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.comNewsLearning from a humble teacherThe Dalai Lama visitsToronto and continuesto touch the minds andhearts of manyKELSEY RIDEOUTSome people were born intothe religious traditions thatthey’ve carried with them alltheir lives. Others find themselvessearching for alternative spiritualvalues as they grow apart fromwhat they were once taught. Andthen there are those that are metby a crisis and feel compelled toexplore their spirituality while theystrive towards healing.Ken Hood, a familiar face atthe Bookshelf, one of Guelph’smost cherished bookstores,turned to Buddhism when he wasundergoing a difficult time in hislife. His journey started whenhe was 18 and was experiencinga loss of faith. After years ofreading books and practicingBuddhism, he began teaching 20years ago, and continues to leadBuddhist meditation classes in thecommunity.Influential in Hood’s spiritualjourney has been a modest leaderwho may refer to himself as ‘justa simple monk,’ but in spite ofhis humility has managed toattract worldwide popularity andadmiration.Hood first met with the DalaiLama while visiting India tenyears ago. After spending nearlyan hour talking together in a smallgroup, Hood felt captivated by theDalai Lama’s genuine nature andlightheartedness.“I actually disagreed with him alot. He teased me. I was very struckby his intelligence, his wisdom,his compassion, but particularlyhis spiritual power and sense ofstrength,” said Hood.The charismatic Dalai ‘Lama’,or teacher, is believed by manyBuddhist followers to be the mostrecent reincarnation of a lineageof spiritual leaders who have beenassigned birth for the purpose ofenlightening others. Amongstmany western nations however,he’s best known for his tirelesswork in trying to free Tibet andhis compassionate teachings.Hood recently saw the DalaiLama once again, when the spiritualleader traveled to Etobicoke,Toronto, to give teachings at theTibetan Canadian Cultural Centreon Sunday, Oct. 24.Hood explained how the DalaiLama’s open mindedness towardsall faith backgrounds appeals to awide variety of people.“He doesn’t proselytize,” saidHood. “He doesn’t encouragepeople to become Buddhists. Infact he encourages most people toreturn to their own spiritual rootsand to try and find their spiritualfulfillment there.”The Multi Faith ResourceTeam, a group of leaders from anassortment of faith backgroundsOct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2010that work to strengthen the spiritualcommunity at the university, alsoshared their thoughts about theDalai Lama.James VanderBerg, CampusMinister from the Guelph CampusMinistry explained how the DalaiLama’s teachings resonate withthe younger minds of the presentgeneration.“I think we live in a culture ofdisplacement…where we aren’tencouraged to explore our owntraditions and our own past, andour own rootedness. The DalaiLama I think is appealing to ageneration of people who actuallywant to feel a little bit of their ownrootedness,” said VanderBerg.The Dalai Lama also managesto reach those more proneto individualism through hisaccepting and soft nature.“Someone like the Dalai Lamahas this persona where he’s nottrying to tell you what to do.He has a very kind of way ofempowering people…I think that’swhy people find him like a gentleteacher instead of an overpoweringone, and that’s important for ageneration that has a hard timetaking advice,” said Michelle Ball,student Program Facilitator fromthe Multi Faith Resource Team.Margot Feyerer from theEcumenical Campus Ministryexplained how many peoplerelate to the Dalai Lama becauseof his inclusion of social andenvironmental justice as part of hisspiritual platform.“For me, spirituality is a startingpoint, of all the ways that Idetermine how to act in the world,”said Feyerer. “The Dalai Lama is apolitical leader for the Tibetans,so he plays a political role, buthis political role arises out of hisspiritual understanding of who heis in the universe.”For many reasons, the DalaiLama’s teachings often strikethe most intimate, otherwise5Sam BaijalThe Dalai Lama, a renowned spiritual leader, recently spoke to thousands ofindividuals at a weekend of public discussions and teachings in Toronto.unmelodious chords of one’s heart.In a world ridden with seriouschallenges that leave communitiesand ecosystems aching with damage,perhaps it’s the simple, wise wordsof the Dalai Lama that encouragesso many people to find meaning inthe midst of such chaos.“There is no need for temples, noneed for complicated philosophies.My brain and my heart aremy temples; my philosophy iskindness.”CourtesyThe sixth annual Anti-Colonial Thanksgiving Dinner critically exploredthe notion of ‘colonialism’ in the present day context.“ACT DINNER,”continuedabout the term ‘colonialism,’despite all my eagerness toattend the anti-‘colonial’ dinner.The women continued to explainthe disconnectedness betweenmany aspects of western cultureand traditional indigenousknowledge.The hierarchy between aspeaker and their audience.Holding events that bringnative people to different venuesopposed to public forumsbeing held on their own lands.The need to separate love andspirituality from political action.While some of these tendenciesmay not necessarily be viewed asbad, what matters is that they areat odds with many indigenousteachings and experiences, andare found in a mentality that canbe traced back to the arrival ofthe Europeans.One of the speakers explainedhow the colonial mentality is onethat is within all of us, and needsto be consciously and diligentlyevaluated in order to be brokendown. The best way to start mayvery well be to “just stop, andlisten.” Otherwise individualsbegin to take on issues withinindigenous communities,without adequate insights intothe reality of the problems.This often proves to be moredamaging than helpful.With notebook in hand andrecorder on lap, I couldn’t helpbut feel culpable in trying togain tidbits of information sothat I could attempt to depictthe incredibly complex subject ofland rights and anti-colonialismwithin the small parametersof a newspaper. I decided thento turn off my recorder, putdown my pen, and do what Iwas encouraged to do. I simplylistened, not as a student, or asan aspiring journalist, but as afellow human present in body,mind and spirit.For those interested in socialjustice and indigenous studies,perhaps before rallying for anykind of political change onbehalf of any given ‘cause,’ it’simportant to do this same kindof detoxifying exercise. Putdown your assumptions. 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6 Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2010 163.7NewsHalloween: the great sartorial uninhibitorWhy dressing up onOctober 31st bringsout the risqué anddownright ridiculousRACHEL SCAPILLATIAre you someone whospends the latter part of thesummer fantasizing aboutthe perfect Halloween costume?Do you wonder what your friends’faces will look like when theysee you prance in dressed as thelatest popular superhero or as asexy nurse? What about thoseof you who elect to dress up assomething created entirely fromyour imagination?For those of you who answered“yes” to the last part, you are not alone.Missy Morrow, manager of PartyCorner Costumes in Guelph, seesit all, from customers demandingthe traditional nurse uniform,or variations of superheroes, tospecialty requests which range frompirate wenches to giant bananas.“We adore working with peoplewho want to be different and try anew approach to a costume,” saidMorrow. “We enjoy what we callhere ‘big idea’ costumes. We had acustomer who wanted to be a piratewench for Halloween, but a piratewench meets Marie Antoinette. Itlooked really good. It had the bighoop underneath the skirt and itwas huge. It just looked great.”Kerri Mercer, the seamstress forParty Corner Costumes, notes amove for female customers fromthe popular risqué costumes to themore inventive creations.“We’re finding a lot of girls thisyear don’t want the traditionalnurse costume and are looking forsomething that is non-sexy. Theyare looking for more of a specialtycostume,” Mercer said.Jenna Lehman, a student of theBachelor of Arts History Programat the University of Guelph, agreeswith Mercer’s school of thought.“I will most likely be a zombie orsomething dead with my friend whois taking Prosthetics at SheridanCollege. She can do stage makeupand it looks totally realistic,” saidLehman. “I almost refuse to dressslutty for Halloween. I thinkthe whole lingerie-as-a-costumenovelty is completely overplayedand kind of desperate.”From Morrow’s experiencemanaging a costume store, theMegan VerheyHalloween brings out the best and worst of attire from an allureof disguise.sexual appeal of dressing in morerevealing costumes plays a role intheir popularity.“It’s definitely a time for somepeople to express their sexuality,”she said. “Theymight not becomfortabledoing this inday-to-day life,but Halloween is a time for themto do this without being labeledanything. I’ve seen girls walkingaround on Halloween night in abra and panties, and calling thata costume. They’re pretty muchwearing just lingerie.”On the flip side, Morrow observesmen choosing costumes depictinga favourite superhero, or selectingattire leaning on the comedic side.“They’re all over the place, really,”said Rebecca McDermid, a salesrepresentative of Party CornerCostumes. “You will see a lot of guyswanting funny costumes. Like a giantbanana or something over the top.”When it comes to selecting acostume for Lehman however, shebelieves in an original approach.“I do believe in a more creativeprocess for Halloween costumes, butI know it’s also just the easier routeto use the traditional costumes,”said Lehman. “I think if people putsome thought into costumes, youcan definitely tell. However, there’sa point where people need to realizethat Halloween doesn’t reallymatter. Personally, I wouldn’t spendthe month of October figuring outwhat I want to be for Halloween.”Whether you spend the entiremonth figuring out a costume orjust a few days, it seems the lureof Halloween and the disguises itcreates attract all.“It’s a chance to stepoutside yourself and beadventurous,” Morrow said.Lehman agrees, stating, “I think thelure also lies in the fact that peoplelike being who they’re not. In away it’s captivating for people, butI think our generation has almostruined the idea of Halloween as afun night to ‘dress up’. It’s more of anight to ‘undress.’”“ACCESS,” continuedof backgrounds share in discussions thatHeble believes are enriched by the freesharing of information amongst thosewithin and outside of the academic sphere.“[The conference] is really the gem of thefestival according to many people, and partof what makes it the gem of the festivalis precisely that it cuts across traditionalboundaries and institutions and the factthat we’re reaching not only an academicaudience, but also the general public whoget really excited and animated by whatthey hear during these talks,” said Heble.Ridley emphasized that shifting towardsmaking all research free is possible, andmore than that, the move has begun to takeshape at the U of G.“It’s already happening. The library ishelping with The Atrium - an open accessrepository that anyone can use and depositmaterial in. Faculty like Ajay Heble andBev Hale are leading the way with theirinvolvement. The School of EnvironmentalSciences and OAC encourage its facultyand graduate students to publish in openaccess journals or deposit in open accessrepositories,” said Ridley.Perhaps in formulating an opinion on thisissue, it is useful to contemplate about whatthe word ‘accessibility’ really means to you.Do you believe in the power of communityintegration and collective learning? Thenmaybe you’ll want to get vocal aboutmaking information free for all. Accordingto Ridley, this quiet movement needs moreimpassioned students to become involvedand join in a growing struggle to furtherbreak apart the hierarchy of knowledgeholders.“There is more to be done. The library’scelebration of Open Access Week wasmeant to raise awareness and encourageaction. This is a stealth revolution. Slowlyand almost beneath the radar it is changingthe way we publish and access information.Prof by prof, grad student by grad student.The tide has turned.”To the right:The International Open AccessWeek took place from Oct. 18 toOct. 24.Megan Verhey


