the Men’s Hockey
St. Thomas University’s Official Student Paper
October 18, 2011 - Volume 76 Issue 5
New hockey coach, new approach
Troy Ryan, the new coach for St. Thomas University’s men’s hockey team’, isn’t your average coach. Not only does he clean the players’ dressing rooms, but he also sharpens their skates and cleans their gear. (Shane Magee/AQ)
Ryan has varsity squad reaching out to the STU community Chris Morehouse The Aquinian
The whistle blows and Troy Ryan skates over to address team members huddled at centre ice. Even with skates on, he’s a foot shorter than most of them. Ryan stops and players drop to one knee. His voice is calm and reassuring as he gives final words to the players. “That’s it boys; be ready to play
tomorrow.” Ryan definitely will be ready. Hours before practice starts at the Lady Beaverbrook Rink, and hours after, he’s preparing: everything from sharpening skates to cleaning the dressing room to doing the players’ laundry. Those may not sound like regular coaching duties, but Ryan isn’t your average coach. “I know it is rare for coaches to do those sorts of things,” Ryan said, finally sitting
down in his coach’s office. “But it is so important for me to show my players that I care. I want them to know that I am willing to do the little things to eliminate excuses so we can have the success we all want.” After years in the wilderness – where there was sometimes more discord in the dressing room than wins on the ice – the varsity men’s Tommies have a new coach. And he’s not only cleaning house, he’s building a whole new foundation – one he hopes
will build a much stronger bond with the St. Thomas University community. *** Growing up wasn’t easy for Ryan. Raised by his mother in the crime-filled community of Spryfield in the Halifax area, Ryan had to fight for every inch. “It was a very poor place. I saw and experienced things that kids shouldn’t have to see. Staying out of trouble wasn’t easy. With alcohol and drugs on every corner, it made
Occupy movement hits Fredericton
staying on the right path difficult. Being a kid is hard enough, but add in the lifestyle in Spryfield and the odds are stacked against you.” And without a father figure in his home life, hockey became Ryan’s saving grace. The relationships he had with coaches provided him with guidance. SEE RYAN ON PAGE 2
Organizer wants better wealth distribution in N.B.
Amy MacKenzie The Aquinian
A crowd of protesters held signs, chanting, “No more one per cent, no more shit,” outside of city hall Saturday. The protests were part of the Global Day of Action on Oct. 15 that stemmed from the Occupy Wall Street movement. About 65 people attended the city hall march, while the crowd peaked at 100 later in the day. Occupy Wall Street is a protest movement in New York City. The message? The protesters are the 99 per cent of
Americans who suffer from the one per cent of Americans who are rich. Occupy Wall Street protesters gather in the nation’s finance capital to voice their opinions on the relations between the American government’s spending and Wall Street corporations. This movement has sparked Occupy movements throughout the world, including the Occupy Fredericton movement which organized the protest on Saturday. Lily Crompton is one of the main organizers of the Occupy Fredericton movement.
Although Fredericton is not home to a financial district, she says the Occupy Wall Street message is relevant here. “In the [financial] crisis in the United States, people lost their homes and jobs. They’re living in very poor situations and when the elephant rolls over we’re not very far behind here,” said Crompton. “Canada is certainly a much better place to live than the United States as far as the government goes but we are still not being treated very well by our government and that’s their duty.”
Crompton argues that Canadian politicians and large corporations such as the Irvings are part of Canada’s one per cent. She wants to see better wealth distribution throughout Canada. “Our politicians are overpaid. Canadian Senate is an appointed position for life. They only have to sit there for a minimum of three days and they get a minimum salary of $73,000 a year. It’s insane. We don’t have enough beds in our hospitals,” she said. SEE ISSUES ON PAGE 3
From “Thriller” to The Walking Dead, theAQ’s Julia Whalen is dying to know: Why the fascination with zombies? (Tom Bateman/AQ)
SEE IN ON PAGE 6
From the Editor
Thanksgiving with all the fixings and the ex-factor
My closet at my home in Nova Scotia is still full of my old Barbies, Polly Pockets and Beanie Babies. About six years ago, I crammed myself into that closet, closed the door and tried to close out the world. My dad had just told me he was moving in with his girlfriend. There was something secretive about their relationship, something about adulthood that, as a tender teenager, I wanted to ignore. I couldn’t believe things were changing again. I cried for my daddy. Or maybe I cried for my childhood and a family I knew would never be the same. Last week I had my first Thanksgiving
here in Fredericton without any family. By phone, I wished both my mom and dad happy separate Thanksgivings. It’s almost been 10 years since my dad left; “separately” is all I know. You might think this is odd, but I’m thankful for that. *** In Grade 2, my friends and I played a most realistic game of “house” where the dog peed on the carpet, the kids were greedy and mom and dad didn’t always get along. One day my friend told me about a fight her real mom and dad had had the night before. She was worried. I told her there wasn’t anything to be concerned about.
After all, my parents fought too, but they always made up and kissed in front of me. “My parents will never get divorced,” I told her. And I believed every word. I even believed it when my parents started fighting more often than usual. They’d go down in the basement so I couldn’t hear them, but it didn’t help. Maybe I even believed it as I cried my eyes out when my dad drove away from our home that day. But then I went into a trance and didn’t allow my 12-year-old self to be the young kid I needed to be. It was about four years later when breakdowns, like that day in the closet, became regular occurrences. I fell behind in my schoolwork, cried for no reason and got angry with people who didn’t deserve it – and all because I wanted to spend time with my dad. We were close when he was married to my mom; I was his little girl. I always joined him on his La-Z-Boy chair, even after
my legs grew longer than his, and I always needed his approval. I still do. My mom and I were close too. And living in a home with her as the single parent only drew us closer. At the time of the separation, my sister was in university and my brother was never around, so it was often just her and me hanging out. It was nice to get to know her as a person, not just as a parent. *** My roommate made an amazing turkey last weekend. She’s the turkey expert just like our other friend who’s the potato expert, and another who’s good at desserts. All eight of us crammed around the small kitchen table, elbows rubbing against each other. Beirut provided the soundtrack to our conversations – most of them continuing from when we first came to St. Thomas four years ago. I didn’t miss having Thanksgiving with my mom, or the full-family holidays of my childhood.
When I spoke on the phone with my parents earlier, my mom told me about her love complications and I reiterated my own. I could only laugh at the similarities. I told my dad the same stories, censoring a few details, of course, and he was excited for me, his baby. Despite the horrid scenes that, from time to time, still replay in my mind because of that separation, I can now see what I do have to be thankful for: two people who are more themselves separately than they ever were when they were together. It may sound crazy – and there’s probably a reason why it has taken me so long to realize this – but my parents’ separation has made me realize who my mom and dad are as individuals and how I’m a product of both. People often tell me I’m a lot like my dad; and others say I’m so much like my mom. I’d have to agree.
Ryan ready for challenge CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
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“If it wasn’t for hockey, I would have gone down a much different path. It was the coaches I had that I looked up to. They were my father figures. They taught me life skills and how to be successful. They gave me a place of solitude. “No matter what I was going through in life, when I got to the rink and walked through those dressing room doors, all life’s problems disappeared and I was able to be a kid.” As a player, Ryan never stood out, but he says his hard work, dedication and love for the game caught the eye of all his coaches. One coach, Mike Johnson, his coach at the University of New Brunswick Reds, has a special place in Ryan’s heart. He gave him the opportunity to join the university team in 1993, although Ryan admits he may not have had the raw talent to earn that spot. “Mike would bring me into the office and ask my advice on the game or practices. He made me a key player off the ice even though I wasn’t a key player on the ice. He exposed me to the management side of hockey as well as communication skills with players. “Watching and picking up on things that he did as a coach was 100 per cent the reason I got into coaching.”
*** With his coaching success at the junior level, most recently with the Metro Marauders of the Maritime League, the phones started ringing from the pro level. When the opportunity came to join the St. Thomas family, it was an easy choice. With the team struggling with their image in the community as well as their on-ice performance, it was an ideal fit. Ryan thinks in terms of programs, not seasons. “I am excited,” he said. “A lot of people don’t want to take over positions that need a rebuild, but I love the challenge. It’s easy to take over a team at its high point, but that’s not for me. “I feel that by changing the atmosphere and expectations of our team and making players proud to be a Tommie will create success and change our team’s image.” Fourth-year forward Brad Gallant, who’s seen the ups and the downs of STU’s hockey team, has already noticed a huge difference in a few short months. He says the image in the community and school has changed, and he believes Ryan’s new philosophy and coaching methods are behind it. “Already this year, we have done the Terry Fox run as well as hosted a [TSN Insider] Bob McKenzie [dinner] to give advice
to hockey parents,” said Gallant from his dressing room stall. “We, as a team, have really bonded. We are proud to represent St. Thomas and the city of Fredericton; and the vibe around the rink and around the school is much better.” *** When the last player leaves the dressing room, coach Ryan gets back to work. The vacuum is out and the gear is being organized. Each day he says he goes to the rink wanting to make a difference in the St. Thomas program. Ryan takes one day at a time. His longterm goal is very simple: “Fix this,” he said with a smile. When the work is done, Ryan sits down in the dressing room and looks around. During his 14-year coaching career, he has seen and been through many rebuilding situations and has always been successful. “You have to be willing to step outside the box in order to be successful and reach your goals. Take your own unique path to where you want to go and no matter what, always love what you do.” Chris Morehouse is a first-year player on the men’s varsity Tommies. He’s taking journalism courses at STU and is interested in pursuing a career in journalism.
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Issues on Wall Street relevant here: protester CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Crompton thinks the money spent on politicians’ salaries and corporate bailouts should be spent on middle to lower-class citizens. “I’m a single parent and a student at UNB and finding day care funding – it’s like pulling teeth,” she said. “You’d almost rather that they physically torture you than the intellectual and emotional torture that they put you through to get any help.” Crompton says this is why the Occupy movement is relevant in Fredericton. She says this protest is important for people who want to change how taxpayer money is spent. “It’s their duty to represent our interests. They work for us and not the other way around. They are supposed to be doing things for us with our money to help us have better lives,” she said. “They are representatives of the wishes of the Canadian public. The public needs to stand up and lead our politicians in the directions they need to go.” At the protest on Saturday, the Occupy Fredericton protesters teamed up to spread their message to the public. As people walked by,
protesters would yell, “People who skateboard are 99 per centers,” if they were skateboarding, or “People who buy Growlers are 99 per centers,” if they were walking by with the Picaroons beer jug. Amanda Jardine was one of these people. She says the Occupy movement is relevant in Fredericton because people suffer from poverty in New Brunswick. “In Fredericton in particular, it’s important because there are 100,000 people who live below the poverty line. My generation in particular is overeducated and underemployed,” she said. “I have two degrees and I can’t seem to find a job right now.” Jardine also says it’s relevant here because Canadians should exercise their rights when they see something wrong with government. “If ever there needs to be a cause to bring people together it should be human rights, liberties, freedom of assembly, freedom of expression. We’re just here today sharing our voice.” Mista Monteith was also picketing on Saturday. She says the movement is relevant in Fredericton because of
Protesters line up at a march to city hall on Saturday as part of the Occupy Fredericton movement. (Shane Magee/AQ) the economic crisis. “The same issues that our fellow 99 per centers in America are fighting affect us here too,” she said. “As far as distribution of wealth and our economy goes, it isn’t the best
right now. There’s tons of people who have no work.” Trevor Muxworthy agrees with Monteith and says the movement has been successful so far. “Everyone is gathering in solidarity
to let the one per cent know we are not okay with this. “People are driving by honking and supporting us and it’s good to know we’re raising awareness to these facts.”
