St. Thomas University’s Official Student Newspaper
February 28, 2012 - Volume 76 Issue 20
Comeback kids take ACAA title
Know your candidates The AQ’s Shane Magee talks what you should know before casting a vote in the upcoming election
William Rochlow (left) and Daniel Desjardins (right) celebrate with fans after winning the ACAA championship. The St. Thomas University men’s volleyball team beat Holland College in the fifth set on Sunday. (Tom Bateman/AQ)
Team rebuilt from scratch edges top-seated Holland College in five sets on Sunday Karissa Donkin The Aquinian
Only a few months ago, the St. Thomas University men’s volleyball team didn’t exist. Suspended for a year for violating the school’s hazing policies after the death of rookie player Andrew Bartlett at a team party, the team lost many of its players. It had to rebuild from scratch. What emerged was a team made up almost entirely of first-year players, including four who graduated together and played volleyball together at École Sainte Anne in Fredericton last year. They are led by Tom Coolen, former
bench boss of the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds hockey team, and Francis Duguay, a 22-year-old STU student who played on the team for four years. On Sunday, that team beat the odds and defeated top-ranked Holland College in a five-set thriller to capture the Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association title on its home court. The team now advances to Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association nationals in Abbotsford, B.C. March 8-12 Heading into the game at Lady Beaverbrook Gym, they were ranked third, with more losses than wins. “It tells [other teams] that you…have
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to take every team seriously. It doesn’t matter if you’re all first years or whatever. Anybody can win this game,” said fourth-year setter Andrew Keddy. At 22, Keddy is the same age as his coach. He joined the team in second semester after helping at practices and is the only returning player on a young squad. “[It] just made the biggest difference to have...a veteran voice on the team like that,” Duguay said. The team kept it close with the Hurricanes throughout the match, with a few long rallies that had the crowd on its feet and screaming at full volume. Players from the women’s team, who
lost their championship game earlier in the day to Mount Saint Vincent University, were cheering at the front of the crowd. The Tommies lost the first set 15-25 but, as they have all year, they proved they could make a comeback. The team won the next two sets 25-21 and 25-20. The Hurricanes kept the game alive by winning the fourth set by a score of 25-16. With the Tommies one point away from winning the title and Holland College only one point behind them, team captain Francis Sirois jumped up for a kill.
See WE’RE on page 14
And give him human rights. The AQ’s Cedric Noël talks to one organization that thinks it’s time.
See FREE on page 11
STU’s Heather MacInnis has a new set of lungs and is ready to keep breathing.
See SAVED on page 3
The AQ’s James Rouse tells the story of his internet friendship with Justin Bieber’s mom. (Submitted)
See BECOMING on page 6
One UNB student stops at nothing to become a hockey goalie - hearing disability or not.
See GOALTENDER on page 15
It is easy to promise change, but causing change can be much harder to accomplish. I’ve spent the last two years covering the St. Thomas University students’ union and there are a few things voters should know going into the election, especially when they’re listening to promises to change the atmosphere of the union. First, there’s a lack of student engagement. Barely 20 per cent of students vote and often none attend public meetings. Coupled with other factors, this means elected representatives have little obligation to follow through on promises. Only those deeply committed are able to pass their agenda. Those divisive issues become focal points of rare debate while other matters simply receive unanimous approval. A few hundred dollars to this or that club with no discussion. Decrying “petty debates” and ideological feuds is too easy. There certainly have been some petty debates last year and this year, some about the process of reviewing membership in the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. At last week’s meeting, for example, former president Ella Henry wouldn’t make eye contact with current president Mark Livingstone as the two went back and forth about the process to create the ad hoc review committee. What was evident from the speeches and the presidential debate was a confounding lack of knowledge about how the union works from those who want to hold the the top positions in the union. Obviously, they won’t know everything from the start, but since some of these people decided to run last semester, they could have spent more time getting to know how things work. Of those running for executive positions, five have hands-on union experience. John Hoben, Emily Sheen, Elizabeth Strange, Cristobal Vasquez and Nicole Pozer all have spent time at the table. Some candidates, such as Megan Aiken, have at least spent time on STUSU committees. Others have come to at least one meeting during the election to get a sense of what is going on. The rest? Perhaps if they can’t show up to learn how the meetings run, they won’t bother showing up for the job they seem to want.
See ONLY on page 4
Online STUSU coverage Check theAQ.net for candidate profiles and up-to-date election coverage.
From the Editor
Analyze this: We’re journalists, not stenographers
I was nine when I decided I wanted to become a political analyst. It was circa ’99, the year John Hamm’s Progressive Conservatives won Nova Scotia’s provincial election. I read the brochures and listened closely to the news. As a (wishful) voter, I wanted to make an informed decision. “John Hamm’s going to win, you know,” I remember telling my dad, the voter who always seems to find a reason to vote Liberal. “You think so?” No, Dad, I know so. My dad humoured me and bought a John Hamm sign. He laughed when he pounded it into our front lawn.
John Hamm went on to win a majority government that election. He was Nova Scotia’s premier for seven years after that. I wanted to analyze events like this, to understand why a politician wins an election and what that means for the public. I discovered journalism in Grade 11 and soon realized it wasn’t that far off. *** It’s easy to slip into secretary mode as a journalist covering an election, spitting out politicians’ promises, not digging any deeper into issues and the real choices voters have to make. Last year, The Aquinian tried to change that. The two presidential candidates were
quite different from each other, and one thing that set them apart was their ideology. Even though neither of them had come out and said it, it was understood that one candidate was centre-left and the other was even more left. As news editor at the time, I wanted to define that choice for our readers and so we added a line or two to a frontpage story written by our one and only St. Thomas University students’ union expert (and now web and layout editor) Shane Magee. We wrote that one specific candidate preferred one federal lobbying group over another. Even though this wasn’t part of the candidate’s platform, it was a known fact and, we thought, relevant to student’s decision-making. The candidate wasn’t happy with that and wanted a correction issued for something she “never said” (during her campaigning).
But things don’t quite work that way. *** For the past three or four years, we’ve seen similar faces in the STUSU. This year, there’s an entirely new cast of contenders. Many of us haven’t heard of the two presidential candidates, and it’s hard to vote when you don’t know what you’re choosing. But then there’s our expert. Shane Magee has been covering the STUSU council meetings for two years now. His incredible attention to detail makes him particularly good at pointing out discrepancies in council documents and policies. So this year, we assigned him something a little different for STUSU election coverage, something The Aquinian may not have ever done: analysis. We wanted to put this year’s election in perspective and we wanted Shane to be able to write more freely about each candidate than
he could in a news story. Analysis is in between a news story and a column; it gives the reporter’s perspective, but not their opinion. It allows Shane to use his expertise to delineate the voting choices. As journalists, we understand students don’t get overly excited about STUSU elections. To be honest, neither do we. How can a voter make a difference in an election with only 30-per-cent turnout? But if nothing else, the STUSU elections can establish voting habits and political participation, which is ultimately good for democracy. And, if you happened to catch the speeches last week, campaigns can be a lot of fun too. So if you need any help deciding which presidential candidate to vote for, check out the political analysis on page one – I know my nine-year-old self would be proud.
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Debt can hurt your pocketbook - and your health Average Atlantic Canadian student graduates with over $37,000 in debt Anika Duivenvoorden The Aquinian
Katherine McTiernan points at her upper back as she describes the physical pain she’s coping with. She has recently developed chronic tension in her back, which, according to her doctor, is specifically the result of stress. With graduation just ahead of her, this fourth-year sociology major is struggling with nearly $40,000 worth of debt. And she’s not the only one carrying a big debtload. According to a study done by The Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC), the average student in
Atlantic Canada will graduate with a little over $37,000. For those students, debt is more than just an inconvenience. McTiernan experiences periods of anxiety as well as chronic tension which according to her is a direct result of stress. “I know that stress is partly from school work, the curriculum, but also from the stress of knowing that my education is costing me almost a lifetime amount of what I would earn,” she said. Rice Fuller, director of counselling services at UNB Counselling, said stress is related to poor health. Stress tends to affect our immune system negatively too, making us more susceptible to different
‘Online spying’ bill an attempt to extend state power
physical illnesses. According to Fuller, stress can also cause a number of chronic health conditions both physical and mental. Some of the mental illnesses include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and psychotic disorders. Because stress has a negative impact on our concentration, Fuller encourages students to try to counter and relieve that stress. “I cannot stress enough that the human body functions best [both mentally and physically] when a person eats a healthy diet, gets regular (and enough) sleep, exercises regularly, and takes some time out of the day (no matter how busy) to relax,” said Fuller.
“One of the worst thoughts you can have when you are stressed-out is, ‘I don’t have enough time to exercise today” or “If I just stay up all night to study for the test I will get a better grade.” Craig Mazerolle, vice-president education for the St. Thomas University students’ union, said student debt should be taken more seriously. “Students in New Brunswick are paying the second highest tuition fees in the country and this is leading to a situation where students have very high levels of debt and it’s really affecting not only their own personal well-being but also the wellbeing of the province as a whole,” said Mazerolle. Many students also work while going to school. But studies show the more hours a
student works, the lower their grades are. McTiernan said she had to choose between lower debt or a 4.0 GPA. “You work yourself to death and it’s either you work yourself to pay for school and get terrible grades or you work yourself to death to get that mark and then how do you pay for school?” she said. “There is no both.” This struggle to maintain good grades adds to the pile of stress and ultimately has an impact on a student’s health. McTiernan stands by the belief studentdebt can be directly related to stress. She believes if tuition were lower, she would be a much healthier student. “If my education were free, I would work just as hard and I would have so much less stress.”
