4 The Chronicle March 6 - 12, 2018 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca PUBLISHER: Greg Murphy EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Brian Legree AD MANAGER: Dawn Salter Editorial CONTACT US NEWSROOM: email@example.com ADVERTISING: firstname.lastname@example.org Cartoon by Tiago de Olivera DCSI election winners should focus on issues they can change The legendary Chinese philosopher Confucius once said, “the man who moves mountains begins by carrying away small stones.” Wise words—especially if politics is your passion. The newly elected leadership of Durham College Students Inc. (DCSI) should keep that adage in mind as they enter their roles and begin to develop a game plan for which campus issues to tackle and which to forget. During last week’s frantic campaigning, a variety of promises were heaped upon the student body. Those platform items ranged from the mundane (better policies for booking study spaces around exams) to the massive (complete overhaul of the parking lots on campus). Students should know that the chances of our new student leaders following through with every single facet of their platform is slim to nil. The same is true with any newly elected government, big or small. However, if DCSI leadership hones in on things they can change and ditches promises out of their control, they have a much greater chance of achieving their goal of forming an effective student government. It is important to note student governments are not powerless. They play an important role in inclusive, forward-thinking schools and can provide many services to students. That said, the power is far from limitless. Would students like lower parking fees and more guaranteed spaces? Of course they would, but that decision is out of DCSI’s hands. Such a decision would be made by two entities: DC/UOIT and Precise Parklink, a private, for-profit company separate from the school. In some ways, DCSI leaders hold some amount of influence on college brass, mostly through advocating for change on students’ behalf. But the college is in no way bound to the will of the students, and any negotiations around parking would also have to include Precise Parklink, and their financial interests. Creating significant changes to the parking system would likely take far longer than the one-year term student leaders at DCSI are afforded, and would therefore be a waste of time and resources. Another of these arduous goals is the whimsical promise to re-open E.P. Taylor’s, the recently-closed campus pub. DCSI leaders would be well-advised that the campus pub was sold some time ago, and no longer belongs to DCSI or UOIT’s student union, USU. Currently, the ownership lies with DC, who is searching for a third-party operator to renovate and re-open the facility. Again, advocating for more urgency in finding that third-party could only go so far, and unless anyone from DCSI knows someone in the market to buy a pub, would achieve very little. Instead, our elected officials should give priority to the host of more sensible issues raised during campaigning—things like increasing seating options in common areas, new events for students to unwind and have fun, and heightening visibility for DC’s clubs and societies. Smaller commitments are easy to stick to and yield positive results for the student community. Make promises that are too lofty or unrealistic and voters could turn on you the instant those vows are broken or plans fizzle out. Moving mountains isn’t easy. Neither is running a student association which represents thousands of individuals across three campuses. But by moving one pebble at a time, gradually making changes, those mountains can be reduced to mere molehills. 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chronicle.durhamcollege.ca March 6 - 12, 2018 The Chronicle 5 Opinion Protect historic buildings, they are the city's foundation Aly Beach The following piece is the opinion of the Durham College journalism student whose name and picture accompanies this column. We’ve all heard stories of prestigious, historic homes such as the Parkwood Estate, and the people who lived in them, in the case of Parkwood, Robert Sam McLaughlin. Historical buildings are the foundation of our heritage and culture. So why isn’t more being done to preserve them and the memories they hold? Like the house at 195 Simcoe St. N, which has recently been proposed for demolition. It belonged to industrialist Robert McLaughlin who founded Mc- Laughlin Carriage Works, which became General Motors (GM) under the management of his son, Robert Sam McLaughlin. The house, built in the late 1880s, was designed in the Classical Revival Style. McLaughlin lived there for almost twenty years, from 1901 to 1919. In the 60s, it became office space for doctors and dentists. It is currently empty. Heritage Oshawa, Oshawa’s heritage council, has asked city councillors that the building be designated as an important historical building, which would offer it more protection. Heritage Oshawa advises city council on heritage-related issues. Heritage Oshawa has a list of historically significant buildings called an inventory. If they feel a building on the inventory is especially significant, they can try to have it designated, which gives it extra protections to help conserve it. McLaughlin and his family had a major influence on Oshawa. This influence can still be felt today, thanks to GM. Heritage houses are sometimes slotted for demolition to make room for townhouses and apartment buildings. That is understandable. But when these homes are demolished, part of history is erased. In 2016, another house on Simcoe St. N. was torn down. It belonged to a woman named Harriet Cock. She was one of Oshawa’s first female land owners. Her house told a story from a female perspective. By demolishing her house, she was forgotten. Not only was her legacy completely erased but so was a historical perspective, one which is often ignored.These people and houses are part of what makes Oshawa, Oshawa. It is important to protect both the houses and by extension, the stories they tell. There needs to be better, more impactful ways The Marvel Cinematic Universe should put the R in Marvel Shana Fillatrau The following piece is the opinion of the Durham College journalism student whose name and picture accompanies this column. Since the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first started with the premiere of Iron Man in 2008, the darker and grittier side of Marvel comics hasn’t been shown enough. Even when Fox was in charge of the X-Men, for the most part, the mutants weren’t given the dark storylines they’re known for and that didn’t do the comics justice. In the nineties, Marvel sold the film rights to many of their characters because they were having financial issues. This includes the rights to the X-Men and Deadpool. December of last year, Marvel acquired the film rights for the X-Men back from Fox. In terms of team movies, the X-Men vs. the Avengers, the X-Men won in terms of grit, just like