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George Brown College basketball player Vadim Halimov has smashed 3 OCCA records this season including all-time OCCA leading scorer, most points in a season and most free throw points in a season. We also bring you our Black History Month feature with stories on George Brown Athletics & Recreation staff Wendy Roberts-Simpson, a push to name the new GBC student residence after escaped slaves Lucie and Thornton Blackburn, and what Black History Month means to George Brown students.


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    Escaped slaves inspire campaign to name new GBC residence P.9

    Wendy Roberts-Simpson:Athlete, mother, & mentor P.6

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    NEWSFebruary 18 March 3, 2014

    THE DIALOG IS...Managing EditorMick Sweetman

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    Casa Loma students weigh in on Student Centre renovationsTINA TODAROSTAFF REPORTER

    The Student Association (SA) wanted your ideas and now they have them. On Feb. 5 and 6, the SA held a World Caf where students got to share their ideas for the Casa Loma renovations. All the ideas we receive, will be compiled, said Margot Thompson, senior consultant for Educational Consulting Services (ECS). We will try to improve all the things that need im-proving based on the ideas discussed. Four tables of students discussed what theyd like to see in the soon-to-be im-proved student centre, each group getting 10 minutes to share their ideas with each other. Like the water bottle stations we al-ready have, we should have a hot water station as well, said Yanze Wu from the architecture technician program. Among the students who registered for the World Caf, Rauouaa Al-khanti

    from the general arts and science program complained about the current TV screens, theres no sound and I have to read the subtitles, so I dont pay attention. The games area is too noisy, said Al-Khanti. Maybe some new games as well. With the most obvious areas in need of improvement discussed first, Shavaughn Kerr from the computer systems technol-ogy program shared some technical input saying, The sound system is not being used properly. Ali Shahid, director of Public Relations for the SA suggested the possible imple-mentation of cinema nights. Students felt that the existing student centre lacked comfortable seating and nat-ural light, which were amongst the initial ideas by the SA at the Jan. 21 board of directors meeting. Existing provisions such as displays, projectors and the current metropass outlet worked well in the student centre. With all the students ideas being con-

    sidered, Waqas Malik, planner from ECS said. We will be looking for major themes, among the ideas, for the renovations. Nicolas Kiriakou, Casa Loma campus di-rector said, It was good seeing people from

    different programs not only participating, but sharing their ideas from their student perspec-tive. With the World Caf now complete, con-sultants have gathered the input and will

    This concrete pit, which can be seen from every floor at Casa Loma campus, may be up for renovation.




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    Toronto Swing Dance Society8 p.m. Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor W.

    Queering Black History Month5:30 p.m.Ryerson Student Centre, SCC115, 55 Gould. Free.

    Spotlight On Israeli CultureVarious times, prices, and venues between Feb 1 and March 31 spotlightonisraeliculture.com

    Learn to SkateVarious times and prices. Harbourfront Centre Rink, 235 Queens Quay W. Pre-register harbourfrontcentre.com/learntoskate

    Mens Undies Only Yoga5:30 p.m. Glad Day Bookshop, 598 Yonge. $20, $15 students. $2 mat rental.

    Mo Mondays6 p.m. 279 Yonge. Motivational event with comedy. $15, $10 in advance.

    Viola Desmond Award Ceremony5 8:30 p.m. Ryerson, Podium Building, POD250, 350 Victoria.

    CBC Connects Wednesdays, 121 p.m.CBC Broadcasting Atrium, 250 Front St. W. Free.

    Punk Rock Bingo9 p.m.The Beaver, 1192 Queen W.

    Casino Day: Casa Loma 11 a.m. Casa Loma Student Centre. It doesnt matter if youre a seasoned vet or just a beginner. There will be no money but there will be prizes.

    Ladies Night: Kings Lounge11 a.m.8 p.m. Kings Lounge, St. James. Come to the Kings Lounge for a fully pamper ed experience with themed drinks and free manicures

    Etsy Shop 10179 p.m. Uniiverse, 111 Jarvis. Pre-register uniiverse.com/listings.

