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September 11, 2018


BUSU executive profile: Peter Henen

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eter Henen, this year’s Vice President, External Affairs (VPEA) with the Brock University Students’ Union plans to apply his many years of experience at Brock to his role. The VPEA is responsible for advocacy and lobbying for student interests at each level of government, as well as working with other community stakeholders. Henen used an eloquent analogy to describe his perception of student concerns throughout his more than seven years as a Badger: like oil mixed with water, student complaints have always been present, though they are brought to the surface over time and become impossible to ignore. Some key points Henen highlighted when asked about student complaints around food affordability include the new all-day breakfast at the Schmon Tower Tim Hortons, and a Pizza Pizza franchise location coming to the Hungry Badger in Walker Complex — major successes, in his opinion. Henen believes students are dissatisfied with Sodexo, the food service corporation working with the university in food services for over 36 years. “Brock administration has put the current system to RPF, which is a request for a proposal,” said Henen. Henen hopes this will either encourage Sodexo to evaluate their affordability, or result in other changes in food services. In terms of his platform including more accessible textbooks for students, Henen is firm in his resolve to bring Open Education Resources to Brock. OERs are online lectures, textbooks and other resources intended to supplement university courses. When asked about his hopes to improve the on-campus culture surrounding mental health, Henen noted past BUSU efforts to commit funding to mental health professionals on campus. Henen believes, however, that BUSU’s focus this year should be on building resilience within students.

Layout Editor “You don’t have to be a Psychology student like me to know humans are social beings and need more opportunities to engage,” said Henen. Henen proposed regular campfires to give students an outlet to de-stress as his primary approach to improving student mental health. Henen offered no alternative plans for mental health support or building resilience. Should they require mental health support, students can make an appointment with a doctor, mental health nurse, or psychologist at Student Health Services, attend personal counselling, use their health and dental plan coverage for an external registered social worker or psychotherapist. This past election, voter turnout was only 35.3 per cent. The concern of low election participation was part of Henen’s platform when running, and he maintains the importance of addressing this issue. “We need to make elections relevant to students,” said Henen. Henen was elected VPEA with a lead of only 59 votes. When pressed for actionable steps to achieve this, Henen again recommended that we “make elections more relevant.” Henen shared his hopes to “promote campus culture and integration” including working with the International Students’ Centre and Aboriginal Student Services. Henen reiterated the importance of improved indigenization on campus, though he declined to share how he hoped to do this. Certainly, Henen has great pressure to improve support for Indigenous students and students with other marginalized identities. In closing remarks, Henen highlighted the monthly campfires again as his first and foremost goal for the year and shared that he does “feel for the students” who experience mental health struggles.

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September 11, 2018

NRP to assist with Homecoming policing Sorcha Killian Assistant News Editor


ith classes having resumed and welcome week concluded, many students have turned their attention to the next largescale event coming up: Homecoming. Brock students have been anticipating their Homecoming plans, preparing themselves for the often-high spirited antics that ensure with Homecoming weekend. With classes resuming next week, municipalities are gearing up for the return of college and university students — and their partying habits. Homecoming is a favourite Brock tradition and an important event not just for students and faculty but for St. Catharines residents also. However, along with the joys of Homecoming, there have been several issues in the past with student partying on a large scale and disrupting many local residents. Last year, several hundred students gathered for a large public party on

Winterberry Boulevard in Thorold on the Friday night of the Homecoming weekend. The event caused several disruptions. Many local residents were unhappy with the resulting noise issues which were further exacerbated after similar shenanigans on St. Patrick’s Day later in the year. In response, Brock has taken proactive measures through several means to ensure everyone has a safe and successful weekend. As a part of these measures, campus security will be patrolling neighbourhoods in Thorold and St. Catharines during Homecoming weekend, which is scheduled for September 21 and 22. There will also be an increased police presence at high traffic areas and certain roads may be redirected or boarded off to prevent large-scale groupings such as last year. When asked about their preparations for Homecoming weekend, the Niagara Regional Police Service stated they “continue to work with both community agencies and Brock University to ensure both the safety of the commu-

nity and students during this event. As always, we encourage participants to be respectful of their neighbours. In addition, officers will be monitoring the festivities for underage drinking, impaired driving, and disorderly behavior.” Brock has also taken action through its Extensive Neighbour Relations Initiative alongside its Good Neighbour campaigns and Good Neighbour Awards, which are designed to encourage students and reward them for when they have a positive impact on their community. Niagara houses over 20,000 university and college students. As a result, Brock officials have been working extensively with the Niagara regional police service to not only tackle any issues that arise from student related noise complaints but to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Brock University officials have been working closely with both St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik and Thorold Mayor Ted Luciani aim to collaborate on enforcing appropriate

behavior by students and ensure all comply with the relevant bylaws. Alongside Niagara police officials and campus security university staff will also be present on both Saturday and Sunday to help patrol residential neighborhoods. In addition, Brock’s off-campus living staff have been in contact with Thorold and St. Catharines residents who previously voiced concerns and provided them with contact information for appropriate officials. Brock officials emphasized that these procedures are to help both St. Catharines or Thorold residents but are also designed to help Brock students. The penalties imposed for noise bylaw complaints can be as much as $5,000 alongside the city nuisance party bylaws which have a fine of $300. Brock deliberately aims to prevent students from having to pay these fines by teaching the correct behavior and by coordinating with both students and city officials.

Goodman professor speaks out about expansion construction inconveniences

Allison Ives Assistant News Editor


he expansion of the Goodman School of Business building has been an ongoing and prominent discussion topic on campus. The whirlwind construction has provided the Brock community with several shiny new classrooms and a spacious engagement atrium, among other amenities designed to improve student life on-campus. The student perspective on this expansion has been explored in depth, from frustrating detours to eager anticipation of improved lecture spaces. Some students even lament that they will graduate or have already left Brock before making use of the new facilities. However, the perspective of the professors who must navigate the construction in the workspaces remains largely unheard. Among the benefits of the expansion, professors and instructors are expected to receive a total of 5, 000 square feet of additional teaching space and six new classrooms as a result of the construction. The project, costing over $20 million, aims to renovate the building, which was initially constructed in 1990. A Goodman professor, who requested to

remain anonymous, henceforth nicknamed Professor Doe, highlighted both the positive and negative effects on the staff that call the Goodman School of Business building, formerly Taro Hall, home. Some professors and instructors have seen their offices relocated throughout the construction, with some of these changes occurring very recently. This has led to notes in syllabi about the changes, to-be-determined locations for office hours, and pleas to reach out via email or after lecture should there be any difficulty finding temporary office locations. In April, the university announced 24 new office changes, relocating staff members, the undergraduate club office, storage and photocopying on April 26. Some of these staff members have had to relocate again since that announcement. A complete faculty and staff office directory for those in Goodman can be found online on Brock’s Goodman expansion blog, posted Sept. 7. The directory will be valid until November 5, 2018. Professor Doe noted other disruptions, including washrooms in the building. “They opened up the fourth floor washrooms this summer for only a few weeks and then shut them down again. The women’s washroom on

the fourth floor is once again out of service,” said Professor Doe. While a small detail compared to the vast vision of the new Goodman School of Business, this is representative of the minor inconveniences that make work more difficult for instructors who must navigate between floors to find working washrooms. Another disruption that has ‘led to some inconvenience,’ according to Professor Doe, has been the patchy elevator status. For a campus striving for improved accessibility, this has a significant impact on staff and students who require elevator access, as they must find new routes to lecture halls and offices — some of which are not reached by other elevators. While the Goodman expansion blog posts updates about services affected by construction, some may still have questions or concerns. These people are encouraged to email Janet Muenzberger at, or call either Muenzberger or Lesley Owen, at extensions 5017 and 5949 respectively. Earlier in the expansion efforts, other professors and staff members had voiced frustration with the omnipresent construction sounds plaguing the building. While professors and other staff do not openly complain about the

expansion, these remarks show the inconveniences they face in an environment that is rapidly changing due to construction, inconveniences they hesitate to speak about for fear of presenting the construction in a negative light. Many of the staff members affected by the construction stand with the administration organizing the expansion overall, though they do lament the inconveniences it has caused in their work life and for the student population. Professor Doe is hopeful that the expansion will be worth the growing pains. “I am very excited for the new classrooms. I think they’ve done a beautiful job with the renovations and I am optimistic about the future offices,” said Professor Doe. According to Brock’s facilities management website, all existing offices in the Goodman School of Business will be enlarged, or will receive new fixtures and flooring. Ultimately, Professor Doe acknowledges that sacrifices must be made in the interest of progress. “Of course there’s been some short term disruption which is to be expected but overall I am excited to see where this is going,” said Professor Doe in a closing remark.

