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What’s Inside The Meaning of Metal: the importance of emotional expression in music, pg. 5 Athletes in Business: a new initiative for Bishops University Commerce Society, pg. 6 Dataeasthetics: The Foreman Art Gallery’s new exhibit by Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens, pg. 8 Bell Let’s Talk: Mental Health and Wellness Week begins with back to back basketball game, pg. 12
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Mental Health Week Takes Over Bishop’s Mental Health and Wellness Week is back for 2019. This is a yearly event at Bish-op’s that allows students and faculty to spark a conversation about mental health, break the stigma around mental illnesses, and familiarize oneself with mental health issues that many experience alone. The week kicked off with the Gaiters at the annual Bell Let’s Talk basketball games to host the McGill Martlet’s and Redmen on Saturday Jan.26th, 2019. Monday focused on the theme of mental health, family, and recovery, and Connor Morand (a musician and speaker) was invited to give a talk titled “Make Lemonade: Overcoming Adversity and Finding Peace During Stress.” Connor has been using his music to share his message as well as his story, which he shares in his talk. Before that, however, Connor also led a Mental Wellness workshop, speaking on how to recognize signs of mental illnesses, taking time for yourself, and being more empathetic, rather than sympathetic. Tuesday’s theme was centred around sexuality and care packages for safe sex were provided in the SUB. A self-defence workVICTORIA DE MOREL News Editor
shop was offered and will be offered again on Friday, as well as SEXed with an intimacy card game by Champlain Regional College and a bystander intervention training, to learn how to be an active bystander when witnessing assault. Wednesday is Bell Let’s Talk and Community Day. Bell Let’s Talk Anti-Stigma Campaign will be as usual in the SUB to move the discussion forward followed by community booths for questions about resources for mental health and more casual activities such as the chill room and the collage and mixed media workshop. Don’t be afraid to engage in loaded discussions as you relax through these artistic activities. Thursday, self-care and treatment leaves place for Bishop’s students to open up as Melissa Major, a psychology and fine arts student, will talk of her experience attending week-long mental health practitioner seminars and Iskandara Sadek will share her talk “The Bumpy Road to Recovery.” To get to hear from a Bishop’s student is an admirable example of openness, transparency, and bravery. The day will end with a talk from our very own Dr. Stine Linden Andersen, Dean of
Student Affairs. The last day, Friday, titled Wellness Day, reserves more opportunities to relax and learn. The Zoo-Animation by Toutous-Poilus is always long awaited by Bishop’s students for a chance to pet some dogs, bunnies, and even chicks. Bishop’s nutritionist Cora Loomis will give a talk on “Nourishing our Bodies through Kindness, Trust and Respect” to discuss about restrictive eating and more food topics that will leave you with tips and strategies to continue living a healthier lifestyle and create a better relationship with food. Learn to make sushi with chefs from Sodexo and do some yoga with Dr. Adrianna Mendrek, chair and professor of the psychology department. All in all, this week is full of wonderful resources to educate the BU community on mental health as well as provide opportunities for us all to be more open, both in terms of our own struggles and in our acceptance of others’ struggles. Year after year, the Mental Health Week attempts to further dissociate people from stigmatic thoughts on mental health. Check out ubishops.ca or the posters around campus for specific dates and locations where the events will take place.
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Sally Armstrong, Journalist and Women’s Rights Activist at Bishop’s The first Donald Lecture of the Winter Semester is on its way as Sally Armstrong prepares to enter Bishop’s Arches. Born in 1943, Sally Armstrong is a Montréalaise journalist, author, and human rights speaker. She has been called “the war correspondent for the world’s women” for the work that she has done and that she continues to do for women internationally. After receiving a Bachelor of Education from McGill, she worked as a Phys Ed and English teacher before starting to write for Canadian Living magazine, where she gained her first journalistic experience. Unsatisfied with recipes and fashion articles, Armstrong began to lend her voice to women who didn’t have one. Inspired by women’s stories, Armstrong travelled to conflict zones to interview girls and women to listen to their stories and fight to tell those to the world as she explored some of the most challenging women’s issues that plague these individuals’ lives. Some of her assignments include the story of two teenage prostitutes in Somalia and her reports on women in Afghanistan. More recently, in 2017, she’s traveled to Iraq, Kenya, and Afghanistan. She won the Dave Greber Award for Social Justice and was promoted to Officer of the Order of Canada. To move from recipes to women’s rights was challenging as a new writer, but Armstrong has proved that women not only have voices and stories to share but want to hear about these issues too. Her engagement and drive compelled those around her to realize that the work she was about to embark on would give her a chance to pursue more dangerous and demanding assignments. Her first major assignment profiled Sister Theresa Hicks in British Columbia, with whom she keeps contact with today, a lay sister looking into improving the conditions of life of the people of Monrovia, Liberia. She was allowed to take on this assignment and flew to Liberia where she witnessed for the first time and firsthand women’s struggles in impoverished countries. Though the magazine already took on women’s issues, Armstrong took it further by taking on international issues. She made the magazine that much more important by writing about difficult issues such as female genital mutilation in Senegal and other women’s issues in impoverished countries. After deciding to leave Homemakers, Armstrong went back to university to pursue a Master of Science degree from the University of Toronto where she wrote a thesis on human rights, women, and health in hopes of eventually working for Amnesty International or the Human Rights Watch. She also contributed to Maclean’s and Chatelaine. She has since worked as a freelance writer, allowing her to engage with new mediums to promote her stories, and working on documentary films on women’s rights. In terms of her career choices, Armstrong is an example for all as she chose to leave jobs that served her well to pursue ambitious interests. Even as she reached the top, prospects of new ventures inspired her. Rather than promoting herself as an editor, she played on her strengths and was able to work on many different projects rather than restrict herself to one position throughout her professional life. Armstrong has received many awards, telling of the work that she has done over the course of her impressive career, including the Achievement Award for Human Rights for Women received from Jewish Women International in 1997. She is a multiple time Amnesty International Media Award winner for her article “Honour’s Victims” in Chatelaine magazine in 2000 and again in 2011 for the article “Speaking their Peace.” She also won the World of Difference Award from the International Alliance for Women in 2005, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Journalism Foundation in 2008, as well as many more. To have her come and speak at Bishop’s is a gift, a one-time opportunity that you should not miss. You can follow her journey at sallyarmstrong.com to find out more about where her assignments have taken her in preparation for her talk at the Centennial Theatre on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. I hope to see you there. I, for one, would not want to miss it for the world. VICTORIA DE MOREL News Editor
A Brief Study on Success
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Donald Trump’s Transgender Ban in Effect President Trump’s ban of transgender people serving in the military has been approved by the Supreme Court, marking a major step back in transgender individuals’ rights since the end of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in 2011, barring openly LGBTQ+ people from the military. Brazil Dam Burst Incident A dam burst at an iron ore mine in Brazil on Friday, Jan. 25th causing 34 casualties. At least 300 people are currently still missing after a torrent of mud was unleashed, burying the town of Brumadinho. Mexico Pipeline Explosion In Mexico, a pipeline explosion caused the deaths of 114 people with 33 others remaining in hospital. The illegal pipeline leaked gasoline, leading to a fire in the town of Tlahuelilpan on Jan. 18. The death toll continues to rise as 46 more individuals died from their injuries. Patients remaining in hospital run risks of kidney infections, as well as cardiovascular and respiratory systems issues due to the inhalation of scalding air. Harvey Weinstein’s New Attorney’s Claim of His Client’s Innocence Harvey Weinstein’s attorney, whose client was arrested for numerous counts of rape and sexual assaults, claims former film producer is innocent of all charges, after Weinstein’s request for a legal team change was approved by a judge. Harvey Weinstein is scheduled to appear on trial in May. Still No Charges for Former RCMP Doctor in Sexual Assault Cases The charges against former RCMP doctor have still not been filled after officially a year since 130 men and women stepped forward in Halifax, accusing said doctor of sexual assault over the course of 22 years. Despite the numerous accusations, news of the criminal investigation shows no progress nor end in sight. Roger Stone Pleads Not Guilty Roger Stone, Donald Trump’s advisor and confidant, has announced his innocence plea following his arrest Friday for obstruction, false statements, and witness tampering.
