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Halloween event supports STU Food Bank Trick or Eat gives food donations to STU Food Bank and Fredericton Food Bank Kerstin Schlote The Aquinian
While sparkly princesses and macho superheroes are gathering tricks and treats on Halloween, St. Thomas University students will be gathering food for a good cause. STU students participate in the North American food drive, Trick or Eat, by going door-todoor asking for non-perishable food and raising money online. With food costs rising, students hope to collect thousands of dollars worth of food for the STU Food Bank and the Fredericton Food Bank. “It’s really just giving back to the community,” STUSU Social Issues coordinator, Ben Lord said. “Everybody eats, right? And how hard is it when you can’t afford to buy food for your family?” During Trick or Eat, students go to different areas in the city, asking for cans and jars of food.
The collected items will be divided, with 30 per cent going to the STU Food Bank and 70 per cent to the Fredericton Food Bank. Elizabeth Crawford, from the Fredericton Food Bank, said Trick or Eat is the largest fooddrive all year. “After the summer months it’s extremely difficult. It helps to give a boost to the food budget and to raise awareness,” Crawford said. The Fredericton Food Bank posted on Facebook asking for donations of cereal, canned meat, and spaghetti sauce this week. Last year, over 150 students collected food valued at $2,800. “I believe that it means a lot to the community. It means a lot to [the Fredericton Food Bank] that students of St. Thomas University are willing to take a night and just dedicate it to helping people who are less fortunate,”Lord said.
Before the deadline, 30 to 40 students had registered in person and he expects the number of online registrations to increase within the next few days. They hope 150 to 200 students will register. The event will take place on Halloween night at 5:30 p.m., but Lord says it’s better to come earlier to “socialize and view the costumes.” After a costume contest, chartered buses will drop off participants around the community. Volunteer drivers will transport the collected food. “It kinda takes me back to childhood when you were trick or treating for candy, and now we’re trick or eating to help people and it’s so much better.” Ben Lord is still looking for volunteer drivers. Anyone interested can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Online registration and more information are available at www.trickoreat.ca.
On Halloween, STU students will collect non-perishable food for two food banks (Submitted)
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Movember kicks off at STU Robertson hopes campaign will help eliminate stigma of getting checked Kayla Byrne The Aquinian
On November, sorry, Movember 1, some of the St. Thomas University men will be shaving their furry faces. The Movember campaign raises money and awareness globally for men’s health issues. It focuses on mental health and prostate cancer. The goal is to increase the understanding of health risks men face and encourage them to act on this knowledge. This will be Luke Robertson’s fourth Movember. This year he’s Harrington Hall’s team captain. “I’m also doing my best to oversee and help out all the other residences and off-campus teams; however, they’re largely working on their own,” Robertson said. Robertson says he’s grateful for Rosalynn Alessi and Hannah Davies from the STU Athletics Council. They’re organizing larger campus events, like the end of month gala and the wall-of-fame. Men who wish to participate should be clean-shaven starting at the first of the month. For the rest of November they must maintain those upper-lip locks. Robertson says the campaign is
By the end of November, many STU men will be sporting this in support of Movember (Cara Smith/AQ) taken seriously throughout campus. It’s not just a competition of who can sprout out the burliest hairs. “The prostate is not the most glamorous area of a man’s body, and getting it checked is a somewhat invasive procedure. Helping to get men over the stigma attached to getting your body checked for such things is important,” Robertson said.
“Over the last two decades especially, breast cancer initiatives have done amazing things for women, and things like mammograms have become common place. Hopefully in the near future men’s health can make the same advances.” Last year Movember raked in $125 million, internationally. “I’m really excited for Movember
New Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour discusses role Whitney Neilson The Aquinian
Q: Why did you choose politics? A: I had a career before politics, so I chose several things in my life to do. And my first was advocating for individuals who don’t have a voice all the time. Politics is a little bit like that where you’re trying to help the people in the province to have the best they can have to live. I went from community advocacy and I thought to continue my career, to help people in a broader sense, politics would give me that opportunity. Q: What did you want to be when you were a child? A: Several things. I wanted to be a priest first. I thought I could give all my time to helping people and I always wanted to be working with people. I wanted to work with people who have disabilities, that was from a young age. Q: What does your job entail? A: My role basically is to listen to all the players. To work with the department and come up with something that’s best for all, I can’t be thinking of just one player. If I think about one player, then the other two or three or four depending on the subject aren’t going to get their fair portion. I need to look at the entire picture and make sure everyone understands that “yes, maybe I want all of that and the other one wants all of that.” In the same world we can’t have that. Q: What are your goals in your new
position? A: My goal right now is to get all the information so I can come up with a plan with the department that will make the best sense for New Brunswickers. I’m getting a better idea of how people see things. I like to be informed and have the proper information before I make decisions. Q: What are your ideas for keeping students in New Brunswick? A: Making sure there are positions in New Brunswick, there are jobs. Giving them the right education, the
education to the jobs that exist right now in New Brunswick. That we work with employers to make sure they are stronger and that they have openings for the students coming out of universities, colleges, etc. We have to start getting some of the younger people to start talking about why they’re staying in the province. We hear those who are leaving, why they’re leaving, but we’re not going after those who are staying, to ask them “well, what is it about New Brunswick that you’ve decided to stay for?”
Danny Soucy is the new Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour (Submitted)
this year. Last year we had some great moustaches on campus. Jon Munn did very well,” Robertson said. Jonathan Munn will be leading this year’s off-campus group. “I find it very fulfilling as well as a lot of fun. It is always nice to see all of the mo bros sporting their staches and even mo sistas just putting up with the dirty stache month, because they
know in the end it does good,” Munn said. “Whether you’re sporting a pencil, chevron, handlebar, or horseshoe, it all is for the same cause in the end.” To sign up for this year’s event go to www.movember.com/ca/register/. Donations can also be made online or in person at the Residence Life Office in George Martin Hall.
Emergency Bursaries Update Meredith Gillis The Aquinian
The St. Thomas University Students’ Union receives approximately 10 emergency bursary applications every week, and has awarded $4,460 in emergency bursaries as of Oct. 18. Former vice-president student life Nicole Pozer gave an interview about the process of receiving emergency bursaries and the intended uses of the program before she resigned. “A lot of the time it’s people asking for more money than they need, or asking for books and tuition when it states clearly on the application that’s not what it’s for,” Pozer said. The $22,000 line in the students’ union budget is intended to help pay for basic needs after tuition and textbooks have been paid for by the student. According to Fin Mackay-Boyce, vice-president administration, there’s just over $17,500 left in the line. Students can apply for up to $500 from the emergency bursary committee. “They are definitely not intended to help you over a long period of time. We expect that students have a way of sustaining themselves throughout the year and that their EB application will help them in a one-time emergency situation,” Pozer said.
The emergency bursary committee meets on Fridays at 1 p.m. to go over all the applications submitted during the week. The committee consists of John Hoben, president, Jono House, student advocate, Tina Reissner, STUSU general manager, and Henri Thibeau, acting vice president student life. The number of applications makes it difficult to decide who gets an emergency bursary and for how much. “It’s encouraged that people attach photocopies of their bills and official documents just so we have a clear idea of your financial situation,” Pozer said. She also wanted to assure any students applying that all the documents submitted with an emergency bursary application are shredded once the decision is made. The only record of the bursary is a line in the account book. “I can’t promise that all applications will be accepted. If you’re a student in need and you meet all the criteria, there should be no reason for you to be denied,” Pozer said. The form can be found at http://stusu.net/services/emergency-bursaries or at the help desk in James Dunn Hall. Applications can be submitted either through email to su_vpsl@stu. ca or dropped off at the help desk.
The economics of shale gas exploration Deborah Rogers lectured at STU about the shale gas ‘hype,’ negative health effects Kyle Douglas The Aquinian
Some 200 people filled the seats of St. Thomas University’s Kinsella auditorium Friday night to hear Texas investment banker, Deborah Rogers, speak on the economics of shale gas. “I have never seen a product more hyped than shale gas,” Rogers said. Rogers lives in Forth Worth, right in the middle of the Barnett Shale, one of the largest natural gas reserves in North America. She’s also worked with several major Wall Street firms, including Merrill Lynch, who have been “the chief cheerleaders for shale,” she said. The industry is still in its early stages, and gas companies are willing to use this period of uncertainty to radically tilt the odds in their favor. Rogers said companies almost always exaggerate how long gas deposits will last, and how much they will yield. This is done in the hopes of securing large corporate investments and entering into the capital market.
Deborah Rogers explained the consequences of shale gas exploration in Forth Worth, Texas (Cara Smith/AQ) “I’d be very surprised if companies like SWN aren’t over-exaggerating their findings in New Brunswick as well,” Rogers said. It’s worth noting that SWN, or Southwestern Energy, is the same
company which has overrun Texas. Therefore , you can forget about promises of job security 50 years down the road. Most wells only last five to seven years. “There is no proof in the
United States that shale gas is a job-creating boon,” Rogers said. Rogers said all this forces the gas companies toward perpetual expansion, what she called “the drilling treadmill.” Unlike
conventional oil drilling, where wells tap into large underground oceans and surface use is relatively low, shale gas relies on shattering the earth itself, a process which takes an enormous
amount of land to do successfully. The Barnett Shale is about 91,000 acres, whereas SWN is looking at approximately 2.5 million acres of land in New Brunswick. Rogers touched briefly on some of the health problems associated with a decade of shale drilling in Texas. Besides the known carcinogens that hydrofracking involves, Rogers said childhood asthma rates in the counties in and around Texas’ Barnett Shale are 25 per cent, double what they are in unaffected counties. When asked how drilling affected the local water supply, Rogers said her neighbour posted a YouTube video setting his garden hose on fire like a flame-thrower. In the end, Rogers said New Brunswickers probably can’t avoid shale gas down the road. As technology improves it will become a more viable option. If it does happen, it will be up to us to make sure the gas companies are playing within their boundaries. “Companies will not ensure safety measures themselves because they know it cuts significantly into their profits.”
