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Michael Di Leo

Michael Di Leo

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Michael joined the Medium in his first year to pursue his passion reviewing music. After a two-year stint as Arts & Entertainment Editor, Michael returned as Editor-in-Chief for the 2011/12 year. Along with an incredibly talented group of editors, Michael worked to overhaul the Medium's print and web presence, including relaunching Medium Magazine (which he also co-founded). Unlike most of the editors, you will not find any evidence of Michael on Twitter.

Contributions

A new kind of history

Institutional history be damned

Debating student politics

Last week’s debate was just plain sad.

What representation means

There needs to be a dramatic rethinking of the way we as students are represented and what role we see our union playing in the future

Which is closer: Israel or UTM?

That’s certainly not what our unions are meant to do, especially when they could have been discussing campus issues.

Editor’s note

There is a spectre that hangs over student media.Actually, all media (including the big-person kind), if you want to get all technical about it....

Dirty little secret

Getting to Trinity College is the easy part.The building is on Hoskin Avenue, just north of Hart House. If you walk through the Hart...

The great compromise

The next time our union goes back to the bargaining table, will the administration feel the same way?

The “Drop Fees” benefit

Despite the absurdity of the event itself, it is nice to see our union go out and take some initiative.

The commodification and distraction of politics

It looks like a season three of The Flavor of Love.

The Ivy League mentality

Why are we all subject to this weird Ivy League fetishism?

Disagreement can be a good thing

Given the amount of feedback I have received on such a wide range of issues, I must conclude that people do, in fact, have opinions on what goes down at UTM, despite what you may have heard. Apathy is so 2011.

A failure to communicate

In the month since the last ECC meeting I have received a large number of requests, complaints, and clarifications about the issues surrounding the proceedings.

It’s that time of year again

Every year, UTMSU’s Annual General Meeting is one of the most important stories The Medium covers. To put it lightly, there has always been some tension.

In the grand scheme…

What does it mean for a person to be “educated”?That might seem like a strange question, especially coming from a student who spends a...

Hey, guys… er, and girls?

Last Wednesday I overheard a rather heated conversation while doing some work in the IB lounge area. It began when a male student approached a group of sitting students (presumably his study group) and said, “Hey guys.”

Last-pitch effort

After a 45-minute delay due to referee problems, the Men’s Tri-Campus soccer team kicked off against UTSC this past Sunday. It was the team’s final game of the regular season, and they were looking to make the playoffs—even though it would require a 7-goal win against the Raccoons, a top-ranked team.

Dropping fees? Look closer

It’s that time of the year again. “Drop Fees” fever has taken over our campus and, as usual, we are being treated to politically-charged rants, Guy Fawkes masks, and other assorted paraphernalia that was paid for by, well, our fees.

Phase out: The problem with club funding

With a finite amount of money for club funding, big clubs that can fund great events and attract members will keep getting bigger, while small clubs don’t get the money they would need to draw in new members.

Walking a very thin line

I don’t think that the incident Ms. El-Kadri mentions can be defined as hate speech. Nor does it legally fall under freedom of expression, simply because the offender didn’t publicly express anything.

A city under occupation

I hope that the protestors will come to understand that they continue to participate in the very same system they now fight against and that they realize that the bad guys aren’t necessarily those who work on Bay Street (a majority of whom, like the protestors, are just trying to make a living).

The international fee misconception

International students do not pay more for their university education when you take into account the hidden (or, more accurately, brushed over) costs to regional students.

The Transformation of UTM

With the opening of the new Instructional Centre and the Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex this year, UTM—once “Erindale College”—has completed a new chapter in its history. Over the past 46 years UTM has transformed from a small offshoot of St. George, working out of a high school, into a renowned academic centre—an integral element of the tri-campus system.

Our words have deeper meanings

The use of homophobic slurs, regardless of the intent behind them, is inappropriate. Period.

The part-time confusion

This week I was made aware of the history behind EPUS and its complex role in representing nearly 1,000 part-time undergraduate students at UTM. It was a difficult process, to say the least.

A word about engagement

We published an article this week ( see page 8 ) on the ever-present issue of student engagement (or lack thereof) at UTM. Now,...

A year-long orientation

It takes work to get where you’re going. And a map.

U of T receives film collection

The Special Collections Archive of the Media Commons at the University of Toronto has received a collection of over 400 films originating from Hong...

The other Olympic news

While several large mishaps took place during the Games (from the malfunctioning Olympic Flame cauldron to chain-mesh enclosure surrounding the outdoor Olympic fire), these...

Full throttle television

Automotive shows are boring. I’m not talking about the shows that take place at convention centres with lots of Asian import models and tricked-out...

Last chance for romance, also known as how Rich Aucoin stole...

Rich Aucoin started doing this and that, now he's getting in trouble with Dr.Seuss and having a good time.

Dinner for four

Ever needed to prepare a formal dinner and had no idea where to begin? Michael Di Leo breaks it down for you.

Haven't you heard?

EITHER ORELLIOT SMITHI am always surprised when someone tells me they havent heard of Elliott Smith. To be fair, he was only in the...

