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Guelphites against

Gurdwara continue to

make it known

Th e building of a Sikh

temple in the city’s

south end remains a

hostile issue

KELSEY RIDEOUT

If you were outraged by the

attention that was paid to

Terry Jones, the frantic

anti-Islam religious leader who

threatened to burn the Qur’an a

few weeks ago on the anniversary

of the Sept. 11 attacks, perhaps

it would not sit well for you to

know that a confl ict of a similar

nature has been taking shape in

none other than the seemingly

progressive town that we fi nd

ourselves residing in.

Th roughout the last year,

opponents of a proposed Gurdwara

(a Sikh place of worship) have

attended rounds of meetings to

express their contempt over plans

to construct the center, which

is set to be located in the south

end of Guelph. Th e plan to build

the Gurdwara in replace of a

converted beer store was initially

proposed a decade ago. But

opponents of the center remain

vocal, and their reasons vary from

concerns over how events at the

temple will impact the nearby

community, to accusations that the

Sikh community is questionably

and even unethically affi liated

with local developers. According

to Patrick Case, Director of the

Human Rights & Equity Offi ce

at the University of Guelph,

the real reason for the sustained

contention over the Gurdwara is

one that is almost always a part of

these types of confl icts. It all boils

down to fear.

“It’s fear of the unknown,”

said Case. “Fear of the other. I

mean this is not Christian [so

people ask], ‘What is it, what

are they going to be doing here?’

Of course there are unfortunate

negative connections between

Sikhism and what people

perceive as being linked to

terrorism. Sikhism isn’t. Some

Sikhs are. But Sikhism isn’t.”

It is hard not to see the parallels

with the controversy over the

Sikh temple here in Guelph,

and the major debates that have

stormed through the US since

an interfaith Islamic center, now

known to many as the ‘ground

zero mosque,’ was proposed to

be built a few streets away from

the Ground Zero memorial

site. Case emphasized that

while there may be differences

in circumstance, there do exist

similarities in the mentality that

opponents of the mosque in

New York, and anti-Gurdwara

Guelphites both hold.

“Th ere are some similarities.

It’s the same kind of unfortunate

connection with Islam as well. It

unfortunately leads some people’s

minds to jump from one end of

the debate to the other, with

no stops in between. ‘Oh their

Muslim, ergo they must be blank.’

And people need to not do that.

Th ey need to slow down and

think about the fact that the vast

majority of Muslims and Sikhs

who come to any community

come as anybody else would do

to live peacefully and prosper.

Th at’s why people are here.”

Th e City Council of Guelph

has approved the proposal to

go ahead with building the

Gurdwara. However, frustrated

locals who assembled a group

called ‘Stop-the temple’ recently

gathered in Guelph to express

their disapproval of the Council’s

decision. Case explained the need

for the larger public to connect to

these individuals in order to dispel

some of their misconceptions.

“I think the city did the

right thing in approving [the

Gurdwara]. Because you know,

when you look around the world

there has just not been a pleasant

recent history of people being

able to have places of worship

other than Christian places of

worship. I think there’s still

some work to be done in regard

to people in the neighborhoods

who are still not happy, with the

decision. Help people understand

that this is not a threat, it’s a way

of life,” said Case.

Sikhs have been a part of the

Guelph community for decades

and yet a part of their contributions

continue to go unacknowledged

as individuals devote time and

energy to stopping the Gurdwara’s

construction. It’s hard to believe

that this kind of controversy

could have ever landed in Guelph.

For Case, these kinds of situations

can take place anywhere, and

even Guelph – a town that has

been known for its inviting and

accepting nature – is no exception

to seeing anxieties fl are over fear

and intolerant religious beliefs.

“Anywhere you go you’re going

to fi nd people who line up on one

side or the other for these things.

And it’s no surprise to me that

people disagree. Disappointing,

but not entirely a surprise,” said

Case.

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It’s important however, to also

focus on the positives of this

situation. The Guelph council

made a decision to approve

the Gurdwara, and in doing so,

defended a significant human

right that Canada prides itself

on – the right to freely practice

religion and share in spiritual

beliefs.

“What the Council’s approval

says about the Guelph community

at large is that it continues to be a

progressive community for people

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to live in,” said Case.

So while Christian churches

continue to be constructed,

maintained and respected

throughout the city, it is

important, as a student body

committed to anti-oppression and

non-violence, that we encourage

others in becoming more tolerant

of spiritual beliefs that diff er from

their own, while working to ensure

that a classic piece of advice does

not get lost along the way – there

is nothing to fear but fear itself.

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Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2010

News

Summerlee affirms commitment to social and environmental justice

President of U of G

plays instrumental role

in launching the Better

Planet Project, an

ambitious initiative to

change the world

JAMES HAWKINS

This past Thursday Sept.

25, the University of

Guelph launched the

Better Planet Project (BPP) – a

capital campaign designed to

promote the university’s unique

position in solving the world’s

most fundamental problems. By

presenting the project’s vision to

Canada and the rest of the world,

the campaign plans to raise $200

million dollars, which will go to

various projects but specifically

within the four categories of:

food, environment, health, and

community. Though it’s been

in planning for many years, the

project has only recently rolled

out large scale fundraising

measures, including advertising

in various national media, and

the creation of a website -

thebetterplantproject.ca. The

Ontarion sat down with U of G

President Alastair Summerlee,

who has played a key role in the

initiation of the project, to learn

more about what the BPP is

really all about.

Ontarion: In your analysis of

where the world is today, what

problems do you see as being the

most pressing?

Alastair Summerlee: If you

open any newspaper today the

headlines will tell you about the

incredible challenges we’re facing.

Whether it’s in food supply for

the world, the predictions are

we’re going to need 100 per cent

more food in the next 50 years

just to feed people, and we cannot

do that just from redistributing

what land we’ve got so we’ve

got to think of different ways

of producing food. In food

safety and issues around the

transport of food, there are many

questions that need to be asked

such as whether we should be

transporting it at all, or whether

we should [implement] the 100mile

diet. With health, 75 per

cent of all emerging diseases

come from the animal population,

so we need to have a much better

handle on how disease transfers

from animals to humans….In

terms of environment, we have

some critical challenges coming

up in water, both in terms of the

amount of water available, and

the quality of water, and finding

ways of preserving that. There are

all kinds of grim prognostications

about when the world will run

out of fresh clean water. The U

of G has always had a focus on

community, both the health and

the function of the community,

and all of the political and

economic issues around it.

“We have

individuals and

groups across the

university who

are interested in

making this place a

better planet. We’ve

done these things

before, but now is

the time to accelerate

the pace of change,

and so we’ve come

forward with the

BPP as a way to

show what the U of

G has done before

and what it can do

in the future,” – Dr.

Alastair Summerlee,

President of U of G

ON: Will the benefits of the

Better Planet Project serve one

group or one region of the world

more than another, or is it in your

opinion that it will solve all the

world’s problems equally?

AS: We’re certainly not

arrogant enough to believe that

we can solve all of the world’s

problems, and probably not all

of the world’s problems equally.

Inherent in the concept of the

BPP is an interest in making a

difference where help is needed.

We’re very keen to see actions

across the board in terms of

socioeconomic groups…We have

really important societal and

cultural things to think about,

[and we need to] re-adjust our

lens and focus on the people in

this country who are poor and

those in the developing world.

[These problems] are equally

compelling, and we have an

equal interest in both of these

problems.

ON: A particular innovation

for which U of G claims

sets us apart is the first-year

seminar courses, where faculty

bring their research interests

to the classroom, allowing

undergraduates an opportunity

to contemplate these problems.

In what way will the BPP expand

on or improve this program?

AS: The first year seminar

courses were developed a number

of years ago, and we built them up

to about 1,000 students per year.

Because of the economic crunch

we actually got rid of them. So

the idea is to [offer them again

using the BPP dollars]. The

concept of the courses will

remain unchanged. They are

interdisciplinary…problem based

courses that will be based on the

four pillars of the BPP… We’d

like to ramp up the agreement

so that every student could take

a first year seminar course. I don’t

know how far we’re going to get

in that agreement, but it would

be great.

ON: Recently a CBC

investigation found that “in

some cases, external fundraising

companies are billing charities

for well over half the money they

collect.” For a given contributor,

which percentage of their money

is going to the fundraising fee

and which portion is actually

being invested into the BPP’s

plan for change?

AS: We are averaging 20 cents

on the dollar [in fundraising

costs]. The CBC and others are

saying you need to be lower than

30 cents to be effective. We are

very careful to make sure we have

a clear agreement with the donors

about what happens with their

money…The university funds all

of the fundraising. We’re very

careful that we don’t take a tax

from people’s money, and that

we do exactly what the donors

intend the money to be used for.

ON: Being the president of

the university is a role with

immense responsibility. What has

motivated you to implement such

a large comprehensive campaign

for world betterment on top of

your regular duties?

AS: When I [became

president], the university was

raising five million per year

through fundraising. That, for

a university our size, was pretty

small. So I set a goal to, in my

first five years, raise four times

that. So five years later we were

raising 20 million per year. I then

set a goal, over the past five years,

to double that, to raise 40 million

per year. The way you do this is to

have a capital campaign…the real

purpose of the capital campaign

is to make public noise about

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what the U of G does, to bring

people to the table to become

permanent donors, rather than

just giving to the campaign.

ON: One naturally estimates

a university’s ability to affect

change is based on its size. What

are the features that Guelph has

that will allow us to ‘hit above

our weight’?

AS: Well I suppose first of all

that I don’t entirely agree…that

size is necessarily a predictor

of influence because I firmly

believe in the power of one. One

person, one action, can actually

make enormous difference in the

world. The Better Planet Project

is designed to bring forward

collective and individual action

to transform the rates at which

we can make differences in [the

categories] of food, environment,

health, and community. We have

individuals and groups across the

university who are interested in

making this place a better planet.

We’ve done these things before,

but now is the time to accelerate

the pace of change, and so we’ve

come forward with the BPP as a

way to show what the U of G has

done before and what it can do in

the future.


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News

Where did the Grad Lounge go?

Grad lounge set to reopen,

but controversy

remains

MATTHEW SAAYMAN

Students who have recently

been to the fi fth fl oor of

the University Center were

probably shocked to see that the

Grad Lounge, a popular hangout for

graduates and senior students is now

closed. Th e Grad Lounge boasts

an outdoor balcony, a pool table,

desktop computers, and renowned

cheap eats.

Th e immediate reasons for

the closure are easy enough to

understand. According to the

Graduate Student Association

(GSA) Acting President, Jon

Belanger, the manager of the Grad

Lounge was fi red and several staff

members quit in response. Facing

a shortage of staff , the GSA had

no choice but to close the Grad

Lounge.

“Th ere were a variety of events

that unfortunately led to the closure

of the Grad Lounge. Questionable

managerial practices required the

termination of the manager, which

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then precipitated the resignation of

some staff . With the loss of a manger

and several staff , it was not possible

to remain open,” said Belanger.

Less clear, however, are

contentious issues leading up to

the closure. Francis Côté, former

employee and Day Manager of the

Grad Lounge, explained how there

were more factors involved in the

closure, and points back to actions

taken on behalf of the GSA.

“I worked for the Grad Lounge on

and off for four years and witnessed

every GSA executive attempt, in

their limited term, to make sweeping

changes to the Lounge, including

changes to working conditions,

without adequate knowledge of how

the place was run and [without]

signifi cant consultation with staff

members and patrons who’ve been a

part of the space,” said Côté. “Th is

summer, this got a bit excessive,

which is one of the reasons why

staff decided to unionize in order

to establishing some guarantee of

continuity.”

In light of an increasingly strained

work environment, employees at

the Grad Lounge overwhelmingly

supported the decision to unionize; a

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move that Côté and other staff were

hoping would change disheveled

management once and for all.

“From the point of view of staff ,

when we voted to unionize, we

came out unanimously in favour. A

couple of staff members missed the

vote on account of being out of the

country at the time, but stood in

solidarity. We were all excited about

the process and felt a responsibility

to future Grad Lounge workers

to pass down better, safer working

conditions,” said Côté.

However, the eff orts of the Grad

Lounge staff were unwelcomed by

many and Côté was left confused as

to how the GSA had issue with the

process of unionization.

“Th e controversy with the

union stemmed from the typical

disjunction between the interests

of management and those of

workers, as far as I see it,” said Côté.

“Although I didn’t expect we’d face

as much resistance and contempt for

the process as we did from the GSA,

itself being, in form and principle,

also a union.”

After General Manager Christine

Jeff erson was fi red, and staff were

expected to report to Nicole Beechy,

VP of Finance of the GSA, things

continued to unravel. Staff ended

up quitting and eventually the Grad

Lounge was forced to close.

“Th e day the Grad Lounge closed,

the GSA had earlier fi red the general

manager, whose responsibilities had

her actively involved in the dayto-day

work of the establishment,

without an adequate replacement,”

explained Côté. “Th e staff members

who worked early that day were

left overloaded for the lunch rush

and eventually felt uncomfortable

working directly under Nicole

Beechy, given the tense relationship

that already existed between her and

[the] staff and her clear contempt

for us as workers. Th ey left Lounge

for these reasons,” explained Côté.

It appears that the ins and outs

of the closure are not entirely

transparent and continue to be

debated between staff and executive

members of the GSA. What is clear

however is that students continue

to miss the delicious food and good

company that the Ground Lounge

has always been known for. Belanger

remains hopeful that the GSA

Board and Executive will have the

Grad Lounge re-open by the middle

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Th e Grad Lounge, a favourite

hangout spot for students, has been

closed since the semester began.

of October.