Maritime Bus decides routes and rates Acadian Lines shuts down on Nov. 30; Maritime Bus takes over Jordan MacDonald The Aquinian
Maritime Bus meets with the New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board tomorrow to discuss rates and routes before they replace Acadian Lines on Dec. 1. Acadian Lines, the only intercity bus company operating in the Maritimes, announced in August they were shutting down at the end of November. “It’s really bad news for me because I’m going to Montreal. I’m living in Montreal, my family’s there,” Laurence Pigeon, a St. Thomas University student said about the closure. “So now I can’t go back for Christmas, I’m like, what am I doing now?” On the other hand, though, when Pigeon found out a bus company would be replacing Acadian, she was all smiles. “I didn’t know that. That’s great.” Maritime Bus’ owner, Mike Cassidy, says they’re going to try to ensure there are no disruptions in the bus service. “I just want to tell students to have a good semester and Maritime Bus is ready to take you home,” Cassidy said. The only obstacles left until the buses can start running are
a rate approval and for Acadian Lines to stop running. The plan is for Maritime Bus, previously called Trius Tours, to start up on Dec. 1. Cassidy has plenty of plans for how to improve the bus system in the Maritimes. He wants to make a bus stop on or near
campus, along with a more frequent bus schedule and better connections. He’s also planning on adding incentives for students to take the bus. But will that be enough for students to forget how they were treated in the past by
Acadian Lines? Or will it end up being a once bitten, twice shy situation? Renee Herbert, a STU student, stopped taking the buses when they went on strike last year. “I used to take them, it was my main transportation to get home. But then they went on
Maritime Bus decides this week which Acadian Lines routes they want to keep or scrap (Jordan MacDonald/AQ)
strike and stuff so I just kind of stopped using them, found other ways,” Herbert said. “I kinda like just finding rides and stuff, but [taking the buses] would be convenient, I guess, when you really need to get home.”
Halloween inspires student to create holiday spin-off The AQ’s Kayla Byrne has her own spooky fun each year as the mastermind behind Spookayla Chad stood at the entrance of George Martin. He’s over six-feet-tall, enveloped in a black trench coat. He has a ghostly white face topped with a black tuque. Someone with less than perfect vision and a paranoid mind could imagine Slenderman. I galloped over to him and told him he was so fantastically spooky that I would dress up as him for the upcoming Spookayla. “What’s the hell is Spookayla?” he asked. Spookayla is nothing but a childhood thing. It’s a dumb play on words my mother and I used, but I never like to pass up the opportunity to spew foolish lies. “Spookayla is a spin-off of the event called All Hallows Eve or Halloween if you so prefer. In 1992, Spookayla was born as a small baby-sized cult in the suburbs of Toronto. By 2002, it gained some movement and ended up in Cape Breton. Although, I do believe some Spookayla followers have been spotted in Fredericton over the last few years.” “You’re so full of shit,” Chad said as we walked to class. I bailed out of class early to go cloak shopping. After watching a Halloweentown marathon on hangover Sunday, a long velvet cloak accented by purple and gold had become a priority. I found my haven at a small thrift store. A bin of cloaks awaited my intense burrowing. After some convincing I put down three and only left with
Keep it professional, wherever you may be
Robin McCourt The Aquinian
Lots of people I know have an occupation, and you probably know lots of occupied people as well. To me, it doesn’t matter whether that person is occupied as a medical doctor, or a student. Whatever your occupation, you are a professional. So how can a person be professional? I’m not going make a long list of do’s and don’ts per occupation, since quite frankly, I don’t know them all. Based on my experiences and a little research into what Emily Post, and Mr and Mrs Laurence Llewelyn-Bown (of a “Pinch of Posh”) say about the job world, I hope to give you a few basic concepts that will get you started on the right foot, no matter what your
(Cara Smith/AQ) two. It’s hard not to be fiendish with so much hooded velvet. On the walk home I was confronted by a mountain of orange in a grocery store parking lot. The purchase of a cloak demands its very own pumpkin. I combed through the mouldy, oozing and deformed gourds until I found the one. I paid Craig whose name tag read “raig” and wished him a happy harvest. He seemed indifferent as I
carried my pick atop my own pumpkin head. That night while I was at work a coemployee asked me about my involvement in some cult. That goddamn near killed me. My shift ended late and I was eager to crawl into bed. I laid there and planned out my Halloween -themed wedding, but just couldn’t shake my carving craving. I woke up my
calling is. Starting with verbal interaction, I’ve generally found it helpful to say less when I’m in doubt in a sticky situation. That being said, always take the opportunity to make a colleague feel more welcome and comfortable. Maybe even go out of your way to do so. It’s very easy to show a new employee encouragement by saying, “welcome to (Company Name), let me know if I can help you with anything.” I once started work in an office where a misguided attempt to be welcoming left me feeling rather cold. A co-worker asked me where I was from and replied to my response by saying, “that’s cute.” So I’d recommend refraining from any value judgments. Value judgments made in someone’s occupation should only refer to occupation-related tasks. I also think it’s best to keep value judgments positive and criticism specific. For instance, praising a job well done can be acknowledged with at least a “a great job,” while a job that needs improvement requires a comment like, “forum A should be placed on top of the folder, rather than in it.” Telling someone that his or her report was bad will most likely make a person feel lost and overwhelmed. It will do nothing to improving their report-creating skills. When it comes to socializing with other co-workers be aware of those around you. Don’t gossip about
a colleague while you’re on the clock. If you need time to vent, save it for when you’re in a private and personal atmosphere. When having a casual conversation, make sure everyone is able to participate. That way no one will be left feeling excluded because of you. (You never know who might act as your leader/boss at some point in the future.) Beyond the realm of the job-site/classroom/office, everyone is a person, not an employee. In high school I had a boss who frequently held events open to people from work. He always said that whatever happened at his party didn’t negatively affect his evaluation of the person at work. If they’re a strong employee that’s great. If they’re a messy partygoer, they might not get another event invitation, and that was that. This level of objectivity is hard to achieve, so if you are socializing with someone of high rank in your company outside of work, I would recommend that you take your social cues from the boss, and hold back from getting too wild. Vice versa, every employee is a person, and remember to treat them as such. As a patron, remember to say please and thank you. As a professional, those who are the patrons of your company/group/association aren’t worth less than you, and should be treated as your equal, regardless of whether or not they know as much about the topic in question as you do.
roommate. The candles were lit, the knives were out, and Judas and Fatty Carsonthe hamsters -were happily munching out of their skull-shaped feeding bowls. As we pulled goopy guts we sang “Oh pumpkin tree, Oh pumpkin tree. How lovely are your seeds?” I had made this brainless song last year when my friend came to visit for
Halloween adventures. I forced her to stand in an obnoxious three hour lineup for a haunted house. While other girls were zipping up their form-fitting costumes, we were there in cloaks. She was hard hurtin’ to leave, but I was getting my five dollars’ worth of freak and it was not going to be from a dance club. A few days later I was bopping around downtown, admiring pumpkin displays. Two little girls were stopped at a store-front window, pointing out a cat inspired jack-o-lantern. It reminded me of my first act of Spookayla deviance. I was 12 and it was pumpkin season. My friend and I devised a strategic plan to sneak onto a local farm and steal two of the biggest pumpkins. We crawled on the ground militarystyle and our fingernails dug into the cold dirt of the patch. We grabbed the first ones we saw and ran like all hell into a ditch. No one was even around, but it was still a heart pumping, clammy-handed affair. We laid on the ground with leaves in our hair, feeling like we were going to throw up. It was fantastic. There are few opportunities in a budding adult life to dress up in ridiculous costumes or hack all hell out of a vegetable or even get away with minor acts of thievery. I was asked to write a funny story about Halloween/Spookayla antics, but in actuality I think Halloween is pretty simple. It’s a holiday to celebrate lost childhood fun.
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Stanton T. Friedman lectures on campus (Cara Smith/AQ) Patrick Brennan The Aquinian
Perhaps it was written in the stars. I first found out about the assignment that would change my life and way of thinking forever through an email sent to me by one of my fellow editors. In the letter, which also included a link to the event that was taking place, Bridget mapped out what she was looking to see in the article, saying that she thought it was right up my alley. “Kind of spacey,” “really weird,” and “kind of surreal,” were a few of the phrases used. These caught my interest
immediately, and then I reached the attached item. It was an email forwarded to her from Tony Tremblay advertising a lecture happening the following night, a lecture with Stanton T. Friedman. The name rang a bell, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on where I had heard it before. Wasn’t he a scientist or something? Then I saw the title of the lecture and found myself understanding a bit better what she meant by “spacey.” The talk was called “Flying saucers and science.”
Mother’s calm helps family weather everyday storms Student Marie Downey lives with autism all around her and thrives on organization and faith just not as frequently. “Once you’ve met one child with autism, you’ve met one child with autism. No two are alike.”
Alex Vautor The Aquinian
Marie Downey searches in her bag for a spreadsheet. “I have to be very organized,” she says. She’s the director of the play “Gut Girls,” as well as a full-time university student, a pastor, a literary instructor, and a mother of three. You can find her in James Dunn Hall on the St Thomas University campus tutoring and counselling classmates in her free time. You would never guess that Marie, a radiant woman who loves sketching and oil painting, is part of a family filled with disabilities. Her daughter, two sons, and husband all suffer from forms of autism. “I’ve seen my daughter put her fist through a wall,” says Downey, putting both hands on the table, leaning forward. The pastor of Canada’s first congregation for families with special needs says it takes more than just organizing skills to live her life. “It’s really hard sometimes.” ••• Her family ran a gas station and restaurant, her parents divorced when she was 12, and her mother left with her sister and told Marie she didn’t love her. “My mom didn’t want me.” She and her father were on their own. She would get up at six before school to turn on the grill, rush home after class and work at the restaurant until ten. Unable to maintain the business by themselves, they sold it two years later and moved into a trailer. “It was crowded, and hard on my dad.” “I was home alone all the time,” she says. She would turn on the TV and watch M.A.S.H. because she “wanted a voice.”
