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Gryphons name Stuart Lang as next head the issues this week

football coach 5
Toronto
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Former receivers introduction of the new coach. “We something that all football teams
are very fortunate to have him lead should have, but many in this
coach takes reins, GOOD
bring ing athletic
and professional
our program to accomplish the goal
of competing for a conference and
national championship.”
country don’t.
“Football is unlike any other
sport in that there are so many
8 wood
Lang brings familiarity and players, coaches and support staff,” Martial
experience
15 arts
continuity to the Gryphons Kendall continued. “If you don’t
football program, having coached have that organizational structure
Mike Treadgold an explosive group of receivers last that works, it can be a disaster.
After a dedicated search to find year, including the likes of veterans I’m really excited about this new

18 texas
their next head coach, the Guelph Jamie Shaw, Jedd Gardner, Dave structure and format.”
Gryphons football team has found Harrison, and budding rookie For the past four years, Lang
their new leader. Dillon Dimitroff. has traveled across North America, textbooks
Gryphons receivers coach and Lang, a former football coach at Rashaad Bhamjee obtaining coaching information
former CFL slotback Stuart Lang Upper Canada College, also had a Athletic director Tom Kendall and knowledge and educating Index
was introduced as the new head successful playing career, winning a (left) introduces new head coach himself in the world of football
football coach on Tuesday afternoon Yates Cup provincial title with the Stu Lang on Tuesday. leadership. His long-term vision for
Queen’s Gaels and five Grey Cups the program is all about sustained Arts & Culture 6
at a press conference in the Gryphon
Lounge on campus. Lang takes with the Edmonton Eskimos in the the ‘x’s and ‘o’s to the two full- winning and the development Sports & Health 11
over from former Gryphons head CFL. He has also been incredibly time coordinators that will be of great athletes, who are also Life 16
coach Kyle Walters, who tendered successful in the business world, hired shortly. Guelph will be in individuals of high character. Opinion 18
his resignation in February to take recently retiring from his position the unique position of having three “I want our student-athletes Editorial 21
the job of special teams coordinator as a senior executive of CCL full-time coaches, more than any to win in two areas: first in the Crossword 22
with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Industries, his family’s lucrative other OUA football program. classroom, and second, on the Comics 22
in the Canadian Football League. specialty packaging company. “Above all else, Stu Lang brings football field,” he said. “As a Classified 23
“Stu Lang is the right man, at the With the Gryphons, Lang organizational and management coaching staff, we’ll make sure Community Listings 23
right time for Guelph,” said athletic will serve in more of a general experience to our program,” said
director Tom Kendall, during the managerial role, effectively leaving Kendall. “Managerial experience is
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Earth Hour takes
The conflict continues over Hanlon Creek place across the
An update on Creek 5’ are five individuals who country and around
have a lawsuit filed against them the world
t h e c o n t rove r sy by the City of Guelph in order to
s u r ro u n d i n g t h e “recover costs associated with stolen
On Saturday March 27 from
equipment and damage to the
development of the property” of HCBP. The decision to 8:30 to 9:30 pm local time, a lot of
HCBP hold five protesters responsible for lights went off. This was because
legal damages was handed over after approximately one billion people
Kelsey Rideout a legal injunction to keep people off in 121 countries took part in the
Back in September, the Ontarion of the land failed to stop protesters fourth-annual Earth Hour. The
sat down with two protesters who from occupying the site for 18 days point of Earth Hour is not to reduce
played an active role in opposing the in the summer of 2009. The city is power consumption but to raise
development of the Hanlon Creek claiming $5 million in damages awareness about climate change. As
Business Park (HCBP). To refresh against these five individuals. involvement is strictly voluntary, any
your memory, the controversial A website has been developed electrical systems deemed essential
development of the HCBP was to support the Hanlon Creek 5, and such as streetlights and traffic
slated to begin in the spring of 2009. oppose the lawsuit. According to lights are kept on. In honour of the
However, the construction site was the website, the legal actions taken event, outdoor musical events lit by
met by a group of protestors who by the city frame what are known LED lanterns and flashlights were
occupied the site over the summer as Strategic Litigation Against planned in Fredericton, NB, and the
of last year. Protesters across Public Participation (SLAPP) local Sears and Wal-Mart promised
Guelph gathered on the projected suits. Many organizations view to shut down any non-essential
development site, with the hope of SLAPP suits as a legal form of electrical appliances. Across Canada,
reversing the HCBP construction Rashaad Bhamjee bullying and intimidation, which other non-essential lights were
plans due to four distinct concerns. The land that has been zoned to become the Hanlon Creek Business threatens the possibility of citizens turned off, such as Halifax harbour
As outlined on the Hanlon Creek Park is one that has inspired contention in the last year. to participate in the public policy bridges, the majority of external
Business Park Occupation website, and decision-making process. One lights on the CN tower, and the
HCBP development may threaten and opposition they faced over the the city contends that the 1,688 of the protesters that received the exterior lights at the Air Canada
the intrinsic worth of an old growth course of the summer of 2009. The trees proposed to be removed are lawsuit, Matt Soltys, said recently to Centre. (CBC)
forest, the significance of the Paris- City of Guelph’s website reiterates mostly non-native and invasive the Guelph Mercury that the accused
Galt Moraine to the integrity that the development of the species, and about 2,500 trees will be intend to defend themselves on this 24’s clock set to
of Guelph’s drinking water, the HCBP will allow for an abundance planted to replace those trees set to issue. wind down
abundance of “brownfields” and of economic opportunities and be deforested. “If we fail to serve a statement of
industrial land that is not in use, and continues to be an essential part The city has worked hard to defence, we would forfeit the right
provincial and federal regulations of its growth management plan. target and demystify the concerns to ever defend ourselves in the future Fox television network has
concerning the preservation of the Additionally, on a ‘myth and fact’ laid out by the opposition, but it [on this issue],” said Soltys. decided to make the current season
Jefferson Salamander. page on the website, the city debunks may be doing little to curb ongoing Given these ongoing legal battles of the hit drama 24 its last. The
After a longwinded battle to several of the opposition’s main mobilization against HCBP and continued resistance to HCBP show stars Canadian actor Kiefer
halt the construction of the HCBP, concerns. According to the city, the development. development, it looks as though the Sutherland and is well known for
the City of Guelph decided that project will not contribute to sprawl, The Hanlon Business Creek controversy is not likely to subside its “real-time” storytelling approach.
development would have to be it will not harm old growth forests Park Opposition supporters are any time soon. Many protesters hope Sutherland, who plays agent Jack
delayed until the spring of 2010. (as they have zoned in protection continuing their public outreach that this upcoming summer will Bauer on the show, also serves as
Spring has arrived in Guelph, areas for old growth tree species), efforts to stop HCBP development allow for a resolution that protects an executive producer. Referring
which raises the question: what the Jefferson Salamander species and manage to constantly inform Guelph’s environment without to Bauer as “the role of a lifetime,”
is going on with the HCBP do not exist within the region, and the public with up to date news for intimidating or threatening the lives Sutherland also said that the cast and
development plans? Guelph’s groundwater resources will those following this issue. More of those who remain in disagreement crew “always wanted 24 to finish on
The City of Guelph still aims to be protected. recently, the HCBP has focused its towards the city’s stance in regards a high note, so the decision to make
go forward with plans to develop In regards to the outcry against energy on educating the public on of HCBP development. the eighth season our last was one
the HCBP, despite the challenges thousands of tree species being lost, the ‘Hanlon Creek 5’. The ‘Hanlon we all agreed upon.” The show began
airing in 2001 and will air the series

Another step on the quest for a green campus finale on May 24. It currently airs in
Canada on Global Television. While
the end of the series is definite,
Ta s k Fo rc e o n a leader in terms of sustainability,” we as a university need to look for commends some of the great plans are currently in the works for
Sustainability seeks said Summerlee. “It doesn’t matter ways to place fewer demands on advances the U of G community a feature film adaptation. (BBC)
if we’re talking about issues that are the planet.” has made as an environmental
feedback to increase social, economic or environmental. Hil Coburn, a fourth-year leader, but says there is still a lot of Wizard World comes
its effectiveness There are a number of circumstances U of G student, is not on the work left to be done.
where we can quite rightfully claim task force, but her ideas and “There are a lot of wonderful, to Toronto
Nicole Elsasser leadership. But there’s always more concerns will be brought to the inspiring students who are doing
On April 6, those in the we can do. It’s for this reason that table through designated student a lot of progressive and motivating Crowds of fans flocked to the
University of Guelph community I’ve established the task force for representatives. Coburn is part of things on this campus…[and] Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition
with ideas about how to make the sustainability.” The Sustainability Collaborative, a I think the connection between Place in Toronto on the weekend of
university more sustainable will The task force has been a March 26-28 for the first Wizard
have a chance to express them recent addition to the university’s World Toronto Comic Con. Run by
directly to the Presidential Task
Force on Sustainability (PTFS).
already sizeable sustainability-
minded community, and the April I think the connection between students New York based book and magazine
publisher,WizardEntertainment,the
PTFS was formed by U of G 6 meeting will be the first of a series and administration is at a peak right now. event is “the culmination of movies,
President Alastair Summerlee, of town hall-style forums where video games, TV, toys, comic books,
with the hopes of increasing those registered to present ideas There are a lot of good things happening but sci-fi, horror and fantasy – all rolled
sustainability on campus and
hearing viewpoints and suggestions
may do so to a panel moderated by
Summerlee himself.
I think there’s a lot of room for more. into one,” said CEO Gareb Shamus.
Around 400 exhibitors showed and
from individuals at all levels at In a press release that appeared Hil Coburn sold their wares, including literature,
the university, including faculty, on the U of G website, Hall said films, video games, toys and other
fourth-year U of G student
students and staff. Kevin Hall, a U that the goal of the town hall is to collectibles. Actors appeared from a
of G professor and vice-president create inclusive discussion. number of movies and shows, such
of research, chairs the committee “We want to hear from as Ernie Hudson of Ghostbusters
and its findings go directly to the everyone, students, faculty and staff recently created initiative on the U students and administration is at fame and various actors from the
president. from all our campuses, who have of G campus which brings all the a peak right now,” said Coburn. sci-fi cult hit Battlestar Galactica.
In a recent video promoting the ideas about how we can live and ‘green clubs’ on campus together in “There are a lot of good things Toronto, being the North American
task force, Summerlee explained work more sustainably,” said Hall. an effort combine forces and share happening but I think there’s a lot tour’s only Canadian stop, had
the need for the continued “Whether it’s using less energy ideas, many of which are brought of room for more…we come off as organizers expecting up to 20,000
pursuit of a sustainable university and water, initiating social and to the attention of the PTFS. As a “green campus” but I think that visitors. (CBC)
community. economic changes, or enhancing a student active in the quest for a we can’t slide by on that image
“The University of Guelph is our teaching and learning practices, more sustainable campus, Coburn without really living up to it.” -Compiled by Vanessa Szpurko
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That female horse is a male, of course


Koko’s aggressive levels and often causes aggressive this procedure would lessen her
female-mounting behaviour that is more commonly aggressive behaviour. The surgery
exhibited by stallions. It wasn’t and outcome went as planned,
behaviour raised until tests were done on Koko’s leaving Koko with a much calmer
suspicion reproductive system that internal demeanor.
testes were found. Further “Before the surgery, she was so
Mike Treadgold chromosome studies concluded aggressive that it was too dangerous
Recent tests completed at that Koko had the male XY to ride her,” said owner Sam
the Ontario Veterinary College genotype. Campbell. “But she is completely
(OVC) have determined that “It was a very exciting different now. She is an incredibly
Koko, a horse that appeared to discovery,” said Chenier, in a press lovely horse.”
be a mare (female) was, in fact, release on the university’s website. Given the success of Koko’s
a (stallion) male, and part of a “To be expecting a tumour but procedure, similar surgical removals
family of intersex horses. discover an entirely different of the testes were performed on
Researchers Allan King, Tracy internal system than anticipated Sequoia and Pandora at the OVC.
Chenier and Daniel Villagomez sparked a lot of questions.” Similar discoveries were
discovered that not only was When similar diagnoses were later found in two American
Koko an intersex horse, but so applied to Sequoia and Pandora, standardbred horses, which
are her sister, Sequoia, and cousin, the condition was deemed had excessively high levels of
Pandora. The researchers are the hereditary. Using this discovery, testosterone. Initially, it was
first to identify a rare genetic the researchers are continuing their Courtesy thought that these testosterone
abnormality in a family of horses research on genetic mutation. After extensive testing, it was discovered that Koko the horse had levels were due to steroid use, but
called pseudo-hermaphroditism. “Because these horses are internal testes. this suggestion was later disproved
Observers originally thought from the same family line, the when the internal testes were
that Koko had an ovarian tumour, condition is likely a genetically release. internal testes, they were surgically discovered.
which heightens testosterone heritable one,” said Chenier in the Upon the discovery of Koko’s removed; researchers hoped

