VOLUME XXXIII, Issue 8 November , 2006
HANUKKAH: LORDS BASKETBALL:
Celebrating Jewish victory Playing hard despite injuries
See PAGE 14 See PAGE 37
DC/UOIT Santa’s sleigh lands in Oshawa
By Pavan Sandhu said Hodgson. “The students are
Chronicle Staff complying.”
Hodgson’s main focus is the front
Smokers gathering around cam- of the school at the main entrance
pus building entrances could soon – which is the hot spot for many
be extinct as Durham College and smokers.
UOIT have stepped up smoking en- Trevor McDowell, a second-year
forcement. Environmental Technology student,
As of Nov. 20 an enforcement of- is a smoker and disagrees with the
ficer has been hired to patrol both policy.
the college and university grounds “Cars produce more chemicals,
and keep smokers 10 metres away yet we drive them,” he said.
from building entrances. McDowell was asked by the en-
Non-smokers often have to walk forcement officer to move 10 feet
through the gauntlet of smokers away from an entrance.
gathered around building entranc- He believes that there should be
es just to enter the school, exposing more establishments on campus to
them to second-hand smoke. accommodate the smokers.
Although signs are posted at en- Many post-secondary institu-
trances prohibiting smoking, they tions have adopted stricter smoking
often are ignored. rules and policies since the Smoke-
Caleb Hodgson has been hired Free Ontario Act came into effect in
specifically for this reason. May 2006.
“I ask them to back up and not to If Durham College and UOIT be-
come smoke-free, McDowell said he Photo by Pavan Sandhu
smoke near buildings,” he said.
Although he has encountered would consider switching schools.
many students smoking near en- “The second bars went smoke- HOLIDAY HELLO: Oshawa residents crowded the sidewalks on Nov. 18 for the an-
trances, he says that they happily free I stopped going,” he said. nual Parade of Lights as ﬂoats, dancers, drummers and Santa Claus passed by.
“I haven’t run into any rebels yet,” See SMOKERS Page 3 See STORY Page 12
Students hit the streets for food drive By Robert Sudak
president Bilal Rabah of S.H.A.R.E.
There were more then enough
of campus clubs, such as S.H.A.R.E.,
more food can be collected and a
Chronicle Staff students to help cover all the streets lot more students can be helped.
that food donations had to be col- All the donations will be made up
Blue bins have been placed all lected from. Flyers were sent out into food baskets, and students who
over the college and university to to inform residents that students signed up for donations at the Stu-
collect food donations, but students from Durham College and UOIT dent Centre will receive them.
took that approach a bit farther this where coming by to collect food At the beginning of the campaign
year and brought the cause right to donations. With five shopping carts donations were accepted, but later
Oshawa residents’ doorsteps. and students split up into groups of it was stopped because students
S.H.A.R.E. and the Student As- three, over 200 houses were asked weren’t expected to give both. Do-
sociation, in co-operation with The to donate. nations that were collected will be
Kinsmen Club, RBC Financial and The plan was: one group of stu- given to the Kinsmen Club after the
Motorcity Saturn, have been col- dents would take the north side of end of the drive in December. All
lecting non-perishable food items Niagara Street while the other took excess food will be donated to the
to donated to under-privileged stu- the south. The remaining groups Salvation Army.
dents and families in Oshawa. covered Dalhousie Crescent, Sheri- “We had a meeting back in Au-
A group of 13 enthusiastic stu- dan Street and McGill Court. With gust, and we all thought it would be
dents went door to door on Nov. 21 the event starting at 7:30 p.m. and a good idea to go to our neighbours
to collect food donations. With the ending at 9 p.m., students worked and collect food donations,” said
weather just at 0 degrees, and every hard to cover all the houses. Phillip McNelles, S.H.A.R.E. trea-
breath turning into clouds of smoke, “A lot of students on campus go surer and co-ordinator of this proj-
nothing could stop these students hungry and people don’t know that ect. “There are 60 to 80 families that
from accomplishing their goal. this is a real problem,” said Rabah. need assistance on campus. It could
Even when local law enforce- “About 30 to 40 per cent of students be someone you know in your class
ment stopped them, with one of the at Durham College and UOIT face or even someone you pass in the
officers threatening to place a few this same problem every day.” hallway.”
under arrest, than apologizing after For the last 15 years Durham Over 500 items of food were
realizing their mistake, not even that College and the Kinsmen Club have collected from Simcoe Residence,
Photo by Robert Sudak
brought down any of the students’ been working together to help stu- South Village Residence and Ni-
spirits. dents in need. The Kinsmen Club agara Street. If any student wants to
CHEERFUL GIVERS: Durham College student Sabrina “We e-mailed every club on cam- assists with the planning, acquiring sign up for a food basket, they can
Donoghue receives non-perishable food items for under- pus, plus an additional 650 e-mails donations, packaging and deliver- talk to Kathryn Bremner at the Stu-
privileged students and families in Oshawa. looking for volunteers,” said vice- ing the hampers. Now with the help dent Centre.
2 The Chronicle November 28, 2006
Bordessa oﬃcially installed
By Pavan Sandhu and Patrick McNeil, chair of the
Jocelyn Nespiak board of governors, introduced the
Chronicle Staff president.
Ronald Bordessa smiled as he “We spent several months de-
waited patiently to be officially veloping a profile of what our presi-
crowned the president of the Uni- dent should be like, then spent
versity of Ontario Institute of Tech- several more months reviewing
nology. applications and interviewing,” he
It was the morning of Nov. 17, explained. “Then discussing, delib-
and friends, family and guests gath- erating, discussing, deliberating,
ered at Oshawa’s Jubilee Pavilion discussing, deliberating, and finally
in Lakeview Park to celebrate this making the ultimate perfect selec-
milestone in university history. tion.”
UOIT chancellor Lyn McLeod Applause erupted from the
administered the oath of office. crowd as Bordessa stepped up to
“You are now formally to assume the podium.
the function and office of the presi- “Before the concrete notion of a
dent and vice-chancellor of the Uni- university in Durham Region had
versity of Ontario Institute of Tech- flickered the public consciousness,
nology,” she said. it was already a flame for Dr. Gary
Bordessa’s red gown was re- Polonsky,” he said.
moved and replaced by the presi- “Without his vision, UOIT could
dential blue gown. not have come to life as it has.”
“I, Ronald Bordessa, commit my- Bordessa’s goals carry the same
self to performing the duties of the spirit as Polonsky’s once did. His
president,” he said. interest in the prosperity of the uni-
Bev Oda, MP for Durham riding Photo by Pavan Sandhu versity and the success of students
and minister of Canadian Heritage THE PRESIDENT’S NEW ROBES: UOIT president Ron Bordessa sits next to Chancellor Lyn is endless.
and Status of Women, was among McLeod at his installation. Bordessa is wearing his new ceremonial robes. “Our best hopes for the future of
the many guests who attended and the world lie in places like UOIT,” he
spoke at the ceremony. said. “In educational systems that
The confidence she has in Bord- half of Oshawa. as Durham’s president in Septem- In 1969 Bordessa came to Can- can bring the world back into equi-
essa was clear as she finished her “Today marks a new a chapter ber. She offered her congrats to ada and joined the Geography de- librium.”
speech. in our city as Ron becomes presi- Bordessa. partment at York University. In 2001 UOIT is creating its own path
“His leadership will guide UOIT dent,” he said. “UOIT will continue “With his impressive record, Ron he became vice-president of aca- and is quickly leaving its own trail,
in future years to recognition as one to flourish and prosper under his brings a powerful combination of at- demic at Royal Roads University in said McNeil.
of Canada’s leading post-secondary presidency.” tributes and experience to the presi- Victoria. “Our new president, Dr. Ron
institutions.” Both Durham College and UOIT dency,” said Myers. “I look forward Bordessa was chosen after a Bordessa, is the right person to lead
Mayor John Gray was happy to welcomed new presidents this year. to UOIT further developing toward comprehensive national search to us down this path,” he said.
welcome the new president on be- Leah Myers was officially installed success and excellence.” lead the university into the future.
Calling men to end violence get space
By Reka Szekely
Tony Porter called on men to end
violence against women through a By Reka Szekely
dynamic lecture last week.
Porter is an internationally rec- Starting in January, students
ognized activist who founded A will have a little more space to
Call To Men, a group that aims to call their own.
end sexism and violence against That’s because three-quar-
women. In the past, he’s taken his ters of the portable behind
message to the United States Mili- the library will be allocated as
tary Academy at West Point and the space for clubs and services
Naval Academy at Annapolis. He’s such as the new women’s cen-
also been a presenter for the United tre.
Nations Commission on the Status Student Association presi-
on Women. dent Evan Muller-Cheng said
His keynote speech was part of the SA appealed to the ad-
several events organized for Vio- ministration for more student
lence Against Women Awareness space since none of the clubs
Month by Students Against Social on campus have offices. The
Injustice (SASI). administration responded by
“I know it won’t happen in my Photo by Reka Szekely
allocating space in the por-
lifetime, in my children’s lifetime … table that was originally used
but I know some day we’ll end vio- POINTING OUT THE FACTS: Tony Porter calls on an audience member as part of his in- by the EllisDon construction
lence against women,” Porter said at teractive presentation on ending violence against women. company.
the beginning of his presentation. About 10 offices will be
About 120 people attended, and what he calls well-meaning men, raised and how the men in the room school, every workplace and every
available, though some of them
when polled by Porter, half of them who do not abuse women and are can raise their sons to end violence household needs to see,” said Neil
may be shared by more than
said they were from off-campus. against violence against women. against women. Hajhassan, president of the Muslim
They included Vernon White, the “How is it there’s this many of us Porter said men are collectively Student Association and a fourth-
Muller-Cheng said the SA
chief of Durham Regional Police and that many of them? How is it socialized to believe women have year Criminology, Justice and Policy
is still deciding how to allocate
Service, and representatives from they get to perpetrate the harm that less value. And fighting sexism is a Studies student.
the space, but they will look at
Durham’s women’s shelters. they do?” key component in fighting violence At the end of Porter’s lecture,
which clubs reach out to stu-
Though women’s voices are im- Porter then worked with the against women. Hajhassan and every other man at
dents the most.
portant to Porter, his lecture is di- group to find the answer to that As a result, he said, law enforce- the lecture answered Porter’s call
“We can provide them the
rected at men. He frequently calls question, looking at what he called ment can’t end it, it has to be a soci- to head to the front room and stand
space to continue to do a good
on male audience members, asking the man-box, which includes all etal shift. White agreed. against violence against women as
job on campus.”
them questions and challenging the traditional images of manhood, In his career, White estimates a group.
Some of the area will also
their perceptions. He turns his lec- including how men deal with their he’s answered at least 400 domestic Porter asked SASI president
be used to create more study
tures into conversations with his au- emotions. When it comes to nega- violence calls. Carolyn Saenz to say the final words
space for students.
dience, moving between the aisles tive emotions, men are often only “By the time it gets to a police of- because he believes accepting lead-
The area will be open to stu-
and engaging the whole group. allowed to experience one—anger. ficer, it’s already happened 20 times,” ership from women is essential to
dents starting in January.
Porter said that most men are A good part of the presentation he said. moving forward.
involved discussing how boys are “This is something that every
The Chronicle November 28, 2006 3
Students build playground Durham
videos and see pictures of the co-
Volunteers alition work as a team shoveling,
building and putting together the
playground for the kids of Oshawa.
recognized “It was a great opportunity for
me to take part in building the play-
ground,” said Melanie Barnett, a
By Chad Ingram
for eﬀorts second-year Office Administration
student. “I still like to go back to the
park and see how kids are liking it.”
About 40 Durham College stu-
dents assembled in lecture theatre
The initiative is a worldwide pro- C113 of the Gordon Willey Building
By Andrew Moore gram, with a few of the participating last Monday to discuss the future of
countries across the globe being the the school with president Leah My-
United States, the Dominican Re- ers.
Kids will be kids.
public, Sri Lanka and Africa. The town hall-style meeting,
In the summer of 2006, more
Durham Region was selected not open to all students, was designed
than 60 students from Durham Col-
only as a location, but as the official to incorporate student input into
lege and UOIT worked collectively
Canadian launch site as well. the administration’s strategic plan
with organizations and volunteers
“This isn’t the last project, it’s only for the next five years.
from around the region to form the
the first,” said Contreras. “The bills At least one student from each
Let Them Be Kids Coalition (LTBK).
are paid and the park is built. We’re of the college’s schools was pres-
Together, over the course of two
going to get back out there.” ent, including one student from the
days, they built a children’s play-
Supporters of the coalition in Whitby campus.
ground at Oshawa’s Radio Park.
Durham Region are Bell Canada, The president said she wants to
On Nov.16 Penny Contreras, or-
Dan Carter Productions, Metroland, be realistic and focused about where
ganizer of the initiative, stopped by
Durham Family Court Clinic, and the college allocates its resources.
UOIT to give recognition to students
Rogers Television. “There are two basic questions
who were involved with the project.
Five local organizations were the we are striving to answer,” she said.
“It’s a good opportunity to raise Photo by Andrew Moore
co-ordinating committee for Dur- “One is basically where we want to
visibility for UOIT,” said Contreras.
ham Region: the City of Oshawa, be in five years, and the second is
“It gets people working together in ALL WORK AND NO PLAY: Over 60 UOIT and Durham Col- Durham Social Services Depart- what are the areas where Durham
the community.” lege students worked to build a children’s playground at
Contreras handed out certifi- ment, Durham Community Foun- College can become a leader?”
cates to students who participated
Oshawa’s Radio Park. dations, Durham Regional Police Students who missed the event
in the initiative for their outstanding Services and UOIT. can still check out http://www.dur-
was a previous one that existed five UOIT who played a key role in the The project acts as a catalyst for hamcollege.ca/strategicplanning
leadership and enthusiasm shown
years ago. It was torn down due to initiative. “It was the students that future community activities, said and have their voices heard.
during the construction of the play-
gang activity and vandalism. were the drive behind what hap- Contreras. Plans to watch for may
“All I did was pass some informa- pened at Let Them Be Kids.” include a Habitat For Humanity
Although the playground was
built from the ground up, there
tion along to a few students,” said
Dan Walters, a practicum officer at
Students attending the recogni-
tion ceremony were able to watch
TO police chief visits campus left out in
By Robert Sudak
communities. But with all these ac-
complishments, there is still much
work to be done and reaching out to
the youth in Toronto is key to a safer Continued from Page 1
All those new crime shows on city, he said
TV are putting people’s percep- “We used to send police officers Aaron Fisher, a second-year
tion of becoming a police officer to high schools and elementary Pharmaceutical Sciences student is
out of whack. In reality, a lot more schools to teach students about vio- also a smoker. He is against smok-
of a cop’s world is done behind the lence and drug awareness,” he said. ing rules at the school.
scenes, according to Toronto Police “ But we found this wasn’t a very ef- “I need a cigarette before I go
Chief Bill Blair. fective approach.” into tests and exams,” he said. “They
On Nov. 22 third-year Criminol- Students would be polite and shouldn’t be able to ship us off and
ogy students had a visit from Blair. listen to what the officers had to send us to the streets.”
He came not to lecture students, say, but never paid much attention. Fisher blames the cold weather
but give them a better understand- What officers started to notice, was for much of the smoking near en-
ing of what the police are trying to students began taking up leader- trances.
achieve. ship roles in their school. Officers “If it wasn’t so cold, I would go
“Whenever I go to lecture police talked to students and asked if they out there and smoke,” he said.
officers, the first five rows are com- wanted to educate their school in He pointed to the cigarette waste
pletely empty and the back rows violence and drug awareness. bins located directly outside build-
are full,” said Blair. “It’s nice to see so The results were phenomenal, ing entrances.
many students interested.” Photo by Robert Sudak Blair said, citing an 80 per cent re- “If they want us to smoke 10 me-
Joining the Toronto police force duction in violence and victimiza- tres away, then they should place
in 1976, Blair has done his fair share LAYING DOWN THE LAW: Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair tion; officers stopped looking at the bins 10 metres away,” he said.
of police work and worked about students as the problem but as the In the past the school has tried
talks to third-year Criminology about his thoughts on po-
any job an officer could be assigned solution. many initiatives to reduce the expo-
licing in today’s multicultural society. sure to second-hand smoke. Plac-
to. He told students that in order to “Police in our country are the
reduce crime, police must strength- most trusted force in the world. It ing the waste bins further from en-
en their ties with the community verse cities in the world. Half of the groups to feel secure, thus creating speaks to what kind of relationship trances was one of them. However,
and work together as a whole. people here come from different a new problem. that we have with the people of our this just created more litter as many
He said many people today see places,” said Blair. One initiative being taken is as- country. But that trust can go away smokers continued to dispose of cig-
policing as it is shown on television. With great enthusiasm Blair de- signing teams of officers to differ- like that,” said Blair, snapping his fin- arette butts at campus entrances.
In fact, he said, about a fifth of an clared it’s an exciting time to be a po- ent neighbourhoods in Toronto. gertips. McDowell pointed out environ-
officer’s time is spent investigating. lice officer. He said the force is hiring These officers will be solely focused According to Blair, the media mental pollution and how that’s
The rest is spent problem solving, officers who can speak the different on that community, building rela- markets violence, because that’s dangerous.
working within the community and languages of the city and get more tionships with locals and getting to what the people want to buy, and “You will breathe more pollution
resolving disputes.. involved in the community. know the good people from the bad. whatever good the police do, it’s not walking from your car to the en-
As well, police officers share One issue that can become a Since the program started, more recognized. Toronto is the 13th most trance,” he said.
many of the same challenges as definite problem, Blair explained people have come forward to help violent city Canada, so it’s highly un- The new policy is the start to-
new immigrants. Both have to learn to students, is when a significant the police in criminal investigations. likely that the average person being wards a smoke-free campus. In
and understand different cultures. portion of the population feels like With a 30 per cent drop in shoot- a victim of a crime. the long run Durham College and
Blair said he is proud to see the city they’re being treated unjustly be- ings over the last year in the Greater “I always remember a famous UOIT hope to become smoke-free
of Toronto living in such peace and cause of their ethnicity. He said they Toronto Area, he said, this success saying from Robert Peel,” he said. campuses. In 2003 Dalhousie Uni-
harmony. express their discomfort by remov- was achieved not only by good po- “The police are the public and the versity became the first Canadian
“Toronto is one of the most di- ing themselves from society, and lice work but by maintaining strong public are the police.” post-secondary institution to be-
creating their own identities and relationships in the surrounding come smoke-free.
4 The Chronicle November 28, 2006
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Election reform could be reality
Are single-member-plurality (aka
first-past-the-post) elections really
the most effective method for elect-
ing Ontario’s MPPs?
This is a question being posed by
the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly on
Comprised of 103 randomly-se-
lected members (one for each of the
province’s electoral constituencies)
and an appointed chairperson, the
assembly is currently in the process
of educating Ontarians on its goal,
and how they can get involved.
All Ontarians are being urged to
share their opinions through either
written submissions or oral presen-
tations to the assembly. Its findings
will be published in a report in May
2007. If it recommends a change,
the provincial government has
promised to put the issue to a refer-
Margo Bath, a professor at Dur-
ham College, has been chosen as
a member of the assembly. An in-
formation meeting on campus was
held in the Gordon Willey Building
This process is a unique opportu-
nity for citizens to shape the way On-
tario does democracy. Because it is
a decision that will affect the future
of the province’s political landscape,
it’s especially pertinent for students
and young people to get off their
apathetic asses and take advantage
of this extraordinary situation.
How many of the world’s citizens
are ever given a chance like this?
What we have here is an extreme-
ly rare opportunity to decide how
elections work, to decide what kind
of province we want to live in.
So here’s the issue, broken down
for anyone unaware.
The concept of single-member-
plurality or first-past-the-post elec-
tions is as simple as the following:
The person with the most votes
wins. This is the traditional voting
format in most democracies.
So what other options are there?
Representation by population, or
“rep-by-pop” (not to be confused
with the Dr. Seuss classic Hop on
Pop), is a popular alternative. The
candidates with the most votes still
win, however, in this system, con-
stituencies, rather than being divid-
ed geographically as they are now,
would be divided to be more or less Other potential methods include electoral methods, and let their This is a rare opportunity that can contact Bath at mbath@ontar-
numerically equivalent with regards electoral colleges and crowding, voices be heard. may never come again, the chance iocitizenassembly.ca.
to the number of constituents. which is based on a points system The excuse, “I don’t know any- to become democratic architects,
Some people believe that this sys- where voters rank candidates from thing about politics” is old and lame. reshaping Ontario’s electoral blue-
tem would be fairer, as there are cur- most to least preferred. Half of our elected officials don’t print. Chad Ingram
rently some indiscretions between Students should do a little re- know anything about politics, and it Students interested in knowing
constituency populations. search, enlighten themselves on doesn’t seem to stop them. more (which should be everyone)
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The Chronicle November 28, 2006 5
Raise the age of consent to 16
Special interest groups recently met with that “Teenagers are more at the mercy of their having authority over them. Even rebellious a greater risk of contracting cervical cancer.
local MPs to influence the passing of Bill C22. feelings (than adults)…by their very nature, teens still feel that someone has authority Although a condom can help stop preg-
If passed, this would raise the age of consent teenagers are not especially focused on, or over them. That’s why they’re rebellious to be- nancy and the spread of STIs, its use cannot
from 14 to 16. equipped to assess the consequences of their gin with. Simply, they are more likely to do limit the susceptibility to cervical cancer, be-
It is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 actions.” This is because teenagers have not something if someone in authority assures cause it is the intrusion itself that causes it.
to access pornography. It is illegal for anyone fully developed. them it’s all right. And teenagers know that the’re not ready.
under the age of 18 to enter a sex shop. We With an inability to see consequences, it Ontario has a graduated licensing system Going to college or university is not even as
have these laws are to stop the corruption of is easy to believe teenagers could be coerced that cannot be entered unless 16 years of age. big a decision as becoming sexually active,
anyone under 18-children. into sex by someone older. They could be con- The age for military service is 18. The drink- yet many 17-and 18-year-olds faced with the
Yet the age of consent is 14 years old. This vinced not to use protection, which can result ing age is 19. All of these laws were set up to school decision, stay back for an extra year of
is sending a mixed message. On one in pregnancy, the loss of education, so- protect children from themselves, because high school, go to work or drop out, because
hand, children are protected. On the cial status and an policy-makers knew that young teens don’t they are unprepared.
other hand, children are put in a po- overall strain on possess the wherewithal to make sound deci- Now, many post-secondary students may
sition where they can be corrupted. the family. sions. ask how this affects them. Think about your
Consider what a 14-year-old is.,
Ryan Under the cur- All of these things have a connection to siblings or cousins, wouldn’t you want them
a Grade 9 student searching for a rent legislation, mortality. If we don’t allow 15- 17- or 18-year- to be protected? Sometimes the youth of this
place to belong in the social hier-
Peterson anyone can have olds to make these choices, which can be country underestimate their political power.
archy of life. A 14-year-old is naive a relationship harmful to themselves and others, why are In a few short years we will be running this
and asks questions about whether with someone 14 we allowing 14 year-olds to make potentially country. Until then we decide who does.
oral sex can cause pregnancy. Some as long as con- more harmful choices? It is time that our society unites to raise the
may not even have reached puberty at 14. Not sent has been obtained. Even though clearly In addition to not being fully developed age of consent for the preservation of child-
convinced? Ask a Grade 9 health or religion there are ways around that. mentally, 14-year-olds aren’t fully developed hood and to end the culture of glorified rape
teacher. Some might argue that it is OK to have sex physically. According to the university of and child molestation as a result of our loose
In a recent issue, The Walrus published a with someone otherwise considered a minor Texas MD Anderson cancer centre website legislation. It is time that we as students do
feature about the teenage brain. The author if they’re not in a position of authority. How- females aren’t fully developed until they are whatever we can to tell our government this
sourced many studies, some of which found ever, the reality is children view any adult as 18. Young women who have sex before 18 run will no longer be tolerated.
Live life fully Christmas too commercial,
Death is a scary thing.
It is everywhere, especially
in the news. Does anyone ever
But when death touches
those close in our lives then it
affects us and we wish we could
Santa Claus parade proves
What the hell happened to the Santa Claus Parade? side of Christmas, the marketing side. People were right,
wonder who those people are? have slowed down enough to tell
I went to watch it on TV the other day, filled with the Christmas is turning into one epic shopping trip.
Who cared about them, who that person we did love him or
Christmas spirit and a childish desire to see Santa ride But has it always been like this?
loved them? Who has regrets her. I’ve been to a lot of funerals
by on his sleigh. What I witnessed however was an hour It was time for research. Certainly more than 100
that they didn’t have at least one and I’ve heard a lot of “if only”.
and a half of commercials. years had just twisted this once innocent pleasure into
more moment with them? Death If people took the time to care
It seems that after 102 years of doing the parade all something else?
almost touched my family. I had about their loved ones and tell
the Christmas spirit has been sucked out of it, leaving Apparently not. The Santa Claus parade was created
never been more scared than them they loved them then may-
only the corporate residue of advertisements. by Mr. Timothy Eaton way back in 1904 as a way to ad-
when I thought my mom would be there wouldn’t be so many re-
Between each float a portable billboard was pushed vertise the fact that Santa Claus would be present in the
die. Her heart hurt, she was vom- grets and statements of “if only”.
along by clowns sporting the name Eaton Centre mall.
iting and feeling. It was all the
of that float’s sponsor, which includ- That first year Mr. and Mrs. Eaton
same way her father, my grandpa
ed big businesses such as Sears and met Santa Claus at the subway sta-
had felt before he had died.
Luba Toys ‘R Us. And then sharp-as-knives Elise tion and the three of them made a
As she lay there in pain, so
hosts Leslie and Susan would talk big display of walking a few blocks to
many thoughts ran through my
Tymchuk over the floats with their patented Haskell Eaton’s.
head. Most included thinking
witty banter that was probably writ- This lasted for 77 years, until the
she couldn’t die. She had to live
ten by a monkey with a concussion. Eatons had enough and big corpora-
so I could tell her that I loved her,
What made it all worse of course tions took over.
so that I could say sorry for all
was that every two floats they would So the Santa Claus Parade has just been an advertis-
the times that I was wrong. Death can’t be taken back
cut to a commercial. How redundant is that? ing gimmick all along. How sad my childhood felt, how
It’s strange that when loved and those who have lost a loved
The Santa Claus Parade had never been like this be- empty.
ones are gone, those who are left one will say that the time to say,
fore, not in my youth’s memory, not when I saw it live. But of course, even after I was calling Susan mean
have regrets. We hear the saying “I love you,” and show how much
But of course, when you see it live you see it from a far names and pleading with Leslie to quit his job, I couldn’t
“Live as if you’ll die tomorrow”, you care is now, before it’s too
different perspective, there are only colourful floats and help but wait for Santa Claus to appear.
but do any of us actually live that late. I’m lucky my mom got bet-
happy clowns giving you candy. And when he did and you saw the faces of all the
way?A lot of people live in the ter. I have a second chance to
And just why the heck are clowns in a Santa Claus children on the side of that cold street get so excited
fast lane, just speeding by in life tell her that I love her everyday.
