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appraise for RENT
Curtain Call Production’s RENT delivers a fun-filled show despite technical difficulties
Love is love. That’s the bottom line here. Although RENT delves into AIDS, drugs, homosexuality, fear, loss, friendship, music, and art, it always brings us back to understanding why love is always the force that pulls us through hardship. RENT, in its essence, has been around for more than 160 years. In 1851, the novel Scènes de la vie de bohème (Scenes of Bohemian Life) by Henry Murger was published, containing real stories about people he knew. In 1896, La bohème by Giacomo Puccini, based on Murger’s book, premiered in Italy. One hundred years later, Jonathan Larson wrote a rock opera based on Puccini’s opera, and now we have RENT. Due to its lengthy past and modern cult-like following, RENT can be a little bit intimidating as far as expectations go. It was obvious from the chatter before the show and during intermission that much
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from left, roger davis (will mackenzie), and mark cohen (ronald mckenzie-Lefurgey), look on at awe at tom collins’s (marc harwood) completed bottle of malt liquour on the set of RENT.
of the audience was familiar with it. They had seen the movie, another production, or perhaps the original Broadway cast production that passed through Toronto not long ago – some were even humming the tunes. The female cast was extremely talented. Kimberly Garrett (playing Maureen Johnson), Tanya Jarmai (Mimi Marquez), and Chanelle Ouellet (Joanne Jefferson) all showcased strong and confident voices. Amongst the male cast members, Marc Harwood (Tom Collins) stood out as an actor with a powerful voice. Unfortunately, the rigorous rehearsal and performance schedule seemed to have taken its toll on Will MacKenzie’s (Roger Davis) vocal cords, but he persevered, like a rock star. While Ron McKenzie-Lefurgey (Mark Cohen) may not have had the pipes some of the other cast members did, he hit all his notes and was one of the most natural actors onstage, and that’s something to appreciate. Kudos goes to Brandon Vollick (Angel Dumott Shunard), RENT being his first
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feminism without feminists: celebrating International women’s day
On Mar. 8, the University of Guelph celebrated International Women’s Day in the Grad Lounge with performances by spoken word artist Truth Is, local song artists, and a panel discussion. The Student Health and Advocacy Centre (SHAC) collaborated with university groups such as GRGCED, the Aboriginal Resources Centre and Interhall Council to increase the presence of International Women’s Day on campus. The event featured a panel discussion with Jessica Yee and Harsha Walia called “Multiracial Feminism.” The panel’s objective was to bring to the forefront the diversity of feminism that exists out there. Initially titled “Feminism without Feminist,” the name was changed to avoid confusion for those attending the event. Yee stressed that people have many different parts to their identity, and that sexism isn’t the only challenge that people face. Yee herself identifies as a “Two-Spirit multi-racial Indigenous hip hop feminist reproductive justice freedom fighter.” “I just feel that calling myself a feminist is not enough,” said Yee. “I have a lot of difficulty with that being the only word.” The panel focused on trans women, women with abilities, and women of colour, reminding the audience that there is so
elections canada flip-flop The Harper government has suddenly changed its position on assigning new and wider reaching powers to Elections Canada. Until Mar. 7, the Harper government has been blocking and ignoring these requests for increased powers to investigate last year’s federal election. A motion was passed in parliament to ensure Elections Canada will be given the powers it needs to investigate this scandal and future issues within the next six months. This action has come to the bemusement of the opposition parties who are enjoying watching the mixed messages leaving the Harper government’s office. (National Post)
guelph fraternity, the guelph delta epsilon club, donned their heels for “walk a mile in her shoes,” an event raise money and awareness for guelph-welling women in crisis. read the full article online at www.theontarion.com.
much diversity in how women experience the world and that there are many other types of feminism than there appears to be. Both Yee and Walia made it clear that common understanding of feminism is usually limited to academia, and is inaccessible the majority of people. “It’s basically understanding the everyday struggle of what sexism is,” said Alex Holtom, SHAC’s education and events coordinator. “I’ve learned over the past while that a lot of people don’t call themselves feminist, even though they might embrace what we might think of are feminist struggles and values. It’s just that they are embraced, and stressed in different ways.” Although the Grad Lounge is a less visible student space, it turned out to be the perfect venue for the event. Holtom didn’t choose the Bullring for Women’s Day because it is a high traffic area, and the noise level does not lend itself well to performance and a panel discussion. Initially, SHAC wanted to make the event only available to female identified students, but that it is exceptionally hard to find a campus space what will allow that kind of barrier. “We also wanted to make it obvious that we are in support of male allies,” said Holtom. “I wanted to make it clear that we weren’t pushing people away.” Although Women’s Day was a day to be celebrated, the presenters made it clear that there is still a long way to go to establish equality, and for the future of Women’s Day.
a year of mourning On Mar. 11 at 2:49 p.m., memorial services across Japan began to mourn the loss of those who died one year ago due to the magnitude of the 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated the country. The event took the lives of over 19,000 people and caused the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. To this day, efforts have been focused more on clean-up than reconstruction due to political indecisiveness and uncertainty on how to proceed. However, this has not damped dreams for building anew. As Tadateru Konoe, president of the Japan Red Cross Society-said, “it’s not simply building back as it used to be. It’s to build back better.” (Toronto Star)
The scoop on the bus loop
Students may have noticed that as of last week, several platforms at the University Centre bus loop have been barricaded with concrete dividers, and that the locations of several Guelph Transit bus stops have been shifted as a result. Many experienced confusion, as this is the second time this year that students have had to familiarize themselves with where to catch the bus they need after the implementation of new routes in January. Walk has been fenced off to allow The three platforms closest to for the movement of constructhe University Centre on the east tion equipment alongside the side of the bus loop are the ones Thornborough building. The work affected. To accommodate this, being done on the Thornborough more buses have been shifted to complex is primarily to increase the south side of South Ring Road, student study space on campus, and one temporary stop, serving and is expected to be completed route 2A, is located on South Ring by the end of 2012. A Guelph TranRoad itself. sit media release likewise states John Vanos of Physical Resources that the bus loop disturbances are said the platform closures are pri- expected to last until the construcmarily for the safety of students tion is completed. and the general public, as a wide “It’s kind of an inconvenience, swath of the adjacent Winegard but if it’s for safety I guess that
A Guelph Transit media release states that the bus loop disturbances are expected to last until the construction is completed.
makes sense,” said Julia Forster, a third-year environmental governance and marketing student. Bruno Mancini from the Centre for Students with Disabilities said he had not heard of any particular issues this posed for students with disabilities, but noted that does not necessarily mean there are none. This is just the latest of a series of building projects undertaken to expand the University’s School of Engineering. It is expected that the number of students and faculty in the department will double in only a few years. This growth is attributed to the creation of new mechanical, biomedical, and computer engineering programs, as well as increased enrollment in existing programs, and expanding research programs. Details about the temporary platform allocations for each route are available at the Guelph Transit website.
entering the ring In a few weeks time, the rhetorical battles between the Liberal and Conservative parties will be put to an end in the ring. In a charity event meant to raise money for cancer research, Liberal Justin Trudeau and Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau will step into the boxing ring for this year’s marquee bout of the Fight for the Cure. The event organizers hope to reach $200,000 with this event, placing Trudeau’s years of boxing experience against Brazeau’s black belt in karate and experience in the Canadian forces. Whatever happens in this match, when the bell rings both fighters plan on giving it their all. (Globe and Mail)
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construction on the Thornborough building has forced the university to place barriers on bus platforms in order to protect pedestrians.
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kony2012: a discussion on caring
On Mar. 5, the controversial movement Kony2012 swept across campus. Kony2012 was started by the charity group Invisible Children and was propagated by a viral video that called for military action against the former LRA leader Joseph Kony in an effort to bring him to justice by the end of 2012. The video was spread over Facebook, and a group has been started both on and off campus in the city of Guelph, gathering people to make the Kony2012 demands known to politicians. The local Facebook group was started by Guelph’s own Rebecca MacDonald. “Our generation is such an apathetic one, and I think that this was finally a call to action for the youth of today,” said MacDonald. “We need to start caring about the injustice around us. There are so many things going on in our world, and we’ve become too accustomed to passing the buck. So many people say, ‘I’m just one person’ or ‘I can’t do any good.’ But I really believe that we have to start caring about our world. So I started the Facebook event as an effort to spread awareness, not just about Joseph Kony, but about making a difference, even in a small way.”
“i started the facebook event as an effort to spread awareness, not just about Joseph Kony, but about making a difference, even in a small way.”
— Rebecca Macdonald
However, there is a growing controversy regarding both the effectiveness and motives of the Invisible Children’s Kony2012 movement, especially regarding the timing of this video’s release coinciding with the presidential elections in the states. The group’s finances are supporting the Ugandan military, which has allegedly committed similar atrocities to Joseph Kony’s LRA. Kony2012’s call for American military action in Uganda may actually restart the conflict that has been slowly settling in the area, causing more lives to be lost by their actions. “I think that this isn’t about Kony or the Invisible Children, this is about uniting and trying to make a difference,” said MacDonald, when asked about the controversy surrounding the organization and the movement. “I am just a person trying to do some good. I am not perfect, maybe I bit off more than I
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The timing and questionable repercussions of kony2012 has made the video extremely controversial.
could chew, but I believe in having people raise their voices. People have hated on this cause a lot, and made fun of it, they say it’s a fad and posting the video was just ‘the cool thing to do’ Sorry, but I don’t believe that love is a fad. I don’t believe that caring about, and loving others is dumb.”
