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St. Thomas University’s Official Student Newspaper
Nov.16, 2010 - Volume 75 Issue 10
In defense of the soccer team
Can you be a sex columnist if you’re not having sex? theAQ’s Diana Myers isn’t sure
Jessica Bruce The Aquinian
Flaps and Shafts with Diana Myers
Arts 6-7 Poet, professor: Kathy Mac opens up about her split personality Page 6
Features 10-11 Read this later: Liz and Colin talk procrastination...a week later Page 10
International 12-13 Newcomer bash arrives late: Woodside a no show, newcomers scarce at mayor’s reception for internationals
Out of the spectrum
Rayner: “It’s not the people I’m upset with. It’s the idea, the social ignorance that we grow up in.”
Transgendered student says bathroom incident part of bigger problem Alyssa Mosher The Aquinian
Michelle Rayner’s first day at St. Thomas University was like anyone else’s. “I was fairly excited because I finally became a part of a community that was really openminded,” she said. “I was finally accepted into a university and that was big because I never thought I would be.” In high school, Rayner was told she would never make it in university world. She decided to go into the police force, but soon realised it wasn’t for
her. Now at 22, Rayner is in her first year at STU and hoping to graduate with a double major in history and human rights. But Rayner’s first week at university didn’t turn out so great after all. On Sept. 13, she was in the female bathroom upstairs in James Dunn Hall when a woman questioned her presence. “I told her that I wasn’t [a guy] and she got really upset, really irate, and she took a swing at me. She called me a fag,” Rayner said. “So she just caught me just enough, but I
stumbled out and was like, ‘I’m sorry,’ and that was it.” In her first year at university, Rayner is coming out as transgendered. And two months after the incident in the washroom her story is being told. Her story first broke on the Beacon. When she spoke to the student who wrote the article, Rayner said she thought it was for an essay, not an online newspaper. After seeing her photo on the site, Rayner and her friends from Bullying Canada wanted to make sure the next article written about her reflected what she wanted
to say. Since then, Rayner has written her own article for the NB Media Co-op and spoke with many media outlets in the province and across the country. She’s heard her story even made it to Ireland. And that’s what she wants.
See Transgendered on Page 3
I was the captain of the women’s soccer team this year and a rookie on the team in 2007. I feel hurt by the recent coverage of the team in the Aquinian and feel the need to respond to allegations that have been made about our team, our captains and coaches. I was a rookie the same year as Holly Patterson. She says she felt ostracized by the team after refusing to participate in a rookie initiation activity and after a letter critical of the initiation written by her boyfriend was subsequently published by the Aquinian. People react differently to social situations; they are entitled to it. But I need to clarify some of the events mentioned in the article “Part of the team.” Yes, the team captains gave rookies T-shirts with nicknames (mine was “Spuds” because I’m from the Island), and told them to fill them with phone numbers from guys. But this was done on campus in broad daylight. No alcohol was involved. When Holly told the captains she was not comfortable with it and did not want to participate, no one thought much of it.
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Living with the consequences TARA CHISLETT EIC@THEAQ.NET
Globe and Mail reporter Stephanie Nolen said a lot of inspiring things when she delivered the Dalton Camp lecture in September, but what she had to say about consequences has been on my mind a lot lately. When you write stories, she said, often times there are repercussions you have to live with. In other words, you make editorial decisions and sometimes you need to be prepared for blow back. When I made the decision to run “Part of the team” on the front page of last week’s edition of theAQ, I knew some people would be unhappy. When the reporter set out to write the story, the intention was to explore an element of sports culture that has become taboo, in a way that’s not sensational, not inflammatory and most important, that’s informative. Although the story is not perfect, our intention was to make sure the issue wasn’t ignored or whitewashed. The decision to go this route with our coverage did not come easy, though. The STU campus—the community myself and all the staff at theAQ belong to—is hurting and we don’t want to salt the wounds. But we need to do our job. And as journalism stu-
dents, one of the first lessons we learned was the characteristics of news—it’s timely, it’s close and it’s happening right now. Talking about rookie parties and hazing isn’t fun, but if we ignore the issue, we’ve failed you. We felt that if we had ignored Holly’s story, we would have failed her—and since she believes school authorities didn’t address her concerns three years ago, that makes it even more important for us to listen. Journalism should speak for those who need a voice. But we also don’t want to hurt people who don’t deserve it. What journalism shouldn’t do is help maintain the status quo, even if it means you don’t always make friends. My job is to talk to the community about the issues they need to know. And that means listening to your stories. This week, we’re running a first person piece by women’s soccer captain Jessica Bruce, who came forward to offer her perspective on Holly’s story, rookie parties and initiation rituals at STU. Jessica and Holly don’t agree on everything. Yes, we want to be balanced, but more importantly we want to fair. This is about creating a dialogue. And at the end of the day, dialogue matters. Solutions cannot be found if problems are discussed only behind closed doors.
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Bathroom damage rises Shane Magee The Aquinian
The sound of breaking glass once again carried down the men’s first floor hallway in Harrington Hall last weekend. One washroom mirror was smashed and another taken off the wall. The incident was the latest event in a wave of destruction done to the washroom this fall. In response, facilities management closed the washroom for two days. The washroom was open again on Wednesday morning. Kyle Steeves has lived on the first floor for three years. He says the washroom is worse than ever before. “I’m extremely frustrated right now because we’re in a house with people who are for the most part adults,” he said. “There is no call for it whatsoever.” Steeves, who used to work in a fast food restaurant, understands how the bathroom cleaners must feel. “[I have] nothing but pity for the janitors who have to clean it up,” he said. At a wing meeting last Tuesday, Michelle Monohan, the residence coordinator for Harrington Hall said each resident in the wing would be fined $25 if no one confessed to the damage. In an email on Friday, Clayton Beaton, a residence manager said no one has come forward yet. “We have yet to receive the official cost of repairs and additional cleaning costs from facilities management,” he said. Once the costs are known, Beaton said they will decide if a fine will be applied. And the mirrors weren’t the only thing damaged last weekend. Paper towel and soap dispensers were also broken. When the cleaning staff come in Monday mornings after “normal” weekends, they find bits of toilet paper littered around the floor and the trash bin
Harrington havoc: Third-year resident says there is no call for the damaged washroom in residence where most people are adults.
overflowing with paper towel and other garbage. Three weeks ago paper towel was stuffed in the drains of the sinks, cloggingy them. One of the shower drains also became plugged with hair cuttings and pieces of plastic. A few weeks before that, the corner of a porcelain sink was broken off. The hole was covered with masking tape for about a week until the sink was replaced. A broken window has since been completely covered by a piece of plywood. The same washroom was closed for similar reasons last year.
TheAQ News Politics
He’s no Haitian sensation but David Johnston proves he’s vanilla nice on His Excellency’s adventure to Fredericton and STU
He may not be as attractive as Michaelle Jean – he doesn’t have a sexy Haitian accent and one might say he’s “vanilla” – but David Johnston is already getting to know Canada. Only a month after becoming Governor General of Canada, Johnston stopped in Fredericton while on his tour of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Last week, he hosted the launch of Learning: Everybody’s Project, a public engagement initiative led by
Queen laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on King Street and headed up to Chatham Hall for the launch of a learning initiative by the province. The discussion on learning was less than exciting. Towards the end, Johnston leaned back in his chair and put his hands behind his head. When he had a chance to speak his voice was soft and humble but focused. “All the important things I’ve learned in life I’ve learned from my children and my grandchildren,” he said. If his words hadn’t sold it
His Excellency: The new Governor General was in Fredericton Nov. 10 to lay a wreath at the cenotaph downtown.
a group that is interested in gathering input on what the future of the province should look like. The Ontario academic has seen 69 Canadian winters and his face proves it. His lips are pale, his hair is white and wrinkles pull at his skin in the exact places you would expect. Perhaps the only striking thing about David Johnston’s outward appearance is his eyes. Bright and clear and blue they shine under his bookshelf brow and engage the world around him. On Wednesday, the viceregal representative for the
Continued from front page > Sexuality
Meet the new GG
Lauren Bird The Aquinian
yet, his voice did. Johnston is, at his heart, a paternally driven man. Mrs. Kelly’s Grade 8 class from George Street Middle School met Johnston at the Cenotaph. He asked them what they wanted to be when they grew up and told them about his dog, which he said doesn’t know the difference between a blackand-white cat and a skunk. “He’s really nice,” said one enthusiastic eighth grader. “He’s very down to earth,” added Mrs. Kelly. Jokingly, Johnson referred to this as his first real job. Not a bad start.
