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It is all about opportunity and giving

people a chance to participate in a way that

everybody else does.

- page 3

Volume XLIV, Issue 1 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 4 - 10, 2016

Heavy metal




page 11

Photograph by Tommy Morais

DC serves up a taste

of Canada in Peru

page 9

Photograph courtesy of Danielle Harder

Oshawa's very own superheroes page 7

Photograph by Tyler Hodgkinson


suit up for


page 13

Photograph by James Bauman

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of the


DC journalism students look at Durham College and UOIT,

and beyond, by the numbers and with their cameras




Local film lovers get

comfortable in their seats

for opening night of the

Durham Region Film


Photograph by Toby VanWeston

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Community chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 4 - 10, 2016 The Chronicle 3

Saddle up for winter rides

Barbara Howe

The Chronicle

There’s going to be a lot more

horsing around this winter at WindReach

Farm in Ashburn.

Pride and excitement hung in

the air at their stables at a recent

ribbon-cutting ceremony

to celebrate the winterization

of the indoor riding arena at the

Alexander J. Mitchell Equestrian


Whitby-Oshawa MPP Lorne

Coe, and Whitby deputy mayor,

Derrick Gleed, attended the event

to formally open the revamped facility

which was partially funded

by a $150,000 Ontario Trillium

Foundation Grant.

The grant paid for an insulated

ceiling, along with a new lighting

and heating system. The renovation

will enable the centre to extend

the use of the facility throughout

the year.

WindReach Farm is a fully accessible

working farm which serves

the needs of all individuals, but especially

those with special needs. It

offers services for people of all ages

in its recreational, educational and

therapeutic riding programs.

“It has always been our dream

to put in more lighting, insulation

and heating,” said Carol Dahlquist,

manager of donor relations at WindReach


Dahlquist explained the therapeutic

riding lessons used to stop in

the winter months when temperatures

in the barn dropped well

below freezing. “It’s difficult to

ride when it’s minus 20 degrees,”

she said.

MPP Lorne Coe addressed the

small gathering of WindReach

Farm employees and volunteers before

the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“It is all about opportunity and

giving people a chance to participate

in a way that everybody else

does,” said Coe. “The therapeutic

value that this particular facility is

going to be immeasurable.”

The director of WindReach

Farm, Kelly Jewer, was excited

about the improvements to the

arena, and keen to point out the

insulation’s added benefit keeps the

space cool during the hot summer


“It’s like air conditioning,” she


Jewer said the facility serves

approximately 100 families in the

therapeutic riding program. Many

of their clients have expressed an

interest in the winter riding lessons

and Jewer expects an enrolment of

around 75 riders a week this winter.

Jewer said the stables are also

the Ontario home of Can Praxis,

a program funded by Wounded

Warriors Canada, which uses

horses to help soldiers recover from

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

(PTSD) and regain their family

relationships. Can Praxis has been

coming to the facility for two years

using the stables three to four times

a year.

One of the youngest riders at

WindReach, two-year-old Kiera

Sims of Ajax, looked like a

china doll riding in the sunlit

arena. Flanked by two volunteer

side-walkers and led by another, the

little girl seemed comfortable and

happy on her ride, Max.

“This facility is amazing,” said

Photograph by Barbara Howe

(From left to right) Pat Bullock, co-ordinator of equine services at WindReach Farm, helps two-year-old Kiera Sims off her

ride, Max, after her therapeutic riding lesson, while volunteers, Michele Cimino and Maureen Engel look on.

Susan Sims, Kiera’s mother.

“Durham Region is very lucky

to have a place like this. Sims said

her daughter, who has a rare genetic

disorder known as Prader-Willi

syndrome, started riding when she

was 21-months-old.

“We were very lucky to find a

place that would take her,” said


“She is so much stronger since

she started riding, and her speech

has really come along too. It’s definitely

beneficial for her."

College programs must match job openings

MPP wants

to make a


Barbara Howe

The Chronicle

Lorne Coe says he has a busy mandate,

but he is relishing his new role

as member of provincial parliament

for Whitby-Oshawa, especially

helping Durham College and

UOIT grow and meet the demands

of employers.

Coe made his comments after

opening the renovated indoor

riding arena at WindReach Farm

in Ashburn The stables form part

of a working farm which is a centre

for supporting individuals of all

abilities, but especially those with

special needs.

“I am enjoying every moment

of it. It is going by very quickly.

We have 20 months until the next

provincial election, and we look

forward to forming a government.”

Co was elected MPP in February

in a byelection called after

the resignation of Christine Elliott.

Soon after getting elected, he

was named the official opposition

critic for advanced education skills

and development, and co-chair

of the policy advisory committee

for education for the Ontario PC


Coe spoke of his role as part of

a working committee with college

and university presidents. He noted

the declining enrolment in higher

education over the past three to

four years, especially in areas such

as Windsor and northern Ontario,

due to demographics and companies

migrating from the province due

to high electricity rates.

Coe said he had visited universities

and colleges over the last six

months, including Durham College

and UOIT, to learn their views on

academic challenges, the current

funding formula and how some

skills don’t meet the requirements

of the job market, with a view to

improving the education system in

the future.

“At the moment there is a skills

mismatch,” the MPP remarked.

“We have situations where 9,000

teachers graduated a year ago, and

there were only 5,000 jobs. I get

emails from across the province,

including Durham Region from

employers saying they have jobs,

but they can’t find graduates with

the requisite skills to take them.”

The MPP added, “there is

an obvious disconnect in the

development of academic programs.”

Coe said he has been collaborating

with the Ontario Chamber of

Commerce to deal with the skills

mismatch and wanted to help

Ontario’s colleges and universities

have the programs which would

meet the job openings available in

the province.

“We believe the education

system can be strengthened beyond

what the current regime has done,”

Coe said.

The veteran politician has over

13 years of political experience

and served as town and regional

councilor in Whitby and Durham

Region before he secured the post

at Queens Park.

He encouraged anyone to

go the Ontario PC website to

provide input on a range of topics,

such as education, health care,

infrastructure and finance.

“I look forward to making a

difference that people across the

province are telling us they want,

and deserve,” said Coe.

Photograph by Barbara Howe.

Lorne Coe says he is enjoying his first seven months as

MPP for Whitby-Oshawa.

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Construction on Simcoe seems to be never-ending

Buses are running late, and so are

students. The construction along

Simcoe Street is causing more

problems than it is fixing.