Saved by a last breath After being told she only had two weeks to live, Heather MacInnis says pain after her double lung transplant reminds her she’s still alive Laura Brown
Talk of “lawful access,” the lifeless term that has dominated the last two weeks of Canadian politics, is bullshit. “Online spying” is a more accurate description of what Bill C-30, misleadingly named the Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act, would allow: government and police collection, without a warrant or probable cause, of internet records. The bill doesn’t limit this spying to criminal investigations – according to departmental memos, police will use this power for “non-criminal, general policing duties.” It doesn’t require police to ever dispose of collected records – they can keep anybody’s internet history indefinitely. It specifically denies people the right to know if the police are collecting their information, even if they ask. And it doesn’t allow any oversight of police use of what they collect. This is not a line-by-line criticism of the bill. Folks like internet law expert Michael Geist do that more completely than I ever could. This is about politics, cynicism, power, and the explosive destruction it can all create. It begins with Public Safety Minister Vic Toews. His preposterous suggestion that we could “either stand with [the government] or with the child pornographers” had little to do with the substance of the bill, which mentions neither children nor pornographers. It did, however, expose a bill previously only criticized by privacy advocates to public scrutiny it can’t withstand. The unnecessarily vindictive revelation of Toews’ divorce case via the Vikileaks Twitter account has also unhelpfully obscured the issue: whether the increasingly self-serving and abusive body of Canadian law enforcement should collect anyone’s internet history and use it for their own ends. Doubtlessly few who remember the needless death of Robert Dziekanski, the ensuing cover-up, the kettling and arrest
of hundreds of bystanders during the 2010 G-20 meetings, the winter abandoning of aboriginal men outside Saskatoon by police, or last week’s strip search of a man whose daughter drew a picture of a gun at school, would or should trust police with such uninhibited power. Never mind that lawyers must already be preparing constitutional arguments against Bill C-30. Most people are tacitly assuming the bill’s drafters have written the bill in full compliance with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. If the Supreme Court (and if this bill comes into law it will come before the Supreme Court) determines the bill violates section 8 rights against unreasonable search and seizure, there’s a chance child pornographers could get off scot-free – not exactly the government’s intent. It’s also worth noting that this Conservative bill is in complete contrast to principles Conservative and conservative. This intrusion on people’s privacy makes no sense for the party that scrapped the long-form census on privacy grounds. This assault on the expected rights of law-abiding Canadians makes no sense for the party that’s scrapping the rightsassaulting long gun registry. This expansion of state power makes no sense for a party deeply imbued in populist, smallgovernment tradition. The set-up cost of the bill will almost certainly exceed its $80-million projection, if the gun registry and provincial Ehealth registries are any guides. Under massive public uproar, the Harper government has referred Bill C-30 to committee and backed away from any firm timeline to pass it. So far though, it has proved little more than an attempt by the government not to principally protect children, but to shamelessly expand state power. People across both the country and the political spectrum are smelling the brimstone from the Conservatives and this can only serve as a warning to the government that it must change the bill, if not withdraw it altogether, to avoid being severely burned.
After 25 years of living with cystic fibrosis, three months in the hospital, and eight hours in surgery, Heather MacInnis has new lungs. It was last Monday afternoon, Feb. 20, when Heather’s doctors told her they may have found a match. They scheduled a tentative surgery for early Tuesday morning. The St. Thomas University student said goodbye to her old lungs at about 6 a.m. that morning. Since then, Heather hasn’t looked back. Her doctors said she’s doing great. “I’m in all this pain and all I can feel is happy,” she said in an email. “I guess the pain just reminds me I’m alive and still have a lot to do.” Heather’s lungs were getting worse by the day. The transplant couldn’t have come at a better time. “I could feel my body’s energy and ability slipping, twice I was taken to intensive care unit and was told I’d need a respirator but I fought back each time,” she said. “I knew any day could be my last. The surgeons told my parents that the state that my lungs were in I probably had about two weeks left to live.” Jeanne Doherty, Heather’s mom, told The Aquinian in an interview just days before they found out Heather would be getting new lungs, that the hardest part was waiting. So, once they found a match, Heather said she knew what she had to do. “I was a lot calmer than I thought I’d be,” she said, describing how she felt just before surgery. “When they took me down in the stretcher I felt calm, I knew this was either going to get better or be over and in my head I was just like okay, let’s do this.” Heather’s family have been updating people back home via Heather’s Facebook. But two days after the surgery, Heather was able to do updates herself. “Today I did two big loops around [her floor at the hospital] - twice of what I did yesterday and never got short of breath,” she said. “I’m still really weak but I just
Heather MacInnis sits in her hospital room in Toronto after her surgery. She received new lungs last week and is happy, despite the pain. (Submitted) never want to stop walking.” Heather will have to stay in the hospital for three months and after, must return to Toronto General Hospital every three months for two years for check-ups. This is why so many people from Heather’s hometown of Harvey, N.B., the city of Fredericton, and St. Thomas University have been planning fundraisers and benefits to help pay for the cost of Heather and Doherty to live in downtown Toronto. St. Thomas has been collecting money, called Toonies for Heather, and last week invited an organ donation awareness team to speak to students. “She’s doing great,” said Doherty. “She came up fighting as we all knew she would.” Heather’s boyfriend, Sean Campbell, said “the word of the day is relief.” The morning he found out Heather was getting lungs, his Facebook status read: “I have been dying to type this since early this morning. After 25 years and, most recently, a three month hospital stay in Fredericton and Toronto, my beautiful girlfriend Heather MacInnis is
getting her brand new lungs. “Can’t wait to go for our first long walk together, and to hear her real voice for the first time.” Heather’s family found out she had CF only eight weeks after they adopted her. Since then, she’s been in and out of hospitals, trying to live a normal life. The disease blocks the digestive system from getting the good stuff from food, like fat and vitamins. But it also upsets the balance of salt and water in the body, causing thick mucus build-up in the lungs, making it increasingly hard to breathe. Her whole life, she’s only wanted to be normal, Doherty said. And that’s exactly what Heather plans to be with her new lungs. “I was starting to feel like I was losing my dignity, I had lost all rights to my body and I felt so dependent,” she said. “I’m so grateful to my donor and their family who had this major loss and turned their tragedy into my miracle. With their last breath this person saved my life. How do you thank someone for that?”
JOHNHOBEN Year: Third Major: International relations Hometown: Saint John, N.B. STUSU experience: Current off-campus representative
EMILYSHEEN Year: Second Major: Religious studies and history Hometown: Beaver Bank, N.S. STUSU experience: Current vice-president external, Chatham Hall
Getting to know your STUSU presidential candidates The Aquinian: If you could change one thing about this year’s union, what would it be? John Hoben: I would have liked to have seen it take more initiative to do new things rather than just doing day-to-day things and reacting when something needed to be addressed. Like, one good thing we did this year was the bus to take students home at Christmas break, but it was just a reaction to a problem. The union just existed this year, and didn’t try and do anything of significance. Emily Sheen: The union has dealt with primarily only one big issue this year - the review of our CASA membership. I wish this issue had been dealt with more promptly, with more communication between council members and more education about the issue sooner. As it is, we are now working on a deadline when this could have been addressed months ago. AQ: What’s your strategy to work with other members of the union, even if some of those members have different opinions than you? JH: Compromise is an important thing, but ultimately there’s going to be some things we just don’t agree on. If the three of us were all on the union now and debating these campaign issues in preparation for a vote, there would be some things where we could compromise on and some we could not. For example, Emily Sheen is running on the creation of a second welcome week in January, which I think is both impossible and poorly thought out. To plan something on that scale is enormously expensive, and doesn’t make sense once friendships have been made and people have already adjusted to university life. However, my suggestion for a compromise would be something like a welcome back event (ex. a concert). However, my other [former] opponent Robb Larmer has proposed doubling emergency bursaries to make it a welfare program for those who cannot afford school. Although I agree with him that access to education is important, the poor paying for the poorer is far from the answer. This is something I see no room
to compromise on, and would vote against. But you need to have the debate on the topic, and then let the reps vote when the time comes. ES: The best we can do to work together on issues we disagree on is educate all members, not just the executive. Give the student representatives the information they need to make an informed decision at their own discretion, allowing them to take the course of action they deem to be best for the good of the students. AQ: How will you make sure next year’s union stays civil? Does heated debate hurt or help a union? JH: A strong debate really helps the union. On an issue like our membership in CASA, we have seen strong debate from both sides, and this has exposed all of the pros and cons we need to take into account. As long as we’re staying out of personal attacks, then I don’t see any issue with debate. Even in this campaign, I get along really well with my opponents, even when I don’t agree with them on the issues. ES: I would like to work on team-building early on in the year, so that we are familiar with each other and will learn early on how best to work with one another. Heated debate is exciting and makes for an entertaining meeting, if nothing else, but it makes it difficult to actually work together to get things accomplished. It’s best to be reasonable about things, to come to swift agreements and maximize efficiency. AQ: What is your philosophy on lobbying government? Do you think holding meetings with government officials or holding a protest or a letter-writing campaign is more effective? JH: I don’t think protesting is an effective strategy to make change on student issues. When protesting is proposed, you get most students thinking: “I’m not starving, my government isn’t oppressing me, what do I have to protest about?” This leads to 25 people in front of the legislature trying to shout loud enough for 2,500. I think the most effective model for change is through a formal lobbying organization like CASA or the NBSA, which give thousands of students one
unified voice that speaks directly to the government, instead of shouting from their lawn. ES: Lobbying needs to happen on both fronts: negotiations with politicians is necessary to guarantee that the voice of our students is heard in a professional manner, but some physical lobbying will also be needed so that there is physical evidence of the will and desires of the students. We need to be seen and heard to make the most effective differences. AQ: If elected president, what are the top three things you want to accomplish by the end of your term? JH: My first priority is the digital bookstore, and that’s something that ideally would be running in time for when school returns in September. Second, I would see what needs to be done to solidify the NBSA to make sure our voice at the provincial level is as strong and united as possible. My third priority will be the formation of a committee to look at the structure of the union, and what can be done to improve it and its services. ES: The top three things I would like to accomplish next year are: first, to have the majority of the student body be aware of STUSU services; secondly, to have worked on improving the format of the NBSA into making it a more effective lobbying body; and thirdly, to have made inroads into making STU more accessible physically, mentally, and financially. AQ: Why should people care about the STUSU? JH: Students should care about the STUSU because
it represents them. If you don’t vote in elections, then you’re not going to be represented. If only one group of students vote, then their interests are the only ones that will be represented. I intend to run a STUSU that will not give preference to any one group or organization, rather than trying to push my own political beliefs. ES: Students should care about the STUSU because this is their union - they are the ones paying for it. The STUSU is a way for students to unite and get their voices heard and acted upon in a concise and efficient fashion. The union works for the good of the students, fighting for their benefit - if we didn’t do this, then no one would, and students would be left without an organized voice. AQ: In two sentences or less, why do you want to be STUSU president? JH: I want to be STUSU president because I feel I can provide strong, realistic and positive direction for the union. I’m the only candidate running with goals that are both possible and can be measured. ES: I want to be president of the students’ union because I love STU, and I value education. I want to use the position to make this fantastic community, and the learning we do here, accessible to anyone who wants it. Frank Jr. Molley was disqualifed last Monday for missing a candidates’ meeting. Robb Larmer decided to drop out of the race over the weekend.
