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theThe University of Guelph’s Independent Student Newspaper170.5 ◆ thursday, february 7th, 2013 ◆ www.theontarion.comfeatures4 IMAGEBODY8 K’NAANRETURNSIS PMSFAKE?20contents8162125262727Arts & CultureSports & HealthLifeEditorialCrosswordCommunity ListingsClassifiedsGuelph goes organic32nd annual OrganicConference and ExpoAmy van den BergWalking into the University Centerfrom Feb. 2-3, anyone wouldhave been overwhelmed by theintense and frenzied bustle ofGuelph’s 32nd Annual Guelph OrganicConference. Everywhere onthe main and basement floor, peopleof all ages and backgroundswere walking from one booth tothe next, tasting, chatting, andlearning about what it means to“go organic.”Entry to the Expo was free ofcharge and all were welcome toexplore the three levels of 150+booths that exhibited everythingfrom carrot juice samples to interactivedisplays of innovativefarming equipment. Workshopswere available with a registrationfee for people who were interestedin attending specific lectures, andran from Jan. 31 until Feb. 3.The Organic Conference andExpo allowed consumers andproducers to come together tonetwork, as well as to shareknowledge, ideas, and delicioussamples. It was designed to increaseawareness and to offerpeople the chance to get to knowthe taste of organic food. The exhibitsand workshops provided abackdrop of the “real action” behindorganic farming, with manyinteractive activities and displaysWendy ShepherdThe conference drew many people interested in finding out more about organically grown andproduced food.geared towards brand-new users,who could ask questions, and discoverhow and why purchasingorganic goods, and making thelocal choice, can benefit them andthe community.“It’s a place where we can learnfrom each other…where likemindedpeople come together,”said Carrin McGowan, a representativeof CRAFT Ontario(Collaborative Regional Alliancefor Farmer Training in Ontario),a company that offers ecologicalfarm internships.And there was no better placeto host such an affair than at theUniversity of Guelph. With a historydeeply rooted in agricultureand livestock management, theuniversity is home to numerousstudents and scholars from diverseagri-backgrounds, many keen tointeract with consumers and majoractors within the industry.“It was nice to get first-hand accountsfrom organic consumers,”said Dirk Brunsveld, a Universityof Guelph student studying OrganicAgriculture, “I never realizedhow interested many people are infinding out exactly how their foodis produced, and how to improveupon what we have.”The label “organic” means thatthe food or product was createdand cultivated in a way that enhancesand promotes biodiversity,uses environmentally sustainablepractices, and protects thehealth of the soil and surroundingecosystem. Certified organic productsassure the consumer that theway in which the food is grown or...see organic page 7Sample Craft BeerSelections From 6 Local Breweries& Receive a Custom Sample GlassStarts at 5pm on February 8th


170.5 ◆ february 7th, 2013news 3Bridging the gaps between ways of knowingThe 19 th annualEnvironmentalSymposium a greatsuccessEmma WilsonOn Feb. 2, the University ofGuelph held its 19th annual EnvironmentalSciences Symposiumin Rozanski Hall. The theme thisyear was, “Traditional Knowledgeand Cultural Perspectives on theEnvironment.” The symposiumfocused on moving environmentalissues forward by bridgingthe gaps, and oftentimes abysses,between public and academicknowledge, and traditional and“modern” thinking.Speakers included Karen Kowalchuk,Laura Taylor and JeremyShute, Dr. Deborah McGregor,John Crump, Dr. Steve Crawford,Anthony Chegahno, Sandra Mc-Cubbin, Dr. Lynn Gehl, Dr. BarrySmit, and Henry Lickers.“There is a desperate need for theworld to take action on greenhousegasses,” noted Smit. Smit’s talkexplored the many serious ramificationsof warming temperaturessuch as rising sea levels and stormsthreatening island states, droughtand associated disparity and landdegradation in Kenya, and in otherareas.Solutions to environmentalconcerns may be found in encouraginginterdisciplinary study.“Lots of people are looking atthe bits, but not the whole bicycle,”said Smit. The “bits” regardindividual disciplines and specializations,and the “bicycle” is anideal network of these specializationsthat allows for a flourishingof coordinated problem solving.Lickers, a member of the SenecaNation, Turtle Clan, presented atalk on the integration points ofscience and traditional aboriginalknowledge. He noted, “At a basiclevel, traditional knowledge andscience can be integrated.”“Traditional” is sometimesassociated with the inapplicableconventions of ages passed.However, Lickers suggested thattraditional knowledge is alwayschanging and the learning processcan be very similar to science.For instance, Lickers noted thatthe process of hunting is largelyexperimental. He also suggestedthat the anecdotal stories throughwhich traditional knowledge isdisseminated are really no differentthan the stories in scientificjournals.Despite the similarities, thereare serious barriers to furtherintegrating traditional and Westernor “modern” knowledge.Disseminators of both forms ofknowledge sometimes view theother form in adversarial terms.For example, Lickers suggestedthat Aboriginal Peoples have seenWestern knowledge as “a processWendy ShepherdExecutive members of the symposium (left to right): Erin Maloney, Geneviève Lalonde, Colleen Parker(Director), Alex Harris and Laura Blazejewski.that is arrogant and ignores orridicules the knowledge of thelocal people. Western Culture isseen [as] a process of DominatorSociety [separating] itself fromthe Environment and Humanityto the destruction of them both,”explained Lickers.“Even though we have knowneach other for 500 years, we arestill mis-knowing each other,”said Lickers.“Even thoughwe have knowneach other for500 years, weare still misknowingeachother.”- Henry LickersThose students, faculty members,and Guelph residents whoattended the symposium were leftwith a strong message: embracingthe merits of different ways ofknowing the natural world willhelp to move us towards coordinatedand thoughtful solutionsto the environmental problemsat hand.“A key element is respectingwhat others do. Each piece ofknowledge has its value,” concludedLickers.Global to Local:U of G students andfaculty on internationaland national newsFeb. 4 marked the beginning ofthe end for Canadians’ least favouritecoin, the penny. It filledwallets and pockets with the pretenseof being something more,like a nickel, and never got usedunless there was a donation-onlybake sale, and now, or at leastover the next three to four years,Canadians will feel a little betterabout throwing the penny out,which they’ve undoubtedly beendoing for years. The Royal Mint officiallystopped distributing thecoin on Feb. 4, and businesses willround cash transactions up to thenearest five cents, while debit andcredit payments will still accountfor the one-cent increment. Withthe forecasted disappearance ofthe penny comes an upsurge insales centered on making artisticpieces from the coin. In fact, onejewelry business owner told CTVNews that since the planned demiseof the penny, her sales havebeen going up.The Ontarion: Have you heardabout this news topic, and does itinterest you?Reilly Fullerton, Art History student:Yes, it does. I work in thecustomer service industry, so Ithink it’s interesting that we’regoing to have to round [prices] upor down.The Ontarion: How big of an impactdo you think it will have onyour life?RF: Not too big, but it is kind of sadthat [the penny] is leaving becauseit’s a part of Canadian history, andworking in the customer serviceindustry, it’s going to impact us alittle bit, having to round up anddown. But, I don’t think it’s toobig of [a deal] just because it is onlyone cent.The Ontarion: What do you thinkabout people preserving the cointhrough various arts and crafts?RF: I think that’s really interesting,especially for kids that won’tknow about [the penny]. I thinkit’s interesting that it can be soldfor a lot too just because it isn’treally worth anything right now,but in the future, it will probablybe sold for a lot more, which isreally cool.Thanks to the participant for thisweek’s interview. If you havesomething to say about internationalor national news, andwould like to be contacted forfuture issues, or if you want tosee a particular news story coveredhere, contact News EditorAlicja Grzadkowska at onnews@uoguelph.ca.


www.theontarion.com4If Barbie were real…Eating Disorders andBody Image Exposépromotes self-esteemand positive bodyimageKelsey CoughlinSeven feet tall, 110 pounds, witha 39-inch bust. If this soundstoo good to be true, that’s becauseit is. That’s right, theinfamous Barbie has been lyingand misrepresenting herself tolittle girls everywhere since1959.According to the WellnessCentre, it is because of thisand other types of unrealisticand detrimental thinkingthat women and men all overthe world suffer from low selfesteemand have a negativeperceptual body image. Thisis why on Feb. 5 the WellnessCentre organized an Eating Disordersand Body Image Exposédesigned to educate studentsabout the challenges that accompanythis type of thinking.Emulating certain unrealisticstandards ultimately leads youngwomen to feel insecure abouttheir own bodies and can lead tosuch eating disorders as anorexiaor bulimia. Lindzie O’Reilly,dietitian at Student Health Services,was on hand at the eventand said the idea of the fair wasto “raise awareness about howthe media can influence our bodyimage and self-esteem and toshow that positive body imagecomes in all shapes and sizes.”Many off and on-campuspartners were in attendance,including Student Support Network,Homewood Health Centre,and Trellis Mental Health. Allof these organizations had twogoals in mind: to promote positivebody image, and to bringto light the truth about eatingdisorders.According to Statistics Canada,anorexia affects up to 3.7per cent of women in Canada.The onset of anorexia is typicallymid-to-late adolescence,with behaviour likely beginningas innocent dieting. 20 to 30 percent of cases end in suicide. Bulimia,on the other hand, affectsup to 4.2 per cent of women andusually begins in early to lateadulthood. 90 per cent of thesecases occur in females.Many of these cases affectyoung women in universities andcolleges, which is why it is importantto “appreciate what youlike about yourself individuallyrather than trying to conformto a specific ideal,” explainedO’Reilly.By exploiting the media’s attemptto create this ideal, theWellness Centre created a “real-life”Barbie to show just howunrealistic the doll’s proportionsare. If Barbie were actually sevenfeet tall and 110 pounds, shewould be about 45 pounds underweightand would most likelysuffer from an eating disorder.University of Guelph studentHunter Marshall was at the fairand said, “The Barbie myth createsa false hope that perfectionis something we can achieve onlyif we avoid sugar and exerciseevery free moment we have.”Organizers hope that studentsleft the fair with a new respectfor themselves and a differentway of thinking about theirbodies. True beauty comes in allshapes and sizes, so maybe Barbieas we know her can becomea thing of the past.newsNatasha ReddyA “real-size” Barbie at the expo on Feb. 5 shows what the dollwould look like in reality.


170.5 ◆ february 7th, 2013news 5Passing of professor affects students and facultyProfessor O.P.Dwivedi’s legacy liveson through the manylives he touchedKaralena McLean&Tom BlowerThe University of Guelph communityis mourning the loss ofone of its finest in Dr. OnkarPrasad (O.P.) Dwivedi. Dwivediwas known for his endless academicachievements as well ashis strong passion for life.Dwivedi was born near Bindkiin the state of Uttar Pradesh inIndia. He first came to Canada in1963 as an undergraduate student,eventually earning his doctoratein political science from Queen’sUniversity. Dwivedi then joinedthe University of Guelph in 1967where he taught environmentalpolicy, law, and public administration.Upon much success, heserved as chair of the Departmentof Political Science from1979 to 1990.Dwivedi retired in 2002;however, he continued toinstruct undergraduate and graduateclasses and mentor youngfaculty in an effort to ensure thecomfort, enjoyment and confidenceof new professors to theUniversity of Guelph. Dwivediwas a leading scholar whocontributed much to the fieldof political science, publishingmore than 30 books and over 115scholarly articles.In remembering Dwivedi,Nanita Mohan, a former studentand sessional lecturer atthe University of Guelph said,“Professor Dwivedi was suchan accomplished man that hisaccomplishments alone couldfill volumes.” During his life,Dwivedi served as president ofthe Canadian Political ScienceAssociation (CPSA), president ofthe Canadian Asian Studies Association,and vice-president ofSchools and Institutes of Administration.Dwivedi also acted asan advisor for major organizationssuch as: UNESCO, the WorldBank, UNO, WHO and CIDA.With these and many otheraccomplishments, Canada conferredupon him the honorarydegree of Doctor of Law (LL.D).Furthermore in 2008, the Universityof Waterloo honouredDwivedi with a Doctor of EnvironmentalStudies (D.E.S).In 2005, Dwivedi was also arecipient of the Order of Canada,the highest civilian orderone can receive in Canada, aswell as being a recipient of theQueen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.Additionally, Dwivedi was alsoa fellow of the Royal Society ofCanada.Dwivedi was known for muchmore than just his academicwork and accomplishments.What made Dwivedi so popularwas his dedication and genuineconcern for the well-being of notonly his students, but also manyof his peers. Associate ProfessorJordi Díez explains, “He made asignificant contribution in manyways, but one that truly has leftits mark has been his desire tomentor and support youngercolleagues.”Rajeni Chagar, a former studentof Dwivedi and now alecturer at the University, alsoremembers him as a great mentorwho, “took me under hiswing, encouraging me to dofield research in my Masters andnot to be scared to ask the hardquestions.”She continued, “He gave methe confidence to pursue a PhDand focus on issues that we spentcountless hours discussing overtea.” Dwivedi was also famous inthe department because of hisunbridled optimism. As Mohanexplained, “He exuded so muchpositive energy that it was reallydifficult to think he ever had abad day, even when he was notwell.” To this end, Gerie McCauleyremembers that the professor“never complained and stayedpositive until the very end.”Dwivedi also lived a life of philanthropy.After a trip to NorthIndia, he found that many peoplehad cataracts and were indire need of surgery. When hereturned home from his trip,Dwivedi and his family decidedto sell their summer home inWiarton and take their savingsto India to help build a hospital.In 2008, the Sushila Devi EyeHospital was established. Thehospital has doctors and fivetechnicians, along with a walkinclinic. In 2009, more than8,500 people were seen at thehospital for eye examinationsand tests, and 715 had cataractoperations. It provides free servicesfor patients and providesDr. Onkar Prasad (O.P.) Dwivedi’s philanthropic efforts are just oneaspect of his legacy.“…when Idie, I will takenothing withme, so why nothelp those whoare destituteand need to beempowered?”– Onkar PrasadDwivedipreference to women and girlsfrom rural areas who may havedifficulty getting treatment elsewhere.In his interview with AtGuelph, Dwivedi mentioned thatthe goal was to “do more than1,000 operations a year.”Dwivedi and his wife simply“stopped going on vacations” inorder to invest the money dedicatedto fun and relaxationtowards their many philanthropicendeavours. Additionally,using his life savings, Dwivedifunded the development of a juniorhigh school in rural India,which is named after one of hismentors at Queen’s University,John Meisel.Despite Dwivedi’s manyachievements, he never forgotwhere he came from, acknowledginghis humble beginnings.courtesy“I came from a poor family.When I arrived to Canada I had$10 dollars in my pocket. Andwhen I die, I will take nothingwith me, so why not help thosewho are destitute and need to beempowered?”Dwivedi was also knownaround campus for offering freeyoga classes every Friday in theUniversity Centre. In 2010, duringan interview with At Guelph,Dwivedi explained that fouryears prior to beginning hisclasses, his cardiologist had informedhim that the blood flowto his heart was blocked in fourplaces. Because surgery was notan option, Dwivedi turned topran yoga, and in an amazingturn of events, two years later,his cardiologist found that all ofthe blockages were gone.Upon experiencing the positiveeffects of pran yoga, hedecided to become a certifiedyoga instructor as a means toextend his passion for yoga tohis students and the rest of thestudent population at the Universityof Guelph; one of themany ways he reached out tothe University community.Dwivedi was a true role modeland spiritual leader who touchedmany lives and will be terriblymissed by University of Guelphand the broader community.The fact that he made such anindelible impression on his studentsand the community alikeis undoubtedly evident of hiswonderful, warm-hearted persona.In the words he so-oftenleft with students and peers whowere seeking peace, “om, shanti,om.”