Mother, minister, student, and volunteer-Marie Downey has a lot on her plate (Jonathan Munn/AQ) Marie got involved in theatre in Grade 9. It became an escape. Her other escape was church. At 16, she attended a friend’s birthday party and met kids from a youth group. Soon after, she started attending church regularly, although it was a 45-minute drive from her home in Picton, Ontario. “A couple of times I had to sleep at the church.” She attended Bethany Bible College and graduated in 1986, knowing that God wanted her to be a pastor. “I was the only female who graduated in my ministerial class of 200 people…that’s how clear it was.” Marie met her husband, Russ, while attending Bethany; they got married three years later. A year later, they had Diane.
Seasonal Squash Cookies
Our squash are ripe this time of year and spread along the dining room wall like a gaggle of school kids waiting to go outside. A fair few of them will somehow make their way
••• Marie’s daughter, Diane, was diagnosed with Asperger’s when she was 14. “She was really, really hyper, way too active for a girl.” Diane always had trouble with social relationships. There were times when Marie could not understand why her child did not have any friends. Now 25 and living at home, Diane tested genius level as a child before entering kindergarten. She programmed their Commodore 64 computer at three. “She taught the teacher how to use the computer.” For the first six years of Diane’s life, Russ was away in the U.S. army, leaving her to raise their
closer to the heavy oak legs of our dining room table – I assume with help from a black and white dog or cat. Fortunately, it isn’t often used for meals aside from Christmas dinner. The big oak table is mainly a landing zone for mail, cats, and things for me to take back to school when I visit. I remember fabulous fall days, coming in the front door with my prematurely-donned winter boots crunching through a mountain of leaves after school or barn chores. I’d find two Quality Street chocolate tins full of cookies sitting on the counter. “Full” of course depends upon whether or not my dad or brother had made it to the kitchen ahead of me. Each tin looked similar, but one
child. He served in the Persian Gulf War. “That was scary…he would come home and leave for weeks at a time.” After Russ was through with the military, the Downey family moved to Beaverdam, N.B, where she had her boys in 1996. Andy and Michael were both diagnosed with autism. “Andy broke my wrist before. He was three,” says Diane. Andy will only eat three fruits and vegetables; raw broccoli, baby carrot sticks and granny smith apples. “And that’s it - and to make it even more fun, Mike’s a different apple and Diane’s a different apple.” She says when the children were younger, she could not
generally had squash cookies in it and the other horse cookies. They are surprisingly similar until you take a bite. Horse cookies are primarily molasses and carrots, so not unhealthy, but zero sugar does not make them taste so good. Horse cookies are my hooved friends’ favourite treat – second only to jelly beans and possibly peppermints, though, having tasted them myself I have no idea why. Squash cookies on the other hand are one of my favourite fall cookie recipes. My mom always makes these spicy warm cookies when that first gust of cold air hits early in October. I know it’s pie season, but I love the smell of them baking! It seems to keep the
leave their side. “Andy tried to escape from the house. The school lost him!” Diane was bullied in her senior year and had to switch schools. One of the hardest things Marie has to deal with are “meltdowns.” When children with autism lose control, there’s nothing you can do. Marie says you can’t touch them or hug them, and that “language completely evaporates.” Each child melts down differently. “Andy just resorts to screaming…the more you try to help, the worst you can make it. “ “She [Diane] throws furniture, all my kids do.” Marie says she clears out and tells them she loves them. The meltdowns still happen,
house warm and cozy for days and each time I open the tin the smell wafts up. Delicious. TIP: Try it with fresh, local, butternut squash. Cut the squash in half, stick it on a baking sheet open side down and bake it in the oven at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour. Also, be careful not to use too much salt! Measure the salt over the sink, not the mixing bowl, if you are pouring from a box – they have a tendency to leak. SQUASH COOKIES 3/4 cup shortening 1 1/4 cups lightly packed brown sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup canned or cooked mashed pumpkin or squash
Marie is a pastor for Family Circle church, a church for people with special needs. It’s the first of its kind in Canada, and possibly, the States. “It starts at 2 p.m.,” she says, and calls it “organized chaos.” “Mornings don’t work well for kids with special needs,” she says. “You have to rush.” The mother of three says her relationship with God gives her strength and patience. Organization is another key. “Everything needs to be scheduled. We have a calendar where I write everything down from appointments, school holidays, exams, bill due dates, pay dates, family nights, to our rehearsals for the play, and it is color-coded.” Diane also helps with the boys. She watches them whenever Downey needs extra rest. “She has a unique understanding of how they think and work.” Still, it’s hard when something hits “out of the blue.” A sewer backup before Christmas caused the Downey family to stay in a motel for four days; she estimates the loss at $23,000. Another time, she was in hospital for two weeks after major surgery. Despite all the obstacles and her busy lifestyle, Marie is on the dean’s list at St Thomas and plans on taking a Bachelor’s of Education next year. She wants to be an elementary school teacher. “I’m the stabilizing force in my family,” she says. “Sometimes when you go through this every day of your life, you don’t truly realize that what you are doing is any different than what other people do.”
2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon each nutmeg, allspice and ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup raisins (Not optional! Seriously. Just halve the recipe and try them with the raisins!) 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional) Cream shortening and sugar. Beat in eggs, vanilla and pumpkin or squash. Combine dry ingredients and stir in. Mix in raisins, dates and nuts. Drop by spoonfulls on to greased baking sheets. Bake in 375 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Makes 4 to 5 dozen. Enjoy!
(Submitted photo/graphic by Cara Smith)
The American presidential election and why Canada can’t compete Dylan Hackett The Aquinian
It’s American election time, and we all know what that means - Canadians will be glued to their television sets, paying close attention to the debates and each candidate’s campaign. The United States’ presidential election matters to Canadians, arguably more so than their own, but why? There’s something about the firedup debates and over-budget campaign advertisements that grab us and leave Canadians more involved in the American democratic system than their own. The appeal is clear. More and more Canadians, especially young people, are tuning in to the American leaders’ debates and buying Obama bumper stickers. American debates resemble mini civil wars. They include fewer candidates than Canadian debates so speeding through several major topics becomes easier. The polite introduction and ceremonial handshakes
take minutes to heat up into a boil of controversial topics, like foreign affairs, free trade, and abortion. U.S. debates are also drastically different than their Canadian counterparts. Debates and mass media coexist in the U.S. The public decides the format, topics and subject areas of debates, and that is what makes them so raw and intriguing. “Ours are messier than the U.S.,” said political science professor Tom Bateman. Here at home, our way of doing things isn’t as entertaining. Unlike the U.S., television networks run our debates. The public has no say in the format or topics, making our elections less attractive to Canadians. (I might use a metaphor) Canadians are drawn to the Democrats. They reflect Canadian values in their policies - things like health care and the environment. “We think Obama resonates more with our multiculturalism. If the democrats lose, we might revert back to
Five study apps you’ll actually use Danielle Piper
The Ubyssey (University of British Columbia)
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Canada, in a dramatic way since the two economies are so strongly tied,” Moore said. Moore says debates don’t really offer much in terms of information. “Romney says one thing, Obama says he’s lying, Romney says it’s true, then Obama says something, Romney says he’s lying - it’s exhausting. “It’s one thing to debate the economy and unemployment rate in a classroom at STU; but when you’re watching your parents, friends, family, and others lose their jobs, struggle to pay bills, and actually lose their homes then those “debates” and platforms take on a whole new meaning.” Bateman believes Canadians are huge consumers of American news and entertainment and the Presidential election is large part of both. “You have two guys clashing it out in an intense campaign that culminates to one final moment,” said Bateman. “The race is closer than I thought it would be.”