A project that was supposed to be

done by the end of August is now

set to be complete by the end of

October. School starts at the same

time every year so how could the

Region of Durham not see this


The Region of Durham has

failed staff, students, and the community

in their attempt to finish

the construction on Simcoe Street

in time for school.

According to Bill Reid, the head

of capital construction projects for

the Region of Durham, the delays

in construction were caused by design


Construction workers discovered

gas mains, which resulted in a redesign

of the project after construction

had begun.

Nonetheless, there are still many

things the Region of Durham

could be doing now to lessen the


First let’s go back. Construction

should have been started

in April and ended in August

when most students are out of class.

According to Reid, the construction

was not absolutely necessary

but will help improve traffic flow

along Simcoe once finished. But it

is not finished.

Construction workers should at

least be working at night, as opposed

to the busiest hours of the

day, so that construction is less disruptive

and completed in a timely


For a project that is costing

taxpayers 2-3 million dollars already,

the Region of Durham

should be working extra hard to accelerate

the completion date of the


Don Lovisa, the president of

Durham College, wants the construction

to be finished just as

much as the students. His normal

five-minute commute has turned

into a 20-minute drive. “I don’t

understand how we can have a

construction schedule that is 40

hours a week and not be able to

accelerate it, especially when we’re

behind,” says Lovisa.

The added stress of a longer commute

also has an impact on student


Many students complain buses

consistently run late. They can

never be sure if they will make it

on time for class.

With midterms starting before

the project is set to finish many

more problems will start to arise.

What is going to happen when

students begin showing up to midterms


Through poor planning and no

attempt to accelerate the project,

the construction is becoming

increasingly irritating for staff, students,

and the broader community.

People affected by the construction

must voice their concerns to

the Region of Durham if they want

to pressure this project to be accelerated

in any way.

The construction is not paving

a road to success for students at

UOIT and Durham College. It is

creating a roadblock.

Sam Odrowski

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Free the tampons at DC

Photograph by Rebecca Calzavara

Ruby Lapointe next to a tampon dispenser in a washroom on




Stand up for equality

The Black Lives Matter movement

has brought to the forefront the mistreatment

of black men and women

throughout the western world. They

have done this by being confrontational

and taking direct action

against the police and other groups,

which has been effective. However,

it is no longer time for aggressive

tactics, but time to open up a peaceful

dialogue. It’s time to stop being

Malcolm X and be Martin Luther


In recent weeks, players in the

National Football League (NFL)

have been doing just that by symbolically

protesting the American

national anthem by not standing

for it but taking a knee instead, or

by raising their fists in solidarity.

Their intent is to send a peaceful,

but powerful, message to the world:

NFL players will no longer tolerate

the systemic racism and police

brutality that has been plaguing the

United States.

In particular Colin Kaepernick,

a quarterback on the San Francisco

49ers, who started the movement,

has received harsh criticism via social

media that is often racist and

hateful. Kaepernick has said that

he won’t stand and show pride to

a country that not only oppresses

black people and people of colour,

but forces them to live in fear for

their lives.

The group of players protesting

throughout the NFL has grown:

from Kaepernick’s teammate Eric

Reid, to Jeremy Lane of the Seattle

Seahawks, to Brandon Marshall of

the Denver Bronco’s. The trend

doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

Because of Kaepernick and players

like him, a dialogue has started

across the NFL, throughout its fanbase,

and even those who don’t care

for football. Kaepernick is the Martin

Luther King of this movement.

While players in the NFL have

been protesting peacefully on a

global stage, the same can’t be said

about BLM. On occasion they

may have gone a step too far in

their protests, such as their actions

during the Gay Pride Parade in

Toronto this summer, where they

blocked the parade.

There’s been more than just

protests by NFL players, however.

Police and members of the Black

Lives Matter movement in Wichita,

Kansas held a cookout in July.

Not only did they peacefully enjoy

one another’s company, the cookout

itself helped show people the

value of dialogue and the value of

understanding each other’s needs

and wants. An open dialogue will

always hold more value than aggressive


These peaceful moments have

made more strides than any riot

or aggressive tactic could ever

hope to make. Kaepernick and

other NFL players have brought

their message of peace to a global

stage, the peaceful protests across

the U.S. have helped to gain the

respect of the world, and the cookout

in Kansas has shown that an

open dialogue does not only lead

to peace, but it leads to a sense of

camaraderie that has long since

been lost in the United States.

An open dialogue creates a

long-term solution. Anger only

begets more anger. We’ve had

enough of that.



New York is the first American city

to provide free tampons in school

washrooms. What has become

known as the menstrual equity

movement is growing.

For the last couple of years there

has been a growing chorus of

women demanding free tampons.

Since Canada removed GST tax on

tampons in 2015, nothing more has

happened. Not paying tax is just a

start of the menstrual movement.

The issue here is the fact tampons

are not a “luxury” item. They

are a necessity. Each dispenser at

Durham College has napkins and

tampons sold for 25 cents. Durham

College should not only have

tampon dispensers in all women’s

washrooms, tampons should be


Toilet paper is free. Emergency

items like tampons and pads should

be too. Every school in NYC is

working towards getting free tampons

in all public washrooms.

The tampon dispensers at Durham

College are stocked with Tampax

brand by house keeping services,

who also collect the money.

The money is then put towards

helping offset the cost of the tampons.

The washrooms each have a

dispenser but despite the attempt

at convenience, the dispensers are

outside of the stall and you need to

be carrying around change in your

pocket if you are not prepared for it.

It’s the 21 st century, no one carries

around change.

Durham College needs to provide

tampons and pads. Brown

University in NYC is the first

school to supply free tampons and

pads in public washrooms.

The Undergraduate Council of

Students provide the school with

tampons and pads. Durham College’s

Health and Wellness club

would be a great way to spread the

word around on how important this

is to girls.

There hasn’t been a whole lot of

action on this issue because it’s not

something most people like to talk

about. It’s one of those touchy subjects

because it’s not a pleasant one.

Not a lot of guys would want to talk

about a girl’s menstrual cycle but

it is something girls struggle with

every month.

However, this is not just a taboo

subject, it’s also costly.

For everyone, in college there

are a lot of expenses. Whether it

be groceries or transit, it can get

really stressful and overwhelming.

It’s being recognized that tampons

are not a luxury item.