“We have been working extremely

hard not only to get the Lounge

open again, but to also ensure that

any rumors and accusations are

cleared up before coming forward

with information,” said Belanger. “In

addition to that, there have been a

number of logistical matters related

to the closure that have required a

signifi cant portion of our time. On

behalf of the GSA Executive and

staff , we are doing our very best to

re-open the Lounge and sincerely

apologize for any inconvenience this

has caused.”


Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2010

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Critical Connections: Sorting Through the Spill

KELSEY RIDEOUT

Background

Whether you stayed home

for the summer or

decided to go adventure

far abroad, it’s likely that you

didn’t escape hearing about what

has been confirmed as the biggest

environmental disaster in US history,

and the largest accidental marine

oil spill that has ever occurred in

history, period. Since the Deepwater

Horizon disaster happened on

April 20, 2010, there have been very

few days where the media has gone

without commenting on the status

of the spill. And it’s no wonder

that nobody has stopped chattering

about it. The extent of the spill is

simply astounding.

Eleven people were killed when

the oil rig exploded, which led to the

well leaking millions of barrels of oil

5,000 feet below the water’s surface.

Throughout the summer, maps of the

Gulf of Mexico were shown on the

news each day a little bit differently, as

an ever-expanding circle surrounded

the region to indicate the growth of

the leakage that consistently spewed

into the ocean for three

months straight. In total, an

estimated 4.9 million barrels

of oil leaked into the ocean,

at a rate of 162,000 barrels

per day during the period

of highest flow. While

there remains a debate over

how British Petroleum

(BP), the company

primarily responsible for

the maintenance and

functioning of the operation,

managed the rig prior to the

spill, the exact timing of the

explosion could not have

been anticipated as several

safety mechanisms built into

the well failed to signal any

kind of warning. It has taken until

two weeks ago – over four months

and several unsuccessful attempts of

disaster control later – for the oil to

finally stop leaking after the well was

permanently sealed with a cement

barrier.

How do we, as students, make

sense of the largest environmental

catastrophe we’ve ever come to see?

What is most important to know

about this disaster? Is there anything

we can do about it? Or does it even

impact us at all? After fixating on

images of the spill for months, I

posed these kinds of questions to

two faculty members, Dr. Nonita

Yap, professor of Environmental

Design and Rural Development,

and Dr. Keith Solomon, professor

emeritus of Environmental Science,

in order to gain additional insights

and sink a little deeper into the

controversial spill.

Testing out the Waters

While talking with Dr.

Yap and Dr. Solomon,

one important theme

quickly emerged. Both were honest

in disclosing that as a whole, we really

don’t know much at all. And that’s not

because we’re not trying. It’s a result of

knowing so little about the impacts of

a relatively new practice of extracting

oil, known as ‘deepwater offshore

drilling,’ a method of drilling for oil

at depths of more than 1,000 feet

below sea level. The well in the Gulf

of Mexico was 5,000 feet beneath

the surface. Scientists, engineers and

corporate experts alike have only a

faint idea as to how environmental

processes function at such great

depths of the earth.

Yap explained how regulations

for the deepwater offshore drilling

industry have been slow to develop

due to this lack of knowledge.

There’s over about 3600 drilling

rigs in deep water, and not only in

deep water, and about 50 of them

are deeper than 1,000 feet. What’s

interesting is that the regulations

for oil exploration were made in

the late 1970s and they were made

for shallow water but then the

Humans

We like making holes in the deep blue sea.

We like seeing illustrations of our compassion

in the aftermath of chaos.

We like fixing things that need to be fixed

because we like fixing problems like

our shortage of fossil

fuels.

That “bird is normally white with a yellow head”

but now it’s slick. It’s black,

but not cool like jazz trumpet grooves.

It’s denigrated.

Excerpt from “Oil”, poem by Nordette N. Adams

exploration activity into deeper

water really galloped in the 1990s.

But the regulation hasn’t really

caught up with the new challenges,”

said Yap.

There were several failed attempts

to stop the oil from leaking but

nothing appeared to work. With

lax policy restrictions and a gap in

knowledge as to how deep water

environments react to change, plans

to repair the well should an accident

ever occur were never formally

devised prior to the spill.

The gulf is the deepest oil

around. But the technical situations

provided significant difficulties in

terms of trying to go and plug the

thing. They didn’t succeed at all. Of

course, they had no experience in

doing this at such great depth,” said

Solomon.

Yap reiterated this point,

emphasizing that it was little

surprise that sealing the well has

been a long and tiresome process.

“I think they tried their best, but

they were dealing with a problem

they never dealt with before,” said

Yap. “And so none of the solutions

that they had, which were never

tested under these conditions, ended

up being effective,” said Yap.

Unknown Territory,

Unknown Impacts

Given a disaster the size of

this one, it may be difficult

to comfortably absorb

recent claims that the impacts of

the oil spill may not be as severe

as expected. In fact, recent reports

indicate that there has been growth

and new life in many of the areas

that have been surrounded by the

spill. How could this be?

Yap remains cautious about these

kinds of remarks and explained

that they stem from viewing the

restoration of natural environments

in a certain way. She reflected on a

conversation she had with a professor

when she was a student, about the

impacts of a natural disaster that

had occurred at the time.

“I remember being teased by

my professor. He was poking fun

at me and my concern

[over the impacts on the

environment],” said Yap.

“He was saying, ‘Look

at this, see there’s a lot

of life after this spill!’

And basically I have

said that it depends on

what kind of life comes

back. Because nature

always has a way of

coming back, but it may

only be opportunistic

species coming to life.

It depends on how you

think and value nature,

some see anything living

as good.”

On the other hand,

Solomon acknowledged that while

the spill was of an unfathomable

size, certain characteristics of the

Gulf environment make it easier

for the oil to disintegrate, ultimately

causing less damage to surrounding

areas.

“A lot of what happened depends

on where the spill occurs and what

type of crude oil is released into

the system,” explained Solomon.

The microbiological activity occurs

rapidly at higher temperatures,

like in the Gulf, so the release [of

oil] is higher, and the impacts

will probably be less severe…

The larger the dispersal, the lower

the concentration [of oil], so that

basically means less risk as well.”

But even the degree of dispersal

or evaporation of oil from within

the ocean appears to be debatable.

“Apparently scientists can see that

much of the oil slicks have actually

been dispersed. The assumption of

course is that when it’s dispersed it

will evaporate. But it depends on

the compound. Some of the heavier

compounds will stay in the ocean,”

said Yap.

Cleaning up and Changing Course

If the majority of people, including

those dedicated to resolving this

disaster know so little, it is hard

to imagine how students can reach

out and help in preventing another

catastrophe from occurring in the

future. Perhaps becoming more

critical of the oil industry, and the

way in which we conduct our lives is

the best place to start from.

“We really should look at

lowering our carbon footprint, in so

many ways, from the clothes we buy

to the food we eat. We need to reprioritize

our modern values,” said

Yap.

Yap refused to blame BP or the

American government for the oil

spill. Instead, she places the blame

on all of us for failing to intervene

in a hands-off economy that is run

in large part by the dirty extraction

of oil.

“We are responsible for [the Gulf

oil spill] because first of all we are

not curbing on the money for fossil

fuels and secondly we are trusting

the market to control behaviour

and we have too much faith in

technology.”

Similarly, Solomon points to the

widespread dependence on oil, a

harmful addiction that he predicts

will only increase with time.

“Unfortunately we don’t have

any alternatives for the oil that

we currently use to basically fuel

our society,” said Solomon. “That

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demand is going to get a lot greater

in the near future as some large

countries like China increase their

economic output and at the same

time increase their demand, it’s not

going to go away quickly.”

But Yap reminds us to be

careful not to use the case of not

knowing as a precursor to apathetic

behaviour. Just because we may

have few readily available options

to smoothly change our direction

and fully understand the impacts of

this catastrophe, we can still open

our minds and continue to stand in

defense of the rights of our earth.

“So how big is the impact?” said

Yap. “I don’t know. But I think we

should really change attitudes and

say impacts like this shouldn’t even

need to be quantified, they should

just be unacceptable.”

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News

I know what you did last summer

Evaluating what the

tree planting industry is

really all about

ANDREA LAMARRE

If you’ve ever looked for a

summer job, you would have

likely come across many

different positions from office

work to retail, from the research

lab to the movie theatre. What if

there was another option - one

that entailed braving the elements,

but also spending tons of time

outdoors? Many people might

look upon this third option as the

idyllic summer occupation. Tree

planting seems at first glance like

the perfect job, especially for those

environmentally minded students

out there.

Maybe you know someone

who has been tree planting in

Northern Ontario, Alberta or B.C.

Perhaps you’ve heard the lore of

planters making twenty thousand

dollars in one summer, who come

home with their pockets loaded

and chiseled muscles to boot. Or

maybe you think that you’d like to

do something to give back to the

environment.

Sam Dawaele

Obviously, not all students

have the same experiences at tree

planting camps. Tree planting is,

in many ways, a job like any other.

There are different reasons to plant,

but for many students the financial

gains are attractive.

“Money is the main

motivation. It’s undeniable,”

said Patrick McBride, a fourthyear

International Development

student.

However, the payoff might not

be as sweet as expected.

“Rookies, we call them ‘greeners,’

might have some misconceptions.

Making ten grand in your rookie

year is highly unlikely,” said

McBride. So while some people

do make lots of money on the

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job, it’s unrealistic to expect

more than minimum wage in

your first year. Money is not the

only misconception about tree

planting.

“I think the most common

misconception students have about

tree planting is that it is just a place

for hippies to party or just a hippy

scene,” said Monica Dockerty, a

second-year student who planted

in B.C.

Indeed, tree planting is

undeniably hard work. McBride

spoke to some of the difficulties

associated with the popular

summer job.

“A lot of planters aren’t prepared,

and don’t understand the mental

and physical aspects of the job.

You’re physically exhausted. It’s

hard to recover. It’s easy to get

injured,” said McBride.

Dockerty expanded on the

difficulties that come with working

as a tree planter. “There are times

of the day when you don’t enjoy

planting at all. When it’s been

pouring for hours and the land is

awful and the tree price is awful

and you’re not making any money.

Sometimes you feel like it’s really

not worth it.”

Tree planting is an integral part

of the larger lumber industry in

Canada. Companies that hire

planters respond to the demands

of forestry products companies.

These clients harvest trees for

hardwood and softwood lumber,

for building materials and pulp,

and operate much like any other

major economic industry in our

country.

“Your job is really to regenerate

forests that have been cut down

after being regenerated forty years

ago. It’s basically like a big cycle,”

said McBride.

The lumber industry has recently

suffered economic blows on a

similar scale to the automotive

industry restructuring we’ve heard

so much about in recent years.

In fact, the lumber industry is

struggling to stay afloat in the wake

of lowered demands for exports

from the United States and the high

Canadian dollar diminishing the

profitability of exports. Judi Tetro,

operations manager of Brinkman

& Associates Reforestation Ltd.,

one company that employs tree

planters, said that the lumber

industry is in “dire straights these

days because of things like lumber

deals with the states,” referring

to decisions made by the US to

increase tariffs on lumber trade

from Canada.

There is also the debate about

the environmental practices

of the companies in charge of

tree planting operations. Many

companies plant vast amounts of

monocultures of tree species, which

will grow only to be clear-cut in a

few decades, when the trees are

ready to be converted into products

and sold on the market. Are tree

planters paradoxically helping to

feed an industry that contributes

to massive environmental

degradation? Perhaps. But maybe

more at fault is the ever-increasing

demand for paper.

“Companies are just meeting

the demand though. The more

paper people use, the more trees

need to be cut down, and the more

trees therefore need to be planted,”

said Dockerty.

Despite the hard labour required

and the question of sustainability in

the lumber industry, tree planting

continues to attract people of all

kinds and will likely reel in more

Guelphites come the next planting

season.


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Arts & Culture

The cannon stripped to the bone

The controversy around

Old Jeremiah, and

why the paint its being

removed

JOSH DOYLE

For years the cannon has

been a symbol of our

schools character, a canvas

advertising the presence of our

students, whether they were raising

awareness for some worthy cause,

or just up late partying. Covered

in what has been estimated as

thousands of layers of paint, Old

Jeremiah as it is officially known

holds memories from decades of

protest and harmless pranking.

That is all about to change however,

as those countless layers of history

are being stripped away this week,

giving our beloved cannon a long

awaited makeover.

But the cannon isn’t being stripped

down to its iron britches as part of

some school sanctioned activity, or

because everyone is tired of all that

paint. Oddly enough, the paint is

coming off in the name of art.

“It’s the notion that an action can

be just as artful as an object. This

is my form of sculpture. You don’t

carve marble, the form is already in

Thursday Concerts are back

43 year-old tradition

stays in motion as

concerts return to

107 Mackinnon every

Thursday

JOSH DOYLE

Keeping in line with the

musical festivities that have

swept our campus this week,

concerts of a familiar kind will

be returning to fill our halls.

Thursday concerts, as they’re

affectionately known both as a

title and for the practical notion

that they happen every Thursday,

are back this year in full swing.

Celebrating a long run that

started more than 40 years ago

and has not missed a year since,

these concerts work to promote

a positive on campus experience

and also to raise awareness of the

arts through free music for the

whole community.

Vicki Isotamm is events

coordinator for the College of

Arts. She has recently taken over

responsibility for putting on the

concerts along with the School of

Fine Arts & Music, and discussed

the aspects most crucial to the

Thursday concert series.