    Casino Day: St. James11 a.m. Kings Lounge. It doesnt matter if youre a seasoned vet or just a beginner. There will be no money but there will be prizes.

    Toronto ComiCon http://www.comicontoronto.com/















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    Minimum wage to go up to $11 for workers in Ontario


    Come June 1, the minimum wage, frozen since 2010, will rise from $10.25 to $11 an hour in Ontario. From 2008 to 2010, the minimum wage went up by $2.25 an hour, a 28 per cent in-crease over three years. This year, however, it wont reach half this amount. The announcement, made on Jan. 30, brought forth considerable discussion on the chances of growth in the unemployment rate and cutting hours. On the other hand, the ac-tion compensates for the seven per cent hike on consumer prices during the last four years. The increase on minimum wage will have immense effects on my life. Being a student who is trying to juggle a job as well is very overwhelming, said Tiffany Jones, student of medical office administration at

    George Brown College (GBC). Although the increase wont have a large impact on my net pay, having a minimal increase will alleviate some of the stress. When asked what would be an effective minimum wage for her today, Jones said that based on rental prices $13 an hour would be fair. If thats the case then I dont see how it would make any kind of impact in my life. Do I think its enough? Unfortunately I dont think it is, said Emilia Soza, also a medical office administration student at GBC. The cost of living in Toronto, and I imagine in most cities in Ontario, has gone up every year along with food prices, and I dont see that changing anytime soon. I know plenty of people who struggle with just $11 an hour Students working part-time at the Stu-dent Association (SA) will also see a pay hike.

    Mohammad Ali Aumeer, the SAs director of Education and Equity said, Part-timers will be paid $13.75 an hour from June 1. While labour and community groups, including the Canadian Federation of Stu-dentsof which the SA is a memberwere calling for the minimum wage to be raised to $14 an hour, the SAs policy is to pay 125 per cent of the minimum wage as the base wage for part-time staff. It does not necessarily mean more job positions will be available for students in the near future. We want to make sure students are not only making their money, but also reaping ex-perience while offering good services. Its all about doing a good job, said Aumeer, stating that the hiring will depend on demand. With the rising minimum wage, the question still remains: will a 75 cent increase be enough to lift workers out of poverty?


    Mohammad Ali Aumeer, the SAs Director of Education and Equity.

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    Halimov smashes records with a dramatic 95-94 win over Seneca


    Swoosh. This is the sound that George Browns own Vadim The Dream Halimov hears on a daily basis when the basketball leaps from his fingertips and swishes into the net averag-ing an astounding 30 points per game. This Valentines Day proved to be the sweetest one yet for OCAA all-star Halimov as he surpassed the OCAA all-time scoring record set by Anthony Batchelor, a former Durham College player. Halimov also broke a record that stood for 40 years for the most points in a single

    season, formally set by George Brown play-er Marv Snowden in 1974, racking up 586 points so far this season. On Tuesday, Halimov broke a third re-cord set by Centennials Perry Doukas in 1975 with 161 free throw points this season. A team player does whatever it takes to win, said Halimov who proved it in Fri-days game against Seneca College, his for-mer school, winning the game 95-94 for the Huskies on his final shot with one second left on the clock. Some may say Halimov is a prodigy while others may say he is a phenomenon. While both may be true, overall he is a lead-er and an inspiration.

    The mentality Halimov possesses on and off the court is outstanding as he maintains a 3.96 Grade Point Average in the business mar-keting program while being a strong candidate for the OCAA Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year at George Brown. The 25 year old, 66 guard has ranks first in field goals, free throws, overall points scored and points per game in the OCAAs east fivision. I visualize the game and I envision the shots Im going to take before the game. Hali-mov says when asked how he prepares mental-ly prior to playing. [My record] has changed how other people play me, not how I play. The easiest way to spot the Uzbekistan

    native on the court is by his bright pink shoes and colourful mid-calf socks with a breast cancer ribbon imprinted on the back. Halimov excelled in soccer until his arrival in Toronto at the age of 15 where he picked up playing basketball to prove his friend who said he couldnt play basketball wrong. For the future, Halimov hopes to play professional basketball either overseas in Europe or Asia or to stay to play in the Ca-nadian league. Reaching his final year of eligibility in the OCAA, Halimov has set new records and raised the standard for points scored in a game, resulting in the Huskies never settling for anything less than the best.



