Page 1

Inside: Garrison

District Ale House rebounds from blaze pg. 2

Business owner puts homeless first pg.7 Carmen Townsend writes her next chapter pg. 8

Protesters look to kill Bill C-45 pg.2


“We are here to kill the bill C-45” Idle No More protest in Fredericton brings out 200 people opposing the Bill Liam McGuire The Aquinian

“We are here to kill the Bill C-45.” The rally co-ordinator addressed a crowd of more than 200 protesters who showed up to support the Idle No More movement on Friday, outside the office of Canada’s Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Fredericton MP, Keith Ashfield. Alma Brooks, elder from the Wabanaki tribe says Idle No More is working to bring attention to the issues and changes with Bill C-45. “I think Idle No More has spoken, the people have risen. We have a right to exist in this world, we have a responsibility for being here and there is a reason why we are here. We are the keepers of the land, our spiritual beliefs that were given to us by our creator also come from the land. We are very deeply rooted.” Idle No More is an ongoing movement of multiple political actions worldwide stemming from issues of the recent omnibus Bill C-45. The bill changes legislation contained

Protestors gather in front of MP Keith Ashfield’s office last Friday . (Nathan Paton/AQ) in 64 acts or regulations, which makes changes to the Indian Act, Navigation Protection Act and the Environmental Assessment Act. Among the changes that are being objected under the bill, Idle No More claims amendments to the Navigation Protection Act will remove protection for 99.9 per cent of lakes and rivers across Canada.

The Idle No More movement has spawned numerous protests across Canada. Protesters have used Twitter and the hashtag #IdleNoMore to spread awareness about the protest and their movement which has trended on Twitter across Canada. On Dec. 11 Theresa Spence, Chief of the Attawapiskat First Nation, declared a hunger strike

all First Nations leaders together in Ottawa. While a majority of the protests have been peaceful, a Sir John A. Macdonald statue was vandalized overnight on Jan 10th in Kingston, Ontario with the phrases “murderer,” “colonizer,” and “this is stolen land” sprayed across the statue in red paint. The vandalism in Kingston happened before Idle No More protests took place, though the police said they have no evidence it is any way connected. Elder Brooks said the bill is a violation of aboriginal rights. “Our territory, Wabanaki, we sign peace and friendship treaties only. We have never surrendered an inch of our land. This is how we retain our sovereignty.” Elder Brooks says First Nations people are struggling to keep going and the proposed changes will deter them. “We breathe the same air, we drink the same water, we walk the same land, and our people are struggling right now to keep our existence.”

in protest to Bill C-45 and to bring public attention to First Nations issues. She said her hunger strike, which consists of being on a liquid diet of only lemon water, tea and fish broth (believed to be between 200 and 400 calories each day) will continue unless Prime Minister SteWith files phen Harper and Governor General David Johnston meet with Hackett.

from

Dylan

Garrison employees jobless for five months STU grad says community support has been “incredible” Shane Rockland Fowler

House and 32 jobs went up in smoke. Employees of the restaurant It’s been a week and a half are still in shock over the loss of since the Garrison District Ale their workplace, and their livelihoods. But despite the fire coming right after the season of giving, the Fredericton community rallied behind those impacted by the blaze the most. “There’s been a lot of people and businesses that have come forward to say that they want to help in any way they can,” said Nicki Spidell, a server who lost her job of three years to the fire. “It’s been incredible so far.” The St. Thomas University graduate is now part of a fundraising committee representing the Ale House. It was formed by three Fredericton citizens, just regular patrons of the restaurant, who want to see their favourite staff taken care of while the Garrison is rebuilt. “It’s not supposed to open again until maybe June,” Spidell said. “It’s about five months without a job and it sucks.” While the 32 servers, bartenders and cooks will be eligible for employment insurance, the fundraisers will happen later this month to help if anyone needs financial assistance right away or More than 200 protested a little extra to get them through Bill C-45 (Nathan Paton/ the jobless stretch. Some workAQ) ers have children and families, The Aquinian

Crews work to restore the Garrison District after a fire broke out a little over a week ago. (Elizabeth McArthur/ and others are concerned about the lengthy process of getting that first E.I. payment. “It’s a tough time to be out of work,” Spidell said. “Plus there are still workers from Isaac’s Way that are looking for work, so there’s an influx of us in the industry right now.” The fundraisers are being spearheaded by Joe Trevors, Rob Heartland, and Carter McLaughlin. Through social media, the three have come together to build a pair of events to raise money at the end of this month. While not all the details are in place, as of yet the two events are tentatively set to take place on the Jan. 26 and Jan. 29. The fundraiser on Jan. 29 will see the Delta Hotel open all four

of their ballrooms up to live entertainment, live and silent auctions, and a food expo. Donations will be at the door, and it is expected the food will consist of a number of downtown businesses showcasing their wares. “We’re not a hundred per cent on who will play on the stages yet, but we’ll have it up on our Facebook page before too long,” Spidell said. The second event will take place at Kingwood Park. The plan for now is to have the event run from noon until late into the night. “We’ve got the bowling alley building to use, as well as the lodge which is amazing,” Spidell said. The lodge is again expected to have live entertainment on

stage and other different events throughout the day including laser tag. While Spidell is planning to return to her job when the restaurant reopens this summer, she admits the business will probably lose staff in between then and now. “While the generosity has been absolutely amazing, we know that we’ll lose people. Not everyone can just not work for that long, and most of us are actively looking for jobs,” Spidell said. “Plus we know that we’re not the most needy people out there so I think that these two fundraisers will be the only two that we do.”


Bright lights, big city Editor-in-Chief talks about the AQ’s trip to Toronto student newspaper conference Liam McGuire The Aquinian

We four editors and a staff writer of The Aquinian arrived in Toronto around 6 p.m. after leaving from Fredericton at 9 a.m. We drove in a packed car to Moncton, flew into Ottawa and then completed our trip flying from the nation’s capital to Toronto. Being a member of Canadian University Press, we were invited to the 75th CUP NASH conference, a massive journalism conference with multiple speakers,

lectures and critiques. We entered the Delta Chelsea Hotel at 7 p.m., a full hour before registration was scheduled to end. We were told registration was over for the day, we were told we were never put on “the list” and I got pulled into a paper caucus where editors from other university papers talked about their struggles with not having enough money to pay writers. There was a scheduled CUP 75th Anniversary Gala that night, but we were all too tired to attend. We unpacked, talked about how glad we were to be there and went to sleep.

We woke up at 7:30 a.m. the next day, tried to register three times, and after an overly complicated unorganized sign-in, we finally got ready to take in some of the sessions. For me, seeing the National Post’s Bruce Arthur and ESPN the Magazine’s Chris Jones was definitely the highlight, they had lots of wisdom to share. Arthur recalled asking Mark Cuban how it felt to lose in the NBA Finals to which he was told “**** you” and Jones reiterated how much he was irritated by the word “luck” and how hard work is valued. Jones walked by me after the lecture and said that I was adorable (to be fair I was wearing a bow-tie). I was speechless. The other lectures were great, the representatives from

WordPress talked about how the newsroom has changed in the digital age, another taught us about the importance of a clean copy and about different plugins leading to a well-equipped website. The Toronto area was incredible and a complete change of pace. Two of us toured the Toronto Star, while three more were at George Stroumboulopoulos, and another at a photography session. I fulfilled a lifelong goal and saw the Raptors play at the Air Canada Centre, a win versus the Bobcats. We even ate lunch at the Hard Rock Café. Despite the conference difficulties with signing up and settling in, this was a once in a lifetime experience that had so many positives, and motivated us to be better journalists.