Parade? What do clowns have to do with Christmas? that Santa Claus, The Santa Claus, had come to town, I
wanting to achieve this or that. That’s what’s important in life.
What does a Happy Feet float have to do with it? couldn’t help but get a warm feeling in my heart.
We see death in the news and in Death is a scary thing. Scarier
By the end of the broadcast I found myself scream- It suddenly didn’t really matter that commercialism
movies everyday and it doesn’t is not living life to the fullest, but
ing at Susan to stop talking and found myself wandering had hijacked Christmas, not when it made so many
even make us pause. living a life full of regrets.
away just to escape the soul-crushing experience. people so happy.
I felt like my eyes had been opened to the sinister
The Santa bribe is the key to a silent night
Remember the hectic holiday season mas rolls around you are pumped to see the Santa at the mall.” Almost every child won’t budge between bed-
when you’d climb atop Santa’s red knee in a red suited man again. How about annual family holiday parties? posts. Santa might see them awake and delay
frenzied shopping centre and whisper into his Why do parents enchant their children Parents want their children to behave in or- his coming.
ear, “Santa I want a pony,” or, “Santa I with false hopes der to impress relatives they see once a year. An older child may tiptoe to peak at the
want a racecar.” of Santa year af- Children are hesitant to be smothered with tree, but will get caught by parents directing
He would utter encouraging ter year? hugs and kisses from strange great aunts and her back to bed.
words from beneath his snowy- Valene It’s simple re- uncles. Why do parents do this? So they can spend
white beard saying he would try his ally; actually it’s However, mom’s reminder that Santa is the eve snuggling near the crackling fire be-
best as long as you weren’t naughty, Nicholas pure genius. Stu- watching gets the children to plaster wet ones fore their children squeal for presents in the
but nice. dents, I would on the elderly’s cheeks. early morning. Twinkle lights dance within
Christmas morning approaches like to introduce Holiday festivities commence in mid-No- the pine tree, while mom and dad rest from
and you search for that one present you to the Santa vember and last until the end of December. the parties, shopping, dinners and present
that’s too big to fit under the tree. Maybe San- Bribe. Parents have been using this device for As Christmas approaches children are excit- wrapping.
ta left it on the lawn or parked in the garage. ages, to keep children from misbehaving dur- ed, antsy and have been trying to behave for Students, learn from your parents. In a few
As your gifts dwindle, you discover a tiny ing the holiday. more than one month. Mom and dad use the years when over-stuffed shopping bags droop
red box with the inscription: Love Santa. In- When dad waits inside his mini van with grand finale of the Santa Bribe on Christmas from both arms and you are chasing your five-
side is your plastic My Little Pony or Hot a five-year-old pestering his older sister, dad Eve. year-old through a crowded mall, use the San-
Wheels racecar. Disappointment may strike will say, “William, sit down in your car seat un- As children nestle into bed, parents warn ta Bribe. And when Christmas season is over,
for a millisecond, but by the time next Christ- til Mom comes out from work. Then we’ll see them to fall asleep so Santa can bring presents. move on to the Easter Bunny.
6 The Chronicle November 28, 2006
Campus celebrates the world
an insight into the life of an interna-
By Pavan Sandhu tional student.
The exhibit included stories
To showcase the contribution about personal experiences in Af-
that international students make to rica, India and Egypt.
the campus, Durham College and Newberry thought it was impor-
UOIT held International Educa- tant to have International Educa-
tion week on Nov. 13. The campus tion week at the school.
played host to week-long events, in- “No one knows where our stu-
cluding presentations, photo exhib- dents come from. They bring so
its and guest performances. many qualities with them,” she said.
The week was organized by In- “We need as much support as pos-
ternational Education officer Kellie sible to celebrate the diversity. We
Newberry and the diversity officer want to strengthen the cohesion
Jon Sarpong. between domestic students and in-
International students have in- ternational students. This is the be-
creased in numbers over the years ginning of that.”
at UOIT and Durham College. The action continued on day two
There are about 200 students repre- as a special guest performer was
senting 48 different countries at the lined up.
campus. Naheed Dosani, a third-year
“It was important to show the UOIT Biology student and presi-
international students that they are dent of Students for Humanitarian-
making a valuable contribution to ism through Respect and Education
the campus,” said Sarpong. (SHARE), entertained about 40
The first international photo/ people in the library café.
essay contest was held. Students With the stage set, and a micro-
had to submit a photo that identi- phone in hand, he rapped about
fies their country or culture, and cultural issues.
a 1000-word essay had to be sub- With two fingers raised in the air Photo by Pavan Sandhu
mitted along with the photo. First, as symbol of peace he told his story
second and third prizes were given and dedicated a song to his parents. PEACE AND LOVE: Naheed Dosani, president of SHARE, performs during International
out. Timothy Chow, a third-year Ac- “This next song is called Ovation,” Education Week. The event is celebrated in over 85 countries worldwide.
counting student, won first prize. he said. “In relation to a standing
Henry Wong, a student from ovation.”
McMaster University, came to the Dosani performed three songs.
He ended his performance with Nuclear Engineering talked, about “India has a rich and unique cul- Sarpong thought it was impor-
exhibit to show support to his friend India. “My motherland is India,” she ture,” said Amatul Habeeb, a sec- tant to celebrate the week at the
Chow. some powerful words.
“Love is life and life is love,” he said. ond-year Health Science student at campus.
“It was enjoyable,” he said. “It was They covered topics such as the UOIT. “The plan is to grow it out in the
good learning where classmates said.
Other activities held during the flag, the national animal, and the “The jewel in the queen’s crown future,” said Sarpong. “The feedback
come from. You get to have an history of India, from the British is from India.” was important. It was more posi-
awareness of other cultures.” week included cultural presenta-
tions.Dressed in Indian clothing, Di- Empire to the magnificent wonder On the last day films from differ- tive than I anticipated. It was well
The essay contest gave viewers the Taj Mahal. ent cultures were shown. received.”
vya Omen, a second-year student in
Outdated textbook gets Good year for
a revamp from professor UOIT in 2006 By Pavan Sandhu
Chronicle Staff UOIT FACTS
By Joshua Vanderstam
Chronicle Staff 2006 is the year for the University
of Ontario Institute of Technology. • For the second year
Trapping, colour overlay and First a silver win at the Canadian in a row, UOIT is Ontario’s
separations may sound like gob- Information Productivity Awards fastest-growing university.
bledygook to an average person, then the installation of new presi-
but it’s daily lingo for Graphics dent Ronald Bordessa and now • Over 4,300 students
Professor Reid Anderson. membership into Canada’s top uni- are enrolled at UOIT for the
Anderson is so knowledgeable versity association. 2006-2007 academic year.
on the subject you could say he The Association of Universities Enrolment is expected to rise
wrote the book on it – textbook and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) to 6,500 students by 2010.
that is. Exploring Digital Prepress represents 91 Canadian public and
was released this fall. private not-for-profit universities • International stu-
The textbooks Anderson used and university-degree level colleges dents make up more than ﬁve
for his prepress production course Photo by Joshua Vanderstam that offer undergraduate and pro- per cent of the university stu-
in the past were beginning to fessional programs, according to dent body. They come from
cause him problems because they DIGITAL PREPRESS: Graphics professor Reid Anderson the AUCC website. over 40 countries, including
were dated and not set in the same holds up his new textbook. UOIT is four years old and al- India, Hong Kong, Kenya,
sequential format as the course. the United States and in parts of derson learned valuable technical ready it has achieved great momen- Lebanon, Pakistan, South Ko-
“They were dry in technical ac- Canada. Anderson expects to pen knowledge about printing specifi- tum. rea and the United States.
tually,” said Anderson. “This book the second edition in the next cations. Last month UOIT won silver at
offers material in a concise and year. Using his knowledge about the Canadian Information Produc- • UOIT has one of the
sequential format.” The book cov- Exploring Digital Prepress will printing specifications he opened tivity Awards. highest rates of professors
ers colour overlay, trapping, and make its debut on campus in the his own studio in 1986. There he UOIT was awarded membership with PhDs among Canadian
prepping files for printing. winter term when second-year was able to discuss his own cli- after a lengthy application process. universities.
Anderson had an offer from a Graphic Design students will be ent’s projects with the printers and Universities are required to be in
Canadian publishing company the first to be taught from it. An- achieve greater quality. Ander- operation for two years with a mini- Source: UOIT fast facts page
for his manuscript, but realized derson’s understanding of the field son began teaching at Durham’s mum of 500 students before the ap-
that the demand in Canada alone came from a unique source. Graphic Design program in 1997. plication process. and advocacy, communications,
would not be economically viable, “I became familiar with pre- “I’ve taught a wide variety of Membership in this association research and scholarships and in-
he said. Instead he inked a deal press and printing production graphic courses at Durham Col- signifies a high standard for the uni- ternational programs.
with Thomson Delmar Learning, working at Toronto Carton in lege,” he said. They include: ad- versity. As a member it will gain ac- “We are pleased to welcome
which publishes in the U.S. and Scarborough,” Anderson said. vertising design, applied design, cess to current and relevant data to UOIT as a new member to the as-
also distributes in Canada. It was there, through conversa- prepress production and portfolio aid in decision-making. sociation,” AUCC president Claire
His textbook is taught all over tions with printing operators An- studies. AUCC provides members ser- Morris said in a press release.
vice in areas such as public policy
The Chronicle November 28, 2006 7
Students ﬁght for justice
report. Data collecting, organiz-
By Valene Nicholas ing, team discussion, journals and
Chronicle Staff critical thinking exercises take place
during the stages.
In 1995 a resident from Prince If students reach the final report
Edward Island was convicted of sec- stage, they submit an assessment
ond-degree murder. He has been of the case to AIDWYC, along with
behind bars for more than 10 years. a recommendation on whether the
His wife’s buried body was dis- applicant is guilty or innocent.
covered after she had been miss- Students are not required to
ing for eight months, and he was reach the final report stage because
sentenced to prison with no parole reviewing cases is time-consuming.
for 18 years. Was he guilty? Three “It’s a lot more hands-on, prac-
Criminology, Justice and Policy stu- tical and tedious, so it really takes
dents are trying to figure that out. away the myths from TV shows,”
The UOIT Criminology, Justice said Fawcett.
and Policy program has partnered “The amount of work that these
with the Association in Defense of students are doing is just fantastic,”
the Wrongly Convicted as part of its said Bell. AIDWYC has mountains
practicum for third-year students. of cases waiting for review and it’s
AIDWYC is an organization that a challenge to keep up with appli-
helps prevent and correct wrongful cants needing help, he said.
murder convictions mainly in Can- Canadian AIDWYC cases have
ada, since 1993. AIDWYC chapters already been to the Supreme Court.
are forming in Newfoundland and On average that takes about 10 years,
Calgary, with another existing in so many accused have already been
Manitoba. in jail for that long.
Its legal team of more than 30 Guy Paul Morin was convicted of
lawyers resides in Ontario. The murdering his nine-year-old neigh-
headquarters are in a three-storey bour in 1984 in Queensville, Ont.
apartment building on King Street, The organization that formed to
east of Yonge Street in Toronto. support Morin through his wrong-
“They’re just full of boxes with ful conviction, leading to an acquit-
cases needing to be reviewed,” said Photo by Valene Nicholas tal, reconstituted as AIDWYC.
criminology practicum officer Dan From 1993 to 2005 Rubin “Hurri-
Walters. REVIEWING CASES: Jim Bell, Matt Bowler, Matthew Fawcett and Victoria Tchilikova dis- cane” Carter was AIDWYC’s execu-
UOIT is the first university to cuss AIDWYC cases at a group meeting. tive director. Carter, a famous boxer
have students review cases for AID- from the U.S., spent more than 20
WYC. Currently there are 19 stu- years in prison for three murders in
dents in the practicum. Bell has been working on a case plete set of files,” Bell said. “It’s ba- tion of the husband from Prince Ed- Paterson, N.J. With 27 wins and 12
“I’m really piloting this term to see from the U.S. with Sorbara for about sically a hunt to find more informa- ward Island. losses in his boxing career, Carter’s
if we can do it next,” said part-time one and a half years. The accused tion. That’s the biggest challenge.” Unlike other criminology place- greatest victory took place outside
criminology instructor Kim Sor- was scheduled to be executed. At the beginning of the semester ments, the AIDWYC practicum does the ring. In 1985 he was released
bara. Sorbara has been volunteer- Being a part-time mature student students were grouped into pairs or not involve travel, but vast amounts from prison and found not guilty.
ing at AIDWYC for seven years, and and with his experience at AIDW- threes and given a box of transcripts, of paper work, said Bowler. The beginning stages of the re-
knowing the need for volunteers, YC, Bell assists the students in the statements, interviews and reports It is a heavier workload com- lationship between AIDWYC and
she wanted to create a partnership practicum. related to their case. pared with other placements. Bowl- UOIT, is beneficial for both. Stu-
between the two organizations. “My job is to act as a resource for “The work that is involved with er thought it would be a boring task, dents get to put their three years of
“This is really a first step to help them,” he said. Bell teaches students the placement is individual and but his outlook has changed. knowledge in practice, while lifting
AIDWYC test out practicum with research methods he has used, group, so I work on campus or at “Once you get into it, it’s really in- part of the load the volunteer orga-
other schools,” said Sorbara. helps them design questions for the home, wherever I find it convenient,” teresting,” he said. nization has been carrying. As a re-
“Our justice system makes a lot AIDWYC applicants or lawyers and said Matthew Fawcett. Fawcett, Students go through four stages sult criminals will stay behind bars
of mistakes and a lot of people are in tracks down additional information Matt Bowler and Victoria Tchilikova while analyzing a murder case: pre- and the innocent will be freed.
jail for a crime they didn’t commit,” needed to prove guilt or innocence. are the only students reviewing a liminary report, investigative phase, “What an opportunity. It’s excit-
said criminology student Jim Bell. “None of them are given a com- Canadian case, which is the convic- consultative process and a final ing for us,” said Walters.
Improve your improv Parking refund
ition costs this year.
Willey building. program. Throughout the program, By Mike Van Veen For students who are return-
New course The course is designed for begin-
ning to advanced actors and looks
students do many exercises to be
introduced to improv and how it
Students who paid for a park-
ing for another year, the $100
will be credited to their account,
while students who are finishing
to improve communication in the works.
available work place and the daily lives of its
students through the use of the prin-
One exercise is playing freeze tag
to get into a position, once in that
ing pass this year will be getting a
refund cheque. The Student Asso-
ciation will be issuing the $100 re-
college this year will receive a
cheque at the end of their post-
ciples of improv. position a character is created. Then
for students “I’ve been doing improv 10 years,”
said Herrera course, professor and
creator. Herrera has an extensive
Herrera will ask all sorts of questions
and the actor has to answer them in
fund to students who purchased
a parking pass for the year.
The cheques are to reimburse
The Student Association
wants students to know that even
though they are receiving the re-
background in theatre with Sec- This is an example of the type students who drive for the cost of fund, they still have access to the
ond City, Theatre Sports Toronto, of quick thinking that improv fa- the UPASS that was added to tu- UPASS system.
By Ryan Peterson troupes The Lamb Chops and On cilitates, which can foster the abil-
Chronicle Staff the Count of Three as a performer ity to offer spontaneous solutions
How much fun can you have
with seven people, a chair and some
and a writer.
As a teacher, however, Herrera
has been active since 2002, teach-
to problems that may arise at work.
Each student who took the course
was there for a different reason.
Having a ducky dinner
space? ing privately at art schools in Mis- Some were there for fun, others
Well it depends how creative you sissauga, Stage Door Schools in To- to meet girls, some to make their By Mike Van Veen ing to support Ducks Unlimited.
are and whether you take your im- ronto and as an emergency supply presentations at work more inter- Chronicle Staff Ducks Unlimited Canada is
prov…seriously. teacher teaching improv at many esting and to generally communi- a non-profit conservation group
A new continuing education pro- high schools in the GTA. cate better with people. The Royal Ashburn Golf Club working to restore and manage wet-
gram, dubbed Improv…Seriously The program is linked with con- Students in the program were will be hosting a fowl fundraiser. lands for ducks and other waterfowl
and headed by Stephanie Herrera, tinuing education for the school of in their 30s and beyond, and come The Port Perry chapter of Ducks across Canada.
has finished its first course and is Information and Business Technol- from all walks of life, from artists to Unlimited Canada will be holding a Tickets for the event are $55 each
now accepting applicants for Jan. ogy, so students “can improve their police officers. charity banquet at the golf club on or $100 per couple.
24. presentation skills in a fun and safe The course costs $153.40 and can Nov. 30. Contact Sarah Edwards at 905-
The course runs 6-9 p.m. Wednes- environment,” said program officer be signed up for through continuing The event includes a dinner and 721-3111 ext. 2355 for more infor-
days in room C-249 of the Gordon Val Gilham, who authorized the education. a charity auction with all profits go- mation.
8 The Chronicle November 28, 2006
Ontario elections up for debate
Citizens’ Durham Region Labour Council,
made the case for a mixed member
proportional system, which allows
voters to choose local individuals
Assembly and to cast their votes for the party
they support. The party would then
receive seats based on the percent-
listens to age of the popular vote that they
Geoff Daw, president of Fair Vote
concerns Canada’s Durham chapter, said he’s
been voting since 1977 in provincial
elections and never voted for the
party that won. He feels like his vote
about doesn’t count under the current sys-
Catherine McKeever defended
voting the current system, saying those
who bother to vote get their voices
By Reka Szekely Several people made statements
Chronicle Staff after the presentations, including
UOIT professor Rupinder Brar, who
Community members had their ran in the last federal election.
say on how we elect our provincial He said Ontarians need to decide
government at an open forum on whether they’re voting for individu-
Nov. 21. als or parties.
The event was organized by the “If we are voting for parties, then
Citizens’ Assembly, a group with we do need a change,” said Brar. He
representatives from every riding added that he’d like to see the fed-
Photo by Reka Szekely eral system examined as well.
in Ontario, which is charged with
evaluating whether Ontario’s cur- One man said he’d skipped class
rent system is fair. PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION: From left, Margo Bath, Ted Savelle, Nancy Collins and Raj to attend the forum after seeing
Our current system hasn’t Roopansingh of the Citizens’ Assembly listen as Durham Region residents make presen- signs in the hallway, but despite the
changed since 1792. tations about their preferred democratic system. fact that the event was held on a uni-
The existing first-past-the-post versity and college campus, student
system means whoever receives the Durham professor Margo Bath is presentations to the assembly, while the public questions to make sure attendance was almost non-exis-
most votes in each riding wins, re- a member of the assembly and rep- others simply stated their views. they understood everyone’s views. tent.
gardless of whether they have more resents the Durham riding, which In addition to Bath, Oshawa rid- Several issues were raised, in- The assembly is still seeking opin-
than 50 per cent of the vote. includes the college’s Oshawa cam- ing representative Nancy Collins, cluding voter apathy and cynicism ions from the public and Bath urged
The party that wins the most rid- pus. Whitby-Ajax representative Ted and the lack of accountability of interested individuals to submit
ings forms the government. A gov- She wanted to bring the process Savelle and Pickering-Ajax-Uxbridge politicians. their opinions online at http://www.
ernment hasn’t received more than to the campus community. representative Raj Roopansingh The presenters approached the citizensassembly.gov.on.ca. The as-
50 per cent of the popular vote since About 40 people came out to the were there. issue from a variety of angles. sembly will make its recommenda-
1937 in Ontario. event where some of them made The assembly members asked Jim Freeman, president of the tion to the government in May.
Family Re st aurant
Buy 1 Get 1
The Chronicle November 28, 2006 9
Everyone needs a Best Buddy
By Marilyn Gray No special knowledge or skills
Chronicle Staff are required to volunteer, only the
desire to be a good friend. People of
all kinds volunteer their time to the
“There are no requirements for program.
friends.” “Some have friends or family
Best Buddies is an international, members with intellectual disabili-
university/college-based program ties, or just have extra time,” said
that aims to foster friendships be- Nobes.
tween adults with intellectual dis- Everyone involved in the pro-
abilities and students. gram benefits from the friendships
Best Buddies International was formed.
founded in 1989 and has grown “I could never have imagined
to encompass over 1,000 chapters how much I would learn and grow
around the world. from such a program,” said Erin Ri-
Each chapter works with a host ley, campus coordinator for Best
gency, a community organization Buddies at Durham College/UOIT.
working with people with intellec- “My own buddy taught me a lot
tual disabilities. about self confidence, being my-
The Durham College/UOIT self, and learning to speak up about
chapter, founded last year, works something I believe strongly in,” said
with Oshawa Community Living. Riley.
“We’re working with colleges to “Whether she knows it or not,
find friends for the young adults we she has had a huge, positive impact
support,” said Suzanne Nobes, Man- on my life.”
ager of Communications, Relations “The main focus is the one-to-
and Volunteerism at Oshawa Com- one friendship between the two
munity Living. Photo by Marilyn Gray individuals,” said Riley. “Hence the
“There were four matches last program is focused on quality, not
year,” said Nobes. “And eight new BEST BUDDIES: Students in the Best Buddies program get together on campus to paint quantity.”
matches this year.” This means there Nutcracker dolls. The Best Buddies program is a Big Brothers and Sisters-type organi- “People can apply any time of
are 12 volunteers and 12 “buddies” year,” said Nobes, but students are
zation for students with intellectual disabilities.
are involved with the school’s chap- expected to continue to contact
ter. “Going to the show, going bowl- nized by the campus coordinator. and the campus coordinator match their buddies for the remainder of
Volunteers are expected to con- ing, going for coffee . . . it doesn’t The Durham College/UOIT chapter students with their buddies with the the school year.
tact their buddies by phone or e- have to be anything that costs mon- held its first get together Nov. 17. help of a personality profile and in- Students interested in volunteer-
mail once a week. Pairs also meet ey,” said Nobes. Before volunteers can be terview. ing can contact Erin Riley by email
for one-to-one activities twice a All the buddy pairs at each chap- matched with buddies there is a se- All volunteers must complete an at uoit-durham_bestbuddies@
month. These activities don’t have ter get together four times a year. lection process. application, submit references, and hotmail.com
to be anything special. These events are planned and orga- The host agency co-ordinator get a police record check.
RAMP provides access paid
that we used as the basis for devel- College/UOIT is a champion of ac-
Oshawa opment.” cessibility when it comes to school “The RAMP program definitely is
Though the Recreation and Cul-
ture Services branch offers many
assistance programs, this is the first
campuses and the new centre will
help provide access to everyone.
Babcock explained that the new
a good idea and it will be very ben-
eficial for people with disabilities,”
Goodmurphy said. “A lot of handi-
of its kind aimed directly at people centre will feature a controlled el- capped people can still play various
Those with an Ontario Disability
Support Program card, CNIB client
evator to all levels, drive-in show-
ers in change rooms for students in
wheelchairs, workout equipment
sports, even if it’s while they’re in
He added that he thinks the col-
card, Access 2 Entertainment card and machines designed for wheel- lege is doing a great job in accom-
program for or Disability Travel card are auto-
matically eligible for the program.
Those who do not have any of these
chairs, and a full-time co-ordina-
tor. Since the current entrance to
the centre is not very accessible for
modating the physically disabled.
“I haven’t noticed any areas
where they’ve done a poor job in try-
By Keith Fernandes
cards must fill out an application wheelchairs, it will be torn down ing to make it easy for the physically Do you like earning money?
disabled with information provided by a
medical practitioner to verify that
and replaced. The goal is to allow
disabled students to be less depen-
disabled to get around. The ramps in
the university are definitely a step in
Do you like sleeping? Imagine
being paid to sleep!
the individual is permanently dis- dent on others. the right direction; it’s nice to see.” Students between the ages
By Caitlyn Holroyd abled. Though the new centre will be a The RAMP program is currently of 18 and 25 are invited to take
Applications are available at the positive for current and prospective available only to Oshawa residents part in a study on Asperger’s
Arts Resource Centre, Civic Audito- students with disabilities, as well aged 18 or older but Creighton feels syndrome and autism, both
With Oshawa recently launching
rium Complex, Legends Centre and as those without, for students like that the city does a good job in ac- of which are social interaction
its new Recreational Access Mem-
Northview Community Centre. Scott Bremner, who is graduating commodating disabled individuals disorders.
bership Program, access to athletic
When it comes to educational this year, it’s opening comes a tad and will continue to offer programs Participants will be required
centres has become much easier for
help on campus for people with dis- too late. aimed towards them. to take questionnaires, and a
people with permanent disabilities.
abilities, the REACH centre accom- However, he has had an active “We have a very active accessibil- few problem-solving and mo-
RAMP is a program that al-
modates well. role in adding changes to the new ity advisory committee whose role tor skill tests as well. Students
lows disabled individuals access to
“We do a phenomenal job,” said centre and is a strong supporter the it is to identify issues of accessibility will also be required to play
pools, skating, fitness centres and
Willona Blanche, director of the RAMP program. in the city. This is not only limited to video-type games. Participants
programs offered through the city’s
centre. “We do need to have more “I definitely think it’s a good idea,” the issue of free or reduced program will be paid $40 for helping in
Recreation and Culture Services
disability advisers, though.” the third-year Journalism student fees but also speaks to ensuring the survey.
branch at a reduced fee. The pro-
In regards to fitness, the cur- said. “It’s crucial to get to facilities.” that the physical environment is ac- The project will be super-
gram also allows caregivers to ac-
rent athletic centre is not disabil- Bremner currently hires a per- cessible,” Creighton said. “With the vised by Drs. Nanci Im-Bolter
company participants to facilities
ity-friendly, though this will soon sonal trainer to come to his dorm number of new recreation centres and Carlyle Smith and has
free of charge.
change with the opening of the new room. The cost of this is $130 an that we have opened in Oshawa, the received approval from Trent
“The RAMP program was not dif-
athletic centre in 2007. hour but for him and many others committee was very involved in en- University’s research and eth-
ficult to develop,” Mary Creighton,
Blanche feels the new athletic fa- with disabilities, it is necessary to suring the buildings we designed to ics committee.
director of recreation and culture
cilities will accommodate disabled work out regularly in order to stay accommodate those with disabili- Students interested in
services, said in an interview. “We
individuals well, as does Ken Bab- healthy and prevent injury. ties.” participating can contact the
were very fortunate to have the op-
cock, athletic director for Durham Chad Goodmurphy, a first-year As Oshawa continues to accom- research coordinator, Jan
portunity to meet with the city of
College/UOIT. advertising student at Durham Col- modate its disabled residents well, Lobban-Shymko at jan.sleep-
Oshawa accessibility committee to
“It’s wonderful addition and is to- lege, has a sister born with cerebral Durham College/UOIT is not far firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-434-
get their input on how the program
tally accessible,” Babcock said, add- palsy and also feels that the program behind in ensuring its campus is ac- 3823.
should be structured. There is an ex-
ing that he believes that Durham is important. cessible to all students.
isting program in the city of Guelph
10 The Chronicle November 28, 2006
Shoot the puck at shinny Community centre is
By Mike Van Veen
who play for free.