September 11, 2018




St. Catharines shooting suspects still at-large

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iagara Regional Police continue to search for two men involved in a downtown St. Catharines shooting last week. As of Monday night, the two suspects in their early 20’s are still at-large. The shooting occurred on September 6, at around 3:45 p.m., in the Niagara Street and Church Street area. Police believe the shooting was a targeted attack, which led to three injuries. One of the victims was transported by Niagara EMS to a local hospital, and is considered to have minor injuries. The other two victims were air lifted to an out-of-Region

trauma centre to be treated: one with critical injuries and the other with life threatening injuries. All three victims were shot in a residence near the intersection of the shooting. One of the men was found in the street by police, but was shot inside the building. The other two were found in the residence where they were shot as well. During the investigation on Sept. 6, police used the information to be led to multiple scenes. The scene was cordoned off by uniform patrol officers, along with specialty units. Other units that were involved in the investigation included: K9, Marine Unit, Traffic Enforcement Unit, Crisis Negotiators, Auxil-

iary Officers, Detectives from all over the Region, Fleet Support, Forensic Unit, Dispatch, Central Records, Traffic Reconstruction and School Resource Officers. It wasn’t until 11:15 p.m. on Thursday, that residents were allowed to return back to their homes in the area. The suspects are considered armed and fled the scene on foot. One is being described as a black male, in his early 20’s, 5’11, dark complexion, short hair, slim build, and was seen wearing a black shirt with white writing on the front, black shorts to above the knee with white on sides (change in the pockets) and earring. The second suspect is also a black male, in his early 20’s, 6’3, muscular build, dread

locks in pony tail tucked up inside a black hat, wearing a black hat, black shirt and grey track pants. Police are asking businesses and residents that reside in the area and have security cameras to check their tapes and contact police. NRPS are also hopeful that the two suspects will surrender themselves in a peaceful manner. The investigation is ongoing as of Monday evening, however the area of Niagara and Church has been cleared since Sept. 7. Police ask anyone with information regarding the shooting to call NRP at 905-688-4111 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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Upcoming events for Stolen Theatre Collective Isabelle Cropper

Managing Editor


his fall the Stolen Theatre collective will put on the production of Sabina’s Splendid Brain at the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. “Sabina’s Splendid Brain, which opens Sept. 14, chronicles the life of the tenacious and passionate Spielrein as she struggles through the circumstances of her family, education and therapy, as well as the professional barriers facing women and wartime anti-Semitism,” mentioned in a Stolen Theatre Collective media release. “Spielrein was often known in relation to her famous colleagues: first as a patient, and then lover of Jung, and later as a student and friend of Freud. As a psychoanalyst in her own right, she moved

beyond them both to become one of the great thinkers in 20th century psychology.” “Sabina had to fight for her voice,” said Director and Brock associate theatre professor, Gyllian Raby. “She walks the boundary between genius and delusion, and this production invites the audience to experience her journey from screaming teenager with spittle in her hair, to the woman who wowed Freud’s intellectual Vienna Circle.” Stolen Theatre Collective also said in their release that, “Her work was all but wiped from the history books due to Joseph Stalin’s repression of intellectuals and the Nazi invasion of her hometown of Rostov-on-Don, where she and her daughters were killed in 1942. Her diaries were recently discovered, however, and her publications were re-exam-

ined to reveal the profound impact that her work had on her teachers and peers.” Performances can be seen on Sept. 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 7:30 p.m., while matinée performances can be seen on Sept.. 16 and 23 at 2:00 p.m. “This is a project that fully explores the interdisciplinarity between the arts that was the founding dream of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts,” said Danielle Wilson, the co-founder and co-artistic director of Stolen Theatre Collective and Brock’s assistant theatre professor. “Music, theatre, and philosophy are a natural trio in this story of how psychoanalysis helped shape modern consciousness.” All performances are held at the Marilyn I. Walker Theatre in the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, located

at 15 Artists’ Common, St. Catharines. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can-Afford ($10, $25, $40, $55) and can only be purchased in advance through the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre box office. Limited paid parking is available on-site, but city parking is available within close proximity to the venue. For more information on the production, please contact

Upcoming Events at Brock Tuesday, September 11

Thursday, September 13

Saturday, September 15

3D Modeling with Tinkercard Makerspace @ 1:00 p.m. (same time on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday)

Learning strategies for International Students East Academic 108 @ 10:00 a.m.

Women’s Rugby vs. Toronto Alumni Field @ 1:00 p.m.

VolunteerFEST 2018 Market Hall @ 10:00 a.m.

Men’s Baseball vs. McMaster George Taylor Field @ 12:00 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Seminar Strategies Classroom B (ST 230) @ 2:00 p.m.

Men’s Rugby vs. McMaster Alumni Field @ 3:00 p.m.

Ice Cream Social Skybar @ 1:00 p.m. Communicating with Faculty workshop East Academic 108 @ 1:00 p.m.

Discover your library: Orientation Workshop Learning Commons Classroom B @ 4:00 p.m. Goodman BIG Meet & Greet Cairns 207 @ 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 12 Brock Marketing Association Meet and Greet Cairns 207 @ 5:00 p.m. Time Management workshop Classroom B (ST 230) @ 5:00 p.m.

Friday, September 14 Notetaking: Everyday Exam Prep Classroom B (ST 230) @ 10:00 a.m. Improving your academic vocabulary workshop East Academic 108 @ 10:00 a.m. Cafe Crawl Bus Loop by Statue @ 4:30 p.m.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Laurier Alumni Field @ 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 16 Women’s Soccer vs. York Alumni Field @ 1:00 p.m. Hometown Baseball game: Men’s Baseball vs. Ontario Blue Jays George Taylor Field @ 1:00 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. York Alumni Field @ 3:15 p.m.

September 11, 2018



OPINION Nike makes bold statement with Colin Kaepernick at forefront of new ad

Isabelle Cropper Managing Editor


elieve in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything. When kids are asked who their favourite athletes are or who they look up to, usually their answers would be Connor McDavid, Tom Brady, Steph Curry or someone along those lines. As kids get older and they reach high school, their favourite athletes change, because they don’t just focus on the statistics or the championships they’ve won. They realize that there’s more to an athlete than just their skills. They realize that there are things going on in the world that are bigger than sports and that matter more than winning a championship. When athletes reach professional status, there are uncharted territories — sponsor-

ships, interviews, constantly in the eyes of the public and being watched by just about every young kid with a dream to one day be where they are. Athletes and coaches alike use their publicity for many different social or political issues. Coaches like Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich have voiced their concerns about President Donald Trump and questioned the message being sent to American citizens for electing him as a leader. Others such as Mike Babcock, have used his spotlight to emphasize the importance of mental health and raise awareness worldwide for people who suffer. For the most par, all of those coaches, have been applauded for voicing their opinions. While not everyone will agree with Popovich and Kerr, there are plenty of people who support what they’ve said, and they’re still coaching. Then, you have someone like Colin Kaepernick, who has been blacklisted by every NFL

team because he decided to take a knee during the national anthems prior to games in protest of police brutality and mistreatment of black people and other minorities in the United States. Last week, Nike released their new ad with Colin Kaepernick at the forefront. In the ad, Kaepernick narrates the story of many athletes, and says that if someone calls your dream crazy, it’s a compliment. While Kaepernick’s dream at one point in time was probably to win a Super Bowl — and maybe he still has that dream — his stance against police brutality and mistreatment of minorities has taken precedence over the latter. Maybe Kaepernick’s dream is for an NFL executive to support his protests, and allow him to sign with their team. Maybe it’s not. Maybe, his dream is that he can be the voice for all people who are suffering from the brutality, wrongdoings, and mistreatment going on in the United States.

It’s a crazy dream — and that’s a compliment. Nike is on the right side of history in putting Kaepernick in the spotlight. While there may be some people who decide to burn their already-purchased Nike socks, or who choose not to buy another Nike product again — there are a heck of a lot more people who are fully behind the message Nike is sending. The right battle is worth fighting, and the athlete who is fighting that battle is one worth getting behind. So, when it comes to having a spotlight, having the attention of thousands or millions of people, Colin Kaepernick made a choice to believe in what he was protesting. He made a choice to sacrifice everything, so that other people would believe in what he was doing, too. That deserves everything — Kaepernick and Nike are together on the right side of history.

Editorial: PowerPoints can be an effective learning tool


magine walking into a lecture where students are forbidden from being on their cell phones, using their laptops, and the professor is standing at the front of the room giving a lesson without a PowerPoint. In the year 2018, such a thing is a rarity. It’s common these days to see students taking notes on their laptops and the professor using a PowerPoint. Some people, however, are making the case that the usage of PowerPoints in school make students ‘stupid’. I would argue that PowerPoints are an effective learning tool in school if used the right way by both the professor and the students. Nobody benefits from PowerPoints if the slides are word-for-word from what is being said or the presenter is just reading off the slides. Students can succeed if the professor is using bullet points to build off what they are explaining.

PowerPoints being used as a successful tool isn’t just the responsibility of the professors. Students need to learn how to effectively take notes by using the points on a slide and combining them with what the professor is saying, and having the ability to expand on the points through their own knowledge. A student isn’t benefiting from a PowerPoint if all they do is re-type out the slide points as their notes. Students must make side notes, listen to the professor and pick the important points from the slides. Students can become too reliant on slide shows, especially if they are posted online before or after class. This then leads to students skipping class and being satisfied with whatever is on the slide. If you are starting a conversation of banning slide shows from university lectures, shouldn’t the case be made to ban laptops and cell phones?

