Category: Essays and Reporting

NHL Trade Deadline Team Rankings

By Liam Gill

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Over the past week, NHL General Managers have been busy attempting to either sell their pending free agents or preparing their teams for a run for the cup. This year trade deadline week consisted of 34 trades and saw 11 goalies traded including Jaroslov Halak who was traded twice in the week. The following is the ranking of the teams and the moves they made at the NHL trade deadline.

Agamemnon Review

Alex Czegledy & Charlotte Miller
Alex Czegledy & Charlotte Miller as Agamemnon and Klytaimnestra

By Sam Hodgkins-Sumner

Father sacrifices daughter to the Gods for favourable winds. Mother is none too pleased and takes a new lover in father’s absence. Father takes a demigod priestess as his war-prize. Mother and lover kill father and war-prize on their return to Argos. How’s that for family drama?

Canada’s History: More Than Medicare and Furry Beavers

By Eamonn O’Keefe

Flag lowering at York.
Flag lowering at York.

Redcoats. The King’s Men raise their muskets in a salute to His Majesty. The drums beat a staccato roll in perfect unison. The shrill notes of “God Save the King” echo across the parade square as the flag is lowered.

At Fort York National Historic Site in downtown Toronto, several visitors applaud the spectacle. Encircled by newly minted condominiums, a looming expressway and a jumble of railroad tracks, this fragile outpost was established in 1793 to defend the new capital of Upper Canada. Yet, cordoned off from the metropolis it spawned, Fort York is a fitting metaphor for all that is wrong with Canadian history.

As many visitors will freely disclose, the last time they toured the fort was during a seventh grade field trip. Thus, it should come as no surprise that only 14% of Canadians could correctly identify the nations involved in the War of 1812.

Our collective amnesia for the past is a systemic problem. Just 27% of young Canadians, aged 18-24, can recall the year of Confederation. What happened to our history?

At the Altar of our Lord Yeezus

By Sam Hodgkins-Sumner

All bow down before the most high.
All bow down before the most high.

A night before my family continued our annual tradition of attending the late-night Christmas eve service at Saint Paul’s Bloor Street, I bowed down along with 20,000 others in an electric cathedral. Instead of celebrating the birth of a king who was humbled for others, we packed into the ACC to join one man in the worship of himself.

One might call Kanye West many things: a hypocrite, a self-absorbed buffoon, a genius, an impassioned artist, the personification of arrogance-masked insecurity. This rapper/producer/maniac is at once the winner of 21 Grammys (more than any other rap/hip-hop artist in history), one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, and the “jackass” (thus quoth president Obama) who commandeered the microphone from Taylor Swift at the 2009 VMAs. He made the claim that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” on a live telecast, and has accused the US government of administering AIDS to black Americans on two different albums. And who can forget his recent ranting interviews in which he proclaimed that he would one day own a “trillion dollar company”, and spewed hate at the fashion industry that he perceives to be holding him back from establishing said company. This is his job after all. He’s is an entertainer, and never leaves us with a dull moment.

To Ford Nation, Rob Ford is the Kevlar Mayor

By Kinton Cheung

Someone doesn't look too happy.
Someone doesn’t look too happy.

No matter what transgression Rob Ford makes, no matter what “drunken stupor” he engages in, and no matter what bombshell revelations are revealed (another one, this time about his alleged drunk driving, buying “illegal drugs” during his mayoralty, and even dealing with prostitutes at City Hall), there seems to be a group of Ford Nation supporters who stand by their mayor. An Ipsos Reid poll published Thursday showed that if there was an election today, Ford would still get 33% of the vote.

The question naturally arises: why does Ford Nation continue to support an otherwise embattled mayor? Where does his “Kevlar-ness” come from?

New Direction in NHL Leadership?

By Liam Gill

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Recently, the Buffalo Sabres decided to fill the void left by Jason Pominville in their leadership group by naming Steve Ott and Thomas Vanek as co-captains, despite the fact that this is clearly not permitted.

According to the NHL rulebook:

6.1 Captain – One Captain shall be appointed by each team, and he alone shall have the privilege of discussing with the Referee any questions relating to interpretation of rules which may arise during the progress of a game. He shall wear the letter “C,” approximately three inches (3”) in height and in contrasting color, in a conspicuous position on the front of his sweater. No co-Captains are permitted.

Dream Big: We Day 2013

By Liam Gill
Photos taken by Jack McDonald

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On Friday, September 20th, thousands of students from the GTA filled the Air Canada Centre for the 7th annual We Day. Highlighted by celebrities such as Demi Lovato, Imagine Dragons, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Free the Children founders Mark and Craig Kielburger, the event was filled with musical performances and inspirational speeches in an attempt to spark social change in the local and international communities. The initiatives introduced ranged from We Stand Together, aimed at aiding in aboriginal education, to We are Silent, aimed at helping enslaved children in Third World countries. For the 20+ UCC boys who attended, this was an eye-opening event. Despite the large list of celebrities who attended, most boys found the most persuasive speakers to be Martin Luther King Jr III and Spencer West. Unlike the flashy celebrities brought in to attract students, these speakers had true messages behind their words.

