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A bad case of orange fever

It’s the middle of March and only a couple things are for sure. First, T-shirt weather one day might easily turn into snowmobile weather the next. Second, the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament has arrived. Here at the Varsity sports section, we’ve decided to run a game of our own (see bracket) to see who will be crowned 2002 Bracket City guru.

Below is a breakdown of the four regions according to what we think might become of this three-week march to Atlanta.

South Region

This region looks like the tournament committee had one thing in mind: “How can we get Duke back to the Final Four?” Well, you stick a Southeastern Conference team (Alabama) as the number two seed and a Big East team with a gimpy star (Pittsburgh, co-Big East Player of the Year Brandin Knight) as the number three seed, and you’re more than halfway there. Okay. The Tide advanced to their conference title game before losing to Mississippi State (who?). But they beat Tennessee (who?) and South Carolina (who?) on their way there. If you’re wondering what the “who’s” mean, they are teams that when you talk about schools with a chance of going anywhere in the postseason and someone says their name, everyone kinda stops and says, “__?” Exactly.

Pittsburgh has as good a chance of getting to the Final Four without a healthy Knight as any of us have of getting every single pick in this darn thing right. Sorry, Panthers, just the facts.

Best matchup:

(8) Notre Dame vs. (9) Charlotte

The Fighting Irish (21-10) played their way up to an eight seed by getting to the semifinals of the Big East tournament and scaring the Huskies into a closer-than-expected 82-77 win. They’ll rely on Mr. Everything Ryan Humphrey to keep their pulse going until they hit a battering ram in the second round.

Charlotte (18-11) has had an interesting season that has seen them beat Marquette (26-6) and lose to Saint Louis (15-16). Whether or not they make it to the second round slaughterhouse will depend on how badly senior guard Jobey Thomas wants to tell his friends that he got to guard Duke’s Jason Williams.

Upset special:

(10) Kent State over

(7) Oklahoma State

The Golden Flashes (27-5) are seeded tenth for one reason and one reason only. Their conference sucks. Don’t blame them for that. Aside from a hiccup at Buffalo, the Mid-American conference champions have been on a 24-game tear (including an 81-54 victory over Ball State, who beat Kansas earlier in the season). Senior guard Trevor Huffman (16.1ppg, 4.4apg) will see to it that they eat up anything in their way early on.

The Cowboys (23-8) got hammered 73-51 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tourney by Texas Tech, making that two losses (Missouri) in their past three games.

Final Four representative:

(1) Duke

These Devils (29-3) have lost Shane Battier from last year’s championship squad, but that void has been filled by quality players like Dahntay Jones. Increased aggressiveness from Mike Dunleavy (17.4 ppg) has helped lessen the offensive load on Jason Williams. With no significant obstacles in their way (yes, Trojans) the Dukies should be in Atlanta at the end of the month.

Midwest Region

Although the Midwest is not as deep as the West, there are some very strong teams, particularly in the higher seeds, which should make for some very good matchups. The obvious favourite coming into the tournament is Kansas, but other teams have the potential to turn in strong performances. Mississippi State, Illinois and Oregon all look like they will have strong tournaments, with potential surprises from upstarts like Western Kentucky and Pepperdine.

Best Matchup:

(5) Florida vs. (4) Illinois

The best early matchup should come when Illinois meets Florida in the second round. After starting with 13 straight victories, the Gators looked like they were headed for big things until they stumbled and finished off with some tough losses. Illinois simply looked like a big disappointment, with only four wins in its first nine. But the Illini won eight straight games to end the season and split the Big 10 title with three other teams. Although the Gators are stronger inside, the Illini will rely on junior guard Frank Williams to lead them to a meeting with Kansas at the regional finals.

Upset Special:

(11) Boston College over (6) Texas

Few people thought the Eagles would have this bad a year, after a Big East Championship and a first-round tournament victory in 2000-2001. They won 20 games with a major conference schedule, including two against Miami, while crippled with injuries to Troy Bell and Ryan Sydney for part of the season. The Eagles may have lost three of their last 10, but Texas went five and five with a couple of bad losses. Texas is playing closer to home in Dallas, but the Eagles have a lot of talent, and the tournament is the perfect time to show what they can do with it.