    A triumphant Vadim Halimov is held aloft by proud teammates after a record-breaking win against Seneca, his former school.

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    Sports Score Updates


    Pyjama-clad volleyball teams raise funds for kidsBRITTANY BARBERSTAFF REPORTER

    As you enter the Alex Barbier gymnasium, youre greeted with rowdy fans dressed in their pyjamas. Monday, Feb. 10 marked the beginning of a volleyball tournament from Jan. 29 that was postponed due to weather condi-tions. The mens and womens volleyball teams played the Loyalist Lancers, a team ranked directly under George Brown College (GBC). This game wasnt all about the vol-leyball. Donations are being collected on behalf of The Childrens Wish Foundation until the end of February to raise money for wishes placed by children who are facing a terminal illness. The wishes range from per-sonal computers to trips to Disney World. With 19,000 wishes already granted at

    approximately $10,000 per wish, the foun-dation accepts donations of any amount. Kids wear pyjamas and kids always have pyjama parties and we want to wear pyja-mas, said Janelle Emanuel, GBC Athletics marketing and sponsorship co-ordinator. The crowd was dressed in robes and ninja turtle pants to support the event. Most of the money collected so far has mainly come from students and staff, said Emanuel. My minimum goal was $500 but Im pretty sure we beat that. GBC Athletics posted on Facebook that $564 had been raised at the event. The pyjamas came off the players expos-ing their Huskies uniforms as the womens volleyball team stepped onto the court. The players had their game faces on as the first set began. The Huskies won all three sets and their excitement showed as they high-fived each other at the end of the match.

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    The mens volleyball team started their matches against the Loyalist Lancers who are ranked fourth in the east division in the OCAA. Players on both teams warmed up in fleece pyjama pants and onesies. There was barely anywhere to stand on the crowded bleachers thanks to the mens basketball team who was there to cheer for their peers during a crucial tournament game. Onlooker Michael Grasso commenting on why he came to support the team, said, I remember when going to a volleyball game at George Brown when it consisted of cheap plastic chairs. Now they have a mascot, raucous crowd and even a touch-ing event for Childrens Wish Foundation. The mens volleyball team played a to-tal of four sets, losing only the second with a final score of 3-1. The Huskies have a re-cord of 12-5 with their final game against Seneca on Wednesday.


    Womens VolleyballGeorgian 3 George Brown 0Canadore 3 George Brown 0George Brown 3 Loyalist 0Seneca 3 George Brown 0George Brown is in seventh place in the OCAA East and do not qualify for playoffs.

    Mens VolleyballGeorge Brown 3 Georgian 1George Brown 3 Canadore 0George Brown 3 Loyalist 1George Brown 3 Seneca 0

    OCAA PlayoffsGeorge Brown 3 Redeemer 1George Brown qualifies for the OCAA Provin-cial Tournament held at Georgian College.

    Womens BasketballAlgonquin 69 George Brown 40Seneca 56 George Brown 55George Brown is sixth in the OCAA East

    Mens BasketballAlgonquin 84 George Brown 72George Brown 92 La Cite 65George Brown 96 Seneca 95George Brown is second in OCAA East

    Women`s Indoor SoccerSheridan College Soccer InvitationalRedeemer 1 George Brown 0George Brown 0 Sheridan 0George Brown 0 Durham 0

    Men`s Indoor SoccerSheridan College Soccer InvitationalGeorge Brown 1 Redeemer 1Sheridan 2 George Brown 1Durham 1 George Brown 0

    BadmintonMixed Doubles:Ching-Yung (Henry) Chen and Helen Shen5th (one win four losses)Men`s Doubles:Ogyen Dorjee and Kent Cao4th lost in Semi-finals to Humber 21-19, 21-10.Women`s DoublesYujia (Nina) Chen and Yunji Kim4th lost in semi-finals to Humber 21-12, 21-9.

    Huskies take to the court clad in pyjamas as part of a special game dedicated to raising money for The Childrens Wish Foundation.

