remembering veterans on campus - The Ontarion

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Remembering ong>veteransong> on campus

Moving memorial

ceremony on Nov. 9

honours WWII soldiers

and ong>veteransong>

Alicja Grzadkowska

On Nov. 9, the University of Guelph

held a Remembrance Day ceremony

in War Memorial Hall. Another service

organized by the university also

took place on Nov. 11.

The Nov. 9 event began with a

speech from Don O’ Leary, the

vice-president (Finance and Administration).

O’Leary discussed the

university community and its role in


“Our community views service to

society as a responsibility, and we

have always contributed to civic

development and engagement

throughout times of war and times

of peace,” said O’Leary.

He also touched on the challenges

that Canadians face in the modern day.

“Canada and our world face many

problems and the University of Guelph

is committed to finding real solutions

for real life issues,” O’Leary said.

The VP explained the history of War

Memorial Hall. The hall was built in

1924 in response to a strong community

movement to remember those

who served in the armed forces. Students

spearheaded the memorial

movement, and started digging the

foundation for the building. O’Leary

pointed to the tablets in the lobby of

the hall, explaining that they bear the

names of men from campus who lost

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A procession to the lobby of the hall took place during the Remembrance Day ceremony.

their lives and served in armed forces

during both wars.

The speaker then led a responsive

reading, and several individual readings

followed afterwards from faculty

and staff. Among these readings was

one from the Qur’an, and a poem by

Federico Mayor.

The theme of the service was ong>rememberingong>

those who had won

freedom for Canadians, and using

the opportunities this created to the


“We all have a responsibility, not

only to remember those who died

and suffered, but to continue to campaign

for the rights and privileges of

freedom for all people,” said O’Leary.

Daniel O’Keefe, a fourth year history

student, read his work, “A New

Look at an Old

Tradition,” and discussed the war’s

significance for Canadians.

“Canada’s history in war is something

that every Canadian should be

immensely proud of,” said O’Keefe.

O’Keefe also mentioned that the

last Great War veteran passed away in

2010, and explained the consequences

of this for historical study.

“History is different when it loses

the human element. With this in

mind, we must be grateful for the

ong>veteransong> we are so fortunate to have

with us,” said O’Keefe. “They gave

up their freedom so that we could be

free. They gave up their lives so that

we could live.”

The service ended with a prayer

read by James VanderBerg, a Multi-

Faith team member, and a song from

the University of Guelph Symphonic

Choir and the Women’s Chamber

Choir, who performed throughout

the service.

169.11 ◆ november 15th, 2012

news 3

Positive news in search for an HIV vaccine

Researchers at

Western University

closer to a

preventative solution

Jordan Sloggett

Ongoing research at Western University

has produced exciting results

concerning a clinical trial for a vaccine

to prevent the transmission of HIV.

On Nov. 5, researchers at the

Siebens Drake Research Institute

at Western University announced

that the first phase in the human

clinical trials for the vaccine called

SAV001-H had gone remarkably well.

The vaccine was developed by Dr. Chil-

Yong Kang and his team of researchers

through a joint effort between Sumagen

Canada and Western University.

Dr. Kang is a professor of virology

at Western University’s Schulich

School of Medicine and Densitry.

Sumagen Canada is located in

The Stiller Centre for Technology

Commercialization in Western

University’s Research Park in London,

Ontario. It is a subsidiary of a

Korean-based pharmaceutical venture

company and was established

in 2008 to manage and support

the development of the vaccine.

The first phase of clinical trials involved

administering the vaccine to

those who are already HIV positive,

to determine if the vaccine causes any

adverse immune responses. Phase

I was partially funded by Industrial

Research Assistant Program of the National

Research Council of Canada and

had been running since March 2012.

“Phase I was the biggest hurdle,”

said Dr. Kang. Phase II is set to

begin next year and will be carried

out in Canada, the United States

and various European countries.

Dong Joon Kim, a spokesperson for

Sumagen Canada, announced at a

press conference that “There have

After many years of research, a vaccine for HIV has finally been discovered at Western.

been no adverse effects and immunological

responses to date.”

“This is a very important milestone

for us. It has given Sumagen Canada

great encouragement to proceed on

our long journey to reach the final

goal for all humankind,” Kim added.

Since the AIDS-causing virus was first

characterized in 1983 more than 28

million people have died from HIV/

AIDS, and more than 34 million live

with the viral infection. According to

the Public Health Agency of Canada,

youth between the ages of 15 and 29

accounted for 26 per cent of all positive

HIV test reports.

These positive results have demonstrated

the safety and tolerability

in humans to the vaccine. Although

there have been numerous attempts

in the past, no vaccine to prevent

the transmission of the virus

has been commercialized to date.

While Phase I of the human clinical

trial involved 40 HIV-positive

volunteers, Phase II will measure

the immune responses in 600 HIVnegative

volunteers who have

There have

been no adverse

effects and


responses to


–Dong Joon Kim

been deemed to be in the highrisk

category for HIV infection.

Unlike other attempts at creating

a HIV vaccine, SAV001-H


was developed by using a killed

whole HIV-1 virus. Other successful

vaccines developed

through this technique include

ones developed for polio, influenza,

rabies and hepatitis A.

HIV is a retrovirus which causes

acquired immunodeficiency

syndrome, or AIDS. The HIV

virus infects vital cells in the

human immune system and

allows for life-threatening infections

and cancers to thrive.

The killed HIV virus used in the

vaccine was genetically altered to

be nonpathogenic, rendering it

unable to cause the HIV infection

that can lead to AIDS. The virus was

further inactivated using a combination

of chemicals and radiation.

While SAV001-H is the only HIV

vaccine currently under development

in Canada, there are about

two dozen other HIV vaccines being

tried worldwide.

Global to Local:

U of G students and

staff on international

and national news

The Toronto Star recently reported

that the Oxford Dictionary

had chosen its word of the year,

by tracking how the English language

is changing, and picking a

word that best represents the attitudes

of the year. The top word

for the UK was “omnishambles,”

defined as “a situation that has

been comprehensively mismanaged,

characterized by a string of

blunders and miscalculations,”

because it has been applied to

multiple blunders and crises that

the UK has experienced in the past

year. The word for America is “gif,”

which has also transitioned into a

verb, “to gif.“ Other shortlisted

words from these and other countries

were: nomophobia, the fear of

being without one’s mobile phone,

mummy porn, to mark the success

of Fifty Shades of Grey, and YOLO.

The Ontarion: What do you think

of the shortlisted words

Sofia Oke, third year Toxicology

student: I think seeing any sort of

social media and seeing the popularity

of words like “YOLO,” I can

definitely understand why they

would consider these words as

something to put in the dictionary.

In terms of references and

acronyms standing for “you only

live once,” I would say that this is

more of a saying than a word, but I

guess a lot of people would define it

differently. From my perspective,

it would be a hard word to define

personally and especially to have

a definition for it that you would

want to put in the Oxford dictionary.

So, it seems a little bit strange

from my perspective.

The Ontarion: Do you think that

this is a relevant news story, or

something that functions more as


SO: I think it’s more entertaining

than anything else. Everyone likes

reading about different aspects [of

news], so there’s political topics,

or other more serious things in the

news, but I think it’s always nice

to have discussion points like this

to uplift others and to at least put

something in their minds that’s

not necessarily as heavy as other


Thanks to the participant for this

week’s interview. If you have an

international news story that you

want to see here, or if you want to

be added to a mailing list of potential

interviewees, contact News

Editor Alicja Grzadkowska at


One in five: Breaking down mental health stigma

Student Support

Network teamed up

with mental Health

Awareness Week

Julia Falco

Nov. 19 to 23 will mark the

University of Guelph’s second

annual “One in Five” Mental

Health Awareness Week. Organized

by Student Health and

Counselling Services, the aim of

this initiative is to educate students

about the prevalence and

importance of mental health – a

sensitive topic that is often swept

under the rug.

The title “One in Five” serves

to bring mental illness to life with

the statistic that one in five students

will be affected by a mental

health challenge in any given

year. The realization that we likely

interact with people dealing

with mental health challenges

everywhere and every day – in

circles of friends, classes, and

intramural teams – often takes

students by surprise.

Kaitlin Milley, a peer worker

at the Wellness Center, explains

how mental health is critical to

success in all parts of life.

“[Mental health] affects every

single part of your life: your

physical health, your spiritual

well-being, your relationships.”

Finding a balance between

getting good grades, working a

part-time job, staying physically

active, participating in extracurricular

activities, let alone

having a social life and designated

down time is a constant

struggle for students. Moreover,

it is a busy lifestyle highly susceptible

to anxiety, stress, and


“It’s so common to experience

these things, it just happens

when you’re trying to get good

grades and balance everything,”

said Elyse Heagle, team leader

at the Student Support Network


Located in the centre of campus

in the Raithby House, SSN is

a peer-counselling center staffed

by student volunteers. They offer

a confidential, non-judgmental

safe space that students can simply

walk into any time during the

week from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. to

talk with someone.

“You’re met with kind, open

people. We’re trained in active

listening so we’re there to support

you and we can refer you as

well,” explained Heagle.

Whether a student is facing a

concerning mental health challenge

or just looking for someone

to talk with, the SSN extends

their invitation to all.

“You can walk in and discuss

any issue that is weighing heavily

on you, or even if it’s something

happy… you can talk about anything

you want,” said Heagle.

When asked about strategies

that students are encouraged

to take before seeking further

counselling, Milley points to

the importance of three vital

things: sleep, physical activity,

and nutrition.

“If you’re not sleeping, eating

right, and getting physical

[activity] you’re going to feel

badly whether you have a mental

health challenge or not,” Milley


Heagle and Milley both expressed

that the major goal of

Mental Health Awareness Week

is to inspire an open discussion

around campus and breaking

down the stigma of mental health

by doing so.

“It’s important to get rid of

The week will provide students with tips on how to manage stress

during the school year.

the stigma so that people realize

that those who are facing mental

health challenges aren’t weak,

they’re probably strong because

of it, having to deal with it every

single day,” said Milley.

The week will kick off with

“Stand Up for Mental Health”, a

stand up Comedy Troupe performing

on Nov. 19 in Peter Clark

Hall starting at 6 p.m. followed

by a Stress Management Workshop

on Nov. 20 in UC 42 at 10

a.m. On Nov. 22 “Stretch Your

Mind,” a yoga class focusing on

the relationship between physical

activity and mental health, will



be offered in Peter Clark Hall at

12:30 p.m.

The most anticipated event of

the week is the “Let’s Talk Mental

Health” panel discussion to

be held on Nov. 22 at 5:30 p.m.

in room 200 of Alexander Hall.

Here, a panel of students will

share their personal experiences

battling mental illness and

the steps that they have taken to

learn how to deal with it.

All events are free of charge

and all students, regardless of

past experience and exposure to

mental health, are encouraged to


169.11 ◆ november 15th, 2012

news 5

Colorado and Washington legalize marijuana

A small step forward

leaves Canucks

wondering when their

time will come

Andrew Donovan

On Nov. 6, the same day as the

U.S. federal election, the states of

Washington and Colorado passed

legislation legalizing marijuana for

those over the age of 21. Washington’s

Initiative 502 and Colorado’s

Amendment 64 put a metaphorical

haze over the Obama victory

as reports coming from each respective

state described a festive

atmosphere with music, marijuana,

and munchies.

While the victory was symbolic

of the changing times and politics

south of the border, marijuana activists

were quick to note that the

battle is far from over.

For example, activists point to

the somewhat draconian procedure

of determining driver

impairment whereby an officer

can extract a blood sample from

a suspected impaired driver. The

legal limit is currently set at 5ng/

ml of THC for those 21 and over.

The problem activists have with

this procedure is that it’s measuring

a person’s THC blood content,

and not their impairment. Not to

mention, this method isn’t proven

by any legitimate science. Moreover,

federal employees still have

a zero tolerance in effect on any

consumption of marijuana and private

workers can still be fired for


Activists applaud the progress

being made by the voters of each

state, and pending any action on

behalf of the attorney general or

the governor at the Department

of Justice, pot smokers gained an

important victory on the prohibition

of marijuana.

Meanwhile in Canada, while

Americans were toking up, listening

to some reggae and classic

rock, and jubilant of the fact that

PBS funding won’t be cut so Big

Bird can remain on the air, these

sentiments were not being shared.

On the very same day as the

election and legalization of marijuana

was taking place in the U.S.,

the Harper government officially

put into effect their very controversial

mandatory minimum

sentencing (MMS) for minor drug


The passing of the MMS legislation

was met with a flurry of fury

from Canadians coast to coast as

their displeasure was taken to

social media outlets and news


The University Of Guelph Young

While Washington and Colorado legalize pot, users in Canada continue to be regulated.

Liberals’ Vice President Of Internal

Affairs, Frank Tersigni, was contacted

on the matter and made the

Liberal stance on the prohibition

of marijuana quite clear.

The Liberal Party is the only

party that is in favour of legalizing

and regulating marijuana. In

January 2012 at the Liberal Biennial

convention, delegates overwhelmingly

supported a policy calling for

the regulation and taxation of its

production, distribution, and use,

while enacting strict penalties for

illegal trafficking, illegal importation

and exportation, and impaired

driving. Both Prime Minister Stephen

Harper and New Democrat

leader Thomas Mulcair have come

out against decriminalization


The Guelph Campus Conservatives

Elias Tsafaridis

were also contacted for a statement

but failed to respond upon time of


Despite continuing debates over

the drug, the latest Angus Reid poll

shows that 75 per cent of British Columbians

are in favour of legalization

and regulation of marijuana, which

shows that at the moment, the government

is not representing those


U of G appoints Food Laureate

Canadian culinary

expert Anita Stewart

first to hold position

Colleen McDonell

On Nov. 7 it was revealed that the

University of Guelph appointed its

first Food Laureate. Anita Stewart,

an expert on food and Canadian

cuisine, will serve as the University’s

honourary food ambassador.

