The rise brings an end to Skywalker

OPINION

The ninth film of a ninology and the third in a trilogy has the massive task of concluding the space opera epic of Star Wars — a task harder than any that has come before in the world of film.

Spoilers ahead. I also recommend watching the movie before reading this.

Unlike Avengers: Endgame or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — other franchise-ending mega blockbusters — there is no comic book or novel to follow or be inspired by. When Disney rightfully destroyed the pre-2014 chaotic, but much-beloved canon, they set out alone in the galaxy to, for the first time in forty years, create new Star Wars films that could go any direction and take on any form.

Disney wanted it fast. Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president, as well as many others, admitted as such. George Lucas handed the Star Wars IP to Disney and it was go time. So here we are four years later with another trilogy and the end of the Skywalker Saga. Did we get what we wanted?

The best part about the ending is that it exists. Now, Lucasfilm is free to move on without being held to the bedrock of a franchise and explore new stories, places, beings — untethered to the expectations of legions of fans worldwide. It’s an exciting time, the future has arrived.

If you’re reading this, it’s likely that you’ve read other reviews already as well as seen the film and made your own decision. This was originally intended to be a spoiler review of Episode IX — and while below you’ll find a summary with some commentary — it’s mostly a look to the future and what will come next, because that is the best part of this film. 

Sure, the redemption and sacrifice of Kylo Ren — who turned out to be the most interesting character of this trilogy — and the eventual defeat of Emperor, were quite predictable. But it was the relationship of Rey to the Emperor and the truly fun adventure of Poe, Rey and Finn that were pleasant surprises.

Some critics are taking issue with Rey being related to the Emperor as it takes away from her independence as a woman and her identity as a “nobody” that could still have impact in a galaxy where everyone powerful is related to someone.

I dispute this for two reasons.

One is that, yes, this is the Skywalker Saga and these movies are about the Skywalkers and the influence of Palpatine. It’s not like you need to be related to someone to be powerful. Yoda is arguably the most powerful and wisest being and is not related to the two families. Ashoka is a woman, independent and strong as well as unrelated to the families.

Secondly, Rey, after growing in herself in the last two movies and casting aside doubt to fight the First Order without hesitation because she knew what was right, found out she was from the worst possible thing — a dark Sith who had committed atrocities across the galaxy — and yet still held strong to defeat him, giving her own life in the process.

It was Ben Solo, played by Adam Driver, that was the most interesting in the end. Despite a movie that aimed to fix the middle of the trilogy — which only happened because of poor advanced planning and not because of the risks Rian Johnson took — Kylo was one of the few characters that felt like a complete, coherent story arc from start to end.

And he was interesting. His turn from the dark side back to the light was sparked by a sacrifice of Leia — a powerful, respectful end to her character if there ever was one — and a memory of Han Solo.

All-in-all, The Rise of Skywalker was a strong, vibrant conclusion that, for me, remained true to the Star Wars I loved — fun, adventurous, new and epic — and presented a satisfying conclusion to a story 42 years in the making.

You can read our entertainment editor’s review for a more robust critic of the film, along with our official rating of 7/10, but it was here that I wanted to make the point that the final film was good, but it is the excitement of a new frontier in this galaxy far, far away that I already have begun to anticipate.

Suicide Prevention Day: What’s important

Mental health has no limit and it doesn’t matter who you are in this world.

Mental health is an important matter that includes the word “suicide” somewhere.

Tuesday is suicide prevention day, which leads to the openness of talking about suicide prevention.

Suicide is a topic that is normally silenced and for those who are dealing with suicidal thoughts tend to find it hard to open their mouths to talk about it with others.

Suicide prevention is difficult but it is not hard to reach out to individuals and letting them know that there are others around them that cares and loves them from their hearts.

If you are part of the one in five individuals who find hope to not be that easy, you are not alone and don’t give up because there are many more people who care about you despite the fact that you may not see it.

For the four in five individuals, who have a connection with one who is dealing with their mental health, check on your friend, family, and whoever you know who may be considering suicide in their head.

The Student Wellness & Accessibility Centre, known as SWAC, is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for students to call into SWAC and request to talk to someone.
There are many free resources that they offer to students; some that support students through mental health include counselors, mental health nurses, and doctors.

In some cases, an accessibility consultant will be beneficial when mental health gets way out of hand; an accessibility consultant has the ability to create some accommodations with you that will give you the little hand you need to do well in classes.

