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Feb. 8, 2011 - Volume 75 Issue 16
Caf staff nearing strike
Negotiations have “broken down,” says VP of local union
Aramark staff at St. Thomas University might be waving their picket signs soon. The union members have been negotiating their contracts with Aramark, their employer, since July 2009 and still
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haven’t come to an agreement. According to Jamie Pilling, the vice-president of the Canadian Union for Public Employees (CUPE) of local 3372, progress has been slow. The two parties got policy issues off the table early and have been focusing on monetary issues like wages and pensions. “The gap has closed, but
there is still a divide between us.” Pilling says “things kind of broke down” about five months ago. The union had to hire a conciliation officer who acts as a lawyer for union members. His job is to help find the middle ground between the two parties’ proposals.
Watching and waiting
But Pilling still feels like they’re in limbo. “I hope it’s more...stable rattling than anything,” he said. “And I hope that when the time comes we can hit something here...before it ever gets to that point [of a strike]. “Because quite honestly, we don’t want to be out there.” In the 17 years Pilling has
been with Aramark – and the 21 years Aramark has been at STU – the cafeteria staff has never gone on strike or been locked out by their employers.
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Sports photo spread
Reel love: A selection of movies to watch alone and together
Features 10-11 Like a Bosse:
Accomplished STUdent writes her own story
So, is STU catholic? We asked, and you gave us
Endangered Eagle? Should STU’s men’s hockey coach should throw in the towel?
Nouran Aly: “If the situation completes, I want to go back. I don’t want to stay here and see my country falling apart,” says Egyptian UNB student.
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Well, St. Thomas, you sure had a lot to say about last week’s front page story “Is STU Catholic?” The majority of my newspaper-related conversations last week and three of the four letters we received this week revolved around this story. Although each addition to the dialogue was interesting, one letter in particular stood out. The author asked why that story in particular had been selected for the front page. Shouldn’t that space be reserved for hard hitting stories that answer questions as opposed to stories with no real answers? It’s a valid point, so I thought I would share a bit about the process we go through at the Aquinian when it comes to choosing our front-page story. Before the general story meeting on Tuesday, the section editors get together for an hour to discuss story ideas for the coming week. Many stories are discussed at this meeting, but the majority of our time is devoted to discussing the centrespread and figuring out what stories might have front-page potential so we can ensure we have a clear idea of where we want the story to go and the best art possible to go with the story when we put the paper together on Sunday. Some weeks, finding a front-page news story is easy we hear about something happening on campus and it’s so big it has to be on the cover. But as the cliche saying sug-
gests, other weeks, it’s not as clear. On these difficult weeks, we can be discussing the front-page right up until Sunday morning. When decisions are made on Sunday, they can go down in one of two ways: online via email or Google Documents (where we do the majority of our editing) or in a quick, informal conversation with the news editor and the photo editor about what stories look interesting and what they need to get them front-page ready. The “Is STU Catholic?” story was discussed at our regular story meeting as a potential cover story. It didn’t turn out exactly as we anticipated, but when it was filed, we spent some time tweaking it to bring it a little closer to the original intention. Although we hoped something newsy would come up between Tuesday’s meeting and layout on Sunday, it was a slow news week. So we decided to revisit a question we asked a couple years ago, even though we knew we’d face the same challenges we faced then in terms of finding an answer to the question. Because ultimately, the question “Is STU Catholic?” doesn’t have an answer - at least not a simple one. The answer will differ depending on who you ask. But just because a question doesn’t have an easy answer doesn’t mean we shouldn’t ask it or think about it. It wasn’t the most newsy story, but it got you - the readership - talking. It made you ask questions, both about the traditions STU clings to and the way your campus paper approached the topic. It made you think about what you were reading and voice your opinion. And that reaction, that dialogue, is what we hope d to achieve by running the story in the first place.
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Lawrence Durling says Aramark’s offer is “quite generous” Pilling remembers when the STU professors went on strike three years ago. He says that’s part of the reason people want to avoid a strike. “We noticed...after the professors had their [strike], the place changed. It really did. It’s not the same here as it was before [the professors’ strike]... People seem to be more secretive. It doesn’t have that small school feel anymore,” he said. Burton Beach has been with Aramark for eight years. He says the staff is frustrated and doesn’t understand why the negotiations are taking so long.
“I’d like to see this settled as soon as possible so we can see we’re worth the money we’re asking for,” he said. “It’s not asking a whole lot.” Lawrence Durling, vice-president of administration and finance at STU, says Aramark’s offer is “quite generous” considering how much money the university has put aside for food services. He’s hopeful the two parties can come to a agreement soon. However, Durling said if the cafeteria staff does decide to strike or if Aramark locks them out, Aramark’s contract with
the university requires the company will bring in temporary workers until strike ends. According to the union, service workers are the lowest paid employees in the province. Pilling says compared to other university cafeteria staff, STU’s Aramark staff is the lowest paid in the Maritimes. “Everybody’s playing catchup and we’re significantly behind,” he said. “Something’s gotta give.” Pilling says the union gave Aramark their final counter-offer last week. Now it’s a waiting game.
If Aramark does not accept the offer, the union will ask the conciliation officer to file a report to Martine Coulombe, New Brunswick’s minister of post-secondary education, labour and training. She will then decide if the workers can strike or if it’s back to the negotiating table. “It’s a slow and steady battle that will hopefully get done before anything happens,” Pilling said. TOM BATEMAN/AQ
Strike watch: As long as Aramark has been at STU, the cafeteria staff has never gone on strike and they want to keep it that way.
Gov’t won’t enforce usage caps Amy MacKenzie The Aquinian
As the federal government tries to figure out the future of internet rates in Canada, STU students won’t see any new limits to their access. The university is locked into a longterm contract, ensuring no changes to the connection for residence and the rest of the campus network. Last week, Industry Minister Tony Clements told the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to reverse a decision forcing internet companies to set a cap on customer usage. The proposed billing would have had companies set a cap on the amount of usage allowed for each customer. Anything over that allowance would cost extra. Exact over-usage fees weren’t listed, but estimates were about $1 per gigabyte over the allowance. A gigabyte of traffic on the internet is roughly an hour on Youtube. But while the decision won’t affect students in residence, it could affect off-campus students like Chris Gallant. He’s with Rogers, who already has internet-usage caps. Gallant lives with four other people who share the same connection. The capped usage has cost them. “Until now, we [have] had unlimited internet and it was never an issue. Then Rogers just capped our usage without even notifying us. It wasn’t until someone mentioned we are going over our limits, and I was like, ‘What limits are you talking about?’” he said. “I looked at the bill and was stunned. “We are at any given time...running four different devices that are connected to the internet, and already [have] had to upgrade from 25 gigs a month to 50 gigs, and that came with a steep increase in charges.” According to Dan Hurley, manager of IT services at STU, usage-based billing would not affect students living in residence, the ones who maximize the amount of bandwidth available at all hours of the day. “Because everyone is using Limewire and Bit Torrent, it’s maxed all of the time,” he said. “So what we have to do is manage the bandwidth to restrict peer-to-peer applications during the day... Otherwise, trying to get on the CBC website during the day would be dead in the
water.” Hurley says this is one of the main reasons why large internet companies like Bell are pushing for usage-based billing. “They are feeling a lot of pressure around bandwidth.” STU has companies like Bell and Rogers compete to be the university’s internet provider. Once a deal is struck, the university has a fixed rate for three years. That means that students’ residence and technology fees would not increase as a result of usage-based billing. While large companies already use a usage-based-billing structure, this ruling would have forced smaller companies like Techsavvy who buy internet wholesale from large companies and resell it to customers who want unlimited usage. The CRTC’s decision would have forced these smaller companies to cap customers’ usage as well. The big telecom companies argue that customers using more bandwidth should pay extra because they are doing more damage to the system. It’s like 18-wheeler trucks paying more at toll booth - it’s the same road for both a car and a truck, but a truck does more damage and therefore pays more. Mike Carter, a fifth-year sociology student at STU, says he won’t be driving any vehicle if the cost goes up. He says he would have to cut his internet off if he was charged extra. “I would not be able to afford it and would probably end up on campus a lot more using the internet here,” he said. “If a lot of people do this, the internet could slow down on campus.” And because of the recent change in copyright laws that forces professors to post class material online, some students can’t help how much time they spend online. “I am constantly on the internet doing different readings for all of my classes,” said Elizabeth Fraser, a third-year English student. “Nowadays, most of my homework consists of Googling.” The CRTC’s final decision has yet to be made. The CRTC is appointed board of regulators of Canadian radio and television. When one of its decisions causes public unrest, the government has the final say. The board will present a revised proposal in two months.
Parking worries: Marilyn Luscombe, president and CEO of the New Brunswick Community College said during a tour of the new Fredericton campus last week that NBCC will work closely with UNB and STU to deal with parking issues. The new campus is expected to have up to 400 students. Luscombe said NBCC will encourage students to not drive and instead use public transit or other means.
Hallway pose: Scott Sellick, one of the construction workers at the new New Brunswick Community College Fredericton campus poses with NBCC President and CEO Marilyn Luscombe, and future campus principal, Heather Hathaway. Sellick is a civil engineering and technology graduate from the Moncton NBCC and is now working for the company building the Fredericton campus.
