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dr. Angela davis speaks on Black history and occupy
Celebrated activist spoke to a packed house on Feb 2.
duncan day-myron
As part of Black History Month, Dr. Angela Davis spoke in a crowded War Memorial Hall on Feb. 2. Davis is a celebrated activist and intellectual, whose involvement in the activist community has spanned over four decades. Davis first rose to prominence during the Civil Rights Movement, which she advocates renaming the Freedom Movement, in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, she was a members of the Black Panther Party and the Communist Party USA, twice running as their vice-presidential candidate. Since then, she has continued both activist and intellectual pursuits, and is a professor emeritus of the University of California, Santa Cruz. Black History Month was the first topic Davis addressed, and brought up Shukree Hassan Tilghman’s film More Than A Month, and his quest to end Black History Month. “Black History Month summons us to reflect on the contributions of black people to society,” said Davis, recalling an encounter she had with

ceremony the Issues opens Black history Month gryphone
Julia falco
Black History Month’s kick-off started Feb. 1 at the University of Guelph with an opening ceremony, entitled “Black History Celebration”, in the University Centre courtyard. Hosted by Counselling & Disability Services and the C.J. Munford Centre, the ceremony featured guest speakers, performers, and a video presentation. The enthusiastic audience fed off of the energy of the speakers, so that by the end of the afternoon people were up and dancing to the live music. Although Black History Month celebrations at the university have not had outstanding turnouts in the past, this year was different, explains organizer Gbolahail Olarfwaju. “Students didn’t really know what Black History Month was all about, and I guess there was not as much publicity as far as advertising. But this year was a little different,” says Olarfwaju. “Now that we’re working with

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After 40 years, Angel davis is still an influential activist and fiercely dedicated to social justice.
Tilghman. “The most consequential speak on the topic of Black History, meaning of Black History Month is specifically discussing the writings its focus on […] the history of the of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and struggle for freedom, freedom for reading from sections of his 1967 all beings who suffer from the wide series of lectures for the CBC, The range of subjugation we have wit- Trumpet of Conscience. nessed on this planet.” SEE angela PAGE 4 From here, Davis continued to

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Winterfest: connecting students to the community
This past Sunday, in the midst of the dreary winter season, Winterfest brought students and the community together for a day of mutual learning and celebration. YoU in Guelph, a new initiative from the University’s Student Life organization, and the city’s neighbourhood groups joined forces to present Winterfest, an annual half-day, multi-site event that invites all members of the Guelph community to participate in various events from skating, to indoor games and crafts. “Each neighbourhood group puts their own little twist on the day. Some activities include face painting, making pine cone bird feeders, ski races, potato sac races, and so much more,” said Ellis Hayman, community engagement and leadership liaison MArIAnne poIntner for YoU in Guelph. “[YoU in Guelph] has been de- despite the lack of snow, Winterfest welcomed children of all ages to participate in a day of games and activities. signed to help connect students with the needs of lower income Winterfest. Student volunteers are feel like an insular part of the we hope that local neigbourhoods local neighborhood groups in the connected with the city’s neigh- broader Guelph community, will receive genuine assistance community,” explained Hayman. bourhood groups, and work to YoU in Guelph underlines the and the chance to both connect “It offers students the opportu- facilitate greater community- importance of recognizing that with the campus community and nity to share and develop their University collaboration. there is more to Guelph than the recruit new volunteers.” skills while helping to serve after“It is great for students to begin University. Overall, Winterfest was well reschool programs, youth drop-ins, to understand the city of Guelph “It is our hope that by partic- ceived by participants. homework clubs, breakfast pro- at large,” said Hayman. “It is easy ipating in Winterfest, Guelph “It is so wonderful to learn about grams, and special community to never want to leave campus, students will learn more about the the communities surrounding our events.” but some of the greatest learn- city and local involvement oppor- campus through meeting people As a part of this initiative, the ing for students stems from active tunities and will be encouraged and interacting with young famigroup maintains relationships community engagement and to continue making a difference lies,” said a participant in the Two with Guelph’s neighbourhood brand new experiences.” in the community in the years to Rivers Neighbourhood Group. “I groups to create events like While the campus can at times come,” said Hayman. “In addition, would do it again in a heartbeat.”

labour strike averted After days of tense debate, a tentative resolution has been found between the City of Toronto and its outside worker unions, eliminating the looming threat of a strike. While details of the negotiations have not yet been released, it is clear that the union members lost portions of their job-security and other contract rights to the city council. The proposed contract will have the final details finished on Monday before it gets sent to both the unions and council for a vote. The Ford administration is touting the negotiations as a success in its goal to trim down the city’s operating costs, become more efficient, and to provide a better value for taxpayer money. (Toronto Star)

gryphone: guelph student’s now have their own app
alicJa Grzadkowska
While the new bus routes have been causing stress for many local commuters, one student has designed a solution to end the confusion. Tornike Natsvlishvili’s answer to the occasionally mystifying bus schedules has not been to petition for a return to the previous bus routes. Instead, Natsvlishvili created an application for Android cell phones that helps travelling students figure out bus arrival times faster. Called GryPhone, the app allows the student to use their keypad to click on the bus route that they are planning to take, and shows them where the bus is on the route. Unlike the Next Bus service offered by Guelph Transit, the user does not need to call the Guelph Transit phone number or remember the specific code for each stop that they may use. “I’ve simplified the process as much as possible,” said Natsvlishvili. “Two clicks and you see where the bus is and when it will come. You can also see your own location with the GPS.” However, GryPhone isn’t just beneficial for students taking the bus. The app has many features specifically designed for University of Guelph students. “GryPhone includes functions like the University library search, access to your class schedule, plus notifications of when your classes are starting, and all the news and events concerning the University,” said Natsvlishvili. The GPS also allows students to see a map of the campus as well as their location on the map. Natsvlishvili’s inspiration for the application came from his own experience as a student. “I created the app on my own, using my own ideas about which features I wanted to have access to,” said Natsvlishvili. Finding it hard to look up information about upcoming events and news from the university home page, he decided to bring all the features of university life together in a streamlined package. Although the application is currently only available for the Android mobile system,

By-election called in layton’s former riding Prime Minister Stephen Harper has called a byelection for the riding formerly held by late NDP leader Jack Layton. The by-election for the TorontoDanforth seat will take place on Mar. 12 between Craig Scott of the NDP, and Andrew Keys for the Conservative Party of Canada. Scott is a 49-year-old Osgoode Hall law professor and has been focusing on housing issues and the environment in the Danforth region for 20 years. Andrew Keys is a communications consultant for the City of Toronto, though the party does not have much faith in his ability to win over the long time liberal riding. The Liberal party has yet to select a candidate for the byelection. (National Post)


supergiant crustacean A huge crustacean has been found seven kilometres deep in the waters off the coast of New Zealand. The creature called “the supergiant” is a type of amphipod that usually is only around two to three centimetres long; this one was 34 cm. The creature was found using a large metal trap which had a deep sea observation camera mounted onto it. Seven specimens were caught and returned to the surface by the trap, while another nine were caught on camera in the one area. Scientists who are now studying the creatures see this as just another example of how little they know about the world even after so many years of studying it. (BBC News) Compiled by Stephen Fournier

gryphone: bringing the university under one app.
Natsvlishvili plans to expand first to Apple phones, and then to Blackberries. He is also open to feedback about the app. “So far, these are the features that I’ve come up with,” said Natsvlishvili. “But if I get good reviews and input about the application, I will incorporate more options for students.”


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assassinated precisely at the moment when this huge uprising was being planned that would bring together people,” said Davis. “You might say the uprising of the 99 per cent against the one per cent.” Kings lectures also referenced Roosevelt’s “New Deal” in the 1930s, and the large-scale working class protests that took place to bring that about. Relating modern activist movements to these important movements of the past indicated that this was an ongoing struggle of the poor, of which black Americans had played an indelible part. Davis also discussed the role of people whose faces and names are not remembered with the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century. Specifically she mentioned black women domestic workers, referring to them as those who refused to sit at the back of the bus, and discussing the importance of their refusal to work under segregation. Discussing the importance of nameless groups and unrecognized people in the context of the Occupy movement seemed to lend further support to the black history CONTINUED activists protesting collectively as “the 99 per cent.” While her lifetime of activist counseling services, it gets out to a lot more people.” work has covered many topics and involved many issues, one University leaders Rose McLeod, of the ones which has become facilitator at C.J. Munford Centre; more prominent in Davis’s work Bruno Mancini, director of Counrecently was also discussed, that selling & Disability Services; and of prison reform. Although it is Mahejabeen Ebrahim, associate an issue she has discussed pub- director of Human Rights and Eqlicly going back to the ‘70s, Davis uity, shared comments on what has written two books in the past Black History Month means to the university. 10 years on the subject. At the end of the lecture, the Mancini spoke on the imporfloor was opened up to ques- tance of embracing diversity, and tions. It was a crowded house, how diversity has enhanced our and the lineup at the microphone community. was perhaps a little long. Unfor“We used to be a predominantly tunately, Davis did not have the white population, but I am proud opportunity to answer a ques- to say that over the last five [or] 10 tion from everyone who got up years, I look around and I see people to ask, but that so many people from various cultures, various reliwere stirred to conversation was gions, various races,” said Mancini. a sign that it was a highly suc- “And it is indeed because of that, that cessful lecture. we are a better, stronger university.”

included powerful poetry readings of “Still I Rise” and “The Phenomenal Women” by Maya Angelou. Likewise, a video consisting of clips from moving speeches by Martin Luther King Jr., Lincoln Alexander, and President Barack Obama was screened. The goals of the ceremony to unify the community in the celebration of Black history and look for progress in racial diversity were certainly met. “It’s an amazing time to just remember the accomplishments of the Black people who have been here before us, and not to really dwell on the past, but to see where we’re going and see how far we’ve come,” said Olarfwaju. “It was a great kick-off to the celebration and it really highlights the achievements [ ] in the fight for civil rights,” said Anne Simpson-Porco, fourth year Molecular-Biology and Genetics Major.

