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I wouldn't have graduated

if it hadn't been for Gerry.

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Volume XLIV, Issue 8 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca January 24 - 30, 2017


a bright

future page 11

Photograph by Barbara Howe

Oshawa blues rock page 18

Photograph by Barbara Howe

Lords dominate

at the beach

Photograph by

page 20


should reach

for the stars

page 3

Photograph by Joshua Nelson

Photograph by Kayano Waite

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of the


DC journalism students look at Durham College and UOIT,

and beyond, by the numbers and with their cameras

Photograph by Dan Koehler

Rebecca Ropp, Lindsay Pachan, and Riana Costa, promoting

beach volleyball night.

Photograph by Dan Koehler

An inspirational quote by Nelson Mandela

posted on the wall at Durham College.

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Hadfield lands on campus

Travis Fortnum

The Chronicle

Retired astronaut Chris Hadfield

thinks today’s college students

might need to beef up their long

distance calling packages – because

he says living on the moon

is a real possibility.

“Some of you folks are going to

have the opportunity in your lives

to live on the moon,” Hadfield told

a crowd of almost 1,000 at Durham

College and UOIT Jan 11.

“To go live in a permanent human

outpost on the moon. Maybe

even as far as Mars in your lifetime.”

With 166 days spent outside the

Earth’s atmosphere, Hadfield’s

resume is not shy of accomplishments.

He partook in three different

missions to space in 1995, 2001

and 2012. He served as Commander

of the International Space

Station (ISS) from December 2012

until May, 2013.

On top of this, Hadfield was the

first Canadian to walk in space.

The Student Association announced

Hadfield would be coming

to campus just before the winter


Through social media promotion,

they sold more than 900 advanced

tickets with the rest sold at

the door on the night of the event.

Hadfield believes incredible

achievements are only possible if

people allow themselves to dream


“The only way you can do impossible

things,” Hadfield told the

crowd, “is to imagine something

crazy, and then start changing

what you’re doing so that you can

learn about it enough that it can

Photograph by Travis Fortnum

After talking to the crowd, Chris Hadfield took the time to greet anyone willing to wait in line.

Little Aurora had an easier wait than most, held in the arms of her mother Kathleen Flynn.

It's really

liberating to

realize that


things happen.

be part of what becomes normal.”

Since retiring from the astronaut

life in June of 2013, Hadfield has

gone on to become a national bestselling

author, a top ten recording

artist and a coveted public speaker.

The famed former astronaut

brought stories of experience and

expertise with him to educate and

inspire students.

Growing up in southern Ontario,

Hadfield found himself inspired

by the fantasy of Star Trek,

as well as the reality of the Apollo

11 moon landing in July of


“On the morning of July 20,

it was impossible to walk on the

moon,” Hadfield said.

“Nobody had ever done it. But

by bedtime on July 20, Neil (Armstrong)

and Buzz (Aldrin) had

made all those footprints. That was

now something that was possible.

“It’s really liberating to realize

that impossible things happen.”

From his time with the Royal

Canadian Air Force in the 90s to

performing at a David Bowie anniversary

in New York City earlier

this month, Hadfield has experienced

things that many can only

dream about.

As he described the process of

launch and exiting the Earth’s

atmosphere, the audience was


“After eight minutes and 42

seconds the engines shut off,”

Hadfield said, “you’re at the right

height, speed and direction and

the engines shut off. And you’re


He paused for a second, and you

could hear a pin drop.

Hadfield filled an hour and a

half with anecdotes of his life and

a wealth of knowledge on the past,

present and future of space exploration.

Hadfield closed his talk by performing

bits of an original from

his 2015 album and David Bowie’s

Space Oddity, which he famously

covered aboard the ISS.

After the conclusion of his performance,

nearly all the people in

attendance lined up for a chance

to shake hands and take a picture

with the first Canadian to walk in

space, as well as get a book signed.

Hadfield stayed until he had the

chance to meet them all.

Johnny Humphrey, the SA’s

campus life coordinator, played a

big role in organizing Hadfield’s

speaking engagement on campus.

“The SA is really happy with

how it turned out,” Humphrey


“We received a lot of positive


Hadfield has taken his public

speaking across the pond, where

he will finish the month touring

Ireland and the UK.

DC, UOIT students inspired by former astronaut

Kayano Waite

The Chronicle

The lights were dimmed in the

school gym, with rows of students

and locals hanging on to the words

of the first Canadian to walk in


“Using the time you have now

to prepare for the probable things

that are going to go wrong in your

life,” Chris Hadfield said. “To me,

that’s the very essence of success.”

This was the message former colonel

and astronaut Hadfield, who

was one of the highlights of Winterfest

at Durham College and UOIT.

The first Canadian commander

of the International Space Station

was the focus of the event, The Sky

is the Limit.

Hadfield spoke on his life in and

out of space as well as his hopes for

others to achieve their best.

Hadfield’s son Evan, who works

alongside his father, said the advice

given is applicable to anyone’s

average goals in life, not just those

interested in a particular field.

“He doesn’t necessarily teach

about space,” the younger Hadfield

said. “He uses space as an example

of how you should live your everyday


Talib Ali, president of the UOIT

Engineering Student Society, met

with Hadfield before the event,

and gave him engineering coveralls.

According to Ali, coveralls

are traditional for engineering


Hadfield graduated from mechanical

engineering at Royal Military

College in Kingston in 1982.

Due to the dress code at the college,

he did not wear these during his

time there.

Ali said Hadfield was surprised

He uses space as an example of

how you should live your

everyday life.

by the gesture. “He was really excited

by it, and we were grateful

that he accepted our gift.”

Mechanical engineering student

Dustin Curry was one of the last

people in line, but didn’t mind the


“This is probably the closest I’m

going to get to space,” Curry said


Curry said his takeaway from the

night was for the audience to not

settle for less in life.

It was not only students who got

a lot out of Hadfield’s words.

Abdul Hameed, a former army

Colonel and electrical engineer in

Pakistan, was also there to meet


Hameed heard about Hadfield’s

appearance from his son who attends

UOIT. Hameed, who has

followed the space program from

childhood, said it was a “rare”

moment for him to get to hear the

thoughts of Hadfield, who he called

a proud Canadian.

Hameed attended the event with

his daughter and thought Hadfield’s

words were important for

younger people there to hear.

“There will be failures, there will

be challenges in life,” Hameed said.

“They should not despair of any

moment that comes.”

Photograph by Kayano Waite

Hadfield left those in attendance feeling educated and inspired.

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Leading young minds from Twitter

For all Americans and probably

most Canadians, the next four years

will be remembered as the years of

President Donald J. Trump.

Republican candidate Trump

was elected Nov. 8, 2016 after beating

out his democratic opponent

Hillary Clinton.

Depending on whether a person

is conservative or liberal they might

have different opinions on Trump.

Regardless, Trump encourages

more people to pay attention to

politics. He has led more young

adults to turn to social media for

their news, and lastly Trump is

gaining votes due to false media.

Although some young adults did

not take Trump seriously before

the election, now that he’s president

millennials are paying closer

attention to politics.

While Trump did not have more

millennials voting for him in 2016

than Obama in 2012, he definitely

has our attention.

According to civicyouth.org

Trump received 37 per cent of

young (18-29) voters during the

election, while Obama garnered

60 per cent of the young voters in


Although Trump received a

small portion of votes from young

voters, only 50 per cent of the 48

million eligible youth voters turned

out during the election: meaning

17.5 per cent of young people actually

voted for Trump in the 2016


This shows just how little young

people had wanted Trump in

power or even how few took him

as a serious threat.

Although the exact numbers are

unclear, it is evident through social

media that 18-29 year olds in U.S.

and Canada are now taking more

of an interest in Trump.

Trump’s Twitter, Facebook and

Instagram accounts come to a total

of 42.1 million followers on social

media. It is this participation on

social media, which has engaged

so many Americans and Canadians

during and after the election.

While many people follow

Trump for electoral updates, many

people follow him to see what outrageous

or salacious statement he

will come up with next.

For example, Trump’s recent

comment about Meryl Streep after

her speech at the Golden Globes

stating, “Meryl Streep, one of

the most over-rated actresses in

Hollywood, doesn’t know me but

attacked last night at the Golden

Globes. She is a.....” This tweet received

39 thousand retweets and

125 thousand likes and was trending

on Facebook.

However, a negative aspect of

Trump’s involvement with social

media is the fact millennials use social

media as a news outlet. The

consequence? False news.

Millennials may be collecting

their political views from the social

media, something baby boomers

are less likely to do, since statistically

boomers are less involved

on social media platforms.

With more millennials being of

age to vote, social media can have

a negative effect on election results

because facts are misconstrued or

misrepresented on Facebook, Twitter,


To combat fake news, Facebook

has even started an initiative called

the “Journalism Project”.

The future elections are in the

hands of millennials as they outnumber

the baby boomers, according

to the U.S. Census Bureau. It

is important younger voters have

the correct information rather than

rely on the power of social media

to come to a decision.

With the results of the election, it

is clear to see that more 18-29 year

olds are participating in politics.

Social media is the outlet.

Hopefully this outcome will encourage

more millennials to vote

in Canada for the next election.

Perhaps millennials will now see

how much power is in each citizen’s

possession when voting for a

nation-wide decision. Anyone can

win when you don’t vote.

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Jenn Amaro

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Easy. Breezy.

Social media helps journalists



For years, makeup companies everywhere

have been using females to

model their products. In early October

2016, history was made. Cover-

Girl took to their Instagram account

to announce something to forever

change the face of makeup: the first

ever CoverBoy.

James Charles, a 17-year-old You-

Tube star is now the first CoverGirl

male ambassador.CoverGirl is giving

males who want to wear makeup

a role model and in doing so erasing

the gender roles previously assigned

to makeup.

For over 50 years, CoverGirl only

used women in their advertisements.

Celebrities like Ellen Degeneres,

Queen Latifah, Katy Perry, have

all been the face of CoverGirl.

This time we get to see a male

who is not afraid to represent male

beauty. Charles started wearing

makeup a year ago, and said he got

noticed by CoverGirl on Instagram.

Charles has his own style seen on his

YouTube videos. He incorporates

bright and bold colours on his face.

Society is to blame for such a long

wait on a male model for a makeup

company. There are many groups

online who petition for men to wear

makeup. Change.org has two petitions

titles “Allow men to wear

make-up” and “Stop discrimination

of men wearing makeup.”

Musicians in rock bands like

KISS and Green Day have been

wearing makeup for years. Singer

Adam Lambert said he started

wearing makeup in his teens. So this



is not a new concept. It just hasn’t

fully been accepted. Charles started

his Instagram one year ago to

inspire others. On his Instagram

account he says, “I truly hope

that this shows that anyone and

everyone can wear makeup and

can do anything if you work hard.”