It’s believed to be the first such

position in the world, but Stewart

is no stranger to firsts – she is the

first Canadian to earn a Master of

Arts in Gastronomy as well as the

first culinary journalist to be given

a lifetime membership as a Professional

Agrologist by the Ontario

Institute of Agrologists.

“I think it’s going to be a great

challenge and a lot of fun,” said

Stewart on the new appointment.

Stewart has been exploring and

presenting Canadian food for a long

time. In 1994, she founded Cuisine

Canada, which is the first and only

pan-Canadian culinary alliance of

food professionals. She has also authored

or co-authored 14 books on

Canadian foods and wines, which

include many U of G examples, and

appears regularly on CBC Radio.

In 2012, Stewart was appointed

to the Order of Canada and has

received numerous other awards.

So how does Stewart distinguish

Canadian cuisine

“I think Canadian cuisine is defined

by the word ‘possibilities.’

It depends entirely on where you

are at, depending on what ingredients

can grow there, the talent,

the history of the area, the climate

“I think


cuisine is defined

by the word


– Anita Stewart

of course, and all of those factors…

they all flow into what I would call

Canadian cuisine, depending again,

on who’s there cooking.”

As Food Laureate, Stewart is

hoped to further U of G’s reputation

as a food university.

“We are known internationally

as the place for food research,

teaching and technology, but our

contributions to the culinary life

of Canada need to be more widely

touted,” President Alastair Summerlee

said in the press release.

“Having a Food Laureate will allow

the University to engage people

across the country and strengthen

our profile and support.”

In the past, Stewart has been

integral in helping the university

achieve success in the food industry

through developing the OAC

Food Inventory. In 2010, she also

aided the university in the launch

of the Good Food Innovation

Awards to recognize restaurants

showing culinary creativity with

local ingredients. Her favourite

restaurants in Guelph currently include

Artisanale, Ox, Borealis Grill,

and the Woolwich Arrow Pub.

During the two-year appointment,

Stewart hopes to bridge

some of the food related projects

between various faculty members

in different colleges across campus,

which she recognizes will be

a large feat.

“My goal is to continue to explore

how U of G has set our national

and international tables with both

talent and ingredients,” said Stewart

upon accepting the title. “And

while I’m at it, I intend to recognize

some very real culinary heroes

whom all of Canada can celebrate.”


Anita Stewart was named the world’s first ever food ambassador at

the U of G.


The unknown dangers of sexting

Guelph Police Services

encourages students

to think twice

Diana Kurzeja

Sexting: a word many may have

come across or are familiar with,

but may not be aware the true dangers


In today’s society, social network

media and technology have

become a way of life and form of

communication for the average

teenager. However, many teens

fail to recognize that certain acts

can evoke serious consequences.

Sexting, which refers to sending

sexual or nude photos, is a far

more serious problem than many

realize. Surveys show that 20 to 60

per cent of teens are sexting, with

the trend slowly on the rise. Although

sexting may seem harmless,

if the sender is under the age of 18

they may face criminal charges,

such as the production or distribution

of child pornography.

Guelph Police officers are working

to spread the word about

sexting and social media awareness

to both parents and students

of the community with the Ontario

Crime Prevention Week. Sergeant

Douglas Pflug of the Guelph Police

is working closely to raise

awareness of sexting and social

media safety by engaging in several

group parent chats, school

lectures, and teaching a training

syllabus called, Protect Your Brand

to high school students.

“When we do lectures it blows

them away because [the students]

don’t see sexting as pornography

and if someone is under 18, that’s

child pornography, sending it is

pornography, that’s why we wanted

to get that out there. And there

is damage there,” said Pflug.

Although relationships at this age

may seem promising and everlasting,

unfortunately there are those

that do come to an end. With this

as a possibility, it is important for

students to consider that previously

sent or posted sexual photos

may arise, which can cause personal

character and emotional damage.

Sergeant Douglas Pflug also

mentions how vulnerable a young

person may be online, and how

important it is to protect their self


“[In lectures] we talk about protecting

your brand; we use the

analogy that you want to be a hard

covered best seller,” said Pflug. It is

important to remember that once a

photo is posted or sent along with

any personal information, it can

never be taken back and can linger

in the online world forever.

The Guelph Police reminds students that texting graphic photos can have consequences.

Take This Lollipop is a fast growing

Facebook application which

Guelph Police officers use in order

to teach students the real life dangers

of social media. This Facebook

application may change the way

students perceive not thinking

twice about sharing intimate details

or photos of themselves as it

brings to reality their worst fear;

being stalked by a predator online.

Frank Valeriote has a lot on his mind

E. coli, omnibus budget

bills, and the Liberal

leadership campaign

Emma Wilson

Frank Valeriote, the Liberal MP

for Guelph, spoke on Nov. 13 in

Mackinnon about many of the

issues that he encounters in his

new role in Ottawa.

Valeriote is the agricultural and

rural affairs critic for the Liberal

Party, and was involved with the

E. coli outbreak this September

that closed U.S. borders to Canadian

meat, and shut down the

XL processing plant on Sept. 27.

The Minister of Agriculture,

Gerry Ritz, denied that Canada’s

meat had been affected and

waited until Sept.16 to demand a

recall. By that point, Canadians

had already gotten sick. Valeriote

believes that Ritz had “trivialized”

this outbreak.

“When something like this

happens, your antennae go up

and you want to point a finger at

someone. I try not to be partisan

when I make these statements,

but I was caught in the middle of

it,” Valeriote also noted.

Valeriote actually found that

the government’s omnibus

budget bills introduced this

spring included issues that he

supported. However, he noted,

“I have trouble when an omnibus

bill has good and bad in it, so I

back away.”

The recent budget bills, Bill C38

and C45, decreased the number

of protected lakes from 3200

to 97. Now there are fewer restrictions

on development. For

instance, the Experimental Lakes

Area (ELA) in Northern Ontario

has been opened up to being

bought by commercial interests,

even though it was being used for

valuable scientific experiments.

Valeriote believes that many of

these changes involve aiding the

oil industry.

“I’m not against developing the

oil industry, but I want to do it

sustainably,” Valeriote said.

Valeriote predicts that the

upcoming Liberal leadership

campaigns, running from Nov.

13 to April 13, 2013, will be very

interesting. Justin Trudeau, Mark

Garneau, Joyce Murray, Martha

Hall Findlay, are all MPs expected

to run.

You won’t need to be a cardcarrying

member of the party

to vote, but now unaffiliated

supporters can also vote online.

Valeriote doesn’t think this will

lead to problems, stating, “I don’t

think people would go through

all the fuss [of voting] if they

weren’t interested or wanted to

sabotage things. The informed

will vote, but I do think we all

have a responsibility to be more

civically literate.”

Lastly, Valeriote mentioned his

own ideas for politics in Canada.

“I’m pushing for Proportional

Representaion (PR), such as

mixed-member plurality,” he

said. He also hopes that irregularities

seen in the 2011 election

can be prevented in the future.

Clerical errors in the Etobicoke

election created up to 70 irregular

votes, robocalls caused many ridings

to challenge election results,

and Valeriote’s own calls did not

include all of his information.

“I really think we need to follow

the rules. For instance, when I

learned that one of my automated

calls last election didn’t include

my name or number, I immediately

reported myself to elections

Canada,” he said.

Valeriote is currently putting

together a compilation of simplified

election rules to give to

other MPs as many stipulations,

such as MPs needing to give their

address to the electorate, as possible

to ensure they are followed.

The application requires access

to one’s Facebook page, yet it is a

great tool for revealing how vulnerable

students truly are on social

media, and how they can protect

themselves online, as well as via

cell phone.

The most crucial aspect of protecting

one’s self image and safety

is to be aware of what is being sent

and posted for others to see. Always



consider the factor that there is a

chance someone else may see personal

photos or information that

are either texted or posted online.

By passing up the pressures to sext

and expose personal photos, older

students have the opportunity to

become examples for those who are

underage and unaware of the serious

legal and emotional aftermath

of an act that seems so innocent.


The Liberal MP discussed relevant issues from the past year with a

crowd of students.

169.11 ◆ november 15th, 2012

news 7

Random acts of kindness brighten up the day

Guelph proves that

kindness is contagious

with the fifth annual

Random Act of

Kindness day

Kelsey Coughlin

Once a year, community members

open doors, hand out cups of

hot chocolate, and pass out flowers

to strangers with one thing in

mind: the hope of brightening up

someone’s day with a random act

of kindness.

On Nov. 9, Guelph celebrated the

fifth annual Random Act of Kindness

Day. Over two hundred organizations

and community groups joined

forces to prove that kindness can be

a way of life.

Random Act of Kindness Day

is part of the Guelph Community

Foundation, a charitable public

foundation whose purpose is to

provide leadership in promoting

community philanthropy and enhance

the quality of life for citizens

all across Guelph. The foundation

set up champions all over the community

to spearhead these acts of


Jessica Carter, special projects

coordinator at Student Life at the

University of Guelph, was one of

these champions and represented

the university on campus.

“It was something small I could

do to let students know people

care and that hopefully I can inspire

that act of kindness in others,”

said Carter.

Members of the Central Student

Association wanted to “show people

care and help spread the love

and kindness one day a year, and

hopefully see an impact in the future,”

according to Carter. Benjamin

Hayes of We Change the World also

organized a Zombie March for Hunger

where he, and other community

members, marched to Metro to buy

candy to help support the community

during the holiday season,

when times are especially tough.

Around Guelph, events included a

free pancake breakfast, a free music

’n motion class, and a special story

time that focused on kindness and

friendship at the Guelph Public Library.

These were only a few of the

events held all over Guelph.

On the University of Guelph

campus, students handed out cotton

candy, apples, hot chocolate,

flowers and cards urging people to

Volunteers at the Random Act of Kindness event show off a pay-it-forward card.

“pay it forward.” Being kind to one

person creates a chain-reaction that

ultimately leads to greater acts of

kindness all around Guelph and the

surrounding community. 60,000

Random Act of Kindness “Pay It Forward”

cards have been distributed

throughout Guelph.

Random Act of Kindness Day

founder and chair, Dominique

O’Rourke said, “it’s the best news

possible. Imagine at least 60, 000

kind acts in Guelph in a single day.

Imagine it multiplied by one or two.

That’s a real impact.”

Research shows that kindness

Newsology: Limelight on the toupé

Reporting on Trump

and his public

declarations against


Alicja Grzadkowska

After Obama was re-elected last

week, it was unsurprising, based

on how close the Electoral College

votes were, that some Americans

might have been disgruntled with

the results. One lucky individual

even got his views on the results

publicized in articles that appeared

in the National Post, Maclean’s

magazine, and on the Huffington

Post website, as well as in numerous

other news sources.

Donald Trump has taken to

Twitter throughout the 2012 campaign

to clarify his opinions on

Obama and Romney. In October,

he demanded that Obama publish

details on his passport and time at

college in a video where he stated

that, “If he releases these records,

it will end the question and indeed

the anger of many Americans…

They’ll know something about

their president.”

Obama did not oblige, and a reporter

from The Guardian went so

far as to call Trump’s office and request

that Trump release the same

records (an incident which was

not well-received by the executive

vice-president at the Trump


Trump, however, was not defeated.

After the elections, he

encouraged Americans to march

on Washington in a revolution

against the president through his

Twitter feed. These posts were deleted

several days later.

News sources closely followed

Trump’s Internet escapades,

reporting on them in an often satirical

tone, but reporting on them

nonetheless. The question is, why

As entertainment news, Trump’s

capers fit right in, but the stories

appeared under business and

world news, which deemed his

actions as important, or at least,

worthy of recognition as legitimate


His role as a major American tycoon

certainly grants him the right

to speak on issues, but not in the

plainly rude and ignorant ways

that he has done so in the recent

past. Simply put, his statements

are not worthy of recognition as

anything but celebrity news.

By recognizing his opinions as international

news, newspapers have

taken part in drawing his spectacle

even further into the public eye

when in actuality, ignoring Trump

by refusing to publish yet another

article about him would have

been the best way to deal with and

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breeds more kindness. It empowers

individuals as well as groups and

ultimately makes the world a better

place to live in.

The Guelph community is urged

to make it their goal to show that

kindness is a state of mind as well

as a way of life.


The media should silence Trump by ignoring him, instead of

reporting on his escapades.

silence his crudeness.

At the very least, criticizing

Trump’s statements in a short and

effective manner like Brian Williams

of NBC did on election night,

would have been a better option

than categorizing the topic as


Yes, he brought us The Apprentice

and beauty pageants, but let’s

not give Trump any more credit

than he deserves.


Shaking hands with top industry representatives

Guelph Finance

Conference encourage

students to network

Alicja Grzadkowska

As students leave university with an

undergraduate degree, their concerns

over finding a permanent job with a

substantial income increase. Those

who have had the opportunities to

network with individuals working in

their field may have it easier when it

comes to the job hunt.

The Guelph Finance Conference

aims to give students a chance to

network with industry leaders from

companies like RBC, Cooperators, and

the CUMIS Group. From Nov. 16 to

18, students from finance programs

in Canadian universities will come to

the University of Guelph to participate

in field-specific workshops, attend

banquets and events, and take part

in a CME trading simulation.