.comArts & CultureTrudeau Stories comes to GuelphJOSH DOYLEFor one night only the RiverRun Center hosted a playby Brooke Johnson calledTrudeau Stories. The play follows ashort friendship between Johnsonherself and the former PrimeMinister in Montreal. Trudeaustories begins as an intimateinteraction between the viewer andthe one and only actor in the show,Brooke Johnson, that comes in theform of Johnson acting out heryounger self recounting a memoryas she reads to the audience froma journal. The journal becomes atime capsule through which we arewhisked back to 1985, a year afterPrime Minister Pierre Trudeauhad stepped out of office; thesame year he began his friendshipwith Johnson. Johnson was at thetime a student at the NationalTheater School in Montreal andupon meeting the former PM isintoxicated by his presence.She begins with the assumptionthat Trudeau wishes to begin aromance with her; an assumptionshared by the audience. Shortlyafter their meeting the youngJohnson puts an end to thisthought with a letter, markingTrudeau’s reputation and status asa former PM as the reason for hernot wanting a romance…his agebeing left out as a factor.It comes off as nearlydisappointing that the youngBrooke’s choice is to deny anychance of a romantic relationship– even with the age gap - but whenwe consider critiquing the plotlineof the play we begin presumably tocritique Johnson’s life, and we mustthen take a different approach.Once this fact is established webegin to see a story that is toldhonestly and delicately. Johnsonhighlights many enchantingmoments between herself andwhat came to be a close friend.Johnson’s acting is enjoyable,though not impressive. While shefalls short of moving the viewerwith passion or commitment, shehandles all roles on stage witha consistent flow, interchangingbetween voices and mannerismsin an entertaining way. It probablyOct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2010isn’t her inability to enact passionthat becomes the problem; ratherthe script barely calls for it. Aninterest in what happens next withTrudeau carries the action. The plotitself is little more than vaguelyinteresting and follows a relaxedpattern of ups and downs. Theups occur when Trudeau is verymuch in her life as a close friend;the downs mostly coming in therealization that her friendshipwith Trudeau has dwindled. Hiseventual death successfully endstheir relationship, which had bythat point hardly existed.In fact when the play ends it’shard to say what has ended, as verylittle seems to have been achieved.It becomes difficult to assume theplay would be worth watching hadit not been centered around a rarepersonal encounter with a politicalicon. The show hinges on thepower of this relationship, havingvery little in the way of drama orrisk, or any reason at all to buy intothe characters. Instead it assumesyou’ll be interested enough tohear a nice story about how twopeople may havestarted a love affair,instead becameclose friends, andthen were friendsno longer. The goodthing is, it’s right onmost accounts.Trudeau Stories isa gentle ride throughan unknown part ofpersonal history, andprovides valuableinsight to the lifeof a controversialman at the end ofhis road. Whereit lacks in any realevent it gains withits pleasantnessas a story thatneeded to be sharednonetheless. Wecannot leave withoutthinking we’re gladto have seen it, evenif only to know justa bit more aboutone of our mostimportant leaders.7CourtesyBrooke Johnson performs a play about herfriendship with The Right Honourable PierreTrudeau at the River Run CenterNo rest for the indieHalifax bandWintersleep hits upVinylTOM BEEDHAMFor five rockers from Halifaxthat have the sentiment ofrest compounded right intotheir name, the word “stop” doesn’tseem to be regular vocabulary. Thispast May, Wintersleep releasedtheir fourth album and since thenthey’ve become well acquaintedwith asphalt, touring steadily andrarely breaking for rest. They spentJune touring the States with MattPond PA, leaving the rest of thesummer to play shows in Montreal,Edmonton, St. Johns and Ottawawith the likes of Weezer, BadReligion, City and Colour, Teganand Sara and Ra Ra Riot.In September, the bandembarked on a European tourthat led almost immediately intoan American tour with The HoldSteady, which they’re breakingfrom right now only to tour Canadawith Montreal’s 2010 Polaris Prizeshortlisters The Besnard Lakes andRegina’s Rah Rah.The only break in their currenttour schedule is slotted from thebeginning of this December tothe end of January 2011. Giventhe timing of the break, the onlyimpression Wintersleep’s fans areleft to entertain is that the band’sname is a very literal meditationon a snowy hibernation.Last Thursday the Ontario legof the current Canadian tour hitVinyl in Guelph.Although The Besnard Lakesdidn’t play the Guelph date, RahRah opened to a crowd that filledthe club early on, priming theaudience for an hour and a halflong set of the spooky-forebodingrock that Wintersleep does sowell.Drawing exclusively from theband’s two most recent albums,Wintersleep served up a nightthat sprinkled tracks from NewInheritors into a set predominatelycomposed of numbers from theirThomas Beedham2007 effort, Welcome to the NightSky. Throughout the set’s entirety,the crowd rallied for Wintersleepclassic “Orca,” yelling the title adnauseamin the face of every lapseof would-be silence between songs.The persistence of that same chantwas the very force that ushered inan encore performance that finallyquipped that hunger, though notwithout a note from singer PaulMurphy that revealed it wasn’tnecessarily something the bandhad planned on.“I guess we have to play thatsong now,” said Murphy.After some stage adjustments, theband did just that, and with a nodto the packed venue’s unanimouspenchant for Wintersleep’s oldmaterial, they also threw in anincendiary rendition of the partypump up-cum-trip jam “DanseMacabre” before turning a riledup crowd loose on the streets ofMMPAMaster of Management& Professional Accountingday, ber 1, 20 11:0 am – 1:0 pmRoom , UniversityCentre, University of esday, mber 4, 20 11:0 am – 1:0 pmRoom , University Centre, University of www.utoronto.ca/mmpadowntown Guelph.Wintersleep will follow theircurrent marathon of touring inFebruary 2011, heading back overthe pond – this time for a tour ofthe UK – and joining The HoldSteady once more.


8 Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2010 163.7Arts & CultureDevil’s night with Craig CardiffSinger/songwriterCraig Cardiff holds ashow at the Dublin St.Church October 30JOSH DOYLESpeaking of musical talent,singer/songwriter CraigCardiff is coming to townOct. 30. The day before Halloweenhe’ll be performing in the DublinSt. Church, keeping in line withhis tendency towards playingunconventional venues. It comesas little surprise from the manwho, along with the usual arrayof festivals, theatres and rockclubs, has blessed the ears of fansin prisons, student ghetto housesand camps as well. It doesn’t seemCardiff is on a mission to breakany records or make a name forhimself as the guy that will playanywhere; rather he wants to doaway with the notion that musicshould be enjoyed in particularplaces.“The room is less importantthan the people in it,” he claims,expressing a creed that trulycomes alive at Cardiff ’s shows.The standard paradigm of an artistperforming to an audience, playinga few tunes and saying thanksjust doesn’t cut it for Cardiff.Between his songs Cardiff has areal habit of getting familiar witheveryone in the audience, askingquestions and telling stories asthough everyone were all theirfor the same reason and wouldn’tmind feeling like they’re part ofsomething.“All of us as people, a class ofstudents, any bunch of strangersin a room really, wants to becomea group,” said Cardiff. “It couldbe some genetic nod to packmentality. I think that live intimateshows are an extension of that. WeCraig Cardiff hosts a show at the Dublin St. Churchthis Saturday, Oct. 30all want to sing along, sometimeswe just need to be asked.”Asking is something Cardiff hasno problem doing, and his showsdo usually wind up as large-scalesing-alongs. Certainly his show inGuelph last year ended this way.Cardiff went so far as to invitemembers of the audience to joinhim on stage, drawing a scatteredcrowd into one intimate spaceCourtesyas though he were about to tella story. While a lot has changedfor Cardiff since then, his loveof community inspired showsremains intact.“The albums floods & fires andmothers & daughters are closerto being done. We built a studioat my home and have had othermusicians come in to work ontheir projects,” Cardiff said,talking about the developmentsin his life since his show atVinyl last spring. “I’ve startedproducing other artist’s albumswith engineer Ben Leggett, andI’m working on a book of lyrics/tabs/poems/writings as well.More importantly than all thosethings, my daughter Rowanstarted junior kindergarten, andtaking the bus by herself, andsomehow we acquired a strangeChihuahua/ Pomeranian dog. Iremember parents talking abouttime flying, and I understand it ina different way now.”“We all wantto sing along,sometimes we justneed to be asked.”Craig CardiffCardiff found time to sit downwith the Ontarion betweenjellybean purchases with daughterRowan, showcasing the busylifestyle of a modern day singer,songwriter and dad. With thehelp of fellow artist Mike Evinwho’ll be opening for Cardiff ashe’s done so well so many timesbefore, Cardiff has somehowmanaged to produce two newrecords almost simultaneously,adding to a collection of albumsthat is edging towards 15. Thisextensive catalogue will ensureno shortage of material both oldand new at Cardiff ’s show thisweekend.If the challenge is drawingpeople to a show on a date thatwill undoubtedly be celebrated intown as Halloween, then Cardiffis equal to it.The idea of enjoying quality,soulful music tends to be lookedon strangely for that night. Morepopular is partying belligerentlyand not sitting still for morethan a minute, let alone a couplehours. Still anyone who’s a fan ofgreat music and can appreciatethe bold nature of the show’stiming will be unlikely to turn theopportunity down. Shows withCardiff are one of a kind and withthis unique location and occasionfactored into the equation there’sno reason to believe Saturday Oct.30 won’t be a memorable evening.But to be sure those in the knowweren’t left in the dark, Cardiffemployed a familiar method ofgrassroots promotion to spread theawareness, relying heavily on wordof mouth. You may have seen thecannon last week, appropriatelypainted with “Craig Cardiff,October 30,” or perhaps one ofthe many obscure posters put upthroughout town. Cardiff has beenat this gig for years, preferringunique and original means ofstirring consciousness of his showsto large-scale advertisements,and flyers distributed to yourclassroom; tactics of the localnight club. Cardiff prefers peopleto people interaction, allowinghis popularity to grow honestlythrough those who actually enjoyhis music enough to tell theirfriends.“The thing about word ofmouth is that it’s true and comesfrom a clear place. If I like anartist enough to tell you, that’spowerful. No amount of carefulweb strategy or print and radioadvertising can match a group ofpeople who get behind a musician,painter or political idea,” saidCardiff.Cardiff didn’t pay us to writethis. Much like he said about wordof mouth, we just think he’s goodenough to talk about. Chances areyou will too.Visit www.sundaycinema.ca for more info on these Central Student Association eventsnoon9:00 pm 7:00 pm9:00 pm show8:00 pm showBRUCEPENINSULAnooner Fri Oct 29uc courtyardsunday cinema Sun Oct 31war memorial hall docurama Wed Nov 3thornbrough 1307 | freelive music Fri Nov 5dublin street united church live music Fri Nov 12dublin street united church


Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2010.comArts & CultureLocal talent represents student lifestyleStudent and artistChristopher Mazurexplores the power ofthe netOLIVER DZUBAinternet has beeneverything,” explained“Theartist ChristopherMazur, reflecting on the profoundrole of the web in his music career.A third-year classics major at theUniversity of Guelph, the student/musician has utilized the fullpower of the internet to spreadhis music to a variety of audiences,and to make his name known inthe industry. Better known byhis surname, Mazur sat down foran interview with The Ontarionlast week, providing a wealth ofdifferent insights on the uniquepath his music career has taken.Only 20 years of age, this youngartist has accomplished much in hisrelatively short career. Recordingout of his off-campus house, Mazuradheres purely to the do-it-yourselfmethod, feeling it makes moreLanguage meets picture in Zavitz HallTwo young artists sharethe Zavitz galleryJOSH DOYLEAs another week nears end, socomes another exhibit in the Zavitzgallery. This week the gallery willsee two young artists collaboratingin space, though not on works.Neither of these artists expected toshare the space this week, but dueto the overwhelming number ofstudents applying for gallery timethey were asked to share, eventuallyfinding things could not haveworked out more perfectly.“I am very happy with it. Iactually think I’m happier beingwith someone else than on myown. If [my work is] shown ina gallery it’s never going to beshown completely on its own,” saidStephanie Deumer, an arts studentin her final year of study.Her fellow artist Renee Bokmadiscussed her work as a collectionthat is intimately connected to herartistic development. This beingher first show, she chose to displaypieces that compliment her life’sjourney.“I thought it was appropriate thatI put forward some of the work Ifeel started me out. I don’t know ifpeople will be instantly looking at itand thinking about their journey, butthat’s what I’m thinking about,” shesaid. Her work is difficult to fit intoany single category, but as Bokmaexplains, if there were a theme forsense to “invest in your own studio,because it’s like an investmentin yourself.” This work ethic isthe backbone of Mazur’s career,allowing him to progress to thefamiliarity he has today.Seeking a connection with thestudent body, Mazur’s lyrical contentgenerally consists of ideas that everyuniversity student can relate to.“[It] describes the student sociallife, the night life of a universitystudent,” Mazur said of his selfdubbed“party music.” A mix ofsimiles and metaphors, Mazur’s wittyword play makes for memorablesongs that aim to stay clean; heclaims to jokingly asks himself everytime he cuts a track, “Would mymother approve of this?”The highest point in this selfmade musician’s career has beenopening for Jamaican R&Bartist Sean Kingston when hecame to Guelph in August. Thisachievement was the result of overa year of self promotion, tirelesslyupdating Facebook statuses,uploading YouTube videos, andtweeting to Twitter.So what exactly did socialher work it would coincide with thetitle of their exhibit.“When I was younger I reallyliked to mimic what was in theworld and that still interests me.Our show being called ‘BetterThan the Real Thing,’ it’s not that Iwould be trying to make somethingthat’s better, but I really just startedmimicking what was in the worldaround me,” said Bokma. Sheconfessed to bringing the title tolife as a result of a comment herboyfriend, now husband made intheir younger days, referring jokinglyto her self-portrait as “better thannetworking do for Mazur? Itopened endless possibilities thatwould otherwise not have beenpresent. Making music industryconnections with producer J.Staffz,a musical mastermind who hasproduced songs for Tony Yayo,was a result of Mazur’s persistentpresence on the internet.“Having J.Staffz as a producerhas been the biggest help,”Mazur stated, explaining thatthis collaboration has openedmany doors within the industry.Producing both EP’s “The Pre-Drink” and “The Big Promotion,”J.Staffz discovering Mazur’s musicover the internet was, the youngartist believes, one of the bestthings that could have happened.“J. Staffz knew exactly whatsound I was looking for.”More locally, Mitch Ross of thepromotion company LateNites alsofound out about Mazur throughthe internet. Feeling that Mazur’sunique brand of rap was marketableto the students at the university, Rosstook Mazur under his wing andhelped the young artist work on hisstage presence. This connection gavePam DuynsteeStephanie Deumer and Renee Bokma make sense of languageand picture at Zavitz hall this weekthe real thing.” Surprisingly he’sstill alive today, and fully supportiveof Renee’s work.Deumer has chosen a differentapproach to the exhibit, workingwith language and the idea of wordsas signifiers that are in many waysarbitrary. Deumer has made useof pre-image MSN emoticon’s tocreate works, representing both theircomplete lack, and simultaneouswealth of symbolic importance.“What I find really interestingwith language is that you use acertain number or a certain patternof English letters or symbols thatJeremy KingChristopher Mazur performs live in Guelph after makinga name for himself through the webMazur a plethora of opportunitiesto perform live in Guelph andthroughout Southern Ontario.The internet has been makingpeople famous for some timenow, many people having their 15minutes of fame through YouTubethen translate into an image,” saidDeumer.Visually her work takes the formof a variety of letter and symbolbased pictures, blown up andpainted black onto white backdropsin varying arrangements. Oneof her pieces even mirrors a VanGogh work featuring sunflowers,Deumer’s version using the samepattern but replacing those flowerswith the (f) that would create aflower on the computer program. Ifyou recognize what the symbol is,9or novelty Twitter accounts. Usingthe viral capabilities of YouTube andthe mass social appeal of Facebook,Mazur has successfully started hismusic career, selling himself to avariety of people over the internet bymanipulating the power of the web.the image stirs thought as to whata picture means and how modernlanguage works.Both artists taking part in thisweeks exhibit show a great focuson creativity, finding unique waysto put together an exhibit that isinnovative and thought provoking.Deumer and Bokma both haveplans to continue in their artisticendeavours once their universitycareers conclude at Guelph, butfor now their exhibits are free, andopen for the enjoyment of all.


