St. Thomas University’s Official Student Paper
September 27, 2011 - Volume 76 Issue 3
UNB’s gain becomes STU’s pain Kevin Stewart The Aquinian
As sports representative, Bronté James, shown above, is finding a way for Harrington Hall residents to avoid paying the $50 intramural fee that comes with the new Currie Center at the University of New Brunswick. St. Thomas University students have to pay extra because the university opted out of the $150 fee to help pay off the debt of the new recreation centre. (Tom Bateman/AQ) Security
Chatham resident’s room broken into First-year Haley Barton afraid to sleep after valuables were stolen MacKenzie Riley The Aquinian
Two Saturdays ago, Haley Barton was out with her friends. When she came back to her room in Chatham Hall half an hour later, her keys were missing. “Don’t worry about it, you must have just forgot where you put them,” said a friend. They kept looking and Barton realized that her pile of change was gone from her desk. Her friends again reassured her that it was probably just somewhere else in the room. But when they realized that her laptop was gone and her roommate’s laptop was thrown on the ground, they knew someone must had broken in. They rushed to the parking lot to find Barton’s car missing too.
“At that point I started freaking out. We called the police in the lobby and an RA helped me. Twenty to 25 minutes later, the cops came and took our statements,” said Barton, a first-year student. While the cops were investigating the room, they realized there was no screen in the window and Barton’s kettle was missing. A cop went outside to see that her kettle and screen were on the ground below. That is when they realized the thief came through the window. “My window and blinds were open and my laptop was on my desk. They must have seen my laptop and since I’m on the first floor, they were able to come in,” she said. At Chatham, there are woods near the dorm and Barton’s room is at the back of the building. There are also no
St. Thomas University students will have to dig deep into their pockets if they want to take part in intramural sports this school year. The University of New Brunswick is charging STU students $50 a semester for a recreation pass to play intramural sports. And it will cost an additional $100 to play intramural hockey. “This is outrageous,” said Scott Saunders, a fourth-year student at STU. “I’ve spent all my money on tuition and books so I couldn’t afford it.” Until this year, St. Thomas students could join UNB intramural programs for free. However, with the opening of the Currie Center, the university’s state-of-the-art athletics building, that agreement has changed. Mike Eagles, STU athletic director, confirmed UNB has added the fees for STU students to help pay for the Currie Center. The Currie Centre offers two full-size recreation gymnasiums, a strength and cardio centre, conference and meeting rooms and a human performance laboratory. This all cost UNB a hefty $62 million. So far the university has only paid for 80
per cent of that. UNB students had their tuition hiked $150 to help pay off the deficit. The fee covers intramurals, clubs, the pool and other activities at the Currie Center. “The St. Thomas administration was approached with the same deal UNB students received,” said Tom White, the intramural sports co-ordinator at UNB. “It didn’t really seem fair to charge the UNB students to use the facility and not the STU students.” But St. Thomas rejected the $150 tuition increase, leaving students out of the loop for intramural sports. “Even if I had the money, I don’t think I would have paid it,” Saunders said. “I didn’t know we were playing intramural hockey in the Currie Center this year.” In the meantime, STU’s athletic department is taking steps so students don’t have to go to UNB to pay the fee, while house representatives are trying to set up their own intramurals for STU students. “We’re starting a four-onfour basketball league,” said Harrington Hall sports rep Bronté James. “It’s going to be a 10 week program, with the last three weeks being championships. It’s free for students and I think it will be fun if you want to go out.”
security cameras in the parking lot of the off-campus residence. “At first it freaked me out that someone was in my room, looking through all my stuff. I was just really shocked because I am from a small town where we all leave our windows open at night and no one would ever come in and steal something,” said Barton. “I was too afraid to sleep that first night. My key to my room and Chatham Hall were on my car keys and I thought that the thief would come back.” The next day, maintenance came and changed the locks to Barton’s room. They also put in window stoppers so no one would be able to fit through again. SEE STUDENTS ON PAGE 2
Recap of the first game - and first victory - for STU’s women’s soccer, who beat UNBSJ 2-0 on Saturday. (Megan Aiken/AQ)
SEE WOMEN’S ON PAGE 15
Chatham RA’s called a mandatory house meeting last week after a student’s laptop and car were stolen. (Tom Bateman/AQ)
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Students easy target: UNB Security CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 They didn’t change the locks to the whole residence, but they did make a plan to put window stoppers on all the first floor rooms. Chatham residence advisors also called a mandatory house meeting the day after the break-in to notify students that there was a theft and to remind residents to keep their windows and doors locked. They were also warned to be careful with keys. Bruce Rogerson, director of campus security at the University of New Brunswick, says the theft is not the first. At UNB during the beginning of the school year, there were a lot of laptops stolen. The thefts aren’t only occurring in Fredericton, he said, but all over Canada. The problem, Rogerson said, is that anyone can look like a student
and just “piggy-back” behind someone, go into an unlocked dorm room and take whatever they want. Thieves know at the beginning of the year “students come back with new technology, books, laptops, iPods and new toys that they can get their hands on,” said Rogerson. “I think that there needs to be a campus watch system facilitated by students to look after one another. Dorm rooms should be locked at all times. [Students] shouldn’t assume that everyone lives there or won’t steal it. “People with money problems or substance abuse problems will take advantage and steal if doors are open. The more security you have in your room, the better.” Rogerson also said there is a fulltime security officer on duty 24/7 at both STU and UNB. If something
happens, someone will be there to help. Rogerson also suggests students download a security program for laptops from campus security available to STU and UNB students. If someone’s laptop is missing, the program makes it possible to lock down their laptop from another computer, so no one can access its information. “The more students who do this, the chances of recovery or even prevention of theft would be better.” As for Barton, the break-in was a terrible experience she will never forget, but says she will use it as a learning experience. “I’m not letting this one experience affect my whole first year at STU. It doesn’t change how much I like it here,” she said.
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Students unlikely to be affected by lead in STU’s water: Scientist
Walkers aim to raise awareness about residential schools
Eight fountains on campus have been shut down due to high levels of lead
A water fountain on the ground floor of Edmund Casey Hall sits disconnected after high levels of lead were detected in it. An advanced fountain that will filter out materials like lead will replace it. (Karissa Donkin/AQ) Karissa Donkin The Aquinian
A scientist with the Conservation Council of New Brunswick is saying students need not be overly concerned about the university’s discovery of lead in water fountains. Last week, St. Thomas University officials told students that eight water fountains on campus either had more lead than the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality permits or were close to surpassing this level. The affected fountains were disconnected and advanced fountains with filtration systems have been ordered to replace them. The university is in the process of conducting more tests and received results from Chatham Hall on Saturday. Results showed a negligible amount of lead in the water, not enough to surpass the federal guidelines, STU spokesman Jeffrey Carleton said. Results from Rigby Hall are expected later this week. Scientist Inka Milewski said the health risks for students who drink the water vary based upon how much of it they’ve consumed over time. It’s unlikely students have consumed enough of the water for it to put them at
significant risk, she said. Even still, no exposure is better than any, Milewski said, and she’s encouraging students to make sure they’re informed about what’s in their food, water and air. “The key is to reduce your exposure, reduce the duration of that exposure and also the concentration of that exposure,” she said. Over time, whether you breathe in or ingest lead, it goes into the bloodstream, Milewski explained. “It stays in the bloodstream for two to three days,” she said. “Then most of the lead that enters your body is stored in your bones. “As you age, and you experience bone loss, any lead that you might have in your bones comes back into the bloodstream. Depending on how much lead you have in your bones, there are certain health effects that can be expected with having that lead recirculating in your body.” Some of the health risks associated with lead include hypertension, kidney problems and memory loss, she added. The Department of Health referred questions about the health risks of lead exposure back to the university.
Megan Penney is a third-year student who lives at Chatham Hall. She’s happy with the university’s decision to dismantle the affected water fountains but wonders why the university waited to conduct tests at some locations. “I was a bit concerned to learn that they only decided to test the pipelines in Forest Hill recently, as opposed to when they found lead in the first place.” Briana Covey, a third-year student who says she drinks the water, is more worried about why lead was detected in the first place. “I’m kind of curious how the lead got in the system and what changed to bring it up,” she said. The university is still trying to determine whether it’s the pipes or the fountains causing the problem, or a combination of both, Carleton said. In an email sent to students this week, director of facilities management Bill MacLean asked students to run the water for five seconds to two minutes to flush it out before drinking it. STU’s water tests began after lead was detected at the University of New Brunswick. Most recently, lead was detected in 18 per cent of UNB’s drinking water sources. UNB took similar precautions by dismantling the affected fountains and conducting further tests. The following locations at STU have been deemed to have high levels of lead: -Vanier Hall third floor south, second floor north and first floor north -Holy Cross House third floor administration, first floor west, second floor west -Edmund Casey Hall third floor and ground floor Check theAQ.net regularly for updates on this story as it develops.
Deloitte not the choice to balance the books
When a government spends $19.8 million – or $90,000 a day – in pursuit of cutting costs, I have to wonder whether they’re being honest about their goals. The federal government has hired Deloitte, a company known for its audit and tax consulting services, to advise the federal government on where to cut costs. Meanwhile, the prime minister seems unconcerned that senior ministers and other government officials are wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars using government jets and helicopters for vacations, or to make trips where they could have easily used commercial flights. Let’s be clear – Deloitte isn’t an objective expert in the situation. Deloitte’s major clients are financial institutions, multinational corporations and oil and energy companies – to name a few. When recommending what to cut, Deloitte is likely to be thinking about the interests of large corporations, not Canadians. Deloitte actively tries to influence public policy, often in the interests of large
corporations. For example, Deloitte recently advocated in favour of the harmonized sales tax (HST) in British Columbia, even though the majority of people in British Columbia voted to scrap the HST in a recent referendum. Every year, before tabling a budget, the federal government holds pre-budget consultations with stakeholders from around the country. Corporate industry groups, non-profit organizations, unions, professional associations and others all make recommendations about where the government’s revenue should come from and what programs and services the government should spend money on. Deloitte is one of the stakeholders that made recommendations to the federal government in the last budget. They recommended “the gradual reduction in the corporate tax rate that is in progress” and “the implementation of the HST in British Columbia and Ontario,” among other things.
