AQuinian St. Thomas University’s Official Student Paper
November 29, 2011 - Volume 76 Issue 11
Alcohol banned in Harrington Hall Prohibition to last at least the rest of first semester; university to revisit decision after the Christmas break Karissa Donkin The Aquinian
Harrington Hall has gone dry. Today marks the second day of an alcohol ban at the residence after several incidents this past semester grabbed the attention of dean of
students Larry Batt. Students aren’t allowed to use or possess open or unopen alcohol in Harrington for the remainder of first semester. The ban will be reviewed in second semester. “This decision relates to what’s been going on in Harrington Hall
this semester and how we felt it was necessary to respond to it,” Batt said. “Drinking was recognized as a contributing factor in exacerbating other conduct issues. Based on that, I declared this alcohol prohibition.” Discharged fire extinguishers, paper towel being set on fire and
broken glass throughout the residence are among the problems Harrington has faced. A fight during Harrington’s first house party of the year also netted the house some negative attention from residence life. Residents found out about the ban
in a Sunday afternoon meeting at the Ted Daigle Auditorium. The meeting, which Batt estimated 100 students attended, was compulsory. Another will be held today for students who couldn’t make the first meeting. SEE ANOTHER ON PAGE 4
University of New Brunswick defensemen Jonathan Harty scores the goal that tied Friday’s Battle of the Hill game at 3-3 in the third period against St. Thomas University goalie Charles Lavigne. UNB scored two more goals to finish the game at 5-3. STU had led the first two periods with three unanswered goals. (Shane Magee/AQ)
Crushing loss for STU
Battle of the Hill: Tommies lose to UNB for 28th consecutive time Kevin Stewart The Aquinian
The St. Thomas Tommies let one slip away in Friday night’s edition of the Battle of the Hill. The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds led an inspired comeback in the third period erasing a 3-0 deficit with four straight shorthanded goals, beating the Tommies 5-3. This is the 28th consecutive time the Tommies haven’t beaten their rivals since 2006. “We sat back,” said St. Thomas goalie Charles Lavigne who stopped all 23 shots he faced in the first two periods. “That’s exactly what we said we didn’t want
to do, but we did and we paid for it.” The Tommies looked poised to end a streak that has haunted them for five years, but when Varsity Reds defenseman Jonathan Harty jumped into the play shorthanded and beat Lavigne with a wrap around less than two minutes into the third period, the comeback was on. “We’re a team that needs sparks,” said UNB coach Gardiner MacDougall, “and if you can get a couple sparks together then we can ignite and get some momentum.” Harty`s goal was exactly the spark UNB needed, igniting the
Reds for four straight shorthanded goals, shocking the 936 fans in attendance. Harty scored twice, rookie Tyler Carroll and Dion Campbell tallied the other two shorthanded goals, and Bretton Stamler sealed the win with an empty netter late in the third. The Tommies were originally off to a quick start, when Jonathan Bonneau scored six minutes into the first. Steve Sanza extended the lead late in the first when he knocked in his own rebound past UNB goalie Dan LaCosta, who let in two goals on six shots in the period. SEE THREE ON PAGE 14
Four students, including Luke Savard pictured above, received more help than expected from the STU community after losing everything in a house fire on Charlotte Street on Nov. 18. (Tom Bateman/AQ)
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From the Editor
Let’s talk about you and me, and our sex column
I was probably 10 when I witnessed my first sex scene. I was home alone and had turned on HBO – Sex and the City was on repeat that day. I was never allowed to watch the show, but I didn’t understand why. Okay, so the title has “sex” in it – big deal. What’s the worst that could happen? While Sex and the City is never afraid to show the “secret parts” of a women’s body, the show rarely does so for males – except, of course, for one scene in the episode I chose to watch that day: Samantha and Richard at the rooftop pool. I froze. Should I shield my virgin eyes? Turn
down the volume? Find a channel to switch to in case my parents came home early? Or was I supposed to enjoy this? *** One in three university students claim to have sex once a week, according to a study in the U.K. A study in the U.S. says 79.5 per cent of college students 18 to 24 year old are having sex. In other words, we’re pretty big fans of the concept. And that’s why, no matter how different it has been each year, the editors of The Aquinian keep bringing back the sex column. Four years ago, there was Amanda Jardine, who, as a lesbian from small
town P.E.I., talked about the politics of sex. The following year, former features editor Megan MacKay took a comedic approach, while last year’s “Flaps and Shafts” allowed Diana Myers to explore the experimental side of sex – and boy, was there a lot of it. This year, we have two writers, Viola Pruss and Leanne Osmond, for the same sex column “Essential Credentials.” Both have yet another approach to a sex column. From their individual perspectives, both talk about the subjects we don’t necessarily want to talk about, namely masturbation, oral sex, one-night stands, while exploring the importance of intimacy. I, for one, have never been able to relate to a sex column as much as I do this year. But not everyone feels the same way. *** Last week, The Aquinian published a letter to the editor from someone who wasn’t seduced by this year’s sex
columnists. She thinks their topics are boring. She liked Diana’s column last year: Diana was racy, edgy and scandalous and that’s how a sex column should be. First of all, I’d like to thank Jana Thompson for writing this letter – we’re always open to feedback about anything you read in The Aquinian, so don’t ever hesitate to send us an email. Secondly, I understand where she’s coming from because she’s right, there isn’t a whole lot of sex scenes in this year’s sex columns (maybe that’s why I can relate). One of our columnists, Viola Pruss, who is originally from Germany, says she doesn’t write a lot about her personal experience because she doesn’t want to ruin what she has with her longterm boyfriend. But I think the other reason why she steers her column in another direction – the direction that talks about PDA and keeping the lights on – is because
it brings her cultural perspective into the mix. Her column makes readers question the North American way and wonder: What the heck are we missing out on? Is there more to sex than Sex in the City? *** There’s an entire range of possibilities when it comes to university sex columns – kind of like sex. We all have our own reasons for what we like and don’t like; who deserves it and who shouldn’t come within 10 feet of you (let alone climb on top of you). And no matter how much we like to think otherwise, we’re not always so good at talking about sex, whether it’s about our first encounter with someone of the same sex or about keeping those damn lights on. And that’s what a sex column is for. Or as Woody Allen said: “Love is the answer...but while you’re waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty interesting questions.”
Safety and its lingering paranoia Murder of Amber Kirwan has some students looking over their shoulder Katelyn DeMerchant The Aquinian
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When leaving the Harriet Irving Library, Lisa Bell was aware of a man leaving behind her. She made her way down the hill to the Lady Beaverbrook Gym and didn’t think anything of it until she realized he was still behind her. She was relieved to see students making their way to class, but in the back of her mind, the possibility of danger lingered. She kept walking and he kept following. “It was probably something as simple as we both were just headed in the same direction, but it really made me nervous how he was behind me the whole time. I just worried in the back of my mind that I might be in danger,” said Bell. She turned a corner and felt panicked, realizing there was no one in sight. Her heart raced and she went into a building nearby. She turned right and he continued left. It’s not an uncommon feeling among young women on campus. With the kidnapping and murder of Amber Kirwan in New Glasgow, N.S. earlier this fall, more are feeling vulnerable. It’s a reminder that even in communities considered safe, terrible acts of violence still happen. “The stories, because they are so close to home, stick with you and are there in the back of your mind. It kind of makes you paranoid thinking it could be me,” said Bell, a fourth-year student at the University of New Brunswick. Jane Bardsley, a third-year student at St. Thomas University, first heard of Kirwan’s disappearance in October when visiting a friend at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S. “We stopped at a store to get gas. On the front window of the store was a poster, obviously made by the people that care about her, pleading for any information about her [disappearance].
At night, students are warned to steer clear of the the trail connecting UNB and STU, also known as “the rape trail.” (Tom Bateman/AQ) “I thought to myself about how desperate one of her loved ones was when putting up that poster [and] how would I have felt in that situation. That’s when it really hit home.” Bardsley finds herself making a conscious effort to avoid walking home alone from classes. She is also more conscious about putting herself in unnecessary danger. “These things don’t happen...when you’re growing up in those areas. You know those things don’t happen. You associate that with a big city like Toronto or Winnipeg, not New Glasgow.” For STU graduate Tara Chislett, Kirwan’s murder pulls her mind back home. She grew up in New Glasglow and has been following the investigation. She remembers many times walking alone on the same stretch of road where Kirwan was last seen. “I used to walk that every time I would go to Dooly’s, every time by myself at three in the morning.” Chislett said the investigation surrounding Kirwan’s kidnapping and murder has struck a personal note. “It’s hard to watch from afar and it’s
hard to know that it could have been you. Reading about it and just knowing that I’ve been down that area. That I’ve probably been that girl that could’ve ended up in that really terrible situation.” While not sentimental about her home, Chislett checks the New Glasgow News website daily. She admits she is more aware of her personal safety here in Fredericton. “I know since this has happened I don’t go home by myself from the bar. Even here, which wouldn’t have been a problem before.” UNB security officer Steve Stafford said what happened to Kirwan should be in the minds of students, that they are being smart in being more aware of their own security. But he reassures students that there are facilities in place should any student feel in danger or in need of protection. “I think students here are pretty safe with us. We have Safewalk if someone felt they wanted a walk home, we also have SafeRide. There are quite a few different things we can do. “Students can always call us and we’ll be there instantly.”
STU helps four students left homeless by fire
Between the university and its alumni, victim says students each received $1,300; residence rooms also offered
Luke Savard stands in front of the rubble of his home 594 Charlotte St. (Tom Bateman/AQ) Karissa Donkin The Aquinian
When Luke Savard came home from the gym around 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 18, he was shocked to see fire trucks and people crowded outside his home on Charlotte Street. His roommate explained there was some smoke in the basement and it would be cleared up within the hour. The first-year St. Thomas University student left the scene to spend time
with a friend. When he returned to go to bed around 2 a.m., he found his house engulfed in flames. “Everything was on fire, the whole building. We were kind of in shock because we didn’t think it would be that big of a deal,” the 20-year-old said. “If I had have [known], I would have tried to at least go in and get some stuff. I had no idea it was going to be a big thing.” Savard was among four STU students who lost their home in the fire at 594
Charlotte St. He and his three roommates - two who also go to STU - had lived at the apartment since the end of August. The fire department said it was caused by a grease fire in the basement apartment. There were four other apartments in the house. Firefighters spent about six hours fighting the fire and deemed it unsafe the next afternoon. Savard visited the scene around 8 a.m. the next day and when he went back around noon, it was demolished.