10 Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2010 163.7Arts & CultureWhat are you reading?East of Eden,John SteinbeckALICJA GRZADKOWSKAWhenever I find myself inneed of something toread, I always revert to theclassics, which is why East of Eden byJohn Steinbeck appeared on my dualpurpose mini-fridge/ bedside table acouple of weeks ago. Before openingthe book, I was weary of anythingwritten by Steinbeck; an unpleasantexperience with Grapes of Wrath inmy youth had scarred me and theauthor has since remained off of myreading list.Luckily, a sudden fascination withJames Dean, lead actor in the movieversion of the novel, spurned me tomake an effort at reading East of Edenand so far, I have remained unscathed.Unlike Grapes of Wrath where thecharacters are mostly from the samefamily, and as a result very similar toone another in personality and speech,the figures in East of Eden cover awide range of personas. For example,the plot revolves around a young mannamed Adam Trask who moves toCalifornia in the early 1900s aftermarrying a psychopathic serial killer inthe form of a pretty teenage girl.While Adam is quiet, reservedand trusting, his wife Cathy is coldand calculating. Her crimes includemurdering her own parents afterintentionally setting her house onfire, manipulating a pimp with herinnocent, angelic looks for his money,and shooting her husband after givingbirth to his sons.The appeal of the novel lies in thesharp contrast between this characterand the other, mostly courageous andmoral people. Even the setting of theSalinas Valley in California is sereneand idealistic, which Cathy is definitelynot. I find myself reading the book justso I can find out whose life she’ll ruinnext, considering her impressive streakup till now.Besides the evil character of Cathy,Steinbeck still keeps some of his majorthemes in East of Eden. The strugglebetween good and evil, the differencesbetween the East and the West ofAmerica, and the images he depicts offamily relationships are the prevalentconcepts in the novel.I’ve especially enjoyed the bookbecause of the interactions betweenthe members of different families.Although family-centered issues arenot of much interest to me typically -a reason I didn’t enjoy his other novel- the portraits of various domesticlives Steinbeck creates are relatableand surprisingly fascinating.The Trask family for instance, hasthe problem of jealousy. The fatherfavours one son over the other whichleads to the development of the twosons in completely different directions.Compared to Adam, Charles is mean,envious and obsessed with makinghis father love him, which results ina brutal rivalry between he and hisbrother.With the Trask relationship andother situations in East of Eden,Steinbeck reveals the human psyche inits rawest and most frightening form.He explores both the ideas with whichsociety shapes us into who we are, andthat we’re simply born a certain wayregardless of our environment. In thisway, Steinbeck allows the reader todecide for themselves which theoryis true, while he peels back the layersof the romantic American Dream. I’mglad to have found that I actually likea book by Steinbeck, considering hishonourable reputation. I thank JamesDean for this.CourtesyIt is with great regret that The Ontarion is announcingthe departure of one of our longtime members, thewonderful Mr. Timothy McBride.Timothy has been a great leader, mentor, and friend tomembers of The Ontarion Board and Staff for the past 11years. We thank him for his hard work and contributions,which have created The Ontarion that we produce andthat our readers enjoy today.We would like to further express our gratitude for thepersonal support, appreciation, and opportunities forpersonal and professional growth that he has providedto many Board members. The members of The Ontarionwish him fulfillment, joy and success in any futureendeavours that he shall pursue.


spotlight:local paintersby JoshDoyleYou need not look far tofind great painters inthis town. You can findtheir work in particularnightclubs and cafés,or at the homes ofcommitted collectorsand impulsive buyers –if youknow any. They live from day today doing what they love, someworking tirelessly at perfectingtheir craft. But as incredible as itsounds to have one’s professioncoincide directly with what theycare about most, the life of an artistis not luxurious. While paintingis one of the more accessibleforms of visual art, sales are ofteninfrequent. Especially for thosewho paint as their primary sourceof income, the profession provideslittle stability for a craft that ishighly involved, and requires adevotion of both time and self. Artis seen as a luxury, and when theeconomy goes belly-up they areoften the ones who feel it hardest.This is why artists need constantsupport, and not just financially.They need people like you to takean active interest in what they’redoing. Even if you have no plansto purchase art, simply going togalleries and seeing what’s there isa great way to support your localartistic community in a helpfuland appreciated way. It’s not likethe forum isn’t there; Guelph isfull of great artists and galleries,you just have to look. And eventhat has been done for you, as weshine the light on three of thecity’s impressive studios.Gallery: Whitestone GalleryLocation: 80 Norfolk StOnline: www.whitestonegallery.wordpress.comDown on Norfolk Avenue,just across from the Albion, is alittle place called the WhitestoneGallery. The gallery is comprisedof art by 14 different artists, all ofwhom help to fund and maintainthe gallery. Two of these membersare couple Michelle Leblanc andLarry Lawrence. Though they liveand work together, having a studioof their own at home, Lawrenceand Leblanc produce drasticallydifferent works of art, whichspeaks to the diversity you canfind throughout the Whitestonegallery.Leblanc’s work clearly fallsunder the category of ‘abstract,’the colours and lines of her workblending together in ways thatoften make no recognizable image.Still her work is captivating andeye catching, which gives it anadded allure because although youmay like it, you aren’t sure why.“Totally abstract work is what Ido, but I also do semi-abstract thatare based on landscape, and I usea lot of medium and a lot of reallybright colours,” said LeBlanc.Many people find abstractpainting odd because they cannotmake sense of it, which often effectstheir appreciation of the work. ButLeblanc seems to have a talent forputting things together in a waythat you can appreciate withoutunderstanding. Leblanc describedher work as a process that is rarelyever completed in one sitting, andfinds herself revisiting the piecestime after time before seeing aresult she is satisfied with.“I like to go back to the canvasbefore or after the paint dries,and just scrub away areas to showthe colour beneath it, and to goin with pencil and to go in withcharcoal and different tools just tocreate more texture in the works,”Leblanc said.Although LeBlanc findspassion in painting and has doneit since her teenage years, it is nother primary source of income.Her paintings sell frequently,even being for promotion in theGuelph Jazz Festival. But despiteher sales and publicity, the worldof professional painting is, formany, to difficult a life to be solelyrelied on.“It’s really difficult for an artistthat’s developing or even a midcareer artist to really make aliving at it. It certainly doesn’tpay the bills,” she said of herwork. Painting for Leblanc existsas a passionate departure fromher working life, where she canexperiment creatively with colourand maintain a long-standingpassion.Her partner Lawrence sharesher passion, though not her style.He tends to paint more naturaland recognizable imagery, addinghis own perspective to bring outcertain elements that make eachpiece unique.“I have a series of portraits ofcows, one from the barn downat the University of Guelph. Theanimals, sheep, cows, really seemto take on a personality whenyou paint them. Beyond that, thegeneral view of rural scenery islovely,” Lawrence said.As a retired dentist, Lawrenceshares LeBlanc’s approach topainting more for the enjoymentof it than to make a living. In factLawrence is happy enough tocover the cost of his habit, notingthe price of canvases and materialsadds up very quickly for an artist.Like any artist though, he is notagainst selling his work, and hehas noticed a definite shift in theamount of art that gets sold nowcompared to a few years ago.“I was selling more work in 2003to 2006, because the economicsituation was such that peoplewere buying. But lately everyonehas been tightening their pocketbooks, because its discretionaryspending as opposed to payingfor your light, heat, mortgage andfood. I certainly couldn’t live onit. I’d certainly be a starving artistif I wasn’t a retired dentist,” saidLawrence.But Lawrence indeed is a retireddentist and so Lawrence and hispartner LeBlanc have the luxury ofpainting for their own enjoyment.This approach does have itsbenefits, allowing both these artiststhe space to be as creative as theylike without the strain of thinkingthe art must eventually be sold. Aswith any good artist it’s the desireto create that motivates these two,leading to such beautiful works asthey both create.“If you speak to many artists,they can’t resist painting, theyjust love it. It’s really process notproduct that drives them. It’s thefun of picking up the paint, puttingit on the canvas and spreading itaround and watching the magichappen,” said Lawrence.The Whitestone Gallery iswhere you can find these andtwelve other talented local artistsdisplaying their work. The galleryholds a philosophy of seekingmembers who hold diversity andmaturity, as well as an all aroundcommitment to the craft. Togetherthey laugh, cry, pay the rent andmake art, making the WhitestoneGallery something of a one-stopshop for a wide variety of artisticexpression. The casual atmosphereis inviting and warm, and you canbe sure no one will try and pressureyou into a purchase.“We’re not turning out carsand we have to sell so many carsin order to pay the overhead,we just can’t help creating,” saidLawrence.Studio: Crimea Street StudioLocation: 100 Crimea St, B3Online: www.carolynriddell.caThere are those, of course, whodo paint full time; artists thatwork day and night to create andsell their work, paying the bills ontheir passion. Carolyn Riddell isone of these painters. Her studiois on Crimea Street, an older andsomewhat industrial part of townwhere Guelph looks very much likeit did twenty years ago. Riddell’sstudio is like a hidden gem in thisarea, disguising itself amongst themany office spaces in her building.The difference between Riddelland her neighbors is apparentonce you open the door.“I’ve had studio’s where you hadto climb rickety old stairs, windowswould be broken and snow wouldbe coming in,” said Riddell of theworkspaces she’s had in the past.Her new studio is a sanctuary incomparison and Riddell fills itwith her wares. Her work takesmany different forms, which sayssomething about the nature of herart and of artists today. Riddell’sversatility and her ability to workwith a variety of materials havehelped make her art a success.“I don’t pre-think what I wantto do. I work in many differentmaterials because I think eachmaterial has a strength that isunique to it. A watercolour, howit resonates on white paper hasa different kind of energy than athick gooey oil mark on canvas,”Riddell said, getting into someof the hands on aspects of herpractice.Riddell adopted a passion forpainting in her early days ofclassroom art projects that hascarried her through her adult life.“There were moments when Iwas really little, and I had accessto crayons… I remember kneelingdown on the floor and makingmarks, and thinking, ‘This is it,’”Riddell said of her early infatuation.When she came of age Riddellfound the support she neededthrough a well-outfitted artsprogram at Eastwood CollegiateHigh School in Kitchener, ON.“[I had] three really goodteachers. [They were] supersupportive, one of them enteredmy work for a scholarship at theAGO (Art Gallery of Ontario),and I got it,” said Riddell. Throughthe AGO she was exposed to asurplus of artistic material andinstruction, having multipleteachers to look to.School programs are an importantfactor in whether an artist’s pasttime will evolve into a career worthypassion, and surely not everyone isas lucky as Riddell was. Most highschools suffer from lacking artsprograms, these areas often gettingless attention due to their appeal as“luxury learning’s.” Riddell noticesthe same attitude now towards thepurchasing of art, but she doesn’tsee economic downturn as havingto deplete art sales necessarily. Artis in a lot of ways a luxury item,but so are many other things thathave a less profound and enrichingeffect upon our lives. Riddell hopesthat people will take notice of theirsmaller but more frequent luxuryspending, choosing to cut back inthese areas while still springing forthose rare pieces of art that movethem.“[Hopefully] rather than justrunning out and buying thingsthey don’t need, they’ll thinkabout making a quality purchase,like a piece of art,” said Riddell.It’s an optimistic outlook to saythe least, but a little optimism isa must if you want to survive as amodern artist. Riddell admits thatsales are not what they were a fewyears ago, which hurts all the morean artist who relies on those salesfor income.“It’s really hard. It hasn’tstopped me [though]. I’ve had tobalance with teaching, and now aframing business in order to keepthis space, which has taken me 20years to find.”It’s obvious upon enteringRiddell’s studio that art is, “whatshe does.” Rent each month couldeasily afford her another mortgage,but this is all part of the cost ofdoing business; if you want to betaken seriously you have to takeyourself seriously. Riddell holds thatgiven the chance to take up anotherprofession, with better hours andmore money, she simply wouldn’t.“Economics aside it’s thebest profession. I can’t think ofanything that gives out as much asyou put in, or gives more.”Studio: Catch 23Location: 23 Wyndham St. NOnline: www.catch-23.caRiddell is not alone in her useof studio space not only to paint,but also to build frames; an aspectmore intimately tied to the appealof a final product than some maythink. Catch 23 is another localspot where both of these crafts areworked on day in and day out. RyanPrice is an artist and print maker,which was what initially led himto start his own custom framingbusiness. Price knows from hisown experience with selling anddisplaying art the value that a piececan gain through the introductionof a well-suited frame.“It does definitely make adifference, I know for myselfselling prints it’s always beennoteworthy. It shows. It’s the sameas the way you dress. People whoare seeing you see this superficialthing, and think you obviouslycare about your work and they seethe care that goes into it,” Pricesaid, touching on the philosophybehind his business. Priceconsistently uses the best materialsavailable, incorporating uniquecuts and custom shaping to createframes that truly compliment themany diverse styles of art on themarket today. The main thing is to“draw your eye to [the art] withoutdistracting,” said Price.In the competitive marketplaceof gallery showings and displaystoday, having the right framecould be the difference betweenselling and not selling your work.But with the quality that goes intoframes they can become expensivevery quickly, making framessomething of a luxury for manyartists.“It’s tough because artistsgenerally aren’t a group with a lotof extra money,” said Price. As anartist Price knows his customerbase well and knows the difficultyin spending money on an alreadytight budget. The catch is that intoday’s market place artists needto use every opportunity availableto them to make their work moreattractive to the buyer.“For me, thinking about myart and thinking about my career,I think it costs money to makemoney. If you have a budget andyou have a show and you feel proudenough about the work… You’reselling a product, and people lookat the quality of the product, andthey see the frame as part of theproduct,” said Price.Sharing the space with Priceat Catch 23 is fellow artist TinaNewlove, another painter whomakes her living with her creativity.Similar to many of the successfulartists today Tina started paintingat a young age, studying art atMcMaster University beforemoving to Guelph where she nowresides. Tina’s work takes on anabstract figurative form, findingunusual shapes that are ofteninexplicable, while blending thoseelements with recognizable figures.She loves to draw inspiration fromday to day life, finding interest inanything from what she sees whilewalking the streets to the furniturein a living room, professing thatshe finds patterns everywhere thathelp her draw ideas for works.“I notice things like city grids,or the patterns of street lights,the stripes on the couch. Not thatthat’s what I paint, but it endsup sort of in the patterns of mypainting,” said Newlove.Newlove also blends her visualart with music, collaboratingwith a group called Tribe of One.Newlove actually shares the stagewith the band during performance,all the while painting a work of artas the band performs.“I guess when I hear music I’malso seeing it in a way of patterns,”Newlove said.Newlove approaches thisartistic contribution from a placeof passion, although she has beenconsidering new ways to use herposition to increase her artisticpresence. In light of the insurgenceof ‘living-room concerts’ that havebecome popular in Guelph andseveral other cities, Newlove hasplayed with the idea of using thosevenues to promote and sell art,placing her own paintings on thewalls throughout the home whileaudience members enjoy the music.A sort of guerilla-marketing ploy,this is exactly the kind of tacticartists today need in order to standout. As Newlove stated, selling arttoday is very much about havingyour work readily available, andmaking yourself known.“A lot of artists… don’t like tomarket themselves, but you reallydo have to take advantage of everyopportunity to let people knowwho you are and what you do. It’sgetting your name out there andshowing your work as much as youcan,” Newlove said.At the end of the day, Newlovesees Guelph as a healthy placefor selling art. While she findsmore consistent work in the largermetropolis of Toronto, Newlovebelieves the artistic communityin Guelph is both present andknowledgeable.Carolyn Riddell shared thefeeling that our city is in goodartistic hands, rhyming off a listof the artists locally that she findshold great ability.“There are a lot of really finepeople making work here. Thecity’s lucky,” Riddell said.Certain local businesses takeadvantage of the city’s artisticpresence, albeit some more thanothers. Places like the Red BrickCafé do their part in supportingartists, hosting different paintersand consistently finding newwork to display monthly. They’verecently held exhibits for bothLawrence and Leblanc, andNewlove too has had her workshown in this culturally awarecollection point. A well-frequentedspot for locals in the know, musicclub Manhattans has also beenknown as an establishmentthat favours local artwork tothe mainstream indulgences ofpopular franchise. You may havealso seen advertisements for theGuelph Jazz festival this year,which proudly toted MichelleLeblanc’s work ‘Night Jazz’ on itsposters.“We all try and pull for eachother,” said Riddell of the artisticcommunity. Though there are manyartists working simultaneouslyand beside one another to selltheir work in the city, the feelingthey’ve created is one more ofsharing than competing.“There’s definitely a marketfor different types of work andbecause everybody is pretty uniquethen I think there’s a marketfor everybody,” said MichelleLeblanc.Other artists will agree that thecommunity is lively and committed.If it weren’t then galleries like theWhitestone would not be ableto stay afloat. But this and othergalleries are funded primarilyby the artists, and without theinterest of people throughout thecity they serve as little more thanstorage space. Luckily that interestis healthy, but it can always standto grow.“Our artists need constantsupport. If you have a Saturdayafternoon with nothing to do,contact an artist, go to their studio.They’re all working [constantly] totry and make genuine work,” saidRiddell, advising the communityto take an active part in the artisticproduction that goes on behindthe scenes in our own backyard.Her message is not that we mustbuy art, but that it’s enough tomerely show an interest.It’s not necessary that on astudent budget or otherwiseyou go out purchasing art like acollector, spending hundred’s ofdollars before you can blink an eye.It’s a matter of knowing what’sout there, and taking advantage ofwhat truly is a talented community.With the amount of artistic talentat our school alone, this spotlightcould very well be on someone youknow one day.Photo credits, clockwise from top:Tina Newlove, Tina Newlove,Larry Lawrence, Carolyn Riddell,Larry Lawrence, Carolyn Riddell,Michelle Leblanc, Larry Lawrence,Carolyn Riddell.Michelle Leblanc