www.theontarion.com6Monsanto’s promises fall short in IndiaDocumentary exposesthe suicide pandemicafter introduction ofnon-conventionalcottonseedsAndrew DonovanMuch is said about the power oftoday’s largest multinational corporations.Some critics say that they’renothing more than neo-colonialistcorporations taking advantage of lowinternational working wages, whileproponents tout their ability to providejobs to otherwise economicallypoor places of the world. The companiesthemselves are protested yetaccepted as necessary evils that themajority of us even promote the useof; take for example gasoline companiesand food and beverage producers.Perhaps though, none are moreheavily debated and fiercely advocatedagainst than the MonsantoCompany, a multinational agriculturalbusiness that makes claims ofbettering food production practiceswhile being protested against fortheir growing monopoly over theproduction of seeds.Monsanto and rampant suiciderates were the primary reasons whydocumentary filmmakers from TeddyBear Films decided to travel to Indiato investigate why on average every30 minutes, a farmer was committingsuicide from failure to produce sufficientyields and the accumulation ofmassive debts. The documentary waspresented at Planet Bean in Guelphon Jan. 31.According to the documentary, thiswas a phenomenon that began fiveyears prior to the introduction of BTseeds when farmers began using a hybridseed and continually got worseonce the Monsanto product was introducedin 2002.The promises made by the subsidiarycompany to Monsanto in Indiaevidently fell far short of its expectationsand the documentary, BitterSeeds, follows young inspiring journalist,Manjusha Ambarwar, in herjourney to expose the failings of theBT seeds and bring national attentionto the suicide pandemic amongst ruralfarmers.The tale told by Ambarwar and thedocumentary film crew was grippingand at times quite emotional, butnevertheless told the very real story ofwhat happened to this particular Indianregion prior to the BT seeds beingbanned in August 2012.The situation in India was a perfectstorm so to speak, according to thedocumentary. The Indian government,under pressure from the World Bankand the IMF, was forced to stop publicfunding of cotton farmers in a globalcotton market that was being kept artificiallylow because of the subsidiesEuropean and American governmentswere giving to their cotton farmersat home.Yields never met their promisedoutputs, more pesticides were neededthan originally thought and 80 percent of farmers, due to their need totake bank loans and inability to paythem back after yet another poorfarming season, were forced to go toprivate lenders that negotiated borrowingterms with incredibly highinterest rates.Ambarwar eventually got her firstinvestigative report published in a localnewspaper and received the opportunityto speak to a group of farmers at apublic protest about her experience asa journalist learning about the plightof farmers in India.courtesyMaking the city a better place to liveGuelph well-beinginitiative involvesstudents in processSabrina GroomesAre you looking to live a healthierand finer life in the City of Guelph?Well, if you are, the Guelph CommunityWell-Being Initiative (CWI)is working towards doing just that.This movement is an action towardsa better life for every individual ofthe Guelph community, includingthe University of Guelph students.This initiative has been separated intoeight different design teams that eachfocus on a different perspective ofwell-being. These design teams fallunder the categories of: Time Use,Leisure & Culture, Community Vitality,Living Standards, HealthyPopulations, Environment, Education,and Democratic Engagement.Therefore, each team will be focusingon a different aspect of wellbeing thatrelates to physical, mental, creative,educational, political or any othertype of wellbeing.By creating these design teamsand discussing openly with thecommunity, the CWI is hoping totake into consideration what thepeople of the community truly desire,and their need to live a healthier andbetter life. Over the past few months,people from all over the communityhave been sending in ideas and creatinga plan for a better Guelph. At thismoment, the CWI is in the process ofteam meetings and project planning.The eight teams, mentioned above,will have their first meetings overthe month of February and at thesemeetings they will discuss their goalsand action plans with those who areregistered or interested in helpingIt was grassroots efforts like the oneby Ambarwar and Teddy Bear Filmsthat helped to end the monopoly ofthe cottonseed and pesticide industrythat Monsanto had in India. Nowthe team.Michael Pecore of University ofGuelph’s Central Student Association(CSA) is involved with the CWIand is enthusiastic about student attendanceand participation in thisinitiative. The CSA is also workingtowards having at least one studenton each team. Pecore believes it’sespecially important for students tobecome involved in this movement.“It can be easy to get caught up ina student bubble that doesn’t extendvery far beyond campus andthe routes one takes to home or errandsor the bars,” said Pecore. Bynewsonly time will tell if the damage doneto the farming industry is reversible,if the suicides will stop and if the lifelongindebtedness to banks and privateloaners will no longer be so.becoming involved, students canthen inspire other students to becomeinvolved in community actsoutside of the realm of the universitycampus or the common sociallife of a student.Furthermore, it is important tostress the influence that the Universityof Guelph students have on theCity of Guelph.“Guelph’s population is roughly120,000, and there are roughly19,000 undergraduate students -which means that students can havea great say in the evolution of thetown,” said Pecore.


news170.5 ◆ february 7th, 20137Newsology: Killing cupidArticle reports thateternal love isn’t realAlicja GrzadkowskaWith Valentine’s Day just aroundthe corner, cynics everywhereare getting increasingly angstyand bitter. As much as the dayis meant to celebrate love, or atleast have an excuse to eat at anexpensive restaurant and consumeas many truffles as youwant, guilt-free, it’s also a timefor those who don’t have a lovedone or those who, understandably,don’t particularly want toparticipate in a Hallmark holidayto hold anti-Valentine’s Day partiesand just generally ignore thefestivities.A recent article from TorontoStar might help with theircause, as a psychology professorrecently reported in her newbook Love 2.0: How our SupremeEmotion Affects Everything weFeel, Think, Do and Become that,guess what, everlasting love doesnot exist. In an interview withthe newspaper, Barbara L. Fredricksonstated, “What I am tryingto spotlight is not how love lookslike in love songs and love stories,”adding that the emotion isin fact built on “micro-moments”of connection where people feel abond, which can happen througha gesture of appreciation, spendingtime together, or trying newthings together.The book tries to break downthe feelings of “falling” in loveor being “struck” by love withpsychological, spiritual, and biologicalanalyses, and explain thebroader process of developing theemotion towards others.While new research and findingsthat explore the human bodyand mind should be supported(most of the time), the articleand its subject are relaying informationthat people are notunaware of, and more likely, notsurprised to hear. Watching moviesand television shows that arecentered on romantic momentsand depict immediate attractionbetween characters doesn’tnecessarily mean that people areprone to believe relationships reallywork like that, though it’sundeniable that there is someinfluence on our psyches whenviewing such material.The timing of the article is alsohard to ignore. A little over a weekto Valentine’s Day, and the newsmedia is already underminingany romantic ideas people mighthave going in to Valentine’s Day,which, with the popular newstoday, should probably be reconsideredas most people don’t needor want to hear more negativity.And, if people do believe in“struck by lightning” love, what’sthe point of telling them that itcan be explained by science? Letpeople be optimistic and indulgein their perceptions of relationships,whether they are irrationalor sane; otherwise, we might becelebrating the social sciences onValentine’s Day instead of love.courtesyFilms like The Notebook apparently distort our sense of realistic loveand relationships.Senate elections approachUniversity of GuelphBoard of Governorsand Senate offerpositions for studentsStacey AspinallHave you ever wondered who is incharge of making the decisions thatshape your experience as a student atthe University of Guelph? Look no furtherthan the Board of Governors andSenate – both of which offer positionsfor students, providing an opportunityto get involved and make a differencein the governance of the university.Genevieve Gauthier, assistant universitysecretary, explained via emailthe important role that the Board andSenate play in shaping experience andeducation here at U of G.“The Board and Senate are the highestgoverning bodies at the University,”Gauthier stated, and both have designatedseats for undergraduate andgraduate students.“The Board is comprised of 24 members(external representatives, staff,faculty and students, as well as thePresident and Chancellor), and is responsibleto oversee the government,conduct, management and control ofthe university and its property, revenues,expenditures, business andaffairs,” Gauthier said.Ultimately, the Board works to“achieve the objectives and purposesof the University.”Senate also plays a key role in regulatingvarious aspects of academic life.“The Senate is responsible for all academicprograms, regulations andpolicies, and is similarly comprisedof representatives from all campusconstituencies (faculty, staff andstudents), as well as alumni andmembers of the Board of Governors,”Gauthier said.There are two undergraduate seatson the Board of Governers, elected bythe entire undergraduate population,and one seat for graduate students,voted by the graduate student population,while positions on Senateare elected from within their degreeprogram. Student representation onSenate is determined in proportion tothe number of students registered ineach program, Gauthier explained.These volunteer positions providestudents with an opportunityto contribute to governance, helpinginfluence policy and issues that affectmany aspects of experience at U of G.“Students participate on both bodiesas full voting members and havethe same responsibilities to the universityas other constituents.”Though nominations from studentsinterested in the positions were dueFeb. 1, the elections for positions willbe held Feb 11 to 15. All undergraduateand graduate students will have theopportunity to vote, and will receiveballots via their U of G emails.“Both Board and Senate offer fantasticopportunities for students to learnabout how the university operatesand contributes to important decision-making,build their networks,and speak publicly in a professionalsetting,” Gauthier said.More information can be foundat the University Secretariat websiteat http://www.uoguelph.ca/secretariat/....organic continuedprocessed is according to legislatedstandards.When asked why consumersshould choose organic products,Almut Wurzbacher, the managerof Pfennings Certified OrganicHealth Products and Food replied,“Why not?” Surroundedby organically grown garlic, onions,apples, lettuce, tomatoes,carrots and more, Wurzbacherexplained that the act of producingand consuming organicgoods is doing something goodfor the earth. She described organicfarmers as healers who giveback to the land through sustainablefarming practices, instead ofjust taking and robbing the soilof life.“On the outside, commerciallyproduced food looks the same [asorganic], but it’s the inside thatnourishes us,” said Wurzbacher.According to the OrganicCouncil of Ontario, by purchasingcertified organic goods, theconsumer is selecting food fromsuppliers who prohibit the useof antibiotics, synthetic growthhormones, pesticides, and geneticallymodified organisms (GMOs).Organic producers protect watersystems and strive to build soilhealth. It’s “honoured food,” accordingto Wurzbacher.Debbie Vice, a dairy farmer forOrganic Meadows, told The Ontarion,“People want to know wheretheir food is coming from,” andexplained how producing milk organicallyis a lifestyle choice thatis devoted to making the processsustainable and the producthealthy and safe.“It just makes so much sense,”said Wurzbacher.for web-exclusivep h o t o R e e l


