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Volume 75 Issue 3
Leaders lack charisma: STU prof
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Is poor leadership leading to student apathy? Laura Brown The Aquinian
New Brunswick has had a good run of premiers: Louis J. Robichaud, Richard Hatfield, Frank McKenna and Bernard Lord all earned respect on the national political scene. But when Sean Thompson
tuned into the provincial election debate last week, the political junkie and former STU student, did not see that quality of leadership on the stage. “[Shawn] Graham’s ... trying to run on his government’s record, which is like running through the forest with fresh meat strapped to your back.”
And Thompson, now a UNB Law student, was not exactly inspired by the Progressive Conservative leader‘s performance either. “David Alward came in to the debates with perhaps the simplest goal – don’t screw up,” Thompson said. “He then proceeded to screw up. He re-
ally turned me off by seemingly trying to shout over everyone at all three debates.” Thompson’s reaction seems to summarize how many are feeling about the 2010 election campaign. The issues, the advertisements, the visions and especially the leaders, are more likely to turn them off politics than turn them More on page 3
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It was bound to happen sooner or later. Thinking a student publication serving a diverse range of people could go long without ruffling a few feathers on campus would be unrealistic. Last week, a headline in our sports section attracted some attention on campus. The purpose of this editorial note is neither to defend the headline nor apologize for it; rather, the intention is to offer a few thoughts for your consideration. The AQ staff discussed the issue extensively at our editorial meeting on Tuesday evening. Despite our own discomfort with the headline, the strong reaction from campus caught us off guard and left us at a loss, unsure how to react to the situation. The reason for our discomfort stemmed largely from the strong language used. “Flunks out” is a harsh term to see in bold-face type over the top of an article, even if it’s an accurate summation of an article about a basketball player no longer playing for the Tommie’s because of academic performance. In this case, the facts backed up the phrase. But the more we discussed the issue, the clearer it became that the discomfort had little to do with whether we got the facts right: we knew talking about academic performance and sports was important but the singling out an individual with a harsh headline didn’t feel right.
John C. Merrill would understand this attitude. One of the most well-known writers on the topic of press freedom, Merrill ultimately concluded that journalists have to be free to say what is true (even if it’s not always pretty), but they also have to act in a way that does not involve crossing the ethical line they establish for themselves. During a time when others championed the idea of social responsibility— selflessness and sacrifice for the sake of the community at large—Merrill was one of the few on the fringe, arguing that to fulfill their duty to the public they serve, journalists need to be able to write about what they see going on around them honestly and free from a censoring body. But unlike John Milton, another established figure in talks of the free press, Merrill understood that freedom can’t exist without some form of responsibility. And because social responsibility as proposed initially implied a form of organizational censorship, Merrill suggested that perhaps the best way for journalists to stay free to speak and still act in the best interests of their community was for journalists to look inside themselves instead of toward another body to answer what turns out to be a question without answer: what is “good” and what is “bad.” In consideration of this headline, Merrill’s logic rings clear. Although the statement didn’t lack factual accuracy, it didn’t feel right because it put our moral compass out of whack. Based on our mission statement, one the main goals of the Aquinian has always been “to foster a sense of community at St. Thomas University.” Upon taking control of the paper, we decided working to achieve this goal would be our focus for the year—and being critical at inappropriate times can only set us back from achieving this. There will be times for harsh headlines, but this wasn’t it.
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Front-runners not likely to be next Robichaud, Hatfield ...on. How did the bar for New Brunswick leadership suddenly get set so low? STU political science professor Patrick Malcolmson said one reason for the decline of leadership and increase of apathy in young voters is that today’s leaders offer too many unrealistic promises. “Political leaders today are held to a different standard than they were 30 years ago in the sense that they have to make grand promises,” Malcolmson said. “Transformational change! Self-sufficiency! The best education system in Canada! “Their problem is that if they were to run on a platform of offering ‘good government and sound administration,’ they would never win the leadership of their party – nor the election. So the electorate demands ‘a new vision’ each time out and hence are always disappointed.” What then develops, says Malcomson, is a kind of cynicism born out of disappointed, but unrealistic hopes. Jamie Gillies also teaches political science at STU. He says the two main party leaders simply “lack the charisma and vision of
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“New Brunswickers are not happy with the Graham record but they continue to be unsure of...David Alward”: political science professor Jamie Gillies.
their predecessors.” “The two front-runners are not likely to be the next Robichaud or Hatfield,” Gillies said. “I believe this is not entirely their fault but partly a reflection of the political times in which we are in. “New Brunswickers are not
happy with the Graham record but they continue to be unsure of what David Alward and the PCs will do after the election.” He says New Brunswick might be the biggest loser in this campaign because none of the leaders are talking honestly about real issues, like the province’s
debt load. Gillies says the vision thing, as George Bush Sr. once called it, rings hallow when everyone knows it’s unrealistic. “You cannot promise great change when there are few resources to work with so the job of New Brunswick premier be-
comes about hard choices rather than visionary leadership,” Gillies said. “On the other hand, perhaps this perceived void of leadership in New Brunswick will lead to more young people getting involved.”
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From U.S. marine to STU academic New crim prof says he owes accomplishments to life experiences Amy MacKenzie The Aquinian
Dr. Laurence French is probably one of the most accomplished men you’ll ever meet. He has 270 publications, 15 of them books. He is a licensed clinical psychiatrist, has a Ph.D in sociology, has worked with minorities for the past 40 years and he is an ex-United States Marine - to name a few of his accomplishments. And now he can add St. Thomas University’s Endowed Chair of Criminology to the list. French was born in 1941 and grew up in Suncook, New Hampshire, a small town on the Maramack River north of Manchester. French said growing up in Suncook influenced his career choices. “Growing up in that little community, we had workers that came down from Quebec. So we always had this sort of international influx,” he said. “We were always in contact with our relatives in Quebec and other French-Canadian communities in New England. So I’ve got this flavour for working with different cultures and that sort of excited me.” When he was 17, French
joined the United States Marine Corps. French said joining the Marines was the second most important thing that ever happened to him - next to being born. He said the experience had an impact on his career. “There was this raw discipline which I really needed at that young age,” French said. “Then there was the exposure. I got to work with AfricanAmericans and Hispanics that I probably never would have been exposed to before.” French said working with and under the authority of people of different races helped him become the person he is today. “When I started out, all my officers, non-commissioned officers, and all my crew were African-Americans,” French said. “They treated me well and I think that helped alleviate any further prejudices. When I was growing up in New Hampshire, it was probably one of the whitest states in the U.S.” French recently spent nine months in Bosnia and Serbia as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Sarajevo. “I was very excited to be a Fulbright Scholar, especially being assigned to the Univer-
Criminology chair Laurence French says joining the Marine Corps was the second most important thing that ever happened to him. The first was being born.
sity of Sarajevo which is a predominately Muslim section of Bosnia,” French said. “I’ve been working at conferences and doing research in that area since the late 1990s in eastern and southern Europe but I never had a chance to go to Sarajevo until this time. It was a very rewarding experience.” But of all of his accomplishments, French said that seeing
his students succeed and working with Native Americans has been his most rewarding experience. “If you can influence and learn from a few good students, then I think you come out of this with the ultimate reward. Every university I’ve taught at, I’ve always had quality students. We stay in contact and they’ve all done well and that’s the most
rewarding thing,” French said. “Also, I’ve worked with Native Americans for the last 40 years. You learn from their life experiences. They may not have a college degree, but they are very intelligent.” While at STU, French will be busy with presentations and working on his next book. He is also teaching a course titled North American Native Justice,
a field he has been working in since the 1970’s. French is pleased with his decision to apply for his position at STU. “I think it’s a very gentile environment,” French said. “I see a lot of commonality between New Brunswick and New England. So far it’s been a very pleasant experience.”
4 NB Votes 2010
Can you vote in the provincial election? Qualifications:
Canadian citizen 18 years or older Lived in New Brunswick 40 days prior to the election date (Sept. 27) All voters have to register. You can do this on the day of the election, but you’ll avoid the bigger line-ups if you do it beforehand at the SUB. You must have three pieces of identification with your signature and your New Brunswick address.
Notice the empty chair? Last Thursday evening, St. Thomas University hosted an election forum for the candidates of Fredericton-Lincoln. Craig Leonard of the Progressive Conservative Party was unavailable. Left to Right: Tracey Waite (Green), Jason Purdy (NDP), and Greg Byrne (Liberal).