Bus pass price increase causes problems for students Fredericton city council increased some fines and fees to balance 2013 budget Whitney Neilson The Aquinian

Bruce Grandy announced at Fredericton city council’s 2013 budget speech that in order to balance the budget, some fees and fines increased. One of those was the Fredericton Transit student bus pass. The monthly pass increased to $45. Adult passes are $65 and senior passes are $50. Meaghan Farrah, fourth-year University of New Brunswick student, has used the bus since first year. The pass cost $40 in her first year. “The increase in cost is frustrating because even though the increase has been gradual, asking $45 a month from students is still a lot, especially where the

STU pass is about $75 for a full 12 months.” UNB students voted 54 per cent against adding a universal bus pass to their tuition last year for $115. Farrah lives in Lincoln Heights, where the bus doesn’t travel as often. She says it’s frustrating to pay more for a bus route that she can’t use as much as she would like. “Since the bus travels so infrequently, it is not as convenient as if I lived in town. And paying a monthly $45 fee is a big pain, when I don’t get the same service as others.” To improve service she suggests the buses wait a few extra minutes at Kings Place so commuters don’t miss their transfers, like she did last week.

Grandy, city councillor and chair of the finance and administration committee, said public transit was the most popular topic during public consultations, and some people suggested bus pass prices were low compared to other cities. Student bus passes cost $47 in Moncton and $60 in Saint John. “For the student pass, earlier in 2012 council was presented with a five-year rate strategy with increases in various users in different years. This year was the student pass, next year it will be the regular user,” Grandy said. Some fee increases include renting Odell Lodge, Killarney Lake Lodge, sports fields with lights, Willie O’Ree Place, and

the Grant-Harvey Centre. Others are developer related fees for community programs, reapproval of subdivisions, application of subdivisions, stamping fee for subdivision plans, printed copy of Z-2 bylaws and municipal plans, and the rushed zoning request fee. They plan to decrease spending by such initiatives as selling city-owned properties, and reducing the hours of UNB’s Chapman Field. Fredericton Transit has also changed some routes, which now go to the Corbett Centre, the Grant-Harvey Centre, Two Nations Crossing, and Cliffe Street. They also bought two smaller buses for less-used routes.

Campus briefs Dylan Hackett The Aquinian

Faculty Book Launch: Dr. Kathleen McConnell. Dr. Kathleen McConnell, chair of the English Department at St. Thomas launches her book Pain, Porn and Complicity: Women Heroes from Pygmalion to Twilight, a collection of essays analyzing women as protagonists and how they are characterized in popular culture and the effect of those characterizations on the culture that consumes them. Dr. McConnell has published two books of poetry under the name Kathy Mac: Nail Builders Plan for Strength and Growth and The Hundefraulein Papers. The book will be launched at STU’s Holy Cross Conference Room on January 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm. TO RSVP, please see https://eventregister.stu.ca/ events/22. Yellow Box Gallery Presents: Sky Pape Exhibition “Selections from the Bellagio Suite” Thursday Jan. 17th St. Thomas’ Yellow Box gallery will exhibit the work of renowned Canadian artist Sky Pape. Pape will display “Selections from the Bellagio Suite” featuring recent works completed during her residency at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in northern Italy. Her work can be found in the Ontario Art Gallery collection as well as the Museum of Modern Art; the Guggenheim Museum; Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende, Kunst, Berlin; Brooklyn Museum of Art; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara CA. The opening will take place at 5 p.m beginning with an artist’s talk in McCain Hall room 101 from at 4 p.m. STUSU Film Festival. St. Thomas University is hosting its first annual film festival. Any STU student can enter a film of no more than 10 minutes. Entries are due Feb 2. It can be an original short film, documentary, or music video. Students have access to the Marshall D’Avary Hall UNB Equipment Room, with tons of filming/recording gear and editing suites: UNB Media Lab: http:// www.unb.ca/fredericton/cetl/ multimedia/index.html

Some students find the bus pass price increase a bit too steep. (Nathan Paton/AQ)

Equip info: http://www. unb.ca/fredericton/cetl/pool/ index.html


STUSU holds town hall meeting Students invited to ask questions and make suggestions about proposed changes Ian Leblanc The Aquinian

St. Thomas University Students’ Union Chair, Ryan Smith, began Thursday’s meeting by moving talks about the proposed structural changes to the union until the end of the meeting, believing it would be the longest discussion. In reality, it only lasted three and a half minutes. Unlike the last major debate that lasted two and a half hours it seems the council has reached an agreement on the proposals. To no opposition STUSU President John Hoben moved that the council accept the drafts of the three documents outlining the proposed changes to be discussed at the town hall meeting on Jan. 15. Among the proposed changes is hiring the vice presidents for administration, education and student life instead of electing them. Hoben referenced to last year where he said divisions in the students’ union were barriers to accomplishing anything. “It ended up being a fight over the political direction of the union for the entire year where at the end of the day nothing was accomplished,” Hoben said. “We’re trying to resolve a situation like that where there is still a strong mechanism to keep the executive in check.”

STUSU will be organizing a town hall meeting tonight in Kinsella auditorium at 7 p.m. (Elizabeth McArthur/AQ) Along with this change comes a loss in voting power for the vice-president positions. Hoben says if you’re not elected by the students you shouldn’t get a vote. In the brief time Hoben spoke about the changes he pointed out an issue that remains to be resolved. As it stands now, if for any reason the president must step down then the vice-president administration will take over. An election for the newly vacant

position will then be held. With the new proposals this would mean having an unelected member become president when voting power has been revoked from the vice-presidents. “I would think we need to have a real conversation about changing that,” Hoben said. “I think its something I will likely raise as an amendment next week as something we can have a discussion about.” On Jan. 15 the students’ union will hold a town hall meeting in

Kinsella auditorium at 7 p.m. to discuss the proposed changes. As of Friday the format wasn’t final, but according to Hoben they will be answering questions from both Twitter and the audience after presenting the changes. There will also be a chance for audience participation. “Audience members also have that time to make suggestions and ask why we’re taking one route instead of another,” Hoben said. Sean Thompson is a former

political columnist for The Aquinian and served as chief returning officer in the winter of 2010. He says while he sees the merit of this system in preventing internal battles it’s not the only way it can be done. “The first thing that popped into my mind when I heard about it in the news stories last fall was you could either add someone to the executive or take someone away from the executive, have an odd number of people on the executive,” Thompson said. “In theory that way you don’t have the ties.” Thompson says if he were in their position he doesn’t know whether or not he would vote on it. He also says if it were up to him he would like to see students have voting power on this issue. “I’d kind of like to see it on a referendum ballot myself, have the general student body have their say on the changes that are being proposed,” he said. “If the student’s union and the students’ executive council genuinely feels this is the way it should go then so be it.” Hoben feels optimistic about support within the students’ union judging from discussions he’s had with members. After discussions at the town hall meeting future council meetings will dictate what will be voted on come Jan. 24.