The biggest distractions in university lectures is social media and the Internet. Students are busy texting, checking Instagram and Snapchatting their friends rather than focusing on what is being taught and said. Laptops can often be a distraction as well because, rather than taking notes, students are on the Internet. An article about PowerPoints on the Business Insider, mentions that universities are more focused on measuring their success through student satisfaction instead of student success. Although this does seem to be the case, we can’t avoid the fact that most students are at the post-secondary level just to get their degree so they can start a career. PowerPoints and laptops don’t need to be banned from university, but used for their proper reason. This can only happen if professors use PowerPoints effectively and stu-

dents learn to take notes beyond whatever is on the slide. As a student I don’t think any technology should be banned from classrooms. If a student chooses to be on their phone or the Internet all throughout class, that’s their choice and eventually the cause of a poor mark. If you’re in university, you probably should be more of an adult and use technology during class if it’s beneficial to you. We are in a new age, at least from a student perspective, and technology is needed in lectures more than we think. Let’s not ban PowerPoint, a visual learning tool, but rather try to better make use of how it teaches students. The rest is on the students themselves to build positive learning habits. -Satbir Singh


The nitty gritty of perseverance

Allison Ives Assistant News Editor


very term at Brock University surely must begin with at least one professor showing Angela Lee Duckworth’s TEDTalk, “Grit: The power of passion and perseverance.” It seems instructors are contractually obligated to preach the benefit of grit — without any sense of irony — every September and January, like clockwork. When it comes to highly privileged students coming from affluent backgrounds who are at risk of being spoiled, I absolutely agree that it is important to reframe our values to highlight perseverance and determination. However, as someone who has been through hardship, it gets tiring sitting through this same TEDTalk year after year while an affluent professor tells me all of the problems in my life are my own fault. A key component of grit is an internal locus of control, according to Duckworth, meaning the propensity to attribute both failures and successes to one’s own actions. A student with an internal locus of control may believe they

didn’t get the co-op job that they were highly qualified for because their resume was lacking, or their interview skills didn’t shine through. On the other hand, a student with an external locus of control may believe they didn’t get the job because traffic made them late. However, some things are not within our control. For example, are wealthy, white professors and students really in a position to claim a black student isn’t working hard enough because the hiring manager was openly racist? Furthermore, studies including a research paper titled “Locus of control in maltreated children: the impact of attachment and cumulative trauma,” written by Antonio Roazzi, Grazia Attili, Lorenza Di Pentima, and Alessandro Toni, have shown that maltreated children typically have a more external locus of control. We should not blame survivors of trauma for the impact that trauma has had on them. In this sense, romanticizing grit can come across as victim blaming. In challenging students to simply persevere when faced with genuine problems they should not have to overcome, we redirect a conversation from a discussion about abolishing the

obstacle to the student’s work ethic. When professors attribute student struggles to lack of grit, it demonstrates that same external locus of control they condemn. Shouldn’t professors be more concerned with making their courses accessible than blaming students who struggle to succeed for not working hard enough? Another core problem with romanticizing grit: the folks ignored in this conversation already have grit. Duckworth’s research focuses on privileged people — those in national spelling bees and elite educational institutions — and as such, it applies in those same affluent groups. Professors applying her work to our population show a distinct disconnect between them and the students they are here to teach. It indicates that most assume that we have all been afforded that privilege and are not a diverse group of students from varying backgrounds as we actually are. Their unwillingness to question and challenge that assumption is further creating a schism between them and their students. The professors who continue to screen this TEDTalk are preaching to the choir. Many students have overcome incredible hardships, and


know that those struggles are not to be glorified. We should be striving to acknowledge them, understand, and prevent folks from having to experience those struggles moving forward. Many students know too well that perseverance is not necessarily a choice, or even an option, but a requirement for survival. Pushing through studying for a difficult test is wildly different from other instances where we have struggled, and both are independent challenges requiring different skills. It can be incredibly invalidating to be told that having difficulties with the former means we aren’t strong enough, when we have shown incredible resilience in other areas of our lives. The conversation around grit does raise good points, but taking them out of context and trying to make them a lesson to students who are already wise beyond their years is patronising, and condescending. This year, let’s skip the grit talk and focus instead on how to make learning more accessible for all students. Alternatively, there are several powerful TEDTalks on embracing diversity in the classroom and making learning accessible that professors could screen that would be more relevant in the lecture room.

After tragic crash in April, Humboldt Broncos impact spread across the country On April 6 of 2018, a junior hockey team in Saskatchewan became the talk of every household and hockey arena when their bus Managing Editor crashed with a semi-trailer truck. The crash s the new school year begins and summer left 16 people dead, and 13 people injured. sports come to an end — from youth all the For hockey families, coaches, players, and way through the final stretch of Major League others involved in the day-to-day craziness Baseball — a new hockey season begins. of travelling to rinks, whether it be for youth, This is not just any hockey season though. junior, or professional hockey, the crash has stuck with the hockey community these past few months. With a new season beginning, the feeling of loss within the hockey community is still felt. Tragedy struck a community, a team, a province,and a country as a whole. The Humboldt Gym Hours Broncos will be rememMonday 5:30pm - 7:30 pm bered by youth, junior, Tuesday 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm collegiate, and profesThursday 5:30pm - 7:30 pm sional hockey players,

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coaches and families forever. As the Broncos played their first regular season game this past weekend, and as other junior, collegiate, professional and youth teams gear up for another season, everyone is reminded of just how special their time is here, and how quickly something can be taken from you. Plenty of teams across the world travel by bus to away games or tournaments, and it sits uneasy with a lot of people to think about the tragedy of the Humboldt team. To lose so many players, coaches, and support staff — it’s scary, and it’s hard to watch the world move forward without those people. I think that, although it’s still hard to reflect on the lives of the Humboldt Broncos who were lost on April 6, it’s something that will never be lost on anyone in Canada. Every time there is a tweet or a video on TSN of a heart warming story about a hockey player whose faced adversity, or a coach who made a lasting impact on players — a team who

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has meant more to a community than anyone could imagine. Humboldt will always be in peoples minds, it will always be an event that people remember where they were when they heard about it. Every year on April 6, there will likely be sticks out on peoples porches for those who were lost in the crash, whistles hung on the doors for the coaches who were lost, and every time the Broncos of 2018-19 season step on the ice, they will be representing the players and staff who were lost this past April. Watching the Broncos go through their process to find a new head coach, rebuild a team and organization, while tough, was remarkable. To see them continue to rebuild the way they have is a sign of how strong a sports community can be, and that in the face of tragedy, there is always a sign of hope and of new beginnings.





Students explain the financial relief from Sorcha Killian | Assistant News Editor being a Sugar Baby The average Canadian student is expected to have upwards of $25,000 in debt by the end of their undergraduate degree. Students who then pursue a master or postgraduate degree can be expected to have debt in excess of $40,000. With tuition increasing by 3.1 per cent on average each year, students are becoming more and more inventive in finding ways to raise additional funds to pay off debts that part-time jobs simply can’t fill. Many students have turned to “sugar” to help cover the cost of tuition, these individuals being called “Sugar Babies”. A “Sugar Baby” is a person who partakes in a specific transactional relationship with a “Sugar Daddy” or “Sugar Mommy”. The transactional nature of the relationship can include the sugar baby receiving cash, gifts, benefits or other additional valuable items in exchange for their time and company from their “Sugar Parent”. The act of being a “Sugar Baby”, or “Sugaring” is completely legal in Canada provided that sexual acts are not exchanged in the relationship. While sugaring is legally involves no sexual acts, it can be deemed as a type of sex work as many who start in sugar babying can lead into performing sexual acts in their role as a sugar baby. Sugaring has been more and more apparent in mainstream media since the creation of SeekingArrangement. com in 2006 by MIT graduate Brandon Wade. However, the website has seen a large surge in university and college students signing up, with many expressly stating it is in an attempt to help cover the cost of studying. There are currently 2.5 million students through Seeking Arrangements with 8.2 per cent of their student’s users, roughly 205,000 attending Canadian university or colleges. This increase in users lead to the creation of “Sugar Baby University” which is a platform solely directed at students. By enrolling in the Sugar Baby University platform, students receive free premium membership on the Seeking Arrangements site. They advertise that sugar babies can earn roughly $2,400 a month and advise that they find one or two consistent sugar parents to help them pay their way through university. To gain a more in-depth understanding of the process, we spoke to two different Brock University students who had acted as a sugar baby to understand what led to them to the act and what their experiences were with it. Both of our sources asked to remain anonymous as they are both still active students and therefore will be referred to as Student A and Student B.

Both students utilized as the platform for which to explore sugaring, though came to it through different paths. Student A found the app through a friend who had consistently used it for networking purposes. She had considered sex work previously and hoped sugar babying would be a safe way to explore that aspect. Student B turned to sugaring as a last resort, having found themselves with no way to cover their payments. They were working three different minimum wage jobs and still had a “debilitating amount of debt looming over them” After researching unorthodox methods of making some extra cash online they came to find sugaring. Regardless of how each student found the company, they were both motivated by a need for income to help them cover university-related payments. Both students detailed the sign-up process as simple and efficient. When a potential sugar baby signs up to, they include their personal information and upload pictures of themselves. “It was almost like setting up a Tinder profile except I had to set my pictures to private so no one could reverse search them. It’s small elements like that, that remind you what you’re doing is not the norm, other than that the entire process feels completely normal, just like online dating except you’re being paid for it”, said Student B. Once both students had signed up for the service, they then had to define the relationship they were interested in and what they were willing to provide.