Final Four representative:

(1) Kansas

While Mississippi State and Oregon had impressive seasons in the SEC and Pac-10 respectively, the strongest team in the Midwest is Kansas. Despite ending a 15-game winning streak by losing to Oklahoma in the Big-12 tournament final, the Jayhawks won the Big-12 regular season title with a 16-0 conference record. Drew Gooden is having a great year, as are Kansas guards Hinrich and Boschee. Mississippi State might be a problem, but they lack the free-throw shooting and the perimeter game to match the deepest team in the Midwest. —Craig Allan

East Region

Ah yes, the East. My favorite of all the regions. This might have something to do with the fact that I was raised in Silver Spring, MD. But enough about me, on with the analysis.

Best matchup:
(4) Kentucky vs. (13) Valparaiso.

The thirteenth-seeded Crusaders (25-7) enter this game as one of the most confident double-digit seeds in the field. The Mid-Continent regular season and conference tournament champions are riding a four-game winning streak and have a history of scaring the Big Boys. Meanwhile, Kentucky (20-9) is coming off an early exit in the Southeastern Conference tournament at the hands of subpar South Carolina. Valpo won’t let Tubby Smith and the ‘Cats get away easily in this one.

Upset special:

(14) Murray State over

(3) Georgia.

Georgia (21-9) shouldn’t be seeded this high. They’ve collected wins over quality teams like Pepperdine (22-8) and Florida (22-8), but the Gators don’t bring their A-game out often. Add in the fact they’ve lost their last two in unimpressive fashion to lightweights Tennessee (15-16) and LSU (18-14), and this has all the makings of an early ouster. Murray State (19-12) knocked off the top two seeds in their conference tournament to earn the Ohio Valley Conference title as the third seed. Led by senior guard Justin Burdine, the Racers won’t be overwhelmed by the grand stage or the opponent.

Final Four representative: (1)Maryland

Fear the turtle. Yes, the Terrapins (26-4) are coming off an ugly 86-82 semifinal loss to NC State in their conference tournament. Yes, it broke a 13-game winning streak. However, a loss is just what they needed to regain focus on what it will take to win the tournament that really counts. The two through four seeds (Connecticut, Georgia, and Kentucky) should consider themselves lucky if they escape the first two rounds. The toughest competition for Maryland should end up being St. John’s (20-11) in the second round or Marquette (26-6) in the third. The Johnnies took out the Terps three years ago during the Ron Artest-Steve Francis era and might still have a mental edge. The Golden Eagles are coming off a tough Conference USA title game loss to Cincinnati and will have the motivation to end their year on a positive note, with Super Sophomore Dwayne Wade leading the way.

—Spencer Davis

West Region

Best matchup: (3) Arizona vs. (6) Gonzaga

Okay, so we’re cheating here a little bit because this is a potential second-round showdown, but with all due respect to Wyoming and UC Santa Barbara, this matchup will happen. While the Wildcats are better at the run-and-gun offence than the Bulldogs, with dynamite open court players like Jason Gardner, Luke Walton and Salim Stoudamire, Gonzaga should win the battle of the boards led by big men Zach Gourde and Cory Violette.

Upset special: (12) Missouri over (5) Miami

The Hurricanes came flying out of the gate with a 14-0 start, but have since faded. The Tigers have been a season-long underachiever, but with a supremely talented backcourt of Kareem Rush and Clarence Gilbert, plus defensive intimidator Arthur Johnson in the paint, they are dangerous. Also, it’s worth noting the ‘Canes get almost no bench production and are prone to offensive droughts. Neither team should go beyond round two, but Mizzou’s potent offence should get them one win.

Underdog that could go far:

(7) Xavier

One of the players to watch could be Musketeers power forward David West, who can score inside and out, block shots, and fill the highlight reels. Difference between this year and last is terrific play from backcourt duo of Lionel Chalmers and Romain Sato, making the X-Men a versatile squad. Xavier-Oklahoma in the second round should be a doozy.