1.1 million books to be removed from University of Saskatchewan libraries Anna-Lilja Dawson

CUP (University of Saskatchewan)

More than one million hardcopy books are set to be removed from University of Saskatchewan libraries in the coming years. The move, which will wipe the shelves at four of the seven campus libraries, is the third phase in the library’s long-term plan to become efficient in the digital age. This third phase follows phases of renovations that included the major renewal of the Murray Library and the addition of the University Learning Centre and Learning Commons, which nearly doubled student learning areas and service spaces in the Murray Library. The removal of the 1.1 million books will begin with the Veterinary Medicine Library in September 2013, followed by the Engineering Library in 2014. Both the Law Library and the Education and Music Library will be gutted at an undetermined later date. The remaining books will create a three-branch collection in the main Murray Library, the Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library, which will open in the spring of 2013, and the soon-to-be renamed Sciences Library, currently the Natural

Sciences Library in the Geology Building. According to the official planning document, the number of books that students have been taking out has has dropped 42 per cent in the past decade. The university acquired 1.6 million books from 2008 and years previous, of those books, 1.1 million have been deemed suitable for disposal or storage. Books that are moved into the high-density storage facility will be available for students to read upon request in a provided location. Ken Ladd, associate dean of the U of S Library and co-author of the planning document, told the Star Phoenix that most universities are revamping their libraries with a shift towards a more digital book collection. The goal for most facilities, he said, is to decrease book space by at least 20 to 30 per cent. Despite the strategic move away from the printed copy, Vicki Williamson, dean of the U of S Library, told the Star Phoenix that visits to the Murray Library skyrocketed since the renovations three years ago. This space will be used to create a classroom, a reading room, graduate student commons, additional space for special collections and archives as well as a

digitization centre where resources can be made easily available beyond the U of S community . Ladd told On Campus News that the third and current phase of the plan will help define the university’s library by allotting

new space for archives and special collections. “With the way electronic resources are going, libraries are becoming more similar to each other except for their archives and special collections. These, as well as service and facilities,

are what makes libraries unique from each other.” The planning document describes the amount of books that will be removed as equivalent to 32 kilometres of bookshelves.

Book checkouts at the U of S have dropped by 42 per cent in the past decade (Photo courtesy of CCAC North Library/Flickr Creative Commons)


Complexity of crime

Alex Carleton The Aquinian

The tragic Sandy Hook shooting has sparked furious debate on issues of gun control and gun violence. There are a lot of people on the pro-gun side that immediately fall back on the “Don’t politicize the tragedy” line, or express similar thoughts. I find myself disagreeing, and although the emotional climate might make discussion difficult, it is certainly not the time to ignore problems. When looking at statistics it’s important to carefully consider their wording and context. As an example, counting the amount of gun deaths per 100,000 seems useful at first, but it can be misleading. If this figure includes suicides it makes it appear as if other crimes occur more than they actually do. Crime of all types is actually decreasing faster than suicides are. If you remove suicides from the category of firearms deaths, this removes half of the incidents. I am not trying to downplay suicide, but including them with murders makes comparisons difficult. Looking at other countries can be useful, but misleading as well. Japan is constantly brought up as an example of firearms regulation succeeding, but one must realize that Japan had comparatively low murder and violent crime rates of any stripe before or after any legislation. They also possess the world’s sixth highest suicide rate. At around 20 per 100,000, it’s well above the USA. In Switzerland, and many other places in Europe, most males over 18 will handle a fully-automatic military rifle as part of their conscription, but mere possession does not seem to create spree shooters in those places. One can see that suicides will not necessarily disappear due to stricter regulation, possession does not necessarily create crime, and that comparisons between countries are quite difficult to perform. The issue gets further muddled when one looks within a diverse and large country like the United States. New England has fairly lax gun laws in comparison to other states. An

American is able to purchase and carry a pistol with minimal licensing and without a background check. New England is also one of the safest places in the United States. The Midwest and Great Plains regions also have lax gun laws and low crime. The Western United States, specifically California, has tough laws but high rates of gun crime. The South has both relaxed laws and high rates of gun crime. Break it down even further and it is an even bigger mess. Places like Chicago and Washington, which have very strict laws, have as much gun incidents as places with fewer laws, such as cities in the South. High rates of gun ownership also exist in places with both low and high gun crime. Seeing how complex the issue is, it is not surprising that the legislative reaction is simplistic. Despite the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the Department of Justice, having said that the previous “assault weapons” ban’s effect on crime and safety was tiny or even nothing, Senator Feinstein wants another go at it. One shouldn’t be surprised at the ineffectiveness of an “assault weapons” ban, because “assault weapons” are statistically negligible in terms of crime. It’s worth noting that “assault weapon” is an invented non-technical term that, for the most part, means “scary looking”. The newly proposed “assault weapons” ban has nothing about background checks, safe storage laws, or safety courses. Its primary concern is banning weapons on the basis of whether one can attach a flashlight to their firearm, or fire more than 10 rounds out of a magazine. As much as these properties may appear frightening or relevant, it is important to understand not just appearances, but reality.

Hitting reset on your seXbox in 2013

Billy Mann The Aquinian

Another year has passed and most of you probably can’t recall anything you did that had much significance. Sure, you

Welcome Back, Students (Brandon Hicks/AQ)

all probably had a lot of sex, or maybe you didn’t have much, or any at all but regardless of how much sex you had during 2012, it is now 2013, and this is the year to change it up in the bedroom. I have two suggestions that will put the “bone” back in boner. One of these suggestions is more racy than the other, because there are people who are more willing to explore further out into their sexual galaxy. For those of you who are more on the timid side, you will most likely find the first suggestion more comfortable. One of the most important things to have in mind if you have intentions of hooking up that night, is what you eat before you have sex. Even though most of us just want to stuff a junior chicken from McDonald’s in our mouths before getting intimate, there are several foods that can actually enhance your sexual experience. What we eat can affect our hormone, stress and energy levels. Aphrodisiacs are the perfect step to change your sex life in a non-drastic way. An aphrodisiac is any substance that enhances sexual drive and desire. Bananas are an excellent source of enzymes that can actually enhance male libido. Perhaps the shape of the banana reflects why it enhances your package capabilities, gentlemen. My personal favourite aphrodisiac is a combination of honey

and chocolate. Mainly because I will eat chocolate regardless if I’m getting it in later. But what makes honey so effective is that it actually helps women use and metabolize estrogen. Honey has also been known to increase testosterone levels, which are responsible for those fantastic orgasms we all get, unless of course you’re a woman, in which case you are probably faking it. Pure chocolate contains compounds and chemicals which will release dopamine into your brain. Dopamine is responsible for the extreme pleasure you feel during your peak orgasm. So grab a Mr. Big chocolate bar, eat it, then let the Mr. Big in your bedroom go down on you. You won’t regret it. A problem that some people have when having sex with the same person, is that they just get bored of the same thing over and over. This typically happens in long standing relationships and marriages. Never fear, your sexual boredom ends here. Role-playing - and no, I don’t mean role playing games like Skyrim - have become an incredibly popular trend. Role-playing is an activity for sexual enhancement, where two or more partners each take on a different role in a scenario. For example, if Billy is dating Matt Damon, and their sex life has become quite dull, Matt might dress up as a cop and make a house call. Billy of course would answer the door

as innocently as possible, conveniently dressed in nothing but a towel. Matt would arrest Billy for some naughty crime he may have committed, and handcuffs will most likely be involved. Do you see where I am going with this? Matt took on the role of a cop who makes a sexy arrest on Billy. Billy takes the role of the innocent citizen who just happens to “cum” to the door at the right time. Once a role play scenario is engaged, you really feel like you are having sex with a completely different person. You actually embrace your new role and there is no better time to introduce sex toys into the mix. Sex toys are perfect for changing things up to sexually stimulate you and your partner. Guys, sit back and relax while you watch your girl sexually pleasure herself with a vibrator. Keep eye contact with her, because most likely she will be watching you stimulate yourself. This builds up incredible sexual lust for one another. It’s almost frustrating to watch and not be the one helping him or her out. However, that is the entire point. It creates so much sexual stimulus that once you finally engage in sex together, you practically create a war in your king size bed. Come on guys and gals, you survived the freaking apocalypse, so get up on top of one of those four horsemen and ride like you’ve never rode before!


