Caribou plays to a cheering crowd at Le National P. 16
Longboarding: 50s fad rolls into 2010 P.7
Stingers secure Shaughnessy Cup with comeback victory P.20
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arts Incendies is not for the faint of heart P. 14
music A sit down with Pop Montreal founder P. 16
opinions It should be easier to opt out of fee levys P. 25
Montreal s updated take on postering draws mixed reactions Despite court backing, some doubt the city’s compromises on postering issue Evan LePage News editor Grassroots and cultural organizations around Montreal are breathing a cautious sigh of relief after the city announced last week that it would not contest a Quebec Court of Appeal decision which ruled that a bylaw rendering postering illegal violates Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. “The city of Montreal has made its position clear that it’s actually going to seek to accommodate postering in some way: by not contesting the ruling,” said Patricia Boushel, a representative for Montreal’s Coalition for Free Expression. COLLE is a group of local organizations, like Pop Montreal and the Fringe Festival, which formed last spring to try to open dialogue with the city and find out why there was no infrastructure in place for postering to happen on a more tolerated level. However, the city’s decision to not contest the rul-
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ing does not mean that all postering is now legal. While an outright ban on postering violated the Charter, the municipal governments can still limit or restrict postering to certain designated areas. In a statement released to the media by communications officer Gonzalo Nunez, the city noted that the court ruling does not specify how many designated postering locations need to be approved, and the bylaw doesn’t necessarily have to be removed in its entirety, just modified. Additionally, the current bylaw will only expire six months after the court handed down the ruling, or on Jan. 15, 2011. “It doesn’t end here because they’re going to set up an infrastructure that you’re going to have to use,” said Boushel. “And if people don’t use that infrastructure and continue postering on anything or anywhere there’s still going to be postering fines, there’s just going to be fewer because there’s seemingly going to be a place for posters.” A day after announcing they would not contest the ruling, the city also announced they would be increasing the quantity of public notice boards from under 50, to over 500. The idea of designated postering collars has also apparently been circulated as an alternative solution. In its statement, the city also confirmed that discussions had taken place with some parties that had an interest in postering, one of which was COLLE.
Woodsworth barely tested
President Woodsworth able to skirt sensitive issues like tuition increase: CSU pres Renee Giblin Staff writer Very few students were in attendance as faculty and Concordia staff members filled the seats and lined the back walls of the J.A. de Sève cinema to listen to the first talk in university president and vice-chancellor Judith Woodsworth’s “Open to Question” series. “If you noticed there weren’t many students,” said Heather Lucas, president of the Concordia Student Union. “It would have been nice to have students being represented.” Woodsworth started the discussion by addressing the accomplishments of the new infrastructure and the successes of the university. By focusing her speech on Concordia’s
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City in brief Sarah Deshaies
Let’s all agree to agree
Members of Teaching and Research Assistants at Concordia have ratified their first collective agreements with the university, which will be put into effect during the fall semester. A tentative agreement for TAs was rejected by members at the start of 2010, but an agreement was reached Aug. 17, with 68 per cent of TAs voting in favour of it. RAs, on the other hand, voted 100 per cent in favour of a Dec. 2009 proposal on Aug. 31. A post on TRAC’s website announcing voting times for the ratification apologized for appearing “a bit rushed” in the process, but said the union was working to have the agreement in place for the fall semester. Both TAs and RAs are guaranteed a wage increase of on average of two per cent per year, according to government adjustments salaries in education, and there will be no limits to paid hours that can be worked. TRAC was first certified in 2006, and represents the 1,000 TAs and 450 RAs at Concordia.
ASFA does it with election polls
The Arts and Science Federation of Associations announced at this year’s first council meeting last Wednesday the dates for a byelection to fill the VP communications position left vacant this summer by Marco De Gregorio. The nomination period runs from Sept. 20-28 and the campaign period will be held from Sept. 30-Oct. 11. Arts and sciences students will head to the polls Oct. 12 and 13 to vote for the candidate of their choice. ASFA’s bylaws require that empty positions be filled through byelections, unlike the CSU, which fills positions through a vote in council.
MASSA’s actions don’t add up, budget frozen
ASFA VP finance Alexa Newman announced towards the end of last week’s council meeting that the Mathematics and Statistics Student Association’s start-up budget has been temporarily suspended due to a bylaw violation. According to Newman, MASSA was operating an external bank account, which is not allowed under ASFA’s financial bylaws. ASFA’s financial committee, which has the discretion to freeze the budgets of member associations that have violated bylaws, will be meeting this Thursday, and also plans to meet with MASSA beforehand. MASSA president Alexandre Filiatreault declined to go into further detail after the meeting, stating, “We had a misunderstanding. We made a mistake that we want to fix.”
Journalism meets activism
Journalists for Human Rights is due for a revival at Concordia after the school’s chapter folded in 2008. Three journalism diploma students, Mel Lefebvre, Tara Sadeghi and Hélène Robitaille-Hidalgo, are spearheading a campaign to restart a Concordia chapter of the organization, which was founded in 2002 to raise awareness of human rights through media projects. Lefebvre heard about the club through a friend who was involved with a chapter at McGill. The group is looking for students from all areas of study and will be seeking CSU club status this fall.
Average tuition fees rose four per cent: StatsCanada
While fees decline in Nova Scotia, Ontario posts biggest spike at 5.4 per cent Emma Godmere CUP Ottawa bureau chief
OTTAWA (CUP) — The average Canadian full-time student will pay $5,138 in tuition fees this year, a four per cent increase from last year, according to a Statistics Canada report released Sept. 16. The 2010-11 increase is up from the 3.6 per cent spike in 2009-10 and is higher than the 1.8 per cent rate of inflation calculated by the Consumer Price Index between July 2009 and July 2010. “There’s no surprise that tuition has risen in this country; since cuts in the ’90s, tuition has been rising,” said Zach Dayler, national director for the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. “We’ve been saying since the ’90s that this can’t happen, we need to invest in education.” The highest average undergraduate tuition and the largest increase in fees were found in Ontario, at a $6,307 price tag — an increase of 5.4 per cent from 2009-10. Ontario graduate students also saw the biggest spike in fees compared to the rest of the country — their tuition went up 10.6 per cent for an average of $6,917. While students in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick benefited from decreases in their grad school tuition, Canadian graduate students on the whole witnessed a more significant increase compared to their undergraduate colleagues as average fees went up 6.6 per cent this academic year. “This report magnifies the need to better support grad students in
Canada,” said Dayler, noting that CASA supports offering more needsbased grants to students of all levels. Dave Molenhuis, national chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students, also supports the idea of greater non-repayable assistance and pointed out that the federal government currently does not offer grants to graduate students through its Canada Student Grants Program. “Our feelings are that we’ve seen this record level of student debt and despite that students and families are saddled with mortgage-sized debt loads, tuition fees continue to rise and we continue to move in a direction where the public post-secondary education system is more and more reliant on private sources of funding,” he said. Molenhuis added that the CFS is rolling out their Education is a Right campaign on campuses across the country this fall to bring to light the need for a post-secondary education act to set “standards of quality, access and guaranteed funding.” “Until we get to that point —
and it’s well within the reach of the federal government to do so — we’ll continue to move in this direction of higher tuition and higher student debt,” he said. CASA suggested in their Sept. 16 press release response to the survey that the federal government should increase post-secondary education funding to $4 billion per year. “That number comes from what we think the education deficit is in terms of funding that the system needs,” said Dayler, referring to dedicated post-secondary education funds in the Canada Social Transfer. According to the Department of Finance, the government transferred $3.3 billion to the provinces for post-secondary education in 2009-10. Dayler also pointed out that transfer payments are up for negotiation in 2014 and that CASA would like to see a more direct transfer of funds from Ottawa to the provinces. Both CASA and the CFS are planning to lobby federal politicians on Parliament Hill this fall. The survey also found that inter-
national students studying in Canada are paying on average 5.2 per cent more in tuition this year, and that full-time undergraduate compulsory fees — for athletics, activities and student unions — increased by 7 per cent from last year’s $656 average. Maritime undergraduates proved to be some of the luckiest students in the country, as tuition fees remained the same in Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick. Nova Scotia students benefited from a 4.5 per cent decrease in tuition from the last academic year, paying on average only about $5,495 this fall. StatsCan normally publishes a consistent university tuition fees report every fall, but this year, they altered their methods slightly to exclude MBA tuition from the average calculations. The agency explained in a Sept. 15 advance notice that the decision was made “in order to eliminate the impact of the high cost of these programs on the overall tuition fee average.”
