The Independent Student Newspaper of UNB Saint John
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 / issue 8, vol 9
Ottawa cuts instudy interest on federal loans for part-time students ARSHY MANN — CUP WESTERN BUREAU CHIEF VANCOUVER (CUP) In December, the federal government announced that people with part-time student loans will no longer accrue interest on their loans until after their studies have been completed, bringing the program in line with the full-time loan program. “Economic recovery continues to be our top priority,” said Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, in a press release. “We’re helping Canadians gain the skills and education required to participate in today’s workforce and contribute to Canada’s overall economic prosperity.” Active students with part-time loans will still have to pay any interest accumulated before Jan. 1, 2012, but won’t accrue any further interest until they’ve either completed their studies or stopped attending a post-secondary institution. A spokesperson for Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) stated in an email to Canadian University Press that the change was prompted by a desire to achieve parity between the part-time and full-time student loan programs, as well as to help boost the economy.
“There aren’t a lot of actual part-time students, so it’s not actually affecting a lot of students,” said the Scarborough —Rouge River MP. “The Government of Canada recognizes the vital role that postsecondary graduates play on the road to this country’s economic recovery. That’s why the Government of Canada continues to focus on
Seawolves battle MSVU in weekend match-up. See pages 8&9
Christmas gala for Progressive Conservative Party creates backlash in SRC
President Jillien Dewar and VP Finance Andrew Kieu are being criticized for billing the Student Representative Council $265.67 for expenses incurred while attending the annual Progressive Conservative Christmas party in December. The Christmas party was not a government event as it was the Progressive Conservatives, not the Government of New Brunswick, holding it. The Progressive Conservative office did explain the Christmas party was not a fundraiser. While people do pay to attend, it is as an attempt to recoup their loss from hosting the event. “It was certainly never meant to be [an affiliation],” Dewar explained. The purpose of going to the event was to get contacts for a networking event that will be held in the spring. “If you expect [guest speakers] to show up, you have to start speaking to them now,” Dewar stated. When asked if she had contacted other political groups, she said, “I
spoke with Shawn Graham, who is no longer with the Liberal Party and am friends with someone who works with the NDP.” Anthony Enman, previous SRC President, was unimpressed with Dewar and Kieu’s decision to bill the SRC for this event. He considers it a method of supporting a political party and said, “There is a difference between building healthy connections and financially supporting. You shouldn’t be favouring one political party.” Enman also asked why Dewar has appeared not to use other methods of communication to contact the political parties, including local MLA’s instead of spending student’s money. John Runcie, VP External, expressed his concern about it being a political event through e-mail. Runcie did not bring his concern to council. Brad Trecartian, SRC Business Representative, was also dismayed in the decision to spend the money on a political party event. “They spent $265.67 on this, but only
spent $150.00 on the Santa Clause Parade?” he asked. Trecartian did not know the expenses were billed to the SRC until after Kieu and Dewar had been reimbursed. He is considering taking this matter to council formally in their next meeting. Ugie Ifesi, VP Student Affairs, also felt uninformed about whether this should be an SRC expense, having only heard about it through Runcie’s e-mail. “I didn’t even know what the expense was for,” he said. He believed it was for a government Christmas party, not a political party event. He also questioned why the Young Progressive Conservative group had not been supported by the SRC earlier in the year. In September, the Young Progressive Conservatives group attempted to bring members of the Progressive Conservative party to UNBSJ to speak with students in the Whitebone Lounge. They asked to be sponsored by the SRC so they would not have to pay for the use of the Whitebone. The SRC refused to sponsor them.
Dewar explained her decision, “We didn’t want the SRC to be affiliated with any political party.” Had the SRC taken the stance allowing all political parties the same courtesy, it would not be considered an affiliation. The question of cost-effectiveness is being raised with the amount of money that has been used to generate networks within one political party. If the SRC is considering spending an equal amount of money among the political parties, the cost could exceed $1000.00. Without considering any other costs, tickets for political party events at $30.00 each, would cost almost $250.00. The optics of the situation appear to be creating yet another divide between SRC members. With feelings of exclusion in decisions, council members not knowing where money is going, and the appearance of favouring one political party, the SRC appears to still be working out their differences in the second term.
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Letter from the Editor : Want my job? Itâ€™s possibly yours. SAMANTHA TINKER Would you be interested in free trips? Could having your own office entice you? What about a paycheck? The obvious perks of working for The Baron is the paycheck, the resume booster and of course, being actively involved in all aspects of the student body at UNBSJ but there are some other reasons you may want to consider applying for the Editor-in-Chief position for the 2012-2013 year. Being Editor-in-Chief is probably one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever had. I have an amazing team working with me to create a paper that, believe it or not, students read. We have covered the student parties, safety and security, the good and the bad of the new HWK Commons and general student life. Through my position at The Baron, I have had opportunities I
would never have imagined possible (mostly because Iâ€™m a poor university student). As I write this, I am in Victoria, British Columbia at a Canadian University Press conference. I was able to travel to Sackville and attend an Atlantic Canadian University Press Conference in October and will be attending another one in the Spring. I have interviewed different administrative staff at UNBSJ, as well as people in Saint John and around Canada about different topics. From the beginning, I have attempted to improve The Baron to the best of my ability. Admittedly, without a journalism program here, we can royally screw up. I have also been known to blame the 4 a.m. mornings that are sometimes put in when hitting production weekend. The final product has been a newspaper that our team of dedicated staff writers, contributors and
collaborators can usually be quite proud to call theirs. If I now have your interest, I do want to offer a few drawbacks to the position. The 50 hour/month time commitment that I agreed to hold in office is usually much longer. Between interviewing, training, teaching, and actually editing, I generally put about thirty-hours each week. Other editors have done less, others have done more. You will need to be able to delegate authority and be a leader. One of my scariest moments was handing off a section of the paper to someone else to edit. Giving someone else control and trusting them to do a great job ultimately creates a better newspaper. Being a leader means offering advice when necessary and knowing when your staff is capable to handle issues on their own. It really means trusting other people and realizing that they care as much for
this project as you will. While being the Editor is something I truly do love, I am encouraging every person who may be interested in this position to apply. Get involved with The Baron now and find out what the job entails. If youâ€™ve been complaining about the content, the editing or the photos, send in a resume. Finally, if you donâ€™t think you want to run the show, check out the other jobs that are available from being a publisher to a staff-writer or even occasionally sending in content. It looks great on a resume or if youâ€™re applying to a graduate program and shockingly, it can be fun. This isnâ€™t academic writing, people. If youâ€™re interested in something, are going to an event or just want to voice your opinion, send it in!
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Letter from the SRC President Let me begin by welcoming everyone back for the winter 2012 semester! I hope you had a great Christmas break and a wonderful start to the new year! This semester the SRC is hosting a wide range of events. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all of you get out there, attend the events and make the most of your time here - after all, itâ€™s your tuition dollars at work!Â Last semester the SRC brought to you a wide range of events ranging from textbook sales, student party nights to the multicultural extravaganza. This semester will be no different as we have worked very hard to line up a great variety of activities and entertainment for
our students.Â We just wrapped up our second used textbook sale and the back to class bash, but weâ€™ve got some other events in store for January that you donâ€™t want to miss out on! Comedy Records is back on campus and ready to rock the scene on the 17th this month.Â Weâ€™ve also got the mentalist and illusionist, Wayne Hoffman, coming at you on the 26th. Bar services will be available for both events should the mood strike you, and a free drink to the first 10 people to sign up! The CSSA will also be hosting their annual Chinese New Year celebrations, so be sure to get your tickets before they sell out. Later in the semester various clubs and societies
will be holding events and a major networking conference will also be coordinated by the SRC in the spring. Keep an eye out for posters distributed throughout campus telling you what events are going on, or check us out on our Facebook page at:Â www.facebook.com/ unbsrcÂ . You can also catch us on our website at:Â www.unbsrc.ca. On a more serious note, for those of you who are just joining us for the winter semester please be aware of our Opt-Out dates for the Student Health Insurance Plan.Â This year the winter semester Opt Out date is January 20th, and this date is non-negotiable! If you are already covered by another insurance plan, it is important that you
Opt Out and save yourself some extra cash! You may Opt Out online only at the following website:Â www.wespeakstudent.com. For more information about your health insurance plan you may visit the SRC website, or stop by the SRC office (Thomas J. Condon Student Centre, 2nd Floor) to speak to one of your representatives. Â I wish you all the best in the new year and hope to see you at all of the exciting events! Happy studies and stay warm, Jillien Dewar SRC-President
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helping more students reach their education goals.” The spokesperson went on to write that this change is in line with previous changes to student loans made by the government earlier this year, including increasing earnings exemptions for people with full-time student loans, allowing part-time students with higher family incomes to qualify for loans and forgiving portions of loans for new physicians and nurses who choose to work in rural or remote communities. The NDP’s critic for post-secondary education, Rathika Sitsabaiesan, isn’t impressed by the announcement. “There aren’t a lot of actual parttime students, so it’s not actually affecting a lot of students,” said the Scarborough—Rouge River MP. She went on to say that instead of broadening access to student loans, the government needs to shift towards easing the debt burden on students. “Instead of burdening students and their families, which are usually working families using all of their life savings towards educating their children, [the government should] provide grants rather than loans,” she said. Sitsabaiesan pointed to the fact that total Canadian student debt is close to surpassing the $15-billion ceiling set by the Canadian Student Financial Assistance Act. “In the act, it was set that $15 billion dollars was the ceiling that could ever be reached for amount of [student] debt that ... could be outstanding at any given time.” According to a government commissioned actuarial report on the Canada Student Loans Program released in July 2010, the $15 billion ceiling will likely be breached in early 2013. If that occurs, the government would either have to find ways to reduce student debt or else amend the legislation in order to increase the ceiling. Back in 2000, the Liberal government pushed up the ceiling from $5 billion to $10 billion. Sitsabaiesan said that the best way for the federal government to ease the debt burden on students would be to create a dedicated postsecondary transfer fund similar to the Canada Health Transfer. Presently, funding for post-secondary education is included in the broader Canada Social Transfer. Because provincial governments have discretion over how the money from the Canada Social Transfer is spent, the amount that goes to postsecondary education can vary from year to year. “There’s no stability. So [post-secondary institutions] are turning to create their own sense of stability by continuing to increase tuition fees by the max amount each year.” Back in June, Sitsabaiesan presented a private member’s bill proposing the creation of a dedicated post-secondary transfer, but it has not passed first reading. Without structural changes at the federal level for how post-secondary education is financed, Sitsabaiesan believes student debt will continue to grow unabated. “Having more loans available is not really going to make education more accessible,” she said.