“[It seemed] clear-cut and transactional on the surface, with most conversations including a discussion of expectations close to the beginning. There are allowances, which are regular funds given weekly/monthly,” said Student A.

While the level of attention can be gratifying and both students enjoyed the initial attention, it quickly became overwhelming with several members sending threatening messages to both students when they failed to respond to all the potential sugar parents.

It’s in this section where the lines between sugar baby and escort can merge.

Student B is male and was searching for a Sugar Mommy. He quickly found a local woman looking for a long-term companion and began solely messaging her. Initially, he was concerned about pressure from her to perform sexual acts, yet was pleasantly surprised when he realized she only sought company.

“You might be asked for a “pay per meet”. This isn’t technically allowed on the site, as it’s essentially just the direct trade of sex for money,” commented Student A. Desired relationships can be “No strings attached”, to “discrete”, and “short-term” or “long-term” arrangements. The final step in the process is “arrangement” which is where you become fully active on the site and are able to send and receive messages. Both students found this to be an overwhelming experience.

“I had to put my phone on silent the first day because of the obscene amount of notifications. I think I got about 80 messages that first day,” said Student A.

“She was lonely and felt the men of her generation no longer found her attractive, she needed someone to listen to her and to tell her she was valued,” said Student B. While he appreciated the relationship he had with his first Sugar Mommy, his growing financial burden forced him to search for a second sugar mommy. He began talking to a woman who at first seemed similar to the previous relationship, however, she quickly became possessive. “She would call me in the middle of the night demanding to know if I was with someone, I was always too afraid to tell her if I was.” Student A experienced a similar emotionally draining partnership in which she would spend hours on the phone with a man who “demanded hours upon hours of phone calls and conversations, with a frustrating amount of emotional labour and insisted that I not spend time with friends as I should have wanted to spend it with him instead.”

Sadly this is not uncommon. Due to sugaring not being viewed legally as a form of sex work, it is not governed with the law as other forms of sex work. Therefore, many students are subject to emotional or physical abuse. It’s important to note that many students including both interviewed, created positive arrangements with people. However, both experienced issues. With finances becoming an increasing issue, both students explored deeper into the sexual side of the sugar baby arrangement. Student A hesitantly agreed to perform “cam work,” though insisted on being paid upfront. She was convinced to send some material before payment and the receiving Sugar Daddy promptly disappeared. She felt utterly debased. “Not only did he steal my service, but I also understood he violated my consent. I did what I did strictly under the condition that he would send me money, and he willfully disregarded that. I felt violated. Worse still, I felt like I couldn’t talk to the people in my life about how utterly gutted I felt for fear of them blaming me. I should have insisted on getting the money up front. ‘I shouldn’t send nudes to married men even for money’… It’s easy to say that when you’re not desperate,” said Student A. Student B considered looking into a more sexual side of the arrangement having spoken to other sugar babies who told him of the additional cash benefits. However, after some deliberation, he chose to offer purely companionship. A large part of this decision came from his starting a personal relationship with his now long-term girlfriend. Both students pursued

personal relationships whilst working as a sugar baby. “It’s my job, it may be unorthodox but at the end of the day you have to view it purely as a job. I’m emotionally connected to my sugar mommies as a companion, but I would never allow myself to develop romantic feelings, it gets too messy then,” said Student B. A large part of these students’ ability to work as sugar babies while committing to personal relationships was due to an understanding and respect from their circle. Often those who work in the sex industry can be discriminated against due to the nature of the job. Student A emphasized that her struggles with sugaring was due to the stigma that is attached to sex work. She often felt preyed on by men who were looking for escorts and used the site to try to find them. Student A believes that breaking down the stigma against sex workers is the only way sugar babies can be protected from entering into dangerous situations born from desperation. “Sex work will always happen. We shouldn’t strive to shut it all down, but to support sex workers, who are an incredibly targeted group for violence,” said Student A. While reflecting on their time as sugar babies, both students emphasized they had had good and bad moments. Student B is continuing to act as a sugar baby and sees himself continuing until at least graduation, if not longer, to help with financial burdens. He also feels a responsibility to continue the relationships he has made as he now has sugar mommies dependent on him for emotional support.

“I’m not ashamed to be a sugar baby, it’s my choice and I choose to keep doing it. I’m very upfront about it with my partners and friends. However, honestly, if I wasn’t financially dependent on it I can’t say I would continue. You sell a little of yourself each time you open the app and I don’t know how much I’m willing to give away,” said Student B. Student A has since ceased sugaring having earned roughly $2000 over a period of three to four months.

“Eventually, I did meet a lovely man who was everything I wanted in a Sugar Daddy. I still keep in contact even just to check in, because he works in a field I’m interested in and has plenty of great advice. While she has chosen to stop sugaring, she has nothing but respect for those who choose to pursue it but cautions them to understand the full aspect and consequences of the job,” concluded Student A.



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What to expect from the Toronto International Film Festival Christina Morrison

Assistant Arts & Culture Editor


he much anticipated Toronto International Film Festival began on Thursday, giving a home to little known indie films and upcoming blockbusters alike. While there are a plethora of new films from a variety of genres to look forward to, here is a look at some of the most highly anticipated films coming out of the festival. David Gordon Green’s Halloween is a long awaited sequel to the 1978 original, retconning the many films that have been released in between the first and this most recent installment. While the prior films have been divisive, Halloween fans are already seeing hope in this one, citing similarities in the tone of the trailers and the original. Comic-Con attendees have already been treated to a long tracking shot of the franchise’s long-standing killer Michael Myers, going from house to house to wreak havoc on innocent civilians, which was highly praised for being both terrifying and reminiscent of the opening scene of the original. Green’s Halloween picks up 40 years after the original with Laurie and Michael coming face to face once again. It is due for a wide release on October 19. 2017 was a big year for actor Timothée Chalamet. As the youngest Best Actor nominee at the Academy Awards since 1939, filmgoers have been eagerly awaiting his next performance. Now, Felix Van Groeningen’s Beautiful Boy is here and fans are already predicting another Academy Award nomination in Chalamet’s near future. The film is based on a true story and depicts drug addiction through the eyes of the addict’s father. In only two short minutes, Beautiful Boy’s trailer showcases some of the most emotional moments in the film, promising standout performances from both Chalamet and Steve Carell, who plays his father. It is due to be released on Oct. 12. Jonah Hill spent many years only involved in comedy, from Superbad and the Jump Street franchise, but showed his range by taking on films like Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Now, Hill is throwing fans for another loop with his directorial debut, Mid90s. For those who grew up in the 90s, a sense of nostalgia is already captured by the trailer. Even the aesthetic of the film is reminiscent of the 90s: Mid90s utilizes a Movietone aspect ratio, with color grading and resolution reminiscent of something you’d find on an old VHS tape. The film follows a 13 year old boy balancing his troubled home life and the new friends he meets at the skate shop. A24 has picked it up to be released on Oct. 19. A new installment of the Predator franchise has been on the table since 2014; and now that it’s here, fans are baffled by what to actually expect from it. Trailers treat it as more comedy than horror or action, yet it seems to be brand-

ed as another generic action movie. Getting this film produce had many bumps in the road, as they had to reshoot the entire third act as late as July 2018 due to test screenings going poorly, and in the final days leading up to the film being locked, an entire scene had to be cut once it was discovered a sex offender was featured in it. Despite this, critics are saying it’s good; not great, but good. One of its biggest successes is supposedly the cast, which includes Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn and Trevante Rhodes. It is due for a wide release on Sept. 14. George Tillman Jr.’s The Hate U Give looks like another high school coming of age story from the beginning of the trailer, but the startling transition into a crime drama happens before

you know it, setting up a dark story in a realistic atmosphere that will resonate with far too many. Amandla Stenberg plays teenager Starr Carter, who witnesses a white police officer shoot her childhood friend Khalil, an unarmed black teenager. In response, she becomes involved in activism. Critics are already describing the film as engaging and well-needed, with hopes it will lead to a transition from fantastical young adult films and more of a focus on real issues that teenagers have to deal with in 2018. The Hate U Give is based on a bestselling, award winning novel of the same name by Angie Thomas, and features other familiar faces alongside Stenberg including KJ Apa and Issa Rae. It is due for a wide release on Oct. 19.

