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cyclists, fear no more
There seems to be a general agreement that biking is a great way to enjoy physical exercise, and an environmentally friendly way to get to work or school. Now, as the ice melts and temperatures rise, people can pull their bikes out of storage spaces, and enjoy the pastime once again. Nonetheless, many cyclists are prone to a popular, underreported crime as a result of their choice of transport. According to tocatchabikethief.com, every 30 seconds a bike is stolen, and less than half of stolen bikes are reported to law enforcement officials. In Guelph, Sgt. Doug Pflug reported that the Guelph Police received 93 stolen bike calls and only six of those bikes were recovered in 2011. “Lots of people don’t know the serial number of their bike and can’t give us a good description,” said Pflug. He advises that people take a photo of their bike and write down the serial number. “This would drastically increase our abilities to get them back to the owners.” People with bikes are encouraged to take these precautions since bike theft can occur more than once to an unfortunate cyclist. “When my fourth bike got stolen, I sat down and had a sort of surreal moment,” said Ingo Lou. “I thought, someone else is enjoying my bike right now, the bike that I bought and paid for.” In response to his own experiences, Lou decided to take action against bike theft. Armed with a team of frustrated cyclists, he created the web series “To Catch a Bike Thief,” which will air Apr. 2 on the series’ official website. The episodes will follow the team as they use GPS-tracking to follow ‘bait’ bikes that are stolen in big cities like Vancouver and Toronto. Surprisingly, the aim of the show is not to hand over bike thieves to the police. “That’s what the cops are for,” said Lou. “The purpose of the storyline is to identify these people, and figure out why they steal bikes, where do they go, and who buys them.” After catching a bike thief, Lou interviews them on camera to discuss the reasons behind their crime. However, the team has a
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toronto based documentary series, To Catch a Bike Thief, aims to help cyclists protect themselves against bike theft.
Approximately 40,000 people work as migrant agricultural labourers in Canada, and around 27,000 of them in Ontario alone. Shipped into the country through the Seasonal Agriculture Worker Program in order to fill temporary gaps in the agricultural labour supply during the growing season, these workers and their role in food production were the focus of Migrant Workers Awareness. Consisting of speakers, movies, and music, the week was intended to highlight both the importance of these workers to Canadian agriculture, and the struggles and privations they face through being denied the rights afforded to Canadian citizens. The journey of these workers often begins in Mexico or Jamaica, where conditions at home push them to seek higher paying work elsewhere. In their home countries, many of these workers wait at airports and even pay cash upfront for the opportunity to enter the program. The program allows short-term entry into Canada; however, the agreement revokes many of the rights held by Canadian citizen agricultural workers, already limited relative to other workers. The most striking of the rights removed is the right to choose and change employers. Once selected for the program, the worker is tied to the employer that requested them and will be deported if their relationship is ended for any reason. Once they are denied this basic right, the conditions they labour under resemble those of a politburo or feudal Lord. Curfews, abysmal safety, working and living standards, limited access to health care, inadequate training, and difficulty accessing legal protection from such basic issues as harassment and abuse are all issues commonly reported. In addition, workers cannot bring along their families, and gain nothing toward permanent residence status through this arrangement. There are also strong barriers to union membership, though it’s unclear what unionization would do for them besides require membership fees, considering their easy deportability and interchangeability with workers
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obama urges peace Following the North Korean positioning of weapons in preparation to hit South Korea, President Obama made a statement to North Korea’s leaders asking them to pursue peace for a united Korea. He also warned of the world’s wrath if they ignore this warning. This occurred during the International Nuclear Weapons talk in Seoul, where representatives from across the globe came to discuss the growing threat of nuclear proliferation, and the benefits of disarmament to those who retain their weapons. Talks on disarmament have been met with mixed results at home and abroad for President Obama, however, the START treaty between America and Russia is a step in the right direction for the world, as it will reduce these two nuclear powers warhead amounts to their lowest levels since the 1950’s. (Globe and Mail) Thomas mulcair, leader of the opposition After a seven month long leadership race, Thomas Mulcair has taken the helm of the NDP leadership. With ambitious aims, Mulcair seeks to topple the Harper Conservative government in the 2015 election by placing his party as the only alternative. “We’re facing a government that is very tough, very well-structured. We’ve got to do the same thing. We’ve got to structure an official opposition that will bring a fight to them like they’ve never seen before,”said Mulcair. Mulcair’s first day in parliament as the leader of the opposition was on Monday, however the first match between him and the Prime Minister will not be till later on in the week. As a highly gifted speaker who isn’t afraid to pull his punches, many NDP members are looking forward to seeing this first bout. (Toronto Star) ghost ship found off Bc shores A 150-foot Japanese squid fishing boat has drifted across the Pacific Ocean to British Colombia’s north coast. This is the first and largest piece of debris confirmed to have crossed the Pacific Ocean following the large tsunami and earthquake that devastated the country last year. Thankfully, it appears that no one was on the ship when it was pulled out to sea by the tsunami. The serial numbers along the plates allowed for its owners to be tracked down and informed, confirming no one was on board the ship during its year long trip across the ocean. Earlier in the month, British Colombia and several U.S states agreed to coordinate management of the tsunami debris when it reached their shores, and to return any items of sentimental value back to Japan and its owners. The Japanese fishing boat is not
If you ate today, thank a farm worker
clamouring to take their spot. Besides highlighting the plight of the workers themselves, organizers have been up front about pointing out the popular locavore movement’s blind spot on the issue of the rights of workers engaged in local production. One organizer, Joshua Gilbert, said a welcome minor change would be if those ‘if you ate today, thank a farmer’ bumper stickers you see around Guelph could be replaced with “if you ate today, thank a farm worker.” He noted that even agricultural workers with citizenship or full status in Canada are working without the protections afforded other workers, in the fourth most dangerous occupation in Canada. About 1 in every 3600 agricultural workers in Canada die from workplace related accidents or disease every year, a rate that has been increasing over the past 15 years. Beyond this campaign, groups such as the United Food and Commercial Workers union and Students Against Migrant Exploitation organize around these issues year round.
expected to land on BC shores for another two months where it will be further inspected. (National Post) courts rule out brothels The Ontario Court of Appeals ruled this week against a law banning brothels and bawdy houses, but gave the government one year to put in place new laws before the legalization takes effect. In the meantime, beginning Apr. 25, Ontario sex workers will be allowed to hire bodyguards and other security personnel, potentially providing major improvements in safety for those capable of doing so. However, the ruling sidestepped making changes that would benefit the safety and rights of sex workers working on the street, failing to strike down a ban on communicating in a public place for the purposes of prostitution. This places street workers in the continued precarious position of having to hurry their negotiations with clients, limiting their ability to assess risk levels. As the majority of arrests have been under this provision, the criminalization of the poorest sex workers will likely not be affected, and most of the benefits will accrue to “high” and “mid-end” workers. (Globe and Mail) It wasn’t a neo-nazi after all! France’s hunt for a lone Neo-Nazi gunman has turned into a sweep of Muslim communities, after the hunt led to a 23 year old Muslim shooter claiming connections to Al Qaeda. His attacks over the past few weeks killed seven, and brought security to the forefront as Presidential elections approach. The opposition Socialist and National Front parties have stepped up their calls for increased “security measures” against Muslims. So far the fruits of these measures have only resulted in the banning of a popular Al Jazeera television host from visiting the country. (Montreal Gazette) The strike bore fruit! Its workers having brought attention to its continued existence by striking last year, Canada Post is facing renewed calls for privatization. A paper published by the School For Public Policy is receiving attention for its analysis touting the un-alloyed benefits of privatizing the crown corporation. However, the paper failed to recommend maintaining stockpiles of Canada Post uniforms to be disbursed in a post-apocalyptic situation to be used by Kevin Costner types wishing to ride across the country, delivering mail and hope to frightened, huddled bands of grimy survivors. (Canada NewsWire) Compiled by Stephen Fournier and Divinus Caesar
a series of speakers, movies, and music, as well as information about the canadian agriculture industry, were featured during migrant Workers awareness Week.
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scientifically Inclined: “The Poisoner’s handbook” book review
Science writer deborah Blum’s book makes the chemistry of poisons fascinating
Unfortunately, the mounting live long enough to develop the tension she creates never reaches signs of chronic liver destruction. the triumphant climax for which Their autopsies revealed a different she sets the reader up to expect. damage: the stomach and esophThere is no “final court case” to agus were a deep, irritated red; end all court cases. In her defence, tiny blooms of blood patterned arielle duhaime-ross finding a sudden and irrevoca- the mucous lining of the stomach; ble moment of glory in a country the brain was bruised-looking and In “The Poisoner’s Handbook: where even the government par- flushed with excess blood,” one Murder and the Birth of Forensic ticipates in the regular poisoning of discovers a whole new meaning to Medicine in Jazz Age New York,” its citizens by adding lethal chemi- the question “What’s your poison?” Deborah Blum tells the intricate cals to the industrial alcohol used Each story is more intriguing, and compelling true story of how, by bootleggers, might be too great surprising and pleasantly infuriating than the next, making in 1915, New York chief medical of a task. examiner, Charles Norris, and toxBlum’s saving grace is that she the book very hard to put down. icologist, Alexander Gettler, began has the uncanny ability to bifur- Somehow, through all these stoto establish the authoritative and cate several times into a number of ries, Blum does what every high reliable field that forensic medicine murder plots, while still retaining school chemistry teacher wishes is today. By carefully selecting de- the initial narrative thread. The they could do: she makes chemtailed court cases and news reports, organization of the book, where istry captivating. Blum deftly explains the political each chapter deals with a specific Throughout the book, Blum and social intrigue, as well as the chemical or poison, is a master- inserts colourful descriptions of science. She reveals a world in ful way of organizing potentially molecules such as this “phosphowhich doctors are hard-pressed confusing and overlapping mur- rus hangs on to the [cresol] ring to tell the difference between a der trials, forensic examinations, like an exhausted swimmer gripdeath caused by influenza, and a and experiments. ping a life preserver.” She makes death caused by criminal arsenic She tells the stories of methyl the often-misunderstood science poisoning. and ethyl alcohol’s role in prohi- that is chemistry accessible to From the very beginning, Blum bition, the eventual banning of the lay-person, truly earning the adopts a heroic tone in order to tetraethyl lead-laced gasoline, the “popular science” genre title which tell the tale of how forensic medi- radium-tonic fad, and, of course, this book is associated with. “The Poisoner’s Handbook” is a cine came to be. This will appeal to of murders by chloroform and cyanide, to name a few. readers who are interested in the thrilling, scientific detective story, murder-mystery aspect of Norris When Blum writes, “People who where the main characters batand Gettler’s story. chugged ethyl alcohol often didn’t tle both social and political ills in
a quest to improve a field whose topic at hand. Although the ending previous representatives had been falls a bit flat, the excitement she found wanting. In this book, Blum, conveys to the reader throughout a seasoned science writer, dem- the book more than makes up for onstrates her talent for breaking it. “The Poisoner’s Handbook” is a down complex scientific concepts pleasure to read, and a worthy adin a comprehensible way. Com- dition to anyone’s collection. bined with a powerful narrative thread, she keeps her audience’s Arielle blogs about science at attention long enough for them to www.salamanderhours.com gain a deeper understanding of the
By stephen Fournier
For the last several years a trend has been growing among Canadians. Last year’s federal election saw a turnout of only 61 per cent of the population, and the recent Ontario election saw an even lower turnout of 49.2 per cent. On Mar. 28, representatives of the NDP, Conservative and Liberal parties were invited to the university to speak on the growing issue of voter turnout among youth in Canadian Politics. The Youth in Politics meeting, hosted by the Canadian Jewish Political Action Committee, saw Pierre-Luc Dusseault, Michael Chong and Mark Sholdice’s views on the causes of the lowering voter turnouts, and their respective solutions to the problem. First to speak was Pierre-Luc Dusseault, a member of the NDP and the MP for the Sherbrooke riding in Quebec. Dusseault is also the youngest ever MP, elected at the age of 19. He opened the discussion by addressing the common usage of negative advertisements in politics today and how it has reduced interest in the actions of Parliament. However, it was not all bad news from the Quebec MP. Dusseault also pointed out a changing trend in politics. “The average age [in Parliament] is under 50 for the first time in history,” said Dusseault. This is something he hopes will bring back a connection to the parliament we currently lack.