CoverGirl is the first makeup line

to give such a positive change to

the face of cosmetics. In August,

YouTube star Georgie Aldous posted

a video online and asked “Why

can’t boys wear makeup?” Aldous

says wearing makeup makes him

feel gorgeous. Aldous said if guy

is wearing makeup people often

assume, they’re trying to be a

woman. As for Charles, his parents

asked him if he was transsexual because

he started wearing makeup,

he had to do a lot of explaining

to convince them this was not the


Hopefully people can start to

embrace men who wear makeup

and not question their sexuality.

Men should be able to look glamorous

just like females. CoverGirl is

using the hashtag #LashEquality

to brand this product which brings

to mind #GenderEquality.

Because we all can be a Cover-




Instagram and

Snapchat share

stories around

the world

Social media is still evolving.

There is no doubt some changes

are needed in order to differentiate

between what’s real and

what’s not. It is clear there is a

need for trained journalists, and

social media is seeing the need for

this change. Recently, Facebook

launched the “Journalism Project”

to work closely with journalists and

to limit fake news.

While there have been some

concerns about what’s real and

what’s not on the Internet, it is

clear social media has allowed

journalists to find news easily.

Reporters are able to share and

receive content in matters of minutes,

reach a wider margin in one

go and also created new job positions

such as social media editors.

This is remarkable, as social

media has only been around for

just about a decade.

And yet the relationship between

social media and journalism

has been a controversial one.

When news broke Facebook users

were posting fake news during the

U.S election.

The conversation was moved to

the forefront.

Over the years, social media

has evolved and become a platform

for breaking news, and also



a tool for the journalism world. This

new age of reporting has journalists

scrambling to adapt. For readers,

the Internet is the go-to place for

news updates.

According to a survey by Canada

News Wire (CNW), 62 per cent of

young adults in Canada prefer to

read their news online.

There has been a growing problem

in journalism: social media

has caused some hiccups between

trained journalists and citizen journalists.

Let’s use the recent U.S. election

as an example. During the election

debate teams of live fact-checkers

on Facebook ensured the statements

being made by the candidates were

accurate. This tactic revealed some

of the statements made by Donald

Trump were false.

According to Journalist Resource,

63 per cent of Facebook users get

their news from Facebook. This

could potentially pose a problem if

this forum is spreading fake news.

But Facebook is just one of a wide

range of options.

According to an article in Recode,

an online media website,

President Obama was quoted, on

his last international trip as president,

saying, “If everything seems

to be the same and no distinctions

are made, then we won’t know what

to protect.” Daniel Dale would


Daniel Dale, the Toronto Star

writer dubbed the “the lie-tracker”

for his part in fact checking

Trump’s statements, has received

some great reviews. Fact-Checkers

are very important to journalism,

especially today when fake news is

easily attainable and hard to detect.

There is some room for improvement,

but we can’t dismiss the fact

that social media has changed the

way we give and receive news in an

easy to use format. This Facebook

fake news conundrum has set back

the collaboration between traditional

reporters and the social media.

But, let’s not forget the time when

social media kept us updated on the


On May 12, 2008 Twitter users

tweeted an earthquake had hit

Beijing, China’s capital city and

had taken thousands of lives. The

video was then later picked up by

the press.

In another instance, on Feb. 12,

2012, a Twitter user tweeted-out

that famous singer Whitney Houston

was found dead in a Beverly

Hills hotel about 20 minutes before

the press were briefed.

These are not the only two instances

when social media became a

source of information for reporters.

There are many more.

Social media has not only affected

reporting but also bring about

new job positions.

Canada’s own broadcasting organization

CBC, now has 18 social

media editors who only deal with

the content that goes up on sites like

Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook and


It’s safe to say that journalists

should not be afraid of social media.

It should be embraced.

It is clear social media has

changed journalism for the better,

and journalists should change with

it or get left behind.

We are the women of today; give us our freedom

Brock University student, Harpreet

Kaur survived child molestation.

Her abuser was close to home.

Once she found the voice, strength

and bravery to speak out, the blame

was put on her. At 16 years old,

Harpreet was told she tainted the

honour of her father’s Pagh (turban)

by speaking of the unspoken.

Many young brown women do

not have the privileges, freedoms,

or independence required to be

considered equal to males.

Women from countries like

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and

Afghanistan are being pressured

by their own families to maintain a

‘good girl’ act in their community.

This is so they do not taint their

family’s name and honour in front

of the community.

This pressure to conform needs

to change.

Women should not feel guilty for

being themselves, for living their

life the way they want to, for loving

and being with someone they want

to be with, and for standing up

against injustice. It is unfortunate



for women in Asia who do stand

up for themselves, have limited

freedom, are blamed for tainting

family honour, and are victims of

honour killings.

According to the Vedas, the

most ancient Hindu scriptures,

which contain hymns, philosophy,

and guidance, Hindu women have

limited freedoms.

For example, many young Asian

women do not get to date. Bella De-

Paulo, a Project Scientist of Psychology

at the University of California

says people who have not been

in relationships are viewed as less

happy, less well-adjusted, and lonelier

than people who have been in


For some Asian families, dating

before marriage is seen as breaking

a social norm, which would bring

shame to the family’s honour.

The concept of family honour is

very extensive in India. According

to the History of Sex in India journal,

the term ‘izzat’ refers to honour or

reputation in the culture of India

and Pakistan. Izzat applies to both

females and males, but in completely

different forms.

Women must keep the family

honour by being chaste, compliant,

and submissive. The men must

be courageous, powerful, and have

the ability to control the women in

their families.

Woman carry izzat (honour) like

a materialistic object. When they

are unmarried, it is their responsibility

to not do anything, which

would cause harm to the family


When they marry, their izzat

passes along to their new family:

their in-laws. Without good izzat, a

family’s reputation in a community

means nothing.

In the name of protecting the

so-called ‘family honour’, women

are shot, burned, buried alive,

strangled, beheaded, and stabbed

to death.

Honour killings are unfortunately,

a familiar act in the South

Asian community. According to the

statistics presented by the Indian

parliament, the Indian police registered

251 cases of honour killings

in 2015, 223 cases more than the

year before. In Pakistan, 1,100

cases were reported in 2015, though

the Human Rights Commission

of Pakistan (HRCP) estimates another

1,000 were unreported. The

act of vengeance, usually death,

is committed by the males of the

family against the females who are

claimed to bring dishonor to the


According to the Thomson Reuters

Foundation, in 2012, India

ranked as the worst country to be

a woman, because of the violent

victimization through rape, acid

throwing, dowry killings, marital

rape, and forced prostitution of

young girls.

In a country where people worship

female goddesses, voted for a

woman president, and have had a

female prime minister, it is a shame

women are completely on their own

when it comes to their safety.

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Of all

the evils for which man has made

himself responsible, none is so degrading,

so shocking or so brutal

as his abuse of the better half of

humanity; the female sex.”

91 years ago, Gandhi encouraged

Indian men to treat women

with respect. It is truly upsetting

to know that the lesson is yet to be


The voice of a strong, independent

woman, fighting for herself,

needs to be heard in this male supremacist

world. Women can be

independent, self-reliant and successful.

Women to women relations are

what strengths us and give us a

voice that can be heard. A woman’s

life is her own, and she can live it

however she wants.

The next generation needs to

fight these fights, and stop the injustice.

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Michelle Cole, Manager of Program Development and Quality Assurance at Durham College, at work in her office.

Photograph by Toby VanWeston

Managing our success

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



manages the



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Toby VanWeston

The Chronicle

Michelle Cole is the Manager of

Program Development and Quality

Assurance at Durham College.

She has been in this position for

four years, and has overseen the

development of existing programs

and the addition of new programs

during this time.

In 2011 she won an Outstanding

Research Award from the Ontario

College Administration Staff Association

(OCASA) for Student

Perceptions of Faculty Classroom

Practices the Influence Student


Cole’s job is to make sure the student

experience is as positive and

fulfilling as possible.

Can you explain what you do

and how you do it?

Sure. I work with the executive

deans and the associate deans in

each of the schools, since you know

we have seven schools, to work out

a plan for new program development.

So in my role, I guide the new

program development process and

I support the deans through that

process. We have a five year roster

of programs that is fluid, so every

year we review the plan, and revise

as needed.

It’s fundamentally based on

labour market needs, and student

demand also, so taking both into

consideration, we will develop a

plan accordingly.

[In regards to her OCASA

award] Would it be accurate

to say that finding ways for

students to succeed in their

academic careers is a passion

of yours?

It sure is. The other part of

my role is the quality assurance.

I would say now that I am doing

this work, there is an enhanced passion

for it. I have the opportunity

through program review to interview

students and I love that.

I would say that the only reason

I’m here is to ensure that students

have a good experience while

they’re on campus, that they’re

learning, that they’re meeting the

expectations of their education,

that they find value in their education,

and they see the importance

at the end of the day.

And then of course that they

find jobs. So that they leave here

well-equipped, good citizens and

mature, so they can go and find

work in their field.

And if it’s not in their field that’s

OK too, because they have skills.

They shouldn’t leave here without

having something that they can be

proud of.

Can you tell me about your

background and how you ultimately

arrived in Oshawa?

I went to school at Brock University,

started working in Toronto,

then moved to Whitby. I worked for

a member of parliament in Whitby.

I enjoyed that experience very very

much. We were unelected by the

people [laughs]. And so when the

new member of parliament came

in, I applied to the college and was


I’ve worked at the college for ten

years now. I started in the President’s

office as an administrator.

I was an executive assistant to the

vice-president of Student Affairs.

And when this position came up I

got very excited and I applied and

got it.

They shouldn’t

leave here

without having

something that

they can be

proud of.

What’s your favourite part of

your job?

I do enjoy the process stuff, I’m a

bit of a geek that way. I like the order

of things, and so helping people

get to an end result, I do get a kick

out of that. And I do enjoy, when I

can, meeting with students.

What’s the toughest challenge

you are faced with in this positions?

Working with faculty [laughs].

No, it’s more about timeliness. We

have a short window of time to get

the program to the point where we

can present it to the Ministry. The

challenge is getting that approval.

Are there any new programs

that you are trying to trying

to get off the ground right


Yes there’s a few of them. I can

tell you what we just launched for

2017, which is really exciting.

We’ll have a new program in Office

Administration Real Estate. So

considering the real estate market

as it is, that’ll be exciting for those

who are interested in the real-estate

market but may not want to

be agents.