Acadian Lines could avoid strike
Workers in N.B. and P.E.I. have been without a contract since Dec. 31 Karissa Donkin The Aquinian
Acadian Lines workers could have a new deal as soon as today, avoiding a strike that could disrupt bus service throughout parts of Atlantic Canada. Union members voted on a new package submitted by the company on Sunday and Monday. Mechanics, maintenance workers, drivers and customer service representatives from New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have been without a contract since Dec. 31. The package Acadian Lines has put forward covers contentious issues like salaries, benefits and work assignments, said Orléans Express spokesman Marc-André Varin. Orléans Express owns Acadian Lines. The company presented Acadian Lines with the deal on Friday morning after the two sides met with a conciliator. Earlier last week, the union gave its 72-hour strike notice and Acadian Lines scrambled to put a contingency plan in place. The conciliator urged the two sides to still come to the table and the union rescinded its strike notice on Thursday night. “We’ve made quite a bit of movement and progress on some of the issues,” Varin said. Glen Carr, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1229, which
represents the workers, said in a press release that the earliest strike date would be Friday if the union rejects the proposal. If the proposal is rejected and workers go on strike, Varin said there would definitely be a service interruption. “Hopefully we’re not going to get there,” Varin said. Federal Labour Minister Lisa Raitt is keeping a close eye on the Acadian Lines situation. Last week, Ashley Kelahear, press secretary to the minister, said Raitt was disappointed the two sides haven’t been able to reach an agreement and the union felt it necessary to give strike notice. Raitt threatened back-to-work legislation against Air Canada flight attendants earlier this year, saying it was necessary to protect the economy from a strike that could have grounded much of the country’s air travel. Kelahear couldn’t say if Raitt is considering similar legislation with Acadian Lines workers if a strike occurs. She said the government pursues the legislation if it’s in the best interest of Canadians and the economy. “Right now the focus remains on the parties making a decision and coming to an agreement on their own.” Student leaders are also hoping the two sides come to an agreement. “We hope they work out both sides
because a lot of students rely on the bus,” said Mark Livingstone, president of the St. Thomas University students’ union. If the workers go on strike, Livingstone said the students’ union would look into options to help students find other drives home. Chantal Whitman, vice-president student services of the University of New Brunswick student union, said the timing is bad for an Acadian Lines strike. “I believe it will have a huge negative effect on students if this strike does happen and lasts a while. I’m sure a ton of students rely on this service to get to and from home during the Christmas break,” Whitman said in an email last week. UNB doesn’t have a car pool program to help students find alternative drives home if the bus goes on strike, Whitman added, but she said many students use Kijiji to find car pools. Earlier this month, Carr said the main sticking points between the two parties are wages, seniority and pension benefits. Talks broke down at the beginning of November and workers accused the bus line of bad faith bargaining. Acadian Lines workers nearly went on strike in 2008 over the same issues. A deal was reached at the 11th hour to keep buses on the road. Check theAQ.net this week for updates on this developing story.
The clothes in his apartment were covered in soot and ashes. He was only able to save what he carried with him that night - his gym bag, a pair of sweatpants, his winter coat and an old pair of sneakers. His laptop made it out of the house too, but it has water damage and Savard is still waiting to find out if it works. But Savard is most concerned about losing all of his books and school notes in the fire. “As far as school goes, I am not doing the greatest but that stuff will work itself out.” The STU community has stepped up to help the four students affected by the fire and the support has made it easier for Savard to cope with losing his home. “It’s weird. A lot of people think that I’m in real rough shape but I’m not emotionally damaged as some may be. People have been supporting me and stuff like that, people have been very generous.” Dean of students Larry Batt said he first heard of the fire from sociology professor Syvia Hale only hours after it happened. “She wasn’t worried about marks, she was worried about them getting support,” Batt said. Before Monday, Batt was able to put out a call for help and has met with each student individually. The university has offered each student affected by the fire a $750 bursary, a
free residence room until Christmas and a meal plan. STU alumni has given them each a $200 Visa gift card. One student told Batt she lost her STU hoodie in the fire. After hearing that, Batt decided to give each student a brand new STU hoodie. Meanwhile, registrar Karen Preston contacted professors to let them know the students may need extensions on their essays and exams. Savard was surprised to receive so much help from STU community. “I was really happy. I knew they would help me out a little bit but I wasn’t expecting all this. “We calculated it and it was $1,300 so far that they’ve given to me. I wasn’t expecting that at all, I was very grateful.” Batt said the university will monitor each student’s situation and offer more help if needed. Savard is living with friends right now and plans to move into a new place within the next two weeks. When he signs the lease to his new home, he said he’ll definitely be buying tenant insurance. “I never thought it could happen to me. “It’s only $200 a year and it covers $10,000. It’s definitely worth it. I had easily $10,000 worth of stuff in that house.” He cautioned other renters to do the same. “You never know if it will happen to you or not.”
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Grant-Harvey Centre set to open in April 2012 Complex will be the new home of the Tommies Shane Magee The Aquinian
Right now, it’s a pile of mud. But next year, it will be the ice the Tommies will play their home games on. The new home for St. Thomas University hockey is expected to be complete in April 2012, according to the city. “We are excited,” said athletics director Mike Eagles. “It’s a big addition to our program.” He said with more universities using newer facilities, the Grant-Harvey Centre will “give us the opportunity to get up to the level or surpass the level of facilities that a lot of teams have now.” The complex, located at 600 Knowledge Park Dr., will feature a 1,500-seat NHL-size ice surface as the main rink, and a 500-seat Olympic-size rink. The coaches’ offices will be in the building as well as a fitness area. The new arena helped STU land the women’s Canadian Interuniversity Sport National Championships in March 2014. The Tommies’ current home is the Lady Beaverbrook Rink, which first opened in 1955. Eagles said the new building will have features the LBR doesn’t.
“Parking alone will be better for fans. It’ll have glass all the way around versus the end wall at the LBR and higher glass which will make it safer for fans. It has a bigger ice surface, NHL-size, that we’re not playing on right now. “It’s going to be a real first-class operation.” On Friday, construction crews were hoisting long insulated panels, which will be both the interior and exterior walls of the building. They hope to have that work done by Dec. 15 before the worst of the winter weather starts. Then they can work on the interior as the heavy snow starts falling. Construction of the building, which will cost $29.2 million, remains on budget according to Tony Hay, Fredericton’s assistant director of community services. Hay said the building is on schedule to be finished in April. He also said the LBR will remain open even with the new Grant-Harvey Centre. The provincial and federal governments are each contributing $3.5 million to the new building while STU will pay $1.2 million. The city will pay the other $21 million.
Construction continues on the NHL-size ice surface where the Tommies will play next year. (Shane Magee/AQ) The building name was picked by the city to honour two of Fredericton’s best known professional hockey players - New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame members Danny Grant and Buster Harvey. Moving from the LBR to Grant-Harvey will have one disadvantage: with STU athletics focusing on getting more fans to games, the rink will be five km from campus with no direct bus route. Manager of Fredericton Transit Sandy MacNeill said there have been
Eagles said while there have been a few delays - at first, he thought they might be in the building by 2009 - he will be happy to see the puck drop for the first game next September. “It’s been a long time coming, the city has been talking about rinks for a while and there have been a few delays…but I’m absolutely thrilled our programs are going to go in to this new facility,” Eagles said. Fredericton High School will also use the building for their games.
Celebrating the ‘stache Second annual Movember gala set for Wednesday
STU student Jonathan Munn sports a handlebar moustache. He’s been featured on STUSAC’s Movember Wall of Fame. (Tom Bateman/AQ) Laura Brown The Aquinian
preliminary discussions about a bus route. “We’ve talked about adjusting an existing route to go down Knowledge Park Drive so it would go by Grant-Harvey,” said MacNeill. He said because the building isn’t directly beside the road, there wouldn’t be a bus stop directly beside the building. No final decisions have been made and he said there likely won’t be any changes until the fall.
There was the pencil in the 50s, the chevron in the 70s and the horseshoe in the 80s. Styles of the moustache have changed through the ages, but recent years have brought the hairy upper lip back in a different way – for charity. Movember is an annual event that involves growing a moustache during the month of November in support of prostate cancer research. The St. Thomas University Student Athletics Council (STUSAC) is making sure the men at St. Thomas have a hairy upper lip until the end of the month. They have organized their second Movember Gala, a semi-formal event that raises money for the Movember
organization. Hannah Davies is one of the organizers and said Movember is not only a good cause, but is also a lot of fun. “Seeing all different types of men, from students to professionals, grow out their moustaches is always entertaining,” she said. The gala is being held at the Hilltop on Prospect Street, beginning at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Davies is encouraging everyone to go, not just those who participated in Movember at STU. So far, they’ve raised $1,800 and hope to increase it to their goal of $3,000 on the night of the gala. “But $1,800 is already more than we raised last year,” Davies said. It isn’t Jonathan Munn’s first time growing a hairy upper lip for the cause. He did it as a senior in high school, and
feels like it’s a way for men to spread awareness about prostate cancer just like women wear pink to support breast cancer. “The reason that this is important is people that participate are not only growing stellar ‘staches, but also are contributing in helping find a cure for prostate cancer through research,” the first-year STU student said. He also feels like the moustache fad has come back in full-force and it doesn’t matter what style you’re sporting. “The moustache fad comes and goes,” he said. “It seems to me, when some people grow a moustache it just sticks, literally and figuratively.” Munn has been featured on STUSAC’s Movember Wall of Fame, where each week a photo is taken of each participant’s moustache progress. The wall is featured in the Sir James Dunn Hall cafeteria. Munn’s been doing very well, fashioning what he calls a “handlebar.” “The style I had previously was named by a friend as the “Tommie T,” but now I just have a handlebar, wax and all,” he said. People must be 19 years or older to attend STU’s gala. It will feature a DJ, drink specials and prizes for the best moustache. Tickets are $10 and will be sold at the door with all proceeds going to the Movember Foundation for prostate cancer research. The Movember Foundation was founded in 2003 in Australia. Since then, the moustache has made its way around the world. Movember began in Canada in 2007. Since its beginning, Movember has inspired 1.1 million “mo-bros” to participate. Munn said he doesn’t mind growing a moustache for a good cause at all. “It does get itchy quite a bit though,” he said. “The ‘stache does seem to catch the eye of people passing by.”