Final Four representative: Gonzaga

Once again, the Zags get no respect, but that fuels this team. Player of the year candidate Dan Dickau leads a clutch team that relishes the underdog role. Don’t rule out the top seeded Bearcats who drew the more favourable top half of this regional section, but they lack the firepower of the other contenders. The Bulldogs can beat you inside or out, a claim I’m not sure a team like Arizona can make. In the toughest region in the field a Bulldogs team that will have the crowd on its side is the team to beat.

—Blair Sanderson

Dare to dream

Scads of explicit sex, almost too much for the eyes to bear. Hour after hour of horrific violence. Buckets of commensurate gore. Oh, and thermonuclear conflict.

None of the foregoing could be seen in the Victoria College Drama Society’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed at the Isabel Bader Theatre. Nevertheless, it was still a good production and a delight to watch.

The primary strength of the play was casting; as in any university production, the cast is uneven in places, but the subplots and their characters have been cast to ensure that there is always someone worth watching onstage. Standout performances included Shahriar Ahmad as Oberon, King of Fairies. His substantial stage presence unfortunately had to battle with a costume fit for a 60s-era Marvel Superhero. Decked out, he looked like he’d unexpectedly ingested way too much acid before dressing. Fortunately, this was not typical of most of the costumes, which were both simple and effective. His opposite, Titania, as played by Alexandra Seay, was an excellent match and provided a challenging counterpoint to his confident demeanor.

Overall, the one ensemble that gelled the most was the Players, whose comic chemistry and timing were flawless. Particularly, Gavin Enns as Quince and Jamie Snell as Snout stole scenes with their respectively exasperated and hilarious composure. The Lovers also came alive during the third act, their physical interplay and slapstick direction conjuring energy that was delightful to watch.

Unfortunately, the Lovers all seemed to need some time to warm to their roles. As the night went on, though, all got into the swing of things, with a notable improvement from Sarah Millermaier as Hermia. Sadly, one detracting factor during the Lovers’ scenes was Louis Adams’ Demetrius. Alternating between swallowing and gargling his lines, he proved visually and orally unconvincing, particularly when compared to the withering physicality exuded by Luc DeBruin’s Lysander.

Another pair of lovers in the play was unevenly matched: though Theseus, played by Jason DeLuca, had the lion’s share of lines, he was consistently upstaged by Hippolyta, Zahra Awang’s confident profile doing far more with silence than DeLuca’s flat delivery could with the Bard’s immortal lines.

The two solo roles, Bottom and Puck, suffered from the same malady—lack of contrast. Though Andrew Galley is a dead ringer for a wood fairy, his constant gesticulating and overly bombastic delivery distract from his actual lines. By not changing emotions, he turned Puck into a bit of a caricature. The same with James Taylor’s Bottom—in fact, Taylor’s role was at its best when contained within his ass, so to speak. There are undoubtedly those to whom these specific performances will appeal, such as Jim Carrey fanatics and so forth, but most will be turned off by their manic monotone.

In sum, good casting, well-made sets, fine costumes (with one exception) and respectable lighting combined with some solid ensemble acting to produce a fine finished product. It’s said in sports that a good team and a great team can both have equal strength, but a great team is determined by its ability to conceal weaknesses. In this respect, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was a truly great cast—strong, and smart.

What the hell? Actually a good movie!!

This movie’s publicity people should be lined up and shot. After seeing the incredibly cheesy commercials, I expected a real crapfest. Worst movie of the millennium. Even worse than the 60s version directed by George Pal, starring Rod Taylor and Alan Young. At least that movie was good enough to become a cult film, worshipped by legions of creepy sci-fi geeks with sub-standard personal hygiene and plenty of free Friday nights to spend at the theatre.

No, this movie was gonna suck, I could tell. Even with the legacy hype surrounding it—director Simon Wells is the great-grandson of H.G. Wells, writer of the original novel The Time Machine—it looked like a sure flop.

But it was fuckin’ awesome. It was done right. This version of The Time Machine did justice to a novel written at the beginning of the twentieth century, using modern technology to create a sci-fi action thriller that people today can appreciate.

