you’re pouring yourself a glass of beaten eggs. Drink it straight (while pretending to be Rocky Balboa) or drown it in 7-Up. Mixing egg nog flavoured liqueur and lemon-lime soda is clearly a natural thought progression. It gets a thick, creamy head like an ice cream float, and the liqueur is strong and sweet enough that you barely even notice the 7-Up. It’s just lightens it up enough that it’s easier to drink. A Christmas classic. Kir and friends Kir is a mixture of crème de cassis, a blackcurrant liqueur, and white wine. It’s delicious, but it’s just a starting point. Almost any light alcohol you can think of can be made 10 times classier with a shot of cassis, from champagne and sparkling wine to hard cider and lagers. It’s not even that uncommon for people to put it in stout, but maybe don’t tell Ireland that. You can pick up a bottle of Labbe Francois cassis from most LCBOs for under $20 for a 750 mL,
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Potent Potables: Cocktails for the holiday season
especially around Christmas. If you don’t want to drop that much money, or you’re the designated driver but still want to look ritzy with your purple cocktail, you can spend a lot less money on a bottle of Ribena. Most larger grocery chains will carry it and British import shops definitely will. All the flavour of blackcurrant with none of the alcohol! (Although probably quadruple the sugar, so use less.) Peppermint everything Just in case you hadn’t seen any coffee shop signage lately, Christmastime means making everything taste like peppermint. I blame candy canes. For the uninitiated, the term “peppermint” comes from the German “pfefferminz”, which, roughly translated, means “pepper mint.” Making peppermint cocktails is as easy as buying a bottle of crème de menthe and mixing it with other, readily available drinks. While it’s not as versatile as crème de cassis, crème de menthe can contribute to a wide variety of drinks. The most popular is probably the grasshopper, a chocolate-mint
drink made by mixing it with crème de cacao. But it is equally delicious combined with brandy, amaretto, or Kahlúa. It also works well in coffee and hot chocolate. Crème de menthe comes in both white and green, so keep
in mind what you’re going to be using it for when you buy a colour. Green is great in shots, but would make brandy look a little weird. You can also just mix it with club soda. It just tastes like candy canes, after all.
beth’s Craft Corner
how to make it: Take a glass and trace two circles onto the cardboard. The size beth Purdon-mcLeLLan of your pom-pom will be approximately the same size as the Pom-poms: people either hate glass’ circumference, so adjust them or love them. If you have en- accordingly. Cut out the circles and then cut viously eyed one of these woolly bundles, this craft is for you. You out a smaller circle in the centre don’t have to be a knitter to be so that you have a doughnut shape. able to make pom-poms, and they Line the cardboard doughnuts are easily attached to your store up with one another. Wrap the bought Toques. yarn around the cardboard circles until they are completely covered. You can experiment by layering You will need: Yarn multiple colours of string. Old cereal box or spare Take your scissors and carefulcardboard ly cut the loops along the outer Scissors edge of the circle. You should be
Make your own pompom
left with lots of strands in the middle. Be careful not to pull these out while you’re cutting. Without removing any of the strands, separate the two pieces of cardboard by about a centimetre. Then, take a long piece of yarn and wrap it between the cardboard circles, around the bundle of loose string. Knot twice tightly and remove your pom-pom from the cardboard circles. Pom-poms can be attached to toques by tying them on or crocheting them in. It’s a fun, easy, and inexpensive way to celebrate winter.
sometimes some people just look like their names. some dudes you meet just look like a Michael. some ladies look like a Francine. and this guy clearly looks like a scud. he came with that name. and if you call him scuddy or scudster even one time you will wake up in a ditch. With a dog’s balls on your forehead.
