St. Thomas University’s Official Student Paper
January 17, 2012 - Volume 76 Issue 14
Fredericton Transit and CG Atlantic created a free app for iPhones and Android phones that will say the approximate time buses will arrive at their location. (Cara Smith/AQ)
Mind the app Fredericton Transit manager says app could eliminate cold waits at bus stops Atlantic have created a free app, aptly titled goFred, that tells transit users on a minute-to-minute If you live off-campus and basis where their bus is. worry about getting to the bus Although it is not equipped on time, there’s an app for that. with a feature that will preFredericton Transit and CGI dict when the bus will arrive, it
provides passengers with an approximate idea of when their bus will reach its next stop. Sandy MacNeill, manager of Fredericton transit, believes the smartphone app will appeal to regular transit users.
“It gives people the information they need on where their bus is and how long they have to get to it. It’s a tool that can make a passenger’s experience with the transit easier,” he said, adding that people seem to use apps
for everything these days. Response has been positive since the app’s official launch in December, MacNeill said, and it’s growing in popularity by the day. He believes students will benefit most from the app.
Harrington Hall alcohol ban lifted
“The students are very technologically apt, and they’re very receptive to any kind of technology, so we think they will be especially receptive to the app,” he said. SEE APP ON PAGE 3
House president says ban was drastic, but necessary at the time Stephanie Kelly The Aquinian
You can count on a celebration this weekend at Harrington Hall. After six weeks, the residence is no longer dry. A meeting was held Friday afternoon to discuss the future of the alcohol ban. The house committee submitted a proposal to dean of students, Larry Batt, suggesting alternatives to the prohibition. A compromise was reached and new rules for alcohol were put in place on Monday.
They include prohibiting glass bottles and drinking in the lounges. Also, guests must leave after moderate quiet hours unless signed in. In two weeks, the changes will be reviewed. If residents cooperate, the rules will gradually ease back to what they were before the ban. St. Thomas University spokesman Jeffrey Carleton said some regulations will remain in place for the rest of the year. “The only one that won’t be eased is open liquor in the hallways.” He said the alcohol ban was a
matter of health and safety and was impressed by how the house committee handled the situation. “We are pretty pleased the house has taken leadership.” Residence manager Clayton Beaton said listening to Harrington’s house committee and the RA team was important when deciding what step the residence should take next. “What we’re looking to do is to re-focus the house and start second semester fresh.” Alcohol was banned from Harrington Hall late last semester after a string of events led to safety
concerns. They included setting toilet paper on fire and discharging a fire extinguisher. House president Caitlin Doiron said though the ban wasn’t popular at the time, it’s important to look back and see the positives that have come from it. “I feel like this was a drastic step, but it was one that was necessary. The ban is a way of showing the residents of Harrington that a change must be made.” SEE BAN ON PAGE 3
Athletics director and former NHL fighter Mike Eagles sat down with the AQ’s James Rouse to talk about the role of fighting in hockey. (Submitted)
SEE ATHLETICS ON PAGE 9
From the Managing Editor
When journalists go viral
Let me explain. As I write this, The Aquinian team is in Victoria, B.C. at the Canadian University Press conference, where we learn tips of the trade in hopes of improving our product, The Aquinian. What we didn’t count on was for a nasty virus to spread through the hotel, infecting half of our staff - including our editor-in-chief, Alyssa Mosher. Alyssa, as well as our layout, photo and features editors and two of our senior writers, came down with what
BC health suspects is the Norovirus, otherwise known as Norwalk. What’s important here is that we still managed to produce a paper. Right now, I’m sitting in a hotel room, deemed a “non-sick room,” with The Aquinian’s news, arts and sports editors, working away at the paper. We had to force our EIC to sit tight and get some sleep, even though she tried her best to convince us she was alright. Tough love, Alyssa.
Meanwhile, the rest of us are trying to ensure we do her proud and get the best paper out for you guys to enjoy. I hope we do YOU proud. But the teamwork of it all is what really makes the difference. There were no questions asked, and even people who felt like hell buckled down with their laptops, stopping every so often for a bathroom break. Although we’re not perfect, we definitely care about the work we do. We hope you all know that. After the Harrington Hall alcohol ban, there were plenty of people upset about the extensive coverage we gave the situation. But the situation called for us to investigate, ask questions and wonder why. It was in the public’s interest to
know what was going on. Just like it’s in the public’s interest to know what’s going on in this hotel. The conference hosted about 350 delegates from student newspapers across the country. When the virus spread, about 60 people felt the symptoms of cramping, diarrhea and vomiting. And then they started tweeting. The tweets must have come in the hundreds. My Twitter wall was full of #NASH74 hashtags and people describing the horrible, violent illness they were experiencing. The hashtag began trending at some point early Sunday morning. It’s scary, thinking a virus could spread that quickly. You become paranoid, asking yourself, ‘Do I feel okay?
Am I getting sick too?’ But it’s in the public’s interest to know that there’s a slightly inconvenient sickness trekking its way through a hotel. It’s quite the story, one that reminds people of the importance not to live life full of caution, but at least remember to wash their hands. So, when the media started calling our phones and tweeting our Twitter accounts for more information on the story, we, at The Aquinian, obliged. It’s a funny thing seeing stories about you, when normally the roles are reversed and we’re the ones covering the story. Journalists covering stories about journalists? Interesting concept. We’ll be sure to check that they got their facts right.
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Ban over for Harrington as of Monday Continued from page 1
Since the drinking ban was introduced, Harrington students have turned dry activities, including video game tournaments. (Tom Bateman/AQ)
She said the alcohol ban hasn’t damaged the house or its spirit. The residents turned to dry activities, including a video game tournament. “The Raider pride is still portrayed through the halls and our spirits have not been crushed, but rather it has made us stronger.” First-year student and Harrington resident Corey Arsenault said the ban was a good idea at the time.
“I think that everyone behaved themselves and it definitely helped, but I think everyone kind of learned their lesson,” Arsenault said. As for Harrington’s reputation, Doiron said the ban showed there’s more to her residence than drinking. “Harrington Hall will always be known for our spirit, pride and at times loudness. If anything, the ban will have a positive change on the way people view us because we will be focusing on the good things that the house is doing.”