“We want to encourage goalies
to come out,” Meredith said. “Other-
a growing attraction
Students wanting to play some wise it’s not much fun.” She also said membership and each member
that in late November and early De-
By Caitlyn Holroyd has a card with their name and
hockey only have to head across the Chronicle Staff
street. cember the number of people play- emergency contact information.
The Campus Ice Centre has been ing dwindles. The new South Oshawa Com- The supervised room features a
holding drop-in, or shinny hockey “It depends on peoples’ sched- munity Centre is set to bring in lounge area, Xbox 360s, comput-
during the week and on Saturday ules,” she said. the new year with plenty of pro- ers with internet access, and air
nights for anyone who wants to “During exams it will die right grams for everyone. hockey and foosball tables.
play. off.” She said they will post a special Though the centre is not yet According to Sandra Black,
Nancy Meredith is the program- Christmas schedule for players who finished, the pool is open and program supervisor at the centre,
mer for the centre. She said the are around during the break. programs have started running, the centre, which is attached to
shinny has been very successful this Games are held Monday through making it a popular spot in the G.L. Roberts Collegiate and Voca-
year, with an average of 10 people Friday from 12:15 p.m. until 1:45 community. The building fea- tional Institute, has been a desire
coming out for the lunchtime games p.m. A 3:30 until 5 p.m. game is held tures a leisure pool with water- of the community for 20 years
and 20 to 25 people showing up for Tuesday to Thursday, as well as a Photo by Mike Van Veen slide, two-lane competitive pool, and the response has been great.
the afternoon and Saturday night Saturday night game from 10 p.m. change rooms, family change “They are thrilled,” Black said
games. until 11:30 p.m. rooms, youth room, aerobics stu- in an interview. “They can’t be-
SHOOT THE PUCK: Nancy
“The Saturday night game is very Players who want to participate dio, strength and conditioning lieve their eyes.”
will have to wear full hockey equip- Meredith is the program- While people are already en-
popular,” Meredith said. The games facilities, and has a view of lake
cost $5 for everyone but goalies, ment. mer for the Campus Ice joying what the centre has to of-
Along with each of the new fer, there will be even more pro-
rooms, there are programs to suit grams once the new year begins.
The Whitby Public Library will business and co-founded the Let’s
Holiday tips be having workshop where at-
tendees will learn decorating, gift-
Do Lunch organization for busi-
the needs of everyone. For those
interested in swimming, there’s
Jessica Lakey, program co-ordi-
nator, said that they are hoping to
an aqua fitness program, aquatic have pilates, yoga, spinning class-
at a low cost wrapping and recipe ideas and
tips on Dec. 6 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Attendees are encouraged to
bring one item for decorating and leadership program and youth
lifeguard program. There’s also
es, “50 or better” workout class,
belly-dancing, salsa dancing for
By Luba Tymchuk Whitby Councillor Sue Pitch- one item for entertaining so they
couples, low-fat cooking, healthy
Chronicle Staff forth will be leading the workshop could be shown how to use it at a workout room with an array of
new equipment and a youth room family cooking, cooking for teens,
with demonstrations of her practi- home.
Learn to decorate and entertain for those aged 10 to 17. The youth and March break and summer
cal and low-cost ideas. To register call Wendy McMa-
this Christmas at a low cost. room costs only $5 for a one-year camps for kids.
Pitchforth owns a decorating hon at 905-668-6531 ext. 2025.
The Chronicle November 28, 2006 11
Support for breast cancer HPV
campaign By Lauren Marks
There is no cure and most
sets stage people do not have any symp-
toms. The Centre for Disease
Control states that about 20
million people are infected
By Joshua Vanderstam right now.
Chronicle Staff “People can’t tell they’re
infected,” said Kathy Bickle, a
Arguably one of the most life nursing student at Trent who
threatening diseases for women - is doing her placement at the
- in the last 20 years breast cancer Durham College health centre.
has been brought to the forefront of Bickle is talking about Human
public awareness. It has a tough row Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV
to hoe with the work being done to is a silent infection, she said,
create awareness, offer treatment, it is one of the most common
increase prevention, and give early sexually transmitted infections
diagnosis. Avon at the community (STI). HPV is spread through
is doing some of the most precious skin-to-skin contact and is
work. found in and around the geni-
About 140,000 tulips will bloom tals. Though it is not curable it
in late May of 2007 to represent the can be prevented and treated.
women who will be diagnosed with There are 130 types of HPV.
breast cancer 2006 and, every wom- “There are two strains we know
an who has been lost to breast can- that cause cancer,” said Bickle.
cer since the 14-year Avon Crusade Strain 16 and 18 cause cancer
against breast cancer began. while types 6 and 11 cause
In October Oshawa city-staff warts. However, it is possible
began planting 1,300 tulip-bulbs Photo by Joshua Vanderstam
to be infected with more than
in conjunction with breast cancer one strain and be subject to
awareness month and Avon’s cam- TULIPS FOR CANCER: In May 2007 more than 140,000 tulips will bloom and represent both warts and cancer. “Protect
paign to plant 140,000 tulips in 100 the number of women who will be diagnosed with the disease. yourself,” Bickle said. “Limit the
different cities in Canada. partners you have and have
The tulips were planted at Kins- the representatives, and residents of dorozniak. “They offer the ‘flame’ said Zadrozoniak.
safer sex including condom
men Valleyview Park by city-work- Oshawa,” said Zadorozniak. products to all of their customers.” “Since 1992 the Avon Breast Can-
ers and Avon representatives at the The Avon campaign does not Through the year’s sales of pink cer Crusade has raised more than
Fifty per cent of men and
entrance to the peony garden in the stop at waiting for the tulips to ribbon products, funding has been 12.5 million in Canada, and 450 mil-
women will have HPV in their
Oshawa Valley botanical garden. bloom in May. provided to research, awareness, lion in 50 countries worldwide.”
life. Regular PAP tests for wom-
“The tulip symbolizes life, charity According to Zadorozniak the education, treatment, and preven- Now that the tulips have all been
en can detect precancerous
and hope,” said Avon’s district sales crusade is multi-dimensional, and tion of breast cancer. planted a follow-up celebration that
cells. Jeannine Bennett is a
manager Mary Zadorozniak. powered by Avon representatives. “Avon is the largest corporate will include the mayor, will take
registered nurse at the campus
“I was extremely pleased with the “Representatives are the main contributor to breast cancer re- place when the flowers bloom in
health centre s.
support and awareness shown by drivers of this campaign,” said Za- search in Canada and the world,” May.
“Nearly all cervical cancers
are caused by HPV,” Bennett
DC/UOIT prepare for AIDS Day show said. Men are tested with a
swab to detect HPV. “Cervi-
cal cancer can be detected in
its very earliest stages,” said
people worldwide died of the dis- until the early morning hours. Bickle.
Health Canada has recently
SA hosts By Pavan Sandhu
To show its support for World
AIDS Day, the Student Association
It will feature the bands Planet
Uranus, Viscera, The Robots, The
Recroom, Fiction City and Teeter.
approved a new vaccine called
Gardasil that helps prevent
Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day. HPV. The injection is given to
fundraiser The UNAIDS 2006 report on the
global AIDS epidemic states that
is holding a benefit concert on Dec.
“We have six bands coming,” said
“We are promoting AIDS aware-
ness, and will be giving students
condoms and lube,” said Muller-
girls aged 9-26 in hopes of pro-
tecting them before they be-
approximately 38.6 million people Evan Muller-Cheng, Student Asso- Cheng. “It’s a good ending event for come sexually active.
for AIDS around the world were living with
HIV at the end of 2005.
ciation president. “It will be fun and
at the same time you will be sup-
the sexual awareness campaign.”
Tickets are available at the tuck
“If anyone has concerns
they can make an appointment
at the campus health centre,”
Just over four million people be- porting a good cause.” shop for $5 and at the door for $7.
awareness came newly infected with HIV in
2005 and an estimated 2.8 million
The event will take place at E.P.
Taylor’s at 8 p.m. and will continue
All proceeds will go to the AIDS
Committee of Durham.
12 The Chronicle November 28, 2006
Santa spotted here in Oshawa
By Pavan Sandhu to the parade with his three chil-
Chronicle Staff dren.
“Overall it was a good,” said Risk.
The annual Christmas pandemic “It really shows the spirit.”
struck Oshawa on Nov. 18 as the A regular of the parade, Stella
Parade of Lights illuminated the Bowen and her six year-old daugh-
streets. ter Alyssa also attended the event,
Hundreds of affected victims “We love it, we have come every
lined up on the streets of Oshawa. year since Alyssa was three,” said
Side effects included happiness, Bowen.
laughter, a jovial glow, cheering and Bowen has become an expert
singing Christmas carols. and even knows the perfect spot to
Starting at Oshawa Centre the sit and watch the parade.
parade traveled along King Street to “The best spot is between the Tim
Centre Street before making a loop Hortons and Burger King,” she said.
back to the Oshawa Centre. “It gets better and longer every
People came dressed in jackets, year,” she said. “I really liked the
gloves and scarves, with hot choco- lights at night.”
late or a piping hot coffee in hand to Another spectator who enjoyed
fend off the cold. the parade was Brittaney George, a
Some stood at the sides, some sat student from Whitby.
on the pavement, others sat com- “I really enjoyed the gymnas-
fortably in their deck chairs. tics,” said George. “The colours were
They waited anxiously for a bright and fun.”
glimpse of the jolly old man in red “I’ve been coming since I was
who makes their dreams come true two. Before it didn’t have music and
every Dec. 25. it only had a few floats.”
Many clubs and organizations George had advice for spectators
marched in the parade. A frosty the thinking of attending next year.
snowman created chaos among the “There are so many people,” she
Marching bands dressed in uni- “It’s good to get there early, if you
form played Christmas tunes on the want a good spot.”
trumpets and drums. Sabrina Logan, a student from
Among the participants was the Whitby, had a different view of the
Oshawa wado-Kai Karate. Dressed parade.
in their karate uniforms they walked “It was repetitive,” she said. “They
and waved. played the same music – after a
Gemini Gymnastics also partici- while it got boring.”
pated. A girl demonstrated her gym- One particular float did catch the
Photo by Pavan Sandhu nastics skills by cart wheeling in the attention of Logan.
street. “The one where the police were
SEASONS GREETINGS: Spectators lined the streets of Oshawa to catch a glimpse of The Rameses Oshawa District playing the instruments,” said Logan.
Santa. Here, a parade participant greets the audience. Shriners marched with flags in “It was surprising, I wasn’t expecting
hand. Behind them some rode mini- that they would be that good.”
motorbikes beeping and waving. The last float to grace the streets
With their hands extended chil- of Oshawa was the much-antici-
dren screamed for candy. pated Santa float. With reindeer
The Camaros Baton Club walked pulling his sleigh, the man in red
in the parade twirling their batons, waved wishing everyone a happy
dressed in white and black. Christmas. Children on the streets,
The Toronto Signals Band high on the Christmas spirit, leapt
dressed in red uniform- carrying and cheered.
trumpets, trombones and drums, As Santa floated away, the streets
engaged the audience with the mu- quickly emptied.
sic. What was left were empty cof-
An Oshawa resident and first- fee cups and litter, a reminder that
time attendee, John Risk, came out Christmas has just begun.
Holiday shopping is
cheaper in November
for big ticket items
da, consumers start buying big-
By Amy Parrington ticket items, such as furniture,
Chronicle Staff electronic equipment and appli-
ances, in November, and wait un-
Christmas is the most popular til December to buy less expen-
holiday during the year, beating sive gifts. This is because retail-
other holidays such as Valentine’s ers mark down expensive items
and New Year’s by more than 50 during November, when people
per cent. begin their holiday shopping.
On average Canadians will “All of the Christmas choco-
buy 11 gifts during the Christmas lates and cookies we sell are
season, spending an average of cheap in November, because
$575, according to a report by there is less of a demand for
Leger Marketing in Montreal. them,” said Don Lee, grocery
Giving chocolates, wine, and manager at Price Chopper.
cards to loved ones never goes Consumers should begin their
out of style. If topping people’s shopping as soon as possible. Re-
wish lists is a Christmas goal, the tailers who sell expensive items
most popular gifts for 2006 are: such as furniture and electronics
digital cameras, cell phones, MP3 have better sale prices in Novem-
players, Apple iPods, and DVDs. ber, rather than December when
According to Statistics Cana- most people shop for Christmas.
The Chronicle November 28, 2006 13
By Mike Gokdag
Trinity Church’s dramatic mu-
sical Time for Christmas makes
a return this holiday season with
its next instalment, Still Time for
The musical opens on Dec. 2
and their will be a total of five per-
formances running on Dec 2, 3, 8, 9,
and 10 all beginning at 7 p.m. at the
“It was a great success last year
and we are hoping for even greater
things this year,” said Sandy Thom-
as of the Trinity Church. “Last year’s
show saw hundreds come out and
was a big accomplishment.” Said
Director, Jenny Svetec directed
the musical and is returning for the
Photo by Samaritanspurse.ca
sequel along with many other key
components from the first show. HOLIDAYS ARE FOR GIVING: The children pictured above can be seen enjoying their presents received from Samari-
“There are 68 people in the cast tan’s Purse and its volunteers.
including a full choir, soloists and a
troupe of children.” Said Svetec. “We
are singing some numbers from last
year as well as two new solos and
two big numbers by the choirs.” She
The play has an interesting flow
as the storyline goes through time
Volunteers help create a happier
into medieval, puritan, Victorian
and contemporary periods as well
as stops in Bethlehem. The cast
has been preparing and rehearsing
holiday for children in need
The cast includes Mike Broomer a charity that collects decorated
as George Warren, Jason Adams as By Mike Gokdag shoeboxes filled with small toys and
Justin Warren, Jordan Knarr as the Chronicle Staff other gifts for shipment to children
comic Bill and Lynda Harlos as the
in 100 developing countries. Inter- Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child has national relief company Samaritan’s
Admissions will be free and a gone into full effect thanks to a com- Purse runs the operation. • A $75 donation can give an entire family clean water
reception will follow every perfor- bined effort from Trinity Church “We shipped out over 3,000 for life.
mance. and the city of Oshawa. shoe-boxes for the operation,” said • Operation Christmas Child was started in Wales in
Operation Christmas Child is Sandy Thomas of Trinity Church. 1990.
The shoeboxes are filled to the • Last year Canada donated 723,091 shoeboxes to 95
brim with toys and supplies for chil- different countries.
Durham Region tree dren of different age groups. School
supplies like pens, pencils, sharpen-
ers, colouring books and paper are
• Since 1993, 46 million shoeboxes have been deliv-
ered to over 100 countries.
• The ﬁrst donation was sent to Romania.
lighting ceremony Donations like toothbrushes
and toothpastes are also encour-
aged. Toys like balls and dolls, along centre,” Thomas said. need and organize the priority list
with T-shirts, socks, and candy, are The goal of the operation is to for distributions. When a shoebox is
the Whitby Central Library from 6 also nice additions. A suggested do- help children who suffer from war, sent to a community every child in
By Luba Tymchuk to 8 p.m. where Press Café will pro- nation of $7 is also asked for to help poverty, famine, disease and disas- the community receives one.
vide free hot chocolate and cookies. the communities where these boxes ter. The Samaritan’s Purse offers
The event will include carols are headed. The National Leadership Team many different opportunities for do-
Durham Region residents can
sung by Cruz Zone and the St. Mar- “Trinity church is the depot for (NLT) is made up of local pastors nations including helping families
enjoy a day to celebrate the begin-
guerite D’Youville Catholic School Oshawa’s Operation Christmas and civic leaders. These people with livestock, building community
ning of the Christmas season with a
Choir. Doo Doo the clown will also Child and we rent a truck to take the identify the children in greatest churches and providing fresh water.
be there to entertain. Unwrapped donations to the next distribution
Every year, as Christmas ap-
toys will be accepted for the Stuff a
proaches, each municipality has a
day scheduled for the gathering of
community members to light their
Bug toy drive.
“This tradition has currently
been going on for eight years,” said
Children’s Aid Society cares for the
Kim Tafertshofer, marketing and
Oshawa held its annual ceremo-
ny on Nov. 16 at 6:45 p.m. at Memo-
rial Park where the mayor and city
event co-ordinator for Whitby.
“The event signifies the start of the
community during holiday season
season by the traditional tree light-
council members lit the tree. volunteer is matched with a family in need. They help
ing ceremony, and the gathering of By Shannon Dossor
“Our event went extremely well Chronicle Staff out children on their own, single parents, and aunts,
family, friends and neighbours.”
with over 2,000 people attending uncles or grandparents who are taking care of children
Other events in the region in-
on a night where the weather was a Many families live below the poverty line, and Christ- on their own.
clude the Ajax ceremony on Dec. 1
bit questionable,” said Derek Keene, mas is a difficult time of year for them. The information from the needy families gets sent to
from 7 to 9 p.m. at Pickering Village
Oshawa program supervisor for The Children’s Aid Society has a program called the sponsor. “They learn their first name, age, size, wish
on Old Kingston Road and the Bow-
community programs and special Community Caring at Christmas. CAS workers refer lists and children’s hobbies,” said Sanicharan. “We try to
manville Moonlight Magic ceremo-
events. families they work with to this program. The families re- make their Christmas as close to what you or I would
ny at the town hall on Dec. 1 from 6
There was free hot chocolate and ferred either live on or just below the poverty line. have.”
p.m. to midnight.
live entertainment on the McLaugh- “This program has been running since before 1968,” The donor registration deadline is Dec. 16, but dona-
The Pickering Winterfest tree
lin bandshell stage, including Dur- said Naretha Sanicharan, seasonal hamper co-ordina- tions will be accepted later under some circumstances.
lighting ceremony will be on Dec. 8
ham Shores Chorus. The event also tor. “The amount of families in need are definitely grow-
from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the city hall at
included a visit from Santa Claus, Sanicharan explained that each referred family goes ing every year, but so are our sponsors,” said Sanich-
Esplanade Park. Food donations for
who arrived on a fire truck. through a screening process to make sure they aren’t aran.
St. Paul’s on the Hill will be accepted
Whitby’s ceremony will be held receiving help from anywhere else. To register as a donor or sponsor, contact the Dur-
at this event.
on Dec. 1 at celebration square of Volunteers donate and sponsor the program. Each ham Children’s Aid Society.
14 The Chronicle November 28, 2006
Eight-day victory celebration
“You play with Hanukkah gilt
Hanukkah which is chocolate money,” said
Dennis. Each side of the dreidel has
a letter inscribed on it: nun, gimmel,
honours hey and shin.
Children win or lose gilt depend-
ing on where it lands. The letters
the victory spell out “a great miracle happened
here.” According to the website My
Jewish Learning, the four letters on
of the the dreidel carry a greater signifi-
They represent the four ancient
kingdoms that have tried to destroy
Maccabees the Jewish nation, which include
Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome.
Along with chocolate dreidel
winnings, Dennis, his younger sister
and six cousins would help make
By Valene Nicholas latkes, potato pancakes. Potatoes,
Chronicle Staff onions, cornflake crumbs and eggs
are mixed and fried in oil in a flat
While the Hellenistic Seleucid pan.
Empire seized the Temple and the The crispy cooked potatoes are
Jewish people were forced to wor- dipped in sour cream or apple-
ship Greek gods, priest Mattathias sauce.
began a rebellion in 167 BC, after The potato has nothing to do with
murdering a fellow Jew who bowed Hanukkah, but the oil it’s fried in is
to worship an idol. He and his five a reminder of the oil in the Temple,
sons also killed officers and soldiers according to My Jewish Learning.
that ordered submission to Greek Dennis said Hanukkah is a time
gods. This started the revolt and vil- for families to celebrate the Jews’ tri-
lagers grouped together to create umph over persecution.
the Maccabbee army. Dennis resides in Toronto, but
After his death, Mattathias’ son, currently lives in Oshawa for school.
Photo by Valene Nicholas
leader of the rebels, defeated the He plans on celebrating Hanukkah,
rule of Antiochus IV Epiphanes and even though he is not around family
reclaimed the Temple in Jerusalem. HAPPY HANUKKAH: Jewish student Zak Dennis plans on celebrating Hanukkah even and knows few Jewish students on
Judah Maccabee and his soldiers though he is not around his family and knows few Jewish students on campus. campus.
repaired and cleansed the Temple. “I’m going to try and get my
The rebels wanted to light the me- roommates and as many people as
norah during the celebration. The I can over for some latkes…and play
menorah is a seven-branched can- “The first night there is an extra “I remember going over to my candy and play dreidel.” a little bit of dreidel,” he said. He also
delabrum, which is one of the old- blessing over the candles and the grandmothers house and the whole The dreidel is a four-sided top wants to share with his friends the
est symbols of the Jewish people. rest of the nights you light an extra family being there,” he recalled. children spin in order to win tasty great story of the Maccabees.
Only a tiny flask of olive oil, enough candle,” explained Zak Dennis, a “We’d eat dinner, make latkes, get treats.
to last for one day, was discovered. manufacturing engineer student at
However the candle brightly shone UOIT.
for eight days. These eight days al- Along with the lighting of the
lowed for the completion of the nine-branched menorah, other fes-
Temple and enough time to get new tivities include traditional food, fam-
oil supply. ily parties, dreidel and gifts.
Every December, Jews world- “Hanukkah was never about gifts,
wide celebrate Hanukkah. It is also but I guess because the Jewish kids
known as the Feast of the Maccab- see the Christian kids getting gifts,
bees or the Festival of Lights. Jew- the parents get them,” Dennis said.
ish families light the menorah each He used to get one present as a
night for eight days to honour the child, while some of his friends got
victory of the Maccabees. This year a present each night of Hanukkah.
Hanukkah takes place from Dec. 16 Toys, the latest gadgets or money
to 23. were common items.
clubs get together
Edge Expressions masters team,
By Luba Tymchuk the Oshawa Glide adult team, the
Chronicle Staff Aura Synchronized junior team,
and Whitby Figure Skating Clubs
This holiday, Durham residents singles and pairs programs.
have a chance to watch a live syn- There will be a special guest ap-
chronized ice show. pearance by Don Jackson, gold
The Whitby Synchronized Skat- medalist in the World Figure Skat-
ing teams, a non-profit club that ing Championship in 1962 where
operates through the Whitby Fig- he was the first Canadian male to
ures Skating Club, will be part of the win the world championship.
show on Dec. 3 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 for general ad-
at the Whitby Iroquois Park Sports mission and $1 for children 12 and
Complex. younger. Tickets will be sold at the
The show will feature the Ice door and in various arenas around
Fyre juvenile and novice teams, the Durham Region.
The Chronicle November 28, 2006 15
Violence: breaking the silence
By Reka Szekely
He makes the decisions for her,
telling her what to wear, who to talk
to and how to spend her money.
He pressures her into sex when
she’s not interested.
He calls her stupid, lazy, fat, ugly
or a slut.
He hits her.
Woman abuse can take a multi-
tude of forms, but it has one com-
mon thread. It’s based on gender
inequality and it’s about control.
“Sometimes the violence or abuse
is so subtle, the woman doesn’t even
know it’s happening unless some-
one outside the so-called box makes
a comment or statement,” said Mary
Alice Harvey, a mental health nurse
who provides counseling at the
campus health centre.
It’s a problem on campuses
across the country, including ours.
Walter DeKeseredy is a professor
in the Faculty of Criminology, Justice
and Policy Studies at UOIT and has
done extensive research and written
several books on woman abuse.
In 1993, he released a national
survey that looked at woman abuse
on post-secondary campuses and
DeKeseredy said the rates are quite
“What is happening in Canada is
we see about 28 per cent of women
in a year experience some form of
sexual assault,” said DeKeseredy.
Since leaving high school, 45 per Photo illustration by Reka Szekely
cent of women in university report
some form of sexual assault. The BREAKING THE SILENCE: Many services are available for women experiencing abuse. For example, the Campus
survey included being pressured Health Centre can help students ﬁnd the help they need.
verbally into sex, physical force and
threats of physical force. become men who are comfortable
DeKeseredy said physical vio- in their emotionality,” said Nadia
lence is quite high as well, with
roughly 22 per cent of women re-
Resources for understanding violence against women Barakeh a counsellor at the WM-
porting they’d experienced it in the DeKeseredy also said that when
previous year. it comes to sexual assault, men en-
Esther Enylou, director of the
-The Denise House: a local women’s shelter. Their website provides excellent in-
gage in bad behaviour not out of
Women’s Multicultural Resource formation, including a checklist of signs of abuse and instructions on how to hide internet lust, but to gain the approval of their
and Counselling Centre of Durham activity when researching. peers. And then the peer group re-
(WMRCC), conducted a workshop inforces negative images of women
on campus in early November on - Durham Regional Police Services and that creates a climate where
healthy relationships as part of Vio- woman abuse can become a prob-
lence Against Women Awareness - Students Against Social Injustice (SASI) lem.