Massage therapy is coming to

Durham College, which is a big


I’m looking forward to as many

free massages as I can get, I will be

that guinea pig [laughs].

The other one that’s really cool

too is called Mechanical Technician,

Elevating Devices. So your

lifts, elevators, that kind of thing.

Right now the industry is literally

taking people off the streets, without


This way, with a post-secondary

diploma, they would have a lot of

experience with the mechanical

and electrical side, so that they

could start their apprenticeship

with some knowledge. With a twoyear

under their belt, they will be

very successful.

This interview has been edited for style,

length and clarity.

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Photograph by Laura Metcalfe

Durham College professor Randy Uyenaka has been bringing his energy to the Social Socail Worker program since he started teaching at the college in 1999.

Uyenaka makes the Social Service Worker program work for you

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

Laura Metcalfe

The Chronicle

When Randy Uyenaka enters the

room one can’t help but notice his

boundless energy and bright smile.

His passion and drive to help

people is evident when you talk to

him about social services. As the

coordinator of the Social Service

Worker Program at Durham College,

he is helping to teach the social

service workers of the future.

What is your expertise in?

I am the program co-ordinator

of the Social Service Worker program.

I have been teaching at Durham

College part time since 1999.

I came here full-time in 2008. As

you know, Durham, they like to hire

professors who have a lot of experience,

prior experience, in the field

they are teaching in.

So when I was hired back in 1999,

I taught a course well, two courses,

one called addictions counselling,

and another was called family and

family systems, so it was kind of consistent

with the work I was doing.

When I actually came here I was

more involved in teaching, probably

more in the year 2000, when the

college launched the Addictions and

Mental Health graduate certificate


Once that program got off the

ground I was teaching courses in

counselling youth, grief therapy,

basic counselling services, problem

gambling, those types of things

since 2008.

Was there anyone who

inspired you to go into this?

Inevitably, all of us are going to

have some contact with a social

service agency.

I’ve been fortunate to work with

many individuals who just had that

passion for the field of helping. I

think it’s interesting because he just


One of the individuals, he was actually

a supervisor before he came

to the college full-time as a teacher

and he was the one who lead me

into the field of teaching as well,

his name is Ken Lomp. He was an

individual when I joined Pinewood

Centre in 1992.

You could tell that he had this

real passion for the field and under

his leadership I think I really grew

in terms of feeling a lot more comfortable

being a counsellor and trying

to help people with substance

abuse issues.

What kind of work have you


Maybe not specific to the area

of addictions but since I have been

at Durham I have been involved in

three significant research projects

that have been funded by provincial


What happened was in 2012 we

applied for funding from an organization

called the Social Sciences

and Humanities Research Council

of Canada.

We were fortunate enough to get

granted roughly about $30,000 to

look at a lifespan perspective of how

social services impact individuals

through the lifespan, starting from

issues in childhood, but having a

social services program to help support

an individual going through

that difficult period. Childhood

and adolescence into adulthood

and beyond.

What should people know

about your field?

I think really the value, the impact

of social services is really just

not realized. Inevitably, all us are

going to have some contact with a

social service agency, the unemployed

and we need employment


We experience an issue concerning

our mental wellness or mental

health, we are seeking support from

a mental health organization or an

individual or someone they know

has a substance abuse problem.

What is your favourite part of

your research?

Each research project that I have

been involved in we’ve been fortunate

to allocate part of the funding

towards funding students in terms

of them learning.

...the impact of

social services

is really just not


Our particular program, Social

Service Worker, has benefited three

times. Each time we have hired a

minimum of about four to six research

assistants and they get to

do actual research in an area they

are interested in and I think it gives

them new opportunities that they, as

college students, wouldn’t typically


We have seen them really develop

a passion for the research we are

doing. At the end of it they get their

name on a publication, which really

is unheard of from someone coming

out of college, actually having

their name on a publication that

has been shared provincially, if not


This interview has been edited for style,

length and clarity.

8 The Chronicle January 24 - 30, 2017 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus

The presentation by Jungle Cat World was one of many events students could attend at Winterfest 2017.

Photograph by Michael Welsh

Winterfest eases back to school

Michael Welsh

The Chronicle

Coming back to school from

Christmas break can be a tough

time for students. After spending

a few weeks relaxing with family

and friends, getting back into the

grind of class isn’t something many

people look forward too.

Winterfest made the transition

back to school a little more fun for


“It was cool coming back to

school to all kinds of great events,”

says Durham College student

Mike Powers. “There is lots of fun

stuff going on for everybody.”

Winterfest featured two weeks

of activities put on by the Student

Association, including public

skating, video game gatherings,

bubble soccer and animal encounters.

The SA hosts Winterfest at

the start of second semester every

year. A similar event, Campusfest,

usually takes place in September

to kick off the first semester.

However, there was no Campusfest

this year. The SA has been

dealing with internal conflicts for

much of the year, which led UOIT

and Durham College to withhold

funds from the association.

The problems from within the

SA stemmed from unexpected

There is lots

of stuff for


changes on the executive committee.

The SA says it understood

students were upset about Campusfest

being cancelled, so they are

glad to see the success of Winterfest,

according to the association’s

photographer, Sami Jewer.

“There was a lot of comments

coming in but now I think everyone

is excited about the fact that

we are starting back up,” she says.

For students who weren’t aware

of Winterfest, such as Meghna

Vijay, returning from Christmas

break to fun events like the presentation

by Jungle Cat World was a


“I saw the event and there are

a few events coming around, I saw

in the catalogue. Then I knew it

was Winterfest,” says Vijay. “It’s

very much a bonus. A week of fun

and entertainment, it’s a bonus.”

Students hope there will be

more events in second semester

than the first. The issues did not

stop the SA from hosting Winterfest

and doing their main job of

serving the students.

“We wanted to do Winterfest to

be sure the students had a lot of

great events to go out to and enjoy,”

says Jewer. “We’ve had a really

great turnout this year.”

The association currently sits

without a full-time president.

Nominations and elections for

next school year’s SA will be held

in January and February.

Move your muscles for engineering awareness

Noor Ibrahim

The Chronicle

The Women in Engineering association

at UOIT sure knows how to

get the people up and on their feet.

Students from Durham College

and UOIT took part in a first-ofits-kind

Engineering Olympics

event organized by the association

on January 12.

More than 30 students playing a

dozen games kept their brains and

muscles active, by doing everything

from designing their own rollercoasters

and stacking party cups,

to kickball to even challenging

themselves with cards.

But Women in Engineering

wanted the students to walk away

with more than just a fun experience.

The event aimed to raise students

awareness towards the Women in

Engineering Association and the

struggles women face within the

field. According to Engineers

Canada, 87 per cent of Canadian

engineers are men. However, according

to WIE president Shae

Contois, that number is as high as

90 per cent at UOIT.

Domains such as www.STEMfeminist.com

and hashtags like

#ILookLikeAnAnEngineer try to

show people that women engineers

do not fit into the stereotypes set

for them. Because of that, Contois

says that stigma has formed about

women’s abilities compared to men.

“It feels like in a male-dominant

career that women aren’t as good,”

she said.

Contois says she has come faceto-face

with that stigma herself at

UOIT. She says male classmates

are often surprised about things

such as her ability to use the right

tools. She adds some students on

campus don’t even expect women

to be engineers.

However, after proving herself in

the classroom, she says the men’s

perspective began to change.

“I think it’s really opening up the

eyes to a lot of people, said Contois.

“A lot of my classmates are like

‘Wow! You can do what I can do,

if not better.’”

Participant Patrick Krokwood

said he’s keen on backing the cause.

“I’m an engineering student,” he

said. “It’s good to show support and

help the girls out and bring a little

pride to the school.”

Krokwood also said the event

was more than just a way to meet

new people.

“The fact that they’re out here

putting out great events really helps

and brings their name out to the


According to Contois, the WIE

also serves as a support group for

those women who face the same

stigma she did may consider giving


“As there are so few of us,” said

Contois, “[the association is here]

just to say hang in there. You’re just

as good. “

Shae Contois organized and

ran the event alongside President

Mellissa Fracz. According to Fracz,

the event shows the students

women’s ability to be in control,

not just in engineering.

“Women in Engineering created

this event. We are running this

whole event ourselves,” said Fracz.

“It kind of shows that we can take

charge and control an event as well

as anyone else can.”

Just like Contois, Fracz feels

women who plan on becoming

engineers need to hear words of


“Don’t feel discouraged or scared

to come into engineering just because

you think it’s all male-dominated,”

said Fracz. “A lot of girls

are successful in engineering. We

can basically do anything we put

our minds to.”

The association has been trying

to debunk women stereotypes

for eight years now at UOIT but

it also celebrates women’s accomplishments

in engineering.

With events such as the Olympics,

as well as previous Christmas

and Halloween movie nights, the

students are drawn to the organization’s

name. After they join the

organization, the organization tries

to help them understand the bumps

that women engineers sometimes

deal with along the road of their


With all the energy students gave

at the event, Contois and Fracz

hoped they’d also gain awareness

and knowledge about women in

engineering in return.

Campus chronicle.durhamcollege.ca January 24 - 30, 2017 The Chronicle 9

Mourning the loss of former Chronicle editor

Frank Katradis

The Chronicle

Gerald (Gerry) Rose, former editorin-chief

of the Chronicle, the campus

newspaper at Durham College

and UOIT, has died. He was 67.

Rose died peacefully, at Lakeridge

Health, Oshawa, on Jan. 9,

2017 after a brief battle with pancreatic


Rose was born Jan. 22, 1949

and grew up in Pasadena, Nfld. In

the mid-1970s he moved his young

family to Ontario to pursue work

before deciding to go back to school

at Durham College for journalism

in 1976.

“I taught Gerry from the years

of 1976-77 and ’77-78,” says former

Chronicle editor Bill Swan. Swan

says Rose’s previous experience

helped him with his journalistic


“Gerry was ten years older than

his peers,” says Swan, noting that

Rose’s university background also

played an important role in his


After graduating, Rose was hired

where he did his field placement,

the Oshawa Times (the Times was

a daily newspaper in Oshawa for

more than a century before it closed

in 1994).

He was the Times' editor for 10

years before Swan offered him the

positon of editor-in-chief of the

Chronicle newspaper at Durham

College in 1991. Swan believed that

Rose had the exact skills needed to

fit the position.

“Gerry was a very quiet individual,”

he says. “He didn’t dominate

the room. But, when you talked to

him, you’d see he had a lot to offer.”

Rose was the editor-in-chief of

the Chronicle for more than two

decades before retiring on June

30, 2014, exactly 23 years after he

started at Durham.