www.theontarion.com8K’naan opens up at Hillside InsidePerformer joined atRiver Run Centre byspecial guest Sarah J.FelkerColleen McDonellThe Sunday night edition ofHillside Inside saw a whole lotof soul, drums, and incrediblemusical talent. On Feb. 3, SarahJ. Felker opened for K’naan at theRiver Run Centre, concludingGuelph’s indoor music festival.Sarah J. Felker, a 19-year-oldsinger and songwriter, has beenmaking music for a while. TheGuelphite won her first show, abattle of the bands at Club Vinyl,at 13 years old, using an old tie asa guitar-strap. Felker discoveredher love of singing at a young age.“My mom and dad sang a lot. Iwas always around it but I didn’tthink that I could sing, so I didn’treally try. It was kind of embarrassing,because I hung out withall guys, and they… made fun ofme. I didn’t sing until I brokeout and became my own person,”said Felker.You can imagine the magnitudeof performing at the RiverRun Centre, a place the teen artistremembers visiting as a child.“I was excited that I have adressing room,” Felker said onthe Hillside performance. “To beopening for K’naan, if someonewere to tell me that five yearsago, I would’ve been like ‘you’recrazy.’ To be here is definitelya dream come true – it’s nuts.”Yet, despite probable nerves,Felker belted out a powerfulvoice and proved worthy ofplaying Hillside. After only twosongs, one audience membervanessa tignanelliSomali-Canadian rapper/singer K’naan returns to Guelph, vocalizing the unrest of Somalia and thehardships of his childhood in contrast to the ghettos of the first world.yelled out, “You’re the CanadianIdol!” Felker treated listenersto soulful original songs, suchas one inspired from a solo tripto Jamaica, and a cover of “Hallelujah”that was sure to giveeveryone chills.The young artist just releasedher first single, “Lies,” on iTunes.Fans can expect a lot of varietyfrom the debut album, whichis also set to release this year.“I’m writing a lot of bluesy stuff,a lot of radio-pop stuff. It’s definitelygoing to be a mix of abunch of different songs.”The four-time Juno-awardwinner K’naan followed, treatingGuelph with his only Ontarioshow of the year. The SomaliCanadian poet, rapper, singer,“It feels likejumping in theocean again.”- K’naan, onperforming atHillside after along breaksongwriter, and instrumentalisthas been away from performingfor some time, but is touringagain to promote Country, God,or the Girl (2012).“It feels like jumping in theocean again,” said K’naan ongetting back into the music,which is a mixture of hip-hop,jazz, and Somali music.During his performance,K’naan often took a seat to chatand share anecdotes or storiesabout origins of the songs. Makingthe audience laugh over thelyrics of “What’s Hardcore,” –“If I rapped about home and gotdescriptive/ I’d make 50 Centlook like Limp Bizkit” – the artisttalked about meeting 50 Cent,who was genuinely pleasant andpolite.K’naan censored little aboutpast personal issues with themainstream music industry. Thearts & Cultureartist equated orgasms to makingmusic, and compared the stiflingcontrol of a record label tobringing to bed a list of reasonswhy orgasms are destined to fail.“I am not the easiest sell to Top 40radio,” said K’naan in an opinionletter to The New York Timesin Dec. 2012.Inevitably, K’naan performed“Wavin’ Flag,” the theme song forthe 2010 FIFA World Cup, whichat one point reached number oneon iTunes in 18 countries aroundthe world. It was definitely acrowd-pleaser, yet, afterwards,the singer discussed the conflictin hearing that song overand over.“I would like to make specificmusic, not necessarily musicthat is made for everyone,” saidK’naan. “Although one of mysongs did end up being for everyone,I don’t feel like that’swhat I am or what I do. I lovethe song, but I feel like I makespecific music, like how somebodywill make mugs, particularto their region. I’d like to keepdoing that.”K’naan and accompanyingband played out amazing performancesof “Hurt Me Tomorrow”and “Take a Minute”, while alsothrowing in a few songs from TheDusty Foot Philosopher (2005).Audience participation wasstrongly encouraged, especiallyduring the moving renditionof “Fatima.” Relying on heavybeats, the harmonica, and spokenword, the artist moved theaudience from a pin-droppingsilence to a drum-circle inspireddance party.for web-exclusivep h o t o R e e ljames and blackburnJames and Blackburn took to thestage at Jimmy Jazz on Jan. 31 witha set that included psychedelia,space rock, and blues influences.Bryan Waugh


170.5 ◆ february 7th, 2013arts & Culture 9Hollerado headlines Hillside Inside SaturdayPop-rockers joinedby shorthanded BornRuffiansNick RevingtonA surefire way to tell how much funyou had at a concert is on the basisof how much confetti you need topull out of your hair: the more confetti,the better the show. Or at least,that’s how Hollerado might wantyou to judge it. When the indie power-popgroup famous for its DIYapproach to everything – fingerpaintingtheir website, selling theirfirst album in Ziplock bags – cameto Guelph’s St. George’s Church toheadline for Hillside Inside on Feb.2, they were sure to bring an amplesupply of the stuff.The show was opened by BornRuffians, who arrived in Guelphwith a piece of bad news. Guitarist/keyboardistAndy Lloyd brokehis arm roller-skating the previousday, and would not be performingwith the band. Lead singer LukeLalonde remarked that it was thefirst time the band had played withonly three members in about fouryears. While the band’s sound didseem to be lacking something, BornRuffians showed tremendous poisein going on with the show. Their setwas tight and had the crowd captivatedand dancing along.Hollerado took to the stage witha collection of songs from their upcomingalbum, White Paint, whichwill be released later this month,as well as the highlights from theirdebut Record in a Bag.“I’m really excited about [WhitePaint] coming out. I think it reallyembodies the spirit of what we’vebeen up to the last five years, justplaying a lot of shows and workinghard…. It’s been a long time since ourlast album, so […] you get older, perspectivechanges,” said lead singerMenno Versteeg, who was actuallyborn nearby in Eden Mills.Much of the album was inspired byVersteeg’s grandfather, who passedshonda whiteDespite missing a member of the band, lead singer Luke Lalonde led Born Ruffians through a solidopening set for Hollerado on Feb. 2.away while the album was beingwritten.“He was a really cool guy, and he’salways really encouraged me to seizethe day,” said Versteeg. “And he wasreally honest about things. When Ifirst started in music, I was terrible,and he’d be like, ‘Listen, you’re terrible.If you want to do this, you’vegot to do it. Keep going, you’re soterrible, keep going.’”In particular, the song “So It Goes”tells a tale of forgiveness based on theexperiences of Versteeg’s grandfatherin Nazi-occupied Holland.This spring, Hollerado will be goingon tour with Billy Talent, playingsome of the largest indoor venues oftheir career to date. The heightenedprofile of the tour means the bandcan submit a rider – a list of itemsthe band requests to have backstage.“Until recently it’s always been like,we could tell them what we wanted,and it doesn’t matter: you get acase of water and two beer tickets,”said Versteeg. “We’re just going tofind the best suggestion that peoplehave for the rider, and we’re going toadd that there. Someone said grilledcheese sandwiches. I feel like we’dnever get it, because it’s too muchof a pain in the ass, but that wouldbe amazing.”The band’s newer material seemedto be well received by the crowd; atestament to Hollerado’s ability tocraft catchy guitar riffs and melodies,for sure, but also to their abilityto rock hard in live shows. And ofcourse, confetti never hurts.Visit theontarion.com for a web-exclusiveQ&A with Menno Versteeg.for web-exclusivep h o t o R e e lA welcome BroodElliott Brood getspacked River RunCentre on its feetTom BeedhamElliott Brood doesn’t play manytheatres.Delivering a breed of alt-countrythat’s been appropriately dubbed“death country” for its deploymentof a stripped down, no-frills folkpunkapproach to performance thatis a defining feature of the more extremeNorwegian subgenre of deathmetal bands, it’s understandablethat the three-piece pointed out itwas more acquainted with the stickyfloors and gloom of the Toronto barscene when it played the main hallat Guelph’s River Run Centre on Feb.1. But that’s not to say the trio wasentirely uncomfortable playing thetheatre setting.“It smells good in here,” singer andmulti-instrumentalist Casey Laforetnoted to the crowd in a lightheartednod to the virtues of the comparativelysterile environment.All joking aside, that Elliott Broodplayed the more spacious setting ofthe River Run Centre was no miscalculationin planning; just prior totheir Hillside Inside performance, thegroup catered to two sold-out audiencesat the Dakota Tavern in Torontoon Jan. 30 and 31.The band’s not without its Guelphhistory, either. Between songs, thegroup also gave a shout out to localwatering hole the Jimmy Jazz, wherethey said they played their first showoutside of Toronto.They also recalled a flash mobthat broke out last summer during aHillside performance of “If I Get Old”before delivering a slowed down variationof the 2011 single.Despite having been faced with theunusual sight of a crowd that watchedfrom well above their heads, the banddidn’t shrink in discomfort. Urgingthe audience to make noise as theyentered the stage (to which they weremet with obliging howls), the banddove into a set including singles “SecondSon,” “The Bridge” (dedicatedto evening MC Vish Khanna), and a“cooperating ukulele” performanceof “The Valley Town.”“Oh, Alberta” had everyone on theirfeet, even if they were guilted into it (afan shouted out the track title in betweensongs and the band asked himif he would be the first to stand up andclap along because of it). But it is hardto justify sitting down while watchingElliott Brood perform. Even if twoof the group’s three members playwith their behinds planted firmly inseats more comfortably padded thanyour own, it is easy to understandwhy; all members handle multipleinstrumental duties – almost alwayssimultaneously. In particular, Laforetplays guitar while filling in the lowend with his feet – tapping bass pedalsalong with the chords.The group also performed “Lindsay,”a cover of “Old Dan Tucker,”and the longing-but-joyous “MissYou Now.”On Feb. 2, the band tweeted thanksto the crowds at their Guelph andToronto performances for “a greatsend-off” to a European tour that willspan Feb. 7-March 3.Following the death country triowere Great Lake Swimmers (GLS).With a turned down, atmospherictake on folk rock, GLS were perhapsmore appropriately situated on themain stage at the River Run Centre,especially when they brought outmembers of the Suzuki String Schoolof Guelph. The school – specially instructedfor the evening by GLS fiddlerMiranda Mulholland, who was onceherself a student at the school – appearedthroughout the set to perform“Quiet Your Mind,” “A Song for theAngels,” “The Knife,” “On the Water,”“Changing Colours,” and “Changeswith the Wind,” among others.The quintet ended its performancewith an acoustic call and responserendition of “Still.”for web-exclusivep h o t o R e e lvanessa tignanelliDeath country band plays outside of their element at the River RunCentre for Hillside Inside.


www.theontarion.com10Inlet Sound celebrate LP releaseBand visits eBar withMad Ones and TheBaxtersAdrien PotvinYet another rocking night ofmusic went down at Guelph’seBar on Wednesday, Jan. 30.Mad Ones, The Baxters, and theevening’s headliner Inlet Soundcreated a wall of sound that wasat all turns surprising, energetic,and heartfelt.Toronto duo Mad Ones openedthe evening with hair-raisingand bone-crushing sonics – thesound of Andrew DeVillers’soverdriven Gibson SG and PhilWilson’s pounding, do-or-diedrumming fashions work well tosupport a wailing vocal style anddevil-may-care stage presence.With obvious but never obnoxiousnods to Death From Above1979 and Foo Fighters, Mad Onespresent the sort of greasinessthat only rock n’ roll honestycan offer. It’s all about energyand ferocity for Mad Ones, andthey delivered in spades. MadOnes recently released a cassettetape entitled Burning Window,The Baxters, a London-based funk-rock quintet, used their intricate musicality to warm up theaudience for Inlet Sound’s Guelph LP release on Jan. 30.and promoted it as part of theirFurever tour of the region.London-based funk-rockquintet The Baxters took thestage shortly after for their eBardebut. The five-piece outfitshared the same passion for noiseas the band prior, but expressedthemselves in a different technicalway. Where Mad Ones werestripped-down and simple, TheBaxters displayed a more fluenttechnical sensibility, utilizingcompound rhythms and interwovenguitar parts betweenplayers Quinton Strutt and AlexMason. Syncopated grooves heldsway over their musical style, andsaid grooves were held downwith confidence and convictionby the rhythm section – bassistJustin Lund and drummer TaylorLucas kept it down and dirtywhile singer Scott Thomas beltedJordan Raycroft celebrates 100th showLocal singer returns towhere it all beganNick RevingtonJordan Raycroft played at the AlbionHotel on Feb. 5 to mark amajor milestone: the local singer-songwriter’s100th show sincelaunching a music career at thesame venue in March 2010.But Raycroft has a confessionto make: “Well, it’s not technicallymy 100th, it’s actually my104th, but I’m really excited.”(And who’s counting, anyway?)“This is kind of like a celebrationof where I’ve come as an artist,”said Raycroft prior to the show.Raycroft’s first concert was withPeter Katz and Ben Doerksen, “soit was a pretty cool show and it’sreally great to be back and be –hopefully, when everyone getshere – surrounded by friends.”Raycroft took an interestingapproach to celebrating themilestone. Rather than makingthe event centre exclusively onRaycroft, it placed considerablefocus on friends and fellow musiciansRose Brokenshire, GrahamMcLaughlin, and Beth Moore. Brokenshire,McLaughlin, and Mooreopened the show, taking turnsperforming their own songs in asongwriters’ circle type of format.Warm lighting from a collection oflamps gave the Albion an intimatecoffeehouse or living room feel.“Local […] musicians thatare here tonight playing, like[McLaughlin], [Moore], and [Brokenshire]– they’ve all been withme since the beginning, and alsoBen Doerksen; he’s been a prettygood influence on my music,”said Raycroft. “All four of themhave been really inspirational inhelping me start my musical careerbecause they were all doingit before I was.”When Raycroft took to the stage,the opening musicians frequentlyprovided accompaniment in theform of backing vocals, violin, ora second guitar part. This addedmusical depth, which set Raycroftapart from the openers, and captivatedthe audience. Those whowere comfortably seated for thecoffeehouse style start to the nightrose to engage with the music,clapping and dancing along.Raycroft’s honest lyrics arederived from personal experiencesand social causes the singersupports.“All my songs tell stories –stories that are sometimes aboutthings that have gone on in mypersonal life, whether it’s a relationshipor something in myfamily, or something I care aboutlike the child sex trade or humantrafficking,” said Raycroft.The singer cited studyingarts & CultureBryan Waughout some seriously killer vocals.The band has a forthcoming LPdue in the near future.The night’s headliner, TorontobasedInlet Sound, performed avery different style of music fromthe other groups of the evening,but it was a nonetheless beautifullyperformed and arranged set.The five-piece folk-rockers havebeen making waves all over Canada,with support by CBC Radio 2and a brand new debut LP entitledThe Romantics, produced byLaurence Currie (Sloan, Hey Rosetta!,Wintersleep, Holy Fuck).With densely layered instrumentationand gorgeous, idylliclyrics led by frontman MichaelWexler, Inlet Sound wore theirinfluences (such as The Decemberistsand Noah and the Whale)on their sleeves and made uniqueand heartfelt music sure to intrigueand excite any fan of folkmusic, regardless of dedicationto the craft. Among the manyhighlights of their set, one standout cut was their encore – a passionaterendition of The Verve’s“Bittersweet Symphony,” completewith sweeping violin riffscourtesy of Steven Gore and soaringvocals from Wexler.Local songwriter Jordan Raycroft celebrated surpassing the 100-show mark with an intimateperformance at the Albion Hotel Feb. 5.criminal justice at the Universityof Guelph as a source of the passionto do something about theseissues.“If there’s a message I feelneeds to get across, I’ll do it andI’ll write it in a song,” said Raycroft.“And that doesn’t mean Ihave some political agenda behindmy music.”Raycroft is in the process of recordingan album, and will embarkon a two-month tour of westernCanada by train in the summer.vanessa tignanelliMonday to Wednesday 10am to 3pmThursday to Saturday 10am to 9 pmSunday closed


