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The 2013 edition of the annual banquet was full of surprises
Chris Mller
An entrepreneurial carpenter would be wise to inquire with Yves Sikubwabo about building another shelf for the rookie runners expanding collection of awards and recognitions. Sikubwabo was surely the star of the Athletic Banquet, earning the Cross country Mens Rookie award, the Track & Field Mens Rookie award, and the Scott Yanchus Male Rookie of the Year award over the course of the evening on March 27 in the gymnasium of the W.F. Mitchell Centre. Sikubwabos personal successes aside, the night celebrated the achievements of student-athletes at the University of Guelph. It was a lively affair, with many of the athletes and athletic department staff attired in their finest garb not to mention the rugby teams excellent foray into the traditional leisurewear of many Bavarians, the lederhosen. The evening began with some opening remarks by the Associate Vice-President of Student Affairs, Brenda Whiteside. Whiteside extolled the prowess of the student-athletes in pursuing both athletic and academic interests simultaneously, adding that the Gryphon impact on

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A collection of the major award winners from the 2013 Guelph Gryphon Athletic Banquet.
the community outside of the university is something both the department and the athletes themselves should take great pride in. Whiteside was speaking in lieu of an absent Alastair Summerlee, who was missing the evening in order to discuss tuition fee-related issues with members of the provincial government. Tom Kendall, the director of the athletic department spoke for a short time after Whiteside. Kendall again lauded the abilities of the young people in the room for both their athletic prowess and commitment to creating an inclusive and spirited athletic program at the University of Guelph. Kendall concluded his speech by stating that the early progress of renovating the universitys athletic facilities has been good, but he has made the completion of the W.F. Mitchell Centre renovations his top priority in the coming years. Following a catered dinner, individual team awards were presented by the head coach of each team. Awards such as most valuable player and rookie of the year were commonplace, and the roars of excitement from each teams table (including the cross-country teams chants) helped imbue an air of excitement and appreciation amongst fellow athletes. Following individual awards, several major awards were awarded to exceptional members of the athletic community. Chris Clancy of mens hockey was awarded the Dr. John T. Powell Award; Derek Lahaie of mens volleyball earned the Cathy Rowe Manager of the year; Kara Muhlhausen of womens hockey and womens basketball e ba nqu e t pag e 14

Successful space education program may be grounded for good
Katie Shum
Each year, millions of tomato seeds travel to outer space, hosted by a special partnership with the Canadian Space Agency. The seeds are either normal seeds, or seeds that have been primed to a point near germination. When the seeds return from space, they are distributed to classrooms all over Canada, where students explore the potential of the tomato seeds after they are germinated. This is Tomatosphere. It definitely makes you think outside the box So much is focused on biological systems to live on this planet, so its cool for kids to also start exploring whats needed to live on another planet, said Dan Frank, a fourth-year science student, when he heard about the project. This one-of-a-kind science education and outreach program highlights space and plant sciences, but also opens up discussions to nutrition, environment, and life support systems, among other topics. The project is set to deliver tomato seeds to 15,000 classrooms across Canada this year, but has helped teach thousands more elementary and high school students over its decade-long run. The project has roots in Guelph, as co-project leader Dr. Mike Dixon is a professor from the School of Environmental Sciences, and director of the Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility (CESRF). The exploration of tomatoes as sustainable nutrition for astronauts on long space missions is a nod to the type of life support systems research that goes on within CESRF. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) recently recognized Tomatosphere with a 2012 NSERC Award for Science Promotion. The award puts the project back in the spotlight, just a month ahead of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfields return to Earth from the International Space Station. Hadfield will return with the next delivery of tomato seeds. Space missions, like Hadfields, have been critical for Tomatospheres cool points with school-age youngsters. We have shamelessly taken advantage of the attraction that outer space has, especially to young minds, joked Dr. Dixon. The NSERC award included a financial booster of $25,000, which will significantly help maintain continuation of Tomatosphere through the next year. Despite long-reigning support from the Canadian Space Agency, Heinz Canada Ltd., Stokes Seeds, and the University of Guelph, funding for the program may be near the end. Times are tough all over, and nothing lasts forever, stated Dr. Dixon, but we havent given up quite yet [] Were still looking around for options to sustain the funding for a bit longer. Current science students at the University of Guelph voiced praise

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Tomatosphere reaches 15,000 classrooms

April Fools The digital world took part in this years April Fools day with gags that left even the least gullible uncertain. Twitter got rid of vowels, announcing that there will be a five-dollar per month fee for a premium Twitter service to use vowels. Google debuted Google Nose that allowed users to search by scents and encourages visitors to lean into their screens to sniff different smells. The most discussed prank this year has to go to YouTube, who posted a video on the website informing the public that the contest is over. Joking that their eight-year rise was only a talent search, YouTube announced that they were done collecting nominees and judges were ready to start choosing a winner. This meant that the site was going to shut down for 10 years, delete all the videos and re-launch in 2023 after two years of announcing nominees and eight years of voting on a winner. Whether or not people actually fell for any of these pranks, the Internet definitely made this years April Fools entertaining. (CTV News) The White House celebrates Easter The First Family had over 30 000 guests to the South Lawn this Easter for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year marked the 135th annual Easter celebration at the White House with the theme being Be Healthy, Be Active, Be You. Events ran from the traditional Egg Roll where YouTube star Kid President Robbie Novak joined the First Family to cheer on contestants to the new Eggtivity Zone, an obstacle course with professional sports coaches and athletes teaching kids fun ways to be active. Performances included last years American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez singing the national anthem, Jordin Sparks, Austin Mahone, Coco Jones, Sesame Street and The Wanted. The entire First Family all read stories with important messages to gathered kids, Danica Patrick, The Wanted and Quvenzhan Wallis joined in reading on the Storytime Stage. (White House. Gov) Finding Dory On April 2 Ellen DeGeneres announced that there will be a new full length sequel to the Oscar winning movie Finding Nemo. The long anticipated feature, titled Finding Dory will hit cinemas Nov. 25, 2015 with DeGeneres voicing Dory as the main character. According to director Andrew Stanton, the film will take place about a year after the first film and will reunite Dory with her family. It will take place along the California coastline with important new characters but will still feature old favourites including Nemo, Marlin and the Tank Gang. With the original being the highest grossing G-rated movie at its release date (now fourth highest), the sequel has a lot to live up to. ( Complied by Alex Howie

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The Tomatosphere Project is helping tomatoes get one step closer to dominating our universe, or at the very least encouraging youth to learn about space science.
and support for the continuation of programs like Tomatosphere. To introduce something like this, it really does expand their horizons as far as what science entails, explained Adam Agate. Aside from the science, to give kids the idea that a collective group of people can make a difference instilling a sense of teamwork and community is vital to future generations, added Grace Glofcheskie.