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low voter turnout: a democratic worry
constituents due to the stranglehold the party system holds over them. “We need to restore the autonomy of members of Parliament to play a greater role in decision making in Ottawa, to vote more freely, and to have a greater say that the house is run,” said Chong. “You can’t have a parliament without a party system. It would be chaos.” Lastly, Mark Sholdice represented the Liberal party as a scholar and former president of University of Guelph’s young Liberals. He began his piece by reviewing some of the current events in the world such as in Spain and the United Kingdom’s political riots, emphasizing that we are not at that tipping point yet, but we are close. Sholdice focused more on the idea of drawing youth into politics and making them interested in voting over Dusseault’s and Chong’s ideas of reforming political institutions. He advocates that the political parties need to reach out to various social groups, and draw in new constituents just as they did before instead of just expecting them to come to them. While Sholdice’s speech was shorter than the previous two, he focused more on his personal experiences in being drawn into the Liberal party at the age of 16. While these three individuals have their differences in ideology,
“if you don’t vote, then you’re not going to have a say.”
- Michael Chong
Next to speak was Michael Chong, representative for the Conservative party on the panel, as well as the MP for the WellingtonHalton Hills riding in Ontario. He began by addressing facts about voter turnout, going over turnout stats for the past two elections as well as an elections Canada study on the reasons people do not vote. Building off these statistics he addressed the three causes identified by the study: that people feel their vote will not matter, that they are too busy, and that they don’t care anymore. To those issues, Chong addressed the perceptions that MPs lacked the ability to represent their
michael chong, conservative mP for the Wellington-halton hills riding, addressed the youth in Politics conference about the issues of voter turnout.
they came together in their worry about the current trend in voter turnout. As a final note, Chong pointed out the main impact of dropping youth turnout. “If you don’t vote, then you’re not going to have a say,” said Chong.
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broader scope for the intended impacts of the show, beyond scaring bike thieves. “We want to educate cyclists to protect themselves against this.
“The purpose of the storyline is to identify these people, and figure out why they steal bikes, where do they go, and who buys them.” – ingo Lou
Realistically speaking, we are not going to catch every bike thief. We just want to create a dialogue to get people talking about bike theft,” said Lou. The Toronto launch party for the show, where the first public
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screening of the pilot episode will take place, will give participants a chance to try stealing a bike themselves in order to win one of four Norco bikes. The party will also give people a chance to meet the creators of the show, and record their own experiences with bike theft for a chance to be featured in an
upcoming episode. “At the end of the day, bike theft is really a question of reward for the thief and we want to tip the scales in favour of cyclists,” said Lou.
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this latest “Overheard at Guelph” It’s about creating an environpost, it’s about making drugging ment that feels safe for everyone and assaulting a woman so nor- on campus. Is it any wonder that if malized that they can make jokes your university community conabout it publicly. dones the use of rape jokes that This isn’t just something that students might not feel safe when is happening at Guelph, but as a alone on campus at night? If you larger society. Last week, a com- feel like sexual violence is acceptpany released an ad for one of ed among your peers, would you their alcoholic beverages with feel confident that they would step the tagline “unlike some people, in if you were attacked? Or in the [drink name] always goes down worst case scenario that someone smoothly.” The ad featured a has experienced sexual violence, gleeful looking man grabbing a would they really feel like they terrified woman from behind. This could open up to you about their certainly isn’t the first time that an experiences? A number of stuad has decided to use the depic- dents who have been criticized tion of a woman being abused, but for encouraging such jokes on the this time the backlash came im- “Overheard” forum said that they mediately. Within hours of being would never condone rape. Now posted on the feminist news site that students have been able to Jezebel, the company had removed identify when jokes have become their ad and issued a public apol- inappropriate, it’s time to stop siogy. This time, the controversy lently sitting by and thinking “this has not just died down, but they isn’t okay.” Instead, say somecontinue to face criticism about thing. A simple “dude, that’s not the very issue of promoting rape cool” is usually enough to send a strong message that their discusculture. One female student also ex- sion isn’t welcome here. Besides, pressed frustration that there are there are tons of other good topics still so many people who think that to make jokes about. A good startthese are “just jokes,” and that ev- ing point would be Justin Bieber, eryone needs to lighten up and get Rick Santorum, and the fact that a sense of humour. This isn’t just once again, the Maple Leafs have a matter of ill-humoured jokes. failed to make the playoffs.
Identifying rape culture
Rape jokes on “Overheard at Guelph” have struck again. Last week, a student decided to post snippets of a conversation they had overheard, including quotes like, “Ya [sic]– and just think like…how am I going to find my next rape victim?” and “just like an extra big dose of ketamine or something? She’d go into a k-hole.” Apparently, despite the banner hanging in the University Centre, the response issued by President Summerlee, and the conversation that has ensued across campus, there continue to be students who find rape jokes funny (it should be noted that the poster of the comment indicated that they were “clearly joking”). However, there was one significant difference from the rape jokes that had been posted the week before: this student actually acknowledged the inappropriateness of these comments. Might this represent some kind of cultural tipping point, as the message about rape culture and rape jokes permeate the discussion around the campus? Undeniably, there are still issues with posts such as this one. For instance, why are there students think that it’s not only okay to make such jokes, but to make such jokes in a public campus location? In this case, the joke was made outside of the library. Why is it that this student found it appropriate to repost these words as a joke? Why is it that students have not been empowered to address these jokes as they come up around campus? or derogatory to women. There have also been other groups that, without taking an official position, have conducted discussions about such jokes in their own organizations. While it may seem small, these steps are all part of the pathway to confronting rape culture. The next step, now that students have started to identify these jokes, is having them speak out about it. I had one student approach me to talk about this, reporting that she was afraid that if she said anything, she’d be a hypocrite. After all, she had laughed at these jokes and taken part of these drinking songs before she had critically examined the lyrics. I explained to her that it’s not about what she’s done in the past. After all, we can identify plenty of instances in the not-so-distant past when jokes about different races, religions, and disabilities were considered acceptable. The point is, once you’ve identified the issue with these jokes or songs, There have been students who you respond to them critically. In have taken a proactive stance on addition, it’s not about the perrape culture on campus. The Engi- son who made the jokes, it’s about neering Society, for example, has the jokes themselves, and edudecided to look at some of their cating others about why they’re traditions with fresh eyes for any discriminatory and how they protraditions that might be sexist mote rape culture. In the case of
“The next step, now that students have started to identify these jokes, is having them speak out about it.”
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using the arts for social change
For the second year in a row, university of Guelph student’s teamed up with Transition Guelph to hold the Environmental Education and Arts Symposium. The event was held on Mar. 26 as part of Transition Guelph’s Resilience Festival. The symposium was organized by Trevor Leach, Matt Manassis and Connor Drake, who started the project last year for a course called Literature and Social Change. The professor who taught the course, Ajay Heble, encouraged students to go out and bring projects into the community. The symposium was such a success that they decided to hold the event again. “It started out that we were just going to make a film,” said Drake. “And then everybody said let’s just put an event on, and it just kind of snowballed. People just kept signing up and it became this really awesome thing.” The symposium was held at 10Carden in order to make it more accessible to more community members. The venue gave the symposium more flexibility and encouraged non-student groups to attend. It provided a space for people to make connections with one another, and link up for different initiatives in the community. “I think the main thing is we just like to start a discussion among people, expose them to new ideas, and creating an interests,” said Leach. “We hope to expose them to things that they can do to get involve so that getting involved with something is not as big of a step.” The symposium featured a series of speakers from the Guelph and surrounding area such as Chris Earley, educational coordinator at the University of Guelph Arboretum Centre; Peter Beckett, Guelph artist and activist; Tim Fisher, permaculturist and organic farmer; and Brendon Larson, scientist and environmental theorist at the University of Waterloo. Each speaker brought a different perspective, and each one had
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creating a new way of thinking about the environment
Peter Beckett, local artist and activist, shared his experience at the environmental education and arts symposium.
a unique experience interacting with the environment. Darion Bacon gave a short talk on mead making, an alcoholic drink that is made from honey, and let the audience sample one of his favourite batches. James Gordon gave a short performance and talk about his experience as both an artist and political activist. “The way I see it, as our society grows and changes to respond to problems like climate change, and all these environmental issues that are coming to a head in the next little while, there’s going to have to be a pretty big psychological change that accompanies that,” said Manassis. “This event is harbouring that new culture, and sort of bring in the newer ways of understanding nature, hopefully in a more productive way than we have understood it in the past decades.”
garbage days… of the future
Your organic garbage is going from bags to bins
Beginning in the fall, the City of Guelph will – quite literally – roll out its new automated cart-based waste collection scheme. The new system will provide Guelph residents with their own garbage, recycling and organic waste carts, free of charge. In an attempt to reduce operating costs and the amount of waste being sent to landfill, these carts will progressively phase out the existing system of coloured plastic bags. Instead of moving bags to the curb on garbage day, residents will wheel out carts to the side of the road. The plan is that onethird of Guelph homes will receive carts this fall, the next third by 2013, and the final third by 2014. In addition to the carts, the City has also purchased a fleet of new trucks to implement the program. These trucks are equipped with robotic arms which extend to the curb, grab hold of the cart, and then dump its contents into the hopper at the back of the vehicle. The conditions set by the Ministry of the Environment for the approval of Guelph’s recently opened organic waste processing facility were a major impetus for this shift to a fully automated system. layoffs as a result of the program change.” The system will also allow “staff to collect more households in a single day because now you’re not worried about staff injuries related to strains and being tired,” said Connell. Though the initial investment for the program is high – the supply of the waste collection carts alone is $4,918,290 – other associated costs, such as the purchase of the new trucks (a $4,075,710 investment) is being funded through the existing Vehicle and Equipment Replacement Fund. The city has also received grant funding from the Continuous Improvement Fund Waste Diversion Ontario to offset the project cost in the amount of $1,335,519. The break-even point for the entire project occurs in 2023. With the adoption of this program Guelph will join a host of other municipalities across North America who have already made this seemingly inevitable transition.
This fall, guelph will start phasing in its automated cart-based waste collection system.
