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Graduating? Get organized A helpful guide for the graduating student Carly Schofield While graduating is supposed to be one of the most exciting years of your university career, it can also add a lot of stress on top of an already hectic lifestyle. Despite these stressful times, there are many ways that you can prepare for graduation and be sure to get your tassel without a lot of hassle. Firstly, it is important to make sure that you meet the graduation requirements for your specific degree. You should meet with your faculty advisor and ensure that you have all of the courses (and grades) that you need in order to complete your degree. There is nothing worse than thinking you are going to graduate, only to be told you are short a credit or two. Your advisor
can provide you with a tracking sheet in order to manage your courses and put you on the fast track to completion. Secondly, you should start to think about what you’re going to do after graduation. Whether it’s another degree, a master’s program or straight out into the workforce, it is important to be aware of all your options and make decisions accordingly. Many government programs are already taking resumes for September 2013, so don’t miss out on your chance. You should also be aware that most master programs have an application deadline of anywhere between January and March, so you may need to start the application process soon. Another important tip to staying organized is to be aware of
the important dates that will occur during the year. One of the most important dates is the deadline to apply to graduate. This must be done by March 31, 2013 in order to receive your diploma in May. You should also be aware of grad pictures in regards to when and where they will be taking place. Oak Tree Photography will be doing the photos this year and students are encouraged to either book a sitting with them directly at their studio, or to take advantage of a time when they are coming to campus. Oak Tree has already been on campus twice and will be here again on Nov. 13 and 14. If you missed these opportunities, don’t fret, as they will be back periodically throughout the year. Keep an eye on your E-
news for more information. The Grad Class Executive has planned a number of events in order to try and make the final year a successful one. They host activities on the 13 of each month and encourage all graduating students to attend. Activities in November include Bring Your Own Banana for banana splits and the Grad Fair. In December, the Grad Class will also be hosting a relaxing retreat, for stressed out students to come and enjoy some yoga, healthy snacks and just escape the pressures of exam time. Be sure to check out the Grad Class table during the Grad Fair on Nov. 21 for more events. The Grad Fair is an excellent opportunity for grads to get information on everything they need to know.
Beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the Baird Cafeteria, students can get information from the registrar, Oak Tree, a new yearbook concept, the Associated Alumni, campus contribution transcripts and more. Running until 1:00 p.m., this is sure to be your one stop shop for everything grad related. In the meantime, it is important to try and keep your cool during this stressful year and take advantage of the available resources. Be confident in knowing that the last four years have paid off and that you will soon be walking across the stage proudly with your degree. If you have any questions about anything grad related, do not hesitate to contact the Grad Class Executive at: email@example.com.
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We need more students who give a sh*t A re-cap on Student Life at UNBSJ
Courtney Boudreau During the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) meeting on Oct. 29, Jessica Barrieau (SRC Arts Representative) brought to the council’s attention that student life on campus is lacking. She was able to back up this information with the support of a survey taken by just over 1 per cent of students (that’s a little hard to justify with such a low number of students who were asked to take part in the survey). Third year UNBSJ student, Odessa Shea who, according to Barrieau, thinks that student life is being completely cut out of this university because of the SRC. Barrieau stated that the 29 surveyed students agreed that “SRC lacks in advertising, there is nothing for grad class, lack of effort, lack of events, lack of spirit and motivation and there are no frosh oriented events.” Nine weeks into classes, there have already been roughly 12 events planned by Jen Brown. This does not include Ashley Macosky’s Orientation Week (AKA Frosh Week), which happens every year during the first week of school. Don’t forget about the Grad Class Pub crawl, which occurred on Oct. 13 (and other Grad Class events which happen on the thirteenth of every month). As well as open mic night and 45’s in Colonel Tuckers Bar every Wednesday and Thursday from 3 p.m. – close. On top of all of these things, students can also enjoy Seawolves games almost every weekend throughout the school year. Brown confirms that UNBSJ is one of the only universities to have a wet-dry license. This means that students of all ages
are able to attend events that serve alcohol (however, students must be of age to buy said alcohol). Brown states that at UNBF, “under-aged students are unable to attend drinking events, at all.” According to Brown, the security on campus is making it particularly difficult for her to do her job. Therefore, she is going to experiment by taking a bash off campus; The White Russian Party being held at Tonic on Nov. 23. This information leaves Brown in tears over the fact that some students just don’t care. Brown says, “For those students who think that, those are the ones who aren’t coming here. There is so much out there for them, they have to be the ones to get involved. I’m sorry, but I do not feel bad for those students.” She confirms this information by stating, “Look at all of [the] people [in this room]. You care. Those people don’t care. [. . .] It’s up to them to make their university experience.” Barrieau states that when she looked into her research (a survey taken by 29 students), everybody had the same opinion. However, Brown states that she has hit capacity for both of the bashes that she has put on. She confirms this by stating, “the First Class Bash had people waiting outside. [. . .] We try to have events for everybody and if they don’t want to go, that’s why they are not having fun.” Michelle Adams, SRC Science Representative, asks the council, “I’m a little bit confused how it became the SRC’s fault. Was there any explanation on how it was the SRC’s fault?” The 29 students did not provide any feedback for the SRC. Donald Bassey, SRC Interna-
tional Student Representative, states, “There is no guarantee that these  students are the ones that come out to the events [on campus]. If we are going to do a poll, we need to make sure that it’s [answered by] more people. That way, the more people who get involved will give us a clearer picture of who [agrees and disagrees].” Bassey believes that perhaps the SRC should move their focus away from the events and towards advertising. He states, “For someone to say ‘what happened to frosh week?’ That’s ridiculous.” “It’s 50/50. [Students] need to try and figure out what’s going on too,” says Brown. In my own opinion, I’d like to believe that UNBSJ is a school full of adults who don’t need information spoon fed to them. SRC advertises through posters (all over campus), Facebook, Twitter, The Baron, Student eNews and more. According to Alasdair Rathbone, a fourth year student attending McMaster University, their student council advertises through posters, the student newspaper and most recently, social media. So if you think our SRC is lacking in advertising, I’d like to see you survive at a University in Ontario. Out of my three years here at UNBSJ, I have never had an issue knowing about an event on campus. It’s as simple as picking up the student newspaper, looking at a bulletin board, “liking” UNBSRC on Facebook and reading the Student eNews every Monday. SRC does their job in providing students with the tools that they need to get involved. It is up to students to get in the know. After all, knowledge is power.
Ashley Macosky says, “If students have a problem with [student life], maybe they could join a club or form a club and get involved that way.” Personally, I am tired of hearing from students that UNBSJ is a bad school because we lack in student life. I am tired of hearing from students that people only come to UNBSJ because they can’t afford to attend a university out of their hometown. I myself am an Ontario resident who moved to Saint John for this university. According to Eric Lawrence, a student who came to UNBSJ during the 2011-2012 school year for the study abroad program from his University in Belgium, “Tuition fees [in Belgium] can vary from 300 Euros to 500 Euros, (doctoral degrees and the like can go up to 700 Euros). Transportation (by bus) is usually free with either your student card, or the university will give you a yearlong bus pass. I go to Brussels by train, and it will cost me roughly 25 Euros a month for unlimited train transportation.” With a simple converter, you will see that University in Belgium will cost a student roughly $381.00 - $635.00 for tuition per year. To those students who think that UNBSJ is only a university for “the poor,” I’d like to know why “the poor” are paying over $7,000 a year to attend such a “sh*tty campus.” If you don’t like the student life on campus, perhaps you should get off your lazy butts and open your eyes. Or, I’d gladly like to point you in the direction of another university. Because quite honestly, it’s students like these who make this university lack in “school spirit and motivation.”
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BARON NEWS Get a free six-pack from UNBSJ Work on your beach body at the campus gym Mercedes Peters Knee-deep into the semester with midterms in full swing and exams just around the corner, there isn’t much room for motivation. Whether you can’t find the time to do anything but study, or lack the cash, the idea of working on your fitness levels can be a bit daunting, especially at this time of year. Lucky for you, it’s “No-Excuses November,” and if you’re attending UNBSJ, there is absolutely zero room for those pesky “buts.” With a fully-equipped fitness room, complete with its own impressive set of weight and cardio machines, the opportunities are all there. The best part is that it’s all free!a The fitness room, located on the main floor of the G. Forbes Athletic Centre is open on weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. On weekends it opens at 12 p.m., closing at 6:45p.m. in
the evening. With the gym open early, students can find time to fit a little treadmill love into their day, even if their evenings are jam-packed. The small room overlooks the main gymnasium; if you’re lucky, you can catch the Seawolves in action in basketball, volleyball and sometimes even indoor soccer, while you’re working up a sweat on the elliptical. Tucked neatly beside the campus security office, this tiny workout hub is loaded with all of the necessities to keep your body in tip top condition. Students can make use of a full dumbbell set and weight benches to get a little extra definition and can check their form in the mirrors set up in various places around the room. If pumping iron unassisted isn’t your thing, you can take full advantage of the multiple weight machines placed on the room’s left side. It’s got every-
Remembering the Montreal Massacre
Be sure to attend the memorial on Dec. 6 Stephanie Totten The 1989 Montreal Massacre still weighs heavily on the hearts of many Canadians. Students across the country, many of which were not even born at the time, commemorate the victims at an annual memorial. The Montreal Massacre, also known as the Polytechnique Massacre, occurred on Dec. 6, 1989 at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. Mar Lepine entered a classroom on campus and opened fire, claiming to be “fighting feminism.” He shot 28 people (24 women, four men), causing the deaths of 14 women. The event, which was originally met with mourning, turned to outrage and the massacre became a symbol of violence against women. Because of these murders, a Status of Women Sub-committee was established in the House of Commons and in 1991, the Canadian Panel on Violence Against Women was formed. The events of that day have
not been forgotten, 23 years later. Christopher Doran, a professor of Sociology at UNBSJ, the UNBSJ Sexual Health Centre (SHC) and a small group of students are in the midst of planning the university’s annual memorial. Laura Gordon, coordinator of the UNBSJ SHC, says it’s important for the students to remember this tragedy. “The fact that many of our students were born after this tragedy makes it extremely important to continue holding a memorial,” she says. “We can never let ourselves, as Canadians, forget this heartbreaking event that shocked our entire country. We must not forget, in order to prevent it from ever happening again. We must work to make change that so no one, no matter their gender, is scared to reach for their goals and dreams.” Event details have not yet been finalized, but keep an eye out for posters around campus. The memorial will be held on or around Dec. 6.