New party, new approach The Aquinian
The People’s Alliance of New Brunswick (PANB) is a new political party in the province that came together after the NB Power deal fell apart. Soon to have first political election under its belt, the PANB has 14
candidates running. Although the party does not have a riding for Fredericton-Lincoln, officials say they would if they could. But because the candidates are mostly operating off donations and personal income, many simply can’t afford to run in an election. The PANB considers itself “a lot” different from the
What if I’m from Bathurst but would rather vote in STU’s riding (Fredericton-Lincoln)? You can do this. Students originally from New Brunswick have the option of voting in their home riding or Fredericton-Lincoln. My driver’s license says Nova Scotia, but I feel like a New Brunswicker when I go to STU eight months a year. You can vote too! Even if you just moved back to the province at the beginning of the month, last year’s school months count as the 40-day qualification. When registering, simply bring identification from your home province as well as three documents (i.e. utility bill, power bill, lease agreement) that have your current NB address on them.
other political parties running in this election. It bases its viI live in residence, but I don’t have anything to prove it. sions on these three principle Get a note from your Residence Life! Your RA will sign a document that clarifies the address or policies: the right to a free vote, your residence at your NB university. Bring this as well as identification to the registration booth! campaign ethics and open government. For more information visit Great news for students!. http://www.panb.org/ You don’t have to wait until the election date to vote! Just head on down to the SUB, and you can register and vote right then and there!
STU prof running for the Greens Harvey wants to put environment on province’s political agenda Jordan MacDonald The Aquinian
Janice Harvey sits in James Dunn Hall sipping her coffee and picking at her muffin. She’s been a professor of environmental studies at St. Thomas University since winter 2009. Now, as the candidate for the Charlotte-Campobello riding for the Green Party in the next provincial election, she sees politics as only the means to an end. “It’s kind of odd to be running for politics and not actually want to be a politician,” she laughs. In 2008, Harvey and some of her colleagues formed the Green Party of New Brunswick. A passionate environmentalist since the early 1970’s, she “just felt the real way to do it [was] to become involved as a political party. And then, you’re on a different [level]. You’re in a new arena.” Harvey finds it hard to balance time between class preparation and campaigning
for the Green Party, but campaigning is the backbone of any provincial election. It can be anything from putting up signs on highways to talking in front of hundreds of people. Harvey says she has “no problem standing in front of 250 people and giving a speech.” “I can do that in a heartbeat. But, knock on someone’s door…shake the hand and… say, ‘Would you consider voting Green?’ My nightmare,” she says, admitting that this is how most politicians are elected. Although she has never personally run for a federal election, Harvey believes provincial candidacy makes it easier to get a message across to the people. “The closer the decisions are made to where it affects people, I think it’s where you’ve got a really good [sense of] democratic engagement,” she said. “The more distant the decision making, the less people engage.” Harvey says that politics itself isn’t a career. She believes that politicians need to find a
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Janice Harvey: “It’s kind of odd to be running for politics and not actually want to be a politician.”
reason to be involved in politics other than self-advancement. “You need to find something you believe in that is represented by the politics you’re involved in,” she said. “It has to be on the basis of [a] personal
conviction around a goal, other than careerism…[which] is not a legitimate political goal.” Harvey plans on running in the next federal election. For her, the difference between running in a federal and a pro-
vincial election is clear: it’s all about the territory. In a provincial election, “you have the advantage of really knowing your riding well” and the federal territory is “sprawling and rural.”
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A First Person Narrative
No way, Nowlan!
Liz says growing up on Britain Street wasn’t as sketchy as poet suggests Liz Sullivan The Aquinian
The poem Britain Street is one of Alden Nowlan’s masterpieces. The late poet is known for his unwavering social critiques and won the Governor General’s award, so when I heard he ‘d written a poem about the street I grew up on, I was curious. The first time I read it I was home, sitting at the computer desk in my purple and green room. I finally convinced my parents to paint the room a year before I left for university. Three years later, it still feels like mine. The poem, freshly printed in my hands, started to feel heavier as I read past the first lines, “This is a street at war.” My head cocked. It went on about delinquent children, abusive mothers and dogs more willing to fight than eat. That he’d “lived here nine months and all that time have never once heard a gentle line spoken.” I was pissed.
I was pissed. This wasn’t even close to the Britain Street that I had grown up on! When I read it, all I could think of were the times the city had excused itself from the task of cleaning up the deep south end. Was this their excuse? Was this how they saw us? Is this how they saw me? Nowlan wrote Britain Street in 1963, describing what he saw in the street he lived on while working for the Telegraph-Journal. More than 30 years later, I got to live on the street. And I remember it a little differently. ••• Many of the buildings on Britain Street are low rentals, and only a few have backyards or front lawns. Grass is scarce on this street and usually riddled with dandelions. The houses line the street like crooked teeth, coloured like a variety pack of Popsicles. Green spaces pop up every now and again, but that’s only because the house that used to be there was burned down or demolished. Tires rot off of cars in those lots -- never moved, never sold; just abandoned by their owners. Now and again you’ll run into a house that’s kept by the
This is a street at war. The smallest children battle with clubs till the blood comes, shout “fuck you!” like a rallying cry-while mothers shriek ple used to steal to put food on “Is somebody moving?” their tables. Now they steal for “Yeah Gramps, I’m headed from doorsteps and windows drugs. off to university, and Andrew’s When Alden Nowlan lived going too.” as though the very names on my street, there seemed to Oh... Where you going?” be the attitude that someone “We’re going to Fredericton, of their young were curses: ... I also have stories “Brian! Marlene! about crack houses and rumours of a prostitution Damn you! God damn you!” ring down the street. or waddle into the street who came from to beat their own with switches: poverty stayed in poverty. That Grampy.” mentality is frustrating, but “Oh yeah, yeah, yeah.” that mentality never existed in Shortly after my parents my house, and if it was at St. moved us, they found out that “I’ll teach you, Brian! John the Baptist/King Edward my grandfather had AlzheimSchool, I ignored it. er’s. It took him three years In high school I knew what after that to forget that Britain I’ll teach you, God damn you!” it was like to have someone Street was home, and that my scared to walk home with me mother was his daughter, that I On this street, because of where I lived. I knew am his granddaughter. I didn’t like it, but I still didn’t When I first read Nowlan’s blame it on Britain Street. poem I was angry. I thought he even the dogs The characters on my street was talking about me, and genwould move away or simply eralizing that all poor people disappear. And the day they are angry with their situation, would rather fight disappear is the day you realize but content to live out our lives that you’ll miss them. in slums, as alcoholics and abuthan eat. ••• sive parents. I started university in 2007. Now sitting on my captains’ My parents decided to rent bed with pillows cushioning the a U-Haul, to move two of their blow, I read the poem again, I have lived here nine months children to Fredericton. Our paying close attention to what newly-acquired Ford Taurus he was trying to say. Especially just didn’t have the trunk space. those final lines: I like to tell and in all that time Moving day on Britain Street is myself/that is only because/ almost as exciting as the circus gentle words are whispered/ have never once heard coming to town. Neighbours and harsh words shouted. drop by to see who’s going His first words still sting, but where. his message seems clearer. As a gentle word spoken. My grandfather stationed an outsider, you see the surhimself on the front stoop and face, and sometimes the surwatched my two brothers and I face can be crude and rough. I like to tell myself carry boxes to the van. I want Nowlan to know that “Who’s moving?” there are gentle words on Brit“Well I am Gramps, I’m going ain Street, and lately the gentle that is only because to university.” words mean more than the “Oh, I see.” angry ones ever could. gentle words are whispered Back down again, this time with my brother’s mattress. and harsh words shouted.
Liz gets pissed when her homeland gets dissed
landlord. Those house is repaired and painted, but once that landlord leaves, the house will slowly deteriorate around the people who live there. I grew up in the building that my grandparents kept. The baby blue building sits directly across from the Turnbull Home, with driveways on both sides and white picket fences separating the gravel driveway from the backyards that frame the house. If there is such a thing as a classy end of Britain Street, we lived on it. My grandparents weren’t wealthy by any means, but Gran expected you to respect where you were living, and lose the mentality of “looking poor.” My grandparents moved to Britain Street in 1972, wanting somewhere to settle and get away from rising rents on other streets. My mother was only nine. She fell victim to some bloody noses and black eyes, courtesy of some of the neighbourhood girls, but her brothers and sister were always there to defend the youngest. My mother’s fears were never my own. My street was never an angry street. Most of the sounds I heard were of siblings playing Frisbee in front of our house, or of my grandfather directing my little brother around his tool shed, teaching him to use table saws and screwdrivers. When the south end didn’t smell like fish meal, the smell of lilacs came from the Turnbull Home gardens, lingering on my block and chasing me to school on days I cut through their parking lot. I have memories of my sister’s bunny in our backyard, and imaginary stories of the Turnbull Home turning into my fairytale castle, but I also have stories about crack houses and rumours of a prostitution ring down the street. My mother says when she was young, peo-
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6 Champion Hearts
The 5th Year Victory Lap
Fine Dining for the Financially Challenged This week’s recipe is brought to you by Colin Hodd
A fifth year at STU is no walk in the park
I have for you this week the lovely Kraft Dinner Casserole, which comes to me from my father, who refers to it by the less delicate, but far more accurate name of Crappy Dinner in the Oven. I myself like to call it Krasserole. It occurs to me that this recipe is only marginally different from last week’s dish. Then again, I think it’s pretty true to the student recipe cycle: when you eat the same things day in and day out, slight changes in presentation are the only way to cling to culinary sanity. So without further ado...
