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All quiet in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue: a look at the student protests Julie-Anne Belzile Contributor
An estimated 200 000 people marched the streets of downtown Montreal on March 22 to demonstrate their opposition towards the proposed university tuition increases. With the rising number of university and CEGEP (and most recently high school!) students choosing to strike, the movement opposing the increase has undeniably gained momentum. For or against, it appears that the JAC campus seems relatively quiet when compared to the “noise” being generated on student campuses across the province. Much discussion is centered around the 2012 proposed tuition increase ($325) versus the total annual increase of $1625. Students attending university in 2017 will spend an additional $1625 each year for tuition when compared to today’s fees. This represents a 75% increase in tuition costs. The Minister of Education, Line Beauchamp, justifies this by asserting that students should pay a “fair share” of their tuition. Furthermore, the increase will serve to adjust the
proportion of students’ contribution towards the actual cost of attending university, and bring it closer to what was assumed by students before the tuition freezes. Many students have voiced concern that this decision will hinder accessibility to higher education for all, and will rob many of the opportunity of pursuing post-collegial education. Others have highlighted some universities’ poor reputation with regards to managing money, spending up to 25% of their budget in administrative and management costs alone. Additional criticism regarding the hikes suggest that the increases are too steep and unreasonable in terms of time frame. However, for many, it boils down to a choice that our collective society must make. Many in the prostrike student movements believe that investing in education of youth will benefit society and that the increasing costs should be shared by the collectivity. SUJAC held a referendum on February 29, 2012, with 1460 students casting their ballots (an approximate 26% turnout). Students were asked if they wished to support a one-day strike position. The
results were made official on March 1 and showed 630 voted in favour and 830 opposed. Some voters were somewhat disappointed with the weak level of participation: “It’s disappointing, a lot of people didn’t vote” expressed Andrew Fogarty. Others highlighted the general sense of apathy within the student body : “Any discussion around the hikes seems almost nonexistent” noted Shannon Gregory. Stephen Lee added that “most of us are not directly affected by the hikes. People just don’t care.” When questioned about possible explanations for the relatively small turnout and interest in the issue, some students noted SUJAC’s lack of effort in spreading information: “There should have been a General Assembly like in other CEGEPs and universities. SUJAC did not fulfil its duty of informing the student body. The few pamphlets and messages on the portal were not nearly enough to reach the general population” noted Louis Besner. However, other students stated they considered it to be the individual’s responsibility, and not SUJAC’s, to become more informed on the issue before taking a position.
Others remarked their perception of the JACtivists’ role in informing the student body and igniting the debate within the school: “I did not even know there was a referendum until I was invited to an event on Facebook created by the JACtivits encouraging me to vote” said Dominique Soubry. Member of the JACtivists, Kyle Shaw, recognized the group’s involvement but highlighted the need for more accessible and wide-spread information in the future: “[We] depended too much on the VOTE YES Facebook event page to supply students with tangible data; we should have realized that students would take this issue more seriously, and that not all of them have Facebook accounts.” The recent protests have been, in most part, viewed as peaceful and discussion-provoking across the province. Irregardless of the school’s official position or differing individual opinions, many opportunities remain for students to make their voices heard on this hotly-debated issue. To follow the movement, for or against, check Facebook for upcoming events.
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Chess Club Spotlight David Paquette-Wallace Contributor
Chess has always been a great hobby for me, ever since I began playing it in primary school. It’s a game that’s based purely on logic, the ability to foresee your opponent’s moves and the ability to form your own tactics to counter his. I enjoyed my primary school chess experiences, but later on, I was pretty disappointed at the lack of chess activities at my high school. However, when arriving at CEGEP, I was very happy when I found that there was an active chess club at John Abbott College. Chess at JAC has been around for decades and for the past five years has been managed by two JAC staff members, Michael O’Conner and Larry Fagan. The club meets every Tuesday afternoon in H-417 between 4:30 PM and 6:00 PM and is open to players of all levels. Players can come in at any time or leave at any time during this period.
Some come to play just a short game while others want to play the entire time it’s open. Because of this, the atmosphere is very relaxed and everyone is able to have a good time, despite playing a demanding logic-based game after a tiring day of school. Mike and Larry always have interesting anecdotes about chess to entertain everyone, and there are occasionally chess exercises given which can help you improve your game. They also always love giving advice to the players they are playing against, so you can start out new to the game and quickly learn what it’s all about while actually playing it. Moreover, if you want to get into playing chess more than only once per week, the club sometimes organizes trips to major chess tournaments as well as to other chess clubs during the semester. The chess scene is very active in Montreal and if you attend these events you can get a chance to play against some real competitive chess players.
In essence, the JAC Chess Club is a great place for new players to start out learning the ropes as well as a place for great players to play against other great players (Michael O’Connor has lots of tournament experience, for example). It’s also a great place to come relax after a long day of classes, meet new people and learn a game that is enjoyable and will actually help increase your intelligence at the same time. We chess players at the JAC Chess Club hope to see more students come to visit and play with us in H-417 every Tuesday afternoon beginning at 4:30 PM.