Screenlife: Film’s newest storytelling tool Christina Morrison

Assistant Arts & Culture Editor


hen Levan Gabriadze’s Unfriended was released in 2014, the film’s concept both intrigued filmgoers: what would a movie that took place in a Skype call look like? Some said it would be impossible to make a visually interesting film that takes place entirely on a computer screen, and others lauded the people behind the film for the creativity. Reviews of the film were widely mixed, but many could agree on one thing: the setting of the Internet was done well, and with the right film, could turn into something amazing. People have been trying to accomplish this ever since. On August 24, Aneesh Chaganty’s Searching premiered and answered those critics’ questions of what a well done film on a desktop would be. The thriller follows a father in his attempts to find his missing 16 — year old and left critics pleased with its’ level of suspense, compelling story and visual execution. Searching takes place entirely on smartphones and computer screens. It’s more than a gimmick to get audiences in seats; it’s an essential part of how the story is told. Everything happens on the internet nowadays, and with the desperate protagonist of the story knowing this, it only seems right that he would turn to it in his hour of need. This leads to the screen potentially being filled with clues at any moment, as well as an uneasy sense of intimacy that earned the film the honour of being one of the year’s best thrillers. Given the prevalence of technology in our world today, it’s only natural that filmmakers would explore more of these films in the near feature. In fact, there’s many on the horizon that’ll be hitting theatres soon. This new form of visual storytelling has been dubbed “screenlife” by Timur Bekmambetov, the

producer behind both Searching and Unfriended. In February 2018, Bekmambetov unveiled his own film, Profile, at the Berlin International Film Festival, to mostly favorable reviews. Bekmambetov’s latest directorial work is about the recruitment of young women into ISIS, a far cry from the paranormal activity of the Unfriended series. Unfriended was expected to be a one-and-done gimmick film, with many assuming that nothing of substance could be done with a recording of someone’s desktop. But more recent examples prove that there’s both an intimacy and artistic quality to be found in the screenlife film. Whether what’s happening on screen has audiences jumping in their seats in fear or moving them to the brink of tears, this new mode can be just as engaging as more traditional films. You’re seeing events play out in real time; it feels like a form of intimacy with a stranger. These films look like real things happening to a real person and they feel like it too. Take Michael Greene’s upcoming psychological horror Live for example — the film takes place on Facebook Live, causing the filmmakers to maintain a real in-character Facebook account for the protagonist, where people who stumbled across it could watch the horrifying events unfold in real time without the thought that this could be part of a film even crossing their minds. It all adds up to a sense of voyeurism that can both intrigue and unsettle, ultimately heightening the impact of the film’s story. It will be interesting to see how long screenlife films are here to stay for, but know they’re not going anywhere for a while. As screenlife’s biggest advocate and creator, Bekmambetov may have as many as six more screenlife films up his sleeves. These range from a Snapchat adaptation of Romeo and Juliet to a superhero film that will no doubt stray from the format we’re used to. If these movies will be anything like Searching, they’re worth looking forward to.

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How sitcoms deal with politics and journalism Cameron Tyson

Arts & Culture Editor


he world is a little confusing these days. Questions can be tough and answers can be as nebulous as they can be hard to find. Not only that, but no one can agree on who to ask anymore. One of the more obvious places to turn to is, or was (or maybe just ‘should be’) news media. Its job after all is to inform people, but recently it seems faith in news media has slipped a great deal. I’m not saying that journalists shouldn’t be under scrutiny, but this doesn’t feel like scrutiny so much as mindless cynicism. I don’t think anyone would deny that we’re at somewhat of a focal point in this issue. But it’s certainly not a new idea. We should be able to trust the people that feed us our news, but the idea that we can’t has been a fixture in our culture for a while. I’ve noticed this even in a few sitcoms that I’ve been watching lately, particularly shows that deal with politicians. Quite a few of these kinds of shows have stories in which politicians and journalists seem to be working against each other, rather than together for the people they serve. Parks and Recreation is a pretty well-known example, so let’s start there. The Pawnee Journal’s Shauna Mulwae-Tweep was a regular since

the show’s first season and she’s been a source of annoyance for the Parks and Recreation department from the start. Political satire is common and often biting, but Parks and Recreation stands out because the main characters are (mostly) good people trying to do a good job, surrounded by lesser people who impede them. Pawnee’s news media has always belonged to the latter category, and Tweep isn’t the only culprit. Joan Callamezzo, another series regular, gives herself the title of ‘journalist’ and is often scoffed at for doing so by main character Leslie Knope. Between these two figureheads of media in the show, they work to single handedly derail every good idea Knope has. Tweep is always on the lookout for an excuse to pen a damning headline and Callamezzo always has misleading figures or irrelevant-but-seemingly-damning facts on hand to make the Parks department seem like they’re in the wrong. My point here isn’t that this kind of journalism doesn’t happen, simply that this is always the angle the show seems to take when addressing the news. Journalists and news media are always portrayed by the show as being the enemy of good government work, turning people against good ideas by any means necessary. The attack isn’t always against journalists, though; sometimes it’s against everyone. Let’s move away from Parks and Recreation’s collec-

tion of generally well-meaning people to the angry, incompetent buffoons that populate The Thick Of It. In one episode of the show, a department of the British Government accidentally wipes a huge amount of personal data, right before a press release that was intended to showcase how well everything is going. Some time after the official interview, a politician mentions to a journalist (believing themselves to be off the record) about the data wipe. From this point the episode becomes about desperate attempts to stop the information from getting to the public. I have a few issues with that. For one, every single person in this scenario is conniving, and working only in the interests of their career. The journalist just wants a big story to break, the politicians just want to cover themselves, when the reality should be that both parties are working for the sake of the wider public. The tone of The Thick Of It is, in general, bitingly cynical, but there’s not even a smidge of competence or good-naturedness anywhere in the show. It’s hard to really define the real problem I have here; I think satire is a good and important thing. I think people in positions of power (whether political or social,) should be held accountable and I think that there are a number of issues in society that are a result of the unethical use thereof. I absolutely think that the problems these shows (and many more) explore

exist and should be discussed. However, I don’t think pointing and laughing at ineptitude and immorality does quite enough. For all of Parks and Recreation’s optimism about good people with good ideas ultimately coming out on top, it’s never portrayed journalists as anything other than a hindrance. While The Thick of It portrays everyone in that sort of light, it’s not doing any better; the idea that no one is doing anything to help people isn’t much more helpful. Again, it’s not that these problems don’t exist. Politicians can be greedy and self-serving. Journalists can be ineffectual and have the completely wrong focus. But constantly pointing and laughing at the fact that this happens, in my opinion, doesn’t really do anything to stem that tide. It certainly doesn’t encourage either party to be better. Sitcoms don’t have to become the bastions of social change by any regards; I’m not necessarily sure I’m even saying that they’re an issue, but I think it’s worth discussing the attitudes they present to us and how those attitudes might effect our own perception. Maybe, though, none of this matters and television doesn’t tell us anything about how people feel. All I’m saying is that we’re at a point in time where people are giving up on journalists and that we’ve been joking about their ineptitude for years. Might have something to do with it.

Badgers bring the big guns for Open Mic Cameron Tyson Arts & Culture Editor


hile the paint party was in full swing on Friday night, Brock’s GoLive musical group was hosting its own soiree just across the street. Isaac’s played host to ‘Badgers Got Talent’, an open mic night hosted by GoLive’s Kirk Danuco and propped up by performances from the GoLive band and Bridge 13 (a local band fronted by Brock student Isaac LeBlanc). GoLive has been helping put together events like this for the last couple of years, everything from open mic nights to charity events and even concerts downtown St. Catharines designed to promote artists from Brock’s own community. Momentum has really picked up recently

and the turnout for Friday’s event was beyond expectations. Aside from the two planned acts, a huge number of talented individuals from Brock’s student body, including performances from a number of singers, a drummer and several original songwriters. One of the highlights included Candice, whose two-song set opened with Evanescence’s ‘Bring Me to Life’ and closed with ‘I Just Can’t Wait to be King’ (yes, from The Lion King. It was incredible). But the best part of the night by far was the comradery of the Badgers who turned up. The audience showed nothing but support for the performers; people would walk up to the stage shy and nervous, but walk off to thunderous applause and praise. It can be difficult to find ways for such a


huge group of strangers to really connect in the way that the first week of university is designed to encourage. Knowing how to introduce yourself can be a struggle, no matter how encouragStolen Theatre Collective's production of Sabina's ing people can be. But the Badgers Splendid Brain opens this weekend. Experience Got Talent event achieved that on the production on stage in back-to-back weekend a huge scale; it broke the ice for a performances Sept. 14-23 at 7:30 p.m. bar full of people. I guarantee you that every single person in that bar Performances are held at the Marilyn I. Walker Theatre walked out with a new friend, which in the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and is something I find incredible. Performing Arts. GoLive is always creating opportunities for Brock students to showcase Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can and can be purchased their musical talents; keep an eye out through the FirstOntario Performing Arts for more events like this in the future! Centre box oofice.



