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Great Halloween Costume’s and if you missed the Heidi Chronicles check out the review on page 4.
In This Issue
Sections It’s not enough
Mumford and Sons
Campus Life .................................................... 2
News ................................................................ 5
After months of conflict, Libyan fighters captured and killed dictator Muammar Gaddafi in his hometown of Sirte. Gaddafi’s group was bombed again, although he managed to escape on foot, only to be apprehended by rebels while hiding in a drainage pipe filled with trash.
I believe that politicians standing up and saying it gets better is a great idea but not once do they so much as whisper the word ‘gay’. Why? Because these are the same people that tried to take back gay marriage rights not so very long ago.
The first song they opened with was one of their new songs, but as soon as “Roll Away Your Stone” came on, we were dead. The whole experience was quite overwhelming, and we lost our composure through stomping feet and the excited chanting of lyrics that seemed to speak to everyone there.
Opnions ........................................................... 7
Ghaddafi’s Reign ends
Art ...................................................................10 Entertainment .............................................. 11 Games ............................................................ 13 Sports .............................................................15
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In need? Student Services indeed! Louisa Bielig News Editor
Where do you go when you feel uncomfortable in your program? When you need to talk about personal problems? When you seek advice about career choices? These and many other questions can be answered with two words: Student Services. Being one of those well-woven nets of closely linked offices that have the main goal of providing services to you, it incorporates 49 people and its offices are all around the college from the Aboriginal Student Resource Centre over Counselling, the Learning Centre, housing and Student Activities to SUJAC. It is also closely linked to other offices like the Registrar Office or Financial Aid, but since giving information about all parts of Student Services is simply overwhelming, I will focus on the services that are situated in H148, the area that is actually called “Student Services”. To get an overview over all of what Student Services’ offers, I talked to Celine Chartier, the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Student Services. She is responsible for the budget, the supervision of all employees and their vacations, and anything else that needs to get done, including the first 96 pages of your Agenda (that you should read; they are full of useful information!). “Don’t ask me what I do in a day!”, she laughs during our interview, “I mainly put out fires.” Nevertheless, she really likes her job, especially because it provides such a variety of tasks and balance between administration and personal work: “I like to work with students. It just keeps us young!” she smiles. Close work with students is also required in the Counselling department, which offers three different types of aid: educational counselling, career counselling and personal counselling. Educational counselling deals with anything school-related, e.g. anxiety about oral presentations and exams. Career counselling helps when you feel like your program is unsatisfying, lack of motivation and search for a program that fits you better, or when you are close to graduation and want to know how to proceed afterwards. Personal counselling, finally, can be needed for a large number of reasons: family issues,
anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, suicide contemplation, physical abuse, interpersonal relationships and discrimination of sexual orientation all fall into this category. Thankfully, about anyone can apply for any counselling service: you can seek help during the popular drop-in hours that provide quick help during a short visit, by reference through a nurse or teacher, or through an assessment if you need personal long-term support. You can apply at any point during the year, even though the availability of spots is higher at the beginning of each semester, and if drop-ins are full, you can get an appointment at the reception. “We always make room for someone who is not feeling well!”, Julie Chevalier, head of the Counselling department, assures me during an interview. Furthermore, even if you are not sure if counselling is suitable for you, you should still try. It is often “more comfortable than expected”, Julie promises, “and if we can’t help you, we will give you a reference to other services that can”. Another plus is that any information, including who you see for counselling, is completely confidential. The only two cases that force counsellors to exchange the smallest amount of information possible with a third party are when someone is about to commit suicide or to harm other people. However, even suicide and violence problems can be discussed confidentially in a safe environment, since all of the five counsellors are primarily interested in your well-being. Their services are on top of all completely free, as all of Student Services offers; the only fee involved is 20$ for
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BANDERSNATCH a career counselling assessment. So in case you are not feeling well for any of the above reasons, you should really drop by because these people are motivated to assist you. According to Julie, “people in this age group are very open-minded [and] ready and willing to change things”,and she strongly likes her job for being “very rewarding”. Very much the same is the case with academic advisors, only that their main focus is, as their brochure eloquently expresses, “helping students to help themselves” during the challenge of moving into, moving through, and moving on from college. Academic advisor Ronnie Dorsnie explains his job as follows: “Our goal is to assist students in their progression throughout college” and to “make sure that the transition runs smoothly.” This basically means that advisors follow CEGEP students closely during their entire stay at the college: they first meet new students during the information session for application during the summer and later again at orientation. They help out during the registration period, provide guidance in course choice and help with program-planning, pre-requisite information, changes of program, and university questions, frequently supporting the University and Career Information Centre. In the end, you could probably summarize the tasks and importance of Student Services in one sentences: if you want to go through CEGEP well, you need to at least once set foot into this office. There is no good way around it, and it will be beneficial to you in many ways. You can drop in anytime, and you could even start today …
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John Abbott in the fall Bernard Li Contributor
Greetings John Abbott students! October 19 was our first COAC (Confederation of Anglophone C E G E P s ) m e e t i n g o f t h e y e a r. Representatives from Champlain St. Lambert, Dawson, John Abbott, Marianopolis, and Vanier all gathered here at Abbott to discuss issues such as tuition fees, overcrowding in classrooms, Omnivox apps for smartphones and collaborated fundraising. The SUJAC Open House is still ongoing. Thank you to ever yone who has dropped by and sipped some coffee and munched on cookies with us. For those who havenâ€™t, come to the SUJAC Office in P-101 today to meet your SUJAC executives, share your concerns, ask questions, and learn what weâ€™re all about. We hope to see you here! C oming up next week, we have two important Remembrance events taking place at the college: first, on Thursday, November 10, from 10:3011:30 am, John Abbott and Mac High will be hosting a Remembrance ceremony by the monument at the end of the Athletic Field. All students are welcome and encouraged to at-
tend. Then the next day, on Friday, Nov e mb e r 1 1 , R e m e mbr a n c e D ay c e re m on i e s w i l l b e bro a d c a s t v i a tvlive from Ottawa in the Agora at 11:00 am, so come by and honor all those who sacrificed for our freedom.