Ugie Ifesi, VP internal for the students’ representative council speaks about upcoming semester OLAMIDE GAFARU Ugie Ifesi, VP Student Affairs for the SRC plans to work with clubs to have them put on more publicized events this term. He is also considering a Global Day which will include different stations featuring different countries from around the world. The Chinese New Year is on January 25. There will be a celebration for this taking place in the Trade and Convention Center at the Hilton Hotel. Tickets can be purchased at the Tim Horton’s, SRC office and Colonel Tucker’s Bar. Ifesi said, “Last semester, there was bad publicity of the SRC but this year, there will be more connections and I will make the SRC more known.” Ifesi also the next “Dine and Dash” will be held with a moving trolling. It will move around the University so that some of the students will be able to talk to SRC members about the issues students are having. Ifesi is among the graduating class this year. When asked about his plans for the future, he said, “I want to go to medical school and get a job in a city far away.” He also explained his accomplishments with the SRC which his is proud of. He believes securing Colonel Tucker’s Bar has been an amazing positive for the SRC and was proud they were able
to fight together to keep it. He was also proud of his efforts with Orientation as it was a huge success. Ifesi believes that although he has faced many challenges in his job, he has learned how to be patient and have self- control. With his work in the SRC, he realized there is a lot of self-sacrifice and that it is not all about oneself or school politics. He sees the job as giving part of your freedom and time, to the students and even though they don’t always recognize it, it is still part of the job. He sees the job as not being about the money but how much you are willing to invest in the job itself. Ifesi was motivated to run for VP Student Affairs because he felt that there was so much he could offer and that there were a lot of students that believed in him. He felt he could make a difference. He continues getting support and motivation from his friends, his brother Chijioke Ifesi and from Jane McKay, General Manager of the SRC, because they have been so supportive. He expressed they have always been there for him no matter the situation. Ifesi has expressed his desire to help the student body, “If it is a situation that I can change, that is what makes me go the extra mile.” With the new term just starting, it will be interesting to see the ideas come forward from the VP Student Affairs office.
Sustaining ties- UNBSJ Bridge Network CASEY SHELLEY The Alumni of the University of New Brunswick Saint John wished to maintain a connection with the University as well as with students, leading to the creation of the Bridge Network program last summer. The program is a three-year pilot project sponsored by the UNBSJ Vice President’s office and allows alumni to interact with UNBSJ students and to provide advice based on their experience at the University and in career choice. The Bridge Network connects both the students and alumni of the UNBSJ to the community and offers amazing learning opportunities for all participants involved. There are several different aspects of the Bridge program including workshops and information sessions that allow students to meet with UNB alumni and hear about experiences as both a student and in the workforce. During the workshops, alumni also help students to choose a career direction, business etiquette, networking and having a strong relationship with community. Alumni program manager Mary Duffley explained the benefits of the program for students, “You get the opportunity to speak with UNB graduates and members of the community who have been there and done that, who’ve worked in the real world and can tell you what they wish they had known when they were students, or when they started working following graduation.”
Field experience is another opportunity offered by the Bridge Network – students are actually able to job-shadow people in their careers and even intern at companies they may be interested in working at in the future. This aspect of the program also enables small businesses and community members to meet students of the university. The Lunch and Learn sessions are another feature offered by the program. These monthly sessions are free and open to all UNBSJ students. On January 19, career coach and UNBSJ alumnae Dianna Barton will teach students what they need to know when on the job hunt. It will begin at 11:30 a.m. in room 107 of Irving Hall. Registration is necessary by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Students are welcomed to contact alumni who have freely offered their contact information to provide career coaching. It is strongly recommended that students planning to enter the professional workplace partake in the Bridge Network program as important networking opportunities are available. “We want to offer our students sessions that will help them figure out career direction, make connections with the off-campus world and put down roots here,” explains Duffley. For more information regarding the Bridge Network, contact the Alumni program manager Mary Duffley at bridgenetwork@unb. ca or call the Alumni office at 6485906.
Social Directors plans for the winter term generate excitement among students JONATHAN BRUCE “In terms of social events, students can expect a lot more things happening,” said SRC Social Director Faraz Ahmed as he discussed the upcoming events for students during the Winter 2012 term. “Although we have a limited budget, there will be better events for students.” The Student Party Nights will continue this semester. Student Party Nights are themed events that take place in the bar approximately every two weeks. “We are also having a Pre-Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration on a Friday, because the holiday actual takes place on a Saturday,” Ahmed explained. Apart from the dances and bashes, there will be special events that students will most likely be interested in attending. “Our goal is to have something more every week of
every month,” said Ahmed. “There is a group of stand-up comedians on tour, and they will be performing at UNBSJ on January 17. On January 26, Wayne Hauffman a mentalist/ illusionist based in Hollywood is coming to campus.” UNBSJ can also expect to see more live entertainment in the form of the band Three Sheet, “They are a relatively well-known band; they have travelled up and down the East Coast. They’ve played several times at Peppers Bar in Saint John.” “We have been considering the idea of having a Gamers Night here on campus,” Ahmed included, “People can come to the bar and don’t have to drink: you can play games with your friends.” The SRC is going to be investing their money into a gaming console although the choice of gaming system has not been finalized.
VP External, John Runcie, talks about his upcoming term in office SAMANTHA TINKER As he sat calmly in his office, VP External John Runcie, explained a multitude of events that he’s working on throughout the winter semester. Runcie was quick to discuss was the SRC’s involvement working with students at the Hazen White Saint Francis School, to create their first student council. “I’m excited to help out with them,” he beamed. Elections were also on this politically savvy student’s mind. He is hoping to get more students involved in the upcoming municipal elections. He is also hoping to meet with the Minister of Post-Secondary Education again to discuss issues that affect students such as tuition and accessibility to post-secondary institutions. In the previous term, the SRC met with the Minister to discuss student issues. Runcie has also been an advocate of a change in how student credits transfer between the Saint John and Fredericton campuses. He explained, “The goal is to attempt to
level the playing field from Fredericton to Saint John.” His belief is that the University of New Brunswick is one intuition and all credits between the two campuses should be transferable. He has been working with Fredericton’s Student Union in order to create a joint submission to the Board of Governors, the overseeing body of the University’s functions. Runcie’s project over the previous term was a student survey, of which 151 students participated. The results have been tallied and were turned into approximately 30 pages of data. This project may give administration an idea into what student’s like and dislike from their university. While Runcie’s job often leaves him out of the spotlight, he has been consistently working towards the betterment of the student body at UNBSJ. His political role will continue to create new ideas and opportunities for students and connect the University with the community of Saint John.
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Ugie Ifesi (left) and John Runcie (right) looking dapper for the Proudly UNB dinner.