Written 45 years ago, Davis contextualized King’s lectures, which she referred to as “his most radical words,” within modern activist movements, specifically the recent Occupy movement. In those lectures, King spoke about the planning of a large-scale protest in the streets of Washington, with thousands of trained activists leading the charge with volunteer activists. “I think it’s important that we reflect on the fact that he was

“The most consequential meaning of Black History Month is its focus on the struggle for freedom.”
– Dr. Angela Davis

Other highlights of the event

embracing diversity
Understand the challenges
beth Purdon-mclellan
As part of Black History Month, the CJ Munford Centre hosted a panel discussion entitled “ Embracing Diversity” on Feb. 1 in the University Centre. The panel discussion featured Saba Safdar, professor of social psychology and James Atsu Amegashie, associate professor of economics. The discussion provided an excellent starting point for students to understand diversity, and participate in other events presented by the Munford Centre. Safdar began the discussion by providing a definition of what diversity is. “Diversity is basically the presence of differences,” said Safdar. “Difference means different meaning; the meanings of our behaviours, the meaning of our norms, the meanings of our activities.” She continued to explain that diversity has come to also mean inclusion of people from all different cultural backgrounds, abilities and sexual orientations. Understanding how people deal with diversity is especially relevant in Canada, and will only become more important as time progresses. “Imagine you are born with a particular set of tinted colour glasses,” said Safdar. “The thing is, people from different cultures are born with different coloured glasses. We are all looking at the same world, but we see it with a different colour.” Amegashie brought up the question of whether or not there are limits to diversity, drawing on his own experience of moving from Ghana to Canada. The question was opened up to those in attendance, where students discussed their own perspectives. “I think what needs to be recognized is that diversity is not a value judgment,” said Rashelle Litchmore, who is pursuing her master’s in cross-cultural psychology. “I think that people need to recognize that although we all come into this world with one set of coloured glasses, there’s a lot of overlap in our practices and beliefs.” Litchmore, also stressed the importance of remembering the roots of cultures, and also the history behind how certain cultures were spread around the world. Many problems of diversity arose because of a history of power and dominance. The panel discussion was successful in bringing together the perspectives of both professors and students, and raised key issues that will be topics of focus throughout Black History Month.

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The cJ Munford centre encouraged students to participate in the panel discussion “embracing diversity.”

Scientists determine that cinnamon helps reduce visible signs of aging
arielle duhaime-ross
For most undergraduate students, worrying about skin elasticity is a bit premature. In fact, this science writer is tempted to argue that worrying about skin elasticity at any point is probably not the best use of one’s time. Setting aside my own personal gripes about the cosmetics industry, however, researchers have determined that cinnamon could actually be used as an anti-aging skin care product. In this study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers looked at the effect of seven different types of herbs and spices including saffron, turmeric, paprika, garlic and black pepper, on the production of type I collagen in human skin cells. Collagen, and more specifically type I collagen, is a protein found in skin that reduces and degrades as we age, causing a loss of skin elasticity and strength. Cinnamon quickly became the focus of their study as the extract appeared to be a powerful inducer of type I collagen, increasing the collagen level in the cell for a period of six hours after treatment. There are many different species of cinnamon and their chemical composition varies from plant to plant, so the researchers narrowed their research to three common types of cinnamon. They used cassia cinnamon (Cinnamomum aromaticum), the type of cinnamon one usually finds at the super market; true cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum); and an unknown cinnamon. Surprisingly, they found that all the extracts more than doubled the production of collagen in the skin cells, indicating that the active component is a general cinnamon constituent. The researchers, led by Dr. Naoko Takasao of Osaka Prefecture University in Japan, used high-performance liquid chromatography in order to identify the active component. They determined that cinnamaldehyde is the major active component in cinnamon. It activates the Insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) signaling pathway independently from IGF-I, thereby enhancing

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scientifically Inclined: cinnamon skin care?


the expression of collagen in the skin. Thus, cinnamon extract facilitates the synthesis of collagen in the skin, the breakdown of which is responsible, along with elastic fiber breakdown, for the skin’s aged appearance in our later years. Readers are cautioned that ingesting more cinnamon, although delicious, will not improve the overall look of your skin. If you

wish to try a cinnamon-based stop there. Cinnamon is already an skin care treatment, the best way important component of Chinese would be rub it directly onto the medicine. It has been used to treat skin. Previous studies have also blood circulation problems and shown that cinnamon, when ap- inflammation. Most recently, true plied topically, will penetrate the cinnamon has been credited with skin over a period of 24 hours. This being able to mimic the benefits of method, however, has not yet insulin, demonstrating potential been tested in relation to topical as a treatment for diabetes. skin care, so you might want to hold off on raiding your spice rack. Arielle blogs about science at The benefits of cinnamon do not


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recycle Mania
is guelph up to the challenge?
by beth Purdon-mclellan
program, and they hope to encourage more students to take advantage of the recycling opportunity. Students are finding that although more electronics are available, they are not always built to last.

On Feb. 6 Guelph kicked off its first Recycle Mania campaign, an eight week long event that promotes recycling and sustainability. Recycle Mania is a contest that originated by universities in the United States. Now, there are over 600 schools across North America that are participating in the event. “The general concept of the competition looks at several categories, and basically looks at how much the school recycles,” said Tamara Tukhareli, Recycling Coordinator with Physical Resources. The Waste Management with the City of Guelph monitors how much the university sends as recycling and then relays those numbers to the Sustainability Office. The school with the largest tonnage diverted from landfills The electronic recycle program wins the competition. This year, does more than just cut down on the University of Guelph’s biggest waste, it supports community competitors are the University of initiative as well. The program Ottawa and Queen’s University. has a contract with Production For the first month, Guelph will Works, a co-operative based out be focusing on recycling electron- of Wellington Community Living. ics. The university already has a Production Works employs indivery strong electronics recycling viduals with differing mental and

“The general concept of the competition looks at several categories, and basically looks at how much the school recycles.”

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physical resources at u of g encourages students to recycle their electronics for the north American recycling competition recycle Mania.
physical abilities, and provides a work environment where they can manufacture electronic parts. “The majority of electronics that we collect on campus are sent to them,” said Tukhareli. “They are able to take them apart right there and melt them down into parts.” Once they have made the new parts, Production Works is able sell their product and divide the profit they receive. However, since some of the electronics could pose a health risk to the workers, the university has a second contract with Green Tech who picks up the recycling that could be potentially harmful. So far, Recycle Mania has gotten off to a great start. With student awareness and participation, the university hopes that Recycle Mania will become an annual event.

frontier college promotes literacy in guelph
tyler Valiquette
Frontier College is Canada’s oldest national not-for-profit literacy organization. It was founded in 1899 by Alfred Fitzpatrick who famously said “we must educate the whole family wherever the work is, wherever they make their living.” This principle has been the philosophy of Frontier College ever since. Literacy issues in Canada were major deterrents facing new immigrants during the early 1900s. Frontier College worked with laborers from many sectors– from the bush, to the mine. After the Second World War, jobs in Canada began to demand more literary skills. The labor market began to shift from rural to urban. Frontier College adapted by becoming involved in community development, technical programs, literacy training and aid for the disenfranchised. These became the main Focuses of the College’s activities. Presently, Frontier College helps those on the periphery with the help of their national network and volunteers. The volunteers act as tutors and help educate individuals from all areas of society: adults in the workplace, homeless youth, prison inmates, recent immigrants to Canada and people with disabilities. There is currently a Frontier College chapter aiding youth here in Guelph. “Guelph Frontier College Students for Literacy is a local student run campus chapter organization focusing on the literacy needs of

“Our club provides the opportunity for university students to make a difference in the guelph community through volunteer tutoring with children and youth who struggle with reading and writing.” – Amber Carrigan
children and youth in the Guelph community,” explains Amber Carrigan, a volunteer with the program. “We currently have five programs in Guelph and over

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60 university student volunteers.” The programs are designed to meet the needs of a diverse group of students. While some of the tutoring is done in groups, Frontier College also insures that students receive one to one support. “Additionally, we have two homework clubs, one in partnership with Parkwood Gardens and the other with Two Rivers,” said Carrigan Our homework clubs provide afterschool support for children who need assistance with homework beyond the school hours. Lastly, we have a reading-circle at Priory Park, where volunteers buddy up with students to improve upon reading skills.” Students who are inter ested in community involvement will find no shortage of opportunity at Frontier College. “Our club provides the opportunity for university students to make a difference in the Guelph community through volunteer tutoring with children and youth who struggle with reading and writing,” said Carrigan. “[We are] hoping to expand our programs next year and to continue to make a difference in the Guelph community.”

Arts & culture
Boys Will Be Boys at Zavitz
nick reVinGton
Artists Benjamin Arbour and Brad Houghton set out to see if the saying is true with their show entitled Boys Will Be Boys. The exhibit opened Feb. 2 in the Zavitz Gallery, showing how their early childhoods remain an influence in their works to the present day. “We wanted to see if we were able to show a progressive development in our work, while at the same time show that, in ways, our early childhood work has remained strong even in our later contemporary work, in that the themes and ideas remain the same,” said Arbour. Houghton added that they have found their works are often referred to as masculine, a fact they attribute to their upbringings as typical North American boys. “As a result, all our painting—even my painting of a girl in there—has a masculine feel, a style, to it. We found it interesting how both our styles reflected that,” Houghton said. The pieces on display were arranged roughly chronologically, such that each artist’s works started on opposite sides of the room, displaying drawings of dinosaurs and aliens from childhood and progressing to meet at the centre of the back wall with more recent works. The pieces were selected to illustrate this continuum, and so included paintings, drawings and prints rather than a single medium.

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“My early work is my later work, because in many ways as i progress as an artist i devolve back to my childhood roots.” – Benjamin Arbou
Houghton said his interest in drawing superheroes as a child got him interested in figure drawing and anatomy. Indeed, one of the childhood drawings he presented was an anatomical diagram of a pterodactyl, complete with

misspelled labels. His interest in light developed later as he learned more about art, and now all his pieces focus primarily on these elements. His painting “Self-Portrait From Memory,” illustrates this, as it combines four self-portraits done from slightly different angles. None is complete on its own, but among them, all the components are there. Arbour, meanwhile, preferred to focus on creating a narrative with his cartoonish scenes, harkening back to childhood. “My early work is my later work, because in many ways as I progress as an artist I devolve back to my childhood roots and I try to find ways I can get back in touch with childhood,” Arbour said. “They both contain big destructive battle scenes and stick people.” His mixed-media piece “Maneater,” created to vent after a breakup, was one such example, as it featured a giant grotesque naked woman squashing a city and drinking wine with stick men floating in it, all the while being shot at with hashed-line bullets from crudely drawn attack helicopters. Boys will, indeed, be boys.

