‘Tis the season
we are who
we are
u n l v L 8 S l 1 ? C l 1 C 8 C n 1 C - n L W C C L L L C L
Last month, the Times Higher Educa-
tion World University Ranking 2011-2012
ranked the University of Toronto as #1 in
Canada and 19th in the world, followed by
UBC (#22) and McGill University (#28).
McMaster (#65) and the University of Al-
berta (#100) barely made it into the top 100.
Queen’s was also left wondering how on
earth they made 173rd place while Waterloo
received a vague ranking of 201-225 – clear-
ly not worth mentioning.
In other words, we are awesome. Regard-
less of the variability in different rankings,
us UofT students are still undoubtedly bet-
ter than the rest. Now, it’s not just my school
spirit talking – even www.urbandictionary.
com, your favorite source of sketchy info,
defned UoIT as 'best known as the Harvard
of Canada and a member of the Canadian
Ivey Leagues¨. It also defned UoIT as 'the
frst university in the world to maximize
profts by accepting even those students it
would normally reject through peripheral
second-rate campuses in Scarborough and
Mississauga¨, 'the home to the nation`s
greatest masochists who slave away sleep
deprived and stress-ridden for mediocre
grades while their peers drink booze and
party at other universities, only to discover
upon graduation that none of it mattered”.
Although I completely disagree with the
bit about UoIT`s student body being 'very
unattractive and most are virgins when they
graduate” (it must’ve been a jealous drop-
out writing), it is clear that we are seen as
one of the best. We are nerdy enough to be
your boss, and cool enough to be a baus. Just
because we graduate with a degree does not
mean we can’t have fun. In other words, we
are a good-looking bunch of intelligent kids.
However, the title and our attractiveness in
fact underline a dark current of stress, pres-
sure, and anxiety. How many oI you have
ever had your self-esteem crushed by a low
grade on your lab report, with indecipherable
comments scribbled all over it by your TA?
Has anybody studied all week only to walk
into an exam and be tested on something
you’ve never seen before? Did you ever feel
as if no matter how hard you work, you’re
best is never good enough for this all-mighty
school? Well, you’re not alone.
When you walk through New College in
October, November, December, February,
March, and April – basically 75% of the
school year – you will always see people
madly cramming for their midterm or half
dead from writing a paper worth 40% of their
grade. You will also see a mad rush to the reg-
istrar aIter the frst PHY131 midterm where
desperate frst years, still believing they can
get into Harvard med school after undergrad,
all try to drop out of the class before it ruins
their to-be 4.0 GPA. And when you go back
to your room to study with Facebook open,
you will also see sad, depressed statuses on
your newsfeed about friends and classmates
who are starting to think they are just not
good enough after failing multiple midterms
in a row. Indeed, many students are just plain
stressed, anxious, drowsy, and on the straight
and narrow road to depression.
This got me thinking. In the psychol-
ogy class I am currently taking this semes-
ter (which I’ve still never managed to stay
awake in) our professor talked to us about
learned helplessness, a kind of condition
where a person has learned to behave help-
lessly because they believe they no longer
have control over the outcome of events.
This results from constantly being in a situa-
tion where there’s no escape; thus, the person
starts to become indifferent, pessimistic, and
loses the drive to improve the situation they
are in. Learned helplessness, if overlapped
with hopelessness, can lead to depression.
The person’s belief that they are in this per-
manent negative situation because of their
weakness causes people to spiral deeper into
their cycle of depression.
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yusuf and the lotus flower
whiteboard interviews
Its easy to get in the Winter Wonderland
mood when there is so much excitement,
anticipation and snow in the air. So whether
you choose to cozy up to the freplace (or
a special someone), drink copious amounts
of eggnog, or, god-forbid, study, here are
some extras to get you in the holiday spirit.
EAT: The holidays mean loads of fun
get-togethers with friends and loved ones.
Always at a loss for what to bring, I try
my hand at good old home-baked goods. A
great, yummy cookie recipe is exactly what
these festive parties need. And star shaped
sugar cookies are a great, simple way to go.
From my family to yours, happy holidays!
Preheat oven to 350°. You`ll need 2/3 cup
shortening, 2/3 cup butter, 1 and 1/2 cups
sugar, 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, 3 and
1/2 cups oI four, 2 teaspoons oI baking
powder and 1 teaspoon of salt.
Cream together shortening, butter and
sugar. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Then
combine the four, salt and powder and
blend into the creamed mixture. Shape into
balls and place on un-greased cookie sheets.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly
golden brown.
You may also roll them in some sugar
just before placing on the cookie sheets for
some extra decoration!
DRINK: Starbucks’ infamous holiday
drinks are back! And no one is happier than
yours truly. Nothing warms you up faster
than these delicious seasonal beverages,
with a smidgen of peppermint here, and a
dash of gingerbread there. They have every-
thing you could possibly crave. Clench your
thirst with a yummy caramel brûlé latte or
peppermint mocha. Their eggnog latte will
instantly put you in the holiday spirit and
their gingerbread latte will transport you to
your childhood of building snow forts. So
wrap your mittens around these delectable
treats and you’ll be warm all winter break!
LISTEN: Three words: Under The Mis-
tletoe. Two words: Justin Bieber. One word:
GREATNESS. On any given day, I am not
a Bieber Ian. From his hair fip to his purple
hoodies and white pants, I’m just not that
into it. But fnally the little man has done
something I can get behind: his Christmas
album! With his now developed man-R&B-
voice and the compliments of artists like
Boys II Men, Mariah Carey, and Usher,
this album is a must-have. Not only does it
include classics, but also has originals that
make holiday music even more enjoyable
than before.
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December 2011
Comments on “International students:
why come so far only to not leave at all?”
living learning communities:
a matter of choice
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After reading last issue’s article “Interna-
tional Students: Why comes so far only to
leave it all?”, I think Rina Baba does make
sense in some ways, but she fails to under-
stand the exact story. I totally agree with
her idea that international students should
try their best to get involved with the native
group, which means not only staying with
people from their own countries, especial-
ly IFP students. However, she ignored the
advantages of these kind of groups. First I
want to claim that the “club” she mentioned
in the article is not what she thought. This
is only an online communication group, like
a Facebook group. There are two purposes
of this group. First, it is really a convenient
way to communicate with classmates as IFP
students have classes segregated from other
students at U of T, making the only class-
mates we have IFP students. If somebody
gets confused about the class, they can post
the question on this online communication
group to fnd some help. We can share in-
formation in this group like other Facebook
groups. Second, this is a good way to or-
ganize study groups. In these two weeks, I
saw a lot postings like: ‘Study group in Ro-
barts Library at 10! Come and discuss!’ We
use this communication group to fnd study
partners, helping most students to catch up
on work. Therefore, I do not agree that this
“club” is totally useless and only decreases
our ability to practice English. With that be-
ing said, it can actually help us in some way.
Moreover, I agree with what Rina Baba
said; really getting involved with native peo-
“We are paying over 33,000 Canadian dol-
lars a year (not including the ridiculous air-
fare back home!) in order to experience the
Canadian winter and discover that beaver
tails are not actually roasted animal parts”,
Rina Baba, a staff writer of The Window,
said in her October article. It is true that we
are here to get involved in Canadian culture
instead of a familiar environment. However,
the life of international students is tough
For the handwritten poster taped onto the
wall of New College Residence, which was
mentioned by Rina, it is written in Chinese
and inviting the IFP (International Founda-
tion Program) students to join a group on
QQ, the most popular free instant massag-
If there is one thing a writer must learn to
appreciate, it is the value of perspective.