They are a necessity. Last year

Canada got rid of tampon tax so

women no longer pay GST on tampons.

This is not enough.

Tampons are not a “luxury”

item, they are a necessity and it’s

about time schools provided them,

free of charge. Free the tampon at

Durham College.

iOS 10 now uses a water

gun emoji instead of pistol

Apple won’t

be able to

change the

world’s gun


Sticking to your guns is no longer

an option with Apple’s new IOS

update. Long gone are the days

where Apple users could hypothetically

pull a pistol. Now, if you’re

trying to threaten your friends or

foes, your best hope is their fear of

squirt guns.

Apple’s new emoji keyboard has

replaced the revolver emoji with

a lime green water gun. Although

this transition was met with hundreds

of social media protesters

claiming it doesn’t help gun violence,

this decision is Apple’s ingenious

method of portraying its political

stance against gun violence.

In light of recent tragic events

such as the Orlando nightclub

shooting and the Dallas police

gun-down, it is hard not to look at

Apple’s new update from an angle

that is hoping for change in gunlaws,

whether big or small.

Yet people have taken to social

media to denounce Apple’s replacement

of the gun, saying the move is

useless, as it doesn’t improve gunlaws

or affect gun-violence in any

meaningful way.

The squirt gun emoji will not

prevent another tragedy. However,



the emoji was never meant to end

gun-violence or improve the war

against it in the first place. It was

merely replaced as a political statement

on a serious social issue.

Let’s not pretend that Apple’s replacement

of the pistol has affected

American’s rights to own firearms.

The emoji cannot, and never will,

pioneer new laws for gun safety.

Apple never claimed it would.

If Apple really wanted to take the

next step in promoting a war against

gun-violence, they would have removed

the gun emoji entirely. But

instead, Apple chose to add a lime

green alias to show the public where

they stand.

Apple never addressed this message

directly either. When Apple

released the new emojis earlier this

year, the water gun was among the

photos within the news release.

However, the news release didn’t include

anything about the water gun.

Apple merely claimed their new

emojis are “beautiful redesigns”

that “bring more gender options to

existing characters.”

Apple came under the spotlight

in July when an organization called

NewYorkers against Gun Violence

(NYAGV) launched a campaign

called Disarm the iPhone.

The campaign urges users to

tweet Apple’s CEO Tim Cook requests

to remove the pistol emoji.

Therefore, people claimed that

Apple replaced the emoji to merely

avoid the humiliation and trouble

that the campaign would cause.

Let’s get one thing straight. Apple

isn’t afraid of humiliation. They

practically live in it by now. Remember

the iPen? The oh-so-bendable

iPhone 6 Plus? The HEAD-

PHONE JACK? Apple has never

once caved into public criticism and

changed their designs. This time

isn’t any different. The campaign

was just another protester barking

up Apple’s tree.

If Apple really wanted to avoid

trouble, they could have replaced all

lethal weapons on their keyboard.

But you don’t see a butter knife yet

do you? Apple also refused to implement

a rifle emoji earlier this year,

which strengthens their political

statement further.

The fact that the gun emoji can

still be used further proves that

Apple wasn’t trying to eliminate

the talk about guns. The water gun

emoji still shows up as a pistol to any

non-IOS device or any device with

an IOS less than 10.

Even though it may seem like

Apple was trying to put a Band-Aid

on a black hole by removing the gun

emoji to end gun violence, Apple

was only trying to convey a political

stance of intolerance towards gun


It succeeded. Besides, everyone

knows users will find a way around

the emoji anyway. Users of the eggplant

and peach emoji know exactly

what I’m talking about.

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Digital technology changing classrooms

This is one in a series of conversations with faculty experts at UOIT and Durham College

Rebecca Calzavara

The Chronicle

In a world of ever changing technology,

Dr. Roland Van Oostveen,

a founding faculty member of the

Faculty of Education at the University

of Ontario Institute of Technology,

is leading the way for new

innovation. Van Oostveen explains

how education can be influenced

by digital technology and how our

society is influenced.

What do you do and how do

you do it?

There’s a least three components

to what I actually do. One of my

jobs is to actually conduct classes.

I give courses in a variety of different

kinds of subjects depending

upon which program that I am

going to be dealing with. I direct

and facilitate courses at both the

undergraduate level and graduate

level. The kinds of courses I’m

involved in have everything to do

with education digital technologies.

How does education become

influenced by digital technologies

and conversely how does society

as a whole influence the way that

digital technologies are viewed or

used, etc.

What makes your topic of research


It’s giving people an opportunity

to take a look at where their

skill development is. The kinds of

strengths they actually have that

they can capitalize on and their

weaknesses so that they can make

determinations as to, ‘what kind of

learning opportunities do I need to

plug myself into’. If a career that I

want requires that. We can also use

techniques called repertory grids

and basically what that does is it

allows you to make sense of the information

of the data.

How did you arrive in


My background is coming from

biological sciences. Trained originally

as a marine biologist and

marine biology is an interesting

field from the perspective that to

be a marine biologist in Canada

this time in the last 30-40 years you

had to either be related to in some

way shape or form to someone who

is already doing marine biology or

independently wealthy. And I was

neither one of those.

She was a very

hard person to


Dr. Roland Van Oostveen, a founding faculty member of the Faculty of Education at UOIT.

So I’m one of the few people

from my year graduated, 1981, and

I got work on the west coast. So

that was about six months’ work.

Then I spent three months in the

northern BC, southern Yukon region.

In the early 1980s when I

was doing that kind of work, the

recession came along and all that

kind of work dried up. So I needed

to figure out what I was going to

do so I went back to school. U of

Vic (University of Victoria) in this

case and became a teacher. In the

early 1990s I decided I didn’t want

to be a teacher anymore. I ended

up doing my master’s and PhD at

U of T (University of Toronto) and

ended up becoming a science educator

at the higher educational level

universities. When the opportunity

showed up that a new university

was showing up here, they wanted

to have a Faculty of Education, that

dealt with technology, I said that

was for me.

Who inspired you along the


There are a number of people

who influenced me, I think one of

the people who had a huge effect in

terms of driving me would be my

mom. Not necessarily in a positive

way. She was a very hard person to

please. My personality didn’t match

up to her personality very well. The

feeling I always had was that nothing

that I did was good enough so

I had to do it harder and better. A

couple of other people were very

instrumental in terms of getting me

onto a specific track, one of those

individuals was the supervisor I had

a U of T, Derek Hodson. Orienting

me to this whole idea that learning

is not a matter of accumulating information,

it’s more along the lines

of what kinds of new understanding

Photograph by Rebecca Calzavara

do we get when we talk about ideas


What’s your favourite part of

this research?