In other words, they pushed for corporations to pay less while the rest of us pay more for basic goods. In the lobbying and public campaigns that attempt to influence the government’s priorities in the budget, it is normal that some stakeholders are listened to more than others. But until now, none of these stakeholders have been paid by the government to advance their own interests. If the federal government is serious about cutting the deficit, they could have brought together people with diverse interests from across the country to make recommendations. After all, choosing where to cut, and where to (not) increase taxes are political decisions. Instead, the federal government hired a company with a clear stake in how the government spends its money. By claiming to have hired objective experts to cut costs, the federal government is hiding its ideological goals. We’re already seeing cuts to services the majority of us rely on, coupled with increases in profits for a few already extremely wealthy people. And my guess is Deloitte will recommend more of the same.
Native students at STU say walking in remembrance will make others aware of problems
Native STU students Melissa Samson, Ronny Stephens, Tony Peter-Paul and their friend say a walk halfway across Canada will help raise awareness about residential schools. (Jordan MacDonald/AQ) Jordan MacDonald The Aquinian
A group of people are walking halfway across Canada to make sure the country doesn’t forget about residential schools. Patrick Etherington, part of the Walkers for Truth and Reconciliation, recently made it to Burnt Church First Nation in New Brunswick as part of his walk from Cochrane, Ont. to Halifax. For more than 100 years, native students were taken away from their families and culture and sent to government-run schools where abuse was rampant. A few years ago, the federal government apologized for the abuse and has offered a settlement package to former students of residential schools. The abuse continues to have an impact on First Nations peoples and Etherington says he wants to make non-natives aware of what happened. He hopes that the attention gained from walking across Canada will lead to more people studying the history of residential schools. “Society right now is moving in a direction [where we don’t] spend too much time on certain things and one of them is the impact of residential schools,” said Etherington. “[Some think] we can give them money and maybe they can get over it.” Ronny Stephens, a 29-year-old St. Thomas University student from Cape Breton, thinks that the Walkers for Truth and Reconciliation could be a great motivation. “Especially...to get the young ones to raise awareness and know what our older ones, our fathers, our grandfathers, our uncles, the struggles that they had to go through and the abuse that they had to go through.” Tony Peter-Paul, a third year journalism student from Pabineau First Nation, says the walk could raise awareness of what aboriginal people are going through today. “People wonder and complain why aboriginal communities are having such a hard time. With drugs and alcohol and stuff, it all goes back to the residential schools,” said Peter-Paul. “Pretty much all issues that
aboriginals have today relates back to residential schools.” Etherington agrees that residential schools are the root cause for almost every problem that aboriginals face today. Many people have a hard time coming to terms with the abuse and the scarring can be both physical and emotional, Stephens added. “You [still] see the older ones, uncles, our aunts, even the elder folks, they have a hard time opening up to it. And when they do open up to it, they get really emotional, you know? “They have a hard time, they don’t want to relive the fact that they were raped and abused on a daily basis.” Melissa Samson, a fourth-year student from Elsipogtog First Nation, believes that although the effects are still lingering, First Nations people tend to avoid confronting these issues. “We just hide it. It’s not something that you’ll address, it’s not proper for a First Nations [person] to bring up the topic and talk about it.” But Peter-Paul says once First Nations people start talking about it, everyone else will begin to understand. “It’s good for people to know so they understand why there’s so many issues and it’s good to bring it up, so that people can understand what these problems are that First Nations are having...instead of letting everything grow as it is. “They can take a stand. Kind of like a wake-up call.” The last residential school was closed in 1996. The wounds are still raw from the last generation of children who went there, Etherington said. “[The important thing] is how does the issue of residential schools begin to expand to our next generation and our young people that are going to explore or ask more direct questions about their involvement in the effect of them.” Samson says although people should move forward from residential schools, they were still an important part of Canadian history. “There was only one intention of the residential schools: to get rid of the culture,” she said. “A genocide of a nation.”
Getting to know Dawn Russell New president wants to maintain a tight-knit community feel at STU Karissa Donkin The Aquinian
When university president Dawn Russell took over her post from interim president Dennis Cochrane this past summer at St. Thomas University, it was a bit like coming home. STU has changed dramatically since Russell graduated from here in 1977, both physically and in its course offerings. Yet Russell still felt a sense of comfort in returning to her old stomping grounds. Three weeks into Russell’s first year in charge of the school she once attended, she sat down with campus media and STU spokesman Jeffrey Carleton to talk about her plans for STU, her upbringing on the Miramichi and how STU became a part of her family. *** The middle child of six children, Russell comes from a tight-knit, Catholic family. Growing up in Chatham Head, a few minutes from Miramichi, Russell’s family would often play games and go camping together. “We didn’t have a lot of money but we would get in our car and get our tent,” she said. Her parents didn’t go to university but always promoted education to their children. Around 1964, Russell’s older sister applied to STU, which was in Chatham at the time. After the school relocated to Fredericton, Russell’s family wasn’t sure if they would have enough money to send Russell’s sister away for school. What changed their mind was a visit from then-STU president Monsignor Donald Duffie and his presidential successor, George Martin. “They said, ‘We want to encourage you to send your daughter [Russell’s sister] to university because she has a passion for learning, she has a fine intellect and she should go on to university.’ “They offered not only a full-tuition scholarship but also, when they realized living away was a problem, to cover her residence costs. “That was the beginning of making my parents realize that it was possible for us to have a university education and it became a goal for the rest of us.” Four siblings from the Russell family would attend STU, three with full-tuition scholarships. Russell would also later meet her husband at STU. *** The president remembers meeting friends pretty quickly after starting her first year and specifically remembers joking around and stapling course packs together in the cafeteria for now dean of students Larry Batt. Performing with Theatre St. Thomas under the guidance of Ted Daigle, who has an auditorium in Edmund Casey Hall named after him,
President Dawn Russell speaks at World Peace Day festivities last Wednesday in outside McCain Hall. Russell, a member of STU’s class of 1977, returned to campus this summer in her new role. (Nicole Demerchant/AQ)
was also a highlight during Russell’s contribute to its continuing success time as a student. and development,” she said. “I had great mentors here that “I’m confident that Dawn knows not only taught me here but also and values that very special close-
“I’m confident that Dawn knows and values that very special closeness that is to be found in the St. Thomas community. I think she’s a good person to try and make sure that it’s fostered and continues.” - Judy Kennedy were concerned about what I might do early on.” One of those mentors was professor Judy Kennedy, who taught English at STU when Russell attended. Kennedy retired from teaching in 1996. The professor first met the president in her first-year English course when Russell was new to the school. A couple of years later, Russell earned one of the few A+’s Kennedy gave out during her career. “She was an excellent student, an outstanding student [and] a very charming person,” Kennedy recalled. “She had great presence. I thought that she might have a successful career in politics because she has this attractive personality and composes herself excellently in public.” Russell liked STU so much that she returned to teach in the English program for two summers while studying law at the University of New Brunswick. Kennedy was thrilled when she heard Russell had been chosen as president. “[I’m] very confident of her commitment to St. Thomas, her love for the place and that she would do everything she possibly could to
ness that is to be found in the St. Thomas community. I think she’s a good person to try and make sure that it’s fostered and continues.” *** With the STU she knew more than
30 years ago in mind, Russell has an appreciation for the value of a liberal arts education and STU’s small campus feel. As Kennedy expects, Russell wants to keep the closeness of the university intact by growing the campus modestly and enhancing its reputation. “I don’t think there’s anything that we’re going to do in terms of growth or the type of programming that we have that would be a [departure from] our tradition. I think it will build on our tradition and our existing strengths,” she said. “Although we want to have a sustainable level of student body, we don’t have plans for growing our student population to be too large. It’s really more of a slight growth to return to a level of a few years ago, which was around 2,700 or so.”
For Dawn Russell, St. Thomas University is a family affair. Three of her siblings and her husband attended STU. (Submitted)
In order to return to this level of enrolment, Russell wants to grow the school’s international population and reach out more to students in Ontario and western Canada. It’s a strategy Russell sees as necessary with fewer students predicted to graduate from high schools in Atlantic Canada during the next few years. She also envisions the university taking cues from other liberal arts schools. “We have to take a hard look at development in liberal arts universities in North America and look at the development there and make sure we’re on the leading edge of that.” The past two presidents have had to deal with the daily difficult decisions leaders must make, in addition to a strike, the murder of a professor and the death of a student. Russell plans to face her own tough decisions by building a strong network of people around her and listening to the university community, possibly through town hall meetings. She often held these meetings while serving as dean of the law program at Dalhousie University. “Good decision-makers are people who are willing to listen and make sure they’ve identified all of the important aspects of the problem before they make a decision.” *** When Russell’s family attended STU, it was a place where there were opportunities for people who worked hard, such as the opportunity Duffie and Martin gave her sister. It’s this kind of value-based community Russell wants STU to be. “Part of a liberal arts program is to encourage all [students], and I was encouraged to do so when I was a student, to think about your own values, to explore them by exposing you to the thinking and values of others by making your own choices.”
Forum will focus on building a green economy Organizer hopes it will put environmental issues on the political radar Shane Fowler The Aquinian
Organizers of the Work in a Warming World Atlantic Forum want to save the planet – and the economy. The forum takes place Thursday and Friday at the St. Thomas University Forest Hill Conference Centre and will bring economists, environmentalists and others together to talk about creating a sustainable economy. “We’re the force behind creating a green economy,” said Andrew Secord, chair of STU’s economics department. “We’re kind of like cheerleaders from the academic community.” While lacking the cheerleader look, Secord, a stout, white-haired man, is one of the four organizers of the forum. Each comes from a different background. Another organizer, David Coon, says the province is on the brink of seeing real change, which includes creating many more “green jobs.”