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achievements and successes, particularly in building a larger campus, Lucas felt she skirted the more “meaty” issues like the increase in tuition fees. “I feel like her answer was misleading,” Lucas said about Woodsworth’s reply to tuition increases, adding that she gave a partial answer to the question and did not fully explain the specifics. Lucas said that students need to know why
tuition is going to increase and the breakdown of where their money will be going. For her part, the CSU president asked Woodsworth about how the excess finances gained by increased tuition would be used. The university president replied, saying it would not be used to pay for the new buildings but rather be put towards helping student services and decreasing class sizes. “The funding (for the university) hasn’t increased, but our student population has,” Woodsworth explained. This year, the university has received more applicants than ever
before and many from outside of Quebec, according to Woodsworth. “The (increase) in the diverse student population is a good thing because it brings intellectual richness to the university,” Woodsworth said. However, it also means that the university needs to increase fees so that these students are able to access the proper services when they need them, she added. Woodsworth said the student body in the graduate programs increased by 20 per cent in the past two years and that student activity in the community has expanded. All the new programs and initiatives students
and faculty members have participated in has allowed the university’s reputation to increase, a very positive achievement for the school. While acknowledging that it is important to highlight the university’s successes, Lucas felt that the discussion never concretely addressed the controversial topics it promised to. “People were tiptoeing around the issues,” said Lucas. “No one was taking the lead or speaking out about what’s happening in the university.”
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Montreal activist Jaggi Singh
against compromise with city on postering issue
Postering will still only be legal on city sanctioned areas like public notice boards. Photos by Cindy Lopez taken a more cautious approach to the situation. After getting what he called a “pretty nasty fine” for postering, Jean-Francois Michaud, co-founder of Montreal-based concert production company Extensive Enterprise, wrote in an email his company “figured (they) wouldn’t fight against the MAN anymore.” For the time being, Michaud said they would stick to flyers - they print well over 500,000 a year - but added that “Whenever postering is allowed again, we’ll start postering again.” Despite winning his challenge, the postering issue clearly goes beyond a legal concern for Singh, and actually represents a way of life in the city of Montreal. “We need to have our own autonomous ways of expressing our events, our ideas, our culture without having to have that mediated by anyone,” Singh said. “That’s what makes urban living so interesting and so vibrant, the fact that there’s that level of spontaneity.”
Just over a week after “Dawson College Massacre!” video game was posted to the Newgrounds gaming site, and three days after the Concordian broke the story of the game’s existence, the creator Virtuaman pulled
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his controversial game from that site. Media reports last Friday first announced that the game had been pulled from the website. The video game was first posted Sept. 8, five days short of the fourth anniversary of the shooting. Gamers could play Kimveer Gill as they reenacted his shooting rampage, which left 18-year-old Anastasia De Sousa dead and 19 others injured. Gill killed himself after a exchange of fire with police inside the college. Virtuaman, who was identified as a 23-year-old Ontario man, wrote in an email to the Concordian that he made the game for many reasons - “none of which included shocking an entire city, or hurting a family,” making money
Pauline Marois took a shot at the Montreal Canadians organization this past week, saying that the team doesn’t reflect the francophone reality of the city. The Habs “do more for federalism, in my point of view, than for defending our interests and, among other things, our reality as the francophones of America,” said Marois. One Parti Quebecois MLA even claimed a federalist plot was responsible for the decreased francophone presence. The argument from the PQ camp is by no means a new one, but team president Pierre Boivin pointed out that 11 of the 31 players invited to Habs training camp were francophones. With the provincial government hoping to garner financial support from Ottawa to build a hockey arena that could help bring the Nordiques back to Quebec, the PQ may want to rethink their federalist-bashing game plan.
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Dawson video game pulled from original site Sarah Deshaies Editor-in-chief
Language referees: PQ mad at lack of francos on Habs
Outcry leads creator to try and remove game from Internet
Nation in brief The trauma isn’t over for a 16-yearold girl who was raped at a rural rave in B.C. last week, after photos and video of the event were posted to Facebook and other social networking sites. The father of the girl, who was drugged before being raped by seven males at the Sept. 10 party, has made a plea to the public for privacy so that his daughter can begin to move on. Saying that the Internet photos have only made things worse for her, the father has asked people to take down all posts associated with the event. Two males are facing charges for the incident. The 16-year-old boy who posted photos on Facebook was arrested and released but could be charged with distributing child pornography.
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“COLLE was principally consulted on the solution,” she said, though she admitted that they are not aware of what the city’s final approved system for postering will be. Jaggi Singh, the local activist who brought the city to court challenging the validity of the bylaw in what turned out to be an almost decadelong effort, remains extremely sceptical of the whole idea of negotiating with the city over space he feels is a right of those who need it. “Postering on poles and postering on mailboxes [is] a minimal way to permit grassroots artists, activists, grassroots voices in general to be heard,” Singh said. “So the so-called compromise between the city and some organizations is to me a sham because it’s a compromise on the ability for us to effectively and cheaply convey our ideas.” Singh said that since his challenge proved the law to be invalid, those negotiating should instead be working to get the tens of thousands of dollars in fines he said social justice organizations, community groups and show spaces are facing declared null and void, and helping those already affected. “If people were negotiating with a bit more savvy with the city,” Singh added, “then they would have asked for anybody who received tickets or had to pay a fine for postering over the last decade or so to have those fines reimbursed by the city.” Regardless of the court’s ruling, or the city’s decision, Singh said he has never stopped, and will not stop postering. “I don’t think anything has changed for people who believe in grassroots, DIY culture and that is that when we want to convey something, when we want to reach people, putting up a poster on a pole or a mailbox is an effective way to do so,” Singh said. “I have continued to do so ever since I got fined. I didn’t wait for any Supreme Court decision to allow that to happen and I think everyone else should do so as well.” Others with interest in postering have
or becoming famous. Instead, he had crafted the game to “try and draw attention to an issue in my generation, the issue of school shooters.” Virtuaman, as it turns out, did not select Dawson for any specific reason. He had studied other shooters, and says his decision to run with Gill’s story “was chosen almost from the luck of the draw.” Similar game recreations of real school shootings have been posted in the past, most notably the “Super Columbine Massace RPG” game by filmmaker Danny Ledonne in 2005, in the process of which he tried to understand the psyche of the Columbine shooters. Virtuaman mistakenly expected
his Dawson game, like others he had posted online in the last 10 years, would draw little attention. The decision to take the game down was sparked by hearing the impact the game had had on De Sousa’s family: “My reaction to the mother of Anastasia being so upset over my game she couldn’t leave her house is... I removed the game from the Internet forever,” Virtuaman said. “In the end, however, the game did shock people, and hurt them, so I am working hard to remove all traces of it from the Internet in hopes the family can sleep with peace of mind.”
One day after turning 18, the legal gambling age in Canada, Winnipeg native Taylor Witzke won $1 million on a scratch lotto ticket. After celebrating her birthday on Sept. 6, Witzke decided to enjoy her newfound adulthood by heading to the Club Regent Casino with a friend the very next day. The teen spent, and lost, $20 gambling but on her way out decided to pick up four “Set for Life” scratch-and-win tickets. After winning $5 from a ticket in the first batch, Witzke bought another ticket which ended up winning her the jackpot $1 million prize. Apparently the 18-year-old is planning to buy her mother a Camaro and take a few vacations. Just a few?