I like taking a look at the implication

of all these pieces. It’s the theorizing

that I’m mostly excited about

so coming up with new models on

ways of doing things. It’s the critical

feedback that’s really important if

we are going to continually improve

on our performances.

This interview was edited for

style, length and clarity.

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Photograph by Tyler Hodgkinson

Aftershock (left) and Nameless Crusader on a patrol near the bandshell in downtown Oshawa.

Justice lives in Oshawa

Real-life superheroes hope to create

empathy within the community

Tyler Hodgkinson

The Chronicle

An ominous haze surrounds the

downtown Oshawa bandshell, as

midnight fast approaches.

Groups of two to six people

congregate for various reasons.

Some scavenge for Pokemon, while

others’ motives remain questionable.

Far in the distance, two

bright-coloured figures emerge

from the fog.

One man’s lean physique is

draped in fluorescent green, with

a sharp-lined face mask, flowing

cape, and sizeable lightning bolt

proudly cemented on his chest armour.

Shorter than his companion,

the other male makes up for stature

with a husky build, and a brooding

black, red and white camouflage


They are optimism incarnate:

real-life superheroes.

Aftershock and his partner

Nameless Crusader patrol the city

core twice a week for suspicious activity

or helpless individuals. If they

witness a drug deal in process, they

call the police. If there is someone

in need of a safe escort, they will

join the individual.

Together, Aftershock and his

partner Nameless Crusader are

the Justice Crew of Oshawa (JCO).

“You don’t have to look like a

superhero to be a superhero,” says

Aftershock, who is also known as

Oshawa’s Turtleman. This is because

of his green armoured costume.

“One small thing a day, can

be the biggest change in the world

to someone out there.”

Aftershock doesn’t have x-ray

vision, telepathy, or the ability to

fly. Neither does Nameless Crusader.

Their superpower is empathy.

They believe compassion is something

everyone can have and they

are leading by example.

Like most comic book heroes,

Aftershock and Nameless Crusader

are regular citizens but

their identities are secret. This is

to keep themselves safe outside of

their costumes. The JCO hopes

their anonymity will also enforce

the message of selfishness over ego.

The ability to understand another’s

feelings is an attribute the superheroes

hope to incite in Oshawa.

Aftershock empathizes with

those without shelter, as he too was

once homeless. At rock bottom and

living in his car, the Newcastle-native

made a commitment to himself:

to create a better life not only

for himself but for others as well.

Courage was the first step to his

path of honour.

“One night I said, ‘the heck with

this’ and threw together a makeshift

costume,” says Aftershock.

He now patrols for the citizens of

Oshawa, his wife, and two young


As the Justice Crew of Oshawa

arrives at the bandshell, a belligerent

man screams expletives at the


“Hello, Sir,” says Nameless

Crusader with a swift wave of his

gloved hand.

Nameless Crusader, who was

born and raised in Oshawa, says

his inspiration to suit up came from

“Kick-Ass,” a 2010 film about real-life


A quick Google search revealed

there were like-minded individuals

- and one in particular, Aftershock,

in his very own backyard.

Because of Nameless Crusader’s

gentle response, the man’s anger

becomes curiosity. He now begins

to walk toward the colourful characters.

The JCO changes their direction

to avoid an unpredictable,

dimly lit confrontation.

The crew patrols long after most

citizens are asleep, and in some

cases, after the sun has risen. During

the day is when they contribute

to various outreach initiatives.

This includes community cleanup

programs. On their Facebook

page, the JCO posted a certificate

presented to them by the city of

Oshawa for their contributions to

litter control in 2014. They also

provide survival materials such as

food, blankets, and hygiene products

to the homeless. The kits are

paid for by the superheroes as well

as by donation.

Despite their good intentions,

there is still danger. As a safety

precaution, the team never patrols

alone. If suspicious activity is witnessed,

the JCO will respond by

communicating with the potential

perpetrator from a safe distance, or

calling police.

According to Nameless Crusader,

Durham police are generally

supportive of the crew’s message

and execution. In an email sent to

the group and posted online, Inspector

George Dmytruk thanked

them for communicating with police

about a suspicious individual

claiming to be a real-life superhero.

You don’t have to look like a

superhero to be a superhero.

Sometimes, danger can’t be

avoided. A belligerent individual

snapped a large branch off the

JCO’s heads late one night.

“We were wearing armour, so

it didn’t really affect us,” admits

Aftershock. He says they removed

themselves from the situation to

notify police of the attack, and ensured

this man did not hurt innocent


The group avoids using violence

or any sort of “Pow! Bang! Boom!”

mentality. Instead, their focus is to

prevent crime by promoting a harmonious,

but vigilant community.

Throughout their many patrols,

public reaction remains positive.

Citizens seem to encourage and in

most cases, engage in the group’s

initiative to build a safer, more joyful


“[They are] the heroes Canada

needs,” Calvin Clarence Frank

Schutt wrote on the group’s Facebook

page, “I just wanted to say you

guys are amazing! I’m inspired!”

Other real-life superheroes

around the world share the JCO’s

mission. Individuals and groups

have appeared globally, in places

such as Argentina, Colombia, Italy,

Liberia, and Finland.

The Trillium Guards of Ontario,

a Toronto-based crew, sought out

Aftershock and Nameless Crusader

for a homeless outreach program

scheduled for this December. The

two groups will meet in Toronto

for a mass distribution of survival


“We might not be doing crazy,

exciting things every patrol, but

there will be that one time that

we’re really needed out here,” says


That’s why the group looks to recruit

new members. They hope with

the help of passionate individuals,

the JCO will become a non-profit

organization recognized by the

government. The publicity and

credibility would allow them to

generate more funds and materials

for community initiatives.

Nameless Crusader believes

along with every day citizens, the

JCO is part of a balance to an equation.

“As long as there are people on

the opposite side of the fence doing

bad things,” he says, “there’s going

to be us out here trying to do good


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Durham’s $40M plan to replace Simcoe Building

Emily Saxby

The Chronicle

Durham College’s $40-million

plan to replace the Simcoe building

got a $13-million investment

from the federal government

which pledged the money in support

of the Centre for Collaborative

Education (CFCE) project.