“As part of the conditions of approval from the Ministry of Environment for that facility, the city was prohibited from collecting organic waste in plastic bags,” said Heather Connell, the Manager of Integrated Services at the City’s Solid Waste Resources department. Thus, for organic waste, Guelph residents are now required to line their green bins with any kind of paper based liner as opposed to plastic bags. This shift necessitated that the City switch to a fully automated cart system for the collection of at least its organic waste. “We were obligated to do at least a third of the waste in organic carts,” said Connell, and, from there the decision was made to implement the fully automated system for garbage and recyclables as well. City staff analysis and a peer-review by BMA Management Consulting concluded that full integration was the most economical option. The complete adoption of this system is expected to have a number of other benefits: “We are going to achieve some efficiencies by reducing the number of trucks on the road,” said Connell. “Any staff reduction would be done through attrition… so there shouldn’t be any actual
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fruitful fourth friday flourishes
On the evening of Mar. 23– the fourth Friday in March– downtown Guelph hosted the monthly event known as Fourth Friday. These events generally involve the public display of artwork in various buildings downtown. Fourth Fridays began in Guelph last October with the inspiration of the James Street North Art Crawl, which occurs on the second Friday of every month in Hamilton. There were sites featured as part of this Fourth Friday that were not directly related to art such as the Guelph Civic Museum, which reopened in its new location in February, and 10 Carden which is a non-profit organization located at that address on Carden St., which specializes in providing other non-profit organizations with indoor space to work via memberships. 10 Carden provided a steady supply of printouts which listed the locations involved with this particular Fourth Friday. Visitors to 10 Carden could contribute to the making of a banner, which is to be utilized during the Resilience festival, occurring from Mar. 24 to Mar. 31. That festival is organized by Transition Guelph, an organization which believes that communities
mar. 23 marked the first fourth friday with good weather since the monthly event’s inception in october.
should use local energy sources as opposed to imported ones, and holds a membership in 10 Carden. The Guelph Civic Museum held an opening ceremony for its new exhibit, Ontario Veterinary College: 150 Years and Counting, on this Fourth Friday. OVC Dean Elizabeth Stone provided a speech at this ceremony. Admission to the museum was free during its extended hours on this evening. Extended hours were a common feature of businesses participating in this Fourth Friday. The Whitestone Gallery was one such establishment. Visitors to this art gallery could view an exhibit titled Open Book, which was comprised of numerous visual pieces of art that utilized parts of a physical book. One of these pieces of art consisted of a toy vending machine that contained passages from the Bible enclosed in capsules. 18 artists publicly showing artwork not yet contributed their work to this completed. exhibit which is set to end on Mar. 29. The Whitestone Gallery also included artwork produced by artists who belong to the collective who manage the gallery. On this particular evening one of these artists, Clive Lewis, was present in the gallery and used his presence to greet visitors and guide them with information on the gallery. He also provided insight on the artwork he produced that was displayed in the gallery. Lewis uses printmaking to generate his artwork. This technique Her interest in art was essentially involves engraving an launched by musical artist Adriimage onto a plate which con- an Raso, who asked Celeste to sists of one colour. Following this design art for one of his ablums, step, a roller holding a colour of Nina del Sol. In addition to music, paint is used to paint segments Celsete portrays animals and of the plate that have not been women in her artwork. One engraved. This results in a piece of the graphic penciled-works of art which usually displays two visible in her studio portrayed or three colours including the a woman in a ripped dress. Accolour of the plate. cording to Celeste this dress was A lot of Lewis’ artwork is based ripped by a three-legged coyote on landscapes found in Ontario’s which has been reported to roam cottage country, in particular the throughout Guelph. areas surrounding Georgian Bay. Celeste believes her interest He has visited that region nu- in art got her out of a depresmerous times starting with a trip sion and allows her to address he made during his time in art her anxiety. She believes her college to a cottage belonging to anxiety as well as her sensitivone of his classmate’s relatives. ity for people and animals was One of Lewis’s works featured rooted through her memories of in the gallery was titled “Canoe a 1976 earthquake that occurred Route,” which portrayed three in Guatemala, where she lived different islands located in the at the time. Thirty-Thousand Islands reOverall this Fourth Friday progion of Georgian Bay. Canoeing vided a golden opportunity to is one of Lewis’s hobbies and it, have conversations with artists as hinted by the work’s title, was and get a glimpse of Guelph’s emphasized in “Canoe Route.” community spirit. It seemed to Visitors to the Trafalgar Build- have low attendance, but acing could visit Tiffany Celeste’s cording to Vanessa Tignanelli, studio. Her artwork, some of gallery assistant at the Macwhich was incomplete, was dis- donald Stewart Art Centre, it played in this room, although she is still “slowly building up its claimed most artists don’t mind reputation.”
“Celeste believes her interest in art got her out of a depression and allows her to address her anxiety.”
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winnipeg songwriter of weakerthans fame rocked the house with hits from his twenty years in music
On tour in support of his new record, Provincial, John K. Samson made a stop in Guelph, performing at the eBar on Mar. 21. Samson has deep roots in the Canadian underground music scene–most notably as the frontman for the Weakerthans, and going back further as the bassist for pop-punk legends Propagandhi. His lyrical mastery and signature crooning voice has lent a signature sound to the Weakerthans, whose literary blend of indie-rock has captured many hearts and minds in the band’s 15-year history. The show was an all ages event that collected non-perishables for the Guelph food bank, and the crowd was a surprisingly broad mix of ages. Upon arrival, it felt more like watching a stage at a folk festival than a standard indie-rock concert or punk show. The opening act was Mike O’Neil, who played previously with the indie-pop duo the Inbreds and has just released Wild Lines, which follows up on two other solo releases. O’Neil had quite a few heads nodding along to an elegant blend of power-pop and folk tinged country-twang. He is definitely an intricate songwriter as well, and a good match for a show with Samson. The energy of his set seemed to build towards the end, and his final song was a hard-hitting rock and roll tune that ended the set on a powerful note, with much appreciation from the crowd. John K. Samson and the Provincial Band took the stage in a casual and friendly way, full of smiles and relaxed conversations between the band. They started out with the Weakerthans’ “One Great City!” which immediately had the whole room happily singing along to the chorus of “I hate Winnipeg.” They followed that up with “Heart of the Continent,” a thematic sequel to “One Great City!” that appears on Provincial. Both songs taking their names from Winnipeg’s city slogans of the last decade. From there, they continued to play songs from the new record, including “Cruise Night” and “When I Write My Master’s Thesis.”
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John k. samson and mike o’neil light up the eBar
The crowd was full of boisterous applause and cheers following these, and Samson proved he is not only a master of songwriting but of impassioned performance as well. The rest of the set drew extensively on Samson’s long history, mixing a few songs from each Weakerthans record in with newer songs from Provincial. The song choice tended towards more acoustic and quiet picks from each Weakerthans release. He even raised a bottle of beer and recited the spoken word poem “Elegy for Gump Worsley” about a Montreal goalie who died in 2007, and played a surprising cover of “The Boat on the Hill” from the 90s punk band Jawbreaker. Every Weakerthans song had the crowd excitedly singing along. They finished off the set with “Highway 1 West” from Provincial, but everyone roared and cheered for more. The band returned to play a good number of older Weakerthans songs including the well loved “My Favorite Chords,” and Samson even switched to the bass for a few very old Propagandhi songs, which offered those of us nearing or over 30 a nice trip down memory lane.
John k. samson and the Provincial Band played a packed show at the eBar Wednesday, march 21st in support of his new album, Provincial.
They fittingly ended the encore with “Left and Leaving,” and the audience left the bar with those bittersweet words still ringing in their ears.
The Good Doctor is in
Theatre studies students set to perform Chekhovian comedy by neil Simon
“He tends to have about 25 characters in his plays,” added Brendan Green, an actor in the show. Doling out the roles of 25 characters among a cast that consists exclusively of Green, Sean Jacklin, Sam tom Beedham Layton, and Shelby Vilneff, would be an awkward task to say the least, With the end of the winter semester not to mention the challenge the fast approaching, the image of clos- actors would face filling the roles. With the original Broadway cast ing curtains sweeping across a stage resonates with many students. Six consisting of five members and each students enrolled in an independent scene a vignette of different charstudy course within the U of G’s acters’ lives, The Good Doctor still theatre studies program, however, offers some room for the actors to will have to endure another– more play multiple roles. marIanne PoIntner literal– curtain opening before they Luscombe also said the group can take their final bows. opted for Simon’s take because it The Good Doctor will see six students perform neil simon’s take on chekhovian comedy at massey hall Lily Davis, Brendan Green, Sean embraces a “lighthearted approach” between mar. 29-31. Jacklin, Sam Layton, Andrew Lus- that exceeds even that of Chekhov’s combe, and Shelby Vilneff have been comedies. “We started out saying ‘we’re original character in Simon’s play. of–what does he say? Their ‘prehard-at-work preparing a produc“Chekhov’s comedies still have going to be really in-depth,’ and “Though a great playwright—the cious life fluids.’ So feeling that tion of American playwright and their darker features to them,” said ‘we will find Chekhov’s traits way that [Simon] writes Chekhov– because he’s based so much of his screenwriter Neil Simon’s Chek- Luscombe. “They’re sort of examin- and really analyze these and take at least from the research I’ve done work off of people that he’s met hovian comedy The Good Doctor ing Russian society. And this kind them on one by one,’ but it’s sort into it–isn’t extremely accurate and people that he knows that all semester, and their efforts will of moves a bit further away from of melded so far,” said Sean Jack- compared to how the man really he may have been doing them a be put to the test three times, with that and concentrates more on the lin. “We’ve looked at Chekhov’s was,” said Luscombe. “As I started disservice in creating characters performances at the end of March. fun bits.” life and kind of looked at facets that reading biographies I sort of real- based on them,” said Green. Worth a half credit, the Theatre According to the production’s The play features a character–the we thought were cool but kind of ized, ‘alright, Neil Simon’s kind of director, Andrew Luscombe, the Writer–that in past reviews, crit- blended it with our own acting taking the persona of Chekhov and Studies independent study course group’s decision to perform Si- ics have established as an obvious styles.” taking it in a different direction.’” requires students to undertake the mon’s study of Anton Chekhov’s on stage portrayal of Anton ChekThe group will offer four individThe group’s take on the Writer production of a play in its entirety. work rather than a piece by the Rus- hov himself. With knowledge of ualized interpretations of the man might also result from their read- Students receive grades based on sian playwright himself had a lot to this, Davis, Green, Jacklin, Layton, and the character, as each actor ing of Chekhov’s own interest in their rehearsal process, perfordo with the group’s cast resources. Luscombe and Vilneff originally will have a scene to portray him. providing accurate portrayals of mance, and an additional written component. “In terms of Chekhov’s larger figured the character as an opporAccording to Luscombe, the peoples lives in his work. plays at least, there’s nothing that tunity to provide a detailed portrait decision to depart from a hyper“Chekhov speaks in one part The Good Doctor will be perhad the right number of actors for of the playwright, but ultimately biographical interpretation of the in particular about feeling that formed at Massey Hall on Mar. 29, us,” said Luscombe. decided to focus on specific quirks. character was also based on the he’s robbed the people in his life 30, and 31.
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craig cardiff captivates crowd at the albion
Originally from Waterloo, folk musician Craig Cardiff now travels across the country performing songs off of his 15 albums. Floods and Fires, Cardiff’s latest album, was just recently nominated for the Juno Award in the category of roots & traditional album of the year. Cardiff describes the nomination as, “Exciting and very flattering.” A Juno nomination is of course a momentous acknowledgement for any Canadian musician, however, in Cardiff’s case, it is particularly significant. Similarly to previous releases, Floods and Fires was produced without the help of label financing or government grant assistance. “I’ve been doing this for about 15 years in terms of not working with record labels or traditional ways of doing shows,” Cardiff explains, “The album is completely homemade. I’m not with a major label; it’s fan-funded.” Cardiff offered Guelph both an afternoon and evening performance at the Albion Hotel this past Saturday Mar. 24. The warm, inviting atmosphere bustled with fans of all ages, eager for the start of the show. On stage, Cardiff cracked witty jokes and provided snippets of background for most songs. The mesmerized crowd held their breaths, hanging onto every word of Cardiff’s emotionallycharged lyrics. In addition to using the guitar and harmonica, instruments typical of folk music, the performance was enhanced by the use of digital vocal and guitar loops. This produced a chilling effect of multiple voices circling and surrounding the room. Keen to foster an interactive atmosphere, Cardiff encouraged the audience to help pick up the volume and pace of multiple songs by singing along to the chorus. In another effort to involve the audience, Cardiff asked a couple in the crowd to slow dance on stage while he sang hushed lyrics, “Don’t close your eyes, I’m right in front of you.” Mathew Clift, a fan of Cardiff since he first heard him play in
Juno-nominated folk musician craig cardiff played two shows at The albion on mar. 24.