MArIAnne poIntner

Boys Will Be Boys showcased progressing artistic interests in things like aliens, monsters, robots and spaceships at Zavitz gallery from Jan. 30-feb. 3.

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film review: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

was produced. Regardless, it worked. natasha Visosky Horn’s performance was my favourite asBased on the 2005 novel by Jon- pect of this film. One reason I found athan Safran Foer, Extremely myself so touched by Loud & Incredibly Close is a boy’s recollection of “The Worst Day,” this story is because Sept. 11, 2001, and his subsequent it covers one of the quest around New York City after greatest tragedies his father’s death in the attacks. of our time. There After finding a mysterious key are countless movin his father’s closet, Oskar, 9, ies about the World (played by Thomas Horn, 14) Wars and other hisspends every Saturday searching torical hardships, but for the lock it fits, trying to bring as a young Canadian, meaning to his father’s death. I – as I’m sure many Oskar is a gifted young boy of you as well – have who may or may not suffer from not known such a Asperger’s Syndrome. Usually thing to occur so close when a child plays such a signifi- to home. Seeing the cant role in a film, I am dubious. events through the They often come across as though eyes of innocence ofthey are trying to act older than fers viewers a whole they are, and are awkward to new level of underwatch doing so. However, even standing of the event. as Horn’s first acting role, the acI only have two criticisms. I do tor’s performance was excellent. think they could have made cerFrom his solo scenes, monologues, tain scenes more visceral. The and close-ups of his face emot- level of panic on “The Worst Day” ing so naturally, to his dialogues seemed extremely toned down, and his interactions with all the from New Yorkers on the street people he meets on his jour- to Oskar and his family. This may ney, I really do believe Thomas have been to keep the rating at a Horn has a great future in acting. PG level. Secondly, I found myThanks to Stephen Daldry’s (Billy self disappointed at the end of Elliot) directing, another emo- Oskar’s quest. Not the end of the tionally charged film featuring movie, but of his findings about a young boy in a tough situation the key. I’ll stop myself there.


Overall, this is a good film. The acting was excellent (what little you saw of Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock was exactly what you would expect from each of them), the story was touching (only a little bit long), and although the subject matter was heavy, the movie won’t leave you feeling depressed. I would say go see it, but don’t rush; renting it would work just as well as seeing it on the big screen.


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ArtS & CULtUrE

lights returns to guelph concert Theatre
michael lonG
If the extent of your knowledge of Lights begins and ends at Drive My Soul, chances are you remember her as a well-polished, spacey, pop artist. However, as I found out on Friday, such a description does little justice to her considerable talents. For those of you who already knew this, you may also know that her new album, Siberia, features a grittier and heavier sound than her debut. Influenced by that notoriously polarizing genre, dubstep, the new album is a slight departure from her 2009 release, The Listening. Scratchier beats and a generally less perfect, less dreamy sound are the main differences. Nevertheless, it is clear that this is still the same artist. The sound retains its atmospheric quality, and is kept at a running pace by a well-worked synthesizer. Moreover, the key element of both albums, Lights’ voice, is thankfully as unadulterated as ever – a fact which translates just as well live as it does on the album. Walking into the near capacity Guelph Concert Theatre, the sight of two keyboards placed on either side of a microphone, backed up by even more keyboards gave none too subtle hints of what one could expect. After a bit of wait, the anxious crowd (many of whom were adorned with glow sticks and various shades of neon) were relieved when Lights burst on stage for her first song, “Banner.” Right away, a couple of things became clear. First, the accompanying light show, considering the name of the performer, was going to be suitably awesome. Second, it became obvious that the clarity of the lyrics was going to take a back seat to the synths and beats – probably just a natural result of this type of live performance. Frankly, this may not have been a bad thing. It seemed to have the effect of washing away a lot of the sentimentality buried under those riff. Altogether this contributed to a feeling of rawness that Lights was most likely aiming for. By the time we hit the titletrack, “Siberia,” two more things emerged, chief among which were her vocal talents. Though difficult to describe, the title of her song “Flux and Flow” summed up her voice pretty well. The quality of her voice is revealed in its ability to reach crispy highs at whim. The intensity of those transitions made her performance feel impassioned but never reckless enough to harm the melodic – albeit cranked – instrumentals. The unusual effect of those fast, atmospheric rhythms and hard beats reverberating up your feet by way of the subwoofers was a


lights performed material new and old at guelph concert Theatre on feb. 3, just months after playing the university of guelph’s W.f. Mitchell Athletic centre during orientation Week.
cool experience. Add that together with Lights’ spot-on, yet simultaneously raw vocals, and the result produced a sound that proves Lights is better live than on record. Playing an equal number of songs from old and new albums, with only occasional dubstep breakdowns giving away some newer songs, Lights seems to have Well, for one, it never ceases to imsucceeded in creating the elu- press when a voice sounds better sive “similar-but-not-the-same” live than on record – even if the second album. The fans no doubt lyrics are fuzzy. Second, turning appreciated this, and, without fac- up the bass makes atmospheric toring in cries of “why are you so music uniquely amazing. And lasthot?!” favourites of the night in- ly, if you haven’t given Lights a try, cluded “Ice, Saviour, and Toes.” you’re missing out on a brilliant So, what have we learned here? Canadian performer in her prime.








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Canadian folk artist plans to fund upcoming projects with Canadian tire money
tom beedham
Over the past four months, Toronto folk musician Corin Raymond has been getting well acquainted with a certain Scotsman. It’s a relationship that has brought him frequent mail deliveries of currency and the attention of national press. It’s all because Raymond thought up an unconventional way to fund his new album: pay for the whole thing – recording, mixing, mastering, pressing, etc. – entirely with Canadian Tire money. The ball started rolling last summer after Raymond co-wrote a song called “Don’t Spend It, Honey” with Winnipeg, Man. friend and touring buddy, Rob Vaarmeyer. Adopting the novelty currency that is offered by the Canadian retailer in denominations as low

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your canadian tire money is welcome here
as three cents as the song’s sub- “It just made them happy in a really ject matter, the chorus has had Canadian way.” Raymond singing, “Don’t spend “I’ve got a journal entry from it, honey!/Not the Canadian Tire Oct. 30 where I’m like, ‘I’m up to money!/We’ve saved it so long!” two dollars and 45 cents!’ I was in bars across the country for so stoked, because that was probmonths. It’s also put Raymond at ably six different people that gave the center of an interesting cul- me money. People give you like 30 tural phenomenon. cents or whatever.” By mid-December, Raymond had amassed $60 in Canadian Tire bills. After noticing the effect his song was having on audiences, and learning that Toronto bar the Done Right Inn accepted Canadian Tire money at par, Raymond entertained the idea of filming a music video at the watering hole and buying everyone drinks with the funny money. “I actually even had my friend talk to the owner ‘cause there’s a 30-dollar limit, and I got it waived for me for one night only,” said Raymond. At the time, Raymond was also in the planning stages of putting “Every time I pulled the song out, together a live album that would people started giving me Canadian feature cover songs by musicians Tire money,” Raymond told The and peers he had met touring Ontarion after a performance at North America. Discussing the upGuelph’s Magnolia Café on Jan. 28. coming recording over lunch with producer James Paul of Toronto’s JordAnnA rAchInsky Rogue Studios, the singer brought up the response he was receiving canadian tire money rains from the ceiling while corin raymond for “Don’t Spend It, Honey” and and the sundowners perform at The tranzac club in toronto. his plans to record the video at the Done Right. prompting them to mail donations find me,” Raymond recalled. “And “And then he told me that Rogue of whatever amounts of the Cana- it’s funny when television prohas always accepted [Canadian dian Tire money they could spare. ducers and radio producers are Tire money] at par. He told me Even before sending out a press trying to find you and you don’t that and a lot of coloured lights release, Raymond found himself have a mobile phone.” started going off in my head.” welcoming members of the press By the time he had performed at From then on, Raymond from The Toronto Star and Inside Guelph’s Magnolia Café on Jan. 28, planned to fund the live record- Toronto into his Kensington Mar- the singer had amassed over $1600 ing entirely with Canadian Tire ket home two days after posting in small change. On Feb. 6, he anmoney. a Youtube video titled “Canadian nounced having reached $2003.05, After meeting with Paul, Ray- Tire Starter” on Jan. 10. a total that included a $29.15 domond posted some Facebook “I was not prepared for that day. nation from the props department statuses about his plan, releas- I woke up and there were so many at This Hour Has 22 Minutes. ing his address to the public and crazy messages…people trying to While he’s been urged by many to reach out to Canadian Tire itself, Raymond insists that isn’t the point of what he’s doing. “The whole point of this project is that it completely belongs to us. There’s no middle man here,” Raymond said. He relates his campaign to Cool Hand Luke’s title character. “There’s that great scene in Cool Hand Luke after he eats the 50 eggs and he can’t move and he’s got that grin on his face ‘cause he did it. I’m creating so much more happiness because of the absurdity of what I’m doing.” With enough money to fund the live album he originally set out to create, Raymond plans to ride out the campaign as far as he can. “I’m gonna see if I can get $10,000. I mean, that’s like the white whale for Ahab,” Raymond said. “Who doesn’t want to see that?” “I’m entering Canadian folklore territory here, and I’m doing it five cents at a time.”