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Theatre Workshop: The Heidi Chronicles reviewed Anonymous Contributor
John Abbott College’s C.A.L.L. theatre program created a touching rendition of Wendy Wasserstein’s 1988 play, The Heidi Chronicles. Wasserstein comments on her generation through the charactor of Heidi (Sandra Borenane). The play has a heavy subject matter as it deals with the changing roles of women during the 1970s to the 1980s. It begins with the protagonist, Heidi, in her high school in 1965, and chronicles her life until 1989 when she is a successful art historian. The people in Heidi’s life: Susan Johnston (Mercedes Kozub), Peter Patrone (Bradley Cooper-Graham), and Scoop Rosenbaum (Kyle Gregor-Pearse) are Heidi’s support system, and help drag the plotline forward. The audience may be confused at the start of the play, when Heidi enters as her 1989 self, because a summary of the play is not presented in the program. There is a timeline, but the plot remains obscure as the audience struggles to follow the story. The set was extremely plain: it consisted of a single podium, or a table and two chairs. This enabled the focus of the play to be on the
characters. The student actors had to remember art terms and political garb that was hard to follow, let alone remember. The acting was commendable, and the play had a nice flow that would be appreciated by a theatergoer interested in the arts and feminist studies. The actors found ways to include Wasserstein’s witty humor into the play. Bradley CooperGraham [Peter Patrone] displayed a knack for comedic timing. The chemistry between Scoop, and Heidi allowed the actors to work off of each others energy, and make their dysfunctional relationship a desired one. The audience is thrown into a serious play, but comedy prevails through expression. Unfortunately, powerful moments of intense emotion were sometimes lost in dialogue. The Plaza Hotel Scene is integral to the play, but lacked necessary emotion as Bourenane tried to remember her lines. In this moment, Heidi feels betrayed by her previous feminist activist movements. The audience laughed at her struggle when they should have been upset along with her. Although the actors experienced a few stumbles in dialogue, their confidence prevailed. The play is extremely witty, and the costumes and music
reflected this. Susan Johnston’s wigs changed with every scene, which is true to her character. She mentions, “I’ve been so many people. I don’t know who I am, and I don’t care.” The costumes were put together well, and stayed true to the twentieth century time period. The music playing after the kiss between Scoop and Heidi was a battle anthem that allotted a few laughs. The wittiness and confidence of the actors made the play come alive. The audience was upset, but they laughed which is necessary in a play as serious as The Heidi
Chronicles. Wendy Wasserstein’s script was brilliantly understood, and brought to life.
vance to make sure you’re fully ready. Before you begin, make sure your nails are well manicured and there are no sharp edges. Ideally, you want fingers as smooth as possible. You’re going to be applying some pressure, so if you need, add some personal lubricant to the mix (you can buy this at most pharmacies). The G-Spot is located on the front wall about a knuckle and a half in. It’s basically the underside of the clitoris which you should already be familiar with. It has a soft and spongy texture and just touching it should feel good. If you can’t find it, don’t worry, it’s there. The more aroused you are, the more it will swell up. Use a single finger to start off and rub your G-Spot with a “come hither” motion (basically curling your finger). Eventually you’ll get the hang of it and you can apply more pressure or go faster depending on what you like. There is another spot called the A-Spot which is located a few inches further and sits right in front of the cervix, so if you have long enough fingers, try and hit them both. This is a very basic technique for stimulating the G-Spot; you can also use special vibrators and other toys once you get the hang of it.
After a while you’ll start to feel like you need to pee. This is why most women never experience these fullbody orgasms, but listen up: this is why you are starting alone, so feel free to let yourself go because it’s not actually pee. What comes out is female ejaculate and is more common than you think. I’m not going to get into what it is and why it happens, but it’s no cause for alarm. So, by all means, let yourself go, but be warned, you may need to change the
sheets when you’re done. If the idea of peeing during orgasm is too intimidating, go to the bathroom before you start and make sure you don’t feel like you have to pee before you even get started. Orgasms are one of the greatest things about our bodies. Ladies, you have equipment that allows for orgasms that are far more intense than those of a man, so don’t waste it! You have no idea how much men envy you.
Nature’s rubix cube Misty Ryder Sex Columnist
Sexually speaking, women win. A woman’s orgasm is better in nearly every way imaginable, so it’s for you ladies out there to start taking advantage of that. While some people have had trouble identifying or even locating the clitoris (hint: it’s that little bulge at the top), one of the most illusive and legendary parts of the vagina is the G-Spot. The G-Spot is slightly more difficult to find than the clitoris because it is inside of the vagina, but despite what you’ve heard, it’s really not that hard to find if you know where to look, and don’t worry, we’ll get there. If you’re a woman who has never had her G-Spot stimulated before, you may want to experiment alone before having your partner go at it so you can properly coach him/her. The most important thing is that you need to be turned on and lubricated, so do what you need to do to get yourself in the mood, which may include nipple play, rubbing your clitoris, straddling a pillow or looking at pornography (even easier to find than the G-Spot). It never hurts to have an orgasm or two in ad-
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U n d e r t h e m i c ro s c o p e
With Louisa Bielig
US gives hard punch to UNESCO
When an unexpected snow storm left a large area on the northern East Coast of the US with the first unexpected snow and frost last week, “Let it snow“ unfortunately seemed almost more fitting than “Trick or Treat”. Many children had to hunt for candy in thick winter coats during the day because large-scale power outages turned the streets pitch-black in the evening. Hundreds of thousands of households were affected by those outages and in New York, at least 1.3 million customers had to get through the day without any electricity – with one customer usually being an apartment building with ten to a hundred households in it. The issue is expected to be entirely solved this week, but there are further problems: at New York’s international airports, thousands of people had to wait for delayed or cancelled f lights, and some smaller airports closed down completely. Roads, highways and bridges were blocked by trees in several states, which caused large amounts of traffic, chaos on the roads and delay in public transportation. Nevertheless, some places were hit even harder: some towns in Pennsylvania,
When a crucial vote in the UNESCO chamber for the UN, with 173 countries taking part, ended with 107 parties in favor, 14 countries against and 52 abstained votes, widespread applause greeted the implications: Palestine is accepted as a full member of the UN’s cultural body. It thus succeeded in its first application to an international organization after its bid for acceptance to the Security Council in September. Many Arab states that pushed the vote despite strong opposition from the US and Israel see this as a positive sign for next month’s UN vote. Nevertheless, the US has already announced that it might use its veto right if Palestine should be accepted. Even in this vote, not all effects of the decision are positive. After the turnout of the vote went public, the US was so outraged that it announced through US State department’s representative, Victoria Nuland, that the council’s decision is deemed “regrettable and premature” by the United States and that the government decided to cancel funding to the UNESCO this year. This decision is a slap in the face to the organization that is most renowned for its famous World Heritage Sides. Approximately one fifth of its work is funded by the US and having to face a lack of some 60 Million dollars that were expected to be made this
Connecticut and Massachusetts received around 30 cm of snowfall and had to face at least three deaths due to collapsing roofs, falling trees and car accidents. The evident danger caused twelve states to release official snowstorm warnings and advised their citizens to prepare for further snow. This seems almost like a setback for many of the ones that just thought they had gotten through the worst – this snowstorm came only roughly two months after hurricane Irene.
month is devastating. This is, besides being a political signal, a result from a 1990s US law that prohibits giving funding to any UN body admitting the Palestinians as full members before an Israeli-Palestinian peace contract is achieved. Furthermore, Israel threatened to refuse further cooperation with the UNESCO and called Palestine’s application “tantamount to a rejection of the international community’s efforts to advance the peace process” in the Middle East. Peace talks have been stalled since last year over the issue of Israeli settlement building, and it seems like the possibility of such a peace is slipping further away from reality.
