tegan and sara delve into synth-pop Heist, u of G style - The Ontarion


tegan and sara delve into synth-pop Heist, u of G style - The Ontarion


The University of Guelph’s Independent Student Newspaper

170.7 ◆ thursday, february 28th, 2013 ◆ www.theontarion.com

Tegan and Sara delve into synth-pop

Duo plays Peter Clark

Hall in support of new


Ben Derochie

Being one of their only sold out

shows on their current tour,

Tegan and Sara played to a welcoming

crowd at University of

Guelph’s Peter Clark Hall on Feb.

23. In support of their new album

Heartthrob, Tegan and Sara depart

from their established indie

roots and embark into the domain

of synthesizers and drum

machines analogous to the synthpop

era of the 1980s. The result

is an adrenalized live show glittered

with vibrant scintillating

LED lights and pulsing dance

rhythms, which was more than a

perfect excuse for all us students

to let loose and have a bit of fun.

While dedicating a large portion

of their repertoire to new

material, they included an

obliging allocation of previous

fan favourites allowing anyone

to satisfy their desire either to

rock out or dance away. Classics

like “Call It Off” were mixed








seamlessly with new dance hits

like “Goodbye, Goodbye,” both

being performed with avidity

from the band. Tegan and Sara

fully engaged with the audience,

throwing various quirky

remarks throughout the concert.

This was perhaps best exemplified

when they diverted from the set

for a full five-minute discussion

with the crowd regarding their

previous adventures in Guelph, including

attending an after-party

in the city after they were invited

by “some dudes in skirts.” The

audience was warmly receptive

throughout the evening, cultivating

in the performance of the new

single “Closer” as the entire crowd

promptly transformed the room

into a dance floor.

Incorporating a full backing

band, Tegan and Sara played all

songs expertly with little or no dissonance

evident at all. The songs

did not divert or elaborate from

their recorded counterparts, but

this is not essentially required as

these songs simply sound great

being performed live. Perhaps

the most distinct moment of the

night came in the encore as they

jammed with a single acoustic










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Ben Derochie

Tegan and Sara’s only Ontario tour stop was at a sold-out Peter Clark Hall on Feb. 23, where they

performed largely from their latest synth-pop album, Heartthrob.

guitar through multiple segments

of several songs all in the timespan

of a single song; a noteworthy and

unique addition. There were a couple

of unashamed and inevitable

sales pitches thrown in for their

new album, but this could be tolerated

as they were poking fun of

themselves for doing so.

If you’re seeking good modern

Heist, U of G style

Updates on the UC


Alicja Grzadkowska

On Jan. 27, a break-and-enter

took place in the University Centre,

and several devices that may

have contained students’ personal

information were stolen. On

Feb. 7, the University of Guelph’s

Chief Information Officer Rebecca

Graham informed students of the

break-in through a widely distributed

email, which caused some

concern for recipients of the news.

Since the incident, the university

administration has taken

several steps in ensuring that

students’ concerns are dealt with

accordingly. Another email from

Graham informed students that

the university would be providing

Canadian indie synth-pop, look no

further. These folks are fun.

for web-exclusive

p h o t o R e e l

free credit monitoring for one

year to students affected by the


Lori Bona Hunt, of Communications

and Public Affairs, says that

this is merely a precaution on the

part of the administration.

There actually has not been any

evidence to date that any of the

information has been used for

fraudulent purposes. We’re just

...see break-ins page 5

170.7 ◆ february 28th, 2013

news 3

Are campus washrooms accessible to all

Washroom Challenge

aims to reveal

accessibility concerns

Katie Shum

The month of March is upon us,

and luckily for those who have

long-forgotten New Year’s resolutions,

this month can be the

beginning of a new challenge.

The Guelph Resource Center

for Gender Empowerment

and Diversity (GRCGED) and

the Central Student Association

(CSA) are collaborating on

a new project called the Gender

Neutral and Accessible

Washroom (GNAW) Challenge.

The challenge is this: for the

duration of March, stay away

from using any washroom or

change room that is gendered

or inaccessible, on campus or


This initiative is open to all

members of the University of

Guelph who wish to participate,

but organizers are particularly

keen on encouraging participants

who “don’t find going to

gendered bathrooms a difficult/

unsafe experience” and those

“who don’t have to consider accessibility

when planning to go

to the washroom,” as explained

on the event’s Facebook page.

Ultimately, the hope is that

through some personal experience,

people will gain a glimpse

of what daily life may be like

for trans and gender-variant

people or people with physical

accessibility needs.

To help participants stay true

to the challenge, all that officially

register online (the link

can be found on the event’s

Facebook page and on the CSA

calendar of events on their

website) will also have an opportunity

to sign up for an

additional information session.

For registrants, the additional

session is a chance to open the

dialogue concerning accessibility

and gender neutrality, and

relate these issues to very real

scenarios for many students,

staff, faculty, and visitors on


To put this into perspective,

imagine that as a participant,

it is your first day of the GNAW

challenge. As you walk through

the UC, 30 minutes before your

next class, you bump into your

busy friend that you have not

seen since October. Your friend

then asks you to catch-up over

coffee and a snack, seeing as

you do not have class for a

while. However, after giving

an excited “Yes!” you suddenly

realize that there is not

a gender neutral or accessible

washroom near your next classroom.

Choices: do you forgo

this social activity, or engage

in this social activity at the risk

of not being able to concentrate

in an hour when you feel the

need to go to the washroom

Or worse, do you leave class in

search of a gender neutral and

accessible washroom

CSA Academic and University

Affairs Commissioner, Deaglan

McManus, one of the primary

collaborators of this initiative,

discussed the timing of the

Gender Neutral and Accessible

Washroom Challenge.

“Everyone needs to use the

washroom, and everyone needs

to feel comfortable using the

There is never

a wrong time

to bring these

issues to light.”

– Deaglan


washroom. There is never a

wrong time to bring these issues

to light.”

Along with an open dialogue,

a very basic, one-page “Washroom

Audit” will be handed out

to each participant, and the

workshops will include instructions

on how to go about

auditing campus washrooms

and change rooms. Keeping in

mind that this challenge hopes

to address both gendered and

inaccessible facilities, the audit

ranges from designations (e.g.

male figure, female figure, male

and female figure, etc.), to

The Gender Neutral Bathroom Challenge hopes to show the difficulties

of bathroom use for trans and gender-variant individuals, and those

with accessibility needs.

simple questions about doors,

sinks, toilets, and other objects

to be found in both washrooms

and change rooms.

The inspiration for creating

this major project came

from student experiences that

have been reported at the University

of Guelph. Currently,

GRCGED is calling for student

submissions of experiences

with gendered and inaccessible

washrooms for their zine,

which will be available in


Another major source of

inspiration for the GNAW challenge

came from a very similar

bathroom challenge that was

orchestrated in Halifax, Nova

Scotia in 2012. That challenge

also focused on gender-neutral

bathrooms, however, organizers

there also spoke of lobbying

for bathrooms that could be

made accessible for people of

all different abilities and needs.

Guelph organizers hope that for

people experiencing this challenge,

or for people keeping up

with other news about this initiative,

those who are aware

will feel inspired to fight for

more gender neutral and accessible


Currently, the University of

Guelph website provides some

vanessa tignanelli

information, when correctly

searched on the campus map,

about the availability, location,

and accessibility of washrooms

in buildings across campus.

However, those listings may be

out of date or unreliable, explained


For example, what is listed as

a “unisex stall on south end of

[third] floor” on the webpage

for the University Center fails

to include mentioning that this

facility is locked after 4:10 p.m.

and there are no other listings

for a gender-neutral facility on

other floors in the UC.

Despite this and many other

accessibility issues on campus,

McManus acknowledged

that there have been some

signs of momentum from the

University’s governing bodies.

However, the sense that progress

for change has been slow is

suggested by the arrival of this

new student initiative.

McManus imparted that the

GNAW challenge is the first step

to raising awareness on campus,

and that the outcomes

from the audits and support

from participants will help this

campaign to push changes for

more gender neutral and accessible

washroom and change

facilities on campus.

Global to Local:

Students, staff, and

faculty on international

and national news

Research on discriminatory Google

advertisements has recently come

out of Harvard where a professor has

discovered that the popular search

engine allegedly links names associated

with black people with

ads related to criminality. In fact,

Latanya Sweeney found that these

adverts were 25 per cent more likely

to appear alongside a search that

included a black name. Services

offering background checks for arrests

and criminal records were two

types of ads cited as appearing during

these searches. Caucasian names

brought up typical types of advertisements

not related to criminality,

even though some of the Caucasian

names used by Sweeney in her

research trial did have criminal records

associated with them. In an

article in The Daily Mail, a Google

spokesperson responded that the

company was not to blame as, “It is

up to individual advertisers to decide

which keywords they want to

choose to trigger their ads.”

The Ontarion: Have you heard about

this and does it interest you

Sebastian Szilagyi, student: I haven’t

heard about it. I guess it does interest

me in a sense. We’re moving

toward a much more equal world

so to have these sorts of discriminatory

things popping up – it’s not

a good thing. So I think that it does

interest me because I’d like to see

those [things] not happening. You

know, granted, there will be people

of many races who just aren’t

up to society’s level of standards,

but you’re going to find that in any

race – I’d read into it more.

The Ontarion: Do you have any experiences

with similar ads that have

stereotyped or reflected your supposed

interests in a particular way

SS: Well, I’ve seen certain things like

that pop up, mostly on Facebook,

not necessarily Google. Based on

my likes, I’ve noticed certain things

kind of popping up on the side. I

don’t use them… At first, I was kind

of thrown off by them, like this is

stuff I’ve looked into or interested

in. [I was] scrolling through Facebook

and there was like this Big

Lebowski advertisement on the side,

which sort of catches you off guard.

I’ve had some experiences based on

that, yeah.


Thanks to the participant for this

week’s interview. If you have

something to say about international

or national news, and

would like to be contacted for future

issues, or if you want to see a

particular news story covered here,

contact News Editor Alicja Grzadkowska

at onnews@uoguelph.ca.



Gryphons meet a Dragon

U of G welcomes

Dragons’ Den

personality and

Wealthy Barber author

David Chilton

Al Ladha

On Feb. 12, David Chilton – author

of the bestselling Wealthy

Barber books and a Dragon on

CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den –

shared his recipes for success in

personal finance with a mixture

of humour and common sense

for a packed house at War Memorial

Hall. Chilton donated

all funds generated from ticket

sales to the OVC Pet Trust Fund

in support of the Mona Campbell

Centre for Animal Cancer.

Before I left my office to interview

Chilton, I had a chance to

read a Maclean’s article about a

generation the magazine is dubbing

“the new underclass.” It

delved into why many smart,

educated, ambitious young people

“have no future.” I fielded

Chilton with some of the ideas.

“It’s a complicated subject

matter and traditionally I’ve

been optimistic of all generations

having better lifestyles

than their parents,” said

Chilton. “I mean we are all

beneficiaries of the tremendous

innovation that takes place and

of all the accumulation of all the

things that have come before us,

but I will admit the job market

is very challenging.”

The entrepreneur says it’s

a matter of adapting to technological

advances and other

progressions in our culture.

“We are automating and digitizing

so many processes that

society on a whole may be winning

– we may be net up – but

unfortunately there is a lot of

displacement and people who

don’t have the matching skills

are really struggling right now,”

said Chilton. “A lot of the types

of jobs people first entered into

and not just the traditional factory,

but also clerk jobs or lower

level jobs at all major institutions

– are being automated or

have been replaced by foreign

workers in some cases and computers

in others.”

Chilton is finding that many

intelligent 21 to 27-year-old

people who have a lot of potential

to add to society are falling

between the cracks these days

and are unable to find a solid

footing. The economist notes

that some of these people are

turning towards entrepreneurship,

but insists that’s not easy.

“As David Chilton I’ve been

an entrepreneur all my life,

and I love it, but I realize not

everyone is well suited to creating

their own enterprise and

taking care of all the facets that

are necessary to run effectively.”

Chilton says he was lucky

enough to follow his passion

at a young age and fell in love

with the world of personal finance

and to wit, it’s served

him generously over the years.

That being said, Chilton maintains

that we must be realistic

and that not everyone can follow

their passion and turn it

into a great career.

“During the early stages of

your life you often times find

yourself doing some things

you’re not too keen on and

this generation – admittedly

up against legitimate problems

– is scuffling with that,” Chilton

conceded. “They are really

struggling with the fact that

you’ve got to go in and do menial

tasks on occasion or things

you don’t like doing. But that is

the nature of life unfortunately.”

“Following your passion

sounds great in theory and

looks great in books, but in the

real world it’s not always easy

to execute on, and again, if we

“During the

early stages of

your life you

often times find

yourself doing

some things

you’re not too

keen on and

this generation

– admittedly

up against


problems – is

scuffling with


–David Chilton

push everyone towards entrepreneurship

it may be good for

society in the big picture, longterm

situation, but we’re going

to have a lot of people fail, and

that’s just the nature of startup


Chilton brought up personal

debt levels, noting that they

are very high and real, but also

said he sees them much more

in the U.S. – especially for students

that have gone to grad

school. He tends not to see

those levels in Canada as often,

but didn’t underplay the problem;

according to Chilton, “a

degree or second degree doesn’t

guarantee you a high income job

anymore and so it is difficult.”

Chilton maintains hammering

away at debt is always a good

financial move which reduces

stress and frees up cash flow.

He says “we are looking at a

different rate of return on the

investment equation right now

with post secondary education

and all of a sudden, for the first

time in decades, we have a lot

of people saying, ‘I’m not sure

that was a wise move.’”

As Chilton put it, it’s a more

complex situation than it’s been

in the past and the return on investment

isn’t guaranteed. He

feels education – especially with

the digital revolution – is going

to undergo dramatic changes in

the next 10 to 15 years.

Discussing Rich Carlgaard,

a digital revolution writer for

Forbes who has predicted 50

per cent of post secondary education

could be challenged

because of the Internet, Chilton

said this model might not

be so healthy for the institutions

that are entrenched, but that it

could be healthier for society in

the long run.

In respect to Dragons’ Den,

Chilton says he and the other

Dragons get along well. He

bumps into Arleen Dickinson

every so often in Toronto, he

has a lot in common with Bruce

Croxon, and loves Jim Treliving’s

company although he

lives in Dallas and travels a lot.