“i’m entering Canadian folklore territory here, and i’m doing it five cents at a time”
–Corin raymond


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The pop Machine: M.I.A.’s middle digit
ton beedham
more than his consent). force one to question whether or This year’s entertainment came not the groups expected the type Oh, the Super Bowl. Ever since even closer to competing with of outcome that came about, esJanet Jackson’s nipple slip fias- 2004’s wardrobe catastrophe pecially when they are the main co in 2004, people have tuned when UK rapper M.I.A. ended a profiteers. into its halftime show wonder- freestyle by flipping off a camWith Madonna heading a team ing if some controversy might top era (and by implication, anyone of performers that also includthat wardrobe malfunction, and watching the Super Bowl) and say- ed LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, and Cee that’s attention its programmers ing the word “shit.” Lo Green, it was a surprise that have benefited from in ratings. Prompted by negative respons- M.I.A.’s performance was the After a few years spent filling es to the incident, NBC and the only one that managed to offend the much coveted slot with safe NFL issued apologies to viewers. viewers: Madonna has been a symperformances from rock stars Because M.I.A. did not fully enun- bol for controversy since early in teetering nervously before their ciate the word “shit,” that keeps her performing career, and Nicki date of expiration (Paul McCart- her, NBC, and the NFL safe from Minaj adopts a hyper-sexualized ney in 2005, The Rolling Stones in any FCC fines that might have oth- image in most of her perfor2006, Prince in 2007, Tom Petty & erwise been issued for the word. mances, while obscenities make the Heartbreakers in 2008, Bruce The case for her flipping off the frequent appearances in her songs. Springsteen in 2009, and The Who camera, on the other hand, is a As for M.I.A., it’s almost imposin 2010), people must have stopped different story. According to NFL sible to track down an interview getting their hopes up for some spokesperson Brian McCarthy, in which she doesn’t let a few frelatable source of gossip fodder. M.I.A. did not use the gesture bombs slip. Handing her a mic I only suggest that because it is in dress rehearsals for the show. and putting her on the TV during the only thing that explains to me However, because the gesture what turned out to be the mostwhy last year, Super Bowl pro- could not be censored, the FCC watched program in the history grammers assaulted audiences and could still fine the NBC. of United States television, they music everywhere with a TRON: Needless to say, the NBC and should have known the risk they Legacy-themed performance that the NFL are not indicating that were taking. involved Fergie butchering “Sweet they are all too happy with the It’s also kind of hard to take Child O’ Mine” with Slash (don’t events. However, the entire con- the NBC and the NFL’s apology let him get off the hook; he gave text of the situation really does seriously, as when you think a


little more critically and consider that Cee Lo Green and LMFAO are basically walking signifiers of obscenities. LMFAO’s very name is an acronym that has a swear word

built into it, and Cee Lo Green is best known for “Fuck You,” a song titled after the very same sentiment behind M.I.A.’s spontaneous gesture.

Artifacts of the everyday: The Bland season
seamus oGden
This is the second of a series of reflections on art in our everyday lives. An homage to artists and their work. An exhibit for curious eyes and ears. gratitude for the things that colour our lives. posters (Gopnik, you may remember, made a stop in Guelph), and the timely winter subject-matter, the curious season has been in the wanderings of my mind for months. Gopnik, indirectly, turned my gaze. From where I stand, amidst the monotony of short gray days, the perspective is only grim. month, the bland season presses on, slow and committed. This time each year I become a facet of myself that I hate: my winterself. I try to run away from him. My winterself runs from everything: decisions, company, duty, love. He breaks it all apart and leaves me to gather up the broken parts come spring. Spring, beautiful spring. The days of cunning lust. The misunderstood season. Pomp and promiscuity, and joyous perversion are in truth a fidelity, a loyalty to greater things – to love, always, and desire, infinitely. These are foreign words in winter’s tongue. We only starve now for new reflections of ourselves, that hide our fuller, sadder cheeks. We stare into the cozy, fire-side eyes of some nobody’s face. Like the too-short days, these shadows of warmth never last long enough. Nothing does. It’s last call now. The beer, our blood, our temperaments are at their thickest and darkest. If winter could be the end, it wouldn’t hesitate. That bastard always tries. But those little seeds rest warmly in the soil-womb of Earth, above the graves from winters’ past, waiting. And the sprouts are all surprised when they taste the light, and peek out over tiny horizons to find a whole world to grow upon, and company. Until then, only a cold rain falls.

Every day starts with the weather. We step out the door into an openness weaved together by the great forces that decide the day. Cloud, rain, snow, wind and the like all tower above us with their rhythms and pressures shaping our moods and thoughts. It is the winter season when this presence is most violently experienced. The latest of the Massey Lectures (an annual lecture series and national treasure worth checking out if you’re unfamiliar) deals with the season’s mysterious hold on us. Canadian New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik explores winter’s place in the literature, history and heart of our civilization in WinYes, here we are at the coldter: Five Windows on the Season. blooded heart of it, too far gone As an honest pseudo-journalist, to turn back. Still, with the I must say I haven’t read a word boozy-taste of nostalgia, we of it. I excuse myself, for I don’t can’t help but turn our malaiseintend to comment on its mer- drunk attention back toward the its. I wish only to notice that like never-was. We ask: When did it any old thing, works of art have a get like this? When did it all go way of nestling into your life un- bad? “November/ it only believes seen and settling where they will. / in a pile of dead leaves / and a With all the chatter on CBC Radio moon / that’s the colour of bone,” about the lectures, the coffee shop Tom Waits howls. And from that

i wish only to notice that like any old thing, works of art have a way of nestling into your life unseen and settling where they will.

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lana del rey, Born to Die
duncan day-myron
Shortly after her first video, for “Video Games”, debuted online, the praise levied towards American pop singer Lana Del Rey was astonishing. With only one song and video, she garnered millions of views and tens of thousands of courtesy comments on YouTube and ended up on dozens of Best of 2011 lists. with the very melody of the song By the time her first album even during the chorus, the part came out, however, most of that that people recognize and idenpraise had turned sour. Unaided tify with– it was overall a fine by a truly remarkably bad night performance, and will perhaps of performances on Saturday quell some of the criticism, which Night Live, she was and contin- I truly feel has been misplaced. ues to be absolutely pilloried in Del Rey sings like she’s Fiona the media and reviews for Born to Apple or Hope Sandoval doing Die haven’t mimicked the praised an impression of Cat Power. But levied at her debut single. A list aping the sounds of sincere artof the worst things said about her ists doesn’t give her any genuine album in various reviews is cur- pedigree: everything about Del rently making its way around the Rey is contrived, calculated and Internet. finely crafted. This is in part why A recent performance on David the reaction against her album Letterman went a long way in re- has, in some instances, been so deeming her. Although she made strong. People mistook what was a few of the same mistakes she essentially just-another-popstar did on SNL– namely, fucking for a songwriter of integrity and class, the kind of performer who The album is, like most pop deis generally held to a different buts, totally front loaded. It starts standard. We expect something off with “Born to Die”, with different from the Joanna New- “Blue Jeans” and “Video Games” soms of the world than we do the coming in third and fourth. Those Ke$has, and Del Rey is definitely are the three singles so far, so you part of the latter category. don’t have to make much of an Ke$ha is a good benchmark effort to get to what you bought for comparison actually. They the album for. are both medium talented pop In between tracks one and two singers who got into the busi- is “Off to the Races,” a catchier ness simply because their wealth number than any of her sinand looks put them in a position gles, and will likely end up on where they could become pop the radio before long. It’s one singers given the right amount of the few times that she breaks of effort. Del Rey’s image and from singing so low and one of her album are both the antithe- the few times that she seems at sis of Ke$ha’s debut. While Ke$ha all aware that she is singing pop wrote about partying, excess and music. It is one of the highlights hedonism, Del Rey croons mawk- of the album, but perhaps only ishly about death and despair by virtue of being surrounded with as much vim and vigour as by weaker songs. While “Video a valium addict. But their stark Games” deserved the attention thematic contrasts only highlight it got, the other two tracks tried the similarities: they both have too hard to mimic what made it such cartoonish images because unique, and they swell with orthey must rely almost exclusively chestra and overproduction to on them and the public percep- the point of excess. tions of their persona to sell “Diet Mountain Dew” and records. It is more about fame “National Anthem” are the two than it is about music, or pop- tracks which follow. Lyrically, stardom as a cult of personality. these are the album’s weakest point. While they don’t vary too much thematically from the rest of the album, they choruses are outright silly to the point of distraction. None of the songwriting is revelatory, and it all sort of has diminishing returns– the more you hear it, the more clichés you notice– but on these tracks it is especially weak. The rest of the album picks up, though, and is stronger than even the singles that start it off. “Radio” is a fine, pretty song, and on it Del Rey sounds far more capable and promising than she does at any other point, and, given the right timing, if “Summertime Sadness” were released to the radio, it would deserve to surpass even the attention given to “Video Games.” Del Rey is on track to being a one-hit wonder. She has yet to come at all close to the buzz her first song achieved, and her public image is sliding into disfavour as quickly as it began, unfortunately so. Taken as it is, Born to Die is a fine pop album, which does enough right and differently to be interesting.


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list service: 25 albums to work out to
tom beedham


e In a digital age Servic where self-customized playlists are the norm, it’s easy to see how the concept of a list of albums to listen to when you’re at the gym can fall on deaf ears. The problem with random playlists, though, is their very nature. They’re random. You often get the urge to skip songs to get to prizes you stashed later in the playlist, and that can knock you right out of your zone. Albums, on the other hand, are calculated pieces of art: songs run together and energies build in a way that can immensely compliment the mental state you’re in. Here’s a list of albums you can work out to all the way through without reaching for the skip button.
Alexisonfire – Watch Out! The Brat Attack – From This Beauty Comes Chaos and Mayhem Bush – Sixteen Stone Cancer Bats – Hail Destroyer Daft Punk – Alive 2007 De Staat – Wait for Evolution Death From Above 1979 – You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine Deftones – White Pony DJ Shadow – Endtroducing Flobots – Fight with Tools Fugazi – 13 Songs Gallows – Grey Britain Girl Talk – All Day Iggy and the Stooges – Raw Power Justice – Cross Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Minor Threat – First two 7”s


on a 12” Protest the Hero – Kezia Rage Against the Machine – The Battle of Los Angeles Refused – The Shape of Punk to Come Soundgarden – Telephantasm Thrice – Vheissu Tool – Lateralus Trash Talk – Awake USS – Questamation

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canadian alt-country icon luther Wright of luther Wright and the Wrongs played a show at downtown guelph’s Magnolia café on feb. 4 with dobro player Burke carroll. famous for his work with both the Wrongs and Weeping tile, Wright’s latest release is a live album with new york’s the Jack grace Band.

sports & heAlth
A cry to what used to be a fan
michael Petrella
I can’t remember the last time I saw a totally rammed W.F. Mitchell Athletics Centre, or a rambunctious crowd inhabiting Alumni Stadium for a football game (besides Homecoming). It appears the days are gone when sports really mattered, and being a fan was important. And that, I just don’t understand. Being a fan can be the most exciting experience– if you choose it to be. Sports are the original reality television, and the controversy you seek from Gossip Girl happens every night a the University of Guelph. Listen, fuck Snooki, fuck the Real World, and fuck MTV. If you want to see some real unscripted magic, check out the blood sweat and tears varsity athletes pour into their sport. And trust me when I say there is magic to be had – but only if the fans are along for the ride. As much as varsity athletes play for themselves and their team, the fans are just as important. Fans give you a reason to display your talents. They give you a reason to work harder, because talent doesn’t really matter if no one is watching. So try to be a fan again. At the very least it will provide you with two hours where you aren’t worrying about that midterm next week. When I say be a fan, I mean BE A FAN. None of that nice ‘fair play’ shit. Get on the pisser before the game, for all I care. Be loud. Be excited. And hate the other team as much as the players do. In the end, there are no strings attached for a fan. There are no real anxieties. Your team wins – great, they lose – just keep drinking and I’m sure the night will turn out fine. I often wonder why the attendance at varsity events has diminished in past years. I’ve been here for some time, and the support has never been lower. The disappointing fact is that Guelph Athletics is on the rise and there are some exciting players to watch. Players that will get you out of your seat after they hit that seemingly impossible layup, or lay on a big hit, or a monster kill. Last week a track athlete ran his race with only one shoe after losing it early in the race. Sports are exciting, and they’re there to be enjoyed. Which makes me wonder why I see everyone running away.

