The Bishop’s University Newspaper Vol. 69, No. 8
CramminS Snow jammin’ since 1944 January 15, 2014
Winter has arrived at Bishop’s! photo courtesy Bishop’s University
Congratuations to Principal Goldbloom, p. 2
WINTERFEST 2014, p. 5
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The Campus January 15, 2014
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Principal Michael Goldbloom to receive Order of Canada By Brian MacIver News editor
hen Principal Goldbloom was told that the Governor General was on the phone line for him, he never thought that he was about to receive one of the highest civilian honours that the Canadian government can bestow. “I got the call while in Montreal for the memorial of Paul Desmarais, the founder of PowerCorp. I left at the end of the ceremony and got a call from Denise [Lauzière, the Principal’s secretary] telling me the Governor General was on the line.” Thinking that David Johnston was simply following up on a question that he had asked him during the Canada Games, Goldbloom took the call as if it were just another work call. But by the end of his conversation, the Principal was the newest inductee of the Order of Canada. The prestigious civilian honour recognizes outstanding lifetime achievement, dedication to the community, and national service of its inducted members. The principal is receiving this award for “establishing several transformative civic organizations in Montréal and for his dedi-
cation to building bridges between the city’s English- and French-speaking communities”, as per the Governor General’s website. Principal Goldbloom’s work background in leading major organizations that benefit Canadian society is what qualified him for this award. Prior to becoming Bishop’s Principal and ViceChancellor, Goldbloom was a very important figure in Alliance Quebec and the YMCAs of Quebec, after which he became president and publisher of the Montreal Gazette, then was named publisher of the Toronto Star in 2004. Since its creation in 1967, over 6,000 individuals have been nominated, including both of Goldbloom’s parents, something which the principal believes was a great influence on him. “[Receiving the Order of Canada] speaks to the role models that I have had in my life. I’ve had a great many role models who have all impacted me in some way or another.” His parents, Victor, 90, and Sheila, 88, have received the Order of Canada as well as the Ordre National du Québec, the province’s highest distinction. “There can’t be that many parents that have been nominated to the Order that also
Violence in Iraq flares up By Nicole Gauvreau News writer
ilitant violence has surged in Iraq, and the U.S., once eager to enter the country, now refuses to send the U.S. military back. Groups of insurgents claiming Al Qaeda membership have instigated a recent surge of violence in the Iraqi province of Anbar, effectively gaining control of Fallujah and Ramadi, both major cities in the region. Additionally, the capital of Baghdad was recently stuck by a series of car bombs, killing at least 20 civilians. Prior to the U.S. withdrawal of troops from Iraq in 2011, Anbar was the scene of some of the most violent conflicts of the Iraq War. The resurgence of violence has caused the U.S. concern, though U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, while in Jerusalem
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Principal Goldbloom was appointed to the Order of Canada on Dec. 3 after receiving a phone call from the Governor General himself.
have an offspring nominated,” said Goldbloom. “As much as I was happy when I found out, I think they were happier,” he laughed. According to the principal, the Goldbloom family’s efforts to make Canada a better place stems from their history. The family first immigrated to Canada in 1880 in an effort to escape the persecution that they were facing in Eastern Europe. “Canada has been great to us ever since my great-grandparents moved here and to Canadians in general,” stated the principal. “The Order is
as part of a trip to the Middle East, said, “This is a fight that belongs to the Iraqis. That is exactly what the president and the world decided some time ago when we left Iraq, so we are not obviously contemplating returning.” It is unclear exactly what the U.S. will do. The most likely course of action is to continue supplying the Iraqi military with arms. While a small contingent of approximately 200 members of U.S. military remains in Iraq, they are not allowed to legally partake in combat unless defending themselves—all remaining forces are not considered active duty and are intended only as a support to train the Iraqi military and complete construction projects. Consequently, the Iraqis must regain control and peace on their own, although, as of Jan. 7, they have yet to make moves
awarded to those that desire and work for a better country, and I am glad to be considered one of those who have worked for that.” The particularity for this award is that an individual cannot apply for it. Rather, he or she must be nominated by another party. Although he has an idea of who may have nominated him, Goldbloom still has no definite answer. Being the person that he is, Bishop’s’ principal turned his appointment to the Order in a message for his students, saying that while some students know exactly what they want to do in life, that is not the case for most, and certainly was not the case for himself. “I was a lawyer, I ran a community organization, I ran two newspapers, and now I’m a university administrator. There is no apparent straight line, but each one of those experiences prepared me for the next one. So my message is if you don’t know what you want to do, don’t panic. Just make sure you get as much from whatever experience you are having and you will draw something from it that will be beneficial to you in the next thing.”
to reclaim the city of Fallujah for fear of civilian causalities, though hundreds are fleeing the violence. Local police and Sunni tribes are working through hitand-run operations to rid Ramadi of insurgents. In many cases the militants are better armed than the defenders, the weapons likely coming from those sent to Syria by Saudi Arabia. BBC Middle East correspondent Jim Muir suspects Iraq may again be on the brink of sectarian civil war as some view attempts to regain control from militants as acts of marginalization, oppression, and domination. These acts of violence are only the most recent in a string of conflicts. In 2013, nearly 9,000 Iraqis, both civilians and members of security forces, were killed.
Taking a winter dip for Mae Sot By Brian MacIver News editor
very New Year’s at 10 a.m., thousands of Canadians cut holes in frozen lakes and rivers or head out to the ocean to take a dip in near freezing water. Some do it to “refresh” for the new year, others do it because they love the cold water, while others do it as a challenge. For Professors Stephen Sheeran and Carleton Monk, their yearly swim in the Massawippi turned into a way to raise money for Bishop’s Mae Sot Education Project. “Carleton has been doing this since 2001, but I’ve only been joining him for the past five or so years,” said Professor Sheeran. “I actually had to skip one year because I had an eye operation and my doctor ‘recommended’ that I don’t do it.” “It was also Professor Monk’s idea to attach it to a cause of some sorts, and this year we decided on the Mae Sot Project.” Sheeran, in addition to being a pro-
fessor of Modern Languages, was also a part of the founding of Bishop’s chapter of the project. “Although I don’t have as big of a role in the organization any more, it’s nice to be able to help out and participate in it,” he said. While a veteran of the cold water activity for the last five years, Sheeran does acknowledge the dangers of the outing. “I definitely wouldn’t recommend doing something like this if you’re over 40 and haven’t consulted a doctor,” laughed Sheeran. “Some people are more prone to hypothermia or heart problems than others. Even if you can avoid the threat of death, frostbite is always a very large risk. My core temperature is stable, for example, but once the numbness sets in, it gets hard to get back dressed after.” Sheeran typically stays in the water anywhere between two and five minutes, but the real danger lies in getting out of the water when the wind is blowing. “Despite the six inches of ice I had to break through this year, last year was
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Professor Stephen Sheeran took his annual icy bath in the Massawippi River. This year, he and Professor Carleton Monk used their annual tradition to raise funds for the Mae Sot Project.
the coldest that I have ever been in. I believe I was in the water for only one minute, and the wind blowing afterwards made it hard for me to put my shoes on,” said Sheeran. Despite the work he had to put in this
year and the cold he experienced last year, he recommends this activity to everyone as it is a good way to start the year off “fresh”. Just make sure to bring a pickaxe and some warm clothes.
Power loss across Townships during holidays December ice storm worst to hit region since 1998 By Brian MacIver News editor
ajor power outages lasting days. Trees falling on cars and over streets and houses. Cars and trucks slipping into the ditch. This was the scene in the Eastern Townships after the region was hit with the biggest ice storm since the infamous “Crise du Verglas” in 1998 which knocked down several Hydro-Quebec pylons, causing nearly two billion dollars in damage and leaving thousands of users without power for months in certain cases.
The storm began on Dec. 21, and as temperatures called for freezing rain over the course of the next three days, the outlook was bleak. Nearly all of the city’s residents lost power at one point or another, while many did not recover electricity in time for Christmas. Rural residents of the region suffered longer without any power despite Hydro-Quebec and Hydro-Sherbrooke workers literally working day and night to restore services as fast as possible. Over the course of those three days, up to two inches of ice had accumulated on tree branches, leading to more
issues after the precipitation had ceased as chunks of ice began falling on power lines and vehicles. The icy road conditions, made worse by the cold snap following the storm, also led to several accidents in the city and on the highway. Unlike the storm of 1998, no deaths were reported that were linked to this storm. Indeed, 35 deaths were reported in 1998, ranging from Eastern Ontario and Quebec. Bishop’s hit hard At Bishop’s, damage was quite severe. Steve Rowe, Facilities Foreman at the university, said that the arctic
temperatures that followed the freezing rain is what made clean-up difficult for the workers. “the very cold snap immediately after made it impossible for our campus maintenance teams to keep up and clean streets and take care of fallen branches during the break, and took care of emergencies only.” “We also had a few power outages… and we were without power for many hours. Although the emergency generator covered the most important items such as heat and lights in corridors and stairwells, the students that stayed in Residences over the Christ-
mas break were without power in their rooms,” said Rowe, adding that the hot water system in the Writing Center in Divinity House froze and had to be shut off. The Sports Centre was also closed for several days due to the power outage. The city of Sherbrooke has yet to compile the total amount of damages the storm caused, including cleanup efforts that are still ongoing. More detailed damage costs will be released to the public in a February press conference, according to the Lennoxville borough office.
EXCLUSIVE: Bishop’s evaluating water damage to Johnson at up to $70,000 By Brian MacIver News editor
fter a fire sprinkler froze and burst in the Johnson building, school administration is evaluating the damage between $50,000-$70,000, says VicePrinicipal of Finance and Administration, Hélène StAmand on Tuesday. “Bishop’s will be paying for drying out the walls and the repairs needed out of pocket, unless it can
be found and proven that the incident was caused by another factor such as a mistake on the behalf of a contractor,” the VP added. The water pipe in question was situated in the attic of Old Johnson, over Bishop Williams Hall. The water then seeped through the walls and ceilings and made it all the way down to the basement, affecting several offices and a few classrooms. Luckily, damage was kept to a minimum, as a member of school security saw the water flowing while
on a routine round and shut off the water supply to that section. Ultimately, Bishop’s was forced to bring in an external emergency team in order for the classrooms to be ready on time for the start of the semester. Although the classrooms in Johnson have reopened, the stairwell near the Arches remains closed until the repairs can be finalized.
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Top five news stories of 2013 By Asha-Maria Bost News writer
2013 has been a year of crazy, shake your head news coming out of Canada and around the world. So, here is a list of the top five stories that are most important to Quebec university students.
2. Edward Snowden (NSA spying)
Personal security and privacy are important concerns of most teenagers today. When whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed the extent of the National Security Agency’s ability to spy on whichever American or Canadian that they feel like, citizens were understandably afraid. Our own spy agency CSEC has basically no oversight and has been implicated in spying on Brazil’s state run oil firm Petrobras, among 20 other allies and Canadians. Companies like Microsoft and Apple are denouncing government snooping as an “advanced persistent threat”.
