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Ayed stresses patience Nahlah Ayed delivered the tenth annual Dalton Camp Lecture Whitney Neilson The Aquinian
Veteran journalist Nahlah Ayed spoke on the importance of patience in the Middle East to a full auditorium at St. Thomas University on Wednesday. The CBC foreign correspondent delivered the tenth annual Dalton Camp lecture on the importance of waiting and staying long enough. 2012 also marks ten years since Ayed left for the Middle East. “The longer we stay in the places we cover and the more often we go back, at least the more we know and the better our stories,” Ayed said, dressed in all black with simple jewelry. Ayed spent seven years covering the Middle East, but only planned to stay for a couple. She has been attacked, fallen off a roof and seen years-worth of violence. She says she learned how to do her job the hard way. “You have to be so much more than a foreign correspondent.” The 42-year-old planned to be a doctor, but changed her mind after writing for her school newspaper. While born in Winnipeg, she moved to Jordan at six years old. Ayed’s fluency in English and Arabic was beneficial but sometimes people wanted to know exactly where she was from, which took away from her work. She says the best skill to have as a foreign correspondent is problem-solving. “If you did not know how to solve problems, then you will most likely fail as a foreign correspondent.” She said she spent a lot of time waiting but it was worth every minute. The people in the Middle East had waited 40 years to tell their stories, so she
Nahlah Ayed shared her experiences as a journalist (Jonathan Munn/AQ) could wait 40 minutes. “I often thought it was a miracle Ayed described every day as a bat- when we got a story out in the Middle tle. She drove for days, didn’t sleep, East.” and spent too much money just to get The lecture was taped for CBC’s stories. radio show Ideas.
STU student returns home to vote Kaylee Moore discusses why she went back to New Hampshire to vote in the American election, and what it means Kaylee Moore The Aquinian
I grew up in “the Oldest Summer Resort in America,” also known as Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. The population of 6,000 more than triples during the summer, drawing in celebrities like Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon - and Mitt Romney. Romney owns a summer home on our lake and is often seen biking, boating, or dining in local restaurants with his family. I remember being told that voting is important. It is our civil duty. I was thrilled to be turning 18 because I could finally make my voice heard. The problem was, the only ballots that year were for boring town things. I didn’t vote.
Remembrance Day ceremony Nov. 9 (Cara Smith/AQ)
This summer I noticed Wolfebro’s regular tourist rush was different. I waited longer to get an ice cream and to park my car. During our 4th of July parade, residents lined the streets to watch, as usual. This year,
though, more than 20,000 people covered every inch of sidewalk. Governor Romney always walks in the parade, but this year, people actually cared. I knew my third year at STU would be different. Everyone wanted to know who I supported and how I felt about November’s election. I was sick of the whole election buzz and couldn’t wait for it to be over. However, society crept into my thoughts, reminding me to vote. But it’s not like my ballot really mattered. The week before election day was stressful. I wanted to vote, but ditching classes and driving back to NH seemed crazy. Thankfully my impulsive personality and understanding professors allowed me to register and vote in my first presidential election. The day of the vote, I looked at the long ballot. It wasn’t until this moment that I fully understood why my teachers, parents, and those annoying TV ads stressed the
importance of voting. I was told by several profs and STU friends to “make the right choice,” but that’s easy to say when it’s not your own country. I’ve watched my parents and friends’ parents lose their jobs. I spent my summer visiting people I consider family in their pop-up camper. Weekend camping trips now became their daily reality after losing their home last year. They told me to make sure I voted despite living in Canada. The month my dad’s company laid off seven workers he reminded me to vote. It’s important. As I stared at the ballot, I knew my vote wouldn’t make a difference. The outcome wouldn’t change because a 20-year-old girl drove home from Canada to vote. But it is important. Standing for something, voting for what you believe, and exercising the right so many people fought for means more than any circle darkened by a black pen.
Unemployment rate highest since 2003 Economics prof suggests education reform, tax incentives necessary to create jobs to keep graduates Whitney Neilson The Aquinian
Eric Johnson hasn’t had any luck finding a job since moving here from Campbellton. “I was in Fredericton for the whole summer without any luck of finding a job,” said the second-year St. Thomas student. “I looked at all of the bigger places like Walmart, Zellers, Tim Hortons, McDonalds, Kent, a few different pizza places and all with the same result – nothing.” For young people like Johnson, New Brunswick’s unemployment rate of 11.6 per cent – the highest since 2003 – isn’t a big surprise. But when coupled with the province’s $358 million deficit, it’s downright scary. “It’s definitely upsetting for all the people who don’t want to live far away from their families,” said Johnson. “But the harsh reality is if there are no jobs to be found, then a lot of us will have no choice but to find work elsewhere.” David Murrell, a University of New Brunswick economics professor, says the province has a long-standing history of the young and the educated migrating out of the province for jobs. Even when it comes to retail jobs, you’re often faced with 30-hour work weeks, instead of 40.
But more young people are taking longer to secure their first professional job, something Murrell calls a landmark in every young person’s life. “The two areas I’d concentrate on are the following. The first area is to educate the young and improve education standards from kindergarten up.” The other area would be to invite capital and investors into the province. He suggests opening up the province to business by eliminating corporate income tax, something he understands as a radical idea. Murrell believes one of New Brunswick’s challenges is a lack of exports because the more exports, the more jobs. “What happens in New Brunswick is that its main principle exports are in what one could consider as slowgrowth industries... so they’re not going to be creating new jobs as opposed to some rise industries which are job creating industries.” The big industries New Brunswick prides itself on are declining, and the provincial government should look at different technology and manufacturing exports, he says. New Brunswick’s top three industries used to be paper products, potatoes, and shipbuilding. With the decline of newspapers and the increase of technology, the need for paper
products has diminished. Potatoes are no longer seen as the primary vegetable, affecting potato farmers in northern New Brunswick, where unemployment is one of the highest in the province. And the shipbuilding industry has moved on to Nova Scotia. Murrell says schools need to focus more on science, engineering, and social studies, instead of the “softer” subjects. His first love was journalism, his second love was music, and his third choice was economics. He also stresses the importance of developing a strong work ethic and engaging in co-op programs. “Young people have to become more aggressive at job searches,”Murrell said. In regards to New Brunswick’s rising unemployment rate, Finance Minister Blaine Higgs said the provincial government is using the economic development action plan “Growing Together” to increase jobs. “Rebuilding our province’s finances and economy remain key priorities of our government. We must all work together to meet our budget objectives and to grow our economy. Our government is working very hard at diversifying New Brunswick’s economy by actively recruiting new businesses to the province and ensuring that our citizens are properly trained to meet the future demand,” Higgs said.
Finding a job in New Brunswick is increasingly difficult (Cara Smith/AQ)
Campus briefs Liam McGuire The Aquinian
Distinguished Lecture Series
Rt. Hon. Paul Martin Hon. Frank McKenna Frank McKenna Centre for Communications and Public Policy Tuesday, November 13 3:00 PM Kinsella Auditorium McCain Hall www.stu.ca
Speed Networking and Mentorship STU student services, Residence Life and Alumni Affairs will be hosting a “Speed Networking and Mentorship,” a chance to meet 12 STU alumni from multiple fields including social work, communications and policing. The workshop gives students valuable networking connections and a chance at ongoing advice and mentorship. The workshop is on Nov. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Holy Cross House Conference Room. There is room for 30 students, if you are interested email firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 19 to RSVP for the event. STU Volunteer Challenge St. Thomas University and Volunteer Greater Fredericton are hosting a volunteer forum on Monday Nov. 19. There will be two panel discussions, the first at 12 p.m. and the second at 1 p.m. at Kinsella Auditorium. The panel will include STU students engaged in volunteering, community agencies and local employers.
The panel will discuss the positive effect volunteering can have in terms of personal growth and job opportunities. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. There will be a volunteer fair in JDH on Nov. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Yves Engler Book Launch Montréal based writer, Yves Engler, will launch his new book The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy on Nov. 18. It will be held in BMH Room 101 from 4 p.m - 5:30 p.m. The book criticizes Stephen Harper’s take on foreign policy. This is Engler’s seventh book. He grew up in Vancouver and was vice president of the Concordia Student Union. His other books are Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping — The Truth May Hurt, Stop Signs — Cars and Capitalism on the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay (with Bianca Mugyenyi), The Black Book of Canadian Foreign Policy, Playing Left Wing: From Rink Rat to Student Radical and (with Anthony Fenton) Canada in Haiti: Waging War on The Poor Majority and Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid.
STUSU Students hope to pay it forward briefs Social work students perform acts of kindness, inspired by poverty in Fredericton MacKenzie Riley
Meredith Gillis The Aquinian
STUSU takes moderate position regarding provincial budget cuts STUSU executives attended a conference on the global future of postsecondary education last weekend. John Hoben said he sat next to the minister of post-secondary education at dinner one evening. He said they had a productive discussion. The provincial deficit was reported to have doubled the day before the dinner. Hoben said he and Alex Driscoll will be working hard to “not just say ‘please don’t cut us,’ say ‘if you have to do it this is the way it should be done.’” Job opening STUSU communications co-ordinator Meryn Steeves will be in Sweden on an exchange next semester. Her job will be offered to current employees first and then opened up to the student body on Nov. 19. $250 donated to Christmas Stars Henri Thibeau motioned for STUSU to donate $150 from the Charitable Assistance line in the budget to the Christmas Stars program. Christmas Stars is a program run through the university which helps parents of young children get gifts. Luke Robertson recommended the amount be increased. Alex Carleton inquired about the amount left in the budget line. Fin Mackay-Boyce said he would support an amount up to $250 for donation. The motion was passed to donate $250 to Christmas Stars. STUSU by-election called Justin Creamer was hired as the new chief returning officer for the STUSU. Nominations for vice president student life and Aquinian Board of Directors representatives closed Friday. Campaigning will run from Nov. 14 to 18. Voting will take place in James Dunn Hall and George Martin Hall on Nov. 19 and 20.
