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This past weekend the wrestling team competed in the CIS championships at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. Karim Boucher It was a successful day for both the men and women, finishing sixth and fourth overall, respectively. On Mar. 31 2011, the University of On the men’s side, John FitzgerGuelph’s Senate began the proald in the 130kg weight class, Jake cess of finding new candidates Jagas in the 82kg, and Mathieu Desfor Chancellor of the university. chatelets also of the 82kg class took A need for the position to be filled home silver medals; all three were arose with the resignation of PaJarron chIlds later named to the second-team all mela Wallin, previous chancellor Canadian squad. Rounding out the The guelph gryphons wrestling team had a successful weekend at cIs, since Mar. 2007. results for the men was Kevin Iwasa- with the women’s team finishing fourth and the men’s team sixth overall. Wallin stepped down from the position due to increasing Madge who finished with a bronze medal in the 82kg weight class. stepped up,” said Cox. to give them a mental and physical responsibilities in the CanadiWith the potential graduation of break so they can be hungry again,” an Senate. The women’s golden performanc“This has been one of the most es came from Allison Leslie in the Allison Leslie, Park will look to fill said Cox. 67kg weight class and first year the leadership role Leslie valuably That break was short-lived as the rewarding experiences of my life,” Madison Parks, competing in the provided for the team this year. team was back to work on Monday said Wallin. “These students are 51kg division. Leslie and Parks were Despite the success, Cox believes and is in the process of preparing our future and our most imporalso named as first-team all Cana- that there’s room for improvement for an open meet later in March. The tant natural resource, and to dians, and Parks was later named across the board. Gryphons will send twelve to four- share their moment of success female rookie of the year. Kelsey “Judging by the performances this teen athletes to this meet at Brock is truly inspiring.” On Feb. 13, David Mirvish, CaGsell added a bronze medal in the year, [the team] will be better next University in the hopes that it will year,” said Cox. 82kg division to her collection, tohelp eliminate the bittersweet finish nadian art collector, art dealer taling the Gryphon medal count at This idea is echoed by medal- to the university schedule. and theatre producer, was enseven for the day. ist Jake Jagas. “All four of the male In the growing wrestling culture dorsed by the University of Park’s breakout year came of little medalists will be back for at least of Ontario universities, Guelph will Guelph’s Senate to be the new surprise to Coach Doug Cox, who one more year, each of them having look to become one of wrestling’s appointed chancellor. has come to expect the elite per- a good chance of winning the tour- elite in the coming years. If the imDavid Mirvish is well known formance of a young star on the nament. Our women’s team looks pressions of Cox and Jagas are any for his involvement in the arts. strong as well,” said Jagas. university’s squad. indicator, the best is yet to come for SEE chancellor PAGE 5 “She had a good day and she really “They need to refocus, but we need the Gryphons.

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On Feb. 24, while many students were relishing their last few days of Reading Week, the Guelph Wellington Health Coalition (GWHC) organized a rally outside of Liz Sandals’s office at 173 Woolwich St. to protest the Drummond report. The report, which was released on Feb. 15, advises the government of Ontario to make necessary cuts to the provincial budget in order to reduce the province’s significant deficit, which is currently the highest out of all the Canadian provinces. Many of the report’s recommendations target the education and healthcare systems, as well as other social services. Increasing class sizes in elementary schools and high schools, eliminating the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit, and capping growth of healthcare spending at 2.5 per cent for the next five to six years are just a few of the report’s proposals. At the rally, the GWHC and a number of community members showed their disapproval for Drummond’s suggestions. “All the figures show that government spending is not out of control because of its spending on hospitals and medical care,” said Magee McGuire, the chair of the GWHC. “In fact, we have decreased spending on health services in the last eight years since the Liberals have been in power. So

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apocalyptic legislation? preparation 2012! Wyoming lawmakers are up for a challenge. On Feb. 24 they asked the Wyoming House for permission to establish a Doomsday taskforce. The task force would investigate what legislations would be needed in the event of an apocalypse. Although there is no clarification as to what exactly “economic and political turmoil” entails, it includes government shut down and food shortages. As a precautionary measure, the task force would partner with Homeland Security and the State Attorney General to create the Doomsday Bill. The bill would focus on how Wyoming’s ability to formulate it’s own army and currency. Hopefully, Wyoming lawmakers’ idea of Doomsday doesn’t include this week’s jump in gas prices. (Huffington Post) removal of conditional sentencing may cost millions The omnibus crime bill is revealing some new numbers. Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page says that the removal of conditional sentencing might cost an additional $145 million. Conditional sentencing, commonly referred to as house arrest, is a practice where offenders are not held in prisons, but serve their sentences within the community. Without the possibility of conditional sentencing, Page says that people will be less likely to plead guilty and present their case before the courts– placing a stress on the judicial system. The need for parole officers will also drive up the cost of the new crime bill, which is currently being evaluated by the senate. (CBC) sheppard subway up for debate The Toronto City Council will vote on Mar. 15 to determine what kind of transit system will service Sheppard Ave. E. The main transit option that will be considered is the construction of a light, aboveground railway. The scheduled date will most likely halt Mayor Rob Ford’s plan to extend the Sheppard subway line, which was one of Ford’s election promises. In January, Ford had cancelled a previous Toronto City Council meeting and went directly to the province to sign a non-binding alternative transit plan that would include an underground subway. However, the provincial government determined that Ford did not have the authority to override the Council, and determine the city’s $8.4 billion TTC extension plan. (The Star)

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wellington health coalition rallied outside the office of liberal Mp, liz sandals, to protest the drummond report.
what does the government mean when they say that the services are too expensive?” Seniors, individuals with low incomes, and those who rely on social assistance will be especially affected by the changes to government spending if the report’s recommendations are approved. However, university students in Ontario are also not immune to the report. Despite its recent implementation, the 30 per cent tuition rebate is on Drummond’s list of suggested cutbacks. the report’s suggestions. McGuire hopes that post-secLiz Sandals responded to the ondary students will be active in GWHC’s recent rally with a genopposing the report. eral statement, saying that she will “We want the university crowd take the Coalition’s concerns to to be invested in their future, and the Ministry of Health. “We’re urging people to call the the future of healthcare,” said McGuire. She added that the GWHC is MPP to say that they absolutely do planning to organize an informa- not accept many parts of Drumtion blitz at the end of March. The mond’s report,” said McGuire. blitz will aim to encourage stu- “There must be a collaborative efdents, as well as members of the fort to take some responsibility for community, to take action against our healthcare and educational the report by informing them of services.”

second annual writer’s workshop takes place over reading week
there’s a community of writers out there,” said Salter. For budding writing enthusiasts, The program consisted of eight reading week may have present- workshop sessions, each designed ed more than an opportunity to to give participants a unique look catch up on some much need- on a particular medium of writed sleep. From Feb. 23-24, the ing. Bringing together writing University of Guelph Library and styles such as newspapers and Writing Services opened their magazines, fiction, scientific padoors to anyone with a passion for pers and even social media, the writing, or an interest in brush- Writer’s Workshop would quickly ing up their skills. stand out to any student as a reThis is the second year the markable opportunity to broaden program has run, and is due to their horizons. take place over reading week “We tried to cover a broad range annually. In speaking with Jodie of different writing genres, and Salter, a staff writing consultant staged it so that they were set at Writing Services and one of the apart,” said Salter. “ We showed organizers of this year’s event, it what we do in different ways, became clear that this was more and provided an opportunity for than your average creative writ- students to learn how to write ing course. Salter expressed that academically, professionally, and the Writer’s Workshop is a cele- creatively.” bration of writing, and writer’s For Michelle Di Cintio, a stuon campus, bringing together ac- dent who attended the workshop ademic, professional, and creative titled You Can Write for Magawriting styles in an attempt to zines and Newspapers, these draw together both the campus sentiments seemed to resonate. and the community at large. “I think more students should “We can make writing a less sol- know about them because I think itary experience, and show that they expect them to be really

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boring and that no one will be there,” said Di Cintio. “But it was really interesting and very interactive.” The workshop only takes place once a year, so students who miss it will unfortunately have to wait

until next year if they wish to attend. Luckily there are still opportunities available to help develop ones writing. Writing Services is available to all students, and can be accessed in Library on the main floor.

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2012 referendum questions
This week, students will be voting on three referendum questions. All undergraduate students and others on campus will be affected by the outcome. Refer to your own university email account for information on how to vote. preamble: Students are the largest demographic of consumers at this institution and by voting yes to this referendum question, you are promoting sustainable practices on campus by removing the sale of bottled water. The University of Guelph promotes numerous sustainable practices, many of which have been championed by students (for example, the Energy Conservation Working Group). By voting yes, you are choosing to add to the student-driven sustainable initiatives on campus. Together, we can set an example for other sustainable initiatives on campus as well as other post-secondary institutions by not purchasing bottled water where and when public water is available. Our campus, and the City of Guelph, is bursting with safe and accessible drinking water, and a huge benefit is it’s provided to you free. Question: Do you support the discontinuation of the sale of bottled water on the University of Guelph central campus? universities fighting world hunger: preamble: Last year, the University of Guelph became the first campus in Canada to join UFWH and hosted the annual UFWH Hunger Summit, bringing together students, faculty, political, corporate and civil society leaders from around the world to discuss hunger-related issues. This year UFWH successfully organized the UoG’s World Record Challenge by mobilizing over a hundred students to package nearly 160,000 emergency relief meals in only one hour! In an effort to broaden our presence on campus and engage students in activities surrounding advocacy, fundraising, and academic initiatives, UFWH appeals to all undergraduate students to support a student fee of $0.50 to help fund UFWH programming. Funding would enable UFWH to hold events on campus in support of the World Food Programme and other local, national and international hunger-alleviation initiatives, while engaging students in a process of academic development. Question: Do you support a UFWH student fee of $0.50 per semester for both part-time and full-time students indexed to the cost of living? teatreehouse cafe: preamble: Teatree House Cafe is an OPIRG working group initiated and run by a group of University of Guelph students who are passionate about critically (local and ethically) sourced food. Our main goal is to establish a student-run membership co-op that provides affordable (ie by-donation) options, and is considerate towards those dietary needs not yet satisfied by current establishments on campus. We are currently working to extend our roots deeper within the UoG Campus by finding accessible space. In order to continue this project, the Teatree House working group is requesting student support of $0.10. We will use this funding to further our search for space, and eventually bring to life a cafe run by and for the students at the University of Guelph. It would become a centre that is welcoming and open for educational space, available for workshops and conferences, as well as a place to comfortably study. Many other Canadian Universities have successfully claimed student-run space and opened very similar community cafés. Teatree is working to build a people and planet- centered co-op structure, that is socially and financially inclusive, and that promotes a more robust connection to our food from farm to fork. Question: Do you support a $0.10 fee indexed to the cost of living for both full and part time undergraduate students so that Teatree House Café student group can continue to work on opening an accessible, and inclusive student-run space that serves affordable, and critically (locally, and ethically) sourced food that is mindful of unique diets? Some sections shortened for print. Full versions of referendum questions are available at theontarion. com or through your voting ballot.