I’ve been thinking a lot about success lately. While organizing an event about the unconventional nature of academic success, I have had to constantly redefine and work out what I believe success is. But it feels like as soon as I try to pin it down, it slips through my fingers, and I think that’s okay. First, simply thinking of the word “success” elicits its impossible social implications which construct a vast concept. Success is something that most of us seem to want. We want to be successful. We buy books about achieving it, attend seminars, wear expensive clothing, and go to university. So why is it so hard to define, elusive to gain, but forced upon everyone anyway? We all seem to know it intuitively; is it not fairly easy to objectively identify successful people? Universally, the success of people like Julius Caesar, Nelson Mandela, and J.K. Rowling seems to be accepted. Yet what is the thing that ties together an ancient statesman, an African activist, and a British author? Their lives vary vastly in gender, ethnicity, and content, yet are measured or deemed successful all the same. When we see success in the media, it is often represented by material objects and the reactions they receive from others. Success is sold to us as the Gatsby-esque character in media with his expensive suit, charming looks accompanied by the crowd’s buzzing whispers, and the unremitting focus on his “success.” This is where I think the problem arises in our cultural narrative of success. We think towards the visual products of success rather than towards success itself. If we return to my short list of successful people, we can notice that the fame and wealth (if any) they received, followed the particular actions they made. If this holds true, wealth and notoriety are the secondary products of success rather than success itself. Success thus doesn’t turn out to be any object at all, and neither is it the acceptance of others. Success seems to be the realization of self and its pursuit. What brings together the lives of Julius Caesar, Nelson Mandela, J.K. Rowling is the harnessing and implementation of will to achieve. A statesman wanted political domination. A young man wanted to change the lives of his countrymen. A single mother had a story to tell. Though they were able to make what they wanted come to life, it is only by following their aims that they were able to have wealth or status in history. There is only so much wealth in the world and only so many people to impress. Not every successful person is going to have a flashy job, fame, a beautiful body, or money. If you want success, here’s the two cents my grandmother gave me: “Whatever you do, do it good. If you’re going to be a bank robber, might as well be a good one.” JOSHUA HOEKSTRA Contributor
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The Party Paradox To party or not to party? This is the imperative question that the Bishop’s student population often asks itself. The answer to such a question is typically made in the beginning weeks of one’s first year and is sustained throughout one’s total duration at the university. It is the primary influence that dictates how one will spend their time at Canada’s number two party school. While the party lifestyle is certainly encouraged, I wish to emphasize the importance of self-awareness – something I wish I had realized sooner. On the surface of the instinctual mind lies a gruelling temptation that Freud calls “the pleasure principle.” The motive of this compelling force is to seek comfort over pain and to ultimately attain happiness in the present. For some, going to the bar incorporates a heap of anxiety and utter humiliation. Yet others may find solitude at the same bar to escape the confines of their own minds. Despite the subjective nature of pleasure, there is a fundamental need for it. The paradox of partying could be illustrated as an equation: Intoxication + Connection+One night = A hangover + Memories. There is a cost to partying – one good night will cost you a hangover, Dominoes, and a tarnished morning. Moreover, the accumulation of such costs may render poor health and diminished academic success. Comparatively, the real value of partying bears a priceless outcome, resulting in cherished social NICK BARIBERI Contributor
connections and everlasting memories. To truly benefit from partying, the memories recovered must outweigh the inevitable lethargy they attribute. Albeit, this is where contradiction stems from – only the individual can identify if the party was worthwhile, and who is to say we know what is best for us? Consider the phrase, “I am having fun.” What does this really mean? Well, ‘to have’ is ‘to be in possession of’; thus the phrase actually writes, “I am in possession of fun.” The unfortunate ethos of the perpetual pleasure seeker is more along the lines of “fun is in possession of I.” This motif is deeply embedded in the soil of the party environment, where the fear of missing out (FOMO – sound familiar?) prevails health and well-being. Ironically, this lifestyle results in less pleasure in the long run, and the payout is a lack of personal development. Nobody wants to miss out on fun! Yet even when you do find the courage to retreat in hopes of preserving any reminisce of vitality, the lingering guilt will stain your conscience and you will still remain lethargic: “Ah! The Dominoes delivery driver is at the door!” Excessive intoxication is, for some, a form of escapism, whereby the individual is running from something that will not stop chasing them. This self-defeating prophecy will inherently morph into loneliness and misery. The paradox now enlarges. The need to escape directly matches the need to party. I am sure you have all witnessed some accounts of your
friends (or yourself) pushing the body to the absolute brinks of inebriation. There is usually an underlining
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motive or fear. I do not write this to discourage or influence anyone in any way; I am merely stating the rationality behind partying. God forbid Bishops were not a party school. It is the driving force behind BU’s unmatched sense of community. Evidently, happiness sought through partying is not sustainable. Yet the memories recalled may certainly uphold profound meaning and depth. The paradox of partying is simple: to live a life of intoxicated bliss, without the hangover.