“The food sector has already grown in response to the need to be greener,” said Coon, who is also executive director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick. “We want to see it expand in areas like transportation and public infrastructure.” The forum will look at examples, like a new wind turbine plant in Nova Scotia, to show how jobs can be made by addressing climate change. “We can no longer count on fossil fuels,” Coon said. “So what in our economy will take its place and how can we turn that into job growth?” Coon’s question will be answered by economists, environmentalists and policy experts from all over Atlantic Canada and New England, including Dr. William Rees, a professor in the school of community and regional planning at the University of British Columbia. Rees is the co-author of Our Ecological Footprint, a book that organizer and STU economics professor
Joan McFarland praises. “It’s almost the textbook for the environmental movement,” said McFarland. “It’s had quite an impact and people recognize the name.” Rees’ keynote address about confronting ecological change is expected to draw a capacity crowd on Thursday at 7:30 p.m at the Forest Hill Conference Centre. “He’s of interest...not just to those in environmental studies, but sociology, political science, economics – right across the spectrum,” said Secord. “He really is one of the leading thinkers and publishers on the question of how to confront planetary limits of growth.” McFarland praised the range of people from different fields that will attend the forum. “We are unique,” she said. “This team we’ve assembled to execute this initiative is made up of academics working next to outside officials. “Normally that is not the case,
Andrew Secord and Joan McFarland are organizers of the Work in a Warming World Atlantic Forum this week. Environmentalists, economists and policy experts will attend the forum. (Tom Bateman/AQ) but we’re working directly with the other fields to get things done.” For Secord, the forum is a way to “get the ball rolling” on green economy initiatives before it’s too late. “The shift in the economy is coming,” he said. “We’re trying to speed up that process.” While Coon agrees that the talks are vital, he hopes that the event will carry some weight outside of
the conference room. “I hope this puts issues back on the radar of the [politicians]. “I think that a lot of those in politics think that by ignoring these issues, that they’ll go away.” For more information about the Work in a Warming World Atlantic Forum, email email@example.com or call 452-0642.
New app allows virtual flirting STU celebrates Electric Courage was created by business-savvy students in a program called The Next 36
Electric Courage, a new app that’s available for smartphones, allows you to virtually flirt in real time with someone at a social event. (Tom Bateman/AQ) Jordan MacDonald The Aquinian
A new social app has hit the scene and it’s meant to make flirting less awkward. Electric Courage, a play on the term “liquid courage,” is a flirting app for smartphones that will be officially released in October. A version still in the testing phase is available for Blackberrys and iPhones now and will be available for Androids in mid-October. Someone who is on the app can send a “flirt” to another person at a social event, using a general description of that person, and chat with them using the app in
real time. Third-year student Jory Boisvert isn’t sure she would use the app, but said she would probably follow what people are saying to each other. “It would be interesting to watch other people use it,” said Boisvert. “You know the website LikeALittle? It’s interesting to see what other people have to say.” Kate McLeod, a third-year student, disagrees. Although she does go to bars, she doesn’t think that she would ever use the app. “I think that if I were to be in that situation, I don’t think I’d respect the person if they were to do that. “If you really like someone, put
yourself out there a little bit.” The app was created by a group of undergrads from all across Canada through a program called The Next 36. In the program, groups are given money to start their own business. It also teaches the participants how to run a business and supplies mentors. Every year, the students have a different project. This year’s project was to create an app. Holly Smith, one of the founders of Electric Courage, is a medical student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. She believes that women especially will like the “playful” nature of flirting with the app. “[It replaces] the typical dance floor ‘grinding’ introduction, which can be really awkward,” said Smith. She says, however, it isn’t going to replace actually going up and talking to the person. It’s just to get over the initial shyness. There is also a wall where interested students like Boisvert can watch other people post. “People like to see what other people are saying which is why we included it,” said Smith. Even though Electric Courage is technically in the testing phase, the app has been getting a lot of downloads. Smith says people just seem to like it.
World Peace Day
Some use the day to remember the death of professor John McKendy
Criminology and peace studies professor Stephen Pidwysocky unveiled a peace pole outside McCain Hall last Wednesday. (Nicole Demerchant/AQ) Alyson MacIsaac The Aquinian
St. Thomas University celebrated World Peace Day on Wednesday by raising a peace pole in the upper courtyard and holding a peace café. About 100 people attended the afternoon ceremony celebrating the raising of the peace pole, which reads ‘May peace prevail on earth.’ It was warm and sunny outside during the ceremony and some students meditated in the middle of the upper courtyard. Carlos Gomez, a First Nations elder, led a prayer to bless the peace pole. “May peace prevail on earth” was repeated in several languages by STU students. Sylvia Hale, a sociology professor at St. Thomas, hosted the event, which was also an opportunity to introduce the new peace studies program at STU. “We developed our core course, Introduction to Peace Studies, and it filled in a week,” she said, adding that many professors of the new program researched peace programs all around the world. Their proposal was accepted by the
university senate last year. For some on campus, World Peace Day brought back memories of late professor John McKendy, who was a large factor in the creation of the peace studies program. McKendy taught sociology at STU before he was murdered in 2008. His family attended the unveiling of the peace pole. “He was passionately committed to teaching, social justice, and alternatives to violence,” Hale said. Others at STU have different ideas of what peace means. “Peace is the boundaries within a limit in which I can enjoy and fulfill my needs but without limiting others’ enjoyment,” said Maite Cristina, a second-year journalism student from Costa Rica. Scholastic Isaya is in the Introduction to Peace Studies and believes “peace is appreciating each other by who we are, with no judgement.” To second-year student Ashley Rerrie, peace is something more. “It’s more than just lack of conflict and tolerance. It’s acceptance, harmony and freedom to feel safe,” she said.
Campus: Meditation in Motion Weekly Tai Chi Classes Tues. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. @ The Holy Cross Conference Room
STU grad wins acting award Jeff Dingle receives Theatre New Brunswick’s Stephen Graham Bird Award
STU Chess Club Wed. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. @ The HCH Conference Room STU Singers Weekly Rehersals Mondays 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. @ McCain Hall, Room 101 (Registration fee: $25)
Gallery: Rural / Urban by Mike Erb @ Wilser’s Room, until November Different Views by Francis Wishart and Gerard Collins, TECHNICOLOUR by Cliff Turner and The New Brunswick Landcape by Oliver Flecknell @ Gallery 78, until Oct. 2
Playhouse: Tannahill Weavers, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m., regular - $36, Under 19 - $18, member - $31
Film: NB Film Co-op presents In a Better World @ Tilley Hall, UNB Campus, Oct. 3, 8 p.m., regular admission $7, member $4 Cinema Politica Fredericton presents Invisible City @ Conserver House, 180 St. John St., Sept. 30, 7 - 8 p.m.
Music: Rebekah Higgs, Katie Moore & guests @ The Capital, Sept. 29, 10:30 p.m., free for students or $5 Kestrels & guests @ The Capital, Sept. 30, 10:30 p.m., $5 The Waking Night and Rain Over St. Ambrose @ The Capital, Oct. 1, 10:30 p.m., $5 Babysitter, Slam Dunk and The Lee Harvey Oswalds @ Gallery Connexion, Oct. 1, doors at 7 p.m. show at 8 p.m., $7 or $5 for members
Jeff Dingle plays Jack Worthing, J.P. in Theatre St. Thomas’ 2008 production of The Importance of Being Earnest. (Stephen Moss/TST) Amy MacKenzie The Aquinian
When a young boy dressed like a pig walked on stage during a school play, he had no idea it was the first of many times he’d be in the spotlight. As an actor, Jeff Dingle has come a long way since then. The St. Thomas University graduate is in his final year at The George Brown College Theatre School in Toronto and recently won the Theatre New
Brunswick (TNB) Foundation Stephen Graham Bird Award. Dingle was getting ready for an opening night when he found out he won the award. “I was in the shower that morning when my dad knocked on the door and told me a letter came from TNB and he read it out loud to me while I was still in the shower,” Dingle said. “It’s pretty awesome to find out you won an award and open a new show on the same day. Definitely the best day of the summer.”
The $3,000 award is given to students from New Brunswick who are enrolled in an acting school and show the potential to make a career out of it. Dingle says his time at STU and performing for TNB gave him the foundation he needed to take his acting to the next level. “St. Thomas definitely influenced my decision to become an actor,” Dingle said. “I owe as much to Theatre St. Thomas as I do to TNB and I’m pretty blessed to have had Ilkay Silk as a mentor during my studies there. It was by doing productions with Ilkay that I really began to take acting and theatre seriously.” STU has sent four students in four years to the National Theatre School and has sent numerous students to other notable institutions such as the Royal Conservatory in Scotland and George Brown, where Dingle is studying. Silk said Dingle made a smart decision by coming to STU to get a degree before pursuing theatre school. “Jeff is part of a robust group of actors who have come through here and I think that they all have greatly benefited from getting a degree from this institution,” Silk said. “I think that’s what we’re known for. If you want to study acting or go on to theatre school, you’re given a good foundation here.” Dingle’s award has also sparked conversations among the current members of Theatre St. Thomas. Nicole Vair is a second-year student who performed in TST’s production Top Girls last year. Vair said knowing that a former TST actor is winning awards and
pursuing acting as a career pushes her to take acting more seriously. “It’s very encouraging, especially for someone like me,” she said. “I know there are lots of people who are involved in TST with me that love theatre so much, and to know that there’s so much out there for us after St. Thomas... is a great thing to know.” Dingle was accepted into the National Theatre School (NTS) but decided to go to The George Brown College Theatre School instead. Dingle advises students applying to theatre schools to find a school that offers what you want to get out of acting.
“Acting is based on life experience.” – Jeff Dingle “I’m sure there are some people that were disappointed that I didn’t go to NTS but I don’t think it was the wrong decision,” he said. “There is no such thing as a super-ultimate acting program that spits out mega actors that can do anything. Theatre school is a testing ground for artists to experiment, learn about yourself, and ultimately create tools to help you in the field, and even after graduation the learning never ends. Acting is based on life experience. The important thing about theatre school is finding the right fit for you for the tools you want to develop.”