Inside the movement
Westmorland Street Bridge traffic forces student to quit job Princess Margaret Bridge scheduled to re-open Nov. 15 Stephanie Kelly
Right now I’m outside city hall, where Occupy Fredericton is having a general assembly meeting after a day-long protest and an evening march. Fredericton is one of hundreds of cities where people have occupied public spaces in protest of inequality and an economic system that puts the profits of the one per cent ahead of the needs of the 99 per cent. Gandhi said about organizing for change: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” And that’s what’s happening at Occupy Wall Street and in hundreds of other cities. First, they ignore you. Although Zuccotti Park in the financial district of New York City has been occupied since Sept. 17, only recently has the mainstream media started to acknowledge its existence. It wasn’t until well after Keith Olbermann called out other mainstream media for refusing to cover the occupation that it began to appear on the evening news. Then they laugh at you. There are attempts to dismiss Occupy Wall Street as a bunch of hippies, lazy people, and angry youth who don’t even know what they are protesting. The criticism that comes up over and over about Occupy Wall Street is that the group doesn’t have clear demands. People are outraged at an economic system that creates huge profits for the top one per cent and poverty, unemployment and oppression for 99 per cent. To dismiss their anger because they do not have a clear list of realistic reforms is a convenient way to discredit a growing
movement that more and more people are identifying with. The lack of concrete demands scares the ultra-rich in whose hands wealth is concentrated. It is possible that the protesters won’t settle for a bit more regulation of the banking system. The idea that the occupiers might want the end of capitalism, and a new economic system that extends democracy to the economy is a threat to those. It’s not about a bigger piece of the pie – they want an entirely different pie. Then they fight you. In New York, the police kettled protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge. As someone who has been kettled by the police, it’s no fun. Police quickly surround a group of people, sometimes keeping them there for hours or violently arresting everyone. In Denver, San Diego and other cities, police forcefully evicted protesters from the park they were occupying. Then you win? We still have a long way to go. In the Wall Street Occupation, and in others around the world, including Fredericton, people are forming general assemblies to make decisions about what the occupy movement is demanding. There are many legitimate criticisms and concerns that the occupy movement needs to address if we want to win, from recognizing that indigenous land is already occupied to clearly articulating our demands. But by forming general assemblies to have these debates and continuing to organize, we’re moving in the right direction. Come join us.
For Kristy Calhoun, the closure of the Princess Margaret Bridge means one less paycheque in her bank account. The STU student from the Northside quit her second job because she couldn’t get to work on time when the bridge was under construction. “Before, it would take me maybe five minutes to get from one job to the other, but where it takes so long, I couldn’t keep it up. “I was always late for work, because when the bridge was closed in the summer, it takes me at least half an hour if not 45 minutes to get from one [to another] in rush hour traffic.” The Princess Margaret Bridge has been closed since last May and is scheduled to re-open Nov. 15. It was closed last summer for repairs too. This is the second time the deadline has been extended and it’s two months later than the original re-open date of Sept. 5. Paolo Ermacora, vice-president of engineering company SNC-Lavalin Inc., blames the latest delay on poor weather conditions and says the bridge was in worse condition than they originally thought.
“The bridge was pretty much deteriorated,” he said. If the bridge doesn’t open in November, construction will resume next year. “If it’s not achievable then we’ll just put some regular asphalt and not any waterproofing and we’ll have to come back in 2012,” said Ermacora. The closure has led to congestion, traffic and delays on and around the Westmorland Street Bridge. For the many students who travel from the Northside everyday, this can be a hassle. “The most frustrating part is that they promise us it’s going to be open and then it doesn’t and then they promise us again it’s going to be open and then it’s not,” said Calhoun. Darren Charters is the traffic engineer for Fredericton. He says the city has done everything they can to relieve crowded intersections. “We can only do so much, because forcing all that traffic onto the streets where it isn’t normal, the intersections just can’t handle it. They’re over capacity.” The city has added an extra lane to Maple Street and offers a direct bus route from Brookside to downtown. They also started an emergency response plan, where fire and police
departments have crews on both sides of the river to quickly respond to accidents. At the end of the day, it’s drivers who make the difference, Charters said. “Car pooling is an extremely good measure of mitigating traffic…if people doubled up, that would have a huge impact.” The Princess Margaret Bridge was built in 1957. Reconstruction will cost the province more than $77 million. The work includes painting, replacing the bridge deck and repairing the 22 piers. A contract was signed between the department of transportation and SNC-Lavalin to have restorations finished by Labour Day. SNC-Lavalin is being charged $50,000 for every day that exceeds that deadline. Transportation Minister Claude Williams says charges will be applied. But for right now, the provincial government is focusing on getting the bridge re-opened. “It is black and white in the contract…and our intention is to have that contract respected,” he said. With files from Lauren Bird.
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Chatham Hall hosting alcohol awareness session
Fed up with SafeRide
Student says service is unreliable
Shane Magee The Aquinian
Tenants’ rights A workshop happening today will explain what you need to know and what your rights are when renting an apartment or house. The workshop will be in James Dunn Hall, room G1, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and there will be free pizza.
Code of conduct changes The St. Thomas University students’ union executive met with STU vice-president academic Barry Craig last week to discuss the union’s proposed edits to the draft student code of conduct. STUSU president Mark Livingstone said the proposed changes were “very well received” by Craig. Amendments are already being made to the section covering off-campus conduct, Livingstone said. A new draft will be submitted to the union in a few weeks, he added.
Sebosis Lydia Paul takes SafeRide about once a week. (Shane Magee/AQ) Shane Magee The Aquinian
SafeRide isn’t as good of a service as SafeWheels was, says St. Thomas University student Sebosis Lydia Paul. “The first two times that I took SafeRide, the UNB guys didn’t even know where to go. I had to tell them where to go,” the secondyear political science student said. “The guys driving scared me. I was really
sure we were going to hit another vehicle.” STUSU vice-president student life Alex Vietinghoff said he has heard of similar issues. “I’ve heard people saying the wait is longer at the Students’ Union Building than James Dunn. That’s something that we’re going to look into,” Vietinghoff said. He thinks the drivers may not know the new contract requires one van to wait at James Dunn Hall.
The drivers are hired by the UNBSU. Vietinghoff hasn’t received any formal complaints and encourages students to send feedback on the service to him. He said he has heard people like the improved hours of service SafeRide provides. Over the summer, the St. Thomas University students’ union merged its SafeWheels service with the similar University of New Brunswick student union service called SafeRide. SafeRide is a free taxi ride offered in the evening for students going home from campus. Merging meant the STUSU pays the UNBSU $6,780 for the year for the service, down from the $10,000 they paid last year to Trius Taxi for SafeWheels. SafeWheels operated 10 hours a week. SafeRide operates 40 hours a week. The contract between the two students’ unions is supposed to ensure equal access to SafeRide for UNB and STU students. STU students should be able to access SafeRide from outside James Dunn Hall, the Students’ Union Building and Head Hall at UNB. “Both the vans are always at the SUB, and when you get there, UNB students - it’s like they have dibs,” Paul said.
She uses the service about once a week now that she lives on campus. “I used it all the time last year and I really liked it. Because I lived [off-campus] so I used it probably like three times a week last year and it was better last year,” Paul said. “Last year the driver was really polite, you didn’t have to give them directions on where to go and his driving skills were good. They were also always here. If not, you knew they were taking other people home.” Another SafeRide user said she’s had a mixed experience. “On some days it’s good, on some days it’s bad. I find sometimes it’s very unreliable,” said Tanaka Chinembiri, who uses the service nearly every day. “They don’t stick to the schedule they say they’re going to run. Or the service in general, like the people are just not enthusiastic about their job,” she added. Chinembiri said there is one driver who she likes because she gets to know the passenger. Attempts to reach UNBSU vice-president student services Chantel Whitman, who is responsible for administering SafeRide, for comment were unsuccessful. Alex Vietinghoff can be reached at email@example.com.
Vice-president student life Alex Vietinghoff said he’s looking into whether STU and the STUSU could host a folk festival. The proposed event would feature local and East Coast folk music bands on the weekend of Feb. 4. At least one concert with Olympic Symposium would take place and Vietinghoff said it could cost the STUSU $1,000. Revenue from tickets sold by the STUSU would be donated to charity. No final decision was made.
You’re on candid camera Gearing up for Trick-or-Eat
Alcohol awareness Chatham Hall is hosting an alcohol awareness session. Chatham representative Emily Sheen said they’re having an issue with drinking in the residence this year. She said the session will be open to all students. No date has been set but she said it will likely take place in the Forest Hill ballrooms.
Winter formal on Dec. 3 The STUSU winter formal will take place on Dec. 3. No information is available about location or theme yet, but STUSU vice-president student life Alex Vietinghoff said Natasha Glover, the activities coordinator, is contacting the Thomists and the Crowne Plaza.
Trick-or-Eat Every $12 students raise at Trick-orEat this year will get them an entry in a draw to win two WestJet tickets. Trick-or-Eat is an event that takes place on Halloween where students go door-to-door asking for food bank donations instead of candy. Last year, $3 million worth of food and money was donated. Students can also sign up to be part of a costume contest and scary story competition on Oct. 29. There will be prizes given out at the costume and scary story competition.
