AQuinian St. Thomas University’s Official Student Paper
December 6, 2011 - Volume 76 Issue 12
The Christmas tree in the lower court yard shines brightly during a brisk fall night. This is the last issue of the AQ before the Christmas break. Check out issue 13 Jan. 10. (Andrew Murray/AQ) Residence
Changing the culture of Harrington Hall How does St. Thomas Univesrity rebuild the reputation of one of its most storied residences? Karissa Donkin The Aquinian
Caitlin Doiron wants people to walk through the halls of Harrington and be able to say “hi” to everyone they pass. She envisions a place that’s a home and a community more than just a place to live – a home where people feel comfortable with those around them.
That’s why the house president and the rest of her house committee have been busy at work coming up with ways to reshape the house’s image. “People think it’s a lot worse than it really is. It makes me sad because I love Harrington with all my heart. I want everyone else to love it as much as I do,” the second-year student said. “People think that it’s this awful place
to live in and I just want to prove them wrong even more.” Last week, Harrington was placed under an alcohol ban for an indefinite period of time. Residents aren’t allowed to possess or consume alcohol in the house for at least the rest of the semester. The action, taken by dean of students Larry Batt, was in response to a number of incidents during the semester which
raised concern about health and safety. A report by Nancy O’Shea, director of student life and retention, says cleaning staff “are often dealing with potentially unsafe situations.” The report cites broken glass in toilet bowls, “which can’t be seen and therefore poses a significant hazard,” as one example. “The issues...are often exacerbated
Busing woes: Home for the holidays?
by the use of alcohol with Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights being the ‘party’ nights,” the report says. The prohibition has caused a stir around campus, with students from all walks of life debating the merits and downfalls of one of St. Thomas University’s most popular and controversial residences. SEE ALCOHOL ON PAGE 3
Acadian Lines halt could strand some students; STUSU looking at options Karissa Donkin The Aquinian
St. Thomas University student Amanda Ellis relies on the bus to go back and forth from Fredericton to her family’s home in Bathurst. But the fourth-year English student will have to find another way to get home. Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1229, who are maintenance workers, customer service representatives, drivers and mechanics for Acadian Lines in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, were prepared to strike last Friday morning after rejecting a contract offer from the company. They have been
without a contract since Dec. 31 of last year. Before workers could strike, Acadian Lines halted service in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island beginning last Friday, saying they didn’t want passengers stranded at a moment’s notice. The outage also affects some service in Nova Scotia and Quebec, Orléans Express spokesman Marc-André Varin said. Orléans Express owns Acadian Lines. “We realize that we’re getting close to the holiday season. It’s a busy time a year for passengers, but also for parcels that we carry,” Varin said. There’s no timeline on when the service could return. As of press time, there are no additional
talks scheduled between both sides. If Acadian Lines buses aren’t back on the road soon, some students like Ellis could find themselves stranded for Christmas. “My parents have to actually come get me after exams because the buses won’t run at all for me,” said Ellis. “If they don’t come and get me, I’m completely stranded in Fredericton for the whole Christmas break, which is really sad. I’d be all by myself.” Because Ellis lives in Bathurst, her family will have to spend six hours driving to and from Fredericton, a trip that she calls “a pain in the ass.” With this in mind, the St.
Thomas University students’ union and the University of New Brunswick student union are looking into how they can help students get home for the holidays. “[UNBSU president Jordan Thompson] and I are going to look into the possibility of seeing if it’s viable for us to arrange for alternative transportation options for students from UNB and St. Thomas if this labour dispute continues on,” Livingstone said at the most recent STUSU meeting. He said students could use the alternative service for a fee similar to what they’d pay to take the bus. More information will be available on the service this week, he added. SEE STRIKE ON PAGE 2
Want to go to the STUSU’s winter formal but not sure how to dress? The AQ’s Julia Whalen talks fancy fashion with some know-how ladies. (Tom Bateman/AQ)
SEE FORMAL ON PAGE 6
From the Editor
Regurgitating the Harrington Hall mess
We thought it was just a rumour. Really? Alcohol banned in Harrington Hall, the party house of St. Thomas University? Someone heard it from someone else who told us Larry Batt said the ban would start at midnight that night. We had to find out if this was true because, after all, you don’t report on hearsay, right? Our news editor Karissa Donkin emailed Batt and sure enough, it was all true. It was the second last issue for the semester and I – as well as most of the other staff members of The Aquinian – was exhausted. Couldn’t the paper lay itself out? But suddenly my job became that
much easier. This was big, front-page material; spot news, a developing story - extra exciting for a weekly student newspaper. And, as long as we worked quickly, we were going to be the first ones to report it. We were thrilled. *** The beauty of the web became a reality that Sunday. The paper wouldn’t be out until Tuesday, but we sure as hell would get the story out there. Karissa wrote a brief article for our website, which I cross posted to Twitter and Facebook. The response on Facebook was incredible. Most people couldn’t believe the headline: “Alcohol ban in Harrington Hall”? What? Now? And then the comments flooded in.
They started on Facebook but spread to the updated online story. Most people just agreed or disagreed with the ban. But then they began discussing and disagreeing with each other. We ignored our policy at the AQ about not posting anonymous comments – a practice we like to follow to ensure credibility and accountability. We didn’t want to stop this conversation (unless, of course, someone posted a personal attack against one of the other commenters or the reporter). But the dialogue didn’t quite flourish. We have 87 comments to date and many of them are Raiders defending their residence. “Harrington isn’t all bad,” they say. “It’s actually a great place to live.” Talk about denial, eh? *** We all know Harrington is full of great people. Many of us here at The Aquinian experienced this firsthand. But that doesn’t mean there’s no connection between Harrington’s party
reputation and the vandalism, violence and reckless behaviour reported in recent years. I’m the first person to believe in a healthy partying habit. It’s not that I endorse binge drinking, but I do encourage “letting loose” and forgetting about the week from hell – especially around this time of year. But let’s admit it: Harrington has a problem. Yes, it may not be the only St. Thomas residence with an excessive partying problem, but that’s not the point. Number one, The Aquinian hasn’t heard about a pattern of reckless vandalism in Chatham Hall or Rigby Hall, the residences usually called out by Harrington defenders. And second, hasn’t the threat of an alcohol ban been looming since the death of a student last year and the university’s new code of conduct this year? I’m not saying I agree with the ban or that it will make a difference, but something needs to change, no? In “Changing the culture of
Harrington Hall” (see page 1), house president Cailtin Doiron says residents are moving past the initial shock of the ban and are trying to use it for positive change. That’s sounds great. Prove it. *** Some may look at today’s paper and say, “Harrington overload.” And they’re right. I questioned it myself before writing this column. But each article has its own purpose and perspective. The front page story looks at the culture of Harrington and the possibility of it changing; managing editor Laura Brown’s story (see page 3) talks about the legality of the ban; the opinion section (see page 10) showcases student voices; and then there’s this column. I say, suck it up - or make a difference. Nobody wants drinking to be banned from Harrington forever, but no one should have to worry about vandalism, violence and shit in a residence that boasts house pride.
Strike timing coincidence: Company
Amanda Ellis’ family has to drive six hours to and from Bathurst so she can go home for Christmas. (Karissa Donkin/AQ)
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Check out the AQ’s next edition on Jan. 10.
Varin said having Acadian Lines service halted during one of the busiest times of the year would “for sure” have a financial impact on the company. But the company’s New Brunswick and P.E.I. operations are already running in the red, he said. “That’s why we need to make those crucial changes. We need to make some
productivity gains.” The timing of the strike has nothing to do with the holidays, union president Glen Carr said. “It’s bad timing is what it is. We’ve been trying for 11 months to settle this. We wanted it settled before the holidays came,” he said. “The ball’s in their court right now. We’ve given them our counter offer. We need to resolve the issues and they need
to come back to the table seriously.” Ellis understands why the workers want to go on strike. “I hope for the staff’s sake that they get a good result out of this. I understand why they have to go on strike. I just wish it wasn’t during Christmas because I want to go home.” With files from Shane Magee. Keep checking TheAQ.net for updates on this developing story.
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Alcohol ban extreme, but not the wrong move: Doiron Continued from page 1
Harrington house president Caitlin Doiron is trying to reshape the residence’s image. (Tom Bateman/AQ)
After the ban was announced last week, Doiron said residents were in shock and didn’t agree with the ban. She said she was just as surprised as the rest of the residents to hear about it. “But after a few days, we kind of realized that maybe we can take this out and use it as a positive and turn it around and get something good out of it. A lot of people are realizing that now.” While Doiron said the ban was an extreme move, she doesn’t think it was the wrong decision. “Although it has attracted negative attention, it’s really brought a lot of people in the house together. We don’t want to be seen like this, so let’s do something about it.” She said the residence has planned fundraisers and sober events, including a day full of activities during last class bash, in an attempt to show the community that Harrington isn’t just a party house. Beaton met with the house committee and the residence advisor team at Harrington last Friday to discuss how the ban is going. He left the meeting with a positive
feeling about what the residence is trying to do to change its image. “I’m really positive there’s some great ideas that we can do and some things put forward that will satisfy everyone involved.” Beaton lived in Harrington for three of his four years at STU before graduating in 2006. For his third year, he was a residence advisor in Harrington. During that time, a residence advisor was injured by a broken bottle and rushed to surgery after dealing with an intoxicated resident. It spawned a residence-wide ban on glass bottles, something Beaton said residence life is considering for the future. When Beaton was an RA - or proctor, as it was called at the time - Dan Murphy was in his first year in Harrington. Now a master’s student at Carleton University in Ottawa, Murphy graduated from STU in 2008 and was house president of Harrington in his third year. He said sweeping bans like the one Harrington is under usually don’t work. He said the house needs to deal with the people causing problems individually – and he doesn’t believe people don’t know who they are. “When I was there, there wasn’t a thing that went on that the RAs didn’t
know about, whether you can prove it or whether you can’t,” Murphy said. In Murphy’s first year, there were about 25 people who lived in Harrington for all four years of their university career because they liked it so much. Today, Doiron estimates about 100 of the residence’s 180 students are in their first year. “Every since 2004, when I started, it’s been going downhill. I think that a lot of that is to do with the fact that residence life is cracking down more and more on what you can and can’t do. “The experience that people are having isn’t as good as it was. That’s really unfortunate because that house is a good time. Some of the best years of my life were spent in that house.” For Doiron, the solution to keeping Harrington’s strong community alive, while improving its reputation, doesn’t lie in protesting the ban. It lies in acknowledging the residence’s problems. “I think everyone needs to acknowledge it and stop complaining and beating around the bush. They need to realize, ‘Well, maybe I don’t agree with what’s going on, but I’m going to do something about it so we can show everyone that we’re a good house to live in, we’re a fun house to live in.’”