Confessions of a tattoo parlour virgin Tattoos are appearing in popular culture. The AQ’s Kerstin Schlote tells the tale of her first close encounter Until Christmas, I hadn’t stepped into a tattoo shop. But when my friend said she was getting inked, I couldn’t resist a peek. We sat in her car, staring at the plain tattoo studio front. “Peep Show,” the sign said. I started to second-guess my enthusiasm for accompanying Kelti. Suddenly the door opened. A man stepped out. He lit up a cigarette and looked in our direction. Amused. “Okay,” I said. There was no going back. “Let’s go.” We took a deep breath and walked over to the studio. The man wore bleached jeans, a black knit hat over shoulderlength hair, and a t-shirt with big skull print. Tattoos covered his neck, arms and hands. “Hello!” I said a little too cheerful. “Hi, how are you?” he said. “You can take a look around and I’ll be in there soon.” When I opened the door, the buzzing of the tattoo machine welcomed us. The smell of rubbing alcohol tinged the air and made my nose crinkle.

Big posters with pictures of tattoo designs covered the walls. Framed pictures of painted women in provocative, but not tasteless poses hung about. Music played from somewhere. Shortly after, “Little Dave” returned. He sat down at an organized desk and asked Kelti about her tattoo idea. He wore glasses and had lots of earrings and piercings. His goatee beard was braided with little skull beads. I was surprised to see his clean, manicured hands and neat handwriting when he marked down Kelti’s appointment. “He had a nice smile,” Kelti said afterwards. *** The week before Christmas, Kelti finally got her tattoo. While a snow storm blustered outside, Little Dave disinfected Kelti’s right wrist. I sat next to her on a cushioned bench. To my left, Captain Jack Sparrow fought Barbossa on television. To my right, a glass cabinet displayed several action figure collectibles from horror movies. In the meantime, Little Dave copied Kelti’s design on her

Sneak peek of the Peep Show (Kerstin Schlote/AQ) wrist. “Is that where you want it?” he asked. Kelti nodded. When he started the tattoo machine, I was as excited as Kelti. The sound was intimidating. I watched Kelti’s expression as the needle stung her skin. She looked intense. Later she told me it didn’t hurt as much as she’d expected. Suddenly a black screen replaced Captain Jack Sparrow and the tattoo machine stopped buzzing. Waiting for the power to come back, Little Dave told us

about his first tattoo. “I got it when I was seventeen. It’s a little skull on my hip, so I could hide it from my mum.” He said tattoos are a way of self-expression, to show you’re different. Many of his tattoos don’t have a particular meaning to him. “I just got what I liked.” Half an hour later, the lights flickered. Before Little Dave finished Kelti’s tattoo, I thought about getting one myself. Could I say yes to something printed on me for the rest of my life? Would I be happy about an

image I chose as a student with firm skin when I was 90 with wrinkles everywhere? And how would a tattoo affect my career? The buzzing stopped again and Kelti’s skin was a little swollen. With a smile she thanked Little Dave. After wishing him a merry Christmas, we stepped out on the snow covered street. Although my first visit to a tattoo parlour had been great, I’ll wait a couple years for my first tattoo. Maybe when I’m 80 or so. I guess I could live 10 years with a portrait of Captain Jack Sparrow on my arm.

Pictures worth a thousand words What’s the story behind your tattoo? The AQ’s Kerstin Schlote takes it to the people to find out Scott Hems

Dylan Shaw, 19, Science and Technology Studies (Kerstin Schlote/AQ)

“I was 18 and that was right after I was into rugby and into the goals that I felt this rugby team kinda taught. New Zealand rugby players do a chant called the haka before rugby games and it’s not only a sign of unity and it’s not only intimidating to see as hell for the other team, but it’s also a challenge. They believe that power is coming in and out of the ground to give them the strength and passion to win the game, they believe that they’re summoning Mother Nature for a game and using that power to play rugby to the top of their ability. So I thought that would be a cool thing to believe in any sport really. [...] I really did get the tattoo because I was really proud of who they are and how far they had to come and what they believe in and what the team stands for. I think if [a tattoo] is gonna be on you for the rest of your life, it has to be something that has meaning to you. So every tattoo that I have and every tattoo that I will have is going to represent something significant that I have no problem explaining.” Kelti Goudie, 20, English with a concentration in Creative Writing (Kerstin Schlote/AQ)

Dylan Shaw “I had been wanting [a tattoo] for a while and my Dad has a wolf tattoo too. I just really liked the design, I found one that’s similar and then I designed this one. It’s one that no one will ever really have. Wolf means loyalty. It just matches. Some people will just walk by a tattoo parlour and be like ‘I’m gonna get that’ and it means nothing. And I think it’s just the fact that they are thinking of what other people might think more than what they think. I know some people who have a tattoo and I said ‘What does it mean’ and they said ‘it doesn’t mean anything, it’s just a tattoo’. I mean I’d rather have something that means something to me that will be there forever than something I don’t know about.”

Kelti Goudie

Scott Hems, 24, Journalism and Communications (Submitted/AQ)

“I planned it for quite a few years and I wanted something to do with music, because it’s such a huge part in my life. I didn’t want the same design as somebody else. I was just playing around drawing a clef one night and I was like ‘Oh, that kinda looks like a s’. Then I was like well, I’m gonna try writing ‘sing’ and I wrote ‘sing’, just plain. And then I attached the base clef to that and instead of a dot, I put the music note. Right when I had that I tweaked it a little bit more and was like ‘That’s what I need!’ It represents music, piano, and also singing. [Tattoos] are not like symbols of rebellion, for me, it’s just a way to express myself more permanently. And I guess that’s the most important thing.”


STU campus quiets down this year The new, calmer side of St. Thomas University’s campus has many asking: where’s the party at? Hilary Simpson The Aquinian

The decline in residence parties this year at St. Thomas University is a clear and conscious change. Many students are wondering, though, where the party attitude has gone. “There’s definitely a huge difference in the party scene compared to last year,” said Conor Dougherty, a secondyear student. “Residence was a lot wilder, and less controlled. Students didn’t act as responsibly as they do this year. I find that the house committees are playing very good leadership roles and encouraging students to take their university experience into their own hands.” Dougherty moved into one of STU’s best-known residences, Harrington Hall, specifically for the renowned partying. Since he lived off campus last year, he wanted to be more involved in student life and is disappointed to find how much residence has changed. “To be honest, I’m not sure why students are a lot more

STU’s residences are known for their sense of community, but that may not be enough for some thrill-seeking students (Irene Graham/AQ) appropriate this year. It has to be the positive energy generated by the sense of community we have.” Dougherty says the situation may be the result of last year’s liquor ban at Harrington Hall. Similarly, many students living in Chatham Hall are “bored” living in residence this year. However, for second-year student Zac Button, the decrease in partying comes as a

blessing. “Last year the upper years were so focused on getting smashed all the time and influenced the first years to drink, and this year we all have better things to do than get drunk all the time,” Button said. Sara Downing of campus security has also seen a major difference in the atmosphere at STU. “There is less attendance

at social events, and over the weekends the students are usually not too bad.” Her usual hectic Friday nights have now been replaced by peaceful, uneventful nights. Downing has a theory. “I believe that the lack of partying is due to the Harrington alcohol ban from last year or maybe more vigilance from the campus police or security in general.”

Some are wondering how to get the party atmosphere back into residence. First-year student Tanisha Gruban lives in Chatham Hall this year and is extremely disappointed in the “community life” in residence. “There is nothing going on in res ever. You either have to get a fake ID to go out, or you get drunk with your friends and pass out,” said Gruban.