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scientifically Inclined: cycling could be putting women’s genital sensation at risk
Scientists demonstrate that low handlebars contribute to a decrease in women’s genital sensation
It’s that time of year again: bike enthusiasts everywhere are itching to roll up their right pant leg and get their tires pumped. As a person who gets around by public transportation, that first ride of the season is always a liberating experience, but, every year, I also brace myself for subsequent soreness– and I am not just talking about leg muscles. Despite cycling’s many health benefits, cycling is known to cause erectile dysfunction in men. Moreover, a study recently published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine found that handlebar positions can have a significant effect on women’s genital sensation, where low handlebars increase perineum saddle pressure and decrease anterior vaginal and left labial genital sensation. Studies on the aerodynamics of cycling have accessed that the “proper” position for handlebars should be one to two inches lower than the saddle, causing professional and recreational cyclists alike to adopt this positioning. Unfortunately, this practice is also the source of an ongoing trade-off between a more aerodynamic bicycle position, and a more ergonomic one. For example, previous studies between the legs that stretches identified a number of common between the vagina and the anus. cycling injuries, including neck Low handlebars increase saddle and back pain, chafing, and gen- pressure by increasing the pelvic ital numbness. In fact, 50 to 91 tilt and the trunk angle at which per cent of male and female cy- cyclists ride. clists report experiencing genital This increase in perineum saddle numbness. The relationship be- pressure resulted in a significant tween bicycle setup and genital loss of genital sensation in the ansensation in women cyclists, how- terior vagina and in the left labia, ever, has, until now, not been where the threshold at which investigated. women were able to sense geniIn order to study this relation- tal stimulation increased by 34 per ship, scientists, led by Sarah N. cent and 29 per cent respectively Partin of the Texas A&M Health in women with lower handlebars. Science Center, recruited 41 feThe researchers were unable to male cyclists who rode an average explain why the reduction in genof at least 10 miles per week, and ital sensation was one-sided in who positioned their handlebars the labia. It is possible that ridlower than or level with the saddle. ers have a dominant side where First, the scientists recorded they put more pressure, but this the way in which each cyclist set hypothesis necessitates further up their bicycle. Then, the rid- investigation. ers mounted their own bicycle There are many ways to make a onto a cycling trainer, allow- bike more comfortable, including ing the researchers to measure using a saddle with more padding. saddle pressure and power out- The University of Guelph’s Bike put. Finally, the Medoc Vibratory Centre is a great place to get used Sensory Analyzer 3000, not your saddles for free, and donations are average vibrator, was used to encouraged. measure sensation at eight gen“Biking comfort is different for ital regions: the clitoris, the left all women. Some women find bikand right perineum, the anterior ing kind of painful, whereas some and posterior vagina, the left and women can experience orgasms right labia, and the urethra. as a result of biking,” says Ashley The scientists found that low Lowenthal, fourth year internahandlebars caused an average tional developmental student and increase of 3.47 kPA in mean volunteer coordinator at the Bike perineum saddle pressure, com- Centre. pared to women who positioned For people who are looking for a their handlebars at the same welcoming and inclusive space to height as the saddle. In women, learn about bikes and biking, the the perineum is the region bike centre will be holding its first
weekly “Women and Trans Night” handlebars a bit, or limiting your of the season on Thursday, Mar. 22, use of drop handlebars. You won’t from 4 to 7p.m. tear down a hill as fast, but you At the very least, if you are a might have more fun in the sack. hardcore cyclist who enjoys biking on a regular basis, you might Arielle blogs about science at want to consider raising your www.salamanderhours.com
taking advantage of ePortfolios
Receiving an iPad simply for designing an ePortfolio sounds like a great opportunity. However, some students are not aware of what an ePortfolio is, and how they can use the electronic tool for their own benefit. “The process of electronic portfolios has been around for many years,” said Jason Thompson, an instructional technology specialist who works for the Teaching and Learning Technology unit at the University. “Any student, staff and faculty member with access to Courselink, whether they are taking courses or not, can access the ePortfolio tool and create their own portfolio.” The ePortfolio allows the user to digitally collect their experiences, which can range from courses an individual has taken, to memorable and educational trips they have taken in the past. Next, the user can organize their learning experiences into an ePortfolio presentation, which helps to reflect their introduction to the university. the individual’s present interests “I’ve been hearing about them a and development based on their lot lately,” said Noorain Shethwaprevious involvements, as well as la, an SLG leader in the Peer Helper the skills that they have acquired Program. “We’ve started using ePduring this time. ortfolios as Peer Helpers to help us The portfolios that won in the eP- interact with people around us, and ortfolio contest, which was held last to let others know the skills and week during the ePortfolio Week talents that we have.” Workshops, demonstrate the wide Thompson agrees that ePortfolios scope of presentations that users are becoming increasingly popular can create using the tool. The win- at the university. ners created presentations with a “I think that they’re gaining momentum based on the integration professional or academic focus, while others used the tool to re- of ePortfolios into courses,” said flect their personal experiences on Thompson.“But we’ve also been mission trips or sports teams. trying to promote them for stuWinning an iPad is not the only dents to use for their own needs thing that individuals gain from whether they have course involvemaking their own ePortfolio. ments or not.” Events like the contest, and on“Creating the electronic portfolio is in itself a beneficial activity,” says going workshops about the use and Thompson. “It helps users reflect on application of ePortfolios, which what they have learned, how they are offered through the Co-operacan use these skills in the future, tive Education and Career Services, and be more articulate when pre- are aimed to broaden the undersenting this information to others.” standing of electronic portfolios There has also been more aware- amongst students, faculty and staff. ness on campus of ePortfolios since
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rally for democracy
Citizens of Guelph organize for voter’s rights
The robocall controversy has been gaining momentum as Canadians across the country report receiving fraudulent phone calls during the last federal election. Several cities have been host to rallies and protests in the name of democracy, all in response to this outcry. On Mar. 11, the Guelph Rally for Democracy joined the discussion, with speakers from the Council of Canadians, the University of Guelph CSA, OPIRG, Beyond Occupy, Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice, CUPE, and the Guelph Labour Council sharing their thoughts and demands for democracy. “We had three official demands associated with our rally,” explained Zoë Barrett-Wood, one of the event’s organizers and University of Guelph student. “[We called for] an immediate, independent public inquiry into the fraud; full accountability, including up to the Prime Minister’s Office, if necessary; and by-elections in each affected riding.” After organizing at St. Georges Square, the large group of rally-attendees was led to City Hall, following chants that asked crowd members to “Occupy Democracy.” The rally hosted several speakers who detailed their concerns and called the government to action. “Our democracy is at risk, and I think we all know that,” said Terry O’Connor from the Guelph and District Labour Council, addressing the crowd. “We can never trust another election if we don’t find out what happened.” Rally participants and those who received robocalls during the election were urged to lodge an official complaint using the form on Elections Canada’s website. Though the event was nonpartisan in nature Guelph’s Liberal Member of Parliament, Frank Valeriote also stepped up to the megaphone to voice his views. “What is so important about today is that without your support, without your energy, we wouldn’t be able to secure, to fight and to protect your democratic rights in Ottawa,” said Valeriote. “I thank you for showing our community and for showing Canada that you care about our democracy.”
advocates for democracy marched to city hall, calling for an investigation into the robocalls in the last federal election.
Several speakers commented on the diverse and energetic crowd, and on the importance of organizing for change. “On another level, the goal of this is to bring people together, to feel that connection with other people and to feel the positive energies surrounding democracy,” said Barrett-Wood. “We can come together as citizens to make change, and to voice our demands to government, who are supposed to represent us.” Overall, the organizers saw the rally as a success. “There was so much energy and passion in the crowd,” said Barrett-Wood. “People really care about this, and they got to come together and voice that.”
new webpage illuminates budget-making process
Early spring is looming, and for the Guelph faculty and staff this signals a time of meetings and deliberation on the operating budget for the next fiscal year. Now, students and other community members can keep up with these developments with the help of a new “Budget Updates” section on the university website. The page, launched on Mar. 7, is being monitored by Communications and Public Affairs. It is intended to provide greater transparency during the budget-making process, and to encourage all community members to educate themselves on the relevant issues. The new webpage contains ample information on the specific challenges the University of Guelph faces as it contends with rising operating costs, and grim provincial forecasts in the wake of the Drummond Report, and the $16 billion deficit. Significant increases in the costs of benefits, pensions, salaries (due to inflation) and utilities remain of concern, as are the more immediate pressures of provincial austerity measures. A full summary of these and other challenges are available on the new page. For those seeking more information, the web page also contains a schedule of dates and events relating to the budget’s development. For example, the budget meetings of individual colleges at which students are welcome. The page also contains university financial reports, including prior operating budgets, pension plan statements and endowment reports. The forthcoming 2012/2013 budget is of special significance because it marks the beginning of a new five-year Integrated Planning cycle which will be detailed directly within that 2012/2013 budget. In this multiyear plan, the university outlines its various goals, targets, and areas of strength. However, in
a departure from the previous Integrated Plan, the provincial government’s interest in Strategic Mandate Agreements could mean that these goals become more prescriptive. “Holding us to whatever we articulate in that mandate agreement,” is a strong provincial objective, according to
Maureen Mancuso, provost and vice-president academic, at January’s Rumour Mill,. An additional Rumour Mill will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Mar. 30 in Peter Clark Hall, to give students and faculty the opportunity to voice concerns regarding the prospective budget and Integrated Plan.
arts & cuLture
Are We There Yet? ponders the environs of the street through a vandal’s lens
Love it or hate it, street art has been invading the world of high art at an increasing pace as of late. With a nod to the genre’s presence in the art culture as well as its multifarious objectives, fine art student D’Arcy Flynn presented Are We There Yet? in Zavitz Gallery from Mar. 5-9 and spoke with The Ontarion about his exhibit at the gallery opening on Mar. 8. “If street art is trying to bring the art of the gallery into the real world, I’m trying to take the art that we find in street signs and bring it back to the gallery,” said Flynn. Although not intentionally, Flynn’s focus echoed a question that was recently directed toward the mainstream by Bart on an episode of The Simpsons that featured a guest appearance from street artist Shepard Fairey: what is street art doing in galleries? Flynn said he was less concerned with self-identifying street artists occupying gallery space than he was with the actual, signifying environment that we encounter on a daily basis. “When I say I’m bringing street art into the gallery, I’m really
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interested in how the bare essen- doubly as critiques of the stantials that we basically use on our dard colour palette as well as the road signs inform us,” said Flynn. traditional canvas. One consisting In a sense, what Flynn exhibited of two “C”-shaped canvases and at Are We There Yet? was an in- the other of some cubic canvases, terest in something that street art Flynn said they weren’t originalhas always been concerned with, ly intended to comment on the coupled with a restraint from em- street art subject he adopted for ploying any of the stencils, spray the show, but instead turned out paint, stickers and wheat paste to be “happy accidents” that came that have become typical of the to contribute to the final orientation of the show. broad genre. “The imagery has sort of been in“It’s just playing with that idea grained in our culture so we can of primary colours as signifiers toread it almost immediately,” said wards colour,” he said. “I try to Flynn. experiment with canvas in ways That kind of response is precisely that people would assume is imwhat confrontational street artists possible at first.” like Banksy – with his culture jamStill, cubic canvases painted ming stencils – and Fairey – with with blue, red and yellow lines his deliberately ambiguous “OBEY” ended up resembling roadmaps, sticker campaign – call into ques- while the primary colours also tion with their own work. brought international street culProdding at the mental influence ture into the show’s perspective. of sign art as well as the gallery “Blue isn’t popular in North convention of presenting art on America, but it is in Britain and canvases, Flynn’s show sum- most of Europe for that matter,” moned a “median ahead” sign and Flynn said. placed it on two self-supporting Perhaps the most impressive “L”-shaped canvases that he con- piece in Flynn’s collection was a structed for the show. Presenting stop sign that he rigged up electhe sign on the “L”-shaped canvas- tronically to shift around inside a es resulted in an obstructed image, box on the gallery floor. As the sign would shift around, forcing audiences to ponder at his presentation of a familiar image letters would disappear, forcing that is often taken for granted. the viewer to read different words Flynn’s “median ahead” signs and calling into question the power were just one of his experiments of language and the letters that sigin canvas manipulation. Two other nify it. pieces utilizing canvases Flynn “When they saw ‘S-T-O’ they constructed himself operated started saying ‘sto’ and the sound
fine arts student d’arcy flynn channeled the intentions of street art and its expansive canvases with Are We There Yet?, an exhibit displayed at Zavitz gallery from mar. 5-9.
of the ‘o’ switched from an ‘ah’ to an ‘oh.’ And then they’d see the ‘s’ disappear and it became ‘top’ and it became this – I dunno – mystery. It’s a little bit of neuro-aesthetic art happening I guess.”
arthattack! 2012 attracts record attendance
Annual conference presents undergraduate papers for future publication
Mar. 9 saw the fifth presentation of ARTHattack! at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. An annual event, this year’s conference broke all former attendance records. Started in 2007, ARTHattack! is the University of Guelph’s first and only undergraduate art history conference and publication. A student-run initiative, ARTHattack! aims to simultaneously represent the interests of undergraduate art history students and highlight their academic talents and skills, provide them with a venue outside of the classroom to develop presentation and conference skills, foster a networking and brainstorming environment, and provide the annual anchoring, community building event that is the ARTHattack! conference. Since 2007, the conference has consistently presented six undergraduate papers each year. This year’s speakers included Lucina Pinto, Jennifer Graham, Jocelyn Burke, Sarah Carter, Angel Callander, and Vanessa Tignanelli. The student symposium consisted of papers – focusing on topics including postcolonial discourse, the public’s perception of American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, the Internet and Dadaism as postmodern pastiche, and two papers on Italian painter Tiziano Vecellio – are set for publication next year by ARTHattack!. After the students presented their papers, the audience was treated to a special guest lecture from Dr. Derek Fincham. An assistant professor of law at the South Texas College of Law, Fincham spoke on how cultural heritage crime is an enduring crime in our society. The 2012 ARTHattack! Committee consists of University of Guelph professors Dr. Susan Douglas and Dr. Sally Hickson, and students Noor Ale, Candice Napoleone, Lauren Rodgers, Reilly Fullerton, Vanessa Tignanelli, and Scott N. Schau.
from left, undergraduates Jennifer graham, angel callander, Jocelyn burke, Lucina Pinto, and vanessa tignanelli presented their papers at this year’s arthattack! symposium.