14 Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2010 163.7Sports & HealthCool in the poolGryphon swimmersstart strongDAN O’KEEFEIt may be early in the season,but the swim team is alreadymaking a splash. The teamhas competed in multiple eventsthis season, and hosted the OUAInvitational on Oct. 16, wherethey owned the pool in more thanone way.A common and inevitableproblem with varsity sports is theloss of team members to graduationand the swim team is no exception.Three-year team captain, Scott VanDoormaal, Jon Pilon, and WhitneyLum were some of the graduates.However this has not discouragedthe team.Sporting a few changes, headcoach Don Burton called thewomen’s group “a much morecompetitive team.” The men willcertainly hold their own too, asboth the men and the women haveproven swimmers returning tocompete alongside some talentedrookies.One such rookie is DavidNowicki. Nowicki is a nationallevelcompetitor with his sights sethigh. He is looking to make thepodium in the CIS championshipslater this year. Besides Nowicki,there are many other rookies whoare already making an impact.Rebecca Fyfe, Alisha Harricharan,Nia Zakrzewski, Derek Quick,and Graham Mitchell are justsome of the 14 rookies the teamfeatures this season.The Gryphons had an absolutelyphenomenal showing in bothindividual and relay events whenthey hosted the OUA Invitational.On the individual side, ChantiquePayne took home two first place andone second place finish, MatthewStephenson and Wil Wrightgrabbed a first place and a secondplace finish each, Troy Baxter andBenjamin Roberts both found firstplace finishes, and Rebecca Fyfecaptured a second place finish. Inthe relay events, the Gryphons shonein the medley, where they placed inthe top three eight times, six timesin first. The relay teams found thepodium an additional four times.“[We are] superpumpedfor [their]medley relays whichare especially strongthis year,” saidGryphon swim teammember ChantiquePayne.The medley relay events involvefour team members. One membermust swim backstroke, onebreaststroke, one butterfly, andone freestyle. Chantique Paynesaid the team is “Super-pumpedfor [their] medley relays whichare especially strong this year.”They also played a big role inthe Tri-Meet, featuring swimmersfrom Guelph, Waterloo, and BrockUniversity, which the Gryphonswimmers “proudly won.”Benjamin Roberts attributes theteam’s triumphs to “group effort,”and calls it “the result of hardtraining and strong team morale.”Unfazed by their initial success,Megan VerheyRookie Gryphon swim team member, Rebecca Fyfe, warms up beforeher 50 metre breaststroke race at the OUA Sprint Invitational.the team has a number of longtermgoals to which they remainthoroughly devoted. The teamis aiming for top-three finishesfor the women and the men atthe OUA championships, andhoping to send an all-time highnumber of swimmers to theCIS championships in February.Guelph is currently the ninthrankedswimming school in thenation, and CIS qualificationswill certainly assist the team inimproving that rank.POSTGRADUATECERTIFICATESFinancial PlanningGlobal Business ManagementHuman Resources ManagementInternational DevelopmentInternational MarketingMarketing ManagementPublic Administrationbusiness.humber.caHayley MullenFirst-year Gryphons mid-fielder, Spiros Maimonis tries to dribble around UOIT defenders in an 11-0 Guelphwin on Sunday Oct. 24.


Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2010.comSports & HealthWomen’s rugby has eyes set on CIS national titleTheir quest begins thisweekend at Queen’s tocapture OUAprovincial title.ANDREW DONOVANFew teams in any sport inthe OUA are consistentlydominating year in andyear out; but for every rule thereis an exception. Going into thewomen’s rugby OUA semi-finalgame against the McMasterMarauders, our ladies havebeen the epitome of dominance.Surrendering only seven pointsof the season the week prior toWestern and outscoring theiropponents by a total of 451points in six games.That thrashing of opponentscontinued last Saturday Oct.23 when McMaster travelled toGuelph to face the Gryphons inthe semi-finals. The final scorewas a convincing 39-0 route,heading into the finals at Queen’sUniversity in Kingston, ON.Head coach Colette McAuleywas impressed with the way theGryphons team played togetherto earn this victory.“During the season it wasmore individual athletes shiningthrough but once we hit thedefensive pressure of McMasterthey played good rugby, goodsupportive rugby,” said McAuley.McAuley was very firm whenasked about what the team’sexpectation were going intothis season, “We want to winnationals.”Guelph has solidified a spotin the CIS national tournament,set to be played in Peterboroughstarting Nov. 4, after theyadvanced to the OUA finalsagainst Queen’s.Although a national title is theultimate goal, there is a process ingetting there and that will beginin Kingston this weekend.“You can’t control what theopponents do; all we can controlis how we attack from any kindof pressure they give us,” saidMcAuley about the way the teamis preparing for this week’s bout.In order for Guelph to winthe OUA championship it’sundoubtedly going to take atotal team effort again, but theusual suspects are bound to haveoutstanding games if Guelph isto win.After five regular season games,Guelph had three players in thetop five in overall points. Firstoverall is Britt Benn, with 99points, Jacey Murphy is in secondwith 85 points and rounding outthe top five is Mirela Rahnevawith 40 points.Guelph has won nine OUAchampionships in the last 14years including three in thepast four years and one nationalchampionship in 1999. Ifnothing but history supportstheir bid this year, then thewomen are going to walk awaywith their fourth OUA title infive years.So how does a team soincredibly talented and dominantstay modest?“Well we had a dominatingseason last season and webasically fell apart at nationals sothe girls know that and it’s in theback of their minds because theydon’t want to do what they didlast year,” said McAuley.Guelph lost to the Universityof Lethbridge in the finals lastyear and are going to be in toughagain this season if they wishto capture the programs second15national title.Proudly displayed on the frontpage of the Lethbridge Universitysite is the women’s rugby teamholding up the banner for theirfifth consecutive Canada-Westconference title.The Lethbridge Pronghornsbeat the Alberta Pandas to remainatop the CIS standings and theirexpectation is to see Guelph inthe final, and win.However, if point differential isan indicator as to who this year’schampion will be unfortunatelyfor the Pronghorns, they onlyaccumulated a total differentialof 163.Physically, on the field, it isclear what Guelph has to do tocapture the CIS title.“We have a pretty veteranteam,” said McAuley. “They’rerunning the ball well and withconfidence.”Student-run club shinesUniversity of GuelphUltimate Frisbeeclub earns medals atNationalsJUSTIN DUNKAll any athlete ever asks foris a chance. The chance tocompete in their chosensport at the highest-level possible.The Ultimate Frisbee club here atthe U of G does compete - andcompete well they have! But theclub is just that, a club.The Ultimate Frisbee club isstudent-run and they work to tryand encourage membership atthe start of each school year.A lot of people might hearthe word ‘club’ and think that allclubs are created simply for funand enjoyment, which most clubstend to be about. The UltimateFrisbee club is interuniversity,meaning the men’s and women’steams compete against differentuniversities across Canada. Thegoverning body of UltimateFrisbee in Canada, simplynamed, Ultimate Canada, holdstwo competitions in the fall. TheCanadian Eastern UniversityUltimate Championship,which acts as pre-cursor to theCanadian University UltimateChampionship, which is thenational Ultimate Frisbeechampionship tournament.Women’s Ultimate Frisbee clubteam captain, Jill Guerra, believesthe Ultimate Frisbee club is onpar with any other varsity ornon-varsity sport at Guelph.“We have structured practices,we have fitness, we have drills,we scrimmage and it’s all aboutgetting to the level that we cancompete against other teamsat other universities that aren’tnecessarily club,” said Guerra.“We need to get up to the samelevel as [varsity teams].”This ‘club’ is beating other varsityuniversity Frisbee programs acrossthe country. The Guelph Ultimatemen’s team recently won theCanadian University UltimateChampionship, while the womentook home a silver medal.“The team that beat us in thefinals was the Ottawa Gee-Gees.They have a coach. They havemore funding. Varsity doesn’tnecessarily mean they’re better,it’s just whether or not youruniversity can afford to fundyou,” said Guerra. “Currentlyour university can’t [afford tofund our team], but we still, asa student-run organization, cancompete and have shown innationals that we have the bestUltimate [Frisbee] program inall of Canada.”This club competed against,and beat, universities from acrossthe country and produced thebest-combined result, men andwomen, in all of Canada.The next step for the UltimateFrisbee club is to become arecognized varsity sport by theGuelph athletic department.There are a few objects in the wayof the Ultimate Frisbee club’sgoal, and men’s team memberAndy Kubinec pointed out thereasons why the OUA has yet tosanction the sport.“The University of Guelphstandards are such that the OUARashaad BhamjeeMembers of the Ultimate Frisbee club at the University of Guelph, honing their skills during one of theteam’s practices.has to recognize our competition.[OUA] won’t recognize ourcompetitions that are hosted byUltimate Canada,” said Kubinec.“The goal of Ultimate Canadais to have the OUA recognize thesport in the next five years,” saidKubinec. “Some of the thingsthey have started with is phasingout the ‘pick-ups’ and trying toensure that students that playonly have five years of eligibility.Which conforms to the OUAregulations right now.”The Ultimate Frisbee club hasstarted to comply with the OUAregulations in hopes of being asanctioned sport in the near future.“By taking these steps toincrease the competition and makeit more legitimate, the OUA will[start] the process of recognizingUltimate,” said Guerra.One of the most interestingor head scratching aspects ofthe sport, depending on howyou look at Ultimate Frisbee, isthe fact that the players refereethemselves.“Its unlike so many othersports, we can play at such ahigh level but be able to havethe integrity on the field to refourselves,” said Guerra. “We refourselves and you win by beingbetter at the sport, at this levelit’s about being a true athlete.”The Ultimate Frisbee teammembers take great pride in thepurity and respect of their sport.“When you’re on the field youare competing with the otherteam, you see them as yourcompetitor, but then once thegame’s over, you shake handsand you recognize them asfellow athletes,” said Guerra. “Ithink that’s what our team hereat Guelph personifies, we haveso much respect for each otheron our teams, we’re just one bigfamily and then we have respect,mutual respect, with other teamsthat we compete against.”


16 Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2010 163.7Sports & HealthGryphon men take home OUA bronzeGolf team has strongshowing at Angus GlenANDREW DONOVANThe Gryphon’s golf teamtravelled to Markham toplay on one of Canada’smost prestigious golf courses,Angus Glen. Angus Glen hashosted to some of Canada’s mostprominent golf events, includingthe 2001 BMO CanadianWomen’s Open, 2001 Telus Skinsgame, 2002 Bell Canadian Openand the 2007 Canadian Open.But just as important to theUniversity of Guelph, it was hostto the 2010 OUA championshipswhere the Gryphons picked up abronze medal on the mens sideand an eighth place finish overallfor the women.On a weekend that presentedthe golfers with cold and windyconditions and less than desirablegreens, the Gryphons stood upto the challenge. Two playersperformed particularly well:first team OUA all-star, EricPattenaude, (Sarnia, Ont.), whofinished with the team’s individualbest score, a two day total of 147(75,72) in fifth place and ChrisHemmerich (Kitchener, Ont.),the OUA second team all-star,finished with a total of 149 (75,74)and placed ninth overall in theindividual standings.Bolivia DiscoveryBolivia is a traditional country where modern tourism has barelyscratched the surface. 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Other dates available, prices may vary, please contact us for details. Additional: departure tax US$28. †Limited quantities available.ON–4499356/4499372 | BC–33127/34799/34798 | QC–7002238 200–111 Peter Street, Toronto, ON M5V 2H1and the game of golf, intoperspective for just how big anaccomplishment this was for theGryphons this year.Even with Pattenaude’sround of 72 on the final day andHemmerich’s two-round total of149, overall, there were still unsungheroes on the team like NickPowell, who is a highly talentedplayer who never got recognizedwith an official OUA award.Deckert attributes hisunderrepresentation to thechanges in OUA awards.The league used to take intoconsideration all tournamentswhen calculating all-star pointsand the points would doublefor the final tournament; if thissystem was still in place, Powellwould have been a second teamall-star. In the unofficial awards,using the old points system,Powell was awarded with OUAsecond team honours at theunofficial awards ceremony onthe night after the tournament.With six rookies on the team thisyear and a third place overall finish,it would appear that the Guelphgolf team is well on their way tobecoming a consistent, dominantforce in OUA competition andcoach Deckert and the rest of thegolfers are extremely excited forthe progression that is taking theminto next season.Throwing it down with Dunk: Sudden death knockout roundJUSTIN DUNKIt is playoff time for manyGryphon varsity teams who havefought and battled through therigors of their OUA regular season tosecure a spot in the postseason. Thisis the time of year where emotionsrun high and the only stakes are door die. Do and your team moves onto the next playoff round, die andyour team will be sent home to cleanout their lockers.Quick ReadsSoccerThe men’s soccer team snatcheda playoff spot that seemed out ofreach with an impressive 2-2 drawagainst the OUA - leading YorkLions on Saturday Oct. 23, thenwith an 11 goal beat down of theUOIT Ridgebacks on SundayOct. 24.FootballThe Gryphons limp into theOUA playoffs after a 54-11 blowoutby Ottawa in the nation’s capital.The team must put that loss out ofsight and mind in order to focuson a Laurier team that they playedto a 2-2 draw in the second half oftheir regular season matchup, aftera 34-0 first half explosion by theGolden Hawks.The Gryphons were withoutstarting quarterback Chris Rossettiin the regular season game betweenthese teams, which could be anadvantage for Guelph. But theGryphons must come out withsome energy - the team has lookedlethargic and dazed in the first halfGryphon AthleticsThird-year Gryphon golf team member Nicholas Powell warms upbefore the OUA championships at Angus Glen.of most games this season.Men’s RugbyClinched a playoff spot bydefeating the University of Toronto,24-10, this past Saturday, Oct.23. The Gryphons will travel toKingston to take on the Queen’sGaels in the OUA quarterfinalthis Saturday Oct. 30 can the menavenge their 28 - nothing regularseason loss to the Gaels?Guelph needs to get on thescoreboard early to give the teamsome confidence and show thatthey can hang with the Gaels.Field HockeyOur dominant Gryphon womentravel to York for the OUAchampionships this weekend.Suffice to say the women will notbe satisfied with anything less thenOUA gold.The OUA gold medal game willsurely come down to the Gryphonsand U of T Varsity Blues, in whathas become a bitter rivalry. Guelphhas one win and one loss againstthe Blues in the regular season,with both games nip and tuck thewhole way.With an OUA gold medal on theline the intensity will only increase,but the women must play strongdefensively to capture the OUAfield hockey title.Cross CountryWith a strong regular seasonbehind them the Gryphon crosscountry team’s full attention is onthe OUA championships beingheld this weekend in Guelph.A new course was put in at theArboretum, where the men’s andwomen’s OUA championshipraces will be held, which shouldgive the Gryphons an advantage,having run and practiced on thiscourse many times.RowingThe OUA rowing championshipsalso take place this weekend in St.Catherines. The Gryphon menwill be led by Mark Henry (lightweight singles) and Adam Rabalski(singles), who will be looking forpodium finishes in their respectiveclasses.The Gryphon women will be ledby Kertih Gordon in lightweightsingles and Tani Weber and ErinStephenson in lightweight doubles,who are striving for podiumfinishes.Playoff time is when heroesshine and cement their Gryphonlegacy. Which Guelph athletes willprovide us with moments never tobe forgotten?


Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2010.comSports & HealthMen’s lacrosse leave regular season undefeatedGryphons clinchhome field throughoutplayoffsSARAH DUNSTANThose who braved thetorrential downpour onSaturday Oct. 23 to trekup to Varsity Field witnessed afine display of dedication, skill andlacrosse in a 9-7 win for the men’slacrosse team. The defeat of theWestern Mustangs marked theGryphons’ tenth straight victory thisseason, leaving the team undefeatedas they head into the playoffs.The Gryphons appeared toconquer the first period, markedby an early goal scored by SeanThomson, assisted by BradenGallant. But a multitude of penaltieslater, the Mustangs took control ofthe game, tying the second quarter4-4, and beginning the third witha 7-4 lead. The situation appeareddismal, but the boys managed toregroup and save the game. TheGryphons pulled together duringthe latter part of the third quarterand the entire fourth, hammeringin enough shots at the opposingnet to take the game. AndrewStoner, who scored during the firstquarter, effortlessly weaved throughWestern’s defense to score Guelph’sninth and final goal of the game.“We’ve got a talented team bothoffensively and defensively,” saidhead coach, Sam Kosakowski.“Our boys play well on both sidesof the ball.”With nine new players,this year’s roster consists ofCanadian lacrosse’s finestplayers from Guelph’s 2008national championship win,players that have competed forJunior A, Junior B, and SeniorA championships, and even afew from the National LacrosseLeague. Throughout the lacrosseprogram’s 25 years at Guelph, theGryphons have become knownfar and wide for their excellence -case in point: the team has missedcompeting in the finals onlyfour times in the past 20 years.Though the Gryphons’ playoffrun ended in the quarterfinalslast year, the team appears to havefound a healthy balance betweencautiousness and confidenceheading into playoff time.“We were up by six [goals] andended up losing by two [goals]last year,” said Kosakowski. “Theplayoffs are a new season. It’s allabout staying focused, taking onegame at a time.”The Gryphons may have wonall their games during the regularseason, but not without a few closecalls, along with the challenges ofprominent stick control penalties.“We’ve got to focus on [the otherteam] and our own strengths andweaknesses,” said Kosakowski.“It’s the nature of sport; you’vegot to practice and focus, or elsesituations spiral out of control waytoo quickly.”The men will lock horns withthe McMaster Marauders onthe afternoon of Halloweenin a quarterfinal matchup. TheGryphons will be looking for somerevenge, McMaster ended Guelph’sseason one year ago by defeatingthe Gryphons 10-8, a loss that themen surely have not forgotten. TheMarauders, to whom they nearlysuccumbed twice this past season,no doubt pose a viable threat to theGryphons. The Marauders playedthe Gryphons the toughest ofLiving the pure life: Making the Switch: Part III17Rashaad BhamjeeGryphons midfielder Russell Poulton looks for an open teammate.any team this season and the menwill be looking to knock out theirbiggest rival in the first round. ButKosakowski maintains faith in hismen, and their commitment to andSkip thisWendy’s Large Fries(540k cal, 25g fat, 6g fibre)passion for lacrosse.“We’re not going [into the finals]tempting fate,” said Kosakowski.“We’re just going to go out and playthe game we know how to play.”Replace with thisBaked Potato chives & broccoli(290k cal, 0.5g fat, 8g fibre, 5g sugar)LEIGH MCSWANAs the final chapter ofMaking the Switchrole’s around, I decidedI would incorporate somethingsynonymous with universitystudents and food. In the past,most students were living offof Kraft Dinner and hot dogs;now we’re starting to see anincreasing trend in fast foodconsumption. What gives?!At least Kraft Dinner and hotdogs are cheap, so the logic isthere, but fast food can be quiteexpensive, and doesn’t sustainyou for very long.Well, let’s look at this fromyour perspective as the student:you are crunched for time,cooking Kraft Dinner does takea whopping 10 minutes, standingin line and ordering probablytakes 3-5. In addition to the timesaving, the real reason could bethe bombarding advertisementsplaced around campus.Ads are a main reason for highconsumerism. Even indirectads, such as your classmatescarrying a can of pop is a form ofadvertising and is very effective.We, as humans are generallytaught by observation- monkeysee, monkey do. Monkey see pop,Marianne PointnerGuelph students making the decision to eat fast food at Subway, in theUniversity Centre.monkey crave pop. This is whatdrives high sales and allows formore and more companies to beplaced in very small demographics- especially campuses.But fear not. There is a lot youcan do to avoid compromisingyour health and being a subjectof consumerism. If orderingtake-out is something which hasbecome unavoidable, you canstill make the best of it (thoughI still strongly promote a healthylifestyle being one where you arepreparing your own meals), andthere are healthier options- ifyou know how to find them.I hope the followinginformation is an eye-openingexperience for everyone reading!Most people underestimate thenumber of calories they consume,and overestimate the amountthey burn off. In the ‘Skip This’McDonald’s Strawberry Milkshake-SMALL(540k cal, 13g fat, 0g fibre 76g sugar)Dairy Queen’s Oreo, BrownieEarthquake(880k cal, 32g fat, 3g fibre, 99g sugar)Chicken Fried Rice and 3 ChickenBalls(1215 kcal, 45g fat, 12g fibre, 23gsugar)McDonald’s Fish Fillet Combo(980 kcal, 37g fat, 6g fibre, 60g sugar)Pizza Pizza’s Meat Supreme(280k cal, 13g fat, 1g fibre, 2g sugar)Starbuck’s Caramel Macchiato(240kcal’s, 7g fat, 0g fibre, 31g sugar)Subway Meatball Sub(580 k cal, 23g fat, 9g fibre, 16g sugar)U Needa Pita’s Chicken Caesar(410k cal, 10g fat, 2g fibre)Booster Juice Pomegranate Passion(375 kcal, 2.5g fat, 7g fibre, 74g sugar)Yogen Fruz low-fat Chocolate Yogurt(110k cal, 2.5g fat, 0g fibre, 20g sugar)Chicken Pad Thai(430k cal, 8g fat, 3g fibre, 20g sugar)Sushi made with brown rice(228k cal, 2g fat, 8g fibre, 14g sugar)Pizza Pizza’s Pesto Amore(200 kcal, 7g fat, 2g fibre, 1g sugar)Starbuck’s Tazo Green Tea(0 kcals, 0g fat, 0g fibre 0g sugar)Subway Veggie Sub(230 kcal, 2.5g fat, 5g fibre, 5g sugar)U Needa Pita’s Grilled Chicken Pita(310k cal, 4g fat, 4g fibre)*Nutritional information is an approximate value, values may change storeto store, this is strictly a guideline.section of this article, you may beshocked to discover that some ofthese items exceed your caloricneeds for the day. The ‘Replacewith This’ section is a handyguideline to help you makehealthier decisions if orderingtake-out is unavoidable.