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Only five executive candidates have STUSU experience STUDE NTS! Continued from page 1 With the race for president down to two candidates, the choice is simpler. Those remaining, Hoben and Sheen, have spent time at the STUSU table, but you should still question how much they know about how the union works. Voters should also be wary of promises to cut the deficit. What looks like a
deficit of $7,879 on monthly budget updates tends to be wiped out at the end of the year. That’s because the union doesn’t spend everything it projects to spend, leaving an actual surplus at the end of the year. It isn’t the simplest concept, and it doesn’t sound as good as “we need to get rid of the deficit” in a speech. Another way to waste time at the union is to come up with creative ways
to spend the extra $130,000 the union has on hand. In 2010, it was a scholarship fund, 2011 a STUSU-run bookstore, and now the means to give a bursary to each student who didn’t get a student loan. It has become the third rail of STUSU politics. Touch it and the idea dies. They’d know that, though, if they did research. So, today when you step behind that
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Students first, money second Amy MacKenzie
Aims to bridge gap between union, students
Findlay McKay-Boyce is running for vice-president administration and says if he is elected, he will cut the STUSU deficit. “We have been having a deficit for the last few years,” he said. “We need to look at what reserves we don’t need and using that money for things people actually need, like emergency bursaries. If people come to us and say they need an emergency bursary, we shouldn’t be saying, ‘Oh sorry, we’re in a deficit.’ People come first, money comes second.” The STUSU isn’t actually running a deficit - just a projected deficit. Monthly statements make it look like there’s a deficit of $7,879 but the STUSU often doesn’t spend everything it projects to spend, resulting in a surplus. If there was a deficit, McKay-Boyce would reduce it by cutting out programs and services that students don’t use or want. “I look at the budget and may see something that may not be important to me but I don’t know how many people it is important to.”
only offer a few hours a week to save money. “Wages can’t go down with the union,” she said. “Mark Livingstone is barely making minimum wage so there’s really not a lot you can cut.” Aiken said she doesn’t want to increase fees but if necessary, she thinks a small increase would help the union avoid a deficit. “Students pay $108 right now [for the STUSU fee] and we have 2,500 students at St. Thomas,” she said. “Bumping that fee to $110 would help a lot. It’s only $2, it’s not a lot, but it would bring in a lot of money.” Aiken would also like to see some changes in the way the students’ union interacts with the STU community. “No one really knows what the roles of the executive are. I would like to build a strong relationship between the union and the students. No one knows what’s going on and I want to change that.” She said a weekly newsletter about what the union is doing would help bridge the gap.
Findlay McKay-Boyce (Shane Magee/AQ) McKay-Boyce said that’s where student consultations come in. “I would hold town-hall meetings in the fall, go through every residence and talk to the clubs and societies to get feedback from as many students as possible,” he said. “So when it comes time to make decisions about what we’re going to cut, it won’t be what means the most to students.” McKay-Boyce said he is happy with St. Thomas, but there are some things he would change if elected. “I would like to see more community involvement and engagement, to see the community and students working together.”
Megan Aiken (Shane Magee/AQ) Amy MacKenzie The Aquinian
If elected as vice-president administration, Megan Aiken would be conservative with the students’ union’s budget. She said a deficit will likely happen without proper budgeting because of increasing fees such as the CASA fee the union pays. “Conservatism definitely needs to be practiced,” she said. Aiken plans to avoid running a deficit by finding ways to minimize cuts and minimize fee increases. “I want to make it so it’s just a dollar here and a dollar there, and that will make a difference.” Aiken would look to combine campus jobs that
Favours meetings over protests
Wants a travel subsidy for out-ofprovince students
Meredith Gillis The Aquinian
Alex Driscoll says the position of vice-president education seemed like a natural fit since he is an outgoing, passionate and dedicated person. As a political science and human rights major, the second-year student is committed to working with other students’ unions and lobbying organizations to lobby the provincial government in a unified way. Driscoll’s previous experience with student government includes involvement throughout his high school career, and his position as treasurer for Chatham Hall house committee this year. Known around campus for his vocal opinions, Driscoll believes he would be a good choice for vicepresident education because “it’s time to see what I can do myself and find a way to work with the government to meet the needs of students.” Driscoll first became involved with the students’ union last year during the “What’s your number?” campaign, aimed at bringing attention to student debt. While the protest sparked that initial interest, Driscoll’s approach to government lobbying would
Alex Driscoll (Karissa Donkin/AQ) begin with writing letters and meeting with government officials at table discussions first. “Protesting is a last resort. We write letters first and get together at conferences, respectful ways of meeting with the government. Starting with protests makes us look unprofessional.” Driscoll wants to keep the STUSU’s membership in Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, an organization which lobbies the federal government, but he believes the New Brunswick Student Alliance is more important for the union. “I can absolutely try my best to make sure that the NBSA is a shining horse that lobbies the provincial government. We’re stronger if we can go to them and say we don’t think we’re being treated fairly.” He looks forward to meeting and working with students from other unions in the province.
Elizabeth Strange (Shane Magee/AQ) Meredith Gillis The Aquinian
Elizabeth Strange has ideas for change. She spent two years as president of her high school student council and is now the vice-president external for Vanier Hall on the STUSU. If elected as vice-president education, she hopes to sit down and talk with the provincial government about what students need. “If it’s an issue that the government doesn’t want to hear about, protesting can be effective, but in order for it to be effective, we really need to have the student engagement.” One way to engage students would be to move out of the student union building and up to campus, she said. Strange suggested moving into the old residence life offices in James Dunn Hall.
Vice-president student life
“I want to be a visible representative for the students’ union, someone that people feel they can approach to talk to about things.” Strange decided to run for vice-president education this year because she was craving more of a leadership role, something she believes she is suited for because she is “intelligent, persistent, and determined.” She said she is able to work well with others, an important quality in any elected representative. “I’m not going to freak out if a vote doesn’t go my way. We have a democratic system and different opinions are going to be heard, but that doesn’t have to turn into a personal fight between me and someone else.” Strange hopes to make it possible for students to charge their books at the bookstore directly to their student account at STU; to lobby the provincial government to create a travel subsidy for out-of-province students; and to make changes to the student loan program and convince the university to change its stance on Access Copyright, a photocopying agreement which expired last year and has not been renewed.
Inspired by closeknit community
Wants more school spirit
she was Rigby‘s president. This year, she was welcome week chair and added lights and music to the cheeroff. She is also a residence advisor in Vanier and the social issues advocate on the STUSU. “You really learn a lot about yourself in a high-pressure situation,” she said. Her involvements gave her team training and the skills to handle loads of work. “When I’m stressed, I sleep,” said Pozer. “And when I’m not stressed, I sleep.” She feels that her easy-going and enthusiastic attitude is just what the students’ union needs and wants to infuse some spirit into the school. “I have a different sort of humour,” said Pozer, with a laugh. “I’m an optimistic, sarcastic person.” Pozer has learned some on campus are unaware of the union and thinks it’s a shame that students are paying for services they don’t even know about. “I don’t understand why we can’t have an organized and accessible union and still have a great year.”
Growing up in Lima, Peru has molded vice-president student life candidate Cristobal Vasquez. He said the city of eight million isn’t the nicest and prepared him for the worst. The sense of community he’s discovered at STU has given him a strength he hopes to build a union on. “I was talking to a student from off-campus and they asked me what I’m going to do for OC students, and I said, ‘Well, what do you want?’ “We have an advantage as a small university to ask that.” The second-year is hoping to double honor in political science and great ideas. He’s lived in Rigby Hall both years, this year serving as vice-president external, and sitting on the activities and finance committees. His experience with the union gives him understanding of areas to improve, he said. Vasquez wants to promote involvement and
Cristobal Vasquez (Karissa Donkin/AQ)
Nicole Pozer (Tom Bateman/AQ)
give students a voice. “People try to go their own way,” said Vasquez. “But I try to go on everyone’s way, and see what works most efficiently.” With the “sin of being an overachiever,” Vasquez finds peace in playing guitar at campus coffeehouses - when he’s not playing intramural soccer, that is. “If the student union is strong and motivated, then the student body tends to partake on the same mentality,” said Vasquez. “Instead of following, I think we need to take the lead.”
Kaylee Moore The Aquinian
After three years at St. Thomas University and time spent as welcome week chair, Nicole Pozer feels it’s time to step into an executive position. The Miramichi, N.B. native knows her busy schedule won’t make the job as vice-president student life easy, but she knows she can handle the extra stress. The third-year psychology major lived in Rigby Hall, sitting on residence council in her first year. Some of her favorite memories come from her second year, when
University bookstore leap year one-day sale, Feb. 29, 8:30-4:30 p.m. An additional 25 per cent off previously reduced clothing, gifts, school supplies, general books and computer supplies.
Becoming friends before the fame
Merton Book Club meeting @ the BMH Rotunda, Feb. 29, 7-9 p.m., discussing David Adams Richards Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul. All are welcome. March break pilates course @ JB O’Keefe with Zsuzsanna Szabo-Nyarady, Mon., Wed. and Fri., March 5-9, 12 p.m.-1 p.m. $25 for STU/UNB/NBCC students
Gallery: Nathalie Daoust’s Tokyo Hotel Story @ Gallery Connexion, runs until March 2 Colin Smith’s The Pleasure Principle and Our Friends and Neighbours by various artists @ Gallery 78, runs until March 11
Playhouse: Brit Floyd @ 7:30 p.m., March 7, regular - $45, under 19 - $22.50, member - $42
Film: The NB Film Co-op presents The Artist @ Tilly Hall, UNB Campus, March 12, 8 p.m., member - $4, regular admission - $7 Cinema Politica Fredericton presents Marx Reloaded @ Conserver House, 180 St. John St., March 16, 7-9 p.m. Invisible Children present KONY 2012 @ the Ted Daigle auditorium, Feb. 29, 5:30-7 p.m.
Theatre: TNB Next Stage series presents The Dollar Woman @ The Black Box, STU Campus, Feb. 29-March 3 at 7:30 p.m. and March 4 at 2 p.m. Adults $25, students $10.