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Hiring day is coming, be ready Sarah Tayeh Production Manager
As a part-time worker during the school year and full time worker in the summer, I know a little bit about how to get a job and what students should and shouldn’t be doing when they’re applying. First off is to have a proper CV written. You can achieve this in several simple ways. One, make sure it’s in French. You’ll most likely be working in customer service, and customers can complain and get you fired if you can’t speak French when they say “en francais sil-vous plait”. If you want to have a both French and English CV, print it double sided so that you have both languages. Make sure that the French is coherent. If it’s not your first language get someone to look it over for you. Second, your CV should only be one page long and no more. Normally at this age you don’t need to have a cover letter but if you’re applying for something more specific and high profile than a minimum wage job, it’s good to have one of those too. It shouldn’t exceed over ¾ of a page along with your contact info. Another thing to be watchful for when applying to a specific job, like applying to be a dance or vocal coach at a camp, is to clearly state what your experiences are in that field and if you’ve studied in that field as well. Thirdly, and I’m speaking from the experience of having to go through a
few CV’s myself, don’t put down skills that everyone can do just to fill up space on your CV. “Internet” is not a skill, it’s a tool that people use to be able to access the web, I don’t think that your body alone can do this. Putting down academic achievements is excellent, but there is a line that one should not cross, which is superficial achievement in elementary school, for example “hall monitor, great sharer award, milk box distributor, etc…” High school awards and recognition are valid and helpful to have on your CV, but not in too much excess. Employers are more interested in what you are doing now: your CEGEP program, extra curricular activities, volunteer work, and past work experiences. The fourth thing to watch out for is PRESENTATION, not only of yourself but also your CV and application form. CVs should be spaced accordingly and not cluttered, an appropriate business like font (not COMIC SANS obviously, even if it looks a little boring). Bold section titles on your CV or place a simple gray highlight for a line. Please also fill out your application form legibly and carefully. This means no messy quick handwriting and missing or incorrect information. Applications won’t even be looked at if the writing is eligible or sloppy. Fifth and final tip is personal presentation. Don’t come into a place where you might want to potentially work, even if its IGA, Adonis or
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McDonalds in dirty sweats and an oversized sweater with a shirttail sticking out the back. No one is asking you to come in a suit, but at least look a little more presentable. Another tip is to be persistent and ask to speak to a manager or supervisor. It’s easy to say no to a piece of paper (your CV) but its hard to say no to someone’s face. Please don’t be discouraged if it seems like everyone is getting a job because of connections and you don’t have any useful ones. Plenty of places hire without recommendations, the key is if they say they are going to call and seem interested in you but don’t call back. In this case, call them back and ask to speak to the same person again or come in person and ask what the deal is because you can’t be waiting around if they are not going to give you a job. Sometimes they just forget to call you, I’ve seen this happen and people getting a job for being a little annoying. Good luck with the job hunting! Don’t be too picky about where you apply and with you’re availabilities, be flexible. May 14 is official hiring day so get your CVs in before then.
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JACtivists Club Spotlight Kyle Shaw-Müller Contributor
When I say I’m a member of the JACtivists, people either look a tad confused and ask what we do as a club, or they suppress a giggle and ask me to clearly repeat myself. Often, when asked the former question, I’m quite confused—or, more specifically, disoriented. I almost always begin to answer by clarifying that the title “JACtivists” is a somewhat awkward union of our school’s acronym and the term “activists”. I then stare blankly, feeling as though that concise explanation more than suffices; the questioner consequently stares back, either with a patient “tell me more” expression, or, more often than not, a sort of “thank you Captain Obvious” smirk. So, I suppose the question warrants a real answer. At the base of it all, we are “activists”, in the broadest sense of the word. We tr y to be a democratic club in which members can hope to act on their ideas—whether that be by fundraising for an animal protection agency, changing school
We hope that you all had a wonderful week off and are ready to embrace the next seven weeks! Thank you to everyone who voted in the Referendum on February 29, 2012. It was great to see such a good turnout. The results of the Referendum were announced but for those of you who did not yet hear, John Abbott College will not be striking. Should you still have any questions or concerns about the tuition fee hikes, please feel free to stop by the SUJAC Office located in P-101 and speak to your Executives. There was a COAC (Confederation of Anglophone CEGEPs) meeting last Wednesday night and many interesting topics were discussed, including the tuition fee hike. The next and final COAC meeting will be on Thursday, April 26, at 7:00 pm (SH-104) right here at John Abbott College. COAC is open to any CEGEP student who wishes to participate! For more information, do not hesitate to contact your VP External, Allison O’Neil, or speak to one of the Executive members. Are you interested in becoming a SUJAC Executive? The Executive nomination period opens on Thursday, March 29, and the submission deadline is Friday, April 13, at 4:00 p.m. The SUJAC Executive Elections will take place on Monday,
policy, or anything else that makes a difference. However, the “J” in “JACtivists” can almost be seen as a symbol of that extra little bit we bring to activism. Not only are we a band of do-gooders, we also tr y to be a coherent community. Consequently, we’re a community with an increasingly coherent set of values. Of course, the following list of what we care about is not yet “official,” in the constitutional, lawyerish sort of way, but it more or less forms the gist of what we believe. At the base of our values is Compassion. What is this vague term? As far as we can tell, it’s a desire to alleviate suffering, in all its forms; compassion is, in many ways, caring. And it’s not only key to the solid development of communities, but also—most importantly—to the integrity of our other beliefs. Respect, our second value, is a natural outgrowth of compassion, as it is, simply, the acknowledgement of ever yone’s right to kindness and aid. Respect, in a sentence—regardless of beliefs
April 23, at 5:30 p.m. in SH-104. If you have any questions about what SUJAC does or what the role of an Executive member is, swing by the SUJAC office and have a chat with the current Executives. We can provide you with all the information you need. Just a reminder that Congress meetings are still taking place Monday nights at 5:30 pm in the Stewart Boardroom (SH-104) if you are interested in attending. You do not have to be a Congress member to come to the meetings. All John Abbott students are welcome to come and share your thoughts with the rest of the group; however, only Congress members have voting power. If you would like to know more about Congress and what is discussed at the meetings, please ask-we are always happy to talk with you. Remember SUJAC is here for YOU! SUJAC has re-opened our Food Drive outside the SUJAC Office (P101) in our famous grocery cart and are collecting non-perishable items for the upcoming Earth Day on Thursday, April 19, from 10 am to 3 pm in The Agora. All the items collected will be donated to Financial Aid Services for struggling students at John Abbott. Spring has sprung…we hope you are all enjoying the chance to study out in the sunshine!