Grade Transparency: Give the Students What They Want If you’re a Bishop’s University student, I’m sure you’re all aware of the ‘required’ website, Moodle. But how many of our professors actually use it to its full potential? As a second-year student, I am disappointed that most of my professors do not use Moodle to display my grades. While I do receive graded assignments and exams back, it would be helpful for me to have a one-stop shop for everything. After conducting some research, I have found that I’m not the only student who feels this way. I recently posted a poll on Facebook that asked: “do your professors post your grades on Moodle?” to which only two students responded “yes.” Another poll on Facebook asked the question: “do you want your professors to post your grades on Moodle?” to which 97% of the students replied “yes.” The differentiation between the responses to these two questions is disheartening. I interviewed two students to get a deeper understanding of this problem. Tameka Briggs and Sarah Lowe are second-year students who both agree that Moodle should be used to track grades. On top of the busy schedules that we have as students, grades should not be an added stress. Lowe states: “if my grades were posted online, I’d know how good I’d need to do next time, and it’ll motivate me to do better.” Not only does meeting with professor cause a certain level of anxiety for some students, but it is not a necessary means for everybody. Briggs, an education student, admits that grades posted “should be out of courtesy and what comes with being a professor.” In this modern day of technology, is it so crazy to want a single platform for all of our information? JESS LAPENNA Features Editor
Scosha Merovitz, a professor here at Bishop’s, agreed to be interviewed about this topic. Merovitz is one of my few professors who stays up to date with posting grades on Moodle. She has been a part of the Bishop’s community for 20 years now as both a teacher and a tutor. When asked if she posts her students’ grades on Moodle, she replied: “yes, but I often use excel spreadsheets to calculate grades.” She went on to say that Moodle is very confusing to use. This raises the question if the university should provide workshops to assist professors, instead of relying on online help pages. Merovitz admitted that if she were a student and did not receive her grades back that she wouldn’t be happy about it. Getting feedback is a very important part of student success and professors need to acknowledge that. However, Merovitz suggested that students should ask their professors on syllabus day that they post their grades online. I reached out to five professors who I know for a fact don’t use Moodle’s grade page and, unfortunately, received no responses for an interview. Based on the high responses from my Facebook poll, grade tracking can be seen as a problem across the student body and maybe the university should enforce stricter protocols to provide these services when it comes to student’s success and needs.
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The Meaning of Metal The musical genre metal can be described as a form of rock music that includes a group of related styles that are “intense, virtuosic, and powerful” (loud!). However, metal cannot be defined – for can we really define emotion? All music of true substance is simply an expression of pure emotion. Metal is emotion in one of its most pivotal forms because it invokes that of “wrath.” This emotion is on an equally powerful spectrum as that of love. When this kind of emotion is attached to something personal, it allows the listener to experience wrath and confine it in a positive way. It can be seen that individuals who listen to metal have more fulfillment in their lives. Metal fans can control both the dark and light energy of their emotions while functioning in society. It is easy for metal and its fans to be misinterpreted within society; people fear what they do not understand. “Metal Heads” are not all sadists; and no, most of them do not worship Satan. Metal fans are, for the most part, functioning and contributing members of society. Metal artists themselves come from extremely interesting backgrounds. Such individuals are virtuoso musicians who can share an appreciation for almost all music. They choose to focus on metal so that they may challenge themselves, but also to progress the standard and IAN SCHRODER Contributor
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inspiration of music in time. The underlying theme of darkness that society fears across all types of metal is no more than the result of creative visioning. Whether or not you appreciate the dark art concepts surrounding metal, fans are not intimidated by it because there is a mutual understanding for its effective marketing. The common association to darkness that metal emits has a negative impression on outsiders, so that it is harder for them to “jump on the band wagon.” For those who are brave enough to look inside and embrace metal for the music of what it truly is, they can find a community like none other. When
two metal fans meet, the respect and/or love of their relationship is boundless. At the end of the day, they can both share an appreciation for a supernatural phenomenon – supernatural in the sense that if you were to somehow mass broadcast any genuine metal song a few hundred years ago, it would be so intense that everyone would sh*t themselves assuming the worst of an apocalypse. With recognition of the abnormality of metal comes much gratitude for you and your peer’s presence in time. In crowds of what would appear to be delinquents, you can find some of the most interesting and accomplished people you could ever meet. The inclusive community of metal is comparable to few. It is a rather loud home without a roof and has the potential to break barriers between race, gender, and almost all societal cleavages beyond belief, because it supports all who just “show up.” All music is essentially emotion; it is one of the few non-abstract and real things in this world. Metal is strong and should not be undermined. It reminds society of the importance of emotional expression and the containment of wrath. More of its influence would allow more music as well as other art forms to flourish. It is convincing to believe, I’d like to suggest, that this musical genre is the ultimate future of popular culture.
An Apathetic Maple Leaf: The Unfinished Discussion of Beverley McLachlin’s The Donald Lecture Series’ purpose is to “provide insight, provoke thought, and stimulate debate on the most compelling issues and events in the world today.” Unfortunately, this was not the case with the the Right Honorable Beverley McLachlin’s lecture on Nov. 14, 2018, because Bishop’s University had not implemented an opportunity for its students to engage critically with the rhetoric of McLachlin’s lecture— “respecting diversity.” MORGAN COHEN Contributor
McLachlin has a history of defending minorities, basing her defence on Canada’s Charter of Rights, as well as speaking out against “cultural deprivation.” She spoke of topics that many of us have learned in our classes, such as Canadian history, socio-cultural integration, and the importance of diversity—but I believe the rhetoric she used uncharacteristically misrepresented realities of Canadian society. In doing so, she invalidated possible opinions we might have had because of the way she framed her narrative. A thought I had while listening to her lecture of Canada’s emphasis on respecting diversity is: “Why reference the Syrian refugees instead of the Indigenous?” I
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don’t accredit this oversight on her, but I do think it is important for it to be a part of the conversation, and I am disappointed that she didn’t challenge Canada’s “reconciliation” towards the Indigenous because that would have evoked more questioning regarding Canada’s past and current actions. During the question period I also critiqued her use of the word “Indian,” which is not nitpicking, as it is a colonial term and viewed by many as derogatory: whether or not she felt like the term was used appropriately, as
that was the term that was used “back then,” is not the point. She was talking to students who might not know much—or anything at all—about social-political issues surrounding Indigenous cultures and people, and so by speaking to the next generation of leaders and using the word “Indian” uncritically, she’s giving it another life. As a former Chief Justice, as a representative of the Canadian Judicial system, as someone who was the first to call out what happened to the Indigenous a form of cultural genocide, and as someone coming to a liberal arts university to teach impressionable students about her expertise, she needs to be held accountable for the rhetoric she uses. Indeed, her credentials are impressive; she’s both the first woman and the longest person to have served as Chief Justice, but that does not make her automatically right. The lecture is a means of presenting a perspective and not treating that singular perspective as the absolute truth. As students, we have to realize that not everyone has the answers and that humility is a virtue. It is our job to both question and be critical of those who’ve come before us, because without challenging the status quo, there can be no progress.