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sex geek: The vicious cycle of the fake orgasm
Close your eyes for a minute, and think back to the best sex that you’ve ever had. What made it so special? Was it the number of orgasms? According to most people, probably not. But still, we have this idea that orgasm is the most important part of sex. In essence, you might think of your partner having an orgasm as the grown up equivalent of a gold star. It’s proof that you’ve done well, that you should be applauded. In pornography, the male orgasm is used to signal the end of a particular sexual encounter. Unfortunately, we’re surrounded by bad information about orgasms. And that bad information may, in turn, influence why people (yes, both men and women!) fake orgasms during sexual encounters. Before we can really talk about faking orgasms though, we need to address some of the most pervasive myths about orgasms. Myth #1: orgasm = good sex (and no orgasm = bad sex) Let’s say that sex (including foreplay) lasts 30 minutes. An orgasm might last 15 seconds of it. Is that really the only thing you’re getting out of it? And even if you have an orgasm, does it necessarily mean that the sex was satisfying, fulfillHow about thinking of thing aning, or meaningful? other way: you’re really not all On the other hand, can’t you that necessary for your partner have satisfying, fulfilling, or to have an orgasm. The internet is meaningful sex without an or- full of toys for sale, stories, phogasm? There are tons of reasons tos, videos, and audio clips that that a person may not have an or- can be used for self-stimulation. gasm– stress, medication, alcohol, If your partner wants to have sex feeling distracted, getting a cold, with you, there’s probably someexhaustion, a lack of trust, medical thing more than a pure desire for issues, or place in her menstrual an orgasm. cycle, just to name a few. When talking to people about what Myth #3: ejaculation = orgasm makes sex great, one researcher A little bit of physiology here: alfound that orgasm was more of an though we usually hear about afterthought than a central theme. ejaculation and orgasm used interchangeably in men, they’re Myth #2: having an orgasm is the actually two different processes. reason to have sex Highly related, yes. Orgasm and In a 2007 article, researchers Cindy ejaculation do often occur simulMeston and David Buss reported taneously. But not always. finding 237 different reasons that So what does that mean? You people cite for having sex. And can’t rely on your male partner’s the number one reason was the ejaculation as confirmation that an same for both men and women: orgasm’s occurred. Instead, you’re because I was attracted to the per- going to have to find out from him. son. To have an orgasm was way down on the list– number 13 for Myth #4: Women always have women, and number 9 for men. orgasms CourtesY More common reasons for having I know I’ve talked about this in sex? “I wanted to show my affec- a previous column, but it seems tion for the person”, “I wanted worth repeating right now: only more important to women than doing what they’re doing, even if to express my love for the per- about 20 per cent of women can “I wanted to achieve an orgasm.” it’s not doing much for you. And son”, “it feels good”, and “it’s have an orgasm through penetra- Meaning that your partner’s plea- if you ever come clean about it, or fun”. Clearly, there’s a lot more tion alone. So that idea you have sure is one of the main reasons that your partner figures it out, you’re that motivates a person to have sex of having her in the throes of ec- people have sex. And if you want in for a much more uncomfortthan the possibility of an orgasm. stasy just from your pelvic thrusts? to please your partner, you want able conversation. This isn’t all bad news though. It doesn’t happen like that. Usu- some kind of confirmation that It means that, in general, people ally it needs to be supplemented you’re doing it right, right? And with stimulation in the form of your partner wants you to feel are really interested in their partfingers, toys, or tongues. A woman good about yourself, so they pre- ners enjoying themselves during needing additional stimulation to tend to have an orgasm. sex. And if your enjoyment makes orgasm isn’t a sign of failure on eiyour partner enjoy experience ther of your parts; it doesn’t make that much more, and you enjoy you a bad lover, it doesn’t make it more when your partner enher a bad partner, and it doesn’t joys it, the two of you can really feed off of each other’s pleasure. mean that the two of you are doing It just might take some time and something wrong. It means that communication to get there. you two (or more!) get to discover what feels good to her together. In the end, an orgasm is a And that can be a whole lot of fun. deeply personal experience. For There’s another part of this that someone to feel safe enough to female friends have expressed experience it with another peras something you should know: son might take some time, a lot sometimes it’s just not going to of trust, or a sense of security in the relationship. For others, happen. It doesn’t matter if you do absolutely everything right– you it might come a lot more easily. take your time, you get all the right The only way that you’re going spots in all the right ways, you put to be able to figure it out is– you guessed it–communicating with her pleasure first– there are times your partner. when she just can’t get there. So then why do we fake orLet me be perfectly clear: gasms? Let’s start with this there’s nothing wrong about question: do you ever fake ormaking pleasure a priority with gasms when you’re masturbating? your partner, no matter how serious or casual your relationship I didn’t think so. It might be fair to say that people don’t fake orgasms may be. Orgasms are great– there’s plenty of literature on for their own sexual pleasure. So What we have here, ladies and their health benefits. Pleasure is what’s our other option? People fake orgasms for the pleasure of gentlemen, is a vicious circle. a huge part of a sexual relationtheir partner. What does faking an orgasm ship. But pleasure doesn’t always And another question: why do actually accomplish? It might have to come in the form of an you want to know that your part- keep you from having an uncom- earth-shattering orgasm. And the ner had an orgasm? In that same fortable conversation with your sooner we can get past measuring Meston and Buss study, “I wanted partner about why it didn’t hap- sexual success in term of orgasms, to please my partner” was slightly pen. On the other hand, it can the sooner we can get onto more less important to men and slightly encourage your partner to keep honest, open, and authentic sex.
It might be fair to say that people don’t fake orgasms for their own sexual pleasure. So what’s our other option? People fake orgasms for the pleasure of their partner.