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From left to right: Senators Patrick Brazeau, Pamela Wallin, Mike Duffy
4. Senate Scandal While Rob Ford was denying accepting allegations that he smoked crack cocaine, members of the Canadian Senate were under fire for various abuses of their expenses. Pamela Wallin is accused of abusing travel expenses, while Mike Duffy, a senator for P.E.I who lives primarily in Ottawa, is accused of using the system to receive a housing allowance for “living outside” of Ottawa. Senator Patrick Brazeau claimed that he lived in his father’s
home in order to claim senate living allowances and is accused of physical and sexual assault in connection with an argument he had with a woman. Senator Mac Harb is accused of putting out mortgage policies to defraud the Royal Bank of Canada. The scandal raised questions as to the utility and the oversight of the Senate, a topic that many students have debated amongst themselves.
5. Quebec Charter of Values The Quebec Charter of Values is a controversial new law proposed last year by the Parti Québecois in the aim of creating a more secular society. This charter restricts the display of religious garments like the kippa, hijab, niqab, and turban for those who work for the state in Quebec. The large crucifix in Quebec’s legislature will remain, because, accord-
ing to the Parti Québecois, it is a symbol of cultural heritage and not religion. The criticism with the charter is that it could be seen as restricting religious freedom and a form of racism. All across the province, student governments have voted on whether or not to support the charter, with recent decisions by the SRC and Bishop’s part of the growing discussion.
1. Rob Ford Scandals (yes, plural) Rob Ford added a dose of hilarity and embarrassment to Canadian news this year. The Toronto Mayor denied that he smoked crack, and later admitted that he smoked crack during one of his “drunken stupors” Ford advocated for the infamous crack smoking video to resurface, refused to give up his mayoral position,
knocked over a councilwoman, made odd comments about his sexual life with his wife, and now faces allegations that he misused city funds for personal errands. Canada’s international reputation has been forever changed by this train wreck of a mayor.
3. Lac-Mégantic Train Derailment Disaster Lac-Mégantic is still reeling from when an “out of control caravan of rail tanker cars”, which left the tracks and exploded in the center of town, killing 50 people. Many of those killed were in a popular bar near the tracks when the train exploded at 1:14 a.m. The train had been left unattended for the night, and, after a small fire broke out in the engine, the train’s brakes were removed, causing it to come crashing down the hill. The town, about 30 minutes away from Bishop’s, is still trying to pick up the pieces. Many people came from all over Quebec and Canada to mourn and help Lac-Mégantic rebuild, showing that hope can come out of tragedy.
Excuse me while I light my spliff
Colorado legalizes the sale of recreational marijuana By Sofie Hojabri Contributor
anuary 1, 2014 marked a day in world history as the first day licensed weed retailers in Colorado were able to legally sell marijuana to anyone, given that they were 21 years or older. Colorado is the first state in the US, and place in the world to open recreational marijuana stores; burning a trail for others looking to legalize. In 2012 the state of Colorado voted with a 55% majority to pass amendment 64, making it legal for adults to buy, grow, and use marijuana recreationally. This recent decision expands on that first amendment. Amendment 64 states that if you above the age of consent, you may purchase up to one ounce of marijuana, or grow up to 6 plants. While it’s not legal to light up in public, consumers are able to comfortably, and legally smoke on private property. The state has also voted to decriminalize marijuana for people
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Marijuana enthusiasts lined up at a newly legalized pot shop in Colorado.
between the ages of 18 and 21, allowing offenders to avoid any jail time but still being required to pay a fine. In order to keep this new industry legitimate and away from the black market, cannabis will be highly regulated at each step of the production and packaging. In order to keep a smile on the federal government’s face and avoid a drug crackdown, Colorado must ensure that cannabis stays out the hands of minors and drug cartels. On “Green Wednesday”,
about 35 stores were open to customers, with hundreds of eager customers lined up in the snow prior to their opening. The long lines didn’t seem to detract people as they patiently waited their turn, cheering on those who left the store with their purchases. By the end of the first day of business, the stores collectively made a whopping 1 million dollars in sales. Denver’s mayor Michael B. Hancock stated that everyone has acted “responsibility and [with] great accountability”.
While this legalization has sparked humour among social media and satire sites like the deadlycurrant.com. discussing this “deadly hardcore drug that causes addiction and destroys lives”, others were not taking the recent events as lightly. Some worry that the opening of this industry will make pot more accessible to teens, thereby making them more susceptible to addiction. Ben Cort, of the Colorado Center for dependency, addiction & rehabilitation, stated that “this is just throwing gas
on the fire,” that is the growing addiction in youths. Many others are ardent believers in the strong medicinal value of marijuana for chronic pain, insomnia, loss of appetite and even mental health issues such as PTSD and anxiety, amongst many others. Not only will legalization help these people obtain marijuana legally, it will also save the government millions of dollars for no longer having to enforce strict pot laws and lock up harmless offenders. The government will be able to focus their finances and concerns towards more harmful drugs such as heroin and cocaine. As the U.S.’s prohibition on marijuana slackens in certain parts of the country, we are seeing a changing, more tolerant, public stance on marijuana. Many other states and countries will be watching closely, as they too hope to follow in Colorado’s footsteps towards a marijuana law reform.
It’s that time of year again... WINTERFEST 2014! By Maghen Eisan Editor-in-chief
s memories of first semester slowly fade away, the New Year offers an opportunity for more adventures, and more excitement. This year will kick-off with one of the biggest SRC events of the year, WinterFest. The highly anticipated weekend is jam packed with both indoor and outdoor activities, perfect for all BU party types. With last year’s event struggles and success in the past, the consensus from the SRC’s Director of Finance & Operations, Alex Fournier, and VP Social, Anna MacDonald, is that their early preparation and organization will help benefit the overall success of the event. “As my third year as organizer I am confident this will be the biggest Bishop’s Rail Jam yet. Having learned from past events and mistakes made along the way we have learned how to do things more efficiently and how to cater to the public in a more interesting way”, says Rail Jam organizer, Pascal Couturt-Tremblay. Coordinators expect approx. 20-25 participants to compete in the weekend’s Rail Jam. Competitors will also be pleased to find out that for the first time ever they are being provided with a warm-up tent. The skier/ snowboarder with best trick of the competi-
tion will receive a weekend trip to Jay Peak, while those who finish first in their category (ski/snowboard), will walk away with either a new set of skis or a snowboard. The event is still looking for more volunteers, who can contact the VP Social for more information. The annual event includes a WinterFest kick off at the Gait, a bus trip to Jay Peak, Rail Jam, and the Saturday night concert. However, this year coordinators have included a ball hockey tournament that will take place on Saturday during Rail Jam in the Quad. So, if Skiing and Snowboarding aren’t necessarily your favorite winter pass time, hopefully a little outdoor hockey will fit the bill. Applications will be taken at srcsoc@ ubishops.ca, or through registering at the WinterFest booth in the SUB. This year in coordination with Red Bull, the Rail Jam after party at the Gait is proud to announce special guest, Montreal-native DJ Grandtheft. Tickets are cheaper this year at $20, and are on sale at the WinterFest booth in the SUB and at Doolittles until Jan. 16. The price includes entry to Rail Jam, DJ Grandtheft, and a free drink and hot dog. WinterFest hoodies are also on sale for only $30! However, there is a limited amount, so make sure that you get yours before they sell out.
Thursday, January 16, 4-11pm WINTERFEST KICK-OFF HAPPY HOUR - Après ski theme - Onesie competition - Photo wall - Giveaways Friday, January 17, 8am-6pm JAY DAY - Bus Trip - Group rates Saturday, January 18, 12-6pm BU RAIL JAM Presented by: SRC and Illusion Board Shop - Massive pro rail set up in the Quad for skiers and snowboarders - Winter village in the Quad - Ice Bar and Hot Drinks - Hot dogs - Giveaways all day long BALL HOCKEY TOURNAMENT IN THE QUAD Taking place during Rail Jam - Teams of 5 - Prizes for winning teams - Deadline to sign up a team is Friday January 17th at 4pm Saturday, January 18th, 11pm-3am RAIL JAM AFTER PARTY AT THE GAIT Featuring DJ Grandtheft
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New year, thank you By Kyrinne Lockhart Contributor
anuary 1st is all about new beginnings, do-overs, and fresh starts; a chance to change yourself. According to a CBS News poll, every year about 40% of people under the age of 30 make a New Year’s resolution. Usually, it is something related to bettering themselves: going to the gym more, eating better, quitting smoking, managing finances, reducing stress. All things that we think, if accomplished, will make our lives better and make us happier. Ultimately, every resolution is made to directly or indirectly enhance our happiness. Yet, every year we restart our pursuit of happiness. Maybe you are one of the 40% that made a resolution or maybe you are the other 60%, regardless of which person you are I believe there is one resolution that we should all make and strive to keep: to be more grateful. How often have you ever felt unrecognized for your hard work? How often have you forgotten to show gratitude for the hard work someone else has done for you? Showing gratitude is not just for Thanksgiving. Living with more gratitude has been
proven to increase your quality of life, and increase your happiness. Not only will it positively benefit your life but also acknowledging your family’s, friends’, and peers’ hard work will make them feel better and strengthen your relationship with them. If we become more outwardly grateful the world will become a better place. People who approach life with gratitude are more aware of all the wonderful things they have, which is perhaps the reason why people that are more grateful self-report a higher sense of happiness.
“Showing gratitude is not just for Thanksgiving. Living with more gratitude has been proven to increase your quality of life, and increase your happiness.”
As millennial twenty something’s, we fall into the stereotype of being considered selfish and believing that the world owes us a living. I think that our generation’s lack of gratitude is one of the reasons this stereotype has arisen. This is a damaging stereotype to have attributed to our generation. So I challenge you to break it.
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New Year’s resolutions mark the beginning of a new you, and that new you should include a more grateful you. Add that to the list.
As a resolution, being grateful is simple and accomplishable. It doesn’t cause you pain, you don’t have to sweat it out in a class, or give up bacon, or your retail therapy. You already know how and when to say thank you. The more you practice showing gratitude, the easier it will become and eventually it will not be a conscious effort. Start by creating a gratitude journal and listing a couple of things every night that you are thankful for. Go buy some stationary and post-
age and write hand-written thank you notes for the gifts you received over the holidays. Say thank you when someone helps you out. There are many people directly or indirectly involved in your life trying to make it a little easier for you; let them know you appreciate all the hard work. Additionally, when some one thanks you, say you’re welcome, even if it is small as something like holding the door open for them. Too often the recipients of thanks dimin-
ish the need and value of gratitude by saying “no problem” or “it was nothing.” By saying “you’re welcome” you will continue to encourage gratitude. We need to remember that life doesn’t owe us anything and that we need to focus instead on what we do have. So call your mom, dad, brother, sister, friend, mentor, right now and tell them that you are thankful for everything that they have done for you.