If going to SWAC gives you butterflies, try going with a friend.

You can also try calling a couple of numbers given especially for having a chat.

Good2Talk is a good place to try as it is free for students in post-secondary education; their number is 1-866-925-5454. There are other numbers especially for crisis and one common text line is sending a text message to 686868.

The important message here is to remember that you are not alone as there are many resources out there for you.

Reach out and let others support you when life seems too rough.

Alternatives to Frosh around Toronto

Whether the $20 Humber College Frosh is not for you or you want something to supplement that need to party for September, we’ve put together a list of great alternatives” parties happening throughout the city you and your friends can hit up in the coming weeks.

Up first is Neon. Taking place at the Moda Night Club on Friday, this party has food, drinks and, you guessed it, neon lights. Early bird tickets were still listed as $10 as of Thursday afternoon. More information and tickets can be found via the Facebook event page.

Frosh Night 2019. An annual event that has taken place for years brings any and all university and college students to Fiction Nightclub on Friday night. Early bird tickets are $25 and more information plus tickets can be found on Eventbrite.

Parties are not just limited to September, however. Coming up in October are the well-known boat parties down at the Toronto Lakeshore with early bird tickets already sold out. More information on the the Halloween Boat Party can be found on the official page.

There is also hype building around a party reportedly taking place near North Campus on Sept. 6, Friday night. Invitations are by word-of-mouth so if you want to be there, you’ll have to find yourself someone who knows something, or add up Humber Daily on Snapchat.

What’s new for fall 2019 at Guelph-Humber?

Summer 2019 … from the resurgence of Minecraft to the newest albeit bitter-sweet closure of the 3rd phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the summer of 2019 has been one of the most culturally engaging points of the year.

Unfortunately, even with some highlights in pop-culture and some groundbreaking events, such as the Toronto Raptors securing the 2019 NBA Championship and the numerous internet trends and shocking revelations of celebrities and media influencers, the end of this season comes with one of the most dreaded routines of all time; back to school.

The University of Guelph-Humber is a welcoming and helpful school environment, and on behalf of The Avro Post, I would like to share with you how you and your friends can be prepared for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

Whether you are a freshman and are still unsure of what your really have access to, or you are a returning or a transferring student and are wondering what you can do to be more involved at school, this simple guide can help you discover what Guelph-Humber has to offer

Before even setting foot on campus — unless you live on residence, in which case you can still follow this step — the most important pre-semester advice I can provide is to prepare yourself for what to expect over the year by giving yourself at least a few days before classes to prepare yourself.

Keep in check with your roommates or potential friends you might have already made about events and organizations that are available to use.

The first personal top tip from me is to use a planner or some form of calendar to keep all your deadlines and activities in check. Time management was actually a major problem for me throughout the past year, and always has been.

Since then, the value of keeping track of time is crucial to maintaining not only good grades and a constructive academic atmosphere, but it can really help your social engagements and open yourself up to new possibilities. Even a simple record kept on your phone or Google calendar can save you tremendous amounts of time in the future.

You can also regularly check The Avro Post for regular updates on events and campus life.

The second step I would suggest talking is understanding your surroundings and your timings. Carrying on from the previous step, along with time management, your directional capabilities are likely to be challenged in more ways than one, and knowing the basic layout of Guelph-Humber and even Humber will help ease your transition into clubs, events and just straight up fun!

Along with directions, make sure you know your pace when it comes to not only studying, but University life; the worst possible outcome is where you do not feel comfortable, and trust me, nobody wants that.

If you feel like a class is going too fast or you may or may not want to try something, the best possible option you can take is to simply ask; every department at Guelph-Humber has program coordinators and professors are always available to meet with you and answer any questions you may have. Communication with your student email is also crucial, and weekly reminders from Guelph-Humber are always sent, so make sure you are always checking your Gryphmail!

If you have questions about clubs, societies, events and general student life, you can contact them online through social media or in person at regular meetings. The student union at Guelph-Humber, IGNITE also plays a role in improving student life as their mission.

As such, IGNITE is going to be hosting a Frosh paint party on Sept. 21, and will also be hosting the GH “get involved” fair on Sept. 11. As IGNITE does represent the student voice of Guelph-Humber alongside Humber College, I would encourage that you follow along with developments made by IGNITE through their website or by communicating with the IGNITE Guelph-Humber Board of Directors members and VP; Erika Caldwell, Julia Ciampa and Megan Roopnarine, respectively.