Referendum on continued CFS membership to take place


Nicole Elsasser The question that will now be student’s behalf as well as providing
After months of confusion posed to students is simple: do they a number of other services. Should
regarding the status of student wish continue their membership in students answer ‘yes’ to the question
petitions sent to the both the the CFS. As members of the CFS, during the referendum, they would
provincial and national components University of Guelph students pay be voting to remain in the CFS.
of the Canadian Federation of Should they answer ‘no,’ they are
Students, a judge of the Ontario voting to end their membership
Superior Court of Justice decided
that a referendum on continued
I find it really with the CFS.
Gavin Armstrong, the CSA’s
membership in the Federation will unfortunate that we communications and corporate
be held on the University of Guelph had to go to court to affairs commissioner, has been
campus from April 7-9. ensure democracy on actively working to allow students
The March 24 decision came the opportunity to vote on this
after the CSA filed an application to
campus issue and regrets that it took a court
the court requesting that they make hearing to arrive at this point.
a decision on whether a referendum Gavin Armstrong “I find it really unfortunate
would be held. This came after both Communications and that we had to go to court to
components of the federation failed corporate affairs commissioner ensure democracy on campus,” said
to grant the CSA a referendum. Armstrong. “It was an uphill battle
Both the national and provincial to get here and we got here. We have
components had said there had been $3.30 per semester to CFS-Ontario spent tens of thousands of dollars of
several issues with the petitions, (CFS-O) and an additional $3.97 to student’s money to get here, which
including issues over when the CFS; U of G students alone pay over I think is unfortunate but it had to
provincial petition had arrived and $224,000 dollars to the CFS each be done.”
the validity of the names on the year. In return, the CFS lobbies the In the face of criticism that the
both petitions. government for lower tuition on the CFS behaved undemocratically
in the months leading up to the Rashaad Bhamjee
referendum, Dave Molenhuis, During the campaigning period leading up to the referendum from
national treasurer with the CFS, April 7 - 9, CFS representatives have had a visible presence on campus,
explained that the CFS acted within working to inform students about what the CFS does for them.
their own policies.
“There are democratically agreed explained that while ROC meetings the UC have been very positive…
upon bylaws with respect to the are confidential at the request of I have been approached multiple
mechanism by which members can the CFS, he has received several times by students and new students
initiate a referendum and was, in email complaints from students on who are just interested in what is
a sincere way, not met…[but] it is the U of G campus about overly- happening on their campus,” said
the CSA’s right to seek resolution aggressive campaigning tactics Molenhuis.
to the matter using the courts as from CFS representatives; many While Armstrong acknowledges
a mechanism to do so and that’s of these complaints using the word that the CSA’s legal proceeding
certainly their right…We respect ‘harassment’ to describe these with the CFS may have led him to
the courts ruling. [The courts] felt encounters.According to Armstrong, acquire a negative view of the CFS
that a referendum was a mechanism university policy indicates that heading into this referendum, he
needed to resolve the situation,” said campaigners are prohibited from intends to listen to both sides of the
Molenhuis. soliciting students; campaigners campaigning and urges students to
When the courts ruled to must be approached willingly and do so as well.
accept the CSA’s application for must not pursue students who have “[Students should] just get
referendum, rules were established indicated that they are unwilling to out and vote because it’s the most
to govern campaigning and a engage in discussion. expensive question they’ll be asked
Referendum Oversight Committee Molenhuis, who has been in five years,” said Armstrong. “And
(ROC) was established to ensure campaigning on the campus, this question can’t be asked for
these rules were observed. The ROC explained that in his time talking another five years according to CFS
is made up of two members from to students, he has not felt any bylaws so a whole generation will
both the CFS and the CSA. indication that students were come and go from this campus and
Armstrong, who is one of the anything less than interested. not have the opportunity that the
CSA representatives on the ROC, “The conversations I’ve had in students have this year.”
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Fecal analysis, vet students and polar bears
A look at the symbiotic conducting research,” she explained. blood collection to assess hormone
There is also a benefit for U of levels since blood collection can be
relationship between G students as well, allowing them very stressful for animal not used to
zoo and school to dive into a variety of health issues being handled,” said Graham. “In
related to specific animals. Take the past 20 years, the field of non-
Katelyn Dingman Daniele Size, a masters student in invasive endocrine monitoring has
Ever wondered why after a animal behavior and welfare at OVC, grown rapidly and is used routinely
long day at the Ontario Veterinary who is currently studying three polar by many zoos, including the Metro
College your roommate comes bears at the Metro Toronto Zoo, Toronto Zoo, to assess reproductive
home and immediately jumps into more specifically focusing on non- status and detect pregnancy in a
the shower? invasive assessments of endocrine variety of species.”
Well, consider that smelling functioning. Non-invasive endocrine Researchers from the OVC
awful is perhaps just a small price techniques involve measuring will continue to analyze the polar
to pay to improve the welfare of zoo hormone metabolites in the urine bears from the Metro Toronto
animals. or feces, similar to the way home Zoo, however it is still important to
The University of Guelph has pregnancy tests are used by women. assess the hormone patterns in free
a long history of working with the Size is also studying the mating ranging bears using non-invasive
Metro Toronto Zoo. The Ontario practices of polar bears. monitoring techniques. There
Veterinary College’s contribution “The polar bears have recently continue to be several challenges
to the Metro Toronto Zoo includes exhibited mating behavior so I that come from analyzing free
reproductive physiology research will also be looking at pregnancy ranging bears.
aimed at furthering wildlife hormones, such as progesterone to Not only does the Metro
conservation and nutrition and, see if we can determine whether Toronto Zoo benefit from OVC
veterinary medicine research to or not the females are pregnant,” student’s research, but according
improve zoo animal welfare. she explained. “Non-invasive fecal to Size, the Zoo is very helpful
According to Laura Graham, hormone analysis can be a valuable in answering any questions
a professor in the department of tool…which can potentially provide students may have about their data
animal and poultry science, there information that can improve the collection.
are many advantages for the Metro management of these animals in the “The zoo has been wonderful so
Toronto Zoo having veterinary wild and captivity.” far about collecting samples for us
students conduct these studies. Graham echoed Size in the and answering any questions I have
“The advantage to the zoological importance of the development of about the bears. I travel there weekly
institutions is that universities tend non-invasive endocrine techniques. to do behavioral observations on
to be better equipped for research “The reason to develop these them as well,” she explained.
and has more staff trained in techniques is to eliminate the need for So next time your roommate
comes home from a long day
of non-invasive fecal hormone
research, clear out of the bathroom
and congratulate them for their Bob Catnorth
contribution in improving zoo The Ontario Veterinary College does a substantial amount of work
animal welfare and furthering in connection with the Metro Toronto Zoo, including one student’s
wildlife conservation. work looking at polar bear mating.

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Fresh out of the studio, Montreal’s sweethearts are back on the road
Zack MacRae landmark, Broken Social Scene, comfortable position, Land of Talk road so much playing as a live unit, been protecting the holy trinity or
Elizabeth Powell doesn’t work an where Powell was taking on double took a seat in the studio to record that when we got into the studio we the triangle of terror for so long,”
industrial job from 9-5. She doesn’t duty: first opening with her band, a new album. Along with drummer played on our strengths, which was laughed Powell. “But now the three
operate heavy machinery in a scrap then singing the female vocal parts Andrew Barr and bassist Joe our chemistry and playing live off piece will probably become four
yard, and doesn’t risk injury at the for BSS. The strain and the hours Yarmush, Powell, who cites Guelph the floor,” said Powell. … I guess the puritan in me kind
top of a ladder on a construction were just too much for her vocal as “where I came into my own, While recording, because of of thought, if you can’t do it with
site. chords, and the band ended up musically speaking,” is just putting the hiatus and Yarmush and Barr’s drums, bass and guitar then you
Powell works full-time fronting taking a break for the summer of the finishing touches on ten songs involvement in other projects, shouldn’t be doing it.”
one of Montreal’s most talked about 2009. The temporary hiatus gave that are set to come out on August the band hadn’t been touring as Their fourth member, who will
grunge-pop bands, Land of Talk. the young band some time to rest 25. much, and Powell found herself appear in four or five songs every
The three piece are admired for and gain a little perspective on Spending her formative teenage in Montreal sitting still, for once. night, is the band’s old friend and
their distorted, pared down sound their situation. In fact, Powell cites years as part of the Guelph basement This gave her the opportunity to merch guy Michael Felber.
that is complimented by sometimes her injury as being one of the best rock scene, Powell sees her musical become more acquainted with her To get out and play songs from
subdued and sometimes frantic things that ever happened to Land roots being firmly planting in the old friend: the studio. the Fun and Laughter EP and the
vocal flourishes from Powell. When of Talk. Royal City. “This time around, the approach new album, Land of Talk will be
a workplace injury stopped her from “As a young band starting out,” “I think Guelph is probably the was just to have fun with the studio touring parts of the US and Canada,
singing, she was forced to take a step explained Powell, “everybody tells reason why I’m doing music the way and use the studio as our fourth starting in Guelph on April 6 at eBar
back and refine her style. you that you have to do everything that I do,” she said. member and see what happens, and with Adam and the Amethysts.
“The last song I sung was ‘Speak right away, that you have to tour the Powell excitedly describes the so far so good,” said Powell. “Guelph will get the first live
to me Bones’ and it’s totally just a world and that you can’t say no to sound of the new album: “Its got The new album sees Powell debut of a song from the new
vocal shredder,” recalled Powell anything.” everything in there. It’s punk rock, teaming up with several guest album,” said Powell, who sounded
about a show a little over a year ago. “You stop enjoying the music bluegrass, and there’s some stuff in collaborators, including Jeremy excited to get out of Montreal and
“I remember that I could almost feel after a while if you’re not healthy there that I don’t even know what Gara from Arcade Fire and Loel back out on the road, this time a little
the blood in my throat at the end of and if you feel like what you are to call it.” Campbell from Wintersleep to more humble and a lot healthier.
that show.” doing is hurting you,” said Powell, For their sophomore release, bring out a new dimension in their
The prognosis was vocal misuse, reflecting on the recent past. the band took a new direction that sharp edged, 90s influenced sound.
affecting her vocal chords to the But when the going got tough, ended up producing something that Experimentation in the studio is
point that she couldn’t speak. Land of Talk got going. The trio Powell explains is totally different new ground for this band of three that
“It was just from singing way met expectations with their critically for Land of Talk: a studio album. pride themselves on how much noise
too much, my vocal chords were just acclaimed first album Some Are “For Some Are Lakes, we were they make together on stage. Adding
burnt out,” said Powell. Lakes, while releasing several EPs o n t h e more elaborate tracks in the studio like
Land of Talk had just finished including this year’s softly released horn parts, and also sampling, meant
up a tour with Toronto indie Fun and Laughter EP. All this that Land of Talk would have to add
while touring relentlessly a fourth member to their live
around North America show, an evolution that
and Europe. at first Powell was
Now, with a new hesitant toward.
approach and “We had
a more kind of
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Protest the Hero
Math-metal quintet stagnation” while also contending
that there is no way he could ever
hits the Brass Taps cease to be influenced by him,
despite while “perpetually turning
Tom Beedham into someone else.”
In 1999, long before Despite the band’s self-
MuchMusic’s disBand and before acknowledged short attention
the group Lights and Stereos were span, bassist and lyricist Arif
signed to his record label, Mark Mirabdolbaghi said that even
“London” Spicoluk’s Underground though the band has made some
Operations was but a small nexus obscure rider requests in the
that consisted of a fistful of bands past—including birthday cakes,
that you only knew about from underwear, wallpaper imported
word of mouth, hours spent from China, Persian carpets, and
on Myspace, or from watching films by Dennis Quaid, “because
George Stroumboulopoulos’ The we think he’s a comic genius, even
Punk Show. While many of the if he doesn’t realize it,” on Thursday
bands that originally supported PTH played it modest and didn’t
Spicoluk’s label have since left to ask for anything special to play at
pursue other things in life, and the the U of G. Mirabdolbaghi also
face of Underground Operations insisted that, “Our rider isn’t ‘make
has certainly changed, one group it or break it’ in the sense that if we
has only changed its name. Once don’t receive what we request we’re
known as Happy Go Lucky, not going to play a show.”
Whitby mathcore act Protest According to Mirabdolbaghi,
the Hero (PTH) maintains its after Snocore and an appearance
association with Underground Courtesy at New Jersey music festival, “The
Operations to this day, despite Protest the Hero, a progressive math-core metal band, played the Brass Taps last Thursday during an event Bamboozle” at the start of May,
having gained worldly success and that was put on by the U of G metal club. the band—which hasn’t put out
being signed on to the monolithic any new material as far as songs
Vagrant records since 2006. unleashed a performance that went tracks from Kezia, it’s mostly for Dmitri Karamazov and the World go since Fortress in 2008—is
Last Thursday, Protest the against what lead vocalist Rody the fans, but also maintains that is My Father” is a direct reference looking forward to getting back
Hero took a night off from their Walker anticipated about the band when Rody did that interview, to The Brothers Karamazov, into the studio and recording new
freshly commenced Jagermeister- at the time of Fortress’ release. In a his responses were indicative of Dostoevsky’s last novel, which is— work that they’ve already started
sponsored Snocore tour to 2008 interview with MTV, Walker “a time in [the band’s] life where in a few words—about struggling writing. Apart from his work with
headline an intimate, 350 person described PTH as ADD Metal, [they] were feeling this sort of with intellectual stasis. Protest the Hero, Mirabdolbaghi
capacity show put on at The Brass making reference to how the band musical frustration.” In 2004, Mirabdolbaghi was is further pursuing his interest in
Taps by the University of Guelph’s gets bored easily. By the time of The band’s reverence for even invited to (and attended) Dostoevsky. In collaboration with
metal club. Fortress’ release, there wasn’t any undertaking onerous tasks might the 12th Symposium of the an actor friend, Mirabdolbaghi
The band assaulted fans with an desire from the band to play songs have something to do with its International Dostoevsky Society is currently in the process of
arsenal of songs mainly from their off of Kezia ever again as they influences. One of PTH’s most at the University of Geneva interpreting a Dostoevsky work for
2008 studio album Fortress, but also wanted to perfect their new and overt lyrical influences—especially in Switzerland. Reflecting a string bass piece, the performance
including tracks like “Blindfolds more complicated work. Bassist in pre-Kezia material—is Russian on the Russian thinker, of which will premiere in Toronto
Aside” and “Divinity Within” from and lyricist Arif Mirabdolbaghi novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky. Even Mirabdolbaghi admires the fact at the end of April.
their 2005 album Kezia. PTH confirms that when PTH plays the title of one of their songs, “I Am that “[Dostoevsky’s] mind rebels