My epiphany about social conservatism and xenophobia By Eva Bessette Contributor
spent a good chunk of my winter break in France, my native country, and I’ve interacted with a few social conservatives over the course of my stay. There seems to be a progressive rise of the far right in France, perhaps in response to Francois Hollande’s leftwing government. Or maybe it was always there. I couldn’t tell you because the reality shit-show that is politics bores me to death. What I want to discuss is not politics per se, but rather a hypothesis regarding the psychology of social conservatism and xenophobia (not that the two necessarily go together). It seems
to me that a common feature among the social conservatives and xenophobes that I know is that the thing they most value about themselves is something which they have little or no control over, and most likely were born with. For example, what the French nationalist loves most about himself is the fact that he was born French, of French parents, with French ancestry. This is where he derives his sense of personal worth. This is why he is so threatened by immigration and globalization; if anyone has a claim to his identity, what makes him special, then he fears that this thing that he values so much might dissolve and become meaningless. Just the same, what the anti-feminist who believes in firm gender roles most
values about his identity is the fact that he is a man. Thus, when women start wanting to hold traditionally male roles and gender boundaries start to blur, the anti-feminist feels threatened in what he believes to be the most essential aspect of his identity and his value as a person. In this case, value isn’t about doing, but rather about being. Value is about fulfilling one’s idealized version of “the French identity”, or of “masculinity.” However, at this point the conservative runs into an issue; indeed, “the French identity” is perpetually changing, it is not set in stone. France has always been a mix of different cultures, identities, religions, etc. The French conservatives who are watching it change today think
that this is a break from the way things always were. In fact, things were always changing; the real break would be to stagnate. Thus, since things are always changing, the only way that the social conservative can have a shot at keeping his idealized identity intact is through highly repressive forms of social control. The problem is that things get tricky once you accuse someone of having the wrong values. Values are highly personal, and to some extent I feel like an asshole challenging these values. However, I can’t help but ask what good is a value that does not require any action on your part, but rather requires others to behave in the way you want them to?
Actually, I don’t
A cautionary look at marriage By Rose Nanga Contributor
’m happily married, I have two kids, and I want to tell you to not get married. According to Canadian law, marriage is the “the lawful union of two persons to the exclusion of all others.” Marriage is a legal matter. It’s not about love, flowers, or the union of two beautiful souls sacrificing their egocentric selves to become one. It’s not about the dress – even though some television shows tell us it is. The whole wedding market wants to convince us that marriage is about being the princess, throwing the party, and spending money (whether you have it or not) for the “most beautiful day of your entire life.” Or is it? Before and above all that, marriage is a union of two parties who are (normally) freely engaging in a contract to have their assets put together (or not), inherit these assets when one dies (or not), and will help a judge determine who is the father of a child born within 300 days after the separation. It’s a legal paper that will the mar-
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Is marriage, one of the oldest institutions in the world, becoming irrelevant in the 21st century “love freely” society?
ried couple give rights, obligations, and will provide some security regarding hospital visits, heritage, children and all assets accumulated from the beginning of the union until its end. Before marriage was considered a sheer contract, marriage was about the union of families, access to land, assurance of name transmission, and gain of power. Game of Thrones is a good illustration of such times. However, with the rule changes in heritage claims, the ability to choose one’s last name and the recognition of fathers outside of marriage, I believe that marriage is
slowly losing its purpose and becoming obsolete. Yet, one could argue that the emotional and spiritual aspects of marriage still remain. I disagree. according to the Survey of Income Data and Participation, the average length of a union is eight years in the United States, far from the “spending my entire life” promise. It would be easy to criticize our generation with the desecration of a holy institution. From observation one would contend that the Y/ Millennium/ Me Generation are not concerned about marriage. It’s “in”
to be married for a few hours, days, or a year, 10 maximum (only because of Johnny Depp). Divorces make prime time news discussing who got the million-dollar house, or who got custody of Suri, or North (what, that one hasn’t happened yet?). While marriage retains some sacredness, I believe our generation has redefined its rules. We engage in more premarital sexual activities, we live together, split; we love and have children in different situations. In fact, Statistics Canada stopped counting the number of marriages each year because it doesn’t give anyone clear information about family conditions anymore. We are putting love above the official (not Facebook) status. Signing a piece of paper that says to the world that you want to be with somebody makes no sense anymore. Why the need to get married in the name of love? Love freely, Carpe Diem, be happy. It might not help you with heartbreaks, but you will definitely save the money from divorce papers and the many headaches. Don’t get married.
Gen Y and the lack of youth voting Our strained relationship with democracy By Catherine Paquette Opinion writer
ur generation, Generation Y, has the lowest voter turnout percentage of any generation at the moment. Surely the right to vote, a right fought for and defended by our ancestors, is important to exercise. Apathy towards voting as well as disinterest towards the political process can only be seen as a negative. It has brought many to ask: is this trend dangerous for the future of a healthy democracy? The degree of voter turnout in Canada during the last ten years for 18-29 yearolds averaged 38.7 percent, compared to close to 70 percent for voters over 30. It has been shown that those who do not vote when they are young adults are not likely to vote as they grow older.
Those likely to vote in our country in the 18-29 year old bracket were single, white, college educated, ideologically moderate women, like myself. Yet our voting percentage was still lower than 30 year olds and over. Being that our young generation has different political goals to think of than older generations, you would think it not in our own self interest to be underrepresented at the polls. Some blame lack of knowledge as being a factor for this decline. Studies done have concluded that lack of voting is related to a lack of information in order to make an informed vote. In a survey done by the Institute for Research on Public Policy asking seven basic political knowledge questions, 18-25 year old Canadians were only able to answer on average 2.57 correctly.
Although you do expect people to accrue knowledge with time, this average is still startlingly low. Not only is political knowledge an indicator of voting probability, but it is also an indicator of political engagement. Those who are more informed about politics and the political system are more likely to be involved in politics and in community activities. Those with higher political knowledge are also better placed to make better decisions and elect more efficient leaders. The Canadian government has implemented different initiatives to try to change this worrisome factor. The federal independent election agency Elections Canada has tried information campaigns and school campaigns in an attempt to reach out to young Canadians. Clearly more is needed in our
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country to change the current trend. So, returning to the orginal question, is this trend dangerous for our healthy democracy? Many would be quick to say yes. I would like to propose another answer. Democratic governance is not supposed to be easy. It is about those who decide to make themselves heard. “Every age and generation must be as free to act for itself, in all cases, as the ages and generations which preceded it,” said political activist and theorist Thomas Paine. It is up to our generation to act as it wants. Those who believe in the power of their vote, the importance of a cause, or the purpose of a party, make themselves heard by showing up. That will be our generation’s freedom of decision. That is democracy, our decision.
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Loving who you are no matter the body type By Asha-Maria Bost Opinion Writer
e are all at some point uncomfortable with our bodies. We are too fat, too thin and that feeling about being just right is often fleeting. Our society places a lot of pressure on how we look; first impressions are often based on how we look for better or for worse. Ideally, we should be judged on our past work, achievements, and actions, and not how we look. It is well known that people who are on the bigger range of the body spectrum face a lot of undue criticism and discrimination. Medical problems can be seemingly fixed by the tell-all solution: just lose weight. However, being unhappy with our bodies sometimes breeds the exact unhealthy behaviours that we are trying to avoid. People diet, over-exercise and selfdeprecate. In the end, it just makes their bodies and their minds deteriorate. The media perpetuates a stereotype that that only the skinny one gets dates, and god forbid if a fat woman finds herself a
the skinny ideal, but should we fail, we should love ourselves anyway. The truth is we should love ourselves at all our sizes, fat, skinny and anywhere in between because in the grand scheme of things size, does not matter.
“Not all women have curves, and it is unfair to say that only women with curves are real women. photo courtesy greg shearer, beauty redfined! Everyone who self-identifies as lover, everyone is aghast that someone a woman is a real woman, no who is fat could find someone before matter what they look like.” skinny people. The body positivity movement aims to tackle the issues women have about their weight and appearance. The movement’s message is that that loving our bodies equates with loving ourselves. This is like saying love yourself “in spite” of being labelled fat by present beauty standards. However, I believe this message still reinforces the idea that our appearances are what matter most. It tells us that we should still try to achieve
Every woman can have a successful career, family and winning personality no matter their size, although the media often conveys a very different message telling us that skinny is best. The beauty industry does not show people of all sizes in the spectrum, just plus size and very skinny. More representation of all women and less advertising of skinny as the ideal is needed to help people suffering from low self-esteem and eating disorders.
Conversely, the body positivity movement also aims to increase the status of overweight and curvy women with the idea that “real women have curves.” Not all women have curves, and it is unfair to say that only women with curves are real women. We can’t make ourselves feel better by downgrading the experiences of people who look different. Everyone who selfidentifies as a woman is a real woman, nt matter what they look like. In truth, all women are beautiful, because all humans have an inherent worth, a worth that extends to encompass more than our bodies. In many ways, women, both skinny and curvy are made to feel inadequate about their bodies in order to be pushed toward the “beauty ideal.” Yet, beauty is not just the exterior of our bodies, but more our personalities and attributes. Our culture needs to recognize the true meaning of beauty so we can raise the next generation of young girls who appreciate their minds and actions and not just their bodies.
A response from a future working mother By Lois Boateng Opinion editor
Motherhood is the unfinished business of feminism. Some people want women to stay home and be devoted to the kids, that world is gone and that’s where we begin the discussion,” said York’s Women Studies Professor Andrea O’Reilly in CBC’s Doc Zone’s documentary The Motherload. This documentary discussed the victories and uphill challenges working mothers face as they try to reconcile their professional life and ambitions with their family obligations. The work-life balance debate has been a hot topic, especially for women. Since the 1970s, women have been participating in the paid labour market in full force, yet are expected to be the primary child caregiver and conduct the majority of household chores, even when both parents are working. Simply put, working women have at least two full-time jobs. While at home, she is thinking about what is going on at work and keeping herself updated
through her smartphone, but while at work, she is wondering if little Johnny and Sarah are okay. Moreover, “the gender wage gap between men and women is much smaller than between mothers and others,” said Joan C. Williams, University of California law professor and founding director of the Center of WorkLife Law. In fact, according to Statistics Canada, over their careers, fulltime working mothers earn 12 percent less than women without children, which can rise to 20 percent. “You almost feel like you are being punished for having a child,” said a disappointed Nadia Mohammed whose previous employer cut her position while she was on maternity leave. Accordingly, this wage gap has been dubbed the “motherhood penalty” which amounts to a loss of approximately $108,000 over 18 years on a $50,000 salary. Who is at fault for these conditions? Anne-Marie Slaughter, former foreign policy advisor to former U.S. Secretary of State
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The work-family balance is at the fore of workplace issues as women cement their place in the labour force.