arts & Culture170.5 ◆ february 7th, 201311Beach vacation fails to deliverBeach Life bringssloppy performance toJimmy JazzMira BethAt around 11 p.m. on Saturday,Feb. 2, the bass player for BeachLife took to the stage at JimmyJazz to prepare for their set, andpromptly dropped his pants. Hewas, of course, wearing swimtrunks underneath, but it wasstill an interesting way to startthe evening.Next up was the guitarist whoperked the crowd up with, “It’snot often you get to see a youngman’s legs in the winter... it’s notgreat either.”Unfortunately, this was themost entertaining point in theevening. The trio attempted tobring the feeling of being at thebeach (the theme of the event)to this cold Canadian winter,but instead fell somewhat short.Their lyrics were substantiallylacking; it is one thing to be lyricallysimplistic and another to beuncreative and rushed about it.The latter was heard throughoutmost of the evening. The commonthemes were drug use, scantilyclad women, drinking, and partying.While these themes have beendone well many times before, anentire song comprised of thelyric “the loneliest lifeguard onthe beach” felt very uninspired.The word of the evening waspotential. The lead singer couldhave potentially used his raw andimpressive vocal abilities to carrytheir songs, but he was visiblydrunk and became even more soas the evening went on.“The potentialthat this singerand guitaristhad to creategood music wasapparent, butnot achieved.”At one point, something malfunctionedand the singer’sresponse was, “That’s what we dowhen something stops working,we go for the bar!” immediatelyfollowed by a bar break to doshots.Comical yes, but in absolutelyno way professional. It would beone thing if alcohol was not such aclear inhibitor, but as each guitarsolo became painfully puncturedBeach Life’s Feb. 2 show at Jimmy Jazz was meant to feel like a beach vacation, but fell short when itincluded as much alcohol as a beach vacation.by wrong notes and slip ups, itwas no longer funny for thoselistening. The potential that thissinger and guitarist had to creategood music was apparent, but notachieved.The set was done with a pareddowndrum kit, which ended upleaving the songs sounding empty.Right off the bat it was apparentthat for the genre of music theband was playing, a full drumkit was needed, or at the veryleast more than one cymbal. Thedrummer did his best on what wasavailable, but it did not hold upnext to the roaring electric guitarand fast progression of the bassmira bethline. It was in fact this bass playerthat appeared to be the onlyone taking the gig seriously, andhe was the one wearing flip flopsand swim trunks.It should be said that despitethe growing that this band hasahead of them, they sure did looklike they were having a good time.Singles Club2013 is off to a uniqueand promising startShonda WhiteArtist: Born RuffiansSingle: “With Her Shadow”Released: January 1, 2013We heard a live recording of theirnew song “6-5000” not too longago, but “With Her Shadow” isthe first official release to comefrom Born Ruffians in relationto their upcoming album, Birthmarks.The four-piece indie rockband blends the light-handedpercussion filled tune with LukeLalonde’s unique vocals, and anexperimental feel. It feels familiarenough to know this song justsimply screams “Born Ruffians,”but new enough to feel comfortablewith their progression asa band who has been makingmusic for nearly 10 years now.I think my only question forthe band is whether they liketheir shadow more than theirreflection.Artist: The Dirty NilSingle: “Zombie Eyed”Released: January 8, 2013The Dirty Nil live up to their nameby always slathering their tuneswith a thick layer of grit andgrime. Their latest release, “ZombieEyed,” is no exception to this.It’s Side A of a split seven-inchrecord which features “PositiveBondar” by Northern Primitiveon the other side. The Dundas trioshows a familiar side with leadsinger Luke Bentham’s distinctvocals and the consistent tone ofcarelessness. Pushing that safeavenue aside, “Zombie Eyed” isprobably the most mature trackfrom the band to date, possiblythe most clean-cut in overallcomposition, and a very promisinglook into their future releases.Artist: Northern PrimitiveSingle: “Positive Bondar”Released: January 8, 2013“Positive Bondar” is the B-side ofNorthern Primitive’s split seveninchrecord with The Dirty Nil.The Welland trio eases into thetrack and sort of relaxes you, butthe eerie quality honestly makesit hard to breathe. The sad tonesresonate to a place that puts you onthe edge of relaxation, yet doesn’tquite let you slip out of its grasp.The song continues to escalatethrough to the end, and it’s as iflistening to a panic attack in progressionin the form of audio. Thatsounds weird, and truthfully it is,but “Positive Bondar” really doestake a back seat approach to literallytaking your breath away.Artist: Rachel ZeffiraSingle: “Here On In”Released: January 8, 2013Canadian Rachel Zeffira is bestknown as one half of the duoCat’s Eye and has already gainedpraise in the UK for her debut soloalbum, The Deserters. The albumwill be released in North Americain March, and Zeffira marked theannouncement with the releaseof the single “Here On In” earlierthis month. It is chock-full ofunearthly pop tones, influencefrom classical opera training, andan eerie sadness that’s addictivelyhaunting. Zeffira’s ability to expressemotions vocally leads me tobelieve that the singer could probablyread words from a dictionaryand turn it into an emotionallypowerful song that anyone couldrelate to.Artist: You Say PartySingle: FriendReleased: January 16, 2013This single is quite as literal as itsounds and even more touchingbecause of it. “I can see my friendno more / he’s gone for good /he’s gone for sure,” sings BeckyNinkovic in honour of friend,Devon Clifford. Clifford passedaway while playing drums on stagewith the rest of the members ofYou Say Party in April 2010. It hadtaken an evident toll on the bandwhen they decided to go on hiatusa year later. That being said, thedance-punk BC band has channelledtheir tough times into newmusic. The single, “Friend,” continuesto make use of their familiaroffbeat drumming pattern, but theemotional tension of the song iscovered by a veil of dream pop. Itends with a recording of fallingrain and the slight hint of thunder,which makes you think this singleis just the calm before the storm.Artist: Young GalaxySingle: Pretty BoyReleased: January 23, 2013“Pretty Boy” is Young Galaxy’sdebut single released from theirupcoming album, Ultramarine.The consistent drum machinebeats carry the track through violinaccents, the smooth vocalsof Catherine McCandless, and theemotional ties between the lyricsand the resonating notes. Unfortunately,the single doesn’t end onthe note that I feel it should, buildingup greatly through notes thattwinkle and sparkle in a memorableway, but falling just shortof the potentially greater climaxthan the one provided. However,“Pretty Boy” is a good look at whatto expect from the Montreal band’snew album, and it seems to be adecent expectation.


12www.theontarion.comfilm reviewDjango UnchainedTarantino craftsanother masterpieceDevon HardingIt should come as no surprise thatDjango, the 1966 spaghetti westernby the beloved schlock master SergioCorbucci featuring a lone antiheroseeking violent revenge would bean inspiration to Quentin Tarantino.Much of the appeal is that, if born halfa century earlier, Tarantino wouldclearly be making grindhouse filmsfor their own sake, and Django is almosteerily up his aisle. What shouldbe a surprise, however, is that froma film in which the protagonist carriesa machine-gun-filled coffin formost of the movie, Tarantino has createdhis most subdued, paced, and attimes most dead-serious film.Django makes the film. ThoughChristoph Waltz is, as always, fantasticas the controlling but ultimatelyentrancing and righteous Dr. KingCollaboration letsShapiro shineKimberley StemshornAdam Green and Binki Shapiro aretwo names you likely haven’t heardof, but I assure you that you’ve comeacross at least one of them. AdamGreen is one part of the anti-folkgroup The Moldy Peaches who weremajor contributors to the soundtrackof the film Juno. Binki Shapiro is onepart of the band Little Joy whosemusic was used in the roller derbyBand explores howsongs relate to oneanotherAdrien PotvinEliak and the Dream, the debut LPof Guelph/Toronto band Ptarmigan,is a gorgeous record that seems atonce classical and contemporary.The group looks to the past for inspirationbut is not anchored by it,and finds a comfortable and muchneeded niche within folk musicnarratives.The record was born out of Peterborough,ON, and maintainsan aura of yearning for the greatoutdoors throughout. In particular,the name Eliak and the DreamSchultz, and Leonardo DiCaprio iseffectively despicable as Schultz’sunpalatable opposite Calvin Candy,Jamie Foxx’s Django displays thegreatest depth of character. Whenwe first meet Django in the woods,after the inexplicably lacklustretitle sequence, he is quiet and reserved.He comes off as the subduedstraight man to Waltz’s enigmaticdentist. Only later do we see that thisis a mere mechanism developed soas to not stand out, and to not drawattention to him or his wife, Broomhilda,played by Kerry Washington.His evolution into the strongest character,in terms of development andpower, illustrates exactly what effectthe institution of slavery hashad on a man. Compared to his loud,revenge-driven self in the secondand third acts, the early Django is abroken man.In a film filled with grand, hugelyimportant characters who enjoyplenty of screen time, the smallerroles are inevitably overlooked. KerryWashington appears only briefly forhalf of the film, and although she isnever a major player at any point, sheserves as motivation for Django withouther actions affecting the courseof events. Normally, this would because for concern, but this seems to beBinki Shapiro and Adam Greenfilm Whip It! At the age of 26, Shapirois a young music veteran. Shapiro’sprojects cleverly teamed up withsuccessful yet somewhat underthe-radaracts, positioning her tobe a hidden gem as opposed to thebelle of the ball.It’s interesting that this album wasreleased in the middle of the winterseason as its sound is light andsummery, much like Shapiro’s formerproject. The album boasts aneasy rock sound that borderlines oncheesy and could be compared to thesounds of Sondre Lerche, Jens Lekmanor Beirut. I like to think this stylecourtesyof music is a lighter, more jolly interpretationof a typical pop-rock tune.Their sound in particular makes greatreference to old Serge Gainsbourgappropriate for her character. She isboth a woman and a slave, and is thustreated as the ultimate object. Thefilm plays with her role as the mythicalBroomhilda, a princess who sat,trapped, until her prince came to rescueher. Our Broomhilda, however,does try to escape, and does fight forher freedom. It is only because of theworld she lives in that her actions aremoot. She is beaten, whipped, branded,and thrown naked into a “hotbox.”This is all played dead serious, withabsolutely no sexualization or belittlement.Her resolve in the face ofthe most honest portrayal of violencein recent Hollywood history comesthrough as a result of a shocking,subtle performance.Tarantino is, of course, up to hisusual tricks. Clever nods and jokesabound, from a throwaway line connectingthis film to the others in the“Tarantinoverse” to Dr. Schultz being adentist opposing a man named Candy.The visuals are stunning as always,with tricks such as Django’s headtunes with more prominent femalevocals.The tune “Casanova” is a very moderninterpretation of an old doo-wopsound. Shapiro’s vocals swing andsway eloquently on their own, withoutthe help of Green. The tune “IfYou Want Me To” sounds identical toShapiro’s past work with Little Joy,exemplifying a sense of apprehensionand wryness. Shapiro’s work withGreen differentiates from her formerproject in its assertiveness withcatchy, strong numbers like “I NeverFound Out” and the surf rock soundof “What’s the Reward.” GreaterPtarmigan - Eliak and the Dreamstems from the group’s originalmoniker, and in turn stems froma Dungeons and Dragons charactercreated by the band. The timbreof Aaron Hoffman’s mandolin/accordionapparently came out ofnecessity, as he was to play a concertwith a keyboard, but the venuehad an accordion handy; thus, alarge part of Ptarmigan’s distinctsound was born, complimentingSam Whillans’s rich acoustic bass,Brandon Munro’s locomotive drumpatterns, and Peter McMurty’s cuttingbanjo and soft-spoken vocalstyle.Tunes like “Clifftop” and “Fiefdom”illustrate instrumentalfluency by the band as a whole,but virtuosity is not the end goalhere. Case in point, Sam Gleason’scourtesyAlbum reviewssucculent electric guitar wizardrythroughout the album’s runtimecould easily feel out of place, awkward,or overdone, but he utilizescourtesythe potentially ill-fitting instrumentas a textural tool as opposedto a method of “look how fast I canplay!”The key to the album’s accomplishmentis the group’s devotionto melody. The record’s second cut,“Sanctuary,” for example, could fitcomfortably on any college or modernrock radio station. Throughcrafting strong hooks, immersiveatmospheres, and self-reflectivelyrics, the record has plenty of roomto breathe and plenty of room for itsaudience to immerse themselves init. The crystal clear mixing/masteringjob also puts focus on the bandunit, with superb volume levelingand production value throughout.Also of note is the record’s syntacticstructure; it seems like thesongs are exactly where they needto be to offer an exciting and immersivelistening experience. Thealbum’s penultimate piece, the neararts & Culturepassing behind a noose when he isviewed by a white woman, and plentyof blood spilt on white objects. Tarantinoeven manages to slip his signaturetrunk shot in there. He manages tobreak new ground in the dialogue,which feels much more restrainedthan earlier films. While charactersstill monologue for minutes at a time,these sections now always serve asa way to advance the plot or definecharacter, in addition to adding thesense of cool hyper-reality of Tarantino’sReservoir Dogs and PulpFiction days.This is a film that succeeds. It succeedsin humor, in action, and intension. Most importantly it succeedsin letting the real horrors of slaverybe seen raw, unhindered by moviemakingconvention. When it hits you,it will hit hard. From buddy comedyto revenge fantasy to complex drama,Django Unchained succeeds, and isa film you must see. If nothing else,the branding scene will stay with youfor weeks.presence here brings Shapiro into thelime light instead of a minute, supportingrole in Little Joy.The album very boldly ends on ameandering tune called “The NighttimeStopped Bleeding.” The tune hasa terrific flourishing chorus but is toounderwhelming as a whole. It doesn’tfeel like an adequate end to the albumand leaves it sounding incomplete.Despite an underwhelming finish,I anticipate that Adam Green & BinkiShapiro will be one of the most underrated,lovely albums of the year. Italso serves as the follow-up Little Joyalbum we will likely never get to hear.seven-minute “True Colour,” worksperfectly in its spot as the secondlast song, precluding “Eliak.” Thesetwo tunes seem to give a heartfelt“goodbye and thanks for listening”to the audience, simply in how theyare structured in contrast to the remainderof the record. This carefulstructuring of the songs is a testamentto Ptarmigan’s productionsensibilities – they have an acuteear for how songs work in relationto another, and how sounds andwords blend into an effective song.All in all, Eliak and the Dreamsurpasses expectations from a groupof 20-somethings. The writing andproduction displays wisdom beyondtheir years, and is one of the mostlistenable records of the year, majorlabel or not.