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Where nanotechnology and medicine meet
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University of Alberta oncology professor Linda Pilarski, along with her research team, has created a microfluidic chip that can test for up to 80 different genetic markers of cancer.
TANNARA YELLAND — CUP PRAIRIES & NORTHERN BUREAU CHIEF SASKATOON (CUP) — In a rural medical office, only the bare minimum of medical technology is either affordable or practical, and doctors rely on their own diagnostic skills rather than the expensive tests that doctors at urban centres can more easily access. This can become a problem when a patient appears whose symptoms could represent a bad flu, but could also be indicative of cancer. In the
absence of proper equipment from which many urban doctors benefit, rural patients can be misdiagnosed or mistreated due to the impracticality of running the gamut of tests on them. Linda Pilarski, a University of Alberta oncology professor and Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Nanotechnology, has been working since 1998 to change this. Researchers have made great strides in diagnostic tools for detecting the genetic abnormalities that lead to or signal cancers, but many
of these remain solely the province of experimental labs because of practical impediments like the cost of equipment. Aiming specifically to make clinical medicine easier and less expensive to conduct, Pilarski and her team have created a microfluidic chip about the size of a thumbnail that can test for up to 80 different genetic markers of cancer. “Most of the things we were doing were much too complicated to do in a clinical lab,” Pilarski said. “Their technology has to be far
more regulated than what we’re doing in the lab. It may be feasible [to use current experimental tests] in a big research hospital, but not in Stony Plains, in our little health care centre, for example. “And with tests that are feasible, they’re feasible only because they study many samples at once.” Acute lymphoblastic leukemia, for example, is a rare cancer that mostly affects children. When detected and treated early enough, it has an exceptionally high cure rate. But if left untreated, it can prove fatal in as little as a few weeks. The equipment to test for this kind of cancer is typically only at centrally located labs, and 100 or 200 samples from different patients need to be tested using current technology. “There might not be 100 cases [of the disease] in all of Canada in a year,” let alone at one time in one area, Pilarski said. This was part of the thinking that led her and her team to work on a way to test individual samples, and for several different possible cancers at once. They have reversed the normal procedure, studying several samples for one disease, in the hopes of making tests easier to do in more remote locations. There are about 80 small posts attached to a glass chip, and each post carries out a different test for a different mutation. Unlike the currently used larger equipment, Pilarski says these chips should allow clinicians to perform the tests within an hour, and rather than make patients wait a nerve-wracking few days for their results, they can find out be-
fore they leave the lab. While Pilarski’s work has focused on cancer, the chip she has developed could be used to test for any number of illnesses, which is precisely what medical equipment company Aquila Diagnostics plans to do with Pilarski’s technology. “Some of the first things to come out might not be for cancer but for infectious diseases,” Pilarski said. The microfluidic chip technology could be used to quickly rule out several infectious diseases when a patient appears at an emergency room with a fever, which could, for all attending physicians know, be anything from a mild flu to the West Nile virus, which is much more dangerous. In addition to ERs in the developed world, a small, transportable chip would be immensely useful in areas with more patchwork health facilities, which can often also be places where infectious diseases run rampant. Pilarski mentioned subSaharan Africa specifically, where nearly 11 million children die every year. Major causes are pneumonia and diarrhea, which are treatable, and malaria, which causes 16 per cent of the deaths of children under five, and which is also treated easily. Pilarski said she expects the chip to be ready for field-testing in the next year. These will not be clinical trials, which take place shortly before a technology is approved for widespread use, but simply trials outside the research lab.
Donating Blood: It really is in you to give. COURTNEY BOUDREAU The Atlantic Canadian Blood Services is looking for people to donate blood. While everybody has it, there is not always enough for people who need it due to cancer, injuries, hepatitis or even illnesses such as measles and chicken pox. Communications Specialist for the Atlantic Canadian Blood Services, Michelle Thibodeau Coates said, “Blood is not a synthetic product it cannot be made in a lab, it must be donated by generous donors.” While there is not a shortage of blood in New Brunswick at the moment, clinics throughout the province always attempt to remain proactive, stable and steady. When a unit of blood is donated, it is transfused within a week. Hospitals try to have at least five days worth of blood. People take this for granted, because there is never a situation where a person cannot get blood. At the Canadian Blood Clinic in Saint John, Michelle Coates explains they have a goal to collect at least thirty-six units of blood per day. Coates said, “If you have a permanent site, people take it for granted.” Their goal is not always met specifically because there is a permanent site so the SJBC often
does mobile clinics. Mobile clinics consist of a vehicle and technicians going to other sites and hosting blood drives. When a person initially goes to donate blood, they will be first given a ‘needle poke’ in their finger to ensure their blood is usable. The nurse will proceed with taking the blood as the donor sits in a comfy LazyBoy chair. The donation process lasts between five to fifteen minutes. Being hydrated helps this process go by faster. After the donation process is complete, the donor is given snacks and juice. This entire process takes approximately one hour and donors can give whole blood every two months. There are three different options when donating blood: Whole blood, Plasma, and Platelets. What type of blood you donate will be determined when you are registering. Most people can donate whole blood. People with AB, B+, A+ and A- will generally donate Plasma blood. People who are seventeen years or older and in good health can become a regular donor by making appointments every two weeks to donate platelet blood. Tyler McCormick, a UNBSJ Business student, happened to be donating platelet blood during my
time at the Saint John Blood Clinic. McCormick said, “[l decided to start donating blood because] my old man started.” McCormick’s father is no longer eligible to donate blood but his son continues. Blood Clinics offer tours for
anyone who is interested in checking it out, in order to calm those nerves and understand the process. Michelle Coates advise for anybody who is feeling nervous, “At the end of the day, if you focus on the good, it will help you get through it.”
To book an appointment or learn more about donating blood, call 1-888-2-DONATE or check out the Canadian Blood Services website at www.sang.ca.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 6 UNB Christian Fellowship’s ‘Meet & Greet’ a smashing success
SAMANTHA TINKER Although not all the members of UNB Christian Fellowship have returned from Christmas break, the first ‘Meet & Greet’ was held on the first Friday back to campus. With a Wii being played on a projector by an animated group, students could interact among the snack table and take a moment to sit down with friends. Peter Conley, a member of the UNBCF explained their purpose, “We try to be a support network [to students.” He continued by saying it encompassed both Protestant and Catholic faiths but a student doesn’t need to believe everything. The group just asks that student’s respect each other’s beliefs. While it’s slightly daunting walking into a room and not knowing what to expect, students won’t feel judged in this group. “People are welcome,” David Boyle, Vice
President of Campus Ministry, explained. The typical meeting begins at 7:30 in Irving Hall 107 on Friday evenings. Snacks and socializing occur for approximately half an hour. The usual group has about 30 students. Students then are invited to join in singing worship songs, listen to any announcements and then, break off into smaller groups for Bible study. UNBCF is involved with numerous activities which are open to all students from weekend retreats, guest speakers and special outings. If you would like any additional information about the UNBCF, e-mail treasurer, Michael Crate at email@example.com.
“[All] People are welcome.” -David Boyle, Vice President of Campus Ministry
Promise Partnership continues SAMANTHA TINKER
IN 2009, the UNBSJ Promise Partnership was formed as part of the poverty reduction strategy. Targeting Crescent Valley as the poorest part of Saint John, the Hazen White/St. Francis Elementary and Middle School is directly in that area. UNBSJ wanted to give these student additional help through their younger years and so, the Promise Partnership was created. Stephen Stone and Joleen Searle are two organizers of the Promise Partnership. “We’re pretty lucky,” Stone said when asked about the
frustrations that arise in his job, “We never have problems recruiting and some students tell us it’s the best part of their university experience.” The Promise Partnership links UNBSJ students with children from the school one-on-one. To volunteer requires a criminal record check and Policy 701 training, both standard and simple procedures for anyone working in a school environment. When asked about how they create the training programs, Stone explained, “We have a researcher on campus to develop a training session from information she gathers.” Graduates from the HazenWhite/St. Francis schools are given additional help in high school if they so desire. Approximately 15
students partake in tutoring offered on the UNBSJ campus every Monday and Wednesday evening. This is especially useful as January holds high-school exams. UNBSJ Professors also deserve recognition as they are always willing to help this program. Stone told of one such instance, “Last year, Dr. Turnbull was a huge success explaining sharks to a class learning about marine life.” Even if a student is unable to volunteer in the school year, there is still the Backyard Book-Club, a summer reading program designed to slow summer learning loss. Stone
mentioned the results for the project have shown great success, including two students who were able to bring their reading level up. There is also a summer ‘Math and Science’ program designed to encourage middle school students to not be intimidated by high school courses. Student participation and volunteering are both aspects of the university life that only enhances a student’s four years. Apart from the obvious benefits of feeling good about oneself, it also looks great on resumes and applications for graduate studies. If interested in working with the Promise Partnership, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
First kickbox- Training for the Canadian dream ing class at Work on the fringes is hard for athletes in lower-profile sports UNBSJ yields large turnout SAMANTHA TINKER If you’re looking to hit someone or attack a punching bag, you may want to find another class but if you’re looking for a great cardio workout, join Lori Lofstrom every Monday at 4:00 in the gym for cardio kickboxing. With 20 years as an aerobics instructor and eight years teaching kickboxing, she puts her class through a fast paced regime with one of the best programs I have experienced. Lofstrom began her program without a microphone as there were some technical difficulties. Quickly though, we learned she was no novice at motivating the class even without an amplified voice. She walked around the group, assisted people with their form and was motivating to those who were slowing down.