Alumni awards ceremony an uplifting night

Honourees show dedication to improving life
Harrison Jordan
If there were any doubts about the accuracy of the University of Guelphs motto Changing Lives and Improving Life they were quickly put to rest at the universitys most recent alumni awards ceremony. On March 27, the University of Guelph Alumni Association held its annual Awards of Excellence night at the Science Complex. It was an elegant affair, with hors doeuvres and live acoustic guitar music, but what really stole the night were the uplifting stories of triumph, dedication, and success that filled the reception. Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was the recipient of the Alumni of Honour award, which is presented to an alumna who has brought great honour to their alma mater through professional, community and/or known as neuroplasticity. employer, Gordon Food Service, for personal endeavours. As a child, In her speech, Arrowsmith- allowing her to take the time off to Arrowsmith-Young grew up with Young emphasized that her time complete the run. a learning disability that prevent- at the university helped shape One of the high-profile honed her from thriving socially and her endeavours into neuroplasti- ourees was Warren Jestin, Senior academically. With passion and de- city. Reading from an excerpt of Vice-President and Chief Econtermination, she climbed her way her recent book, The Woman Who omist at Scotiabank, who was up to graduate school and discov- Changed Her Brain, she mentions presented with the Alumni Volered, by chance, cognitive research how her time studying Childrens unteer Award. While his job may that prompted her to try to allevi- Studies at the university solidified take up most of his time, Jestin has ate her disability. her passion to help others with demonstrated that one can always Despite scarce research on the learning disabilities. find time for volunteering. From matter at the time, ArrowsmithNicole Chuchmach was awarded 1997 to 2003, he sat on the UniverYoung developed brain exercises the Alumni Medal of Achievement, sitys board of governors, and from that could train her brains cogni- presented to those who have 2003 to present he has served on tive faculties. After finding personal achieved excellence with con- the board of trustees. In addition, success with the exercises, she went tributions to their community. Jestin holds a position on the CME on to establish a school in Toron- Following the passing of her moth- Advisory Board and often presents to Arrowsmith School and the er, Chuchmach launched Sophies a guest lecture at the University. Arrowsmith Program that is now Run to help raise awareness of The stories of the three honouin dozens of schools across North colorectal cancer. The 2008 run rees shows the impact that one America and Australia. It is estimat- from Milton, Ont. to New York individual can have on their comed that thousands of children have City took eight weeks and raised munity. Together, these individuals sought help from the Arrowsmith thousands of dollars for the dis- demonstrated that the University Program, and recent research con- ease. In her speech, she mentioned of Guelph is helping prepare stufirms the idea that repeating brain the importance of her family and dents to truly fulfill the universitys exercises can have powerful effects the community that supported her, mandate of changing lives and imon the brain, a scientific concept and made special recognition of her proving life.

4 w w e on ta r ion . c om Taking top prize for leadership

Two students from the U of G get national recognition
Alicja Grzadkowska
University of Guelph students have yet again been recognized for their achievements at the national level. This time, not one but two undergraduate students have been selected to receive two of ten 3M Canada and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) National Student Fellowships, which reflect the outstanding leadership of students in Canadian universities. Naythrah Thevathasan, a thirdyear biomedical sciences student, and Anita Acai, a fourth-year biochemistry student, certainly have demonstrated their extent of their involvement with a variety of services and programs both at the U of G and beyond. Thevathasan is an SLG leader through the Peer Helper Program, and has volunteered extensively at the Guelph General Hospital and with the Special Olympics as a peer coach. Acai is also a peer helper at Writing Services, has helped with the organization and running of Orientation Week as a volunteer, and she is a 2013 delegate to the Student Mental Health Innovation Summit, the first held in Canada, among many other achievements. Thevathasan says that her experiences at the University of Guelph have been rewarding because they allowed her to work with optimistic and enthusiastic individuals. Probably the most gratifying moment out of everything I do is when I get to see people show their kindness and their compassion, and their excitement to help other people in need, said Thevathasan. Im just happy that I can be a small part of that. Both students agree that the University of Guelph environment has been crucial to their successes. I feel like there are a lot of opportunities for undergrads in particular and theres such a supportive environment for getting involved, said Acai. According to Thevathasan, the U of G is focused on student-centered learning, which has helped her and other students thrive and succeed. Ive been able to be involved with things that Im really passionate about, things that make a difference on campus, and its only because of the dynamics fostered here at Guelph, explained Thevathasan. As for being recipients of the award, Thevathasan says that its a big honour.


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Naythrah Thevathasan (left) and Anita Acai, the two U of G winners of the fellowships, met for the first time during their interview at The Ontarion office.
I was definitely very excited, very shocked, very humbled and blessed, the undergrad remarked. The award will have a positive effect on both U of G winners lives. Besides receiving $5000 and participation in an educational retreat and a collaborative project in postsecondary education, Acai told The Ontarion that seeing the impact of leadership through her involvements will help her in her goal to work for higher education. I think having that idea that leadership is such a part of your life, thats beneficial for anyone, no matter what they do, said Acai. Thevathasan sees this opportunity as a gateway to other fulfilling volunteer or leadership-based experiences. Im definitely keeping my eyes open for possibilities whether they [are] in research or volunteering or just taking some time off and travelling, seeing the world, said Thevathasan. The two winners will travel to Cape Breton University in June to receive their awards.

Job-market lacks skilled labour

Changing Canadian job market shows skilled labour shortages
Andrew Donovan
There is a rhetoric embedded in todays university students that the job market upon graduation is saturated with talent in many fields and post-graduate unemployment is consistently on the rise. A CIBC economics report on the have and have-nots of the Canadian labour market indicates that there is some truth to the rhetoric in several popular areas of employment. The areas of the job-market with a surplus of labour include some fairly obscure jobs such as butchers, tailors and bakers, but also include the ever-so-popular professions of elementary and high school teachers. On the other end of the spectrum, traditional health care roles such as doctors, nurses and dentists along with other health care professionals such as chiropractors, pharmacists, dieticians and nutritionists are found to be lacking. Prime Minister Stephen Harper described the skilled labour shortages in the Canadian job-market as the biggest challenge our country faces. So are the incoming applicants to universities reflecting the skilled labour shortages? Though applicants for Bachelor of Arts degrees, a degree commonly associated with teaching as a future profession, are rising, those with a BA are increasingly becoming a smaller portion of the university population as applicants to the sciences and engineering increases. In fact, while full-time undergraduate enrolment increased by 40 per cent from 1999 to 2009, graduate enrolment increased by 70 per cent as students realized that to get the better, high demand jobs, it was going to take more than an undergraduate degree for many of them. The CIBC report went on to list the jobs with low or falling unemployment rates, due to their labour shortages, and rapidly rising wages to best understand which jobs will be consistently paying more in the near future for the lack of skilled labour available. By far, the largest skill shortages occurred in health-related occupations, but were closely followed by occupations in the mining, advanced manufacturing and business services industries. These fields account for 21 per cent of total Canadian employment, which in turn means one fifth of the Canadian labour market is showing signs of skilled labour shortages. Here in Ontario, the demand for skilled labour is below the national average and lags significantly behind the massive skilled labour shortages in Saskatchewan and Alberta with the job vacancy to unemployment ratio being between 50 and 60 per cent. For BA graduates, their numbers are rising despite their shrinking total of the overall university population. At the U of G, students enrolled in full-time BA programs increased from 14,987 in the 2006-2007 calendar year to 18,372 students enrolled in the same programs this year. Nonetheless, the reality that their undergraduate degree is merely a stepping stone on the way to graduate studies is becoming more and more prevalent. This has forced universities to adopt smaller, more comprehensive classrooms for growing university populations to help students achieve better results in their grades, thus leaving the doors open for future applications to graduate programs. U of G has been recognized by colleagues in other institutions, such as Waterloos Dr. Ken Coates, for their efforts to increase the quality of undergraduate degrees in hopes of creating a new workforce with better character and quality. Coates noted that U of T and U of G are among the leading universities

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With the current labour markets demands for technical degrees, the image of the starving artist may become a prevalent image of BA program graduates.
trying to curb the loss of value in BA degrees by creating expensive yet successful programs that guarantee small, first-year seminars, while the University of Waterloo, according to Coates, has created the largest program of co-op arts degrees in the world, as well as an arts and business program, which beefs up arts degrees with a suite of business courses taught from an arts perspective. The universities along with government officials are now trying to ensure the continued rise in graduates with a desire to enter the skilled labour fields, and that those with BAs are receiving an education that meets the changing requirements for an often unpredictable labour market.