The complications of enforcing an alcohol ban UNB law professor says RAs can’t search students’ rooms, says rooms are considered private dwellings Laura Brown The Aquinian
David Townsend says history shows that prohibitions don’t really work. “They’re just about impossible to enforce,” he said. A professor of law and technical advisor to the student disciplinary process at the University of New Brunswick, Townsend has seen it all. But the alcohol ban at St. Thomas University’s Harrington Hall residence is a different case. “Some of the religious universities in the United States have no drinking,” he said. “They’re forbidden to drink on campus. “But it often drives drinking off-campus.” It’s been just over a week since the announcement of an alcohol ban at Harrington Hall, where students are prohibited from possessing or consuming alcohol until further notice. Residence manager Clayton Beaton spoke with The Aquinian on Friday and said the ban was issued because the university is
concerned certain health and safety issues in the residence could get out of control. According to Larry Batt, dean of students, some of these issues include discharged fire extinguishers, torched paper towel and broken glass throughout the residence. “I would hate to think we responded too late or not at all to a situation when we could have stepped in before it got to another point,” he said. “Ultimately, at some point something had to change.” But the change makes complications for those who have to enforce the ban. Townsend said the university can’t justify what they’re doing under the liquor act, but they can under their contractual relationship with the students. “There are residence rules [students] have agreed with,” Townsend said. “All of those contracts have some sort of liquor provision. And because they’re on campus, the university probably has a responsibility if a student gets hurt.” Students have to sign a residence agreement before moving in. It asks them to follow rules outlined in a residence handbook
students are also given when they move in. The handbook has an alcohol use in residence section, which says “students are responsible for knowing, understanding and complying with Provincial laws and University regulations regarding alcohol.” This means students have already agreed to abide by any regulation made by the university regarding alcohol in residence. However, Townsend said a residence is considered a “private dwelling” and students have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their rooms. “That probably wouldn’t apply to the common spaces,” he said. “But they can’t just go searching rooms. If they heard that there’s an alcohol party happening, if they have reason to think something is happening, then they can look into it with campus police.” Beaton said they decided to enforce the ban using a warning system. A written warning is issued for those caught with alcohol and then fines will be given starting at $10 and escalating “if they offend more
A warning system is being used to enforce the ban. (Megan Aiken/AQ) than once.” “We knew that we would be in a state of transition and we didn’t want residents of Harrington Hall being concerned with, ‘What am I supposed to do with alcohol in my room right now?’” he said. “It was something that we knew we’d have to ease going into that time.” And so long as they’re being respectful and not misbehaving, residents are still
allowed to drink off-campus and come back to the dorm. Townsend said the university has now assumed a “heightened control and responsibility.” They’ve added another regulation they must make sure is enforced under their watch. “If you make the rule and not enforce it then you are also exposing your legal responsibilities,” he said.
Lily Fraser named VP finance and administration
Fraser joins president Dawn Russell as second woman in administration; comes to St. Thomas University Jan. 3 The Aquinian
St. Thomas University will be elevating a true Jane-of-all-trades to its top tiers in the new year. Lily Fraser, who is assistant deputy minister of New Brunswick’s Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour department, was announced last Thursday as STU’s new
vice-president administration and finance. Fraser’s appointment means there are now two women within STU’s administration ranks. Dawn Russell became the university’s first female president when she was installed in October. In contrast to the liberal arts school she’ll be presiding over, Fraser
has a background in science with degrees in microbiology and immunology from McGill University. She’s also earned a master’s in health administration from the University of Ottawa. Over the past several years, Fraser has worked in various social work occupations such as family and community services before moving on to auditing programs and medical policies
for the Department of Health. For more than two years, Fraser served as the executive director of the Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture and the Department of Fisheries. As vice-president finance and administration, Fraser will be “responsible for providing a range of financial and administrative support services to
the University,” the STU website says. She will develop policies, procedures and systems to ensure “effective and efficient management and use of resources.” Fraser will take over for Lawrence Durling who has been a staple at STU for over a decade. She officially begins her new post on Jan. 3, 2012.
Students offered free ride to and from winter formal
Shane Magee The Aquinian
Code of conduct approved The final draft of the student code of conduct has been approved by the St. Thomas University board of governors. St. Thomas University students’ union vice-president education Craig Mazerolle said he presented a few final edits to the code of conduct committee that he expected to be approved by the board. Some of the changes included extending the period students can appeal decisions, and ensuring STUSU can appoint student representatives to the conduct committee. “I was very happy with that, a very good response,” Mazerolle said about how the proposed changes were received.
Winter formal bus schedule STUSU has paid for a bus to shuttle students from campus and the Forest Hill residences to the Crowne Plaza, where winter formal will be held this year, and back again. The first pick-up will be at 7 p.m. at James Dunn Hall and 7:15 p.m at Forest Hill. A second pick-up will happen at 8 p.m. at JDH and Forest Hill. The return trip from Crowne Plaza will start at 10:30 p.m. going to JDH and Forest Hill, with a second leaving at 11:15 p.m.
‘Generation debt’ campaign
STUSU vice-president education Craig Mazerolle presented a few proposals for how to gain attention for the debt awareness campaign, including holding a press conference, sending opinion editorials to newspapers, and collecting placards similar to what was done with last year’s ‘What’s your number?’ campaign. ‘Generation debt’ wants the New Brunswick government to change the timely completion benefit and tuition tax rebate into a system of upfront grants, have annual increases in government funding to ensure tuition fees are reduced over the next four years.
Harrington Hall concerns
Lucas MacLean, the Harrington Hall representative, said many students are confused about the alcohol ban. Some believe it will last the rest of the school year. The ban will last until the end of semester and will be reviewed next semester. The Vanier Hall representative Elizabeth Strange said some residents are concerned Harrington residents may try to sneak into Vanier to drink.
Emergency bursary use down With first semester nearly finished, only $7,767 has been spent from the emergency bursaries budget line. STUSU has budgeted $25,000 this academic year.
$900 for conference
Nine student journalists, who are editors and writers for The Aquinian, each received $100 in academic assistance. They requested the money to help cover the cost of attending the Canadian University Press conference in Victoria, B.C. in early January.
Making Christmas a little brighter
Class collects presents for children with jailed parents as part of Christmas for Kids Stephanie Kelly The Aquinian
Monty Lewis was lying naked in a jail cell when he hit rock bottom. “A voice was telling me, ‘End it all, kill yourself, murder yourself, take your life.’” That’s when a volunteer from the Salvation Army told him about God. It’s been 35 years and he hasn’t looked back since. Lewis is the director and founder of Bridges of Canada, a Christian organization that supports inmates and their families. The group buys gifts for children with parents behind bars. It’s called Christmas for Kids and this year, St. Thomas University criminology students are lending a hand. This is Sabrina Lafleur’s first year with Christmas for Kids. She is one of the criminology students spearheading STU’s campaign. They plan to run a toy drive and collect loose change, which will pay for gifts of sponsored children. They are also working to reach out to the campus community and get more students involved. Lafleur said children are often overlooked as victims of imprisonment. “The offender is not the only person that is punished when they are incarcerated, it is the innocent children that are involved. This organization allows us to bring the children that much closer to
their parents when they are given a present from that missing parent.” Susan Reid is a criminology professor at STU and teaches the young offenders class, which is leading the campaign. She’s been involved in Christmas for Kids for nearly five years and said she’s touched by student support and enthusiasm. “This year I said to them, I’ll give you bonus points, but you know what, the people who really do this are really not in need of bonus points and they kind of agreed [with] me. That says a whole lot about the students that we have.” Bridges of Canada is based out of Fredericton, but partners with prisons all over Canada and throughout the world. Lewis said he expects to leave over 800 presents under the tree this year. He struggled with drug addictions and floated in and out of jail for 16 years and knows first-hand the struggles of being away from family members. “I realized that all the men I hung around with in prison had the same dream inside of them as me to have a home, a family and to carry a lunch can. But just like me, they didn’t know how to get it.” He said all children deserve to open a present on Christmas morning, no matter where it comes from. “You’re trying to build family while they’re apart…it’s nice when you’re a little child and your neighbours are
Susan Reid’s young offenders class is leading the Christmas for Kids campaign at St. Thomas University. (Jordan MacDonald/AQ) opening their gifts from their daddy for you to say, ‘Look what my daddy sent me.’” The toy drive allows children to have a connection with their parents, even if
they can’t be together. “We send the gifts to the children not from you or not from our organization, but from the parent. So, it gives the child and the parent some dignity.”
Why political leadership matters The Mayans did not predict the apocalypse would happen in 2012. Rather, 2012 is when the current cycle of the Mayan Long Count calendar concludes and a new period of creation begins. So, in many political circles, as political parties and governments must, people will discuss and enact change, change that will forge new eras for many of these polities. That change will revolve around one common theme – leadership. Worldwide, leadership is needed to fill vacuums left by the events of this year. Middle Eastern countries like Egypt and Libya will have entire new governments trying to feel their way with their new power to create a new and stable normalcy, lest their citizens be subject to more fear and chaos.
Harriet Irving Library until Dec. 19:
European leaders must balance confronting a debt crisis that threatens most of a continent with protecting the people of quite vulnerable countries – Greece, Italy, Spain - from greater harm. Failing to keep that balance would bring disaster. The U.S. elects a president next year amid deadlock in Congress and an economy continuing, as in 2008, to burn in a dumpster. Barack Obama and his eventual Republican challenger must shape platforms that address the most urgent needs of Americans – jobs and sustainable public services. We gave Stephen Harper’s Conservative government to a majority last May with the expectation of strong, capable economic stewardship. Next year, Harper must navigate the good ship Canada though a worldwide economic minefield while not beaching her on the shores of
ideology. The Bloc Quebecois will choose its leader Dec. 11. Daniel Paillė and JeanFrancois Fortin are the front-runners.The winner will face a choice between dialing down the party’s separatist rhetoric at risk of losing its base or keeping it high and risk permanent marginalization. The NDP faces its own leadership race in March. Whichever of the nine candidates takes the leadership, likely former party president Brian Topp or one of MPs Thomas Mulcair or Peggy Nash, will be expected not only to continue building the party, but also provide the strong, competent opposition to Harper Canadians voted for. This includes finding roles suited to the race’s losing contenders who comprise some of the best and the brightest of a mostly inexperienced caucus. While the federal Liberals won’t have their leadership race until early 2013, candidates will start bringing themselves forward and leading a discussion on redefining what the one-time natural governing party stands for, of finding new poles to support the big tent – the old one, power, has rotted to nothing.
Holiday hours on campus
Dr. Daniel O’Brien Study Hall
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – Midnight. Today – December 19: Open until 11 Saturday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – Midnight p.m. Monday, Dec. 20 – Open until 5 p.m. Harriet Irving Library Closed Dec. 21 – Jan. 3 Dec. 20: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4 to Sunday, Jan. 9 – Open until 5 p.m.
J.B. O’Keefe Gym
New Brunswick’s Liberals will select their new leader in October. At press time, two men have declared their candidacy: former party president and health minister Mike Murphy and Belledune mayor Nick Duivenvoorden. Again, this race will turn into a longoverdue debate over the party’s values and the victor must reconcile with his opponents, lest the party’s tacit war with its grassroots continue. Across the floor, 2012 will be now or never for David Alward’s quest to control the deficit and reform government. With raising the HST tantamount to political suicide, the PC premier will have to make unpopular cuts, raise unpopular taxes and stand firm on his decisions – all while making New Brunswickers feel a part of the process. In May, voters in Fredericton – including you, should you stay in town through the spring - will pass its judgement on the quality of city leadership in the quadrennial municipal election. Without doubt, politics in 2012 will be defined by leadership. Here’s hoping it doesn’t lead us straight off a cliff.
