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NEWS 172.12 • Thursday, november 21, 20133Happy Holidays! Santa comes to GuelphMike OttA young girl was spotted blushingshyly as a boy from her schoolbroke formation from the paradeto give her a candy cane and a hugas she watched the festivities passalong Quebec Street. The sight wasthe perfect sign of a festive day; oneadorned with red, green, gold andwhite. Holiday spirit was in the air,and everyone in attendance wassmiling as the floats drove past.Thousands cheered and wavedas various floats paraded throughdowntown Guelph on Sunday, Nov.17. From local animal shelters, tothe fire department, and even LiveAction Role Players, a host of localcommunity organizations came outto celebrate the holiday season.It was the perfect weather for aparade – warm, surprisingly clearfor mid-November, and not toowindy. Many people were wearingshorts and T-shirts, a humorouslynon-festive site, which nonethelesssignified how unusually idealthe weather turned out to be forthe festive day. Others were notafraid to wear their ugly holidaysweaters, or dress up in full costumeto celebrate the season.Several marching bands helpedraise the Christmas spirit by loudlyplaying holiday favourites like“Feliz Navidad,” “Rocking Aroundthe Christmas Tree,” “WinterWonderland,” and several otherclassic carols for all to hear. Childrendanced along the edges ofthe streets, laughing loudly to thesound of the cheerful music.Among the crowd, spectatorswere delighted to see youngchildren handing their letters toSanta to the Canada Post staff.It was heart-warming to see thespirit of the holidays alive in theeyes of these young kids, runningas fast as they could to make surethat Santa would be getting theirChristmas list. It was not justchildren, however, many parentsand teenagers were also seen lettingtheir holiday spirit show.The Guelph Food Bank was outin full force, promoting the spiritof giving in this time of charity.Christmas is, after all, a timewhen much attention is focusedon those who are less fortunate.The Food Bank volunteers werecarrying boxes and buckets, collectingnon-perishables from thecrowd. A volunteer’s box gave outand spilled cans all over the streetand there was several people whoran to help, showing the truemeaning of Christmas spirit.Santa himself was on the lastfloat to arrive, his booming voiceshouting “Merry Christmas”and “Happy Holidays” to everyonewatching. Young kids wereecstatic to see the big man dressedin red and white waving at them.Even adults couldn’t help butgive a little smirk at the happinessexperienced at the celebration.Whether it is for the casualonlooker, a young girl embarrassedto hug a boy in front of a crowd,or Santa Claus himself, the holidayseason is a time of joyous celebrationfor everyone. Guelph’s annualSanta Claus parade kicked off theholidays with a grand entry throughthe downtown core, inauguratingfor all that wonderful holiday spirit.PHOTO BY WENDY SHEPHERDSanta Claus aboard his sleigh waves to passersby to close off thisyear’s eponymous parade. The warm weather did little do consolethose convinced it’s far too early to be thinking of Christmas.Deadly hit and run with cyclist, woman chargedEmily BlakeA Guelph woman has been chargedfor her involvement in a hit and runthat led to the death of a cyclist.Anna Wilson has been chargedwith failing to remain at the sceneof an accident that occurred late inthe evening on Nov. 13 just northof Guelph. Emergency personnelarrived at the scene early morningon Nov. 14 after a passerby called911. The victim has been identifiedas Gordon Krofchick of Ariss, andwas pronounced dead at the scene.This incident comes in the wakeof a series of cycling accidentsacross the city over the past fewmonths. The Guelph Police Serviceinvestigated eight collisionsinvolving cyclists and motorvehicles in August, promptingthe department to issue an advisoryon safety tips for cyclists.Recently, two high-profileop-eds have been published in theNew York Times and the Economistabout laws that discriminateagainst cyclists in the United States.In the New York Times, DanielDuane compares American lawsto those in the Netherlands. Whilemotorists often face no punishmentfor crashing into or killingcyclists in the United States, thedriver of the motor vehicle is heldliable for the injury or death of thecyclist in the Netherlands. This islargely because cyclists are treatedas weaker participants in trafficrather than as equal users.As of yet, Wilson has only beencharged with the hit and run.Duane points out that the numberof cyclist fatalities is much lower inthe Netherlands despite a greaternumber of cyclists. Cyclist fatalitiesin America were estimated tofall between 58 to 109 deaths perbillion kilometers cycled in theearly 2000s, while there were only12 deaths per billion kilometerscycled in the Netherlands in 2010.This is not only due to laws thathold drivers more accountable, butto a more entrenched cycling cultureand more advanced cyclinginfrastructure.Cycling plays a large role for studentsas well as the greater Guelphcommunity. Not only does it reduceenergy consumption and greenhousegas emissions, many find it agreat source of exercise and leisure.While the number of bike lanesacross Guelph has already increased,the need for further expansion hasbeen identified by the city. Such anexpansion is expected to decreasedifficulties for motorists and increasethe safety of cyclists.There are currently a numberof efforts to increase cyclist wellbeing, as well as to further theconstruction of bike lanes. TheBike-Friendly Guelph initiative isworking to make cycling safer andmore convenient in the city andhopes to triple the number of dailybike trips in Guelph by 2018. LastFebruary, City Council officiallyapproved the Cycling Master Plan; atransportation-planning documentintended to guide the developmentof a cycling network. The proposedcity budget also has $13.5 millionallocated for road expansion and$450,000 allocated over 10 years tobuild 78 kilometres of bike lanes onroads that do not require widening.It is hoped that these efforts willraise awareness about cyclingacross the city and decrease thenumber of accidents. Cyclists arereminded to ride safe and to obeyall the rules of the road. Thoseinterested in learning more aboutcycle-safety tips can go to theCSA Bike Centre on campus or theGuelph Police Service website.
4 www.theontarion.comNEWSUOIT Student Association threatens legal actionMayor of London: “Automaticknighthood” for top ten taxpayersIn his column for the DailyTelegraph, Mayor of London BorisJohnson has courted controversyby arguing that instead of bashing“zillionaires,” Britons would dowell to thank them for their massivecontributions to the nation’stax revenue.Citing numbers which indicatethat the top 0.1 per cent of theBritish population – or some29,000 people – pay 14.1 percent of all taxes, Johnson wrotethat while he neither approvesnor disproves of such affluence,Britons must face the facts:when the super-rich investin their gin palaces and otherextravagances, they sustain asizeable portion of the nation’seconomy while having essentiallyzero negative impact onthe lives of others.“There is no point in wastingany more moral or mentalenergy in being jealous of thevery rich,” Johnson wrote.“They are no happier thananyone else; they just have moremoney. We shouldn’t botherourselves about why they wantall this money, or why it is nicerto have a bath with gold taps.”Instead, he says, “We should behelping all those who can to jointhe ranks of the super-rich… andsimply give thanks for the prodigioussums of money that they arecontributing to the tax revenuesof this country, and that enableus to look after our sick and ourelderly and to build roads, railwaysand schools.”Amazon deforestation rose 28 percent last yearThe rate of deforestation inBrazil has increased by 28 percent since last year in a startlingturn that follows years ofequally dramatic improvement.Brazil’s Environment Minister,Izabella Teixeira, has vowed toreverse this “crime” but deniesthat the current government’spolicy is to blame.Environmentalists charge thatrecent reforms to forest protectionlaw are responsible for thisyear’s increase, and also pointthe finger Brazil’s strong agriculturallobby.The rate of deforestation inBrazil had been shrinking since2009. That was the same yearBrazil promised to reduce deforestationin the Amazon by 80 percent by the year 2020.These most recent figures showthat 5,843 square kilometres offorest were chopped down lastyear, up from 4,571 sq km theyear before. Despite this increase,last year’s forest loss is still thesecond lowest on record.– Compiled by Michael LongDurham College andUOIT are refusing toremit fees, citing financialmismanagementSameer ChhabraThe Student Association (SA)at Durham College and the Universityof Ontario Institute ofTechnology (UOIT) may sooncarry out legal action against thecollege and university administrationafter having their funding andoperations threatened. In September,the Student Associationwas informed that their membershipfees would not be remitted,leaving the autonomous bodywithout a source of funding.An autonomous organization likethe University of Guelph’s CentralStudent Association (CSA), theStudent Association at DurhamCollege and UOIT rely on fees collectedfrom students to fund andregulate on-campus groups andactivities. These fees are paid tothe schools and are then filtered tothe Student Association.“Every year, the SA asks the institutionsto collect millions of dollarsLine 9 opponents up the ante“There is no pipelinedebate – there is just apipeline fight”Ian GibsonOn the morning of Saturday, Nov.16, protesters gathered in downtownGuelph to rally against thereversal of Line 9, an oil pipeline thatruns between Ontario and Quebec.Organized by the Guelph Anti-Pipeline Action Group (GAP),the protest began at the GuelphFarmers Market and proceeded tomarch up Wilson Street to rally infront of City Hall.One protester shouted, “It’sabout our world, our future, ourchildren, our children’s future.”Another said, “This is the lastchance for us to send a messageto Prime Minister Harper that hereally has to rethink about stoppingthe reversal of Line 9.”Line 9 is owned by Calgarybasedenergy company, EnbridgeInc. Since the 1990s, the pipelinehas pumped oil westward fromMontreal to Sarnia, Ontario. Thewest-to-east reversal wouldgive Quebec refineries access todomestic bitumen – originatingfrom the Alberta’s oil sands – ina move Enbridge says will saveQuebec refineries billions of dollarsin the coming decades.In addition, the reversal wouldincrease the pipeline’s capacity to300,000 barrels of crude oil per day,up from the current 240,000 barrels.The National Energy Boardin fees from students of the universityand the college, and flow thosefees through to the SA,” said JohnMacMillan, Director of Marketingand Communications at UOIT.“That collection and flow-throughcomes with some responsibilityto ensure that the recipient ofthose fees is properly managing itsfinances, and is a viable and representativeorganization.”The Student Association is notbound to the college and university,but to the students comprisingDurham College and UOIT.“The institutions collected thesemembership fees from students onbehalf of the Student Associationand has no basis for withholdingthem,” said Peter Chinweuba,President of the Student Association,in a Nov. 14 press release.“Membership fees are our mainsource of operating revenue. Withoutthese fees, we won’t be able tooffer student-run services like thecampus food bank and campusrecreation programs and may beforced to close our businesses.”Despite Chinweuba’s concerns,Durham College and UOIT madethe point that funding is still beingprovided to on-campus groups.“While we are not flowing fees to(NEB) is currently in talks toapprove the application of reversalof Line 9, but the final hearingwas postponed after protestorsdisrupted those proceedings.Activists argue that the reversalwould jeopardize the BeverlySwamp and Spencer Creek wetlands,located in southern Ontario,and oppose the expansion andgrowth of the oil sands altogether.A statement on the Swamp Line 9website reads: We are against “toxicdiluted bitumen from the AlbertaTar Sands [flowing] through ourcommunities and watersheds.”“The development of the oilsands is reckless,” echoed one ofthe SA, we continue to flow the studentfees directly to student groups,clubs and other student functions forwhich we have received invoices,”explained MacMillan.In a Nov. 5 letter sent to allDurham College and UOIT students,the institutions detailedtheir concerns with the StudentAssociation.The letter stated that: “We outlinedto the SA that there were[three] primary ways to rebuildconfidence [in the Student Association],and offered assistance inmeeting requirements…We askedthat the SA provide us with itsaudited financial statements forthe 2012-2013 fiscal year...a ‘managementletter’ and a governanceplan...As of today, we have receiveda copy of the audited financial statements,however we have receivedneither the management letter nora governance plan.”Durham College and UOIT havereaffirmed their desire to workalongside the Student Associationfor the benefit of the students.“Both institutions have viewedthe SA as a partner, and have onlytaken actions in response to theSA’s refusal to discuss importantmatters related to its governance,the protestors at the Guelph protest.“The environment is at riskwherever the crude bitumen isextracted or transported.”According to Energy MinisterBob Chiarelli, “Ontario won’tconduct its own environmentalassessment of a plan to reversethe flow of the Line 9 oil pipelinethat runs through the province.”Working in partnership with theIdle No More campaign, the protestorsalso claim that crude flowingthrough the reversed pipelinewould be more corrosive and wouldstress the aging infrastructure,increasing the chance of a leak.Line 9 crosses the traditionalfinancial statements and the conductof some students associatedwith the SA,” said MacMillan.“From day one of this situation wehave offered assistance to the SA tohelp it get through its current circumstances.We look forward toreceiving both the SA’s governanceplan and the management letterfrom its auditor, and to restoringour working relationship.”The Student Association haslaunched a petition titled ‘Free theFees’ encouraging students to reachout and make their voices heard.Despite the Student Association’sautonomy, studentsassociated with DurhamCollege and UOIT have aresponsibility to abide by theirschools’ codes of conduct.“The SA has an obligation to thestudents who elect and financiallysupport it to manage itsbusiness relationships professionallyand responsibly,” saidMacMillan. “Similarly, any studentsassociated with the SAmust also abide by the universityand college Codes of Conduct.The institutions are focused solelyon ensuring that the SA fulfilsthese responsibilities to UOIT and[Durham College] students.”territory of Channonton, MississagiAnishinabec, and Onondoawagapeople, affecting both the GrandRiver and Six Nations people whoare opposing the oil line.Donna Jenison of GAP said,“People need to wake up andbecome active citizens… Decisionsare not always made in orfor the public good”Nation-wide protests againstthe reversal of Line 9, includingthe one held in Guelph, aim todo more than just bring attentionto the debate. According to theSwamp Line 9 website, “there isno pipeline debate – there is just apipeline fight.”PHOTO BY WENDY SHEPHERDProtestors gathered outside the Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning to rally against theproposed reversal of the Line 9 pipeline. The reversal would allow crude from Alberta’s oilssands to travel from Ontario to refineries in Quebec.