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ARTS & CuLTuRE
a conversation on collaboration
The Guelph Cultural Arts festival seeks to bridge the gap between university and community
On Mar. 10 the city of Guelph inaugurated a new festival, the Guelph Cultural Arts Festival (GCAF). It had a variety of events, both interactive and performative, meant to help highlight the many ways in which arts and culture is important to the Guelph city and campus communities. The festival day began with a series of workshops held around downtown Guelph at Ed Video, 10 Carden and city hall focusing on writing and theatre. The afternoon events included a series of performances, which all took place at the central branch of the Guelph Public Library. It started with a series of spoken word poems which led into a theatrical performance from University of Guelph students. This performance was part of a fourth year class instructed by Jerrard Smith. The class runs annually and usually culminates in an on-campus performance of the work that the class had spent the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festisemester working on. This year, val (GCDF), was another one of the however, Smith ran the course a roundtable speakers. Morris’s work little differently. with the dance festival involves her “It was a different approach from reaching out to the student compast experience because usually we munity for volunteers, both for the work in the theatre here,” said Smith. festival itself and for day camps “We’d been discussing, meaning fac- the run during March break and in ulty and different departments, just mid-July. talking about the whole idea of en“In the past there hadn’t really gaging with the community […] I been active recruitment of volunwanted to get the students engaged teers from campus,” said Morris. in the Guelph community anyway, “We are moving in that direction. We [because] to a large extent they’re have an on campus noon hour series not.” with the CSA and we have a table set This topic– the interaction be- up to try and recruit volunteers and tween the student community and get people interested in the festival.” the city community– was the topic The GCDF is also looking to inof a roundtable discussion that fol- crease their involvement during lowed the theatrical performances, Orientation week, to help initiate which Smith was a part of. new students both to the festival but When asked about this topic, also to local culture in general. Smith elaborated on his experiences. Morris also spoke on the topic “I do see smaller instances of col- from her experience as a student laboration cooperation and working and member of the local dance together between students and the community, rather than simply as city itself,” he said. “There’s just as a representative of the GCDF. much of a problem the other way. “This is a two way street kind It’s difficult getting the Guelph com- of idea, to bring the students and munity to come out and take part in university community out of the campus activities, whether it’s a the- campus but also bringing the comatre performance or sports.” munity to the campus,” Morris said. Lindsay Morris, a fourth year “There isn’t a huge presence of cominternational development student munity volunteer organizations or and the volunteer coordinator for the festivals coming right to the source,
artistic and cultural groups around guelph came together during a roundtable discussing during the gcaf.
which is campus.” While the roundtable discussion was informative and sparked some lively discussion with those there, it wasn’t without its problems, which Morris highlighted. “Starting with these roundtables is great, but the people who come to these roundtables anyway are not the ones we need to be discussing it with,” she said. “[The question is] how do we access the less involved, the less willing, the less volunteer or community oriented students in these discussions and try and make it better.” Involving students in the discussion is an important step, and one which Morris also points out was not present at the GCAF roundtable. “It was a bit of a disappointment that there was no active involvement from students in the roundtable. I was the only one and that was by chance. They contacted the dance festival asking for someone to come and I happened to be the one to come. If it wasn’t for me, there would have been zero student input on that roundtable,” Morris said. “It was strange that there was no direct intent to include students in the discussion formally.” While the discussion was informative, the topics the GCAF sought to address are not things which can be easily resolved. The events and discussions will be ongoing, and perhaps future events will bring out more student involvement and both the city and university communities will benefit.
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John K. Samson, Provincial 3.5/5
John K. Samson is by no means a newcomer to the Canadian music scene and his debut solo album, Provincial, doesn’t stray too far into unfamiliar territory. From his humble beginnings playing bass in punk legends Propagandhi in the early ’90s, Samson has made a name for himself as being a gifted songwriter with a masterful taste for storytelling and impressive pop sensibilities. Most notable in putting a new spin on old favourites for those who’ve hung around a while. All of the old tricks are still present while Samson stretches his feet a bit, testing different waters as he flows between uptempo rock ‘n’ roll, like the driving “Longitudinal Centre,” and delicate folk tunes. The most notable pieces are the instrumental variations throughout the songs, like the building horns that accompany Samson in the album’s introduction “Highway 1 East,” the haunting violin in “Grace General,” and the pleasant, comforting piano duet “Taps Reversed.” The album’s strongest points are the stories within each song, There were many memorable numbers. “Tango Maureen” was especially well done. The dancers were great, and the chemistry between Ron McKenzie-Lefurgey and Chanelle Ouellet was comical and fun to watch. The charismatic Kimberly Garrett did an excellent job with “Over the Moon.” It was funny and showcased her voice very well. “Seasons of Love,” many people’s favorite tune from the show, didn’t disappoint. The harmonies were exactly on pitch (not true for some of the other songs), and with the cast standing in a simple line there was nothing to detract from the beautiful melodies. It should also be noted that sniffling could be heard from the audience during the reprise of “I’ll Cover You,” sung by Marc Harwood at Angel’s funeral. One song that wasn’t as good as expected was “La Vie Bohème” – it needed more energy! combining vivid lyrics with love for his home province of wonderfully interesting char- Manitoba, and lack of hesitation acters that are relatable through to introduce quirks and an unusumutual feeling, if not shared ex- ally personal feeling. perience. Laced throughout each While Provincial may not be tale is a lasting feeling of sadness, anything new or groundbreaking, but with a glimmer of faint hope it’s comforting and easily lovable. and an odd sense of humour, even All the familiar traits of his work in the most crushing moments. “I are present, providing catchy, remember how you made me feel, upbeat choruses amid intelligent I was funny, I was thoughtful, I lyrics one second, and completewas rare,” croons Samson on “The ly halting the pace for beautifully Last And.” He laments academic composed folk the next. It is evfrustrations in “When I Write My erything one could expect from Master’s Thesis” while calling for John K. Samson’s solo debut, and the induction of Reggie Leach into plays the perfect soundtrack for the hockey hall of fame in “www. life, offering an audible hug and ipetitions.com/petition/riverton- escape from your troubles, if only rifle/,” displaying his unfaltering for a little while. For a show like this one that carries a message not only about the fight against AIDS but more basically about love, it is important for the audience to feel like they’ve taken something away from it. “The most stereotypical quote you hear about RENT is the ‘no day but today’ and I really think that is one of the most important messages you can get from it,” said Kaplan. “Just really appreciate everything you have and people around you and people you love and to take every moment and live it to its fullest and enjoy it, because you never know when it could be your last.” “The message I always got from this is that it’s about friendship, and love is love, it doesn’t matter what colour you are, what gender you are, what sexuality you are – it’s all about loving one another,” added Jarmai. An emotional show indeed, and a challenging one. Curtain Call Productions did an excellent job, and the rawness of RENT’s production may have actually added to the rock and roll, bohemiangrunge feeling of the story. Next year’s production seems far away, but it is anxiously anticipated by fans.
his work with punk-tinged indie band, The Weakerthans. Provincial is a combination of reinvented songs previously released on a series of EPs and fresh material, bringing those who are new to his work up to speed, while be, nothing too complicated. Good use was made of the vertical space: there were multiple platforms and a larger space up front to accommodate the ensemble. While this show was good enough to see twice, it must be said that the sound of the production was a problem. A reoccurring problem from previous years, the mics kept cutting out. It was distracting and lines were often lost to the oblivion, something that was often enough to snap the audience out of the story. Also, some new arrangement needs to be conceived for the band, as it was difficult to hear over them in the first few rows, and farther back, the drums were still too loud. This is important because RENT is a full rock opera, so singing is pretty constant and so is the music. However, the production is commendable for keeping everything in sync, and taking virtually no breaks.
large-scale production. Cast in the role of a drag queen, he wore more makeup than all the other guys, danced in heels, and shared several on-stage kisses with his male love interest, Tom Collins (played by Marc Harwood). It’s easy to see how his confidence may have been shaky, but with experience he will undoubtedly become more confident in himself, which is what the role of Angel needed. Jacob Citron (Benjamin Coffin III) succeeded at playing the antagonist without being too unlikeable, and demonstrated his chops as a singer. The ensemble was also very talented in their choral singing as well as their many solos. “We wanted to use a large ensemble and lots of people and give them lots of opportunities,” said Kyra Kaplan, executive producer. The set was just what it needed to
tom collins (marc harwood) leads the ensemble in a song and dance number on the stage of RENT.
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John Drew, who has worked with Tokyo Police Club, Arkells, and Fucked Up. “He made us a real band,” said Babcock. Part of the reason their sound is so tight is likely that Mykula and the other members of the band – guitarist Steve Sladkowski and bassist Nestor Chumak – have been long-time friends; Mykula and Chumak have known each other 13 years. The band hails from Toronto, but Sladkowski studied jazz guitar at the University of Guelph, graduating in 2010. Their success hasn’t come without hard work, though. Babcock said the band typically plays three to four shows a week at venues around Ontario, while simultaneously keeping full-time jobs. It isn’t uncommon for them to get to bed at five or six in the morning after a show and make it to work bright-eyed and bushy-tailed by nine. “We’re pretty much the worst employees ever,” Mykula jokes. As I left them to have a beer or two, Babcock added, “That’s another reason we’re terrible workers. No self control.” So it turns out they are what rock and roll is about off-stage, too.
topanga comes to guelph
Toronto indie-rockers talk new seven-inch
Live in concert, Topanga is what rock and roll is all about: loud, catchy riffs, full-bodied vocals, and raw energy. Taking to the stage at Jimmy Jazz on Mar. 10 to promote their new seven-inch Oceans, they were the spicy meat in a tasty indie-rock sandwich between Boys Who Say No, and local act Bill Killionaire. Topanga’s stage presence exuded enthusiasm and charisma. Jumping around the tiny stage with sock-footed front-man Stefan Babcock occasionally climbing on amps, they were quick to get the audience dancing along. For all the prancing about, it was a wonder they hit any of the right chords at all, let alone maintain the tight sound they did. Talking to Babcock and drummer Zack Mykula after the set, they answered a question that must be on any listener’s mind: is the band named after the character of the same name from the TV show Boy Meets World? “Yeah, she’s the love of our lives,” said Babcock says, also adding that Topanga is a picturesque canyon in California, a fact that resonated with the band, who wrote many of their songs either about or while camping.
“[Topanga] were the spicy meat in a tasty indie-rock sandwich between Boys who Say no, and local act Bill Killionaire.”
Their song writing is also inspired by Mabu, Babcock’s rickety car that has survived several misadventures, including being driven into a lake and braving questionable roads in the Northwest Territories. The car is currently being held together with a ballpoint pen. The band has only been together for about a year, but has gained rapid success thanks to the support of Hollerado, who asked them to tour and signed them to their label, Royal Mountain Records. Oceans was produced by
visiting from toronto, the folk-rock band, the strumbellas, drew a crowd as part of the csa noon concert hour series.