Throughout the year, it may seem like a challenge to really focus on school with so many cool things around. Another personal top tip to consider is to set goals and deadlines for yourself and avoid procrastination.

Although it sounds easy, it may be really difficult. For me, the simplest way to organize is by setting deadlines based on priority tasks, much like a challenging exam. Finishing the easy and shortest tasks first will not only lighten your load, but give you a sense of accomplishment to continue grinding through your work.

Ultimately, school is not only about how good your grades are or how high you rank in the class, but more about your ability to be able to learn and apply information in a practical way for your future, and it can make life much easier if your are organized in your work and your relaxation.

Lastly, the most important part of surviving school I learned was simply maintaining good mental and physical health. Since the first time I stepped into Guelph-Humber, I finally felt at a place in my life where I had proper control of myself and how I wanted to act.

This really helped boost my self-esteem and reduce my overall anxiety, and there are many avenues for help on campus. Mental health is taken very seriously at Guelph-Humber, and there are helplines and counselors available to help you if you need it.

The Student Wellness and Accessibility Center (SWAC) is open to students that need help with dealing with any problem, and Guelph-Humber students are available to use all resources for both health and dental at Humber.

Similarly, physical health matters as well, because a healthy body contains a healthy mind. If you don’t enjoy daily workouts or exerting too much effort, you can still find ways to engage in some physical activity such as joining fitness events or intramural sports teams at Humber, taking a walk in the Humber Arb, or simply using the stairs as an alternative to elevators and escalators.

In my first year, I really neglected my nutrition and my eating habits really went south. Fortunately, diverse food options are also widely available on the Humber North campus, and there are even a few shops nearby to purchase groceries.

The Humber cafeteria and Humber Express were particularly crucial to help me get through tough weeks. Overall, personal health should also be taken at your own pace more than anything else because you are ultimately the best reference for your immediate health.

At Guelph-Humber, you will find a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and although you may not feel immediately comfortable, you will eventually find you place here as both a student and as a a participant.

With upcoming events such as IGNITE’s Frosh paint party and the upcoming clubs, residence common events and even just around the school, you can take some of the pressure off your mind by enjoying a party, participating in team activities and even just relaxing with friends.

The most important part about university, and especially the University of Guelph-Humber, is that you find your own way to comfortably express yourself and succeed here, and that you can discover and unlock your potential for the future.

Along with the rest of the staff at The Avro Post, I wish you all the best of luck in the upcoming school year:

Swoop Swoop!

This fall, students may break up with Netflix

While “Netflix and chill” has become a common term, it may only be a verb for some students come November with the launch of competitor Disney Plus, which will be priced at only $8.99.

The media company announced on Monday that its anticipated streaming service would launch on Nov. 12 alongside the United States and the Netherlands, with other countries to join in down the road.

Disney Plus will be accessible via Apple, Google’s products, Microsoft’s Xbox, Sony’s Playstation, and Roku’s TV box. It will also be available to bundle with Disney-owned ESPN Plus and Hulu for under $20.

Though Amazon Prime Video, CBS All Access and other streaming platforms have existed as competitors for several years, there has not been one service that dramatically shifted audiences away from Netflix.

Disney Plus, however, will have Star Wars, Marvel, fairytale animated classics and everything that Disney acquired when it bought out 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets earlier this year, bringing properties such as Deadpool and the Simpsons under one roof.

Disney’s introductory video.

Disney on Monday released a video on social media that gave a highlight reel of the properties that would be included come November. The company also became active on social media for the first time.

Netflix’s most popular standard plan, one level up from the starter plan that costs $9.99, is priced at $13.99, putting it $5 above the starting plan for Disney Plus. The plans are differentiated by the number of screens one account can play on at one time.

However, the competitive edge does not stop there. The ESPN Plus and Hulu bundle, which is priced at $13.99 in the United States, will offer live programming all in one place at a low cost in comparison to competitors.

Where Disney Plus, will lack, according to chief executive Bob Iger in 2017, will be content. Netflix produces its own shows and movies alongside the blockbusters it brings onto its service, and Disney will take some time to catch up to Netflix and Amazon Prime in this respect.

In the end, students may have to make a choice between the established and familiar Netflix or make the jump to the new but blockbuster-stocked Disney Plus. Only time will tell.