STU, UNB install new security cameras after thefts
This camera on the Wu Centre monitors the Vanier Hall parking lot. (Cara Smith/AQ) MacKenzie Riley The Aquinian
St. Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick have added more security cameras around campus after a first-year student at Chatham Hall had her car and laptop stolen last month. Bruce Rogerson, UNB’s director of security, said 14 or 15 new cameras have been added, bringing the total number of cameras on the STU and UNB campuses to more than 50. And UNB security is talking to STU to get more cameras for protection of students, he added. “Because of the event [at] Chatham Hall, now that UNB [is] part of the security, we have more input of what should be put there for security,” said Rogerson. Although the cameras are primarily on the UNB campus, there are some set up at the entrances of Chatham Hall and Rigby Hall. There are also some that look over the Vanier parking lot and one on Dineen Drive that looks up to the STU entrance. UNB and STU’s shared spots, such as the SUB building, Harriett Irving Library, Wu Centre, and the UNB bookstore, also have cameras. The only interior cameras are in academic buildings at UNB. This is just in case someone were to break in. “The cameras are aimed for the main entrances, [we] don’t want to be too
intrusive,” said Rogerson. “They are on all the time but [only looked] at it when there is an emergency call or event. The cameras are not in the lounge area, just common areas, hallways.” Cameras in Chatham Hall and Rigby Hall were paid for by STU, but all others have been funded by UNB. But even with security cameras, Rogerson emphasized the need for students to keep themselves safe. “Cameras might help, but the fact is that people have to take ownership, can’t keep windows [open] and [must keep] doors locked. Security can’t help that,” he said. “Maybe if there were a camera it might have caught the person. But no amount of security will help. You don’t want to be over-policed. Especially if you are on the ground floor – be careful. People need to treat it as if it was an apartment.” The best option, according to Rogerson, would be to have a campus watch group. Since the break-in at Chatham Hall, one other male student reported someone was in his room and some of his money was missing about two weeks ago. The student lived on the first floor of Chatham Hall. It is unknown if his door was left unlocked. “If you have a professional thief and you know students are being careless, then they are going to take advantage,” Rogerson said. “Even after the event, if you weren’t the victim you won’t care until you are the victim.”
Trick-or-Eat organizer Miriam Richer stands beside thinly stocked shelves at the campus food bank. (Tom Bateman/AQ) Patrick Brennan The Aquinian
Miriam Richer doesn’t think anyone should have to go hungry in Fredericton. Richer, the social issues advocate for the St. Thomas University students’ union, is organizing this year’s Trick-or Eat. Each Halloween, students dress up as their favourite ghost or ghoul and go doorto-door to collect food for the Fredericton Food Bank and campus food bank. Though new to Trick-or-Eat, Richer is no stranger to this type of job, having worked with the Fredericton Anti-Poverty Organization as well as several of Fredericton High School’s Halloween for Hunger events. “People seem to forget that there are individuals who are struggling in Fredericton,” she said, adding that poverty isn’t always that easy to recognize. “A lot of people attempt to hide their financial statuses from people.” Many of those who are struggling to keep food on their table receive help from organizations such as the Fredericton Food Bank. Located on Grandame Street, the food bank serves thousands of individuals each month in the Fredericton community. It relies heavily each year on the donations given to them from events like Trick-or-Eat.
Richer stresses the importance of Trick-or-Eat, not only for the help it gives to those in need, but also for its ability to bring together students from all parts of the STU community. “An event like this helps build a sense of community and brings people together for a common cause.” In 2009, Trick-or-Eat brought in ten tons of donations in three hours. To Emily Bosse, the organizer of that year’s event, it’s a wonderful example of how much our university community can do when it comes together. “It’s one of my favourite nights of the year. Seeing people start to come back in with the food is absolutely amazing,” she said. What sparks the volunteers’ efforts each Halloween varies from person to person, but it is something Richer hopes to see in this year’s event as well. “There is enough food in Fredericton, and no one should have to go hungry.”
Trick-or-Eat information When: Monday, Oct. 31, 5 to 8 p.m. How to get involved: Register online on the Trick-or-Eat website at www. trickoreat.ca.
Off-campus community isolated: OC representative Sarah Forbes says she’ll look into finding a lounge for off-campus students to use Karissa Donkin The Aquinian
Not long into her first year at St. Thomas University, Sarah Forbes was questioning whether the school was right for her. Forbes, who commutes to school from her home in Douglas each day, considered transferring and even went as far as to prepare applications to those schools. “It was no different than high school for me except that I was driving a bit further and I was seeing a couple people less,” she said. “I really liked what I was studying but the community itself, it felt like there was no community. I felt isolated.” By the end of the year, Forbes had decided to stay at STU. But as one of the St. Thomas University students’ union’s offcampus representatives, Forbes wants to make sure other off-campus students have a better feeling of community. “It’s so easy, especially being from here, to get in your school routine. You don’t really look for opportunities to get involved in the school.” The third-year student was elected, along with Colin Belyea and Ella Henry, as off-campus representatives in the the recent STUSU fall election. She was one of seven people vying
for the three positions, a number almost unheard of in an election where three candidates ran unopposed. Forbes said the added interest in the position may have been because others felt the alienation she has felt. “Maybe the off-campus community has died down and we’re all starting to notice more. It’s become so incredibly alienated that everybody noticed more this year than in other years,” she said, adding that she didn’t know who the off-campus representatives were in past years. Forbes plans to use her new position to model STU’s off-campus community after the UNB Townhouse. Off-campus students at UNB have a townhouse to meet in and regularly hold events like pub crawls. The lack of a physical place for offcampus students at STU to get together is an issue Forbes hopes to tackle this year. “It’s hard to find out about the activities if you’re not in one central place.” She wants to investigate the possibility of finding a lounge for off-campus students to socialize in, although she knows it may be a hard to accomplish this year. “Maybe it’s a very high aspiration to find a lounge but it’s something that should be looked into at least. “I think everyone’s staying away from
Staying dry? Residences will no longer hold wet/dry events: Clayton Beaton
If you attended the Vanier Hall Casino Royale event last Friday, you may have noticed no liquor was served. A Facebook event originally advertised it as a wet/dry. But from now on there won’t be any residence hosted wet/drys, according to St. Thomas University residence manager Clayton Beaton. The change follows a meeting on Oct. 3 with residence life staff, residence coordinators, and the house presidents. “Some house presidents didn’t really see the point to it after reviewing some things from last year, the events not making any money, and a lot of the people in their houses couldn’t drink anyway,” said Beaton. Of the approximately 700 students living in residence, Beaton said about 400 are first-year students, most being underage. Justine Rickard, a 19-year-old firstyear student, said she was upset the Vanier event was dry. “It sounds like ‘oh let’s get drunk,’ but it’s more of a social thing to go and get a drink if you’re of legal age. It’s kinda nice to not to have to leave and drink a little bit more and then come back,” she said. Last year the welcome week wet/dry was held at the Forest Hill ballroom. Following the event Lee Dalberg, campus police supervisor, said there was
it because it’s a far goal, but if you never work towards it, you’re never going to know if it’s too far [away] or not.” Forbes served as the off-campus welcome week head and was surprised to see so many first-year students turn out to off-campus events. There are likely more who want to get involved but didn’t know about welcome week events, she said. She plans to get these people involved
by holding events similar to residence challenges. For example, last year when Forbes participated in Trick-or-Eat, she noticed there was a spot on the sign-up sheet to indicate which residence you live in. The residence with the most students participating was supposed to win a prize, she said. But there wasn’t anywhere for offcampus students to sign and Forbes
said they could have participated in the challenge too. She’s also interested in having an apartment decorating contest, similar to the way those in residence decorate their doors for holidays. By the end of her term, Forbes aims to create the type of change that’s tangible, “that you can clearly compare one year to the last and you can see [the difference in community].”
Sarah Forbes, who commutes to school every day from Douglas, wants to build a stronger off-campus community. (Tom Bateman/AQ)
more underage drinking than in previous years. He saw misuse of furniture and inappropriate behaviour, such as a guy throwing a girl on a table. Additional campus police were called in and students were ejected for being inebriated, combative and partially nude on the dance floor. Last year’s winter formal, held at the SUB ballroom, was also a dry event. STU student Kristen O’Hanley said she understands the reasoning behind the change, but thinks they could have done it differently. “I’m 25 and I drink in moderation and I should be able to make that decision for myself. “It definitely sucks.” Beaton said the confusion over whether the Vanier event would serve liquor stems from a communication issue. He did not notify the person responsible for ordering the liquor that the event was dry and said the Facebook event had incorrect information. In August, Beaton said there was a conversation about house committees handing out liquor at events, similar to what used to take place on April 6th Day in Harrington Hall. The decision was made to also end that practice. “I honestly don’t care that much that the events are now dry. I think its a great idea for first years or those not of age. They won’t feel younger or not able to go,” STU student Alannah Scott said.
Waterloo professor says global debt crisis will get worse Meredith Gillis The Aquinian
Dr. Eric Helleiner went to the first G20 summit in 2008 not as a protester, but as an eager spectator, genuinely curious to see what would happen. Three years later, his face lights up with excitement as he tells the story of his experience at what many people believe to have been one of the pivotal moments in the global debt crisis. Helleiner, who teaches political science at the University of Waterloo, has reason to believe that the crisis is going to get worse, which was what he talked about during the annual political science lecture at St. Thomas University last Tuesday.
While talking in the Edmund Casey Hall theatre, the London School of Economics alumnus said the lessons learned so far from the debt crisis are incorrect. The first lesson is for scholars with the belief that no one saw it coming, and the system needs to be overhauled. “There were a number of economists who predicted the crisis. They did a pretty decent job of it,” he said. The second lesson is for the policy makers and the public, who believe that the G20 was a big part of why the recession did not become another Great Depression. “I find it frustrating, because it’s a little too self-congratulatory. The reasons why it was not a Great Depression had very little to do with the G20,” he said.
Dr. Eric Helleiner lectured at STU last Tuesday. (Shane Magee/AQ)
“It was the result of intelligence and action.” Helleiner believes the reasons the recession did not become a Great Depression was that the U.S. dollar did not collapse at the height of the crisis. A critical moment was in July and August of 2008 when China considered pulling its money out of the U.S. This situation was so risky that the U.S. treasury secretary was sent to the Olympics in Beijing to meet with Chinese officials. “In the 1930s, a lot of people didn’t live in a monetary society. That’s not true today,” he said. His concern is mainly for people living in cities. Very few people grow their own food, make their own clothes, or supply their own heat today. All of these products are things exchanged for money, which people have less and less of as the cost of items rises. The reason Helleiner is concerned we will go into a bigger recession and depression is because the politics around the globe are much less stable than they were three years ago. Shaun Narine, acting chair for the political science department, said the lecture was both timely and relevant. “The fact is, this is something that has an enormous impact on all of us. It’s good to know why it’s happening.” Narine has been trying to arrange for Helleiner to speak for several years now, but his schedule had not worked well with STU’s until now.
STU Singers Weekly Rehersals Mondays 5:00 to 6:15 p.m. @ McCain Hall, Room 101
In love with the undead
Solo Piano Recital - Dr. Ana Maria Bottazzi @ MMH 101, Oct. 21, 7-9 p.m.
CMT Hitlist Tour, Oct. 18, 8 p.m., advance tickets $39.50, day of show $44.50 Master Hypnotist Cyrus, Oct. 21, 8 p.m., $24.50
New Work by Susan Paterson and Seems Like It’s All Fish And Flowers... by Karen Burk @ Gallery 78 until Oct. 30 Rivers and Skies by Lenka Novakova @ Gallery Connexion Oct. 20 - Dec. 1 Opening Reception: Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. Gallery Connexion presents the opening reception of Learning to Fly by Erica Sullivan and Monster Costume by Maggie Estey @ Playhouse, Oct. 24 from 5 to 6:45 p.m. Both exhibitions run until Nov. 29.