The key thing is that it’s a

the marble and you’re just trying to

find it,” explained Dawn Johnston,

the second year MFA student and

art teacher who has undertaken the

daunting task of refining Jeremiah.

The cannon’s right there, and I’m

just finding it.”

For this past week, beginning on

the morning of Saturday Sept. 25,

Johnston has been chipping away

at Jeremiah within the confines of a

wooden enclosure. She has chosen

to conceal herself from the watchful

eyes of passing students, who have

nonetheless found minute ways to

protest her actions.

They stole all my pictures! I had

one guy yell at me and say I was

taking away his history, which is an

interesting idea,” said Johnston, who

is sympathetic to the attachment

many students have with not

only the cannon, but the layers of

nostalgia we have insulated it with

over time.

“I know some people are

connected to [the cannon], maybe

more connected than I actually

realize, but I wouldn’t do it if people

were really were up in arms about

it,” Johnston said.

Clearly the university faculty was

not opposed to the idea, as Johnston

made it clear that while the concept

tradition. We offer concerts

that are free to the university

community and to the Guelph

community at large,” Isotamm

said.

The key thing is that

it’s a tradition. We

offer concerts that are

free to the university

community and to the

Guelph community at

large.” Vicki Isotamm,

Events coordinator

for the College of Arts

The term free means a couple

of different things, one of which

is that you would have no reason

not to go. It does not however,

mean that the artists are unpaid,

and there is no need to question

the talent that is on the way this

year.

They’re free to the public. That

doesn’t mean we’re not paying the

artists,” Isotamm explained.

In fact the forthcoming talent

is vast, and Thursday concerts this

year have attracted several award

winning musicians. Dominic

Mancuso for instance, won the

Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2010

and all of its implications are her

responsibility, the action had to

first be given approval. But how

important is it to us really, and

is the admiration of our cannon

unanimous, are perhaps questions

worth asking.

“People love that cannon, people

hate that cannon. It’s an object of

admiration. It’s an object of war. I

try to find complicated objects, and

then I interject myself in a way that

doesn’t harm them, but alters them

in some way,” Johnston said.

Some would argue that Johnston’s

work is in fact harming the cannon,

as she removes many people’s efforts

with each chiseling.

But while many students act

insulted, seeing the cannon as a

part of their university career that

has somehow been dismantled, it

may be time to examine just what

it is the cannon represents, and why

it’s here in the first place.

The cannon was first brought

to the University of Guelph after

WWI by a group of students, who

stole the cannon from the city and

placed it on campus as a symbol of

the violence they wished to oppose.

The cannon is said to have been

fired on campus at one a.m. in the

year 1913, after which time it was

Juno award for 2010 Global

Music Album of the Year, and

will be performing in November.

Isotamm expressed that

although these artists are

impressive and sought after,

she had less trouble than she

anticipated with bringing them

to Guelph for the Thursday

Concert series.

“I’m not looking under

every rock,” she said. “Musical

performers actively solicit for

performances, that’s what they

want to do with their lives.”

It seems hunting was

unnecessary, and we are fortunate

enough to be on the list of

worthwhile places to play. But

with such a history as the Thursday

concerts have, it is actually quite

an honour to perform.

The tradition began in 1967,

when the first arts building was

constructed on campus. Edith

Kidd, who alongside Ralph

Kidd made up the musicians

in residence, became concert

manager when the building

opened, and became responsible

for providing the campus with

a broader experience of music.

She did this in several ways,

one of which was the Thursday

concerts. They started off with a

low budget, and have been free

filled with cement. It has

since found itself in many

places throughout campus

including the Johnston

green, and even atop the

MacNaughton building,

before it was permanently

cemented where it is today.

Before the cement had dried

the cannon was given one

last alteration, forebodingly

turned to face the University

Centre. Johnston spoke on

this final adjustment.

“Students pointed it at

the university to show that

they were in fact the ones

that held the power in the

institution,” she said. “And

now its being painted purple

and dressed up like a dragon.”

The cannon became a message

board for noble causes in the 1950’s,

and has seen many an interesting

memo since. But as Johnston notes,

there seems to be a level of mockery

in what’s going on with the cannon

today.

We can protest and moan, but

the paint is gone. It’s a complicated

matter, and perhaps there’s no

right answer. But when the barrier

comes down and we again see

our cannon, we can choose to see

right from the start.

Performing this week will be

a piano and cello duo comprised

of talented female artists

Elizabeth Dolin, and Bernadene

Blaha. Both of these artists are

recognized and employed by

universities and help to comprise

celebrated musical chambers

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Megan Verhey

The cannon has been surrounded by a

plywood enclosure for this past week as art

student Dawn Johnston chisels away the

many layers of paint that cover Jeremiah

the loss of years laboring in spray

paint and nighttime guarding, or

we can choose to see a symbol of

our countries history. We can be

reminded that our beloved cannon

existed before we started painting

it. We can recall that a group of

brave students brought it here to

make sure we never forgot those

who fought for us. And let’s keep in

mind, a naked cannon will not stay

naked long.

around the world.

The concert this Thursday,

Sept. 30 will be quite an event,

and with no charge to anyone

the environment promises to be

uplifting. Concerts will go on

every week in room 107 of the

Mackinnon building, beginning

at 12 pm sharp.


8 Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2010 163.3

Arts & Culture

Walls were meant to be painted

A look at street art in

Guelph and how it’s

changing

ERIKA MARTELEIRA

If you walk up Gordon St.

leaving downtown, and if your

eyes are prone to touching

obscure surfaces, you may see

commentary not typically found in

the mainstream media. “9/11 was

a conspiracy,” reads one caption.

Further along the road, stencils

depicting other messages can be

seen on walls, stones and sidewalks.

The seed never gets to see its

flower” and “FIND PEACE” are

other Gordon St. quotes. Many of

Guelph’s streets lay claim to their

own unique art and memorandum;

take a stroll through the Ward

neighborhood to see more. While

often known for its slander and

obscenity, graffiti or “street art”

as some label it, has made great

strides in the direction of artistic

legitimacy.

“I started originally just to

vandalize I guess, to stir the pot.

I now design things that can be

political, but some stuff can also

just be a joke. It’s a good reminder

of what else is going on here. It’s

not just business transactions and

the transit of people,” explained

a local street artist that requested

to remain anonymous due to the

nature of their medium.

Sometimes offensive, often

illegal and many times thought

provoking, “street art,” has been

many things. But perhaps the most

important question surrounding

street art is whether or not it is

in fact art. With the diversity

and innovation of art forms now

displayed in galleries, what can be

used to determine the credibility

of a piece? Another local artist

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disclosed that the criteria might be

different from an average onlooker

to the fellow artist.

There’s definitely a dialogue

between street artists. Creativity,

location and scale are definitely

the main factors of street art. A

more creative design that is large

in scale and in an unsecure, very

public location will definitely be

more respected. It shows the level

of difficulty, and the preparation

and skill that was involved,” the

artist claimed, who also chose to

remain anonymous.

“Street artists do it to

personify the city, to

paint images which

reflect the people

who live there.”

–Anonymous street

artist

Street art today has evolved

enormously from the territorial

demarcations it was once known

for. No longer confined to industrial

debris and dilapidated buildings,

the point now is in sending a

message and fostering discussion

in public spaces. Yet despite this

remodeling of the scene, street

artists often choose to remain

anonymous. The emphasis seems

not to be on self-recognition, but

social empowerment. The focus has

gone from mere textual or pictorial

images to political satire. A response

to the manufactured landscapes

of urban centres, its objective is to

disrupt your routine, to provoke a

reaction amidst your daily grind.

But street artists motives are

not always high-minded, they also

want to avoid being arrested.

“A few years ago an artist painted

the police station. That was a big

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deal because of its difficulty and

symbolism. I mean, if you’re going

to get arrested, there’s humour in

having it because of what you did to

the very people arresting you, and

knowing that even if you, the artist,

gets caught, it still doesn’t stop

the public from seeing it. In other

words, the message is out there and

the damage is done,” explained the

Guelph-based artist.

But it seems even this new

thought-provoking style of art

has seen a shift. The lines started

to blur between pop art and street

art, and as infamy swelled around

some elusive artists, so too did the

price for an original piece. This

was fantastically depicted in a film

screened two weeks ago at The

Bookshelf as part of their nightly

cinema feature. “Exit Through The

Gift Shop” highlighted street art’s

de-evolution from underground

dissent and contrived rudeness to

talent-free reflections of popular

imagery. The benevolent intentions

of artists were swayed by financial

incentives, and street art became a

commodity. The very institutions

it had once targeted were now

buying up the art.

London based artist Banksy,

likely the most notorious of street

artists, directed the film. Known for

the grand scale and humour of his

works, the covertly operating artist

has taken over walls worldwide,

including the barrier erected in

the West Bank. In the film he

showed how street artists, himself

included, were creating caricatures

of our lifestyles and politics by

juxtaposing it against an urban

stage in highly used spaces.

“Street artists do it to personify

the city, to paint images which

reflect the people who live there.

But it’s also just a response to

the system, a way to go against

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Catherine Solmes

An image found in Toronto by the infamous street artist Banksy. Like

many, his piece aims to provoke thought about an aspect of society.

institutions and assert the power of

the people,” a local artist divulged.

Street artists take art outside

of galleries to facilitate dialogue,

even if it is just curious musings

with a stranger on the street. It

forces people to interact with their

environment and engage their

community. It’s a demonstration

which the public can’t ignore. And

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it serves as a humourous reminder

of our persistent humanity despite

living in a concrete jungle.

So, does graffiti have a legitimate

role in urban culture, or is it just

the defacement of public property?

Despite the claims of many

opponents, one thing is sure: my

walk to campus certainly got a bit

more interesting.

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Arts & Culture

The Jukebox

Male Bonding

Nothing Hurts

OLIVER DZUBA

The problem with Lo-Fi

sound is that it sounds like

is has been recorded on a

cheap voice recorder bought at the

local neighbourhood electronics

shop (and occasionally has). It denies

us the crisp clean sound we all know,

creating disdain and displeasure to

the mainstream ear. Sure, studios

aren’t cheap and with free torrents

here to stay it’s no wonder why

small and new bands opt to record

the DIY method instead of in some

expensive studio.

Sound quality judgement and

preferences aside, each year it seems

there is at least one album that

redeems Lo-Fi methods, reminding

us that it is absolutely capable of

producing excellent music. In 2010,

that album has been the energetic

and hook filled debut “Nothing

Hurts,” by Male Bonding.

A three piece band on Sub Pop

from London, Male Bonding

creates a sound on their May

release which is hard to coin.

Dubbed as punk, noise-pop and

the ever generic “indie rock,”

Male Bonding has blended

multiple genres effortlessly. It’s

clear that front man John Webb

isn’t slowing down for anyone. The

album is a mere 29 minutes long,

cramming in simple yet catchy

riffs into each of its 13 songs. The

vocals aren’t too bad either, and

the styling’s of Webb and bassist

Kevin Hendrick perfectly fit

with the angst filled, yet hopeful

atmosphere of the album.

With lines like “I felt like this

for ages/just didn’t know how

to say it” from the song “Weird

Feelings,” the lyrical content

Painting the walls in Zavitz Hall

Megan Verhey

Destiny Hendrick’s work blurs the line between practicality and

conceptual art this Thursday evening in Zavitz Hall

Art student Destiny

Hendricks Van Noort

displays her blend of

practical and fine arts this

week at Zavitz gallery

JOSH DOYLE

Entering the show room in

Zavitz Hall this week, you may

have been under the impression

that it was being renovated. But

the smell of fresh paint is actually

part of Destiny Hendricks Van

Noort’s work, which will be on

display Thursday in the Zavitz

building. Destiny is the featured

MFA student this week, and

her work is a step away from

the more traditional mediums.

Between coats of paint, Destiny

waited patiently in the lobby,

her hands and arms left with

traces of her craft. It seems the

confines of a picture frame could

not hold Destiny’s work, which

has found its ways onto the very

walls of the Zavitz gallery.

“Its definitely not traditional

like an oil painting on canvas,”

Destiny said. “I’m interested in

exploring a blend of aesthetics

between commercial house

painting practices and fine arts

practices.”

A form of art that often

Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2010

on Nothing Hurts is more than

familiar. The desperation and

frustration of life’s failures bleed

out of the song “Franklin” as

Webb repeats “All this won’t last

forever” and similarly in “Worse

to Come,” Webb sings about the

bitter resentment coming from a

breakup. The entire album is taken

to heart it seems, but its ideas are

reoccurring in everyone’s lives.

Male Bonding have a struck

a perfect combination between a

raw, gritty and pop sound while

never losing focus on their debut,

which alone is reason enough to

love their album Nothing Hurts.

They have taken all the positives

from a largely saturated scene and

comprehensively recorded them

into one package. This album is a

tremendous first effort and we can

only hope we will hear from Male

Bonding again soon. I give the

album a 4/5.

goes unnoticed, the concept of

practical house decorating was

something Destiny wanted to

examine in her show this week.

But she didn’t just dream up the

idea. It actually came about as

part of her own experiences in

the working world.

“For the last couple years I’ve

worked for a couple different

house painting companies, and

last summer I was a foreman.

So it was kind of a trade that

got beaten into me,” Destiny

explained.

It looks like something good

can come out of being a college

painter after all, but Destiny’s

work has involved more than just

painting the walls of the gallery.

Her work will be appearing on

ply wood frames, as well as dry

wall. A different kind of art

calls for a different kind of art

supply, which Destiny displayed

by her unorthodox resource for

the tools she used to make the

exhibit happen.