George Martin Hall Cafeteria
Hours for the gym will be posted on the Closes at 11 a.m. on Dec. 20 door when they are determined.
Forest Hill Cafeteria
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The cold, hard facts about flu shots
A lot of people are misinformed about what flu shots really do, UNB student health centre nurse said Shane Fowler The Aquinian
‘Tis the season for giving. That includes viruses, infections and other undesirables most would rather not have on their wish list. The spread of influenza, or the flu, is an annual tradition. While this season has yet to garner catchy nicknames of yesteryear, the common flu doesn’t need avian or swine support to stop people dead in their tracks. Up to 8,000 Canadians die a year from the disease. Despite this, many people are sceptical about the vaccine or “flu shot.” “A lot of people are misinformed,” said student health clinic nurse Gwen Ferguson. “Even more people don’t know anything about it.”
Because of the lack of information, the yearly needle has polarized people in their decision to get the vaccine or not. In response, the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University have hosted eight immunization clinics this year to educate students about the process. The shot gives a person an inactive or dead version of the actual flu virus - or in Canada’s case, the shot includes many strains of flu viruses scientists predict will affect the population. This toothless version of the flu allows your body to learn how to defend against it; a cheat sheet for your immune system before the actual test. The human body needs two weeks to learn those test answers before being ready to fully protect against those flu strains. Getting the flu before the vaccine is working at full strength means the flu
shot will be useless to defend a person. This leads to the common misconception that the cure caused the disease. However, even after two full weeks of getting the flu shot, a person is not guaranteed immunity. Influenza viruses adapt quickly, changing from year to year and place to place. Scientists can only guess as to which strains are going to be popular and their best guesses go into the needle that eventually goes into your shoulder. If you catch a strain that wasn’t predicted ahead of time, you’re just as vulnerable as if you hadn’t had the shot at all. The flu shot also does nothing to prevent the common cold. Colds, especially bad ones, are often mislabelled as influenza and getting one after a flu shot can lead to the belief that the shot gave the
sickness instead of preventing it. While they share some commonalities, the flu is a much more severe disease and much more aggressive. Once the flu infects a person, it’s ready to infect another a full day before that person will have any symptoms to reveal that they even have the flu virus. This makes pre-emptive vaccines the only useful defence against the flu. The ease of transmission, or giving away the flu, is what makes it most dangerous. By land or air, take your pick. A single floating droplet from a sneeze is enough to infect a person. And the virus can live on everything the human hand touches, from money to doorknobs. A single flu virus could realistically infect an entire classroom of people in a single afternoon. When describing its spread in an open population of people, the word “exponentially” gets
used a lot. That brings us to “carriers.” While a person may not always become overly sick when having the flu virus, carrying it in their bodies means they’re spreading it, perhaps to those who are not able to combat the sickness so well. Infants and seniors are especially vulnerable due to their weaker immune systems. Because these populations make up the majority of flu-related deaths in Canada, the government pays for their flu shots. Health officials don’t recommend those with the flu have any contact with infants or seniors. “The potential of passing the flu to those people can be absolutely devastating,” said Ferguson. Flu shots are available on campus to STU and UNB students for $15 at the C.C. Jones student health clinic.
Fourteen people used the program in its first season
One day, Chris McCormick was stuck in traffic because of a big car accident and realized he couldn’t wait to get home to see what happened. The St. Thomas University criminology professor realized this was odd and had an epiphany. “It told me a lot about the power of the media on the way we view the world,” he said. He then realized he needed to explore this topic more and ultimately published a book. McCormick launched the second edition of his book, Constructing Danger: Emotions and the Misrepresentation of Crime in the News, on Friday afternoon in the Brian Mulroney Hall rotunda. There was a great turnout of admirers as a psychology professor Suzanne Prior said the book is“engaging” and McCormick is a “gifted reader.” The book is an in-depth critique and analysis of crime in the media, showing that sometimes crime is portrayed falsely and causes the audience to think of crime in an incorrect way. McCormick focused on three particular topics in the second edition of his book: gender and crime, distortion in media,
Thinking critically about crime in the media Bike share program “one Book focuses on how media influences our sense of safety more option” to stay healthy The Aquinian
Chris McCormick speaks during his book launch. (Tom Bateman/AQ) and law in media. Prior is very interested in how media’s misrepresentation of sexual assault can downplay how serious it is, causing the victims to think it was their fault. She said the book makes the reader angry to realize what the media is doing to us. “We don’t actually trust our own experience,” McCormick said, adding that we depend too much on how the media portrays crime. The first edition of Constructing Danger was published 15 years ago. Since then, McCormick has added sample studies to each chapter, as well as an analysis of emotion which is unusual to criminal studies. He used the National Post for a lot of his material. Although the book came out last
January, McCormick is just launching it now. It’s being used in many STU criminology classes. “It is a marvelous book to teach,” he said. “In this edition I used more national... examples. In the original edition focused more on regional crime and news,” said McCormick. He also focused on the fact that we only think of stereotypical examples of crime and “we never think we are going to be in danger going grocery shopping but in fact we are.” For example, an acquaintance is more likely to be the predator in an assault than a stranger. By writing this book, McCormick wants students and the public to think about crime and the media critically.
The bikes for St. Thomas University’s bike share program have been locked up until the snow clears in the spring. Tami Hill, a member of the wellness committee at St. Thomas University, said the bike share program that started in May this year was a success. “It’s going very well, we’ve got really good feedback on the program.” Fourteen users signed up between May and Nov. 18. STU students, faculty and staff were able to buy a $20 membership that allowed them to borrow a bike for up to six hours or overnight if they borrowed it late in the day. She said the program started slow, with only five memberships in mid-summer, but increased once students started returning to campus. Olivia Long, a student who graduated this year, but has returned to take a few more courses, signed up in October. “I only used it for a month, but I found it really useful,” said Long. “Since I work at the gym I would take a bike at night and return it the next morning
when I had school. It was really easy to just bike home.” She said because she lives at the bottom of the hill, it was faster than waiting for the bus. In the morning she would use the bike racks on the front of the buses to come back up the hill. Long said it has helped her save some money. “I’m guilty for using cabs a lot, so it makes a lot more sense,” she said. The $20 membership fee is used for maintenance of the bikes. The St. Thomas University students’ union matched the $1,700 spent by the university to start the program. The money was used to buy five bikes, helmets and locks. Hill said she wants to have a larger publicity campaign next year to attract more users. The program is a result of the wellness committee looking “for more ways to encourage faculty, students and staff to be active, therefore healthier,” said Hill. “People can run, walk, go to the fitness centre, go to [fitness] classes, so the program is one more option” to stay healthy, she added.
Christmas Stars program helps student parents Number of students with small children increases; about 25 students with children applied for program Jordan MacDonald The Aquinian
Lauren Eagle knows firsthand how generous the St. Thomas University community can be at Christmas. Since 2006, Eagle, who is a fixture in STU’s residence life office as student services representative, has been running a program called Christmas Stars. The program gives toys to students with small children who can’t afford to buy gifts. “We’re very appreciative of everyone coming together and having such a big
heart at Christmas time for the kids.” This program has been at St. Thomas for at least as long as Eagle has been at the school – it just had a different spin to it. “When the tree went up in James Dunn Hall cafeteria they would hang paper stars on the tree with the children’s wishes. “Anyone wanting to purchase a gift could take the star off the tree, purchase the gift or gifts and hand them in at the student affairs office.” Eagle said there are always lots of donations from staff, faculty and students.
The residence committees have even gotten involved. “I’ve mentioned it to house committees and they were looking for a charity of some sort...this, at least, keeps in it the STU community. “They’re helping their fellow student out.” Eagle said the program has done really well. They’ve been able to cover everything students in the program needed. “Nobody’s ever gone without.” Although they’ve been able to accommodate everyone so far, the
number of students with small children going to STU has increased, Eagle said. At the beginning, there were only 14 or 15 children in the program, but now it’s up to about 25. “There’s kids of all ages on here and there’s some [students] with only one child, but there’s some with multiple children. And you know that they’re not going to be able to afford it at Christmastime. It’s just too expensive.” At the beginning of November, the student parents send in an email with their children’s names, age and what they want to give them for Christmas.
Then, an email is sent out asking students, faculty and staff for donations. As soon as the email is sent out, Eagle gets “bombarded” with replies from people offering money or to buy the items. “We try to do what’s on their wish list. If their wish list is outrageous, then sometimes I have to remind the parents that we may only be able to get one item off their list. But we do our best to get as much as we can for them within reason. “We have a very good community here.”
STU Jazz in Concert @ Kinsella Auditorium, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Formal fashion tips: What to wear
STUSU Winter Formal “Masquerade” @ The Crowne Plaza, Dec. 8, 7:30 - 11 p.m. Customer appreciation sale @ the campus bookstore, Dec. 9, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Gallery: Herménégilde Chiasson’s Identities @ The Yellow Box Gallery, runs until Feb. 15, 2012 Strength @ The Charlotte Street Arts Centre, runs until Dec. 15 William Forrestall’s New and Familiar, Kristianne LeBreton’s Unforgotten and the annual Christmas Choice @ Gallery 78 starting Dec. 2
Playhouse: Dance Fredericton presents The Nutcracker, Dec. 7 @ 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., regular - $25, student - $15 Christmas @theplayhouse, Dec. 15 @ 7:30 p.m., Dec. 16 @ 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17 @ 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Dec. 18 @ 2:00 p.m., regular - $28, under 19 - $14, member - $25
Music: Comedy Night @ Wilser’s Room, Dec. 8 Midnight Ramblers with Love Triggers @ The Capital, Dec. 8, doors at 9:30 p.m., $5
The students’ union’s winter formal has a masquerade theme this year. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza on Queen St. for the first time. (Tom Bateman/AQ)
Winter formal’s masquerade theme leaves room for imagination, creativity and class Julia Whalen The Aquinian
You know it’s exam time when sweatpants are the universal student dress code. But this Thursday, leave your stretchy pants behind and pick up your dancing shoes. The St. Thomas University students’ union’s winter formal masquerade is on Thursday from 7:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza on Queen Street. “I love the theme that they have this year,” said first-year St. Thomas student Amber Basque. “I have my own handmade dress, black and white striped, that’s just been waiting for this dance.”
The concept of masquerade balls may be centuries old, but the wardrobe options certainly aren’t dull. Clothing patterns can be offset by a plain-coloured mask, or a black outfit can be jazzed up with an elaborate mask. Masks can vary in price depending on where you shop, or if you’re looking for an especially glamorous one, businesses with costume rentals are the ticket. If you have a specific idea in mind, head to the Dollar Store, Wal-Mart and Michael’s for craft items like feathers, sequins and glitter. If you chip in on supplies with friends, the cost will be lower and you’re provided with a creative and social study break.
Headphones and iPods or records and gramophones?