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artifacts of the everyday: for Leonard, for katie
This is the fourth 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. It is the plight of an artist to wrestle, calculate and choke forth their work, waiting for the a lover to take them into their arms and whisper everything desired into their ear. That light breath. That graceful instant. Here’s a letter each to two very different musicians, of different eras and sexes, who share an appreciation for living in the graceful moment: Leonard Cohen and Katie Stelmanis. Dear Leonard, What pitiful bodies we men are. We are all eyes. We catch the odd glimpse of ourselves and stare. We start to stumble over all that we are not. We fall so hard into a dream, or unconscious, into the cold floor, but inevitably into the open bosom of grace. To that grace we give ourselves entirely, the whole of the burden that selfhood is. Guiltlessly, never meaning to take it back. A man knows (somewhere deep) that to break his word is the worst of all his fears. You, Leonard, sing with such an unhidden voice, every word already broken, from a broken source into the broken hearts of all of us fallen men. We sing along with poor bastard howls, on the hunt for catharsis: “There’s a crack in everything / That’s how the light gets in.” The music of Katie Stelmanis and her band Austra, with full rhythms and doomed melodies, draw forth the facets of womanhood that remain hidden in the dark, cavernous lies that men (such as myself) tell themselves. This next letter is attuned to the feminine within. Dear Katie, We are betrayed by the imposing instrument where a mysterious threshold could instead be, by the ribbed desert where an inviting softness could instead lay, by the half-swallowed apple lodged in this silent throat that cannot meet your operatic falsettos. This foreign body stands forth – chin, brow, nose, etc. – erect and soldierly. In wonder, these male eyes have gazed upon the curve of a woman’s back. This male hand has touched the roundness and give of a lover’s breast, in awe of a power that is not imposing. This very hand. It takes up the phallic-pen to feverishly carve into the stuff of the world the tragedy of everything a man can never understand. But you, Katie, sing into this body the subtleties of the feminine – “No I’m not afraid / I’m consumed.” I don’t pretend to know what it is to inhabit the body of a woman, to be a woman. I know nothing of the experience of womanhood. I’m allowed only awe before the forcelessness of her presence, and to linger briefly in the world of the feminine. And perhaps this lingering is all that gender is. In the Laugh of the Medusa, Helene Cixous talks about “the other bisexuality.” In the music of Cohen and Stelmanis, I am able to understand and explore. I trace the curving line of her honest words along the gracefully oscillating hips of reality, open.
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Cool Runnings (1993)
Unlike most movies that pretend to be based off of a true story, Cool Runnings actually is, and a damn good one too. What’s not to love about a group of athletes trying to learn how to bobsled in 30 degree weather, only to come face to face with the frigid cold that is Calgary in the winter time. Though the team is disqualified in the final run, they earn international respect in the winter Olympic community, a first for such a tropical country. “Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, its bobsled time! COOL RUNNINGS!” The main human character is Josh Framm, played by Kevin Zegers (now famously known for his role as bad-boy Damian in the hit show Gossip Girl). Josh moves with his family to a small town and is a loner because he’s the “new kid in town.” As a result of playing basketball by his lonesome, he befriends a golden retriever named Buddy. Obviously this dog is amazing at basketball, as all dogs are, right? But fame gets to Buddy’s head and he abandons Josh as a friend, while later forming a successful career in the NBA. Said to be “dull but harmless” by Top Critic Mike Clark, it really is a must-see!
friday night Lights (2004)
You really don’t have to be a football fan to enjoy this sports movie. The movie achieves depth for its documentation of the life of the individual athletes and the
obstacles they must overcome both on and off the field to make it to the state championship game. The depiction of player-to-player and player-to-coach relationships is another one of the successes of the movie. Not to mention the amazing soundtrack, written almost entirely by Explosions in the Sky. “There are many scenes in the movie that could hold their own as music videos,” said Tom Beedham, arts and culture editor at The Ontarion.
Starring a young dog and a talented stray boy who... I mean a young boy and a talented stray dog who is amazing at basketball.
Lords of dogtown
This 2005 remake spotlighting the controversial sport of skateboarding is the ultimate sports movie. Following the sport through its rocky emergence in the early seventies, this movie addresses the heated topic of the legitimacy of professional skateboarding that was given much criticism because of its connection to Venice, California’s infamous community known as Dogtown. The catch is that this movie remake was written by Stacy Peralta, previously a professional skateboarder raised in none other than Venice during the early seventies. He chose to cameo as a TV director, leaving his own character to be played by John Robinson. What really drives Lords of Dogtown home as the ultimate sports movie is the quality soundtrack, on par with the hits among skateboards in Dogtown at the time. Some widely loved and really recognizable tracks like Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire” and “Voodoo Child”, the Allman Brother’s cover of “One Way Out”, David Bowie’s
Sports generally don’t interest me, and consequentially, I don’t watch many sports movies. The 2001 Muhammad Ali biopic earns its place as my number one sports movie mainly because it focuses on someone I consider to be the most engaging sports figure of all time. I am also a sucker for films about individual sports because they are generally less predictable and cliché-ridden than those about teams (I said generally – I realize we have Rocky to blame for the ugly sports montages that find their way onto our screens) and because they allow an opportunity to experience more character development. Although some might argue Ali’s creation might have been unnecessary (a.k.a. Cassius Clay and When We Were Kings had previously documented the boxer’s refusal to serve in the Vietnam war and the “Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweight championship fight against George Foreman, respectively), Ali offers a highly watchable relation of the boxer’s life that combines observations provided in previous films, also presenting a survey of the various social and political milieus the boxer experienced throughout his lifetime.
The Sandlot (1993)
The Sandlot might be more of a coming-of-age movie than a sports movie, but the story of the kids growing up and learning all kinds of crazy lessons is inseparable from baseball. It’s through baseball that they learn all those wonderful, Hollywood lessons about friendship and responsibility. At its core, it’s about a new kid who comes to town and makes friends with some other kids who do nothing but play baseball. Seriously, like eight hours a day minimum and somehow only one of them is any good. This little champ loses a ball signed by the Great Bambino and hijinks involving a giant dog (with giant, pendulous dog testicles) running amok through quaint 1950s Americatown ensue. Comedy gold. In my life, I have probably used more quotes and references to the Sandlot than anything else. I will love this movie forever. For. Ev. Er.
Seabiscuit is a classic underdog story of a little horse that wins the biggest match race of the century against the undefeated racehorse at the time, War Admiral. The movie takes place during the Depression, and also traces the lives of people who help Seabiscuit rise to the top. It’s important to remember that there are two types of Seabiscuit fans: people who like the film, and people who ride horses. For those non-horsey types, this movie is still a great film to get some inspiration. the movie follows Jimmy “Dodge” Connelly, and the Duluth Bulldogs in their attempts to establish themselves as a professional football team. They recruit Carter, a Princeton graduate and selfproclaimed war hero, in order to bring funding to the team. Despite the focus on football, the real sport of the movie seems to be winning the affections of Chicago Tribune reporter, Lexie Littleton. Don’t know the rules of football? Don’t worry, neither do the main characters in the film. The establishment of a professional league brought something that Dodge didn’t expect: standardized rules. Leatherheads is full of humour, and is a great sports movie for non-sports fans.
“Suffragette City”, Neil Young’s “Old Man”, Cream’s cover of “Strange Brew”, and the list just goes on. Between the crazy tricks, dramatic relationship struggles among the rising star athletes, and the totally romanticized (yet entertaining) cultural outlook on an era, Lords of Dogtown has all bases covered.
“Jo-na-than! Jo-na-than! Jo-nathan!” The crowd chants their adoration, and the corporate suits who sit atop the collectivist society of the future feel a growing unease. They’ve designed this sport to show the futility of individualism – no individual can be allowed to become a hero. Soon the word comes from on high that Jonathan E (James Caan), master of the sport of rollerball, must retire. When even an insane supercomputer, a staple of 1970s science fiction movies, can’t help, the soft-spoken Jonathan fights back the only way he knows how: rollerskating in circles and killing people. People also shoot some trees with a gun. That scene’s just kinda thrown in there.
Although the film’s title is a dead giveaway to the fate of heavyweight boxing champion James Braddock’s career as well as fairly reliant on the convention of the three-act dramatic structure, Cinderella Man depicts an honest man’s ability to come out on top amidst the Great Depression. A boxer’s boxer, Braddock lives by the Queensberry rules both inside and out of the rink, and it’s great to see him come out on top.
Leatherheads is a comedy about the beginnings of the National Football League. Set in the 1920s,
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With an arsenal of Batman and Superman films, and a flick about Green Lantern that might see some sequels, it’s only a matter of time before we get a movie about the warrior princess of the Amazons. Let’s just hope the character gets drawn up with a little more taste than the failed 2011 pilot for NBC. Class has been envisioned as the first film in a new trilogy, with Matthew Vaughn and Bryan Singer confirmed to return to direct and produce the first sequel), it can focus its energies on the alternate future timeline that comes to collide with that of the X-Men we’ve already seen on the big screen. With that alternate future, Bishop is a harbinger of some substantial struggle, which the X-Men living in the regular timeline arguably could have foregone, so an appearance from the character could make for some great inner conflict amongst Xavier’s team.
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One of the few (and only?) elderly female characters in the Marvel universe to maintain some kind of power, Madame Web is a telepathic, clairvoyant, and precognitive mutant. The grandmother of the fourth Spider-Woman, Charlotte Witter, Web is one of the most enigmatic and interesting characters in the SpiderMan comic book series. Considering that she’s paralyzed and blind, she might not make for the best character to cast in a title role, but it might be cool to see her play a supporting role confusing Spider-Man with some cryptic messages about the future.
A former businessman that loathed Bruce Wayne and his father, after he was forced to give up his company to Wayne Enterprises, Roman Sionis adopted his new identity as the crime lord Black Mask and assembled dozens of criminals into what he referred to as the False Face Society. Even forced by his parents to become friends with Bruce as a child, Sionis’s history with Wayne would make for undeniable plot fodder in a future Batman film.
Maybe when Fox is done pumping money out of the success of X-Men: First Class (First
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It may be alarming to find out that, until 1988, the depiction of homosexuals in North American comic books was strictly forbidden. Fortunately, since that time, many comic books, mainstream and alternative, have– to varying degrees and to various responses– begun to work queer characters into their comics. Perhaps one of the most well known incidence of this was in 2001, when the Green Lantern introduced an out central character. Green Lantern further treaded new ground by having a two-part series depicting antigay violence on an out character, and the effects of that. In support of the character, the Green Lantern says that homosexuality is not a sin. While this was a big step, it was met by an outpouring of readers expressing their distaste of issues of the LGBT community being expressed in the comic. The instance is notable also because it is such a rare occurrence. “At least as far as mainstream superhero stuff goes, it’s very controlled and very rare to see something there,” said Chris Butcher, the manager of the Beguiling, a comic book store in Toronto with a prominent collection of queer comics, something which Butcher says the store has long supported. “Superheroes participate in their way, but there are a ton of queer readers and they want to see their lives reflected in the material they read.” But while there are pushes to include more queer topics and characters, and progress has been made since the late ‘80s, it is still something which could use some more work. “There’s a lot of pressure on superhero publishers to represent them,” Butcher continued. “That’s great and they should keep that pressure up for sure, but ultimately I think superhero publishers see their audience as straight white men and anything outside of that is going to be very special […] Until the heads of those publishers change, I don’t think it’s going to change.” Brian Andersen is a queer comic book writer who works out of California. Many of his books focus on queer characters and deal with themes of interest or importance to the queer community. Part of Andersen’s work does include creating superhero comics which address queer themes which many major publishers ignore. “My goal has always been to create superhero-ish themed comic books that anyone could pick up and enjoy, whether you’re LGBT, straight, adult, young, fat, skinny, old, questioning, or a creature from a neighboring solar system,” he said. “It’s extremely important for me to have queer themes in my work. And not just queer themes but positive queer themes,” he said. “And on top of positive queer
Female portrayal in comics has alwa hotly debated topic. With the Avengers m out there seems to be one question in part around: what is the purpose of Scarlett Johan ter Black Widow, if not just eye candy? The bigger issue here though seems to b objectification and violence against female acters. Whether it’s Batwoman being shot or the “boob windows” on female superhe costumes, it seems that women just can’t male gaze. Kelsi Morris a fourth year University o student suggests that the problem may stem of female writers and artists in the comic co “I’ve heard it said that the worst enemy of w ics is bad writing,” said Allanah Vokes, a second comic fan. “Wonder Woman is a good example Vokes explained that Wonder Women is on female characters who exist on Women in Ref website created by Gail Simone, one of Wond writers. “[Women in Refrigerators] is pretty much women in comics who have been treated poorly mindboggling how many female characters have thing terrible happen to them,” said Vokes. “No male characters don’t have that, but they ten back a lot faster. “ While few improvements have been m der Woman, Vokes’ favourite character, Bat been making progress. “Batwoman is the only character that is both really well written. She was originally just a love of Batman back in the 60s and 70s, and then w rebooted they completely changed her character a lesbian and she has an awesome back story.” Vokes attributes this to the current writer of J.H Williams III, whose illustrations are actuall proportioned– there’s no exaggeration of T&A.
themes I strive to have out, proud, happy, queer characters who are the main stars in my books.” If queer comics are your bag, or something you want to find out more about, this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival is going to have a strong focus on queer comics and queer comic book creators. Check out torontocomics.com for more info.