Hillary Clinton and author of a magazine article entitled “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All”, posits that there is a need for a wider systematic change in the workplace in order to reflect the realities of women, more particularly working mothers. Williams concurs that the workplace was not designed for the worker who also had to bear the responsibility of children. “The workplace should be designed around the heroic
assumption the people have children, but the reality is that hasn’t happened.” In contrast, Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook and the author of controversial book “Lean In,” argues that women should “lean into” work. In other words, women should be more assertive in the workplace and have more confidence in themselves to go after the tops jobs rather than be discouraged by family obli-
gations. I agree with Slaughter. The argument that women must change neglects the larger societal issue, the one where women are expected to be professionals both at home and at work I aspire to be a lawyer with future ambitions of one day being a judge or an executive director of a social service or international organization. Yet, I would hope that my desire to one day have children would not be deemed a penalty. My numerous years of hard work should not go down the drain due to maternity leave. While I agree that no one can have it all, all at once, I do not think that parents or future parents should be presented an ultimatum between family and work; balance is necessary, the workplace needs to follow suit. As I contemplate my next career move after Bishop’s, I will certainly bear in mind to give my expertise and talents to a company that will appreciate me as a worker and me as a future mother.
Money over morals
What Colorado’s booming marijuana industry means for you By Will O’Connell Contributor
n less than two weeks of availability, $5 million worth of legal marijuana has been sold in Colorado. Recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado in late 2012, but New Year’s Day marked the opening of licensed retailers across the state. That day alone, the industry generated a million dollars. While one can dismiss either side of the legalization
debate, the money Colorado seems poised to make can’t be ignored. Considering there are currently only 37 licensed retailers, each with a limited amount of marked-up dope, sales and profits are only going to increase. The state government plans to hand out more licenses, which combined with the expansion of now-legal growing operations, should provide an increase in supply and a reduction in price, generating even more sales. Bloomberg News has pre-
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January 1st 2014 marked the beginning of legal recreational weed shops in Colorado. Many pot users lined up to take a hit. Will this be a sight coming to Canada?
dicted the industry could generate $400 million in sales over the year, a figure which would net the state government $70 million in tax revenue. This is without considering the money Colorado will save through not having to enforce prohibition and incarcerate offenders. So while Colorado’s government and businesses rake in millions, the rest of the world sits in limbo. Washington State itself is implementing a similar system later this year, and Maine is planning a referendum on the issue. Several other states are debating the issue as well. But what does this mean for Canada? In early 2012, the Liberal Party announced a policy of legalization, a motion supported by leader Justin Trudeau. This policy was slammed by Conservatives and continues to be a hotbutton issue. The stakes were raised this summer when Trudeau admitted to having
smoked pot as a member of parliament. While the Tories and their most staunch supporters were outraged, the majority of Canada couldn’t care less. Support for legalization has been increasing steadily, as has support for the Liberal party since Trudeau’s election as leader. In response to the continued support of legalization policies by Canadians, and the complete indifference towards Trudeau’s admitted use, the Tories appear ready to change their attitude. Justice Minister Peter MacKay has suggested that the government is considering allowing police to issue fines for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. The current status quo sees a discrepancy between the recently imposed mandatory minimum sentences and the police’s tendency to ignore marijuana possession. MacKay, however, maintains that this would not be a policy of decriminalization. He says fines could be imposed in addition to or instead of the other potential sanctions. While this would certainly
be a step in the right direction, it also fails to address the issue at hand. Legalization appears all but inevitable, and such a change would serve only to complicate an already complicated situation. The Tories are fighting a losing battle, attempting to appease both their hard-line support base and the more moderate electorate. A decision along these lines does neither. Should Canada legalize marijuana, the profits would be enormous. Considering there are six times as many people in Canada as in Colorado, annual sales across the country could reach tens of billions of dollars. In British Columbia alone, per year marijuana sales are estimated at upwards of $400 million. That figure does not include the massive amounts of money generated through illegal exports, as “BC Bud” is a world-renowned strain of cannabis. Thus we wait, bong and Cheetos in hand, for Canada to cast aside moral debate and focus on what’s important: reaping billions of dollars in profit.
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XXII Olympic Winter Games Olympic Preview by Dylan Konecny Contributor
he 22nd Winter Olympics are around the corner, set to descend on Sochi, Russia in just under a month. For two weeks every four years, the Olympics can expose Canadians to a variety of winter sports that may otherwise be overlooked. The calendar this time is chalk full of many interesting events and matchups: Canada is coming off a record setting performance in Vancouver, where our nation won an astonishing 14 gold medals on home soil. Looking ahead to Sochi, here are the events worth marking down on the calendar.
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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police at the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at BC Place.
Opening Ceremony The Canadian Olympic Committee has yet to name a flag bearer for the Games’ opening ceremony on February 7, though the announcement will come in the last week of January. While nothing is official yet, early favourites for the honour include ice hockey players Sidney Crosby and Hayley Wickenheiser, figure skating pair Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, individual figure skater Patrick Chan, bobsledder Kaillie Humphries, speed skater Charles Hamelin and freestyle skier Alexandre Bilodeau. According to the Toronto Sun, this year’s torchbearer is set to be named on Jan. 24 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
When it comes to curling, Canada has dominated on the Olympic stage: the country has won medals in both men’s and women’s curling since the sport returned to the Olympic programme in 1998 with the Nagano Games. Brad Jacobs of the Ontario Team and Manitoban skip Jennifer Jones will represent the men’s and women’s teams, respectively. An entertaining sport to watch, curling with offer no shortage of talent this time out. The round robin opens with the first draw on Monday, February 10, with the finals taking place on February 20 (women’s) and 21 (men’s).
Short Track Speed Skating
Short track speed skating is nothing short of exhilarating to watch. The event consists of four to six racers skating on an oval ice track within the confines of an ice hockey rink, moving at speeds in excess of 40km/h. The lengths of races vary from 500m to 3000m, as well as a 5000m relay. More often than not, the high speeds of the racers combined with the small size of the track can result in NASCAR-like crashes between the athletes; it’s an event where anyone can win the race, so long as they are able to finish. This time out, Canadian Charles Hamelin will look to defend his gold medal in the 500m men’s individual race as well as the gold medal he received with the 5000m relay team. Sochi will be the Olympic debut for the Boucherville, QC native Charle Cournoyer. Cournoyer has been skating for just 3 years internationally, but
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Canadian speed skater Charles Hamlin competes at the Vanvouver Olympics in 2010.
in that time he has won two medals at three world cups, as well as a gold with the 5000m relay team at the 2013 world championships. The 22-year-old made the Olympic team after an outstanding performance at the Olympic Trials in July, where Cournoyer placed second in five races and made the finals for eight of nine possible races. The Canadian women’s team will be led by Marianne St-Gelais, one of four athletes to win multiple medals in the Vancouver Olympics. Hopefully, St-Gelais can pull off a performance at Sochi that can dethrone the reigning Chinese and South Korean skaters.
New this year, snowboard slopestyle has been added to the Olympic programme. Slopestyle skiing and boarding events are a fixture of the Winter X Games; athletes are required to perform a variety of tricks throughout the run, often involving rails at the beginning and multiple jumps at the finish. The Olympic debut of slopestyle coincides with a Olympic debut for Canadian pro snowboarder Mark McMorris, top slopestlye snowboarder for the last two years. McMorris won gold at the Winter X Games in 2013 and 2012, and silver at the 2013 FIS Snowboarding World Championships. On his final run at the 2013 X Games, McMorris became the first person to ever score a 98.00 out of 100.00 in a snowboard slopestyle event, doing so while defending his slopestyle title from fellow boarder Shaun White. Also on the bill for Sochi is snowboard cross, en event that has seen some dramatic finishes over the years— none more memorable than American boarder Lindsey Jacobellis’ fall following a failed attempt at a method grab over the second-to-last jump on the course at the 2006 Winter Olympics. The slip-up saw Tanja Frieden of Switzerland go on to secure the gold, while Jacobellis finished with silver. Canadian Maëlle Ricker won gold in 2010 for women’s snowboard cross, storming to the lead in the beginning of the race and securing Canada’s team another gold medal on home soil. Sochi will be the North
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Montreal-born Alexandre Bilodeau competes in the moguls event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.
Figure Skating Ice Dancing
All eyes will be on Canadian pairs figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir as they come to Sochi to defend their gold medal from the last Olympic Games. The duo has remained competitive post-Vancouver, winning the Canadian Champions ships twice, as well as the world championships in 2012 and placing second in 2013. The pair is going to have to fend off strong competitors in Sochi: ranked first are the American powerhouse duo Meryl Davis and Charlie White, considered favourites to contend for the gold medal.
Vancouver native’s third Olympic Games. The women’s snowboard cross qualification and finals will take place on February 16. Mike Robertson, a Canadian silver medalist in the Vancouver men’s snowboard cross has since retired due to multiple concussions sustained throughout his career. In Roberston’s absence, the Canadian men’s team will be headed by Chris Robanske, Kevin Hill and Jake Holden. Robanske is the only member on the team to score a victory at the FIS World Cup tour, placing first at the Snowboard Cross World Cup at Blue Mountain in February 2013.
Freestyle Skiing Canada saw its first-ever gold medal won on home soil by the Montreal-born skier Alexandre Bilodeau during the moguls event in Vancouver. Since then, Bilodeau has remained one of the top mogul skiers in the world. Mikaël Kingsbury, meanwhile, has taken on the title of best in Canada; the two teammates are poised to battle it out in Russia, which should make for some entertaining competition. On the women’s side of the moguls event, Quebecborn sisters Justine and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe are also expected to reach the podium in Russia. Justine won the World Cup in Calgary earlier this year, while Chloé finished third at the same event. Hannah Kearney, an Olympic Champion from Vancouver, will certainly have her work cut out for her if she wants to defend her title.
Ski jumping begins with the skiers taking off down a steep hill, gaining speed before hitting a jump that will launch them distances upwards of a regulation football field in length before landing. If that’s not close enough to flying, what is. The Sochi Olympics will be the first time that women’s ski jumping will be on the programme. Photo courtesy post media
Maëlle Ricker (left) of the Canadian women’s snowboard cross team receives the gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.
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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir perform in the ISU Grand Prix figure skating series. Individual
Patrick Chan has just won his seventh-straight Canadian title and will be looking to win his first Olympic medal in Sochi. Chan is one of the most decorated skaters in Canadian history however an Olympic win is one that has eluded him throughout his career. Nonetheless, the 23-year-old is expected to finally reach the podium come February.
Skeleton and Luge
A sport no doubt geared toward the most dedicated of adrenaline junkies, the skeleton involves athletes going face-first down an icy track at speeds where racers can feel up to 5G’s of force on their bodies. Similarly, luge features athletes riding feet-first on a one or two-person sled down an ice track at speeds of up to 140km/h. As with any sport, risk is always present, as the courses are extremely technical and push the limits of an athlete’s ability to focus and perform. For complete Olympic event schedules and information, visit sochi2014.com.