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    Wendy Roberts-Simpson is a woman of stat-ure. Starting as a placement student from Centennial, she has now been working for more than four years at George Brown Col-lege (GBC). Now the Athletic members ser-vice specialist, Roberts-Simpson takes care of the daily running of the facility. She hires and supervises staff, takes care of the facility, rentals, transportation and accommodation for all varsity athletes. I love George brown, I love athletics, and the people I work with are amazing. This is a really good group to work with. We are like family up here, said Roberts-Simpson. Ed Mark, manager of athletics at GBC says, Wendy is really passionate about her job. Its infectious how much time she spends here. She goes above and beyond, way more than I expect. She will do any-thing she possibly can to help out students with all sorts of problems. I was born in Trinidad but my mother left me with my aunt and uncle in St. Vin-

    cent, because when I was born, her papers came for her to come to Canada and be with my dad. I came here four years later, said Roberts-Simpson. I didnt know her as my mother until I was four. Roberts-Simpsons parents were divorced when she was young and her mother remar-ried when she was nine. Thats when she left Scarborough and moved to Pickering. Was it a good life? she reflects. Maybe for others in my family, but I was kind off the black sheep. I became close to my step-father only when I had my own child. My stepfather has now passed, but I am glad we had that time where we did bond. He taught be lot of stuff about life. Roberts-Simpson was an athlete. She played every sport that was in school; cross-country running, soccer, basketball and volley-ball until she went to grade nine when her gym teacher, who was also a volleyball coach for a club team, asked her to tryout for volleyball. After that I decided to drop all my

    sports and focus on one sport that I loved, volleyball, said Roberts-Simpson She played for the volleyball club team until she was 23. Now 43, Roberts-Simpson says that she likes playing volleyball but she cant play any-more. She broke her foot seven years ago while walking her dog, Milo, when he ran into her. I cant jump. I cant play on the club team. However she is getting therapy done on her foot as she aims to play in an upcoming tournament in March. One of her biggest regrets was missing out on the chance of going to university for volleyball. I just made my friends real im-portant for me before volleyball. It wasnt worth it, said Roberts-Simpson. Thats thing I try to instill in my kids, its good to have friends, but when you want something dont let anything hold you back. Roberts-Simpson had her first daughter Shante when she was about to turn 19. She had to drop out school to focus on her kid

    for a while. She also started working full time during that time. Roberts-Simpson worked with Ford as a detailer for some time. I walked in, I said, I know you are hiring, I have never done this before but I know I can do this job. Give me three months and Ill show you. And they hired me. She got laid off after a year due to the shop closing. But she was happy, as she got another chance to go back to school and finish it this time. She also worked as a bodyguard for some international tennis players like Roger Fe-derer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick. Andy Roddick is not a good man, he is very chauvinistic, full of himself and he thinks he is better than everybody around. Federer is a nice guy; Nadal is a super, super nice guy, said Roberts. That year, 2008, Nadal had a death threat. So we had to be very, very careful with him. It was then, Roberts-Simpsons life took a tragic turn. My oldest daughter, Shante, who would have been 25 last week, was killed in a car accident, she said breaking down. Its been more than four years now and she is still fighting for justice. Roberts-Simpson is currently living with husband Shaun, and kids Janeal, 19; Mi-chael, 15 and Enyce, 12. Talking about her youngest daughter Enyce, Roberts-Simpson narrates, This Friday she called me and said, mom I want to do something with you. I said okay be creative and think of something, not a movie. She calls me back and says, lets go out for dinner. I said thats not creative! So I took her to Baskin Robbins and then drove north, way north of Brock Road. I kept telling her that I am trying to get to a dark place. Finally I found a spot, it was a dead end. I pulled in. The vehicle had a sunroof. I opened it and asked my daughter to look up. She was like wow!. She loves looking at stars. So we put our seats back and spent time there looking at stars trying to find the big dipper; the small dipper. Roberts-Simpson loves doing different activities, camping, skiing, snowboarding and fishing. I love fishing, during summer time I drive with a fishing rod in my car in case I see somewhere I want to stop. When her stepfather retired, he bought Robert-Simpsons mother a hotel in St. Vincent which her mother is still running back there. Thats my escape. When I need to es-cape this world, I go there. Its called Tran-quility Hotel and its very tranquil, she says laughing. Its right at the beach, I wake up, swim early in the morning, swim three times a day and I eat good food. When asked about when she was plan-ning her next escape, she said, Actually, I have been checking for flights on a regular basis because the winter is killing me. Not because of the cold, but I find it grey and dry. I need some salt water and sun.