“All the work in there has

been made with materials that

you would get at home depot

and that sort of thing. I used

black tile, house paint. Nothings

on canvas, everything’s either

on drywall or a built wooden

frame,” Destiny said.

Her work is unconventional.

Nowhere in her paintings are

there portraits of beautiful women

or luscious countryside’s. Still

there is something very familiar

and relatable about it all.

Destiny hopes to continue

her involvement in art after

she leaves the U of G, citing

Toronto as a place with an

artistic community she wishes

to find a greater involvement

in. Although her goals are for

now unclear, it is her drive to

create art that she believes most

essential.

“Its definitely not

traditional like

an oil painting on

canvas.” Destiny

Hendricks Van

Noort

“[So far there’s] nothing

specific. I would like to continue

my education some day. I still

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want to do shows and stay active

in the arts community. Maybe

something will come around,

right now it’s just a labour of

love,” Destiny said.

The show will open the

evening of Thursday Sept. 30

from seven to nine pm in the

Zavitz art gallery, which Destiny

is looking forward too.

“It’s always really social

and I have friends and family

coming from out of town,”

Destiny said. She is also excited

about the catering, which will

maintain a PG level of entry.

There will be food…no alcohol

unfortunately.”


10 Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2010 163.3

Arts & Culture

Talking it out with Autoerotique

Popular Toronto

based electro DJ’s

Autoerotique come to

Guelph

JOSH DOYLE

On Thursday Sept. 24, before

DJ duo Autoerotique

took the stage at Tabu for

what promised to be a venue full

of movement and sweat, members

Keith Lite and Diet Dave sat

down to an interview with the

Ontarion. We took over a VIP

area of the vacant Opus nightclub,

where we talked over the electro

scene, performing in different

places around the world, and what

inspired this Toronto based duo,

who are taking over the world one

innovative dance set at a time.

Keith Lite: We’re Autoerotique,

we’re a DJ duo from Toronto, and

we play Music!

Ontarion: A lot of artists talk

about the euphoria they feel on

stage. Does this same feeling

happen for you and how can you

explain it?

KL: Yeah you can make heroin

out of anything. Being on stage,

seeing people react is the same

feeling that you would get if you

were addicted to pizza, and you

just ate like 26 pizzas in one day,

and that’s your heroin right. Being

on stage for us is kinda like eating

26 pizzas in one day.

ON: A lot of artists are coming

onto the electro and house music

scene. Is it being flooded? Is this

good for competition?

KL: That’s a pretty loaded

question. There’s always gonna be

different levels and different tiers

of what is accepted necessarily,

and what is underground and

what is indie, and I think inside

of electro, dance music, techno,

all that stuff, every single sub

genre, there’s now tiers of each.

There’s an indie scene inside of

the dance music scene inside of

the electro sub genre. There’s a

lot of competition, there’s a lot

of new people every day but

it’ll always be separated and

there’ll always be an acceptance

for every sort of song or artist.

There’s never gonna be some

sort of direct competition where

you’re losing something because

of somebody else.

ON: How do you stay original?

KL: We don’t, we just copy

everything we hear, every single

thing in our tracks has been

sampled from someone else, stolen,

there’s no originality at all… I’m

joking.

You just gotta do you. Sometimes

you just gotta turn off all the

promos, turn off the iChat, stop

listening and just listen to yourself.

But it’s impossible to avoid

influence from what’s happening

right now

ON: What got you interested in

electro?

KL: Groove Armada.

Diet Dave: We used to smoke a lot

of weed at my cottage, and listen to

Groove Armada in my paddleboat.

It just took off from there.

KL: And it was a paddleboat, it

wasn’t even a motorboat. We had

to work for it...You can cut that

response, just

make it sound

like it was in a

leer jet, or a G4.

ON: What’s the

most rewarding

thing about

doing shows like you’re putting on

tonight?

KL: The energy from people. It’s so

much fun to play to a packed sweaty

room, that’s still our favourite thing

to do. We’ve done a bunch of

countries and a bunch of big shows,

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Diet Dave and Kieth Lite of Autoerotique kept the crowd moving with

original beats at Tabu last Thursday

sweatiness and everyone having fun listening

to new things, and not expecting to hear David

Guetta.

DD: When you’re on the same level as everybody

else when you’re DJ’ing, it’s a different vibe. On

the big shows you’re always back on the stage, so

far away, but here people get right up and shake

you, so it’s a really good feeling.

ON: Are you excited about your upcoming show

at the Avalon in LA?

KL: We’ve done it before. It was really fun. It’s

probably our second favourite club in LA.

ON: Second to… what?

KL: Second to none! (room fills with laughter)…

I set that one up.

ON: What do you like about going out to LA?

KL: We have a pretty big following out there,

we’ve put a lot of time and development into like

the label, Dim Mak, in LA and it’s kind of like

our second home. There’s a lot of fun clubs and

parties and stuff. We’ve spent the majority of our

DJ career there.

ON: Tell me about your upcoming trip to Puerto Rico

KL: It was supposed to happen a month ago, but

I had some visa problems, and I got stopped at

the border, so I’m bummed about that, but this

shows gonna make up for it ten fold. Puerto Rico’s

crazy. Were playing like, sweaty palm trees, naked

people. Everything’s just gonna be skin.


Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2010

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Arts & Culture

Culture Days provides serenity amidst homecoming excitement

Exploring Guelph’s

involvement in a

nation wide cultural

celebration

LAURA SCHEP

This past weekend, while many

University of Guelph students

embraced their school spirit by

cheering at the homecoming

football game, donning sports

jerseys, school sweatshirts and other

various attires, others embraced local

art traditions and cultural practice in

a quieter manner. They avoided the

crowds and participated instead in

the national Culture Days activities

occurring on campus.

Culture Days is a collaboration of

several events designed with artistic

and cultural flair. It’s intended

to boost awareness, accessibility

and engagement in art and also

those activities that celebrate the

culture within all of our countries

diverse communities. It serves

to demonstrate to the public the

significance that such activities can

hold in any community. Culture

Days began as part of a national

grassroots initiative modeled after

Journées de la culture, a similar

initiative that has been taking place

annually in Quebec for the past 13

years.

At two pm on Saturday Sept. 25,

hundreds of people from the Guelph

community joined hands, both

metaphorically and literally, to form

a “human art chain” that wrapped

itself around the Macdonald

Stewart Art Centre, linking hands

even with the familiar bear statue

on Gordon Street. Volunteers held

hands, weaving the chain inside the

art gallery, around the exterior of the

building, and throughout the outside

grounds of the sculpture park. Aidan

Ware, one of the main organizers of

the event, explained the initiative

behind this very idea.

“It’s a gesture to build tolerance,

acceptance and connectedness, and

a way to get people to visit the art

centre,” Ware said. She serves as

the Education and Development

Coordinator for the Macdonald

Stewart Art Centre.

Other events included in this

year’s Culture Days celebration at

the University of Guelph included a

late-night lantern tour of the outdoor

sculpture park, barbecues, live music,

wine and cheese events, art exhibits

and screenings of documentaries

following such famous Canadian

painters as Tom Thomson and Ken

The sound from the courtyard

UC plays host to a

broad range of music,

stemming from different

corners of the globe

JOSH DOYLE

The university centre has not been

a quiet place as of late, with this

past week seeing the arrival of two

talented musical acts. Our courtyard

was graced by orchestral-folk band

Lost in the Trees this past Monday

Sept. 27, followed by Kinobe & Soul

Beat Africa the following afternoon.

These performers brought their

music to our ears free of charge

from the Southern United States,

and Eastern Africa. Both concerts

took place at noon and were well

attended. Beyond this the shows had

little in common, coupling to deliver

a teeter-totter of musical variety.

Stopping by on their way to

Toronto, the orchestral group Lost

in the Trees found the Guelph stage

as a result of sheer convenience.

“I think we were just passing

through and it worked out. So here

we are!” explained Ari Picker, the

bands lead vocalist and composer.

After playing a show in Waterloo

the night before, the North Carolina

based group was due at the Drake

Hotel in Toronto Monday night.

Apparently the fun never ends for

this group of seven, who’ve played

an exhausting line up of shows this

Katie Maz

Members of Soul Beat Africa held the

UC captive with their lively stage presence

during a performance with Kinobe

month.

“Tonight will be our eighth show

[in a row]” Picker explained.

Luckily we were en route for the

band, whose orchestral instruments

have blended with folk styles of

song writing and delivery to present

a lovely marriage of symphony and

blues.

Ari noted their inclusion of

orchestral instruments as a positive

one, and surely after listening one

would tend to agree. The harmony

they create is both delicate and

severe, covering a range of sound

and emotion through their music

that drums and guitars alone just

can’t deliver.

Danby.

Helen Yung, the Community

Engagement Manager for Culture

Days, is an outgoing and passionate

advocate for the event. She was

excited by the success of the events.

“Culture Days is a movement

to inspire and promote greater

participation in, awareness of, and

accessibility to artistic and cultural

experiences,” Yung explained.

Yung noted that although Culture

Days has been compared to other art

events in the past, it holds something

more intimate than many.

“Culture Days offers a more oneon-one

feeling. Participants talk of

the intimate exchange they have

with the artwork and there are close

exchanges between people who

work and live and breathe culture

day in and day out.”

Another creative expression that

occurred this weekend, separate

from but interestingly coinciding

with the onset of Culture Days,

was the House Beautiful exhibition

held in Macdonald Stewart Art

Center. Impressive both in scope

and attendance, the exhibition had

its opening Saturday night, and will

run until Oct. 31. The show was

inspired by Oscar Wilde’s late 18th

century aesthetic movement, “the

“You can be equally

creative with whatever

medium you’re using.

Writing in the classical

genre takes a certain kind

of discipline that I think

isn’t very natural to how we

might listen to music these

days,” Picker said, noting

the obstacles in writing

music for the less main

stream standard. These were

obstacles easily overcome, or

at least seemingly so from

Monday’s concert.

The next day brought in

a new style of music to the

same time and place. In

keeping with the diverse

genres from different

geographies came Ugandan artist

Kinobe and accompanying band

Soul Beat Africa. They too brought

a collection of instruments unknown

to many in the audience, and went

on to make engaging music with

them.

“We’re playing instruments that

people probably have never seen

before,” remarked Kinobe before

performing their set last Tuesday.

Kinobe talked about his start in

music as a young child in Eastern

Africa.

“I grew up with a lot of traditional

music. I went to a school that was

very music oriented, and I joined

with a group when I was ten and went

house beautiful,”

which accentuated

the importance

of aestheticism

over social or

moral themes in

art, literature and

interior design.

This month’s

exhibition was

similarly named

House Beautiful,

but as the shows

curator Dawn

Owen explained,

the aestheticism

promoted by

Wilde was

purposely

subverted by the

choice of artwork

on display. For

instance, although

many of the works

were indisputably appealing to

one’s visual senses, there were often

more violent, mysterious qualities

incorporated into them.

Exhibiting the work of talented

artists Mary Anne Barkhouse,

Guillaume Lachapelle, Cal Lane,

Drew Simpson and Cole Swanson,

the works include oil paintings,

various sculptures, and miniature

to the Netherlands,” Kinobe said.

Since then he’s been sampling styles

of sound from all over the world,

allowing himself to be influenced by

various genres of music.

“We take instruments from our

homeland, and we use them with

playing styles and techniques from

other genres. We go to a country,

we learn the music, we learn the

language, and we try to bring that

into our performance. We create a

global language,” said Kinobe.

Kinobe claimed that their music

has been influenced by all the styles

they have come across including

rock n roll and hip hop, amongst

others. The idea seems inseparable

from Kinobe’s understanding of

music that it be seen not for its

different parts, but for its ability to

blend styles, and connect people.

“We listen to everything, and we

appreciate everything. We want to

remove those boundaries amongst

people and try to build a connection,”

he said.

Their global language showed

true presence at the show Tuesday.

Though the lyrics, instruments,

and dress of Kinobe & Soul Beat’s

performance were all African in

nature, and thus very foreign, the

UC was full of listeners. Many an

audience member were foot tapping

and weaving in their chairs, some

even standing up to dance, which

Soul Beat Africa’s on stage presence

11

Culture Days

A National event, Culture Days was celebrated in

Guelph by students and the outside community

alike in an effort to bring a better understanding of

ourselves through art.

watercolour powder works inspired

by ancient Indian and Asian

traditional art practice. The opening

night of the exhibit Saturday

evening, was about more than visual

art. It was a fully catered event, with

wine and spirits, appetizers, and

local DJs bringing a desired musical

and social atmosphere to the cultural

and artistic scene.

truly invited from them.

Both of the shows this past week

were a great addition to our vibrant

campus, and seemed to test the

waters of how accepting our students

are to diversity. By the end of both

performances it became clear that

we have embraced an outlook on

music that is shared by Kinobe.

“Music is love, music is joy. It’s a

language that connects people all

across the world.”

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Homecoming Festivities

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Athletics and Homecoming

go hand in hand.

Homecoming weekend

has become the most

celebrated event, by current

University of Guelph students, of

the entire school year. Th e student

tickets for the homecoming football

game sold out fast, making the game

easily the highest attended event on

the Guelph campus this year.

“Homecoming seems to be

the day that everybody shows up

and wears their red and gold. It’s

too bad we don’t get that sort of a

crowd every game. When we do get

[a big crowd], it really does give us

a big lift, “ said fi fth-year defensive

linemen Grant MacDonald.