Film series presents festival favourites The NB Film Co-op’s Monday Night Film Series brings limited-release films to campus Kayla Byrne The Aquinian
Whether you’re on campus or roaming the streets, you’ve probably encountered a flyer with bold print, advertising a film unknown to you. Underneath the film’s title you find the words “With English subtitles.” If you’ve wondered what these flyers are all about – that is, if you’re not one of those people whos stare at their shoes while walking and has no idea what this is making reference to – search no more. The flyers are advertising the New Brunswick Film Coop’s Fredericton Monday Night Film Series. The NB Film Co-op is an organization that helps those interested in film and video to further their skills. They provide resources like an actor and crew database, education programs and equipment that are accessible for filmmakers of all experience levels. The Monday night series is
about enabling the public to see movies that aren’t big-budget, Hollywood blockbusters. The series presents recent limitedrelease, independent, foreign and Canadian films for one-night screenings. Memberships for a full year’s access to the series are $18 for students, then members pay only $4 per film. Non-members pay an admission fee of $7 per film. Cathie Leblanc, the member services director of the NB Film Co-op, believes the series is not only a great way for students to see critically-acclaimed films for a low price, but she says it’s also a way to meet people with similar interests. “[You] get to see multiple highquality films in a cozy setting with other like-minded people,” she said. “Even if a person doesn’t want to join and just wants to see a film now and then, it’s only $7 general admission.” The UNB faculty of arts is a partner of the series and the films are shown in Tilley Hall on
the UNB campus. Another partner is the Film Circuit, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival. “The major benefit of the NB Film Co-op Monday Night Film Series is that this is a community event that brings all ages and people from all walks of life together in appreciation of film culture in our province,” Leblanc said. “It is also a major fundraiser for the NB Film Co-op, which is a charity and non-profit. The long-term film society members are people from all walks of life, including students. And films are appreciated by people of all ages – good films especially.” So next time you feel like watching a movie, try ditching the theatre in favour of seeing something new and different with the Monday Night Film Series. Showings are every Monday at 8 p.m. in the Tilley lobby. Next week’s feature film is In a Better World, a Danish film with English subtitles, directed by Susanne Bier.
Future screenings: October 17, 8 p.m. at Tilley Hall MEEK’S CUTOFF Director: Kelly Reichardt October 24, 8 p.m. at Tilley Hall THE TRIP October 31, 8 p.m. at Tilley Hall BEGINNERS Director: Mike Mills November 14, 8 p.m. at Tilley Hall SARAH’S KEY Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner November 21, 8 p.m. at Tilley Hall SUBMARINE Director: Richard Ayoade November 28, 8 p.m. at Tilley Hall THE GUARD Director: John Michael McDonagh December 5, 8 p.m. at Tilley Hall THE DEBT Director: John Madden
Student artists show off work at successful show Over the past two years, The Fine Arts Student Association of St. Thomas has “grown leaps and bounds”
“Putting on these nights give us a chance to be seen,” says society president Dusty Green. (Cara Smith/AQ) Patrick Brennan The Aquinian
Close to 100 people escaped the gloom and humidity that was Friday night by attending Méli-Mélo: STUdent Art Show, held at Gallery Connexion. Moving to the musical stylings of Inda Intiar and Kylee French and fuelled by the cookies and pretzel sticks that were provided, they
explored the artistic offerings of a student community that is brimming with talent. The evening was put on by The Fine Arts Student Association of St. Thomas in an attempt to showcase the hard work of student artists. It is an opportunity that, according to society president Dusty Green, does not happen often enough. “It can be hard sometimes for students to get their work shown
in a professional setting. Putting on these nights gives us a chance to be seen,” Green said. Ranging from photographs to paintings and sculptures to steel works, the pieces on display represented hours upon hours of discipline and dedication to a field that can often be very rocky. Through those challenges, however, is where many find their voices. Jose Luis Dominguez-Rodriguez,
known simply as Luis to his friends, uses his art as a means to express his opinions on topics like complications in gender roles, global warming and the effects of violence on our society. Dominguez-Rodriguez’s current exhibit applies the same process used when working with ceramics but instead on steel, and draws inspiration from artists like Leonardo DaVinci and Diego Rivera. “My work is more like something abstract, sometimes like characters, sometimes specific patterns that recreate a dream or fantasy,” he said. While some use their art as a means to voice opinions on their environment, others show specific snapshots of those surroundings seen through their own eyes. Through the use of figurative art style, Sophie Lévesque paints representations of the world she lives in. The process usually begins with sketching the object or scene and then moving onto the transfer of that sketch to canvas. “I was originally trained in oil painting,” Lévesque said. “It’s a bit better as a medium in terms of how I use the paintbrush stroke. It’s better with acrylics for me.”
Those strokes signify the artist’s commitment to presenting the subject in a way that communicates both the spontaneity of that moment as well as its permanence. Lévesque and Dominguez-Rodriguez, as well as the six other artists whose works were part of the show, represent a Fine Arts Student Association of St. Thomas that has grown leaps and bounds over the past two years. Laura Lyall, who was the president of the group when it first began, sees a marked difference in its legitimacy since its formation. “When we started we had no presence in the St. Thomas community at all,” Lyall said. “We had no money. So we really just focused on building up our resources.” After Lyall graduated, fellow cofounder Dusty Green took over as president and, once the group had built up funds, began to organize more and more shows. “The point of nights like these is to get the students’ work out there,” Green said. “We’ve worked hard for this and it’s really nice to see this type of reaction from the public.”
Turn On The Lee Harvey Oswalds Local psychedelic band plays at Gallery Connexion on Saturday with B.C. bands Babysitter and Slam Dunk Cedric Noël The Aquinian
Lie down, close your eyes and listen to the densely melodic and unsettling nature of Fredericton psychedelic band The Lee Harvey Oswalds. You’ll likely feel lost in a strange set of dreams and imaginations. Psychedelic and shoegaze are only two of the 17 genres listed on their Facebook page, along with “whiskey go and go” and “country & western.” Whatever descriptor you use for the Lee Harvey Oswalds, they all have one thing in common – without a doubt the band is something very, very different. The two-man band consists of multi-instrumentalists Michael Taggart and Zale Burley that expands to a four-piece set during live shows. The group formed in 2007 when the pair were in high school. Taggart first picked up the guitar in Grade 9 and continued to pick up several instruments - like the conga, tabla, mandolin and keys - after that. Along the way he linked up with Burley and they quickly started to develop a sound that has amounted to The Lee Harvey Oswalds. Burley now attends Concordia University in Montreal and Taggart is a student at St. Thomas Univerisity, making the project primarily a summer one. Taggart studies fine arts at STU and is fully trained in musical theory. Both
he and Burley write and compose songs, sometimes together, sometimes individually. In the early days, Taggart said he mainly wrote love songs with a psychedelic twist to them, but now he and Burley are steering their lyrical content in the same direction as the music. “We’ve been actively trying to make psychedelic lyrics about, you know, like mystical things,” Taggart said. He said he also believes very strongly in albums that tell a story or share a common idea rather than a collection of individual thoughts. “We work a lot with the concept of albums, like we don’t just write a whole bunch of songs and then just release them,” he said. “We really like the classic albums where there is a concept that you can see that goes through one album.” Taggart said the sound of many Fredericton bands doesn’t appeal to him, particularly because the city has a predominantly indie-folk scene. He would be the first to admit whatever genre The Lee Harvey Oswalds are, Fredericton isn’t the hub for it. “There is a little bit of [a psychedelic] scene on the East Coast, but yeah, definitely not in Fredericton,” Taggart said. “It’s all that indie, folksy stuff. I like Sexwolf a lot, like the other Oswalds [do]. I mean it’s not really our style, the electronica thing, [but] their attitude is really cool. It’s pretty heavy.”
Band interests on The Lee Harvey Oswalds’ Facebook page include making records, offending people and sex. (Jamie Macintosh/For the AQ) Taggart and Burley are joined live on stage by bassist Alex Green and drummer Jesse Paul for what Taggart describes as “a punk attitude but psychedelic sound.” The band has played several shows in the city and has toured around New Brunswick. Taggart says he likes touring and says that the trips have made for some more than interesting stories. He said one night driving back from a show in Saint John, they were stopped by the police. “They pulled us over and you know, started harassing us because we’re
a bunch of kids and they ended up throwing us with a bunch of fines. It was just a bad show,” Taggart said with a laugh. At the moment, the band is recording a new album titled “Tabula rasa,” meaning “blank slate.” According to Taggart the album is full of middle eastern influences and many songs include instruments like the sitar and tabla drums. They will also be releasing a threealbum box set this summer called Existential Dread. It will contain all three albums written by Taggart and Burley
since the band first formed, including the “Red Shoelaces EP,” “Turn On The Lee Harvey Oswalds” and “So Trash.” Taggart says that he and his bandmates would love to pursue a career in music if it could sustain their livelihood, but he admitted with a laugh, “none of us are crossing our fingers.” Catch The Lee Harvey Oswalds at Gallery Connexion Oct. 1 with Babysitter and Slam Dunk. The show is all ages and is a wet/dry. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Cover is $7 or $5 for Gallery Connexion members.