Rayner wants people around her to use her story as an example for what happens to many people with non-traditional gender identities. “It seems to be I’m the only one that’s actually willing to speak out about this – so far with what I’ve come across,” Rayner said. “And if people don’t understand what goes on a daily basis...how are they going to understand what I’m talking about?” *** Rayner always knew she was different. In her mind, she was always a lesbian – even though she denied it in the beginning, claiming to be homophobic. But Rayner says her gender identity has always been “out of the spectrum” because she has both female and male characteristics. Rayner’s red hair is cut short, her voice a little lower. She wears a chain on her baggy jeans and a plaid shirt hangs loosely over another. Biologically, she’s female though. And the incident at STU was not the first one of it’s kind. She’s been mistaken for a guy in female bathrooms in the theatre, the mall and at the casino in Halifax. She’s even had girls’ boyfriends beat her up because they thought she was a guy. “People are afraid of what they don’t know,” Rayner said. “If I’m visually in between...you kind of get some problems.” *** Rayner has never reported an incident before. According to Jeffrey Carleton, spokesperson for STU, he only found out through the media. He says the university is “taking the matter very seriously.” President Dennis Cochrane says something like this is de-
plorable and not accepted at STU whatsoever. According to Carleton, STU has 15 gender neutral bathrooms on campus, including four new ones that came with the renovations in George Martin Hall. But these single stall bathrooms are not in JDH where Rayner has most of her classes. Rayner says she hasn’t spoken with the university for a reason. She says the administration is too worried about her single case when the issue is much bigger. “They want to deal with this as a justice thing, go after the student that did it,” she said. “I haven’t reported the things that happened in the past because I understand where it’s coming from. “My father’s a minister, I grew up in this community, I know where this homophobia ignorance is coming from. It’s not the people that I’m upset with. It’s the idea, the social ignorance that we grow up in.” Most importantly, Rayner doesn’t want anyone to blame the woman she met in the bathroom two months ago. Rayner says it’s not her fault. Everyone has been guilty of this mind-set at some point in their life - including her. “I was there and I can’t really condemn them for something I did myself,” she said. “And now the coming out [as transgendered], I see the whole other side of this.” “It’s the people. I have no problem with the university. I have no problem with the student. It’s just the ideology of the thing.” Michelle Rayner, along with the Fredericton pride committee and Bullying Canada will be holding a rally in STU’s lower courtyard on Nov. 25 at 12 p.m.
One day, no shoes Bridget Yard The Aquinian
Imagine enduring the rainy weather of the past few weeks without rubber boots, sneakers, or even a pair of Birkenstocks. This is something that Amnesty International Youth Fredericton is making reality. The campus organization is working to spread poverty awareness. Yesterday, they encouraged St. Thomas University students to spend their day or even a few hours - barefoot. According to the Facebook page for the event, over 50 per cent of the world’s children will never be able to afford a pair
of shoes. While the group recognizes that footwear is only a fraction of the poverty issue, they’re confident that an event like this will make a difference. Mandy Farrell, the group’s co-chair, says while the club hopes the event will bolster attendance at their meetings, she says the main purpose is to promote poverty awareness and inspire more action. “It’s hard for us to reach outside of the campus community,” she said. But the initiative has students thinking. Evan Trippel, a first-year student at STU, acknowledges that shoes are necessary in
countries that have winter. He’s travelled to Tanzania and Kenya with the organizaton Youth Challenge International. He says he’s not sure the day’s event is enough. However, Amnesty’s One Day With No Shoes leaves him cold. “In order to know the scale of poverty, you need a shocker,” he said. “ People need knowledge of what goes down in these places.” Cedric Noel, a second-year student has also travelled abroad with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. He agrees with Trippel. “To make a change, you have to go there and do it,” he
Band-aid: First-year Evan Trippel says wearing no shoes for one day isn’t enough to recognize poverty.
said. this branch of Amnesty InterTrippel also said he feels the national should be on social focus of student groups like programs and teaching the
underprivileged to be sustainable. “Everything else is just a bandaid,” he said. Bandaid or not, Amnesty International Youth Fredericton has beared their soles hoping to raise awareness that not everyone has the choice to go without. In Fredericton, some students endured a day with no shoes to inspire change while others held on to their skepticism - and their shoes. The shoes collected will be donated locally as well as abroad to Ecuador and Costa Rica (the home of some Amnesty International Youth Fredericton members).
Henry to revisit CASA debate Shane Magee The Aquinian
She keeps running lists of her goals and achievements. Posters for various events and causes hang on the wall including the recent get-out-the-vote campaign. And on her lapel Ella Henry wears a small button that says, “We are students, not criminals.” Now in the seventh month of her term as Students’ Union president, Henry seems prepared to initiate what may be her legacy policy – moving STU from the national student lobby group, CASA, to the more activist group, the Canadian Federation of Students. That, and other activities, has some of her critics, including last year’s student president Mark Henick, accusing her having too-close ties to the NDP. But Henry, who won the presidency by 45 votes over Melissa Bastarache, says she’s mostly happy with the job she’s done. “I’ve got lists going of things I want to get done,” said Henry. “Going to meetings, answering emails, doing the day-to-day stuff to keep the students’ union running, and going to classes in between – some of the bigger stuff ends up taking longer than what you’d initially hoped it would.” Changing student organizations won’t be a slam dunk either. Last year, a two-hour debate broke out at a council meeting after Henry entered a motion to review whether the union should begin the process to leave CASA. The motion was amended so union was authorized to send a letter to CASA outlining the concerns. The letter has not yet been sent and key records of motions passed last year regarding the CASA debate are missing.
Seven months later: “I think I’ve done a pretty good job,” Henry said. “[But] there is always more that we can do.”
This week Henry is attending a CASA conference in Ottawa. Henry said she will be deciding what her next move will be regarding the organization once she returns from the conference on Nov. 20. Former STUSU president Mark Henick was part of the debate last spring. In an email last week, he said he knew Henry would attempt to bring the CASA issue up again. “I am confident that what will again be presented as a ‘review of membership’ in CASA will result in a recommendation to disassociate in some form or another. This agenda has been clear from the beginning, and that decision has already been made.” •••
Henry acknowledges that there are rumours about her being “an NDP hack” and acknowledges that political beliefs can potentially affect the union’s agenda. She has been criticized for some events she has participated in. Henry spoke at the anti-prorogation rally in last January and she was photographed holding a sign supporting the NDP during an NB Power protest in March, shortly after being elected as president. She also attended the G20 summit protests in Toronto. “I’m here to do what we should be doing as a students’ union – to advocate for students. I think the people who are throwing around the rumours that I’m just here for a particular political party are just trying to cover up their own involvement
in a political party.” But Henick said he believes Henry’s actions were inappropriate behaviour for a council representative. “Ms. Henry’s attendance at the NDP convention last year or her bearing an NDP sign during protests, both of which while she was VP education and for both of which there is photographic evidence, did not appear to be in the interest of lobbying for students.” He added, “although I disagree with people on policy, I try very hard to respect their efforts, their passion and their opinion.” *** Midway through the interview Henry opens a word file that has a list of things
she’s done as president. She says she can’t remember them all. Some of her accomplishments so far include renegotiating the bus pass without an increase in costs, advocating against the end of the mandatory federal long form census, working with the city to expand the recycling program, bringing election candidates and debates to campus, and various other student issue campaigns. Improving the accessibility of education and continuing to make the decision processes of the union and university more open to students are things Henry said she wants to continue working on this year. During the previous school year, union meetings were known to descend into long debates. One instance involved the decision to give $5,000 from the extra budgetary fund to a charity after the earthquake in Haiti. Henry says this year the council is trying to get most vigorous debate out of the way before it reaches the public council meetings. “We often disagree with each other at the executive [meetings], we often disagree with each other at council. We try to work that out and do things like talk about it before the meeting.” But Henry said that while there may be disagreements over policy, they will still work together. “What we’re doing as a student union is trying to get the best decision possible for everyone. Sometimes that results in half of us thinking one thing is the best and half thinking the other is best and we’ll end up arguing about it for a long time.”
I am Canadian? Shane Fowler The Aquinian
Don Chapman used to be Canadian. That was until the government accidentally made him and close to 200,000 Canadians into Americans, Germans and Iranians. Anyone, yourself included, may legally not be Canadian. It’s confusing and unbelievable, and that is why Chapman is so passionate about correcting the government’s mistake. “It is a ridiculous oversight on the government’s part, and I will not rest until every Lost Canadian has their citizenship rightfully restored,” he said. Chapman, an outspoken and charismatic United Airlines pilot from Gibsons, British Columbia, spoke Monday night in the Noel A. Kinsella auditorium at St. Thomas University. He led the evening with a documentary concerning Lost Canadians before passionately engaging a tiny crowd of 22 in an informal
talk on the topic. “Babies that were born abroad by Canadians who were also born abroad cannot pass on their citizenship,” Chapman said, flailing his arms in desperation. Even some veterans, people who fought for this country, are not considered citizens and are dying without the Canadian government recognizing them as actual Canadians. This aspect is something that Chapman is working especially hard to make right. “It’s a complicated issue.” The term lost Canadian includes anyone who has been stripped of their Canadian citizenship. When Canada first declared independence, it borrowed Great Britain’s classification of women, basically reducing them to property. This gave married women the same rights as “minors, lunatics, and idiots” under Canadian law. When the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was crafted, such thinking was abandoned. But woman’s inequality re-
garding citizenship wasn’t. This left thousands of Canadians, many born to widowed warbrides, stateless when their fathers died. Also, if a father had changed citizenship while his children were still minors, his children lost their Canadian citizenship. This happened to Chapman when he was six years old. Chapman, who has been working to reinstate his Canadian citizenship along with thousands of other, said this has been somewhat amended. In 2009, Bill C-37 was passed, resolving part of the issue partly because of his exhaustive efforts. However, Chapman claims there are still thousands of Lost Canadians living among us. That complicated issue is made even more complex when no Canadian government has ever admitted to the wrongdoings. “I don’t blame any specific party. They’ve all had plenty of chances to fix it,” Chapman said. “The easiest way to fix the issue
Don Chapman: A lost Canadian at six, Chapman says he won’t rest until all Lost Canadians get their citizenship back. “I’m close,” he said. “I’m in their knickers in Ottawa.”
would be to just admit their mistakes and get on with it. But government never admits its mistakes.” Even when Bill C-37 was passed and thousands of Canadians “woke up Canadian,” the government of the time only admitted to resolving a few hundred cases. Chapman shrugs his shoulders. “When they thought it was only a few hundred, they were content to leave it at that, to let those few hundred people die off and then sweep the issue under the rug,” he said. “The
fact that they did something means we got through to them.” But the government isn’t the only issue Chapman has faced when trying to bring Lost Canadians back their birthright. “The media refuses to cover our issue,” Chapman said, sounding defeated. He points to the CBC as being the biggest culprit in ignoring his issue. “Why would they want to bite the hand that feeds them?” Late in the evening talk it was revealed that the STU venue was carefully chosen for a specific reason. When Chapman
helped with Bill C-37, he worked closely with Senator Noel Kinsella, the very man that the is named after. “I made it a point to speak here,” Chapman said. “[Kinsella] did a lot to help us get C-37 through, but now we need him to finish the job and help those Canadians that that bill left behind.” When asked how close he was to fulfilling his goal of bringing all Lost Canadians back into the fold, Chapman laughed. “I’m close. I’m in their knickers in Ottawa.”