Business owner gives back One downtown businessman’s charitable spirit - and growing capital - helps the outcast and misunderstood of Fredericton Stephanie Violette The Aquinian

Luke Randall feeds his cats canned tuna and lives alone. The smell of paint and wood mixes with the smell of home cooking in his kitchen. Dozens of original paintings cover every inch of wall space in the dining room, and even the dishes are handcrafted pottery. The owner of Endeavours and Think Play on Queen Street, Randall sells art supplies and children’s toys. By encouraging like-minded entrepreneurs and welcoming everyone from artists to panhandlers, he sees himself selling something bigger—creative community spirit. “Selling artists’ materials and unique toys puts me into contact with a lot of really interesting people,” he said. “The store helps them work through what they need to work through, through art, painting, or by just coming to the art store.” Randall said he was destined to be a small business owner. He graduated from Devon Park Christian School in 1994 and briefly considered post-secondary education at the local art college. “Instead I wrote a business plan and got a response from a couple arts materials places,” he said. “My parents borrowed from the bank, re-loaned it to me, and I started Endeavours on their front porch in Harvey right out of high school.” The business didn’t take off

in Harvey, and he moved it to downtown Fredericton and the building that now houses Luna’s Pizza. This second location didn’t work out, and neither did the third location, just a couple blocks away. “The first landlord made all of his money from discouraging people to pay rent, so that he could lock the doors and take all their stuff,” he said. “I managed to avoid that, but the second landlords gradually took away my business space, ultimately pushing me out entirely.” Randall then moved his business to 412 Queen Street, and it finally took off. Still, he had problems with the morality and efficacy of his business. “I struggled with the idea that I made my living off of consumption,” Randall said, “and I had to get over myself too, and accept that I can’t save the world.” He’s helped his staff and clients with countless projects in the name of art and business. A couple of years ago, he helped a student entrepreneur come up with his own business plan. “He took old shopping bags and ironed them together to make material,” Randall explained. “Then he sewed it together to make bags.” The student won a business plan competition, and Randall said he hopes he will start his own business. Randall also goes out of his way to help the resident panhandlers. “I don’t go out and help with

Though a businessman, Randall’s focus has always been the artists, the staff, the customers - the people (Irene Graham/ AQ) the food bank every week,” he said. “I prefer to use the business to help when I know that someone needs help, rather than delegating that for some charity employee to do.” A young panhandler often frequents the store and sits outside its windows to solicit passersby. By way of one employee’s concern and initiative, that employee and others in the community are now helping the young man learn to read. With another panhandler, Randall said it’s more about tolerance. “This panhandler is allowed

to come in and take candy from Think Play, and then I boot him out when he’s misbehaving,” he said. “He’s not allowed in anywhere else downtown, but he will be allowed in here again, even if he often misbehaves.” Luke Randall said he sees his business as a means of helping people, even though it’s primarily commercial. “We do charitable things. We’re a for-profit charitable community organization,” he said, “but a lot of our artist clients, too, come in to get encouraged.”

Randall encouraged two of his employees to go to Haiti to help rebuild houses in the wake of the 2010 earthquake, and he and another employee did an Isaac’s Way fundraiser after the restaurant burned down in October, 2012. “Another employee is currently engaged in a project that will be for profit, but it’s a project helping artists market their work,” he said. He emphasized the importance of treating employees well so that they will, in turn, treat clients with the same respect. “Ultimately, I hope the business will serve as an engine to pay our staff reasonably for the good work that they are doing.” Throughout the past five years, Luke Randall merged his two businesses, Endeavours and Think Play, originally separate projects. However, he said he still intends to widen his business network, allowing him to reach more people. “Two little businesses are going to spin off of my business soon,” he said, “and two other employees are going to be able to use what they’ve learned as a platform for jumping off to do their own thing. “I’m not trying to say that I’m some sort of abnormal human crusader,” Randall said. “I just think it’s a good idea to empower people who want to save the world, or maybe just want to help one person. That’s where my strength lies.”


Carmen Townsend welcomes change Cape Breton native is becoming an act to follow but holds tightly to her celtic roots Dylan Hackett The Aquinian

Rocker Carmen Townsend has shaken things up with a new band, a new album and a new producer. Townsend only released her first EP Sweet Little Bird in 2010, but she’s already become a familiar name on the Canadian music front. “I picked up a guitar when I was 14 or 15 years old, playing in garage bands and things like that and opening for OLP [Our Lady Peace] was a really big deal for me.” Townsend is originally from Cape Breton and said she gets inspiration from traditional Celtic sounds, mixing them with rock. She played at the Cellar Pub Jan. 11, kicking off a busy year. She’ll be travelling to New York to record with legendary singer/songwriter Jesse Harris. Harris won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year for ‘Don’t Know Why,’ performed by Norah Jones in 2003. “We have never actually met, Jesse contacted my producer and he wanted me to sing a song for him, so he wrote ‘Start All Over’ and said do whatever you want to it, so I made it my own, added a riff to it and he loved it.” ‘Start All Over’ was the only song not written by Townsend on her debut full album Waitin’ and Seein’ in 2011. Harris and Townsend will meet this year to write and record her second album. “Knowing Jesse has opened up a really sweet relationship and I’ve learned a lot from working with him.” Also contributing to Townsend’s new album will be Alan Hoskins from Newfoundland and Jordan Oakie from Prince Edward Island.

Upcycling your summer wardrobe

Emma Chapple The Aquinian

It’s time to unearth the clothes in the back of your closet. It’s a pity to see your summer dresses, spring blazer and denim shorts collecting dust while molding to the form of

Carmen Townsend played at the Cellar Pub Jan. 11 kicking off her busy upcoming year (Jacqueline Gallant/AQ) “The two are actually from Myles Deck and the Fuzz, so we have played with them before and when the opportunity arose, they were ready to join me.” They’ll replace original band members, bassist Shane O’Handley and drummer Thomas Allen. With a new team behind her, Townsend is welcoming a change to her sound as well. “I’m working on a big band record actually. It’s completely different from what I’m used to but I love it and I’m excited for it.” Townsend said she’s striving for an equal balance between her work life and her music life, and will especially need that balance in the upcoming year.

“We are setting up a tour for Germany and Sweden for the end of the summer and we are really excited for that and I work full time in an elementary school, so it’s all about keeping a balance with writing and experiencing new things all at once… just have to keep on truckin’ I guess.” In 2011, one of Townsend’s dreams came true. She opened up for iconic American rock band Heart on their Canadian tour. “I knew I was pitched for that spot, but I sort of put it in the back of my mind… Then there I was 40 dollars in my bank when I got back from my Australia tour, and then I got the call.”

Townsend said she’s been a fan for as long as she can remember. “I can see five year old me lip syncing heart songs [laughs].” Heart isn’t Townsend’s only life-long musical love. She also holds a special place for one legendary Canadian. “As far as big name Canadian artists go, I will always hold Neil Young close to my heart.” Townsend was featured on the Neil Young tribute album: Cinnamon Girl: Women Artists Cover Neil Young for Charity in 2008. “I love local talent as well. Living in Halifax, there’s a lot of it. Bands like The Town Heroes from Cape Breton and Willy

Straton from Bedford.” “I played the Fredericton Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival with Ross Neilson and it was unreal… I also got into the Avett Brothers tent and my jaw dropped. It was one of my favorite shows that I had ever seen. It was like I was at a Beatles concert.” Even through all this change, Townsend has kept her roots close. “My mother used to sing traditional Celtic songs to me and it was big a part of my growing up,” Townsend said, attributing her rock side from her father. “My dad was classic rock and my mom was Celtic for sure, they were both a big part of me being introduced to music.”

their hangers. Maritime winters are long, but the good news is something can be done. As budget and environmentally conscious university students, we’re always looking for ways to save the planet and our cash flow. Hence, upcycling. The term upcycling means to recycle a useless item and turn it into something better. This usually refers to furniture and household items, but what if I told you your spring and summer threads could be easily upcycled for this season? It’s important to note upcycling is not for the fashion faint of heart. Risks must be taken. Most of the guys I know think nothing of wearing shorts in the dead of winter. Us girls however... well, we tend to veer on the practical side. So that means shorts are totally off-limits for us until summer, right? Not quite. Fashion it girls like Alexa Chung, Olivia Palermo, and