Music: The Cedar Tree Café presents jazz every Thursday. This week: Mark Lulham (sax), Matt Gray (guitar) and Don Gorman (upright bass). March 1, 7-9 p.m. No cover, open to all ages.
James Rouse shows a screenshot of a conversation between him and Pattie Mallet, Justin Bieber’s mother, on the pop star’s YouTube account. Rouse and Mallet started their friendship five years ago before Bieber skyrocketed to fame. (Tom Bateman/AQ)
At a low time in his life, the last thing The AQ’s James Rouse expected to find when browsing YouTube was an important friendship with the mom of teen pop star Justin Bieber There are many who believe Justin Bieber changed their life, but few are like me. No, I’m not a 12-year-old girl and yes, I really can’t stand his music. My story is a bit different. It’s one I haven’t really told anyone before. I’m an internet kid - I always have been. At 13 years old I was running my own video game forum website and at 14, the site grew to have over 14,000 members. I wasn’t the most social kid, so this took up a lot of my free time. When I got bored of my site, I shifted my attention to the emerging YouTube. I created my own account in July 2006. I can’t quite remember how I stumbled across “kidrauhl,” Justin Bieber’s account, but it must have been around February 2007. I had just turned 15, and Bieber was about to turn 13. He had about 10 videos up on his account. They were all shot with lowquality cameras and ranged anywhere from a cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” to break-dancing to Michael Jackson. Regardless, I was impressed with the kid’s talent and shot him a quick message: “Keep it up.” It was his mother, Pattie Mallet, who responded. That was the beginning of our internet friendship. Think that’s weird? Trust me, I know. I was dealing with some of the hardest moments in my life as a teen. I’ve always kept to myself, which often led me to bottle everything up. I was depressed, my self-esteem was at an alltime low, and nobody knew it but me. That is until I told Pattie. After several weeks of exchanging emails back and forth, I somehow
ended up spilling my private life. I never told her specifically what I was going through, but she figured it out. She had gone through the same things. She shared her story with me and offered her help and prayers. And so there I was: not willing to trust anyone near me, but the anonymity of the internet allowed me to open up to someone half-way across the country. I began to look forward to Pattie’s responses. My YouTube messages were often the first things I checked when I got home from school. It felt nice to have someone to talk to. Eventually we ended up speaking to each other mostly through Skype. And yes, of course, this was all at the same time Bieber’s fame was on the rise. In the early stages, I got involved in a promotion group on YouTube. Pattie was one of the founders. I later left the group after it fell under heavy scrutiny from the YouTube community - rumours circulated that the group’s main owner was a pedophile. So four other members and I started our own collaboration. We made videos together, and Bieber also went his own way. When my group, dubbed “TeenTubers,” met its inevitable failure, I quit the YouTube community and went back to my old website. For Bieber, however, things were going up. I remained in contact with Pattie for a while after. She told me several record labels were looking at Justin and big things were going to come. But she was still very worried for her son - he was in his rebel years. She was a single mother trying to cope with a
teenaged son with a big ego. It’s odd now, looking back and realizing a 30-year-old was getting support from a 16-year-old. She told me about Justin getting in fights in school and how they were drifting apart. She worried for him. She worried a lot. She was especially concerned that he was growing up to be like his then-troubled father. I never really talked to Justin himself - besides the few odd times he would jump on his mom’s Skype. His life kept getting crazier. Soon, he and Pattie were flying out to places to meet with high-profile celebrities like Scooter Braun, Usher and Justin Timberlake. I still remember Pattie sending me the original version of “One Time” long before its official release. I was disappointed in it, but congratulated them all the same. I had no idea it would go on to get almost 400 million hits on YouTube alone. As Bieber got bigger – and as I started to grow up - contact between Pattie and I gradually waned. I remember once receiving the message, “Can’t talk, on the way to the Junos - watch it!” I had Pattie on Facebook and I got to talk to her the odd time, but it was difficult. They were now famous and very, very busy. It was interesting seeing the posts by celebrities like Stephen Baldwin and Asher Roth on Pattie’s wall. She tried to keep her status updates relevant, but eventually she - and Justin - were just too well known. (Too well known and impossible to talk to.) After several failed attempts to
communicate, I knew it was time to delete them from my life. So I did. Now, it’s all just a really odd story. Who would have thought? I consider myself as distant from “The Biebs” as anybody else. I wish he wasn’t a manufactured product, but that’s the price of success sometimes. Regardless, I’m glad he posted those videos on YouTube five years ago. That friendship with Pattie was important no matter how brief it was.
The Capital Complex was filled with the sultry sounds of Oh No, Theodore!’s Jeremy McLaughlin and Andy Brown last Friday night. Brown played to gaggles of screaming girls, mixing his unreleased songs with the hits of the his latest album. (Amanda Jess/AQ)
NB’s dark history comes to the Black Box
The young and the fiddling
The cast of Theatre New Brunswick’s The Dollar Woman, written by Alden Nowlan and Walter Learning. Front: (L-R) Georgia Brown, Jane Wheeler, Darrell Mesheau, Jacob LeBlanc. Back: (L-R) Jeffrey Bate Boerop, Ian Goff, Graham Percy, Walter Learning, Wally MacKinnon, Marshall Button, Robbie O’Neill, and Nora Sheehan. (Photo by Jill Scalpen)
TNB’s 35th anniversary production of The Dollar Woman opens this week Dylan Hackett The Aquinian
St. Thomas University students are making their mark on the Theatre New Brunswick stage, telling a grim and controversial New Brunswick tale called The Dollar Woman, which opens tomorrow. “I have found that in acting, and in many other things, when you are working with people with more experience you tend to step-up your game to match their performance,” said second-year STU student Ian Goff. The Dollar Woman, written by Alden Nowlan and Walter Learning, tells a century-old tale of a small New Brunswick town
auctioning off their poor to the lowest bidder. Theatre New Brunswick artistic producer Caleb Marshall said, “it’s a complicated mesh of morality and motivations.” The show hosts an impressive all-New Brunswick cast, including two of STU’s own actors who have managed to tackle a professional and gripping production in their own way. “The play itself is very moving and intense, which will hopefully make people aware of this strange and surprising part of our history,” said Goff. “It’s crazy to think that these things happened in Sussex.” The production demands time and commitment - something that Goff said he is no stranger to.
“I knew from the very beginning that I would have to sacrifice to be part of it. It’s all about priorities.” Fourth-year STU student Georgia Brown said she understands what this production means for her acting career and appreciates the time and commitment that is demanded of her. “This has been one of the most incredible opportunities; to be able to work closely with some of the best talent New Brunswick and Canada has to offer,” she said. “I feel really lucky that I’m able to be a part of it.” Brown has been a part of TNB since she was nine years old, but this is her first professional production. She plays the role of
Nancy Jacobs, a young, simple character with little hope for a future. Brown’s character also happens to be the last woman sold for a dollar. The Dollar Woman takes us to the Sussex area in the 1880s, where there’s a conflict of interest between a well-off, well-intentioned overseer and a newspaper editor determined for the very last auction. Nowlan and Learning’s show was last performed by TNB in 1977 and cast awe and bewilderment among the sold out audiences. Thirty-five years later the show is celebrated with a cast all native to New Brunswick. Ilkay Silk, director of drama at STU, is thrilled to be directing the show. Having worked with Goff and Brown previously, Silk said the pair really understand the culture of New Brunswick. “I like the fact that two STU students who are considering a career in performing arts are in the cast and are getting experience with a group of professionals,” she said. The cast and crew have been working on the production for two weeks and are very excited to portray these unknown and tragic events. “The characters are all very human, which makes the play accessible to the people watching it,” said Goff. Tickets for Theatre New Brunswick’s production of ‘The Dollar Woman’ are available at the Fredericton Playhouse Box Office for $25 for adults, $10 for students with McCain ticket pricing. The show runs Feb. 29-March 4 in St. Thomas’s Black Box Theatre.
Fredericton’s Redwood Fields shakes it up
Local group loses electric guitar, welcomes new bassist to refine their sound Meghan O’Neil The Aquinian
Redwood Fields is saying “in with the new” by welcoming a female band member and working to refine their sound. Heather Ogilvie, the group’s bass player, is the most recent addition to the band. She is only one show deep with Redwood Fields since joining last month, but she’s had experience in the Fredericton music scene. Ogilvie has played with local bands Slate Pacific and Names and Faces. When the opportunity presented itself, she was very open to the idea of performing with Redwood Fields. “I’m like the mother hen,” she said. “I’m the seasoned veteran in relation to these guys. It’s the first band for Brendan [Magee] and Bruce [Duval]. I’ve been there, and I kind of know what to expect and what to focus on, I guess, and give some advice when necessary. “I think we have a good dynamic too, where it’s really comfortable.” The band came together in October of last year, consisting of singer-songwriter Cedric Noël, Magee on the keys and Duval on drums. Since then, the original bassist moved away and a guitarist left the group. “We got rid of a heavy electric lead guitar which made it more ambient. I don’t
really know how to explain it, but less fluff,” said Magee. Noël said there have been changes to the songs from last year, and their new songs have a different sound. He knows the direction he wants Redwood Fields’ music to go in, he said, and it requires patience. “I find it really easy to write catchy songs,” he said. “It takes longer to write dense songs, but I’m always impatient because I always want to do another song,” said Noël. Noël referenced Halifax-based group Paper Beat Scissors when describing how he wants the crowd to feel after a Redwood Fields show. “You feel sort of out of it but not really out of it,” said Noël. “Like you’re kind of on a weird high.” “Yeah, like a strange haze,” Magee added. “A warm haze.” Ogilvie said she draws from slightly different influences, but when the band comes together to work on a song they have similar ideas of how it should sound. “I’m not so much into the acousticdriven folk sound. That hasn’t really been my influence ever, so I’m kind of coming from a darker indie rock perspective.” Redwood Fields said they’re eager to start recording, but because of the members’ busy schedules, the album has to wait.
Noël and Magee are students at St. Thomas University, Duval works full-time, and Ogilvie owns Fredericton’s Reneu Boutique. In the meantime, local filmmaker Ryan O’Toole shot a couple of videos for the band, and they plan on doing a Maritime tour at the end of April. “I feel like I’m in the state of mind where this sound is what I think could
work with this time period,” said Noël. “I feel in six months it could be something different, and I don’t want that. I want it to be really good. I want people to listen to it and be like, ‘Wow that blew my mind,’ and not like, ‘Yeah, that was good.’” Catch Redwood Fields at the Capital Complex with Paper Beat Scissors on March 3.