From casting to special effects, this movie had its shit together. Guy Pearce in the lead role was perfect. Considering the love story angle (which is just small enough to ignore for those who can’t bear another failed romance), it is a miracle that a pretty boy was not cast in Pearce’s place, to turn the sci-fi flick into a sappy, drama romance. A Ben Affleck-type actor could have killed this movie faster than the plague.

As for effects, the Morlocks (underground creatures straight from the pages of Wells’ novel) had a somewhat Lord of the Rings orcish quality, but they also had a creepy used-to-be-human aspect that made them adequately freaky.

The greatest assets of the movie by far are the travel scenes. They were incredible and surprisingly accurate. Pictures of ecological succession, industrialization and decay are the most impressive, but the overall impression is enough to make you suspend your disbelief of the possibility of time travel for an hour and a half.

Though the ending was a little weak, I didn’t leave the theatre annoyed. I was impressed. It rarely happens, but my stomach did not turn at the idea that a ticket to the movie I had just seen cost me $11.50. It was worth the outrageous cinema costs.

If this movie does not rake in a shitload of cash, I fully blame the publicity people and their hokey previews.

Run down by a reversal

LONDON, ON—Twenty-nine seconds. That’s what separated the men’s hockey team from making their first trip to Nationals in nine years. Leading the defending national champions by a goal with time winding down in regulation, the Blues eventually fell on the wrong side of a 4-3 overtime decision because of what appeared to be a blown call by the officiating crew.

Up to that point, Toronto had been successfully holding off UQTR’s rushes during a third period that saw them hold a 3-2 lead from the 6:35 mark onward. However, with just under half a minute to go in the period, controversy grabbed hold of the OUA semifinal playoff game at Thompson Arena.

Amidst a scramble of players in front of the Toronto net, the puck appeared to cross the goal line after one of the players had dislodged the posts from their pegs. In addition, the puck may have made its way into the net from the glove of UQTR’s Simon Tremblay (1 goal).

Initially the linesman waved off the goal, but after vocal protest from the UQTR bench, the play was discussed amongst the officials. After a few minutes of deliberation, they awarded the goal to the Patriotes (18-8-1).

“It was unfortunate that we were that close to getting to national championships,” said coach Darren Lowe.

Following the reversal, the Patriotes clearly came away with the psychological edge.

After struggling to mount consistent pressure on Toronto’s OUA All-Star goalie Jamie Bruno (29 saves) during regulation, they had a 7-2 advantage in shots on goal in the overtime period (26-24 advantage through regulation).

The last blow came off the rebound of a Philippe Tremblay shot that was slotted past Bruno by OUA All-Star forward Jean-Phillippe Pare (2 goals) 7:01 into the ten-minute extra period.

The Blues (15-8-4) came out with a lot more energy than the three-time defending conference champions, outshooting the Patriotes 7-4 in the first period.

The effort translated into an early advantage, as Brandon Barbowski blocked UQTR goalie Eric Desjardins’ (23 saves) line of sight while assistant captain Mark Cooper (2 goals) blasted a slap shot past the goalie 13:37 into the game for a 1-0 lead.

“They’ve been a dominant team in this league the whole year, so there was no pressure on us,” said fifth-year Cooper. “We just came and played our hearts out, let the chips fall where they may, and unfortunately they didn’t fall our way.”

The Patriotes provided a quick answer, with Pare scoring at the 16:08 mark to knot the game at one entering the first intermission.

The second period continued the tit-for-tat nature of the game, as Jean-Pierre Cadorette’s goal at 4:25 was followed by another Cooper slap shot into the mesh at 5:23 into the period.

OUA All-Star forward Ian Malcolm (21 goals regular season, 2nd OUA) put away a loose puck in front of the net 6:35 into the third, giving the Blues a 3-2 lead that lasted until 29 seconds were left.

“I bet you we could play a hundred games, we’d win fifty and they’d win fifty,” added Cooper of Friday’s opponent.

Unfortunately, on this night it wasn’t Toronto’s turn.

The Patriotes advanced to play tournament host Western (W5-3 over York) in Sunday’s Queen’s Cup final.