UNBSJ’s work out facilities are equipped with all the essentials to give you that perfect summer body. Leon Haggarty/The Baron thing: chest presses, leg presses, bicep and triceps machines and a whole slew of others that work everything from your shoulders down to your toes. The fitness room wouldn’t be complete without a cardio system. Aside from the expected treadmill roster—UNBSJ’s boasts five - it’s got elliptical machines, stair steppers and for those wishing to gain a little muscle and get the blood flowing, two rowing machines situated at the far left. If machine workouts aren’t your forte, no worries; there have been mats laid down on either side of the room for floor workouts as well as an exercise ball and resistance band at your disposal for a whole range of
other routines. The possibilities are immense. According to UNBSJ’s website, students can gain over ten pounds in their first year of university alone. If you’re afraid of having the dreaded “freshman fifteen” sneak up on you unannounced, the fitness room is a great asset and it’s right at your fingertips. If you’re into a little more heavy lifting, there’s a strength-training room just downstairs. For those who despise traditional workouts, there are free fitness classes held in the gym every weekday. Take advantage of a yoga or body sculpt session and fall in love with getting active that way. The school also has a nature trail and an indoor
running track - not to mention the outdoor one in the Canada Games Stadium. With all of these resources, getting fit is an attainable thing. Weight gain can be “tough to come back from,” says the university website; don’t let it take you by surprise. To access the fitness room on your own, take your student ID card to campus security and have it activated, or ask someone there to open the door for you. Both full-time and part time students can make use of the gym for free, so check it out. You’ve got nothing to lose – other than a few solid pounds of fat, of course.
standing the frustrations and concerns students have. During the evenings I am a driver for the SafeRide program, and truly believe it is a rewarding experience to speak with SASE Students on topics that are important to them.” Geno discusses her priorities while she is a part of the SRC, “Without a doubt you can’t forget about our residence students, as this year we have a tremendous amount of Science students living within residence,” she says, “I am the vice president on Residence Council as well, which allows me to interact with students on a regular basis and certainly allows the opportunity for students to voice their opinions on concerning topics.”
Geno gives some friendly advice to students, “With that being said, I am dedicated and passionate for my SASE Students and certainly love representing this amazing group of individuals! I would love the opportunity to meet with all SASE students at one point during the year!” says Geno, “Best of luck with your studies, and please don’t hesitate to approach me at any time or email me at r9r7z@unb. ca. Johnathan Lockwood Huie once said ‘the Way of Success: Visualize the end result, plan, take action, persevere, re-plan, take action, persevere!’” To learn more about your SRC, visit www.unbsrc.ca, and keep a look out for next issue’s SRC profile.
SRC profile: Brittany Geno Hannah Kelly Are you in Science, Health Sciences, Nursing or Engineering? Are you wondering who to approach about academic issues? Well, Brittany Geno is your girl and she just so happens to be this week’s SRC profile! So take a look, find out what she does, why she does it and get to know your friendly neighbourhood Science Representative a little better: “I hold one of the two positions on SRC as Science Representative. Being part of SRC, I represent the SASE Students (Science, Health Sciences, Nursing and Engineering) for this upcoming semester, and my main focus is to address the comments, concerns and questions that students wish to bring to a higher authority regarding their [...] academic experience.” When asked why she ran for the position Geno answered, “Before SRC, I was always heavily involved with the schools I’ve attended. My first position similar to this one was at Saint Mary’s University. I was able to be an advocate for the students there too, and this is where I acquired the skills of being dedicated and addressing concerns of fellow students.” Geno is certainly dedicated, “Being a part of the SASE programs, students are not always available during ‘normal business hours,’ therefore I make it my priority to be around on campus during the evenings,” says Geno, “Face-to-face communication is key when under-
Harbourfront Residences in the Port City First residential building in N.B. classified as “high rise” under National Building Code Carly Schofield Saint John is constantly looking for new ways to expand and cater to the needs of our growing community. With new businesses moving into the city each year, it would be safe to say that the economy of Saint John may be on the up! In order to try and keep up with the growing market, the new harbour-front condominiums, located on the corner of Prince William Street and Water Street have provided a fresh new look to the city centre. Aimed at providing housing for young professionals and empty nesters, Habourfront Residences at Three Sisters Inc. proudly offers a community living approach by offering spacious homes with convenient amenities. These amenities include guest suites, a fitness room, a community meeting room and theatre equipment. Many of these perks are only found in luxurious condominiums in big cities like Toronto and Montreal. The construction of the condos has created 83 additional homes in the uptown area. This exceeds the amount of housing developed there in the last 15 years combined. The Harbourfront project is also the only new entirely private $20 million development built uptown in the last 20 years. John Rocca, President of Harbourfront Residences at Three Sisters Inc. emphasizes that condo living is a lifestyle choice and without the presence of the right demographic the project would never fly. “In 2008, we felt that there were [...] enough interested people in order to support a condominium project,” says Rocca. “Prior to that date, there were not enough young professionals making Saint John their home and not enough baby boomers to make the project successful” Harbourfront is the first residential building built in New Brunswick in the past 15 years that falls within the classification of “high rise” under the National Building Code. Because it falls under this category, it is also one of the safest buildings
in the city due to the mandatory safety requirements. For example, the building is required to have a two hour life safety system compared to the usual one hour. It is also fully equipped with sprinklers, an emergency generator and fire drills are performed every three months. Harbourfront also aims to be environmentally friendly by following a new high density municipal plan that allows the 83 suites to sit on only half of an acre of land. Two of its roofs were also converted into plazas in order to maintain a greener approach to living. While it is quite obvious that these buildings are very modern compared to the traditional uptown homes, the design itself has contributed to the overall experience of Prince William Street. This is the first time that a residential project uptown has incorporated commercial stonelike material similar to most heritage buildings on the street. Aside from the luxurious curb appeal offered by Harbourfront at Three Sisters Inc., one of the greatest selling features linked to these buildings is the convenience of uptown living. The condos are very close to the shops and restaurants in the city and allows Saint Johners to experience urban living at its best. The vibrant nightlife of Saint John can also be easily accessed from this building; not to mention the great view of the harbour especially during cruise ship season. The constructions of these condominiums have not only provided additional housing but have also set the ground work for a new type of culture and lifestyle within the city. As Saint John continues to grow, we can only expect to see further developments similar to the Harbourfront Residences. In order to keep people around, Saint John needs to be open to changing its ways and letting people grow with the city and not out of it. If you are interested in the Harbourfront project, you are encouraged to check out www. harbourfrontnb.com for more information.
SRC Meeting: Bi-laws, Safe Ride funding, WUSC and more . . . Courtney Boudreau Many topics concerning students were brought to the table during the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) meeting on Oct. 29. Firstly, the SRC is looking towards changes and updates with their bi-laws. Jonathan Cogger and Brad Trecartin will be on the bi-law review committee. The SRC will post the new bilaws and updates in The Baron, as well as their website. “Yes, [the bi-laws] affect students. If anybody approaches you, bring it up and let [students] know what we are doing” says Trecartin. The bi-laws will be tabled until the next meeting. Syed states that in September, the Associated Alumni sponsorship was passed and they will be sponsoring UNBSJ’s Safe Ride van for five years, with $25 hundred each year. Enman adds that the SRC is currently at $5 thousand in expenses since the beginning of the year. SRC is looking into running Safe Ride on Monday and Sunday nights. They will run Safe Ride on Monday nights in order to see how much interest they receive from students. There were some concerns on how far Safe Ride goes within the Saint John region. For example, Safe Ride doesn’t go past Rothesay, although, students living in the valley can get Safe Ride to Rothesay in order to save money on cabs. Before the Safe Ride program, Syed worked
American Election 2012 Erin Bodechon
The 2012 presidential election is massively important for many reasons. It is also important for Canadians to be aware of what is going on as we are affected by the choices that our neighbors to the south make. The 2012 election puts Democratic Obama/Biden (up for re-election) against Republican Romney/ Ryan in a nail-biting election. President Obama has been campaigning for a year and a half for reelection and fighting every step of the way against controversial yet popular Massachusetts Senator Romney. Three presidential debates were held during the election campaign period in which Obama and Romney face off on important issues facing America. It was agreed that Romney won the first debate, with President Obama winning the second. The third and final debate held in October is arguably the most important because it is the closest to the Nov. 6 election.