Megan MacKay The Aquinian
When I was a first-year at St. Thomas -- many, many years ago --Michael Jackson was alive and brightening up the lives of millions. iPods were the size of Kleenex boxes and only 11 people had Facebook. The world has changed since then, and so have I. I am now entering my fifth year. Many of my peers crossed the finishing line but I stayed around for another jog around the course. I am going to champion through a victory lap. In the early days of my academic career, I would pass notes in class to alert comrades of a particularly attractive member of the opposite sex, invite them to a party or regale them with a story to inspire much LOL-ing or even, if I was lucky enough, a ROFL or two. Now, when I pass a note in class it reads something to the effect of, “Excuse me, Sonny. I can no longer read the board, as my eyes are tired and lack the power they had in my youth. Would you be so kind as to allow me to copy your notes?” Luckily, they comply, for they can see that I am 100 years old. When I first started at STU, any class before noon was a write-off. I’d roll out of bed five minutes before class, and, screaming in panic, I would sprint to campus, knocking over my peers with a tornado of elbows. I would arrive in
You will need.... 1 box Kraft Dinner 1/2 cup milk 3 Tbsp. butter or margarine(if you’re a pansy) 1 Casserole Dish 1 Complete lack of respect for the entire tradition of cooking dating back to when the first man dropped some meat in a fire and decided to eat it anyway and ending with you sinking low enough to make this stuff.
So, the directions, as such....
1) Cook Kraft Dinner noodles as usual. Drain. 2) In casserole dish, mix noodles, milk, butter and cheese sauce. Be sure to add twice as much milk as the package calls for, otherwise your casserole will be (more) inedible. Add spices to taste. I find that garlic and oregano go a long way to making even regular KD seem like “food.” 3) Spread KD evenly in the pan. Top with cheese (I would say use TOM BATEMAN/AQ real cheddar, but let’s not kid ourselves, if you’re at the point MacKay powers through her fifth year with the grace of a gazelle and the speed of nine cheewhere baking KD is a good idea...you don’t own real cheddar. Use tahs Kraft Singles instead.) 4) Rip the bread into pieces, and sprinkle these on top of the KD. Use as much or as little as you want. class drenched in sweat, wear- I’m sitting alone in the back of style that allows for me to be in 5) In an oven, preheated to 350 C, bake for 15 to 20 minutes. ing only one shoe, chest heav- JD not directing my comments bed by 9 p.m. ing. at anyone in particular, but no It takes the courage of a And you’re done! Like any casserole, this dish can be modified to Now I am awake at 5:30 a.m., one seems to want to partici- lion, the strength of an ox and suit your taste with the addition of meat (hamburger works well) taking my time lacing my sen- pate in conversation. the heart of a champion to be or maybe even, gasp, vegetables. Despite my mocking, I find it acsible, arch-supporting shoes, “Have you seen Die Hard able to power through the vic- tually tastes pretty good. My father generally finishes off a plate and I saunter, ever so slowly, up Two?” or “I can do almost tory lap. If the time comes that of Krasserole with a hearty “well, that sucked!” This is considered the hill to campus. With much seven push-ups!” seem like you too must stay on the track mandatory, and is the ritual way to finish the dish. Enjoy! time to spare before class, I at- good enough conversation for an extra lap, get yourself a tempt to mingle with the youth starters to me. They demon- leather strap to chomp down of today. strate not only my strength and on (in the old days, that was I’m not sure if it’s my weath- great taste, but also my longing our Tylenol) and brace yourself. Do you have a dish that can be made on the cheap? ered skin, that I’m speaking in to invite others into the fast- It will all be over before you Send the recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org a volume much louder than is paced rock star lifestyle I lead. know it. comfortable to listen to, or that The fast-paced rock star life-
Cummings and Goings with Katelin Cummings
I am by no means an expert on breakups. This is in part due to the fact that in order to have a breakup, one needs to be in a somewhat serious relationship, and that just doesn’t happen with me. Maybe it’s my sharp wit or phenomenal beauty that keeps boys at a nervous distance. Men just don’t seem to fall in love with me that often. Well, that’s a lie. Men fall in love (or at the
very least, a very deep state of like) with me on a pretty regular basis. They’re just never guys I can really see myself with. They’re too whiny. Or too dude-ish. Or they ask me if I “want to go to the Wal-Mart parking lot and Tokyo Drift for a little while.” When the time finally comes that I can’t stand the way they bite their lip when they smile or the fact that their favourite band is Tenacious
D, I end it. And for me it’s painful (mostly just painfully awkward) but I move on pretty quickly. When someone breaks up with me, however, it’s a different story completely. My last serious relationship lasted for more than a year and a half. When he broke up with me the day before Thanksgiving, OVER MSN, it is an understatement to say that I was distraught. I was a WRECK. I went home the next day with a box of Kleenex and a puffy face and got a huge hug from my dad as soon as I opened my front door. “He’s stupid and I love you” was all he said. That was exactly what I needed to hear. My father, being the good Irish Catholic that he is, believes that all problems in life can be solved with food. On a drive with my dad we accidentally passed the dreaded ex’s house, and I burst into tears. Frantically and only as a single father can, he said in a startled voice, “What do we want for supper? Pork chops! And mashed
potatoes! Kakie (his pet name for me), what else do we need for dinner tonight?!” He tried to keep my mind off the pain by making me verbally recite a grocery list. And I, with tears streaming down my face, would say, “We’re out of MILLLLLLK.” God love my father. Other relatives were not so helpful. After the breakup,I immediately went to my Nanny Frannie’s house for fresh-baked rolls, soap operas and kind words. But the first thing she told me when I flopped onto her couch was, “You know, he’s probably got another woman at St. F.X.” I should have known Frannie wouldn’t mince words with me. Whether it’s home-cooked meals or brutal honesty I need, my family will provide it during times of crisis. And it’s family like mine that reminds me I’ll be completely fine with or without a boyfriend.