Derek Manuge, the chairman of the

conference, and Anthony Donohue, a

member of the communications team,

spoke to The Ontarion about the goals

and themes of the conference.

The overlying theme is financial

sustainability, so it’s to promote

the notion that [business] is not all

about the profits, it’s about people,

the planet and the profits together,

and it coincides with the Better Planet

project,” said Manuge. “We want to

show that there’s a blend between

[these elements] and that they’re not

just disjointed.”

Over the three days, delegates will

go to workshops led by industry professionals,

and get the opportunity to

discuss finance.

“[Students] get that first-hand discussion

with the actual workshop

hosts,” said Manuge. As well, the

100 delegates who are attending the

conference were split up into smaller

groups, says Manuge.

“It’s a very close-knit environment.”

During the Bloomberg Networking

Night, delegates will also be able

to talk one-on-one with 25 industry

leaders, who will have access to

an entire resume book of all the delegates

that have been accepted to the


In fact, the conference organizers

had more applicants than they

could accept, which shows the

popularity and success of the previous

two finance conferences, and

the competition between applicants

for spots.

“We had more than our limit, roughly

50 per cent more,” said Manuge.

“You want a good group [that’s] more

well-rounded and that we can actually

select by resume and past experiences,

instead of just having anyone come in

when they register. We want to make

sure we have the top delegates there

from across Canada.”

Manuge and Donohue brought the

discussion back to the importance of

networking for students who finish

university with little experience in

their field.

“People will finish university with

a four-year undergrad and no experience,

and their biggest difficulty at

that point is understanding where they

can go with the skills that they’ve garnered,”

said Manuge.

“I’m going through it firsthand right

now,” added Donohue. “I know that a

networking event where you can talk

to so many industry representatives is

very valuable, and it looks great on a

resume too if you can say you’ve participated

in a CME trading simulation.”

Delegates at last year’s Guelph Finance Conference got competitive

during CME trading.

The simulation takes places on

Nov. 17, and according to Manuge,

the delegates get to move the simulated

markets, just like in real life.


Natasha Malek

The top prize for the winning team is

$1250, giving the already-ambitious

delegates another reason to tap into

their competitive side.

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USS makes elephants jump at Vinyl

Dance-rockers return

to Guelph with a few

tricks – old and new –

up their sleeves

Tom Beedham

“You guys must love this,” I said to Club

Vinyl security as the crowd at Ubiquitous

Synergy Seeker (USS) rushed out

the front doors towards the end of the

band’s set. The group has developed

a reputation for clearing their Guelph

audiences out of their host venue faster

than any other ticketed performance.

“Sure – now we just lock the doors

behind you guys,” a guard said as I

shuffled my way through the door.

It was a good thing the bouncer

was joking, because after rallying

the crowd together in the middle of

MacDonell St. for some brief, trafficjamming

circle pit action, USS guitarist

Ashley “Ash Boo-Schultz” Buchholz

and turntablist Jason “Human Kebab”

Parsons rushed everyone back into

Vinyl for a cover of OutKast’s “Hey Ya!”

and (with Parsons garbed in a cartoony

tiger-print and eared hoodie) a hushed

rendition of The Lion King’s “Hakuna

Matata” to round off the night.

Aside from some other left turns

that included bracketing a track with a

non-sequitur sample of Kenny G’s sax

solo from the Brian McKnight-sung

cover of George Michael’s “Careless

Whisper” and a perhaps more relevant

chorus cut from Skrillex’s blip

twisting “Bangarang,” USS played a

set that was largely reminiscent of the

one they performed on the same stage

Oct. 6, 2011. The band announced on

Nov. 5 via its blog that they’ve “delved

deeply into what [they] hope will become

[their] first song” to follow up

the 2011 EP USS Approved, but they

have yet to record or complete writing

anything new.

Still, the group has a catalogue of

strong crowd pleasers that entertained

and got fans grooving along.

Every single from the band’s most

recent EP peaked in the top 10 of

the Canadian rock/alternative chart

and they – along with older releases

like “Laces Out” – continue to receive

extensive radio play on Canadian

alterna-rock stations like CFNY-FM

“102.1 The Edge,” which received a

shout out for playing an early role in

helping the band get off its feet.

Mira Beth

Jason Parsons of Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker, better known as USS, illustrates the band’s trademark live

experience by crowd surfing on Nov. 8 at Club Vinyl.

The night also saw performances

of “Laces Out,” “N/A OK,” “Anti-Venom,”

“Hollow Point Sniper

Hyperbole,” and “Yo Hello Hooray


A celebration of Canadian talent

Guelph Lecture on

Being Canadian brings

influential figures to


Matthew Lecker

On Nov. 9, The Guelph Lecture

on Being Canadian celebrated its

tenth anniversary at the River

Run Center. For many it cannot

be considered a true lecture, because

for both the audience and

the speakers, the event felt far

more akin to a celebration.

The event brought together

a number of highly influential

Canadians in order to showcase

their successes and talents.

Speakers included business innovator

Henry Mintzberg, the

enchanting Eleanor Wachtel,

and finally the musical talents

of Sarah Neufeld. The event was

a gathering of the Guelph community

in order to learn and

experience all that Canadian

talent has to offer. The Guelph

Lecture on Being Canadian is a

notable event that any Canadian

may take pride in; however, the

event also represents a growing

bond between Guelph and the

worthy individuals who influence


The evening’s events began with

the appearance of the University

of Guelph’s own President Alastair

Summerlee, receiving a Queen’s

Diamond Jubilee medal to honour

numerous volunteer campaigns.

The award was created in order

to commemorate the ascension to

the throne of Queen Elizabeth II.

Following this momentous occasion

was Eleanor Wachtel, prolific

author and host of CBC’s Writers

and Company, who took center

stage. Wachtel’s years of experience

were shared with the eager

audience, sharing a side to the

writing craft influenced by years

of successful work. The life Wachtel

has lived serves as a landmark

for many aspiring journalists, as

Wachtel’s actions and techniques

serve to instruct those who wish

to follow in the future.

Wachtel said afterward, “The

best advice I can give to those

wishing to start on the path to success

is [to] take a serious interest

in reading.”

Wachtel’s obvious talents for

creating a connection with interviewees

were recreated for those

in attendance. Wachtel was poignant

and witty, weaving a lecture

of unsurpassed quality.

Midway through the night,

Sarah Neufeld showcased unique

talents with the violin. Already a

major music sensation, Neufeld

has found success as a violinist

for Montreal bands Arcade Fire

and the Bell Orchestre. During

the performance, Neufeld created

nothing short of an experience

for a mesmerized audience. Equal

parts passionate and talented, the

emotion generated by Neufeld’s

instrument was almost overwhelming.

While playing, Neufeld

appeared to be in another world as

she performed, lost in the sounds.

The final speaker for the night

was Henry Mintzberg, a Montreal

born business visionary. Mintzberg’s

supreme talent within

the field continues to this day,

with over 150 articles and over 15

books written on the topic. Most

notable among Mintzberg’s ever-growing

work are theories on

business strategy, being a major

player behind the emergence

strategy in the field of business.

Mintzberg’s research has led to

a revolution in this field, playing

a part in the many revolutions in

business structure in recent years.

Truly deserving of an esteemed

reputation, Mintzberg’s lecture

captivated the audience from its

opening until its end.

The Guelph Lecture on Being

Canadian celebrates all that

makes the individuals who call

Canada home worthy of recognition.

The night itself celebrates

Canadian talent in a form that instills

great pride for Guelph. To

call the event a lecture would be

an understatement, as this was

no simple performance. This

event was just as important for

the audiences as it was for the

performers. The night overall

was a great success because every

person in attendance came away

with an appreciation of something

new. More importantly, it

opened eyes to the freedoms and

opportunities that the country

has allowed.

Before diving into “Damini,” a

song inspired by an elephant of the

same name that died of a broken

heart, Parsons asked crowd members

to question the conventional

wisdom that elephants can’t jump,

made the between-set-motionless

crowd the elephant in the room, and

demanded it to pogo.

That elephant shook the room.


Poets descend on Guelph

Ontario International

Poetry Slam offers

largest purse of any

open slam to date

Nick Revington

Nov. 10 brought some of the

continent’s greatest poets to

the River Run Centre to vie for

the largest cash purse ever for

an open slam competition. The

inaugural Ontario International

Poetry Slam, presented by Guelph

Spoken Word, had $10,000 on the

table, and attracted poets from

across Canada and the United


The caliber of poetry here is

so much greater than you’ll see

at most poetry contests because

of the intensity of a one-day

competition, and of course…

that we’re putting a significant

amount of money directly into

the hands of the poets and supporting

their art,” said Mark

MacKinnon, creative director of

the Ontario International Poetry


What sets slam poetry apart

from many other art forms is its

inclusive nature. Not only did

poets’ performances differ widely

in their subject matter, covering

issues such as race, rape, beauty,

gender identity, and heartbreak,

but judges were also selected

out of members of the general


“One of the keys to the poetry

slam is that it has moved the art

form from an artistic elite into

the masses. Poetry slam was created

to appeal to everyone,” said

MacKinnon. “The movement of

the poetry slam has really come

to be almost an everyman’s art

form, that anyone can do it,

from any walks of life. You don’t

have to be schooled in artistic

critiquing to appreciate the art

form. This is for everyone.”

Indeed, after six preliminary

bouts, 13 finalists were chosen

from the initial pool of about

60. After the three final bouts,

Alvin Lau of Chicago, Illinois was

crowned the winner, and took

home the $6000 first prize.

A professional poet, Lau got

started in the art in a rather unconventional


“Oddly, I used to have incredible

stage fright, and someone

signed me up for a poetry slam

team as a practical joke, which

turned out to be terrifying, but I

ended up on the youth team and

we went on to go win the American

youth championships, just

really accidentally,” said Lau.

Following this success, Lau

decided to try slam again. After

continued wins in competitions

at the youth and adult levels,

Lau decided to go professional

in 2007.

Lau’s performance showcased a

diverse repertoire, with the first

two of three final poems covering

race and privilege, and a


chainsaw-vs.-katana duel scenario.

But Lau pulled out all the

stops for the last poem. Themed

on break dancing, Lau moved

along to the words of the poem.

Lau’s gestures, invocative of the

dance style, merged words and

movement into one and the same.

“I’m probably one of the more

physical people here in terms of

my performance. I always believe,

both emotionally and physically,

I just leave everything behind on

the stage,” said Lau. “Literally

100 per cent of the poems, after

I’m done I’m just completely out

of breath.”

Durham, North Carolina native

G placed second, while Albanian-born

Gypsee Yo of Atlanta,

Alvin Lau of Chicago, Illinois captured first place at the inaugural Ontario International Poetry Slam at

the River Run Centre on Nov. 10.

Georgia came third. Rounding

out the prizewinners were Kay

Kron of Chicago, Jesse Parent of

Cottonwood, Utah, and Lauren

Zuniga of Oklahoma City.

The event’s organizers hope

to make it an annual affair, anchored

in Guelph.

There are monthly poetry

slams done in Guelph…but this

is the first time we’ve done a professional

large-scale production

and we hope that the Ontario

International Poetry Slam will

keep running for many years,”

said MacKinnon. “This is a great

opportunity to put Guelph as a

centerpiece of performance poetry

across the entire world,

[because] all eyes are going to be

focusing on Guelph for this event

in the coming years, and that’s a

great opportunity for Guelph to

once again establish itself as an

excellent place for art.”

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Jumple gets crowd jumping

Gypsy-punk band

plays Jimmy Jazz

Bryan Waugh

on their feet. The audience felt

no need to wait to get a sense

of the band. From the start, the

songs were fun and great to sing

I have to say that it is about

time Jumple came to Guelph.

The five-piece gypsy-punk

band based out of Toronto

played at the Jimmy Jazz on

Nov. 10, delivering three wild

sets of music.

Jumple put on one heck of

a show that night. With their

bright and wacky costumes

and high-energy music, you

couldn’t help but hit the dance

floor. At one point the band

even made their way through

the crowd, danced on table tops,

and attempted to pull people

through the window. “We are

Jumple and so can you” is the

band’s grammatically-awkward

motto, and it certainly

describes their audience-grabbing

performance style to a T.

Even if you had never danced

in your life, Jumple would show

you the way. What was particularly

amazing about the

band’s performance was that

right off the bat, on their first

song they did just that – they

got people out of their seats and

“‘We are

Jumple and

so can you’

is the band’s



and it certainly

describes their



style to a T.”

along to, such as their single

“Na-Na-Na,” from their latest

album, Jigy-Jigy. The band

even performed a cover of the

Jumple grabbed the audience at Jimmy Jazz on Nov. 10 with bright outfits, outrageous stage antics, and

a high-energy gypsy-funk sound.

popular Metallica song, “Enter

Sandman,” albeit in Jumple’s

distinct style.

Jumple’s unique sound comes

from their combination of traditional

gypsy sounds with a

punk edge. Indeed, a number

of the band’s members actually

hail from the former USSR.

The closest comparison to the

band’s sound is probably Gogol

Bordello, though in any case

Jumple still maintains a strong

style of its own. (Really, how

often can you say you’ve heard

a gypsy-punk band)

Bryan Waugh

The band’s exuberant showmanship

is certainly worth

experiencing. But if you missed

it this time, worry not: Jumple

has another Guelph date coming

up in mid-January. And

this writer will certainly be


Donovan Woods brings casual approach to Cornerstone

Draws large crowd to

small venue

Mira Beth

A packed and cozy Cornerstone

was the place to be the night of

Nov. 11, as Donovan Woods took

the stage for the second of three

performances at the downtown

coffee shop venue. Woods’s personal

and touching lyrics allowed

the audience a glimpse into the

singer’s life, highlighting a sad

past and a creative present. Woods

often described the difficult steps

of human interaction, as well as

many thoughts that occupy the

singer’s head from day to day.