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on getting a better student discount for taxi’s, however, they were not willing to work out a deal with him. Ashley Macosky has been working towards providing information on clubs and societies on SRC’s newest website. Students can now click on a club and all of their information will be provided. Club and society events are also being provided for students when they visit SRC’s website. World University Services Canada (WUSC) was then brought to table. Enman explains that four years ago, WUSC came to the SRC and asked for a referendum to be held for them to collect $5.00 a year per student to help fund the program. WUSC is now at its expiration and they have to come back this year for another referendum if they want to continue to collect those funds. Enman states, “we have some concerns about where the monies being spent and how it’s being spent and the accounting of it. […] We are going to be holding back that money until we can see some proper accounting procedures for that money.” SRC is responsible for collecting money on behalf of the students and they are accountable for the fact that they are collecting it and cannot show where that money is going. We do not have that accounting. So we need to know, because we are not holding onto those funds. We are collecting them and than giving them to [WUSC] and they are putting them in their bank account and administering the money onto Obama and Romney tackled foreign policy in the final debate, a hot topic for the presidency. Romney seemed to be concerned with Russia and China in regards to American foreign policy, while Obama focused on issues in the Middle East. Obama brought up the fact that he took out Bin Laden during his presidency. Romney congratulated Obama and agreed which is odd for a debate. One important issue that was sidestepped in the final debate was a discussion of climate change which both candidates have been reluctant to discuss. The debate was viewed by more than 60 million people; CBS and CNN declared Obama the victor of the final debate. Many were critical of the debate, calling it terrible while noting that it didn’t really touch on any significant or important issues that should have been relevant during such a crucial election. Glenn Greenwald from The Guardian thought it was awful saying, “That was just a wretched debate, with almost no redeeming qualities. It was substance-free, boring and suffuse with empty platitudes.” This election has been extremely close with Obama and Romney nearly tied in public polls 50-49 per cent, certainly the American people are torn between the candidates. When it came to election night on Nov. 6 the election was neck-andneck for most of the night and
refugees. We are taking the proper [procedure],” says Enman. Ashley Macosky, Brad Trecartin and Anthony Enman will be meeting with WUSC’s faculty advisor, Dr. Jefferies, to discuss some of these issues and get some clarification. If students are having questions, please contact Brad Trecartin. Trecartin updates the council on the status of the walking trails, which are located behind the University. “It’s going slow, but it’s going,” says Trecartin. UNI1003 classes are going to be helping the SRC with the trails to raise money. SRC would like to purchase garbage cans, picnic tables and signage in order to make the best for the beautiful trails that UNBSJ holds. SRC has been working towards making the T.J. Condon building more of a place for students. After all, it is known as the ‘student building.’ Students can now enjoy comfy couches and pool in the Whitebone Lounge, TV’s in the cafeteria and quiet study rooms around the SRC office. After managing to snag a whopping $15 hundred towards a Christmas float, it is expected that the SRC will be taking part in both the KV and Saint John Christmas parade this year. The last topic that was brought to table was student life on campus. For more on this topic, please see my editorial titled “We need more students who give a shit.” The next student council meeting will be held on Nov. 12. For more information on any of these topics, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: AtlantaBlackstar.com people were beginning to wonder if Romney would overtake Obama. In the end Obama won the re-election with 303 electoral seats and Romney with 206. Obama took many of the important swing state of Ohio which won him the election. Obama even won Romney’s home state of Massachusetts. The final numbers won’t be tallied for a few days now, but Obama is also leading the popular vote over Romney by a small margin. So what does the American election mean for Canada? The most important issue facing Canadians is the US-Canadian Keystone XL Pipeline. The pipeline is a rather controversial issue and with Obama winning the election it means that debate for it will open up once more and Obama is likely to approve it. Obama and a democratic presidency winning the election is good news for Canada. Quotes from http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/ oct/23/obama-fires-romney-falterspresidential-debate
news Bullying continues into higher education, the workplace Sophie Long — The Carillon (University of Regina) REGINA (CUP) — The idea that bullying is only an elementary or high school problem is far from being true. Bullying is a continual issue that can take place in post-secondary institutions and even in workplaces. Yet, with teachers and parents working constantly to implement anti-bullying programs and acceptance messages for young children, why is this issue still present, and on such a large scale? One of the things Ken Montgomery, an education professor and Director of the Saskatchewan Justice Institute, says contributes to this problem is the ways society continues to oppress minority groups without realizing it. “Some folks have made the argument that anti-bullying programs aren’t all that effective, in large part because they try to legislate and don’t get to the teaching part,” he said. “There is some necessary teaching that needs to happen that addresses the normalized oppression that sets the stage for that intent to harm.” These “normalized oppressions” were discussed during the University of Regina's Pride’s National Coming Out Day event, held on Oct. 11. In their safe space, many students and members of Regina’s LGBTQ community spoke out about their experiences and fears re-
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lated to coming out. Many felt as though they had to “pick their battles” and look out for “troublemakers” when coming out to coworkers, friends and even family members. Several international students talked about fears of their sexuality being discovered at home and the possible violent repercussions they might face. One of the most common issues spoken about was the negative labels that several of these students felt they given by others. “One of the paradoxes is that establishing those labels is an empowering act on one hand and they also help others to understand the complexity,” Montgomery said. “Nevertheless they do act as labels, and whenever we label something, we are excluding [it] at some level.” Exclusion plays a key role in the bullying cycle. Bullies often take advantage of labels, using them to harm and isolate their targets. The use of exclusion and isolation played a major role in Amanda Todd’s bullying case. Shortly before taking her life, the Coquitlam, B.C. high school student posted a video on YouTube, which ended with the words “I have nobody. I need someone.” “Normalized oppression sets the conditions for bullying, in my view,” Montgomery said. "I want to talk about bullying as the intent to harm, and I want to make that distinct from unintended practices, but they are connected in very important ways.” Bullying can take many forms: verbal, physical, emotional, psychological and even cyber. Reports have indicated that cyberbullying, coupled with physical violence, were major components in Todd’s case.
A look at study drugs and their side effects Hanna Mohammed — The Ryersonian (Ryerson University)
TORONTO (CUP) — Midterm season has come and a large number of students across Ontario are using unconventional methods to help them keep up with assignments and focus on their studies. In 2011, the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) found that approximately 9,700 students had taken medications such as Ritalin, Concerta, Adderall and Dexedrine in order to increase their mental focus. These prescription drugs are normally used to treat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The students surveyed admitted to using the drugs for non-medical purposes and acquired the medication without prescription. Many university students admit to using non-prescribed drugs and other energy enhancers like caffeine and sugared energy drinks in order to help them perform during midterm examinations. A.B., who asked his full name not be used, is a fourthyear student at Ryerson. He used Ritalin once to help him study. “My friend did it before and he said that it helped him. I had three exams on the same day and I was cramming, I needed to focus,” he said. “I get easily distracted when I’m studying at home. My bed is there, there’s food, and there’s my PlayStation.” A.B. was nervous about having multiple exams in one day and said that he wouldn’t have been able to succeed without the extra boost. “You just sit there concentrating for hours. You lose sense of what’s going on around you and you get this tunnel vision into whatever you’re doing." Taking Ritalin allowed A.B. to study for hours on end, keeping him up all night. He read his textbooks for 12 hours straight, never looking up even once. The effects lasted until after his midterm the following day. “I thought, ‘finally it’s done but what the hell did I do to myself?’”
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A.B. says he will never take Ritalin again as the side-effects were shocking. “I couldn’t sleep for two days. That was from one dose. For the rest of the week I also had trouble sleeping. I felt antsy." A.B. wishes that he had done more research and urges other students to do the same. He said students should pay more attention to what they are putting in their bodies and just start studying earlier. Although he received a mark he wouldn’t have acheived otherwise, he wouldn’t recommend Ritalin to anyone. Alexis Waterhouse, who asked her last name be changed, is a graduate of Sheridan College who also took Ritalin. The effects the medication had on her body almost cost her her diploma. Waterhouse and a friend had taken multiple Ritalin pills in order to study all night for an art history exam at 8 a.m. the following morning. Throughout the night, Waterhouse and her friend split the pills into two lines each and ingested one every half hour. “I got everything done in the end but by the time 8 a.m. came around, I crashed and fell asleep. I didn’t finish the exam and it looked really bad to my instructor,” she said. Waterhouse said that taking the drug wasn’t worth it. “I thought I would have insanely great concentration on my work but I couldn’t really focus on one thing." She added that while taking the drug, she experienced some frightening side-effects such as an increased heart rate and an intense desire to smoke. According to a medication guide provided by the Food and Drug Administration, other side-effects of Ritalin include seizures, blurred vision, nervousness, sleep deprivation and nausea. The report noted that this medication is solely to be used in treating ADHD and should not be taken otherwise. Another common medication students use to focus is Concerta, a stiumulant also used to treat ADHD. Bhautik Gandhi, a thirdyear student in the electrical engineering program at McMaster University, took 18mg capsules of Concerta for up to a year in order to keep up with school. It worked well for him and sometimes he would experience euphoric highs from the motivation and concentration he felt, but with that came an extensive list of side-effects. “The first thing you will notice is the loss of appetite. The other effect is that your heart rate jumps as well,” he said. Other effects he noticed were depression, a lack of
motivation and hair loss. Gandhi noted that although taking this drug can be a hard habit to kick, using it in moderation should be fine. He added that the drug will actually help students pay more attention in classes and lectures. “If you need to hack away a few hours just working on something, it will make you more productive. Make sure not to get distracted,” he said. According to the medication guide provided by the Food and Drug Administration, the side-effects of using Concerta shouldn’t be taken lightly. Adults who take this medication without prescription can suffer from a stroke or heart attack and can experience increase in blood pressure and heart rate. Karen Milligan, psychology professor at Ryerson, believes that students should be more concerned about taking non-prescribed medication. She noted that taking ADHD medication without a prescription can have serious side-effects including addiction, which can be harmful to a student’s education. Although many cases of illicit drug use have been reported in Canada, it isn't unique to this country. According to a report in the New York Times in June, Gary Boggs, a special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), said that illicit drug use is happening all over the United States. DEA figures state that 29 per cent of teens say they have close friends who abuse drugs used intended for ADHD patients. According to the Alberta Health Services, the problem comes when people abuse Ritalin by taking more than the doctor prescribed. When abused, Ritalin stimulates the mind and body in the same way as amphetamines and cocaine. This can lead to anxiety as people may become dependent on the way Ritalin makes them feel, causing exhaustion and depression when they stop using the drug. Some scientists who contributed to the journal Nature in 2008 believe that cognitive enhancement drugs should actually be legalized and made available for this kind of use. Milligan disagrees with legalization. “I believe students can achieve the same level of success without having to use energy enhancing products. Students should be more realistic in terms of their expectations towards their exams and should be more prepared,” she said. Milligan added that students should be more proactive towards their education and take advantage of resources provided to them, ensuring their success without external enhancements.