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Soccer The fact is we – the nine rookies that year – were having too good of a time. I didn’t consider it abusive or humiliating. It was my first year at STU and I met more people that day than I had up till that time. I pinned that shirt up on the wall of my room that year because it was such a good memory for me. I still have that shirt. I have different memories of the bus ride “incident” mentioned in the Aquinian last week, too. Yes, a game was played where members of the women’s team had to stand up, say their names, positions and hometowns, and then pick a number. The girls then had to sit beside a member of the boys squad with that number. It was simply a social icebreaker; I didn’t see this as having any sexual connotation or humiliation. We all watched the movie 300. Also on that bus ride, we played a game of truth or dare. Responding to a dare, one – and only one – female soccer player stripped down to her sports bra and underwear and walked through the bus. She was a rookie, but actually one of the oldest members of the team. I have no doubts that Holly felt ostracized from the team. Having had such a great experi-
ence myself, I feel bad about that. But the divide between her and the rest of the team did not occur after the initiation but after her boyfriend’s letter was published. It suggested that women demeaned themselves by participating in initiations. I know she didn’t write the letter, but how would you expect us to react that evening at practice? I know it’s easy to reduce this to some sort of “Mean Girls” stereotype, but really we just stopped talking at that point. I don’t believe she received unfair treatment from the coach as a result of the letter. Many rookies, and some veterans, tend to spend much of the game on the bench. I spent my fair share. Not everybody can be on the field. Moreover, the complaints were not brushed aside as far as I could see. After the Aquinian letter, we had no rookie party that year. The athletic director at the time was known for making very strong anti-hazing pronouncements. After the season, she made our two captains speak to other sports teams about initiations and hazing – even though they felt they had done nothing wrong. I hope nobody interprets this letter as some kind of tacit support of “hazing” or binge drinking by sports teams here at STU. I don’t think this school has a hazing problem, but it would
Science friction Almost Intelligent with Colin Hodd Science…this isn’t easy, but…you need to know that I love you. You have given me many incredible things. The computer I am writing this column on. The internet I will send it to my editor over. Panini I can make in the microwave. We’ve had a great run, and I would really love it if we could still be friends but you just don’t give me everything I need anymore. Science…I…think I’m, breaking up with you. Also, Rational Thought? I know we had a good thing on the side. Now that I’ve broken up with Science, the thrill isn’t there anymore. We’ve all been majorly in love with science since at least the 1500’s. Rational thought has been a life-long flirtation for humanity as well. However, I think that we have mistaken science and rationality for something they are not. We want a magic bullet. We want methods that will apply everywhere and explain everything. I read an article last week in Slate, an online magazine. Its part of a semi-regular feature called “The Hidden Brain”, which excerpts a
book by Shankar Vedantam. This article asked why anyone would be a parent if being a parent made you unhappy. He recounts how, at the end of a long day of chasing a toddler, that a kiss on the cheek from that child makes all the weariness wash away and seem worth it. His conclusion? “We have a name for people who pursue rare moments of bliss at the expense of their wallets and their social and professional relationships: addicts. “ In other words, he has reduced the love between a parent and child, to the chemical boost a cocaine addict gets from shooting up. If he were here to answer for himself, perhaps Vedantam would say that there is more. In any case, this view is not unique. Strictly speaking, it is true. Emotions are associated with chemical stimuli, and these stimuli apply to love as well as addiction. Maybe I am just hiding from the truth, but a world where my love for my child will be the same as an addict’s love of his needle is not one I want to be a part of. The scientific explanation is logical, it may even be true, but
be naïve to believe that rookie parties don’t on occasion cross the line. Rookie parties are not going to go away, but in light of what happened on campus this year, I think people need to be more conscious of what can happen. As team captain, I feel extremely responsible for all my rookies. I feel responsibility to their parents. Their lives are in my hands. Veterans take responsibly for watching rookies and caring for them if they cross a line. Someone has to be accountable. We can’t forget that some rookies are only 17; that some teams have players from cultures uncomfortable with any drinking or contact with the opposite sex; that anyone of us can cross a line on a given night. Coaches and team captains need to be sensitive to all this. No one should ever be pressured into participating, or fear consequences if they don’t. After all, the point of a rookie party is to bond through having a good time. All of us in the STU community are in shock after the death of Andrew Bartlett. But now is not the time for recrimination. There is enough hurt. It’s time for the school to pull together and try to make sure there is never another tragedy like the one we are experiencing this fall. it is not the full picture. (In defense of science, it does not pretend to be the last word. Good science acknowledges that at best what we have is a working theory, that can be replaced at any time by a better one, just as Newton was replaced by Einstein.) The other extreme is Willie Pickton, the pig farmer who is believed to have murdered nearly 50 women. In interviews with police, Pickton claimed 49 murders. The next part is what really frightened me: he expressed a sincere wish that he had killed more, to make it an even 50. This is the place where rationality runs out, where reason goes to die. Our reason will tell us that Pickton is a man with any number of disorders. However, the reality might be worse than we want to admit. It may be that all these explanations tell us nothing. I know they seem to, but they don’t. The only word that does is one that predates psychoanalysis; monster. I don’t mean to be a downer. I believe that the places rationality can’t go are both good and bad. Love is the best thing irrationality can give us. Nothing else can liberate us so fully from the endless cost-benefit analysis that we are told constitutes our lives. We should not use reason to tear something that precious down. But then there are those other places. Where Pickton comes from, where the monsters live. We should not bring reason with us as a shield against them. In the dark places, reason is no more use than the blanket you used to hide from the monsters under your bed. Except here, the monsters are real.
When it’s animated, it’s less sad
Rememberance Day It is still amazing that so many people come out on the blistering cold morning of Nov. 11. Huddled together on the sidewalk, you look back and see so many gathered on the church lawn. It’s incredible. Good on you, Fredericton.
Richard Currie Not so much the man himself, we’re sure he’s a nice guy. But in a recent speech he all but called for UNB and STU to merge because this province supposedly can’t afford the duplication on services when we are “literally meters apart”. Well Mr. Currie, maybe you’re right. Let’s go ahead and have UNB arts program merged into the superior STU system. We’d go the other way, but we’re not sure that we could afford that massive fitness center you duplicated meters from the current UNB gym.
By: Jérémie Caron-Lévesque
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Gallery: Chrissie Park-MacNeil “Memories of Home” @ Gallery Connexion Annex (located at the Playhouse), opening Nov. 19, 5pm Réjean Roy and Christmas Choice @ Gallery 78, opening Nov. 26 until Dec. 19
Playhouse : Kevin Fox, Nov. 16, 8pm, $17 Jill Barber & Michael Kaeshammer, Nov. 17, 8pm, $37 Yadong Guan, Nov. 18, 8pm, $17 Glen Foster and John Sheehan, Nov. 19, 8pm, $20 The Trews acoustic, Nov. 21, 8pm, $30
Music: Chris Kirby & the Marquee @ the Capital Wilsers Room, Nov. 18, $5, 8pm Andrew Hunter & the Gatherers @ the Capital, Nov. 18, $5, 11pm Hungry Hearts, The Love Machine, The Belle Comedians @ the Cellar, Nov. 19, $5, 11pm
Imagine a river. It’s deep and clear. But the current is strong, it pushes and twists and fights. And it will toss you, overcome you, or you can climb up on the bank and watch it go by. For Kathleen McConnell, professor of creative writing and poet, being a writer means stepping outside the current. McConnell grew up in Bridgenorth, a little town just outside Peterborough, Ontario. It’s a town littered with corner churches and quaint schoolhouses. A town where everyone knows your name; the place you love and dream of leaving. McConnell was swimming in the lake behind her house before she knew how to walk. She was telling stories to the neighbourhood kids, and dotting her I’s with little hearts. But when McConnell was 16, her mother committed suicide. And in the midst of that tragedy she turned to her notebook. She cracked the spine, took out her pen and climbed up on the bank. “All the personal and emotional blockages that would result from that aside, as a writer, I mean writing was how I coped,” says McConnell. *** As McConnell, 49, grew as a writer she found herself writing in two very different spheres. She even has two names for them. There’s Kathleen McConnell, the writer of literary issues, the critical analytic. And then there’s Kathy Mac, the poet, the creator and author of two poetry books. The two are always bleeding into each other as McConnell brings metaphors into analytical writing and research into poetry. In 1982, McConnell left her hometown and headed east for Halifax. She enrolled at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and spent her days shrinking wool into felt, an exercise she loved because it rejected the clean lines
Jenn Grant @ the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Nov. 19, $22, 7pm
We can tell by the things you buy.
and structure of a loom. In the middle of her studies at NSCAD she got the opportunity to study plant dying in Peru. Suddenly she found herself deep in a lush mountain village, picking plants from the dark soil and working their colours into fabric. That feeling of space, that visual connection between art and creator is important to McConnell as a writer. She thinks as a visual artist. She sees the page laid out before her like a canvas, the word splashes and explosions of colour. “The way the thing looks on the page, the experience of reading is really important to me. Really important to me,” says McConnell. *** McConnell lived in Sambro Head, NS for five years while working on her PhD. In a big house with windows that looked out upon the vast expanse of the Atlantic, McConnell wrote and walked dogs. She lived with Elizabeth Mann Borgese, daughter of the German modernist, Thomas Mann.