TheAQ Op/Ed Letters to the editor
Lie to me
I have to disagree with the conclusions of the story, “Extra pay for males not an issue at STU” on p.3 , vol. 75, issue 1. The reporter did contact me but I guess I did not make it clear that I do not think that the female/male wage gap is okay. The fact that such a gap exists all across Canada is just one more piece of evidence showing that males and females are not equal in our society. Even if some of the wage gap can be explained by women’s family roles, does this make it alright? Doesn’t it say that women have “to pay” as a consequence of being mothers? The goal should be for the average salaries of men and women to be equal. Only then could we say that “extra pay for males is not an issue at STU.” Joan McFarland Professor of Economics and Women’s Studies/Gender Studies St.Thomas University
The reporter quotes me accurately for the most part in the article on pay [in]equity at STU (vol. 75, issue 1). However, I did not say specifically that ‘the wage gap is due to lifestyle choices not gender inequality’ and I do not fully agree with the headline ‘Extra pay for males not an issue at STU’. There certainly is gender inequality in average incomes, ranging from $4,429 at STU to $20,000 among Canadian professors as a whole. My point was that the root cause for this inequality is not deliberate discrimination in pay, but the greater responsibilities that female faculty take for childbirth, childcare and domestic work. Female professors generally work more of a double day than male professors, and as a result their career progress and thus incomes suffer. Having children and caring for them is hardly ‘a lifestyle choice ‘ as in ‘shall I play golf this afternoon or work on my research paper?’ Caring for children is a necessity. Women have children for the whole society and they are financially penalized for doing so. It is time that society compensated mothers fairly for what their childcare work is worth. Dr. Sylvia Hale Dept. of Sociology
Almost Intelligent with Colin Hodd
I am not sure if this week’s column is going to be very funny, although depending on your opinion of last week’s that might not be much of a change. If this week is the first time you’ve read me, feel free to read my last column: it’ll be like taking a time machine back to when I was hilarious. I’m going to spend this column discussing intellectual dishonesty. I have been worried about this for a few reasons. For one, I don’t want it to seem like I am merely picking people whose worldview I disagree with, and calling them “intellectually dishonest.” This is not my intent. It’s one thing to hold a different view than me, so long as it is held honestly. It’s another entirely to espouse a view you don’t believe in for the sake of some temporary advantage. That is the province of the sophist, and I think the danger in it is real. The man I think of immediately when I think of intellectual dishonesty is one Glenn Beck. He is the poster child for it in many ways. I cannot even say I disagree with this man, because I do not actually know what he believes. His fixation on the term “czars” as it refers to Barack Obama’s political appointees is a great example. Beck would have you believe that “czar” is something other than a turn of phrase, an ornamentation of the language. That word is somehow sinister, a slipup in a grand conspiracy. Beck links it, constantly and ominously with czarist Russia. “This collection of these czars, these are evil people. These are wicked, crazy, frightening people,” he says, direct quote. One segment of his Fox show, ostensibly explaining who these appointees are and what they do, has Beck discussing the craziness of Russian czars, despite the fact, and I cannot stress this enough, that there is NO link between the two kinds of czars worth wasting breath, air, ink or time over. So maybe Beck believes these czars are a threat. Maybe he believes the other things he says. Except he tells us, constantly, that he does not. It is in his words. “I am not saying you are x” he says, “Other people are claiming this thing.” A torrent of “just sayin’, just wonderin’”, backing away from controversy only
to incite more later. Above all, pressed, pushed into a corner, finally forced to justify his views, the man skips away, claiming to be in the business of entertainment, not politics (a whole other level of dishonesty...really, he’s like some kind of weasel-ninja... damn, I need to make that a movie: Weasel-Ninja! Sorry, back to business...) Beck isn’t the only one. He’s not the first, not the last and not the only person to be intellectually dishonest to serve their own goals. We all do it. Some are worse than others. Some just have a bigger soapbox to stand on (Cough, not myself of course, cough). However, that is no excuse. The core of the problem is not what I believe, or what you believe. We can believe different things, wildly different things, and still co-exist, on one very important condition. To live in a society is to interact with other people. In a democratic society, each person has a say, and ideally, a forum to air their ideas. But all I can ever really know about your ideas are what you yourself tell me. I cannot read your mind. In order for there to be trust, for there to be community, we need to be reasonably sure that what the other person is saying is at least broadly representative of what they actually think or feel or believe. Without this, there is no trust, there is no community. Not really, anyway. So, what’s the point? The point is, every time someone like Beck says something they don’t believe to boost ratings, every time a politician wilfully misconstrues an opponent’s words for their own gain, every time you purposefully misread someone else’s intentions...we all lose. We corrupt the very thing that is supposed to tie us together. In the end, I am not sure what that does to us, or what it means that we continue to do it. Maybe you know. Maybe you disagree. Feel free to leave comments at www.theaq.net, in the op-ed section. Today’s topic leads me nicely into what I’ll be up to next week, namely taking a look at the unique and deeply important institution of friendship. Sounds like it’ll be a laugh riot.
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Freddy Sings the Blues I admit it: before Wednesday I’d been to less than five Harvest Jazz and Blues shows. I am not of a particular “jazz” persuasion, nor do I hang out in “blues” circles. I actually spent Wednesday morning nursing a hangover listening to Notorious B.I.G. b-sides. I was working on my personal schedule, and circling a number of shows and band names I’d never heard before. And so it was that I embarked on my very first Harvest Jazz & Blues experience. On Wednesday I planned to see Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi but I had a night class. So I cut out early, arrived late, and headed toward the front of the stage. The prodigally talented power-couple were one of the most hyped bands heading in to the weekend. I’d been warned of their prowess – Trucks was in the Allman Brothers Band before he turned 20, and Tedeschi had toured solo with the Rolling Stones. They were unbelievably casual – she sang sultry and calm, carelessly shrugging her guitar around her shoulder before picking a startling solo. He tended to turn back towards the band when his shredding started picking up steam as if he was suffering from stage fright. Right away I realized something special about Harvest: this festival has no pretentions. People buy tickets knowing what they’re in for, not simply because some random band is coming to town. Few people are here against their will. Harvest is about showcasing talent. That’s why this festival attracts an older audience: it’s a more sophisticated and mature sound. There are less than ten bands you could call “hyped” in the conventional “Internet” way. It’s all technical and pedigreed artists being ludicrously talented. As students, we rarely have the chance to surround ourselves with such elegant music, and that’s why Harvest is such a fantastic opportunity. *** I caught Share, the Acorn and El-
liot Brood at the Galaxie tent Thursday night. Share and the Acorn were on a similar plane, basing their songs on down-tuned guitar-heavy folk rock. I stood next to a St. Andrews musician smoking a joint talking about the finer points of gypsy jazz and Django Reinhardt. His friend pointed at a Harvest
volunteer to warn him of potential trouble and he responded, “you’re right. They probably need this more than I do.” Share was the first band to acknowledge the younger quotient of festival-goers. Speaking to young New Brunswick voters, vocalist Andrew Sisk encouraged us to stay in-
volved and informed. “Most of your youth are gonna move away because you’re tired of the lack of opportunity,” Sisk said. And still, at our own venue, discussing our own politics, the kids seemed disengaged. There were only a couple rows of interested concert-goers while the rest of the
crowd seemed to stare straight through a band talking right to them. *** Friday night at the Wilmot Church Gypsophilia laid down a symphony of elegant noises, harbored on a sophisticated talent and intrinsic rhythm. The band builds up
their riffs and beat to full-blown jigs, z any meandering in This was ano wasn’t strictly for dience was more could hear kids in balcony laughing taking swigs from
ts until they boil in zig-zagged over by nstruments’ solo. other show that adults but the aumature. Still, you n the back of the between songs, their purses.
Clockwise from top left: Grace Potter put on a sultry performance on Wednesday and Thursday; Galaxie Rising Star winner Andy Brown busking; Xavier Rudd’s bare feet; graffiti on Queen Street; Xavier Rudd performing on Thursday with his didgeridoo; The STU Jazz Ensemble opening this year’s festival on Wednesday. Outside that night the streets were swamped with buskers, and pedestrians strolling half-blocks trying to find the most talented street performer. This is the only weekend of the year that’s dominated by drunk adults, rather than obnoxious under-or-barely-over-agers throwing tantrums.
There’s one stage outside Isaac’s Way that is powered by people bicycling to the left of the stage. “We can’t play without you guys… seriously,” yells the vocalist as I walk by. Down the street there’s someone covering “Wonderwall” and around the corner I hear someone playing Blind Melon’s “No Rain.” And it is not even the 90’s! I ran in to Andrew Titus outside the Justice building downtown where we watched his highlight of the festival: STU student Daniel Blais beat-boxing with a didgeridoo and pan-flute, in front of live-graffiti with b-boys dancing around. *** At Officer’s Square I got my blues quota filled by Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers. Ruffins is a New Orleans musician who played the 2005 festival just days after the Katrina disaster. The BBQ Swingers are a piano, bass and drums trio with Ruffins on trumpet. The band jammed out standards like “I Can See Clearly Now” and Gnarls Barkley’s 2000’s radio hit “Crazy”. Each member is bursting with talent, and capable of running all over any single song. Half-way through, an intoxicated 20-something strutted over to me, leaned in and yelled “Man, I played with him in HALIFAX last night, man… I’m going back to Halifax with him tomorrow. He’s fuckin’ SICK man,” then he walked to the
front of the stage and started yelling “KERMIT! I’M RIGHT HERE!” to no avail. *** My most striking discovery was the difference between old and young people dancing. If you’ve never seen old people dancing Harvest is your best chance – it’s either extremely suave and elegant or clunky and awkward. This is definitely affected by alcohol intake, but somehow drunk adults are more endearing than drunk teens. My girlfriend got stuck in a bathroom for five minutes trying to give a lady back her lipstick that she’d dropped between stalls and she didn’t even find it annoying! Try listening to over-liquored 19 year-old girls talk for five minutes – I guarantee you’ll walk away with one of their heads curb-stomped. Harvest is a special festival that brings out the best in a lot of Fredericton residents. It’s certainly aimed at a more mature audience than any indie rock festival, but that’s why it’s special. It’s a stage for showmanship and for abundantly talented folks to prove their musicianship. I don’t follow a lot of musical meanderings, and many songs this week went over my head – but it’s the best chance Fredericton’s ever given me to extend my musical boundaries.