csa elections
Cast your ballot
Beth Purdon-mclellan
The CSA elections are here, and students will have the opportunity to vote for next year’s student government. Students can select their preferred candidate for executive positions, Board of Directors positions and a set of referendum questions. Earlier this week, the CSA sent an email to student’s Gryph account, which provides a link to the student’s ballot. The polls close on Mar. 2. The CSA will announce the elections results on Mar. 5. “The role of an At Large is primarily Student advocacy and voting on pertinent issues that affect the university and City of Guelph as a whole, and sub committee representation,” said Steven Kavaratzis, Promotional AEO of the elections. Sub-committees are responsible for getting students the services they need, or organizing on campus events. At Large reps also play a large role in the CSA hiring process. “Pretty much every function or operation of the CSA has a sub-committee that governs it, or oversees it, or helps manage it, and board member are a part of all those committees, as well as staff and executives,” said Jakki Doyle, Central Student Association Chief Electoral Officer. This CSA election, students will be asked to vote on a series of referendum questions, which help the CSA gage how they should change student policy. “The referendum is the CSA’s official way to garner student input or interest on what ever opinion,” said Doyle. The bottled water referendum question is opinion based. If the referendum passed, it would give the CSA a mandate to lobby Hospitality and the university to remove bottle water from campus, as they did in the Bullring. The other questions are from CSA clubs The Teatree House and the Universities Fight World Hunger. These clubs are asking students to increase the amount of money given to them as part of student fees. Students can read the questions and decide either way as long as they vote before the polls close on Mar. 2.

“The referendum is the CSA’s official way to garner student input or interest on what ever opinion.” — Jakki Doyle.
For new students, it may be difficult to distinguish the different candidate positions. Executive Directors are paid positions, and are full time staff members of the CSA, whereas Board Directors are volunteers. Board members are often referred to as “At Large” representatives. There are a total of 14 At Large Representatives, with two representatives for each college, excluding CME and OVC.

garden2table: getting the full food experience
Beth Purdon-mclellan
The University of Guelph is looking at nutrition from the ground up with its educational program, Garden2Table. As the name suggests, Garden2Table teaches elementary school children about food production and healthy eating in a hands-on and interactive way. The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) started the program two years ago, and has since partnered with the Ontario Agriculture College and the Guelph Urban Organic Farm Centre. “Our program is centred around educating children about the importance of eating healthy, as locally as possible,” said Hannah McClenaghan, a second year HTM student involved in the program. “And just encouraging them to make those smart and conscious food choices whenever they’re at a grocery store, and going to the farmers market.” The program brings young students onto campus, where they can harvest food from the urban organic farm. Children may pick, plant or weed in the garden, and learn about how plants produce the food they pick. They take that produce and eventually cook their own meal in the Hospitality kitchens, including sweet potato, pizza, granola, soup and salad. “One of the main focuses of the program is to have the children really immersed in what is a garden, how to grow food, and what food is,” said McClenaghan. “We’re teaching them about real food. It doesn’t just appear magically on the shelf of your grocery store.” Currently, the program is working with two different elementary schools and hopes to partner with a third in the coming year. In order to accommodate more students, Garden2Table hopes to expand the garden and establish an on-site learning centre. The learning centre would include cooking facilities right by the garden so children don’t have to walk all over the campus. Although these plans are only in the discussion phase, it reflects the

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garden2table is unique program that gives kids a chance to have a hands-on learning experience, right here on campus.
growing interest and success of the Garden2Table program. The program was designed in part to combat obesity. Although Garden2Table focuses on younger children, they hope children will teach their parents about making better food choices. Garden2Table hosts three events a year. In addition to school visits, they hold an open house in the fall for the community and the industry to experience the garden. Their largest event is the College Royal, where they will hold a cooking class and demonstration by prominent members of the food community such as Ezra Title from The Food Network’s “The Healthy Gourmet”; Chriss Jess from the Food School in Fergus; Shea Robinson, executive chef from Wildcraft in Waterloo; and Matthew Foote, executive chef of Borealis Grille & Bar. Garden2Table is working hard to educate others about what real food is, and seeing your meal from the ground, up.

under one’s skin, can dispense latest developments in the world’s minute amounts of drugs on a reg- most famous physics laboratory, ular basis, thus avoiding the pain and alluded to the highly anticipatof daily injections or the perils of ed CERN announcements to come. forgetfulness. The possible discovery of the Higgs Dr. Mark J. Post, professor of boson, a particle that if found will vascular physiology at Masstricht lend indisputable support to the University, gave a very fascinat- Standard Model of physics, exing talk about his latest endeavor, pected to be announced towards “test-tube” burgers: an attempt the end of March. Bertolucci also to make meat from animal stem mentioned the “faster-than-light” cells that he says will drastically re- neutrinos, a controversial discovduce the environmental problems ery that is currently being verified caused by animal farming, im- by a team of independent scientists prove animal welfare, and reduce whose results will be announced the occurrence of food borne dis- this summer. ease. Unfortunately, Post was very This year’s meeting focused on secretive about his methodology, the global challenges of the 21st and his source of funding, which century, such as climate change, he only described as a wealthy fi- food security, disease, and the nancier who “realizes that meat strategies that are being explored production is going rapidly into by the science community to remcrisis.” edy these. It was enlightening both Will this test-tube meat be avail- from a scientific and a journalistic able in supermarkets any time standpoint, as I soon found out that soon? Probably not. When a report- being a member of the press at this er asked Post, a non-vegetarian, if conference had its advantages. It he had tasted his “slaughter-free” included a gala reception for all the meat, he answered, “I haven’t yet reporters at the Vancouver Aquarbecause it is too small to actual- ium, free Wi-Fi for live tweeting, ly cook.” a daily “press breakfast,” where CERN’s director, Sergio Berto- representatives from such orgalucci, provided a run-down of the nizations as the European Union talked about their science programs to reporters from various news outlets like the BBC and Wired Magazine, and, of course, enough free coffee to keep every jet-lagged reporter awake for five days. I remember being a kid and

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scientifically Inclined: Vancouver hosts the 2012 aaas annual meeting
A global science conference in a Canadian setting
arielle duhaime-ross
The AAAS annual meeting, one of the biggest global science conferences, took place in Vancouver from Feb. 16-20. With an attendance of about 8,000 participants from all over the world, including myself, this science conference mixed presentations of peer-reviewed studies, workshops for scientists and scientific communicators, and public family events all aimed at encouraging kids and adults alike to explore the world through a scientific lens. Despite the meeting’s theme, “Flattening the World, Building a Global Knowledge Society,” that could come across as rather outdated to a science community that has long agreed on a circular world, the science discussed was cuttingedge. Dr. Robert Langer, professor at MIT, presented the world’s first microchip that, when implanted

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realizing for the first time that the for sponsoring TV show storylines did not just this science writer’s trip to the materialize out of thin air. People AAAS annual meeting. actually write those storylines! The American Association for Strangely enough, I had that same the Advancement of Science or experience a few years ago with AAAS (pronounced triple-A-S) is the science articles I was reading the largest general science society, in newspapers. Someone had actu- responsible for publishing three ally managed to make a career out very well regarded peer-reviewed of writing about science. Amazing! journals, including Science. This For me, this weekend was not only 178th edition of the annual meetabout meeting the scientists that ing marked the first time Vancouver dedicate their lives to the further- has served as host for the annual ing of knowledge, but also about meeting. The last Canadian AAAS meeting the writers who work tire- annual meeting took place in Tolessly to explain each new gain in ronto before many of us were born, humanity’s collective knowledge, in 1981. and its impact on our lives. I would like to thank the Canadian Sci- Arielle blogs about science at ence Writer’s Association (www.

chancellor CONTINUED
He owns and operates Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre, Princess of Wales Theatre, Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly the Canon Theatre) and Panasonic Theatre. “David is a cultural icon and leader,” said Alastair Summerlee in a press release. “He will also add luster to our reputation as a place that inspires creativity and engaged inquiry.” As chancellor, Mirvish will serve as titular head of the University with the power to confer all degrees. The chancellor also serves as a member of the Board of Governors. “It’s an honour and privilege to be asked to serve as chancellor of the University of Guelph,” said Mirvish. “I am proud to become a member of a university community that is making a difference around the world. Whether it be the food on our tables, the quality of the environment, our health, and the critical aspects of our communities and culture, the University of Guelph is having an impact. I look forward to getting to know the students, faculty, staff and alumni, and to being an ambassador for Guelph’s people, ideas and innovations.”


cultural icon david Mirvish has been selected as the new university of guelph chancellor.
Mirvish will begin his appointment after a ceremony in June. He is the eighth chancellor since the University’s founding in 1964. He succeeds Pamela Wallin, 2007 – 2011; Lincoln Alexander, 1991-2007; Edmund Bovey, 1989–1990; William Stewart, 1983–1989; Pauline McGibbon, 1977 –1983; Emmett Hall, 1971 –1977; and George Drew, 1965 –1971.


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My first convention: what I learned at con-g
you want to do for as many timeslots as you can: topics you’re passionate about, or just something that you find mildly interesting. Planning will ensure that you don’t wind up wandering around the entire day, only to find out later that you’ve missed out on learning more about something you love. 3. go off plan Wait, but I just said… Yes. Don’t be afraid to go off plan. Found out all of your friends are going to a different panel than what you had written down? Go with them! Merchandise booths are closing soon and you had your heart set on something? Go buy things! While having a plan helps make sure you always have something to do, the point of the convention is to have fun, so do what you want to do! 4. Bring Money Speaking of merchandise: bring money. Lots of money. First off, you’ll obviously need money for food. But more importantly, you’ll want money for all of the awesome things for sale! From plushies to armor, you’ll constantly find things you never knew you always wanted. 5. Bring a camera Conventions are full of people in costume: amateurs, professionals and everything in between. Don’t be afraid to walk up to them and ask if you can take a picture of their costume, but make sure that you do ask first. 6. dress up In the same line of this: don’t be afraid to dress up yourself! No matter what fandom you’re part of, a simple costume adds a lot to the experience. And it can be anything. During my weekend at this convention, I saw people dressed as various anime characters, My Little Ponies, Doctor Who, and even Disney’s Ariel. My final words of advice are to above all, have fun. For me, my first convention was an extremely fun and exciting experience, and wiath all of these things in mind, hopefully yours will be too!`

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Some advice for other newbie convention goers
Katie maz
This last weekend, I was lucky enough to attend the Guelphbased “anime and geek culture convention” Con-G. Being relatively new to geek culture in general, this is the first convention I’ve been to. And so, I have decided to pass on my very minimal and limited knowledge to others as new to the convention world as me. 1. sleep I cannot stress this point enough. Before you go, get a good’s night sleep. You will be waking up early and then walking around doing exciting things all day. However, like any good student knows, if you can’t sleep, indulge in energy drinks. 2. Make a plan Conventions will have a schedule of panels and events listed online, as well as on handouts when you walk in. Choose what

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con-g – guelph’s anime and geek culture convention was held at guelph’s holiday Inn from feb. 25-26. The convention featured pokemon events as well as autograph sessions from voice actors andrea libman, kyle hebert, and christian potenza.