Better Call Saul is better than ever Christina Morrison

Assistant Arts & Culture Editor


uch like Breaking Bad before it, Better Call Saul depicts the lives of two characters caught in opposite worlds and the things they have to do to get by; most of which are varying degrees of illegal. But there’s one character connecting these two polar opposite lives, and that thread has been spiralling both characters out of control since the show’s inception. The first few episodes of this season see protagonist Jimmy McGill dealing with the tragic death of his brother last season in a way viewers hadn’t anticipated: through complete apathy and blaming the untimely death of his brother on almost everyone else. It’s moments such as the normally pleasant Jimmy assuming a cold composure and using it to drop the guilt of Chuck’s death on a visibly broken Howard Hamlin that make Better Call Saul worth a full binge watch. In a few short seasons, we’ve seen not only the evolution of

the characters, but also of the show’s writing. Every little hidden detail is now proving itself to have purpose in a grander scheme. Even in the first five episodes of this new season, it’s evident this is not the type of show to be left on in the background while one mulls about their day. Better Call Saul demands engagement in order to piece everything together. The fourth season seems to be filled with more opening flashbacks than before. One such example is episode four, Talk, which opens with a little boy eagerly watching his faceless father pour concrete in the driveway. The upbeat music bringing this scene to life comes to a sudden halt as the father is revealed to be Mike Ehrmantraut, whose expressionless face fills the screen; suddenly, we’re watching him talk in a support group. For a breezy opener that seems to last only a few short seconds, it’s an important and heart-wrenching revelation for the character, as are many of the smaller scenes that pop up throughout the show. Better Call Saul makes an art out of showing

what the characters are feeling, rather than telling. In episode four, ‘Talk’, we see Jimmy turn down yet another job offer, this time at a cell phone store. It’s not too long in the day after the phone call when Kim suggests he should “talk to someone” to cope with the loss of his brother, and that’s when Jimmy calls the store back and asks if the job’s still on the table. The new job serves as the perfect distraction for not only Kim, but Jimmy as well; there’s no chance of him saying what’s on his mind, but an admission is written across his face in a montage of his lifeless new job. The bleak couple of scenes of him sweeping the floor and cleaning the cell phone displays are contrasted with another montage in the next episode, this time a lively one showcasing Jimmy in a matching tracksuit set slinging the prepaid flip phones no one else wants around the streets, advertising them as burner phones. It’s almost as if we were watching Jimmy McGill in the last episode, and Saul Goodman in this one. And, of course, it’s not what you’d think would come out of the story of

a shift supervisor in an empty store. This show has no concept of filler, and with such lively characters, it has no reason to. Despite frequent over the top antics, each more memorable than the last, the show’s heart is a cast of characters that feel like old friends, and seeing the ways they grow over time. While they often do things they wouldn’t have in a past season, they also offer believable reasons for such big changes. Here’s a simple man with dreams of being a big shot lawyer, doomed to become a sleazy, almost comedically unfeeling criminal lawyer (with an emphasis on criminal.) The sharp, well thought out writing makes the evolution from one to the other feel seamless and organic. Many television viewers thought Breaking Bad couldn’t be topped once it came to an end, but in three and a half seasons Better Call Saul has already shaped itself into a more complete vision with twists that’ll make sense in hindsight and characters that are believable enough to feel like home.

Acts we’d love to see at Isaac’s Cameron Tyson

Arts & Culture Editor


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lot of Badgers might think that you’d have to head downtown to see live music on a regular basis, but that’s not the case at all. Next time you’re in Isaac’s, take a gander at the far wall. See all those photos with names in the bottom corner? Those are all acts that have played right here. There are some astounding names up there, including some of the most popular bands to ever emerge out of Canada like Sloan and The Barenaked Ladies. But who should Isaac’s book next? Below is a list of bands, both realistic and a little far-fetched, that we think would be fantastic additions to the Isaac’s wall of fame. Big or little, these bands have real potential to get the crowd going. Ninja Sex Party Okay I know everything about that name put about half of you off, but please stick with me on this one. NSP is a comedy rock band that specializes in particularly silly comedy; song titles include “Dinosaur Laser Fight”, “Unicorn Wizard”, and “Ninja Brian Goes to Soccer Practice”. The humour is, admittedly, pretty stupid, but it’s delivered with such sincerity and heart that it’s difficult not to enjoy. It helps, too, that lead singer Danny Avidan has an incredible voice, that the band rocks, and that they have a huge selection of amazing 70s and 80s covers under their belt, from Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You” to Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me”. The Bae Beach Club Formerly called KNOW, this band from St. Catharines has been making some serious waves with their infectious surf music that oozes with ambient guitar brilliance and beyond-fun melody lines. Between two self-released EPs and a string of stellar shows (including the In The Soil festival earlier this year and the Cicada Festival in early October,) the Bae Beach Club are quickly proving themselves to be a fantastic addition to the local music scene. They know how to work a crowd and they’ve got the music to back it up. Get ready to turn Isaac’s into a beach party. Joey Landreth Hailing from out in Winnipeg, Landreth has been churning out some of the most heartfelt blues music of the decade since he formed the Bros. Landreth. He’s been solo since 2016, however, releasing the album Whiskey towards the end of that year, and is currently on tour with his new single “Forgiveness”. Not only is he one of

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the finest guitarists on the planet, but he’s also a stellar songwriter with a beautiful voice and an incredible sense of vocal harmony. It doesn’t really matter what music you listen to; you’re going to love what Landreth has to offer. Tessa Violet One of YouTube’s rising musical stars, Tessa Violet is on the verge of a huge creative rebirth. The more alternative, acoustic-focused music with which she earned a huge following is making way for big-production pop, without breaking a sweat or losing any of the heart. The title track from her new album Crush released a few months ago; it’s great fun, and between that and her wonderful 2016 EP Halloway, it seems Violet has truly found her voice which makes for a fantastic live show. Anavae Hailing from London, two-person band Anavae are one of the most exciting acts out there and I can’t wait for them to take over the world. Their music combines hard rock with aspects of modern pop and hip-hop production, resulting in a huge energy that’s hard to come by. With just two members, replicating the huge sounds of their records could be incredibly daunting, but they absolutely nail it. Between whacking the life out of giant orchestral drums and an absolute belter of a vocal performance, Anavae are a true force to be reckoned with. Fat Moth Another St. Catharines act, Fat Moth are a psychedelic dream. Between a full album release earlier this year, a summer tour and a string of festival performances, Fat Moth have been moving from strength to strength in the last year. They’re groovy. They’re fun. They rock hard and there’s a huge emotional core that makes their live sets incredibly moving. But what’s more, when given the chance, they make their concerts as collective as possible, inviting local artists to help decorate their venues and always looking for local talents to fill their supporting slots. They don’t just give you a concert, they provide an atmosphere. Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Again, a weird name, but a worth while listen. These guys groove hard, bringing a sorely needed burst of energy to ska/rock-style music. Their original music is inventive and joyous, with luscious guitar textures and an incredible sense of rhythm. Their live sets, however, also include covers that honour the originals without compromising the band’s own style. And that’s saying something: their covers include everything from Pink Floyd to songs from The Lion King. They’re an astounding performance to witness.

September 11, 2018




Brandon Currie continues upward climb with IceDogs Brendan Ballantyne Assistant Sports & Health Editor


n September 4, the Niagara IceDogs announced a promotion within their front office. A 2018 Brock Sport Management graduate, Brandon Currie, was on the receiving end of this promotion and will now be working with the team under the title of Assistant General Manager. At just 21 years of age, the Collingwood, Ontario native is now the youngest Assistant General Manager in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). It’s been a fast-track to this position for Currie, but that’s not to say the road has been an easy one. Currie says he’s known he’s wanted to work in hockey since he was nine years old. He spent time in rinks volunteering with the local junior team in Collingwood and shuffling back and forth between Owen Sound Attack and Barrie Colts games. When Currie came to St. Catharines in 2015 to attend Brock University, getting involved with the nearby IceDogs just made sense. The involvement with the IceDogs began right away for Currie as he started volunteering in minor roles with the team, which he described as “nothing glamorous”. Then the titles started to file in. Currie became an intern on the business side of the organization and he followed that up by getting involved in hockey

operations, doing scouting and analytics work, which led to a dual designation of Director of Analytics and Midget Scout. These were the hats he wore prior to last Tuesday’s announcement, and in sum, it’s been about a three-year journey within the organization to get to this point. This position was always something Currie had in mind. “I told our General Manager two years ago that this was my goal,” Currie said. “It’s something I was always vocal about, it’s something I wanted to work towards.”

When asked what this promotion meant for his future career goals, Currie was humble and professional and instead opted to focus on the present. “Our goal is to win the Memorial Cup in 2019. That’s what we’re working to-

Currie was gracious upon the mention of team General Man-

ager Joey Burke, stating that his willingness to give Currie responsibility was invaluable. “[He] was great, he was phenomenal. He really taught me a lot and continues to teach me a lot,” Currie said of Burke.

wards, anything beyond that I’ll deal with after that,” Currie said. “If you ask anyone else in the room we all have the same goal. Our team is built for this year. Our goal is to win the Memorial Cup in Halifax in 2019.” It seems unbelievable that a 21 year-old could have such a goal and play a major part no less, but Currie believes his age isn’t a

factor amongst elder colleagues. “I think the way hockey is trending and the way pro sports is trending, age is kind of becoming more irrelevant. I wouldn’t say age is a hurdle.” He referenced young executives in the current sports landscape that have diverged from the norm such as Chicago Cubs General Manager, Theo Epstein; Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager and Brock graduate, Kyle Dubas and Arizona Coyotes General Manager and Niagara native, John Chayka. “Respect is earned. I think if you’re professional and you take the time to speak to people, you’re honest, you put the hard work in, people recognize that and people respect you for that,” Currie stated. There hasn’t been a lack of hard work on this road. Currie articulated that these past few years haven’t been that of a typical university student. “You don’t have that University life, per se, where you’re out with friends or you’re out at bars or parties. There’s a lot of sacrifice to be made. If I wasn’t in the classroom, I was in the rink. If I wasn’t in the rink, I was scouting and if I wasn’t scouting, I was in the classroom and that was just my cycle.” Brandon Currie and the IceDogs open their season on Sept. 23 against the Mississauga Steelheads and play their home opener on Sept. 28 against the Kingston Frontenacs at the Meridian Centre in downtown St. Catharines.