MPs back to work, with guns on the mind
Insults, yelling and anger... parliament must be back in session. Weeks after the country’s students headed back to class, Canada’s MPs returned to parliament Monday. According to government house leader John Baird, the Conservatives are planning to focus their attention on the economy this fall, though the expected hot topic for many is undeniably the long-gun registry, which has been the controversial subject of the summer. NDP leader Jack Layton pledged last week that enough of his party’s MPs would vote with the party line to save the registry. Twelve rogue NDP members along with eight rogue liberals originally allowed the Tory bill to reach the stage of a second reading in the minority parliament, but party leaders seem to have cracked the whip and the bill is expected to fail.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
World in brief Evan LePage
“All this stealing is making me tired.”
A thief in Malaysia blew his chances at escape last week when he decided to take a nap mid-robbery, the Globe and Mail has reported. According to police, the suspect amassed some of the valuables belonging to the family he was robbing, including watches and other jewellery, but then fell asleep on the owner’s couch with the goods in hand. Apparently the family was returning home from vacation and walked in to find a messy abode and a random man sleeping on their second floor. They proceeded to phone the police though the 42-year-old burglar managed to flee through a window before being arrested close to the scene. Maybe he should have stolen some coffee.
Christian school cuts New Pornographers gig
A Michigan college has decided to cancel a fall concert by the New Pornographers simply based on their name. The Canadian indie icons were set to play on campus at Calvin College, a Christian school, on Oct. 15, but the school’s administration has decided not to risk the impression that they somehow condone porn. “The band’s name, to some, is mistakenly associated with pornography,” a statement by the school reads. “Consequently, Calvin, to some, was mistakenly associated with pornography.” The statement continues to say that the band was invited because of their “thoughtful” music and, despite the difficult decision to cancel the show, the college wants to continue “faithfully engaging popular culture.” I’m guessing the Barenaked Ladies are out of the running as a replacement act. Holy Fuck, on the other hand, might be open to discussion.
One step at a time: Concordia set to repair escalators Call for tenders for escalator repairs run until Sept. 29 Aalia Adam Contributor Nearly every Concordia student has at least one story, or rant, about their experiences riding the painfully unreliable escalators in the Hall building. The good news is, these stories might soon become memories, as Concordia recently announced that the escalators will finally be repaired. The project is still in its tendering phase, with construction bids from various companies rolling in until the Sept. 29 deadline. But for many students who attend the majority of their classes in the Hall building, and therefore encounter the escalators on a daily basis, the university’s announcement comes as a complete relief. Less than a week after the announcement, political science student Avinash Razack experienced firsthand the reason the repairs are so necessary. “This morning I was exhausted and I look up and I see that the escalators are not even working,” Razack said. “I have class on the ninth floor and at
least five or six escalators weren’t working so it was quite trying to get to class.” Razack added that the broken escalators have almost become a yearly tradition. “It’s funny but it’s not that funny at the same time. If you’re paying so much money for tuition fees you expect the little things to work,” he said. The notion of tradition also struck a chord with Concordia alumni Alexandra Henderson, who noted on Facebook “I graduated in 1995, and I swear to you, they weren’t working then.” A Facebook group called “Argh, Stupid Concordia Escalators!” was even created over four years ago to allow students to share their stories and vent out their frustrations.
Despite the university’s announcement, other students remain sceptical of the actual likelihood of these repairs. “It’s just like the Champlain Bridge,” said English literature student Abdur-Rahman Hussain. “They always say they’re going to fix it but it never ends up happening so I’ll believe it when I see it, when I can go to class without having to use stairs.” “Usually I end up being out of breath because they’re never working.” Concordia student Adam Fagnani (right). The escalators on the first floor of the Hall building are two of the most reliable. Photos by Tiffany Blaise
9-11 memorial attracts thousands of birds
Thousands of migratory birds were pulled off course last week by the Tribute in Light, two giant beams of light projected in the New York skyline in commemoration of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers. The birds were drawn to the light and circled around it endlessly, seeming unable to fly away until the beams were shut off, which had to be done five times during the night of the tragic event’s ninth anniversary. These animals use the light from stars and the moon to guide them on their migratory journey, which explains their attraction to the memorial. A similar situation occurred during the memorial in 2004, but some estimates place the number of birds trapped by the light this year at above 10,000, well beyond anything seen in the past.
Russia, Canada in UN dual over Arctic
Discussions within the United Nations over claims to Arctic territory have both Russian and Canadian diplomats confident their country will ultimately be given sovereignty over the disputed region. Canadian foreign affairs minister Lawrence Cannon met with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov this week to discuss their territorial claims in the Lomonosov Ridge region of the Arctic, but no progress was made in negotiations as, having already presented scientific evidence to the UN, both representatives say they are confident the organization will be ruling in their favour. The two nations have argued that the arctic region, which may house a large portion of the planet’s untapped oil resources, are a continuation of their country’s continental shelf. Norway, Denmark and the United States have also made claims in the Arctic.
The Concordia Dodgeball Student League squeezed in a game at the Loyola Quad before rain set in last Thursday. The CDSL kicked off their new season as part of CSU orientation activities. The league is planning to hold monthly games at both campuses throughout the school year. Photos by Trevor Smith
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
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ASFA loses voice in selection of honorary undergraduate degrees Work of Honorary Degrees Committee suspended by arts and science faculty dean Evan LePage News editor Members of the Arts and Students Federation of Associations council have expressed confusion, and displeasure upon finding out that they no longer hold a seat on the faculty’s Honorary Degrees Committee, a committee which is no longer operational according to the Dean’s office. “The work of the faculty’s Honorary Degree Committee has been suspended for over a year,” Heather Adams-Robinette, executive assistant to the dean of the faculty of arts and science wrote in an email. “The Dean took this decision when changes to the process at the university-level made meetings of this committee unnecessary.” Most councillors only found out about the change during the first ASFA council meeting of the year last Thursday. The announcement by ASFA President Aaron Green that appointments to the Honorary Degrees Committee were no longer mandated and needed to be stricken from the agenda roused immediate questioning from some of those in attendance. Green was made aware of the change when he was emailed the
list of committee appointments by the office of the dean in August. The Honorary Degrees Committee was not included in the email, but was mistakenly kept on the council meeting agenda. “I definitely feel that it is of the utmost importance that students are well-represented in the arts and science faculty committees,” Green said, “and I definitely feel that that sentiment was resonated by numerous councillors on ASFA council.” Upset about the change and passionate about getting a student on that committee, Jasmine Stuart, VP external affairs and council representative for the Women’s Studies Student Association, motioned to have Green look into the matter, which was passed unanimously by the council. “Concordia presents the awarded Honorary Degrees at convocation ceremonies, our last student experience,” Stewart wrote in an email. “It is my opinion that student input in this matter is just as important and valuable as the other committees we appointed arts & science representatives to.” Following through with his mandate, Green attempted to contact the office of the dean the following day, but received no response until late Monday evening. Only then was he made aware of the suspension of the committee. “It is a priority for us to find out why the university removed this committee. (The council) mandated me to find out and that’s what I’m doing,” Green said, adding that he would “stop at nothing” to get answers from the faculty. Despite Adams-Robinette’s statement that the committee’s work has been suspended for over a year, ASFA councillors were appointed to
that committee in mid-September of 2009. Then-VP finance of ASFA Audrey Depault and chief electoral officer Colby Briggs were elected to the committee as council representative and student-at-large, respectively.