Quantum Trapping Zachary Duma Media Administrator
A superconductivity group from Tel-Aviv University recently put on a display showing the phenomenon of Quantum levitation. Normally a superconductor has no magnetic resistance and allows magnetic waves to pass though it freely. However when the superconductor is frozen with liquid nitrogen, it causes the magnetic waves to bend and only penetrate at certain points, creating a magnetic field around the object making it “levitate” above the magnet. This effect is formally called quantum trapping, as levitation is not the word to describe what this frozen superconductor does. It becomes trapped in its position above the magnet, and can be tilted on its axis while remaining locked in place. The superconductor can even be spun on the axis of the magnet and will
remain locked in space as long as it is able to keep the magnetic field around the conductor even. This frozen superconductor contraption is surprisingly simple to make. A small white sponge is used to keep the conductor frozen and placed on top of a material like glass that has no reaction to magnetic forces. This glass is then coated in merely one micron of superconductor to give it its magnetic propulsion. Once all these objects are placed together it is frozen in liquid nitrogen to approximately one hundred and eighty five degrees Celsius so that the trapping effect can occur. Latter on the scientists put the superconductor on a track made out of magnets, they pushed it in a direction and the superconductor was able to follow this track perfectly without swaying or tilting. It moved along the track without being affected by friction so that the only thing slowing it down was air resistance and time. Since
the object must be around a certain temperature for the action to take place, it melts over time. Once warm enough, the effect of the trapping stops. Another interesting thing about this phenomenon is that the superconductors themselves are not
magnetic. The scientists were able to place two of the superconductors above each other, so that they were not touching, and they had these two going around the track in opposite directions.
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Bangkok fighting huge flood Naiyana Phaodit Lavigne Contributor
Thailand is now in a dire situation where lives and businesses are at risk. A large area has been f looded in Chao Phraya and the Maekong river basin. The water which begins at Chao Phraya river basin and meets peak tides in the Gulf of Thailand which creates fear for the people who live in the south. To keep the core of the capital dry, civilians and soldiers helped to reinforce the collapsing sandbags. Although the Thais are hoping that the submerged Bangkok will return to normal, people fear that their defenses may be ineffective against the f looding due to peak tides. Currently, over 4 million acres of land is under water up to a meter high, people are bracing themselves for further damages. However, the water remains at waist level. Statistics demonstrate that this has been the worst f looding in half a century. While other parts may be safe and dry, the f looded areas are at risk, not only
of losing their home, but to an increase of diseases because the water is contaminated with garbage, sewage and chemicals from industries. In order to survive, emergency supplies have been distributed to those who arrived by boat. Until now, 381 people have been killed since July and the damages are still mounting. Furthermore, another 110 000 have been displaced and while having nowhere to go, people have been accommodating themselves on any dry land possible such as the Suvarnabhumi airport, high land and even in their cars on bridges. Some civilians are lucky to be refuged by the soldiers. Economically, the f lood has wiped out a quarter of the main rice crops which are the main source of rice exported in the world. In addition, a large amount of industrial estates have been destroyed, causing the production of automobiles and computers to decrease gradually and cause damage worldwide. Prime Minister Yingluck has not revoked the state of
emergency and remains cautious even though the situation is stable. Since the f looding has lessened, the amount of clean up and the cost to restore Bangkok and other areas to normal is still immeasurable. Meanwhile, several governments have warned citizens not to
travel to f looded areas and others have canceled the f lights. What will become of Thailand? Yinngluck states that we should not lose confidence. To some, things are looking brighter, others such as the evacuees, can only hope for the better and pray.
although officials have said that he had been buried after receiving the appropriate Islamic rites. As celebratory cheers rung in the air, PM Mahmoud Jibril stated that Libya would be forever changed: “It’s time to start a new Libya, a united Libya. One people, one future.” Defeated loyalists are not so optimistic, however, and worry that they will be killed or arrested in delayed retaliation. While people celebrate in the streets, the future of Libya is unclear. Following the rebellion,
Libya is still full of guns, missiles and other weapons. Infrastructure and countless utilities have been wrecked during the fighting and will need to be repaired, although electricity to major locations has been more stable in recent weeks. The NTC has stated that transition to democratic elections should be realized in 2013, and had unsuccessfully requested that NATO extend their mission until the end of the year. NATO’s mission will still formally end October 31.
Gaddafi’s reign comes to an end Chloe Brynen Games Editor
After months of conf lict, Libyan fighters captured and killed dictator Muammar Gaddafi in his hometown of Sirte. It has been reported that he had been attempting to f lee the town with an armed convoy of vehicles. The convoy was allegedly bombed by French aircraft as part of the NATO mission, hitting 75 cars and forcing the convoy to splinter into smaller groups. Gaddafi’s group was bombed again, although he managed to escape on foot, only to be apprehended by rebels while hiding in a drainage pipe filled with trash. What happened following his capture is uncertain – the commander of the brigade that caught Gaddafi initially suggested that the dictator had been accidentally killed in crossfire, but footage and eyewitness reports show otherwise. Footage has surfaced of Gaddafi begging for his life, as well as film of rebels celebrating with Mohammed al-Bibi – the man who has claimed responsibility for shooting
Gaddafi – as well as fighters dragging his dead body through the streets after maiming it with weapons. A post-mortem confirmed that he was killed by a gunshot wound to the head. Gaddafi’s death – whether warranted, murder or accidental – has raised questions. “Whoever is responsible will be judged and given a fair trial,” Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, vice chairman of the National Transitional Council (NTC), declared. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called for a full investigation. However, others disagree, and instead laud the rebels in question as heroes. Thousands poured into the streets of Tripoli to celebrate when the dictator was declared dead, brandishing Libyan f lags and chanting. Some opted to share their excitement through social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Civilians crowded the morgue with cameras in hand to catch a glimpse of his body before he was whisked away and buried at an unknown desert location by government officials. Few details have been released about his funeral,
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In the face of adversity Alex Messina Editor-in-chief
Whether it’s in a movie, a book or in real life, it always cheers me up to see the underdogs stand up to the bully. It’s a concept that has been used over and over again to tell a good story and yet I keep coming back to it. It’s no surprise, then, that I greatly appreciate the protest that is currently going on around the world. The Occupy movement has quickly gained steam from its humble beginnings in September, and its message is now being heard across the world. From Japan to right here in Montreal, people from every spectrum of life have gotten together in protest of corruption in government and injustice to the people. The movement is inspiring in its honesty, sincerity and message, and I believe it’s a refreshing voice in our world. Beginning as a simple protest of 1000 people, vocalizing their desire for the separation of money and politics, the movement has become a symbol of hope amidst a political landscape filled with punditry, hypocrisy and partisan politics. Indeed, the world heard these
cries and united together against the insanity. It has now spread to over 900 cities worldwide and continues to grow; it will until the system has been fixed. People have been waiting too long for others to act for them, only to be met with disappointment. I can easily recall the great promises of past politicians; the results offer quite a stark contrast. That’s why the occupy movement means so much to so many: we can finally take some things into our own hands and fight for what’s right. The way that it’s being fought is almost as inspiring. We are all part of the digital age and it’s being used to great advantage as it was during the Arab Spring. I can’t visit one website without a stray link to a page about it or pictures from a twitter feed that keep me updated. There are an astounding amount of forums, Wikipedia inserts and facebook pages that help keep everyone connected. This might be why the whole movement has seemed so grounded to me. People from home can have their voices heard just by writing about it online. It warms my heart to see so much of my generation stand up for itself by
using the same technology previously derided by older generations. The whole thing is very much commendable and will keep my full support until I feel it is no longer necessary. So far I have seen nothing but civility coming from the protesters: even with the many cases of police brutality, Scott
Olsen’s being the latest, they have stayed calm and organized if somewhat outraged at the indignity of it all. I plan to go visit Occupy Montreal as soon as I get the opportunity and will do my part to get our voices heard; if not as an aspiring journalist, then as a student. I am the 99%.