lIFe FASHION nail trends
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Want an inexpensive way to try something new and liven up your look? Try nail polish! Nail polish and nail designs have really come to the forefront of fashion in recent years. Designers have been making the conscious effort to ‘style’ nails in much the same way they would style hair or makeup. Playing with nails is a great way to compliment an outfit and can often act as an accessory. Experimenting with colours, shapes, patterns or designs with your nails can definitely make a statement about your look. The shape of your nails can definitely give off a specific vibe. Rounded and oval nails are classic and current, unlike square tipped nails which are a little passé. Another new shape that has popped up is stiletto nails where the tips are filed to a point. This may seem odd to you, but it will give off a bad-ass vibe and is
very unexpected. Whether you even try a reverse chevron. To add wear your nails long, medium or some glitz into your life, experishort, all lengths seem to be ‘in’ ment with glitters, metallics and right now. shimmers, or try out nail stickers As for colours, neutrals that featuring patterns like lace and match your skin tone give off a plaid. You can even paint on patclassy and clean look and as an terns like polka dots or checkers. added bonus, they will make your The possibilities are endless. fingers appear a lot longer. NeuIf you love painting your nails trals like white, slate greys and but hate the upkeep and the conchocolate browns are also very stant chipping, definitely invest in current. Reds are also always a some Seche Vite dry fast top coat. classic, but for something a bit You can find it at Sally Beauty Supdifferent, go for an orange-red. ply or even online. This stuff is an Greens are also big this season and absolute must if you frequently you can go for jewel toned with paint your nails. It is formulated emeralds or military inspired with to penetrate the nail lacquer down hunter greens. Cranberry is also a to the base coat for form a single nice shade that is perfect for the solid coating over the entire nail. holiday season. Blues come in If you use this, your polish will last midnight or primary, and purples significantly longer, it will dry a range from lilac to aubergine. Try lot faster and it will be much more out any bright happy hue to liven resistant to chipping and peeling. up any outfit. So try out a new hue, a new patPatterned and decorated nails tern or a new shape. Have fun and are also huge this season. Try a re- experiment, because with all the verse french manicure that looks possibilities it is almost impossible intentionally grown grown, or to go wrong.
Creamy homemade butter chicken
A Step by step guide to one of the milder curries
I’m not the biggest fan of spicy food, but the wonderful aroma of butter chicken with its creamy texture and earthy flavours was simply too much to miss out on. So, I upped the dose on coconut milk, added some yogurt, and a creamy and mild butter chicken was born. So easy. So yummy. So impressive! here’s what you need to know: Serves 2-4 (depending on how hungry you are) Ingredients: 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts 1 can of coconut milk 1 small can of tomato paste ¼ cup of butter ½ cup of yogurt or sour cream 1 yellow onion, finely chopped 3 cloves of garlic, crushed 2-3 cups of basmati rice, depending on how many people you’re serving 2-4 pieces of naan bread, optional 4 tablespoons of yellow curry powder, adjust depending on how comfortable you are with spice 2 tsp of nutmeg, alternatively you can use cinnamon 2 tsp of cumin 1 bay leaf salt and pepper to taste here’s what you need to do: Get a large saucepan and place on the stove over medium-high heat. Add your butter and, once it’s melted, add your finely chopped onion. Turn the stove to medium heat so that the butter doesn’t burn, and once the onions start to caramelize add in the crushed garlic along with the salt and pepper and stir. Once the garlic starts to caramelize add in the chicken and leave for 2 minutes (making sure the element isn’t hot enough to burn.) Flip chicken breasts over and leave for another minute. You can now dust the spices over the chicken breast and give it a good stir, making sure the spices are well distributed. Add the coconut milk, the tomato paste and the yoghurt gradually while stirring between each. Once the chicken breasts seem evenly coated with the sauce, let the delicious mixture sit for another 5 minutes, stirring in between. You can now give the sauce a taste and adjust it to your liking, more curry, more yoghurt etc. Cover the pan and set the stove to low. Leave it for 20-25 minutes for all the flavours to come together and for the chicken to cook through (be sure to check on it periodically so that it doesn’t overflow!) During this time you can reheat the naan bread as per
the instructions or make the basmati rice. A general rule of thumb is for every cup of rice you add two cups of water. Take off the lid and check to see if the chicken is cooked all the way through for safe measure, (if it’s translucent, pink and raw, crank up the stove to
medium-low and keep it on for it off by pouring some sauce on another 5-10 minutes) it all de- top. You can garnish with a drizpends on how well the chicken zle of yoghurt and cilantro...and was thawed prior to its use. Voila! Now with the chicken thoroughly cooked, and the rice and/ Enjoy hungry friends. or naan bread ready to eat, simply grab one of the chicken breasts, place it on a bed of rice and finish
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Fire away: The Co-op bookstore a good model for student-run business
During the first weeks of every semester, students are often found clenching class schedules and scurrying around campus either looking for a classroom or buying textbooks. Two things saved me while getting used to the fast-paced university life in first year: cheesy nachos from The Bullring and stumbling across the Co-op Bookstore. I first appreciated the Co-op Bookstore for being inexpensive, but after many years and piles of read (and unread) textbooks, I have now developed a strong respect for student-run organizations on campus. Debra McKay is the manager of the Co-op Bookstore and provided me with great insight into the co-op mandate surrounding this student-run business. Beginning in 1913 by seven agricultural students, the Co-op Bookstore planted itself deep into the roots of the University of Guelph and is renowned as the oldest surviving student co-operative in Canada. It was founded upon a co-op model, striving to be democratically run and beneficial to all. Looking back at the roots of the Co-op Bookstore, Debra proudly stated that the co-op model “made sense then, and almost a hundred years later, [it] still does.” The con- beginning and end of each secepts of student-run organizations mester, and selling a membership are sparsely found on many cam- with a five per cent discount. This puses and I strongly believe that membership card also operates as these establishments give stu- a passport to ensuring that students an opportunity to listen to dents are part of the co-operative others and to be listened to. Debra experience