Exec to run for second term
Henry, Mazerolle confirm Shane Magee The Aquinian
Students at St. Thomas University may experience déjà vu when they go to vote in the Students’ Union election later this month. A number of candidates from previous elections have said their names will be on the ballot. Both STUSU president Ella Henry and vicepresident education Craig Mazerolle have confirmed they will be running again. “I can tell you I’m running again because, you know, you have to tell people you are running if you’re going to get nomination forms signed and that happens before campaigning,” Henry said in an interview last week. Last year, Henry ran against Melissa Bastarache and Mark Livingstone. Livingstone received the least amount of votes and a tie forced a runoff election between Henry and Bastarache. But Livingstone is up for the challenge again. He told The Aquinian he plans to run for president this coming election. Mary-Dan Johnston, the vice-president administration, was first elected to the position in a
by-election in 2009. She was re-elected for a fullterm last spring when she ran against Justin Marshall. Johnston was hesitant to respond to questions about running again, saying she would not want to violate campaign bylaws should she decide to run. But The Aquinian has heard from two other people - one a union member - that she does plan to run again. Marshall said he is planning to offer his name once again, but at the time of the interview, wasn’t sure which position he’d like. Marshall ran for one of the off-campus representative positions in the last fall election but lost. Vice-president student life Lydia MacDonell is not running, as she graduates this year. Michael Manning and Tracey House have also told The Aquinian they plan to run for positions. House is planning to run for one of the board of governors’ seats. All potential candidates could not discuss their campaign platform in the election citing by-laws that forbid active campaigning before Feb. 15. Last year the election focused on accountability, deficit reduction and transparency.
Deja vu: “I can tell you I’m running again because...you have to tell people you are running if you’re going to get nomination forms signed and that happens before campaigning,” Henry said.
Students inherit gov’t debt: STUSU
VP education Craig Mazerolle says high tuition drives students out of the province
to the public so people could suggest ways to cut costs and increase revenue. Cuts to post-secondary eduMazerolle called on the govcation will do more harm than ernment to do three things: good, STUSU vice-president increase the funding to unieducation Craig Mazerolle told versities, transform the timefinance minister Blaine Higgs ly competition benefit and tuon Thursday. ition rebate program and treat “You might save a bit of international students fairly money in the short-term,” said because their tuition costs are Mazerolle. “But the long-term higher than other students cost of putting more and more “One of the major reasons debt on the backs of students why we see so many people and their families is immense. leaving this region is because of “What you are doing is turn- student debt,” Mazerolle said, ing provincial debt into per- adding that the average Marisonal debt and this will cost time student will graduate with the province much more in the $37,000 in debt. long run.” “We know for a fact that stuSHANE MAGEE/AQ Mazerolle presented the dents with high levels of debt No cuts: At the pre-budget consultation meeting last week, STUSU president Ella Henry holds a banner urging government not Students’ Union’s position at are the most likely to leave to to cut university funding the finance minister’s pre-bud- go find work elsewhere.” get consultation. New Bruns“It’s not going to be easy,” mographic situation. be less crucial as we go for- doesn’t want tax money subsi- er. To be [from] outside of the wick is facing a $820 million Higgs said, outlining New “If we start the process it ward because there will be in- dising his education. country and going to school deficit. The meeting was open Brunswick’s financial and de- will have less of an impact and cremental improvements. We “We need to be sure stu- here. I think that’s a common know that the action required dents are being prudent with practice.” is immediate.” their spending so they’re not The finance minister said But Fredericton city coun- borrowing beyond their means he hasn’t heard a lot from stucillor Jordan Graham thinks and getting themselves into a dents other than at the meetovercoming student debt isn’t situation that makes it difficult ings in Fredericton and Grand as difficult as most think. A when they do get out and to Falls. But what he has heard UNB student with more than pay off no matter where they has been about tuition costs. $50,000 in student loan debt, work. So be responsible in that This year the tuition freeze he says hard work and limited regard,” Higgs said later in the the Liberal government had in spending will get students on meeting. place will end. David Alward’s the right track. “We need to be responsible Progressive Conservatives are “If you manage your financ- as a government to make sure moving forward with a plan es well, this province has just as our university fees are fair and to create a four-year tuition much opportunity as any other equitable so that we are com- schedule so students can plan province in this country. And petitive with other jurisdic- for the cost of their education. the sooner we realize that, and tions.” The provincial budget will be stop feeling bad for ourselves After the meeting, Higgs released on Mar. 22. The fourthe better we’re going to be.” said he wants internation- year funding system, which will “I agree,” Higgs said. al students to take advantage determine tuition costs, will be “I’m sorry, but the student of university education in the negotiated over the next year. SHANE MAGEE/AQ Higgs: “We need to be responsible as a government to make sure our university fees are fair loan program is very good,” province but doesn’t “think it’s and equitable so that we are competitive with other jurisdictions.” Graham said. He says he unusual that [tuition is] highShane Magee The Aquinian
TheAQ Op/Ed What The Fuck Is A “Snooki”?!
Almost Intelligent with Colin Hodd
“Battle not with monsters lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you”- Friedrich Nietzsche
This past week I have been subjected to episodes of “shows” (a word which applies here only in the loosest sense) like Jersey Shore and Teen Mom. This is the Abyss which Nietzsche so nicely explained. These two shows feel like the entire lineups of TLC and MTV. The Learning Channel and Music
Talkback Dear Ms. Lorai, I got a great laugh when I read your article in the AQ this week. There were two reasons for this. One was the way you worded your encounter. It was funny and refreshing, a very good read. The second was the place you went searching for a gentleman. A bar? Yes, you said you weren’t looking for true love or anything of the sort, but then you get all huffy about drunk people at an establishment which was built to serve drinks to people who wanted to get drunk. Dance club or Irish pub, these places make their money by selling you a beer that you could buy yourself for way cheaper. Also, if you think it is only Canadians who are like this you are sadly mistaken. Canadians, Americans, Irish, French, Italians, the list goes on and on. Drinks and beautiful women never mix with people who like to get smashed and every nationality and race has its share. If you want to meet the gentlemen, we are the DDs, standing on the fringes, trying to avoid the drunk girls falling over as their friends guide them to the bathroom to bow down to their porcelain god. Still, you make a good point, people don’t need to get trashed. However, this is not a cultural divide, it is simply a fact of alcoholic entertainment. I wish you luck in your search for a nice dance partner in Fredericton and if we ever cross paths unknowingly, I hope that I will leave at least one good impression of Canadian men for you. Sincerely, Evan Schriver
Television feature no learning or music. In fact watching Sarah Palin’s Alaska not only kills brain cells, but compels them to an elaborate form of ritual suicide not unlike the samurai tradition of seppuku. There was a time when I thought that Survivor and Let’s Watch A Hundred Aggressively Unskilled People Attempt A Skill Until Finally Showing A Talented Person (Dancing With The Stars, American Idol are examples) were bad TV. I was wrong. I have seen the Beast of Revelations. It is approximately four feet tall and makes a noise like ten thousand cats caught in a trash compactor.
No name used by man can be placed upon it, so it goes by the unholy moniker of “Snooki.” She is the herald of a new age, the Ragnarok of intelligible content. At the very least, American Idol involves some kind of skill. Survivor requires some ability. These compliments don’t come from a place of love. I loathe both shows with the kind of hatred that makes Stalin look cuddly. Watching Jersey Shore or Teen Mom on the other hand fills me with this sort of empty sick feeling. I recognize that these things on the screen are shaped like I am, but beyond that I feel no connection. You know that vague, unsettling feeling you get from something that is nearly, but not quite, human (if you saw Polar Express you felt it)? I fucking get that watching Jersey Shore, and it is filmed using actual damned people. Someone pointed out to me that Pauly D is almost 30 years old. In theory, he’s a man but all he does is bitch about his degree of tannage and his goddamn hair gel! Build a house, paint a fence, wear a fucking SHIRT even. Teen Mom upsets me for very different reasons. One of the titular Teen Moms returns
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Email us at email@example.com (250 words or less please) Dear AQ: This is my first time writing to the Aquinian in my four years of reading it. Overall, I’m pleased with the student paper; especially the more recent stylistic and design improvement. Your Feb/1/11 - Vol.75(15) edition ran a front page news story that left me confused and somewhat disappointed about our student paper. Rather than directly answering the titular question, us readers are left to infer that this yet another inquiry about the student population with no absolute answer. I feel the need to offer another question in lieu of an answer: Why pose a question of this nature on the front page? I am not a journalism student, but this story seems to be incongruent with everything I know, as a reader, about the front page. It is my presumption that the oft-revered, salient and crucial “Front Page News Story” is a template reserved for stories of the utmost significance, offering readers objective insight into (usually) tangible news topics. This is not a personal attack on the writer or the subject of choice; it is a criticism of placement. This human/local/demographic interest story would have been immensely more appropriate and effective in the ‘Op/Ed’ section, or a similar section, of your paper. Rather than attempting to answer the question with a limited sample of people, there could have been a more dynamic approach of an opinion poll or survey, or both, in the attempt of answering the question. Thanks for reading, Ian James Davidson
Dear AQ: Thanks for your article “Is STU Catholic?” in the Feb. 1st edition of The Aquinian. One student quotation about the Catholic nature of STU being irrelevant because his generation questions everything made me think of the hubris of my long ago college years. Every generation has smugly prided itself on its cleverness at questioning authority. Only a small proportion of people in any generation have an interest in spiritual things, and the rest just carry on oblivious to such matters, priding themselves on being too smart to get caught up in the claptrap of institutionalized religion. Here’s a thought for today’s and every generation: instead of conforming to “question everything,” why not be radical and believe in something? It’s good to question. It’s also good at some point to commit to something meaningful. Given the range of articles in the Aquinian, I’d also have to surmise that free speech and open inquiry are also Catholic values. The Aquinian runs articles that a certain nearby university student newspaper seems to shy away from, especially on matters of sexuality. Keep up the good work. Bev Bramble, Instructional Designer University of New Brunswick, Teaching and Learning Services Centre for Enhanced Teaching and Learning (CETL)
When it’s animated, it’s less sad
home, and finds the father of her child feeding the baby. She treats it like its a big fucking deal. Like, legitimately excited and impressed that he fed the fucking child WITH FOOD SHE LEFT OUT AND PREPARED FOR HIM. To every potential mother reading this: the father of your child feeding his own baby falls directly and immediately under MINIMAL STANDARD OF ACCEPTABLE PARENT BEHAVIOUR. On some level I can accept Jersey Shore as vapid...entertainment....yeah, just vomited a little. If you want to watch what happens when you put lobotomy patients in a house with a hot tub and hair gel, be my guest. Teen Mom is different. A baby is not entertainment. Not that way. A baby is the incarnation of human potential, of new beginning. Seeing that squandered by people who wouldn’t understand a priority if it pointed to its own definition in a dictionary isn’t fun. It hurts. The cast of Jersey Shore chose emptiness. They chose the abyss. Babies have only the world they’re given and watching it rot makes me sick.