“It was kind of a schizophrenic, very exciting, interesting time of my life,” she says. Her second book, The Hundefräulein Papers is a collection from her time along the ocean. Mornings walking six English Setters along the beach and evenings listening to the stories of visitors. But it’s from the dogs that McConnell learned most. “We would have our neighbour come over to help us when the pump broke down, or the token hippy representative from the World Bank, or these ambassadors from the UN,” says McConnell. “We had all these people, and the dogs didn’t care. They didn’t care if you were really, really important or not so important in the eyes of the world.” McConnell inherited two of the English Setters. They’ve joined her pack which includes an overweight beagle and a lab mix (so named because she looks like something that was mixed up in a lab). ***
Three Sheet @ the Capital, Nov. 20, 10pm
Ahead of the pack: Kathy Mac’s poetry ranges from personal, affecting work to lighter stories about her favorite subject: her dogs.
I’d Rather Go Naked with Maisa Leibovitz I have spent almost three years freezing my ass off. And maybe this column will be bumped over to the International section – it must be warmer somewhere. But growing up in Brazil, I romanticized winter. Winter was cute doublebreasted wool coats and white eye-shadow, to make you look all Ice Queen, and droopy touques and cashmere ladylike gloves with beads and sequins resem-
bling snowflakes. Winter made your complexion better because it dried out your pimples and your hair shinier because you’re supposed to blast cold air after blow-drying anyway for that effect. Nature was saving me big bucks. The older I get, the harder it is to avoid the fact that I simply do not want to look fabulous anymore. I think my disillusion began like everyone else: the runny
nose. You walk somewhere (why did you WALK?) and at some point lose all the feeling in your face, your hair is still a little wet and it dreadlocks into these popsicle-like things. You are clenching your toes because they are so numb from your cheap Ardene’s knockoff Uggs. Essentially you are walking on ice. The short stubby steps are nothing like the gliding you
At the beginning of every semester McConnell tells her creative writing students that to critique another’s work, to take time to get to the heart of it, is the most compassionate thing you can do. McConnell embodies this compassion. Sitting in her office in her bright floral skirt and colourful scarf she exudes warmth. Books and magazines nearly cover an entire wall of her office, and there’s a pair of figure skates hanging on a hook next to a bright yellow umbrella. For eight years, St. Thomas University has been McConnell’s home. She can often be found standing outside of her office talking to students and lending them books. “I love the ideas I get from my students, I love hearing what they have to say,” says McConnell. “I love sort of watching their work grow. I love watching them surpass me at times.” McConnell is a teacher. She is an editor, graphic designer, dog walker. But at the heart of it all is Kathy Mac, poet.
imagined, simply keeping up with the beat of an unrelenting sniffle. Then you finally arrive at your location: job interview, or perhaps a hot date to unthaw your lonely winter heart and frostbitten toes. There you realize you have snot all over your face. You couldnt tell, because you couldnt feel it. Thats how I summarize my first winter experience. Meeting somebody for drinks and coming to the runny nose realization that I’m salting my margarita with a tablespoon of phglem. If you’re still the brave girl prancing around in bar shirts for dresses, legs purple, hairs on your arm sticking up in
umm, rebellion, then more power to you sister. But your courage will die out one day, much like mine did. And by then you will learn that winter couture is lacking. It really is designed to make you look ugly, and there is nothing we can do about it. Down parkas are shapeless, and apparently its rocket science to make one in an hour-glass shape. Silk will never produce any kind of heat.Thermal tights are yet to camouflage themselves as real pants, like the infamous Jegging managed to do for fashion recently. If you’ve considered belting your microfiber Snuggie and going to class, then ah, now we ‘re talking innovation!
7 Performing arts
90s-addicts prepare musical revue Hipsters, scenesters and 2-cool-4-schoolers need not apply Meredith Gillis The Aquinian
We all remember the 90s. From the scrunchies to school-yard games of marbles, and eventually the hunt for 150 Pokemon. A time when being awkward was a part of everyday life. But you know what got us all through the era of the mid-drifts? The one hit wonders - songs most university students remember as the soundtrack to those painfully awkward middle school dances nobody every really danced at. Songs like “Mambo No. 5”, “What Is Love?”, “The Macarena”, and “Baby Got Back” kept us rocking out in our tweens. The 90s was a decade of growing pains. The music industry introduced teen pop, hip hop and alternative rock as mainstream music choices. In fashion was leggings, huge sweatshirts and what can only be described as too much flannel. Technology saw the birth of the internet and the beginning of the now serious rivalry between Microsoft and Apple. The
movie industry brought us The Lion King, Sister Act, Forrest Gump, and Titanic and in television, we were introduced to Full House, Magic School Bus, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Simpsons, a family which continues to be loved today. For Sonja Gould, the 90s are more than an ironic nostalgia trip. She is directing a tribute show called Battle of the 90s to be performed in the spring. This tribute is going to be cheesy. It’s going to be over the top. The show will feature the return of Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC in an epic battle of the bands, a year by year mash up of the best songs, and monologues and scenes from movies like Pulp Fiction, The Blair Witch Project, and Home Alone. But why the 90s? What about them was so good that they deserve a tribute show only ten years later? According to cast member Morgan Mullin, “it’s the songs that we grew up with, and there’s memories attached to a lot of these songs.” Gould says there is more than just nostalgia attracting people to the
show, because “people still listen to it now.” The 90s were a strange time for pop culture. “The top hits through the years show all these things that were happening” said Mullin. For example, “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks is tied to third wave feminism. Mullin feels that the show is “like a small representation of [the] different scenes happening in the 90s”. Mullin is saddened by what she feels is a shift in the focus of music from art to business “right now ... there’s a lot of ringtone rappers and throwaway songs. In the 90s it was more of an art form.” The show will feature music and movies, as well as art. “The cast is deciding what they want to do with the show instead of the directors telling [them] what to do” said Gould. Rehearsals are from 7-9 every Thursday in BMH 202 for people interested in joining the show.
Disneyin’ around: At rehearsal on Thursday, Tessa Dawn hopped around to “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast.
Undressing the ‘tits and ass’ model Ryerson grads make online magazine for the modern gentleman Nick Spector The Eyeopener (Ryerson University)
TORONTO (CUP) — Phil Adrien and Gavin Seal were tired of all the “tits and ass” they saw in men’s lifestyle publications. Frustrated with the lack of real and down-to-earth coverage of men’s lifestyle topics, the Ryerson University graduates launched The Modern Gentleman instead. Since this past spring, TMG has catered to an audience of young men; some are students, others are professionals, and many are transitioning from the former to the latter. Though there are plenty of women’s lifestyle websites
for the younger crowd, TMG targets a niche market that conventional lifestyle publications like GQ and Esquire tend to ignore. “It just seemed like everything was catering towards these guys that went out and had wild sex every night,” said Adrien, TMG’s founder and CEO. “They drink the most expensive champagne, wear the most expensive suits, drive the most expensive cars and it’s like, when you graduate and you’re making a salary for the first time in your life. Those are not realistic expectations.” What sets TMG apart from big publications like GQ, Esquire and Details is more than just its younger demographic, but also the way it approaches its audi- Hot or not?: I read it for the articles hunny, I swear!
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English Gentleman: Ryerson grads Phil Adrien (left) and Gavin Seal founded The Modern Gentlemen, a news site for men transitioning from university to professional life.
ence. “I think with TMG, we wanted to create a site where people who didn’t know what to do or what that end goal was or how to get there could come and just have a conversation,” Adrien said. And so the website lives up to its name, informing the young, chivalrous man on how to deal with situations he’ll encounter during the transition from student to young professional — all while looking affordably stylish and upto-date with the most recent technology. “We met up and started talking about things we were experiencing in that stage of our life; that transitional period between education and the real world; between studying and working,” explained Seal. The pair focused on less obvious is-
sues, like whether or not to add your boss on Facebook or how to develop professional relationships. As a result, TMG has grown from 1,000 visitors per month at launch to the 6,000 it’s averaging now. Although there is some competition, it pales in comparison to what’s available for female audiences. Women’s lifestyle sites are a fast-growing market, but there are few options for men and even fewer still for the younger crowd. “I think women are much more open about their feelings and are much more apt to share that in an online space,” Adrien said. “I think it’s much more challenging for a guy to go, ‘Let’s have a real conversation about money,’ which is a very taboo subject, but it’s something that we all think about right?”