Seawolves suffer a dissapointing loss versus the MSVU Mystics. Ocean-Leigh Peters
The Mystics cast a shadow over the Seawolves UNBSJ men’s basketball team was outsized by MSVU in home opener game Ocean-Leigh Peters The UNBSJ Seawolves basketball team is chock full of new, young talent this season, but their lack of experience and small stature opposed them in their first home game against the Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics. The Seawolves scored the first basket of the game but they were soon overtaken by MSVU. The majority of MSVU’s players towered over the home team, giving them an advantage in all aspects of the game. The sheer size of the Mystics prevented UNBSJ from reaching their full defensive and offensive potential. By the end of the first quarter, MSVU was in the lead with a
strong score of 28-13. The Seawolves continued to fall behind and didn’t score a single basket in the second quarter until four minutes before halftime. The rest of the game only went downhill for UNBSJ as the home team lost steam and enthusiasm. The Mystics made their passes seem as though the ball was simply floating from player to player and their baskets looked effortless and seamless. The final score for the Seawolves home opener was a disappointing 99-32 for the visiting team. Potential future recruits for the Seawolves were sitting in the stands observing the game and had the misfortune of witnessing the excruciating loss.
A close match between MSVU and UNBSJ The women’s Seawolves volleyball team hold
Seawolves womens basketball team Played a good game, but in the end fell short against the MSVU Mystics. Ocean-Leigh Peters
Women’s basketball home opener UNBSJ miss with the Mystics Ocean-Leigh Peters The women’s Seawolves basketball team opened the season on the home court Saturday, Nov. 3, against the Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics. The girls played hard and gave it their all, but their first home game win slipped out of their hands. In the first quarter of the game UNBSJ was granted multiple foul shots, but the home team had trouble sinking the would-be easy baskets. MSVU soon took the lead
Seawolves clean the court with USA
Men’s volleyball team wins all three sets in home opener
their own against the Mystics
UNBSJ’s men’s volleyball team hosted the Université Sainte-Anne (USA) Dragons on Nov. 3 for their home opener, and over powered the visiting team. The Seawolves took the lead early in the first set which foreshadowed the rest of the match. The Dragons gave it their best effort and tied UNBSJ momentarily before the home team took over once again, with the set 25-18. In the second set of the match, USA upped their game and went head to head with The Seawolves. The visiting team kept up, point for point with UNBSJ, sending the set up and over the average 25 point mark.
UNBSJ’s women’s volleyball team gave it their all and demonstrated their skill against the Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics in their home opener game on Nov. 3. The Seawolves took the lead with some excellent blocking and strategic sets in the first set of the match. The Mystics mirrored their skill and caught up to tie the score several times in the set. After an intense timeout where the score was tied at 24, UNBSJ stepped up their game and won the set 26-24. The second set was equally charged, but MSVU pulled ahead early, due in part to the lack of communication between the girls on the home team. UNBSJ started to close the gap towards the end, but the Mystics still took the set 25-22. In the third set, simple mistakes by the Seawolves cost them points. Not calling the ball and hitting it out of bounds meant that MSVU won the set with a huge gap of 25-12. UNBSJ pushed hard in the fourth set to attempt a comeback. They were still lacking
Our Seawolves fought hard against the Mystics. OceanLeigh Peters communication on the court, but powerful blocking gained them some points. The set was point for point and the Mystics pulled all of their efforts to prevent a fifth set. The Seawolves barrelled through however and owned the set 25-23. The fifth and final set was tense with both teams fighting for the win, but MSVU fought just a little harder and won 157, giving them the three set wins they needed to defeat the Seawolves. The women’s head coach, Kevin Manuel, was happy with the way the girls played the match. “MSVU is a great veteran team,” says Manuel, “I think we played very well. The coaching staff are very proud of how they played today.”
and held on to it for the rest of the game. The Mystics continued to rack up the fouls in the second quarter, but it wasn’t a hindrance to their game. At the halftime buzzer the score was 38-27 for MSVU. The UNBSJ women’s head coach, Kevin Munroe, was surprisingly content with his team, “It’s nice to see some shots fall in,” says Munroe, as the second half of the game began. The Seawolves came back strong after halftime and played well, but they lacked confidence and continued to miss the net and not take chances for easy
After an intense back and forth battle, the final score of the set was 32-30 for the Seawolves. The third set was heavy with anticipation as the Seawolves pushed to clear the court with a three set win. The Dragons pushed back just as hard to try and take a set. The home team
baskets. Their conservative game resulted in a score of 4834 for the Mystics at the end of the third quarter. In the final stretch of the game, UNBSJ started to catch up to MSVU but they couldn’t quite muster the effort to surpass them. The final score for the first home opener of the day was 60-52 for the visiting team. Munroe stayed positive despite the loss and commended the girls for improving their shots in the second half “If we shot like that in the first half, we would have won the game,” says Munroe. clearly wanted the win more than USA and took the set 2511 to win the match. The men’s head coach, Colin Rouse, was beaming over their first win of the season and his first win as head coach. “It’s a good start to the season,” says Rouse, “it sets the tone for the rest of the season.” He was also proud of the way his new players played the match. “It was good to see the rookies step up,” says Rouse.
Huge win for the Seawolves versus Université Saint-Anne. Ocean-Leigh Peters
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Seawolves second success UNBSJ’s women’s volleyball team scores a win against MTA against the Dragons UNBSJ sweeps USA twice in one weekend
Ocean-Leigh Peters The Université Sainte-Anne (USA) Dragons took on the men’s Seawolves volleyball team for the second time on Nov. 4. USA was looking to redeem themselves after their loss the previous day against the home team. The Dragons came back hard in an attempt to prove themselves on the Seawolves court. The first set gave USA some hope as UNBSJ made sloppy mistakes, costing them points. The visiting team took the lead early on and at the first timeout the score was 11-6 for the Dragons. After some tremendous effort from USA, the Seawolves managed to come back from behind and win the set 27-25. USA again took the lead in the second set, demonstrating that they were not willing to back down against UNBSJ. The Seawolves were determined to win both games in their home opener weekend and began delivering some hard hits that the Dragons just couldn’t stop. The final score of the set was 25-22 for UNBSJ. Once again the Dragons took the lead in the third and held on
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to it for most of the set. The Seawolves were again determined to finish the match with a 3-0 win; they played hard to come back and control the set. The final score was 25-20 for UNBSJ, making them two for two so far in the season. “I’m pleased to be 2-0 at the start of the season,” says head coach, Colin Rouse, who is already looking to the future. “We need to continue to improve in practices and play stronger teams,” says Rouse. The Dragons head coach, Jean-Louis Comeau, was obviously disappointed with the two losses but remained positive toward the home team. “I thought they were pretty good games,” says Comeau, “[The Seawolves] are a pretty good team and just seemed to play the games better than we did.”
Yet another success over Saint-Ann. Ocean-Leigh Peters
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The Seawolves crack down on the Mounties Ocean-Leigh Peters
On Saturday, Nov. 4 the women’s Seawolves volleyball team took on the Mount Allison (MTA) Mounties in their second game of the weekend. UNBSJ lost the day before in a match against the Mount Saint Vincent Unviversity Mystics and were looking to redeem themselves on the home court. The match had a positive start when Seawolves player number 5, Sumire Maillet, stepped up to serve. Her skill earned UNBSJ eight consecutive points in the first set. The home team continued to dominate the court as MTA attempted to keep up. 25-11 was the final score of the set for UNBSJ. UNBSJ continued to own the court as the second set began. The Seawolves wouldn’t let up while the Mounties wouldn’t back down, but the visiting team was not able to keep up. The set ended with a score of 25-14 for UNBSJ. MTA picked up their game in the third set and gave the Seawolves a run for their money. The Mounties kept the score too close for comfort near the
end of the match and forced the Seawolves to play harder. Despite the effort from MTA,
UNBSJ won the set 25-22, giving them a 3-0 win for the match.