NEWS 172.12 • Thursday, november 21, 20135Keeping kids safe is no easy taskALTER programpromotes child safety inthe homeAlicja GrzadkowskaOn Nov. 16, shoppers at theQuebec Street Mall might havebeen shocked to see childrenwalking around with bruises,head bandages, and neck braces.However, the purpose of the HelpUs Promote Awareness event,run by the University of Guelph’sChild Development ResearchUnit (CDRU) and Guelph PublicHealth, was to promote childinjury-prevention and keep kidssafe in the home.Professor Barbara Morrongiello,the director of CDRU, who alsoholds a Canada Research Chairin Child and Youth Injury Prevention,developed the ALTERprogram as a way to reduce thenumber of ER visits involvingchildren under five years old thatare caused by falls in the home.According to Morrongiello, inGuelph alone, 72 young childrenper month visit emergencyrooms due to these types of fallinjuries. And a scraped knee orbruised elbow is not the worstwound that can result from fallrelatedaccidents.“Falls can cause serious injurylike concussions, which can affectlearning and memory for the longterm,” explained Morrongiello.The ALTER strategy focuses onfive approaches that parents canuse to reduce their child’s riskof a serious fall injury, includingchanging the location of achild’s activity to maintainingparental supervision and planninga safe environment where achild can play without encounteringdangerous situations. Thecomprehensive website for theprogram explains ALTER in detail,and can be found at ALTERfor-ChildSafety.ca.The awareness event gave kidsa chance to have professionalphotos taken while sporting gruesomeinjuries that can potentiallyresult from falls, with the help ofsome face makeup and First Aidequipment. The photos will beused in later promotions for theprogram. Parents who attendedthe event were enthusiastic aboutALTER, and were eager to applythe approaches.“You have kids all over the placeat home, and it would be good toknow how you can avoid [injuries]…Youjust want to makesure that everything’s safe,”said Preethi Jayanth, whose fiveyear-olddaughter participatedin the photo shoot. Nicole Cotie,another participant’s parent,agreed, commenting that thetiming aspect promoted in theprogram, which recommendsthat tasks around the home beplanned during times whenchildren can be effectively supervised,is especially useful - “[I canask myself], do I have to do thisright now?”Morrongiello says that thePHOTO BY WENDY SHEPHERDA boy gets his photo taken wearing bandages around his head. The photoshoot was partof an event designed to promote child-injury prevention strategies.response of parents in thecommunity has been positive,especially once they hear thestatistics about monthly emergencyvisits.“They realize that falls in thehome are a big issue,” Morrongielloexplained, adding thatthe approach is easy to integrateinto everyday activitiesaround the home. “We are notsaying that [parents] shouldbe watching their child 100per cent of the time. What weare saying is to use ALTER toreduce children’s injury riskwhen they cannot watch theirchild 100 per cent of the time.”The program is currently beingdelivered in pediatric physicianoffices during regular checkups.Posters directing parents to theALTER website will be placedaround the city in libraries,recreations centres, and otherfamily-friendly locations. Afterthe evaluation of the program iscompleted in Guelph next year,Morrongiello says that the initiativewill be delivered in othercommunities through publichealth units.“ALTER is easy to use and itincreases children’s safety. Andeveryone has children’s safety asa priority,” said Morrongiello.Guelph Finance Conference a successEconomics and FinanceAssociation ran a mocktrading floorTaylor GrahamThe University of Guelph’sEconomics and Finance Association(EFA) hosted its fourthannual Guelph Finance Conferenceon Nov. 15 and 16. Since2010, the organization hasbrought students together todevelop a deeper knowledge ofthe financial sector.The main event of the conferencewas the College ofManagement and Economics(CME) Trading Simulation,which took place on Saturday,Nov. 16. The simulation wasundertaken in groups of three tofive students and was designedto give students insight into thefinancial stock market and seehow it operates over the courseof a single year. Teams weregiven one million mock dollarsto invest and were required tomake use of real market data toforecast prices and make the bestinvestments possible. The daywas divided into four quarters,each representing one quarter ofthe stock market’s fiscal year.After the simulation was completedand reviewed, the winningteam received a cash prize of$1,250, while the second andthird place teams received $500and $250 respectively. This yearthe winning team was The StableStuds, comprised of Parker Payette,Jeffrey Finch, Jim Guest, andMichael Legge.Not only did students gainvaluable experience with thestock market, they also had theopportunity to network withlike-minded individuals fromall over Canada. This year,the conference hosted over100 students from across thecountry. While the majority ofattendees were from the U of G,students from as far as BritishColumbia’s Kwantlen PolytechnicUniversity attendedthe conference.Co-Chairman of the EFA, JuanSalguero, said:“In order to participate, delegateshad to submit theirresumes; and those who wereselected did so because theyshowed an interest in the field.A finance major is not required;in fact we had delegates whosemajors included statistics, math,science, and arts.”By making connections withsponsors, the EFA was able toinvite industry professionalsand corporate representativesto speak with the studentsabout prominent topics in thefinancial sector. Delegates weregiven the opportunity to listento keynote speakers at the Saturdayluncheon and again at thebanquet dinner.While the fourth year of theconference has successfullypassed, the EFA is continuallyseeking ways to improve the conferenceand increase participationin upcoming years. Aiming toattract students from morediverse backgrounds, potentiallyat an international level, Salguerohopes the conference can “createexposure to our university, andsee it recognized among othergreat universities.”The annual conference alsoproved beneficial to organizationswithin the University of Guelph.University sponsors such as theCo-operators Centre for Businessand Social Entrepreneurship(CBaSE) took advantage of eventto market themselves to studentsfrom other institutions and otherbusinesses.The EFA works throughoutthe year to encouragefinance-minded individuals toshare their passion with others.The conference encourages studentsto expand their financialknowledge and network withpeers and industry professionals.
6 www.theontarion.comAnnual TEDxGuelphU conferenceIndependent TED talkaims to turn tradition“Inside Out”Eric GreenOn Saturday, Nov. 23, RozanskiHall will play host toTEDxGuelphU – Inside Out,an independently organizedfranchise of the TED (Technology,Entertainment, Design)conference that gathers speakersfrom a wide variety ofdisciplines.The aim of the conference,says TEDx Marketing CoordinatorEmily Rick, is to invitesome of the community’s mostprolific minds to discuss theirinteresting and unique ideas,and utilize the university’syoung, energetic student bodyas a breeding ground for “ideasworth spreading.”TED talks are far from new,with the first event, which atthe time was intended as a oneoffconference, taking place in1984. Six years later in 1990, theannual conference was implementedin Monterey, California.After almost twenty years, TEDbegan licensing out their franchiseto independent thirdparties so that they might holdtheir own informational conferences.Thus TEDx was born.Rick added that the licensingagreement comes withcertain guidelines as to howthe event must be structured,the number of people allowedto attend, as well as copyrightand logo requirements.“The speakers we havecoming out are all people whohave life experience behindtheir ideas,” Rick said, “andit’s these experiences thathave allowed them to formtheir opinions and the uniqueideas and strategies they willbe discussing.”“Initially there are about 50speakers invited; that list isthen scrutinized and has beennarrowed down to the ninepresenters that will talk onSaturday,” Rick continued.“We also really want it to be asmall-town feel, so there is anapplication process for attendees,out of which 100 peopleare selected.”TEDxGuelphU – Inside Outmarks the fifth annual TEDxevent here on campus and alsothe first year that its founder,Jaclyn Quinn, has not beeninvolved in the planning. Inher stead, University of Guelphstudent Chris Pond has takenover the organization.The speakers for this Saturdayinclude Dr. Gard Otis, a worldrenownedentomologist andexpert on honeybees, and Dr.Dan Ashlock, a prize-winningmathematics professor. Both arestaff at the U of G. Others speakersinclude writers, philosophers,artists, poets, food-scientists and“donkey saviors.”“Our main goal with the conferenceis to emphasize ideasworth spreading,” Rick said.“The diversity of disciplines,as much as the curiosity andpassion of the presenters, isreally what makes the talks sopowerful and important.”Unfortunately for thosehoping to attend, the 100 allocatedpositions have alreadybeen filled. However, the talkswill be live-streamed at boththe John Eccles Centre in SouthResidence and at 10 CardenStreet in downtown Guelph.NEWSFirst-year seminar hostd wartime food exhibitionStudents tasked withshowcasing library’scollection of WWII recipesMichael LongFor a rather unusual course, theclass of one of this semester’s First-Year Seminars has spent the bulkof the term planning McLaughlinLibrary’s annual “What’s Cookingin the Archives” event. On Tuesday,Nov. 19, their final projectwas revealed as the class hostedtheir interactive showcase in thelibrary’s Academic Town Square.“What’s Cooking in the Archives”has now been run for four years.The annual event exhibits pieces ofthe library’s extensive collection ofhistoric cookbooks to the public bypreparing some of the recipes theyhold.The library has one of the largestarchives of cookbooks in NorthAmerica, containing approximately14,000 items.This is the first time a class hasbeen responsible for orchestratingthe event, and studentsdecided to theme this iterationaround recipes originating fromthe Canadian homefront duringthe Second World War.The university has run First-YearSeminars intermittently since 2003under the UNIV*1200 course code.The seminars are intended to providediscussion-based classes tofirst-year students and are focusedon the instructor’s particular areaof interest, whatever that may be.Kathryn Harvey, the instructorof the course, “A Seminar onEvent Planning,” is also the headof Archival and Special Collectionsat the library.The university has recently beenkeen to support its First YearSeminar experiment – 13 seminarswere on offer this semester,covering everything from humanrights, to sleep patterns, to Facebook– yet Harvey’s course is theonly one that centres around anextracurricular assignment.“After last year’s [What’s Cookingexhibition], I got to thinking, thepreparation of this event might besomething fun for first year studentsto do and actually learn somethingin the process,” said Harvey. “So Idecided to do a class on event planning,and this is the culmination ofthe first year student’s work.”During the Second World War,Canada undertook a series ofunprecedented measures aimed ataltering the diets of Canadians onthe homefront. With that regimeof austerity came the publicationof new recipes and cookbooks,printed for the purpose of teachinghousewives how to – as the title ofone 1943 pamphlet suggests – “getthe most out of your refrigerator.”Sarah Bennett, a first year ArtHistory student in the class, cameup with theme of wartime meals.“I wanted to focus on the ingenuitythat happened in cooking; howthey had rations and how they hadto cut down on sugar and meat,”said Bennett. “[I was interested in]how they had to work around thatand make creative recipes.The class divided the eventresponsibilities among themselvesPHOTO BY WENDY SHEPHERDStudents from Kathryn Harvey’s First Year Seminar class hold platters of food preparedusing wartime recipes. Seen here, from left to right are: Hope Medema, Zack Fryer,Hailey Hoffman and Cynthia Zhou.evenly, delegating groups forpublicity, building the exhibits,and organising the cuisine.The Woolwich Arrow has partneredwith the library for the pastfour years to provide the food forthe event, free of charge. JasonWaterfall, the general manager,joked that this year’s theme ofwartime austerity certainly methis criteria for “keeping it simple.”Three recipes from the archiveswere presented at the event: amaple spread (only two ingredientsin that one), a bacon cheesesandwich spread, and a rudimentarymeatloaf.“The meatloaf was very basic,the only difference was cannedpeas and carrots – which theyprobably used a lot in the 40s –which they don’t use very muchnowadays,” said Waterfall.The theme of the event wasformally called “Take a Picnicto the Past.” Students took thetime to decorate the square withred-and-white-check tablecloths,propaganda posters, a photobooth, and dress in period attire.A supplementary exhibit on wartimetheatre, of which the libraryalso has a substantial collection ofarchived materials, accompaniedthe recipe showcase.