Aaron Green, ASFA president
Judging by the minutes of the council meeting in Sept. 2009, when appointments to that committee took place, the position was one of interest for the simple fact that many students genuinely care about who receives these honorary degrees. According to Arndell Leblanc, ASFA’s VP communications at the time, the ASFA student representatives who sat on the committee could not recommend candidates, but gave input on those brought up by the faculty. At least one student in attendance during last year’s meeting also called some past choices by the faculty of award recipients “questionable.” While Adams-Robinette could not elaborate at the time on the exact changes that made the committee unnecessary, she did assure students that, “should the decision
CSU Speaker Series gearing up for big guests, despite lower budget Chris Hanna Opinions editor A significantly lower budget for this year’s Concordia Student Union’s Speaker Series will only affect the quantity, not the quality of the guests for the events, according to Adrien Severyns, VP External & Projects. “My plan is to have less speakers, but bigger names, and relevant messages that would cater to the majority of our students,” said Severyns in an email. The budget of $45,000 that was approved by the CSU council in June for the Speaker Series was halved from one year prior.
So far, Severyns has been able to secure Holocaust survivor, author and humanitarian Dr. Elie Wiesel and former governor general Adrienne Clarkson for speaking engagements on Oct. 19, 2010 and Jan. 13, 2011, respectively. In an email, the CSU’s VP Finance Zhuo Ling said the CSU is still looking for organizations within Concordia to help foot the bill for some of these events, including Wiesel’s $50,000 speaking fee. Ling estimates the transportation, security and logistics costs of the event at around $20,000, and is hoping the Concordia Council on Student Life, to which the CSU has applied for funding, can lend some support. Renowned Canadian scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki was slated to speak at Concordia on Sept. 28, as students who got a copy of the CSU’s free agenda will notice. However, Suzuki will be in town that day promoting his new book, The Legacy, at McGill University’s Pollack Hall and will not be making a stop at Concordia.
committed to representation by its graduate and undergraduate students on our committees,” AdamsRobinette concluded.
“It is a priority for us to find out why the university removed this committee.”
Nobel laureate and former governor general of Canada among headliners
be taken to start meeting again, then ASFA will maintain the same representation as it had in the past.” “The Faculty has always been
Negotiations for the speakers were underway in May, Severyns explained, and the agendas were sent to the printer in June, so they could not reflect changes to scheduling that occurred over the summer months. He admitted that because Suzuki is in his last year of touring for speaking engagements, he is more difficult to get a hold of. Severyns is confident that a Suzuki event “will most probably happen sometime in the winter semester.” Severyns said his goal in selecting the speakers was to best represent the CSU’s events during the academic year. Wiesel will be here during the peace campaign and Clarkson will be discussing the importance of diversity, the CSU’s theme for this year. Severyns has also attempted to book Stephen Lewis for AIDS Awareness week, co-CEO of Research In Motion (home of the Blackberry) Jim Balsillie and Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky.
Jean Beliveau recieved an honorary doctorate from Concordia University in an arts and science graduation ceremony in June 2009. Photo from Flickr
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 CAMPUS
disORIENTATION takes hold of Concordia A different take on orientation for the socially minded Brennan Neill Managing editor As orientation festivities simmer to an end, an alternative orientation week is set to take its place and offer new and returning students, and community members a bevy of information and free activities. Organized by the Quebec Public Interest Research Group at Concordia, “disORIENTATION” kicked off this past Monday with “Activism for Students 101.” The workshop served as an introduction to QPIRG and their role within the
university. “I was trying to look for local groups and how to get involved in the local community,” explained first-year philosophy student Eric Seguin, “I think I found it at disORIENTATION.” Participants were also given a workshop on how to silkscreen print posters and signs, which was followed by a screening of BAS! Beyond the Red Light with director Wendy Champagne. disORIENTATION is QPIRG’s latest moniker for the orientation week, which has taken place for a few years. “We do an alternative orientation because QPIRG’s role on campus is to link the university and the broader Montreal community to learn about, and get involved with, social and environmental justice issues,” said Ashley
Fortier, QPIRG administration coordinator. “Orientation at a big-name school can be pretty overwhelming for people, so a couple of weeks into September we’d like to be able to offer people information and different avenues that QPIRG offers them.” Other workshops and activities being offered for free include a talk by sports writers Dave Zirin and Meg Hewings, a campus and community tabling fair, a radical walking tour of Concordia, a panel discussion with indigenous activists, a Concordia community bike tour, and an end of week fundraiser dance party, “Dance Schmance.” All disORIENTATION events are free for students. For a full schedule go to: www.qpirgconcordia.org/ disorientation.
Silkscreen printing workshops at disORIENTATION. Photo by Cindy Lopez
U.S. government takes heed of warnings from Concordia researchers
Obama administration follows through on parts of Mobilizing the Will to Intervene document Trevor Smith Contributor
Sept. 21 marks the one year anniversary of Mobilizing the Will
to Intervene (W2I), a document created by researchers at Concordia University which reads as a handbook for how governments can go about preventing genocides and mass atrocities. W2I was presented to the governments of both Canada and the United States. Using suggestions presented in W2I, the Obama administration created the position of National Security Council Director for War Crimes and Atrocities as well as an Interagency Policy Committee on Preventing Mass Atrocities. This past Wednesday, a discussion was held at Concordia University with Dr. Frank Chalk, one of the document’s researchers and
director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS), and Kyle Matthews, the lead researcher at MIGS. The discussion reflected on the positives of W2I and what still needs to be implemented in order for governments to prevent future tragedies such as those in Rwanda and Somalia. “Major institutional changes need to be made across the governments,” Dr. Chalk said. Chalk and Matthews stressed the importance of the governments of Canada and the United States maintaining a proactive stance towards atrocities committed in Third World nations. Matthews urged that prevention is the most viable means
“Our politicians and senior policy makers, they tend not to prevent much but to react,” Kyle Matthews, Lead researcher at MIGS
of dealing with such violence and that simply sending in aid afterward was not enough. “Doctors and aid workers cannot stop genocide,” Matthews said. “Our politicians and senior policy makers, they tend not to prevent much but to react,” he continued. “And we say that’s dangerous, expensive, it’s a threat to our national interest, our citizens and it’s a waste of our resources.” Midway through the discussion, Dr. Chalk left for the airport to begin a trip to Uganda where he will meet with officials regarding the policy recommendations of W2I.
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Longboarding s fun and fast appeal
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How this ‘50s skate style is making a comeback on the streets of Monteal Bianca David Contributor Antonio Rao was riding along Lacordaire Boulevard on his longboard when he ended up on the hood of a woman’s car who was exiting a grocery store parking lot. “I heard this huge crunching sound come from underneath,” he said. “I was just like, ‘Oh shit, there goes my board.’ It was cracked in half.” Rao has had a few close calls in the four months he has been riding, but none have stopped him from getting back on his longboard. Two years ago, if you mentioned the word longboard to anyone unfamiliar with skate culture, you would probably get a puzzled expression at best. Nowadays, it seems like everyone is riding one. Best described as ultralong skateboards, longboards have been gaining popularity on the streets of Montreal for several years now, but it was this past spring that the sport really caught on. Alex Bérand, assistant manager at Underworld on Ste-Catherine St., said the longboard has been the store’s bestselling product of the summer. “On a good Saturday, we would sell between five and 10. Even on a weekday, it would be around five. I think we sold over 500 this summer,” he said. Those picking up longboarding are not all young males either, the typical demographic associated with skate culture. A lot of women and older guys have also gotten into the sport. Despite the recent rise in popularity, longboarding is anything but a new sport. Quite the opposite, actually. The first skateboards used before today’s more traditional styles were developed were, in fact, longboards. Skateboarding emerged in California during the ‘50s and ‘60s as a result of the surfing craze. Surfers needed something to do when they weren’t at the beach, so they started attaching long, flat pieces of wood to roller-skate wheels in an attempt to adapt their favourite sport to the hilly streets of California. As the sport evolved, these first skateboards took the tailfin shape of the surfboard, but shortened them to allow for better manoeuverability on cement. The aim in those days was to go down a hill as fast as you could, keeping very low to the ground. Soon after, in the ‘60s and ‘70s, skateboards started to evolve into the style we are used to seeing today, and a shorter shape with the ends turned up became the norm. Since then, longboarding has existed mostly under the radar, appealing to speed-freaks and fans of the old-school skateboarding who do it for sport
rather than to fit into the skater style. Until recently, that is. So why has longboarding become so popular all of a sudden? Bérand cites a few good reasons. The main reason seems to be that it is an easy and convenient way to get around. “A lot of people wanna take their longboard to work. There aren’t that many people that longboard for real,” Bérand said. A complete longboard may soon be cheaper than a skateboard because as the sport gains popularity, prices have gone down. “There’s a lot of people that were skating in the ‘80s and ‘90s and they want to skate again. But real skateboarding is too hard when you are 30-years-old,” Bérand added. “The wheels [on a longboard] are softer so it’s not as hard on your knees.” You can also go farther for longer without having to push as much. But just because some aspects of longboarding are easier does not mean it is any less dangerous than traditional skateboarding. Typically, the longer your board is, the more speed you’ll be able to pick up. Bérand said those who are serious about it and do downhill riding, also known as slalomstyle riding, can reach speeds up to 100 km/h. That is really fast when you’re standing on a thin strip of wood with no brakes. Even a casual rider just cruising around the city can attain 50 km/h on a gradually sloping street. Very often, beginners are surprised at how quickly they pick up speed on a slight incline. Rao realized this for himself soon after he started riding.