    WENDY ROBERTS-SIMPSONAthlete, mother, & mentor

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    African Exporecognizes the contributions of black inventorsTINA TODAROSTAFF REPORTER

    African contributions paved the way for present and future inventors. Showcased at George Brown College (GBC) this month was the African Expo, a timeline of African inventors who have helped create a founda-tion for current technological advances. This is the International All-African Inventors Museum and today we are show-casing our new exhibit called the Space Science and Exploration Exhibit, said Angelita Elliott, owner and curator. This exhibit showcases people who are in the Inventors Hall of Fame, The Manhattan Project, NASA pioneers, and pioneers of the computer as well as the video game. As one of the largest travelling museums, this exhibit features over 400 inventions and contributions by African men, women and children. Elliott says this is just a small sam-ple of the exhibit, the bigger one featuring more than 30 tables. Racism has been an on-going issue, and through this exhibit Elliott has captured the essence of those who faced racism and dis-crimination in the face of success. Some of the inventors that I feature are a little bitter despite their accomplishments, be-cause they felt that racism played a huge part in their accomplishments even though they went on and did great things, said Elliott. Some of them felt that they were academi-cally cheated when they went to University. Elliott is making students aware of the heritage behind many inventions. Travelling to offices, schools, and even jails, she teaches people about African heritage and history. Elliott believes that this generation is very into self, and selfies, and she hopes that students ask themselves, How am I going to contribute to the world? How am I going to make a difference? And how am I going to make an impact? As students and youth walk around using all types of technology, they fail to realize the background behind each device, those who were marginalized and discriminated against while creating the basis for future advances. I want people to see how these men and women have touched our lives in every way, said Elliott. Its our responsibility to carry on the legacy.














    Change is recognition of the past and faith of the present.

    Black history month is appreciated, but I dont think it can be expressed in only one month.

    Tracy Hendrix Assaulted women & childrens

    counsellor/advocate program

    Jerome Mattison Community Worker Program

    What does black history month mean to you?

    It gives us the opportunity to be able to address important aspects of our history and our lives. It gives us a chance to put a lot of things into perspective in terms of who we are, where we are from and where we are going.

    Hosea Sherwood Liberal Arts

    BLACK HISTORY MONTH FEATUREFebruary 18 March 3, 2014


    Angelita Elliott shows an early cell phone at the All African Inventors Exhibit at Casa Loma on Feb. 3.


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    It is one of the month I look forward to all year because it gives us an opportunity to remember the people who have made it possible for us to be in the position we are in today.

    For years, black Canadians have been excluded from the history books. Its an opportunity to celebrate what it means to be a person of colour. Black history shows that black people shows a mosaic. We are not the same, we all are different.

    Cleoni Crawford Transition to post-secondary education

    Clayton Carimbocas GBC womens volleyball coach

    What does black history month mean to you?