170.5 ◆ february 7th, 2013arts & Culture 13From A to ZavitzArtists collaborate tobring a studio into thegalleryAlexa Hare &Zoe Downie-RossPicture_Jamming, an exhibitionby Samuel De Lange and GrahamRagan is different than what onewould expect to see in a pristine,white gallery space. In the middleof the gallery sat a table. Sprawledon top were the artists’ supplies,including a palette of paints, toolsand works-in-progress.The two worked in the galleryspace for the past week from 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. As in a music jam session,the artists spent the week reactingto each other’s creations in a nodto surrealist art games. The collaborativeworks were exhibited onthe back wall with the artists’ previousworks on the two opposingones in order to contextualize theirpractices. As such the white cube ofgallery space was transformed intoa studio-like environment.At the beginning of the week,Ragan created a white minimalisticpainting that De Lange thenresponded to by photographing,manipulating the negative to createan entirely new artwork. Thisprocess was then repeated, resultingin several hybrid artworks bythe end of the week. As a result,the artists complicated the existingrelationships between the galleryand studio as well as painting andphotography. The gallery becamean environment where the viewerwas transformed into a participant,actively engaging with the artistsand their makeshift studio. The artistswere influenced by the vieweras much as they were by each other,explained De Lange, noting thatthe artists would have ideally likedmore time in order to create multipleseries of artworks.In order to contextualize theexhibition, De Lange and Ragandisplayed works that they hadcreated previously throughouttheir artistic practices. De Lange,who grew up in Guelph, notedthe influence of the increasinglysuburban environment. Using amedium format camera, De Langephotographed monotonous rowsof suburban homes devoid of expressionthat extend off the edgeof the photograph. De Lange thendisrupted the repetition and orderthrough techniques of alteration byusing red marker, cigarettes, ink,and sandpaper to alter the originalphotographic image. As such,there was a painterly aspect introducedto the photographic works.The photographs were displayedon the gallery walls under sheets ofPlexiglas, referencing the processof sandwiching negatives betweenglass in the dark room.Complimenting De Lange’s photographsof homes were Ragan’ssmall, observed still life paintingsof familiar objects that the artist has“personal relationships with.” Theseinclude anything from beer bottlesand egg cartons to scissors and soapcontainers. Ragan noted an interestin these seemingly banal objectsfor their formal characteristics,including shape, colour, and theway they transform through paint.One of Ragan’s larger yet quieterpaintings is revealed to be quitepolitical upon further investigation.What appears to be a minimalisticcomposition of vertical stripes wasadapted from the famous photographThe Falling Man by RichardDrew. Drew snapped the iconicphoto as a man fell from one ofthe twin towers during the eventsnadine maherPicture Jamming in Zavitz gallery the week of Jan. 28 saw artists Samuel De Lange and Graham Ragancollaborate in a way not unlike a musical jam session.of 9/11. In reaction to this photograph,Ragan removed the figurefrom the composition, creating anambiguous field of stripes.At first glance these artists’ workmight seem quite different. However,both explore the intersectionof painting and photography in reactionto the world around them,creating an ongoing dialogue betweentheir environment, theaudience and each other.Pop Machine: Autopsy and autocracyExhumedcorpse of king couldput wrench in cog ofcultural fabrication ofhis imageTom BeedhamOn Feb. 4, researchers at the Universityof Leicester announcedthat a skeleton discovered on thesite of a Leicester, England parkinglot about a year ago is in factthat of 15th-century English kingRichard III.The announcement follows ayear of debate, DNA testing, andcarbon-14 dating carried outto verify the source of the remains.The confirmation of thebones’ belongings came after itsDNA was matched up to that ofmatrilineal descendents of AnneSt. Leger, Richard’s only sororalniece whose line of descent persiststo this day.The day following the announcement,the Richard IIISociety unveiled a life-sized plasticmodel featuring the likenessof the king based on craniofacialexamining of the unearthed skull.With its model’s face being noticeablysmoother and youngerlooking than that of several portraitsof Richard, the group saysit is dedicated to “reclaiming thereputation” of the king.Richard III died at the battleof Bosworth Field in 1485 atthe age of 32, and has since beenportrayed – most famously as thevillain in Shakespeare’s RichardIII – as a hunchbacked and hatefulman accused of murdering hisown nephews.Critics claim that Richard IIIwas the first “victim of spin.”That claim could easily be debated,but it’s a well-known fact thatthroughout the Middle Ages, it wasnever uncommon for royalty orother members of “noble” societyto have misleading portraitsproduced in their likeness. Unlikemodern portraits, which (arguably)strive to capture accuratelikeness, medieval portraits weresought out to express social status,religious convictions, political position,and above all an image thatthe person wished to be rememberedby for time ever after.While it’s uncertain whether theRichard III Society’s wishes will bemet, it’s already clear that RichardIII’s own skeleton has underminedhis original intentions as exhibitedby portraits from the periodof his life.It all goes to show that in a worldof power and performance, autopsyis the great equalizer.What the Tech?Planet Earth: greatestartist of all time?Nick RevingtonLately, Canadian astronaut ChrisHadfield, currently aboard theInternational Space Station, hasamassed a substantial Twitterfollowing. With over 311,000followers, the astronaut is morepopular in the Twitterverse thaneven Prime Minister StephenHarper.The surge in Hadfield’s popularityis largely attributed to onething: the astronaut has beentweeting photographs of Earth asthe space station orbits around it.The stunning visuals – sand ripplesin the Australian outback,well-known cities lit up at night,tropical islands – have garneredthe attention of such celebrities asStephen Fry and William Shatner.The captivating images tweetedby Hadfield are reminiscentof those in Earth as Art, a compilationof photographs andfalse-colour images acquired bysatellites, published as an e-bookby NASA. False-colour images arecreated when light not visible tothe human eye – such as the infraredportion of the spectrum– is represented using red, green,or blue. The result is an image ofEarth’s surface in colours thatwe are unaccustomed to seeing.Healthy vegetation may appear redinstead of green, for example. Thesepictures have their practical applications,like assessing deforestationrates or measuring soil moisturecharacteristics over a wide regionof the planet’s surface. The portionsof the invisible spectrum usedand how they are represented inred, green and blue portions of thevisible spectrum vary based on thespecific application.The final product, in addition tobeing a useful tool for geographers,also exposes the beauty of our planetin a way that until recently wasnot even possible. Earth observingsatellites are largely a product ofthe Cold War space race, and thusdate back no more than a paltryhalf-century. Admiring these imagesof Earth from space, however,is not just a passing fad based on thenovelty of a relatively new technology.Humans will always have asense of wonder about their world,and this is but another way to explorethat fundamental curiosity.It does raise an interesting question,though: who is the greaterartist? Is it the astronaut or satellitecapturing the image, or is it Earthitself, combining form and colourin unparalleled ways? Surely, it isthe latter.


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www.theontarion.com16University of Guelph Climbing Club reaches new heightsClub is a hiddentreasure foradventurous studentsSusannah RipleyThe University of Guelph ClimbingClub (UGCC) has been describedas the University of Guelph’s bestkeptsecret. Since the club’s climbinggym is hidden in the basement of theAthletic Centre, it’s no surprise thatmany students have never venturedthere. But those who have discoveredthe club have found that it hasmany rewards.A running joke for the club is thatit was mentioned in The Ontarion’sannual list of one hundred thingsto do before graduating – “find theclimbing gym in the basement of theAthletic Centre.” But the gym hidesin plain sight.The climbing gym can be accessedas easily as the cardio room in the AthleticCentre. Instead of going up thestairs that lead to the cardio room,take the stairs down to the left. At thebottom, a narrow hallway leads tothe two rooms where the club trains.The walls are speckled with colourfulhandholds and projecting angles.“We’ve been running this gym forseveral years now,” said the club’spresident, Josh Leyte-Jammu.“It actually used to be our old squashcourt. We do everything from boulderingevents, which is a harness-freeadvanced form of climbing, all theway up to top ropes.”Despite its underground reputation,the club has about 200 memberseach semester.“We are actually one of the largestclubs on campus,” said Leyte-Jammu.“It’s a very loyal membership, aswell. Many of these members, includingmyself, end up becomingmonitors for the club later.”The UGCC competes with climbingclubs from universities acrossCanada, and recently some Americanschools as well. Last year the clubestablished the University BoulderingSeries (UBS) in partnership withthe Guelph Grotto climbing gym. Sofar, four competitions have been heldin the series, and more are planned.Past competitions have featured categoriesfor three different skill levels,from beginner to advanced, and a DJto keep the energy high.At the fourth UBS meet, which tookplace in Guelph on Jan. 26, Guelphwas well represented with a secondplacefinish in the men’s division andan unbroken streak of firsts in thewomen’s division.The Guelph team’s arch-rival inthe series is surprisingly not theUniversity of Western Ontario.“It has to be McMaster University– they have the next biggest climbingteam in Ontario,” explainedLeyte-Jammu.Leyte-Jammu also extended an invitationto students to try out the club.sports & HealthMembers of the University of Guelph Climbing Club scale a wall in the depths of the W.F. Mitchell Athletic Centre.Gryphons ravaged by a pack of hungry WolvesMen’s basketballteam drops game toLakeheadTristan DaviesIn men’s basketball action on Feb. 1,the Guelph Gryphons were handed acrushing defeat by the Lakehead UniversityThunderwolves, 87-55. Thismarks the 11th defeat this year for themen’s squad.After the initial tip off, the Gryphonslooked promising by gaining a healthyseven-point lead. Despite showingearly signs of a faltering defence, theGryphons were able to maintain atwo-point lead to end the first quarter.The second quarter was marred bydefensive mistakes and missed offensiveopportunities. Lakehead wasallowed to take the lead, outscoring asluggish Gryphon team, and led 35-23at halftime.The second half began with a totaldefensive meltdown by the Gryphons,allowing the Thunderwolves to go ona 20-point scoring run. The Gryphonswere able to regroup near the end ofthe quarter and appeared to havegained some momentum with scoringcoming from guard Zach Angus.At the start of the fourth quarter thescore was 70-33 for Lakehead. Thisquarter was by far the most productivefor the Gryphons, who outscoredthe Thunderwolves 22-17. However,it was too little too late as Lakeheadcoasted to an easy 87-55 win overGuelph.The top scorer for the Gryphons wasforward Trevor Thompson nettingeight points and connecting on three ofhis eight shots. The Gryphons defensecouldn’t find an answer to Lakehead’sleading scorer forward Ryan Thompson,who netted a game high 22 points.The Gryphons downfall was theirinability to capitalize on scoring opportunitiesscoring on just 35.6 percent of shots attempted. Elsewhereon the court, the Gryphons were againunable to match up adequately againsttheir opponents, tallying a modest 25rebounds compared to the Thunderwolves’s35. If the Gryphons are tosucceed, they will have to be betterat capitalizing on scoring chances andtighten up defensively in order to takepressure off the offense.The Gryphons look to learn fromtheir mistakes in this weekend’s routby the Thunderwolves as they gear upto close out the regular season and tryto sneak their way into the post season.In order to make the playoffs, theGryphons will need to maintain theirposition in the top six of the OUA Westas they currently sit tied for fifth placewith Laurier. To accomplish this task,Guelph will be hard pressed as theytake on a strong McMaster team in“It’s a great little club to have oncampus, and I’m glad we have it. It’snot like anything else you’re going tofind on campus.”for web-exclusivep h o t o R e e lBen Derochietasha falconerJack Beatty (31) of the men’s basketball team works the ball past adefender against the Lakehead Thunderwolves on Feb. 1. Guelph lostboth games of the weekend doubleheader.Hamilton on Feb. 6 before returningto the W.F. Mitchell Athletic Centre totake on an equally strong Brock Badgerteam on Feb. 9.