Mounties take a beating from our very own Seawolves. OceanLeigh Peters
Life after UNBSJ Stephanie Totten
The transition between student life and the “real” world can be a very difficult one. Many students find themselves unable to cope with the responsibility, the lack of structure and the complete change of scenery that graduating from university thrusts upon them. According to Statistics Canada (Stat Can), the national unemployment rate for people between ages 15 and 24 is double the national average (7.4 per cent), at 14.7 per cent. Finding jobs is growing increasingly harder as 27,000 fewer young people are working compared to this time last year. Katherine Vaughan, a recent graduate who is now working in the health care field, has some advice for grads. “Getting a job was the first challenge. A lot of people think a job will just fall into their lap and it is definitely not that easy,” she says, “Jobs are scarce and you need to use who you know. Don’t expect it to happen overnight.” Many students also face financial hardship after graduation. According to Stat Can data from 2005, 57 per cent of graduates had student loan debt, averaging $18,800. As soon as a student graduates, interest starts to accumulate on provincial and federal loans, and he/she is required to start making payments six months after graduation. This can be tough for a lot of students, but there are a few repayment resources many people don’t know about. The Timely Completion Benefit is a program sponsored by the provincial government to encourage students to finish school in a timely manner. If a
student completes his/her degree in the minimum amount of time allotted for that program (four years for a Bachelor’s degree for example), a portion of their loan over a threshold of $26,000 can be forgiven. The Canadian government also offers a program called The Repayment Assistance Program. This program helps graduates to repay their loans by capping the amount of time a person can owe on student loan debts and tailoring a repayment plan based on a person’s income and family situation. Even with these programs, many students are facing difficulty repaying their debts. According to the department of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, the default rate for student loans in 2008-2009 was 13.3 per cent in N.B. Another major change between university life and working life is the freedom to plan your own schedule. Many students are able to work around morning classes, or they’re able to take a certain day of the week off. Students also certainly enjoy their weekends. With many jobs, especially the typical nine to five, 40 hour work week, there is no room for hitting the snooze button or skipping work “just this once.” For many recent grads, one of the best skills to learn (if they haven’t already in university) is time management. “I definitely do not have as much free time as when I was a student,” says Vaughan, “I just learned to enjoy and appreciate it and I don’t just waste it away any more!” Even though the “real world” seems harsh and unforgiving, many students are able to preserver and succeed after graduation. “Things can change at any second,” says Vaughan. “Part of being an adult in the real world is being ready to deal with anything it throws your way, on your own.”
Nutella hot chocolate Jiveney Trecartin
Nothing is more comforting than a giant mug of hot chocolate on these cold evenings. It’s super easy to mix some hot chocolate powder into some boiling water, but creamy Nutella in the form of a hot milky drink is worth the little amount of work involved in making this decadent hot beverage. The hint of hazelnut that Nutella offers gives your hot chocolate a little extra kick, making it that much more delicious. Another way to make any type of hot chocolate extra special is to buy a milk frother. A milk frother is a small handheld gadget that has a long skinny wand with a curly circle at the bottom. When you turn it on, the metal part spins very quickly. As you put this into your mug and turn
Hungry for victory:
SRC’s Halloween pie eating contest Hannah Kelly This Halloween the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) were doling out some treats of their own, getting students to stuff their faces. On Oct. 31, the SRC put on a pie eating competition in the cafeteria. The competition was run in a first come first serve format (literally) with three rounds open to anyone with an empty stomach and competitive spirit. With full frontal face-pie carnage and a veritable battle of the sexes: the pie eating contest was a spectacle that will not soon be forgotten. Hosted by both SRC president, Brad Trecartin and vice president of student affairs, Ashley Macosky, the event began around 12 p.m. and even though the initial crowd was sparse, they had a full table for every round. For the first three rounds of each competition, students had to eat one piece of pumpkin pie without any utensils and the first half of the competitors to finish would move on to the finals. In the finals, students had to devour a whole apple pie without the use of their hands and the first one to finish would be the winning contestant. There was an equal split between the men and women the whole way through. This lent a bit of a men versus women vibe. Student, Charlotte Livingstone says, “I was afraid that it would just be a bunch of guys, but once I got up there
it on, it creates a ton of delicious, bubbly goodness at the top of your drink. It’s also great for powdered forms of hot chocolate, as it really mixes the powder into the milk (or water, whatever you prefer), allowing you to avoid the nasty clump of sweetness at the bottom of your mug. You can also use the milk frother with some hot milk alone and spoon the bubbly goodness into your coffee if you’re a latté fan. You can buy one of these at Canadian Tire or Stokes for around $10 and trust me, it’s worth it! Nutella Hot Chocolate All you need is one cup of milk and two tablespoons of Nutella. Pour one cup of milk into a saucepan and turn the stove to a medium low heat (milk can take time to heat up on a low setting, but you must stand by and watch it, other-
wise you are going to have a pan with a layer of burnt milk on the bottom – not fun to clean!) Be patient with your milk – do not put the burner on high. As soon as it starts to bubble, put the heat to a low setting and add your scoop of Nutella Whisk until well combined I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you would like to review it or see one of your recipes in the next issue, email me at email@example.com.
two other girls joined. I really wanted a girl to win.” When interviewed, many of the other female competitors shared similar aspirations. In contrast, the male competitors were much less gender specific. Student, Ben Churchill says, “My motivation is just to beat everyone else.” When the competitors were asked what they thought were important skills in a pie eating contest they gave a wide variety of responses. “I think it would be important to have strong throat muscles. Less chewing, more swallowing,” says Macosky. Katherine Holloway, student, responded, “I think you need speed, you need to keep track of others and how well they’re doing and you need to have motivation.” There were eight students in the finals but only one could walk away with a $150 UNB Bookstore gift certifi-
cate, and that student was Emily Langille. When asked what she planned to do with her winnings, she said that she would most likely be spending them on clipboards and sweaters. This was not Langille’s first time eating competitively and she once won a Jell-O eating contest against her high school’s boys basketball team. Like Shakespeare said, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness and others have greatness thrust upon them.” Like her fellow female competitors she says that her secret to success was just really wanting to beat the guys. If you love to eat pie but missed the action, never fear. The SRC is rumored to have a succulent sequel in the works for the holiday season; so start training now and you could be walking away with some serious swag for the winter break.
Adam Stavert scarfs down some of that delicious pie. Leon Haggarty
Demon House review An Xbox Live Indie Marketplace game
Thursday, November 15, 2012
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Freaking out about grad school Freeman Woolnough
Vincent O’Connell Sometimes you have to take a break from all of the AAA titles and enjoy a unique indie game. The Xbox Live Arcade offers a great selection of games for this purpose alone, but I often find that there are no new releases that interest me or I simply don’t have $10 to burn on a five-hour long game. It’s at times like these that I turn to the Xbox Live Indie Marketplace. This past week, I got lucky and stumbled upon a great little game called Demon House: FPS. Demon House is a $1 3D FPS on the Indie Marketplace that offers about five hours of robot-blasting fun. The game has tight controls and perfect frame rate. It also has an amazing option menu featuring custom button mapping, aim tweaking and visual adjustments. The gameplay is fluid and engaging. The campaign puts the player against a house full of robotic demons controlled by the souls of the dead. The
protagonist is a scientist who has invented a Ghostbusters style technology for fighting the undead. The player uses a combination of four weapons, a rifle, a pistol, a shotgun, and a crossbow, to fight the army of undead robots and stop the villain from taking over the world. The campaign features three levels, each with new enemies, locations, and puzzles. The puzzle sections are very simple and straightforward, but they effectively break up the monotony of the simplistic combat. The locations are visually crisp and varied. Level design is creative and refreshing. The combat is a little slow and can be repetitive, but the gun-feel is good enough to make it enjoyable. The enemies also keep things interesting. Steampunk skeletons will rush the player with battleaxes while evil monks will be spamming fireballs that deal heavy damage. There are healing units and small, difficult-to-hit helicopter units. My least fa-
Source: XBox Marketplace vourite of the enemies were the robotic walkers. They weren’t bad enemies in terms of game design, but I found them highly annoying. They fire lightning at the player and rarely miss. The game also features an arena mode with split-screen multiplayer. The arena mode plays like your standard horde mode in any FPS; it also suffers from the same issues. The waves become repetitive as you will keep seeing the same enemies, just in different combinations and in higher numbers. Demon House is far from perfect, but it is one of the few $1 FPS games on the Xbox Live Indie Marketplace that is enjoyable to play for more than five minutes. I had about three hours of fun with this game in between missions of Assassin’s Creed 3 and Dishonoured. For gameplay footage and a video review, head over to my YouTube channel at youtube. com/Vok250.
Is stress wreaking havoc on your face? The do’s and don’ts to solve your pimple problems Erin Bodechon During exams and stressful times, you might find yourself breaking out more often. I once again turned to aesthetician, Paige Russell, to find out just what causes certain breakouts, here is what she had to say. In order to treat acne you must first understand the basics. All blemishes begin as a blackhead, but not all blackheads become blemishes. Blackheads can be prevented; therefore acne can be as well. Adult acne & teenage acne are two entirely different things. The products you used as a teen won’t help you as an adult. Avoid products such as Acutane & Proactiv. The negative side effects outweigh the “benefits” The main trigger of adult acne is stress. Stress causes our adrenal glands to go into overdrive which causes excess sebum production. Here is a little guide for you to help keep your skin clear. It’s helpful to know some adult acne triggers such as stress, overactive sebaceous glands (oil), dead skin accumulation, bacteria
& inflammation. Birth control hormones cause the sebaceous glands to overact & birth control pills with androgen in them can cause breakouts. Avoid bad cosmetics and look for products that say “non comedogenic.” (meaning the product should not clog your pores). Excess oil holds onto dead skin cells that are meant to shed. The follicle then becomes clogged with oil & deaf skin cells, when the pore is clogged it creates a breeding ground for bacteria. Acne dos & don’ts Do: Cleanse! Using a calming and anti-bacterial facial cleanser will help calm inflammation caused by acne and help diminish the development and spreading of bacteria within the skin. Exfoliate! Exfoliating removes that dead skin buildup that clogs the pores. Moisturize! If your skin is too dry, it goes into overdrive to produce oil in an attempt to hydrate itself. Just because you think your skin is oily doesn’t mean you should neglect moisturizing. Be sure to choose an oil-free face lotion or cream.