He was admired by his peers

and loved by his students. On his

Facebook page, many former students

expressed how sad they were

to hear that he passed, but praised

his abilities as an educator.

“Gerry was the dream teacher,”

says former student Evan Barr.

“He was very busy, but always

available for his students. There

were always students asking for


Rose was well known for his

edits. With his famous green pen,

as opposed to the standard red, he

would edit his students’ work.

Former office mate Ginny Colling

recalls students being devastated

seeing their work covered in ink,

but says Rose would always give

them a thumbs up to assure them

that they were on the right path.

“He would always say ‘It’s OK

with fixes',” says Colling, indicating

when a story had met final approval.

Rose wanted the Chronicle to be

professional like any other newspaper,

says Colling. Rose expected

good work from his students and

had the patience to help them

achieve good work. He always

helped out his students and would

make sure the paper was filled with

interesting stories.

“Gerry ran the Chronicle in

a very organized fashion,” says

current Chronicle editor-in-chief

Brian Legree, “but you couldn’t

tell looking at his desk.” Rose’s

desk was always buried under a

mountain of paper, Legree adds

with a smile.

Legree also worked for Rose at

the Oshawa Times and took over

Rose’s position at the Chronicle

when he retired. He adds Rose

was loved by his students.

Rose taught with a “get it done

right attitude, with a smile on his

face and a twinkle in his eye,” Legree


Rose invested in students beyond

the classroom.

“I didn’t think I was going to

graduate,” says Durham College’s

credit transfer coordinator Kimberly

Boss, another of Rose’s former


“Gerry really helped me believe

in myself the final semester. I

wouldn’t have graduated if it hadn’t

been for Gerry.”

Boss says she was going through

some personal issues in the final

semester of her second year, and

Rose took the time to get her the

right connections and helped her

graduate the program.

Calling him the “dad” of journalism,

she says Rose would never

criticize in his feedback, but instead

offer a different way of looking at it.

“He was just amazing in and

out,” she says.

Rose will always be remembered

as the editor who sipped soup at his

desk filled with papers and pictures

of his grandkids, marking papers

with his green pen in hand.

(Above) Journalism professors Ginny Colling (left) and Gerry Rose retired from Durham College

on the same day in 2014. Current Chronicle student-editor Toby VanWeston honours Rose


The importance of networking: Learn, connect and build

Years ago, the Kids in the Hall

comedy troupe did a great sketch

on networking that I always think

of when I hear people talk about


Why? Because I think that’s what

people picture – a bunch of guys in

suits (guys only, of course), exchanging

handshakes and clichés; essentially

how it’s defined in the sketch:

“businessmen meeting businessmen

for the purpose of meeting again at

a later date.”

The true idea behind networking

is to learn, connect and build

relationships. It allows you the opportunity

to talk to people whose

work fuels their spirit and lights

their fire, and find out if that’s work



you would like to do, too.

LinkedIn defines networking as

being “about meeting a few wellconnected

people who can vouch

for your ability and who are willing

to refer you to a few other wellconnected


A huge benefit of networking is

that you can tap into what we call

the “hidden” job market, which is

significant. According to a LinkedIn

study published in February,

2016, 85 per cent of all jobs are

filled through networking.

Most jobs are never posted outside

an organization and some are

never posted at all, because the hiring

manager already has someone

in mind for the role and contacts

that person directly.

Networking allows you to be

on their short list before jobs even

become available. That’s worth

spending some time on.The average

student today is at a disadvantage

when it comes to this. When you

were very young, you were probably

warned about “stranger danger.”

Now, you’re suddenly in a position

where you need to know how

to talk to strangers to further (or

start) your career, and you don’t

know how.

To add insult to injury, you also

have likely spent more time than

previous generations connecting

with others through social media

or online gaming. You have people

in your life that you would count as

friends, and yet you’ve never met

them offline. Employers generally

aren’t a part of the same generation,

so you need to learn how to meet

them where they are.

The good news is, there are ample

opportunities to start, right now

and right nearby. Take some time

to talk to your professors, sports

coaches, fellow volunteers, coworkers

or neighbours. Ask people

about what they do, why they do it,

what led them there and where they

would like to go next.

At this year’s Job Fair on Feb. 8,

one of the activities running is a

Speed Networking Lounge. There

will be alumni and business leaders

available to help you learn the

subtle art of networking, then you

can use your newfound skills to

make a splash with the employers

in attendance.

It’s time to put “stranger danger”

aside. You’re a grown-up now and

you get to own that. Networking is

one way to start.

This column is courtesy of Career Development

at Durham College.

10 The Chronicle January 24 - 30, 2017 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus

True love is only

a swipe away




on mobile

app Tinder

Sharena Clendening

The Chronicle

On a chilly day in March, Kimberly

Chamberlain decided it was time

to try out Tinder. Her first thoughts

were optimistic.

“I felt like a hookup site and

that’s what it was meant for…but

every guy that I met tried to make

it seem like they wanted a relationship,

then BOOM they wanted in

my pants. It was awkward but also

very entertaining,” says Kimberly.

On average over 36 per cent of

Canadians use online dating sites,

according to Global News. Tinder,

Plenty of Fish, eHarmony and

Match are just a few of the dating

sites out there for singles to mingle.

Kimberly Chamberlain is part of

the 36 per cent of Canadians who

signed up for online dating.

Andrea Braithwaite teaches at

UOIT. Her research focuses on

gender and pop culture.

“Part of what online dating

brings is another way to meet

people, which can be beneficial,”

says Braithwaite. “Not everyone

enjoys or is able to go out to meet

people — things like personal preferences,

money, schedules, and mobility

can all get in the way, and online

dating offers another option.”

But Braithwaite says online dating

can also open up another avenue

for harassment and abuse.

This growing trend of online romance

has increased six per cent

per year in Canada since 2010, according

to IBISWorld. One would

assume it would be easy to start a

conversation with a stranger you

are interested in but according to

Kimberly Chamberlain, it is still

a struggle.

“It was super awkward; a Tinder

user told me I was pretty so I

replied thank you. Then he asked

if he could get into my pants. I

laughed and said no but thank you,

and then he told me I was super

ugly,” Chamberlain says.

After that encounter Chamberlain

was asking herself why she

downloaded the App.

Boys will be boys, she was thinking

to herself, wondering if she

should give up finding someone

or if she should continue using the

App for a little bit. She decided

to keep the App and then started

Part of what online dating brings is

another way to meet people.

talking to this guy who gave her a

huge list of questions before asking

her out.

“He asked me out on a date after

five hours of messaging back and

forth,” says Chamberlain.

It took around two weeks before

they went on their date. Then it all

fell into place. Kimberly and her

boyfriend Christopher have been

together since March 10, 2015 and

are now expecting a baby girl, due

March 4, 2017.

Trying to find true love is hard

whether you choose the old-fashioned

way or use online dating

Apps. But Kimberly Chamberlain

didn’t stop till she found what she

was looking for.

UOIT professor Braithwaite explains,

“There are a bunch of options

out there, and they all work in

different ways, some are subscription

services that require monthly

payments in order to participate,

some are simply Apps.”

With many different opinions on

online dating, would you consider

the choice of possibly meeting

someone you could fall in love with

through a mobile App?

Campus chronicle.durhamcollege.ca January 24 - 30, 2017 The Chronicle 11

'Technology stars' battle it out in LEGO League

Barbara Howe

The Chronicle

Hundreds of aspiring young scientists

descended on Durham College

recently for the 2016 FIRST LEGO

League Ontario East Provincial

Championships. The event brought

40 teams of elementary students

aged nine to 14 together to pitch

their autonomous robots, built from

LEGO pieces, against each other in

a series of challenges.

Justine Lam, a student from Forest

Hill P.S. in Toronto, said her

team, “Batteries Not Included,”

had a small chance of winning at

its first time at the provincial championships.

“It’s about the experience. It’s not

whether we get placed or not. We’re

just going to try our best,” said Lam.

FIRST LEGO League is a

non-profit organization created by

Dean Kamen with a goal of inspiring

young minds to love science,

technology and mathematics with

a view to choosing it as an exciting

and engaging career choice.

Dave Ellis, director of the FIRST

LEGO League, has been involved

with the organization for 12 years.

“We celebrate our sports heroes

and our movie stars, but we don’t

celebrate our technology stars,”

said Ellis. “There was nothing to

get kids excited about technology.

There was no event where kids got

to be inspired.”

Ellis explained the program has

three components.

First there is a research project

where the students research a problem

relating to the annual theme.

This year’s theme is Animal Allies.

Examples of some of the projects

submitted include an app, which

tracks lost pets through an electronic

collar, a weighing machine for

dogs which spits out the appropriate

portion of food dependent on the

animal’s weight, and a dehumidifier

for a beehive.

The second component is the robot

design where the teams design,

build and program autonomous

LEGO robots to perform a series

of missions.

Lastly, students are encouraged to

develop core values which include

life skills which honour the spirit of

friendly competition and respect.

There were cheers, whistles and

even some tears from the hundreds

of supporting teams, parents and

coaches who crowded around the

corral surrounding the competition

tables, as the robots bumped around

the courses.

Austin and Mackenzie Bailey and

David Feenstra are three homeschooled

students who travelled

from Kingston to take part in the

challenge. Their “Home Grown”

team is so concerned about the depleting

honey bee population that

they designed a dehumidifier to

attach to a standard hive.

The simple idea adds an extra

layer full of wood shavings and a

black painted roof which allows

moisture and heat to escape through

vents. Together with a thermostatically-controlled

heating mat, the

hive is kept dry and mite-free which

prevents disease infecting the colony.

The winner of the event moves to

the FIRST LEGO League World

Festival in St. Louis, in April.


Photograph by Barbara Howe

Mackenzie Bailey (left) and David Feenstra get set to battle with their robots in their FIRST LEGO League eastern provincial

championship at Durham College.

12 The Chronicle January 24 - 30, 2017 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus

Reduce waste one cup at a time

DC hoping to

replace cups

for mugs

Laura Metcalfe

The Chronicle

Tim Hortons cups are a common

sight around campus. Students

and staff need their tea or coffee

to make it through early mornings

and late nights.

But with all these cups comes a

lot of waste. Between September

of 2015 and April of 2016 more

than 230,000 disposable cups were

thrown out.

The Sustainability Office at

Durham College is hoping to alter

this behaviour through its #muglife


"It’s a pledge that you take that

says 'I will not use a coffee cup

anymore, and I will use a mug instead,'"

says Sonal Birdi, sustainability

co-ordinator assistant.

The goal is reduce waste by promoting

the use of reusable mugs,

says sustainability co-ordinator

Tanya Roberts.