Mother Theresa once said “kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” This week STU echoes that sentiment with World Kindness Week. It runs from Nov. 13 to Nov. 20. Amy Campbell, Samantha Molen and Christie MacInnis are three social work students offering their own helping hand for the week. This week they will be helping spread awareness of kind acts during students coordinated events, with the help of Susanna White, coordinator with the Greater Fredericton Social Innovation and the Fredericton Community Inclusion Network. Campbell says random acts of kindness are vital. She remembers the time one of her friends bought her spaghetti from the cafeteria to cheer her up after a long day. “[Kindness is] a reward in itself. I feel that kindness is contagious. I hope my act of kindness sparked her to do something for someone else. It’s like the movie Pay It Forward.” Students and volunteers will
spread awareness by performing acts of kindness around campus and the city on Nov 13. The movie Poor No More will be shown on Thursday at Brian Mulroney Hall Room 202. The movie explains what people can do to help those affected by the economic crisis in Canada. “One time I was walking to campus from Sobeys on Prospect, and I eventually caught up with a woman carrying a few large bags of groceries. I asked her if she needed a hand carrying something. She graciously accepted and we walked together, and introduced ourselves,” Campbell said. “Turns out she was a professor at UNB and was on a teaching exchange from Europe. It was so cool to meet her and hear her story. She was very appreciative of my help that day. It made me feel really good to know that I could help someone just a little bit.” World Kindness Week is an international program that began with the World Kindness Movement in 1998, the students’ research of poverty in Fredericton was really the inspiration.
STU social work students will be performing acts of kindness this week (Nathan PatonAQ) “We researched and found that poverty is ‘hidden’ in Fredericton. It is so easy for people to get caught up in their own day to day lives that we forget that there are people living in our community that could use a helping hand,” Campbell said. This will be the first year of celebrating Kindness Awareness Week at STU and although these social workers are graduating, they hope that the tradition continues at STU.
“We also went to a few elementary schools promoting kindness. The kids pledged to perform various acts of kindness. If elementary school students can pledge to make the world a kinder place, then certainly the expectation is that staff and students can perform everyday acts of kindness,” Campbell said. The students also videotaped the elementary school children asking them about
their thoughts on kindness. This was made into a Youtube video. “It is important to note that acts of kindness should not be random. Performing everyday acts of kindness I think has the potential to spark great positivity. Acts can be big or small. From holding a door for someone, putting extra change in the parking meter, to volunteering your time to help others.”
STUSU releases budget update Students’ union provides first budget of the 2012-2013 school year Meredith Gillis The Aquinian
Fin Mackay-Boyce, vice president administration, delivered the first full budget update to the St. Thomas University Students’ Union on Thursday. The STUSU will have a budgeted surplus of $197 if the number of students matches projections. The union expects revenues of $285,550 from the fees of 2,475 full-time students, 175 part-time students, and $1,000 of Pepsi revenues. According to Jeffrey Carleton, communications director, as of Oct. 1 STU has 2,376 full-time students. No money has been spent from the activities line yet. The activities line budget is $10,000. “All the stuff that have really been activities so far, our concert, Welcome Week, or different events so far have been residence or Welcome Week themed. They haven’t been specific STUSU events,” Mackay-Boyce said. The student activities committee is in charge of planning the events funded from that line. They plan events like the winter and spring formals. Winter formal is being planned for Dec. 4. No details are available yet about the location or theme.
Fin Mackay-Boyce delivered the STUSU budget (Cara Smith/AQ) STUSU budgets $6,000 a year for academic assistance. There is $5,600 left in the line. “Academic assistance doesn’t really pick up until people start going to conferences,” Mackay-Boyce said.
He said the finance committee has only received one request for academic assistance so far. Most of the money spent has been from the emergency bursaries line. The STUSU budgeted $22,500
for emergency bursaries this year. There have been requests almost every week and the emergency bursaries committee has given out a total of $8,752 to students in need. “We lowered emergency bursaries by a little bit this year,” MackayBoyce said. Last year $25,000 was budgeted. The most underused budget line is the clubs and societies line. Only $173 has been spent so far. Six thousand dollars is budgeted to cover activities and events put on by clubs and societies throughout the year. Five thousand dollars was budgeted for STUgendas this year. Once the last of the ad revenues come in there will be $470 remaining. Mackay-Boyce expects to use this to supplement another line later in the year as needed. “We would have had more, but some of the money came in the form of in-kind donations. Some of the pizza at events, we’ve been covering that through the ad in the STUgenda. Panago has been supplying pizza to a couple of different events both through Welcome Week and through the ad in the agenda,” Mackay-Boyce said. Students who want to apply for funding from the STUSU can fill out a form at the help desk.
STU campus remembers Class is out on Nov. 11, but the St Thomas University community took time to honour veterans in a ceremony, Friday. Kerstin Schlote The Aquinian
It wasn’t only the biting breeze that chilled the people standing in front of the memorial plaque. Clouds bolstered by the November wind covered the sun. Hands clasped hot coffee cups or hid inside warm jacket pockets. Silence overcame the courtyard when the mournful tunes of bagpipes resounded at 11 o’clock. Members of St. Thomas University and the greater Fredericton community gathered on Friday, Nov. 9 in the lower courtyard on campus to honour those who served in war and still serve their country in peace work. The half hour memorial service included prayers for peace from different faith communities, music, laying of wreaths, and poetry. Master Corporal Stephane Caillie shared his experience of serving abroad. He began his speech by telling how he once listened with his buddies over a few beers on Remembrance Day to veteran stories about Europe and the two World Wars.
He said he missed both his sons’ birthdays, weddings and anniversaries, his grandmother’s funeral, Christmas and many more important events while being trained for his time in the Middle East. In Afghanistan, he went months without running water and slept with a loaded pistol and a rifle beside him. “I’ve been shot at, rockets fired metres over my head. I’ve driven over IEDs [improvised explosive devices], and had suicide bombers strike our convoys. I experienced everything,” said Caillie. When he came home, everybody asked him the same question: How was your tour? “I never knew how to answer it. On the one hand, it was truly the worst experience of my life, and in the same breath it was amazing. I was able to put into practice what I spent years of training to do and I was good at it. I was able to defend those who couldn’t defend themselves.” He said the tour changed his life forever. But he’s not alone. War has changed the lives of thousands.
“I don’t regret a moment,” he says, “and I’d go back in a heartbeat for the simple fact, I know we made a difference. I could tell the differences while I was there.” On that tour 19 Canadian soldiers died and many more were forever scarred. While Caillie got out alive, some of his friends were not so fortunate. “Some of the good buddies that sat with me on Remembrance Day having a beer and listening to the veteran’s stories won’t be with me this year. They left everything they had on the battlefield and sacrificed everything for peace.” According to Caillie, the faces of veterans are changing. Now, they look like him. He plans to sit down for a few beers on Nov. 11, the same way he use to. But now, he’ll be telling stories to new soldiers. “When they get half drunken [and] go home, I’ll stay and I’ll honour my buddies from the past. I will remember them.” St. Thomas University student Keirstin Andersson said it’s important young people come out
Community members gathered in the lower courtyard Nov. 9 (Cara Smith/AQ) and pay their respects. Remembrance Day has always been very important to the history and religious studies major from Halifax, since she lost family members in wars. “My great-grandfather, my grandmother’s father, was wounded in battle and he lived the rest of his life with a bullet in him. He was one of the most important people to my family and
he eventually died because of that wound. He was everything to my family. When he passed it really affected my mum and my grandmother. It was before I was born, but they always speak of him. And I’m always happy to hear about him. I’m here [at the memorial service] for him and his brothers that were killed in action [in the Second World War].” Samantha Neil has also
family members in the military. Her uncle is posted in Afghanistan. The criminology student said we take a lot for granted. “I think the importance for students to participate [in memorial service] is a good idea to learn that it’s not just an easy road to get to an easy life. We have to struggle but through struggle comes greatness.”