Woods warned the audience before

playing anything remotely

country-esque sounding, even

apologizing for doing so, much to

their amusement. The singer made

it a point to break in between each

song to describe what would be

played next, asking the audience

at some points what they would

like to hear as well and taking this

into consideration.

Such interaction added to the

casual atmosphere, punctured

only by the exceptionally clear and

warm tones of guitar and performer

combined. At one point, Woods

described an experience getting

paid to write a song about Toronto

that was “ill received.” The song

poked more fun at the city than

anything, and the entire Cornerstone

was laughing along with

Woods throughout it.

Another song, Woods said, was

written about an experience had

just around the corner from the

venue, which he prefaced with,

“Man, I can’t believe I just admitted


Many were able to mouth the

words along with the singer to

the originals, proving that there

were many present that have been

fans for a while. You could see their

eyes light up at their recognition

of a certain song being played or a

story that they had heard Woods

tell previously.

There was very little room to

move around in the venue and half

of those in attendance had to stand

for lack of seating, but Woods’

good natured humour that was

often self-mocking not only made

the sardine can that was Cornerstone

bearable, but enjoyable.

Mira Beth

Donovan Woods filled the Cornerstone with an intimate vibe on Nov.

11, drawing a clearly established fan base to the small venue.


Pop Machine: Elmo is the new scarlet letter


Kevin Clash has only

been tickling Elmo and

consenting adults

Tom Beedham

While the people at Sesame Workshop

– the American non-profit

organization behind the Sesame

Street brand – might have been of the

opinion last month that any publicity

is good publicity, they were probably

singing a different tune earlier

this week when longtime puppeteer

Kevin Clash was accused of having

sex with an underage boy.

Clash, who was the subject of the

2011 documentary Being Elmo: A

Puppeteer’s Journey has been lending

his voice and puppeteering skills

to the animation of Elmo on programs

such as Sesame Street and

Elmo’s World since 1985.

On Nov. 12, a 23-year-old man

publicly alleged Clash had engaged in

a sexual relationship with him when

he was only 16, placing him below

the New York state’s age of consent

for sexual activity.

Clash took a leave of absence from

Sesame Workshop after receiving the

allegation, and followed the charge

by adopting a scarlet letter and issuing

a statement on his sexuality.

Clash’s statement confirmed that

he is gay and acknowledged that he

had been in a relationship with the

accuser, however, he insisted the

relationship had been between consenting


Sesame Workshop received the

allegation in June, but after investigation

found the allegation to be

unsubstantiated, the company took

no further action and Clash received

no disciplinary action.

Only one day after bringing his

allegation to the public, Clash’s accuser

released a statement through

his lawyer recanting his claim, assuring

concerned parents, children’s

programmers, child educators and

basically anyone that has ever been

able to admit that Elmo is just a bundle

of cute that their trust was rightly

placed in the fuzzy red ball of charisma

and the man behind it.

“[The accuser] wants it to be known

that his sexual relationship with Mr.

Clash was an adult consensual relationship.

[The accuser] will have no

further comment,” the lawyer for

the accused (who remains anonymous)


Following the release of the accuser’s

statement, Sesame Workshop

released a statement saying, “We

are pleased that this matter has been

brought to a close, and we are happy

that Kevin can move on from this unfortunate


Clash has said he is relieved the

“painful allegation has been put to rest”

and that he will not discuss it further.

While on one hand, Sesame Workshop

and fans of its constituents can

breathe a sigh of relief for the clearing

of Clash’s name, there’s no word

on how this will affect the lovable red

monster that gave this story so much


Elmo’s shiny red mane has been

dragged through the mud, and all joking

aside, there might be many that

will no longer be able to look at the

perpetually three-and-a-half-yearold

Muppet without experiencing

trigger reactions to the character’s

association with sexual assault (albeit,


Over Nov. 12 and 13 it was alleged and recanted that Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash was involved in a

sexual relationship with an underage boy.

in this case, a relieving lack of sexual

assault) and TV could lose a markedly

radical television character.

Time will only tell what will happen

with Elmo following this scandal,

but there’s certainly a lot at stake. A

Ann Westbere

The Music Students’ Association Arts Day display tickled the ivories on

Nov.8. It consisted of a piano with a “Play Me I’m Yours” sign, and passersby

were openly invited to perform for their campus. A fair amount of

money was raised from the event for the United Way campaign.

Muppet that patently avoids pronouns,

Elmo’s voice actors might

annoyingly refer to Elmo when in

character through use of the third

person, but Elmo encourages viewers

to make important realizations

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about the possibility that gender can

play a relatively unimportant role in

forging identity. People think about

that, right

Here’s to Elmo. Hope you make it,

little buddy.

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What the Tech

Will screens be the

death of us

Nick Revington

There is no questioning the role

video games and TV play in popular

culture. Take, for instance,

Nintendo’s Mario character. In

2003, the Hollywood Wax Museum

made the iconic Italian

plumber the first video game

character to be immortalized

in wax. Stranger still, a suburb

of the Spanish city of Zaragoza

has a street named in his honour:

Avenida de Super Mario Bros. The

neighbourhood plans to name

about a dozen of its streets after

video game characters.

But there is, of course, the

concern that the increasing

amount of time spent playing

video games and watching TV are

contributing to reduced physical

activity, and therefore higher

rates of obesity and more sedentary

lifestyles. Indeed, one third

of North American children are

overweight or obese. Addressing

these health issues was the

topic of the 2012 Harshman Lecture

on Nov. 12. Mark Tremblay,

director of Healthy Active Living

and Obesity Research at the

Children’s Hospital of Eastern

Mycelial examines

details found in the

natural world

Nadine Maher

The week of Nov. 5, Zavitz Gallery

presented Mycelial, a solo show

by Paul Chartrand. A combination

of sculpture, drawing, and photographic

documentation illustrated

Chartrand’s interest in and dedication

to the natural world.

The works offered an indexical

documentation of experiences of nature,

such as a series of transparent

glass-blown globes. Each glass piece

encloses air that Chartrand exhaled

into balloons while exploring a significant

outdoor location, providing

a trace of that experience.

Chartrand sculpted small replicas

of commonly misidentified

mushrooms. Each mushroom was

nestled in clumps of foliage similar

to the kind it would naturally

grow in. Magnifying glasses placed

in front of every mushroom allowed

you to see all of the minute details,

and the tiny handwritten identification

cards were unreadable unless

you made an explicit effort to do so.

The display aimed to compel you to

look closer than you might otherwise.

Beside every specimen, the

Ontario Research Institute and

a professor at the University of

Ottawa, delivered a talk entitled

Plugging Into Children’s Health:

Promoting Healthy Lifestyles in

a Digital World.

Part of the problem is that society

today tends to shelter kids

in metaphorical “bubble wrap,”

explained Tremblay. Children

today are not allowed to venture

as far from home as they were in

previous generations, and fear of

litigation has led to some rather

bizarre regulations: signs at

Toronto playgrounds tell kids

not to run, while some schools

have banned balls over concerns

about recess injuries. This becomes

even more problematic

when screens provide any easy

alternative activity.

“It’s really the screen invasion

which has provoked excessive

sitting…it isn’t [lack of] exercise

so much, it’s the onset of

the screen. When we’re in front

of screens, we sit, and we tend

to get exposed to commercials

that might make us eat when we

otherwise might not eat,” said


In contrast, when playing outside,

physical activity follows

almost automatically. And, you

can’t just go grab a cookie from

the pantry – because the pantry

From A to Zavitz

small information card described the

gruesome symptoms that would result

from ingesting each mushroom,

and which edible species it is commonly

mistaken for.

“It’s not entirely to do with being

an amateur,” Chartrand said regarding

misidentification, “because there

are lots of professional mycologists

that are actually getting poisoned

by changing climates. But I wanted

to show how even being really diligent

and looking closely at things

isn’t always enough, and that you

can’t really understand something

as infinitely complex as nature even

if you study it in depth.”

Chartrand also showed posters

that documented his actions

of attempting to restore nature, as

described in his Nurtur Manifesto.

Through tree planting, seed bombing,

and constructing supports to assist

in plant growth he tries to revitalize

nature in areas that have been exhausted

by human use – or disuse.

Throughout each piece in the show,

Chartrand intended to give the audience

something to think about and

take away to apply to experiences in

their own lives, while avoiding an

overly sanctimonious tone.

An ongoing project Chartrand

has undertaken has been to install

replicas of an invented species

of mushroom in locations across

isn’t there.

“Two hours a day should be a

maximum for screen time. More

than that is associated with unfavourable

body composition,

decreased fitness scores, scores

in self-esteem and pro-social

behaviour, and decreased academic

achievement. There is no

redeeming feature of self-chosen

screen time or sedentary

behaviour,” said Tremblay.

“Discretionary time should not

be spent sedentary.”

It is, of course, important to

note that sedentary behaviour

isn’t just taking over our leisure

time or that of children today. It

most markedly affects domestic

activity and transportation. And

getting physical activity on the

side is great, but being physically

active does not necessarily

equate to “not sedentary.” But

at the end of the day, plunking

down to play some Nintendo or

catch a favourite show is certainly

not helping.

Some video games intend

to encourage activity, such as

Wii Fit or Your Shape: Fitness

Evolved. But do they really help

We’ll see. Active Healthy Kids

Canada will release their position

on active video games,

based on extensive review of the

literature, on Nov. 26.

multiple cities. His mushrooms span

areas of Guelph, Toronto, Kitchener,

London and Sarnia. In Zavitz, he

provided photo documentation of

the mushrooms in their new habitats

but also distributed marked

maps of the areas, so that anyone

who wished could experience the

pieces themselves.

Exemplifying the breadth of

his artistic practice and skills,

Sean Dreilinger

Screens are everywhere these days, but the sedentary behaviours

they promote have a negative effect on children’s health.

Nadine Maher

Mycelial placed emphasis on the often-overlooked details and complexities of the natural world by

providing viewers with an opportunity to see mushrooms up close.

Chartrand also showed a series

of small detailed pencil drawings,

depicting small scenes of nature

where the possible evidence

of human ramification becomes

evident through forgotten detritus.

Each bit of litter is drawn with

bright pencil crayon that creates a

juxtaposition between the graphite

depiction of nature both visually

and conceptually.

The work in Mycelial demonstrated

a personal fidelity towards the natural

world and the dedication Chartrand

has in his endeavors of research and a

cultivation of knowledge and understanding.

But the work is not yet over.

The more you learn about something,

the more you realize that you

don’t know about it very much at

all, and I think that’s cool,” Chartrand


Another successful year for Fair November

Local vendors bring

new, interesting

products to the UC


Alicja Grzadkowska

Holiday shopping has officially started

when vendors set up their booths

for Fair November, which ran from

Nov. 8 to Nov. 11 this year. The annual

tradition brings together local

artisans and small-business entrepreneurs

from the surrounding region,

and gives them a chance to reach more

people as well as giving students, their

parents, and community members

the opportunity to discover original

products that they might not find in

their local mall or grocery store.

The Ontarion spoke to three vendors

who make and sell food products,

jewelry, and decorative home and garden


Grant Murray, of Hello Gorgeous!, a

vendor of chocolate covered fruit and

toffees, has been making his delicious

product for four years. He says that he

gets his fruit from a source in Ontario,

and buys them when they’re in season,

then freezes them until he needs them.

Murray ensures that his product is the

best possible quality, and he continues

to expand his range of products.

“I take the finest chocolate that I can

get, and I coated dried blueberries,

cranberries, cherries, and I also have

now recently started toffee items as

well, coated with chocolate,” said

Murray. “I have milk and dark chocolates,

72 per cent [cacao] for the dark

chocolate lovers.”

Murray says that his most popular

products are the chocolate-covered

blueberries, though that’s not necessarily

his favourite.

“My personal favourite is the chocolate

mint chip toffee,” said Murray.

Heather Caton was another vendor

who had a booth at Fair November.

Her business, called Bluefrog Creations,

was centered on homemade

unique jewelry pieces. The process of

making the jewelry however is elaborate

and multi-faceted.

“I make lampwork glass beads so

it’s a process where you take coloured

sticks of glass rod, and I melt

them down using a torch that runs

off propane and oxygen,” said Caton.

“Once the beads are formed, they’re

fired in a kiln and that strengthens

the glass, and then I make them into

wearable art.”

Like Murray, Caton has also been

involved with her company for several


“I’ve been making the glass beads

for seven and a half years, and it’s become

my full-time job for the last five

and a half,” said Caton. The vendor

says that she works by herself in her

home-based studio.

“All the glass beads are made by

myself in the basement of my home,”

said Caton. Pointing to the display of

jewelry that she set up for Fair November,

Caton added that it would

take her about six months to restock

if she worked on a regular basis.

“This has been a culmination of a

few years of work, and coming with

new styles, [since] some work, some


To get the word out about her

product, Caton does a lot of customwork

for weddings and other special

events, and organizes private home

parties. Several of Caton’s products

have become popular for both a

younger demographic and for adults.

“I would probably say my flower

beads or the magic changing daisies

[are my bestsellers]. Also for boys,

the pirate skull beads have become

quite popular,” said Caton.

The Ontarion also spoke to Heather

Zondervan from Metallic Evolution.

Her business is based on metalwork

that both Zondervan and her husband


“[The metal art] is all in steel, and

actually, it started because my husband

gave me a welder as a birthday

present so it started as a hobby that

got completely out of control,” said


Zondervan works with many types

of metal, and the company’s range of

art is extensive.