    Mature students should get Ontario tuition grant


    It would be beneficial for mature students to be able to receive the tuition grant of 30 per cent through Ontario Student As-sistance Plan (OSAP), but when considering post-secondary education, many of them wont even be eligible. Students entering post-secondary educa-tion from high school may need the extra cost assistance, but what about students who are already in college or university struggling to pay for their education? Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and University (MTCU) states that the 30 per cent off tuition grant is to help students make a smooth transition from high school to post-secondary. The 30 per cent off eligibility wizard quiz at www.ontario.ca had three questions: 1. Are you an Ontario Resident? 2. Are you a Canadian Citizen? 3. Are you taking part-time or full-time studies? It not enough to determine the eligibility of a student considering that the criteria is intensive and there is a lot more to it than just these three questions. Students should be asked about their current employment status, expenses and whether this grant could be of assistance. In regards to eligibility, for college stu-dents in post-secondary this is not a good grant, said Alistair Woods, chairperson of Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. I think that our position, the money that is used for the tuition grant can be used in a more beneficial way. You are eligible if youre transitioning from high school to post-secondary and if you have been out of high school for up to six years with a permanent disability. But according to MTCU if youve been out of high school more than four years but less than five years and you are in the final year of a co-op program, then you may be eligible. George Brown College (GBC) allows students to apply for mature student status if the student is 19 years or older, but once the student doesnt include their parents on their OSAP application, they are no longer eligible for the grant. Mohammed Ali Aumeer, director of Edu-cation and Equity for the Student Association (SA) at GBC said, There is another budget meeting coming up. Its going to be another year of this 30 per cent off tuition grant that

    is not benefiting enough students. The pressure students face is high, with living in the city being expensive on top of all other expenses, this 30 per cent off tu-ition fees is not nearly benefiting as many students as it was planned to. Its the same pressure for all of us, says Aumeer. Even being fortunate enough to work full-time it is still hard to make ends meet, with the cost of living in the city, tu-ition and mortgage fees, so I believe the pressures we discuss at CFS meetings and that students discuss in the hallway, were all facing that really high cost of living. On March 28, 2013, the Ontario govern-ment gave the OK for institutions to increase tuition fees by three to five per cent a year for

    Black history month is a great concept but it has to be diversified into other black cultures namely, black Canadians, West Indian, and black Africans; not only black Americans.

    Nikee Neil Con-Ed Accounting

    the next four years. Currently Ontario has the largest tuition fees, which presents a problem for students who are paying their own fees. Woods believes, the government should actually invest the money in lowering tu-ition fees. According to CFS-Ontario, less than one-quarter of Ontario students will re-ceive the 30 per cent off tuition grant. How does this grant help students if ma-ture students, the ones who need the assis-tance more so than a student transitioning from post-secondary, are not eligible? There are other grants given out for other students, but the criteria for those are also specific and will not help all students.

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    If used correctly, I think it can be very positive, empowering and educational.

    The black history month is a way of bringing the black culture to be recognized so that people can be aware. We are looking to stand up and fight for equal Human Rights.

    Its inspirational to know that those before you have accomplished great things even with obstacles in their way and limited resources. We should aspire to remember them, while carrying the torch to the next generation.

    Abdul Mustafa Q-reception, student services

    Angela DakpoHuskies basketball player

    Sangau Ahmad Student life ambassador

    What does black history month mean to you?

    Event ignites indigenous and black student activists at George Brown CollegeTINA TODAROSTAFF REPORTER

    The Community Action Centre at George Brown College (GBC) hosted Ignite on Feb. 12, an event to celebrate black history and to raise awareness among students on issues surrounding different cultures. Mahlikha Aweri, an artist and activist working with indigenous and inner-city youth; with GBC graduate and author of The Flip, Francis Atta spoke about inspiration and mo-tivation through their personal stories. Shana Kealey, a Student Association cam-paigns staff member said, We wanted to offer a cross section of speakers, so we wanted to speak to intersections of social movements with the use of art as a vehicle for youth activism. The event included tours, resource displays, Toronto documentaries showcasing black em-powerment as well as Caribbean food. You cant create history if you dont know your own history, said Aweri. Black and Aboriginal cultures were dis-cussed with the students, incorporating new-comer experiences, intersectional views and perspectives from both women and men. Ignite also saw participation by children which was important according to Kealey as

    Escaped slaves Thornton and Lucie Blackburn inspire campaign to name new GBC residenceBRITTANY BARBERSTAFF REPORTER