Almost 9000 fans packed in

to Alumni stadium on Saturday

afternoon, most of the fans were

students painted or dressed in red,

black, and gold, screaming loud and

proud for their school team. Th is

is nothing new for homecoming

weekend.

“Whenever there is a crowd there

is pressure on people to perform

well and rise to the occasion and

give people a good game,” said

former Gryphon linebacker and

1984 Vanier Cup team member Jeff

Yanchus. “Often Guelph would

come into a homecoming matchup

with some like Western where

you weren’t favoured and you were

hoping to be able to provide an

upset that would send people home

happy they spent the afternoon

with you. “

Why is the homecoming

weekend football game so well

attended while the other home

football games throughout the

year draw some sparse crowds? Is

it because homecoming is a great

excuse for students to have pancake

keggers and drink all day?

“I think it’s a tradition, people

always celebrate homecoming and

[it’s] tradition to go out to the

football game. It’s advertised well

around campus and everyone talks

about it,” said Gryphons fi fth-year

defensive linemen Scott Eggleton.

Gryphon alumni echod these

sentiments about the atmosphere

surrounding the game.

“Th ere was always a lot of

excitement. You have a lot of

history and you’ve got many

diff erent generations showing up.

You have some sense that you have

a connection to the past and history

of the university,” said Yanchus.

But, what is it that sets

homecoming apart from any other

weekend. Current Gryphon football

team members wish they could see

the homecoming crowd out for all

of their home games.

“Our homecoming has always

been amazingly well attended, our

fans are incredible when they show

up,” said MacDonald.

Many Gryphon varsity alumni

return to the school for the

homecoming game as well. Th e

great turnout of fans and alumni

for the homecoming game can be

attributed to one factor.

“It’s promoted better, promoted

better by the whole school,” said

former Vanier Cup champion

quarterback, now proud Gryphon

alumnist Randy Dimitroff . “Th e

residence people are really pumping

the homecoming game up, it’s that

school pride type game. All the

other games just are not promoted

that well.”

Current Gryphon Scott Eggleton

agrees with Dimitroff .

“Th e word gets out there a lot

more, the homecoming game

is defi nitely more hyped.” said

Eggleton.

Dimitroff strongly believes

that if the other home games

were promoted in the same way

homecoming is, that the students

would show up for more games.

“You got to get [the students]

pumped up and people need to

promote it more, the more support

the better the [team] plays,” said

Dimitroff .

Many claim that the students

can’t be faulted for not showing

up to the other football games or

athletic events because there is

little hype or awareness around the

regular season games.

“I just don’t think the other

home games are promoted well,”

says Dimitroff . “We are trying

to establish a tail-gate party,

were trying to establish alumni

involvement and stuff like that,

but internally it has to be done

administration-wise.”

Th e tough task for Gryphon

athletics nowadays, is competing for

people’s time in their busy lifestyles.

Ultimately, the on-fi eld product is

going to determine the amount of

fan support, many people want to be

a part of a winning organization.

“Obviously you are competing

with a lot of other events, sporting

events and entertainment events,”

said Yanchus. “Live music at half

time is something that is really

good. Trying to make it appealing

to diff erent groups.”

An estimated number of 1000,

University of Guelph alumni

attended the homecoming football

game this past Saturday. Th e

Homecoming game provides a

great opportunity for Gryphon

alumni to get back to the campus

and reminisce about memories

past.

“It was a great team unity thing,

homecoming was great, no matter

how you looked at it the football

was the name of the game that day,”

said Dimitroff .

And it would seem that the

homecoming crowds have grown

through the years as more students

attend the U of G. Th e homecoming

game this past weekend had an

announced attendance of 8799. Th e

support for homecoming football

has increased through the years

since 1984 when Dimitroff played.

“Th e crowds back then were

fairly large, but they never sold out,”

explained Dimitroff . “Maybe there

was three or four thousand [fans].”

Th e student section is always an

entertaining one on Homecoming

weekend at Alumni stadium. Th ere

are many University of Guelph

students wearing Gryphon colours.

“I wanted to celebrate

homecoming and I like watching

sports,” said fi rst-year Child

Youth and Family major Brittany

MacMillan. “Most importantly I

wanted to support my school.”

Th e homecoming game was well

advertised all over campus, word

of mouth helped to spread the

anticipation for the game.

“All over my residence there

were fl yers and posters encouraging

people to attend the game,” said

MacMillan. “I have heard over the

years how exciting homecoming is

so I really wanted to go.”

Th e annual homecoming game

will always been a big draw and

lots of school support is shown by

students, alumni, and parents.

“Homecoming is an event

unto itself, there is clearly some

special excitement associated with

homecoming,” said Yanchus.

With all of the homecoming

excitement long drawn to a close,

it’s diffi cult to ignore that other

varsity teams would love some

of the Gryphon support shown

by students over the weekend.

Wouldn’t it be something if our

overwhelming school spirit made

other university’s teams dread

playing games in Guelph for fear of

our home support? Ask any varsity

athlete and, certainly, that’s a fantasy

they’d love to see made real.

Justin Dunk

And the rivalry lives on

Mike Treadgold

The Guelph Gryphons and

Western Mustangs continued

their streak of tightlycontested

match-ups at Saturday’s

annual Homecoming battle, with

the Mustangs hanging on for a 15-8

victory in front of an energetic sold

out crowd of nearly 9,000 at Alumni

Stadium.

Th e previously undefeated

Gryphons (3-1) entered Saturday’s

game as one of the country’s biggest

surprises, fresh off of a dramatic

21-15 upset win over the Queen’s

Gaels. Th e victory over Queen’s

moved Guelph into the tenth

position in the CIS weekly rankings.

Western (4-1) entered Saturday’s

game ranked fi fth in the CIS.

Th e Gryphon defence and explosive

running from Nick FitzGibbon had

been their foundation for success in

the fi rst three games and Saturday

was no diff erent.

New defensive coordinator

Kevin MacNeill’s unit played the

Mustangs tightly, getting pressure

on quarterback Donnie Marshall,

who made just enough plays with

his arm and quick feet to outlast the

feisty Gryphons. On the ground,

FitzGibbon racked up 87 yards

against a team that has always made

his life diffi cult.

Ultimately, however, Western’s

ability to keep FitzGibbon out of the

endzone was a decisive factor as the

Gryphons’ leading touchdown scorer

was held off the scoreboard.

On defence, the Gryphons were

led once again by their fi fth-year

captain, linebacker Adam Dunk,

who picked up nine tackles and

1.5 sacks. Cam Th orn made his

presence felt all game, registering

2.5 sacks and Jordan Duncan added

his third interception of the season.

For the fourth consecutive game, the

Gryphons were penalized for more

than 100 yards, and for the fi rst time

this season, that lack of discipline

helped lead to a loss.

Arguably the most interesting

match-up coming into Saturday’s

game was the battle of the

quarterbacks. Western’s Marshall

and Guelph’s Chris Rossetti are both

new starters attempting to fi ll the

shoes of a pair of graduated recordsetting

pivots, Michael Faulds and

Justin Dunk, who battled in the 2009

Homecoming game, with Western

coming out on top 41-39.

Marshall has seemingly adapted

to the role faster than Rossetti, and

while the Gryphon passing attack

did show signs of improvement

on Saturday, picking up 202 yards

through the air, their inability to fi nd

the endzone was a backbreaker. Th e

lone Gryphons touchdown came on

a trick play when Guelph lined up

for a fi eld goal, but snapped the ball

to wide receiver Jedd Gardner who

raced into the endzone for his second

touchdown in as many weeks.

Th e Gryphons are back in action

Saturday against the Laurier Golden

Hawks in Waterloo.


14 Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2010 163.3

Sports & Health

Gryphon Rowers Conquer McMaster in Annual Dual Meet Amidst

Low Fan Support

Rowing team successful

on a small budget

SARAH DUNSTAN

The majority of Gryphons

are still in a state of

peaceful slumber at five in

the morning. But the Gryphons’

rowing team needs no sleep; by the

fifth hour of a new day, they are

already breaking waves on Guelph

Lake. Their paths illuminated only

by the lights on bow and stern of

their crafts, their cries of victory

penetrating the morning darkness,

the rowing team may be one of the

smaller teams Guelph has to offer,

but by no means a lesser force to be

reckoned with.

The team destroyed the

competition at the Guelph-

McMaster Challenge Boat Race,

winning every event and bringing

home five gold medals. The

team also won four gold medals

at the season opening Western

Invitational, and Gryphon rower

Mike Henry won silver at the

Under 23 Lightweight Men’s

Singles at the National Rowing

Championships in Victoria, B.C.

Despite the success of the varsity

team, the Gryphons still receive

less support than other U of G

varsity teams. Alan Oldham --

head coach of the Guelph rowing

club and Gryphon varsity team

-- says the lack of community

buzz is attributable to a number of

factors.

“Part of the [lack of ] recognition

is training off campus,” said

Oldham. “[The lake] is difficult

for people to come to and watch

us train, so we’ve really had to take

the initiative and make sure we

were putting ourselves out there.”

Though the rowers are

constantly competing for the

spotlight amongst flashier varsity

teams, attention seems to be

gradually picking up. The rowers

can be spotted training by the

cannon several times a year, and

gryphons.ca published five press

releases on the team’s successes

within the past week. Oldham

is also gunning for corporate

support in the near future.

“People with philanthropic

budgets who want to support

teams exist,” said Oldham, “We

just need to find them.”

Universities like Trent and Brock

have sizable budgets for their

rowing teams -- but neither have

a varsity football team. Despite

this, the Gryphons have done

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incredibly well on the shoestring

budget of a small university team

-- but the lack of a formal training

facility catches up with the team

from time to time.

“You can do really well to a

degree with minimal funding,” said

Oldham, “Building up the capacity

to train at an elite level is what will

gain us medals at the OUA.”

The team may use less money

than a 60-plus person football

team, but having a rowing team

still comes at a cost; the rowing

team spends anywhere from $400

to $500 a year on replacing the

safety lights on their boats alone.

A single rowing machine costs the

team $15,000, while a new men’s

rowing boat costs a staggering

$40,000.

“Rowing is getting an equitable

share of the pie,” said Oldham,

The athletics department needs

more money from the university

before [the rowing team] can get

more.”

A more positive aspect of less

fame is a tighter community. It’s

not uncommon for Guelph rowers

to become tightly intertwined

in the byzantine workings of the

rowing world -- competing at local,

provincial and national levels.

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Gryphon rowing team members Teresa Reitz (left) and Lauren Arthurs

(right) row on the cannon this past Thursday.

For the price of a seasonal

membership, the Guelph Rowing

Club allows all 50 rowers on novice

and varsity teams to use club

facilities for all of their training.

Rowing coaches and captains

organize the Ontario University

Development Regatta each year

so novice athletes can race against

rowers from McGill, Brock,

Western and Trent. Oldham

says about half of all university

varsity rowers started out in

novice programs -- including

former Gryphon turned Olympic

Athlete Mel LaForme. Currently,

the Gryphons have three rowers

competing for Ontario on the

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provincial team this year.

“Getting put onto those teams

is a great way to advance them,”

said Oldham, “They can then

bring that experience into the

[Guelph] program, upping the bar

for everyone.”

The Gryphons are poised to

take home the gold from Trent’s

homecoming this Saturday.

But further down the road,

Oldham has his sights set on

the Gryphons claiming an OUA

banner within the next five years,

as well as securing some form of

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Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2010

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Gryphons Lacrosse. Undefeated and looking for more.

Guelph hungry for

national success

ANDREW DONOVAN

The Guelph Gryphons men’s

lacrosse team is out to

another blistering start to

their campaign. Coming off their last

win against Laurentian which saw

team points leader Justin Wilson-

Kirby tally four goals and five points,

the Gryphons improved to a perfect

4-0 start.

“It’s tough to say what our

expectations are really. We always

expect to do well,” said coach Sam

Kosakowski. This answer comes

as little surprise to anyone who’s

historically followed the Gryphon’s

lacrosse team considering the team

has three national championships

in 1995, 2000 and 2008, and have

missed the final four only four times

in the past 20 years.

After four games and four wins

the number one nationally ranked

Gryphons are sitting atop the

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Canadian University Field Lacrosse

Association (CUFLA) standings,

and posses the best goal differential

in the country at +34.

Kosakowski takes a fairly humble

stance with respect to the team’s

number one rank.

“I don’t look at the standings. We

play every game one at a time and

focus on that game. That philosophy

has been a huge factor on the team’s

success thus far,” he said. “There’s

something to work on every game.”

This philosophy is why

Kosakowski has made it a priority

to play the bench, when the team

racks up the score, and work on

fundamentals to prepare them for

tougher opponents.

After the Gryphons won the

national championship in 2008,

they entered the 2009 season

with relatively the same team yet

finished the regular season with a

disappointing 6-4 record and lost in

the quarter finals to the McMaster

Marauders.

This year however, Kosakowski

made it very clear that the Gryphon’s

goal is a national championship.

During their first game against

Western, 10 goals were scored

by seven different players, a true

testament to the depth of the team.

“I don’t attribute our success to

only one player, we’re a team,” said

Kosakowski. The sport is designed

to be played as a team, it frequently

happens where one or two players

from that team stand out on the

stats sheet. This year, perhaps the

biggest standout for the Gryphons

has been third-year attacker Justin

Wilson-Kirby.

Wilson-Kirby is eighth overall

in points with a total of 19 in four

games and has played in two fewer

games than the league’s point leader,

Tim Bergon of Carleton University.