UCC Abroad: Music to My Ears, A profile of the new Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and its Canadian connection

By: Conor Healy

The Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg
The Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg

The past few years – and particularly the past few months – have seen a tumultuous period of social change internally and strife externally for our neighbors at the North Pole – the Russian Federation. With Sochi 2014 around the corner, they have been conspicuously in the news and, for the most part, it’s not good press. However, negatives and politics aside, May 2013 heralded a major Russian coup in the international musical community with the grand opening of the Mariinsky II ballet and opera theatre. Located in Russia’s “cultural capital” St. Petersburg, this venue was built as a second home – hence the “II” – for the world-famous Mariinsky ballet company and is located beside the also-world-famous Mariinsky theatre. It is believed to be among the most expensive cultural creations in history with a price tag of $700 million USD. Even so, the project has easily lived up to the costs by garnering international attention for its design. President Vladimir Putin, whose native city is St. Petersburg, is known to have been a patron and believes that it has “everything you need for a theatre”. Over the summer, I was able to experience this country, this city and this particular venue first hand. Along the way, I discovered a fascinating connection between Mariinsky II and a UCC Old Boy.

Why Fire is Better Than Snow

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Mr. Williams? Is that you?

Despite everyone’s wishes, there was no snow day today. That didn’t stop many students from staying home – here in my IB2 Philosophy class we only have 40% attendance. While the loss of artificial light ten days ago was deemed a worthy enough event to justify cancelling school, the proper response to the serious risk of frostbite, pneumonia and death faced by anyone who tried to reach campus today was “take caution.”

Artist Profile: Kenny Chow

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If there’s an up-and-coming artist at Upper Canada College, it’s Kenny Chow. Kenny has been involved with the UCC art scene since the Prep, worked as a graphic designer for countless school productions and functions including, most recently, the posters, brochures, and tickets for King Richard II and the Battalion Ball 2012 invites. My good friend takes a few moments to discuss his inspirations and experiences as an artist and his time in the art program at UCC.

Earl is Free

Earl Sweatshirt, one of the youngest, lewdest, crudest rappers in the game, is free.

Earl’s story is one of the more interesting ones in recent memory. At the ripe age of 15, he caught on with the LA rap collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (abbr. OFWGKTA). Odd Future is undeniably the most left-field gang of characters out there: their lyrics are violent, homicidal, suicidal, misogynistic, homophobic and downright unrelenting. In a nutshell, everything that TBAW and the rest of society is so vehemently opposed to. Anyways, Earl began producing mixtapes with Odd Future and quickly identified himself as one of its most prominent members. In my opinion, Earl has the most raw talent and flow out of anyone in the group (sorry, Hodgy). He released his debut studio album, Earl, on March 31, 2010. He was well on his way to rap superstardom, then something delightfully ironic happened: Earl’s momma got in the way.

Some thoughts on the Wikipedia blackout

By Aaron Boehlert

As everyone knows, Wikipedia was blacked out this Wednesday in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) currently in front of the US Congress. And though every UCC boy was upset not to be able to read articles about ‘The Buttered Cat Paradox’ in ToK or ‘Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamten-gesellschaft’ in European History or ‘The Will Rogers Phenomenon’ in Econ, no one really seems to understand what the blackout was about. Allow me to clarify.

The Top 5 Moustaches of All Time

In honour of Movember, a month long festivity in which nearly twenty-five UCC students (including myself) will sacrifice their virginal baby faces to raise awareness for prostate cancer, I countdown the top five moustaches of all time.

#5: Tom Selleck

With his shiny muscle car, big golden ring, tasteful Hawaiian t-shirt, and of course, his priceless ‘stache, Magnum PI has proven to be irresistible to any woman who crosses his path.

Pretty Boy Swag

By Aaron Boehlert

It seems to me that the lack of style present in some UCC students results not from not knowing how to dress, but rather from not knowing where to shop. In light of that, I’ve compiled a list of five excellent locations, ranging from small boutiques to department stores, and all located in the yuppie Yorkville bubble. Even unflattering sweatpants and dreaded fitted caps are elevated when paired with a few choice selections from these locations.

An Interview with Dr. Hamr

Interview Conducted by David Symmonds

We all know Dr Hamr, the National Championship-winning soccer coach/Head of the Systems Department. But how much do we really know about this crayfish enthused teacher? In this interview I sit down with the man and ask, among other things, tough questions about Mr. Hutton’s hair and predicting the future. Read on.

