4 The Chronicle February 27 - March 5, 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 Cassidy McMullen Studies pour out of colleges and universities highlighting the facts: students are stressed out. Time off school, like spring break, gives students the time they need to recharge, take care of themselves and prepare for the rest of the semester. This time allows students to work, sleep, visit home and escape from the pressure of school. Students need breaks. Breaks during the semester allow students to work. Holding a job and going to school full-time is a challenge for the best of students, especially when you’ve just struck out on your own. Breaks allow students to schedule more shifts which can save the money to pay off their looming student debt or use it to make ends meet until the end of the semester. Allowing students the opportunity to get full shifts in during the semester will help keep them in the classroom. For many post-secondary students, this is the first time they are living away from home. Having a break in the semester, especially when classes start to get hectic, allows for travel home and time with family. Letting students connect with their families will help relieve the pressure on students. It will also allow prevention and early intervention for students that are suffering from mental health issues. Students are stressed out. In 2016, the Ontario University and College Health Association (OUCHA) published a survey that found 65 per cent of Ontario post-secondary students reported experiencing overwhelming anxiety in 2015. Almost half reported feeling so depressed it was difficult to function and 13 per cent of post-secondary students seriously considered suicide. Giving students a break from classes allows them time to recharge, be around family and reevaluate their situation. The National Institutes of Health say college students are one of the most sleep-deprived populations. With school work starting to pile up, students often skip out on sleep to get things done. Students need breaks Sleep deprivation can have an array of effects. Common symptoms include drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, impaired performance, memory and thinking problem. In some cases, it causes people to be disorientated, irritation and some people even report hallucinations. Allowing a break in the semester will allow time for students to get back on a healthy sleeping pattern: something Durham College students will not be getting this year. Since Ontario Colleges had a 5-week faculty strike last fall, DC made the decision to cut spring break giving students an extra day off during family day weekend instead. Students need breaks during the semester. In order to maintain their physical, mental and academic well-being. For post-secondary institutions to not recognize this is irresponsible and potentially dangerous. Giving students a break gives them an overall better post-secondary experience. While it didn’t happen this year, it will next year. In 2018, DC will be following trend to include not only a spring break but a fall reading week as well: something other post-secondary institutions like Fleming College and some high schools already do. Tweet us your thoughts on reading weeks @ DCUOITChronicle. 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chronicle.durhamcollege.ca February 27 - March 5, 2018 The Chronicle 5 Opinion Concerts are a luxury many can't afford Alex Celland What do Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Adele all have in common, besides being constantly played on today’s Top 40 radio stations? Outrageous ticket prices. Ticket prices must become more affordable for buyers if promoters want to increase future ticket sales. According to a study done by Forbes in June 2017, Adele had the highest female ticket prices, averaging at around 400 US dollars per ticket. The reason behind these hiked up prices is location, limited tour dates, and of course, artist popularity. It’s no secret concert tickets have always been on the pricier side, and a night out to a live show can be Patrick Brown, the former leader of the Progressive Conservative (PC) party, has decided to fight back against allegations of sexual misconduct. On January 24, Brown was accused of sexual misconduct by two women reported on by CTV News, and he resigned as leader of the PC party. His resignation came five months before the election to be the new premier of Ontario. However, Brown claims the accusations to be an “inside job”. The former Progressive Conservative (PC) leader decided to a bit of a splurge. But as of 2017, tickets have skyrocketed to unaffordable prices that are for fans of all ages and incomes. This past December, Taylor Swift’s Reputation tour was her first not to sell out. Swift’s 1989 tour in 2015 sold out in a matter of minutes. Why? The average cost for a Swift VIP package came to around 815 US dollars each, according to The New Daily. The more affordable options on StubHub, a secondary market for purchasing tickets, shows prices for Swift’s August show at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto ranging from 250 to 300 dollars per ticket. Bruno Mars will be concluding his 24K Magic tour this month. Tickets start at a whopping 450 US dollars per ticket, also on StubHub. These prices are unacceptable. Many buyers resort to secondary market sellers such as StubHub because of how fast tickets may sell out on primary websites like Ticket- Master and Live Nation. The only option left for buyers is to purchase from other websites or from scalpers, where ticket prices cannot be regulated and it can be hard to tell when sellers are ripping buyers off. Twitter users are outraged by upcoming tour ticket prices, with one user citing many fans of these artists are young adults who struggle to make ends meet. They cannot expect to afford a concert ticket close to the cost of monthly rent. One twitter user even went so far as to spend her monthly rent on Beyoncé tickets in 2016. Ticket prices increased by about 20 per cent between 2010 and 2015, and the numbers are steadily growing, according to Pollstar. The number has increased to nearly 23 per cent today. Dean Budnick is the co-author of the book Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped. He says ticket prices are not decided by get his old job back. He is running against Christine Elliott, Caroline Mulroney, Doug Ford and Tanya Granic Allen. Patrick Brown needs to step back from the leadership race and deal with his own shortcomings. “A leadership election is not the place for him to try to clear his name,” says Mulroney on Twitter. Doug Ford released a statement arguing Brown is a distraction in this race and defeating Kathleen Wynne should be the only objective. The PC party needs to regain focus on the bigger picture. Now the focus is on Brown and the controversy surrounding him. Brown has imploded the party. While he is trying to stand strong, his decision to re-enter a race caused by resignation comes off as arrogant. Christine Elliott, who ran against Brown in the 2015 