Heather Ogilvie, Bruce Duval, Cedric Noël and Brendan Magee make up Fredericton’s Redwood Fields. (Tom Bateman/AQ)
Kathleen Gorey-McSorley will play at the Playhouse March 9. (Submitted) Julia Whalen The Aquinian
The Playhouse is getting an early start on St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with a concert featuring part-time St. Thomas University student Kathleen Gorey-McSorley on March 9. Gorey-McSorley, an Irish/Celtic fiddler, is enrolled in two music courses at STU. She’s also a high school senior at Fredericton High School. “I’m very excited to be playing in Fredericton again,” the 17-year-old said in an email. “The crowds here are always very receptive and it’s going to be really fun to know some of the people in the audience.” Gorey-McSorley started playing the fiddle when she was eight years old, but she had a strong interest in music her whole life. Because she often works with people older than her, she said she was prepared to enrol in university courses at STU. “I think there’s more to [the effects of music on the brain] than just simply making you smarter,” she said. “I think what happens, to me at least, is that it has almost a therapeutic effect, clearing your mind of stress and allowing you to focus on other things and manage your time without being distracted.” Gorey-McSorley has performed in many parts of Canada, the United States, Ireland, Scotland, Austria and Germany some while touring with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. She said her teachers are always understanding when she’s booked during school time and they help her get caught up when she returns. Last year she missed a week of classes for the East Coast Music Awards, where her second CD, “Ceol Binn” (Irish for “sweet music”), was nominated for roots/ traditional solo recording of the year. Gorey-McSorley said last year’s ECMAs ceremony was the most exciting and proud moment of her career to date. “I met and performed with so many amazing musicians and even got to hang out with Hey Rosetta! back stage at the awards gala,” she said. Despite playing in front of large crowds at international events and festivals, Gorey-McSorley said she doesn’t get nervous before she gets on stage. She dreams of traveling to Australia to play the festival circuit and performing at Carnegie Hall and the Ryman, but she’s thrilled to be playing the Playhouse. She’ll be joined onstage by pianist Carolyn Holyoke. “Irish Night” with Kathleen Gorey-McSorley is at Fredericton’s Playhouse March 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22.
ressed in a long jean skirt, she walked from the bus stop at the top of Regent Street down the hill onto Prospect Street, behind the Dairy Queen. Her long, brown hair hung to her hips. She wore a bright top with a big, red heart and these words: “Jesus Loves You.” Suddenly, a girl yelled out of her car while passing by, “Jesus doesn’t love you!” “And that’s always kind of stuck with me,” Becky Ganong said. We pick, prod and pluck at ourselves so that we look “just right.” Then we stare, scrutinize and study others’ appearances, deciding if they’re either abnormal or perfect. It’s like we have only one cookie cutter; if our dough doesn’t mould into that shape, then we’re one of the “misfits.” But what exactly “fits?” What do we have to do to fit in? Will we continue to change ourselves as society changes its mind? What is normal? One of the main ways we feel we can reach acceptance is through our appearance. Our looks are influenced by friends, family, colleagues and even strangers, and it affects the way we think about ourselves. Is it the blonde bombshell or the masculine man whom we all strive to look like? In the 1997 issue of Psychology Today, 4,500 people from all over the world responded to a survey the magazine had worked on to determine if people had a healthy view of their appearance. Just over half of the women said they were unhappy with their overall appearance and felt judged by others because of it. About 40 per cent of men said they were unhappy about their appearance. Although the survey was done 15 years ago, many would argue the results would be similar - or worse - today. The following are the accounts of three people who are comfortable with themselves despite not fitting into society’s “norm.” They say it’s society who’s uncomfortable with them.
Becky Ganong, St. Thomas University student
I didn’t start wearing the long skirts and modest shirts until three years ago. At church, there’s a lot of people that dress like me, but there are more people out in the world that wear pants and stuff. People see me as a religious freak because, well, I don’t know. I take the bus the same time every day in the morning when a lot of people go to work. I find a lot of people stare at me, and it makes me kind of sad. But this has become who I am. There’s a stereotype of us, I guess that we’re stuck up. It makes me sad when people think that, because I am a little bit shy, but once you get to know me, well, people say I’m pretty great. For me, I’ve just always been different, wherever I go, even when I go to church. But everyone has their own convictions. I used to wear shirts that were super revealing. But then, when one of my friends invited me to a church event at Crystal Palace in Moncton, some things just stuck out to me and then I started listening. Suddenly I was just like, God’s real. I started to like it but I did used to miss pants quite a bit. I find that skirts are really comfortable, especially just to lounge around in. I’ve gotten used to it. It’s kind of a modesty thing. If a girl was to wear a skirt down to her knees a guy would be less tempted to view her sexually. And the Bible says women shouldn’t take a blade to their hair. I find people don’t really talk to me that much because they have preconceived notions of who I am. It just seems like no one really wants to get to know me. I feel like I have to be careful so that I’m not too in your face with my beliefs. I want to respect other people’s thoughts too, so I just don’t go there sometimes. But a lot of us really aren’t that way, anyway. And people would know that if they just got to know me.
As most try and mould the cookie-cutter shape, oth “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” – Oscar Wilde
9 Adam Wright, STU graduate
Never judge a book by its cover - we’ve all heard the overused cliché and we’d like to think we do our best to live by the saying. But human nature doesn’t work that way. As human beings, we make judgements and decisions based on inaccurate first impressions. If we don’t like the cover, we flat out reject the book. I run my own website as a television critic. Aside from my work on TVDoneWright.com, I also contribute to The Huffington Post. I write comedy on the side, from satire to parodies. But when you first look at me, you wouldn’t see a writer or comedian. You’ll probably notice the breathing mask on my face or that wheelchair I’m sitting in. Looks like serious stuff, doesn’t it? As someone who’s lived with a physical disability all my life, I’ve dealt with peoples’ actions and reactions to me. People are scared of the unknown. They see me and often don’t know what to say. They choose their words carefully in order to not offend. That’s if they talk to me. Others would flat out avoid the situation. I’m a situation apparently. It’s worst when the opposite sex looks at me. The wheelchair alone comes with a list of misconceptions: none that have anything to do with me. I’m not paralyzed. I can walk. I do live alone. I can have sex. After I get through those points, I have to worry about the girl being physically attracted to me. I’ve had two girlfriends in my life. One was long-distance, and the other barely lasted a few weeks. As a 24-year-old man, with manly needs, this whole “perception” thing can be frustrating. If the first thing girls see is the chair and think, “Dear God, I’m gonna break him,” who wants to date that? When all I want to do is win her over with my qualities. As much as it sounds like I’m bitching, my situation has made me the person I am today. As human beings, we compensate for our weaknesses. For what I lack physically I make up for it in other ways. In many ways, I have an advantage over most guys. But like that book sitting on the bookshelf with the ripped cover, I just need someone to give me a read. I’m a good read, honest.
Katie Allen, former STU student
emselves into the perfect ers say they just don’t fit Compiled by Laura Brown Graphic by Julia Whalen Design by Shane Magee
I don’t think society has a definite definition for “normal,” but it’s obvious that only the “abnormal” people stick out. If someone is different, even in the slightest, people tend to notice. Height, weight, and sometimes even glasses and clothes can make one stick out. I definitely do not fit the norm. I’m 5’7”, over 200 pounds, have glasses and I definitely do not dress like everyone else. But to be honest, I don’t care what people think, which isn’t normal either. (Despite what the majority of people say, they really do care what other people think.) People aim to please others, to fit in and be accepted, and they go to extreme measures to do so. But me, I just don’t care. Sometimes it does concern me, but it’s usually because someone mentions my health and my weight. It never has anything to do with how others make me feel. I don’t believe you should ever waste time and energy worrying what other people think. I’m naturally blonde, but always dyed my hair darker because people used to make fun of me - blonde hair, bigger boobs. So instead of listening to their banter, I just dyed it, and continued to dye it. But then I stopped. I have a 3.5 GPA, I work full-time and if people think my hair colour makes me stupid, then they’re the stupid ones. It’s frustrating to see younger girls develop eating disorders just to fit in. I worry about my weight sometimes, but as long as I’m not going to croak and have a heart attack, it is what it is.
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An open letter to STU students: As a former VP education, I believe a vote to downgrade to associate membership is an immense step backwards. STUSU has always punched well above its weight on the provincial and national stages, and it is through organizations such as CASA that this is the case. Craig Mazerolle, current vice-president education, lays out a wide range of arguments for downgrading to associate member status. First, Mr. Mazerolle begins fear mongering about what should happen if the STUSU broke the terms of their membership in CASA. But every organization has membership rules that are to be followed. Second, Mr. Mazeolle tries to downplay the importance of the vote by saying it can be reversed simply. Each step in the process to leave CASA must be critically examined as it is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Third, the point is made that STUSU is primarily sole source funded and should look for the best return possible on investment. That is exactly what CASA does; it gives STU students the best return on their investment. The money that goes into CASA pays for policy, advocacy, and communications. For a small investment, STU gains four full-time employees that work on post-secondary education advocacy issues that STU helps set. Generally, the issues facing students are the same from coast-to-coast (with the exception of Quebec). Agreement needs to be found amongst CASA members so they can fight on behalf of all students. Decisions are made by those that show up, STUSU has always been a very powerful voice around the CASA table and hopefully a vote to maintain membership will ensure this is the case for many years to come. Matt Garnett BA ‘07 VP Education 2005-06 This letter has been shortened for space reasons. For the full version, visit theAQ.net.
Scientists call for equal rights for whales, dolphins and porpoises Cedric Noël The Aquinian
From the The Little Mermaid, to Dolphin Tale to the very recent Big Miracle, film has chronicled heart-warming, fictional stories that portray an almost friend-like relationship between a human and a sea creature. They show man’s compassion for animals we long to understand. As humans, we’re expected to treat each other with respect and dignity. And in the near future, we could be expected to treat dolphins, whales and porpoises the exact same way. Research has shown cetaceans (dolphins, whales and porpoises) display
similar characteristics to humans. But for Thomas White, the chair of business ethics at Loyola University in Los Angeles, giving cetaceans the same rights as humans isn’t a scientific issue, it’s a philosophical one. And that’s what he wants to do. White and his colleagues are calling for human rights to be granted to the ocean’s smartest inhabitants. “The fundamental question is why we say we have to treat humans a particular way, setting aside anything about [other] species and from a philosophical standpoint the argument is based on the fact that we have moral standing,” said White in an interview. He has been studying the issue for roughly 20 years.