Another residence meeting happening today Continued from page 1 First-year student Jeremy Rasch left during the question and answer period of the meeting. He doesn’t think an alcohol ban will solve any of Harrington’s problems. “I think a better approach would have been if they just would have taken out guests for a while because they’re the people that are mainly doing the damage to the house,” he said, adding that he hopes the ban doesn’t last long. “During the meeting, they talked about all the negatives and none of the positives. That kind of made us look really bad.” Third-year student Michael VanTassell, who lived in Harrington for his first two years, said the ban could do more harm than good. “When you put these kinds of arbitrary restrictions on people, it will put them under a kind of pressure to make them want to act out more. “Usually [with] these kinds of things, it’s the actions of a few small individuals with poor judgment.” A better solution would be to spend more time educating people in all residences about drinking in moderation, he said. Most students contacted about the alcohol ban refused to speak to The
Aquinian. One student who thought the ban was fair wouldn’t give his name, saying he would be the most hated resident in Harrington. Harrington’s recent woes were highlighted in a report by Nancy O’Shea, director of student life and retention. Bill MacLean, director of facilities management, said the recent problems raise questions about issues of health and safety. “We’re aware that we need to have extinguishers available at all times. We’re moving into a different situation than somebody partying and having one drink too many,” Batt said. Enforcing the ban, which Batt admitted could be difficult, would fall under the responsibility of residence life staff. Residence manager Kelly Hogg said the ban will be enforced like any other residence rule, meaning students could face fines or other sanctions if they’re caught with alcohol. But she couldn’t specifically say how residence life staff would know if students had alcohol in their possession. Hogg has been working at STU for the last five years. Before that, she was a student at STU living in Vanier Hall. During her time at the university, Hogg can’t remember another outright alcohol ban.
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Feeling left out Transfer student doesn’t feel valued by STU Alyssa Mosher The Aquinian
Donnell Willis transferred to St. Thomas University for all the right reasons: small class sizes, a tight community and a great human rights program. She decided to shift course after working in a homeless shelter in Calgary where she had been studying psychology at the University of Alberta for three years. She wanted to fix the system so that the people she saw at the shelter didn’t fall through the cracks. She wishes STU could do the same for her. Now in her second year at St. Thomas, a lack of scholarships available to transfer students and her omission from the dean’s list have Willis feeling undervalued by the university. “Sometimes I just feel like being a high achiever and trying to get all these things and working so much, you’re better off to just relax and go have fun and financially struggle and then apply for scholarships,” said Willis, who won’t be going home for Christmas this year because she can’t afford the $1,000 flight. In order to make the dean’s list, students must have a minimum A- average with 30 credit hours within the September-to-April academic year.
After taking a few years off between her studies at U of A and at STU, Willis decided to only take four courses - or 12 credit hours - her first semester last year in order to ease back into university life. And even while working two jobs, the 25-year-old finished last year with a 4.0 average. Had she known this would hinder her dean’s list eligibility, she said she would have “sucked it up” and taken five courses that first semester. “All the hard work that I’ve done, it’s for myself, and I don’t need the school to recognize it. It just seems a little ridiculous that...I don’t even get an invitation for a dinner when I’ve busted my ass to get what I have. “I just feel like the students who do work hard sometimes don’t get recognized. I think they should look at, like, why are those qualifications in place.” While he understands Willis’ frustration, Larry Batt, dean of students at STU, said sometimes that’s just the way it is. “Dean’s list eligibility is based on performance at St. Thomas with a minimum grade and it’s a recognition of pretty much the top 10 per cent of our students,” he said in an interview, accompanied by Kate Crawford, director of recruitment, and registrar Karen Preston. “It’s an entitlement. “Not every student who does well gets an award.”
Donnell Willis, a transfer student from Alberta, wishes she had more support from STU. (Tom Bateman/AQ) According to Preston, the university’s policies allow every student to work off the same playing field – transfer student or not. “You have to make sure you’re comparing the same thing,” she said. The university’s entrance scholarships are based on high school grades as the last grades the students achieved. Upper year scholarships are based on STU grades, something transfer students have yet to acquire. However, all STU students, including transfer students, are immediately eligible for millennium bursaries. The bursaries are given out based on emergency financial need. This year,
the university had a total of $30,000 to offer students. According to the list of scholarships posted on the STU website, Willis qualifies for over 10 upper year scholarships or bursaries. She’s applied for two, as well as filling out the generic scholarship forms as suggested by the registrar’s office. Willis doesn’t think she’s the only one who has fallen through the cracks. Willis’ friend, Laura Rogers, transferred to STU to pursue human rights after she spent a year at Mount Allison University. Like Willis, even though her GPA was high enough, she didn’t make
the dean’s list this year because she was short three credit hours. She has yet to receive any scholarships either. STU has 115 transfer students this year, a group that recruitment director Crawford says is hard to target. These students come from all over, she said, making it harder to make them feel welcome. Crawford hopes transfer students don’t feel alienated because of lack of scholarships available initially. Willis still loves STU for the same reasons she did a year-and-a-half ago. She only wishes the university could reciprocate that love in more tangible ways.
Less-lethal weapons are still weapons STU student wins
Last week, students at the University of California Davis participating in an Occupy UC Davis protest were pepper sprayed in the face by a campus police officer. The students weren’t only protesting the gross economic inequality that has been taken on by occupiers in cities across North America and around the world. Occupy UC Davis emerged in a context of increased student activism in California. Since 2009, students have been pushing back against 30 per cent increases in tuition fees and the gutting of their public university system. Twenty years ago, tuition fees at the UC Davis were around $2,000 – similar to tuition fees at St. Thomas University 20 years ago. This year, tuition fees at UC Davis top $13,000. The University of California system is no stranger to student occupations, and in comparison to the series of student occupations of buildings over the past two years, a few tents in the quad was hardly extreme. The student protesters were nonviolent, sitting on the ground in a circle. The pepper spray – pointed
directly at students faces with the officer standing maybe a foot or two away - left several students in the hospital and others vomiting blood. The pepper spray used by the police officer has never passed a health risk study, despite being used for years, and even if it had, the police officer used it at a much closer range than the manufacturer’s recommendation. When I first saw the video of this, I asked myself: When does it become normal for police to respond with violence when confronted with non-violent protest on a university campus? But I didn’t have to think for very long to realize that violence in response to non-violent student protest is as old as non-violent student protests. From students active in the civil rights movement to the Kent State Massacre – where the national guard shot (and killed) four unarmed students protesting the American invasion of Cambodia – violent response to student protest is nothing new. And neither is dismissing the violence as measured or necessary. The trend of calling weapons
“non-lethal” or “less lethal” is particularly disturbing, including pepper spray, water cannons, sound cannons, rubber bullets, tear gas and tasers. From Tahrir square to Toronto to Athens to UC Davis they’re used to stifle dissent and protest. The problem is less-lethal doesn’t mean not-lethal, and not-lethal doesn’t mean non-violent. From Germany to Egypt to the U.K. to Iraq to Canada, around the world, less-lethal weapons have, in recent years, resulted in death, eyes being torn out, and a lot of people in hospitals. Many of the news reports on last week’s incident at UC Davis characterize it as a scuffle between protesters and police or as a back and forth of violence - even though video clearly shows protesters sitting on the ground, not in any way attacking police. We’re living in a world where nonviolence is equated with not causing a disruption or inconveniencing anyone if you’re a protester. But when it comes to police all that’s required to meet the standard of a peaceful and measured response are less-lethal weapons. Universities have historically been spaces for debate and movements for social change. And as continued protests at UC Davis after last week’s police violence have shown, that’s not about to change.
Rhodes Scholarship Laura Brown The Aquinian
On Saturday morning, Mary-Dan Johnston was trying to figure out “the right thing to say” to the Maritime Rhodes Scholarship committee. She walked into the interview at 11:15 a.m. thinking it would be “really intense.” Johnston - who is pursuing an interdisciplinary major in globalization and justice - discovered the committee just wanted to hear more about who she was. “I guess they liked me,” Johnston said in an interview Sunday evening. At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Johnston got a call telling her she had won the Rhodes Scholarship, a $100,000 award that pays for a post-graduate degree at the University of Oxford. The interviews were in Charlottetown, P.E.I., and Johnston was driving back to Fredericton when she got the call. She and her mother were about to pull onto the off-ramp in Dieppe. “The chair of the committee started off with just a bit of conversation. He sounded happy to talk to me and then said, ‘I have some exciting news for you.’ “My mom could hear what he was saying and gears started to turn in my head. I was staring ahead at the road and I could hear my mom start to sob as she pulled to the side of the road.” St. Thomas University has had two Rhodes scholars – Matthew Carpenter-Arévalo in 2003 and Stephen
Brosha in 2007. Each year, scholarships are awarded to 11 Canadian students with a GPA of at least 3.75. Rhodes scholars must also be wellrounded students involved in extracurricular activities like sports and volunteer work. The 22-year-old said she was approached by professors at STU to apply and sent her application in for Sept. 28. She found out on Nov. 10 she had gotten an interview. About 50 Maritime students usually apply and this year, 11 were interviewed. But Johnston said she never thought it might become a reality when she was working on the application. “Just last week I was in Toronto visiting York University. I was looking at lots of grad programs in Canada. I never thought it would be the United Kingdom.” Johnston spent a year in a Cape Breton community helping people with developmental disabilities, has been active on campus with the students’ union, is an avid musician and is on STU’s cross country team. Another Maritimer, Rebecca Dixon from Mount Allison University, was also named a Rhodes Scholar. The Rhodes Scholarship has been awarded to undergraduate students in the British Commonwealth since 1902. It was named after Cecil Rhodes, founder of diamond company De Beers.
Who let the Sheepdogs out?
STU Chess Club @ The HCH Conference Room, Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Saskatoon rock and roll band to make two appearances at the Capital Complex this week
STU Jazz in Concert @ Kinsella Auditorium, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Students for Sustainability Holiday Craft Sale @ JDH, Dec.4, 2-5 p.m. Advent Mass @ St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel in GMH, Nov. 29, 9-11 p.m. STU Singers Concert @ St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel in GMH, Dec. 5, 7-8 p.m. Adult tickets $10, students $5 Theatre UNB presents two one-act plays, Chamber Music and The Apollo of Bellac, @ Memorial Hall, UNB Campus, from Nov. 30 Dec. 3, 8 p.m., tickets $10 for adults, $6 students
Gallery: Herménégilde Chiasson’s Identities @ The Yellow Box Gallery, runs until Feb. 15, 2012 Strength @ The Charlotte Street Arts Centre, runs until Dec. 15 Fredericton Art Club 75th Anniversary exhibition @ Government House, Nov. 7- Dec. 2, weekdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Lenka Novakova’s Rivers and Skies @ Gallery Connexion, runs until Dec. 1
Playhouse: TNB presents The Gifts of the Magi, Dec. 1-2 @ 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3 @ 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 4 @ 2 p.m. Adult tickets - $40, student - $10, member - $32.50
Film: The NB Film Co-op presents The Debt @ Tilley Hall, UNB Campus, Nov. 28, 8 p.m, member - $4, regular admission - $7 Cinema Politica Fredericton presents The Women of Brukman @ Conserver House, 180 John St., Dec. 2, 7-9 p.m.