But most importantly, it’s the open nature of TMG’s contributors that has helped it stand out from other men’s lifestyle websites. In an age where every publication has a Twitter feed and a Facebook page, Adrien and Seal said that appearing connected only goes so far; an actual connection is what makes the difference. “What we feel is our greatest accomplishment is the user response. We’ll go to sites like Ask Men or GQ and we’ll see articles that have no re-tweets or no comments and with our site we are getting some incredible feedback,” said Seal. “To us that’s the difference between people that just skim your articles and people who are actually dedicated readers.”
theAQ presents: A night with TD
Is free still fun? Ben Burnett The Aquinian
The place was packed with kids, whether they looked drunk and voracious, bored and detached, or eager and passionate. It was a little bit like a high school Much Music Video dance, where some people dance like they’ve been waiting their whole life to dance to these songs, beside the bored boyfriends they pressured to come. Whether or not you had fun, most people held: “hey, it was a free concert.” I think it’s fair to hold free events from a fair bit of scrutiny. There were few surprises: three bands, only one of whom is particularly popular among STU’s around-20-something demographic. OK Go are popular among people who use the Internet for funny videos. No one knows who Keys N Crates are (there are no bonus points for having heard of them). It doesn’t matter whether you showed up under the impression Metric was the best band in the
world, or that you were wasting your time sticking around for the head-liner, or the show would be a fun, free dance party, but you were meeting friends at the Cellar for some serious drinking afterwards. I’m confident no one left with a changed opinion. The sound was bad. The bands were too unrelated. There was too large a segregation between the floor and the stands. Those who waited until 8 to avoid the line-up only found out when they showed up the first band had already played. The concert was over by 11! Did I mention the sound was so atrociously bad? As someone who purposely tried to place myself where the action would be, and where I could hear well, I was pretty disappointed to find no such place existed in the entire venue. I’m certain there were a few reasons for the atrocious sound: choosing a hockey rink as a venue being the obvious one. These aren’t insurmountable obstacles, and that’s why I don’t think any opinions were changed Monday night. If you showed up excited for Metric you were right up front, with all your friends, taking pictures and having a great time. I saw a lot of happy people, but that’s because they were legitimately excited for the music, and hey, it’s pretty fun going to a concert with all your friends, isn’t it?
STU won a cool contest and got a free concert, and it was a fun way to break up the week was only fun thanks to you guys, the a It was fairly apparent TD cared very dent convenience or practicality. They on a Monday night, probably becaus the bands. They didn’t release the mation until the last minute becaus free Facebook advertising while peo clicked the event link looking for any i They booked bands that aren’t re a new release because A) the planne passing knowledge of current trends, those bands are cheaper than bands t albums. We here at the AQ had a fantastic ti cert. I’ve never seen so many familia Capital patio on a Friday night. This w shin-dig for us and our friends, and th But just because TD told us it was have to welcome their presence.
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Thomas Bateman The Aquinian
Several days before the concert I was contacted by someone working for the events planning firm that was in charge of the logistical side of the concert. There were only a few employees of TD in Fredericton for the concert; nearly the entire event was in the hands of a promotions firm based out of Toronto. Much of the event was centered around social media from the voting, to informing patrons of ticketing procedures, to promoting TD as the cool, student-friendly place to do your banking. My job was to photograph attendees as they entered the Aitken Centre against a backdrop that had the logos of TD and the bands. The photos would eventually find themselves on the TD Facebook group where, presumably, one could go, find their photo and relive the awesome night the best bank in Canada had provided for them, free of charge. What seemed to me to be a simple job was quickly bogged down with ‘corporate’ restrictions. The most troublesome for me was every person that was to be photographed on his or her way into the concert needed to sign a legal form. A large poster was created on which people could quickly ‘Sharpie’ their consent. This increased the amount of suspicion people had towards me, the guy in the bright green TD shirt with the camera and dramatically decreased the number of people that were willing to get in front of the lens. A couple volunteers from STU and I spent a couple hours trying to get as many people as possible. After documenting as much of the initial rush of concert-goers as possible, I bailed out of the main concourse and went to try and cutline. shoot some of the live music. I made my way down to the media pit, bluffing my way past security, who were easily convinced that I was supposed to be there, with my ‘TD Staff’ shirt and my pass (I actually wasn’t supposed to be shooting from the pit). I got down in time for the OK Go set, and snapped away without any problem. I thought I was going to luck out and do the same for Metric, until the legitimate photographer (who was flown in from Toronto to shoot the music), showed up to the security entrance. The security guy then started asking questions about who I was and I quickly packed up my stuff and left before he could ask too many question. As I passed by the professional photographer, she winked and just said, “Sorry.” I tried to shoot some of the Metric set from other (less ideal) locations. Here are some of the results.
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Clockwise from top: Metric setlist, Emily Haines of Metric, Ok Go plays the bells, Ok Go lead singer Daimian Kulash.
This is your brain on procrastination Our resident procrastinators Liz Sullivan and Colin Hodd take a look at what makes us want to put things off Elizabeth Sullivan The Aquinian
I took on this assignment thinking it might be funny to have a procrastinator try to tell procrastinators how to not procrastinate. Most of the time I’m a reasonable, harmless procrastinatior--watching a youtube video here and there, spending a couple minutes Stumbling around the internet, but it took breaking down in a fit of raw-hiccupping- sleep deprived tears in front of a professor (in the middle of class no less) before I believed that I had problem. If during your university career you have avoided work by using Twitter, Facebook, watching terribly inappropriate standup comedy from Bob Saget, or by reading this article, you have fallen prey to the sultry charms of procrastination. The American Psychology Association says that 80-95 per cent of University students procrastinate, but only 75 per cent of them actually think that they procrastinate and 15-20 per cent do it to a harmful degree. Many sources on the internets liken the way that procrastinators deal with tasks to those who have ADD. So everyone, it’s time to hold a Procrastinators Anonymous meeting. I have the decaf coffee percolating, and Bob the unic is ready to give you a big-titted hug. We can get through this. The first step to getting over this is accepting you have a problem. I want you all to say it out loud with me: “Hi, my name is (insert your name here), and I’m a procrastinator. I have neglected my work in the past because I had unrealistic or unachievable goals, but that doesn’t make me a bad person. ” Alright everyone, you’ve just taken the first step to overcoming procras-
‘Denial’ is not just a river in Egypt and I think that Youtube’s Sassy Gay Friend has the right attitude for getting over it...
awake. I mean, I’m not going to miss anything by being awake, but take away sleep and you stop being able to appreciate the things that are around you. Q: What are some of the things that you end up doing instead of work?
Fighting temptations: 80-95 per cent of university students procrastinate, but only 75 per cent think they do.
tination; ‘Denial’ is not just a river in Egypt and I think that Youtube’s Sassy Gay Friend has the right attitude for getting over it: “Instead of drowning yourself, write a sad poem about in our journal, and move on.” *** So what is the problem with procrastination? I spoke to theAQ’s resident procrastinator, Colin Hodd to get some
answers. I think it’s important to note that this interview took place an entire week after the initial deadline, and that in itself is pretty telling. Q: What makes you procrastinate? A:Sheer un-adultered laziness. Q: What do you think suffers the most because of your procrastination? A: My health. My capacity to be
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A: It’s anything I can do to avoid the thing I should be doing. Like, whenever I have a paper to write I realize that I need to reorganize the files on my computer or I notice a game that I haven’t played in a while and decide it’s time to give it another try. Q: What would you say is the ratio of work hours to procrastination hours is for you? A: One work hour to 10 spent procrastinating, minimum.
Q: Do you focus well? A: I wouldn’t say that. By the time I settle down to do the work there is no time to screw around, because the time left is only enough to get the work done. Q: Will you ever change your ways as a procrastinator? A: I’ll change my ways later… eventually. Because so far, I’ve been able to beat it. *** Now what have I learned from this whole experience? 1) Don’t try to get two procrastinators to be productive if they don’t want to 2) procrastination is a self serving problem. When you neglect things, it makes life harder. I could tell you getting a day planner will solve all your problems but it won’t. Procrastination is one of those “mind over matter” issues that Tony Robbins has been rambling on about since the 80’s. And I’m not dissing on Tony Robbins, but Tony Robbins doesn’t have to go home to a box of wine, and a collection of assignments that he’s been putting off since the semester started. I’m going to leave you with a quote from Charles Kingsley a novelist and an early evolutionist, “We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” I want to thank you all for coming to this PA meeting, and my assignment for you is to find a good reason why you should do that assignment you’ve been putting off. Maybe you’ll be able to even convince yourself that it’s worth it. Now get the hell out of here! I have work to do.
The Ghett-Outta-Here Burger
This week’s Get O Cuisine is brought to you by Ben Burnett Instructions: Puns are the cheapest form of humor, and this is the cheapest form of burger. And somehow, A package will give you enough meat for like eight of these. So you can master your own formula the most delicious! This is cooked like a standard burger, but replace the less-healthy and bloodier then have enough to bring to school and trade with your friends. Do you guys miss Pokemon cards? ground beef with a $2.50 (two fifty!) package of ground pork. Your mom will be so happy, and so Trade-able patties are better. will your wallet. Take a handful (about 8 ounces) of meat and put it in a bowl. Throw your sliced veggies in there. Make that egg rain down from the heavens. Use your hands to mix the crap out of those suckers. You will need: Try to mix in all the egg yolk, and have as few veggies sticking out the sides as possible. They are the things that will fall out on the grill. Wash your hands. -1 package of ground pork (found at Victory Meat Market) Okay, the rest of my method is completely lifted from Anthony Bourdain’s “Techniques” episode of No Reservations, which is completely essential if you ever want to not be an idiot in a kitchen. -Sliced and diced veggies of your choice (mix it up! Standards are onions, to- So: butter up a pan, and brush butter on both sides of the patty. Quickly sear both sides on a high temperature then turn it down and let it sit on the flattest, hottest part of the pan. Keep flipping matoes, peppers, but this is the peoples choice awards of delicious ingredients) until it is cooked. If you watch the attached video they teach you a neat little trick to see how cooked your meat is. -1 egg, or bread crumbs. This is for form! Your burger might cave in like a bad When it’s almost ready throw a slice of cheese on top for melting purposes and put your bun on there. Toasty bun, mmm. You can dress the lung if you don’t use something to beef (ha! ha!) up the patty. bun with different stuff - my Mom uses guacamole and swiss cheese, and I love the shit out of her, so. -Seasoning, also up to you. Whatcha got in your cupboards, huh? Next, it will be ready. Eat the shit out of it.