“If you get other people thinking

of the impact in their head

and what is the impact, then they

will reduce it. They’re not going

to eliminate it totally with some

people,” says Roberts.

Durham College president Don

Lovisa signed the pledge last year.

Now Roberts plans to gather more

pledges and hand out more mugs

in February.

It’s not just the school that is endorsing

the campaign.

After a century of

photos, Aldsworth's

shutters its doors

Aramark, food service provider,

hires employees for Tim Hortons

locations around campus.

According to Roberts, the company

supports the #muglife campaign.

It offers discounts when

you use a reusable mug. Students

Photograph by Laura Metcalfe

Tanya Roberts (right), and Sonal Birdi pose with their mug campaign poster on campus.

have purchasing power, so companies

would be smart to embrace

reusable cups, she says.

She hopes the campaign will

catch on and go viral, and make

other colleges and universities think

about starting a #muglife campaign.

of their own.

Roberts says there may be obstacles

ahead, especially for those

who look forward to the upcoming

Roll up the Rim to Win event,

which gives people a chance to win

cash and prizes just by rolling up

the rim of their Tim Hortons cup.

I will not use

a coffee cup


While they are not giving incentives

to use the mug or checking

in to see if people do use the mug,

students will get a free mug if they

sign the pledge. The campaign is

based on an ‘honour system,' says


She says adjusting mindsets to reusable

mugs will take forethought.

Students and teachers need to plan

ahead and have their mug on them

when they go to get their coffee or

tea, says Roberts. This will not be

an easy transition, but she says it is

worth the diversion of waste.

Toby VanWeston

The Chronicle

January 20, 2017 marked the end

of an era for Durham Region, as an

institution of Oshawa for the past

100 years closed its doors for good.

There is one less place for photographers

to get their equipment and

develop their prints: Robert Aldsworth’s

Photo World is now closed.

They're like

friends to us,

and in some

cases like family.

The store which closed under

the Aldsworth’s name started in

1898 as a passion project of William

E. O’Brien, an Oshawa

resident who had an interest in

photography. In 1957, it was taken

over by Robert Aldsworth, where

it became a family-run operation

dedicated to supplying quality

photo services to Oshawa photolovers.

Robert Aldsworth and daughter

Kathy have run the store, at

907 Simcoe Street North, together

for the past 30 years. They say

working together has been a great

experience, and one they will


“We’re going to miss the camaraderie.

We’ve been fortunate

enough to work together for 30

years. So I’m grateful for that

opportunity.” says Kathy.

While the Aldsworths say that

business has continued to run

relatively well, it’s time for them to

move on.

“We’re closing because though

we’re still pretty busy, and things

are going OK, it’s time to move on

and do other things,” says Robert.

Changes in photography production

have taken their toll on

the business over the years. The

advent of digital photography

has meant the decline of classic

printed photography. Though the

store has adapted to this changing

landscape, Kathy notes that shift

has been significant.

“Society has changed. Younger

people aren’t printing as much,”

she says.

Kathy does note that while

most photographers today gravitate

towards digital photography,

there is still a niche market who

prefer the classic print process.

This group of photography lovers

has contributed to the store’s longevity

over the years. The store

owners say that with the store

closing, these customers are left

with fewer options to practise

their craft.

“A lot of customers are not

very happy that we’re closing,

and they’re asking where they

can go for printing. I don’t really

know what to recommend. People

are happy with our quality, and

maybe not so happy with some of

these other places’ quality. So like

I said, they’re not so happy about

Photograph by Toby VanWeston

Robert Aldsworth and daughter Kathy say goodbye to Robert Aldsworth's Photo World.

us closing,” says Kathy.

This loyal customer base

has helped the store’s business

throughout the years, but it has

also become more than that for

the Aldsworths. Certain customers

have become friends, while

others still have become “family”.

“Were going to miss all of customers,

especially our really loyal

customers. They’re like friends to

us, and in some cases like family,”

says Kathy.

Campus chronicle.durhamcollege.ca January 24 - 30, 2017 The Chronicle 13

Long live the internet meme

Dan Koehler

The Chronicle

In a quiet park on Niagara Drive,

just down the road from Durham

College, a lively crowd gathers. A

sense of excitement and whispers

of laughter flow throughout the

group. A man can be seen sporting

a homemade gorilla t-shirt.

The heart-wrenching How To

Save A Life, by alternative band

The Fray, flows out of speakers

as one man directs the crowd in

a sing-along. Candles burn, and

bananas pile up on the park bench,

while the group chants a familiar


“Harambe,” the crowd unanimously

cheers over and over again.


The 50 person strong Oshawa

candlelight vigil of for the lowland

gorilla killed at the Cincinnati Zoo

had started. Similar to the 2,000

strong event held earlier in the

month at Ryerson University in

Toronto, according to Vice.

Harambe became an Internet

sensation when he was shot at the

Cincinnati Zoo on May 28th after

a young boy fell into the gorilla’s

enclosure. The boy was dragged

over 15 feet before zoo officials

intervened and killed the gorilla

with a single gunshot.

After an initial uproar from the

public and activists, due to the

meaningless of the killing, the story

quickly fell out of the mainstream

light. But the Internet doesn’t forget

so quickly.

Over the last decade, the Internet

has been producing an increasing

number of memes, through platforms

such as Vine, Snapchat, and

viral videos.

Memes are defined by Google as

“a humorous image, video, piece of

text, etc. that is copied (often with

slight variations) and spread rapidly

by Internet users.”

In 2015 a similar situation to

Harambe occurred; an African

lion, Cecil, who was the mascot

of Hwange National Park in

Metabeleland North, Zimbabwe,

was killed by an American dentist,

Walter Palmer, during a canned


According to Google, a canned

hunt is ‘a trophy hunt in which an

animal is kept in a confined area,

such as in a fenced-in area, increasing

the likelihood of the hunter obtaining

the kill.’

Memes quickly spawned all over

the web, and an investigation was

opened into the killing.

According to an article by National

Geographic, Palmer was

never charged because he was

able to show proper paper work

to the Zimbabwean authorities.

Cecil’s death set the course for the

Harambe trend to take off.

the website Reddit.com, sometimes

known a the front page of the

internet, has a thread dedicated to

memes, and this is where many

of them, including Harambe and

Cecil memes, begin. They have a

list of rules that memes have to follow

and offer links to other websites

that users can use to create their

own memes.

The Harambe story received so

much attention that the Cincinnati

The death of Harambe in May, 2016 quickly spawned a firestorm of memes and many student-organized vigils.

Zoo had to disable all of their social

media accounts.

Since then the Harambe trend

has stayed steady. Internet ‘trolls’

have been busy mocking the incident

through memes and songs,

using phrases like “dicks out for

Harambe,” a phrase used in similar

fashion as “get your lighters

in the air” at a concert, just not as

literal, while others see the gorilla

as ‘god-like’.

Even sports teams have fallen

into the Harambe craze. According

to RT.com, the Trenton Golden

Hawks, an Ontario Junior Hockey

League team, sported jerseys honouring

Harambe during a warmup

before a game recently.

But why have we become so infatuated

with these trends?

One idea is these trends let us

share our ideas about a topic to the

whole world without going deeply

into it.

Stephen Forbes, a Durham College

professor for the School of

Business, IT, and Management,

has been going on the Internet for

most of his life. He says memes ignore

borders and let us connect past

cultural and physical boundaries.

“Memes are simply highly relatable

ideas that have high potential

to spread through cultures

very quickly, precisely because of

their ‘any man’ way of expression,”

Forbes says. “The web has closed

the distance between people in

terms of sharing information, and


As much as memes can be passed

off as a waste of time, Forbes says

they play an important role when it

comes to discussions about society.

“They (memes) are the publicly

generated one liners everyone loves

the Daily Show for, often adding

They (memes) are the publicly

generated one-liners everyone

loves The Daily Show for.

a brevity and charm to hot topics

without going too deep,” he says.

“They are in fact, albeit often hard

to see, a valuable piece of the overall

discussions taking place across


Kristina Crawford, a Durham

College student in the Practical

Nursing program, thinks Internet

trends have become popular due to

people seeking a sense of belonging.

“Everyone wants to be a part of

one thing, so everyone just kind

of goes with it,” Crawford says.

“It’s really different right, so no

one brings a different view to it, so

everyone just follows one another.”

Keir Broadfoot, Durham College

fabrication studio specialist,

says memes are news and events

that take a twist on the absurd, but

can also touch on important topics.

He’s a lover of Reddit.com, and

goes on all the time. Reddit even

has subthreads covering specific

meme topics.

“For the most part, it (memes)

can bring to light stories of interest,”

he says.

Although memes can be a positive

thing, they can sometimes

mock or ridicule serious topics or


Throughout the United States

presidential election both candidates,

Democrat Hillary Clinton

and Republican Donald Trump,

had their photos turned into

memes. The memes usually show

an unflattering picture and have a

word or phrase mocking the candidate

or their idea.

“There are memes and vines that

can be mocking in nature where

they fish for a photo of somebody

that’s not very flattering,” Broadfoot

says. “Then they become an

Internet sensation but not in a positive


Memes have even started to

crossover from the internet to the

real world. Memes like the Harlem

Shake, which started in February

2013 and involved a group dancing

to the song Harlem Shake, have

started taking place in workplaces.

Even the Norwegian military

and the US army both did their

own Harlem Shake videos. More

Photograph by Dan Koehler

recently, the Mannequin Challenge

has been sweeping across campuses

around the world. St. Lawrence

College in Kingston Ontario, recently

had their students in the

Advertising and Marketing Communications

program do their own

version of the challenge.

For now it seems Internet trends

aren’t going anywhere. The conclusion

of the US presidential election

brought forth a whole new

area of memes focusing on Vice

President Joe Biden and President

Barack Obama, and theoretical

conversations between them and

President Elect Donald Trump.

Harambe memes continue to flood

Facebook pages.

Media organizations have started

utilizing these tools. Buzzfeed has

a news page dedicated to memes.

They offer lists of top memes to

their readers as well.

Websites such as MemeGen,

LiveMeme, MakeAMeme, and

WeKnowMemes, exist for the sole

purpose of allowing people to make


Although the Durham College

vigil for Harambe has come and

gone, the joke lives on. As a student

at the vigil who didn’t want to be

named says, “Its a great end, to a

great legacy.”

Meme created by Twitter user @notacroc

An example of a meme centring around the relationship

between Joe Biden and Barack Obama.

14 The Chronicle January 24 - 30, 2017 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca


Streaming can't

detune Oshawa

music store

Tyler Hodgkinson

The Chronicle

Online music services such as

Apple Music, Tidal, and Spotify

have cemented their legitimacy as

hubs for catalogues, but this can

also be said for longstanding Oshawa

music store Wilson & Lee.