“[The hill] didn’t look that steep from the top of the street, so I went for it. Ten seconds later, I was already going too fast. It got harder for me to keep the board under control but I didn’t know how to stop so I just jumped off,” he said. Easier said than done. Unfortunately, Rao didn’t experience the smooth landing he may have imagined. His arm and the palm of his hand were basically one giant scab as a result of the fall. Learning how to brake when going at a high speed is the hardest and scariest part of longboarding for the first time. There can be serious consequences if you lose control, like injuring yourself or getting hit by a car. Despite the danger, it seems that almost everyone who has tried longboarding can’t stop. Once you pick it up, you quickly understand why it’s so popular. Simply put, it is a fun, fast way to get around.
Underworld This downtown skate shop sells all the necessary longboard gear with complete boards ranging in price from $200 up to $365. 289 Ste-Catherine St. East Telephone: 514-284-0667 www.underworld-shop.com NDGSkate (No Damn Good) Located on the de Maisonneuve bike path,
this skate-shop-meets-skate-park carries complete boards between $200 and $350. 2105 Old Orchard St., corner de Maisonneuve 514-687-0095 www.ndgskate.com EMPIRE With several locations in Quebec, this skateboard and snowboard shop sells longboards and cruisers from $140 to $350. Visit their online store at www.store. thinkempire.com for boutique locations and product catalogue.
Montreal Sessions is an online “forum for longboarders & old school skaters” from inside and outside the city. For those looking for information on equipment, events, skate spots or tips head to www. montrealsessions.forumactif.com
This longboard endurance/push race is taking place on Sept. 25, 2010. Riders will tour the city of Montreal, going through a series of checkpoints at various locations. The ride is about 20 km and will take about an hour to complete. Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Olympic Stadium Ramp (Viau Metro) Price: $10 entry fee includes BBQ and event hat Helmets are mandatory For more information, visit www.bit.ly/avNpbb
Longboarder Jordan Lindsay skates down the streets of Montreal avoiding downtown traffic. Photo by Shannon H. Myers
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Anecdotes from a three-week journey though South America Emily White Life editor
Adobe pyramid at Cahuachi.
Views of sand dunes an hour outside the city of Nazca where tourits come to sand buggy and sandboard.
Remains of tombs in Nazca desert.
Day 4 - Nazca With each dune we passed I held my fingers tightly crossed in anticipation that it would be there, we would strap on boards and carve down the mountains. An hour earlier, a sand buggy had picked us up at the hotel with the promise of taking us off-roading and sandboarding on sand dunes in the Nazca desert. Yet, 45 minutes outside the city all we could see were rock-covered mountains and a view of a desert that seemed to stretch out indefinitely. So when the buggy slowed by a pile of rocks,
I was unsure why, until I saw it. There, in the middle of the desert stood a pyramid, completely deserted. Identified by our guide as the Adobe pyramid at Cahuachi, the structure used to be a ceremonial centre for the Nazca people several thousand years ago. As we unstrapped ourselves from the buggy and approached the pyramid, bones were scattered through the sand. The ground was polluted with remains of clothing, hair, pottery and bones, the skulls so numerous that they could be easily
View from atop of a lookout tower of the Uros islands of Lake Titicaca.
mistaken for rocks. According to our tour guide, the reasons for this poor treatment are a lack of funds and that looters raid tombs in search of valuables. There was no security except for one watchman who warned us against climbing the ruins. Once back on the buggy, our driver took us for a ride that made me thankful that the car was equipped with a roll cage. For half an hour we flew through the air, experiencing stomachdrops that made it seem like we were on a roller
coaster without tracks. The dune where we stopped to sandboard had a 360-degree view of the desert. Strapping on the board and heading down the hill was an exhilarating experience incomparable to anything I have done before. After several successful runs, I was exhausted and sat at the dune’s tip to watch the sunset. In a matter of minutes, the sun disappeared and we boarded the buggy once more. This time, it was to head back to the city under the stars of the Peruvian desert.
Local women act out a typical exchange of products on the floating island market.
Day 9 - Lake Titicaca From start to finish, this day was one of the most interesting. We left our hotel by rickshaw, the “local limousine” as our guide liked to call it, and had a short ride to the port of Puno on Lake Titicaca. Located on the border between Peru and Bolivia, this lake is known for Uros, which are floating, man-made islands built from reeds and reed roots. After reaching these islands by motorboat, we received a tour and demonstration from the families that live there. We learnt how they
maintain the island, how they produce genuine souvenirs and were taught a few words of the local dialect. Though I felt that a lot of this experience was staged, one could not help but appreciate the colours of the tapestries and intricate reed sculptures the locals created. Each island has its own lookout tower, where we were able to have a view of the surrounding village. Then, we boarded a reed boat that toured us around the village and took us to a hut that stamped our
passports. From there, we got back on the motorboat and took a two-hour ride to the island of Amantani, where we spent the night in a local’s home. We were told that the main activity on the island was agriculture and that families often produce only enough to sustain themselves, not enough to sell. At the shore we were greeted by a woman we were told to refer to as our “Mama.” Like most of the women on the island, Mama spent the day knitting hats and scarves. Then, she
invited us into her kitchen where we helped peel potatoes and prepare a typical dinner of soup, boiled potatoes and quinoa. The night ended with a fiesta in the island’s recreational centre. We were dressed up in traditional outfits of skirts, blouses, belts and headscarves, each decorated with bright coloured images of flowers and birds. We danced along with our Mama and Papa to the songs of a local band until we were too tired to stand.
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View from the watchtower of the Incan ruin Machu Picchu shows the site’s houses, temples and terraces as well as the surronding Andes Mountains. Photos by writer
Day 15 – Machu Picchu After a three-day hike through the Peruvian Andes that included torrential rain, hail, subzero temperatures, and days of endless hiking in altitudes so high you could not catch your breath, I was worried this world wonder would not live up. Especially since the only reason Peru was my summer’s destination was because my travel-mate and best friend Lisa had Machu Picchu on her bucket list. Yet, here I was waiting in line at 5:00 a.m. to be one of the first few hundred of the day to
enter the site. Walking through the gates, it was only a matter of steps before we had a view of the Incan Empire ruins. From where we stood, we could see the entire site, which was compiled of houses, temples and terraces. Because the Spaniards never discovered this site during their conquest, most of the structures remain perfectly intact. One of the site’s best-known artifacts is the Intihuatana stone, which indentifies the two yearly equinoxes. It is also though to have been used as an astronomic clock or harvest
calendar. Our guide explained that twice a year the sun lines up directly above the pillar so that no shadow appears behind the stone at all. The architecture of the buildings was impressive, with the Temple of the Sun constructed of polished and carved stones of a quality comparable to modern structures. We spent several hours touring through the site before the sunrise and it was only as we made our way back to the top watchtower that the sun slowly rose from behind the surrounding mountain peaks. The vast beauty before us was overwhelming and we spent
the rest of the morning absorbing the wonder that is Machu Picchu. At noon, we decided to do the 50minute hike up to the Sun Gate, one of the entrances the Incas used to enter Machu Picchu. There, we had an aerial view of the site and the surrounding mountains. Soon after, we headed back down, catching a bus to the town of Aguas Calientes, where our entire tour group met for a celebratory meal.