2010 at Red Pine Camp in Golden rustic tone to it, keeping you calm organized most of the details.” Lake, Ont., expresses his satisfac- through[out] the performance.” Cardiff’s voice shook the AlWhen asked about how he en- bion with emotion, making it tion with the show. “Craig did an amazing job con- joyed the energy of the Guelph an evening of fulfilling, wholenecting with the audience to crowd, Cardiff described his ap- some, music for all. With the Juno make it feel like he was playing preciation for his fan base here. Awards quickly approaching on a hundred personal concerts,” “It’s amazing!” Cardiff said. Apr. 1, excitement grows for the said Clift. “His music had a “Tonight was put on by fans. They outcome of Cardiff’s nomination.
The stanfields brought their blend of rock ‘n’ roll, celtic folk and bluegrass to the Jimmy Jazz on mar. 23.
“[This is a] picture of my nephew, nico. he had a scraped knee and started crying. I had to entertain him while his mom got a band aid. turns out he loves getting photographed.” – denise martins
Annual Arts Supplement
By Gary Roy Titanic sailed it’s maiden voyage, In April 1912, Across the North Atlantic, And things were going well. The people were excited, Some people found it strange, To sail across the ocean, And soon it all would change. Titanic sailed into the night, The air was cool and clear, Danger wasn’t on their minds, But soon it would appear. Titanic saw an iceberg, By then it was tool late, The ship was slowly sinking, And soon they’d meet their fate. The screaming and the yelling, The panic and the fear, Titanic hit an iceberg, And now the end was near. A tragic moment back in time, On that dark and fateful night, Titanic slipped into the sea, Forever out of sight. A graveyard full of people, Who were lost so long ago, What these people could have been, I guess we’ll never know. The names of all the faces, Are just a memory, Laying on the ocean floor, In peaceful memory. To those who sailed aboard this ship, Whose lives came to an end, To the parents and their children, To their families and their friends. It’s time to take a minute, And say a little prayer, For all the souls who lived and died, To show them we all care.
Blood and Ink
By Andrew Mills
There’s the hipsters, the hippies, the hippiehipsters in their bourgeois solidity There’s the punks, the skin heads, the tight heads in their proletariat contingency The neo-nazis, the hard-core kids, the jazz cat and there’s always been Jive Turkeys
Don’t sit on your car keys you’ll feel the teeth o the dog barking at the mail man Go to the mall man; find yourself a doll man, feet to the ground man
There’s the beardos, the weirdos, the huge stove cooks the radio’s top 40’s from 1942 Stomp that shoe, swing to that groove, show her your moves, Words on a page, how can that be wrong by a committee who choose it all, chew chew Like Thomas and the ‘lil train that could, up a hill over dale to the greener side
Scribbled down in pen, wiggled and navy blue,
Take a stronger pill next time you’ll have more immediate results
Indiana jones and the crystal skull duggery and flags a wavin’, black and white and black and blue
And matte black SUV’s cruising the streets, mean streets and mean streets and mean streets The streets are black and yellow painted to match bananas, rotten, banana bread Been shot in the head, Osama is dead, piss on the American way Put them away for years, Guantanamo Bay, a refuge for those who want to stay Cut loose Omar from the noose of orange jumpsuits or red;
Roger’s Card Catastrophe
oger was a young man who attended a post-secondary institution. This postsecondary institution featured three very intriguing facts that appealed to Roger. These included a student newspaper, in which students could write newspaper articles for, one of the few varsity dodgeball teams in the world, and a system in which students could use cards for various purposes on the campus such as money which could be uploaded onto the card to be spent on food in the cafeteria, take books out from the library, and access the recreation centre. The dodgeball team only played one home game a month largely due to the fact that the only other dodgeball teams it could compete against were located long distances from the post-secondary institution and all teams wanted to keep expenses to a minimum. Despite the interest of people such as Roger, supporters of dodgeball teams were too few in number to allow them to generate a profit. For Roger the lack of dodgeball games in which he could
serve as a spectator meant that every game he attended gave him a valuable feeling. Roger also received a valuable feeling every time he wrote a newspaper article for the student newspaper. He frequently attended their weekly meetings in which the newspaper’s editors would bring up potential topics for newspaper articles these student volunteers could write. These stories would report on occurrences such as speeches given by guests to this postsecondary institution, research done by the institution’s researchers or one of the institution’s sports teams. At one of these meetings an editor brought up the dodgeball team’s upcoming home game which would be covered in the next edition of the newspaper because it would unusually be held off-campus in an arena in the city’s downtown. The site for this game was chosen because it had the potential to attract attention from other students and residents of the city who did not follow the team. Roger saw this event as an opportunity to gain a valuable feeling from both
writing a newspaper article and watching a dodgeball game. He was additionally ecstatic that it was occurring in this downtown arena, an exciting place he rarely visited. Hence he cheerfully volunteered to write the newspaper article which covered the game. For Roger, going downtown required him to use the city’s public transit system or take a long hike. The public transit option was preferred by Roger as he could use his card to utilize that form of transportation. Unfortunately for Roger, despite a thorough search of his home, he was unable to locate his card on the evening of the game. Roger knew that this card was useful for other activities in his life such as visiting the recreation centre and was hence concerned over the loss of his card. He went to the nearest lost-and-found office to ask if someone had found his card but to his disappointment no cards had been returned. At this lost-and-found office Roger found out that he wouldn’t be able to get a replacement card for at least two days. This outraged him to the extent that he not only held a bad
mood walking to dodgeball game, parents to unleas parents tried to r that a loss of a ca problem one cou unconvinced. He response:
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Been shot in the head again, same bullet, same friend Taxis, the late night ghosts, pick or choose its only 50/50 that you’ll lose Win big, like 6 4/9 Don’t forget the metal heads, the hip-hop junkies the R&B hive mentality Swing at my neck warmer, there’s no head to cut off Strike out on the false pretence that every movement has a leader-a Take me to King Geedorah, here with the voice of 2012 the year of the dragon roll Mhmm sushi, you’re probably going to miss me more than King Kong or Donkey Kong Holmes and Watson they’re always fucking watching But an Orwellian drone can’t stop us, all he can do is watch me take over the throne Don’t let me get in my zone-B where they administer Zyklon-C That’s a very potent cheese and crackers A white man hooded and cloaked, black face, black cloak There’s the mad cats, the metal heads, the classical snobbery more prone to robbery Knock down the doors of what happened to me-myself-Irene I’ve seen not enough to scorn or corn or maize whatever you call it, it takes up a phrase To get back to it, I’ve figured it out, Blood and Ink give me a wink, show me a good time Mime the clock, turn the dial, tick tock, mock the clock This is this, this is this, this is this
Take a piss on the American way and I hope it stays, lingers, curdles, if it can, makes an impact of the mind set of man There’s the guidos, gym, tan, laundry if that’s how it goes Howl at the moon for Carl Mc’Dos Fill up on fast food, fast life, flashing lights Go out in Rockwell, Howl at the Moon for Carl Salomon, the skis, the Sky Gilbert guitars from mars That’s where girls are from, well at least the ones that I’ve met There’s the women, the children, the apes, the Edmonton Oilers, but only from the 80’s Weren’t as cool as the 30’s or 40 pounds overweight, fast food, fast life guard on duty Better shake that booty to the beat Feast on your words like I’m in thanksgiving heat suck, mavericks won, that was much too fun to watch, game 6, 4th quarter Choke on your words if you can’t swallow what you spit on the American Way Mother died today or maybe yesterday, killing an arab money, fill your mouth with sand bagged money The cure will cure you and your fast mouth, we’ll see if you’re brave when you’re made to burn down your house Blood and Ink, what the fuck you think, twistin stank-onia, ask me to promzilla I hope Outkast comes out with something soon, luscious left was almost as good as Fresh like a daisy, you’re the one who amazes me Blood and Ink, Blood and Ink, Blood and Ink
Photo by Marrianne Pointner Painting by Beatriz Castro
o and attending the but e-mailed his sh his frustration. His reassure him via email ard was not the worst uld have but Roger was e sent this e-mail in
our attempt to comfort ’s a financial problem ably one of the worst nancial problems ossibly have. It would alent of losing your t pass, library card, rship and $265 worth and not being able back for two days at
them (although they have no way of enforcing that). I think $2 is an accurate cost of a plate. We could eventually sell them at a garage sale to liquidate them–unless a pawn shop would accept them. I strongly doubt I would feel any guilt from participation from that activity, which carries negligible risk of getting caught. While I had to walk to the game I was fortunate enough to be able to ride the bus home from downtown for free as the bus driver left the bus to go to a bathroom allowing me to walk onto the bus’s open doors without paying a fare. Perhaps to compensate for the lack of access to the recreation centre I could go to a private gym and use the hell out of a trial membership. Sincerely, Roger This story ends soon after this e-mail was sent. At that time Roger received a phone call from the lost-and-found office which informed him that his card had been found and could be picked up
Painting by Gianfranco Bozzo
o dollars I have to y spend in these wo days (as well as eplacing the card if it at) I will take one plate he cafeteria - you’re ake plates out of there them (glasses as well) ct that you’ll return
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list service: five madonna moments
e tom Beedham
The Pop machine: edm on mdma
In the world of electronic dance music (EDM), there are many sound effects and ambient noises, but few words. Combine that situation with the conditions of stage setups that hide the musicians behind massive equipment arrangements and acts like Daft Punk, The Bloody Beetroots, and Jaguar Skills donning costumes, and you are left with a genre that deprives its listeners of relatable personalities. Joel Zimmerman, a man that wears an oversized mouse mask to work, is an exception. Better known as Deadmau5 to his fans, Zimmerman has embraced the offerings of social media to become an outspoken voice for the EDM community. Between blog posts and Twitter and Facebook rants, that has meant sounding off on topics like forced collaborations, music that people only remember the bass drops from, and the representation of EDM in general. Zimmerman’s most recent outburst on the latter subject was prompted when Madonna addressed a crowd at Ultra Music Festival in Miami on Mar. 23 by asking, “How many people in this crowd have seen Molly?” While many wondered what in the hell Madonna was talking about, Zimmerman recognized the question as slang used by rave attendees looking for MDMA, an illegal hallucinogenic drug. In response, he took to his Facebook account, which has a following of nearly five-and-a-half million users. Cross-posting on Twitter, he wrote, “Very classy there Madonna. HUR DUR HAS ANYONE SEEN MOLLY???” Such a great message for the young music lovers at Ultra [sic].” “Thats your big message to ultra attendies? hipsterspeak for looking for drugs [sic]?” Madonna later responded to Zimmerman’s outburst by tweeting him a classic photo of herself wearing Mickey Mouse ears that said, “From one mouse to another. I don’t support drug use and I never have.” She said she was referring to “Have You Seen Molly,” a so far unreleased song by Cedric Gervais. Still, Zimmerman isn’t convinced. He’s since commented that Madonna is simply throwing Gervais “under the truck.” I’m inclined to agree with him, considering that on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Madonna said the title is intended to be– as well as a disemvowelment of her name and a signifier of “Madonna DNA”– a reference to the “euphoric feelings of love” one experiences when on MDMA. Whether the 53-year-old was trying to be hip or not, the entire situation is bringing a lot of attention to the way that the umbrella genre that is EDM is represented. Ever since the late 1980s, EDM has been bound to the stigma of promoting the usage of recreational drugs, especially MDMA and Ecstasy. When a moment comes along where an established celebrity like Madonna (a.k.a. “The Queen of Pop”) steps into that genre, there are great opportunities to alter that perception. At the same time, there’s a risk of spoiling and undoing years of a community’s progress. We are lucky to be beyond the communication technologies available in the ‘80s, and EDM is fortunate to enjoy recognition not as an underground movement but as a newly popular art form. Because of social media and EDM’s mushroomed profile, we are now privy to a bigger window into a community that was once disparaged by mainstream media. Maybe the mainstream will soon be able to move beyond “molly talk” and appreciate the genre for what it really has to offer.