App to help bus transiters
Residence advisors get social media training
Continued from page 1 “They can use this to make it easier to ride the bus. On a cold day, this might cut down the time it takes to wait for the bus.” Valerie Lavigne, a first-year student and Chatham Hall resident at St. Thomas University, said the app will be a great benefit for students. “It just makes things so much easier for students; it’s definitely an improvement. “Bus schedules are hard to read sometimes and everyone uses their phone nowadays.” Jonathan Munn, a first-year St. Thomas student who lives off-campus, said the new app will be convenient for students who don’t live within walking distance of the university. “Being able to track where the transit is, is such a great tool to keep the schedule running more smoothly. “You won’t need to be at the bus stop early anymore, because you can see when it’s just a minute away. It’s so helpful for those few times when the bus is early or late.” Munn suggested the app will also benefit those who aren’t familiar with
Awareness session part of regular training for RAs Aleisha Bosch The Aquinian
Transit app available for Apple and Android. (Cara Smith/AQ) Fredericton. “It’s very helpful for people who don’t know the city, and as a frequent traveller, I know too well how stressful public transportation is in unknown cities.” For those who wish to put an end to long line-ups on frosty mornings, goFred is currently available for download on iTunes and Android Marketplace.
Residence advisors at St. Thomas University have added a new skill to their arsenal – social media awareness. As part of their regular training in January, RAs received a social media session from David Shipley, the University of New Brunswick’s senior web content developer. The session included Facebook and Twitter training. Kelly Hogg, one of STU’s residence managers, said the session was not in response to any incidents involving social media. She said residence life thought the training would be interesting and relevant. “More and more people are using social media in their daily lives and we just thought that was one thing the RAs would be interested in,” said Hogg. Hogg said the session included instruction on using social media as a tool, from planning house events to answering questions residents might have. There was also information on social media safety, such as being aware of what is posted.
Session helped RAs understand social media as tool. (Tom Bateman/AQ) “We want them to be aware of the dangers, like posting personal information.” Amanda Lloyd, an RA in Chatham Hall, says the session also taught RAs how to make their Facebook look good for an employer. “You might as well accept it, embrace it, and use it as something positive,” said Lloyd, adding that Chatham has its own Facebook group, which is used for general reminders and information about house and wing bonding, among other things. An RA’s level of involvement with social media is his or her own decision, Hogg
said. “We have some that aren’t involved and others that could give us a lesson.” She said the basic job of an RA has remained the same over the years despite other changes that have occurred, including the rise of popularity in sites like Facebook and Twitter. In addition to their training in January, which happened before residents returned, RAs received training throughout the year, including a week-and-a-halflong session in August.
Republicans (as opposed to unaffiliated voters who can vote in primaries) to stay afloat. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has captured the attention of Evangelical Republicans with his pro-life, homophobic views and unassailable social conservative record. These account for both his close second place in conservative Iowa and distant fifth in moderate New Hampshire. However, he’s not only a George W. Bush throwback, but he worked closely with the former president while in Congress. This could make him generally unelectable. The biggest threat to Romney however, is retiring Texas Congressman Ron Paul. The feisty Paul is a decided libertarian and a strict constitutionalist. That he has only recently become the favoured candidate of the libertarian,
constitutionalist Tea Party remains a mystery, but Paul has always had a small but zealously dedicated following in the Republican Party. So dedicated is that following that Paul, who, despite his second place in New Hampshire is too deep in left field for most Republican tastes, is being encouraged to run as an Independent in the presidential election on Nov. 6 – a split that would lead to an Obama landslide. While the next primary, South Carolina, will take place on Saturday and others will be contested through February, most states will hold their primaries and caucuses in March. Ten states alone will sound their voices for the Republican nomination on “Super Tuesday,” March 6. The Republicans will formally declare their candidates for president at their convention in Tampa Bay in September.
Breaking down the Republican candidates
The Ancient Greeks measured a fouryear period with Olympiads, celebrated with religious festivals, artistic tributes and of course, the famous athletic competitions. In the modern United States, four years are marked with presidential elections, a nearly year-long celebration of interminably prolonged debate and endless votes, beginning with the mysterious procession of caucuses and conventions. As Barack Obama will be running again for the Democrats this year, this leaves only the Republicans to fuel what
is essentially the presidential semi-final. Consider the winner of Iowa’s caucuses and New Hampshire’s primary Mitt Romney, a moderate Mormon from a traditionally liberal state, a tax-raiser, and the author of the precursor to Obama’s health care reform. The former Massachusetts governor should have no chance to win the nomination of the party. That Romney has thrived is a testament to his organization, which has worked hard since last April to bankroll and promote his candidacy. It also speaks volumes about the quality of the other
Republicans contesting the nomination. Several wannabes were put forward by themselves, the media and the Tea Party as the “not Romney” candidate: clueless Texas Governor Rick Perry, crass pizza businessman Herman Cain, corrosive former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and crazy Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann. All fell away when their weaknesses became too obvious to ignore. A saner Grand Old Party would have settled on former Utah governor Jon Huntsman ages ago. A fiscal conservative with a history of balanced budgets and a focus on the economy, Huntsman is a pariah to many Republicans for serving as Obama’s ambassador to China. His third place finish in New Hampshire keeps him treading water, but he needs to quickly earn support among registered
Fraser looking to build relationships STU’s new vice-president finance and administration started Jan. 3 Karissa Donkin The Aquinian
With three degrees to her name, Lily Fraser has spent a big portion of her life at universities. This semester, she’s back on campus. But this time, it’s not as a student. Fraser is St. Thomas University’s new vice-president finance and administration. She took over for Lawrence Durling, who held the job for 20 years, on Jan. 3. She will spend much of this semester familiarizing herself with the university, its culture and its people. “I’m not an in-your-face type of person, I’m not a huge marketer, but I do put a strong focus on relationships. I do want to be out there meeting people, not just in terms of finance and administration, but in terms of the overall organization, which includes the academic side,” Fraser said. Building relationships has been key to Fraser’s success in a handful of roles in government over 20 years. Most recently, she was assistant deputy minister of the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour. “My approach to leading and to managing is to really establish good relationships with my colleagues, with people that I work with.” For a university that used to be allmale, Fraser’s appointment marks the first time there has been two women in the university administration. Dawn Russell is the first-ever female president. “People gain their positions based on
Lily Fraser says she’s drawn to public service and attracted to community-minded St. Thomas campus. (Tom Bateman/AQ) their competencies, not based on their genders. But I think with any management team, it’s good to have some balance and I think STU has that.” The youngest of seven children, Fraser was raised in Grand Falls, a northern New Brunswick town with slightly more than 5,600 people. What makes her small town unique is the mix of francophone and anglophone residents who co-exist without tension, making it easy to pick up both languages. Fraser was bilingual by the time she started elementary school. But she yearned for bright lights and a big city.
The desire to try something new took her to Montreal, where she studied science at McGill University. At the time, she thought she might become a doctor. But after a few biology labs, Fraser realized medicine wasn’t for her. After her undergraduate degree, she went to the University of Ottawa to study for a master’s degree in health administration. Once she started working in government, she realized it would be useful to become a certified accountant - degree number three. While Fraser’s interests are diverse, she’s learned what she isn’t interested in through trial and error.