“It was a great cardio workout.” Erin Nobles added, “It’s a lot different than any other class.” Having previously been involved in kickboxing (the kind where you actually get hit), I wasn’t sure what to expect from this perky instructor who has more energy than a child hyped up on chocolate at Christmas. While I admit, I’d prefer to stick to protecting myself from uppercuts and retaliating with jabs, this course had my body pleading for a break. Her class, while intense, is great for people in any shape. You don’t need to be an athlete or an MMAwannabe to go through the entire workout. Lofstrom explained the benefits of cardio kickboxing, “It gives you strong abs, increased coordination, better balance and is a great cardiovascular workout. It also gives you more stability.” For an average 40 minute class, excluding warm up and cool down, cardio kickboxing burns approximately 400 calories for a 140 pound person. I would also note that judging by my sore muscles, this workout is great for arms and booty. Erica Forward, a soccer player for the Saint John Seawolves, took a moment from catching her breath to say, “It was a great cardio workout.” Erin Nobles added, “It’s a lot different than any other class.” With almost 25 people attending the first cardio kickboxing, afternoon classes seem to be popular among students and while it didn’t involve sparring, I’ll definitely be back again next week. Samantha Tinker is Editor-inChief of The Baron and is currently accepting applications for a personal masseuse.
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Jebb Sinclair, Canadian international men’s rugby player, scrapped his way to a professional contract.
LAUREN BIRD — THE AQUINIAN (ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY) FREDERICTON (CUP) The importance of competitive athletics is constantly in debate, especially at a time when many Canadian schools are deciding whether or not to join the NCAA. At numerous institutions, sport is so highly regarded, it seems athletes and coaches are sometimes given special privileges on campuses. This, however, is not the case for many elite athletes in Canada — especially those outside of major population centres. When it comes to Canadian sports, there’s one game that always comes to mind: hockey. It’s part of our nation’s identity and culture. If Americans combined their fanaticism for baseball, basketball and football, then they could probably 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. The federal government funds programs to the tune of $10 million a year, while Quebec spends $11.7 million a year on amateur sports. Alberta spends $8.4 million, and Ontario contributes $7.7 million in direct funding. As a result, New Brunswick, whose funding for sport is the lowest per capita in the country at just over $3 million a year, 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 that funding for athletics has gone up in the 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 the state 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,” he explained. 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, competed in swimming in 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, she said, “in order to get those things, you need the money coming up.” Limpert is on the board of Sport New Brunswick, 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.” Making the try 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’s] 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.” Hitting the target 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 I was doing in New Brunswick and get funding. I didn’t have the right training environment,” he said. Athletes who train at high performance centres are more likely to get carding and the closest centre to the Maritimes is in Ontario. Jones is part of the 2016 Olympic Development Program and trains at least 30 hours a week. He also goes to culinary school, which carding pays for, and works for the local university and as a fishmonger. “Out here, you have car insurance, food, rent — and $900, it covers some things, but not everything. It has been a strain for sure,” he said. “But I mean, it’s difficult for the first few years of this kind of training.” Jones acknowledges he will have to start looking for sponsors soon. “The closer it comes to 2016, the more time I’m going to have to devote just to javelin and by that time I’ll be finished school and may not be able to work.” Having been throwing for only four years, he’s determined to keep his roots deep in New Brunswick soil. Next summer at the Canada Games, he will still be representing his home province and hopes that one day there will be a centre closer to home. “It’s crazy that athletes in the Maritimes have to go to the other side of Canada to get consideration for carding,” he said. Rounding third base Sue Douthwright played for Canada’s national women’s baseball team in 2005 and 2006. 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. [Because] 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 month-and-ahalf, 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.”
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Rugby team takes off in September
UNBSJ hosts MSVU and UKC in weekend match-ups
A hard hitting sport gets a fighting chance at UNBSJ SAMANTHA TINKER Erin Nobles is one of thirty women on campus who are starting a UNBSJ rugby club in September. As the sport does not use the expensive equipment needed in football, preliminary discussion about it becoming a varsity sport, if there is enough interest, has already began. Nobles, a former high-school rugby player and a Varsity soccer player at UNBSJ said, “It’s definitely a big sport. Almost anyone can go into it and it’s amazing the range of people who play.” She explained that, while rugby does require an aggressive attitude, she has not seen a significant amount of injuries in her time playing. “It happens but it’s not as common as people think,” she explained. The differences between rugby and football, as Nobles explained, is rugby tends to be more continuous where football stops more throughout the game. Football is often harder hitting because of the padding players wear which rugby does not have. She also mentioned that rugby tends to have more technique instead of a hard-hitting attitude. Rugby generally starts in high school and the teams have approximately 40 players. It is also quite popular around New Brunswick with its own official union. One of the benefits to having a rugby club at UNBSJ, Nobles said, “It may make more people stick around here.” She added it also might bring in more students, especially as an eventual varsity sport. If interested in joining the rugby team in September or for more information, contact Recreation and Facilities manager, Gary Leslie by e-mail at email@example.com.
Mid-air collision between two UKC blockers and UNBSJ’s Benoit Allison as the Seawolves look to stike.
Samantha Tinker is Editor-inChief of The Baron and is currently practicing her ‘grr’ face. This is what they call a mid-flight tap down – sweet, eh?
UNBSJ’s Alec MacKinnon leaps to avoid the on-coming Mystic traffic.
“Smack that” right past them!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
WOMEN’S VOLLEY BALL The UNBSJ Seawolves women’s Volley Ball team hosted the MSVU Mystics Saturday January 14th and suffered a loss of 3-0. This most recent win makes the Mystics the number one team in women’s ACAA Volley Ball with a record of 9 wins and 0 losses. The UNBSJ women started off strong with an early lead, but were soon tied with MSVU, who then surpassed the home team to win the first game 2518. It was clear in the second game that the Seawolves were having trouble with their serves. Several serves flew out of bounds or bounced off the net to give the Mystics a 25-15 win in the second game. The third and final game improved slightly with the UNBSJ players scrambling to catch up. Their last ditch efforts were thwarted however and MSVU won the third and final game 25-19. Despite the loss Seawolves’s coach, John Hooper, stayed positive; he acknowledged that the girls were playing the number one team in the league and it would not be an easy game. Even though the Seawolves were going in to the match as the underdogs and came out defeated, Hooper said “the girls played well, however our serves and offence needs work”. This loss against the Mystics has put the Seawolves at 1-7 in the ACAA which means that they are in 6th place, only ahead of the Holland Hurricanes from Holland College. The next home game for the UNBSJ women’s Volley Ball team is Saturday January 22nd at 10am against the Hurricanes.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL The MSVU Mystics women’s Basketball team were hosted by the UNBSJ Seawolves this Saturday. The Mystics scored the first basket of the game, but the Seawolves were right behind with a basket from number 7, Brittany Mallory. The UNBSJ women were almost shot
for shot with MSVU and finished the first quarter tied at 13. The second quarter started off well, with the Seawolves keeping up with the Mystics, but MSVU managed to pull ahead and finished the first half of the game with a 29-27 lead. The second half remained just as fast passed as the first until a technical foul was called on Assistant Coach, Robert Munroe, for yelling at a referee. Due to the technical foul the game was momentarily stopped and the shot clock was reset, this caused fans to get agitated and comment that the delay was ruining the game. By the end of the third quarter the Seawolves slipped further behind with a score of 47-35. As the final quarter progressed it was evident that the Seawolve’s women were loosing steam, but they continued to push themselves even though they were trailing the Mystics by at least ten points the entire second half. The final score for the game was 62-46 for the Mystics, which gave them 9 wins and only 1 loss so far this season. Number ten, Hannah McLeod was named the player of the game for the Seawolves for her effort against MSVU. When asked for a comment on the game Coach, Kevin Munroe, said “I wish we shot better” and “we played well [and] we played tough, but we didn’t shoot the ball very well”. The Seawolves have plenty of time to work on their shooting between now and their next home game which is on January 22nd against Holland College.
game plan because by the end of the first half the Mystics were still leading the Seawolves 42-31. From the start of the second half it was evident that the UNBSJ men were getting tired trying to keep up with MSVU, but that did not stop them from working hard to try and come back. Number 16, Jason Demerchant, and number 4, Alec MacKinnon (who was named the UNBSJ player of the game), were two of the many Seawolves that continued to hustle even though they were falling further behind, finishing the third quarter at 65-44, 21 points behind the Mystics. Even though they continued to push themselves right to the end of the game, the Mystics got the best of the Seawolves by beating them with a final score of 83-56. Seawolves’s Coach, Steve LeBlanc, said that “For playing the best team in the league, [MSVU], we had a good first half ”. He noted that they are the best team in the league for a reason, which would account for the three losses UNBSJ suffered this weekend. Even though they lost, LeBlanc said “seventy-five percent [of the team] played tough, and didn’t give up”.