Dear. AQ: I was more than interested in the front page article proposing the question “Is STU Catholic?” I have often asked this question myself. I have questions and a concern myself: why was a prayer NOT said at the T-Pin ceremony at the Fall gathering to welcome new students? There was one said last week at the ring ceremony said by Father Jennings and Janice Ryan which was commented upon. If YOUTH are important to the future of the Church why is there not a full time chaplain to St Thomas? Students do not see an active presence of a priest on campus. Father Dolan is a legend and a great presence to his students. My concern was highlighted when a student stated to me that a lecturer made a negative comment to the class about the Pope and Rome, and gave the finger to that administration. She was distressed. Yes it is a university and free expression is encouraged but an explanation may need to be made as well. Another student expressed a similar situation. Both asked whether STU was CATHOLIC. The out pouring of support for each other, and the number present for the memorial service for Andrew Bartlett was an expression of a Spiritually that seems to be present in so many students. In the class I had during that week the lecturer paused at the beginning of the lecture for a moment. One could feel the presence of something special going on as students feel silent and prayed. The impressive Christmas Mass in early December at 10 p.m. was well attended. Perhaps the time was far better than a Sunday morning for students who seem to like late nights. The work done by Janice Ryan who encourages so many students by her “OPEN Door “policy is always trying to have students involved in activities within the community and far beyond. Ask any student at STU about what makes STU special and the answer is the staff care and are interested in us, and we are known by name. I have seen and witness values like compassion, love, and kindness all present in both staff and students, and also by the staff in the cafeteria. These are signs that we are different. Is that Catholic? Michael McCabe Student
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TheAQ Arts Arts Listings
Campus: International Film Screening “Seven Samurai” @ Harriet Irving Library Room 100, Feb. 8, 6 p.m. George Sipos and M. Travis Lane @ Memorial Hall Easy Gallery, Feb. 8, 8 p.m. Film screening “A Question of Beauty” @ Kinsella Auditorium, Feb. 10, 7 p.m. Winter Reading Circle “The Triumph of Narrative: Storytelling in the Age of Mass Culture” @ Brian Mulroney Room 206, Feb. 11, $15 William Engelen’s “Can you tell me a joke about your profession?” @ UNB Art Centre, Memorial Hall, until Mar. 4.
Gallery: Fashion and Jewelry @ Ingrid Mueller Art concepts, Feb. 9, 7-9 p.m. Maryse Arsenault @ Galerie des Bâtisseurs, Saint-Anne OPEN @ Ingrid MuellerArt Concepts, celebrating new gallery on Regent St. Dana O’Regan “The Arcalogs: Backgrounds and Landscapes” @ The Playhouse Annex until Mar. 14
“Whether you’re boned out of a date or taking your date to bone” theAQ fills you in on the hottest Valentine films Matt Clarke The Aquinian
For some, it’s about that time of February where you shower your little snugly-bug-baby-bear with thoughtful gifts, sweets and other offerings in order to keep the fiery coals of your love burning for another year. For others, it’s about that time of February to turn the lights out, turn up the Slayer discography and spend some time thinking about the blackness of your darkened soul. Whatever your plan, Valentines’ Day is the standard and you may as well make the best of it. And by ‘the best of it’ I mean you should get drunk and watch some movies. Below is a guide to my top three movies to watch if you are sentimental, and the top three to watch if your only
dates are a giant cheeseburger and hatred. If you’ve got butterflies for a special someone, Charade will compound those ten-fold. It’s the story of a recent widow being pursued by parties who are very interested in what her late husband did with their now absent fortune. Suspense sideplot aside, the real story is in the budding romance between Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, two irreplaceable Hollywood icons. Cinema Paradiso is one of the sweetest films I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. It’s about lost love, growing up, and finding friendship in unexpected places. It’s also about being in love with movies, which hits incredibly close to home in my case. It’s heart-warming as all get-out, and it’s sure to get a smile out of anyone.
Now, you are all about to judge the heck out of me—but I gotta say it: Sixteen Candles is the best 1980s John Hughes directed teen romantic comedy of all time. Underneath this rippled male physique of mine is a pearshaped goth girl and she giggles every time that hunk kisses Molly Ringwald at the end of the film. On the other hand, Kill Bill Vol. 1 (and to a lesser extent, Vol. 2) is a good anti-love movie. “The Bride”, an assassin looking to leave it all behind her, gets gunned down on her wedding day by her former boss (and lover), and spends the rest of the movie taking out everyone involved in search of vengeance. So much violence, so much hate; you will feel catharsis when you finish watching this film.
My Bloody Valentine should be on every holiday-themed movie list. It’s from the 1980s, it’s Canadian, and it’s cheesy. It’s also filled with pickaxe murders and scary miners. You might even find it scary enough to scare your significant other’s pants and underwear off. Make sure to watch the original, the remake is awful and not in an entertaining way. American Beauty is a great film, but it is incredibly depressing. If you want to get sad on Valentine’s Day and just have a big ugly cry to work out all those confusing puberty feelings, this is your movie. Well, maybe not; but it’s still really sad. Kevin Spacey has a midlife crisis, his daughter falls in love with a nerd and everything ends in shambles. My personal favourite Valentines’-themed movie is Terminator. It’s a romantic comedy about a future-robot who will stop at nothing to get to the woman he loves. Very emotion-
ally charged, it marks the first time the issue of robot/human relationships was addressed in a film (followed by such steamy films as A.I. and Short Circuit). The moment where the Terminator whispers “I’ll be back” sends chills of excitement up my spine every time. Whether you’re boned out of a date or taking your date to bone, make sure to watch some movies and have a good time. Also, I already have a date for the day, but if you want to buy me flowers and candy, I like orchids and truffles. Happy Valentines’ Day y’all!
Playhouse : The Dreaming: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Feb. 9-12, 8 p.m. $15 Caillou Live!, Feb. 13, 1 p.m. 4 p.m. $27.50
Music: House of David Gang @ the Capital, Feb. 10, 10 p.m. $12 Indie Pop Night @ the Capital, Feb. 11, 10 p.m. $6 Penny Blacks, Adam Mowery and the Names and Faces @ the Capital, Feb. 12, $5, 11 pm
What’s love got to do with it?
How to celebrate Valentine’s day in Fredericton, with a little bit of swag
Ben Burnett The Aquinian
If you haven’t got reservations, a honey or even a few bucks for the occasion, don’t worry - you aren’t out of options. Luckily, there’s always something to do on Valentine’s day, even if you’re just trying to keep your mind off lack of lady. On campus you can check out the free tango concert in Margaret McCain. Acclaimed flautist Karin Aurell and pianist Janet Hammock will be playing tango arrangements and it’s free! If that’s not right for you and your partner, you could always celebrate a few days early with the Capital’s countdown to Valentine’s show. Adam Mowery and Penny Blacks of Saint John bring their annual Valentine’s Day love-
song shin-dig to Fredericton. In past years the two have covered sizzling songs by Sam Cooke, the Smiths, the Temptations, the Beatles and Otis Redding. The countdown is scheduled for Feb. 12. Dress nice, because they encourage fancy attire. If you’re looking for something a little more sugarheavy, make your way to the Social Work Student’s Bake Sale in James Dunn on the big day, before 1 p.m. Proceeds will go towards Fredericton’s Sexual Assault Crisis Centre’s counselling program. Feeling left out? Well, the internet is offering a whole lot more than porn this February. Check out Find That Spark and Kipici. The two social networking sites are devoted to finding love around New Brunswick.
Kipici is based in Moncton and hosts singles-only events around the city, but with increasing popularity it could find itself in Fredericton soon. Leo Hayes High School is also presenting A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the playhouse until Saturday, so if you’re looking for a love story involving an ass, this is just $15 for students. If you’re a little burned out on “feelings” Cinema Politica will be airing Orgasm Inc. The documentary is an award winning look at shady dealings in the female love market (developing a pill to cure Female Sexual Dysfunction). That’s Friday at 7 p.m. Of course, I’ll be in my room treating number one (me) to home-pedicures and makeovers, indulging in 60 pounds of chocolate.