The right way to reflect on November 11 Some provinces work right through Remembrance Day while New Brunswick residents get to stay home. One writer embarks on a search to find the perfect way to remember. Ian Leblanc The Aquinian
It was their last day in the village. Corporal Michael MacAulay was approached by a man on a camel. When MacAulay’s lieutenant searched the newcomer, the man detonated. He was a suicide bomber. MacAulay took shrapnel in the elbow. After the ensuing chaos he remembers being transported while helping to monitor his Lieutenant who was in a much more serious condition. MacAulay serves in the Second Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment in Gagetown, New Brunswick. He was on tour in Afghanistan in 2010. Having spent time in the military has changed his views on Remembrance Day. “Now it’s more real,” he said. “[It’s] a ’been there done that’ type of thing, having buddies who aren’t coming home.” On Sunday, Canada remembered the brave soldiers who fought and died in the name of freedom. Row by row people stood in the cold watching the wreath-laying ceremony, or took a moment of silence. Or they stayed home and cracked a beer. Unlike other provinces, New Brunswick gets the day off for Remembrance Day. Some places have assemblies during the day or
The moment of silence at 11 o’clock is standard, but some provinces keep business open on Nov. 11 (Cara Smith/AQ) a moment of silence. What is the worth of staying home on Remembrance Day? Canada lost 158 soldiers since the mission in Afghanistan began. MacAulay recalls losing friends. He says people should have the choice of what to do. He knows of some comrades who will stay home because of the reminder this day brings. He remembers learning about the First and Second World Wars
in school, but he was learning about strangers. Now he knows the names and faces of those who died. He says it’s important people get the day off because it means more than mere moments of respect. “Honestly I think there should be more than that,” he said. “These people took their lives, they took years, and they took their families. They took everything. It should be a bit more than a few minutes of
silence.” Rachel Kish is a first-year student at St. Thomas University. She thinks having a moment of silence as they do in other provinces shows some kind of thanks, but doesn’t have the same impact as a whole day devoted to the veterans. “Honestly I think our generation is really lacking the respect that should come along with Remembrance Day,” Kish said. Some people won’t take the
time to remember on their day off. Some will sleep past the eleventh hour. For some it will come and go without a thought. Kish thinks it’s a broader problem than just the shortcomings of an unregulated day off. “I’ve noticed – I was actually looking the other day - only one in five students were wearing a poppy. I find that totally disrespectful. We live free lives. We live in a free country. We have good things because what men and women did to get us there.” Is a day off enough? Kish doesn’t think so. On Remembrance Day, she thinks people should pay attention to the root of it all - remembrance. “I don’t necessarily think that everyone needs to go to the parade downtown, but I think that moment of silence to just really reflect on what happened is definitely important,” she said. Caleb Burns is a fourth-year student at St. Thomas. He grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick. His method of remembrance is the Remembrance Day ceremony with wreaths, veterans, speeches, and hymns. He believes it’s important to both have a day off and to also celebrate. In the end, we decide what we do on New Brunswick’s day off.
Distance and deployment: The difficulties of dating a man in uniform They say all’s fair in love and war, but it may not be so for women who are judged for loving men in the military Meredith Gillis The Aquinian
Elizabeth Strange is in a longdistance relationship with a British soldier she met at CFB Suffield in Alberta. He will be there for the next two years. The third-year St Thomas University student and Private Andrew Thomson met over the summer while she was working as a base clerk in transport and maintenance. Strange struggles with the attitudes some people have about her relationship. “It’s really annoying because a lot of people seem to think that they need to put their opinion into your relationship when you’re dating a soldier and they like to remind you that they could go to war and they could die.” Strange knows all about that. Her boyfriend is a veteran of the Afghan war. She thinks part of the problem with people commenting is they don’t understand the structure of the military. It’s complicated. Training bases like CFB Gagetown and CFB Suffield are used more for courses to prepare soldiers for deployments. But they may be sent to help with domestic emergencies like flooding or forest fires. “If you’ve never dated someone in the military you can never quite understand it. You never come first because the job is always first. It’s
Time together is precious for military couples, especially those in long-distance situations (Cara Smith/AQ) really unpredictable. You don’t know what kind of hours they’re going to be working or what’s going to come up.” *** Men in the military often get a bad reputation. Shona Newton remembers being warned about military men by professors and residence life in her first year. The message insulted her. “Of course you let them loose downtown with drunk women and shit’s going to happen. But that could be any man, that’s not the military,” said the third-year STU student.
Part of the reason you hear about so many broken hearts when a group of soldiers leave is the mentality. “When you’re single and in town for a course, it’s the transient mentality. I think it’s more a reflection of society,” said Andrew Holt, a soldier who has been posted in Quebec although his wife continues to live in Fredericton. It’s not always the men who are looking to pick up women, either. Many women find a certain desirability in military men. Elizabeth Strange has dated two soldiers. She likes the way they look
Leadership in Canada and Around the World Rt. Hon. Brian Mulroney Thursday, November 15 3:30 PM Holy Cross Conference Room 101 www.stu.ca
in their uniforms and the security they provide. “They’re very proud people so there’s never a lack of self-confidence. They’re very stable in their career.” *** Leading Seaman Matthew Watson’s voice is deep and gravelly. He walks with traces of the same confident swagger that marks so many military men and women, whether they are in uniform or not. Watson has been in the Canadian Navy for six years. He’s been deployed overseas and spent a year posted in British Columbia. He knows firsthand how being in the military can hurt relationships. “The longest [relationship] was off and on for three years,” said Watson. “The longest continuous one would be maybe a year.” Part of Watson’s job is being sent on training courses for months at a time. It means planning for the regular rotation of long stretches away and always being on call in case of emergencies. It’s difficult to plan for the future. “You can’t really have relationships,” he said. “You go out with someone for four months and then you’re away for six. A lot of relationships get ended that way.” Most relationships end because of a lack of trust. Beyond struggling to stay faithful, the distance itself is tough. “I’ve gone overseas and missed having the constant contact with a person at home. If someone is bugging your girl or there’s something going on, it makes you feel powerless because you’re so far away,” said Watson. People can say they don’t want to leave a posting, and can request to be kept in the same place, but making a habit of saying “no” in the military is career damaging. “If you say “no” too much you get a reputation. People lose their respect for you because they know when it comes time to go you won’t be there,” said Watson. Many people outside the military don’t understand why military
personnel would ask to be posted somewhere they could be deployed from. Watson laughed when he answered. “Money and medals. I’d like some money and medals. It’s a good experience, you get to see the world.” *** Shona Newton has been dating a military cook for two years and has to explain to people why she’s willing to stay with a man who’s frequently away. The frustration is evident in her voice when she tells a story about a friend who thought nothing would change for her if she and her boyfriend, Danny, broke up. “Nothing in my day-to day life would change. But I would change. I love my boyfriend. Just because he’s away that doesn’t stop,” said Newton. Danny is in Borden, Ont. training. Newton is taking care of his cat like she does every time he leaves and looking forward to seeing him when he comes back in December. She says it’s been easier this time than it was when he went to Jamaica. “I don’t think I was expecting how hard it was the first time he went. When he left, he left on the Tuesday and I didn’t actually know if he had made it there safe until the Friday because he didn’t have Internet and couldn’t call. That was a little bit nerve-wracking,” said Newton. ••• Six days before Andrew Holt was scheduled to leave for Afghanistan, his wife Erin found out she had a brain tumour. “We knew this was a possibility when I was planning to ship out, so we [the military] had a contingency plan. The guy under me would go in my place for the takeover of command, and I might follow at a later date,” said Holt. He probably won’t be following. Holt is being transferred to CFB Gagetown so he can be with his wife when she has surgery Nov. 22. When Holt was posted to CFB Valcartier in 2010, Erin was working as a civil engineer in Fredericton. He said it was definitely hard for her, but they made time to drive out and see each other. “Ultimately it’s the army’s decision where you get posted but you have some say,” said Holt. The Holts have known each other for seven years. They spent two of those years making a long distance relationship work before getting married in September. “It’s been difficult. It’s a lot of miles on the road, but a lot of people do that. They want to get posted somewhere for their career development but don’t want to move their family. So they drive home every weekend.”
Dealing with the hand you’re dealt She yearned to look just like the Barbies she played with, but that was never in the cards. Alex Vautour The Aquinian
Braids. When I was little, my hair was always in braids. Two thick black braids with big pink bobbles at the end. I absolutely hated it. All the other girls could let their hair down, or use those thin, clear elastics – the same ones Barbie dolls use. When my mother wasn’t around, I would always take out my braids and brush my hair. This made it puffy, but I liked it because it made me feel like the other girls. It made me feel white. My Barbies were white. Sailor Moon was white. I just wanted to be like them. I wanted blond hair and blue eyes. I wanted my name to be something that ended in “ah” like Sarah, or Krista. Instead, I was stuck with black hair, dark brown eyes, brown skin, and the name Alex. Not even Alexandra, it’s just Alex. “Why are you so dark?” everyone would always ask me. As a child, I was pretty timid, and my response was always “’cause my mom is dark too.” I never knew the real answer, and I still don’t. …. My grandmother is halfblack, and my grandfather is black, which makes my mom 75 per cent black. My dad is white, so I am 43 per cent black. I normally just say that I’m half-andhalf, or else people ask too many questions.
Vautour wondered about her ancestry for years, but she’s learned acceptance (Cara Smith/AQ) I have no idea where the black part of me comes from. All my grandparents were adopted and the furthest they can trace back our family history is Saint John. This frustrated me. I remember searching for girls from different countries and cultures on Google, just to see if I looked like them. I used to think I looked like the girls from Morocco, but I also sort of look like some of the girls from Italy. It’s hard to figure out where you come from when you have similarities to girls in over 20 countries. Brazilian, East Indian, Middle Eastern, Portuguese, I have heard it all.