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Kara Cousins journeys to the Eastern Congo and finds hope in an ex-nun fighting against the rape and killing of women Rain poured from the heavens, drenching the red dirt road. The tires of the 20-year-old Land Rover were barely turning as they trudged through the soggy streets. I sat squished between two middle-aged Congolese men as we tried to beat morning rush-hour traffic in Bukavu, Eastern Congo. A line of vehicles twisted for kilometres up the hill in front of us. Cars were stuck; others were broken down. The truck in front of us tipped as it lost balance in the mud. “This is going to take forever,” I thought to myself. We were beginning a 50-kilometre journey into the land made infamous by warlords. I’m heading into what Joseph Conrad called The Heart of Darkness. Ernestine sat quietly in the front seat. Her eyes drooped with fatigue as we bounced through crowded streets. She raised her hand to wave as pedestrians recognized her. She was still a mystery to me, but one I wanted to solve. The 72-year-old former nun became the director of a local non-governmental organization shortly after leaving the church 10 years ago and has become a powerhouse of change in South Kivu, the province where she lives. “Look over there,” Ernestine said in Swahili pointing to a field close to the road. “Those are some of the families in our program. They are doing really well, and their husbands are working with them. There has been a lot of change, but the work is not done yet.” Ernestine fell asleep. As she dozed, truckloads of military personnel and what I assumed to be rebel groups sped past us, each man gripping a machine gun or a rocket launcher. Chills travelled through my body. Before falling asleep, Ernestine had a word of explanation for the province we were now in: “Here in South Kivu, the life expectancy of men and women is 24 hours. When you go to bed, there is a chance you will never wake up again because of all the murder that goes on here. If you do wake up, you have another 24 hours to live. You are lucky.” *** Decades of unrest and conflict have brutalized the Congo. Corruption rules, and instability guarantees tension. Millions of Congolese have been murdered by rebel forces. Tens of thousands of women, children and men have been sexually violated, mainly by soldiers. Villages are pillaged and burned to the ground by warlords. Millions are displaced and seek refuge in temporary camps. Death has become an everyday reality. Despite the darkness, people like Ernestine pursue a peaceful tomorrow. Rwanda, the Congo’s neighbor, is an example of what reconciliation looks like. Maybe redemption has stories to tell. Maybe the Congo will lose the “heart of darkness” label it’s been given Maybe the hope Ernestine passionately carries in her heart will spread like fire through more Congolese hearts. *** The Congo is one of the most resource-rich countries in the world. Diamonds, gold, oil and Colton are just a few of the “jewels” in no short supply. For more than a century, outsiders have exploited them. Under King Leopold II of Belgium, it was a personal plantation, a near slave state, where an estimated 10 million people were killed before he was forced to relinquish control in 1908. Leopold’s troops recruited locals, and if they did not conscript willingly, he kidnapped them. His unpaid workers harvested mostly rubber, gold and diamonds. Many women were used as sex slaves and cooks for Belgian troops. Congolese who did not willingly enlist, especially children, had their hands chopped off. Leopold never set foot in the Congo. “Belgium’s legacy is still very present,” Guslain Bayengo, the former mayor of Beni, a city in northeastern Congo, told me. “Even the local people are willing to get to the power, and if they cannot go through the legal and democratic systems that are in place, they join the superpowers and begin exploiting their own country to gain power.” In 1960, the Congo became an independent country and gave birth to a slew of power-hungry dictators. The only thing sustainable has been instability. In 2009, it was estimated that 45,000 civilians die from the conflict each month. Government, in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, remains fragile and rebel forces and warlords, like Joseph Kony of the Lord’s Resistance Army, continue to thrive in South Kivu. Women are especially vulnerable to rape and murder. *** “There are 90 women here and they all want to talk to you,” Ernestine said as she looked at me. After a five-hour journey through the swelling mountains in South Kivu, we arrived in Kaminyola, a farming village that borders Rwanda. Ernestine and her staff started an agriculture project in the village; it works to bring husbands and wives together to end domestic violence.
“Kara,” said Ernestine, “Did you hear me? There are women here and they want to talk to you.” Camera and tripod in tow, I stepped inside the gutted brick house. There they were, 90 women in the most colourful dresses, sitting and waiting to share their stories. “I think if there are four who want to talk to me, that would be a good start,” I whispered to the translator. Four women sat in a row waiting to be interviewed, shadows from their dark pasts weighed on my shoulders. “I have been a victim of violence in the village. Not that I’ve been sexually abused but I’ve been victim of the other types of violence that the community experiences, mainly working hard in the farm, but my husband takes and misuses the money I make from the farm and this is one of the main forms of violence I experience,” said Amina Charlotte, a farmer in Kaminyola. The remainder of the women sat in silence as they listened to their sister, their neighbor and their friend. Children sat on the dusty floor. They seemed to understand all too well what was being said. Soon, men gathered outside, peering into the open windows. “Can you ask her if she has experienced other forms of violence from rebel groups or within her home?” I asked the translator. Her eyes were glued to the floor as the question was repeated in Swahili. She looked up, catching the gaze of one man who stood with his hands gripping the barred window. She shook her head, “No, I haven’t,” she muttered. *** After three hours, the church service ended. “Come sit in my office. I want to talk to you,” Bishop Mmbala said to us. We met the bishop during the first week of our three-week visit. We followed, unsure of what he wanted to say. We sat in the oversized chairs and a breeze swept through the window. After the long service, I was relieved to feel fresh air. The bishop lifted his index finger on his right hand. “Sometimes I still feel the pain,” he said. “In 2008, a group of rebels entered my home. They had machetes and wanted my family killed. They killed my wife; I managed to escape with some of our children. My finger was cut off at some point.” Shortly after his wife was murdered, the bishop remarried and decided to focus his ministry on reconciliation and helping people forgive those who caused them hurt. “The healing of this country starts with me. If I can’t forgive the men who killed my wife, we will never move forward from our past.” In 2010, another group of rebels entered the bishop’s home, this time to kill him. His second wife began screaming in an attempt to save his life. The rebels told her if she made another noise they would kill her. She ignored their warning. “They killed her. They killed her because she was trying to save me. I managed to escape, but the pain never leaves. My finger reminds me of the loss I have experienced. And although, I have a lot of emotional pain, I have chosen to forgive the men who have done me so much wrong.” *** We left the brick building and I walked in stride with Leonard, the translator, as we followed the women to their farms. “I wish I could have heard more of the realities of what they have lived through.” “Yes, they held a lot back, but it was not a private enough setting for them to be totally honest.” Just as he spoke those words, one woman stopped Leonard and me. “Kaminyola has experienced more violence than those women would tell you,” said Faida Balibuny, a middle-aged mother and farmer. “I want to tell you more. Can you interview me in here in the field?” With Rwandan mountains sprawled in the background, she began: “We have undergone violence from when armed groups violated the area. Quite often what happens is you don’t actually know who is an official or a rebel, but when they come into the homes and they abuse you and then they run away and we don’t know where they go. We don’t have a system in place to follow up such cases. When we find out it was soldiers who committed the crimes, they are simply taken out of the village and placed in a new one. So, we don’t know who to trust. There is no justice.” Members of Faida’s family were murdered during the night, but she wasn’t sure who killed them and, even if she knew, it wouldn’t be worth it to try to have them arrested. A chairperson of one of the women’s groups in Kaminyola, Jeane Mwavita, approached us as Faida shared her story. She whispered, “Can I talk to you again? I have another story that I didn’t want to share in the room, but I will tell you now.” Jeane’s neighbor, who had nine children, travelled to Rwanda to sell her produce and buy petroleum. On her way home, soldiers stopped her and
stole the goods she bought. Less than a week later, she was dead. “What happened is a group of soldiers entered her house and violated her. Although she said, ‘I am so sorry I beg you please, I’ll give you money,’ they said, ‘No we don’t even need your money, we need your life,’ and they killed her right away.” They killed her because she was a threat. They stole from her and she reported them to the local authorities. *** Still, there have been positive changes among the men in Kaminyola with the help of Ernestine and her staff. “There is transformation within men in our community due to the training that we’ve been receiving,” said Charlotte Gubonake, president of one of the women’s groups. “However, I may say that it’s a process. We are still hoping for better transformation to come.” Several men have started working with Ernestine. They strive to be examples to the male population. “We are seeing small changes, but it all adds up,” said Ernestine. “Men are treating their wives with more respect and women are not being sexually violated by their own husbands as much.” *** It was 1974. Ernestine boarded an Italy bound plane. She was asked to spend time observing in a convent. She says it was her time as a nun, especially her time in Italy, which taught her the importance of obedience, honesty and perseverance through struggle. After some years in Italy, she returned to South Kivu where she continued serving in the church. “I knew the struggles women were facing. I knew of the injustice they suffered and I wanted to help empower women and make their lives better.” She left the church and was appointed the director of Nous Pouvons, the NGO she currently runs. She sits in her office, her motorcycle leaning against the wall behind her. She points to a photograph of a young man on the wall behind her. “That’s my brother,” she says as sorrow spreads across her face. “There were people who thought I was using the organization’s money for myself and so they
entered my home with guns to intimidate me. And they killed him. They killed my brother and left him bleeding on the floor.” Nous Pouvons provides training and support to more than 2,000 women in Eastern Congo, and Ernestine’s organization is one of the few here that give almost 100 per cent of financial support to its projects. “I live by faith. My staff and I accept very little pay. The money is not for us, it’s for the women and their families to become sustainable.” *** We left Kaminyola after only seven hours; I was terrified as we drove. The Land Rover raced along the one-lane dirt road through the mountains. We were 1,500 feet high, and the separation between life and death seemed to decrease with every turn. I closed my eyes tight in an attempt to forget where I was and how scared I was. I thought of Ernestine and the women. The sun was setting behind a thousand hills, and the words of Guslain, the former mayor of Beni, rang in my ears. “We need to love the country, we need to love our people . . . we have to love them all equally no matter where they come from and if we do so, we are going to do things that will bring peace to the country.”
STU alum hopes to roll his comedy on TV Adam Wright is working on a ‘raw and real,’ TV pilot about living life in a wheelchair Luke Shea
Adam Wright is no stranger to the spotlight. Born with a rare disorder – so rare it’s dubbed Adam Wright syndrome – the St. Thomas University 2011 grad has suffered through 45 surgeries and is confined to an electric wheelchair. But Wright’s most important piece of survival equipment isn’t his wheelchair, it’s his sense of humour. And he’s now trying to turn his sharp comic take on all those awkward stares and patronizing attitudes into a television show. “I think that everyone has obstacles,” said Wright. “Everyone has a sad story. I’m no different than anyone else. That’s the point I want to make with my show. We don’t need to be put up on a pedestal. We deal with the same boring normal shit everyone does: school, family drama, love life, sex…or lack thereof.” While initial pitches of That’s How I Roll were considered by Canadian television networks but ultimately rejected, he’s buckled down to write four episodes and now has a Hollywood agent to represent him. “All the Canadian networks pretty much said no because they just didn’t have room or were, sadly, focusing on Reality TV,” said Wright. “I must have mailed about 50 to 100 agencies … no joke. But one day, thanks to my reach on Twitter with my site I got a bite; and today, I can happily say that I now have a Hollywood agent working
for me, well working to help me get my show on the air.” In 2007, Wright enrolled at St. Thomas University and joined the team at The Aquinian, creating the longest running column in AQ history, TV Done Wright. While Wright realized landing a job in the field was nearly impossible, he was already doing his thing with his website TVDoneWright.com. “For my career dream, I’ve always had two options...one be a TV critic, or the second was to be a TV comedy writer, both of those I need contacts and experience, which is why I started the site.” In his second-year journalistic writing class, Wright had an assignment to write a personal story. It gave him the opportunity to truly open up to his peers about his condition. “I know when people meet me, the first thing that comes to people’s mind is ‘OK, what does he have?’ but they don’t want to ask because they feel it’s impolite,” said Wright. “I knew my classmates were curious, and I surely don’t mind talking about myself, or my story.” Wright’s essay, “That’s How I Roll” received praise from peers and a notoriously critical professor. He submitted it to The Aquinian. “The main theme pretty much was how I used humour and wit to get through all the shit I’ve been through. My main message was ‘stop walking on eggshells, people! Be impolite, talk, ask questions, be curious, it’s all OK.’”