Though it is timeless advice, it can some-
times be diIfcult to remember that you can-
not know something properly from just one
point oI view. So when I frst sat down and
put pen to paper (or fngers to keys, rather)
creating my article in the previous The Win-
dow article, “New College: A Multi-Faculty
Mosaic”, I had already made a critical mis-
take. Thinking the perspective of student
council members—and the occasional phys.
ed. student—was enough, I deemed myself
an expert on the Athletics Village that Elms-
ley House has become.
Naturally, when Simon Wilmot (director
of residence and student life at New College)
read my article, he felt there were some sig-
nifcant issues with the content. SuIfce to
say, I soon Iound myselI in his oIfce, dis-
cussing the Athletics Village and its role in
New College as a whole. Ultimately, I could
not help but be converted into thinking that
it makes sense.
The Athletics Village is actually the fourth
project in an initiative called Living Learn-
ing Communities (LLCs). The LLCs are
houses in residence that are given a particu-
lar set of traits, with the objective of bring-
ing together like-minded students that will
enjoy living together. When students apply
for New College residence, they are given
ing computer program in China. Although
it is convenient to communicate with other
Chinese students in IFP about schoolwork
because all IFP students are taking the same
courses, the problem is that we still have IFP
fellows who are from different countries.
For example, some come from Russia, Iran,
Korea, Indonesia, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia
and other countries. Is it fair to them? If the
poster was written in English, it could make
a difference. In some cases, the QQ group
is helpful for the Chinese students, but if it
is about IFP then it should be benefcial to
everyone, not only the larger proportion of
students in this program. That is absolutely
not what this international program is for.
As one of the IFP students, I gradually
fnd the liIe oI international student is sort
of tough sometimes. Most of us have tried
to engage in communication with the native
speakers by participating in various extra-
curricular activities such as events, volun-
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Comments to:
The Window, the oIfcial
publication of New College
at the University of Toronto,
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ple can not only improve our English a lot,
but can also give us a chance to learn more
about Canada and other different cultures.
But she did not mention how IFP students
can do this. She did not write any specifc
examples on how to get involved with the
natives, and I think that is what we should
be looking into. I know some students want
to speak with natives, want to join native
groups, but they do not know the best way
to do this or how to communicate with them.
As I am an IFP student too, I still do not
have enough experience doing these kinds of
things. But I can encourage them to speak
out and help them to be confdent each step
of the way.
Lastly, I want to suggest that instead of
only pointing out the mistakes, give some
suggestions or general direction to help im-
prove the situation.
teering, clubs and even sports. I bet most of
us do know these suggestions, but we hesi-
tate or do not dare to do so. It is hard to really
integrate into the new environment, and this
is not because international students lack the
initiative. It is because sometimes it seems
like students are scared to make friends with
the international students. We are encour-
aged to be brave and to make friends with
peers who do not speak the same language,
but we do not know how to really get in-
volved in order to do so. Hanging out with
the people who are from the same country
does not mean we are doing nothing about
English, but it probably does cause us lose
the chance to get to know more people and
learn more about Canadian culture. There-
fore, I think it is a problem on both sides.
International students have to keep trying,
and the western peers are encouraged to un-
derstand the diIfculties they Iace and give
them a hand.
the option of opting into one of these LLCs,
provided it suits their interests. The frst LLC
had an emphasis on applied sciences studies,
and was swarmed with engineers. Indeed,
there was such high demand for access to
this LLC, that the OIfce oI Residence and
Student Life (ORSL) opened a second one
with the same guidelines. The focus on engi-
neering pulled the engineers together, mak-
ing their class group work and homework in
general much easier. Keep in mind though,
that these foors are in no way oIfcial engi-
neering foors`. It is just that the vast major-
ity oI students that opt into these foors are
going into engineering.
The third LLC to come about was geared
towards life sciences students. As expected,
the majority of students that apply to be
placed in the house are going into life sci-
ences, and the environment benefts in much
the same way the applied sciences foors
do. However, the house often has some en-
gineers in it too, the ones aiming to go into
bio-technology or med school after under-
grad. The diIIerence being identifed here
is that the LLCs are not to be understood as
faculty ghettoes. Rather, they are places of
common interest that students can opt into,
if they so desire.
So, when ORSL realized it had a bit of a
problem on its hands with the Phys-ed stu-
dents, an LLC was an excellent solution.
Initially, Phys-ed students were placed in
groups throughout the college, but it was
found that concentrated populations of them
were problematic—there were even a few
cases of vandalism! In reaction, the phys-ed
students were diluted, spaced throughout the
residences. However, the ‘physeddies’ found
being separated to be alienating—and rightly
so! Their foors would write them oII, and
phys-ed student satisfaction with residence
life was found to be dropping. ORSL then
started clustering the ‘physeddies’ once
again, but added a don with like interests to
both support and look after them. Immedi-
ately, ‘physeddie’ satisfaction increased.
Seeing that grouping the students together
with appropriate donning worked, the idea
of an athletic based LLC gained some trac-
tion. It would be called the Athletics Village,
and would be based around sports, exercise
and leadership. It would not only be a home
for phys-ed students, but also a home for
varsity athletes, workout fanatics and even
just fans of intramurals. The response was
so great that ORSL could not accommodate
everyone, having too few spaces for all the
requests. As it stands, there are 6 engineers,
19 arts & science students, as well as 18
phys-ed students living in Elmsley. Not even
a majority of them are in phys-ed! Certainly
a far cry from what was originally suggested
in my past article. Add in that the students
choose whether or not to live there explicitly,
and a whole new picture of the Athletics Vil-
lage is painted.
The results seem to support that ORSL
made a wise decision in creating this LLC.
They have seen a signifcant increase in PHE
involvement in residence and, more telling-
ly, a spike in retention for phys-ed students
staying in residence. The statistics seem to
suggest a success on ORSL’s part.
'It`s all about choice,¨ was Simon`s fnal
word on the Athletics Village and the LLCs
in general. Though there might be some dis-
comfort from the students in foresight, the
overall success of the projects cannot really
be disputed. Truthfully, I was surprised how
quickly my mind changed on the topic, so
hopefully this article will cause its readers to
think a bit more carefully about their opin-
ions on Elmsley House.
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With the surge of midterms and papers to
write that characterize this time of year, most
students often lose sight of the uniqueness
that is inherent to the individuals whom we
interact with on a daily basis on campus. It
is very refreshing to take a step back and
realize that we are among people who have
distinct voices and brilliant capacities for
One such individual is Doyali Farah Islam—
a fourth year English and Equity Studies
double major here at UofT who has recently
published her frst poetry collection, YüsuI
and the Lotus Flower. Amidst all the crunch
time stress and book launch preparation,
I was lucky enough to secure an interview
with the budding writer to talk to her about
her life, inspiration, and her book.
TW : The Window
DI : Doyali Farah Islam
TW : Hi! So, to jump right into things, tell
me a little about yourself.
DI : Well, I was born in Bahrain to Bangla-
deshi parents and lived there for two years
before coming to Canada.
TW : Where in Canada did you guys settle
DI : Toronto. I’ve lived in the same place
for about 25 years.
TW : Wow! That’s a long time. So, how’s
your family like?
DI : I have one sister. My parents were
quite liberal when I was growing up in the
sense that they allowed me to do what I
wanted. I wasn’t forced to study science or
engineering or business!