Pop as fuck
Prince Caspian to the venue I caught up with David something a little bit bigger. The
Fischer to delve into the mind and analogy I like to use is that Prince
open for First Rate lyrical force of Prince Caspian. I Caspian is a very grand name, very
people at the Albion also have to note that our interview large, larger than one man. Prince
was punctuated quite frequently Caspian is like a pair of very large
Alex Currie as groups of girls would pass our shoes I have to fill. I guess it was
I have a lot things to say about table giggling. just drive for me to get my shit
Prince Caspian, but let’s just start together.”
with this one: Incredibly easy The performance itself was a
on the eyes. And no, in case you
were wondering, I’m not talking I’m 21 years old, tight set dripping with infectiously
sweet and beautifully crafted
about the Narnia guy, but rather
four dudes in a band: Harrison my hormones melodies. Prince Caspian is pop as
fuck. But don’t take that the wrong
Forman (guitar), Stephen Richards
(percussion), Austin Roberts are crazy; half way - he’s no Jonas brother with a
purity ring. David candidly states:
(bass), and David Fischer (piano,
guitar, vocals). of my songs are “My lyrical inspiration comes from
realistic things happening in my
I met Fischer four years ago
and the first time I ever heard him about sex. life, and I think a lot of people in
my age group can relate to them,
sing he played one of his first songs like living in the city for the first
called “Chivalry in Me.” I can still time …But I’m writing about stuff
recall the feeling of slipping into David Fischer that I’m assuming happens in a lot
oblivion as before my eyes his of people’s lives. I’m 21 years old.
young man changed into some My hormones are crazy; half of
sort of a male temptress. “Give me like five minutes and my songs are about sex.”
Since his humble beginnings I’ll come love you all individually,” Prince Caspian have embarked
in Elora, he’s made huge strides on he’d wave back. What a rockstar. on their spring/summer tour of Alex Currie
his journey to becoming the next It might seem quite obvious Ontario with their Toronto show Prince Caspian are set to open for Owen Sound’s First Rate People at
prince of pop, namely with the where the name Prince Caspian on Monday, and on April 6 will the Albion on April 6.
Feb. 2010 release of his band’s first derives from, but where lies the continue to spread the love to
EP, Nineteen. reason? David explains quite Guelph when they open for First Southern Ontario. They’ve April 6 at the Albion will be
On Monday, March 29, I simply: “I decided on the name Rate People at the Albion Hotel. received serious accolades from a night of fantastic live music
made my way to the renowned when it was just me, there was no First Rate People are another Matt Berninger of The National for all ages for only five dollars.
Horseshow Tavern in Toronto, band yet, but I needed a name. brilliantly talented group that and are doing a North American Doors open at 8:30pm, and Prince
where Prince Caspian was playing The obvious choice would have polished their R&B influenced summer tour, including Guelph’s Caspian will be on at 9, followed
their first show in the big city. At been David Fischer, but I needed simple “soul-pop” sound in Hillside Festival in late July. by First Rate People at 10.
8 Arts & Culture Apr. 1 - 7, 2010 theontarion.ca

In Focus

Good wood: the subtle intricacies of guitar wood


Aldis Brennan is also something a luthier considers.
Standing outside of Doug According to Larson, every piece of
Larson’s sprawling yet normal wood in the guitar should be quarter
home, it is difficult to imagine that sawn which means that each log
just inside is a woodshop where is cut into quarters. This protects
some truly unique instruments are against warping and ensures that
crafted. the guitar will remain useable for
Larson, now retired, was once a over 250 years more than plain sawn
biology professor at the University wood.
of Guelph, and like his house he “To make a good instrument,
doesn’t show immediate signs of every piece of wood in it has to be
being anything out of the ordinary. quarter sawn. When you have a
It is only after having walked down piece of wood that is quarter sawn,
the stairs to his woodshop and being the number of cells on the inside
surrounded by instruments of all and the outside are exactly the
shapes, size, and materials that it same, so when it shrinks and swells
becomes obvious something different it does so evenly and doesn’t warp,”
is going on. What is immediately Larson revealed.
striking is the juxtaposition of Larson’s most famous creation,
readily identifiable guitars with such the Guelph Guitar, is a good
eccentricities as electric guitars with example of the principles of guitar
bodies made out of old cigar boxes construction put into practice.
or empty Clementine crates. He combines his knowledge of
Even though he has been wood with a desire to experiment
building guitars for eleven years, to concoct his historical guitar
he refers to himself modestly as which really sums up his whole
an amateur or a hack rather than a Rashaad Bhamjee philosophy.
luthier; a luthier being an expert in Retired University of Guelph professor Doug Larson knows a thing or two about wood, and takes that “The making of the Guelph
constructing and repairing stringed knowledge to the Guelph Guitar Project. Guitar took two and a half billion
instruments. Though Larson is years as well as help from around
adept at it his craft, he doesn’t feel “wooden” tone of the guitar is “A fast growing tree is going want the back and sides to reflect 85 different people, groups, and
that his experimental experience actually rather complex and depends to have a more mellow tone then that sound up, otherwise everything agencies. Now with this guitar I get
really qualifies him for the title. on the species of the wood used. The a slow growing tree,” said Larson. is vibrating randomly which sort of to tell those people’s stories.”
What Larson is admittedly an sort of wood used for the top of the “On a slow growing tree, the rings kills the tone,” said Larson. With the fingerboard of this
authority on, however, is wood. body of the guitar affects the timbre are really close together and that’ll The back is then made of a stiff historical piece being made out of
Through his 35 years of teaching or tone colour produced. make denser, harder wood which in wood such as the coveted Brazilian a Taxus Yew tree found in Samuel
ecology and wood anatomy, Larson “The harder and denser the turn will make it stiffer, which will rosewood which guitar crafters have McLaughlin’s backyard, and inlays
is renowned for some of his wood,” explained Larson, “the make it sound brighter.” harvested to near extinction because made from materials such as a fish
discoveries. brighter the sound. So if you want Just as important is the material of its ability to reflect sound so well. fossil donated by Herbert Axelrod,
While guitars don’t necessarily a soft sound, you would use cedar or which comprises the back of the The tone is not the only concern some of the stories find their
need to be made out of wood, like redwood.” guitar’s body, as this piece is most when selecting what wood to use, origins on the University of Guelph
some of Larson’s almost fully metal Part of what causes a wood to responsible for controlling the especially for the sides which must campus. With the Guelph Guitar,
resonator guitars, the vast majority be more or less dense, is the speed vibrations which produce the sound. be strong enough to withstand Larson is telling a story about the
are. Wood is used by the luthier for at which a tree grows. If the rings “Basically the guitar is an air the tension of the strings but light history of Guelph, philanthropy,
its distinct tone that makes it more of the tree are spaced either closer pump, the body is a diaphragm enough to vibrate well and produce corruption and a way of life among
desirable than any other material. together or further away, the tones it moving the air down from the strings sound. other things, which will not soon
What goes into creating the produces vary drastically. and pumping it into a chamber. You The cut of the wood that is used be forgotten.

Featured artist: Doug Jarvis


Doug Jarvis and I spent some For each featured artist I usually more like a conversation and less the “do” and the “stuff.” I am not
time together at his studio on have a recorded interview with like an interview. But Jarvis had just saying “doing stuff,” but more
Monday. The conversation that we him or her and I usually go into a natural way of giving me all the the behavior of things linking
had was very interesting, holding each piece with nothing really information I would need to write the actions we do. Example: He
my attention for the entire hour. planned as an attempt to keep it this. Perfect. created an apparatus with a camera
Naturally, Jarvis started on it that mounted to his body and
our conversation with his captured a view of his face and
undergraduate days at University of the peripheral. He then takes his
Western Ontario and then moved contraption into galleries. So the
SUMMER to his after school years and how
to be an artist once you graduate;
viewer only sees Jarvis looking
at art and reacting to it. The only
JOBS which for anyone just out of art
school would say is no easy task.
time the viewer has a chance to see
what Jarvis was looking at is when
Luckily, it worked out for Jarvis he walks away from it, creating this
COLLEGE PRO PAINTERS and he is currently in his second disconnect and shifting the focus
year of his MFA here at Guelph. from the art to the viewer.
is presently looking for responsible / hard- Jarvis’ works mostly begin with Another beautiful work by Jarvis
working University or College fidgeting, the simple yet universal is a piece where he collaborates
students for: act of being unconsciously active. with the sun using a solar powered
Thought, his practice, is not pen. Jarvis came across these solar
necessarily restricted to fidgeting, powered car kits at a flee market
Full-Time Painting Positions it is more of a jumping off point and found them interesting; he
May - August to play, think, experiment, and had also been playing with sticky
develop a general interest. And tack, combining the two to make a
No experience required, that would be the thing that struck solar powered pen the result. The
we will train you to paint. me most about Jarvis’ work: His collaboration resulted in these
genuine sincerity of his interest in seemly random yet controlled
Positions available in your area. things and ideas. drawings, the sun powered the
For Jarvis, the act of doing lends motor that was attached to the pen
If interested call 1-888-277-9787 itself to the act of creation, which and Jarvis “guided” it along. Top: 360º - Documentation view
or apply online at www.collegepro.com has been a constant theme within Above and left: Solar powered pen
his work: the connection between -Miles Stemp
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9

number of bands influenced by rather a beautiful coherence solely heard MGMT poke fun at the
these artists. Assumingly, MGMT by accident, then that’s a little famous and on “Congratulations”
is one of these bands and Bowie different than forcing it. In essence, we hear their regret of being
would be the easiest lineage to Congratulations seems like it’s famous. There’s an old proverb
draw-upon, make-up included. trying too hard to be a certain type in the music business, “You have
Much fuss has been made over of album. Regardless, it’s likely you your whole life to write your first
Ben Goldwasser saying in New won’t be playing Congratulations at album and six months to write
Musical Express magazine, “There your summer house party. Instead, your second.” MGMT were
definitely isn’t a ‘Time To Pretend’ Congratulations is more suited as a given about two years to write
or a ‘Kids’ on the album. We’ve bedroom/headphone album. that second one. Unfortunately, it
been talking about ways to make The allusion in “Lady Dada’s still feels like they managed to sell
MGMT sure people hear the album as an Nightmare” needs no explanation. themselves short.
Congratulations album in order and not just figure However, in Spin Magazine,
out what are the best three tracks, Andrew Vanwyngarden, clears Notable Tracks:
To say the least, Brooklyn-based MGMT decide to impersonate download those and not listen to up any confusion over the pun “Congratulations”, “It’s Working”,
rockers MGMT have done their a classic indie-pop sound rather the rest of it.” in the instrumental track. Again, “Song For Dan Treacy”, “Flash
homework. Merely take the song than Treacy’s more psychedelic It’s the same persisting problem Vanwyngarden says, “thinking Delirium”
titles from MGMT’s forthcoming work, which is a nice change on the that Radiohead’s Kid A had about Lady Gaga or Kanye West,
follow-up to the universally upcoming album, Congratulations. around when Napster was first and what their ultimate goal is [to Listeners May Also Enjoy:
acclaimed Oracular Spectacular: Brian Eno, perhaps, needs fewer getting popular back in 2000. be as famous as possible]… for us The Flaming Lips – Embryonic, Yo
“Songs for Dan Treacy,” “Brian introductions as he is one of There’s something egotistical for a it’s really just about the music and La Tengo – Popular Songs
Eno” and the curiously titled “Lady modern music’s most iconic band to want to “force” people to getting people to hear what we
Dada’s Nightmare [sic].” Dan producers/composers, often cited listen to their entire album. I can have to say.” Next Sound Check:
Treacy is the main entity behind as being influential in the careers of understand Goldwasser’s potential So they don’t care about fame, The Rest – The Cried Wolf Book/EP
the The Television Personalities, The Talking Heads/David Byrne, frustration, but this seems like a but they want a lot of people to
and one of C86er’s beloved Robert Fripp, U2, Coldplay and self boycott. If an artist creates an hear them? -Daniel Wright
influences. In their tribute song, David Bowie, on top of the untold album which has no singles but On “Time To Pretend,” we
10 Arts & Culture Apr. 1 - 7, 2010 theontarion.ca