That experience gave Wright the inspiration to work on his television pilot. “If it wasn’t for that assignment, I would not be the writer I am today.” To gain some traction, Wright spread his essay around, but to even be considered by a network, a writer needs an agent. Wright decided to go ahead and turn his essay into four full episodes of That’s How I Roll to impress agents and networks. So far so good. That’s How I Roll is now being pitched to major American cable networks, thanks to the help of his newly acquired agent. That’s How I Roll is a semi-autobiographical story of Wright’s life, particularly his university life. The show is not inspirational fluff about the hardships of being disabled. “It’s a dark comedy that definitely not politically correct,” said Wright. “I don’t want it to be some cheesy bullshit show. I don’t want to be the ordinary inspiration story you see on the news. My show is going to be raw and real.” The official tag line for That’s How I Roll, summarizes the tone Wright is aiming for: “Now off to college, Adam, a young man with a rare physical disability, will use his razor wit to prevail over his biggest obstacles – idiots.” “Now this is still a long shot,” said Wright. “Getting a show on the air is a process that can take years, but long shots is something I’ve been doing all my life.”
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48 hours of filmmaki ng The annual film competition puts local film buffs under a time crunch Nicole Vair
Five o’clock on Friday afternoon is when many people breathe a sigh of relief that their week is over and they have 48 hours to relax. This past Friday, a group of local film buffs occupied the auditorium at Tilly Hall with energy drinks in hand. They were ready to do anything but relax. It was the kick-off to Fredericton’s fifth annual 48 Hour Film Competition. The competition calls teams of a maximum of 10 to create a film up to 10 minutes long. But 48 hours to write, shoot and produce a film isn’t the only challenge the teams face. Inspiration packets were handed out to the 20 teams in attendance. Left Face is a team made up of seven men who were eager to get their hands on the inspiration. Charlie Harding is one of the seven and is directing their short film. “A floppy disk, x-ray of a turtle and the location is a classroom. That’s what we have to work with,” said Harding.
At the kick-off event, groups discovered what items they had to use in their short film (Cara Smith/AQ) Robert Gray is a co-sponsor of the competition and a professor of film and creative writing at the University of New Brunswick. “You can use the items from your package as little or as much as you want in your film. There is an award for best use of inspiration items as well,” said Gray.
With the tight time limit, teams pile out of Tilly Hall brainstorming where they want to begin. The environment seems so much more than a competition. It’s about working together as artists. Each team member has something different to bring to the table and that is what
creates these 48 hour films. Ryan Barton hosts the afternoon show at the Fox FM. He has been a part of the competition since year one and is coming back for more. “It is cool to see all the different types of movies people end up doing, between comedy, drama and weird science fiction
ones. I think there will be a lot of horror this year with Halloween being at the same time as the competition,” said Barton. The weekend is an opportunity for the filmmakers and the city to experience Fredericton’s arts scene in a different light. “The amount of creativity that is in the city as far
as filmmaking goes is really brought out on the weekend. Until I got involved, I didn’t realize that there were as many people out there making movies or trying to break in the area as there was. I knew it was something I was interested in but kind of thought, how am I going to that around here?” “There is a really great community out there of artistic people and filmmakers and it’s great to see people come together over a weekend and have some fun,” said Barton. Acting in film has always been a passion for Barton and being able to watch a film come together in 48 hours is an experience hard to pass up. “I don’t see it during the editing process and I kind of like that idea of letting it be a surprise when I see it for the first time. It’s cool to react to the film and experience others reactions as well. It’s great to see it all come together,” he said. There is a screening of all the films in MacLaggan Hall Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.
Matthew Hayes’ passion for parking lots STU professor displays his photographs encouraging a new perspective on familiar spaces
Many parking lots in the city sit empty the majority of the time (Elizabeth McArthur/AQ) Elizabeth McArthur The Aquinian
When Matthew Hayes hasn’t been standing in front of a classroom, he’s been behind a camera lens in an empty parking lot. Hayes is a sociology professor at St. Thomas University and has a photography exhibition on display at the Fredericton Playhouse Annex Gallery. The
exhibition, called Fredericton a Green City, displays the city’s parking lots that don’t get much use. The exhibition opened Friday and runs until Nov 29. “People at STU I talked to encouraged me. Brad Cross, of the history department, showed me a photo of an intersection in early morning that was empty. I had already taken a few photos at this point. I realized that
there is a lot of infrastructure not being used,” said Hayes. Hayes has a political agenda as well. He was a candidate in the mayoral race earlier this year, losing to long-time mayor Brad Woodside. Hayes said he’s interested in what goes on in the city. Hayes said it’s costly to operate all of the traffic lights in Fredericton, when they are
scarcely used. Many roads and parking lots sit empty most of the time, but the city spends money to keep them operating. “Roads like Brunswick Street are only used a couple hours a day during rush hour traffic. It sits mainly empty the rest of the time. You sit and wait at the lights and there isn’t a car in sight. It costs a lot of money to have roads and traffic lights that aren’t being used. They are sources for interesting potential and a way to question urbanism in Fredericton.” His exhibition was never meant for a gallery. He thought his photos would inspire some discussion amongst friends, but not be hung on a wall attracting a crowd. “I never really thought about making it a gallery thing. I mostly just thought I would have a few friends over, we would talk about the city of Fredericton, I would show them the pictures and that would be it.” Hayes said his inspiration was walking to Sobey’s to buy groceries through the parking lot behind Gallery Connexion on York Street, stating that, “empty parking lots are extremely ugly depressing things to look at.” Parking lots at the Regent
Mall, Knowledge Park and various ones on Prospect Street are examples. For a small city, many residents have cars and drive from point A to B, but for the majority, the parking lots go unused. Hayes said that empty parking lots are not the only things that represent Fredericton nor do they represent the feeling of Fredericton. There are lots of other things, like the lovely fall trees, that show what a nice city Fredericton is. “Empty parking lots mark our city. I don’t think that there is anything bad or ugly about this as other cities also have this problem. It is more or less a question of what potential these spaces have.” In an artist statement hanging beside his exhibit at the Playhouse, Hayes stated that, here in Fredericton, there are minimum parking requirements unlike bigger cities. Hayes remembers living in London, England in 1999 and going to the Tape Museum, now called the Modern Tape Museum. There he saw a photography exhibit on a pharmacy from 1984. “Pharmacies haven’t changed much since then, but
it certainly is a different pharmacy than that of the one my grandmother knew and what my grandchildren will know.” Hayes left the exhibition realizing that every space is like a museum. “It’s an interesting idea way to draw attention to something and makes you pause and think. This makes it appear strange and weird.” That was Hayes’ goal with his exhibition. Parking lots are a space in our city people see every day. Hayes wanted to take something average and familiar and make people feel differently about them. “Art is not its ability to represent reality. Art in general is a way to draw attention to things we take for granted and make them strange and foreign. That’s what I tried to do here with my exhibit.” Since there is no shortage of empty parking lots, Hayes said the photos weren’t hard to compile. “On my way from point A to point B I documented this stuff. Having the idea came from my own experience, conversations about what is liked and disliked about Fredericton and my imagination.”