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The history behind the bottle

Sleeman Collection now on display at McLaughlin Library
Alicja Grzadkowska
On April 3, Archival and Special Collections unveiled its newest collection in the McLaughlin Library, which focuses on the history of the Sleeman family and their company. John Sleeman spoke at the main event, held in the Academic Town Square, and according to Kathryn Harvey, head of Archival and Special Collections, over 100 people were expected to attend. The process of acquiring the collection has been in the works since before Harvey began working for the archives four years ago. Materials related to the founding of the brewery and some family papers had already been donated as part of the Sleeman Family Collection, and more items were donated to the archives over recent years as they became available. While the collection is focused on the Sleemans, Harvey explained that the family has strong ties to the Guelph community, and the collection in part reflects the history of the city. If you know anything about the Sleeman family, they were deeply enmeshed in the fabric of Guelph society, said Harvey. George Sleeman was the citys first mayor, and he founded the first tram system that existed in the city. The endeavour bankrupted Sleeman, and the bank took over the brewery for a period of time before he subsequently bought it back after he made more money, Harvey added. The items in the collection include actual ticket stubs and a token from the tram system, on loan to the archives, which Harvey says was used to transport coal to the university, and was connected to the main railway system in order to export the beer. Weve actually got some time sheets from the workers of the railway and basically, all of the workers on the railway were the Sleeman family, said Harvey, demonstrating the extent to which the business was a family affair. The collection covers many topics that might interest students, staff,

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John Sleeman addressed the crowd in the Academic Town Square, and answered questions related to his familys history.
and community members, particularly regional history. If youre interested in social history, the history of the beer industry, Guelph political history, theres a lot of material in this collection that would be of interest, Harvey explained. Not to mention that students have most likely heard of the company, and now have the oppor- and it will be on display in the library tunity to discover the history behind for the next two to three months. the Canadian beer. The archives also have other projects Sleeman Breweries is a very rec- planned for the upcoming months, ognizable brand, especially in the like an exhibit related to Scottish student community, but even in- studies and a new Whats Cooking ternationally, said Harvey. in the Archives? display that will be Over 150 years of brewing and fam- run entirely by a first-year seminar ily history is covered by the collection, led by Harvey in the Fall semester.

Students strive to #PrintSmarter

Project turns into a campus crusade to reduce paper waste and ecological footprint
Katie Shum
University of Guelph students, Allan Weller, Laura Nanne, Nikita Soukhov, and Natalie Renkema, began the creation of the #PrintSmarter campaign this past January. The idea arose from an advocacy project assigned to the students in the course Sustainable Communities (EDRD*3400), offered by the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. The title speaks for itself the group wants advocacy for more ecologically sound printing practices. The student organizers are encouraging all university members to be more conscious of how personal printing practices will collectively impact the environment. Another goal of the campaign is to petition for default settings on printers in McLaughlin Library to be changed to double-sided or duplex printing, from their current single-sided default. Other universities in Canada, such as Ryerson, Calgary, and Queens, boast default duplex printing across their campuses as part of their ongoing commitments to sustainability. McLaughlin Library tried a duplex default some years ago, but changes were made because at the time, students complained that the formatting was inconvenient. Renkema explained that if students make enough requests about printer settings, and the desire to support sustainable practices is strong, library administration may feel a greater push to act on behalf of students once again. The organizers have focused on raising awareness at McLaughlin Library, where more than 2.6 million sheets of paper are used for printing or copying each year. From this data, the percentage of sheets of paper that were printed on only one side was not available. That information, and other more specific stats about printing practices would have critically highlighted the true nature of the issue of printing practices on campus. Fourth-year sociology student Bernadette Ng expressed doubts about the necessity of this campaign to target students. Most students are already printing double-sided pages, because it costs them lessand it saves

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Thinking carefully about what you print, and in how many quantities, is a key aspect of the Print Smarter campaign.
space in binders. However, Ng acknowledged that there are instances where single-sided printing is required for assignments, as instructed by professors and course coordinators. On the contrary, Jenna McDermott, a fourth-year wildlife biology student, said that there have been many times that she was provided with lab handouts, printed on only one side, while the exact same pages were available online. Whether you are a student, faculty, staff, or other member of the University of Guelph, the #PrintSmarter campaign reminds everyone that implementing sustainable change is within their hands.

6 w w e on ta r ion . c om Run, Mackie, run!

Speaker talks about colourful running experiences
Andrea Connell
There is no telling what you might encounter when out for your daily constitutional. Kyle Mackie has run for chocolate, fled from zombies, and sprinted away from President Obamas security team all while pursuing his fitness goals. Mackie, manager of Teaching and Learning Technologies on campus, spoke about his exploits on April 2 at a kick-off event for the Occupation Health and Wellness Departments 13th Learn to Run program. More than 650 people have come through the program since it began in 2005. Mackie, a graduate of the 2011 Learn to Run program, said he shed 30 pounds within six months of taking up running and has been able to keep his blood pressure in check. Joining a running group, especially one that eases beginners into it, is a good way keep motivated and injury free. Go easy on yourself. Its a surefire way to get hurt, if you push yourself too quickly too soon, said Mackie. There are many reasons to run and having fun is paramount to Mackie. Mackie presented an interactive audience questionnaire asking the uses a free app to log the date, 40-strong group: What brings you time, and distance of his runs. here? Twenty-two per cent of the Im turned on by a good graph, group chose to meet the attrac- joked Mackie. Running has also provided him tive guy on the poster. Cheeky with some interesting stories. He bunch. The rest of the group had a distance goal in mind. swears Niagaras annual Chocolate Race has chocolate-dipped strawberries and pretzels for runners, right alongside the routes water stations. Zombies? Another app. Instead of running with music on your iPod, you can download the Zombies, Run! app that turns exercising into a game. There are lots of reasons to run. While on a family visit to Hawaii, Mackie literally ran into U.S. secret service men while running on the beach. Ignoring a person setting up a huge camera in the sand, he continued along his route. Eventually, he came upon two men-in-black, eyeing him through their sunglasses. One of them give me the hand clap and one of these [a turnaround motion with his fingers], and I thought, oh he has a gun, he said. Later his relatives informed Running has also fueled Mack- him the Obama family compound ies educational goals. Currently a was located just down the beach masters student in the School of and the president happened to be English and Theatre Studies, his in town. The free Learn to Run program research focuses on narratives of running, running as perfor- begins April 8, and is open to all mance and how running builds University faculty and staff. Parcommunity. ticipants meet at noon outside the Mackie loves technology and John T. Powell building on Mondays


One of them give me the hand clap and one of these [a turn-around motion with his fingers], and I thought, oh he has a gun. Kyle Mackie

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Kyle Mackie has faced many obstacles while running, including Obamas security staff, and more pleasant ones like chocolatedipped strawberries.
and Wednesdays for 12 weeks and at the end of three months, will be able to run five kilometers. Maybe stressed out students can find solace in some healthy exercise while also having fun.

Return of enviropigs
GSETA on harmful effects of animal testing
Kelsey Coughlin
Animal testing has been the topic of scrutiny and public debate for years, and since the spring of 2012, Guelph has been at the center of these disputes. In May 2012, the University euthanized 10 genetically modified enviropigs upon the termination of their research endeavors. The decision was not met without controversy as animal rights groups across the province took the opportunity to voice their disapproval. Among these groups was the Guelph Students for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (GSETA), an animal rights club at the University of Guelph. On April 2, this group took the opportunity to shed light on the issue with an event titled, Who Were the Enviropigs? The aim was to provide awareness of the enviropigs, and the effects of animal testing and factory farming. Mike Nicholson, University of Guelph student and member of GSETA, was at the event and explained that the group was trying to offer remembrance for the suffering of these animals [and show that] people need to recognize that there is suffering before they can attempt to rectify the situation. GSETA spent the day handing out fliers and pamphlets educating students about the dangers of animal testing and factory farming. Passers-by were also encouraged to boycott popular companies that conduct research through animal testing. There was also a screening of Maximum Tolerated Dose, a documentary about the effects of animal testing, as well as a vigil in remembrance of the enviropigs at the OVC. Although the event captured students interest, not all students held the same viewpoint as GSETA. One was University of Guelph student Mary Walton. Walton, who has spent a great deal of her life on a farm, felt that the group was painting an unnecessarily negative picture of factory farming. You cant have a good farm without happy animals, so farmers actually go out of their way to provide their animals with optimal conditions. These include well-insulated barns, sizable cages, and a stress-free living environment, explained Walton. Walton further stated that groups such as GSETA are attempting to shock students by using graphic pictures of seemingly abused animals. They are amplifying all of the negative aspects of farming, and ignoring all of the positives. Additional criticisms have been brought forth on the grounds that the group was using outdated and exaggerated statistics that do not necessarily represent farming in the Guelph community. The University of Guelph has been known to partake in animal testing, as do a number of other universities, so it is not surprising that students have differing opinions when it comes to the ethicality of the issue. It is important to be aware of the issue, but to get all of the facts before forming an opinion. Students are encouraged to be skeptical consumers and to follow the advice of GSETA and get involved with this issue.