Experience art and music from all over the country


Kazoo! Fest to take acts are playing radically different McInerny is refering to the “The idea behind it is essentially to Guelph’s solid reputation for
styles of music, so it speaks to the many visual art exhibits as well to showcase new music, to keep creativity throughout the province.
place all over Guelph musical diversity that people can as musical performances that will shows all ages, and keep them “Guelph, for its relative size, is
from April 21-25 expect from Kazoo!” be going on as part of Kazoo! relatively affordable,” he said. a huge musical force,” McInerny
According to McInerny, Fest. This too was evident at One can see where these said. “People outside of Guelph
Josh Doyle diversity is a key element to Thursday’s fundraiser. Speaking interests might clash, and one regard this city in very high esteem.
Climbing the stairs of eBar last Kazoo! In watching the bands at with Canadian Wildlife’s Mecija of McInerny’s hardest tasks is It’s almost like a badge of honour
Thursday, the air was already alive last Thursday’s fundraiser, it was after her refreshing balancing all these interests at the to be from Guelph.”
with music. On stage was Canadian obvious the festival wouldn’t just performance, festival.
Wildlife and Ohbijou member cover one genre, as those on stage with the work “We try to constantly bring
Jenny Mecija’s independent effort. from David in fresh stuff. Keeping things
It was a great show, and as her first Willekes Le
solo performance in Guelph, it
couldn’t have come at a better time.
If people from Cyc lining the
walls, viewers
She and other talented artists took Guelph want to got the sense the
to the stage for a fundraiser to help
out a unique five-day festival of
experience the impression
Kazoo! Fest was
that

music and art, Kazoo! Fest, that music scene in about more than
will take place later this month.
This will be the third running
Toronto, they just music.
“It seems like
of the annual Kazoo! Fest, an can get that everybody here
event that happens here in Guelph
and features artists from as far as
here. The list of is a musician or
into some kind of
Halifax and as close as our own people playing is art,” Mecija said
backyard. From the April 21-25, a
diverse set of shows will take place awesome. of the Guelph
scene, citing it’s
in houses and attics, on stages atmosphere as an
and outside, turning our lively Jenny Mecija encouragement
city into an artistic wonderland. Canadian Wildlife and to her recent solo Courtesy
If Thursday’s fundraiser is any Ohbijou effort. “There’s
indication of Kazoo! Fest, you’d be a warmth that’s Kazoo!
hard pressed not to find something very apparent. It’s Fest has
that floats your boat at this year’s presented different colours of the so supportive,” she support from outside
festival. musical spectrum. said. organizations as well, making
Brad McInerny, founder of But varying musical styles isn’t The culture here is capable of affordable, and co-presentations a big part of this
Kazoo! and one of the brains all McInerny has in mind when he supporting all kinds of art, which paying the performers well … can year’s festival. McInerny noted
behind this year’s festival, looked at stresses diversity. is how Kazoo! Fest came to exist kind of go against each other,” Guelph music organizations
last week’s Fundraiser as a preamble “We’re doing stuff that here in the first place. McInerny McInerny said. Kaleidoscope, Fortnight and
to what’s coming, and shared with goes beyond music,” McInerny explained the concept behind That’s where events like Keep Your Eyes Open for their
the Ontarion his excitement for explained. “That’s one of the big Kazoo’s creation and his efforts Thursday’s fundraiser come in, contribution in making this year’s
this years promising festival. things about Kazoo! Fest. We’ve to maintain their values as the to lessen the burden and provide festival a success. Along with
“The most important part [of kind of always shied away from organization expands along with the organization with enough these local Guelph promoters the
the fundraiser] is that each of these calling it a music festival.” the festival. money to bring great artists at festival will also bring in a big
a price people can agree with - Toronto name.
which is exactly what they’ve done. “I love how they’re doing a
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Sports & Health 11


Three Gryphons named among league’s top players
OUA All-Stars On the ice, the OUA All-
Star team showed that the level
prepare Canadian of hockey in the OUA is highly
under-18 team competitive. Despite having no
practice time before the game, the
for World OUA All-Stars were still able to
Championships post a 4-2 victory over the under-18
Canadian team. No Gryphons
Justin Dunk recorded a point in the game, but
On Tuesday, March 23, the they were active at both ends of the
Canadian under-18 women’s ice.
hockey team hosted a team of OUA Zerafa and Kanis played on a
All-Stars in an exhibition game at line with fellow fourth-year forward
the Mastercard Centre in Toronto. Courtney Unruh, the captain of the
The pre-tournament game helped York Lions.
prepare the Canadian team for the “After the first period, you
IIHF World Women’s Under-18 kind of got to know the play of
Championship in Chicago, from your wingers and adapt to it,” said
Mar. 27 - April 3, 2010. Zerafa.
Three Gryphon athletes were Sollis was paired with fifth-year
selected to play for the OUA All- Queen’s defenceman and captain,
Star team. Fourth-year forward Alison Bagg.
Jessica Zerafa, fourth-year forward “Defence is just you and your
Dayna Kanis, and third-year partner so it’s easier to figure out,”
defenceman Jacky Sollis all took said Sollis on her defence partner
part in Tuesday’s game. for the game. “I was paired with
“It was an honour to be picked Rashaad Bhamjee Bagg from Queen’s [and] she was
to play on a team that would play Dayna Kanis (left), was one of the three Gryphon women selected to the OUA All-Star team for Tuesday’s fun to play with.”
against such a high calibre group of game. All of the Gryphon women were
young ladies who have the chance to happy to be selected and have a
represent the country,” said Zerafa. developed between a number of in a row. play with women who are normally chance to interact and play with the
One of the more interesting different teams and players across “It was a little segregated in the her opponents in the OUA. best players from around the OUA.
aspects of the OUA team was the the league. locker room,” said Kanis. “You had “You develop these big rivalries Kanis, in particular, was pleased to
fact that these women from around The biggest rivalry may well the Guelph girls in one corner, the against these teams,” she said. “Then, finally get the opportunity to work
the province have competed against be between the Gryphons and the Laurier girls in the opposite corner, to be on the same bench as these with her competition.
each other during the university Laurier Golden Hawks, who have [and] York and Toronto girls in the girls, you get to see that they’re not so “It was really nice to actually
season, but banded together against faced off against each other in the middle.” bad and they are not much different. meet girls on a personal level as
the under-18s. Rivalries have OUA Championships for two years Zerafa found it interesting to They play hockey just like us.” opposed to just on the ice.”

Hesitant to hand out congratulations


the purity of Canadian university varsity athletes in the past two
tarion
On

sport and its refreshing absence years and I can confidently say
of gossipy dramas, salary issues that these are some of the most
and egos. And sadly, Danton’s passionate, committed individuals
participation in the league works of high character that you will ever
Mike Treadgold against everything that I believe is meet. To think that Danton took
On Sunday, the Saint Mary’s right about CIS athletics. the roster spot of one of these
Huskies won their first CIS men’s Danton’s crime was very athletes is deplorable. The decision
hockey championship, defeating serious; it was not petty theft or of the athletic department at SMU
the Alberta Golden Bears 3-2 in an speeding. He was convicted and to allow a player of Danton’s status
overtime thriller. incarcerated for a lengthy period to take the place of a student-
The success of the Huskies, of time for trying to have someone athlete with a similar level of talent
though, has often been killed. Regardless of the fact that and far higher level of integrity is
overshadowed by the story of a he has served his time, is this the truly sad.
particular player on the team: Mike kind of individual that should be

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As part of the campaigning for and against University
of Guelph membership in the CFS, several students General Student Survey conducted by the CSA’s
have created Facebook groups, outlining their Capacity Analysis and Planning Committee.

SHOULD WE STAY OR
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This is what 2454 students
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1. The Federation is the only student organization that represents 1. The CFS and CFS-O claim to have lobbied to lower tuition fees ever more educated about the issues. The following services.
students at both the provincial and national levels. Since tuition fees, since we joined them in 1987. However, Statistics Canada has reported are quotations from both parties, posted on their
financial aid programs, and funding levels are set directly or indirectly by that tuition has increased more than 300 per cent since 1990. respective pages or affiliated websites:

SHOULD WE GO?:
the federal and provincial governments, it is vital that our interests and
concerns are represented to both levels. 2. We have paid $853,588 to the CFS and CFS-O since 05/06. That is
near equal to the approximate increase in undergraduate student tuition Guelph for the Canadian Federation of
2.The Federation is the only student organization in Ontario advocating fees we see at this university each year. Students.VoteYESCFS.ca!
for lower tuition fees and lower student debt. Students can only win
this if they work together. In Newfoundland, where every college 3. The CFS regularly litigates in referendum attempts. Simon Fraser, “If you believe that Guelph students are stronger
and university student is a member of the Federation, the provincial Kwantlen, UPEI, UVIC, Cape Breton, Concordia Student Union, and
a look into the arguments and costs surrounding continued government has reduced tuition, introduced student grants and McGill PGSS are all involved in ongoing legal disputes with the CFS. Our when they are united with hundreds of thousands of
students across the country, then get involved with the
increased funding for post-secondary education. own CSA spent ~$70,000 litigating for the right to hold this referendum.
membership in CFS and the events leading up to the referendum. The CFS and CFS-O did not support this referendum, so why are they YES campaign to show your support for membership
in the Canadian Federation of Students.” – Facebook
CFS Phone Service is in place ISIC provides discounts on
3.While the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is free for members here campaigning in a referendum they didn’t even support? to get phones to students at accommodation, admission to
of the Federation, non-member full-time students pay $20. The ISIC is group home page. a discounted rate. historical sites and museums,
the only internationally recognized form of student identification. 4. The CFS is unknown at Guelph. When was the last time you and transportation.
heard about this organization before this week? Why are you paying “After learning about the CFS by reading the Ontarion
4.The Federation is a proud ally of the Canadian Association of University ~$225,000/year to the CFS and CFS-O? (Only source) I totally agreed with what everyone
Teachers, Council of Canadians, Ontario Federation of Labour, Make here is saying. But yesterday I learned that CFS does
Poverty History, Canadian Labour Congress, the International Union of 5. The CFS has been caught sending threatening legal letters to student way more than try to lower tuition fees. It creates a
Students, the National Union of Students-UK and United States Student journalists. Macleans magazine compares the CFS to “coal companies
and criminal organizations.” network between all of the post-secondary institutions
Association.
Week after week, we have tried to write about the ongoing issue about the Central Student across Canada and allows for individuals and groups to
Association’s membership in the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) in a manner that is easy for 5. The Federation’s ethical purchasing program is the only national, not- 6. There have been multiple claims at other institutions about gross coordinate movements that are nation wide. We have
students to understand. Unless you’re already deeply invested in the issue, legal issues surrounding for-profit cooperative that offers t-shirts, water bottles and other items financial mismanagement from the CFS. Critics claim secret loans been able to organize pledges towards sustainability
student politics can be dull, convoluted and long-winded. that are ethically purchased, sustainable and affordable. include $350,000 at the UVSS, $600,000 to the Douglas Students’ and competitions to remove bottled water from campus.
We’ve tried graphics, surveys, charts and the creation of a ‘dummy’s guide’ to the issue, and now, Union, $150,000 missing from CFS-Quebec and $300,000 of cheques We are addressing aboriginal rights, international
more than ever, your attention is required. 6. The Federation’s Bottled Water Free campaign has resulted in four written in 2008-2009. As well, representatives claim $413,000 of CFS- student rights, and ethical purchasing. These are all CFS’s TravelCUTS provides students
Because despite all of the back-and-forth banter, legal jargon, accusations and findings, the final Canadian campuses phasing out the sale of Bottled Water entirely, with Quebec fees have completely vanished in the last three years alone. issues that are supported and facilitated by the CFS, with discounts on transportation,
decision now rests with you, the student. more on the way. These claims of financial mismanagement total almost eight years of and are extremely important to me.” – Paul Wartman, including VIA Rail and WestJet.
Requiring the intervention of the Ontario court system, petitioners fighting against Guelph’s OUR membership dues. independent researcher.
membership in the country’s largest student lobby group have, at long last, achieved their goal of 7. Federation campaigns such as No Means No (campaign against date
rape) and the December 6th Day of Remembrance and Action against 7. The CFS overwhelmingly voted to tighten the restrictions on
presenting an official referendum to the student body, reevaluating the university’s membership in violence against women, are highly respected by women’s and social referendums instead of listening to modest reforms in the Fall of 09 that
the CFS. justice organizations nation-wide. The Federation played a supporting included a conflict of interest policy, disclosure of legal costs and salaries UoG CFS Free!
By now, you hopefully have an idea about what the CFS attempts to do, and if not, have a look role in Guelph’s fight against program cuts, such as Women’s Studies, of our paid executives, and recognition of legitimate referendums that
at the stay/go chart that accompanies this feature. By and large, the CFS stresses its ability to and linked Guelph students with other students in Ontario who were have occurred in other schools. “The CFS has refused to be transparent and provide
lobby national and provincial governments, to protect the rights of students, particularly concerning facing similar cuts. [certain] information, even though its members are
issues such as tuition costs. 8. The CFS opposed the Millenium Scholarship Foundation. This entitled to them under their bylaws and under law.
Its critics argue that for the semesterly fees in excess of$220,000 paid by U of G students to 8.Through the National Aboriginal Caucus of the Canadian Federation of scholarship provides, on average, $3000 per year to qualified students. What do they have to hide? One example here: The
the organization’s provincial and national factions, the CFS needs to be more effective in making Students, students across Canada work together to fight for Aboriginal Statistics Canada has reported that the only thing that brought more
students to universities in the 1990s, during a time of double digit CFS sues and threatens its own member student unions,
good on its platforms.The fact that the CFS has failed to establish a local presence, often refused to students’ rights, and coordinates the Stolen Sisters campaign calling for Studentsaver helps students CFS’s Student Work Abroad
a federal investigation into the over 500 missing or murdered Aboriginal tuition increases, were the increased scholarships and grants available to individual students, and journalists.” – Curtis Batuszkin,
comment, and marginalized the democratic process has only fueled the fires within its detractors. group creator. save money on everyday Program allows students to
women in Canada. students during this time. purchases like books, clothing, work abroad while exploring
The Ontarion has refrained from explicitly taking sides in the debate. We have spent countless food, and entertainment. a host country.
hours communicating with both CFS advocates and condemners in an attempt to provide objective 9. The Federation is the only student organization that has been a vocal 9. Who is behind the VOTE YES campaign? One Guelph student leader. “The arguments from the CFS don’t stand. Of course
content on the debate, because let’s face it, if you’re only going straight to the CFS or its critics for advocate for fair copyright reform since the federal government started The rest of the army of clipboards are not even Guelph students! The ‘Guelph students are stronger when they are united with
your information, the facts will be clouded by subjectivity.This is not a shot against either side, just to work to reform copyright legislation. In coalition with the Canadian next time a CFS campaigner comes to speak to any of you ASK TO SEE hundreds of thousands of students across the country,’
a statement of the obvious; they have an agenda, we don’t. Association of University Teachers and Canadian Internet Policy and THEIR STUDENT CARD. but there are other student lobby groups, composed of
At this time next week, the referendum will be in full swing. Each student will have been sent, via Public Interest Clinic, the Federation has been at the forefront of fighting schools that have left the CFS, such as OUSA at the
email, their individual ballot, which will ask their opinion as to whether our membership in the CFS for fair copyright so that students can access copyrighted materials free 10. The CFS always claims that they are a “united student movement.” provincial level and CASA at the federal level.” – Griffin
should continue. The facts have been laid out, the arguments have been made. This is participatory from licensing fees. Thirteen student unions petitioned to leave this year, nine referendums
are occurring across this country, and three more referendums occurred Carpenter, group member.
democracy to the fullest extend.
10. Over the past year, the Federation and its international coalition the year before. This is the real united student movement.
Students, it’s your move. “Students from the Vote Yes campaign just came into
partners fought Russell Athletic for the reinstatement of 1,200 unionized
workers in Honduras, the most successful targeted-corporate boycott my classroom to talk about why we should vote yes.It
in modern student activist history. took up 15 minutes of the 50 minute class. Im sorry,
but I like that my student fees go towards getting an

CFS Timeline
education...not being lectured by people who don’t got
my school.” – Meghan Semple, group member.
Oct. 15
Sep. 11 Brenda Whiteside, vice
Oct. 13 president, student affairs,
Curtis Batuszkin, a University prepares a letter dated Oct. 15, Feb. 8 Feb. 25
of Guelph student, commences CFS-Ontario says they have confirming the results of the
a process to hold a referendum not received petitions from verification process.The results Oct. 30 CFS writes the university The Ontarion prints a
on the question of CSA’s University of Guelph organizers. of the verification process Nov. 23 January February asking it to take the front-page story that says
continued membership in The Ontarion obtains an affidavit confirmed that for both CFS Student organizers verification process the CSA has filed a motion
both CFS and CFS-O (CFS- that confirms a process server and CFS-Ontario petitions, over send the petitions to Dave Molenhuis, CFS Disputes continue over the validity The CSA and the CFS further, “where each to the Ontario Superior
Ontario). The petition sought delivered the petitions to CFS- 10 per cent of CSA members CFS-O via registered national treasurer, of the national petitions. The CFS continue to debate entry is marked showing Court of Justice asking
a referendum on March 29, 30 Ontario headquarters on Sept. had signed the petition, a de- mail. confirms receiving the says that many illegible names were about the validity of the where student numbers them to decide on the
and 31, 2010. 29 at 4:27pm. federating requirement. national petitions. counted in the verification process. national petitions are or are not valid.” fate of the referendum.

September 2009 October November December January 2010 February March

Sep. 29 Oct. 19 Oct. 22 December Jan. 15 Feb. 9 March 24.

Student organizers send petitions A copy of the national The CSA tells the Ontarion they are CFS national rejects The CSA goes ahead and appoints CFS-O tells the Ontarion that A judge decides that a
to CFS-O. Because of the required petition was sent to beginning an investigation into the Whiteside’s letter its two members to a Referendum because petitions were received referendum on continued
six-month notification requirement the CFS via process petition sent to CFS-O after not as evidence that the Oversight Committee. by registered mail on Nov. 9, over membership will take place
in CFS-bylaws, this was the last day server. hearing back from CFS-O. The CSA’s petition was valid. a week after the deadline, CFS-O on April 7, 8, and 9.
the petitions could be received. lawyers advise Batuszkin to resend the was denying the University a
petitions via registered mail, a CFS de- referendum.
federating requirement.
14 Sports & Health Apr. 1 - 7, 2010 theontarion.ca

Striding towards a cure


Guelph Relay For Life
succeeds for sixth
consecutive year
Alistair Macdonald
Six years ago, the University
of Guelph became the first post-
secondary school in Canada to
participate in the Relay For Life.
This past weekend marked yet
another successful fundraiser, with
all proceeds going to the Canadian
Cancer Society (CCS).
On Saturday in the Gryphon
Dome, approximately 276
participants on 45 teams took part
in a 12-hour non-competitive relay
around the track. The idea of the
event is to create an opportunity Samantha Smith-Moskal
where friends and families can
get together and celebrate cancer of being the event chair by herself, rounds of chemotherapy and had inspirational and celebratory,” said one of the many participants in
survivors, remember loved ones lost the first time the position has ever some complications on her road to a tired Smith-Moskal, when the Saturday’s relay.
to cancer, and fight back in hope of been executed solo. What makes recovery. event was all said and done. “The event was a blast. This
finding a cure. The fundraiser occurs Smith-Moskal’s story even more “I had a blood clot in my lung, There were many highlights was my fourth Relay that I have
at different times throughout the unique is the fact that she is also a hypocalcaemia [an excess of calcium throughout the relay that participated in and I know it will
year across Canada and the United cancer survivor. that is potentially fatal],” she said. kept participants amused and not be my last,” said Pinder. “The
States. In the fall of 2008, while taking “And, I was also put on oxygen entertained. At 6:50 a.m., after Canadian Cancer Society Relay
Money for the CCS goes towards part in a semester abroad in France, supply for four days after being nearly 12 hours of team members For Life is a great opportunity
funding promising research projects she was diagnosed with acute diagnosed with pneumonia”. taking turns circling the track, to get together with family and
on all types of cancer, providing promyelocytic leukemia (APL). Samantha gave credit to her a giant conga lined was formed friends and celebrate cancer
information services and support “I noticed a few bruises that I friends and family who were that unified everyone. There were survivors, remember loved ones
programs within communities, as didn’t remember getting,” recalled always by her side, supporting her also constant activities such as lost to cancer, and fight back in
well as advocating for public policies Samantha of her observations every step of the way. live music, an Easter egg hunt, hope of finding a cure for this
that prevent cancer and helping shortly before the diagnosis. “I still can’t believe that I’ve aerobics, line dancing, boogies terrible disease.”
those that live with it. Samantha fought hard, but had cancer,” she said in a surprised, and more to keep the participants Despite all of the effort and
This year, students raised an admitted that there were some very yet jubilant voice. going. Smith-Moskal said that the stress that went into planning it,
amazing $32,000. Leading the way tough times. Her strength and determination survivor victory lap with fellow Smith-Moskal said that it was
was Samantha Smith-Moskal, a “Being diagnosed in a foreign has paid off as Smith-Moskal has survivors and family members was absolutely worth it.
third-year French studies student. country, so far away from home, was now been in remission for one year a very “triumphant feeling.” “I had a great time and I think
As well as being the top fundraiser, less than ideal,” she said. as of Wednesday. Shaun Pinder, a third-year the rest of the committee and the
Smith-Moskal also took on the task She battled through three “The atmosphere was bio-medical sciences student, was participants did too.”

Gryphons prepare to assume new summer roles


Va r s i t y a th l e te s basketball head coaches, Chris enthusiasm and work ethic is
O’Rourke and Angela Orton, will virtually unparalleled. No rebound
become coaches for be leading the basketball camps, is beyond her reach and very few
youth sports camps and hockey, football, soccer, players attack the basket with her
volleyball, lacrosse and track and tenacity.
Mike Treadgold field youth camps will also be “I think the most valuable thing
They say that those who can’t offered and directed by Shawn that I can bring to the camp as an
do, teach. But, during the summer Camp, Rachel Flanagan, Bill instructor and staff member is my
months on the University of Brown, Keith Mason, Paul Funk, work ethic and overall enthusiasm
Guelph campus, those who ‘teach,’ Sam Kosakowski, Chris Moulton for basketball,” she said. “Also,
can also ‘do.’ [I can] show kids that with hard
During the summer, the work and determination, they can
department of athletics hosts a I want to teach them improve immensely, as well as
number of youth sports camps,
aimed at developing the skills of
that females can play having fun along the way.”
Despite never having the
elementary and high school-aged basketball, or any other opportunity to participate in
students. The Gryphons varsity sport for that matter, similar camps when she was
coaches direct these camps, but younger, Douglas, who instead,
the staff is comprised of Gryphons
and to not be held back honed her skills playing against her
athletes, who bestow their because of their gender. male friends on the playground,
knowledge, skills and experiences We teach the kids that recognized the importance of
upon budding young athletes. teaching fundamentals of the
Jasmine Douglas, the star with hard work and game at a young age.
second-year forward from the determination they can “It is very important for
Gryphon women’s basketball team,
is one of those specially selected
play basketball at the young women to have such great
opportunities to further develop
varsity athletes helping to staff the Rashaad Bhamjee university level too. their skills, because with some
women’s camp. Jasmine Douglas is among the many Gryphon varsity athletes who are of the campers being younger,
“This will be my third summer giving their time to help instruct youth summer camps. Jasmine Douglas it allows them to be able to start
working at the camps, so I Gryphon athlete and learning the basics earlier on,”
believe that I will be given more looking to improve on in general.” females can play basketball, or any camp instructor she said. “It’s always nice to see a
responsibility this time around,” Douglas looks at this upcoming other sport for that matter, and camper that struggles with a skill
said Douglas, who will be joined experience not only as a chance to not be held back because of at the beginning of the week, be
by teammates Samantha Russell to give back to the Guelph their gender,” said Douglas. “We able to see them progress with it,
and Kara Muhlhausen on the community where she grew up, but teach the kids that with hard work and Dave Scott-Thomas – all of and by the end of the week have
basketball staff. “I’ll be looking to also as an opportunity to provide and determination they can play them being Gryphons varsity them excelling at the skill.
be more of a vocal leader to not young female athletes with quality basketball at the university level coaches. “This shows how practice and
only the campers, but also to other training. too.” In watching Douglas play hard work goes a long way in your
counsellors, as this is a skill I am “I want to teach them that Gryphon men’s and women’s university basketball, her development as a player.”
The Ontarion 161.11 Sports & Health
15
In Focus