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gryphons perform for charity
The gryphons figure skating team held their annual ice Show this Sunday, donating profits to right to Play.
Jeff sehl
With the OUA Championships just over the horizon, this past Sunday the Gryphons varsity figure skating team displayed their routines for friends and family at their sixth Annual Ice Show, while at the same time supporting a fantastic charity. This year’s charity of choice, Right To Play, has been supported by many high calibre athletes including the likes of Daniel Alfredsson, Zdeno Chara, and Jose Calderon, and raises money in order to give underprivileged children a chance to participate in organized sports. “We decided to support Right To Play because its an athletic charity, and the Athletic Department supports other charities like Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Canada, so we decided we’d contribute to something different,” said Christina Kucava, team co-captain. In order to contribute a larger amount of money to the charity, the team has been working hard setting up events in addition to the Ice Show to help raise money aside from just admissions fees.

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A sneak peak of the gryphons figure skating team’s routines for ouAs at their Winter Ice show.
“Profits are coming from admis- competing in for OUAs we showAfter holding the title for two sions, a ‘toonie-toss’, and we’re case in this show as a simulation. consecutive seasons, the Gryalso doing a bake sale,” said Kuca- It’s just a run-through for our OUA phons were dethroned by the va. “So all of the money we make Championships, so we get that ex- Western Mustangs at last year’s from these events, plus any do- perience in front of everybody,” OUA Championships. Using the nations, we give to Right To Play.” said Kucava. “Its just family and experience gained at this year’s Aside from supporting Right friends, it’s not too big of an event, Ice Show, the Gryphons will look To Play, the Annual Ice Show but it’s great to get on the ice in to regain the OUA Championalso gives the skaters a chance to front of a crowd,” she continued. ship title from the Mustangs who perform in front of a crowd and “It gives us a setting to perform are hosting this year’s event. The showcase their routines which in that we might not get at regu- championships will take place in they have worked tirelessly to lar events, and it’s the sixth time London, Ont. on Feb. 16 and 17. perfect throughout the year. we’ve done it so it has become a bit “Basically, the events that we’re of a tradition for the team.”

Music as motivation
Three guelph athletes weigh in on their favourite pre-game tunes
chris muller
The combination of music and sport is one that unites athletes of all levels. Be it an amateur runner or an NFL team, music brings an element of motivation to an athlete that might not otherwise be available. Both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants have used Phil Collins,’ “In The Air Tonight” as a motivational tool in the locker room before playing in Super Bowl XLIII and XLVII, respectively. The combination of lyrics and the iconic drum-fill may have given the players the extra motivation they needed to come out as victors in two of the most highly televised sporting events in history. However, music as a motivational tool isn’t exclusive to the elite of professional leagues. In fact, many on-campus athletes cite particular songs as a part of their pre-game preparation. Andrew Nixon of the crosscountry team likes “Serve Me Right” by Fucked Up, a Toronto based hardcore punk band. “It’s been a regular part of my routine since the cross-country season this past fall,” he said. “The song’s so fast and wild, it puts me in the perfect mindset for going into a race.” Jake Jagas of the wrestling team identifies “New Noise” by Refused as his pump-up tune of choice. “I like it because of its intensity and I think it coincides well with my sport … and my style,” said Jagas. Jagas suggests music can help get him in the right mindset, whether that’s getting pumped up or cooled off. “The song may change depending on if I feel I need to get more intense or maybe relax a little bit,” he said. Jeremy Snider of the lacrosse team isn’t even so specific about his choice. “I’ll listen to lots of different kinds Based on the preferences of these of music, pretty much anything three athletes, the musical taste that is fast paced,” Snider said. “I appears to coincide with what’s need something before a game that required of the athlete in the sport. is going to get me pumped up and A runner that likes the speed and in a mindset to play.” intensity of hardcore punk, the

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wrestler that favours the controlled aggression of Refused, and the goalie that likes anything fast-paced to get him in the zone showcase the unique ability of music as a motivational tool.

Dan Mangan plays HillsiDe insiDe
Kelly Wighton

HillsiDe insiDe is key part of guelpH’s Music culture



n Friday Feb. 3, guelph’s River Run Centre welcomed to the stage Vancouver’s favourite bearded performer Dan Mangan as part of the 2012 hillside inside festival. The first opening act, lowlands, was a local group of talented musicians from just down the street, literally. Though they usually play more intimate performances, they held their own in front of the sold out crowd of almost 800, receiving a standing ovation in return. Though they seemed a little nervous initially, one voice from the crowd prompted them to introduce themselves a few songs into their set, and frontman gordon Auld took the opportunity to show off his sense of humour, winning over the hearts of the audience. toronto’s The Wooden Sky, the second opening act, seemed to be more accustomed to performing in front of large crowds. They gave a solid performance, showcasing their unique sound, sure to draw attention to their third full-length album Every Child, which is to be released at the end of the month. After much anticipation through the first two acts, the crowd was pleased to see Mangan begin the show with “About As helpful As you Can Be Without Being Any help At All.” The song was the first he played

for a crowd after a six-week break from the road, though it seemed as though he’d never taken a break from performing. Mangan delivered some of the more mature material from his most recent album Oh Fortune with much heartfelt emotion. leaving his adoring fans in the audience temporarily lulled into silence, the impact of a raw performance led them to break out into a passionate roar of applause. old crowd pleasers such as “Sold,” “Basket” and “Road Regrets” from Mangan’s first album, Nice, Nice, Very Nice had fans shouting out their love for him between songs, to which he happily responded. on stage, there was much interaction between Dan and his flanking band (including John Walsh of Vancouver’s Brasstronaut) and the audience – he even obliged a request from the crowd. Before he began “Robots” as his encore performance, Mangan took a moment to let his fans know that although it was an “imperfect gig, [he was] fucking livid up on the stage, having a really great time.” The feeling was evidently mutual as the crowd began to join in for the final song. Before heading off to tour in Australia and europe, Mangan is preparing for a last stop in toronto on Mar. 24. Mangan will perform at the indie Awards at The Royal york alongside Passion Pit, The Sheepdogs, Rich Aucoin and more.

elling out the River Run Centre for nadian folk rock performances from nee Dan Mangan, The Wooden Sky, and lo filling most of the available bench space at Church for harry Manx’s heavily hindusta fluenced versions of the Mississippi blues a guitarist Kim Churchill on its second day, t tion of hillside inside proved that hillside’ tival – though somewhat scaled down in re years that saw it filling the Sleeman Centre lineups – is an important staple of guelph’ While this year marked the festival’s fir ing concertgoers the option to pay to see in formances, many familiar faces from the fi out at the church the next day. Altogether, reeled in about 1,900 concertgoers. This year’s programming also featured a tournament raising funds for the nicholas Foundation held in the Royal Bank of Cana lot, as well as hand drumming, birthing pa tions, stress management, and pasta cooki and a free skate at the Sleeman Center. A festival highlight also saw harry Man Churchill perform an encore consisting of s including Bob Dylan’s “girl From the north Those who attended the River Run Center Feb. 3 were also treated to an intermission from spoken word artist Kevin Sutton, as w by a musical trio that played while two dan balcony in the River Run Center’s lobby to spontaneous dance piece.





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curling at guelph prepares for upcoming ouA tournament
karim boucher
With this year’s OUA championships rapidly approaching, the University of Guelph curling teams may find their performance last year a tough act to follow. Winning silver and bronze respectively, the women’s and men’s teams certainly have their work cut out for them. But despite whatever odds they may face, they are not without a few tricks up their sleeve to lend them that fighting edge against the competition. In any team sport, it can easily be said that those who succeed often do so out of a distinct ability to work together as a cohesive unit; curling serves as no exception. Communication is vital during a game, as every step is weighed carefully and communicated between players. This is what the U of G curling teams have been striving to further improve since their triumph at last year’s OUA championships. “We’ve mostly been focusing on team dynamics. From the start of the season we got together as a team to develop both our longterm and short-term goals, both from an individual athlete to a team standpoint,” said Jason Rice, head coach of the women’s team. “Team dynamics are something that I think, if you have them, can set you apart from other university teams,” added five year returning Gryphon team member Clancy Grandy, also mentioning that they had even met with a sports psychologist to help with this. It is clear that both coaches are approaching this year’s OUA qualifying matches with a healthy amount of confidence, while still remaining vigilant of last year’s victories. “We set the goals at the start of the season, that [last years standing], came into play as well, we have a lot of returning players from last year so expectations are high for our team to perform at that level, ” said Rice. “There are a lot of good teams out there and its going to be a tough competition but I believe we’re ready for it.” As for the men’s side, it seems that the resounding factor seems to be the state of flux their team is in. With two of last year’s players, Craig Van Ymerenv and Michael McGaugh no longer participating, many of this year’s players have to deal with adjusting to their new roles both as players and as teammates. “It will be more difficult,” said Adam Leger, men’s team head coach. “[But] there’s nothing you can’t overcome.” Both teams recently met stiff competition over the weekend at the Wilfred Laurier exhibition tournament with the men’s team forced to compete with their “skip,” Kevin Lagerquist’s absence. However, despite having to contend with such a major facet of the team missing, they still managed to pull off a win, unfortunately not progressing any further. The women’s team, equally faced, eventually lost in the semi-finals on Sunday Feb. 5, having passed successfully through the first pool. It seems that curling is quickly emerging as a popular sport here at the University of Guelph, with two new members joining the women’s team this year, and a solid foundation of last year’s participants. Despite all their recent success,

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however, it might come as a surprise to find out that neither the women’s nor the men’s teams have actually been granted varsity status; falling somewhere between a club and a legitimate varsity sport. “Personally, I feel that we should be recognized as a varsity team [but] the university has a process, and they’re just following that,” said Leger. Needless to say, gold isn’t all they’ll be fighting for this year. Not withstanding their ongoing battle to achieve full on varsity status, it seems that the challenge currently at the forefront of their minds is OUA gold, as both teams are deep in preparation for the tournament ahead. Come support our teams starting next Thursday Feb. 16 to the 20 for the OUA Curling competition at the Guelph Curling Club.