Plans for the CFCE were announced

in April 2014, as a multilevel,


facility to replace the Simcoe

building, which was supposed to

be a temporary learning environment

when it opened in 1969.

“Today’s investment is about

more than just a physical building,”

said Granville Anderson,

Durham MPP at a presentation

Sept. 14. “It’s about building

Durham College’s size, diversity

and partnerships to give students

access to the best learning experiences.”

At the funding announcement, it

was revealed the CFCE will house

services such as the Aboriginal and

Student Diversity centres as well

as the Spark Innovation Centre,

a place that supports student and

community entrepreneurs. The facility

will also include space for the

Global Class initiative where students

have access to experts from

Photograph by Emily Saxby

Durham College president Don Lovisa speaks about the upcoming Centre for Collaborative

Education project.

more than 40 countries, and modern

classrooms and labs for health

science students, including a spa

for massage therapy, cosmetology

and aesthetics.

“The funding is only available

to great projects such as this, so

I’m really proud to stand here and

advocate for Durham College,”

said Celina Caesar-Chavannes,

Whitby MP.

According to Durham College

president Don Lovisa, the initial

request for funding from the federal

government was $18.5 million.

The application incorporated

two additional smaller projects: a

specialized food lab for Whitby’s

Centre for Food (CFF), and an

agricultural research area to be

developed at the corner of Conlin

and Thornton roads.Both projects

are still on Caesar-Chavannes’s

radar as she joked “I haven’t forgotten

that I still have a job to do.”

The $13-million federal investment

was granted in addition to

$22 million from the provincial

government pledged in April

2016. According to Lovisa, this is

the largest sum of money received

from the government for a project

at Durham College, and the additional

$5 million necessary for the

project will be fundraised over the

next two years.When the plan was

first announced, it was estimated

at a cost of about $35 million. The

budget has since gone up to incorporate

more sustainable infrastructure.

According to Lovisa,

the entire roof is going to be solar

panels, and a living wall similar to

the one in Whitby’s CFF will grow

inside the CFCE.Lovisa said the

final price of $40 million is going

to the Board of Governors on Oct.

12 for approval and construction

is expected to begin this fall and

completed in 2018.

With the road work surrounding

Durham College set to finish by

October, it appears construction

around campus isn’t going to come

to a complete halt. Students with

classes in the Simcoe building will

continue to learn in that space

with the assembly of the CFCE

going on around them. According

to Lovisa, the Simcoe building

will not be destroyed until the final

step of construction.

“The noisiest part is going to

be when they’re going into the

ground,” Lovisa said, Yes, there’s

going to be disruptions, but there

always is when you build.”

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Photograph by Danielle Harder

Durham College students (from left) Travis Fortnum, Vik

Panjwani and Kyle Rist are joined by Durham College manager

of international projects, Katie Boone, prior to leaving for Peru.

Durham College

students lend a

helping hand in Peru



key to


Travis Fortnum

The Chronicle

After a summer-long selection

process, three Durham College

students are now furthering their

education in Peru as part of a school


One student from each of the

culinary management, digital

video production and journalism

programs were selected to visit

Durham’s international partner, the

Centro Experimental de Formación

Profesional (CEFOP).

CEFOP, a technical and vocational

college in the city of Trujillo,

has been the college’s partner

for two years, working together to

exchange the tips and tricks both

schools have picked up through

their culinary education programs.

The students made two teams

and aim to document and celebrate

the successful partnership.

Vik Panjwani, the student selected

from the digital video production

program, is no stranger to travelling

the world.

Panjwani was born in India and

lived in British Columbia doing

special effects work on Hollywood

movies. The videographer came to

Durham College with this experience

in the film industry on his résumé

and will bring his passion to

the project.

“I’ve never been to South America,”

he says. “I’m working with a

lot of different people from different

disciplines. Usually I’m working

with a film crew. This time I’ll be

working with a journalist and Kyle,

who’s a culinary student. It’s going

to be new.”

Kyle Rist, the culinary student

chosen, also has an impressive résumé

in his field. With experience

as a server and a line cook he now

works as a cook in the kitchens of El

Caballito, a highly-regarded Mexican

restaurant in Toronto.

Rist will be taking a sample of

some of Canada’s flavour with him

to Trujillo.

“My family and friends seem to

think I’m going on vacation,” he

says. “I’m going over to assist with

Chef Dave Hawey to demonstrate

some Canadian dishes, mainly poutine

and butter tarts.”

We work, live and

breathe a very


globalized world.

Katie Boone, manager of international

projects at Durham College,

will accompany the students

as well as a handful of faculty.

Boone currently manages four

international partnerships at Durham

College. In addition to the

culinary partnership in Peru, there

is one in Guyana focused on automotive

and electronics, another in

Vietnam focused on food and pharmaceuticals

and one in Barbados

for leadership and change management.

“We work, live and breathe a

very internationalized, globalized

world,” Boone says. “Students or

graduates that can finish their academic

career with international

exposure in their field are all the

more ready to work in a globalized


The Durham College team flew

to Peru on Sept. 26 and were set to

return Oct. 3.

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10 The Chronicle October 4 - 10, 2016 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus

Social media

can help you

get the job

you’re seeking

Use it to

develop your



Looking for a job? Harness the

power of social media!

Social media is a powerful tool

that can be beneficial in your job


Social media sites like LinkedIn,

Twitter, Facebook allow you

to learn about companies, connect

with and gain insight from current

and past employees, and discover

job openings before they are posted

on popular job search websites.

Social media also allows you to

advertise your personal brand and

demonstrate your skills, values, and

professionalism, enabling employers

to have a sense of who you are

outside of a cover letter or resume.

As such, the use of social media is

a very important asset for your job


The first step to effectively use

social media in searching for a job

is to develop your personal brand.

Personal branding can be described

as advertising yourself

through your expertise, personality,

and values.

Sixty –three per cent of employers

stated they screened candidates

before making a hiring decision,

so you want to make sure that you

have a solid social media presence.

In doing so, think about what you

would like to be known for and

own it. Focus on what distinguishes

you from others and provide a clear

understanding of your career goals

as well as your passions, strengths

and values.

You will want to ensure that any

content that you post reflects the

aforementioned characteristics in a

positive way.