Eat the Internet

By William Rooney

Hmm… That doesn’t really have the right ring to it. Maybe I should have called it “devour” instead. What better to complement last week’s Wallpaper site than something even more distracting? For the “flickophile” stranded from his beloved Thursday-Lunch movie or even the YouTube connoisseur, here is the supreme video site: Devour.

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Great Expectations: TIFF 2011

By Daniel Luftspring

Mid-September can mean any number of things, but for thousands of common folk as well as art aficionados, film critics and Hollywood’s bona fide elite, it means the Toronto International Film Festival. Although I’d heard of this phenomenon since my early childhood, this year’s festival was the first I actually attend.

Coffee Crawl Part 1 – Danforth Bazaar

By Jeremy Foote

I’ve got a couple questions for those of who you drink coffee. Have you ever had a craving for a bit of style with your drink? Are you tired of trudging to (shudder) Coffee Time in the mornings? Have you ever felt that coffee is about more than just roasting beans and pouring it in a cup? If so, then read on, because you are about to be introduced to the indie coffee trade of Toronto. From converted garages to hipster cafes to circus gymnasiums, this is the place to pick up a double shot of culture, art, and of course, some stylish coffee, from Main Street all the way to Roncesvalles Avenue. The plan? Start at the East End and work my way westward. Before I begin, however, I would like to say one thing: this column is a review of the atmosphere and vibe of these independent spots. I’ll leave it up to you to judge the coffee itself.

An Interview with Christian Heffernan

Interview Conducted by James Macfarlane

 

One of UCC’s newest staff members, Mr. Christian Heffernan, is a true jack-of-all-trades. In addition to being a certified teacher, Heffernan has been a sports camp director, a high school football coach, an Atlanta Brave, a Toronto Argonaut and a speeding Mustang. He has now come to UCC to teach us both in the classroom (as a math teacher) and on the field (as our new Varsity Football Special Teams/Assistant Offensive Coordinator). I caught up with our modern-day renaissance man over lunch last week, where he shared some of his life experiences with me. Enjoy.

Departures – Paul Winnell

Interview Conducted by James MacFarlane

Mr. Paul Winnell is enjoying his final days as a staff member at UCC, just a year shy of the Quarter-Century Club. He is known to a majority of the student body as the guy who shakes hands at every assembly, but he also does important work behind the scenes. His confident, easy-going demeanor as well as his past experiences at UCC makes it easy for the average student to relate to him. I sat down for a brief conversation with Paul the other day, where he talked about his experience and gave a piece of invaluable advice to this year’s leaving class.

Meditations in an Emergency: Internet Problems

As any UCC student will tell you (see Isaac Fish below), we experienced some technical difficulties this weekend resulting in Internet connection problems on Monday. Being UCC’s premiere online publication, TBAW takes such communication breakdowns very seriously. We sent our reporters to ask students and faculty their thoughts on the day’s events. The reflections offered lend a perspective on the outage, the outrage that followed, and our dependence on technology.

The Toronto Student Film Festival

By  Aaron Boehlert

This past Saturday, the Toronto Underground Cinema on Spadina hosted the 6th annual Toronto Student Film Festival, featuring twenty-six films from student producers around the world. Selected from hundreds of submissions, the films shown were extremely diverse, ranging from a dark comedy about a young girl in Singapore feeding her abusive parents Clorox-tainted rice (Rice, dir. Sofri Yusoff, Singapore) to an adorable animated film about love between rock formations on planets in outer space (Crater Face, dir. Skyler Page, USA. Check it out below!). There were profound themes showcased in every single one of the featured works, some subtle and some outright ridiculous in the best possible way.

Poutine

By James MacFarlane

Those who attended last week’s May Day and persevered through the A Day-esque weather were rewarded with a delicious assortment of fine cuisine.

The most popular food of choice was the poutine. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much out of Smoke’s Poutinerie. I never had much of a taste for poutine in the past, which was probably a result of subpar cooking (my only poutine experience had been out of a sketchy wooden shack in the small northern town of Mattice). Little did I know that I was about to be pleasantly surprised.

Varsity Jazz Delivers

By James Macfarlane.

Fans entering the David Chu Theatre were greeted by a solo from Oliver Clark, last Thursday, as the Varsity Jazz Band performed in its annual Jazz Night.

The first vocal performance of the night was from BSS senior Flo Labrie, who displayed an impressive range singing ‘Fever.’ She went on to sing ‘Relax Max,’ and to collaborate with IB2 Owen Woodside, singing Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat’s ‘Lucky.’

The Sartorialist – Casual Dress Day

Today was a casual day, in celebration of Easter and the IB2 Leaving Class. Sartorialist Aaron Boehlert takes an educated look at what who’s wearing.

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I’ll confess, this isn’t from today, but an outfit like this deserves mention. IB1 Alex Romoff somehow pulls off this embarrassing ushers’ outfit, complete with brass buttons, black cap, and gloves. It takes real courage to wear something like this, and courage is the ultimate accessory for summer.