The Art of Success: not intended for children The AQ’s Maisie McNaughton reviews Nasty Shadows Theatre Company’s comedy I had just arrived at the Theatre New Brunswick studio theatre, settling in to see The Art of Success. I sat excited to take in some of Fredericton’s fine art and culture. And then the main actor whipped his junk out. The adult comedy was put on by the Nasty Shadows Theatre Company. One minute I was laughing with the rest of the audience, the next I had a flaccid penis staring me in the face. This was not just for one second, or even one minute. Instead, it was a scene that lasted several minutes in which the main character walked around in a bed sheet which continuously fell off... Again, and again. “This is one of our more edgy pieces,” laughed Scott Shannon, the director of The Art of Success. “But what we’re going to do tonight is no worse than what you can go download off the internet.” This was completely true. It was no kinkier than an episode of True Blood, which I watch religiously. But even that is awkward to watch with other people around. “It’s the nudity and sex talk that throws people off,” said Shannon. Once you get past your own awkwardness and realize that there’s no
reason to be weirded out by the disturbing sexual nature, you can see the play for what it really is. “I hope those who are offended can see past the sex and the crudeness, and be able to recognize the deeper issues,” said Josie Blackmore, a St. Thomas University student, who plays the role of Jane Hogarth. This play takes place over one night, following struggling artist William Hogarth. Hogarth is dealing with his own personal demons: he loves his wife, yet he cannot seem to be sexually satisfied by her and turns to prostitutes. He hires the prostitutes to perform peculiar sexual acts, such as farting on his face, yet it also explores what it really means to be an artist, how far friendship reaches, as well as corruption. All 10 actors did a stupendous job, to the point where I had to remind myself that the roles were not written for them. The stage consisted solely of 10 black boxes, one black wall that the actors hid behind and there was minimal use of props. This allowed the audience to focus directly on the actors, with no distractions. The staging was fantastic, but it was really the acting that made this extraordinary. STU’s own Josie Blackmore gave an incredible performance as the main character’s wife. Her
chemistry with Matthew Spinney (William Hogarth) also made for an incredible performance. Spinney never once faltered from his character, even when his penis was on open display or when there was a prostitute farting on his face. Every single person played their character extraordinarily. There was no sense that this was an amateur play group. I was wholly engrossed and it seemed like everyone else in the room was as well. “I expect [the audience] to be having a good time,” said Shannon. “They may not believe what they are seeing or hearing at times, but they will be swept up for the ride.” With all of my doubts and reservations, this is exactly what happened. I will remember this play not just for the explicit sex scenes, but because of the issues raised of love, art, and politics that The Art of Success presented. I will definitely be going to see another production by Nasty Shadows Theatre Company again. I give this play four huge exposed testicles out of four. The Art of Success has a showing in Saint John Friday and Saturday at 8pm nightly at the Saint John High School Mini-Theatre
The comedy turned out to be more than just racy (Cara Smith/AQ)
Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra gets the young and old moving Va n c o u ve r m u l t i - g e n r e b a n d b r o u g h t t h e c r o w d b a c k t o t h e i r r o o t s Meghan O’Neil The Aquinian
A woman moved her hips melodically, swinging her skirt that grazed the sticky floor. Her movements were fluid contrasting the fiddle player’s wrist, sawing his instrument like a tree. It was an early Thursday night show in the Wilser’s Room at the Capital. Vancouver’s Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra introduced songs from their new album Follow My Lead, Lead Me To Follow, with an official Nov 13 release date. Although the five-piece band was selling their album at the venue. “We say yes to pretty much everything and we’ll always try it. We’re always surprised at the result,” said Kurt Loewen, who plays guitar for the band. The most recent result was their newest album recorded in Toronto during April and May of this year. The songs were written in many places and some go back three years, when the band only had one year together under their belt. Theybegandevelopingtheirsoundin2008,buttheir genre of music is something no critic seems to be able peg down. And it seems neither can the members. “We listen to everything and we try everything. People say ‘they’re kind of a gypsy band, they’re kind of pseudo bluegrass.’ They might be disappointed because that’s not really what we do,” said Loewen. The band’s genre seems irrelevant when they meld sounds from a fiddle, cello, acoustic guitar, drums, accordion and djembe. The fiddle player stood centrestage and the rest in a circular formation around him. Their roots music has taken them from the underground scene in British Columbia to having a national following. From the fiddle to the bongos, the young crowd can identify with a sound that brings them back to their ancestors. Their traditional music has been identified as a melding of folk, tango, waltz, bluegrass and many more. The band sings in Portuguese, Spanish and English. Some people in the crowd closed their eyes while the music played on. “In terms of the land and people there before, I think it’s important to not live in the past but respect the past. We don’t always have to make the same mistakes we made in the past but realize that we are here from decisionspeoplemadethatgotushere.Andweallmutually respect that big time.” The older generation didn’t miss out either. Middle-aged couples danced around, beer in hand. Their movements were less melodic, but just as heart-felt. More and more people pulled their bodies off the black leather couches. Ian Griffiths, the accordion player, projected his voice through the mic and unfolded stories as he sang. The bandintroduced“CanoeSong,”thefirsttrackfromtheir latest album. The tune’s introduction was waltz-like, led by chords on the fiddle. Griffiths’ clear voice chimed in admist Loewen’s acoustic guitar and plucked fiddle strings.
“Canoe Song,” was what inspired the album’s name, ending with the band chanting the lyrics “Follow My Lead, Lead Me To Follow” into their mics. “It’s just a theme that’s been recurring in our lives over and over again. The way we live and interact with each other, and the way things happen in general,” Loewens said. Loewens introduced the fiddle player to the audience, Jacques Mindreau, who has only been with the band for a couple of weeks. Throughout the set, Mindreau’s frantic wrist looked separated from his still arm poised in the air. He was serious and concentrated while his bow flew back and forth in front of his face. In between songs, the members spoke amongst themselves and asked for any questions from the audience. “We look like brothers,” said Loewens. He and Mindreau were both wearing white t-shirts, brown suspendersandbeards.Mindreadidn’tcrackasmile. “Jacques doesn’t think that’s very funny apparently,” said Loewens, the crowd laughing. “Jacques been playing with us for two weeks and he knows about 25 of our songs and we know one of his.” Mindreauledthebandintohiscompositioncalled “Merlin’s dance.” He sang classically and his deep voice spoke another language. His sound caught the audience off guard and they began to prepare for a slow ballad, until he put his fiddle back on his shoulder and yelps were made from the audience on the off-beats. “I feel like I’m at a Jewish wedding,” a woman said, arms tossed in the air.
Being spooky last minute
Emma Chapple The Aquinian
Just because Halloween is on Wednesday, doesn’t mean you still can’t pull together a costume on the fly. Assembling a last minute look can be easy, as long as you have an
open mind and a little imagination. For those who find themselves in such a predicament, here are some dos and don’ts to steer you in the right direction. Do try to use items from your own closet. Remember, unless your best friend’s birthday party has a dressup theme, you’re only going to wear your costume for a few hours. There’s no need to spend a lot of money. For the girls, leggings or tights are costume essentials. And guys, with a few extras, and the
Using different languages and instruments, TMO connects with the crowd (Cara Smith/AQ)
right beard, a plaid shirt can equal a perfect lumberjack. Do think it through. Just because your costume is last minute, doesn’t mean it can’t be cool and different. If you’re really pressed for ideas, search the internet for some. Pinterest and Polyvore are both great websites when you’re in need of a little inspiration. Do get creative! Simply throwing a pair of animal ears on your head does not make a Halloween costume. Make a quick trip to Fabricville! Patterned fabrics are an easy way to add extra accessories
to your look. Think scarves, head ties, or arm bands – leopard print for a cat, camouflage for a soldier, whatever you think will add to your disguise. Don’t forget the details. A few small additions here and there can completely change a costume. One year for Halloween, I was just going to wear a simple black dress and mouse ears. But then I had an idea! All I had to do was get some rhinestones and stick a backwards ‘K’ on my chest, and suddenly, I was Karen Smith from Mean Girls! Little details can take a costume
from completely boring to totally original. Don’t be trashy. Girls, dressing up as a “slut” probably isn’t the best, or most creative, costume choice. There are some people who see Halloween as just an excuse to wear the tiniest, skimpiest thing they own. That might work in the movies, but did you ever think about who might see your photos? There are still ways to be sexy without looking like the town harlot. The rule I try to go by is if my costume is tight, then it shouldn’t be short, and vice versa.
Don’t be a fool, wrap your tool
You’re leaning on the bathroom sink, your heart is racing, and you can be sure that your lunch is about to make an appearance. Time is going on for what seems like hours, and all you are waiting for is that stupid little strip to turn blue or white. Staring icily into nothingness,
you come to the realization, ‘oh no, I’m pregnant.’ Well ladies, it SUCKS to be you, because the gay community does not have that frightening issue. The only two concerns I have when having sex are is this guy clean? and ‘oh no, I totally left my hair straightener on.’ My best friend achieved teen pregnancy at the ripe age of 15. I swore to myself that I would never let another one of my friends risk early pregnancy, and have every relative of hers mistake me for the father of the child. Pushing aside the fear of early pregnancy, there are several approaches that you ladies can take to safely have the ride of your life.
Option 1: sit at home by yourself, and enjoy a nice warm cup of abstinence. Nothing screams safe self- indulgence like a bubble bath and your vibrating shower head! Option 2: Cuddle on up with your significant other-or your temporary Irock army boy- and give them a tour of your tonsils. Option 3: After a long hard Saturday night working the pole at Nicky Zees, there is nothing you want more than to release your inner lioness, on some poor unsuspecting drunk gazelle. Even though every nerve in your body wants to rip his clothes off and jump on it; pause, reach into the nightstand and pull out a condom. You’ll thank me nine
months from now. Although oral sex is an alternative to avoid the risk of pregnancy, just keep in mind that oral sex still puts you at risk for a sexually transmitted disease. Even though most of us don’t use a condom during throat banging, it’s still beneficial to be aware of the risks of unprotected oral sex. Why do you think they make flavoured condoms ladies and gents? Oh... that’s right, your vagina DOESN’T have taste buds. Consider this; the next time you find yourself being seduced by some hung stud who doesn’t want to wrap his tool, weigh the pros and cons. Intercourse without a condom might feel fantastic and convenient, but the risks are too high. But Billy, “I take birth control, there is no way I will get pregnant,” she says. I’m
sorry, did I stutter, do you want to contract chlamydia? There are more risks than just pregnancy ladies! Fellas, this is just as much your responsibility as it is hers. I don’t care how uncomfortable your package feels with the constriction of latex; but I’m sure it feels a heck of a lot better than a $40 box of Huggies. We are students, and we can barely afford the $1.39 menu at McDonald’s let alone the cost of a child. The average sum of expenses for a one year old child (via WebMD) amounts to just under $14,000. I don’t know about you, but my $200 paycheck from work can’t support that cost. So remember, the next time you are getting it in during a screaming climax, just imagine the different kind of screaming you’ll be making while pushing out a child! Don’t be a fool, wrap your tool!