Last Class Bash mini tour with Chad Hatcher, Jeremiah McLaughin, Stephen Lewis, Joey Leblanc and Eric Cormier @ The Capital, Dec. 10, doors at 10 p.m., $10
Fredericton Choral Society presents 100-voice chorus of Handel’s Messiah @ Sunset Church, 429 Clements Drive, Dec. 11 , 7:30 p.m., adults $20, seniors - $15, students - $10, children under 12 - $5 David Myles @ Regent Mall, Dec. 14 Grand Theft Bus with the Belle Comedians @ The Capital, Dec. 16, doors at 9:30 p.m., $10 adv., $12 at the door
one at all,” Basque said. “Aside from that, it gives people freedom to be completely individual and come to me with their own ideas, which I can translate into a face-paint mask for them.” Basque said her fellow Raiders could have their masks painted on free of charge. For other STU students there will be a cost of $2, and Basque said to contact her on Facebook to arrange a time. And while a mask allows for some imagination with your wardrobe, it isn’t necessary to wear one - nor do you need to take a date. Winter formal is a chance to get together with friends, get classy, and be serenaded by the sound of The Thomists.
Major Rager @ The Phoenix, Dec. 9, doors at 10 p.m., $5
Racoon Bandit with The Meds @ The Capital, Dec. 10, doors at 9:30 p.m., $5
Not in love with the idea of toting a mask around all night? Basque, a resident of Harrington Hall, has a solution. “Some people may not want to fidget with a mask on their face all night, so it’s just easier for some to have it painted [on] and forget about it,” she said. Basque volunteered to paint masks on students before the formal rather than purchase one. She said she’s been drawing for as long as she can remember, and besides being a lot of fun, face painting would mean one less thing to worry about in preparation for the event. “I know that some people may not be able to find a mask they like, if they find
While some prefer the crisp sound of vinyl, others say digital can sound just as good, and removes the hassle of toting vinyls around. (Julia Whalen/AQ)
Weighing in on the digital versus vinyl debate Andrew Guilbert
The Concordian (Concordia University)
MONTREAL (CUP) — In the last decade or so, the way we experience music has changed drastically. Many now walk around with a miniature library of music in their back pockets, downloading music directly to their computers for a fraction of what they used to pay in stores. Still others have gone retro, touting the virtues of vinyl as the superior method of music enjoyment. But what makes a person prefer one to the other? Twenty-four-year-old Cory Pereira, a.k.a. DJ Pinky Pereira, plays shows all over the world, but now calls Montreal home.
Though he began his career on vinyl, he’s since moved on to using nothing but digital music for his shows. “I know [DJs] that still appreciate vinyl, but the majority of them are digital now, including all the international DJs I know; they’re the ones who finally convinced me to switch to digital.” He explains that digital has overtaken vinyl in its once iconic role at the turntables mainly because it’s a much easier and practical format. “What made me change was cost efficiency and the amount of stuff I used to have to carry for gigs. Now it’s so much easier; I can travel with my laptop, my two controllers and my sound card in the same bag and that’s it.”
The other advantage, he says, is the sheer amount of music he now has access to during his shows. “On my laptop right now, I have maybe 200 GBs of music. On vinyl, I’d only have three, maybe four, songs per record.” For some, the prospect of having thousands of songs at your fingertips is exactly what turns them away from mp3s. “There [are] pros and cons to having the ability to access everything,” said Sam Mullen, a McGill graduate in music performance. “If you have endless choices, it destroys your focus. I’d much rather listen to an album over and over again so I can hear the fine details of it.” Mullen has been a record collector for years, but admits that his stance on musical mediums is not for everyone. “I wouldn’t say limiting yourself is an answer for everybody, but for someone who wants to study music seriously, or wants to get to know music, it can definitely help to limit your choices.” As a musician himself, he says those limits are what fuel creativity and bring about new variations of music. He believes when you take away limitations, “it leads to monotony everywhere.” Sylvain Plourde, a professor of digital audio at Montreal’s Trebas Institute, argues new technology has allowed casual listeners to experience unprecedented
sound quality. “Back in the day with Walkmans, you had to deal with the horrible background noise on tapes, so mp3s are better in that sense.” That lack of “background noise” is also what he sees as the big advantage that digital recording has over the analog process vinyl uses. Plourde says to imagine the recording of analog vinyl as Morse code. “When you make S.O.S. ‘dot dot dot’ sounds, they can come out at the other end of the line as ‘dot dot’ and a lot of garbled noise, [whereas the digital method is like] directly writing that S.O.S. on paper.” It has no chance of getting garbled in transit like analog would, he said. As for the idea that vinyl sounds better? “You’ve got to be careful not to compare apples and oranges,” said Plourde. “If you take a $100 hi-fi record and put it on a $50,000 turntable, of course it’s going to sound better than an mp3 file. But take a cheap record and play it next to a song in [the audio editing software] Pro Tools, and you’ll get the same result.” That being said, Plourde believes there will always be differences in sound quality throughout mediums for those with sharp enough ears to hear it. As for the rest of us? “Ignorance is bliss,” he laughed.
Put away your ugly sweaters: the classy holiday party is back
The not-so-traditional holiday season songs
“I think that young people now are starting to realize that maybe the way that their parents may have done things, or past generations, weren’t as lame or boring as they think they were,” said Christina Nicoll. (Julia Whalen/AQ)
Event planners say dressing up and getting down over the holidays doesn’t necessarily have to break the bank Julia Whalen The Aquinian
‘Tis the season of the holiday get-together – but this year, it’s not only the ugly Christmas sweater party that reigns. The formal holiday party is making a comeback. “Christmas is, in my mind, a classier holiday. It’s not like St. Patrick’s Day,” said Meryn Steeves, a second-year St. Thomas University student, with a laugh.
three-piece suits and fancy dresses. Okay, so most students don’t own special silverware or have money to spend on a 20-pound butterball turkey. But there is something appealing about putting on fancy clothes and not drinking out of red Dixie cups. “It’s kind of nice to mark that special occasion by doing something out of the ordinary,” Steeves said. She said she had been to a friend’s holiday party in high school where ev-
“I think we had, within the past few years, seen a decline in the holiday party because of the recession. But lately we’re seeing it come back.” - Victoria Hitchcock Each December, right around the time that final assignments and papers are due and exams are looming around the corner, the invitations for holiday parties start to appear. They range from reunion parties with your friends from home to “last hurrah of the semester” get-togethers with your close friends at school. And with very few events during the year that allow students to dress up and get classy, the formal holiday party is coming back into style. “I think that young people now are starting to realize that maybe the way that their parents may have done things, or past generations, weren’t as lame or boring as they think they were,” said Christina Nicoll, an event planner with Live, Love, Laugh Event Planning and Consulting based in Fredericton. “Maybe they just want to try something different and have a break from university or college life.” The traditional, formal Christmas party is a familiar image in holiday movies – the picturesque dinner table full of food, a large, festive centrepiece and the special occasion silverware set out. Grown-ups swirl glasses of red wine and talk about the economy, while wearing
eryone had dressed up, the room was decorated and the hostess even compiled party favours. “I think it’s fun to get together with your friends and not just get drunk and go downtown,” she said. “It’s something different.” Victoria Hitchcock and Nicoll formed Live, Love, Laugh in 2008. Hitchcock said that while their most popular events are weddings, they’ve seen a resurgence in the holiday party. “I think we had, within the past few years, seen a decline in the holiday party because of the recession,” Hitchcock said. “But lately we’re seeing it come back. I know personally speaking, this year we probably have three or four parties that we’re going to. It’s a special time of year and people are excited.” While some may think that a formal holiday party is more costly than a casual get-together, Nicoll said you can host a relatively cheap but classy one if you think outside the box. She and Hitchcock agreed that the invitation sets the tone for any event. “If you’re crafty you can make one, rather than just the same old Facebook event,” Hitchcock said. “A lot of websites
have invitations you can send out too, like sending out an e-card. In doing something different you’re telling people that this is a little out of the ordinary.” Decorations can be done quite cheaply by going to the Dollar Store. Minilights, candy canes, and a small tree are an easy way to make your space more festive. As for food, Hitchcock said potlucks are the easiest way to ensure tons of food without incurring the cost yourself. Another option is to have the party later on in the evening, providing snacks for your guests instead of a full meal. Steeves said besides the excitement of decorating and getting together with friends, a formal party is a great excuse to wear a dress. If it isn’t in your budget to buy a new one, your friends’ closets are a great place to go shopping. “Everyone has stuff that they don’t wear, so it’s pretty easy to swap around,” she said. Whether you have holiday money to burn or $15 to your name, a traditional holiday party is do-able. Nicoll said it’s important to just let your creative juices flow. “There’s so many different creative things to do for any event, holiday or not,” she said. “You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make it look nice.”
A cheap serving tray can dress up your snacks. (Julia Whalen/AQ)
Everyone has that Christmas album that embodies the holiday spirit. For some of us that album is, unfortunately, Kenny G’s Greatest Holiday Classics. Although the man can play a mean saxophone, the album is sexy for about a song and a
half before you feel like you’re stuck in an elevator. For those who need some advice on a new Christmas classic, here’s The Aquinian’s round-up on holiday albums you may have missed throughout the years. For your Jedi friend: Christmas In The Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album Nothing says Christmas like outer space! On this timeless classic, C-3P0 and R2-D2 teach a factory full of droids how to appreciate the holiday spirit. It warms the cockles of your heart, doesn’t it? And if endearing subject matter wasn’t enough, an 18-yearold Jon Bon Jovi joins a high school choir on “R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” Highlight: “What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?)” For the diva: Merry Christmas – Mariah Carey It probably doesn’t mean anything that Amazon.com sells this album for $4.38, right? Though it doesn’t include her (without debate) best song “Fantasy,” Merry Christmas delivers all the holiday favourites with surprisingly little demonstration of Carey’s multi-octave range. Every store ever is sure to have this album on repeat in the days leading up to Christmas, so get ready to memorize every note and frill. See also: Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas II You. Highlight: “All I Want For Christmas Is You (Original Version)” For the most disappointing yankee swap gift ever: Christmas Unleashed – Jingle Dogs Picture a group of people sitting at a board room table discussing holiday album ideas. One says, “I really like it when my dog barks repeatedly. How about renditions of Christmas music done using only barking dogs?” This album has appeal for about five seconds, while the thought, “Puppies are really cute” crosses your mind. But then you hear dogs barking the tunes of “O, Christmas Tree” and “Away in a Manger” and you wonder how this album ever left that board room. Highlight: “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” For those who really love morning talk shows: The Regis Philbin Christmas Album Regis is actually quite the crooner, but he seems to be slowly infiltrating every electronic in your house - and at all times of the day. There was a time when you couldn’t watch television in the morning or evening without catching Regis’ toowhite smile staring into your soul. And if the album wasn’t weird enough, Donald Trump makes an appearance on “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” You’ve got that right – Regis Philbin ft. Donald Trump. He should have just stuck to Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Highlight: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” For the 90s enthusiast: Home for Christmas – ‘N Sync For some of us, the 90s forever holds some special memories. If you’d like something festive to bring you back – or maybe you just haven’t forgotten about how great slow jams are – this album is for you. Specifically “O Holy Night (A Cappella),” where you remember exactly why you had a crush on a boy with frosted tips. It’s baby Justin Timberlake, what’s not to love? Highlight: “Under My Tree”
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all i want for christmas s BROWN a BYi LAURA DESIGN: TOM BATEMAN time management skills. “I learned about this technique over the summer and I have adopted it myself as a way of planning and tracking my own work,” she said. In a study published by the magazine Science, three common methods of studying were put to the test. The first method they tested was getting the student to read the information and be tested on it immediately after. They found that this method worked best and students retained almost 50 per cent more of the material a week later. The second method was simply studying the material over and over again, commonly known as cramming. The final one was having the student draw visual graphs and diagrams to explain what they learned.