Music: Hollerado with Reversing Falls @ The Capital, Nov. 29, doors at 8 p.m., tickets $12 The Sheepdogs with Monster Truck @ The Capital, Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, doors at 9 p.m., sold out The Stogies with The Ascot Royals @ The Cellar, Dec. 2
They’re called The Sheepdogs, and they certainly are shaggy. Shaggy, and taking the rock and roll music scene by storm. This week, the Canadian band will bring their oldschool rock and roll to a sold-out crowd at the Capital Complex - twice. “This Canadian tour has been kind of sweet – we’ve sold out all over the place,” said the band’s vocalist and guitarist Ewan Currie in a phone interview. The Sheepdogs’ popularity has exploded since being on the Aug. 18 cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The group beat out 15 other bands to win Rolling Stone’s “Choose the Cover” contest, making them the first unsigned band to appear on the cover in the magazine’s history. The band hails from Saskatoon, Sask., and is made up of Currie, Leot Hanson on guitar, Ryan Gullen on bass and Sam Corbett on drums. In October, Capital Complex booking agent Zach Atkinson told The Aquinian the Sheepdogs sold out their shows in Fredericton, Moncton and Halifax in 24 hours. But it wasn’t always that way. “We’ve had a lot of tours where we didn’t have any idea who was going to be there, and you just have to try and win over whoever happens to stumble into the bar that night,” Currie said. “And this year, between all the events and the media attention we’ve gotten, a lot of these shows sell out and we’re thrilled.” The band toured across Canada for a few years, but found it difficult to break onto the international music scene, and specifically in the United States.
Since being featured on the Aug. 18 issue of Rolling Stone magazine, The Sheepdogs’ popularity has exploded. The band is now on a cross-Canada tour, playing two sold-out shows in Fredericton this week. (Photo by Matt Dunlap) “There’s certainly been a lot of Canadian bands who’ve achieved great success in Canada and then haven’t had that outside,” Currie said. “They’re sort of home grown, and they’re drawing huge crowds in Canada, but when they step over the border into the U.S., the crowds are completely different.” Currie said he wasn’t sure if there’s a stigma attached to Canadian bands or if there’s such a thing as a Canadian sound. He said there is a “cool quotient” that’s familiar in the country’s indie music scene, but one that they don’t particularly identify with. “We just sort of focus on doing our thing and let it come as it may.” Currie said the band is also focusing
on getting touring opportunities outside of Canada. Being a part of festivals like South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, he said, helps to get your name out. “We went over to Australia for a whole three days and played at this Brisbane festival. We got to play in front of a lot of good people there, and [the idea is] that it sets up future tours. “We’re touring in Canada, but we’re also making sure to get out in the U.S. and also jumping overseas too. And so it’s good that we’re doing that right now instead of, using the term very lightly, making the kind of victory lap in Canada. You don’t want to get too used to just having really good shows
in Canada.” With a Rolling Stone cover, an episode of Project Runway devoted to dressing the band, an appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and one of their songs being featured on CSI, The Sheepdogs have had a year full of media attention. Currie said returning to their hometown, though, will always be special. “People find it interesting that we’re from this part of Canada that they don’t really know about – “Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, that’s kind of a funny name.”” The Sheepdogs play Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at The Capital Complex. Both shows are sold out.
Choir creates spontaneous soundscapes Overtime Improv Choir provides equal opportunity for music newbies and experts Nicole Vair
Sitting in the basement of Gallery Connexion, the green and grey, dimlylit walls set the mood for an artistic evening. Every Monday night, the Overtime Improv Choir comes together to create spontaneous soundscapes. Tucked away in downtown Fredericton, this group is not your usual choral ensemble. It all began a year-and-a-half ago when Joel LeBlanc took a trip to Toronto. There he met Christine Duncan, who directed an improvising choir. An improv choir is based primarily on conduction cues rather than structured music. The group comes together like a traditional choir, but instead of performing rehearsed songs and reading sheet music, the art is created in the moment. “She told me about this and I just thought it was an amazing idea,” LeBlanc said. “There’s a certain amount of transparency that comes with it. If you have never done anything in your life musical then this is for you. Or for the very experienced veteran-expert, this is also an
equally valid place for that person. You can live on the same kind of plane.” LeBlanc ended up composing a piece for the improv choir in Toronto, and from there he thought it would be interesting to extend the idea and create a choir in Fredericton. “I like the idea of music being inclusive, not just for experts. It’s an opportunity for us to get together once a week and to hash out ideas.” Everyone sits around a small set of tables, their eyes fixed on LeBlanc. He has a notebook in front of him and a recorder set on the table. As he taps on salt and pepper shakers, everyone goes around making different sounds at different levels. Everyone is focused on the task at hand. “What will often happen, as long as you let them go, you will get this really complex and dynamic sound that gradually moves into a single unison sound,” LeBlanc said. “I am always trying to encourage people to maintain their own sound and be confident in it no matter what – for them to maintain their independence.” The Overtime Improv Choir
performed three concerts last year. They have a handful of cues and create vocals on the spot with free improvisation. The group is open to anyone and it’s free of charge. You can show up for one week and come and go as you please. “I am trying to encourage the idea of using improvisation as a way for everyone to make music together quickly, without having any previous knowledge
of any kind of instrument or theory,” LeBlanc said. “Just giving it a crack. Most people are scared to death when they hear the word improvisation, but by doing this, I try to show that there is a lot more going on that you can work at and practice with.” The Overtime Improv Choir meets every Monday night from 7-9 p.m. at Gallery Connexion.
“I like the idea of music being inclusive, not just for experts,” said Overtime Improv Choir director Joel LeBlanc. (Nicole Vair/AQ)
Beware the attack of the Fredericton ninja squirrel Local film student’s YouTube video attracts international - and celebrity - audience on MTV, major joke websites Mark Loggie The Aquinian
Jacob Bustin never guessed that capturing a squirrel attack on camera would be his first claim to fame. The 20-year-old studies film in Fredericton at the Centre for Arts and Technology. He was shocked to see his video go viral after he uploaded it on Oct. 31, and said he hopes it will bring his aspiring production company some much needed attention. You may have already seen it circulating on comedy video hosting sites. It’s called “Ninja Squirrel VS Stoners,” and in less than a week it has been viewed over half a million times. The video features Bustin and his friend Tyler as they investigate a strange sound in a garbage can that turns out to be a vicious, springloaded squirrel. It may seem silly, but Bustin said the emails from major websites are already pouring in. “We first noticed that the Huffington Post got a hold of it, and it started getting hundreds of thousands of views there,” he said. “Then it was on CollegeHumor. com. We were just amazed so many people were watching it.” After that, major sites like FunnyorDie. com, Jokeroo.com and Ebaumsworld. com started writing Bustin asking for
Bustin studies digital film at the Centre for Arts and Technology. His course has him practicing camera work, video editing and special effects software. He wants to be a professional filmmaker and he said YouTube is the perfect place to start. “I have an aspiring film company called Cannibustin Films that I started with some friends. We don’t just want to exclusively make comedy videos, but they’re definitely the only way to go if you want a video to go viral.” The small taste of fame has inspired Bustin to start making more videos with his friends in and around Fredericton. “Coming up with something or just capturing something really funny isn’t the hard part. It’s just a matter of being at the right place at the right time. The “The fact that Robin Williams has seen and laughed at my video makes me want to cry,” said Fredericton film student hard part is making it catch on. We sort of Jacob Bustin. Scan the QR code at the end of the article to view the video, titled “Ninja Squirrel VS Stoners.” (YouTube) lucked out with ‘Ninja Squirrel,’ but now permission to host the video. An agency attention of actor and comedian Robin MTV got Bustin’s permission to air the we’re trying to learn more about promotcalled Japanese Media contacted him Williams, who jokingly called the video clip, and even filmed a parody video. Bus- ing and distributing viral videos. I want to looking for permission to air it on televi- “one of the greatest films of all time.” He tin thinks the reason so many people find make a living out of this.” sion in Japan. then went on to poke fun at Bustin and the video funny is because of his unseen Now his video is being played all his friends in an impromptu sketch, up- reaction. around the world. loaded on popular vlogger Ray William “You can’t see me in the video, but I’m “Once we started getting letters ask- Johnson’s YouTube channel. sort of freaking out from behind the caming us if it was okay to host the video “The fact that Robin Williams has seen era, and my voice sounds really funny,” from websites that weren’t small-time and laughed at my video makes me want he said. “We’re just talking like stoners - I knew it was going to get really big,” to cry,” said Bustin with a snicker. and we’re both shocked and laughing. Bustin said. Since the video blew up, it’s made nu- I think people are laughing more at us The video has even gotten the merous appearances all over the web. than the squirrel.”
Former politician examines own identity through art New Yellow Box Gallery exhibit presents the work of former Lieutenant Governor Herménégilde Chiasson Nicola MacLeod The Aquinian
Herménégilde Chiasson has been photoshopping since before Photoshop existed. This past Thursday, St. Thomas University’s Yellow Box Gallery officially opened Identities, its newest exhibit. The collection is from the early works of Chiasson, who was New Brunswick’s Lieutenant Governor from 2003 to 2009. Along with his political history, Chiasson is an accomplished Acadian artist. Originally from Saint-Simon, N.B., he’s worked with various mediums like film, photography, poetry and printmaking. All of the prints in Identities appear to have been created with Photoshop,
but instead were made with a silkscreen technique before the days of colour copying. The exhibit is a series of prints illustrating the struggle with fame in an artist’s identity. The pieces were created while Chiasson was an art student at Sorbonne University in Paris, France. He was struggling with the concept of fame and decided to do the pieces as an exercise. The goal was to detach himself from desires like fortune and fame that prevent many artists from focusing on their work. After Chiasson had imagined himself as a celebrity, he would have one less thing obstructing his work. The prints are all self-portraits of Chiasson in which he hijacks existing prints of celebrities. Within the collection,
Chiasson’s prints will be shown until Feb. 15, 2012. (Nicola MacLeod/AQ)
there are depictions of Chiasson on a postage stamp, on the cover of Time magazine, in a tabloid and in an advertisement - all of which mark significant achievements as an artist. One of the portraits is a fake Andy Warhol print of Chiasson closely resembling “Four Marilyns.” This is the first time Chiasson’s selfportraits, which were all done in Paris, have been shown together. In his lecture before the exhibit opening, Chiasson said very few artists are famous in their lifetime. Society puts a high value on Vincent Van Gogh, who’s now a household name in art, but the artist never sold a single painting in his living career. “If you’re famous in your lifetime, you’re probably an important artist,” said Chiasson. According to Chiasson, who’s now an art history professor at the Université de Moncton, the idea of identity didn’t emerge until the 19th century, but now plays a vital role in our society. Each person, group and culture posses their own extensive identity. Consequently, the clash in identities fuels many conflicts in our world, he said. Though fame was never an identity that Chiasson wanted, he wanted to exercise the myth of the celebrity artist in order to overcome it. “Identities” will be displayed in the Yellow Box Gallery until Feb. 15, 2012. The Yellow Box Gallery is located on the second floor of the Daniel O’Brien Study Hall in Margaret Norrie McCain Hall.