or attributes—is among our primar y goals. It is only through being considerate of others that knowledge can be gained, and change made. In turn, hope for understanding and a better tomorrow is the third essential facet of our club. Without hope, how can one have the will to do or change anything? Finally, this highlights what many of us value most: permanent change. Often, “change” is used in popular rhetoric to sway many into harming themselves as well as others, all while, in other—sometimes related—circumstances, the word “change” masks the acts and intentions of groups as well as individuals who simply perpetuate a flawed system. The JACtivists, on the other hand, sincerely want change, to reduce suffering and inspire hope: we don’t simply wish to ease the symptoms; we want to get to the root of the disease. So, if you’re interested in lasting change, for the good of Compassion, Respect and Hope, consider joining, or dropping by one of our meetings at 4:30 (or 5:30) depending on your preference, Wednesdays in P-174! We always welcome visitors, whether you want to join or just hang out! And, as much as the above description may incline you to believe other wise, we’re by no means a super-serious or boring club. In addition to organizing a lot of fun, empowering events—a free food
program and inter-club potluck being some of our more ambitious plans—we’re also simply friends. However, between pancake and yummy perogie evenings, bake sales and—you guessed it—more eating, we devote most of our time to truly doing something for the world humanity calls home. We also have an amazing, recently repainted clubroom, which we share with the fabulous GALA (Gay and Lesbian Association.) Just look for the yellow door at the end of the second club hallway (across from the Oval). Though it’s often filled to the brim, we and especially GALA are always happy to have visitors!
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UNESCO admits Palestine at a price Sarah Tayeh Production Manager
This past week the media has been buzzing about the news of Palestine being accepted as part of UNESCO. Widespread applause greeted the result of Monday’s vote in the chamber where, out of 173 countries, 107 voted in favor, 14 voted against and 52 abstained. However, Palestine will only be an official member after it signs the UNESCO founding charter. UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is an important UN branch and Palestine hopes that being part of it will help them make their way into becoming a member state of the UN without having to rely on an agreement with Isreal or the US vetoing their entry. There are 16 other UN agencies that Palestine
hopes to join in the coming weeks; this includes the UN Security Council which will vote on its admission next month. While there was mainly applause for Palestine’s entry and Palistinians are obviously happy with UNESCO’s decision in Paris, it could pose as a huge problem to UNESCO. The U.S. is responsible for 1/5 of UNESCO funding which they have now cut, because of their foreign policy that states that, unless an Israel-Palestine peace agreement is reached, Palestine should not be accepted as one of its members. Therefore the U.S. will not be making the 60 million dollar payment scheduled in November. Even Canada has clearly stated that UNESCO should not expect them to cover or help cover the financial gap caused by the U.S. Canada already contributes 10 million a year to UNESCO and because they are disappointed with
the decision to admit Palestine they have decided to put a freeze on more voluntary contributions to UNESCO. While many see Palistine’s acceptance as a step forward for Palestine, the United States and those who voted
against think that Palestine’s admittance is premature and could cause further harm to an Israeli-Palestine peace agreement. Israel has also said that if Palestine becomes a member state of the UN they will cut off all peace talks with them.
fundamentalism has been underestimated in our country.” President Sarkozy responded by attacking his main rival, the Socialist Party candidate Francois Hollande, accusing his opponent of a laxity towards terrorists. Hollande, in turn, accused Sarkozy of poor form. Mohammed Merah’s brother, Abdelkader, had charges brought against him for alleged complicity in murder and conspiracy to commit terrorism, under the belief that he helped guide his brother’s actions. Through his lawyer, Abdelkader denied not only his involvement in the situation, but also the apparent misquoting by many media outlets saying that he was proud of his brother. He objected to the charges,
saying he felt like a scapegoat since his brother was killed before he could be tried. However, Abdelkader was not only part of the same extremist Islamic sect as his brother, he also reportedly had ties with at least one jihadist network. Many sources agree that this type of attack is a worrying first of its kind. “We are witnessing the next stage of terrorism in Europe,” said Sajjan Gohel, director of International Security at the Asia Pacific Foundation, a London-based counterterrorism think tank. Regardless, the situation is a tragedy that France is lucky to have halted as soon as it did, and one that will remain in the French consciousness for some time to come.
An end to terror in Toulouse Brendan McGarry Staff Writer
On March 21, after a 32-hour standoff, France’s elite anti-terrorism team RAID shot and killed 23-year-old Mohammed Merah, who for the past two weeks had been terrorizing Toulouse, France, killing 7 people (including 3 children) in unpredictable and brutally executed shootings. Merah was finally confirmed to be the shooter when French law-keepers tracked him down through his mother’s computer, on which he contacted a FrenchMoroccan paratrooper named Imad Ibn-Ziaten about buying his motorcycle before killing him, stealing it and using it to carry out his other killings. Initially, police came to arrest Merah, but he shot three of them (they survived) and barricaded himself inside his apartment. RAID (the Recherche Assistance Intervention Dissuasion) gathered outside but didn’t enter, as he was known to have an AK-47, an Uzi and several handguns. He at first agreed to come out at 10:45 pm, but when it arrived he announced that he would not surrender and would shoot anyone trying to arrest him. The forces threw two rounds of grenades into the apartment, blowing off the window shutters. No sign of life was detected until they went inside and were fired upon by Merah, who while jumping out a window to escape was fatally shot in the head. In addition to the first paratrooper, Merah killed two others, also of North African descent, and put a third into a coma