by voting at an Annual described the ambition of student- General Meetings, as well as volunrun initiatives in ensuring that teering on their board of directors. “students have a voice.” Another initiative that helps stuWith the Co-op Bookstore, dents is the annual “Give a Student McKay expressed that it is the a Break” draw. This contest is destudents that “guide our present signed to alleviate financial stress and our future, our growth and from one lucky student that wins our development.” The reciprocal half of their tuition payment. The relationship within student-run Co-op Bookstore will be hosting a establishments allow students to “Winter Win” contest as students embrace leadership opportuni- make their way back to camties, be a part of business decisions, pus in January, giving students a and to be involved in providing chance to shave down textbook services for themselves. In fact, costs. These contests symbolize student-run establishments allow McKay stressed the importance the deeply entrenched mandate students to consciously particiof students feeling welcome and of this student-run business to pate in the co-op business model. embracing ownership of this focus specifically on the needs of Overall, Debra McKay feels students and constantly trying to strongly that the “philosophy of establishment. The Co-op Bookstore is an ideal better student life. co-op resonates with students.” model for measuring the success There are also many environ- When purchasing a necessary of initiatives run by students. This mental initiatives that correspond item from a business that gives organization benefits students on with Guelph’s environmentally you an opportunity to become inmany levels from financial to en- conscious mindset. The “Save a volved, I think that students are vironmental. It holds true to its Bag” program allows students to given a chance to truly benefit mandate “to provide affordable transfer the cost of a shopping bag from the many learning expeservices,” which is accomplished to take the form of a donation to riences at university that occur through selling used books, con- many local environmental en- outside the classroom. ducting buy back services at the deavours. This is another way that I feel as though this concept
holds great significance for a progressive university like U of G, but that many students are not aware of the benefits of organizations run by students. So instead of robotically purchasing your textbooks at the beginning of each semester, take a minute to appreciate your personal involvement as a student in an organization that is run by and for students. Stephanie Rennie is the editorin-chief of thecannon.ca
Who is Mr. big?
PauL dhaLiwaL, david nguyen, Laura von heynitz
He is trying to recover from alcoholism by going to a facility for rehabilitation. Here he meets a woman who claims to also be recovering from alcoholism. He thinks this is an opportunity to build a strong support system to help him through his battles of alcoholism. In reality the woman is an undercover RCMP officer. This all sounds like it is coming out of a movie. However, since 1991, the RCMP has been using techniques such as these in an undercover operation called the Mr. Big sting. It is a highly controversial and dangerous technique with the potential to result in false confessions and wrongful convictions. This technique has been banned in the United States and the United Kingdom, as it is considered to be entrapment and an infringement of constitutional rights. Despite this, the Supreme Court of Canada continues to rule in favor of it. In all of these cases, the individual has been a suspect in an ongoing investigation. However, there is not enough evidence to convict the suspect, so the RCMP begins a Mr. Big Sting. The undercover RCMP officer initiates contact with the target with the intention of luring them into a fabricated criminal organization. The purpose is to extract a confession, at all costs, in order to close the case. It is the norm for the undercover officers to use alcohol and strippers to seduce their target into joining their criminal organization. Other tactics include the use of expensive cars, high profile flights and hotels, as well as trips to events such as hockey games. The RCMP uses these tactics to show the promises of financial gain, power and respect within the organization. The goal is for the target to eventually become part of the criminal organization. The police socialize the target into a life of crime by encouraging and promoting criminal activity. Other democratic countries refer to these actions as entrapment. Once the target has joined the organization they are consistently reminded of how trust is essential within the operation, and that lies will never be tolerated; especially by the crime boss, “Mr. Big.” The undercover actors continue to portray the authority and authenticity of the organization by spending large amounts of tax payer dollars to create extraordinary situations such as bogus kidnappings, assaults, drug deals, stolen property deals, and even staged murders. The RCMP stimulates a real-world criminal environment, making it nearly impossible for the target of the organization to differentiate this fantasy from reality. The sting often goes on for many months, even years. Throughout it, the target is made to believe that they have the opportunity to be successful in the criminal organization, but only if they confirm their loyalty by confessing to their non-existent criminal past. The finale of the operation is when the target meets “Mr. Big.” This meeting takes place in the penthouse of a very luxurious hotel, flaunting the material benefits of the operation. The RCMP traps the target by making the meeting in a location in a city far from the target’s home, preventing them from being able to leave whenever they wish. At this meeting Mr. Big asks the target about his or her criminal past, hoping that they will voluntarily confess to the crime. However, if the target does not confess right away Mr. Big starts to coerce a confession through fictitious police reports and manufactured evidence pointing to their guilt. Mr. Big further coerces a confession by promising that his organization will take care of the legal problem and keep them from a life sentence, under the condition that they confess to the crime. The result of these meetings is almost always that the target falsely confesses due to promises of wealth, as well as threats of arrest for a crime they did not commit. However, regardless of the outcome, the degree of coercion, intimidation, fear and intrusion is unprecedented. Being targeted by one of these stings is sure to be life altering, particularly since it has the potential of leading to wrongful convictions. Many innocent people have been targeted by these stings, such as Kyle Unger who was recently acquitted in 2009 after spending 14 years in prison. Another example is Clayton George Mentuck who, after falsely confessing due to a Mr. Big sting, spent 2 years in prison before being acquitted. Rubin Hurricane Carter of the Toronto-based Innocence International says that he doesn’t doubt that stings have caught real criminals, however the price for the tactic is just too high to allow it to continue.