Memorizing has gotten a bit of a
BAD NAME julia torrie
The New York Times reported on the study, which was released in January of this year. They said the other two methods are very popular but also “seem to give students the illusion that they know material better than they do.” Hopefully St. Thomas students will know their discipline’s material well come exam time, which begins Monday. Julia Torrie, acting chair of
the history department, said there are a lot of tips that are universal among all disciplines. “There will be things in any discipline that need to be memorized,” she said. “Memorizing has gotten a bit of a bad name, but in fact, nothing gives you confidence and strengthens your answer like some facts.” She said learning the “key players in your course” – understanding the main themes and why they mattered – can go a long way. Students need to think about “how or why something matters.” “Chances are, your essay questions will ask you not just what something is, but why it matters, why it is significant,” she said. In history, political science and philosophy, to name a few, there will be lots of “dates.” Students tend to memorize dates, but that doesn’t help unless they know why the date matters. “I always tell my students that specific dates themselves are less important than chronology…what came first? What followed?” she said. James Whitehead, associate professor of science and technology studies, said studying early means having the time to study less material in several sessions. If you’re facing a lot of material to study, the anxiety can overshadow the digestion of information. “Instead, view studying in terms of what is achievable today,” he said. “If that means writing study notes for just one or two lectures today, then let that be your goal. Don’t provide
yourself with excuses until you have met today’s goal.” Sometimes, rewriting course notes makes you reprocess the information. It takes some work, but it also involves physically doing something instead of trying to read while your mind wanders on what you want for Christmas. “And it can significantly aid in knowing which elements make sense and which need further scrutiny,” Whitehead said.
It’s a cruel trick – as Christmas lights go up around us and Santa Clause appears at the Regent Mall, students everywhere are trying to ignore the carols, buckle down and study. It’s the ultimate test of a student’s dedication to their studies. And unless you’re the one in 5,000 who actually enjoys studying, then putting off the tree decorating to read about Plato’s Republic is near impossible. But it can be done. The Aquinian asked some St. Thomas University professors if they had any advice for how to attack the information and insert it into their brain. One method, brought to us by history professor Karen Robert, was the Pomodoro Technique. “It has been adopted by lots of businesses and other institutions too, but it’s dead simple and requires nothing more complicated than a timer,” Robert said in an email. The Pomodoro Technique requires a kitchen timer and something to study. You set the timer to 25 minutes and study until the timer rings. Then you take a short break of about five minutes. Repeat four times and take a long break. The point of the technique is to make time an ally in your studying. If there’s a time element, the anxiety subsides and it becomes more about how much you can do in the time you’ve allotted yourself. Robert said it’s great for students who need to improve their focus, concentration and
Speaking of the physical, Alexandra Bain, religious studies professor, said you need to remember to stay healthy too, which means eating good food and getting some sleep. She also said studying in a group can be really effective – if you all have the same goal. And perhaps even ask your professors for some sample questions. “Remember how some of you felt as a kid about peas never being allowed to touch carrots on your plate? That doesn’t work in religious studies,” Bain said in an email. “Don’t separate your peas and carrots, instead think of it like a stew, all mixed up. The lessons you may have learned in anthropology, philosophy, sociology, history, political
science, etc...are vital to your understanding.” If those tips don’t seem to work, seeking help outside your study space might. St. Thomas University’s academic advisors have planned an Exam Preparation Workshop on Wednesday from 2-3 p.m., in George Martin Hall room 304. They’ll talk about the general do’s and don’ts of studying, time management, dealing with stress and anxiety and some strategy behind answering different types of questions. Christina Cail, one of the academic advisors at STU, said the workshop will be informal with lots of room for questions. “Students, and we’ve all been there regardless of what our grades are like, sometimes feel like they’re not smart enough to do well or that they didn’t understand the course material,” Cail said. “This is completely normal and chances are, if they’ve gone to class and worked hard, they’ll find... they actually know a lot more than they thought they did.” Students are also welcomed to visit the academic advisors in their offices to help on a caseby-case basis. “There’s no right way to prepare for exams, so students should feel confident in doing things in a way that best reflects their personal learning style.” So before you give up and hide under some Christmas wrapping, just remember how good it will feel when you’re done and boasting that 4.0... or a pass.
Graphic by first-year STU student Brandon Hicks
To shower or not to shower? That is the question
I hate showering. Sure, it makes your hair smell nice and rids your body of that horrific natural odour. But I hate it. I hate being completely exposed and freezing before you get into the shower. I hate running out of soap. I hate standing for long periods of time. I hate finding conditioner still in your hair half-way through the day. And I hate when the water turns from scorching hot to Canadian winter cold. But there is a point to this monotonous every-day activity: it
permits us to be somewhat presentable in public. Reality check: Grooming is overrated. Sometimes we don’t necessarily have to follow the rules from our Grade 5 health class. As a student at St. Thomas University, we all know if you don’t dress to the nines Monday through Friday, you’ll be forever exiled to the outskirts of the Vanier parking lot. STU is overflowing with fabulous dressers in their boots and leggings, alongside their button
up shirts and boot cut jeans. JDH is filled with flawless haircuts, impeccable make-up and freshly cleansed bodies. We hardly ever wear sweatpants and hoodies with our university logo - unlike our friendly neighbour down the hill. Instead, we dress up as though we’re off to a job interview at Vogue magazine. Our colleagues can see our berets from a mile away. But sometimes we slip - and not just in the shower. In my first year of university, I definitely had a few falls. Most of the time I would wake up 10 minutes before class - or 10 minutes after it had already begun. I would whip on my grey newsboy hat and apply make-up over yesterday’s.
I wore the same orange hoodie I slept in that night and sometimes forgot to take off my pyjamas altogether. Over the years, friends have told me rather than showering in the morning, they spray themselves with perfume or cologne. Instead of washing their hair after the gym, they blow dry the sweat particles that sit on their scalp. When they run out of clean clothes and don’t have time to do a load of laundry, they go commando to school and wear the same pair of socks for days. Rather than shampoo, they’ll put baby powder in their hair so it doesn’t look greasy. As opposed to washing their t-shirts, the obvious solution is to go out and buy new ones. And brushing their teeth
before class is an afterthought. I get it. As university students, we have to prioritize. And sometimes, getting an A comes at the cost of avoiding the shower for four days. The person sitting beside you in class may not appreciate your lack of hygiene, but your GPA certainly will. Just remember, sprinkling yourself with water from the sink in the morning does, in fact, count. Last week’s clothes found at the bottom of your dirty laundry basket can be acceptable. And a vacation from your shower once in a while is okay too - as long as you don’t get caught. And if you don’t agree, then you’ve never gotten soap in your eyes while in the shower before.
WORD STREET Compiled by Jordan MacDonald
This week: Do you think the university did the right thing by banning alcohol in Harrington Hall? Why or why not?
I think it’s a little too harsh to ban such a thing...I don’t think it’s going to make a huge difference, in my opinion. They’re just going to go somewhere else and get drunk. [The ban] will make Harrington Hall look like a better residence for students and probably gain a better reputation. Didn’t someone fall out the window or something? They’re just going to take that drama...somewhere else. So, I don’t know if it’s reasonable or not.
I don’t think they did the right thing by banning it. I mean, I don’t know...I don’t think it’s fair for the students. Not everyone should suffer for the things that have gone on.
Yes. Because I think kids at our age don’t know how to control their alcohol consumption and when you’re in residence, it tends to be increased. Because everyone wants to do the same thing; everyone wants to get drunk. And nobody realizes that one beer is sometimes enough instead of 20, so I think students should focus more on their education, instead of drinking on a Thursday night. So yeah, I think they did the right thing.
I think it is good because they are showing them that there has to be consequences for their actions. Because I think if they were just letting them continue in doing it, like in the past [with all] that’s happened, like the damages, that it needs to happen in order for them to realize what they’re doing is wrong and it needs to change.
I don’t know if an alcohol ban is absolutely necessary, but definitely, maybe more restrictions on times or places where you can drink so there’s a little bit more supervision. But I don’t know [if] a full-out ban is necessary because a lot of people are of age to drink and are responsible enough to contain themselves when they are drinking.
They could have took a different approach to it. They could have allowed them to still have it in their rooms, but just not in the hallways, kind of thing. If they’re not in the hallways, then they probably wouldn’t cause so much trouble and damage.
Get around like a jetsetter on a student budget Cuba, New York, cruising? Get away for the holidays without breaking the bank by following these simple tips Bradley Coughlan The Aquinian
When other students find out my family is in the travel business, I start getting questions – especially around this time of year. Getting to the south, or any other place, takes money,and plenty of it; students just don’t have the time or the resources. What most people don’t realize is that travelling can be moderately pocket friendly – if you know what to look for. So I asked my Dad, Troy Coughlan of J&T Tours, what are the most economical alternatives if a student wanted to get out of Dodge for Christmas or the March Break. “One thing that most people don’t realize, is that it’s not always impossibly expensive to travel. They’re just looking in the wrong places,” he said.
New York City
It may be difficult to believe that the most famous city in the world would also be considered a budget trip - and it doesn’t mean you have to stay in a “dive” hotel either. You can book Hilton hotel accommodations in the center of Manhattan, all transportation, two New York City tours, all breakfasts provided and just in time for the world famous Macy Parade and the New York Christmas Lights. With a price tag of $599 for a week. Shopping however, is a different story altogether in the Big Apple. “I do about 12 trips to New York a year,” Dad told me. “They sell better than any trip because it’s affordable and there’s a certain clientele that only see the price tag.”
“You haven’t travelled until you’ve cruised,” said Dad. Most veteran travellers would agree. And it can be relatively inexpensive. Cruising works a lot like staying in a hotel. You pay for the room with up to four people. Everything, except for alcohol, is included. Depending on the ship, they can have malls, ice rinks, outdoor theatres, golf, multiple pools and
spa and casinos. Spending a day on a Caribbean beach doesn’t hurt either. For $150 a night, you’re definitely getting more for your money. Prices do vary, however. Older ships, while still spectacular, might not offer quite as much, but the price is usually right. The biggest problem with cruising can be getting to the boat itself. Not many ships headed to the Caribbean leave from Atlantic Canada. But don’t count yourself out just yet. Many ships leave for warmer climate from the Big Apple; a long day’s drive can save you a lot compared to flying. These trips usually span from five days to over a week, so if you’re looking for an extended trip, this is definitely the way to go. The other option is to fly. If you’re looking to cruise for only two or three days, catch a boat leaving from Tampa, Florida. Two things you should know before attempting this. One: fly out of Bangor, Maine. It’s cheaper to fly within the country than from Canada, and you only have to drive for a few short hours. Second: what any experienced cruiser will tell you – if you’re flying, make sure to land a day before the cruise. Anything can happen within 12 hours and the boat waits for no one. You don’t want to be stuck watching the ship set sail without you. “Anything can happen.” said Dad. “Your flight can be delayed, you get lost, you break down. When it comes to cruising, everything has to be planned ahead and you should be there at least a day before the ship sets sail.”