outside a bank on March 15. Four days later, he committed the worst school shooting in the history of France at the Jewish school Ozar Hatorah in Toulouse, shooting a Rabbi and his two sons (3 and 6), and also the head-master’s 8-year-old-daughter in the head at point-blank range. Shortly before he was caught, Merah called France 24, telling them about how he’d filmed the shootings and had put the videos online. He claimed to be involved with Al Qaeda and was motivated by the ban of the Burqa in France and by “the Jews [who] have killed our brothers and sisters in Palestine.” Later, while under siege, he also told negotiators that his attacks against the paratroopers were retaliation for the French Army’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan. Experts believe that he had not actually ever had contact with Al Qaeda, despite going to Afghanistan in 2010. Nonetheless, he was put on the US no-fly list and was put under surveillance by French intelligence. There remains confusion about how he obtained so many automatic weapons while under watch. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé voiced these concerns, calling for clarity on how Merah wasn’t more efficiently dealt with. Despite early unity between French parties—who ceased their campaigning for the upcoming elections, in the words of the National Front party leader Marine Le Pen, “as a sign of compassion and solidarity”—it quickly became a game of politics. Ironically, it was Le Pen to first break the mutual truce, saying “The danger of
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“Obamacare” challenged at Supreme Court It is one of US President Obama’s main projects both for his first term in office and his soon-tocome election campaign – the much-debated, much anticipated and even more hated health care reform that passed its crucial vote in Congress with only seven votes two years ago. And yet, the law is far from being established and acted upon, since a huge lobby of insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies as well as 26 US states and the Republicans have quickly filed a lawsuit at the Supreme Court, claiming that the reform is unconstitutional. It states that, by requiring all American citizens to get health insurance, the government would essentially force them to buy a commercial good, namely insurance. It is argued by the plaintiff that this would surpass the government’s authority of affecting citizens’ lives and would artificially influence the economy, which would be comparable to forcing Americans to only buy, for example, American cars. Obama and his government, on the other side, argue that the reform would simply make a shift in when and how people have to pay for healthcare costs. The US health care system is already money-based, a complicated patchwork of employerprovided insurance, public programs for veterans, the poor, elderly and
expensive insurance plans bought by individuals or families. Therefore, one has to pay either for an insurance or for health care at the doctor or hospital, which many people cannot afford. The healthcare system has been attempted to be reformed for several decades with absolutely no success, which makes this decision not only important for the elections in November of this year, but also as a statement of the law on a long-term project that doesn’t seem to die down. The Supreme Court is expected to make a decision around June 2012, five months before the presidential elections.
First donate - then eat It has only been two years since the Tories around David Cameron have been elected to govern Great Britain, but they are already rapidly approaching their second major scandal, this time directly from No 10 Downing Street. After the Murdoch affair that brought a tremendous amount of embarrassment both to Scotland Yard and Cameron himself, the latter has produced his very own political affair. This time it is not about wiretapping phones to get private information for newspaper stories, but about dinner parties at the Prime Minister’s apartment that have recently scornfully been renamed “donor parties” because, essentially, that seems to be their main purpose. Rich and influential people, including the usual bankers, Hedgefond managers and Real Estate investors that are associated with the Conservative party, were offered admission to dinner parties or private meetings with the Prime Minister in exchange for large sums of cash, ranging from approximately £ 100.000 to £ 250.000, as ex co-treasurer Peter Cruddas told a group of reporters from the Sunday Times who pretended to be rich investors. He assured them that, for the right amount of money, they could ask the Prime Minister anything they want and address personal concerns and wishes. Everything would, of course, be handled discreetly and might appear in a political debate in Parliament, and this seems to already have worked in some cases. The fact that influential and wealthy people could practically buy the Prime Minister’s attention sheds a new light on, e.g., the potential lowering of the top
income tax rate that Minister of Finance, George Osborne, announced last week. Peter Cruddas has by now stepped down and apologized for his bragging that, he claimed, entirely misrepresented the situation. David Cameron was also quick to distance himself from Cruddas, to say that his abdication was the right decision and to assure that the Conservative Party did not obtain money in illegal ways and is not bribable. The Labour party has demanded extensive investigation on who sought influence, who granted it and what the effects were. Since they themselves are financed mainly by syndicate donations, which evidently seek influence as well, a debate about the financing of British political parties has been proposed, with the hope of making politics once again independent and fair.
the past few days have been mixed. Some claim that a military coup was not the solution and has damaged Mali’s carefully built democracy. “I am really worried and totally disagree with the military coup. This is putting the country back … but I must admit that the army is right in so far as their claim that the Tuareg rebellion has not been managed properly. This is a very awkward situation, and in some ways, it is good that there will be new hands dealing with this situation,” says Seydou Baba Traore. Others claim that the coup was the only solution.
“We were losing our soldiers, and they [the government] did not want to give the army weapons to fight, or give them the resources to buy the weapons. The coup is justified,” says Lassine Camara. The world community, however, has more concrete feelings on the situation. Criticism has been apparent from the World Bank to the UN Security Council. Captain Sanogo claims that he will not cling to power and says “once this has been fixed, I’ll be able to say ‘Ok, go for election’ in a short period of time. I promise.”