Sex (1992) Sex is a coffee table book written by Madge with photos by Steven Meisel Studio and film frames taken from film shot by Fabien Baron. Extremely controversial, the book features softcore pornographic photos depicting simulations of sexual acts of beastiality, sadomasochism, and analingus, sometimes with religious symbols on the same pages. Released a day after Madonna’s 1992 album Erotica, many critics claimed the book was a calculated work of controversy intended to boost her profile, while others called it something that would bring about a sexual revolution. Late Show with David Letterman (1994) One of the most-censored talk-show broadcasts in American network television history, Madonna’s 1994 appearance on Letterman’s show brought him some of his highest late-night viewership of all time. In an interview including 13 uses of the word “fuck” Letterman should have suspected something was up when Madonna entered the stage clutching a pair of her underwear, which she later asked him to smell. The singer also asked Letterman if he had ever urinated in the shower,
or if he had ever smoked marijuana. during a performance in which her When she was eventually asked to breasts were clearly visible. leave the set, she refused, but after cutting to a commercial break, she The Madonna-Britney-Chriswas gone. Following the fiasco, she tina Smooch (2003) sent Letterman a note that said At the end of an opening perfor“glad you could get so much mile- mance at 2003’s MTV Video Music age out of the fucking show. Next Awards, the Queen of Pop shared time you need some fucking pub- lip-locks with Britney Spears and licity, just give me a fucking call.” Christina Aguilera that went down She signed the note “Love, the in history. anti-christ.” Super Bowl XLVI (2012) During a half-time performance The Hindu Controversy (1998) After an MTV performance of Madonna lead and organized, “Ray of Light,” Hindu audiences M.I.A. flipped off a camera while took offence to Madonna for wear- an estimated total audience of ing sacred Hindu body drawings 166.8 million viewers watched.
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album review: ceremony's Zoo
Few bands have covered as much ground within the confines of the hardcore genre as northern California’s Ceremony. The release of 2008’s Still Nothing Moves You saw a stunning display of brash powerviolence, while retaining traditional hardcore influence, and their third album, Rohnert Park, saw a stark evolution into more experimental and melodic territories without relinquishing the viciousness they’ve come to be known for. Ceremony’s latest release, Zoo, marks yet another transition in the band’s musical repertoire as they take a more direct punk approach, while integrating post-punk and surf rock influences to produce a full, cohesive album of intelligent, rhythmic hardcore. Zoo’s largest departures from previous recordings are the exemption of the blinding fast pace led by guitarist Anthony Anzaldo and raw, relentless bite of vocalist Ross Farrar. The band’s past material has largely revolved around ferocious musical assaults of breakneck transitions and the grating howl of Farrar, but Zoo introduces a more laidback approach that results in a slowed down, melodic display of old school hardcore. Songs like “Repeating the Circle” and “Hotel” are constructed over mellow, steady bass lines that push the music along like the little engine that could. Farrar’s effortless drawl rising above the fray as he displays his vocal range has not been seen before in such capacities. Though it’s not necessarily a concept album, the entire record deals with the topic of human existence and the confines of a structured, indifferent society, carefully relating our daily lives to that which the album is named after, without attempting to derive meaning or explanation. “Hysteria, hysteria, all we’ve ever known,” exclaims Farrar on the album’s opener, a track heavily built around pulsating, constant drums and a heavily distorted, repetitive guitar riff. Without painting a picture of pessimism and hopelessness, Ceremony attempts to describe the state of living in the western world and the often contradictory impulses and rationales which we are often forced to face. While Zoo is relatively relaxed in comparison to previous efforts,
album review: The decemberists
We All Raise Our Voices to the Air 4.5/5
compilation is that it captures the varied repertoire of the band. There are, of course, the dark and haunting pieces the Decemberists are known for, “We Both Go Down Together,” “The Rake’s Song,” and “The Mariner’s Revenge Song” being notable examples. Things get really rocking with the “Dracula’s Daughter > O Valencia!” medley. On the other end of the spectrum, the warm, rich instrumentations of ballads such as “Rise to Me” and “Grace Cathedral Hill” might best be classified as country. While stage banter is often banal and superficial, that which remains uncut from this album is sometimes genuinely funny. The album starts with lead singer Colin Meloy announcing, “Thought I would mention before we begin, this is not the Keith Urban concert. If you mean to be at a Keith Urban concert, you will be sorely disappointed.” The biggest problem is that— since the versions of the songs here are so similar to studio-quality— the merit of a live album without much in the way of visual material is somewhat questionable. As a band renowned for their vaudevillian in-concert theatrics, shouldn’t that be an element in their live compilation? Still, the product is worth a good listen. As far as live albums go, this is surely one of the best.
What’s the deal with live recordings? They seldom capture the full experience that makes watching a live performance so exciting, and the challenge of capturing a clear recording in face of audience cheercourtesy ing and other background noise and possibly even feedback or mistakes it still holds a sense of frantic ur- on the part of the performer means gency that reverberates through the end product is often inferior to each song and helps develop the the studio version. comprehensive feel of the overAnd then there’s the Decemall product. In integrating varied berists’ We All Raise Our Voices and iconic influences, Ceremony to the Air—a sort of live best-of has produced an interesting and compilation from their 2011 tour. exciting album in a genre often Throughout most of the two hour, accused of becoming stale and two-CD (three disks on vinyl) packrepetitive. By not completely dis- age, you would hardly know they carding the fury and raw power were out of the studio. Of course, of their earlier material, but dis- there is the cheering and applause playing it in a more concise and at the end of every song, and some down-tempo package, they’ve light-hearted stage banter present, successfully established them- but the sound is generally of very selves as one of hardcore’s most good quality; a testament to the experimental and consistently in- ability of the performers, for sure, tense bands. Zoo is a refreshing but also to whoever is responsible blend of intellectual frustration for their sound engineering (this and unbridled energy, exerting its is actually listed in the liner notes presence and unstoppable force but you shall be spared the tedium in gritty punk fashion. of me mentioning each of them). Another big success of this
sPorts & health
After an intense weight-training session at the gym and a refreshing shower that comes with the feeling of happy exhaustion, you may have a protein shake to help you bulk up already in your hand, almost empty at the end of that first long drink. It is known that protein, after all, is an essential part of a healthy, well-planned diet. A post-exercise supply of high quality protein can have great benefits, specifically allowing the muscles to maximize their rebuilding capacity. While protein shakes are indeed excellent sources of wellbalanced amino acids, there are some important facts to consider before committing to that tub of instant-muscle. Athletes and protein supplements seem to get the reputation of going hand-in-hand. Commercials endorsed by all-stars promoting quick fixes to those chicken legs or toothpick arms are brainwashing sport-fanatics of all levels. These sort of advertisements lead to questioning if perhaps following in these buff
Protein power: the real truth behind protein shakes
bodies’ footsteps will reap similar results. Could the answer to the desperate cries of scrawny teens really lie in a believed miraculous powder made of whey and casein protein? The simple truth is no. In order for this powder to take effect on your body, an exercise regime consisting of weights, combined with a healthy dose of cardiovascular activity, will aid your body in the gradual increase of muscle mass. The reason for this is due to the fact that muscles are made of protein, which thus, through consumption of protein, allows greater availability for the development of muscles. The high metabolic resting rate of protein is beneficial to the body– a high resting rate means that these calories are utilized at a much faster rate for bodily processes. The faster the body uses these calories, the less there is for the body to store the intake as fat. The proper daily amount of protein will provide a desirable amount of amino acids to your body, which in turn are the building blocks of proteins for the muscles. While these pros may seem to seal the deal for protein shakes, there are some alternate unless there is an existing med- are at the top of the list. Heyden viewpoints to consider. ical condition that hinders the also believes that supplementation From a student’s perspective, absorption of protein by the body. is a sure-second choice, but first protein powders are expensive. Al- Further, it is important to keep and foremost, one should aim to though they are convenient and in mind that excess amounts of get the daily required amounts of easy to bring to the gym, there protein not used by the body are protein through the diet. are some downfalls to these magic easily converted into fat. An excess With a tight budget and a mixes. Consuming only protein intake of protein may therefore crammed schedule, high quality shakes post-workout may fuel result in the exact opposite of the protein sources, such as yogurt, your body and aid in the rebuild- desired outcome. quinoa or almonds found at the ing of muscles, yet they contain “A good portion of the custom- local grocery store can be a monlimited amounts of essential vi- ers who buy our protein powders ey-friendly option for students. tamins and minerals, if any at all. are students. There is an increasing Protein shakes are excellent Consuming high protein foods amount of women as well, many of when the daily intake does not such as eggs, fish or nuts, also pro- which are using these powders as meet the required standard recvide the body with great sources of meal replacements for weight loss,” ommended by Living Well with amino acids, while reaping great- explains Jade Heyden, a certified Canada’s Food Guide, but keep er benefits in the long run due to holistic nutritionist. in mind that more often than not, the high concentration of essenIt is essential however, that if these values are easy to exceed. tial vitamins and minerals. Not to choosing to use them as such the The desired increase of muscle mention these alternative options calories are calculated and well mass, whether it be for improved are often cheaper and taste better. tabulated. Further, what you pay physical performance for a team, Much like with any sort of dietary for is what you get. or simply for a more personsupplement, it is always a better “Higher end of the line products al reason, can be easily achieved choice to provide your body with are most definitely better quality, through simple changes in diet a source of micronutrients com- and the cheaper brands will not be and healthy exercise choices. For ing directly from the diet. as good,” says Heyden, who goes a healthy change to your postThe amount of protein that Ca- on to explain that alternate post- workout snack, ditch the protein nadians need in their daily diet workout drinks can be an excellent shake and go au naturel with some is a number which many exceed source of replenishment and re- delicious protein packed foods. without notice. Thus, protein sup- covery. Those high in Vitamin B, plements are often not needed Vitamin C and Alpha glutamate
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gryphons winning in the community