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11 First Person
The greatest story never told National Novel Writing Month sends writers over the edge Megan MacKay The Aquinian
It was a dark and greasy November afternoon. Martha, a beautiful (although toothless) woman slunk seductively into the salon of Laser Freud, the best psychiatrist in the universe. She had some problems. Space problems. November is a month of mustaches, remembering, final papers, exams and remembering mustaches. For some, November is a month where they push their creativity past the point of sanity and they push out a novel in 30 days. These people are called NaNo writers. November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Participants are challenged to write a 50, 000 word novel in a month, which means writing roughly 1,670 words a day. The goal of NaNo month is quantity of work, not quality. It’s to get participants used to writing every day. The result is writing that is sometimes ridiculous, sometimes hilarious, and sometimes amazing. NaNoWriMo began in 1999 when 21 writers in California got together to see if they could write 175 pages in a month. They expected it to be difficult, but what they didn’t expect was for it to be fun. “Itchy Larry broke my heart,” Martha sobbed.
Twisted fiction: Writing two thousand words a day causes your brain to turn to mush and your body to devolve into a Gollum-like state, but it’s all worth it.
Itchy Larry was the space sailor who had rolled onto her planet two years ago. “I don’t think I’ll ever be able to trust anyone again.” Itchy Larry was the one who had stolen Martha’s teeth in the night, and sold them for space fuel. Laser Freud nodded, taking furious notes. Now in it’s 12th year, the NaNo website has thousands of users and is available in four languages. Steph Peters has been
NaNo writing every November for the past three years. “I’m supposed to be upwards of 20,000 words already. I’m more like 12,000 and stalled,” Peters said. She is among the many authors who are struggling with word count. Luckily, there is an online community for NaNo authors. “They have a big section of forums on their site. They have a subforum en-
titled ‘NaNo Ate My Soul’ that is full of people who are stuck, or quitting, or procrastinating.” The forums include a section of “NaNoisms”- hilarious mistakes that are made when a story is written in haste. Some good examples are by user Rubyfruit: “I am going to the store for soda...for to get... have.” and user Marlin: “She could see Mrs. Neighbour flowering the waters on her balcony.” Reading
Dry Spell Flaps and Shafts with Diana Myers
I haven’t had sex in two and half weeks and fear it may be early symptoms of the dark and cruel ‘dry spell’ at work. For some reason, everyone around me has been getting pregnant, but no one seems to be getting laid. We spend more time complaining about our dry genitals than actually working towards a successful night of moistening them. It’s really aggravating. Dry spells are a time for deep selfreflection. Inner questions alluding to personal standards, self-image and
arguable social behaviour are raised and you become skeptical of everything you once believed in. Panic arises and unrealistic yet devastating thoughts develop: “I’ll never have sex again,” “I’m just too fat,” or “Holy shit my vagina IS GOING TO close up, I’ll resort to plushophilia and will habitually ask to be pissed on by some other fetish freak in a raccoon costume for satisfaction.” While plushophilia is perhaps a bit extreme, the members of this practice should at least be respected for their
sexual awareness and strange, yet undeniable confidence. One reason for dry spells’ occurrence is the sudden degradation of these vital bang-worthy characteristics in a person. For some couples who experience a dry spell, it’s usually the result of having ‘been there, done that.’ They’re more interested in strategising quirky Christmas photo ideas five months in advance than learning a new sex position, contending that their lifestyle is less tiring and more productive. Then there are single people, like my-
snippets of others minor brain spasms during this arduous process is comforting. It’s good to know when it’s three am, and you’re hunched over your laptop like a Gollum trying to hammer out the last 200 words of your story, you’re not alone. “With everything I’ve got going on, I might not get to finish my novel this month,” Peters said. “But I’m at least going to try.”
self, who’s reasoning for the dry spell is more self-inflicted: sheer laziness, masked by the common complaint of ‘slim pickings’. Although these circumstances seem to insinuate disapproval in the darkest of ways, my friend Adam takes the cake. This past week he celebrated his 13th anniversary of not getting laid, naming the ceremony, “Re-virginized.” There has been so much denial and disillusionment during this time that I’m not sure which category for dry spell victim he fits into anymore. His famous quote, “I made my choice,” gives hope that maybe his celibate behaviour is deliberate, but 20 minutes later he’s arrogantly exclaiming that “tonight’s the night!” It goes on like this for hours on end. At first he’ll only try for the hotties, two seconds later he plans to choose the slimiest slut he can find. He’s cocky, he’s whiney. He’s blaming everything on me; he’s holding me like I’m the last female in his life. After this routine, Adam finishes the night by walking home alone, screaming into the streets, “BEST
When Martha finished her story, she leaned back on the couch and sighed. “It’s such a great feeling to have all of this off of my chest.” Laser Freud looked at her thoughtfully. He thumbed his notes absently, and Martha waited, chest heaving, for his guidance. “Bzzz,” he said, for that was all he could say. He was made of lasers.
FROSH WEEK OF MY LIFE!” even though it’s November and he graduated two years ago. Adam makes me both thankful and frightful for my own situation. While two weeks seems like nothing compared to a year and a month, his jokes about the ‘virgin reborn’ theory are too unsettling. What kind of sex columnist doesn’t have sex? What if I’m handed back my V-card out of pure shame and disgust from the sex world? Or worse, what if this dry spell is a subconscious sign urging me to settle down with a partner? The problem here, along with most situations, is worrying. Sex is what you do to get your mind off other worries. Sex is what you make it. Sex is life. So if sex is worrisome, what does that say about your life? We should be mindful of aids and herpes and unwanted pregnancies, but worrying never did anyone any good. So if you find yourself re-virginized as well, don’t sweat it. After all, virginity is the best place to start.
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Harper says no vote needed to extend mission in Afghanistan Canada’s parliament will not be asked to vote on whether to extend a military mission in Afghanistan, which is scheduled to end next year. Obama warns other nations not to depend on United States for growth President Obama said countries with a large surplus must take steps to boost domestic demand - in an apparent reference to China and Japan.
Cuba frees political prisoner The Cuban government has freed one of 13 dissidents who have been refusing a government deal to go into exile in exchange for their freedom. Bolivia defends seizing foreign energy firms Bolivia’s government has defended its policy of nationalizing companies that it says are vital to the economy.
India aims for economic growth India is aiming to achieve double-digit economic growth within two years, as the country’s recovery from the global downturn picks up pace. Chinese court rejects discrimination case A Chinese court has ruled against a man who says he was denied a teaching job because he is HIV positive.
British couple freed A retired British couple are freed more than a year after being taken captive by Somali pirates who boarded their yacht. Southern Sudan bombed Several people were injured when a plane from northern Sudan bombed southern Sudan.
Spanish priest arrested over child pornography images A Catholic priest in Spain has been arrested over the alleged possession of thousands of images of child sex abuse. Over 21,000 images were found. Dutchmen blow up their own armoured car Dutch military police have accused two soldiers of blowing up their own armoured car with a grenade while serving in Afghanistan.
Israel ponders US settlement offer Israel’s prime minister has briefed his cabinet on a package of incentives the US has proposed if it renews a partial freeze on settlement construction. Lebanese police arrest cleric Police in Lebanon have arrested the radical Muslim cleric, Omar Bakri Muhammad, several days after a military court sentenced him to life in prison.
Where are the newcomers? TOM BATEMAN/AQ
Newcomers reception: Isn’t a newcomers event suppose to welcome people?
Aida Al Barwani For The Aquinian
The International Students Association at STU was invited to a new comers reception hosted by the city of Fredericton this past week. We were all delighted to go. Brad Woodside, the mayor of Fredericton, was expected to be there so we all felt so important to be a part of this event. Granted, this is my fourth year at STU and many of the other members of STUISA are also upper year students. I figured that this welcoming reception took four years to plan so it will probably be the best welcoming reception in the world. It wasn’t. John Barrett, the director of operations for citizenship and immigration Canada, was on the podium when we arrived late (in true international style). He was talking about
how important newcomers are to Fredericton and how there will be more events like this in the future. But as soon as I walked in I noticed something: there were no newcomers. Barett introduced some members of city council who were present and then proceeded to welcome everyone he knew in the room, similar to Jay-Z at an awards show. I felt left out. Our group was invited and we reserved our spot so they knew we were coming. To add insult to injury we were the only students there other than the Thai students who were putting on a pre-planned presentation. We stood out. Then Barrett announced Mayor Woodside would not be joining us for the ceremony he invited everyone to. That was upsetting because it was his event and I wanted to get the customary thumbs up picture
taken with him. The Thai Students Association (THSA) from UNB put on a wonderful presentation that left me feeling like I wanted to go live in Thailand. However, they weren’t newcomers either. Barrett introduced a young lady who spoke about the extremely successful program in place for newcomers who want to start a new business. The organization would assign mentors ( Fredericton business owners) to mentee (newcomers). The mentees would shadow the mentors learning about how to do business in Canada as well as how to operate a business within the Maritime Canadian culture. This was all very interesting but I was still wondering where the newcomers were. As I stood in line for the complimentary food, I asked the usual “is there pork in this?” To my dismay
there was pork in the dish and I wasn’t able to eat any of it. It was interesting that were welcoming people from all over the world but they didn’t make provisions for all of them. I assumed that since the event was for internationals, one of the organizers of the event would ensure that Muslims would be able to eat more than just the cold sandwiches. The event would have been a great success if there were actual newcomers present. I felt cheated that I had come to this event, with an open mind, and left feeling that my needs as an international student were ignored. I hope that for future events, city council and other organizers ensure that if they invite specific groups like student groups they are recognized and catered to. Maybe then their overall goal will be achieved.