Spit on this

“I wanted my freedom,” states TVO’s Hot Doc subject Eric “Roach” Denis on why he chose to live in the Montreal and Toronto streets, squeegeeing for an income. He goes on to say that this freedom was the ultimate goal, since it offered him a way out of the emotional prison of parental neglect and the real-life juvenile delinquent halls that peppered his youth. It’s interesting to note that in the press releases attached to this video, he is referred to only by his street name, a parasite no less, effectively suppressing his humanity and continuing his facelessness.

The cinematography on this production mirrors the life on the streets: fast-paced, disconnected, hazy and upsetting. Indeed, most of this film is taken from the perspective of uneasy camera handling. It’s enough to make you visually nauseous—which is exactly the point. That being said, I do not go in for obvious attempts to pull at my heartstrings and evoke fear and pity for a given protagonist. However, I found myself slightly enamoured by the chipped-tooth, mangy-faced hero of this documentary.

But it was not the scene of him licking off the droplet of blood after shooting up coke that moved me. Nor was it the random acts of assault he endured at the hands of local Montrealers and Torontonians alike. And I barely registered an emotional reaction when he sat in a stoned stupor lamenting his loveless childhood and, drowsily raising his weakened fist, proclaimed his squeegee brethren to be his true family because they actually acknowledged his birthday by baking him a cake.

The moment that nailed me to his struggles and his life came quite unexpectedly. Despite his ragged appearance and his frequent tossing of “tabernac,” it was the subtle moments of quiet when he reflected on his life and uttered sudden lines of wisdom at the most inopportune times.

For example, Denis returns home for a short while to recuperate after taking a bottle in the face squeegeeing on Maisonneuve. We witness him penguin-shuffle across the thick and unforgiving Quebec ice fields in ice-fishing trousers, waiting impatiently for a fish to bite the pencil-thin, sardine-baited line. He gives a shout over his shoulder: “I’m the fish, no?” Baited and hooked by a system that offers him no protection under its laws, he is certainly being made a meal of by our government’s apathy.

This is what motivates my compassion for his character: the frustration of it all. I am moved by the fact that he literally resides in a place of powerlessness. He is outlawed by the city, his squats burned by the OPP, and yet somehow they want him to find dignity while the freedom from pain he desires so earnestly eludes him at every turn.

TVO airs the North American premiere of Hot Doc: The View From Here S.P.I.T. (Squeegee Punks In Traffic) on Wednesday, March 20 at 10:00 p.m.

In the City

Gotta Dance!
Yeah, it’s a couple of weeks away, but we just couldn’t wait to tell you about the upcoming U of T Festival of Dance, running from March 21 to 23. A collective that brings together many of the smaller campus dance troupes, this year sees 50 dance pieces in total, including ballet, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, folk, Persian, Indian, Celtic and modern dance. It all kicks off at 7:30 p.m.: tickets are 8 bones for students/seniors and $10 for everyone else. Visit the Hart House Theatre Box Office (7 Hart House Circle), the Athletic Centre (55 Harbord Street)

The Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse (79A St. George St.) is proud to present Book of Days, running from April 25-May 12. Again, it’s ages away, but we want to make sure you know about it ahead of time, so you aren’t running around freaking on us for not telling you. This latest Lanford Wilson (Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright) work has already won awards and features shit-hot director Lezlie Wade and 12 acclaimed actors. More importantly, the play involves cheese. Seriously. Call (647)-439-8885 for details.

Arab Film Fest
The Arab Film Festival kicked off around campus yesterday. It’s really cool and has its feet planted in some pretty serious issues, so you should scope out some of the flicks and take a look. We would have given you a more in-depth analysis of it, including what films and where to go, but the guy promoting the event said he needed to borrow the flyer and poster he brought for us. He never came back. Still, it sounds really interesting, if you’re even reading this.

Celebrating 175 years

March 15, 1827—the charter for the establishment of the Church of England-run King’s College is drafted. Faculty must subscribe to the 39 Articles of Religion of the Church of England. Students can be of any faith. A year before, future Church of England Bishop John Strachan had left Toronto (then called York) for England to obtain a charter for the proposed University of Upper Canada.