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Though this seems to be an improvement, there is also the argument that making Batwoman a lesbian could be seen as another one of DC’s ploys to eroticize female characters in order to appeal to the young male demographic. Not only have females been poorly represented in comics and graphic novels but there also exists a stigmatism surrounding women who read comics. “Whenever I tell someone I like Batman they assume I’m talking about the movies, or if I tell them I like comics they either don’t believe me or they think I’m saying it just to be more appealing,” said Morris. Though Vokes commented that her experiences at The Dragon (a comic store in Guelph) have always been positive ones, Morris was subjected to a less-than-friendly experience. “I was looking for a specific volume of The Flash, and I couldn’t find it so I asked [one of the female managers at The Dragon] to order it in for me. When they called me to pick it up it was a different guy and he didn’t believe it was for me,” said Morris. “He thought I was buying it for someone else, and asked if I was buying it for my boyfriend and then proceeded to quiz me about my knowledge of The Flash.” Morris attributes this attitude to the content of the very comics she enjoys. “I think this stems from what [male readers] are seeing in the material and how women are treated in comics,” said Morris. “I don’t even think it’s really recognized as a problem.” One thing is for certain, if the comic book community wants to attract a larger female readership they’re going to have to make some changes to the way they treat women in their comics.
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iteration of both in a decade– as well as more in the second X-Men franchise. Superhero movies are so popular and so profitable that, when you exhaust your ideas with one franchise, you just hire new people and start again. DC Comics is also a big fan of starting again. In 2011, they made headlines by announcing that all of their then-current serials would end, with 52 titles (“The New 52”) taking their place. They included all of their most popular characters– Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, to name a few– and even restarted original titles like Action Comics and Detective Comics which had restarted their numbering since their inceptions in the 1930s. It’s a fresh start for DC, and was a great move in getting new people to start reading their comics. You can just jump right in at the new #1s and be up to date. Last is the new AMC show Comic Book Men, produced by Kevin Smith. The show, which is currently in its first season, is a reality show that follows the daily workings of a comic book store in New Jersey. Comic store employees don’t have the best reputation, but Comic Book Men makes them a bit more likeable and relatable.
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While patently indicative of faculties that are beyond our grasp, superpowers are often presented to us as exhibited by characters that we are intended to imagine could exist in the same world as our own. As a consequence, superpowers have to make sense. We need to be able to relate superpowers back to the scientific conditions of our own world in order to entertain the characters that exhibit them.
Inspired by Spider-Man’s ability to traverse Manhattan blocks at a time, in a heavily math-laden academic journal titled “How Does Spider-Man Move So Fast,” Ben Tippett analyzed the elasticity of SpiderMan’s webbing fiber in 2010. Tippett’s findings showed that if Spider-Man’s webbing maintained a constant length throughout the duration of a swing, his average horizontal velocity would not be enough to justify his decision to forego taking a cab or the subway. He ascertains that Spider-Man clearly uses the elastic properties of his webbing to achieve a higher average velocity. From this information, he is able to project that Spider-Man’s web filaments must immediately constrict upon tethering to a surface, and that in order to do so, the webbing must start out as some variation of a stretched spring. Furthermore, this must require some rapid chemical reaction to occur upon emerging from Spiderman’s web shooters (or wrists, depending on what school you follow).
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The Flash’s legwork
According to some work by Jim Kakalios, a University of Minnesota physics professor that served as a scientific consultant for the upcoming film The Amazing Spider-Man, the Flash would have to consume 150 million cheeseburgers in order to run at the speed of light, or 300,000 km per second. Concerned by the fact that the faster we run, the more oxygen we need to breathe in order to convert sugars and carbs into energy, a student of Kakaalios analyzed whether or not Flash would use all the Earth’s oxygen attempting to do so, ultimately finding that the Flash could run for at the speed of light for two million years before using it all up. But it is important to note that Kakalios and his student’s work were based on the realities experienced by standard human beings. Perhaps Flash has a lesser-known superpower that allows him to maximize his body’s intake of calories and oxygen that allows
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gryphons claim silver at national championships.
and Tommy Lecours. All helped add to the final Gryphon medal The well-travelled and highly count of three gold, eight silver, successful track and field team and two bronze. returned home this week after an Gryphon coach Chris Moulton eventful weekend in Winnipeg was pleased with the end result, for the CIS national champion- but couldn’t help thinking of what ship meet. might have been. Held at the University of Manito“In our sport, in my mind, ba, the Gryphons finished second there’s a fairly big gap between overall in both the male and fe- first and second and what it means. male divisions. That gap was not so large in the The women found gold in the women’s events – Windsor and 4x800 relay thanks to the talents Guelph were tied for the lead going of Lydia Frost, Nadine Frost, Gen- into the last event; Windsor would evieve Lalonde, and Rachel Aubry. emerge the victor. The men, deThe women would also add five spite the great effort, came up a silver medals from Sarah Pierce, little short to Western in the final Andrea Secaffien, Erika Fiedler, standings,” said Moulton. “I guess Julia Wallace and Rachel Aubry. bittersweet is probably the best The men earned two gold, one way to put it.” While placing second overall in from Tim Hendry in the shot put, and one from Tommy Lecours in both the male and female divisions the 1000m. Lecours broke the is nothing to be disappointed in, CIS championship record with the coach looks ahead to the posa time of 2:22.09. Individual sil- sibility of reclaiming the crown ver medals were taken home by next year. Ross Proudfoot, Tim Henry and “We’re 364 days away, and I Patrick Dufresne, with bronze wish [next year’s championmedals from Allan Brett and the ships] were tomorrow,” he said. 4x800 relay team of Matt MacDon- With the ending of several senior ald, Steve Holmes, Benoit Boulay team members’ careers at the
The gryphons track and field team placed second at the canadian national championships in winnepeg over the weekend #gryphpride
Moulton also thanks Guelph university level, the Gryphons, coming weeks and will also send like their facilities, will be under- athletes to the North and Central Athletics’ support staff for orgoing a transition in the coming American championships in Mex- ganizing the logistics of the trip, year. Moulton and the rest of the ico later this year. allowing for the team to focus on coaching staff will look to a strong With the abundance of nation- what it does best – competing. recruiting class to help add depth ally elite athletes and Olympic “You always want to strive for hopefuls in the Gryphon pro- the best,” said Moulton. With next to the Gryphon roster. However, the bittersweet finish gram, the team should have little year’s championships in Alberin Winnipeg will not be the end of difficulty rebounding from the ta, Guelph will strive to claim the some athletes’ seasons. The Gry- second place finish in the national crown that was narrowly lost this phons will send athletes to the championships. year. You can guarantee the team’s world university cross country “It was a great experience for our 364 day countdown until then is championships in Poland in the team,” said Moulton. already well underway.”
gryphons in history
Published in The Ontarion on October 12, 1976. University of Guelph student and horseman’s society club member, Dianne Quarrier shows off her first place ribbon at the society’s first ever horse show at the U of G. The show was a great success overall and brought in competitors from the surrounding Guelph area, as well as “Oakville and Mount Forest.” With a wide range of events including “Western and English games, pleasure horse classes and jumping” there was sure to be something for everyone, and certainly plenty of action for spectators.
SPORTS & HEALTH
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nfL commissioner Roger Goodell will be looking to make an example of the new Orleans Saints, who offered cash incentives to players for injuring their opposition
By now, even the most casual sports fan has heard of the most recent NFL scandal. It has been alleged that former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams and as many as 27 defensive players ran a bounty system between 2009 and 2011, offering cash rewards to defensive players for making big plays. Such cash bribes led to the injuring of high profile players from opposing teams including the likes of Brett Favre, Kurt Warner and Aaron Rodgers. The amount of money players received was determined by the severity of the injury caused. Players would purportedly receive $1000 when an opposing player had to be carted off of the field, and $1500 if the injured player was unable to return to the game. As well, apparently the prices rose with the importance of the game. While receiving cash incentives for making important plays, like causing a turnover or sacking a quarterback definitely isn’t new to the NFL, this is the first time a team has ever been caught offering players money to cause physical harm to their opponents at this scale. Does that mean this is the first time a bounty system has ever been put in place in an NFL locker room? Probably not. Is this the last time that a bounty system will be used in the NFL? I don’t think so. At this point in the league’s history, violent behaviour like this is likely engrained too deeply into the sport to fully eradicate it, but don’t be surprised if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell makes an example of Williams and the Saints. Since being appointed commissioner, Goodell has placed a much greater emphasis on player safety, striving to reduce violence in the NFL by imposing heavy fines and suspensions for hits deemed exceedingly violent. After putting such an emphasis on player safety in recent years, you can expect that he will penalize the Saints as severely as possible. It has been speculated that the Saints will be punished through loss of draft picks, fines, and suspensions; a hefty price considering it is almost a guarantee that the Saints are not the first team to ever use a bounty system, and they won’t be the last. In my opinion, however, it’s important to send a message to the rest of the league, and I think using an extremely popular team like the Saints as an example is what is necessary to do so. Using a high profile team like the Saints sends the message that everyone will be held accountable for their actions. Obviously football is intrinsically a violent sport just because
of the nature of the game and that shouldn’t change. But there is no room for exaggerated violence such as this in any team sport, especially during the concussion epidemic that contact sports like
football and hockey are presently dealing with. Players put their bodies at risk day in and day out for their teams, but at no point should that risk be increased by a reckless player looking to earn a quick buck.
The dL on guelph’s ultimate frisbee club
The Guelph ultimate Frisbee club is a team of students that compete at both a provincial and national level, and aim to compete in the Canadian University Ultimate Championship. If you are looking for a less competitive crowd, the club also has room for students who just want to practice or learn how to play ultimate Frisbee, just for the fun of it. With spring approaching and the weather becoming more compatible, one might think that club members would be gearing up to head back outdoors, but it turns out that this isn’t the case. “[Actually] our official outdoor season is only during the fall,” said club president, Jill Guerra. “Currently we have members enrolled in indoor leagues with Guelph Ultimate Players Association (GUPA) which keeps us in shape, otherwise, you’ll start to see us out on Johnston [Green] tossing a Frisbee around once the weather is nicer.” Despite the lack of competitive opposition, the club seems content with enjoying the opportunity to play Frisbee in Guelph while it lasts. “[Frisbee] has the optimal balance between being competitive, physically challenging and highly social,” said Guerra on why she was passionate about the sport. “We have as much fun off the field as we do on it. We also have a strong link between the men’s and women’s team so when we aren’t competing competitively we travel for co-ed tournaments where we
have a ridiculously fun time,” said Guerra. A particularly interesting aspect of ultimate Frisbee club is what Guerra calls the “spirit of the game.” Since the sport has no referees, “spirit of the game” is implemented, a system built on sportsmanship. The players are trusted to have impartial judgment and are expected to make fair calls for both teams, so it is ensured that the game is fair and fun. “I really think spirit of the game is something ingrained in the sport,” states Guerra. We practice hard, we play hard and we want to win but we do it with as much integrity as possible,” she adds. “It’s empowering to know that you’re winning games because you are a better player and not because you got away with a cheap shot behind the referees back.” As for the future of the club and its sport, Guerra believes Ultimate Frisbee is exploding.
“Since 2008 we’ve had a substantial increase in the number of people coming out for tryouts,” said Guerra, who also mentioned that the number of students trying out for the team has almost doubled since then. Along with this explosion, Guerra has a goal in mind for the club to achieve. “We are continuing to try and become a varsity recognized sport,” said Guerra, trying to follow other university ultimate Frisbee teams, like Queens or Ottawa. “We have been in discussion with our athletic department but as it stands now we’ll remain a club team [for the next couple of years],” said Guerra. This does not seem to affect the club too badly however, as ultimately the team is perfectly content with the returning warm weather and are counting down the days until they can compete for nationals again.