After working in government for a few years, Fraser ventured into the private sector to work for an insurance company in 2001. She realized she isn’t driven by profit and went back to government. “I am driven by public service, offering the best service you can with the money that you have in terms of good use of taxpayers’ money. “I had to learn that by leaving.” The idea of providing public service is one thing that drew her to STU - along with her appreciation for the school’s
community-minded spirit, its youth and the vibrancy on campus. “Over time, you learn what makes you tick and what you can contribute to an organization and I’m hopeful this will be a good fit.” In her free time, Fraser likes to be outdoors, cycling regularly from March to November. Every year, she takes a cycling trip with a group of other women. One year, they travelled across the country by bike during the summer, starting in Vancouver and ending in St. John’s. She also spends times caring for her two cats and three dogs, including two she is fostering from a puppy mill seizure two months ago. The puppies were six weeks old at the time and are from the same litter. “I didn’t want them to be separated. I thought, well, I’ll take them and see what happens. I’ve had them for almost two months now. They seem to get along well. “Oreo, my other dog, seems to have taken on the mom role.” Although Fraser has changed career paths often and enjoys change - laughingly, she said she still doesn’t think she’s figured out what she wants to do when she grows up - her love for Fredericton has stayed constant. “It is a city, but there’s not too much traffic, not too much crime. It’s a nice community.”
CBC producer to examine origin of ideas Irving chair Bernie Lucht will give lecture and workshop with STU students Laura Brown The Aquinian
Bernie Lucht was 16 when he first watched the production of a television program. He was hooked. “I was impressed by the nature of the event, by the professionalism,” he said in a phone interview. “I thought to myself, ‘I want to work in this medium.’” The rest, as they say, is history. Lucht is at St. Thomas University this month as the Irving chair in journalism, teaching students what has become his second nature – the production of public broadcasting and of ideas. He’ll be at St. Thomas for two months, putting on workshops with students and delivering a public lecture. Lucht has been executive producer of CBC Radio One’s Ideas program for 28 years, a show that “discovers a perspective that maybe you don’t get in day-to-day journalism.” But prior to working on Ideas, Lucht spent several years on different CBC programs, while completing his degree in political science and history at Concordia University. When he discovered his love for production in high school, he started to show up at the personnel office of Montreal’s CBC to watch the show’s production. He decided, after about a year of
watching, he would make an attempt at a television script. About a month after Lucht passed it in, he got a call from the CBC. They were interested in turning the script into something more. That’s how he got his first job working for CBC. He spent his summer directing short films, about five or six minutes long, for CBC Montreal. “Persistence makes all the difference. And maybe a bit of good luck.” And then there are those stories that make you realize you’re in the right place. During one of his summer jobs, Lucht was asked to do a story about a Japanese potter. “I walked into a room, the room was dusty and at the centre was an old man... with bright, sparkly eyes, he was a real master at his craft.” Lucht was fascinated by the man’s skill and “peaceful demeanour” while moulding the pottery. “I asked myself, ‘What did he do to get here? He probably became a master by doing this for a very long time,’” he said. “This kind of became the model for my own life.” After graduating university in 1966, Lucht spent two years as a producer for Radio-Canada International, producing daily news and current affairs programs for broadcast around the world. In 1968, he became the producer of Cross-Country Checkup, a national open-line radio
program that’s still going strong today (now hosted by Rex Murphy). In 1969, he left the CBC for West Africa. For two years, Lucht was a volunteer, teaching West African history at a boys’ college in Nigeria. “I was in complete culture shock. I had to struggle to orient myself,” Lucht said. “It became one of the big shapers of who I am.” When he came back to Canada, Lucht became a production assistant for Ideas. “Having the opportunity to do something like this is a real gift,” he said. “We have a responsibility to our audiences to try and provide original perspectives on the world.” The show has been an award-winning endeavour for Lucht. In 1998, he was awarded the John Drainie Award for Distinguished Contribution to Broadcasting and recently Lucht was given the CBC/RadioCanada President’s Award for being CBC Brand Champion. The program’s name will be the main topic at Lucht’s public lecture titled “Where ideas come from.” The lecture will focus on the production of the show while also discussing broader issues in journalism. “It’s the ability to try to contribute...to always be thinking and reading,” Lucht said. “It’s a question of living in this world.” Lucht’s public lecture will be on Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. in the Kinsella Auditorium.
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Oh, crap! As university students, one of our favorite pastimes is eating. We eat popcorn while we study, we indulge in Tim Hortons throughout our morning classes, and we chew on Jack’s Pizza after a fun-filled yet responsible - evening at Nicky Zee’s. Our taste buds love savoring a greasy pepperoni pizza. Our bowels and dignity on the other hand, not so much. Reality Check: After entering food into the human body, one must eventually release toxic waste from his or her system. In other words, everybody poops. I get it, you’re probably reading this and thinking, “Wow, this is
what this girl got out of a four-year arts degree?” Well, yeah. Going number two is normal. However, normality is not the first thing that comes to mind when you’re sitting on the can in a public washroom. Instead, you’re immediately regretting those 10 hot dogs you had for lunch. So what do you do? You turn the water taps on full force, and enter the furthest stall away from anything that breathes oxygen. Remember that excruciating moment when you “had to go” at your friend’s parents’ house, or a on a school trip or at your girlfriend’s apartment? You suddenly wish you
had listened to your intestines and gone beforehand in a more familiar setting. Instead, you’re faced with World War II in your digestive system. Some of you, I have to admit, get rather creative when it comes to doing the doody with discretion. For instance, some of you will sit on the toilet and wait for several minutes (which seems like a thousand eternities) until everyone exits the public facility. Some of you put toilet paper in the toilet bowl first, to avoid the dreaded splash. And others flush the toilet several times, so we can’t hear the inhumane sounds that come from your body (or the eruption of Mount St. Helens that just occurred inside the toilet bowl). My personal favorite is when you blame the awful smell on “the person who went before you.” Face
it, you’re lying to yourself and to others. Sometimes you choose not to go at all, and wait to release tension in the comfort of your own home. I agree, who wouldn’t want to grab a good magazine or the Lord of the Rings trilogy and do their business behind 18 feet of drywall? One of my friends admitted she avoids doing her business in public places altogether. In her 21 years of existence, she’s only gone once because it was a pressing “emergency.” I have another friend who explained that while living in residence, she would only go number two just after midnight, when she knew most people were alseep. My most traumatizing moment was in Cuba on a school trip. While most students had tropical beaches and tanning planted in their
heads, I was hyperventilating about something else: Going number two in a small confined space with roommates I hardly knew, a pipe drain that was far too small, and no Lord of the Rings trilogy to keep me company. The worst part was when we forgot to throw the toilet paper in the garbage can, as opposed to the toilet bowl. The pipe drains couldn’t handle the excessive tissue - and we couldn’t handle the result of our actions. My roommates and I got to know each other pretty well during that trip – and it was no secret that foreign foods didn’t agree with our digestive systems. Despite this, friends, all I’m saying is you should embrace your bran muffins and prunes. Remember: even Barack Obama and Kate Middleton go number two too.