TW : That’s awesome—most parents are
quite controlling. Were they a big infuence
in the writing of your book?
DI : That’s interesting because I didn’t tell
my parents that I was writing the book until
we got the call from the publisher. When I
was young, though, my dad did impart a lot
of the Islamic tradition to me—but he did it
through story-telling while I was growing up
and I guess that really stayed with me.
TW : So, it’s safe to say that your dad cul-
tivated your aIfnity with the Islamic tradi-
DI : Yes, but he was never imposing. It was
something I grew up with—but I was never
forced, for example, to wear hijab or pray.
TW : That’s quite brilliant actually. It makes
it all the more authentic. You mentioned that
you didn’t tell them about the book until you
guys got the call?
DI : Yeah, my mom picked up the phone
actually. That was when she found out I was
writing the book.
TW : So it was like: ‘Doyali, someone on
the phone says you’re writing a book?’
DI : That’s pretty much what happened!
She was like, “Doyali, BuschekBooks called
and wants to talk to you about your manu-
TW : That sounds so awesome—it was a
pleasant surprise though I’m sure! So, what
would you say infuenced you the heaviest
DI : Well, I wrote the bulk of the book in
England. During the writing process, I prac-
ticed daily half-hour chants which the poetry
sort of ...
TW : . fowed out oI?
DI : Yes. Also, yoga and my Islamic
prayers were big infuences on the book. It
was very much a personal thing refecting
my spiritual growth and inner alchemy.
TW : Yeah, I was about to say that it sounds
like something very personal.
DI : It really is. I mean I actually started
writing without the intention of it turning
into a book. It was just something that I had
to get out—so I would just type up the po-
ems and save them without thinking much
oI them at frst.
TW : How was the writing process like
though? When did you realize that it was
going to be a book?
DI : It came quite naturally to me—coming
out of my practice of meditation and prayer.
I only realized 8 months down the line that I
had enough to potentially make into a pub-
lished collection. It took me about a year
to write and another year to edit, so a grand
total of 2 years.
TW : I`m so glad it`s fnally done! How do
you feel about it now that it’s done?
DI : I just got the books shipped to me
yesterday actually. Looking at them, I just
feel a sense of calm.
TW : Like relief and satisfaction?
DI : More satisfaction. Like: ‘Ah, it’s
TW : So, going back to things which infu-
enced you, did you let anyone read your
work while you were writing? Who was
the frst person you let read the manu-
DI : That’s a very interesting ques-
tion. I’ve never really thought
about it. I think it was the publisher actually.
I did let my sister read it but that was after I
had already sent it to the publisher.
TW : Wow! Really?
DI : Yes, I wanted it to be something that
was wholly mine because I am very suscep-
tible to the opinions of others. So, I pretty
much blocked ev-
eryone out and
focused on my
own voice
to convey
my own
j o u r -
TW : That makes sense. You mentioned that
you wrote it in England?
DI : Yes, I wrote the bulk oI it in Eng-
land and the fnal poem when I got back to
TW : Ah, okay. How long were you in Eng-
land for?
DI : I was in England for four years - travel-
ling to other countries, studying naturopathic
nutrition and yoga, and meditating.
TW : So, correct me if I’m wrong: you
studied in England and then came back to
UofT—after you were done with your stud-
ies there—to study English, because of your
DI : Yes. Well, I was enrolled in UoIT
in 2003. I studied for two years and then
left for London. After returning to Canada,
I realized I needed to fnish my degree at U
of T. So I re-registered, switched into the
Equity Studies programme a little ways in,
and eventually picked up English as a sec-
ond Major. Because of the forthcoming
book publication, I wanted to bridge the gap
between my writing practice and literary
theory and history—like learning about dif-
ferent time periods and such.
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TW : That’s very interesting because it was
your writing that spurred you to do English
instead of the other way around. Sounds like
quite the journey!
DI : It really has been. I’m very glad that
it`s fnally published.
TW : Me too. How was getting it out there
though? The publishing industry can be
quite brutal.
DI : It was diIfcult to be honest. I had to
deal with a lot of rejection.
TW : It fnally paid oII though!
DI : Yes, it really did. I’m really lucky that
I found a publisher—BuschekBooks—who
liked it.
TW : Did you have anyone supporting you
through all that rejection though—because
you said you didn’t tell your family until the
manuscript was off to the publishers?
DI : Ah, right. My fance well, he is my
fance now but at the time he was a Iriend
was the one I turned to most when I received
rejections. When I told him about a new re-
jection letter he would say: ‘We’ll keep all of
them and one day we will make a bonfre out
of them!’. The day just came sooner than we
both expected!
TW : That’s really awesome to hear! And
your family, how do they feel about it now
that it’s due to be out in the market? Has
mom read any of your poems?
DI : They are really supportive and happy
for me. I don’t think they pick up on the aes-
thetics oI the work Ior example, lineation
or certain plays on rhyme and meter but
they are still very supportive. I really ap-
preciate that.
TW : You could say that about all poetry
though! It’s more an art than a commercial
commodity and yours sounds like something
that has truly fowed Irom you. Does it Ieel
like you‘re exposing yourself to the world—
is there a sense of vulnerability?
DI : There is a sense of anxiety about how
people will engage with it—but it’s also
quite exciting. I think the best thing for me
would be to touch someone in a profound
sense, even if it is just through a single line
in one of my poems. If something I wrote
resonated enough with someone that they
were willing to take it and turn it into a man-
tra or a chant, it would be like Iulflling the
purpose of the book.
TW : So, it’s like something that provides
peace to people?
DI : Yes, yes, I hope so.
TW : YüsuI and the Lotus Flower is a rather
unique title in that it merges two different re-
ligious and philosophic ideas. Tell me more
about it or why you named it such.
DI : Sure. YüsuI, being Joseph, is a fg-
ure in the Judeo-Christian and Islamic tradi-
tion and this refects my Islamic prayer and
chants. The lotus fower, on the other hand,
represents the yogic philosophy which I em-
braced through my practice of Kundalini yo-
gic meditation. The cleansing and clothing
rituals that were performed before practicing
yoga felt, to me, a lot like the rituals that I
would perform before a prayer. There was
a sense of cleansing and calm, and I felt that
both contributed to my own spiritual journey.
I would like to refect the two traditions and
various others without really merging them
to the extent of calling them a single entity.
The book incorporates both Abrahamic and
Indic worldviews and concepts.
TW : I can’t wait to pick up your book and
see how you strike the balance between the
two! Am so excited!
DI : Thank you for your support! I re-
ally like the shifts in my writing. I might
start a poem in the Islamic tradition and then
transition into the Sikh tradition, to play with
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shifting perspectives and ideas. I also drew
from various traditions to express what I
needed to express.
TW : Sounds like reading your book is going
to be an adventure of sorts! So, are we look-
ing at a new book from you anytime soon?
DI : I’m actually working on a second man-
uscript at the moment.
TW : Oh? How is that going? Is the angle
different now that you have to factor in an
DI : In a sense, my consciousness of the
public presence is stronger now. I’m try-
ing to stay true to myself and my voice as a
writer, keeping to my spiritual core.
TW : That’s really awesome. So, I won’t
keep you any longer from heading to class.
Thank you so much for your time!
DI : That’s no problem at all. Thank you,
as well!
Doyali’s book will be available in local inde-
pendent bookstores, such as Willow Books
(333 Bloor Street) and Book City (in the An-
nex). If it is not there, you should be able
to request it. Also, ordering information is
available on the BuschekBooks website.