Former NB Lieutenant Governor Herménégilde Chiasson presents one of his self-portraits at the opening of his exhibit Identities. (Cara Smith/AQ)
TRAINING FOR THE CANADIA For many athletes, funding the
ith the Penn State football scandal hanging over the world of elite sports, many are decrying the prominence put on athletics. At numerous institutions sport is raised high above the level playing field most mortals must be content with. Athletes are given special privileges on campuses and so, it seems, are coaches. This, however, is not the case for many elite athletes in Canada - in fact, it’s far from it. In Canadian sports, there’s one that comes to mind: hockey. It’s part of our nation’s identity, passtime and culture. If Americans combined their fanaticism for baseball, basketball and football then they could understand what hockey means to the average Canadian. But what about Canadian athletes who don’t play hockey? Many Canadian athletes struggle to make ends meet while they’re training for the Olympics or a world championship. New Brunswick’s funding for sport is the lowest per capita in the country at just over $3 million a year. Comparably, Quebec spends $56 million a year on amateur sports. As a result, New Brunswick didn’t send one athlete to the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. The government increased the funding for sport by 25 per cent this year. It was the first time since 1985 funding for athletics has gone up in province. Evan MacInnis, the athlete services manager at the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic, said the increase helps, but there’s still a long way to go.
“We still won’t see that effect in London this summer. We might not see that until Rio. It takes six to eight years for an initial injection to show. At the lower level, you might see more athletes doing better at the Canada Games in 2015,” he said. Not sending an athlete to the Olympics is telling of New Brunswick’s system, MacInnis said. “It shows that four or five years ago something was really broken. Sending an athlete to the Olympics is just a by-product of a really good system.” This means many elite athletes from New Brunswick have to go elsewhere to train. In 2010, New Brunswick judoist Myriam Lamarche was offered $10,000 from Quebec to train there and compete for them. The province matched the offer a week later to make sure she stayed. Many carded athletes (elite athletes who qualify for government funding assistance) at training centres are forced to supplement their income with separate jobs while training and going to school. For many athletes in Canada, pursuing their dreams means giving up much of their lives. Carded athletes make $900 a month to train and once they become senior they’ll make $1,500 a month. “When you’re first coming up through the ranks, it’s basically your parents funding everything,” said Olympic silver medalist Marianne Limpert. A native of Fredericton, Limpert, 39, went to Barcelona in
1992, Atlanta in 1996, and Sydney in 2000. She’s trained in Gagetown, Fredericton, Sudbury, Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver. For many athletes whose parents can’t afford to supplement their training, getting sponsors is the answer. “Once you’ve had some success it’s easier to get sponsors. You really need money to get there,” Limpert said. But “in order to get those things, you need the money coming up.” Limpert is on the board of Sport New Brunswick. It’s an advocacy group that works on what needs to be done for sports in the province and what the best way is to do it. “Even though there’s a lack of funding, we still have fantastic athletes that are doing a great job,” MacInnis said. “We can’t just say that we’re not getting any athletes because we don’t have any money. That’s not true. Our athletes are doing it in spite of the lack of funding.”
Jebb Sinclair of Fredericton impressed many Canadians while representing his country at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand this fall, where they finished fourth in their pool. After a good showing for the Canadian team, ranked 13th in the world at the Churchill Cup in England earlier in the summer, Sinclair was signed to a one-year contract with the London Irish of the Aviva Premiership league in England.
But it wasn’t always pro-contracts and World Cups for Sinclair and his teammates. In his first-year with Team Canada, Sinclair made $900 a month. For the following three years, he was paid $1,500 a month. “Once in a while, I think around three times in four years we were given a bit of money to buy cleats. We were given gear on tours and would use that most of the time. Luckily, I was on a lot of tours so I always had a lot of kit,” Sinclair said. Even though money was tight and the work was hard, Sinclair still hopes to play for Canada again. It “is still the highest accomplishment I can get and while it’s certainly tougher going up against the top teams like France and New Zealand everything Rugby Canada could do, they did,” he said. Playing for Team Canada gave Sinclair the opportunity to make his dreams come true and go pro. “The lifestyle here is great. We aren’t paid as highly as North American sports but it’s nice not to have to worry about missing payments on credit cards and stuff. “Being able to go out and do whatever you like is nice as well.”
Caleb Jones is working hard for the chance to represent Canada at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. Originally from Saint John, the javelin thrower moved to Lethbridge, Alta., last year to pursue his dream. “I couldn’t continue the training
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When she was 19 she represented Canada at the World Cup in Taiwan where she collected a bronze medal. The Riverview native went to two national championships with New Brunswick and five with Nova Scotia. Competing for a Maritime province, said Douthwright, comes with challenges of its own. “The major disadvantage that New Brunswick has against Ontario, Alberta or Quebec is funding. The fact that they have funding, they’re able to run their programs year round, inside and outside and they’re able to compete for gold at national championships,” she said. For New Brunswick teams, that just wasn’t the case. “They’re together a monthand-a-half, two months— maybe—and there’s no way you can compete with [a team] who’s together all the time.” In order to play, Douthwright worked a full-time job, practiced and drove for three hours in a lot of cases to get to games during the season. “Unless you’re from a family where your parents have money…most of the time you work. You work summers to pay for school or the bills that you have. So I had to draft up sponsorship letters then go to local businesses…and they’d help me get to my goal.” Because of injuries Douthwright took a break from playing. What would it take for her to go back to the sport she misses? “Funding.”
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STREET Children’s rights and the missing revolution for our future This week: What is your favourite WORD
part of exam time? Why?
five and 17 years of age were working on cocoa plantations in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. Science East held an event in Fredericton for families to take part in fun, hands-on activities to learn about science. Around the world, the 101 million children who don’t get the opportunity to attend school will probably never see a microscope, build a bubbling volcano with papier-mâché, or harness static electricity with balloons. As giddy youngsters arrived at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery for Prince and Princess Day, 1.2 million child prostitutes in India, 500,000 in Peru, and 10,000 in Canada waited for their next “customer.” The speaking tour about the Importance of Sleep and Rest in Healthy Child Development made its way around the province last week. In the next 52 weeks, eternal sleep will come to 1.5 million children under age five who will die from diarrhoea, because they lack access to clean water. Children’s Rights Awareness Week included the Festival Jeunesse de l’Acadie – a weekend of music, theatre, dance,
and visual arts workshops and activities for children. The parents of many of the 639,000 Canadian children who live in poverty may never be able to send their children to music camp or dance lessons. Perhaps some of these youngsters enjoyed a literal once-in-a-lifetime experience at the weekend festival. So as the revolution returns to Tahrir Square, and Egyptians vow to brave tear gas and gunfire until the military rulers keep their promise to hand over power to civilian rule, I have to wonder who will be held to account for the failing promises made to the world’s children. By 2015 we will end extreme poverty and hunger, the dreamers of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals promised. By 2015 all children everywhere will be able to complete primary school. By 2015 the 1990 under five child mortality rate will be reduced by two-thirds. Three years. That’s all that’s left. And the progress isn’t looking good. If no one is held to account, no one is forced to bow to the demands of an enraged mob of revolutionaries for children’s rights, what will the children do when— if—they make it to adulthood? What sort of parents, citizens, and leaders will those scarred by war and loss and poverty become? What kind of future will the children—who are our future—have?
264 fans per game and we are averaging 716 fans per game. This kind of support means a lot to our players and helps to motivate the team. As I said in the article, attendance at university hockey games is much different than what some of our players are used to. Many come from junior teams where they averaged 10,000 fans each game so it is a bit of a transition to the smaller crowds. The players also face a transition from being an athlete to being a student athlete. Each of these players has made the commitment to pursue a university education and that is their first and most important priority. Our team – and all of the other varsity teams – provide St. Thomas students, faculty and alumni with a reason to come together. Our athletics competitions add another component to the academic and
cultural life of the university. Our players represent STU on the ice, in the media and in the community. Just after every home game, greet dozens and dozens of Junior Tommies who pile into the dressing room for autographs and high fives. I think we are headed in the right direction. As we are starting to show improvements in our game, we hope the STU community will continue to improve the turn-out in the stands. We had some successful events this semester and we hope to work with some communitybased service organizations to try some new promotions in the second semester. I hope that those who have made it down to the LBR this semester to support men’s hockey will continue to show support and maybe bring along some friends. Troy Ryan Head Coach, Men’s Hockey
That’s a good question. I think that it’s a good way to show your knowledge of what you’ve learned. It’s the best way to show what you’ve learned through the semester, but you can’t necessarily show it in class if you’re shy or something like that. So, you write exams to show what you know.
The days you get free beforehand to study for the exam. Because right before classes end, we’ve got many essays to do and projects to do and then you don’t have time to study for those exams when you’re doing three or four essays. And then you get this little break, it’s not really a break, but it’s a break from essays, so you can actually go back over what you’ve learned the past few months. And maybe do better on exams.
When you’re all done and you get to go home. Because you don’t have to stress about it anymore and you can just go home and relax for three weeks.