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SPORTS & HEALTH
organic optimism: how to choose organic foods on a student budget
and on a tight budget, there are still There have been more than 40 difsimple means that make sense to ferent pesticides found on apples, The ever-increasing obesity ep- improve and support the move- so peeling away the skin may not idemic that our world is facing ment towards sustainable farming. even cut it for this fruit. Keep in has many searching for simple Organic food tends to be pricey. mind that many important nutrisolutions. Fad diets, weight loss This is a fact that is reinforced every ents reside beneath and in the skin supplements, liposuction – the time we step into a grocery store of a fruit, so peeling away this pro“quick fix” list is infinite. Nutri- and compare prices of convention- tective layer will also significantly tionists preach healthy eating al versus organic produce. While lower the health benefits the fruit and exercise to being the basis of students on a budget may find it may offer. This is not to say that you a healthy lifestyle, yet the term difficult to make the switch from should never again eat a non-or“healthy” can be interpreted on the reduced sale priced lettuce ganic apple – it simply emphasizes a much deeper level. Perhaps to expensive organically grown, that going organic for this fruit may “healthy” means more than just a there are other less expensive be the best choice when determinstate of complete physical, mental ways we can support the move- ing which fruits are beneficial on a and social well-being. ment towards a greener future of consumer-only level to choose to Being healthy can encompass a agriculture. purchase au naturel. vast variety of aspects. Nutritious A list consisting of twelve foods, Topping the list for leafy vegeeating can also mean sensible for deemed the “dirty dozen,” are tables in the “dirty dozen” is the the environment and this idea those which, when non-organical- often-feared spinach. Although leads to a hotly discussed topic: ly grown, gave positive tests for at high in iron and very beneficial organic foods. The alternate way least 47 different chemicals. These for your health, conventionally of producing organic food is one are the foods that, when choos- grown spinach takes the podithat is debated, and also gives the ing organic, should be at the top of um with a whopping 50 different consumer a voice to their opinion. your list. A favourite healthy snack pesticide residues. Go organic for While it may be difficult to deter- is one that may be worth the or- this leafy green and know that your mine an exact (and firm) standpoint ganic switch – the apple. This tree red blood cells are thanking you on this matter, for those who are fruit came in the top spot of the for the iron you feed them – they somewhat ambiguous to the issue dirty dozen for numerous years. will repay you with higher energy
levels and proper immune function. Some other foods worth the switch to organic include bell peppers, nectarines, lettuce, blueberries and others which do not have a thick, natural barrier against the harsh chemicals used to keep them healthy and looking beautiful. Now that you’ve familiarized yourself with some examples of the dirty dozen, check out the choices of produce on which you can save a few bucks by buying conventional. The “clean fifteen” are those that according to the Environmental Working Group, contain little to no hints of pesticides and are safe to consume in the conventional form. These foods are unlikely to cause harm to the consumer, often due to the thick layer of natural protection that reduces the penetration of sprays. This includes fruits such as watermelon, pineapples, corn, cantaloupes and cabbages, to name a few. Through these foods, you can still get all the great health benefits without needing to worry about pesticides. Environmentally speaking, of course, there is still a significant benefit of choosing these when they are organically grown.
Although organic foods may be slightly more costly, E. Ann Clark, emeritus associate professor of plant agriculture at the University of Guelph, has some great tips for students still wanting to purchase organic foods other than those listed in the “dirty dozen”. “As far as the budget goes, buying in bulk, buying in season, canning and freezing and making from scratch, can essentially override the higher cost of most, if not all, organic foodstuffs,” explains Clark. “At its heart, [organic agriculture] is designing systems to address problems at source – the actual cause, rather than what most of what we do in agriculture today, which is fixing symptoms, without addressing the actual cause.” Resolving issues at the source may be the solution to many environmental problems the world is facing today and the same goes for health issues. The environmental, as well as health benefits of making the switch to certain organic foods can outweigh the costs, and little conscious changes in diet will result in overall better health and a more enjoyable life.
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snoring: more than just a nighttime annoyance?
It can put a major strain on any relationship, especially roommates. We can choose who we allow to share our bed with, but for most of us our roommate assignments in residence are completely random. A particularly bad snoring problem can keep others awake throughout the night, causing irritability and anger that can put a strain on any friendship. Sufferers of snoring don’t tend to suffer either, it’s usually whoever shares they’re sleeping space that has to deal with it. According to a national survey by Lefer Marketing in 2008, 73 per cent of women and 58 per cent of men report having a partner who snores. Melanie Harding, who has written before for the Guelph Student Life website on the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, commented on how getting enough sleep and being well rested is an incredibly important component of succeeding in academics and other aspects of your life. Some don’t find it very easy to bring up the topic though, especially if it’s a roommate you’ve only known for a few months, but with final exams right around the corner this is an especially important time for students to be able to have a regenerating night’s sleep, so speak up! Harding stresses that being honest and tactful is probably the most effective way of bringing it up. “Let the person know that their snoring is disturbing your sleep and try to come up with a
solution together (i.e. earplugs, nose strips, sleeping position, etc.)” said Harding. She knows from experience that when someone is snoring right next to you, it can cause you to lay awake all night and be very tired in the morning. So be honest, respectful and willing to work with them to find a solution! Snoring, caused by the vibration of the respiratory structures during breathing, is usually made worse by sickness causing obstruction of the nasal passageway. As well, relaxants like alcohol and drugs can also relax the muscles of the throat, causing snoring. There are a number of different methods available to alleviate snoring, from nasal strips to surgical procedures, but snoring can also be indicative of a more serious disorder called sleep apnea, usually afflicting overweight individuals (but not always!). Remember, don’t be afraid to visit the health services or talk to your health provider if your snoring is concerning you or others.
This year’s canadian national championship rugby team– your guelph gryphons– were recently invited to the national Invitational university 7s rugby championships where they demonstrated their dominance and prowess on the field. The team outscored their opponents 205-0 and went undefeated throughout the tournament, giving them their second national championship title. The tournament was held in Langford, british columbia with players caitlin beaton, britt benn, bethany chekay, daria keane, Jane kirby, morganne Linthwaite, katie mcnally, Jacey murphy, brittany Priddle and sharon rafferty, making the trip out west to compete. “while there were only five teams in the event this year, coach mcauley hopes that the other canadian universities will see the benefit that this event provides for both the development of the 7s game in canada and for individual player development,” reports gryphons.ca. each of the 10 team members brought their own individual talents to the tournament, helping the team to secure the title once again.
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Photoshop tip: tilt shift
This fad effect is much more simple than it appears, and does not require the most recent version of Photoshop. The only real challenge when creating a tilt shift image, is picking an image where the effect will have an impact. I find that landscape images work especially well when they include people or objects and are taken from an elevated point of view. Begin with your chosen image, it can be of a landscape or portrait orientation, as long as it is well focused. Capture motion images will not translate well. From the menu bar select: Filterà Blur à Lens Blur. Play with the adjustments to tweak the amount of blur in the image. When you are happy with the image, click OK then press: apple key D/ control D to deselect.
The magic journal
How self-reflective writing can give you power
Some of the most influential creative minds of history wrote personal journals or diaries: Louisa May Alcott, Simone de Beauvoir, Kurt Cobain, Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sylvia Plath, Mark Twain, Andy Warhol, Virginia Woolf – the list goes on, and there’s a fairly extensive one on Wikipedia. Although not all pursued careers as writers, they shared a passion for self-reflection. Between jobs, school, and socializing, many people will shrug off the suggestion of keeping a personal journal. They say that life is too busy, and that they prefer to enjoy what downtime they have. These people have unfortunately and unnecessarily tethered the act of documentation to a situation involving stress and toil. In reality, there can be something therapeutic about the exercise of writing things down. By nature, journal writing is less formal than most forms that are shared with audiences. Personal journals offer a no-to-low judgment (depending on the writer) outlet for the diarist to meditate and write about their thoughts and doings in as spontaneous manner as they see fit (handwritten journals are especially conducive to this type of writing, as editing is achieved with less ease). Writers like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac have praised (and benefited financially from) the practice of spontaneous writing for its ability to reveal to one their
The final step is to make some basic adjustments to the Curves (Image Adjustments à Curves) and Saturation (Image à Adjustments à Hue/Saturation) of your image. For curves, I suggest creating an S shape in the RGB channel:
authentic inner voice. Kerouac himself set down 30 essentials to spontaneous writing in something he called “Belief and Technique for Modern Prose.” Journal writing can also benefit one’s organizational and selfmanagement skills in a way that goes beyond the simple practice of keeping an up-to-date planner can. Self-reflection allows authors to put themselves in a self-critical mind-set, and the
practice of writing things down can allow one to document their aptitude at task-management and completion. Others have abstained from diary-type writing because they believe that it hones a skill that their career paths do not call for. But at the same time, professionaltypes like doctors, nurses, social workers, teachers, and others working in compassionate services have been encouraged to pursue reflective writing for its assumed ability to benefit one’s empathy. According to this teaching, through the practice of writing and telling stories, one can become more attuned to picking up, registering, and responding to the stories of patients and colleagues. If you’re having trouble leaving your journal at home, why not seek out a notebook size that is more convenient to travel with? Vincent van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Oscar Wilde all kept travelling journals on their person most of the time. You might as well pick a travel-friendly medium as well: at the same time as it is beneficial to immerse oneself in the practice of self-reflection, it is always important for a healthy mind to experience the world, and surround itself with voices that are not its own. After all, you’re going to want something to write about, and most of us saw how Kevin Spacey ended up in Se7en.
Enter quickmask mode by pressing the “Q” key. At this point you need to add a gradient mask over your image by using the gradient tool, the shortcut for this is “G”. To use the gradient tool, simply draw a vertical line over a portion of your image (my line was about a third of the image’s height). The gradient mask will appear on your image once you have finished drawing your line.
For saturation, drag the icon towards the positive end, increasing the color according to your liking.
Next, press the “Q” key again to release quickmask mode. At this point you will notice a marching ants selection around the areas outside of the gradient area you previously selected.
And there you have your final tilt shift scope.
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a perfect pavlova
Pavlova is a wonderfully lightweight dessert consisting of a meringue base which is generally topped with fresh cream and fruits. This is the only desert I can consistently make well. And it seems to please dinner guests. The ingredient list for this recipe is relatively short, it has a quick prep time and provides a wonderful combination of crunchy, sour, sweet and creamy. This dish is sure to impress anyone with a passion for fruit desserts. step unless confident you have whisked enough (approximately 3-5 minutes). 5 large eggs 3. Scoop onto baking sheet lined 1 C fine sugar 1-2 cups of chopped fruit and/or with wax paper and “spike” the berries meringue. This is the fun part, but whipped cream don’t play with it too much or the meringue will lose its oomph. DeInstructions: pending on how many layers you want to make your pavlova, di1. Preheat oven to 300F vide the meringue up accordingly. 2. Whisk egg whites in a large About an inch and a half in height bowl until they form stiff peaks and will allow for it to cook evenly. slowly add sugar. Test by tentative4. Bake for one hour, checking in ly flipping the bowl upside down. If periodically. Check to see if its done the mixture stays put, you’re good with a toothpick. If there’s goo on to go. Note: do not proceed to this the end of the toothpick, it’s not Ingredients:
sex geek: sexual communication
Despite being surrounded by sex all the time and being able to talk pretty openly about it, it can be incredibly daunting to talk about your own sexual needs, desires, or interests. And the more personal it gets– when you talk about how something effects you emotionally, physically, spiritually, whatever the case may be– the more difficult it becomes to talk about. Today I’ve got some suggestions for different ways to communicate with your partner when it comes to sex. the “hands off” conversation: While there are a lot of ideas that you might be able to bring up in the heat of the moment, there are certain topics that you need to address before starting to fool around. Unfortunately, as much as we may try, it can be difficult to fully capture what you’re trying to communicate when our reptile brain is going “SEX!” So, for any discussions around setting boundaries (what is it that you’re okay with your partner doing or more importantly, what are you not okay with them doing), physical limitations (any injuries or mobility issues that might cause pain/discomfort that you partner needs to know about), or triggers (certain words or actions that can cause some negative reactions for a variety of different reasons) among others need to be communicated in a hands-off kind of manner. The “sexy suggestion”: Is there something that you’re just dying for your partner to try? A nonthreatening suggestion could be made once you’ve turned up the heat. It might be whispering to them, moaning action requests, or gently guiding them to a particular area. Make sure that you communicate with them if you liked it. It’s an awesome confidence booster to know that you’ve made your partner feel good, and it helps to make sure that they know it’s something you’d love to try again. The “dirty talk fantasy reveal”: dirty talk, or sexually explicit communication, seems to be a point of discomfort among many of my peers but it can inject some fantasy or excitement into otherwise routine sex. It can also be a good time to bring up a fantasy. It doesn’t guarantee that your partner necessarily shares the same desires, but it’s a lower-risk way of disclosing your fantasy world. You might find that what you say to your partner becomes incredibly arousing to them.
ready. Pavlova should be dry and crisp, depending on what you like. On days where I’m more impatient, I allow for the pavlova to be a bit more chewy. Note: on rainy days it may be harder to achieve crispy perfection, as the humidity in the air is too high. 5.Place the meringue base on your platter of choice, and throw it all together. Layering the pavlova with cream and berries until it looks ready to eat! (Cut the pavlova as you would a cake.) Enjoy after a heavy meal on a hot day. Perfection.