    The future at George Brown College (GBC) begins with the plan to have a fully functional student residence by 2016. The residence will be located at Front Street East and Cherry Street in the Pan Am Games Village. Once the building is successfully con-verted into student suites after the Pan Am Games, some students and community groups are campaigning that building be named after Lucie and Thornton Blackburn. The Blackburns legacy begins in Ken-tucky where they were slaves in the 1800s. They escaped but were captured by slave hunters and imprisoned in Detroit in 1833. Fellow members of the African American community broke Lucie out of jail by disguis-ing her as a visitor and smuggling her out. As for Mr. Blackburn, a protest began outside of the prison allowing for Thornton to make his dramatic escape. Having suc-cessfully escaped slavery a second time, the

    couple made their way to Canada. Upon arrival in Toronto in 1834, the Blackburns became prominent and successful throughout the community. Thornton worked as a waiter at Osgoode Hall when he had a vision of a taxi service. Once he obtained the blueprints from Montreal, the plan was in mo-tion as they commissioned construction. The cabs, known as The City were red and yellow boxed cabs, colours that now rep-resent the TTC, drawn by a single horse to carry up to four passengers. The City quickly became the first of many cab companies. Mohammed Ali Aumeer, director of Education and Equity at the Student Asso-ciation of GBC is an advocate for naming the residence after the Blackburns. Aumeer has in high hopes of the residency helping, connect with the community from inside the college walls to outside the walls. George Browns desire to abolish slavery resulted in the North American Convention of Colored Freemen being held at St. Law-rence Hall in Sept. 1851. Thornton Blackburn

    was an associate of the anti-slavery leader and helped former slaves settle in Toronto. Thornton and Lucie Blackburn are bur-ied next to George Brown in the Necropolis Cemetery in Toronto. Aumeer gave insight to the background of the college and the role of Black History Month, [George Brown] is about support-ing and representing the community and the history of our neighbourhood. We dont live in a bubble here at George Brown. We are interwoven in the downtown community. According to Jodi Salem, corporate communications manager at GBC, It ap-pears City Councillor Pam Mcconnell has submitted a proposal to name our upcom-ing residence after the Blackburn family. The proposal will be considered, along with other options, but it will likely be some time before a final decision is made. The discussion over naming the resi-dency is still ongoing.

    they represented the next generation. Theres a lot of events that have taken place at the college since the start of Febru-ary, but we as the campaigns staff felt that there wasnt an event that tried to touch and inspire students, said campaigns staffer Nik-Keisha Moodie. We felt there was a start,

    but no continuation. Planning on hosting other events at the college, Moodie said, things always pop up in the community that we take into account. Through Ignite, GBC students, along with getting motivated and inspired, were informed about different community issues.

    BLACK HISTORY MONTH FEATUREFebruary 18 March 3, 2014



    Left to right: Coty Zachariah, Nik-Keisha Moodie, & Shana Kealey with her son

  • Since 2007, almost 80,000 former students have received a Common Experience Payment (CEP) as part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. CEP recipients are now eligible to receive non-cash Personal Credits of up to $3,000, for either themselves or certain family members, for educational programs and services.

    What are Personal Credits? Personal Credits may be used for a wide range of educational programs and services, including those provided by universities, colleges, trade or training schools, Indigenous Institutions of Higher Learning, or which relate to literacy or trades, as well as programs and services related to Aboriginal identities, histories, cultures or languages.

    How much are Personal Credits? Adequate funds are available for each CEP recipient to receive up to $3,000 in Personal Credits, depending on your approved educational expenses.

    Which educational entities and groups are included? A list of approved educational entities and groups has been jointly developed by Canada, the Assembly of First Nations and Inuit representatives. If an educational entity or group is not on the list, please consult the website for more information.

    Will I receive a cheque? No. Cheques will be issued directly to the educational entity or group providing the service.

    Who can use Personal Credits? CEP recipients can use the full amount themselves or give part or all of their Personal Credits to certain family members such as a spouse, child, grandchild or sibling, as defined in the terms and conditions. Personal Credits

    of multiple CEP recipients can be combined to support a group learning activity.

    How can I get Personal Credits? Each CEP recipient will be mailed an Acknowledgement Form. If you do not receive an Acknowledgement Form by the end of January 2014, please call 1-866-343-1858. Completed Acknowledgement Forms should be returned as soon as possible and must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2014.

    How do I redeem my Personal Credits? Once approved, you will be sent a personalized Redemption Form for each individual using Personal Credits at each educational entity or group. Once the

    Form is received, provide it to the educational entity or group listed. The educational entity or group must then complete and mail back the Redemption Form postmarked no later than December 1, 2014.