170.5 ◆ february 7th, 2013sports & Health 17Gryphons vault Lancers in men’s hockey standingsGryphons findthemselves in a secondplace tie after a 4-1victory over WindsorJeff SehlWith only three games remainingin their regular season, theGryphons found themselves in acrucial matchup with the WindsorLancers on Feb. 2. After adisappointing loss to the UOITRidgebacks on Jan. 31, the Gryphonsentered play trailing thesecond place Lancers by just asingle point in the OUA Weststandings, a point that the Gryphonsproved motivated enoughto overcome.After a slow start to the contestthat saw the Gryphons down1-0 early on, they seemed to findtheir stride in the second period.Near the halfway point of themiddle frame, fourth year forwardMatthew Lyall found thenet on the power play tying thegame for the Gryphons. Guelphwent on to take the lead on aJon-Thomas MacDonald goal latein the period and never lookedback on route to a critical 4-1victory.“Windsor is a pretty solid teamso we had to try to get on themquickly because they had playedthe night before in Windsor. Wewere lucky enough to overcomea 1-0 deficit and kept our footon the gas until the end of thegame,” said Lyall, who lead theGryphons with two goals in thewin. “It’s a good tune up forplayoff hockey because they area pretty talented team.”The win improves the Gryphons’record to 16-8-2 and movesthem into a tie for second in theOUA West with the LakeheadThunderwolves at 34 pointsapiece. However, according toLyall, the win versus Windsorwas more important than justimproving their standing in theOUA West. The victory was a keymomentum builder for the teamwith the playoffs looming in thecoming weeks.“It’s very important to playwell going into playoffs becauseit really sets the tone,” said Lyall.“The guys have to know thatplayoff hockey is harder, fasterand more physical. So it’s essentialto go into playoffs playingwell as a team if we hope to besuccessful.”With some momentum enteringthe final games of theseason and the playoffs, hopesare high that the Gryphons maybe able to make a deep run in thepost season.“We’ve had a pretty goodseason so far so I think our expectationsare very high. All wecan do is play hard every gameand hopefully, that takes us verydeep into the post season,” saidLyall.However, with the tightstandings in the OUA West, theGryphons still have two morecritical games to focus on beforeshifting focus to the playoffs. TheGryphons will take on the sixthplace Laurier Golden Hawks inWaterloo on Feb. 7 before takingon the fifth place York Lions onFeb. 9 in Guelph in their regularseason finale.tasha falconerThe men’s hockey team defeated the Windsor lancers on Feb. 2. Thescore was 4-1.GMHA pairs with GryphonsMulti-year partnershipfirst of its kindChris MüllerOn Jan. 30 the University ofGuelph’s athletic departmentagreed to a multi-year partnershipwith the Guelph Minor Hockey Association(GMHA) that will offersupport to the community organization’srep and house leagueprograms.The agreement can be seen asthe materialization of the university’sBuilding Potential project inwhich the university is committedto improving athletic opportunitiesfor students and athletes atthe University of Guelph as wellas working with the communityto improve the Guelph sportslandscape.The agreement focuses on thedevelopment of hockey knowledgethrough programs and workshopsconducted in collaboration withthe varsity coaching staff and theGMHA coaches.The young players stand to benefitthe most from the program, asplayers enrolled with the GMHAwill receive a Jr. Gryphon admissioncard good for entrance to anyGryphon athletic event (excludinghomecoming, of course) and willreceive discounts on merchandiseand entrance fees for Gryphonsummer camp programs.The agreement comes at a timethat the GMHA has decided to emphasizethe development of theircoaches as the means to teachingbetter hockey. Chuck Nash,president of the GMHA, releaseda statement prior to the announcementof the agreement outliningthe goals of the association.“It is our goal over the next threeyears to take our coaches to thenext level through expanding theknowledge base and tools that theyalready possess,” Nash’s statementreads.Purchasing an additional$43,000 in ice time — and subsequentlyfinding people to makethe most of that time — look toachieve part of that goal.One such person is Jeff Reid, thehead coach of the Gryphon men’steam from 1997-2007. Reid committedto spending more than 20hours a week with young hockeyplayers of the GMHA to improvetheir hockey skills. Reid’s experiencein the OUA hockey sceneand 20-plus years of involvementin elite hockey is sure to be a boonfor the young hockey hopefuls.On facet of the agreement is thedecision to have the GMHA repteams at the AAA, AA, A, AE, andSelect levels will now be adornedwith the Gryphons logo and colourscheme of red, black, and gold.Additionally, the Gryphons willsupport six GMHA house leagueteams.The impact of having the minorhockey association adopt the Gryphoncolours is significant, as it’ssure to have some degree of influenceon the young players when itcomes time to consider playing optionsat the university level.Regardless, both sides look tobenefit from the agreement, withimproved coaching for the youngplayers and a greater presencefor the Gryphons in the realm ofGuelph’s hockey community.Since the program is the first ofits kind, it will be interesting tosee how it unfolds in the comingyears, though this precedent-settingagreement has the potentialto cross into other sports as well.Forging links between the university’sathletic programs andcommunity athletic organizationscan only help grow both programs,and both parties ought to be applaudedfor their efforts.


www.theontarion.com18Women’s hockey beat top-seeded Golden HawksVictory extendsimpressive winningstreak to 12 gamesAndrea ConnellThe Gryphons made it 12 straightwins when they beat the topseededLaurier Golden Hawksby a score of 3-2 in a tight gameat the Gryphon Centre on Feb. 3.Coach Rachel Flanagan said theteam played well against theiropponent.“It was a great team effort todayand we were very pleased withthe result. We expected a toughgame and some girls had to stepinto different roles. Having todeal with adversity at this pointin the season is a great lead intothe playoffs,” said Flanagan.Golden Hawk Lauren Blairopened the scoring for Laurier12:19 into the first when shescored straight out of the penaltybox, but Guelph answered backjust over two minutes later on apowerplay when Jessica Pinkertonadded her tenth goal of theseason to tie it up.It took almost the entire secondperiod for either team to capitalizeon end-to-end chancesto score. Finally, center HilaryWalsh netted the go-ahead goalfor Guelph assisted by AmandaParkins and goalie Stephanie Nehringwith less than a minute leftto play in the second period.It was Laurier’s turn to scoreon the powerplay and make ittwo apiece with a goal by forwardRobyn Degagne in the third.Gryphon Averi Nooren scored thegame winner assisted by Parkinsand Kim Wong just before thebuzzer at 19:23.The win puts Guelph in secondplace in the OUA regularseason division standings with40 points; just three short of thefirst-place Hawks, and on parwith the third place Queens Gaels.The Gryphons have just twomatchups left to finish out theregular season: back-to-backaway games against the RyersonRams and the Waterloo Warriorstake place Feb. 9 and 10,respectively.Winning both games wouldadd four points to their overalltotal increasing it to 44, butwould leave them one pointshort of top spot if Laurier wereto win their last game on Feb. 9,against Queen’s. For Laurier, asports & Healthwin would give them 45 pointsand ensure first-place in thestandings.Regardless of how the numberswork out, with just two games togo, Flanagan plans to keep theteam on task.“Our goal heading into theweekend is to stay focused andexecute our game plan in smallerrinks.”Gryphons split weekend series with ThunderwolvesGoodhoofd, Douglaslead Gryphons to Feb. 1victoryChris MüllerThe Gryphons took the first gameof the two-game weekend seriesby simply outperforming theLakehead Thunderwolves on Feb.1 inside the W.F. Mitchell AthleticCentre.Lakehead emerged from thefirst period with a narrow 23-19lead, but the Gryphons went on to“We expecteda tough gameand some girlshad to step intodifferent roles.Having to dealwith adversityat this point inthe season is agreat lead intothe playoffs.”– Coach RachelFlanaganoutscore the Thunderwolves 63-35in the remaining three quarters,capturing the victory with a finalscore of 82-58.Third-year forward Kayla Goodhoofdtore up the Lakehead defense,posting 19 points and seven stealsin the matchup. Goodhoofd connectedon nine of 13 shot attempts.Defensively, the Gryphons wereled by fifth-year center JasmineDouglas, whose three blocks, foursteals, and eight-total reboundshighlighted a stellar team-wide defensiveeffort after the first quarter.Feb. 2 held a different result forthe Gryphons, as they were unableto find the rhythm that broughtthem success in the previous day’smatchup. Lakehead’s 35 defensiverebounds compounded a strugglingGryphons offensive attack thatcombined to convert only 27.8 percent of their shooting opportunities.Lakehead worked the three-pointers,connecting on 16 from outsidethe arc en route to a 70-65 victoryover the Gryphons.Guelph now sits at 6-11 in theOUA West, one game behind the7-10 Thunderwolves.Guelph will need to improve onthe shooting percentage if theywish to be competitive with theBrock Badgers (15-2) on Feb. 9,tasha falconerAmanda Parkins (6) of the women’s hockey team works the puck past a Laurier defender duringGuelph’s 3-2 victory over the Golden Hawks.Jasmine Douglas (21) of the women’s basketball team uses her height to the team’s advantage. Thewomen’s team split the weekend series with Lakehead on Feb. 1 and 2.though the game itself will play abackseat role to the event the Gryphonsare set to participate in overthe weekend.The Gryphons are involved inthe sixth annual “Shoot for theCure,” a program developed by theCIS Women’s Basketball CoachesAssociation in which funds areraised for the Canadian Breast CancerFoundation and other relatedcharities. Since 2007, the programhas raised over half a million dollarsin donations. Last year, the CISwideprogram raised $121,248.70 forcancer research. The program raisestasha falconerfunds throughout the season, withthe weekend’s game slated specificallyto promote the endeavor.The Gryphons will wear pinkuniforms in support of the programwhen they host Brock onFeb. 9 in the W.F. Mitchell AthleticCentre.


sports & Health170.5 ◆ february 7th, 201319From the BleachersIt’s February,and we all know whatthat meansChris MüllerThe conclusion of the year’s firstmonth has gracefully placed us inthe thrall’s of 2013’s shortest associate,the great month of February.It’s the month where sports fansthe world over show their love andappreciation for their significantother, often with tokens of affectionor going out somewhere nicetogether. Yes, romance is in theair and there’s simply no denyingit – an infection in the hearts andminds of faithful lovers, a remembranceof time past and a feverishanticipation of what the futuremay bring.Wooed by these thoughts, it’seasy to find yourself daydreamingof that special someone – perhapsa new face or perhaps one you’vegrown accustomed to, regardlessof your choice the romanceof spring is undeniable, and I darenot attempt to fight it.I catch myself – often in themiddle of a sentence – wonderingwhat joys the summer will bringfor my betrothed, and entertainnotions of how we might celebratethose moments together. Yes, Februaryis a special time, a glimpseof summer in the middle of winter.We entertain ideas of runningaway on the winter break to somewherewarm, to places wheregrapefruits and cactuses grow,somewhere to sneak away togetherin anticipation of the lazy Sundayafternoons of July and August. Ilong to stare at palm trees in thedistance, to wear cheap sunglassesand forget to put on sunscreen. Idream of cold beer in plastic cups,of clear skies and carefree summerdays.But most of all, February marksthe time when pitchers and catchersreport to spring training, andhope springs eternal for fans of all30 Major League Baseball teams.What else could I have beentalking about?Canada’s only team, the TorontoBlue Jays, held their annual “Stateof the Franchise” meeting withseason ticket holders at the RogersCentre on the evening of Feb.6. The meeting was held by ownerPaul Beeston, general manager AlexAnthopolous, manager John Gibbons,and the television broadcastcrew of Buck Martinez and JackMorris. Morris is a new additionto the broadcast crew, with formermember Pat Tabler leaving forthe new members of the AmericanLeague, the Houston Astros.For those unfamiliar with Morris,he’s the only major league pitcherto ever start on opening day for14 consecutive seasons. In otherwords, he was seen as the bestpitcher on the team’s roster for 14consecutive years, not a bad accomplishment.Morris also spentsome time in Toronto, posting 21wins in the regular season in 1992 –the year the Blue Jays won their firstWorld Series. Given the similaritiesbetween what happened in 1992and 1993 and what’s happened inthe past few months for Toronto’steam, the choice to bring in Morrismust have been an easy one.But Morris wasn’t the most interestingthing about the “State ofthe Franchise” event, which wasattended by 1,200 season ticketholders and special guests.Rather, this was a perfect exampleof how Rogers is making themost of their professional baseballfranchise. Rogers CommunicationsIncorporated is the owner of theBlue Jays, and they are also the soleprovider of live Blue Jays broadcasts– owning the Sportsnet televisionchannels and the Fan 590 (the radiobroadcaster of Blue Jays games).The meeting itself was broadcastlive on sportsnet.ca and began witha standing ovation from the fansin appreciation of the men sittingon top of the home-team’s dugout.Toronto doubled its payroll forthe 2013 season, adding NationalLeague Cy-Young winner R.A.Dickey (the 2013 opening day starter)and a bevy of talented playersin shortstop Jose Reyes, outfielderMelky Cabrera, utility playersEmilio Bonifacio and Maicer Izturis,and starting pitchers Josh Johnsonand Mark Buerhle.The arrival of a World-Series caliberteam comes one off-season aftera disappointing 2012 campaign thatsaw the Jays finish 73-89, 20 gamesout of a playoff spot. Despite thedismal season, attendance averagedout to be 25,921 fans attending eachhome game, a 3,500 increase overthe 2011 campaign.Clearly, the abundance of mediacoverage(including a nation-widemedia tour with members of theteam) has facilitated the growth inattendance and the general marketabilityof this team.Sportsnet and its parent company,Rogers Communications,courtesyBlue Jays pitcher Brandon Morrow is presumably fired up aboutFebruary. From the Bleachers tells you why you should be too.have very clearly gone all-in intheir coverage of the Blue Jays.Sportsnet has been innovative inrecent years with the presentationof their sports-information,providing news and informationonline, on the radio, on television,and in print through the Sportsnetmagazine. With exclusive broadcastrights to the sure-to-be wellattended games, Rogers appears to“We entertainideas of runningaway on thewinter breakto somewherewarm...inanticipation ofthe lazy Sundayafternoonsof July andAugust.”be planning on winning big on thefield and in the boardroom.I for one am quite ready to reapthe rewards of Rogers’s spending,and businesses that reward theconsumer of their product shouldbe applauded, even if that companystands to make a fortune in thecoming months.So here’s to February, that wonderfulreminder of the promise ofsummer and the suddenly realpotential of a ring in late October.Let’s play ball.