Nicole Richie have found a cool new way to wear them. They pair their shorts with tights. Wearing a pair of wool tights underneath is not only edgy, but totally winter appropriate. If you want to take the look to the next level, a pair of combat boots (hello, Doc Martens) makes a perfect addition. For a pair of toasty tights, shop at Sears. If you want something a little more unique, scour a local vintage shop. Value Village on Bishop Drive is my number one shop for used clothes! A summer staple for many girls is the knee-length dress, but exposing your bare legs in the cold? Not exactly a smart idea. So, why do we have to wait until the snow melts to look cute in our favourite frock? To work a dress or skirt this time of year, simply make use of some winter time basics. Leggings and a pair of high boots are a fashionable and

functional combo. If the dress or skirt in question happens to be a solid colour, shake things up with a fun pair of patterned leggings from Ardene’s. I’m currently obsessed with a certain floral print pair. In the lovely summer months, my go-to piece is my blazer. It’s an easy, effortless way to complete an outfit. Sadly, it sees little action much before May. Does anybody else have this problem? Fear not, I have the solution. Both girls and guys can employ their spring jacket for winter use. The key is to layer. Start with a long-sleeved tee and build from there. Put on your warmest and most stylish sweater, and top it with your blazer. For extra flair (not to mention warmth), add your favourite scarf. A word to the wise – only attempt this look when the temperature isn’t below freezing. Your body will thank you.

Not only is upcycling functional, but it’s trendy too. A hot ladies look for this cold winter is colour blocking. Rather than emptying your wallet, you can get the look with items you already own. Have a solid tube top left over from August? Wear it over a long sleeved tee in a complementary colour. Perfect pairings include blue and red or purple and yellow. Colour blocking can also be done with monochromatic shades. Think black, white, and grey. Guys can get in on the contrast trend too. Unleash your inner Kanye West and layer a warm turtleneck sweater under a lightweight collared shirt. Just remember to keep things exclusively solid to pull off this look. Spring and summer fashions can be translated into winter with some creativity and courage. No longer are styles being considered on a season to season basis.


Boutique festival trend alive in the city Artist-curated festivals are embracing live shows on a smaller-scale but generating some big names Meghan O’Neil The Aquinian

Bigger is not always better. Small-scale music festivals are becoming more common over the past few years that the UK press even gave them a name. Boutique festivals are said to be inspired by European parties, but Canada hasn’t missed out on the trend. “We started The [Shifty Bits] Circus on a whim kind of, someone had the idea that it would be fun to have a party/festival and we didn’t have much going on last summer so we ran with it,” said Brydon Crain from Fredericton’s own Motherhood. Crain and bandmate Kaylee Stevens began the Shifty Bits Circus last summer. The festival takes place in Fredericton and features many local Maritime bands like Redwood Fields and

Maiden Names. The term boutique festival has become so widely used its definition is becoming ambiguous. but one thing that never waivers is the intimate party feel. Fredericton is now preparing for Shivering Songs which takes place in the city the weekend of Jan. 25. The festival is in its third year running and has attracted some national attention. This year’s headliners include CBC Q’s Jian Ghomeshi, Ontario’s songstress Sarah Harmer and alt-country band The Sadies. “It’s all based around a community and where we differ from [Fredericton’s Harvest Jazz & Blues] is it’s not as big a scale and a lot more subdued in terms of music and setting. So I don’t think we’ll grow huge, we just want to take it easily and gradually,” said Kyle Cunjak.

Cunjak is a member of Fredericton’s Olympic Symphonium, the band who began the festival. England’s smaller-scale festival All Tomorrow’s Parties was created as an alternative to larger corporate festivals and is presented in an intimate environment. The festival was founded in 1999 and has become somewhat of a template for successful boutique festivals. Cunjak said he likes the small feel of Shivering Songs and too much growth would stray from their mandate of showcasing quiet music in beautiful places. “We’ve already grown a lot more than we thought we would and that’s been great,” said Cunjak. “I don’t know how much room there is to grow but maybe graduate to the Playhouse, but it wouldn’t really be the same vibe if we did a bigger show like that.

For now, I think we’re comfortable where we are.” The Shifty Bits Circus and Shivering Songs are both artist-curated festivals. This gives Crain and Cunjak the freedom to mold the line up and perform with friends. It’s no wonder boutique festivals were modeled after parties. Cunjak said the music industry is shifting and putting more importance on live music. Bands are gaining more revenue from their live performances so artists are starting to take things in their own hands. The curators of All Tomorrow’s Parties change from year to year but are kept in the artist family with names from The National toNeutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum. It has been described by press as “the ultimate mixed tape.” “The fact that we’re able to

travel a lot and go to a lot of shows, it’s a big part of programming a festival. We have to make sure we know what bands are like live and we have that sort of opportunity,” said Cunjak. “Seeing shows or being on a bill with someone and thinking this is great and we should bring these people to our festival and show Fredericton what they do.” More and more small-scale festivals are giving promotors a run for their money. Fredericton is embracing this trend and focusing on quality, not quantity. “I think smaller festivals popping up is part of a larger trend in music these days where everyone wants to do things themselves because then you get to do it the way you want. Not many promoters would have let us do The Circus the way we did,” said Crain.

Sky Pape brings her artwork to the Yellow Box

Sky Pape created “Selections from the Bellagio Suite” during her stay in Italy (© Sky Pape/Courtesy, June Kelly Gallery, NY. Photo: Jean Vong) Meghan O’Neil The Aquinian

Ontario born Sky Pape’s art has been shown across the United States and internationally including Japan and Europe since the early 1980s. Now she is bringing “Selections from the Bellagio Suite” to St. Thomas University’s Yellow Box Gallery for her first Canadian solo exhibition Thursday. Pape began her education at Queen’s University in Ontario before the Art Students League of New York. “Selections from the Bellagio Suite” was created using water and Sumi ink on handmade Japanese kozo paper. The collection was done during her stay at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy. Her work is an interpretation of the landscape genre. It’s a portrayal of nature in the least obvious way. Pape uses familiar tools in a unique way to convey her perception of nature. She uses materials consistent with the roots of society. The AQ’s Meghan O’Neil had the chance to ask Pape about her upcoming showing. This is your first solo exhibition in Canada. Has this been anticipated for a

while? Why now? William Forrestall, the Director of the Yellow Box Gallery at St. Thomas University, was aware of my work and first contacted me in September, 2011 with an invitation to exhibit in Fredericton, so the planning has been underway for some time. Transporting the art over a border is the biggest bear to deal with in these circumstances, but with a coordinated effort, it all turned out to be quite doable. As it happens, this is also the only opportunity I’ve had to visit New Brunswick, so the show is the occasion for a number of happy firsts. Do you remember when you realized you wanted to pursue art? This began for me without fanfare: I was in diapers and someone put a drawing implement in my chubby fist. If it had been a stethoscope or shovel, things might have turned out differently. The formal declaration to make a career of it came, I suppose, when I applied to university. If you’re reading this and think this occupation is especially glamorous or profitable, I’ll do you the favour of tearing

that gauzy veil from your eyes. Not to sound melodramatic, but this path has been more difficult - and more gratifying - than I could have believed or expected at the outset. Left off my resume are the grinding day jobs and sacrifices required to make enough money to keep creating while holding body and soul together. With enough luck and singleminded perseverance I’ve managed to make a living at it, but I’ve learned to slip into a thick skin before I step out to greet each day. Can you describe “Selections from the Bellagio Suite” and what creating the exhibition meant to you? This exhibition offers a selection of nature-related, abstract ink drawings on Japanese handmade paper from my “Bellagio Suite” series, connected to my residency fellowship at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in northern Italy. The work stems from an exploration of water as a source of inspiration, as well as a substance in itself, and the ways water can be used as a creative material. This work was the fruition of ideas that began germinating over ten years earlier, and