Holiday parties: Who to invite and how to do it
Robin McCourt The Aquinian
It’s that time of year again. People are starting to have parties, get-togethers, dinners and glittering evenings of fun. If you’re like me, you’ll be navigating to the nearest soirée through heaps of homework and rivers of reading. But don’t
… I always hated my eyes the most. They are small, far apart and so dark that you can barely see my pupil. When I was 14, I started wearing blue coloured contacts. I often ran out of contact solution, so they were always dirty. This ensured two years of on-and-off painful eye infections. My eyes would be so red that my teachers thought I was high. Beauty certainly came with a price. … I loved the summertime because I could swim in my
fret! You can make it through the end of the semester (and fit in an event or two) without an all-systems meltdown. What if you’re the one throwing the party? Give your invitees lots of notice. The amount of notice you should give depends on the level of pomp you’re planning to unleash. For a carefully planned out party, such as a big Christmas dinner, or a New Year’s Eve party, hosts should give their guests up to a month of notice. For casual dinners with close friends, a week is usually long enough. Once you’ve decided who you’re going to invite, try to issue the invitation in the same way to each person. So, if you’re planning on calling or texting your friends, do so for everyone. If you’re giving out paper invitations, make sure everyone gets one. If you were to give paper invitations to most of your guests, and then email only a couple others, those who got the email could
grandmother’s pool. The only thing I hated about the summer is I would get darker than usual. I didn’t think it was pretty. I would apply sunscreen to my skin without rubbing it in, just so the sun couldn’t turn me any darker. Was I ever wrong; all it did was make my mom angry because she constantly had to buy more sunscreen. These stupid insecurities went on for years. … The braids were long gone because now I straightened my hair every day. Sure, it was damaging to my natural hair, but it looked
potentially feel like an afterthought, which is not the way you want your invitee to feel! When it comes to the information given with the invitation you should include who the host will be, the type of occasion, when, and where your guests should show up. A host can add additional information to their invitations. You can ask your guests to RSVP, send regrets only, or add dressing instructions. If you receive an invitation that says, “Regrets only,” you only need to contact the host if you are unable to attend. If your invitation says RSVP, your host wants to hear whether you’re planning to attend or not. If you are issuing an RSVP or regrets only invitation, make sure you include the contact information for who the guest should direct their reply. Dressing instructions tell the guest how everyone will be attired. You might see “business casual,” “dressy casual,”
nice. I had just gotten back from a vacation in Cancun with my family. My skin was glowing. I took out those awful contacts to give my eyes a break. Shelby walked up to me that day. She was a girl in Grade 12. She was thin, with long blond hair and light blue eyes. She had everything I ever wanted. She came up to me in the hallway at school. “It’s Alex right?” “Uh, yes,” I said, nervously. “Wow, your skin is gorgeous, you are so lucky,” she said. “Ha ha. Thanks?” I said, even more nervously.
“festive attire,” “black-tie,” or if you’re really fancy, “white tie”. A quick Google search will give you an indication of what to outfit choices correspond to which phrase. When you get an invitation you are obligated to reply to the host promptly. If you are unsure if you will be able to attend, let the host know this right away and if you have an idea of when you will find out, convey that information too. It can be costly for a host to prepare for your company only to find out that you won’t be coming. There’s no fun in ruining your friends’ precious free-time. Always thank your host for inviting you. Even if you can’t attend, getting an invitation shows that you are important to that person and they want to spend time with you. If you can, reciprocate the invitation. Reciprocating the invite doesn’t mean you need to have them over for the same type of event
I could not believe what Shelby had just said. I was convinced she was the prettiest girl in the school, and she was jealous of me. Who would have thought? … After that day, I started getting compliments all the time about my skin, my hair, my eyes – even my name. It seemed like every blonde I knew was turning into a brunette. Tanning became a fad. It’s funny how things change. The best compliment I received came from my professor, Laura Penny. She said interracial marriages were the sole reason for all the hot people in the world. This made me laugh, but at the same time, it added to the confidence I’d been building for four years. Now, I never want to have blonde hair or blue eyes or change my name. I want to stay just the way I am. It took a long time for me to realize it. Now when someone tells me I look Italian or Brazilian, I just take it as a compliment. I don’t care where I come from anymore. I only care who am I and where I’m going. After all, we’re all from the same planet, whether we’re blonde, brunette, Brazilian, or Italian. What’s the difference?
but that you get to see them socially at some point when you’re hosting. Getting an invitation is not a green light for you to take it upon yourself to spread the word. Bringing an uninvited guest to a party is definitely not going to gain you any crediquette (unless it’s a big open Graham Ave-type thing). Ditto for small groups events. Just last week a girlfriend of mine was organizing a night out with some close friends. It got kind of awkward when one guest invited another girl without checking with the hostess first. The hostess didn’t want to be rude to the new invite, but also didn’t really know what was going on. Iit also needs to be said that you shouldn’t invite people in a way that leaves others out (think asking everyone you’re having lunch with but one person). And never talk at length about an event around someone who wasn’t invited.
W here were you when... The AQ’s Bridget Yard asks what our generation’s where-were-youthen moments are and wonders whether we still have dreams left to be shattered. Felix Baumgartner captured the world’s attention when he free fell to Earth from 39 kilometres above it. At least, he had our attention for a moment. “This is going to be one of those times that you remember where you were when it happened,” said a friend. He watched it on cable television while I followed it on Twitter. I wasn’t in any one place and, frankly, I don’t remember where I was when he landed. Baumgartner’s jump is not a where-were-you-when moment. These moments are the turning points of our lives – the split second in time that helps us put everything into perspective. “One of the things that makes these moments so powerful is that they’re unexpected. You’re going about your day and then – kapow – your life changes and you’re in that state where you know things are going to be different, but you don’t know how yet,” says Michael Camp, professor of journalism at St Thomas University. Without prompting, he launch-
es into the story of where he was when the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th, 2001 occurred. Camp was at work, in the CBC newsroom. “The first plane went in and I had that horrible disaster feeling, but when the second plane crashed into the tower, I realized that life was going to be different – and it’s true.” Before asking for his expertise, I rattled off several events I thought might have been his life-changing split second. I referenced John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 and 9-11. I had others in my arsenal, like the fall of the Berlin Wall. Camp surprised me. His moments are the deaths of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. “Bobby Kennedy stood for everything I believed in. Love, peace, racial equality, an end to war in Vietnam, the war o poverty – every good cause, I associated with this guy. He was so dynamic. He was so inspiring. Life would have been so different had he lived,” says
*** Between 1970 and 2001, it’s hard to define any moment that devastated the Western world so much as the assassinations of ideological figureheads, or the annihilation of the world’s most famous office buildings, and the lives within their walls. I’m almost embarrassed by the depth of feeling Camp expresses, because my moment seems to pale in comparison. When I was seven years old, my role model and hero died. She was more beautiful than any woman I’d seen in real life, more charitable than Mother Theresa in my eyes, and more glamorous than even Grace Kelly could hope to be. On Aug. 31, 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales, died. To the rest of the world, she may have seemed a diva, a victim or a silly celebrity. To my family, dominated by women, she was “Princess Di,” a strong female role model who escaped a difficult marriage and blossomed on her own. The next day when I heard the news, I was at my grand-
mother’s house, and saw my mother cry for the first time. This taught me several important lessons. Apparently, my mother was no more a superhero than the princess was, bad things happen to good people, and when someone dies, the rest of the world has no choice but to go on living. Maybe my generation most often cites 9-11 as their “moment” for lack of other significant developments in our lifetime. There’s a sentiment that we’ve grown up in a world full of gloom, without the hope felt by children of the 1960s or 70s, without shiny new ideas to latch onto. I asked some friends about their experiences and their own moments. Each 20-something had a different experience. “Joe Carter hitting the World Series-winning home run” was one new father’s reply to my Facebook query. A young woman I had grown up with posted: “Saku Koivu’s first game back after being diagnosed with non-hodgkins lymphoma!” Now this was new. I tried to explain to her that maybe she wasn’t understanding my question. I was looking for moments that changed your life. But she stuck to her guns. “Yep,” she wrote, “that one game changed the course of my life. But no joke, it’s the thing that started my hockey obsession, leading me to commerce and where I am now.” This is a young woman who has dreamt almost her entire life of being
the general manager of the Montreal Canadiens. While the event seems insignificant to many people in the world, it’s almost impossible to deny the effect it had on her. So is this lack of collective experience an individual issue or a generational slump? “You don’t have that moment where the sun was shining and all things were bright,” says Camp. But I think we do. I think we all grew up, to some extent, with the inherent light of children. I’m not sure I quite understood how Diana was any different from Belle or Cinderella. I dreamed not of being a princess, like her, but certainly of helping people in the same way. I didn’t know she had loads of cash and handlers and stylists to put together those beautifully tailored outfits. I had hope that maybe those children she held while she smiled serenely at the camera would have better lives. After her death, though, my idealism shone a little less brightly. Moments will do that. *** Though Michael Camp’s world changed when his heroes passed, and my seven-year-old life was a little more tarnished than before, we may not be remembering our moments exactly as they happened. Psychologists call our recollections of big moments “flashbulb memory.” This term explains why we can remember where we were when we heard about the first plane hitting the
Twin Towers but can’t recall what we had for dinner Friday night. “What you see in the flashbulb is what is really there,” says Douglas Vipond, psychology professor at St Thomas University. Or at least, that’s what we used to believe. Researchers in the 1970s found flashbulb memory to be highly accurate compared to most other types of memory, which Vipond describes as “leaky and creative.” For 30 years, flashbulb memory has been a hot topic among researchers. Fortunately for them and unfortunately for the rest of us, there have been several disasters and game-changing moments to examine. After the space shuttle Challenger exploded in 1986, a team of researchers jumped into action. Vipond says they spoke to people about where they were when they heard about the explosion, what they were doing, and how they felt. One respondent told his story the day after the tragedy. The next year, his story was completely different. This doesn’t mean the respondent was lying. It just means his memories are skewed based on his emotional reaction and, possibly, the input of others. “They interview people the day after something happens and a year later, and two years later, and they compare the accounts,” explains Vipond. This lends greater credibility to new research, especially when contrasted with the research of the
1970s. The studies back then were conducted several years after memories were made. It’s impossible to know if the person is remembering correctly. Ask anyone about the moment their life changed and they will undoubtedly recount an interesting story. It will be chockfull of interesting details, perhaps right down to the colour of their shirt and whether or not they were having a good hair day. The individual will truly believe all these details to be true. But there is a great possibility they are wrong. Perhaps this inaccuracy and confusion can be extended to our memories of the time preceding and following our moments. We rehearse and replay in our minds the time around the life-changing event. Emotion clouds these memories and inevitably changes them, too. Early flashbulb researchers noted “that the more consequential the event, the more rehearsal it receives,” according to Cognitive Psychology: Applying The Science of the Mind, by Bridget and Gregory Robinson Riegler. We perceive 9/11 to be hugely consequential. It certainly was emotional. So would any of us really remember exactly what happened if there hadn’t been video cameras there to record it? It’s difficult to say. *** One thing we know for sure: There has been a marked decline in moments that have shocked and horrified the collective consciousness in the last few decades. Past generations had the
Kennedys. They had the first man on the moon. They even had Martin Luther King Jr. And they had access to them only from a few television channels. Now, when an event occurs, we’re hit with it from all directions: Twitter, Facebook, CNN. We’re no longer huddled with our families on the sofa, staring at a single television screen. Now, some people in their 20s cite sports moments as ones that changed their life. They talk of 9/11, yes, but they also talk about the death of Osama Bin Laden. The experiences and opinions and memories of this new generation are so varied, it’s hard to tell we’ve lived through the same era. “I think there are lots of moments waiting to happen. I think a lot of things are reaching their tipping point,” says Michael Camp. “There could be a flu pandemic, there could be starvation issues beyond all reckoning in places like sub-Saharan Africa.” But could any of these events or circumstances impact every person in the world the way the death of a Kennedy could? When the leaders of the 20th century were killed, the dreams of our parents died along with them. I don’t know if my generation, or even my children’s generation, will experience another moment so jarring it takes our breath away, tarnishes our shine. Maybe there have been fewer dream-crushing moments. Or maybe we’ve just stopped dreaming.