www.theontarion.com20New study on portions and satietyA portion of chocolatecan be just as effectiveas a full barGarry GoChocolate. What more is there tosay? Our guiltiest pleasure can beour very own weakness. We all atone point have had those cravingsfor chocolate, which sometimesend in an overdose – and then potentiallysymptoms of withdrawaland regret.Many students on campus canrelate to this feeling of temptation.“I normally don’t have chocolatein the house but if we do Itry my best not to give in,” saidCandace Jahani, a second year biologicalsciences student.Chocolate is not all bad. Accordingto an article from EatRightOntario, chocolate contains compoundsknown as flavonoids which“can help the body repair damagedcells, may reduce the risk of heartdisease and other chronic disease.”The article also states that “chocolateis also high in fat, sugar andcalories, which can lead to weightgain.”So how much is enough?A new study done by CornellUniversity suggests that eatingonly a fraction of chocolate isenough to satisfy us.The study involved 104 participantsthat were separated intotwo different groups. One groupwas given popular snacks such aschocolate, apple pie, and crispsbut at larger portion sizes, whilethe second group was given onlya fraction of the same foods as thefirst group. Both groups were allowedto take as much time asthey needed to finish the foods.The participants were required tofill out a survey, which rated theiraffinity for the snack, whether ornot they had preference for onesnack over the other, and the degreeof hunger they felt. Surveyswere taken fifteen minutes beforeand after the consumption.The results of the study demonstratedthat the group whichconsumed the most snacks ate77 per cent more than the othergroup. Here’s the interesting thing:the group that consumed the lesseramounts were just as satisfiedas the group that ate much largerportions. The group that ate 77 percent more snacks showed no signsof being hungrier than the othergroup. The study suggests that cuttingdown on food portions mayhave less impact than you mightthink, and moderation is sufficientto satisfy your cravings.This can be useful for thosetrying to lose weight or trying tokeep off those extra pounds. Youcan still satisfy your cravings andat the same time stay fit. So thenext time you grab that deliciouschocolate bar at the UniversityCentre remember that you don’tnecessarily need to eat the wholething and that a fraction can go along way.sports & HealthSamantha DewaelePMS: Potentially made-up syndrome?U of T study claimspremenstrual moodswings do not existMakenzie ZatychiesAlmost any person in today’s society,male or female, can agreethat they have been victim to agirl lashing out during that “timeof the month.” Apologetically, thegirl will ask you to understand thatit is not her fault, but is due to PremenstrualSyndrome (PMS).But what if it were to come tolight that the mood swings leadingup to, and during, a woman’sRafaela é,menstrual cycle – commonly acceptedas a side effect of PMS – donot actually exist?A recent study on PMS was conductedby a University of Torontoresearch team and published inGender Medicine. Of the 47 studiesthat met the scientific criteria,ranging from sources 1806 topresent, 18 clearly stated thatthere was no correlation betweenhormones during menstrual cyclesand mood swings; 18 showed thatwomen were moodier around thetime of their cycle; seven showedclassic PMS symptoms; and fourindicated that women were moreprone to mood swings when theywere, in fact, not premenstrual.With this research backing theirclaims, the research team also leadtheir own studies with their dataclaiming the same point: premenstrualmood swings do not exist.The team delves into the ideathat PMS is a social construct, andthat this is a time where womenaren’t expected to be pleasant asusual. Part of this construct is thatwomen are often depicted as behavingin a certain manner beforeand during their menstrual cycles,therefore they begin to behave inthis manner assigned to them bysociety.After presented the researchteam’s ideas, I decided to ask asmall pool of men and womentheir opinions in regards to premenstrualmood swings. Initially,any information of the Universityof Toronto findings was withheld,just to get an honest opinion onthe matter, and then the evidencewas brought to light. Dyllan Christie,a 21-year-old living with hisgirlfriend, says he has to deal withthe erratic moods of his partner atthe beginning of her cycle.“I believe that girls are uncomfortableat the beginning of, andduring their periods, but I don’tthink their bad moods are actuallylinked to hormones as they say.I think that they are more upsetabout the situation they are in.”Christie’s statement is similar tothe findings of the study on premenstrualmood swings. On theother hand, Bailey Rae-Ashton,21, believes that her moods drasticallychange leading up to hermenstrual cycle.“The main reason that you havesuch bad mood swings is becauseyou are aching and uncomfortable,and the other part is the hormonalimbalance and changes in yourbody,” said Ashton.Many of the women interviewedhad very similar answers in attributingtheir monthly mood swingsto a hormone imbalance that iscaused by their cycle, and thereforebeyond their control. Evenwhen the information from theU of T study was given to them,many women did not want to acknowledgethe evidence presented,clinging to the idea that constantmood shifts are part of the menstrualcycle.The U of T study claims thatsamantha dewaelethere is no correlation betweenthe hormones and mood of womenleading up to their menstrual cycleand any mood swings that theysuffer are circumstantial to thefact that they are uncomfortable.If this is clearly outlined, thenwhy are women still arguing forthe idea that their moods at thattime of the month are beyond theircontrol?Maybe women do not want torelinquish that small exemptionthey have if they want to be lessthan pleasant. Or maybe womendo not want to believe that theyare really just irritable and it iswithin their control. Either way,watch out ladies, because your excusemay just have been disproved.


170.5 ◆ february 7th, 2013life 21So the career fair is over – now what?Wayne GreenwayYou have just come back from therecent Career Fair. You followedall the right steps.You created an effective businesscard that gave your contactinformation on it with your keyaccomplishments or qualificationson the back.You did your research on yourtop ten target employers. Youknew why you genuinely wantedto meet these people and you hadgathered enough research on eachof them to ask them pertinentquestions that will both impressthe company representative andinform your career job strategy.You dressed appropriately, justas though you were representingthat company at an importantevent. Your 20-30 second introductorypitch went well becauseyou had rehearsed it thoroughly.It gave the key information: whoyou are; the kind of work you areseeking to fit with the employer;where you are at in your studies;one or two relevant accomplishmentsfrom your summer co-opand/or academic experiencerelevant to their business andopenings.Your thoughtful questions engagedthe recruiters and youexchanged business cards. Beforemoving to the next booth,you wrote down details aboutthe conversation on the back oftheir business card, so that, inyour follow up correspondence,you could easily remind them ofthe conversation you had withthem. It seems like each meetingwent extremely well, exceptfor two companies that you nowknow you will not be pursuing.Now you are home and the workhas just begun. If you can engagethe people you met in further discussions,then you stand a muchbetter chance of finding a careerjob that matches what you areseeking and what they are lookingfor in an employee.You already have a head start asyou wisely prepared a rough templatefor a thank you email beforeyou left for the career fair. Nowyou need to customize it with acouple probing questions, pertinentto the job, in a way thatgives you a chance to highlightyour strengths.The follow up email is veryimportant because the representativessee so many peoplethat you need to say somethingto help bring your conversationto the forefront of their memory.You will want to thank theperson for the opportunity tospeak with them. If you includesomething from your note on theback of their business card, it willhelp them to remember you. Youwill also want to restate the samepitch that you used throughout theday, highlighting achievementsthat specifically pertain to whatyou learned in your conversation.Naturally you will want to closethe letter with a request to meetwith the person at their earliestconvenience to learn more about …and discuss next steps in exploringhow you could add value to theircompany’s operations. It is an excellentidea to say that you will bein touch with the recruiter nextweek to arrange a meeting time.Then you will want to be sure tothank them again for their timeand consideration.It’s important to keep track ofthese details by company nameand to put all future actions to betaken in a day planner. Naturally,calling when you said you wouldis prudent and ongoing follow-upis important. Bright, upbeat andfriendly messages every 10 dayswill likely get you a reply.Once you have made contact, besure to keep in touch periodicallythroughout your job search withan interesting relevant article ornews story.Now that you have mastered thelive career fair process, your nextstep is to get yourself ready for avirtual career fair.Initial attempts at offering virtualjob fairs did not go well but nowthat technology is improving, HRdepartments are rethinking theirvalue. Shelly Gorman explains thechange in a recent report to theKenan Flagler Business School.“In today’s virtual career fairs,job seekers and recruiters useavatars to enter a virtual world.Participants can chat live throughtext, voice or video; conduct interviewsusing that same technology;and visit networking loungeswhere they can interact with differentemployers and other jobseekers. Virtual career fairs caneven allow managers who wouldnormally be unable to attend livefairs to talk to candidates speedingup the interviewing process.”In the same report, Groman describedMonster Canada’s VirtualCareer Fair, which featured 21 employers,and “generated more than400,000 page views, 18,000 visits,21,000 job views and collectedmore than 12,000 resumes.”It is certainly convenient for careerjob seekers because you canstay in the comfort of your homeand some virtual job fairs can runfor several days compared to thetypical one-day model of traditionalcareer fairs.The preparation process isalmost the same with a few importantdifferences: You will wantto take extra care to ensure thatyour social media sites are professionallooking and that yourprofile photo, Skype picture andusername all have the same professionallook; be sure to take thecompatibility test, if one is offered,as it will help you see howyour strengths best match withwhich employer’s needs; be sureyour spelling and grammar arecorrect before you click the sendbutton; and do not use text slang oremoticons in your replies. It is veryimportant that you dress just likeyou were going to attend a careerfair because you may be interviewedin a video chat. It’s alsoimportant that the backgroundvisible in the call be clean and tidy.Just like in a traditional job fairyou will talk with recruiters tohelp them to see how you could fitfor positions now or in the future.Like many things it’s all aboutpractice and with one live careerfair under your belt you will beready to do even better at the nextone, whether it is live or virtual.pet of the weekLouis is a Labrador/Border Collie mix born on 4:20,and will be turning six this year. His favourite pastimesinclude snuggling and playing fetch. He is currentlysingle, but is a king among men!If you have a pet that you would like to submit as “Pet of the week”,send your photo and the name of your pet to onphoto@uoguelph.caal ladhaWhat happens next?Kiera VandeborneYou’re sitting in a lecture hall, sippinga can of pop while strugglingto stay awake. As the lecture ends,you toss your empty can in the recyclingon the way out. For mostof us, recycling has become partof our routine, something we doout of practice – but have you everstopped to think about what happensnext?From an aluminium can to aglass bottle, each item you throwin the recycling bin tells a slightlydifferent story after it gets collected.Depending on the material, thelength of the process and successrate of recycling differs. For thoseinterested in finding out just exactlyhow it works, there are manyuseful resources available.One of the more obvious wayswould be to spend some time onGoogle (or preferred search engine)figuring out how recyclingplants operate. Local recyclingplants will have information availableon their website to informcurious citizens of their working.Here in Guelph, the plant hasopened up a new education centreto raise awareness of recycling andthe mechanics of what happensonce your recycling gets collected.From the first week of Februarythrough until the end of March,the U of G community will beparticipating in Recycle Mania.This eight-week program is runthrough all of North America andaims to create awareness and getstudents excited about recycling.This year, U of G will be focusingon the story of “what happensnext?” in hopes of connectingthe community to their wasteand the process it endures afterconsumption.For those who have never consideredthe story of their stuff, youmight be surprised by what youcan learn. Of course the Internethas some great informationfloating around, and if you are amember of the university community,keep a look out for thenext eight weeks to find out whathappens next.


www.theontarion.com22Brew Review: PorterChris MüllerPorter is believed to have developedthrough the use of brown malt thatwas common to brown ales in the18th century, but the introductionof the hydrometer (an instrumentthat measures the relative density ofliquids) allowed for an understandingthat brown malt produced lessfermentable sugars than pale malt, acommon beer ingredient at the time.With higher alcohol content in mind,brewers used the pale malt and addedcolouring to simulate the dark colourof porter.A combination of the NapoleonicWar’s increase on malt tax and the introductionof a beer purity law in 1816in London that mimicked the German“Reinheitsgebot” of 1516 (both lawsstate that only water, malt, and hopscan be used in beer brewing) poseda problem for the brewing industry,and one that was solved with blackpatent malt in 1817. Black patent maltallowed porter to be brewed from 95per cent pale malt, and five per centblack patent malt, the colour and tasteachieved without artificial colouring.Modern varieties of porter possess“The name‘porter’ isderived from themen that drankit frequently,those whomoved packagesand baggagein the streets,shipyards, andlater in railwayyards.”various malt combinations, but a traditionof cask-aging this style of beerhas continued into the present day.Centuries ago, breweries would addlong-aged beer to fresh beer in orderto simulate the taste of a moderatelyaged porter – this would have beenwhat was served in pubs at the turnof the 19th century. The name “porter”is derived from the men thatdrank it frequently, those who movedpackages and baggage in the streets,shipyards, and later in railway yards.A modern link to this brewing traditioncan be found in five per centABV Trafalgar Ales and Meads “Cognac-AgedPorter,” available at theLCBO in an attractive 500 mL ceramicswing-top bottle.This porter pours without any headat all, which was admittedly a disappointment.The beer produces anaroma of mild sweetness, with walnutand rye providing a balancingeffect. The cognac barrel imparts amild cognac flavour to the brew, butit is by no means overwhelming. Amild carbonation produces a smoothmouth-feel, and the aftertaste is ofmocha-sweetness, very pleasant.Ultimately, this selection serves asa suitable introduction to the porterstyle, and should be responsiblyand thoroughly enjoyed in the wintermonths.lifevanessa tignanelliThe attractively packaged Trafalgar Cognac-Aged Porter highlightssome features commonly associated with the porter brewingtradition. Read all about it in this week’s Brew Review.