The day I realised we’re all stupid: A tale of woe and Battleship. Serag Bulur Staff Writer
This planet is on the verge of being screwed prison style. Everyone is poor or close to it and ice caps are melting(?). Is that even a problem anymore? I don’t even know. I miss Al Gore. But this isn’t the time to feel nostalgic we need to talk about the real issues. Two weeks ago I went to the local theatre to watch a film on the silver screen. I began the night crying like a little boy after losing his favourite toy, because 50/50 is a movie that hits you where it hurts. Although that film made me question my toughness (which is already at an alarming 2 out of 10), seeing the poster for the upcoming Battleship film filled me with a special kind of rage that sent me into an active cursing shout fest with the young couple next to me. My sincerest apologies to the security team and their respective testicles and also to the newlywed couple I yelled at. I couldn’t tell you were proposing to her. Do you remember playing Battleship? Of course you do. Who doesn’t remember the all-American game of a generation. A true game of wits and strategy. A game that pits father against son in a match to test the
ages. Or it’s just stupid Battleship, the most boring and completely useless game I’ve ever played. Even as a kid I knew it sucked. It’s not even a board game. It’s just a bunch of plastic, labelled as the most un-fun piece of garbage ever created. For some reason somebody said, “We should make a movie about this! Yeah! We’ll spend a lot of money, get working men and women to spend time making this and we’ll even get a real cast of actors to play major roles we made up for this film because the board game only had plastic ships! Oh, this is totally a crowning achievement for Hollywood!” Unfortunately everyone who could slap that fool in the face for making this was out that day. The film is coming out next summer and I have to sit here and accept the fact that we, as a human race, will accept this as cinema. Kind of like when KFC invented the Double Down or when any of the lesser famous Baldwin brothers attempt to act, we tend to find the sheer thought ridiculous and we laugh at the idea but when it’s in actual physical form we question our religions and curse our parents for giving us the gift of life in this cartoon stupid world. Buying a ticket to this film is actually a polite way to tell those at the ticket booth that you need assistance
wiping your butt in a public bathroom. In fact, everyone who sees this movie is immediately put on a government watch list to prevent any future procreating. I watched the trailer for this and my parents didn’t know if they should just throw me out or sell me, because I legally became a vegetable for 7 hours. They put aliens in this film! At what point did aliens have anything to do with the game Battleship? But who cares, because it’s happening and I have to deal with it. The cast of this film may be mistaken for a paraplegic sympathy group but later you find out that they’re all just plain ol’ Texas style idiots. Also, Liam Neeson is in this for some reason. I guess between this and Clash of the Titans he just took a good look at himself in the mirror and figured it couldn’t get worse. Although this seems pretty negative (because it is) I have to look on the bright side and say to myself that it does get better. I mean, after all, aren’t we going to watch this movie for the timeless scene written below? “C-Captain”, the first mate said nervously as he clenched his sweaty hands into an even sweatier fist. “Aye, what be thy reason for entering my quarters arr!! Scurvy and
all that jazz arr!!” The captain replied in all his pirate glory. “They sunk our battleship”, queue the melodramatic music. I know they are no pirates in Battleship but Hollywood will find a way to screw that up because pirates sell tickets. Or was it teenage wizards? No wait, it’s teenage wizard pirates. That’s the one. At the end of the day I’m just pissed I’m going to raise kids in a world where they might ask me to watch with them The Battleship Trilogy. That’s probably when I’ll tell them I need to grab a pack of cigarettes.
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11:11- Not Only for your Selfish Wishes Nismah Iqbal Contributor
Many people believe that if they make a wish at exactly 11:11, it will come true. This varies from hoping their favorite team will win the night’s game, to getting the new iPhone that just hit stores. It just so happens that this year, on the eleventh day of November, 11:11 am will have captured everyone’s attention for all the wrong reasons. Before making a wish this year, just stop and think. Think about how on that moment, ninety three years ago, millions of hearts were breaking all around the world. During the First World War, self less valiant soldiers died for their families, friends, and other loved ones. They died for fostered traditions and a future they believed in. That future is us. It’s extremely devastating to see that people choose not to remember. Remembrance Day is barely spoken of in schools anymore, and many people don’t even
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know the reason behind the poppy they wear. It has become more of an ornament than a symbol. You and I, John Abbott College, this whole country all has a life that they take for granted. We forget to remember how lucky we are for our Canadian values and establishments, our ability to take part in cultural and political events, and our right to live under the government of our choice. Gaining this freedom took numerous lives, left countless scars and tore up many families. Why is it that the reason behind this freedom has suddenly become so unimportant? If you’ve ever lost just one person in your life, you must have some sort of idea of how dark and difficult it is. Imagine how it must be for the families of our country’s warriors and how it must break them to see their loved ones’ sacrifices go unrecognized. It’s dispiriting to have to ask people to care. We have endless opportunities, and we’ve been given more than we need. If we all decided to be apathetic on
Remembrance Day and give no prominence to those who abandoned all their happiness for ours, all the things they’ve given us will eventually disappear from the Canadian spirit. It’s easy to say that the past is negligible and we shouldn’t be forced to feel anything for the problems that once existed. Remembering doesn’t mean that we should stop our lives and feel bad about something that once happened. It just means that maybe it’s time to open our hearts a little and look at the things that really matter.
evidence, it means nothing. Same goes for telling a kid it gets better. They need the role models. Take a high school teacher for example. Why don’t they want to be open and out there about being gay? Because its an environment where they will be openly scrutinised and ridiculed for it. Same goes for a student. But if you have one teacher stand up and make some noise, it throws all the balance off a little. Suddenly it’s not such a secretive thing, other students get educated and (hopefully) become more open minded about
it, and the gay kid’s life gets that much easier. People can’t stay silent about being gay anymore, you can’t keep your head down and pretend its not true. We need to educate members of society, we need to show them that being gay is no big deal. I mean, the campaign is great and all, but it’s not enough. We all need to do more, and in my mind, the biggest part of this is the adults in these kids’ every day lives not staying silent any longer. The only way to change anything is by making a commotion—so let’s do it.
Oh, and another thing, if you’re twenty, you’re too old to be trick-ortreating. Get a job like a real adult and buy your own candy.