Note to Readers: When the question of Justice McLachlin’s use of the term Indian was raised during Q&A following the lecture, she responded by saying “Well we have an Indian Act, which is a law, and we have National Indian Federations, but we have to recognize that language changes and ‘Indian’ is not my preferred word. I prefer to use the term ‘indigenous people’ but when talking about when I was a little girl that’s the way it was and I was telling you a story. It would have been phony to say ‘we went to the reserve and talked about indigenous people’ because it was not then. But I take your point, I think we should use the most respectful terms we can and we should avoid anything that causes any suffering or embarrassment or harm or in anyway suggests something negative, and I apologize if I did. But I thought I did it in the context of the Indian Act, which is an Act in Canada”.”
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Hoy Brings Attention to Athletes in Business Being a student athlete isn’t always easy. Balancing sports, academics, extracurricular activities, and a social life is a workout in itself, but luckily, student athletes don’t go unrecognized at Bishop’s University. One way BU acknowledges its athletes is through a new project called Athletes in Business, by Bishop’s University Commerce Society. Created 30 years ago, BUCS is a student-run organization with the goal of enhancing the experiences of students who are in the Williams School of Business. The Athletes in Business project leader, Gillian Hoy, is a graduating student of BU’s business school and the director of human resources for BUCS. When asked the reasoning behind the creation of Athletes in Business, Hoy responded: “The idea for Athletes in Business came purely from a place of empathy, respect, and pride for student athletes who give it their all, on and off the field [and] court.” This program was put in place after a brief conversation between the BUCS’s president, TJ Smith; VP of human resources, Lauren Lambert; and Gillian Hoy, about the difficulties that student athletes face every day. The four key objectives of the Athletes in Business program are to strengthen the relationship between BRONWEN HOLDER Contributor
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BUCS and students, to get to know some of the athletes in the business program, to understand students’ views regarding academic achievement and athletics, and to support athletes by featuring them on the BUCS’s Instagram and Facebook pages. BUCS is using its social media platforms as a way of showcasing its support for student athletes by giving them the recognition they deserve. While researching how varsity sports impact the mental
health of student athletes, BUCS found that a greater number of students had experienced mental health issues than originally suspected. A variety of research showed the reoccurring words of “overwhelmed,” “underperforming,” “anxiety,” and “loneliness.” With mental health affecting so many people at Bishop’s, BUCS wanted to show them how proud they are of them and to say “we’re all struggling with similar things, regardless of if you’re an athlete, a mathlete, or whatever!” In starting this new project, BUCS is able to support every student who is in enrolled in The Williams School of Business. As this initiative is relatively new, this semester will be focused on how BUCS will be able to provide student athletes with more support in the future. Thus far, however, the project has received nothing but positive feedback from its participants. Something as simple as an Instagram shout-out can be a confidence boost as well as a rewarding experience for many. With this said, Gillian Hoy adds, “ideas have been floating around regarding next year’s goals for the project. There are many exciting opportunities that this project may bring to students. Stay tuned!” Follow us on Instagram: @BUCSONLINE
What Joining a Sorority Actually Means When I first started at Bishop’s University, heart health of which a Canadian Institution is I was flipping through my agenda when I a finalist this year. In 2018, Alpha Phi launched stumbled across a small blurb about Alpha Phi. I had no idea the Canadian Alpha Phi Foundation, which that we had a sorority on campus, but as I learned more about it, supports Canadian Alpha Phi members with their I found that I loved everything that it stands for. undergraduate and graduate educations. Unfortunately, since sororities get such a bad rep in movies, I Further, the sorority is proud to announce that wasn’t initially sure if joining was for me. Nevertheless, I decided it is expanding and recruiting new members! to give it a shot and attended all the recruitment events that Alpha Phi has various roles to fill and it is looking Alpha Phi was hosting. Soon after that, I discovered that my for women who share the group’s values and assumptions were wrong. passions. The organization currently has members From its conception, the sorority’s values of leadership, who also serve as executive members of other character development, service, loyalty, scholarship, and clubs, are volunteers for the fashion show, work as sisterhood have been clear. This was a group of women who teacher and research assistants, and even manage wanted to strive individually, as well as collectively. And from Doolittle’s. It’s comprised of a diverse group of the first day, I felt accepted. women who all strive for excellence. Two of the main advantages of joining an international Members of Bishop’s Alpha Phi Chapter. Photo Courtesy of As for me, I have met women from all over Courtney Burnham, Bishop’s Alpha Phi President. sorority (in addition to the friendships one can make) are the North America who continue to support me to networking and leadership opportunities. I am proud to share this day; amazing people whom I would have that over the last two years, Alpha Phi’s chapter at Bishop’s has won awards at an never met at Bishop’s otherwise. I even met my best friend through Alpha Phi! My international level and has been recognized for its membership recruitment efforts and journey has been a blessing which I would love to share with others. If you are uncertain the programs it puts into place for the health and safety of its members. I have had the about joining a sorority, think of my story and all the opportunities we have to offer. I opportunity to represent Bishop’s at several conferences held across the United States. promise you will not regret it. For these events, I have traveled to Arizona, New Jersey and Indiana. This February, I Finally, I want to thank Bishop’s University for letting Alpha Phi flourish and grow on will also be traveling to Georgia with members of our executive council. its campus. This international organization has provided so many possibilities for all of An often overlooked aspect of sorority life is its involvement with philanthropy. its members locally and internationally. Over the past year, Alpha Phi has had the pleasure of working with the Lennoxville and Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you want to learn more about Alpha Phi or if District Women’s Centre by collecting items and clothing for women in need in the you are interested in joining us. I would love to hear from you. You can send an email to local community. The sorority also raises money for the Alpha Phi Foundation which email@example.com or message me on Facebook! goes towards scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students, personal grants for times of crisis, leadership training, and a community and research grant for women’s COURTNEY BURNHAM Contributor
Jay Peak For Sale Jay Peak, a ski resort years ago due to an alleged 800 defrauded located fewer than two hours foreign investors. Nevertheless, the team’s away from Bishop’s University, is said to be going performance has not stifled. This is because Jay on the market. However, it’s safe to say that no employees seem to care about their jobs more matter who acquires the resort, the Jay culture and than those of other resorts. Several news outlets laid-back lifestyle will remain intact. have failed to make a distinction between the Jay Peak offers a wide variety of recreational successful operations of the company and the activities during both the winter and summer. wrongdoings of the former CEO. While this has There’s a water park, hockey rink, golf course, changed the public’s perception of the resort and soccer fields, hiking trails, movie theatre, climbing its employees alike, the crisis has brought the walls, and some of the best skiing in the East community and its loyal guests closer together. with plenty of glades and mountainous terrain to Through the leadership of the general manager, explore. The value of the resort is much different Steve Wright, some may argue that the resort is from your typical mountain getaway, which is in a better position now than it was before the traditionally limited to on-mountain activities, SEC took action. Photo courtesy of jaypeakresort.com with speculations of a sale prices ranging between Jay Peak is still the same small ski town that $60 million and $200 million. The resort is guests and locals have grown to love so much expected to be purchased before next winter, but over the years. The quality service and guarantee the real foundation of Jay Peak comes from the high energy and spirit of the employees of making great memories remain, and prices are still affordable as large groups and who are excited to see what comes their way. A new acquisition doesn’t necessarily school trips are both welcome and valued. While boosting guest and staff morale has mean that major changes will be made instantly; rather, it makes room for new ideas not been an easy task, the shared mindset of the community and guests will make sure and opportunities to flourish. to honour the past while at the same time looking forward to a bright and snowy future. The resort was seized by the Securities and Exchange Commission nearly three BRITNI MALMAY Contributor