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2014’s midseason must-sees By Mel MacCoubrey Contributor
t’s grey, it’s cold, there’s no motivation: it’s winter time. But it is also time to break out of our icy shells, for smoking hot, midseason television has begun. Distraction guaranteed. So come inside, sit down, turn on, tune in, and enjoy the shows. And yes, I think there’s a little something for everyone. New Year Newcomers:
rue Detective (Jan. 12, HBO) - Let’s ring in the new year with some promise. True Detective, starring both Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, seems to be HBO’s new rising star. Follow these two detectives through rural Louisiana on the hunt for a serial killer who has escaped their grasps for over a decade.
hozen (Jan. 13, FX) - From the creators of Eastbound
& Down and Archer, comes Chozen, the story of a gay, white rapper who wants to make it big in the music industry. The show will air alongside Archer during the FX Monday animation slot. And if anyone asks, that’s Chozen with an “ozen”.
he Red Road (Feb. 27, Sundance) - New Jersey cop (Martin Henderson) makes allies with a dangerous criminal as he investigates a tragedy on the Native American reservation under his jurisdiction. If any of you are still in mourning after Khal Drogo’s death in Game of Thrones, have no fear: Jason Momoa is back in this new, ambitious show. Repeat Offenders:
ownton Abbey (Jan.5, PBS) - The third season left us hanging with a tragic car accident and a new baby, and the fourth season of Downton Abbey has even tougher things to
red, and white holiday with your favorite evil conscience, Kevin Spacey.
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Harelson and McCounaghey in prime-time television?! The start of 2014 brings some much-awaited excitement to the screen.
swallow. Shirley MacLaine will join the cast once again, and Paul Giamatti will be making a guest appearance, so be ready for some American tough-love!
rcher (Jan.13, FX) - Your favourite arrogant buddy is back with his fifth season! Watch ISIS travel further into the danger-zone and attempt to rebuild their headquarters
after the government shuts them down.
ouse of Cards (Feb.14, Netflix) - Dateless this Valentine’s day? Not a problem. After winning three Emmys (and being nominated nine times), House of Cards is back for its second season. Satisfy your thirst for world-domination and revenge of the pink,
annibal (Feb. 2, NBC) Arguably one of the best new shows of 2013, Hannibal returns for its second season after a gut-wrenching, malicious season finale. NBC treats us to an early taste of our favourite cannibal’s latest menu this February. If that wasn’t enough to get your blood pumping again, here are some more shows to help you through the chilly term:
ommunity (S02, Jan. 2, NBC), Girls (S03, Jan. 12, HBO), Sherlock (S03, Jan. 19, PBS), and The Walking Dead (S04 Feb. 9th, AMC). And just as a little teaser to help you make it to exams, Game of Thrones will be back April 6 on HBO. Happy studies!
2013 in a soundbite
The year’s best in music across the charts By Alissa Ralph A & C editor
013 was a killer year for music. No, you won’t find traces of Katy Perry or Lady Gaga here, but you will discover the music-industry headliners that hijacked my headphones. These 4 albums are some of my past-year favourites that have attained a permanent spot on my iTunes.
anye West, Yeezus Say what you will about Kanye West; I’m sure he’s heard it all before. One thing that has been said again and again this year is how West’s sixth studio album Yeezus has taken hip-hop to a new level. This reviewer questions Kanye’s “I am a God” mantra, but it is impossible to deny the intensity at which I’ve enjoyed this album. As a relatively new lover of rap and hip-hop, Yeezus ticks all the boxes. “Black Skinhead” heads the album with frenzied drums and vocals, while “Guilt Trip” has a much more personal message. Sampling Nina Simone’s rendition of the historically haunting “Strange Fruit”
in “Blood on the Leaves” is both risky and hugely rewarding with its pounding horns and synth. Even if you despise him, listen to this album.
he National, Trouble Will Find Me American post-punk, rock band The National are this year’s kings of melancholy. As a girl with a love of quiet rooms and rain, this album has been the perfect companion to my down-days. Lead singer Matt Berninger, a steady baritone, sings of love-lost and loneliness, and you can’t help but imagine yourself alone on a New York subway at 3 a.m. in 1991. In other words, the music is transporting. “I Should Live in Salt” is a reflective meditation whereas “Don’t Swallow the Cap” is a more peppy, film soundtrack-esque song. The hit “Demons” is bound to become an anthem of 2013.
ampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City With Ezra Koenig as my favourite Twitter personality, I was bound to love Vampire Weekend’s most recent album. The work tempts you to grab your
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All bowed down to Yeezus in 2013.
nearest friend and either dance until your feet off, or rent a beat-up car and drive to Los Angeles with no sleep. The album is equal parts inexhaustibly upbeat and thought-provoking. Songs like “Diane Young” force you to get up and groove, and continue all the way until “Finger Back”. On the other hand, “Obvious Bicycle” and “Hannah Hunt” are a bit slower in tempo, but are no less enthusiastic. This band has churned out a lot of indie hits, and this album has delivered no less.
ake Bugg, Shangri La This up-and-coming English rocker’s melange of early 60s blues and
modern indie-rock is back with his sophomore album Shangri La. I had the pleasure of seeing this moody 19-yearold perform in Montreal this past September, and despite his nonchalant delivery of even the most emotional lyrics, Bugg’s songs hit you. Unlike his previous self-titled album filled mostly with heartfelt acoustic ballads, Shangri La has a sharper edge. While songs like “Me and You” and “A Song About Love” are clearly romantic in nature, “Slumville Sunrise”, “Messed Up Kids”, and “Simple Pleasures” are hard and raw. His sincerity is cultivated, and this young talent simply cannot be ignored.
The 71st Golden Globes
...also known as the Jennifer Lawrence show By Alissa Ralph A & C editor
unday night’s 71st Annual Golden Globes took on its usual agenda: TV and film’s most notable stars of the year mingling together in a media bonanza, all the while drinking expensive champagne, and laughing at jokes aimed at each other. What seemed different was the element of surprise. Going into the show, I hadn’t any idea who would walk out with which award, who would have the corniest acceptance speech, or who would let the f-bombs fly on-air. I silently rooted for the series American Horror Story and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, respectively, and was thrilled that the latter won an award for his role in The Wolf of Wall Street. Hosted for a second time by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, the opening monologue was what you’d expect from the duo. Despite not watching either of their primetime shows, I found both women genuinely funny, and the show
began with enthusiasm. Matthew McConaughey picked up the award for Best Actor in a Drama, with his fellow cast mates Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence winning awards for the film American Hustle. Best screenplay went to Spike Jonze’s Her while best director went to Alfonso Cuarón for his film Gravity, which was also a nominee for the Best Picture award. The most incoherent speech award went to Jacqueline Bisset, who took almost a full 30-seconds to leave her seat to get to the stage once her name was called for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a TV Series award. What followed was presumably a lot of eyerolling from the audience, as Bisset delivered a — in my opinion — self-indulgent, drawn-out thank you. Some other significant moments of the show was 12 Years a Slave’s win for Best Picture. Director Steve McQueen and seemingly the entire cast accepted the award in a grinning gaggle. But without a doubt, the most talked-
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Apparently Taylor Swift wrote one mean breakup song about Jennifer Lawrence.
about moment was Jennifer Lawrence’s “photo bomb” on Taylor Swift, as Lawrence crept up the stairs like a kraken from the sea during Swift’s interview on the red carpet. Tumblr bloggers created a gif within seconds, further cementing Lawrence into her position as favourite female on earth.
With awards season now in fullswing, the Oscars are fast approaching. As an unfailing viewer of the Academy Awards, I eagerly await February for another star-studded show.
BU style watch
Fashion profile: Taylor O’Dea By alissa ralph A & C editor
Why do you “dress up”? I like being able to express myself through my clothes. I mean, you wear them every day, why make them boring? But it’s also about being comfortable in my own skin. I love sweatpants as much as the next person; they’re practical, cozy, and require no effort. But the days I wear sweatpants, I actually feel like a different person. However, if I take the time to put together an outfit that I love, I feel closer to who I am, more confident, and even have more energy. Another key factor as to why I like to dress up is to stand out in a crowd. It might seem conceited, but I simply don’t like to be like everyone else. I like to dress in a way that both accents my eccentric personality and makes no apologies for it. What are your favorite aspects of fashion/style? In clothes, I value individuality, practicality, and texture. I mostly look for pieces that I don’t necessarily see everyday. I don’t tend to keep with trends, I just wear things I like and that are different. There are particular textures that just make my skin crawl. When choosing clothes I will often just blindly put my hand through the rack and look the pieces whose material I like the best. In terms of how I put things together, I love to contrast styles. A pretty coral garden dress with a leather jacket or a floral skirt with Doc Martens. I also love bold contrasts in colours and materials. Where do you gather wardrobe inspiration?
I suppose I mostly look to emulate my favourite eras and subcultures of fashion, particularly 60s and 70s British styles, such and mod and punk. I also really like 90s grunge. Colour-wise, fall colours are my favourite: forest green, burgundy, burnt orange, and, of course, black.
Where do you buy your clothes? What are your favourite clothing stores/online shops? Thrift shops mostly. Thrift Shops, clothing swaps, vintage store, dumpster dives and my mother’s closet. I buy jeans at Lucky Brand, and I sometimes like Urban Outfitters, skate shops, and alternative clothing stores. What is your must-wear winter trend? Definitely wool socks. As soon as November rolls around, I wear wool socks until March. I love them over jeans or leggings — sticking out of boots. On top of how they look, they keep your feet warm, dry, and happy. All good things. What’s the most unique/special clothing item in your wardrobe? I think the most unique piece I own is a purple and sea foam green sequined blazer with shoulder pads and a dramatic black collar. I always feel kind of like David Bowie when I wear it and I’ve never seen anything like it. How do you like to accessorize? Belts are my favourite accessory. They just magically tie an outfit together and very few of my outfits are complete without one.