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Fredericton’s Festival Season
New festival aimed at more than just jazz and blues Gallery Connexion’s counter-culture fest Jeffrey Arbeau The Aquinian
There’s a new festival in town, and its name is Celestial City. While downtown Fredericton was home to the annual Harvest Jazz and Blues festival, a new alternative was born right in our backyard. Dubbed the ‘Celestial City Art and Culture Festival’, the artistrun Gallery Connexion held its first annual celebration of D.I.Y. Alternative art by intimately showcasing film, music, independent labels and visual art on four consecutive nights. The festival kicked off on Wednesday, Sept. 15 with the screening of ‘No Fun City’, a feature-length documentary by Melissa James and Kate Kroll on Vancouver’s punk/hardcore music scene and it’s struggles to save independent music venues. The film shed light on the ‘Not-In-My-Backyard’ movement in greater Vancouver and other larger cities that have smaller venue owners and musicians up against by-laws, eviction notices, liquor regulations and noise complaints. Despite working with city counsellors and a ‘No investments, all heart’ attitude, fewer opportunities to find a home are presenting themselves, leaving fewer places for alternative artists to showcase their work and counter-attack boredom. There were both venue and artist aplenty during the festivi-
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Fans watch Duke Haiku at Celestial City Art and Culture Festival.
ties however, as the following three nights of music displayed a tour de force of East Coast talent arriving from Halifax, Nova Scotia as well as more familiar local acts from Fredericton and surrounding cities. It was both refreshing to see and hear familiar faces from my hometown Saint John as well as hear what the East Coast had to offer. All three nights of music were equally eclectic, ranging from spacy electronic rhythms, to dynamic Fugazi inspired posthardcore to straight-up rock and roll. What all the bands did share, however, was a loud and
innovative aesthetic as well as a stage presence that left little to be desired. What made the opening night of music particularly special was newly-formed music label Hamburger Tape’s Release Party, presenting the limited split release of Adam Mowery’s ‘Fernhill’ and 30 Year Hex’s ‘Side Hex’ on cassette. Based right here out of Fredericton, Hamburger Tapes is creating a fun, cost-effective alternative medium for artists to release their work. The easteregg novelty it carries, as well as it’s limited release create an
interesting platform for both the artist and the listener. It also validates my stack of cassette tapes, oak wood cassette deck, and my unwillingness to press the ‘Skip Track’ button. Throughout the entire festival, Gallery Connexion was also hosting a visual art exhibit featuring a collection of ‘Three Dee Realms’ posters from Yo Rodeo. Based out of Halifax, the two-headed design/screenprint art team showcased their latest work, a collection of anaglyphic 3D screen-prints which require the use of 3D glasses to be viewed as they’re intended.
Conjuring images of pyramids floating through space or tortoises with cities on their backs won’t suffice as a worthy description, so I’ll highly recommend checking them out via the internet. If fact, I’ll recommend checking out all the Celestial City Art and Culture Festival has to offer. Most importantly, I’d highly encourage anyone to pay a visit to Gallery Connexion in the near future, because it seems as though we suffer from an opposite plight which our Vancouver counterparts suffer; where they are creating venues to only
have them fall under akin to a game of ‘whack-a-mole’, we are blessed to have solid, beautiful venues and art galleries flourishing in our city. Where the West Coast is fighting off becoming a boring city, our challenge as students, residents and art enthusiasts is to fight off the complacency of staying at home on our free time. Gallery Connexion is an All Ages, Wet/Dry venue located at 440 York St. which offers free admittance during regular business hours. In a city lush with striving artists, venues such as this are a great gift for everyone.
No Excuse for Sexual Harassment, Ever!
TV Done Wright with Adam Wright
The hottest debate this week in the media world has been surrounding a story that involved a female sports reporter and a sexual harassment investigation against a NFL team. Mexican reporter Ines Sainz was covering the New York Jets’ practice. The reporter claims that there were footballs thrown into her direction during her time there and later in the lockerroom the players allegedly made vulgar and sexual passes at her. You would think this is a clear cut case, right? All week long, this story has been debated on the field and on the air. Here are some of the comments: “You know, somebody got to spark her interest or she’s going to want somebody. I don’t
know what kind of woman won’t, if you get to go and look at 53 men’s [bodies],” said Washington Redskins player Clinton Portis “(She) was asking for it” said Fox NFL Analyst Brian Baldinger. “I don’t think women should be in the locker room,” says Chicago Bears player Lance Briggs. Sainz is a reporter for Mexico’s TV Azteca. The Sports Illustrated website named her one of the sexiest reporters in the world. Her personal website dubs her “the hottest reporter in Mexico” and is filled with pin-up pictures of herself. I mention this because this is the ammo those criticizing her are using. They’re also quick to mention her outfit during the alleged incident
may or may not have been appropriate (white shirt, boots, and tight jeans). So she’s sexy and dresses sexy, therefore it’s fair game? Seriously? Believe it or not, I can relate to Sainz. As a journalist myself, I’ve had the opportunity to interview some of TV’s biggest starlets. But despite my oozing of sex-appeal, I expect them to keep things professional no matter how hard it is. Despite my piercing brown eyes and perfectly groomed manly beard, I have a job to do. And at no time am I ready to be sexually harassed. What’s more disheartening about this story is the way the media is covering it. Instead of this being a story about a professional football league team being investigated for sexual harassment, it has turned into a “did she deserve it” debate. For example, while covering the story, CNN showed the picture of what she was wearing that day and zoomed in on the picture on her jeans, highlighting her ass. While doing research for this article, I saw that news sites like CBS had links to her bikini pictures right inside her sexual harassment story. Don’t they feel kind of dirty pushing the “sex sells” envelope during a story about sexual harassment? It would be like an after-school program link in a story about the Vatican Church.
This story, under all the sleaziness, has brought up a good point however. Should sports reporters be allowed in a locker-room? Men are banned from any women’s locker-rooms, so shouldn’t women be held to the same standard? Granted there is a higher number of professional male team sports, which would make it unfair for female reporters. How about banning ALL reporters from the locker-rooms? Trust me, I understand the need for post-game coverage, but I think it can wait until the players get dressed. I can’t imagine it being comfortable for an athlete to be interviewed while getting out of the shower. And I can’t imagine how awkward it must be for a reporter to interview an athlete who may or may not be nude. While the NFL is investigating this incident, the debate has taken a frightening turn. There’s never an excuse for sexual harassment, no matter who she is, how hot she is, or what she’s wearing. And for the media to add fuel to those flames is unforgivable. It’s also unforgivable that in this day and age female reporters are still treated with disrespect this way. What do you all think of this? Email me your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org , and I may put them in a future column if I get enough responses.
11 Cassette Culture
Tasty tapes Hamburger Tapes re-introduces old format Laura Lyall The Aquinian
Cassette tapes have been collecting dust since the release of the compact disc and MP3. But Jamie MacIntosh believes they may no longer be obsolete. MacIntosh is the man behind Hamburger Tapes, a music label that releases their records through cassettes tapes. MacIntosh says his car rekindled his romance with tapes. “I had this car that only had a tape deck, and I started loving cassettes again.” He believes that tapes, much like vinyl in recent years, will experience a resurgence in popularity. “There’s a cassette comeback going on,” he says. He says
the cheap production costs of cassettes is central to the revival. “They’re cost effective, epecially compared to CD’s.” On Sept. 16, Gallery Connexion hosted the “Hamburger Tapes Release Party” which celebrated the release of the Adam Mowery and the Giants of Industry and 30 year Hex split tape. With 30 Year Hex unable to play, Mowery was joined by Duke Haiku and Physics for Poets to perform on stage. The number of tapes produced is limited, with only a hundred bright yellow tapes, packaged in gritty purple and black paper. The Hamburger Tapes Release Party was part of Gallery Connexion’s Celestial City Art and Culture Festival which ran from Sept. 15-18. According to their website, the festival
“touches on genres of punk, hardcore and D.I.Y. culture.” Gallery Connexion’s Maggie Estey says events like the Hamburger Tapes are good for the gallery. She says the release party offered an alternative to the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival, which can be restrictive as some shows are not open to all ages. The split tape will be available for purchase through record stores in Fredericton, Saint John and Halifax and online through www.hamburgertapes.blogspot.com. MacIntosh says that he has plans of releasing live tapes by both Moncton’s Strawmen and Cleveland, Ohio’s Mr. California and the State Police by the end of the year.