life in the stacks
by cort egan
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Rachael appreciates the “recom- Commons and she wasn’t, but as mendations” section of Primo; we talked I learned that she had Cort is the Communications Man- the Amazon-style menu selec- taken an SLG session for a first year ager for the Library and CCS. tion that outlines what resources chemistry course. SLG sessions, or others have been interested that Supported Learning Groups, are This column finds students, faculty had also searched for that specific peer-led study groups designed and staff in the Library stacks and book or article. to help students better understand explores how they are using the In first and second year, Rachael difficult course material. They are Library services and facilities, how would physically visit the Library a big part of the library’s learning we’re failing to meet your needs more frequently than she does commons. and what you would like to see now. She attributes that to a couple I also asked Rachael if she could us improve. We’ll use this space of factors. In first year, she tended name a major collection within our to report how we’ve addressed to come to the library with a group Archives. She said she couldn’t, concerns raised either through of friends that were in the same but then admitted that she is relatthis article or through our online classes together. They would study ed to Lucy Maud Montgomery, the comments areas. as a group in order to share infor- author of Anne of Green Gables. mation and learn from each other. As it turns out, Rachael was quite rachael This habit carried over into second familiar with the LM Montgomery location: Qh324.2b558 (Fifth floor year. By third and fourth year, Ra- collection including our collection stacks); section on bioinformatics. chael found that she needed more or journals and first editions. Rachael is a fourth year bio-med quiet study time. She has learned In addition to better search tools major researching a paper for her that if she is not at the library by and more study space, Rachael bemolecular genetics course. When 8:30 a.m. during exam periods she lieves that the Library should be researching for a paper, Rachael will not find a seat. This leads to open longer hours over the weekwill often explore the resources Rachael’s second issue with the ends. We should spend less money available in the immediate prox- Library: lack of study space. on collecting new editions of eximity of the text books that she’ll I specifically asked Rachael isting text books and more money be using as primary resources. She about certain services and facili- on expanding student study space. would like to be able to browse the ties within the Library to see how shelves online from home as she well we are communicating them The Library is, to a certain prefers to use the Library resourc- to our users. I asked Rachael if she extent, limited by its current es remotely. On a similar note, was familiar with the Learning physical footprint. We are,
however, examining ways to provide additional study space for students. If there are other improvements that you would like to see the Library make, send a note to the Ontarion with “Life in the Stacks” as the subject line. Your comments will get to us and will be published in the next column.
rethinking those 12 days of Christmas
more plant life, for both our health and that of future generations. Dear Santa, Instead of two turtle doves, I’ve been a good girl this year. how about hundreds? The beauti(No really, I have). I said “please” ful, white birds, symbolic of peace, and “thank you,” ate my veggies, are desperately needed around the and told my parents I love them. I globe. Afghanistan, Egypt, Yemen, didn’t even fight with my brothers, and other countries that have fallen not once! (Okay, so I don’t actually victim to autocracy and violence have any brothers, but I was hop- would be kinder places if only we ing you’d be too busy to notice.) could remind people that we are all Being a university student, there equal inhabitants of Earth. are many things you probably exOn a lighter note, why don’t you pect me to ask you for: a two-week accompany those three hens with extension on an essay of my choice some wonderful French cuisine? (maybe three?), an instant teleport I know many of my peers would between school and home, or an thoroughly enjoy some French fries immortal ink cartridge. This year, or French toast. (Please spare me though, I’m making my wish list a the French kiss.) Oh, and I don’t little different. have much use for four calling birds, As lovely as they are, I’ll take the but my floormates would definitely tree sans partridge– or any tree, for be grateful for some calling cards. that matter. Whether or not you They miss talking to their folks! There is no need for five golden believe in global warming (is there rings. Canada won 14 gold medals still snow up there, Santa?), the world could certainly use some in the 2010 Winter Olympics, and that is plenty enough for me! Proud Canadians, unite! In lieu of six a-laying geese, I propose multiple silly geese. As in, lighten up, people! If we continue to run around like chickens with our heads cut off (no offense to the three hens), we’re all going to go insane! Actually, I’m afraid this has already happened. Let us have the seven swans aswimming be a lesson, teaching us that one must never judge a book by its cover. The beautiful swan was once an ugly duckling, and instead of being loved for who it was, it was ridiculed and ostracized. (No, not ostriches, we’re talking about a different bird here.) It’s wonderful to have eight maids a-milking, but that is only because they are “maids.” In other words, they are consenting to the participation of various tasks in exchange for pay. Otherwise, let us bring awareness to the unwilling victims of slavery, in both the past and present. Together, we have the power to right our wrongs. If the ten lords are a-leaping because they’re excited by the nine ladies (pole) dancing, then count me out. The world has come a long way in the equalization of genders, but there are definitely remnants of a “worth-by-body” stigma attached to females. My problem with this cannot be solved by more laws/legislation, but through an increased attitude of respect towards women. On paper, we are equal, so why not in person? By observing music videos, paying attention to derogatory terms for women and girls (I cannot stand the word “shawty”!), or listening carefully to the lyrics of many popular songs, you too may find yourself appalled by the brainless associations we make to females. In our retail-obsessive society, we’re more likely to see several swipers swiping (credit cards) than pipers piping. The pipers (and twelve drummers, too) have the right idea: indulge in music, perhaps carolling or playing Christmas music while decorating the tree. If that’s not your thing, play in the snow, volunteer at a food drive, or just settle in to a viewing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas with the whole family. Case in point: don’t forget the true meaning of this precious holiday. So as you can see, Santa, I’ve actually been a very good girl this year. Even my wish list includes requests that benefit others! You’re a busy man (and no doubt, your wife is too!), but if you could make happen even one of these suggestions, I would be eternally grateful. The world needs more generous, caring men like you. Thank you Santa, and Merry Christmas. Oh. I forgot to mention; I could still use a true love.