How to Prep for Winterfest 2019 Every year Bishop’s students put on their best fur coats and 80’s snow gear to partake in the time-honoured tradition that is Winterfest. Whether it is your first time at the event, or you’re a seasoned veteran, we have the best tips and tricks to make this year the best one yet! In the days leading up to Winterfest, it is vital that you get ahead on all your readings and assignments that are due the following week, because trust us, you won’t be doing it on Sunday. Not only will you really not feel like doing your work on Sunday but remembering all the stuff you have to get done is one way to ensure bursting into tears mid-rail jam. Next, you’re going to want to make sure you don’t stay out too late after Happy Hour at the Gait. Although it’s tempting to “full-send” and “giver” every Thursday night, you have a full weekend ahead of you and need some beauty sleep. Same goes for Friday night at animal. Have fun but don’t stay out too late and miss all the morning festivities to come on Saturday. Make sure you plan ahead for Saturday morning, because we already know you ignored that last tip and stayed out too late last night. Having a pre-planned breakfast plan is important. Organize a boozy brunch with your friends and keep it simple. Purple pancakes are a fun idea, but they always taste like crap and leave a huge mess. Frozen hash browns are your best friend for this scenario. If you’re struggling to drink alcohol at MOLLY SWEENY Contributor
9:00am, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Mimosas are God’s gift to day drinkers. Buy premade ones or make your own! Thank us later. Our next tip is the most important. Check the weather forecast and layer, layer, layer! Rail jam is always colder than expected and you really don’t want to spend any more time in NoPo than you absolutely have to. So, wear multiple layers of pants and sweaters under your funky gear. Time to accessorize! Sunglasses are essential. They’ll help shield you from the blinding snow and also hide those bags under your eyes (again, we know you ignored that tip). Warm winter boots are also important, so you can dance at the red bull tent until it’s time for Pizzaville. When you’re done at rail jam, it’s time to carb load, hydrate and nap... if you dare. This part is personal preference. The nap will either make you feel 10x better or 10x worse. This is just trial and error, so good luck. Last but not least, get ready for the concert! Power hour with redbull until you feel like a human again and then get back into your snow gear. So, there you have it, our survival guide to Winterfest. We leave you with the most important tip of all; DON”T FORGET YOUR TICKETS AND ID. Have a safe and happy Winterfest Gaiters! P.S: This all comes from bitter experience.
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Truly Liberal Art: 3rd Annual Bishop’s University Arts Festival Expands the Arts Community on Campus If there’s an underrated aspect of the campus community at Bishop’s that goes unmentioned in the recruitment pamphlets, I would have to say it’s the colourful, plentiful arts community. Arts students and those from other disciplines alike have aimed to change this over the last few years by rolling out the Bishop’s University Arts Festival. The 3rd Annual BUAF ran this week from Jan. 22-26, packed with workshops, talks, and performances that organizers say are “meant to be experienced by anyone and everyone.” The events welcome, and are even tailored for, students with zero arts knowledge, in order to share with the whole community what goes on behind the doors of the Molson studios and beyond. External speakers also made their way to campus from Montreal; YES Montreal’s Marie-Michèle Fillion presented “Jump Start Your Art” and “Branding, Social Media and Networking for the Artist.” Other events included art workshops, music industry MARYCLARE MACISAAC Arts & Culture Editor
panels and talks, collaborative art projects, embroidery, concerts, theatre workshops and games, dancing lessons (for beginners!), storytelling, and film screenings. The festival has opened the floor for students from all disciplines to share their experience and knowledge with attendees; 4th year biochemistry student Michaela Norgren lead a workshop focused on using Art and Storytelling to create change in your community. In terms of attendees, BUAF Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Alex Myrie, says that the festival committee hopes to improve accessibility for coming years. The week will wrap up on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Lion with a live concert. The concert will feature singer-songwriter Jaclyn Fearney and headliners Jeremy Audet & Alex McMullen.
Dataesthetics: The First Time I’ve Loved Numbers Since I Dropped Out of Business Last Friday, Jan. 18, I had the pleasure of attending the opening reception of the Foreman Art Gallery’s most recent installation, Dataesthetics. Bringing my cellphone as my date to take notes, we left our expectations at home with the mindset that I just could not picture how one will be able to form data into art. How do you even make data visible, let alone merge it with the term ‘aesthetic’? Due to prior commitments, I arrived during the artists’ opening remarks in the Centennial Lobby and therefore had the gallery to myself to explore albeit a few of what seemed to be intrigued Sherbrooke locals. I was met by an incredibly diverse interpretation of data visualization and the ways in which artists externalize facts, comparisons, and progressions. Foreman describes the work as presenting “representational techniques developed to make sense of today’s world.” It was eye opening to walk through a room filled with such a vast assortment of interpretations of what it is to visualize data. Upon walking into the gallery, my eyes were immediately drawn to bright, transparent rainbows of acrylic graphs representing wage inequality, created by Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens. The same two artists created from wood, ink, and string structures making up Top Marginal Tax Rates Across Europe, English Speaking Countries and Japan (1970-2010) (2016). It became apparent to me as I absorbed these facts that I was unaware of prior regarding wage inequality, the key importance of the Dataesthetics installation; there is a severely underrated method of drawing eyes to facts that need to MARYCLARE MACISAAC Arts & Culture Editor
be seen: to envelope it in something beautiful. I was particularly drawn to a swarm of pins amassed on the wall, with thread weaving into a chaotic web. Upon closer inspection I could see graphite numbers layered directly onto the wall, overlapping with punctured holes. To me, this was the visualization of data, allowing me to grapple with data molecules and understand them as a physical component of our world. This is the work of San Francisco-based artist Katie Holland Lewis. I had the pleasure of briefly speaking with Lewis about her work. On the intention of her work, Lewis explains that she “invents and implements systems in order to visualize the transformation of materials over time.” Her interest in art and transformation was found in her search for an outlet to grapple with watching her mother live with Multiple Sclerosis from her teenage years. Lewis later developed an interest in collecting facts and data in her spare time as a hobby while in university. Realizing that the two passions could be combined to form a unique place in her industry, Katie has built her career as an artist doing exactly this. Her work has been exhibited across North America and Europe. I suggest that you add an extra 10 minutes to your commute through the SUB this week to take a look at Dataesthetics. As university students, we are all exposed to so many logistics and a sea of data; it is easy for it all to become unbearably burdening. I promise you that if you escape to the silence and beauty of Foreman for even a few minutes, you will leave with a refreshing perspective on the beauty of data.
Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, Top Marginal Tax Rates Across Europe, English SpeakingCountries and Japan (1970-2010) (2016), de la série / from the series Measures of Inequity. Bois, encre et corde /Wood, ink and string. Image courtoisie des artistes / Image courtesy of the artists.
Human Rights Activist and Journalist Sally Armstrong to Give First 2019 Donald Lecture The first Donald Lecture of 2019 will be given by Canadian journalist, documentary filmmaker, and human rights activist, Sally Armstrong on Friday, February 8th. Known as the war correspondent for the world’s women, Armstrong has been following the action on the front line for women and girls in Bosnia, Egypt, Congo, The Middle East, Afghanistan and America for twenty-five years. She was the first journalist to bring the story of the women of Afghanistan to the world and works tirelessly to expose the abuse of women. A former high-school gym and English teacher, Sally began her journalism career at Canadian Living magazine, going on to become Editor-in-Chief of Homemakers. Sally Armstong set to speak in Donald Lecture Series February 8th, 2019. Convinced that her readers deserved more Photo courtesy of speakers.ca than recipes and fashion advice, she quickly gained a reputation for her moving, in-depth, from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian and unflinching coverage of women’s untold stories. Letters. Ms. Armstrong is a four-time winner of the Her eyewitness reporting has earned her many Amnesty International Canada media award, holds awards including the Gold Award from the National ten honorary degrees and is an Officer of the Order of Magazine Awards Foundation and the Author’s Award Canada. She was a member of the International Women’s MARYCLARE MACISAAC Arts & Culture Editor
Commission, a UN body that consists of 20 Palestinian women, 20 Israeli women and 12 internationals whose mandate is assisting with the path to peace in the Middle East. Made possible by the generous support of Bishop’s alumnus John Donald ’60, DCL ’12, the Donald Lecture Series brings speakers of national and international renown to the Bishop’s campus to provide insight, provoke thought, and stimulate debate on the most compelling issues and events in the world today. All lectures are free of charge and open to the public. The lecture will take place in Centennial Theatre.
Prof’s Choice: What Are Your Professors Reading this Month Besides Your Papers MOLLY SWEENEY Contributor
Dr. Barkers Otterhound, Conestoga Bailey Irish Crème C Major (Bailey). Photo Courtesy of Dr. Gordon Barker.
Professor: Dr. Jessica Riddell Currently Reading: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari “How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? How do we deal with the epidemic of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What should we teach our children? Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st century is a probing and visionary investigation into today’s most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive.” – GoodReads.com Dr. Riddell’s thoughts: “I wake up in the morning thinking about what 2030 will look like for our students entering a rapidly changing workforce, and how relevant and urgent a liberal education is to equip them for success in the face of disruptive technologies and industries.”
Professor: Dr. Gordon Barker Currently Reading: Everything and Anything he can find about Otterhounds Dr. Barker’s thoughts: “A lot of people don’t know that Otterhounds are more at risk for extinction than red pandas, white rhinos, and any other wild species. There are only 600 in the whole world. They’re a race of dog that is going extinct. No one ever thinks about domestic animal extinction. That’s why I own and show them to raise awareness.”
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The Ball Brothers: A Prediction. The Ball family is dominating the world of sports media. They can barely step out of the tub without some sort of bath related highlight reel being posted on Instagram. That being said, they are no strangers to electrifying moments on the basketball court. Every now and then, they’ll showcase a move that’ll leave your mouth watering. But is it only every now and then? Can they be amazing at will? It’s easy to assume that at least one of the two younger brothers will follow Lonzo’s path and make the NBA, but when you start to consider the fact that most of their highlights haven’t come from league games, but just a series of scrimmages with virtually no defence, can we really say it means anything? To answer this, let’s analyze each brother and figure out which one will rise to the top, and which will be doomed to the occasional YMCA dunk in a Facebook video. MAX TAYLOR Contributor
to blame his unorthodox shooting form on his performance, most of his looks from three-point land are wide open. It’s a mental thing with Lonzo. By the time he adjusts to the NBA, it’s more than safe to assume that he’ll be just fine. When all is said and done, Lonzo will be the best out of the three, and retire with a plethora of highlights, including passes flashier than most players could dream of. LAMELO There’s no denying it: LaMelo is as smooth as butter. He’s got the body control, the court vision, and a stroke as sweet as there ever was. For an 18 year old he is an exceptional basketball player. He does have two problems, though. The first is his maturity. As an affluent teenager who’s been hailed over on social media for years, it’s a given that he hasn’t matured much. It’s simply because he hasn’t had to. With time and the right coaching he’ll develop a better attitude. The second problem is his defence. He doesn’t run back and consistently cherry picks, hanging out in the offensive end waiting for an outlet pass to pad his stats. He’s also not strong enough to guard a full grown Lithuanian man which is why we didn’t see him dominate overseas. I see it going one of two ways for LaMelo. 1. He matures and ends up an absolute stud making multiple All-Star teams in the process. 2. He becomes an NBA Journeyman who is traded from team to team in hopes of providing scoring off the bench--similar to Lou Williams. In both cases he makes the league. Not that bad for the youngest of the three.