Although they both work in the

same industry David runs into

Kevin O’Leary less frequently.

They have had some conflict on

air on The Lang and O’Leary

Exchange, but they get along

pretty well. Chilton says that

when they all see each other

on set it’s a lot of fun, and as

the new Dragon they have been

very warm, accepting and good

to him.

Speaking about his spare time

Chilton said he loves immersing

himself in books related to

world politics, economics and

finance. He likes to play a fair

amount of golf but has not been

able to get on the green as much

in the last three years because of

commitments to his new book,

The Wealthy Barber Returns. He

says he’s still very close with

his kids and hangs around them

Rafaela é,


Mike Rao

Dave Chilton, of The Wealthy Barber franchise and Dragons’ Den, visited the campus in support of the

Pet Trust Fund.

a lot.

Being a dog lover, Chilton says

he “can’t live without them.”

He has made deals with all three

pitches this year that involve

dogs, and as a result he has

been razzed by some of his fellow

Dragons, mainly Dickinson.

In regards to this event, Chilton

was happy to help out this

great cause and thought it was

nice to be invited, plus he loved

the venue. Given his fondness

for the University of Guelph and

its location just a short drive

from Kitchener, when the U of

G called him it was pretty easy

convincing him to speak. As

Chilton said, “I’m a pet guy so

from every perspective it was

ideal.” He did mention however

he has to learn to be a little more

discerning when it comes to pet

deals on Dragons’ Den.

170.7 ◆ february 28th, 2013

news 5

Guelph talks agricultural sustainability

Speakers and audience

discuss future of global

food supply

Andrew Donovan

On Feb. 25, the College of Management

and Economics (CME),

along with the Canadian Institutes

of Health Research, invited

Dr. Rick Yada of the University of

Guelph to speak at a gathering held

at the Guelph Holiday Inn. The presentation

was titled, “The Future

of Food: Advancing Health & Food


As our planet’s population is

projected to reach nine billion by

2050 and demand for agricultural

produce is expected to rise by

60 per cent in that time, it is in

our present day, according to Dr.

Yada, that we must ask ourselves,

experts, and government how we

plan on keeping up with such great


The discussion’s moderator, Associate

Dean of the CME at the U

of G, Dr. Sylvain Charlebois, began

the very inclusive, audience-oriented

discussion by asking Yada

what food safety means to him. Yada’s

answer dealt extensively with

the idea of sustainability, not just

in an international context but also

within the borders of Canada.

“We now have

a population

that is eating

the ‘right’ foods

as a form of



not curative


– Rick Yada

“We live in a world of extremes.

On one end, we have type-2 diabetes

and obesity and the other we

have starvation,” said Yada. “What

we are striving for globally is quality,

quantity and choice.”

As the conversation developed,

the ideas of education became a

major speaking point for the audience

and the presenters. Yada

believes that we are in the midst of

a paradigm shift, especially in the

west, when it comes to food and

food marketing, and we are seeing

that the power of the consumer

is driving the evolution of the

products. We are saturated with

The event opened up discussion on a variety of issues related to food security and the growing population.

information about eating healthier

and the industry is adapting. But

there’s a catch in these marketing

ploys, explained Yada.

There’s this idea that if you eat a

certain food, you will never get ill.”

Though those claims simply cannot

be foolproof and can be misleading,

Yada did admit there is a great

benefit to this paradigm shift, pertaining

especially to healthcare.

“We now have a population that

is eating the ‘right’ foods as a form

of preventative healthcare, not curative


As with any discussion relating

to the future of agricultural

production, the highly controversial

topic of GMOs came up. Yada

approached the manner in a levelheaded

and practical way.

His biggest complaint was how

GMOs are thrown into populations

with little inquiry into whether the

population wants it or how it will

affect the environment it’s in, and

that there is almost an absolute assumption

by the creators of GMO

that their seeds are just “better”

and we ought to accept this claim

without question.

But Yada didn’t outright dismiss

the potential of GMOs.

There is some benefit in being

able to grow foods in a different

manner. It’s an option but not necessarily

a solution.”

The latter part of the conversation

addressed the ability of getting

food to nations with poor means

of creating their own sustainable

agriculture. Campbell’s Canada

has tried canned food initiatives

abroad, but as far as sustaining a

program like that is concerned,

it was impractical as many locals

won’t take to a canned food


Up until this point, many companies

have had “a paternalistic

view of philanthropic aid,” which

according to Charlebois, hasn’t yet

garnered much success.

The conversation was diverse

and intriguing, and everything

from the venue to the dialogue was

exceptionally entertaining. But, as

Ben Derochie

seems to be the case with conversations

on food and sustainability,

you end up leaving the discussion

with more confusion and questions

than you had coming into it.

...break-ins continued

being abundantly cautious,” said


The emails have also been sent out

to a large group of people for security

measures since it was not evident

which students’ personal information

were on the devices.

“In reality, far fewer people were

probably affected,” said Hunt.

The Jan. 27 break-in has been just

one in a series of thefts that have

taken place in the UC in recent

months. A hard drive was stolen

from The Ontarion’s office prior to

Winter Break, another break, enter,

and theft on the UC’s second floor

reported as having occurred between

Feb. 10 and 11, and on Feb.

19, CFRU’s Station Manager Peter

Bradley informed volunteers and

employees that a computer from

the radio station was stolen on the

18th. Through email correspondence,

Bradley told The Ontarion

that this was the first break-in at

CFRU “in several years.”

“It’s unfortunate, and it’s alarming

that this sort of thing has been

happening all over campus,” added

Bradley. “We won’t allow this incident

to dampen the atmosphere of

trust, goodwill, and creativity that

defines CFRU’s volunteer culture,

but we will be putting some new

security measures in place that will

help prevent this from happening


The slew of device thefts may

indicate that obtaining personal

information was not the intention

of the Jan. 27 break-in, but rather

that electronics were the sought

after targets. However, the ongoing

police investigation will hope to find

the intention and perpetrator(s) of

the crime in the upcoming months.

The university’s also been in

contact with the Information and

Privacy Commissioner of Ontario,”

added Hunt.

Now, several weeks after the incident,

the university has turned its

attention to making students, staff,

and faculty aware of on-campus security

and keeping their personal

electronics close. Because the UC

is a public building and it’s open for

long periods of time, Hunt says that

the discussion has focused not just

on security in the building, “but also

about reminding people to lock their

offices, lock up their equipment like

computers and things like that just

because frankly, it’s an easy target

[…] there is access to a significant

chunk of the building for the public.”

What Hunt calls “the educational

component” of the process is particularly

important as people store

much of their information on desktops,

rather than on hard drives,

and often leave personal devices


“[We’re to] remind people to make

sure that their personal laptops or

computers or any other personal belongings

are locked up and secure,”

said Hunt, “and not leaving information

in places where it could be

easily retrieved.”



Food Not Bombs in the community

The Guelph chapter

proves that food is a

right, not a privilege

Kelsey Coughlin

Providing free, accessible, and

local food to the Guelph community

is the goal of the Guelph

chapter of Food Not Bombs, a

loose-knit group of independent

collectives serving free

vegan food to those who are

hungry, both on campus and

in the community.

The idea behind Food Not

Bombs is to raise awareness

about global issues, specifically

the labelling of hunger as a

form of violence.

According to the group, the

Food Not Bombs ideology is

that government priorities are

skewed to allow hunger to persist

in the midst of abundance.

Food Not Bombs is a global enterprise,

which was founded in

1980 in Massachusetts by anti-nuclear

activists. Since then,

there have been more than 400

chapters nationally representing

the organization. While each

chapter is free to make its own

decisions about what issues

to endorse and fight against,

they also embrace a few basic


Many chapters of Food Not

Bombs are involved in community,

anti-poverty, anti-war,

and pro-immigrant organizing,

as well as other political

causes related to social justice.

The Guelph chapter of the group

aims to educate students and

community members through

various themed events, classes,

and outreach programs.

Already the Guelph chapter

has held a number of events on

campus. These include a visit by

Keith McHenry, co-founder of

Food Not Bombs, a Bring Your

Own Bowl (BYOB) Soup Kitchen,

and most recently, a free

vegan dinner at the Aboriginal

Resource Center.

University of Guelph student

Maria Timpano is a member of

the Guelph organization and explained

that students “make and

deliver all vegan food to people

on campus who are looking for a

healthy meal, but can not afford

it because money is tight [with

the idea of] raising awareness of

global hunger issues.” Too many

University of Guelph students

face this reality, says the group,

and for some of them these opportunities

are their only reason

for not going to bed hungry.

A large amount of the food

served by the group of students

is excess food from grocery

stores, restaurants, and bakeries

that would otherwise go

straight to the garbage. They

aspire to reduce waste through

sharing both free food and information

in protest of war,

poverty, hunger, and similar

global issues.

The Guelph group wants students

to realize that in a world

of abundance, food is a right and

hunger should not be tolerated.


Nuclear Winter

The Guelph chapter of Food Not Bombs serves vegan food to the

community through a variety of events.

Students reminded to respect sexual health

Heart Your Parts event

held by the Wellness


Lindsay Pinter

On Feb. 26, University of Guelph’s

Wellness Centre, in association

with the Canadian Federation

for Sexual Heath, held an event

called, “Heart Your Parts” at Branion


“Heart Your Parts is an event

which raises awareness [for] sexual

health, and getting tested for

any sexually transmitted infections,”

explained Wellness Centre

member Erin De Jong. “The objective

of this presentation [was]

to put a positive, upbeat light on

sexual health.”

Jong also discussed the importance

of the event, stating that

it draws attention to protecting

yourself from risks associated

with sexual behaviour.

“Being sexually active is a basic

human right; people just need to

be aware of the risks and how to

stay healthy and protected.”

The event provided information

on various health related issues

such as HPV and cervical cancer,

and featured free hot chocolate for

“[We] make

and deliver all

vegan food

to people on

campus who

are looking for

a healthy meal,

but can not

afford it because

money is tight.”

– Maria Timpano

students stopping by. Members of

the Wellness Centre stood by to

answer any questions passers-by

may have had. There were many

pamphlets and resources available

to students at this event as

well, including some dedicated

to the LGBTQ community. They

toted slogans such as “PAPs matter

– no matter who you have sex

with,” and “Regular STI testing

and yearly physicals are essential

in maintaining good health;

no matter whom you love.”

“This is to explain to people that

it doesn’t matter who you have

sex with – everyone needs to be

protected and visit their doctors

to get tested,” said another Wellness

Centre member, Kimberly


PAP tests for females are another

very important health

procedure, which many females

overlook. This is a medical test to

check for cervical cancer in females.

If you are over the age of

21 or have had any sexual intercourse

then you are eligible for a

PAP test.

Students with more questions

on health-related issues,

including mental health and

sexual health can visit the Wellness

Centre, which is located on

The Wellness Centre set up a booth in Branion Plaza to educate students on sexual health.

the second floor of the J.T. Powell

building on campus. The centre

is a valuable resource available

to students that can provide

them with one-on-one support,

workshops, information kits and

various events, such as Heart Your


All the members of the Wellness

Centre are trained to provide students

with the best resources and

support available for their varying

questions and concerns, as well

as information on how to contact

a healthcare professional. The

Wellness Center is always hosting

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many health related events, and

students can visit the centre for

more information on upcoming

events hosted at the university.

The event made it clear that

students should stay positive and

smart about sexual health, heart

their parts, and get tested.

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news 7

How much do you know about the PPP

Evaluating student

involvement and

awareness of review


Alicja Grzadkowska

The question of how students can have

an impact on changes happening in

the university has arisen yet again this

year. This time, the focus has turned

to the Program Prioritization Process

(PPP). The Central Student Association

(CSA) claims that students are

not being provided with accessible information

about the PPP Task Force’s

agenda, which is just one of the CSA’s

concerns about the process.

“A lot of the issues we have with

the PPP [are about] how fast it’s

moving, and how little communication

happened with the CSA prior to

September,” said Deaglan McManus,

the Academic and University Affairs

Commissioner for the CSA. According

to McManus, communication

with students has been scant, and

not completely transparent. An initial

communication was sent out in the

first school week of September, which

may have been overlooked by students

busy settling back into university life.

“I don’t think it should [have been]

assumed that students would recognize

that their programs might be at

risk or that their programs are being

evaluated in depth,” said McManus.

The PPP was started back in September,

and will serve as an assessment

of academic and non-academic programs

and services. The end goal is to

identify the university’s strengths, as

well as where it can cut back on costs

to narrow the gap between revenues

and expenses.

While the language of the information

released about the PPP is

seemingly unthreatening, McManus

says that the process is reminiscent

of cuts that took place in 2009, which

marked the end of the Women’s Studies


“People didn’t realize towards the

end of the process that it was going to

happen,” explained McManus. And,

according to McManus, similar issues

have been present in the PPP’s work

so far. The looming deadline to submit

review forms, for one, is a concern.

Units and departments in the

University of Guelph are currently reviewing

their services, and Maureen

Mancuso, Provost and VP Academic,

explains that each unit has been asked

to complete a Program Information

Request (PIR) form, due on March 1.

“For example, every major will have

a PIR form that is completed that provides

information on the ten criterion,

which the programs and services will

be assessed against,” Mancuso detailed

through email correspondence. The

criterion can be found on the PPP

website, and include the external

and internal demand for programs,

and revenue and costs weight, among

other criteria.

McManus believes that this process

should involve students, as they are

the primary participants in programs.

Right now, students are not able to get

easily involved, as many units have not

been asking students to participate

in part because of the tight deadlines.

“We really appreciate those that have

[been involving students],” said McManus,

“because at least it helps students

understand what’s happening. The

process does not allow for involvement

[…] which is concerning when

students are the majority.”

Bruno Mancini, the director of

Counselling Services and the Centre

for Students with Disabilities, is one

facilitator who has involved students in

the review process. According to Mancini,

meetings he held with students

were “well-attended and helpful in

providing new insights and feedback.”

Mancuso agrees that student participation

is important since they

have “perspectives/information on

their programs that would be useful.”

Mancuso also explained that it is not

the Task Force’s responsibility to involve

students, and that this job lies

with departments.