“We work with rusty metal, with

shiny, my husband also does the

woodworking, and I do the stainless

steel jewelry,” said Zondervan.

The idea for the business evolved

from Zondervan’s lifetime of experiences

working with crafts and taking

up artistic hobbies.

“My entire life I’ve done [crafting]

projects,” said Zondervan. “I used to

do costume design, making dresses

and things like that.”

Zondervan told The Ontarion that

she can’t pinpoint her inspiration to

one idea or concrete object.

“[I have] too many ideas, I can’t help

myself,” said Zondervan. The wide

range of products that are the result

of her and her husband’s creativity

have allowed their metal art to fit into

many types of spaces.

“We have this whole line of rusty

work that’s great for the garden. I

[also] do corporate art, like the wall

sculptures. The clocks are a great gift

idea and the jewelry is always popular,”

said Caton.

The crowds that came through the

UC from Nov. 8 to Nov. 11 certainly

proved the popularity of these vendors’

products, as well as the demand

for the many other local producers and

sellers’ items.

Photos by Vanessa Tignanelli and Andrea Connell


Goodnight, Cinderella

The Gryphons’

turnaround season

came to a close in the

Yates Cup

Chris Müller

The McMaster Marauders defeated

the Guelph Gryphons by a score of

30-13 in the 105th Yates Cup on Nov.

10 at Ron Joyce Stadium in Hamilton.

Attended by 5,427 fans, McMaster

proved why they’re the number one

team in the country in their dominating

performance over the Gryphons.

The game opened with an impressive

display of fireworks following the

national anthem, as the sky above Ron

Joyce stadium erupted with a flash of

colour and the Yates was underway.

Guelph opened the scoring with a

12-yard field goal by Julian Tropea. It

would be the first and last lead of the

day for the Gryphons.

Backed up deep in their own end,

Guelph set up to punt but had the

punter kneel in the endzone, thus

conceding two points to McMaster

for the safety. The safety then allowed

McMaster to begin a new offensive

series, but in a better position for the

Gryphon defense to try and stop the

McMaster offensive attack. While

the strategy of the move is sound,

Guelph’s decision to give away two

points on three separate occasions

may have been a little extensive – as

it continued to give the ball to Kyle

Quinlan, the McMaster quarterback,

who was nearly mistake free throughout

the game.

Once the first safety was conceded,

the floodgates opened for McMaster,

scoring 21 unanswered points

in the first and second quarter. The

streak of uncontested points came

to an end on Jazz Lindsey’s one-yard

scamper into the endzone with nearly

five minutes remaining in the second

quarter. Guelph would concede

a safety for the third time to make the

score 23-10 at the half.

McMaster would add another score

in the third quarter, a one-yard run

by running back Kasean Davis-Reynolds.

Guelph scored the last points of

the game in the third quarter with

a 16-yard field goal off the foot of


To Guelph’s credit, standout quarterback

Kyle Quinlan of the Marauders,

a potential high-round draft pick in

the upcoming CFL draft, was held to

a relatively pedestrian day through

the air. Quinlan completed 16 of 20

attempts for 265 yards. He threw two

touchdowns and one interception

on the day, while only being sacked

once. However, Quinlan, much like

Guelph’s Jazz Lindsey, possesses great

athletic ability in the pocket. Quinlan

was commonly dodging Guelph

defenders and sneaking just enough

yardage on the ground to keep drives

alive. Quinlan finished with 70 yards

on 11 attempts.

The Gryphon offense struggled in

the five-degree weather, often appearing

out-of-sync and erratic. Rob

Farquharson, Guelph’s premiere running

back, had two uncharacteristic

fumbles over the course of the game.

Farquharson finished the day with 94

yards on the ground through 23 attempts,

and aided the passing game

with four catches for 47 yards.

Jazz Lindsey, the other half of

Guelph’s dynamic offensive backfield,

struggled to find the rhythm that made

him one of the most exciting players

in the OUA this season. Lindsey completed

29 of 47 attempts for 319 yards,

but his three interceptions came at

the wrong times, often when Guelph

was moving well towards the endzone.

All things considered, the defense

did a good job of holding McMaster

to 30 points, a definite improvement

on the last time the two schools met,

when McMaster outmatched Guelph

50-9 in the first game of the regular


Despite the outcome of the game,

there are positives to be taken from

the Yates cup game. Just days prior to

the game, Gryphon defensive back

Zach Androschuck was named the

OUA Russ Jackson award nominee for

his academic achievement, citizenship,

and football skill. The award came

just days after Androschuck played

the defensive hero in Guelph’s upset

of Queen’s on Nov. 3.

The young Gryphons will watch the

rest of the playoffs unravel from home,

but they should take solace in knowing

the difference a year makes.

Last year, the Gryphons finished

a disappointing 2-6. The 7-1 record

and Yates Cup appearance mark a

Back-to-back bronze for rugby

The always-improving

squad captured their

second-straight OUA


Chris Müller

The men’s rugby team captured

OUA Bronze when they defeated

the Brock Badgers 48-8 on Nov.

9. The bittersweet bronze medal

victory came five days after a disappointing

loss to Western in the

OUA Semifinal, where the Gryphons

were just barely edged out


The Gryphons controlled the

game early and often. The team

jumped out to an early lead and

never let go, relentlessly pressing

the Brock defense while impeding

the Badgers’s offensive efforts. The

Gryphons allowed Brock’s only try

in the game in the closing minutes,

and even that required the best efforts

of the Badgers.

The Gryphons, who went 7-1 in

the regular season, are a team that

has continuously improved since

2009. The regular season records

have seen significant improvement,

as the 2009 squad went 2-6; the

2010 group went 3-5; and held a

3-4-1 record in 2011. The trend

culminated in a 7-1 campaign this

year. Both this year and last year

saw the Gryphons lose to Western

in the OUA semifinal – relegating

Guelph into competing for their

second straight OUA bronze medal.

This season saw the selection of

five Gryphons as OUA all-stars. Jon

West, Graeme Mahar, Nick Walters,

and Robert Paris were named

all-stars prior to the bronze medal

game. This year marks West’s second

selection in the past two years.

turn in the culture of football here in

Guelph. Guelph’s performance this

season, late game shenanigans and

all, ought to place them among the

OUA’s elite. With such a young team,

sports & Health

Tasha Falconer

Saxon Lindsey (7) works past a McMaster defender in the 105th Yates Cup on Nov. 10. Guelph went on

to lose the game, 30-13.

Joining that group of all-stars is

Byron Boville, who was named

the OUA most valuable player following

his 42-point season for the


Other notable award-winners

all came from Queen’s, who

boast an OUA-leading six all-stars.

Adam McQueen was named rookie

of the year, Dan Moor was selected

as the best all-around player, and

the Queen’s coach, Peter Huigenbos,

was named the OUA coach of

the year. Topping off the great year

for the Gaels was their OUA gold

medal victory over Western. This is

the second OUA title in four years

for Queen’s .

The men’s season ended with

a victory, but the team will continue

to improve moving into next

year as they resume their pursuit

of the team’s first OUA title

since 1998.

the Gryphons will take comfort this

offseason in knowing that this was

the year of inception for a new OUA

powerhouse, and the Gryphons are

only just getting started.

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sports & Health 17

Women’s hockey split weekend contests

The Gryphons complete

an up and down

weekend after a win

and a loss at the

hands of Western and

Windsor respectively

Jeff Sehl

After a tough overtime loss at

the hands of the Laurier Golden

Hawks on Nov. 4, the Gryphons

were looking to get back into the

win column to start their fivegame

home stand with a pair of

weekend match ups on Nov. 10

and Nov. 11 against the Western

Mustangs and the Windsor

Lancers respectively. Unfortunately,

they only managed to get

two points in a 4-3 win over the

Mustangs, falling 2-0 to Windsor

the next day.

Leading the way for the Gryphons

in their weekend match

ups were fourth year forward,

Jenna Lanzarotta, who netted

two goals against Western including

the game winner, and third

year goaltender, Brooke Siddall,

who made 32 saves on the weekend,

going the distance in both


Despite a disappointing result

against Windsor, Siddall was

pleased with the energy her team

displayed on the ice.

“Our team showed up with intensity

and battled hard both

games this weekend,” said Siddall.

“We were able to control most of

the play, we just couldn’t find a

way to score [Nov. 11].”

The Gryphons, who now own

a record of 7-3-2, sit fifth in the

OUA and will look to improve their

position with three straight home

games against teams that sit below

them in the standings in Ryerson, U

of T, and Brock. However, the Gryphons

won’t be taking any games

lightly as any team can win on any

given night in the OUA.

“We need to go into every game

as if we are playing a top CIS team.

We can’t underestimate anyone as

some of the teams in our league

have stepped up this year,” said

Siddall. “We need to play with the

heart and energy that we did in

[the Nov. 10] game against Western.

If we can remain positive

throughout the entire game and

realize the potential that this team

Five in a row for the Gryphons

Bathgate, Maxwell

overachieving in their

rookie seasons

Chris Müller

Who needs the NHL when you’ve

got the OUA

The always-competitive OUA is

boasting some impressive hockey,

and the Gryphons are rising

to the top thanks to their recent

five-game winning streak.

Their recent success might

be due to the incredible play of

rookies Andrew Bathgate and

Brandon Maxwell. Bathgate, a

playmaking centre, leads the OUA

in scoring with 12 goals and seven

assists through 11 games. A draft

selection of the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Bathgate was thrust into

the lineup and has relished the

opportunity. The team expected

Bathgate to develop into a strong

player, but the early arrival of his

talent is certainly welcome.

Not to be outdone is the rookie

goaltender Maxwell, who’s had

an uncanny start to this year’s

campaign. Through six games,

Maxwell is 5-0 with two shutouts.

His 1.85 goals against average,

and the incredible .937 save percentage

highlights the rookie’s

success as the team approaches

the season’s halfway point.

Head coach Shawn Camp, now

in his sixth year with the Gryphons,

provides some insight into

the team’s early success.

has as a whole, we will be a very

successful hockey team by the end

of this season.”

The Gryphons will continue their

“I think it’s a combination of

things,” said Camp. Camp points

to the leadership of the ong>veteransong>,

the team’s ability to stay

healthy, and the upstart play of

the team’s rookies as significant

factors contributing to their


They’ve been above and beyond

what you might expect

from first-year players,” said

Camp. “We expected [Bathgate

and Maxwell] to come in and

compete, but we didn’t anticipate

those results so quickly.”

The Gryphons record now

stands at 7-5 overall, hiding the

Gryphon Athletics

Taloa Paone (15) of the women’s hockey team fights for the puck in front of the Western goaltender on

Nov. 10. The Gryphons went on to win 4-3.

home stand in their next game

on Nov. 15 at the Gryphon Centre

against the 2-8 Ryerson Rams.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

fact that the team has won 9 of

their last 10, with the lone loss

coming at the hands of Waterloo.

In their five-game win streak,

Guelph has outscored their opponents

24-9. Clearly Bathgate

is getting comfortable out there.

The Gryphons will look to

continue their success moving

into their Nov. 17 matchup

as part of “Hockey Day in Gryphonville.”

The day will feature

two early games with teams

comprised of alumni, followed

by a game against UOIT. The

puck drops at 3:00 p.m. in the

Gryphon Centre.

tasha falconer

Cale Jeffries (18) of the men’s hockey team follows through on a

shot destined for the back of the net. The Gryphons haven’t lost

since Oct. 25.


Gryphons bounce back with a win against RMC

Men’s volleyball gets

a confidence boost

after a resounding 3-0


Michael Long

After a tough start to the season, and

a difficult loss to the Queen’s Gaels

on Nov. 9, the men’s volleyball team

was vindicated the very next night

with a resounding win over the RMC


Despite having defeated Queen’s

in the preseason match, on Nov. 10

the Gryphons were outmatched by

the Gaels, losing three straight sets.

Set scores were 25-16, 25-19, 25-15.

As is often the case, errors made

all the difference during this match;

the Gryphons had nearly twice the

errors of the Gaels.

The loss against Queen’s left the

Gryphons with a 0-4 record for the


Coming into the match against

the RMC the following night, the

Gryphon’s head coach, Cal Wigston,

evidently felt the burden of

this record.

The pressure was on to get a win;

we needed to get a win,” Wigston

recalled after the game.

And while the RMC Paladins may

not be the most formidable opponents

– the team has, in fact, not won

a single game in six seasons – the

first set began with every indication

that this could be a close game. At

one point the score was tied at 7-7.

But that all changed as the Gryphons

then scored seven consecutive

points while the Paladins continued

to have trouble running into

the net. Once again, errors would

prove critical in deciding a game –

though this time Guelph would get

the better end of the deal. The first

set ended 25-18 for the Gryphons.

But the Gryphons got off to a

rocky, seemingly overenthusiastic

start in the second set. As the score

began to tip heavily in favour of the

Paladins, 6-1 at its most extreme,

coach Wigston called his first timeout

of the game. During the timeout

he reminded his team to stay relaxed

and focused.

“We’ve been really working hard

with our mental trainer on relaxing,

making sure that we get ourselves

into position properly,” said Wigston,

when asked what he told his

team during that timeout.

And that advice may well have

paid off. As Guelph’s Winston Rosser

was on the serve, the Gryphons

quickly restored the balance to

7-9. The strong serving of Timothy

Warnholtz then tied things up at

11-11. From there, the Gryphons

continued to keep the pressure on,

forcing several hasty RMC timeouts.