Michael Teeter, Eric Hubert and

Connor Deuchars each have 15,

13 and 11 points respectably. The

statistics don’t vouch for all players

on the team however.

“Stats don’t

highlight the guys

banging it out

on defence,” said

Kosakowski. The

defence has been a

huge factor in their

perfect season thus

far, allowing the

second least amount

of goals let into the

net in the league

behind Brock.

After beating

Brock by eight goals,

which according

to Kosakowski is

unheard of, the

Gryphon’s expect to

meet Brock in the

Final Four as they

see the Badgers as their biggest rival

and their toughest opponent this

season.

The Gryphons Lacrosse team

is headed to Laurier on Oct. 3 to

continue their bid for an undefeated

Is your student house more than 50 years old?

The water service line may be made of lead.

Water service lines are the pipes which bring treated drinking water from the watermain in

the street into a home. Lead piping was used for water service lines in older homes, usually

built before the mid-1950s. Lead is dullish grey in colour, leaves a silver mark when

scratched, is easily pliable, and is not magnetic. Often, interior plumbing has been replaced

with copper pipes; however there still is the potential for the water service (the piping

underground) to be made of lead.

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Throwing it down with Dunk: Gryphon rookie uses veteran poise to run to victory

JUSTIN DUNK

The Blackberry Torch, a

new season of Survivor,

and a new NHL season

are all fresh and exciting. For

the Gryphon cross country team

winning and dominating the field

is nothing new at all, winning is

getting to be a good old habit.

The Gryphon runners took

home the men’s and women’s

titles in the season opening Vic

Matthews Invitational on Sept. 18,

both teams looking to be in great

early season form.

The old reliable team veterans,

Kyle Boorsma, Allan Brett,

and Nigel Wray steal many of

the headlines for the for time

defending CIS champion men’s

team, as the three returning All-

Canadians should.

The ‘drive for five’ as the team is

calling it, or the men’s quest to win

five consecutive CIS cross country

titles has gotten off to a blazing

start.

While giving their star runners a

week off to rest this past weekend,

a young rookie stole the headlines

and showed the depth of this

talented men’s team.

True Freshmen Ross Proudfoot

made his Gryphon debut one he

will not soon forget.

“We know [Proudfoot’s] a

stud. He is a talented guy,” said

Gryphons cross-country head

coach Dave Scott-Thomas. “He

has had some glimmers and some

workouts of being able to run with

our top guys who are the best in

the CIS.”

Proudfoot won the Western

International Cross Country

Invitational this past Saturday in

London.

The composure he showed

in that race was outstanding. He

stayed cool, he played it really

well, his tactics were brilliant,” said

Scott-Thomas.

The first year Gryphon was

the first rookie to win in the

36-year history of the Western

Invitational race. Proudfoot laid

down one of the top 10 times

ever posted on the cross-country

course at Western.

The first CIS cross country

top 10 poll came out on Tuesday

with the Gryphons holding the

number one ranking by one and a

half points over their rivals from

Windsor.

“You never want to get

complacent about [the number

one ranking], but we would be a

little cranky if we weren’t ranked

number one to be honest,” said

Scott-Thomas.

The biggest challenge for the

Gryphon midfielder Russell Poulton drives to the

net against the MacMaster Marauders.

Gryphon Athletics

team this year will come from

the number two ranked Windsor

Lancers, who are right on the

Gryphons heels in the top ten

poll.

“[Windsor’s] pretty vocal about

coming after us,” said Scott-Thomas.

“I love that stuff. Bring it on.”

Drinking water and lead

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16 Sept. 3 - Oct. 6, 2010 163.3

Sports & Health

A Beer a Day Keeps the Doctor Away?

How to manage your

alcohol intake

ANDREW DONOVAN

We’ve all heard the old

adage that a glass of

wine a day is not only

okay, but actually good for your

health. Now it may just be my

personal experience but as far as

I can tell wine isn’t the drink of

choice on campus; it’s beer.

So with beer being the

overwhelming drink of choice for

most university students both at

sporting events, and parties, are you

actually benefi ting from drinking it?

“Alcohol in any form has the same

health eff ects. So whether you’re

getting alcohol from beer, wine

or rum, it all has the same health

eff ects,” said registered dietician

Mary Anne Dick who has a PhD

in food science from the University

of Guelph.

“In terms of how much you should

be having,” said Dick. “Women

should not have more than nine

standard drinks (per week) while

Living the Pure Life: Eating Right When the Budget is Tight

Making proper

decisions for a healthy

student lifestyle

LEIGH MCSWAN

One of the biggest hurdles

most university and college

students face is fi nances.

Rightly so, tuition is expensive,

books aren’t cheap and many

students are balancing their cheque

books for the fi rst time in their

lives. Not to mention the challenges

faced when living on their own and

preparing meals for themselves.

Th is can be a very stressful time

in one’s life, which is the exact

reason a strong, nutrient rich diet

is a must. What most people feel

is an expensive habit, eating well

can be done on any budget, even a

university budget.

Here are my tips for eating

properly while going to school

full time:

men should not have more than 14

and no more than two (alcoholic

drinks) a day for both groups.”

Now coming off homecoming

weekend here at the U of G, those

statistics may be laughable for

some, but it is what’s considered

by the Canadian government to be

1. Make a list: going into a grocery

store unprepared is like going into

an exam you haven’t studied for-

your mind is all over the place,

you are straining your eyes trying

to fi gure out which direction you

want to go and you end up frazzled

and make poor decisions. If you

do a little prep work and decide

what main meals you will be eating

throughout the week, you’re not

going to over buy and waste money.

Stick to the list and never go to the

grocery store hungry.

2. Don’t get caught up in deals:

Th is may be a hard reality to face,

because, well, it’s a deal! But the

truth is, if your list says you only

need one tomato, buy one tomato.

One tomato for $0.59 is still cheaper

than 3 for $1.39- it may seem like a

deal, but do you really need it? Will

it go to waste? Ask yourself these

very questions while you shop.

3. Invite your friends for dinner:

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‘moderate’ drinking.

For those who are wondering, you

are offi cially binge drinking when

you’ve surpassed the two drinks per

day maximum or the recommended

quota for the week. Most of us will

willingly admit to binge drinking

every once in a while, but the

Starting a regular Sunday night

dinner with your friends can save

you a ton of money- plus you won’t

have to cook as much. Choose

oneday a week when you and all

your friends get together for a nice

potluck dinner. Everyone brings

a dish and shares. Not only will

you get to experience everyone’s

fabulous cooking skills (maybe

not..?!), but you will also have the

comfort of a hot home cooked meal

with a great group of people.

4. Cut out the major expenses:

In my experience, the reason

grocery bills are so high is because

of a few costly items- interestingly

enough, these items tend to be the

ones completely void of nutritional

value and can dampen good health.

Start by removing some of these

items in order to replace them with

health promoting foods which will

fuel your brain and make you feel

amazing all year long.

For example- ice cream, quite an

expensive little snack, which you

burn through pretty quickly. One

tub of Breyers can run you $7, if

you took that $7 and put it towards

a good investment, something like

yogurt, you could get double the

amount and 5 times the nutritional

value.

With chips, you can spend up to

$4 a bag, while this may not seem

like that much money it does add up.

Plus, this would be a nutritionally

void food- meaning all it off ers to

problem is when these drinking

patterns become long-term.

“Studies have linked poor

drinking habits to cancers of all

sorts, including breast cancer,

oesophageal cancer, laryngeal

cancer, hepatocellular cancer and

colorectal cancer,” warned Dick.

For those who choose to stay

below those two drinks a day

and below the nine or 14 a week

can experience health benefi ts

from drinking alcohol. Dick

says, studies have linked the

moderate consumption of alcohol

to decreased risk of diabetes,

and wine has been linked to

decreasing your chance of heart

disease; however that is unusual

because they are looking at other

ingredients in wine, so that fi nding

may not necessarily relate to beer.

However unrealistic it may be to

ask university students to calm their

‘need’ to binge drink, we certainly

can’t say we haven’t been warned of

the possible side eff ects, short and

long term, of doing so.

For those who are interested

in keeping the freshman 15 off

you, is fat and calories. Swap the bag

of chips for a bag of baby carrots to

snack on, usually $1.99, you’ll save

money and benefi t your health.

Purchasing pop and water is

another way to sky rocket the

budget. Avoid pop all together, it’s a

sugary downfall which costs around

$2 a bottle. What’s worse is that it

doesn’t even quench your thirst, it

actually dehydrates you, so what’s

the point? Avoiding bottled water

is another great way to save money.

Paying for bottled water doesn’t

make sense when you can get it for

this year, let’s take a look at how

you hinder your chances of not

packing on the pounds if you

decide to indulge in frequent

binge drinking.

A pint of beer is 130-180

calories, a 175mL glass of red wine

is 120 calories, a pint of cider is 200

calories, vodka or rum and coke is

120 calories and a gin and tonic is

also 120 calories.

So the next time your buddy

comes up to you bragging about the

24 bottles of beer he polished off all

by himself, let him know that he

consumed most likely 3120 calories

in beer alone.

Another fun fact for those

who enjoy partaking in alcoholic

drinking games is if you’ve ever

participated in the infamous game

of century club, where participants

drink a shot of beer every minute

for 100 minutes, you’ve successfully

just consumed 1750 calories in

beer alone. Th e average total

recommended calories for a woman

in a day in the United States is 2000

while men are expected to intake

roughly 2700.

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virtually free from the tap. Instead

of wasting money and plastic on

bottles, purchase a refi llable water

bottle. Th is is a better investment

and you’ll also be promoting a

healthier environment.

Living healthy is all about

education, learn how to make

small adjustments to your current

lifestyle, like the ones mentioned

above and reap the benefi ts, and

spread the word!

Leigh McSwan is a holistic

nutritionist and a lifestyle consultant.


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Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2010

Life

TV is for lovers: Second-hand shows

DUNCAN DAY-MYRON

TV zombies are a rare and

fascinating breed. I’m

not talking about Susan

Lucci (or the AMC show The

Walking Dead which premieres on

October 31st! And then hopefully

on demand the day after!) but

television shows that were canceled

for whatever reason but then,

sometimes by a rival network,

brought back from the dead.

Probably the most famous recent

example is Fox’s Family Guy, which

was axed after 3 seasons and then,

due to huge popularity in syndication

and DVD sales, brought back. It

wanders mindlessly through the

Sunday night wasteland to this day,

mumbling and destroying brains and

spawning equally mindless zombies

(with talking animal companions)

in its wake. But it wasn’t the first

show to have life breathed back into

it. Just the worst.

Baywatch was canceled after one

season, but then Germany fell in

love with David Hasselhoff (thanks

again for that) and CBS kept it

going for another 10 years, granted

half of that was in slow motion. CBS

also canceled Law & Order after

one lousy year, but this time NBC

stepped in and brought it back. It

aired for another 19 years, a season

away from world record-dom,

spawning 37 spinoffs and probably

keeping that guy who says “these are

their stories” up to his tits in residual

cheques. It even happened to one of

those spin-offs. NBC had the good

sense to cut Law & Order: Criminal

Intent loose to make room for reruns

of Medium (actually) but it was

picked up by the USA network, a

network I wasn’t entirely sure existed

until I wrote that sentence.

Similar to Family Guy’s revolting

underdog story, it happened again

recently with another canceled

Fox cartoon, the sci-fi spectacular

Futurama. After four seasons of

alternately heart wrenching and

mind-blowing episodes, Comedy

Central brought it back, releasing

I really want to get into…hip-hop

JOSH DOYLE it comes to beats, don’t hesitate to

This week the Ontarion

wanted to offer some sound

advice for anyone longing

to properly involve themselves in

the wonderful world of hip-hop

music. Perhaps you already consider

yourself a “certified hip-hop

listener.” Well, if that’s the case then

maybe you don’t need this article.

But for those of you rocking out to

Lil Wayne remixes, bumping Drake

in your car thinking you’re hip-hop

heads, here’s a brief tutorial on how

to get off the whack train, and start

filling your ears with quality hop.

The first and most important

step in the direction of rap

enlightenment is to TURN OFF

YOUR RADIO. Mainstream radio

stations are constantly pumping the

airwaves full of garbage R&B and

calling it Hip-Hop. If you want

to listen to real hip-hop, STEER

CLEAR. Most good hip-hop is

not sitting in plain sight, and you

must embrace what’s commonly

known as the underground scene if

you want to hear a lot of the quality

music being produced.

Second, you need to listen to

some music and see what you like.

The best way to do this is find

someone you know who listens to

hip-hop you haven’t heard in the

mainstream, and ask them what

they’re rockin’. Since I’m writing

this you can use my advice, but if

you have a friend who seems to

have his/her head on straight when

borrow a headphone.

The best hip-hop comes

from America. There are other

respectable artists in the world,

but even the good ones from other

countries model themselves after

American artists. This is where

it started and this is where it’s

progressed the furthest. Within

American hip-hop there are many

sub genres, often having to do with

geographic locations. First you have

the East coast, for which New York

is the focal point. This is where

hip-hop was birthed by the Sugar

Hill gang with Rapper’s Delight.

For a sampling from this area try

the songs “It Ain’t Hard to Tell” by

Nas, and “Nostalgia” by Masta Ace.

a series of fine feature films on

DVD. They were popular, even

broken up and aired in syndication,

and it just got brought back for its

official sixth season, 12 episodes of

which have already aired. It’s on

hiatus, picking up with episode 13

in November. One day I will tell

all of you why I think Futurama is

the finest American science fiction

program ever, but not right now.