An interesting perspective
Alex Carleton The Aquinian
I had an interesting conversation with a cab driver on the way back from work Tuesday. While bringing the book No One Left to Lie to: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton by Christopher Hitchens back to residence for some reading, I decided to ask the driver what he thought of Bill Clinton. From what I had already read of the book I gathered that Hitchens did not have a high opinion of Clinton. He argued that the failings of his personal life could not be separated from his public life, and that Clinton frequently used public acts, such as missile strikes and foreign policy announcements, to hide his private acts. I do not know whether Hitchens’ argument holds water, but it is interesting to consider. Interestingly, the cab driver did not answer my question directly, but talked about something probably more important. He tried to express how it is very difficult and perhaps unfair to judge people in such high positions as harshly as we normally do. He told me a saying from Lebanon, where he was from, that we ought to remember that they are acting in that time and place as president. They are explicitly elected to make tough decisions, and judging them harshly for making those decisions is probably unfair. He presented an interesting flip on the Thomas Jefferson quote: “Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him?” Except in this presentation, he asked me whether we found angels in the form of the people to judge kings.
“Great haul this year, man...I won’t have to use my meal card for a week.”(Brandon Hicks/AQ) This is important to keep in mind with the presidential election. Partisan and unperceptive people felt that their candidate of choice won or presented better policies in the recent foreign policy debate. People who were actually listening to what was being said would have notice very few differences in what was actually being said. Patriot Acts, NDAA, Gitmo, drone strikes, and the like have all been expanded under Obama, things to which his supporters were violently opposed under Bush. If Romney is elected, I doubt that would change. When I am at my most petty, I accuse Obama supporters of some kind of amnesia starting in 2008. When I am honest with myself, I realize that I am not sure I would act any differently if I was in Obama’s shoes. There is just so much we do not know, and so many things not happening in the world because of the actions of people who will never be known.
This is what someone like Max Weber is trying to get at in Politics as a Vocation. There seem to be two ethics or poles that animate a politician. We have a conflict between the actual results of actions, and doing the right thing. Can good come from bad, and bad from good? In politics, the smallest taxation and the largest war are matters of violence. A good politician is in the terrifying position of having to please everyone, do the right thing, and get a good result while using this unwieldy and morally questionable tool. It is an incredibly difficult position to work in, and is not for the meek. Perhaps I misunderstood the message of the cab driver, or Weber, but I began to sympathize with those who govern us. I think with all the above in mind, we can properly understand the third presidential debate, the position these people may find themselves in.
I’m contacting you as an alumnus of STU to complain about the sad excuse for a columnthatis“Sexploration”byNateNearing. I was recently picking up some take-out from a local restaurant and flicked through a copy of the AQ sitting nearby while I waited. I read Mr. Nearing’s column in disbelief. Line after line was nothing but sexist krap that was neither funny or cool. I’mdisgustedandembarrassedthisdrivel passes for publication in a paper I used to write for at a respected school I graduated from. But more upsetting is the complete disrespectforwomenfoundinthatcolumn. Withanewcropofeditors,Icanunderstand iftheyareperhapstootimidtokillacolumn. Butwhytheuniversityadministrationhasn’t stepped in to demand better for the female
portion of thestudent body is beyond me. It seems I’m not the only one who takes issue with Mr. Nearing’s shoddy work since above his column was a letter from reader Sam Bates pointing out similar things I’m complaining about. After two public complaints,andlikelymoreunofficiallyinthepaper’sreadership,someoneattheAQneeds to tell Mr. Nearing to clean it up. If he can’t, perhaps he should be told to move on and shop his literary wares someplace else. Sincerely, Cheryl Norrad TheAQreservestherighttoeditandpublish letters sent to the editor.
Tommies improving but results remain unchanged Tommies show best performance of season in loss to StFX
SMU dominates STU Saturday night in disappointing Tommies showing
Matt Tidcombe The Aquinian
The on ice performance of the St. Thomas Tommies saw a drastic improvement Friday night, but the result was no different than any other game, a 3-2 loss to the StFX X-Men. “The way we lost that one was a little easier to swallow,” said head coach Troy Ryan. “We worked hard, outshot them, we had some great quality scoring chances, but we just came up short.” The X-Men got the go ahead goal with only 2:24 left in regulation as Josh Day scored on a wrister that went blocker side on Tommies goalie, Jonathan Groenheyde, deflating the 673 people in attendance. “Man for man on paper, St.FX is a pretty good team, and for us to hang in there and get as many shots as we did, so there were a lot of positives out of tonight’s game,” Ryan said. Jason Bast would give the X-Men the lead seven minutes into the game. The Tommies responded positively, creating plenty of chances, the closest being a Steve Sanza shot that hit the post. The pressure finally paid off for the Tommies as Alexandre Leduc got his first goal of the season as he tapped home from close range after X-Men goalie Drew Owsley couldn’t hold onto the Sebastian Bernier shot. Marc-Andre Levesque got the other assist on the goal. The second period was marred with penalties, breaking the rhythm for both teams. Chris Morehouse, who had to crawl off the ice in first period after blocking a shot, took a stick to the face in the second, busting him open. He left the game, but would later return to the fray.
Colin Martin skates the puck out of his own zone during Saturday night’s game (Matt Tidcombe/AQ) On one of the many second period powerplay opportunities, the X-Men would regain the lead through Spencer McAvoy. He was left wide open back door as Michael Kirkpatrick fed him a nice pass through the crease. Despite falling behind, the Tommies offense continued to spark. A Jonathan Bonneau wrister was magnificently saved by Owsley after X had turned the puck over in their own zone. The pressure paid off as Christian Morin found the back of the net with a slap shot from
The not-so-fun side of sports: losing
Matt Tidcombe The Aquinian
I knew it was going to be a rough day as soon as we took the court for warm-ups. Our team could barely make a lay-up; we were shooting air balls like it was going out
the blue line to tie the game at 2-2. Jordan Thomas grabbed the only helper on the play. “For the first time this year I saw an attitude that they were actually working as a team. Anytime we can get them working as a team, good things will happen,” Ryan said. The Tommies continued to muster offensive chances in the third period, but couldn’t break Owsley, and Day ultimately would steal the game for the X-Men towards the end. “Tonight, they just deserved a better fate for sure.”
of fashion. We couldn’t even set-up a legitimate warm-up drill. The opposition on the other hand, were throwing down dunks and hitting jumpers with what seemed like hardly any effort. This translated directly to the court. The result? A 98-4 loss. I guess that’s what happens when a bunch of guys get together to form a basketball team to represent your school with no coach. Needless to say, the team disbanded only a few more losses later. I’vecertainlybeenonmyfairshareoflosing teams over the 15 or so years I played sport. And over the last few years, we’ve certainly seen some losing on the STU side of things, none more emphatic than the 104-6 drubbing the women’s rugby team suffered againt IplayedrugbyforfiveyearswhileIlivedin England.Ourteamwasfairlysuccessful,but
Matt Tidcombe The Aquinian
It’s one step forward, two steps back for the St. Thomas Tommies. After putting together a good performance Friday night in a loss to StFX, the Tommies took a major step back in putting together a dire performance against the St. Mary Huskies. “It’s pretty disappointing, you know,” said assistant coach Tim Smith. “We talked about how important it is to put game back-to-back-to-back, and when you take a step or two, or half a dozen in the wrong direction
we always had that one team who would just tear us apart and that was Grantham. They used to crush us every game. I kid you not, but the only reason we were happy to play them was because they were a private school. And that meant afterthegamewegotfedahugedinnerand man, it was always good. It didn’t matter if we had just lost 55-7 or whatever, the meal made the trip alone worth it. Therewasanotherteamweusedtoplay, althoughtheschool’snamepassesme,but theyhadthisonekidwhowenamed‘hamburgerboy.’Quiteself-explanatoryreally.He wasmassive.Irememberonetimehisteam got a penalty at the five meter line. Instead ofkickingthepenaltyortakingascrum,they decided to do a tap start where they made apoppasstohamburgerboywhowasrunning full steam at us. Our method to tackling this guy? One of
after an effort like last night, it’s pretty disappointing.” It took a little over five minutes for SMU to take the lead as Justin Wallingford scored on the powerplay with a slap shot from the blue line. The rest of the period wore on without much incident, although Alex Labonte received a 10 minute game misconduct for a checking from behind. It took only four and a half minutes into the second for SMU to double their lead, Cory Tanaka tipping in a Michael D’Orazio shot. STU again didn’t show much in the period,
ourplayersjumpedonhisback,whilefiveor sixotherguystackledhimdownatthewaist and legs. We were able to successfully do it a few times, but hamburger boy got the better of us far too often and that resulted in us getting whooped. In England we have something called the mercy rule. When a team gets up by 50 points the game’s called. It doesn’t matter if it’s the 75th minute or the 35th minute, it’s done. Safe to say, I’ve experienced that a few times over the years. My grammar school team – yes I went to grammar school in England – was made up of guys who genuinely played rugby. A large number of us, including myself, had tryouts with the Leicester Tigers academy rugbyunionteam.Wewerefarfromscrubs, but as with any team, we lost our share of games too.
besides a minute long flurry on the SMU goal, but Huskies goalie Anthony Peters stood tall. Four minutes into the third it was 3-0 SMU. Kyle Pereira took a nice pass from Lucas Bloodoff and he fired in a perfectly placed wrister off the cross-bar and in. It became 4-0 only 23 seconds later. Tommies goalie Jonathan Groenheyde couldn’t hold onto the puck in front of goal and Ryan Hillier was there to tap in. “You can’t play this game, just to play it, you need a work ethic. If you don’t have a work ethic you really can’t accomplish much,” Smith said. STU’s Kyell Henegan, Alexandre Leduc and Nick Brown all received 10 minute game misconducts at the 6:08 mark as frustration and tempers began to boil over for the Tommies. It initiated after Leduc checked Brad Smith into the door on the SMU bench, causing both teams to get in each others faces. SMU continued to poor it on as Bloodoff tipped in a low slap shot to make it 5-0 with just over 13 minutes left. Steve Sanza came closest to scoring for the Tommies, but his nice backhand, forehand deke on the doorstep was brilliantly saved by Peters. “You’ve just got to come back to work and focus on some of the positives from the weekend, “Smith said. Groenheyde made one of his 44 saves to deny Chris MacKinnon on a breakaway as the game wound down. The Tommies only had 17 shots all game while racking up 52 penalty minutes in front of 634 fans. “There’s a lot from Friday night we can look at and continue to do and there’s a lot from tonight we need to look at and turn it around,” Smith said.