According to co-owner Bill Wilson,

the downtown shop, which is

currently celebrating 95 years in

business, isn’t greatly affected by

the rise of streaming services because

they bring in a “different

kind of customer.” (Wilson & Lee

Some people

love to have

a tangible


Jared Williams

The Chronicle

is also owned and operated by his

younger brother, Dave.)

“[People who download] are a

portion of people we didn’t really

have to begin with,” the 77-year old

says. “We have a lot of customers

looking for vinyl records.”

In a report published last year,

Nielsen says the amount of streams

in Canada has risen to 18.6 billion

in 2016 from 10.5 billion in 2015.

The study takes into effect both

video and audio streams. Nielsen

also reports physical album sales

are down 16 per cent, however,

vinyl LPs sales have risen 39 per


According to Official Charts, the

late David Bowie’s Blackstar was the

best-selling vinyl of 2016, with Amy

Winehouse’s Back to Black and the

soundtrack to the Guardians of the

Galaxy film in second and third,


Wilson believes the resurgence of

vinyl is a direct result of consumers’

need for something physical.

“Some people love to have a tangible

experience,” Wilson says.

“I remember buying records,

showing them to my friends, arguing

about what certain lyrics did or

didn’t mean.”

Nowadays, some music fans

Bill Wilson, co-owner of Wilson & Lee music store in Oshawa.

collect vinyl because it may sound

better when played through an

optimal system, while others love

to grab everything their favourite

artists release.

Albums by The Beatles, Elvis

Presley, and Taylor Swift are big

sellers at the store, Wilson says.

New vinyl is often priced between

$20 and $45, however, it depends

on the popularity and availability

of the product. Additionally, used

vinyl bins are often rummaged

about by customers, as buying preowned

records is a cheaper solution

for the mass collector type.

The store began bringing in used

vinyl after a customer offered to

sell his collection before throwing

it away.

“It was either me or the dump,

so I gave him a fair, reasonable

amount and we put them on sale.

I didn’t know what was going to

Photograph by Tyler Hodgkinson

happen, so I priced them, threw

them up, and people started to

buy them,” says Wilson. “It sort of

dawned on me that this is something

I may want to expand a bit.”

Wilson & Lee has continued to

“flip” records ever since.

Vinyl alone does not keep the

storein business. In fact, its main

source of business is instruments,

but it also sells movies, CDs, and

notation books.

Wilson & Lee music store celebrates 95 years

It’s fair to say the music scene in

Oshawa has seen some highs and

lows since the days when then-bar

bands like Rush and Triumph were

opening acts.

But one constant on the scene

has been music store Wilson & Lee,

which has earned itself a reputation

as a quality establishment since

opening its doors in 1922.

Original owners William Wilson

and his sister in-law Mary Lee

opened up the store in his house

on Albert Street in Oshawa. Aside

from being able to purchase music

there, Wilson also taught piano lessons

at the shop.

After William Wilson died in

1943, Lee and other immediate

family members minded the store

selling instruments and records.

When Bill Wilson II returned

from serving in the Second World

War in 1946, he accepted the

tradition of buying into the family


“After the war there was a shortage

in almost everything so that

certainly made it easier to find

work [for those looking at the

time],” Bill said.

It was also then that General

Motors was at its peak employment

for the city.

A piano being moved into long-standing Oshawa music store Wilson & Lee.

By 1953 the store had moved and

re-opened in its current location on

Simcoe Street, just north of Bond


Bill Wilson III started work at

the store when he was 14-years-old.

He says he wasn’t even completely

aware of how much he enjoyed

the music business until he began

working at the store.

“I just found that I loved this

stuff. I found when I got in here I

had an affinity for knowing what

people liked and what they wanted.”

By 1967 Bill was joined my his

Photograph provided by Wilson & Lee

younger brother David working at

the store.

“I was sitting at a table when I

was 14 years old and my father said,

‘Get your suit on, you’re going to

work!’ I have never had a Saturday

off after that,” Bill’s brother and

co-owner David Wilson said.

I just found

that I loved

this stuff.

“I enjoyed being here, I enjoyed

being social, I enjoyed looking after


It wasn’t until 1989 that the two

brothers bought the family business

and took over ownership.

It was then vinyl sales were at

their peak from the local disc jockeys

(DJ) buying up single records in

attempt to keep their record collections

contemporary and relevant.

“Thirty years ago there was a

pretty good bar scene going, there

was lots of places for young musicians

to play – not so much anymore,”

Bill Wilson said. “For us the

DJ was a saviour in the 70’s and

80’s because we used to have up

to 60 guys come in on a regular


Entertainment chronicle.durhamcollege.ca January 24 - 30, 2017 The Chronicle 15

Lion: A true story of hope and survival



true story

of a young

man out to



Barbara Howe

The Chronicle

Imagine waking up on an empty

train, thousands of miles from

home. Imagine screaming for help

though the barred windows. Imagine

that nightmare. Imagine you

a five-year-old boy.

That is the predicament of the

main character, Saroo Brierley, in

Garth Davis’ debut film drama,


Lion is an emotional

roller-coaster of a movie which

continually drenches your senses

with the colourful and exotic

sights and sounds of India.

Wide-eyed Sunny Pawar, the

newcomer actor, picked from

thousands of hopeful candidates

to play the leading role.

Panwar steals your heart for

the first hour.

The movie follows the true-life

story of a five-year-old Indian boy

who gets separated from his older

brother and ends up, over a thousand

miles from his home, in the

mean streets of Calcutta.

It is 1986, a world away from

today’s multi-connected society.

Photograph by Barbara Howe

Dev Patel portrays main character Saroo Brierley as a young


There are no smart phones. It is

a time when it was possible to disappear.

His world

of danger

is framed

in colourful

and mystical


The exotic images, which surround

the painful real-life challenges

this street urchin encounters,

are taken from the young

boy’s perspective. His world of

danger is framed in colourful and

mystical vibrancy.

The journey is long and bittersweet.

The young Saroo ends up in

a government-run orphanage,

and despite newspaper appeals, is

never claimed.

He is eventually adopted by a

middle-class Australian couple,

John and Sue Brierley (David

Wenham and Nicole Kidman),

who offer him a privileged upbringing

in Tasmania.

The second-half of the film

does not have the same intensity

or nail-biting moments as the

first; the audience knows the hero

is safe and removed from the perils

of Calcutta.

It is 2010, and Saroo has

morphed into a grown man,

played by Dev Patel, (Slumdog


We meet him again as he

moves away from his home to start

a college in Melbourne.

Kidman plays Saroo’s plain,

selfless adoptive mother. She

and her husband John struggle

to raise their second adoptive

son, Mantosh, who is not only estranged

from the family, but also

has autistic behaviours and battles

substance abuse.

This is in stark contrast to Saroo’s

memories of his own caring

brother, Guddu.

However, Saroo is haunted

by flashbacks. Sights and smells,

which remind him of his homeland,

trigger images of his childhood

in rural India; his hardworking

single-mother, (Priyanka

Bose), and his beloved older brother

Guddu (Abhishek Bharate).

With the help of Google Maps,

Saroo immerses himself on a

quest to retrace his journey back

to his home village and re-unite

with his family.

Saroo plots the possible train

route. He sets up a map on his

apartment wall where he pins

possible locations for his home

village. The project takes over his

life, he is conflicted between his

need to connect with his roots and

disappointing his adoptive family.

Saroo drops out of school and

loses his girlfriend. But he never

gives up.

Lion is a story of hope, determination

and human survival. It

shows how we are all connected to

our past, and our need to be reassured

of that connection before

our future is fulfilled.

Dive deep into The

Old Man and the Sea

Frank Katradis

The Chronicle

Ernest Hemingway’s novel, The

Old Man and the Sea, is a powerful

story and one of his most enduring


Written in 1952, this tale is

still popular today and conveys a

strong message that can be related

to anyone in their daily lives. The

Old Man and the Sea has won

many awards such as the Pulitzer

Prize, and even helped Hemingway

win the Nobel Prize for Literature

in 1954. This piece has been

mentioned to be the best work ever

done by Hemingway by critics

throughout the ages.

The novel tells the tale of Santiago,

an old Cuban fisherman who

has not caught a fish in 85 days. As

bad as his luck is, the old man stays

positive, and on the 85th day, Santiago

finds himself in a battle with

a great marlin: the biggest he has

ever seen.

As he tries to catch the monster

of a fish and bring it home to the

mainland the old man finds himself

having an epiphany about his


The language in the novel is

simple but the book is well-structured.

Hemingway creates a vivid

image of a man on a boat out in the

sea. With each page turned, the

reader feels the suffering of the old

man as he tries to catch his prize

fish. The reader also feels his love

for the creature. To Santiago, the

fish is not only his greatest challenge

as a fisherman, it is his greatest

personal battle with himself.

Hemingway has an art for creating

stories that explore the ways

a person can look inside themselves

to find the strength to see things in

a different light.

The Old Man and the Sea

shows that objects can be metaphors

and also illustrates how the

simplest task can have a deeper


Inspired by Hemingway’s time

in Cuba, The Old Man and the

Sea is an iconic novel because of

its simplicity to convey a deep message.

This book is recommended

for young teens to adults.

The message of internally viewing

success is extremely powerful,

to the point of a personal epiphany

through the words of Hemingway.

It is not a long read, but an important

read. Those who are already

well-read will thoroughly appreciate

this voyage on the open sea.

16 The Chronicle January 24 - 30, 2017 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Entertainment

Radio manager thinks job is a 'riot'



details her


from school

to station

Michael Mascarin

The Chronicle

During his placement, Michael

Mascarin met with Riot Radio’s

new station manager, Salima

Kassam, to find out what she does

and where she came from.

How did you arrive at Riot


Riot Radio station manager Salima Kassam (left) meets with Michael Mascarin to talk about her roles and responsibilities.

I’m a certified teacher. I completed

my B.A. and B.Ed. at York

University in History & Philosophy.

I then went on to do my M.Ed.

at OISE in Sociology and Equity

Studies in Education and graduated

from that program in summer

2016. For two years, I worked with

Basics Community News Service,

a working-class orientated, propeople’s

media organization.

I was one of several radio hosts

for a program called Radio Basics

at CHRY 105.5 FM. I conducted

interviews with community organizations,

local artists, musicians and

activists on issues that were topically

relevant such as racial profiling,

tenants’ rights, indigenous

issues, and the 2015 TA (teaching

assistant) strike at York University.