Month. “There’s nothing wrong with ca-
Enylou said often people look for -A Call to Men is a men’s organization that addresses violence against women and sual sex, but when it becomes pred-
physical abuse, but there are many sexism. Founder Tony Porter delivered a keynote speech on Nov. 21 on campus. atory or he runs to his friends and
other types. “A woman doesn’t have calls her a slut, it strips her of her
to be beaten to fit into that category dignity,” he said.
some cultural backgrounds may be cer from the Tau Kappa Epsilon fra- including a new women’s centre.
of an abused woman.” Meanwhile, WMRCC provides
less likely to ask for help because ternity’s UOIT chapter, said there’s a Alisha Thornton, internal vice-
Verbal abuse and emotional counselling and support to women
woman abuse is not something stigma associated with fraternities president for the SA, said she’s done
abuse can involve put downs, ne- who have been abused and their
that’s openly discussed. when it comes to women’s issues. a lot research into women’s centres
glect and threats. Economic abuse families. They also provide referrals
She also points out that men can He said his group was eager to take on campuses across the country.
involves controlling a woman and community outreach.
be the victims of abuse, as can men part in the pledge campaign. “We’re actually one of the few
through money. The centre’s goal is to make sure
and women in same-sex relation- “I think the fact that we’re mak- campuses that doesn’t have a wom-
When a woman is constantly no one gets put on a waiting list and
ships. ing them sign this pledge is going to en’s centre,” she said.
controlled being told what to eat, they provide support like accompa-
However, in the majority of cas- force them to think about this issue,” The centre will be a safe space
what to wear, when to go stay home nying women on court dates.
es, it is still men who carry out the said Megna. for women and provide information
and go out, who she can talk to, she “A lot of them are intimidated
abuse. Peter Micek, president of the lo- and resources. Student volunteers
becomes trapped in the relation- by the legal system altogether,” said
“What happens is men are the cal Zeta Psi chapter, agreed. of both genders will act as staff after
ship, dependant on her abuser. Barakeh. “They’ve never had any
problem and they need to be the so- “We looked at it as a great op- undergoing training.
“When you’re not allowed to contact with the law. They’ve never
lution,” said DeKeseredy. portunity to get our names out on However, it’s also important to
make decisions … eventually there’s been to court before.”
When men are seen as dominant campus not only as a fraternity, but reach men even before they begin
a psychological shift where you can’t On campus, Harvey can immedi-
and women as sexual objects, it cre- as a group of guys that are opposed their post-secondary education.
make those decisions yourself,” said ately whip out pamphlets, informa-
ates a chilly climate on campus. to violence against women.” DeKeseredy said that by the time
Harvey. tion sheets and contact numbers for
That’s why the November cam- Micek said he’d like to see a simi- men come to college and university,
Immigrant women who are un- women’s shelters and other com-
paign, organized by Students lar event each year in the future. the patterns already exist. They may
familiar with the system in Canada munity resources. She said she’s
Against Social Injustice (SASI), in- DeKeseredy said the campus have abused a girl friend in high
are often even more vulnerable, said available to students who want to
cluded a keynote speech from Tony needs more campaigns like SASI’s school.
Enylou, because their partners can talk or want more information. All
Porter, an American activist that cre- this month and he wants to see a That’s why the WMRCC does
use threats against their status in they have to do is drop by the cam-
ated A Call to Men, a speaking tour women’s centre. The fight to end outreach to high school and ele-
the country or threaten to take their pus health centre and make an ap-
that challenges men to end sexism violence against women needs to mentary schools.
children away from them. pointment. They don’t have to give
violence against women. be consistent. Nadia Barakeh, who counsels at
They may also be unaware of a reason why.
In addition to that, SASI is work- The Student Association an- the WMRCC in both English and
support services because those Harvey said the problem isn’t
ing with the fraternities on campus nounced last week that part of the Arabic, said men with low self-es-
types of services are not available in resources, it’s getting women to use
to get men to sign a pledge that they portable behind the library that was teem exhibit that by being verbally
their country of origin. the resources available. “There is so
will not be violent against women. used as a construction office will abusive and controlling.
Harvey adds that women from much support out there,” she said.
Kirk Megna, an excecutive offi- now be used for clubs and services, “It’s an issue of raising boys who
16 The Chronicle November 28, 2006
Family forgives drunk driver Sutherland, wife and mother who “We were incredibly sad for a sick,” says Patti. “I was constantly leased. It is important to let go of the
By Tania Harris lived in Oshawa at the time of the number of things,” says Carrie. “We stressed, short tempered, I had high resentment and learn to forgive, not
Chronicle Staff accident. “And one brain dead deci- were sad that they were gone, sad blood pressure, chronic back pain for their piece of mind but for yours,
sion took them away from us.” that we never had the chance to say and experienced chest pain.” says Lumber.
It’s December 1999, only a few According to MADD (Mothers goodbye and that we would never Holding a grudge can also cause Forgiveness does not happen
more days until a new century be- Against Drunk Driving) Canada, of see them again. But we were also mental imbalances. Andrew be- over night, it takes strength of spirit.
gins, a few more hours until Santa the general driving age public, 98 very angry at the guy that took them came depressed after losing his fa- “God is available to all of us, and
creeps down the chimney, a few per cent see drinking and driving as from us and I couldn’t imagine ever ther and brother, which resulted in those who have suffered a loss will
more minutes until they are dead. a threat to their personal safety, and forgiving him.” harmful behaviour. be comforted by him,” says Rev.
Bill Sutherland had just picked 86 per cent feel it is important to do The life that they had known “The pain of losing my family was Allan V. Jorgensen, First Baptist
up his 12-year-old son, Jeremy, from something to reduce the problem. had been shattered, and they were unbearable and I wanted it to go Church minister in Oshawa. “Only
a friend’s house. They were on their Unfortunately the problem of left wounded and in pain. It is only away,” says Andrew. “So I took a ra- the strong have the capability to for-
way home to celebrate Christmas drinking and driving wasn’t reduced natural that the Sutherland family zor and tried to cut the pain out.” give, so pray for strength and you
with their family when the unex- on the night of Dec. 24, 1999. A 19- felt angry and resentful towards the According to Canadian Health will be given it.”
pected happened. An oncoming car, year-old intoxicated man was able man who they believed killed their Network, a public health agency, So the Sutherland family prayed
driven by a drunk driver, swerved to walk out of a Christmas party that loved ones. But holding onto that self-harm is a coping mechanism. It and after a long journey down the
into the Sutherland’s lane. There night, with a set of car keys in his grudge proved to be just as harm- is a way of dealing with overwhelm- road to forgiveness they finally
was no time to react. hand. He was able to put the keys ful as drinking and driving was that ing emotions, intense disassocia- reached their destination.
Bystanders watched in horror as in the ignition and start his vehicle night. tion, invalidation and feelings of “To forgive is to set a prisoner
the two vehicles collided. Pieces of without anyone noticing and then Patti’s health slowly deteriorated isolation. free and discover that the prisoner
metal flew everywhere and gasoline drive away, without someone stop- during the first few months follow- “In order to deal with emotions was you,” said Lewis B. Smedes, au-
could be smelt for miles. Bill died ping him. ing the accident. it is important to talk to someone thor of Forgiveness: The Power to
instantly leaving the two survivors “We were in shock when we “Holding onto anger is a dan- about them,” says Kelly Lumber, an Change the Past.
struggling against time. found out, none of us believed it gerous emotion which has serious Oshawa psychotherapist. “If feelings The Sutherland family members
The man in the other vehicle happened,” says Andrew Suther- negative effects on your physical are bottled up then an emotional are no longer prisoners of the pain
managed to crawl out of the wreck- land, Bill’s son and Jeremy’s brother. health,” says Dr. S. P. Ruparelia, an explosion is inevitable, resulting in and anger that had held them hos-
age but Jeremy was stuck and was After the family got over the ini- Oshawa general practitioner. “It can depression, eating disorders and tage for so long.
crying for help. The cars caught on tial shock of losing their loved ones weaken the immune system, cause even suicide.” “We have forgiven the boy who
fire and all that could be done was the household was filled with mixed sleep deprivation, high blood pres- The person who holds onto an- drove drunk that night, forgave him
watch as the flames consumed him. emotions for years, says Carrie sure and rapid heart rate.” ger becomes re-victimized each for the mistake that he made, and
“Jeremy was my baby and Bill Sutherland, Bill’s daughter. “I was so angry I got physically moment the anger has not been re- now we are free,” says Patti.
was the love of my life,” says Patti
Students ﬁnd aid during exams
will, verbatim, record what their in- Stress can play a factor during you’re organized…do organiza- “They are skills that we carry with
By Steve Parker structors are putting on the board, an exam. It is primarily caused by tional notes like the Cornell Method us to any workplace,” Fledderus
and that’s wrong, because they’re lack of preparation.Fledderus says and being conscious of what you’re said. “A lot of it is just being an effec-
With exams just around the cor- the instructors words and not their that managing time wisely is an ef- learning, like putting notes in your tive time manager. All of these skills
ner come long days, intense study own.” fective way to defeat stress around own words, they complement each are useful in the workforce.”
and stress. How should students She says students should put the exam time. Every skill she teaches other,” she said. The Learner Support Centre is
best deal with it? notes into their own words because complements the others. Such skills are not just useful in available to any students who need
A good first start is not to leave it becomes theirs and then they will “If you manage your time, if school, but after graduation as well. assistance preparing for an exam.
everything until the last minute. remember. Taking a half hour af-
Students who attend class and take ter class to rewrite their instructor’s
notes is an excellent study tool.
Tease the Season
notes have an easier time when it
comes to exams. But they should Another study method Fledde-
rus teaches students is the Cornell
not be taking down notes as the
teacher writes them. Method.This method divides a page
“If you take proper notes, it’s in half with topics written in the left
almost like you’re studying,” said
Katherine Fledderus, learning strat-
column and detailed info written on
the right. p on
Gifts that keep on
egies adviser for Durham College
and the University of Ontario Insti-
If a student can recite the infor-
mation while only seeing the topics,
or vice versa, they will be able to re-
tute of Technology. “Most students
member it for an exam.
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In synch with Melissa Mackie
“She’s always got a smile on her face,” said Meredith.
By Mike Van Veen “You can tell she loves to be there.”
Chronicle Staff While Mackie says there are many perks to coaching,
including helping fellow skaters improve their skills, there
are some challenges as well. Due to the fact that the girls
Getting 12 young girls to skate together is one thing, but on her teams are so young, Mackie often finds them quite
getting them to skate exactly the same is much more diffi- a handful.
cult. And juggling a full college class load on top of that just “The girls are very young (ages 6 to 10) and have a hard
adds to the challenge. time staying focused,” she said.
But it’s all in a day’s work for Melissa Mackie. “They are very chatty and half the practice is spent just
Mackie, 20, is a second-year Sports Management stu- getting them to listen.”
dent at Durham College and the assistant coach of three Despite the challenges, Mackie has high expectations
synchronized skating teams in Whitby. She is also an ex- for her skaters and hopes to help them have a positive ex-
skater of 12 years. perience.
Although she doesn’t skate competitively anymore, “My main concern is that their experience with skating
she said she misses it and finds herself reliving it through is a positive one and that they continue to keep it up in the
“Synchronized skating is something that is extremely Her most memorable skating moment was in France in
important to me,” said Mackie. “I miss the feeling of being 2004 when their Junior Competitive team, Ice Fyre, repre-
on a team.” sented Canada and came second overall.
Mackie decided against skating this year due to the large “It was my first international competition and we
time commitment. She would have had to move from a ju- worked extremely hard to get there,” said Mackie. “We had
nior competitive level to a senior competitive level because no idea that we would do so well and were overwhelmed
of her age. when we came out with a silver medal.”
“I felt that the practice time would be just too much to Mackie’s last year of skating she deems her most suc-
handle with school,” she said. cessful. She skated for Black Ice, a team based out of Cen-
While she still coaches three skating teams, she is only tral Ontario. The Junior Competitive team won the French
at the rink two nights a week, which gives her plenty of time Cup in Rouen, France last February.
to balance schoolwork. “We went in not realizing we were even capable of com-
Mackie coaches the pre-juvenile and novice teams ing close to the top and ended up beating the world cham-
alongside head coach Nancy Meredith. As assistant coach, pions.”
she is responsible for helping choreograph the teams rou- Mackie and the rest of her Black Ice team also travelled
tines, scheduling practice times, following through with to Helsinki, Finland to compete in the Junior World Chal-
mental training for all three teams and continuously devel- lenge Cup where they competed against some of the best
oping the skaters skills both on and off the ice. junior competitive teams in the world. They placed fifth
Meredith has also coached Mackie for seven years. overall.
Mackie credits Meredith for many of her successes over Mackie still enjoys her time on the ice and hopes to con-
the years. tinue coaching throughout her final year next year.
“She always pushed us to do our best. We were very suc- She hopes to get a job working at Skate Canada after she
cessful.” completes her diploma, but if not, she has another plan.
Some of Mackie’s successes include a 1st and 2nd place “I wish I knew where exactly I want to be in 10 years
Photo by Mike Van Veen
finish in France, several visits to nationals with top 5 finish- but right now, I am not too sure,” she said. “If I don’t end up
es and a 5th place finish at the Junior World Challenge Cup. working for Skate Canada, I hope to move to Europe and
A FINE BALANCE: In addition to coaching three syn- Meredith is equally impressed with Mackie. Meredith experience work there. Perhaps even coach a young Euro-
chronized skating teams, Sports Management student says Mackie is a great role model for the kids and is ex- pean synchronized skating team if possible.”
Melissa Mackie also goes to school full time. tremely positive.
Shriners raise money for kids’ hospital
By Krystle Pereira end in success.
Chronicle Staff “I had one guy come back to me
since and say, ‘That night of the gala,
it was the first time in many years
Vision: the ability to think about that I was proud to be a Shriner’,” said
or plan the future with imagination Smith. “I thought that says it all.”
or wisdom; an experience of seeing The money will contribute to-
someone or something in a dream. wards research at the hospital,
Millions of dreams are wished which has invented pablum and re-
for every day, but for some, even searched treatments for childhood
simple ones like having medicine diabetes.
and seeing a hospital are far from a Smith wanted something more
possibility. for the Shriners. He wanted to raise
In 1922, the Shriners opened public awareness to show people
their first children’s hospital and the true character of the Shrine club
they have helped over 800,000 chil- and what they work hard for.
dren since then. The Shriners take what they do
Many people often wonder what seriously, but to be a Shriner, know-
a Shriner is. Some refer to Fred ing how to have fun is a prerequi-
Flintstone wearing his big red hat. site.
Others think of them as a group who “You have to appreciate that not
take part in parades driving around many grown males will run around
fast cars and motorbikes. with a fez on their head and be
To define a Shriner someone proud of it,” said Smith. “It’s because
could use the words committed or of what it stands for, the betterment
passionate. Photo by Krystle Pereira of kids’ health.”
The Oshawa Shrine Club has In January the next president will
approximately 230 members of take over, and Smith hopes he can
HAVING A BALL: The Oshawa Shrine Club held their ﬁrst-ever gala to beneﬁt research at
the more than 555,000 there are bring vision and look beyond what
their Montreal Children’s Hospital. has been done to bring a new focus
throughout North America.
Each year, they raise money for Club. Traditionally each year there The event was held at Deer Creek former mayor of Whitby plus the for the future.
their hospitals and for children in is an activity dinner and a presi- banquet hall and featured a 19- mayors of Ajax and Pickering at- The Shriners continue to pros-
need through public events. dent’s ball, but Smith wanted some- piece orchestra, a silent auction, a tended. per. They do have fun when they
On Nov. 3, the Oshawa Shriners thing better. decadent dinner and elegant games By the end of the evening the gather together, and humour be-
held their first ever gala to support “I thought we should make it a such as a diamond champagne Shriners had raised approximately comes a part of who they are. But
the Montreal Shriner’s Hospital for splashy evening,” said Smith. “We’ll challenge. $50,000. the Shriners never forget their pur-
Children. make it a cause we can identify with. The auction included 97 items, They didn’t know if they could pose of helping children, and mak-
The idea came from Mark Smith, We’ll create something that we will including gift certificates, weekend pull the event off, but Smith was ing dreams reality.
president of the Oshawa Shrine be known for.” getaway packages and jewelry. The confident that the evening would
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Wii and PS3 consoles selling
for thousands on internet cold for two hours to get her Nin- buying something at twice the cost
By Elise Haskell tendo Wii. Up until the last moment for the first release if you don’t have
Chronicle Staff she wasn’t sure whether she’d even any cash left over for games,” said
keep it. Parker.
Some people pre-ordered them “I have bills to pay so I felt kind Meagan Clayton, 21, pre-ordered
weeks ago, while others camped of guilty even thinking about buying hers from Best Buy over a month
outside of stores and waited for a console for myself,” said Parker. ago with the intention from the very
hours in the cold so they could buy “When I left my house that morning, beginning to sell it.
their very own Playstation 3 or Nin- I thought, as a back-up plan I could “My boyfriend found out that
tendo Wii. always sell it on eBay, to sort of ease the PS3 would not be released in
But some of these people don’t my conscience about making the Europe until after the Christmas
even want some of these hyped- purchase.” season, and this was sending prices
up new consoles for themselves or But with all the hype built up of PS3s on eBay skyrocketing,” said
as fancy Christmas presents. They around these consoles, Parker found Clayton. “And you’re at least guar-
want to turn around and sell them that selling hers on eBay seemed too anteed to get your money back, or
on eBay for, quite literally, thou- tempting to resist. at the very least, own a PS3... I felt it
sands of dollars. “When I saw the consoles going was a win-win situation.”
Although this phenomenon is for upwards of six hundred dollars After a couple days on eBay she
not new to the gaming industry, I thought, hey, why not? I’m not the had raised $2,300. She’s already
when you consider that there are type of person who had to have it made her purchase price of $758.98
only 150,000 Playstation 3s in Can- right away, I could easily wait. I ac- back three-fold. “My boyfriend and I
ada you can understand why it’s so tually only went to line up because started the bidding at $1,000 and it
big this year. I’ve never done something like that just took off from there. We thought
Keeping in mind that there are before.” if we started it lower than everyone
over 4 million people in the GTA, It does seem strange to spend else’s, people would jump all over it,
people can see why this is such a all that money solely for the con- and they have.”
problem, and why already Playsta- sole, especially when you have to Clayton went on to say that the
tion 3s have been bought for $25,000 buy games separately and they are people who buy these consoles on
(yes, three zeros) on eBay. priced up to $70. eBay “are probably rich parents who
Nicole Parker, 25, waited in the “It kind of defeats the purpose of want to have the perfect gift.”
Avoid the ﬂu by getting the shot Photo by Caitlyn Holroyd
ARTISTIC PIECE: The Ontario College of Art and Design
nized against the influenza virus, as placement agen- ﬁfth anniversary art show attracted art lovers of all ages.
By Caitlyn Holroyd cies in the Health Sciences, Health and Human Stud-
Chronicle Staff ies and Firefighting and Paramedic programs have
restricted placement in the past, if not immunized.
Clinics at the Oshawa campus are in the dining
It’s that time of the year again and those wishing
to avoid the flu season won’t have to travel far to get room (G213) and run Nov. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to noon,
immunized. Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dec. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to
Durham College/UOIT will be offering walk-in 3 p.m. and Dec. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Clinics at
clinics on campus. Students in community or clinical the Whitby campus are on Nov. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to
of art show
placements are encouraged to come and get immu- 12:30 p.m.
Blackwood, Ian Carr-Harris, Andy
By Caitlyn Holroyd Fabo, Tom Forrestall, Burton Kram-
er, Kristine Moran, Christopher Pratt,
Mary Pratt, Nicholas and Sheila Pye,
The Ontario College of Art and Floria Sigismondi, Dionne Simpson,
Design is a school for artists, but it and Tony Urquhart, to name a few,
was art lovers who flocked to the but the school is promoting art itself
school’s annual show, Whodunit? rather than the name behind each
This year marked the fifth an- piece. This encourages people to
niversary for the show, which has buy pieces based on their love for
been growing steadily since its the aesthetics rather than the per-
launch. This can be attributed to the son who created them.
unique elements of the show, which “Last year, we had some real
have people coming from through- keeners lining up on the Friday night
out the GTA and beyond to find that as early as 4 p.m. to get their place in
perfect piece of art. line for Saturday’s sale,” Mulholland
“I think there are a number of said, pointing out that the sale didn’t
factors that set this apart,” Sarah start until 9 a.m.
Mulholland, media and communi- “The sale has so far generated
cations co-ordinator at OCAD, said $400,000 for the university and
in an interview before this year’s we’re looking forward to another
show. successful year.”
“First of all, the sales accessibility Allie MacLean, a Foundations
– all pieces are priced at a reason- in Art and Design student here on
able $75, which means anyone can campus, likes the idea of Whodunit?
afford to buy a piece. Also, because and would like to see a similar type
of the ‘mystery’; the artists’ names of art show at Durham College.
remain hidden on the back of the “I think it’s important to get peo-
work until it’s purchased and turned ple to pay attention to the work in-
over to reveal them. Also, the sheer stead of how celebrated the artist is,
number of participants is stagger- and having a show like this seems
ing. We have this year something like an excellent way of doing that,”
in the range of 1,000 to 1,200 pieces MacLean said. “Having a similar
donated by artists, celebrity artists, show at Durham College for Foun-
as well as OCAD students, faculty dations in Art and Design would be
and alumni.” terrific. I’d love to see how it would
Some of this year’s contributors turn out.”
include Margaret Atwood, David
20 The Chronicle November 28, 2006
University grads help community
(prostitutes) to go and give them
By Jocelyn Nespiak clean clothes, a hot meal and coun-
Confident women fill the room. selling.”
A few are dressed in blouses, suit “Half the girls we bring in don’t
jackets and high-heeled shoes. Oth- Canadian Federation of University Women return to the streets.”
The Refuge House is a place
ers are wearing warm sweaters and
runners. •CFUW is a non-governmental organization with special consultative status with the where kids, youth and adults can
Everyone is greeting each other. stay, especially if they live on the
Everyone is smiling. And everyone street. Veroba has a family member
is early. employed by one of the shelters in
•CFUW is one of 71 afﬁliates of the International Federation of University Women and its Oshawa, who suggested the club get
On the second Wednesday of 180,000 members.
each month, the Canadian Federa- involved.
tion of University Women (CFUW), “It feels good to make a difference
•CFUW is a voluntary, non-proﬁt, self-funded bilingual organization of over 10,000 in our community. Members will
Oshawa and District, meet.
For many members, being a part women university graduates see and feel the results,” she said.
of this club brings new friendships Regardless of the serious issues
through social gatherings and in- •CFUW Oshawa & District is an organization of university graduates who live in the these women try to tackle, they still
terest groups. But it also opens in- Bowmanville, Oshawa, Whitby, and Port Perry area of Durham Region. try to have fun.
tellectual doors and gives power to “We do fashion shows, silent auc-
individual voices. tions, revolving dinner parties, and
“The mandate when the club was bake sales,” said Sybil Stirling, ways
Source: The Canadian Federation of University Women website
formed was to provide scholarships and means, and friendship chair.
to women and promote education,” All of those activities have helped
said Joan Maggs, scholarship chair. them fundraise money, so they’re in
Janet Nisbet, current liaison and for- whether the $33,000 should be giv- gram. a positive, carefree atmosphere, but
The national organization was mer president. en to UOIT is scheduled for January CFUW’s involvement in the com-
established in 1919, according to still reaching their goal.
Each March the resolutions 2007. munity expands to other venues as As well at every general meeting
their website, and the Oshawa orga- process begins. All 10,000 national “I think this motion will pass well.
nization was founded in 1945. a guest speaker is invited.
members discuss and vote on rec- because we’ve done a lot of work. “We hope to support the Butterfly “We mainly have guest speakers
“It was established because of ommendations they want to submit We’re just refining the details,” said Project and the Refuge House,” said
women’s rights,” said Connie Sweet, who are women holding positions
to the Canadian government. Nesbit. Janis Newell, membership chair. of power in society, such as local
archive chair. “We have a strong ad- “It’s a lengthy process, but it’s She said an unofficial vote “We want to help create a network
vocacy for women’s issues.” politicians, writers and editors,” said
worth it,” said Nisbet. showed most members were in for youth to be safe in.” Hedy Gadd, program co-ordinator.
The national club constantly Seeing changes after a national agreement, with a few who had le- Veroba read about the Butterfly
lobbies the government to make “All of our guests have a real pas-
issue has been tackled could take gitimate reasons to disagree. project in the paper a few months sion for their work. It’s nice to know
changes. In the past CFUW has in- up to two years, she said. Members of the executive ago.
fluenced them to give women the that kind of passion exists,” said
The organization has few committee hope the government “The project is just getting under- Nisbet. “It’s really great to know you
right to vote. They’ve tackled many volunteers to write reports and con- matches the money to double their way,” she said. “But we want to help
issues over the years. belong to a country that has people
duct research. donation. them.” like that.”
According to the 2006 policy Changing large-scale issues isn’t They’ve discussed plans for how Prostitution, trafficking and
book, the CFUW is currently lob- Although the club has lost mem-
their only direction. The Oshawa to distribute the money. crime are big issues in Oshawa, and bers over the years, it still has kept its
bying the government to create an chapter just celebrated 60 years. “Each year about $2,400 will be the Butterfly project will try to solve
early childhood education and care passion, vibrancy and enthusiasm
They have helped with the commu- given to a female student in second the problems. to make living in Oshawa, Ontario
program. They want it to be univer- nity for quite some time. year of a four-year program,” said Elizabeth Morgan, leader of the
sally accessible and emphasize the and Canada better.
Providing scholarships and bur- Maggs. By second year the student Butterfly organization, said, “We “We have to keep this going,” said
development of the whole child. saries to females is part of the club’s has shown commitment to the pro- provide a safe place for the girls
Enforcing the Fisheries Act is an- Veroba.
spirit. Maggs said every year they
other issue the CFUW is urging the give a $500 bursary to a Durham
government to change. They want College student. They also have pro-
to eliminate the pollution of fish vided bursaries to high school stu-
and their habitat in Canada’s coastal dents in the community.
waters. “There was a tribute fund set up
Homeless youth is another prob- years ago. We’ve been fundraising
lem the CFUW wants the govern- money and now it’s large enough to
ment to fix. They would like to see make a difference,” Maggs said.
more housing options available, Only recently did UOIT become
more support services with empha- part of the community, so CFUW
sis on education and self-sufficien- is just getting involved with them
cy, and on-going financial resources now.
for homeless centres. “We want to donate the money
“You have to have organizations from the tribute fund to the UOIT
like ours to discuss issues and fight,” Endowment Fund,” she said.
said Lorraine Veroba, advocacy The motion was approved by
chair. executive members of CFUW and
“As a single person you cannot is pending approval from general
do a lot, but as a group we can,” said members. A meeting to discuss
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Investing should be a priority
The perfect time
for students to start
investing is now
ment or condo after graduation,
By Amy Parrington investing money is more beneficial.