It’s not enough anymore Bee Clarke Opinions Editor
I don’t know if you’ve heard of the “it gets better” campaign which is happening because of the death (suicide) of yet another gay teen. Now, I believe that politicians standing up and saying it gets better is a great idea but not once do they so much as whisper the word ‘gay’. Why? Because these are the same people that tried to take back gay marriage rights not so very long ago. I believe that simply saying “it gets better” isn’t enough anymore. How can it possibly be enough when we still live in a society where teenagers are so shunned for being openly gay that they kill themselves? I fully agree with Rick Mercer when he says that people in a public role, whether that be teachers, cops, paramedics, whoever, can’t just stay silently open anymore. It’s all very well for these adults to be comfortable enough to be open, but the kids need role models. It’s like how no matter how often you tell a smoker that it’s damaging them to smoke so much, until they see
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So guys, as you all know, Halloween just happened. Did you guys also notice that the top female costume seemed to be Cold Slut? I’m sorry, but lingerie isn’t a costume, its something you wear in the bedroom. Why is it that Halloween seems to be the day of the year where girls feel that its acceptable to go to school in nylons, a thong and a corset. Oh, and cat ears. Of course, cat ears make it acceptable right? I don’t think so. To quote my personal bible (Mean Girls): “Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it” This annoys me, Halloween is supposed to be for fun, not for looking like street walkers. Regular girls turn into sluts and sluts turn into super sluts, to quote Genna Marbles. Maybe it’s an acceptable costume if you’re going to a club or a rave, but if it’s anthing to do with the learning environement, it’s simply not. Put some pants on, please. This isn’t a porno.
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After The Fact
Emily Faulkner Contributor
Félicité Roy Contributor
12 o’clock to 1 o’clock and 2 o’clock to 3 who knew time went by so fast hours dropping--like leaves from a tree
Currently in the Gallery Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Sitting still awaiting a call. Hanging life up putting it on stall.
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Triennale québécoise 2011
Seeing sense understanding the situation. Pulling up your pants and dealing with the aggravation.
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No screaming you’re heart’s trying to mend. Just crying because you thought it would never end.
Althea Thauberger 0 4 . 0 1 . 2 0 1 2 to 1 9 . 0 2 . 2 0 1 2
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Banderite Bander exec staff
Bears And Neanderthals Destroy Each Road Set North At Tecumseh Charging Hippos
Currently in the Gallery Napoleon
Gift of The Ben Weider Collection to The Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts
The Final Hand Zach Duma Media Administrator
Museum of Contemporary Art
The Candle Portal Abhishek Salunke Contributor
Through the candlelight I see your eyes, colourful like the sunset. I wonder each time I see, are you setting? Or are you rising? Is it night? Or is it day? You arise like a wizard, you reach for my hand with fear and confusion. I start to imagine where you are taking me this time. Because each time you offer me your hand, you transport me, like a magical portal where it’s just you and me and the setting sun. What do I get to see? Brand new and astonishing to my mind and to my soul. Where do I go with all these dreams? How do I take them and what do I do with them? Do I tell a story to the innocent kids? Or do I guide lovers that are lost? Or hurt them to give them hope. Do I tell it to the world? Or shall I be selfish? I don’t know, after all, nobody understands the story of love. Some don’t make it their destiny to love another. That’s only I don’t know what I should do with the realistic illusion that you give me when the full moon rises. Wednesday, November 02, 2011 | Volume 41, Issue 05 - 10..
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Concert Review Julianna Astorino and Nevada McEniryHatajlo Bandersnatch Staff
The Thursday evening concert had started out like any other. Entering the Bell Center, we excitedly bought some over-priced shirts and then made our way to our seats. There, we anxiously waited with bated breath for the band that had been on our minds for the past year. The opening acts started soon enough, and our first taste of Mumford and Sons occurred almost unnoticed as they quietly joined the other two openers for their final song. Regardless, it was brilliant. And so it began. The bands all exited the stage and after much anticipation, the lights dimmed. Mumford and Sons walked back on, seemingly humbled by the intimate crowd cheering for them. They spoke a little French in their British accents and joked with the audience like old friends. Adorably, they welcomed the Bell Center with their charming attitude, which only made the crowd swoon even more. Then the music started. The first song they opened with was one of
their new songs, but as soon as “Roll Away Your Stone” came on, we were dead. The whole experience was quite overwhelming, and we lost our composure through stomping feet and the excited chanting of lyrics that seemed to speak to everyone there. We sang along to everything we recognized with strained voices, trying to feel closer with the band, one with them and the young crowd around us. There’s something to be said about a band that sounds better live than recorded. One that puts on a great concert not only by way of dramatic theatrics, but by the quality of their music. They are all outstanding musicians, each one multi-talented and giving the performance their very all. What a bunch of passionate people that just know how to play music that makes you want to jump up and down and cry at the same time, all the while being actually good. The stage wasn’t all that elaborate, but had they changed it in any way it wouldn’t have delivered the same effect. They strung out a whole bunch of lights into the ceiling and out into the audience that lit up at
certain songs, providing a very casual, back-yard-party feel to the arena. Especially when “Little Lion Man” came on, the lights shone like diamonds in the night sky. It was truly magical. They pretty much covered their entire first album, as well as introduced some covers they were working on. They also performed some of their new material that was, no surprise, also amazing. It is hard to find anything wrong with this band. They write meaningful, beautiful music that can appeal to everyone
through its simple and folksy nature. Their encore was, of course, “The Cave”, and the entire stadium was stomping along as hard as they could with the band then clad in Habs jerseys. Mumford left us not only with their “mercis”, but with the memories of a fantastic evening. It’s just lovely to see how music can join together and influence so many people and this band does it in such a wonderful way. What an incredible night.
humorous; you’re watching a movie that is a play about a man that wrote plays. None of the actors were known to me so I did not have any preconceived expectations of how their characters were going to be portrayed. This allowed me to further open myself up to the movie. What makes this movie great is that in this modern age, it stays accurate to its portrayal of setting. For example during the Elizabethen era it was not uncommon to hear of incest and while I was disgusted and disturbed about it at first, I realize
now that even if the related couple had known they were related, we shouldn’t make such a big deal out of it because it’s a part of history and reality. This movie is classified as a political thriller and costume drama. While I agree with the drama and elaborate and realistic costumes I don’t agree with the thriller part. I can see why many people would be bored of a movie like this, because of our short attention spans. However there are a few suspenseful moments as well as funny ones where you can let out a giggle.
Don’t worry your heads too much though, this movie has some great features, awesome acting, montages of Shakespeare’s plays, fencing, riots, sex scenes, assassins and explosions. Just what every movie needs right? While I wouldn’t say this movie made me a believer, it is definitely something you should go see, if only to enrich your minds and to see King James’ marvelous shoes.
Anonymous movie review Sarah Tayeh Production Manager
Was Shakespeare a fraud? “Anonymous supports and dramatizes the old Oxfordian variant of a fringe theory, proposed 91 years ago, which questions Shakespeare’s authorship of the plays and poems ascribed to him by history and scholarship, and contends instead that the works of William Shakespeare were in fact written by an Elizabethan aristocrat, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford.” (See endnote) Wednesday October 26, I find myself at the premiere of this movie to see if this story can make me a skeptic of whether or not Shakespeare actually wrote his plays. The story is very convincing and from what I know of the Oxfordian theory, the movie seems to portray it quite accurately. The film is also cinematically very beautiful. The colors, the tone, the music and costumes were realistic and fit in well with the movie. It starts out with you watching someone introducing a play to you. You then see the actors coming out, you are watching a play but then it transitions smoothly into what we expect of a movie. I found this quite
*The quote was taken from the “Oxfordian theory of Shakespeare authorship” page.