18 Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2010 163.7LifeI really want to get into… horror moviesJOHNNIE ALWARD Regardless of your particularAs a fervent, fevered fan of poison, though, one thing is certainthe macabre, I’ve had a lot - fear is universal. That’s why whenof people ask me just what a horror movie is good - when itthe heck it is that I see in horrormovies. In short? It’s everything.Fear is our oldest and mostreally manages to worm its wayunder your skin – it’s more powerfuland potent than a hundred weepyprimal emotion. It’s the damp, dramas or romantic comedies. It’sworm-ridden underside of thehuman condition that motivatesevery single action we take. Don’tbelieve me? Let me put things intoperspective.We try our best to eat healthyfilmmaking at its purest.Of course, Hollywood’s actionswould lead you to believe otherwise.In the past decade, we’ve beendrowning in a riptide of cinematicvomit – a dizzying daisy chain ofbecause we’re afraid of getting remakes, rip-offs, prequels andcancer. We brush our teeth and combour hair in the morning becausewe’re petrified of the world aroundus recoiling in disgust. If you’re astudent reading this, chances areyou’re enrolled in school becauseyou’re afraid of spending the rest ofsequels.But you don’t care about those.You want to get into some realhorror flicks, right? I sure hope so,‘cause some of the bad boys I’mabout to list are not for the faint ofheart.your life flipping burgers. If you’rea professor, you’re probably here so Rule #1: Stay Away Fromyou can afford to buy said burgersfor your family. You’re afraid ofwhat would happen if you couldn’t.We’re also afraid of silly things.Spiders. Clowns. That ever-present,omniscient boogeyman. Things thatare wholly subjective. Inexplicable.HollywoodWhen remakes are producedwith care and talent, we get DavidCronenberg’s The Fly or JohnCarpenter’s The Thing. Most of thetime, though, you get Prom Nightor Black Christmas or Sorority Row.Are there any fans of the originalBlack Christmas that were frothingat the mouth for a remake? Didn’tthink so. Don’t insult your targetaudience by crapping on theirfavourites.Rule #2: Look OverseasAnd I’m not just talking aboutJapan. Most of my favourite horrorflicks from the past few yearshave been exports. Sometimes it’sexciting to see different perspectivesof well-worn tropes. The Swedesbreathed new life into an (un)deadgenre with Let the Right One In andFrance produced one of the mostharrowing, white-knuckled movieexperiences I’ve EVER had with2007’s Inside. It’ll make your jawdrop.Rule #3: Dig Up The PastI recently compiled a list of mytwenty-five favourite horror flicksin honour of Halloween and postedit online for my friends. Twenty ofthem were made before 1990. Don’tbe afraid to stray from the “NewReleases” wall - sometimes there’snothing fresher than a classic cut.Foodstuffs makes a big batch of tomato sauceNICOLE ELSASSERInever used to like tomatosauce. When I was younger mypre-mealtime excitement wasalways crushed upon hearing thewords, “We’re having spaghetti!”But as an adult who buys her owngroceries and makes her own food,I have learned a valuable lesson:not all tomato sauce is createdequal. Nor are the tomato saucebaseddishes for that matter. Thetomato sauce of my childhoodcame from a jar; probably Ragu.Maybe some meat was added butmaybe not. And then the sauce waspoured over spaghetti, the mostuninspired noodle in my opinion.And then, to top all that boring off,the dish is finished with the pregratedParmesan cheese that comesin the plastic shaker. But imagineif instead of that, the tomatosauce was totally homemade andpoured over equally homemadeand delicious meatballs andfinished with some freshly gratedPecorino-Romano cheese. Andinstead of lame-o dried spaghetti,you had a fresh loaf of crusty breadto drag through the sauce and allof that was tied together with theglass of red wine, Chianti probably,that you are drinking with it. Notboring at all.Recipe for tomato sauceInspired by Frankies SpuntinoMakes 3 quarts of tomatosauce1 cup of olive oil13 cloves of garlic, unpeeledand gently crushed with theside of a knife4 28oz cans of San Marzanotomatoes1 large pinch of red pepperflakes2 tsp of fine sea saltGet a large saucepan and pourthe olive oil into it. Place it over theelement on medium heat and addthe garlic gloves. Cook the glovesgently until they are nicely brownedand fragrant. If they start to burnAnd now, here are five lesserknownhorror flicks you need tosee before dying:5) Videodrome (1983)4) The Wicker Man (1973)Courtesy3) Suspiria (1977)2) Eyes Without a Face (1960)1) Night of the Hunter (1955)Happy Halloween!Courtesyor smell sour pull the pan off theheat for a while. While the garlicis browning, pour the cans into abowl and squeeze them with yourhands, pulling any hard stems outof the mixture. This is messy workso wear either something you don’tmind getting dirty or an apron whileyou squeeze. Continue doing thisuntil the tomato mixture is relativelysmooth, without any solid tomatoesfloating around. About one minutebefore the garlic is sufficientlybrowned, add the red pepper flakesand let them sit in the hot oil forone minute to infuse some heat intothe sauce. Add the tomatoes and thesalt and stir well. Bring the sauce toa gentle simmer; turn it down if thesimmer is too aggressive. Allow it tosimmer for about four hours, stirringevery so often. After four hours,taste the sauce for salt and add moreif needed. At this point you caneither eat right away, store in thefridge for up to four days or in thefreezer for about a month. The bestthing to do at this stage is to simmermeatballs in the sauce to really finishit and enhance the flavour. If you’re avegetarian, it is fine to skip this stepbut if meatballs in sauce sounds goodto you, check back in next week forthe steps to making great meatballs.


.comOct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2010LifeTV is for lovers: The best of The Simpsons Halloween specialsDUNCAN DAY-MYRONOur lifetimes are full ofdifferent Halloweentraditions. As children,there was trick-or-treating, candyand ghost stories. As young adultswe all take part in the drunkencarnival that every bar in thecountry turns into on the night. Ina few years, we’ll undoubtedly startgetting hangovers and just endup giving out candy to childrenand being in bed at a decent hour.Throughout all of that, though, onetradition remains. The SimpsonsTreehouse of Horror. While it(and everything else about TheSimpsons) has been up or downfor the past few years, so muchof it still stands the test of time.Instead of taking the opportunityto air the new Treehouse of Horroron Halloween, Fox is waiting untilthe following Sunday, Nov. 7th,to air it. But every Fox affiliateand most Canadian stations willundoubtedly be reairing any andevery previous Halloween episodethis weekend. So let’s take a tripdown memory lane, and remembersome of its highlights. I give you my5 favourite moments on SimpsonsTreehouse of Horror history.5. Homer3It hasn’t aged as well comedicallyas a lot of other Simpsons episodesfrom that time, but Homer3 wassuch a radical moment for somany viewers at the time. Afterfalling through a tear in the thirddimension Homer ends up a3D modelled character walkingdown the a filmed street alongsideregular humans who look overtheir shoulder at him. Later on inthe series, in another Halloweenepisode at that, Bart and Lisa endup on the set of Regis and KathieLee. But seeing Homer among realpeople-- squat, disproportionateand grotesque-- was moreunsettling than almost every otherHalloween moment.4. Send in the ClonesThe most recent of top five, thesegment plays out like an episodeof the Twilight Zone without(unlike Homer3) actually beinga retelling of an episode of theTwilight Zone. Atypical of mostHalloween episodes, it skirts alot of the scare jokes and typicalHalloween trappings to considerthe philosophical problems ofcloning. It also has a moderatelyunsettling ending, with the onlyHomer surviving being one ofthe clones. The inclusion of PeterGriffin from Family Guy as one ofthe clones-of-the-clones was thecherry on top.3. The Devil and HomerSimpsonHomer picking at his own headafter the devil has turned it intoa doughnut is one of the singlefinest jokes in the show’s history.No words are needed. Everythingyou need to know is contained inthat single image. This segmentdeserves recognition for that alone.Ned Flanders as the devil, Homerenjoying his doughnut-filledpunishments in Hell, and the rolecallof the Devil’s jurors (includingLizzie Borden, Richard Nixon andthe 1976 Philadelphia Flyers) arejust gravy.2. Time and PunishmentNeither Ray Bradbury norAshton Kutcher could explainthe hazards of time travel betterthan the writers of the Simpsons.If you go back in time and killan insect, fascism wins. Bradburystopped there. If you kill a fish(and you wish you wish you hadn’tkilled that fish) then people will begiants. Or it rains doughnuts. Thesegment was just a set up for theseries of alternate futures Homerends up in but this was when theSimpsons was in its prime and inevery world he ends up in is a littlefunnier than the one before. ThisTreehouse of Horrors is withoutquestion the funniest the showproduced. But that’s also in part ofone of the other stories, which isof course...1. The ShinningThere is no question that thissegment should top this list orany other similar list. Lookingback, it’s hard to accept that TheShinning was but one of threevignettes in an episode. Evenwith its approximately 7-minuterun time, it ranks alongside mostof the full length episodes of thetime. The Halloween stories are sofrequently spoofs of other famoushorror stories, but none are as spoton as this retelling of the Shining.Every important moment from thefilm is replicated and Homer’s ‘noTV and no beer make Homer gocrazy’ has penetrated our cultureat least as much as ‘all work andno play makes Jack a dull boy’ hasdone. In the same vain as Homer3,Homer’s transformation is verymuch the Simpsons holding amirror to its audience. It is all abouttelevision and his attachment to it,which we observe through our owntelevision. The Simpsons was at itsfinest when it used its charactersexaggerated flaws to go beyond19Courtesyjust the jokes, while still stayingfunny. It’s got to be funny. And thissegment was.The Simpsons has lost a lot ofviewers (at least in my circle offriends) over the past few seasons.I’ll watch the newest Halloweenepisode, I always do even when Idon’t watch the rest of the season,but I’m going to be looking forwardto the marathons of the classics farmore this coming weekend.OpinionBetween the Sheets: Focus on chlamydia!SONJA SWANSONSo we won’t be writing aboutan STI every week, but thistime I’ve chosen to do avery important one, especially forthe Guelph campus: chlamydia.Now those of you who read theintroduction article last week mayrecall that we said that we wouldn’tbog you down with stats and factsand generally try to scare you. Thisis still true! And chlamydia is a hugeissue on campus which I feel thatthis issue come first.Chlamydia is a sexually transmittedinfection (STI) that is caused bybacteria, specifically Chlamydiatrachomatis. This particular strain isexclusive to humans, but differentstrains can affect other mammals,including hamsters and pigs. Thebacteria can be passed via oral,vaginal, and anal sexual activities andcan infect both men and women. Itcan also be passed from mother tochild during childbirth.The symptoms of chlamydia areoften not present in those withinfections. Up to 50 per cent ofinfected men and 70 per cent ofwomen are asymptomatic. Thisincreases the risks associated withunprotected sex since a personmay not realized they are infected.Those who do show symptomsmay experience pain in the lowerabdomen and genital or anal region,a burning sensation during urination,pain during intercourse, and anunusual discharge. These symptomsare common between both sexes.Long-term consequencesarise when the infection goesunnoticed and untreated. PelvicInflammatory Disease (PID) can beone consequence in women as wellas inflammation of the urethra orepididymis in men, both of whichcan lead to sterility. And even thoughmost of us probably aren’t thinkingabout having kids soon, many wouldwant to be able to sometime in thefuture.Our age group, 18-25 year olds,make up the vast majority of newcases of all STIs even with all theinformation out there about safesex and how to protect yourself. Theeasiest and best way to prevent thespread of STIs, including chlamydia,is knowledge. Know your history,your partner’s sexual history and gettested regularly. The Public HealthUnit of Guelph recommends gettingtested every six months, especially ifyou have had multiple partners.Unfortunately, there is still astigma attached with getting testedbut this is the only way to know forsure if you have an STI. To get anSTI test, you can visit your familydoctor, Student Health Services (x52131), or Guelph Public Health(519-846-2715) where all testingservices will be confidential. Be sureto ask which STIs are being testedfor since not all of them are includedin every screening. Chlamydia isa reportable disease. This meansthat if you do test positive, yourformer partners must be notified sothey can get tested and potentiallyreceive treatment. The clinic cannotify the partners on your behalfand you can remain anonymous ifyou choose.Luckily, this story has a happyending: chlamydia is treatable!A round of antibiotics will takecare of most infections and ifdiscovered early, should have nolasting damage. There are a fewapproved treatment options, noneThe opinions expressed herein do notrefelect the opinions of The Ontarionlasting more than two weeks.So don’t let the fear of chlamydiaor other STIs keep you from doingsomething that you enjoy, you justhave to be safe when it comes to sex.Even if you’ve been tested, wearinga condom is important! Makingsure that both partners are protectedallows you to spend more time onwhat makes sex exciting! So have funand be safe!Sonja Swanson is a first yearMasters student in BiomedicalScience and a member of NAKED,a group in The Wellness Centre,which helps promote the awarenessof sexual health on campus.