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looking and thinking forward
tom Beedham
Forward Thinking was featured in Zavitz Gallery from Feb. 13-17, displaying the works of painting students Elizabeth Sullivan, Kate Szabo, Leah Williams, and Ye Han. All working with different abstract techniques, there was a common sense of exploration of mark-making as a theme. Elizabeth Sullivan’s work used landfills as a departure point for painting work. “My more recent work is using landfills and the piling of objects to sort of connect with mark-making,” she said at the at some of my pieces, the paint is gallery opening on Feb. 16. kind of built up quite a bit,” Szabo Ye Han’s work also looked at said. urban space for inspiration. As traditional canvases can be “I layer different pictures to- fairly expensive, especially when gether and get abstractions from pursuing an education in fine arts, those. Streets, buildings, different Szabo has adopted cardboard as things,” said Ye. her canvas of choice. At Forward Looking at paint palettes, the Thinking, she also utilized cardsource material for Kate Szabo’s board to represent paint skins. work was significantly more scaled Riffing on the title of their exdown, but it still allowed her to hibit, the group arranged their provide works with diverse colour works along the back wall of Zavitz palettes and materials. Gallery. With a nod to the abstract “I’m interested in the material nature of all of their paintings, the qualities of paint and what that has group presented their disparate to offer. So if you take a closer look mix of abstract art in a salon style, rather than taking the more mod- different from the rest of the ern design route of laying out the show,” Williams said. “Mine’s gallery so that individual pieces kind of about distilling things, appear side-by-side. like certain ideas or concepts, or “We sort of thought of it so that just things. I was taking the very we could have a lot happening on basic structure, and simplifying one wall, and then it tapering out that a lot.” to stillness,” said Leah Williams. Her paintings were also genWhile most of the back wall erally smaller than most of the was occupied by paintings Sulli- paintings on display. van, Szabo, and Ye, Williams’ work “It’s really about simplifying in made subtle forays into the adja- terms of colour. That’s why they’re cent walls. Her paintings earned pretty small.” their location for their deviations Zavitz Gallery will continue to from the dense look of Sullivan, present new student work every Szabo, and Ye’s pieces. week for the remainder of the “I think my work is kind of Winter Semester.

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fucked up
toronto hardcore outfit reigns over marathon punk with Zodiac beasts
A year later, David Comes to Life was released and found its way to the top of year-end best of lists from publications like The A.V. Club, Exclaim!, and SPIN. While the album brought Fucked tom Beedham Up critical success, the release also served as the culmination of In the territory of marathon punk, a narrative the group began back Fucked Up reigns. Since 2006, the in 2006 when they introduced the psychedelically-inclined hardcore central character of DCTL on Hidoutfit has been consistently reifying den World. its dominion in the realm of long Released as a double LP, the songs with its Zodiac Series: a chain group also pumped out additional of 12-inch records featuring singles seven-inches with material relattitled after the beasts of the Chinese ed to – but not included on – DCTL Zodiac that clock in between 10 and in tandem with the rock opera’s 20 minutes. On Feb. 17, the group release. Set in 1970s and 1980s released Year of the Tiger – the latest England, if you want a further taste installment in the series – at To- of the cultural atmosphere that ronto’s Steam Whistle Roundhouse. is meant to pervade throughout Sure, the group’s a little late with DCTL, leading up to the album’s this one (the Tiger Year ended and release, the group also churned out made way for the Rabbit Year in David’s Town – 11 Original Hits toM BeedhaM Feb. 2011, and we’re now in the from Byrdesdale Spa, UK!, a fake Dragon Year), but they claim they compilation that has the group toronto hardcore outfit fucked up released Year of the Tiger, the newest installment in their zodiac wrapped up recording of the title imitating late ’70s music under a series, at the steam whistle roundhouse on feb. 17. track almost two years ago, and number of pseudonyms. You could say it’s been a fucked behind them. Although he had to out of the way, the group’s main wrapping the mic chord tightly their blog states that the next one is in the works. up couple of years for the band, read the lyrics from the centre of set consisted mostly of David-re- around his head, pulling his shorts Can we really complain anyway? but it hasn’t been enough to make the stage, lead vocalist Damian lated tracks like “The Other Shoe,” up to his nipples and twirling his Abraham managed to work the “Turn the Season,” “David Comes moustache. He even ventured into In June 2010, Fucked Up set out on them put on the brakes. another, more complicated maraMaking their way onto the stage throughout the song, which to Life,” and “Queen of Hearts,” the crowd and then performed part thon when they stepped into the stage at 1a.m., Fucked Up hit the eventually brought Austra’s Katie the only exception being “Son the of “Queen of Hearts” from atop the studio to record their attempts at ground running with their new- Stelmanis – who appears on the Father” from 2008’s The Chemis- bar. Their encore consisted of their merging rock opera’s perceived est 15-minute contribution to the recorded version of the song – to try of Common Life. Throughout 2003 single “Police” and an unindulgences with the rawness of Zodiac Series while a video pro- the stage. the set, Abraham treated fans likely sprint through “Jingle Bells.” After getting their latest release to some of his usual stage antics, hardcore. jection displayed related artwork

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list service: seven self-mutilating punks
tom Beedham

moment of self-desperation, Vicious infamously carved “GIMME damian abraham (fucked up) A FIX” into his chest while on Fucked Up’s lead singer doesn’t stage in hopes a generous fan drink, so he’s developed a cre- would bring him relief. ative (destructive?) way of dealing with fans that hand him pints at henry rollins (Black flag) shows. He smashes them over his Known for rolling in and cutting head (the glasses, not the fans). up his chest with glass, Rollins Known for memorable stage per- would also egg on his own beatformances, Abraham has said he ings at shows, playing entire sets believes artists have a blood debt from the pit and picking fights with their fans. with everyone around him. He’d typically leave a show with bruisIggy pop (The stooges) es, pin stabs, and cigar burns. On-stage flagellation, using his body to butt cigarettes out and gg allin ripping up his chest with knives Wrought with self-loathand broken bottles, Iggy Pop’s ing, cutting his face and body self-mutilating offences really ran with broken glass onstage was a the gamut in his early years. He routine for GG Allin. He is also once even ended a show by hav- recognized for having sodomized ing some friends shove him in a himself with a chair leg periodigunnysack and drag him through cally at shows. a club and out into the gutters of Sunset Boulevard. darby crash (The germs) Beginning a show in San Fran- his set. He also pioneered the sid Vicious (sex pistols) cisco, after he was informed “Germs burn,” a tradition the band Suffering heroin withdrawals that Sid Vicious was in atten- had of branding friends and fans as a result of some roadies pre- dance, Germs singer Darby Crash with cigarettes, an honour that venting his drug use when touring downed a bottle of liquor, carved would allow the wearer the right America with the Sex Pistols, in a a circle in his chest, and dove into to pass on the brand.


frank carter (gallows) Known for rejecting his prolonged role at the front of Gallows, Frank Carter would often start fights with fans. Carter’s brother Steph has suggested that Frank

hated being in the band so much that he tried to get himself killed at shows before he finally quit.

ArtS & CuLturE

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The pop Machine
Oscar is a white man with a golden spray tan
tom Beedham
Whether or not you care for award season, there is no denying that the Oscars are a pretty big deal. Winning an Academy Award can be enough to launch the most indie type actors and directors to stardom or even bump a motion picture’s box office haul by millions. Oscar’s prestige is no secret, but considerable mystery surrounds just who that face represents. The complete roster of all 5,765 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is no publicly accessible record, but a study recently conducted by the Los Angeles Times has revealed that the people behind Oscar are mostly old white men. According to the study, 94 per cent of Oscar voters are Caucasian, while about two per cent are black and Latinos represent less than two per cent. Oscar voters have a median age voters, some members felt that of 62, while only two members some members felt the repreare younger than 40 and approxi- sentation was simply reflective mately five per cent are over age 85. of hiring patterns in Hollywood, The Times found that although while others said it was more an the Academy credits itself as “the illustration of the group’s mission world’s preeminent movie-related to recognize achievement rather organization” of “the most accom- than promote diversity. plished men and women working “Many said the Academy should in cinema,” Oscar voters are 77 be much more representative,” per cent male. The Times did not said the Times. Given the Acadepublish a figure stating how many my’s influence on the commercial women are behind Oscar, but in success of actors, screenwriters, the absence of any published sta- directors, studios, and etc., that tistic, it seems safe to assume that seems like the most obvious critthere is no representation of either icism we can give the Academy. the trans or intersex communities. Representation is a responsibility. So, even though the Times After the publication of the points it out and I’m about to reit- study, Times columnist Patrick erate it, it goes without saying that Goldstein suggested giving veteran the Academy is markedly less di- Oscar members a different, nonverse than the moviegoing public. voting status might help make the They revealed that nearly 50 per Academy’s demographics youngcent of the Academy’s actors have er. That seems like it would be a appeared on screen in the last two good start. years, but “membership is genI won’t to pretend to know erally for life, and hundreds of much about movie making techAcademy voters haven’t worked nology/technique, but I think it’s on a movie in decades.” a fair claim to say that both have Over the course of the study, been progressing at an exponenTimes reporters were able to con- tial rate. I also think it is fair to say firm the identities of more than that people with more “classical” 51,000 voters (89 per cent of the trainings should have some influAcademy). Interviewing those ence on the Academy’s choices, but at present their demographic is the grossly dominant one. As some members of the Academy suggest, the Oscars are meant to recognize achievement. But that shouldn’t prevent it from promoting diversity.


MarIanne poIntner

The university of guelph concluded Black history Month with a music and dance performance featuring lively drumming by coBa Inc.