The world’s children need a Tahrir Square. They deserve a force of angry people who will demand their rights. A crowd that won’t be silent until the exploitation and neglect have been replaced by a new world order that treats children as the planet’s most valuable asset. Whitney Houston helped to make the statement cliché, but the children really are our future. When you and I are old, today’s children will be making the decisions that will govern life on the planet. Are we equipping them now for that role? Nov. 20 was Universal Children’s Day, commemorating the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Nov. 20, 1989. In honour of this day, the Province of New Brunswick launched the first annual Children’s Rights Awareness Week, held from Nov. 18-25. But while children were celebrated for a week in this province, there were 300,000 children around the world fighting as soldiers in adult wars. While Premier David Alward was speaking about the right to play at the State of the Child Breakfast, 1.8 million children between Letter to the Editor
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Why do we binge drink? How else could university students tell each other ‘I love you, man.’ Caitlin Doiron The Aquinian
It’s 10 o’clock on a Friday night. The room is dark and the music, loud. You feel excited and nervous at the same time. There could be shots, drinking games – whatever it takes to get as high as you can as fast as you can. You’re aware of your surroundings, yet there’s a sense of confusion – people around you are moving their bodies, screaming and laughing, enjoying the moment and nothing more. It’s a typical night for a university student. Some remember them, some don’t. Some end up hanging off their toilets, and some end up in an unfamiliar bed. Either way, most university students can say the same thing: they’ve been there. A night after drinking could lead anywhere. Invariably, when the media, parents and university administrators discuss student drinking, they put it in a negative light: What’s wrong with this generation? But the question of “what is it about drinking, particularly binge drinking, that attracts young adults?” is rarely asked. Thomas Vander Ven, an associate professor of sociology at Ohio University, studied what attracts students to binge drinking and wrote Getting Wasted. In an interview in Salon.com, Vander Ven says not only does drinking help students deal with social anxieties, but it also helps them grow friendships and even romantic relationships. Morgan Fraser, a first-year student at STU, says she likes drinking because it helps her relax and let loose with her friends. “You’re not completely the same person; I mean you’re the person you want to be. It’s an easy way out to embarrass yourself.” The bottom line seems to be that binge drinking, that is drinking an excessive amount of liquor
“The question of ‘what is it about drinking, particularly binge drinking, that attracts young adults?’ is rarely asked.” (Lauren Bird/AQ) at one time, appeals to university students because it’s an easy way to have fun. “I always drink at least a pint before I go out. When we are getting ready, I just chug to make sure I’m drunk,” said Katlin Glenen, a second-year student. “I mean we’re in university. It’s fun to go out. What else are we going to do?” Adds Fraser: “It’s cheaper to get drunk before you go out and it’s more fun to drink with everyone
around. I mean, it’s not like I need it, I just want to.” Vander Ven says binge drinking not only allows a person to let go and have fun, but it also helps shyer people open up. “They’re more likely to say and do things that they normally wouldn’t do,” said Vander Ven of the students in his study. “Show affection to their peers, get angry at them, get more embolden to sing and dance and take risks and act crazy and there is a ton of laughing that goes on.”
Glenen agrees. “You let your guard down more. It’s not an excuse, like if you kiss someone while you’re drunk you can blame it on liquor. Clearly you wanted to kiss them, you just didn’t when you were sober because you were too scared.” When drunk, you are more likely to talk to someone you never would, and do things you never would. That boost gives you extra confidence you needed to be able to talk to the same person sober,
because after having spent a night drinking together, a bond is formed. However, just as quickly as it comes, the urge to binge drink leaves, says Vander Ven. “Drinking in college is just a very different enterprise than once you graduate.” Glenen and Fraser both agree that this phase of binge drinking won’t last. “We can’t do it when we are 25 and have a life. This is the time,” said Fraser.
Get clean while doing the dirty Sex is all kinds of fun, but it can definitely get boring. I cannot stress enough how important it is to keep sex exciting, and if you want to keep sex hot and exciting you’re going to have to change things up a little bit. This can mean doing any number of things. But one sure-fire way to keep things spicy is to change the location. Your bedroom shouldn’t be the only place “where the magic happens.” Really, you should be able to walk into just about any room in your house and make that
statement. The best place to do the do outside of the bedroom? The shower. I’m not sure what makes shower sex so damn steamy- aside from the actual steam – maybe it’s the confined space, maybe it’s the hot water, or maybe it’s just the fact that you’re both in there all wet and naked. Either way, having sex in the shower sure is a lot of fun. I have heard many stories of attempted shower sex ending in failure, and without a doubt,
accomplishing such a task can be tricky. I wouldn’t recommend trying this out with someone you can’t have a laugh with because there’s bound to be some kind of mishap. Be it a slip, knocking over every bottle of shampoo, or hitting the temperature knob with your butt and getting a blast of freezing cold water – you just need to laugh those things off and get back to business. A lot of people think their showers are too small, but smaller showers can work really well – mind you, it works better if you’re more on the flexible side. But, even if you aren’t, having sex in the shower can actually make you more flexible than you normally would be. All that steam and heat relaxes
your muscles and before you know it your legs can bend in ways you never thought possible. Shower sex alone is pretty awesome, but shower sex in the morning? Well, that’s just making a good thing even better. Ask any guy when they would love to see some action and one of those times is bound to be first thing in the morning. It might be because of that whole morning-wood situation, but it’s also because sex just makes you happier. It releases all kinds of chemicals in your brain, like oxytocin and dopamine, leaving you in a much better mood than you were when your alarm clock woke you up. And really, can you think of a better way to start your day?
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Patrick Carmichael is the university’s massage therapist and his services are not just for the use of athletes. (Tom Bateman/AQ)
Meet the man with the magic hands Chris Morehouse The Aquinian
With exams coming, many students are under stress, but relief is only a helping hand away. St. Thomas University’s massage therapist Patrick Carmichael’s hands are not for athletes only. “Students often don’t realize the important role massage therapy can play in their university lives. Students have a lot of neck and upper-back tension from sitting at a desk those long hours,” said Carmichael, from his office at the J.B. O’Keefe Gym. “A relaxation massage before or after exams can help decrease stress levels on the human body significantly.” When people hear the word therapy, they think: one, it’s only for athletes or people with major injuries, and two,
it’s expensive. Carmichael costs $20 for one hour with a Blue Cross plan, and $65 at the most. “Being a student once myself, I knew what it was like always having to go to class, staying up studying, writing papers, and having no money. So I thought if I had my services on campus, I may be able to help students out and provide them with a service that isn’t as expensive as the rest,” said Carmichael. So who is this man with the magic hands and the funny letters after his name? A product of Prince Edward Island, it’s the 24-year-old’s first year as head trainer for STU athletics, but he’s no stranger to the game. Growing up, he was one of Canada’s top gymnasts and participated in the Canada Winter Games in 1999 and again in 2003. Serious injuries to
his head and neck ended his gymnastic career, but helped him discover his love for helping people. “When I was unable to continue gymnastics, I was coaching young gymnasts 50 hours a week. It was when they got banged up and I couldn’t help them, I knew I found my calling,” Carmichael said with a smile. After researching schools online, massage therapy really stood out to him. A year later, he was enrolled in his first class at the Atlantic College of Therapeutic Massage in Fredericton. When he landed the job at St. Thomas – after helping Dave Campbell who had the job last year – it was a perfect fit. “The main reason I do this is I love to help people. When I succeed in helping someone recover from injury, it makes me feel happy knowing they’re not in
pain anymore.” Being in a enclosed area with a stranger and being touched can be intimidating. So finding someone who makes you feel comfortable while being in a vulnerable position is important. “I think that the atmosphere he creates in his clinic is what makes the difference between him and other physio treatments and professionals,” said Rosalynn Alessi, a member of STU’s championship rugby team. Alessi’s teammate Hannah Davies echoes that sentiment. “Some girls may think it could be awkward or uncomfortable to have a male massage therapist, but that certainly isn’t the case with Patty. He is very respectful and always makes sure that clients are at ease. He is very considerate and friendly and my personal experience has been great.”
In his short time at STU, the work Carmichael has done hasn’t gone unnoticed, said Davies. “He’s very knowledgeable about different injuries,” she said. “ Besides, he helps you by giving you stretches and exercises to do on your own. I would recommend this service to all students, not just Tommie athletes. No matter how big or small an injury, it is important to always get it checked out.” STU hockey forward Brad Gallant is also a fan of Carmichael. “Whether it is [at the] rink or up at his clinic on campus, Patty always finds time for me. I’ve had many different massage therapists over the last few years, but Patty really stands out. I would recommend him to anyone who is looking to experience pain relief from school or sports or just wants to go to relax.”
leaving the family to go run on a treadmill, convince your relatives to go outside with you and have a snowball fight. Make a snowman with your cousins, go for a walk outside in the snow or play Wii or Kinect at home. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you have fun, that way you’ll be more motivated to break a sweat during the holidays. 5. Drink plenty of water. I may sound like a broken record with this tip, but that’s because it’s the best health and weight loss tip out there. With all the sugar, butter and alcohol you’ll be consuming, you want to keep your body hydrated in order to help flush out those toxins. Plus, a big glass of water before a big meal may help you eat a little bit less, so you won’t end up blowing your healthy eating plan.
6. Load up on veggies. When you’re looking at your plate, divide it in two. One half should be veggies. If you eat your greens first, you’ll notice you’ll start to fill up faster, which means less room for the fifth cookie later on that night. 7. Stay Positive. I know I’m badgering you to watch what you eat and keep working out, but if you don’t, at least stay positive. It’s okay if all you want to do is sit on the couch for two weeks. That’s what the new year is for to help get you back on track. Allow yourself to unwind and relax, but promise yourself that you’ll get right back to it when school starts up again. For more tips during the Christmas Break, check out my blog: georgiatryingsomethingnew.blogspot.com
Keep off the Christmas weight
Christmas is coming and the goose isn’t the only one getting fat. I love the holidays, but I really don’t love the idea of both the turkey and my pants getting stuffed. I’d like to have one New Years resolution list that doesn’t include losing weight, wouldn’t you? So, in order to stay on track during the holidays this year, I’ve compiled a list of things to do that will help you stay healthy and motivated to stay fit during the Christmas break. 1. Don’t give up. Just because you have a few weeks off from school, dorm life,
papers and stress doesn’t mean you should abandon your healthy eating and exercise regiment. I know the idea of relaxing for two weeks and not doing any physical activity seems appealing, but you’ll be regretting it when you go back to school and have to start all over again at the gym. 2. Keep your portions in check. I’m not crazy, and I will not even attempt to convince you to stay away from Christmas cookies, but you should be realistic. On a normal day, would you really eat an entire plate of brownies? No? Then don’t
do it at family gatherings. When you sit down for the turkey meal, don’t overload your plate with food. Stick to your normal sized portions, that way you can go back for seconds and you won’t feel completely stuffed after the meal. 3. Maintain your healthy lifestyle. If you do want to over indulge (and there’s nothing wrong with that) then keep your workouts and eating habits the same as though you were in school. If you go for a workout in the morning and eat super healthy all day, it won’t be as hard on your body to process all the extra sugar when you indulge at night. 4. Have fun with your workouts. I know the idea of going to the gym during your Christmas break seems horrendous, so instead of
It’s the end of the world, as we know it Oddly, I don’t feel so fine about it for some reason
The Americans can’t make a decision about their economy. The Greeks are sinking into the Aegean, taking the Euro with them, and Germany won’t toss them a lifesaver. The Middle East seems to be going up in flames. Canada is building more prisons to hold fewer criminals, and climate change, it turns out, is real. Add a couple of natural disasters here and there, and the front pages of newspapers are looking like the Book of Revelation—or at least, the Book of Job. Tucked away safe in little New Brunswick, we’ve managed to let these shadows pass no closer than
a nightly newscast. But how long do we have before we feel the heat too? The West is no longer the best. Let’s face it: the salad days are over. We’ve had our fun and met a fate similar to Job’s of the Old Testament. We’ve followed the word of our elders, but we’re graduating into a world where everything that can go wrong, seemingly is. Loved and blessed by God, Job faced hard times when his 10 children were killed in a freak accident, and he lost his health, his wealth and everything else. Covered in blisters and boils, he put on sackcloth and ashes and praised God.