Posts more entertaining than news story
Alicja Grzadkowska
The Ontarion staff is familiar with commentaries on online versions of our articles, and like every other online media source, we are not immune to the breadth of creativity that inspires people to provide their colourful opinions about our writing styles, biases, and beliefs. But what does opening up the peanut stand do to news? Theres no doubt that a highly commented-on story will become more accessible to people who are skimming web pages looking for the most interesting articles. Its also significant that people are actually taking the time to discuss their opinions on a public forum, and that theyre not just talking about which shows episode season premier of Game of Thrones or the season finale of Walking Dead was better. On a Globe Google. While the comments and Mail article about the end of dont contribute much to the HST in B.C., 172 comments were story itself, the association of posted, and many were well ed- characteristics like non-reliited and thought out, presenting gious, or at the very least liberal, interesting arguments about the with outspoken newsreaders beissue (in contrast to most You- comes stronger, whether or not Tube comments). this is actually the case. However, when people use The National Posts report, comment boards as plac - Four people injured as man es to display their hilarity and crashes car into Wal-Mart belack of proper grammar skills, fore getting out and attacking reading the news is put on the customers influenced combackburner to scanning posts ments like, Someone should that encapsulate peoples anger have shot him and I am being seand dissatisfaction with, and rious not sarcastic and the very sometimes, appreciation for a relevant-to-the-topic, Zomparticular story. bie? In this case, the aim of the The Globe and Mails arti- posters was to show off their hucle, Googles doodle tribute morous additions to the topic, to Cesar Chavez provokes out- but on a deeper level, peoples rage, for instance, resulted desensitized attitudes towards in this gem: l think there was violence also came through their quite enough coverage of Eas- commentaries. ter events what with the usual Finally, because I couldnt help fools having themselves nailed myself, a National Post story deto crosses and such nonsense, tailing Justin Biebers spitting and other comments, assuming- attack on a neighbour promptly coming from non-Christians, ed the strong message EVEN about the faults of the religions YOUR ENEMIES MUST BE REconservative opinions towards SPECTED from a commentator,

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Newsology: Comments on comment

Courtesy Globe and Mail

Comments, like those above on the Chavez story, bring up interesting points about social values, and entertain readers with witty remarks.
showing that though most posts arent necessarily intellectually diverse, people are emotionally, and hopefully mentally, invested in news stories, whatever the story might be.

8 w w e on ta r ion . c om eBar goes electronic

The second group of the night, Hamiltons Illitry, performed a unique set of dream-pop atmospheres and electronic beats. Vocalist and keyboardist/elecAdrien Potvin tronic arranger Troy Witherow sung soaring and heart-renDowntowns eBar was a host of dering vocals atop the groups three unique and exciting elec- diverse sonics, backed by the tronic groups on the evening of blazing drumming of Anthony March 28. Guelph locals Dent James and the rock steady bass opened the night up for Hamil- work of Dane Kelly. Like Dent tons Illitry and Guelphs Bowjia. before them, the group struck an The dance floor boomed to the inviting balance of organic and sounds of Dents greasy dance- manufactured timbres, although punk, Illitrys atmospheric to a more extensive degree grooves, and Bowjias careful- with lingering ethereal sounds ly crafted and insatiably funky permeating the music. Warm atmospheres and jarring rhythms electronics. The three-piece dance-punk characterize their unique style of outfit Dent opened the show with music. The group had an energetheavy breakbeats, warm analog ic and personable stage presence synthesizer tones and grimy bass and kept the dance floor jumpdriven through a fuzz pedal. The ing from the beginning of their groups massive sound is remi- set to the end. The shows final act and headniscent of groups like Big Black, Gang of Four and Chemical Broth- liner Bowjia kicked off an epic ers, specifically in the groups use dance party as the crowd grew of both organic and electronic and grew. Musicians Elliot Gradrums. The band struck a healthy bish and Matt Herman used DJ balance of heavy, dirty punk tones equipment, laptops and live keywith irresistible grooves and boards to create a diverse style of strong melodic hooks. dance music ranging from chill

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Dent, Illitry and Bowjia deliver exciting electronica

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Illitrys Troy Witherow (centre) crafted dreamlike melodies over the diverse sonic array provided by bandmates Chester Edington (left), Dane Kelly (right) and Anthony James (rear) at eBar March 28.
and ethereal to full-blown funky. They also used a projector to play cool and trippy visuals behind the duo, adding a distinctly visual dimension to music that is quite visual to begin with. The duo has a new full-length record out released on USB stick, entitled Ballooniverse . Using a blend of samples and original production, Bowjia won the heart of the crowd as indicated by restless dancing and a roaring applause to finish their set. The nights performances, overall, showcased the enthusiastic and diverse electronica scene in and around Guelph.

Crowd power
Guelph band utilizes crowd funding website to finance new album
Tyler Karauskas
Guelph band Mandroid Echostar is using the popular website Indiegogo to generate funding for their upcoming record. Following the success of their debut EP released in April, the band is looking for a strong showing on their second effort. The expensive production process of recording the album has Mandroid taking to Indiegogo for support from fans and the public. The initiative is part of a rising Internet fundraising effort known as crowd funding. Crowd funding involves individuals pooling money together to support a project, similar to a fundraising event. It is especially popular with artists and start-up businesses. Users promote projects on websites such as Indiegogo and individuals donate an amount of their choosing to a project they would like to see come to fruition. We want you to become shareholders in Mandroid Enterprises, the band states during their promotional video. The line is humorous and yet fairly accurate. One of the advantages of crowd funding is that it allows the audience to contribute to the bands that they care about. Music Ciccias mother, while a donafans can ensure that their favorite tion of $2,200 is enough to get one emerging bands get the financ- of the bands guitars. ing they need by contributing Mandroid Echostar is offering to their projects and endeavors. contributors transparency as well. Contributors often receive perks The campaign page outlines the for their efforts, such as a por- costs of recording the new album. tion of a start-ups earnings or A breakdown of processes rangmerchandize. ing from sound mixing, to album art, to album manufacturing are outlined as well as the costs for each. This gives the contributors an idea of the costs involved and what they are actually contributing to. Some users on websites such as Indiegogo have been criticized for a lack of transparency and not bringing projects to fruition. Mandroids page is aiming to defeat this notion. Mandroids use of crowd funding is part of a rapidly growing trend in bringing creative ideas to fruition. In an era where the Internet is perhaps the most valuable promotional resource, artists are going beyond a Twitter page and a few likes on Facebook. While Twitter was a significant step in bridging the gap between For instance, a $1 donation gets artists and fans closer, crowd the bands undying love and funding brings this connectivity a thank you email from a band to a new plateau. Crowd fundmember. Upping the ante to $250 ing seems to be the present and is enough to earn a custom water- future for many creative endeavcolour painting by drummer Matt ors in early production stages. HK. A $600 contribution secures It provides music fans with a a day of hanging out with the voice, giving them the opporband, including a home-cooked tunity to support the bands of meal from lead singer Michael their choosing.

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Mandroid Echostars use of crowd funding is part of a rapidly growing trend in bringing creative ideas to fruition.

Pablo Vadone

Angela Saini performed at eBar for the April 2 installment of Birds on a Wire, a bi-weekly music series featuring all-female performers and hosted by Guelph singersongwriter Ambre McLean.