    What happens to unused Personal Credits? The value of unused Personal Credits will be transferred to the National Indian

    Brotherhood Trust Fund and Inuvialuit Education Foundation for educational programs.

    For more information, including how Personal Credits can be redeemed by certain family members of CEP recipients that are deceased, visit www.residentialschoolsettlement.ca or call 1-866-343-1858.

    The IRS Crisis Line (1-866-925-4419) provides immediate and culturally appropriate counselling support to former students who are experiencing distress.

    Personal Credits Notice

    If you received a Common Experience Payment, you could get $3,000 in Personal Credits for educational programs and services.

    The Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.The healing continues.

    1-866-343-1858 www.residentialschoolsettlement.ca

    CEP recipients have the option of sharing their Personal Credits with certain family members, such as: Children Grandchildren

    Spouses Siblings


  • 11The Dialog dialog.studentassociation.ca

    PUZZLES & FUNFebruary 18 March 3, 2014


    Sennheiser recently sent The Dialog its G4ME ONE PC Gaming headset to take for a test run. What I found was that while the headset provided beautiful sound and incredible comfort, its designation as a gam-ing device wasnt quite on target. The construction of the headset is prob-ably its greatest asset. Its surprisingly light and extremely comfortable compared to many high-end headsets. The earpads go completely over the ears and sit much more comfortably than on-the-ear varieties of headset. Additional padding on the head-band is firm enough to hold the plastic band away from the head while still remaining soft enough to provide a comfortable cushion. They are also ventilated to prevent dis-comfort during long gaming sessions. I spent long stretches using them to listen to music while working and found that these vents worked well; I experienced no uncomfort-


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    able warmth as I sometimes do with my usual headset. A volume wheel on the side of the earpiece allows for quick volume modifica-tions without having to pause your game. The flexibility of the body is another strong point. The headband is made of flex-ible plastic which seems well-suited to easier removal when needed. The neck of the mi-crophone has a similar flexible centre, allow-ing the wearer some peace of mind while using the mic by giving it enough give that it can withstand some bending and heavier use without snapping. The earpieces also flex independently on a hinge, allowing for a close, custom fit on the head. When it comes to sound, however, the G4ME ONE falls a little flat as a headset specifically designated for gaming. Make no mistakethe sound qual-ity for music is superb as it always is with Sennheisers equipment. The headset pro-vides excellent, full low range and is a plea-sure to listen to. I tested with some dubstep and bass-heavy metal and found it to play

    more dynamic bass than my usual mid-range headset. On mid and high range sounds like punk, indie, and folk music, it didnt make quite the same impression but was nonethe-less still a pleasure to listen to. For listening to music, this is an exceptional headset. For in-game audio, sound definition is equally excellent. Gunfire and loud action are a little more viscerally exciting with the rich low end, while more delicate sounds and in-game music remain clearly audible and distinct. The sound feels quite realistic. However, this is also a bit of a drawback for this product. While many other gaming headsets in a similar range often come with special sound features (for example, ampli-fication of speechgreat for multiplayer games and listening to in-game charac-ters), this set doesnt offer any features other than clear, rich sound. When playing with a friend, I had no particular difficulty hearing his voice, but also didnt find the headset to enhance my gaming experience in terms of multiplayer audio. Equalization options

    would have been a useful addition. I had a musician/audiophile friend weigh in on the mic quality as well. The box boasts its pro noise cancelling micro-phone, so I asked him to listen to the mic audio. His thoughts? Not great. While the mic audio is better than many built-in mics, it doesnt seem to offer anything par-ticularly special. The G4ME ONE provides beautiful au-dio, particularly for music, and is extraor-dinarily comfortable. But when it comes to PC gaming, the product doesnt seem to provide any particular benefits that justify the $349.99 pricetag as a device specifically for gaming. Ive been very pleased with the quality of Sennheiser products Ive used in the past, and this headset is no excep-tion. However, this quality isnt enough on its own to warrant a recommendation as a PC-gaming specific device.

    Review: Sennheiser G4ME ONE PC gaming headset








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