Students are however present on

the Task Force. Noorain Shethwala and

Anne Laarman are the undergraduate

and graduate interns respectively, and

will aid with the review process. Mc-

Manus is uncertain of how they will be

able to get involved and defend student

interests, though the titles of the two

students’ positions have been changed

from their original titles as “student


“How much freedom are they going

to have in opposing any decisions that

their supervisors make, given that their

supervisors are also on the taskforce”

said McManus. “To our knowledge,

it hasn’t happened before that a student’s

been paid [by someone other

than students] to sit on a university


With the deadline approaching

quickly, McManus says that members

of the CSA are working to improve

the accessibility of information on the

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Noorain Shethwala is the

undergraduate intern on the PPP

taskforce, which is one of the two

positions reserved for students.

website by providing the PPP with

feedback. Through the CSA website,

McManus has also included contact

information for the authors of the PIR

forms, and an email template for what

students can send to the authors.

“[We’re] informing students so

they’re not hit with it when the decisions

are made at the end of the

summer,” said McManus, adding,

The communication might get better

towards the end of the process,

but that’s when it’s going to hurt the


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neil turok

Physicist Neil Turok received an

honorary doctorate from the

University of Guelph during the Feb.

20 convocation ceremony held in

War Memorial Hall. One of Turok’s

achievements has been establishing

the African Institute for Mathematical

Sciences in Cape Town. Since its

opening in 2003, 400 students from

a variety of African countries have

graduated and moved on to science

and technical-related careers.

Missing the point

Alicja Grzadkowska

Newsology: News coverage of the Oscars

On the day after the Oscars, the news

media had a lot to talk about, from

the typical best and worst dressed

lists, where actresses (and sometimes

actors) get punished or rewarded by

nobodies for their choice of insanely

expensive gowns, to the obvious

discussion on the night’s winners

and losers.

Nonetheless, with some media

casting this year’s awards as boring

and forgettable, the focus turned to

the successes and failures of host Seth

MacFarlane, and reporters are clearly

confused about which of the two

MacFarlane had more of. Headlines

included “Critics: Some of Seth Mac-

Farlane’s Oscar jokes ‘inappropriate,’

‘sexist’,” “Seth MacFarlane bombed

terribly hosting the 85th Academy

Award,” and “Seth MacFarlane Best

When He Wasn’t Trying to be Funny.”

The opening routine titled “We

Saw Your Boobs” was clearly one of

the skits that was perceived as inappropriate,

though the actresses

mentioned were apparently in on

the song and dance number about

their on-screen chest reveals.

While the media generally agreed

that MacFarlane was the wrong

choice to host the Oscars, it is surprising

that more reporters did not

comment on Michelle Obama’s presentation

of the Best Picture Award,

who was evidently following in the

footsteps of Bill Clinton at the Golden

Globes. The Washington Post’s

Jennifer Rubin delivered an honest

opinion on Obama’s presence at the

awards, stating that the First Lady’s

lack of comment on the military service

personnel standing behind her,

and her short and vague statement

on the gay community were entitled

and odd points of discussion for the

White House representative.

More importantly, as Rubin points

out, why was Michelle Obama even

at the Oscars Her persona has nothing

to do with Hollywood, unless you

count appearing on Jimmy Kimmel

as celebrity-status worthy, and her

appearance only serves to corrupt

the idea of the president as the capable

leader of the U.S. who is solely

focused on improving his country

rather than attending fluffy galas and

award shows.

The ongoing attempts of world

leaders to appear hip and “with

it” are also insulting to youth. It

seems that being a politician in the

21st century now necessitates the

development of a cool image that

appeals to young people, who apparently

only pay attention to politics

if the leader of the country shakes

hands with Ben Affleck or fights

other politicians in a joke wrestling


Instead of judging which celebrity

got it “right” with their outfit

choices or whether MacFarlane was

a good choice for the hosting gig, the

news should have paid more attention

to what Michelle Obama’s

presence means for youth and the

rest of the world’s understanding

of U.S. politics, and its increasingly

star-studded nature.



No rest for the writers

Workshops continue

annual tradition of

discussing compelling


Alicja Grzadkowska

Creative minds got little rest during

Reading Week as the third

annual Writers Workshops invited

the community, students, and U

of G faculty and staff to participate

in a wide range of seminars

on everything from blog writing

and grammar, to publishing research

and writing for an internet


The workshops took place all day

Feb. 21 and Feb. 22 in McLaughlin

Library, and were free this year,

which has been the goal of Jodie

Salter, the chief organizer behind

the event, since her take-over of

the event last year.

“That was something I fought

for,” said Salter, adding that the

resulting community outreach

from the workshops will hopefully

help to bring people from on

and off campus into the library.

“I think it’s important for the

university and the library to make

itself more accessible, but also to

make itself accessible to faculty

and staff who may only think of

this building as a repository for

databases that they access online.”

The change in admission pricing

wasn’t the only development

from last year’s event. Elsevier,

a publisher of science, technical,

and health-related work, sponsored

the event, which according

to Salter, allowed the workshops

to have more promotion behind

them and be “a bit fancier.”

Of course, the main focuses

of the event were the seminars

themselves, which were organized

in a way that let attendees

follow the same or different

streams throughout the program


“I’ve tried to create streams,

so creative writing streams,

academic streams, digital

communication streams, so

hopefully if someone [was] interested

in that, they [could]

follow it through the two days,”

said Salter.

The digital communication

stream was particularly present

in the workshops, with attention

given to writing for the Internet

in multiple seminars, even ones

that were not directly related to

the web. For example, Salter told

The Ontarion that writing for the

net came up in “Plain Language

Writing Strategies” presented by

Kim Garwood and Andrea Karpala

as “accessibility to broader

audiences” was discussed. Social

media use was also explored by

several workshops like “Managing

Your Reputation Using Social

Media” led by Stuart Robertson

and “How to Please Both People

and Robots with Your Digital

Content” by Colleen Tully.

Other presenters included

Calantha Elsby, the local persona

behind the food blog piecurious.

com, Nicholas Murphy, a U of G

grad student working towards

his PhD who moonlights as an

award-winning filmmaker, and

creative writing pros like Sandra

Sabatini and Kilby Smith-Mc-

Gregor, to name a few of the

many talented individuals who

took the time to lead dynamic

and absorbing seminars.

Whether digital content discussions

will continue to be a

significant part of the workshops

depends on the attendees’ reception

of the workshops, says


“I’m curious to see how the

numbers are for those [workshops]

in order to think of how

we’ll shape it for next year.”

Based on some of the feedback

from the event, a variety of the

seminars and streams were wellreceived,

and people enjoyed the

low registration fee.

“I’m really focused on trying to

hone in on research skills and research

writing skills, and it was

free,” said Telesphore Marie, a

first-year agriculture student,

on why he attended, adding, “I

think it’s a great thing to share

these ideas and this information

with people like myself.”

Kasia Zygmunt, a community

member, agreed, commenting on

the wide range of writing “tools

and different views” that were

made available through the event,


and the free entry, which was a

“huge contributor” to her presence

at the workshops. Anjelica

Abarra, a second-year English

student used the workshops

“to gain more knowledge from


For Salter, the event was meant

to show the library off, and break

“unconscious barriers” between

the surrounding community and

the campus, as well as the barriers

between the library and

people who regularly visit the

campus. Networking and promoting

other writing programs

were also key parts of the event.

“We have Creative Writing at

Guelph here this year,” said

Salter, “[So we can] get the community

educated on what’s being

offered,” adding that she sees the

workshops “as a space where you

start to create dialogue and networking

on a multitude of levels.”

Salter’s vision for the future of

the workshops is clear.

“It would be great if it becomes

a network for different writers

to create community outside of

work place.”

170.7 ◆ february 28th, 2013

arts & Culture 9

Jill Barber shares the love at River Run

Canadian songstress

dazzles in special

Valentine’s Day


Julia Tignanelli

On Feb. 14, pairs plucked by cupid’s

arrow and unattached admirers of

live music alike took in an appropriately

love-struck performance

by Canadian torch singer Jill Barber

at the River Run Centre. With

warm stage presence, palpable

charm, and a perfect combination

of toe-tapping numbers and

breezy ballads, Barber encapsulated

old school romance by inviting

the audience into a dreamy, jazzinfused


Hailing from Port Credit, Ont.,

Barber has since been drawn to

both coasts of Canada, living for

some time in Halifax, Nova Scotia

and eventually making the move

westward to call Vancouver home.

Though this CBC darling has long

been on the Canadian music scene,

beginning with folk-inspired albums

like A Note to Follow So

(2002), Oh Heart (2004, which

earned Barber the Female Recording

of the Year award at the 2005

Music Nova Scotia Awards), and

For All Time (2006), it was Barber’s

fearless transition into vocal jazz,

marked by the release of Chances

in 2008, that launched the artist’s

career forward. After earning

two Juno nominations for Chances

– including one for New Artist

of the Year – the reinvented Barber

charged forward; the release

of Mischievous Moon in 2011 solidified

the singer’s utterly unique

and now unmistakable vocal style.

The River Run performance was

in part a celebration of Barber’s

latest musical endeavour, Chansons

– a collection of covers of

classic French love songs. In the

style of one of Barber’s noted inspirations,

Parisian ballad singer

Édith Piaf, these melodies of love

and loss seemed a natural addition

to the starry-eyed performer’s

musical repertoire.

Barber was accompanied onstage

by a suave, multi-talented

ensemble of musicians – bandmates

Les Cooper (guitar), Steve Zsirai

(bass), Adam Warner (drums, percussion),

Robbie Grunwald (piano,

accordion), and modern-day Renaissance

man Drew Jurecka, who

contributed musical stylings on

violin, sax, mandolin, accordion,

and clarinet, as well as a memorable

whistle solo, which may have garnered

the most applause all evening.

Also scattered throughout the

performance were beloved tracks

from Barber’s previous albums,

including “Mischievous Moon,”

“Chances,” “Never Quit Loving

You,” “Take It Off Your Mind,” an

upbeat, a cappella arrangement of

“A Wish Under My Pillow,” and the

audience-requested “Starting to

Show,” which Barber appropriately

used to announce the news of her

pregnancy. Tender moments like

this one were not rare, and when

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Jazz singer Jill Barber provided an intimate and entertaining Valentine’s Day concert, drawing heavily on

the influence of the love songs of Edith Piaf.

shared alongside witty anecdotes

from Barber and bandmates, the

show was consistently entertaining

and intimate. With the expert execution

of a charming and heartfelt

performance, it’s safe to say that

Barber seduced even the most pessimistic

of hearts.

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The ubiquitous appeal of ukuleles

Ukulele club facilitates

inclusive learning

Michael Bohdanowicz

Gaining an understanding of

how to play the ukulele seemed

to be attainable through being

present at a ukulele club’s meeting

held at Long & McQuade’s

recently relocated Guelph location

on Feb. 23.

The club held its first meeting

in January in response to calls

for the creation of such a club

by Kim Logue. Logue is currently

the store’s lessons coordinator

but advocated the creation of a

ukulele club prior to finding employment

with Long & McQuade.

The room in which the meeting

was held was awash with participants.

The gathering had an

informal and supportive tone to

it, as consensus was reached on

what songs the club should play

and its participants shared information

about ukuleles. With

great patience, the group often

repeated songs so that participants

could better understand

how to play them. This inclusive

nature welcomed the presence of

a cuatro, an instrument similar

to the ukulele, which seemed

to fit seamlessly with the music


Like Logue, most of the meeting’s

participants considered

themselves to be beginners

playing the ukulele. The host

of the meeting, local musician

Gayle Ackroyd, also shared this

characteristic and is well-experienced

with playing guitars.

Ukuleles typically include four

cords, tuned to the G, C, E and A

musical notes. Ukuleles can be

divided by their size with soprano,

concert, tenor and baritone

ukuleles forming the smallest to

largest sizes respectively.

The first song the group played

was “You Are My Sunshine.”

Without lyrics, the uplifting

sense of the song was nonetheless

conveyed. “Oh! Susanna,”

written by Stephen Foster, was

the second song the group addressed.

Tablet sheets showing

this song were presented to attendees,

though this medium of

written music could present difficulties

in showing the number

of beats.

Ackroyd provided background

information on the next song

performed by the group, “Iko

Iko” by the Dixie Cups. The song

is said to originate from the

band’s time at a recording studio

in which the band played it

while their manager took a coffee

break. Upon returning from

the break, the manager insisted

that this song be recorded.

It was, and “Iko Iko” became a

hit song.

Following a performance or

two of “Iko Iko,” Ackroyd again

provided background information

on the next song, “Cheer

Up You’re Okay.” That song was

written by Ackroyd following a

move to Guelph two years ago. A

lack of friends and family members

in Guelph provided the

impetus for creating the song.

Additionally, two rail transport-themed

folk songs were

played during this gathering,

“Freight Train” and “I’ve

Been Working on the Railroad.”

“Tennesse Waltz” provided the

closing act. In keeping with the

club’s inclusive nature, participants

were welcome to pursue

solos and introduce new songs

during the gathering.

Overall, ukuleles provided

a soothing touch to the songs

played at the club’s gathering,

which will meet again on March




Heart of Cuba on stage

Ballet Creole performs

at River Run Centre

Colleen McDonell

Not all ballets are classical affairs,

with an audience hushed as dancers

in tights and leotards move delicately

to the sounds of a classical orchestra.

On Feb. 17 at the River Run Centre,

Guelph got a taste of a different type

of ballet – the kind that gets your

feet tapping, your hands clapping,

and even got The Ontarion’s reporter

and photographer up on stage. The

“Heart of Cuba” performed by the

Ballet Creole company brought a

taste of the island to a snowy Canadian

winter as part of the Guelph

Mercury Family Series.

“I wanted to show the dancing of

Cuba on the main stage,” Patrick

Parson, founder of Ballet Creole, told

the audience.

“Ballet” is a particular type of dance

with origins in France’s courts dating

back to the 1500s and 1600s, while

“Creole” is a term that means “native

to the locality” and refers to people

born and raised in the Caribbean,

but of mixed European and African

descent. The two terms that make

up the name of the company aptly

Juried Photo Show

explores environment

and material concerns

Kara Lee Blok

The First Annual Juried Photo Show,

which ran from Feb. 11 to 16 was presented

by the University of Guelph’s

photography department and organized

by MFA student Dustin Wilson.

Jurors Susan Dobson, Anna Cox and

Paul MacDonald selected works

of seven students, which focused

around the themes of environmental

portraiture and the material concerns

of photographic practice.