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The dangers of harmless ﬂirting many people who are in relationships act similarly to Valerie and flirt with others. The question is why?
Felicia Di Palma Contributor For as long as I have known my friend Kat, I have known her flirty friend Valerie. Valerie is one of those girls who loves to seek attention from guys. She gets jealous when a guy is into one her friends rather than her. She will go so far as to text and hang out with him. For Valerie, it is all about being courted. Nothing physical ever happens and no, it is not because she is a prude. There is a catch: she has had a boyfriend for two years. The reason for doing this? “She likes to have the spotlight,” says her friend Kat. “She has her boyfriend’s attention, but she knows he’s always going to be there. She misses being checked out, flirted with.” Valerie does not keep her boyfriend a secret from the guys she flirts with. But, that doesn’t stop them from trying anyways. And the boyfriend? He doesn’t know about any of this. If he knew, would he be upset? Umm, hell yeah! Yet, even though everyone knows their “harmless” flirting is not really harmless,
The whys and the why you got to stop Some people do it because they need the reassurance that they are still hot and could still get with people who are not their lover. If you’re doing it for this reason then you are clearly lacking in the self-esteem department. You see flirting with others as an ego boost but this is not fair to the guy or girl you are seeing so find another way to get pumped up about yourself. Similarly, some people in a relationship flirt just to see what fish will bite. These flirters are not as scared to get rejected because if the hot girl at the bar rejects you, who cares, you have a nice backup at home. And if the hot girl flirts back, then you better be careful. It is only a matter of time before your emotional affair gets discovered by the girl you are actually dating. Others flirt because they find it fun and harmless, plus they like to entertain themselves with the idea of being with that other person. They’re flirting with the fantasy of being with someone new while remaining cozy at night with someone predictable. So why do it, especially when you know it would upset your lover? Maybe you are doing it because you feel there is something missing from your relationship. If that is the case, then you better try to figure out what it is, even if it means you are at a point where you should take some time apart and reevaluate your relationship. Then there are those who flirt because they are tired of being in a predictable relationship and are looking to spice things up. But rather than engage in an emotional affair, why not try some role-playing? Have your
girlfriend wait for you at a bar, pretend to be strangers and try to pick her up. Best part is that you end up taking home the new girl either way. But, if you flirt because you feel tied down and would rather be single, then be single. The only thing people hate more than someone who is a tease is a ‘homewrecker.’
The ‘Homewrecker’ A homewrecker is stereotypically that person who is into a guy or girl with a significant other and is pretty much willing to do anything it takes to get in their pants anyways. Saying “I’m taken” doesn’t seem to register with these people, so what the hell do we do? First off, if someone is unobtainable, why throw yourself at them? Not only do you reek of desperation and lack of self-respect but you got to ask yourself, are having standards for yourself too much to ask for? You’re just going to cause yourself unneeded drama. Secondly, you’re going to be basically labeling yourself. Keep in mind, people talk.
You will always be known as that guy/girl who tried to break up so and so. I know some girls who after “homewrecking” expected pity from their friends when the guys didn’t leave their girlfriends for them. Newsflash: no one is going to pity someone as selfish as you and in the end you only homewrecked yourself. So, homewreckers, you have to stop. You are aiming to be someone’s sloppy seconds or the cause of a broken relationship, two things that are certainly not appealing. If you want drama, watch Maury, don’t pursue people who are taken. So let us all take a mature second and acknowledge that whether you are flirting with a coworker, classmate or someone you just met at a bar, it is only a matter of time before someone gets hurt. So save yourself some headaches, blueballs and drama and flirt with those people who you call your boyfriend or girlfriend. And, if you are not in a relationship, even better. Flirt with someone who is single.
The American college experience Parties, campus and teachers has one Concordia student in no rush to graduate Lauren Shapiro Contributor It was one day last week when I found myself with two spare hours after my class was cancelled, something I have learnt happens frequently here. Rather than head back to my apartment, I decided to take a walk around campus in search of something exciting. Heading out into the quad I was first attracted to a party the local radio station was hosting as a way to encourage students to get involved with the school’s numerous clubs and organizations. While listening to the music, I was approached by two girls recruiting for their sorority, an older gentleman and his young daughter trying to convert students to Christianity and two petitioners. One was gathering signatures for the legalization of marijuana and the other for legal sanctions against the police for a recent shooting. Meanwhile, local clothing chain Anchor Blue had set up a tent near the bookstore and was selling their leftover merchandise. As I continued to walk, I discovered that the fast food and coffee joints on campus seem to outnumber the school buildings. It was the absurd and eclectic experience I had hoped for and I was grateful to have not been sitting in my developmental psychology class. I don’t know about the rest of the Concordia population, but I spent the better part of the last two years doing little other than studying. Having avoided most campus activities and events, I became tired of being sober and uninvolved in extra-curricular activities. Then, last December, a Sunday rerun of National Lampoon’s Van Wilder inspired me to make the best of my college experience and encouraged me to apply for an exchange with Concordia International. Unlike the herds of people who venture across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a rewarding university experience, I applied to California State University in Fullerton, Calif. The small suburb
of 125,000 people is located 12 minutes north of Disneyland and is home to five post-secondary institutions including one community college, two comprehensive universities, a law school and school of optometry. This means that the majority of the city’s population is college students, with CSUF alone counting 36,000 students. I wanted to become one of them in the hopes of having a true American college experience, or rather the one we are exposed to in TV shows, movies and rapper Asher Roth’s song “I Love College.” And so far I can say, Fullerton has provided me with an experience comparable to the exaggerated precedent set by Hollywood.
With a one-location campus that feels eight times the size of Loyola, there are many facilities and events. The school boasts a student recreation center, complete with state-of-the-art exercise, dance and training facilities, a rock climbing wall and swimming pool where parties are thrown weekly and where movie nights are held poolside several times a month. Also on campus are soccer fields, football fields, volleyball courts, basketball courts and baseball diamonds which are host to CSUF’s nightly sporting events and tailgate parties that are all the rage. The school’s student union houses a disco bowling alley, billiards room and gaming room where parties are held every Saturday night.
equipped campus, CSUF’s education style is noticeably different than Concordia’s with professors acting more informal. In one of my first classes, we spent half the class introducing ourselves and sharing our summer adventures. Then, I had one teacher tell us that because she doesn’t get paid enough, rather than writing essays, we simply have to buy the book she authored so she can get royalties. She also warned us not to cheat because she was uninterested in filling out the crazy amount of paperwork necessary to file a complaint.
The school also operates under the philosophy that exams should be administered frequently and with minimal material. Thus, I have four exams a semester in every class, which works out to an exam after every 6 classes. Though I quickly became accustomed to the casualness and the frequent examinations, one thing I found completely bizarre was that we have to buy our own Scantron sheets and writing booklets for exams. If we forget to do so, the professor will sell
them for double the bookstore price. At CSUF, professors are also known to give “reverse pop quizzes,” where a professor has you study for a scheduled test and instead of administering the exam he gives you full marks and proceeds with the next lecture. In other words, simply knowing we had studied was enough. In the past few weeks, I have learnt a great deal , like regulated school events can be just as wild as non-school events and that as long as it’s part of a game of beer pong, warm beer tastes fine. At CSUF, I never know what to expect next; from my professors, from my peers and even sometimes from myself. And though my perspective on the typical college experience has been radically changed, thanks to this exchange I finally understand Van Wilder’s perspective and why Asher Roth said: “I love college, do I really have to graduate or can I just stay here for the rest of my life?”