Cuba tends to be a popular get-a-way for Canadians. The best part of a place like Cuba, is the all-inclusive trips, where your flight, hotel, food
and even your alcohol are included in the price. The price all depends on the time of year, of course. During spring break, for example, you’re going to find the price isn’t looking as hot as the destination. Flying from Bangor won’t be an option either, seeing as Americans don’t have the best relationship with their Cuban amigos. But our home and native land has you covered. And it’s easy. West Jet is a Canadian low-cost carrier that provides scheduled and charter air service. They also provide vacation packages or all inclusives. It’s as simple as logging on to their site and finding the “Vacation” tab and start searching for the trip that bests suits you. West Jet flights don’t leave out of Fredericton, however, other carriers such as Air Canada do, so look around.
The Big Apple isn’t as far or as expensive as you might think. (John Bird/For The AQ)
So how do you avoid a possible horror story? How do you know your hotel won’t be a dump and you’re getting ripped off? It’s simple, do your research. As painstaking as that sounds, it may save you a headache. Look up the hotel on the internet. Look for pictures and reviews before booking. Compare prices with other carriers and travel agencies. It’s your money, so don’t throw it away. Another good money saver is bus trips. They are convenient and everything is looked after for you. It’s a competitive business, so trips are scheduled year-round and price is everything. But before booking, look for the company that provides the most bang for your buck. One company might offer a New York trip $100 cheaper, but often when you look closely, the cheaper trip’s hotel is located in New Jersey and not in Manhattan. Whatever plans you make for this holiday season, take your time, look around and save some of that hardearned money.
Cruises are a think-free way to hit many destinations in a few days. (Lauren Bird/AQ)
Cuba’s all-inclusives are a great way to hit the beach for cheap. (John Bird/For The AQ)
It’s not too late to be a part of it New York, New York over the holidays. (Submitted)
International style clashes with Great White North
‘Tis not the bunny season
Foreign students not ready to embrace our plaid and hoodie land Edrinekia Gibson The Aquinian
It’s 8 p.m. and music is blasting as Vanessa and her friends get dressed for the night. They dance to songs from dance hall artists, like Vybz Kartel and Movado, while doing their hair and make-up and drinking. They head to the club around 11 p.m. in the outfits they’d planned from days before, dressed to impress and ready for a fun night out. For an international student, coming to New Brunswick is a huge change. They pack up and have to adjust to the climate, culture and their new-found independence. But has being in a new environment caused us to adapt to the relaxed and easy style of the way people in New Brunswick dress? “Simple and comfortable” is how Maite Cristina politely described how Canadians dress. “Not creative, unique or fashionable to me.” She says back in her native Costa Rica, they wear a lot of bright colours. Here, she finds wardrobes mostly “very basic, colourless and not very appealing to the eye.” In their home countries, international students were taught to have pride in their appearance. Leaving home in pajama pants and a hoodie is not an option. Vanessa Michel, a fourth-year student from the Bahamas, says people at home take pride in what they wear and how they look because “you don’t know who you’re going to run into.” “Appearance and how you carry yourself is key. Even how you act and walk, it’s all a part of it.”
Michel has relaxed her fashion sense living in Fredericton, because here, nobody cares, she said. But the moment she goes back home her style changes. “When I’m leaving here and heading home I’m already dressed to impress. Because when I land in that airport I don’t know who is going to be there, so I have to be ready,” Michel said.
International student Maite Cristina says Canadian fashion is “simple and comfortable.” (Tom Bateman/AQ)
Another reason international students take pride in the way they dress is because they don’t know who among us (on campus) will be in control of our future later on in life. Guatemalan student Sebastian Morales believes how you dress in university could impact what you’re going to do after. Students dress nicely when they are on campus because they want to make a good impression. “Who you see on campus will probably be in the area that you are going to work in. “You’re never, ever going to see anyone going to campus [in Guatemala] in their pj’s or with just a hoodie,” he said. “I have to keep being consistent with the image I give to people. How I see myself, that’s how I want them to see me.” Peruvian student Tabitha Palacios, in her fourth year at STU, says when she first came to Fredericton and saw the way students dressed, she tried to change her style because she didn’t want to stand out. “It was hard at the beginning because I didn’t want to feel different.” But eventually she decided to stick to what was true to her. “I started wearing the sweaters and jeans, just really laid back, but I didn’t like it and I was like, ‘No, I should just try my own style.’” First-year student, Luz Lima says learning how to wear winter clothing from Canadians, yet remain fashionable, is an issue. “I don’t feel comfortable wearing socks with sandals and wearing big, big pants, with a very lazy appearance.”
You just bought the Santa Claus lingerie with the jingles around the rim. Your room is set in candle light and the smell of ginger cookies lingers in the air. Despite exam stress, it’s time for a fun and relaxing night with your lover. Or so you thought. After some short foreplay, you soon clutch on to him and the covers for dear life. His bum moves up and down, skin slaps onto skin and the sound of his groans and squeaking bed-feathers ring in your ears. A few minutes later he ejaculates and collapses onto you. The season must have changed. Instead of a smooth Santa, you got yourself an Easter bunny in bed. There’s a time for quickies, but jackrabbit-style shouldn’t be a standard in your bedroom. Your guy is not a race car, and your vagina not his track. Most girls with a sexual history heard stories, or found themselves in this rather awkward position. I wondered why it appeals to guys, and decided it comes down to ignorance and lack of respect and self-confidence. Like most things in life, sex is about the journey, not the end of the trip. Sadly, this kind of man only looks for his own satisfaction. He does not care to balance his speed, or change it up from wild to gentle – he only wants to get done fast and easy. Of course, some girls like it rough. But that’s not an excuse to pump away like a jackhammer. I can’t seem to stress it enough, but good sex comes down to communicating and caring for the other’s enjoyment as much as your own. You can try to slow him down by grabbing his hips and controlling his moves with your hands. If that doesn’t change it, you
need to talk. In the best case scenario, he doesn’t know any better. Maybe he is used to a hurried masturbation to get relief. Or maybe he’s nervous. But he may also enjoy the control he has over your pleasure. He likes getting off and leaving you unsatisfied. If he constantly pouts when you ask him to slow down, leave him – it won’t get better. Unfulfilled sex not only stresses your body, but also your mind. It slows your sexual appetite and leaves you angry and uncomfortable with the other person. Perhaps it even makes you wonder if you’re not appealing to him or if you’re only a number on his list. Talking is good, but change also needs to come from the other person. If you notice that your partner is unsatisfied, you have to take responsibility for your lack of sexual education. It takes effort, discipline and caring to change around your act in bed – no matter if you’re a woman or a man. If you don’t know any better, learn it. There is no excuse for being lazy, and you should not enjoy receiving disappointed looks every time you finish. Last but not least, jack-rabbit-style sex not only shows how little you understand the giving of pleasure, it also looks incredibly stupid. P.S. “Erotic literature” comprises fictional and factual stories of human sexual relationships which are intended to arouse the reader sexually. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and like to remind you that writing a “sex column” is more than describing the adventures of my private parts. But I hope this week’s writing will help to stop the yawning – in bed.
Hipster: Counter-culture or mindless trend?
The history of hipster culture is far from its present day reality: “These individuals, aged 18-35, were edgy and had interesting taste in music and fashion” Leah Batstone
The Concordian (Concordia University)
MONTREAL (CUP) — What do you think of when you hear the word “hipster?” For hipster haters, it is an arrogant trend follower, who loves sarcasm and drinking Pabst Blue Ribbon while wearing black thick-rimmed glasses with no lenses. It is clear to see that it has become an overused word that has lost its significance and impact due to mainstream popularity. Zeynep Arsel, who jokingly calls herself a “hipsterologist,” is an assistant professor in Concordia’s marketing department. Her doctoral dissertation looked at the intersection of indie culture along with mass mediated hipster narrative and the consumption patterns that emerge as a result of the trends becoming mainstream. She explained how marketers began pegging people with the term hipster. “We’re talking about 90s. This was where indie music was very exotic and interesting and nothing like anything out
there. Marketers were trying to understand and I was looking at the media discourse about indie music. Gradually, journalists and marketers started to label and categorize people who are in this indie culture as hipsters,” she said. “Using hipster helped them understand what indie was about.” Arsel explained that marketers “coolhunt” for subcultures and new styles in areas where the culture is just emerging. They “find stylistic cues, fashion and make them mainstream,” she said. This happened with hipsters, who were originally discovered in the New York City borough of Brooklyn as well as Williamsburg, one of its neighbourhoods. These individuals, aged 18 to 35, were edgy and had interesting taste in music and fashion. Hipsters aim to stand out in a crowd, yet they all look the same. The hipster style is a mix of all other counter-cultures and actually shows little originality: oversized glasses from the 80s, unflattering sweaters from Dad’s closet and beards from the Paleolithic period. Stereotypically, hipsters are young
people who believe in forward thinking, helping the environment and think of themselves highly. Hipsters live and dress like aspiring artists, but spend copious amounts of money on the latest Apple technology. Despite popular belief, many hipsters aren’t just attention seekers. “I have a lot of disagreement with people who talk about hipsters and say, ‘Hipsters are trend-seeking people.’ In most cases, hipsters actually really like the music they listen to and like to dress a certain way,” said Arsel. She also sees people stereotype others as hipsters when they only borrow from the counter-culture. “In every group, there are always the people who are hardcore and people who paraphrase and emulate. There are always people who are the tail-end of the moment,” said Arsel. Glancing around any campus, it appears that hipsters are everywhere, but most of these people are hipster emulators. Because the hipster style of frumpy sweaters and skinny jeans can be bought
at Urban Outfitters and American Apparel, it has become conventional. Part of hipster style is trying hard to look like you’re not trying hard. “I think it’s a way people go back in time and remember the 80s and 90s, especially people ages 20 to 30,” said Concordia University political science graduate student Juan Diego Santa. “People go back to old fashion to remember everything about the culture, from TV shows, fashion, music. I like the hipster style. I think it’s original and it reflects people’s appreciation for art.” Indie music, which is a hipster trademark, has also turned into an increasingly popular genre. Bands such as Foster The People and The Black Keys are crossing over to Top 40 radio stations. The hipster counter-culture began because people didn’t want to conform, but it’s used so frequently that it’s ordinary. Arsel believes being a hipster has no point anymore. “One thing that baffles me is that by looking at the definition of hipster, you can basically categorize anyone as a
hipster. If you have a funky haircut, you’re a hipster. Am I a hipster professor because I wear band T-shirts? Everybody that is 18 to 35 could be hipster. That’s why I think the category is no longer meaningful.” Concordia student Sabrina Patti agrees. “It’s been really overused. I think everyone has something they can relate to the hipster style. I wouldn’t even call it a style anymore. It became such a general term,” she said. Arsel has seen The New York Times use the word many times, and even apologize for using the word so many times. “It ceased to be meaningful because anyone can be categorized into the term. We talked about it so much that we contaminated it,” she said. Googling “Hipster” produces 6.7 million results. Magazines and newspapers have used the word excessively. Hipsters are imitated, borrowed from and laughed at like it’s second nature. The retro fashion and underground music have become meshed into our personal tastes to the point where they are common. The exclusivity of the counter-culture is gone.