April 23, 1842—the cornerstone for King’s College is finally laid, by Governor-General Sir Charles Bagot. The sixteen-year delay was caused by concern over the dominance of the Church of England over the college. In 1837, the college’s charter changes the mandatory subscription to the 39 Articles to the belief in the Old and New Testament and the Doctrine of the Holy Trinity. The King’s College building is later used as a lunatic asylum, until it is torn down to make way for the present legislative building.

April 3, 1849—Robert Baldwin introduces a bill into Parliament to convert King’s College into the University of Toronto, thus secularizing the school. U of T comes into existence in January of the following year.

1853—Daniel Wilson begins as professor of English history and literature. After giving what is considered the first course in anthropology in the world and coining the term “prehistory,” he goes on to become the university’s second president.
That year, Thomas Huxley is refused the chair in biology, even with testimonials from Charles Darwin and many other leaders of the scientific world. John Tyndall, a candidate for the maths and physics position, also does not receive a position at the university. He goes on to discover the Tyndall effect, which shows the effect of the scattering of light by very small particles suspended in a medium. This explains why the sky is blue.

1856—building begins on University College. Legend has it two of the UC workmen, Ivan Reznikoff and Paul Diablos, fell in love with the same woman. It is said that Reznikoff and the woman had planned to marry before Diablos talked her into going West with him and Reznikoff’s money. Before they left, Diablos killed Reznikoff in a fight and threw him down the well where the circular staircase to the top of the tower was built. Rumour has it his ghost haunted the halls of UC until his bones were found after the fire of 1890 and given a proper burial. The fire happened the night of the annual “Conversazione,” organized by the UC Literary and Scientific Society, with concerts, readings, scientific exhibits and demonstrations. Two college servants carrying a tray of lit kerosene lamps from the basement dropped it, igniting the wooden staircase. The entire east section of the building was gutted. The central tower’s interior collapsed and the great bell fell and shattered on the floor. All but about 100 books were burned, including Audubon’s Birds of America—worth $10 million in good condition today. Only one stained glass window survived—the one on the landing of the staircase at the college’s west end. None of the original wooden gargoyles survived.

1869—the first organized athletic group at the university is formed: a cricket club.

1878—John Galbraith is appointed the first professor of engineering. The School of Practical Sciences opened that same year. The three-storey red brick building is known as the “little red schoolhouse” until after WWII, when it is dubbed “Skulehouse.” It is said that as a freshman at UC, Galbraith refused to accept the usual hazing by upper-year students and stood in his room with a sword in one hand and a dagger in the other. During the 1878-9 school year, there are only seven engineering students and no engineering labs. In 1961, the Galbraith Building is opened.

1880—the inaugural issue of the Varsity—”A Weekly Review of Education, University Politics and Events”—prints, with a front-page article by William Houston in favour of allowing women into the university. In 1884, the Varsity’s masthead opposes co-education, and when criticized for its policy change, apologizes for “past errors.” That year, the masthead is changed from a man and woman in academic dress on either side of the goddess of wisdom to the simple U of T crest.

1884—Taddle Creek, which flowed through the university, is buried underground. Rumours of it being resurrected exist today.

October 1884—three female students officially attend lectures at UC—Eliza Balmer, Ella Gardiner and Nellie Spence. They aren’t allowed to stand at bulletin boards in the halls or use reading rooms or library catalogues, and need the university president’s permission to join a club. Five women graduate from the university in the spring of 1885. By 1892, over a hundred students in the arts are women. Women are allowed into the faculty of medicine in 1906, and Hildegarde E. Scott becomes the first woman to receive a degree in engineering in 1912.

1888—the first professor of Political Economics is appointed: William Ashley, who is lured away by Harvard in 1892. His successor, James Mavor, whose friends include Leo Tolstoy, George Bernard Shaw and anarchist Peter Kropotkin, later becomes one of the founders of the Art Gallery of Ontario.

October 19, 1889—James Mark Baldwin, who established the first psychology lab in the British Empire, is appointed chair of logic and metaphysics.