The NB Film Co-op presents The Trip @ Tilley Hall, UNB Campus, Oct. 24, 8 p.m., member - $4, regular admission - $7 Cinema Politica Fredericton: “BAS! Beyond the Red Light” @ Conserver House, 180 John St., Oct. 21, 7 - 9 p.m. ZOMBIE OCTOBER! Film Series “Night of the Living Dead” @ The Harriet Irving Library, Milham Room (Room 100), Oct. 20, 8-10 p.m., free admission
Pre-Pop @ The Capital Complex Oct. 17-23 See article for listings. Kidstreet @ Nicky Zee’s, Oct. 19 IN THE GROUND with Dischord and Cry Oh Crisis @ The F Studio, Oct. 21, 10 p.m. Relentless Divide @ The F Studio, Oct. 22, 11 p.m. Dan Mangan with Daredevil Christopher Wright, and The Crackling @ The Wilmot United Church, Oct. 22, $25 These Kids Wear Crowns @ Nicky Zee’s, Oct. 24
Pop culture is preaching preparation in light of a zombie apocalypse. We suggest you get your supplies sooner than later. (Tom Bateman/AQ)
A zombie renaissance is making its way through art forms of all kinds. But why do we love animated corpses, anyway? Julia Whalen The Aquinian
What’s lumbering, mindless and dead all over? I’ll give you a hint: they just might eat your friends and family. Films, literature, comic books and music videos have portrayed zombies for years, but the decaying corpses are continually growing in popularity. The undead are no longer mere dance extras as they were to Michael Jackson in the “Thriller” video – they’re flesh-hungry badasses. And we’re falling in love with them. On my walk home from class the other day, I saw a dead squirrel on the side of the road. My first reaction was to cross the street, quicken my pace and think about playing with puppies. Lots and lots of chubby, clumsy puppies. Conversely, I recently devoured the first volume of The Walking Dead, a comic book series created by Robert Kirkman. The cover shows a blood-spattered photograph and gray-skinned zombies with chunks of their skin missing, rotten teeth and blank, white eyes. Who knows what it is about the fictional undead that draws us in. No one’s making movies about a road kill apocalypse. No one’s dressing up as their flushed pet fish for Halloween. If I can run past a dead squirrel and not think twice, how can I
voluntarily read comic books plagued with for a zombie apocalypse on their webimages of rotten humans? site. The goal was to take a different apMonsters have been a fascination proach on getting people engaged in hazamong people young and old for centuries, ard preparedness and the response was ranging from sea monster Scylla in Greek overwhelming. mythology to friendly, huggable beasts like The zombie apocalypse is a scenario Sulley and Mike in Disney and Pixar’s Mon- that’s been – and continues to be – played sters Inc. out in numerous mediums, but unlike other But in the last monsters, their five years alone, structure stays there has been mostly the same. a resurgence of They’re always zombies in pop dead, they’re alculture – a zombie ways bloody and renaissance, if you they’re always will. Jesse Eisenout to eat you. berg and Emma They’re almost alStone battled the (Tom Bateman/AQ) ways slow-movundead with Woody ing (the way it should Harrelson’s help in 2009’s Zombieland. be), but travel in herds. While you can often Video game developer Capcom released outrun a single zombie, good luck getting Dead Rising in 2006, a survivor horror away from 40 of them. game, and achieved huge commercial sucBut apocalyptic interpretations all have cess. The Walking Dead was turned into a their sensitive sides, and that’s where our television series last year and its second adoration comes in. For instance, in Peter season began on Sunday. Jackson’s 1992 film Braindead (or Dead So we’re into decaying corpses that are Alive, as it was retitled for North American unable to speak anything resembling a lan- release), the protagonist takes care of his guage; they’re covered in flies and hungry mother-turned zombie as long as he can for flesh. Does that make us weird? before she starts turning the town into The Center for Disease Control and Pre- her kind and he tries to keep everything vention in the States doesn’t think though. a secret from his new girlfriend. Adorable, In preparation of the last hurricane season right? (And yes, you read that correctly. the CDC released a guide on how to plan Peter Jackson as in Lord of the Rings Peter
Jackson.) Seven hundred litres of fake blood were used in the last scene of Braindead alone. The main character uses a lawnmower to fend off an attack. One zombie is thrust up against a wall, impaled by a light bulb and turned into a rotten, fleshy lamp. Some people are into horror, gore and being spooked. I, on the other hand, was frightened by Scary Movie 3. What got me hooked on zombies are the stories of those who are desperately trying to survive the apocalypse. All they want are Twinkies, man! They lost their family! They’re lonely! It tugs at your heartstrings and terrifies you at the same time. It causes consideration and conversation about what you would do should zombies emerge. Our love for zombies isn’t romanticallybased – no one wants to kiss those things. While on the surface the idea of the dead coming back to life and taking over the world is plain horrifying, the zombie movement can also take a more insightful route in terms of observing human relationships. It’s about rooting for the hero and cheering him or her on when she decapitates a zombie with a shovel. It’s about shedding that single tear when a character is bitten and the others have to kill them. And if our obsession also helps us prepare for a natural disaster, then what’s the harm?
TNB’s Main Stage launches with spy adventure Director Caleb Marshall promises big laughs – and delivers Julia Whalen The Aquinian
Theatre New Brunswick knows how to start a season with a bang. TNB launched its 2011-2012 Main Stage season with Alfred Hitchcock’s comedy thriller The 39 Steps, which finished on Sunday. The show features Richard Hannay (played by Gordan Gammie) being whisked away into a life in hiding after meeting a mysterious, gun-toting woman named Annabella (played by STU alumnus Rachel Jones) at the theatre. Annabella reveals she’s a spy and has uncovered a plan to steal British
military secrets, and, with a knife in her back, instructs Hannay to continue her mission and go to Scotland to seek help from a Professor Jordan. The melodrama of the film noir era was captured in playwright Patrick Barlow’s 2005 adaptation of Hitchcock’s film. In his director’s notes in the program, Caleb Marshall said upon reading the play he knew TNB had the chance to produce “one of the funniest evenings of theatre out there today.” Jones and Gammie were joined onstage by Alan Norman and Rhys Bevan John, who played multiple roles throughout the show – sometimes up to three at once. Each actor perfected the over-the-top physical comedy
of the show, using their facial expressions and bodies to portray their wide range of characters. There was a lot of chatter during intermission between impressed theatre-goers about the show’s sounds and visuals. The set was simplistic but attractive, and with minor changes, it transformed from Hannay’s apartment to a train to a Scottish farmhouse. Marshall’s choice of having the actors interact with the set – like when Hannay spins the window around to show the policemen snooping outside by the lamppost – was a great one. One of the funniest moments of the evening was when Hannay was being chased and the scene was played out
behind a curtain using shadows and paper silhouettes of the characters. The sign of a good theatre experience is when one forgets they’re at a show and becomes completely immersed in the story. With excellent lighting, sound cues and acting, it wasn’t difficult to sit back and feel like you were running away from the authorities yourself. The 39 Steps was wonderfully entertaining and with McCain subsidizing the price for student tickets, $10 is a steal to see a professional show without breaking the bank. Don’t miss an opportunity to take in theatre in Fredericton – the community has a lot to offer.
Fredericton music scene gets Pre-Pop(ped) Capital Complex presents “a festival of travelling acts” this week Cedric Noël The Aquinian
Only a month has passed since the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival rocked Fredericton, but local music lovers already have another opportunity to take part in a full week of live shows. The Capital Complex is teaming up with Sonic Concerts and Picaroons Traditional Ales this week to present Pre-Pop(ped), a festival of travelling acts, which kicked off last night with art rock band Braids. “It’s a very unique line-up that [the Capital normally only] gets to see in bits and pieces,” said the festival’s main organizer and Capital Complex booking agent Zach Atkinson. Pre-Pop was born after Atkinson noticed a lot of bands contacting him to book shows in the Maritimes on their way to Halifax Pop Explosion. Before he knew it he had an entire week of music planned, so he decided to give it a name and some branding. The Capital Complex recently started working with a new ticketing company and their initiative was to try out online ticketing. Concert-goers were given the option to either buy advance tickets for individual shows or for the whole festival online, which Atkinson said was a big part of the decision to package the shows together.
“I think the idea was instead of trying to say, ‘Hey come see this! Hey come see this! Hey come see this!’ we wanted to give everyone an opportunity to get out and see everything they could for a lower price,” he said. The festival pass was available leading up to the show for $50, which meant admission to all nine shows would save concert-goers $40 to $60. As of last Friday, Atkinson said there were only around 20 left for purchase. He said he hopes the festival will help continue attracting acts to the city, making Pre-Pop an annual event. “It’s our first year. Our goal is that everyone’s out, we have a big crowd, and that the band and everyone else walks away happy,” he said. “In terms of any other goal, [I’d like to] try to recreate this next year.” Atkinson said The Capital wanted to give back to such a supportive community by
putting on a great week of music with savings. It’s not normally feasible for people to take in a show every night of the week,
Records and has been living in Fredericton for the past 25 years. He said the city has always been music-friendly and had a talented pool of musicians to draw from. Hill says PrePop’s emergence has a
“We’ve been seeing a lot more touring music and bands are more likely to come all the way out east and play shows here,” Hill said. “As far as [Fredericton] being a spoke in the greater scene throughout Canada I think we have a pretty good place.” With files from Julia Whalen.
Tickets for Pre-Pop(ped) range from $10 to $15 and can be purchased online through the Capital’s website or at the door, depending on availability. The rest of the week’s schedule is:
he said, but Pre-Pop is an opportunity for music enthusiasts of all kinds to enjoy live performances without putting too much of a strain on their wallets. Eric Hill is the store manager of local music store Backstreet
lot to do with Atkinson’s determination and Fredericton’s already existing music scene. He said the buzz around PrePop shows the potential that the festival could have. If the festival becomes an annual event, he said, it will only grow in popularity, attracting bigger names each year.
Tonight - Shotgun Jimmie with Motherhood and Repartee, doors 9:30 p.m. Wednesday - Plants & Animals with The Darcys, doors 9:30 p.m. Thursday – Early show at Wilser’s Room with Spookey Ruben. Doors 8:30 p.m. Main show – Library Voices with Graham Wright, doors 9:30 p.m. Friday – Wildlife with Bruce Peninsula and Writer’s Strike, doors 9:30 p.m. Saturday - Ohbijou with Snailhouse, doors 9:30 p.m. Sunday - Chad VanGaalen with Jennifer Castle, doors 8 p.m. Photos: Top left - Chad VanGaalen at SappyFest Six in Sackville, August 2011. Top right - Library Voices at the Capital Complex, October 2009 Bottom: Ohbijou at SappyFest Four, July 2009. All photo by Julia Whalen.