Men’s soccer fall to Guelph

Photo credit: Mackenzie Gerry Jonah Dayton Assistant Sports & Health Editor


he Brock Badgers men’s soccer team lost to Guelph by a score of 5-2 on Saturday afternoon. The loss extends the Badger’s losing streak to three games, putting them at a 1-4 record, good for seventh place in their division. Brock got off to a good start, as forward Jared Agyemang scored a quick one just 11 minutes into the game. The goal, Agyemang’s second of the young season, comes against his former team of three years. The lead was short lived, however, as the Gryphons would take a 2-1 lead heading into halftime, with Mitchell Lefebvre and Jace Kotsopolous scor-

ing respectively for Guelph. Those two would strike yet again in the second half, as both scored their second of the day in a one minute span, pushing the lead to 4-1. The pair of goals for Kotsopolous gives him seven on the season, good enough to lead the league. That minute of play, realistically, sealed the win for the Gryphons, as Badger’s head coach Lucio Ianiero said the poor results came from self-inflicted wounds. “We gave up the ball in bad areas, we made some bad decisions, and they punished us. I think [Guelph’s] second goal was the same, where it dropped in front of our keeper and in behind our defender, and just kind of caught us off guard; a guy was left alone, and someone missed their mark,” said Ianiero. Arsen Platis cut the lead to 4-2 when he

scored his second of the season for the Badgers, however the Gryphons would tack on another insurance goal with four minutes to play, sealing the 5-2 win. The game was an incredibly physical one, as there were a combined 39 fouls in the game, and yellow cards were being handed out like candy on Halloween. “We know Guelph’s style of play, they’re always very direct, very physical, their compete level is at 110 per cent all the time, so on a smaller field such as ours, that kind of tends to come to the forefront. We can’t bow down to anybody and have too much respect for any team; the boys competed well, and its a physical game by nature,” said Ianiero. Guelph attacked the Badgers early, outshooting them 10-2 in the first half. More

times than not, the team with the most shots will be the team that comes out on top, which was evident in Saturday’s game, as the Gryphons finished the game with seven more shots than the Badgers. “Considering it was his [Agyemang’s] old team he was playing against, I thought he did well. He responded well to the physicality, and I just wished he had more opportunities to get some strikes on net,” said Ianiero. The Badgers will be on the road next Friday, where they’ll take on the McMaster Marauders. They won’t have to wait too long for a rematch, as the Badgers and the Gryphons will face off yet again on September 29.


Baseball and fastpitch kick off regular season

Brendan Ballantyne Assistant Sports & Health Editor


rock Badgers men’s baseball and women’s fastpitch both opened their season’s with a pair of doubleheaders. The men’s baseball team had a slow start against the Laurier Golden Hawks. In game one, starting pitcher Alex Nolan and the Badgers narrowly dropped the matchup by a score of 3-2. The Badgers staked a 2-0 lead, until Laurier chipped away and forced a 2-2 tie heading into the ninth inning. The Golden Hawks then won the game on a walkoff in the bottom of the ninth. In game two, the Badgers turned to Ryan Bench on the mound, but Brock couldn’t produce the offense needed to combat Laurier’s attack, and dropped the game 6-2. The next pair of games took place at the home

Assistant Sports & Health Editor


s the school term winds up, the weather’s getting colder and the days are getting shorter. With all the excitement and chaos surrounding this time of year, it can be easy to forget about one of the worst parts of the season: the flu. Here are 10 facts and myths about the flu so that you can be fully prepared to combat it this fall. Myth #1 — The flu isn’t that serious. Fact #1 — While it’s true for some people, the flu can just feel like a bad cold, for others it can be more serious. For individuals with a weakened immune system, the flu can be life threatening. According to the CDC, people who are at the highest risks of developing flu related complications include; children under five, seniors, pregnant women and individuals who suffer from chronic health issues (asthma, diabetes and heart diseases among others) that can be made more serious by the flu. Myth #2 — The flu shot can give you the flu. Fact #2 — The modern flu shot is produced

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of the Waterloo Warriors. The Badgers squeaked out a 1-0 victory in the first half of the doubleheader on the back of an incredible start from fourth year starting pitcher Derek Zwolinski. “I was definitely hitting my spots,” Zwolinski said. “[I] kept the hitters on their toes by mixing in off speed pitches for strikes.” Zwolinski also made mention that catcher Matt Cashburn played a big role by calling a great game. Zwolinski stifled the Warriors bats, breezing to a complete game shutout and earning the Badgers their first victory of the 2018 season. This start in particular had some additional meaning to Zwolinski as he pitched in the playoff loss a season ago against the Warriors that knocked the Badgers out of contention. “I definitely wanted to prove myself to me and my team. I want to be that guy this year,” Zwolinski said. Alex Emerson started game two of the double-

header, and he received more run support than he could’ve asked for as the Badgers bats finally woke up in a major way. They took down the Warriors 15-3 to complete the sweep of the doubleheader and closed the weekend with an even 2-2 record. Zwolinski believes that this opening weekend was a valuable one for the team. “We will have to battle out every inning to get those wins. But once we start to click as a unit we are going to be a scary team to play.” The Badgers host the McMaster Marauders in their home opener on September 15 at 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at George Taylor Field. The Badgers will also host the Ontario Blue Jays on Sept. 16 for an exhibition game starting at 1:00 p.m. The women’s fastpitch team also opened their season this past weekend as they took a road trip to Toronto. The first of two doubleheader matchups came against the Ryerson

Rams and the Badgers flew out of the gates strong on both sides of the ball picking up back to back wins of 6-2 and 12-2 to start their season on a positive note. Brock successfully maintained their winning streak by taking the first game against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. This game provided an incredible amount of offense, yet remained a tight matchup as the Badgers edged out a 15-14 victory. The very impressive weekend was soured in its final game as the Badgers ended up on the losing side of a close game this time, falling by a score of 7-6 to Toronto. The Badgers head back home with a sixgame homestand this weekend with a strong 3-1 record in their back pockets. The action-packed weekend opens up with a doubleheader against the Guelph Gryphons on Sept. 14 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. All games this weekend will take place at Lancaster Park.

in two ways, either containing a strain of the disease that is “inactivated” (not infectious) or without any flu virus at all. People who get the flu after getting the vaccine were likely infected before or directly after receiving the vaccine. Myth #3 — The flu vaccine works immediately Fact #3 — The body can take up to two weeks to build the necessary antibodies to fight influenza. If an individual is exposed to the virus in this time, they may develop the flu, despite having been vaccinated against it. Myth #4 — The flu vaccine is ineffective, so why bother? Fact #4 — The effectiveness of the vaccine varies from year to year but it usually averages somewhere between 40 per cent and 60 per cent. Some years the vaccines effectiveness has been as low as 10 per cent. Still, that’s better than nothing and no one can know for certain how effective a particular version of the vaccine is until the end of the flu season. It’s best to get the shot, odds are it will protect you better than not getting it. Myth #5 — I never get the flu, I shouldn’t bother getting the shot. Fact #5 — Many things can contribute to

how often someone does or doesn’t get the flu. While some people have naturally strong immune systems, that doesn’t mean they’re completely safe from the virus. Sometimes you might not get the flu because everyone around you has the flu shot, and so you haven’t been exposed to it. Myth #6 — I got the flu shot last year so I can skip this year’s Fact #6 — The flu changes every year. New strains develop that may be completely resistant to last year’s vaccine. Even if the antibodies remain in your system, they might be completely useless against this year’s strain of flu. Myth #7 — I have to have a fever to actually have the flu and be contagious. Fact #7 — You can have no symptoms at all and still be sick with the flu. Not everybody presents every symptom right away, and some people may become infected without realizing due to their relatively mild symptoms. Myth #8 — Flu season only lasts a couple months Fact #8 — the flu season typically begins in December and can last until May, that’s a good six months where you may be at risk of contracting the flu.

Myth #9 — Getting vaccinated is the only way I can prevent myself from getting the flu. Fact #9 — It’s true that getting the vaccine does help, and significantly lowers your risk of getting the flu, there are other measures that can be taken to reduce your risk even further. Washing and sanitizing your hands thoroughly is one of the most effective, particularly after touching doorknobs, faucets and any other commonly touched, communal objects. Myth #10 — I can get the flu by going out in snow Fact #10 — The only way that the flu can be contracted is through exposure to the virus, being cold on its own cannot make you sick. All in all, getting the flu sucks, especially when you’re a student with better things to do than lay in bed and feel bad all day. Get the flu shot as soon as it becomes available, with your doctor, at a local pharmacy, or at any public health clinic. After all, who wants to spend their free time sick in bed falling behind on class work?

Flu season facts and myths

Holly Morrison


September 11, 2018



Women’s soccer drop 1-0 decision to Gryphons


Photo credit: Mackenzie Gerry Jonah Dayton Assistant Sports & Health Editor brisk Saturday afternoon saw the Brock Badgers lose a 1-0 match to the Guelph Gryphons at Alumni Field. The loss, Brock’s second in a row, drops the Badgers to 2-2-1, while the first place Gryphons improve to 3-0-2. The main story of the game was the performance of Brock goalkeeper Marilena Spagnolo, who single hand-


edly kept the Badgers in the game. While the score shows a close one, the Gryphons were largely in control for the majority of the match. Spagnolo stopped a season high 10 out of the 11 shots she faced; in comparison, Guelph goalie Libby Brenneman stopped all two shots on net. Badgers head coach Kevin Trethowan had nothing but praise for his goalie. “It was a classic Spagnulo perfor-

mance,” said Trethowan. “Spagnulo is one of, if not the best keepers in the league. She kept us in the game with some big saves, we could’ve lost four or five nothing.” Her 10 saves propels her to 33 on the season; good for fourth in the league. Spagnolo took a hard hit late in the second half, and while shaken at first, remained in the game.