20 Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2010 163.7OpinionLoose Cannon: Hunger is a many-headed beastGREG BENETEAUThanksgiving, as itsnamesake suggests, is aholiday that encouragesus to thank the people around us,and appreciate how much we’vebeen given.For some families, this maymean dropping off a donationof non-perishable goods at alocal food bank. The periodimmediately after the autumnleaves have turned – that is, whenheating bills start taking a heftybite out of working families’ paychecks – is a time of particularneed for many food banks.Yet hunger is a significantproblem that strikes people inCanada and Guelph year-round.In many cases, it also impacts themost vulnerable people in oursociety.The Canada Food Banksestimates that 37.2 per cent ofclients who relied on food bankslast year were under the age of18. Strikingly, people with jobsconstituted the second largestgroup of food bank clients, at 13.6per cent – shattering the perceptionthat food bank clients are peoplewho can’t (or won’t) work.Seniors, Aboriginal people,single-parent families and peopleliving on social assistance are alsoover-represented at our countries’food banks.Even in a relatively affluentcommunity such as Guelph, thereare people. The Guelph FoodBank, operated by the charitableSpirit Wind Christian Centre,estimated that it served morethan 15,000 clients from Guelphand surrounding regions last year,handing out a dizzying 960,000pounds of food last year.Accepting that hunger isa problem is the first step tosolving it. Unfortunately, hungeris a beast with many heads,representing larger problemssocial inequality, lack of affordablehousing, unemployment, andeven the skyrocketing costof post-secondary education.Dealing with only one of theseproblem will not slay the beast,so to speak.The City of Guelph has takenthe lead on some povertyrelatedissues. Is has developedan affordable housing strategyto ensure that the growingcity continues to provideaccommodations for people indifferent income brackets. Lastyear, it jointly launched theGuelph and Wellington TaskForce for Poverty Elimination,which aims to identify shortfallsin city services.Now that a mayor and councilhave been elected to serve outthe next four years, it’s importantthat poverty issues continue to begiven the attention they deserveby our municipal officials.There remains much work to bedone at the provincial and federallevels. Since last year, anti-povertyactivists have been pressuringthe McGuinty government tocreate a $100-per-month foodsupplement for people on OntarioWorks and Ontario DisabilitySupport Program to help thoseliving with disabilities affordhealthy food.As many anti-poverty advocateswill quickly point out, Canadais the only G-8 country withouta national housing strategy – afailure of successive federal Liberaland Conservative governments toeven begin to acknowledge that aproblem exists.At town hall meetings and atthe a ballot box, students shouldpress their elected officials onproviding sustainable solutionsto eliminate hunger in Canada.At a local level, students can pitchin to support on-campus groupsdedicated to combatting hunger.The CSA Food Bank locatedin the Federal Annex Building ison such organization available tohelp. The volunteer-run program,which runs on a relativelyshoestring budget, offers mealplans for people with allergies,religious dietary restrictions orwho are vegetarian or vegan.With Thanksgiving all buthere and Christmas on the way,demand at food banks is on therise and so is the need for publicassistance. Local food bankswould benefit from items suchas dry pasta, rice, canned foods(specifically fish, meat, fruitand vegetables), baby supplies,hygiene products, foods that arelow in sugar and salt and nutfreesnacks.If money is tight, volunteeringis another great way to give back.Meal Exchange, the student-runorganization that asks for yourMeal Plan money periodicallyduring the semester, will behosting its annual HalloweenTrick-or-Eat fundraising drive,collection thousands of poundsof food in a single evening.Hunger is everyone’s problem- and everyone can be part of thesolution.$3000 of undergraduate student money spent on an AGMDEMETRIA JACKSONEvery year your CentralStudent Associationholds an Annual GeneralMeeting in an effort to betransparent and accountableto the membership—theundergraduate students at theUniversity of Guelph. Everyyear, there is a great deal of time,effort, and student money thatgoes into planning for an AGM.Ideally, I would like to say thatthis time, effort, and studentmoney is spent in anticipation forthe large turnout we will see, butlying is something I would rathernot do. This year, accommodatinga large turnout was not the mainfocus when organizing thisevent; getting students interestedenough to attend was.According to CSA (andtherefore your) bylaws, we mustobtain quorum in order toconduct business at the AnnualGeneral Meeting. In case youare not familiar with the lingo,quorum is the minimum amountof voting members you need inthe room in order to conductbusiness; to conduct business,means to officially vote on things.This year quorum falls just shortof 200 members. The CSA isasking that at least 225 membersshow up so that the meeting doesnot have to stop when five peopletake a bathroom break.In an effort to gain someinterest in attending, what islabeled a traditionally boringmeeting, the CSA has purchased abrand new iPod Touch as a grandprize for anyone who attends themeeting. Other prizes include giftcards and certificates, Universityof Guelph merchandise, andmore. Additionally, therewill be free food, but it willnot be served until the firstintermission of the meeting toavoid people from walking in,taking food, and leaving. Also,the CSA is providing studentswith the ability to RSVP to themeeting. Students who RSVPwill be entered into all rafflesthree times (twice for filling outand submitting an RSVP form,and once when they show up atmeeting); they will also be ableto choose the type of food theywould like, and have it reservedfor them in a special VIP line up.Why you should show up?This is the one time of year allof your student representativeswill be in one room at the sametime soliciting your opinion onwhat direction the organizationshould take next.Last year, we did not meetquorum at the Annual GeneralMeeting, which means that theCSA has been operating onbylaw changes made at the Boardof Directors level without officialapproval by the undergraduatestudents. This is a huge dealbecause at this year’s AGM, themembership will need to eithervote in favour, or vote againsttwo years worth of bylaw changes(instead of just one).Being part of the CSAExecutive, I have quickly cometo realize that you cannot pleaseeveryone but what you can do istake criticism well and apply itas best you can. I mention thisbecause I know that there aresome undergraduate studentswho are either in a love, love/hate,or just plain hate relationshipwith the CSA. If you love yourstudent union, you need tobe at this AGM to voice youropinion on how amazing youthink the union is. If you’re in alove/hate relationship with theCSA, you also need to be at theAGM to critique and give yourrepresentatives feedback on howyou would like to see your studentunion improve. Finally, if youdetest the CSA, it is importantthat you come out to the AGMto voice your displeasure,criticize your representatives, andhold them accountable to theiractions. Without you, and youropinions, the CSA will remainthe same. If you don’t think theCSA represents you and yourneeds this is the time and placeto address your concerns with thepeople who you have elected torepresent you.Finally, there are some keyissues that took place last yearthat affect where your studentdollars have been put towardsor reallocated to. If you wouldlike an update on our currentsituation with the CanadianFederation of Students, and/or an update on the StudentHelp and Advocacy Centre(SHAC)—the new service thatcombined the Legal ResourceRoom, Financial ResourceRoom, and the Human RightsOffice—you need to be at theAnnual General Meeting.If you want more informationabout your student union, andthe agenda for the AGM, checkthe CSA website (csaonline.ca)on Friday. The Annual GeneralMeeting will take place Nov. 3,2010 at 5:30pm in Peter ClarkHall. RSVP forms will be on thewebsite on Friday.The CSA spent $3000 on thismeeting. That’s approximately$0.15 per undergraduate student.Do the financially responsiblething and attend your AnnualGeneral Meeting.Demetria JacksonCSA Communications &Corporate Affairs Commissioner


.comOct. 28 - Nov. 3, 201021OpinionAn opinion poem: University bureaucracy at its best, or, course selectionSAMANTHA SMITH-MOSKALFive years I have attendedThis institute of learningAnd at least twice a yearMy stomach is set turningIt’s not the midterms or the testsThat keep me awake, and lend no restBut, the act of picking outMy next semester’s coursesIt seems so simple,How could it be hard?But trust WebAdvisor to screw it upCan’t I just use my fourth-year express card?I pick the classes I must takeAnd click SelectAnd then I wait…I know what’s comingBut still I hopeIt will all go through...maybe?But, nope.ClassifiedsIt’s the same story once againCourse is full, restricted, closedOr better yet, prerequisites are not met.Well, of course they’re not!You wouldn’t let me take the class!We’ve been through this beforeI swear, I know enoughThis class will be interestingAnd not too toughSo get a form signedThe computer suggests oh, so helpfullyI sigh, and try againWithout the offending course selected,Maybe I can at least sign up for the rest?But no, I waited to longAnd am informed that my session has expiredIt’s seven AM and I’m just so tiredWhy can’t course selectionOpen at midnightWhen I’m still WIREDI log in for what must be the thousandth timeIf it doesn’t work this time,I’ll lose my mind.My computer crashes,I go back to bedWhy does course selection cause such a terrible pain in my head?I’ve given up for nowThough I’m not even in one courseI’ll just get signed in laterFor better or for worseI’ll have fewer options then anywayWhich might make it easier to chooseThe electives I get, as I have two yet to useAnd, if not, who really cares?What’s that old saying?Why do today what you can put off ‘til tomorrow?Especially when it has to doWith course selection grief and sorrow.Community ListingsEMPLOYMENTOPPORTUNITIESWanted: Family Assistant.Location: Within walking distanceof the university. Responsibilities:Assist working family with afterschool coordination; evening mealprep, laundry, driving for afterschoolactivities (car provided).Mon-Thurs ~3:30 – 6:30 (someflexibility). Email resume totfortney@sympatico.ca. Evening519-836-2884.Recruit Guelph: Your online jobdatabase exclusively for Guelphstudents & alumni. Whether you’relooking for a part-time, summer orfull-time job, recruitguelph.ca isfor you!SERVICESHEADACHES? A 4-sessionprogram to decrease tensionand migraine headaches beginsNovember 9 at 7:30 pm. Brochuresat UC Information Desk or visitwww.uoguelph.ca/~ksomers.Student of Colour SupportGroups (and Students fromDifferent Cultural Backgrounds).Mondays: One on One support10am-2pm, Discussion 3-5pm.Tuesdays: One on One support10am-2pm. Discussion group2-3pm. Wed: One on onesupport 10am-2pm. Discussiongroup 5-7pm. Confidentialityensured. Munford Centre, Rm54. Contact: rmcleod@uoguleph.ca or x53244.Friday October 29Friends of the Guelph PublicLibrary 4 th Giant Book Sale, to takeplace in former FastForms building,corner of Massey & Imperial Rds N.Guelph. Sale times: Oct 29, 6-9pm;Oct 30, 10am-4pm; Oct 31, 12-4pm. www.friendsguelphlibrary.caSaturday October 30Guelph Hiking Trail Club Hike:G ARKELL SIDE TRAIL +STARKEY HILL. 8 km. Meet1pm at the Gordon Street parkinglot beside Guelph’s covered bridge.1:15p.m. start. All welcome. Info:519-836-6570 or 519-856-1012Level 2. Speed Moderate.Sunday October 31Booonanza “KHNG HalloweenParty!!!” Games, crafts, facepainting, costume contest, pumpkincarving, haunted house, pizza andmore. Kortright Hills P.S. Gym 3-6pm. For more information contactkhng@bellnet.caMonday November 1Canadian Blood ServicesOneMatch Stem Cell andMarrow Network presents: GETSWABBED! Register to be apotential donor of bone marrowor stem cells. 9-6pm in UCCourtyard.Wednesday November 3“You and Your Computer - aHealthy Relationship?” 7-8pm,Room 441 University Centre.Presented by the Stress ManagementClinic, this free presentation marksInternational Stress AwarenessDay. For more information visitwww.uoguelph.ca/~ksomers or callext. 52662.“Relax!” 8:15 – 9:15 pm, Room441 University Centre. Presented bythe Stress Management Clinic, thisfree workshop marks InternationalStress Awareness Day. For moreinformation visit www.uoguelph.ca/~ksomers or call ext. 52662.Thursday November 4Guelph-Wellington Women inCrisis Workshop Series ‘I’m Takingit Back – Because it’s Mine’. Thisweek: ‘Boundaries and Power’.38 Elizabeth St. 1-3pm. Contact:519-823-5806 x233 or x300.Preregistration is required.Ongoing:As part of the Guelph Studio Tour25 th Anniversary celebrations, you’reinvited to view the Past MembersShow at the Barber Gallery, 167Suffolk St. W. (ground floor gallery).October 2-31. Gallery hours: Mon-Fri.: 9-5:30pm, Sat: 9-5pm.Macdonald Stewart Art CentreExhibit: ‘House Beautiful’ anexploration of contemporarysociety and its decadences. Exhibitruns until October 31. 358Gordon Street at College Ave.519.837.0010 info@msac.ca |www.msac.caPERSONALSTuesday November 2UNEXPECTEDPREGNANCY? ConsideringADOPTION? Can we talk? I am aprofessional artist/instructor/author.I have an adoption practitioner,home study, PRIDE training, ready& certified. Waitingmum@yahoo.cafor my profile.Editing Specialists! Researchand Editing Experts at YourService. All levels, all subjects.Post-graduates in most fieldsavailable to help you get the jobdone right! 1-888-345-8295 www.cusomessay.comKilling the Canada Health Act:Marie-Claude Premont PhD.Assoc. Dean, McGill University,Faculty of Law, speaks on Politics,Medicare & the Law. Chaoulli vs.Quebec. 7pm at War Memorial Hall.Sponsored by Guelph WellingtonHealth Coalition.