Martial arts: physical development and stress relief


offered have a reasonable level
Guelph’s intramural of enrollment. Only classes that
and club programs are cancelled for two consecutive
semesters due to lack of interest
offer a variety of are in serious jeopardy of being
popular options removed altogether.
Martial arts are an affordable
Sarah Dunstan option for students looking
Having a regular workout to either get in shape or try
routine at the gym is a valuable something new. Since student gym
experience. Aside from obvious memberships are included in your
health benefits, exercising causes student fees, the majority of martial
natural endorphins to be released arts classes offered are around $60,
in your brain that can combat the exceptions being Muay Thai
mental and physical stress. priced at $99 and Capoeria at $75.
But it doesn’t always work With each semester containing 20
out. Working out by yourself can classes, it equates to approximately
be a bit of a drag, and getting three dollars per class – the same
into a routine does involve a time price as dropping in to the athletic
commitment – which students centre’s cardio or weight room.
who are heavily involved in clubs There are also club martial arts,
and organizations may not have. such as Ninjutsu, which can often
Intramurals are a great solution be much more independent than
for students looking to get in the class formats, because they
shape, meet new people, and to are not run through the athletic
be part of a team. For those still centre.
looking to make friends and get “Facilities are a restraint,”
fit, but perhaps wishing to partake admitted Trudelle, who must find
in more of an individual route, Rashaad Bhamjee time and places to accommodate
martial arts classes at Guelph are A martial arts student learns the technique of using a kama. the variety of classes desired by
a great option. students.
Even though the Ontario clubs supervisor Dave Trudelle. duration of the semester. because the number of students Although a lack of facilities
government refuses to sanction the Jiu-Jitsu, in particular, offers a But not all of the non-UFC participating did not cover the does impose limits to martial arts
octagon display of the Ultimate supplemental class to deal with the martial arts are as fortunate. cost of the instructor. offered at Guelph, Trudelle said
Fighting Challenge (UFC), these additional demand in the winter Three of the eight classes However, this isn’t always the that the university will try to offer
types of related classes tend to semester. Albeit, as midterms offered – Self Defence for case; Aikido was cancelled due a new and appealing martial art
be the most popular, with Muay and end of semester assignments Women, Capoeria, and Tai Chi to low enrollment, but after some every year to add to the program’s
Thai and Jiu-Jitsu having full wreak havoc on students’ social – were cancelled this semester. haggling with the instructor, he roster.
enrollment in both semesters. lives, actual attendance tends to Trudelle said the pricing and agreed to run the course for a
“Martial arts that are directly dwindle near the end of classes; class cancellation is primarily at reduced price. While class sizes
related to UFC do very well,” said but, the classes are still generally the discretion of the instructor. and interests can fluctuate from
intramural, martial arts and sports well-attended throughout the Classes are almost always cancelled semester to semester, all the classes

Lang will be joined by two full-time assistants


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Continued from cover
that we build into our players the
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Part of Lang’s vision is also to
help bring a new stadium to the
Guelph campus. He will be actively
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using his experience to bridge
football and business management.
The teacher
“Part of our vision is to leave education program
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fundraising, meeting alumni, and For over 150 years, Niagara University
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Life
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makes friends with fennel


Nicole Elsasser that by pairing fennel with citrus the If you choose to do that as well, use
Fennel is one of those things licorice taste is balanced out. Others slightly less than what the recipe
you either love or hate. For fear of explained that the taste of the bulb calls for because most sour creams
hating it and being forced to endure is much more mild than the foliage tend to be a little runnier than crème
it through a whole meal, I had or the seeds, so going that route will fraiche. Also I used Meyer lemon,
stealthily avoided it for quite some mean a less-abrasive licorice taste. but they aren’t available as often as I
time. You see, I have an aversion I came across a recipe for a spiced would like, so this salad can be made
to very few tastes in this world, fennel salad on the blog Not Eating with regular lemons as well.
but licorice is one of them. As you Out in New York written by Cathy Overall, my first fennel
may know from experience or from Erway. The recipe matched to a ‘T’ experience, in the form of a beautiful
taking my hint, fennel tastes very all of the criteria I had in mind for a and crisp salad enjoyed in the sun,
similar to licorice, thus a problem for positive first-fennel experience. was a very pleasant one. The licorice
the fennel/licorice-averse, of which The presence of citrus? Check. taste was so mild and unobtrusive
there are many. Ever determined to Use of the fennel bulb? Check. that I can’t help but feel foolish for
overcome any sign of pickiness in Interesting spice combination to avoiding it for so long. Another
my eating habits, I set out in search distract from the licorice taste? point worth noting is that the salad
of a recipe that could introduce me Check. really benefits from a little time,
to the more enjoyable aspects of the Everything was in order. allowing for the flavours to develop,
plant that has polarized so many For the recipe, I had to adapt so I will be happily enjoying leftover
eaters. I turned to a few friends for to the lack of crème fraiche at the fennel salad for dinner the second
fennel advice and they suggested grocery store by using sour cream. night in a row.

ß Spiced Fennel Salad with Crème Fraiche and Meyer Lemonß


Ingredients Directions
1 large fennel bulb, cored and finely individual sections, without any peel Combine the crème fraiche,
sliced or pith (if using regular lemon, don’t honey, salt, lemon zest, cumin and
2 -3 tbsp fennel fronds, chopped add sections, simply add its juice to coriander in a large bowl. Fold in
taste) the fennel and Meyer lemon slices
1/2 tsp each whole cumin seeds and until evenly coated. Add the fennel
coriander seeds, coarsely crushed 1/2 cup crème fraiche (or sour
cream, but then add less) fronds and toss once more. Serve
(either with a mortar and pestle, or immediately or chill up to one night,
crushed under a metal spoon) 2 tsp honey covered.
1 Meyer lemon, zested and cut into pinch of salt Kyle Gillespie

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A shift takes place over the course of this Venus and Mercury move into your sign, A Full Moon in your communication The Full Moon in Libra early in the week As the focus shifts toward your home
week as both Venus and Mercury move so you’re now in control once again. You zone means you get a clearer picture of may encourage vivid, powerful dreams. and family zone, you seem keen to get

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is a Full Moon in your opposite sign of a Full Moon in your health and lifestyle of energies that knows no compromise. with those you love. Mercury aspects to be forthright and always ready with a
Libra, which is going to bring certain zone. You get a chance to find out why This is the way you need to be right now, Neptune on Wednesday, so beware of quick riposte or cryptic comment. You
tensions to the surface. On Monday you you may be feeling so emotional. Are within reason, if you want to succeed at misunderstandings. Take special care need to learn how to give as good as you
may feel more emotional than usual, you ready to wise up? Face problems the goals you have set yourself. But it if you’re signing important documents, get. Jupiter continues to move through
especially where your relationships head on and stay cool. If you overreact, also helps to have planned everything especially any associated with your your financial zone and bring you good
are concerned. If you find your mood you’ll ruin your chances to create in advance, so you know where to direct property. Venus squares Mars on Saturday, fortune. It’s time to put your money to
swinging from high to low, you’ll know harmony and may make thing worse. this energy for best results. bringing a touch of creative tension your work for you and get a good return.
why. Take it easy! way. The answer you eventually arrive at
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Teach English start to the week. Love affairs could your adventure zone. It’s time to look Sagittarius and making new friends. The weekend

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Overseas in your chart is Jupiter in your career
zone. You have a much better chance of
to do next. The Full Moon on Monday
may bring up financial issues, which
This is down to the presence of Mars in
your adventure zone. You are ready to
Mercury and Venus making a trine to
Pluto. Meetings that occur at this time

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standing out from the crowd and getting could be emotional. You may begin to travel over the rainbow and explore new are going to be quite intense, and the
the publicity you deserve. Your place in worry more than usual. Don’t panic or horizons. A Full Moon brings issues to a relationship may continue for some time
the community seems to be bringing overreact. It helps if you can see things head involving friends or groups. Don’t into the future. Mars is in your work and
you recognition at last. Sunday is quite in a rational light. Wait a few days before overreact and do something that you health zone, where it has been for some
intense and potentially passionate. you decide what to do. In the meantime, might regret. Mind how you go! This time. You’re more determined than ever
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Building a
fixed gear bike
Zack MacRae the last two decades into a sexy
A fixed gear bicycle is a looking fixed gear bicycle, follow
manipulated bicycle that has these steps. Cruz
no freewheels, meaning that it
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Opinion
Apr. 1 - 7, 2010 theontarion.ca

Texas textbooks rewrite history


Dan Howse of Texas. cheapest textbooks. As anyone who
Imagine a history course without Because Texas is one of the has studied capitalism can tell you,
hip-hop. Imagine a history course largest purchasers of textbooks in or as it was recently renamed, the
without Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s the United States, there is now free enterprise system, the most
New Deal. Imagine a history course an economic incentive to produce manufactured books invariably
without Thomas Jefferson, the become the most affordable.
separation of church and state or any While it is easy to see this issue
sort of distinction made between While it is easy to as an American concern, it has very
gender and sex. Does that sound
like American History to you?
see this issue as an real implications for the entire world.
Reshaping history to pander to
Well, as of March 12, it is. American concern, certain political ideologies isn’t just
A far-right faction of the it has very real immoral: it’s incredibly dangerous.
Texas State Board of Education implications for Doing so dissolves the very fabric of
succeeded in removing all of democracy in America. Then again,
the aforementioned topics in
the entire world. as future Texas students will tell you,
exchange for country music as a Reshaping history America isn’t “democratic”: it’s a
cultural movement and favourable to pander to certain “constitutional republic”.
representations of Reganism, political ideologies For all the corporate sponsorship
in healthcare legislation, for all the
Calvinism, McCarthyism and the
National Rifle Association, among isn’t just immoral: it’s repression of populist regimes in
other pro-Conservative ideologies, incredibly dangerous. foreign countries, for all the excessive
figures and groups. The board also and prohibitive costs an education
downplayed Latin Americans, in America incurs, these have all
specifically activists, and encouraged these questionable history textbooks been problems of the present. These
the studying of violent civil war at a mass scale. However, more controversial policies might be
protests by the Black Panthers. importantly, Texas is the only state Courtesy socially responsible or they may not,
While some onlookers might in the nation to have uniform A far-right faction of the Texas State Board of Education succeeded but regardless, they were topics that
sarcastically claim that these subjects educational standards throughout in removing historical figures such as Thomas Jefferson out of history would to some degree, be discussed
are a more accurate representation the state from kindergarten to Grade textbooks. Roosevelt’s New Deal has also been slashed. in the classroom. The rewriting of
of the views of Texans, this is no 12. With no other state lobbying history is a problem of an entirely
laughing matter. Aside from the as powerfully for other standards, representatives have claimed becoming the national standard, different scope; the Orwellian
obvious alteration of in-state history, there is a real likelihood that the that digitalization of media will many critics of the policy maintain changes to yesterday do not cripple
this historical rewrite will affect impact of these textbooks reaches promote other interpretations and that various under funded school the educational system of today, they
Americans far beyond the borders beyond Texas. While some industry hopefully limit these textbooks from boards will frequently purchase the poison it for the youth of tomorrow.