Titile: YüsuI and the Lotus Flower
Author: Doyali Farah Islam
Author’s Website with Upcoming Readings
Facebook Page: YusuI and the Lotus Flower
Publisher: BuschekBooks, Ottawa
Publisher`s Website:
Genre : Poetry (80 Pages)
ISBN : 9781894543668
Price : $17.95 CAD/USD
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Linked Oppressions:
Racism, Homophobia, and Transphobia
It is easy for us to get absorbed into our own
lives, especially as undergraduate students
with essays, labs, or midterms constantly
looming ahead. But it is important to put
down our textbooks and pry ourselves away
from our computer screens in order to stop
and think about the world we live in. Ac-
cording to the 2011 National Gay and Les-
bian Task Force and the National Center
for Transgender Equality, transgender indi-
viduals suffer from unemployment rates two
times greater than that for the general popu-
lation; 90 percent of them experience harass-
ment, mistreatment or discrimination; and
47 percent have been fred, not
hired, or denied a promo-
tion because of their trans-
gender identities. These
statistics get grimmer and
grimmer once factors such
as race and ethnicity are
involved. For example, 18
percent of the white trans-
gender population reports
having been harassed by
police oIfcers, whereas
38 percent of the black
transgender population
reports having been ha-
rassed. Statistics such as
these clearly show a need
for an increase in aware-
ness about these gross
injustices. This is why it’s
great to see events such as
“Linked Oppressions: Rac-
ism, Homophobia, and Trans-
phobia” taking place.
“Linked Oppressions” is a
week-long event that has been
held for the past two years
that is dedicated to rais-
ing awareness about, as
suggested in its title,
Racism, Homopho-
bia and Transpho-
bia. Presented
by the Centre
for Women and
Trans People,
the Trans Film
Screening Se-
ries, VicPride,
and the Equity
Studies Student
Union, this year
the event was held
on our very own
UofT St. George Cam-
pus from November 22nd
to November 28th.
The week was launched
with the 1991 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-
winning documentary “Paris is Burning”
by director Jennie Livingston. It was then
followed with a discussion focused on how
racism, homophobia, and transphobia can
be overcome to build a sense of community,
with quality speakers shedding light on the
topic such as UofT’s very own Master of
Social Work graduate Rahim Thawer. The
week also consisted of a workshop held by
the 519 Church Street Community Centre
that dealt with identity issues and the politi-
cal characteristics of the trans community.
The “Words of Resistance: Gender, Gender
Violence, and Transphobia” Open Mic night
and Potluck were held after the workshop,
with different members of the community
performing songs, poetry, and spoken word,
such as New College’s Doyali Farah Islam.
Finally, the week was brought to a close with
the much anticipated world premiere of Alec
Butler`s flm 'My Friend Brindley.¨
The week was a great success, with nu-
merous people leaving the events telling one
another how glad they were to have gone
and participated. There is also a Facebook
Group for “My Friend Brindley” which has
multiple comments expressing how much
those who were present enjoyed the screen-
ing. We can only hope to have more events
such as these take place. The Window looks
forward to next year’s “Linked Oppressions”
and hopes to see some of its readers in at-
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ttc streetcars
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Times are changing, and as you transfer the
memory on your old iPhone 4 into your new
iPhone 4S, so are the streetcars from the
Toronto Transit Commission. The current
streetcars, the Canadian Light Rail Vehicle
(CLRV) and the Articulated Light Rail Ve-
hicle (ALRV) began service in 1979 and
1987, respectively. Despite the hard work
and effort that CLRVs and ALRVs have put
into Toronto, the 30-year-old cars are sim-
ply powerless when it comes to satisfying
the increasing needs of the city’s growing
rush hour crowds. To improve service, the
TTC has entered into a contract with Bom-
bardier Transportation Canada Inc. to design
and build 204 Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) to
replace the existing feet oI streetcars, and
the LRV prototype has just recently been re-
Appearance-wise, the new streetcars sport
sleek horizontal lines with rounded edges in
a familiar red, black, and white color scheme.
The vehicle specifcations provided by the
TTC state that the cars are 30.20m in length,
2.54m in width, 3.84m in height, 48,200kg in
weight, and have a maximum service speed
of 70km/h. With 4 articulations, the seating
accommodation is 70, and while the average
standing capacity is 62 people, it can go up
to 181. This, in comparison to the current
CLRV and ALRV that allow for 74 to 108
people in an average setting, give the newly
designed streetcars a much higher capacity.
Once the entire system has been integrated,
it is estimated that it will increase the entire
feet`s rush hour capacity by 32°, accom-
modating almost an extra 6,500 passengers.
A note-worthy variation in the structure of
the new streetcars is that the payment meth-
ods have changed. The drivers of the new
streetcars will not handle the fare, as the cars
will use a proof of payment instead. All ve-
hicles will have a Presto card system, and
two ticket vending machines that will accept
tokens, coins and credit/debit cards with no
bill. The transfers will also be time-based,
which allows the customers to make short
period stopovers without needing to repay
the fare.
The new streetcars are scheduled to be-
gin their service in 2013, but the whole sys-
tem will not be fully integrated until 2018.
Busy routes such as Dundas, Spadina, and
Bathurst will give riders the frst taste, while
the Carlton cars will have wait as late as
2018 – a good enough reason for why we
must live through 2012!
Each year, there comes a time where men
transform from everyday civilians into in-
distinguishable cave-like Neanderthals; a
tried and true tradition known as Movember.
Whether it be handlebar, toothbrush, walrus
or freestyle, gentlemen around the world
show their support by growing out their fa-
cial hair for the 30 day duration of Novem-
ber. This popular month-long event spreads
awareness on men’s health, in particular
prostate cancer, by prompting private and
public conversation surrounding the often
ignored but serious issue. Movember takes
the fear and negativity surrounding the most
prevalent cancer found in males, and points
it in a more positive direction by giving-back
to those who have had, and continue to suf-
fer from it. Responsible for raising funds,
awareness and education through the mere
act of eliminating shaving, the MoBros of
today can rightIully be described as selfess,
hairy super heroes, kicking prostate cancer’s
ass, one hair at a time.
With its humble beginnings in the land
Down Under, Movember has grown to in-
spire and include more than 1.1 million
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people in over 16 different countries. These
lads and lasses from around the world form a
community dedicated to lending support for
men and their families affected by prostate
cancer by increasing the understanding sur-
rounding the health risks men face as well
as encouraging them to take action to im-
prove their overall well-being, raising funds
in order to research tests and treatments that
reduce the burden of prostate cancer, and
taking an active role in changing and thus
improving the health outcome of men. Since
its founding back in 2003, Movember has
raised more than $100 million dollars, $22.3
million raised just last year by Canadian
mustache-musketeers. Via the moustache,
Movember continues 'to Iulfll its vision oI
having an everlasting impact on the face of
men’s health by continuing to spark conver-
sation and spread awareness of men’s health
each year.”
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New Dragons:
An Exposé
What do you get if you put a bunch of people
in a boat, give them some paddles, a drum
and a steer?
The answer: A dragon boat team.
Next question: what exactly is the sport
“dragon boating”? Simply put, it is people
in boats paddling their hearts out to reach the
fnish line beIore other people in boats, also
paddling their hearts out, do. A more sophis-
ticated description that captures the essence
of the sport is that it marries strength, agility,
synchronization and competition, culminat-
ing in an extraordinary display of sports-
manship – not to mention super-toned upper
Finding its roots in a 2000-year-old tradi-
tion originating in Southern China, dragon
boat racing happens to be one of the earli-
est forms of boat racing known to mankind.
