All in Issue 9 2017/2018

David’s Discs: What to check out (or not) this month

Album: Time & Space by Turnstile

Baltimore hardcore punk band Turnstile return with their sophomore effort, Time & Space. At just twenty-five minutes long, this album seems confident that it will leave an impact in spite of its brief runtime; however, whether it does or not will vary from listener to listener. The album is pretty consistent in tone and energy throughout, which might make the record come off as monotonous or tiresome to some — but not to me. I found myself thoroughly whipped up in the juvenile aggression on display here, with the confrontational hooks keeping it engaging from track to track. Even now, I find myself wrestling with the urge to yell “I’ll do it again! Yeah, I’ll do it again!” at innocent passersby, and other such rude and unruly public behaviours.

Une poupée pas comme les autres: Nouveautés dans le mois des femmes

Elizabeth Schoettle est une artiste et une créatrice de différents mondes magiques. Son personnage alter-ego, @phoebenewyork sur Instagram, plonge profondément dans la vie des femmes modernes et dans le monde de la mode. L’art de Phoebe fait réfléchir au contenu au-delà de l'esthétique. Ses collages pourraient être considérés comme une interprétation puissante des conflits de notre société.

Review of Lionheart’s Production of Little Shop of Horrors: You Could Say It Grew On Me

Back at the end of January, Glendon’s theatre club, Lionheart Productions Coeur de Lion, put on a production of Little Shop of Horrors. I’m not typically the biggest fan of musicals, but LSOH was just the right combination of sick humour and great visuals to have me interested. (Also, I could finally be in on the joke when my half-dozen musical-loving friends yelling “FEED ME, SEYMOUR” at lunchtime.)

A Team Message

I had known since last year that I wanted to join the Symposium and my experience this year did not disappoint. The Thailand Symposium was, for me, an academic journey unlike any other I’ve had during my time here in the International Studies program. Learning about Thailand was eye-opening in the sense that I was able to practically apply what we have learned throughout the program and see the various aspects come together in the study of one nation. In regards to the Symposium itself, seeing people so engaged and excited to learn about Thailand was a reminder of why it’s so important that an event like this continue.

Shining a Light on the Thailand Symposium

“I really like the name of the event, ‘Thailand: Shining a Light on the Land of Smiles’, because when you don’t know an answer to something, you just smile,” and with that remark from Sukhdeep Randhawa, a counsellor from the Royal Thai Embassy in Ottawa, the 23rd annual International Studies Symposium kicked off. A full day affair, this year’s Symposium on March 10th was both a celebration and a closer examination of the Southeast Asian nation of Thailand, a country that we can all probably admit to having had very few concrete ideas about. The Symposium set out to change these primitive and lackluster views of Thailand. By hosting panels and discussions throughout the day, the Symposium allowed attendees a closer look into the richness that is ‘the Land of Smiles’.

Neighbourhood Watch

Ever since I could remember, I’ve always had the habit of staring into other people’s windows. Wait. That came out wrong… What I meant is that, I’ve always enjoyed observing how other people act when they’re alone in their homes. At first, I glanced into windows while I waited for the bus or when I took Rex out for a walk in the evenings. You know, just to pass the time or to occupy my mind.

The Risks of Sleep Deprivation

As students, we live with busy schedules that often get in the way of our sleep. Whether it is staying up to study for an exam, or staying out late on the weekend to burn off steam, it’s safe to say that few of us are getting the recommended seven to nine hours a night. The short-term effects of this are pretty obvious, as we chug coffee to keep our eyes open during lectures, but sleep deprivation comes with a number of long-term effects whose link to a lack of sleep is trickier to recognize.

John Kemp’s Kitchen: Our Daily Bread

Although Spring has technically arrived, temperatures here in Lausanne have still been a little all over the place. As such, I’ve continued making “winter food,” such as stews, soups and whatnot. I mean, when it’ll be months before you can justifiably indulge in heavy carbs and fatty foods again, you need to take advantage of it.

More Than Just a Slogan: The Commercialization of Protests

“The Future is Female,” “Pray For —,” “I Stand with Immigrants,” and several other trendy messages of empowerment or acknowledgments of societal injustices have now become a form of slacktivism. All one has to do is repost the latest GIF, add some buzzwords and you’re on your way to being the next figurehead of the movement — all in 140 characters or less. And while these small acts might help bolster your social media following, this growing trend of lackluster activism is failing those who need our help, to the benefit of those who don’t deserve it.

Re-evaluating what’s common: Taking a closer look at sense, courtesy and knowledge in the world of customer service

As a server in downtown Toronto, I’ve experienced my fair share of nightmare-ish interactions with customers who don’t seem to understand that I am actually a human being with some degree of self-respect still intact. So, after nearly four years in the service industry, I’ve come to a couple realizations about some things we tend to take for granted: 1) common knowledge is never shared; 2) common courtesy no longer exists, and 3) common sense is not that common. Go ahead and call me a bitter old pessimist — you wouldn’t be the first — but for anyone who’s worked with people on a daily basis, I’m sure you see the kernel of truth in each of those statements. And for those of you who have only ever stood on one side of the counter, please read between my passive-aggressive grumblings and take the moment to re-evaluate your own preconceived notions about what’s truly common.

Reading to Righteousness

It’s undeniable that today, human beings have more access to information than ever before. Whether this is coming through 24-hour news channels, social media or other internet sites, information is constantly flowing and waiting to be consumed by avid observers. People then go about their daily lives, having formed opinions about political, economic, environmental and social issues defined by their particular media diet. Yet one thing we often fail to address is the quality of this information. I won’t spend time explaining the drawbacks of information emanating from social media or television, because most people are already aware of these deficiencies, especially given the recent revelations about Russian agents influencing the American election.

Toronto’s Unknown Gems

The Green Room

414 College St.

I am always on the prowl for a comfy and, more importantly, cozy restaurant. Last week, a friend invited me to eat at a bar/restaurant labelled online as an “unpretentious two storey hangout,” so I decided to check it out. At first glance, the Green Room appeared to be a hidden, run down spot with no originality. However, when I entered this establishment, all assumptions and reservations I had walked in with were discarded. It had a laid-back atmosphere, filled with 20-somethings and a vibrant, soulful green-themed surroundings. The Green Room is definitely a place designed for university students, hipsters and music lovers.

Krysta’s Picks – Cocktail Bars

Speaking of picks (or pickets), it’s strike time! That means you have time to catch up on assignments during the day and time to have fun at night! If you’re like me, you like a solid venue for unwinding with friends, enjoying some tunes and testing out several of Toronto’s wide range of yummy drink creations. I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite spots for doing just that. So why not grab a TTC day pass and do a little bar hopping for a fun (strike) evening!

A Deeper Look into the Intricacies of Asian Cities

After attending the amazing Thailand Symposium organized by Glendon’s International Studies students earlier this month, I was inspired to look further into global Asian affairs in order to learn more about this continent that is so close to my heart. With a couple quick searches, I stumbled upon, signed up and attended a free event discussing urban development in the context of Asia. Students from the Munk School of Global Affairs organize an annual conference called INDePth (Interrogation Notions of Development and Progress) with this year’s theme focusing on Asian cities. This conference delved into the complexities surrounding the concept of a “city” by touching on themes of modernity, urbanization and migration through a multidisciplinary lens.