STU grad deals with disease through blogging, honesty Susan Ehrhardt found connecting with other patients with Hodgkin’s lymphoma diagnosis helpful Lauren Bird The Aquinian
At 25, Susan Ehrhardt never expected to be where she is: Living with her mother in Moncton, on social assistance and about to begin her sixth and final round of chemotherapy. Ehrhardt was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the summer. It’s a type of cancer that strikes young adults and hers has hit stage 2A. “They call it undesirable because I went in with a 14 cm mass on my chest. Basically, they say it took up 40 per cent of my chest. “What happened is the mass sort of grew up in the empty space I had in my chest and started growing up to my neck and under my arms.” It’s something the 2009 St. Thomas University grad never predicted. Ehrhardt practiced a healthy lifestyle. She even writes a blog on eating well and exercising, thegreatbalancingact. com. She posts recipes and what she’s going through in her treatment and photos and music. In fact, it’s through her blog that Ehrhardt has connected with others who share her disease.
“I connected with a girl out in B.C. and one in Toronto and in New York. We’re all in a close age range and we all have lymphoma. “It’s nice to have that support. As much as people can sympathize, it’s really hard to find people who can empathize with what I’m going through.” Erhardt was working as a personal trainer in Toronto when she fell while skating and shattered her elbow last winter. She had reconstructive surgery, but her arm was taking a long time to heal. She moved home to Moncton in April and began a new job working in communications in May, but her health steadily declined. “I just started getting headaches every night and one time I had a fever that lasted 10 days,” she said. “I never did anything about it because I thought I was a healthy 25-year-old.” After suffering through what she thought for days was a kink in her neck, then noticing differences in the veins in her chest and feeling swelling in her throat, Ehrhardt’s mother made a doctor’s appointment. “The CT scan showed that I had a blood clot in my jugular vein so I went back for another scan to see if I had
any more clots and they found the mass in my chest and I was admitted to the hospital right away.” Ehrhardt talks openly about her illness through her blog and in interviews, but “there are a lot of things too that you get scared to talk about with other people. So it’s nice to have these people who are going through the same exact thing and say, ‘oh yeah, I totally get that.’” Connecting with those who can understand makes a big difference. But her blog has helped her in more ways than that. “Being a former journalist and writing—writing on my blog almost every day now— I don’t know how else to deal with it besides talk about it and write about it and be really honest with it.” Though, that doesn’t change the reality. “I’m really scared. I don’t think about it a lot because if there’s one thing cancer is good for, it’s good for teaching you to learn to live in the day and each moment. I don’t think ahead as much as I used to. “I would have never fathomed that it would happen in my 20s. Never.”
Susan Ehrhardt was diagnosed with cancer this summer. (Submitted)
Gaining independence in Argentina Student went on exchange to South America and learned to expect the unexpected, including getting stabbed Aleisha Bosch The Aquinian
I used buses as my main way of travelling around the continent. My roommate and I once took a tiny bus out of Santiago, in Chile, over the Andes to the Argentinean city of Mendoza. The roads were narrow. I could look out the window and see a drop for thousands of feet. The bus climbed up a road with hairpin turns, past trucks hugging the side of the mountain to let us pass. I was nervous, but I had to trust the driver knew what he was doing. The bus broke down just after leaving the Andes. It was the middle of winter and it was freezing. We waited over an hour and talked to the people on the bus while the driver worked on the problem. Finally, another tiny bus drove by and rescued us. We crammed ourselves in. My bus driver noticed my shivering – when I’d packed for my trip to South America, I hadn’t packed a warm jacket. He took off his own and offered it to me. I refused, but he insisted and finally I took it. I spent five months in Argentina through St. Thomas University’s student exchange program. I thought I’d be improving my Spanish and learning about Argentinean culture - and I did - but I also learned to think on my feet and trust things will work out in the end. I learned to truly appreciate the people around me. *** I didn’t have many friends in Argentina, but I wouldn’t have lasted without two very important people – my Mexican roommate, Andrea, and my Argentinean friend, Patricia. Andrea was
“I spent five months in Argentina...I learned to truly appreciate the people around me.” (Aleisha Bosch/AQ) another exchange student at the same university as me. She could have just been someone to split the rent with, but she wasn’t. A month into my exchange, I got strep throat. I was feverish and weak and my throat was so sore I didn’t want to eat or drink anything. Andrea came with me to the hospital. I didn’t know how to explain how I was feeling in Spanish, so she told the doctor everything. After, she came to the pharmacy with me to get my prescription. Patricia was in two of the same
classes as me. I had originally gone to Argentina for a special program for foreigners, but after arriving I was told it was cancelled. I had no choice but to take the regular classes. After the first class, I wanted to cry. I hardly understood anything the professor said and the other students were very cliquey. Patricia noticed me sitting by myself, and sat down next to me. She didn’t speak a word of English, but was patient with me as I spoke to her, hesitantly at first, then with more confidence as my Spanish improved.
One night, Andrea and I had some friends over. We were planning to go out to a nearby bar. Most of my friends, including my roommate, were Mexican. They didn’t want to walk the five blocks to the bar because it was “too cold.” My Spanish friend Alejandro and I decided to walk and meet them there. Alejandro and I were just about to cross the street when a car drove up out of nowhere. A man got out of the car and grabbed my bag. It was so sudden, I couldn’t think clearly, so I grabbed it back. He grabbed it again. I grabbed
it back and Alejandro tried to pull me away. Before I could do anything, the man got a knife out, grabbed my hand, and cut my wrist. Then he cut my purse off me, ran with it to the car, and drove away. My mind was blank. I couldn’t think. Alejandro got me back to my apartment, where our Mexican friends were just getting into a cab. Alejandro explained what had happened and they got me into the cab to go to the hospital, despite my protests. I was in shock, so I couldn’t feel the cut, and I just wanted to go home. When we got to the hospital, people in the waiting room looked at my hand covered in blood and pointed us in the direction of emergency. A doctor saw me within 20 minutes and cleaned and bandaged me, without ever asking for payment or identification. Thankfully, I didn’t lose anything important. My passport and bank cards were safe in my apartment. I have a scar on my wrist now that I don’t think will ever disappear. I am so thankful I had friends with me that night, who stuck around afterwards to comfort me. *** Culture was everywhere. I drank maté, a typical Argentinean tea, with Patricia. She would add copious amounts of sugar so I could tolerate the bitterness of it. Down by the beach, people danced to cumbia, a popular type of music. Children dressed in sky blue and white (the national colours) played soccer in the street. The people were laid back. Things are often chaotic, but they go about their business, trusting that in the end, everything will work out.
Another heartbreaking loss for the Tommies Lavigne shines in goal once again, but Tommies come up short against UNB in overtime, losing 3-2 Rob Johnson The Aquinian
It was the second straight game between the Reds and the Tommies, with last week’s game ending in historic fashion. This week’s game proved no different as the University of New Brunswick put St. Thomas University away in overtime to take the two points. Last week’s game saw UNB score five unanswered goals, including four shorthanded goals in the third period. The Reds came from behind and defeated STU 5-3 at the Lady Beaverbrook Rink. This week’s game was played at the Aiken Center, with over 3,000 fans cheering on the Battle of the Hill. The Tommies got off to a slow start with the Reds’ Daine Todd scoring just five minutes into the game. Throughout the first two periods, it looked as though STU didn’t belong on the same ice as the Reds. UNB had amazing puck work in both the offensive and defensive ends of the ice. STU’s only bright spot through those two periods was the brilliant performance by the Tommies netminder Charles Lavigne. He had over 30 saves in the first two periods and managed to keep the Tommies in the game. But with a late goal by Stephen Sanza, STU was soon only down 2-1, even after being outshot 21-4 in the second period. UNB’s Bretton Stamler
had the second goal for the Reds. The third period was a totally different story for the Tommies as they looked like a rejuvenated squad on the ice. With help from several powerplay opportunities, STU outshot the defending CIS champions by 12 in the third, including a controversial powerplay goal by Randy Cameron for his second point of the night. STU was all over the puck and was got a late 5-on-3 with the game on the line. The Tommies set up a the powerplay and with less than 30 seconds left Mike Reich had a wide open shot from just inside the slot, but was absolutely robbed by the pad of Travis Fullerton. The game was sent into overtime guaranteeing the Tommies at least one point against the Reds. But UNB controlled the ice and it didn’t take long for them to notch the game winner. Stamler scored his second goal of the game off a weird bounce to give UNB the 3-2 win and the second straight against STU. The bright spots for the Tommies were Lavigne’s 40 save effort, while Cameron and Sanza both added two points apiece. With that loss, STU is five points behind St. FX for the sixth and final playoff spot in the AUS heading into the Christmas break. STU’s next game is against Dalhousie on Jan. 6.
Tommies goalie Charles Lavigne stood on his head for the Tommies against UNB Friday night, but the Tommies lost again to their rvials in overtime, 3-2. (Shane Magee/AQ)
Call him ‘Dr. McFan’ and he’s the Tommies’ own
John McCann waves the flag for his daughter’s team and teaches students a thing or two about bringing college spirit to the stands amidst STU’s known attendance problems
John McCann, father of women’s basketball player Kathleen, attends every game. (Submitted) McCann, he attends every home game. But his support for his daughter and the Tommies doesn’t stop at the South Everyone who sat near John McCann Gym. He takes his flag on the road and watched his St. Thomas flag cut through even opens his doors to the team. the air above their heads. He sat among Mount Allison sweaters, but had a smile “I made the resolution this year that on his face. we were going to go to all her games. “We’ve got a good game on our We went to the States last weekend hands,” he said to a man passing by. and they stayed at our house when they McCann is the super fan of the var- came for the Miramichi tournament,” sity Tommies women’s basketball team. he said. The father of third-year starter Kathleen McCann stood while the first notes
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of the national anthem echoed through the gym. He took off the Tommies hat that covered his greying hair and put his hand over his heart. As the anthem faded out, everyone sat back down – except McCann who stood as tall as the flag by his side. “Kathleen McCann, number 12,” Kyle Douglas said from the announcers table. Her father raised his flag and swung it with both hands. The skin around his eyes creased behind his glasses as he cheered. He watched his daughter slap
her teammates’ hands. “When my dad runs with the flag, it always makes me laugh. In a way, it really lightens the mood and helps me relax before a game,” she said. “One, two, STU!” the girls’ fists were in the air and McCann’s white running sneakers left the floor where he was standing. His St. Thomas flag carried him across the gym in front of the crowd. He ran to a sea of gold-and-green sweaters and stopped. The game was starting. “When she [Kathleen] was in Grade 10, they made it to regional playoffs and we took an old bed sheet that I had at home and went to the school. All the team decorated it for the game. I put a hockey stick in the end of it, and just started waving it around. So that’s where I got my start with the flag.” By half-time, the Tommies were leading 30-18 against Mount Allison. Ron Murdoch sat on the top of a plastic chair, feet on the seat. The word Tommies stretched out across his belly and his green scarf was wrapped three times around his neck. “I have a St. Thomas flag that I lent to the team three years ago when they went to Quebec or Ontario, and I bring it to the hockey games. It’s at the Beaverbrook rink permanently. I’m going to have it put up somewhere where it can be displayed for the whole year.” Paul Patterson thinks McCann’s spirit is refreshing.