Matt Mays addresses his Terminal Romance Mays talks about his break-up, creating his newest album and the inspiration of travel Meghan O’Neil The Aquinian
Matt Mays didn’t rush his latest album, Coyote, because he knows the depth of music. He didn’t want to rush the album if it wasn’t ready. “I talked to someone the other day whose father passed away and he knew he was going to die, he was on this deathbed and he put on the song [‘Chase the Light’] on repeat and he passed away to the song, which is fucking insane. It’s like I did my job. I did my job properly,” said Mays. A few years back, Mays’ music took him to places as far as Indonesia, California and Mexico. He began his adventure to work on Coyote and to see countries he’d always wanted to visit. Mays recorded in five different studios and the album was released in early September, his follow-up to Terminal Romance in 2008. ‘Chase the Light’ is the last track on Coyote. Mays said it came naturally and meant the most. Last year, Mays and his fiancée of four years broke up. The track is the only mellow tune on the album and he said music has a way of “predicting the future.” “I just feel numb. I still do. I haven’t written a song in a long time. I just feel like I’m going through a shitty time,” said Mays. “I’ve gone longer without writing a song. It [feels] like I’m never going to write a song again. But you
Matt Mays is just finishing up his cross-country tour with a stop at the Fredericton farmer’s market (Submitted) have to embrace it, like I know I’ll get back into some sort of groove.” Even though Mays hasn’t been writing recently, this isn’t to say he hasn’t been busy. He will be finishing a cross-Canada tour in Fredericton at the Boyce Farmer’s Market on Saturday. His four year hiatus didn’t go without questions from fans, friends and family about when his next album would be released.
“If I write a song and I think about it, it sounds that way. But there are songs that come out that you more or less sort of channel, and those are ones I tend to try and keep,” said Mays. “Why it took a long time is that I didn’t want to write any songs like I was thinking about writing them.” Mays said channeling songs is like “sticking an antenna in the air and waiting to see what happens.” Mays hasn’t been “channeling”
many songs recently. He speaks openly about his recent break-up and the impact it had on his songwriting. Although he hasn’t been writing, he isn’t discouraged because he knows his writer’s block won’t last forever. “I used to go a month without writing a song and freak out. Then all of a sudden, I’ll write five tunes. I’m always thinking on songs and I still like working on songs, even though I’m not working on songs.”
This constant dialogue is always going on in his head. He drew a lot of inspiration from the places he travelled to and said he liked the idea of the album being recorded in so many different places. “The Queen of Portland Street,” brings Mays and his listeners back to his hometown of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. After four albums and being on the road writing Coyote, the track ensures listeners that Mays is the same musician who recorded “City of Lakes” on his self-titled debut album in 2002. The single was released two years ago, but appears on Coyote. The sound of his harmonica carries the rock album back to the Maritimes. “I don’t mind being mainstream or being on the radio, as long as those songs are being channeled,” said Mays. He said he’d rather have a job as a parking enforcement officer than write songs that sound too planned out. Mays admits he’s had “probably the shittiest year of [his] life,” but he wrote “Chase the Light” when he was in a good place. When he listens to it now, he said he feels like that’s where he is now. “It was the last song on the album and it means a lot to me, because I haven’t had the easiest last year or two, and songs have a funny way of predicting the future or.. I don’t know it’s something you can’t even put into words.”
Lowlife sends chills up Canadian’s spines Lowlife goes on ‘Canadian basement’ tour, screening in all provinces and territories in one weekend Meghan O’Neil The Aquinian
Halifax-based filmmaker Seth Smith said the screening of his film Lowlife is open to all ages, but the trailer would suggest otherwise. “I would say it’s a weird mystery drama but it definitely has like horror movie elements with gross or disgusting things happening. If it were to get rated, it would be a PG movie, I guess,” said Smith. “It has some unsettling moments that are more moody that creep under your skin in that way.” Smith said the film probably “grosses out” adults more than children. The 99-minute film follows a man and woman who fall into a “living drug” induced episode. The couple becomes addicted to psychotropic slugs which alters their realities. Their indulgences lead them to a battle between body and soul. The black-and-white film challenges this subject with surrealism and imagery filmed in various Nova Scotia forests during the spring of last year. “I grew up watching VHS
horror movies from my local movie store, and you can tell everything is handmade. You can see the craftsmanship in the props and the work. The fact that we shot it in black-andwhite hides a lot of the strings from puppeteers and things like that. I think it’s a little creepier and added a neat mood,” said Smith. Lowlife won the audience award for best feature at the Atlantic Film Festival this year and the official selection at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal. Fastasia focuses mostly on films that are considered off the beaten path. Smith is the main visionary behind the film. He’s the director, editor and co-writer for the film. Darcy Spidle, also known as Chik White, also helped to write the script for Lowlife and played Asa, the lead character. The cast were ‘non-actors’ and the film was created with no-budget. The filming was done over six months. “Basically, no one got paid and everything was borrowed,” said Smith. “I couldn’t get around post-production costs,
so we ended up doing some indiegogo starter things and we made $5,000.” Their post-production costs were the only costs covered, but Smith said Lowlife is based on a do-it-yourself grassroots idea. Smith is sending his film on tour. It will be shown all 13 provinces and territories, 23 cities, over three days. The film will be screened at Gallery Connexion on Friday and will continue across the country, with its final screening in Iqaluit, Nunavut. “I can’t say for sure, but I don’t know if anyone’s really done it in this way before. But it’s kind of emulating a theatrical release. Like galleries and theatres, alternative venues. But I think we always kind of had the idea,” said Smith. Smith said going on tour was the only way he and his cast and crew knew how to get his film out there. He has been a member of the Halifax-based alt-pop band Dog Day with his wife, Nancy Urich, who is part of the cast and crew of Lowlife. Many cast and crew are also involved in bands, and the tour seemed
Lowlife has a drug-induced theme which gave Smith the freedom to experiment (Submitted) like a natural progression after filming ceased. Lowlife is Smith’s first feature film and he wanted to feel comfortable around his cast and crew, which is why he kept it so small. He also said the leads were the “craziest people [he] knew,” and didn’t mind enduring the cold mud and water they had to submerge into in
some scenes. “I didn’t want to be bossing around people who were more knowledgeable than I am. We kept the crew pretty small because they were just people I knew.” Smith, Urich and Spidle had recently moved to the country from the city, and the rural areas became an inspiration for
the film. Smith didn’t want the film to be neatly tied at the end, but wants viewers to become involved with the storyline. “I like the looseness. You take it home with you and try and solve it like it’s your own problem.” Lowlife will be screened Nov. 16 at Gallery Connexion at 8pm.
The art of human interaction The AQ’s Melissa Smith got creative to communicate with Spanish-speaking people with cognitive disabilities “Dear journal... I honestly didn’t think that it would be as hard as this. I’ve tried and tried countless times to learn Spanish so I can actually connect with these people but there’s something holding me back. All I want is someone to talk to.” This entry was dated May 14. At this point, I had been living in Honduras, a republic in Central America, for 13 days. I knew no Spanish, which was their official language. So somewhere between English and Spanish, my personality lost its way. I couldn’t add to conversations, communicate any feelings or ideas, or make people laugh. Anything I said would get lost in translation. I was living in Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras, and I was completely lost. *** I moved to Honduras on May 1, after my application with Intercordia Canada was accepted. Intercordia has a partnership with St. Thomas University and other universities across Canada. The program sends students to live with a host family in a foreign country for three months. The students work in the community and integrate themselves into daily life. Students also receive nine credits for their summer placements, along with interdisciplinary classes.
