I wouldn't have graduated
if it hadn't been for Gerry.
Volume XLIV, Issue 8 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca January 24 - 30, 2017
future page 11
Photograph by Barbara Howe
Oshawa blues rock page 18
Photograph by Barbara Howe
at the beach
for the stars
Photograph by Joshua Nelson
Photograph by Kayano Waite
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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
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.
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
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
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
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
Ali said Hadfield was surprised
He uses space as an example of
how you should live your
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
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
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.
Dean Daley and
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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
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
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-
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
The conversation was moved to
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
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
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
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
According to the Vedas, the
most ancient Hindu scriptures,
which contain hymns, philosophy,
and guidance, Hindu women have
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
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
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
In the name of protecting the
so-called ‘family honour’, women
are shot, burned, buried alive,
strangled, beheaded, and stabbed
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
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
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
It’s fundamentally based on
labour market needs, and student
demand also, so taking both into
consideration, we will develop a
[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
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
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
they can be
What’s your favourite part of
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
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
This interview has been edited for style,
length and clarity.
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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
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
Was there anyone who
inspired you to go into this?
Inevitably, all of us are going to
have some contact with a social
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,”
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
“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
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
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
“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
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
“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
“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
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
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 a chilly day in March, Kimberly
Chamberlain decided it was time
to try out Tinder. Her first thoughts
“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
“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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The goal is reduce waste by promoting
the use of reusable mugs,
says sustainability co-ordinator
“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
It’s not just the school that is endorsing
After a century of
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.
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.
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
“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,”
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
“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,”
Campus chronicle.durhamcollege.ca January 24 - 30, 2017 The Chronicle 13
Long live the internet meme
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
Over the last decade, the Internet
has been producing an increasing
number of memes, through platforms
such as Vine, Snapchat, and
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
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
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
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
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
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
“For the most part, it (memes)
can bring to light stories of interest,”
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
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
Meme created by Twitter user @notacroc
An example of a meme centring around the relationship
between Joe Biden and Barack Obama.
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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
love to have
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
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
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 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
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
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
“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
“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
of a young
man out to
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.
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
The journey is long and bittersweet.
The young Saroo ends up in
a government-run orphanage,
and despite newspaper appeals, is
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
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
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
This is in stark contrast to Saroo’s
memories of his own caring
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
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
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
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
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'
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
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
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
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
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
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
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..
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 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
“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,
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 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,”
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
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
‘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
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
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Tribute Communities Centre
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
team wins the
Adidas Cup for
the first time
in 12 years
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
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
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,”
The men finished fourth last
season, and eventually lost to the
Carleton Ravens in the second
round of the playoffs.
to see what we
want. We know
the task at hand.
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,”
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
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,
“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
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.
at the beach
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.