it became a gusher (forgive my water metaphors – they become unavoidable) that was thrilling and at the same time, quite astonishing. I credit the environment at the Bellagio Center for providing an ideal setting, uninterrupted time, and the right number of high-achieving people to catalyze a sublime outcome. It had the effect of intensifying my work on many levels, including form, content, and the birth of new techniques. You use mostly use traditional drawing materials like ink and graphite. How do you keep these materials refreshing? My idiosyncratic techniques develop from the inherent physical properties of familiar supplies. Indeed, I’m engrossed by the potential for expanding the vocabulary of drawing as a visual language, and in challenging the artistic conventions of these well-known substances. Drawing with the paper instead of just on it is often characteristic of my approach, and exploring the limits and possibilities of my materials is fundamental. In the past, I have made marks using my lungs to blow ink through funnels and tubes, and have built strong arms by

applying graphite with full force so that light bounces off the work’s two-dimensional surface, giving the appearance of 3D steel relief sculpture. Reaching beyond brushes, pens, and typical tools, my methods include drawing with mist, ice, rain, and palm fronds, allowing the materials themselves to literally and abstractly convey something of what I experience as nature’s truths, seen and unseen. While forward-looking, I respect that my work has ageold roots. I find continuity and meaning in working with many of the same creative elements essential to our most ancient civilized societies. Grounded in my dedication to the cultural traditions related to paper-making and ink, I view my work as a kind of unspoken collaboration with distant masters, entwined with the fragile endurance of centuriesold practices. The exhibition will show at St. Thomas University’s Yellow Box Gallery Jan. 17 with an artist’s talk at 4pm in McCain Hall room 101. The opening will follow at 5pm in the Yellow Box Gallery in the same building.


Tommies get first win of 2013 STU beats Dal Friday night but blow big lead on Saturday Matt Tidcombe The Aquinian

It was a great first 80 minutes for the Tommies this weekend. The next 40 however were not. The St. Thomas Tommies beat the Dalhousie Tigers 2-1 Friday night at the Grant Harvey Centre and then built a 3-0 lead against the Acadia Axemen Saturday before conceding six straight goals to lose 6-3. “Boys, we don’t get a lot of wins. Let’s just enjoy this one,” head coach Troy Ryan said after Friday night’s win. The Tommies got two goals from Jonathan Bonneau and in a rare sighting, the game winning goal turned out to be an empty netter as Andrew Wigginton scored with 30 seconds left to spoil the shutout. “It’s good to get the win. That’s all that matters,” Tommies goalie Jonathan Groenheyde said. “Obviously as a goalie you want to have shutouts in the shutout column but I’d rather have the wins in the win column.” Bonneau’s first goal was slightly fortunate. He was checked hard into the boards behind the goal and was slow getting up, so he was able to slip

in behind the Tigers defense and score on a breakaway after receiving a nice pass off the boards from Matthew Hobbs. “I was pretty rattled actually,” Bonneau said. “I just got up… and here I was on a breakaway and I scored, so I was like ‘alright well, I’ll take it.’” The Tommies continued the momentum into Saturday night against the Axemen and took a 3-0 lead into the first intermission. After a shaky start in which Groenheyde had to stand tall to keep the Axemen off the scoreboard, the Tommies offense woke up. Chris Morehouse tipped in a Marc-Andre Levesque point shot, with Randy Cameron grabbing the other helper at 8:26. Yuri Cheremetiev made it 2-0 four minutes later with a beauty of a goal. After receiving a Bonneau pass as he was falling to the ice, Cheremetiev managed to get off a backhand shot that went top shelf on Axemen goalie Evan Mosher. Hobbs got the other assist. Sebastien Bernier got his first goal of the season to make it 3-0 with a point shot on the

powerplay with 31 seconds left in the period. Morehouse and Cameron got the assists on the goal. However, it would come crashing down in grand style in the second period. Four goals in an eight minute span saw the Tommies lead evaporate. “Probably the worst I’ve had here,” Ryan said of the second period. “We just sat around and watched them for 20 minutes.” Ryan was frustrated most that their game plan changed after the first period. Rather than continuing to do what got them the lead, the Tommies sat back. “We got up 3-0. Let’s change now. That’s their mentality. We got to do something different now and protect this,” Ryan said. The Axemen would score two more times in the third period to wrap what was in the end a comfortable 6-3 win. The Tommies continue to be depleted by injuries and it the injury list increased when Jordan Thomas left the game with a lower body injury. The Tommies played Saturday’s game with only 15 players, plus two goalies.

Tommies goalie Jonathan Groenheyde high fives Sebastien Bernier after his goal Saturday (Matt Tidcombe/AQ) “They shouldn’t be winning hockey games right now. When you look at that bench, it’s pretty thin,” Ryan said. The Tommies record is 3-161 and the road gets tougher. Their next game is Wednesday night against the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds at

7 p.m. But Ryan says he couldn’t be more proud of the way his team continues to play despite the adversity. “You get more proud of them when they’re still going.”

Three Tommies making most of second opportunity MacDonald, Thomas, and Zandbeek all thought their hockey careers were over before coming to play at STU Chris Morehouse The Aquinian

With a 3-16-1 record so far this season, there haven’t been too many bright spots for the Tommies. They are at the bottom of the league in almost every statistical category, decimated by injuries and struggling to win games. There have been glimpses of success, but not for a sustained period of time. But amidst all of the negatives, the play of three unlikely suspects has stood out, and has provided the players reason for optimism. Rookie defenseman Jordan Thomas, and second year forwards Robert Zandbeek and John MacDonald have proven they are the heart and soul of the team, and their work ethic proves that. All three players arrived to the program the same way, with little fanfare from the Maritime Junior ‘A’ League. Both Thomas and MacDonald played in Halifax for the Marauders and Zandbeek came from the Woodstock Slammers. All three had plans to hang up the skates before they got the call to join the Tommies, and that’s something that fuels them on the ice. “I want to do my best every day. I always show up and know that I have to work hard and look forward to competing,”

Jordan Thomas is one of three players who got a second chance at STU. (Matt Tidcombe/AQ) says MacDonald. “I am motivated because I was given another chance to play hockey.” Thomas echoes how special it is to be playing at this level, when he originally thought his hockey career was over. “This is a second chance for me, and not many Junior A guys get an opportunity like I have received,” says Thomas. “I get to continue playing the game I love at a high level, and I am so

grateful to be a part of the Tommies hockey club.” Zandbeek, who hails from Edmonton, Alberta, is a long way from home, and he recognizes his life would be very different were it not for the chance to play for St. Thomas. “I would be pursuing work in a health and safety sector back in Edmonton, and looking to start my career with an energy company working in the oil fields,”

says Zandbeek. Thomas and Zandbeek are currently injured for the Tommies and their return to the lineup remains unclear. MacDonald missed time earlier this year with a concussion suffered in a car crash. In 17 games this season, Thomas has three assists. Zandbeek has one goal and one assist in 18 games, while MacDonald has a goal and two helpers in

18 games. The majority of university hockey players in Canada come from the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), Canada’s top junior league. With major junior players usually getting the first crack at university programs, junior ‘A’ players like MacDonald, Thomas, and Zandbeek can be over looked. “I love playing at this level because I know some of these guys are drafted to the NHL and the rest are major junior guys. I have always been an underdog and love getting on the ice with guys who have played at a higher level than me,” remarks Thomas. Although there are many outside factors that inspire these three athletes, they are also very self-motivated. Each of the players has made it this far because of their strength of character, commitment and perseverance. “I have had some success in this league because of my work ethic and my competition level. I know my role on the team and I play to my strengths,” says Zandbeek. Although still mathematically possible, it’s unlikely the Tommies make the playoffs this season. But you can be sure that Thomas, MacDonald and Zandbeek will do all they can to help get the team back on track.