STU’s Swankiest Professor and Dresser
I’d Rather Go Naked with Maisa Leibovitz
When I informed Scott Stapleford of his recent triumph in my poll of St. Thomas’ Most Stylish professor, I thought his response e-mail was mocking me. I mean, I take fashion pretty seriously. But his response threw me off. “Finally, some recognition! I regard winning this poll as a great triumph!” The double exclamation mark: was he actually thrilled, or was this yet another example of why there should be a font named Sarcasm? “You know, when you sent me that e-mail, I had to forward it to my only rival, who deserves honourable mention, Sarah MacDonald. The
only reason we don’t hate each other, is because I can’t wear a dress,” Stapleford joked. I thought his appreciation for McDonald was founded on some sort of personal experience of womenswear. “I guess my sense of fashion came from my two sisters. We used to play a lot of dress-up, and you can print this: they’d put me in dresses and did my full make-up. I don’t have a problem with saying this.” He didn’t have a problem with saying, or rather, describing a lot of things. My head spun with the minute detail of his sartorial monologue. He
Scott Stapleford shows off his GQ attire
Yes, it’s his crotch.
explained the half Windsor knot, the full Windsor knot, his discovery of the right knot for him: the Milanese. Several of his students had warned me of the mad man characteristic in him and I could see it now. The famous in-class shoe polish didn’t come close to the full treatment at home, which involved a horsehair brush and keeping his leather shoes in a satin bag. Somewhere, had Sarah Jessica Parker overheard us, she would’ve kicked herself for not providing satin sheets to tuck in her thousand little Laboutin twin babies. When I asked what he thought his clothes said about him, he gushed, “That I’m extremely superficial.” I disagreed with this statement as much as he disagreed with the concept of owning a pair of blue jeans. I was starting to feel the flooding admiration his students must feel. The sheen of his egyptian cotton crisp white shirt entranced me as he went on, “Perhaps Plato is to blame, he said one must wear virtue instead of clothing.” Stapleford’s strive for perfection might be eccentric but it was another facet of his philosophy on life, “One must cultivate surfaces as much as the mind, it is about professionalism...Clothes
have a nobling edifying quality.” The process of putting on a shirt and tie for a man is the equivalent of preparing for battle; his sword and sheath, as Stapleford put it. I stared at my chipped red nail polished toes in shame. Across from me, the man leaning back pensively on his chair was starting to look statuesque. “I’ve had students, first years, who dress normally and then show up at the exam, by the end of the year, wearing shirts and ties.” There’s hope for me yet. Luc Malenfant commented on Stapleford during the voting process. “You can see yourself in his shoes,” he said. And although he meant it quite literally, Stapleford proves there is space in academia to develop both the mind and the body. And if philosophy isn’t keeping students interested, at least there’s other entertainment.“I’ve had students, a group of girls, tell me before that they show up to class simply because they want to know what tie I’ll be wearing.”In his true OCD manner, we can at least guess it will be 100 per cent silk.
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BP ready to seal broken oil well BP begins pumping cement to permanently seal a damaged oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, which is responsible for the worst spill in US history. Canada rave rape photos and video published online Police say some Facebook users have refused to remove images of the sexual assault at the rave Canadian police say they are struggling to prevent photos and video of a sexual assault on a teenager spreading online.
Drill hole reaches Chilean miners A drill reaches the 33 men trapped in a Chilean mine since early August, but it will take several weeks to widen the hole to free them. US couple attempted to pass nuclear secrets to Venezuela The US has charged a pair of former nuclear contractors with attempting to leak nuclear secrets to Venezuela.
China transports drilling equipment into disputed waters Tensions have been strained over the arrest of the captain of a Chinese trawler in disputed waters Japan says China has shipped drilling equipment to a disputed gas field in the East China Sea, fuelling diplomatic tensions between the Asian giants. LG Electronics replaces chief executive LG Electronics, the world’s third-biggest mobile phone maker, has replaced its chief executive after record losses at its handset business.
Africa leads global decline in new HIV cases The UN called for greater global investment in HIV/Aids prevention .Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are leading a global decline in new HIV infections, the UN has said. Mauritania strikes at militants on Mali border Mauritania has launched a military operation against militants linked to al-Qaeda along the border with Mali, officials in the two countries say.
A sixth man has been arrested in London by police in relation to a potential threat to Pope Benedict XVI’s visit. Russia to sell Syria anti-ship cruise missiles Russia’s has confirmed it will supply Syria with anti-ship cruise missiles, Russian media report.
Roadside bomb kills nine Iraqi soldiers Nine Iraqi soldiers were killed and six were injured by a roadside bomb on the outskirts of Mosul, police say.
Third-year criminology student Asha Grant promotes global peace with Peace One Day.
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Criminology student wants to give peace a chance Danielle Bodie The Aquinian
St. Thomas University will be observing “Peace One Day” for the first time on Tuesday Sept. 21. Peace One Day is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness about International Peace Day and involves governments, communities, organizations and all parts of society to participate in practical manifestation of non violence and ceasefire. The organization of Peace One Day and International
Peace Day came about in 1999. Filmmaker Jeremy Gilley launched Peace One Day in hopes of creating global peace. His first mission was to create an internationally recognized day of non violence and ceasefire. He would also film and document this whole process. Two years later, Gilley succeeded and the United Nations unanimously adopted Sept. 21 as Peace Day. Third year Criminology student Asha Grant was inspired by Gilley and decided to share it with everyone at STU.
“I first found about Peace One Day last year when my criminology professor Stephen Pidwysocky screened Jeremy’s documentary “The Day After Peace” in one of our classes. Before that day I had never heard about Peace One Day or Peace Day at all. The film inspired me to become involved with Peace One Day and share it with my fellow students” said Grant. The purpose of the event here at STU is to bring awareness of Peace One Day to the campus and more largely, the
Fredericton Area. The organization will be showing a documentary in honour of the day. The screening is on Peace Day Sept. 21in BMH 102 at 6:30pm. Stu students can get involved by going to the website peaceoneday.org. “Peace Day is not just a day about peace among nations but peace within our homes, schools and communities. Everyone can get involved in bringing peace to every part of the globe” said Grant.
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3. In a bowl, place cubed potatoes, minced beet, sweet peas, carrots, onion, 2. Boil beet separately in water with 1 red and green bell peppers and mix with teaspoon salt until tender, then peel and mayonnaise. Add black pepper. 1. Boil potatoes and carrot in water mince Boil eggs separately in water with with a half a teaspoon salt for about 1/4 teaspoon salt until hard. 10-15 minutes or until tender & and soft .
13 Leave your Stereotypes at the Door Culture Shock Me Silly with Devika Dadhe
(Warning- Contains sarcasm. May cause more giggles than usual. Even for men.) Stereotypes. They’re everywhere. Stereotypical people, cultures, traditions, you name it and most people who’ve never experienced it, have a certain perception of that place, culture, or person. Those perceptions are influenced or triggered by movies, books, stories you’ve heard from friends or relatives, or those rare experiences when some idiot or genius
lives up to his stereotypical image. Most of us have been stereotyped and judged by either our culture, or appearance, or some other quality that falls into people’s perception of us. I’m sure many international students at STU must’ve experienced something similar. I know I did. And I have to admit although most of the times I found it annoying, I’d find myself thinking about it later and laughing my butt off. So here are some common ones I’m sure we all have heard.
Indians live in the desert and have pet camels and elephants. Duh. In fact my dad goes to office on his elephant and doesn’t even have to stop at the lights because the traffic police officer either runs away scared out of his senses or just stands there with the most bewildered look you’ll ever see. Japanese are harmless, timid little people. Oh yeah? Wait till one of them Kung Fu’s your ass to outer space.
Africans live in huts made from dead trees and rain dance to please the gods. Don’t we all? All Asians are excellent at spelling and math. Yes. Yes, absolutely. No I’m not being sarcastic. I’m Asian (almost) and I rock at spellings and math. No really, I do! The most common one and the most annoying one I always get is- Are your parents going to choose a husband for you?? (Referring to the Indian tradition of arranged marriages.) I don’t know what I’m doing tomorrow and you’re asking me about husbands and marriages?? Yes my father may choose one for me but if I don’t like him I’ll refuse and find a guy who I know my parents will like! I mean come on its not like your parents aren’t going to try and set you up with some guy/girl, all parents do! But you have to admit, it’s funny.
Not just the arranged marriage thing, stereotypes in general. We even have this image of people. This stereotypical appearance that we think applies to them. Ok, I’ll give you a word, and all you have to do is picture that person. Cheerleaders. Blonde, pink top and a matching mini skirt, pompoms and a big smile is the first picture that pops up in my mind. Nerds. One word, Napoleon Dynamite. And this happens to everyone! From girls reading romance novels (Come on, I know you picture that gorgeous dark haired man with a beautiful girl with long hair and a figure to die for holding hands on a beach) to guys looking at pictures of Hummers and dirt bikes I know you see yourself in there and imagine playing ‘Ridin’ Dirty’ on full volume and rollin’ down the main street with everyone looking at you in awe.