In perfect form, Seawolves Alison Stymiest positions herself for a lethal hit.
MEN’S BASKET BALL. On Saturday the men’s Seawolves basketball team hosted the MSVU Mystics. The game looked promising with UNBSJ taking an early lead, but four minutes into the first quarter MSVU subbed their whole starting line which helped them to catch up and surpass the Seawolves. The first quarter finished with the Mystics leading 29-18. MSVU continued to sub all five of their players on the court periodically which seems to have been a good
First year player Rebecca Van Snick blocks a hit for the Seawolves.
Veronique Bastarache of UNBSJ takes a leap of faith and goes for the kill.
Seawolves Leanne Davis directs play from the point.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Tight & Bright- One Great Night!
CASEY SHELLEY What better way to rid yourself of back-to-school stress than to dress in extremely bright and tight clothing (seventies style) and dance the night away? These were the exact requirements of the back-to-class bash, which maintained a “bright and tight” theme- one to which many students happily obliged. Glow sticks were unmistakable sights in the cafeteria-turned-nightclub, where clusters of tight-andbright clad students danced the night away- a sweaty and exhilarating celebration. Many guests were noticeably found to be sporting seventies-inspired sunglasses. Throughout the night, guests of the bash could be found socializing in the hallway with friends, hanging out in the campus bar (Colonel Tuckers) and enjoying the music being presented by the DJ. Students were recommended to “dress to impress” as DJBM gave out two free tickets to the best dressed guest for the Bone Thugs & Harmony concert that will be taking place at Legacy nightclub.
Overall, the first bash of the 2012 school year wasn’t the end of the world- the only catastrophic event that occurred was the excessive use of fluorescent clothing in one night. The SRC did a great job at planning yet another successful event for the benefit of the student body. Both new and returning students of UNBSJ gathered together for a night of fluorescent fun on the dance floor- letting go of back-toschool stress and looking forward to a new year at UNBSJ. Just because Christmas break is over, doesn’t mean that your fun has to be!
Jess Barrieau and friends show their “tight and bright” spirit sporting colorful sunglasses and clothing.
Two students take a break from dancing in the campus lounge.
A student shows his approval of the bash while wearing retrostyle sunglasses in Colonel Tucker’s bar.
Danny Oliver and Jen Brown sport tight pink clothing and peace sign necklaces to match the theme of the bash.
Ruth Cox socializes in the hallway with friends during the bash.
Thomas Johansen, along with a friend clad in a true “tight and bright” outfit poses for the camera seventies style in Colonel Tucker’s bar.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Hey writers, Munsch The dying breed of dive bars on this MADELON KIROV — THE CONCORDIAN (CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY) MONTREAL (CUP) Yes, it can be frustrating, difficult, and extremely exhausting to cultivate a wonderful piece of writing. But despite the obstacles of writer’s block and trying to find widespread success, well-known author Robert Munsch encourages young writers to keep working at it — as he continues to do so himself.
“write about something you love, something you feel strongly about or something you know about.” “I have over 200 unpublished stories that I am working on,” the eccentric and beloved author told The Concordian in an interview, as he shared details about his life in storytelling and offered young writers advice on the art of writing. Many have grown up reading Munsch’s short stories as children. Munsch, 66, is an American-born, now Canadian author who currently lives in the city of Guelph, Ont. A member of the Order of Canada since 1999, he has published over 47 children’s books, including The Paperbag Princess and Love You Forever, that have sold more than 18 million copies across North America. As an elementary student, Munsch almost failed Grades 1 to 5. In fact, he claims to have never learned how to spell properly and graduated from Grade 8 still counting on his fingers to do simple addition. He was generally “not a resounding academic success,” in his words. He began writing poetry in elementary school, which sparked his interest in literature. In high school, he did not get along with anybody and after seven years of studying to be a Jesuit priest, he decided that it was not his calling. On the topic of post-secondary education, Munsch
said, “I liked university better than any other schooling. I think it was because I was interested in what I was learning and had finally taken responsibility for my education.” Every successful writer begins small. Munsch recalls how difficult it was to get published. “I never have had an agent and I sent stories to nine different publishers before one said yes,” he said. In 2008, Munsch suffered a stroke that affected his speech, though over the years, he has slowly recovered and can now do public readings again. His writing career has, however, been put on hold until a full recovery. When asked what he believes is a writer’s greatest enemy, Munsch answered, “Trying to find an agent or publisher!” He added that the most important skill needed as a writer is perseverance and a willingness to accept criticism. But before getting to that point, writers need to start at square one. To write successfully, Munsch said to “write about something you love, something you feel strongly about or something you know about.” This makes all the difference in the delivery of the piece; the higher the interest level of the writer, the more effort, care, and love is put into the writing. When it comes to writer’s block, Munsch explained he makes up random unrelated stories on the spot from which more ideas expand, and often ends up finding inspiration in the original material. For those interested in children’s literature, Munsch shared some more of his insight on this specific target audience. “Kids are so new. They’re so openended. I can look at a kid and wonder what they’ll be,” he said. “The job of children is to be professionally appealing to adults. That’s how they get what they need.” Finally, when it comes to improving and maintaining a budding writer’s skills, Munsch provided wise and valuable feedback. “Keep on writing. Write a diary, write short stories. You don’t learn to swim by reading about it and you don’t learn to write that way either. If you want to learn how to write, write a lot and you will get better at it.”