22 Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2010 163.7Crossword1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1112 13 14 1516 17 1819 20 21 22 2324 25 26 27 2829 30 31 32 33 34 3536 37 38 39 4041 42 43 44 45 4647 48 4950 51 52 53 54 55 5657 58 59 60 6162 63 64 65 66 67 68 6970 71 72 7374 75 7677 78 79Last Weekʼs SolutionO D E B O O R I N C HT R U M P A I D E N I L ER A D I O S L O P S C A MS A C T E N T R E V I E W SP I L E M A I M L E DA L E R T G O A D T E L L SI O N N O A M R A I LS P E C I O U S T A M N E OP O G L O T H A R A N G U EA L O T K A L E S U EN O S E S H O B O S W A R MM E G W R E N S M E EP R O P E L S I R I S O A TL A M E O W E D B E A R DA V E R V A N E S A G A SY E N S E G G S M E LBy Krystian ImgrundAcrossImportant time, for 3 down5. Religious path8. Mormon state12. Nautical direction13. Airport acronym14. Goes it alone16. Use an awl17. Horrifying villain19. Sows21. Clown’s ammo22. Lethargic24. Actor Noah26. Blue28. Star Trek shape-shifter29. Long, long ____31. Thanksgiving treat33. Scorning speeches36. Popular video game38. Republican’s colour40. Finish a roof41. Horrifying director47. Aura48. Homer’s phrase49. Urban problem50. Like the green-eyedmonster54. Green or white56. Recede57. Food scrapComicsToothpaste for Dinner58. Pop’s business partner60. Tow62. Croc kin65. London timepiece67. Land parcel70. Horrifying novel73. Actor Epps74. Duck down75. Eggs76. Female equine77. Beatty and Flanders78. Capture79. Chip in chipsDown1. Pats2. Burn lotion3. Horrifying creature4. Dependent5. Pin number6. Overhead7. Gallagher band8. Exploit9. Punishable deed10. J’ai ____11. Dragster15. Elvis’ fabric18. Daring deed20. Cunning23. Early IBM software25. Hearing necessity27. Abandoned (sl.)29. Eureka!30. Buffalo ____32. Apathetic utterance34. Stadium cheer35. Rainbows37. Dentist word39. Performed42. A____U43. Wee one44. Horrifying film (with ‘The’)45. Corn unit46. Soviet agent: (abbr.)50. Refresh the memory51. Turn a pencil around52. Get53. Weeps55. Skill59. Brunch serving61. Fragrance63. ____ English64. Marsh feature66. Super ____68. Buggy’s partner69. Ancestry guide71. Fem. Title72. BillSubmit your completed crosswords byMonday Oct 25th at 4 p.m.for a chance to win!Congratulations to last week’s winner...Nat McLarenJenna McDermottKatlynd Trieber-VajdaCome by the Ontarion office to pick up your prize.2 Bob’s Dogs!www.toothpastefordinner.comBethany Lerman


.comThe Ontarion Inc.University CentreRoom 264University of GuelphN1G 2W1ontarion@uoguelph.caPhone:519-824-4120General: x58265Editorial: x58250Advertising: x58267Accounts: x53534Fax:519-824-7838Editorial Staff:Editor-in-chiefNicole ElsasserNews EditorKelsey RideoutArts & Culture EditorJosh DoyleSports & Health EditorJustin DunkCopy EditorSasha OdesseAssociate EditorRachel ScapillatiProduction Staff:Photo & graphics editorMegan VerheyAd designerAnne TabataLayout DirectorAlison TibblesOffice Staff:Business managerLorrie TaylorOffice managerMonique VischschraperAd managerChris HamelinBoard of DirectorsPresidentDavid EvansChairpersonTimothy McBrideTreasurerCurtis Van LaeckeSecretaryJoanna SulzyckiDirectorsMatthew FrenchAndrew GoloidaJames HawkinsLisa McLeanMarshal McLernonAntik DeyContributorsJohnnie AlwardSam BaijalThomas BeedhamGreg BeneteauRashaad BhamjeeDuncan Day-MyronAndrew DonovanSarah DunstanPam DuynsteeTahlia DyerOliver DzubaJill GordonAlicja GrzadkowskaDemetria JacksonJeremy KingCharles LehmannPatrick McEachnieJames NapierAndrea LamarreBethany LermanLeigh McSwanHayley MullenDan OʼKeefeMarianne PointnerRachel ScapillatiSonja SwansonElizabeth ShearlyThe Ontarion is a non-profit organization governed bya Board of Directors. Since the Ontarion undertakes thepublishing of student work, the opinions expressed in thispublication do not necessarily reflect those of the OntarionBoard of Directors. The Ontarion reserves the right to editor refuse all material deemed sexist, racist, homophobic, orotherwise unfit for publication as determined by the Editorin-Chief.Material of any form appearing in this newspaperis copyrighted 2010 and cannot be reprinted without theapproval of the Editor-in-Chief. The Ontarion retains theright of first publication on all material. In the event thatan advertiser is not satisfied with an advertisement in thenewspaper, they must notify the Ontarion within four workingdays of publication. The Ontarion will not be held responsiblefor advertising mistakes beyond the cost of advertisement.The Ontarion is printed by the Guelph Mercury.EditorialIn the recent annual universityreport card review by theGlobe and Mail, the Universityof Guelph received it’s usualhigh ranking. What else is new?Although, what is this rankingbased upon? And exactly howmany students and members of thecampus community were polled incoming up with the results?The Globe and Mail rankingscome out each year and every yearthey make nearly all universitiesfeel good about themselves oneway or another. It gives eachindividual school, for example theUniversity of Guelph, a chanceto boast about the high marksattributed to their institution; theannual pat on the back.These report cards, flatteringas they may be, go down a littlelike candy. It’s nice and all but theOct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2010Taking a break from patting ourselves on the backLetters to the EditorFootball and breastsI was very pleased to have theOUA, the NFL and the Gryphon’sfootball team’s current breastcancer efforts brought to myattention in an article in the Oct.21 issue, but sadly, this pleasantinitiative was eclipsed in my mindby the somewhat disturbing titleof the article. I take issue withthe choice of words (Footballand breasts; somehow they gotogether) because it implies thatwomen and football don’t mix…well that is unless a bunch of maleNFL players decide that they do,albeit for a good cause.The title offended me for thesimple reason that football andbreasts, mine specifically, havealways gone together marvellously.I have been playing competitivefootball for over 10 years now.First, on my flag-football highschool team, then on my CEGEPteam and in summer leagues, andfinally my most recent experiencewas being part of one of the twoMontreal teams, “Les Rebellesde Montréal,” that representedCanada in the 2009 Kelly McGillisClassic, an annual internationalsemi-tackle football tournamentheld in Florida (we placed fourthin the world, incidentally). I havealso been invited multiple timesto tryout for the Montreal Blitz,the current North AmericanChampions as well as being theonly Canadian full tackle women’sfootball team. Finally, I’m an avidspectator, as I happen to be a fanof the Montreal Alouettes. For me,there is no better feeling than thefeeling of pride they generate isfleeting and shallow. This feelingbegs a question. Where canpotential students go to find anhonest depiction of our university?One that reflects the immenseamount of good about our schoolbut also the areas in which we canimprove, of which there are many.Of course there are many thingsto be proud of if you have chosento attend this great university;a great sense of community andhigh academic standards justto name a few. While we at theOntarion criticize the importancethat the U of G seems to place onvalidation from reports like thatof the Globe and Mail, we wantto clarify that we are proud to be apart of this university community.But rather than receiving aglowing review every year andrush I get from colliding with otherfemale players on the field, diggingmy cleats into the earth before thefootball is snapped or the momentmy fingers touch pigskin leatherand I know there’s no chance Icould ever let go. Football andbreasts??? YES PLEASE!Arielle Duhaime-RossTo learn more about women’sfootball, please visit thesewebsites:Independent Women’s Footballleague, http://www.iwflsports.com/International Women’s FlagFootball Association, http://www.iwffa.comDear Mr. Summerlee,This will be my first letterto U of G as an alum, sparked bythe announcement that U of Greceives top ratings in a Globe andMail report card. Congratulations,you have my attention.I am utterly depressed thatany educational institution musttrumpet the opinion of the Globeand Mail as a hallmark of theirability. Up until this announcementI considered my degree important,relevant and something whichI was proud to have earned.Education is not something to besold, nor validated by a newspaper.You owe your faculty and alumni abetter standard.Gerald Vanderwoude ‘89patting ourselves on the backwithout really knowing wherethese results are coming from,we simply suggest that as anentire university we should reflectinternally and recognize ourtriumphs and our shortcomingsin-house. Only then can weclearly see how we measure upagainst the stiff competition otherCanadian universities pose.Alas, there continues to be noeffective recourse for studentswho are critical of the school.Despite being tuition-payersat this school, there are somestudents on campus that areapathetic and simply attend class,not concerning themselves withthe business of school politics.Although, there are students whotake a considerable interest inthe experience that the U of GThe Ontarion reserves theright to edit or refuse all lettersdeemed sexist, racist, homophobic,able-ist, advertorial, libelous orotherwise oppressive or unfit forpublication as determined by theEditor in Chief. Letters must bekept to a maximum of 300 words.We will edit longer letters at our23provides them. Despite this fact,it is still a rare occasion whenuniversity power-players openlygive credence to the critical viewsof students.The Ontarion would like to see,instead of the university valuing theresults of a newspaper report card,for them to conduct a thoroughevaluation of campus communitymember satisfaction and thenprovide results that accuratelyreflect where the university stands;the good and the bad.Because current and prospectivestudents alike deserve an honestreport about the university theyattend or are planning to attend.Despite the fact that some resultsmay be unflattering, most ofthem will be remarkably so; butthis time they’ll actually meansomething.Letters to theEditorDeadline for letters:Mondays @ 2PMdiscretion.All letters must include a fullname and phone number (#’s notpublished), including those whichare intended to remain anonymous.The Ontarion may occasionallyprint anonymous letters whenpersonal safety is an issue.ontarion@uoguelph.ca


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