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Falling out of punk and moving into soul. Serag Bulur Staff Writer
A few months back, Patrick Stump released a six track EP titled Truant Wave. Though half the songs were accompanied by local Chicago artists, this was the first time the music world got a sample taste of what to expect from the frontman of the now disbanded Fall Out Boy. The end result is a carefully crafted, funk-tastic, mishmash of genres LP entitled Soul Punk. For those that didn’t know, Patrick Stump began his career as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the much loved but very much hated, Fall Out Boy. Love em’ or hate em’, there is no denying that this band had a very strong influence in the music industry during their short run from 2003 to 2009. They made like 16 albums during that time. Okay they didn’t make that many but they released a plethora of new songs for every year they were active and more-so which is pretty outstanding considering most bands take about half a decade to just announce a new album. After the bands announcement of an indefinite hiatus, the individual members went on to do their separate side projects until the release of Stump’s new record. Out of all the band members that have released new material since the break-up, Patrick Stump’s new record, Soul Punk, is definitely one that veers heavily away from his pop punk roots and instead is a very soul induced hybrid of Prince-style funk and Michael Jackson-esque vocals and it must be noted that he sounds very comfortable singing in this style. It’s as if he grew up listening to this stuff. The album starts off with an impressive song titled “Explode” which doesn’t take its time drawing you in. It’s
laden with synth and the line “Clap if you got a ticket to the end of the world” is an open invitation to really any and all that listen to it and deep down, you know, you want to clap at least once. The second song, “This City”, is the first single off this album however, the single that most people are familiar with is a remixed version with verses added by rapper, Lupe Fiasco. Although that version of the song is on this album, I find that “This City” sans Lupe is a much better song. Patrick’s own verses really show the love and sense of pride he has for his city (Chicago) whereas when you add Lupe’s lines into the song, it just sounds out of place. With all that said, “This City” and “Spotlight” (New Regrets) are probably the better and more commercial hits off this record. They each share a chorus that has a great radio hook and the actual beat of the song never sounds so glossy and bubblegum happy like most songs on the radio
2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Naiyana Phaodit Contributor
Each year, a singer, a song writer, or a musician makes history by being nominated in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, established in 1983, has recently released their top 15 nominees for 2012 on September 27. Artists are eligible as nominees after 25 years of their first published album. The results for this year’s inductees will be announced in the upcoming week. The induction ceremony will be held in Cleveland on April 14, 2012. The rock and roll genre inductees include The Cure, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, Joan Jett
and the Blackhearts. This year also included those nominees who failed in previous years such as War, Donna Summer, Donovan and Laura Nyro. Other artists, such as The Small Faces/The Faces, The Spinners, Rufus with Chaka Khan, bluesman Freddie King, rappers Eric B. & Rakim, are nominated for the first time this year. As in each year, 500 ballots will be sent to rock experts in order to vote for the inductees. In normal cases, there are 5 inductees each year; however, there are some situations where the inductees increase to 8 depending on votes. Who would you vote for? The next inductees may be an artist you know and admire.
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these days. It should also be noted that Patrick Stump literally played every instrument on this album. So that sick bass is actually him playing bass. Those drum beats are actually him playing drums. That trumpet I think I hear in that one song is him playing the trumpet. The album may sometimes sound like generic pop radio but it’s relieving to stop and think that every sound on this album wasn’t made entirely by computers. So congrat s to him on accomplishing that. Songs like “Dance Miserable” and “The “I” In Lie” really showcase Patrick Stump’s golden vocals. In “Dance Miserable” he lets out a wail that’s just killer to listen to. A little unnecessary but killer nonetheless. The “I” In Lie is a more intimate song and his vocals fit that well. The first few seconds of that song made me wonder how much Michael Jackson influenced this album. I would say a lot. A last and final song I’d
like to mention is titled “Allie”. If there’s one song to listen to on this album before purchase then this is it. The bass, the drums, the vocals, the chorus, even that prog rock guitar solo half way in suits Stump perfectly and I promise you the song will be stuck in your head with its immediate percussion happy intro. All in all, there’s a lot to love about Soul Punk and you can tell that this was a passion project for the young artist even before his days with Fall Out Boy. Taking that into consideration and knowing that he played every instrument and sung every line is deserving of some brownie points. Yes, the album sounds like a celebration of old school 80’s pop with a modern twist but it’s good. It’s really good. You just need to surrender and remove those stupid taboos of pop songs out of your mind and really just listen to all the goodness that Patrick Stump has to offer. And please, for the love of God, don’t expect to hear a Fall Out Boy record. If you want to listen to them, I heard they made like 16 albums so go listen to those.
Hair me out: Square Enix’s craziest hairstyles Myra Miller Contributer
Snow Villiers: You think Cloud of Final Fantasy VII fame had Chocobo hair? Think again. As Final Fantasy hair goes, XIII’s styles weren’t too crazy. The worst was Snow’s, which looked more like it was wrapped in a garbage bag than in a bandana. But it gets worse! When Snow takes off the bandana for the upcoming sequel, Final Fantasy XIII-2, he gives a whole new meaning to “Chocobo hair”. Compare to pictures of the Pulse Chocobos to see exactly what I’m talking about. Honorable mention to Sazh for actually having a baby Chocobo in his hair. Penelo: Final Fantasy XII as a whole had some weird hair styles. Fran, Vaan, Basch and that Larsa kid had it pretty bad, but Penelo was the worst of them. Her hair was just terrible in every sense of the word. Her pigtails stuck out at the strangest angles and made her look like she was five years old. The worst, though, were her bangs, cut too bluntly and too shortly, which just
topped off the terrible ensemble that was her hair. The whole Organization XIII cast: It’s like Square Enix just stopped trying when it came to Kingdom Hearts characters’ hair. The worst though was the Organization XIII cast. The majority of the cast had bad hair. Xigbar has a weird salt’n’pepper ponytail that only serves to accentuate his pirate looks. Demyx is rocking a mullet. Saix has the same hair as Snow Villiers. Xaldin has braids thrown up in a ponytail that only accentuate his mutton chops. Axel’s hair is a rip off of Reno’s from Final Fantasy VII, ditto Xemnas but with Kuja of Final Fantasy IX. Marluxia has pink hair, Lexaeus looks like he has f lames sticking out of the back of his head, and Vexen’s creepy face is only exphasized by his stringy hair. The worst, though, has to be Larxene, with two strands of hair that frame her face like the antennae of an insect. Zexion and Luxord weren’t too bad, as things go. Nooj: Nooj, of Final Fantasy X-2 fame, has hair that makes him the runner-up
for the worst Square Enix hair ever. Forget about his weird outfit, we just want to focus on his hair. He had gross, greasy bangs and dreads thrown up in a ponytail... one of which was so long it almost trailed to the f loor. I don’t know if there was too much or too little effort put in to his look, but either way, his hair is just one part of what makes him look like one of the weirdest Final Fantasy characters ever. Seymour Guado: If you’ve played Final Fantasy X, you knew it was coming.