MERCEDES SHARPE-ZAYAS — THE MCGILL DAILY (MCGILL UNIVERSITY) MONTREAL (CUP)
It was one of those cold nights in the city, the kind that leaves your eyes with a tearful glaze. Frustrated with the bitter wind, I dipped into the warm refuge of Bar Primetime for a quick kick to keep me going. Drifting past the clattering echoes of the pool table, I settled down amidst the ranks of older men lining the wooden bar and ordered what I considered a classic — rye and ginger. “What the hell is rye?” the bleary-eyed waitress laughed, staring at the liquors behind the bar in utter stupor. Evidently, drinks were not their specialty. Finally, a bearded gentleman lifted his gaunt finger from the weathered pages of a book to point out a hidden bottle. “It’s the rye content that gives the whiskey its name,” he muttered as he tucked his head back down. Anita, the waitress, prepared the drink, asking what brought a young girl to the bar by herself. Upon mentioning my interest in dive bars, she took one quick glance around the room and winked, “Well, honey, you came to the right place.” The topic of dive bars elicits a multitude of reactions, most drenched in mild apathy. “Oh, the greasy spoon of bars,” remarked Rebecca Borkowsky, a McGill English literature student, “Yeah, I don’t do those.” While some students would never step foot into the dark depths of an elusive dive, others praise them for their eclectic atmosphere, cheap beer, and impressive collection of nineties rock. “I’ve revealed some of my deepest secrets over a pitcher at this place, usually to the soundtrack of a softrock ballad,” recounted Aaron Vansintjan, a philosophy and environmental studies student and former McGill Daily design and production editor, during a night out in the dim wooden tavern of Aux Verres Stérilisés. The quintessential image of rustic grit associated with a neighbourhood dive can be either appealing or appalling, depending on perspective. For some, these residual spaces
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are seen as archaic and anarchic in contrast to the postmodern veneer of gentrified brandscapes. For others, these misconceptions of blight are folded into a portrait of urban authenticity, inspiring nostalgia for an unspoken history. As I took a sip of my drink back at Primetime, a young guy by the name of Neal Wilder jostled up next to me wearing a suit and tie, asking for a pen. Having grown up in the area, he gave me a brief history of the street, “All of Parc used to be owned by the Greeks, with parts of it being bought out by the Jewish communities. It wasn’t until the past 10 or 15 years, though, that you began to notice a real change.” As the rents were driven up and storeowners could no longer afford their units, a wave of traditional shops closed down. Primetime was one of the few bars that managed to resist the postmodern push of gentrification. “If you’re looking for an authentic experience, this is it,” Wilder insisted. “One of the few places that stayed true to the authentic spirit of Parc.” What puts these dives on the “cutting-edge” of the fast-paced, post-industrial bar-scene is, ironically enough, their resistance to the forefront of change. These alternative nightlife spaces aren’t the work of designers or expert mixologists. Rather, they’re socially constructed and collectively imagined by a marginal voice — those members of the community who may elsewhere feel isolated, but here, feel at home — evoking a strong sense of place beyond their gritty façades. When Wilder returned to his game of pool, the well-dressed man sitting beside him picked up where the conversation left off. He went by the name of Marco, and claimed to be a “secret partner” of Primetime. “It’s the politics of dive bars that give them their character,” he explained, “these face-to-face interactions between the patron and the owner create authenticity.” Anyone who has spent a night out at Plage Montenegro (formerly Miami) can relate to this, with the owner’s infamous reputation for pouring free drinks to keep the conversation flowing. And it’s these conversant proprietors who are our city’s true historians, scattering obscured chronicles
of drinking cultures across the city. Back in the day, the advent of advanced dishware sanitation was a major attraction for drinking establishments in Montreal. Taverns in the 1930s and 1940s would hang large billboards boasting “Verres Stérilisés” to all who walked the streets. Yet as the years moved on, these taverns were torn down, one by one, until only the façade of “Aux Verres Stérilisés” remained on the corner of St. Hubert and Rachel. “This bar has been open since the 1940s, passed down from grandfather to father to son,” the bartender explained in broken English, as he placed a single white rose on the cash register. “People are gathering from the neighbourhood, they’re drawn by the conversations and the cheap drinks.” When I ventured out to St. Henri, a similar trend towards neighbourhood identity was taking place. The dolled-up waitress at Le Black Jack Bar would go back and forth between answering my questions and fact-checking with the regulars, creating an unconventional sense of community. This is not meant to glorify dive bars as the last saving grace of community spirit. While these bars might stand in solidarity against the problem of public alienation, they are not always doing so in legal terms. The limited profits accrued from VLTs, jukeboxes, pool matches and inexpensive drinks often suggest alternative means of income to sustain business. “It’s a controlled environment, but it’s corrupt,” Wilder hinted. Fortunately for the dives, dystopian representations of the urban city often entice the younger crowds in search for a cheap thrill. “The real problem arises when you reach a certain carrying capacity,” Marco warned. “If too many students started coming to Primetime, it would no longer be true to itself. It would kill the spirit.” As a result, these holes in the wall must limit their advertising schemes to word of mouth and unassuming awnings. It’s a strategic game of survival, maintained by an age-old cautionary tale: With any public declaration of authenticity, an obituary is soon to follow.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The Residence Review
OCEAN LEIGH PETERS
Even though we have been fortunate enough to experience a mild winter so far, the frigid cold days and white out snow storms are just around the corner. As residence students, when there is a snow storm we are literally snowed in and when temperatures reach 20- none of us are to excited about waiting outside for the buss while we develop frost bite. The isolation caused by weather only fit for frosty the snow man is enough to drive a res student crazy or into a chilly slump. That being said there are some ways to keep busy and avoid the winter blues while living in the Dunn or the MacKay residence. First on the list of winter blues preventers is recreating your room. Nothing is better for shaking things
up and sprucing up your mood than changing and sprucing up your environment. We are limited in residence because we can’t paint the walls or nail anything up but there are some small changes you can do that can make all the difference. Try rearranging the furniture in your room; you don’t have to go all fengshui, just move it around for something new. There is also the option of new posters or pictures of friends and family on your walls (with the proper sticky squares provided by the Residence Advisors of course). You could also add a little light to your winter infested life by stringing some twinkle lights around your room. If decorating isn’t your thing, you could try a more social activity. Make a point to get together with some friends once a week, or when
ever a blizzard comes our way, and have a movie night. Pick a movie (classics are always good or cheesy movies from our childhood), and get together in a TV lounge. Have
everyone bring a different snack and settle down to enjoy the show. For those who live a more active life and are itching to get outside
as soon as the snow melts away, try going to the gym. As residence students we have access to the gym through warm and snow-free, indoor tunnels, and we should take advantage of that. It’s a good way to stay active and avoid the onset of nippy madness. Keeping your body in shape by going to the gym in the winter has obvious health benefits but it also makes you happier with the production of endorphins. So when you want to cheer up because you’re in a bad winter mood or you’re experiencing some cabin fever, hit the gym. During the winter you have to remember that the snow is not all bad.
Yes the cold sucks, that part most of us could do without, but there are some fun aspects to the white fluffy stuff. If you experience one of those rare snow days or need to cheer yourself up, embrace the snow. Bundle up, get outside, and act like a kid. Build a snow man, throw some snow balls or grab a crazy carpet and go sliding. Even though the winter can dampen your spirit and freeze you to the bone, there are some fun and worth while things that come along with the cold. Living in residence during the winter can be isolating and some times even depressing, but if you can find the right activity for you, it can change your entire mind set. As the Residence Life Coordinator, Ryan Benett’s quote is ‘residence is what you make of it’ and that goes for the winter months too. So bundle up, find your winter bliss and enjoy the new year.
‘I’m not about being men’s sexual dream-come-true’ OLIVIA MESSER AND JOAN MOSES — THE MCGILL DAILY (MCGILL UNIVERSITY) MONTREAL (CUP) “Don’t fucking call me biphobic,” says Sarah*. We’re outside Café Santropol, where we’ve just spent the afternoon drinking soy lattes and chatting about her sexual identity. Sarah is a self-identified queer woman studying physics at McGill, and though she’s attracted to both men and women, she’s uncomfortable using the term “bisexual” to describe herself. She explains that she’s not against the principle of calling oneself bisexual, per se. But she does feel that “bisexual is a term that went with these girls who were maybe kind of crazy and slutty or experimenting” — a term that just didn’t seem to apply to her. “The way that it’s portrayed by the media and really largely in society is just really different from how I see myself,” she says. It turns out Sarah is not alone in feeling this way — far from it. Many women with romantic partners of more than one gender are reluctant to use the term “bisexual.” There’s a stigma attached to the word that’s emblematic of larger misconceptions about gender and sexuality. In our interviews for this story, we spoke to self-identified bisexual women in their late teens and early twenties about their sexual identities and experiences. We decided to focus on female bisexuality, as male bisexuality is associated with a distinct set of stereotypes and experiences (that would take a whole other feature to delve into). While the lives of all the women we spoke to were distinct, several common themes emerged from the interviews. The term Robyn*, a female self-identified queer studying geography at McGill, echoes Sarah’s concerns about the word. When speaking of her identity, she says, “usually I just say queer, but if I had little checkboxes [and queer wasn’t an option], I would definitely check the bisexual option.” Still, she says that she feels more comfortable with queer; perhaps, she admits, because of “how I’ve
internalized the stigma about bisexuality and what the word brings to mind, for myself and for a lot of other people.” Like Sarah, she has seen bisexual as a label that signifies “high school girls who make out with their friends at a party and then the next day are like, ‘Oh, I’m bisexual, but I actually only date boys.’” For her, it doesn’t conjure up the image of someone who genuine-
This is precisely in line with Margaret Robinson’s research. Robinson, director of the Bisexual Mental Health Project in Toronto, found in one of her studies that a quarter of the bisexual women she interviewed preferred to identify as queer rather than as bisexual, “because they saw it as both more political and more socially accepted.” The stereotypes
ly desires people of more than one gender. Robyn concedes that she justifies her reluctance to use the label. “[I say] that, ‘Oh, I don’t believe the gender binary, so I don’t like the bi part.’” But she admits a deeper feeling about the word. “It’s really less about that than just self-consciousness,” she says.