Seungri quits K-pop band BIGBANG amid sex charges

Eli Ridder | Life

Seungri, a member of K-pop’s most popular band, announced his departure early on Tuesday morning Korea time just a day after being charged with procuring prostitutes for potential investors.

Local reports say the singer offered sexual services to draw in foreign investors into his Yuri Holdings — which manages his entertainment and eatery services — in a form of “what was described as “sex bribery”.

Seungri, a stage name for Lee Seung-Hyun, wrote on Instagram that he has decided to retire “because the controversy has become so big” — though he denies the allegations against him. Prostitution is illegal in South Korea.

All of the members of BIGBANG, including Seungri, took a hiatus from producing and performing two years ago as the artists entered the mandatory two year military service in staggered times.

Seungri allegedly tried to arrange prostitution services for his clients via messaging app KakaoTalk in 2015. It appeared he was urging an employee to make arrangements in messages that were unveiled.

In February, Lee was questioned by police over reports of drug-consuming and sexual assault at a club where he was the head of public relations.


Image of Seungri from the Star.

Reading week in the 6ix: Feb. 21

Madison Furness | Life

Take a look at the top events and activities to do during this reading week in Toronto.


New AGO Exhibition: Impressionism in the Age of Industry

Come check out famous impressionist artists such as Monet, Degas, and Renoir in the AGOs newest installment. Take a walk through the gallery and explore impressionism through the artist’s fascination with industry, technology, and labour during the industrialization of France in the 1800s.

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: 317 Dundas Street West


The Rec Room 

Enter a world of food, games, and entertainment all within 40,000 sq. feet! At the rec room, you can try virtual reality, ping pong, and redemption games where you can win yourself a prize! Suitable for all ages, but even better when you’re 19+, you can eat, drink and be marry while playing all of your favorite games!

Time: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Location: 255 Bremner Blvd.


The Ballroom Live Series (19+)

Come down to the Ballroom for live music, bowling, free ping pong and no cover charge every Thursday night. Dance, drink, eat, and bowl!

Time: 10 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.

Location: 145 John St.


Feature Image by Art Gallery of Ontario

Reading week in the 6ix: Feb 20

Madison Furness | Life

Take a look at the top events and activities to do during this reading week in Toronto.


Free Public Skating at Evergreen Brick Works

Free public skating will be happening this Wednesday at Evergreen Brick Works. Bring your friends and family to one of Toronto’s best skating rinks where you can glide through gardens in an old brick factory!

Time: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Location: 550 Bayview Ave


Country Karaoke Night at Rock ‘n’ Horse  (19+)

Come to sing, ride the mechanical bull and drink! Every Wednesday night Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon is doing an open mic and Karaoke night. People from all over Toronto come to sing their favourite country tunes, have fun and even get exposure in the Country Music Industry. So bring your talent and friends!

Time: 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Location: 250 Adelaide Street West


911 Night at Crocodile Rock (19+)

Three dollars mixed drinks and beer? Yes, please! Come down to Crocodile rock this Wednesday and dance the night away with cheap drinks, good music, and a fun crowd. This is no longer Toronto’s favorite cougar bar! On 911 nights, party with Toronto’s Emergency Response personnel and students from all over the city. No line or cover for emergency response personnel. 

Time: 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Location: 240 Adelaide St. West


Free Meditation Classes 

Bring better focus and a stress-free mindset to school next week by taking a free meditation class at Scarborough Village Community Center.

Time: 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location: 3600 Kingston Rd.


Feature image by Streets.to

Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian split after he’s caught cheating with Kylie Jenner’s best friend

Madison Furness | Life

Khloe Kardashian has allegedly called it quits with Tristan Thompson after he was caught cheating with Kylie Jenner’s best friend Jordyn Woods at a house party.

According to sources, Tristan flew in to Los Angeles to see Khloe and their baby True for Valentine’s Day. By Sunday night he was caught at a house party making out with Kylie’s bff, Jordyn Woods.

Khloe found out immediately and cut ties with the NBA player.

Jason Lee, CEO of The Hollywood Unlocked stated in a video on Instagram  that one of their writers was at the party and witnessed the whole ordeal.

After the clip was released on Instagram it didn’t take much time for Khloe Kardashian and her best friend Malika Haqq to confirm the information.

This will definitely make for one juicy episode.


Featured image by e! News.

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