Once you have an idea of what

you want your brand to be, the next

step is to decide which social media

tools you wish to use to market


If you don’t have any profiles

set up yet, focus on getting them

started one at a time so you don’t

feel overwhelmed.

Your online profile will need to

be continuously updated and kept

current in order to be effective; being

relevant, current, and interesting

should be your goal.

If you use multiple social media

pages, ensure that your brand is

consistent across all platforms.

Once you have your profile established,

it’s time to start making





Known as the hidden job market,

recruitment for many jobs

are obtained through networking.

Connecting with employers and

professionals will be a lot different

than how you would connect with

family and friends.

Talk to people in a professional

and respectful manner. Tell them

specifically what you are looking

for and/or what you are interested


Ask if they know anyone who

might be able to help you obtain

more information. As your contacts

are helping you, help your contacts

with their needs; it is important to

reciprocate in order for networking

to be mutually beneficial.

To network with professionals,

you should look for professional

networking websites and online

groups specific to your industry or

desired profession.

This helps increase your network

and awareness of recent trends in

the field allowing you to have online

discussions, find out about new

companies and job leads, and become

aware of further education

and professional development opportunities.

In being an active participant,

make sure that the information you

post is useful and informative. For

example, you can share an article

about your industry which demonstrates

your interests.

You can also consider creating a

blog to diversify your online presence.

Think of it as an online portfolio

where you can use this platform

to show off your skills, work

accomplishments, and education in

an engaging manner that employers

are likely to notice, i.e. samples

of presentations and videos.

Be sure to take advantage of

social media in your job search.

Not only will it increase your online

visibility but it will help you to

network and discover job opportunities,

putting you one step closer to

the job you are seeking.

If you need further information

or need help with reviewing

your social media pages, visit your

school’s career office: UOIT at

uoit.ca/careercentre and Durham

College care of hired.durhamcollege.ca

This column is courtesy of the UOIT

Student Life Career Centre.

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James Michael (left) and DJ Ashba of Sixx A.M. are tearing it up on stage at Oshawa’s General Motors Centre.

Metal fans vote to bring bands to GM Centre



The power of voting might just

bring your favourite band to town.

Five Finger Death Punch and Papa

Roach launched an online campaign

before their North American

tour that gave their fans the opportunity

to decide which 14 Canadian

cities they would visit. Oshawa was

one of those cities.

When you put four heavy-metal

bands under the same roof, things

tend to get a little rowdy. Amidst a

sea of black T-shirts, the coast-tocoast

Canadian tour made a stop at

Oshawa’s General Motors Centre

Sept. 23.

Heads were banging, some

“danced” in mosh pits and many

beers were spilled in the name of

rock. All because Oshawa’s metal

community voted to bring the tour

to their city.

Five Finger Death Punch and

Papa Roach brought along some

support in the form of Sixx A.M.

and From Ashes to New.

Each individual band has its

own dedicated fan base, bringing

together headbangers young and

old from corners of the province.

“I’m mainly here to see Five Finger

Death Punch, I’m a diehard

fan, but I do enjoy Papa Roach and

Sixx A.M.”, says Dallas Burke, 23,

of Lindsay.

Behind all the tattoos, stage

clothes and makeup the artists

proudly display on stage, their work

can have healing effects upon their


Jenny Jenkins has been following

Sixx A.M. and Motley Crue bassist

Nikki Sixx’s career for over 33

years, she is 53 now.

“Addiction led to my husband’s

suicide. I read [ Nikki Sixx’s book]

The Heroin Diaries every year on the

anniversary because it is so close

to me,” reveals the Peterborough

native. “I’m here primarily here for

Sixx A.M., I love all their albums

and I adore their music.”

Hailing from Las Vegas, Nevada,

Five Finger Death Punch are

a cult sensation and a statistical

anomaly in that they are headliners

with no hits.

What’s remarkable is that unlike

fellow cohorts Papa Roach

“Addiction led to my

husband’s suicide.

I read [ Nikki

Sixx’s book] The Heroin

Diaries every year on the

anniversary because it is

so close to me.”

and Sixx A.M.–who experienced

success on the radio with Last Resort

and Life is Beautiful respectively–

FFDP doesn’t rely on mainstream

radio for support.

Photograph by Tommy Morais

Instead, they rely on word-ofmouth

from their fans and the

occasional metal magazine cover.

FFDP received the loudest reaction

of the night, but one gets the

sense there is more camaraderie

than competition among the bands.

“How cool is this?” shouts Papa

Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix, before

launching into a thundering rendition

of the band’s hit To Be Loved.

“We get to open for Five Finger and

play with Sixx A.M.!”

Hits were played, and concert-goers

got the most of out their

tickets’ worth. It wasn’t just loud

and heavy, however, as the occasional

acoustic ballad slipped their

way into the evening set lists.

Its FFDP frontman, Ivan Moody,

who gets the last word.

“When we started out [as a

band] in Los Angeles, people went

Five Finger Death what?” says Moody

to the cheering crowd.

He pauses. More cheers.

“We owe it all to you, so thank


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12 The Chronicle October 4 - 10, 2016 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Entertainment

From the occult to the Grammys

Lady Gaga

gone twisted

meets metal

Tommy Morais

The Chronicle

Heavy metal bands with a penchant

for the occult and outrageous

costumes don’t win awards or get

musical recognition. Or so you’d


Enter Sweden’s Ghost. The cultlike

group’s leader and front man

Papa Emeritus III looks like a fallen

pope who underwent a severe exorcism.

Backed by his horn-masked

“nameless ghouls”, the band casts

a sinister appearance, which is reflected

in its music.

The controversial group is eager

to capture a new audience following

a 2016 Grammy Award win.

Being one of the rare metal acts to

win aGrammy exposes Ghost to a

bigger demographic.

“A nightmare has just turned

into a dream,” said front man Papa

Emeritus III holding the award at

the 2016 Grammy awards.

Ghost’s Popestar extended play

(EP), released just one day ahead

of the band’s North American tour

with no prior notice, is the next

logical step for the band. The EP

sees the macabre-flavoured outfit

aim for mainstream radio airplay.

With Popestar, the Swedes have

completed their transition from

darlings of the indie metal scene

to that of a viable commercial and

international act.

Popestar seems tame for a band

who pushes the visual and lyrical

envelope. Ghost understands they

need to tone down the controversial

gimmicks if they hope to reach a

larger audience. This also means

forging an identity that will connect

with the masses rather than

one specific niche.