Those killer serves were instrumental

in securing the win in the

Ryerson downs Guelph

Men’s basketball on

the losing side at the

former Maple Leaf


take full advantage of. After the

first quarter of play the Rams had

run up a 10-point lead on the


second set and, as would become

clear, the win overall.

“Our serving was really good. We

put a lot of pressure on them with

our serving and if we can continue

to serve like that we’ll continue to

get wins,” said Wigston.

Winning the third and final set

was a mere formality at this point.

Gryphon serves and spikes were

consistently more than a match for

the Paladin defence.

The final scores were 25-18, 25-

17, 25-14.

This first win of the season, even

if it was against a lesser team, was

undeniably a confidence booster for

the team. But all were quick to acknowledge

that there is still work

to be done.

“It was a good enough performance

to win but I still think we have a

long way to go. This team is very talented

and we’ve got a lot of guys on

the floor that can play volleyball, so

it’s just a matter of getting it together,”

said Drew Whitaker, left-side

hitter for the Gryphons. “It’s been

a bit of a battle for the first couple

of games, but it’s coming together

now and hopefully we can bring it

uphill for the rest of the year.”

With any luck, this flighty boost

of confidence will last until Nov. 16

when the Gryphons line up against

the top-ranked, currently undefeated

McMaster Marauders at 8 p.m. in


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tasha falconer

Timothy Warnholtz (7) of the Gryphons gets elevated during the

weekend’s action.

Tristan Davies

On Nov. 10 in men’s basketball action,

the Ryerson University Rams

played host to the visiting Guelph

Gryphons at the Mattamy Athletics

Centre – formerly the historic

Maple Leaf Gardens. Coming off a

loss to the University of Toronto

Varsity Blues, the Gryphons looked

to get that all-important first win

of the season. However, the Gryphons

could not stand up to the

Rams on their home court and lost

the game 91-43.

The Gryphons started the game

promisingly, opening up the

scoring with guard Charles Amponsah’s

three pointer. Guelph

jumped out quickly to a five to

four lead, however this would be

short lived as the Rams began to

establish their control over the


The Ryerson forwards quickly

imposed their will on the Guelph

defenders to take control of the

paint. This would open up the perimeter

shots that the Rams would

“If the

Gryphons hope

to be a force

in the OUA this

season they will

need to tighten

up on the

defensive end

by getting more


In the second quarter, the Gryphons

would be plagued by a

sluggish defense that would see

the Rams further extend their lead

to 43-26 by halftime.

Guelph couldn’t stop the Rams

in the third quarter, allowing the

Daniel Thompson (22) of the men’s basketball team drives to the net against Toronto on Nov. 9.

Rams to showcase their bench players

who looked equally sharp as the

starters. The Rams would simply

coast to the final buzzer, racking

up another 48 points in the process.

Ryerson’s bench performance

helped them take this game, outscoring

their Gryphon counterparts

31-15. If the Gryphons hope to be a

force in the OUA this season they

will need to tighten up on the

defensive end by getting more rebounds.

The Rams controlled the

boards pulling down 42 rebounds

to Guelph’s mere 20.

The top performer for the Rams

was shooting guard Jordan Gauthier

who put up 19 points and 13

gryphon athletics

rebounds for a double-double.

The Gryphons offense was lead

by Rookie Charles Amponsah with

11 points going just 7-15 from the


The Gryphons will continue their

search for a win when they host

the Queen’s Gaels at W. F. Mitchell

Athletic Centre on Nov. 17.

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sports & Health 19

Gryphons cross-country teams sweep CIS, again

Coach says hard work

the secret to their


Andrea Connell

The secret to the Gryphons crosscountry

teams’ success is, “Great

staff, awesome athletics, and a

heck of a lot of hard work,” says

19-time Canadian Coach of the

Year, Dave Scott-Thomas. On

Nov. 10 at Western, the women

captured their eighth straight CIS

gold title and the men racked up

their seventh. In the women’s

five kilometre race, the Gryphons

took four of seven first all-Canadian

places, grabbing first,

second, fourth and sixth. Ditto

for the men in the 10-kilometre

race, placing second, third,

fourth and seventh. Guelph’s

teams have gotten better and

better since Scott-Thomas arrived

on campus in 1997. Where

has this magic come from

The Ontarion asked Coach

Scott-Thomas to talk about the

teams’ success; here is what he

had to say

The men and women of the cross-country team celebrate yet another championship season.

What makes a winning team

“I think it’s a complex thing, I think

it has to do with the sense of vibe

and sense of community. We try

to use a standard that is continent

class – not just try and be the best

in the CIS. I think that is a subset

of personal excellence. We just encourage

each athlete to be the best

athlete they can be, the best citizen

they can be and let the times

and the outcomes be a part of that


What do you love about coaching

“First and foremost the people I get

to work with, they are just incredible.

I think having an opportunity

to work with a whole community

that is passionate about what they

do and are interested in pushing

their boundaries is enriching and

goes a lot deeper than athletics. It

goes with the quality of characters

they are. I mean the athletes

on the team are just fantastic. As

part of that also there is figuring


out pieces of the puzzle, physiological

and psychologically and

pull it all together but the core of

it all is just character.”

What motivates you

“I am just hard wired as a competitive

guy. If you’ve got a chance

to go and demonstrate excellence

and proficiency at something in

life there is something really appealing

about competency. But the

root of it all is you are invited to

be a part of some really awesome

young people chasing their dreams.

I approach that with a great deal

of responsibility and integrity. I

think you get up every day and if

somebody is willing to work that

hard and to include you as a piece

of the puzzle you want to reciprocate.

I have a great deal of loyalty

and affection for the athletes.”

How do you motivate your


“I don’t think there are any pat answers

to that question. There is no

one button to push. It is reciprocal-they

motivate me and I try to

motivate them.”

The delicate balance is obviously


This interview has been condensed

and edited by Andrea


Gryphons in History

Sasha Odesse

Published in The Ontarion on

Sept. 19, 1995.

Out of 56 women, Susie MacLean

of Guelph finished first in her heat

to claim the individual title and

lead the Gryphons women’s cross

country team to first place at the

’95 Guelph Invitational. The victory

was sweetened by the fact

that it was MacLean’s first race

after a “seven year hiatus.” Then

coach, Rick Schroeder “refused

to make any predictions” but

hinted that he had high hopes for

the women’s team. The Guelph

men’s team finished a slightly

less impressive third overall.

The Gryphons have steadily improved

since 1995, climbing to

the position of national champions.

As of this year the Gryphons

women’s team has held the CIS

banner for eight consecutive

years while the Gryphons men’s

team repeated as national champions

for the seventh consecutive


Ontarion Archives 1995



Kristen Almhjell (in white) of the

Gryphons sets the ball up for an

anticipating Gryphon teammate.

The women’s team lost 1 - 3 to

Queen’s on Nov 9., they rebounded

by defeating the RMC paladins in

straight sets on Nov 10.

tasha falconer


Gryphon women named CIS women players of the year

Seidler and Benn

recognized for their

incredible careers

Andrea Connell

The Guelph Gryphons can add two

more wins to the scoreboard: female

varsity athletes Britt Benn and

Brittany Seidler have been awarded

CIS women’s player of the year

awards in rugby and field hockey,


These two are used to success.

Seidler, a fourth-year geography

student, is a two-time OUA

player of the year, OUA all-star and

CIS first team all-star the last three

years, and Tournament 11 player the

last two years running. The forward

led the 2012 tournament in scoring

with six goals, two in each game including

the bronze medal 3-1 win

over Western on Nov. 4, adding to

the 19 Seidler racked up during the

regular season.

Benn, a centre and fourth-year

sociology student, is the OUA allstar,

OUA Shiels Division MVP, CIS

All-Canadian, CIS outstanding athlete

of the year, and was player of

the game vs. Acadia on Nov. 1 and

CIS tournament all-star. She was

named OUA Russell division rookie

of the year in 2008, and has taken

the team to three bronze medals,

a gold in 2011 and silver against

St.Francis Xavier on Nov. 4 of this


These two young women came

to their current sports at the behest

of high school coaches.

If not for blowing out her knee

in high school while playing ice

hockey, Seidler, a native of Oliver,

B.C., may not have made the

switch to the field. Surgery and

recovery took her off the ice for

more than a year. Coach Ian Gibson,

who knew of her ice hockey

success, convinced her to try out

for field hockey. Seidler’s reservations

weren’t about the game.

When Gibson pressed her to try out

she said, “Heck no I’m not going to

play, I have to wear a skirt. Eventually

I caved in.”

It’s a good thing for the University

of Guelph, with the exception

of a one-year hiatus, Seidler has

been playing varsity since 2007.

She has been a part of Guelph’s

three bronze medal wins in 2010,

2011, 2012 and the silver in 2007.

The Gryphons have competed for

a medal in the championships in

each of the last six years.

Benn made the switch to rugby

from competitive soccer when the

coach came calling. “My grade

nine year went phenomenal and

in Grade 10 I really excelled,” said

the native of Napanee, Ont. “They

saw my speed, and encouraged me

to try out for Ontario, which led

to going out for Canada’s development

team, and a tour to England

and Scotland to play.”

Not only are Benn and Seidler

passionate about their sports, but

the respect for their teammates is

palpable. “They are awesome, we

are super close and there are a lot

of talented rookies on our team,”

said Seidler. Benn said her team

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Seidler (left) and Benn were named the CIS athlete of the year in women’s field hockey and women’s

rugby, respectively.

is the best. “We are a sisterhood –

very welcoming – whoever is on

the team is there for you.”

Both women are graduating and

won’t be playing for the Gryphons

next year. The university’s loss is

the sporting world’s gain and their

future success is all but guaranteed.







169.11 ◆ november 15th, 2012

life 21

Think “summer job” now

It’s not too early to

think about what you’ll

be doing at the end of

the school year

Wayne Greenway

For job seekers who are thinking

about their next steps after

university, finding the right summer

job is about as important as

selecting the right program of

study. Across all disciplines, hiring

managers say that getting a

great career job after graduation

is contingent upon getting related

summer, volunteer, or co-op

experience during the university

years. The National Association

of Colleges and Employers 2012

Job Outlook survey reported that

almost 75 per cent of employers

prefer to hire candidates who have

relevant experience. Accountemps

found similar findings in

a recent Canadian survey in the

financial sector.

Some students say that they do

not have the luxury of being able

to take the lower wages that so

often accompany an experiencebased

summer job. In some cases,

it is true that there are no other

options for the individual. However,

the immediate infusion of

cash may come at a high cost later

in terms of finding that first career


Students who work in experience-based

jobs leave university

with an edge that will get them

employed sooner. They have

gained leadership experience,

connections, references, job leads,

and even offers of employment on

a first career job. These experience-based

summer job workers

are more likely to land a career

job several months faster. Every

month saved searching is an extra

$3000-$4000 in income for the

average new graduate. In addition,

landing a good job to start a

career provides a platform from

which the individual can propel

their career forward in the future.

Immediate financial concerns

may have to take priority

in searching for a summer position,

but if there is any other way

to gain enough income or reduce

expenses for school, the experience-based

summer job will pay

off in the long run.

So the next question is how to

find this kind of summer experience.

Here are some practical tips

to get the process started on the

right track.

Start early. Snagajob, the largest

hourly employment network

for job seekers and employers in

United States recently surveyed

over 1,073 American hiring managers.

The study conducted by

Ipsos Public Affairs showed that

79 per cent of last summer’s job

openings were to be filled by May,

with many jobs filled sooner. It’s

a familiar schedule and students

should plan on most Canadian

businesses being in the posting

and interviewing stages in February

and March. This means that to

optimize success, students need

to have their search well underway

in January.

Choose a career destination you

want to explore. While many students

have not determined an

exact career they want to pursue

following their graduation, summer

work experience is a great

way to “road test” a potential

career path. Selecting a possible

target career involves understanding

the type of work that

allows a job seeker to harness their

strengths in an area that captures

their interest and passion.

Making friends and helping others

– get networking. For many

students the mention of the word

“networking” creates an uncomfortable

feeling in their gut.

Perhaps it reminds them of the

superficial conversations at a reception,

wedding, or other large

social event. Networking is better

thought of as making friends and

helping others. It’s the opposite of

party conversation. It is in depth

conversation that creates the basis

for ongoing dialogue about a specific

career area.

The process starts with asking

family and close friends, across all

sectors of one’s life if they know

anyone who works in the target

area. Then armed with some well

researched questions about the

field, brief interviews (of no more

than 10 minutes) are arranged and

conducted with these individuals.

It becomes the summer job seeker’s

goal to use these interviews to

show their aptitude for the work

in the interviewee’s field, learn

about their job, seek out ideas

for gaining relevant summer job

experience in the field, and obtain

the names of other people in

the same type of work, who the

job seeker could also interview.

Most summer job seekers discover

a lead on a summer job by the time

they have conducted ten to fifteen

interviews of this type.

Think about the location for

your summer job. University

towns are the hardest places

to find experience-based summer

work. Job seekers are wise

to look where there the demand

for students in the target area

might be highest and in situations

where that demand might

mean that the position will have

more responsibility.

Start thinking about your accomplishments.

The advantage of

conducting interviews with people

in the field is that it gives the

job seeker a chance to learn more

about the work and the skill set

that employers would be looking

for in a summer student. This

growing body of information is

valuable in the preparation of a


Resumes are no longer lists of

duties and while most students

do not have a long list of past work

experiences they can try to identify

relevant accomplishments they

may have achieved. Students can

look at volunteer work they have

completed, relevant papers or

assignments done in school, and

even work done at home.

Most employers do not expect

students to come with a wealth

of experience but they do expect

students to have the ability to work

a schedule that a manager needs;

possess a positive attitude; be able

to plan work; and multitask effectively.