NEWS 172.12 • Thursday, november 21, 20137Mental HealthWeek on Campus“1 in 5” campaign seeksto raise awareness aboutmental health issuesEric GreenWith 1 in 5 Canadians expectedto suffer from some form of mentalillness in any given year, the Universityof Guelph’s Wellness Centreis delivering a full week of events toraise awareness and de-stigmatizethe issue of mental health.The “1 in 5 Mental HealthAwareness Week” kicked off onMonday, Nov. 18 and runs untilFriday, Nov. 21, with eventstaking place all over campus.The aim is to make studentsmore aware of the initiativesin place to assist them in timesof mental health crisis, andencourage more students tostep forward with their problemsfree of prejudice andreceive the help they need.While the Wellness Centreacknowledges that feelings ofanxiety and stress are inherentto the student experience – andshould not be “medicalized” –these issues can play a large partin a student’s life. The centreseeks to alleviate these feelings,increasing both productivity andwell being; and Mental HealthWeek aims to point the way to theappropriate offices and institutionson campus that can help.“Although the topic of mentalhealth and wellbeing has been moreprevalent [recently], it is still a topicof conversation that holds a lot ofstigma,” says Melanie Bowman,manager of the Wellness Centreand Student Health Services. “Notmany people are open to talk abouttheir own experiences or struggleswith their mental well being for thisreason. We aim to break down thatstigma and encourage conversationsabout mental health.”“We are so lucky to have somany different resources forpeople to maintain their mentalwellness as well as get supportwhen they are facing amental health challenge orcrisis,” Bowman added. “[Theseinclude initiatives] like CounselingServices, which offers freecounseling for students, StudentHealth Services, StudentSupport Network (which offerspeer-to-peer support withtrained volunteers), the WellnessCentre, Residence Life, StudentLife, and the list goes on.”Even with all this in place,Bowman says that some studentsstill fear being open with theirown mental health challenges,due in part to the portrayal ofthese issues in popular culture.“The media portrayal of the‘crazy’ person or ‘deranged’person is often sensationalizedand therefore lacks substance,”said Bowman. “And worse, [it]can feed negative stereotypesabout mental illness. Peoplewith mental health challengesare often portrayed as beingCOURTESY PHOTOMental Health Awareness week aims to combat the stigma surrounding mental health issues. TheWellness Centre advertises that one in five Canadians suffers from some form of mental illness.violent in popular media, whichis not the case. Very rarely arepeople with mental health challengesactually violent towardsothers. The bigger problem isthat people with mental healthchallenges are more likely to bethe subject of violence. The waymental health has been portrayedin popular culture in thepast has definitely played a rolein the way people think aboutmental health.”This is the university’s third“Mental Health Week” since theprogram’s inception in 2012. Thefirst event took place in March of2012, and it was just a two-dayevent, and included a presentationby mental health advocateEric Windeler about his son Jack,who suffered from mental illnessand took his own life.In November of 2012, it wasexpanded to include a full weekof events, similar in style to thisyear’s “1 in 5” campaign.“We added self-care componentssuch as a stress managementworkshop and a restorative yogaclass to build on promoting mentalwellness among students, staffand faculty,” said Eve Lampert,Director of the U of G’s WellnessCentre. “We wanted to move awayfrom ‘pathologizing’ all mentalhealth concerns in hopes that thiswould decrease the stigma surroundingmental health.”But are these events are actuallymaking a difference? Are morepeople coming forward?“We are evaluating each of ourevents this year in hopes to providemore concrete evidence, but wehave always received positive feedbackfrom students who attendeddifferent events in years past. Therehas also been great turnout at mostof our events,” said Lampert.The “1 in 5” program has since beenadopted by universities throughoutCanada. If that fact alone were anyindication of the programs success,it would surely seem reasonable toconclude that the campaign doesindeed foster understanding ofmental health issues, in additionto promoting a positive attitudetoward seeking help.Do arts classes targetedto engineering studentsminimize learning?Stacey AspinallIn higher education, thehumanities have often been overshadowedby other academicfaculties - an English degree, forexample, may be seen as inferiorto engineering, at least in terms ofpractical applicability. However,recent changes to engineeringdegree requirements emphasizethe value the arts contribute toengineering degrees.The Canadian EngineeringAccreditation Board is responsiblefor accrediting undergraduateengineering programs at all Canadianpost-secondary institutions.There are 272 accredited engineeringprograms at 43 institutionsacross Canada.The Canadian EngineeringAccreditation Board is currentlyadapting the guidelines forteaching so that undergraduateengineering students will haveEngineering degrees draw on the artsto develop according to a listof 12 specific “graduate attributes.”To meet the criteria,at the time of graduation engineeringstudents are requiredto possess attributes that couldbe classified as soft skills, suchas an understanding of “impacton society,” “life-long learning,”and “communication,” inaddition to more quantifiableattributes such as “design,”“use of engineering tools,”“problem analysis,” and others.The aim is for students to beacademically well rounded.Sofie Lachapelle, AssociateProfessor and GraduateCoordinator in the Departmentof History at Universityof Guelph, teaches Science andTechnology in a Global Context(HIST*1250) that is mandatoryfor engineers and an electivefor everyone else. A large percentageof the class consists ofengineering students.“I think it’s a really good ideathat engineering students inCanada are asked to reflect onthe impact of technology onsociety, and familiarize themselveswith the methodologiesof the humanities and social sciences,”Lachapelle said.Tamarra Lewis, a third-yearWater Resources Engineeringstudent, and Global Engineeringrepresentative in “Engineerswithout Borders,” sees thevalue in adopting a multidisciplinarymindset.“In our degree, we are requiredto take 15 per cent arts coursesand 85 per cent math and science.But at the end of the day,we are building and innovatingall of our math and scienceknowledge for humans. So,shouldn’t we know more abouthumanity? I think so. I think itis so important to have the socialand environmental backgroundwhen we graduate so we are preparedto work within cities andcommunities,” Lewis said.Including the humanities as anintegral component of an engineeringdegree is important, butthe ways in which engineeringstudents engage with the artsmay be worth re-assessing. In anarticle published in the Globe andMail, “Who needs the humanities?Engineers,” Michael Ross,a recent graduate from the Universityof Alberta with a master’sin structural engineering, claimsthat engineering students aremissing out on the benefits ofthe arts when they take coursesgeared specifically towards them,such as “English for Engineers.”Course offerings are often limited,since they must operateaccording to exam and assignmentfrequencies to matchwith engineering courses. Inaddition, engineering studentsmiss out on the opportunityto learn with students in otherfaculties. “Instead, engineeringstudents should have no choicebut to mingle with studentsfrom across campus in order togain an appreciation both forthe arts and those who studythem,” Ross wrote.“It is important we work withhumanities students so we canshare knowledge both ways. Wehave a lot to teach humanitiesstudents, and they have a lot toteach us,” Lewis said.
ARTS & CULTURE 172.12 • Thursday, november 21, 20139Jam space: Musings on sound and cultureIs hip-hop taking back theconcept album?Adrien PotvinWell, it seems like the conceptalbum has come full circle. Wherethe 70s left off with dark, masterfulopuses like Dark Side of the Moonand Ziggy Stardust, the 90s riffedteen angst and globalized anxietiesin albums like Smashing Pumpkins’Mellon Collie and the InfiniteSadness and Flaming Lips’ The SoftBulletin. It seems like the sweeping,epic narrative rock album hadlost its tract in the past decade,save for a handful of excellentrecords like The Antlers’ Hospice,but a kind of innovative shift in theconcept album is happening in anunexpected place - young rapperstrying their hand at the high-conceptnarrative record.Now, there’s no suspect lack ofconcept albums in this decade andthe last, but its narrative purposeand cultural impact has definitelyshifted, especially in hip-hop.There are two distinct traditionsthat contemporary hip-hopworks in: early conscious rapperssuch as Grandmaster Flash andMos Def’s early work that seems toapproach the subversion of economicand social marginalizationthrough utopic, communal ideals,and the chilling songs of bleakbravado in mafia/gangster cultureby artists like Jay-Z and Raekwon.In the 21st century, and thisdecade in particular, the gapbetween these two traditions – theyearning for ghetto salvation andthe cynical retribution of the hustle– is being narrowed by a slewof young rappers and excellentalbums. One way to hear this shift isto give attention to the productionof albums like Kendrick Lamar’scontemporary classic Good Kid,M.A.A.D. City and Schoolboy Q’sHabits and Contradictions, bothartists belonging to the BlackHippy collective.Kendrick’s record is a conceptalbum in the strictest sense of theword, and even the title speaksfor itself. It’s a story of a decentkid who tries (and often falters)in being just that – weighed downby the violent necessities of lifein Compton. While compellinglybleak in its lyrics and temporalscenarios in songs like “The Art ofPeer Pressure,” and “Sing AboutMe, I’m Dying of Thirst,” the productionof the album’s music tiesthe whole brilliant thing togetheras a narrative work. Each songblends seamlessly to create acohesive sonic space unique fromthe usual bricolage style of hiphopproduction, jumping fromone emotional space to another inbetween tracks until its resolution.Schoolboy Q’s album, on theother hand, is less a conceptalbum than a series of reflectionstied together by the realities ofliving under marginalization, butnonetheless exemplifies the mergingof these two traditions notedpreviously. Q’s album jumpsbetween moods and stories, likethe move from the heavy-hitting“Sacrilegious,” to the optimistic“Blessed,” and avoids the resolutionthat Kendrick’s album does.However, this makes the dissonancebetween salvation andcynicism all the more jarring,especially when listening to thetwo albums back to back.In short, these two young artists,and many others, are makingalbums that draw on their respectivetraditions to create somethingPHOTO BY MERLIJN HOEKIn this week’s issue, Potvin explains and discusses“concept” albums in hip hop focusing on of albums byKendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q.new out of them – this “newness”is marked by a bridging of consciouship-hop’s optimism and“gangsta” rap’s cynicism, makingthe chaos of the ghetto narrativeas cohesive as ever.Grassroots + Arts +Guelph: GAIN MusicJessica AvolioFor those who don’t know,GAIN is actually a clever acronymfor “Guelph and AreaIndependent and New” music.Not only do they promote, bookand manage bands, they alsowork to give back to the Guelphlive music scene. Their maingoal, as stated on their website,is to present live music eventswith high production quality andvalue, while maintaining a lowcost to the fans and giving bandsan opportunity to play to a wideraudience they may not have otherwisebeen able to reach.The Ontarion had the opportunityto speak to Nik Wever,Director of Operations for GAINMusic. “It was kind of an accidentalthing,” said Wever whenspeaking about what pushedhim to start GAIN. He had beenin several bands since moving toGuelph in his teenage years, buthe noticed a “lull” in live musicand shows in the city.“There was no real platform forsmaller bands to get on,” saidWever. But knowing enoughpeople and working downtownpresented him with an idealplatform to start booking livemusic events.While he continued speakingon how the town of Guelph hasalways had a great live musicscene, he also mentioned thathe didn’t want to step on anyone’stoes since it was such asmall city - his goal for GAINwas to work with other promotersand people alreadydoing similar projects.“Not only did we supportlocal musicians and artists, butalso...the venue that supportsthe live music scene,” statedWever. Their organization networksbetween musicians andvenues throughout Guelph,utilizing the resources andtalent the community has tooffer. With this “multi-tieredapproach,” GAIN also extendstheir networking frameworkto graphic artists, painters, andother visual artists, and offersthem a platform to sell theirart to the community throughposter design, or selling artworkat their annual festival.But the main goal of GAINhas always been “to keep itlocal, keep it simple...I alwaysremind myself not to get toobig,” stated Wever. Initially, hehad plans to make GAIN and itsfestival a “big grandiose thing,”but (along with Chase Robbsand Dylan Dawson, who startedthe business with him) “hackedthe idea down and made itsimple and localized.”Moving forward, GAIN plansto continue with what theyare doing by showcasing artistsand continuing with theirannual GAIN Music Festival,which is celebrating their 4thyear and is moving to a Fridayinstead of a Thursday in orderto attract a wider audience.Their company is also progressingand heading in adirection that focuses a bitmore on the management andfacilitation-end of the musicscene. Their next step is to“get talent outside of Guelph,”and “network and utilize eachothers…‘scenes’ to supportone another,” by connectingwith other booking companiesin surrounding cities suchas Windsor, Hamilton and St.Catharines.When speaking about whereGAIN is headed in the future,Wever mentioned a time whenhe “sort of thought of moving to,maybe, Toronto, or a bigger city,”but finished stating that “anytime I think of doing somethinglike that, I sort of bring myselfback to the ‘Guelph and AreaIndependent and New Music,’” areminder that the name GAIN hasroots based in Guelph.