“is there something that you’re just dying for your partner to try? A nonthreatening suggestion could be made once you’ve turned up the heat.”
Keep in mind, if you bring up something a little out of your typical repertoire like bringing in other partners or engaging in rough sex play, you’re going to need a “hands off “conversation before you actually go through with it. Just because your partner seems into the idea of your friend joining you two in bed doesn’t mean you have permission to invite them home with you. Find out where your partner stands on the issue outside of the heat of the moment if you want to experiment. The “post-game replay”: While it might not look the same for all couples, the time spent together after sex can be a chance to debrief and regroup. This is also the perfect time for you to encourage what you really enjoyed your partner doing, and what you might be interested in trying another time. If you going to offer them some constructive criticism try to frame it between two good things so it doesn’t feel like an attack or a complaint, but rather some kind of collaborative effort to improve your sexual experiences.
beth’s craft corner
Make your own upside down tomato planter
Now that warmer weather has arrived, I can hardly wait to get out there and garden. I have just one problem: I don’t actually have a yard. If you are living in a place without property, or good growing conditions, don’t worry! Container gardening is the perfect solution for people who like fresh produce, but don’t have the space to put in a full vegetable bed. There are lots of containers sold at hardware stores and garden centres, but they are often bulky and expensive. This craft is so compact it could fit under your porch light, and it will hardly cost you a thing. you will need: Milk or juice jug Note: For this craft, you must use a plastic jug– not a carton. The best kind is usually a milk jug or Tropicana type that has a handle. String Hole punch Soil Tomato plant how to make it: Remove the cap from the milk jug and thoroughly wash it with soap and water. With your scissors cut the base off of the milk jug.
Take the hole punch and make thread the stem through the spout two holes on opposite sides of the of the jug, so the roots are inside jug. Thread a piece of string through the container. Holding the jug upboth holes and secure with a knot. side down, carefully fill it with soil. Choosing your tomato: You may find it’s easier to water it There are dozens of varieties of as you go so the soil stays close totomatoes, all with different shapes, gether. Hang it on the corner of your colours, flavours and sizes. For this porch that gets the most sun, and craft however, it’s best to use a wait for the plant to do its work. dwarf variety such as Patio, Tumbler, Sweet Million or early fruit producers such as Early Girl. Since you are growing your plants upside down, you don’t want your plants to get too big. There are also a lot of online tips for pruning and tomato care. When you buy your tomato, it’s best to buy a smaller plant in a cell pack (a pack of four). This is because it will be smaller, and less likely to get damaged as you make your craft. When you have the tomato,
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a selection of sandwiches
Regardless of race, religion or ethnicity, all of us are connected through our love of sandwiches. It’s the human condition. Perhaps the most perfect food invention of all time, the sandwich is infinitely adaptable and can accommodate any meal or diet. But some of my favourite sandwich fillings you won’t be finding at Quiznos any time soon, but they’re still pretty damn fantastic. Worth trying The first is liverwurst or liver sausage. A paste made primarily of liver– pig is the most common, but also chicken, veal and beef are sometimes used. While meats in tubes aren’t always so visually appetizing, the contents here differ only slightly from most partythrown-by-mom-and-dad pâtés, just without the jelly on top. Spread it on a cracker and see. Or, better still, some untoasted bread with a lot of salt, cucumber and salad cream. (Salad cream cannot be replaced with mayonnaise. It could be an article in itself, but instead just trust me and buy some.) Another fine, if uncommon, sandwich ingredient is tongue. Tongue
has waned a great deal in popularity since the war ration days (when it came in tins and lasted forever). Tongue nowadays is best bought pre-cooked and deli sliced. The only place I’ve seen it in Guelph is from the Hungarian folks who sell various meats at the Farmer’s Market, and theirs might be the best I’ve ever had. Third, and perhaps the most uniformly reviled and misunderstood, is headcheese. Kind of a misnomer, headcheese contains no cheese at all. It does include plenty of head
though. The head and face meat (and face meat– especially the cheeks– is a delicacy) are cooked and removed from the skull in pieces (oh yeah) and then put into a mold which is then filled with aspic, a jelly usually made by boiling bones and cartilage (mmm). It is then unmolded, sliced and consumed. It’s not for everyone, and if the texture of aspic turns you off then pass on the headcheese, but if you’re into new things and can handle a bit of jelly on your sandwich, then go for it. It is far tastier than its name might imply.
gadget review: nintendo 3ds
Just recently, I was given the chance to experiment with a Nintendo 3DS. Despite Nintendo’s ability to bring back priceless childhood memories of gaming with its previous devices (primarily due to its lacking hardware components) I found the 3DS to be a poorly executed product. Game Boy advanced, its plastic felt cheap and did not feel comfortable or grip too well in my hands. Also, this plastic, combined with an already lightweight device, did not allow the 3DS to establish its presence in my hands as I was holding it. Put quite simply, it was an uninspiring product design. Besides the material of the product itself, the experience of the 3D hardware feature was half-baked. While you will notice that the graphics are indeed 3D, the screen is too small to allow you to fully appreciate it. Not to mention, you have to keep the screen at a certain angle and distance from your eyes, otherwise it becomes blurry. It was annoying to have to pause the game every time I would move my hand at the slightest or readjust the angle of my body. This also takes away from the social experience of the device; I found that I had to turn 3D mode off in order to share what was going on in the game to friends crowding around the device. Finally, as the biggest set-back, similar to a movie being turned into 3D to generate a quick buck, I felt the 3D experience for the gaming device to be an unoriginal feature and really the only thing separating the 3DS from its DS
Three simple steps to a successful fashion shoot, courtesy of syd: open your mouth, look disinterested, and rent a wind machine. The first two are optional.
st. Patrick’s day
All-in-all St. Patrick is responsible for bringing Catholicism to Ireland. What about this makes him a man so accepted and celebrated in our culture? I think it has mainly to do with the matter that people simply want another reason to party, but to those who know his story I would argue that he made an impact because he lived out his Catholic faith so vividly. He was not a condemning man, but a forgiving one who instead of demanding compensation from those who enslaved him, brought them compassion instead. Instead of hating them, he loved them. I believe that the Catholic Church in Ireland acknowledged this when they established his feast day and that the Irish immigrants who brought it to our land also saw that Patrick was a Christian role model that the world should know. In the end St. Patrick is a man worth celebrating. His impact on Ireland and indeed the world was extremely great, but his greatness only came from his faith without which he would have never done thing great things he had done. So this Saturday while celebrating remember the man for whom the day is named, remember his deeds, and try to live out just some of St. Patrick’s life.
“i felt the 3d experience for the gaming device to be an unoriginal feature and really the only thing separating the 3dS from its dS predecessor”
The hardware components of the Nintendo 3DS did not excite me. Unlike the firmer materials of the Game Boy Colour and
predecessor– which I don’t think stePhen Van erVe is worth it. As a final note, the stylus This coming Saturday will be a day hardware component felt too of great celebration. Many people primitive. At times, it was an- will be partying with their friends noying to have to pull out the and having a good time, as peostylus when I am so used to using ple dress in green and share in the my fingers to interact with most Irish enthusiasm of St. Patrick’s devices. A stylus made me think Day. So, what made this Patrick less of Nintendo’s ability to keep fellow so great to be remembered up with changes in the consumer by so many people now, 1500 years electronics landscape. after his death? Patrick was not a There were, however, some as- great king, politician, or war hero. pects that I enjoyed. First off, the He was a Catholic missionary. game play experience was exPatrick began his life in England traordinary. Mario Kart 7 was just growing up in a Roman Chrisas much fun as ever and likewise tian household. At a young age with many of the other games he was captured from his home I had a chance to play on the and taken into slavery in Ireland. device. The charging dock was While in Ireland, he experienced superior; I liked just placing the many of the brutalities of slavery, 3DS inside of the dock and not but more importantly he came to having to plug a USB cable into love those who held him captive a device for once. and the Celtic people as a whole. All and all, the Nintendo 3DS Upon escaping, Patrick sought out featured a poorly crafted product religious training in France and design, a lacking 3D experience, was eventually ordained a priest. and should not have included a Through a dream, he felt a calling stylus. This ruined the user ex- back to Ireland to evangelize the perience for me and did not allow people there and Patrick returned me to enjoy the product. While to the land which once held him the game play was just as fun as captive and began preaching the ever, I did not see the point in Gospel to the men and women of purchasing the device as com- Ireland. It was during this time pared to its predecessor. The 3DS that many of the events that St. was a poorly executed product Patrick is remembered for ocand did not provide me with a curred and his great fame was run for my money. established.
When my roommates and I first decided to go away together for reading week, we never expected the experience to leave such a lasting impression. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that seeks to eliminate substandard housing. The University of Guelph chapter runs reading week trips every year to the United States and South America. After waiting hours in line to sign up for a spot on a trip, our hopes of going to Louisiana were quickly forgotten as we frantically scrambled to sign up for a trip all three of us could go on together and we approached the Jacksonville, Fla. trip table and signed up. Though it was never our first choice, we really couldn’t have asked for a better trip. Limited funding has usually been the factor stopping me from going away for reading week. That and, as an environmentalist,
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my experiences with habitat for humanity
“Some of the volunteers we worked with couldn’t believe we were spending our break volunteering. Others thanked us for coming.”
travelling a long way to be there for only a week seemed counterintuitive. Though it might seem like a strange concept that you pay to volunteer, the experience is entirely worth it. Whole trips expenses can be subsidized by fundraising and college PDRs and if you’re going to travel a lot you family to receive a college edumay as well do something useful cation. The more I learned about while you’re away. Beaches Habitat, the happier I was The sense of community was that we had signed up for Jackapparent from the moment we sonville. The Guelph chapter has arrived in Jacksonville, aided by been going to Jacksonville since a 24-hour car ride of bonding. On 1993, and has since expanded to our first day we were greeted by include Texas, Alabama, Missisthe staff at Beaches Habitat, and sippi, Louisiana and two trips to learned about their mission to South America. break the cycle of poverty. When Some of the volunteers we you think of Habitat for Humanity, worked with couldn’t believe we building new houses for people were spending our break volunmay be the only thing that comes teering. Others thanked us for to mind. In Jacksonville, educa- coming, and spoke very highly tion programs are another way of the students they have become of helping people break out of accustomed to getting every year. poverty. Afterschool programs The work could be harder some help kids to stay focused on their days, but it was never to the point education, with support from the that we stopped enjoying ourstaff. The incentive-based pro- selves. The lovely weather and gram motivates better grades and the beach definitely didn’t hurt college preparation courses help- in making our trip all the more ing students receive housing work enjoyable. When we were off the towards an education they may work site, we had time to visit not have previously considered. the beach and for a day trip to For some students in the pro- a beautiful historical town, St. gram, they will be the first in their Augustine. The people working and volunteering at Beaches Habitat in Jacksonville were wonderful. Most of us on the Jacksonville trip had considered other trip destinations as our first choice. Whether it was because Florida was somewhere we had already been, or we had wanted to be somewhere we could celebrate Mardi Gras. All things considering, the Habitat volunteers, and the community of Jacksonville all have a special place in our hearts. I arrived home with friends I hope to always stay in touch with, as every single person on my trip was wonderful. If the idea of a reading week trip where you can meet interesting and kind people, while doing something worthwhile appeals to you, I highly recommend a trip with Habitat for Humanity. For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s University of Guelph chapter you can email habitat@ uoguelph.ca to learn more about participating in a build.