Half-human and half-Guado, Seymour seemed get the worst of possible worlds when it came to the features he inherited from his parents. Nevermind his terrible outfit or his creepy hands, the worst is his hair, which... is impossible to aptly describe. I don’t think anyone knows what’s going on there. Three thick strands of hair protrude in jagged angles from his face. It was almost architectural, but not cool like Lulu’s, it just looked stupid. He definitely has the worst hair out of all Square Enix characters.
emotional story, but it failed completely. Why? Because none of the six main characters have any personality, so it was difficult to care about them when (spoiler alert) they die. There are three main reasons why these characters are so bland, which I shall now list for your reading pleasure. 1. They wear helmets all the time, which means you never get to see their faces, which means you never get to see their facial expressions, which means you cannot connect emotionally. 2. Their dialogue is poorly written. The only thing these characters ever talk about is their “mission objective”, and every second word they blurt out is some kind of indecipherable military or tech jargon that no one can understand. It’s like the writers were so busy trying to show off their knowledge of fancy words like “roentgens” that they forgot to actually give the person saying it any semblance of a personality. 3. The six main characters, who have supposedly been fighting a war together for a very long time, never actually talk to each other. There’s one
scene in particular where the player is in a helicopter with his squad, moving towards an objective, and instead of speaking to one another (i.e. cracking a joke to relieve the tension or expressing a fear of getting tea-bagged by an alien) the soldiers just sit down in an awkward silence. To me, that was a huge missed opportunity by the Halo: Reach writers for some major characterization. Fortunately, although there are games that suffer from the same bland characters as Halo: Reach (Crysis 2, God of War), there are still a few games that give us engaging characters. Examples include Isaac Clarke in Dead Space 2, Snake from the Metal Gear Solid series, and everyone in Catherine. Not only that, but RPGs like Fallout 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Mass Effect 2 allow us to create our own complex characters. I’m not saying every game has to have protagonists with Shakespearean complexity, but if the writers want me to get lost in their story, then I want to have interesting characters as my guides, not Keanu Reeves.
A Little Personality Goes a Long Way Thomas Robinson Staff Writer
I’d like to use this newspaper space to rant about something that has been bothering me for quite a while now. That something is that there have been less and less interesting and threedimensional videogame characters over the past few years. It seems that many game writers have given up on creating compelling protagonists; instead the focus has shifted onto writing stories that bring said uninteresting protagonists through as many pretty looking locales
as possible, and then throwing in the occasional f-word to make things seem grittier than breakfast at a Texas diner. More and more games are giving us lame, one-dimensional characters, but the one that has bothered me the most is Halo: Reach. Now, the story of Halo: Reach was well known even before the game came out by us sad people who actually read the Halo books in grade seven (it was considered cool then…trust me). Long story short, the planet Reach is destroyed by evil aliens, and the “good guys” die. Halo: Reach had the potential to deliver an
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A funny thing about the video game industry Serag Buler Staff Writer
A few months back some friends of mine got laid off at EA Montreal. Initially I brushed it off and figured they could find a job elsewhere in the bountiful land of game making. Thus I went onwards with my days, playing and buying video games. I did a lot of buying actually. So much so that the total sum of money could have been spent housing a three piece family in a nice middle class suburban area. As weeks became months I soon realised my friends were still no closer to finding any new jobs. And then it dawned on me, the question that sparked this article. How can an industry with such attractive individuals be downsizing and firing my friends after the amount of money I (and I presume you) spend and the prices they charge? Well there’s your problem. The problem isn’t that developers aren’t making enough money off their games. Video games generate an insane amount of profit and revenue, even in such economic hardship. The real issue is that a lot of the money being spent on this product isn’t going to the developers as it rightfully should but rather, it is going straight in the pockets of your local retail store. Think of all the times you’re about to purchase a brand new game at Gamestop and the salesperson offers you the deal of a lifetime. “We have a used copy of Rage for only $55.99. Would you like to purchase that instead?” Am I hearing this correctly? Have the gods of red tag discounts finally answered my prayers? Do you mean I get to save a whole five bucks on this, damned if I say it, deal of the century? Well slap my butt and call me Castro because I’m smoking Cuban cigars in Bargain Town. Sadly, you and I both know that such a place will never exist but a man can wish, can he not? If I may backtrack though, I shouldn’t be so harsh in demeaning those sales folk at your local Gamestop. After all, they only look out for our betterment in assuring that we get the best value for our gaming
purchases and aren’t we all deserving of a little deal? No. No we don’t, you should be ashamed. Okay fine, I’ll agree that was awfully mean of me but if you can feel the frustration I have towards these downright mentally stupid “deals” then you’d understand. Brandon Justice, Managing Editor at Electronic Gaming Monthly, recently wrote an article for the publication in which he states that, “...Gamestop ties in 35 to 40% of their multibillion-dollar revenue stream directly to their used game initiative...” Basically they’re dependant on the fact that we buy their used titles but unfortunately when we do so, it’s most dramatic consequence leads to the shut down of major gaming developers. Companies such as Ensemble Studios, the makers of the legendary Age of Empires series, who seized operations after financial success of Halo Wars. Or how developers like Rockstar lay off 40 people on the release day of Red Dead Redemption (a million dollar sensation that won countless awards). But oh well, I got my copy of Arkham City at a good price and that’s all that matters. Besides, developers will just have to adapt and find different ways to grab the attention of gamers. Oh yeah, they are and it’s been going on for awhile. How many of you enjoy the concept of digital download games? I know some people don’t mind when it comes to simple 15 minute time wasters for the iPhone. But how many of you are actively open to the idea that you’re entire Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 library are entirely digital? Not a lot of you. You see, gamers are the collectible type and we enjoy owning physical copies of the games we play. However, recent digital distribution platform, Steam, has garnered much praise from developers and publishers for its seamless way of interacting with the gaming population (consumers) by effectively cutting out the middle man (Gamestop and friends). For those who have an account on Steam with their PC or Mac knows the absolute pleasures garnered from this software. There’s nothing stopping Nintendo,
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Microsoft and Sony into doing the same thing and even if you don’t like the concept, the second that digital distribution is the only way to experience new games, you’ll be forced to follow the herd. Because really, what’s the point in fighting it? And let’s not forget about pre-order DLC. Believe it or not, but those gimmicks save developers from going completely under and encourage us to buy games at full price. The reality in all this is that the relationship between game companies and retail stores are hostile at best. Even big name major franchises like Best Buy are constantly reminding you to trade in and buy used games. So developers are testing us on what we will and won’t spend our money on. That’s why every game has tons of DLC. That’s why we have games like Resident Evil The Mercenaries 3D that don’t allow you to erase saved data. That’s why we have one-use online passes. The industry is changing and as it stands it looks like it’s going to be a future where we have to download a game and the only titles we’ll be playing are Call of Duty and Battlefield sequels because that’s what “sells”. I’m not demanding that we boycott stores like Gamestop, I for one will continue to shop there. I just implore you all to be more vigilant when buying games and ask yourself where the money is going: in the pockets of the hard working or that of a rich bureaucratic jerk in a three piece that barely knows the difference between Nintendo and Sony? We play video games because they’re awesome and we deserve to give our thanks to those that pour their blood, sweat and tears into making them. *A few people who read this article before print asked me about the status of those who lost their jobs at EA Montreal. Well, two of them are still looking for work (although one of them was working on a failed indy title) while the third friend is working at a graphic design firm which he describes as “creating useless, uninspired, hack work for useless uninspired, hack people”. So yeah, not quite a happy ending.