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ArtS & SCiEnCE

artifacts of everyday: the quiet canadian
seamus oGden
This is the third 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. Bear with me. I will begin with some amateur philosophizing. Some recent ponderance on the ultimate purpose of this column has driven me to ask some fundamental questions. The most pertinent is: “what is art?” We are all experts on this question, for we can all identify art. So let’s explore it. Surely art has something to do with beauty and beautiful things. That said, a beautiful tree growing naturally in a forest is not art. Art must be made. Very simply, we might say that art is the making of the beautiful. I am inclined to keep this overly broad definition because it suggests that we’re all artists, as we weave ourselves and the little world around us into something meaningful, we perform artistic acts. This includes sports. Kessel leans low into a sprint up the wing, while some kid in Penetanguishene learns to take a pass: both works of art. Both have a dignity, nobil- We’re skating with our heads down, ity, and purpose on par with any pretending we haven’t run out of art project. Each one is, in itself, a ice. We’ve arrested our tendenbeautiful thing. cy to look out for and care for our Let us detour to ask another own, we’ve failed to keep a level question: what is it to be Canadian? head in international affairs, and Canada, a relative teenager among we’ve all but absorbed the farcical ancient nations, doesn’t have very political culture of our southerly deep cultural and historical roots. neighbours. This apparently proves troubling. “Maybe so, but we still have It emerges as an existential dilem- hockey!” we say. “We still have ma evident in our arts, for better hockey...” I suspect that as the quiet Canaor worse. Isn’t there a longing, a dian calmly rests in their home at reach for a sense of nationhood in which we can root ourselves? 24 Sussex, he sees all of this with Think Gord Downie, novelist Hugh astonishing lucidity and revels in it. McLennan, or even Tim Horton. He knows hockey is such a definiYes, the Timmie’s commercial tive thing for us, that it distracts us tells us what we are: kind subur- from other deeply definitive things. ban family-folk, a tad multicultural He and his PR team feed this appe(or colourfully assimilated), and of tite for distraction. We’ve all heard course, hockey lovers. They feed about the magnum opus he’s been us a palatable image of ourselves writing, his elusive book on hockey and we swallow it down, dazed that, until recently, seemed eterby the smells of fried fat, cheap nally incomplete, if only to keep coffee and capitalist liberation. In our interest piqued and turned a twisted way they get at a fright- away from the abyss where the ening reality: it seems all we have seed of a nation once rested. left is hockey. The sad reality: hockey’s beauThe secret abyss, our nation- ty is not enough to maintain the al denial: the dream is over. It’s uniqueness of a nation. Whethfading away with our starving, er we gather scraps to build the mal-funded public programs, with nation anew, or we take the time our worldly reputation as shep- to properly mourn its passing, we herds of good sense, peace and care. must take up the work of art.

katIe Maz

The locusts have no king’s david dubois serves up a twang-infused solo at an eBar performance on feb. 23.

sports & health
sasha odesse
Success was had all around last weekend for the University of Guelph equestrian team. The team is split into two groups, who either compete in the OUAE or IHSA show circuit. In the OUAE circuit there are eight teams across Ontario in the West Zone, and eight shows in which the Guelph team can compete. “This was our second last show,” said equestrian club president, Kristina Keilty. “That OUEA team finished as the high point team this weekend so they’re now sitting in first above Western– which is all that really matters.” The IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) team competes in upstate New York with a total of six shows throughout the year, this show being their last of the season. “We had five riders qualify for regionals which is the most we’ve ever had,” said Keilty. “Last year we only had two.” The team finished third overall which Keilty says is great because Guelph is one of only three Canadian teams that are invited to show in the states. Keilty also commented that the IHSA Canadian teams are at a slight disadvantage because they don’t yet have varsity status, meaning they must fully fund all costs themselves. “We all ride up here separately and then kind of come together as a team,” said Keilty. “Whereas university equestrian teams in the states have varsity status so they get a lot of funding. Some schools even have their own barns.” There are currently no varsity equestrian teams in Canada, though Keilty says they are slowly but surely working on changing that. Team members Kirsten Dorricott and Celine Jaisaree commented on the shows themselves, pointing out that while each individual team member trains with their own coach and rider throughout the year, once you get to the show you are judged on skill and aptitude, not how compatible you are with your own horse. “The horse that you ride in the show is drawn, so you’ve never ridden that horse before and you don’t get to warm it up or anything you just get led into the ring and you can’t touch the reins until you get in there,” explained Jaisaree and Dorricott. “We do have a coach, Linda Hale, for the hunter riders at the university and we ride at an old church farm in Moffatt, Ontario. But most girls ride their

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u of g equestrian team rides into top spot

kelly keIlty

The 2011-12 university of guelph equestrian team and their gryphon swag
own horses with their own coach- As for the IHSA team I’d say half es and then collaborate when we the dedicated riders are going– five go to the show,” continued the going is huge,” said Keilty. The top two riders from regiontwo athletes. With the success this weekend als at the end of March will have the club must now prepare for re- the opportunity to continue on to gionals at the end of March which Zones and from there the top two determines who continues on from there or not. “We have a team of 12 on the OUAE circuit and 11 have qualified for regionals as of right now. riders will earn a trip to Nationals. Keilty who has competed at the National level hopes that someone will make it this year as well. Right now, the team is just happy about making it to regionals.

track and field sets sights on nationals
sasha odesse
“We’re a competitive team so anytime you come third or fourth, well that’s not the ultimate goal,” said Chris Moulton, track and field assistant head coach in regards to the team’s results at OUAs on Feb. 24 and 25. The team finished with a total of eight gold, two silver and nine bronze medals at York, falling short to Windsor who claimed both men’s and women’s titles. “The women went in with an outside shot at winning. It would have been challenging as we’re not quite as deep as some of the other programs, namely Windsor and Western who finished ahead of us. We ended up third but we’ll be a better team at nationals,” said Moulton. “The provincial championships reward depth a little more while the national championships reward higher end performances.” The men’s team is projected to place somewhere between second and fourth at CIS, while the women’s team is expected to bally Windsor for the team title. “What we are in cross country, Windsor is in track,” said Moulton. A number of Gryphon athletes had stand-out weekends in their events namely fourth year Tim Hendry who broke a two-yearold meet record in the shot put and claiming the gold medal. “Tim Hendry is a world class athlete and we’re blessed to have him,” said Moulton. “He also broke the record in the weight throw but came second. [Hendry] came in as a solid recruit, but certainly not spectacular and had just progeressed by leaps and bounds every year.” “On the women’s side Julia Wallace is another athlete similar to [Hendry] in that she came in as a good recruit but not necessarily someone we would have projected to be medaling at OUAs in two events and finishing five in another. She’s a work horse type of person,” said Moulton. “I’m pretty sure she competed for the entire 48 hours that we were there.” With the national championships only a week away and a province over the team is gearing up for the next step. With the Olympics in London this year, an added goal for athletes is qualifying for the Canadian team. “We probably have a couple potential Olympians on our team for [the] Olympics this year so that’s pretty exciting and then if you look down to 2016 and 2020 then we might have a few more,” said Moulton. “The caliber of competition in the OUA has never been this high. In Canadian National rankings four of the top five women’s programs and all of the top five men’s programs are all Ontario schools so it’s just a really strong time to be competing in an OUA,” Moulton continued. “We sometimes joke about the fact that if we were in any other conference, we’d be the dominant power, but it’s pretty cool to be in a conference when everyday you’re going out there and competing with other worldclass programs. In the next week the Gryphons will not only have to prepare physically, but also mentally for the CIS championships. “We have a couple injuries, so we want those people to get healthy and there’s a bit of fine tuning that goes on, but mostly we’re prepped,” said Moulton.“I think a lot of it, especially at this point [is mental].” To support your Gryphons check out or follow the team on Twitter @Gryphontrack for full updates.


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gryphons swimmers make their mark on a national scale
The men’s and women’s varsity swim team took to the pool at the CiS national championship in montreal between February 24 and 26
jeff sehl
For the Gryphons varsity swim team, a year of hard work, training and swim meets came to an end as the 2012 CIS national championships wrapped up at the University of Montreal’s CEPSUM pool on Feb. 26. The tournament was a successful ending for the Gryphons, especially the three who were able to find the podium. The Gryphons earned four medals with Alisha Harricharan leading the way with a gold and bronze medal in the 50 and 100 metre fly events respectively. On the men’s side, Wil Wright was able to earn a silver medal in the 100 metre butterfly and Matthew Stephenson earned a bronze in the 200 metre breaststroke. For Harricharan, aside from her two medals, representing her school at such a prestigious tournament was an accomplishment in itself. “Representing my school at a national level was the icing on top of a great varsity season,” said Harricharan. “It has been an amazing accomplishment to swim as a part of the Guelph Gryphons swim team and the experience was much better knowing that I had the support from my team there with me the whole way.” Despite her success at this year’s national championship and achieving many of the goals she set for herself, Harricharan continues to set high expectations for herself. “My individual goal overall is just to continue improving, getting best times and hopefully with that I will also improve my overall placing,” said Harricharan. Individual accolades aside, the three day event was a success overall for the team as a whole, with the women and men finishing tenth and eleventh overall in the nation respectively. According to Harricharan, the success of both teams can be attributed to the work ethic of the group. “As a whole, I think our team performed really well. We’ve all

JaMes haJJar

The gryphons women’s swimming team finished tenth overall while the men finished eleventh at the cIs national championships in Montreal. alisha harricharan took home the only gryphon gold medal with her impressive finish in the 50m fly.
been training really well and extremely hard throughout the year,” said Harricharan. “We saw some best times and a lot of fight in their races this past weekend and really we couldn’t ask for more.” However, Harricharan also believes there is room for improvement for the entire team, looking to improve next year despite their strong showing at this year’s national championships. “I think a great team goal for next year would be to place better at the OUA championships as well as at the CIS championships and with that having more people qualify to go to the CIS championship swim meet,” said Harricharan. “There were some people that were really close this year and I know that if they continue training the way they have been then they’ll make it next year.”