Preparing for a job interview
Some steps to help you get ready both physically and mentally for that career defining conversation
Deron had the jitters but he is becoming more confident about managing his job interviews. It has been a lot of hard work to get to this position! He has a job interview lined up. He stands a very good chance at earning the job if he can present to the interviewers the way he does normally in his day-to-day work and in the same fashion as his interview rehearsal. He did a superb job on his cover letter and resume, taking some information out of the first draft while retaining its strength in demonstrating how he fit with their requirements. The original version was fine but, like a lot of applicants, he wrote the letter and resume to get the job instead of writing them to get the interview. The former approach results in having very little to say in the interview, because it was all said in the resume. Deron is far less nervous about going for this interview than past interviews. In a previous interview, one of the panellists asked if he was ill. It was for a summer job and he said he was so fearful that “he could feel his face almost burning off.” He said the same thing happens to him whenever he has to give a presentation. Over the last few weeks, one of his top priorities has been to work on feeling calm when he gets to the interview. To start, Deron went to a local yoga studio and in one session the yoga instructor showed him how deep breathing calms the mind. He has been practicing the deep breathing, three times a day, every day. Along with the deep breathing, he has been saying the word calm as he relaxes. Now he actually finds that if he says that word “calm” to himself in other situations, he actually feels calmer. In this interview, if he feels panicky, he can say the word “calm” to himself and he is sure that it will be enough to unlock his mind and correctly answer the question. For the last three months, Deron has also been practicing another strategy borrowed from Martin Seligman’s newest book entitled Flourish. Just before Deron goes to sleep each night, he writes down his three most meaningful experiences that day and why they were meaningful. It can be as simple as having a cup of coffee with a good friend, to the accomplishment of a task, to doing well on an exam. Deron says, like many others who do this process regularly, that he has “a healthy addiction to it now.” He finds that he is generally happier. Deron thinks it will help him to be more positive in the interview. Next, Deron will dress for the job. He also plans to arrive at a coffee shop or similar location, near the interview site, about 40 minutes early. That way he will not have to worry about his car breaking down or getting lost. He plans to quietly practice his deep breathing while he waits to go to the interview. He is also very prepared. He has learned about the company including reading everything he could possibly find on the web and following up with his informational interviewees. He has learned the salary range for the same job in other companies, so he is well prepared for negotiating the position in the second interview and heading off salary questions should they come up in the first. He went through the job’s qualifications and the important duties and then he cross-referenced those against his resume. He prepared a very short story, of just a few lines that illustrates how he has used this skill effectively in the past. Each story has a beginning, middle and end. He is ready for those other more challenging behavioural questions that are tied to skills such a time management, conflict management, planning, sticking to deadlines etc. He is also going to listen carefully and not feel pressure to answer questions rapidly. The advice of Paul Bailo, author of The Official Phone Interview Handbook also applies to face-to-face interviews: “Take a few seconds to understand the question, and then prepare a quality answer before simply blurting out something less intelligent. Focusing on the interviewer will take your what’s right for you. What do mind off your own jitters and ac- they need to have done, whethtually help calm you down.” er it includes you or not? What’s He is not going to think of him- the political situation in the orself going for an oral exam or an ganization? What are the things interrogation. He is going to think that are holding them up? You of himself the way Kate Wendle- may ask the hiring manager, ton, the founder of the New York ‘What’s your vision for this debased The Five O’Clock Club sug- partment going forward? What’s gested. He will pretend that he is keeping you from having this the owner of a small consulting department work the way that company meeting with a poten- you want it to work?’ Ask questial client to help the client see tions that help you to help why his company would be best this organization.” suited for the project. WendDeron has good reason to be leton says, “Pretend you have hopeful he has practical strateno stake in the outcome of this gies to manage his fear. He has meeting. That is, you’re not try- done his homework and he has ing to land an assignment. You’re rehearsed his interview several just trying to think about what is times. With a little luck he will be right for this organization, not starting a new job in a few weeks.
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monotonously recorded daily activActing as a connoisseur of judgeities, events, opinions, song lyrics, ment, gossip and social labelling, photos and meaningless “likes.” The Facebook gradually started to magic of running into someone and lose its once blinding appeal. The catching up, because you genuinely bigger picture of Facebook was had no idea what they had been up being ignored, as most people to, turned into an extinct possibil- indulged in meaningless gossip ity. This is because you were most which Facebook so easily facillikely already well informed on ev- itated on a communal platform. erything right up to how they spent As somewhat of a public journal their spring break, and what com- for everyone to pronounce upon, prised of their lunch that day– all Facebook began its transformathanks to the unfailingly resource- tion into a page which condoned ful news feed. It leaves nothing to ridiculous and uncalled for asthe imagination. The world went sumptions. Comments, “likes,” from flat, to round, to almost profile pictures, tagged photos dimension-less. and photo albums became indicators of whether person A was living a more fulfilling and exciting life versus person B. It all snowballed into one huge, out-ofcontrol, ugly popularity contest. None of it made any logical sense, as it occurred to me personally, that time could certainly be put to better use. “Facebook-ing” became a prerequisite to normal everyday activity. A session before starting daily tasks, a commitment to be logged into during daily tasks, and a ritual to be followed subsequent to daily tasks. It creepily began its journey to take over daily life, and re-define your existence, as a user of Facebook from a being on this earth. Facebook’s momentum robbed the mystery out of life’s experiences, and created a relentless need to constantly showcase every social gathering, outfit of the day, and the idiosyncrasies of living. So, I finally reached a climax after coming across two thought-provoking articles published by Time magazine: “Is Facebook Overrated?” and “What Facebook Users Share: Lower Grades,” by Anita Hamilton. As mentioned in the second article, according to a new study by doctoral candidate Aryn Karpinski of Ohio State University and her co-author Adam Duberstein of Ohio Dominican University, college students who use the social network have significantly lower grade-point averages (GPAs) than those who do not. I couldn’t help but acknowledge how Facebook had revolutionized our personal, social and professional lives. Used efficiently as a networking tool, Facebook can be greatly enriching, but for those in the general population who succumb to its flaws, it is better avoided than misused. Overall, the cons unquestionably outweighed the pros, and so it was a decision well pronounced. Now, living Facebook free, life has that thrilling spark again, while my human instincts seem to have returned to me- I blissfully live in a reality dictated by the universe, rather than an awkward combination of a HTML based virtual time warp.
my post-facebook world
why i quit the infamous social network and rejoined reality
In a nutshell, Facebook can be defined as a social network of 250 million self-loving exhibitionists. Now, it’s not wrong to revel as an exhibitionist, as long as you’re aware of your audience. Although, after a four-year-long, time consuming relationship with Facebook, and religious usage, I found myself at a crossroads with a choice of matter how trivial– with the world whether to continue as a hostage wide web. of one of the most game-changing Yet, I cannot deny the beauty companies out there, or jump off the of its basic concept. Mr. Zuckerbandwagon of the social networking berg definitely hit a pot of gold. The frenzy. I went with the latter. It was alchemy of Facebook lies in its abila trade-off I was willing to make. ity to re-connect long-lost friends, Ironically, if you do not identify relatives, make and break relationyourself as a Facebook user you may ships and friendships and act as a be labelled as a social outcast, and platform of exposure, both negafind yourself as a minute percent- tive and positive. However, it has that prospect of age of the existing population. It’s that look of confusion that washes taking the spontaneity out of life. over someone’s face when they fi- That’s exclusively why I decided nally absorb the fact that you’re not to part ways with the notoriously constantly logged on and sharing well known social media tool. Faceyour every thought and activity– no book started feeling like a matrix of
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On Mar. 5, a 30-minute video from them for service in their army. Kony 2012, Invisible Children re- camp, others are more skeptia group called Invisible Children The message of Kony 2012 and plied to some of the claims made cal of what an increased military surfaced on the web denounc- Invisible Children seems well in- against their video. According to presence in those countries would ing the at large status of Joseph tended, but almost as quickly as a “critiques” page on their web- actually result in, saying that inKony, the leader of a Ugandan the video gained popularity, it site, Invisible Children aims at tervention would almost certainly rebel group called the Lord’s Re- saw onslaughts of criticism from making Joseph Kony a household bring the deaths of child soldiers. sistance Army (LRA). It points a advocacy groups, activists, jour- name in order to gain support for For an organization that supfinger at Joseph Kony’s war crimes nalists, historians and Ugandans a request to the United States gov- posedly names itself after children and encourages viewers to spread themselves. ernment for “the deployment of that are made invisible by a vilits word with the purpose of makAccording to the Associated U.S. advisers and the provision lainous figure, it is curious that ing him a household name. Press, critics have complained that of intelligence and other support Invisible Children is in favour of an Since its first day on the In- the video “glosses over a compli- that can help locate and bring Kony intervention strategy that would ternet, the video has gone viral. cated history that made it possible to justice.” The ultimate aim is to likely result in the ultimate erasure With many having passed it onto for Kony to rise to the notoriety have Kony arrested, tried by the of many of those same children. friends and associates through that he has today.” International Criminal Court, and While many have caught onto The video makes it known that prosecuted for his war crimes. social media platforms like Twitand followed the critical reception ter and Facebook, as of Mar. 14, Kony and the LRA began its atTheir motivations are ques- of Invisible Children’s video, Kony Kony 2012 has received over 78 tacks in Uganda in the 1980s in an tionable, as Obama deployed 100 2012 is still being passed around million hits. attempt to overthrow the govern- military advsors to Uganda, the without question, and an event Others are simply directing peo- ment, but it skips over the fact that Central African Republic, the in support of Invisible Children is ple to kony2012.com, which urges this resistance was against Ugan- Democratic Republic of Congo, and scheduled in Guelph in April. visitors to “sign the pledge to help da’s army, whose human rights South Sudan in 2011. Those miliPublishing out of a university us bring Kony to justice in 2012.” record has been deemed just as tary efforts have been combined campus with plenty of resources Pledging is meant to indicate that brutal as Kony’s own by critics. with a propaganda campaign to that can offer further insights into the visitor acknowledges that “JoPushed out of Uganda in 2006, convince Kony’s remaining fol- complicated issues like those that are involved with arresting Kony, seph Kony is one of the world’s Kony has since terrorized villag- lowers to jump ship. worst war criminals” and “[they] es in the Democratic Republic of Some have criticized Invisible The Ontarion encourages all of its support the international effort to Congo, the Central African Repub- Children for accepting pledges readers to take all sensational reparrest him, disarm the LRA and lic, and South Sudan, but it has from supporters because of the resentations of issues – especially bring the child soldiers home.” diminished significantly in size – presence America already has in those that the balance of human Kony and the LRA are notori- something that can be traced back the countries that Kony is said to life depend on – with a grain of ous for taking young women into to the fact that Kony is in hiding operate out of. With past attempts salt, to check sources, and develop sexual slavery and forcing children as a wanted criminal. at intervention having resulted in their own critical opinions. to commit heinous acts, abducting Following critical responses to violent outbursts from the Kony
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