So far, I have attended an array of interesting events including one disco bowling party (surprisingly fun), one pizza dinner (Pizza Hut is way better in the U.S) and one baseball game (CSUF Titans won!) I have also gone to three college parties and though I am a little hazy on the details, my advice to you all is that 750ml of vodka is way too much for one night. And while the parties are not as crazy as depicted in Hollywood productions, they are way better than the ones I attended in Montreal though that could be on account of the warm Californian weather.
Aside from crazier parties and a super-
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Night delight at the Quartier des spectacles Music + Color + Water = Elixir Radina Papukchieva Assistant Arts Editor Summer is over, but that doesn’t mean the city of Montreal is running out of ideas for how to make people enjoy a chilly autumn evening on the town. Elixir, created by Moment Factory, is a multimedia fountain show on display at the quartier des spectacles that combines sight and sound to create an awakening of the senses. The hour-long show is put together with music and color and is separated into several parts. What you see depends completely on where you’re standing, changing as you shift your viewpoint. The meaning of each episode within the hour is open to interpretation. Sometimes the projectors make the alley-long assembly of fountains turn green, yellow and orange and, when set to music which resembles animal noises, the combination evokes a jungle theme. Later, the water turns blue and a little child’s voice speaks of the fish, the whales, and the ocean. One can’t help but notice that there may be some environmental message in Elixir, and not just colourful streaks of water bouncing up and down the pavement. Overall, this multimedia show is like food for the senses. Every drop of water acts like a musical instrument. Even the Musée d’art contemporain, the neighbouring building, acts as wallpaper to the show, with all combinations of shapes and colors jumping over each other on the walls. Moment Factory is described on its webiste as a “collective of personable, culturally literate digital media specialists.” Based in Montreal, the Factory has produced public media projects all over the world since 2001, including a 30-minute long projection onto the Parliament buildings. The Elixir fountain can be compared to the Magic Fountain in Barcelona, a venerable display of lights, water and music, but our Montreal version is even more impressive, with its diagonal composition and the interesting play with perspective. Go out and see it before it gets too cold at Quartier des spectacles.
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Elixir was designed was by Montreal-based multimedia company Moment Factory.
How to hear through threads and nails Artist Emily Hermant’s exhibition explores the glitches of conversation Daniel Chen Contributor In the title of her installation Hésitations, Canadian installation artist Emily Hermant points to the ethereal qualities of the accidental glitches and breaks in intimate conversation between two people. Hermant deals with themes of “attachment, isolation, deception, desire and communication.” Her installation is a mixed-media piece that consists of a visual component as well as a digital audio accompaniment to create an immersive soundscape. The visual component is composed of an arrangement of thread and nails which sketch sound waves of conversation and hesitation. These large-scale sound waves sprawl across the walls like land forms, with noisy mountainous regions and still, flat plains. The raw materials for the digital audio component are a series of recorded intimate conversations that have been edited in such a way that the actual conversations have been taken out and all that remained were the monosyllabic facilitators of conversation like “ok”, “huh?”, and “oh” as
well as the breaks and the glitches. According to Hermant, as a result of the poor original recording quality, the edited audio was scripted and recorded again. On a sensory level, the installation is underwhelming - but in a good way. Located behind a humble facade in the Mile End among cafes and small boutiques, gallery Articule is an understated place to begin with. At first glance, the visual aspect of the installation is rather minimal and could easily have been mistaken for a sort of wall ornamentation. Rather than have the visitor explore grand themes or create new sensory experiences and adventures, Hermant’s installation simply uses her media with the goal of noticing these hesitations. She does not provoke some kind of reaction, or cause the viewer to question her. She simply shows. However, the installation in no way puts the hesitation of speech on a pedestal. Rather, by rearranging and re-contextualizing the sounds and the null sounds, Hermant turns her soundscapes into imagined geographies conscious of each other and the space in which they occupy; conversations form mental landscapes that are overlayed onto the sounds. The hesitations then become vanished geographies – the blank space is filled with possibility, fear, doubt, and second guesses. There is certainly something ethereal that springs from those pregnant pauses of speech. These empty plains, as outlined by the provided
program, “reveal the possibility and impossibility of intimate communication”. Hésitations then becomes a clearing that reveals the inaccuracies of spoken word, which in turn lead to an awareness of the unspoken, implied conversation and silent understandings that have been present all along. Furthermore, the attempt to make sense of the intimate conversations brings into focus the personal conversation with oneself that transcends words and facts. In her bestseller Eats Shoots and Leaves,
grammarian Lynne Truss describes punctuation marks as “invisibly beneficent fairies.” Unlike Truss’ fairies, the inflections and pauses of speech in Hermant’s installation don’t really guide the words a certain way and “fluff the pillows of language” but rather reveal the possibility of what is beneath. Hésitations is being staged at Articule, at 262 Fairmount St. W. until Oct. 17. The gallery is open from Wednesday to Saturday, 514-8429686.
A sound wave from Hésitations (taken from a 2009 installation).
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The bitter side of Nigerian oil Sweet Crude explores the Niger Delta’s oil industry Valerie Cardinal Contributor When director Sandy Cioffi and her crew arrived in Oporoza, Nigeria in 2005, it was to film the construction of a library. However, they found the oil-rich region of the Niger Delta and the people living in it at the mercy of oil companies. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, crude oil accounts for 95 per cent of Nigeria’s exports. But since 2006, there have been 2,400 recorded oil spills in the area. Fishing and hunting are distant memories. Worst of all, no one was talking about it. “The mainstream media had abandoned the tale,” said Cioffi. She quickly gathered a crew and went back to Nigeria to make Sweet Crude. “Many residents begged us to tell their story,” said producer and writer Leslye Wood. The film follows the struggle of residents in the Niger Delta to regain control of their land and communities from the oil industry. The crew’s return to Nigeria in 2006 also coincided with a new militarist movement in a area which had seen decades of peaceful protests. Cioffi said this movement is directly related to oil: “The relationship with guns and oil is unlike anything since the Crusades.” Sweet Crude describes the situation in the Niger Delta as a powder keg, with the possibility of exploding in violence that would affect the political stability of Africa as well as global economic markets. The situation in Nigeria remains sadly under-reported outside of Africa. “Before the trip, I didn’t even know oil was produced in Nigeria,” admitted Wood. According to Cioffi, the big problem is people being intentionally kept from the story. “If people knew, they wouldn’t pump gas into their cars with reckless abandon.”
Residents in the Niger Delta begged for their story to be told. However, people are beginning to pay attention. “We’ve learned in the U.S. in the midst of the recent oil spill, there were covert things, coverups. Stuff can happen even in our own backyard,” reported Wood. Cioffi learned about the power of storytelling from making Sweet Crude. “Telling the story is sometimes as important as writing to a congressman,” she states. Wood wants viewers to realize that consequences of oil drilling in the area are more far-reaching than Africa, and can lead to serious environmental problems. “We like to say, ‘We have to change everything. We have to change the way we think about the earth as a whole.’ That’s a hard message to announce to an audience,” said Wood.
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Knowing the story behind oil changes everything. “I owned a beautiful old car with an old engine,” revealed Cioffi. “Now I drive a Prius.” Even though the movie is a difficult sell for screenings, viewers are beginning to catch on to the ideas. “As difficult as it is, there are many audiences who want to talk about it,” said Cioffi. “That’s pretty exciting.” Wood expressed hope that people will see the beauty they found in the people of the Niger Delta. “They have not only endured but lived life despite so much destruction around them. We hope people will be moved by the characters, and see them as individuals and not a political cause.”