Discover your inner dancer Yoga dance classes happen every Sunday at the STU gym until Nov. 17 Kerstin Schlote The Aquinian
“It’s a nice break from studying. You become more fit, comfortable and centered,” said yoga dance class instructor Zsuzsanna Szabo-Nyarady.(Angela Merzetti/AQ)
Drumming echoes from the walls and brings the tropical rainforest into the basketball court at the J.B. O’Keefe Fitness Center at St. Thomas University. A group of people stand on yoga mats and start moving to the exotic rhythm. Zsuzsanna Szabo-Nyarady teaches yoga dance classes at STU every Sunday afternoon. The class combines traditional yoga with fun, accessible dance moves. “Yoga dance is based on Meditation in Motion, which was originated at the Kripalu Yoga Center,” said Szabo-Nyarady. She studied with Megha – yogic name of Nancy Buttenheim – the creator of this style of yoga dance. The classes start with a short relaxation exercise and stretching. According to Szabo-Nyarady’s instructions, the participants move their joints in circles and stretch
their bodies from fingers to toes. Afterwards, the group dances to Latin pop, country rock and tribal music. “The good thing is that everybody can move at [their] own pace,” Szabo-Nyarady said. “There’s no pressure. You can discover your inner dancer. You can dance like nobody’s watching. I lead the class in such a way that allows for individual interpretation.” Yoga dance is a playful way of creative and artistic expression. Through dancing, the body’s energy centers (the chakras) become activated, Szabo-Nyarady said, but participants don’t have to believe in the chakras in order to benefit from the class. She said students can benefit from better health and fitness as well as strength and well-being. “It’s a nice break from studying,” she said. “You become more fit, comfortable and centered.” Miho Akai, an exchange student from Japan, participates in the
class. She had never done yoga before, but decided to try out SzaboNyarady’s program because she likes to dance. “It’s good,” Akai said about the class. “It’s fun and I get in shape.” Besides the yoga dance class, Szabo-Nyarady offers a yoga and pilates course on Mondays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., a pilates class on Tuesdays from 11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. and a yoga course on Thursdays from 11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. It’s still possible to register for those classes. Yoga dance classes take place every Sunday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. until Nov. 17. It’s $10 per class for students and $15 for adults. If you like the class and would like to continue for the rest of the session, you’ll receive a discount on the full-course price. Anyone interested in trying it out can register and get more information at the front desk at O’Keefe Fitness Center, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking in the Greek mirror
When she returned to her homeland this summer, Makedonia Koutsoumpeli saw firsthand what happens when middle-class expectations shatter overnight, and outlines why New Brunswick should see itself in the Greek crisis.
er face is pushed against the shield of a burly armed officer. A chain of riot police officers keeps the crowd away from Parliament and back to Syntagma Square. She is a young Greek with thick brown hair, a thin body and thinning dreams. “Don’t push me,” she shouts, her rage crying out over other angry voices on a warm early September night. It’s just past midnight. A few blocks away, tourists hold ice creams and stroll on the stone walks below the Acropolis. Outside Parliament, eight middle-aged people hold a Greek flag. The police push them back. They refuse to move. A clash follows. The flag is torn. Someone yells “Traitors!” A woman shouts, “We won’t leave. We will fall here tonight.” They lift the flag above their head and
sing the national anthem: The Hymn to Liberty, written in the sparks of the Greek Revolution of 1821 against the Ottoman Empire. Two centuries later, Greeks feel like they face another occupation. As Odysseus Giakoumakis says, “There is a war going on here, an economic and social war.” It is easy for Canadians to think of Greece’s economic problems as a world away. Canadians probably think we would never get in debt the way the Greeks did, we would we never get that angry and blame others, we would take responsibility. Besides, our banks are strong. Who knows? But what Greeks have learned is that expectations of a middle class life can change overnight. And with the world economy continuing to teeter on the edge of severe recession or depression, maybe Canadians should look into the Greek mirror and ask:
what if this happened to Canada? To our province? To us? *** y parents have phoned me every Sunday morning for the two years I’ve been in Canada. In one of those first calls, I recall them bragging about life being good. Both came from poor families, growing up in the aftermath of the Second World War. My father, Christos, grew up in a village of 600 in the mountains of the Arcadia region, the fifth child of a one-income family, his father a tailor. He only ate meat every Christmas and Easter. My mother, Maria, lived on the top floor of a railway station where her father worked. They both studied medicine. In the 1960s, a medical degree was a ticket out of poverty into the growing middle-class. After 35 years of service, they retired
in 2009, each with a monthly pension of $4,600. They raised three children and they built a three-storey house with their savings and a summer house with a mortgage they could afford. They had financial worries no longer. Now, all they talk about is how their expectations have changed. Every month or two the Greek government announces new austerity measures: a slash by 30 per cent in pensions, a new property tax, a sales tax hike to 23 per cent, an increased power bill, another drop in pension income. Their latest cheque showed their pensions drop to $3,000 a month. They fear the next austerity package will shrink it to $2,000. It is a jagged pill for my mother to swallow: “We worked and paid that money towards our pensions. How can they cut something we paid for?” So, my parens have cut back on restaurant meals, they plan a strict long-term family budget spending instead of summer trips and they watch the news every night, worried what will come next. “If it gets worse, we will go back to the village. We will grow a garden, make our own food to eat, and live like our parents,” says my father before hanging up the phone. It’s a feeling every family in Greece lives with every day. *** ut the hardships of the Greek people are only a small piece
of the puzzle. Debt is spreading across Europe, as is widespread insecurity about what comes next. The sirens are calling and the world economy is foundering towards the rocks. Eric Helleiner told a STU audience last week that the economic crisis of 2008 could be repeated if policy makers don’t react immediately. “The developments in the last few weeks are pretty dramatic and might intensify,” the political economist and chair of the Centre for International Governance Innovation said. And though, in Helleiner’s words, Canadians have been somewhat “blasé” because they were not hit hard in 2008, the scenario may be different this time. The U.S. banks are exposed, holding $500 billion to southern European government debts. This means that a Greek default might reach Canadian ground, affecting banks and investors through their dependence on American banks, Helleiner said. But even if the Canadian banking system remains resilient, a mishandling of the European crisis might trigger an economic downturn, possibly a depression, depending on how government and consumers react. In the 2008 crisis, Canada was shielded with a strong set of banking regulations. But that was not the only reason Canadians felt only the tail of the recession. Shaun Narine, acting chair of STU’s political science department, said Canada had a “free-ride” look at the U.S.
economy and the time to act with a stimulus package. “The game in the economy is to keep people assured so they will keep spending.” But as the crisis in Greece is showing, drastic austerity measures coupled with a shrinking private-sector economy, is like the old doctor’s joke about the operation being successful but the patient died. “The worst time to decide to cut spending is during a crisis,” Narine said. “You can still create economic activity and pay the debt. That is a much more activist approach.” The growing protests worldwide reflect middle-class concerns that the economy is no longer working for them. And Canadians shouldn’t be too smug. Inequality is growing here too, Narine says. No democracy or liberal economy can afford losing the support of its middle class. New Brunswick might never have to face a crisis like Greece has, but it has many of the same warning signs. Its debt is increasing ($9.48 billion for the 2010-11 fiscal year); it’s struggling with attempts to control its deficit (estimated at $514 million this year), even as the government plans to downsize public spending and increase public revenues. “Part of the problem is that we believe this province is doing better than it actually is,” said Tom Bateman, a political scientist professor at STU. “That is because 40 per cent of our revenues come from federal government transfers.”
And although New Brunswick will not default because of the safety net in Ottawa, federal support is not guaranteed at current levels in the event of worldwide depression and an austerity agenda. “Have provinces” may not feel generous in a time of deep crisis. “These problems will not affect us today, or tomorrow, but they need to be addressed and solved,” Bateman said. *** here’s the sound of something shattering before a cloud of thick smoke spreads above the crowd in the square. The police throw squibs to hold back angry protesters from breaking the chain and entering the Parliament building. Odysseus Giakoumakis, a 52-year-old graphic designer and arts teacher, leaves his two children at home in the evenings and joins the protests. His anger is directed towards the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the Greek government. He points his finger to the Parliament. “We have a government of quislings who perpetuate our state, a debt regime that enslave us and the whole of Europe in a state of debt-ocracy.” Two years ago, Odysseus worked 12 hours a day and earned 30,000 euros annually ($42,000), what he describes as a
decent living for an average middle-class family. This year so far, he earned 4,500 euros ($6,300). This is why Greeks demonstrate daily and go on general strikes at least once a month. Students, public servants, workers, small business owners, all unite under the burden of a debt shared by 10 million people. Are Canadians so sure they wouldn’t do the same if faced with what Odysseus describes as the anger of a vanishing middle class, of becoming “newly-poor”? How big might those Occupy Wall Street protests become? The Greeks have been on the streets now for more than 530 days, fighting against a depression that’s not only financial but also emotional. One out of four shops is shutting down and 510 people have taken their lives because they were unable to pay their personal debt. At the end of the day, Greeks go back home, knowing things won’t be any better the next day. Like my parents, they’re coming to understand that no matter how hard they have worked or how angry they have become, they may have to go back to where they came from. Makedonia Koutsoumpeli is a thirdyear journalism student at St. Thomas University.
All photos are screen shots taken by Makedonia Koutsoumpeli while on the streets of Athens, Greece during the ongoing protests this summer. Above is Christos and Maria Koutsoumpelis, Makedonia’s parents who live in Athens. Top left, police spray tear gas on protesters; top right, young girl of taxi driver participates on behalf of her family; middle and bottom row of photos show the various protests and police presence; bottom right, Odysseus Giakoumakis joins the protests after feeling the stress of the crisis.
Word on the Street This week: If you could could take all your courses from all your professors for free online and receive a certificate of completion rather than a degree – would you do it? Emily Donelly No, because I just prefer things to be done in person. I’m an English major, we have a thing against that, I guess. I just much, much prefer seeing people. I’m a really social person, too. And being online, I don’t think that I’d really learn anything. With people it’s better.
Paige LeClair Graphic by first-year journalism student Brandon Hicks Human Rights
No. To me I think that a degree is higher than a certificate. So, I’d rather pay and get the degree than the certificate.