Don’ts: Don’t touch your face! The bacteria on our hands can easily be spread into the pores. Make sure you’re not resting your face in your hands while sitting at your desk. If you do need to touch your face it’s important to wash your hands with antibacterial soap first. Don’t pick or squeeze! This promotes spreading of bacteria, causing more blemishes and can sometimes lead to more serious skin infections deeper into the dermis. Avoid mineral oils! Mineral oil creates a mask over the skin which clogs the pores.
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I know that my plans after graduating include going to grad school… but that’s about it. What do I need to do?? Grad school is a popular subject around this time of year, particularly because many applications become available in November. The first step is to make some time to actually think about your decision to enter a graduate program. Are you actually interested in the field? Are you able to afford tuition for the length of the program? Are you willing to move elsewhere if the program that fits best is not available locally? Many students are concerned that if they don’t go to grad school, they will have fewer chances at getting a job. As with all areas of career development, it is important that you put some time into researching the realities of your field – there are more and more jobs available that put greater emphasis on volunteer and parttime work experience than on formal education or training. Once you have made the deci-
sion to apply… Search for key contacts at the schools you are interested in – are there any faculty members who teach/research an area that appeals to you? November is a great time to start asking professors if they would be OK writing a reference letter – be sure to give your references lots of time (at least six weeks)! Get personal – start asking yourself questions about your motivation to learn, what your future goals are, and why grad school is a valid option. This will help you to form a rough draft of a personal statement/letter of intent, a crucial part of the application process. Speak with a mentor or career counsellor throughout the process, especially if you are feeling “lost” or “stuck” along the way. Having another perspective is extremely important. Above all else, research the deadlines for all parts of your application(s). Figure out what needs to be done by when and work back from there to set smaller goals for yourself. As per usual, feel free to talk with a counsellor about any issues you may have! If you have a question for a counsellor, you can also e-mail it to sjcounsellor@ unb.ca, and see it featured here!
What to do when the condom breaks: A look at Plan B Stephanie Totten You’re caught up in the throes of passion and the unthinkable happens: the condom breaks. You were responsible enough to slap on a rubber in the first place, but you realize now your efforts are in vain as thoughts of a screaming infant and STIs run through your mind. So, your protection failed, and you’re terrified, what now? The chances of getting pregnant from unprotected sex can be as high as 33 per cent, so it’s definitely not something you want to take a chance on. Even if sex doesn’t occur in the fertile stage of the woman’s cycle, she can still get pregnant because sperm can live for many days in the fallopian tubes. Thankfully, there is a Plan B, literally. Plan B or “the morning after pill” is an emergency contraceptive that, if taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex, can prevent pregnancy. Plan B works in three ways: it prevents the release of an egg, it prevents fertilization of the egg and it prevents a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus. Plan B is not an abortion pill and unfortunately, it does not protect against sexually transmitted infections. You can purchase Plan B at a pharmacy without a perscription. If you aren’t sure about your partner’s sexual history, it’s probably a good idea to get tested for infections. You can make an appointment with your family doctor, at the UNBSJ stu-
dent health centre, or the Saint John Sexual Health Centre. If you have any reason to believe that you have been exposed to HIV, you should go to the emergency room ASAP. It’s important to get tested if you are not 100 per cent sure that your partner is clean because most people don’t show symptoms right away and some never do. It’s important to watch your body for signs of pregnancy. Even if you took Plan B, there is no guarantee that it will prevent pregnancy and the sooner you know, the sooner you can decide what to do about it. If you lucked out and were able to steer clear of the negative consequences of your condom malfunction, it’s never a bad idea to plan for future emergencies. Accidents happen, but they don’t have to be the end of the world. Consider a back up birth control, like hormonal birth control, spermicide, etc in combination with condoms to cover your butt if something like this ever happens again. Happy frolicking!
The autumn playlist
Alex Ross Long gone are the days of warmth and minimal wear. Quietly ushered in is a new season of fall coats and autumn leaves. It’s during this time that you might find yourself on a stroll. Perhaps times are particularly tough and you need to blow off steam by taking a calming walk, or maybe you’re simply on your way to class. Whatever your reason, don’t hesitate to appreciate the beauty that fall has to offer. With that, put in those headphones and listen up. Here are my five favorite albums to listen to on these brisk autumn days, as usual, in no particular order. 5) Lumiere, composed and performed by Dustin O’Halloren Self-taught American pianist, Dustin O’Halloren, has produced a beautiful assortment of songs. The album itself is essentially a minimalist piano approach, combined with violins timed in such beautiful sync with the accompanying melodies. It evokes such swift and changing emotions in its simplistic approach. It resonates not just as music, but as a part of a soul. The subtle silences, the slashes of a string, it all ties together in such a peaceful, enchanting melodies. 4) Please Come Home (We
Hate it Here Without You) by Quiet Parade Halifax-based solo artist, Trevor Murphy, wrote a moving collection of songs. Rich with thoughtful lyrics and soft melodies, the end result is bliss. It just sounds like there’s been love in the process from beginning to finish. A lot is said, but somehow the songs find a way to speak for themselves in their simple and quaint elegance. Some are warm, some are happy and some songs are tear jerkers. This album offers an insightful look on changes, love and life. 3) Basket of Light by Pentangle Basket of Light infuses the harmonic and angelic vocals of Jacqui McShee with the most robust combination of genres all infused perfectly. With elements of folk, jazz, rock, and pop, the British band delivers a compelling and pleasant album. It carries an almost medieval vibe, with a truly authentic bard atmosphere. Its simple, but subtly complex melody catches just the right strings in your ear to get your toe tapping. A simply warm, homelike album, almost as if it was playing in the background of your favorite childhood memory; enchanting the memories of a younger you jumping into a pile leaves and maybe a future you doing just
that. 2) Thistled Spring by Horse Feathers Horse Feathers is definitely of the more traditional, instrument rich type of folk music that you would expect. The Portland-based band is comprised of a variety of multiinstrumental musicians, capable of playing the banjo, violin, cello, drums and beautiful vocals. They use their abilities to their maximum potential. Sometimes sounding almost sludgy, in their rougher, more down tempo tracks and other times sounding lively and happy in a rustic, almost Nordic fashion. Their combination of sincere and raspy vocals garnishes the wonderful instrumental pieces ties everything together. It’s the perfect album to sit down and enjoy a tea with. 1) Highway Houses by Pat LePoidevin Pat LePoidevin is a nomadic folk artist, hailing originally from Sackville NB, travelling as far as South Korea. He has touched souls on every journey he’s ever undergone. His music consists of looping a ukulele and guitar backed by a friend on percussion underneath his intense vocals (which he also loops). He has fine-tuned his technique so masterfully that some of the noises he produces are purely angelic. Even the way the album begins instantly reminds you of every nature trip your family has ever taken you on. His voice echoes with passion and beauty in the most natural way imaginable and you can truly lose yourself in nature with this album. Thanks for reading. To check out all these bands and more check out the Baron’s Youtube page at youtube.com/thebaronsj
Disney Purchases Lucasfilm for $4 billion Erin Bodechon In one of the biggest production deals of the last few years, The Walt Disney Company shocked people across the globe. At the end of October it was announced that the company had purchased George Lucas’ production company for a whopping $4 billion in stocks and cash. Lucas was the sole shareholder of Lucasfilm and earned 100 per cent of the profit from Disney. The house of mouse is now in control of Lucasfilm productions, including the most profitable and beloved sci-fi franchise of all time – Star Wars. In an even more shocking move, Disney announced that it was fast tracking Episode VII, a sequel to the original trilogy projected for 2015, with Episode VIII and Episode IX to follow in the coming years. In the official press release, Lucas commented on the sale saying, “For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” agreeing it was time to pass on Star Wars and see it continued for future gen-
erations. Over the last few decades Disney has expanded from a small animation studio to a massive media empire and brand. In a similar move in 2009 Disney purchased Marvel Studios, also for $4 billion, as well as Pixar in 2006. Fans had similar reactions when Marvel was purchased; fearing future Marvel films would be horrible. However, Disney has continued the success of Marvel Studios turning out the massively profitable Avengers, which became the fastest film to ever hit $1 billion worldwide, and the highly anticipated Iron Man 3 coming spring 2013. So what does this purchase mean for Star Wars fans? Since the first film came out in 1977 Star Wars has become a pop culture phenomenon and essentially a culture in the geek world. At first fans were horrified at the news wondering if this would destroy the franchise by turning out another installment in the series without Lucas directing. However, as the shock of the news settle down and people took into account how good Avengers was under Disney, this might not be such a bad thing.
Considering Episode I-III which were prequels to the original trilogy done in 1999-2005 under George Lucas were an underwhelming disappointment. With annoying characters like Jar Jar Binks and stiff acting performances from Hayden Christiansen as a young Anakin Skywalker, they couldn’t live up to the original trilogy. With a new episode coming out it could either continue from Episode VI or be a whole new storyline; there are many untold stories in the Star Wars universe to choose from between the comics and cartoons. This also gives us a chance to have a Star Wars film directed by some new and modern directing talent that we have today, opening up a multitude of possibilities. Names have already been thrown around by fans such as Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Ben Affleck, Ridley Scott, Brad Bird and Kevin Smith. With this announcement, fans should be excited that this isn’t the end of our beloved Star Wars franchise. There is a New Hope for the adventures in a galaxy far, far away to continue and perhaps introduce the series to a younger generation.