Right now all I’ll say is that good

shows don’t often come back. They

die and stay dead. With the possible

exception of Law & Order, I can’t

think of any others. 7th Heaven?

Cagney & Lacey? No thanks. Even

Taxi deserved to be canceled when

it did. So this is a momentous day.

Not only because we can all watch

Futurama together again, but it gives

people with taste a leg to stand on

when it comes to defending these

types of shows: intellectual, groundbreaking

television which isn’t given

a chance because it isn’t quite as

banal and status quo as other shows

with talking babies and no real jokes.

Shows like Arrested Development,

Freaks and Geeks, My So-Called

West Coast hip-hop comes mostly

from California, more specifically

LA. You may already know Snoop

Dogg, and if so you should also

know his song “Gin and Juice”. After

this try TuPac’s “Keep Ya Head

Up”. Then you’ve got the South,

which covers all the southern states,

especially Georgia. For this region

check out CunninLynguists song

“Doin Alright,” or T.I.’s “What You

Know.” Then find out who your

favourite rappers favourite rappers

are, and pursue them like you’re

building a social network. Read a

couple of short bio’s and find out

what they’re most respected albums

are.

Another key element of

becoming a hip-hop head is to stop

Megan Verhey

Life, Sports Night or

Andy Richter’s entire

career, all of which

hordes of people

rallied to defend only

to be brushed aside in

favour of ratings. Well

Futurama is doing

awesome, and Comedy

Central is making a

ton of money off it.

Averaging over two

million viewers a week

on a cable network

with a cartoon at

10pm in the middle of

the week is bananas.

So I will end with

a plea. I want everyone to go out

and watch an episode of the Starz

comedy Party Down. I don’t care if

its legal or not. The second season

was released on DVD this week,

and it is some of the smartest, most

charming television I’ve seen in

years. It also just got canceled. But

it doesn’t need to stay that way!

After you’ve watched it and decided

it’s your new favourite show, go out

and buy the DVDs. Both seasons

downloading your favourite songs

off iTunes or Limewire, and start

buying or downloading full albums.

You cannot possibly experience an

artist for all their depth and abilities

by sampling the one song you heard

in a car that grabbed your ear. Forget

the singles, find a talented artist and

spin the album. Start with these:

Jay-Z, Reasonable Doubt

Nas, Illmatic

Masta Ace, Disposable Arts

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Duncan Day-Myron

together will probably cost about

the same price as a night on the

town and it will be way more fun.

Because if we can learn anything

from Futurama, it’s, not only that

that apparently works, but it means

good television doesn’t need to stay

dead. And in a world where S#*!

My Dad Says is a real thing and not

a fever dream; we need more good

television to stay on the air.

Cunninlynguists,

SouthernUnderground

CYNE, Pretty Dark Things

This is a very general overview,

and in order to successfully get into

hip-hop you’re going to have to

do some work of your own. While

barely scratching the surface, my

hope is that this will offer the

proper mindset for delving into this

fun, interesting, and complicated

world.


18 Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2010 163.3

Life

Foodstuff s makes limoncello

NICOLE ELSASSER

If you are anything like me

with respect to foodstuffs,

you started the summer off

Recipe for limoncello

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cool, dry place away from sunlight.

Be advised that the longer you leave

the zest to infuse in the vodka,

the more vibrantly yellow your

limoncello will turn out. Shake the

jar from time-to-time throughout

this initial step.

with some lofty ambitions. You

told yourself that you would

go to the farmer’s market

every week. That you would

go berry picking. And most of

all, you told yourself that you

would preserve so much that

your pantry would be stocked

with the bounty of summer all

Step two (after 14 to 45 days):

Combine the sugar and water in

a pan over medium heat and cook

until the mixture has thickened to

make simple syrup. Let this mixture

cool and then add to your initial

limoncello mixture. Add the second

bottle of vodka and then once again

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to mellow in a cool, dark area.

Step three (after another 14 to 45

days):

Strain out the lemon zest from

the liquid in mixture and store the

fi nished limoncello in a sterilized

glass jar or liquor bottle. Keep the

limoncello in the freezer and serve

only at an icy cold temperature for

optimum enjoyment.

through the fall and winter.

These were really nice goals but

you hardly accomplished any of

them. And now, sadly, you find

yourself preserve-poor and a

little disappointed in your ability

to follow through.

Never fear! You can still do

some kick-ass preserving in the

fall and winter and you’ll

likely be a lot more impressive

to others if instead of jam or

pickles you make booze. Now

I am not suggesting that you

distill your own gin or make

your own beer although these

are certainly feats that braver

souls than I have attempted.

I suggest that an easy recipe

for a beginner to preserving

to make would be a batch

of limoncello. Limoncello

is a deliciously sweet citrusy

liqueur most popular in Italy.

It’s usually enjoyed in a tall

thin shot glass after a meal

as a “digestivo” but feel free

to enjoy in less European

ways as it will get you good

and intoxicated. You can buy

it at the liquor store really

easily but where, I ask you, is

the fun in that. As long as you

are willing to wait about three

months to share the sweet taste

of homemade limoncello with

your friends and family then

this recipe is foolproof. But don’t

Courtesy

try to take any shortcuts and

cut down too much on the wait

times or else your limoncello

will be tragically inferior.


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Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2010

Opinion

Racism: It’s funny until it happens to you

YVONNE SU endorse the message of students for

On Sept. 10, the Office

of the President sent an

email out to the student

body regarding two acts of hate

graffiti in residence. The President

urged the student population to

condemn such acts of hatred and

work towards a safe and inclusive

campus. Shortly after, Student

Housing Services reacted with

poster and pledge campaigns, the

CSA released a youtube video

expressing their intolerance to hate

and the Ontarion covered the story

extensively in their first issue. With

so many people speaking out, one

would assume that all students

will have come to understand

the severity of racism and hate

crimes, however, it still appears be

a laughing matter to some students

who just don’t get it.

This is supported by an incident

that took place last Wednesday in

the University Centre. The Student

Help and Advocacy Centre

(SHAC), was running a “For a Hate

Free Campus” signature campaign

in response to the hate crimes.

The campaign asked students to

a hate free campus by signing their

name or writing their own message

on a large banner. When the banner

was left unstaffed on Wednesday

afternoon, several students or

groups of students decided it

would be funny to write jokes and

deface the campaign message. One

student wrote “We should be more

concerned with the amount of hats

on campus.” Another student signed

as Ricky Bobby in big letters across

the painted message “For a Hate

Free Campus.” This behaviour is not

only disheartening but disrespectful

for the organizers, those affected by

the hate crimes and all those who

participated in the campaign.

While some students may take

this lightly, this is not a laughing

matter for racialized students on

campus. All it takes is one hate

crime to make a community feel

unsafe. We all have a right to be on

campus and no one should be going

out of their way to make any person

or group feel unwelcome. For many

people who have not experienced

racism first hand, it may be hard

to understand the impacts of

something as simple as a writing

hate graffiti or using a racial slur. I

didn’t until it hit me in the face.

As someone who identifies as

a Chinese Canadian, I feel I have

lived a fairly privileged life. My

father immigrated from China

before I was born and worked in

the US and Canada for 7 years

before he raised enough money

to bring my family over. I lived

a middle class lifestyle and have

never felt I had experienced much

discrimination or racism until last

year during this time.

It was the National Day of the

People’s Republic of China and many

Chinese students and their friends

had gathered around the cannon to

paint it and celebrate. I had just left

the library and was walking down

the ramp towards them when I

saw two girls walking up the ramp.

Without any consideration of their

surroundings one girl said “What

are all the chinks doing over there?”

When I heard that I almost fell

over in disbelief. Did she say what I

think she said.. chinks? But before I

opened my mouth to say something

as they passed by, they noticed me

or rather they saw my

“chinkiness” and the two

girls lowered their heads

and scurried away.

In the moments after,

I felt a burning rage to

turn around and confront

the girls, to ask them why

they would ever say such a

thing. But I couldn’t do it,

not because I didn’t have

the courage but because I

was in a state of shock.

As university students living in

a country that prides itself off of

multiculturalism, we should know

better than that. We should know

that racism is a social construct and

as a result, it can be deconstructed

and discarded. We should know that

racism is unacceptable anywhere

and towards anyone. Anyone who

has ever experienced racism or

discrimination will understand

that. It is painful and completely

unreasonable. There is simply

no explanation for what would

motivate someone to discriminate

against someone or a group based

on their race, colour or place of

origin. We are beyond that or rather

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Yvonne Su

we must move beyond that.

Racism is funny until it happens to

you and I hope we can work towards

a campus where no one ever has to

find that out the hard way.

The Student Help and

Advocacy Centre (SHAC) is

your go-to place for help on

campus. SHAC is a student

run advocacy and referral

centre that works to help you

answer any questions regarding

Human Rights, Legal, Tenancy,

Financial, Academic and any

questions about student life.

You can contact us at shac@

uoguelph.ca or visit our new

office on the 2nd floor of the

UC next to the CSA.


20 Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2010 163.3

Editorial

The Jekyll and Hyde effect haunts students

Most days, the student

body at the University

of Guelph is worthy of

their delightful reputation. Students

smile as they hold doors for others,

halt busses should they realize

someone has been left behind,

and many spend their free time

volunteering for a humanitarian

or environmental cause not for

academic credit nor to boast about

their accomplishments, but simply

because they care. What a pleasant,

humble and approachable bunch

we tend to be…at least while the

sun is still shining.

It’s when day becomes night

that a strange phenomena begins

to override the gentle aura of the

laid back student crowd and an

ensemble of inner demons begin

to dance an obnoxious, angry, and

often destructive jive throughout

the streets of downtown Guelph.

You know what we’re talking about.

It’s past midnight on a Friday night

Letters to the Editor

Members of the University of

Guelph,

As you may have already heard

several instances of hateful graffiti

have appeared on the sides of

campus buildings here at the

University of Guelph during

early September. Shortly after

one incident, university President

Alastair Summerlee asked students

to come together to condemn these

acts of hate and intolerance. We,

the student organizations, leaders,

and senators of the University of

Guelph want to make it very clear to

members of this campus community

that actions of this nature are

completely unacceptable and will

not be tolerated. The University of

Guelph is a place accepting of all

types of persons regardless of race,

creed, ethnicity, nationality, gender,

sexual orientation, disability, or other

various backgrounds. We hereby

condemn these actions of hate

that took place on our campus. We

encourage members of the university

and you find yourself walking across

the city. Your sober self becomes

instantly overtaken by a particular

sense of discomfort as you begin

to observe the environment

around you. Expletives and often

downright offensive language

absorbs public conversation. And

yelling in aggressively high-pitched

tones has become the required

method to carry out such dialogue.

Barefooted girls stumble with high

heels in hand, wandering with no

apparent sense of direction, while

guys push and shove and often

wind up being surrounded by cop

cars. If you’re really lucky, you might

witness the routine vomiting that

occurs on nearly every street corner,

after the night of partying comes

to a close with wolfing down late

night Chinese food a little bit too

fast. It’s simply a mess.

Maybe you are thinking that we

are overreacting. After all, Guelph

is known to be a student town, and

community to come forward to

Campus Community Police (ext

52245) with any information

regarding these instances of hate.

We also encourage all members of

the campus community to create an

atmosphere of positive culture for all

to enjoy.

Signed by,

Josh Leyte-Jammu, B.Commerce

Senator, Holly McGill, 2012 SF-OAC

Representative. Danielle Boes, CVSA

President, The CMESA, Jon Belanger,

GSA President, Gavin Armstrong,

B.Commerce Senator, Joanna

MacDonald, B.Environmental,

Sciences Senator, Derek Alton, B.Arts

Senator, Alisha Fernandes, B.Arts &

Sciences Senator, Sarah Thompson,

DVM Senator, Stephanie Butler,

Guelph-Humber Senator, Allison Webb,

B.Science Senator (SSC Co-Chair),

Guillaume Blais, B.Science Senator

(SSC Co-Chair), BoG Representative,

Hailey Zysman, Guelph-Humber

Senator, Majid Hassas-Roudsari OAC

Graduate Senator, Kaitlyn Townsley

with that comes an expectation

that things are bound to get a little

rowdy at times. But this is beyond

some student fun and youthful

indulgence. It’s gotten to the point

that residents of the downtown

core avoid going outside during

some nights because they feel

overwhelmed with anxiety, panic,

and worst of all, a fear of being

unsafe. For a student community

that appears to be nothing but

friendly and inviting by day, these

kinds of uneasy sentiments are

unacceptable, regardless of what

time of day it may be.

To all of those who customarily

enjoy wild, hazy nights of drinking

downtown, consider the following.

University is a time to socialize and

it is perfectly acceptable to party

and dance the nights away. But is

it worth throwing away your selfrespect

to satisfy a pack of raving,

inebriated and obnoxious students

because it appears to be the normal

, B.Science Senator, Wyatt Carss,

B.Computing Senator, Kevin Bowman,

CSA Academic and University, Affairs

Commissioner, Martin Straathof,

B.Arts Senator, The CSAHS-SA, Isdin

Oke, CPES-SC President, Amanda

Rosborough, VP External Affairs

CVSA, SCVMA

Enough is Enough - CSA is not

appropriately representing me as a

student.

As a University of Guelph

student, the CSA that accredits

themselves as representing me,

is failing to do so through a very

inappropriate manner. As a student

who is involved in the community,

I find it very offensive and incorrect

to be using a campaign slogan “get

pissed off!” in order to provoke

students to vote in the upcoming

municipality election.