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Hat: Young Jane’s vintage clothing; jacket: 170 Queen clothing swap; scarf: grandmother’s closet; Doc Marten boots: Neon
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Disney does it again in their newest film Frozen By Kai Rudell Ar ts writer
ne can’t help but feel a little nostalgic during the holiday season. It’s a time of year often full of traditions; traditions kept since childhood. It’s also a time of year where you have no choice but to stay indoors for fear of freezing to death. What better time, then, for the hallowed tradition of warm-hearted and family-friendly feelings of a Disney animated feature? Frozen offers everything one might expect from the longstanding institution that is Disney. But, the film still has some unexpected tricks up its sleeve. First off, Frozen is beautiful. Winter weather and icy magic looks incredible when digitally-rendered. Disney Animation Studios can clearly afford the cutting edge in animation techniques, and they utilize everything at their disposal. The animation is incredibly smooth, and the emotion on the characters’ faces creates a full sense of who they are. The movie is especially breathtaking in 3D, and offers many a grand scene that makes the most of it. The story itself is based on Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Snow
Queen” — albeit loosely. It tells the story of two sister princesses Elsa and Anna, who begin to drift apart when Anna is injured by Elsa’s developing ice magic. Anna is then made to forget Elsa’s powers, while Elsa is told to hide them, thus becoming a recluse. At Elsa’s coronation, her powers go out of control once again, which begins a never-ending winter. Anna then must journey to stop winter and save her sister with some friends along the way. Frozen is an absolutely charming tale, and this story of two sisters is sure to melt anyone’s heart, even if they themselves have never had a close sibling. The movie is also funny as heck, with smart humour and plenty of quirky, comic-relief moments. If you pay attention, you might even notice a few references to acclaimed comedic television show “Arrested Development”. Being a classic Disney princess movie, there are musical numbers throughout the film. These songs are in a variety of genres, and although some are a bit forgettable, they still create that Disney feel. The film’s score is also really well done. It takes influence from Nordic culture, and begins with a very beautiful piece inspired by music of the
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The cast of characters and their costumes in the film were inspired by Nordic culture.
northern Sami tribe. The biggest surprise of Frozen, however, is the way it plays on our developed expectations of the Disney-princess genre. There are minor spoilers ahead, so consider yourselves warned. The first 20 minutes or so of the movie may scare some away, as it lays down thick the conventions and cli-
chés of love-at-first-sight Disney. But in the end, the film forgoes these conventions, and instead plays to today’s more modern moviegoer. It even ends up challenging our idea of “true love”. Disney has long had an excellent track record, and Frozen is another magical addition to their canon. Reviewer’s score: A
Lennoxville’s authentic Indian cuisine is back By Eva Bessette Contributor
hen Shalimar on Queen St. went down in flames this past spring, many of us were crushed. It seemed like our community’s favourite restaurants were disappearing one by one. First Captain Grec’s, which was a student-staple, then Shalimar, and then Pep. Well, despair not, because I am happy to announce that Shalimar was entirely rebuilt and is back as of early December. It’s still the Shalimar we all know and love, but times ten. First of all, the place is bigger. The first thing you’ll notice walking by is the huge streetside windows. Inside, the walls are the same bright yellow color. However, I miss the deep blue ceiling, which is now painted white. The place is lit by a few gorgeous chandeliers, and the artificial fireplace encased in the wall brings warmth and sophistication. We arrived at 5:30 p.m. with a reservation, and by 6pm the place was jam-packed. I advise you to reserve in advance or else you may not get a table. We sat down and the waiter gave us a wine menu, which
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Shalimar is open for business once again at 263 Queen street.
is a rare occurrence since most restaurants in the area ask you to bring your own. At Shalimar you have an option of either eating from the all-you-can-eat buffet, or ordering from a menu. As usual, we chose the slightly more expensive but oh-so-worth-it buffet option, about $30 per person, tax and tip included. Since my boyfriend and I are vegan, we asked the cook which of the dishes on the buffet we could eat. The cook was very patient with us and told us exactly which ones were vegan — most of them were.
The buffet offered a moderate selection of dishes. There was a salad bar, soup, batter-fried vegetables, tamarind sauce, white rice, broccoli, a bean dish, aloo matar (potatoes and peas in a tomato-based sauce), three different meat-based dishes, and naan bread. First, I had a small bowl of soup, which was good but a bit too salty for my taste. Then I got myself a big plateful of the various entrées. The aloo matar was my favourite, closely followed by the bean dish. The batter-fried veggies were divine, especially topped with the tamarind sauce. You can tell this food is prepared with love; it’s not merely satiating, but it’s nurturing. I ended up going back for seconds... three times. The two waiters working that night were charming (and, dare I say, both very handsome). The cook, an equally charming woman — all smiles — chatted with the customers. As far as I can tell, the whole staff is bilingual. We left the restaurant two hours later with full bellies and big smiles on our faces. The warmth of the place — the atmosphere, the people, the food — is contagious. You won’t be disappointed.
A terrific year for the gaming world Last year’s games worth straining your eyes for By Peter Krasemann Contributor
t the start of a new year, it’s important to look back on the previous year and reminisce about the best moments. In this case, it’s the games you’ve played, or the ones you wished to play. So let us peel back the veil to reveal the best of the year!
The Walking Dead: Season 2 (all systems) One of the finest story telling experiences is back. It will leave you horrified, shocked and in awe throughout its entirety. The only downside is the length, but with four more episodes to come, I’m feeling
reassured. Excluding the final episode of season one, this single episode beats out all the others previously offered. The Wolf Among Us (all systems) In another amazing game from Telltale, you are in control of a werewolf-detective in an immersive, cruel world. Set in the world of Fables, the comic series by writer and artist Bill Willingham, the characters are taken straight from their world of rhyme and myth and are now trying to live in ours. The conclusion had me riding a high until the final unexpected blow. Pokémon Y (3DS) One of my favourite game franchises for as long as I can
remember, this new generation had a different feel from the games offered to us over the years. Unfortunately, included is a dull story that could’ve been more stimulating for longtime fans, but the general feel and look of the Pokémon along with the new mechanics had me investing a ton of time into the game. The Last of Us (PS3) A confident step in the right direction for gaming. It manages to feel just brutal enough and real enough to suck you in and keep you playing for hours. It doesn’t help that there are mountains of collectibles, upgrades, and supplements to find. An amazing game.
Bioshock Infinite (PS3, Xbox360) A truly mesmerizing experience. Both beautiful and complex, it is a truly successful sequel to Bioshock. The most captivating point about the game is its ending. After playing the downloadable content and the original game once more, the end manages to put things in perspective and show just how intricate this universe actually is. Tempting unplayed games:
Peggle 2 (Xbox One): The original is too addictive for words, and from what I’ve seen of the sequel, it’s going to give us more of what we want.
Passport Please/Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (Steam/ consoles): Two indie titles that I always wanted to pick up but never found the time for. From what I’ve seen and read, they both look to be new, creative, original pieces that have truly earned the praise. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (all systems): For making sailing look as awesome it did in Windwaker, I should have bought and played AC on its midnight release. Instead, I decided to wait until I manage to grab a next-gen console to see it all the prettier! But, the pirate life beckons, and I will surely be playing in 2014.
horoscopes: Chinese New Year
By Aunt wu
RAT: 1900-1912-1924-1936-19481960-1972-1984-1996-2008 Rats tend to be charismatic and quick-witted and know when to seize an opportunity. This year will be flooded with interesting work offers to forward your career. Your ambition makes you relentless in achieving your goals, but this can cause you to exploit others to your advantage. Be careful: your charm will only take you so far. OX: 1901-1913-1925-1937-19491961-1973-1985-1997-2009 This year will be a great test for your social life. Your honesty and loyalty will be great allies. An Ox will always defend their beliefs; however, you can be a little narrow-minded at times and stubborn. Remember, as a natural leader you want to inspire people and not dictate their lives. TIGER: 1902-1914-1926-1938-19501962-1974-1986-1998-2010 Overall a promising year for tigers in most aspects of their life. However, when things go well they tend to get lazy and that’s when things fall apart. Tigers have an endless pool of
energy to be put to good use either creatively or towards relationships. They’re often afraid of going after what they want, but possess everything to get it. If someone criticizes you, use it as a lesson. RABBIT: 1903-1915-1927-19391951-1963-1975-1987-1999-2011 This year, your romantic star will be shining bright, but watch out for entanglements and love triangles. You are a little shy and kind, so don’t be a pushover, especially in your relationships. You’re a naturally talented person, but can be a little snobbish; this will not serve you well in the upcoming year. DRAGON: 1904-1916-1928-19401952-1964-1976-1988-2000-2012 Great work opportunities are ahead, but only if you can learn to work with others. Often over-demanding due to your perfectionism, you prove intolerant and impatient, which may be detrimental to working relationships that could bring potential wealth. Creating agreeable working relationships will also be favourable for your love life.
SNAKE: 1905-1917-1929-19411953-1965-1977-1989-2001-2013 Your health this year should be primary focus. Nothing too alarming in th cards, but keep in check or frequent colds and flues could be in store for you. Last year held many conflicts; luckily the dust has settled. Rework and renew relationships by being less possessive. HORSE: 1906-1918-1930-19421954-1966-1978-1990-2002-2014 Don’t give up if you can’t find work, just make sure that you’re playing your strengths. In relationships, you can be a little passive and be content to go along with whatever your partner wants, which doesn’t mean you have less love to give. Communication will be key to avoid major problems in the upcoming year. GOAT: 1907-1919-1931-1943-19551967-1979-1991-2003-2015 It will be a good year for connecting with others but challenging for the self. The challenge will stem mianly from the insecurity of feeling underappreciated. You have a tendency to hold back your emotions. Everything is there for the taking, so try not to be too fussy. MONKEY: 1908-1920-1932-19441956-1968-1980-1992-2004-2016 Your hard work will be recognized this year under the form of a promotion or reward. Moving or traveling will open new doors and you will thrive; don’t waste the chance. It
won’t be a strong year for romance, but keep an open heart. It will lay the ground work for future relationships. For monkeys in a relationship, you will stay steady as long as you put in the effort. ROOSTER: 1909-1921-1933-19451957-1969-1981-1993-2005-2017 Roosters will be all about passion, flings and love this year. You’ll be impatient, and won’t want to wait for what you desire. High risk-taking will definitely be an attractive solution to what may have felt like monotony in the last year. Cherish your friends this year and look to them for advice, they’ll help you stay grounded. DOG: 1910-1922-1934-1946-19581970-1982-1994-2006-2018 Dogs are of the most loyal of signs. They can, however, hold a grudge if they feel betrayed, mostly due to their strong sense of justice. It’s time to let go or you may not be able to capitalize on the good things in store for you in this new year. Money will be flowing if you trust your instincts. PIG: 1911-1923-1935-1947-19591971-1983-1995-2007-2019 Dreaming of a life of luxury is no secret desire of those born under this sign. Unfortunately, you will have a tendency to indulge in every immediate pleasure which will be something for you to weather this year. In romance, look for someone who is as devoted a lover as you, and you’ll be the happiest little piggy.