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Two Hours Traffic drive crowd wild

Band uninhibited by small turnout
Jessica Toomer
On tour promoting their latest album, Foolish Blood, PEI indierock band Two Hours Traffic made a pit stop at eBar on March 26 for their second visit to Guelph this year, after having played a show in October at Vinyl. After lead guitarist and founding member Alec OHanley parted ways with the band in late 2011, bassist Andrew MacDonald took lead and Nathan Gill is now featured on bass. Gill started with Two Hours Traffic in the recording stages of Foolish Blood and the four members captured a more power-pop vibe than the last three records. With the reliable vocals of Liam Corcoran and the rhythmic drumming of Derek Ellis, they opened the night with a song off of their newly released record, which came out Feb. 19 through Bumstead Productions. Throughout the night they performed six songs from the new album, all of which were upbeat and dancy with a spunkier side than material from their previous albums. Despite a changing band dynamic, their sound was tight and better than ever. Even with a smaller Tuesday night turnout, the band kept the audience dancing all evening. They kept the energy high with a rock solid set list including classics such as Jezebel, Territory, and Stuck for the Summer. They ended the night with a request of Stolen Earrings. Opening the night were the Boys Who Say No, a quirky fourmember indie-rock band from Toronto. They have gained prominence lately, having performed with other high-profile acts such as Chad Van Gaalen, FemBots and Bry Webb from the Constantines, and released their first full-length album, Contingencies, in February at the Steam Whistle Unsigned music series. Boys Who Say No were a tough act to follow as they set the stage for Two Hours Traffic with songs that changed between rock, pop and dance that led perfectly from one to the next. However, as always, with an interesting mix of old and new tunes, Two Hours Traffic provided a hit in Guelph. Anyone whos never seen them live is in for a treat.

Pablo Vadone

Boys Who Say No opened for Two Hours Traffic at eBar on March 26 with songs that changed seamlessly between rock, pop and dance.

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Pop Machine: Doors wide open

Jim Morrison lit his fire with fat and food
Tom Beedham
A freshly exhumed 1969 interview, indicates there was a time when Jim Morrison less resembled the sculpted image we have been fed through cover art, magazine shoots, posters, and etc. for decades. Running four minutes and 18 seconds long, the Doors frontmans interview with director/journalist Howard Smith has been treated with an animated video. It comes as part of a lost interview series from PBS called Blank on Blank. Morrison kicks off the interview by asking Smith and an unidentified sit-in, Are you hungry? Maybe we could order out for some sandwiches or some chicken delight or something, and, met with responses that are less than enabling than he might have preferred, goes on to point out how, well, its lunchtime, then going on to grill Smith and his partner to ensure they were being authentic in their turning down of his implications. In what was undoubtedly an effort to mine some quotes out of the banter, Smith points out, Youve put on a lot of weight; are you eating a lot? Rather than indulging Smiths articulation of what is now only a shadow of todays gaze of skinny culture, Morrison lightly probes the fat-shaming culture of the western world, saying, Thats something that really bothers me. Whats wrong with being fat? He goes on to say fat is beautiful. Morrison gets talking about his college days and how he felt cheated out of his money if he didnt eat big. He says that while attending school, he grew to be about 185 pounds. I felt like a large mammal. A big beast, Morrison says. When Id move through the corridors or across the lawn, I just felt like I could knock anybody out of my way, you know. I was solid, man. Its terrible to be thin and wispy because, you know, you could get knocked over by a strong wind or something. Fat is beautiful. When Smith asks Morrison how much he weighs, to the delight of body image warriors everywhere, Morrison responds, I dont know to tell you the truth, I guess somewhere in the neighbourhood of about 150. It appears the doors of perception were wider than we expected.

Bryan Waugh

Construction fences surrounding the condominium development at Macdonell and Woolwich Streets have been adorned with public art produced at Graffiti Fest in September 2012. The works are by emerging local street artists and youth groups.
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The intricate order of mosh pits
Nick Revington
Mosh pits, the chaotic jumbles of people that tend to form at metal and hardcore concerts, might appear to be little more than random movement on the part of enthusiastic attendees. As for the how to, its pretty open. Jumping around, body checking people, headbanging, and if you have enough room hardcore dancing is also acceptable, said Cameron Scott, a self-described metalhead. Scott added that moshing has a lot to do with the energy of the show. Although I cant speak for every metalhead, I think its a lot like dancing for us. Some people want to grind in the club, some people want to jump around and potentially get elbowed in the face, said Scott. There are usually some unspoken rules of helping people up if they fall down or get knocked over, since its easy to get trampled, but there are definitely pits where this just doesnt happen. Theres little notion of order. Nah, its pretty much chaos, said Scott. A pair of graduate students at Cornell University might disagree. Matt Bierbaum and Jesse Silverberg have constructed a mathematical model for mosh pit behaviour. It was developed after Silverberg, an avid metal fan, decided to forgo the moshing while at a concert with his girlfriend. In an all-too-rare combination of nerdiness/music-fandom, Silverberg noted how movements of the

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pit resembled those of gas molecules. The two physicists took this as a starting point and watched countless concerts and YouTube videos to work out the details of various forms of mosh pit behaviour. The model is based on a small number of variables, including how fast people are moving and the density of the crowd. It was presented at this months meeting of the American Physical Society. A mosh pit simulator based on the model is available online, which allows users to play around with various parameters. The research isnt just a novel way of looking at rowdy concertgoers, though. It has a number of practical applications. Other researchers have noted that flocks of birds, schools of fish, and drivers in heavy traffic follow similar mathematical patterns of movement. It may also offer insights into how human behaviour changes during riots, or how large groups of people move during panicked emergency situations. There you have it metalheads, advancing human knowledge one mosh pit at a time.

album reviews

Iceage Youre Nothing

Robyn Nicholson
ripe old age of 22, and the band been reached clocking in at only have produced their sophomore a minute and 22 seconds, wailing album Youre Nothing on big vocals and crashing riotous drums league label Matador. The hype accompanied by droning growlwhich surrounded New Brigade ing guitar work courtesy of Johan would usually prove hard to fol- Wieth create an unforgiving yet low, but the boys managed to pull incredibly listenable noise. it off with an uncanny polished The album coasts easily off of grace, which are strange words that momentum, easing up slightly to include in a review of a seem- for the Smiths-plus-distortioningly hardcore punk album. But worthy caper Awake, the most its true: even with frontman/ laid-back track (if you can call guitarist Elias Ronnenfelt channel- it that) on the album. Finally, ing a sleepier/drunker Ian Curtis, title track Youre Nothing is a the overall sound is cohesive with strangely moving anthem with a just the right amount of distorted venomous refrain that is easy to get turbulence. behind, all backed with simple yet Having perfected that balance powerful chord progressions and of simultaneous control and lack consistently driving drums. thereof, Youre Nothing offers a Although jarring for the first fresh and alive range of raucous listen, the third or fourth time thrash punch and catchier coher- around Youre Nothing really ence. Lead track and album single takes hold. The lyricism behind the Ecstasy has a steady start, easing half-drunk groaning is deceptively into a tightly knit romp that leads poignant, especially considering into the even brisker pace of the the bands youth, and the growth first half of the album. By the time exhibited between two albums It Might Hit First rolls around at alone is enough to warrant keeping the mid-way point, the peak has a close eye on these rowdy upstarts.