10 www.theontarion.comDavid Tennant is Richard IILive-streamed productionbrings the stage into thedigital ageStacey AspinallOn Nov. 13 at 7 p.m., The RoyalShakespeare Company, one ofthe world’s best-known theatrecompanies, broadcast a livestaging of Richard II directed byGregory Doran, starring DavidTennant in the title role.Though the Royal ShakespeareTheatre is based inStratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’shometown, fans of thebard and theatre buffs could viewthe play on the big screen at cinemasaround the world, and inGuelph it played at the GalaxyCinema. This production ofShakespeare’s historic play wasunique because it was the firstto be broadcast live from Stratford;the production was filmedusing multiple cameras aroundIris Turcott guest lectureTheatre, art, and politicalcorrectnessSameer ChhabraIt’s not difficult to visualizeacclaimed Canadian dramaturgeIris Turcott. She’s exuberant andinquisitive, curious and insightful,and almost telepathicallyobservant. Turcott’s Nov. 18guest lecture at Massey Halltouched on topics surroundingcensorship, artists and their art,and the flawed notion of politicalcorrectness.Turcott’s connection with heraudience is kinetic; her bodymoves with every word sheexclaims. Clinging to each ideashe forms, her cadence is dictatedby her every thought – each sentenceconnects into another idea,with each idea connecting toform a remarkably detailed andcoherent imagining.Looking for a straight answer isalmost juvenile; each of Turcott’sideas unite to deliver a comprehensiveexplanation for her opinion.Beyond her theatricality, Turcottidentifies as a writer – herroles as dramaturge at CanadianStage, co-founder and co-artisticdirector of Playbill Theatre, anddramaturge at the internationallyknown Theatre of Marionettes,precedes her name.Her desire to be among writersinstead of actors is derivative ofher theory on artistic creation.“I wanted to be at the genesisof idea,” Turcott said of her needto be with writers. “I like to beinvolved in the pregnancy [oftheatre]. Theatre is a collaborativeart form, and actors collaborate,but writers start everything.”the stage and auditorium andstreamed live. According to theRSC website, over 60,000 peoplewatched Richard II in 364 cinemasacross the U.K. on Nov.13,in addition to viewers in Canadaand Northern Europe. It also hadShakespeare trending on Twitterin the U.K. under the hashtag#RSCRichardII. It brought $1.6million in box office receipts.The set was simple yet effective;the use of lighting to signal transitionsbetween scenes was subtleyet sophisticated. Projected imagesformed an immaterial backdropthat worked to create a feeling ofinstability within the dark, medievalworld. One intriguing detailwas the use of hanging metalchains in the background - themetal beads reflected light cast bythe projections, creating a sense ofdepth and contributing to the illusionof three-dimensional space.Tennant brought a sense ofpomp and cockiness to the roleof the infamously arrogant King,who succeeded to the throne atInvited to share her experiences,Turcott doesn’t shrinkat the notion of being loud andsubjective. On the contrary, heropinions move as freely as herbody – her improvised gesticulationsrehearsed for more than 30years.Though her thesis was introducedat the beginning of herlecture, Turcott’s audience connectionwas established wellbefore she took the stage. Shespoke to students, asked abouttheir lives, and even made a pointto memorize key details abouttheir histories.Improvising the majority of herlecture, Turcott often stopped tocompliment her host, acclaimedplaywright, close friend, andUniversity of Guelph professor,Judith Thompson. Utilizing hersmall audience and pre-lectureinterviews to great effect, Turcottmade a point of singling studentsout to ask for their opinions andtheir involvement.Using the fallout surroundingColleen Murphy’s 2012 production,Pig Girl, Turcott made itclear that she doesn’t believe thatone should censor art. Murphy’swork, about an Aboriginal girlviciously brutalized by serialkillerRobert Pickton, hasgarnered strong criticism fromcritics, fellow playwrights, andthe Aboriginal community.Many feel that Murphy’s play,which features the girl and herattacker on stage throughout,tackles the delicate subject ofPickton’s killing spree while thewounds are still too fresh. Othersbelieve that Murphy, a whitewoman, was the wrong person towrite on a topic that spotlights anAboriginal problem.age ten. In an interview shownbefore the production, Tennantspoke about the responsibilityan actor takes on in playing therole of Richard II, who reignedas King of England from 1377 to1399; there is pressure to remainhistorically accurate, while alsobringing your own unique perspectiveto the role.At times, it is difficult to sympathizewith Richard II, whosehubris exceeds his ability to effectivelylead a nation, leading topolitical turmoil and, ultimately,his downfall. However, in playingthis role, Tennant also embodiedthe immense self-doubt and vulnerabilityof an individual tryingto reconcile his own human limitationsand weaknesses with his“god-given” role as King.The success of the productionhighlights technology’s potentialas a tool to broaden our culturalawareness on a large scale –bringing Shakespeare, straightfrom Stratford, to a wide audiencearound the world.Turcott argued that an artistshould not be afraid of creatingwork they feel must be created.“It’s dangerous to go aboutjudgment in art,” Turcottexplained. “I refuse to play thisgame [about] race and gender...an artist is someone who has todo something.”On the topic of extraordinaryactions, Turcott made the pointthat we shouldn’t ignore ordinarypeople. The actions of ordinarypeople are often as impressiveas the actions of the people weidolize.“I look up to Gandhi, but he wasa paedophile,” Turcott explained.“It doesn’t change that he didgreat things, but he was also apaedophile. Ordinary peopleshould be valorized for whatthey do every day, because whatthey do is just as impressive [asextraordinary people].”Due to the nature of the lecture,Thompson’s interjectionsand often contradictory viewsadded fresh insight into Turcott’sopinion.“We argue a lot, but we neverfight,” said Turcott on her relationshipwith Thompson. “It’snot about winning an argument,it’s about making discoveries.”Thompson and Turcott’s vortexof ideas served to ground thelecture in subjective realism.Watching the two interact, onedrew a picture of close friendswho understand through theirdisagreements.Turcott ended her lecture witha word on chasing one’s dreams:“If you must tell the truth, if youmust paint, if you must tell stories,if you must act, if you mustwrite - do it. Otherwise you’lljust end up in a nuthouse.”ARTS &CULTUREALBUM OF THE WEEK: YEEZUSCOURTESY PHOTOThe Ontarion didn’t have an Album of the Week whenKanye West’s Yeezus came out in the summer, so pleaseconsider this a kind of belated endorsement; one whichis a least somewhat well-timed with this week’s releaseof the preposterous (though rather great) music video for“Bound 2,” the album’s second single. Simply put, therehasn’t been anything as honest or as groundbreaking oras earth-shatteringly heavy to come out since Yeezus.Period. Yeezus has been, and should be, Album of Weekevery week until otherwise noted.
ARTS & CULTURE 172.12 • Thursday, november 21, 201311SimplyauthenticThe diary of a local foodieEmily JonesThe city of Guelph is filled withmany local food venders, quaintfamily-run marts and butchershops, and of course, the centralizedGuelph Farmer’s Market.Living in Guelph offers a multitudeof different styles of cuisineat your fingertips to try, and thereis no better or less expensive wayto discover the love of food thanby delving into the passion ofcooking.Each week, a new discovery willbe unveiled, and many items willbe touched upon - most will besimple and will use few ingredients,which can be picked upfrom the Farmer’s Market on Saturdaymornings.Whole foods are key in thekitchen; there is no need to ingestsomething that is not recognizedon an ingredient list. Not everyonerealizes this, but the Farmer’sMarket is actually less expensivethan the grocery store, and whatis even better is that there is notemptation other than the temptationto try new things.On Saturday, the venture to theFarmer’s Market began - as it doesevery weekend this foodie spendsin Guelph. The navigation of theFarmer’s Market can be developedinto a specialty - although itis not always known in advancedwhat will be purchased, thereare a few go-to staples. On thelatest trip, the yield was promising,leaving many choices for theweek’s meals.The following recipe and ideacomes from trials and new developmentsin food discovery:A very simple tomato sauce,made with locally sourced cherrytomatoes and a few other tastykitchen staples.Ingredients:• 3 cups of cherry tomatoes,whole (this week’s were anPHOTO BY JOHN TALARICOA quick and delicious marinara sauce made from fresh ingredients from the farmer’smarket—great to use on homemade chicken or eggplant Parmesan. Enjoy!assortment of different shadesof warm oranges and reds)• 3 large cloves of garlic• 1 small cooking onion, chopped• 2 tbsp olive oil (or a nice drizzle)• 3 fresh basil leaves, chopped• Fresh parsley, chopped• Salt and pepper to tasteDirections:Start off by rinsing the tomatoesand placing them in a glassbakingdish that has a lid. Addthe rest of the ingredients anddrizzle olive oil over the mixture,cover with lid and place in theoven at 400 degrees for 15 to 20minutes, or until the tomatoes“pop” and the other ingredientsare soft.The greatest part of this recipeis it can be used multiple ways.Try this simple and tasty tomatosauce for homemade chickenparmesan and baked eggplant.A TO ZAVITZSTYLE PICK OF THE WEEK: ANNA NADERIPHOTO BY WENDY SHEPHERDIn last week’s A to Zavitz exhibit, artists from the University ofGuelph displayed their skills working with texture and shape.Seen above is a photo of one of the works displayed by artistKayla Krische. Lines of circles made of paper, placed in aparticular order to give off a certain visual appeal.PHOTO BY WENDY SHEPHERDThis grunge inspired style was worn recently on campus.Seen here an oversized denim jacket, thick ribbed grey scarfand torn black jeans. A “thrown together” look because of itseffortless appearance. Naderi topped it off with a high, sleekbun, red lips and a part of aviator shades.
Emily JonesShad lit upShad made an appearance oncampus Friday Nov. 15, playinga gig at Peter Clark Hall.Shad was promoting his newalbum, Flying Colours, whichwas released last month andshould be called a work of lyricaldexterity. City and Colouropened the show, but theexcitement really began whenthe lights dimmed - an air ofanticipation floated throughthe crowd while they waitedfor Shad to appear on stageand for the beat to drop.Shad had the ability to keepthe attention of the crowd,not just by entertaining themwith a sense-pleasing auditoryexperience, but bythoughtfully releasing lyricsthat made the audience think.the nightThis skill sets Shad apart fromother rappers of the popularmusic scene; he is notconcerned so much withthe desire and drive to makemoney at whatever costs,but instead to create art andto share information that isvaluable to minds of all ages.The joy on his face duringthe performance radiated offof him and into the audience,then was placed back uponhim through the crowd’smovements in unison. It wasapparent that Shad wasn’tjust here to perform - he washere to inspire, motivate andconnect with the audience inGuelph. There was a momentwhen he stopped the show,it took a while for his DJto understand what washappening, because Shadwanted to stop the minordisturbance that eruptedin the crowd during one ofhis songs. Friendly groovingturned into what seemedto be a little disgruntledmoshing, and Shad noticed.He took a stand to stop it,told the crowd that he supportedinteraction, but onlyof the positive kind. Thislasted a couple of minutes,was handled with class, andShad kept going from wherehe had left off - as if nothinghad ever slowed him down.With his respectable attitudeand intelligently written lyricsabout real, prevalent issues, itis no surprise that Shad is anacademic himself. He spokein a TEDxTalk regarding hiseducation, his perseverancein pushing his way into theever-changing music business,and the effort and skillit takes to keep yourself goingin order to get what you wantin life. Shad holds a businessdegree and master’s of liberalarts, alongside these qualificationshe is an astonishinglyrical mastermind who hasthe ability to invigorate theminds and stimulate thoughtin his viewership.Shad had the skill and the driveto make something of himselfthat he is proud of. He was inspiringto watch and to listen to, andhe evoked something extra in thecrowd rather than just simpleentertainment for a Friday nightin Guelph - he lit a passion in theaudience. His performance ofFlying Colours displayed it as analbum about life - it isn’t alwayspretty, but it’s real.PHOTO BY WENDY SHEPHERD(Above) Ben Worcester, vocalist andguitarist for Said the Whale, performs fora large group of students at Brass Taps onNov. 14.(Below) Spencer Schoening, drummer forSaid the Whale, keeps the beat during theperfomance.Michael LongIt’s always interestingwhen the opening act givesas good a performance –if not a better one – thanthe headliner. Those whoattend a show solely for themain act will find themselvespleasantly surprised,and students who packedthe Brass Taps on Thursday,Nov. 14 to see Said the Whalewill know the feeling.The Kopecky Family Band,from Nashville Tennessee, ismuch bigger in the UnitedStates than Canada.On the Canadian leg of theirtour, the band opened for Saidthe Whale, a Canadian bandwho hit the musical jackpoton the radio last summer. Butwhen the two groups touredtogether in the U.S., it was Saidthe Whale who was openingfor the Kopecky Family Band.This is what you might call asymbiotic relationship; and itis one that works.Gabriel Simon, co-founderand lead singer of the KopeckyFamily Band, summed it up:“In the States, Said theWhale would support us.And up here we support Saidthe Whale. So it’s just different.But it’s actually reallycool; there’s no competition.With other bands it’s kind offunny, but with these guys,it’s purely like, we love hangingout with them.”Playing the Brass Taps– which is by no means abig venue for either – bothappeared comfortable inthe smaller setting, hangingaround after the show tosell merchandise and chatwith fans.