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fan of the game
sasha odesse
This week’s Fan(s) of the Game were photographed at the Gryphons women’s hockey game against Brock on Feb. 7. Their names however are a mystery to us! If one of these fans is you, swing by The Ontarion office in the UC rm 264 to pick up your two free tickets to any Gryphon varsity home game! Stand up, stand out and cheer for the Guelph Gryphons and you could be Fan of the Game. Winner receives two free tickets to a Gryphons varsity home game. Follow @TheOntarion on Twitter to find out when we’re looking for the next Fan of the Game.

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linnaea Jasiuk
It was hockey night in Guelph on Feb. 2 when the Gryphon women’s hockey team hosted the Brock Badgers. The home ice advantage gave the Gryphons a strong start and allowed them to take an early 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, by the end of the first period, the Badgers managed to close the gap and by the time the final buzzer sounded the Badgers, who rank sixth in the province had overpowered our number two Guelph Gryphons. Rookie player Tori Head expressed that the loss was upsetting for the Gryphons as they had entered the game with confidence.

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really showed us that we have to play a full 60 minutes against any team,” said assistant captain, Erin Small. Women’s hockey was back in action on Saturday Feb. 4, when the Gryphons travelled to York to take on the Lions. This game saw the Gryphons back in fighting form with goals by Small, Sam Ryder, Jackie Sollis and two by Tamara Bell. The team managed to hold York to just two goals with the work of goal tender Stephanie Nehring who put up a wall and stopped 26 of the York Lions’ shots 28 on net. Head said that the difference in Saturday’s game was a new attitude. “[The game against] York was fun because we knew we played for each other...we had fun,” said etye sArner Head. The week brought the Gry- Assistant captain erin small fires the puck off to a teammate while the Badgers look on. phon’s overall record to 18-6 with just two regular season games left to be played. The Gryphons are currently ranked second provintitle, and hoisting the Yates Cup in through London filled with wild cially and sixth nationally, and Published in The front of a massive gathering of over Gryphon fans. the team is looking towards suc- Ontarion on november 2,000 Gryphon fans in London. For the Gryphons, the victory cessful OUA playoffs and a shot at 13, 1984. A crucial communication error meant a chance to battle the Calthe CIS championships. between a Mustang quarterback gary Dinos, all the while moving “[We’re] looking at keeping good habits and coming out sasha odesse and a Mustang fullback yielded a closer to the Vanier Cup. “But the fumbled ball on the Gryphon’s one OUAA Championship was the meat strong every shift. We’re lookyard line. “Moments later Guelph and potatoes. The rest [was] gravy.” ing to stay positive and battle to ‘STANG BUSTERS Rain, mud or Western couldn’t star Randy Walters dropped to his And gravy they got. Making histhe very last minute,” said Small. “If we stay true to our team’s keys stop the ’84 Guelph Gryphons foot- kness to run out the clock. It was a tory on Nov. 24 the Gryphons beat the Mount Allison Mounties 22-13 to success we can beat any team.” ball team from winning the OUAA sight few will ever forget.” As the players and coaches en- in front of 19, 842 fans at Varsity joyed the sweet taste of bubbly Stadium in Toronto to win their and victory, a dozen buses drove first ever Vanier Cup.

“in this league anyone can beat anybody.” – Erin Small, assistant captain
“Once we get down against a team we think we should beat our mojo gets lost and it’s hard to get back,” said Head. “In this league anyone can beat anybody if one team doesn’t show up to play and with playoffs coming up this loss against Brock

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treadmill tug of war
Julia falco
It’s the end of a long day of classes, and you’ve finally arrived at the Athletic Center for the workout you have been looking forward to all day. You change into your exercise gear, fill up your water bottle, turn your iPod on to your workout playlist, and you’re off to the races. You hike up the stairs to the cardio room, two at a time, and swing open the door. After taking one glance around the room, you can’t imagine why you shouldn’t just turn around and leave. The significant increase in the use of cardio and weight rooms at the Athletic Centre by students is at the top of the list of complaints by athletes, exercise addicts and even those of us who just enjoy a good workout a couple times a week. For a period of time after the start of second semester, the increase in use was understandable and tolerable, as it was assumed that many students were attempting to stick to their New Year’s resolutions. “There is always a dramatic increase at the start of each semester and [it] tends to drop off as the semester progresses,” said Tom Kendall, director of athletics. However, it seems the numbers have yet to drop off as usual. For a dedicated, year-round exerciser, it is frustrating. Why is everyone following their resolutions this year? When asked what students can

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“we are moving as fast as we can because we know that our members are being inconvenienced.”

do to avoid arriving at the gym to find no equipment available, Kendall explained, “They might ask the fitness center staff when the down times occur and try to arrange their schedule to use the facility at those times.” Aware of students’ eagerness for active living, Kendall is seeking ways to accommodate the growing demand for gym space and the growing student population.

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“We have started planning for the expansion of the Mitchell Centre and the fitness center. The new fitness center will be approximately 22,000 sq ft.,” said Kendall, “We are moving as fast as we can because we know that our members are being inconvenienced.” For now however, it seems we will just have to wait it out, literally. Fortunately, Kendall and the staff at the AC are sensitive and understanding towards the frustration that students are experiencing. “We appreciate the patience that members have shown but if they are frustrated they should seek help and advice from our fitness center staff,” said Kendall.

craving concentration
Foods that help you focus
sina woerthle
The holidays are definitely over and it’s hard to believe that midterms are just around the corner. For many, there is difficulty re-adjusting to the idea that schoolwork is once again taking over full force. The motivation levels seem to be declining steadily as the winter months settle’s in. Simple tasks suddenly seem to take more effort than usual – papers that are due in a week’s time are pushed aside and the gym is maybe just too crowded to really keep up those new years resolutions of getting fit. If only there were a supplement pill to help boost our energy levels and keep us motivated, and allow us to get back into the swing of things before midterms are hot on our heels. Maybe there is no simple quick fix solution, rather we have to adopt a change in habit that will reap greater benefits for your health in the long run. Choosing the right food to fuel your brain can make a big difference in staying focused on the task at hand. Contrary to popular belief, a quick sugar rush induced by simple carbohydrates such as candy bars or soft drinks, will not actually help give you a good burst of energy to finish that assignment you are working on at 11:00 p.m. (due in 59 minutes). These foods will actually cause a spike in your blood glucose levels, often followed by the all too familiar sugar crash – feelings of lethargy, irritation and overall sleepiness remind us that we would rather do anything other than what we are actually required to do. The spike in blood glucose levels are due to the rapid breakdown of simple carbohydrates in your body for use as quick energy. In fact, your brain’s preferred source of fuel is glucose. So why is a chocolate bar not the best choice, if it is full of glucose? The reason for this is that there are drastic differences when it comes to how the body converts simple carbohydrates versus complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are less rapidly digested and metabolized in the body, keeping blood glucose levels at more even and constant levels. This allows for a continual and steady supply of glucose to feed the brain, which results in overall greater feelings of energy. When it’s nearing 11:30 p.m. and the paper is still not done, an energy drink promising to revitalize your tired mind seems like a great choice. However, this may be the worst decisions to make in the midst of assignment despair. “Studies show that when young people use these things late in the night, they have difficulties staying alert and fully functional during the day. So, if you’re using these to cram for an exam the next day, you may very well end up compromising your performance when it really matters,” explains Dr. Genevieve Newton, professor of human health and nutritional sciences at the University of Guelph. “Probably the most concerning study that I’ve seen recently found impaired platelet and endothelial function in young healthy males following consumption of only one energy drink, which suggests that a very low dose can have adverse outcomes in young people with no underlying health conditions. There are also reports of sudden cardiac death and seizures in otherwise healthy individuals.” If you are looking for alternatives to such drinks, your best bet for late night study snacks would include foods high in

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brain-benefiting vitamins, such as B12 and folic acid. Examples of these foods include almonds, eggs and certain whole grain breads and fortified cereals. All of these snacks have significant positive effects on the function of the brain, and those high in vitamin B12 ensure that the myelin sheath remains intact around nerve cells, ensuring optimal function of the nerves.

When taking this all into consideration, it is clear that little thoughtful changes can make a big difference. What is the easiest quick fix? Newton believes that the best way to stay functioning and concentrated is just to get more rest. “Add [rest] to a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables, protein, and healthy fats, plus regular exercise, and you’ll be much better off,” said Newton.

how to succeed at bar trivia without really trying
duncan day-myron
There are a handful of bars around this city which offer trivia at some night of the week. The Brass Taps here on campus; Molly Blooms, McCabe’s and the Jimmy Jazz downtown; and Squirrel Tooth Alice’s on Scottsdale to name a few. There are even themes, whether it’s general, music, sports, entertainment, travel or sex. Something for everyone. I’d like to think that I’m a pretty good guy as far as trivia is concerned and I’ve been on enough nights at enough bars to know a thing or two about how to win. So if you’re a trivia novice, or a veteran who never wins, read on. Hopefully I can impart some useful advice. Balance No matter what type of trivia you’re going to, it’s always good to have balance. If you only team up with like-minded people, when questions out of your comfort zone crop up, you will be up the creek. Start inviting new people. If you’re going to general trivia, look around your table and ask yourself, who is the sports person, who is the science person and who is the pop culture person? Can’t name them? Then go find them. Heck, if you don’t know anyone, look around the bar for someone you can steal. Someone sitting alone or someone who looks like they might hate the people they are with. pare it down It’s important to have enough people to cover all your bases, but don’t have too many people. Two important reasons why. First, it’s more people to disagree with whoever thinks they have the answer, and arguments can end with the person who is wrong successfully convincing the person who is right. Second, if you win, it’s more people to split your winnings with. You want to maximize your prize per person ratio. It’s no good to win with a large team and not be winning enough prize to make it worthwhile for anyone. go with your gut You’re going to get a lot of conflicting answers within the first 10 seconds of a question being asked or a song being played. Ignore them. I’ve learned many times that my gut reaction was the right reaction, and thinking “oh hey maybe that person is right and the answer is Zurich” always ends poorly. It’s never Zurich. Sometimes it is worthwhile to dwell

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on it and discuss it, but if you can answer a question with any amount of confidence within a heartbeat of hearing it, put some trust into that answer.
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get to know the host Trivia hosts are humans. And a lot of them are lazy humans. You are going to hear repeats of questions and songs, or at the very least, get familiar with their themes or what their interests are. The more you go, the more you’ll learn about the person who is doling out the points and the prizes, and the more you can play that to your advantage. Some of the hosts will even post hints on their Facebook or Twitter feeds the day of. It may seem like a bit much, but it’s only a minute of your time, and it could lead to free beer, hats, candy or whatever else the bar your at is giving away that week.

valentines schmalentines! Allanik doesn’t care about seeing other couples happy, but why does everyone think he has to feel bad about his life just because he’s alone on valentine’s day? As far as he’s concerned, the less money he has to waste on flowers, teddy bears and chocolate the better. plans for february 14th? go out, get drunk, have a good damn time. And if anyone asks how he’s holding up, he’s going to kiss them on the mouth. That’s how he is holding up. plus, he can’t even eat chocolate.