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Action packed videos get you high Film festival matches extreme sports with extreme art Sean Stanley The Aquinian
For 18 years, the Banff Film festival has been dropping by Fredericton as part of their world tour. In that time, the tour has grown to include 32 countries on all seven continents-even Antarctica. The films cover culture and environment messages, but mostly they are centred around sport. Everything from biking and kayaking to free climbing and base jumping, this festival may make you wonder why you ever go inside at all. People are lined up an hour early at MacLaggan Hall, waiting and talking over some food that’s been laid out. “It’s a great chance for the community to get out and talk to one another” says Chris Norfolk, the president of the UNB Rock and Ice Climbing Club. “And it’s a great fundraiser for the Climbing Club.” The Festival has become a tradition for the Fredericton community, a gathering place for people who want to be inspired to get outside. Even while everyone is still trying to get acquainted or caught up, there’s a calm sort of war for seats. “[It’s] a serious battle” says climber Duncan MacGillvray. “You layer so you have enough clothes on to throw some on seats for friends”. Within the first few moments, while more than a dozen sponsors flash by on the screen and the introduction plays, the chatter stops
and attention is rapt. The feeling in the room is tense, and little nervous twitches around the room; hands kneading, legs jiggling give away the excitement. The crowd is encouraged to clap, cheer and stomp, and “Use your outdoor voices!” but they don’t need to be told - the cheering is loud and friendly, right from the start. Of the films, the most affecting was probably the first: The Longest Way. Directed and produced by Christoph Rehage, it chronicles his yearlong walk across China, from Beijing to Urumqi, almost at the western border. Along the way, he took pictures of himself everyday. A year of walking and four months of editing led to slightly less than five minutes of absolutely amazing footage. This isn’t just a gathering for outdoor fans; the festival combined sport with excellent artistry. Beautiful shots and interesting technical choices, like watching skiing at 1000 frames per second, were in every film; not to mention things like hauling AV equipment up a 1400 foot cliff in The Asgard Project. There is lots to be taken from these films - I’m a little less afraid of heights. I’m a lot more interested in jumping off of tall things with wings attached to me. I genuinely enjoy the outdoor community in this brilliant little city. But to sum up the festival as a whole, all I can really do is cock my head and say “It’s awesome”. Don’t look down: UNB Rock and Ice Climbing Club hosted the Banff Film Festival last week.
St. Thomas makes bid for artist in residence Group of teachers hopes to land funding to bring in Jeffrey Spalding Michael Carter The Aquinian
Students in the university’s arts program have something to look forward to next year - that is, if the proper grants come through. St. Thomas is vying for funding that would go towards booking artists in residence. Despite some hurdles, the process is nearing completion. “The aim is for next year”, William Forestall, a part-time St. Thomas professor and member of the recruiting group, explains. Visiting artists would work with students in the fine arts program on various projects, enhancing classroom experience through presentations of art and demonstrations of technique. Their presence at the university would also contribute to the art community at large by close cooperation with various galleries around the city. Funding bids go through Arts N.B. The application process is nearing its
completion. The process is “a bit like buying a lottery ticket”, Forestall explains. “It’s like applying for a job, you send in the application in hopes that it will be accepted. If it is it will be a wonderful thing”. Forestall said there’s been some trouble determining whether STU should file an application as a nonprofit organization or not. As a non-profit, STU is eligible to have 100 per cent of the funds covered for visiting artists to come to the school. For-profit institutions are only eligible for 50 per cent The Arts N.B jury will decide if and how the funding will be provided, but a date for this decision has not been decided. A few names have been thrown in the ring, including Jeffrey Spalding, currently working in Alberta. A member of the Order of Canada, Spalding was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and earned a BA from the University of Guelph, MA from Ohio
State University and MFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In his 17 years as a professor of art, he taught at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, York University, The Banff Centre, The University of Lethbridge and Florida State University. He has been an invited artist and guest speaker internationally, and has delivered lectures at the majority of art institutions in Canada, including one at STU in October of this year entitled “4 walls, 6 decades”. Spalding’s reputation as a motivated and innovative talent in the museum world was solidified by his stint at the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery. When he arrived as director in 1982, the facility housed a collection of just 200 works. When he left in 1999, that number had increased to 13,000. If the funding goes through, experienced artists will be brought in to further the depth of study in class.
Wish list: Jeffrey Spalding is is “a genius…a guy who actually gets things done and makes things happen,” according to the Globe and Mail
t felt like I hit a wall when I made my first step on Indian soil. The heat was suffocating - literally. I had to breathe through my mouth to at least give myself the illusion that I was taking in more air - illusion, because the deeper I breathed in the more pollution entered my lungs. The smell was intolerable. Obviously everyone around me was used to the smell of rotten garbage and cow shit. So I tried not to choke and think about why my mouth tasted like...never mind. It thought I would never find happiness in a place like this. But when look back now, I realise just how wrong I was. I’m never sure what makes me happy or what may be missing in my life when I’m unhappy. But last May, I paid nearly $5000 to live outside the second biggest city in Tamil Nadu, India for an unpaid journalism internship. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and now I can finally put it into words. *** The day after I arrived in India, I rode my very first train, a very popular mode of transportation in the country. Most of the carts had open windows that left the 38 degree humidity in the dust – dust that ended up on my face, that is. After only an hour on board, I noticed my whole body felt heavy. I soon realized that there was a layer of dirt building up on my skin. After eight hours – most of which I slept – I made it to Madurai (the second biggest city in the state)
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Frequent Asked Questions about my voyage to India
Aren’t they all vegetarian? Didn’t you starve? Even though most of the food was vegetarian (I had the occasional boned-chicken dish), it was the most filling food I’ve ever eaten. I also noticed that mid-day snacks weren’t very popular, so your dinner bowl was never empty. I had to be careful not to offend my host-family when I refused a third helping. Do you know how to speak Indian? No. In fact, there is no “Indian” language. There are at least 30 languages and over 2000 dialects. In Tamil Nadu they speak Tamil, but it’s extremely hard to pick up. I know “Eppedi errukke” means “how are you.” The village kids mocked me on that one. Did you squat in a hole? Luckily my host-family’s home was equipped with a western-style toilette. But the holes that I did have to use - it was inevitable - were actually considered “modernized.” They were Indian-style toilette - a hole - but made out of porcelain. I avoided the hole on the train though. That stuff would have just landed on the tracks. Was it hot? The answer is yes. But after about 15 days, your body adjusts and you’re fine. An average day was 38 degrees, but sometimes it reached 43 degrees. Even the Indians thought that was hot. Sweating just became a way of life. Need to wipe your brown with the back of your hand? Do it. Got some sweet sweat marks? Wear some polyester. The shirt stinks? Hand wash and it will dry in two seconds. And the cycle continues... The land of festivals: Thousands of people walked along the main street in Pasumalai, Tamil Nadu, India towards a temple where they performed “pal abhishekam,” bathing the statue of their god in milk.
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Story and photos by Alyssa Mosher and family that being a tourist didn’t interest me. *** One day I got off work early because the city had to shut off the power for the day (a regular occurrence in a small town like Pasumalai). People were building cement houses across the street, so I decided to grab both video and still cameras and check things out. And it was the best decision I ever made. I ended up exploring a little village – with 30 kids as my guides. They wanted to show me everything. In a small town like Pasumalai, “foreign” are celebrities. Fathers will cut across the street in their motorcycles just so their young daughters can say hi to you. There was a parade of kids following me and no one was camera shy. I felt like I was intruding on this quaint little village hidden off the busy main road. But in India you’re always welcome. That day made me realise why I had come to India. I got to see the people, the ones that make the country so beautiful. They tried to teach me Tamil and I failed miserably. But they wanted to learn about me too, mocking me along the way. They were so warm – just like everyone else I came across. And it was a warmth that Canadians would consider almost fake. *** My few days in India were about me, but not in a self-centred way. I did what I wanted to do, but it involved showing up to work on time so I could write on my blog that friends and family monitored in Canada; I hassled my editors to leave the office on time so I could see as much of the city as
ids couldn’t stay away from the camera. “Anty, anty, one picture, one picture” they’d call. Although they got a llittle rough near the end of my her around and mocking my horrible Tamil, that day in the village meant more to me than any other day I spent in India.
possible; I read Eat, Pray, Love while my host-family’s cook prepared the South Indian food I grew to love; I popped across the street for a re-melted chocolate bar and fresh pomegranate juice so I could walk around the city satisfied after work. And most evenings after I had eaten my dinner and my host-father Ramaguru was eating his (guests always ate first even if that meant eating alone), we’d sit with our feet up, ceiling fans blowing down on our hair, exchanging cultural stories. We often sat with the lights off and one candle burning. My host-mother Latha would pop in every now and then and check on her husband’s plate. She only had to look at me and I felt peaceful. I felt happy. It took me six months following India to realise what makes me tick in the best way possible. And that’s simplicity. My host-family was well-off, but they didn’t have beds for themselves. They barely watched television even though they loved it. Even the food was simple. It was always some sort of grain with a vegetable mash-up. It’s hard to come back to Canada and find that same simplicity that existed in India. I’m not sure I’ve found it even eight months later. I’m not sure Indian simplicity can even exist over here. But I’ve made a point to find a simplicity that will work for me now, here, where I am in Fredericton. And I think that’ll do. Despite the stomach bacteria I got my second week in India, despite the unbelievable patience of the population, despite the heat, the smell, the garbage, India made me happier than I’ve ever been.
Calling: “I just felt so peaceful around my new home and family that being a tourist didn’t interest me.”