The stigma around the term bisexual, though, seems to be only a facet of a larger problem. The tropes associated with the term bisexual do not remain on the level of language; they cling to the lives of those that have desire for individuals of more than one gender. The stereotypes of promiscuity, experimentation and sexual frivolity affect bisexual women in a specific way, impacting their
relationships and their experiences of sexuality. “At their root, stereotypes of bisexual women as experimenting, or attention-seeking, or hypersexual are also homophobic since they assume that young women’s sexual experiences with other women are less important than those with men,” Robinson wrote in an email. Taylor*, an English literature major, speaks to how these stereotypes are played out in her experiences with different communities. “I’ve heard, ‘She’s not bi, she just doesn’t know she’s gay yet.’ There’s also the ‘She’s just a straight girl playing gay.’ And, ‘It’s just a phase’ — that’s something that comes from both the queer and straight community.” Cheryl Dobinson, a bisexual and feminist advocate, writer, and researcher based in Toronto, spoke to this when interviewed by phone. According to her, the tropes surrounding the gender and sexual identities of bisexual women may interact to form a sexualized image of these women. Dobinson says that this has been perpetuated by mainstream culture. “Female bisexuality is really sexualized through pornography, through ideas of it being something that’s there to please men, and not something that actually could have to do with women wanting to have relationships with other women.” Indeed, Dobinson even describes herself as “feminist in relation to bisexuality” in order to reinforce the fact that she does not fit this stereotype. “I am a feminist bisexual,” she affirms. “I’m not about being men’s sexual dream-come-true. I’m about something [else], another kind of bisexuality.” This notion of bisexuality being linked with promiscuity impacts
personal relationships too, she says. “I’ve certainly had the classic experience of lesbians who don’t want to date bi women and think, ‘Oh, that’s no good for a relationship,’ and some straight guys, too, think that bi women are good for sexy-fun but not to settle down with.” The binary The socially constructed binary of gay and straight identities, so often taken for granted, can shape the acceptance or dismissal of bisexual identity. This notion of an either-or sexuality has deeply ingrained itself into our culture, and can make it difficult for bisexual women to recognize or accept their attraction to other women. Sarah, for example, says that she had been attracted to women in high school, and had been “the type of girl that would go to parties and be very willing to make out with other girls,” but that she had not seen this as a serious part of her sexuality. “Up until recently I’ve never considered myself as having a crush on a girl.” She continues, “I think that’s just the way that our daily social habits affirm things. When you’re going around the playground in fourth grade, and they ask you, ‘Oh, which boys do you like’ and you’re like, ‘Oh, well, Steven was looking kind of cute yesterday,’ and then they ask, ‘Oh do you like him? Are you going to talk to him?’ And then, the next day in class, someone comes up to you and goes, ‘Oh, Steven’s looking at you’, and you’re like, ‘Oh. Man, that’s awesome. I kind of like him.’ And so it’s constantly affirmed.” Meggie, a bisexual woman and an undergrad at McGill, explains how this has played out in her own life. She was mostly confused by the fact that she could be attracted to women, yet still experience feelings for men as well. “When I was confused in high school, I think the main thing I was trying to do was pin myself down. I thought about it for ridiculous quantities of time — I remember sitting and reading erotica and thinking, ‘How am I reacting to this? How am I reacting to that? What does this mean? I’m just reacting to everything, oh my god.’ I’d fixate on it, you know?”
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features ...CONTINUED FROM PAGE 12 Meggie wonders if this idea of a restrictive binary isn’t also relevant to other sexual minorities. “It’s just like gender. People are raised to conceive gender as being male or female — and no in-between space.” Meggie continued, “Somebody who’s been raised to believe that there are only men and women in the world, and then they meet a [non-binary gendered] person, it can be hard to wrap your mind around because you’ve never been exposed to the idea that there’s more than just two genders. Bisexuality could be similar in that way.” Robinson explains that bisexual women often encounter the misconception that bisexuality is a stepping-stone to an identity that fits within this binary. As Meggie explains, “A lot of people that I know identify as gay now, identified as bisexual at some point. It’s just frustrating that people don’t see that it can be an endpoint also.” For some lesbian women, bisexuality is a stage in the coming-out process. But, for many, bisexuality is a stable and permanent identity. The assumption that bisexuality is a stage is “an expression of biphobia in that it assumes bisexual identity is less real or authentic than lesbian identity,” Robinson says. Pressure from both communities The way that bisexuality troubles this socially-enforced binary can also make it difficult for bisexual women to gain acceptance from either straight or gay and lesbian communities. It seems that both place unique pressures on bisexual women. Taylor explains that she has always had a hard time deciding which label to use. “Even when I was coming out, I was still questioning if bi was the right term to use, if I should just push it and say that I was gay even though I was unsure, just to seem more legitimate.” Taylor did, in fact, come out to friends and family as bisexual in first year, but her identity wasn’t always taken seriously. “I’ve been recently talking to the same friend that I first came out to in the tenth grade — and he told me that, until I entered into my current relationship [which is with a woman], nobody really took me seriously as bi. So, there’s this lack of legitimacy in defining as bi. I mean, you’re either perceived as promiscuous by the straight community or illegitimate by the gay community. There’s really, like, no in-between — you’re screwed either way.” Meggie expands on the idea that there’s a kind of double-edged sword. “Within the straight community, especially amongst men, it’s one of those ‘that’s so hot’ things, which is very frustrating sometimes because I’ve definitely told guys before and had that response and been
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like, ‘You’re not taking my identity seriously.’” However, Meggie also feels like the lesbian community has a hard time accepting her bisexual identity. “Within the lesbian community, oftentimes bisexual women can be viewed as sort of ambivalent or as sort of shifting and untrustworthy — I’m not saying that’s everyone — but it’s often a fear that [a bisexual woman] will leave another woman for a man because it’s ‘easier’ or because they aren’t really serious about women.” Bisexuality can also be seen in these communities as a politically incorrect choice, says Dobinson. Although she explains that this is changing, lesbian communities still feel the “after-effects of a kind of lesbian feminism or lesbian separatism” — a theory “coloured by the idea of if we can choose to be with women, we should just do that, so that we can be more politically aligned to a lesbian kind of politic.” The coming out process Bisexual women, unlike lesbian women, have the unique situation of being able to “pass” as either straight or queer, depending on their relationships and surroundings. Accordingly, the coming out process is anything but simple. Because of the binary of straight and gay, parents and friends may not understand their bisexual identity. Meggie, for instance, is back in the closet at home. She just hasn’t discussed the subject with her parents since she came out at 17. “[My parents] didn’t understand why I was in a relationship with a woman if I could be in a relationship with a man — I think it’s one of the things that people don’t get. It’s like, ‘Why are you making life harder for yourself ?’ But it’s not like — obviously, I mean I’m going to sound like some kind of self-help book — but it’s not a choice, right? You fall for somebody and you just want to be with them.” Meggie feels like her experience was very different from her partner’s, in this sense. Because she’d expressed interest in men, her parents never would have guessed her sexuality. “I feel like they didn’t pick up on it at all — or barely — and then when I actually did come out, they were having trouble with the idea that I’m comfortable with things going either way, which is something that’s different than coming out as a gay person. My partner is gay, so for her, it would be like telling her family, ‘This is what it’s going to be, and this is all its going to be if I’m going to be happy,’ whereas for me, it’s sort of like, ‘Well, either way I could be happy,’ which is a really weird thing for parents to accept.” Coming out to uninformed straight friends can be equally difficult, partially because of the confusion about what a bisexual or queer identity means. This coming out
may take, in Robyn’s words, “a lot of explaining.” “I remember coming out to a straight friend from home,” she says, “and she was like, ‘So, are you bisexual?’” When Robyn explained she preferred the term queer, her friend replied, “Isn’t that a bad word?” However, despite the challenges of coming out, Meggie explains that she still feels like it’s important that her partners, and everyone else, recognize that all aspects of her sexuality are still intact. “Even when I’m in a relationship with a woman, sometimes I feel like the straight part just sort of dies away or people don’t notice it as much,” she said. “I feel like it’s important to be open with my partner about the fact that that still exists and not to let it, sort of, fall off a cliff — because it is a part of me. “One way or another,” she adds, “it’s frustrating for people to perceive you incorrectly.” Spaces of acceptance Despite the challenges of maintaining a bisexual or queer identity, there are spaces where the binary of gay and straight can be broken down, and where bisexual or queer women can find acceptance. For Sarah, this acceptance comes from her friends at university. She speaks of one friend that identifies as bisexual who assuaged some of Sarah’s doubts about her own sexuality. She explains that she had been feeling curious about girls, but worried that it was just a phase. Her friend told her, as they sipped twofor-one pints, that “no, it’s not a phase, it doesn’t have to be a phase, I felt that exact same way.’” “That was affirming,” Sarah continued, “to just know that it was ok to have these feelings.” Moreover, the larger queer community seems to be growing more accepting of female sexualities that break down the binary of straight and gay. “I feel like there’s more acceptance of bi people in queer communities than there was even ten years ago,” says Dobinson. But she maintains that “we’re still experiencing biphobia,” and that there’s still a need for creating an accepting and supportive social space. Robyn is an optimistic and active participant in this evolving and accepting queer community. She finds the Montreal and McGill queer communities, “the explicitly queer communities, at least … to be pretty open about these things.” Despite the progress that has been made, complete female bisexual acceptance — in both the queer and straight communities — has yet to be accomplished. As Meggie says, “the idea of bisexuality as a solid, permanent identity is still very far away.” *Names have been changed as identified sources have not publicly disclosed their sexuality.