Recipe > by Cristobal Vasquez
Peruvian potato-cheese soup Locro is a nourishing potato-cheese soup that is popular in Ecuador and Peru.
1/4- Oil or butter 1/2 Onion, minced 3-4 cloves Garlic, minced 2 pounds- Potatoes, peeled and diced 4- cups Water or stock 1 cup- Milk Salt and pepper -- to taste 1 cup Muenster, queso fresco or mozzarella cheese, shredded
Method Heat the oil or butter over medium flame in a large pot. Add the onion and garlic and simmer until the onion is translucent. Stir in the potatoes, water or stock, milk, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer until potatoes are falling apart, 30-45 minutes. Mash the potatoes up a bit with the back of a spoon to thicken the soup, leaving it a little chunky. Remove the soup from heat and stir in the cheese. Adjust seasoning and serve immediately.
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Its better than Campbell’s soup
Variations Sauté 1 to 2 chopped ajís amarillos (yellow chili peppers) with the onion and garlic for a spicier soup with an authentic Andean flavor. The peppers also add a beautiful yellow hue to the soup. Ajís amarillos can be found canned or frozen in many Latin markets. A handful of corn kernels is often added to this soup. Use about 1 cup and add after the soup has simmered for about 20-30 minutes. Chopped avocado is often used as a garnish for locro.
Cultural differences makes job search difficult Low turnout postpones employment workshop
Tara Chislett The Aquinian
When Maiko Tanabe’s boss asked her what she wanted to do on her second day at work, she didn’t know what to say. After two months of looking for work in Fredericton, the 2010 St. Thomas University grad who came to Canada from Japan to study journalism, landed a job working as the social media coordinator for a multimedia company. But while Tanabe says she likes her job, adjusting to life in the Canadian workforce didn’t come easy. The differences between the Japanese and Canadian workforce are plenty —from how you find a job, to the interview process, to how you treat your boss. “When I first started a job hunt, I was so uncomfortable [calling people],” Tanabe said. “But I was told I have to do that here because it shows them you are interested.” “Here, you have to be aggressive. You have to call and you have to be kind of pushy.” The Multicultural Association of Fredericton understands the challenges international students face when they go looking for work in Canada. And in an attempt to reach out to students at STU, they planned a workshop on Oct 26, to talk about what resources are available to make finding a job easier. The workshop was rescheduled for January because of low turnout, but Bonnie Doughty, the employment coordinator for MCAF, said
workshops like this are important. She said finding work in Canada involves knowing the “laws of the land.” “You and I know know and understand how to look for employment [in Canada],” she said. “But when someone comes from another part of the world, their understanding of looking for work is much different than how we look for work.” For example, in some countries, it’s normal to attach a photo and include information about your martial status and religious affiliation on your resume. In Canada, this is not only unnecessary, but it’s also illegal. “[The resume] is going to look different and stand out for the wrong reasons,” she said. “Understanding the rules of engagement is important but no one tells you what they are when you cross the border.” “It’s stressful.” Another problem Doughty said newcomers often face involves how to behave in the work place. Students from America and many European countries often don’t experience as many challenges integrating because of how similar the cultures are. However, for someone coming from more hierarchical societies—like China or Japan—it can be difficult. “It’s really scary for a hierarchical person when they have to make decisions,” Doughty said, explaining that these situations can lead to the individual feeling confused about their role. Tanabe understands this. “What I think matters, but when I’m in Japan, what I think doesn’t matter at all as long as I do what I’m
Cultural barriers: “The resume is going to look different and stand out for the wrong reasons,” says Doughty.
supposed to do,” she said. “[When I first started work] people would ask me ‘what do you think, what do you think’, and I’d be like ‘I’m not used to telling you what I think’ It’s hard to get used to it.” But while some newcomers like Tanabe adjust quickly to Canadian work culture, others struggle. That’s where MCAF comes in. Although most people come to the association looking for advice before they start job hunting, some businesses contact MCAF when they suspect an international hire is having trouble adjusting. Doughty said this is important, as more international students opt to stay in Canada and work as opposed to returning home. That’s what Shidan Fang did. After coming to STU to study economics, she opted to stay in Fredericton instead of returning home to China. It surprised her how much she learned to love her life here.
“[My parents] were so worried I wouldn’t get used to life here and adapt to the culture that they wouldn’t let me visit home for the first three years,” she said. “When I eventually visited home, I found the world I grew up in looked so foreign and I’m simply not used to it anymore. I’m simply not used to it. “I thought it was kind of crazy but I guess I really like my life here in Canada.” Fang now works as a personal banking officer. She said the biggest difference between working in China and working in Canada involves relationships in the office. “[In China] everyone is too busy with office politics and fighting for boss’ favor,” she said, adding that often the biggest “brown nose” gets the promotion. Fang said she doesn’t see that in Canada. “I find the society allows people to get to where they want to be
as long as you are ambitious and you work hard,” she said. And being driven is something Doughty said is important--especially when most international students start from scratch when they arrive in Canada. “What prevents people from getting a job in this city is they don’t have a network,” she said. “And if you’re a newcomer, you’ve left your network behind. “But a lot of international students want to stay because they have friends here. They like the environment. They might have fallen in love. They survived our winters and they have a Canadian credential. But without someone helping them understand our culture and develop a strategy, there’s going to be a lot of hit and misses.”
First woman president brings mixed reviews from students Brazil’s new president has yet to prove she is independent of Lula Cedric Noel The Aquinian
Brazillian students at St. Thomas are unsure whether the newly elected president, Dilma Rousseff, will be her own woman. A first-year student Paulo Eduardo Castilho, from São Paulo, thinks the new president may be the first woman president, but she’s being controlled by the party she represents, the Workers Party, and her popular predecessor. “She is a puppet of the system and she doesn’t have an opinion.” Sabrina Fernandes, from Goiânia and a recent STU grad, is taking a wait and see attitude. “We’ll have to wait for the first year of her mandate to
tell what her actual policies will be and if they actually benefit the population.” Rousseff follows her mentor, the widely popular Lula da Silva, as leader of the world’s fifth largest nation, with a population of 191 million. She was handpicked to be his successor as the leader of the Workers Party da Silva helped found. Perhaps the biggest issue in Brazilian politics is how best to deal with its fast-expanding economy. With Brazil now established as the world’s seventh largest economy, dealing with social, economic and racial inequality in the country may be on the front burner. One of Rousseff’s main challenges, especially early in her presidency, will be convincing the population that
was in office. Castilho believes that if Rousseff is going to bring any change “it’ll be for the poor.” Arguably, the only class that didn’t directly benefit from da Silva’s time as president was the upper class, which saw raises in taxes. Most Brazil watchers believe Rousseff will continue policies implemented by da Silva. In any case, Rousseff will have many challenges to face. She will have to decide whether it is Brazil’s best interest to focus on its economy or on lingering social and racial problems plaguing the country. Rousseff will also have to SUBMITTED deal with the issue of the environment, an issue the previFemale President: “She is a puppet of the system and she doesnt have an opinion,”says Fernandes. ous government managed to by-pass. “It’s a big step,” Castiho she can do as good a job as with rapid economic growth, been raised for many Brazil- said. “I don’t know if it’s forher predecessor. However, the standard of living had ians in the eight years da Silva wards or backwards.”
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STU lauded for hosting great meet Men, women teams finish well back in pack Cedric Noel The Aquinian
Only four years after establishing a cross-country program at St. Thomas University, the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) cross-country National Championships arrived in Fredericton. Last weekend, STU hosted some of the best cross country runners in the nation. It was a sunny and cloudless 14-degree day at Odell Park where they would compete for the prize of best runner and best team in the nation. The women ran a five kilometre race, men running eight kilometres the same afternoon with more than 300 athletes representing more than thirty teams from all over Canada. The level of competition was much higher than many of the runners were used to. “Its really scary, intimidating...different and hectic,” third-year STU runner Sarah Galvin said about the beginning of the race that saw 128 women compete. The gun fired promptly at 12 noon to mark the start of the women’s race. The pack was already spread out after the first kilometre. By the end of the first of two 2.5 km laps, four runners had created a considerable distance from the rest. Leading the way for STU, for most of the race, was fourth year veteran Olivia Long with Sarah Galvin, Sarah Peel and Kyla Tanner not too far behind. At the front of the race, it was tight until the final stride. With 100 metres left, two runners were neck and neck: Fiona Benson from Grande Prairie Regional College, Alberta, and Jodi Sanguin from Red Deer College, Alberta. Only five metres from the finish, Benson managed to get in front of Sanguin and cross the line to become the women’s 2010 CCAA national cross-country champion. The first to finish for the STU women was Sarah Galvin who recorded a personal best time of 22 minutes and 30 seconds. Galvin attributed her good
performance to her hard work done months before race day and the STU cross-country coach Scott Davis. “He’s an awesome coach...I trained really hard during the summer.” The men’s race was much anticipated as spectators were waiting to see if the 2009 defending champion Willy Kimosop from Rift Valley, Kenya representing Lethbridge College, Alberta would retain his title. The men would run a three laps of an already tornup course and from the moment the gun sounded Kimosop, sporting knee high white socks, took a lead and never looked back. STU had five runners in the race, with Nathan Paton and Matthew Sheriko leading the way early on for the Tommies. By the start of the final of the lap, Kimosop had established an insurmountable lead, leaving the competition in his wake. He went on to comfortably win the race and set a new course record at Odell Park of 24 minutes and 45 seconds, beating the previous record by an impressive 19 seconds. “I was expecting more competition,” Kimosop said attributing it to his fast start, thinking he would have to run the race under 24 minutes to retain his title. This wasn’t the case as the second place runner Emmanuel Boisvert representing CEGEP de Sainte-Foy finished almost a minute after Kimosop. The champion was also very impressed with the organization of the event compared to the previous two national championships he’s attended. “It was the best one I have competed in,” he said. Crossing the line first for STU was Nathan Paton followed by Daniel Stanley, Matthew Sheriko, Zachary Nicholson and Brendan Bannister. Paton said he was “really excited [about his finish]...Dan gave me a good push”, but also admitted that his time was “a little slow” compared to previ-
Long striding: STU’s Olivia Long sprints past competitor in Saturday’s national cross country championships.