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Midterm madness
How what you eat can help get you through a stressful time.
become the constant, coffee seems like the best study partner. This, however, may not be a good choice after all. The caffeine-loaded coffee is a diuretic, sina woerthle meaning that these water-soluble B vitamins are more easily exStress is as common as sleep de- hausted. Vitamin B6 is incredibly privation during this dreaded important: it helps lower stress time of year – midterms. When levels in your body by assisting the hours of rest per night are be- in the production of neurotranscoming significantly less and less, mitters, such as serotonin. A diet your body will respond to this in a including spinach, baked potamuch more serious way than you toes (skin included) and broccoli may imagine. The insufficient re- ensures that your body is stocked covery time that you grant your up on the “stress vitamins” that body contributes profoundly to form red blood cells and uphold the way your brain responds to a healthy nervous system. One important mineral that is simple, everyday tasks. While it may be challenging to schedule great for allowing your muscles to in more time to rest, modifica- relax, thus resulting in an overall tions in your diet will allow you more at ease body, is magnesium. to avoid your biological mech- This macromineral aids in the preanisms from being unable to vention of overexcited nerves, efficaciously adjust to the changes and functions to help maintain a in homeostasis. healthy blood pressure. TempoAs your body is undergoing rary spikes in blood pressure are stress, several reactions are taking common in high stress situations, place. Firstly, stress can deplete so obtaining your daily dose of valuable B vitamins. When tasks magnesium is essential in order are overwhelming and late nights to keep this under control. A lack

“it is important to remember, during this hectic time of year, that what you choose to nourish your body with will also reflect in your mental well-being.”
of magnesium will cause the muscles to send a signal to the brain, which will then result in muscle contractions. This can lead to a tense body, muscle spasms and difficulty relaxing your psychological sate. Get your daily dose of magnesium by snacking on foods such as pumpkin seeds, Swiss chard or grinding some flaxseed on your morning cereal. Finally, your immune system suffers when you are undergoing stress. Doesn’t it always seem as if that cold has been patiently waiting to attack until an opportunity arises during which we can least afford to be sick? Maybe this is all triggered by a lack of sleep, or perhaps changes in diet due to less time to plan healthy meals. “A healthy well-balanced diet with snacks and meals throughout the day (i.e. don’t skip meals, especially breakfast and avoid snacking on high sugar/fat/calorie foods and drinks) is vital to good health,” explains Dr. Lindsay Robinson, associate professor

of human health and nutritional sciences at the University of Guelph. Stress increases the levels of cortisol in your blood, in attempts to raise blood sugar through the process of gluconeogenesis to allow more energy to be supplied to your cells. Cortisol triggers excessive gluconeogenesis, which results in high blood glucose levels, even during times in which the body is fasting. In addition, insulin is counteracted by cortisol. This means that these elevated levels may eventually lead to the development of Type 2 diabetes, given they are constant and uncontrolled. Further, high levels of cortisol also lower your immunity. It is believed that the prevention of Type 2 diabetes is based up to 60 per cent on lifestyle, and physical activity is an excellent prevention tool. The prevention of many illnesses, diseases, and the reduction of stress as well can be achieved by physical activity. “Regular physical activity [such as to take] a study break and go for a brisk walk or jog,” says Robinson. It is important to remember, during this hectic time of year, that what you choose to nourish your body with will also reflect in your mental well-being. Relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or yoga, can help manage stress. Keep in mind that short study breaks with spurts of physical activity will not only refresh your mind, but are also productive means of procrastination! As you get back to hitting the books, snack on some brain food and take that much deserved revitalizing break when you have reached the point of muddled thinking.

Volley ball ( M) last gaMe results: 02/18 guelph Vs. Queens oua 1/4 finals l 2 – 3

gryphon season standIngs: w l t 9 10

Volley ball ( w) last gaMe results: 02/18 guelph Vs. ottawa oua 1/4 finals l 1 – 3

gryphon season standIngs: w l t 9 10

B as ketball ( M) last gaMe results: 02/25 guelph Vs. lakehead oua 1/4 final l 70 – 93

gryphon season standIngs: w l t 11 19

B as ketball ( w) last gaMe results: 02/22 guelph Vs. laurier oua playoff l 73 – 75

gryphon season standIngs: w l t 12 13

Ice hockey ( M) last gaMe results: 02/18 guelph Vs. lakehead playoffs game 3, l 2 – 3

gryphon season standIngs: w l t 10 21

Ice hockey ( w) last gaMe results: 02/18 guelph Vs. windsor oua 1/4 final game 2, l 0 – 1

gryphon season standIngs: w l t 18 10

MarIanne poIntner

From Feb. 29 to mar. 2, all undergraduate students will be eligible to

vote in the CSA elections, choosing the five commissioners who will represent them at various levels in the next academic year. Voting is done electronically, and the information is available through a student’s Gryphmail account.a We asked each of the candidates two questions. The first of the two is printed here. The answers to the second question, “What do you hope to be able to achieve in this position?”, are available at Students will also be voting on at-large representatives from five different colleges and on three different referendum questions. Information about those is available on page 4.

local affairs commissioner
I’m a strong candidate for this position because I have years of experience on the CSA board working with all of the services, executive and sitting on almost every committee. I know the CSA inside and out and I’d like to use that knowledge to help benefit students in the Guelph community. I’m great at making connections on campus working with special status groups like Guelph Queer Equality and college governments like CBS-SC, and also reaching out to organizations I haven’t like Interhall council and getting their endorsements. These skills will transfer over to making connections with off-campus groups and committees to be a strong voice for students. My goal is to get students more engaged in their communities by sitting on these committees, meeting their city councilors and helping them know their rights as tenants off-campus, and to help burst the campus bubble. Together we can get students as engaged in their communities as we are on campus!

external affairs commissioner
dOmINIcA mcpherSON
I believe in a strong student union advocating for the rights and interests of students. The CSA should act as your resource and be more recognizable both on and off campus. I have an active interest in the areas of focus for this position, including provincial and federal politics, lobbying, and social and environmental justice. I’ve been fortunate to be involved on campus since first year, developing a broad skill set and an extensive understanding of campus and university functioning. I have experience sitting on multiple committees, boards and executives, including the CSAHS-SA Board, International Development Society, and OPIRG. I’ve participated in Orientation week as a volunteer and event planner and acted as a peer helper with civic engagement in Student Life.  I am dedicated to working for greater collaboration between groups, both on and off campus, in order to support students in their organizing efforts. I value the input of all students and feel strongly about providing you with opportunities to be taken seriously through both maintaining a high degree of professionalism when representing you and being committed to actively involving you in decision making processes.

mAT TheW pecOre
There are several reasons why I am a strong candidate for this position. First of all, I have a strong history of student leadership and making connections with groups both on and off campus. I am a member of the CSA board this year, and through that have sat on several CSA committees, for example the CSA Bike Center that would be one of the services I would supervise if elected. I have also been involved in various capacities in the Guelph community. Last year I was a member of the Peer Helper unit YouinGuelph, which is expressly aimed at getting students involved in the Guelph community. I have experience learning about the needs of the people who live in Guelph, and getting students involved in order to help address these needs. Finally, I have lived in Guelph all my life. This means that I have experienced Guelph not only as a student, but as a citizen. This gives me a unique perspective to bring to interactions with Guelph community members that I think will be helpful in addressing issues. Having lived both sides, I can come to a solution that benefits both parties and help better the Guelph community.

peTer mILLer
The strength of the External Affairs Commissioner and the CSA as a whole is dependent upon the support and participation of the student body. When, together, we become active and passionate about the causes that improve student conditions we can start to really win. The best External Affairs candidate is someone who can encourage students to get informed, get involved, and work together. I think I am that candidate. I am focused on getting students mobilized and working together to achieve a tuition freeze. I also have the necessary experience advocating for students. I served on the CSA Board this year as an elected representative of students from CSAHS. During the last CSA Election I promised to advocate for more student space and more accessible education. I helped organize the UC Sit-in that took place in December. It advocated for more social and study space on campus. I helped out with the Fight the Hikes campaign for accessible education and got students to participate in the Canada Wide Day of Action against the rise of tuition fees in February. I was elected by students to work on accessible education and increased student space and I kept my promises to students.

academic & university affairs
I give a crap. I am also the only candidate for this position.

communications & corporate affairs
chrIS ArchIbALd
I would be perfect for this position because the majority of my experience as a student leader involves the affairs and management of the organizations I’ve been on, as well as the background work to those organizations. Both of which correspond very closely with the description of the Communication and Corporate Affairs commissioner. I have been involved in Interhall Council for four years and I am currently the President of Interhall Council. The skills I have learned in this role would help me excel in this position, and I intend to utilize the resources I have created over the past four years to my advantage.

Human resources & operations
I have two and a half years of experiencing working as a staff member for the CSA. I worked as the board scribe which allowed me to gain a year of experience at the board level, learning to interact with the directors who play a very important role in CSA operations. I then worked as the committee scribe for a year which gave me access to every committee that all the commissioners sit on. This allowed me to learn about all the various services that the CSA offers. This is significant because in learning about the services and the daily problems that arise, I will be better able to address those issues before they arise. Also, in working with the CSA for so long, I have had the unique opportunity to build relationships with the permanent staff of the CSA. Being Human Resources and Operations Commissioner will require a balance of the two types of staff (student and permanent) and my goal is to create a collaborative community within the CSA so that we are better able to serve the students.

dreW GArvIe
I was elected in the CSA by-election and have been your Communications and Corporate Affairs Commissioner for five months now.  We need to continue and expand campaigns such as the campaign for adequate student space on campus; the “Fight the Hikes” campaign for affordable, quality, public education; and the campaign for a bottled water free campus. I believe in an outwardly focused and active student union that directly involves our membership and breaks through the “CSA bubble.”  Together we can make positive change on campus and in our community in students’ interest. To do this we need to reach out to our 20 000 members.  I promise to table in the UC courtyard at least once a week and continue work on the new CSA website, integrated with social media, which will give students a direct connection to their student union. I have been a volunteer at the CSA for five years and have sat on the Board of Directors for two years.  Other involvement includes board membership at OPIRG and CFRU.  I am a firm believer in an inclusive and anti-oppressive CSA that advocates to expand students’ rights.  Re-elect Drew for Communications and Corporate Affairs!

I think my drive, passion and dedication will play a very important role in being a strong candidate for this position. I have spent the past four years building strong relationships, through my work in Student Housing Services and Hospitality Services, which has positioned me to be able to engage and collaborate with a variety of students and campus partners. I’ve been actively involved in several CSA initiatives including advocating for student space and for a bottle water free campus. I have addressed on campus and off campus student concerns around Hospitality Services, from prices of goods to quality of service, and collaborated in the development and promotion of several Hospitality sustainability initiatives. My passion for communications also stems from my experience as a member of RBC Royal Bank’s Executive Public Relations and Communications team for over 15 months, where I gained invaluable experience through liaising with media personal, community partners and stakeholders. The CSA to me is more than a job; with my increased resolve to represent students, I pledge to take a 20% reduction in my executive salary to re-invest back into student jobs and initiatives. I am here to serve students.

My ability to manage numerous projects at once, my strong attention to detail, and experience with the CSA as a both an active board member (20102011) and the current Human Resources & Operations Commissioner makes me a strong candidate for re-election. Having held the position for over nine months now, I have the ability to manage the internal aspects of the position (human resources, and committee work), in addition to spending more time on relevant student issues.


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MarIanne poIntner

The Gryphons women’s hockey team suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Windsor Lancers, who are currently ranked seventh in Canada, dashing any hopes of claiming the OUA banner this year. The team, who was expected to battle the Goldenhawks for the title were eliminated after losing the first two games in a three game series. With both teams eager for t the championship game spot, high pressure from both sides prevented either from scoring until the final period when, with only eight minutes left the Lancers finally succeeded in sinking a shot behind Gryphon goalie Stephanie Nehring. Jackie Sollis, Erin Small, Stephanie Nehring and Jessica Pinkerton of the Gryphons women’s hockey team all received awards from the OUA.