“School spirit is a big problem here. I’m alumnus and when I go to games all I run into is old alumni like myself that have graduated from here years ago. You don’t see many students here, it’s a bit of a crime. The team is definitely worth watching.” McCann played some basketball in high school, but admits he was never as good as Kathleen. Still, he has made a name for himself in the gym. If he isn’t chanting “defence” by the basket or taking his flag for a run across the court, the team notices. “The first year Kathleen was playing – when I didn’t cheer - the senior girls, they’d say, ‘We didn’t hear you cheer,’ so I guess they like to hear it.” McCann works as a physician at the Miramichi Hospital. He said he gets wound up at work too, but always tries to keep a lid on it. His wife has come to accept her eccentric husband, but doesn’t join in the fun. “She doesn’t run around with me, but she’s here. I think she hides her head, but she’s always here.” The Tommies finished up the game with a 90-32 win over MTA and McCann’s flag in the air. “I have always loved the way my dad supports the teams I play on. He has always been my biggest fan,” Kathleen said. “And I honestly hate when he misses games because it just isn’t the same without him.”
Does fighting have a place in CIS hockey? A look at the chances of Canada’s university hockey players dropping the gloves without getting suspended Autumn McDowell
The Carillon (University of Regina)
REGINA (CUP) — It’s been called part of the game. It’s considered an exciting aspect of hockey. And it’s been proven to draw a larger audience — but not everyone feels that fighting deserves a place inside a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) rink. The CIS men’s ice hockey playing regulations state that in the event of a fight the “instigator of, or aggressor in a fight [receives] a one-game additional suspension along with the onegame suspension for fighting (a total of two games). A player involved in a fight against an instigator (where an instigator penalty is called) — would be ejected from the game, but would not be suspended for the following game(s).” Whether the rules against fighting in CIS hockey are fair, and if they should be changed, has often come up for debate. Many fans will argue that fighting is part of the game; kids are taught to fight in hockey from the time they are around 13 years old, and every league surrounding the CIS, such as the CHL, has allowed fighting with no suspensions. Although adding fighting to CIS hockey could make the game more exciting and attract more fans with the simple prospect of two players being able to duke it out at any moment, other people, such as CIS communications manager Michel Belanger, feel otherwise. “There’s no place for fighting in university hockey,” Belanger said. “I like our current rule. If anything, I think the automatic suspensions should be even longer.” Due to the relatively strict rules against fighting at the university level, Belanger has one simple view about players engaging in on-ice tilts: “Fighting is not allowed in CIS hockey.” However, Bill Seymour, the Canada West men’s hockey convenor, has a different take on fighting at the CIS level. “In Canada West [and] CIS hockey, fighting is not really against the rules;
Fighting in CIS level hockey is currently prohibited, but it’s questioned as to whether it should or shouldn’t be. (Tom Bateman/AQ) it does happen,” Seymour said. “The differences between, say, junior or the pros is that in [CIS] hockey, the two combatants are automatically kicked out of that game, plus they receive an automatic one-game suspension. Because of our relatively short season, players do not like to be suspended, so there is a tendency not to fight.” In surrounding leagues, teams often have one or two members on their roster whose only job is to fight. These players often become known as enforcers, who stick up for their teammates — in particular, smaller, goal-scoring players who the team cannot risk getting hurt. In a sense, these players are on the roster to fight their teammates’ battles. While there may not be any distinctive enforcers on CIS rosters, Seymour believes some players are much more likely to fight than others. “The veteran players seldom fight because they know the consequences
and do not want to miss any games. Also, the extra [and] fringe players do not fight because they know or at least think they will be benched as they are already suspended,” Seymour said. “We also have the instigator rule, where both are kicked out of that game but the instigator, or the guy who starts a fight, can be assessed an instigator penalty, which is an automatic twogame suspension, while the guy who was attacked or was just defending himself is not suspended.” Although some hockey players may be more inclined to fight than others, Belanger still believes fights are extremely rare in CIS men’s hockey action. “While there are a few — very few — fights every year in CIS hockey, I’ve never witnessed one myself in my 10 or so years of attending games,” he said. Seymour has a different take on how many fights actually occur on the ice during the university hockey season. “I can’t speak for the other CIS
leagues, but our Canada West league averages five to six fights per year in 196 games; last year, we had five fights,” Seymour said. “In my time, the worst year was 1998–99 [where there was] 17 fights. So far this year, in 32 games, no fights.” Seymour has noticed that making the adjustment to the CIS game from the various levels of junior can be difficult for some players, especially for those who are used to fighting numerous times a year. “Another point is, you will often see players who might have fought a lot in their junior or pro leagues now come on to Canada West hockey and not have any fights,” he explained. “I have heard them say that they really enjoy the chance to just go out and play the game for the game’s sake without having to worry or think about fighting.” Seymour agrees with Belanger that the fighting rule in CIS hockey does not need to be changed. However, the
Canada West convenor does not feel that fighting needs to be removed from the game entirely or that increasingly harsh suspensions should be imposed. “Right now, I like our rule the way it is,” Seymour said. “Every once in a while two guys will go at it and I am okay with that. The coaches and players all know our rules and live with the consequences. If we were to see an increase in fighting, we would probably have to rethink our rules, but right now I’m OK with the way it is.” Belanger may have a slightly different view on fighting in hockey at the CIS level than Seymour does, but both agree that university hockey is unique. “I think CIS hockey has proven over the years that you can have a high-caliber product that doesn’t include fighting,” Belanger said. With or without fighting, Seymour believes that more people need to realize what Canadian university hockey has to offer. According to him, there is nothing else like it. “[CIS hockey] is the best kept hockey secret in Canada.” CIS men’s ice hockey fighting penalties: Player receiving a fighting major: ejection from the current game plus a one-game suspension. Player(s) identified as being involved in a second, third or subsequent fight during the same stoppage of play: twogame suspension. Player(s) third, fourth, fifth, etc., main into a fight: minimum two-game suspension. Leaving players’ bench or penalty bench during fight or for the purpose of starting a fight: two-game suspension. Hair pulling or spitting: two-game suspension. Butt-ending, head-butting or grabbing face mask: three-game suspension. Spearing, kicking or stick swinging: three-game suspension. Deliberate attempt to injure not covered above: four-game suspension.
Winter wellness: Why sit around when you can work out?
It’s the time of year when people want to stay indoors and roast chestnuts by an open fire. We indulge in hot chocolate or Toblerone bars, and we say it’s alright to take it easy until summertime, when we work on our beach bods. I suggest that you take advantage of the weather and snow this winter. There are so many opportunities for an outdoor workout that will rev your metabolism faster than they would in the summer or spring. The obvious ones are winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. Those
sports are excellent for core development and balance, and work your legs as well. But a less common activity is snowshoeing. When you’re wearing all your snow gear, you’re carrying a lot of extra weight. And because your temperature will be up substantially when you start moving, your metabolism will be revved up quite a bit. Some other winter activities that you might dismiss at first, but are actually good workouts, are shovelling the driveway, building a snow fort, or even sledding. As long as you keep moving
and you’re supplying some resistance to your body, you’ll be getting exercise. And if you’re climbing back up a hill and carrying a sled with you, you’ll be pretty tired by the end. Of course, it’s important to keep getting some pure exercise in too. Make a resolution to hit the gym a few times a week, or do laps at the pool or climb the UNB rock climbing wall. The important thing is to get at least 30 minutes of moderate to strenuous activity every day. For those of you who hate the snow (suck it up, it’s Canada), the gym or an indoor sport is probably the best way to stay motivated. You can even get a P90X DVD if you really don’t want to leave the house. One tip for those who really don’t want to hit the gym over winter, but drag themselves there anyway: Do
supersets. Supersets allow you to complete your workout in half the time, so you can either leave early, or work even more muscles. It also keeps your heart pumping because of shorter rest periods, so it’s almost like a cardio session. A superset is when you have two exercises, and instead of doing three sets of one and resting between each set, your rest period for one muscle group is used for exercising a different muscle group. It’s best to do this with opposing muscle groups, like triceps and biceps, chest and back, etc. Because one group isn’t doing the heavy work, it gets to rest while the other group does. You might have to rest between each pair of sets, but don’t rest for long. It simulates interval training and is great for your body. A similar type of exercise is circuit
training. The difference is that when circuit training, you do one set of every exercise in your routine before resting. So you could have a group of five exercises. You go through one set at each station without stopping, and then rest for two minutes. That’s one set. You do the whole thing three or four times, and you will feel like you had an amazing cardio session, with a lot of the benefits of weight training. This only has to take 15 minutes to half an hour. Let’s hope I see a lot of you out on the slopes or in the gym! Healthy Holidays! 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.
Second-year student Brett Loughery lives in Harrington Hall. Because he was unemployed over the summer, Loughery said he spent some time watching HGTV and dreaming up decorating ideas. If you have a unique dorm room you want to share, contact Julia at email@example.com. (Tom Bateman/AQ)
#ExamsIfafeqjfdaojiafoeqq Arte Mechante: A Character Satire by Dylan Sealy
How to have sleepy days without the guilty nights Being a student, I understand what it means to work hard – and how awful it is to do so. I also know that the least painful way of dealing with life is sleeping through it. Given my innate powers of perception, I can tell that these two come into conflict. Friend(s), sleep is my favourite aspect of life. I dream about wonderful worlds where I have motorcycles for arms, or others where I’m in STU’s journalism program. Asleep is also the state in which I escape the horrendous oblivion that is my waking life. Don’t tell me it’s not that bad - you don’t understand me. The necessity of work, however, keeps both myself and humanity from sweet slumber. Even if you can scrape by without working, there is a soulcrushing guilt produced by being an unproductive member of society. When you’re a student, school is a full-time job, and like any full-time job, continued attendance and the completion of your tasks can interrupt your all-day sleeping patterns (and make you feel like a poor person). Just because you have responsibilities doesn’t mean you should feel bad about being unconscious instead of meeting them head-on. How or why you resist your responsibilities is not important. Neither is how you manage to skirt through life avoiding all forms of work. I personally don’t care - and neither should you. What’s important is that you don’t feel bad. There are many ways to escape the self-loathing such a life, without sacrificing your sleep. Here are a few: 1. Realize that whatever you do is inconsequential anyway. I don’t mean to be rude, but I can’t name a single thing anyone has ever done that is quantifiable worthwhile. Nothing good, and nothing bad, to be honest. Everything you’ll do is useless in the scope of the frighteningly massive world. In fact, you can’t have a shred of impact on anyone or anything. So why bother? 2. Stop thinking. The difficult part of guilt-fuelled depression is that your mind is against you. One way of fixing this is to stare deeply into fluorescent light until you’re only aware of blinding pain. If that doesn’t work, try bashing your head against hard objects - it’ll shake the negativity out. 3. If you wake up feeling guilty, go back to sleep. One of the best ways to escape guilt is to simply smother yourself under a sweet oblivion. If you find it difficult to rest your weary head when assaulted by guilt, I recommend drinking (heavily). (Bonus tip: Crying always mutes awful thoughts. Just ask me. Or my mother. Or my father, when he’s alone in his study and he thinks I can’t hear him.) Just remember: when you’ve slept away your semester and all your assignments are due, your parents can just pay for you to go back next year. Problem solved.