170.5 ◆ february 7th, 2013life 23Not always a picnicPerspectives onworking and travellingin other continentsColleen McDonellIt’s got that appeal – hot, and exotic.With a palate for strange food,and versed in a foreign language,it brings forth an excitement asyou two meet for the first time.Travelling and working inanother country can be very attractive.20-somethings have beenknown to pick up and leave duringsummer breaks or after theygraduate, an experience quite differentfrom studying abroad.Brandon Schneider, 22, decidedto live in Australia for a year becausehis friends were going, andit was a “challenge to go somewherenew and survive”.The first days in a new countrycan be both intense and excitingas you find your way around,discover how much things cost,where you are going to live, andlook for a job.“We went with no plan, whichI think is the best idea; just showup and have fun. Our first coupleof days were really busy andwe spent a lot of time exploring,”explained Schneider. The groupalso found that getting help wasvery easy.“As long as you are polite, everyoneelse is polite with you.”Living by the beach and surfingeveryday seems like a dream.However, Schneider and friendsdid have a couple frustrating experiencesin Oz, such as difficultyin finding jobs, and a landlordfrom hell. There is also the potentialheartbreak that comes withtravelling.“Don’t travel as a couple. It’sa good test on the relationship,but I’m going to say about 80 percent of the relationships that Iencountered while traveling allbroke up,” said Schneider. “Ifyou are going to go travelling andyou have a significant other thatyou are leaving behind, make itquite clear that you should probablygo on a break at that time.”Returning home is anotherchallenge; goodbyes are bittersweet.Schneider wishes he hadknown how quickly his yearlongstay would end.“You have a timeframe, and youknow you have a date in yourmind, but it kind of creeps upon you. You develop relationshipsand they also kind of end.”Stephanie Shaffee, 22, wentto Chandigarh, India for fourmonths through AIESEC and alsodiscovered that expectations donot always pan out with reality.“I thought it was going to bea really cool, hip intern house,”said Shaffee on her arranged accommodations.“It wasn’t – itwas really shitty, and I livedon a cot for five months, and itsucked.” After one month Shaffeequit the internship and happilydecided to tour around instead.The preparation the AIESECerhad beforehand, such as twoRob BrechtOne of the most difficult hurdles to overcome when travelling abroad is adjusting to culture shock andcontrasting lifestyle. Pictured is a busy intersection void of cars in Delhi, India.seminars on culture shock andthe purchase of Lonely Planetguide (the traveler’s “bible”),helped her get through her initialhomesickness. Shaffee learnedquickly the importance of keepingopen-minded.“You need to adjust, becauseyou are in somebody else’scountry now,” advised Shaffee,pointing out it’s also useful tolearn the host languages beforeyou travel.“...just showup and have fun.Our first coupleof days werereally busy andwe spent a lot oftime exploring”–BrandonSchneiderDespite all of the unpleasantexperiences, Shaffee misses the“quirky” things about India, suchas getting candy for “change” ata local market. Like many otheryoung travelers, she acknowledgeshow much the constantchallenges helped her grow asa person.“Before, I was a princess, but[there] I was able to live in theshittiest hostels and fall asleepon 20 hour bus rides that looklike they belong in a dumpster,”said Shaffee. “I would go back ina second.”This Weekin HistorySweet rationing ends in BritainTo the excitement of kids throughoutEngland, on this day in 1953, sweetshopsstarted selling unrationed candyagain, the rationing of which beganin July, 1942. According to the article,toffee apples, ticks of nougat, and liquoricestrips were the best sellers, andone company distributed 150 poundsof lollipops to 800 children during theirmidday break from school. Free sweetswere also handed out by several shops,and adults were not excluded fromthe “sugar frenzy.” People indulged inthe “luxury of being able to buy [twopounds] of chocolates to take home forthe weekend,” which sounds similarto the amount of alcohol in litres thatone student might purchase for theweekend. Sugar rationing, however,continued in the country, but theconfectionary economy experienceda huge jump from spending, whichincreased from £100 million to £250million over the next year. Today, consumersspend more than £5.5 billionon sweets every year. (The BBC – Feb.5, 1953)Two Astronauts Float Free inSpace, 170 Miles UpIn an epic moment for the UnitedStates, two astronauts, “Free of anylifeline and propelled into the dark voidby tiny jets [became the] first humansatellites.” Bruce McCandless and RobertL. Stewart were the men behindthe helmets who completed the firstuntethered spacewalk, and describedtheir dramatic experiences with Mc-Candless stating that he did not have asense of his speed as the shuttle orbitedthe earth, though he was able to noticethe earth rotating when he lookeddown. The propulsion backpacks wornby the astronauts were imported piecesof technology considered crucial to“future operations to repair and serviceorbiting satellites”(The New YorkTimes – Feb. 7, 1984)Man kills his wife with an axeDetroit was the scene of a horrendousmurder close to a century ago,when a 23-year-old male, under suspiciouscircumstances, put an axe intohis wife. Eerily, he had no recollectionof committing the murder, as he foundhimself fully-dressed in the street twohours after the couple had gone to bed.He then found a policeman, and “toldhim that he thought he had killed hiswife, but was not sure.” The gruesomedetails of the crime scene areexplained thoroughly in the articlethat appeared below this headline, andrefer to the wife’s separated head. Thehusband’s mental lapses due to a trainaccident a few years before this incidentwere provided as an explanationfor the crime, along with his personalstatement that he did it “under anuncontrollable impulse.” (The Globe– Feb. 7, 1920)Compiled by Alicja Grzadkowska


editorialKeep your eyes wide open for Trudeau 2.0During the last federal election inMay 2011, it became evident thatyoung people are divided betweenthose interested in voting, and thosewho just don’t give a damn. The divisionbetween these groups was prettyequal, with Statistics Canada reportingthat 50 per cent of voters aged 18to 24 voted in 2011.What was the main reason for notcoming out to the polls for this agegroup? Thirty per cent claimed thatit was because of a lack of interest,with 23 per cent reporting that theywere too busy.Students at the University ofGuelph definitely showed a determinationto be noticed by party leadersand demonstrate their enthusiasmfor voting, which resulted in a few“scandals,” namely the valid/invalidpoll booth held in the UniversityCentre. Nonetheless, many youngpeople are just disinterested in Canadianpolitics, and they simply don’tapproach the topic or take an initiativeto get information about it.They’re neutral, and that might bethe best thing for visiting politicianJustin Trudeau, who visits the universitycampus on Feb. 7.Trudeau has certainly sparked aminiature media frenzy over the lastfew months, though he’s far fromgaining the same following as his father,Pierre Trudeau. What the mediahas reported so far, however, hasbeen slightly idealized and closer tothe profiling of an up-and-comingactor than a potential party leader.A spread in Maclean’s magazine inOctober 2012 encapsulated that idea,with a nine-page feature on Trudeau,complete with family photos (apparentlythe Trudeaus enjoy running uphills holding hands and generally justtossing the kids around in a ratherjoyous manner).Another 12-page spread in thesame issue included photos of youngTrudeau growing up with his parentsand an article on the politician titled,“Breaking Out of Bounds” about Justin’slife in British Columbia. And“Trudeau news” just keeps gettingbetter. A recent article from The TorontoStar about tweets concerningthe Liberal leadership debate revealedthat some viewers might have beenmore focused on the politician’s headof glorious hair than the actual policiesdiscussed during the debate.What the media is steering us towardsis the undeniable fact thatTrudeau is cool. So much, in fact, thatas long as his policies (and appearance)are perceived as different from“…be wary ofthe charm thata new politicianwith a familyfounded in ‘cool’Canadian politicscan cast overyou.”Stephen Harper’s, we might be welcomingTrudeau 2.0 to Ottawa in 2015.A few weeks ago, The Ontarion’seditorial discussed how students areprone to living in a university bubble,and often remain unaware of nationalor international news. This situationis no different. With Trudeau comingto campus for a meet-and-greetat the Brass Taps, which in itself saysmuch about the image he’s trying tocreate, now is the key moment forstudents to take a few minutes awayfrom their homework, illegal downloadingand all the other things welettersDear Editor:Re: Sugar Coated Relationships,The Ontarion, January 31, 2013I was appalled to hear of a universityprofessor here in Guelphpushing the notion that prostitutionfor students is no big deal. Sheargues that giving sex for moneyhas existed, “throughout the historyof human relationships.” Butstealing, lying, killing, raping, etc.have also been around for quitesome time, so the longevity argumentfor prostitution is notparticularly compelling.Dr. Ruth Neustifter defendsthe idea of students prostitutingthemselves for tuition becauseafter all it’s “nothing new” andnot something “necessarilynegative.” She goes on to supportthe practise because after all,even though it is sex work, “thatdoesn’t make it good or bad.” Ifind these comments absolutelyappalling.Way to go professor – you haveturned thousands of years of historyon its head. Has it not beenthe norm for most of recordedhistory to discourage girlsfrom prostitution? Tragically inour endarkened age respecting170.5 ◆ february 7th, 2013find ourselves doing when we shouldbe doing something else, and look upinformation about the guy.This is not to say that studentswon’t take an interest in the politician’svisit, or that they’ll be swayedto support him just because he’syoung and hip. But, when you considerthe impact that we can haveon the elections, asking Trudeau thetough questions that students wantanswers to now will help our imageas savvy young adults with opinions,which we all know you have, whetheryou share them or not.Whether you’re going because youlike or dislike Harper, want lower tuitionfees, have something to say aboutCanada’s involvement in Israel, or becauseyou don’t want to be neutralanymore, be wary of the charm that anew politician with a family foundedin “cool” Canadian politics can castover you.And if you do look up news aboutTrudeau, stay away from sources likeSun News, whose columnist namedhim the Man of the Year based onhis boxing match win and charisma,while calling him flamboyant and a“glamorous charmer.”Remember when Harper came toGuelph and got a less-than-positiveresponse from students? Though thatvisit was plagued with an “exclusive”conference that enraged more thana few people, let’s not put down ourguard for the new guy. University ofGuelph students are, after all, knownto freely express their opinions.all things sexual we seem to begoing in the other direction. Butallow me to pose this simple question,“Would you encourage yourdaughters to work as prostitutesto pay for tuition?” And if not,how dare you encourage youngwomen who are someone else’sdaughters to step into this degradingand enslaving lifestyle inorder to earn a few dollars.As an evangelical minister I recentlyheard from a former sextrade worker who spoke at one ofour meetings in Guelph. Her storyis one of enslavement, victimization,and brutality. Katrina (I shareher name with her permission) wasformerly a sex-trade worker whoescaped the snares of prostitutionand now openly shares her story toprotect the vulnerable from gettingenslaved and to help thosewho want out. Her story can beaccessed at www.risingangels.ca.It is well worth reading.I long for the day when ouruniversities might once againbe places of light and wisdom. Ifthat’s too much to hope for—maythey at least be a safe place for ourdaughters.Royal Hamel, GuelphThe Ontarion Inc.University CentreRoom 264University of GuelphN1G 2W1ontarion@uoguelph.caPhone:519-824-4120General: x58265Editorial: x58250Advertising: x58267Accounts: x53534Editorial Staff:Editor-in-chiefTom BeedhamArts & Culture EditorNicholas RevingtonSports & Health EditorChristopher MüllerNews EditorAlicja GrzadkowskaAssociate EditorColleen McDonellCopy EditorStacey AspinallProduction Staff:Photo & graphics editorVanessa TignanelliAd designerSarah KavanaghLayout DirectorJessica AvolioWeb AssistantJordan SloggettOffice Staff:Business managerLorrie TaylorOffice managerMonique VischschraperAd managerAl LadhaBoard of DirectorsPresidentBronek SzulcTreasurerLisa KellenbergerChairpersonCurtis Van LaeckeSecretaryAlex LefebvreDirectorsAaron FrancisHeather LuzKevin VeilleuxLisa McLeanMarshal McLernonMichael BohdanowiczShwetha ChandrashekharContributorsMira BethTom BlowerAndrea ConnellKelsey CoughlinTristan DaviesBenjamin DerochieSamantha DewaeleAndrew DonovanZoe Downie-RossTasha FalconerWayne GreenwaySabrina GroomesDevon HardingAlexa Hare25Nadine MaherKaralena McLeanAdrien PotvinNatasha ReddySusannah RipleyJeff SehlWendy ShepherdKimberleyStemshornAmy Van Den BergKiera VandeborneBryan WaughShonda WhiteEmma WilsonThe Ontarion is a non-profit organization governed bya Board of Directors. 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