Are we doomed to Job’s fate? Is there any hope for the world or should we invest in some sackcloth and suit up for Armageddon? Looking for answers, I went to the appropriate man on campus, a man with the serene grin of a pundit. His office in Holy Cross is lined with books. A lamp provides illumination, adding to the feeling of calm. “We’re definitely going through a period of considerable change right now, and changes are coming fast and furious,” said professor Shaun Narine. “The problem is that there’s a lot of this eruption happening, but the solutions to the problems are seemingly much harder to find.” Not quite the answer I was hoping for. Is hope lost too? “We’re left with this sense of uncertainty about the future. There are many things
happening that are rocking the boat and at the same time we don’t know where it’s all going. “Human beings don’t handle uncertainty very well. We want to have at least some kind of sense of where we think we’re going with the future.” Though it seems we’re all headed to Hell in a hand basket, Narine did point out that the way people treat each other has generally improved over the years. Racism, sexism, homophobia and cruelty to animals are now socially unacceptable in much of the world. So maybe, we can be redeemed. Maybe, like Job, if we just wait it out, stay true to our moral compass, we’ll wake up one day and find the perfect world order completely restored. The West will right itself; students will graduate into the middle class;
and Community will be renewed for more episodes. Besides, isn’t the world always about to end? Aren’t we always on the eve of destruction with Armageddon right around the corner? Think back to the Cold War, the Great Depression, the Black Death or as Mick Jagger sang in Sympathy for the Devil: when the Blitzkrieg raged and the bodies stank —things weren’t so great then either. At the end of the Book of Job, the long suffering protagonist gets a new family and new wealth, though it’s not the same. Maybe we just need to get more comfortable with change. After all, the times, they are a changin’. And, on the bright side, we’re not all not covered in blisters and boils – well, at least until global warming kicks in.
When did I become a mother? Student has maternal experience without ever having given birth Katelyn DeMerchant The Aquinian
“Okay, how are you feeling, hun?” I ask. She slurs something I can’t understand. “Are you going to be sick again?” She looks at me and nods. I sit behind her and gather the loose pieces of hair from around her face. She hurls into the toilet, resting her cheek on the seat causing the orange vomit to run down the side of the bowl. My close friend and the host of the party help get her tucked into bed. She looks up with a weak smile. “Thank you, Katie.” I immediately go to the sink and clean up her mess. It seems like I am always cleaning up someone else’s mess and taking on others’ responsibilities. I have taken on this nurturing , maternal role in my relationships, but I wasn’t always like this. In my late teen years I was beginning to show a bit of a wild streak. I dyed my hair dark, hoping to rebel from my Goldilocks image. I had even got a surface piercing on my hip. My high school boyfriend would throw some sort of bash about once a month and buy me a pint of Absolut vodka, because he thought it was more sophisticated than Smirnoff. I was open about my life and my opinions and rarely worried what others thought of me. Obviously, this was not the same girl cleaning up someone else’s vomit out of a kitchen sink. “Mother Katie” was the title I earned this summer while working at a kids’ camp. Out of five female counsellors, I was the one who took on the maternal role. I was the one usually called on to deal with homesickness, bullying, nightmares and the non-physical problems.
Katelyn DeMerchant said she has taken on the persona of mother hen. (Tom Bateman/AQ) I kept a special eye on the shy and quiet kids. I became very good at recognizing the early signs of asthmatic distress and always watched for untied shoelaces. I went out of my way to purchase my own, more professional first aid kit, which I rarely went without. Not only did I act this way with the kids, but I also took on this role with staff. I played the middleman, smoothing over conflicts. If anyone was having personal problems, I’d do my best to make their workload lighter. But the nickname only confirmed the role I’d been playing for a while. One night this past spring, I spent nearly 40 minutes of drunken
negotiation with a friend, trying to haggle away his skateboard for fear that he would use it to get home. I held on to it for hours and eventually hid it from him at the house where we were partying. More recently, I got into a confrontation with my best friend at a bar after her ex-boyfriend showed up and she was about to go home with him. Though I was drunk, I defended her honour while verbally abusing her ex so loudly that I could be clearly heard over the dance music. In her belligerent, drunken state, I managed to get her in the cab with me. She was angry and I was both furious and embarrassed. It’s possible I adopted this
motherly persona as a way to help myself cope with the role I played in my ex-boyfriend’s life as he grieved the death of his best friend. I was 16; I didn’t just want to help him, I wanted to save him. The day of his friend’s wake, I went with my boyfriend and a handful of his friends. He’d always been a jokester, but that day he was distant and cold. I felt the tension, as though he and his friends were all dominoes waiting for the first to fall. I found myself trying to make polite conversation, little jokes to ease the tension, even holding a few hands. I’m glad I gave up the dark hair, which never really suited me, and the piercing, which left me with a scar.
But I do miss the care-free attitude I had. Now, I find myself unconsciously looking for people to depend on me. If my job this summer taught me anything, it’s that taking care of others is exhausting. But after a tough break-up this past spring, I also now realize that taking care of others helped me avoid taking care of myself. “Mother Katie” isn’t the persona I want. Next time I’ll let someone else clean the vomit out of the sink. Katelyn DeMerchant is a third-year English student. If you have a personal story you’d like to share for Backstory, email email@example.com
Three goal lead not enough for Tommies last Friday Continued from page 1 Mike Reich added the third goal for the Tommies early in the second period on a nice pass from Felix-Antoine Poulin who had two assists on the night. The rest of the second was largely dominated by the Varsity Reds, but they were unable to beat Lavigne, and went into the second intermission trailing 3-0. “Sometimes the worst thing that can happen is the intermission,” said STU coach Troy Ryan. “You come in here and you think about [the outcome]for 18 minutes.” That’s exactly what The Tommies did. “I was convinced the streak was over,” said Lavigne. “I couldn’t believe how well the guys were playing. Defensively, I know the shots didn’t look very promising but every shot I got I saw, and if I didn’t see it, it didn’t get to me.” The Tommies had a lot of positives to take out of an ugly loss. For a team that only won three games last year, blowing a 3-0 lead to the best team in the country isn’t so bad said Lavigne. “It’s good because we outplayed them. Two years ago when we took them to overtime I don’t think we outplayed them, but now I think we scared them, which is good.”
Tommies goalie Charles Lavigne reaches back towards the goal line to make a save during Friday night’s 5-3 loss to UNB. (Megan Aiken/AQ)
CIS welcomes two St. Thomas teams
Women’s rugby to join AUS ranks with track and field team
The women’s rugby team will compete in the AUS division next season. (Tom Bateman/AQ File Photo) Scott Hems The Aquinian
Two athletic sections of St. Thomas University recently took a huge step forward. After their second consecutive title in the ACAA division, STU’s women’s rugby team has been officially placed in the Atlantic University Sport (AUS). This conference is part of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), which involves teams from all over the country. Joining the rugby team in the AUS is St. Thomas’ track and field team. The track and field team has been used as a training program for cross-country in recent years. Now that the team has reached a more competitive level, the expectations will be higher. With track and field now running with more on the line, the Tommies will be expected to show
their progression. They will be in a division competing against teams from all over the Atlantic regions, including cross-campus rivals the University of New Brunswick and l’Universite de Moncton. With rugby’s popularity soaring over the last few years, the women’s rugby team made great strides and now find themselves making the same step up as the track and field team. With five of the seven competitive rugby teams in Fredericton winning championships this fall, the STU women were one of only a few to be part of back-toback championships. The ACAA title was the last one for the STU ladies for the time being as they now are officially on the hunt for a national championship. What this means for the team is not
only a growth in skill and competition, but a growth for rugby in New Brunswick. Coach Sherry Doiron and fly-half Hannah Davies saw the recent news as encouragement for women’s rugby and a good sign of things to come in this part of the country. “We are the only CIS women’s rugby program in the province so we have to take advantage of that,” Doiron said. While the general vibe amongst players was excitement, Doiron was aware of the conference change and waited for the most appropriate time to make every one of her players aware. However, there was no better time to celebrate the news than after a successful defense of the ACAA banner. It appears to be a well set up program and Davies agrees. “We owe most of our success to Sherry, and I think the team will agree with me on that.” It appears the team is in good hands with a respected coach who’s in control of discipline and team chemistry. By the same token Doiron said “the attitude and commitment of the players, as well as trusting me that I’m not crazy,” is what she relies on for her success. A good balance between players and coaches is always a long-term advantage, and everyone seems to be on the same page. Both Davies and Doiron are aware of the task that lies ahead. With support from fans, alumni and the athletics department, the goal for the Tommies is to stay patient and focus on quality rugby. “If we stay committed, and keep our work ethic high, it won’t matter what the competition does. Every player has as much of a role as the next on our team,” Davies said.