Because of its age, it is intimately entwined
with Chinese culture—being one of the three
major annual celebrations in China.
In the present, dragon boat racing has
evolved into one of the fastest growing in-
ternational team sports of our time. Taking
the world stage by storm, annual interna-
tional dragon boat racing competitions take
place across the globe in places such as Asia,
North America, Europe and Australia.
The sport is so renowned that New Col-
lege has its own dragon boat team—the New
Dragons. Founded in 2000 by two New
College students on the UC rowing team—
Joanne Hun and Mike O’Brien—who want-
ed to create a New College-based rowing
team, the team started from scratch, over-
coming a rocky start to grow into a force to
be reckoned with on a national and interna-
tional level.
Over the years, New Dragons have pro-
gressed in a myriad of ways—clocking fast-
er fnishing times Ior each season that they
race in. The club experienced the beginning
oI its rise in 2004 when it recorded its frst
podium fnish. This spurred the athletes oI
the club to improve their performance and
win their frst cup at the Toronto Interna-
tional Dragon Boat Race Festival University
Cup in 2006the frst oI a series oI many.
Apart from causing a stir in Toronto, the
New Dragons have also taken the national
and international stage by storm, captur-
ing the title of Under-23 Canadian National
Champions in 2009 and, more recently,
claiming the title of Under-23 Mixed Club
Crew World Champion in 2010.
This year, they have participated in vari-
ous regattas: Milton Dragon Boat Festival,
Pickering Dragon Boat Festival, Toronto
International Dragon Boat Race Festival,
and Canadian National Championships. Of
these, they have placed 1st in both the U23
Division at Nationals in Welland and the Ca-
nadian University Racing League; and 2nd
overall in the premier mixed division at the
Toronto International Dragon Boat Race
Festival—achievements to be reckoned with
considering that 31% of the paddlers are
novices to the sport and 13% of the team had
only one season of experience under their
Despite the plethora of success, the goal
of the club is to provide a positive space for
student-athletes to train, develop as individ-
uals and build friendships. Backed by spon-
sors—the biggest being the NCSC—and
various fundraising events, joining the New
Dragons has been made student-budget-
friendly. They are also dedicated to expos-
ing the sport to as many UofT students as
possible—having booths at the annual Frosh
Week Club Fair, fundraisers and socials.
They carry a no-nonsense training re-
gime which constitutes a big part of the
New Dragons club culture, holding twelve
2-hour training sessions on weekdays and a
mandatory group session on Saturdays; both
focusing on different aspects of physical and
mental athletic development. This intense
regime is designed by two Training Direc-
tors and run by a group of 17 volunteer train-
ees consisting of alumni and veterans.
It is worth noting that the training ses-
sions run on an open-door policy, welcom-
ing anyone and everyone who is interested
in improving their ftness levels and wants a
dedicated group to train with. Through this
policy, the club has increased the student
community’s interest in the sport. This
year, they have reached a record of over
a hundred students trying out for the
Apart Irom this, ftness tests, which
take place in October and February,
are key to the training regime. These
tests give athletes feedback on their
strengths and weaknesses, as well as
being an effective gauge of progress,
which is where team selection derives
Of course, they also have pool and
on-water practices for the more prac-
tical aspect of competing in regattas.
Prior to roster-selection, the pool prac-
tices follow the same open-door policy.
Led by the team’s paddling coach,
Benjamin Choi—who was part
of the 2011 Canadian Na-
tional Team—each ath-
lete is exposed to the
stroke required in the
sport as well as one-
on-one instruction.
This allows novices
to get an introduc-
tory taste to the
On-water prac-
tices, on the other
hand, are held for
those selected to
compete during the
season and run from
mid-April through to
Apart from being heav-
ily invested in the athletic
mechanisms which comes
with being a sports club, the
New Dragons’ athletes also ac-
tively give back to the community.
During the year, the New Dragons or-
ganized a blood drive and participated in
events such as the Enbridge CN Tower Stair
Climb and the CIBC Run for the Cure. Thus,
they indulge in promoting social responsibil-
ity and giving members the opportunity to be
well-rounded individuals.
The New Dragons are an exemplary in-
stance of sportsmanship, dedication and
team spirit. Their drive and passion should
be commended, but is all the more extraor-
dinary given that they had to work their way
up from scratch. Being part of the New Col-
lege collection of club and societies makes
them unique—as they are testament to the
diversity of the college, and in a broader
sense, the university.
Lo o k
up the New
Dragons on Facebook
newcollege.newdragons) to re-
ceive updates on their events or
get training session information
to fnd out iI they are the club
for you!
Photos by: Chloe Yang
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UofT’s Namibia internship program
If you’ve never heard of Namibia, you
shouldn’t feel too bad about your knowledge
of geography. It’s a country tucked away in
South West Africa that covers an area larger
than Pakistan, but with only 1% of the popu-
lation. Along with the fact that Brad Pitt and
Angelina Jolie chose to have their daughter
born there, one of Namibia’s claims to fame
is that it’s the second least densely populated
country in the world after Mongolia. UofT
has a program, the UofT Namibia Internship
Program (UTNIP), which takes a group of
students there each summer. Most people,
faced with the above statistics, might ask
why anyone would want to go to Namibia.
Well, I went in the summer of 2010 and it
was awesome. Besides the fact that the ex-
perience I gained on the trip helped me to
secure a job post-graduation, I had an amaz-
ing experience that will always stay with
me. The recruitment for the 2012 program
is about to start, and it’s worth taking a close
look to see if the program is for you.
UTNIP is run by the Centre for International
Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public
Health as part of its HIV/AIDS Initiative-
Africa. The program, through its partnership
with the University of Namibia, has sent a
group of 10-12 undergraduates to the South-
West African country every summer for
service learning placements since 1997. Yet
UTNIP is unique for a number of reasons.
The most striking of which is its multi-dis-
ciplinary approach, as students from a broad
range of academic disciplines are accepted
into the program. In any given year, there are
students from professional faculties such as
Pharmacy or Phys-Ed, along with students
from a number of departments in the Faculty
of Arts and Science.
The program places students in various
organizations across the country, depending
on their area of interest. For example, a phar-
Ladies, have you ever wanted larger breasts
and been left in a state of mild depression be-
cause you can’t afford implants? Guys, have
you ever wished there was a way for you to
magically enlarge your girlfriend’s cup size?
Yes? Well, now there’s a way for all of you
do to just that. Its called ‘Rock Melon’.
“Rock Melon” is a ringtone that is suppos-
edly capable of enlarging a woman’s breasts
by up to 2cm if listened to 20 times a day
for ten days. It was developed by Japanese
scientist Hideto Tomabechi who, before the
creation of this ringtone, was best known for
his role in deprogramming members of the
Japanese Aum Shinrikyo cult. He claims that
the ringtone is capable of enhancing breasts
because of the subliminal sounds of a baby
crying that he used in order to develop it.
Basically, he believes that if a woman hears
a baby crying for a long enough period of
time, her cup size will increase.
macy student may work with a pharmacy in
Windhoek – the capital city – while those
with an interest in Medicine or Commerce
may intern in the northern city of Oshakati
at the local hospital or Small Business
Development Centre (SBDC) re-
spectively. Thus, while the pro-
gram was born out of an HIV/
AIDS initiative, its multi-
disciplinary approach shows
an understanding that the
issues around HIV/AIDS
are not solely medical.