I also wrote articles and commentaries

for publication in Basics’ free

community newspaper. I consider

myself a very creative person. In

general, I thrive in creative spaces

and love to experiment with different

mediums of expression. What

appealed to me about this position

at Riot Radio was the format of visual

radio, which I feel opens up a

lot of creative opportunities.

How long have you been

working at Riot Radio?

I have been working here for

about five months and have been

enjoying every minute of it. I have

met so many creative, talented and

intelligent students and faculty. I

suppose I’m now in that phase

where I’ve settled into my position

at Riot Radio, and am now trying

to move forward to make Riot

Radio a more effective platform for

student advocacy and engagement,

and to increase our visibility/presence

on campus.

What are your roles and


team at Riot Radio. As a critically-minded

educator, I’m extremely

passionate about student advocacy,

rights and representation and nothing

excites me more than seeing

students excited about being part

of Riot Radio.

The purpose of Riot Radio is to

promote and enhance the values

and initiatives of the Student Association

through the medium of

radio broadcasting. As the station

manager I’m responsible for all

broadcasting and programming

decisions. I work to advance student

interests by giving a voice to

student issues and interests.

I oversee day-to-day operations,

including station programming,

financial management, and the

creation/implementation of policies

and procedures. I oversee and

coach a team of direct reports including

student volunteers and paid

employees. I create and manage

content – I review, approve and

decline all content and requests. I

work to build partnerships between

Riot Radio and other organizations

on and off campus. I am responsible

for monitoring viewership

analytics and setting goals for students

and the station.

Alongside the Broadcast Technician,

I am also responsible for

troubleshooting/problem solving

operational and programming


What do you like most about

working at Riot Radio?

I love that I never know what to

expect when I come in to work. I

am constantly learning and developing

new skills on the job. I love

working with students at DC and

UOIT who make up our volunteer

...I have been

enjoying every

minute of it.

It’s extremely exciting to see

students develop diverse, intelligent,

and creative content, and it’s

fulfilling to see students grow and

gain confidence throughout the

process of hosting and ‘tech-ing’.

I really appreciate the format of

a visual radio station. It provides

an opportunity for audiences to

engage and interact with radio

programs and personalities in a

meaningful way.

I like that Riot Radio has the

potential to develop a presence for

students on and off the Durham

and UOIT campuses. It can serve

as a meaningful platform to discuss

topics of concern to students, and

it can also help to create a sense

of identity, unity, and student engagement.

I like working at Riot Radio because

it has the potential to enrich

the learning experience of students

while also developing a sense of

community among them.

This interview was edited for style,

length, and clarity.

Entertainment chronicle.durhamcollege.ca January 24 - 30, 2017 The Chronicle 17


all the



An intern's


experience at

Riot Radio

Michael Mascarin

The Chronicle

Over the last two semesters, I did

my placement for the CICE program

at Riot Radio. I have always

been interested in radio and TV

broadcasting and I was excited to

find out that Durham College had

its own radio station. I could see

myself working there when I saw it

for the first time.

During my time at the radio

station, I was a technician, operating

the audio sound board and

working the cameras during the

various shows. I organized songs

for the different shows in a file after

I have found them from different


Also, I have done research for

different campus events that the

Inside the studio at Riot Radio at Durham College and UOIT.

station could be involved with.

Last year, I had a show with a

guest speaker from Career Development.

I conducted an interview

and created my own playlist.

This was the highlight of my

year as I have always wanted to

research, write, prepare and produce

a radio show.

Last December, I had the

opportunity to produce another

show with the DSW (Disability

Working at Riot helped me realize

some of my potential.

Photograph by Tyler Hodgkinson

Support Workers) from my program.

It was wonderful to develop

my skills in broadcasting in a supportive

environment. The team

at Riot Radio was enthusiastic

and positive about my placement.

Working at Riot helped me realize

some of my potential and encourages

me to persuade my goals. I

encourage students that have an

interest in this area to try out Riot


18 The Chronicle January 24 - 30, 2017 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Entertainment

Local talent jams

at Simcoe Blues

and Jazz Bar

Photograph by Barbara Howe

Oshawa sees its fair share of talent step into the spotlight at the Simcoe Blues and Jazz Bar..

Barbara Howe

The Chronicle

There is a hidden gem on Simcoe

Street in Oshawa for anyone interested

in live music.

If you are looking for local talent,

or have an inkling to try your

hand on stage yourself, Simcoe

Blues and Jazz Bar (SBAJB) holds

a weekly open mic evening called

The Woodshed.

The event allows those with

musical skills to perform in front

of a live audience.

The emphasis is on encouraging

participants to experiment with

new material and fine-tune their

performance skills.

“I came here eight years ago,”

said Ajax resident Kevin McKendrick,

“My daughters talked me

into coming to the open mic. I play

all over the place now. I have a

full band backing me up. This place

changed my life.”

McKendrick is one of a core

group of about 15 musicians who

have built a friendly camaraderie

at the bar. The players take turns

performing a mixed bag of jazz,

blues and country music on the

small stage at the back of the darkened


The setup gives each artist the

opportunity to perform three songs.

The rest of the musicians mingle in

and out of the set, exchanging their

guitars and mandolins in well-organized,

supportive, harmony.

Linda Wright is a singer-songwriter

who has been coming to the

bar for three years. She said some

of her songs were picked up by an

up-and-coming artist in Nashville.

“Deanna Dunning just put two of

my songs on her album right now

and she has three songs lined up

for her next album,” said Wright.

“That’s what you do as a songwriter.”

The event is hosted by Don

Niblett, Noel Conway and Frank

Zachodne, who is a former faculty

advisor at UOIT.

Niblett said the event is open to


“Any kind of music, any age, you

are welcome to come in and have

some fun,” Niblett said.

It is not only local talent who perform

here. Jack de Keyzer, the Juno

award-winning blues guitarist, has

also played here.

“That’s a big name,” said Niblett.

Gary Forster said he has been

playing at SBAJB for seven years.

He said he started to play during a

break in his employment.

“My goal is to learn how to play,

and then entertain the less fortunate,”

he said.

He told a story of how an elderly

lady in a nursing home gradually

became more animated after she

heard him sing and play.

“Music is an international language,”

said Forster.

Liam Currie, a Durham College

finance student, was at the open

mic event to celebrate his birthday.

“I’m from Wasaga Beach where

there is no live music. I always try

and hunt for live music,” said Currie.

He said he likes all different

genres of music.“It’s good to have

variety,” said Currie.

Sports chronicle.durhamcollege.ca January 24 - 30, 2017 The Chronicle 19

Steroids: Taking the easy way out

Frank Katradis

The Chronicle

Muscle fibers tear in the arms of

21 year old Matthew Kalisz. With

each set of weights he lifts, more

fibers tear. This is how muscles

grow. After a workout, the human

body repairs damaged muscle fibers

through a cellular process to

create a new muscle with thicker

fibers. This is what people do to

achieve their desired body goals.

Sometimes the natural process isn’t

enough. Many people who work

out opt to add supplements to help

make the process faster, to make

their muscles even bigger. Matthew

Kalisz is no stranger to this.

“I started when I was 13 years

old,” says Kalisz. “I took a basic

protein powder at first.”

Protein powder is the most commonly

used supplement for gym

goers. According to WebMD.com,

protein shakes hold all nine essential

amino acids needed for dietary

needs. Amino acids help muscles

grow and repair muscles faster. Yet,

to many gym-goers, the basic supplements

are not enough and take

many different supplements to help

make their muscles bigger.

One of the main reason people

take supplements is body image.

Surprisingly, these body issues

mainly affect men. According to

yearofthemale.com, a study of 394

British men showed men are more

uncomfortable with their body

image than women. The results

showed that 80 per cent of men talk

negatively about their body compared

to 75 per cent of women. At

least 60 per cent of the men thought

their arms and chest were too small.

To reach the ideal image, many

men who go to the gym take quite

a lot of supplements.

“For the first two years I was taking

whey protein, creatine, glutamine,

amino acids, multi vitamins,

all that stuff,” Says Kalisz, “But,

I’ve cut down.”

They look at the various supplements

out there that work on their

specific body image goals and take

what they believe is needed to reach

their goal. Sometimes, they will

take more than the recommended

Dean Daley

The Chronicle

‘New year, new me’ is a common

phrase said by many whenever the

year changes and 2017 is no different.

Anyone from children to the

elderly make

New Year’s resolutions each year

that focus on just about anything,

but according to some media reports,

getting healthy is the most

common resolution made.

dose to help the process go faster.

As they see a difference in their

body, they begin to find more supplements

to help reach their goals

since results have been shown on

their body. However, the more

supplements, the more possibility

of side effects.

Kalisz took many various supplements

to help him achieve his

body image goals in his first two

years of working out. Though, as he

kept working out, he began to realize

there wasn’t any point to many

of the supplements he was taking.

Kalisz found alternative ways to

get the nutrients his body needed

through a changed diet.

The overuse of supplements can

actually be a danger to the human

body. According to livescience.com

a study of 193 men showed that 29

per cent were concerned for their

health because of the amount of

supplements they were taking and

3 per cent where hospitalized because

the supplements damaged

their kidneys and liver.

Liver and kidney damage is

With the increase of people going

to LA Fitness it’s clear to see those

reports are accurate.

According to Sudesh Tambyana,

the general manager of LA Fitness

at 350 Taunton Road in Whitby,

there is a considerable increase of

interest in the gym.

“I’d say it’s an increased amount

maybe 20 - 25 per cent than normal,”

says Tambyana about the

increase of memberships per day

since the New Year. During other

times of the year LA Fitness sees

Games in your backyard

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Photograph by Frank Katradis

Ryan Shivpaul holds a poster with information about steroids.

common to those who abuse supplements,

the content of these supplements

are sometimes too hard on

the organs. Nicole Foster, a nurse

in the Durham Region, says the

effects of liver and kidney damage

could be very serious.

“I’m sure there could be either

acute or chronic effects,” says Foster.

“I’m sure that the worse the

addiction gets, the more sever the

effects would be. “

Both effects hold very serious outcomes

on the human body.

“Acute injury on the liver would

cause bloodwork abnormalities,”

Foster says, Vomiting, diarrhea,

bleeding in the gastrolienal intestinal

track. If it gets worse all of it

could turn into turn into chronic

effects, which would be bad. That

would include jaundice, ascites, liver

shut down and needing a new

liver or you probably wouldn’t survive.”

The effects for kidneys are just as

unpleasant. According to Foster if

there is chronic damage to the kidneys

it would be irreversible. “The

Creating a solution for that resolution revolution

about eight new members per day,

but since the year has started that

number has increased to about 12

new memberships per day.