STU student spends summer discovering why she cares as a journ Ania Ferensowicz The Aquinian
Thirty minutes outside of Kiryat Shmona, a northern city in Israel, the winding roads of the Golan Heights begin. They cut through vineyards, fields and orchards. Before the 1967 war, all of these fields were a part of Syria. Now they’re under Israeli occupation. As one field ends another begins. One field, however, is not full of cherries, olives or wild flowers. Small yellow signs hang on the barbed wire fence with large black notices “Danger: Mines.” This is the reality while under Israeli occupation. This is the reality the people of Majdal Shams live in. Ameer Jabal was born and raised in the town of Majdal al-Shams in the Golan Heights. He had been born under occupation and died under it. When he was only four, Ameer stepped on a mine that had been placed by the Israeli army in the town and died. *** I crave hummus and good shisha, a water pipe with flavoured tobacco, at all hours of the day. I smile every time I hear Arabic and call my friends habiti, Arabic for “my love.” But I also find myself waking up crying and walking around restlessly enraged most of the time. I try to explain what I’ve seen, but I feel as if I’m a mute trying to talk to the deaf. This is what my life has become since
returning to Canada from Palestine. I’m not frustrated because I can’t say anything. I can say plenty - and often do, sometimes even too much. But I want to explain to people why I feel the way I do and answer that annoying question all reporters are asked: “Why do you go there and why do you care?” *** A word of caution for those who may be bamboozled by certain elements of the story: If I were to write a detailed account of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the rise of the modern state of Israel and the history of the Palestinian state before 1948, I would end up with an encyclopedia, volumes of information on what these countries have seen and experienced. I am not a historian. I’m a journalist. It’s my responsibility to tell the stories of the people who won’t be mentioned in the history books. What you need to know is that I travelled to Bethlehem, Palestine, a city in the West Bank that is under military occupation by Israel. If you can’t find it on a map, just remember it’s where Jesus Christ was born. I worked there for Palestine News Network (PNN) in the English department for two months this summer. The story I am going to tell you happened in the Golan Heights, another place under Israeli military occupation, that was part of Syria before the 1967 Six Day war. The people in this story do not consider themselves Palestinians, but Syrians. They
consider their plight a by-product of Israel’s refusal to negotiate and recognize a Palestinian State. *** As a staff reporter for PNN, I wrote reports on everything from Stephen Harper standing up for Israel at the G8 summit, to how many peaceful demonstrators were injured or arrested by Israeli soldiers. In between writing these reports, going to demonstrations and having M-16’s pointed at my face while being shoved by Israeli soldiers, I chain smoked - a lot. And in between the chain smoking I listened to my editor tell me the story of how he had to sew his cousin’s body back into one piece after an Israeli tank ripped it in two or how he had been shot 27 times while covering stories. Fast-forward another couple of weeks and I needed a vacation. I was in Tel-Aviv to get drunk and go swimming. My editor said if I was bored I could travel to the Golan Heights and get a story there. I decided to ditch the overpriced drinks and sea-view hotel and go. *** The town of Majdal al-Shams’ 10,000 is inhabited mostly by the Druze, a sort of hybrid religion between Islam, Gnosticism and NeoPlatonism. White stone houses dot the narrow roads that lead through the town. In the town square there are two monuments dedicated to famous Syrian heroes and fighters. Atop one of the hills in the town, sits the local cemetery. The quiet of the hill, overlook-
ing the town below and the fragrant wild roses that grow there make it seem like the perfect final resting place. Unfortunately, the hill is also the site of the Israeli military outpost that looks over the village. A small yellow sign hangs on a dilapidated barbed wire fence. The mines and barbed wire that encircle the military outpost are only feet away from the graves. One must take care not to trip over the barbed wire while visiting a loved one’s grave, in order to ensure you don’t set off a mine. The explosives are planted in between the wild flowers and tall grass, in order to secure and protect the Israeli soldiers. From what and whom, this is unclear. It seems unlikely any local would try to storm the military compound while there are fully armed soldiers with M-16 machine guns. Nonetheless the deadly explosives sit in the middle of this scenic town. Other mines are planted in between homes and cherry trees. It would only be a matter of time a child would find themselves playing in the tall grass and flowers, or perhaps picking cherries from a nearby tree and very suddenly become causalities of the conflict. This was the fate for four-year-old Ameer Jabal. *** Ameer was the eye of the apple for Safeia Abu Jabal and her husband. The little boy had been born after a long and harrowing time for the family, after 12 years of Safeia’s husband being imprisoned by the Israelis. “His birth and his presence among the
nalist family created a new happiness for the family,” Safeia said. Ameer was an energetic, clever and cheeky child. At just three years old, he was one of the brightest children in the home. “He knew all the capitals of the states, all the continents of the world. We encouraged him and we loved him more,” she said. The day was like any other day in the town. Ameer noticed there was a carpet caravan in the town and rushed to his mother to tell her about the new site. “What I will never forget in my life, is that day. It was about three or four in the afternoon. The baby rushed to me to say that there was a carpet seller,” Safeai said. Safeai told the anxious boy she had enough carpets for now. But all the carpets in the family home had been bought before Ameer was born and he wanted to have a carpet that he himself picked out with his mother. “I want to share in choosing one of them,” Ameer told his mother. Safeai relented and went along with her son to go see the man about a carpet. By the time both of them got to the carpet caravan, the man was already packing up his merchandise. Safeai reminded Ameer she also had to go get milk from his grandmother. “I want to go with you,” Ameer told his mom. Looking back on those events today, Safeai believes if she had nagged the carpet caravan man to unroll the carpets and show them, Ameer may have died with more dignity. He would have died with her. Safeai went back to the house and sat down with her daughter. Ameer also came home
and found a playmate - one of the neighbour’s daughters. The two scampered off to play. Within moments Safeai heard an eruption behind the house, no more than 100 metres away. “I was afraid that the baby would be scared of the eruption, so I told my [other] son Halid to go and look for Ameer,” she said. “Everyone was calling him but there were no replies. Then I noticed my neighbours rushing to the hill.” Safeai frantically asked her neighbours what all the commotion was about and people told her a mine had been set off. She rushed up to the hill with her neighbours, and as she did she noticed the little girl rushing back from the mines. Safeai asked if Ameer was on the hill somewhere, but she already knew the answer. “I knew the accident happened to my son,” she said. But Safeai couldn’t go and find her son’s body, hold his hand or carry him. No one could get near the young boy because his body now lay in a mine field. Safeai and everyone else had to wait over an hour until an Israeli army helicopter came and collected the boy’s body. But as soon as Safeai had reached the helicopter, it was already taking off. “This happened 22 years ago, this day I will not forgot. I cannot remove the images from my eyes, from my mind,” she said. “The only thing I can think about is that I was raising him in love and in a warm family. “In one stupid moment, one stupid explosion, because the [Israeli] army put mines beside my house, I lost him. There is nothing more to think about.”
Safeai says that she blames the Israeli army for killing her son. “Of course they did [it],” she said. Even if the Israeli army would come to the Majdal Shams and ask for forgiveness, sorry doesn’t hold much weight. “What can you say after this? The Israelis will not express any sorrow. If they want to express sorrow, they should clean all the mines from here,” Safeai said. *** Nothing keeps Safeai from seeing her little Ameer. When she sees Ameer’s friends in the village, all grown up, she sees her son in them. “When several of them got married, I see my son Ameer. I see him getting married and having his own family now,” Safeai said. “If Ameer would be alive today he would be out there protesting for freedom and equality, like on Naksa or Nakba Day.” Today, Safeai has another son named Ameer, in honour of a child lost to the brutalities of military occupation. Ameer has done his parents proud, going off to Damascus University, becoming a well-skilled young man. “Life itself keeps me going,” Safeai said. “I have suffered much in my life and if I were to give up, I would have to have given up a long time ago.” “This is the order of life - to survive, to continue.” *** I’m sure there are some who are still left wondering why I care about this. The Golan Heights are 10,000 kilometres away. But as a journalist, bringing information about the world around us to the reader is the job. I only hope by reading this, people will recognize the wrongs in our world and use that information to better not only themselves, but society.
From the Editor
Where story meets design
When I came back home after living in Pasumalai, Tamil Nadu, India for a month, I experienced what some would call reverse culture shock: Canada was more unfamiliar than India had ever been. And for the longest time I had no idea how to show people what I meant. I had planned the trip a year in advance and didn’t even ask my parents for permission. I knew I was going to pay for the trip
myself, so it wasn’t an issue. I worked - well, interned without pay - for the only English monthly magazine in the city. It was always different and often frustrating but also unbelievably satisfying. India made me discover that great feeling in its truest form - happiness. And while it’s usually easy for me to write about something as honest as happiness, it took me eight months to figure out what I wanted to say.
But I knew a centrespread would be waiting for me - no matter how long I took. You may have heard the term “centrespread” thrown loosely around campus. I don’t think it’s a real word, but The Aquinian has certainly made it one. It’s the two pages in the centre of our paper, pages 8 and 9, where there’s no gutter and we can spread copy and photos across the page. Last year’s editor-in-chief initiated it. She wanted The Aquinian to have a place for long features, something that isn’t always possible in a 16-page paper. As editor-in-chief this year, I wanted to keep the centrespread
going. It’s something we want to be proud of every week, somewhere to showcase talent whether we find it in the writing, photos, graphics, or design. We want to experiment with design; it’s meant to be more magazine-like. We want to give room - and colour - for our visual maestro Tom Bateman and our layout master Shane Magee. It’s a place where writers can take their time telling a great story that doesn’t quite fit in our news or features sections. I think most importantly though, the centrespread is about showcasing perspective, like Ania Ferensowicz does this week with her story on landmines in the Golan
Heights between Syria and Israel and like I did last year when I found happiness in India. It’s about giving STU students – not just journalism students – the freedom to do something really great, whether it’s as serious as landmines or as fun as a fashion spread. We’ve got quite a few planned this year, but The Aquinian is always open to suggestions; we can help make your experience - your vision - come to life. Enter The Aquinian’s centrespread. If you have any centrespread ideas, email The Aquinian’s managing editor Laura Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The terrifying response to terrorism
“These past 10 years have shown that America does not give in to fear,” said Barack Obama at a state address this past Sept. 11. If not fear, then what causes national leaders to defy laws and human rights? (Courtesy of Flickr Commons)
They call them machay, meaning “wasps.” The locals know danger is near when they hear buzzing overhead. Though people try to take cover, no one can outrun the unmanned aerial vehicles— “drones”—that launch missiles and hunt “militants” in Pakistan. The mourners who’d gathered for funeral prayers were unable to escape the three drone missiles fired on them by the American C.I.A. on June 23, 2009 in Makeen, a small town in Pakistan’s South Waziristan. One report identified two to six of the dead as “militants,” four as elderly tribal leaders and 10 as children.
Up to 86 other civilians were killed in the attack. Before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S., someone said to me, “There should be a memorial service for all the innocent people who’ve been killed by armies of UN states in the ‘war on terror.’” He had a point. Not wishing to minimise the deaths of the 2,977 victims of 9/11, I resisted writing this column earlier. But comments made by President Barack Obama during a Sept. 11 speech in Washington a couple weeks ago convinced me that the issue of retributive terror needs to
be addressed. Barack Obama stood before the audience, in his dark suit and greying hair and stated: “These past 10 years have shown that America does not give in to fear.” If not fear, then what causes national leaders to defy laws made by rational men and women before them, and to violate human rights? In their “war on terror,” why have the U.S. and allies engaged in arbitrary arrests and detention, failure to offer due process of law, privacy violations, racial profiling, inhumane and degrading treatment, sexual violence toward detainees, the use of unlawful combatants, torture and targeted assassination? Scholar Noam Chomsky pointed out the hypocrisy in responses to terror when he stated: “If an action is right (or wrong) for others, it is
right (or wrong) for us.” So, if killing innocent civilians is wrong on a September morning in New York, it’s also wrong on a June afternoon in Pakistan. If airplane attacks on civilians in America led the nation’s leaders to sanction the violation of national laws, international laws and human rights, should anyone doubt that drone attacks killing civilians in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia and Yemen may cause their people to reciprocate with similar violations? Should we be surprised that the manner in which the U.S. and other nations have reacted to terrorism serves as a recruitment tool for extremist groups and creates more terrorists—like the Pakistani-American who attempted to blow up a truck in Times Square in May 2010?