Chronicle Staff However, Binns suggests invest-
ing in an RRSP afterwards. He said
A penny saved is a penny the earlier you start saving for re-
earned. tirement the more money you will
Many young people do not con- have when this time comes.
sider financial planning a priority, “Currently the money I invest is
but the sooner you start saving and in a separate account, which I do
making that hard-earned money not withdraw from unless it is for
work for you, the better your future school or my future,” said Pond.
will be. In a survey conducted by Mack-
In 2004, 45 per cent of bachelor’s enzie Investments, 60 per cent of
degree grads owed, on average Canadian adults rate themselves as
$19,500 in loans, according to a Sta- fair or poor investors.
tistics Canada national graduates Binns also said that a major
survey. problem people have with their fi-
Renee Pond is one of the nances is their “burn rate.”
few young adults who con- “The burn rate refers to how
sider investing a priority. quickly you spend your money,”
“I started putting away money Binns explained. “Understanding
when I got my first job in Grade 11,” how quickly a person spends their
said Pond, “The money I put away money and what they are spending
bought my car and helped pay my it on is the first step towards man-
tuition fees.” aging it.”
We all have goals for our future. Warren Abbott, senior business
Graduating, finding a perfect job, adviser for CIBC, says the benefit
and buying a first house are only a of investing larger sums of money
few. Investing and creating a plan now is that interest compounds
for how your money is spent is over time.
Photo by Amy Parrington
the first step to help achieve these “Students have a longer time-
INVEST NOW: Rene Pond, pictured above, shows students how easy it is to save money, goals. line to invest and save, so there is a
no matter how big, or small, their paycheque turns out to be per month. Herb Binns, an accountant and greater potential of higher rates of
financial adviser for Mackenzie Fi- return (the gain or loss of an invest-
nancial, says young people should ment over a specified time), which
consider investing now. can accumulate more money over
“Students should start invest- time,” said Abbott.
ing now because they have a huge Abbott says to invest first, and
advantage over older adults,” said when incomes increase and finan-
Binns. “Adults have mortgages, cial goals change a person can think
electricity and gas bills to pay and about investing for retirement.
are often left with little money to Often financial planning has lit-
put away each month.” tle to do with age, and more about
Students tend to have more mon- how events unfold in your life.
ey and fewer bills to pay and, with Binns suggests that financial
proper planning, should be able to planning begin as early as fresh-
put away money each month. man year of university or college,
Binns said that as we get older, and should continue past retire-
buy a house and have children ment as an individual’s financial
we tend to have less money to put goals change.
away, because the majority of our “As you get older and your ex-
income is spent on bills and little is penses change, you can adjust your
left over for investments and RRSPs financial planning to reach differ-
(Registered Retirement Savings ent goals,” said Binns.
“Investing early is a huge ad-
vantage,” said Binns. “Most people
begin investing at 30, which is a dis-
advantage because they have a lot
more to pay for, less money, and re-
tirement funds draining their bank
By investing early, students are
able to put away more money and By Mike Gokdag
in time will have more invested. At Chronicle staff
30 they may already be financially The Caribbean and Afri-
secure, added Binns. can Students Association will
There are investment opportuni- be running a holiday clothing
ties, which enable students to with- drive and is looking for help.
draw money when needed, instead The drive will be taking
of the perceived notion that once place Thursday, Nov. 28 in the
you invest in a plan you cannot ac- UA atrium and Vendors Alley
cess the money until retirement, from 3 to 6 p.m.
said Binns. The donations made to the
Mackenzie Financial has two clothing drive will be given to
plans, offering an annual return local charities that help the less
rate of 12 per cent. fortunate through the winter
On the other hand if a financial and Christmas.
goal includes purchasing an apart-
26 The Chronicle November 28, 2006
Choose the right snowboard ski injury website, wrist injuries ac-
By Mike Van Veen count for 25 per cent of all snow-
Chronicle Staff board injuries, with head injuries
approximately 15 per cent.
The snow has fallen, the mercury When looking for a helmet, fit
took a nose dive and you need a new and comfort are important. If a hel-
sport. Curling? Darts? Solitaire? met doesn’t fit right, then it won’t
If none of those are appealing, protect your head. If it’s uncomfort-
then snowboarding is right for you. able you won’t want to wear it at all.
Snowboarding is fun, exhilarat- A good helmet costs around $80.
ing and has taken the ski resorts Also important for new riders is
by storm. When Jake Burton be- a pair of goggles. Without goggles,
gan selling his snowboard in 1979, you could get snow blindness from
many skiers hated the new creation, the sun reflecting off the snow. It is
with many hills banning the boards important to make sure the goggles
all together. fit with the helmet.
Today, resorts are spending mil- Many people learn to board on
lions on special grooming equip- their own or with a friend, but tak-
ment and snowmaking to build ter- ing a lesson from a certified profes-
rain parks and halfpipes for snow- Photo by Mike Van Veen sional is a good idea, Thomson said.
boarders. Most resorts employ instructors
So where to begin? The right that are certified by the Canadian
equipment is important for any new GEARED TO BOARD: Derek Konga, Chris Hendry and Sandra Winstanley are all geared
Association of Snowboard Instruc-
boarder. Most snowboard shops will up and ready to board on the hills. tors (CASI). If you decide to take a
be able to help a new rider get the lesson, make sure the instructor is a
perfect setup, with a board, boots, for getting your foot in and out. Ei- Snowboards come in many dif- sheet.” Thomson also said that it is CASI member.
bindings and accessories. ther model is alright for beginners, ferent lengths and each company important to look for a board with Resorts like Ski Lakeridge, Skyloft
At the Mt. Kirby Ski and Board though advanced riders steer away has its own specifications for what a lot of flex so that a rider doesn’t and Dagmar, all in Uxbridge, offer a
Shop in Oshawa, employee Kyle from step-ins because of a lack of length of board suits what rider. catch an edge. He said a board with beginner group lesson for around
Thomson helps outfit many board- support, said Thomson. Thomson said it is a common belief more flex will make it easier for a $20, or a private one-on-one lesson
ers. Buyers should look for a binding that your height determines your new boarder to become comfort- for around $40.
“The boot is the most important that is not too stiff. board’s length, but that’s not true. able with learning the basics. Snowboarding can be an enjoy-
part of the setup,” he said. “The boot “If you get a binding that’s too “Board lengths go by weight, not There are a few other items that able sport for anyone. For approxi-
is the biggest issue. They should be stiff, you’re more likely to catch height,” said Thomson. But there is are not necessary for new riders but mately $300 to $400, a boarder can
soft and flexible and most impor- an edge and you don’t want to do no set length for a certain weight. certainly beneficial. First and fore- get a proper setup and head up to
tantly comfortable,” Thomson said. that,” said Thomson. Lastly, a steel Instead it varies from company to most is a helmet and wrist guards. the hill. For a beginner or novice
“If the boot isn’t comfy and warm, base plate will help the binding last company. One company might say For beginner snowboarders, the rider, new gear should last a fairly
then you’re not going to enjoy your- through many seasons. that a 155 centimetre board would natural reaction to losing balance is long time. Snowboarding is good
self.” You can buy the boots separate- be alright for someone weighing to fall backwards and use their wrists exercise and actually a social sport.
Next up is the binding, the bridge ly, but you should pick up the board between 150 to 175 pounds, while to break their fall or worse, smack You’ve got to do something on the
between the boot and the board. A and bindings together to make sure another company’s board of that the back of their heads. According chairlift ride back up.
typical binding will have two straps they are compatible, he said. If a length would be alright for someone to Dr. Mike Langran, founder of a
to hold your foot in, but some bind- binding is too long or a board too weighing 230 pounds.
ings are step-ins and have a much narrow, then the binding will over- “There is usually a guide on the
more simple and quick method hang and catch on the ground. base of a board. It’s sort of a cheat
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Actors create their New committee to
help make a diﬀerence
own stage to perform By Robert Sudak
A new committee has been created to help voice students opinions
on disability issues.
Owners StoneCircle founder and artis-
tic director Ken Bond is a Durham
College Canadian Institute of Man-
and the comedies 7 Stories by Mor-
ris Panych and Star Wishes by Ken
All students are welcome to join and help make a difference in im-
proving access for students with disabilities.
The committee will consist of a member from the SA, a co-chairper-
agement (CIM) graduate. He was The founding member’s fund
travel and also the improv/acting workshop
instructor for the founding of the
the theatre personally, without any
government help or relying on tax
son and students with or without disabilities.
The focus will be on the government’s accessibility plan, barriers
within the college and university and to bring students together.
student theatre group on campus. dollars. The theatre is located in a If interested contact Kathryn Bremner at the SA office or e-mail her
become “Our mandate is to bring excel-
lence to our productions with ac-
multi-use facility in Pickering Vil-
lage, which the founder’s rent from
complished actors and crews from the Town of Ajax.
inspired by within the community,” said Bond.
“We believe audiences should be
Bond and his wife conceived the
name of the theatre during a vaca-
able to enjoy an evening of enter-
tainment without having to travel
outside the region.”
The theatre is run, managed and
tion in Britain when stone circles
they saw in England and Ireland
“The strength of stone arranged
Oh X-mas tree!
performed by the founders Bond, in a unifying circle seems an ideal
By Luba Tymchuk
Two wooden chairs in centre
Dave Edwards, Gillian Woodhouse
and their families and friends. The
three founders were acting together
when they decided to start their
representation of theatre. The stones
are arranged to allow sunlight and
moonlight to enter the circle at very
precise moments, much like stage
Oh X-mas tree!
stage with two cabins to the sides. own theatre in Durham because lights,” said Bond. “And as with the
Only two actors throughout the
By Shannon Dossor
they saw a need for live theatre in sun and moon, the stage lights re- Chronicle Staff
whole one-hour-and-a-half come- the area. peatedly rise and set on new perfor-
dic drama. Yet it turned out to be an “Our research showed that many mances and new plays.” Hundreds of twinkling lights will make the holiday season glow this
entertaining evening. Durham Region theatre lovers seek The 2006/2007 season includes Christmas.
It’s amazing what you can do out contemporary plays that will the plays Storm Warning by Norm On Dec. 1, Whitby will be holding its annual Christmas tree lighting at
with so little. entertain and encourage self-reflec- Foster, Five Women Wearing the the town’s Civic Square. Carols will be sung by Cruz Zone and St. Margue-
Only three people started tion or meaningful discussion after Same Dress by Alan Ball, and Glen- rite d’Youville C.S. Choir. Free hot chocolate and cookies will be given out,
StoneCircle Theatre in the spring the curtain falls. We select a mix of garry Glen Ross by David Mamet. and Doo Doo the clown will be there to entertain the children.
of 2004 and now after almost three comedy and drama that will appeal Storm Warning was performed the Also at the event, will be the Stuff a Bug toy drive will be there where visi-
years, the theatre has flourished and to these audiences,” said Bond. first three weekends of November tors can donate their unwrapped toys.
grown into something any Durham Last year’s season included the and the next play will be in Febru- The event will run from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and everyone can be there to
Region resident can enjoy. drama Orphans by Lyle Kessler, ary. help Santa light up the Christmas tree.
Exhibition unveils Geography is alive
people in learning and caring about
By Luba Tymchuk geography.
valuable art work
Chronicle Staff According to the geographic
information systems website, this
You may not realize it, but turn- technology improves decision mak-
ing on the lights in your house has ing that involves location or distri-
a geographic component, because bution of people, products, places
cloths and garments and rugs from temples in Asia. electric utility companies use geo- or events in the world such as the
By Caitlyn Holroyd The New Year will bring even more interesting graphic technology to manage the routing of emergency vehicles to an
pieces. distribution and transmission of incident.
The first new exhibition is Cloth That Grows on electricity. Mapmaking and geographic
Deep inside their threads, there is a history lesson
Trees, which runs Dec. 6 to April 2007. It is an exhibi- It doesn’t just stop there. If you analysis isn’t new but GIS performs
waiting to happen.
tion featuring cloths made from tree bark in tropical use the town’s water system at your these tasks faster and better than
Textiles have been around since humans first ap-
places where the climate is not suitable for raising home, fill your car with gas, or just the manual methods. It is the ideal
peared and the Textile Museum of Canada, located
sheet or growing crops. drive on the road, it all involves ge- tool to detect patterns and trends in
in Toronto, has every type of fabric one can think of,
The next exhibition is Embroidery from India and ography and the use of geographic location-based information.
each with a unique story to tell.
Pakistan, which runs Jan. 23 to July 8, 2007. It features technology. “As a global community, we
“Our exhibitions showcase objects from various
textiles with motifs such as peacocks, desert flowers, Geography is everywhere and share the same geography, the same
cultures and our educational programs are designed
deities and cosmic symbols, which all have an impor- from Nov. 13 to 20, it was Geogra- earth, water and atmosphere. Geog-
to foster an awareness and understanding of these
tant significance in these countries. phy Awareness Week. Nov.15 was raphy is the science behind GIS and
cultures through hands-on activities, lectures, tours
Next is Land, Water and Sky Creatures in Andean the day to remember the technol- provides a framework to see the
and special events,” Elizabeth Sharpe, communica-
Cloth, which runs June to December 2007 and pres- ogy involved with geography since whole picture as an integrated sys-
tions manager for the museum, said in an interview.
ents the Andean culture through its love for animals, it was Geographic Information Sys- tem,” said Nevin. “GIS is a practical
The museum has been around since 1975 when it
which is incorporated into its architecture, ceramics tems (GIS) day. instrument for making decisions in
was known as the Canadian Museum of Carpets and
and cloths. All over the world including infrastructure, weather, traffic, poli-
Textiles. The name then changed to the Textile Mu-
Finally, Rugs and Textiles from Morocco and Tu- Canada, events were held to height- tics and economy to name a few.”
seum of Canada in 1989 and since then, it has helped
nisia runs November 2007 to April 2007 and show- en awareness of the importance of Using a GIS, a person can place
to establish careers of many Canadian and interna-
cases rugs and blankets made in these countries, geography and GIS and to interest any kind of data on a digital map,
tional artists. It is one of eight textile museums in the
which have remained unchanged for centuries as the students in this career opportunity. then visualize, compare, measure
world and the only one of its kind in Canada.
people kept their ancient way of life. “GIS is one of the top emerging and analyze quickly and efficiently.
Artifacts in the permanent collection are donated
Though rugs and textiles don’t appear to be the technologies in the world today,” Governments and large organiza-
by textile collectors and must go through a rigorous
most interesting things found in a museum, Sharpe said Gord Nevin, the GIS co-ordi- tions use GIS for these advantages.
screening process to make sure that they fit within
feels that the Textile Museum offers many different nator for the Town of Whitby. “One For example, it can be used to cal-
the collection’s mandate and have special signifi-
elements to appeal to people of all ages, especially of the reasons we had GIS Day is to culate emergency response times
cance. There are currently more than 1,200 pieces in
students. promote the awareness of how this in the event of a natural disaster or
the museum from 200 countries and regions.
“The Museum Shop offers unique gifts and books, technology is part of our everyday to find wetlands that need protec-
“The TMC presents new and provocative works
as well as one-of-a-kind fashion accessories and lives.” tion from pollution.
that would not necessarily find exposure in a main-
home decorations by Canadian and international ar- Throughout Canada, there were Today, GIS is a multi-billion dol-
stream setting. The careers of many established and
tisans. Researchers and students can take advantage approximately 75 GIS Day events lar industry employing hundreds
emerging artists have been fostered through the mu-
of the holdings in the reference library, or can arrange held, said Nevin. In Durham, the of thousands of people worldwide,
seum’s contemporary art program and residencies,”
a study or research visit,” said Sharpe. event was held at the Whitby Town according to the GIS site. This tech-
“Textiles offer a multitude of opportunities for Hall Nov. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. nology is now taught in schools,
Some of the artists she is speaking of are Rob Davi-
learning from a wide variety of perspectives. The arts, with the theme “How GIS Affects colleges, and universities with pro-
dovitz, an emerging fine arts student at York Universi-
mathematics, science, history, language and culture Your Life”. Activities included dem- fessionals in every field becoming
ty; David Merritt; Susan Detwiler; and June Clark and
are all woven into the fabric of hand-made textiles.” onstration that showcased GIS aware of the advantages of thinking
the unique pieces mentioned include ceremonial technology. The goal was to engage and working geographically.
28 The Chronicle November 28, 2006
Light shed on Parkwood rumours larger ones that powered the refrig-
Never mind being larger than
the average modern refrigerator, the
McLaughlins’ walk-in fridge is larger
shows its than the average modern bathroom.
Its weathered beige door still bears
the metallic brand of the company
inner parts that made it, Frigidaire.
It’s not surprising that the
McLaughlins owned a state-of-the-
art model because in 1919, General
to the Motors bought Frigidaire and was
behind the drive to bring the appli-
ance to the masses.
public In the boiler room, a coal-fed fur-
nace that’s larger than a mini-van
sits rusting behind its recent natural
gas counterpart. In the winter, two
By Reka Szekely men would shovel coal for 12 hours
Chronicle Staff straight to keep the mansion warm.
Both the elevator and clock
Visitors tour Oshawa’s Parkwood rooms still work as they did in the
Estate on a daily basis, admiring the early part of the century. McLaugh-
55 rooms, murals and sculpted gar- lin was a stickler for time and all six
dens, but rarely do they see the lab- clocks in the house were synchro-
yrinth of tunnels beneath the man- nized from the basement to ensure
sion that was the servants’ domain. no one had an excuse for their tardi-
For one weekend, the estate of- ness.
fered a rare glimpse into that world Beyond that, there’s crawl spaces
with basement tours on Nov. 11 and and coal shoots, a laundry room, a
12. vault and a wine cellar that was kept
Parkwood was built for GM Can- Photo by Reka Szekely
fully stocked during prohibition.
ada founder Sam McLaughlin. In Though the wooden wine racks are
its heyday, an army of 45 servants now empty, the butler’s chalk marks
COLD FEET: The Parkwood estate opened its basement doors for the public to see the indicating the type of spirit – Bur-
tended to the auto baron, his wife
Adelaide and their five daughters. inner workings of what was once a state-of-the-art home. Costing a total of $100,000 to gundies and brandies and port – re-
The manor was built between build in 1915, it was once one of the most expensive houses in the country. main.
1915 and 1917 and cost $100,000 rarely did. Like the servants before The corridors are now a sanitary But beyond basic modern up- Finally, there’s a small room with
making it one of the most expensive them, visitors last weekend de- grey and white, the floors a chipped grades, the passageways tell the valves and pipes and attached to it is
houses in the country at the time. scended underground by foot via a grey. The manor was left to Osha- story of the rise of modern conve- an echo chamber. They’re both part
The McLaughlins enjoyed the most staircase in the kitchen. wa’s hospital after Sam’s death and niences. of the rare Aeolian organ, around
modern conveniences from Cana- Over the years, rumours have was used as a storage and long-term A large grey barrel is a remnant of which the house was designed. And
da’s first heated indoor swimming circulated that the tunnels below care facility before becoming a mu- the house’s central vacuuming sys- while most of the basement is about
pool to a brass-barred elevator. Parkwood lead to GM or perhaps seum. Modern plastic piping runs tem that was original to the house. day-to-day functionality, these
And though the elevator travelled the lake. Neither is true, though they along the ceiling carrying heat and The engines that powered the rooms carry the sound of rolling
to the basement, the McLaughlins do run the length of the manor. cold air throughout the building. air-conditioning share a room with thunder through the mansion.
Hitting the streets
to spread some joy
By Alicia MacDonald
More than half a million people lined the streets of Toronto to see the
101st annual Santa Claus parade on Nov. 19.
The parade began at the corner of Bloor and Christie Streets and ended
at the corner of Front and Church Streets.
There were more than 25 floats, 20 bands, and 1,500 costumed volun-
teers ranging from age eight to 80.
The first ever Santa Claus parade took place on Saturday, Dec. 2, 1905.
Santa walked through the parade, but in 1910 he was given a carriage with
eight reindeer to lead him through the crowd.
For 77 years, funding was provided by Eaton’s. Today’s parade is run as
a not-for-profit organization with funding provided by Canadian corpora-
tions, including 100 executives who contribute $1,000 each year to dress as
could win prizes
By Robert Sudak
Apple IPOD’s, Sony PSP Player, HMV gift certificates and $1,000
can be won by completing two easy steps.
These are some of the prizes Durham College students can win by
visiting www.wincollegetuition.com before Dec. 15.
Durham College is also including additional prizes, such as $250
towards a parking pass, gift certificates for the bookstore and cafeteria
and tickets to the SA Snowball semi-formal.
So go visit the website for a chance to win some great prizes.
The Chronicle November 28, 2006 29
ENTERTAINMENT Durham College-UOIT Chronicle
The Long history of music and Roll camp for kids aged nine to 14, offered
By Amanda Gauthier through the college.
Chronicle Staff Backrow Records, a non-profit record com-
When Jack Long was about four years old, pany developed in 2003 with students from
he witnessed a man who would later become the Music Business Management program
his inspiration. This man was leaning against and DC staff, deals with Long and McQuade
a lamppost on the streets of Toronto, playing for many Durham College events. Chrissy
the trumpet. To other passers-by, this person Stackhouse, president of Backrow Records,
was simply an old man, trying to earn a few enjoys the company’s involvement with the
extra dollars. It was different for Long though. college.
He saw a man who demonstrated the beauty “L and M provides service for the students
of music, as he played his trumpet with only of the Music Business Management program
one hand. This man had lost his arm in the at Durham College through donating,” said
First World War, Long guessed. He saw the Stackhouse, “such as instruments for our
man shortly after the Great Depression and School of Rock and Roll Camp end of the sum-
realized then that although this man was dif- mer draw and loaning equipment for Battle of
ferent from him, although he did not know the Bands. They are always very willing to help
even his first name, he was playing an instru- support students learning about the music in-
ment and creating music. This would lead to dustry.”
Long’s desire to learn how to play the trumpet, “Long and McQuade is excellent,” said
and eventually to owning the largest musical Joanne Hill, Music Business Management
equipment chain in the country. professor. Hill helped organize the Rock and
“…I started seriously playing music when Roll Camp for kids and believes that the com-
I was about 14,” said Long, “the only thing I pany is helpful to the college.
wanted to be after that was a musician.” Paolo Martinolich is the district manager
In 1956, when Long was 27 years old, he for Long and McQuade and enjoys working
was satisfied financially but wanted to be more for the business.
involved with the music scene. A graduate of “The company is good to work for,” said
the Music Education program at University of Martinolich, “Very flexible, very fair. They
Toronto, his local gigs around Toronto were make you feel like you are part of the family,
helpful and fun, but Long needed to see what even though you are not.”
else he could do in the music industry. After being with the company for 20 years,
Renting a building on Carlton street in Kevin Simpson, manager of the Oshawa Long
Toronto, he ran a small business, selling only and McQuade, is proud of the many well-in-
wind instruments. Trumpets and trombones Photo by Amanda Gauthier
formed sales staff.
were his specialty. Two months into the en- “We’re not a high-pressure sales company,”
deavour, a friend of Long’s, Jack McQuade, YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: Kevin Simpson, manager of Long and Mc- said Simpson, “…we pretty much cater to the
drummer, and known musician around the Quade’s Oshawa store, plays the guitar and has for 20 years. musician.”
city, became Long’s business partner. For 50 years, Long and McQuade has pro-
“We were both musicians from around vided musicians, young and old, experienced
town,” said Long. “We were good friends.” on Yonge street, just across from Bloor in To- ing its 50th anniversary. With 28 locations
ronto. across Canada, this company has contributed and just beginning, with the chance to in-
The pair taught lessons out of the second crease their musical ability. Although cancer
floor of the rented space. Long gave trumpet This was only the beginning. After receiv- to many musicians’ dreams.
ing requests from customers for certain prod- Kristine Daigle is a first-year Office Admin- took McQuade’s life in 1978, Long currently
lessons and McQuade taught the drums. The works out of both the Long and McQuade
musicians also sold trumpets and drums for uct names, and developing a steady clientele, istration Medical student at Durham College.
Long and McQuade signed for sole distribu- She is a proud customer of Long and Mc- head office, and Yorkville Sound. At 77 years
about a year until they started to receive re- of age, the kind jazz lover chuckled at the
quests from customers wanting a Fender gui- tion rights in Canada of Gibson Guitars. The Quade. It’s where she bought her first guitar.
company was well on its way towards becom- “I think it’s an amazing place,” said Daigle. thought of being considered an icon in the
tar or a Fender bass. music industry.
After researching the idea of selling the ing the icon in the music industry it is today. “Everyone there knows a lot about something
“I was always pretty ambitious about it.” or they know a little about everything. They “I’m just doin’ my gig,” he said.
brand, which was new at the time, Long and
McQuade decided to buy a few products from Long said, “I always wanted it to grow; I didn’t are very experienced there.”
Fender and see where it would take them. exactly know what that meant. I didn’t have a Not only has Long and McQuade provided
The Fender products sold quickly, and the
pair moved out of the second floor on Carlton
street into the first Long and McQuade store
long-term vision of it but I knew it would be
bigger than it was.”
This year, Long and McQuade is celebrat-
service for the general public, but it is also a
big contributer to the Entertainment Admin-
isration program at DC. It sponsors the Rock Truth
Art you won’t be able to forget behind
By Shannon Dossor
“It allows them to reminisce about the past
and express memories important to them.
written inside about her good and bad days. It
explained things she goes through in life and
Chronicle Staff They can express how they cope with their ill- how she feels.
ness.” Underneath the picture she wrote, “On By Jocelyn Nespiak
It is colourful, bright and simply unforget- The participants donated their pieces to good days I remember happy days and hap- Chronicle Staff
table. help raise awareness. py relationships with individuals and groups What is truth? What are lies? Did he
The Alzheimer Society of Durham Region “The project allows participants to feel a with friends and/or family. On bad days I fo- uncover the secrets? Did he steal ideas?
held an art exhibition at the Northview Public sense of accomplishment when they are ex- cus myself on my stomachache, on my times Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code entered
Library called, Unforgettable Art Expressions. periencing a loss like this, and it helps them of feeling lonely, on the things I can no longer the world in 2003 causing powerful,
The art exhibit ran until Nov. 25. Another ex- feel good about themselves,” said Nicholson. do. Can’t drive because of vision loss… don’t emotional reactions from millions of
hibition will be Dec. 9- Dec. 31 at the Station The artists used oil, pastels, pencil, water- like the new changes, and realize I should re- people worldwide.