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Beth’s craft corner
flower will be about 1.5 times larger than the piece of felt that you will cut out. This tutorial will teach you how to make beth Purdon-mclellan a sweetheart rose. The more flowers you make, the more While this is The Ontarion’s “Val- comfortable you will be making entine’s Day” DIY, it can be crafted your measurements. well beyond the month of FebCut a strip of felt 15 cm long and ruary. You can experiment with 3 cm wide. Draw and cut a squigcolours and fabrics for different gle pattern down the centre of the textures, as well as modify the pat- strip, where the top of each curve tern for different “petal” shapes. touches the edge of the felt. You can also play around with the Cut three teardrop shaped piecsize of your flowers. For example es of felt about three cm in length. “sweetheart” roses can be glued to These will be the flower’s outer hair barrettes, while larger flowers petals. can be used as a broach. Begin to roll the strip of felt. Every time you wrap the felt around, apply a drop of hot glue. you will need: Rolling the felt into a cone, rather than a cylinder, makes the petals Felt appear more lifelike. Scissors Glue Gun When you are finished, overlap the three petals along the outside of the flower. Make sure that one how to make it: of these petals covers the seam on First, decide on how large you the main part of the flower. want your flower to be. Your

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sex geek: desire and arousal
shireen noble
Pop quiz. What is “arousal”? Think about it. Have an answer? Awesome, keep it in your mind. Second question. What is “desire”? Think about it. Having trouble giving a definition different than that of arousal? Don’t worry, you’re definitely not alone. What is the difference, you might ask? Let’s break it down. The general feeling of wanting to have sex involves two parts, desire and arousal. Desire usually refers to the psychological aspect of wanting to have sex (when your brain goes “ooh, this sounds like fun”). On the other hand, arousal is your physiological reaction (when your body starts to react physically). The relationship between arousal and desire is different in men and in women. Among men, these processes tend to be interconnected. So if there’s some kind of physiological stimulus, it can get the physiological and psychological reactions going. Among women, these can work totally independently of one another– while a woman might be thinking, “this would be fun,” her body might not react at all. Let’s think of this instead in terms of food. A man might see a piece of cake and say “oh, I’m hungry; I want that cake.” Hunger would be the physiological part of that response, but the psychological response would be the desire for cake. With women, it could go three ways. The first is “I really want that cake, but I’m not hungry.” This would be an example of having the desire, but not the arousal. Then, it could go “I’m hungry, but I’m not interested in eating that cake.” This would be physiological without the psychological factor. Or, of course, women can also respond with both the hunger and the craving for the cake. It’s just important to know that it doesn’t always happen that way. Now, why am I bothering to tell you about this difference? Because it can save sex lives. I’ve heard concerns about this from both male and female (heterosexual) friends, and the concerns sound drastically different. From women, I hear “Why can’t he bother to get me turned on first? Does he just think of me as a piece of meat?” On the other hand, I hear from men “Why isn’t she as turned on as I am? Is she not attracted to me anymore?” So what does it actually mean? Well, to the ladies, I’d say he’s just really excited to be with you, and probably assumes you’re as turned on as he is. And to the men, I’d say spend a little more time getting her in the mood; it has nothing to do with her attraction to you and everything to do with how she’s wired. See why understanding this difference might be important to understanding your partner’s reaction to you? Of course, these are some pretty sweeping generalizations and don’t apply to everyone equally. And there are extenuating circumstances- stress, drinking, medication- that can affect sexual response. This isn’t an exhaustive guide, just a little food for thought and hopefully a way to start the conversation with your partner. A little bit more time on foreplay, some communication about what you want, and a better understanding of how your partner reacts may be the key to fabulous, connected sex.

abiGel lemak
Garlic is arguably (not really) one of the greatest foods ever. Roasting takes the amazing base flavour of garlic and heightens it to something sweet and rich. Some may think roasted garlic is a complicated gourmet affair, but that’s just nonsense. In fact it’s quick, straightforward to prepare and incredibly rewarding. Luckily for us Ontarians, it’s easy to buy locally. Valentine’s Day is a controversial subject that I’m not going to address here. But if you’re looking for a nice meal to prepare for yourself and a friend, roommate or love interest, here’s an impressive recipe that makes enough for two. If it happens to occur around next Tuesday, so be it. Ingredients: 1 clove of Ontario garlic 1 onion 1 cup of heavy cream or milk 1 tbsp butter olive oil 1 cup of mushrooms fettucini or spaghetti salt pepper basil, bay leaf, nutmeg Start by taking a whole head of garlic and cutting off the top so that all the cloves are exposed. Set the oven to 400F and drizzle the garlic head with oil and a pinch of salt. Place the garlic on a baking pan and cover the top with tinfoil so that it doesn’t burn. Leave for 30-35 minutes. (I cleverly baked mine in a muffin tray) In a pot, boil some water and add in enough pasta for two. In a skillet add a splash of oil and saute a chopped onion, then add in the mushrooms. Salt and pepper. Melt the butter in the skillet around the time the pasta is ready. Note: use oil instead of butter when sauteing as it doesn’t burn

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In season: roasted garlic and mushroom fettucini alfredo
as easily, you can add butter in later for flavour if desired. Once the pasta is cooked, drain (do not rinse!) and add directly into the skillet with the mushrooms and the onions. Slowly add in the milk or cream and mix the ingredients so that the pasta is coated evenly. The starch from the pasta will thicken the sauce, so be patient and cook it on low heat, stirring occasionally. Toss in a pinch of basil, ground nutmeg and bay. The garlic should be read by now so carefully remove the tinfoil and squeeze out the ooey gooey delicious garlic into the pan and mix it through, crushing the garlic as you do so. You’re only going to use about half of the head for this dish, the rest you can store in the fridge. Roasted garlic is great to smear on toast or mash in potatoes, but those are recipes for another day. Serve with your choice of salad and a nice chianti.


enjoy some spam, tonight or any night
Lunchtime, dinnertime. it’s all right.
duncan day-myron
While much of the food I’ve cooked for this column has earned me the judgment and revulsion of my friends, coworkers, and no doubt a significant portion of the readership, I never had any shame about any of it. I walked up to that butcher counter and proudly ordered those two pounds of tail meat! This time, however, was the first time I ever felt embarrassed or sheepish about what I was buying. To say Spam has a bad reputation is putting it lightly. Spam is so reviled that we named one of the most annoying things about our day– emails saying we’re the winner of penis enlargement from a Nigerian prince or whatever– in its honour. But really, when it comes down to it, the product itself is not that bad. A quick glance at the some time. The hardest part is ingredients doesn’t really include getting it out of the tin it’s packanything out-of-the-ordinary. aged in, but once you’ve achieved In fact, it’s far simpler and more that (run a knife around the straightforward than things like edge, shake vigourously, be pahotdogs and bologna. If you have tient) slice the Spam into about no problem eating them, then hold one centimetre thick slices– you your tongue about Spam. should get about seven or eight per There are a few places, howev- tin– and place in a pan on medier, where Spam isn’t the pariah of um-low heat. There’s no need to the pork world. Hawaii, for exam- add any butter or oil to the cookple, has embraced the tinned pink ing pan, and definitely do not add meat as if it were its own. It shows any salt. (Spam is crazy salty. No up in a variety of now-tradition- part of this meal requires the adal Hawaiian dishes, such as Spam dition of salt.) musubi, a sushi-like spam and rice You want to heat it slowly so treat, and loco moco. that most of the fat is drawn out Loco moco has many varia- of the meat until it is frying in its tions– including burger patties, own fat, sort of like a duck confit, mahi-mahi, kalua pork and, yes, but Spam. The longer and slower, Spam– but they all have the con- the better. Cook for about 10 minstant of a meat, white rice, a fried utes per side until it is crispy and egg, and brown gravy. It’s a sim- brown on the outside. ple, mostly nutritionless meal that Since you’re serving it with rice, tastes a whole lot better than it if you start both at about the same might sound. time, they will probably be ready The best way to prepare the at about the same time as well. Spam is in a skillet, but it takes When you’re ready, remove the

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meat, fry an egg (either in the salty Spam fat, or wipe the pan clean and start anew) and serve with

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to enjoy, change in appetite/ eating habits, and persistent, unexplained feelings of loneliness, hopelessness, and/or despair. If you suspect depression in a friend or loved one, you should not tell them to “snap out of it.” Doing so is not helpful, as depression is not a mindset or mood, but a more intricate condition that cannot easily be combatted. People suffering from this state will benefit most from those who express genuine care and concern. The earlier you can intervene, the more likely the person can experience a valuable recovery. Though all depression is typThere is much support out ically “serious,” some cases there for those who seek it. Doc- escalate into harmful or even tors are obviously an excellent life-threatening behaviour. source for medical advice; preSelf-harm refers to those who scription medications do not inflict physical wounds upon solve all causes/effects of depres- themselves, as a coping mechasion, but they can play a huge nism and cause physical injury role in alleviating the symptoms. that distracts from their emoIt is also recommended to con- tional pain. It is also critical to sult psychiatrists/psychologists, be aware of possible suicidal religious figures, and/or other thoughts. Talking about suicide counsellors with the knowledge with someone you think may be and experience to help you or contemplating it will not induce your loved one restore meaning “ideas” in their head. One should and happiness to their life. take any reference to suicide very seriously, regardless of whether or not you think someone will follow through. All mentions of suicide are a desperate call for help, and shrugging off such comments may end up costing a life. When in doubt, act.