The Best of the Decade

Im a skeptic when it comes to lists.Yes, theyre nice and cute and tie everything up in a neat little bow, but what do...

A talk with Christof Migone

Christof Migone is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and writer. His work and research delves into language, voice, bodies, performance, intimacy, complicity and endurance....

RIDICULOUS SYNERGY SEEKER

Ash Buchholz and Jason Parsons aren

Displeased with drop fees

I am writing to you in light of recent events — the Drop Fees rally in particular. As I was riding the shuttle bus...

Haven't you heard?

A&E Editor Michael Di Leo picks ten albums you should hear if you haven

Fly mating at U of T

Last Thursday, a UTM research team led by Professor Joel Levine revealed that by genetically tweaking pheromones emitted by fruit flies, they were able...

A chip off the old Bloc

Popularity is not an issue for Gordon Moakes or Matt Tong. As one half of Bloc Party, one of the most widely sought-after bands...

Sainthood is easy

Holy Father,Canonize em already! Photo/wikipedia.org No, not those four irrelevant baldies from your homeland. They get enough appreciation at the local scenester hang, not to mention...

Devil may care

FEEL MY MOUSTACHE, my friend Aaron yells at me as he points to the piece of brown felt Scotch-taped to his upper lip. No...

The Empyrean—John Frusciante

Thought and language are, to the artist, instruments of art. There is something to be said when a musical artist, rather than limiting themselves...

Top Model Tryouts

In this day and age of American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, and Americas Got Talent, few reality competitions on television are...

Whats the Dil-eO

Following from last weeks column discussing the music surrounding the inauguration of President Obama, I would like to point out and discuss the controversy...

Classified in confidence

From his modest beginnings in Enfield, Nova Scotia to his current standing in major-label hip-hop, Classified (nee Luke Boyd) has shaped a path that...

Best of 2008

CFRE Radio and The Medium join forces to pick the best albums of the year. Synth-pop and Bar-Rock place. Who will take top honours?

Whats the Dil-eo: Worst in 2008

2008 was an especially harsh year. Regretfully, not only will our epoch be remembered for the failing economy, skyrocketing gas prices, and the progression...

2008, (Thankfully) Forgotten Already

2008 was an especially harsh year.Regretfully, not only will our epoch be remembered for the failing economy, skyrocketing gas prices, and the progression of "Joe...

What's the Di-Leo: New Music and Katy Perry

Welcome back to another fun-filled semester at UTM. And what better way to welcome us back than with a brand new segment of Whats...

Whats the Di-Leo: Wiggers

As I peer through my office window into the Student Centre below, I notice that though its a Sunday evening, there are still people...

What's the Di-Leo: Bizzaro World

Picture this. Its 1991 and the world is reversed. Instead of endorsing Jell-O, Bill Cosby is pawning K&Y jelly to the youth of Philadelphia....

A new kind of history

Institutional history be damned

Debating student politics

Last week’s debate was just plain sad.

What representation means

There needs to be a dramatic rethinking of the way we as students are represented and what role we see our union playing in the future

Which is closer: Israel or UTM?

That’s certainly not what our unions are meant to do, especially when they could have been discussing campus issues.

Editor’s note

There is a spectre that hangs over student media.Actually, all media (including the big-person kind), if you want to get all technical about it....

Dirty little secret

Getting to Trinity College is the easy part.The building is on Hoskin Avenue, just north of Hart House. If you walk through the Hart...

The great compromise

The next time our union goes back to the bargaining table, will the administration feel the same way?

The “Drop Fees” benefit

Despite the absurdity of the event itself, it is nice to see our union go out and take some initiative.

The commodification and distraction of politics

It looks like a season three of The Flavor of Love.

The Ivy League mentality

Why are we all subject to this weird Ivy League fetishism?

Disagreement can be a good thing

Given the amount of feedback I have received on such a wide range of issues, I must conclude that people do, in fact, have opinions on what goes down at UTM, despite what you may have heard. Apathy is so 2011.

A failure to communicate

In the month since the last ECC meeting I have received a large number of requests, complaints, and clarifications about the issues surrounding the proceedings.

It’s that time of year again

Every year, UTMSU’s Annual General Meeting is one of the most important stories The Medium covers. To put it lightly, there has always been some tension.

In the grand scheme…

What does it mean for a person to be “educated”?That might seem like a strange question, especially coming from a student who spends a...

Hey, guys… er, and girls?

Last Wednesday I overheard a rather heated conversation while doing some work in the IB lounge area. It began when a male student approached a group of sitting students (presumably his study group) and said, “Hey guys.”

Last-pitch effort

After a 45-minute delay due to referee problems, the Men’s Tri-Campus soccer team kicked off against UTSC this past Sunday. It was the team’s final game of the regular season, and they were looking to make the playoffs—even though it would require a 7-goal win against the Raccoons, a top-ranked team.

Dropping fees? Look closer

It’s that time of the year again. “Drop Fees” fever has taken over our campus and, as usual, we are being treated to politically-charged rants, Guy Fawkes masks, and other assorted paraphernalia that was paid for by, well, our fees.

Phase out: The problem with club funding

With a finite amount of money for club funding, big clubs that can fund great events and attract members will keep getting bigger, while small clubs don’t get the money they would need to draw in new members.