Chloe’s Corner Blizzcon has become an annual ritual I like forward too; after I get over the initial sorrow of not being able to fly down to sunny California and attend, I boot up my computer and huddle around the screen eagerly and let the videos and updates roll in. This year was no exception, and when the announcement video for World of Warcraft’s newest expansion came out, I clicked that link with unrivaled speed. WoW: Mists of Pandaria promises several new features: a new playable race (Panderan), a new class (monk), a raised level cap, a new continent, an overhauled talent system, and a mini-pet battle system, among other things. It’ll be interesting to see how the Panderan – an anthropomorphic race of pandas – fit in with the warring factions. Players who roll a Panderan will be without allegiance until level 10, when they will be prompted to choose either Horde or Alliance. The new monk class could be both interesting and flexible, and the new continent seems worthy of exploration. If it all seems good, then where’s my excitement? Perhaps it’s because it all seems a little disconnected – for years we’ve been battling monstrous villains rooted in lore and worthy of our time – and the expansions packs have been arguably focused and driven. Following Cataclysm, the voyage into Pandaria seems tacked on and unimportant. The talent rehaul’s necessity is questionable, and the mini-pet battle system is walking a line between fun distraction and total Pokémon rip-off (players will be able to “capture” new pets and pit them against others’ teams). The original Warcraft models are also really starting to show their age, and when standing next to shiny new Panderan, my tauren will look even uglier than usual. In a time where new MMORPGs like Bioware’s The Old Republic are looming on the horizon and subscribers are jumping ship, time will tell whether or not the promises of adventures in the misty Pandaria will be enough to keep players coming back for more. While I have my faith in Blizzard and will continue to devoutly read updates as they come out, this expansion can’t help but feel less than stellar.
Sports with Henry Park
Habs report Casey Dulson Staff Writer
Our local hockey team, the Montreal Canadians, were having a tough start to the season as they were on a losing streak that felt like it wasn’t going to end untill the New Year. In Montreal if a team is not doing well, the fans cry out for a new Coach and general manger. Most of the time the owner agrees but on Wednesday night the general manger had enough and decided that he would release one of the assistant coaches only an hour and half before the puck was dropped. He released Perry Pearn who, at the time, was in charge of the defence and power plays. In the end his release might of lit a fire under the team because in the second period of the game on Wednesday night, they were f lying on the ice. I don’t know what Martin said in the locker room during the intermission, but whatever it was it worked because Montreal won the game by scoring 5 goals.
WWE recap Tino Montelli Staff Writer
WWE Vengeance took place on October 23, in San Antonio, Texas. This was the third PPV in six weeks and I got to say that’s kind of ridiculous. I love my Wrestling PPVs, but they just don’t have enough time to properly promote an event like that in 2 weeks time. The highlights of the event were The Big Show vs. Mark Henry for the World Heavyweight title. When Herny suplexed Show off of the top rope, the ring just imploded and collapsed. That was amazing. Seriously go and watch this on Youtube and be in awe of what you see. The other main event was John Cena facing Alberto Del Rio for the WWE title in a Last Man Standing Match. It was unique to see that they were wrestling in a broken ring, but nonetheless it was entertaining to watch. Just when Cena was going to beat Del Rio, The Miz and R-Truth come out and pummel Cena. After that, Del Rio decks Cena with the title and 10 seconds later, retains his Champioship. This past week on Monday Night Raw, the main event of the show was the team The Awesome Truth (The Miz
Max Pacioretty wasn’t in the lineup because of a wrist injury he suffered on Monday night during the loss to the Panthers. Max played a hell of a game as he had 2 goals and 1 assist. You couldn’t even tell that he was injured, not even when he crashed into the net while trying to screen the goalie. Carey Price, who started the season, was looking for his hunderedth career win. He finally received it after 21 saves in the game and became the seventh youngest goalie to win 100 games, the youngest being Harry Lumley from the Detroit Red Wings, 1947-48, at the age of 21. On Thursday night the Habs went to Boston which was the first time Pacioretty played against Chara. Since his injury at the end of Pacioretty’s season last year, Chara hit him into the stanchion at the Bell Center causing him to have a fracture to the 4th cervical vertebra and a severe concussion. The Bruins scored first but the Canadians responded with a goal by Erik Cole in the second period
and another in the third by Thomas Plekanec. The best moment of the game was when PK Subban and Brad Marchand fought each other which added more fire to the rivalry between these two teams. This rivalry is quite possibly the second greatest rivalry in sports next to the Yankees and Red Sox in baseball. On saturday night the Canadians once again played the Bruins but this time it was a home game and they won the game 4-2.
The goals started with a powerplay goal by captain Brain Gionta in the first period. In the same period Lars Eller also scored. In the second David Desharnais scored on another powerplay, but the Bruins answered back with a goal by the captain Milan Lucic. Then in the third the Bruins scored at the 19 minute mark with a goal by Tyler Seguin. In the end the Habs responded to win the game with an empty net goal by Thomas Plekanec.
and R-Truth) vs. John Cena and Zack Ryder. John Laurinaitis, “The Executive Vice President of Talent Relations”, gave the match to Cena after Cena demanded that he teach Miz and Truth a lesson. Unfortunately for Cena, the Miz and R-Truth took out Ryder and had to face The Awesome Truth alone. Throughout the match, R-Truth and Miz smartly used the two on one advantage by tagging out constantly when one was in trouble against Cena. When Cena was eventually in control, R-Truth hit Cena with a water bottle, which got his team disqualified. However, that didn’t stop them from beating up Cena. John Laurinaitis came out and ordered Miz and Truth to back off and leave. He then told Cena that it was a mistake for him to pick his partner and he decided to give Cena a Tag Match at Survivor Series against The Awesome Truth and he gets to pick his own partner. Cena decided that he wanted The Rock as his tag team partner. This is a huge deal considering we all thought that Cena was going to face The Rock at WrestleMania 28. Now what I hope will happen is they turn it from a tag team match to a Survivor Series five vs. five tag elimination match with Team Awesome Truth and three other guys vs. The Rock &
Cena with three other guys. On Smackdown, it was filled with great in ring-action. The General Manger of Smackdown invited CM Punk to the show and CM Punk talked about how on Monday he demanded a title match against Del Rio. John Laurinaitis will tell us next week if he’ll get the shot. CM Punk then decides to attack Del Rio to prove he’s next in line. Christian came out and said he doesn’t deserve that and CM Punk replied by saying he should stop annoying everyone with him getting “one more match” against the Smackdown champion. The GM decided the two will have a match in the main event and CM Punk won
that bout. We also got to see how The Big Show and Mark Henry almost got in to an altercation. The two of them were reported to have muscle strains after the match that they had at Vengeance. Big Show says the fans deserve a rematch since the match ended in a no contest. Mark Henry came out and said he’s done with Show and he’ll move on. He almost goes to the ring but he grimaces with pain and backs off. What will happen next in the coming weeks, as we get set for WWE Survivor Series in Madison Square Garden?
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