The beginner’s guide to vinyl records
How to start and care for your record collection
Alex Ross For those who have begun to get more involved with their musical experience, a common next step is to start your own vinyl record collection. There are steps that are necessary to get your collection experience going. As well as these steps, there are some areas of technical know-how that I will shed some light upon. The most necessary component of a record collection is a decent sound system to enjoy it on. You will need a record player of course, as well as an amp with either speakers or headphones. For these I recommend either eBay.ca or any local electronic pawn shop such as Beats and Bytes and Digital World (located on Bayside Drive and Landsowne Avenue respectively). The employees in any of these stores will be very helpful in getting you setup. Be wary of prices and look for wear and tear. Look at the arm on the turntable and make sure the needle is place. Chances are they will be very likely to let you try everything before you buy it, so don’t be afraid to bring an album to test. Remember when buying an amp, look for a terminal on the back labeled “ground”. This is something that older record players have and are necessary for them to function. You can tell if a record player needs a ground input by looking at the audio cables. There should be red/white stereo cables and the ground cable is the third wire. If there isn’t a third wire, then an amp with a ground terminal is not necessary. For headphones I recommend checking out Headphonereviews.com, as they have a selection wizard designed specifically to help you narrow down your choices. As far as actually buying records go, there are some locations in Saint John that offer a wide variety of genres to choose from. Backstreet Records and Second Spin (located on Germain Street and Westmorland Road respectively), have provided me
with friendly service and affordable prices. If buying a used record you are entitled to take it out of its sleeve and examine for scratches and damage. Aside from specialty stores, don’t be afraid to check out the merchandise table at local shows, as some bands will sell their albums in vinyl format as well. As far as online resources go, my favourites are eBay (be sure to look into the seller’s history), Polyvinylrecords.com and of course bandcamp.com, which doesn’t always offer a vinyl release of some albums, however in some cases will if you’re lucky. Some coloured vinyl can only be purchased with a preorder so be prepared to commit if you want something special. One of my rules of thumbs is to never play a record unless it’s sufficiently cleaned; otherwise you run the risk of damaging your needle which is a nuisance to replace. That said you should still replace your needle every year for optimal sound quality. The best resource for buying needles is eBay.ca as it provides a wide variety of selection. Simply search for the model number on the cartridge. Otherwise you might either be out of luck, have to purchase a new turntable, or go to musical equipment forum and ask around in places such as head-fi.org or vinylfanatics. com. Proper storage is important to making your records last. Vinyl can warp over time, making it necessary to keep it in an upright position without any pressure on it either than from the sides. Whatever your reason for beginning your record collection, be prepared for a rewarding and accessible hobby. For some, having the physical media and full album art presents is the focus. Some simply prefer the superior audio quality, which has been described as warmer and more natural sounding than digital format. Having your collection proudly on display just makes the music feel more substantial and real. Regardless of why, the reward itself is in the process.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Redwood Fields coming Live at Peppers Nov. 16
Saint John in the eyes of tourists
Saint John is a popular cruise destination for travelers from all over the world. With its four terminals, the city welcomes thousands of passengers through its ports every year. The twenty-fourth cruise ship season in Saint John was scheduled to come to a close on Oct. 29, with Brilliance, a Royal Caribbean International ship. However, the season was unexpectedly extended with a visit from The Emerald Princess on Nov. 2, which was unable to return to New York City because of the recent hurricane. The Emerald Princess is the seventy-fifth ship to dock in Saint John this season, over a period of 149 days. The ship’s 3,100 passengers will bring the number of cruise ship visitors to the city up to approximately 193,000, in addition to 76,000 crew members. Saint John has several tourist attractions to suit the many tourists that pass through its port.
Four piece Fredericton based folk rock group is coming to Pepper’s Pub to perform some songs from their latest EP and demos. The Redwood Fields have performed with many famed Canadian acts, such as Hey Rosetta! and Coral Bear. Most recently performing in the Harvest Festival in Fredericton, this will be the second performance that Redwood Fields has done at Pepper’s Pub. Redwood Fields combine an assortment of genres into their work. The basis of their lyrics dwells in the comfort of traditional folk story telling, infused with an assortment of rock, dream pop and shoe gaze elements. Cedric Noel and Heather Ogilve provide intense and powerful vocals, with Bruce Devall on Percussion and Brendan MaGee on synthesizer. As far as releases go, unfortunately they don’t have a lot of studio work completed, as they’re still trying to get their feet on the ground. I recently had a chance to
have a phone in interview on my radio show on Local FM with Brendan MaGee of Redwood Fields. Joined always by my cohost Patrick Harrington, Brendan gave some insight on what to expect. “We just recorded a two song demo, and we actually have begun work on our new album and will hopefully have that by January,” says MaGee. “As far as our small tour goes, we have a full set planned including some songs we hope to have on our hopeful upcoming album.” “It is an awesome vibe at Pepper’s. This will be our second time playing there, the first being this summer,” says MaGee, “we love playing at Pepper’s because we find the whole audience more involved with the music.” The Redwood Fields will be joined by Charlottetown based new wave band, English Words. If you would like to hear more of their stuff, check out their website at redwoodfields.bandcamp.com, or check out The Baron’s Youtube page at youtube.com/thebaronsj for one of their live performances.
Kyle Roberts Six days preceding Halloween in the Whitebone Lounge, something spectacular occurred. A once a month meeting of the non-profit student run group Best Buddies, was set to start at 7 p.m. The members, costumed and excited, simply could not stand waiting and the event was in full swing nearly fifteen minutes early. Chapter President Monica Graves, decked out as a pretty stellar pink crayon, looked on with admiration as student volunteers and their buddies played party games only interrupted by bouts of hearty laughter. “The best part about being involved in Best Buddies for me is seeing the students get to know their buddy who they are matched with,” says Graves, “It is so exciting when two people really ‘click’ and I can tell they will be great friends and enjoy each other’s company.” As far as ”clicking” goes, the Whitebone Lounge typified words like ”connectivity” and “inclusiveness” that night. It’s important
here to note exactly what the folks with Best Buddies do for the community. The “buddies” in this case are adult members of the community who have physical or cerebral disabilities. According to the Best Buddies homepage, their objective is “to help people with intellectual disabilities gain valuable life experiences, leadership skills, and above all help establish new friendships.” This particular Thursday night did more than simply abide by that sentiment; between the doppelgänger vampires, witches and cow-folk (boys/ girls), this objective was exceeded and a true sense of warmth echoed here, there and everywhere. “The hardest part is when students graduate from university after being involved with Best Buddies for years and they will no longer (officially) be matched with their buddy,” says Graves, “fortunately, I know many students continue their relationship with their buddy even though they have completed the program.” It’s obvious how an organiza-
In addition to the financial stability, the tourism industry offers the Saint John community the opportunity to meet many different kinds of people. “The tourists have really given this very small Jewish community the opportunity to tell its story,” says Biggs-Craft, “The visitors also provide encouragement to the community to keep going.” Colleen Shea, a cruise ship passenger visiting the city from just outside of Boston, is very excited about the opportunity to visit Saint John. “It’s such a beautiful old city,” she says, “it’s wonderful to experience the history and culture that has been so well preserved.” Shea visited many attractions in the city, but particularly enjoyed the historic buildings throughout the uptown area. “It’s amazing, [the city] is so good at preserving history, I love seeing all the old building in the area and imagining how people used to live,” she says. This is not the first time Shea has visited the city, “This is my third time in Saint John, and I always love visiting, everyone is so friendly and it’s such a beautiful city. I always feel so welcome here.”
Just for Laughs takes the stage at Imperial Theatre Kyle Roberts The night after Halloween a cool breeze blew through uptown Saint John. The intermittent rainfall had WEpedestrians scrambling through King’s Square, over the sheeny, reflective street surface, to the Imperial Theatre entrance. Just for Laughs (JFL), a long time staple of the Canadian stand-up comedy scene was to present their second East Coast performance at precisely 7:30 p.m. The crowd, made up of mostly middle-aged men and women dressed in expensive formalwear,
Clubs on campus: Best Buddies
Tourists can enjoy sites such as the New Brunswick Museum, the Saint John City Market, King’s Square, the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum and many of the historic streetscapes. With so many visitors, the local economy saw an influx of about $30 million this season. To increase profits from the cruise ship industry, the city of Saint John is considering becoming a home-port for ships. Passengers would travel into Saint John to board and the ships would start and end their trips in the city. The city has commissioned a $50,000 study to determine the feasibility of this change, which will determine different options for expanding the cruise ship industry. Katherine Biggs-Craft, curator of the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum, says it would be difficult to operate the museum without the cruise ship industry in the city. “We very much depend on the donations from [cruise ship passengers] to fund the day to day operation of the Museum,” says Biggs-Craft, “They make up almost all of the visitors we receive in September and October.”
tion like this one maintained not only its 250 plus Canadian chapters, but how it has garnered over $10 million for its cause: nothing spoke of patronization, there were no placated smiles in the room; every individual had true interests resulting in a genuine sense of communal comfort. Graves then went around the room to one person at a time and introductions were made. Beyond weekly contact between student volunteers and buddies, group events like this Halloween meet and greet are held once a month. This ensures the sense of community felt by all. T-shirts are given out to the members with the best costumes and more laughter is shared over reactions. Eventually the Whitebone reverts to its original state, but the collective warmth lingers. “That’s what Best Buddies is all about and it is wonderful to see that, through the program, people are brought together and they form lasting friendships!” concludes Graves. For more information on Best Buddies or to get involved, students can contact Monica Graves at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out an online application at www.bestbuddies.ca
prattled in jovial expectation as they waited for the doors to open. 15 minutes later, stand-up comedian John Heffron would take the stage to host JFL’s 2012 Relationship Edition comedy tour. “I was up there once before, I love it. I’m trying to figure out what I’m going to pack clothes-wise,” says Heffron, talking about the Maritimes, “I believe I still have my certificate; I’m an honorary Newfoundlander. I kissed a fish, I said a poem, I did a lot of stuff.” The set was lit purple and blue, accentuating the LIFE board-game theme. Canadian improvisational comics, Roman Danylo and Diana Frances took to warming up the crowd. Giving away front row seats to two lucky attendees and calling an audience member onstage to play an improv game, Danylo and Frances successfully gave the evening its kick-start, passing their momentum back to Heffron after a short set. It was at this point the night started gaining its unrelenting energy. Heffron was instantly relatable, speaking about his childhood winters in Detroit. Although most of his set concerned his sixteen-year-old daughter’s texting addiction and the everyday conflicts of marriage, he took interesting positions on reincarnation and technological advances. On the subject of reincarnation, he speaks of his six year old daughter as a “level one human being,” saying in general that everyone can all tell when it’s someone’s first time around the block. The Last Comic Standing winner relied on old material for a portion of the set, but for the most part his take was refreshing and energetic. Up next was a surprise guest from MTV’s Teen Wolf series, Orny Adams. Having just stepped from a plane after a 15-hour flight from Los Angeles, Adams seemed jet-lagged and intense. He began his set by cracking a string of jokes concerning his confusion between whether he was landing in Saint John or St.