The environment in Susannah Van

Der Zaag’s mural allows the viewer a

curious glimpse into the artist’s family

history. This image of the artist’s

brother sitting in a concrete structure,

once a bomb shelter and soon to be a

space station, explores the narrative

of a site and how it can shift over time.

Van Der Zaag’s family has maintained

ties to this underground structure for

two generations, throughout which

their use of the site has changed

from a space safe from the threats of

Cold War to one that is open to space


Whitney Arnott and Laurel Barr

explore portraiture with similar

approaches, yet depict entirely opposite

lifestyles. Arnott’s untitled

series focuses on the female student

demographic to which the artist

described the River Run performance.

“I ventured to pioneer a company

that would take people like me

– black dancers – on the main stage

doing our traditional dance and

modern and contemporary dance,”

said Parson in an interview. Starting

Ballet Creole in 1990, the founder decided

to focus the company’s latest

subset on Cuba after returning from

the island to Toronto.

“I noticed that there are Cubans

here with the music, but not dance

itself as a whole production.”

In its second year of touring, the

ballet infused the auditorium with

the rhythms of Cuba through acrobatic

dance and drumming. The

four-member band used various

drums to create different beats to accompany

their chanting and singing.

At first, the music seemed not very

relatable to a majority of the audience,

especially those of the younger

generation. However, the dancers

in colourful costumes inspired the

viewer to get lost in the movements

and try to discover the story behind

the energetic dance.

“I keep delving deeper into the

music and every year discover something

new that allows me to refine

or develop the choreography,” Parson

said in the production pamphlet.

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The founder made special mention

of his colleague Yuhala Garcia, a Cuban-born

performer, who was very

instrumental in the creation of the


The four dancers moved through

the aisles of the audience during the

second song, showing both the fluidity

and complexities of the dances up

close and personal. Their hip-moving,

shoulder-shaking, and skirt-flapping

techniques brought vibrancy to

the stage.

“We try to show the heartfelt expressions

of Cuban people,” said

Parson. “We have Cuban dancers

and musicians to keep the traditions


Parson, on stage as part of the

band, greatly encouraged audience

arts & Culture

Caribbean dance company Ballet Creole brought the sights and sounds of Cuba to the River Run Centre

on Feb. 17 in a performance that included much audience interaction.

Nadine Maher

The First Annual Juried Photo Show in Zavitz Gallery the week of Feb. 16 featured seven students,

selected by jurors to capture the themes of environmental portraiture and material concerns.

belongs, presenting each subject in

a straightforward depiction of how

they inhabit their personal space.

The resulting deadpan images reveal

the awkward nature of living in

a liminal zone throughout university.

Barr’s sensitive portraits allow

the mostly student viewership a new

perspective on the often-marginalized

elderly. Barr hopes to provide

insight into the personalities of each

model, thus establishing them as an

individual standing apart from what

most viewers might see as simply an

age group.

The remaining four artists showed

work situated within the contemporary

discourse of digital photography

that challenges what is defined as a

photograph. In “Portraits of Sound,”

Ashley Freake confronts this question

head-on by scanning an iPad’s moving

visualization of sound, thus capturing

an image of sound as opposed to light.

Using a similar technique, Lisa

Muzzin created photographic images

through the process of scanning small

paintings of marks characteristic of

analog photography, such as the

light leaks and various chemical inconsistencies

that can occur in film

processing. Her interest lies in exploring

the transformation of these

indexical marks from photography to

painting and then back again, creating

a hybrid image that simultaneously

signifies both painting and photography

thus forcing the viewer to question

their own perceptual process.

participation. Nearing the end, kids

and parents alike joined the performers

on stage, and through moves

inspired by Spanish flamenco and

African dance, they were transported

to the sunny island nation, if only

for a moment.

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Wendy Shepherd

Samuel de Lange’s “Simulacra/

Mise-en-Abyme” series similarly

instills a perceptual awareness in the

viewer. Presented on one side of the

diptych is a photograph of a slide of an

original copy of an original sculpture

significant in the canon of art history.

On the other side there is a QR

code, which – through a smartphone

– allows access to the same opposing

image. This interactive component

brings the viewer to question their

relationship to the image and further

emphasizes the existence of the

artwork as an index of an index of an


Although a complete departure

from the photographic medium, Zoe

Downie-Ross’s video piece still speaks

in a photographic language. Using

slow camera movements to capture

overlooked ceilings in three dreamy

loops, Downie-Ross draws the beautiful

out of the mundane and engages

the viewer to become aware of their

surroundings. Downie-Ross sets this

relentlessly looping environment in

contrast to the lulls in interpersonal

communication created and amplified

by technology.

The show successfully presented

photographs with a high level of

conceptual depth and visual appeal,

many of which challenged the viewer

to consider the location of the artwork

and expand their notions of

what photography can encompass.

Next year’s shows will certainly be

a must-see.

170.7 ◆ february 28th, 2013

arts & Culture 11

Album Review: My Bloody Valentine – m b v

Shoegaze veterans

return after two


Robyn Nicholson

How do you follow a landmark sophomore-album-turned-cult-classic

which defined a genre and essentially

a generation If you're Irish alt-rockers

My Bloody Valentine, you wait

twenty-odd years, speculate casually

about a possible release date, and surprise

the entire music community by

dropping the new album – seemingly

on a whim – one Saturday night, effectively

propelling yourself back into

the limelight after years of obscurity.

My Bloody Valentine's history is

something of an urban myth: after a

whirlwind debut (1988's Isn't Anything),

1991's Loveless proceeded not

only to immortalize the band in music

history through its groundbreaking

innovations in guitar sounds and production,

but it also nearly bankrupted

their unsuspecting independent label.

Like all future cult-classic albums,

Loveless was a commercial disappointment

despite its unanimous

critical praise and undeniable influence

on an entire generation of

alternative rock. While it allowed

the band to sign to a major label, the

pressure to live up to the sterling standard

set by Loveless meant the band

ultimately abandoned any hope of a

third effort by 1999.

Fast-forward to 2012: a reunion tour

and thousands of wild rumours later,

founding member Kevin Shields quietly

hinted in an interview with NME

that new material might be in the

works, and set for release by the end

of the year. Amid swirling speculation,

m b v was dropped on Feb. 2, 2013 at

precisely 11:58 p.m., effectively crashing

the band's website server within

mere moments of release.

Considering all this history, this

generation's twenty-somethings are

as old as Loveless itself and may not

entirely be subject to its influence.

This being said, any fans of early U2,

Radiohead and essentially the entire

Brit-Pop movement have My Bloody

Valentine to thank for that trademark

vacuum-infused, swirling, distorted

guitar sound that has come to define

alternative and indie rock as a genre.

While m b v may not be much of a

departure from Loveless, it reasserts

My Bloody Valentines as dignified veterans

of shoegaze, and yet it manages

to sound as fresh and new as Loveless


did all those years ago. The album is

almost gesturing to an entire era of

indie rock about where it came from,

and also proving once and for all that,

twenty years aside, My Bloody Valentine

defined a genre once, and they

can just as easily do it again.

Album opener “She Found Now”

softly growls into the consciousness

with a pulsing base and subtle bending

of pitch that you can feel in your

temples. Soft mesmerizing vocals

croon nearly indecipherable sweetnothings

and provide an inviting and

mystifying lead into the rest of the


Skip to track three, “Who Sees

You,” and the percussion gets picked

up more, skipping haphazardly with

shakers and highly controlled use

of snare, while guitars continue to

grind out that signature half-vacuum

cleaner, half-jet engine sound,

while Shields and Bilinda Butcher's

combined vocal forces blend in and

out of focus.

“Is This and Yes” introduces a more

keyboard-synth driven sound which

proves to be one of the more innovative

departures from My Bloody

Valentine's already well-establish

sonic signature, creating an effervescent

and sparkling dream-like

atmosphere for higher-pitched vocals,

thoroughly processed as always.

The magic of m b v is its timelessness

– it is the logical counterpart to

follow Loveless, even though it is

decades late. When you listen to the

two albums back to back, it's as if no

time has passed between them. My

Bloody Valentine has always managed

to remain fresh and present and

yet simultaneously enigmatic and

inexplicable. They are a band who

managed to change the face of alternative

rock in just three years and two

albums before slipping off the face of

the earth. For them to return after so

long and effortlessly reclaim their spot

atop the hierarchy of indie rock royalty

is both astounding and refreshing.

While many of us may not have

been born early enough to take part

in the original nostalgia for early nineties

shoegaze and the second wave

of British invasion, m b v allows us

the opportunity not only to become

aware of this landmark band and their

history, but also work backwards and

experience for the first time a signature

sound which broke serious

ground and had a heavy hand in shaping

what alternative rock has sounded

like for the last two decades – a monumental

return for a monumental band.

What the Tech

Art explained by


Nick Revington

John Onians has a radical way of approaching

art history. Onians, an art

historian and Professor Emeritus of

the School of World Art Studies at

the University of East Anglia in the

United Kingdom, presented a talk

Feb. 26 entitled Art and the Brain:

How Neuroscience Can Help the Art

Historian. Onians suggests that advances

in neuroscience can go a long

way in explaining questions such as

what goes on in an artist’s mind, and

why art is a universal activity but is

practiced differently at different times

and places – questions typically the

domain of art historians.

Based on MRI scans of the brain,

Onians maintains that when an artist

paints a portrait for example, they are

not drawing on what they see directly

to produce an image, but rather on

memories relating to previous experience

drawing certain types of features

(such as lips) or how to capture certain


The notion that artists draw on past

experiences seems, in a way, blatantly

obvious. But Onians’s “neuroarthistory”

– the framing of this simple

notion in neuroscientific terms – appears

to hold a key to understanding

art in a new way.

“All of us in this room, basically all

the things we’re good at, we’re good

at because we’ve done them many

times before, and that lays down neural

networks which are private to us,

personal to us, and there’s no shortcutting

that. That’s the only way you

learn a language, an instrument, or a

discipline,” said Onians.

For example, Onians hypothesizes

that the incredibly realistic perspective

of cave paintings in Chauvet,

France – some of the oldest known

paintings, at about 30,000 years old

– as compared to other cave paintings

is a result of the inhabitants’ unique

opportunity to observe animals often.

Since the cave is situated near a natural

stone bridge over a major river,

it was particularly well travelled by

migrating animals. Similarly, Michelangelo

created what were by far

the most realistic sculptures of nude

form up to the 14th century through

intense studying and dissection of

human corpses.

But Onians also postulates that

this approach can explain why large

groups of artists produce similar

works in similar times. American artists

such as Jasper Johns, Mark Rothko

and others created large paintings of

relatively monotonous colours during

the 1950s, which Onians suggests

may be a result of the prevalence of

imagery and concern in the collective

conscience over the relatively

monotonous and bare fields of the

dustbowl years of the Great Depression

a few decades earlier. That these

paintings had such powerful appeal to

patrons of art, too, might be explained

in this way: neural pathways in both

the artists and viewers that developed

according to scenes common in that

era contributed to preferences for artwork

with that familiar aesthetic. It’s

an approach art historians have never

taken before, Onians said.

While this way of understanding art

history may seem somewhat mechanistic,

Onians was quick to emphasize

that it is anything but, as neural pathways

are unique to individuals and

arranged among hundreds of billions

of neurons with hundreds of thousands

of links between each of them.

Pop Machine: “Junk” won’t cut it

Video response

fails to balance

MacFarlane’s sexist

anthem “We Saw Your


Tom Beedham

Trigger warning: contains discussion

of images of sexual violence.

A face-palm prompting pop culture

moment as infamous as Seth MacFarlane’s

Oscars song “We Saw Your Boobs”

is bound to spark parodies, and on Feb.

25, Kevin Gisi made that a reality with

“We Saw Your Junk.”

Beginning with a disclaimer reading,

“To those who were offended by

Seth MacFarlane’s ‘We Saw Your Boobs’

number at the Oscars I hope this helps!”

viewers are asked to expect that what’s

to come will somehow balance MacFarlane’s

male gaze championing anthem

that listed onscreen appearances of several

actresses’ exposed breasts to 40.3

million viewers. The one thing Gisi’s

song has going for it is that it goes after

a subject in a position of more privilege

than that tackled by MacFarlane,

but what’s ultimately put forth is more

of an apologist statement that is more

of a trivialization of legitimate backlash

MacFarlane received in the wake

of hosting the Academy Awards.

Gisi’s song lists films in which actors’

naked penises are featured onscreen,

but it ultimately fails to address the most

offensive subtexts of “Boobs.”

What’s not overt to all that watched

MacFarlane’s number was that many

of the moments referenced involved

sexual violence, predation, and sexploitation.

As Katie McDonough

pointed out in an article for Salon,

the breasts viewers glimpse in The

Accused, Boys Don’t Cry, Monster,

Monster’s Ball are shown in a

rape scene, a medical examination

following rape, a bathroom scene following

a rape (in which the breasts are

bruised), and a sex scene in which the

line between consent and resistance

isn’t clear and the character can be

read as an object of white male sexual

exotification of the black female (respectively).

MacFarlane also referenced

the real life privacy violation of Scarlett

Johansson, in which nude photos from

her phone were leaked to the Internet.

MacFarlane cemented the song

as one big slut shame by glorifying

actresses that have yet to bare their

breasts on screen by including a clip of

Jennifer Lawrence snapping her fingers

from the crowd after it’s noted that we

haven’t seen her naked bosoms onscreen.

Gisi actually participates in

the same activity when he notes several

movies Ron Jeremy’s penis was

not shown in on-screen, then goes

on to sing “But that doesn’t make up

for the porn.”

Critics of MacFarlane’s detractors

have pointed to the fact that many of

the actresses featured in MacFarlane’s

performance were in on the so-called

“gag,” but that didn’t make it any less

sexist; all this signals is a Hollywood

widely insular to the systemic oppression

of women.

To wit, satire, sarcasm, and grossout

postmodern pastiche has been

MacFarlane’s comedic vehicle of

choice across all of the creations he’s

steered directly (Family Guy, The

Cleveland Show, etc.), and it’s possible

to concede he was aiming to start

a discussion. But I’m not about to become

a MacFarlane apologist. We’re

at an embarrassing stage in our pop

cultural history if we’re willing to accept

misogynist, homophobic, racist,

and otherwise oppressive statements

or actions as “clever humour” when

the source material is simply receiving

an application of literal or metaphorical

quotation marks. We need to stop

being a party to that.