Lonzo Ball is the only “Ball Brother” who is currently in the NBA. He is a point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers Photo Courtesy of New York Post
LONZO Lonzo is the type of guy that includes the words “gym enthusiast” in his Tinder bio. No matter how hard he tries, he just can’t score. That being said, it’s just about the only part of his game that’s a problem. The man can pass (averages 5.4 assists), rebound (averages 5.3 rebounds), and his defense has been a crazy surprise (1.5 steals/1 block). Overall, he’s an excellent player – he just lacks the aggression it takes to succeed in the NBA and his scoring is a direct effect of that. Watching Lakers’ games is almost painful because of it. Lonzo stands in the top left of the court almost every single offensive possession, he doesn’t call for the ball and he doesn’t make cuts; he just lingers. Although it’s easy
LIANGELO There is a look in LiAngelo’s eyes. It’s a look that’s developed from years of being the kid left on the back burner of the family’s plan. It’s a look a kid gets when his father sits him down and says, “you might not make it.” It’s a look that can’t be covered up, no matter the tint of the sunglasses (even if they’re stolen from a Louis Vuitton store in China). But here’s the question: Does this look show a fire to succeed, or an incurable sadness? The answer to this question makes all the difference in the world. As it stands, LiAngelo’s game wouldn’t adapt well in the NBA. He’s too slow and timid to help a professional team. For a guy who plays like a pure scorer, he’s going to need to be the exact opposite of those two things. What position would he even play? A shooting guard/small forward/ power forward hybrid? Like Draymond Green without the defence and passion? Is that even good? LiAngelo’s situation leaves a person with just too many questions to have a solid answer or prediction about how he’ll end up. If he continues to put the work in, adding little pieces to his game every day, then maybe we’ll see his jersey hanging in the rafters by the end of his career. Only time will tell with LiAngelo, and the clock is ticking.
Canadian Cross-Country Ski World Championship Trials Come to Lennoxville Between Friday, Jan. 18 and Sunday, Jan. (Senior/U23 Men) who raced 1600 m in 3:06.58, and 20, the Bishop’s University Nordic Center Mallory Williams (Juvenile Girls) who raced 1000 m in hosted the trials for the Canadian Cross Country Ski World 2:13.28. Championship. The event was a collaboration between Saturday’s competitions featured Open Men, Bishop’s University and Club de Ski de Fond du Parc du Juvenile Boys, Open Women, Juvenile Girls, and the ParaMont-Orford. The FIS approved course was used for the Nordic division. event as well as other new courses. (www.ubishops.ca) Winner’s from Saturday’s events featured Scott Hill Friday, Jan. 18 featured free technique sprints, the 19 (Open Men) who raced 15 km in 36:59.7, Xavier Lefebvre displayed classic technique races with individual starts, and (Juvenile Boys) who raced 10 km in 21:19.5, Katherine the event came to a close on Sunday with free technique Stewart-Jones (Open Women) who raced 7.5 km in with mass starts. 28:51.6, Clara Barrington Craggs (Juvenile Girls) who Conditions for the event were highlighted by heavy snow raced 5 km in 17:01.7, and Charles Lecours (Para-Nordic) From January 18th to January 20th, Bishop’s and strong winds. who raced 2.5 km in 9:53.2. the Canadian Cross-Country Ski Divisions for the Canadian Cross Country Ski trials University hosted The event was wrapped up with Sunday’s World Championship Trials. were separated between the Open, Para-Nordic and Other competitions which featured races from the Open Women, Photo Courtesy of Bishop’s University Blog Category divisions. Divisions are then categorized by age Junior B Women/Juvenile Girls, Open Men, Junior B Men/ and gender to determine the distances. Distances for the Juvenile Boys and the Men and Women’s Master division. event ranged between 1 km and 30 km. Winner’s from Sunday’s events featured Liliane Friday’s competitions featured Open Women, Junior B Men, Junior A Men, Senior/ Gagnon (Junior B Women/Juvenile Girls) who raced 4.3 km in 15:39.7, Russel Kennedy U23 Men, Juvenile Boys, Junior B Girls and Juvenile Girls. (Open Men) who raced 19.3 km in 57:12.6, and Eric Martin (Men/Women Masters) wo Winners from Friday’s events featured Maya Macisaac-Jones (Open Women) who raced 7.5 km in 36:28.3. raced 1300 m in 2:45.03 (minutes, seconds, milliseconds), Evan Palmer-Charrette Congratulations to all of the winners and good luck with future competitions! ANONYMOUS
Gaiters Football Alumni Signs with Swedish Team MARIELLE CARUTH Contributor
Bishop’s Alumni Ryan Hector has signed with the Sweden Uppsala
86ers. The Toronto native accumulated 81 tackles and five interceptions in his two-year football career at Bishop’s University. In both seasons he was named MVP and league Defensive Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016. After leaving Bishop’s, Hector played with the GTA All Stars from 2017-2018 taking them to backto-back championships in Canada’s Northern Football Conference. The Campus asked Ryan Hector about his journey from Bishop’s to Sweden. Read on for the full interview! Bishop’s Campus: What makes you different from other players who played at the university level? Hector: What makes me different compared to other players is my relentless work ethic to be in the gym. Not only did the gym shape my physical attributes, but it prepared me to overcome any mental setbacks. I was always the first one in the gym and the last one to leave. When I was not in class, I [was] doing something productive in the gym to make sure my body was in shape for the next day. There would be days where I would work out four times a day. Bishop’s Campus: What habits or work ethic did you maintain to help get you where you are as an athlete and
can help other athletes too? Hector: Habits that I have accumulated over the year to help athletes be successful is always being studious of the game and studious in the classroom. It is very important to educate yourself in all aspects of life. Having a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration of criminology allowed me to understand many things that kept my knowledge and understanding to a higher level. Bishop’s Campus: Did you ever see yourself playing abroad? Hector: Yes, I’ve visualized myself playing abroad because of the market. Europe is a beautiful place to experience and as an entrepreneur of my caliber, I believe that the culture represents who I am as a person; diverse, full of culture and ready to make an impact. I always wanted to teach the game I’ve been passionate about since I was 13 years old. And I am sure that there are thousands, maybe millions of children I can impact on a positive note that they haven’t experienced since American Football is not well known. I’ve never been to Europe but I love what I’ve seen with the international students that I’ve met at Bishop’s University. Out of all the people in Hector’s life, Hector has his mother to thank the most. Shirley Wright paved the way for her son to “understand what hard work and never giving up means.”
Well done Shirley. Be sure to look out for Hector in Sweden this year.