Today, I received a CSA handout

that stated “Get Pissed Off!”,

followed by random symbols with

Friday night thing to do? University

is also a time for growth. It’s a time

to mature, a time to develop, and a

time to gain the skills and confidence

that is needed to become a leader.

It’s a time of great learning in terms

of your field of study, but also, and

arguably more so, it’s a time of great

learning to come to know yourself

and what constitutes your character.

With this in mind, the Ontarion

urges its readers to behave faithfully

to themselves and their principles

regardless blood alcohol level and

think about how actions impact

others, even after a few drinks. This

isn’t a puritanical message by any

means. Drink and enjoy downtown

establishments if that is what you

like to do. Just try to do it with

a modicum of respect for those

around you. And next time you go

out, leave out the sour ingredient

of peer pressure from your cocktail

mix, and replace it with a tasty sip

of self-control instead.

intentions of leading people to

assume they have been substituted

for profound language. The message

is filled with general negativity

which seems bizarre for a campus

that is enriched with volunteerism,

community, and a large campaign

entitled “the Better Planet Project.”

The Guelph elections should

be a time for refreshing change,

encouraging debate, and a time

for citizens to better understand

Guelph. The “get pissed off!”

campaign does not represent any

of these views that I have about

the elections. The CSA campaign

seems to scare away most students

and discourage any further talk on

the subject in fear that they will be

aggressively turned down or yelled

at for questioning certain debate

within the elections.

After the CSA just launched

a large response to Hate Activity

On-Campus last week, it seems

very contradictory to be promoting

the message, “get pissed off!” It

may be difficult to come up with

slogans that encourage voting (“yes

we can”, “rock the vote”), but do

so through positive social action

and community, because frankly,

stating “get pissed off!” does not

create a welcoming, inclusive

community.

For this upcoming election, I

will not “get pissed off!”, as I will

be occupied educating myself on

the candidates and making an

appropriate vote for those deserving

it. This will all be accomplished while

encouraging my University peers to

do the same through a positive yet

engaging platform.

Jordan Thompson

The Ontarion Inc.

University Centre

Room 264

University of Guelph

N1G 2W1

ontarion@uoguelph.ca

Phone:

519-824-4120

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Editorial Staff:

Editor-in-chief

Nicole Elsasser

News Editor

Kelsey Rideout

Arts & Culture Editor

Josh Doyle

Sports & Health Editor

Justin Dunk

Web Editor

Sarawanan Ravindran

Production Staff:

Photo & graphics editor

Megan Verhey

Ad designer

Anne Tabata

Layout Director

Alison Tibbles

Office Staff:

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Lorrie Taylor

Office manager

Monique Vischschraper

Ad manager

Chris Hamelin

Board of Directors

President

David Evans

Chairperson

Timothy McBride

Treasurer

Curtis Van Laecke

Secretary

Joanna Sulzycki

Directors

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Andrew Goloida

James Hawkins

Lisa McLean

Marshal McLernon

Antik Dey

Contributors

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Duncan Day-Myron

Samantha Dewaele

Andrew Donovan

Sarah Dunstan

Pam Duynstee

James Hawkins

Andrea Lamarre

Katie Maz

Leigh McSwan

Mike Treadgold

Matthew Saayman

Michael Slotwinski

Catherine Solmes

Yvonne Su

The Ontarion is a non-profit organization governed by

a Board of Directors. Since the Ontarion undertakes the

publishing of student work, the opinions expressed in this

publication do not necessarily reflect those of the Ontarion

Board of Directors. The Ontarion reserves the right to edit

or refuse all material deemed sexist, racist, homophobic, or

otherwise unfit for publication as determined by the Editorin-Chief.

Material of any form appearing in this newspaper

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6. Popular contraction

9. ____ job

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16. Police acronym

17. Wigwam

18. Audacity

20. Wax producer

21. Automaton

23. Desert features

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25. Cheese type

27. Square set

29. Odyssey villain

31. Cleo’s killer

34. Oasis rival

35. Phanerozoic, for ex.

36. Unchanging

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39. Cracker meal

41. Hilarious happening

42. Penetrates

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3. Addict

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5. Like a stratigrapher’s sample

6. Division word

7. Wobble

8. He played it again

9. Norse god

10. Adore (with on)

11. Light cycles

13. Some born in July

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27. Reflection word

28. Weaklings

30. Foolish

31. Tolerate

32. Trudges

33. Actor Sellers, to friends

34. A desperate housewife

35. Emerson output

37. Coliseum

40. Cryptic writings

43. Perches

48. Valley

49. Beginnings

50. Canine command

52. Smidgens

53. Raised mound

54. Sheltered

55. Denomination

57. Murdered, to the Corleones

58. Genesis maker

59. Actress Grier, et al.

60. Michelangelo subject

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22 Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2010 163.3

Comics

Toothpaster for Dinner

Missed Connections

The Bullring – UofG – m4m

I laughed when you ordered the

exact same lunch as me (small

cranberry and almond salad,

with a side of quesdillas… hold

the salsa!) Because it wasn’t busy,

they didn’t ask for our names

along with the order – I wish

they had! I stood awkwardly in

line in front of you, but never

mustered up the courage to turn

around and introduce myself.

You even sneezed and I was

about to say “Gesundheit!” But

then I thought if I said ‘Bless

You’ in German you might

think I was weird… anyway, I

think we would get along, and

maybe we could grab a coffee

sometime.

www.toothpastefordinner.com

I always knew you were the

one… -UofG – m4w

This isn’t really a ‘missed

connection’, more like a missed

opportunity… over and over

again. We are in our 4 th year,

and have known each other

since 1 st . We lived in the same

residence floor as each other,

and I knew you were something

UniDaze

special right away. You came

knocking at my door at 11pm on

a Monday night in your footie

pajamas with a towel wrapped

around your hair pleading with

me to borrow some laundry

detergent because “Some jerk

keeps stealing mine.” I smiled

awkwardly and managed “Yup,

for sure” and handed you a

bottle. You let out a sigh of

Michael Slotwinski

Tori Miles

relief and said, “You’re a life

saver!” and walked away. Even

in our last year here together, I

still can’t manage to ask you out

in person. So here it is. How

about it Footie?


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Community Listings

Thursday September 30

SOFAM - “Celebrating Over

40 Years of Music Making” .

Th ursday at Noon Concert

Series. MacKinnon Room

107 (Goldschmidt Room).

Admission FREE – donations

gratefully appreciated. Everyone

Welcome! September 30: Dolin-

Blaha, Cello/Piano works by

Schumann/Chopin. www.

uoguelph.ca/sofam)

If you have experienced

the death of a loved one,

you might be struggling

with feelings of loss, anger,

confusion, sadness or many

other strong emotions.

Counselling Services offers

a support group for

students, starting soon

and running for 6 weeks.

For more information

or to register contact

Counelling Services,

3rd floor UC, ext. 53244

Friday October 1

European Identities Conference

2010 - Macdonald Stewart Art

Centre. October 1-3. Th ree day

international conference on

Representations of European

Identity. Free Admission to

Public Lectures; Conference

Fees: Faculty $160; Students

$50; Independant/Part-time

Scholars $85; Auditor $5. www.

arts.uoguelph.ca/euid2010/

Aboriginal Resource Centre

Workshop: ‘Walking with the

Seven Grandfathers’ with Jan

Sherman, a local Guelph First

Nations community member.

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EMPLOYMENT

OPPORTUNITIES

Recruit Guelph: Your online job

database exclusively for Guelph

students & alumni. Whether you’re

looking for a part-time, summer or

11am-1pm. Exploring values

of these traditional teachings

and relating them to university

life. Everyone welcome. www.

studentlife.uoguelph.ca/oia/

navigate/aboriginal-resourcecentre/

Saturday October 2

Animal Welfare Talk. Professor

Gary Francione, from the Rutgers

School of Law/Newark, gives a

talk as part of the Department

of Philosophy’s speaker series.

Discussion “Animal Welfare

and the Moral Value of Non-

Human Animals.” Free and open

to public. 3:30pm in MacKinnon

309.

Sunday October 3

Guelph Hiking Trail Club:

KIDS HIKE 1.5 hours. Todays

hike: GHTC Speed River Trail,

Section One. Meet 1pm on road

leading to quarry, past Guelph

Humane Society. Call Kathy:

519-836-9147 for details /

registration.

Guelph Arts Council Historical

Walking Tour: ‘Altar and Hearth

in Victorian Guelph (upper)’.

Starts at Guelph Public Library,

100 Norfolk Street 2-4pm.

Admission: $3/person. Contact

Guelph Arts Council offi ce for

ticket & tour booklet info. (519)

836-3280 or gac@sentex.net

University of Guelph Jazz

Society OPEN AUDITIONS.

Sax/Brass/Woowind/Strings/

Rhythm/Voice. Th ornborough

room 1307. Information: guelph_

jazzsoc@yahoo.ca. All welcome.

Th e Canadian Breast Cancer

Foundation CIBC Run for the

Cure. An event dedicated to

full-time job, recruitguelph.ca is

for you!

SERVICES

BETTER SLEEP PROGRAM:

Decrease insomnia and get more

energizing sleep. This 5 session

program begins October 5 at 8:00

pm. Brochures at UC Information

Desk or visit www.uoguelph.

ca/~ksomers.

Mica Cosmetix. GRAD HAIR

& MAKEUP SPECIAL! $55.

Eyelash Extensions, Threading,

Manicure, Updos, Waxing.

Factory direct clearance makeup,

nail polish, hair pieces and more.

Sept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2010

raising funds for breast cancer

research, and education &

awareness programs. St. George’s

Square. 9:30am-10:45am. For

registration information visit:

www.runforthecure.com

Guelph Hiking Trail Club -

Ontario Hiking Day. 1.5 hours.

Easy pace hike through hardwood

and coniferous forests. 1pm start

at Starkey Trail parking lot on

Arkell Road, approximately 1 km

east of Arkell Village at Watson

Rd. Leader: Kathy 519-836-

9147.

Tuesday October 5

Royal City Squares: Learn to

square dance. Tuesdays at Paisley

Rd. School. 7:30 - 10:00pm. No

experience, partner or special dress

needed! $6/session, $3/students.

Info: ruthslavin@sympatico.ca

Find us on Facebook.

Friday October 8

Join the Kiwanis Club of Guelph

Wellington for our Monthly

Charity Poker Tournament! Cost

Please contact Vân. Tel: 519-

822-6001 Email:

nguyenn@uoguelph.ca.

Student of Colour Support Groups

(and Students from Different

Cultural Backgrounds). Mondays:

One on One support 10am-2pm,

Discussion 3-5pm. Tuesdays:

One on One support 10am-

2pm. Discussion group 2-3pm.

Wed: One on one support 10am-

2pm. Discussion group 5-7pm.

Confi dentiality ensured. Munford

Centre, Rm 54. Contact: rmcleod@

uoguleph.ca or x53244.

Editing Specialists! Research

and Editing Experts At Your

$40. Proceeds this month goes

toward Th e Children’s Foundation

of Guelph Wellington. Every

Second Friday of the Month.

Wellington Brewery, 950

Woodlawn Road W. Registration

begins at 6:30pm / 7pm start.

Sunday October 10

Tour V: Brooklyn and the

College Hill. Tour starts at 2pm

at McCrae House, 108 Water

Street. Admission: $3/person.

Contact Guelph Arts Council

offi ce for ticket & tour booklet

info. (519) 836-3280 or gac@

sentex.net

Wednesday October 13

Join the Guelph Guild of

Storytellers at the Boathouse,

116 Gordon St. S. 8pm. Free.

Donation appreciated. Short

open mic time. Th is month’s

theme: Spoiling the Broth.

Special Guest local teller Brad

Woods. storytellers@guelpharts.

ca or visit www.guelpharts.ca/

storytellers

Ongoing:

Guelph Civic Museum exhibit:

‘Th e House on the Hill: Th e

Ontario Reformatory - 100 Years

in Guelph’.

Exhibit runs until January 16,

2011. Daily, 1-5pm. Regular

Admission. 6 Dublin Street

South. www.guelph.ca/museum/

As part of the Guelph Studio Tour

25 th Anniversary celebrations,

you’re invited to view the Past

Members Show at the Barber

Gallery, 167 Suff olk St. W.

(ground fl oor gallery). October

2-31. Gallery hours: Mon-Fri.:

9-5:30pm, Sat: 9-5pm.

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Post-graduates in most fi elds

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Th e Ontarion is looking for

volunteers! Trye your hand at

copyEditing and prufreeding

yer oon stoodent payper. Email:

theontarion@uoguelph.ca or call

x58265 for more details. Or just

come by UC 264 on Monday &

Tuesday afternoons to help out.

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Macdonald Stewart Art Centre

Exhibit: ‘Building a Legacy,

Curating a Collection’ featuring

the work of contemporary

Canadian artists who have

contributed to and continue to

defi ne art in Guelph. Exhibit

runs until December 19. 358

Gordon Street at College Ave.

519.837.0010 info@msac.ca |

www.msac.ca

Guelph Civic Museum Exhibit

– Spirit of change: One Building

Tells the Story of Guelph.

Tracing the history of the second

oldest church building in Guelph.

Exhibit runs from June 12, 2010

– January 9, 2011. 6 Dublin St.

S. Open daily 1-5pm. guelph.ca/

museum.

Wellington Artists’ Gallery and

Art Centre - Sept 4 to Oct 4 -

Featured Artist: Beryl Dawson.

Guest Artist: Pat Armstrong. 6142

Wellington Rd 29, RR4 Fergus

www.wellingtonartistsgallery.ca

519 843 6303