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Canada’s Olympic hockey team announced By Jared Perlmutter Spor ts editor
fter many months of speculation, the Canadian Olympic hockey roster is finally set. Fans now know the names of the men set to represent them abroad next month in Sochi, Russia. Tampa Bay Lightning GM (and former Olympic gold medallist) Steve Yzerman had his work cut for him, as narrowing down the dozens of qualified Canadians to a mere 25 is no enviable task. Of course, as is always the case, the announcement of the team came with much scrutiny from hockey fans. That said, this team is chalk full of the skill, speed and size that define Canadian puck. The projected top line features Sidney Crosby at centre with fellow Pittsburgh Penguin Chris Kunitz on the left, and Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos on the right. Stamkos is still recovering from a broken leg, with the hopes of returning in time for Sochi. If he does, watch out, with Sid feeding him the puck, Stammer is set to explode. The second line will likely feature a pair of returning Olympians and Anaheim Ducks teammates, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf. We can expect to see Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn on the left side of this line, giving Canada a
dominant goal scoring second line. Another set of teammates highlight what is likely to be Canada’s third line. Jonathan Toews, widely regarded as Canada’s MVP in 2010, will skate between wingers Patrick Sharp (his line mate in Chicago) and either Rick Nash or Jeff Carter. Nash, in the midst of a down year with the Rangers, has plenty of Olympic experience, and Carter is a bona fide sniper, who should excel on the big international ice. Rarely does John Tavares line up as a fourth line centre, but he will for Canada, illustrating just how deep this team, and nation is. Hoping to play with Johnny T is his fellow 2009 draftee Matt Duchene. Despite being a natural center man, Duchene has all the requite speed and skill to skate on the wing, not to mention previous chemistry with Tavares. The right wing will likely be occupied by either Nash or Carter. This leaves two “utility” forwards, who both happen to be returning Olympians. The Sharks Patrick Marleau can play either on the left or at centre, as can fellow returnee Patrice Bergeron of the Bruins. Additionally, Bergeron will most likely be relied upon to take crucial own zone face-offs and kill penalties. The eight defensemen coming to Sochi bring a dearth of experience and
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Jonathan Toews, pictured above, was Canada’s most consistent forward in 2010, and returns as a candidate for the captaincy.
skill. Highlighted by returnees Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith and Shea Weber, Canada’s own zone will be in good hands. While the pairs are not quite set, it is likely that Doughty and Keith will operate as the shutdown tandem. Behind them are St. Louis Blues teammates and partners Jay Boumeester and Alex Pietrangelo. Finally, after what seems like an eternity, Boumeester, now playing for a playoff team, has flourished, and Pietrangelo is simply a stud. Look for them to be a top pairing. Also coming along for the ride; San Jose’s Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Vancouver’s Dan Hamhuis, and the much maligned PK Subban of the Canadiens. Subban
is often called out for lacking defensive prowess and will be an asset in the open ice, as well as the powerplay. Canada’s goalies feature one returnee and two newcomers. Roberto Luongo backstopped the team to gold four years ago, but it is likely he will cede the title of starter to Montreal’s Carey Price. Price, in the midst of a career year, has simply looked untouchable. Adding depth is Mike Smith of Phoenix. Canada will be coached once more by Mike Babcock of Detroit. An intense individual, Babcock will be sure to command the best from the team, en route to what we can only hope is a gold medal.
Geoff Coventry signs on with CFL’s Alouettes Another Gaiter graduates to pro By Jared Perlmutter Spor ts editor
n what is becoming a recurring theme, yet another Bishop’s Gaiter has moved onto the pro ranks. Long time Gaiter great Geoff Coventry has signed on to play for the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes. Coventry, a veteran of the Gaiter’s program, impressed the Montreal brass enough with his play throughout his fifth season to garner a contract. In what was a banner year for the entire Gaiters aerial attack, the 6’2 190lb receiver stood out due to his consistency and dependency. Playing in their third season together, Coventry was without question a safety valve for Hec Creighton win-ning quarterback Jordan Heather. Though often taking a back seat statistically to fellow re-
ceiver Alexander Fox, Coventry was no doubt an integral member of the Gaiters offense, totalling 37 receptions to go along with 525 yards and 2 touchdowns. His career year earned him a spot on the RSEQ All-Star team, along with teammates Fox and Heather. To further speak to his big game ability, Coventry’s stats indicate an ability to play in the clutch, and step up when needed. There is no better example perhaps than his first game of the sea-son against crosstown rivals, the University of Sherbrooke. In what would end with 28-27 victo-ry for BU, Coventry had seven receptions for 142 yards to go along with a touchdown. The best players elevate their game to another level in big games, which is just what Coventry did. While Geoff’s career year and
numbers certainly speak to his success, he did take an unconventional path to a CFL career. Most CIS players that go on the play in the CFL are drafted, usually following their fourth collegiate year, thus allowing a pro team to retain their rights while the player develops and plays out their eligibility. Despite taking what can be called the road less travelled, Coventry adds to what is now an im-pressive total of Gaiter alumni in the CFL. Last year’s CFL draft saw both Elie Ngoyi and Jer-maine Gabriel come out of the Gaiter’s program. Speaking with Geoff, his excitement and gratitude is evident. “I’m honestly just happy to have a shot, no matter if I was drafted or not”, says Coventry noting that while not ready his draft year, “these extra years definitely helped”.
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Coventry enjoyed a career year in 2013, playing a leading role in the Gaiter’s high powered offence.
As with many athletes, Coventry noted a number of people who helped him on this path. “[It] starts from the beginning of my football years
for sure” says Coventry, specifically thanking coaches Bruce Blomeley and Peter Bean for “not giving up on me when I was short and skinny”. Additionally, Coventry owes credit to Bishop’s coaches Javier Rivera and Brent Bailey for moulding his game throughout his fourth and fifth years, and to numerous other coaches from both BU and the other teams he’s played for. Not to be forgotten is BU Head Coach Kevin Mackey, under whom Coventry saw his career blossom. When asked what he would say to those players looking to follow in his footsteps, Coventry’s message is simple; “never give up, and always work your tail off, because somebody some-where is watching and will take notice”.
Gaiter’s struggle for consistency through holiday break Men & women basketball teams walk away less than satisfied By Jared Perlmutter Spor ts editor
oth the male and female basketball teams competed in exhibition holiday tournaments to tip off 2014. The men’s team trekked east to Halifax to participate in Dalhousie University’s Rod Shoveller Invitational, while the ladies headed west to Montreal for Concordia University’s invitational. Despite their success in the RSEQ thus far, the men put together only a single win, to go along with two losses. The women’s team, while unable to muster a win in three games, continued to show their youth and long term potential. Though they may have lost all their games, the Lady Gaiter’s received some much welcomed reinforcements on the hardwood, as third-year player Catherine Rondeau returned to the lineup. Rondeau provided the Lady Gaiter’s with both some much needed leadership, as well as some scoring. This was clear, as she led the Lady Gaiter’s in scoring in two of three contests. Rondeau, a Sherbrooke native, had 13 points against Me-
morial University, and followed that performance up with 12 points against Wilfrid Laurier the next evening. Right behind Rondeau was rookie point guard Edith Noblecilla Varela, who continued to shine with games of 11, 10 and 10 points. Varela has proven to be one of the Lady Gaiter’s most consistent scorers this season, and in only her first season, looks to have a bright future in the team colours. Arriving in snowy Halifax, the men’s team was immediately thrust into action against host Dalhousie Tigers. Despite an inspired effort, the Gaiters were unable to pull out a victory, falling 72-64 to the Tigers. Majid Naji continued to impress however, as the big man chipped in 11 points off the bench to go along with 2 blocks. Fairing better in their second game, the Gaiters men’s squad picked up a win against Saint Mary’s, winning 72-53. Onnex Blackwood led the way for BU, scoring a game high of 19 points to go along with three steals. The final game of the tour-
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Onnex Blackwood helped pace the Gaiter’s scoring while chipping in on defence as well.
nament pitted BU against St. Francis Xavier, with the X Men emerging victorious in a close, 66-60 affair. Despite the loss, the Gaiters Jona Bermillo had a game high of 18 points, to go along with four boards and four assists. Blackwood also chipped in with 16 points of his
own, and forward Matt McLean assisted with an impressive 10 rebounds. Despite the losses for both squads, the RSEQ season will continue to roll on. Both teams will be in action again come Jan. 17, tipping off the start of a home and home series with
UQAM in Montreal. The teams will meet again the following night in Mitchell Gymnasium. Be sure to come out and support our Gaiters!
The end of an era
With FSU’s victory, the BCS is finally over By Jared Perlmutter Spor ts editor
fter Florida State’s 34-31 victory over Auburn in the BCS National Championship, the BCS system is finally a thing of the past. Much maligned throughout its 16-year existence, the Bowl Championship Series is no more, and neither are the profits it bore for the bowl directors. The intention behind the creation of the BCS was admirable; to simply pit the best team against the second best team in a winner-takes-all championship. However, somewhere along the line, it simply turned into the SEC show. The NCAA’s Southeastern Conference (SEC) is known for being a powerhouse of football. Located in the nations football heartland, powerhouses Alabama, LSU and Florida have dominated for what seems like forever. The SEC has been represented in all but six of the
championship games since 1998, including all of the last eight. Alabama alone has appeared three times out of the last five. With the so called “power conferences” dominating the landscape, the BCS system has led to massive amounts of conference realignments. Teams jumping conference to conference hoping to get a shot at the glory, and the truckloads of money that come with it. The BCS worked based off of computer systems, effectively selecting through multiple algorithms what could be deemed the best two teams in college football. Granted, on many occasions the computers picked the top two teams. The controversy arose however in how these top teams were determined; by statistics and conference membership, and without human intervention. This is where the new system differs. The College Football Playoff is to be implemented come 2014. This new
system will see two semi-final games, giving four teams a chance to make it to the finals. The best part of this new system is that the teams are selected by a committee of 13 well-qualified pundits.
“With the so called “power conferences” dominating the landscape, the BCS system has led to massive amounts of conference realignments.”” There are six “major” bowl games under the new format: the Fiesta, Orange, Sugar, Cotton, Rose, and the the Chick-fil-A bowls. Rotating through every six years, two of the aforementioned bowls will play host to the semi-finals, while the other four bowls take part in what will be called the
“New Year’s Six”. The New Year’s Six will feature three days of back-to-back bowl action, with the new championship being played the following Monday after completion. Though only two of these bowls will have championship implications, the other four will still have their participants selected by the committee. Fans are hopeful that with a more human approach to selection, the SEC’s dominance will finally be over. Perhaps this is now the time we will be able to see Mid Major programs prove their worth, and take down some of the big dogs. Or perhaps, this will change nothing; and the Alabama’s, LSU’s and Florida’s of the game will remain dominant. Only time will tell. What is certain however, is that this new approach, though almost a year away, has already got sports fans excited.