Like a Bossé
Accomplished STU student slows down to focus on who she really wants to be- herself Lauren Bird The Aquinian
There is a long list of accomplishments behind Emily Bossé’s name. She sat across from me at the end of a table in James Dunn and duly ticked them off on her fingers. “Treat or Eat, Student Union [in first year], Meal Exchange, a radio show at CHSR, Theatre St. Thomas, STU Jazz, Social Issues Advocate.” It’s a list to be proud of but she seems uninterested in talking about them. It’s more than just modesty. Emily is one of the most driven and accomplished students of this graduating class, she was on the direction to “perfection” but took a detour and found fulfillment. “I realized that the direction I was headed with my life and studies was aimed for other people and not for myself,” said Emily. Emily is graduating from STU in April with a major in political science but she’s sticking around for another semester to finish her honours in English. “I just want to write,” Emily said, but that’s not how she felt four years ago, or at least she didn’t know that’s how she felt. Emily grew up in Fredericton and graduated from FHS in 2007. A large scholarship from STU convinced her to enroll. She moved into residence in and jumped into university life. Her plan was to work for an NGO, Amnesty International or Oxfam, which isn’t that surprising. Emily’s sister is about to apply for her medical residency. She’s a couple weeks shy of being an OB/GYN. Her father teaches at FHS where he is heavily involved in the arts programs and her mother works in travel. Emily is composed, controlled, content. She sits straight up with the kind of posture that my mother tries for every New Year. Her transparency is refreshing. “It was hard,” said Emily about her extra-circulars. “I just sort of had to tear
Self discovery: Bossé is one of the most driven students in her graduating class, now she’s finally figuring out what she wants to do for herself
through it.” She isn’t volunteering as much as she used to, “This year I kind of had to take a little break for my sanity.” She was told to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship (a full ride to Oxford for a master’s degree). She didn’t. Last March Emily went to the UK and spent time in Oxford. It would seem like a perfect fit- Oxfam’s headquarters are there; it’s one of the most prestigious universities in world – but it wasn’t for Emily.
“I couldn’t spend four years there and not be miserable.” It was at Oxford that things changed for her. “I realized that I was striving for the wrong thing, I hated it,” she said. “It’s not a nice feeling when you’re spending so much time, energy, effort on this great project and take no pleasure in it. I had no passion for it.” Last year Emily wrote 30 papers. “Everything was so mentally exhausting,” she said. She came home from England
The mystery of the missing sex drive
Flaps and Shafts with Diana Myers I’ve caught myself in a situation where I hang out with a group of boys who don’t like sex. They defend themselves with cynical and barren excuses such as, “I get too lazy,” “I just don’t care,” or the real kicker, “Sex sucks.” I’ve tried my best to dominate these discussions through passionate lectures on how sex is essential for a good life. In the end, my tries are rejected by heated retorts, I’m called “dramatic” and “slutty” in several different ways, and the initial point of the conversation is lost and turned to dick jokes.
This constant badgering and defeat has made me feel emotionally mummified – hopelessly suffocated by male stubbornness -forcing so much inner turmoil, I’ve officially snapped and let majority rule. It has become not only a lost war, but a conversion to the dark side. In short: I’ve given up sex. The real deal breaker occurred over coffee with my friend Beej while she explained to me her worries about sex over-indulgences. She had just broken up with her boyfriend of three years and found it easier to get over him by
getting on top of as many other boys as she could swing. Although I hadn’t a reasonable excuse for over-sexing like she did, our anguish stemmed from the same problem: the line between being “a player” and “a slut” was becoming blurred. We made a bet to see how long we could go without having sex - first one to crack gets the other drunk for a night. Although Beej only lasted a week, I chose to continue on sex-free as a practice of self-restraint and an excuse to study these sexless boys with-
and switched her major. “I’d rather be writing a story.” “I realized that the direction I was headed with my life and studies was aimed for other people and not for myself,” said Emily. “I realized I would need to change every aspect of my life.” There was lots of support all around during the change. “Both my parents have been so extremely supportive, if my mother won the lottery she said she would buy an old house for me to write in.”
But the summer wasn’t easy. “It was hard to come to terms with,” said Emily. “But how hard it would be to write wasn’t as hard as not writing would be.” Emily wants to write fiction. “I would love to have a collection short stories some day.” Her composure changed when she talked about writing. She sat closer to the edge of her chair; her eyes grew a little bit wider - she was lighter. “I have been so incredibly happy this year,” she said, but she didn’t need to.
out distractions. At first glance, these human guinea pigs are typical boys. They drink beer, play NHL video games, talk about music, their penises and farts, and watch a lot of porn. They bitch about wimpy guys and boast about Tom Green, occasionally splurge on a night of drugs and are strangely content with wearing the same shirt for weeks on end. This normalcy, however, was not going to fool me. I began my research study by asking a few simple, nonchalant questions and was disturbed to find the answers were extremely prudish and detailed. To sum it up, they told me they only want chicks who are sluts in the bedroom and ladies by day and who suck dick because they like it, not because it’s mandatory. They also claim to hate it when the girl is on top ‘ruining’ their god-given rhythm, but complain when the girl just lies there. As they revealed this underestimated world of theirs, chugging beers and loudly congratulating each other each time a mutual sex faux-pas was mentioned as the sloppily consumed beer becoming one with their greasy hair and stained clothing,
I realized they’re too carefree to be so picky about a topic such as getting laid. My hypothesis is that these boys are simply wimps. They’d rather bitch and complain about the ways in which they don’t want their dicks to be sucked than to hike up their pants and attempt wooing a girl into sucking it for a night. The drugs, beer and cigarettes probably don’t help the overall arousal situation, but the real story here is that girls just have bigger balls than guys do, but for some reason – probably pertaining to jealousy – we’re labelled as ‘sluts’ instead of ballsy. I don’t want to come off as a complete feminist however, so in their defence, one night stands are typically a thing of the past, and unwanted emotions become strenuous when all you wanted was a good bang. Even though the mystery is somewhat resolved, I’m still sticking to my celibacy streak. Yeah, it’s a lonely life and strengthens peanut butter cravings to a sickening level, but when I look around at my guy friends, dry humping each other while screaming Tom Green’s lyric, “Get the poo off my bum,” I think maybe it’s better than having some dick in my mouth after all.
Fine Dining for the Financially Challenged
Into the mind of Dr. Narine
Remember this? No, you don’t. But it was probably good.
DIY Nostalgia Cereal by Megan MacKay
Beyond books: Dr. Narine says there are to many things in this world to think about to ever be bored
Walking down the cereal isle of your local grocery store is a depressing sight. Gone are the days of bright colored sugary morning treats with Saturday morning cartoon tie-ins. Where my Mario Brothers marshmallow delights at? Not here. Now your breakfast cereal can actually make your heart healthier, rather than making it explode out of your eyes using red dye number 74. I say eff that. That’s boring. You’re a grown up now. You can make your own sugary breakfast memory jolt. Here’s how.
You will need:
1 tbsp olive oil 3 tbsp honey (or more, depending on your sugar tooth) Plain cereal of your choice (Rice chex, puffed wheat or rice crispies work just fine) 50 small colored marshmallows Milk
Heat the olive oil in a non stick pan on medium. Drop in your plain cereal and coat it in the honey, stirring frequently. Let it cook in the pan until it’s golden brown. Take your sticky sweet new cereal off heat, throw it in a bowl with the marshmallows. Give it a ballin’ name like Sexplosion Sugar Bob-Bombs or Lethal Mallow 3s. Toss some milk on it, plunk yourself down in front of some cartoons and shovel that stuff into your face. Enjoy.