This was one of the many points discussed by those supporting the Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Vancouver two weeks ago. According to White, who was also an organizer of the conference, research in the past few years has shown cetaceans show a number of humanlike characteristics that shouldn’t be ignored. According to the research, cetaceans have a sense of individuality and self-identity and they call each other by name using signature whistles. White learned that only humans and cetaceans have the ability to do this. On
top of that, it’s been discovered that cetaceans mourn the loss of their own. And then, explains White, there is the mirror self-recognition research. “Humans, when we look in a mirror and we recognize that that’s us and that’s an ability that you aren’t born with, it takes about 18 months to 24 months for a human baby to have that ability. That’s a big marker in brain development and it’s a very sophisticated process. The research has shown that dolphins are able to do that...and that’s absolutely key.” Giving cetaceans the same rights as humans would mark the end of seeing dolphins and whales in aquariums and zoos. It would also end of their film and
entertainment careers (and any other hopeful Free Willy sequel). But for White, the evidence is irrefutable. He believes humans are creatures based on dignity and respect and says we should apply the same treatment for other animals that share some of the same characteristics. White said there has been some opposition to the Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans, but that isn’t any reason to stop pushing for their equal rights. “There are going to be some clashes of rights between humans and cetaceans and we deal with that now with clashes between rights between different groups of humans.”
A weekend in the United Nations What really happens at the Model UN conference in Boston? More diplomacy Stephanie Kelly The Aquinian
The man behind the customs desk raised an eyebrow when he heard why I was leaving the country. “I’m going to Boston for the Harvard National Model United Nations Conference,” I told him through a big grin. After taking one look at my red pea coat and polka-dot dress, he decided I probably wasn’t making this up, so he stamped my passport and let me through. A few hours later, I arrived at my final destination, the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, where I was united with thousands of other well-dressed, academic types. I was one of 17 St. Thomas University students who travelled south of the border two weeks ago to take part in the 2012 HNMUN conference. It’s a simulation of the UN, where for five days, students from around the world transform into diplomats. St. Thomas represented the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on committees including the International Monetary Fund and the World Health Organization. When we entered a session, we
The St. Thomas University Model UN delegation stands on the steps of the The Harry Elkins Widener Library in Boston two weeks ago. (Submitted)/AQ) stopped being ourselves and became Hugo Chávez. I quickly learned half of what you say is how you say it and that Model UN required both knowledge and theatrics. There were 165 people in my committee and I’m convinced if diplomacy doesn’t work out for them, there is an acting
career waiting. Another thing I learned was just how seriously schools take this conference. Some universities flew from the other side of the world to participate. There were delegations from as far away as Australia, Brazil and the Netherlands. It was my first time, but some students
had been to over 15 conferences in various parts of the world. With thousands of brilliant minds in one room, it’s easy to get intimidated. I worked with one guy for a few days before I took a closer look at his name tag. He went to Yale. No big deal. I was nervous at first, but soon realized
you don’t have to go to an Ivy League school to be intelligent. I was proud to be from St. Thomas, our students held their own against students paying $50,000 a year for tuition. I was also proud to say I was Canadian. I made it my mission to seek out every Canadian at the conference and was rather successful. You don’t realize how Canadian you are until you meet someone and immediately try to find a mutual friend in them. At the closing ceremonies, we found out the University of Western Ontario was sitting behind us and within minutes, we were standing and belting out our national anthem. I didn’t know what to expect going to HNMUN. Part of me envisioned hundreds of people running around with thickrimmed glasses, pocket protectors and brief cases. Another part of me pictured a lot of pretentious and competitive jerks. But apart from being incredibly smart and unusually focused, they are just like any other university student. They like to have fun and they like to party - even if they may or may not run the actual UN someday. Now that I think of it, maybe I should have got their autographs.
STU’s bubble boy: The AQ’s Alex Vietinghoff is allergic to almost everything I sat in the waiting room at the allergy test clinic. My left arm had a giant lump on it that was growing. A little boy who hadn’t taken the test yet gazed at the unholy bump in horror, and said, “Mommy? Is that going to happen to me?” “No,” she said. “He’s just a very allergic boy.” A very allergic boy. My allergy doctor said the same thing. “You’re one allergic puppy. This is the biggest reaction we’ve seen all day,” he said with a smile that read: “glad it isn’t me!” That was six years ago. I found out I’m deathly allergic to shellfish, but I also have a crew of other not-so-fatal allergies, including: Pollen, dust, mold, dander, ragweed, smoke, foods with high acidity, food colouring, raw vegetables, peanut butter, kiwi, soy, every type of apple that isn’t Macintosh, hairspray and perfume, pesticides and probably a couple more that I can’t even remember. (On the plus side, I was born with an allergy to egg whites, and that was gone.) There are some weird allergies in there, I admit. Like the raw veggies one. It’s a type of “Oral Allergy Syndrome” that a lot of adults develop when they have hay-fever. Basically, there’s a chemical in the vegetables that gets killed when they’re boiled or cooked. Now, for most of these allergies, I get
Alex Vietinghoff is about to enjoy a tasty meal. Little does he know, he’s about to have an allergic reaction too. (Submitted)
a very minimal reaction. My mouth feels itchy inside, and worst case scenario; my throat will tighten a bit. Also, the skin around my mouth might get red, which my friends refer to as “Juice-mouth” because it looks like I spilled grape juice on my face. These allergies don’t make my life
extremely difficult. I’m actually very used to them. I only have to be really careful about my more serious allergies. Take soy, for example. The second I drink soy milk, my throat tightens enough that I need a shot of Benadryl and then have to chug some water to flush it out of my system. Basically, I
could never be a vegan. What drove me to take this allergy test? Besides having an itchy mouth after practically every meal, I worked at a seafood counter at the Superstore in Grade 11. Every day I would dish out scallops, steam lobster, package shrimp, and
serve mussels, oysters and clams. Because I wasn’t actually eating any of them, all that would happen is that my eyes got very bloodshot. I assumed it was due to the harsh fluorescent lighting. Eventually, noticing nobody else looked like they had pulled an all-nighter, I decided to get an allergy test. Bye-bye seafood job. Now every time I go to a restaurant, I tell them I’m allergic to shellfish. For fear of a lawsuit, they make sure that my plates and dishware are properly sanitized with no cross-contamination. Every spring I take a Reactine pill first thing in the morning. But some days the pollen is so heavy in the air my eyes get blood-red and everyone thinks I’m a stoner. In Grade 9, two senior-year girls asked me if I was crying (my allergies were especially bad that day). I was about to say, “Of course not!” When they asked if I needed a big hug. I said yes. But before you make sure not to step within a five-mile radius of me for fear of giving me a one-way express ticket to the emergency room, I’d like to clear some things up. Allergy tests can be wrong. I eat a peanut butter sandwich every day. The doctor admitted that sometimes results are skewed. But I won’t ever test the other test results at home, just in case they’re right.
How what you’re drinking could kill you Too much water causes more harm than good and could leave you with serious health complications Jenny Aitken
The Martlet (University of Victoria)
VICTORIA (CUP) — I always believed water was the best thing to be drinking, because it has no sugar or calories and is often linked with healthy weight loss. Although the Canadian Food Guide does not specify a certain quantity, it does recommend water to help with metabolism, stating that it can help ease food cravings. The reason they don’t recommend a specific amount is because each individual has specific fluid needs. Fitness magazines and speed diets often promote water as a crucial factor in weight loss. As both a fitness enthusiast and an insecure university student, I clung to this idea that water would help me avoid weight gain. Overhydration occurs when there is a disruption of electrolyte levels in the body due to overconsumption of water. In today’s society, with most new diets and weight loss plans recommending drinking large amounts of water, more and more people are unknowingly putting themselves at risk of water poisoning. I am one of those people. I was given direct orders: I was only allowed to drink 500 ml of water a day, which included any coffee or tea. Everything else had to have salt in it, but I was mainly to drink Gatorade to replenish my electrolytes. According to Brian Christie, an associate professor of medical sciences at the University of Victoria, drinking too much water causes the fluid outside of the cells to be very low in sodium
and electrolytes. When this happens, it causes the water to shift into the cell, causing the cell to swell. This results in a leaking or damaged cell. Although this is bad for any organ, it can be particularly detrimental to the brain, because the swelling causes a build-up of intracranial pressure. During the doctor’s appointment, Smith asked me if I ever got headaches. I nodded. “All the time.” Apparently, these were some of the minor symptoms of overhydration. It could also cause muscle weakness, intense thirst, fatigue and changes in behaviour. It seemed like everything I had simply attributed to school stress or PMS had actually been warning flags of an unexpected and dangerous condition. While reading up on overhydration, I discovered a long list of cases where people died from drinking too much water. I felt connected to the victims, and couldn’t help feeling that it could have been me. Jacqueline Henson’s death in 2008 hit particularly close to home. She was a 40-year-old woman, who was trying to lose weight using the Lighter Life Diet Plan. The diet suggested drinking four litres of water throughout the day. Jacqueline drank that entire allotment during less than two hours, while she sat watching TV. A healthy kidney can excrete a maximum of one litre of water a day. Since her body was unable to excrete the fluid, it led to a build-up of intracranial pressure. She died the next day of internal bleeding.
There are serious risks when you overhydrate, including water poisoning. (Graphic by Ryan Haak/Martlet) Athletes are also highly susceptible to overhydration, because the combination of prolonged strenuous exercise and excessive fluid can create a life-threatening situation. Even before seeing the doctor, I knew that something was wrong. My skin was pale and lifeless, and I was losing weight without trying to. I was constantly thirsty, and often had to go to the bathroom four or even five times a night. In the weeks following the diagnosis, I fell into a routine. Every morning I would have one cup of tea with breakfast, and one glass of water with dinner. Apart from that I mainly relied on Gatorade to get me by.