This week: Should there be an app for everything? Why or Compiled by Jordan MacDonald
why not? If you could design your own app, what would it be?
Diane “Iya” Downey
His app design: Probably something to do with sports. You know, being able to get the scores and keep up to date with stats.
Her app design: Something that doesn’t use very much battery power.
No, because I don’t live by my phone that way. Today’s an exception because I needed to check my courses, but I think we depend too much on them.
No. It’s distracting. We are no longer human when everything does everything for us. Her app design: App removal.
Her app design: It would probably be “find my phone” in a quick and effective manner.
Yes. It’s useful.
No, because I think a showering app would be a little bit awkward.
There’s one side that says that it detaches us from being social and being selfreliant, but another thing that makes everything easier and it’s the next step. And whoever avoids the next step may be losing out, I guess. His app design: Maybe articulating my essays.
Artists perform in Yemen. Intiar said “if social media sparked these uprisings, then music helped push the people to keep fighting for their beliefs.”(Submitted)
When Khairunnisa Intiar was 15, her family moved to Sanaa, the capital city of Yemen. Her father was working as a diplomat in the Indonesian Embassy. They stayed in the country until Intiar was almost 18. She experienced Yemen before the revolution and protests, known as the Arab Spring movement, began just over a year ago.
ehind the rusty iron gates of the Jordanian Club in Sanaa, Yemen, young people gathered. In the tent beside the main building, a DJ played hip-hop music. Almost everyone I knew was there. Girls and boys were talking and dancing. Rappers showcased their talent in Arabic, English and Spanish; and break dancers took over the dance floor. The lights went out. It was one of those almost daily power outages. But the youth were determined to keep the party going. Somebody took his car and parked it in the yard of the club. He turned on the headlights, played hip-hop from his car stereo as loud as he could and everybody continued dancing. That was about three years ago. Yemen’s youth, just as determined as that day, have since taken on the streets, starting their own uprising. The so-called Arab Spring movement, which started in December 2010, moved like a virus throughout the Arab world. It was a wave of protests that swept through the area, starting in Tunisia, and spreading to Egypt and Yemen in January of 2011. In both countries, the movement
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was started and carried out by the youth, who were fed up with corruption and authoritarian regimes. They demanded their rights, their basic necessities and the ability to live in a liberal and democratic society. Social media played a big part in the start of the revolution, but it wasn’t just the online world that helped. *** uring my two-and-a-half year stay in Yemen, I watched the youth develop a hip-hop and rap scene as a way to express themselves. They held big events across the capital city. The songs weren’t about the usual youth woes, but about being Arab, being a Yemeni, their culture and the pride that comes with that. Zaid Salah Al-Mokhtar is a Yemeni citizen of Iraqi origin. He was one of the six boys who started the rap and hip-hop movement in Sanaa, trying to make something of their free time. Today, there are about 60 to 70 rappers, at least 100 break dancers and a few rock bands who entertain similar messages. “In Yemen there’s not much to do. So when they rap, and they start writing them down, they just start expressing themselves. They would just sit down and write about the situation in Yemen or the situation in Palestine, or anything. They just want their voices to be heard. They want their opinions to be taken into consideration. They want people to know that they have a voice, that they have power. And they want to be creative with it and they want to be artistic with it.”
Mohanned Mohammed, a Yemeni student in Fredericton, said music helped the protesters psychologically too. “Of course this plays a big part in the revolution. Poems, music, and things like that, you know, they motivate the people. And these are young people making [the poems and music].” *** he uprising in Yemen came as a surprise to me. One afternoon, four years ago, Zaid and I were talking about music in a cafe in Sanaa. We’d always been hopeful for a good change in Yemen, but we never thought it would come in the form of a massive, national uprising. I thought change was going to come in a smoother, easier way. I thought the youth were already making changes by sending positive messages through their music and art. Life was not as safe, easy or free as it is here in Fredericton. School was cancelled a few times because of bomb threats around the area I lived in. I couldn’t walk out in shorts and a t-shirt even on a very hot day. Electricity went out at least once every day. We had to buy water for showering and cleaning every one or two weeks. I never hated it, though. The food was great in Sanaa, especially the small corner diners where construction workers usually took a break. I remember Sanaa being filled with kind and helpful people who always smiled. We had a neighbor who lived with his family in a tiny house across from ours. He was only a taxi driver who didn’t
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make much. But he’d always offer to drive us to and from the corner store or the supermarket two blocks away. Yet, Sanaa is a traditional place where most men and women, rich and poor, still wear their traditional clothes at least once a week - on Fridays. There wasn’t much to do for girls. There were private parties in a booked venue or somebody’s house on weekends, if you knew the right people. There were school events, international bazaars and cafes to hang out in too, but for the most part, there was only home and school. My brother and I spent much of our time playing music with a few friends, including Hosam Omran. Hosam was in Sanaa last summer. He told me life there was still rather normal then. “Electricity goes off for long at times, but people managed to be okay. There are some new cafés for the cool people and Qat [leaves chewed as a stimulant] is still an everyday routine for many,” he said. Hosam and I lived 10 minutes away from each other. He said one of his neighbours got shot outside while looking for his son. An apartment in the building next to his was burnt. We often walked around and hung out there. It will remain the most familiar street to us, even if it was no longer the same, even if it has more opposition and military borders and armed men. But Luai Ahmed Tarbosh, an 18-year-old high school graduate in Sanaa, said that area is safer
Intiar’s family in a market in Bab El Yemen, Old City, Sanaa. From left, her mother Endang Intiar, sister Kirana, father Intiar Dekrit, sister Kieutri, and Intiar. (Submitted)
now. Only the downtown areas close to Tahrir square and around Sanaa University are most unsafe as they are occupied with protesters and armed men. *** uai actively participates in the protests. And he said the music brings happiness to the protesters. “After the revolution started, about 100 songs were written about the revolution. Whenever people are out [on the streets], there are always cars and huge trucks with speakers playing revolution songs and people sing along,” he said. “When Ali Abdullah Saleh resigned, they bring huge trucks with speakers and they just dance all night.” In Egypt, the protests began two days before those in Yemen. The road to Mubarak’s resignation wasn’t easy. Mishel Saad, a business administration student at the University of New Brunswick who’s from Egypt, said music played a big part in keeping the movement going. “I believe it plays a really important role in that revolution. Bands and artists start coming out in the streets and playing for people and start encouraging them. They actually help in making people think that they did something, and how amazing Egyptians are, and how far they’ve reached right now,” Saad said. “From what I see, just seeing people making songs about the revolution and seeing bands start playing in the street, that’s helped motivate the people. Even
in the darkest time, when people were getting killed, [the people on the streets] still can have a smile. It does matter that [the music industry] actually added to the situation and encouraged the people.” So, it is music that has become a builder of confidence and pushed people to be persistent and to fight. You can hear the persistence in Egyptian rapper Ahmed Mekky’s “Egyptian’s Dignity” for example, which talks about the protests as a way for Egyptians to take back their dignity by making changes. In Yemen, President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has been in power for 33 years, signed an agreement in November of 2011, effective this February. Transition of power will happen in the near future. In Egypt, the protesters got what they wanted. President Mubarak stepped down and an election is ongoing. People are starting to be more involved in their country’s political systems. But a true revolution doesn’t take days, or months or a few years. “After 30 or 40 years of corruption, you cannot change, turn the table in just a couple of months or years. It will take time and people have to be patient and we have to know where we’re going. But at the same time, we can’t calm down and just go with the flow and lose control again,” Mishel Saad said. And if social media sparked these uprisings, then music helped push the people to keep fighting for their beliefs.