Videogame Review: Aliens: Colonial Marines

Just another bug hunt

Devon Harding

There is no film more influential

to the videogame industry

than Alien. Halo takes its Sargent

Johnston directly from

Aliens’s Sargent Apone. Metroid

borrows just about everything

else. Even Doom, the father of

first person shooters, was originally

envisioned as an Aliens

game. That’s why everyone in

the gaming community seemed

so excited when Aliens: Colonial

Marines was announced five

years ago. The title was stuck in

development hell and was delayed

multiple times. Finally, it

arrived, and people were still excited.

Gearbox, the developer,

had just released the excellent

Borderlands 2, and faith in the

company was strong. I personally

had pre-ordered it online, and

was ready to start playing when

the news hit me. It had received

a two point five out of ten from a

reviewer at Destructoid. A three

out of ten from Eurogamer. This

is roughly comparable to getting

30 per cent on an exam: awful.

So is it really that bad Or is it

a case of five years of absurdly

high expectations that no game

could live up to

The first thing you’ll notice

is that the presentation is

downright sexy. The menus perfectly

suggest the aesthetic of the

original film, with the music following

suit. It looks and sounds

consistently like an official Alien

sequel, the only good idea that is

consistently pulled off without


You begin playing by trying out

your movie-accurate pulse rifle

and the terrifying motion tracker

in levels that are lifted straight

from the film. Soon, after slinking

through the USCMC Suloco’s

halls, you find a marine stuck in

an alien “cocoon.” While cutting

him down, a titular xenomorph

slinks from the walls, and you

freak out. It’s effective, it works,

mainly because you are alone and

you have no idea where an alien

may come from. During the following

game of cat and mouse

between me and that single alien,

the game felt right. And then the

game goes careening downhill.

Creatures pop from the walls

and run at you with open arms,

you cease to be alone, and can let

your allies blast away with infinite

ammo. The game becomes a

shoot-em-up where you will tear

through thousands of enemies

without any tension. It is still fun,

when it works, but it betrays the

feeling of the source material.

Beyond the fundamental problem

of making an action game

with horror moments instead of

the reverse, the game has many

ideas that are brilliant, but are

pulled off with too much haste

and not enough thought. If you

shoot an alien close up, its acidic

blood can splash on your protective

gear rendering it useless. A

great idea, but that shock is rendered

moot when you can strap

on six helmets left lying around

whatever derelict research

station you are currently exterminating.

At one point, the game

strips you of your weaponry and

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The single-player campaign of Aliens: Colonial Marines leaves much to be desired, especially for fans of

the film, but the multiplayer mode is a great success.

tasks you with escaping a ruthless

(and apparently bulletproof)

creature. After a mix of slinking

through the shadows and sprinting

from certain death, you get

your gear and fight back with the

power loader from the climax of

Aliens. It would be incredibly

cathartic, if operating the loader

required more than button

mashing. Reaching to the film,

the game includes some great

lines and references, a guilty

pleasure among them being the

quit prompt asking “Game over

man” but then turns around and

outright ignores at least three

major plot points of Aliens and

its sequel. This includes ignoring

character deaths and nuclear

blasts. To add insult to injury,

when characters ask about these

discrepancies, others respond by

claiming “that’s another story.”

Despite all this, the multiplayer

mode is awesome. Developed

by a different studio than the

single player mode, this mode

would make the whole game

worth it, if the price were reduced.

As a marine, you are

tasked with escaping infested

territory, carrying out a last

stand until help arrives, or other

tasks highly reminiscent of the

films. Whereas the campaign

just has creatures spring at you

in the open, xenomorphs are

controlled here by people, players

who are smart, resourceful,

and who have a sense of selfpreservation.

A great moment

occurred as I was playing as an

alien: marines were gathered in

a room restocking on ammo, and

three aliens had joined me on

top of the structure. The marines

ran out, and we jumped on them,

shocking one to throw a grenade

at his ally as we attacked them.

That’s what the core of this

game should have been: stealthy,

smart aliens vs. overpowered,

underprepared marines, joining

the film in its Vietnam allegory.

Instead, the campaign might be

better compared to Rambo.

Film Review: A Good Day to Die Hard

Quality action makes

up for lack of character


Kevin Ricci

To call A Good Day to Die Hard

a good action movie is a comment

that would likely fit within

the views of the general public.

However, to say the latest Bruce

Willis action film is a good Die

Hard feature would certainly be

an overstatement. With a runtime

of 97 minutes, A Good Day

to Die Hard is the shortest film

in the franchise by around 25

minutes. As a result, viewers get

a frenetically paced slam-bang

action picture that pulls a lot of

punches, but leaves its brain at

the door.

The movie begins with the

hero John McClane working as

a police officer in New York City.

When he receives information

that his estranged son is being

held under arrest in Russia, he

flies out there to help him out.

Upon his arrival, a bombing occurs

at the courthouse where

John’s son Jack is being held.

The bombing allows for Jack’s

escape and from there begins a

15-minute car chase where the

bad guys are chasing Jack and

John is following in tow to save

his son. Father and son unite,

and put behind all of their clichéd

issues in order to save the


The Die Hard films tend to

have fairly basic plot lines; the

fifth installment adds nothing

new in this department. However,

the Die Hard franchise also

has well developed villains, a

polished script and superb direction,

which sets them on a very

high pedestal in the action genre.

These characteristics, sad to say,

are what this latest entry lacks.

The greatest guess for this film’s


issues would have to be the running

time; adding an extra half

hour could have meant more

clarity, character development,

better editing, and an intelligent

screenplay. Additionally, it appears

that the characterization

of John McClane was forgotten

not only in this installment, but

the franchise’s fourth film Live

Free or Die Hard as well. The

wise cracking, vulgar, nicotineaddicted

alcoholic of the original

trilogy has been replaced by the

same Bruce Willis one would find

in any of his other films.

All complaints aside, A Good

Day to Die Hard is a good time.

Following a similarly structured

approach as recent action

features like Taken and The

Expendables, the “shoot now,

shoot later” attitude works in

this instance. The quantity of

totaled vehicles and pounds of

broken glass surely outweigh the

number of words found in the

screenplay. It’s not necessarily

a bad thing, as the film does

exhibit some impressive action

scenes. In fact, if director John

Moore did not go for the Bourneesque

approach of quick cuts and

a shaky camera for every scene

of action, it would be plausible

for the newest Die Hard to boast

some classic action sequences for

decades to come. The car chase

is certainly one of the best in

recent memory, and the shootouts,

even if implausible for Die

Hard standards, will definitely

keep viewers on the edge of

their seats.

A Good Day to Die Hard would

be an easier film to recommend if

it did not have “Die Hard” in the

title. The plot structure, main

character, script, and direction

are not at the quality level

of a Die Hard movie. However

A Good Day to Die Hard is

a better-than-average action

feature and that is why it gets a

recommendation. It’s not recommended

for all audiences, but

for those that are fans of Bruce

Willis, popcorn flicks, and fast

paced action, will certainly have

a satisfying time at the movies.

Rating: 3 / 5

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170.7 ◆ february 28th, 2013


Windsor too much for Gryphons

Playoff run cut short

in 2-0 Lancer series

sweep of the Gryphons

Chris Müller

The men’s hockey team’s season has

come to an abrupt end following a 1-0

loss to the Windsor Lancers on Feb. 23.

The loss comes after an impressive and

hard-fought series between Guelph

and Laurier in the quarterfinal series.

Guelph got off to a rough start in

the 2013 playoffs at home, dropping

the first game of the Laurier series in

overtime in a 4-3 loss. Guelph was

able to change their fortunes quickly

though, posting a 3-2 victory in the

Feb. 16 matchup in Laurier. The win

forced a series-decided game three,

and the teams entered a final overtime

period tied at 2-2. Gryphon forward

Justin Gvora was the hero in front of

the hometown crowd, as he netted the

game winner 5:50 into overtime. Andrew

Bathgate and Matt Lyall chipped

in with assists on the goal.

The OUA West semifinal series with

Windsor would prove to be a drastically

different affair.

Game one of the series took place

in Windsor on Feb. 21, where a disciplined

Lancer team scored twice on

the powerplay and allowed only one

goal on 30 shots. Scoring was finished

by midway through the second, and

neither team would alter the 2-1 final

score by the end of regulation.

Game two returned the series to

Guelph on Feb. 23, where the Gryphons

looked to equalize the series at

one game apiece.

The Gryphons came out firing on

all cylinders, outshooting the Lancers

16-9 in the first period. The tables

turned in the second period, as the

Lancers returned the favour by outshooting

the Gryphons 15-6. At 16:01

of the second period, Windsor netted a

powerplay goal on Gryphon goaltender

Andrew Loverock, who had an otherwise

phenomenal night, stopping 30

of 31 shots. The goal would prove too

much for the Gryphons to overcome,

as Windsor goaltender Parker Van Buskirk

posted a shutout when his team

needed it the most, stopping all 30 of

Guelph’s shots.

The loss was the last game for Gryphon

Ed Gale, the graduating captain

of the Guelph squad.

It simply wasn’t meant to be for

the Gryphons offense this postseason,

as they struggled to match the

strong defensive performance by Loverock.

In five games, Loverock posted

a 2.06 goals against average and a .921

save percentage. In those same five

games Guelph only mustered 10 offensive

goals as they struggled to find

the rhythm that made the Gryphons

a potent offensive attack during the

regular season.

The Gryphon season concludes as

one of the best in the last six years. The

tasha falconer

Matt Lyall (8) of the Gryphons moves the puck into the offensive zone during the Gryphon’s playoff run.

team’s 17-9-2 record in the regular

season was the highest win total for

the Gryphons in the last six seasons,

and with young offensive firepower

waiting in the wings for next season,

the Gryphons have only scraped the

surface of their potential.

Gryphons fall to Gaels in OUA Semifinal

After defeating UOIT in

the first round, Guelph

ousted by Queen’s

Chris Müller

You couldn’t script a better beginning

to the playoffs than what the

Gryphons experienced on Feb. 13

when they hosted the UOIT Ridgebacks

at the Gryphon Centre.

Jessica Pinkerton gave Guelph

the lead at 5:26 into the first period

and the Gryphons never looked

back. Amanda Parkins netted one

in the second, and Averi Nooren and

Kaitlyn Mora each scored in the third

period. Goaltender Stephanie Nehring

made 13 saves for the shutout.

The Gryphons travelled to Oshawa

on Feb. 15 for the second and final

game of the series.

After going up 1-0 on the Gryphons,

the ridgebacks capitalized on

a powerplay opportunity, as Jaclyn

Gibson fired a shot past Nehring at

17:29 in the first period to give UOIT

an early 2-0 lead.

Amanda Parkins was determined

to change the course of the game,

and netted an early goal just 3:27

into the second period. Momentum

shifted late in the second when a

malicious kneeing penalty was committed

by Victoria MacKenzie of the

Ridgebacks. The hit led to Leigh Shilton

of the Gryphons leaving with a

knee injury shortly after. MacKenzie

was given a five-minute major penalty

and a game misconduct for her

role in the incident.

Guelph’s Kaitlyn Mora notched

the game-tying goal at 1:47 in the

third period, forcing overtime.

One overtime period wasn’t

enough, and in the second overtime

period Pinkerton netted the gamewinner

with assists awarded to

Amanda Parkins and Christine Grant.

The win advanced the Gryphons into

the OUA Semifinal.

Without the assistance of Leigh

Shilton, the Gryphons hosted the

first game of the semifinal series

against Queen’s on Feb. 20, a team

that finished just two points behind

the Gryphons in regular season play.

Queen’s jumped out to an early

2-0 lead which Guelph would even

up with just over six minutes remaining

in the third period. The

Gaels scored with six minutes and

three minutes remaining in the contest

to capture the first game of the

playoff series.

The series travelled to Kingston

on Feb. 22, and Queen’s took full

advantage of the home ice advantage.

Queen’s outshot the Gryphons

20-5 in the first period and the Gryphons

escaped down only a goal at

the period’s end. The second period

witnessed Christine Grant corral a

rebound, tying the game at one


An early third period goal by the

Gaels put Guelph in the difficult position

of trying to keep their season

alive. A late powerplay goal by the

Gaels put the game out of reach for

the Gryphons, and the final score

was 3-1. The Gryphons were outshot

by the Gaels 39-22 in the final game

of their incredible season.



Tough finish for Gryphon basketball

Gryphons struggled

to find rhythm in final

weeks of season

Chris Müller

Both the men’s and women’s seasons

have come to an end for the

Gryphon basketball program, as

the women were ousted in their

first-round playoff game and the

men dropped a heartbreaker that

prevented them from getting into

the playoffs.

The women’s team beat Waterloo

71-55 in the final game of the

regular season on Feb. 16, and was

then given an early exit from the

playoffs on Feb. 20 at the hands

of McMaster. Only dressing 11,

and missing the talents of Kayla

Goodhoofd and Alyssa Shortt, the

Gryphons struggled to find any offensive

rhythm, eventually losing


It was the last game as a Gryphon

for Jasmine Douglas, who

played well, posting nine points

and nine rebounds in her final

game in the red, black, and yellow.

It was also the last game for

head coach Tom O’Brien, who announced

his retirement after three

years at the helm of the Guelph

program. O’Brien concludes his

career after a 26-29 record in his

time at Guelph, choosing to leave

the coaching post after 44 years of

coaching experience.

The team was led offensively by

Kayla Goodhoofd’s average of 13

points per game throughout the

season, and Douglas’ 174 rebounds

in the regular season landed her

fourth in the OUA in that statistical


The men’s side dropped an incredibly

close, down-to-the-wire

game with Waterloo in their final

game of the year on Feb. 16. After

four quarters of back and forth

basketball, with multiple lead

changes in the closing minutes,

Guelph failed to convert on a basket

in the last 15 seconds, handing

the last open playoff spot to Waterloo.

Guelph finished the year

with a 5-16 record. Veterans Zach

Angus and Dan McCarthy led the

team in scoring throughout the

season, both averaging just over

13 points in each contest. Adam

Kemp led the defensive unit with

90 rebounds over the course of the


The men will search for their first

winning season since 2007-08 as

they prepare for next year, while

the women will have to wait and

see who will coach them as they

look for their first winning season

since 2006-07.