Mali’s coup: Domino effect? Yasmine Mosimann Office Manager
It could be said that the ousting of Colonel Muammar Gadaffi has triggered a domino effect throughout Africa. One quite different from the Arab spring. On Wednesday, March 21, two mutinies on military bases by frustrated Malian soldiers, led to the ousting of President Amadou Toumani Toure and his government in a full-on military coup. However coincidental the timing may look, the tensions that led to this coup have been building for over two decades. It all started in when hundreds of Malian combatants, who had fought for Colonel Muammar Gadaffi fled back to their home country from Libya. With them they brought weapons, to form the most powerful ethnic Tuareg-led rebel group Saharan Africa has ever seen, known as the Awazad National Liberation Movement (MNLA). Joined by young recruits, the MNLA took over several key northern Malian towns.This is not the first rebellion Mali’s Tuaregs have staged. They have long complained that they have been marginalized by the country’s government in Bamako. The Malian government claimed that the rebellion in the north was under control, but it’s army knew otherwise. Their
vulnerability came from the lack of food and military resources, which the government wasn’t able to provide for them. The humiliation of easy defeat spread through the army, that claims that 82 of their soldiers were killed in combat in Aquelhok by the MNLA and al-Qaeda’s north African branch. The photographs documenting this massacre quickly spread across Mali, educating the truth to the public. Malian newspaper columnist, Adam Thiam, claims that “the Libyan crisis didn’t cause this coup but certainly revealed how the malaise felt within the army; President Amadou Toumani Toure hasn’t been active in tackling drug trafficking and al-Qaeda fighters, and the emergence of new rebel movements only added to the soldiers’ frustration.” For all these reasons angry soldiers took to the streets and began exchanging fire with forces that guard the presidential palace in Bamako, having its population race to the safety of their homes. The mutiny quickly spread to Gao, a strategically located Northern town. When Mali’s President Amadou Toumani Toure fled his presidential palace, the junta leader, Captain Amadou Sanogo, released a statement announcing the coup and ordering an immediate curfew. Public opinion of the events over
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Angry about student protests
If you’re so passionate about this movement, if you want your education that badly that you’re willing to be pepper sprayed in the eyes for it, I would think you are also willing to sell your luxuries, including those spiffy sunglasses, in order to afford your education. You can’t have it both ways. It’s just such a first world problem. 2. When interviewed by the media, I’ve seen a lot of students respond to the question, “Even after these hikes, Quebec will still have the cheapest education in North America. What do you say to that?”, in really ridiculous ways. One girl, I remember, said something along the lines of: “Well Denmark
has free education, why can’t we be like that?” Denmark has free education only because they pay through the nose with their taxes. They have higher taxes than we do, which are already pretty high. If the Quebec government did hypothetically erase these tuition hikes, how do you think they will compensate for that lost money? By increasing our taxes. In a way, I believe that the tuition hikes will do us good, if only they were decreased to let’s say 30% instead of a whopping 75% or so. Most importantly however, when you skip class and piss away the education you’ve already payed for in order to protest tuition fees, and then you don’t acknowledge how ironic, redundant and idiotic that is, THAT also really pisses me off. That’s the thing that gets at me the most, and the main reason why I’m so angry at these students. There’s nothing more harmful to a cause than a bunch of hypocritical students, most of whom are protesting just to skip class. You want to solve that problem? Hold your protests on a weekend, that way you don’t ruin class time for you and other students, and that way you also weed out those who are just there to skip class. If you really believe in a cause, do it the right way, show your support the right way, and most importantly, don’t ever, EVER interfere with other people’s lives claiming you’re exercising your democratic right.
not, they have got just the information you really want to know, right at the top. Which is exactly what can happen to anything you post on Tumb1r. They also have some very important rules about spam and what sort of behavior is not allowed on Tumb1r I was pleasantly surprised. Not all terms and conditions are boring and they are certainly not useless, so take the time and skim through at least the section headers to see what’s on there.
To start, I’m in the wrong to be angry about this. I acknowledge the fact that my parents have granted me with free education, and I’m in deep appreciation of them for that. I wont ever take that for granted. I also want to clarify that I personally do not agree with the tuition hikes. I think it’s ridiculous and I don’t trust the Quebec government to use this money properly. I would like to think it will go towards paying teachers more, but that’s a dream, a wish of mine I know will probably never come true. The reason I won’t go on strike is because, first off, I’m a CEGEP student. Secondly, I feel that the students who are protesting right now, most of them at least, are losing steam and credibility towards this movement. I feel that most are protesting just to protest. It’s almost become a trend to protest and voice your opinion, which in a way is absolutely fantastic. However, when you harass students who want to continue to go to class, that pisses me off. When you block buildings and streets, that pisses me off. When you don’t give students a choice to strike or not, that really, REALLY pisses me off. It’s ironic because it’s very un-democratic of you to tell students in your class that EVERYONE will be on strike. So much irony I can’t handle it.
I’m pessimistic about this because I’ve never trusted the government. I don’t believe these strikes will help and I don’t think they (the Quebec government) will ever care about students. They didn’t in the past, so why would they change now? It’s unfortunate because the media is only representing the clueless students who are unaware of the flaws in their movement, but so be it. Two of the main problems I have with these students are the following: 1. I know it’s a stupid argument, but I can’t help but consider it. When you protest holding out iPhones and while you wear 200$ pairs of Ray Ban sunglasses, it makes me die inside.
What a wonderful world of terms and agreements Sarah Tayeh Production manager
How many people actually read the terms and conditions when signing up for a site or entering a contest? Not many. Those who don’t or won’t even bother skimming it. It’s just a mouse drag down to the bottom to hit the accept button and get on with our lives. No one feels like they have the time to read the whole thing and the small print won’t enticing anyone either. However, the terms and conditions of all sites social or otherwise are important. If you knew that facebook could do whatever they want with the information or pictures you put up there, would you still hit the accept button? I think you would at least think twice about how much information you don’t want to belong solely ‘to you’ anymore.
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The Bander Wall
Emily Faulkner Contributor
Zach Duma Media and Technology
Missing you more than you’ll ever know. Wishing for a talk with you under the gazebo. Hoping you still think of me a lot. Our education stress and frustration fraught. Cigarette smoke bellows from your lips Ice Capp on our knees when we don’t sips Imagining you giving me that magic embrace. Reality evaporating to reveal you’re smiling face. Powerful hugs melt the world away. If only you were here with me today.