1897—the PhD program is introduced. U of T’s first PhD is completed by Frederick Scott in physiology in 1900. William Lash Miller supervises more PhD candidates than anyone in the first few decades the program is offered, including Clara Benson and Emma Baker, who in 1903 become the first women to receive their PhD from the university. Benson and Annie Laird become the first female profs at U of T in 1906.

1909–Ernest Jones, who worked with Jung, Kraepelin, Alzheimer and Freud (Jones later became his biographer), is appointed associate professor of psychiatry. He regularly corresponds with his mentor Freud, writing him that he feels prejudiced against because of the emphasis on “sexual matters” in his work. Complaints are made that he should be dismissed so that he won’t “pervert and deprave the youth of Toronto.” He is also accused of recommending masturbation and the use of prostitutes. Subsequently, his home has to be guarded by detectives.

Aug. 4, 1914—the beginning of the Great War. By the spring of 1915, nearly 500 undergraduates, 700 graduates and 70 faculty members are on active duty. Under the command of Prof. W. R Lang, the head of chemistry, 1800 men drill in the incomplete Great Hall and theatre of Hart House, using sets resembling a Belgian village painted by Lawren Harris, one of the Group of Seven. The campus also becomes a training ground for the British Royal Flying Corps, a member of which is 20-year-old William Faulkner. Varsity football player Major Thain MacDowell wins the Victoria Cross at Vimy Ridge. Along with two other soldiers, he captures two German machine guns and chases one of the German survivors down a tunnel, where he comes face to face with 77 German soldiers. MacDowell convinces them they are surrounded by a large force, thus bringing about their surrender. Over 6000 people connected with the university serve in active service, more than 600 of them dying. The first is student R. E. Mackenzie Richard, who dies near Ypres on Nov. 13, 1914. Medical graduate John McCrae, author of “In Flanders Fields,” dies in January of 1918.

One year after the war, on Armistice Day, the foundation stone for a memorial tower is laid at the official opening of Hart House. Soldiers’ Tower is completed in 1924. The planned 23-bell carillon is put in place in 1927, the university’s 100th anniversary. 28 more bells are later added.

January 23, 1922—the first successful injection of insulin is administered to an emaciated 14-year-old charity patient, Leonard Thompson, at Toronto General Hospital. Frederick Banting came to U of T in the summer of 1921 and was given facilities and two summer research assistants. Apparently the two assistants, Charles Best and Clarke Noble, flipped a coin to see who would work with Banting first. Best won and worked with Banting for the entire summer. They spent it trying to extract insulin from dogs. They eventually got it right and won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in October 1923—the first won by a Canadian.

May 1922—the School of Graduate Studies is established.

1931—Andrew Allan, editor of the Varsity, is suspended, along with the paper, by SAC after Allan claims “practical atheism” is prominent on campus. Two years prior, editor L. J. Ryan was fired after writing an editorial on “petting as an institution” in response to a clergyman who condemned it at a Student Christian Movement meeting at Hart House.

September 10, 1939—Canada enters the Second World War. More than 10,000 students and alumni serve in the forces, including 325 women who enlist in the Canadian Armed Forces. 557 students and alumni die in the war. All university departments aid the war effort with cutting-edge research and discoveries. The university produces North America’s first decompression chamber, and physiologist Wilbur Franks invents the first anti-gravity suit. The university makes important developments and improvements on the oxygen mask and in the use of radar, shell propellants and explosives, the first experiments in blood derivatives in Canada, and produces huge amounts of the new wonder drug—penicillin.

September 26, 1950—the Institute for Aerophysics (now Aerospace Studies) officially opens. Gordon Patterson, who pushed for the building, is named head of aeronautical engineering. Patterson goes on to develop the supersonic wind tunnel (three times faster than the sound of speed) with the help of two grad students, Irvine Glass and Gerald Bull. Bull was assassinated in Brussels in 1990 because of his work on developing a “super gun” for Saddam Hussein.

1952—the first computer on campus arrives from Manchester. It fills a very large room.