From the walls of the sexual health center SAMANTHA TINKER With New Years only recently passed, you may or may not have made a few resolutions but let’s not forget about some ‘down-there’ resolutions you may want to consider in the 2012 year to keep your sexual health at its peak for years to come. Get an STD/STI test- Check with your family doctor, the Saint John Sexual Health Clinic, or go see Terri-Lynn King at the Health Center on campus to see if it’s time for you to drop trouser and have some blood work done. Also, have the chat with your date or partner if you haven’t already. Use condoms- That one time where you got caught up in the moment or didn’t have a condom or maybe you did but it was a few months expired could be dangerous to your health. Walk over to the health center and pick up a few (dozen). Say what you want- Have you ever wanted to try something new, a crazy new position, a threesome, or even something as simple as keeping the lights on, and have been nervous to tell your partner? Take the 2012 year to express that interest and remember, you’re not the first one that’s been interested in your darkest fantasy. Know what you like- Knowing your body and being comfortable with it is crucial to a healthy sex life. Even if you’re not having sex, figure out what you’re okay with, what you think you’ll like and what you know you’re not interested it. Know how to be safe- A night with whipped cream may seem sexy but a yeast infection the following day from the sugar may not reinforce that belief. There are certain vibrators (jelly-type but check yours out before throwing it out) with plastic that break down over time and can cause irritation. Before you delve into your deepest fantasies,
make sure you know what is physically healthy. Learn your body- While you should know what you do and don’t like, take a moment to explore nerve endings on the body. From the head to the feet, there are areas on our body that are packed with nerve endings. Take as much of 2012 to explore as many as you can. Birth control- What works for you? Are you a pill-popper? Patch person? Or loyal to the needle? If yours is working for you, that’s great but don’t be afraid to do some exploring, check side effects, and go to your doctor (or the Sex Center) to chat about other alternatives. What will you do if…- What happens if you get pregnant? Are you comfortable having an abortion? Would you consider adoption? Are you ready to be a momma (and a daddy to all you men out there)? Were you trying to get pregnant (if so, congratulations!)? What if you find out you have an STI or an STD? Think about your options, people you can talk to, and places you can go for help. Hit the gym- If you want to get the blood flowing in the bedroom, one of the best places to start is in the gym. Get some exercise and your endurance both on the track and between the sheets will thank you. By the end of 2012, you could be doing a marathon. Stop smoking- Your entire body will thank you for this! With better circulation, heart and lung function and less need to step outside (or catch on fire from a dropped cigarette in bed), 2012 could be the year you butt-out to get your butt into bed. If you’re interested in writing this or another column in The Baron, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about your health centre on campus, contact them at 6485656.
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back to it and tries to trim off 10% of it. He writes fiction, but surely
Stephen King, Shakespeare, and Academic Writing LISA ARMSTRONG Have you ever sat down to read something and, halfway through the page, realized you had no idea what on earth the writer was trying to say? That was my experience recently when doing some course readings. After struggling through about ten pages, I gave up and started pacing and ranting around the house. “Why!?” I raged. “Why can’t people write clearly and say what they need to say in as few words as possible?” Of course, it then occurred to me that I could write about that very thing here. Before anyone sends me a nasty email, I am not talking about Shakespeare nor Tolstoy. I have found Shakespeare to be incredibly challenging to read, but rewarding. His writing is entertaining and worth the effort but when an academic paper is so challenging to read, it can only frustrate the reader (at least, the student reader). I have had many
professors explain to us that the point of writing an academic article is to ‘add to the body of knowledge’. To that end, shouldn’t the knowledge be clearly expressed? I wonder why so many academic articles are dry, obscure, and hard to read? They spend considerable time here at university teaching us how to write effectively, and there are truckloads of books on the subject. Of course, any article in any discipline is bound to be full of words which are new to an undergrad, since we are new to the topic, but why use the word “explicate” if “explain” will do just as well? Someone said to me recently that there are a minimum number of words to be submitted in any article; yes, but those words should all count toward meaning, not just sit there on the page looking impressive. In his book “On Writing”, Stephen King says that expressing yourself clearly in your writing is key. In fact, he maintains that when a piece of his writing is finished, he goes
the same rule could be helpful in writing academic articles.
Crossword 1. Intrinsic (8) 5. Brilliant (6) 9. A sudden unforeseen crisis (8) 10. Setting (6) 12. Compare (5) 13. Previously mentioned (9) 14. Uproar (6) 16. File (7) 19. Deny (7) 21. Erase (6) 23. Villain (9)
Take a moment to match up the author with the quote that, in some way, pertains to school. The answers can be found on the bottom of page three. 1. “The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge in excess caused man to fall.” 2. “He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.” 3. “Science is vastly more stimulating to the imagination that are the classics” 4. As against having beautiful workshops, studies, etc., one writes best in a cellar on a rainy day.
a. Benjamin Franklin b. John Burdon Sanderson Haldane c. Van Wyck Brooks d. Sir Francis Bacon
If you would like to send Armstrong your own thoughts, opinions or even some nasty comments, she invites you to email werdigurl@gmail. com. Please use clear concise writing or you may receive an e-mail stating ‘(obscenity) you’ from her friend. You is essential, in any type of writing. have been warned. That doesn’t mean the writing has
FOR THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF THIS ISSUE’S PUZZELS, GO TO PAGE 3. Across
Who said what? School Edition
UNBSJ Professor, Dr. Sandra Bell to be simplistic; complex writing said, “I think that clarity in writing can still be clear. Why would anyone wish to write something that the reader has to struggle to understand?” Thank you. Reading something that is hard to understand, or uses obscure words, both frustrates and bores the reader. My friend expressed it most colourfully, “When someone’s writing isn’t clear, or uses words that the average person wouldn’t understand, they’re just being...(obscenity).” So think about this the next time you have an essay to write. I know that ten pages seems like a lot, I commiserate, I have been there. But before you fill up your paper with fillers such as “regardless of the fact that...”, or “under circumstances in which...”, remember the frustration of trying to read an incomprehensible piece of writing. Take pity on your professors.
25. An Italian woman of rank (5) 26. Easel (6) 27. Moving toward one (8) 28. Empathize (6) 29. Strangeness (8) Down 1. Worthy principles (6) 2. Not thinness (9) 3. The color of most grass (5) 4. Praise vociferously (7) 6. Worldwide (9)
7. Heath (5) 8. Edge (8) 11. Crucifix (4) 15. Hepatica (9) 17. Tending to give emphasis (9) 18. It measures the distance travelled (8) 20. Not strong (4) 21. The easing of tensions (7) 22. A Scottish dish of offal (6) 24. Patter (5) 25. Hindu loincloth (5)
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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is not just another remake
Stieg Larsson’s novel ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ has spawned a literary and film franchise. While the Swedish 2009 film starring Noomi Rapace has been critically and commercially successful, director David Fincher has released his version of the story. After being sued for libel by industrialist Hans-Erik Wennerstrom, Swedish journalist Mikeal Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) finds his credibility is now being questioned and his career might be finished. In exchange for information against
Wennerstrom, Mikael is hired by millionaire Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) to investigate the 40 year-old disappearance of his grand-niece, who is assumed to be dead. To further his investigation, Mikael forms an uneasy alliance with Lisbeth Salander, a 22-year old computer hacker. Although intelligent and adept with technology, she is introverted, antisocial, and harbours a hatred of men, especially those who take advantage of women. As the plot progresses, the two are drawn together in ways neither of them could have imagined. Like his previous works Se7en
and Zodiac, Fincher opts for a noirtype setting with a strong emphasis on character interaction, but unlike those films, there is less blood and gore. There is a rape scene which is far more graphic and disturbing than what the book and the Swedish film portrayed; however, Fincher has indicated that he made it brutal to make the audience horrified and sympathetic to Lisbeth. Daniel Craig carries the majority of the film with intensity and assertiveness. Whereas the character of the novel was overweight, Craig is slightly younger and more physical than the actor in the Swedish film,
which enables him to perform the film’s most strenuous scenes. While some might view his performance as a thin attempt to distance himself from James Bond, Craig manages to make Mikael a flawed, yet intelligent and likeable character. Despite appearing in the beginning and the end, Plummer plays Vanger with a warmth and weariness of a man nearing the end of his life; it is disappointing that he was not featured more. However, it is Rooney Mara who steals the show in all of her scenes. Having previously shot to fame for her small role in ‘The Social Net-
work,’ Lisbeth Salander is far more of a complex character than the bitter ex-girlfriend of Mark Zuckerberg. Mara transforms herself physically and emotionally into the dark, disturbed nature of Lisbeth; the moments in which she looks at people without speaking are intense and creepy. Fincher, Mara, and Craig have all done a fine job. Despite being considered a remake, the film should be judged on its own merits and whether it is faithful to the book.
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