An ode to nicolas cage Myra Miller Contributor
FACT: Nicolas Cage is postmodern art. Which means that he may or may not be art, because I’m not sure if postmodern art really is art, since I feel art came to its ultimate conclusion with the end of modern art, but back to Nicolas Cage! Nicolas Cage, born Nicolas Coppola, changed his name to Nicolas Cage after a comic book character. A comic book character. He did this to distinguish himself from his uncle, Francis Ford Coppola. Nicolas Cage also named his son, Kal-El, after a comic book character. Nicolas Cage was once one of Hollywood’s most well-paid actors. Until he got addicted to buying castles, became broke, had to sell all the castles, and act in a bunch of (subjectively) shitty movies. He’s always wanted to import a castle from Europe to America. Nicolas Cage and Cher once starred in a movie together. This combination of awesome blows my mind. The evolution of Nicolas Cage’s hair is the only evolution I believe in (just kidding. maybe.) Nicolas Cage was once mar-
ried to Elvis’ only daughter. Nicolas Cage stole the Declaration of Independence. (In a movie, that is.) Nicolas Cage is a vampire. (Also in a movie.) However, a photograph from the 1800’s has been uncovered, and the subject looks
suspiciously like Nicolas Cage. So, Nicolas Cage may, in fact, be a vampire. Nicolas Cage is inexplicably on the cover of a Serbian biology book. Nicolas Cage claims he invented a style of acting. This new
style is called “Nouveau Shamanic” and it is his own unique style of acting. He aspires to write a book about the style one day. Nicolas Cage owns a variety of exotic animals. Including a pet octopus, Once upon a time, because “studying beings that are totally different helps him with his acting.” If Nicolas Cage was old, he would be Nicolas Age. If Nicolas Cage was a cage, then he would be Nicolas Cage. If Nicolas Cage was magical, he would be Nicolas Mage. If Nicolas Cage were a book, he would be Nicolas Page. If Nicolas Cage was wise, he would be Nicolas Sage. If Nicolas Cage (actually) made money, he would be Nicolas Wage. If Nicolas Cage was angry, he would be Nicolas RAGE!!! FACT: Nicolas Cage is the best actor to have ever lived.
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with Sierra Mon
Hunger Games Review Bee Clarke Opinions Editor
If you didn’t know that the Hunger Games came out in theatres last week, then you must be living under a rock, or extremely persistent in your quest to avoid teenage fangirls. Also, if you didn’t know that I’ve been looking forward to this movie, then you obviously didn’t read last issue, and I’m very disappointed. Now, I told you guys that I’d let you know if it lived up to expectations, and did it? Yes and no. Here’s why: No, it didn’t live up to expectations because the extreme fan girl in me set the bar faaaaaaar too high. I’d hope for an exact copy of the book, which obviously wasn’t about to happen. I mean, once I got over that, there were still a couple of things that I didn’t like: the shaky camera, the cutting of the most important scene ever (important for me at least) and the absence of certain characters. But what can a girl do? On the other hand, 95% of
the movie made me very very happy. The acting was stop on, from Cinna to Peeta to Katniss, everyone was perfect. I couldn’t have picked better actors myself. The accuracy of the movie to the book, despite a couple of changes stated above, was really on.
They managed to catch the essence of the book perfectly into this adaptation and leave me hungering for Catching Fire , just as the books did. The Hunger Games was one of those films that I knew that I’m going to need to see again just to sedate
my games craving, and that’s a good thing. The only other films to achieve this status in my books were the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Dark Knight. All in all, great film, and I’d recomended you go see it!
WWE Road to Wrestlemania Tour Tino Montelli Staff Writer
On March 16, the WWE came to town for a live wrestling show at the Bell Centre. There is no way to describe the atmosphere and the experience other than amazing. The event starts and I notice that the WWE has upped their production values for house shows. They had an actual entrance ramp unlike before where the wrestlers came out from a curtain. It was great to see that. The Canadian National Anthem plays and after that we are ambushed by the high-pitched screech of Vickie Guerrero. You can barely hear her from the massive reaction of people booing her out of the building. The first match was Jack Swagger vs Santino Marella for the United States Championship. It was a fun match to watch as Santino wins with The Cobra Strike. Next, The Miz came out and spoke in French. He said everything in Montreal sucks. The people, the Habs and even poutine! How dare he insult poutine! Anyways, he faced R-Truth and The Miz loses. Next up was a Divas match as Eve and Tamina teamed up against Natalya and Beth Phoenix. At the start of the match, Eve came out and apologized for her recent behavior. She said that from
this point forward, she was going to make it up to the WWE Universe. So when it was time for Tamina to tag in Eve, she completely blew her off and walked to the back, leaving Tamina to be beaten by Team Pin-Up Strong. After that was Chris Jericho vs. Kofi Kingston and it was a pretty good match. Jericho hits the Codebreaker and wins the match. Next, it was a triple threat match between The Big Show, Randy Orton and the World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan. At the start, it was Big Show and Orton teaming up on Daniel. But eventually, they attacked each other. It was
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such and entertaining match. At the end, Randy does a RKO on Big Show and Daniel being the sneaky guy that he is, throws out Randy and gets the pin on The Big Show. Orton, obviously pissed off about this, does a RKO on Daniel after the match. And for good measure the Big Show knocks out Daniel with one huge punch. After an intermission, it was Epico and Primo, the Tag Team Champions, with Rosa Mendez vs. Zack Ryder and Mason Ryan with Hornswoggle. Unfortunately, I missed the start of the match, but the match was okay. It was great seeing
Zack Ryder there. But Epico and Primo won the match. Next was a match that I was looking forward to. John Cena vs. Kane in a Last Man Standing Match. You just have to be there to hear the reaction Cena got. On TV, it just doesn’t do justice to how loud and how mixed the fan reaction is. The match was brutal and rugged. The end of the match has Cena delivered an Attitude Adjustment on Kane through a table. Kane could not get to his feet in the count of ten and Cena won the match. So finally comes the main event, as it’s Dolph Ziggler vs. the WWE Champion CM Punk. This was the best match of the night, doing what they do best. Even a run-in with Chris Jericho couldn’t ruin the match for CM Punk as Punk hits the G.T.S. on Ziggler and wins the match. After the match, CM Punk celebrated with the fans and on the mic said he appreciate the support of his fans and with WrestleMania so close to the horizon, thanked each and every single person that came to this show. Overall, the show was a blast and I had so much fun with my friend watching some live wrestling. Every match was entertaining and I hope the WWE returns to Montreal soon.