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Theatre St. Thomas presents “Oh What a Lovely War” @ The Black Box, Jan. 25-28, 7:30 p.m. & 2 p.m. matinee on Sun., Jan. 28, $5 for students, $10 adults La Mesa Hispana - Practice Your Spanish @ JDH, Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. from Jan. 18 - April 4
Gallery: Nathalie Daoust’s Tokyo Hotel Story @ Gallery Connexion, runs until March 2 Herménégilde Chiasson’s Identities @ The Yellow Box Gallery, runs until Feb. 15 Printmaking exhibition @ Gallery 78, Jan. 20 - Feb. 12 Derek Davidson and Reilly’s ...and Protect/ VCA (Very Creative Art) @ the Charlotte Glencross Gallery, runs until Jan. 31
Playhouse: Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada presents Ghosts of Violence @ 7:30 p.m., Jan. 19, tickets: Regular - $38, Student - $28, Member - $32
Film: Cinema Politica Fredericton presents Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride @ Conserver House, 180 John St., Jan. 20, 7-9 p.m. The NB Film Co-op presents The First Grader @ Tilley Hall, UNB campus, Jan. 23, 8 p.m., member - $4, regular admission - $7
Music: Midnight Ramblers @ Wilser’s Room, Jan. 18, 10 p.m., $5 or free for students BA Johnson with Hard Charger & Westerberg Suicides @ The Capital, Jan. 19, 10:30 p.m., $5 or free for students Ermine & On Vinyl @ The Capital, Jan. 21, 10:30 p.m., $8 Lights @ The Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market, Jan. 19, doors open at 7 p.m., $25 adv/ $30 day of show Frequency @ Dolan’s Pub, Jan. 20 Andrew Sisk @ Backstreet Records, Jan. 21
”I feel the younger generation is embracing the sophistication that goes along with the change in clothing,” said local clothing store owner Paul Simmons. (Julia Whalen/The AQ)
New trend shows younger generation polishing up wardrobe, cooking skills in favour of a polished personal style Julia Whalen The Aquinian
College students used to be described like a species on the Discovery Channel. Think something along the lines of “the North American college student looks tired. Dressed in grey sweatpants and an oversized sweater, they cook Kraft Dinner on the stove while weeping about upcoming midterms.” But a recent trend suggests that definition is changing. The Millennial generation, aged 17 to 34 in 2011, are bringing back the sophistication of yesteryear. “I think today’s young people have fantastic style,” said Paul Simmons, owner of local clothing store Robert Simmons. “It’s iconic in the respect that what’s old is new. I feel the younger generation is embracing the sophistication that goes along with the change in clothing.”
Dresses, blazers and boots are replacing the unofficial college uniform of pyjama pants and hooded sweatshirts. Just as some Baby Boomers may have mowed the lawn in a tie or washed the dishes in heels, Millennials are adopting the more polished, elegant look of the 50s and 60s. Taking pride in your appearance at school definitely shows your willingness to work hard, said Nicola MacLeod, a second-year student at St. Thomas University. Plus it adds a bit of fun to your day. “I think one of the big things for me is that you don’t need to be in sweatpants and a baggy hoodie to be comfortable,” MacLeod said. “Leggings, dresses, scarves and boots are just as comfortable as your old sweats. You are paying to be here, so you should look at least somewhat presentable. You don’t need to be dressed in a suit and tie every day, but you shouldn’t look like you just rolled out of bed.”
Simmonds has been involved in Fredericton fashion businesses since he was in high school, and has noticed the trend firsthand. A graduate of the University of New Brunswick’s business program, he started the chic clothing store 13 years ago. Simmonds said in the past five years they’ve noticed the trend of young men opting to wear cotton or wool blazers instead of ski jackets and are accessorizing with scarves. And when television show Mad Men premiered in 2007 – a drama set in the 1960s – retro came back in full force. “Habitually in our business, people buy from a range of suit sizes that are 40 to 46, meaning the chest size,” Simmonds said. “We saw a range of 34 to 40 in a trimmer silhouette – so a younger, fresher, fitter client was coming into the marketplace looking for that Mad Men silhouette.” Wearing tinted Ray Ban eyeglasses and a sleek grey suit, Simmonds said the
elegance of the era is perhaps what attracts the younger generation. The clothing had clean lines, no big logos, and was made to last. “I think there’s a certain romance that’s equated with that era, and clothing in some way might sort of emulate that particular feeling in time. And they’re claiming it as their own – a new generation, a new silhouette.” But it’s not just young men who are suiting up – and the trend isn’t confined to North America either. Leading market research company Mintel released a report in the UK in January that showed 66 per cent of women aged 16 to 24 buying dresses in 2010, up from 46 per cent in 2007. Besides dressing up their exterior, Millenials are also dressing up their meals. A recent U.S. report by Mintel polled American adults on home cooking and discovered Baby Boomers’ children were more enthusiastic in the kitchen than the Boomers themselves. A quarter of Millennials asked said they love to cook, while only 17 per cent of adults over 55 said the same. A senior analyst said people in their 20s and 30s were more likely to agree that cooking gourmet meals makes them feel established, smart and sophisticated. Simmonds said young people slowly build their own brand throughout their 20s and 30s, ultimately in preparation for a career. Presenting yourself in a polished or finished way is very important, he said, because you’re in the process of developing your personal style and package. Fashion trends cycle in and out, but Simmonds believes the elegance and polish that’s come back with Mad Men will stay with Millennials for the rest of their lives. “I don’t think it’s necessarily a quick trend. It sort of builds your personal style, which sticks with you your entire life. It always changes, but it’s part of you, and I think that’s kind of cool.”