“If you’re in the States, andit’s at a bar, it’s 21 and up,”said Gabriel. “It tends to bean older audience; they’re notas young and exuberant as 18and 19 year olds.”And the crowd was exuberant– that was probably thebest word for it.Both bands put on veryhigh-energy acts. Fans weredancing in front of the stageand singing along – not justto Said the Whale’s radio hitssuch as, “I Love You” and“Mother” – but to more songsthan you might expect. It wasa fun (in the purest sense of theword) atmosphere: unpretentious,loud, and bursting withenthusiasm.That the two bands shouldbe touring together is onlyappropriate, as they are similarin more than a few ways.Both have at least five bandmembers, including a lonefemale; both have achievedtheir biggest successes thissummer; and, as the clichégoes, both sound much betterlive than on record.Where the Kopecky FamilyBand really stands out iswith the quality of theirinstrumentals. Employing atdifferent points a ukulele, acello, a large piece of metalchain (which is apparentlyruthless on the hands), atrumpet, and what was surelythe crowd favourite: a trombone.This level musicalityadded a depth to their soundhard to match - it has thepotential to make lesser actslook uninspired.Luckily, Said the Whalehad more than enoughenergy to have no need forsuch flourishes. The rawnessof their on-stage soundlent maturity to their vocals,and made those wearisome“ooheeooheeoohs” on “I LoveYou” much less piercing.Stand out tracks from theKopecky Family Band were“Heathbeat” and “My Way.”Life on tour is a tough slog.The Kopecky Family Bandhas been on tour for twoand half years and is lookingforward to a well-deservedbreak in January.After the show, Tyler Bancroft,the lead guitarist andvocalist for Said the Whale,was evidently looking forwardto simpler pleasures.In the span of two unrelatedquestions, he madethree unrelated referencesto craft beer.Apparently Said the Whale isa fan of Arkell’s Brewery herein Guelph.PHOTO BY WENDY SHEPHERDPHOTO BY WENDY SHEPHERDShad performs at the U of G campus on Nov. 15 at Peter Clark Hall, keepingthe audience entertained and pensive with his thoughtful lyrics.(Left and right) The KopeckyFamily Band opens for Said theWhale at a packed Brass Tapson Nov. 14. Though the KopeckyFamily Band band is biggerin the United States, beingfrom Tennessee, the studentswho attended were pleasantlysurprised by their performance.PHOTO BY WENDY SHEPHERDPHOTO BY WENDY SHEPHERDSaid the Whale and theKopecky Family Band
14 www.theontarion.comSPORTS & HEALTHGryphons suffer 3-1 loss to BadgersStephanie CorattiThe Guelph Gryphons varsitywomen’s hockey team had theirsix-game winning streak snappedby the Brock Badgers in a 3-1 loss onNov. 16. The Gryphons, third in theOntario University Athletics (OUA)and seventh in the Canadian InteruniversitySport (CIS) standings, fellto 9-3-0 on the season; while thelast place OUA Badgers recordedtheir second win, progressing to2-9-1 on the season.Setting the tone for a fast pacedfirst period, the Gryphons came outstrong with Amanda Parkins scoringjust 12 seconds into the game.Jessica Pinkerton and Emily Corbettrecorded the assists on the goal.Even with the back and forth play,the Badgers struggled to reduce theamount of turnovers and foughthard in often failed attempts tocreate scoring chances against theGryphons. Parkins had the opportunityto make it 2-0 for the Gryphonswith a breakaway halfway throughthe period, however, she wastripped in what could be consideredthe ‘TSN Turning Point’ of the game.The second period presented amuch stronger Badgers team withthree goals that would close out thegame in a 3-1 final. Just 1:15 intothe period, Jessica Fickel capitalizedon a Gryphons turnover, tyingthe game up. That wouldn’t be thelone Gryphon turnover featured inthe period, as the Badgers continuedto hold possession of the puckand create chances off of Gryphonmistakes. Brianne Veale, a keyplayer for the Badgers, recordingthree assists on the night, took aslap shot with Erin McColm finishingit off for a 2-1 lead. The finalgoal of the game would come 17:13into the second period, as LeighVanderveen scored, recording hersecond point of the night.The third period presented anunsuccessful powerplay and severalfailed scoring opportunities, creditedto bad luck and good goaltending byJenna Sosnoski of the Badgers. TheGryphons were outskated, and justunable to get anything going againsta Badgers team who was determinedto hold onto the lead for the victory.The five penalties taken by theGryphons throughout the game mayPHOTO BY PABLO VADONEThe women’s hockey team fell to 9-3-0 on the season after losing to the last placeBrock Badgers, 3-1.just sum up their loss. Two hookingcalls, two checking to the head,and a too many men call taken inthe third period – penalties indicatingan inability to match the Badgersskating, some frustration, and anunnecessary third period mistakeduring an attempt to come back.Sosnoski finished the game with20 saves in a 3-1 win, while BrittanyMcMacken of the Gryphons made15 saves in the defeat.The Gryphons look to bounce backon Nov. 22 when they visit Londonto play the Western Mustangs.From Rwanda to GuelphSWAB CAMPAIGNAndrew DonovanWhen you get the opportunityto sit down with a person with anexceptional story - be it an athlete,scholar, politician or rock star - youoften begin to wonder what yourline of questioning is going to be.Do you default and ask about theirimprobable road to success? Do youask them about their doubts, theirdreams, and their future?I experienced this recently whensitting down with Guelph crosscountry and track phenom, YvesSikubwabo, who at the age of 20, hasbecome one of the most decoratedrunners in the country.Sikubwabo was born in 1993 inRwanda, one year before the genocide.He has little to no recollectionof his birth parents. His mother wasHutu, his father Tutsi - and as anarchyblanketed Rwanda, both of Yvesparents were considered enemies ofthe uprising and were killed.Yves was raised by his aunt, andin his turbulent upbringing, hadno choice but to run 11 kilometersto school, both there and back.This was until the age of 17 whenhe attended the World Junior Trackmeet in Canada; a moment thatwould change his life forever.In a long, incredibly improbableseries of events, Sikubwabo endedup living in Ottawa with a familywho adopted him after he appliedfor refugee status on word that thekillers who murdered his family hadbeen released from prison.Sikubwabo entered his first halfmarathon, a race he had never runpreviously, and won by a considerablemargin. Upon crossing thefinish line, Mike Woods, Canadianjunior mile and 3000 metre recordholder,asked Sikubwabo if he’d liketo join his running clubSikubwabo’s track life as a Canadianflourished from then on.Sikubwabo’s mom encouraged himto go to Guelph to check out thecross country and track and fieldprograms the Gryphons offered.“I went to visit many schools, andsome schools in the U.S. too, becausethat’s where lots of Canadian trackathletes go,” said Sikubwabo.Ultimately, for Sikubwabo, momknows best: “My mom told me shethought it was a good idea I go there[Guelph]. Plus the coach already hadfive Olympic athletes.”Now in his third year at Guelph,there are no regrets on behalf of therising Canadian running star, stating“I really love Guelph because ithas nice people. People here are veryfriendly and they are very social.They are willing to do anything theycan to help you achieve your goals.”Sikubwabo acknowledges thathis successes cannot be contributedto just one person. As he listsoff his mentors and role models, hepays special notice to his coach, hisfriends and family as all having a bigpart in his well-doing.“I have to ask,” I said as I inchedcloser to the modest demeanor ofSikubwabo, “Do you still go outand party? Hang out with friendsof Friday nights? Are you at allnormal?”Sikubwabo laughed, his smileelectric. He bumped his fist twice offthe table and nodded his head, “I likethat question!” It was one of the onlymoments Sikubwabo was alive withemotion, which made me selfishlyhappy that I was able to elicit a deepemotion from him.There was a pause in his speech,his brain churning, trying to find theright words. “At this point, it is notthat hard as it was a year or two yearsago. At that point I was still trying tofigure everything out, learn a newculture…Yeah, I party, I go out, I feellike the other kids, [running] is nota special thing I have,” Sikubwaboreplied, as his modest persona immediatelyassumed its leading role.Despite his admission to partakingin some of university’s mostnotoriously stereotypical late-nightactivities, he was insistent that trackand school are where his prioritieslay. “If I party, it is only once or twicea year. It is good to have fun, but youcan’t overdo it because there is somuch to get done. My background,where I come from, has helped me torealize that,” said Sikubwabo.His face was certainly that of atwenty-something trying to findtheir place in the world, but thewords, the story, and the advicethat emanated from the otherwiseyouthful character, were chalkedfull of wisdom and experience.Sikubwabo’s dream is to race forCanada – and he made that quiteevident as a conversation regardingthe Olympics ended the interview– but the junior is humble and realisticwith his goals.Though I kept inching my recordercloser and closer to the soft-spokenvoice of Sikubwabo, trying tosqueeze as many questions as I couldinto our somewhat rigid timeframe,I couldn’t help but think that allanyone would want to do whenspeaking to this young, Canadian,Olympic hopeful, was to sit back andlet the stories come to you.PHOTO BY WENDY SHEPHERDOn Nov. 19 U of G students were greeted by a slew ofvolunteers and an enthusiastic Gryph with the hopes ofgetting the student body to swab their mouth in search ofpotential stem cell donors.
SPORTS & HEALTH 172.12 • Thursday, november 21, 201315Gryphons flatten Ridgebacks in 8-2 winCollective team effortpushes Gryphons to 6-5-1 recordStephanie CorattiOn Nov. 16, Hockey Day inGryphonville was a success forthe Guelph Gryphons men’svarsity hockey team as theydefeated the UOIT Ridgebackswith an impressive 8-2 wins.As the day honoured the 1993-94 Ontario University Athletics(OUA) men’s hockey champions,the Gryphons put togethera complete team effort in thestrong victory.Coming off a heartbreaking4-3-overtime loss versus theQueens Gaels the night before,the Gryphons didn’t waste toomuch time, exploding withfour goals in the first period.The first two goals came on thepowerplay, both credited toKyle Neuber, who would go onto have an impressive four pointnight, including a hatrick. With18:14 played in the first, NicholasTrecapelli scored with ashot to the top corner, makingit 3-0 Gryphons. Sixteen secondslater, Teal Burns made it4-0, leading the Ridgebacks topull goaltender Colin Dzijackyin exchange for Jesse Raymond.Dzijacky allowed four goals onnine shots.The second period featuredseveral scoring chances withback and forth play, althoughonly one goal would be scoredafter the outburst from theGryphons in the first. Neubermoved the puck up to NicklasHuard who would beat Raymondbottom corner, makingit 5-0 Gryphons. CaptainDaniel Broussard also hadan assist on the goal. Huardwould go on to join teammateNeuber, also recording a fourpointnight with one goal, andthree assists.The Ridgebacks finally got onthe board 5:41 into the thirdperiod as Jordan Ramsay capitalizedon an opportunity justoutside the Gryphons crease.Even with the goal, frustrationwas a clear obstacle forthe Ridgebacks as five out oftheir 11 penalties taken camein the third period, includingDominik Crnogorac receivingan unsportsman-like conduct,a four-minute penalty and a10-minute misconduct. TheGryphons took full advantageas James Merrett made it 6-1PHOTO BY PABLO VADONEMen’s hockey rose above the .500 mark (6-5-1) with a blowout 8-2 win over the UOIT Ridgebacks.with a tap in from inside thecrease. Neuber and John Collinswould also add powerplaymarkers. Ramsay recorded hissecond of the night for theRidgebacks in the last minuteof the game, making the finalscore 8-2 Gryphons.In the dominant win, theGryphons had six players withmulti-point nights, and 12 differentnames as contributorsto the score sheet. Gryphonsgoaltender Keith Hamilton isalso a notable mention as hemade 22 saves in the victory.The Guelph Gryphons look tobuild on the win as they makethe trip to Ottawa on Nov. 22to face off against the CarletonRavens.Women’s volleyball loses toOttawa in straight setsDespite close sets,Gryphons unable to rallyfor victoryAndrew DonovanThe Guelph Gryphons women’svolleyball team dropped threestraight sets, 23-25, 23-25 and25-22, to the 7-1 Ottawa Gee-Geeson Nov. 16 to bring their recordback to .500 at 4-4 for the season.Madison DeDecker (8 kills) andAlicia Combe-DIngwall (5 kills,3 blocks) provided Guelph’soffensive prowess, while KristenAlmhjell led the defense with 14digs. Miriam English led the Gee-Gees with 12 kills, while KelsieEnglish provided 14 digs.The first set was evenly matchedin its early stages, and goinginto the technical timeout, theGryphons managed to fight backwithin one point of the Gee-Gees.Guelph tied it up at 21 late in the setbut that’s as close as the womenwould get to defeating Ottawa, asthey ended up losing 23-25.Guelph trailed the entire secondset and their closest margin ofpoints was 16-13 heading into thetechnical timeout.The third set proved to be thetoughest for the Gryphons, whowent down 9-1 early on. Thewomen did manage to make it arespectable ending, though. The setended with Ottawa winning 25-22.The three set defeat by Ottawawas far from unexpected – theGee-Gees currently sit second tothe 8-0 York Lions in the OUAEast, which sports notoriouslystronger teams than the OUAWest where Guelph plays.Guelph, sitting tied for secondwith McMaster in the OUA Westwith a 4-4 record, are currentlysitting in a much coveted playoffspot, a full two games clear ofthe next closest team, Waterloo,who sport a 3-6 record.Guelph has two games lefton the schedule prior to thewinter break. First, the womenwill travel to Western to takeon the lowly 0-6 Mustangs onNov. 23, and then they will endtheir Fall 2013 semester travellingto Windsor on Nov. 24 tobattle with the West division’snumber one seed, the Lancers.The women are certainly poisedto beat Western, a team that hasonly amassed five total set winsin the six games they’ve played.However, a win versus divisionleaders Windsor could bring aninteresting dynamic for first placeafter the month and a half longbreak, prior to reopening play onJan. 7 versus the Brock Badgers.PHOTO BY PABLO VADONEWomen’s volleyball can’t seem to get past the .500 mark,falling to Ottawa in three close sets to bring their record to 4-4.