On Mar. 19 our Gryphon varsity teams put their skills to the test at bowling. Although this may not have been their forte it was for a good cause in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph. This year marks the organization’s 37th annual Bowl For Kids Sake tournament in Guelph. Gryphon athletes not only showed their support by bowling their hardest but collected pledges for the organization as well. The nineteen participating teams as well as several other campus groups including; the Marketing and Commerce Society, Athletic Centre Client Services Staff and Fitness and Recreation, raised over $9,200 all of which will be combined with the fundraising efforts of other Guelph area organizations who bowled over the weekend. All donations go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph The gryphons football team at Wheels in action and allow them to continue to provide mentoring programs and services to more than 500 youth rowing This season the Gryphon women in the Guelph area. Earlier in March the rowing raised $3,200 and contributed team completed a Erg-a-Thon to the $121,248.70 raised by all Teams that participated in Thursday’s Bowl for Kids Sake with the campus chapter of Right Canadian university women’s basevent included: football, men’s to Play. Teams, made up of row- ketball teams this season. After the and women’s volleyball, men’s men’s Ice hockey ers, Right to Play members and passing of Ryerson coach, Sandy and women’s basketball, men’s In November I’m sure you friends erged for 5 hours in the UC Pothier in January, this cause was and women’s ice hockey, men’s noticed an increased amount and raised over $3,000. The funds important for the entire basketand women’s lacrosse, men’s and of facial hair on campus as Mo- raised were split between the row- ball community. women’s soccer, men’s baseball, Vember gained momentum. ing team and Right to Play equally. field hockey, wrestling, track Among the scruffiest was the The rowing team expressed that football and field, swimming, figure skat- Gryphon Men’s Hockey team who a partnership with Right to Play The Gryphon football team has ing, women’s rugby and rowing. grew their bristles and raised seemed natural as “sport is some- been active through the summer This display of generosity and awareness and funds for the thing that has benefitted [their] with more than just training. The citizenship is not a solitary event Hockey Players for Kids Foun- team and that every child should team helped to set up and run for Gryphon sports teams. Many dation (HP4K). In December the be able to participate in sports.” Guelph Wheels in Action, a day of Women’s Basketball are actively engaged in the com- team, with the help of Frank and awareness of spinal cord injuries, munity that supports them. For Steins, raised more than $4000 For the past several years the fun, wheelchair activities and barexample, at this time every year to be able to provide two Guelph women’s basketball team has beques. Approximately $10,000 the teams compete against each families with happy Christmases. participated in the nationwide was collected and is being used to other to raise the greatest num- Also, just this month, again with initiative, Shoot for the Cure. continue to raise awareness about ber of items for the Food Bank. the help of Frank and Steins, the Each of the 43 CIS women’s bas- spinal cord injuries and assist inThe competition is all in good team hosted a St. Patrick’s Day ketball teams host one regular dividuals living with one. fun and results in hundreds of Pancake Fundraiser in support of season game from which all the swimming items are donated to the food Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph. proceeds are donated to the CaEach September the Grybank every year. nadian Breast Cancer Foundation. phon swim team takes to land to Women’s lacrosse Beating the competition and taking home OUA silver this season wasn’t enough for the Gryphon women’s lacrosse team, the team has chosen to take on Cancer as well. Throughout the season the team raised money to help support the family of a teammate and member of the Gryphon community diagnosed with leukemia, by selling orange bracelets emblazoned with Lax for Life. In addition, the team will be participating in this year’s Relay for Life event on the Guelph campus. Participating teams gather sponsorships and will walk/run for 12 hours straight and all proceeds are donated to the Canadian Cancer Society to fund research projects and community information and support services. The team is happy to announce that their teammate will be joining them at the event and will be able to proudly walk the Survivor’s Victory Lap. Relay for Life is happening on campus on March 31. If you wish to support the women’s lacrosse team in their efforts to find a cure visit relayforlife.ca
complete the Terry Fox Run. This year the team was sponsored by more than $650 to complete the run, all of which was donated to the Terry Fox Foundation to support continued cancer research in Canada. Through efforts such as these over $550 million for cancer research has been raised since 1981. The message expressed by the Terry Fox Foundation is one that I think is echoed by all organizations that our Gryphon athletes have chosen to support. The foundation states that it operates to not only fund national and international efforts but also to maintain the heroism and integrity that Terry Fox exemplified. Given the time, effort, money, and compassion Gryphons have contributed to various causes I feel that these are characteristics truly embodied by our Gryphon athletes.
guelph’s ‘learn to golf’ program is a great introduction to the sport
The University of Guelph’s athletic department is providing a unique opportunity to those among us looking to learn the sport of golf. Conducted at the Victoria Park East Golf Club, the four sessions teach the basic fundamentals of playing the sport, as well as identifying some strategies newcomers to the game might look to employ. “We teach a good course about the basics, about what you need to know to play the game,” said Dave Trudelle, the university’s supervisor of intramurals, clubs, and community leagues. The instruction comes on behalf of the CPGA certified staff at Victoria Park East, and each one hour session is conducted in groups of about eight people. The intent is to keep class size small so each individual receives sufficient one-on-one time with the instructor. The course supplies rental clubs and an opportunity to play nine holes after the conclusion of the lesson at a discounted rate. The lessons, Trudelle claims, are a good way to get into the sport. “You’re going to learn the basics in a small environment because of the one-on-one instruction, and you’re getting an opportunity for pretty cheap to try it out [afterwards],” said Trudelle. Looking beyond the development of personal golf skills, Trudelle suggests the activity could serve as a good teambuilding and community strengthening activity. The information pamphlet suggests this course, along with several others being offered this summer, as a great way to “be active and have fun together.” Due to increased demand over previous years, the athletics department has expanded the number of classes being offered. The hour-long sessions will run once a week for four weeks at a cost of $85 for the whole course– a bargain considering the cost of private lessons through other avenues. The added incentive of discounted green fees after the lessons should further suggest the value of the four sessions. Lessons can be arranged for mornings and afternoons on both weekends and weekdays, an improvement on last year’s limited selection. If you’re interested in why Mark Twain claims golf is “a good walk spoiled,” then inquire online at gryphons.ca or in person at the athletic centre’s front desk no later than Apr. 20 to ensure a spot in a series of lessons that will open you up to the challenging and rewarding world of golf.
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more than just a concussion
guelph professor researching traumatic Brain injuries and athletics
Concussions have a much greater negative cognitive impairments than we generally make them out to have, and it is important we change how we talk about them. According to Dr. Mark Fenske, cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Guelph and co-author of The Winner’s Brain, even mild concussions need to be taken seriously. “[Concussions are] a form of brain injury... Another word for brain damage,” said Fenske. “Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can result from any external force that impacts the brain, like a blow to the head.” The causes of the brain damage extend beyond the regions directly affected by the initial head impact. “If you look at the underside, areas especially around the anterior pole of the anterior temporal lobes and areas around the olfactory and orbital frontal cortex, you see that the bottom of the skull actually has bony protuberances,” continues Fenske. “Anytime you have a force that accelerates your head and then you hit something, the skull stops, but the brain keeps moving.” It is when the brain continues to move that the risk of damage to neural tissue is greatest, as the protuberances can have a shearing effect on the brain. “The brain is quite jelly-like, it isn’t this hard, firm spongy thing like we sometimes think of it. So what this means is that in regions where we have these bony protuberances, [the brain is] especially vulnerable to the shearing forces,” said Fenske. Concussions are most common after a major blow to the head in high contact sports like hockey, football and worse yet, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), however studies are showing that an individual doesn’t even need to engage in a major hit to see the effects of TBI. Just playing the game can result in TBI repercussions over time. The cumulative effects of chronic jostling, bumping into things and mild hits add up. “Even if [the hit] isn’t enough to knock you out, but you keep going, the brain is still responding in an ‘I’ve just been injured’ kind of way,” said Fenske. “There is work with researchers placing accelerometers in football helmets and seeing that players are commonly experiencing dozens of significant head impacts per game with enough force to have such effects” For these individuals, as long as the appropriate recovery measures are taken, like enough rest, care and time, a full recovery can be made, with limited long-term impairments. Immediately following the incident, the brain is in a very fragile state. Not allowing for this period of rest and care can damage the brain even further. “It’s while [the brain] is in this healing stage that it is really important to not do anything and take it easy,” said Fenske. “Getting back onto the ice or field following a blow to the head is the worst thing we could do.” Research into various treatments and TBI prevention is being done. Brain damage is not something that should be taken lightly. It is important to treat all hits to the head, including concussions, seriously. The brain is a sacred organ.
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“Damage the brain can affect the very core of who you are– suddenly you’re a different person
and not able to do the things you used to be able to do,” said Fenske.
top 5 summer sports activities in guelph
slacklining An ever-popular sport at the University of Guelph, slacklining is great for those who enjoy a little thrill, a challenge and going barefoot (Alastair Summerlee anyone?) Not to mention the abundance of trees and other structures in Guelph that are prime for setting up a line on a whim. Go by yourself or bring some friends, either way you’re most likely to meet new people who, drawn by your skills, wander your way. If you don’t know, (shame on you) slacklining is sort of like tightrope walking meets trampoline, but on a thin piece of nylon webbing usually suspended a few feet above the ground, or above water. Baseball If you’re a baseball fan, you understand the excitement that comes with the approach of summer. Guelph has a number of baseball diamonds that can be visited with friends for a casual afternoon game of ball, or to watch the Guelph Royals minor league play. If you want something a little more action packed, hop on a bus to Toronto and catch a Blue Jays game. With daily buses to Toronto costing about $10 for students and a seat in the nosebleeds averaging about $15, how can you say no?
kayaking The only downfall of spending the summer in Guelph is that there is virtually no water here. Guelph Lake (if you can count it as a lake) is hardly suitable for swimming, but when you’re desperate to escape the heat, turn instead to the Speed River. If you’ve ever been down to the Boathouse in Guelph, or walked the covered bridge you’ve probably seen the kayakers and canoers
on the river, which can be rented below the Boathouse. If you’re into water sports this is a great way to beat the heat and explore Guelph. lawn bowling Get your ball closest to the “jack” and earn another shot. Though the rules of lawn bowling evade me, I am confident that it is a fun way to spend a hot summer day. My understanding of the sport is that is
resembles the game Bocce Ball and that it would be best enjoyed when played drunk, but that’s my just my opinion. The Guelph Lawn Bowling Club offers decent rates,with a recreational bowl costing you about $20. elora tubing Plunk your ass into a rubber tube, throw on a helmet and lifejacket and enjoy the ride.
Ok, so it’s not quite in Guelph, but if you have a way of getting there, I seriously recommend you check this out. Tubing in the Elora Gorge can be thrilling or relaxing depending on the time of year and the weather. Skip the trails, bring your friends (seriously, put it on your bucket list) and check out the Gorge in a fast-paced fashion. For more info go to www.grandriver.ca
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gryphons in history
published in The Ontarion in february 1993.