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us personally, then why are we not more politically engaged? Politics is more that just an election, or a bill, or even international relations. Politics is our everyday lives; our jobs, our school, our money. While many of us will not assume that our future careers have direct connections to the political world, in all reality most jobs are in some way. So what does one do? Well for one, voter turnout should be way higher than what it is. Given our democratic, developed state our pitiful election numbers show there to be a disengaged and interested public. Certainly the blame is not solely in society, however if there is something we are not happy with, there are methods one can make our priorities known. First things first, though, and that is voter knowledge. One has to be, not only aware of the issues, but informed on different opinions and views and the consequences that they put forth. Reading the odd party platform–maybe a throne speech– and we could be on the way to a better informed, and hopefully engaged public. Maybe the realization of the implication of politics and its importance in our every day lives will motivate some of us to actually vote. In attempts not to be an information ad, pushing society to vote, the thought simply is to get informed. Read the newspaper, in print or online, and even Facebook once in awhile can provide insight into the odd current event. Our society needs to have a little more connection to what happening in the world, because believe it our not, its implications can be felt in our very on backyards. We have that responsibility first, then at least we can properly criticize our politicians.
Apart from the crude political advertisements we all see around election times, politics means relatively little to a lot of people. “Politicians” is another idea that seems lost; could it be the big suited figure we associate with high rises, closed doors, and corruption? Is it that ideological figure helping– but failing– to promote better times for all? Either way, both views project very distant images to the average citizen. Now what about the issues; sure one would assume we are all relatively informed or at least aware of general economic trends for example. The news does a seemingly adequate job at referencing the odd term we can relate to: recession, job growth (or lack thereof), investments, opportunities. But is that it? If we live in an apparent democratic society, then why are we not acting like it? The only real way the majority of citizens feel like they are connected to the governmental system, given the nature of our state and the way a representative democracy works, is voting. Then why is it that voter turn out has a tendency to be half, if not less of our population? If the recent negative economic trend is affecting
using the holidays to help your career search
Sam was thinking about the great time he was going to have when he got home, but before he could leave he had so many term papers and exams to complete that he did not know how he would get everything done. For some reason, this year, he just wanted to get through it all and get home. Maybe it was the thought of the rock climbing gym, playing hockey on the lake, beers with his old friends or just catching up with his twin brother who was coming home from Vancouver. He thought that the job search, which he had just barely started, could just stay in “the parking lot” until well after Christmas. He reasoned that after all, no one was going to read his networking letters over Christmas. His sense of dismay was vivid, when I had to tell him that Christmas holidays are a great time to continue his job search! It is true that many companies wind down during the Christmas holidays, but that is even more reason to network strategically and to do get the essential components of a job search campaign in place. home, who he could personally meet over the holidays. If there is a Christmas lull in their work, then he may stand a far better chance of meeting them for a formal informational interview than at any other time. He could also think about family friends and friends of friends who could be helpful to his search. It is likely that he may see them over the holidays. He could make the most of the social gatherings to introduce himself in a way that will initiate a new relationship. Naturally, he does not want to ask them for a job, but he can “plant some seeds” depending on how he answers questions like “so what are you doing now?” which so often gets asked of students returning home for the holidays. Clearly, he never wants to sound as though he is doing his “elevator speech,” but he wants to be sure that the points from his elevator speech are included as part of his conversations with key people at these events. They do not need to be blurted out all at once but they can be carefully blended into the conversation. Sam had not had a chance to prepare an elevator speech, but he knew that it was a one to two minute speech that concisely summarizes Sam. It tells who he is and what he has to offer. It gives his educational background and interesting and pertinent accomplishments from school, volunteer, or work experience. It also includes his search objectives. Sam said he found the whole networking thing artificial. As artificial as it may seem at first, networking works. A new survey has been released from Right Management, an arm of Milwaukee-based staffing giant Manpower Group that offers outplacement services and career coaching. The survey analyzes data from 59,133 clients Right Management advised over the last three years. In 2010, 41 per cent said they landed a job through networking. We always choose the information we tell others and this is just a matter of selecting information more carefully than usual. It’s about him getting to know people and them getting to see his strengths. The best networkers are the people who do more asking and listening than telling. Sam also remembered that he will need to follow up with key people he met with an email or card to say how much he enjoyed meeting them. This simple expression of appreciation for their time and the information he received, may leave a lasting impression and open the door to future conversations. But Sam’s Christmas holiday work does not end there. He left realizing that in between getting to know key people who may lead him to his first career job, rock climbing, Christmas responsibilities, hockey, and the pub he needs to also use the time to work on his search strategy and getting a master resume completed. Begrudgingly, he agreed that it is a fine time to move forward with the search.