With their new offering, Ghost

meshes together elements of rock

and pop in an unholy communion.

Popestar is Lady Gaga meets metal

gone twisted. It’s rock and it’s pop.

It is Ghost and it isn’t.

Comprising one original song

and four covers by the likes of Echo

& The Bunnymen and Eurythmics,

Popestar makes the most of its 23


“Square Hammer” is the lead

single on which Popestar builds its


The song blends elements of

Ghost’s past with a more contemporary

pop sound, effectively establishing

them as a haunting presence

in popular music.

Cover albums tend to be riské affairs,

but Ghost has the self-awareness

necessary to make songs like

the Eurythmics’ “Missionary

Man” their own. Expect to hear

unexpected twist on some popular


Throughout its eight-year tenure,

Ghost has put tremendous effort

Ghost’s new extended play blends elements of pop and metal in unholy communion.

into building and cultivating a

visual live show designed to throw

parents into hysterics. Years spent

on the road honing their craft and

developing their act in front of Iron

Maiden and Alice Cooper audiences

has paid off.

If occult-rock isn’t your thing,

rest assured. Papa and the ghouls

make increasingly accessible music

with each succeeding release.

They’re distancing themselves

from scare tactics once worn with

pride on their collective sleeves

and Papa Emeritus III showcases

a vocal range broader than that of

his predecessors.

Never has it been easier to embrace

the world of occult-rock. Call

Popestar an appetizer.

Ghost will be performing at the

Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto

on November 8-9. Popestar

is available now.

Close encounter of the native kind




stories with

a sci-fi twist

Imagine if your computer had a

conscience, or an old battered toy

robot sprang to life and initiated

a suicide intervention. The belief

all things are alive and everything

on the planet has a spirit exists in

many aboriginal cultures. This

thread weaves through Drew

Hayden Taylor’s new collection

of short stories, ‘Take Us to Your


‘Take Us to Your Chief’ is the

latest work by award-winning Ojibway

novelist and playwright Drew

Hayden Taylor, who was born in

Curve Lake, Ontario, and has published

around 30 books and over 70

plays. It is a collection of nine science-fiction

short stories told from

an Aboriginal perspective and tries

to bridge the gap between cultures

using humour.

Taylor has a knack for keeping

the reader entertained by writing

insightful witty observations of aboriginal

life twinned with ironic

and unexpected twists of futurism.

The stories cover subjects such as

hostile alien invasions, government

conspiracy theories, stargazing

stargazers, plus space exploration,

time travel and the first gay First

Nations superhero.

While the writing is tongue-incheek,

Taylor touches on some

sobering issues Canadian First

Nations’ communities face, many

of which are ignored, or get scant

coverage by the media.

Subjects such as the poor water

quality in many reservations, the

high suicide rates in young aboriginal

males, the disappearance of

native women, the lopsided native

prison population and drug and

alcohol addictions in the aboriginal

population are interspersed

throughout. All are thought provoking

issues worthy of dinner table


In ‘Petropaths’, Taylor uses time

travel to illustrate the importance

of cultural heritage. It is the story

of Duane, a troubled Anishinabe

youth, who has spent more than

one stint in jail. To help him rehabilitate,

and to give him some

focus, his community send him

to uninhabited Thunderbird Island

to “understand his place in

the universe” by studying ancient

petroglyphs. What happened next

was not what either party expected.

Connections to the arrival of

the white man are found in the

title story, ‘Take us to your Chief,’

which compares the landing of an

alien spaceship in Newfoundland

to the first meeting of the Beothuk

and Mi’kmaq chiefs with the Vikings

centuries ago.

Taylor’s writing is easy to read

and would appeal to anyone from

a teenager to a college student, or

a college student’s grandmother.

In a recent CBC interview, Taylor

said he thinks people need to

broaden their perspectives on Canadian

literature. He pities anyone

who has not.

‘Take Us to Your Chief,’ is an

entertaining read. The stories

blend subtle undertones of serious

social issues with 1950s style Sci-Fi

story telling. The collection can

be used as a jumping off point for

discussions on the wider issues of

aboriginals worldwide and their

treatment by the dominant culture.

The book is due to be published

on Oct, 8 by Douglas and McIntyre.

There is a book launch on

Oct,16 at 6.30pm at Bakka-Phoenix

Books, 84, Harbord St., Toronto.

Drew Hayden Taylor’s new book will be released Oct. 8.

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'Backs get into gear

James Bauman

The Chronicle

Off-season and training camp

preparations have put the UOIT

Ridgebacks into a good position to

start the Ontario university (OUA)

men’s hockey season.

UOIT opens its season Friday,

Oct. 7, in Ottawa against the Gee-

Gees. The players and coaching

staff are committed to a return

to the playoffs, a continuation of

last season’s efforts which saw the

Ridgebacks playing late into February.

On a team full of leaders, the

2016-2017 iteration of the Ridgebacks

is a cohesive unit where nobody

seeks the spotlight, nobody

is concerned about points, and

everyone takes on many roles, according

to third year goaltender

Brendan O’Neill. The sentiment

echoes across both players and the

coaching staff.

Head coach Curtis Hodgins

doesn’t put much stock in last year’s

numbers or statistics, believing instead

in the calibre of his players

and his team’s willingness to work

as a unit. Touting the speed and

agility of his team, Hodgins acknowledges

that it will take hard

work game after game for the

Ridgebacks to come out on top in

a tough eastern division.

O’Neill, who started the majority

of games last year has added competition

from Tyson Teichmann,

who joins the Ridgebacks from the

now shuttered St. Thomas University

hockey program.

“Right now we have two thirdyear

goalies, that are going to battle

head-to-head for that net. I love

our situation right now I think it’ll

make both those guys better, and

in turn make the team better,” said


After starting the majority of

games last year, O’Neill welcomes

the battle for the net.

Despite losing two of their top

three scorers from last year as Mark

Petaccio and James Woodcroft have

moved on, the Ridgebacks won’t be

short offensively. Hodgins believes

that with players like Mitch Bennett,

and Danny Elser returning

from injury and back to hockey

after an absence, respectively, that

the team has all the firepower it

needs offensively.

Second-year centre Ben Blasko is

also optimistic about his offensive


“I like playing with goal scorers,

guys who like to shoot the puck. I

feel I’m pretty crafty and smart, I

Swedish fans love T.O. and the World Cup of Hockey

Logan Caswell

The Chronicle

The World Cup of Hockey wasn’t

kind to Team Sweden, but that

didn’t stop Swedish fans from appreciating

their time in Toronto.