Freedom from discrimination? Not if you have mental illness
On Oct. 2, Julie Campbell’s daughter escaped from The Moncton Hospital where she’d been admitted following an apparent suicide attempt. The 15-year-old and two other young people overpowered the only nurse on duty in the provincial child/adolescent psychiatric unit and were later found at a nearby McDonald’s restaurant. The teen was returned to the unit and Campbell began a vigil there to prevent another escape. During a CBC Radio interview on Oct. 6, Campbell noted some important realities about mental illness and the kind of care received by adolescents. One was the wait time for treatment. Campbell was told that unless her family was willing to pay for the treatment themselves, her daughter would have to wait 12 months to be seen by a counsellor. “In 12 months she’ll be dead,” Campbell said. I was fortunate, for lack of a better word, to experience mental illness in the 1990s when there still seemed to be some money in health care budgets to provide adequate care, and hospitalisation when necessary, for people
with serious mental illness. In my nineyear journey with depression (anorexia nervosa tagging along for three of those years) I spent a total of 80 weeks in hospital psychiatric wards and underwent many forms of psychological and psychiatric treatments. I only had to provide payment myself for a few sessions with a psychologist who wasn’t employed by the hospital. But even while I was receiving excellent medical care, I was witnessing the beginnings of change. The most obvious was bed closures, when the psychiatric ward of the Saint John Regional Hospital went from two wings to one. Over the years, as I’ve heard from people with mental illness who have not had their needs met by the health care system, I’ve come to recognise that psychiatric care in the nation has further eroded. Currently, only one third of Canadians requiring mental health services receive them. Just one in six Canadian children and adolescents with a mental illness will receive professional mental health care. But the lack of available health care for people with mental illness is not the only issue. Lack of research is another.
Mental illness costs the Canadian economy $51 billion annually. Five of the ten leading causes of disability on the planet are mental illnesses (depression being the leading cause). Yet mental illness research receives less than four per cent of medical research funding. The final issue—which may explain the lack of health care for, and research into, mental illness—is the fundamental one: Lack of respect. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognises “the inherent dignity and…equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family,” but it seems that having a mental illness often disqualifies people from being treated with dignity or equality in Canada. While there are still uninformed individuals who look down on people with mental illness, there are also brave souls willing to risk reproach to help others. Like Erica Chamberlain, the student who shared her own experience with mental illness in The Aquinian on Oct. 4 (see “Mental Illness: A New Normal,” by Alyssa Mosher). Maybe with more Julie Campbells and Erica Chamberlains willing to speak out about their experiences, myths will be dispelled, government priorities will change, and light will penetrate the shadows of segregation and stigma where the mentally ill are made to dwell.
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Katherine Flynn If employers saw it as equivalent to a degree I think I would. But, if not, I don’t think it’d be worth it, because that’s the reason for getting a degree. [It’s] for having a better job and having a better future.
Ashley O’Connell I don’t think so. I like the experience of being here for sure. I don’t think I would actually do it if it was online. I’m actually facing that dilemma, right now. For grad school and everything, to take it online or not and I’m going to take it in the classroom.
Nathan Scovil Tricky question. Yeah, I’d have to say if it was seen as a completely legitimate alternative - if it wasn’t stigmatized by employers or anything – then, yeah, I probably would...There are a lot of pluses to going to university, like the dorm experience and everything. But, to save that much money and then go directly to a better job would probably be too big of an opportunity to not take. Compiled by Jordan MacDonald
You say you want a revolution Well, you know, we all want to change the world and maybe pay off our student loans
At first not more than a handful came, dreadlocked dropouts and Birkenstocked bandits and they parked themselves on the richest street in North America. A bold move considering their message was muddled and their signs even more so: “Sh*t is f**cked up and bullsh*t,” and “We Want Our Country Back, Bitche$,” they read. I was skeptical. It seemed a waste of time and energy and I’m not a fan of crowds—especially not ones with an axe to grind and who call themselves the vast majority, (even though 99 per cent would include people with annual incomes up to $500,000 and there certainly didn’t seem to be a lot of them out on the street). They were unorganized and, to many conservatives, “unAmerican.” Needless to say, they weren’t a t h re a t — t h e y were nothing. That is, they were nothing. But desperation, it seems, is a universal virtue. And desperate times call for desperate measures: could the 99% and Occupy Wall Street movements be on
because I’m still paying my student debt.” Students and recent graduates played by the rules. Those who couldn’t afford the rising cost of tuition took out loans with the promise they’d be able to pay it to something? Are young peo- off with a good career opportuple primed to be radicalized be- nity just around the corner. They cause of the current economic took out more loans and world outlook? to go to grad It may not be too far a stretch. Some of us are lucky enough to graduate without any debt while some of us are swimming in it. The average student in Atlantic Canada graduates roughly $37,000 in debt and with few job prospects. In 2009, Maclean’s magazine reported that the total Canadian student debt had surpassed $13 billion. Professor Robin Vose supports school and better themselves furthe 99% movement. ther. But the jobs aren’t there and “Students I don’t think have the economy just isn’t doing what quite come to terms with just was promised. “Nothing radicalizes people more than being directly affected by events,” said poli-sci professor Shaun Narine. “When you look at the 1960s, one of the reahow bad the debt issue is going to sons the youth movement was be if something is not done,” said behind so much of the change the history professor and presi- that went on was because, in the dent of the faculty union at STU. United States “I’ve been teaching here for in particuseven years and I’m still paying lar, the youth off student debt. My daughter were the ones graduated high school last year being directly and she can’t go to university affected by
“Nothing radicalizes people more than being directly affected by events.” - Shaun Narine
things like the Vietnam War. So that gave them a reason to rise up and protest, literally their lives were at stake.” Of course OWS isn’t just about us; it isn’t only young people whose livelihoods are disappearing or whose middle-class aspirations are falling beyond their grasps. People of all
ages are setting up camp in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan. The movement has spread throughout the United States and Canada. It even hit Fredericton on Saturday. “It does affect people in different ways,” Vose said. “But I would certainly agree that young people in this generation probably face more of a raw deal than young people have faced in a long time. It’s almost a perfect storm of really bad things coming together.” Suggestions? Perhaps we should lower our expectations. Kill our dreams and the hard work we put into
achieving them — it builds character anyway, right? “The system is working to benefit some people but to the disadvantage of a great many others,” said Narine. “It may be one thing to say you need to alter your expectations, then at the same time, why there are a very small number of people whose expectations are getting more and more extravagant and they’re living basically off the blood of ev-
erybody else? “That’s particularly true of Wall Street because when you look at the Wall Street bankers they’re actually parasites; socially they’re completely useless.” Adds Vose, “The chain has got to be broken because it’s just getting worse and worse.” But they’re big and we’re small and winter is coming. However, we have much less to lose. And let’s face it: you’re not going to pay off that $37,000 working as a barista. But does that make us radical? Just a few weeks ago we were called entitled. Does a protest at Fredericton’s City Hall prove we’re willing to do anything to make things fair and even? No, I don’t think so; I think we just want to be all right.
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Old clothes are getting a second life as styles from decades past come back. (Maria Acle/AQ)
When your mother’s closet comes a-calling Vintage clothing and its world of possibilities Maria Acle
Behind those two doors lies a wardrobe’s paradise, although you never know what you might find. You could either get a whole new array of fun accessories or a bunch of oversized or tiny pieces. Yet we always take the chance. Yes, I’m talking about our mothers’ closet. Throughout the ages children opened it in search of that one piece that would make them stand out in the crowd - that one piece no one else has. It’s hard to be unique when there is so much of the same out there. Five dollar shirts that everyone has, $20 jeans at Bluenotes everyone owns, $15 boots from Stitches will last less than a season, but everyone buys. It’s hard to resist those prices. But in the end, we all look the same. That’s when your mother’s clothes, in other words vintage fashion, comes to the rescue. From the 1950s to the 80s (and soon the 90s), everything from saddle shoes and big collars, to spandex and big hair is making a come back
on the fashion scene. “By wearing vintage you let yourself show off your individuality and discover your own personal style, rather than going for whatever is being sold at the malls,” says Hilary Ball, a second-year St. Thomas University student. With her beautiful flowered dress, Ball looks comfortable in her skin. She says vintage clothes can be cheaper if looked for in the right places. Still, she doesn’t think the price is the main benefit. Ball says she loves having her own unique style. “I also feel that by buying vintage or used clothing I am reducing waste. When you buy all of your clothes new and then throw them out when you’re done with them, chances are they end up in a landfill somewhere. By buying used you are giving perfectly good clothes another chance to be worn.” While the student fills her wardrobe with pieces from both her mother and grandmother, she also buys at reNew Boutique and Lovely Betty, both located in Fredericton. Heather Ogilvie, owner and manager of reNew Boutique, says fashion
is cyclical. “There are certain silhouettes, certain prints and such that come back around.” She says part of her challenge is to find those pieces that are reappearing in the fashion world. There is nothing more thrilling than searching for the perfect item that has been around for years. As Ogilvie says, vintage clothing is a piece of history. “You get a better quality garment for the price you pay. If a piece of clothing has existed for 30 years, you know it’s well made.” Yet, Ogilvie says it’s difficult to compete with the “accessibility of cheap, fast fashion.” The store owner believes our “necessary eco-mindedness” might save this trend. Both men and women are now adopting the style. Even if it’s as simple as one accessory—such as a little clutch or a jacket—your outfit will instantly come to life. Sometimes, there is nothing more charming than that unkempt flair. Whatever your personal style is preppy, athletic, indie, geek chic - there is always room for a hint of vintage.
School has been in session for a little more than a month now, and chances are your nutrition and health have fallen to the wayside and homework and essays have taken over. This is a common problem for every university student, but I have a few tips to keep you healthy while you’re stressing over presentations. This isn’t about making huge changes to your diet, but instead I have a few substitutes that you won’t even notice, and they’ll make you healthier and stronger in the end. Plus, it would be a total bonus if it helped you avoid the dreaded freshman 15. Swap the white bread for multi-grain The nutrients and fiber in multigrain bread will keep you full longer. That way, you won’t feel hungry an hour after lunch and you can save some cash instead of running for a snack after every meal. Try mustard instead of mayonnaise The mayonnaise served in the cafeteria or at a restaurant tends to be full of fat, which means tons of calories. For a delicious, low calorie substitute, try some mustard. There’s twice the flavor and half the fat. Drink Water I said this last column, but I’ll say it again - do you know how many calories there are in a glass of pop, or juice? Depending on the product, there can be over 100 calories. Do you know how many are in water? Zero. And please don’t be fooled by diet pop. Diet pop contains aspartame, which has been proven to add on more weight to those who drink it than those who choose normal pop. Moral of the story? Drink water.