discussing depression
carleiGh cathcart
There is a stark difference between “sad” and “depressed.” Everyone knows the emotion of sadness, and its many synonyms, such as “blue,” “down,” “upset,” “bummed out,” etc. But depression isn’t an emotion, nor is it a temporary mood that can go away easily. Depression is a clinical illness – but one for which there is help. The most distinguishing attribute of depression compared to sadness is the former’s seeming permanence. While our feelings can be roughly described as ‘up and down,’ depression could be considered the bottom of a deep well, where anyone trapped is likely to feel as though they will never get out. However, there are resources out there that can help. Depression is not a discriminating disease. It can affect anyone, anywhere. Its symptoms are plenty and varied, depending on the individual. The most common signs of depression include: changes in sleeping patterns, loss of interest in activities one used

The stigma surrounding mental illness is enormous and unfortunate. it is not as rare as many would think, and those suffering are not as alone as they feel.”
The stigma surrounding mental illness is enormous and unfortunate. It is not as rare as many would think, and those suffering are not as alone as they feel. What needs to be created is a social awareness, where community members can be educated about the various issues, and how best to approach them. “If a person can start to see their mental health issue as something they can learn to recover from, prevent, or manage, rather than an all-consuming part of themselves, this tends to provide them with some hope of recovery,” said Stephanie Bartch, experienced counsellor. Reaching out today can truly ease the suffering of tomorrow.

stePhanie rennie
I have an addiction. I don’t gamble. I don’t smoke. I Facebook. I have a love/hate relationship with this popular social networking device. On one hand, I, like thousands of other students, love keeping in touch with friends from afar and being distracted at the click of a mouse. I also recognize the role that Facebook has played in many movements over the past years. In her presentation at War Memorial Hall last week, Dr. Angela Davis spoke of the pivotal role of social networking in the occupy movement and how such networks create a community in cyber space. On the other hand, there are many elements of Facebook that I find troublesome and problematic. Although there are benefits to keeping in touch with friends and family on one simple network, there are many repercussions to the openness of such discussions. Not only are such public conversations problematic for fuelling gossip and animosity at times, there are also serious privacy issues with Facebook that some users are not aware of. One major issue with Facebook that I have encountered during the last few years, as a user, has been the alteration of social correspondence between friends on Facebook and friends in real life. I feel as though people fabricate and enhance their conversations between one another when they are posting on someone’s wall, or that they are selective in the posts or links they share with them. Because the conversations become so public, friends that only interact publically on Facebook (because of distance or otherwise) may be deteriorating their relationship. By being overly selective and staged when addressing the other person, the genuine nature of the friendship is compromised.

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fire Away: facing the issues with facebook
seems like a cohesive way to organize Facebook activity, but I would argue that there is a more troubling depth to this new site. One argument towards Facebook is that it has become a container for life. The problem is that this container only possesses carefully selected items from life, fabricating an appearance that is not always genuine. So much is based on what you want people to think of your life, and not of your actual life. With the new Timeline, users are now telling their “story” through Facebook as they “fill” their timelines from birth until 2012 with “monumental” instances in their lives. It has become a scrapbook that tells a public, fabricated version of the user’s life. The distortion of reality on Facebook is insane. This summer I became engaged to my partner and shared the news with family and friends. After a week or so, my relationship status remained unchanged from “in a relationship” and my aunt wrote on my wall that “it isn’t official until it’s on Facebook.” Though she was merely being joyful for me to share my news, this concept resonated with me. Why isn’t it official if it isn’t on Facebook? If we don’t share something online does it make it less real or less important? Is

it has become a scrapbook that tells a public, fabricated version of the user’s life.
Another problematic feature of Facebook is the new Timeline site. Timeline was released earlier this year as an optional feature of the site that will become mandatory. On the surface, Timeline


it possible that proclamations of in front of the camera and she our success and failure on social responded that people take themnetworks add some sort of valid- selves too seriously on Facebook as ity to the experience? they post endless self photos that Of course another major ele- are perfectly staged to go public. ment to this social network is the I didn’t realize it then, but years way in which it fuels narcissistic later her comment is gaining truth behaviour. This makes me think as more and more people utilize back to a high school friend that Facebook as a way to develop ficused to pose in the most hilari- titious versions of their lives. ous and unattractive ways when a camera was near. One day I asked Stephanie Rennie is editor-inher why she was so outrageous chief of

Behavioural interviews: turn it into a strength
wayne Greenway
“I just dread the thought of that behavioural interview,” said Sam. “I really want this job, but I messed up the last two interviews because they asked those behavioral questions.” It used to be that interviewers would ask questions such as “can you tell us about your three greatest strengths?” or “can you tell me a little more about the application you used?” These kinds of partially open-ended questions allowed the interviewee to take the interview in the direction that she or he wanted it to go. Some interviewees enhanced the quality of their accomplishment. Based on these answers, interviewers sometimes selected the wrong match for the job. To save themselves from costly hiring errors, many interviewers have moved to asking behavioural questions, where it is much harder for the candidate to exaggerate their skills. Behavioural Interviews are based on two notions. Firstly, people do not change much and therefore how they handled situations in the past is a good predictor of how they will handle them in the future. Secondly, looking for the specific qualities and skills that have made past employees successful in a job are the best indicators that a candidate will also find success in the role. For Sam to improve his performance in these kinds of interviews, it is important for him to understand the underpinnings of this interview format. Employers usually start the process by listing the specific criteria needed in the job. These often appear in the job posting as effectiveness in areas such as time management, analytical skills and conflict resolution. Then they develop descriptions of these criteria based on how successful employees in the past have demonstrated these criteria. For example, if planning and priority-setting was the criteria, they might determine that “successfully managing multiple tasks at the same time with ease” is a more detailed description of what they are looking for. The corresponding behavioural interview question might be something like “Everyone has had an experience when they just could not complete a project on time — when has this happened to you?” The interviewer will nearly always follow up with questions, which ask for more specifics such as: What description to determine which well but he wanted to improve. He steps did you take? What happened criteria are important for the job found himself describing a story after that? What did you say? Be- and what the company values. He that led to a project’s failure. We havioural interviews require the needs to know enough about the discussed that being honest does candidate to give strong, concise company and role of this job to not mean saying too much about examples to support any claims make a guess at what those criteria oneself and this is especially the they make during the interview might look like in the job. Togeth- case with negative information. or on the resume. er, we can then create a list of 6-8 Any negative story has to include Sam was caught exaggerating in behavioural interview questions how Sam has improved his skills his last interview. The interviewer that target those specific criteria. from the described experience. The noticed inconsistencies between With his newfound understand- negative quality should show minSam’s answers to the open-ended ing of himself, he can look at his imal impact on his performance. questions, at the beginning of the resume to select behaviours and To stay safe, if Sam is talking about interview and his answers to the experiences that demonstrated something poorly he did, then he behavioural questions in the sec- these traits. needs to focus on a poor idea rather ond half of the interview. As soon In the interview, Sam will be than a poor product. Keeping this as interviewer asked Sam to help expected to answer questions in mind for these kinds of queshim understand the inconsisten- by describing an anecdote with tions will keep him from getting cy, Sam knew there would be no a beginning, middle and an end. into a dialogue that never has a second interview. Each story will need to describe positive outcome for the applicant. While it is important for Sam to a problem or work-related task Even with careful preparation, put his best foot forward, we talk- he has encountered, the action he Sam is going to be asked a question ed about how important it is to let took and the subsequent result. It that he does not know how to anhis successes speak for themselves will be wise for Sam to think of a swer. There is nothing wrong with and not to embellish the facts. Sam successful example and an unsuc- asking for clarification by saying, has been resisting the whole self- cessful example of each of these “I’m not sure what kind of inforassessment process, but the use of criteria, because Sam could just as mation you’d like me to provide behavioural interviews have made easily be asked to give an example here. Could you possibly give me understanding his strengths and of a time when things didn’t work some more details to help me understand it better?” Sam can also weaknesses more important than out as planned. Behavioural interviews tend to take time to reflect on the quesever before. Once Sam has completed a care- “open up” the candidate. In one of tion by saying “do you mind if I ful self-assessment, he needs to Sam’s previous interviews, he felt take a moment to think about this prepare for his Interview by exam- safe to be honest and say that he question?” ining the job posting and the job was really did not handle conflict


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bouquets from a supermarket. According to Green House Canada, $60 million worth of cut flowers are imported from Columbia and $28 million from Ecuador. These flower companies pay extremely low wages to their workers. When you stick your nose into a flower to smell the fragrance, do you ever think of the pesticides that are sprayed to make sure they reach your table critter-free? Many cut flowers are difficult to grow and are often susceptible to disease. As a result, the horticultural industry requires large amounts of pesticides to ensure the plant develops a high quality bloom. This is even more prevalent in countries that do not have the same restrictions on pesticide use. While you enjoy your flowers from a distance on your table, workers are often exposed to dangerous chemicals in high quantities. The Ontarion believes that this industry deserves some attention, because unlike the agricultural industry, flowers are not often associated with labour. Flowers are romanticized where we only see the final product, but we don’t think about where the flower comes from. Flowers are often the fallback gift when it comes to holidays like Valentine’s Day. They allow people to appear as if they have given special thought to the person who is receiving the bouquet, however, premade bouquets are often chosen for convenience. Not putting thought into your Valentine’s Day gift doesn’t just shortchange your date– it has other implications as well. If you believe that flowers are really the way that you want to show you care, there are fair trade options available, and sustainable and “green” horticulture business are growing in popularity. Although these flowers are more expensive, it can be an opportunity to make the gift more meaningful. Many flowers have meanings attached to them, called the “Language of Flowers.” You can send your loved one a message through a carefully selected bouquet. Give it some thought: If you’re going to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, try something a little different than the cash-out line at Metro. Inspired? Check out page 20 for a felt flower tutorial.

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