The Guelph Gryphons women’s basketball team played their last game of the season on Feb. 22, falling just a basket short in overtime to the Laurier Goldenhawks. The first through second quarters saw Guelph lead the game by a substantial amount, but were unable to maintain the gap as Laurier stepped up in the third and fourth quarters. Although the team was unable to compete in this year’s OUA playoffs, a number of individual athletes garnered awards for their hard work. Fourth year guard and big leader in the Laurier game, Jasmine Douglas, was named a second team all-star, and Kate MacTavish was named to the rookie all-team.

The Gryphons men’s basketball team fell to the Lakehead Thunderwolves in the OUA quarterfinal game on Feb. 25. After earning their place in the OUA playoffs only days before with a tight win over Laurier after an eight-game losing streak, their hopes of making it to the OUA finals were extinguished. The Thunderwolves led the game from the start, taking a 21-point lead early on in the first quarter. The Gryphons were led by big scorers Kareem Malcolm and Dan McCarthy. The team improved their overall record from last year’s season, winning a total of 11 games in comparison to the nine wins in 2010-11.

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The Gryphons men’s volleyball team was eliminated from the OUA playoffs on Feb. 18. After winning the first two of five sets, the Gryphons then dropped the final three to the Queen’s Gaels, consequently ending their season. The Gryphons who were currently ranked sixth in the OUA finished with a .500 record overall after winning and losing nine games during their regulation season. The team was led by Andrew Whittaker with 18 points and Winston Ross with 14. Ross, a fourth year left side was named a first team OUA all-star for a second consecutive year.

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spring training is important
why more baseball fans should be paying attention to the major League’s pre-season
duncan day-myron
Spring training is an annual part of the Major League Baseball season, and takes place during February and March. All 30 MLB teams head down to either Florida or Arizona– the Grapefruit League and the Cactus League respectively– and spend six weeks practicing and playing exhibition games to get them into shape for the upcoming regular season, which begins in April. The games that each team plays during spring training are exhibition games, meaning they don’t contribute to the overall standings of any team for the regular season. What happens here won’t have any affect on post-season standings. Because of that, a lot of people don’t pay as much attention to what happens during spring training, which is unfortunate. There are a lot of reasons to be watching what is happening right now. The most obvious is that these are bonus baseball games, and with only 162 regular season games a year, there simply aren’t enough of those as it is. But more games played means more games played against the teams that are going to matter. If you’re following the Blue Jays for example, in the next few weeks they’ll be going up against the Red Sox, the Yankees, the Rays and the Orioles. These are the teams they share a division with and the teams they’ll need to beat to make it to the postseason. It’s interesting to see how the teams play at this point, and to see how it affects the lineup and pitching when the regular season kicks into gear. In addition to games within their own division, there’s plenty of interleague games as well. It’s rare for an American League team like the Blue Jays to go up against National League teams, but in the Grapefruit League the Jays will be up against the Pirates, the Phillies (we’ll see if Halladay takes the mound), the Astros, and the Braves. Even the slight difference in the rules between leagues makes for an interesting change of pace, and there are matchups you might not see again until next year’s spring training. Spring training is also great to see how rookies play on the team. Since the end of the last season, Blue Jays’ GM Alex Anthopoulos has discussed his quest to build a baseball team. New players can have a huge impact on the dynamics and performance of the team and a lot of attention should be paid to this year’s new recruits and how they perform. Spring training is like their test drive. Last is injuries. Two of the Blue Jays players– pitchers Jesse Litsch and Carlos Villenueva– will be coming off the disabled list in the middle of spring training. Seeing how they bounce back from their injuries is going to be an important precursor for how the Jays start their regular season. The first spring training game is on Mar. 3 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the last is on Apr. 3 against the Detroit Tigers.

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gryph' in history

‘published in The Ontarion on september 26, 1995. when the new guelph mascot was introduced, university of guelph students said goodbye to their old mascot griff. with a number of significant improvements, the new mascot, named gryph, was created in the hopes of instilling “hope and pride in the heart of guelphites.” The old griff mascot, lacking any real resemblance to a lion except perhaps its tail and what was most likely supposed to be a mane (but resembled something closer to a turkey wattle) was slightly out-of-date to say the least. The new and improved gryph featured a much more proportionate head and was a more balanced mash-up of the lion and the eagle. Though an improvement, the ’95 gryph (pictured here) has since been replaced by the most recent and even better looking gryph, who now dons the number 00 on his gryphon jersey everywhere he goes. rock on gryph.
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Beth’s craft corner
make your own pincushion
Beth Purdon-mclellan
Regular crafters know, when buying your self a sewing kit, chances are the pincushion will be in the shape of a tomato. Occasionally, you may get a strawberry attached for good measure. Pincushions are usually made of wool that removes any rust build up on your pins. Most pins these days are made up of other metals besides iron, so pincushions serve the purpose of keeping your pins in one place. Although the tomato shape is certainly a classic, this craft will be a break in tradition. you will need: Tuna can Vinegar/baking soda Hot glue gun 1 piece of felt Tissues or cotton balls Decorative paper or fabric how to make it: Peel off the label of your tuna can and make sure you give both the outside and the inside a good scrub. As a precautionary measure,

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scrub with vinegar and a little bit of baking soda to remove any residue. Mark the height of the tuna can on your paper or fabric. Cut a long strip that will cover the entire outside and secure with a drop of glue. Cut a circle out of your piece of felt that is approximately twice the

size of the tuna can. Begin to glue it to the inside of the can, pleating the felt as you go. When you have gone almost all the way around, make sure you leave an inch or two open. Use this gap to stuff your pincushion with either tissues or cotton balls. When you’re finished, simply tuck the felt inside the can.

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have access to protection and appropriate medical support) is important, but it also takes an acceptance of the wide variety of sexual activities and interests that individuals have. It’s about being open-minded to different sexual practices, embracing sexual diversity, and supporting the rights of consenting adults. What do you think of when you hear that someone gains sexual pleasure from being tied up and flogged? In the media, I’ve heard a lot of negative responses. That it’s sick, that it’s misogynistic, that no one would ever actually enjoy that, or that it’s abusive. But let’s deconstruct this for a minute. Can you imagine the kind of trust that has to exist between a couple in order for one to be willing to hand over the power to the other? Or the kind of understanding that has to exist between a couple to be able to communicate such a desire to their partner? Instead of judging this on the surface, maybe we should recognize that couples engaging in this kind of play have incredibly trusting and open relationships– something to strive for, not to shun. There are certain people in your life who you should hold to a high standard when it comes to sex positivity. Your doctor, for example, is an important one. You need to make sure that you’re able to communicate what kind of activities you engage in (and with how many partners and of what gender) in order for your doctor to be able to accurately assess what screening or health care might be appropriate for you. (As a sidenote, if your doctor tries to moralize or impose their sexual values on you, it’s time to find a new doctor. You need to be able to communicate openly and honestly with them). Personally, I also think having a sex-positive friend who you can talk things over with without feeling judged is important (it doesn’t have to be a tell-all expose over Saturday brunch like Sex and the City!).

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the exploration of one’s own body, and create incredible We often hear a lot of bad things physical and psychological pleaabout sexuality. Like there’s too sure. Sexuality, whether that is much of it in the media, kids are on your own or with someone exposed to it too early, or that it else, is about a lot more than just leads to bad consequences. This procreation. can be categorized as a “sex-negBut how is it that we switch ative” attitude. Unfortunately, from this negative attitude to we don’t often get to hear the becoming “sex-positive?” What other side of it: that a safe, con- does it even mean? If you genersensual, sexual relationship can ally support a person’s right to be an incredibly positive thing. have sex, is that enough? Or supIt can add to the intimacy of ex- port access to safer sex supplies? isting relationships, help couples Actually, it’s a lot more than that. to reconnect, allow new dyads to Yes, supporting a person’s right explore each other, encourage to have sex (and being able to

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“Can you imagine the kind of trust that has to exist between a couple in order for one to be willing to hand over the power to the other? Or the kind of understanding that has to exist between a couple to be able to communicate such a desire to their partner?”
Most importantly though, your sexual partner should be sex positive. Sure, telling them that you’re interested in dressing as squirrels and having sex outside doesn’t mean that they necessarily have to agree to do it, but they shouldn’t make you feel bad for your desires or fantasies. And similarly, if your partner surprises you with a kink, don’t dismiss them or make them feel bad for their interest. Respect their desires, and have an honest conversation about how that interest might be able to fit into your sexual repertoire. Being sex positive doesn’t mean that you have to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Instead, it means respecting the interests of those around you and empowering consenting adults to explore their interests.


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an amphibian: it’s what’s for dinner
making a meal of michigan J. Frog with some ginger scallion sauce
duncan day-myron
Frog legs are popular in different regions all over the world. China and France are the most well known, but also Portugal, Spain and other parts of Europe and much of southeast Asia. Even parts of both the southern United States and South America eat them regularly. This is all information I learned mere hours before I ate frog legs for the first time. I had wanted to do it for a while, ever since I found out how readily available they were right here in Guelph. Most of what I’d heard about them indicated that they were “not bad.” I picked some up at Vinh Phong Asian Foodmart in downtown Guelph, but I’ve also seen them at No Frills. Other grocery stores with canola or vegetable oil (not probably carry them as well. olive), a capful of soy sauce and I took them home, defrosted the same of cider or rice vinegar. them, took counsel from some- Add a pinch of salt if it needs it, one who had eaten them before or a squeeze of lemon or a clove of on what kind of recipe to use grated garlic if you’re so inclined. and got to work. While I mostly Keep it in the fridge overnight think of the French when I think then put it on everything you eat. of frog legs, I was told to go for Start with the frogs. Throw them a Chinese-influenced meal. The in a bag with it and watch Downrecipe I read said to marinate in ton Abbey for a while, then go soy sauce or something dumb back to it. About two episodes’ like that, and I hate recipes a lot worth should be enough. Shake so I went in a different direction. them dry-ish, dredge in flour or Throw the legs in a Ziploc bag corn starch, and throw in a skillet with some ginger scallion sauce, with oil, or if you’re like me, some and let it sit for a little while. leftover bacon fat. Fry those bad What is ginger scallion sauce? boys for about three minutes a The easiest, best condiment in side, then eat the hell out of them. the world. Or have reservations about it once Chop two bunches of scallions, they are on your plate and in front grate about three or four thumbs of you like I did! For two reasons. worth of ginger. (I hate absolute First, they look remarkably like measurements about as much as frog legs. I know that sounds silly, recipes, and for the same rea- but when you think about it, meat son: meals made with rules can seldom looks like the animal it never be any better than those once was when it gets in front of rules. Experimentation leads you. It’s important never to forget to discovery!) Mix them both that you’re eating an animal that