“Everyone wants to start the

New Year the right way,” says


More members are not only joining

but attending gym regularly as

well, Tambyana says. More members

are also asking about personal


“A lot of people wait for the calendar

to turn to make their goals

individual would need to be dialysis

for the rest of their life.” Foster says.

To increase their size and reach

their goals, some gym-goers use

steroids. Kalisz says he has never

taken steroids, but knows what they


“It helps you gain muscle in

a short period of time,” he says,

“But, it’s nothing compared to

supplements, there are a lot more

side effects.”

According to mayoclinic.org,

some of the side effects of steroids

include: aggressive behavior, severe

acne, psychiatric disorders such as

depression, drug dependence, high

blood pressure, liver abnormalities,

and tumors.

Not many people want to talk

about taking steroids. It is something

that wouldn’t be brought

up in friendly conversation in the

gym. However, steroids are there

and while they might not be visible,

their syringes are. Many gyms such

as Goodlife have syringe dispensers

in the change rooms of their gyms.

It is a way to clean up the change

rooms so they are not littered, and

to help get rid of the evidence of

steroid abuse.

Ryan Shivpaul is a personal

trainer at FLEX; the Durham

College and UOIT gym, where

there are no dispensaries. He helps

people achieve their goals in the

gym every day he is there, and he

has seen it before.

“It’s definitely more of an underground

thing,” he says of steroids,

“. Seems to be a popular with

people just trying to get a quick fix

for getting big as fast as possible,

a lot of the people don’t consider

the draw backs about it when do it,

yeah, your muscles are growing.”

According to Shivpaul, the human

tendons and ligaments don’t grow

as fast as muscles do on steroids,

because of this people who are on

the drug are likely to get injured

quite often.

Dangers come with taking steroids:

your muscles could tear, you

could develop more features of the

other gender (depending if you are

a male or female). Steroids have a

lot of effects.

According to MayoClinic.org,

and start their goal setting, which

is good, but we feel it’s better to

get proactive any time of year, but

if New Year is the gimmick that

works why not.”

LA Fitness is not the only gym

benefiting from the New Year Durham

College and UOIT’s shared

gym is also seeing more activity.

Daniel Blagrove, who works for

the school's Flex facility, says there

has been a lot more people at their


“Yeah, we’re definitely seeing

Men’s Volleyball: Jan. 26, Durham vs. Georgian,

8 p.m., CRWC

anabolic steroids have two main effects.

Steriods increase muscle mass

and strength, as well as giving the

body a higher dose of testosterone.

This can add male traits, such as a

deeper voice and hair growth. Steroids

can also increase estrogen levels,

giving men female features such

as breasts. Many athletes who take

steroids for performance enhancing

purposes take much more than the

recommended dosage. This can

have major negative effects on the

body, as well as their carrier.

Ken Babcock, the athletic director

for Durham College, helps

student athletes who are trying to

achieve their physical goals without

using steroids.

Babcock knows steroids are

illegal and stats that all student

athletes fall under Sport Canada’s

anti-drug and drug doping policy.

“Sport Canada and under the

Canadian Centre for Ethics in

Sport. So the CCES has a program

so that applies to our student athletes

as well, all our student athletes

have to comply, go through education,

go through online education,

go through screening and there all

subject to testing with their collegiate

careers here with penalties,

much like penalties to Olympic athletes,

they will be penalized, should

they break the rules.” Babcock says.

The coaching staff are aware of

these rules. If student athletes want

to compete in sports, they have to

abide by these rules, or risk not being

able to play the sport they are

passionate about.

Kalisz is also passionate about

a sport, he does Muay Thai and is

training to face others in the ring.

He wants to win, but he refuses to

risk his chances by taking steroids.

Kalisz believes nowadays there is

no need to take so many supplements,

and certainly not steroids.

He says there is more to achieving

body image goals as well as keeping

in fit shape for sports.

“It’s a supplement, it’s meant to

help you,” he says,

“However, you shouldn’t have

to rely on them. You also need a

good diet, you need a steady workout

program, a workout program

that makes sense.

a lot of new faces,” says Blagrove.

The Flex facility is seeing a lot of

action because of the free fitness

classes being offered for the week.

Blagrove agrees the New Year has

attracted a lot more students and

staff to the gym.

Although the school gym is free,

LA Fitness has a lot of amenities

that impact their membership, says


LA Fitness, opened on the final

day of 2014 and also features a

swimming pool.

Men’s Basketball: Jan. 24, Durham vs. Seneca,

8 p.m., Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre



Women’s Basketball: Jan. 24, Seneca vs. Durham,

6 p.m., CRWC

Women's Volleyball Jan. 26, Durham vs. Georgian,

6 p.m., CRWC

20 The Chronicle January 24 - 30, 2017 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca


Lords win gold at home

DC women's


team wins the

Adidas Cup for

the first time

in 12 years

Christopher Jones

The Chronicle

To say that the Durham Lords

women’s volleyball team has been

good this season is an understatement.

The Lords have been unbeaten

through 11 games in their own

conference, (at the Chronicle’s


No moment better exemplifies

the Lords play as their performance

at the Adidas Cup hosted at

Durham College on Jan. 6-7, where

they won all but one set, defeating

the Loyalist Lancers in two straight

for the final.

“We are actually so excited that

we won that,” said Megan Romain,

a second year setter on the team.

She also said winning the Adidas

Cup at home was a big boost to the

team’s morale.

While the team feels confident,

head coach Tony Clarke admits

there was not a significant challenge

for the Lords in the tournament.

“It was nice to win, but not all of

the best teams were there,” Clarke

said, adding it’s been a long time

since Durham won its own tourney.

“However, it was nice to come out

with a win after having a 12-year


The Lords hope to keep this

trend going through the rest of the


“We’ll keep on continuing to

build, and try to turn that switch

on because we compete well in our

league and all that stuff,” Clarke


“So we have to turn that switch

on in order to get a little bit better

and to push and compete well

against the west teams in the provincial


Photograph courtesy of Scott Dennis

The Lords women's volleyball team celebrate after winning the Adidas Cup at home.

Ridgebacks hockey teams

shooting towards the playoffs

Logan Caswell

The Chronicle

The UOIT men’s and women’s

hockey teams are more than halfway

through their seasons, and

both teams are shooting towards


The men started strong winning

eight of their first ten games. However,

things have been a little rocky

recently with Ben Blasko and Jason

Shaw battling injuries.

After a strong start, the men

were ranked fourth on the national

U-Sport rankings. But it’s been an

up and down season ever since. The

men dropped to sixth in the standings,

one point behind the Université

du Québec à Trois-Rivières

(UQTR) Patriotes for fifth place,

and two points behind the Carleton

Ravens for fourth place.

Cameron Yuill, captain of the

Ridgeback’s men’s team, said his

team needs to get focused before

the playoffs, and he hopes to see

his team get healthy.

“We have seven games to build

towards playoffs, get in good habits

and get everyone healthy, so we

can hit the playoffs in full stride,”

said Yuill.

The men finished fourth last

season, and eventually lost to the

Carleton Ravens in the second

round of the playoffs.

We're starting

to see what we

want. We know

the task at hand.

It'll probably

come down to

the last week.

Ridgebacks coach, Curtis

Hodgins, thinks his men have a

chance, as the top eight teams from

each conference make the playoffs.

Hodgins is in his second year in

charge of the men’s team. He says

his team’s confidence isn’t high now,

but he hopes to see his team get into

the right mindset come the playoffs.

“All we’re worried about here is

playing the right kind of hockey and

getting that confidence back up,”

said Hodgins.

The men are not the only team

on the ice. The Ridgebacks women

have won four of their last six games.

The women have also had a season

of highs and lows. They lost

their first three games of the year,

and at one point, sat at 3-7.

However, they have been clawing

their way up the standings, and are

only one point behind Brock University.

This gives them a chance at

the eighth, and final, playoff spot in

their conference.

Women’s head coach, Justin

Caruana, says he’s happy with how

his team is playing, but he knows it

won’t be easy to make the playoffs.

“We’re starting to see what we

want,” said Caruana.” We know

the task at hand. It’ll probably come

down to the last week of the season.

We take care of ourselves and we

should be fine.”

The Adidas Cup won’t breed

overconfidence within the Lords,

Romain said.

“We constantly know that there

are things we need to improve on.

Although, as a team we know we

have the skills and abilities to do

what we need to do to win. But

there’s times that we know that we

need to do something to make it

even easier for us to go where we

need to go without getting overconfident.”

We have to turn

the switch on

in order to get

a little bit better

and to push and

compete against

the west teams.

Romain and Clarke both

stressed the need for the team to

remain grounded and to not let

their winning ways get to their

heads. Romain noted the importance

of making sure everyone goes

to practices, remembers to train,

and that everyone stays on top of

their school work.

While the Lords have had a

strong season up to this point, they

still have a long way to go before

the end of the season. Their next

game will be played on Jan. 26 at

home versus the Georgian Grizzlies

at 6 p.m. at the Campus Recreation

and Wellness Centre.

Lords dominate

at the beach

Joshua Nelson

The Chronicle

Beach volleyball? In the middle

of winter? It was a cool idea and

Durham College made it happen

– sort of.

Durham brought its fans out of

the cold and then the Lords turned

up the heat indoors, sweeping Seneca

in a beach-themed men’s and

women’s volleyball doubleheader

on Jan 12.

“Second semester, it’s the winter,

a lot of people maybe have the

blues, so it was just something to get

students engaged, have something

different go on at a home game

as opposed to just regular T-shirt

tosses,” said Chris Cameron, special

events coordinator for DC athletics.

The women’s team kicked off the

doubleheader with a 25-23 win in

the first set against Seneca. The

team then moved into the second

and third sets winning easily over

the Sting, 25-14 and 25-16.

“We have some good options offensively…we

have the experience

too... but we just need to get going

more and to keep pushing and I

think that with the experience,

that helps out,” said women's head

coach, Tony Clarke.

The Lords men’s team capped

off the night with a sweep over the

Sting, which improves its record to


The Lords fought through the

first set to come out on top 25-21.

Durham continued to fight through

the second set coming from behind

to win 25-20. They finished off Seneca

with a resounding 25-11 victory

in the third set.

“I know sometimes when we play

weaker teams we tend to get really

cocky, we tend to get mouthy. As

long as we stay humble we will do

very good,” said John Pham, who

finished with 30 assists in his game.

“One of the things we have to

work with as the coaches for this

group of players is making sure that

we play for each other and that we

come together as a team,” said

George Matsusaki, head coach for

the men’s team.

The men’s and women’s teams

will move on to face the Georgian

Grizzlies at home on Jan. 26

in another doubleheader with the

women’s team playing at 6 p.m. and

the men’s team play at 8 p.m.

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