It is true that many companies wind down during the Christmas holidays, but that is even more reason to network strategically and to do get the essential components of a job search campaign in place.
Once he has his career destinations determined, he can begin to identify specific career jobs and target people to contact for informational interviews. It would be worthwhile for him to email right away to people who are at
The issues of student studying space
The issues surrounding student just how many students there are space are numerous and compli- who require space on campus to cated. It is often used an umbrella study. term to include a number of differUndoubtedly anyone who has ent issues which apply to students. been a student at this University Issues often brought up regarding has, at some point in their unistudent space include student run versity career, encountered issues space for clubs and other student related to finding studying space. groups, a queer centre or other Everyone follows the same path: designated queer positive space start with one building, finding for students outside of the space no room, move on to the next. allocated to the student groups– Repeat until you find somewhere. something which exists at other For many, this simply ends with universities, including U of T and finding an empty hallway next to McMaster– and space given over an outlet and sitting on the floor. to students for studying and group Take a walk around Mackinnon or meetings. the second floor of the UniversiAlthough the issue of student ty Centre late in the semester for study space has been a topic for evidence. students and student represenBut what can be done about this? tatives for some time, it is being While many of the new buildings pushed to the forefront by this being constructed on campus, inyear’s CSA who have organized a cluding Alexander Hall and the Student Space Sit-In to take place Science Complex, do have a specon Dec. 1. ified amount of dedicated studying The event seeks to gather as space, these buildings are a mimany students as possible into the nority of the buildings on campus. University Centre to study. Tables The majority, including most classand chairs are being set-up in vis- room buildings and the University ible areas in an attempt to highlight Centre, are relics of a time in which
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Aside from that, one thing that can be done is to reassess how the space currently available is being used. The CSA has struck a Student Space Committee that seeks to work on this, reworking available space to maximize its usefulness, and eventually publishing a guide for students on the space available to them. With attention raised and peoples attention drawn to this issue, what needs to happen now is for there to be continued communication between the CSA and the administration, with both of them listening to the needs and realities of the other. But in order for the CSA to effectively communicate with the administration, there needs to be communication with students, and, while the channels exist, it is essential that students remain informed about these issues, and do their part to communicate their experiences to the CSA. They won’t be able to accomplish anything without the support and feedback of the students they’re meant to be representing.
the University boasted a much smaller student population. As the student body has grown, the amount of available space has not grown proportionately. In many cases, the buildings can’t accommodate such a large number of students simply because, when they were designed, there was no need to. New buildings will be constructed, and they will increase the amount of space available. Some buildings will get the Alexander Hall treatment. There are efforts being made to expand the University Centre, which would create a generous amount of space. But these are long-term solutions, and this is a problem facing students now. The purpose of the Sit In is to demonstrate this and to show the administration that this is an issue which needs to be a high priority. The CSA’s efforts to communicate this have already had some effect. The administration is making efforts to increase the amount of space available to students right now during exam time.
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I am writing this letter to inform students about some of study tips that have really worked for me and my friends, and I feel it might work for everyone else too! 1. Energy drinks such as Red Bull and coffee are never a good idea right before the exam! If you have stayed up all night with the help of caffeine, chances are that you will feel lousy during the exam! 2. If you are the kind of person who does not usually study late nights then do not use this strategy for exams! Study during the day, sleep at night; you will feel much fresher and prepared during exam. 3. Overcrowded library is an awful place to study for exams! There is a lot of whispering and talking people that can distract you. Try going to a quiet park; there will be no noise and no internet to distract you from your books/notes. 4. Drinking water and having your window open really helps! Water is a great source of oxygen, and oxygen is needed for proper brain functioning and keeping you awake. Having your window open to let some fresh air adds to that! 5. Meditate and have fun! Meditation helps with concentration, which every student needs! And finally, to balance out the stress, go out and have a little fun. These tips have really helped me get through tough exam times! I hope everyone’s exams and assignment go great! HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all! Thank you for reading. Sincerely, Pratima Shukla