This means that students
can both be on the front
line of HIV/AIDS treat-
ment in a pharmacy or a
hospital, or take a back-
ground role by working
for an organization that
addresses structural issues
like poverty, whilst still be-
ing within the scope of the
In some years, UTNIP has
struggled to draw many appli-
cants. This is somewhat sur-
prising when one considers
the opportunities for fund-
ing, academic credit, and
the perspective gained
by being immersed in
a radically different
culture for a summer.
One explanation for
this diIfculty is
that the program’s
ary approach
means that it’s
diIfcult Ior
busy students to
understand what it
is in a short amount
of time. Another de-
terrent might also be the
“saving Africa” stereotype,
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where students do not want to come across
as over-privileged kids who think they can
go to the developing world to “show them
the way”. With so many overseas programs
having such overtones, that is a legitimate
fear; however, that is not what UTNIP
is about.
To begin, students are placed in
organizations that have had a
long relationship with the pro-
gram and want them to be
there. The expectation is that
the relationship is reciprocal.
The organization can make
use of a well-educated
volunteer, whom it might
not usually have had ac-
cess to, while the student
gains practical experience.
As with most organizations
focused on social issues,
funding is sparse, so every
volunteer is a valued member
and can thus make a real im-
pact. In an environment where
many have not been fortunate
enough to have access to higher
education, what may seem
like a basic education to us
can make a signifcant diI-
During my summer in
Namibia, I saw my fel-
low students achieve
remarkable results
for their organiza-
tions. HIV/AIDS
patients have
to take a lot of
drugs on a dai-
ly basis for the
rest of their lives.
It can get confus-
ing to remember
to which to take and
when, or the length of
the treatment. This issue is
compounded by illiteracy, language barriers
(Namibia has 9 recognized languages) and
the high volume of patients that need to be
treated. This means health workers lack the
proper conditions to ensure a patient thor-
oughly understands the drug regimen, some-
times making the treatment less effective.
The pharmacy students in my year found
a simple solution to this problem by creat-
ing a booklet that showed pictorially which
drugs to take and when, as well as the vari-
ous regimens patients might need to undergo
depending on how their illness progresses.
In the northern city of Oshakati, one stu-
dent was placed at the Disability Economic
Empowerment Project (DEEP), an organi-
zation focused on creating employment for
disabled people in the community. She man-
aged to secure a substantial grant for DEEP
from international sponsors, and the grant
was used to build an IT school where DEEP
employees teach basic IT skills to people
in the community. Another student, placed
with the Centre for Disease Control at the
Oshakati hospital left such a good impres-
sion that the manager of the hospital asked
for two interns from the program in 2011. As
these examples show, there is lots of room to
make a tangible impact in this program.
Following the completion of the program
in early August, students often spend time
travelling in Southern Africa. The travel
destinations in this part of the world are as
diverse as they are exciting. Over the years
students have travelled to Tanzania, Zimba-
bwe, Malawi, Zambia and South Africa to
name a few places. In one year, some adven-
turous students even climbed Mt. Kiliman-
jaro. If you are looking for something that
is off the beaten path, highly rewarding, and
also great fun, then you need to apply for this
If you missed the information sessions
about the program on the 17th and 22nd
of November, please feel free to contact
the program director, Aaron Yarmoshuk,
At a glance, the premise behind this
ringtone might seem to make some sort of
sense. New mothers do have larger breasts
as a result of their pregnancies and do report
feeling the accumulation of milk in their
breasts if they hear their children cry. But
these women have also had their bodies go
through nine months of hormonal changes
that have allowed for them to develop milk
and increase their bust size. And these hor-
monal changes were not the result of babies’
Most people and health care professionals
would probably refuse to believe that ‘Rock
Melon’ can accomplish what Dr. Tomabechi
says it can. Yet seeing as there is a lack of
evidence to support his claims other than a
female volunteer of his, who claims to have
had her breasts increase by 2cm, it is impos-
sible to determine whether or not this ring-
tone actually works. If you’re interested in
giving the ringtone a shot, we hear that it’s
easy enough to get your hands on a down-
load with a simple Google Search.
So here you go ladies and gents, if you’re
too poor to afford cosmetic surgery, this is a
cheap alternative that could even double as a
Christmas gift!
festival of light
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Photos by: Shiaoshiao Chen
The fall of 1969 might not spring to mind
when thinking about the Occupy movement,
but the lessons from this period of history
help shed light on the political realities of to-
day. It was on the 3rd of November 1969, the
day before Richard Nixon won re-election
through a landslide electoral result, when
he made a memorable plea to American vot-
ers. Nixon used a single rhetorical stroke to
demonstrate an intelligent understanding of
the period’s political state of affairs, “And so
tonight—to you, the great silent majority of
my fellow Americans—I ask for your sup-
port.” He was counting on what he saw as
the majority of the citizenry; those Ameri-
cans who did not join the large demonstra-
tions against the Vietnam War, who did not
join the counterculture, or participate in the
public discourse, to get him re-elected. In the
end, he was proven right. Despite the wide-
scale protests against his decision to deploy
troops in Vietnam, he was re-elected with the
fourth highest margin in Presidential history.
The “silent majority” had won Nixon an
election, not because of their political stand-
point on divisive American political issues,
but because of their view that the anti-Viet-
nam protesters were more intolerable than
Nixon, and did not represent them.
Today’s Occupy movement has caused
the silent majority to re-emerge, and two
features in particular explain why. First, Oc-
cupy is claiming to represent “the 99%”, all
but the richest 1% of society, when in reality
it is disproportionately represented by mid-
dle-class youth. While youth certainly suffer
from unequal wealth distribution, their ex-
periences aren’t necessarily in line with the
rest of the 99%. Only a small subset of the
entire 99% range are actively participating in
protests, while the full range of experiences
the real 99% have of inequality are not ad-
equately or accurately represented. Second,
the Occupy protesters are voicing anti-estab-
lishment concerns levelled against banking
and government institutions. Since however,
those actually protesting are mostly young,
middle-class and left-wing, the message
now seems to be a mix of anti-establishment
and anti-mainstream. With this sub-culture
bounding the group of protestors together,
anti-mainstream develops patterns of be-
haviour that marginalizes the group from
the reality of the 99%. Concurrently, that
subculture excludes wider members of the
99% from joining the movement. For these
reasons, the rest of the 99% fails to relate to
what seems to be a conIused and confated
message, weakening Occupy’s credibility.
At this moment in time, it is diIfcult to see
how the silent majority will affect the Oc-
cupy protests. Will it resemble 1969, when
the silent majority crushed the anti-Vietnam
movement by re-electing Nixon? Or will
their infuence be Ielt passively, slowly ex-
tinguishing the protest movement’s hopes? I
believe that the latter is probably the likeli-
est outcome. The protesters are unlikely to
gain any strong momentum in altering the
decisions of policy-makers, bankers and
investors if they are not actively backed by
the silent majority. Furthermore, without ac-
tive support for Occupy, city authorities and
law-enforcement might just have the implic-
it consent it needs to evict protesters away
from the parks and streets that have served
as bases for the movement. Such measures
have already been taken to evict the Occupy
Wall Street protesters in New York’s Zuccot-
ti Park. It would hardly be surprising if simi-
lar measures were enforced in other cities (in
Toronto’s St. James Park perhaps) should the
silent majority fail to get behind Occupy’s
presence in the near future.