Gallery in Whitby. colour and ink. The artwork was inspired by focus my attention on the many positives in Historians, critics, and experts re-
“There will be a special display and open- the life experiences of each artist, and takes a my life.” sponded with claims of fraud, plagia-
ing reception,” said Andrea Nicholson of Al- look at their lives, past and present. The artists express the positives and nega- rism and exaggeration. Books opposing
zheimer’s Durham. “It will be the first (art gal- Underneath each painting a card tells the tives of their life, and how they feel or over- Brown’s ideas began taking shelf space
lery reception) for a lot of people.” artist’s name, and their inspiration for that came them. Mussington said, “I have a lot of in stores. And among the many pub-
The artists included, Margaret McCune, piece. colourful memories.” lished authors who refuse to believe in
Ken McNaney, William Mussington, Madeline “It brought back memories of my child- According to the Alzheimer Society of Dur- the code, is James Beverly.
Labelle, Murial Forrest, Ron Brown and Bridg- hood and how it shaped who I am today,” said ham, there are over 5,400 people in Durham He wrote, Counterfeit Code: Answer-
et Murphy. All of the artists live in the Durham Madeline Labelle. with Alzheimer Disease or related dementia, ing the Da Vinci Code Heresies and will
Region and have Alzheimer Disease and Re- The artists painted flowers, old schools, though the number is expected to more than be discussing his book Nov. 30 at the
lated Dementia (ADRD). Each artist partici- animals and homes, each brightly coloured double in the next 20 years if there is no cure. Oshawa Public Library, McLaughlin
pated in one of the five art therapy workshops piece inspired by happy memories. Through the art exhibitions the Alzheimer branch.
that were held throughout Durham from June One artist, Murial Forrest, made a card Society of Durham is trying to raise awareness The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Tickets
to October. called, A Card for Me. On the inside of the card in the community. They are also hoping to are free. For further information contact
“The art workshops allow them to express is a painting of her home, and the other side have the artwork displayed around Durham the library at 905-579-6111.
themselves in a different way,” said Nicholson. has a painting of her dinner table. She had region in January.
30 The Chronicle November 28, 2006
November sweeps away new shows
By Amy Parrington
The November sweeps say a lot about who
the winners and losers of the new television
season are going to be. This year’s lack of in-
triguing programming, combined with poor
ratings, has forced many new shows to be
swept off television screens.
Sweeps is a chance for big-time networks
to increase their ratings by airing new plot-
twisting episodes instead of repeats in hopes
of attracting additional viewers.
However, of the 22 new series introduced
within the last three months, none are a match
for ABC’s number one show Grey’s Anatomy,
which averages 22 million viewers each week.
A close second is Desperate Housewives with
21.9 million viewers. Unfortunately, none of
the major networks such as CBS, FOX, and
NBC have produced a show with enough
originality to compete.
Critics suggest that due to the volume of
shows introduced this fall, which all require
weekly viewings to stay on top of storylines,
television audiences are finding it difficult to
embrace new shows, and many are choos-
ing to watch returning series such as ER and
ABC’s Six Degrees, rated 45th overall, was
pulled off the air Nov. 16. Six remaining epi-
sodes will air in January, but due to bad rat-
ings it will not continue. The Nine, another
ABC drama, that was expected to be the best SHOW OF THE SWEEPS: Crime series, like CSI, remain viewer favourites, occupying one-third of the top 21
new drama this season, is 50th and will soon shows this television season.
be cancelled. CBS’s The Class, which airs
Mondays’ sits in 53rd, and is flirting with can- ers. CBS, America’s most watched network, in the top 15. The curse of November sweeps has not af-
cellation because it cannot keep up with the has a trio of other cops and criminals shows in A new contestant in the rating race is fected networks such as ABC and CBS, even
network’s other Monday night comedies How the top 10 such as CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, and sporting events. NBC’s Sunday Night Foot- though each network has aired and cancelled
I Met Your Mother and Two and a Half Men Criminal Minds. ball is not a television series, but was the sec- new shows. These two networks led in the first
Not every new series introduced this fall Although November sweeps has plagued ond-rated program in week two of November week of November sweeps, with CBS first in
has bombed. ABC’s Ugly Betty is the highest new sitcoms, reality shows are pulling their sweeps. Its ratings rise and fall depending on total viewers and ABC named number one
ranked new series with 14.3 million viewers. own and steadily climbing to the top. Danc- which football game is being aired. Overall it among adults 18-49.
Crime shows are still viewer favourites, occu- ing with the Stars, which aired its season fi- is ninth on the rating scale, averaging an audi- In prior sweeps CBS was the guaranteed
pying one-third of the top 21 shows. CSI is the nale on Nov. 15, rated fourth, while Survivor ence of 16 million – a great ratings boost for winner in total viewers, but only 160,000 view-
third most popular show at 21.8 million view- and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition linger the network. ers currently separate ABC and CBS.
Local band SOLD out Ajax show one of their three weekly jam ses- Together for more than two and we’re going in a more melodic di- at a barn dance.
By Chad Ingram sions. half years, the band has played rection now.” Though they share a passion for
“Progressive alternative, I would gigs throughout the GTA, including Boasting a copious catalogue of music, the members’ reasons for
say,” says Williams, as he describes shows at The Docks and The Opera original tunes, the band draws on playing vary slightly.
Bass thumps and toms echo
the group’s sound. House. the trials and tribulations of daily “Going a tough time as a teen-
through a cavernous room. Empty
“Refreshing,” jokes Porter. Last year they recorded a four- life for lyrical inspiration. ager, I found it was really a positive
beers bottles are cluttered on am-
“There’s some metal influence in song EP with producer Chris Gor- “People can relate to it hopefully,” way to release anger,” says Porter.
plifiers and a Canadian flag hangs
there too,” adds Scholl, seated on a don at Argentum Audio. says Scholl, the group’s chief song- “I don’t have any anger,” Scholl
from the ceiling.
couch in the corner of the room. This summer, SOLD downsized writer. quips. “I just like to get fucked up
This former commercial build-
Their musical influences are an from five members to four, releas- The bands ambition’s are big, and and play rock and roll.”
ing in Ajax has been converted into
eclectic mixture of styles, ranging ing their former frontman. They all they’re pretty conspicuous about it. SOLD hit the stage at E.P. Tay-
a jam space that is home to several
from hip-hop to jazz to metal. agree it was for the best. “I can’t wait to sell out,” says lor’s Nov. 25. The show, presented
“Tool, Tool, Tool,” Williams says, “I think we were at a standstill,” Ablack, a graduate of Durham’s Mu- by Music Business Management’s
One of these bands is SOLD.
making it clear where he draws says Scholl, who has since taken on sic Business Management program. Backrow records, also featured
The room is electrified with son-
most of his inspiration from. the role. “There was a real lack of ef- His rapper duds belie that fact Rudely Awakened, Blank Blue Sky,
ic energy as frontman Lee Scholl,
Jimi Hendrix, The Roots, Miles fort.” that he is nothing short of a rock gui- Handheld and Emcee Revelation. It
bassist Graham Porter, lead guitar-
Davis, Victor Wooton and The Doors “We were getting stale, like moldy tar prodigy. His fingers dart over the was held to celebrate the release of
ist Dan Ablack and drummer Aaron
also top their list. bread,” Williams agrees. “I believe fret board like coked-up centipedes Backrow’s second compilation CD.
Williams charge their way through
Frankie Tomatos ﬁlls plates and appetites
in Markham, Ontario. front of you in small batches so that salad bar, a gelato bar with 16 fla- The price of the buffet varies de-
By Alicia MacDonald The restaurant is designed to it’s always hot and fresh. vours of ice cream, gelato and Ital- pending on the day and time you
Chronicle Staff make visitors feel as if they are walk- The different food stations in- ian ices, a station with cakes, pies, go. For example, the Saturday lunch
ing through the streets of Rome. The clude seafood, a rotisserie with and puddings, and a fruit station. price is $11.99, whereas dinner on
It’s an all-you-can eat experience stone pillars, cobblestone on the chicken, potatoes, veal parmesan This restaurant accepts reser- the same day is $17.99. That may
like no other. As you walk through floor, the flowers and the Italian mu- and Italian sausage, a station with vations for parties from two up to seem expensive, however there’s a
the streets of Italy, you fill your plate sic all add to the ambiance. fresh grilled vegetables, a carvery 200 people in one of 10 rooms. The wide selection of delicious food and
with pasta, salad and bread and This all-you-can eat Italian feast featuring either hand-cut roast sir- choice of food is phenomenal and there’s no limit on the number of
enjoy the lively music in the back- encourages visitors to take a stroll loin, turkey breast, baked salmon, the fact it is all cooked right in front times you can fill up your plate, so
ground. You feel so full, but can’t down the “main street” of the res- roast lamb, glazed ham or roast veal, of you adds to the appeal. The people you leave feeling satisfied.
help but go back for more. This feels taurant to find 14 different food sta- a pasta bar, assorted handmade that work at the restaurant are help- Come to Frankie Tomato’s hun-
like heaven, but actually, you are at tions. soups, antipasto, a pizza station, a ful and friendly and do whatever it gry and fill up on a “little” taste of
Frankie Tomato’s Italian restaurant All of the food is cooked right in bakery with assorted fresh rolls, a takes to make your stay enjoyable. Italy.
The Chronicle November 28, 2006 31
Christmas brightens Oshawa
and blue Christmas lights and glow-
Families ing yellow stars. The band, Mayor
and Oshawa City Council were on
stage to sing more songs. “What’s
from the best parade in the world?” asked
a band member. The crowd shouted
“Santa Claus Parade!”
Oshawa “Sing it with me, left, left, left right
left,” said one band member while
encouraging the crowd to make
gathered their own parade.
She then said she heard Santa
Claus would be in the park that
night, so maybe the parade would
to light the encourage him to come. Since
Santa hadn’t arrived yet she then
decided there was one song that
Christmas would bring Santa Claus, and asked
the audience if they knew what that
was. They replied, “Santa Claus is
tree and Coming to Town!”
As they began singing everyone
looked around for Santa, and out on
the street, a big red fire truck pulled
see Santa up, with Santa waving from inside.
Santa and two elves made their way
to the stage.
Claus “Everybody get to bed early
and I’ll come and see you again on
Christmas Eve,” said Santa before he
left the stage.
By Shannon Dossor Santa and the elves walked
Chronicle Staff Photo by Shannon Dossor
through the audience and met ev-
ery child that wished to meet him.
Bundled up in hats scarves and He patted one little girls’ head and
HO-HO-HO: Santa Claus greets the children of Oshawa at this year’s Christmas tree said “Ho Ho Ho, you have a very
mittens, children and parents gath-
ered outside at Memorial Park in lighting ceremony. merry Christmas.”
Oshawa for the Christmas tree light- He continued to hug, high-five
ing ceremony. or shake hands with the rest of the
The temperature was warm with spraying all over everyone’s pants. A “I can’t believe how big it is,” said with a yellow star perched on the crowd.
a cool mist in the air, and as people few kids fell in it while playing tag. re-elected Mayor John Grey. “This top branch. Surrounding the tree Santa’s large red wooden mail-
entered the park, they were ap- A live band was playing Christ- thing will be huge when we’re stand- was a waist-high fence that was box was in the park where children
proached by young children hand- mas songs and getting the children ing here 40 or 50 years from now,” decorated in the same coloured could put in their letters and Christ-
ing out free hot chocolate and were dancing. The tree was planted at Before the lighting of the tree, Christmas lights and garland that lit mas lists for him.
greeted with an unlimited supply of Memorial Park four years ago, and the band got everyone to sing Oh up the tree. The crowd clapped and At the end of the night Santa
mud. Splashing through the park, appears to have grown about a third Christmas Tree. The tree was then cheered. After the Mayor lit the tree left in his big red fire truck and left
everyone was sinking in it, shoes of its size since last year’s ceremo- lit, hundreds of bulbs shone, glow- he made his way back to the stage. everyone anticipating Christmas
were getting stuck and mud was ny. ing in red, orange, green and blue The stage was decorated with red morning, and a clean pair of pants.
Windows gets a new makeover
not allowed to have any say in how that would be released as-is if no addressed before release. tem requirements, and features
By Keith Fernandes anything else works? problems are found. Considering I’ve not bought a ma- that don’t really benefit the typical
Chronicle Staff Vista seems like it was created One of the most anticipated fea- chine with Windows pre-installed end user, Vista is going to be a hard
for people who can’t think for them- tures of the new Windows is Micro- for the better part of a decade, and sell. Though it will surely dominate
After nearly six years, Microsoft is selves. Computer newbies will sure- soft’s highly touted Aero interface. the increased price of Vista com- the pre-built PC market, I doubt it’s
finally updating its aging Windows ly appreciate Vista for doing all the Boldly melding traditional Windows pared to XP, it’s unlikely I’ll be buy- going to overthrow Windows XP as
XP platform. Windows Vista (previ- thinking for them, but seasoned vet- with a Mac OS X styling, the results ing a copy of Vista to replace XP. the standard until MS discontinues
ously known as Longhorn) will be erans will find the new platform tries are stunning. Window borders are With it’s speed issues, high sys- support for the XP platform.
coming to the PC on Jan. 30, 2007. to hold their hands for too long. now transparent, as are menu bars
Those of us privileged enough Vista is also slow. Comparing to and the task bar.
to be on Microsoft’s beta testing list Windows XP is pointless, because While the brand new Aero theme
were sent serial keys for the Vista
Star Trek goes
it’s over five years old now, and de- looks pretty with it’s transparencies
beta and the new release candi- signed to run on hardware that’s and slick interfaces, it seems like it
dates, though hackers and software considered obsolete. Compared to was designed primarily to distract
pirates have found other, less legal modern Linux distributions or Mac people from what they’re doing.
ways to obtain the new operating OS X however, it’s slow. It seems And it does a good job of that. Play-
over the hill
system. mostly to have some insane mem- ing around in Vista with the Aero
I’ve been testing various builds of ory requirements - opening folders theme is a lot like using Apple’s OS
Vista since the first available alpha should not require several seconds X, but with half the functionality.
and beta releases. Most recently, I of hard drive thrashing on a ma- The new Sidebar, which is supposed
ran RC2 for awhile. It took me ages chine with 1GB of RAM. to be Microsoft’s answer to Mac’s Durham Trek, a local Star Trek
to get the graphics system working Typical users who run their PCs Dashboard doesn’t come close to By Mike Van Veen fan club, will be screening 40
as it’s supposed to; apparently you Chronicle Staff Years of Star Trek, a documentary
for surfing the web and checking e- its Apple counterpart in terms of us-
have to install graphics card driv- mail are not likely to have in excess ability. It’s certainly not as polished produced by the SPACE channel
ers, and then re-run the pointless The Oshawa library is boldly that chronicles the history of Star
of 1GB of RAM. Most cheap pre- as Dashboard, and it takes up far going where no library has gone
benchmark program before it’ll let built systems these days come with more space than it needs to. Trek and the effect it has had on
you enable all the effects. There’s no before. society. The film includes inter-
512MB. As a test, I tried Vista on a Another issue with the Aero in- It will host 40 Years of Star
“I’m the human, I know better than system with only 512MB – it was terface is that non-native Microsoft views with cast members, writers
you do, you stupid computer” op- Trek, an event dedicated to the and producers and is hosted by
painful to watch. Unless Microsoft applications don’t look as nice with Star Trek series 40th anniversary.
tion anywhere. can fix the speed problem with Vis- transparencies enabled. While the SPACE on-air personality Jona-
Which pretty much says it all re- The show will feature a gallery thon Llyr.
ta, it is going to be cutting off a huge new Internet Explorer is gorgeous, of Star Trek artifacts and memo-
ally. It thinks it knows better than I population of casual users. Mozilla FireFox’s transparent bor- 40 Years of Trek is being held
do. Except for the bits where it keeps rabilia donated by local fans for on Dec. 6 at the Oshawa Public
Granted, this is only a release ders clash with the non-transparent the show. A garage sale will also
bugging me about requiring ad- candidate, and the final version application. Seeing as most users Library McLaughlin Branch. The
ditional privileges to do just about be held for fans to purchase Star event is free and visitors can reg-
might be better. Still, a release can- don’t use strictly MS programs, this Trek merchandise.
anything. Why is my input required didate is supposed to be a version is an issue that’s going to need to be ister at any branch or by phone.
to decide if a program is safe, but I’m
32 The Chronicle November 28, 2006
Slightly Stoopid strum out Out of all their works of art re- the tracks on Closer to The Sun have for what was next. While Staylefish
By Natasha Mackesey leased, the most popular and highest amazing baselines that impel the was getting the fans going, Slightly
Chronicle Staff selling is the 2005 release of Closer listeners to bop their heads and get Stoopid was chilling on the side
to the Sun, which debuted at num- into the Rasta beach groove. Track stage chugging down beers, 26ers of
You can hear the beat of the con- ber one on the Top 200 Billboard. 20, the last on the album, is one of whiskey and enjoying every inhale By Mike Gokdag
gas, feel the vibrations of the drums Slightly Stoopid is well-known for the last pop-esque songs and is a of its joints. These down to earth Chronicle Staff
and the melodic sound of the acous- its musical diversity, and Closer to pretty good bouncy song. There is Cali. boys even passed around joints
tic guitar as marijuana smoke-filled The Sun is probably the best exam- also a hidden instrumental track at with their adoring fans. This was by Uprising Entertainment
lungs belt out soulful lyrics, hypno- ple. With one song the listener will 4:37, which is much to the tune of far the best concert I have ever gone and E.P. Taylor’s will be host-
tizing ese loco fans. be jumping around the room to an #19 ‘Comb 4 My Dome’ which is by to. Not one single fight broke out in ing a tribute show for late gui-
Slightly Stoopid is a purely can- edgy punk/metal riff, then the next far the most light-hearted and fun the crowd, and everyone was feed- tar player Dimebag Darrell
nabis influenced reggae, acoustic track will be a melodious reggae tracks on this album. ing off each other’s positive vibes. of Pantera, Damageplan and
and rock band, creating mellowed beat that will have them picturing Slightly Stoopid is also famous Even with all the fame and for- Rebel Meets Rebel.
out, carefree lyrics that send out lounging on a beach in California. for drawing one of the rowdiest tune that has been bestowed on On Dec. 8, 2004, Darrell was
sweet loving vibes. The ‘Intro’ to this CD set the mood crowds in the music business. These Slightly Stoopid, it remains one of shot and killed by a crazed fan
Since 1996 band members have with its laid-back vibes and then it’s young fans who lovingly embrace the few bands that has refused to sell on stage while performing with
come out with eight CDs, their most Bob Marley enriched mellow reggae the nicknames of Stoopidheads and out and lose track of its roots. It has his band Damageplan.
recent being Slightly Not Stoned tune of ‘Babylon is Falling’. On Track Ese Locos come to their shows to become successful on its own terms “Dimebag was one of the
Enough to Eat Breakfast, Yet Stoned 7, Slightly Stoopid brings back some heavily smoke some ganja, rock out, and clearly just loves to chill and greatest guitarists of all time
Released in June 2006, it didn’t sell Oi punk shouting, bashing drums and party hard. play music, which is represented in and one of the most down to
as much as their earlier CD, Closer and screaming electric guitars with Slightly Stoopid is currently tour- its albums. It’s extremely rare to find earth people that you will ever
to the Sun, which sold nearly 25,000 ‘Nothing Over Me’. The next tracks ing the United States, but was kind a band these days that’s happiness meet,” said Matthew Malbon of
copies in the first two months of re- quickly slip back into a cannabis enough to make one Canadian stop is defined not by how popular it is, Uprising Records.
lease. The band members aren’t all induced trance with ‘This Joint’ and at the Opera House on Aug. 11. and how much money it is produc- “ For someone to kill him for
about money so they didn’t mind ‘Fat Spliffs,’ which go back to the Opening for this California band was ing, but instead by its carefree, fun- no reason boggles my mind.”
that it wasn’t as successful as they true roots of Slightly Stoopid, show- Staylefish, a Toronto-based reggae loving lifestyle and knack for playing Rabid Era will be headlining
had hoped. ing it’s love for smokin’ the herb. All band that got the crowd pumped music and partying hard. the event, along with perfor-
mances by Step Function, The
Skallywags of Pickering, and
Tyrant. The entire show will
consist of the bands covering
songs from Pantera and Dam-
“The show is a huge thank
you from me to Dime,” said
Malbon. “He inspired me so
much as a musician, that this is
a way of me thanking him and
saying that his music will never
The proceeds from the
event will be donated to the
Denise House, an emergency
shelter for abused women and
Doors will open at 8 p.m.
and the tickets will be $2 at the
By Keith Fernandes
Good ol’ Canadian boys,
The Tragically Hip will be ap-
pearing live at the General Mo-
tors Centre in the New Year.
The brand new centre will
be hosting The Tragically Hip
and their guests The Constan-
tines on Jan. 31.
The Hip need no introduc-
tion, but for the deprived unini-
tiated, The Tragically Hip are a
multi-platinum, Canadian Mu-
sic Hall of Fame, Juno award-
winning, Canadian alternative
band. Over the course of their
20-year career, The Hip have
been awarded 14 Juno Awards,
including Group of the Year,
Most Promising Group of the
Year, and Canadian Entertain-
er of the Year, not to mention
their own star on the Canadian
Walk of Fame.
Just this year The Tragically
Hip they released their 11th al-
bum, World Container.
Tickets are $49.50 plus fa-
cility fees and convenience
charges. After additional costs,
a ticket will cost about $62.
The Chronicle November 28, 2006 33
Strangely Ferrell gets serious Jackson
Will Ferrell farewell
contributes to By Mike Van Veen
dry side Lord of the Rings fans’ hopes
of seeing Peter Jackson direct a
film version of The Hobbit were
of comedy crushed last week.
Jackson, who directed the
three Lord of the Rings films
By Chad Ingram and won an academy award in
Chronicle Staff the process, posted a message
on theonering.net, a Rings’ fan-
Stranger Than Fiction, as its narrator suggests, site, with regards to his involve-
is “a story about a man and his wristwatch”. ment with the film.
It’s also about fate, meaning and poetic jus- “…last week, Mark Ordesky
tice. called Ken (Kamins) and told
Will Ferrell plays Harold Crick, a meticulously him that New Line would no
mundane IRS agent who counts his steps on the longer be requiring our servic-
way to the bus stop and goes to bed at precisely es on the Hobbit and the Lord
the same minute each night. of the Rings ‘prequel’. This was
Crick’s monotonous existence is interrupted a courtesy call to let us know
when he suddenly begins to hear a British wom- that the studio was now ac-
an’s voice narrating his every move, and analyz- tively looking to hire another
ing his every thought. filmmaker for both projects,”
When he realizes no one else can hear the Jackson’s letter read.
narrator (he asks a few of his co-workers), Crick New Line’s decision is in
becomes quite concerned. part due to a lawsuit Jackson
This concern turns to panic when one day the filed in 2005 against the studio
narrator announces that his death is imminent. claiming they still owed him
At the advice of a shrink, Crick seeks out the money from the first Ring film.
counsel of expert literary theorist Professor Jules New Line offered Jackson
Hilbert (Dustin Hoffman), who tries to help him the director’s chair on The
deal with his extraordinary circumstance. Hobbit and the unnamed pre-
In the meantime, we see Emma Thompson as quel as part of a settlement, but
novelist Karen Eiffel. Jackson refused.
She is suffering from extreme writer’s block “Deciding to make a movie
and cannot decide how to kill off the protagonist STRANGE BUT TRUE: Will Ferrell proves he is more than a legendary funny
should come from the heart
of her latest book. The protagonist is of course man in his new ﬁlm Stranger than Fiction. - it’s not a matter of business
Ferrell’s Crick. convenience. When you agree
When the IRS agent sees the author on a tele- The Truman Show, Ferrell leaves his trademark Stranger Than Fiction is a film that lies in the to make a film, you’re taking
vision interview, he immediately recognizes the screwball antics behind for a less zany, more dra- vein of The Truman Show or Punch Drunk Love. on a massive commitment and
voice and sets off to find her and save his life. matic role. Viewers looking for conventional comedy will you need to be driven by an
The film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as He doesn’t do a bad job either. At one point he not find it here. absolute passion to want to get
Crick’s ill-suited love interest, and Queen Latifah even cries real tears. It is a dry, eccentric comedy with a vague the story on screen,” Jackson
as Eiffel’s assistant. The film’s best performance though is Thomp- pathos that even touches on tragedy on some said in the letter.
In Stranger Than Fiction, we see Ferrell in son’s portrayal of a depressed, reclusive, chain- points. He also said that he is not
brave new territory. smoking literary genius. It goes for both the head and the heart. happy with the decision.
Much like Jim Carrey did with
The latest fashion frenzy? When a celebrity adopts a child, Regardless of Madonna’s mes- Thus, they are treating children
By Krystle Pereira the media jumps to be the first one sage and that the boy she adopted like fashion items available for pur-
to release the information. will have a chance at an easier, chase.
Jimmy Choo shoes and mini fur- The idea and the news that an- healthier life, it is a fact laws were Ordinary couples are not given
balls called dogs. Celebrity fashion other celebrity has become a par- brushed aside and exceptions were the options to easily adopt a child
trends come and go as quick as John ent overcomes any information made. overseas, let alone select which one
Mark Karr’s 15 minutes of fame. about how long it took to adopt and Madonna was granted custody of they want. Applicants are picked
From Brangelina to Madonna, whether the celebrities followed the baby David for 18 months, while the through adoption agencies for chil-
the famous are adopting babies and same laws and guidelines that ev- Malawian government frequently dren who are waiting to be adopt-
toddlers so frequently these days eryone else has to. monitors her. ed.
that it seems to never be a surprise While some sources suggest ce- Any ordinary couple must live Applicants arrange to travel to
when the next celebrity falls in love lebrities follow the same rules and in Malawi for a year before granted the country, wait there and follow
with a child not their own. regulations, others state celebrities custody, with no guarantee. the laws that the country has, or
It sometimes raises suspicion are able to adopt while skipping the Angelina Jolie is a United Nations wait to have the child flown to their
that celebrities easily bypass the mandatory laws in whichever coun- goodwill ambassador and has ad- home country, depending on where
regular routines involved when any try they are dealing with. opted a son from Cambodia where the child is from.
couple chooses to adopt. Madonna has spent significant she is helping to build a United Na- Either way, the wait is long,
Along with the sometimes-diffi- time for her charity, Raising Malawi, tions village to serve 5,000 people. money is spent and children are
cult decision, once the process be- to build an orphanage for 4,000 chil- She has also adopted a daughter matched to certain families.
gins it can prove to be a lengthy one. dren, besides constantly working from Ethiopia where she is helping Aside from the debates about
Most adoptions take anywhere from towards raising money for the pov- to build a pediatric AIDS centre. celebrities adopting, it is obvious
weeks to more than a year before a erty-stricken country. With their high salaries it is easy when a child is taken out of an envi-
child is placed with a family. After Madonna recently adopted for celebrities to create or join chari- ronment where they may not grow
While waiting, depending on the a 13-month-old boy from Malawi, ties and contribute as much as pos- old, and brought into a safe clean
type of adoption, most applicants Africa, controversies began. The sible. area, they are given an opportunity
are required to do weeks of home media and human rights organiza- But along with their charities the at life.
studies, research their options and tions accused Madonna and hus- impression being made is that ce- But reality is, it is expensive, there
other aspects of adopting, and at- band Guy Ritchie of not following lebrities are able to adopt from the are rules and laws, it takes time and
tend information sessions, meetings the proper processes to adopt. countries because they contribute hard work - unless you’re Angelina
and interviews with authorities. All She fought back at the controver- so much and visit frequently. Jolie who told People Magazine, it
before their application is sent for sies in an interview on Oprah, stat- Jonathan Pearce, director of feels great to wake up, travel some-
consideration of approval. ing she wants to give a child a good Adoption U.K. an adoption-support where and just find your family.