Responding to terrorism with retributive terror makes victimised nations, like the U.S., even more vulnerable to violence. In his 2009 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Barack Obama stated, “Even as we confront a vicious adversary that abides by no rules, I believe that the United States of America must remain a standard bearer in the conduct of war. That is what makes us different from those whom we fight…We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend. And we honour those ideals by upholding them not when it’s easy, but when it is hard.” With a response to terrorism that’s been both terrified and terrifying, the U.S. has proven that it’s far easier to speak about ideals than to live by them.
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The entitled generation?
A new book says university students are spoiled rotten. Or are we just living in a world created by our parents
The “Entitled Generation” is just the newest term to describe students, says professor Russ Hunt. (Tom Bateman/AQ)
You are lazy, cheap, afraid of failure and destined never to succeed because of it. But don’t worry, you’re not alone, we are in this together. Welcome to the “Entitled Generation” and yes, we all suck. At least, that’s what a new book by two Canadian professors Kenneth S. Coates and Bill Morrison called Campus Confidential declares. The book made quite the stir in the media this week. Of course Margaret Wente picked right up on it calling it a “must read” in her Sept. 17 column for the Globe and Mail. “University students once devoured the works of Frantz Fanon, Karl Marx and Gloria Steinem. Today, they devour the works of Harry Potter,” wrote Wente. Really Margaret? Really? Just for the record, Margaret Wente, I read Henry Thoreau’s Walden last week for my American lit. class, which I probably wouldn’t be taking had I not read Harry Potter. Gary Mason, bless his soul, defended us in his own column in the Globe and Mail on Thursday.
“Personally, I don’t recognize the pampered losers we hear about,” Mason wrote. “Of course, there are kids in every generation who are easy to criticize and caricature when ascribing attributes to an entire cohort. But they aren’t representative of everyone.” Thanks Gar. We’ve been called it all before- spoiled, superficial, in constant communication. But what is so striking about this book is it goes straight for our education. Right to the heart of our higher learning, and Coates didn’t single out a few students, or even a group. He called us all inadequate. “There is no easy route to great success, a generation has lost touch with that,” he is quoted as saying. Ouch. Sure, there are some of us who’ve lost touch. Ryan Owens, a third-year poli-sci major, said he’s heard the wellI-pay-his-salary-so-he-shouldgive-me-a-good-mark argument made by students who’ve gotten upset by bad grades. And Owens agrees to an extent with Coates and Morrison.
“We’re awfully entitled. We are,” he said. “In sociology there’s a theory, the tide of rising expectations, so it’s like once you have one thing you want another thing.” “We are more entitled than the Baby Boomers, but we are a product of the Baby Boomers entitlement. They built this entitled society and now we’re just living in it, who taught us?” Touché Owens.
Yes, we are entitled to a degree; anyone who said we weren’t would be crazy. We all have the chance at university, some of us waste it, some of us weren’t meant for it, and some of us thrive in it. But the few who squander the opportunity are being called the whole. “Yeah, some teenagers come to university, especially in the first year they don’t even know if they want to be there, they haven’t decided what to do after school so they come and have a good time and they usually go home by Christmas,” said sociology professor Sylvia Hale. “To say that the large majority are like that is simply false.” English professor Russ Hunt said the argument is as old as education. “I’m not exactly sure what Socrates said but he’s always quoted as having complained about his students, that they were entitled, that they didn’t want to work, they didn’t care about ideas, that they were slackers and so forth. “The reason I said that is that
I’ve been teaching for 48 years and I don’t think there’s been a fall when someone hasn’t said, ‘you know, students aren’t as good as they used to be.’” Political science professor Tom Bateman, who’s taught at five universities and attended three across Canada, said he doesn’t notice any particular feeling of entitlement in STU students. “But it’s possible a sense of entitlement is part of these parenting and teaching philosophies – it might correct itself in the end.” So we’re not perfect - and none of us suggest we are - but neither was any other generation. “I’m sure they partied too when they were young,” second-year psychology major Natasha Glover said. “We were born into the system that they created. “We are bombarded with images every day that do suggest that we don’t need to work as hard for everything and I suppose now university is very much attainable, it’s no longer a middle class objective.” Kenneth Coates, the writer of Campus Confidential, is the dean of students at Waterloo University; surely, in his position he would be correcting such a problem.
Finding God in a soup kitchen Student finds new hope after volunteering in a soup kitchen in Toronto Meredith Gillis The Aquinian
The poster was simple: “Come and join us for five weeks next spring!” with a photo of eight people smiling on the front steps of a house. I walked past it every day on my way to class and rarely gave it more than a glance. If I had extra time, I would slow down and peruse the details in the brochures on the table beneath it. “S.E.R.V.E.: Summer Endeavour in a Redemptorist Volunteer Experience...For young adults age 18-30. Join us for five weeks of spiritual and personal formation as we seek to serve Christ in our neighbour!” Several times I took a brochure and shoved it into my book bag, eventually to discard it into the recycling bin or to leave it sitting on my desk for weeks on end, safely buried beneath newspapers and notepads. I thought about applying on and off for most of the winter. When I finally did decide to fill out the application, I had something like a week and a half left before the Mar. 1 deadline for applications and references. I was able to Xpresspost my papers to the address given in the brochure. During March break, I had a telephone interview with Father Santo. I remember getting off the phone and thinking it was one of the oddest conversations I had ever had. Within a few days of that interview, I got another phone call from Fr. Santo, this time telling me that I had been selected as a participant for SERVE if I still wanted to do it. I was ecstatic. When the initial euphoria faded, I began questioning my sanity. Why was I doing this again? Did I really want to go hang out with a bunch of Jesus freaks for five weeks? What if they tried to recruit me as a nun? After the letter with the check list for SERVE arrived, I worried about my clothes. As clothing goes, mine would generally be deemed conservative. My
SERVE group takes mass at Reedemer House in Toronto before volunteering in the city. (Submitted) shirt of choice during the winter is a turtleneck, and in the spring and summer I keep my shoulders covered. But in the letter it said “no extremely form-fitting or revealing clothing.” *** Around 3 p.m. on Apr. 30, I arrived at Redeemer House in downtown Toronto. Everyone in SERVE came together for mass and prayer at least once a day. We alternated between morning mass and evening prayer, and morning prayer and evening mass. We all took turns planning morning and evening prayer, and we tried a lot of different ways of praying. We also took turns planning mass, which meant picking the songs and asking people to read. I was sent to St. Felix Centre to help with the lunch and after school programs. For the next five weeks, Monday to Friday, I left Redeemer House at 9 a.m. and walked through Chinatown and a housing co-op to arrive at St. Felix at 9:15 a.m. Our days there would start in the
kitchen with Ben, the chef for the free lunch provided to homeless and low-income people. Depending on the time of the month and the weather, we served lunch for 60 to 130 people. Most days we planned for 80.
We said the Lord’s Prayer and someone would ask a blessing on the meal and the people eating it. At 11:00 a.m., Sister Eileen would open the door and hungry people would come downstairs to the dining room.
When the initial euphoria faded, I began questioning my sanity. Why was I doing this again? Did I really want to go hang out with a bunch of Jesus freaks for five weeks? What if they tried to recruit me as a nun? We chopped vegetables, sliced bread and made sandwiches and soups with the other volunteers and the Felician Sisters. Once the food was ready, we set up for service and brought out dishes and cups and started the coffee and the tea.
I remember Nora. She is mentally ill. Most of the time she didn’t talk much. She would just sit down and ask for apple juice. We didn’t always have apple juice to serve and she would get agitated if there wasn’t any. Sometimes, when it slowed down, I
would sit and talk with her. Mostly she mumbled things and I repeated them until she was satisfied I had understood. She told me about her life in Vancouver before she came to Toronto, or that she was scared that someone was going to get her. I spent a lot of time reassuring her and eventually she called me her friend. The after school program was simpler. We helped kids with their homework and then took them outside to play foursquare. The first two weeks we were there, I was ridiculed daily by kids in Grades 3 and 4 because I was so terrible at the game. Some of the kids acted pretty tough. If I asked how their day had been at school, they would say, “Why you asking so many questions? It ain’t none of your business. Leave me alone. Stop bothering me.” Until I went to St. Felix, I thought I was pretty good with kids. *** At the end of the five weeks, I went home to my parents’ house with a plaque depicting the Washing of the Feet by Sieger Koder, a tripod and a jar of salt with a candle in it. And it was at that moment I decided I had a repaired, much healthier relationship with God and my Catholic faith for reasons far too personal to go into. I took home memories of what I can only describe as the hardest, most wonderful weeks of my life. I came to an understanding of vocation as “where your deepest joy meets the world’s greatest need” because God does not call us to do anything there is not already a yearning for in our hearts. I’m no longer worried about being called to become a nun, because a) my chest did not hurt of happiness at the idea of being a sister the way it does at the idea of being an associate to a religious community and b) if I do end up being called for that, I still have two years of university left to work it out anyways. God is surprising, but He knows me better than I know me, and it’ll all work out.