Unlike 1969, citizens regardless of their
political views, will not have the chance to
make an impact through elections until next
year (in the US at least). And since Occupy’s
political goals are less direct than those of
anti-Vietnam, it is still not obvious as to who
the silent majority would have to vote for to
clearly repudiate the movement.
In whatever way the silent majority makes
an impact, the lack of support they provide
for Occupy suggests that the movement is
destined to be undermined. dle-class youth.
While youth certainly suffer from unequal
wealth distribution, their experiences aren’t
necessarily in line with the rest of the 99%.
Only a small subset of the entire 99% range
are actively participating in protests, while
the full range of experiences the real 99%
have of inequality are not adequately or ac-
curately represented. Second, the Occupy
protesters are voicing anti-establishment
concerns levelled against banking and gov-
ernment institutions. Since however, those
actually protesting are mostly young, mid-
dle-class and left-wing, the message now
seems to be a mix of anti-establishment
and anti-mainstream. With this sub-culture
bounding the group of protestors together,
anti-mainstream develops patterns of be-
haviour that marginalizes the group from
the reality of the 99%. Concurrently, that
subculture excludes wider members of the
99% from joining the movement. For these
reasons, the rest of the 99% fails to relate to
what seems to be a conIused and confated
message, weakening Occupy’s credibility.
At this moment in time, it is diIfcult to see
how the silent majority will affect the Oc-
cupy protests. Will it resemble 1969, when
the silent majority crushed the anti-Vietnam
movement by re-electing Nixon? Or will
their infuence be Ielt passively, slowly ex-
tinguishing the protest movement’s hopes? I
believe that the latter is probably the likeli-
est outcome. The protesters are unlikely to
gain any strong momentum in altering the
decisions of policy-makers, bankers and
investors if they are not actively backed by
the silent majority. Furthermore, without ac-
tive support for Occupy, city authorities and
law-enforcement might just have the implic-
it consent it needs to evict protesters away
from the parks and streets that have served
as bases for the movement. Such measures
have already been taken to evict the Occupy
Wall Street protesters in New York’s Zuccot-
ti Park. It would hardly be surprising if simi-
lar measures were enforced in other cities (in
Toronto’s St. James Park perhaps) should the
silent majority fail to get behind Occupy’s
presence in the near future.
Unlike 1969, citizens regardless of their
political views, will not have the chance to
make an impact through elections until next
year (in the US at least). And since Occupy’s
political goals are less direct than those of
anti-Vietnam, it is still not obvious as to who
the silent majority would have to vote for to
clearly repudiate the movement.
In whatever way the silent majority makes
an impact, the lack of support they provide
for Occupy suggests that the movement is
destined to be undermined.
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On the brighter note, help is available. The
depressed can once again regain their moti-
vation and optimism when they are shown
a way to solve an uncontrollable situation
– maybe by a friend, a family member, or a
guidance counselor. Eventually they will be
able to walk on their own legs and rationally
reason a way out of the situation.
This concept, as a matter of fact, is impor-
tant since fnal exams are closing in on us,
and at the same time, our dreaded midterm
scores are also being released. In order to not
be vulnerable to stress and anxiety during
this period, it`s important to know that frstly,
your grades don’t show how good of a person
you are and your family and friends will still
love you regardless of how you perform on
academics. Performing badly on an assess-
ment is not the end of the world. A low GPA
may lessen your options of medical schools
you can get accepted into, but think about all
SEASON from page 1
If lines like: “With you, shawty with you,
With you, under the Mistletoe” don’t get
your holiday juices bubbling, you may be
dead inside.
WATCH: Although you could just as eas-
ily choose a movie that looks like Santa him-
self has thrown-up Christmas all over it, I
choose to go another way and watch flms
about other holidays. So if you decide not
to watch another Christmnas flm and fnd
that a whole other holiday sparks your fancy,
then the highly anticipated New Year’s Eve
is in theaters from December 9th. Starring a
ridiculous amount of celebrities, this feature
promises to be exactly like Valentine`s Day.
It`s a Ieel-good, light-hearted fick, a nice
break from the craziness of family. Plus, ev-
the people who did worse and still succeeded;
grades aren’t everything. This may also be an
opportunity for you to rethink what you really
want to do, because if you’re unhappy now,
chances are it’s not meant for you.
So pick up your books, study like a baus
to do your best, but don’t forget to get sleep
and have a solid meal from the selection of
greasy mystery meat they have in the caf-
eteria. When things don’t fall into place, re-
member, you are not alone and your grades
don`t defne who you are. Let go and have Iun
once in a while; when you’re ready to sit back
down and study again, you’ll see how much
better you can concentrate! Also, keep an eye
out for your friends in need of mental support.
And seek help if you need to; the UofT clinic
offers all sorts of psychological services that
you are already paying for! Don’t ever forget
that your friends and family will love you
no matter what, and someday, you will be a
charming, intelligent boss.
eryone loves De Niro and a little bit of Bon
DO: Ever wish you could celebrate the
holidays with your favourite Disney char-
acters? Well get excited, because now you
can! Disney on Ice is celebrating their 100
years of spreading magic and cheer. Ongo-
ing from December 23 to January 1st, this
event is sure to be the most fun you will
have while sober. So grab those Mickey ears
(Deadmau5 ears will do too) and a notebook,
because autographs will be a necessity.
No matter how you choose to spend your
winter break, just remember to soak in all
you can before dreaded second semester be-
gins! So eat, drink and be merry before the
snow is slushy and yellow, the Christmas
music makes you want to scream, and the
taste of gingerbread induces vomiting.
New college
photos by: Adrian Chao
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That Whiteboard thing
Daniel Ilagan
ning-chi wwan
Shawn Chau
marafi osman
Sebastian watt
justin charlick
2nd year life sci
2nd year life sci
2011 alumnus Artsci
4th year Artsci
1st year artsci english/portuguese
3rd year NEAR & Middle Eastern Civilizations
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dinner and dance
Photos by: Chloe Yang, Yayi Ding, Lucy LU & Angie Gao
way to
in the
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The opinions of this writer do not reßect
those of The Window.
Here you go, trudging along to another class.
You’ve been doing it for at least 12 years and
you get that feeling that with all the time and
money you’ve invested in school, you should
have more tangible results than knowing
some memorized facts and big words. No
matter how much you fght it, you`re still in
school, which in itself isn’t bad, but the frus-
trating people you encounter tend to make
it Hell.
I am not saying these characters are in
every class, but these are some of the faces
that make going to school suck. First, there is
that one perpetually sick person who should
learn how to stay home and stop spreading
their sickness around. Then there’s that one
hypocrite that “hates getting group messages
but has a favor to ask.” Let’s not forget that
one dude that sleeps through the entire class
every week, as if he expects to learn through
osmosis. There are also the students on their
laptops that spend the duration of the class
switching between online games and Face-
book, or if they are audacious enough will
watch a feature length movie during class –
yes, I’ve see this done on several occasions.
There are always the few brown-nosers that
sit as close to the teacher as possible, con-
stantly trying to contribute anything they
can think of. And don’t get me started on
the students who ask questions about obvi-
ous things covered in readings or previous
lectures. There are the overdressed kids who
want to feel fancy – you are going to class,
not some elegant gala. Then there are the
students that look like they haven’t bathed
in years – ew. There is no fashion police at
UofT –although in my opinion there should
be- but at least try to not look like COM-
PLETE garbage. The most confusing trend,
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however, that far too many students follow,
is rushing into class. Why are you darting
into a class that won’t start for another 5-10
minutes? All you are doing is making it hard-
er for me to leave my class.