The Besnard Lakes Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO

Tom Beedham
out its oasis with a full sound that has the breathtaking tendency to build itself up to overwhelming bigness before collapsing into some comforting spaces cushioned with soothing vocals and ring-out guitar chords. Album opener 46 Satires typifies that overall formula. Beginning with a synth note that coasts for 40-seconds, it seems to insinuate a lonely, expansive environment thats perfect for the connection-longing verses sung by Goreas that soon follow. The remaining bulk of the track is brushed over with at first subtle guitar squeal and synth accents that sound like that of an alien spacecraft and then become more prominent, insinuating an extraterrestrial touchdown of sorts. UFO obsesses over lyrical themes of discovery and correspondence (extraterrestrial, interpersonal or otherwise), so its not surprising that the second half of the record lifts off with the conversational At Midnight. Here, Lasek and Goreas toss vocal duties back-and-forth as they exchange perspectives over conspiracy: All of my files she stole / All to erase a part of me, Lasek mopes, to which Goreas responds, Say what you have to say Too much weird here. The familiarity of the relationship-burned situation in At Midnight contextualizes the otherwise incongruent pop-leaning People of the Sticks. Another slowburning carver of surreal dreamscapes, if UFO does little more than establish Roaring Night as the album where The Besnard Lakes found their sound, its a comforting sign of whats to come. Rating: 3.5 /5

A particularly adventurous reviewer might call Copenhagen natives Iceage punk rocks Odd Future. Daring, for sure, but the comparison isnt that far off. Iceage formed in 2008 at a time when members of the band averaged a mere 17 years old, and their debut album New Brigade and accompanying videos and media were the kind of violent and reckless that strikes fear into the hearts of parents everywhere. Fast forward to 2013, where the young Danes have matured to a

Pick a Piper - Pick a Piper

Kimberly Snider
Pick a Pipers self-titled album will blow audiences away with their creative dynamics and incorporation of sounds. The band blends organic and electronic music to bring together a fast-paced tempo for the duration of the album. Listeners will find themselves tapping along to the fantasy-like sound the album produces. The Torontonian band of Brad Weber (from Caribou), Angus Fraser, and Dan Roberts released their debut album on April 2 after collaborating for four years. The album begins with the track Lucid in Fjords, with a strong percussion beat. It immediately draws in listeners with the heavy rhythm. As the album progresses, it continues with more airy sounds, using synths, horns, flute, percussion, and vocals. The longest track on the album, South to Polynesia, can be overwhelming as it strays away from the softer sound. The song goes into heavier brass and percussion and moves in a different direction than the rest of the album. Although some listeners might not appreciate this number as much as the rest of the album, it is important to value the musical abilities of the musicians as they showcase their talents. With smooth vocals, an assortment of instruments, and the added electronic sound, Pick a Piper has a sound similar to Foster the People, especially on the second track of the album, All Her Colours. Like Foster the People, the bands main focus is in their strong electronic and instrumental talent with soft vocals.

On their first three albums, The Besnard Lakes displayed a tendency to diversify their material. Sophomore effort The Besnard Lakes Are the Darkhorse showed off a weepy falsetto from Jace Lasek, whose vocals were otherwise reserved to a buried mumble on the bands debut, Volume 1, and The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night granted listeners permission to listen to Laseks co-songwriter and wife Olga Goreass own vocals silky and The upbeat, dance-electronic music ethereal in their languid wanalso arrived just in time for exams. dering mixed heavily into the With most songs being mostly in- foreground for the first time (it strumental, it is a great album to be also added 12-string guitar, flute, able to relax and study to. Although omnichord, and mellotron sounds this music could easily be some- into the mix). thing to listen to while cramming for With Until in Excess, Imperexams, the bands upcoming Guelph ceptible UFO, The Besnard Lakes show on April 11 would definitely be make a welcome return to their a great study break with the energy brand of jangly shoegaze-heavy the music brings. indie rock, but the effort is a little Overall, this album was well- underwhelming when set beside worth the four-year wait. The biggest a back catalogue of albums exproblem with the album is that the hibiting such radically redefining much-anticipated record is fairly elements. short. However, the short album But its still a beautiful record will add to the hype from their fan possessing some pretty magical base as they wait for the next release. powers. At only eight songs, it will definitely UFO sends you off to a eupholeave listeners wanting more. ria-enabling dreamscape that could be kind of nerve-racking Rating: 4 /5 at times, but only because it maps

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Nutritional information about stadium food elicits the expected results
Chris Mller
If youre like me, the only math that matters at a baseball game are the number of innings, the number of outs, and the number of balls and strikes. However, given how many health-conscious people will be stylishly attending that great concrete eatery over the course of the summer, lets take a preemptive look at the sort of nutrition thats available at a ballpark. Beginning with the staple of 19+ outdoor events, the Rogers Centre has a decent selection of beer. Steam Whistle has recently been added to the menu, so lets start with that. A 500ml can of beer will run you about 218 calories, and youll get 18 grams of carbohydrates and another 2.3 grams of protein. Thankfully, beers not that bad for you (in moderation). While youre at the beer stand, youll undoubtedly be exposed to the meaty-salty smell of the traditional ballpark hot dog. Assuming at least part of it is beef, a hot dog in a bun is around 300 calories. Not bad if you dont count the five grammes of saturated fat and 480 milligrams of sodium. Earths great gift to gluttony, the pretzel, is 389 calories of dough before the salt and butter touch it. If youre looking to keep things simple with a pack of sunflower seeds, you might end up with more than you bargained for. A 91-gram bag of Spitz seasoned sunflower seeds is 540 calories

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Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks?

comprising 580 milligrams of sodium. Assuming ballpark and movie theatre varieties of popcorn are of the same quality, a small bag of lightly buttered popcorn is 630 calories with 50 total grammes of fat. If youre looking to splurge, head to the Shopsys Deli behind section 125 and get a Montral smoked meat sandwich. If youre in the 500 sections, its worth the walk downstairs and after all the stadium food youve ingested, it might be worthwhile to get a little exercise. If youve had a good Montral smoked meat sandwich,


youll understand the need to not list the nutritional information of what slow-cooked meat, cheese, and a side of fries looks like. Some things in life are better left unknown. Its worthwhile to keep some of these numbers in mind the next time youre at the ballpark, but given the financial state of most university students, it seems another number will limit caloric intake at the ballpark. The Rogers Centre charges the fourth most expensive price in baseball for beer, with only Boston, Philadelphia, and Miami charging more.

Sweat it out?
Natural and powerful antibiotic found in human sweat
generation of super antibiotics. in sweat. X-Ray crystal structure The researchers are optimistic and a solid state NMR spectroscoabout the potential of this develop- py and electrophysiology allowed ment, but note that they still do not researchers to observe the interpossess a complete understanding action of dermicidin, a human Chris Mller of the structural and mechanical antimicrobial compound, as it reprocesses involved in AMPs. While lates to the protection and healing A recent article published in research is not yet complete, early of one of the bodys vital constructs the Proceedings of the Nation- results are promising. the epidermis. This compound is al Academy of Sciences of the The research suggests that known to suppress Staph infecUnited States of America journal AMPs possess the faculty to at- tions, and the healing potential of showcases a belief that antimi- tack germs and bacteria on the these compounds could lead to the crobial peptides (AMPs), found in surface of skin, without allow- next big breakthrough in antibiotic human sweat, may pave the course ing the bacteria to quickly adapt technology. for developing humanitys next and defeat the compounds found The benefit of these AMPs is that they work by destroying the cell walls of non-vital bacteria, thereby limiting the bacterias ability to survive at the cellular level, and subsequently limits or eliminates cell reproduction of invasive bacteria. Dermicidin is aided by the presence of zinc in sweat, effectively stabilizing dermicidin into a form that can attack unwanted bacteria. Dr. Ulrich Zachariae of the University of Edinburgh provided this optimism in an interview with the U.K.s Daily Mail health department. Now that we know in detail how these natural antibiotics work, we can use this to help develop infection-fighting drugs that are more effective than conventional antibiotics, said Zachariae. This is timely information, considering the spread of a drugresistant variety of tuberculosis in South Africa that has the potential

Sylvia Nayoung Han

Could sweat be the key to understanding the next stage of antibiotic development? Research is pointing to human sweat as a potential source of information on how we can better understand the bodys healing functions.
to threaten millions of lives if a suitable treatment is not found quickly. There are approximately 1,700 natural antibiotics in existence, and this is only one of that number that has been isolated and is beginning to be understood. While the potential exists for this research to lead to bigger and better things for antibiotics, more work is still needed to indentify a way to cultivate and apply these compounds in a medicinal form.