March 1952—Varsity editors and staff members resign after SAC suspends the publication’s “gag” issue, in which UC principal Sidney Smith’s last annual report is printed with the word “sex” substituted for the word “English.” Pranks become numerous in the 1950s. Trinity frosh are arrested for causing damage to TTC property during a scavenger hunt. A month later, a group of students, allegedly engineers, paint the word “Skule” on arts buildings throughout campus. In 1953, women frosh from Victoria are taken by bus to the stockyards in the city’s west end, where they are sprayed with perfume and have one shoe removed. They are then forced to find their way back on their own. A three-hour battle between Trinity and Wycliffe students ends in a bonfire and the arrival of three fire trucks.

A year later, UC students dump 18 cans of garbage over Trinity’s front steps. In the fall of 1954, hundreds of engineering frosh, along with the engineering cannon and the Lady Godiva Memorial Bnad, raid UC looking for material for an auction. During the raid, UC registrar W. J. McAndrew was injured. Subsequently, the constitution of the engineering society is suspended for several months and the society fined $4,000. Shortly thereafter, the engineering students are commended for taking part in the clean-up after Hurricane Hazel and for making cleaning up debris in High Park part of initiation activities.

1963—Massey College opens with Robertson Davies, while the Centre for Culture and Technology is created specifically to keep Marshall McLuhan at the university.

1967—Northrop Frye is appointed U of T’s first University Professor with a capital “U” and “P” to keep him at the university.

1969—Jearld Moldenhauer, a research assistant in the Faculty of Medicine, places a four-line ad in the Varsity to form the first gay and lesbian group on a Canadian campus—the U of T Homophile Association. The first meeting draws 16 people: 15 men and one woman. Moldenhauer goes on to establish the Glad Day Bookstore and found the gay liberation magazine The Body Politic.

1980—Ontario funding per student is 25% below the average of all the provinces. Things get progressively worse over the years, and the university is hit with a major budgetary crisis when Mike Harris’ Conservative government is elected in Ontario in 1995. After decades of cutbacks, the university is now faced with a further reduction of $56 million in operating support.

October 15, 1986—John Polanyi wins the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for work he did at U of T 30 years earlier. That work contributed to the development of chemical lasers.

1973—at a cost of over $40 million, Robarts Library is opened. Initial plans denied undergrads access to the stacks, but major protests changed that.

1997—former U.S. president George Bush is awarded an honourary degree. 28 faculty members walk out of the ceremony. Archbishop Desmond Tutu receives one three years later.

2002—The University of Toronto celebrates its 175th anniversary. The U of T Press publishes The University of Toronto: A History by Professor Emeritus Martin L. Friedland, which provided the information for much of this timeline.

Students tackle hunger and food security at green market

For students attending the inaugural Green Market Fair, the message was clear: you are what you eat.

Part of the Students’ Administrative Council’s environment week, the fair had a major focus on healthy eating, but it aimed to show how food touches many other issues as well.

For Gwyneth Lonergan, a member of Amnesty International at U of T, the fair was a chance to talk about how most food comes to supermarkets with the aid of human rights violations—poorly paid farm workers, often from the developing world. Her concern was amplified by the Anti-Corporate Rule Action Group, which notes that those supplying the food are often poorly paid. They called attention to campus food supplier Sodexho, which they say fails to provide proper vegetarian, organic and kosher options on a highly diverse campus, and does not provide appropriate health and wage benefits to workers.

Meanwhile, Greenpeace targeted companies like Kraft, Lipton, Kellogg’s and President’s Choice for their use of genetically engineered products in food. They restated how dangerous it is to insert genes from bacteria, viruses and animals into crops, saying the long term effects of—for example—having fish genes in strawberries are unknown.

“If we just take a minute to look at some of the labels on the products of our supermarket shelves—and actually look at the ingredients—then this is the first step to a safer decision,” said Janet, an anti-GMO activist at the fair.

The fair also advertised a number of U of T’s food-oriented community groups. With the Gardener’s Collective, students can grow their own organic vegetables and herbs in community gardens on campus. Hart House offers a community kitchen program where students on a tight budget can develop their cooking skills and enjoy time with other students.