My work placement this summer was in a L’Arche community. L’Arche is a non-profit organization founded in 1964. It offers housing and work to people with cognitive disabilities and the people that assist them. I was plunked into L’Arche with one other Canadian student and was expected to fit myself into this completely different world. I lived in my head constantly and never knew how to communicate with the people around me. Throughout the day at my work placement I would wander around, helping wherever I could but all the while keeping my nose in a Spanish/English dictionary. I grasped to the few Spanish words that I knew how to say. *** David was a member of L’Arche. He was short in stature, like most male Hondurans are, and wore a crooked smile which he only showed to people he trusted. He had a thick streak of white going through his dark hair. After a particularly frustrating day, my lack of Spanish really sunk in. Comforting thoughts of home were on my mind. I was sitting alone on a bench sifting through my dictionary when a rough hand slid its way into mine. David was sitting beside me in silence, coyly looking the other
way. “Hola David,” I said, which was the extent of my Spanish knowledge at this point. He simply squeezed my hand tightly and smiled. In that moment, I realized that communication might not be a problem for me. David had said so much in his silence than anyone ever could with words. After my interaction with David, I began to focus on the ways that I could connect with L’Arche members without using language. I embraced the culture of Honduras and found the people I worked with were incredibly intune with the right, more creative side of their brain. *** Darwin, 22-years-old and the youngest member at L’Arche, was completely obsessed with making art. We’d sit in our workshop for hours and I would draw with him. He, in turn, would help me learn Spanish. Whenever we’d sit down together I would point out a colour and say it in English. He’d shake his head and repeat it in Spanish. This method of learning was so simple, but played a major role in my learning. Dancing is a big part of Honduran culture. Jonny was a particularly flamboyant member
Smith and Jonny communicated through dance in the L’Arche community (Submitted) who danced to every tune that played on the radio. He would jut and wiggle his hips back and forth while smiling a toothless grin. We spent many hot afternoons learning new dances. My blundering, silly movements always made him laugh, and helped me get out of my comfort zone. The members of L’Arche had certain fluidity in their dancing that I was never quite able to mimic. *** Connecting through art wasn’t confined to L’Arche. My host mother in Honduras is
a retired school teacher. As hard as it was to communicate with her at first, I could always sense an eagerness from her to learn. One day I was sitting at our kitchen table, reading a book of translated poetry by Pablo Neruda when she excitedly explained to me that he was her favorite poet. After that, she and I would spend hours poring over this book. We would sit side by side. She’d read the Spanish version of a poem on the left side of the page, and I’d read the English version on the right. We used Neruda’s beautiful words as a reference point for us to
learn each other’s language. This art form was able to transcend languages and connect our two completely different worlds. Though my Spanish has dwindled, and my tan lines have long since faded from my summer abroad, the lessons I learned about pure human connection remain intact. “Dear journal… Only 2 more days left working at L’Arche. I’m going to miss everyone so much. The love they have showed, along with their openness over the past few months, has really affected me.”
From destruction comes creativity
UNB Art Centre show features work forged from the flames of a studio fire Ian Leblanc The Aquinian
As he sat on a 30-foot pile of dirt staring into the fire last January, artist Paul Griffin watched the flames consume his studio, the pieces he’d worked on and ones that would never be made. “It just kind of set in,” he said. “It’s about the loss of potentiality. It’s like wondering what your children will look like when they grow up, that kind of excitement about the growth of something. You know when you have quality stuff to work with.” Griffin lost roughly $35,000 worth of artwork and materials, but made up his mind he would try to salvage what he could of an exhibition originally planned for last spring. What may have seemed like the end of Griffin’s work became the starting point for a new exhibit. In the wake of destruction, something rose from the ashes. His exhibition is now called What I Found in the Flames and runs at the UNB Arts Centre until Nov. 29. At 31, Griffin attended Mount Allison University in Sackville. After doing graduate work at the University of Guelph, he and his family
Griffin will give an artist’s talk to explain why he salvaged some pieces from the rubble of a fire (Submitted) settled in Sackville where he’s an assistant technician in sculpture at Mount A. His art has been exhibited across the country since 1991. His studio was located in the Enterprise Foundry in Sackville, New Brunswick. Griffin was working when he got the call saying the Foundry building was on fire.
When he got to the studio the next day, his art was gone but his artistic sensibility was intact. “I went the next day to look at the destruction and the same [artistic] reflex kicked in with these beams,” he said. “You had the alligator scalloping [design] on [the beams] in the sun. They hadn’t been moved around. It was jewel like.”
These wooden beams were smoothed then lacquered to give a luscious, glossy finish and are displayed row by row in his exhibit. He calls it Fire Bones. Griffin always had an interest in wood. He used to build log houses and work in lumber mills, but that wasn’t enough for him. “I always had a penchant for
creating artistic things,” he said. “I had a hunger for knowledge.” His first official piece of art was a sheet of scrap metal he burned a self-portrait into. “Because it was painted on one side it produced this two sided doubled portrait,” he said. “Kind of a Dorian Gray where one side looked fresh and the other looked evil almost, but it was the colours and the change in the fire.” He decided it would look best suspended from the ceiling. It was a second year project at Mount Allison University. It went on to be displayed in a show at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Downtown Fredericton. His new exhibit displays a piece of scrap metal he found in the wreckage of the fire that is twisted, hangs from the ceiling and is painted red on one side. “It’s kind of full circle,” he said. “I’m really quite happy with the turn that these took,” he said. “Not just happy that I dug myself out of a hole creatively.” The exhibition runs at the UNB Arts Centre until Nov. 29. Griffin gives an artist’s talk at the centre Nov. 21 at 7 pm.
A collaborative play tells tale of NB killer The Next Folding Theatre Company recreates a little-known piece of the province’s history Liam McGuire The Aquinian
Cold Woman: New Brunswick’s Murderess was put together in less than three months by six writers, six actors and six directors. “It was a different type of a collaborative process,itwasreallydemocratic,” said Brett Loughery, one of the six collaborators. “We talked about the general idea of the play. What we did is, we divided it up, and each of us went on our own and wrote a scene about on what we thought would be important for Sophia Hamilton’s story. It really worked out well.” Lougheryplaysmultiplecharacters,rangingfromSophia’shenchmantoasuspicious mailman. The Next Folding Theatre Company production opens Thursday in the Ted Daigle Auditorium on the St. Thomas University campus. The play tells the story of New Brunswick fabled serial killer Sophia Hamilton. It’s based on William H. Jackson’s 1945 pamphlet Life and Confession of Sophia Hamilton and follows Hamilton and her gang who murdered guests at her tavern. Julia Whalen, another collaborator, also
starred in The Next Folding Company’s production of Pistols and Petticoats: Shadows of Sarah Emma Edmond earlier this year, whichwasthesecondcollaborativeproduction to come out of the theatre company. She said communication is key on such an ambitious project. “There really wasn’t ever a point where anything was tragically wrong or a big fight about it. Whenever someone says somethingthatdoesn’tmixwell,we’dhaveaconversation, and we just needed a dialogue.” Whalen, a fourth year journalism and great ideas major at STU, said the best part about being in a creative collaboration is the different backgrounds and levels of experience. The Next Folding Theatre Company strives to produce a unique collaborative performance each year with actors from all differentconcentrations.Thisisthethirdcollaborative production that has focused on a pieceoflittle-knownNewBrunswickhistory. Loughery said working on a team is something he would do again. “It’s really neat and interesting to see what kind of stuff we can come up together, and I definitely want to pursue that in the
Emily Bossé (centre) and Brett Loughery (right) helped create the collaborative play (Julia Whalen/AQ) future.” Despitetheproject’sambitiousstorytelling method, which includes Sophia being played by both female and male actors, audiences are going to be entranced by the story and production, said Loughery.
“I really think they are going to enjoy it. It’s a really captivating story; we put a lot of work in to it. Especially when it’s something based on the area, people are going to be like wow I didn’t know this was something that went around in this province, whether
it did happen or not.” Cold Woman: New Brunswick Murderess runs Nov. 15-17 at St. Thomas University in the Ted Daigle Auditorium starting at 8:00pm. Tickets are $10 for general admission, and $5 for students/seniors.
Making an impression in the snow The AQ’s Meghan O’Neil catches up with local filmmaker Ryan O’Toole after Fredericton’s Silver Wave Film Festival where he debuted his short ‘On the Last Day.’ Ryan O’Toole is a local Fredericton filmmaker and a fourth year student at the University of New Brunswick. O’Toole screened his newest 24-minute short film On the Last Day at the Silver Wave Film Festival on Saturday. The film starred O’Toole and New Brunswick actor Sam Kamras, who also starred in his production of That Cowboy Kid which was screened at last year’s Silver Wave. At the festival, On the Last Day won Best NB Short Drama, the Viewers Choice Award, Best Actress to Kamras, Actor in an NB Short Drama to O’Toole, and Excellence in Cinematography to Michel Guitard. Cedric Noel was nominated for Best Original Score and O’Toole was nominated for Excellence in Screenwriting Q. It was On The Last Day’s debut. Were you nervous at all about how it would be received? A. I was very, very nervous. When your name is on something as a writer
and director, especially if it is something personal like this was, you almost feel violated even though you’re entirely responsible for putting it out there. Very strange. And on top of that having to watch myself act and hear my voice and look at my face-- it was a nightmare. There was a lot of anxiety going on. And yeah, I was nervous about the reception it would get. I wanted people to like it and relate to it and connect. Q. Were you happy with how it looked on ‘the big screen?’ A. Yeah. Michel Guitard, who shot the movie, did such a good job. And as a filmmaker there’s nothing better than seeing your work the way it is supposed to be presented--in a theatre, on a big screen. I really hate the idea of watching movies on laptops or phones or whatever else. It really pains me to see less and less people going to the movies and
instead staying at home. Netflix is great, DVDs are great, sure, but they don’t compare. Q. What was the support like at Silver Wave? A. Silver Wave is a great festival. These people bust their asses to make sure that local film gets the time it deserves in the spotlight and when it all comes together it is such a beautiful thing. It brings so many great people and films together. Q. Did you catch any other films you were really impressed with? A. Oh man. There were so many great films. Without the intention of leaving anyone out, I’d say Jill Acreman’s The Art of Decay and Man Who Sold The World were super, super good. I love her stuff. Chris Giles’ film Venus in Flames was cool as hell. The Other Side of Charlie was awesome too. I don’t want to go on and on because I most definitely could, so I’ll stop there. Q. Where do you plan on screening it next? A. I don’t know yet. Hopefully some other festivals but there are nothing specific in the works right now. Q. How was this year with On the Last Day, different from screening last year’s That Cowboy Kid? A. It was definitely different this year. We were lucky enough to have some success with That Cowboy Kid last year, so there was a bit more pressure.