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Daniel McCarthy (4) works past a Waterloo defender on Feb. 16 at

the W.F. Mitchell Athletic Centre. The Gryphons lost 63-62 in their

final game of the season.

Gryphons golden at OUA Chamionships

Both men and women

captured overall gold

Chris Müller

For the first time since the 1998-99

season, the familiar navy and blue of

the Windsor Lancers was not to be

found atop the men’s track and field

championship podium. Rather, the

red, black, and yellow of the Gryphons

stood tallest amongst the OUA.

Led by Gryphon athlete of the

week Anthony Romaniw, the Gryphons

jumped out to an early overall

lead and never let up, beating Windsor

by an impressive 57 points in the

provincial championships. Romaniw

captured four medals on the day, including

the three gold medal finishes

in the 600 and 1000-metre races, and

anchored the 4 x 800 metre relay

team. Romaniw added a silver in the

4 x 400 metre. Tim Hendry took gold

in the shot put while breaking his own

meet record, and grabbed silver in the

weight throw event. Yves Sikubwabo

earned silver in the 1000 and 1500-

metre events, and also pitched in to

capture gold in the 4 x 800.

The men’s 1500-metre witnessed

the Gryphon 2-3-4-5 finish of Sikubwabo,

Steve Holmes, Ross Proudfoot,

and Andrew Nixon. All four Gryphons

finished within two and a half seconds

of each other.

The men scored points in every

event they competed in, and of the

28 male competitors sent to represent

the Gryphons, all finished in the

top eight of at least one event in the

championship. It was truly a full-team

performance by the men’s side, only to

be rivaled by the efforts of the women.

The women’s side also performed

exquisitely, grabbing the title from the

defending Lancers for the first time

since 2008-09. Fellow Gryphon of the

week Andrea Seccafien earned gold in

the 3000-metre, 4 x 800-metre, and

1500-metre races, effectively spearheading

the women’s team to a close

victory over the rest of the field.

The women’s team was 12 points off

the lead entering the final three events.

A 1-2 finish in the 1500-metre by Seccafien

and Carise Thompson helped

secure victory. However, efforts by

Julia Wallace (3 medals), Rachel Aubry

(2 medals), Erika Fiedler (1 medal)

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Andrea Connell

Members of Guelph’s track and field team pose for the camera after another successful OUA Track and

Field Championship.

and Karry-Ann Cornwall (1 medal)

contributed to a team effort by the

Gryphons that earned points in 16 of

17 events.

In the last ten years of both men

and women’s competitions, the OUA

champion has won the overall CIS

Championship 40 per cent of the time.

The team is making all the lastminute

preparations for what should

be a very exciting CIS Championship

at the University of Calgary on Mar.





Three gold-medal

performances highlight

Gryphon success

Chris Müller

The Gryphons travelled to St. Catherines

to partake in the 2012-13 OUA

Championships at Brock University

on Feb. 16.

The men finished fourth in a tightly

contested day, ending with 59 points.

Western earned 73, McMaster 67, and

the host Brock notched 63 to round

out the top three. Western’s victory

gives them the title of back-to-back

champions, winning last year’s

championship as well. The imposing

John Fitzgerald earned gold for Guelph

in the 130-kilogram category, effectively

defending the event he won at

last year’s OUA Championship. Mathieu

Deschatelets also took gold for

his efforts in the 82-kilogram weight

class, and Navrit Wirach earned silver

in the 57-kilogram event. Deschatelets

was named the male athlete of

the week by the athletic department.

The women’s side witnessed

Brock win the championship at

home with 69 points, while Western

(59) and Lakehead (49) rounded

out the top three. Guelph’s 39 points

were enough to earn fourth in the


Kelsey Gsell earned gold in the

82-kilogram weight class, improving

on the form that earned her silver

in last year’s competition. Gsell’s efforts

allowed her to share the athlete

of the week spotlight with teammate

Deschatelets, both were named OUA

all stars. Jade Papke earned silver in

the 52-kilogram category, totaling

the gryphon medal accruement at five.

Head coach Doug Cox was pleased

with the young team’s performance

in an excerpt from the gryphons.ca


“We took a very young men’s and

women’s team with half of our team

made up of first year wrestlers,” said

Cox. “I’m very excited about our future

with the work ethic of our rookie

athletes and the great group of returning

athletes coming back next


Guelph’s wrestlers will travel to

London, Ont. for the CIS Championships

where the hosting Western

Mustangs will look to keep the momentum

gained from their first and

second place finishes in the provincial


Concordia University will look

to make it three national championships

in a row on the men’s side,

while Brock enters the women’s final

looking to duplicate the success they

had last year en route to a national

championship. The championship

will occur on March 1 and 2.

170.7 ◆ february 28th, 2013

sports & Health 17

Provincial and national success in the pool

The Gryphon swim

team posted

impressive results over

the reading week

Chris Müller

Led by the efforts of potential Olympian

Alisha Harricharan and rookie

Evan Van Moerkerke, the Gryphons

have dazzled in the pool on the provincial

and national levels.

Dating back to the OUA Championships

from Feb. 7-9 in Toronto,

the Gryphons have combined to

tally 17 total medals at the provincial

and national level. In the last

few weeks, Guelph has proven that

they can hang with the traditional

swimming contenders like Western,

Toronto, and McMaster.

Guelph finished fourth overall in

both the men’s and women’s divisions

at the OUA finals. Gold medals

from the OUA rookie of the year Van

Moerkerke in the 100-metre and 50-

metre freestyle events as well as a

silver in the 100-metre backstroke

encapsulated an impressive performance

by the young standout. A gold

in the 200-metre and silver in the

100-metre were won by Matthew

Stephenson, and Derek Quick earned

a bronze in the 1500-metre freestyle.

Harricharan earned gold in the

50, 100, and 200-metre butterfly

events, setting an OUA record in

the 100-metre. With the assistance

of Tess Wey, Sasha Boulton, and

Erica Pate, Harricharan also earned

bronze in the 400-metre freestyle

relay. For her efforts, Harricharan

was named the OUA female swimmer

of the year.

Harricharan and Van Moerkerke

led their respective squads into the

CIS Championships held in Calgary

from Feb. 21-23. Both would earn

two medals over the course of the


Harricharan earned gold in the

100-metre with a time of 59.72,

shaving nearly half a second off

the OUA record-breaking time. A

bronze in the 50-metre butterfly

rounded out her performance on

the national stage.

Evan Van Moerkerke concluded

an impressive few weeks by capturing

bronze in both the 50 and

100-metre freestyle events. His

times were 22.99 in the 50-metre,

and 46.65 in the 100-metre.

The strong performances by these

two led to a 14th-place finish on

both the men’s and women’s side

of the competition.

The men’s side was won by the

University of Toronto for the first

time in 18 years, ending a frustrating

national drought for the perennial

contender. The University of British

Columbia and the University of

Calgary rounded out the top three.

A mere 25 points separated Toronto

from Calgary in the final standings.

The women’s side was dominated

by the University of British Columbia,

as the Thunderbirds scorched

the competition to win with 150

points more than second-place finishing

Calgary. The Toronto women

finished third in the championship.

No Gryphons were selected for

individual awards, and both swimmers

of the year came from the

Thunderbirds. The sprinter’s cup,

awarded to the athlete that wins

both the 50 and 100-metre freestyle

events, was only awarded on

the women’s side, going to Caroline

Lapierre-Lemire of the Université

du Québec à Trois-Rivières.

With both Harricharan and Van

Moerkerke returning next year,

there remains an excellent opportunity

for both the men and women of

the Gryphon swim team to maintain

and improve their standing within

the university swimming landscape,

an excitement that is sure to be experienced

as the team continues the

year-round process of training for

next season.

From the Bleachers

The power of sport

Chris Müller

It’s been a weird couple of weeks in

the world of sports. Oscar Pistorius,

the double leg amputee sprinter, was

accused of murdering his girlfriend

Reena Steenkamp. Rebecca Marino’s

bout with depression caused her to

leave professional tennis; Ronda Rousey

defeated Liz Carmouche in the main

event of UFC 157; spring training has

fans of baseball restless with anticipation;

and the NHL is keeping the

masses entertained (as it should). In

the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment

of the month, the Raptors are coming

dangerously close to being relevant

in the NBA.

There’s a lot to get caught up on, and

that list is only scratching the surface

of major sports media’s coverage of

the last few weeks. But the best story

to emerge from this wonderful month

of February centers on a 101-year-old

man from India.

Fauja Singh’s career as a marathon

runner ended on Feb. 24, when he

completed the 10-kilometre marathon

in a time of 1:32.28. However,

it’s the story of how he got his start in

marathon running that’s much more


Singh’s wife and son passed away

in quick succession in 1994. To make

matters worse, Singh witnessed the

death of his son as a stray piece of corrugated

metal flew through the air and

decapitated him. With all of Singh’s

other children emigrated, the then

83-year-old Singh battled with depression

and moved to London to live

with his youngest son.

In London, Singh gained an interest

in athletic events put on by the Sikh

community. Singh even competed in

sprints. Singh soon connected with a

group of marathon runners that encouraged

him to run as a way to clear

his mind and work through the horrors

of his past. In 2000, Singh ran the

London marathon. The great-grandfather

has been running ever since,

appearing in Toronto events on several


Singh soon gained international recognition,

and the former farmer was

soon staying at expensive hotels and

appearing at functions with dignitaries.

The illiterate Singh spoke through

his Punjabi-English coach and translator,

Harmander Singh, after the

10-kilometre run on Feb. 24.

“From a tragedy has come a lot of

success and happiness,” explained

Singh. Singh’s optimism shone

through as he described what the

feeling would be when he watched

marathons in the future.

There will be times in the future

where I will be thinking, ‘Well, I used

Ken Dryden talks concussions

Former NHLer leads

discussion on head

trauma in sport

Laura Castellani

It is a debilitating head injury whose

effects extend well beyond the world

of sport. The complexity of a concussion

is undeniable and has left

sport communities grappling to find

the best approach to cope with this

widespread yet often misclassified

and ill-understood injury. On Feb. 19,

the University of Guelph and Guelph

sport communities offered the Guelph

Concussion Panel to facilitate a community-wide

discussion based on the

experiences of a series of panellists, led

by former NHLer and politician Ken


The evening featured three panels

composed of concussed youth athletes,

medical professionals and members

of elite and recreational athletic programs

who shared their experiences.

In response to the increasing prevalence

of concussions and the many

approaches to reconcile player safety

with competitive sport, the answer

came in the simple thought of appreciating

the injury for what it is. Often,

advice and assessment are catered to

the elements of play beyond the athlete.

Young, recreational players may

be more readily recommended to rest

while professional and elite athletes

will have advice confounded with their

obligation to perform.

“We must remember to treat the

patient not the player. It is too easy

to place distinctions on an individual,

when we should be seeing a patient as

a patient,” urged Dryden.

Unlike many other sports injuries,

concussions are unique for their somewhat

subjective air. While recovery

from most injuries can be assessed

and monitored based on the progression

of physical changes and the

advice of sport scientists, the assessment

of concussions is not so clear. A

single succinct and step-wise recovery

pathway is less likely due in large

to the reliance on intuition and the

qualitative (not quantitative) nature

of diagnoses.

In this way, as highlighted in the

youth panel, concussion management

is much more susceptible to influence

by pressure and stigma from the community.

Unlike other sports injuries,

there are no physical signs to prevent

the athlete from returning to play. A

cast does not need to be removed nor

are you clutching crutches that indicate

that return to play is not an option.

While these traditional signs of

to do that.’” Singh expressed a hope

that his efforts would be remembered,

even if the Guinness World Records

won’t recognize his status as the oldest

man to ever run a marathon. The issue

lies in Guinness not receiving a birth

certificate to confirm his age. India did

not issue birth certificates in 1911, and

a British passport confirming Singh’s

date of birth on Apr. 9, 1911 is still insufficient

to establish his authentic age

without any doubt.

Singh accomplished the feat by running

a full marathon in Toronto in 2011,

effectively cementing him as the oldest

man to run a marathon, record books

be damned.

It’s not Singh’s times that matter, or

that his name might never be written

down in the record books that makes

this particular news item noteworthy.

Rather, it’s the passion he felt for running,

and the demons it allowed him

to work through that will write the

injury remain discrete, medical

professionals advocate instead

for the reliance on the familiarizing

themselves with their patient. It is a

warranted approach given that all six

athletes of the youth panel discussed

an intangible woe and feeling “like

they were just not themselves.” Many

discussed feelings of depression, feeling

isolated from the sport they had

been so immersed in, as well as the

difficulties they faced in school and

work environments. As the treating

trainer, physician or physiotherapist,

the ability to recognize these differences

provides the ability to detect

the lingering effects of a concussion

that preliminary routine tests may not


Of course, while identifying strategies

to treat and minimize the impact

of a concussion, prevention at the level

of the playing field could alleviate the


Find out why Fauja Singh (centre

of photo) is the most fascinating

sports story of the past few weeks.

story of Singh’s life. This was a wonderful

accomplishment by someone

that has lived through an experience

few could ever fathom, and despite

legitimate government-issued identification

papers, his record may never

be set in official text.

Here’s to Fauja Singh — here’s to

the power of sport.

complications of concussions and

the strain they place upon the athletic


The consensus was clear that education

is key. Teaching players the

fundamental skills to maintain a competitive

edge without compromising

safety is essential as is community

awareness and the ability of involved

individuals to recognize the signs of a


Amidst the confusion and concern

shown towards the issue of concussions,

the symposium captured the spirit of

sport in its ability to draw individuals

together to achieve a common goal.

Dryden was optimistic for the future

and believes the work on concussion

awareness, treatment and prevention

is only beginning to take shape.

The game is always changing. What

we’re seeing is only the end of the




Is sitting the new smoking

Are you sitting idly as

your health passes you


Andrea Connell

It’s time to join the 15 per cent.

A 2011 Statistics Canada report

found that is the percentage

of adults who are getting the

150 minutes of weekly exercise

needed to maintain health. Two

years later that number hasn’t


Even though it’s a few months

late I have resolved to get those

minutes of weekly aerobic activity

recommended by the

Canadian Society for Exercise

Physiology (CSEP). The CSEP

recommends that adults between

the ages of 18 – 64 aim for

two and a half hours of moderate

to vigorous exercise weekly.