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died for your meal, but it can be jarring how froglike they remain. Second, and this goes along with the first: while they look sufficiently like the legs of a frog, they also look remarkably like the legs of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. I had to have a moment of silence

for the sewer-dwelling warrior I was about to consume with stir fried vegetables, undercooked rice and two different kinds of hot sauce.

a plight for healthy, local and utterly divine eating
aBiGel lemaK
Dear hungry reader, I urge you not to stuff your face with rice cakes and goldfish in an attempt to muffle the sound of a hungry stomach. I myself have often fallen victim to the urge of instant food gratification in lieu of my growling stomach. Instead, take a moment to step outside of the fast food mentality and take solace in the goodness of slow food preparation and eating. With midterms, final projects and exams on the horizon eating tends to take a back seat in favour of cramming. People need to stop looking at food as simply fuel for the body, and instead regard it as an experience and art form in itself. To eat well is not to simply stuff our mouths with fibrous nuts and greens while staring at our computer screens. To eat well is to prepare local and fresh foods (when possible) and enjoy both the preparation and consumption with friends and family. Downtown Guelph is a great place for students to go looking for local breads, cheeses and produce, as well as meat and dairy at the local farmer’s market. If you’re looking for something great to do Saturday mornings (other than nurse yourself back from last night’s gallivanting), the market is a great place to meet people and expose yourself to the goods our local community has to offer. It’s also a great way to get excited about foods that are in season, and inquire about the vendors’ products. They’re usually more than happy to answer any questions. The great thing about the market is that you can stay on budget while shopping for fresh, local and in season ingredients. I’m not suggesting that it’s feasible to subscribe to a diet entirely made up of such foods, but it’s important to try and incorporate them as much as the season, location and budget allows. It’s often hard to find the balance between diet and time to cook a wholesome meal, and it’s vital to remember that taste is just as significant as nutritional value when it comes to eating. After all, it is a pleasure to eat. When you take a holistic approach to eating, you not only support an environmental and locally conscious diet, but you also allow for a whole new way of eating that truly makes you feel good. Good luck!

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did not offer him a future salary that would meet his mid-career expectation. He said that work in ministry was “completely out of the question.” He left the session with more questions than answers, a good sign that he would come to realize later on. He was surprised by the reactions of his closest school friends and his parents. Steve said his friends came down hard on him for being ultra-materialistic. He agreed that money does not mean everything, but for Steve money was equally important as finding a career that would be fulfilling. He pointed out that he had a different perspective on work as he had been paying his parents room and board since he was 16, whereas his friends’ parents had given them most of what they needed. He knew how hard it was to make a good living and he wanted to have a reasonable level of security. He did not want to worry about money, like he had been doing for so long. Eventually he wanted a great career that would pay him $80,000 to $100,000 a year. One of his friends told him he should not be so greedy. His parents said he should stick with engineering. I think Steve felt some relief when told that this test should not be considered absolute. It tries to measure scientifically the We also talked about findintangible properties of individ- ing his career destination zone ual personalities and it is based (CDZ), where his skill set, peron preferences. We went back to sonal strengths/ achievements, his Myers Briggs report and start- passion, experience and values ed to look at the other section in intersect. He mentioned some his results which gives more de- of his successes outside of school, tailed information about his type. and listed his achievements and The test is about preferences and happiest moments across all even the test developers said that areas of his life to see how those it is very important to review the tie into his Myers Briggs results. results to see if they are “a fit” He will examine for each life mofor the person. We find that if ment, what motivated him to be they do not fit, then the task be- successful and what injected that comes to reflect on why and how sense of happiness. This helps they don’t fit. Often that process to look at what kind of careers alone can help someone to learn a might also do the same and figreat deal about themselves. nally how might he grow from We went through the charac- that starting point into someteristics and Steve felt they fit thing in his mid career target his personality “like a glove.” So salary range . now, the challenge for Steve is The most recent BC Employto think about the types of ca- er’s Tool Kit indicated that reers that would require him two-thirds of working Canadians to use those characteristics. He spend an average of 60 percent of also needs to look at what careers their waking hours at work and might match his target salary for 10.5 hours each day at work, or mid-career. For example, maybe commuting to and from work. social workers and teachers do It’s a lot of time out of the day, not make that kind of money, so it is important to be spendbut their bosses and all levels ing it wisely. upwards can or likely will make Steve’s got a plan of action and that kind of money by 35. Per- finished the day happy, confident haps there are medical careers he that it will lead him into multiple could explore that do not even career job paths to explore. work in hospitals, but use the characteristics that fit with his personality.

Meyers Briggs test and how it can help point you in the right direction
wayne Greenway
Have you ever wondered what to do next in your life? Have you ever felt that the people in your closest circles are pulling you in opposite directions? Steve is in this exact situation. Less than 18 months ago, while working to save his money to go to university, his path was clear to him. Engineering was his ambition. Now, he has almost finished his first year but has realized that engineering is not for him. He thought it was the right program because he had done well in sciences in high school. After first semester, he discovered that he enjoyed dealing with “people topics” more than he did the sciences. Fortunately, Steve’s marks are high enough to be able to switch programs, but his question now is “where am I headed?” To get some help, he consulted a career development professional, who suggested he take the Myers Brigg Test. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) assessment is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions. It is frequently used in combination with other tests to help people identify their career interests. In the MBTI Manual, Jean Kummerow states, “According to type theory, MBTI Types would be distributed in occupations consistent with the characteristics of the work environments of those occupations. Occupations may both require and reward specific ways of perceiving information and making decisions on that information; thus different types would be expected to be attracted to different occupations.” Steve said that in reviewing his results, his advisor moved to the section that gives possible career paths. His results indicated that his preferences fit with a variety of careers some of which include nursing, teaching, administrators, child care, family practice physician, speech pathologist, clergy, office manager, counselor/social Work, bookkeeper/ accountant, administrative assistant etc. It seemed like none of the careers fit with either Steve’s interests or his values. Accounting was out. It was far too much like engineering. Steve also eliminated all the professions that had to do with health care because the whole idea of hospitals turned him off. “I like the blood and guts on television but not in real life”, he said. Social work and teaching

your own worst enemy
Karim Boucher
There is a Buddhist precept that asks us to be mindful of how incredibly rare it is to find ourselves in human form on Earth. We could have carried out our existence in any number of forms, from the towering redwood to an unsuspecting pebble. This ought to lend us a sense of how lucky we are to be privilege to the kind of consciousness we know. Paradoxically, however, there is a uniquely human sense of what it is to be alive – of what it assumes, and what it entails; I often find this an overwhelming fact. I will return to this. Imagine for a minute you have a 16 page essay to write, which you haven’t started, and as the due date approaches you find your anxiety becoming more and more pronounced. When all you have to stare at is 16 pages of blank paper, does it not seem all the more unlikely that you will finish, or that you could even begin? Now for those who have realized how laden with ambiguity this article has been, my subject is potential. We all have it, and though for some it is fully realized, for others it isn’t. I often wonder why this is, what sets me apart from my successful counterpart. I don’t intend to answer that question, but merely state what I have come to observe; draw from it what you will. Potential, in my mind, has to things. To come back to my eardo with the burgeoning forces lier assertion, of the uniquely that reside deep within our un- human sense of being alive, it is conscious, lying dormant until easy to become overwhelmed by such a time that they come forth our understanding that we are via an individual’s appropri- mortal; the inevitability of death ate medium. It is the collective in the face of life. There is a term, knowledge, beliefs, and experi- “existential terror,” which has ence that each and every person to do with the reconciliation of has that ultimately creates a sort the fact that we all one day die, of discrepancy between their in- that it could be sooner rathsight and the physical world. It er than later, and that we don’t is your conviction, your passion, in fact know when it will hapyour animus if you will. But what pen. This for many people comes is it that spurs people into acting as a daunting, sometimes even upon this, and more import- paralyzing prospect that impedes antly, what is it that prevents them from living their life. But them from doing so? Perhaps in to see futility in life, purely on order to discover this, it would the basis that we will all one day be useful to examine what may die seems to me, a subjugation be considered opposite of poten- of potential. This of course is a tial, the actual. very extreme example, but the When I talk about the actual, I element upon which I would like mean to talk about all the things to expand is the fact that people that are true at this moment: the often stifle themselves, because current state of affairs, the over- of some other truth that that they riding truth that you draw from perceive to hold greater reality. In following with this analogy the now. For those with lofty ambitions, the actual may serve it seems easy to be overwhelmed as a bleak juxtaposition, and I by what may seem to be the unfeel as though this exposes much likelihood of realizing your goals, about the way we think about and thereby channelling your potential. When faced with the actual, one can often lose sight of what is really important, to doubt. Too often do I hear people complain about the “unfeasible” amount of work they have to complete, made all the more real, I’m sure, by the fact they haven’t started. Wouldn’t their energy by better spent by simply starting? This is I feel is the true crux of the issue. Always try, regardless of what the outcome may be, for you will have the things in life you have the initiative to take, and you will realize your potential only when you have the courage to start. In conclusion, you will never know the true depth of your potential if you fail to channel it. Do not indulge doubt, doubt begets nothing, other than perhaps regret and opportunities forgone. Go with your instincts and take the risks you need to take. If you don’t, learn to grow happy with the way things are. And for some, that may work just fine.

“it is easy to become overwhelmed by our understanding that we are mortal; the inevitability of death in the face of life.”


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chemistry quizzes, help rooms and not getting the most bang for your tuition buck
carleiGh cathcart
If the phrase “you get what you pay for” is true, then apparently my tuition fees include unhelpful help rooms, memory-based “application” exam questions (oxymoron alert!), and useless online laboratories. Before I continue, let me make it clear that I am not trying to badmouth the University of Guelph. In fact, I am very happy that I chose Guelph for my post-secondary education, and truly think attending this school is one of the best choices I have ever made. That being said, I do, of course, have some grievances. My first issue is with the format and content of exams. It frustrates me that our instructors emphasize understanding and application, yet structure exams to focus heavily on memory-based information. My chemistry midterm, for example, provided no formula sheet despite more than 20 (I counted) necessary equations. It is highly doubtful that professional chemists sit in their laboratories thinking to themselves, “was that a minus sign in the equation, or a plus sign? I think it was a plus.” Next thing you know: boom, explosion. Real scientists interpret and apply the knowledge they have acquired; they don’t memorize to the best of their ability and then cross their fingers, hoping they used the correct information. Also irking me in my chemistry courses have been the online laboratories, or “dry labs.” For those who are science students, you will be familiar with the components of the first-year chemistry curriculum. The weekly online homework assignments, known as “Sapling,” are very useful due to their interactive nature. If a student is struggling with the answer to a particular question, the program offers hints, explanations, and tutorials. These applications contribute to the learning process and provide academic assistance where in-person aid is otherwise lacking. The dry labs, however, are virtual experiments where one tediously follows an animation, without actually being aware of any new information they should be gathering. After the time-consuming task of finishing the lab, students are to complete an online marking module, usually worth and drop-in centres, only to find only a few points. After comple- a long line-up of students seektion the student receives their final ing help from just one peer tutor. grade, but cannot see which ques- As well, I have had a difficult time tions they got wrong (until much benefiting from academic advice. later) or how to obtain the correct When I ask for a strategy to tackle answer. This setup renders the dry electron configuration, being told labs to be essentially useless (and “just put this number here because definitely frustrating). it should be” is not exactly steering Finally, I find irony in the fact me in the right direction. The University of Guelph has althat the “help” rooms offer very ways been my dream school, and little help. The different forms of student assistance (SLGs, help these small annoyances won’t rooms, drop-in centres) are won- change that. However, there is alderful services, but only if they can ways room for improvement (or at actually fulfill their mandate. For the very least, venting), so I felt instance, I find that many SLGs compelled to share my viewpoint. conflict with other class times The cost of post-secondary edu(although I realize, with the var- cation is forever increasing, and ious schedules of students, this I am just trying to get the biggest particular issue is unavoidable). bang (hopefully not from a chem I have also attended help rooms lab) for my buck.