Emma Chapple The Aquinian
Everyone is bundling up, waiting for the first snowfall. But making the transition from fall coat to winter parka can be daunting. With so many options and styles, it’s hard to know what look to go for. Other than classmates, most students on campus are only going to see you in your wintery garb so we’re all faced with a dilemma: how do you stylishly embrace the below freezing temperatures? Luckily, the winter runways have prepared us for it. The ladies military trend of fall 2010 has come back in full swing. The ‘it’ shades for pea coats this season are classic black, as well as the trendy grey and army green. But to really be at the forefront of fashion, it’s all in the details. Look for extra buttons, shoulder decals and pockets, pockets, pockets. This trend makes sense. After all, flat boots that climb up your thigh are an old standard in winter wear, and a military inspired jacket can only complement it. Animal rights controversy aside, who doesn’t love the look of leather or fur? Whether it’s of the environmentally conscious variety or the real thing, it’s guaranteed to look good on both the
girls and guys this time of year. If you’re a girl who likes to make a statement, try out a big and fluffy fur. If you veer on the cautious side of fashion, a warm lined leather coat gets the job done. If you’re looking for something a little different, a leather coat with a snakeskin texture or one with studded details is just as trendy this year. For the men, fur isn’t just limited to trimmings this year. Now is the time to go all out with a fur jacket in black or navy blue. Fredericton is cold in the wintertime and any looks you get from your peers are of praise. I understand a head to hip fur coat can be a bit much for some lads, so a black leather jacket with a neutral fur collar is a guaranteed safer route. Maybe the fellas can get experimental with colors. Black and navy blue can be nice, but why not brighten up the day? There’s no denying the winter season, especially that bleak period after the holidays, can be dull and depressing. A brightly coloured pea coat is a simple remedy to this problem. This year boasts a rainbow of colours, and there’s one for everyone. My personal favourite is bright yellow, it reminds me of the sun, which winter seriously lacks. Plaid pea coats are popular for men and woman again this year. A red plaid is perfect for the festive season. Keep in mind, H&M in the Regent Mall just opened Thursday and they will most likely be offering all these trends. If you want something more one-of-a-kind, make sure you check out your local thrift stores. You’ll be dying for someone to ask where you got your coat.
Standing up for Remembrance Day
Alex Carleton The Aquinian
Because Remembrance Day is one of the most sacred days in our civic calendar, there are those who seek to raise their standing by attacking the value of the event. I feel the need to stand up for the institution. If the basest definition of statecraft is organized violence, then we ought to consider those who perform violence on our behalf. Orwell wrote that he could sleep well at night because there are rough men ready to do violence against those who would try to hurt him. We are all in the same situation. We should not make a habit of belittling those who will be asked to defend us and others. We can debate on the ends of collective violence, but Remembrance Day in thought and practice has been about the means – the solider, civilian, the families of the lost. There will be arguments about whether you can have any recognition without glorification. These are serious questions worth consideration and we do not want to be in the business of glorification. Some have told me their ceremonies in their communities glorify wars, but I have never been to such a ceremony, and would never condone it. At the least, we ought to recognize you do not condemn a whole building over a few leaky pipes. On the historical side, there is a lot of renown to be gained by being the loudest and the most vocal critic of tradition. Good history is important, but “good” history is not always the history most
critical of our past. A prime example is popular historical opinion of the Great War. It is seen as an imperial venture to support arms companies, or a senseless calamity with no purpose where everyone was a victim of their own arrogance. There is probably truth in those narratives and others. However, I imagine those in occupied Belgium and France appreciated every effort to liberate them, even if it was measured in inches. Historian Hew Strachen wrote on the Great War that our “[h]indsight bred arrogance, and – worse – misconception. Many of the ideologies which had given the war meaning became loaded, larded with later connotations.” Many of our attitudes concerning past conflicts not only do injustice to the dead, but are tangled up in contemporary views that act as blinders, making us unable to see the things that mattered, things which otherwise would transcend historical gaps. Something which ought to transcend any historical gap is the immediacy of the day. We had veterans and those who suffered then, and we have more today. Peace is a great goal, but we all know the world of politics is flawed. To hold out hope that prejudices could be removed and we will all know eternal peace may leave us in an emaciated state, unprepared to do what may be necessary. There will be those rare few who do not share our hopes. There will be times where our contradictions in ethics will show themselves and we may actually have to commit violence to end violence. It is a terrible contradiction, yet we live with it, and others have lived with it too. Many have died because of it. We ought to recognize those who were caught up in those contradictory times, and not fool ourselves into thinking we are above those imperfections.
We asked: Do you plan on staying in NB for work after you graduate? The AQ’s Jordan MacDonald asks STU students about their plans after university
Randi Van Plarcom Probably not. I have always wanted to travel. I’m from Nova Scotia and all of my family’s there and family’s one of the most important things to me. So, probably I’ll just end up going back there. But it does depend on where jobs are, too.
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I’m not sure yet. I really don’t know. It kind of just depends on jobs. If I can get a job here, but I’d consider it definitely.
Yes, I will be, because this is my home. It’s where I’ve grown up. It’s where I want to live. It’s just the place where I chose to live.
Probably. I have two kids at home and it’s kind of hard for me to move when I have a support network here.
Kyle Dunnette I don’t know. I’m in debate still. I have a couple of places where I’d like to move, like New York is one of my dream places and England. So I don’t know, I’m kind of on the fence still. I don’t’ know, really.
Tommies lose tenth straight game to begin season Despite teams record coach Troy Ryan praises character and determination Matt Tidcombe The Aquinian
The Tommies men’s hockey team season opening losing streak has hit ten games Saturday evening, but you won’t find head coach Troy Ryan questioning the team’s heart and determination. “I don’t think we gave up,” he said. “I saw them compete hard.” The Tommies dropped to 0-10 as they lost 6-1 Friday night to the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds, and then were edged 3-2 Saturday by the Universite de Moncton Aigle Bleu. Both were home games, the former before a record crowd of 1,772 at the Grant Harvey Centre. Despite what appeared to be a rough go on the scoreboard, Ryan was pleased with how his team played against the superior V-Reds, especially his defense. “I just took our seven D into the weight room to have a chat with them, and as bad as everyone wants to say we played, that’s the best our D have played against UNB. Hands down, not even close,” Ryan said. The Tommies were outshot
43-7, had only one shot on goal through two periods, and gave up four power-play goals. The Tommies lone goal Friday night came from Chris Morehouse in the third period. “For the people in Fredericton who keep wanting to compare the two, until we get ourselves to be a legitimate program and a legitimate contender, stuff like tonight will happen,” Ryan said. Jonathan Groenheyde started in goal for the Tommies, but he left early in the third period due to cramping issues. He was replaced by Justin Collier. Ryan gave Collier the start in goal Saturday although Groenheyde was fit to play. UdeM contest remained scoreless through the first period, but it would rapidly go downhill in the second for the Tommies as the Bleu Eagles scored three times including both a power-play and a shorthanded goal. The Tommies, however, came out rejuvenated in the third. Steve Sanza got the Tommies on the board early when he received a gem of a pass from Morehouse on a backhand from behind the net. Sanza put it in shortside. Felix Poulin brought the
Tommies goalie Justin Collier makes a sprawling save during Saturday night’s loss to UdeM (Matt Tidcombe/AQ) Tommies within one with 2:18 left as he banged home a loose puck from close range. Morehouse and Martin picked up the helpers on the goal. Although the Tommies couldn’t find the equalizer, Ryan
was delighted with the scoring chances his team created and the overall play of his forwards. “Our forwards finally started chipping pucks by pressure, and getting pucks deep, working the cycle down low and we ended
up scoring off of it.” The Tommies are on the road next weekend as they take on St. FX Friday night before a Saturday evening clash with St. Mary’s. ***
NOTES: Ryan said Poulin, Jonathan Bonneau and Robert Zandbeek are all dealing with injuries, though they will continue to play. Randy Cameron will have surgery Tuesday on his injured left hand.