Brock women’s rugby dominate while the men lose to Waterloo Holly Morrison

Assistant Sports & Health Editor he Brock women’s rugby team was kept on their toes this Saturday in a game against Laurier. The Badgers ultimately triumphed 6917 over the Golden Hawks, but not without dedication and resilience from the entire team. The Golden Hawks had the Badgers playing defensively in the first half, challenging the team. The women buckled down and rose to the occasion, stealing the ball and getting their heads in the game. At halftime the score was 24-17, there was only a single try separating the two teams. The Badgers scored 45 unanswered points in the second half. At halftime the women talked about adjustments they could make to their game play which allowed them to shut down the Golden Hawks and play an offensive game. They took the game one phase at a time. Coach Stefanie Pavlovich complimented her team’s focus and intensity, observing the consistently high energy that the girls put into the game, even as they lead by several tries. Laurier played a strong game and the team is thankful to have started their season facing a team that has consistently shown up and posed a challenge. Captain, Kaitlyn Heyens provided strong leadership for the team and also earned herself one try for five points. Leading the team in scoring was Taylour Hourd who scored five tries


for 25 points, Meagan Hart and Lane Hessels were not far behind her with Hart kicking five conversions for 10 points and Hessels scoring two tries for 10 points. Hessels’ game looks particularly impressive when one stops to notice that this is her first year playing at the university level. Katelyn Heyens, Breanna Jeremiah, and Karenna Ottywill all scored one try each resulting in a collective fifteen points. Ottywill and Jeremiah are also first year students, adjusting well to the new experience of OUA rugby. The men also played a game this weekend, however they experienced very different results. They played a Sunday night game against Waterloo, which they lost 75-5. “The score says everything that there is to say. It is what it is,” said head coach Phil Sullivan. The young team expected to struggle early in the year but a loss of this magnitude shocked and disappointed them. Many of the team are in their first or second year with the team and Sullivan sees this loss as part of the process. He expects his fourth and fifth year students to step into leadership roles, guiding the younger students to achieve their full potential. One student who Sullivan believes has a great deal of potential is Devon Ollson. Ollson is in his first year with the team. He played rugby for his high school team last year and is still settling in to playing rugby at the university level. He played a strong dangerous game and Sullivan is excited to see how he’ll grow

in his time with the Badgers. Ollson played half the game and his performance was impressive. Ultimately the team sees this as a learning opportunity and a chance to grow. The team is always looking for ways to improve, after this loss, Sullivan says that it’s clear exactly what that is. The way that the team played was admirable, but ultimately factors both in an and out of the team’s control contributed to the crushing defeat. The men may not have come away from this game with a victory but they did come away with an opportunity to become a stronger team. A defeat like this could either break a team or bring them closer together. Sullivan hopes for the latter. This is an opportunity for the team to build character and see what kind of people their teammates truly are, and consequently, what kind of team they hope to become. The men and women will be playing back to back games next Saturday on the Varsity rugby field. The women will be playing Toronto at 1:00 p.m. and the men will be playing McMaster at 3:00 p.m.

“She’s an animal”, said Trethowan. The lone goal came with 40 seconds to play in the first half, when Spagnolo made the initial stop, but Gryphons forward Victoria Hinchliffe was able to score on the rebound. The Badgers put up five shots on Saturday, giving them just 11 combined shots in their last three games. Whereas they managed 24 shots over their first two games, including 14

against Waterloo, and 10 at Laurier. When asked about his team’s recent offensive struggles, Trethowan. “We need to start moving the ball quicker; today we gave Guelph an extra second (on defence).” The Badgers will look for their first win since August 25 when they take on the McMaster Marauders this Friday in Hamilton.


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Women’s lacrosse split, men struggle to maintain focus in exhibition

Holly Morrison


Assistant Sports & Health Editor

he men’s lacrosse team played an exhibition game against Western this past Friday. Neither team took this game particularly seriously, and coach Tim Luey called their gameplay “pretty sloppy” particularly with line changes. However, he didn’t seem to be seriously worried saying that it was “just a scrimmage,” and that surely the boys will fall back into the rhythm of the game by the time their regular season starts. The team played great defense against Western and Luey is sure that this will continue into the season. If the Badgers want to return to the top of the standings, they’ll have to buckle down and focus on their strengths and not take anything for granted. This exhibition game is just one step along the way to becoming the best team that they can be. Luey believes that they can grow to become the best team this season. They hope to recapture the dominant spirit that the program had in its early years, winning 17 championships in the 20 years between 1989 and 2009. The Badgers certainly have the talent to achieve this goal. Latrell Harris, who plays defense, spent the summer in Israel, helping Team Canada to defend the National field Lacrosse championship. Many of the players from last year’s team have returned to play this year which will allow them to spend less time focusing on building the chemistry necessary for a winning team, and more time focusing on tightening up their game and returning to the top of the CUFLA. Returning to the team are many of the players who have helped the Badgers make it to the finals in the past.

The Badgers lost fifth year student Brendan Slade, who has been a dominant force in the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association. The team will have to adjust to his absence. Slade served as Captain for the past few seasons and his gameplay was admirable. He set an example for the rest of his team, showing them what was expected and what was possible for them to achieve if they put their all into the game. Only time will tell if one of the returning players will step up to take on the role that Slade had for so long. The team has yet to adjust to new leadership, which may have contributed to their lackluster performance in the exhibition. The men will need to put all of their collective energies and talents into the rest of their season if they want to return to first place in the CUFLA. As the men worked out the kinks in their pre-season, the women began their regular season with two games on Saturday and Sunday. The Badgers lost 15-4 against Queens on Saturday and rallied to win 11-2 over UOIT. Queen’s is a tough competitor, already undefeated in their first three games of the season, the Badgers played well but ultimately Queen’s was able to outperform them to emerge victorious. The women’s program has performed consistently well over the past few years but have struggled to distinguish themselves as a serious contender. They finished last season with a respectable 7-6 record. The women have a tough season ahead of them. Their next game is on the Sept. 16 at 8:30 a.m. against Guelph, and then against Western on the same day at 1 p.m. The men start their season on Sept. 15 at home against Laurier, at 7:00 p.m. they play Guelph on the road the next day on the 16 at 1:00 p.m.

September 11, 2018


this week in sports

Isabelle Cropper Managing Editor idelines from September through until week one in January revolves around results of college football games, coach or manager firings, major trades, and so forth. Today is different. Today, one event, a few moments, and two extremely talented female athletes are taking the spotlight in Sidelines: Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka at the US Open final. Quite frankly, the emotion at the US Open final was the most I have ever seen watching a tennis match of any level. Now, granted, I don’t watch enough tennis for my observation to mean much, but I think plenty of people would agree it was a match that will be talked about for years to come. Serena Williams’ confrontation with the official was an emotional one. I understand the side of the argument that is — be accountable for your actions during a game/match. What I don’t understand is people who have an issue with Williams saying that she has seen men argue with officials and not face any penalty for doing so — and somehow her sticking up for equality is an issue. Williams is right in sticking up for the fact that women still get treated differently in sports. It doesn’t matter if it’s women’s or men’s — the old age thinking that women shouldn’t play sports or that women shouldn’t be allowed to fight in sports because it’s not ladylike … while we’re certainly passed the idea that women should not play sports, and have gotten to a point where the debate is now whether or not men should have fighting, there is still inequality in sports. It’s evident, and good on Serena Williams for speaking her mind. To add to the off court drama, Naomi Osaka was being booed at the podium while being presented her US Open championship, and Serena


got on the microphone to tell the crowd how well her opponent played. Though Williams lost the match, she had a lot of wins as an athlete and advocate for women’s sports, and she had a big win for sportsmanship. In the college football world this weekend, Clemson beat Texas A&M in a narrow 28-26 game that put the Aggies at 1-1, and Clemson at 2-0. While the records don’t mean much, and, a lot can happen the rest of the way, Clemson has put themselves in a good spot to make the CFP if they make the ACC championship game and win. Jimbo Fisher’s former team in Tallahassee did not have such a great weekend. Though they are also 1-1, they were destroyed by Virginia Tech on Labour Day, and barely escaped FCS Samford. Not Stanford. Sam-ford — Samford. Willie Taggart’s team is not off to the best start, but hey, Jimbo went 5-6 in his final season in Tallahassee, so Taggart still has plenty of chances to outdo last season. Notre Dame was underwhelming against Ball State — a MAC team, only putting up 24 points and giving up 16 in what was a much closer contest than it should have been. While the win over Michigan was good, the Irish certainly haven’t made much of a statement after week two. Ole Miss gave up 41 points to Southern Illinois in an unsatisfying 76-41 win. The Rebels defense was atrocious, and in for their biggest challenge of the season week three against number one ranked Alabama. While the Rebels offense has managed to put up 123 points in two games, their defense has shown no sign that they are ready for the likes of Tua Tagovailoa and the Tide offense — who through two weeks — have put up 108 points, with a defense who have only given up 21 points in that same span.

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