Costs of adopting range from $0, home and that the media is doing a organization, feels celebrities are Yes, that is reality on the red car-
mainly for adoptions inside families, great disservice to African children making it seem like anyone can fly pet but not the grey one at home.
to more than $40,000. by focusing on negative stories. somewhere and purchase a child.
34 The Chronicle November 28, 2006
Slither’s slugs leave you slimy
Gunn triumphs in making a inter- Rooker travels back to James’s house
Fillion esting and rather humorous take on
an alien invasion.
to infect her, where she turns into a
gigantic egg sack, feeding off every
Taking place in small-town piece of meat that Rooker brings
ﬁghts to America, a meteorite shoots down
from space, landing in a distant for-
est. What’s released is an ancient
to her because her appetite is so
Fillion, who plays a mellow po-
follow snail creature that’s only purpose is to in-
fect and destroy mankind.
Michael Rooker, who plays as an
lice chief, begins to get calls of miss-
ing animals and livestock being torn
to pieces. When the problem begins
average working man with an in- to escalate, he calls out the whole
trail credibly beautiful, and much young-
er spouse, Elizabeth Banks, ends up
police department to put a stop
to whatever creature is doing this.
leaving his house one night in an But what they’re about to face they
outrage because she won’t make could never be prepared for. Small,
love to him. While drinking away his slimy and bloody looking slugs be-
By Robert Sudak sorrows at a local bar, he meets up gin to take over the town, infecting
Chronicle Staff with a past secret admirer, Brenda people by going into their mouths
James, before they end up swapping and taking over their bodies.
You’ve seen him fly spaceships spit in a forest on the walk home. With the whole police force inca-
and save an entire galaxy from de- Rooker pushes her away when pacitated and the town turned into
struction, but now Nathon Fillion something catches his eye. A slimy, He returns home in the morning, The transformation is so drastic a pile of flesh-eating zombies from
faces a new danger, killer slugs from blob-like creature is sitting in the but starts to notice a change in his that his wife tells him to go to the the alien slugs, Fillion, Banks, and a
outer space. brush ahead, not moving, just pul- body. Bumps that appear to look doctors, but Rooker, bent on believ- young girl are the only ones left.
Newly released to DVD, Slither sating. He goes over to examine it like tumours start growing on his ing he’s not sick, does nothing to It’s up to them to defeat a crea-
is everything a sci-fi horror movie- and the thing ejects a spike that bur- face, his appetite for meat seems to stop it, eventually turning him into ture that has been around for a bil-
goer is looking for. Even though no rows into his chest and slithers into be abnormal, and painful flashbacks what police call a giant squid. lion years, before it infects the entire
awards will be won, director James his brain. shoot through his head. Instinctively, newly evolved world.
Christmas came early to church
ered in the pews of First Baptist The event, which happens every Even though the choir was ready ing we do, when we see the smiles
By Tania Harris Church to enjoy an evening of sa- year, is usually performed closer to earlier then usual, the preparations on people’s faces every year, it’s all
cred music. Christmas but Cory Kuipers, choir for the evening did not happen worth it.”
The congregation at First Bap- At 7 p.m. the lights slowly director and organist, thought the overnight. There was a fellowship after the
tist Church in Oshawa received an dimmed as the piano, played by choir was ready to give the church “It took months of weekly re- service, giving people a chance to
early Christmas gift this year, the gift Greg Foreman, softly began to play. an early present. hearsals to prepare for this night,” meet new people and catch up with
of music. “It was the beginning of a beauti- “We were fully prepared this year says Kuipers. old friends while eating home-made
On Nov. 19 many people gath- ful evening,” says Ian Bellingham, a and anxious to celebrate the birth of “But no matter how many hours snacks and sipping on cold punch
GM employee. Jesus,” says Kuipers. of music reading and organ play- or hot tea.
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The Chronicle November 28, 2006 35
SPORTS Durham College-UOIT Chronicle
Athletes show success matters
By Ryan Peterson
“I am proud,” Slaughter said.
and Jason Miller “This happens once in a lifetime. I
Chronicle Staff definitely wanted to be by his side
for it.” Slaughter herself was a deco-
It was a blinging and blanging rated basketball player for DC.
evening at the at the 11th anniver- The ceremony also hosted many
sary Durham College sports hall of guest speakers, including president
fame inductee ceremony on Nov. 23 of the college Leah Myers. “It’s very
at the UB atrium at UOIT. exciting,” Myers said. “It’s an oppor-
Durham College staff, athletes tunity to celebrate not only athletic
and coaches, along with alumni tradition but two wonderful indi-
and past and present hall of fame viduals. It’s a privilege to have them
inductees, took the time to relax, here tonight.”
sip some wine or guzzle some beer Athletic Director Ken Babcock
while sporting their best outfits. was also excited for the hall of fame.
The atrium buzzed with ener- “It brings a whole bunch of people
gy as the two 2006 inductees, Bill together,” he said. “It’s an alumni af-
Crowdis and Laurence Bishop, hus- fair. It shows you what a great pro-
tled around the crowded room to gram is about when you have so
scrape whatever conversation they many people that are supporting it
could with the media, while nib- and involved with it.”
bling on bits of food being served by The second inductee, Bishop
the Durham Lords team captains. brought his family. He was induct-
It’s a common thing having the ed under the builder category. Re-
team captains serve the guests as a nowned as a volleyball player and
way of paying their respect to those head coach, Bishop was an all-star
who went before. athlete, holding the best coaching
“Everybody wants to be in the record and career conference re-
hall of fame, but first you have to cords, along with a litany of other
win games,” said men’s basketball accomplishments.
Photo by Jason Miller
captain Anthony Batchelor. “That’s Bishop thanked his mother
exactly what he did, he won games. BLING BLING: Durham College president Leah Myers strikes a pose with hall of fame in-
and his father, who he said was his
I respect him (Crowdis) as a player ductees Bill Crowdis, left, and Laurence Bishop at the inductee ceremony on Nov. 23.
biggest influence for getting into
and a coach.” onship in his freshman year, being ments, Crowdis said, “It’s a pretty For moral support, Crowdis sports.
Crowdis played baseball and named athlete of the year twice, impressive list, and I’m like, yeah, I brought with him some players Laurence also coached his
basketball and was inducted under winning all-star team honours, and did do that. I put a lot of work into from Fleming, where he is currently younger brother Mike Bishop. “It
the athletic category for a long list of leading the league in points in his it. Awards come from, the way I see the head coach of basketball, and put a new spin on my brother,” Mike
accomplishments, including lead- senior year. it, 16 per cent talent. The rest is hard his fiancé Bonnie Slaughter, who is said. “I didn’t see him in that light
ing DC to its first national champi- Musing about his accomplish- work and luck.” expecting the couple’s first baby in before.”
Cheers to a wonderful season
By Jason Miller
Durham at the 24th minute. Micucci
scored her third of the game at the
Chronicle Staff 30th minute.
The Lords took a 6-0 lead into
The Durham College women’s the second half, which saw Durham
soccer team ended up fourth in dominate again, and ultimately Mi-
Canada, losing to the number one cucci buried two more goals, mak-
and number two ranked teams in ing it five in the game for her and a
the country at the nationals on Nov. big 8-0 win for the Lords. Micucci
9-11. was named the player of the game
“We played well,” said captain for Durham.
Abby Visser. “We bonded together. In game two against the host col-
We just didn’t pull through. Maybe lege and number one ranked team
it was the pressure of playing in the in the country, the Lords fell to Lan-
big game.” gara College 3-1. Langara led 1-0 at
The Lords finished with a final the half, benefiting from two lucky
conference record of 10-2-1. They bounces, one in the 24th minute and
were undefeated this season (9-0-1) the next in the 57th.
in conference and play-off play. At the 60_minute mark Kirsten
They took to the field on Nov. 9 at Bodashefsky scored a spectacular
the Burnaby Sports Complex in B.C. goal from 25 yards out, beating the
for their opening game of the 2006 Langara keeper to the top left corner
Adidas/Canadian Colleges Athletic of the net.
Association (CCAA) women’s na- The Falcons scored a third goal to
tional championship. make it 3-1 and seal the victory and
The Lords played their first game a spot in the national final. Kirsten
against the Nova Scotia AC Rams Bodashefsky was named player of Photo by Jason Miller
from the Atlantic College Con- the game for Durham.
ference on Nov. 9 and rolled to a “We played an under average
dominating 8-0 victory. The Lords game,” said coach Vaso Vujanovic. SAY GOLD!: The Lords women’s soccer coaching staff chilled out at the hall of fame cer-
jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. “The key players did not function. emony on Nov. 23. From left, captain Ashley Visser, goalkeeper; coach Vasco Jeronimo;
OCAA scoring champion Brit- Langara had a strong defence. They assistant coaches Anthony Whitney and Lori Henderson; and coach Vaso Vujanovic.
tany Micucci opened the scoring are a tough team.” and just missed a quick second for the second half. the physically tough teams.”
at the seven-minute mark and then The loss advanced the Lords to goal. Shortly after that, the Elans The Lords were then scored Lords freshman defender Me-
scored again at the 12-minute mark the bronze medal game against the netted the game-tying goal. A Lords upon at the 78th minute. The Quebec gan Durno was named player of the
to make it 2-0 Durham. second seed in Canada, FX Gar- communication lapse then made it champions took home the national game.
Veteran keeper Morgan Kelly neau College Elans from Quebec, 2-1 for the Elans before half time. bronze medal and left the Lords The Lords will have almost ev-
was busy protecting the Lords goal, on Nov. 11. Kirsten Bodashefsky, the CCAA with a fourth place finish. The final eryone back for next year. “We had
while Jana Cryderman scored at the A beautiful goal by Katie Szeghal- player of the month for October, score was FX Garneau 3 Durham 1. a successful season,” Vujanovic said.
18th minute mark for a 3-0 Durham mi in the fourth minute, from a per- went down after a nasty collision “They came at us very strong,” Vu- “I am satisfied with what we accom-
lead. fect crossing by Durno, gave the and missed nearly 20 minutes of the janovic said. “We got an early goal. plished this year. We should have
Jenn Michilicka, OCAA cham- Lords the early lead. first half. Bodashefsky was able to Then we just pulled back. We are a a solid team for the next two years.
pionship game MVP, made it 4-0 The Lords continued to press regroup and get back into the game better team but we are not ready for The future looks bright.”
36 The Chronicle November 28, 2006
Ridgebacks golden ﬁrst season
ern. active season, now take a more ac-
By Joshua Vanderstam “The highlight of the season for tive role.
me occurred at UOIT’s first race,” When the summer comes the
With their first season behind said assistant coach Mark Lashuk. rowers are given an opportunity to
them and approximately 160 days “When the results were posted go about their own business. Ac-
of winter training ahead of them, that UOIT had in fact won and de- cording to Millikin, some rowers
the UOIT Ridgebacks rowing team feated all the major universities…I will compete for their local rowing
is looking back at their accomplish- was completely stunned.” The win clubs with the possibility of compet-
ments and thinking ahead for next marked the first gold medal in UOIT ing against each other.
season. and Ridgebacks history. It will be back to business in the
In retrospect there was no tell- As Millikin was fond of remind- last week of August when the big de-
ing how one of the university’s first ing the team – the race you win to- cisions are made as to who is going
sports teams was going to do, how day won’t help you tomorrow. The to be on the team and who is going
they would fare in their first races, team entered the final event of the to row in which crew.
and how the first team would be re- season in contention for the cham- “The rowers are broken into two
membered in 20 years. pionship after winning its second categories,” he said. “Male and fe-
Head coach Robin Millikin had gold medal at the Brock University male, and heavyweight and light-
to build a rowing program from invitational. weight.” From there the coach for
scratch, recruit enough people to The crew of Arlain Stanley, Hadi the category decides who is in what
row in each of the major regat- Turk, Michael Labriola, Michael crew.
tas and keep those rowers in good Bissonnette, Jason Klein-Horsman, Millikin will also decide how
enough shape that they could con- Chris Rossall, Steve Burns, and many coaches he’ll need for the
tend with the demands of the sport Geoff Chadsey did it a second time number of rowers that make the
and their academic lives. by knocking off Trent University. team, and for the number of differ-
Millikin wasn’t by himself in The results of the last event of ent crews that will compete on a
keeping the crews lean and mean. the season demonstrated how hard regular basis.
Assisting him in coaching were John the crews worked to make it and “It takes a village to raise a child,”
Godden, Pat Doherty, Tom Thekan, be contenders in a hotly contested he said.
Mark Lashuk, Jean Marsh, Jeff Kirch- sport against established programs. Millikin attributes a portion of
ner and Jeanette Lunenborg. After the dust had settled, the the team’s success to many coach-
“We knew we would have a strong winter training season loomed. es, coaching many rowers. Lots of
base a result of intense training pro- The Ridgebacks look to recruit new coaches learn from lots of rowers
vided by our excellent coaches at blood and train hard on the off-sea- Photo by Joshua Vanderstam and vice versa, he said.
training camp,” said Mark Toufanov son to be ready for the new chal- “This season was a good foun-
of the novice men’s eight crew. lenges in 2007. MAKING A SPLASH: The Ridgebacks rowing program put dation for UOIT to build its rowing
“It was a big surprise and a great Rowers, according to strength their best oar forward this season. program upon,” said Ingrid Piat of
confidence boost for our men’s nov- and conditioning coach Tom Thek- the women’s novice eight.
ice crew to dominate the opening an, were champing at the bit to get “The coaches really have a good
working for next year. won’t be together again until the Those coaches are given an op- idea of things we can improve upon,
event of the season.”
“They’re asking: ‘When’s it going end of the selection camp in August. portunity to take a break during the and what future goals to set for next
They came out and upset strong
to start? How many days a week will At that same time the “on the water” winter months and the strength and year’s crews.”
established rowing programs from
we train?’” said Thekan. coaches will become more active in conditioning coaches like Thekan The 2007 season begins next fall.
U of T, McMaster, Brock and West-
During winter training, crews coaching again. who were less involved during the
Let the ‘battle of the 407’ begin goal of moving towards a varsity
By Steve Parker hockey team.”
Chronicle Staff The Ridgebacks have improved
in every game they have played, and
The UOIT Ridgebacks women’s their dedication to defence is a step
hockey club will be playing their in the right direction.
first home game of the season at the One of the more successful wom-
Campus Ice Centre against the York en’s hockey teams in the OUA is the
Lions on Jan. 5. Laurier Golden Hawks. They have
In their previous two meetings won the division the last three years
York won 5-1 and 4-2. and have been the best defensive
However, the Ridgebacks, with a team in the OUA during that span.
shortened bench, showed tremen- Rick Osborne, head coach of
dous character in the 4-2 loss, trail- Laurier, began coaching the team
ing by one goal until the last 30 sec- halfway through the year they first
onds of play and forcing the Lions to won the division.
roll their best lines all game. He believes their success came
“We’ve yet to have a full squad from having a good core of players
out of all our best players when on their roster.
we’ve played (this season),” said “We had a good nucleus of stu-
Gary Pitcher, head coach of the dent athletes, they were dedicated,”
Ridgebacks. he said.
Scott Barker, assistant coach of Osborne said experience on the
the Ridgebacks, believes York is coaching staff helps contribute to
an appropriate opponent for their success as well, and the hiring of
home opener. former Olympian Karen Nystrom as
“They’re one of our rivals that will an assistant coach was an excellent
develop because of the locations of Photo by Steve Parker move by the Ridgebacks.
the universities…and because we’re Nystrom is a four-time world
always competing for students,” he KEEPERS OF THE CAGES: Goalie Melissa Scott looks on as Carleigh Taggart takes her champion with the women’s na-
said. “I think it’ll be a natural rival- tional hockey team.
turn in net at practice.
She has the experience as far
The main purpose of this years as an athlete’s physical and mental
team was not to go out and win the against York will be no different. The team was assembled a cou- going to transfer to university and preparation is concerned, Osborne
championship, but to become more “I think it’ll be a good example of ple of years ago as an extramural continue playing next year in the said.
competitive each time out in prepa- what is to come,” Barker said. “We team. It had about 15 to 17 college team’s inaugural varsity season. It’s been said by countless coach-
ration for next year, according to want to make the campus aware of women and only three university “The real challenge of doing es that hockey is 10 per cent physi-
Pitcher. hockey, both on the men’s and wom- players. what we’re doing here is that we are cal and 90 per cent mental. That
The team has played hard all sea- en’s side. It’s going to be an exciting This year the team consists of starting a brand new program,” said preparation will be essential against
son and frustrated their opponents time because it’s going to be the first about 20 university women and Pitcher. “Scott Barker and I started York.
in every game. The home opener ever hockey game on campus.” only three college women, who are this about two years ago with the Game time is 8 p.m.
The Chronicle November 28, 2006 37
Lords battle through injuries
the OCAA. The Knights top scorer
By Jason Miller was Arita Rasuma with 13 points.
The Durham College men’s bas- “The whole team slowly started
ketball team now has a 2-2 record to come back together,” said assis-
while the women’s team has a 1-4 tant coach Angela Cull. Everyone
record in OCAA regular season played well. The bench stepped up
play. and got the job done.”
The men’s team lost a close battle This was not the case on Nov. 21,
to the Fleming Knights 73-65 in Pe- as McConnell could not help the
terborough on Nov. 15. The Lords Lords overthrow the George Brown
struggled from the field and were Huskies in front of a Durham crowd,
dominated by the Knights’ power- as the Lords were defeated 53-43.
forwards. McConnell led the scoring with
The Lords trailed 41-30 at the 18 points, nine rebounds, and nine
half and failed to come back. David steals just two away from a triple-tri-
George and Joe Cyros are still on the ple. Rookie Allison Chehowski gave
injury list and were missed in the the Lords seven points and Ashley
loss. The Lords were unable to score Visser chipped in for four points
inside the paint and it cost them the and 12 rebounds.
game. Luck was not on the Lords side
On the positive side, Steve Clarke as they shot five for 33 in the first
played a solid game at both ends half 15 (per cent) and shot only 25
of the court with four steals and per cent from the field overall. The
20 points. Teammate and OCAA Lords out-hustled and out-played
league all-star Anthony Batchelor the Huskies but were unable to fin-
added 19. The Lords now have a 2- ish their lay-ups.
2-conference record. The half-time score was 22-20 for
“I expected us to win,” said coach the Huskies. This is the fourth con-
Peter Gordon. “I knew with our guys ference loss for the Lords and they
hurt it would be a battle. We just will finish the first half of the season
Photo by Jason Miller with an overall record of 1-4, leav-
didn’t play very well.”
The Durham women’s team got COACH’S CORNER: Coach Craig Andrews goes through strategy with the team. ing them in eighth place in the east.
its first conference win on Nov. 15 They led 35-14 at the half and never had four rebounds and one assist. bench, who stepped up and scored The ladies will finish their 2006 sea-
over the Fleming Knights 60-35. looked back. Veteran Krista Colley Also returning were Ashley Visser, 20. son in New York when they travel
They currently sit sixth in the east returned from an ankle injury and Sarah Tice and Kirsten Bodashefsky, Carley Stevenson had 10 points to Jamestown for non-conference
with an overall record of 1-3. played great coming off the bench who were in B.C. for the nationals. and three rebounds Samantha Mc- action on Dec. 1-2, while the men
The struggling Lords are mov- in her first game after being out for It was a total team effort with nine Connell scored 16 points for the played La Cite on Nov. 24 and Al-
ing in the right direction with key four weeks. players making the score sheet, and win, bringing her season average gonquin at home on Nov. 25. Scores
players returning to the lineup. Colley scored eight points and the difference in the game was the to 19.33 points per game, second in were not available at press time.
38 The Chronicle November 28, 2006
Hard couple of games for DC
half from behind the arc.
By Jason Miller With 10 seconds left on the clock
Chronicle Staff and up by three, the Lords had a
The OCAA basketball season breakdown and were unable to
continued its invitational schedule keep possession of the ball. George
as the Lords men’s and women’s Brown capitalized on this and hit
teams played the top teams in the the final three-pointer to send the
provinces on Nov. 17-18. game into overtime; this was dev-
The men’s team played in the astating for the Lords and they lost
Fanshawe College annual Can- steam in the last five minutes.
Am Classic Invitational, while the George Brown continued their
women’s team hosted its annual run, scoring 10 points and limiting
Big 8 classic at the Athletic Com- the Lords to only two points for the
plex. huge comeback victory. On a posi-
The men’s team dominated their tive note, the Lords played the best
opening game against the Georgian game of their season with solid de-
Grizzlies 93-78, which advanced fence. Samantha McConnell and
them to the championship final to Ashley Visser both finished with
play the host Fanshawe Falcons. another double-double. McCon-
The Lords had a positive weekend nell grabbed 29 points and 10 re-
on and off the court and still battle bounds, and Visser had 12 points
many injuries. and 13 rebounds.
In the first game, the young “Our ladies didn’t step up and
Lords squad played great defence, play defence,” said assistant coach
keeping the Grizzlies off the board; Angela Cull. “We were unable to
Durham out-rebounded Georgian score. They played so well but they
46-33. Offensively nine of 11 play- just broke down.”
ers made the score sheet and six of The Lords battled the Mohawk
those nine were in double digits. Mountaineers from the West re-
Leading the scoring was power gion on Nov.18. The Lords could
forward Nathan Emmanuel-Mon- not muster up enough offence and
rose with 18 points, and coming were held to an invitational low 42
off the bench was rookie Ricardo points, in a 46-42 loss.
Cole, who added 14 points and 14 At the other end of the court,
rebounds for the double-double. the Lords could not find the same
“Everybody played well,” said magical defence they had the night
coach Peter Gordon. “We executed before to shut down Mohawk.
much better. Cole played very well Samantha McConnell was the
at the forward spot. He was prob- highest scorer with 29 points, eight
ably the second best player at the rebounds and six steals. McConnell
tournament.” scored 58 points in two games.
In the second game, the Lords “It was a totally different game
could not handle the very strong than the night before,” Cull said.
Fanshawe Falcons, who are ranked “There was a lack of effort on de-
number one in the province; they fence. When you have one person
were defeated 90-54 in the cham- scoring you are not going to win
pionship final. games.”
The Lords struggled offensively, Photo by Jason Miller Both teams aim to use these
scoring 27 points in each half, and warm-up games to keep in shape
were unable to stop the Falcons as for their conference games and
they scored 55 points in the second HOP: Alison Chehowski get’s the jump on the competition at the OCAA invitational.
take a look at the competition. The
half alone. “Fanshawe is a very good team,” us.” led the entire game but hot shoot- players have shown improvements
Anthony Batchelor led the Gordon said. “They just wore us At home the women’s team ing from George Brown down the in team spirit and overall team ef-
scoring with 25 points and 12 re- down inside. With our lack of depth lost a heartbreaker in their open- stretch from the three-point range fort.
bounds. Batchelor was also named we just couldn’t keep up. They took ing game 72-65 against the George was the difference in the game.
a tournament all-star. advantage of that and pounded Brown Huskies on Nov. 17. They They shot nine for 11 in the second
Rob Pearson joins UOIT reer NHL games with the Toronto With an abundance of offensive The Ridgebacks are thankful to
By Mike Gokdag Maple Leafs, Washington Capi- talent and discipline Pearson was have Pearson on board. “Rob has
Chronicle Staff tals and St.Louis Blues. Overall he able to boast the title of first team played at the level that our recruits By Katherine
played 13 years of professional all-star with a whopping 57 goals and players aspire to,” said Muylaert. Hardwick
The Jim Mahon Memorial Tro- hockey including one memorable and 52 assists in 41 games. “The preparation of teams for NHL Chronicle Staff
phy, OHL first team all-star and an year in Frankfurt for DEL, the Ger- Along with his all-star status Pear- competition is much different than
NHL first round draft pick are only man Elite League. son was awarded the Jim Mahon the preparation of teams for univer- On Dec. 1, the Oshawa GM
a few of the accomplishments Rob “Frankfurt was a great experi- Memorial Trophy for the highest sity competition, so both parties can Centre will welcome Canada’s
Pearson had throughout his hockey ence,” said Pearson. “The city and scoring right-winger in the Ontario probably learn something from one professional lacrosse team into
career. His most recent is being people were amazing, the hockey Hockey League. Pearson played a another.” town as the Toronto Rock play
named the assistant coach for the players were very talented, and the finesse type of game when playing Pearson and Muylaert will be a pre-season game against the
UOIT Ridgebacks men’s hockey fans were wild.” with the Generals and was still able the coaching tandem for the Ridge- Arizona Sting.
team. After his stint in Germany in to maintain his hard-nosed style. backs and with that the team will With former Rock veteran
The Toronto Maple Leafs took 2001-‘02 Pearson officially retired The mix led to his early success. be searching for some success right Glenn Clark now behind the
Pearson twelfth overall in the 1989 from hockey. Since then he has Pearson got the job with the from the start. bench as head coach, the team
NHL entry draft. been involved with the Maple Leaf Ridgebacks after meeting with head “To date our efforts have been looks toward a promising sea-
“ Since I am from Oshawa, play- Alumni as well as his hometown coach Marlin Muylaert at the Ridge- focused on scheduling and the re- son. Despite starting last sea-
ing with Toronto was a dream come Oshawa Generals. Now he is help- back launch press conference. cruitment process,” said Muylaert. son with an 0-4 record, the
true…amazing.” ing the UOIT Ridgebacks in their in- “ I asked Rob if he had considered “ Marlyn and I have started going Rock bounced back, only to
While Pearson was on board augural season by signing on as an coaching and that began a series of to look at some prospects for the up- lose in the semi-finals to Roch-
with the Maple Leafs they managed assistant coach. discussions that ultimately led to coming season,” explained Pearson. ester Knighthawks.
to make the playoffs both seasons in Pearson was born and raised in Rob committing to our program,” “This is a learning process for me, as The Sting come into town
1992-‘93 and 1993-‘94. Oshawa and in time he was able to said Muylaert. Pearson was inter- now I am on the other side.” backed by their strong offen-
“Back to back semi-finals with lace the skates for his hometown ested from the get-go. The Ridgebacks open the season sive unit of forwards Craig
Toronto is my greatest moment,” Generals. The 6’1, 185 pound Pear- “We are excited to have added in October 2007 and will be hosting Conn and Dan Dawson. The
he said. “The pressure, atmosphere, son joined the Generals, after being an individual with Rob’s high caliber games against other Ontario Uni- Sting also made it into the play-
vibe and being with that group of traded from Belleville, and found hockey background and experience versity Athletics teams at the Cam- offs last year, only to lose in the
guys was great.” himself playing on a line with Eric to our varsity program,” said Athletic pus Ice Centre division finals.