16 www.theontarion.comSPORTS & HEALTHRe: “It’s a man’s world”Response and apologyto Damon Bruce forinfecting the world ofsportsStephanie CorattiIt’s 2013 and the position ofwomen in sports is one that is stilldebated. However, in the eyes ofDamon Bruce, a sports radio hostbased out of San Francisco, thereis no debate to be had. The worldof sports has a setting, and “it’sset to men,” is apparently fact.Bruce enlightened his audiencewith an almost ten minute rantexplaining just how women areruining sports. The rant stemmedfrom the discussion of MiamiDolphins guard Richie Incognito,who has been accused of harassingex-teammate, JonathanMartin – an incident, accordingto Bruce, that can only be blamedon females infecting sports andmale athletes with our sensitivityand our constant need to changea setting (evidently) custommadefor men.First, as a female sports enthusiastand aspiring journalist, Ibelieve I owe Damon Bruce – andanyone else who feels this way– an apology. Whether I’m apologizingfor being so naïve as tothink these ideas were no longerapart of this modern day-andage,or apologizing for ruiningthe man’s world of sports, I’mnot quite sure.Secondly, I want to thankDamon Bruce for so graciouslyexplaining the boundariesfemales are required to abide by:“I’m willing to share my sandbox,as long as you rememberyou’re in my box.” If there’s onething I can appreciate, it’s sharing,so thank you for that.More importantly, though, Iwant to thank women like SarahSpain, a SportsCenter Anchorand reporter based out of Chicago,who represents exactlywhy a female presence is not onlya bonus in sports, but almost necessary.Spain wrote an incrediblysatirical article in response toBruce’s remarks, an article thatevoked an immense amount ofsupport and positive feedback,as well as those few who belongon Bruce’s bandwagon. Spain’sThat’s What She Said: ‘SandboxEdition’ proved that women arenot the sensitive ones. Sure, weprobably watch romantic comediestoo much, and maybe shedtoo many tears in the process, butwhen it comes to sports, sensitiveisn’t the right word. Spainillustrated just how easily womenin sports can laugh - not only atourselves, but also at everyoneelse who takes it upon themselvesto decide where we don’t belong.Spain didn’t fight for territory,she just proved that she deservedit – something that women insports so often do. We win yourfantasy football leagues, trumpyou in that heated hockey debate,and heck, we even ruin that cavemanmentality Bruce demandsback. Of course we don’t belong,but we yammer on about sportsanyway – always careful not tomess up Bruce’s sandbox.There are just a couple of thingswrong with this. The only peoplewho are sensitive in sports arePHOTO COURTESY OF NIKECulture clash! When stilettos enter the sports world, boxers knot and panties tie. One thing isfor sure: The challenger - the women sports aficionado - is here to stay.the men getting their boxers in aknot because they just lost theirfantasy league to a girl, and howthese same men don’t realize howawesome it is to be able to have anintellectual conversation aboutsports with said girl. Of course,according to Bruce, “The amountof women talking in sports tothe amount of women who havesomething to say is one of themost disproportionate ratios I’veever seen in my freakin’ life.”So I guess that leaves onlyone of two solutions: womenstop talking, or men like Bruceactually start giving creditwhere credit is due. When awoman like Sarah Spain can laya knockout punch in anythingsports related, and accomplishit with such ease, remember toextend your hand for the handshakeafter the match, a gesturecoined by men back when sportswere played in caves, and uniformswere made from the mostrecent hunting trip. If it’s aman’s world, women can onlyfollow by your example, so besure to set the right one.I guess I should say that I trulyam sorry we beat you in fantasyleagues; I’m sorry we don’tknow when to stop talking inthat heated sports related debate;I’m sorry we’re always steppingall over your sandbox in our kneehigh boots and stilettos (becauseevery female goes stompingthrough a sandbox in stilettos),and for ignoring the piss stainclearly marking men’s territoryin the world of sports and changingthe setting anyway.But I can tell you one thing: Iwill never be sorry that you lostto a girl.LIFEHardships of keeping a healthy mindMental health issues aremore common today andthree exterior hardshipsmay inhibit a healthymental state.Melanie MichenerIn a day and age where over 20per cent of Canadians are recognizedas having a mental healthissue, we should hope that thetopic would be openly and easilydiscussed. However, as manywho have gone through, or aregoing through, mental illnesshave probably experienced - itisn’t. Walking around with amental illness can be like walkingaround holding the pin of agrenade, because if anyone findsout, your grenade explodes. Willthey think of you differently?Are you a less capable human ifyou struggle with depression,anxiety, obsessive compulsionor schizophrenia? The answer isno, and as many dis/able bodiedactivists will argue, it is not thesymptoms you suffer from thatputs you in a disadvantaged position,but the consequences ofsuffering them in the society welive in. From my experience withmental illness, there are threethings in life that make a mentalillness harder to cope with.First is the pressure fromfriends and family. While strugglingwith a mental illness, youare still expected to relate and actas if nothing is wrong - and oftenpeople will assume nothing iswrong. For someone who suffersfrom anxiety, a very common illnessamong students, you neverknow when your anxiety willbe triggered, but when it is, youfeel pressure to not show yourdiscomfort, which in some casescan make the anxiety worse. Thiscan be particularly hard whenyou are with people you knowbecause they expect certainthings of you. Just because yourbest friend is completely comfortablein every social settingdoes not mean social settings arealways conducive to a healthymental state for you, so it isimportant make sure to do thingsthat will help you mentally.The second factor is pressurefrom society. Every person hasexperienced social pressures,and with mental illness thesesocial pressures may becomeharder to deal with. As a student,a lot is expected of youin terms of ability to deal witha lot of daily stimulation. Feelingsof being overwhelmed,and the inability to deal with allone has to do in a day, can beamplified if you are not mentallyhealthy. You need to makesure to take care of yourself andyour needs, which means settinga schedule to meet yourabilities and giving your brain amuch needed mental break.The third factor that makesliving with a mental illness hardto deal with is the inability totalk about it. This is the mostimportant factor, in my opinion.When you suppress your issues,you can become disconnectedfrom people; you start to feel as ifthey wouldn’t understand or youbegin to feel as though they willthink of you differently. The truthis that you are not alone whensuffering a mental illness, and bytalking you can ‘normalize’ yourstruggle among your peers.Anxiety and depression, amongmany other mental illnesses, arecommon mental health issuesaffecting students. The moreyou talk about your struggles,the more you will realize otherpeople have suffered the samestruggles at one time or knowsomeone who has. By talkingabout it, you not only liberateyourself, and since you neverknow who else has been suppressingtheir mental illness, youcan liberate others.This week is a great time to begintalking about the mental healthissues affecting students, friends,family members and colleagues.Do not let the stigma of mentalillness keep you from liberatingyourself and others through thepower of talk.
LIFE 172.12 • Thursday, november 21, 201317The power of youthMental HealthAwareness Week onlya steppingstone to thedifference we can makeStephanie CorattiMental Health AwarenessWeek began Nov. 18; aweek filled with free T-shirtgive-aways, mental healthworkshops, and even a“Stretch Your Mind” yoga classat the University of Guelph. Theweek was dedicated to providingstudents with informationand resources to maintain apositive mental health, but itis also important to rememberthat we can look beyond theseven-day marker.Students quickly underestimatethe power that we holdas we get stuck telling ourselvesthat making a differencejust isn’t in our cards. Yet,the youth of today are themost significant driving forcebehind eliminating the stigmasurrounding mental health.Why shouldn’t we hold themost power and influence?We are should be taking controlof our own mental health.With statistics such as suicidebeing the second leading causeof death for young peoplebetween the ages of 15 to 24,and 1 in 5 of Canadian youthsuffering from mental illness,the responsibility of makinga difference is there for us totake advantage of.We are a generation with theworld at our fingertips, a powerthat is said to be the cause ofyouth isolation and other significantproblems. However,with all the negative connotationssurrounding our addictivesmartphones and social mediaoutlets, very few stop torecognize the incredible opportunitythat these instrumentsprovide us. For starters, it givesus efficient ways of gettingthe message out about mentalhealth and away from its stigmatizedhiding place. It is a toolin allowing us to recognize thatmental health does not define aperson; instead, it is an obstaclethat anyone can overcomewith the right amount of support,hard work, and educationregarding the issue.Our generation is responsiblefor strong-youth movementssuch as “Do It For Daron.”A movement sparked by thesuicide of 14-year-old DaronRichardson. Led by her parents,Luke and StephanieRichardson, the organization ofDIFD uses the immense supportand energy of youth to createawareness, inspire conversations,and transform the stigmasurrounding mental health.This movement, which beganin Ottawa, has spread its wingsall the way to our very ownUniversity of Guelph. As I haveworn the purple DIFD braceletsince the very beginning ofthis tragedy, I realize that thisdoesn’t have to be the result foreveryone out there who suffers.The purple bracelet neverremoved from my right wriststands as motivation for me tomake a difference.In February, there will be a“Do It For Daron” Night, featuringthe Guelph Gryphonsmen’s hockey team versus theLaurier Golden Hawks. Afterfilming videos and creatingother promotional material,I realized just how manypeople want to make a differenceand have been affectedby mental health issues. Thetruth is, we’re all affected byit, whether we experience itfirst-hand or watch a friendexperience it. The problemis that we allow ourselvesto experience it in isolation,instead of bonding together inrecognition and similarity.Mental Health AwarenessWeek is a stepping-stone tocoming together to have aconversation that has beenavoided for far too long. It is upto us, those so often being educatedby our elders, to teachthe world. Mental health is oneof the most neglected aspectsof overall health, but we havethe power to change this.Find something that is your“purple bracelet,” and beginthere. Have a conversationthat you wouldn’t normallyhave, extend a helping hand toa friend in need, rid the words‘fear’ and ‘shame’ from mentalhealth as a whole. It is up to usto come out of the shadows andstand together, only then willthe stigma cease to exist.The Stoic in us allUndergraduatePhilosophy StudentSociety“Attitude is the differencebetween an ordeal and anadventure” - sounds self-fulfilling,doesn’t it?The faculty we possess forforming opinion ought to be ourmost cherished feature as humanbeings; it allows us to persevereand endure painful exercises ofthe mind and body, knowingthat it is in the pursuit of somehigher good. The fact that weeach have the entitlement to ourown opinion is what causes usto engage in a society, a communityof humankind under apolity of equal laws. Now, thisarticle won’t discuss (in)equalitiesunder the law (maybe nextmonth) - it will discuss, however,the fundaments of livinga Stoic life, as a benefit to thebudding Stoic philosopher in allof us.What this first entails is anunderstanding of one’s lifeas a finite and temporal existence– which is popularly(mis)understood as “You OnlyLive Once.” The Stoic understandsthis in the noblest senseof the phrase. It is a hard truth,knowing that tomorrow is notpromised, but a necessary onethat we ought not to be afraidof, and to bear with modestyof ourselves and temperance ofthe ignorant. Modesty comesfrom an orderly mind, onethat knows that vaingloriousattempts to impress othershinge one’s happiness on whatthey cannot control. Stoicismextols that happiness shouldcome from what cannot betaken away against your will. Inother words, since it is possiblethat you may depart from thislife at any moment, regulateevery act and thought accordingly.It takes discipline tounderstand this sentiment. It iseasy to say, “Screw it, YOLO,”but much more difficult to say,“YOLO; I’m going to try mybest to be a good person while Istill have precious time.”The most important featureand benefit of Stoicismis the way it helps studentsnavigate through bad or evilexperiences: the taming of ourpassions and the molding ofour character. Anger, desire,and pursuits of fame are allproducts of ignorance, says theStoic, for good and bad experienceshappen indiscriminatelyto everyone. This is an operationof nature: a thing in itselfis not bad, but our opinion ofit makes it so. Putting aside allobvious atrocities and valuejudgments thereof, think aboutthis precept in tandem with thenecessity of benevolence andrespect for the gift of life andone’s opinion. Consider this:when someone wrongs you, oryou feel wronged by life, thinkof the reality of how little youcan control in your life. Realizethat what is within yourcontrol is your character. At avery hard and disciplined level,you are responsible for yourthoughts and actions, but youcannot control what acts maybefall you, and therefore youought not to be mad at naturefor such, because you can controlhow you react to things,and that is the essence of thenoble Stoic. Remember, onevery occasion that leads you tovexation, apply the principlesof Stoicism: not that life is evera misfortune, but that to bear itnobly is always good fortune.The essence of Stoicism isperhaps best represented in aquote from Marcus Aurelius:“That which rules within,when it is according to nature,is so affected with respect tothe events which happen, thatit always easily adapts itselfto that which is and is presentedto it. For it requires nodefinite material, but it movestowards its purpose, under certainconditions however; and itmakes a material for itself outof that which opposes it, as firelays hold of what falls into it,by which a small light wouldhave been extinguished: butwhen the fire is strong, it soonappropriates to itself the matterwhich is heaped on it, and consumesit, and rises higher bymeans of this very material.”COURTESY PHOTO BY MARCUS AURELIUS“YOLO,” commonly understood to be an acronym for “YouOnly Live Once” - but to philosophers, it is an understandingof one’s life as a finite and temporal existence.