Stop eating after 8 p.m. Drop the fries and keep your hands where I can see them! Having your last meal before 8 p.m. will allow your body to properly digest your food during the night, so you’re able to start the next morning with a good, hearty breakfast. If you’re a late night snacker, you’re probably also skipping breakfast. Those are two sure-fire ways to gain weight, which leads me to my next point: If you must snack after 8 p.m., choose fruits and veggies I know it’s unrealistic of me to ask you to stop eating after 8 p.m. Let’s be honest, I used to devour an entire bag of party mix on my own every night. But that led me to gain 40 pounds, and I realized there are more important things than processed foods. So if you must snack, grab a bag of baby carrots. They’re just as convenient as chips, but they pack tons of nutrients that your brain and body need to stay healthy. Plus, they’re low in calories. Speaking of low in calories, do not buy low calorie processed snacks. There are hundreds of snack foods that are 100 calories or less, claiming they will help you to lose weight. Sadly, these snacks are worse for you than eating the full fat bag of cookies. Because they are low fat, or low calories, it normally means they’re higher in sodium or sugar. Which means you’ll crash and burn after eating it, and be even hungrier an hour later. Want some good, low calorie snacks? Refer to the tip before this one. For more tips on staying healthy, losing weight, or just some great recipes, check out my blog: georgiatryingsomethingnew. blogspot.com
Fredericton, it’s time to walk the plank The Aquinian
Where are the plankers? Planking, a world-wide phenomenon, is scarce in the capital city. (Tom Bateman/AQ)
It’s all over the Internet, sites parading obscure photos of grown men and women and little children alike “planking.” They stretch out in plank position and balance themselves in trees, on jungle gyms, police cars and any notable place that will get them “points” (it’s more like an honour system). But here, planking is
nowhere to be found, or at least, it’s scarce. They’ve been doing it in France since 2004 and in Australia since 2008. The South Korean’s have been planking since 2003. We’re really lagging behind and have some serious score to make up. It’s a little disappointing. One-hundred points to the first person who successfully planks on the spire of George Martin Hall.
From Russia to America to STU He’s published five books and speaks eight languages: Roman Soiko ladies and gentlemen Kelly Flexman The Aquinian
Throughout his childhood, Roman Soiko was described by others as “intelligent and strong-willed.” But at the the age of eight, he was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes developmental disability. The challenge of living with this diagnosis has made Soiko empathetic to the political and social obstacles in others’ lives, initiating his passion to explore opportunities to help others worldwide. After saying goodbye to his father in Russia as a five-year-old, Soiko moved to the United States in 1994. Soiko enrolled at St. Thomas University because of its reputation as having a good human rights program. He also found great interest in the specific classes and professors in the program at STU. He said New Brunswick is “quiet and more attractive,” than his New Jersey home. “Canadian people are nicer and more approachable,” he said. *** Soiko’s passion for human rights began as a fourteen-year-old with an introduction to the greatest influence in his life – Sabina Carlson, the president of his high-school chapter of Amnesty International at West Windsor Plainsboro High School. Together, they worked diligently in organizing demonstrations in support of the human rights issues in Burma, Darfur, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Soiko has an extensive list of role models who continue to inspire his passions and ambitions for international human rights. When asked who he would like to meet, Soiko said he would like to ask Nelson Mandela, “How he managed to survive in prison for such a long time?” and “How he managed to turn South Africa to democracy in such a peaceful manner?” At 22 years old, Soiko’s accomplishments are impressive. The third-year human rights and political science student at STU has won the New
Roman Soiko, a third-year human rights major, has some big accomplishments and even bigger aspirations. (Tom Bateman/AQ) Jersey National Geography Contest in 2004, has political advocacy experience with Amnesty International and Coalition for Peace Action and has written five books advocating human rights, environmental, sociopolitical and economic issues. His books include: Hengduan
about the impending threats of global climate change on the small islands of Kiribati and Tuvalu. His book Hengduan Mountains is his favourite. “It encompasses his passion about the current human rights issues in Burma and the regime that contin-
ues to destroy villages, kills innocent people, torture, make arbitrary arrests and continually violate the laws of the international community, as
well as incorporating the implication on all perspectives from individual to international,” Soiko wrote of his book. Despite his success, Soiko’s ultimate dream of finding resolution for global human rights issues remains unfinished. “They (his ambitions) are the greatest challenges in my life because of the reality that I can only do so much, and it often makes me feel overwhelmed,” Soiko said. Soiko’s also has a strong interest in South African politics, geography and culture, which has been a part of him since he can remember. He even mastered a proficiency of the Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu languages in preparation for the day he would someday travel to South Africa. This was only the beginning of his ambitious attempt “to master all six official languages of the United Nations.” His ability to participate in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic,
Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu conversations leaves him with only the absence of Chinese preventing him from perfection. Often, Soiko puts his ambitions aside to satisfy his Tim Horton’s coffee and technology addictions. He admits he is guilty of “spending too much time on the computer – playing games, exploring current events on YouTube, catching up with friends on Facebook, and listening to U2 or Guns ‘n Roses November Rain.” After the completion of his undergraduate degree at STU, Soiko plans to go to South Africa. He also hopes to see John Peters Humphrey’s memorial in Hampton. “But I was offered an internship at the NB Human Rights Commission here in Fredericton,” he said. No matter where his passions and ambitions lead him, Soiko’s curiosity and involvement in helping support the fair treatment of people all around him will never cease to exist.
actually having sex for decades. So, sexting is kind of like the next step in technological sex and — if used with discretion — can simply be a bit of fun, although I’m pretty sure nothing beats the real thing. Looking to spice up your relationship? Sexting could be the answer. If you’ve been with a partner for a while, or even if you haven’t, getting a little scandalous something-something in your phone’s inbox can add to the anticipation. It also brings a rush of excitement and flattery, and quite possibly a rush of blood to a few body parts – get your minds out of the gutter folks, I’m talking about your
blushed cheeks. Sexting is also something people in long-distance relationships swear by – it’s probably the easiest way to get your jollies, well, just about anywhere. Long-distance relationships are hard enough as it is, and I’m sure they would be much harder without a way to express your sexual feelings with your partner. There are still the more conventional methods, like phone and cyber sex, but it seems like sexting just takes the cake in terms of popularity. I’d even go as far to say that sexting with someone could increase your confidence in regards
to sexual expression. It gives you the chance to say things you may not have the courage to say to someone’s face just yet, and in doing so you could become more comfortable with the topic of sex in general. Sexting isn’t limited to just texts though, many people like to snap a few scandalous mirror shots of themselves to give their partner a treat. To this I say, be careful. If you’re going to be sending pictures only meant for one set of eyes, you better trust that person a helluva lot. And if you do, in the words of Salt-n-Pepa, let’s talk about sex, baby.
“They (his ambitions) are the greatest challenges in my life because of the reality that I can only do so much, and it often makes me feel overwhelmed.” - Roman Soiko Mountains, 10 Billion, and a threebook series entitled May 7. Currently, Soiko has a new book underway - Swept by the Waves - a story
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Have you ever taken a glance around a crowded room and noticed someone looking down at their phone with a devilish grin on their face? Well, I have – mind you, people-watching is one of my favourite activities so I notice a lot of things. But when I see something like this, my first instinct is to assume they are either sending or receiving a scandalous text
message. The funny thing is, a lot of the time I’m probably right. Sending these kinds of messages is such a phenomenon that, like a lot of things in pop culture, it was branded with a ridiculous name – sexting. I guess it’s sort of a natural progression though. People have been finding ways to have sex without
Women’s hockey win season opener Injury to captain overshadows teams victory bench that it would not be an easy game since the last time STU faced MTA on Sept. 30; STU’s vicGreeted first by broadcasters tory was a miraculous comeback from the local radio station and in the last minutes of the game. then by the flurry of bright pink STU started, as usual with highboth on and off the ice in sup- energy and determination, but port of breast cancer, the excite- were equally matched by the ment and importance of the sea- aggression, speed, power and son opener for the STU Women’s alertness of the Mt. Allison opHockey team was impressive. ponents. Mt. Allison’s defense The green and gold were ready was so tight that it was hard to to match their opponents in ma- complete any passing plays, and roon from Mt. Allison University there was definitely no chance to (MTA). The STU team skated onto ease up on the fight for the puck the ice for their individual player if STU had any chance of overintroductions led by their cap- coming MTA’s control over the tain, Kayla Blackmore donning game. Katie Brewster and Manua pink helmet and the honorary ela Hebel showed their keen abil- Tommies captain Kayla Blackmore is taken off on a stretcher after crashing into the end boards during a foot race puck-drop by STU President and ities to intercept the strong MTA for the puck in the first period. (Tom Bateman/AQ) Vice-Chancellor, Dawn Russell, offence, but could not get past marked the official start to the a smart goalkeeper, who buried women’s hockey season. the puck in the safety of her pads. aggressive fights to gain control able to slow the pace of the game emotionally and physically and Before the game even began, It was a challenging game of the puck and exciting power- during their offensive control, strategize the absence of their there were predictions from the with powerful shots on goal, play action. Both teams were passing around the perimeter team leader. patiently and looking for the opAfter the first period, the Tomtimum shot opportunities. mies came back on the ice ready Both teams were also highly to challenge their opponents in adept at defensively killing their every way, dominating the rest of opponent’s power-play advan- the game with their speed and tages. But it was MTA who first determination. capitalized on the power play adThe Tommies got many shots vantage. The congestion to one to the goalkeepers, but nothing side of the net, left the opposite into the crease. Finally, the husside open to easily tip the puck tle of the STU players leveled the into the goal. score at 1-1 with Erin MacIsaac’s Kayla Blackmore hustled to powerful shot which was aslead her team in the fight to over- sisted by Jenna Scott went right come this goal deficit, but faced through the goalie in the middle an unfortunate collision with of the 3rd period. Renata Mastthe boards, which kept her lying na’s shot assisted by Danielle on the ice in serious pain. Quick Miller to the top left corner of medical attention lifted her off the net clinched STU a 2-1 victhe ice on a stretcher. tory in overtime. The first period ended with the The Tommies travel to Moncrelief of a much-needed break ton next weekend to take on Julia Sharun makes a save during the first period of STU’s 2-1 overtime win. (Tom Bateman/AQ) to refocus the team mentally, UDEM. Kelly Flexman The Aquinian
Moneyball and the media
Yes, Michael Lewis sold millions of copies of the book. Yes, it peaked into an up-and-coming mentality in sports management. Yes, a story about algorithms, pythagorean theorem and sabermetrics has been turned into a big budget motion picture staring one of world’s five biggest movie stars - Brad Pitt - and one of the five best actors of his generation - not Brad Pitt. For those of you who live under a rock or flunked Grade 10 math like me, Moneyball looks at how baseball’s Oakland Athletics competed against teams with severe financial advantages. The generational
divide is evident when general manager Billy Beane, played by Pitt, tells his much older scouts that the best way to produce a competitive ball team on the A’s shoestring budget is analyzing players through statistics and not natural skill or intangibles. But while Moneyball does a great job of showcasing how the statistics revolution has made its mark in baseball management (which is the easiest sport for this type of analysis because it’s a series of one-on-one battles as opposed to a fluid game like soccer, basketball or hockey), it’s not the only world
that has felt a ripple effect. Jonah Keri knows this well. The 37-year-old Montreal native and baseball writer for Bill Simmons’ must-click Grantland.com got introduced to the world of baseball analytics when he was nine when his father bought him The Bill James Abstract. James, the godfather of stats, influenced another generation of writers such as Rob Neyer at ESPN. com and then the Baseball Prospectus series which was first released in 1996. This was when Keri realized there was a market for this type of commentary. “I was still a business writer at that point,” Keri said via email, “but when I started reading BP I thought, ‘Wow, this could have a future,’ and ‘Hey, maybe I could try that.’” While it’s had more than a future, not everyone was receptive to the
new way of thinking. Just like some old-school scouts saw Beane as a crackpot, the scribes who’ve covered baseball for decades saw the new-school writers as nerds stuck in front of their computers and living in their mother’s basements. Murray Chass vs. Nate Silver is a great example. This didn’t mean anything to Keri. “It was something new, so I imagine they were resistant to change,” said Keri. “Wasn’t a big concern of mine though. If anything, others’ resistance created more demand for a contrarian view.” Keri is proof of this. He added to the growing volume of stats-based literature in March when he released the New York Times Bestseller “The Extra 2%,” which chronicled how the Tam”pa Bay Rays went from laughingstock to the World Series. (He is now working on a history
of his beloved Montreal Expos). If anything, the Moneyball revolution has shown that not only executives and writers can be smarter, but so can the sports fan. While the archetype of a sports geek will always be a 350 pound man wearing a medium shirt, with a painted face, eating hot dogs and cursing out the referee, that’s not all fans can be. Sports fans have never had more information at their fingertips, and we have complicated math to thank. “Demand and supply have kind of grown hand in hand,” said Keri. “More people are doing good work makes readers more likely to consume this stuff. More readers creates more demand for more good writers.” And that cycle is easier to calculate than the power/speed number.