ous races. In the team standings Fanshawe College, from London, Ont., displayed an impressive showing as they claimed the team gold in both men’s and women’s. Two women’s teams from Alberta, Grant MacEwan University and Red Deer College, finished second and third respectively. For the men, Cégep de Sainte-Foy finished second and Collège Ahuntsic completed the podium in third. The STUwomen’s team finished in 17th place and the men’s team in 19th. Tommies fourth year team member, Cara Gallagher, who did not participate in the
race, described the event as “[a] fabulous recognition for a team that has been working so hard”. Evident, was the low number of STU students out to cheer on the competitors. Gallagher admitted that she’d “like to see more [people]...no one was really given directions to there.” Also attributing the low turnout to, perhaps, a lack of better communication and publicity of the event. Nonetheless Gallagher did say she has “more respect for the athletics at STU because of all the work [she saw] done behind the scenes”. “He’s been working very hard,” Gallagher said about Coach Scott Davis
who has coached the team in all its four years of existence and was a key factor in bringing the event to STU. “He’d do anything for us” runner Sarah Galvin added. The end of the event was marked by a five kilometre coaches and citizens race, in which anyone could compete. From the start to finish all the runners where cheered on emphatically by the crowd. Smiles covered the faces of each coach, parent and friend who crossed the finish line, which would indicate the end of a culmination of months of hard work done by the athletes, coaches and athletics programs.
Loss of Kings College could spell end to ACAA The Aquinian
The Dal Gazette is reporting that the University of Kings College’s men’s rugby team is planning on leaving the ACAA for the Nova Scotia University Division II league. This might spell the end of the STU’s men’s rugby program as a Kings’ departure would leave just two teams in the conference. Mount Allison and STU have yet to decide the future of their rugby programs in the event of Kings’
moving to another league. Kings’ athletic director, Neil Hooper told the Dal Gazette, “This (league) has not been the best experience for our student athletes. At the end of the season, you’re very sick of the same two opponents.” The league they intend to join now consists of Dalhousie, St. Mary’s, St. FX, Acadia and Cape Breton University. There is no league equal to Nova Scotia’s in New Brunswick.
Stuffed: The Tommies block a shot for a point against Kings College on Sunday.
Tommies fight hard, suffer heartbreaking weekend losses
UKC KO’d by STU hoopsters Maz scores 24 in Saturday win Danny Carson The Aquinian
Movember Fierce: A mustachioed Jason Cassidy fires the puck at the Axemen net in Friday’s 4-2 loss.
Questionable officiating contributes to loss in chippy, odd Axemen tilt Derek Montague The Aquinian
Going into home games against Acadia and Dalhousie last weekend, the Tommies were desperate for wins to help move them out of last place in the AUS men’s hockey conference. Despite the two hardest working games the Tommies have skated at the LBR, they managed to skate away with just one of four possible points, leaving them even farther behind the rest of the league. On Friday night, the Tommies and the Acadia Axemen played an intense, entertaining and close game. But late in the second period it was overshadowed by bizarre and questionable officiating. With under five minutes left in the second period, while the Tommies were on the power play, the game was tied at a goal a piece and getting chippy.
The whistle blew after an Axeman crosschecked a Tommie. It looked like the Tommies were going to have a five-onthree power play, but other antics followed, including a fight involving Tommies’ star forward Kenton Dulle. That’s where the game became strange. Dulle received a five minute major but his Axeman counterpart did not. On top of that, the Tommies received a toomany-men-on-the -ce penalty after the play had long been blown dead. For the rest of the period, Tommies coaching staff and players were irate. Entering the third period, the game was still tied at one. Anyone’s game. But the Tommies have been terrible in the third period. Going into Friday’s game they had allowed 20 third period goals and had only scored four. Nearly halfway through the
period, Acadia scored on the power play to take a 2-1 lead. Early this season, the Tommies struggled to battle through adversary and come back after falling behind. Especially if it was in the third period. But the Tommies showed some resilience and a couple minutes later, Alex Labonte tied the game. Then, with about a minute and a half remaining in regulation, STU’s Mike Reich was given a questionable four-minute high sticking penalty. Sure enough, Acadia scored a power play goal in the final minute of play. They added an empty netter to win 4-2. The loss made Saturday’s game against Dalhousie much more important. And the Tommies got off to a fast start with Alex Labonte scoring less than three minutes into the game. Both teams continued to pour on the offense all game.
But both goalies were the stars for their teams. Charlie Lavigne and Josh Disher would make more than 40 saves each in the game. Despite the Tommies quick start, they trailed 3-2 late in the third. With a little more than four minutes remaining in the game, Jason Cassidy made a nifty back-hand flip pass to Yuri Cheremetiev, who skated into the Dalhousie zone and took a wrist shot from the hash marks. The shot went off the post and into the net, tying the game. But, the celebration for the Tommies would end there. Halfway through the overtime period, Dalhousie forward Francois Gauthier scored on a breakaway to end the game. The Tommies now possess a 1-6-2 record and will need to dig deep to make the playoffs.
Tommie sandwich: Scott Judson is taken into the boards in the loss to to the Dalhousie Tigers Saturday.
The St. Thomas University men’s basketball team is coming off one of its best seasons in recent years. The team had a winning record for the first time in two seasons and were a play away from the ACAA championship game. Head coach Dwight Dickinson believes it will be a challenge to repeat last year’s success. “There are only four guys back from last year’s team,” said Dickinson. “We lost about 80 or 90 per cent of our scoring from last year.” The Tommies only have one returning starter. Departed are the teams reigning MVP Ryan MacPherson, three-time defensive player of the year Andrew Holmes, last year’s rookie of the year MacKenzie Washburn, and former ACAA all-star Matt Robertson. Coach Dickinson acknowledges losing those four players is a big hole to fill, but feels the team made good moves in the off-season. “We had a great recruiting class. We brought in some very good high school players,” said Dickinson. “There were also a few transfers from AUS [the higher division] schools. We have a good foundation to build on.” Of the new players, Stefan Bielecki, Jason Daniels, and Nathan Mazurkiewicz are residents of Fredericton while Will Kowalsky comes to the Tommies from Ontario. Other additions include former UNB players Brent Kingston and Dave Dolan as well as Josh Drennan, who was a redshirt at Acadia last year. Kevin Williams, who played for the Tommies from 2007-2009, returned to the team this year. The Tommies completed their pre-season and opened up their regular season last weekend. Throughout the pre-season, the Tommies picked up wins over Crandall, University of Maine at Presque Isle, and Central Maine Community College but lost tough games to Southern Maine Community Col-
lege, Fort Kent, Lee Academy and conference rival Holland College “We saw a lot of good things [in the pre-season],” said Dickinson. “We have a better idea what we need to work on now. We weren’t reading the game well enough and we were out of position on defense.” Last weekend, the Tommies defeated University of Kings College twice. On Saturday, they won 83-65 and on Sunday, they won 66-54. Dickinson believes emotion played a part in Saturday’s victory. “Our guys came out with a lot energy. Everyone seemed a little nervous, but [the team] did a good job controlling their nerves.” The game was close until the fourth quarter, when St. Thomas went on a 20-2 run led by rookie Nathan Mazurkiewicz, who scored a game high 24 points. On Sunday, STU trailed early on in the first quarter, but they were able to take the lead by the end of quarter. Kings constantly fought back throughout the game, but were never able to regain the lead. Dickinson was pleased his team was able to hold on to the lead. He believes it’s a good sign for the long season ahead. “It’s pretty encouraging [the team] held it together,” said Dickinson. “I’m looking forward to seeing how these guy play over the season.” Despite the team losing so many players from last year, Dickinson believes the new players, as well the remaining returning players have a lot to offer. “We’ve gained a lot of depth, a lot of quickness, and there is a lot of scoring potential on this team. We also have a lot of athleticism. What we need to do is put skill under that athleticism.” “You always have to think you have a chance at winning. There will be a lot growing pains, with so many new and young players. We just want to make sure we’re contending in every game we play. I think we can. I believe this team will be battling to be in the top four [in the ACAA].”
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I shot these at a place known as ‘The Green’ on the northside of Fredericton. It’s the go-to place to shoot cliché photos of the Fredericton skyline, but I’ve
found it hard to do something unique here, so I’ve never shot too much from here. This night was an exception. It was around midnight, almost exactly two years ago and I remember it being really overcast and misty all day. I was coming home from somewhere and
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Showcasing STU’s photography.
just happened to drive by, and noticed how good the downtown looked. I remember debating pulling over and at first elected to just head for home. Eventually I decided to get out, and I’m glad I did. I spent nearly an hour, snapping everything I could. The fog was as
thick as I’ve ever seen it, and the way it diffused the light was pretty cool, leaving the tungsten orange hue to everything. These are all shot from a tripod (to keep the image sharp), probably around 30 second exposures, to get as much color as possible.
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