18 www.theontarion.comLIFEYou’ve probably seen this on PinterestThings you probablydidn’t know you could dowith a waffle ironAlyssa OttemaI don’t know about you, butby the time exam season rollsaround, I have pretty muchgiven up on attempting tomaintain some semblance ofa healthy lifestyle. There’ssomething about countlesshours of studying that takesaway my will to make anythingthat takes more thanfive minutes of effort, and soI usually end up eating entirebags of sour cream and onionchips for dinner.The one thing I will alwaystake time to make is waffles,because I think waffles maybe the thing I love most onthis planet. My dad gave me awaffle maker for my birthday afew years back, and I think itremains my favourite presentto date.It turns out that you canmake a lot of things in a wafflemaker. You want brownies,but don’t want to waitan hour or go to the store?Waffle maker. You want hashbrowns, but don’t want topay for them at a restaurant?Waffle maker. You have leftoverThanksgiving food andyou don’t know what to dowith it? Waffle maker. Youwant pizza? Waffle maker.The possibilities are literallyendless, but these are a few ofmy favourites:Brownie WafflesYou can use literally any brownierecipe, or even a boxed browniemix. All you have to do is pour themix into the waffle iron, close theiron and wait 5-7 minutes. Theytaste exactly like the browniesthat sit in the oven for 45 minutes,but they’re also superiorbecause they’re not just brownies,they’re brownie waffles.Hash Brown WafflesThis is an especially easy andterribly bad-for-you idea. Itrequires only one dollar worthof tater tots and a few monthsoff of your life due to grease andsalt overload.Take a handful of tater tots(frozen or thawed) and linethem up on the waffle iron,making sure that the entire areais covered. Close the iron andwait 2-3 minutes. And thereyou have it – easy to hold, easyto eat, delicious cholesterolraisinghash brown waffles.Leftover WafflesThis idea is actually pretty genius.Post-Thanksgiving, Christmas, orany other big meal which includesstuffing and mashed potatoes,gather together all of the leftoversyou can find. In a large bowl, mixall of these leftovers together intoa paste, using the mashed potatoesand stuffing as a sort of glueto hold it all together. Spoon thisonto the waffle iron, close, andwait 3-5 minutes. What comes outof the waffle iron is magic – it’s anentire turkey dinner in one convenientwaffle. Instead of syrup,drown this waffle in gravy.PHOTO BY LYNN GARDNERFan of quesadillas? Try them waffle style. Put some salsa, cheese and whatever elseyou can dream up for your waffle-style quesadilla inside two tortillas. Close the iron for2-3 minutes, and you’re done!Pizza WafflesWhile this requires a bit morework than the previous ideas, itis most definitely worth it. Thefirst thing you’ll need to do isacquire pizza dough. This is relativelyeasy to make yourself,but you can also buy it at mostof the specialty food stores indowntown Guelph.Roll out a small amount ofpizza dough, and rub pizzasauce (or regular tomato sauce,or pesto, or barbeque sauce - ifthat’s how you roll) onto oneside of the dough. Add all ofthe toppings you would usuallyput on your pizza. Next,fold the dough in half, sealingall of the edges and containingthe toppings and sauce insidethe dough. Put the ball of pizzaon the waffle iron and close,cooking for 4-6 minutes. Thetoppings and sauce should stayinside the dough, like a calzone,but a waffle calzone!Alumni Spotlight: Kimberly MoffitGuelph grad one ofCanada’s leading expertsin psychotherapyStephanie CorattiOriginally from Guelph, KimberlyMoffit attended YorkUniversity for one year untilrealizing she wanted to remainclose to home. The attraction ofthe University of Guelph beingso convenient, with the comfortof knowing a lot of people in thearea, pushed Moffit to become aGryphon. Although conveniencewas the prize initially, the cultureassociated with the universityquickly captured Moffit’s heart.“The reason I grew to love Guelphwhile I was there was because ofthe people, and it was such a niceenvironment,” Moffit explainedof the transfer. “It was veryacademic, but also friendly, personable,and welcoming. I reallyloved that.”Moffit graduated from the Universityof Guelph in 2006 witha Bachelor of Arts, majoring inmusic with an unofficial minorin psychology. From her timespent at Guelph, she recalls oneunforgettable gesture by choirconductor and associate professor,Marta McCarthy. “When Iwas there [McCarthy] got married,and she conducted threedifferent choirs and all of thechoirs sang at her wedding,”Moffit explained of the flatteringexperience. “It made the studentsfeel like we were more than juststudents. That was a really touchingexperience for me.”The now psychotherapist andCanadian spokesperson for Match.com remembers one particularlydefining moment from her timeat Guelph that really contributedto where she is today. Moffit saidthe moment came at the end ofher studies while she was applyingfor the SSHRC and OGS scholarships,two very big – yet difficult– scholarships to be awarded with.“I remember people telling me toapply even though it was difficult,while others were telling me it wasimpossible,” Moffit said, addingthat she opted to listen to thepositive people with her decisionto apply. “I ended up getting bothscholarships. It was a huge momentin my life. It made me realize that ifyou put your mind to something,you can really do anything.”With the help of both incrediblescholarships, Moffit completedher Master’s degree in MusicTherapy at Wilfred Laurier University,an achievement followedby beginning her Doctorate ofPsychology, which she is justabout to complete six years later.Moffit also began her own counselingpractice after her master’sdegree, called KMA Therapy,which is now one of the largestin Toronto. The business grewfast and furious, allowing Moffitto begin hiring associates withina year. “I hired all these peoplewho had more experience thanI did,” Moffit explained of theblooming business. “It was great,the whole experience showed mehow to not only run a practiceas a psychotherapist, but how togrow in terms of leadership.”Before becoming the leadinglady for an incredibly successfulbusiness, Moffit was part of thepop group, ‘Untamed,’ when shewas 17 years old. She spent threeyears touring North America, andhad quite a lot of radio play acrossCanada. Moffit credits this experienceas a major stepping-stoneto her career today. “I wrotemusic a lot because there wassomething therapeutic about it,”Moffit explained, adding that theconnection between therapy andmusic didn’t happen until hermaster’s degree at Laurier. “It’sbeen a lovely transition, from amusic degree that really wasn’tmental health related to a doctoratein clinical psychology. If ithadn’t been for music, I would’venever found my way there.”Moffit’s passion for music continuedon throughout her timespent at Guelph, and is still veryprominent today in her everydaylife and career. “Any musicianwill say they’re probably a perfectionistor someone who likesto master something,” Moffitexplained, adding that she is acreative personality with a strongdose of perfectionist. “My job asa psychotherapist mixes art andscience. You’re taking somethingvery structured, making it yourown, and applying it to humansto make something you can feel.”With her time spent as onethirdof an all-female pop group,and afterwards in the choir atthe University of Guelph, Moffitnever truly left the spotlight.Now, instead of singing in it,she has been featured on variouschannels such as Global News,City TV News, CBC News, Oh SoCosmo, and many more, for herwork in music therapy. The pathto her success, Moffit said, meanthaving a plan but being open tofollowing unexpected twists offate. Moffit wanted to remindstudents that sometimes, plansdon’t go the way you want themto, and that’s okay. “Go withwhere your heart is, don’t worryabout what’s going to comeafter,” she explained. “If you gowith what you love, there willbe things that inspire you somehowas a result. As long as you’repassionate, it will work its wayinto a career.”
OPINION 172.12 • Thursday, november 21, 201319Don’t look down (on us)Educators here to help,not hurtCarleigh CathcartDear educators,You devote your lives toinforming others. You endureyour own endless years ofmostly irrelevant schooling,only to realize that for someunfathomable reason, you wantto pursue a career that wouldfurther imprison you amongstthe dark hallways of educationalinstitutions. It is herethat you continue the legacy,ecstatic to share the distress oflearning with fellow inmates.Within the confines of designatedchambers at fixedtime intervals, you hold yourunwilling victims hostage toa constant spewing of rapidinformation, which you expectto be soaked up instantly andin full comprehension. Miseryloves company.Okay, so it’s not that bad. Noteven close, actually - especiallyhere at the wonderfulUniversity of Guelph. As postsecondary students, we have(mostly) chosen to pursue ourlife’s fulfillment here, whetherit is in the mysteries of thepast, the dynamics of politicstoday, or the role of chemistryin the future. Students fromall corners of the globe chooseuniversity to find and satisfytheir niche. And though there’sno denying that many arrivewith intentions of consumingcopious amounts of alcoholand/or meeting those who willbe their friends of a lifetime,there is one common elementthat applies to each and everystudent enrolled in university:we are here to learn.This, dear professors, is whereyou come in. Or more accurately,where anyone withthe power to instill knowledgein willing minds shouldcome in. Teachers, professors,tutors, mentors, coaches, etc:just as students are all in it tolearn, you are in it to teach,to inform and advise, to listenand to explain. Nowhere in thejob description of any of thoseroles is there mention of beingcondescending, ridiculing, orsuperior. Remembering this iscrucial to the state of education,as we know it.I have no incidence or specificencounter in mind whenI address this issue, but just ageneral dissatisfaction at theway some students are treatedwhen they are making a legitimateeffort to understand orgain clarification of material.I have observed instancesin which a student is clearlymaking an attempt to fullygrasp content, often in the formof a question to the educator. Itmakes me cringe to see teachersrespond to these (admirable)efforts by being disdainful.Absolutely nothing (except awicked hangover) will preventa pupil from ‘trying’ to learnmore than feeling like they’retoo stupid - especially whenthat discouragement is comingfrom the very person we rely onto implant the passion of educationinto their brain.I’m sure it’s not intentional,but something as simple as an,“Are you kidding me?” look ora laugh can send the messageto a student that an educationthinks, “That was a dumb question,why would you ask that?”From both personal experienceand speaking to friends,it’s safe to say that we all takethese minor reactions to heart. Ionce had a professor that literally‘tsk-tsked’ when a studentasked to clarify the meaning ofan unknown abbreviation. Tothe student, and the class, itimplies, “You should alreadyknow that, and if you don’t,shame on you,” - not cool, bro.The worst thing an instructorcan do is make a student, who isputting forth an obvious effortto understand the content thatthe professor is being paid todeliver, feel worthless or unintelligent.Doing so only hurts themorale of the student body, anddoes no favour to education as awhole. Please, teachers, beforesharing your scorn, rememberthat we are students, learners,and possibly a future you. Andmaking us feel dumb reflects onyou as well. How so? Well, that’sa dumb question.The viewsrepresented in theopinion section do notnecessarily reflect theviews of The Ontarionnor its staff.New information releasedon Robocall scandalCalls for greatertransparency and furtherinvestigationEmily BlakeNew information related to the2011 Robocall scandal has beenmaking headlines due to a partiallift on the publication ban. It hasnow been revealed that six Conservativestaffers testified aboutMichael Sona’s public boasts onhis involvement in the fraudulentrobocalls. Sona has been chargedby Elections Canada for willfullypreventing or endeavoring toprevent an elector from voting,and is currently the only personfacing charges relating to theincident.Sona was the director ofcommunications for Guelph Conservativecandidate Marty Burkeduring the 2011 federal electioncampaign. Sona maintainsthat he was not involved withthe fraudulent automated phonecalls and that he has been madea ‘scapegoat’ in this case. Sonaalso allegedly attempted to steala ballot box from a special ballotpolling station on campus duringthe campaign. While the Conservativeparty has officially deniedany interference at this pollingstation, eyewitnesses maintaintheir account of events.In a separate Federal Court civilsuit, Judge Richard Mosley foundthat widespread systematic fraudwas involved with the robocalls,and that the Conservative Party’sdatabase was likely the source ofthe information. However, JudgeMosley did not find the scale ofthe fraud to justify overturningthe results of voting in six federalridings. Judge Mosley wasalso unable to conclude that theConservative Party or any of itscandidates were directly involvedin the voter suppression scandal.Complainants are now consideringwhether or not to appeal thedecision to the Supreme Court.It is disheartening that, evenafter a year and a half, littleinformation has been uncoveredabout the perpetrators of thismass election fraud. Althoughevidence has indicated the likelihoodof Sona’s involvement, it isunlikely that this was the workof a single ‘rogue’ individual ashas been suggested. After all,Sona was a just one junior stafferon a single campaign when thesephone calls were sent to voters inmultiple traditionally non-Conservativeridings.By contrast, justice was swiftlyserved against Liberal MP FrankValeriote for his misuse of robocallsin the last election. Hewas fined $4900 for automatedphone calls to Guelph votersthat failed to identify the LiberalParty as the source. This did notcomply with CRTC’s UnsolicitedTelecommunications Rules,which require the identity of thecaller and call back information.Valeriote has since taken fullresponsibility and apologizedfor the error. The calls in thiscase were intended to increasevoter awareness, rather thansuppress voting.It is also troubling that theConservative Party has beencompletely cleared of faultwhen a database that the partycontrols was the likely sourceof information. Indeed, thereappears to be little concern onthe part of the Conservativegovernment over the potentialuse of their database in electionfraud. Although the partial lifton the publication ban marksa movement towards greatertransparency, it remains tobe seen whether the ban willbe completely lifted. Sona’slawyer, Norm Baxall, has statedthat if the government werereally concerned about publicawareness, a public inquirywould be performed.The voter suppression tacticsused in the last federal electionwere a serious attempt to subvertthe democratic process. Thiscomes at a time when Canada’selectoral system is already facingheavy criticism for failing to fullyrepresent the needs and interestsof Canadian citizens. Voterturnout has been increasinglydeclining, with only 43 per centof eligible voters casting a ballotin the last provincial election - anall time low.It remains to be seen whetherfurther investigation will revealall culprits involved. Hopefully,the truth of the matter will beuncovered in order to obtainjustice for the damage done toCanada’s democratic process.