Do you have a dish that can be made on the cheap? Send the recipe to firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan MacKay The Aquinian
Walking into Shaun Narine’s office feels a little like walking into his brain. The first thing you notice are the books. Bookshelves cover the walls from floor to ceiling, jammed pack with hardcovers, on a wide variety of topics from politics in Asia Minor, to the religions of the world. “I find everything interesting,” Narine said. “I can’t remember the last time in my life when I was actually bored. There is always something to do, there’s always something to think about, there’s always something to read.” Narine teaches international relations at STU, and he is the chair of the political science department. He has written countless essays on the politics of Asia Pacific, the Middle East, American and Canadian foreign policy and a book called Explaining Asean: Regionalism in Southeast Asia. He is interested in everything from history to astrophysics, from the financial crisis
The way I am Hirstory with Stefanie Boucher-Bouchard I’ve always been a driven person, never letting anyone tell me what I can or cannot do. Still, that doesn’t mean I’m immune to the bullshit people have been throwing my way for years. I grew up in a military family, so I had parents who tried to control me like they did their troops. I was my mother’s only child, her pride and joy (at times) so there go my options for privacy and freedom. I was a competitive athlete, so I had strict rules laid down by my coaches and clubs. Now I’m the lesbian you’re all trying to fit in a
stereotype where I don’t belong. Is it really that difficult to accept me as I am? As a lesbian I’m expected to fit into this broad spectrum of LGBTQ definitions, but I tend to pick and choose which parts of a definition I like. This is fine within the community, but try explaining to someone outside the LGBTQ world what a “genderqueer female bodied dyke” is and you might get some strange looks. They ask me why I can’t just identify as a lesbian, or as transgender. Try explaining to your mother you don’t want
to China. But if you look a little closer, you notice his interests are even broader. There is a model of the Starship Enterprise perched on top of his desk. “I am a fantasy fan,” Narine admits. “I was always a fan of science fiction, fantasy and all those sort of geek things. I’m happy to say I’m a geek.” While Narine was living in Vancouver in early 2000s, he followed a Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan site called “The Buzz”. He was so dissatisfied with the show’s final season that he wrote in a letter to the woman who ran the site, commenting on a recent episode that had aired. The woman enjoyed the comment so much that she asked him to write a guest column on the site. “I’m not a sophisticated reader, if there is an internal logic, I’ll buy into it. But there has to be an internal logic,” Narine said. “I felt, for example, that there were things happening in season seven that were internally illogical and that annoyed me in a way. I was fortunate enough to have someone who was willing
to let me rant.” The political science professor was given the chance to write about what was going on under the surface of the television program. Most of his essays pertained to the larger themes that were present in the series. “Buffy had interesting things to say about young people growing up. All of the monsters Buffy fought were metaphors for all of the various issues people face becoming adults,” Narine said. “But by season seven the metaphors were hitting you in the face like a sledgehammer, and sometimes they were just bad metaphors.” Narine said his essays were critical of the series, but not as critical as they could have been. He brought a unique politically minded perspective to his reviews, arguing that Buffy’s behavior in the final season could have been a metaphor for American foreign policy at the time. “Buffy’s desire to go off and do things by herself, or to have everyone follow her in an unquestioning way and the outcome of that versus doing things
to be called the name she spent months choosing for you. I don’t think I can begin how difficult it was to explain the concept of lesbians to my nine year old sister. At nine years old she already has expectations of me. I’m supposed to come home from university and show her pictures of my boyfriend, and talk about the boys I’ve met. At nine years old, she doesn’t know anything else because no one has bothered to teach her. As a Christian I’m expected to fit in this narrow box defined by the church. They tell me to sit up straight, be polite, don’t drink, don’t have sex before marriage to find a good Christian boy to marry. You can all see the problems there, can’t you? These might have been the expectations to be met in the 1950’s, but today the church is progressive, we’re accepting and we don’t expect you to marry hetero. I have ambitions of becoming a minister someday, running a church, performing marriages and baptisms and welcoming people into the Christian faith with open arms. At this present time the United Church is divided between the older
in a more cooperative way,” Narine said. “There might be something to that. Also [creator] Joss Whedon was quoted as calling George Bush by a number of rather vulgar names so clearly he wasn’t a fan.” While Narine no longer blogs about popular culture, he looks back on his Buffy essays fondly. “Part of the reason why I wrote the essays was because I was a post-doc and I had some time to kill. I was writing my book at the time too, but I had the time to do this sort of thing,” Narine said. “I’m not a fanatic about Buffy but I really enjoyed writing these things. Who doesn’t like getting their opinions out there?” Narine’s interests seem limitless. He encourages his students to approach the world with the same curiosity and enthusiasm he possesses. “I try to tell my students everything in the world is interesting, there’s no reason at all why you should not have anything to do, or at least nothing to think about,” Narine said. “I do think it’s important to as often as possible just sit down and think. “
generations in the church and the younger families joining. There is a clear line between the progressive nature of the families and youth and the older members who expect everything to stay the way it has always been. My current minister is as ambitious as I am when it comes to my education, but the congregation still needs convincing. I have to prove to them that I’m not what they have dreamed up in their minds. I have to work even harder than most to prove myself. To most people these two very important parts of my life are mutually exclusive. Being a lesbian minister is someday going to be my biggest identifier, people need to start to get used to the idea. People expect me to choose between butch and femme, between male and female and between my church and my sexuality. People always expect something from me, and I’m sick of it. I don’t want to be the label on the box society puts me in anymore. I just want to be human.
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From popstar to pornstar Cultural differences make pornography a crime in Indonesia Khairunnisa Intiar For the Aquinian
Unemployment down in the U.S. Department of Labor says that unemployment went down from 9.4% to 9% in January. Bernier’s complaints about language law rejected Quebec politicians are slamming MP Maxime Bernier for claiming that the language law is unnecessary for preserving the French language.
Former policemen arrested in Columbia Eight former policemen have been arrested in Colombia on suspicion of collaborating with a drug gang. Brazil promises free medication Brazil will to provide free medicines for everyone suffering from high blood pressure or diabetes.
Wildfires hit Australia A number of homes were destroyed by wildfires in western Australia as a result of flooding brought about by cyclone Yasi last week. Indian navy seizes pirate ships Indian defense ministry says more than 20 pirates have been captured and some two dozen hostages rescued from a hijacked Thai fishing trawler in the Indian Ocean.
Egypt’s opposition not impressed Egypt’s opposition groups say government proposals on how to end the political crisis are not enough. Rwandan journalists sent to jail Umurabyo newspaper have been sentenced to long jail terms after being found guilty of stirring up ethnic divisions.
Large protest in Serbia capital Belgrade has seen its biggest anti-government protest in years as thousands of disenchanted Serbs demanded early elections. Prime minister says multiculturalism fails in the UK David Cameron has criticized “state multiculturalism” in his first speech as prime minister.
Ex- Israeli soldier admits leaks A former military soldier admits to leaking secret military information to a newspaper. Tunisian police kills protestors Tunisian police have shot dead at least two people during a protest in the north-western town of Kef.
When Paris Hilton’s sex tape scandal was out, entertainment news was all over it but nothing more happened to her. Well, maybe some other things happened to her but she didn’t get jailed. It’s an entirely different case in Indonesia. Nazril Ilham, better known as Ariel, is the lead vocalist of the popular Indonesian band Peterpan. A couple of years ago, sex tapes of Ariel and a couple of Indonesian female celebrities were leaked on the internet. Discussions and debates arose in the media and society about Ariel’s morality He has been sentenced to three and a-half years in prison for spreading and producing the videos under the Anti-Pornography Bill passed on Oct. 30, 2008. Sex is still very taboo to talk about, much less to have recorded on tape and shown to the public. With growing globalization, Indonesians fear that pornography and free sex is growing, especially among youth. It is perceived as damaging to their morality. Ariel is a public figure that hundreds of thousands of girls and boys back home idolize. Parents are afraid their children will start to follow in his footsteps. Even couples who are engaged are assumed to be waiting until marriage to have sex. Sex education TV shows are only shown very late at night. Forget the fact that Indone-
Anti-porn in Indonesia: Ariel is considered a bad role model for making private video.
sia’s population is more than 80 per cent Muslims. It just isn’t in our culture. Parents might disown their children for being promiscuous. My mother always reminds me of our culture. “Always remember your Eastern culture. Dress modestly, act modestly, be polite, and be graceful,” she always said.
But there’s a certain degree of hypocrisy within the youth. In big cities like Jakarta and Bandung for example, a certain percentage of the younger half of the population is engaged in sexual activities. Skirts and shorts are getting shorter and shirt necklines are getting lower. I think we should preserve what
our ancestors taught us. What MTV shows us sometimes just does not fit our culture. I like the higher sense of liberty and modernization shown through fashion and music but I don’t want Indonesia to lose its core values.
Indonesian Fried Noodles Recipe (Mee Goreng) Serves 4
Ingredients : 250 g egg noodles 1 pork chop 250 g raw shrimps 4 tablespoons peanut oil 4 cloves garlic, chopped finely 1 onion, chopped finely 1 fresh red chili, seeded and sliced 1/2 teaspoon dried shrimp paste 2 stalks celery, sliced finely 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1-2 tablespoons light soy sauce Salt to taste Small wedge of cabbage, shredded finely Garnish 6 scallions Thinly sliced cucumber Fried onion flakes
Method : Use a pot with hot water and soak the egg noodles. Bring to boil a large saucepan of water. Drain the noodles and drop them into the boiling water for about 1-3 minutes depending on the noodles. Some will cook faster while some will be slower. Keep testing a strand every half minute to ensure the noodles are not overcooked. It should be tender but still firm to bite. Once cooked, drain in colander and run cold water through them until cool to prevent continual Slimy yet satisfying! cooking in their own heat. Drain well. onion, garlic and chili until the onion is soft and start Cut away the rind and to turn golden. Add in the bone from the pork chop dried shrimp paste. Add and cut into small dice. the pork and raw shrimps Shell and devein the raw and stir fry until cooked shrimps. Heat a wok with through. Add celery, cabpeanut oil and sauté the bage, pepper and salt.
Fry for a further minute or just until tender. Vegetables should still taste crisp when bite. Add the noodles and keep tossing. Season with soy sauce to taste. Remove into a serving dish and sprinkle some
onion flakes over the top. Garnish with chopped scallions, green leaves by sprinkling them over at the top. Arrange sliced cucumbers around the edge of the dish. Serve hot.
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Egyptian youth demand change UNB student anxiously watches civil unrest at home Karissa Donkin The Aquinian
When Nouran Aly watched a Youtube video of a diplomatic car running over more than a dozen people in Cairo, she felt her heart twist into knots. Aly, 20, calls Cairo home but is studying political science at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. Along with the rest of the Egyptian population in Fredericton, Aly has been following the unrest in Cairo with strong interest. The implications of the unrest for Aly are huge: she says the protests are changing what it means to be an Egyptian youth. Anti-government protests started on Jan. 25, a day that is being dubbed the “Day of Anger.” People took to the streets and to Tahrir (Liberation) Square in Cairo to demand their rights, as their neighbours in Tunisia had done weeks earlier. Aly goes home once a year and returned to Fredericton only four days before the Day of Anger. She knew something was afoot then. “People were starting to talk about the Tunisian Revolution and they were starting to think, ‘Couldn’t we do the same thing?’ We have the same problems,” Aly said. Aly knew the Day of Anger wouldn’t be like other street protests in Cairo. “I felt the Day of Anger would turn into something bigger. What made it more than a normal protest was how the protesters were treated by the government,” she said. “If they weren’t beaten up and treated in an inhumane manner, maybe it would have settled down a bit.” Aly desperately wanted to be in Cairo on the Day of Anger, but had to return to her studies. It’s hard for her to be in Fredericton when her country is changing before her eyes. “My generation are the people that
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Support: “I wish that people would know that it is just a turning point in Egypt,” Aly says.
are influencing the revolution. If I were there, I would definitely be down there with them protesting,” Aly said. Instead of being there in person, Aly followed the events on Facebook and Twitter before the international media started covering the unrest. When the Egyptian governement shut off the internet, she kept in touch with family and friends on the phone. But there were a couple of days when Aly could not contact her loved ones at home in any way. “We were trying to watch on CNN, CBC or Al Jazeera to keep up with what’s going on. It was extremely terrible,” Aly said. With Aly’s tech-savvy generation spurring the protests, social media websites have done more than keep those away from home in the loop.