On the mat: wrestling at STU
X-country post best finish of season
Coaches hoping to jumpstart wrestling program Kyle Douglas The Aquinian
In 648 BCE, Pankration was introduced at the Greek Olympic Games. This ancestor to modern wrestling soon became much more than sport, and was adopted into the armies of the city-states. Certainly the 300 Spartans who fought at Thermopylae nearly 200 years later were fairly well versed in its ways. Its influence is apparent in modern Greco-roman and freestyle wrestling. Now the tradition is taking root at St. Thomas, where a handful of students have begun meeting to learn the latter. The group is coached by Jeff Allen and Terry Pomeroy, two men who have followed wrestling for most of their lives. Both competed for the University of New Brunswick in the 1990s, and will likely be coaching at the next Canada Games. They both say these first few weeks are only tentative baby steps. “Right now we have to take things slowly, and let this develop naturally,” Allen said. “It’s important we build a strong base of talent.” That means right now recruitment is a very high priority. The team is not in any way exclusive - high school students are welcome and women practice alongside men. For those who train with Krista Betts, this can be a sobering reality. The diminutive 22-year-old, also a UNB graduate, has been wrestling for over a decade, and is helping Allen and Pomeroy with the training. “A lot of the guys, when we do drills, you can see they’re impressed that a woman can do this sport and be good at
Bridget Yard The Aquinian
2005 Roly McLenahan Award recipiant Krista Betts, pictured wrestling in the Canada Games, is helping coach the STU wrestling team. (Courtesy of GNB)
it,” she said. And Betts is good at it. Just last week she won silver at a tournament in Puerto Rico. She says gender isn’t an issue at all, with two women on the team so far and four more expected once the rugby season ends. According to Betts, wrestling is a solitary sport, as much a mental battle and a physical one, and the opponent is almost a secondary concern. “At the end of the day, when I walk off the mat, it’s just me,” Betts said. “And I know that I get out what I put in. Wrestling puts you in control of your own destiny.” Whatever misconceptions there are surrounding wrestling, it is in no way as
violent as many believe. No doubt this illusion feeds off a culture of fake WWE and very real UFC. Football and hockey both have higher rates of injury, (while cheerleading beats all three). And unlike a sport like rugby, whose season is done seemingly before it begins, wrestling goes on almost eternally. The team’s first competition is the Oct. 30 when they travel to Montreal for a tournament hosted by Concordia University. Their last tournament could be as far away as April. The two-hour practices are held every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at the J.B O’Keefe Fitness Centre.
The St. Thomas University women’s cross country team posted their best result to date, capturing third place on Saturday, Oct. 15th AUS meet at Universite de Moncton. The men’s team finished U de M’s course in fifth. Despite the unseasonably warm temperatures, Moncton’s course was still a gruelling hills run. The grassy and uneven ground made for a challenging race, especially for those with lingering, mid-season injuries. In both the men’s and the women’s races, athletes dropped out, attesting to the difficulty of the course and the cross country season. Some teams were taken out of scoring contention because of injured team members or because athletes didn’t finish. Two of the women’s team’s top five runners were injured and unable to compete in Moncton, but that didn’t stop the team from making great strides in this race. Led by transfer student Tathnee O’Meara in eighth, the women continued to post solid times as they race towards AUS championships at the end of the month. The men were missing their number two runner this weekend, but still managed to tough out the course and post some good times. Patrick Cormier ran hard in Moncton for 17th, a personal best, placing in the AUS league to date. The Tommies compete at AUS championships, hosted by the University of New Brunswick. On Oct. 29, the Tommies will battle it with the rest of the league out on their home course in Odell Park.
Sweeping into the spotlight
The Fulcrum (University of Ottawa)
Ottawa - Every Canadian knows about hockey, our unofficial national sport played on ice with a puck and a stick — but how many people know a thing about hockey’s counterpart, broomball? Founded in Canada between 1909 and 1910, this sport is played on a hockey rink, but with a rubber broom, ball and rubber shoes instead of skates. While it may not be the most popular sport around, broomball has grown considerably in recent years. Younger and younger athletes are beginning to play the sport, including fourth-year University of Ottawa student and sports therapist Sarah Achtereekte. “I got into broomball because of my parents,” said Achtereekte. “I started when I was four or five. My feet couldn’t actually fit in the shoes, so my mom gave me extra socks so I could start playing early.” The rules of broomball are similar to hockey. The goal of the game is to get the ball into the opposing team’s net. The only two rule-related differences between the sports are the location of the offside lines — for hockey, it’s the blue line and for broomball, it’s the red. And there is not just a whistle for a highstick in broomball — hitting
the ball above your shoulder results in a penalty. Achtereekte plays on an elite team in the Eastern Ontario region. Broomball tournaments are scheduled throughout the year, with the teams competing to go to provincials then nationals. The season for elite teams is quite different from that of other broomball teams, as the squad must make it to provincials the year before in order to qualify for the national competition. Achtereekte explained she doesn’t mind the system because it offers her team an opportunity to develop without worrying about protecting a championship. “This year, there are no teams from Eastern Ontario going to nationals; it’s the western team that is going. But our team is younger so we have time to grow,” said Achtereekte. “Right now, because we aren’t going anywhere, playing broomball is more of a health benefit for me this year. “Plus, because I’m a student, the sport is great for stress,” she joked. Broomball was taken under consideration for the the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, but didn’t pass the bar. Achtereekte thinks the Olympic consideration is indicative of new popularity for broomball. “Since I’ve been playing, [the sport] has gotten pretty big. I mean, you have teams
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Broomball looks to continue growth in popularity Katherine DeClerq
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from Ontario, and just in Eastern Ontario you can usually play against three or four good teams and a couple of [exhibition] teams, but I don’t think it’ll get close to hockey,” she said. “There are still a bunch of people who don’t know about the sport.” Achtereekte also feels that broomball has the potential to become widely accepted among families because it is more cost efficient than sports like hockey.
“It’s a lot cheaper than hockey and the equipment [costs] practically nothing. Registration fees are getting a little higher … [but] it is less time consuming than hockey. I don’t know exactly what is being done for advertising, but it seems to be getting out there.” Achtereekte has no doubt that the sport will gain popularity in years to come.
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Arte Mechante: A character satire by Dylan Sealy
How to Live on an Artist’s Budget (When Your Parents Pay for Everything) If you’re an artist, you’re guaranteed to be stricken with poverty. Despite your best efforts, and no matter how many times you tell yourself you’re a genius, people are not going to buy your work. This is mainly because you’re not me. I’ve seen the kind of art that I can produce. It’s much better than anything by any other artist (in any other medium), and it doesn’t sell. Therefore, I can’t imagine your finger-paintings or word-associations will either. But if that’s not going to stop you, you’re going to have to learn to live on meager earnings. That’s why your good “friend” wrote this Arte-icle: to help you survive while you make your unnecessary art. I understand what it’s like to live on scraps. I’ve lived on the scraps that my parents were able to afford to spare me, which equals about 30 per cent of their income. That is, of course, 30 per cent of their taxable income (no worries, Pops, white-collar crime isn’t illegal in North America). So, for the purpose of this article, I’m going to assume we’re in about the same income bracket. Now, now, let’s not get specific – none of us are here to brag (though I feel it important to note that I can pay for your tuition in a month). Now, for those handy tips! 1 - Be mindful of your drinking. While it is entirely acceptable for you to (often) fall into an oblivion of drunkenness, it is not acceptable for you to do so with expensive alcohol. The best route is to always buy something with a punch. Instead of buying a case of beer, reach instead for the bottle of “Absinthe.” While it’s not as strong as the European version, it’s enough to make you forget why you can’t stop drinking in the first place. And under no circumstances is it acceptable to drink Colt 45. After all, you wouldn’t steal from a pig’s trough, would you? 2 - Buy cheap art supplies. The Dollar Store yields the best bargains when it comes to the lifestyle of an artist. And who’s to say their merchandise is not quality? It’s not as if the art you’re going to make is worth good materials! 3 - Steal. Now, a lot of you may say that it’s wrong to steal. But I’d like to point out that while it may not be correct to steal from people of your stature, it’s perfectly acceptable to steal from those beneath you. They don’t know what to do with nice things! When I go to a home of someone who isn’t as wealthy as me, I take what valuables I can. But it’s not just valuables that are up for grabs – it’s very easy to slip out with just about anything. I myself haven’t paid for cutlery in ages. If you feel guilty about taking from others, you can attempt to make it up to them. The best method of doing so is to preach about how bad their lives are, whilst blaming capitalism for all their problems at antipoverty rallies funded by the wealthy. 4 - Stay far away from those who are hideously unencumbered by proper funding. This one is pretty self-explanatory. Not only are they all notorious for being filthy, they’re also known to steal! Bonus tip: One of the best ways to protect yourself from the wily charms and deadly diseases of the impoverished is to be an insufferably awful rich person so as to keep them at a distance through your actions. If you’re worried about your reputation you should seem to love these beggars, and to help them as much as you can. But on your off-time (meaning time when no one’s looking) you can fill your days with activities such as throwing garbage at lowrent housing. Andy Warhol couldn’t have said it better himself. Because I said it.