Sounds completely reasonable,

doesn’t it There are 168 hours

in a week after all and this will

only use two and a half of them.

It is actually 16 minutes less

time than I spent watching Peter

Jackson’s recently released epic

The Hobbit.

Maybe you are wondering why

you should care. You are young

and healthy after all. Consider

this: an Oct. 2012 article by public

health reporter Andre Picard

in The Globe and Mail states

that “Sitting is the new smoking.”

Picard’s article entitled,

“Why the Sedentary Life is Killing

Us” presented some pretty

startling statistics. Those who

are inactive face a 147 per cent

increased risk of heart attack or

stroke, a 112 per cent increase in

the risk of developing diabetes,

and a 90 per cent greater risk of

dying from cardiac arrest. The

article continues on with the

stats that the average Canadian

adult spends 50 to 70 per cent

of their daily lives sitting. Ouch.

Get moving people.

Why is it so hard to get exercise

Perhaps our lifestyles aren’t

helping. Many people commute

long distances to work, students

spend a lot of time sitting in

classes and in front of the computer,

and part-time jobs and

other commitments fill up a day.

However, there is good news.

Physical activity does not have

to be a complicated regime of

racing to the gym, sprinting to

spin-class and then pedaling so

hard you are sweating from places

you didn’t even know existed

and your face turns red as a beetroot.

CSEP says that undertaking

exercise in sessions of 10 minutes

or more at a time is just as effective

as an hour all at once, as

long as it is moderate to vigorous

movement and gets your heart

rate up. Yes, doing that counts.

The long walk across campus to

your class at MAC and then back

to the UC counts. A walk to the

mall, through the Arboretum,

or around the block with your

roommate’s dog – it all counts.

There are many resources

available to help inspire you

with ideas of how to fit more activity

into your daily life. The

Public Health Agency of Canada,

who founded CSEP’s study

of Canadians exercise habits,

has posted physical activity tip

sheets on their website at www.

publichealth.gc.ca. For adults,

these include: getting 2.5 hours

of weekly exercise (there’s that

number again), finding an activity

you enjoy, limiting TV time,

and joining a team for support.

As for me, I’ve never been

part of a sports team and I

won’t be giving up watching

Girls or Arrow anytime soon.

I enjoy cycling and hiking but

participate in those activities

sports & Health

Nicola Villa

Is the sedentary life killing us Andrea Connell investigates the issue

in this week’s issue of the Ontarion.

mostly in the summer. So in the

meantime walking is the easiest

thing for me to do. I think I

will take the dog for a 20-minute

walk. Only 130 left to do

this week.

170.7 ◆ february 28th, 2013

life 19

“You can’t do anything with a BA.”

Underestimating BA


Danielle Subject

Philosophy, History, English,

Drama, Music, Fine Arts; these

are just some of the many programs

of study that a Bachelor

of Arts Degree offers. Unfortunately,

BA students seem to fall

victim to many misconceptions

and assumptions that are projected

towards them by those who believe

studying arts is no more than

a waste of time.

Being an English major myself,

I have been on the receiving end

of ignorant comments from those

who believe that taking English in

University is a waste of an education,

a waste of a degree, and a

waste of time. Personally, I am a

strong believer that as long as you

are studying what you love, time

is not wasted.

I decided to approach this problem

by interviewing a few English

professors, as well as students

from other BA programs, to gather

their views on this issue.

“Over the years,” commented

Dr. Melissa Walker, a professor for

the School of English and Theatre

Studies (SETS) at the University of

Guelph, “I have indeed encountered

various ignorant comments

pertaining to the perceived simplicity

and futility of obtaining an

English studies education.”

One comment that she remembers

to this day was, “It’s just

English, right Everyone knows


“I know people have that assumption,”

stated Dr. Marianne

Micros, an English Professor for

SETS at the U of G, “‘There’s

nothing you can do with an English

degree,’ when in fact there are

many places (businesses, stores,

etc.) that want someone who has

learned to think, read, and write

well. We have graduates go on into

law, business, etc., and not just


When asked for his opinion on

this issue, Nick Hegedus, a Philosophy

major at the University of

The Brew Review

Weisse, Weisse, baby

Chris Müller

Beer is as much about the experience

one encounters when

drinking it as the taste of the brew

itself. My first Hacker-Pschorr

Weisse Bier came out of a ceramic

draught tower that sat atop the

bar at a local Bavarian restaurant

back home. For this reason I might

be inclined to associate the beer

with a good bratwurst or schnitzel,

but I will attempt to retain

some sense of objectivity.

Weisse, or wheat beers used

to be all the rage in America a

century ago, as wheat became

an abundant agricultural product,

with some brews requiring

three parts wheat to one part traditional

brewing malt. Wheat was

cheap, and produced a beer that

was similar in style to the weisse

beers produced in Berlin at the

time. The style was refreshing and

sweet, and an excellent cure for

the hard labours of agriculture.

In effect, the American brewers

implemented brewing techniques

mastered by the German brewers

at the time, a product of mass

immigration into a booming agricultural

sector in developing

America. To connect with that

tradition, it’s best to choose

Hacker-Pschorr as an example

of a traditional Bavarian weisse.

The brewery has been in the business

since 1417, after all.

From the tap, a cloudy amber-coloured

beer pours into a

traditional glass stein revealing a

white, thick head. It’s an excellent

introduction to the weisse

due to its 60 /40 wheat to barley

malt content, and the results are

nothing short of sublime.

A mild bitterness is masked by

an aroma of lemon, banana, and

a slight orange character, masked

“Weisse, or

wheat beers

used to be

all the rage

in America a

century ago, as

wheat became

an abundant



for subtlety by the wheat content

of the beer. The cloudiness

of the beer is caused by wheat

proteins and the strand of yeast

that is used in the brewing process.

While other brews strive

for clarity, the cloudiness is very

much part of the experience of

this beer, imparting a mildly

dry mouth-feel. The beer boasts

Guelph, said, “The most common

response I get when I tell people

my program is the assumption that

I have no plan when it comes to a

career, while in reality I’ve had a

plan since I first applied.”

The truth is, there are many

career paths out there for those

with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in

anything from English to Philosophy

to History. These career

opportunities include marketing,

journalism, teaching, law, human

resources, speech-language pathology,

travel and tourism, and

communications. These are just

some of the options that are out

there for those who were educated

to think objectively and analytically,

as well as develop the required

skills to produce well-written


These skills are difficult to acquire.

Those who tell me my

program is a joke are the same

people who ask me to edit their

papers, or ask for advice on how to

get through an extensive reading

in a short amount of time.

“On more than one occasion I

magnificent texture and variety

that is hard to experience in a bottled

serving, as is the case with

most beers (including next week’s

have been approached by friends

who are part of the science and

math realm of university life with

hopes that I can look over and edit

their papers before they are submitted

to professors,” explained

Lindsey Legge, a History major at

the University of Guelph.

“I think that the development of

skills such as writing and analysis

of texts are the most valuable

element of my studies”, added


There you have it Guelph.

Whether you are studying the

functions of the human body,

solving a math equation, or

writing a critical essay, each

program of study requires hard

work and dedication. Furthermore,

graduating with a BA

is not useless nor a waste of

money. The bottom line: study

what you love, and respect other

peoples’ education and career

choices. Ignorance helps no

one, and only places a dividing

line between students, preventing

us from learning from one


Mike Warner

Find out what’s nice about the Hacker-Pschorr Weisse as The Brew

Review tackles this Bavarian delight.

Brew Review). So dig into your

schnitzel, eat your vegetables, and

drink your weisse. It’s not a brew

to be missed.

This Week

in History

Birmingham Six on verge of freedom

Seventeen years after being charged for

an IRA attack on two pubs in Birmingham,

the six men known collectively

as the Birmingham Six were released

from prison after years of maintaining

their innocence. A few weeks before

their release, the Director of Public

Prosecution stated that the charges

against the Six were “no longer

considered safe and satisfactory,” according

to the article appearing below

the headline. The case was considered

a “national disgrace,” and several of

the individuals later became alcoholics

and/or divorcees as their private lives

were impacted by the many unnecessary

years they spent in jail. According

to The BBC, the real bombers have not

been prosecuted to this day. (The BBC

– Feb. 25, 1991)

The Kaiser’s New Yacht is Successfully


While Kate Middleton and Harry are

often the centre of attention as royal

media darlings, North Americans were

no less excited about the monarchy of

any European country 111 years ago.

On the German Prince Harry’s third

day visiting America, his new schooner

yacht, the Meteor, was launched in

New York to the thrill of a large crowd,

which included the Roosevelts. The reporter

wrote that the yacht entered the

water “gracefully” with the American

flag “breaking out at the taffrail,” the

railing around the stern of the ship. The

statement painted a pleasant picture

of the friendly international relations

between the two nations, which only

lasted for a few more years before the

outbreak of WWI. Even Miss Roosevelt’s

outfit was not left out from the

description of the day’s celebrations,

with the article stating that she wore

“a dress of sapphire blue velvet, a large

black hat, trimmed with ostrich feathers,

and a fur muff.” (The Globe – Feb.

26, 1902)

Lindbergh Baby Kidnapped From

Home of Parents

On this day, celebrity pilot Charles A.

Lindbergh and his aviatress wife Anne

Morrow experienced a shocking crime

that involved the kidnapping, and later

murder, of their infant son, Charles,

who was snatched from his crib while

the couple was out to dinner. The intruder

came in through the nursery

window and left an obvious trail of

muddy footprints that led the police

to the edge of the forest by the Lindberghs’

home, though little came out

of the discovery. The baby’s body was

discovered more than a year later six

miles from the house. The event was

called the crime of the century, and

has inspired cultural adaptations in

films and T.V. shows like American

Horror Story. (The New York Times

– March 1, 1932)

Compiled by Alicja Grzadkowska



In defence of OPIRG

Greg Shupak

I teach Media Studies at the University

of Guelph and I have

worked with the Ontario Public

Interest Research Group (OPIRG)

on several projects so I would like

to speak to some of the arguments

being put forth by the campaign to

de-fund OPIRG.

The de-funders resent the idea

that their money goes to an organization

that supports initiatives

with which the de-funders do

not agree. In a way, I understand

this sentiment in that I object to

many things the Canadian government

does with public money

such as spending millions of dollars

to fight legal battles against

Aboriginal land claims so that the

government and corporations

can continue to take indigenous

peoples’ lands. (At least a person

who dislikes OPIRG can opt-out of

funding it; one cannot opt-out of,

say, that portion of tax dollars that

underwrite Canadian mining companies

linked to violent repression

in Latin America, a practice which

has been chronicled by Professor

Todd Gordon.) However, those

who want to de-fund OPIRG have a

very skewed sense of priorities. In

the Jan. 24 issue of The Ontarion,

they complain that OPIRG participates

in opposition to the Keystone

XL pipeline without even saying

why OPIRG is wrong to do this,

as if doing so is inherently objectionable

– no further rationale is

provided in the “facts” section of

their Facebook page or in the Jan.

18 article in the Guelph Mercury

on the de-fund campaign.

There is something woefully

misguided about springing to action

because a portion of the $6.31

one contributes to OPIRG each semester

(if they choose not to get

it back) is being used to oppose

a pipeline, which has been flagged

as a serious ecological threat

by mainstream environmental organizations

like the Sierra Club and

the World Wildlife Fund, instead

of fighting to stop the University

of Guelph’s plan to raise tuition

fees by hundreds of dollars in April.

The absence of substantiated

claims on the Keystone XL protests

is part of a larger pattern

in which the de-funders either

refer to insufficient proof to justify

the arguments they make,

misrepresent the material they

cite, or simply make claims that

they seem to think are self-evident

without offering any evidence

what-so-ever. They assert that the

Idle No More movement has been

“largely discredited” and on their

Facebook page they support this

argument solely by providing a link

Inordinate Ordnance

What makes horses so


Chris Carr

Horse, cow, donkey, marmot,

seagull, Chihuahua – what’s the

difference It all tastes the same,

slathered in Sweet Baby Rays, between

two buns, stuffed into the

maw of your ravenous face hole.

Recently, some of the meat

coming out of the UK has been

found to have traces of horse meat,

causing would-be carnivores to

stand up in disgust. Even more

recently, traces of horse meat

have been found in IKEA’s famous

Swedish meatballs. They’ve

since been pulled from their restaurants,

but marzipan princess

cakes are still available – thank

god for small miracles.

But, really, why are people

upset about this How is eating

a horse any different than eating

a cow or a pig Personally, I’ve

always felt that horses are the d-

bags of the animal kingdom – with

their muscles and air of entitlement.

If animals had credit cards,

horses would shop at Hollister. If

any animal deserves to have a bite

taken out of it, it’s a horse.

Anyway, the shocking thing

is that everyone is disgusted

because of the animal they’ve

mistakenly ingested. Give us not

the pretty animals, feed us the

dull, dopey cow, they say, spitting

flecks of buffalo wing at their

TVs. Although cows can recognize

over 100 different companion

cows and develop long-lasting

relationships with humans and

cows alike. What about pigs It’s

been shown that they have the

same developmental intelligence

as three-year-old humans. If intelligence

is a factor in what meat

we eat, then serve up Honey Boo

Boo. Pigs could teach her entire

family a thing or two.

What is the statute of limitations

on the devour-ability of

certain animals Cows, pigs and

chickens add nothing besides sustenance

to society, where a horse

is a working animal, maybe. Then

serve up a nice sloth steak. They

literally do nothing. How about

your cat When’s the last time

he earned a solid wage Seagulls,

all they do is defecate; I’m sure

they’d be great with a nice candied

orange sauce and side of


If it’s not usefulness that keeps

certain animals from keeping

my mashed potatoes company,

then what is the stipulation It’s

to an opinion piece in the National

Post that in no way proves that the

campaign has been discredited. It’s

unsurprising that the de-funders

provide no evidence for this claim

since none exists.

The anti-OPIRG Facebook page

says that, “After a democratic election,

the OPIRG executive changed

the election rules during the election

to re-elect themselves. No

political dissent is tolerated.” The

article cited in support of this says

no such thing. It quotes a disgruntled

OPIRG employee in the last

month of their contract as claiming

that “one board member was

elected after filing nominations

paperwork for the process beyond

the deadline,” but it also quotes

Brenda Whiteside, associate vicepresident

of student affairs at the

University of Guelph, as saying that

a university review of the employee’s

accusations found no evidence

of “board impropriety.” Nothing

in the article even comes close to

proving that “no political dissent is

tolerated” and I have found OPIRG

to be a space for vigorous debate

wherein people frequently offer

dissenting views on a huge range

of topics and doing so is not only

“tolerated,” but encouraged.