Most of my friends found the whole situation funny, and for my mother it became a conversation starter: “The MacDougalls cannot believe that you can’t drink any water. I told Kim at work, and she can’t believe it either,” she recounted on the phone one night. I have always been somewhat of an extremist, often overcommitting to certain goals or aspects of my life. The results had always been harmless (cue the time I watched the entire six seasons of Dawson’s Creek in less than a month). Countless online quizzes have categorized me as having an addictive personality, but I never paid much attention to it. That personality trait is
probably what led to my overhydration — I thought the more water I drank, the healthier I would be. *** My experience with water is far from the norm. In fact, most Canadians do not drink enough water. Water is crucial for carrying oxygen and nutrients to the cells through blood, and plays a large part in digestion and metabolism. According to Christie, moderation is key when it comes to water intake. “You do need water, just don’t go pounding back eight-ounce glasses every hour of the day,” he said.. “Just remember that with water, like anything, there can still be too much of a good thing.”
Let slip the dogs of war Compromising ideals for success is run of the mill in politics, but just how far can dirty tricks go?
In my four years at St. Thomas University, I, like 80 per cent of you, have never voted in a student election. Honestly, I don’t even know what the student government does. But I do know that Mark Livingstone and Ella Henry don’t get along. I also know that CASA is important – or useless – though, I’m not sure why. Trying to improve my knowledge, I watched some of the speeches in James Dunn and I’ve been reading the bios and platforms of candidates. And deep in a political spirit last week, I watched the George Clooney, Ryan Gosling political thriller The Ides of March. Stephen (Ryan Gosling), the idealist campaign manager for Democratic candidate Mike Morris (George Clooney), believes not only that Morris will win, but that he has to. “I’ll do or say anything if I believe in it, but I have to believe in the cause,” said Stephen in the first half of the film. It’s that attitude that makes him so successful. But that changes. Stephen stops believing in the cause when he realizes it’s not all he imagined. In the end, he turns to blackmail and cheap tricks to get his way. Et tu, Ryan Gosling? It happens out of sight and mind, but we all know dirty deals and shady transactions happen. Politics isn’t pretty, but if it’s got to be done, then it’s got to be done, right? Still at some point, the ends stop justifying the means and we’ve voted for someone who doesn’t stand for what he stood for at all. Someone who owes. And this year seems to be in a league of its own. Anyone following the Republican primary? It’s better than any lame MTV reality show going. As Warren Zevon once wrote, send lawyers, guns and money. And keep sending it. Money may corrupt, but in the meantime it buys a lot of ads that make your opponents look like
“It’s often a popularity contest and the most popular people are not necessarily the best people. And sometimes, even if they are the best people, they have to get into power to act on the fact and may not be entirely honest,” he said. Obama, although against the Supreme Court ruling allowing super PACs (Political Action Committee), acknowledges that without using them, he won’t be re-elected in November. So he’ll accept millions of dollars from the rich who want him in office and he’ll be held accountable to them. “We’ve created a political system where politicians know if they want to be
Bible-burning, terrorist-hugging, skirtchasing communists. And there are signs that American cut-throat politics has made it across the border. In Ontario last week, 23-year-old Michael Sona resigned after working in a Conservative office for only a week when it was rumoured he had been behind the crank robo-calls made in Guelph during last year’s election. I spoke with professor Shaun Narine about the rise of petty politics and the increasing role money plays in an election.
re-elected then they have to lie to us. If they’re actually honest with us with what they believe, we won’t elect them,” Narine said. It’s sort of like selling your soul to the devil. Except the devil is a fat white man in a leisure suit, who hangs out in Vegas and wants you to bust some unions or help drop some bombs, or least allow him to drill for oil in a national park or frack next to an aquifer. *** I wanted to be student body president in high school. In Grade 11, I filled out the application, got the nomination papers and did the interview with the vice-principals. Then, I was told I couldn’t run. My political dreams were dashed and I never considered running for office again. Though the administration never gave me a reason for their Chinese democracy, looking back, it worked out. As a journalist, I get to keep my ideals safely in my pocket. I get to stand on my self-satisfied pedestal and watch as the ideals of the idealistic turn foggy in the murk of the democratic process. Still, it’s a little bit different in student politics. The stakes aren’t quite as high and I haven’t heard of any super PACs or prank calls. But it’s still politics. During the speeches last week, Liz Fraser nabbed attention with her pipes— bagpipes that is, since the acoustics aren’t the greatest in JDH. Shane Fowler took a different approach and bought a $60 tab at Tim Horton’s. Chairs and tables emptied as students filed into line for free coffee and donuts. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
Two’s company, three’s a crowd, four’s a…party?
Imagine waking up without opening your eyes. You feel the pounding inside your head and there’s no way in hell your mouth has ever been this dry. You breathe out and mumble the classic college-kid irony, “I’m never drinking again,” as you roll over onto your side. Then it happens - you open your eyes and you see a mess of brown hair. It’s kind of long and immediately you realize you have no idea who this person is— is it a guy, a girl? You close your eyes again and roll over
onto your other side to make an effort to remember what kind of shenanigans you got into last night. When you open your eyes again, you see another person. That’s right – that’s the kind of shenanigans you got into. But how? A number of my friends – mostly male – have been on my case since I started writing this column to talk about threesomes, so finally, I am. To me, threesomes are incredibly intriguing, for reasons probably very opposite than the ones you are currently
thinking of. Like many girls, I have been approached in the past by that cocky dude at the bar with a sly grin on his face and a bro at his side. “You’re looking mighty fine tonight, girl, what’s your name? You wanna have fun with me and my buddy here? How about we all go back to my place for a three-way?” What I did next, in hindsight, seemed kind of rude. But really, it was the only reaction I had the capacity to produce. I laughed. Not like your little schoolgirl giggle, I let out this huge throw-myhead-back-and-slap-my-knee laugh. I didn’t do it because I thought these guys were pigs, I did it because the whole idea of arranging sex in a way that required a sort of verbal contract was the silliest
thing ever. Normal life isn’t like Jersey Shore or a porno (which are sometimes quite similar). Threesomes rarely “just happen” and as a result they have to be arranged in some way. How awkward is that? I imagine the arrangement isn’t the only awkward moment of the evening either, especially since the lady-bits to man-parts ratio will undoubtedly be at odds. Scenario A: Two girls, one guy – Quite possibly every straight man’s top fantasy, but who does what with whom and when? I’m sure there are people who would know exactly what to do with what and when, but for the average person I imagine there would be some initial confusion.
Scenario B: Two guys, one girl. Same as scenario A, two guys and one girl definitely has the potential to leave a participant puzzled as to what to do with one’s appendages. What’s gay, and what’s okay? (Not to imply that being gay is not okay, this is all in good fun here, folks.) How do you solve this problem? Well, I’m not sure you can, but setting up some ground rules is probably a step in the right direction. Everyone has to be clear on what the other is comfortable with before this endeavour begins, or else it won’t be the good old-fashioned erotic evening you had hoped for. I guess in the end you should do whatever tickles your fancy, floats your boat, and blows your skirt up. Just be safe about it.
‘We’re 10 times the team we were two weeks ago’ Continued from page 1 Duguay was expressionless, pacing at the edge of the court. The team had used all of its time-outs. When Sirois hit the ball, all he could think about was how badly he wanted the title. After the ball hit the floor, the gym erupted in cheers, with fans spilling onto the court to embrace the team. After the winning point, Duguay had to fight back tears. The championship that eluded him in four years at STU was finally his. “It means everything to me, it means everything to this school. As a player, I always wanted to win this championship and I’m just really glad I could be a part of it,” he said, wearing his championship hat with the tag still on it. “We had nothing to lose. I said, ‘You’ve got to play every point like it’s your last volleyball point of life.’”
Before the school year began, Duguay personally recruited each player on the team, choosing 12 of 15 who tried out. Around the same time, he met with athletics director Mike Eagles to talk about the direction of the program. Eagles knew Duguay was the right person to take over the team. “We had a dream at the start of the year. Obviously, it was a tragic thing what happened last year, but we wanted to start fresh,” Eagles said. “It doesn’t matter sometimes how old you are, it matters about what you have inside and what you want to do.” Going into Sunday’s game, Keddy knew nothing could keep the team back if they played with the intensity they showed on Saturday in defeating King’s College. “[Duguay] took us from being good players to being very good players. Not just necessarily in skill but in the mind-set. “We’re 10 times the team we were two weeks ago. It’s unbelievable.”
The men’s volleyball team celebrates its ACAA championship over Holland College. (Tom Bateman/AQ)
Josh Drennan spikes the ball over the net during the Tommies’ championship victory. (Tom Bateman/AQ) Women’s Volleyball
Women lose ACAA championship game Tommies fall in three straight sets against Mount Saint Vincent Sunday afternoon Karissa Donkin The Aquinian
Ed Welch carries a red book with him called A Season in Words. It has a chapter on how to communicate with your team as a coach, what to say before - and after - an important game. But sometimes, words from a book aren’t enough. After 50 years of coaching, and even with his book to help, Welch still finds it difficult to find the right words. “It’s always a difficult period of time that you go through. What do you say after you win? What do you say after you lose? “How do you dry tears?” Welch’s women’s volleyball team lost the Atlantic Colleges Athletic Association championship game on Sunday in front of a home audience at the Lady Beaverbrook Gym. The Mount Saint Vincent Mystics took the game three sets to none (25-12, 2521, 25-21). Before MSVU’s match point, the STU fans stood up and cheered for the women,
who were ranked second coming into the championship. It’s MSVU’s second championship title in three seasons. The Tommies beat the top-ranked MSVU almost exactly a week ago in their own gym in Halifax and were on a 10game winning streak before heading into the game. But this time, the team didn’t bring their A-game, captain and fifth-year player Kelsey Knowles said. “We weren’t reading them as well as we could have been. That would have made a difference for us. Reading them and getting the passes.” She suggested the format of the ACAA championship, where teams have to play their best volleyball over 24 hours, makes it hard to sustain good play. “When it comes down to one day, it’s really, really tough.” Welch, who lobbied to have the tournament held at the Tommies’ home base of the South Gym instead of the LBR Gym, said the team played its best volleyball on Saturday but couldn’t keep it going.
The women’s volleyball season ended in disappointment after losing the championship game. (Tom Bateman/AQ) “Some people felt that the championship was yesterday when they won and they played well.” The team has been part of Knowles’ life for five years. Now an education student at STU, Knowles has used up the last of her
ACAA eligibility. Gabrielle Boutilier, a fifth-year, has also played her last game for STU. “They’ve been tremendous leaders. They’ve been captains, co-captains, most improved, most valuable player,” Welch
said. “They’ve received a lot of awards but what you’re known for is what you give rather than what you get. And both of these girls have given all the heart and they’ve given everything.”