“Wrestlemania comes to Guelph!” reads the headline. As wrestlers from across Canada came to compete in the annual Guelph Open Wrestling Tournament, the Gryphons prepared to unveil their first ever women’s wrestling team. To add to the excitement 10 current or former Olympians were present for this prestigious event. The highlight of the day came when Brock student, and Canada’s Olympic representative in the 62kg division, Marty Calder, faced off against Montreals’ top wrestler, Giva Sissauri. In the final moments of the final match, Calder “picked [Sissauri] off the mat and threw him with a high amplitude throw to win the match 9-3.” The Gryphons would finish the day in ninth place overall, with athletes satisfied that they had “beat themselves” rather than the opponents. With the OUAA finals held at Guelph later on in the month, the Gryphons would be given a chance to improve their results and claim some medals for the red, black and gold.
dessert from delhi
An adventure in indian after-dinner cuisine
Most of this column has been devoted to main courses. That is mostly because my tastes in dessert tend towards the typical. When I want something sweet, I usually just end up with a Butterfinger or some Oreos. The most adventurous I usually get is putting some hot sauce on my chocolate cake, a tip I picked up from the TV show Roswell and encourage you to try. The few times I do eat fancier desserts is generally when I am out for dinner, and it’s seldom better than when I’m out for Indian food. Indian desserts are generally exceptionally sweet, but also flavoured with spices and fruits which we don’t generally see that often in Western cooking. Two of the most common desserts you’ll see at Indian restaurants are gulab jamun and rice pudding. They are both delicious, and very easy to make. Gulab jamun is a sweet Timbit-like dessert, a deep fried ball of dough which has then been soaked in a flavoured syrup. Gulab jamun can be made from packaged mixes, but is simple enough that it isn’t necessary. If you do make it from a package, you can inject some creativity through the syrup you use. Cardamom and saffron are the most common flavours. Simply add boiling water to the ground spices, let steep, and then use that infused water in preparing
the syrup. Rose water is another easily found and delicious companion, or if you’re less adventurous, plain old vanilla or almond extracts. Rice pudding is a fairly common dessert, but Indian rice pudding, or kheer, is quite unique. Much like gulab jamun, it is often flavoured with cardamom, saffron or rose water, but it also generally contains dried fruits and nuts for even more flavour. Most Western rice puddings are thick and custard-like, generally due to the addition of eggs in the cooking process, but kheer generally omits eggs, so the pudding is thinner and creamier. It is
thickened by the starch released from the rice, as it is cooked in the milk, unlike other rice puddings where cooked rice is added and reheated in milk. Kheer is best served warm, but is also fine cold. What you can add to it is only held back by your own imagination, but think about strong flavours and textures that would compliment an otherwise fairly bland dessert. Dried fruit– such as raisins, dried apricots, dates or figs– or nuts like almonds, pistachios or cashews are all popular choices. Full recipes available at: theontarion.com
It is Professor chirpingden-groin’s controversial work studying the unwritten history of laws and punishment in uptown Jersey city that has earned him the disdain of so many of his fellow academics. That he has successfully seduced the wives and husbands of the vast majority of his colleagues is utterly irrelevant.
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In season: ontario roasted red peppers Photoshop tip: slow shutter effect
If you are a fan of Photoshop’s pen tool, this tip might be the one for you! It mimics the effect of a camera’s slow shutter speed catching a moving light source, often referred to as ‘motion capture’. 1. Start with a blank document. Set the back ground colour by selecting from the Option menu: Edit Fill. In this example I chose Black. 2. Create a gradient by using the keyboard shortcut “G” and selecting your second colour of choice. Drag your mouse in the vertical line upwards through the image and your gradient will appear. 3. Create a design using the pen tool on a new layer (keyboard shortcut for the pen tool is “P”). The pen tool takes a little getting used to but, with a little practice, can be very useful. 6. Now that the basic effect is complete, feel free to play around to enhance it as you like. One trick to create a motion blur is by duplicating your layer with the path pattern (just the layer, not the effects attached). Then select from the option menu: Filter Blur Radial Blur. The amount set to here is 40 per cent. Another adjustment you can make is by again duplicating your path pattern layer (this time with the layer effects) and adjusting the outer glow colour to one complimentary to your background gradient colours. Then lower the opacity of the layer in the layer options box, and using the free transform tool (keyboard shortcut: control/command T) adjusting the size and spread of your new layer. Here I set the opacity to 25 per cent and stretched the layer with the free transform tool to be wider than the original. your design). Adjust the “Outer glow” options to something similar to what I have selected here:
Red peppers are one of my alltime favourite vegetables to roast. Roasting allows for the vegetables to completely transform from crisp and raw, to sweet and smokey. It takes an hour tops to get the effect, but it will boost any recipe from a seven to a ten. Red peppers are currently in season for Ontario greenhouse grown, and I’ve decided to whip up a quick side to showcase their incredible flavour. It’s super simple and very versatile. Ingredients: 2-3 Ontario red peppers (serves up to two) olive oil salt pepper how to: 1. Wash red peppers and set your oven to broil. It’s very important to pierce the peppers with a fork multiple times to create steam holes (this avoids eruptions), then pop them right on the rack once the oven is ready. 2. Leave them in the oven for 30-45 minutes, flipping them approximately every 10 minutes so that each side is charred. The purpose is to char the outside of the peppers until they are almost completely black on every side.
5. Throw the peppers into a bowl. 3. Once the peppers look ready, carefully place them onto a cut- Add salt, pepper, a dash of olive oil ting board and leave to cool for 5 and toss them so that the peppers minutes. These suckers will still are evenly coated. be super hot, so be careful not to burn yourself as you take the core Voila! A wonderful side to any out (just gently yank on the stem). dish. I’ve paired mine with some 4. Proceed to peel of the charred steak but if you want to make a skin (you may want to run them meal out of these lovely red pepbriefly under cool water), get off pers, add a squeeze of lemon and as much as you can. Then cut the crumble some goat cheese on peppers into one inch slivers, fol- top. Serve on any toasted crusty lowing the natural grooves. Try to bread. Nom. get rid of the seeds.
Beth’s craft corner
Make your own tablet cover
Been to Chapters lately? You may notice that retailers are shifting their focus to electronic publishing, encouraging people to make the switch to e-readers. Despite the benefits of an e-reader, many people are reluctant to give up the feeling of a real book. If you’re one of those people who want an electronic library, but refuse to give up your paperbacks, this project is for you. Here’s a craft to keep your tablet safe, and make the transition from paperback to ereaders a little easier. you will need: A small book that is approximately the same size as your e-reader Scissors Glue Cardstock or cloth Crayola Model Magic, an airdrying modeling clay (or something similar) Elastic Carefully remove the pages from the book by running your scissors down either side of the spine. You will need to reinforce the spine. This can be done by gluing a piece of cloth or cardstock along the inside of the spine, making sure that it is also glued to both of the covers. To secure your tablet, you can create small hooks using modeling clay. I suggest Model Magic for this craft, however it can be substituted for any air drying foam or modeling clay. I like this product because it is less brittle than other kinds of clay, and less likely to crumble. Using a small amount of clay, mold three small hooks, and 4. Once your path has been created, it can be filled with a brush stroke by selecting the brush tool (keyboard shortcut “B”), setting your brush size to approximately 3 pixels and your colour to white, and selecting “Stroke” in the Path option box.
let them dry for 24 hours. When they are set, glue them to the bottom and both sides of the inside of the back cover. If you don’t want to invest in the clay, you can always use a small paper clip. If you decided to use the paper clip, simple bend it into a U shape, and be sure to cover it in either cloth or paper to protect your tablet. To keep your tablet cover from opening, you can bind it shut using an elastic or ribbon.
You can also try this effect using an image as your background instead of a gradient. Depending on the image, you can adjust your outer glow colours to compliment that of your image.
5. For the layer with your pen tool design, choose the blending options in the Layer option box (remember to select the layer with
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This Saturday night at 8:30 p.m., Earth Hour will once again descend upon Guelph. That is, residents of Guelph (among other cities across the world) will be encouraged to turn off their lights to send a message about climate change and commit to doing something good for the environment. While I’ve generally seen a number of different events surrounding Earth Hour (ex: acoustic guitar nights by candlelight), it also seems like a prime time to unplug from whatever you’re doing and spend some uninterrupted sexy time with your partner (or yourself!). Sex by candlelight is a cliché for a reason– it’s downright sexy. It’s light enough that you can see your partner, but not so bright that it accentuates any areas that you don’t feel so comfortable with. It’s romantic. It somehow lends itself to intimacy. So light some candles and turn off your phone. (No, turning off your phone isn’t part of Earth Hour, but is it actually going to hurt you to give your partner some undivided attention?) Now, all of this got me thinking: is sex actually an eco-friendly act? And to be perfectly honest, I was afraid that I was going to discover that condoms were the worst products for the environment. Luckily, I was very wrong. It turns out that no matter how many condoms you might go through in your life, it’s way easier on the environment than another person might be. That is: using condoms is actually eco-friendly! Interestingly, there seems to be But what about other sex products, some kind of connection between like sex toys? Are they environmen- being sex-positive and eco-friendtally friendly? Well, they’re getting ly. While there are still virtually no there. There are certainly some eco- regulations around phthalates (and friendly toys, and I’ve got some they’re in a lot of your products!), guidelines for finding more eco- the sex toy industry has essentialfriendly products. ly forced them out of any reputable Look for products that advertise toys. Some stores have committed being phthalate-free. This was a real- to selling only phthalate-free toys ly popular additive in earlier sex toys, and actively educate customers about and it helps to make the plastic soft- the dangers. There are also a plethoer. Unfortunately, it turns out that ra of vegan products (like lubricant it’s a carcinogen (it can cause can- and massage oil) and “cruelty-free” cer). There’s been a huge push among products (which is often advertised companies to stop using phthalates on whips and bondage gear). And last in their products, and many toys ad- year, there was a wind-up vibrator vertise that their toys don’t contain called the “Earth Angel” that was them. If it’s not advertised, it prob- introduced onto the market– which ably contains phthalates and should provided 30 minutes of vibration be avoided. (Just as a sidenote if you for four minutes of winding (kind ever find yourself in this situation: of gives a new meaning to the toy companies that provide for Passion wind, doesn’t it?). While it hasn’t Parties and Fantasia are notorious received fantastic reviews (it’s only for having a lot of toys containing available in one design), it still repphthalates). resents a huge effort on behalf of the Look for toys that are rechargeable. sex toy industry to provide more eco They will cost a bit more up-front, friendly toys. but they generally come with great Bottom line: turns out that ecowarranties, are made with quality friendly sex is definitely possible! So products, and can last a lot longer why not celebrate this weekend durthan two AA batteries. They also ing Earth Hour, and rest confident in tend to use high quality materi- the fact that your safe sex is actualals and have a range of products to ly much better for the environment choose from. Some great brands than you may have thought. As for that are pretty easily available in- being eco friendly the rest of the year? clude WeVibe, Lelo, and Jimmyjane. A Well, I saw a great quote that always great website to check out (and order reminds me to flip of the light when from– they even do in-home parties!) I leave the room: “How would you is comeasyouare.com, an inclusive like it if someone turned you on and just left you there?” feminist co-op run out of Toronto.
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sometimes dealing with people like you can be so exhausting. really? The shoes you bought are going to end poverty in africa? go away. There’s only so many times scarlet can roll her eyes at every word you say before she starts to get a headache.