Maybe if we practiced union rules instead of league we may have been more successful at the breakdowns. It never ceased to amaze me when our coach got angry at us for not winning many mauls. “Maybe if we practiced them we’d be better!” was what I was often left thinking. Nevertheless, it’s all about improving. You have to lose to improve. If you win every game by a comfortable margin you become complacent and that isn’t good moving forward. Look,losingispartofsports.Itmakesyou learn from past mistakes, it allows for room to improve. But losing is never a fun experience and that can be rest assured, especially when you’re getting blown out. Yep, I’ve been on the end of that too many times over the years.
Basketball teams expect to improve on bronze medals at Nationals Lady Tommies win Ken Gould Invitational Tournament with 4-0 record Robert Johnson The Aquinian
After coming off the best season in St.Thomas Women’s basketball history, there are high expectations coming into this year. After their second straight undefeated season, which led to an ACAA championship and a bronze medal at Nationals; will this season bring more of the same? For every new season, comes a new team. This was again the case for the 2012-2013 Women’s Tommies. The team had to fill five roster spots for this year. “This year’s recruits are a perfect mix of talent, each bringing different things to the squad. Shooters, slashers, posts and tough defenders,” said Assistant Coach Peter Douthwright. Saint John’s Erin Kelly, a first year post player, is one of the five new players. Rothesay’s Carissa McTague is another first year post player, while Moncton’s Danielle LeBlanc is a guard in her second year of university, but first year at STU. Woodstock’s Samantha Wilson played as a guard for UNB last year, but is also new to STU. Fredericton’s Olivia Dobblestyn is a guard in her third year at St. Thomas. She returns to the team after taking last year off. There are four players in their final year on the team this year. Ashley Bawn, Kathleen McCann and Renee LeBlanc are all co-captains this season, while Hannah Macdonald is in her fourth year too. The roster’s completed by returning players Kelly Vass, Hilary Goodine, and Laura Anderson. “We once again have a full roster of 12 very skilled, very focused and driven players. The girls are motivated to compete amongst the very best nationally. Seven of the 12 players experienced the national tournament. Those players know what it’s going to
take. So this year’s program are striving to compete and repeat as national medalist,” said Douthwright. The team opened their pre season schedule in Quebec, and played three hard fought games. STU came away with three losses, but coach Fred Connors said “the games were a sign of another tough Tommies team.” The next pre season games were in Miramichi, for the Hopes on the River tournament. These three games really showed a major improvement in the team. The first game was a rematch against Vanier from the Quebec tournament, and this time STU won by 10, 76-66. They also won against the CIS All-Stars to finish the tournament with an impressive record of two wins and one loss. The Tommies went 4-0 in the annual Ken Gould Invitational Tournament held at the South Gym this past weekend. Ashley Bawn and Danielle LeBbanc were named tournament all-stars. The Tommies won all games convincingly in the final build-up before the regular season begins. ACAA playoffs are held in Fredericton this year, so it would be a perfect story for the Tommies to three peat as ACAA champions at home. “You can expect us to work hard and compete to the best of our abilities each time we are out on the floor,” said co-captain Renee LeBlanc. The women’s Tommies open their season at home (South Gym) to a very tough King’s College and Mount Saint Vincent teams, on November 3rd and 4th. *** Just like the women, the men’s Tommies are coming off their most successful season in recent memory. They stunned the number one seeded Mount Saint Vincent in the ACAA championship to win a nail biter in overtime. The momentum carried into Nationals, where the
Ashley Bown dribbles up the court during the Ken Gould Invitational (Cara Smith/AQ) men took home a bronze medal; it was their first medal at the National level, since they finished second in 2004. The 2012-2013 roster is a much different one from the team that brought home the ACAA championship last year. In saying that, the team doesn’t feel the results will be any different this year. “The expectations are to repeat as ACAA champs and move on to the nationals and bring home that gold medal,” said guard, Jason Daniels. This year’s edition of the men’s Tommies have made a lot of changes, including eight new players. Pugwash, Nova Scotia’s Blaine Reid, a first year guard , is one of the eight new players. Alex Macleod is also a guard from Cape Breton. Dylan Gallant and Judah Jackshaw are both
Women’s soccer team lose in ACAA playoffs Nathaniel Basen The Aquinian
In a spirited game in front of a boisterous crowd, the undefeated Holland College women’s team took care of business against St. Thomas University, walking away with a 4-1 victory. HC jumped out to an early lead, thanks in part to two goals from First-Team AllConference selection Megan Spicer. They would never look back, maintaining control of the scoreboard despite several scoring opportunities for STU that were turned away by Goalkeeper of the Year Amanda Wheatley. Katelyn Peters and Cara Pettipas also scored for HC, while First-Team All-Conference selection Ashley
Swinton netted STU’s only goal. The win continues a brilliant season for Holland College’s women, which included Coach of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year honours for Amy Connolly and Amanda Wheatley respectively. Meanwhile, STU’s playoff season comes to an end as Rookie of the Year Logan Kennedy hopes to claim third place. Megan Spicer took home Player of the Game honours for HC, while Ashley Swinton did the same for STU. Holland College moves on to take on second ranked Mount Saint Vincent for the championships on Sunday.
from P.E.I , Matt Veno and Jake Tozer are both from Miramichi. Lonzel Lowe is a post player from Ontario, who played for UNB last year, but is new to STU. Fredericton’s Jason Daniels is a guard in his second year at St.Thomas who returns to the team after taking last year off. “Everyone on this team plays a role, no exceptions. Our rookies are doing very well in our exhibition games and will be a key reason for our success,” said Daniels. The returning players for the Tommies this season are Corey Delong, Dave Dolan, Nathan Mazurkiewicz, Joe Maxwell, Brad Hovey and Calvin LeBlanc, with Dwight Dickinson once again behind the bench. With the core nuclease still in place, the team should find success this season. “Our mindset heading into this
Results: Women’s Hockey STU 1 St.FX 6 STU 2 SMU 1 (OT)
Schedule: Nov.2 Men’s Hockey STU @ Acadia 7 p.m. Nov. 3 Women’s Hockey UPEI @ STU GHC 3 p.m. Women’s Basketball UKC @ STU South Gym 3 p.m.
Ashley Swinton has a shot on goal during the Tommies ACAA semi-final (St. Thomas University)
Men’s Basketball UKC @ STU South Gym 5 p.m.
season is to solidify our position as a national contender. We are looking at last year not as a success, but as an important step toward to winning a national title. The exposure to national level talent has shown us the level at which we have to perform and has added a new level of commitment to excellence,” said Nathan Mazurkiewicz. The men have had tough competition throughout pre season, including an 81-60 loss against Southern Maine Saturday night, but have competed and showed improvement throughout the first two months. The Men’s Tommies open their season at home(South Gym) to King’s College and Mount Saint Vincent, which is guaranteed to be some good basketball on November 3rd and 4th.
Men’s Volleyball UKC @ STU South Gym 7 p.m. Men’s Hockey STU @ Dal 7 p.m. Nov. 4 Women’s Hockey STU @ MTA 2 p.m. Men’s Volleyball UKC @ STU South Gym 11 a.m. Women’s Volleyball MSVU @ STU South Gym 1 p.m. Women’s Basketball MSVU @ STU South Gym 3 p.m. Men’s Basketball MSVU @ STU 5 p.m.
My Favourite Thing... By Joe Tunney I’ve seen the Big Lebowski about 25 times, not including acid flashbacks. It’s kind of a big deal for me. I have the shirts, coffee mugs, fridge magnets, a mouse pad and a clicker thingy that spouts random “Dudeisms” like: “Careful, man, there’s a beverage here!” and “At least I’m housebroken.” It’s a weird movie for sure: from Jesus, the sex-offending king bowler; to Saddam Hussein dispensing shoes behind the counter; to Walter, the Vietnam vet who destroys the wrong sports car in a profanity-filled rage. (As the censored TV version goes: “This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps!”) And hey, what’s not to like about a movie with porn stars on trampolines? Also, you have to love the Dude. Who’s the Dude? A stoner loser, just like you and me. He lives the total slacker lifestyle. For God’s sake, he writes cheques for 69 cents. So, what’s this movie about? Essentially, one thing: getting back the rug that two thugs peed on mistaking the Dude for another guy named Lebowski. The Dude may be a loser, but he’s a loser with principles (and a pretty strict drug regimen to keep his mind limber). As students, we can relate. Socrates may ask a lot of good questions, but The Dude abides. He has his priorities. He only wants to get what he lost: the rug that tied his room together. Perhaps the Coen brothers were making a metaphor about regaining balance in our lives. Or maybe they were just stoned. Whatever, if you don’t get it, you’re out of your element, Donnie.
Artist of the Week Molly McGovern
Overheard at STU
“You can pray to the gods all you want, but me, like the Athenians, will destroy you” - Poli sci prof
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Molly McGovern is a second year student planning to major in either Gerontology or Fine Arts. This piece is called “Friends in Low Places” and was done in pen and Prisma colour markers.
“A Vanier girl was out late studying at the library. It was a stormy night so she was wearing her yellow rainjacket. She felt like she was being followed so she ran to the JDH side door of Vanier but couldn’t find her keys. She shook the door hoping someone would let her in. No one came. She was raped and killed. On rainy nights, like the one she died on, that door still shakes.” - Elizabeth Strange