Team Sweden fell to Team Europe

in the semifinal 3-2 in overtime,

but the hundreds of fans on

hand for the tournament enjoyed

the atmosphere at the Fan Village.

Weronica Turner, from

Halmstad, Sweden, says this is one

of the best events she and her group

of friends has ever seen.

“We do the World Championships

every year, but the World Cup

is something special because you

have all the best players coming

together, it’s very special for us,”

she said.

Cheering on Sweden from the

Fan Village, Ulf Elrud, made Toronto

his home for two weeks and

he couldn’t be more delighted with

his experience.

“I hope we can see this tournament

again in four years, hopefully

Games in your backyard

Baseball: Oct. 5, Durham vs. Seneca, Kinsmen

Stadium, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Photograph by Logan Caswell

Swedish fans remain positive in spite of loss to Team Europe at World Cup of Hockey.

Ridgebacks' players getting instruction as season preparations continue.

see the ice really well so if we get

a scorer or two scorers on my line

I feel we’ll be pretty dangerous,”

said Blasko.

Fifth-year centre Yuill, entering

his final year of OUA hockey, has

taken away many things from his

time playing for the Ridgebacks but

sees one as most important.

“It’s the friendships you develop,

you come here and you don’t really

know anyone, and the friends you

Men’s Soccer: Oct. 5, UOIT vs. Carleton, Vaso’s

Field, 6 p.m.

Photograph by James Bauman

make, your teammates become

your best friends,” said Yuill.

The first home game is Friday,

Oct. 14, against the Laurentian

Voyageurs with the puck drop at

7:30 pm.

in the same city too because I love

it here,” he said.

Swedish fans were among the

hundreds of energetic supporters

who came to Toronto for the World

Cup of Hockey. This large event

was made up of eight teams, with

players representing 16 different


Joakim Sandin travelled to the

host city from Finland. Although

his country went winless in the

competition, he still appreciates

the opportunity to be in Ontario’s

capital for the event.

“This is in Toronto, the hometown

of hockey. If it was in Berlin, it

wouldn’t be the same,” said Sandin.

It’s been 12 years since the last

World Cup of Hockey which saw

Canada grab gold in Toronto. In

the past, the World Cup didn’t set

a regular schedule on when it would

be played but according to the

NHL’s website, the festivities will

continue to captivate the imaginations

of hockey fans from Canada,

to Sweden and all around Europe

in 2020.

Men’s Volleyball: Adidas Cup, Oct. 7-8, CRWC

Softball: Oct. 11, Durham vs. Mohawk, Durham

Field, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Generals: Oct. 9, Oshawa vs. Barrie, GM Centre,

1:05 p.m.

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Let go of anachronism


audiences need

to stop looking

at the past with

today’s values



As of 2016, more than 40 per cent

of the world’s population has access

to the internet. But with this boom

has come a strange and, quite

frankly, self-destructive mentality

that manifests itself when your

average person watches any show

or movie that, in detail depicts a

previous time period.

And that mentality is anachronism.

When watching a show or movie

that takes place in a completely

different time period, people need

to realize that they cannot apply

today’s standards.

In recent years, there has been

an increase in people who have

begun to slander classic movies

and shows for their portrayal of

women, minority groups, sexuality,

and rape. What many people

don’t seem to understand though is

that, during the time periods these

shows represent, these issues were

not viewed the same way they are

today. Back in the 1950’s, it was

natural for women to be raised

for a life in the home raising their

families rather than going out and

having a job. Of course by today’s

standards this is considered wrong,

but it is also wrong to slander an

entire decade just because the

people thought differently than

we do.

If anything, this mentality has

blinded people to how ridiculous

they become when they try to remedy

these supposed sins of the past.

In 2015, Disney released a live

action version of Cinderella, and

the director of the film, Kenneth

Branagh, stated that he was excited

to make Cinderella, “someone who

was no longer passive and waiting

for a prince but rather someone

who is her own person and understand

why the stepmother was the

way she was”.

Ironically, by trying to make

her no longer passive, Branagh’s

film ends up portraying Cinderella

as incapable to do anything that

would better her situation, such as

simply giving up when she is placed

under house arrest.

The original Cinderella is by

no means a shining example of

the perfect female character, but

she was not completely passive, unlike

the new version, yet she is still

considered one of the worst Disney

princesses by mainstream audiences,

simply because she doesn’t

stand up for herself like Belle or


Another example of how harmful

this anachronistic mentality is

shines through in medieval television

shows and movies. The most

popular of these, HBO’s Game of

Thrones, has received more than its

fair share of flack and criticisms for

its portrayal of violence and brutality,

particularly towards its female

characters. In the sixth episode

of the show’s fifth season, Sansa

Stark (played by Sophie Turner),

one of the show’s longest running

female characters, was raped by

her husband Ramsay Bolton (Iwan

Rhenol) while an old friend, Theon

(Alfie Allen) was forced to watch.

This scene was criticized by fans

of the show, who called it brutal.

Many critics agreed and said that

the show glorified rape culture.

But all that we are really seeing is

the villain of the show doing something


During the time period which

Game of Thrones is based on,

people’s senses of morality and

consent were much lower than they

are today. In short, you are supposed

to feel uncomfortable watching

this scene.

And at the end of the day, what

does any of this arguing over

past time periods solve? So many

people spend their time complaining

about shows and movies setting

bad examples because of their time

periods, when they should instead

be explaining to others why we are

so fortunate to have our current


Iwan Rhenol, the actor who

plays Ramsay in Game of Thrones,

summed up the situation perfect

in an interview with Chris Bennion

for the Telegraph, “I think if

more people put their effort into

the charities that help women in

the world today deal with the horror

of rape, and less effort in social

media about a fantasy show, then

maybe things could change”.

Photograph courtesy of Danielle Harder

Sampling syrup

Durham College students introduced maple syrup to culinary

students in Trujillo, Peru as part of an international exchange.

Three DC students, along with two faculty, and school officials

spent last week at a college in Peru.

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Making friends in Peru

Photograph courtesy of Danielle Harder

DC journalism student Travis Fortnum joins culinary students

from Trujillo, Peru. Fortnum and two other DC students

travelled to the country to help develop skills in Peru.

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