Gaiters Football Alumni Ryan Hector has recently signed a contract with the Sweden Uppsala 86ers. Photo Courtesy of American Football International
Breaking Down Super Bowl 53 PHILIPPE LAPOINTE LASSONDE Contributor
After a thrilling championship weekend, the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots have each earned a ticket to Atlanta for a chance to win the Lombardi trophy during Super Bowl LIII. This one shall prove to be a clash between two absolute powerhouses and has a chance to be one of the greatest Super Bowls of all time. This article will break down which strategies will give each team its best chance at winning and what to expect come Feb. 3. The Patriots are going to face arguably the most talented NFL roster on both sides of the line of scrimmage in the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams are strong at nearly every position on offense and defense with the offensive line and linebackers being their only true weaknesses. The best way for the Patriots to take advantage of this weakness will be using its pass-catching running backs on quick pass plays. However, with the plethora of topquality pass rushers that the Rams have such as Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh and Dante Fowler Jr, pass protection will have to be a top priority as well. So be prepared to see a lot of big formations for the Patriots featuring multiple running backs or tight ends being on the field at the same time. This might be a surprisingly quiet game for Rob Gronkowski until the end of the game, but his blocking will be crucial in helping the offensive line keep the Rams pass rush at bay. Since the Patriot’s offensive guards will be primarily focused on Suh and Donald, their offensive tackles will get their help from chip blocks coming from tight ends and running backs. Look for huge contributions from either James White or Rex Burkhead as they will most likely lead the
way on offense. For the Rams to give themselves their best chance at winning, they have to take full advantage of their speed on offense. Although this narrative has lost some steam since the beginning of the playoffs, the fact remains that New England is, in general, an old and slow team. Rams head coach Sean McVay will have to prioritize spacing and intermediate to long routes in order to expose the Pats biggest holes. Although the Pats front seven is fairly strong, it is a fairly slow group of men which excel in stopping the run and pressuring the quarterback. Look for the Rams to attempt several deep passes with Brandin Cooks, who not only matches up well against the Patriots but also knows their defence well. Although the defensive coordinator has changed, sparing a few minor details, the defence has remained fairly similar for the Patriots when compared to last year. The Patriots secondary has also shown some struggles with communication and at times completely miss their assignments, particularly on deep passes. Therefore, a lot of pressure will be placed on the shoulders of the young Jared Goff who will need to have a huge game in order to win. On defence, the Rams will have to go all out and not hesitate to bring the rush. This is no secret, but the best way to stop Tom Brady is to hit him hard and often. However, creativity will be very important and so look for nearly everyone on the Rams defence from linemen to defensive backs to blitz often throughout the game.
Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady is seeking his sixth Superbowl ring at the upcoming Superbowl. Photo Courtesy of CBS Boston
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Gaiters Basketball Update After starting the 2018-2019 basketball season 3-0, the Bishop’s Gaiters men’s basketball team lost three consecutive games to go into the New Year with a 3-3 record. Seeking a fresh start, the Gaiters did not get the start to 2019 they wanted after losing all six of their games played in 2019. The Gaiter’s are now 3-9 on the season and sit in last place in the RSEQ Conference. The men’s basketball team came close to a victory on January 12th after hosting the Concordia Stingers in the Mitchell Gym. The Gaiters were able to force overtime against the Stingers, but ended up losing the contest 99-94. The Gaiter’s women’s basketball team got off to a better start to 2019 after recording an 80-77 win on January 19th against the UQAM Citadins. However this win was only the 2nd win of the season for the Gaiters women’s basketball team as they sit 2-10 on the season, and in 4th place in the standings. Beyond basketball, Bishop’s Athletics did a great job highlighting the #BellLet’sTalk campaign on January 26th. Both the men’s and women’s teams were in action to support the #BellLet’sTalk campaign. This past weekend was the third annual weekend where Bishop’s hosted an event to support #BellLet’sTalk. The women’s basketball team hosted the McGill Martlets while the men’s hosted the McGill Redmen. The women’s team lost 53-44 to the Marlets, while the men’s team lost 66-58 to the Redmen. #BellLet’sTalk is a campaign that supports and recognizes mental health. The four pillars that Bell focuses on are anti-stigma, care and access, research and workplace health. The official #BellLet’sTalk day is on January 30th, so be sure to check social media on how you can contribute to the cause! Both the men’s and women’s teams play Friday and Saturday night against the Laval Rouge et Or. Saturday’s games are in the Mitchell Gym and start at 6:00 (women) and 8:00 (men). ANONYMOUS
Women’s basketball hosts McGill Martlets in support of #BellLetsTalk” Photo courtesy of Graham Childs.
Thirty Days of Clarity While I was reading an article sent to me last week, I was shocked to see that I was not the only one fighting an urge to consume. If you know me, you’ve probably seen me take out my small purple grinder, rolling papers, and weed from the small pouch in my bag; roll a joint with no filter in under ten seconds, and then ask you for a lighter to share a laugh. Ironically, though cannabis is now legal, I haven’t smoked since the new year and I challenge all habitual smokers to cease for one month for three simple reasons: anxiety control, haziness, and productivity. Let’s start with anxiety control. How many of your friends smoke to de-stress or to “control” anxiety? There is no doubt that at times, smoking a joint with your friends and being surrounded by companionship and laughter will indeed uplift your spirits. However, what I’ve noticed over the years is that this habit becomes a personal coping mechanism. The mind is no longer able to bring itself to an equilibrium and craves its one “reward.” One moves from a single moment of unwinding to a habit of subliminal repression. After only four days, I was craving a joint because it was the easy way to deal with anxiety. However, after two or three weeks, it is incredible to see – more rewarding, dare I say – that I can cope with it on my own, and as a result, simply feel more “high.” ALEXANDRE MARCEAU Opinions Editor
Although my mind is still crystallizing and the process will take much time, it is nearly impossible to draw a parallel between both senses of reality. I have entered a new state of mind: present reality through sobriety. I direct this in particular to those students who smoke every day and who wake up feeling hazy and slow because continual use creates a thin film between being consciously active and lethargically active. Hungover? Smoke a joint. Need to sleep? Smoke a joint. Not hungry? Smoke a joint. Can’t focus? Smoke a joint. While all of these questions have one easy answer, the sheer dependency creates the temporary eureka moment unmatched in moments of downers and sobriety. Moreover, those long drowsy mornings caused by the accumulation of the habit are spent in constant ague for that one spark that will create temporary contentment, impact short-term memory, and toss the pillow under your head in a few hours. By adding both healthy mechanisms of anxiety control and mental clarity, the unavoidable result is sheer productivity. What do I mean? Doing things. While there are many functional stoners (trust me, I was one of them) who can perform daily tasks at a satisfactory level, the clear-minded human can accomplish twice as much with more precision, concentration, and energy. I am surprised at how much time I seemed to have gained by not smoking. Albeit, I’ve been waking up much more
at night because of how vivid my dreams are (a natural occurrence to stopping) and at times being tired, but the drowsiness is gone in a quarter of the time as before and I begin my day by reading, writing, or with physical activity. I am actively striving for something rather than letting my high carry me through. Now, I’m not the stoner police, nor will I shun my friends for smoking. But look around and be wary of those who are evidently dependent on it. We all say it isn’t physically addicting, but there are many of us who are mentally captivated and it takes one good friend to help one snap out of their bad habits.
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