The reality about interviews
Simon graduated with an Honours BA in geography last spring. He is a bright, sharp-minded young man who is a little “broken” by his job search experience. Even though his career search has not yet been successful, his efforts have been virtually a gold standard. During his time at university, he volunteered on campus and in the community. He also did an internship in local government management. Before his graduation, he took the time to read the literature on career search at the university career centre and on the web. He also went to get specific help in planning both his strategy and his resumé from Career Services three times. He explored the hidden job market and networked to develop contacts. He has conducted more than 60 informational interviews, which led to a number of good leads. His web presence was impressive and he continues to keep up-to-date with his social networking strategy. He also wisely tailored each cover letter and his resume to show exactly how he matches the job requirements. His determination and pursuit of Unfortunately, feedback from the his strategy paid off in having 10 in- employers on why he did not get terviews. He was short-listed four hired resulted in little more than times for a second interview. There kindly said words indicating that were no major flaws in his interview “others were a better fit.” Simon’s story is not uncommon. preparation either. He impressed In this economy, it is rare to get 10 them in writing but not in person. He read extensively on the inter- interviews. He must have found a view process, just as he had done for great system that worked in applyhis search strategy and resumé de- ing for positions in writing. He had velopment. He did his research on the competencies that they were each company to learn as much as looking for. Four of them even asked possible about them. He prepared him back for a second interview, so and rehearsed the answers for a set it was time to think about how to of questions from the job description celebrate his success. and from what he has learned about At the same time, he is going to the job from his informational inter- reflect on the notion that there are views. He was ready with stories for no failures in life only “learnings.” the behavioural questions. He even Some of the world’s greatest people had three friends do a mock inter- had many “learnings” before they view with him and give him feedback. achieved success. Thomas Edison He dressed professionally and he patented 1,093 inventions in his lifearrived about 15 minutes ahead of his time, but it took him 10,000 to make appointment. He greeted everyone an electric light bulb work. Walt Disappropriately and he felt that the in- ney’s Mickey Mouse series failed to terviews all went well except for one. become an instant hit, but he kept He answered all the questions to the trying and in 1928, he added sound best of his ability and he was pleased to make it become the success that with his performance. He followed still entertains children and adults up his interview appropriately with worldwide. It took a lot of discussion to help a letter showing his interest in the position Simon realize that job interview rejection is no measure of his worth. If 10 people are interviewed, odds are that any individual candidate is not going to be accepted! It is important to remember that employers interview only the best candidates and for each person not selected there are eight other outstanding individuals that won’t be selected either. The replies that Simon received about “fit” are more helpful than he knows. At both interviews “organizational fit” plays an important role, but in a second interview the primary focus is to see who is the likely “best fit” with the position, the team, and the boss. They are also going to look at who will add value to the team as whole. Its crucial for Simon to keep his spirits high to optimize his chances of being viewed as a good fit. This is where knowing yourself comes into play. We reviewed Simon’s strengths and successes outside of his career destination. He is still a boyfriend, a son, a brother, an athlete, a rock climber, and a photographer as well as job seeker. He needs to reclaim these roles as they will fuel his happiness and reflect well in his interview. He is also going to start recording, just before bed time, three meaningful things that have happened to him that day as a way of strengthening his positive attitude. In term of interview management, he is going to have a career development professional record and give him feedback on a mock interview. It is possible that the problem is not in his answers but in his delivery. Depending upon the organizational culture it may be that his attention to detail, his lack of fun in the rest of his life, and worry about landing the job is causing him to come across in a way that does not fit with the culture of the office. He is going to call some of his informational interview contacts to find out what he can about the office culture, and management style. Finally, he is going to open the door to counter interviewer fears by asking in both interviews how the interviewers feel he stands up in comparison to the ideal candidate. As Simon was leaving he said our conversation reminded him of Winston Churchill saying “never, never give up” and I knew he was back on track.
I ran in the CSA general election for external affairs commissioner. The election involved a huge commitment by my campaign manager, volunteers and myself. We had to coordinate volunteers to sit by campaign materials at a table for four days during the week. We also painted the cannon and the campaign did well over 60 classroom talks. After doing 42 classroom talks myself and talking to students oneon-one during lunch time and dinner all week, I found myself pretty exhausted and of course disappointed I lost in such a close race, but also encouraged by how students were receptive to my platform. I told students that if I were elected I would do everything in my power to mobilize students and connect with other student unions to win a tuition fee freeze. I have no delusions, and realize that this would be an impossible task for me to do just by myself. However, for me, by promising my commitment to winning a tuition fee freeze I was showing students that I was dedicated to building conditions, with volunteers and the general community, to be at a place where a tuition fee freeze could be won. When I spoke with students, I did not come across anyone who confronted me on my stance on tuition fees and disagreed with me. In fact, many students were receptive and agreed with me when I said that education should be a right and it should be free. I did not come across one student who disagreed with me that there should be a tuition fee freeze. Students knew that conditions were getting worse and most of them were knowledgeable about the fact that tuition fees are rising each year in Ontario. When I asked students if they were in any debt, many of them said they were, while those who said they weren’t acknowledged they had friends who are in debt and feel for them. I told students that the student union is a place to fight for student’s interests. I also told them that we have to mobilize with the help of our student union in order to win a tuition freeze, and that in Quebec a general unlimited student strike was starting up to stop the Quebec government from raising tuition nearly 75 per cent in five years. If I had more time to talk to students one on one I would have started discussions about many more things. I would have told them that tuition fee increases particularly hurt women who on average get paid around 30 per cent less than men so they end up taking more time to pay off their debt, and consequently pay more for their education. If I had more time I would have also told them all about how tuition fees are a regressive system while education paid for through a progressive tax system was not. I would have also told them that international students have to pay two to three times more than the average student, and spoken more in depth about how the new tuition grant implemented by the Liberal
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speaking with students one-on-one about tuition fees
Party divides students, with twothirds of students in Ontario not qualifying for it. I also would have never passed up the opportunity to tell them that there are many countries across the world that have free education as a right, and Canada’s choice to increase tuition fees is exactly that, a choice. It is not an economic decision that has to be made. Ontario has some of the lowest tax rates for corporations in North America. Banks in Canada gained a profit of $12-billion altogether in 2008. Raising taxes on rich corporations could easily pay for free education. We need an education system that doesn’t perpetuate inequalities in society today. Students from low-income families are more likely to take on more debt, and with that debt they start their lives on unequal footing. Barriers to education mean that more and more people are shut out of university. Students at Guelph realize this. They just need to realize that, together, we do have the power to do something about it. That the student union is where to fight against fee increases and for free, accessible, quality, public education. We also need to start a culture where students, even though many of them are overburdened with work and school, make time to fight for student and worker interests on the streets. I hope that the elected members of the student union realize they need to mobilize students in order to have a real voice, and will show this through their actions during their term.
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to be taken to demonstrate that Canadian citizens will have zero tolerance for such behaviour. Quebec has taken a step against bullying recently, announcing a $1-million campaign and a new legislation to combat bullying. The bill follows the death of a young Quebec girl who committed suicide last Novemeber, leaving her mother with a note explaining that she could no longer bear the bullying. things would hurt less, you would be less scared and bullies would be non-existent, but this is far from being true. The Globe and Mail reports that a former Mountie has filed a lawsuit against the RCMP for bullying and for sexually discriminating against her. The victim hopes that the lawsuit will help to “purge the ‘toxic’ attitude against women within the male dominated force.” Bullying takes place every day, every minute, even here at the University of Guelph. Last semester anti-semitic messages were graffitied in a first year residence and while there was a mass email sent out to students about this incident, a similar email was never released confirming that the perpetrators had been caught or what consequences they were facing. Most likely, you have been bullied, have been a bully or have witnessed bullying in some form or other and we, especially as bystanders need to change that. In reflecting on incidents of bullying you have witnessed, in how many of them did someone intervene? Did you? We need to stop playing the submissive bystander. Though, this doesn’t mean that we need to use violence to address the issue. A video that recently went viral in Sydney, Australia depicts a small boy harassing a larger boy who takes two punches to the face and one to the stomach before grabbing his tormenter and throwing his body headfirst into the concrete floor. The bully, who suffered a broken leg as a result was given the same suspension as his victim. Many are calling this justice, commemorating the boy for sticking up for himself, but is this the appropriate response we should be taking? The important message here is that something needs to be done before this stage, before a victim must resort to violence in order to combat violence. Bully, an independent film directed by Larry Kent is currently making its way to Canada after brewing up a storm in the states after the Motion Picture Association of America rated it R for course language. In Canada, the film has been given a PG rating, in the hopes of encouraging young people to check out the film. Bully follows the lives of five teenagers who are constantly bullied, a storyline that the very age group of people restricted from seeing it, can relate to. Bullying has become a crisis in North America and needs to be dealt with immediately. It’s time to band together and do something. Creating awareness of the issue is not enough. It’s time to take action. If you have an opinion about the bully epidemic you’d like heard send your thoughts to @theontarion on Twitter or as a letter to the editor at : firstname.lastname@example.org
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The bullying epidemic
In the schoolyard, in the home, in the workplace, bullying comes in a number of different forms. Reports of bullying are prevalent in the news today, though those stories may not be getting the attention they deserve. John Izzo of the Huffington Post has said that “bullying is rampant in America and Canada” and if left unchecked, will only continue to worsen. Being different should hardly be cause for worry in today’s society, yet it is. Recently, the hashtag #RIPBelieberMartin, was trending on Twitter in remembrance of a young boy who committed suicide after being bullied for being a fan of Justin Bieber. Comments on the topic ranged from rage, to sadness, to homophobic comments from teens who claimed that Martin was obviously gay. Meanwhile, in St. John, a 15-year old boy has been charged with assault for setting a young girl’s hair on fire in the classroom. It is the opinion of The Ontarion that both examples need to be taken equally seriously. Just because one act of bullying directly resulted in the physical harm of a person does not mean that it is more or less serious than a homophobic tweet on Twitter. Bullying in every form, whether it results in the direct physical or emotional harm of a person is unacceptable and action needs
“Bullying in every form, whether it results in the direct physical or emotional harm of a person is unacceptable and action needs to be taken to demonstrate that Canadian citizens will have zero tolerance for such behaviour.”
It is important to remember that cases of bullying exceed social media pages, teens and the classroom however. When you were younger you may have shared the belief that when you got older
a letter on Israeli apartheid Week
To The University of Guelph Amira Hass, Gideon Levy and has received a single strike nor Community: Danny Rubinstein, and by fig- has anybody even suggested that We the undersigned are Uni- ures in the Israeli establishment any person should get one. versity of Guelph Faculty and like Shulamit Aloni and Michael We are also deeply troubled Sessional Lecturers who en- Ben-Yair. to learn that one person condorse Israeli Apartheid Week We reject any insinuation that nected to IAW organizing claims (IAW), a non-violent, anti-rac- IAW is discriminatory in any that, because of their involveism campaign designed to raise sense or that it can reasonably be ment, they have been subject awareness about the nature understood to constitute a threat to intimidation from Universiof the Israeli’s government’s to any student. Here we point ty of Guelph personnel. Such policies toward Palestinians, to the anti-oppression statement behavior is a violation of basic Druze, and Bedouin people and read at all University of Guelph democratic rights including the to strengthen the movement IAW events, which declares: rights to academic freedom, free for Boycott, Divestment and “The organizers of this event are speech, free association, and free Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. committed to free speech and assembly. Any university offiIn the context of the Canadian open dialogue. We are opposed cial engaging these or similar government’s consistently anti- to Islamophobia, Anti-Semitism acts has abdicated his or her rePalestinian positions, IAWs are and all other forms of racism and sponsibilities to students and to particularly necessary on Cana- discrimination. All participa- intellectual inquiry, has abused dian campuses. tion in this event must be in line their power, and has contraWe dismiss all intimations that with these basic commitments.” vened the university’s mission. it is only a delusional fringe who Furthermore, at the beginning We assert that every member of describes Israel as an apartheid of every IAW event organizers our community has the right to state and point out that Israeli make explicit a “Three Strikes” be involved in organizing IAW policy has been described in this policy according to which any- and that anybody choosing to way by Nobel Laureates Jimmy body who violates any aspect of do so has the right to this withCarter and Desmond Tutu, by the anti-oppression policy will out facing coercion. United Nations representatives receive two warnings and then John Dugard and Richard Falk, be asked to leave upon a third viby the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, olation. Since this approach was by Israeli journalists such as implemented in 2010, nobody Sincerely, Michael Keefer, Professor Emeritus, School of English and Theatre Studies Lee L’Clerc, Sessional Lecturer, School of Languages and Literatures John McMurtry F.R.S.C., University Professor Emeritus Amir Locker-Biletzki, Sessional Lecturer, Department of History Omid Payrow Shabani, Associate Professor, Philosophy Department Greg Shupak, Sessional Lecturer, School of English and Theatre Studies Terisa Turner, Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
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