The de-funders say that OPIRG

has “a history of financial mismanagement”

and the article they

obviously not intelligence, or I’d

be having a cheese and Kardashian

sandwich for lunch. Is it beauty

“Horses and beautiful creatures,

they are majestic, strong, they

should not be eaten.” Bull. I’ve

seen some cows that are downright

stupid-cute and who among

us hasn’t cooed at the adorability

of Babe and his hilarious adventures

Certainly, that’ll do.

Again, what makes horse meat

any worse than regular meat that

human beings eat on a catastrophic

scale Is it health It can’t be

because red meat is one of the

leading factors causing heart

disease. The amount of steroids

pumped into chickens to fatten

them up affects our own intake

of antibiotics and medicines. This

is somehow a healthier option

What’s our best option here

Well, stop it. Just knock it off.

Don’t eat animals and you won’t

have to convince yourself of these

arbitrary distinctions. What’s

okay to eat and what’s not okay

to eat is a very simple distinction:

don’t eat anything that would suffer

so you can get fatter. If I stuck

you with a fork, you’d tell me to

stop it wouldn’t you So why do

we do it three times a day to those

who can’t tell us they’d prefer we

had a salad instead. The sickening

cite on Facebook to justify this assertion

notes that a University of

Guelph review “found no evidence

of financial mismanagement at

OPIRG.” The de-funders argue that

there is “No public disclosure of

how student money is spent” and

support that by linking to the same

article, which says nothing either

way on the question of public disclosure.

However, I have been in

the OPIRG office and can attest that

binders disclosing all spending are

available to anyone who wishes to

look at them.

The de-funders point out that an

OPIRG staffer pled guilty to charges

related to the 2010 Toronto G20.

The charges do not pertain to the

actions the person did while acting

on behalf of OPIRG. People with

a criminal record have a right to

earn a living. And it’s worth remembering

that the list of brave,

principled people who have broken

the law in the context of political

activities and eventually been respected

for doing so is a long one.

When the de-funders complain

about OPIRG’s involvement

in the “hateful anti-Israel week”

I assume they are referring to Israeli

Apartheid Week (IAW), a

worldwide, non-violent movement

to compel Israel to follow

international law. They attempt

to prove the “hateful” character

part about this scandal is not that

it’s horse meat mistakenly being

eaten, it’s that the human species

still eats meat at all. How many

times do we have to go through E.

coli threats and salmonella outbreaks

before everyone realizes

this system of eating animals is a

flawed one Stop eating animals,

it’s very simple.


of IAW by pointing to an opinion

piece by a person who wanted to

de-fund OPIRG at the University

of Toronto, which contains no evidence

or arguments for why IAW is

“hateful” and to an article which

explains that the Ontario legislature

condemned IAW in a vote in

which only 30 of 107 MPPs participated.

The legislators provided

no facts or sustained arguments to

justify their position, only rhetoric,

so the vote means little unless

one believes that Ontario MPPs are

irreproachable moral authorities.

Far more meaningful is that Israeli

policy has been described as a form

of apartheid by Nobel Laureates

Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu,

by United Nations representative

John Dugard, by the editor of the

Israeli newspaper Haaretz, and by

Israeli establishment figures like

Shulamit Aloni and Michael Ben-

Yair. IAW 2013 will be coming to

this campus in March and anyone

who’s interested should attend

the relevant events, learn about

the issues involved, and make up

their own mind as opposed to accepting

the view of Ontario MPPs

and OPIRG de-funders.

In short, it is clear that the campaign

to discredit OPIRG is one

of distortions, fabrications, and

wrong-headed analysis, and ought

to be dismissed as such.

People complaining about horse meat should recognize their

hypocrisy and stop eating meat all together, Chris Carr opines.


Chris Carr is Editor-in-Chief of

The Cannon. “Inordinate Ordnance”

publishes every Thursday

in The Cannon and in The Ontarion.

The opinions posted on thecannon.ca

reflect those of their author

and do not necessarily reflect the

opinions of the Central Student

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170.7 ◆ february 28th, 2013

Denim deities draw copyright controversy

Recently, an Italian denim company

has caused somewhat of

a stir in the realm of copyright

law. The company is called Jesus

Jeans, and holds a trademark on

the name Jesus for use on apparel

in the United States and European

Union. To defend its brand, as any

sensible business would do, it has

taken legal action against a number

of American clothing companies

attempting to sell clothing under

that name (Sweet Jesus, Jesus First,




offends does not

mean anyone

should be

prohibited from

saying it.”

and Jesus Couture among them).

And of course, under copyright

law, it has every right to do so.

What it comes down to is the question

of whether or not companies

should be allowed to copyright

names from religious sources at all

in the first place.

While Britain turned down an

application to copyright Jesus

Jeans in that country in 2003, calling

it “morally offensive to the

public,” it’s not clear that this in

Canadian government’s lesson in hypocrisy

Karalena McLean

Many people remember the international

outcry that followed

the introduction of Uganda’s

“kill the gays bill.” The proposed

bill would make the crime of homosexuality

punishable by life

imprisonment, or in some cases,

death. The controversial bill also

included Holocaust-like specifications,

which stated that a

person could be imprisoned for

three years if they did not report

someone they know to be LGBT

within 24 hours of the bill passing.

The bill received much international

attention with some

countries threatening to stop the

flow of aid to Uganda should the

bill be implemented. The pressure

from the international community

ended up stalling the bill in parliament

and it was never passed.

itself is a good reason to deny the


Western society, since the

Enlightenment, has carried a

strong tradition of free speech.

Under this principle, simply

because something offends does

not mean anyone should be prohibited

from saying it. In Canada,

of course, the exception to this rule

is when someone’s right to free

speech is encroaching on someone

else’s rights – say, to choose

a pertinent example – the right

to freedom of religious assembly.

But that’s not even what’s happening

here. That someone sells

jeans under the brand name Jesus

Jeans in no way prevents anyone

from pursuing their faith, as the

copyright extends only to clothing

products. Additionally, Jesus

Jeans has said it will permit church

groups to use His name on t-shirts

and the like, as long as they are for

non-commercial uses.

Besides, we’ve also seemed to

raise little objection to the use of

other deities as brand names. As

an attorney for Jesus Jeans’ parent

company, BasicNet, pointed out to

the Wall Street Journal, sportswear

giant Nike gets its name from the

Greek goddess of victory. Venus is

the brand name of a popular razor

and the Roman goddess of love.

The list goes on. The problem

with exempting religious imagery

and names from copyright is

that there is no definitive basis on

which to determine what is “too

religious” to use as a copyright. For

example, if Jesus is exempt, should

the apostles be, too How do we

compare religious figures across

different faiths in a multicultural

society to determine what should

However, in 2012, the bill was introduced

again with members of

the Ugandan parliament claiming

that it would be passed quickly as

a “Christmas gift” to the nation.

Although the bill has still yet to

pass, the battle is far from over. In

reaction to the bill, the Canadian

Minister of Foreign Affairs, John

Baird said, “We will speak out on

the issues that matter to Canadians

— whether it is the role and

treatment of women around the

world, or the persecution of gays.”

Arguably, Canada was one of the

most vocal countries in its opposition

to the bill, even going so far

as to threaten economic sanction

if Uganda passed the bill.

The symbolic nature of Canada’s

hardline stance was

well-received; however, these

decisions seem largely hypocritical

in the wake of new

be exempt The legal ambiguity

over what qualifies as religious

makes it simply impractical to

uphold such a limit on copyrights.

If we, as a society, are truly

opposed to the notion of using

religious figures as brand names,

information that the Government

of Canada is funding an anti-gay

religious group from Ontario to

work in Africa. The organization,

Crossroads Christian Communications

is receiving more than

$500,000 for humanitarian work

in Uganda. According to the

Winnipeg Press, “Until Tuesday,

the organization’s website carried

a list of ‘sexual sins’ deemed

to be ‘perversion.’” It described

these acts as “Turning from the

true and/or proper purpose of

sexual intercourse; misusing or

abusing it, such as in pedophilia,

homosexuality and lesbianism,

sadism, masochism, transvestism,

and bestiality.” Oddly

enough, listing homosexuality

and lesbianism were listed as two

different things, but that’s a discussion

for another time!

It seems wildly inappropriate


While some might consider the use of religious figures in brand

names offensive, exempting them from copyright protection is even

more problematic.

the brand is likely to be unsuccessful

anyway, when it fails to connect

with consumers. Should the brand

turn out successful, it just goes to

show that maybe we don’t take

as much offense to the idea as we


that the Government of Canada,

who took the time to criticize

Uganda for trying to pass extremely

homophobic legislation,

is now funding an anti-gay Christian

group to go into Uganda for

“humanitarian” purposes. What

sort of message does this send

to the members of Ugandan parliament

about the seriousness of

Canada when it comes to economic

sanction It shows the

ever-prevalent Western issue of

saying one thing and doing another

when it comes to our own

affairs. The government funded

propagation of hate is disparaging

and must be stopped as it only

provides empirical evidence of

arguments that we in the West

are a bunch of hypocrites who

try to force our values and beliefs

on other nations without really

enforcing them at home.

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1- Screws up

5- In addition

9- Works, as a field

14- Highlander

15 -Tirade

16- Kidney-related

17- Global Awareness Society


18- Prefix with -syncratic

19- Noblemen

crossword by kate and sean

20- Pinocchio’s conscience (2)

23- Decent, in modern slang

24- “___ rang”

25- Sault ___ Marie

27- Bambi’s species

30- The Little Mermaid antagonist

35- McKellen and Fleming

37- LOL alternative

39- Trig functions

40- Spears’ and Gosling’s career

beginning (3)

43- Blind, in Volapük

44- Christmas season

45- YMCA day camp, ___ Yapi

46- Assistant Community Manager,

for short

48- Bread unit

50 Beer barrel

51- Possesses

53- Gratis

55- The Song of the South

61- Moses’ brother

62- Exchange rate

63- Sarcastic response (2)

65- Emerald City paintings (2)

66- Safety org.

67- Applaud

68- Breathing organs

69- Commotions

70- Tattle


1- Bird-to-be

2- 2011 Telugu film

3- South and Mills eg.

4- Snail trail

5- Like Eric or Charming

6- The Tramp’s mate

7- French car manufacturer

8- Tale

9- Precede

10- Tap trouble

11- Honour (Ita.)

12- Mr. Disney

13- Mercedes model, ___ AMG

21- Roadside bomb, for short

22- Promise to pay

25- Mufasa’s son

26- Sonic’s sidekick

28- TV’s Oscar equivalent

29- Cars 2 racer

31- Under the weather

32- Repulsive

33- Daughter of Oceanus

34- ___ as, similar in size (2)

36- Comedy sketch

38- City in Guinea

41- Casts a spell

42- Shrimp and calamari

47- Angry

49- To and ___

52- Mother of the ocean (2)

54- Proclamation

55- The Lion King bird

56- Iraq’s neighbour

57- Star Wars bounty hunter

58- “Heavens to Betsy!”

59- “Thank You” and “White Flag”


60- Get better

61- “You’ve got mail” co.

64- Thromboplastin, for short


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community listings

Thursday February 28

Thursday At Noon Concert

Series. Concerts start at

12:00p.m. Thursdays in Mackinnon

room 107 (Goldschmidt

room). Admission free – donations

gratefully appreciated.

Everyone welcome!

Announcing a New Artistic

Partnership between MSAC and

SOFAM: The inaugural Boarding

House Gallery exhibition

‘1’ marks the opening of a new

public art gallery located at the

Boarding House for the Arts at 6

Dublin St. South. Opening Reception

7pm. Exhibit runs until

March 24.

Saturday March 2

The University of Guelph is

hosting Relay for Life in support

of the Canadian Cancer




SHOW - Sunday, March 10th.

10:30am - 4pm at the Royal

Canadian Legion. 57 Watson

Prkwy S. 25000+ Records. Over

30 vendors. Admission $4. For

further information contact:


Society, March 2-3. Register

online, purchase a luminary

or pledge a participant at



email relay@uoguelph.ca or

like our page on Facebook: University

of Guelph Relay for Life.

The Guelph NDP will host a

Noodle Supper, a fundraising

dinner geared towards

supporters, families and

community members. 4pm

at Dublin St. United Church

(68 Suffolk St W). Wheelchair

accessible. Dietary options

available. For ticket information:


noodles, email info@guelphndp.ca,

or call 519-341-3641.

Sunday March 3

Guelph Hiking Trail Club: Hike


NEED ESSAY HELP! All subjects,

research, writing and editing

specialists, toll free 1 888 345 8295

customessay@bellnet.ca. Join

our advertising team and make

great commissions by placing

posters around campus. Details:


Kolapore Uplands Ski Trails.

5 hrs. Level 3. Challenging,

semi-wilderness trails on the

Escarpment, 90 minutes north

of Guelph. For adventuresome

and reasonably fit skiers. XC

ski only. Meet at 8am. Leader:

Call Bill Mungall at 836-5567

for transportation info.

Monday March 4


7:00 - 9:00 pm. by the Stress

Management Clinic. Identify

the pitfalls that perpetuate

worrying, and stratgies to address

them. Student fee $5.

Details at www.uoguelph.


Career Aviators Business Career

Club: Students and professionals

welcome. Mondays 7pm

-9pm, Innovation Guelph


Recruiting student volunteers for

the Student Support Network -

your confidential drop-in centre

on campus.

Applications due March 1st, 2013.

They can be picked up in Raithby

House or found online.

170.7 ◆ february 28th, 2013

(111 Farquhar Street). Strategic

advice and support; guest

presentations; motivation to

stay on track; worldwide Information

exchange. PWYC.

Info:1 866 873 7633 www.careeraviators.com

Thursday March 7

Stratford Shakespeare Lecture

Series @ Your Guelph


Public Library. The GPL and the

Stratford Shakespeare Festival

present four thought-provoking

lectures based on this

season’s plays. Each evening

lecture features local Shakespearean

experts. 7pm, Main

Library (100 Norfolk St.).

March 7, 14, 21and 28. Admission

free. www.library.guelph.


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