Twitter and Facebook started the revolution, Aly says. “People started to organize [the Day of Anger] through Facebook. Youth told their parents who spread the word too. “People that were not on streets were on Facebook and Twitter covering what’s happening, calling their friends and asking them what’s going on, sending each other videos and posting them directly.” Aly found the sense of unity refreshing in a country where classes usually only unite for things like soccer games. “The middle class is the one that started the revolution. When you’re just walking the streets of Egypt, you can see people are poor, you can see they’re suffering from the conditions that they’re living in.
“For the first time, you see not only the rich and the poor, you see the whole society together. It’s really remarkable.” While Aly has watched her county change on television, she’s also experienced a change in how Canadians think of Egypt. “When you hear Egypt is brutally attacking its protesters and people are dying every day, you start hearing people saying it’s not a safe country anymore. It’s sad to hear this about your country. “I wish that people would know that it is just a turning point in Egypt. It is a safe country but it needs transformation.” Aly isn’t sure whether Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak will cave to protests and public pressure to resign,
but she has no doubt the situation will get worse if he stays in power. When government does change hands, Egypt will need help from all its citizens, Aly said. With a year and a half of school left, Aly would be willing to put her studies on hold to help her country if it needs her. “If the situation completes, I want to go back. I don’t want to stay here and see my country falling apart,” she said. The country Aly will someday return to won’t be the same Egypt she left on Jan. 21. If anything, Aly says she is returning to a country where youth have gained respect from their elders for standing in the streets and fighting for their rights.
GST assistance in place for int’l students Cedric Noel The Aquinian
St. Thomas University advisor Judy Coates understands it isn’t always easy to settle into a new environment. That is why along with several other initiatives, for ten years she has made it one of her top priorities to make international students at St. Thomas understand how to file their taxes and obtain GST tax rebates. Coates has done this by holding seminars with international students on how to apply for the rebate and how to fill out an income tax form. According to Coates, international students are eligible for the GST tax rebate because they are considered residents of Canada. “The GST is money that the government gives back to anybody, who is on a limited income, so it is getting some of
that sales tax back,” says Coates. She says the process is fairly straightforward for international students who are looking to receive the rebate. “There’s a paper application that they have to fill out, and they apply” says Coates. “I try to catch them when they first come. To apply for the GST, you have to be over nineteen” says Coates. “Its getting to be better. More and more, I think that as they see other students do it” says Coate, who believes international students are beginning to see the benefits of the rebate. To keep the rebates coming, international students must file their taxes annually, something Coates encourages. She says even graduating students are eligible for the rebate. “It doesn’t matter. You can go back to all the past years,” says Coates. The GST tax rebate is retroactive, so it is possible
to collect money that wasn’t received previously. Vanessa Michel is a fourth year international student at St. Thomas from the Bahamas who has been collecting the GST tax rebate since she has arrived in Fredericton. Michel describes the initiative as both “a learning experience [and] a useful tool.” Michel has says that she has benefited greatly from receiving tax rebates and she encourages all students to apply. Both Coates and Michel agree that many Canadians themselves don’t understand the benefits of the GST tax rebate. They also agree that a similar system for Canadian students isn’t as obvious to find. But Michel encourages Canadian students to be proactive and do their research. “You have to inquire about [the GST tax rebate], instead of it coming to you,” says Michel.
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Endangered Eagle? The phrase “Fire the coach!” gets tossed about too frequently nowadays. Often, fans will use it when their team is going through a slump, however brief. Most times, those calls ring hollow and shrill. When the slump goes on for an extended period, like three seasons, those cries start to sound true. Enter St. Thomas Men’s Hockey Coach Mike Eagles. Men’s hockey, for better or for worse, is STU’s flagship team. While women’s volleyball has more conference titles and women’s basketball is undefeated this year, men’s hockey still attracts more fans and garners more ink than any other team. A 3-2 overtime loss to Moncton on Jan. 29 knocked the Tommies out of the playoffs for the third straight season with five games left to play. A little context – Eagles was hired to coach the Tommies in 2002, a season removed from STU’s first-ever trip to nationals. Archived Daily Glean-
er columns made clear the school and its fans expected a team that regularly made the playoffs and contended for AUS titles. And Eagles led the Tommies to a regular season title in his first season and four playoff appearances in the next five seasons. A seventh place finish in 2009 was tolerable – the AUS is tough and anybody can have a down year. Last season, the wheels fell of in January – a loss to UNB began an eight game losing streak that relegated the Tommies to last place. That form’s continued into this season, with STU clawing just three wins and ten points from 25 games. All this comes back on Eagles. On any team, the coach is responsible for the discipline of his players, for keeping them under control. Nearly every game, the Tommies take two or three penalties out of lack of discipline. Goalie Charles Levigne started this season suspended three games for shooting a puck at a referee in last season’s finale. On his return, he was suspended another two games after going after a taunting Moncton player after the
game. Winning teams don’t have that problem. Lack of discipline contributes to STU’s abysmal road record. The Tommies last won a regular season road game on October 31, 2009. They’ve lost 23 straight since. A loss to UNB on Wednesday would give the Tommies the first winless road season in AUS play in at least ten years. It would also mark STU’s 27th consecutive loss to UNB overall – an appalling record against its biggest rival. Eagles is also responsible for the poor showing of his players. He recruited and trained the players that earned this record. Either he’s not able to get the best from his players anymore or he’s recruited a bunch of players that just can’t play at this level. Neither is acceptable for a coach in a league as competitive as the AUS. If the university wants its flagship athletic program to continue its slide into oblivion, it should keep Eagles. But if it wants it to be competitive again, to be more than the V-Reds’s whipping post, it should bring in a better coach and let Eagles fly away.
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Nailed it: The Tommies were all about the 3-pointers in their Saturday game against the NSAC Rams.
Pair of weekend losses for Tommies Men’s hockey team wraps up season this week Jamie Ross The Aquinian
A third period collapse led to the demise of the St. Thomas men’s hockey team Saturday night, as the Tommies fell to the visiting Dalhousie Tigers. STU held a two-goal lead over the Tigers heading in to the final frame, but four straight Dalhousie goals in the third gave the seventh-place Tigers a decisive 6-4 victory. Trevor MacKenzie led the way offensively for Dal (11-14), scoring two goals and one assist, while fellow Tiger Benejamin Brault had two goals. P-A Vandall also had three assists in the winning effort. Brad Gallant, Jason Cassidy, Mike Reich and Jordan Scott replied for St. Thomas(3-18-4) in the loss. Bobby Nadeau made 25 saves in net for Dalhousie, while Charles Lavigne took the loss in goal for STU, stopping 37 shots. Dal out shoot STU 43-33 “We had some great chances, we just couldn’t put the game away,” said Tommies head coach Mike Eagles. “We let our foot off the gas, so to
speak, in the third period and couldn’t recover.” STU was 0-4 on the powerplay, while Dalhousie cashed in on the man advantage once in five tries. After a slow start to the game, Dal’s Brault scored at the 15-minute mark of the first period when he buried a rebound off of a Trevor MacKenzieslapshot on the rush. STU replied less than a minute later when Gallant eluded Nadeau with a long wrist shot from just inside the blue line. Three minutes later Tommies winger Scott scored off of his own rebound from just inside the left-side face off dot, putting St. Thomas up 2-1. The Tommies carried momentum into the second period, when Cassidy scored halfway through to extend STU’s lead to two goals. Dal’s Ryan Stoddard closed the gap to one with under one minute to play in the second period, but STU again regained its lead when Mike Reich scored 30 seconds later. But in the third period, the wheels fell of for STU. STU gave up three goals in the
first ten minutes of the third, two from the stick of MacKenzie, and the others from Brault and Jacob Johnston. The last-place Tommies have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs in recent weeks, which makes it tough for the Tommies as their dismal season winds down, Eagles said. “It’s hard for the guys to stay confident,” said Eagles. “Whether you’re in the playoffs or out of the playoffs, you have to be determined enough to give a great effort and try to do your best all the time, no matter what your situation, I think I’m a big believer in that.” Friday, Acadia trumped the Tommies 4-2. Corey Banfield and Christian Morin scored for St. Thomas. The Tommies now play league leaders the UNB Varsity Reds at the Aitken Centre Wednesday night, and wrap their season up on the weekend with home games against the Saint Mary’s Husksies and the St. Francis Xavier University X-Men. Game times are 7 p.m.
Pinned down: The Lady Tommies couldn’t get going against Dalhousie on Saturday. They lost the game 4-1
Last place: The men’s hockey team has been mathmatically eliminated from the playoffs.
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Daniels dominates as Tommies defeat Rams Danny Carson The Aquinian
Undefeated: STU women’s basketball team continued its winning streak Sunday, defeating UNBSJ 91-52
Good start: The first period was the best one for the Lady Tommies, things went downhill from there.