Pearson went on to play 269 ca- Lindros. Director Ken Babcock.
The Chronicle November 28, 2006 39
Lords leap ahead of Trent
By Ryan Peterson
OCAA - LEAGUE STANDINGS The Lords of volleyball took it to
MEN’S VOLLEYBALL Trent 3-1 on Nov. 16 after losing to
Seneca earlier in the week.
The plan for this game was to
TEAM W L PTS play with intensity and hit hard,
which they did.
Seneca 3 1 6 The men eked out the first set 25-
23. During a Trent time-out, head
Cambrian 3 2 6 coach Gord Williamson showed
Durham 3 1 6 the men, in an animated way, how
Georgian 2 1 4 to properly serve. He also said that
some enthusiasm wouldn’t hurt
Boreal 0 4 0
their game. And he was right.
The Lords kept Trent at bay, win-
ning the second set 25-18. During
another Trent time-out, of which
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL there were five, Williamson told the
men to be aggressive at the net. Ap-
parently this advice wasn’t taken as
TEAM W L PTS they lost the third set 25-23.
The crowd and bench, however,
Cambrian 5 1 10 were firmly behind the Lords. Bang-
ing thunder sticks, chanting and
Durham 5 0 10
yelling support, they regrouped
Georgian 3 0 6 with Dave Crabbe hitting a few hard
Boreal 1 4 2 spikes. That was the turning point in
the game and the Lords went on to
0 3 0 win 25-16.
The leading scorers of the game
Seneca 0 4 0 were Dave Crabbe with 13 kills,
three blocks, and one service ace,
*OCAA Central East League Eric Mooney with six kills and seven
blocks, Josh Bowen with eight kills
and four blocks, and Ryan McIntosh
with five kills, one block and two
DURHAM COLLEGE LORDS The whole men’s roster played,
MEN’S TEAM SCORING except for Jamie Mayer, who sat out
with continued back pain. “It’s not as Photo by Ryan Peterson
fun, that’s for sure. I’d rather be play-
PLAYERS K B SA PTS ing than watching,” Mayer said. THERE IT GOES AGAIN: Josh Bowen prepares himself while keeping an eye on the ball as
Mayer also noted that communi- the men’s volleyball team beat Trent 3-1 on Nov. 16.
Crabbe 37 6 3 46 cation and serving were better than
previous games. There was also ca- with the Lords. men) were more into the match. I dy. We’re still making some mental
Mayer 20 7 3 30 maraderie on the court that was im- “I think we played with a little bit think they’re starting to realize that mistakes, but the intensity was there
Bowen 27 11 1 39 pressive. Although he’s a first-year more intensity tonight,” coach Wil- we’ve got to step it up or this season and that’s a positive sign.”
McIntosh 27 4 3 34 player, Jon Graham fits in flawlessly liamson said. “Mentally, they (the is going to be in a little bit of jeopar-
Estabrooks 10 2 3 15
Women’s volleyball still undefeated
Silver 3 0 0 3
The stands were fuller than usual
5 Lords beat and the crowd became more rowdy
with every set. Thunder sticks were
Graham 2 0 0 2 everywhere. It started as a chain re-
Melissis 0 0 0 0 Trent in a action after the women won the first
In the second set the women had
WOMEN’S TEAM SCORING
3-0 high energy and excellent commu-
nication, finishing the set quickly
PLAYERS K B SA PTS
blowout “The girls played hard,” said as-
sistant coach Shane Christopher.
“They’re finally starting to find that
balance of emotion: not too low, not
Littlejohn 39 2 12 53 By Ryan Peterson too high but right in the middle.”
Chronicle Staff Earlier in the week the women
R. Barnes 36 6 11 53
took on Seneca. A main problem in
Silva 36 4 3 43 Women’s volleyball remained that game, and others, was with set-
Bouma 22 11 4 37 undefeated after triumphing over ting up the offence. Coach Christo-
Lenis 14 2 2 18 Trent Nov. 16. pher said they worked on that.
The women won 3-0, waxing the “Our defence has been getting
Doris 13 9 5 27 accolades. Offensively we needed to
floor with the Trent Excalibur.
Bagot 1 0 0 1 At the start of the game there was get going. We needed the girls to be
Tighe 3 0 6 9 some confusion about who would aggressive, to not worry about mak-
play libero. Three green jerseys were ing mistakes and taking chances.
Jenner 1 0 2 3
laid across the bench, indicating They did that.”
Conner 4 3 6 13 three women could play. Amanda The leading scorers of the game
Matthie 0 1 0 1 Falzon played libero the first set and were Janet Littlejohn with five kills
Falzon 0 1 0 1 Shona Tighe played the next two. and four service aces, Cheryl Silva
The Lords played a tight, consis- with five kills and two blocks, Kar-
Kalita 0 0 0 0 Photo by Ryan Peterson
tent game and put constant pres- lene Risebrough Barnes four kills,
sure on the Excalibur. The gym was one block and three service aces,
*Statistics as of Nov. 22 quiet and the women were focused and Carli Bouma with three kills, I’M READY: Kristen Conner prepares for a bump in the
as they took the first set 25-15. three blocks and one service ace. Lord’s 3-0 win over the Trent Excalibur on Nov. 16.
40 The Chronicle November 28, 2006
Everyone wins in this tournament
vis sat along the sidelines, keeping
By Valene Nicholas score while trying to keep warm.
“I love football and, you know, it’s
The whistle shrieked, releasing for a good cause,” said Dan Gazarek,
rushes of adrenaline in the players a player on Unnecessary Roughness.
spread across the Polonsky Com- Gazarek and his teammates sug-
mons field. Plays were hollered, a gested that the tournament should
pigskin was thrown and running be an annual event for both schools.
shoes tore up the frosted grass. Unnecessary Roughness scrambled
At 8 a.m. on Nov. 18, while the on the field in the early morning, ty-
majority of students were sleep- ing their first game 14-14 in the last
ing in, 20 ventured to UOIT and two minutes. Although they had a
Durham College for a weekend of rocky start, the team came in sec-
flag football, hosted by 11 Sports ond, winning Rickards Red pilsner
Management students. As the day glasses and no-line passes to E.P.
progressed, more athletes crowded Taylor’s.
around picnic tables, waiting to Team Hutch came out on top
play. and was awarded gold medals, $100
Third-year Sports Management for Shoeless Joe’s and Snowball tick-
students are required to organize ets. Hutch’s quarterback, the MVP
and run an active fundraising event. for the weekend, was given a Shaun
“We’re a close-knit program, all of Alexander Seattle Seahawks jersey
us are friends,” said Rebecca Norton. donated by E.P. Taylor’s.
“Last year we would just go and play “We just came out for fun today,”
football.” The idea for a flag football said Mark Razo, from Team Ed-
tournament evolved from Norton lorro. The name does not carry sig-
and her classmates’ pleasure of nificance, Razo and his friends just
playing the sport during lunches made it up. They all agreed that if it
and breaks. was not for charity reasons the team
“It’s something that we enjoy and would not have participated.
we knew we’d get a lot of students “That’s why I’m here, definitely,”
out for it,” she said. Photo by Valene Nicholas
Twelve teams of six or eight play- “Everyone took it seriously,” said
ers registered for the weekend. It Norton. “They were all competitive,
A GOOD CAUSE: Team Hawkeyes were one of many squads participating in a charity but they knew they were there for
cost $60 per team, and 75 per cent ﬂag football tournament, organized by third-year Sports Management students.
of the funds helped subsidize the a good cause.” Norton had numer-
program’s leadership camp. Norton ous requests from players to hold
said it costs about $50 for Sports ganization uses donations to help leave many children unable to be the facilities we do. They should all the event next year. Although Nor-
Management students to go on the disadvantaged kids participate in part of these activities. Kidsport On- have the same opportunity as every- ton and the other 10 students will
trip, with funding. organized sports. Sport registration tario wants to give all children the one else,” said Tim Davis, one of the graduate this year, she will pass the
The remaining funds were do- fees, equipment expenses and a de- chance to play. organizers. Clothed in a wool black football tournament idea to upcom-
nated to KidSport Ontario. The or- cline in sports programs at schools “We’re privileged enough to have toque, puffy vest and sweatshirt, Da- ing third-year students.
NFL ﬁve, CFL zero Some athletes
By Andrew Moore In the CFL teams are given three downs as opposed
Chronicle Staff to the NFL’s four. This picks up the pace of the game con-
siderably. Turnovers happen a lot faster, and the game
Could the Canadian Football League have a title jumps back and forth every couple minutes. It looks like
more suitable for its championship than the Grey Cup? the only way to score is to throw a bomb into the end
Though the league has had its ups and downs it has zone. In the NFL, that one extra down makes a world of
lately been putting the emphasis on the grey- it’s not as difference. Teams get an extra chance at getting a touch-
active as it once was.
For close to 100 years, the Grey Cup has been the
down or making that first down.
Maybe it’s a lack of superstars. Football in America
line to win
goal of professional football players in Canada. In 1909 labels players as all American heroes the minute they For the upper hand, extra yard suitable for junior leagues but
the cup was donated by Canada’s Governor General, Al- get onto a college team. They’re seen in ads, commer- or, better yet, the victory, athletes the professional level as well.
bert Henry George Grey, to the Na- cials and put in the spotlight where are going too far in competition. And not just hockey but every
tional Rugby Championships, which NFL’S TOP FIVE ADVANTAGES the world is informed of their ability Stern and strict guidelines are sport in which the outcome can
later became the CFL. to play the game. now being set and not only in be influenced by doping.
Thirty years ago the league at- In Canada, university athletes major sports. I am tired of seeing athletes
tracted more than two million spec- Field size (Yards) CFL - 110 x 65 play in the Canadian Interuniversity Junior leagues such as the juiced up and ruining the com-
tators a year, while recently it has NFL - 100 x 53.5 Sport league and go with little recog- Canadian Hockey League are petitive edge in sports, especially
seen a rapid decline in attendance. Players per side nition. implementing rules for anti-dop- when there are more cases each
CFL - 12
Since the millennium, the league has Players who stand out get drafted, ing. year. Something needs to be
been lucky to pull in a million foot- NFL - 11 play on a CFL team unnoticed until Along with done, in every
ball enthusiasts a year. Downs CFL - 3 downs they retire, and even if they have the the CHL em- sport, to stop
What happened to the time when skill to play down South don’t get bracing non- the cheat-
NFL - 4 downs
Canadians celebrated the Grey Cup, enough publicity to make it any fur- drug use it is Bruce ing because
when the bars were packed with rag- End zones CFL - 20 yards ther. also putting that is what’s
ing fans and the city of the winning NFL - 10 yards An obvious difference is the size in place a pol- Bolton happening,
team erupted into pandemonium? Time between plays CFL - 20 seconds of the leagues. The CFL only has nine icy program straight up
These days only a small number teams and two divisions. for players to cheating.
NFL - 45 seconds
of fans can be found in the local pubs The NFL has 32 teams and 8 divi- follow. It is the
watching the game or having friends sions making the Super Bowl much It makes total sense, the cheaters who are ruining it for
and family over waiting for the next Source: www.football.com harder to get to than the Grey Cup. league will not just tell the athlete everyone else.
Grey Cup champion to be crowned. Other differences include a lon- why he can’t use performance These athletes don’t under-
Come early February, when the ger and wider field, the number of enhancement drugs, but also stand they are not just hurting
National Football League’s Super Bowl XLI hits South players on the field, and the time allowed between plays educate. themselves but they are hurting
Florida, bars will be rammed and you’ll be left with mak- in the CFL. It appears these rules need to be changed to These programs should be our heritage of sport.
ing the decision of which Super Bowl party to grace with keep up with the reign of the NFL. implemented in all leagues es- We are taught to never cheat
your presence. For Canadians who love football and miss the strong pecially junior, where the risk is and if so there will be discipline.
Hands down the NFL dominates football in North atmosphere that once filled the streets in November greater for a competitor to take The actions by the CHL are one
America. There are a number of reasons why fans watch when the Grey Cup came around, something needs to the drug due to immaturity, pres- step in the right direction for dis-
NFL over CFL and Super Bowl over the Grey Cup. Al- be done. sure to perform and the pressure ciplinary purposes and maybe if
though the games are played with the same principles, Whether it’s rule changes, a smaller field, or making to make it to the big leagues. these athletes realize what they
there are some rules that affect the tempo of a CFL a CFL video game for the Sony Playstation, the league Not only are these programs are doing it will come to a stop.
game compared to one of the NFL. needs more publicity and so do its players.
The Chronicle November 28, 2006 41
Photo by Jason Miller
FRIEND AND COACH: Assistant coach and role model to players, Angela Cull (right) chats with injured player Katie Pabelico.
Angela Cull: more than a coach
By Jason Miller ing,” said Andrews. “So I wanted her lenges. She is a team player” the girls,” Andrews said. “She is like a Andrews said Cull has the ability
Chronicle Staff to get involved in coaching. I con- Barker said he finds it amazing friend to them.” to reach the pinnacle of the game as
Growing up in the Ottawa Valley, sider having Angela a gift.” how Cull balances her job of work- Cull considers her biggest a coach but she sometimes ques-
Angela Cull had no thoughts of at- Andrews said Cull’s defensive ing with the coaches and teams, achievements landing a job here tions her ability. He said as soon as
tending school at Durham College ability, understanding of the game along with coaching. A people and coaching. She is excited about she overcomes this she will be at the
to play basketball for four years let and leadership qualities are second person, Cull’s approach helps her the relationship she has with the top of her game.
alone coach the Lords women’s bas- to none. Her co-workers also share to connect with the needs of the girls. It was challenging at first she That’s exactly what Cull intends
ketball team. these views. Athletic officer Scott athletic department and the young admits, as she had to earn their re- on doing as she wants to continue
But that’s exactly the route the Barker said that since Cull took up women who call her coach. spect. But this year is different. The her career coaching and working
Ottawa native’s life took. It started the role of sports marketing and The Lords former captain and girls know her as a coach. She enjoys with Durham athletics. She also
out as just fun for the Lords first- information officer, she has shown Ontario College Athletic Associa- sharing her experience with them wants to go to the U.S. and work at a
year assistant coach who played for nothing but dedication and this tion all-star loved the game so much and hopes to win a medal coaching division one college doing the same
and still works with coach Craig An- shows in her long hours and obser- that she stayed an extra year at Dur- to make up for her disappointment thing she is doing now.
drews. He was Cull’s coach for four vant attitude. ham just to play for the team. That’s of not winning one as a player. “I love being involved with
years at the college after he recruit- “She has taken the new position when coach Andrews gave her the “I am a great friend to them,” Cull sports,” Cull said. “I find the job
ed her out of high school in Ottawa. and run with it,” Barker said. “She is first chance at coaching the team in said. “They know they can talk to me fun and challenging. There always
“She is an amazing human be- extremely dedicated to her job and one of the season games. about anything. Kind of like, a big something new and exciting to deal
always ready to take on new chal- “She is young so she can relate to sister.” with every day.”
Leafs and Habs burn bright Sledge hockey
blue logo at the centre becomes vis- always determines the winners in
By Mike Gokdag ible. Looking around the stands the the stands.
Approach the Air Canada Centre
rivalry truly becomes apparent with
a sea of Habs fans and a wave of
hometown blue supporters chatting
and bickering amongst themselves
“Dump the puck Poni! Get it out,”
yells a fan. “Cross ice! Cross Ice!”
yells another. Luckily for the Maple
Leafs these paying coaches are in
before game time and you can feel about how great Wellwood has every section of the building just in
the buzz. The streets are busier and played so far or how solid Raycroft case one can’t be heard. The Steel Hawks organization,
noisier and everybody is hurrying, has been between the pipes. Finally, comes the greatest sat- By Bruce Bolton managed by Paul Cox, is inviting
Chronicle Staff anyone wanting to try the sport
whether it’s home to catch the game An eerie silence fills the building isfaction of all. A goal scored at the
and beat the traffic or get to the are- before Oh Canada begins to blare an Air Canada Centre is like a mine- out for free. The team will also
na in time for the national anthem. Similar to the game of hock- supply all the gear.
English and French version accom- field. The place erupts in cheers and
There is no longer or greater ey, sledge hockey is a one of the “Anyone willing to give it a
panied by the singing and humming whistles for the hometown boys. The
hockey rivalry than that of the To- most popular sports at the win- shot can come out and play with
of fans. After an on ice ceremony best part of the rivalry now kicks in,
ronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal ter Paralympics games, and now us,” Cox said. “We want everyone
for war veterans and for the recent as fans search their surroundings
Canadians. The Canadians lead the anyone wanting to try the sport to understand the sport and to at
Hall of Fame inductees, the game is for a Habs fan and release a snicker
series with a 317(wins)-269(losses)- has a chance to. least attempt it.”
finally set to get under way and the that only competition can bring out.
88(Ties)-3(overtime losses) record. Every Tuesday at the Os- Anyone who goes out will be
building gets rowdy with the open- The Leafs went on to rout the Cana-
Nov. 11 was the next installment of hawa Legends Centre at 7 p.m. playing with some of the best, as
ing face-off. dians 5-1 in the Remembrance Day
the rivalry. the Whitby Steel Hawks hold an the Steel Hawks are gold medal
In this rivalry the fight is never game.
Stepping into the arena, every- open practice for those who want champions in the sport.
only on the ice. Fans on each side The experience is truly some-
thing changes. Instantly you feel a to give their brand of hockey a try. The team won it all at the
compete throughout the course of thing else and if you’re there as a
part of the action. It is an opportunity to try some- Huntsville Paralympic games
the evening, fighting to be louder Habs fan or a Leaf fan you can al-
With every step forward the un- thing new and have a good time. held last winter.
than the opposition. “Go Leafs go” ways find comfort in watching your
real size of the arena comes into chants begin to blend with chants of team distill in a rivalry that started
perspective as the historic deep “go Habs go”. The action on the ice almost a century ago.
42 The Chronicle November 28, 2006
Nothing like an early morning row
apparel -- blue jackets, toques, and remedy this, most of the rowers are the boat. likin and Godden decided the rest
By Joshua Vanderstam sweat-shirts. fitted with a red twinkling light so the The wind was a lip-cracking cold, of the training should be done in a
No time was wasted in getting a coaches can keep track of them. In and the water progressively became better spot on the lake.
In an early morning this fall bright six-foot, light up and on so ev- addition to the red light, rowers who rougher. The two coaches had to “Head west toward the bank, it
when most people were two hours eryone could see the dock they’d be wore their Ridgebacks jacket had a navigate the four away from the won’t be so windy,” instructed God-
away from their alarm clock buzzer, launching from. reflector strip across the chest. weeds while keeping them in rela- den from the megaphone.
the UOIT Ridgebacks rowing team Every minute counts before In the dead of darkness, with tively calm waters, so they could get When training time was up God-
were shaking out the cobwebs, get- the sun comes up and it’s time for only minimal illumination from the the best results from their strokes. den, prompted by Millikin, had a
ting themselves together for their school. coaches’ flashlights, the boats ap- Millikin would utter instructions quick conversation about heading
training on the waters of Lake Scu- The three crews expect to get at peared full of white faceless stick- on an exercise and what he was back with the other coach boats
gog. least one hour of training time in men. seeing go wrong with the crew to over a walky-talky.
Towards the end of October, before the 7 a.m. deadline, when the The coach boat with assistant Godden. Then Godden would shout As the rowers did when they
one week before the young pack’s crews bring their boats back. coach John Godden and head through the megaphone instruc- launched – as a unit – they picked
first ever championship regatta, the “It’s something of a bee-hive,” coach Millikin, focused on the ju- tions for the exercise that the four up their boat from the dock and
temperature hovered around plus says a jovial head coach Robin Mil- nior varsity four, following closely were to do next. marched back to the boathouse.
five on land. In the water it felt like a likin. “Everyone is doing something behind them with a flashlight and “I want to see 30,” Godden would Another day done, and the rowers
different story. The first obstacle for on their own, which is a good thing. megaphone. say while being drowned out by the knew it would be another day to-
the Ridgebacks came in the form of Time is short.” It was slow going as the coach boat’s motor. “10 light, 10 hard, and morrow.
heavy clouds, carrying the threat of After the light was up, the rowers boat got stuck in the weeds imme- then 10 more.” The race you win today won’t
the first snowfall wafting across the swarmed the mouth of the boat- diately upon launching. Dhasni would often in between help you win again tomorrow, re-
lake, driven by westerly winds. house waiting on their instructions “You can tell where the weeds are grunting out orders to his crew, minded Millikin.
The 23-member team’s motto from Millikin. He explained what in the water,” said Millikin. “When hoarsely-yell back, “Can’t hear you After just coming out of medal
was that inclement weather was crews he wanted to see out in the the water’s surface is still, that’s John.” contention at the final regatta St.
only an obstacle, never an excuse water and which coaches would go where the weeds are.” Godden would wait and Millikin Catharines, the Ridgebacks are in
not to row. with which crew. While Millikin steered the boat, would quiet the motor. the midst of strength and condition-
Car after car drove up to the Dur- Coaching a crew of rowers in the Godden held up the flashlight. They After getting caught in the weeds ing off the waters that will continue
ham Rowing club boathouse, with dark is especially hard and made both studied the four cox’d by Rafiq several times and battling the in- until the academic year ends. There
rowers dressed in their Ridgebacks worse because much of the sport Dhanji. The role of the coxswain is tense westerly wind blowing great next season begins next fall.
focuses on paddling technique. To to direct the rowers, while steering amounts of chop into the water, Mil-
Athletic talent is
being left behind
The Lords once again dominat- of the month for November.
Without ed in fastball and baseball, bring- With the volleyball and basket-
ing home provincial gold. Danielle ball seasons already under way the
Smith was name rookie of the year Lords have started to pave the way
the proper for her excellent pitching, while for another successful season.
slugger Karen McWilliams clinched However, all of this athletic suc-
the OCAA league batting champi- cess did not come over night as
foundations onship. these athletes had to undergo gruel-
The baseball team marched into ling hours of practice and the chal-
the nationals and showed it pos- lenges of balancing their schedules
at the sessed the best young pitchers in the with jobs and academic demands.
province. It also achieved awards at So if they can make that sacri-
the nationals as Craig Megill and fice shouldn’t the Canadian sport-
Adam Sylvestre were given All-Ca- ing entities and governing bodies
right nadian honours. ensure that all this talent doesn’t
Over the past six years the Lords go to waste? This is not the case in
have shown their class at the pro- Canada, as athletes here who want
Photo Courtesy of Athletic Department stages... vincial level in
to have any light
shone on their ca-
reer have to run off
CHING-CHING: It’s all a matter of making the shot
count at the right time for Nerome Hemmings. They are feared Jason to the States.
By Jason Miller for their ruth- There are no
Chronicle Staff less offensive Miller proper leagues set
power and tac- up in games such
How long will it take for Cana-
Hey man, nice shot! dian sporting entities and govern-
ing bodies to see that they need to
Led by an ex-
as soccer, baseball
and softball to de-
perienced coaching staff, the men’s velop our local talent. So we lose it
do more to create opportunities for team battled its way into the final to colleges and leagues in the U.S.
college athletes? eight. With last year’s OCAA rookie Let’s look at baseball for example.
were given a ticket at the door Durham College is not short of the year Pual Yang and this year’s Some college players might only
By Joshua Vanderstam with a number on it. The winning of athletic talent or dedicated ath- All Canadian, Trevor Delpippo, the earn $500 per season for teams such
Chronicle Staff number then filled out a contact letes who want to pursue a future young Lords proved that heart and as the Oshawa Dodgers. To make it
sheet. as professional athletes, but there
After five long years of shots preparation could sometimes be worse they might even have to find
Their shots are video-taped, don’t seem to be any routes through
bouncing off the rims, backboard more important than experience. and pay for their own equipment.
then the videos are sent to the which to do so.
mishaps, and air balls, Nerome They remain optimistic and are Soccer is no different as Can-
OCAA to review. If the shots clear We have some of the top athletes
Hemmings became the first ready to make their mark next sea- ada is still waiting on its first Ma-
with the OCAA then a cheque is in the country, yet no professional
contestant since 2001 to win the son. jor League Soccer team that will
sent to the winner. leagues to further develop their
OCAA Spalding NBA shoot for The women’s team proved its be launched next year. To make it
The winning number would skills and earn a living from their tal-
cash at Durham College Nov. 10. worth in gold at the provincials with worse it will recruit mostly foreign
have to successfully complete a ent.
The last contestant to win the its third medal in four years. If there talent. That’s why we suck at all lev-
free throw, one 3-point shot, and This fall has been a successful
grand prize was former DC vol- is a perfect provincial team, this els of men’s soccer - the system has
a lay-up before getting the chance one for Durham College athletics as
leyball player Lindsey Green. squad fits the billing. It built a wall no foundation.
to score from half court line for our athletes proved they are among
“Nerome did not get any prac- for defence and made all its games The government needs to start
the grand prize of $1,000. the best anywhere.
tice shots,” said Angela Cull as- look like a practice session. paying more attention to our col-
This contest is held at every Golfer Will Mitchell placed eight
sistant coach of the women’s bas- Amanda Durno was named lege athletes. They need to set up
OCAA conference game during in the world at the World University
ketball team. The OCAA doesn’t OCAA player of the year and also more recruitment programs and
either the women’s halftime or and Colleges Championship and
just hand out the big bucks to just claimed All-Canadian honours. Brit- semi-professional leagues so ath-
the men’s halftime. tied for gold at the nationals while
anyone, according to Cull. tany Muccuci netted the leagues’ letes can see a brighter future than
the men’s golf team brought home top scorer award while Kirsten Bo- just college ball.
Spectators in attendance silver at the provincials. dashesfsky bagged the CCAA player
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