Walking a very thin line

I don’t think that the incident Ms. El-Kadri mentions can be defined as hate speech. Nor does it legally fall under freedom of expression, simply because the offender didn’t publicly express anything.

A city under occupation

I hope that the protestors will come to understand that they continue to participate in the very same system they now fight against and that they realize that the bad guys aren’t necessarily those who work on Bay Street (a majority of whom, like the protestors, are just trying to make a living).

The international fee misconception

International students do not pay more for their university education when you take into account the hidden (or, more accurately, brushed over) costs to regional students.

The Transformation of UTM

With the opening of the new Instructional Centre and the Terrence Donnelly Health Sciences Complex this year, UTM—once “Erindale College”—has completed a new chapter in its history. Over the past 46 years UTM has transformed from a small offshoot of St. George, working out of a high school, into a renowned academic centre—an integral element of the tri-campus system.

Our words have deeper meanings

The use of homophobic slurs, regardless of the intent behind them, is inappropriate. Period.

The part-time confusion

This week I was made aware of the history behind EPUS and its complex role in representing nearly 1,000 part-time undergraduate students at UTM. It was a difficult process, to say the least.

A word about engagement

We published an article this week ( see page 8 ) on the ever-present issue of student engagement (or lack thereof) at UTM. Now,...

A year-long orientation

It takes work to get where you’re going. And a map.

U of T receives film collection

The Special Collections Archive of the Media Commons at the University of Toronto has received a collection of over 400 films originating from Hong...

The other Olympic news

While several large mishaps took place during the Games (from the malfunctioning Olympic Flame cauldron to chain-mesh enclosure surrounding the outdoor Olympic fire), these...

Full throttle television

Automotive shows are boring. I’m not talking about the shows that take place at convention centres with lots of Asian import models and tricked-out...

Last chance for romance, also known as how Rich Aucoin stole...

Rich Aucoin started doing this and that, now he's getting in trouble with Dr.Seuss and having a good time.

Dinner for four

Ever needed to prepare a formal dinner and had no idea where to begin? Michael Di Leo breaks it down for you.

Haven't you heard?

EITHER ORELLIOT SMITHI am always surprised when someone tells me they havent heard of Elliott Smith. To be fair, he was only in the...

The Best of the Decade

Im a skeptic when it comes to lists.Yes, theyre nice and cute and tie everything up in a neat little bow, but what do...

A talk with Christof Migone

Christof Migone is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and writer. His work and research delves into language, voice, bodies, performance, intimacy, complicity and endurance....

RIDICULOUS SYNERGY SEEKER

Ash Buchholz and Jason Parsons aren

Displeased with drop fees

I am writing to you in light of recent events — the Drop Fees rally in particular. As I was riding the shuttle bus...

Haven't you heard?

A&E Editor Michael Di Leo picks ten albums you should hear if you haven

Fly mating at U of T

Last Thursday, a UTM research team led by Professor Joel Levine revealed that by genetically tweaking pheromones emitted by fruit flies, they were able...

A chip off the old Bloc

Popularity is not an issue for Gordon Moakes or Matt Tong. As one half of Bloc Party, one of the most widely sought-after bands...

Sainthood is easy

Holy Father,Canonize em already! Photo/wikipedia.org No, not those four irrelevant baldies from your homeland. They get enough appreciation at the local scenester hang, not to mention...

Devil may care

FEEL MY MOUSTACHE, my friend Aaron yells at me as he points to the piece of brown felt Scotch-taped to his upper lip. No...

The Empyrean—John Frusciante

Thought and language are, to the artist, instruments of art. There is something to be said when a musical artist, rather than limiting themselves...

Top Model Tryouts

In this day and age of American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, and Americas Got Talent, few reality competitions on television are...

Whats the Dil-eO

Following from last weeks column discussing the music surrounding the inauguration of President Obama, I would like to point out and discuss the controversy...

Classified in confidence

From his modest beginnings in Enfield, Nova Scotia to his current standing in major-label hip-hop, Classified (nee Luke Boyd) has shaped a path that...

Best of 2008

CFRE Radio and The Medium join forces to pick the best albums of the year. Synth-pop and Bar-Rock place. Who will take top honours?

Whats the Dil-eo: Worst in 2008

2008 was an especially harsh year. Regretfully, not only will our epoch be remembered for the failing economy, skyrocketing gas prices, and the progression...

2008, (Thankfully) Forgotten Already

2008 was an especially harsh year.Regretfully, not only will our epoch be remembered for the failing economy, skyrocketing gas prices, and the progression of "Joe...

What's the Di-Leo: New Music and Katy Perry

Welcome back to another fun-filled semester at UTM. And what better way to welcome us back than with a brand new segment of Whats...

Whats the Di-Leo: Wiggers

As I peer through my office window into the Student Centre below, I notice that though its a Sunday evening, there are still people...

What's the Di-Leo: Bizzaro World

Picture this. Its 1991 and the world is reversed. Instead of endorsing Jell-O, Bill Cosby is pawning K&Y jelly to the youth of Philadelphia....
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