The simplicity of healthy eating I’ve recently lost weight and completely changed my diet around. I am not a health professional, but I have learned a thing or two about making healthy dietary choices. This week I hope to help you make a few better eating habits as well. Choose Colour. And no, that doesn’t mean grab the closest box of Smarties. Most fruits and veggies are bright and vibrant, like broccoli, red pepper, grapefruit and bananas. And most junk foods tend to be beige, like French
fries, hamburgers (and buns) and chips. You want your plate to be as colourful as an artists’ paint palette. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, don’t eat it. This rule goes for most prepackaged foods. If there’s an ingredient in your bag of chips that you can’t understand, it’s probably not good for you. For example Acrylamide - any idea what that means? It’s found in a lot of potato chips, French fries, and cigarette smoke. Propylene Glycol? That’s found in
baked goods, cake mixes, and anti-freezes - not good at all. Choose foods that have five ingredients or less, so you know exactly what you are putting into your body. When shopping at the supermarket, stick to the outside walls of the store. That’s where you can find all of the healthy foods you should be consuming, like fresh veggies, healthy breads, meats and dairy. What can you find in the aisles? Fat and sugar in the form of chips, cookies and pop. If you live in res, buy some healthy snacks. Keep them in your room to prevent buying donuts and bagels on a whim. Granola bars, apples and natural peanut butter are a fast and
easy snack that can easily be carried around in a backpack or purse. You’ll never know when the hunger will strike, so be prepared with healthy snacks so you’re not tempted to buy junk. Drink tons of water. This one is especially important if you drink lots of coffee or spend a few too many nights downtown. To keep your mind alert and awake for homework, it needs to stay hydrated. Carry a water bottle with you on campus and refill as need be. Plus, water is free. Doesn’t get much better than that. Eat breakfast. I cannot emphasize how important it is to start your day off right with a good, hearty breakfast. There’s nothing worse than
getting to your 8:30 a.m. class and realizing halfway through the lecture that you’re starving. Plus, eating in the morning gets your metabolism going for the rest of the day, which means you’ll burn more calories than if you’d skipped breakfast. Eating breakfast can help you lose weight. That being said, make healthy choices. If you hate getting up early to walk to the cafeteria, keep a kettle in your room and make instant oatmeal. I hope these tips help you make healthier choices while on campus. Next week I’ll give more tips on trying to lose weight and maintaining a healthy diet.
New book sheds light on old border STU prof reveals there’s more to the border than shopping in new book Cedric Noël The Aquinian
Forty-three-year-old journalist and author Jacques Poitras recently launched his newest book, The Imaginary Line. In it, Poitras discusses the human side of the New BrunswickMaine border. “The New Brunswick-Maine border has had some academic work done on it but there hasn’t been any journalistic work done on it,” Poitras said in an interview following his book launch at the library at the legislature in Fredericton. In late 2009, he tussled with the idea of writing a book on the border. After a fair amount of research, Poitras felt he had enough information on the subject worthy of a book’s length. “It just seems that people don’t want to accept the border as a barrier, so that’s the theme of the book and that’s what I discovered when I was out doing research,” Poitras said.
The New Brunswick native says the border issue is one that runs along both sides of either country. That border is important because it’s the oldest and “the connections are stronger than in other places.” In May of 2010, Poitras travelled for a month along the border talking to inhabitants on either side. On his search, he met the Peterson family, whose home straddles both sides of the border. The Peterson’s driveway crosses the border into Canada. Visitors would enter Canada without checking in and illegally cross back into the U.S. when leaving. “So there was no way unless you put a customs office at the end of their driveway to get around an illegal entry,” he said. People had been arrested for going to see the Peterson’s and even the mailman couldn’t get to the house. Poitras admits that it’s difficult to deal with the border.
Jacques Poitras autographs his new book The Imaginary Line at the book’s launch Thursday. (Shane Magee/AQ)
But “if we can’t do it here, where can we do it? That’s why I’m hoping to make this almost a microcosm of the whole relationship.” Poitras was born and raised in Moncton and went to Carleton University to study journalism. “I began to appreciate different aspects of the job such as, you know, journalism’s role in democracy and the need to be a watchdog on powerful institutions, the need to reflect what’s going on in a community.” When he graduated from Carleton, he wasn’t entirely sure what he was going to do, but with help, he made up his mind. “I stayed an extra year for a girl...I applied for the master’s program when I wanted to stay for the girl, then the girl became out of the picture and then along with the master’s acceptance was an offer to be a teacher assistant to the undergraduate students.” It was a decision that worked for Poitras, whose job paid for his stay in residence that year. “I’m still friends with the girl,” he said, snickering slightly, reluctant to share her name. Since then, Poitras has written three books, an unmeasurable amount of articles and voiced countless radio reports. Poitras is open about his interest and knowledge in New Brunswick politics, but when asked if he’d ever consider entering politics he answers “no.” “The politicians I deal with, I generally like personally. There aren’t too many of them that are unlikeable. I’ve got nothing against them, it’s just that they’re doing one thing and I’ve got my role to play in a different way.”
Jacques Poitras with his new book, The Imaginary Line. (Shane Magee/AQ) As well as working for CBC radio, Poitras is a part-time professor at St. Thomas University, a position he has held for the past five years. “It just so happened that by teaching this course it would bring me in a little bit of money but I would have free days to work on the book.” One of Poitras’ former Carleton professors said he liked teaching journalism because its easy to track his students’ careers with the media. Poitras says he’s already been able to notice some of
his former students bylines and their voices and faces on the radio or television. “It’s neat to see that.” Poitras has worked for CBC for 11 years - his longest stint at any job - and for him, New Brunswick is home. He reveals it would take an exceptional job offer to pry him away. “The thing is, is that I’m from New Brunswick and I like New Brunswick so I would never consider different positions within the CBC just for the sake of doing it.”
intercourse itself needs variety – keep doing the same thing for long enough and you’re sure to get bored. Both the women and the men I spoke to were very adamant on their partners using their hands just as much as their mouths to get the other all hot and bothered. Where women and men differ would be the speed – women prefer a more constant speed and pace to reach climax, whereas men find it exciting when a girl switches up her speed and depth, not to mention giving his boys some well-deserved attention. The most important thing to remember is not everyone likes, or would even be comfortable with,
the same techniques. That’s why it is so crucial to communicate with your partner on what you do and don’t like. Otherwise you could be turned off from oral sex for a long time, which would just be a shame. And finally, if you feel like a mute in bed, you’re not alone. A lot of people are self-conscious about being verbal in the sack, when in actuality you’re just making it easier on your partner by removing all the guess-work – like giving them a pleasure map with a full set of directions. By telling your partner what you like you’re way more likely to climax, and who doesn’t love a good toe-curling orgasm, anyhow?
Getting vocal about oral Variety is the spice of life – it’s also the spice of oral sex. The topic of oral isn’t always the easiest to talk about, but it’s just something we all do - or at least we all should do. Before writing this, I spoke to a number of my male friends and noticed a trend amongst women – while they readily give oral sex, they are very reluctant to receive it. This, I suppose, could be for a number of reasons, but I can’t imagine many – aside from a
medical situation – that would warrant someone opting out of that kind of pleasure. Sex should be about a balance of pleasure between both partners and it’s a little tricky to reach that balance if you take away one key part of sexual pleasure. Sure, it’s possible to be satisfied without any oral sex, but you would definitely be missing out. For many ladies, I assume the main issue is getting self-conscious about having your partner
go face-to-face with your other set of lips. To this I say, so what? It really isn’t that different from staring down his one-eyed trouser snake. The fact of the matter is, many men actually enjoy giving their partners oral pleasure – seeing their partners get more and more aroused gives them an even greater satisfaction. They also want to return the favour – not every guy is just in it for himself. Think of it as a “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” situation. Now, back to variety. The other trend I discovered was that variety is the key to good oral sex. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone because even
Men’s hockey lose pre-season opener UPEI downs STU 7-3 Kevin Stewart The Aquinian
St. Thomas University got off to a sloppy start at the Lady Beaverbrook Arena in Wednesday night’s pre-season opener against the UPEI Panthers. The Panthers scored 55 seconds into the opening period and went on to trounce the Tommies 7-3. Charles Lavigne and Justin Collier split time in goal for the Tommies, allowing seven goals on 40 shots. Jhase Sniderman made 27 saves in the win for the Panthers. Yuri Cheremetiev, who was second in scoring for the Tommies last season, picked up right where he left off, scoring twice on Sniderman. Defenseman Felix-Antoine Poulin added the other
marker. The Tommies scored twice 37 seconds apart early in the third period to shave UPEI’s lead down to two. But that’s as close as they would come. Chad Locke and Dana Fraser each scored twice for UPEI, while Matt Carter added a goal and two assists in a game the Panthers dominated. Brad Gallant and Spencer Metcalfe dropped the gloves early in the second period, after Gallant hit Metcalfe high into the boards. Gallant received a five minute major for the hit to the head as well as five minutes for fighting in a game-misconduct. The Tommies are in action again Saturday when they travel to Wolfville to face the Acadia Axemen.
STU defenceman Andrew Andricopoulos has a shot on goal during STU’s 7-3 pre-season loss to UPEI (Shane Magee/AQ)
The fighting debate: Law & Order style Scene: A courtroom in New York City, just down the road from the NHL head offices where the keepers of the flame - the defense represented by the firm of Milbury, Cherry, Burke and Clarke - and voice of the sane, this irrelevant writer, are in the room to decide the fate of fighting. Prosecution: Your honor, the prosecution believes that fighting in hockey has reached a crossroads and needs to be eliminated. It has surpassed its necessity and purpose. Don Sanderson has been dead for almost three years now and what have we learned? Nothing, your honor. I understand my contemporaries on the other side of the court will use the same tired cliches to justify the role of fighting in the game.