20 www.theontarion.comOPINIONChicken wings make you small down there?PETA warns the publicof the dangers of eatingchicken wingsDiana KurzejaPeople for the Ethical Treatmentof Animals (PETA), theanimal rights activist group,has taken on the responsibilityof warning the founder of theNational Buffalo Wing Festival,as well as the public, thatallowing pregnant women toconsume chicken wings maycause their unborn sons to beborn with small penises.PETA recently sent a letterto the founder of the festivalwarning them that the chemicalphthalate, which is foundin chicken as well as a varietyof other sources, affects thesize of a child’s penis size whenconsumed during pregnancy.I have to admit that, even forPETA, this is a far reach.The animal rights activistgroup gets right down tothe point in its letter whenit mentions the devastatingeffects of consuming chickenwings during pregnancy forthe soon to be newborn sons:“I think we can agree thatembarrassment and insecurityare no small matters.” Personally,I think we can agreethat this is just another oneof PETA’s relentless stuntsto guilt people into becomingvegetarians. Hurling fakebuckets of blood or flourat celebrities who wear fur(such as Kim Kardashian andLindsay Lohan), coming upwith shameless and outrageousstories to shame peopleout of eating meat - these arethings we have sadly learnedto expect from PETA. It shouldcome to no surprise that PETAmay have overreacted, butonly just a little bit.According to Woman’sHealth Magazine, the researchdone for this study for FutureFamilies, which PETA usedfor their evidence, did notactually look at chicken consumptionat all. The study didfind a link between phthalateexposure and penis size,but chicken was not a foodwith particularly high levelsof this chemical, as foods withspices and fast food packagingcontained the highest concentrations.PETA is so dishonestin its claims and methods ofspreading its message thatit cancels out any good theorganization tries to do, practicallyreversing it with stuntslike this. Instead of fabricatinga ridiculous story about thehorror of shrinking the sizeof your unborn infant’s penisby chicken consumption, whynot stay focused on the issueof how animals that are bredfor food can be treated so brutallyand inhumanely?PETA has been known to usecontroversial tactics to warnthe public about the consequencesof consuming meat,using vulgar language in theirslogans and photos, postingCOURTESY PHOTOWill the risk of our babies being born with a small penis stop us from bingeing on $0.39wing deals at pubs? Probably not.horrifying pictures of abusedor dead animals, sending activistsout to boycott fashion showsand celebrity appearances – thelist goes on. These methods arecausing fellow vegetarians tolose respect for the organization,as well as deterring those whomay be considering vegetarianismout of sheer embarrassmentfrom the stigma PETA is creatingfor this lifestyle.There will always be varyingopinions on the controversialissue of eating meat, butwe can always rely on PETA toremind us of how terrible weare if we choose to eat it.New York University sends students to jail for protestsPadraic O’BrienThe week of Nov. 11, the CityUniversity of New York (CUNY)sent two students, KhalilVásquez and Tafadar Sourov, tojail after suspending them fortheir role in escalating politicalprotests on campus.This occurred in the midst ofa movement that has seen hundredsof CUNY students take tothe streets and occupy buildingswhile facing brutal policerepression.It all started when an ad-hoccoalition of student groups wasformed in September to tacklemilitarization at CUNY. Theprime targets of the students’protests were the appointmentof U.S. general and notoriouswar criminal David Petraeusas an adjunct faculty to teacha class entitled, “Towards aNorth American Decade,” andthe return of an Army ReserveCorps Training Center after afour-decade absence on CUNYcampus. Their campaign is partof a wider struggle to opposethe tendency to reduce accessto university to poor and racializedNew Yorkers in favour ofpeople from middle-class andhigher social backgrounds.The movement began attractingwide attention whenstudents directly took onformer CIA director Petraeus,infamously known for hisresponsibility in organizingparamilitary death squads, settingup torture centres acrossIraq, and scaling up dronestrikes that resulted in hundredsof civilian deaths in Afghanistan,amongst other crimes.CUNY students shouted him offon his way to his car after hegave his first class, and mounteda protest outside a conferencehe was giving. Some protesterswere beaten up by police,and six of them were arrestedand charged, leading to furtherescalation on campus.CUNY administration eventuallymoved Petraeus’ classto a security-heavy buildingoutside campus. The administrationthen started to rampup repression, attempting tonip the growing movement inthe bud. The only autonomousstudent center on campus,the Morales/Shakur StudentCenter - named after a PuertoRica and a Black woman militantwhose struggles in the1970s still resonate among theworking-class and racializedyouth of New York - was illegallyraided and shut down.Police were brought in torepress student attempts totake back the center, andthe two student leaders weresubsequently suspended andbanned from campus at theend of October, on charges of“inciting a riot.”The administration is going evenfurther, attempting to enshrinelimitations on political activitythrough a proposed Policyon Expressive Activity, whichstated, “freedom of expressionand assembly, however, are subjectto the need to maintain safetyand order.” Meanwhile, Khaliland Tafador have still not beenallowed an open public hearing;having been told the week of Nov.11 that their case would be transferredto New York police andthat they would jailed on Nov. 18for 24 hours before being officiallyprosecuted for criminal charges.This situation is of primaryimportance for studentsto follow because it bringstogether trends that are developingacross North Americancampuses. CUNY is a universityof over 200,000 studentsthat has historically opened itsdoors to New York’s poor communities,and today, tuitionfees are being increased whilethe university lets in a majorwar criminal and army recruitersto promote the imperialistmachinations of the U.S. government.The actions of thecoalition against militarizationat CUNY are at the forefrontof the struggle students needto wage in order to stop thisunprecedented offensive onthe interests of the masses. Theactions taken by the administrationand police also shedlight on how far the rulingclass and its subordinates areready to go to suppress dissent.If they win this battleagainst the student activists,their tactics will certainly betaken up by other universityadministrations keen to silenceall those who don’t submit totheir agendas.There are important parallelsto be drawn between whatis going on at CUNY and inCanadian universities, includingthe University of Guelph.Our university is constantlyincreasing tuitions fees anddenying access to highereducation to people from marginalizedbackgrounds, all thewhile letting corporations likeKinross Gold and Monsantouse its name, its students, andall its research capabilities tofurther their narrow profitseekingobjectives that destroythe environment and disrupthuman lives - and whole communities- on a world scale. Wemust look to the struggle beingwaged at CUNY as a model fromwhich we can draw lessons andinspiration. At the very least,we must not let down thosestudents who are putting theirfuture on the line for theirfellow sisters and brothers.
EDITORIAL 172.10 • Thursday, november 7, 2013 21Why aren’t machines doing all our bullshit jobs?In the 1930s, British economistJohn Maynard Keynes predictedthat by century’s end, our workweekwould be cut to just 15hours due to technological developments.He hypothesized thatpeople would choose to dedicatemore time to leisure becausetechnology would help satisfyour material needs.In the ’50s and ’60s, therewere similar predictions of areduced workweek. During thistime, economic growth led toa rise in income and a declinein the average number of hoursworked per week. This is whereit plateaued. The hours we worktoday have not been reducedany further and Canadians continueto toil away at an averageof 36.6 hours per week.Few would have predicted that,in the year 2013, despite havingmachines take over so many ofour daily tasks, we would beworking as hard as ever.In the essay “On the Phenomenonof Bullshit Jobs,” publishedin Strike magazine, David Graeberargues that while technology hasgotten rid of many jobs involvinghard manual labour and mindnumbingwork on assembly lines,it has replaced those positions withmountains of administrative andservice sector jobs.“The number of salaried paperpushersultimately seems toexpand, and more and moreemployees find themselves...working 40 or even 50 hour weekson paper, but effectively working15 hours just as Keynes predicted,since the rest of their time is spentorganising or attending motivationalseminars, updating theirFacebook profiles or downloadingTV box-sets,” said Graeber.Those “salaried paper-pushers”have what Graeber refers to as“bullshit jobs.” Their proliferationhas left many wondering whetherthis entire segment of the workforcecould disappear, withoutmuch consequence to anyone.But instead of technology assistingus by reducing our work weekto a mere 15 hours as predicted byKeynes, it has done nothing morethan displace jobs into other sectorsof the workforce. One mayask if we could we ever use technologyto our benefit to effectivelyreduce the workweek for all, andas a result, what would we do withall this spare time?People would be quick to assumethat we would spend all our freetime doing leisurely tasks; exploringpersonal interests, developinghobbies and nurturing close relationships.It could be suggestedthat this increase in spare timewould actually create an entirelynew boom in the sector of the serviceindustry. If we had more freetime, we could get pedicures, takeour dogs for haircuts, or go out forfancy dinners, thus pushing thebulk of the work force in a completelydifferent direction.In a column for the Globe andMail called “Meet the new servantclass,” Margaret Wenteargued that “As manufacturingjobs shrivel away, the greatestjob growth will be in services.The future belongs to highlyeducated people with superiorcognitive skills who can workwith robots, and to an expandingservice class that will cater totheir every whim.”It seems every time we would tryto use technology to our benefit toreduce the already stressed workloadwe’ve taken on, it displacesthe workload into another sector,therefore creating another slewof what could still (arguably) becalled “bullshit jobs.”Ryan Avent stated in the Economist,“machines inevitablyoutmatch humans at handlingbullshit without complaining,”- and so we continue to displacejobs through technologicaladvancements.Far away are the days where StarTrek-like replicators can synthesizeour meals or any othermaterial object we may need. Butwe need to strive for a world wheretechnology can help to eliminateour menial tasks and bullshit jobsrather than perpetuate them -technology should be able to takecare of all the “bullshit” aspectsof lives. Or maybe we depend onthe bullshit and hold on to it fordear life in order to feel like we areworking hard and accomplishingsomething.But nobody ever said on theirdeathbed, “I wish I had donemore bullshit things,” so whereare all the damn robots?The Ontarion Inc.University CentreRoom 264University of GuelphN1G 2W1ontarion@uoguelph.caPhone:519-824-4120General: x58265Editorial: x58250Advertising: x58267Accounts: x53534Editorial Staff:Editor-in-ChiefJessica AvolioNews EditorMichael LongArts & Culture EditorEmily JonesSports & Health EditorAndrew DonovanAssociate EditorStacey AspinallCopy EditorAlyssa OttemaProduction Staff:Photo & Graphics EditorWendy ShepherdAd DesignerJustin ThomsonLayout DirectorStephanie LefebvreLETTER TO EDITORWith the new housing projectat the corner of Gordon St. andStone Rd. scheduled to be built,there should be an excess of studenthousing available in thefuture. This has been great newsfor tenants, because excess housingshould result in competitionamong landlords for tenants andshould result in lower prices.Unfortunately, City Hall is gearingup to “fix” this situation. Ifyou recall how City Hall “fixed”Guelph Transit with new routes anda new transit hub downtown, youshould be alarmed that city hall alsointends to “fix” student housing.According to councilor LeannePiper there are some deplorablehousing situations and herproposed remedy is that everyrented room will be required tobe licensed and inspected once ayear, or every two years dependingon which program is selected.The cost of this program is beingtouted as only $5 to $10 per month,per room. However, many unitswill require extensive renovations inorder to register. Those that do notregister will be illegal. The programis intended to require units to meetalleged safety inspection standards,which could easily run $5 to $10,000and a lot more for some units. Thedays of casually renting a spare bedroomcould become very complexand expensive for potential landlords.A basement finished with woodpaneling and ceilings covered withfiberboard tiles could be illegal ifthere is a kitchen in the basement.Bedrooms require lots of electricaloutlets, because electrical deviceswould not be permitted to run onextension cords. Adding electricaloutlets to a finished is a complexand expensive venture. Extensioncords are not permitted.I lived in a modern house with fourbedrooms upstairs and two in thebasement. The exit of the basementwas a stairway that led to a hallwaythat led to the front door. Thehouse was required to construct aprivate exit to the backyard in orderto meet city building code requirements.This required the backyardto be dug up and a basement wall tobe cut with a special concrete cuttingsaw. A door and a concrete stairwayhad to be constructed for the exit.Some landlords will not be willing toinvest costs that could easily run wellover $10,000. Many landlords rent foronly a few years. The licensing programwill reduce the supply of housingwhile increasing the prices. With thehigh cost of a university education,City Hall should not be dipping theirhands into the pockets of students.The expected excess of housing fromthe Gordon St. and Stone Rd. complexshould improve the quality of studenthousing without any “help” from CityHall, and tenants will select the besthousing from the available units.Sincerely,C Brian BlackadarHave a question, commentor complaint? 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