Memories of a foreigner Student reflects on her new home Maite Cristina Lopez The Aquinian
The air brushes my cheek, my skin jumps at the sensation. I look around to find new smells, new people, and new love. As I walk through the trees I am amazed at the leaves falling through the playful wind. Everything has a start and an end, but this fall means a beginning to most of us. A beginning to accept a world different from the one we lived in, to walk through the trees and smile at the sensations instead of shuddering at them. Coffee tastes strange, food looks different and people speak English. Boys kiss in unusual ways and buses are weird, taxis expensive, classes amazing, readings even better! As I walk, I smile but the silence of the forest reminds me… “All I want is to be there and say I got there.” I did get here and I can’t
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think of being anywhere else in world but here. Although I can remember when coffee was strong, where food was rice, beans, vegetables and fried plantains. I look back at the faces of people who changed my life, people who I am in love with, people that are machine recordings of what no longer is. I laugh at the thought of waking up at home and having my mother hug me in the mornings and remind me the house chores that need to be done, of my dad taking me out to lunch, of a friend kissing me in the darkest of night. I laugh at what used to be and what no longer is. The rainy, sunny, humid always changing weather! The forty five minute away beaches, the horrible traffic, the feeling of belonging… oh the memories of the foreigner! I am almost there. When you are thoughtful the walk from campus is really not that
long. This walk has just gained a whole new meaning. The more I walk, the more I watch, the more I learn about Canadian culture the more things I have to rejoice in. Although some days all I want is to wake up in my old room eventually this will all sink in and I will be able to walk in room 260 at Chatham Hall and feel right at home.
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Maite, a student from Costa Rica, hopes to call STU her home one day.
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From the Sports Desk
An editor’s regret Derek Montague Sports Editor
Last week, I published a headline titled “Point guard flunks out.” It was not my intention—or anyone else’s — to attack or embarrass Mackenzie Washburn, but I realize the headline comes across as harsh and unnecessary. There was nothing factually wrong with the headline or the article. I believe academic performance by athletes is a legitimate issue. But, I should have realized the potential impact of the headline before including it in the story, as it singled out
Washburn, which wasn’t the goal of the article. I did not write the headline, but I approved it, and for that I take full responsibility. I would like to thank Washburn for being extremely understanding. His attitude is a great testament to his character. We write a lot of headlines at at the Aquinian. Sometimes we write things in the heat of the momemt that wasn’t well thought out. This is one such case would like to apologize to Mackenzie Washburn. It was not a good display of judgment on my part, and I truly regret it.
Team exceeds expectations
Wes Welcher (center) playing for the St. John’s Fog Devils
Women’s soccer team net first win
Tommies lose two key players
Derek Montague The Aquinian
Dietrich makes late decision; Welcher’s heart not in it Derek Montague The Aquinian
St. Thomas University’s men’s hockey team will be playing without two key forwards this year. Wes Welcher and Tyler Dietrich, unexpectedly, decided to quit playing for the Tommies this summer. “It was a bit of a shock. I defiantly expected those guys to be back, you know,” says Tommies defenseman Andrew Andricopoulos. “Those were two well
liked guys, but it’s a team. It’ll affect us but it won’t. We’re all buddies here.” Tyler Dietrich will be the biggest loss, offensively, for the Tommies. Last year, he was the team’s top goal scorer. He was also a member of the very effective western line; which consisted of Dietrich, Kenton Dulle, and Mike Reich. “We are disappointed to lose the calibre of player in Dietrich,” says coach Mike Eagles. “[But] we can’t worry about guys that aren’t here.”
According to Eagles, Dietrich informed the team that he wouldn’t be back just two weeks before training camp began. “What could I say, really? It’s really late for someone to call and say he’s not coming back,” says Eagles. It was in June when Welcher informed Eagles that he, also, wouldn’t be back with the team. “He felt disappointed with his performance at this level. He felt it wasn’t fair to us,” says
Ruggers ready to rumble Kyle Douglas The Aquinian
Rugby is back at St. Thomas and the men’s squad is committed to putting together a strong team for the season. Alongside a handful of returning veterans is a large group of talented rookies, all looking to improve on last year’s 0-6 record. “We’re looking to pull out some big wins this year,” says second-year flanker Colin Belyea. “There’s already been a lot more effort at practices compared to last year. We’re focused.” STU looks especially strong up front. Belyea once again joins Ryland Davies in the back
row, while second-year prop Alex Labelle is confident that the Tommie’s big men can hold their own. “Most of our returning guys play in the pack so we’re pretty strong there,” Labelle says. The experience of the forwards is solid. But with only three returning players, the same can’t be said for our backs. Fly half and center Dylan Marshe, and scrum half Josh Olmstead were among the key players lost during the off season. Ready to fill the void are a group of new recruits looking to make a name for themselves. Simon “Flowers” Bishop will take over for Olmstead at scrum half, while former St.
Francis Xavier defensive lineman Trevor O’Leary looks to be a force as he joins Beylea as flanker. Without a large group of veterans to lean on, success will depend on how well the first-year players can establish themselves at the university level. Despite the uncertainty, coach Dan Cyr is positive that his players can step up. “We are a young team, but there’s lots of athletic ability and some experienced players to guide the new guys.” Your first chance to see the men’s team in action on home turf is Sept. 26 at College Field, where they will meet Mount Allison University.
Eagles. “It’s a tremendous commitment to play at this level. He didn’t have what it takes to be as good as Wes Welcher could be at this level.” “It’s tough ‘cause he’s one of our top penalty killers; usually on the power play’s second unit,” says former line mate Jason Cassidy. I guess it wasn’t in his heart to be here. He wasn’t sure if St.Thomas was for him…so I respect that decision.” Dietrich and Welcher could not be reached for comment.
The Tommies women’s soccer team notched their first victory of the season on Sept. 12, beating Moncton’s Crandall University with a score of 4-1. The road win came one day after losing at home to UNBSJ. The early season victory may come as a surprise to many. At training camp, the Tommies only had about a dozen players. Luckily, the number jumped to 17 in time for the season. The win will go a long way in the team’s rebuilding process. “I went into this year without expectation,” head coach Macky Singh said. “This was a rebuilding year, but I also wanted to play good football.” The Tommies got off to a good start.. Grainne McKenna and Laura Hicks scored the first
two goals of the game. Crandall netted one of their own to cut the lead in half, but the Tommies would prevent any comeback from happening. Captain Jessica Bruce and Rachel Green scored the final two goals of the game and sealed the victory. “Overall, the girls played really well,” Bruce said. “We made a lot of improvements from last year. “Crandall was a pretty aggressive team, so we had to change our game…we had to be quicker with the ball; quick passes in order to keep Crandall on their toes.” The Tommies now have one win and one loss, and look poised for a much improved season from last year. “The team believes in each other,” Singh said. “Which is different than last year.”