I’m here to destroy all of those notions in the same manner that Mr. Milbury destroyed the New York Islanders when he traded Zdeno Chara and Jason Spezza for Alexei Yashin and gave him $87.5 million. Talk about the pansification of your team. Milbury: (takes off his shoes) Come here, you twerp! Judge: (bangs gavel) Order! Proceed, councilor. Prosecution: Thank you, your honor. The first notion that is always used when defending fighting is that it will keep the pests in the game honest and keep them from taking cheap shots at the stars. You know, the Dave Semenko rule. Let me take you back to Mar. 7, 2010. Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke, the dirtiest player in the league, leveled
Boston’s Marc Savard in the head with the cheapest shot the league has seen post-lockout. You would think the hit that took the Bruins’ best forward out of the game and helped turn his brain into liquid nitrogen would have sparked a bench-clearing brawl of all time? Nobody fought Cooke after that hit, your honor. If fighting wasn’t needed then, when will it be? The next myth I’ll contradict is that the public wants fighting in hockey and won’t watch if it’s gone. People may be entertained by it but it doesn’t stop Canadians from watching the World Junior Hockey Championships and giving TSN ratings between 2.5 to 3 million people with not a fight in sight. Nearly 3.5 million Canadians watched Sidney Crosby lift Lord Stanley in 2009 and 10.6 million Canadians watched the gold medal game in Vancouver. Even 27.6 million people watched that game in America. Yes, the same country that watches as much poker, darts
and hot dog eating as hockey. The only thing missing was a scrap, and nobody changed the channel. The concussion issue has to be dragged into this too, your honor. There’s a cloud of questions around Crosby on when he’ll be able to play again. It looks like Savard’s life may not be the same because of Cooke’s hit and other subsequent hits. He was nowhere to be found when his Bruins skated the Stanley Cup up and down the ice in Vancouver last June. Eric Lindros’ career was never the same, nor was Paul Kariya’s. Cherry: (His right thumb up) Objection, your honor! None of them got hurt in fights. Prosecution: I understand that, Mr. Cherry, but let me ask you this: if these players had their careers ruined because of concussions from getting hit in the head with elbows and shoulders, what’s the logic of allowing players to punch each other in the face with bare hands?
Cherry: (silent) Prosecution: Finally, the late Bob Probert, one of the game’s most celebrated brawlers, died in July 2010. After he passed, researchers at Boston University found a disease in his brain called CTE. I won’t bother pronouncing the acronym because Mr. Cherry can’t pronounce Toronto. Cherry: It’s Tarana, wise guy! Prosecution: This disease causes dementia, memory loss and depression, your honor, and it’s caused through brain injuries, which is what a concussion is. I ask the jury to take in all of this evidence and answer this question: what is necessary about fighting that has to be kept over all my evidence? Cherry: Tea Time at the end of my Rock ‘em Sock ‘em DVD’s! If you don’t like the fights, turn on the kettle! Prosecution: (looking puzzled) The prosecution rests, your honor.
Getting to know our STU Athletes This week: Garrett Saulis of STU Men’s Rugby Team
Hometown? in Ireland. If not, then I just want I was born in Perth-Andover, N.B. to do some travelling and see the but I was raised my whole life in Ot- world. tawa, Ontario. How long have you been playing What position do you play? rugby? I play lock in the second row. This is my sixth year playing. What’s your major? I plan to major in anthropology.
What made you get into rugby? My cousins used to play and always talked about how great the sport What do you hope to do after was and when I played football in graduation? high school some of my teammates I want to try to get into a graduate talked me into trying it out. school for Anthropology, hopefully
Who do you model your game after? I don’t have any set professional that I model my game after but my Dad always taught me to be a fair and respectable player, but to never take it easy against my opposition. So you can say it’s modelled after him.
What professional rugby team do you support? I’ve always had respect for the New Zealand All-Blacks, but I have to support Team Canada whenever they play. What rugby based goals do you have? Right now it’s just to give it my all, have fun and enjoy the sport while What’s your pre-game meal? I can play it. If it can take me someI usually try to have a light pasta where that would be great, but I dish or a couple of sandwiches, like to keep my options open and nothing too big, really. want to complete my degree first.
Garrett Saulis (Submitted)
STU women’s hockey team blank UPEI in pre-season opener Kelly Flexman The Aquinian
The first pre-season game between St. Thomas University and the University of Prince Edward Island women’s hockey teams took place Friday night in Fredericton in which STU were 2-0 victors. The thermometers showed summer temperatures outside, but the action inside the Lady Beaverbrook Arena was intense enough to make the mercury boil instantaneously. Amidst many empty seats, the crowd of hockey enthusiasts was enough for the Lady Tommies to hear the cheering support as they kept their opponents from PEI without a score. From the drop of the puck to the buzzer sound ending the third period, the STU women dominated the game. Before the clock showed three minutes, STU captain Kayla Blackmore stole the puck and capitalized on a breakaway to earn the first goal for her team. The rest of the first and second periods had few shots on goal by STU, but the memorable shot attempts by Kathleen Boyle, reflected off the corner post, and Manuela Hebel, only
inches wide from sliding into the bottom corner, showed the threatening STU offense. Throughout the game, the experience mixed with many new players on this year’s team showed no evidence of any weak links. Team collaboration was the focus, whether offensively fighting for the puck against the boards or defensively limiting the opportunity for UPEI to fire off any hard shots on goal. Often the action was a little too close to the STU goal, but numerous scoring attempts from UPEI were kept out of the net by STU goalie Julia Sharun. Sharun was definitely the anchor of STU’s success in this game. Her sense of the puck’s whereabouts, even while blinded by the scrambles in front of her net, in combination with her adept quickness moving from knees to stomach to feet in her attempt to cover the entire net, made her the star attraction for all spectating eyes. There was no rest for Sharun and her team, but Katie Brewster’s single-handed goal in the final minutes of the third period sealed the team’s victory. The beginning of the women’s hockey season begins on Saturday, Oct. 15
Women’s soccer gets first victory
Cedric Noël The Aquinian
The St. Thomas University’s women’s soccer team won their first game of the season at Kimble Field as they defeated University of New Brunswick Saint John Seawovles 2-0 on Saturday. In overcast weather, both teams started off strong. It was the lady Tommies who had the earliest chance to strike five minutes in, but a good chance just a few metres in front of goal was parried away by UNBSJ goalkeeper Rebecca Snow. That was the best of several chances in the opening 10 minutes as the lady Tommies were quickly able to find holes in the Seawolves’ defence. But the momentum seemed to shift, as after the opening, the game was played primarily in St. Thomas’ half as the lady Tommies struggled to relieve themselves from the mounting Seawolves’ pressure. UNBSJ’s first clear opportunity to get on the score sheet was on around the 23-minute mark when second-year midfielder Emma Cameron had a header that fell wide of the post. That incident was followed by a strong response by STU who in the space of about two minutes, after some impressive passing, had a good header go just wide by secondyear winger Paige Legacy.
The last major incident of the opening half resulted in a mouth injury to STU’s goalkeeper Sarah Wardell, who had to be helped off the field and was replaced by second-year goalie Elizabeth Murphy. After showing a few nerves, she was able to settle herself between the two posts before the end of the half. The second half opened with a series of scoring opportunities for both sides as play, once again, appeared to be dominated by UNBSJ. Then after a fairly stagnant passage of play the first goal came on the 70-minute mark courtesy of STU captain Rachel Green. Not even a minute later, STU was on the offensive once again as it appeared that the Seawolves hadn’t reassumed their composure. After some quick movement and slick passing, first-year striker Hallie Conford was able to find some space right outside the penalty box before unleashing a low right-footed shot that rocketed against the far post and into the goal. After the second goal, STU appeared in control of the game with several chances on goal coming from both sides. Even with a decent amount of pressure from UNBSJ in the closing minutes of the game, the lady Tommies were able to hold on to their first victory of the season, moving them to sixth place on on the eight team table.
Sept.21 Men’s Hockey UPEI 7 STU 3 Sept.23 Women’s Rugby STU 7 MTA 10 Women’s Basketball STU 48 Vanier College 90 Women’s Hockey UPEI 0 STU 2 Sept.24 Women’s Hockey STU 2 UPEI 3 Women’s Basketball STU 48 Montmornecy College 61 Men’s Soccer UNBSJ 1 STU 2 Women’s Soccer UNBSJ 0 STU 2 Men’s Hockey STU 2 ACA 6
STU were victorious in their pre-season opener, beating UPEI 2-0 Friday night. (Megan Aiken/AQ)
STU cross country showing signs of improvement Bridget Yard The Aquinian
St. Thomas University Cross Country Tommies had a tough second showing in the AUS league this weekend. The men’s and women’s teams were hosted by Acadia University in Wolfville on Saturday. The women’s five kilometer race started at noon. Acadia’s course was flat, wet, and muddy, making for a slick start to a difficult race. With top runners Tathnee O’Meara and Jenna Hamilton unable to compete, Kyla Tanner took the lead for STU’s women, finishing in a respectable 22 minutes and 30 seconds. The girls muscled through the course’s two laps but were unable to reclaim the fourth place finish they posted last weekend at St. Mary’s University. They finished sixth, after St. Francis Xavier University, Memorial University, Acadia University, Universite de Moncton and University of New Brunswick. Head coach Scott Davis said that it was a slow course, even though many of the athletes posted similar times last week. “Everyone put forth an amazing
effort, even though the course was slow. Everyone was happy as a group, and it’s still early in the season,” he said. The men’s varsity Tommies ran an eight kilometer race in the rain, starting at 12:45. p.m. They had a choppy course to contend with after the women’s field trampled the grass and mud. Posting a strong finish was Patrick Cormier, a first-year team member leading the men’s team into this first AUS season. He finished in 29 minutes and 19 seconds, placing 25th. STU’s next finishers came close together. Jeff Amos, Cody McKay and Nathon Paton ran strong, all three crossing the line within 12 seconds of each other. “They appear to be improving week to week, almost day to day,” said coach Davis of the men’s team. “We’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing to prepare for AUS.” The men’s team finished fifth overall after St. Francis Xavier, Dalhousie, Memorial University and University of New Brunswick. The next cross country meet takes place on Oct. 8th, when the Tommies will travel to Université de Moncton.
Sept.25 Women’s Soccer STU 1 CU 1 Women’s Basketball STU 53 St. Foy College 69 Women’s Rugby ACA 7 STU 10
Upcoming: Sept.29 Men’s Hockey St. FX @ STU 7p.m. Lady Beaverbrook Arena Sept.30 Women’s Volleyball STU @ CBU Women’s Hockey STU @ MTA 2p.m. Oct. 1 Women’s Hockey STU @ SMU 1.30p.m. Men’s Hockey UQTR @ STU 2p.m. Men’s Golf ACAA Championship 11a.m. Women’s Soccer STU @ UKC 2p.m. Men’s Soccer STU @ UKC 4p.m. Oct.2 Women’s Soccer STU @ MSVU 11a.m. Men’s Soccer STU @ MSVU 1p.m. Women’s Rugby MTA @ STU 1p.m. College Field Men’s Rugby MTA @ STU College Field
Published on Feb 9, 2014