Lady Tommies snap losing streak Tommies beat Mount Allison 3-2 to end their three game losing streak. Matt Tidcombe The Aquinian

The St. Thomas University Lady Tommies snapped their three game losing streak Sunday afternoon with a 3-2 victory over the Mount Allison Mounties. The Tommies scored two goals in 14 seconds in the first period to take a 2-0 lead. Kenya Marcelline opened the scoring at 9:48 on the powerplay with the lone assist going to Jordan Miller. It was 2-0 14 seconds later as Katie Brewster got her ninth goal of the season. Stephanie Gates and Kelty Apperson got assists on the goal. Marissa Simard pulled a goal back for the Mounties midway through the second period, but Danielle Miller restored the Tommies two goal lead with five minutes left in the second. Kayla Blackmore got the only assist. A powerplay goal by Kristen Cooze got

the Mystiques back to within one, but the Tommies survived a late onslaught, including killing a four minute powerplay to pick up the two points. Julia Sharun made 28 saves to pick up the win in goal for the Tommies. Their record now stands at 12-5-1. The Tommies had lost their third straight game Saturday afternoon as they were beaten 2-1 by the Moncton Aigles Bleus. Jordan Miller scored the only goal for the Tommies in the second period. The Aigles Bleus had built a 2-0 lead in the first period. Kristen Wolfe made 17 saves in goal. The Tommies are in action this weekend at the Grant Harvey Centre on Saturday and Sunday. Puck drop on Saturday is at 3 p.m. against the St.FX X-Women and on Sunday they play Saint Mary’s Huskies at 2 p.m.

Kayla Blackmore battles past a defender. (Nathan Paton/AQ)

with

Katie Brewster Matt Tidcombe

I think our biggest area of improvement is dealing with adversity. We have to be able to How successful do you bounce back from losses, or inconsider the first half of the juries, or when things just plain season? aren’t going right. The Aquinian

If we can continue to play like we did in the first half, I believe we have the potential to go all the way in playoffs and make it to nationals. We all know it’s an obtainable goal. We just have We had a lot of great success How far into the playoffs to want it more than any other in the first half. For starters, it can this team go? National team. was our programs first time aspirations? being ranked. Our new rookies fit in perfectly and we were able to maintain a solid second place spot. What do you think has been the key for having such a great first half? Team chemistry. With so many rookies, sometimes it might be hard to find it, but all of our lines clicked right from the beginning and all lines were contributing. How much does it mean to the program to be nationally ranked? To be nationally ranked is something to be proud of, so it means a great deal, especially for our program having never been ranked before. Being ranked was a huge motivator for our team. What are the expectations for the second half of the season? We want to carry on from our first half, and continue to play at a nationally ranked level. We now know what we are capable of, so we have our own expectations of ourselves to carry that through all the way to playoffs. What improvements, if any in your opinion, need to be made to make the team better? Essentially, what needs work?

Katie Brewster has been an integral part of the Tommies success this season. (Cara Smith/AQ)

Lady Tommies roll while men narrowly lose Robert Johnson The Aquinian

The St. Thomas University Women’s Tommies continued their dominance of the ACAA on Saturday with their 66-36 win against the Mount Allison Mounties. With an injury to starter Kathleen McCann, Hilary Goodine stepped up in a big way, with 17 points and six rebounds to help improve St. Thomas’ record to a perfect 9-0, and 7-0 at home this season. It was a game of capitalizing on the other teams mistakes. Both teams combined for 66 turnovers with the Mounties dishing out 40 of their own. It was the first regular season game of the second half for both teams, and the rust showed at both ends. The Tommies didn’t particularly shoot the well as they ended the game shooting just over 30% as a team. “Whenever we know our shots aren’t falling down we need to find some other way to put points up. Stepping up on defense causes good offensive plays and I also think we rebounded very well and got a lot of points that way,” explained guard Sam Wilson. The Tommies outscored the Mounties 36-20 in the first half, and it put Mount Allison in a hole they could never dig themselves out of. A huge part of the early success in the game was Coach Connors letting everyone see the floor and share big minutes. During the week Olivia Dobblestyn and Kelly Vass were both question marks for Saturday’s game, but they both ended up playing and contributing. In the win Sam Wilson had 14 points, Carissa McTague with eight and Ashley Bawn added seven points and five rebounds. 2nd year guard Laura Anderson says keeping their composure was huge factor in the win.

“I think that we kept our composure well that allowed us to keep on track for the final outcome. Staying together as a team was the factor that we needed to finish the game.” *** The men saw their two game winning streak snapped against the Mount Allison Mounties on Saturday as they lost 48-44 in one of the best defensive battles of the season. Even though it was their best defensive game of the season, leading scorer Jason Daniels still felt the Tommies gave up too many opportunities. “We do take pride in our defense, but we gave up too many boards that we usually would secure which led to a lot of second chance opportunities for them . Down the stretch we made a run, we got back into the game but we couldn’t hit any shots and our shooting percentage was way below what it usually is.” With a late scratch to Lonzel Lowe, David Dolan had to play a lot more minutes than usual, and he came away with player of the game. He had six points along with 15 boards in 33 minutes of play. “In my opinion we had nobody who wanted to grab rebounds besides Dave. We didn’t box out as well as we should have,” said Joe Maxwell. After the first half the score was 24-16 for the Mounties with Ben Chisholm scoring 22 of the team’s points, including a buzzer beater at half. He ended the game with 26. In the second half the Tommies cut the lead down by outscoring the Mounties 28-24, but it was a little too late as Mount Allison held on to win 48-44. Jason Daniels and Calvin LeBlanc led the team in scoring with 11, while Corey Delong chipped in with nine. With the loss, it dropped the Tommies to 5-4.


Science!

Artist of the Week

Whales have culture. Orca’s, or killer whales, actually have different dialects depending on where they’re from. While they all share the same language and can communicate no matter what part of the globe they are from, each family group has different accents that they pick up from their mothers. Similar to a Texas twang or a Newfie tongue, scientists can tell where a whale is from and which family group it hails from just based on the way it pronounces certain terms. The culture inside these large groups can be extensive, as an orca can live to be 90 years old, passing on its mother-tongue to as many as four generations in its family pod. It showcases hierarchy in their complex societies which are so advanced that they are classified the same as humans, higher primates and elephants.

Elaine Gillis

Thanks for Reading This will be The Quad’s final installment, but stay tuned for more backpage surprises in the coming weeks.

The Quad

My Favourite Thing

avenue that was available; a choir that I had been part of for over five years called the Lintuhtine Music Academy of Oromocto.

At the time I struggled with the decision to accept of not: should I move on? Would I be happy with my new role? Did I really want to spend my days with teens my own age, only to spend my Lintuhtine is Maliseet and means “Let evenings with younger kids? Would I Kelti Goudie us sing.” I became a member when I be able to relate to their lives and perMusic is an escape for many of us, a first moved here and it has been my sonalities? Would they annoy me endlessly? place of solace that can make our prob- home ever since. lems disappear with the press of a “play” button. I’m no different and have spent When I graduated from high school, I On my first night of choir after the summy fair share of days with my iPod on “graduated” from choir as well, seeing mer I arrived at the studio directly from as it was a youth choir for ages 8-18. I campus. My anxieties had been buildfull volume to leave the world behind. was sad to leave the group, but excited ing throughout the day about coming Coming to STU in the fall of 2011, there to be starting a new chapter in my life. back, and I was nervous as I entered were a lot of days like those. Everything A few weeks before my choir “gradua- the building and waited for someone to was new and terrifying, so I found se- tion” was supposed to happen, my choir notice me. curity in the comforting bars of music director – now a friend of the family – that were just an earphone away. I also asked me to come back as a member For the rest of this story, visit was fortunate to have another musical and help out the younger singers with theaq.net whatever they needed.

Vol77 issue 13, Jan. 15, 2013  
Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you