The meaning of No we can’t


meaning is meaningless Why Barack Obama do Unlike us Ontarians, Americans
not have universal healthcare.
also laden with corruption and
injustice. Without a universal
Matti J. Cowan anything. It is an entirely subjective
has failed the Americans could buy insurance— coverage option, healthcare is not
What is the meaning of social construct, and in many American Public provided they met a certain number considered a right in the United
meaning, and why is it held so cases it is a critical component of qualifications, such as not having States. Specifically, if I were
high? Theists sometimes ask me, of existence. Nobody wants to Dan Howse a variety of preexisting illnesses or diagnosed with treatable cancer in
“How can you be an Atheist? work at a fast food join flipping Barack Obama rode into medical conditions. This is (to Canada, the Ontario government
From where do you derive your burgers their entire life; it’s too office on a wave of reform. With dramatically oversimplify) one of will do its best to offer me
life’s meaning?” meaningless. But this is only one the image of a warmongering, the main reasons why cigarettes, treatment. If I were an American,
The truth is: I don’t. I’m component of life, it says nothing poorly spoken George W. Bush
perfectly happy leading a life of life’s ultimate meaning. freshly ingrained in the public
which ultimately has no meaning.
I do not understand why this
People find meaning in the
silliest of things: Jesus’ face in a
consciousness, here was a chance
for hope. A well-spoken, debonair Obama was elected largely
social construct of meaning is
held in such high regard. What
grilled-cheese sandwich; God’s
eyes hidden in the wood grain
African-American was running
for presidency—and he was doing on the platform of offering
universal healthcare. Two
does it mean for something to of a door; mother Mary in the it on the platform of healthcare
have meaning? windows of a church. This deluded reform. Even political cynics
Is this why theists subscribe form of meaning is what has me like me became optimistic. As
to some sort of higher power? Is
it because going to heaven adds
most concerned. If people are so
prone to find meaning in things
controversial as the United States
of America’s foreign affairs can years later, he has failed
a level of meaning to your life? Is
your ultimate meaning in life to get
where really there is none, our
societal advances are hindered and
be, as debated as drug and gun
control legislation frequently are, miserably in his attempt to
to heaven and be with God? Well,
let’s say for instance you do go to
heaven (fat chance you sinful, pot
our society advances much slower.
Think of how much collective
time people waste worshipping
America’s healthcare was almost
inarguably crippled. Despite
spending more money on health
deliver it.
smoking, hippy!)… then what? imaginary, non-existent Gods. care than any other country in
What does your blissful existence To these people, getting to spend the world, America ranked 37th beer and even generic grocery without a health plan, there would
in the clouds then mean? Is your eternity in heaven is their life’s according to the World Health store items are cheaper in most be no treatment available.
meaning to serve God? Wouldn’t ultimate meaning. To me, this is Organization. More than any states than in most provinces— Obama was elected largely on
you get tired of an eternity of God just as silly as finding meaning in other issue, Obama was elected on because there is no public plan the platform of offering universal
serving? I know I would, but I’m a grilled-cheese Jesus sandwich. the basis of health care reform. for healthcare. Proponents of healthcare. Two years later, he has
only one Atheist. The late Douglas Adams once Over two years later, healthcare this system frequently cite that failed miserably in his attempt to
Obviously Atheists don’t rhetorically asked: “Isn’t enough reform legislation has finally American government should be deliver it. The most widely publicized
subscribe to that belief system. to see that a garden is beautiful passed. However, many of the as limited as possible, arguing that piece of the bill drafted last week
We live, we die, we rot. Sounds without having to believe there same problems with the former the additional taxation Canadians, was the extension of coverage to 32
pleasant, eh? Well actually, the part are fairies at the bottom of it too?” plan still exist, and if anything, French, British and the vast million more Americans. While the
we experience really is pleasant. This quote sums up my thoughts they might have become more majority of the developed world extension of coverage may sound
We know that it is pointless to perfectly: life is inherently beautiful challenging. The new plan that pay is not an effective allocation like a lofty ideal, it does not make
attach a colossal life meaning to in and of itself. There is no need to passed on March 25 falls far short of resources, instead favouring healthcare more affordable for these
our existence, and we can therefore attach meaning to things because of the plan promised two years ago privatization of health care. This payers. Furthermore, no public
enjoy a stress free, boundless the whole construct of meaning is by Obama and fellow democrats. system certainly does have its universal option has been passed.
existence without feeling pressure in actuality meaningless. Accept For anyone who has not been benefits—for the right price, While 32 million more Americans
or fear to live up to a self-imposed it, smile, breathe in, and live your following America’s healthcare medical services are indeed faster will now have the option to pay for
higher meaning. boundless existence. debate over the last two years, here and frequently more effective. healthcare, many millions more will
Meaning can be attached to is a quick summary. However, this system is still go without.
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They’re two different things
Supporting our Supporting the troops means that time, separated by continents and in the past, through conscription
you are thankful for the brave oceans. There are also many single and drafting. Over 100,000 fled the
troops does not mean Canadians who fight this war so you parents in the military who continue United States to Canada during
supporting the war don’t have to. to shoulder the burden for childcare the Vietnam draft era. Most of
There are certainly easier jobs out even when deployed. Their children them were fairly well educated
Dan O’Keefe there than enlisting in the Forces. often have no choice but to pack up and contributed to academics
Many times in conversation, the Being a soldier is a demanding job, and live with distant relatives. and the arts in Canada. It
war in Afghanistan has come up. I physically, mentally, and emotionally. Furthermore, the job is would be devastating
am always the first to say, “I support It is not a high paying job, unless extremely dangerous. If you make for Canada to lose
our troops.” Immediately after I say you are among the lucky few to rise a mistake on a test, you might lose 100,000 talented and
that, there is always someone who high in the ranks. Members of the a mark. If you make a mistake on educated citizens,
tells me that I am wrong to support Forces have numerous more laws to the job, you might inconvenience whose potential
the war, or that the war is wrong, a customer. If you make a mistake contributions to
or that our soldiers shouldn’t be in conflict, you could die, or cost Canadian society
overseas. I am very bothered by the
fact that most people see “I support
Supporting the others their lives. Besides death,
there is a chance of permanent
would be sorely
missed. Furthermore,
our troops” and “I support the war,” troops doesn’t mean disability and disfigurement. The conscription would
as the same thing.
The fact is that supporting the that you think that stakes are as high as they could be,
every single day for every single
force young Canadians,
much like myself and
war is a whole other debate.
Why are Canadian soldiers in
war is good. It soldier on the front lines. Think many others in university,
about how hard it would be to into the service and overseas
Afghanistan? It has something to do doesn’t mean that know that every single action and to war.
with NATO, the Taliban, al-Qaeda,
and a counter-insurgency operation.
you think our boys decision for the duration of a tour
has the potential of life ending or
The next time you hear about
the War in Afghanistan, think.
Should the Canadian soldiers and girls should life–altering consequences. Think about how difficult it
be in Afghanistan? That’s a little
more complicated. But what is clear be overseas. It The amazing thing is that the
ranks are filled with volunteers;
must be to be ordered to kill
and watch your comrades
is that all Canadians, whether they
think that the war is right or wrong,
doesn’t mean that people who didn’t have to put their
lives on the line, people who didn’t
die. Think about how
frightening it must be to
whether they think our soldiers you believe there have to take such a difficult and know that in combat
should be over there or not, should
support our troops. is a valid reason demanding job and people who
didn’t have to leave their homes,
your life could end in
the blink of an eye.
Supporting the troops doesn’t
mean that you think that war is
to have invaded friends, and families for months on
end. These are people who chose to
Think about how
tough it would be
good. It doesn’t mean that you Afghanistan. anyway. They might have enlisted to leave everything
think our boys and girls should be out of national pride, because they you know for months
overseas. It doesn’t mean that you needed of a job, or to acquire a on end. And then think
believe there is a valid reason to have abide by, and they can be charged skilled trade, but regardless, they about how lucky you are
invaded Afghanistan. Supporting for seemingly trivial offences, such volunteered. They stand on guard that over 110,000 Canadians
Courtesy
the troops means that you are as disrespectfulness, disobeying an so that others aren’t forced to. have volunteered to fill the
behind our friends and family order, and fraternizing. Imagine if there was a shortage of ranks so that you don’t have to go
who don the uniform and fill the Many soldiers have spouses and volunteers for the Canadian Forces. through what they do.
ranks. Supporting the troops means children. Being deployed means not How would the ranks be filled? I am very proud to say that no
that you are proud and patriotic. seeing loved ones for months at a Likely in the same way they were matter what, I support our troops.

Why she shouldn’t speak


Debunking the with Coulter’s background, let me even given their own TV shows
introduce you to her by sharing with and political movements (i.e Glenn
notion that Ann you some of her quotes: Beck). But here in Canada, we don’t
Coulter’s denial to “Airports scrupulously apply the sacrifice our principles as often for
same laughably ineffective airport TV ratings or controversy. At least
speak at Ottawa U harassment to Suzy Chapstick as to we try not to.
was ‘unequal’ Muslim hijackers. It is preposterous Coulter supporters have
to assume every passenger is a also criticized the letter written
Kelsey Rideout potential crazed homicidal maniac. by Francois Houle, the vice-
Last week, there was quite the We know who the homicidal president academic and provost at
fury at the University of Ottawa maniacs are. They are the ones the University of Ottawa. Houle
when approximately 200 university cheering and dancing right now. addressed the letter to Coulter
students rallied together to cancel We should invade their countries, welcoming her to the capital,
Ann Coulter’s speech, one of three kill their leaders and convert them while expressing the seriousness of
talks set to be presented by the to Christianity.” These remarks were actions in Canada that evoke hatred
American right-wing columnist featured in Coulter’s columns within against any identifiable group.
and published author throughout two weeks after Sept. 11, 2001. Coulter lashed out upon receiving
her speaking tour at Canadian If that didn’t phase you, maybe the letter, exclaiming that she was
universities. this quote will: “In contemplating being intimidated and threatened
Many Americans have labeled college liberals, you really regret, of criminal prosecution before
this move as unequal, oppressive, once again, that John Walker is not presenting any speeches.
and a threat to freedom of speech. getting the death penalty. We need Canada has disappointed
Some claim that Canada’s system of to execute people like John Walker the public in regards to political
democracy is ‘weak’ and even ‘wimpy.’ in order to physically intimidate responses to other pressing issues,
However, thousands of students and liberals by making them realize that such as climate change and torture
Canadians alike have celebrated the they could be killed, too. Otherwise against Afghan detainees. After
move as one step towards banning they will turn out into outright Gage Skidmore hearing about Houle’s letter and
Coulter from speaking in Canada. traitors.” This was said during the American political pundit Anne Coulter has been making appearances what went on last week at Ottawa U
While I advocate for freedom of CPAC conference in 2002. on Canadian university campuses. last week, I finally felt a feeling rise
speech, I believe that boundaries After reading these quotes, it within me that I have been missing
have to drawn to prevent hateful becomes easier to completely support have certain rules in Canada that do extremely powerful. I do not know for far too long – pride. Thank you
language and actions. To me and not allowing Ms. Coulter, or anyone not allow for hateful speech to be why anyone in their right mind Ottawa U students for standing up
many others, Coulter’s words are else as hateful and uneducated as perpetuated within a public realm, would allow her to say anything, against Coulter, and showing the
extremely hateful and so harmful she is, to speak within an academic and it is these rules that we should especially within a university – a rest of the world that Canada does
that in this case, they should be setting (in all honesty, I think these be proud of. Focusing much on place of reflective thought. We know not tolerate individuals whose sole
silenced. people should be banished to another discourse in my studies, I understand in the good ol’ US of A, these people purpose is to promote hate.
For those of you unfamiliar planet, but that is another topic). We words, both written and spoken, as can say whatever they want and are
20 Opinion Apr. 1 - 7, 2010 theontarion.ca

L oose Cannon

No rules? No problem
Greg Beneteau the various volunteer canvassers After their ROC processes
As features editor for the from Toronto, Ottawa, Carleton and stalled, the student unions at Simon
Ontarion two years ago, I had the York that have sprung up on campus Fraser and Kwantlen tried handing
great misfortune of covering a to shill for the YES-to-CFS side over control to third parties. They
story about three student unions in aren’t breaking the rules, because naively believed that the officials
British Columbia: the Simon Fraser there are no rules. who oversee their elections were
Students’ Society, the University of What about spending limits? perfectly qualified to referee a vote
Victoria Graduate Students’ Society None are required, nor is either side on CFS membership. That’s when
and the Kwantlen University- required to submit expense reports. the lawsuits started.
College Students Association. This automatically benefits the CFS, The folks at Simon Fraser and
All three decided to hold which has more money to spend. Kwantlen would surely recognize the
referendums on continued Even the approval of campaign name Lucy Watson, then national
membership in the Canadian materials appears lopsided. The NO director of the CFS. She was on
Federation of Students. Their side has complained that the ROC the ROC at the three campuses in
reasons varied, but generally the is holding up its campaign materials B.C., and more recently at the Post
groups were unsatisfied with what while approving YES posters and Graduate Society of McGill. Three
they were getting in return for their fliers. of the four committees she’s sat on
student dues. No one knows exactly what is (that we know of ) have fallen apart
Anyone paying attention to the happening, since all proceedings at from infighting.
ongoing referendum saga at Guelph the ROC are confidential. Further, The PGSS is going ahead with
knows what happened next: a series Rashaad Bhamjee the members representing the the vote anyways, which likely
of court battles that pitted student Central Student Association, Gavin means another battle with the CFS
unions against the very organization Referendum Oversight Committee. place. By default, the student union Armstrong and Galen Fick, are legal machine.
that was supposed to represent On the ROC, two representatives stays part of the federation, or must officially neutral, which means the The federation spent $246,646
them. from the CFS and two from the go to court to force a resolution. NO side gets no representation on in legal fees in 2008-2009. That’s
The most recent ruling for the student union meet and determine In Guelph’s case, the CFS the committee. almost the same amount Guelph
Simon Fraser Students’ Society vs. how a referendum campaign is dragged its feet and refused to The ROC could ask a neutral students pay in student dues to the
CFS was handed down in January of going to run. form a ROC, claiming the petition judge to rule on every little dispute, CFS.
this year. Think about that: long after At least, that’s how it’s supposed requesting a referendum was invalid. but that simply eats up more time. Now, Watson is one of the
many of the students involved in the to work. More often than not, the After the CSA went to court, a More time without rules. ROC members at Guelph (the
Simon Fraser campaign graduated, two sides are hopelessly deadlocked, judge laid out some basic rules and Notably, the CSA already has other is Ashkon Hashemi, internal
the two sides are still fighting it out which works out perfectly for the asked the ROC to do the rest. But rules for its elections, including coordinator for CFS-Ontario).
in court. CFS. even that is proving difficult. campaign spending limits. However, Despite her abysmal track record,
One of the most common On the one hand, if the ROC As of Wednesday, there is the CFS claims their bylaws the CFS continues to rely on her to
causes of these legal woes is the can’t decide on details like the length little information about what is overrule those of local members, help run membership referendums.
body empowered to set referendum of the campaign or the number of considered acceptable behaviour for and it’s willing to fight for that Run them into the ground, that is.
rules and arbitrate disputes, the voting days, no referendum can take campaigning. By default, that means interpretation.