Students should also look

for ways to show that they have

excellent listening and problemsolving

skills. These are all skills

many students use every day.

Customize school and volunteer

work to support the job search.

It’s important to examine how

choices on paper topics, practical

assignments, group work and

volunteer work could be adjusted

to support both summer and

longer term goals. Sometimes

topics for term papers can be tied

into an aspect of the target career.

Playing a lead role on a successful

group assignment can also be

used to demonstrate the ability

to work in a team and achieve

timely outcomes. Often there are

opportunities to do related volunteer

work or take on a small project

within an existing volunteer position.

Sometimes professional

associations provide opportunities

for students to volunteer at conferences,

which not only provides

opportunities for further networking

but is a tangible opportunity

to demonstrate genuine interest

in the field.

Gaining an early start and exploring

the field for unique,

interesting experience-based

summer job opportunities will

have enormous benefits not just

for next summer, but for a student’s

entire career!

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Fourth-year Ecology student Simon Denomme-Brown intends to “do more than pay lip service to the

issue of men’s health.” That baby’s coming in nicely.

This Week

in History

High Court Rules Bus Segregation


The article addressed an Alabama

law that specifically “required segregation

of races on intrastate buses,”

which was in violation of the 14th

amendment that stated, “No state

shall deprive any person of life, liberty,

or property without due process of

law nor deny to any citizen the equal

protection of the laws.” The decision

by the Supreme Court involved the

looking back on a 1954 decision to outlaw

discrimination in parks and golf

courses. The article appearing below

the headline also looked back on the

birth and development of the phrase

“separate but equal,” which initially

meant exactly what it said. However,

it then began to apply to education,

and since the court’s ruling on school

cases, the doctrine had been “discarded

in every test that has been brought

to the Supreme Court.” Angry Southerners

did not take the court’s 1956

decision lightly. The reporter noted

that, “Officials of several Southern

states indicated they would continue

to enforce bus segregation laws despite

the court’s decision. Segregationist

leaders were bitter in their denunciations

of the court and its ruling.”

(New York Times – Nov. 13, 1956)

United States Recognizes Soviet, Exacting

Pledge on Propaganda

Ten minutes before midnight on Nov.

16, 1933, official relations between

the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. were established.

The pledge mentioned in the

headline outlined anti-propaganda

statements, and complete freedom

of worship was assured for Americans,

and the “assurance against discrimination

because of ‘ecclesiastical status.’”

Political and economic matters were

also discussed, though not in detail. In

fact, the article reported that, “Debts

and claims were left to be thrashed

out later for a final settlement of the

claims and counterclaims between the

governments “and the claims of their

nationals… the Murmansk occupation

was not mentioned.”

(New York Times – Nov. 16, 1933)

Steamer Wexford Wrecked and Likely

Two More Ships

The article stated that, “It was positive”

that a steamer had sunk in Lake

Huron on this day, and “probable” that

the steamers Charles S. Price and the

Edwin F. Holmes “may also be lost.”

The article then lists a detailed description

of bodies found in the wreckage,

which was born out of a great storm.

The entire front page of the newspaper

was covered with headlines pertaining

to the sinking of these ships, like

“Collingwood is a Town of Mourning;

Seven Well-Known Residents Were on

Wrecked Wexford,” and “Terrible Sufferings

of Shipwrecked Crews.”

(The Globe – Nov. 12, 1913)

Compiled by Alicja Grzadkowska


Fair November was anything but fair

Divinus Caesar

There’s a growing worry as of Monday

amongst some people that the

downstairs Coke machine, moved

in order to make space probably

for a table “selling” angel figurines

during Fair November, may not be

returned to its place. Even if, eventually,

it does make its way back to its

little nook, undisclosed sources have

expressed worries about the damage

already done, to our productivity, to

our pocketbooks, to our polity.

For example, My job requires

that I come onto campus at 3 p.m.,

or even one day of the week, at 1

p.m. In order to do so, I would

benefit from all manner of stimulants,

but usually only have access

to caffeine. I choose to drink Coca-

Cola because somehow I can drink

it even when it warms up, while coffee

and tea follow My general rule

with edibles, where if they sway at

all from the temperature they’re

served at, I cannot consume them

without vomiting (it’s a common

reaction, lots of people suffer from

it, it’s no big deal). Without access

to this Coke machine on Monday, I

ended up trying to work while barely

awake. I even tried watching the

trailer for Speed Racer on repeat,

muted, but nothing. Luckily I hit

on something of a solution, but this

required a more in depth knowledge

of the University than most people

can be expected to have, and I worry

that many others would not have

thought of it and would have ended

up unproductive messes throughout

their work day.

My solution was to buy bottles

of Coke at that little convenience

store downstairs beside Centre Six.

(I don’t believe it has a name.) This

solution worked, in that it allowed

Me to get a hold of some Coke, but

it cost Me nine cents more than if

I’d bought it at the machine. Obviously

that’s a lot of money, but

worse, it adds up. In My case, a quick

back-of-the-envelope calculation

puts my yearly added expenses

from this at $164.25. And that’s assuming

I only drink five bottles of

Coke a day (which I may have to, at

End-of-semester stress

Stacey Aspinall

Romantics may argue that the

essence of fall can be seen on

campus in the form of delightfully

coloured leaves, soft-knit scarves,

and those pumpkin spice lattes

everyone seems to be weirdly obsessed

with. However, autumn

also brings the fall semester, and

with it the undeniable stress of

midterms, and later, final projects

and exams.

Droves of students can be seen

on campus weighed down with

textbooks, trudging across campus

underneath an often cloudy,

overcast sky promising rain –

evoking a sense of collective dread.

Such is life during the latter end

of the semester.

With the semester nearing an

end, students may report feeling

tired and burnt out during this

busy time, as they try to catch up

on any neglected school work and

complete course requirements.

It can be exhausting and feel

overwhelming at times. But it

seems like periodic stress is par

for the course at university. So

what can students do to retain

their sanity while coping with

school-induced stress

The University of Guelph Learning

Commons website suggests

that students actually avoid

nonstop studying. According to


sources have



the Guide to Time Management,

“When dealing with intense workloads,

many students feel that

they simply cannot stop for a

break. Learning effectiveness goes

“It can be


and feel


at times. But

it seems like

periodic stress

is par for the

course at


down and stress goes up when

studying is done in long, intense

stretches lasting hour after hour.”

Students are advised to plan

ahead of time to take study

breaks, which includes devoting

an entire day or even a weekend

away from school work. It

seems counterintuitive, but this

those prices!). Multiply that by the

~100,000 students at Guelph, and

that’s serious money being thrown

down the drain.

Which is maybe what some people

want. Which could even be what

most people want. But we don’t

know, since this decision was arrived

at without any consultation,

without an election, without even a

poll (also, a quick note on the fountain

pop “option”: no). If we allow

the university to make decisions like

this without consulting Us, where

does it stop, is this a democracy anymore

Since when do the interests

of some guy who made soap in his

basement trump the rights of Us as

citizens of the University of Guelph

Is it not offensive that they pulled

this stunt so close to Remembrance

Day, a day devoted to ong>rememberingong>

those who fought and died so that

We would have the right to assume

consultation on even the most mundane

of matters

A note from the author to the editors

at The Ontarion:

Please maintain the capitalization

scheme I used: a lot of people

these days, enough that I dare say it

has become common practice, have

taken to capitalizing any pronouns

or determinants which include/

refer to Me, out of recognition of

will help keep you refreshed and

avoid feeling overwhelmed in the

long run. Though it may seem

impossible to take an entire day

off school at this time of year, it

is still important to give yourself

scheduled breaks so you can

maintain a sense of balance.

Stress, I would argue, despite

negative connotations, is not

always problematic; it can be

adaptive. In terms of school work,

experiencing some pressure can

allow students to remain motivated

and focused on the tasks

at hand, while being conscious

of deadlines and time management.

It allows for productivity,

and some people admit to working

better under pressure.

The challenge, then, is not to

completely avoid stress, but to

find ways of coping that will allow

you to meet your goals while minimizing

the negative effects of

stress that we’ve likely all been

lectured about ad nauseum. I

think that in theory, students are

aware of many tactics, but putting

them into practice in the middle

of the most stressful times is

a different story. Basically, if possible,

just take the time to relax

and breathe, and keep in mind

that the semester is almost over

and you’ve made it this far.

Until then, need I say it Keep

(somewhat) calm, and carry on.

my accomplishments and of respect.

For My part, I have condescended to

use “I” rather than “We” when referring

to Myself, to avoid confusion

for your readers. Possibly you could



As a result of Fair November, the Coke machine was sorrily displaced.

publish a notice in the near future

to clarify that I have the right and

tendency to use the “royal we” in

My writings. It could be front page

or whatever.

169.11 ◆ november 15th, 2012

life 23

Recipe - Zucchini Cakes

Colleen McDonell

When most people think of zucchini,

they don’t think of a

mouth-watering treat to their palate.

And while bland on its own,

zucchini provides a nice substitute

to other cooking ingredients

and can make an entire dish much

more authentic (and green). This

vegetable is brother to the cucumber

but is usually served cooked.

If you’ve never ventured to cook

zucchini, now is a good time to

start. Though categorized as a

summer squash, zucchini can still

be found at the grocery store. It

can be used to make bread, muffins,

and various pasta dishes.

To make zucchini cakes, you will


- 1 large zucchini grated, excess

water removed (Note: To do

this, after you grate the zucchini,

put the grated zucchini into

paper towels and squeeze to re

lease the water)

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan


- 1 cup panko bread crumbs (a

variety of flaky bread crumb

used in Japanese cuisine for

fried foods)

- sprinkle of ground nutmeg,

about 1/8 teaspoon (Note: If you

add too much it can quickly take

over the taste)

- 1/4 teaspoon paprika

- 1 clove garlic, minced

- 1 egg

- salt and pepper to taste

- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil

Makes: 8 cakes

Combine all ingredients, except

olive oil, in a bowl and mix

thoroughly. Using a heaping tablespoon

form the mixture into

eight patties. Then, heat the olive

oil in a pan over medium heat.

Once heated, add patties and cook

until golden brown. This requires

about 3-4 minutes per side. Tip:

add a dollop of ranch dressing to

enhance the flavour even further.

These zucchini cakes make

an elegant appetizer for Christmas

parties or as a side dish for

any dinner. In any case, cook

up a batch of them and enjoy

on cold winter nights when

you want a taste of summer.

Recipe courtesy of Life’s




RE: “Meatless Mondays”

Common myths about

agriculture – even

at the University of


Rudi Spruit

About four weeks ago, I read an article

in The Ontarion about Meatless

Monday. As an agriculture student at

the University of Guelph, I take a keen

interest in anything agriculture-related,

especially if it is published in

the University of Guelph’s independent

student newspaper. I can

see some reasoning behind Meatless

Monday, including some health

benefits. I don’t know this for a fact,

but with the obesity rate where it is

in the United States, I can see how

eating less protein and more veggies

might help the North American diet.

The concern I have is in some of the

wording used.

The one problem that set me off

with this article was the writer’s

lack of understanding about farming

in Ontario, evidenced when she

mentions, “Others are concerned

with animal cruelty; by opting for

a vegetarian diet, individuals show

they no longer support the conditions

many factory farm animals are

raised in.”

Nothing could be further from

the truth, and the Meatless Monday

campaign does nothing to help

animal welfare. The concern with

animal cruelty is great to everyone,

especially farmers. Farmers choose

to work with animals because they

enjoy it. Caring for animals properly

is a matter of doing the right thing.

Contented animals are also more

productive animals and lead to higher

quality food products. Like any

animal owners, farmers must also

follow laws for humane treatment,

and neglect and abuse of animals of

any kind (pets or livestock) is against

the law.

In Canada, 98 per cent of all farms

are still family owned and operated.

It is true that farms are bigger

than they used to be, but they’ve had

to accommodate a growing world

population and a declining farm population.

Fifty years ago, one in three

Canadians farmed. Today, it’s one

in 47, yet Canadians still want affordable,

local food, so we need to

produce more – and more efficiently

– if we’re going to feed our growing


Let me tell you about my family’s

dairy farm. We’re the proud caretakers

of 370 cows who live in the barn

throughout most of the year. There

is a reason for that - and that reason

will hit us all in about two months:

winter. Cows don’t like it. We keep

them in the barn for the same reason

your pets live in the house: for

comfort, fresh feed, fresh water,

and safety. In the summer, cows

are often too hot and a lot of them, if

outside, could risk facing heat stress

and death. So our barn is designed to

cool those animals down. Even when

they are given a choice of going outside,

they pick the barn 98 per cent

of the time.

Larger farms came about because

approximately 100 years ago, half of

the population farmed, whilst now

only two per cent do. That means

two per cent of the population feeds

the remaining 98 per cent. To do that,

farms have to get more efficient at

producing quality product in large

quantities with minimal labor input.

My grandfather milked 60 cows with

the help of his family of nine, which

created enough income for one family.

Today, my dad milks 200 cows

with my mom and no other help

except for the occasional weekend

assistance by me, which creates

enough income for all of us.

Today, there are tens of thousands

of Canadian farmers like my dad,

providing the same amount of care,

with the same amount of detail and

the same amount of animal welfare.

Most farmers care greatly for their

animals and take the utmost pride



There is some debate in the meat-producing community over

whether or not animals should be raised indoors, but some farmers

argue the animals prefer it to outside.

and care in their animals.