A cure for that bout of the winter blues
Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival Winter Blues series kicks off this week at Dolan’s Pub Laura Brown The Aquinian
A fundraiser concert series is hoping to help Frederictonians kick the winter blues. The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival’s annual Winter Blues Series begins on Jan. 18 with a special performance. Ross Neilsen, who was crowned Harvest’s most recent International Blues Challenge winner last September, will kick off the series at Dolan’s Pub. The night is a fundraiser to help Neilsen get to Memphis for the International Blues Challenge – the biggest blues gathering in the world. The Challenge begins on Jan. 31 and runs until Feb. 4. He’s “incredibly excited” to be representing New Brunswick at the Challenge. “I’m always honoured to represent New Brunswick anytime I get the chance,” Neilsen said in an email. “This is where I’m from, where my roots are. I don’t plan on moving to Halifax or Toronto to ‘further’ my career. I’ve lived all over Canada and I always come home to New Brunswick.”
nominations for Blues Album of the Year. Most recently he has added a Music NB Award for Best Blues Recording to the list. But heading to Memphis is a highlight. Although he usually plays with his band, Neilsen will be heading south solo. He describes his solo act as “roots/blues – vocals, a lot of slide guitar and stomp box.” “I’ll be especially happy to represent New Brunswick and Harvest at this global meeting of blues folks,” he said. “Harvest and New Brunswick have been good to me and I love to give back in whatever way I can.” The show kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Dolan’s Pub and tickets are $10. Harvest’s Winter series continues into February with duo Peter Karp and Sue Foley. ”I’m always honoured to represent New Brunswick anytime I get the They’ll perform at the James Joyce Pub chance,” said Ross Neilsen, who will compete in this year’s International on Feb. 3, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Tickets Blues Challenge. (Submitted) are $15. The final concert of the series will happen on March 2 with Moreland & And while doing that, Neilsen has latest in 2010 called Redemption. Arbuckle – a Kansas-based pair who last done well to further his career. The bluesHe’s earned himself a CBC Ris- played in Fredericton in 2009. Their show rocker has released seven albums, his ing Star win and back-to-back ECMA is also at the James Joyce Pub for $15.
Tommies battle Mounties over the Weekend
Women remain perfect, while men pick up significant win
Men’s Basketball STU 65 CU 84 Women’s Basketball STU 101 CU 29
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The women Tommies kept their perfect record going with a 70-52 victory over Mount Allison University on Saturday afternoon. The Tommies opened the game strong with an 11-0 run. But as the half drew to an end, Mount A made an aggressive push led by Mackenzie Gray, who had eight points. The Tommies’ defence held firm and they led 32-25 at halftime. Brittany Gillis hit important shots in the last few minutes that helped give STU a little momentum going into the break. The two teams kept each other to fewer than 40 per cent field goal percentage - Mount A had 16 turnovers, while STU had 13. Kelly Debow dribbles towards the basket during the Tommies victory over Mount Allison. The win kept the TomThe third quarter started in a very mies perfect season alive. (Megan Aiken/AQ) similar fashion to the first. The Tommies got off to a 15-0 start and held the Mounties scoreless for over six Mounties picked up at the end of the and keeping the Mounties to the pe- Mount A battled back in the second and minutes. The defense played a major first half. The fourth quarter saw the rimeter where they were ineffective keep it close going into the break. role in stopping the momentum the Tommies continuing to play their game throughout the game. Fringe players got The third quarter was closely coninvolved in the game in the fourth and tested with both teams playing tight the rookies looked very comfortable in defence throughout with timely scoring a big game situation. Jill Lamoreau had from Richie Wilkins and Corey DeLong her best home game of the season with to give them a five point lead heading 16 points and 11 rebounds to bring the into the fourth. Tommies to a perfect 9-0. Both teams started to get very feisty in the fourth and eventually the Tom*** After a crushing defeat on Wednes- mies were given a bench technical day to Crandall University, the men’s which gave Mount A life in the dying Tommies couldn’t dwell on that loss for minutes of the fourth. too long as they had to play the Mount But after some solid D from the TomAllison Mounties on Saturday. The team mies they started to pull away with picked one another up and came out on three minutes left and sealed the deal top with a 60-49 victory. with some free throws at the end. Without Mackenzie Washburn and The win was much needed for the Steph Bielecki, the Tommies have to Tommies after losing a heartbreakrely on other players to step up. er just a few days earlier to Crandall. In an unusual first quarter, the Tom- Richie Wilkins finished the game with mies and Mounties combined for just 18 points which included some clutch nine points as the Tommies led 7-2. Play three’s in the second half. It was also improved in the second quarter and at Calvin Leblanc’s best performance as a the end of the first half, STU led 21-16. Tommie as he finished with 12 points The points in the half came from Calvin and 12 rebounds for a solid double Calvin Leblanc had a double double in Saturday’s victory over Mount AlLeblanc and Brad Hovey who combined double. lison on Saturday. (Megan Aiken/AQ) for 17 total. After a tough first quarter
Men’s Volleyball UNBSJ 0 STU 3 UKC 1 STU 3 Women’s Volleyball UNBSJ 1 STU 3 Women’s Hockey STU 3 UDEM 2 Men’s Hockey DAL 7 STU 4 ACA 3 STU 1
Jan. 14 Women’s Basketball MTA @ STU South Gym 6 p.m. Men’s Basketball MTA @ STU South Gym 8 p.m. Men’s Hockey ACA @ STU LBR 7 p.m.
Jan. 15 Women’s Hockey UPEI @ STU LBR 2 p.m. Women’s Volleyball MSVU @ STU South Gym 11 a.m Women’s Basketball MSVU @ STU South Gym 1 p.m. Men’s Basketball MSVU @ STU South Gym 3 p.m.