Dear Editor, anything it will increase it. Often times we get so wrapped I am writing in response to Carleigh Secondly, under “Tip 5: Take care up in the challenges that students Cathcart’s article published in last of yourself,” the author neglected to face that we forget how lucky we week’s edition ‘A five-point plan mention the importance of physi- are to go to a University that has to avoiding exam stress.’ Being a cal activity, nor taking time to get such a strong student focus, where first year University Student and fresh air. She touches on good eating we know that we can raise concerns experiencing the intense stressors habits, keeping hydrated and having and they will be heard. of exams first hand, there is one enough sleep - all important facAt the same time, we understand correction as well as some addi- tors in a healthy lifestyle; however, that this is only a temporary fix. Stutional information which I think physical activity and being outdoors dents have been telling us that they are appropriate points that should is also very important. Studies show need more interdisciplinary study be added. maintaining an active body has been space, lounge space and student Firstly, under “Tip #3: Work with linked to having an active mind. It is controlled space on campus. We your peers,” the author presents also said that the more consistently hope to work with the University advice on working with peers to you work out, the more likely it is for to meet these needs with permareduce stress and gain both confi- you to be able to keep concentration nent solutions. We will continue dence and understanding. Pulling and apply yourself. Exercise is also a to be the voice for the concerns of an example from her personal life, time for reflection, it allows for your students and we look forward to the author states that although it is subconscious mind to problem solve working with people like Brenda to beneficial to live in a cluster, prob- in a relaxed manner away from all help find solutions to help the Unilem solving with a group of people the pressures of your daily routine. versity of Guelph to become better that are studying completely differ- All of this being said, I conclude that and better. ent majors is also beneficial because the addition of physical activity as Below are the spaces that will now it “actually broadens the possibil- well as getting fresh air is also im- be available for students to study in ities of working together to solve portant when taking care of one self during exams: difficult problems.” Now, I am not during stressful times. sure if the author meant to word it Theresa Martin Peter Clark hall, University Centre in this way, however this is a very Available beginning noon on Sunday bad suggestion to give readers as December 4 until Friday December it is not a practical use of time to We wanted to take a moment to 9 at 6:00 p.m. Hours of operation: problem solve major questions that thank Brenda Whiteside, the Uni- 8:30 a.m. to midnight. they would have in Psychology with versity’s associate vice-president floor mates studying Geography and of student affairs, for listening to science Complex atrium Physics, for example. In my expe- the concerns we have brought for- Every day from Friday December 2 rience, stressors before exams arise ward and taking action. After we to Thursday December 15 from 8:30 due to a combination of being un- brought forward the frustration a.m. until midnight. Use the Mcprepared and not having a strong students were feeling with a lack Naughton door by the Bookstore for understanding of the subject mat- of study space on campus, Brenda access during the weekends. ter. Spending time getting a Physics took it upon herself to help create major help with the Biological rea- more space for upcoming exam pe- Creelman hall son for why depression is primarily riod. Thank you Brenda. We would Hours have been extended until dominant in women and not men also like to thank our undergradu- midnight beginning Sunday Decemis not a good use of said persons ate members for participating in our ber 4 until Wednesday December 14. study time, and will absolutely not student space campaign and making be helpful in decreasing stress – if their space needs known.
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Thursday december 1 Study for your exams in the UC at the “Student Space Sit-In” from 10am-5pm. Organized by the CSA. An event to address study and student space needs on campus. Tables, chairs and extension cords, snacks and “stress buster” activities will be provided, as well as allocated quiet study and group study spaces. Ed Video Media Art Center - KTown - Karaoke Videos by Artists. With a catalogue of over 30 songs, the public can sing along to their favourite tunes while enjoying the visual treatment of these songs by selected artists and designers. Reception at 7pm. 40 Baker St. www. edvideo.org/ Friday december 2 The Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) project and the College of Management and Economics present the 2011 ICASP Symposium ‘Making the Changes: Ethics and the Improvising Business’. 1-6pm, 2nd floor, Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. Musical performance in main gallery 8-10pm. All events free, open to public. 358 Gordon St. www.uoguelph. ca/cme/2011-icasp-symposiummaking-changes-ethics-and-improvising-business saturday december 3
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University of Guelph Choirs presents ‘Follow That Star! Sacred Songs of Hope’ with conductors Marta McCarthy & Lanny Fleming. Accompanist Betty Maher. Guest Artists: BRASSROOTS! Brass Quartet. 8pm at Church of Our Lady, 28 Norfolk St. Tickets: $15 General Admission, $10 Student / Senior. Monday december 5 C.J. Munford Centre presents confidential, educational workshops for women. This week’s focus is on ‘HIV/Aids Prevention’, led by Allyson Ions, McMaster University. 5-6:15pm in Mackinnon Room 055. For further information email: email@example.com tuesday december 6
Anniversary of Polytechnique. 9am – 4:30pm: All-day commemorative display, guest book, and informational pamphlets in the UC Courtyard. Facilitators and organizers will be present to discuss violence against women. 5:30-7pm: Film Screening of “Polytechnique” by Dennis Villenave in UC 103. Songwriters Open Stage 8pm at the eBar. All welcome. Bring your instrument, PA provided. Free admission. Guelph Guild of Storytellers special pre-Christmas event featuring Guelph’s own songwriter/raconteur James Gordon. 7-8:30pm at the Guelph Public Library, Main
Branch, 100 Norfolk St. Free admission; donations accepted for local charity. Information: www. guelpharts.ca/storytellers; firstname.lastname@example.org; or call 519-826-5948. Craving Change (TM) information session is an introduction to the 3-part Craving Change workshop series that focuses on eating behaviours. Admission free with a donation for the food bank. 7-8pm in the Health and Performance Centre, John T. Powell Building 2nd floor, Room 207. To register call 519 824-4120 ext. 53460. Guelph Arts Council Presents SCHMOOZEFEST – An arts networking event for the entire community. 5-7pm at the River
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