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Big house, big finish
2014 Winter Classic lives up to the hype By Mike Stanley Contributor
n Jan. 1, 2014, two NHL teams took part in what has become known as the “Winter Classic.” an annual outdoor hockey game since 2008. This year’s contest featured two of the most storied franchises in the NHL: the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings, both Original Six teams active since the NHL’s inception. The Winter Classic features players wearing throwback jerseys, always popular with the fans. Additionally, the outdoor ice serves as a reminder of the roots of the game, a great way to market and expand the game. While popular for fan merchandise, perhaps the greatest marketing tool the NHL has ever used is the partnership with HBO on the 24/7 television series. 24/7 reveals a behind-the-scene look at the story of the two teams to be featured in the Winter Classic. The TV show has become a must watch for any hockey fan, as they are brought in the real life stories of hockey players and hockey personnel, given a glimpse into their day-to-day routines and the running of the team. This year the spotlight was on the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings playing in a much hyped game due to last year’s lockout-shortened season, which also cancelled the Classic. It was pretty fitting that two of the biggest teams in NHL history played the biggest outdoor hockey game ever with
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The Winter Classic, housed in Michigan’s Big House, is the largest arena in North America.
a projected attendance of over 100,000 fans. The accompanying television show provided some great moments to feed our inner hockey geek. Whether it was players taking us to their parent’s homes or talking about themselves openly, the show displayed candid moments captured in their daily lives. Leafs captain and star defender Dion Phaneuf boasts a fancy suit collection, and dresses himself with the approval of equally famous wife Elisha Cuthbert. He also has a Ping-Pong rivalry with Phil Kessel, which was simply hilarious. Perhaps the two funnier moments of the show were when we were blessed with Sidney Crosby talking with Dion
Phaneuf about Nazem Kadri, with Sid calling Kadri a “joke”. The on-going argument between David Clarkson and Todd Bertuzzi about a water bottle with Clarkson being dubbed “bottle police” was a second especially funny storyline. Detroit’s portrayal during the show was far more serious and intense. From Jimmy Howard’s pre-game shadow goaltending to witnessing Michigannative Justin Abdelkader’s dream come true, the Wings were full of their fair share of television-worthy moments. The biggest treat came to Leafs fans, as they were given a candid look at Kessel, who is known as an anomaly. He provided a tour of his home and talked of his hosted parties, all while playing
pool with roommate Tyler Bozak. Overall the show complimented the Winter Classic and gave us plenty to talk about. For us hockey fans who die for the extra glimpse inside the dream lives of our heroes it was great to be let in, even if we had to find out the victory song for the Maple Leafs was “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus. After all the buildup, the game did not disappoint. In front of the largest crowd in the NHL’s history, the Maple Leafs prevailed, 3-2 in a shootout. Regardless of the score, the Winter Classic once again exceeded the massive expectations placed upon it. The only question that remains is how it can be topped next year.
Athletes to Watch at the 2014 Sochi Olympics
By Dylan Konecny Contributor
ith the 2014 Sochi Olympics less than a month away, this celebration of winter sports provides a festive and patriotic atmosphere that will certainly allow for many trademark moments for athletes around the world. The Games will certainly have no shortage of headline makers so here are a few athletes you should keep an eye on to have spectacular performances at Sochi. Saskatchewan native Mark McMorris has certainly taken the world of Snowboarding by storm since his appearance in the 2011 film Art of Flight. Leading up to Soch,i McMorris has won 3 Winter X Games Gold medals in Aspen for Big Air and Slopestlye (new this year to the Winter Olympics.) McMorris was pitted against the one and only Shaun White most recently at the 2013 Winter X Games where he prevailed as the victor. It will be interesting to see if the 20-yearold McMorris can claim another victory in this rivalry among fierce competitors in the first ever Olympics slopestlye event. With the withdrawal of US skier Lindsey Vonn due to injury; the US Alpine team will be looking to 18-yearold Mikaela Shriffin to step up in Vonn’s place. Shriffin
made her World Cup debut at age 15 and since then she has won a Gold Medal at the 2013 World Championships in the Slalom. The question is whether Shriffin will rise or crumble with the pressure to replace the superstar Vonn. Canadian Bobsledder Jesse Lumsden has taken an unorthodox path to the Winter Olympics. The former CFL Running back was at one point signed by the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the Washington Redskins. With a promising CFL career ahead of him, injuries cut short Lumsden’s career. Since joining the Canadian Bobsleigh team Lumsden and his partner Lyndon Rush won silver at the World Bobsleigh Championships at Lake Placid in 2012. Most recently Lumsden and his fellow teammates finished fifth at the World Championships in Germany with a final time of 1:50.83, less than a second behind the German Gold Medalists who finished with a time of 1:50.09. Social media starlet and US Olympian Lolo Jones has been a member of the Women’s US Bobsleigh Team since 2012 after being introduced to the sport by 2010 Bronze Medalist Elana Myers. Lolo was a huge track and field star for the US team, winning gold medals at the World Indoor Championships in 2008 and 2010. Since finishing 4th at the London Olympics in the
100m hurdles Jones has been very public about her goal of winning an Olympic Medal after missing the podium. She will be a certain medal contender along with her teammates after winning Gold in the team event for the 2013 World Championships in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The Dufour-Lapointe sisters make up the majority of the Canadian Freestyle Women’s Moguls team as these three Montréal natives are the only triple threat of not only one country but one family to take home every medal in an Olympic Event. Sisters Justine, 19, Chloe, 22, and Maxime, 24, all compete and train with each other year round giving sibling rivalry a whole new dynamic. Justine has been dominant all season for the Canadian team winning Gold at the 2014 World Cup in early January, with Chloe finishing a close third for the Bronze and the oldest Maxime also had a strong showing finishing fifth. If these sisters continue on this roll they will certainly be a huge part of the Canadian medal count. These Olympics will certainly be memorable with so many elite athletes competing with the best in the world in their respective sports there should be no shortage of memorable moments over the month of February.
Playoff Recap and Championship Preview NFL challenges: past and present
By Marcus Lam-Peters Spor ts writer
Divisional Round New Orleans Saints 15 at Seattle Seahawks 23: The Seattle Seahawks have the best defense in the league, made clear in this game. You could blame the rain if you really need an excuse for Brees who had thrown for under 50 yards at halftime. His favourite target Jimmy Graham got his only catch of the night with 24 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch ran wild contributing 140 yards on the ground and 2 TD`s. A convincing victory. Indianapolis Colts 22 at New England Patriots 43: LeGarrette Blount was dominant in this game with 166 yards on the ground while setting a team playoff record with 4 TD`s. Andrew Luck needs to learn to take care of the football if he ever wants to go deep in the playoffs. In three career postseason games he has thrown 8 interceptions.
San Francisco 49ers 23 at Carolina Panthers 10: Panthers came out with an attitude but despite a strong performance from their defence, incurred some costly penalties that extended Niners drives in the first half. In the second half San Francisco`s offense came alive, Anquan Boldin contributed 136 yards receiving and Frank Gore again showed why he`s one of the best closers in the game with some big runs in the fourth. San Diego Chargers 17 at Denver Broncos 24: Despite what the score may look like this game was a largely a one sided affair. The Bronco`s defence blanketed the field allowing Philip Rivers to complete only seven passes to his receivers in the entire game. The chains weren`t moving and the Bronco`s held onto the ball for most of the game. The Chargers’ defence actually didn`t play that poorly, however the Bronco`s offence wasn`t particularly impressive just ef-
ficient. The Bronco`s defence won them that game.
Championship Weekend Preview New England Patriots at Denver Broncos: There is no bigger game in the NFL today than Brady vs Manning. The two poster boys for the league go head to head in games that hold weight in creating their legacy due to the sheer magnitude of the matchup. We got one of these games in the regular season when the Patriots came back to beat the Broncos 34-31 at Gillette Stadium. Now it`s the playoffs, and in the AFC Championship no less. Manning is coming off the best quarterback season of all-time setting records for yards and TD`s. His team set a new mark having the highest scoring season in NFL history. Still they have much to prove. Manning has been labeled as a playoff choke artist and he is 4 for 14 in games versus Brady. The pressure is on him to come through in the biggest game of his career since joining the Broncos. Not a common theme of teams coached by Bill Belichick, the Patriots came into the season with a lot of uncertainty. To finish as the second best team in the AFC is quite an accomplishment, but not a surprise. Quarterbacks like Brady and Manning pretty much guarantee you a 10 win season. Brady will be coming to Mile High with a cast of no bodies and facing a defence that did not allow a Charger`s receiver to make a catch until the middle of the third quarter in their Divisional matchup. Despite the attention placed on the Hall of Fame matchup the game will be won and lost on the ground. Brady and Manning are more than just quarterbacks, they`re on-field coaches. They are using the running game to exploit weaknesses in schemes designed to try and manage the passing game. The running game is also a great tool to control the clock and to keep the ball out of the other team`s possession. With such great players lining up under center, look
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Both Richard Sherman (right) and Tom Brady (left) will be competing with the hopes to take their team to the Super Bowl.
for both teams to try and control the games tempo by eating up chunks of yardage on the ground. This will be Brady-Manning XV and could very well be the last time we get to see these two legends battle it out. These games usually follow a similar script, Manning starts out hot and scores early, Brady is able to rally his team making the game tight and the game comes down to the last one or two possessions. I don`t expect anything different in this one; another classic clash of the titans. San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks: As of late the NFC West has proven to be the toughest division in football. Its best two teams follow similar blueprints, built upon daunting defences and relying on a rushing attack split between a veteran running back and a young option quarterback. They faced off twice during the regular season winning a game apiece; they will now meet for a third and deciding game in the NFC Championship. The Seahawks finished as the number one seed in their conference won the division title and will be hosting the game.
CenturyLink Field is known as the most intimidating field to visit because of the incredible volume the cheering fans reach during the game. They are 8-1 at home this season. With a 7-2 visiting record if there is a team in the NFL better equipped to challenge them on their turf, it`s the 49ers. The 49ers will be led by Kaepernick, a player who has a 4-1 playoff record (the only loss coming in the Super Bowl), has a 93.9 quarterback rating and is already the fifth alltime post-season rusher as a quarterback in about a quarter of the games it took other players to get high on that list. Sounds like Superman, a claim he made in celebration during the team`s victory over Carolina. If that is true, the Seahawks defence may be his kryptonite. In this season`s previous matches he has been unable to pass for over 200 yards and his career completion percentage versus the team is 50.3. That simply won`t cut it in the playoffs. He will need a strong performance from Gore to help tame the league’s eight-ranked pass rush. This will be a task against the league’s seventh-
ranked rush defense. Even with time Kaepernick will be testing the league’s best secondary and will need his receivers to have their best game of the season. Offensively I expect the Seahawks to lean heavily on the ferocious running style of Lynch in a similar fashion to the Niners in order to keep pressure off of their quarterback Russell Wilson. The 49ers have a strong rush defense of their own being ranked fourth. Wilson will need a lot of help from a receiving core that is clearly this team’s weakness to keep drives going. The last time two division rivals faced off in a Conference final we had just survived Y2K. Despite the seasons results, all the bragging rights are up for grabs. This should be a great game of hardnosed old-school football, a battle for the line of scrimmage, with big hits and scrambling quarterbacks. The two defences in this game are as close to perfect as a coach could fashion. The offence which makes the least mistakes will earn their ticket to the Super Bowl.
happy new year! Photos courtesies Maghen Eisan (top left), Pascal Couturt-Tremblay (bottom left), Bishopâ€™s Gaiters Twitter (top right), Bishopâ€™s University (middle right), Robert Vitols (bottom right)
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