with Sierra Mon
Seeing the Colbert Report Live Brendan McGarry Staff Writer
Many people go to great lengths to see their favourite TV shows live as they’re filmed. Some shows have expensive tickets, or if there’s a high demand to be part of the audience, the tickets are even available only by lottery. However, when some friends and I went to New York this past March Break, we were able to see my long-time favourite comedic news personality Stephen Colbert—and for free. There are three simple things you have to do in order to be able to see Colbert live: 1) sign up online a couple of months in advance, and bring proof of your signup on the day that you’re seeing the show, 2) get in line at about 5:30 pm even though the recording starts after 7:00, and 3) be in New York. For John Abbott students, this is relatively easy since the New York trip that takes place every year during the March Break- is inexpensive, well-organized and gives you the freedom to do whatever you want. Something people might wonder, though, is this: “Is it really as good to see it live as it is on TV?” It’s a reasonable
question, since The Colbert Report is only a half-hour show, but the answer is a complete, resounding “YES!” even if you’re not a Colbert fan. One small drawback is that The Colbert Report team does overbook each show, so while they advise you to arrive at about 5:30, my friends and I did at 5:15 and the line was already half-formed. After a long wait, they passed us through a metal detector, then herded us into a big empty room like giddy cattle. They left us there watching an old show of Colbert’s on a large screen, presumably because we don’t know how to laugh at jokes and needed to be trained by example before the show. Finally, one of the interns came out and gave a spiel about how important the audience is as a natural laugh track. We were finally seated, and a comedian came to perform to get us warmed up while Colbert was getting ready. If you’re assuming that it would be some seedy, second-rate comedian they hired just to buy themselves extra time holding the audience members captive while they spent extra time preparing the script, you’d be thinking like me. I was wrong. He was hilarious,
brutally teasing a businessman in the audience for being a horrible person (in light of the Occupy movement and what-not), and making fun of all the nationalities present. He ended up performing for an hour since they were having trouble preparing for the show that night, but I was beginning to think that the comedian was possibly funnier than Colbert could possibly be. Once again, I was dead wrong. When Colbert finally came out, he first did a Q & A with the audience, out of character. It was surprising how short he is, since he has such a presence on stage. While he was very interesting and unbelievably quick on his feet and witty, he was friendly and surprisingly human. Just as I was getting used to the idea of him as a person, he started his
show, and everything changed. Whether it was his mannerisms or his posture, as soon as he was in character his presence grew to the point that he completely filled the room. His jokes seemed even funnier live, and during the interview, watching him come up with jokes on the spot was even more impressive than on TV because it’s easier to see how much pressure he’s under. After all the waiting, not only was it a lot of fun, it was the highlight of my trip. Even my girlfriend, who until then had barely seen any of Colbert’s show, really enjoyed it. I’d give the experience two thumbs up, five stars, and would recommend it to anyone going to New York.
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A fitting end William Mathieu Assistant Production Manager
I’d just like to warn you this article has spoilers in it. The Mass Effect series has gone from being a largely unknown name to a game in many people’s top 10; a genuine diamond in the rough. It has become the standard, benchmark of sci-fi roleplaying games. All proceeding games of this genre will now have to measure themselves based on the success of this franchise. We were once again blessed with the release of the third and final installment of the series: Mass Effect 3. The game was, unsurprisingly, highly anticipated and has done well with 890 000 copies sold so far. However, I can’t remember the last time a game has generated so much controversy. The first major issue with the game is the question of DLC. Normally a DLC is released a couple months to a year after the game’s launch; however Bioware decided to release a DLC at the same time as the game itself. Many gamers questioned this decision, asking why the DLC wasn’t on the disc or made free with the release of the rest of the game.
On top of the official DLC there is a wide range of brand name merchandise available to ME3 fans, each containing an unlock code for additional in-game content. If you add up the cost of the collector’s edition of the game, the DLC, and the merchandise it comes to 870$. At that point the “full game” is finally unlocked. And you can see why people got upset. The second thing that got fans feathers in a ruffle was the ending of the main quest, which was also the ending of the series’ main story. Fans criticised the ending for the lack of choice it gave them, given the fact that the game marketed itself as being a game of hard decisions. Furthermore, throughout the series the difficult decisions players had made didn’t have much of an effect on the outcome of the story. These decisions were not fully represented and often times completely absent from the final cut-scenes. Gamers got none of it; the final scene features three big decisions that would affect how the universe would be saved. The decisions seemed disjointed from the rest of the narrative, and besides small variations, the final cut-scene is the same regardless of the
choice you make. The reaction was like none I have ever seen and there is almost no need to mention that social media sites where over loaded with negative reactions. There was even a fund created by one of the fans that has raised 80 000$ and will be donated to the Child’s Play charity. This is only an example of the public out-cry. There have been numerous petitions created by angry fans, and I would not want to be the intern answering the angry e-mails at Bioware’s HQ. In response the Co-Creator of
Bioware, Dr. Muzyka, has released a statement saying that a correcting DLC is not off the table. He does however stress that the artistic integrity of the game should not be tampered with and voiced his displeasure regarding the negative feedback the game has gotten. There is no date associated with this new DLC, or any word on its content. Bioware has stated that regardless of the final decision, this is not the last time we will hear of Commander Shepard, whatever that means.
series like Battlefield and Call of Duty are popular: the large number of people playing creates the illusion of a real large scale conflict, instead of the intimate skirmishes split-screen multiplayer offers. There is also a technical reason why online multiplayer is replacing split-screen -with all the fancy graphical innovations that have been implemented over the last few years, it has become virtually impossible to have a beautiful looking game run smoothly on four separate screens on the same television. However, the popularity of online gaming should compliment split-screen multiplayer, not replace it entirely. Having played games like Halo: Reach both online, by myself, and offline with others, I must say that I had more fun offline. The experience is a much more personal and intimate one. Even when I do play online, I usually have some friends playing with me on the same console. Split-screen games are also a lot more fun at social gatherings and parties, as it is more entertaining to play games with your friends than it is to watch someone play against racist twelve-year-olds from Texas. Games like Super Smash Bros., Goldeneye,
Timesplitters, and Custom Robo have staying power when it comes to multiplayer, while a lot of games that have online components become obsolete once the sequel comes out. When it comes to addressing the technical problems that are faced when trying to make a graphically impressive game run smoothly in a split-screen mode, the solution is not that far fetched. Now that games have pretty much reached the peak of how good they look, focus less on making
them look even better and more on optimizing the technology you have to make them run better. To conclude, split-screen multiplayer plays an important part in creating a gaming community and creates a fun atmosphere where people can play together in one room and share some great experiences. I played Bomberman 64 until midnight with some friends a while back, and I had more fun than I have ever had when playing a game online.