Tommies forward Alex Labonte skates by a Dalhousie player during the Tommies 3-2 loss on Friday night. The teams record is now 3-15 (Name/AQ)
The women’s volleyball team picked up another victory with a 3-1 win over UNBSJ Saturday. (Megan Aiken/AQ)
Athletics Director reflects on rough and tough NHL career Eagles says dirty hits, like some he dished out, need to be taken out of game James Rouse The Aquinian
He fought with some of the toughest brawlers in the NHL and became a highlight reel for dirty hits. Still, with head shots and fighting now dominating debate in the NHL, Mike Eagles has had some time to reflect on the tough-guy approach that kept him in the big leagues for 16 years. “I was an abrasive type player,” said STU’s athletics director and former men’s hockey coach. “Some people didn’t like me very much and some players took exception to the way I was playing. Part of my personality... was if I was going to play an aggressive kind of game, I had to be willing to answer the bell.” Eagles was never a star player. He didn’t score many points, earn large contracts or stand in the spotlight. He bounced between several teams, becoming a gritty fourth-liner for all of them. But when Eagles came off the bench, he made an impact. “I was always fighting for my life.” And this fight was common for the Sussex native. He dropped gloves with the toughest players of his time, including Scott Walker and Joey Kocur. “I’d put my category as a scrappy kind of guy. There’s a difference between being a tough player and necessarily known as a fighter.” Part of the local legend that surrounds Eagles is his fights. “Obviously it’s a very physical game
fights,” he said. Standing at just five foot 10 and weighing less than 200 pounds, Eagles was usually outmatched in size. But it never stopped him. “Fighting was not something I thought I was overly good at and [I] wasn’t overly confident in my ability, so I was trying to survive.” During fights, Eagles’ philosophy was that offense is the best defense. But not all fights went as smooth as his one with Walker. “A lot of times when someone challenged me to a fight, I was willing to oblige.” This led him to face the best of the best. Eagles met his match when he fought Kocur, known as one of the Bruise Brothers on the Detroit Red Wings of the late 1980s. Within seconds, Eagles was on the ground. While reflecting on the video of the fight, Eagles said it looked like he suffered a concussion, but this wasn’t the case. “I don’t think I’ve ever suffered a concussion in a fight,” he said. “My concussion issues were more just normal hockey plays.” Now 48, Eagles finds himself healthy and not suffering from any long-term health problems. Eagles isn’t proud of everything he did in the NHL, but he was willing to The former Tommies’ coach has had respond when challenged. (Submitted) his fair share of injuries, but has also given his fair share. One of his most inand there are a lot of times emotions Eagles remembers his fight with famous career moments came when he are really high and sometimes that is Walker. went full tilt into perennial all-star Rob sorted out by a fight,” he said. “I think that was one of my best Blake, hitting him directly in the head
with his elbow. “I know that’s a pretty popular video, but that’s not something I’m looking back on. That was a very dirty play on my part and in today’s game it would have warranted a very large suspension.” Even still, Eagles said he has no regrets about the way he played, but that hits like the Blake one are the kind that need to be taken out of hockey. His belief is that fighting has no place in the CIS. “These guys are for the most part not going to be making a living from hockey,” he said. “It’s about the rest of their lives and we want them to be healthy.” Fighting remains a huge part of the NHL today. But Eagles is very supportive about the direction the NHL is going now. “I think they are on the right path by trying to eliminate head shots.” The next generation of hockey players need to be trained to protect themselves and Eagles thinks this crackdown can also be a “double-edged sword.” “If I don’t pay attention to my surroundings because I’m not supposed to get hit, then that’s when I could get hurt the most,” said Eagles. “There still has to be accountability if you do something by accident.” Eagles said the new rules are just part of the natural progression of sports. “I think great players in every era would probably be great players because they would figure out a way to be great.”
Respect others: It makes a difference
I know many of you have made it your New Year’s resolution to get fit. And that’s awesome. For advice on designing and starting a workout, look up my previous columns at TheAQ.net or talk to a personal trainer. But before you enter a gym or fitness centre you should know about the rules - both spoken and unspoken. Gym etiquette is a very important part of exercise. You want yourself and others to be in a friendly atmosphere, and think of it this way: Do you really want to piss off someone who is grunting while they bench press double your body weight? I don’t. The obvious rules are usually written in the gym or are just common sense: Don’t bring your outdoor shoes inside, and don’t talk on your cellphone in the workout area. It can be very distracting, which is dangerous for people lifting large weights. Also, a lot of people feel self-conscious at the gym, and they could be wondering if you’re snapping photos of them. The “No scents is good sense” rule
is vital. And this doesn’t just mean avoid Axe and perfumes for people with allergies (myself being one). It goes to the opposite end of the spectrum. No one wants to smell a bad case of B.O., and that can be hard to avoid when you’re doing strenuous exercise. My advice is to invest in an antiperspirant to put on in the mornings. The scent-free kinds are best. Speaking of sweat, do you feel comfortable sitting on something or grabbing something drenched in someone else’s perspiration? No? Well, then show everyone some courtesy by spraying down and wiping off machines, seats, and grips after you use them. Not only do you want to stay clean and keep everyone else clean and healthy, but it’s hard to grip something that’s slippery, and you don’t want to drop a heavy weight on yourself. Now that we’re in the weights territory, I should mention that putting weight plates, dumbbells, and
equipment back on their racks should be part of your workout. If you leave them lying around, people can trip and hurt themselves, and other people might have to remove weight plates that they aren’t strong enough to move. You’ve managed to follow all those rules without interacting with anyone directly, but the final rule I’ll leave you with boils down to politeness. If someone is using a machine or weights that you want and they step away for a moment, ask them if they’re still using it and if it’s alright for you both to switch between sets. And if you’re resting between a group of exercises, don’t sit on a machine. Other people need to use it, and you don’t want to be a bother. Active resting (skipping or jumping jacks) is way better for you anyway. Stick to these guidelines and you’ll have a very positive gym experience. I’m rooting for all you newcomers. Alex Vietinghoff is a certified ski instructor, works at the J.B. O’Keefe Fitness Centre and is currently studying to be a personal trainer through Fitness NB. He is also vice-president student life of the St. Thomas University students’ union. Questions or comments about his column? Contact him at email@example.com.