Rookies make big impact Derek Montague with files from Olivia Long The Aquinian
The STU Cross Country team travelled to Truro this weekend for their first league meet of the season hosted by Nova Scotia Agricultural College. The race course was over the hilly and rocky terrain of Victoria Park. “It was a good tune up meet and it was really encouraging to see the amount of improvement in the team just within the past two weeks since our last race,” says coach Scott Davis Rookie members Kyla Tanner and Nathan Paton in
particular had a great race. Tanner crossed the finish line in 24:05, placing 7th overall, and was the second Tommie across the finish line for the 5k women’s race. Paton finished the men’s 8k in 32:50 earning him 5th place. At the meet there were more than 60 competitors. “It was the largest turn out for ACAA cross country so far,” Davis said. “It was a tough course. The first kilometer was one steep hill,” said team captain Olivia Long who finished 5th with a time of 23:36. Because of the difficulty level of the course, the team treated the
race more like a workout, explained Long. The team is focusing on ACAA Championships and CCAA Nationals both of which will be hosted by STU this year at Odell Park. “We’re hoping for a lot of home support from the university and Fredericton community,” said Davis. The team’s next meet will be Oct. 2nd hosted by Université Sainte Anne in Nova Scotia. For full results and more information visit w3.stu. ca/stu/sites/cross_country/ index.html
15 Sports feature
The long ride New film revives interest in N.B. jockey’s story Derek Montague The Aquinian
The date is June 9,1973 and 70,000 spectators have jammed Belmont Park, expecting that Secretariat would become the first horse in 25 years to win the coveted Triple Crown. The race is being broadcast in living rooms all across North America. Five horses are at the post, but all eyes are focused on the magnificent Secretariat. If anyone were to look at the jockey riding atop the horse, they would see Ron Turcotte. “He had it all,” said Turcotte in an interview from his home in northwestern New Brunswick. “He had the looks, he had the speed, he had the stamina. You name it, he had it all.” “I think there was some chemistry between us. I had confidence in him. He had confidence in me.” In early October, people around the world will rediscover Ron Turcotte when Disney releases Secretariat, a movie focusing on the horse’s owner, Penny Chenery and how the colt changed her life. The movie stars John Malkovich and Diane Lane. Jockey Otto Thorwarth plays Turcotte. The ultimate prize in horse racing, the Triple Crown is awarded when a horse wins the Kentucky Derby, The Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes in the same year. Turcotte nearly pulled it off in 1972, aboard Riva Ridge, winning the Derby and the Belmont Stakes. But Turcotte’s success on Riva Ridge was just a prelude. In 1972, after Secretariat’s first two races, the colt had a fourth and a first-place finish. Trainer Lucien Laurin turned to Turcotte
to be Secretariat’s new jockey. “I was their top rider,” Turcotte said. “They gave me their best horses.” Secretariat flourished with Turcotte. Together they won six out of seven races in 1972. Turcotte and Secretariat continued their dominance in 1973 making them triple crown favourites. The Kentucky Derby turned out to be a riveting event. Turcotte kept Secretariat back in last place at the beginning. But later on, he made his move, and started blowing by the other horses. In the final stretch, Secretariat passed the lead horse, Sham, and won the race. He also set a track record. Turcotte used the same strategy in the Preakness, keeping Secretariat behind the other horses to start the race. But Turcotte surprised everyone by making his move much earlier. “You just don’t see horses make that kind of move that early in the race. It was a gutsy move, it was a brilliant move. And if he lost, Ronnie would never have heard the end of it,” said Turcotte’s biographer Bill Heller. When Secretariat won the race, it seemed as though he had set another track record. But the official timer had a malfunction and showed a slower time than he actually ran. After much debate, the record wasn’t given to Secretariat. With the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness now out of the way, Turcotte and Secretariat were one win away from the Triple Crown. In the three weeks between the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes, Secretariat became a
media darling in the United States. He appeared on the cover of three national magazines, including Time. Everyone seemed to be rooting for this horse. “I wasn’t astonished,” said Turcotte. “I made myself available for the press when I had the chance. “I was very busy. I was running horses for clients. I didn’t have time for pressure.” The 1973 Belmont stakes turned into the most anticipated race in American history. Some people arrived at the race track as early as 6 a.m. Millions had placed their bets on Secretariat. Aboard Secretariat, Ron Turcotte had a front row seat on history. But even those who didn’t gam-
“I was screaming: Ronnie, Ronnie, what are you doing? You’re going to kill the horse!” ble were eager to see the super horse win that day. As soon as the race began, it was clear that Turcotte had a different strategy from the last two races. There was no holding back this time. Turcotte and Secretariat were looking to take the lead and keep it. After going around the first turn, Secretariat and Sham were neck and neck. It seemed like the two horses, which were well ahead of the others, might stay close the entire race. Suddenly, Secretariat sped up and pulled away from Sham. “I was screaming: Ronnie,
Ronnie, what are you doing? You’re going to kill the horse!,” said Turcotte’s biographer Bill Heller, who watched the race on television. With Secretariat pulling away from the rest of the field at an alarming speed, Chic Anderson announced what was happening to the millions of people watching at home. “Secretariat is widening now. He is moving like a tremendous machine!...Secretariat is all alone! He’s out there almost a sixteenth of a mile ahead of the rest of the horses! Secretariat is in a position that’s impossible to catch...Secretariat will be the
Triple Crown winner!” Secretariat won by an incredible 31 lengths, and finished with a time of 2:24. It was unprecedented. Unlike the Preakness, there was no doubt that Secretariat shattered the previous track record. “I think even Ronnie was shocked about how fast he went,” said Heller. “They never gave us the record [at the Preakness]. So I let him run,” said Turcotte. “I just wanted them to know that he broke the record.” The 1973 Belmont Stakes is widely considered one of the greatest moments in North American horse-racing history. Some even call it one of the greatest, if not the greatest, sports moment of all time and Ron Turcotte, a man from rural New Brunswick, had the best seat in the house. “It didn’t dawn on me what we had done for about two weeks,” said Turcotte. Turcotte’s incredible Triple Crown win made him an inter-
national celebrity. Even 36 years later, he is seen as a horse-racing legend. “Anywhere I go, especially in the United States, people recognize me,” said Turcotte. But in 1978, Ron Turcotte’s amazing career came to a premature end. His horse fell in a race, taking Turcotte down with him. The accident left him a paraplegic. “The accident was such a tragedy,” said Heller. “There was no other horse [involved in the accident]. It was the way he hit the ground. The doctor said it was a million to one shot.” “It’s amazing…he means so much to people,” said Heller. “They’ve saved pari-mutuel tickets they bet on Secretariat, they’ve saved photos of Ronnie and Secretariat, and they kept them for 30 years to get them signed by Ronnie.” “As a good a jockey as he is, he’s an even better human being.”
The Carleton Connection Atherton, Lamoreau named women’s basketball co-captains The Aquinian
Heather Atherton and Jillian Lamoreau are this year’s women’s basketball captains. Atherton is a fourth-year shooting guard from Carleton County. She has been starting for the Tommies since her arrival at STU and was named rookie of the year for 2007-2008. Atherton is no stranger to
leadership. This is her second year as captain. “I am definitely excited to be appointed a captain for another year,” she said. “We had a great year last season and I know that as long as we stay focused on our team goals then we will be successful once again into the ACAA championship.” Lamoreau is a third-year post player, also from Carleton
County. She was the 2008-2009 rookie of the year and last year’s co-MVP. She was also chosen as a second team all star by the ACAA. “I am very honoured and excited to be named one of the captains of our team,” said Lamoreau. “The team consists of such great people. I am eager to help lead the Tommies to another successful season.”
Coach Connors feels Atherton and Lamoreau will provide the team with a balance in leadership. “Heather is a returning captain who did a great job leading the team in games and in practices,” he said. “And Jill has shown great growth as a player and a person. She has great work ethic and is a fantastic leader through example.”
Keeping it simple Team shows scoring touch in weekend split Derek Montague The Aquinian
St.Thomas University’s men’s hockey team split their two exhibition games against Universite du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres this past weekend. The Tommies won 6-2 on Friday and lost 7-5 on Saturday. If the two games are any indication of the team’s talent, the Tommies should have no problem scoring goals this season. The forwards made a statement early on in Friday’s contest; scoring four straight goals in the first 13 minutes. “It sounds clichéd but we
kept it simple,” says Tommies’ veteran Jason Cassidy. “We’re not an overly skilled team, but if we keep it simple we can be very effective offensively and defensively…we made a lot of little passes, which makes the game a lot easier for everyone.” Tommies goalie Charlie Lavigne was shown no mercy in Friday’s contest. After the Tommies went up 4-0 in the first period, UQTR came on strong offensively. By the end of the game, Lavigne had faced about 40 shots. To the defense’s credit, they kept most of the scoring chances to the outside, allowing Lavigne a clear view of the puck. Friday’s game was also a coming out party for Randy Cameron, who joined the Tommies just days before the game. Cameron, a native of PEI, was nearly recruited successfully over the summer, but chose to join the UPEI Panthers instead. Tommies captain Erick Tremblay thought he belonged at STU from the beginning. “We had a good time this summer,” says Tremblay. “It
was disappointing when he wasn’t coming…[but] I knew in the back of my mind he was coming back; he’s just a good fit.” “I didn’t leave UPEI for hockey reasons; it’s a personal choice. Coming to St.Thomas is the best choice for me,” says Cameron. “I just felt I needed a change; to move away from home and play hockey.” Cameron was an offensive star with the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL. Last season he scored 68 points in 68 games. In the playoffs, he scored 13 goals and 8 assists in 21 games. With those numbers, Cam-
David Crossman advances the puck.
eron will be expected to be a consistent point producer for the Tommies. He didn’t disappoint on the weekend; scoring three goals and one assist in the two games, while playing on a line with Mathieu Melanson and Matt Eagles. The trio of Cameron, Melanson, and Eagles was a constant offensive threat in both games. Although the hockey season is very young, don’t expect that line to be broken up any time soon. Despite Friday’s great performance, Saturday showed that the Tommies still need improvements on defense. UQTR only got 28 shots on goal, but were able to get more quality
scoring chances. The Tommies defense struggled to clear the front of the net and allowed the UQTR forwards to get chances down low. “We missed a few assignments on the back check… we’re playing a little bit of a different system this year…there’s an adjustment period, even for our returning players,” says Head Coach Mike Eagles. “So we’re sorting some stuff out defensively… we’ve got to be better.” The second period was the worst for the Tommies, where they turned the puck over nearly 20 times. Tommies goalie Ben MacFarlane was unable to bail out his teammates, al-
lowing four goals in the frame. The Tommies did, however, show some resilience in the third period. Down 7-3, they dominated the play, outscoring UQTR 2-0, and looked poised to make a comeback. But the Tommies couldn’t notch two more goals and lost 7-5. Despite the loss, Mike Eagles was pleased with his teams comeback effort in the third. “I’m really, really, pleased with the effort of the guys and how they played in the third period. They showed that we could get back on track…I think there’s still a lot of positives to be taken from that game.”