The relationship syndrome: why being single is underrated
shwetha chandraseKhar
being single. Yet, the grass is always greener on the other side. Big In a world that is now a witness to surprise. a higher-than-ever divorce rate, It was an epiphany. That’s exactbroken relationships and divided ly what I had. Coming out of a long families, I can’t help but wonder term relationship, I felt a strong what the great rush is to take on a thirst to discover who I was on my commitment. Why is it that we all own terms. I wanted to redefine my feel this implicit societal pressure to identity and understand my role constantly be with someone? To be in this world, as an individual. I defined by a relationship, the num- started to discover that there was ber of sexual partners you have, or so much I wanted to do, see, and the countless, meaningless nights evolve to before I decided to share spent at bars and clubs? Let’s face my life with someone else again. the truth: Mr. Right will most likely And surprisingly, I realized that I not be some guy you meet down- couldn’t any longer see the point town on a Thursday night, and in a short-term, meaningless relait’s quite rare you hear someone tionship, which delivers a product tell you they met the girl of their of nothing more than a few dates, dreams overly intoxicated, at a a broken heart, a bruised ego, and dimly lit bar with a surplus of two a severely shattered self-esteem. dollar tequila shots. It seems as if It’s a mentality that felt like an most people around me are miser- enlightenment, which most people able in a relationship, and miserable find difficult to identify with. Yet, I still refuse to believe it is unrealis- your insecurities, rather it fosters tic that I fail to give up my fairytale them. idealism; that true life-long love is When you’re unhappy with a one-time thing, or at least not a who you are, and unable to reregular occurrence. spect yourself, you cannot expect One of the very few people I met someone else to. You’ll likely end in my life who shared this mentality up even more frustrated, as you once told me: to be with someone find that entering a union with else, you need to know how to be someone projects your void on to alone first. To be defined within a a larger platform. The essence and relationship, you need to be defined purpose of a healthy and fulfillas an individual. When you’re not ing relationship, is a union which able to be fully content by yourself, prompts growth and evolution. to love and accept yourself, and When one party is not able to fuel actually enjoy your own company, that growth, failure is inevitable it’s ridiculous to expect someone on this two-way street. else to fill that void. At the risk of In this media-centred society, seeming to advocate narcissism, everyone seems to be plagued I feel it’s key to start loving your with insecurities. Unable to emquality time with yourself. Most brace their identity with fervour relationships fail today because we and confidence. There seems to be fail to understand that a relation- an incessant need to jump from x to ship, whether casual or serious, is z, just to feel secure, confident and not a magical veil that will distance wanted. An empty act and habit just to nurture the ego. And ironically, when a man chooses to be single, or alone, and embrace his momentary independence, he’s mocked and questioned for where his sexual preferences lie. In an age where promiscuity is a norm, and sex is accepted as a more animalistic need rather than a celebration of joy and love, there are a rare few who are confident with their sexuality, and choose to be single. And by single, to the true meaning of the term. No one night stands, or a surge of flirtatious texts, and with no need for attention from the opposite sex for self justification. Self-growth is an essential prerequisite to a successful relationship. I can proudly say I choose to be single because I can. I’m flying solo for now, and loving every moment of it!

pierre poutine behind election fraud
Elections Canada is investigat- to “Pierre Poutine of Separating voter complaints in about 30 ist Street” in Joliette, Que. The ridings of being called and mis- alias seems to reference one of directed to the wrong polling Guelph’s favoured downtown station in the May 2, 2011 elec- eateries. tion, and the probe has centred Michael Sona, who was a memon Guelph. ber of the University of Guelph’s Alleging that someone within campus Conservative group in the campaign of Guelph Conser- 2010/2011 and served on the Burke vative candidate Marty Burke had campaign has argued for his a customer relationship with innocence. “I have remained silent to this RackNine, a firm that distributes telephone messages. Elections point with the hope that the real Canada believes the relationship guilty party would be apprewas instrumental in misdirect- hended,” Sona told CTV News. He ing an estimated 150-200 voters submitted his resignation from to an exceptionally busy polling the Conservative Party of Canada station. prior to the statement. Elections Canada investigaWhile the significance of the tor Allan Mathews has claimed robo-call controversy should that Conservative campaign certainly not be understated – it’s phones called RackNine 30 times probably one of the worst situathroughout their campaign, and tions the Harper government and in court filings has stated that he the Conservative Party of Canada believes the Guelph robo-calls has yet to face – the scandal raisare linked to a Virgin Mobile es serious questions about how disposable cellphone registered elections should continue to be conducted in our country. Effective democracy depends on citizens being able to weigh in on important decisions, and elections work as the most extreme venues for such dialogues and their consequential outcomes to transpire. If phone calls claiming a voter’s polling station is closing early can misdirect an estimated 150 to 200 voters to the wrong polling station (effectively disrupting that station and causing electors that should be voting there to leave and rip up their voter identification cards) we really need to reconsider if reliance on a system that depends solely on the accessibility of physical polling stations is justified or even rational. If Pierre Poutines – regardless of any particular political leanings – can thwart the efficiency and process of democracy, we need to look at our options.

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fire away: diminishing democracy at every level
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‘Tis the season for the campus to be flooded with colourful buttons and posters promoting candidates during the annual CSA election. From Feb. 27 until Mar. 2, candidates are busy campaigning to win students’ votes. During the latter half of the week– between Feb. 29 and Mar. 2– students are responsible for voting for their favourite candidates through their gryphmail. Although much enthusiasm materializes on the second floor of the University Centre during campaign and voting week, it is obvious that the energy fades throughout the rest of campus. It has become increasingly evident that many students did not actively participate in the CSA byelections in the fall, nor the CSA elections last spring. During the byelections in October, much anxiety circulated around the Central Student Association as the conclusion of the voting period became closer and the student vote was failing to meet quorum until the bitter end. As a result of limited student participation, only 15.63 per cent of the student body took the time eligible undergraduate students student needs are listened to to cast their electronic vote. In voted in the 2010 CSA elections, and met on campus. If you have fact, the empty seat on the CSA followed by nearly a five per cent recently been ticked off about board of directors to represent decrease the subsequent year. missing your bus every morning, It seems that one of the major you should care about who is the College of Management and Economics failed to be filled as (and unfortunate) themes of my going to be the next local affairs only eight per cent of CME stu- time as an editor at thecannon. commissioner. If you are frusdents voted. ca this year has been the utter trated with tuition hikes every Participation in the CSA elec- disappointment of people not year, you should be mindful tions seems to be worsening bothering to participate in pol- of who is running for the acaevery year. In last year’s elec- itics on any level. In May, a mere demic and university affairs tion, held in mid March, only 61 per cent of Canadians made commissioner and external af21.5 per cent of undergraduate their way to polling stations to fairs commissioner. These are students voted for five execu- decide on the next Prime Min- the people that are going to be tives for the 2011-2012 term. ister of Canada. These records listening to the voices of students Only 4000 students bothered of low voter turnouts shouldn’t and advocating for them. to participate in the imperative, surprise many of us since we Being a University student is yet simple, task of opening their just witnessed an all-time low about so much more than cramemail and casting their vote. The turnout at the Ontario provincial ming for exams and divulging Guelph memes Facebook page election in October. With a mere in dollar beers at Trappers. It is has already reached well over 49.2 per cent of eligible voters the obligation and responsibility eight thousand “likes” in the taking the time to have a say in of members of the undergradupast few months, meaning that the next provincial government, ate population to participate in student participation in looking it isn’t shocking that this crisis these elections and to have a say at memes is more than double is apparent in a post-secondary in the fate of the Central Student than those voting for represen- school setting as well. Association and the University of tation in their own student union It is frustrating that students Guelph at large. last year. are not actively participating in The comparison between voter electing imperative figures that Stephanie Rennie is the editorturnout in the 2011 CSA elec- will determine their upcoming in-chief of tion and the election held in the school year. The five CSA execspring of 2010 also demonstrat- utives that are elected during ed a gradual decline in voting. this crucial election period are Approximately 26 per cent of responsible for ensuring that

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friday March 2 Take the challenge! Live Free of something you take for granted each day and donate the money to your local student nutrition program. Encourage local businesses, friends and family to sponsor you or participate themselves! saturday March 3 Book Launch for Cheryl Bruder’s newest book entitled ‘Out of the Blue’. 2-5pm at The Stampede Ranch, 226 Woodlawn Rd. A portion of all book sales will be donated to Sunrise Therapeutic Riding Centre. Cash bar. www. The CMESA 11th Annual En Couture Fashion Show 2012, in support of RIGHT TO PLAY. Come out to the Palace Nightclub to experience “Heaven and Heels” Charity Fashion show displaying fashion from local Guelph boutiques! Tickets $12 at door). All proceeds go to Right To Play. Monday March 5 STOP WORRYING workshop, 79pm. by the Stress Management Clinic. Identify the pitfalls that perpetuate worrying, and stratgies to address them. Student fee $5. Details at www.uoguelph. ca/~ksomers. tuesday March 6 AUDITIONS for ROMEO AND JULIET & THE ELEPHANT MAN. (5:30-8:30pm). Guelph Youth Music Centre (75 Cardigan St., Guelph). Please prepare a monologue (of your choice), no more than two minutes in length. Photo/Resume optional. Casting ages 16-22 (note: some roles available for ages 15 and under & ages 23-25). To book audition, or more info, please visit our website at The Guelph Guild of Storytellers adult concert series. 7pm at Guelph Public Library, Main Branch, 100 Norfolk St. Free admission. Donations accepted. Please note: our stories are too long and complex for kids under 12. Contact: Sandy Schoen at 519-767-0017 or storytellers@ for further details.








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