was named the Dr. James MacLachlan Trainer of the Year; Christine Grant of womens hockey was Turning the Page in his locker, as he finds the scheduling of baseball coinnamed the Dr. Mary Beverley-BurChris Mller ton Female Rookie; Sikubwabo was cides beautifully with an active given the Scott Yanchus male rookie literary life. Dickey has pubaward; Alisha Harricharan of the Well, 2013s version of Opening lished one book with another on swim team earned the Shirley Pe- Day is behind us and R.A. Dickey the way. The first, Wherever I terson award; Rob Farquharson of has officially pitched in the reg- Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, the football team was awarded the ular season for the Toronto Blue Authenticity, and the Perfect Don Cameron award; and Terese Jays. Once you siphon through Knuckleball was released in 2012 Reiz of the rowing team earned the all the doubters and nay-sayers and marked a difficult moment Fred Ramprashand award. and remember that this is only in Dickeys life. In the book, Dan McCartyhy of mens bas- the month of April, you might be Dickey recounts being sexually ketball and Kelsey Gsell of the able to appreciate whats hap- abused as an eight year old boy wrestling team were awarded the pening with one of the games and the difficulties it created for male and female Presidents Trophy. most unique and interesting him in his adult life. A childrens Nadine Frost and Rob Jackson, both characters. A remarkable inter- version of the memoir is due next of the cross-country team, were view between Dickey and Stacey fall, and Dickey hopes the book named the W .F. Mitchell Sports- May Fowles in a special for the will help other young people that woman and Sportsman of the year, National Post sheds some light have been abused seek help and respectively. on the literary prowess of last not have to suffer alone. Anthony Romaniw, for his ex- years National League Cy Young If that wasnt enough, Dicktensive medal-collecting at the Award winner. eys also a huge Star Wars f an. provincial and national track comI think baseball is a fantas- The knuckleballer walked out petitions, was named the male tic analogy, if you will, for the in the first game of the season athlete of the year. Romaniw ac- things that we struggle with in to The Imperial March. In a cumulated five gold and two silver life. Things for me started to im- stadium where the mound is medals over the course of the two prove as a baseball player when mechanically raised and lowevents. I started to do work on my own ered to allow for a multi-use The athletic department named life, said Dickey. facility, the walk-up tune three female athletes of the year: Dickey, at age 38, admits seemed fitting. Britt Benn of the rugby team, An- that if a baseball career had Of course, if youre not much drea Seccafien of the cross-country not panned out, a career as an of a pop-culture person, than and track team, and Brittany Se- English professor would have maybe youll be interested in idler of the field hockey team been a real possibility. Dickeys knowing that Dickey is an exshared the award for the first time two bats (rarely used now that tensive Hemingway reader. in school history. hes in the American League) Reading The Snows of KilimanThe athletes could be found in are named Orcrist the Goblin jaro as a child made him aspire the hotspots of downtown Guelph Cleaver, named after Thorin to climb the African mountain shortly after the events conclusion, Oakenshields legendary blade one day. In 2011, risking all and if the early evening was any in The Hobbit; and Hrunting, the of his 2012 salary, he climbed indication, the fraternity amongst sword given to Beowulf by Un- the mountain in support of the athletes that gave the evening its ferth in the epic poem. Bombay Teen Challenge, a minvibrancy surely translated well into Dickeys literary prowess istry program that works to a night on the town for most, exam hardly ends with his bats. Hes correct the human rights atrocconstantly got a stack of books ities within human trafficking season be damned.

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R.A. Dickey: the Blue Jays pitcher has lived a life of baseball and books, and that makes him fascinating.
and sex work. With Mets bull- perhaps Hemingways greatpen catcher Dave Racaniello and est text, he writes: The world Clevelands Kevin Slowey, Dick- breaks every one and afterwards eys group raised $100,000 for many are strong at the broken the cause. places. Dickeys story, one of Dickeys literary associa- triumph and survival out of a tions are fascinating, and his difficult past, is one that reachunique personality has been es beyond the mound, beyond forged through a life both in the Rogers Centre, and beyond baseball and in books. Given Major League Baseball. the behavior of many profesSo fear not, fair-weather Blue sional athletes, its refreshing to Jay fans. The season is young and hear an intelligent and literate theres sure to be a narrative person address a media that is that this team will construct. constantly pushing clichs and With Dickey at the helm of the mandated statements by players pitching staff, there should be no doubt that this team will be and the P.R. department. strong at the broken places. In A Farewell to Arms ,

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: Nature in the city

More self-serving than it looks?
Nick Revington
There is a space in the south end of Guelph I would like to discuss. Its the neighbourhood bounded by Gordon Street, Arkell Road, Victoria Road, and Clair Road, which consists mostly of single-family homes, with some townhomes and mid-density apartments thrown in for good measure. An interesting feature of the neighbourhood is that it lies on an area of glacial deposition, featuring a number of formations known as kettles, identifiable as sizeable depressions in the ground. These kettle formations are crucial to facilitating groundwater recharge, as they collect rainwater and allow it to slowly percolate into the ground, as opposed to being lost as runoff to local rivers and streams. As a result, the developer left many of these features intact in the form of parkland. While some of it has been groomed with lawnmowers and features gravel walking trails, much has been left in a more or less natural state. It is not uncommon to observe deer, rabbits, and other wildlife here. Nature is clearly valued in this space, as the importance of the kettle formations for groundwater recharge is recognized (especially since the City of Guelph is the largest municipality in Canada entirely dependent on groundwater). This space is also utilized for walking, running, and cycling, thus providing leisure services to the neighbouring residents. These natural areas also likely contribute to property values, since aesthetically they are more appealing than looking at other houses, and they lend a romanticized ideal of country or small-town living to the neighbourhood. Leaving the kettle features intact may seem like a progressive decision on the part of the developer. However, that view overlooks the reality that sparing a few of these features from development does not challenge low-density suburban sprawl as the dominant form of urban expansion in Guelph. That is to say, if urban development was more concentrated within the city, the need to build on this land at all could be nullified. In a similar vein, while wild animals are present in this space, it is because human development has fragmented and encroached upon their habitats, not because the development is inherently animal friendly. I would venture that the existence of these spaces within the development was likely either a concession made by the developer in exchange for being allowed to build on sensitive land, or with the hopes of increasing the value of surrounding houses. The connections between human and non-human life and biophysical processes are described on placards along the parks walking trails. Unfortunately, many of these informative signs are faded


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Guelphs glacial history plays a crucial role in its present-day municipal water system, as kettle holes facilitate groundwater recharge.
by the elements and therefore difficult to read. Its too bad; our citys connection to nature is more sensitive than many realize.

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Bauma is a Golden Doodle who was rescued from the Brampton Animal Shelter in 2011. He was never abused, but was lost, and no one was looking for him. On visit to Nova Scotia last summer, he swam in the Atlantic Ocean, chasing the buoys floating in the Northumberland Strait. Now theres a happy ending fit for Hollywood!
DArcy Flynn

Brew Review
A uniquely tasty brew from California
Chris Mller
Anchor Brewing Company, a mainstay in San Francisco since 1896, has produced a steam beer that pays homage to the styles unique history on the American west coast. The style was developed in the mid-nineteenth century in the San Francisco area, and while the steam in the name would suggest water vapour is involved, but its believed the name came about through the high levels of carbonation the beer was traditionally served at. The warm San Francisco climate in the winter months lends itself well to this brewing process, which may have originally been an open-air exercise. Steam beer is fermented in wide and shallow vessels, allowing the active lager yeast to not overheat the beer during fermentation. The result is a beer that retains the flavour character of ale, while imparting the popular carbonation and mouth-feel of a lager. Frankly, I had low expectations going into my first experience with steam beer, having tried several beers that blur the ale-lager divide that have generally resulted in less a smooth mouth feel thanks to the than stellar experiences. After a lager yeast, but avoids the bittertaste or two, you too can be pre- ness and sharpness often associated pared to get an anchor tattoo on with lager resulting in a truly your shoulder. unique and enjoyable beer drinkThe beer pours out of the uncon- ing experience. ventional bottle with a magnificent If youre looking to try somecaramel-amber colour and a strong thing different, or hoping to escape white head. A smell reveals a these last few days of winter and balanced malt character of whole- exams with homage to somewhere grain bread with a subtle sweetness warm, this brew might be for you. resembling caramel. The taste is Youll enjoy it best in a glass, but its relatively mild but extensively still good to drink from the novdrinkable, relying on sturdy malt elty bottle. Anchor Steam Beer is content and traditional Northern available in a six-pack at the LCBO Brewer hops to impart a slight hop just look for the blue cap and blue aroma that never borders on over- anchor on the packaging. This ones powering. Anchor Steam imparts not to be missed.