election, wrote about unity on Twitter calling herself the only leader who can stop Wynne and unite the party. Whether or not this is true, what is important is the unity of the party. Tanya Granic Allen is the newest member to join the race and she calls Brown corrupt, stating he should not be allowed to run again. She is right. Interim leader Vic Fedeli has kicked Brown out of the caucus but not the party, which means Brown has just as good of shot to win as any of the other candidates. And that is exactly what Brown intends to do. Originally, one of the women accusing Brown of sexual misconduct told CTV News that she was in high school and under the legal drinking age but now she says it was the opposite. Brown performers but by outside parties. "[Artists] establish their deal terms with promoters, which then, in turn, inform the final ticket prices. In doing this, the artists, their managers, and agents certainly consider the entire ticketing landscape, including prices on the secondary market [second-hand retailers like StubHub], to land on a figure that they believe is fair.” The ticket cost is a reflection of what you are getting to see. The most common way concertgoers try to navigate away from crazy fees is by attempting to qualify for presale ticket prices, depending on the requirements. Many presale tickets require special codes, specific credit card holders such as American Express Front of the Line, and email sign up. In Ticket Masters, Budnick and co-author Josh Baron said they believe the secondary market would soon reach a “relative peak,” predicting the market would soon has called both stories “factually impossible,” however the women are standing by their stories even with the missing details.But so is Brown. Brown is now calling out CTV News because of how they handled the story. He has launched a law suit against the media organization for defaming his name. CTV News are standing by their reporting. Brown sat down for an interview with Global News to address his side of the story which he called “political assassination.” Brown says his character is being assassinated but really the fatal blow is striking not at Brown but the PC party. Brown has chosen to fight the allegations against him and he compared the experience to a car crash. He told Global News that it shrink and prices would stop increasing. The issue still stands. Music lovers across the world who dream of seeing their favourite artists in person have to weigh living costs against going out for a night. Whether it’s the Air Canada Centre in Toronto or the Tribute Communities Centre here in Oshawa, ticket inflation has to stop. People cannot afford to attend concerts when a single ticket breaks the bank. It’s unfair many people, especially those under the age of 30 who don’t make sufficient income or have not accumulated significant savings, cannot afford to experience live shows anymore because ticket prices are simply too expensive. Promoters and event organizers need to start negotiating realistic prices and give everyone the chance to enjoy music that doesn’t break the bank, before their pockets begin to suffer too. Brown should silence his PC leadership campaign Michael Bromby Unfair parking tickets and misrepresented rules took a big emotional toll on him and his family but he knew he had to prove them wrong. Brown has chosen to fight. Is this the right ring or does it create a circus? The other candidates plan on changing his original ideas for Ontario he wants to follow through with what he started. Brown wants to see his campaign of the people’s guarantee continue, this plan includes a 12 per cent cut on hydro, a decrease in income tax, better efforts for child care, and more money spent on mental health care. This is a plan the other candidates want to destroy. He has a new thing to add to the list: getting back at those who put him in this position. It is not time to poke the bear but rather hibernate. William McGinn At $100, it was the maximum possible fine in the list of violations. My mom, Julie Johnson, received a parking ticket after she drove by the strike picket line back in October to park at the roundabout near South Village, the Durham College and UOIT residence building. We parked for 15 minutes so Mom could help me carry luggage to my dorm room. When we got back, there was a parking ticket for parking in a fire route. This is an unjustified ticket that should have been overturned. Every ticket in Oshawa has a list of possible violations. You can be charged $30 for parking “in private property without consent”, or $45 for parking “on the sidewalk”, which is an understandable fine. “Stopped Where Prohibited in School Zone” is a fine of $60. That makes sense because stopping in a zone where other cars are trying to get by to pick up or drop off their kids could be dangerous. “Parking in a fire route” is worse. Preventing firetrucks from doing their job can endanger lives. However, the South Village roundabout is a different kind of fire route. There are a total of eight small No Parking signs scattered around the roundabout. However, they aren’t noticeable, especially at night. The signs also say the area is a fire route but they are not clear on the fine for parking. Also, people still park in the roundabout, which can confuse drivers. One sign says “Do Not Leave Vehicles Unattended”. As a result, drivers are still allowed to stop their car in the roundabout as long as they have someone still in the car. Leaving the car alone is a $100 fine. Despite this, the rules are constantly ignored. Most nights of the school year, especially Fridays and Sundays when the weekend either starts or ends, there are cars parked all across the roundabout for families to pick up or drop off students. Some of the cars are left attended, some aren’t. One of the Residence Staff, Kieran Wilson’s family parked in the lane and left their vehicle unattended for two minutes to get a few things. A ticket for $100 was there when they arrived. According to Nicole Mac- Gregor, Residence Services Lead of South Village, “Unfortunately, parking in [the roundabout] is actually part of [the city’s] bylaws so it’s not [the residence’s or the campus’] security. It’s actually enforced by the city.” This means the college and campus have no authority over what constitutes a fire route and are following the city’s rules. “It has nothing to do with the Residence. We as a residence are trying to figure out a better way [than the signs] because that is the most convenient spot, being closest to the door,” says MacGregor, who helps supervise her other residence staff. There's a difference between the fire routes that justify a $100 fine and the route at South Village. This fire route is constantly in use. Unaware guardians and students will keep parking here and receiving tickets until something is done. The roundabout ticket should be less than $100 and better signage is needed to make sure drivers know leaving their car unattended is not allowed. Better yet, the rule could be dispensed with and this unjust game of tag could stop.