Danielle Miller and Kayla Blackmore celebrate a goal during their 4-3 win over Dalhousie University Saturday evening. Miller and Blackmore combined for three of the four goals, including the game winner by Blackmore. (Megan Aiken/AQ)
Tommies assistant to coach on world stage
Results: Men’s Basketball STU 69 MSVU 78 STU 77 UKC 69 Women’s Basketball STU 67 MSVU 54 STU 90 UKC 45 Men’s Volleyball STU 0 UKC 3 Women’s Volleyball STU 0 UKC 3
Men’s hockey assistant coach Eric Bissonnette will be the head coach of Team Atlantic at the World U-17 hockey challenge. (Shane Magee/AQ) Karissa Donkin The Aquinian
While some people scope out Boxing Day sales or ring in the New Year, Eric Bissonnette will be coaching on the world stage. The men’s hockey assistant coach was recently named head coach of Team Atlantic at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Bissonnette and his team will leave for Windsor, Ont. on Dec. 26. The tournament begins on Dec. 29 and goes until Jan. 4. During that time, Team Atlantic will face off against teams from other regions of Canada, as well as teams from Germany, Russia, Sweden, the Czech Republic and the United States. It’s not Bissonnette’s first time coaching at the event he describes as a mini-World Juniors. In 2009, he served as an assistant coach. For many of the kids on his team, some who are as young as 15, the tournament is the first chance they’ll get to don a Team Canada jersey.
“I remember seeing little kids from Atlantic Canada line up against the Russians and listen to their national anthem [in 2009],” Bissonnette said. “It’s big. It’s a Hockey Canada event.” In a week-long tournament, the margin for error is very small - especially when you’re the underdog. “From Atlantic Canada, it’s always tough. Even within our own country, Quebec and Ontario usually are the big provinces. Then you look at Russia and Team USA and if you compare numbers, we’re pretty small on a big scale.” Bissonnette knows the teams that gel together the fastest are the most successful. He hasn’t seen many of his players since a summer evaluation camp this past July in Wolfville, N.S. “We met this summer, we put some game plan together, but that’s it. They went [to their respective teams] and there’s very little contact. “We won’t meet until Dec. 26, so it’s trying to find a way to build some sort of team chemistry and team spirit and having players buy into what you’re
trying to accomplish while they’re playing elsewhere.” Bissonnette’s roster is diverse - players from the major junior ranks will be suiting up with players in midget AAA, prep school and high school hockey. The biggest name on the list is Nathan MacKinnon, the 16-year-old phenom from Cole Harbour, N.S. who is drawing Sidney Crosby comparisons for more than their shared hometown. In his first 26 games with the Halifax Mooseheads, in his first season playing major junior, MacKinnon has already racked up 41 points. There are rumblings MacKinnon could get the call to play for the World Juniors, but Bissonnette is hoping to have him on his roster. “You wish all the best for him, but I guess won’t be disappointed as a head coach if I have him on my roster.” The roster also includes four Fredericton-area players - Noah Zilbert, Oliver Cooper, Matt Murphy and Mitchell Vanderlaan. Bissonnette’s goal is to make it to the medal round and if he completes the
feat, he’ll be only the second Team Atlantic head coach to do so. Tommies head coach Troy Ryan, who was the first coach to medal with Team Atlantic, said the players are lucky to have an opportunity to play for Bissonnette. “He generally cares about their development and whether they get to the next level or not.” Bissonnette has had to take time away from the STU program to be involved with the Under-17s. But his work on the international level could some day be beneficial to STU’s program. “You get exposed to a lot of the good players not only from Atlantic Canada, but from all the provinces. When you look [at] the grand scheme of things over the years, when it’s time to recruit, these guys at some point and time will all graduate from major junior and be looking for a school to play for. Contacts are always good. “I see this as a real big advantage for us at St. Thomas in the process of building for years to come.”
Crosby’s calling With great power comes great responsibility. And as The Hockey News writes every year, there’s a handful of people in hockey with as much power and influence as Sidney Crosby. In the post-Michael Jordan “Republicans buy sneakers, too” world, athletes rarely use their voice for anything other than collecting cheques from corporate America. (For the record, I would too.) There’s no athlete more marketable in this country than The Kid from Cole Harbour. His commercials sell the image and the ideal; he is the face of smalltown Canada. His polite, soft-spoken, humble and hard-working nature represents the best in everyone north of
the 49. But now, he’s become more than the face of hockey and humility. He is the face of concussions. Since the issue gained prominence in the last five years, no living athlete’s brain has been more under the microscope than Sid’s. Hell, Maclean’s had a cover story on that piece of his anatomy injured by David Steckel and Victor Hedman. One of the common criticisms of number 87 is that he has a boring public persona and the charisma of a glass of milk. This may be true, but those who say he has nothing interesting to say clearly weren’t listening at his press conference back in September. He flat-out called for hits-to-the-head
Women’s Hockey U de M 7 STU 3
Upcoming: Men’s Hockey STU @ UNB Aitken Centre 7 p.m.
2011-12 Men’s Hockey Standings: UNB 10-2-1 21pts Acadia 9-4-1 19 pts Moncton 9-4-0 18 pts
to be banned. “It could do a lot more good than what it’s going to take away from the game,” he said that day. He saved hockey in Pittsburgh because of his presence. He can now save hockey from itself. More games with Sid involved is better for everyone. While Crosby’s health is no more important than David Perron’s or Marc Savard’s or Peter Mueller’s (other NHLers who have spent significant time sidelined because of concussions), his experience does matter more and so does his voice. He commands more attention and scrutiny because of his profile, and what his voice now says is that the game needs to grow. His biggest fight no longer involves Alex Ovechkin -- who? -- the Bruins, Flyers or any other team standing in the Penguins’ way for another meeting with Lord Stanley. His fight is to show: one, the kids who adore him and the parents who coach how to cope in this
new concussion-conscious society; and two, the conservative league that profits off his talents how to protect him and his brethren better so there can be more magic moments like those on his Monday return. Crosby sees hockey for its best and worst. The skill and speed and physicality, which may please the eye but creates danger. Only he knows what he went through in the past 10 months, and he doesn’t want anyone who plays the game to suffer what he did because of it. The rest of his career will transpire as it should. A Stanley Cup here, a Rocket Richard there, captain in Sochi, probably in Pyeongchang, too. But what he can accomplish now trumps the stats and trophies of a Hall of Fame career. Crosby had his prodigious skills from the moment he first stepped on the ice in Cole Harbour. Twenty-four years into his life, he’s gained something even more profound: a purpose.
Saint Mary’s 8-5-1 17 pts UPEI 8-5-0 16 pts StFX 5-6-3 13 pts STU 3-9-1 7 pts Dalhousie 2-11-1 5 pts
Third-year student Hannah Barrett and second-year student Karen Hynes live together in Holy Cross House, where Barrett is the house president. Their room boasts bunk beds, tons of photos and crunch-time library books. If you have a unique dorm room you want to share, contact Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Julia Whalen/AQ)
Capacity of Wilderness by Amanda Bird The untamed unknown beast inside revealed. What is known, kept & tamed momentarily. A lounging lion excludes the world, teased as tapping zebra prances by, an appeal to kill wild prey. Our wild self is able to escape power, a privilege of Sane society. Freedom of fight, gang disruptions, we withhold things, we are able to remove unreasonable elements. Wilderness creates a concrete jungle. What we do not know is all too common. The twins are constantly unfamiliar. A quiet female receptionist bursts of freedom; a parrot’s beak pried from closure.
Man’s tactics to dining with her It’s getting to be that time of the year when everyone’s wallet is looking a little bit more empty. It means that students like us need to start looking for good deals, but still keep a sense of dignity that you can’t find scarfing down a Big Mac. Dating seems to be nearly impossible to do, because you’re in need of a night that will impress her enough to last over the holidays. So have no fear, I have some tactics that might help. Where You Sit: When you walk into a restaurant, the first thing you need to recognize is seating arrangements. You should make sure that there is no attention diverted elsewhere in the room. The best way to keep her attention is to make sure her back is to any televisions overhead. If your conversation isn’t working, then she’ll drift off to them. What to eat: Avoid buying appetizers or anything that will get you stuffed right away. You want her focus on you, and you don’t want to empty your bank account. Stick to main meals and keep it simple. How to look: Appearances are important, and while I should keep the fashion tips to other people, body language is also very important. Keep off your cellphone, and always make sure she’s interested enough to stay off hers. It also looks great when you use a credit card to pay, and keep within 10 per cent for tips. You want your next visit to go over well, and servers always remember their customers. I think it’s important to treat a lady right, and maybe at the end of your night you might score a first kiss. That’s enough from me now, kids. Happy Holidays.
Theatre Crasher with Joy Watson
J. Edgar We’ve all had the experience of watching a movie that just can’t get your cinematic rocks off. Nonetheless, sometimes you can ignore plot holes or deranged narrative when the acting is too damn good to ignore. Examples that spring to mind are Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia, Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, or the impressive method orca in Free Willy. I went through one of these experiences last week watching the fragmented and grandstanding J. Edgar. Perhaps it was just leftover hostility from shouldering through a pulsing line of Twilight fans, but I couldn’t get into this movie - however, the performances of the two main actors ensured that it wasn’t completely forgettable. J. Edgar (I’m sure it took one dynamic focus group to choose that title) is about the life and times of the FBI’s first and longest-running director, J. Edgar Hoover. The Hoovester is played from early life to death by the eternally-youthful Leonardo DiCaprio. The makeup job required to make this progression believable is remarkable but probably off-putting for those who still have Jack Dawson posters on their bedroom ceilings. To use some tasteful imagery, it appears as if Jack Nicholson has swallowed DiCaprio whole and then put on a wig. Leo plays Hoover as a bit of a monstrous hero, constantly teetering on the edge of tyranny in a rocking chair forged from his own engorged sense of power. He’s got secrets about everyone - sexy secrets. Really, from what the movie implies, the man did nothing but sit in dark rooms listening to tapes of powerful people boinking. Ironically, this obsession with the clandestine may have grown from the skeletons in his own closet. In a controversial move, director Clint Eastwood chose to turn up the volume of the whispered subtext of Hoover’s personal life by presenting him as a man deeply invested in a homosexual relationship with his colleague Clyde Tolsen. Armie Hammer (last seen playing everyone’s dream threesome, the Winklevoss twins, in The Social Network) transcends his Ken-doll looks and essentially murders your soul by playing Tolsen as a man simply aching for some shred of reciprocation from Hoover. Many people are upset at this speculation, but frankly it’s the most compelling part of the movie and reduced two of my companions to very ugly crying. I spent the film pondering the validity of different questions raised by the film - was Eleanor Roosevelt really a lesbian? Did J.F.K. actually get frisky with a German spy? Is this film literally longer than the Spanish Civil War? But what I mostly thought about was why people were so offended by gay plot line. After all, this kind of queer revisionist view of history can only serve to shatter peoples’ notion that there really is such a thing as “the good old days,” when that era was really a cesspool of homophobia and discrimination. They can keep their poodle skirts and smoking in spaceships. I’ll take Gay Pride parades any day.