The St. Thomas men’s basketball team defeated The Nova Scotia Argiculture Rams on Saturday by a score of 8243. The Tommies record now stands at 10-5 (they defeated UNBSJ on Sunday). They are now alone in third place in the ACAA standings. The Tommies came out strong in the first quarter on Saturday. They started on an 8-0 run, with all points scored by rookie guard Jason Daniels. By the end of the quarter, the Tommies were up 23-9 thanks to 13 points on 5-5 shooting by Daniels. “Jason was just dominating out there,” said Tommies’ head coach Dwight Dickinson. “He’s a big reason why we won they way we did.” Despite the large lead after the first quarter, the Rams didn’t give up. Their full court zone defense caused some troubles for the Tommies. The Tommies were struggling greatly from downtown, missing seven consecutive three pointers. Daniels lost his hand as well, missing his next three shots. “We had a lot of guys on the bench due to fouls and Jason needed a rest,” said Dickinson. “We had guys come off the bench and they were cold, so their shots were struggling. After a couple of big three pointers from the Rams’ Kyle Hoare and and Thomas Teakles, the Tommies lead was cut to 10. Thankfully for the Tommies,
Daniels found his stroke again. He hit his next three shots as the Tommies ended the half on a 13-5 run to lead 40-24 . The Tommies started the second half by working the ball inside. “I had notice an opening in [the Rams’) defense when we would swing the ball,” said Dickinson. “During half time I told them to look inside more on the swing.” The Tommies would look and they saw a very open Brad LeBritton. This resulted in few easy buckets and increased the lead to 30. With the starters on the bench for much of the fourth quarter, the Tommies kept their large lead thanks to a nine point quarter from second year player Matt Pain and another eight from first year Josh Drennan. Coach Dickinson credits Daniels for the victory. “Jason did an excellent job setting up the floor,” said Dickinson. “His great play set us up so we could get [the victory].” The top scorer for the Rams was Josh Kennedy with 10. For the Tommies, Daniels led the way with a season high 28. On Sunday, the Tommies defeated the UNBSJ Seawolves 63-45. Jason Daniels had another strong game with 21 points. Dave Dolan also added 14 for the Tommies. With the win, the Tommies have clinched a playoff spot. Their next game is Saturday when they travel to Halifax to take on the first place Mount Saint Vincent Mystics.
STU PEACE STUDIES PROGRAM An Interdisciplinary Peace Studies Program begins at STU this Fall, drawing from similar programs at universities of Winnipeg, McMaster, Toronto, and Mount St. Vincent. Peace Studies is truly interdisciplinary. drawing from humanities and social sciences. English literature links post-colonial literature of India, West Indies and Africa to struggles to achieve reconciliation in exploited, war-ravaged and often multi-ethnic countries. Women writers explore these struggles at the intimate levels of family and locality. Film and literature from Ireland link to Peace Studies with their focus on “the Troubles,” decades of conflict between Irish Catholic and English Protestant colonial rule. Native Studies explore struggles to overcome the ravages of colonialism and re-establish Native communities and identities. Religious Studies explores issues of faith, conflict and peace. Human Rights links the study of humanitarian law and international human rights to struggles for peace. Political Science, explores comparative politics of development and equity as prerequisites for peaceful coexistence. The course in Environmental Praxis explores global struggles around fundamental resources of water and food-producing land. The Sociology of War explores cultural, economic and political practices that manipulate consent to war. The revised course in Sociology of Education explores initiatives to combat bullying and harassment in schools. Criminology’s course in Restorative Justice explores peacemaking alternatives to incarceration and punitive policing. PEAC 2006, Introduction to Peace Studies, first offered in September 2011, integrates this interdisciplinary program. It examines leading theorists on peace, conditions peace to occur and be sustained, and strategies for building peace movements. It explores multiple experiences of conflict and systemic oppression, and efforts to changes these realities, including environmental degradation, poverty, family violence, the sex trades, sweatshops, and militarism. This course plus 12 cross-listed electives constitute a minor in Peace Studies. Graduates in Peace Studies pursue a variety of careers - as researchers, educators, negotiators, mediators, government officials, business people, activists and professionals in organizations focused on human rights, dispute resolution, environmental protection, international law, and human and economic development. (See <kroc.nd.edu/aboutus/peace-studies>). We hope soon to enrich our program with a practical outreach component organized through a Peace Centre at St. Thomas. Our program is inspired by the late STU sociology professor and Quaker, Dr. John McKendy, who dedicated his life’s work to teaching service learning, social justice, peace and reconciliation, and who promoted alternatives to violence workshops for people convicted of violent offences. Sylvia Hale. Coordinator of Peace Studies Program
Goodwill afoot Amy MacKenzie The Aquinian
When the idea of organizing a shoe drive came up, Rebeka Frazer-Chiasson didn’t like it. “I was kind of torn with the idea of doing the shoe drive or not,” she said. “This feeling of ‘well, we have what we need and we’ll give you the rest that we don’t want,’ and the really negative effect that development has had on the majority of the world and this kind of thinking made me not want to.” But after speaking with the head of ‘One World Running,’ the organization the cross country team paired up with to collect used running shoes for people in Haiti and West Africa, the human rights student changed her mind. “I was put a bit at ease by the fact that they are partnered with some organizations in the countries where the shoes are distributed and a lot of time at races that they put on or Special Olympics,” she said. “I got thinking about the kind of way that we see people from the majority world and the portrayal of them as sick
and desperate and hopeless. But really, there’s the same kind of athleticism and spirit of competition and they learn from athletics just as we do.” The team did this charity two years ago, but donated the shoes locally. Olivia Long, captain of the women’s team said they decided to donate the shoes internationally because many of the athletes on the team are studying human rights and want to help people in the countries they are studying. “They’re really driven people,” she said. “They want to make a difference.” The team’s excess amount of running shoes also spurred the decision to do this charity. “As cross-country runners, we go through so many shoes. So donating them to people who need them just makes sense,” Long said. The team’s efforts have stretched beyond campus. Boxes have been set up around the city at various businesses. Radical Edge and Giant Tiger also donated brand new shoes to the cause. The Cross Country team will be collecting shoes until Feb. 18.
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Showcasing STU’s visual artists. Dusty Green For The Aquinian
My paintings have no specific agenda. I’m not trying to convey a message or promote any sort of view, they are fairly self indulgent paintings, but I hope that people can get something out of them. They aren’t meaningless, but I would like it if people didn’t look at them actively with any sort of idea that I’m trying to say something profound- it would be nice if people would look at them passively. The colours are informed by events in my past. I usually have a specific event from my childhood in my brain while I’m painting, but the forms and non-forms on the canvas are drawing on books that Ive read recently, events in my life that are happening right now, video games, sex, etc. It sounds spacey and stupid, but the meat and potatoes of it is that I’m painting how I feel about my life right now, and how that is influenced by things from my past. Painting the relationship between my childhood and my near-adult life.
Listed The Top 3 Most Epic Ways to Spend Valentines 3. Get a shovel, start digging a hole in your yard. Continue digging until you discover a new race of subterranean lizard people and befriend them. Teach them about our culture, and our yearly calendar, except for when it comes to mentioning February 14th, tell them it’s the international day for watching the TV show Dinosaurs on DVD. And do that. With the lizard people. Avoid the VD entirely. 2. Dress up like cupid. Make a play list on your Ipod that is only the song “Beautiful” by James Blunt. Get a megaphone, and hold it up to the speaker on your pod, creating a “BluntRay”. Run around shooting people with your BluntRay until everyone you know falls either desperately in love with you, or violently ill. 1. Lure your valentine outdoors by playing their favorite sappy song on a boombox you’ve hung from a tree outside. When they come out to hear the song, you dive bomb them using two swans as sky skis, pelting them with chocolate and flowers until they pass out from an overdose of love. Then nurse them to health, thus solidifying their lifelong dependence on your affection.
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“My GF and I have been dating for a while, and Valentines Day is coming up soon. We already talked about it, and I told her I didn’t want to do anything for Valentines this year because I think it’s hokey and lame. She agreed with me, but I have this sneaking suspicion it’s because she thinks I’m planning a surprise for her. She knows I love her, but should I do something nice for her anyway? Or should she know by now that when I say ‘I don’t want to do Valentines day’ I mean it?” -VD Free
Valentines Day is basically the worst. There are weird pressures on people in relationships to make the day uber special, and those who aren’t in relationships have their noses rubbed in it. In your situation, you’ve left yourself the opportunity to ignore this day entirely, which sounds pretty sweet. But you might make your lovely lady sad, and lady tears are the biggest boner killers. I would suggest rounding up whatever change you’ve got and maybe getting her a pack of skittles, or get your construction paper out and make her a nice card, just something to remind her you kind of like her. Give her a nice VD. Because, keep in mind, March 14th is Steak and BJ day- and you never know what she’ll whip out for that.
Juuuuust dump her. Hear me out. I’m sure she’s nice and all. And frankly, March 14 is coming up and you don’t want to miss out on steak (glorious, glorious steak...). But is it really worth all this trouble on a day that doesn’t even mean anything? You know what we know for certain about St. Valentine? His name, and that he was buried north of Rome. That’s it. Somehow that translates to smelly plant sex organs and anamorphically incorrect depictions of blood pumps. It’s almost as ridiculous as celebrating the resurrection of our saviour (we ARE all catholic here, right?) with a chocolate rabbit that shits coloured eggs. But I digress. Skip the holiday by breaking up with her. Then just start dating again near March Break. Don’t think she’ll come back to you? Just put a nicotine patch on her before she falls asleep every night. Keep upping the dosage. When she leaves you she’ll get cravings that she’ll mistake for longing. Evil or brilliant? Yes.
Woman in JDH:
“Last year at the Cat Show, when my friend and I were super high, my friend kept thinking we were entering a solar eclipse.”
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