AUS sets hard cap on number of skaters Beginning with 2013-2014 season, teams will only be allowed 21 skaters; STU thinks cap is advantageous Matt Tidcombe The Aquinian
The recent cap on the number of skaters allowed Atlantic University Sport men’s hockey teams could be a benefit to St. Thomas’ men’s team. “It’s a significant rule change for the conference,” said St. Thomas University athletic director Mike Eagles. “I think it’s going to add a little parity to the league.” The number of skaters has been set at 21, but the number of goaltenders remains unlimited. The rule takes effect next season. Previously, teams were allowed as many players as desired on their roster, often creating an uneven playing field in the eightteam conference. Some teams have recruited more than 30 players in recent years. STU head coach Troy Ryan said some teams recruited players just so other teams couldn’t have them. “I think that’s completely morally, ethically wrong so we’ve got to get away from that.” Still, with fewer roster spots available, many players will be scrambling for places to play next year, including players recruited
STU athletic director Mike Eagles says the rule will “add a little parity to the league.” (Matt Tidcombe/AQ) this season. “I feel bad for those players that were committed to this year,” said Ryan, “and next year they’re going to be scrambling looking for a place to play.” St. Thomas voted for the motion, but the University of New Brunswick did not. “We weren’t
in favour of doing it, both at my level and the directors level and our coach wasn’t in favour of doing it,” said UNB athletic director John Richard. “We actually voted against the motions but there was obviously a strong majority at both the coaches level and the athletic directors’s level
to implement it so that’s how it went through.” One gripe Richard has is the two other CIS conferences that compete for the national championships won’t be encumbered by the same rule. “We didn’t support the idea of having a unique cap in our
conference when there’s not a cap in the Ontario-Quebec conference or in Canada West,” Richard said. UNB cut their women’s hockey program in 2008 to save an estimated $225,000, while directing resources to their men’s program. St. Thomas still run an AUS-level women’s hockey program. Ryan believes the new restrictions on the number of skaters will help keep budgets under control. “The cost of running teams now at this level get very expensive whether it’s just equipment or sticks; so if you’re able to run your program and carry 10 fewer players, you’re going to have a lot of value in that.” Richard points out that the universities, not the AUS, made the decision. “The AUS office and staff implement the rules and enforce the rules… they don’t necessary come up with the rules. It was driven by the schools,” he said. For Eagles, it comes down to competition within the league. “The intent was to try for our schools to manage their rosters, and their budget, but also to try and level the playing field a little bit in the conference.”
Nationally ranked Tommies cruise to another win Meredith Gillis The Aquinian
The Tommies trounced the Dalhousie Tigers 7-1 in a cat fight this Sunday afternoon. The women’s hockey team played hard throughout the game which had tempers flaring by the third period. Kelty Apperson scored what turned out to be the gamewinning goal 17:56 into the first. Apperson also scored again 18:00 into the second period after Dalhousie changed goaltenders. Katie Brewster got on the score sheet twice during the first and second period with her first goal on a power play at 6:35, and her second at second 5:26 of the second period. “It was a big game, it was nice to see the whole team step up and we had some pretty big goals,” said Brewster. Jordan Miller, Erin MacIsaac and Courtney Fox also scored for the Tommies who had 29 shots on goal. Kenya Marcilline had two assists in the victory. She thought the Tommies were making the most of their opportunities. “Definitely crashing the net
this game we had a lot of shots. They gave us a lot time and space so we were able to move the puck around much more with our lines” said Marcilline. The Tommies only registered six of those shots during the third period when the gloves came off. The first few minutes of the third period was a flurry of penalties for both teams. Dalhousie took two penalties about five minutes into the third period. Marcilline and Eliza Snider took penalties for roughing with Dal forward Jenna Currie. Currie was given a coincidental minor. “They realized that we have a lot of talented really fast forwards and their D couldn’t do it so they had to start putting their body in the way,” said Snider. Head coach Peter Murphy thinks the rough play of the third period was Dalhousie not wanting to be embarrassed. “It’s a 6-1 game so it is what it is. You just tell your players to keep their heads up and don’t do anything foolish after the play.” The Tigers picked up the pace a bit in the third period, desperately trying to score against the Tommies, but goalie Julia
Kenya Marcilline takes the puck towards the net during Sunday’s win. They are 7-1 this season (Cara Smith/AQ) Sharun shone in net. “As much as you tell them that you want them to go really hard, really hard, really hard … they’re looking at the scoreboard too. I think it was good that we didn’t get into any bad habits,” said Murphy. Kelty Apperson was named
MVP at the end of the game, and Jenna Scott collected hardest worker. Because three players (Emily Ryan, Paige MacDonald, and Kayla Blackmore) were out with injuries this weekend everyone had to work a bit harder. After the game coach
Murphy commended the work done by Emily Francis. “When she [Francis] was playing centre she was able to initiate a lot of the play whereas normally she plays with Kayla who controls the puck a lot more. I think that maybe gave her a little bit of confidence and
hopefully she can carry that forward when Kayla comes back and have even stronger games with her” said Murphy. The women’s hockey team will be playing against St. FX this Friday at 7pm. They play Saint Mary’s University on Saturday at 3pm.
Ashley Jordan spikes the ball. They are 2-1 this season (Ashley Swinton/AQ)
Tommies ram the Rams Robert Johnson The Aquinian
Both the men’s and women’s Tommies made quick work of the newly formed Dalhousie Agricultural Rams on Saturday. The women obliterated Dalhouse Agricultural on their way to a 78-19 win. The women opened the afternoon against the 0-2 Rams from Truro. The Rams did actually hold the lead as they scored the first basket of the game, but that would be the last time anything went well for them against the Tommies. In the first quarter the Tommies outscored the Rams 28-10 with most of the damaged done by the starters. The second quarter was one of the best quarters defensively of the season, as STU held Dal to just two points the entire ten minutes. The Rams had no answers for post players Kathleen McCann and Hilary Goodine as they controlled the tempo in the post game. The Tommies took a 48-12 lead heading into the break. If the second quarter was one of the best quarters defensively, then the third quarter was the best, as the Tommies one upped themselves by keeping the Rams off the scoreboard the entire third. Every player took got on the court in the quater and knowing their role, they ran with it. Although the team didn’t shoot the percentage they wanted to, they made up for it on the other end of the court. The fourth quarter wasn’t as strong as it seemed the Tommies were playing to the level of the Rams but it proved to be insignificant. Kathleen McCann played
through a sickness and came away with player of the game honors. With the win the Tommies moved to 3-0 on the season. The men’s team also kept it on cruise control as they convincingly beat the Rams, 79-34, in the second game of the afternoon. STU started with their best quarter of the season as they kept Dal to just four points on 2-13 shooting. The Tommies were hot to start off as Corey Delong and Jason Daniels did most of the damage in the first to put STU up by 21. The second quarter was much of the same thing as David Dolan and Lozel Lowe dominated in the paint, while Daniels was once again hot from the arc. Adding all those things together and they took a 49-15 point lead into the half. With the game out of hand after two, coach Dickinson made sure to let everyone see the floor and they took full advantage of it. First year players Tommies Jacob Tozer and Dylan Gallant combined for 16 points, while second year forward Joe Maxwell chipped in with seven points off the bench. Scoring was not a problem for STU, as ten different players all got on the score sheet. The Tommies ended the fourth quarter on a 17-9 run. A huge factor in the win was the fact that the Tommies shot 50% from the field. Daniels’ was named player of the game with his 19 points. This win improved the Tommies record to 2-1
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Fourth-year student, Patrick O’Reilly, is studying english literature with a concentration in creative writing. This poem is part of a collection called The Village.
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The Village I. At the word go, the oxen pulled and raised the transom of the gate stout oaken beams which began and ended the estate. The other tenants went on working beneath it, as they ever did, but that gate was basic as the cross, and eternal as the pyramid. II. The house beyond town? Our bitter, knocked-up sister (disinherited).
Did you know? Genetically, cheetahs are 99.9% the same. All cheetahs are twins of each other because something happened 1000 or 2000 years ago that “bottle-necked” the population. It could have been disease or an earthquake, volcano or even starvation or predation, but it’s possible that in recent history there was less than 50 cheetahs left on the planet altogether. They have since bounced back
from near-extinction, but because they all come from the same sparse individuals they are extremely similar to each other.
Nancy Savoie’s father passed away this summer. To commemorate their relationship she got this tattoo. “Dad and I were really different, but the same,” she said, “it represents how our programming won’t change.” Savoie said she chose a more “old school” type robot to represent her dad and a newer model to represent herself. Check out the rest of this photo essay by Mackenzie
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List-O-Rama: Top Bond Flicks Luc & Jake Martin
Goldfinger: Technically speaking, From Russia with Love is a better film, but these are the films that defined the series for us. Look at the list of Bond tropes it established. There’s Oddjob and his killer hat, not to mention the “no Mr. Bond, I expect you to die” line. And forget Tatiana Romanova and Honey Ryder, this movie has Pussy Galore. Pussy. Galore. That’s a character’s name. A tight, entertaining film that established so much of what we love about the franchise. Live and Let Die: Live and Let Die is Roger Moore at his best, before he got all Roger Moore-y. Live and Let Die took Bond out of his element.
He went from fighting international supervillians to fighting drug barons in New Orleans bayous. He went from soaring ballads to Paul McCartney. And it had a bridge made out of crocodiles. A great change of scenery that proved that James Bond is universal. The Living Daylights: Following Roger Moore’s light-hearted take on Bond’s character, Timothy Dalton soberly played a possibly PTSD Bond. This movie reigned in some of the more ridiculous elements of the Bond franchise but still managed to be just as entertaining. And for those of you who might be scared off by the seriousness of this one, there is a cello case ski-slope chase scene.
Goldeneye: Many were sure Bond would be a dinosaur in the modern era without the Cold War. Which would have actually been great. While the world will never know the greatness of Dinos Are Forever, director Martin Campbell and Pierce Brosnan gave a reboot that turned a whole new generation onto Bond. A great believable villain, crisp imaginative action sequences, and a perfect of mix of charm and violence. Casino Royale: Not many series get a successful reboot, let alone two. Casino Royale was not afraid to take a sweet coating of inspiration from modern action movies while retaining its soft, nougaty James Bond centre. Delicious.