John’s. Keeping the crowd’s energy high, Adams bounced from one side of the stage to the other while cynically streaming over germs and proper sneezing etiquette. He talked about life, dying dreams and moved into love and relationships, ending his set with his idea of what real love is. The final anecdote concerned an elderly couple aboard a crowded elevator: when the wife steps off onto the wrong floor Adams remarks that the husband remains still and lets the doors close only to turn to the remaining passengers stating simply, “She’ll figure it out.” To Orny Adams, this sentiment typifies true love. As Adams’ time expires, Heffron makes a brief interlude before introducing second-generation Nigerian-American comic Godfrey. Out of all of the sets, Godfrey occupied the most time. He opened with a bombardment of airplanebased humor (unfortunately it had nothing to do with the 1980 Leslie Nielsen film), which felt far less relatable than the preceding sets. After a heavy sound effects performance, he managed to get away from his “life as a single New Yorker” material and regress to his childhood Halloween experiences. Godfrey (although the least relatable of all the evening’s comics) managed to steal the show with his delivery alone. The night closed with a few shameless plugs, barely heard over the applause from the packed lower seats. Heffron and the comics met the satisfied crowd in the foyer soon thereafter, taking pictures and signing autographs. The rain had let up and the wind died down; laughter reverberated through King’s Square, as the comics prepared for Moncton the following night. “You can tell when a crowd is going a bunch of a**holes,” says Heffron, “but we didn’t run into that tonight. It was a great crowd to play to.”
Remembrance Day How the tradition of this holiday and the poppy began
Mercedes Peters For over ninety years, on Nov. 11, Canadians have found their way to a small cenotaph or large public gathering to celebrate Remembrance Day and to give their respects to fallen soldiers all around the world. With multiple wars and battles to draw our attention to, it becomes difficult to pinpoint exactly when this tradition began. After all, Remembrance Day wasn’t a chance occurrence plotted on some random date because someone wanted to honour the valiant men and women who fought for our freedom. In fact, before the end of World War One, Remembrance Day didn’t exist. So where did it come from? On Nov. 11, 1918, an armistice was signed by Germany, marking a cease-fire and the end of the fighting that had plagued Europe for four years of the First World War. The armistice became effective at 11 a.m. that day. While the war wasn’t officially over until the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919, that ceasefire meant that the horrors were over. “The War to End All Wars” had ended. On Nov. 7, 1919, King George V declared Nov. 11 as the day to remember those who were killed during the war. Originally called “Armistice Day,” it became a nationally observed event in all of the countries of the British Commonwealth - including
Canada. Here’s a fun fact; in Canada from 1921 to 1930, the “Armistice Day Act,” made it so that Thanksgiving was celebrated on Nov. 11. In 1931, our government scrapped the act altogether, changing the name to Remembrance Day, and reserving it for honouring soldiers only. But what about the poppy? For the first few years that Remembrance Day was recognized, the little red flower wasn’t used as a symbol. Inspired by John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields,” an American woman by the name of Moina Michael wrote a poem called “We Shall Keep the Faith,” in which she made the promise to always wear a poppy to honour those who fought in the war. Michael, donning her silk poppy, began to campaign to make it the United States’ symbol of remembrance, and in 1920, the National American Legion did so at one of their conferences. A French woman named Anna Guérin, who attended that conference took the idea home with her and created a line of artificial poppies much similar to the ones that are worn today. In 1921, Guérin sent people to London to sell her poppies. The founder of the Royal British Legion loved the idea, so he adopted it for his own. Soon after, many other countries in the commonwealth adopted them too. The Royal Canadian Legion has been selling the flowers Canada-wide for small donations to be worn the two weeks before Remembrance
Day ever since. At the end of the ceremony on Nov. 11, traditionally, people will leave their poppies on the cenotaph or memorial among the many wreathes, letters and flowers set there during the service. Remembrance Day ceremonies are now nationwide; it is hard not to find one close at hand when the big day rolls around. Saint John alone has multiple ceremonies in various spots around the city, such as the Jervis Bay Memorial Park service and the main one at Harbour Station. For those who can’t get out of their houses, Canada’s national service in Ottawa is televised each year. Each of these services has their own unique twists and traditions, but one thing remains the same. On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, two minutes of silence are given to honour the brave men and women who gave their lives so that we could be free. Regardless of what you do before Remembrance Day, whether it’s rocking your poppy on the left side of your jacket or changing your profile picture to a snapshot of your grandfather’s battalion, on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., be sure to give up two minutes of your time to remember the ones who died for you. Fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, daughters and sons; what will you do to remember them? Lest we forget.
Cultural Diversity: An Iranian student’s story Barbara Roberts, Human Rights Officer
Continuing the theme of cultural diversity, I spoke with Soudeh Oladi from Iran. Soudeh is a PhD student in Education at UNB. She first came to Canada in the early 90s with her family when she was 11 years old. Her father was doing his PhD in Forestry at UNB. Soudeh was accepted to UNB at the age of 15, but after studying for one year, her father finished his PhD and they went back to Iran. Years later, Soudeh returned here with her own 11 year old daughter to continue her education. BR: Soudeh, what do you wish people knew about Iran? SO: Despite all the negative things you may hear in the news, Iran is a lovely country whose people are exceptionally hospitable and friendly. The majority of people in Iran are Muslim but they are considered to be pretty progressive. There is also a considerable Christian, Jewish, and Zoroastrian minority in Iran. While Iran is usually defined in terms of its Islamic culture, Iranians are also proud of their pre-Islamic heritage that dates back at least 3,000 years. Poetry plays a huge part in Iranian culture and when friends and families get together for a major holiday, they are bound to read a few lines from the famous Persian poet Hafez. BR: What could people do that would be helpful to someone coming here from Iran? SO: When a person comes to live in Canada, they leave a whole life behind - extended family, friends and loved ones. So it would be reassuring if they felt welcomed. It’s always great when people ask you real questions about where you come from and your culture, instead of superficial comments about general things they may have picked up on the news. I personally would appreciate it if I could talk about my country so people would know that Iran is so much more than the [what you see in the] news (which usually has to be extreme to make the headlines). [...] Normal life goes on, despite economic hardship and political tension. Iranian food is not spicy and we use lots of fresh herbs in our daily regimen. I would even want them to know that drivers in the capital city Tehran are among the most skillful yet impatient drivers in
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the world, as all of them believe they have the right of way! But when there is little room for a real conversation, I would only want to paint a pictureperfect image of my country instead of a realistic one. BR: That’s understandable; I think anyone who loves their homeland might feel that way. What else would bridge gaps between cultures? SO: Schools and universities could hold cultural fairs that go beyond a one-day snapshot of life in a different country. But most important of all, it is the feeling of belonging and acceptance that every single individual who sets foot in Canada yearns for. BR: What is unhelpful, that you wish people would not do? SO: The most important thing for anyone coming from a different country to Canada is to be acknowledged and accepted. Being branded as “different” [...] can take its toll on a person’s feeling of belonging. I would encourage people not to be afraid to get to know those who may look or dress differently and accept them as who they are. Stereotypical portrayals of Muslims have led some people to presume that Muslims are forgiving toward extremists. [This] couldn’t be further from the truth. With over one and a half billion Muslims in the world, the few that make the headlines bring nothing but shame for the rest of the Muslim population. BR: How can people ask about Iranian culture to learn and get to know you? SO: I don’t think any question should be branded as stupid. I think the real problem is that by being too politically correct, we avoid getting involved in real conversations about different cultures. Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami introduced the idea of “dialogue among civilizations” as a precursor to a peaceful world. I say before civilizations get involved, we need to start a dialogue at a more basic level involving everyday people. Maybe then, we will embrace difference and the world will be a much more unique place to live in. BR: Soudeh, thank you so much for sharing your views of Iran with us, along with your wish for us to understand and embrace our differences.
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UNbSJ SPEaKS UP! By: MerCedeS PeterS PhotoS By: leon haggarty
Alyssa Parent Second year “I’d want to be able to teleport, because you can go wherever you want, whenever you want.”
If you could have any superpower, what would it be, and why?
Brandon McQuade Second year “I’d want the power of invisibility because I could use it both to fight or flee. I could really avoid all disadvantage.”
Kyle Lanteigne First year “I’d want to be able to fly, ‘cause you could probably get around a whole lot easier.”
Thomas Johansen Second year “I would like to be Dr. Manhattan because he is the most powerful superhero ever conceived; he’s basically God.”
Casey Shelley Second year “I’d want mind-reading because I want to see what people think of me.”
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