If you have any questions about

the modern food system and animal

agriculture do not hesitate to contact

Farm & Food Care Ontario. It’s

an organization created to answer

the public’s questions about their

food and farming supplies. Also, if

you want to enter a modern farm facility

without leaving your desk, just

visit Farm & Food Care’s website at to tour a

number of Ontario farms, including

dairy farms like mine.

Why care about the USA election

Carleigh Cathcart

As about half of America and

most (it seems) of Canada heave

a collective sigh of relief at the reelection

of Barack Obama, there

are a few questions posed regarding

the politics of our neighbours

to the south. Through Facebook

posts and conversations overheard

around campus, some

people have wondered, “I am

Canadian, so why should I give

a (you-know-what) about the

American election” Other points

raised included, “It doesn’t matter

who wins, they’re all the same

and do an equally bad job,” as

well as, “We have more important

things to worry about.” Without

delving into the actual campaign

platforms and the stance

of both candidates (Obama and

Mitt Romney) on certain issues,

I’d like to address each of these

statements on a level of personal


I am Canadian, why should I

give a hoot about the American

election You should give a hoot

because it has a much larger impact

on Canada than it may seem.

Being our only neighbour, the

United States works in a partnership

with us on everything

from trading and border security

to environmental polices and

defense matters. The person in

charge of the country below us

holds a great influence over a

many Canadian operations. Who

the Americans elect can affect

our trade agreements, Canada-

USA passport requirements, what

and how much of our natural resources

are sold, and the level of

Canadian military assistance requested.

One may think that “out

of sight, out of mind” applies to

the politics of other countries,

but that simply isn’t the truth.

It doesn’t matter who wins,

they’re all equally bad. In a sense,

this could be true; it depends on

how each candidate is viewed.

Every voter has their own unique

list of priorities, impression of

each contender, and level of faith

in the promises made. However,

in the case of the USA election,

say, the two candidates cannot

be and are not exactly the same.

They may raise the same level

of dissatisfaction in their constituents,

but if they were the

same politician, they would not

be running against each other.

In a country with hundreds of

millions of people, it is definitely

puzzling that only two choices

are given to the electorate. But

the choice IS given, and even if it

is a matter of “choosing the lesser

evil,” it is important to know

where one’s values lie. Though of

course we Canadians don’t have

a say in this particular election, I

do believe we should care about

the outcome, because there is no

denying that in one way or another,

it certainly will affect out


We have more important things

to worry about right now. Yes,

we have many important things

to worry about right now, but

sometimes I think we view

these concerns as disconnected.

The senseless killings in Syria,

the debt crisis in Europe, the

catastrophic damage to our environment

– all are inarguably

pressing issues. But as one of the

most powerful countries/militaries/economies

in the world,

the United States have a tremendous

influence on global matters.

Their leader must be recognized

as someone who can improve or

exacerbate these problems with

the power of their position. And

as Canadians, these issues apply

to us as well. So yes, there are

very important things to worry

about right now, but included

within those events is the US


The apathy of our youth towards

politics is not a secret,

even within our own nation.

And between our own leaders,

schoolwork, jobs, families, and

personal problems, there is no

wonder as to why it is hard to

find time for such things. But to

those who make it an accentuation

to at least follow along, I

commend you. Each concerned

citizen, regardless of voting ability,

is a voice for the future.


Why the classroom matters

We live in the digital age.

We’re surrounded by screens

of various shapes and sizes that

serve a multitude of purposes,

though the primary purpose

ought to be seen as one focused on

entertainment – not education.

It seems strange that over the

last couple of decades or so, these

screens have taken over many

facets of our lives. Instead of buying

books from a store, we have

an eReader that allows us to buy

books online. Instead of sending

letters, we send e-mails. In lieu

of the phone call, we text.

These examples highlight

the prospective benefits of implementing

technology into

everyday life. However, bear with

me as I present what gets lost in

the technological shuffle.

The process of going to the

book store, talking with an employee,

finding a suitable text,

and paying at the register may

not seem like a big deal, but when

compared to pressing “Purchase”

on the screen, it’s quite an outing.

You’re surrounded by people, so

you’ll need a working knowledge

of respectable public behaviour.

You’ll need a little bit of language

skills to talk to the bookstore employee.

You’ll need a practical

understanding of how currency

works if you’re interested in

purchasing anything. You might

have to talk to the pretty/handsome

cashier, which could either

be exhilarating or humiliating.

Regardless of how many apps

they make, there will be no

substitute for real-life interaction.

So why on earth would we

allow technology to infiltrate the

source of all that knowledge, the

source of all that experience

I’m talking about the classroom,

or rather, technology’s

next step within education.

We’ve had overheads and their

modern cousin, the projector, for

some time, and publicly accessible

computers have been in the

school system since computers

were deemed relevant. We’ve had

digital calculators, standardized

testing (Scantron), and films in

the educational system, so why

the need to limit the use of technology

to its current state

The answer to that question

lies somewhere in the value we


Dear Editor:

In “Tech Tattles,” (published

in your Nov. 8 issue) Carleigh

Cathcart makes the point that

since “[p]ost-secondary education

is not a publicly

funded service” university

students should be able to

use technology however they

place on human interaction,

which is bound to vary in each

individual. What does not vary

between individuals is the usefulness

of some very basic skills

that develop through human


Most of these skills, as you

might imagine, are verbal and

social skills – you know, the

important stuff for existing in

a modern society.

For example, I was in a class a

few years ago where we all had to

give a presentation at some point

during the semester. University

gives you a better understanding

of how terrifying it can be

to stand in front of a group of

people you hardly know while

presenting on information you

barely know, and it’s quite simply

horrific for many who hold a

disdain for public speaking.

But something happens in

that moment of terror; there’s

a thought process you can’t imitate

on an iPad since it’s just

you and thirty people. That process

contains so many minute

skills, all of which are honed

from a young age. The immediate

juxtaposition of ideas, the

rapid rate of information dissemination,

and the operation of

the individual’s intellect are on

display, and there’s nowhere to

hide. Your critical thinking skills

are exercising at a mile a minute,

and you’re trying to balance

your own ideas with the ideas of

a colleague. The constant reasoning

and verbal negotiations

with similarly minded individuals

is the shared experience of

education – it’s the most incredible

aspect of your studies, and it

only happens in the classroom.

If you consider your education

an investment, then the

skills developed in these circumstances

are the returns on

that investment.

That very romantic notion of

education has come under fire,

whether you choose to realize

it or not.

I’m talking about the move

from universities to provide

more classes in an online, distance-education

format. The

theory of online education isn’t a

bad one; it’s actually a great economic

solution for universities.

wish within the classroom.

However, Statistics Canada

tells us that in 2009, government

transfers accounted

for about 56 per cent of the

revenue of universities and

colleges; tuition fees made

up just over 20 per cent. In

this sense, the wider community

does have an interest

169.11 ◆ november 15th, 2012

Lenore Diane

Are we approaching a point in education where technology may no

longer be beneficial, but rather a hindrance to education

There’s no need for any physical

resources beyond access to a

computer, the instructor doesn’t

need to be paid as much, and the

course itself is generally streamlined

and accessible in the online


Though those discussion board

junkies would argue differently,

the effect of replacing a space of

social interaction with a keyboard

is significant. Online

discussions are often rushed and

last-minute, appropriate time

is generally not given to the

course, and most importantly,

there is no physical space of interaction.

Students are given a

keyboard instead of their voice,

and the skills that are developed

all through the primary and secondary

steps of education are

laid to waste. Any sense of formality

and efficiency of thought

is lost in this way. Online education

cheapens the value of your

degree, and weakens the skills

that so many years of education

strove to instill in young minds.

Education is the product of

humanity’s efforts to preserve

and improve our knowledge of

the universe. That knowledge

is not merely the date of an historical

figure’s death, it’s not

the formula to solve for x, and

it definitely isn’t how many

that class time is being wellspent

by university students.

Secondly, the inappropriate

use of technology has become

a form of pollution in

many university classrooms

– I am shocked at witnessing

the viewing of videos, playing

of games, etc. in lectures,

which create distractions

protons aluminum has. Rather,

it’s the assumption that education

serves humanity to produce

a better humanity, something

that improves upon what it was


Online education does not improve

on the classroom model.

It is not even a close alternative

to the classroom experience. It

does not facilitate the active,

social environment that contributes

to acquiring the quality of

education that this institution

strives to provide.

With populations on the rise

throughout the world, the future

may be less about understanding

the past than it will be about

how to understand the present.

Overpopulation, food shortages,

and the catastrophic possibility

of a nuclear holocaust will not

be solved by those who live online.

These problems, along with

whatever else the world deems

worthy to throw at humanity,

will be solved by the collective

intellect derived from the analytical,

communicative, social,

and verbal faculties of educated


These skills, as you might have

guessed by now, derive from the

lasting monument of education

that is found throughout the

world – the classroom.

to other students who are

trying to learn. We must remember

that the purpose of

spending time in class is education,

not entertainment.


Mark Sholdice

PhD candidate, Department

of History

The Ontarion Inc.

University Centre

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University of Guelph

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1- Saudi, e.g.

5-Per person

9- Canadian band (for short)

13- Restaurant handout

14- Lethargic leaf-eater

16- ____ Türkoglu: Orlando

Magic forward

17- CPR pros

18- Seattle insurance company

19- Cupid, to the Greeks

20- Christmas

21- Battery size


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22- Seldom

24- Sty cry

26- User-edited website

27- Couch in a corner

29- Lecture hall

33- Homies

34- ____ arigato

35- Small pest

36- Spring mo.

37- Homosapien

38- Nail beauty product brand

39- Keurig coffee brand

41- Yemen neighbour

42- Shrek and Fiona

44- Campus eatery

46- Wagons

47- Knots

48- Deviate

49- Exquisite

52- Global Recycling Network

53- Surveyor’s map

57- Simpson’s character, ____


58- The Hunter, constellation

60- Fine-tune

61- Japan’s first capital

62- Mississippi river

63- Kiln

64- Give the cold shoulder

65- Condemn

66- Headlines


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2- San ___, Italy

3- Pay to play

4- Campus transit centre

5- Spain

6- Seeping fluids

7- Unwakable state

8- Smartphone company

9- 2002 horror film

10- Roll call reply

11- False god

12- Ring- around- the- rosy


15- Prairie res tower

23- Alias

25- Contingencies

26- Adult female

27- Historical outcast

28- Wait on

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4 1 3 6 7 8 5 2 9

6 7 5 9 2 4 8 3 1

1 5 8 3 4 9 2 6 7

3 2 4 7 5 6 9 1 8

7 9 6 1 8 2 3 4 5

8 4 7 2 9 3 1 5 6

5 3 1 8 6 7 4 9 2

9 6 2 4 1 5 7 8 3

29- Major empire

30- Haughty response

31- Wife of Pharaoh Takelot I

32- Inflammation suffix

33- Park fr.

34- “The Three Musketeers”


37- Bro alternative

40- War Mem Hall honouree

42- Paddle

43- University mascot

45- Irish sea god

46- Old Jeremiah

48- Indy 500 sound

49- Stars

50- Mormon state

51- Andean country

52- Pyramid place

54- Adore

55- From the start

56- Change for a twenty

59- Cool!

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community listings

Thursday November 15

School of Languages and Literatures

Public Lecture Series present

Jessie Thomson Acting Director,

Humanitarian Assistance and

Emergency Team, CARE Canada

on “Shifting Landscapes: Humanitarian

Action in the 21st Century”.

2-3 pm in Room 020, MacKinnon

Building . Open to public.

Women and Trans Night: Empowerment,

Bicycle repair knowledge

and FUN. The CSA Bike Centre,

620 Gordon St. Thursday eves

until December 6. Information:, csabike@

Under University student plan,

co-payment has been waived.

Dentistry Asleep.


Invisalign from $1900!

Friday November 16

Save a life! Canadian Blood Services

is looking for donors at the UoG.

Clinic held in Peter Clark Hall (UC

basement) from 9-4pm.

Immigrant Services presents an

evening of spoken word poetry to

raise community awareness on the

International Day for Tolerance.

This also marks the Guelph launch

of FRAGMENTS OF ME - Reflections

of HIV, hope and resiliency

from community members in Waterloo/Wellington

Region. West

End Community Centre. Info:

519-836-2222 or email youth@

Saturday November 17

Scottish Gaelic Workshop. 1pm in

MacKinnon room 132, U of G. Host:

Rachel Redshaw. Registration is

free. Please register by email to or by phone

519-824-4120 x53209. Coffee and

cakes provided.

Monday November 19

Cellscapes Exhibition - Witness

the inner workings of plant cells

through beautiful images and

time-lapse movies with Prof.

Jaideep Mathur and his lab team

in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

3-5pm in Science Complex

Atrium (exhibition continues

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in McLaughlin Library Nov. 20-

25). Everyone welcome. www.

As part of Mental Health Awareness

Week Standup for Mental

Health will be performing at 6

pm in Peter Clark Hall. A standup

comedy troupe made up of individuals

who have all faced mental

health challenges will share the

humorous side of their stories of



Tuesday November 20

the paTio: support for trans, genderqueer,

questioning people. A


confidential, non-judgmental group

for trans, genderqueer or questioning

people and SOFFAs to meet and

share resources, stories, experiences

and support. 7:30pm at Out On The

Shelf, 141 Woolwich Street, Unit 106.


Stress Less for Tests program begins

at 5:30 pm. Learn how to enhance

exam performance by decreasing

anxiety, improving focus and curbing

worry. Part One on Nov 20 and

Part 2 on Nov 22. Details at www.

Wednesday November 21

The University of Guelph Concert

Winds Fall Recital. 7pm in the UC

courtyard, U of G. Conductor John

Goddard. Free concert, everyone

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