I dream of split-screen Thomas Robinson Staff Writer
Split-screen multiplayer is a very interesting and magical thing. It can cause a variety of feelings that come from all over the emotional spectrum: hatred, love, jealousy, respect, annoyance, and satisfaction. Regardless of what is felt, there is no denying how fun it is to sit in the same room with your friends and play either with them or against them. Split-screen multiplayer has forged many friendships and rivalries, and has given me some of my fondest gaming memories. Unfortunately, with the rise of online gaming, local multiplayer is becoming less and less relevant, and split-screen games are in danger of becoming extinct. Let me just state that I understand why online multiplayer is quickly becoming a requirement in the gaming industry. The prospect of being able to play a game with several people around the world without having to deal with the tedious process of social interaction is an appealing idea. The large number of people you can play with also creates a sense of scale that can help enhance the immersion of a game. That’s why game
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Sports with Henry Park
Ultimate frisbee at John Abbott Cristiane Marceau Contributor
The fastest growing sport in North America is now available on your campus! This spring, John Abbott College will be the scene of a recreational outdoor ultimate league. Organized by the Association d’Ultimate de Montréal (AUM), this league will include 12 teams with players of all levels of ability. The games will be played on Monday nights, from April 9th to May 28th. Ultimate is fast, challenging, and emphasizes sportsmanship. The goal is to pass the frisbee from one player to another. Once you catch the Frisbee, you have to stop running. You score a point by passing to a teammate who is in the end-zone. It is a sport like none you have ever played before: men and women share the field equally, and no referee is present to make the calls for you. It’s a self refereed sport, which means that players have the responsibilities of knowing the rules and making their own calls. That’s why sportsmanship is such an important aspect of this game! Normally with 7 players on a side on a 110 per 40 yards field, this
spring league is played with five on a side on a 70 per 35 yards field. Same objective: catch a pass in the end-zone! Most of the rules and basics of the games are the same, with some modifications for the smaller field. The AUM offers rules clinics and mentoring programs to help new players understand the game. With our help, you will fall in love with this sport, and your passion will be contagious! The AUM was created in 1993, starting with four teams and less than a hundred players. Now, the AUM has over 3000 members, playing in every season, including all over the city and suburbs, indoors (in winter) and outside the rest of the year, even beach ultimate. The Fédération québécoise d’ultimate (FQU) was recognized by the Ministère de l’Éducation, des Loisirs et du Sport (MELS) in the spring of 2011. One of the FQU goals is to develop a college league in Quebec. We bet that John Abbott College will become one of the stronger programmes in the next few years. The Lakeshore Ultimate league was created by the AUM last summer with four teams. The fall league played at John Abbott grew to 8 teams. For this
spring we are looking to get more students involved. You’ve heard about it, it’s fun, it’s fast and it’s a great way to meet people. Ultimate is also an enjoyable way to stay in shape. Why play ultimate you might ask? Well for one, you will get your weekly dose of adrenaline, no doubt
about it! And let’s not forget about the social aspect of this league: contrary to other sports, socialization with the other team IS recommended! For more information about the LakeShore ultimate spring league, consult the AUM website: http://www. montrealultimate.ca/en/spring
won the award. The Phillies have one of the best one two punch combos in the major leagues next to the Giants and Angels. American league Rookie of the year favorite is Jesus Montero of the Seattle Mariners. The player who could potentially win this award next to Montero is Matt Moore, who is the next great pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays and we saw him pitching in the postsea-
son last year and he did well. National Rookie of the year favorite is Devin Mesoraco of the Cincinnati Reds. He was an early September call-up who has a lot of potential since he’s the full time catcher for the club. The other player who could win this award is Tyler Pastornicky of the Atlanta Braves, who may be the next Chipper Jones.
Predictions for the major league awards in 2012 Casey Dulson Staff Writer
This year’s American League Most Valuable Player favorite is Albert Pujols, who will likely go down as the greatest baseball player of all time once he retires. The other players who might have chance to take the MVP away from Puljos are Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees and finally Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays (even though he is on the cover of MLB 12: The Show, which is Cursed). He has hit 97 home runs in back to back seasons, which is a record -high. He deserves the MVP award but won’t win it because he plays for a team that never makes the playoffs. The only player to win MVP when his team was not in the playoffs was Alex Rodriguez of the Texas Rangers in 2003. National League Most Valuable Player Favorite favorite is Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who says he wants to have a 50 /50 which means 50 home runs and 50 stolen bases. If Kemp succeeds this goal he will be the first player to do it in major league history.
The other players who might take the MVP home are Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies, who seems like he will have an MVP season every year but never wins it. The other player is the Canadian-born and 2010 NL MVP Joey Votto, who is looking to have a bounce back year after a mediocre season in 2011. American league favorite Cy Young is last season’s winner and AlL MVP Justin Verlander, who had one of the greatest pitching seasons of all time and he is hoping to start where he left off last season so that he can make it to the World Series. The pitchers who might stop him from wining the Cy Young once again are David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays and CC Sabathia of the New York Yankees. National League Cy Young favorite is last year’s winner Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who’s hoping to have another Cy Young season. The other pitchers who could stop him are Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants, who is a two-time winner of the award and Roy Halladay, of the Philadelphia Phillies, who’s also
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