The women’s rugby team raised their ACAA Championship banner over the weekend. It was the team’s second straight championship after they beat Mount Allison in November’s final, avenging an earlier season loss. The team were 5-1 in the regular season before winning the championship game 30-7. (Megan Aiken/AQ)
The banner in the South Gym. (Megan Aiken/AQ)
Soldiers work through post traumatic stress on the farm Horses helping out: Equine Assisted Therapy hopes to be established at CFB Gagetown MacKenzie Heckbert The Aquinian
Owen Parkhouse joined the military when he was 16 years old. He was an intelligence officer and was deployed by the Canadian military to Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and Bosnia. Parkhouse suffers from severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and was relieved of his military duties in 2008. Some of his triggers include crowds and loud noises. The smell of burning garbage also causes him to have flashbacks because, he said, in every country he’s been to “the smell of garbage is associated with death and dying.” Parkhouse said he constantly feels anxious and some days the only way he can relieve his stress is by bringing his dog, Lily, with him to work. “My dog seems to know when I’m not doing well; she won’t let me be left alone. “Animals aren’t judgmental. Their love is unconditional; they take you no matter who you are.” That’s why at the end of October, Parkhouse and a few other soldiers went on a two-day weekend retreat to Pioneer Farm in West Devon, Prince Edward Island. The farm is located in a rural community and technology is discouraged. The farm offers a revolutionary program called Equine Assisted Therapy that allows soldiers to work with horses in a therapeutic manner. It is a trial program being looked at by the Canadian military hoping to offer it to soldiers suffering from PTSD. Members of the military are hoping to bring equine therapy to Base Gagetown,
Dave Howatt and Judy Bertling use their horses to help soldiers with PTSD. (Submitted) here in New Brunswick. The plan will be presented to Base Gagetown soldiers at resilience training in February. One of the programs co-founders Judy Bertling said the therapy is ideal for “those who don’t respond well to talk therapy” because “horses give most people a feeling of awe; they have a majestic, awesome aura.” Bertling has been working with horses her entire life. She became interested in equine assisted therapy while taking a course at the University of Guelph in Ontario. She said horses and veterans respond well to each other. “Horses are prey animals. They’re
constantly on the alert and they wonder each day if they’ll survive.” Bertling said most human beings are considered predators, but with soldiers it’s different. “Soldiers are both the hunters and the hunted. They create an empathy with the horse that others can’t. The connection is powerful,” she said. Bertling said being around horses is also therapeutic because they have the ability to sense a human being’s true feelings. She said the way a horse presents itself is the way it feels and “a horse is able to mirror a person’s feelings.” If a horse senses pain, it becomes calm; if it senses fear it becomes agitated. This trait allows a therapist or a social worker
to read the horse and through this, understand what a soldier with PTSD is feeling. Dave Howatt, who suffers from PTSD, said the weekend retreat was the best time he’s had in 30 years. Howatt joined the forces as a teenager in 1972. The military was his only option. “It was either go to jail or join forces.” Howatt served four tours with the military. He is taken back to those war zones whenever he sees small, poor children, he said, because the United Nations ordered them not to help children he still carried the guilt. Howatt said the counselling has helped alleviate some of the guilt. He said he also does deep breathing exercises, but the retreat is really what helps him relax.
“It’s a phenomenal experience working with the animals and the location of the farm is off the grid, with all solar and wind generated power.” Howatt said this created a calming atmosphere and made the retreat a unique experience. Most of the activities with the horses are based on trust. The soldiers spend a lot of the time grooming and walking around an enclosed exercise yard with the animals. And that’s where Howatt learned just how powerful thisexperience could be. “They watch your eyes, and hold focus on you and not everything around you, that’s how you know the animal trusts you.” Both Howatt and Parkhouse say they would like to see the military put more funding towards projects like equine assisted therapy. Bertling, her husband and a few local donations help to keep the project afloat while it’s in its trial stages, but they hope the military will offer financial help. Both Howatt and Parkhouse have contributed to helping other soldiers who suffer from PTSD in a program called OSIS, Operational Stress Injury Support, which is a peer-support group. Both men say they will continue to help and suggest this program to others. They call it “paying it forward.” Parkhouse said even when he was sickest the first thing he wanted to do was help others. “If you can get someone out of nowhere, they can start living their life again.”
What would you save from a destructive fire? The AQ’s Pat Brennan knows At a friend’s birthday last semester, I met him and a few others at the Cellar for a quick beer after class. While I was there, I bumped into one of the people who had been left homeless after a fire destroyed his apartment building on Charlotte Street in November. During the course of our conversation, he told me about what had happened that night; how quickly the fire had started and how fast it had spread, eating everything in its path. In the end, he was left with nothing except the clothes he was wearing when it happened. By this point he had a fair amount of booze in him, and as he tried to brush it off and say, “They’re just things, I don’t need them,” I couldn’t help but notice that his voice was shaking. Earlier, I had been talking with The Aquinian staff members about the fire. We couldn’t imagine what it would be like losing so much in one evening. And it got me thinking: For the most part, material possessions are replaceable. However, there are those few things that hold such a history with the owner that the loss of them would be devastating. I’m not talking about a video game system or plasma television; I mean the objects that would, if our homes were on the verge of burning down, cause us to run in after them. These are some of mine.
single parent who worked as a bankteller at one of the CIBC’s in Moncton. Even though she didn’t always have a lot of time or money, I’m told she did her best to be supermom early on. When I was five, she was diagnosed with a form of cancer that left her skin dry, cracked and red. Picture a nasty sunburn that won’t go away. The disease, on top of the pain it caused her, robbed her of her self-confidence. It didn’t register with me it at the time, but thinking back now I can’t even begin to imagine what that must have been like. A couple of years ago I came across some old photos of her when she was a little girl. This one in particular is my favourite because it’s my mom, free from all the troubles that would plague her later on in life; just a little girl playing with her dog.
My grampy’s Watch
My grampy, Clifford James Brennan, was the only father figure I had while growing up. He was an Irishman who had served in the navy, and the combination of those two things resulted in some very memorable words of wisdom - not to mention some unique pro- Clockwise right to left: Collected Poems of Allen Ginsberg, a photo of Pat Brennan’s mother, his grandfather’s watch, My Favourite Things by John fanities that have since helped me in cer- Coltrane (Pat Brennan/AQ) tain situations during adulthood. In the short amount of time I spent with him, get it working again and eventually pass trying to be cute. A couple of summers I don’t have a single memory where he it down once I have a family of my own. ago I took a distance education course A picture of my mother isn’t wearing this watch. My mother gave My copy of My Favourite through Athabasca University. It was For the first 13 years of my life, it me this years ago, saying that he had al- Things by John Coltrane called “Popular Western Music from was just my mother and me. She was a ways wanted me to have it. My plan is to Trust me, this is a coincidence, not me the 1990s to the 70s” - or something like
that. It ended up being one of the best educational experiences of my life, exposing me to styles of music I had never bothered to listen to before. The genre that left the biggest impact on me was jazz. During the course of my listening, I soaked up everything from “big band ” to “dixieland,” “bop” to “fusion.” The album that knocked the wind out of me and that continues to be one of my most treasured is My Favourite Things. I won’t get into any “inside baseball” commentary as to why it’s so great, but I will say that it is certainly one of my top three albums of any genre. A couple of months ago, my girlfriend saw an original pressing of it at a record store in Moncton. She had remembered me saying how much I would love to have a copy of it on vinyl and picked it up.
My copy of the Collected Poems of Allen Ginsberg
I got this for Christmas a couple of years ago from my foster parents. It’s always meant a lot to me because I’m kind of the odd duckin my house. No one else in my family really appreciates poetry. In fact, they really don’t see much sense in it. That’s why I was so surprised when I unwrapped this gift that morning. I hadn’t even mentioned that I wanted the book. Apparently my foster mom had done some snooping and, even though she really didn’t see much merit in his work, she knew it meant something to me.
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« La santé de nos militaires est ma priorité. C’est pour faire une différence dans leur vie que je me suis enrôlée. Pourtant, ce sont souvent leurs remerciements qui font une différence dans la mienne. » Capitaine CARRA WATSON
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