Goaltender learns to deal with hearing disadvantage Despite being deaf, Kristy Edwards uses sight as guide to help her
Results Women’s Hockey U de M 1 STU 2
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Kristy Edwards has to focus. Making sure the puck is covered, she looks to her defensemen to make sure they aren’t yelling at her, and then looks at the referees to make sure the play has been blown dead. There are many things to focus on as a goaltender, but for Edwards being deaf means she has to pay special attention to detail. “I am a very visual person. I rely more on my eyes than my hearing.” In a game of speed and sound, Edwards, a first-year student at the University of New Brunswick, has always had to use sharp concentration towards the speedy game around her. You may have to speak up when talking to Edwards, but the pintsized blonde doesn’t mind sharing her thoughts and experiences playing hockey, the game she loves. *** Living with a family that loved hockey, Edwards grew up rooting for the Toronto Maple Leafs. She always wanted to play goaltender, listing former star goaltenders, such as Patrick Roy, Gerry Cheevers and Jacques Plante as some of her favorite players to put on pads in the National Hockey League. Because of her disability, medically defined as profound bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, her hockey-loving family was apprehensive about putting Edwards into organized hockey. In a fast-paced game full of plenty of contact, Edwards’ family was afraid the contact would be too much for Edwards to handle. “The first person that told me I couldn’t play was my parents, but you have to understand that they were just looking out for me.” At 13, Edwards got her Cochlear implant, a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound behind her ear. The device allows Edwards to hear out of her right
Women’s Basketball STU 88 HC 41 Men’s Basketball STU 82 HC 78
Upcoming: March 1 Women’s Hockey AUS Championships Held at Dalhousie “I am a very visual peron. I rely more on my eyes than my hearing,” said Kristy Edwards, a goaltender for Harrington Hall, who is deaf. (Tom Bateman/AQ) ear. After the implant, her parents decided to let the hockey-starved Edwards play the game. “I did a lot of sports at first, I’ve done swimming, I’ve done basketball, I’ve done volleyball. None of them worked out for me, and then finally I get to try out hockey, which my heart was set on for so long.” When she received the opportunity from her parents to play hockey, she didn’t play goalie right away. She played her first season as a forward, learning the basics of the game. After one year of learning how to play, she quickly made the change of position to goaltender. She says the change of positions was a struggle at first and wasn’t easy to adjust to. “When I look back at starting to learn to play goaltender I laugh at it, because I often fell and didn’t know what was going on, didn’t realize that my skates were different” The Nova Scotia native says playing goaltender and following in her idols’ footsteps makes it the perfect position for her.
“I never felt overly disadvantaged. Goaltender is an independent position.” *** Once she got to university, Edwards wanted to continue to play hockey. She signed up to be the starting-goaltender for the Harrington Hall Raiders hockey team and says the experience is something she has never felt before. “It is not what I expected, but in a good way. It’s a majority men’s league, and I am shy with guys.” Edwards knows however, that being a deaf goalie has its challenges. “The disadvantage of being a deaf goalie, often it’s hard to hear the whistle blowing, especially when my helmet is so close to my Cochlear Plant, it just muffles. I often have to keep an eye on everything, not just the puck alone. I have to watch the referees, the players, everything.” Goaltenders are often known for having an open communication with their fellow players. Since she is so focused on so many different things on the ice, Edwards says she struggles
with communication. “Defensemen come up and ask me questions. It is hard to hear them when they are shouting at me when we play, because I can’t listen and focus on the same time.” Hockey players usually thrive on the motivation from the crowds, but Edwards says since she doesn’t always hear the crowds like other players, it makes her able to focus more. “Even when there is a crowd, I am still able to focus, it is sort of a disadvantage but I still deal with it. I know the crowd just wants to cheer us on and motivate the team. I just deal with it in my own way.” Because of her disability, Edwards knew that many sports didn’t necessary work for her, but the independence of a goaltender is a big reason why she says hockey works for her. “I am not saying hockey is a superior sport, I am not saying hockey is better than others, but I am saying that hockey was the sport for me. “This is what I love to do, it makes me happy.”
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Six hacks for a healthier life Some people have told me that no matter how easy I make working out seem, they aren’t going to go to the gym. They might feel intimidated, uncomfortable, too out-of-shape, too busy, or it just isn’t their thing. But they still want to live a healthy life. So here are six tweaks or “hacks” you can do to your life to make yourself a little bit healthier. And when it comes to your body, every bit counts. 1. One of the obvious ones is to always take the stairs instead of the elevator. This is amazing for your legs and glutes (butt muscles.) Just associate it this way: Stairs = tight butt. 2. To keep your metabolism high, eat
six meals a day rather than three big ones. So you have a big breakfast (always have breakfast, it fills you up and fuels you up for the rest of the day) full of protein. The more protein in your breakfast (eggs & bacon!), the fuller you’ll feel during the day. Next you would eat between breakfast and lunch; just some trail mix or a yogurt cup to tide you over. At lunch you should eat a smaller meal. Then another snack between lunch and supper. At supper, make sure not to give yourself huge portions, and same goes for the final snack later in the evening. If you can, you’ll want to spread these meals roughly three hours apart and
load up on protein to keep you full. Try to stay away from refined carbohydrates like bagels, muffins, and cereals. Doing all this keeps your metabolism going, and burns a lot more fat. 3. Now I know that sauces can be delicious, but when you order a wrap or sub, say no to the sauce. They’re full of bad fats. Also, try switching fries for a healthier option, like sweet potatoes or rice. 4. Pick one day a week where you walk or bike to work or school, every week. After a month, switch it to two. Another another month, switch it to three, and so on. You’ll find that not only does it give you exercise, but walking in the summer is very relaxing. 5. Pick one food that you eat that is bad for you, like chips or pop. Resolve to eliminate it from your diet, or limit it to once a week. Use the same technique as above (one day a week where you can’t eat it, two days after a month,
For breaking and so on.) 6. Carry a water bottle at all times. Drink from it first thing in the morning, and right before you go to bed. Just constantly drink from it. Not only does your body need water to live, but sometimes when we think we’re hungry, we’re really just thirsty. And water can stave off hunger pangs a little if lunch is far away. These are things that everyone can do, fit or not. My hope is that when you start shaping yourself to be more and more healthy, you’ll become as addicted as I am. Alex Vietinghoff is a certified ski instructor, works at the J.B. O’Keefe Fitness Centre and is currently studying to be a personal trainer through Fitness NB. He is also vice-president student life of the St. Thomas University students’ union. Questions or comments about his column? Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Relish 348 King St. Yes, you’re right - I’m almost out of restaurants to review. There is a narrowing number of places I have yet to visit on the Southside of Fredericton. Maybe it’s time to venture to the Northside. I choose to eat at Relish purely based on my negative burger experience at Issac’s Way a few weeks ago. I opted for a Big Texas Burger. This restaurant, as many of you know, serves only gourmet burgers and sides, and some argue they are the best in the city. With their prized puréed beet mayonnaise, these burgers fill you up and leave you wanting to share the experience with your friends. They have recently expanded their business to other major cities in New Brunswick, like Moncton and Saint John. How It Tasted: It was like a meaty heaven. I couldn’t get enough of their mayo. How I was Treated: They called me by name and told me I was important to them. It was a really positive experience. How Much: Okay guys, this place is expensive for a burger. If I hadn’t been in such a good mood when I went, I would have probably gone for an $8 meal rather than the $14 I dropped here. Overall, I am not ashamed of my indulgence. With many weeks left of my semester, I am looking forward to eating and sharing. Stay gold, people.
Theatre Crasher with Joy Watson Wanderlust: Free love and stereotypes for all Let me ask you a personal question: have you ever eaten a cream puff? They’re light, wonderful, and delicious while you’re eating them, but ultimately unsubstantial. Wanderlust is the cinematic equivalent of a cream puff. Sometimes that’s all you need. Wanderlust features Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd as George and Linda, two characters as bland as their names. The married couple are amped-up New Yorkers looking for success, but when Linda’s documentary about penguins with testicular cancer gets rejected by HBO (who wouldn’t want to watch that masterpiece?) the two must abandon their costly “micro-loft” and set out like pioneers into this economic wasteland we call 2012. Several wrong turns lead the pair to a dark country road where they serendipitously encounter a well-endowed hippie nudist taking a stroll. As the audience around me roared with mirth at the sight of the man jogging, it struck me what comedic gold trouser snakes can be. Also, can I get a round of applause for the increase of male nudity in the films of the past decade? From Michael Fassbender’s full-frontal “talent” in Shame, to Jason Segel’s nude breakdown in Forgetting Sarah Marshall to and Kermit’s bold exposure in The Muppets, it seems that straight ladies of the world are finally getting their share of cinematic eye-candy. Progress! Anyway, said nudist leads George and Linda to Elysium, a commune so irony free and idyllic that you may start to think the couple have time-warped back to the 60s.The population of this wonderland consists of hysterical one-note characters who rub their fingers together as a form of “less-aggressive clapping” and give loving/creepy massages to anything that moves. George and Linda are so charmed by the chilled-out bliss of life at Elysium that they decide to temporarily give up their Blackberries for organic blueberries. There are truth circles! Skinny-dipping! Who wouldn’t want to move in? While the supporting cast is great, one complaint I have is Rudd’s inconsistent portrayal of George. One scene he’s whining about the vegan coffee tasting like goat’s feet, and the next he’s dancing freely with a bong in one hand and a didgeridoo in the other. He sips the hallucinogenic Kool-Aid when it would be so much more entertaining for us if he would chug it. There is, however, one magnificent scene where George is psyching himself up in the mirror for a “free-love” session and the resulting monologue is the filthiest, funniest tirade I’ve ever heard - when he addresses his schlong in a deranged Southern accent I violently choked on my smuggled wine cooler. This scene proves that Rudd has the ability to be a comedic double-rainbow and Wanderlust suffers when it forces him to keep a poker face. Aniston, as per usual, is not the most interesting actress, but she’s looser than usual in this film - especially when she embraces poncho-wearing. However, I really don’t think that in a commune like this a woman’s eyebrows and legs would be waxed so neatly as hers are. Despite a few momentum lags and a lazy romantic ending, Wanderlust fulfilled my desire for an irreverent comedy and I’d recommend it to any granola-types looking for a laugh at their own expense. If you want to see something along the same lines but more transcendent and fearlessly bonkers, go rent 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer. Trust me.