Dana Kavalis does Donna Vakalis

In the summer of 2012, Massey alumna Donna Vakalis went to London to visit the Que--er, to compete in the Modern Pentathlon event at the Olympic Games. West of Bathurst did not detail her journey, but it did focus on the excitement of her Toronto acquaintances. Dana is a minor WoB character who has been around since 2006. In the comics below (which started running on July 23rd, 2012), she becomes Dana Kavalis, and she too competes in the Olympic Games. 

It isn't often--or, really, ever--that Massey gets its very own Olympian, so the whole thing is worth documenting. At the bottom of the page, I have collected some Donna-related links. If you have some more you think I should add to the list, please send them to kmaaren(at)gmail(dot)com.


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1. Donna's Websitekeeps track of pentathlon-related stuff in her life, including her Olympics adventure and, in fact, this comic.

2. Donna has her very own official Olympic Athlete Page.

3. On July 2nd, 2012, the podcast Jordan, Jesse, Go! interviewed Donna, kicking off...

4. ...an Indiegogo campaign to buy her a laser gun (there's a BoingBoing article about it here).

5. On July 3rd, 2012, Donna was interviewed on CBC radio.

6. On July 10th, 2012, the Toronto Star published an article on her (complete with pictures of her squinty laser-gun-shooting face).

7. Also on July 10th, 2012, Macleans published an article on a number of Canadian Olympians in less well-publicised events;Donna was among those interviewed.

8. Michael Valpy's three-part interview with Donna was published online onJuly 26th,27th, and27th (again), 2012.

9. During the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics, on July 27th, 2012, Donna demonstrated the well-known fact that one can never have too many cameras (that's her down on the bottom right).

10. Donna made some choice remarks about horse speed dating in a New York Times article published on August 11th, 2012.