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in History
Martin Luther King shot dead At the peak of the tumultuous 1960s, Martin Luther King was assassinated on the balcony of a Memphis hotel, derailing his plans to lead a march of sanitation workers protesting against poor wages and working conditions. In the following hours, riots began to take hold in the city, eventually leading to riots in more than 100 U.S. cities, according to the BBC. After Kings death, conspiracy theories convinced of the governments participation in the assassination were upheld by some of Kings family, and not til June 2000 were the theories dispelled when an investigation in the U.S. Justice Department found no evidence of a conspiracy. James Earl Ray was convicted of the murder, and he died in prison in 1998, after being sentenced to 99 years. (The BBC April 4, 1968) Order Death for Man, Wife A-Bomb Spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death on this day more than 60 years ago for their supposed involvement in a Russian-based international spy ring during the Cold War era. While modern society tends to show sympathy towards the Rosenbergs, the article that appeared below this headline was decidedly biased against the pair, calling their actions treachery against the U.S. government, and quoting Judge Irving R. Kaufman, who claimed that the Rosenbergs treason led to the war in Korea. He continued, stating that their crime wave may yet doom to flaming atomic death millions more citizens, perfectly encapsulating the panic over nuclear warfare that characterized the 1950s. According to the report, the couple began singing after being condemned to death, including one with the lyrics, America is a beautiful country. (The Globe and Mail April 5, 1951) Peary Discovers the North Pole After Eight Trials in 23 Years Years before men reached the moon, people were still fascinated with exploring planet Earth, which resulted in the first two expeditions to reach the North Pole, led by Robert E. Peary and Matthew A. Henson. Peary first messaged the New York Times to inform the newspaper of his success, stating, I have the pole Secure control wire for me there and arrange expedite transmission big story only a short time after Frederick Cook, another explorer, already had sent word out of his arrival at the desolate location. However, not everyone was ready to believe the pair. In fact, the explorers claim was disputed until 1989 when it was upheld by the Navigation Foundation. (The New York Times April 6, 1909) Compiled by Alicja Grzadkowska


Neuroscience informs how to cure writers block

Colleen McDonell
Youre sitting at your desk writing the next Catcher in the Rye or maybe youre developing a thesis for your final essay. The time will come when you are at a loss for words, and dont know how to continue. All attempts to help focus on the writing task, such as chugging down that third cup of coffee, or putting in earplugs, appear futile. That struggle is referred to as writers block, or a general block in creativity, which affects almost everyone from time to time. It can be very frustrating to feel yourself run out of ideas and have your work remain at a standstill. Despite common belief, however, this break in creativity is more than just a lack of ideas or a problem in motivation. It may have to do with your personal worries.


When writers block takes over, find time to get the wheels turning by looking through a different lens.
this region, your creative performance increases. Recently, however, results from neuroimaging studies have changed our understanding of creativity, and how writers block occurs. Researchers have found that the creative portion of writing brainstorming actually involves activity in a series of parts of the brain. It was discovered that although the temporal lobes are involved in the writing process, the actual drive to write is controlled by the limbic system. This region controls emotions, instincts, and inspiration, and is thought to regulate the human beings need for communication. Therefore, when someone is under stress, his or her brain will shift control from the cerebral cortex to the limbic system, which may initiate a fight-or-flight response. Because the persons thinking in that moment is based only on instincts, all creative processes, such as writing, are hindered. The person is often unaware of the change, which may lead them to believe they are creatively blocked. But dont fear, aspiring Shakespeares; all is not lost. Dr. Alice Weaver Flaherty suggests that in order to regain control from the limbic system, you should drastically change up your routine and also attempt to alleviate stress. In The Midnights Disease, the neurologist says that altering how you write the setting, time of day, or method will get your creative juices flowing by increasing sensory activity within all brain regions involved in brainstorming. In combating your worries and improving your mood, your limbic system will shut off its fight-or-flight response and you can get back to your normal thinking state. So the next time you are unsure what to write, do something fun, like fly a kite. It will lighten your mood and give you a break from whatever writing routine you have, allowing you to have a fresh outlook when you get back to the page. Good luck, but no promises you will be the next Atwood or Tolkien.

Because the persons thinking in that moment is based only on instincts, all creative processes, such as writing, are hindered
In the past, in order to understand the creative process of writing, scientists looked at people who had brain lesions to see how that affected their artistic endeavours. Lewis Caroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland had a lesion to the side of his brain in his temporal lobe that caused a condition called hypergraphia, which is the intense overproduction of writing in a short period. During his lifetime he wrote over 98,000 letters varying in format, sometimes backwards or in different patterns. It was thought, then, that creativity is centrally located in the temporal lobe of the brain, behind the ears. It was later hypothesized that when there is less activity in

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Complaining about exams is a favourite pastime of university students, especially in December and April. Professors are treacherous, said every other undergrad fleeing the library. Theyre giving us the hardest tests and ruining our lives! We like to act surprised by final exams (or final projects, for those in some disciplines), yet we were always aware they were fast approaching. At the beginning of the semester, you heard your professors preach preparedness and ways to eliminate procrastination. Near the end of the semester, they warned you to buckle up and get started on reviewing your notes or making an outline for that final essay. courtesy Perhaps youre not too far behind. Studying only went After all the complaining from students about not having enough time to study for exams, they still out the window with the latest seem to have enough time to create memes about the very same issue. Game of Thrones episode and the Walking Dead finale, right? On the other hand, my Twitter and despite all trials and tribu- reasons, and although they may Or maybe you started putting off and Facebook feeds are cur- lations, Im here to learn. Exams, not always be perfectly accomyour homework long ago as the rently accumulating more and like getting your wisdom teeth modating, fair, or enjoyable, final examinations ultimately NHL players hit the ice after the more negative statements from drawn out lock out. Either way, students, such as: What is motiprovide the means of assessing exams are coming soon. vation? Can I buy it somewhere? students performances. Its time to prove yourself. to Im so grumpy. I need a nap. Undoubtedly, exams wont be Recently, a nine-year-old Homework is impossible, and the hardest thing you experience from Madison, Wisconsin, be- my personal favourite, a meme during your life. came the youngest chess master of Gandalf warning Middle Earth, Sharpen your HB pencils, in American history after he If you do not study, you shall and demonstrate that you have learned from the course. won two games at the Midwest not pass! Open Team Chess Festival. AcIsnt it a little ironic that As your finals hover dauntingly cording to experts, Awonder students use such sites (read: over you during the next couLiang has the potential to be- notorious time-wasters) to prople weeks, will you spend time come a grandmaster one day, claim how they dont even have a complaining on social media and the highest title a chess player spare moment to complete their stressing over your stress levcan attain. final projects, essays, or to study els? Or will you grab a venti, Yet, Im fairly certain that for finals? venture over to McLaughlin, and leading up to the match Liang In the past, Ive been guilty crack open that textbook? Your was not on social media saying of upping my complaining ante choice, but if you want the odds that he was stressed over the during exam time, on and off the out, can be painful, but are nec- in your favour, throw away that anticipation of sneaky knights net. However, Ive realized that essary. Academic performances negative attitude and get down and checkmates. Ive paid a lot for my education, need to be evaluated for various to business.


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