they do in the comics, though there could always be improvement. In the first X-Men movie, it’s mutant vs. mutant. The X-Men vs. the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. While in the first Avengers movie, it’s the Avengers fighting aliens. In the last two years, Fox has dipped into Marvel’s potential. There’s so much more to Marvel comics than the high-morale Captain America and Scott Summers. It’s more than the average and simple super-hero storylines where everything turns out fine and the hero saves the day with no deaths and no blood shown. So, fans were elated to find out that not only was there going to be a Deadpool movie, it would be rated R. The studio was, at some points, not going to sign-off on an R-rated film. For a little while, fans thought they would have to see the censored and watered-down Deadpool. Last month, the Deadpool 2 trailer premiered. Deadpool combines the fun humour and raw violence that isn’t seen in any other Marvel films. Deadpool is the most accurate Marvel-portrayed character. He’s self-deprecating, meta, humorous, while still being sad and violent. Last time Marvel tried to portray the Merc With a Mouth, fans were subjected to the worst comic character depiction in recent years. This came in Wolverine: Origins. The filmmakers wanted a Deadpool that wasn’t rated-R. They did this by literally sewing Deadpool’s mouth shut so he couldn’t swear, make lewd jokes or generally, be himself. The censorship of these violent characters is nearly impossible, especially with Deadpool. Even Deadpool made fun of his past depiction in his own movie. The only character this did work for, in some ways, was Wolverine himself. Then came Logan. After more than 15 years of seeing a not-quite-there Wolverine, fans got a look at the true character come to life but unfortunately just for the farewell film of Hugh Jackman playing the character one last time. Before Logan, fans only had a censored, cleaner version of their clawed mutant. He couldn’t impale or decapitate people. Bloody carcasses weren’t laying at his feet. Instead, they focused less on the violence and more on the romance, which isn’t Logan Howlett. Out of all 10 films in the X-Men movie franchise, Logan received the best Rotten Tomatoes score, showing how much fans and viewers in general, appreciated the raw to protect our historical buildings. Heritage Oshawa can only recommend what they think should be done with a building. Oshawa City Council has the final say on what is designated and what is demolished. Perhaps Heritage Oshawa should have more of a say, or citizens should have more power in making these decisions. Either way, more must be done to preserve Oshawa’s history for future generations. As the Durham Region undergoes tremendous growth and development, this issue is increasingly important. If you see a building that should be preserved, speak up. Talk to Heritage Oshawa, learn about the building, fight for its survival. Citizens saved the Henry, Guy and Robinson Houses which are now home to the Oshawa Museum. Let’s save the home of Robert McLaughlin, one Oshawa’s most influential figures. truth of who these characters are. Logan is also the first superhero film to be nominated for an Oscar in the best adapted screenplay category. It is also the first major nomination for any superhero film, excluding Heath Ledger’s posthumous win for supporting actor with his role as the Joker. Other nominations are for technical categories, like hair and makeup or visual effects. With these films leading the way, there are so many other potential characters to be adapted. These include Moon Knight, Carnage, Fantomex, Mystique and so many more. Marvel needs to focus on the examples of Logan and Deadpool in particular and continue where Fox left off. Even though they have their more mature Netflix shows like Daredevil and The Punisher, their movies remain lighthearted. All in all, there isn’t an “R” in Marvel for no reason. Bringing 'Johnny Football' to Hamilton is a bad fit Cameron Black- Araujo The following piece is the opinion of the Durham College journalism student whose name and picture accompanies this column. College football star and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner, Johnny Manziel, broke his silence about his struggles with alcohol and other issues earlier this month on Good Morning America, but the Hamilton Tiger-Cats should stay as far away from the 25-year-old athlete as possible. Manziel took the sporting world by storm at the age of 19, when he became the first freshman to win the Heisman, awarded to the best player in college football. The legend of “Johnny Football” was born. That was the peak of his football career as his final year at Texas A&M University and his two-year stint in the NFL were plagued with off-field issues including domestic violence charges filed against him in 2014. The Tiger Cats confirmed in January they had made an offer to the quarterback but it’s now over a month later and Manziel has yet to accept. That may not be a bad thing for These people and houses are part of what makes Oshawa, Oshawa. the Tiger-Cats. Art Briles was fired as Baylor’s football coach in May, 2016, after over 30 of his players were accused of committing over 50 sexual assaults. Just over a year later, in August, the Tiger-Cats hired Briles, his first job since leaving Baylor, just to reverse the decision 12 hours later after backlash from fans, the media and sponsors. “It was a poor decision, in retrospect, that we shouldn’t have made,” said Tiger-Cats CEO, Scott Mitchell. “Everything we do demonstrates great community will, everything we do in the community we’re very sincere about it and I think, clearly, we missed the mark in terms of the message we were sending.” Five months have passed and it looks like the Tiger-Cats’ CEO may be missing the mark again. Manziel has been accused of domestic violence, has openly abused alcohol and drugs, sometimes even through his own social media and was even seen at a Las Vegas nightclub sporting a fake moustache, wig and glasses the night before skipping his concussion protocol in Cleveland, according to ESPN Las Vegas. This doesn’t sound like the way to make it up to a community after a “poor decision.” On Good Morning America, Manziel also stated the end goal of his comeback is an NFL contract, confirming the CFL would just be a stop along the way. It’s not worth it for the team to take such a risk on a player who publicly said he has no intentions of staying long in the league, if he even comes at all. Manziel said earlier this month he is no longer drinking alcohol and is making mental health a priority in his life. He also says he’s taking medication for bipolar and is working hard to make sure he doesn’t fall into another depression. His father said in 2016, he’d be surprised if his son makes it to his 25th birthday. While the sporting world was glad to see Manziel surpass that in December, there would be nothing better than to see him complete his comeback. Just somewhere outside Hamilton.