Academics Against Apathy

A trying task
Dr. Judith McKenzie’s JM: Well, we have really awareness that there are some tired and sick. You know, their it’s about environmental issues,
become successful about pursuing looming problems right now, parents have lost their jobs. And joining a group like Green Peace,
efforts to establish post-secondary school. We have problems that are scary. there’s really not a lot of jobs or other Canadian groups. If
equality for women more women that are practicing KR: How can academics out there. The liberal budget was someone has a passion for seeing
as lawyers, as doctors, but when overcome this disconnect dropped and there is going to some substantive progress on an
and marg inalized you look at how many women are between academic theory be a hiring freeze in the public environmental issue, I think you
population sitting in the house of commons, and practical on-the-ground sector now. That was one sector can really get mobilized that way,
it’s abysmal. It’s one of the worst. change? that used to hire students who by encouraging them to become
Kelsey Rideout We’re something like 50th in JM: Well, academia was my graduated with an undergraduate a volunteer or an activist. I think
Dr. Judith McKenzie has the western world, in terms of second career. I worked as a town degree. At the same time, we’ve similarly if someone is concerned
focused her research on the women being in politics. We planner for ten years. I really think had these tough times before. And about a health care system
Canadian government, public have three women in the supreme I am not a huge theorist. I’m more usually, economies will bounce that doesn’t seem to be getting
policy analysis, environmental court, including the supreme a practical, sort of public policy back, and certainly when I was more progressive as it relates to
politics and women in politics. justice, that’s impressive, but day- person. So, the fact that I haven’t a grad student, Mike Harris was mental health, then I’d certainly
She is currently working on to-day public policy decisions are always been in academia I think the premier. The motto was kind encourage them to volunteer and
several projects, one of them made by politicians. And one of gave me some insights about of “I want you to be a worker, not do something about it. I recognize
being a book manuscript for UBC the things I’m doing…is I point how the real world operates. a thinker.” But you know, I still a lot of students have many
Press tentatively titled, Social to the fact that the ‘equality I remember in my planning think if students are tired right draws on their time, being part-
Justice and Mental Health Policy project,’ while it has had some program spending all nighters now and worried about the future, time work or family issues, but I
in Canada. Dr. Judith McKenzie success in some areas, women still with the team, a sustainable that it’s quite likely that things think that’s the way you address
exposes students to critical issues remain unequal when it comes to community with dedicated bike will improve. I still think you’re ambivalence. You get involved.
and problems facing Canada’s making political decisions. We lanes, sustainable housing, and better off having a degree, then KR: What inspires you to
marginalized populations also still know that women get then by the time we all got into not having one. And you know, keep going?
throughout all of her courses. beaten up by partners. Aboriginal the planning business, all the ideas we had the worst voter turnout JM: I love working with bright
Additionally, her writings are women are disproportionally in that we had were not accepted. It rate in Canadian history during young people. I can’t imagine
consistently featured in local and the criminal justice system and was all about politics and letting the last election. There’s a lot doing anything that I would get
national newspapers, and focus women are still getting sexually developers do what they wanted. written about young people not more enjoyment from. You know,
on educating the wider Canadian assaulted. These problems are It was very frustrating. So I think being interested. Unfortunately, they’re the leaders of tomorrow,
public on an array of social justice still relevant and continuing. being in another profession before we don’t have anyone on the and if any of them learn one
and environmental issues. She is a KR: What do you hope makes it sort of easier to bridge political scene right now that are little thing from me that they’ll
self-declared feminist, and many will result from your work and the disconnect between academia appealing to young people…I remember, then I feel that I
students have gotten to know her efforts? and the outside world. think that’s not helping students might have made a difference.
at Guelph’s annual Take Back JM: Well that more people KR: What would you say to to get involved. So, that’s what keeps me going. I
the Night March, aiming to curb will, especially young people, will a tired university student who is KR: What are some ways like working with disadvantaged
violence against women. realize that there are still some beginning to feel that academia to transform ambivalent people. And I love writing, I’ve
groups in our society that are cannot lead to any real form of attitudes into action, concern or been very fortunate to do so.
KR: What barriers have you facing disadvantages. The fact change? compassion?
come across, in aiming to spread that we have all sorts of evidence JM: Well they are certainly JM: I think encouraging
awareness and improve equality about a looming environmental tired these days. Tired and sick, students to join organizations
for women? catastrophe, I hope to raise I’ve never had so many students that reflect their own passions. If
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What the upcoming referendum the provincial component of the sustainable and affordable. are not feeling a CFS presence. The N1G 2W1
comes down to is whether the Federation and $3.97 to the national In short, the CFS is an effective CFS has failed to attract students to
relationship between the CFS component. With that money, the organization that unites students their purpose and their programs. ontarion@uoguelph.ca
and students on this campus is CSA belongs to the largest national and their concerns. This means that a reevaluation
necessary enough to trump a clear student lobby, whose best-known But according to CFS detractors, of our membership is a worthwhile Phone:
attempt to put up barriers to student initiative is lobbying the government like the website cfswatch.ca, “The exercise. This never meant the CSA 519-824-4120
democracy. for reductions in tuition. CFS has a long documented history should leave the CFS. General: x58265
Across the nation, the Canadian In the past, the CFS has made of corruption, gross mismanagement But, both the national and Editorial: x58250
Federation of Students (CFS) inroads for students. Tuition fees in of student funds, stifling opposing provincial components of the CFS Advertising: x58267
seems to get a bad rap. Far too often, British Columbia, for example, were viewpoints, and far-left radicalism.” did everything in their power to Accounts: x53534
they are painted as an overzealous frozen between 1996 and 2002, with We can’t prove this. The resources make sure a referendum did not come
organization that has no qualms the CFS playing a part in that. In needed to take on a complete to this campus. With CFS-Ontario Fax:
with dragging student governments Manitoba, fees were reduced by 10 investigation into the CFS’s past petitions, the provincial executive 519-824-7838
into the courtroom. The student per cent in 2000-2001. As journalist are far too extensive for a university argued that petitions hadn’t been
press salivates at any opportunity it Erin Mallar, who has covered the newspaper. delivered on time and via the right Editorial staff
gets to throw the Federation in the CFS for nearly a decade, put it, “The Nor should we prove this; this method. On the smallest infraction, Editor-in-chief
fire. CFS has access to many ministers. referendum should have nothing the CFS – an organization that says Daniel Bitonti
It is true that our own student They have the ability to put in to do with the CFS’s past and their they look out for the interests of Arts & culture editor
Zack MacRae
government was forced to opinion on the budget. They have all relationship to other campuses. students, an organization that claims
News editor
(successfully) argue in court why that structure. They have done a hell It should have everything to do democracy as their cornerstone – put Nicole Elsasser
this campus deserved a referendum of a lot over the years.” with this campus. up a barrier to student autonomy. Sports & health editor
on continued membership in CFS initiatives go far beyond According to a survey recently The courts felt the same way. Mike Treadgold
the organization. This came after reducing tuition. They have task put out by the CSA’s Capacity The CFS national executive Copy editor
a lengthy feud over the validity forces that investigate pertinent Analysis and Planning Committee, claimed to have had problems Roli Wilhelm
of the petitions sent to both the issues on university campuses like the majority of students on this verifying signatures on the petitions Web editor
national and provincial components, racism, Islamophobia and rape. They campus are not aware of many of sent to them, despite a letter from Sarawanan Ravindran
requesting a referendum be held. run services like the International the CFS’s most important programs. the University’s registrarial office
The CSA won and now we have Student Identification Card (ISIC), Well over 60 per cent of students confirming the names. The executive Production staff
a referendum on our hands. which gives students discounts surveyed had never used the CFS continued over several months, to Photo & graphics editor
Rashaad Bhamjee
But, it would be imprudent to say of up to 50 per cent off VIA Rail, ISIC card. Close to 84 per cent had show reluctance acknowledging
Ad designer
that the CFS is all bad and no good. 25 per cent off Greyhound and never used the CFS student saver what was a clear desire by many Anne Tabata
Despite the zingers dished out by Coach Canada, and discounts on card. Fifty-three percent had never students for a reevaluation of Layout director
student politicos in the blogosphere, WestJet flights. The Federation is heard of it (see page 12 for full membership. Duncan Day-Myron
the CFS is not simply a self-serving the only student voice that major results). The Ontarion’s own survey Like so many other student
organization where staffers conspire organizations in the labour and several weeks ago showed that nearly unions, ours was dragged to court. Office staff
to waste student money while social justice movements work with. 80 per cent of students surveyed had Is this an organization you want Business manager
beefing up their resumes. The Federation’s ethical purchasing never heard of the CFS. to be part of? Lorrie Taylor
The CFS is an organization with program is the only national, not- While this is not a good measure Before you vote, familiarize your Office manager
a mandate to serve the interests for-profit cooperative that offers of how effective and important an self with both arguments and read Monique Vischschraper
of students. Students on this t-shirts, water bottles and other organization is, these surveys do between the lines. Ad manager
Chris Hamelin
campus pay $3.30 per semester to items that are ethically purchased, suggest that students on this campus
Board of directors
Letters to the Editor President
David Evans
Lately it’s been hard to avoid biology of human development. I some students, this is the difference while the main stakeholders are us, Chairperson
hearing about the Canadian appreciated the scientific approach between a successful university the students. Because governments Timothy McBride
Federation of Students. I don’t know to fetal development, and the 4-D career and being placed on academic won’t listen to groups posing no Treasurer
about the workings of the CFS, but ultrasounds were amazing! It is probation. For too many students political threat to them, we students Curtis Van Laecke
it seems clear that the accusations pretty awesome how technology the knowledge that a wide variety vitally need to unite under a Secretary
being leveled are as politically has granted us the ability to catch of free services are available to assist single banner to effectively voice Joanna Sulzycki
motivated as those thrown around in a glimpse into the womb and in writing, studying, numeracy, shared demands and concerns. The Members
Matthew French
any Parliamentary Question Period. witness the complexity of human time management and a host of CFS serves this function, giving
Andrew Goloida
Students have no time for development. other areas comes to them when it’s campus students’ unions across James Hawkins
discussions about operational already too late. We will continue the country a united and powerful Marshal McLernon
minutiae or attempts to diminish Marianna Ferrant to use every means available to voice. Solidarity is as vital now as
accomplishments, like the first raise awareness of these valuable ever. Early last month Premier
ever national system of grants. resources. McGuinty announced plans to
Guelph students should be asking I would like to address the increase the number of international
themselves whether they support concerns raised by a reader regarding Cort Egan students at Ontario’s universities.
the issues the CFS advocates for: the monitors that were recently Senior communications officer The government plans to use funds Contributors
promoting tuition fee reductions, installed in the Library. generated from ridiculously high Tom Beedham
more funding for post-secondary The decision to install and unregulated international Greg Beneteau
Aldis Brennan
education, providing services and monitors in the Library to assist in Dear Editor, tuition fees to get them off the hook Matti J. Cowan
addressing important social issues. communicating the many services on their promises and responsibility Alex Currie
I certainly believe these are and and features available at the As a grad student I won’t be able to adequately fund post-secondary Katelyn Dingman
Josh Doyle
valuable endeavors for students to Library and Learning Commons to vote in the referendum for the education. Who is going to speak up Justin Dunk
undertake. I also believe that any was made after a careful cost benefits CSA’s continued membership for the exploited among us, in a loud Sarah Dunstan
group that wishes to be effective analysis. The monitors not only assist in the CFS. If I could I would vote and strong enough voice to make Dan Howse
Alistair MacDonald
needs to work together in order to in reducing the volume of paper YES, the government listen? We need the Nadine Rainville
be strong and effective. That’s the materials that are produced annually and I hope every one of Guelph’s CFS and the CFS needs us. Kelsey Rideout
Vanessa Szpurko
same rationale in forming the CSA, in the Library, they also allow undergrads does so. The outcome of Daniel Wright
so until we consider leaving them information that is already being the referendum affects me, and every John James Wilson
too, I say we vote yes. created for the Library’s website and student attending any of Canada’s
news forum to be automatically fed university and colleges, even those Submit your
Alecks Holtom to the monitors, thereby reducing without the chance to vote. Guelph Letters to the Editor to
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