I am not trying to convince every single
one of you to dress and act generically, be-
cause we are humans not robots. It’s just
that being in university is stressful enough
without the people who make it more com-
plicated than it already is.
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It’s the Season of Giving
You’re in your room with your partner.
Things are getting hot and heavy, you both
want it. And in the midst of foreplay, you
hear the voice of one of your friends outside.
Complete mood kill. I’m sure some of you
have had that experience; heck, even I have.
For those of you who live on res, or those
who live with other people, I get it – some-
times you just don’t want to have to listen
to your friends’ conversations outside (the
walls are that thin in NC). The point is, the
mood... the scene, what have you, is impor-
tant Ior a good romp session, and music def-
nitely helps with that. It helps enhance the
atmosphere, and in some cases, depending
on what music you choose to play, it can also
assist in changing up the pace, which makes
for good R-rated fun. So, if you want to
switch it up or if you simply want to drown
out the aural distractions, here’s my take on
songs to have sex to.
1. Starting with slightly softer, more ‘ro-
mantic’ songs, here’s an absolute classic.
Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye. The title
says it all. If you haven’t heard this song be-
fore, I’ll be shocked – it’s been featured in so
many movies, no doubt in quite a number of
steamy scenes, too. With the 808 drumbeat
and smooth vocals, it is sure to make sex,
well... way sexier. I know it’s a cliché song,
but hey, it’s only cliché because it works.
2. Like Jazz music? Something that’s
much easier on the ears is Come Away with
Me by Norah Jones. Personally, the melody
and lyrics make me think of having slow
passionate sex while bathed in sunlight on a
late Sunday morning. There’s just something
intimate, soothing, and relaxing about it – if
you’re looking to de-stress and need some-
thing with a slower, mellower pace, this is
the song to listen to.
‘Tis the season to be thankful and I’m cer-
tainly thankful I’m not you. ‘You’ being
those boys and girls who’ve had their hearts
ripped out and smashed into tiny little shards
that represent your innocence and naivety.
Growing old is mandatory, growing up is op-
tional and growing into a doomed relation-
ship is inevitable; especially at this time of
year. So, Happy Holidays to all, except for
those who’ve been dumped.
I never want to start a relationship, because
it’s such a hassle ending it. So what do you
do when the person you’re with says, “What
are we exactly?” they are usually looking for
a positive answer; otherwise they wouldn’t
bring it up. I would suggest, Ior frst years
or any poor soul who has found themselves
in this situation a few weeks into the school
year to say, “I don’t know about you but I’m
turned on”. They’ll forget what they asked
and it buys you time to weigh your pros and
First year is perceived as expensive books,
cheap food, wild parties, embarrassing photo
tags on Facebook, being late for class, or one
not so classy day of mine, late for class in
the same outft I went out in the night beIore.
It’s just one big party, but sometimes it’s ask-
ing yourself why you didn’t give that creepy
guy you woke up next to a fake number. Be-
cause all you kind and intelligent students
are looking for sexual attention now that you
are away from home, you sometimes jump
into bed and into relationships with the frst
guy or gal whom smiles back. You don’t
have to admit it, but I will. I was too nice
3. Similar to Come Away with Me, is By
Your Side by Sade. It’s incredibly hard to
describe the multitude of emotions this song
makes me feel at a time. When she croons
the line “Oh when you’re cold, I’ll be there,
hold you tight to me”, that’s the part where
you start to immerse yourself fully into the
song especially iI you have a signifcant
other. This song will be sure to tug at your
heartstrings. Sure, it may not have an intense
beat to pump to, but taking it nice and slow
(just like with Norah Jones) is equally as
4. For a good beat that’ll have you work-
ing up a good sweat, blast Work It by Missy
Elliott. If you’ve ever looked at the lyrics,
you’ll know that Missy sings about going all
out and giving it your best effort. If you have
a partner who gets complacent, this is def-
nitely a good song that’ll have the both of
you “working it”, for lack of a better phrase.
The rhythm and the lyrics will both have
you burning those calories FAST. On a fnal
unrelated note, this song should defnitely
make it into your workout/exercise playlist.
5. Another classic is Why Don’t We Do
It in the Road? By The Beatles. I know, I
know... The Beatles defnitely have many
songs to get your groove on to, but this song
is the most fun, hands down. After all, the
idea of having sex in public (though illegal)
is immensely thrilling and exciting for those
who have the balls. Furthermore, the song
itself only has two different lines of lyrics,
which makes it that much more fun. “Why
don’t we do it in the road? No one will be
watching us” – it’s simple, and it’s straight-
forward, kind of like sex, no?
6. Last one. This may not be everyone’s
cup of tea, but for those of you who want
to REALLY spice things up in the bedroom,
grab your partner, make sure a little alcohol
is in your system, and put this song on –
Closer by Nine Inch Nails. I’m suggesting
alcohol only because a little wine or beer
might help unleash the freakier, more ag-
gressive side for those of you who are a little
shyer or need some encouragement to step
out of your comfort zone. As for the lyrics,
“I wanna f**k you like an animal, I wanna
feel you from the inside” is raw, animalistic,
and provocative... just like how some people
want sex to be like sometimes.
We all live in an age where music is so
prevalent in our society. We listen to music
according to our varying moods, so why not
create a playlist for your romp sessions? Of
course, I’m not saying those six songs are
the only good songs to listen to during sex
– feel free to explore and try out different
songs, see what gets the mood going and the
juices fowing. A good website to check out
is, where people submit
their own favourite songs. So, until the next
issue, have fun experimenting with what
kinds of songs work for you!
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to the frst boy I met during Irosh week and
was then stuck with super glue in a doomed
relationship that wasn’t easy to escape. I’m
cursed with a heart that doesn’t send correct
signals to my brain because, like a man, my
heart lives in my vagina. So when I went to
Christmas dinner with my crazy family I had
my dump revelation. Like someone picked
up the turkey and slapped me across the face
with it saying “what on earth were you think-
ing!?” I advise everyone to grow a pair of
cojones, unlike myself, and do your partner
a favour. End it quickly, like ripping off the
band-aid of stupidity. If not, it’s gonna be a
long and painIul frst year, where buII jocks,
sizzling TAs, sexy nerds, and even some re-
ally damn fne proIessors pass you by.
University campus is overwhelmed with
possibilities. Every day in my years here I
saw a ‘hunk du jour’ (hunk of the day). It
forces everyone to second-guess being in a
relationship when we enter a world of sexu-
al, emotional and willing possibilities, mak-
ing campus a war zone for the intellectual
and the horny who need to fght Ior their
relationships. So if you’re single and a nice
guy... can you see the correlation yet!?
I would like to know how everyone else
handles all of the sexual tension; especially
after the Holiday Season, when everyone is
single and sexually frustrated. Local clubs
and bars around UofT revenues must in-
crease like no one has debt or loans to pay.
All single students need to get jiggy with it
and grinding in dark crowded rooms is the
conventional way. Personally, the way I
would deal with it is to mug Charlie after he
leaves the Chocolate Factory. I believe that
eating chocolate is a really intense and plea-
surable feeling, but then again so is mastur-
If someone you love hurts you, cry a river,
build a bridge, and get over it. Happiness is
an attitude. We either make ourselves mis-
erable, or happy and strong, the amount of
work is the same. Here at UofT, we are all
gifted and bright intellectuals, therefore why
would we settle for a mediocre and melan-
choly lifestyle. Remember to spread your
wings more often than you spread your legs.
Oh, and pass the gravy please!
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