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Incendies burns up the big screen Denis Villeneuve’s wins big at Toronto international film festival Max Blatherwick Contributor If you want your heart ripped out of your chest, kicked around on the floor for a bit and shoved back down your throat then this is the film to see. Incendies is the latest film from renowned Montreal-based filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, director of the award-winning Polytechnique and Maelström. It’s an intense, unforgiving drama that aims to punch you right in the gut and will give you plenty to talk about by the time the credits roll. The plot centres on the dying wish of a woman who sends her twin children Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette) on a voyage to understand their past and the whereabouts of their unknown brother and father. Jeanne and Simon undertake a trip to the Middle East in search of these newly realized family members and plunge into a world they had no idea existed. As they discover more and more of their family’s past, it becomes apparent that their mother led a life more harrowing and brutal than they had ever imagined. The film flashes back and forth between the twins’ journey and the story of their mother looking for her son as a young woman. This movie isn’t for the faint of heart. There are scenes in the film that are hard to watch, and the story surrounding the mother in particular is quite gruesome, but extraordinary at the same time. There are parts of the film that get confusing and disorienting because of all the flashbacks and time jumps, but that is part of what makes
Nawal Marwan (Lubna Azabal) has a dark history that her children have to uncover. the film work. It becomes a mystery that you are trying to piece together and unravel. The acting overall is superb, especially the part of the mother, played by Lubna Azabal, who is wonderful and heartbreaking all at once. With such serious subject matter at work, I think it would be easy to fall into clichés and overdramatics, but all the actors are affecting in their performances. The director Denis Villeneuve is a master with the camera and knows how to cre-
ate disturbing and dramatic visuals to help drive the story deeper into the dark places that it goes. On Sunday night at the close of the Toronto International Film Festival, Incendies scooped up the prize for best Canadian feature and a purse of $30,000. The success of the film at the TIFF has already garnered Villeneuve a lot of critical acclaim and positive responses from the festival crowds. It’s become one of the standouts and has been selected for distribution across North
America and internationally. It’s nice to see local talent recognized nationally and abroad as well, and he definitely deserves the accolades that he has received so far for the film. Stay away from Incendies if you’re looking for a lighthearted romp. But if you want a challenging and engaging piece of filmmaking, by a talented local auteur, then check this film out. Incendies is playing at the AMC Forum, among other theatres.
Longing complicates a simple monotonous life Non-professional actors portray real-life melodrama in German production Alix Wagner-Bernier Contributor The many choices and decisions we make in life are certain to shape our destiny but random events can overturn the best laid plans, and we find ourselves lost before our fate. This is one of the main themes of the 2006 film Longing (original title Sehnsucht), which tells the story of a young husband (Andreas Müller) torn between between two lives: the one he shares with his gentle and devoted wife (Ilka Welz) and his affair with a waitress from a neighbouring town (Anett Dorsnbusch). Longing was selected as one of the top 30 films from the last decade by a Toronto International Film Festival jury. A metalworker in a small rural village, Markus lives a simple monotonous life until one morning, as he is out of town for a weekend of fireman training, he wakes up in the bed of a bar waitress. Hungover, unable to recall the events of the night before, he goes on with his training but his relationship with Rose develops, as his sense of duty compels him not to abandon her. Returning home, he finds his wife Ella, as devoted and passionate as ever, unaware of the chasm that has since been cleft between them and within Markus himself. The general plot of this film is one that has been used and overused. At first sight, it seems like a typical melodramatic love triangle. However, there is absolutely nothing typical or melodramatic about this story. Longing is a quiet film, shot with a naturalist aesthetic. Other than
the party scenes, there is no music, words are softly spoken, and sounds are sparse and rarely loud. The colours are simple, neutral and many extreme closeups focus on details and create a sense of complete enclosure. The camera also pays close attention to the repetitive actions of daily life; Markus’ life at work is seen constantly and observed in great detail. This way of portraying the action mirrors the characters’ personalities and the way they go about their lives. They are simple people with
simple jobs, simple activities, living in tranquility but below the surface, they are charged with intense emotions, which they keep bottled up inside and are unable to release. Markus especially undergoes deep emotional turmoil while being totally inexpressive. He never shouts or makes a scene; he only cries softly on one occasion during the entire film. He lives in a world where emotions run deep, but never rise to the surface. That is one of the great strengths of this film; its genuine portrayal of dramatic scenes, through
Markus, a metal worker, finds himself in a love triangle after a forgotten night.
understatement and realism. Longing shows us a tragedy of love and loss, which was director Valeska Grisebach’s goal all along, casting nonprofessional actors in a true-to-life melodrama. Longing is screening in German with English subtitles at the Goethe Institute Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7; $6 for students.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
People Power transports audience to the heart of the Filipino Revolution Meagan Wohlberg Contributor
What starts a revolution? For the Filipinos, perhaps it was 20 years of a corrupt dictatorship, the assassination of opposition leader Ninoy Aquino, or the daily struggles with poverty and starvation. More likely, it was a combination. Teesri Duniya (Hindi for “third world”) Theatre’s latest production, People Power, pulls the audience through the timeline of events leading up to the 1986 Philippines
Revolution. Incorporating photographs, songs, percussion, and moving performances, the cast of Toronto-based Carlos Bulosan Theatre, who staged the show there in 2008, brings us to the breaking point of the fall of the Marcos dictatorship. “I remember it being very chaotic,” said Nina Lee Aquino, Carlos Bulosan’s awardwinning director, who was a child growing
Five actors portray diverse characters to illustrate the rise of the 1986 Revolution.
up in the Philippines during the revolution. “I remember watching it. My Filipino revolution was through the television, through newspaper clippings. Hence, if you see the stage, it’s very media-oriented with pictures, because that’s how I experienced it.” The stage functions as a host of many settings, just as each of the five cast members plays several characters, stretching over class boundaries and oceans to give a full impression of the onset of the revolution. A photojournalist struggling to expose the truth uses the stage as a darkroom for his photos. A taxi driver experiences the dehumanization of poverty onstage in the streets of Manila. A young upper-class girl uses it as a platform to lead a student rebellion. The divisions between place and person are never clear-cut, highlighting the complexity of conflicting narratives. “I’m not drawn to the simple notion of conflict that the theatre world is always talking about,” said Rahul Varma, artistic director of Teesri Duniya. “Of course it does exist. But there is something in this society which has emerged in the 21st century. It’s called ‘competing truth.’; that there is a truth of you, there is a truth of me, and we both may be truthful. So let’s present a situation where the conflict is between the competing truths. No one is a liar, no one is wrong. That I would say is a little higher form of what we call political theatre.” Creating dialogue is front and centre for the theatre company, whose maxim is “Where the play’s wisdom ends, the audience’s wisdom begins.” They offer tal-backs with performers and have put together sev-
eral panel discussions with members of the Filipino community to critically discuss the outcomes of the revolution in the Philippines and in Canada. The purpose, for Varma, is that theatre itself is revolutionary. “If we look into the last century and how much calamity has been caused by war, genocide, and manmade human catastrophe, I can comfortably say that our only salvation is common understanding,” he said. “Therefore, since art is done with some beauty, with some aesthetic, it has a greater ability to engage. So we should use art to do that.” Be part of the revolution at the Monument National, until Oct. 2. Tickets are $22, $15 for students. Call 514-871-2224 or see www.monument-national.qc.ca.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
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Pop Montreal makes the city bubble for the 9th year in a row Daniel Seligman, one of the creators behind Pop Montreal, discusses its origins and objectives Shannon H. Myers Music editor Nearly a decade ago, two random strangers met on a train ride and struck up a conversation decent enough to warrant an exchange of contact information. Over the next several months, they kept in touch, gradually building the idea of starting a music festival in the midst of Montreal’s burgeoning music scene. These two strangers were Daniel Seligman and Peter Rowan, two of Pop Montreal’s creators along with Noelle Sorbara. Seligman was 25 at the time, a fresh McGill graduate who had begun to work with his brother’s band Stars after the release of their first record. With his foot in the musical door, it wasn’t a far stretch to be tossing ideas around with Rowan, whose 20 years’ seniority on Seligman and involvement in the Halifax Pop Explosion was testament to his experience. They proceeded to bring together a group of individuals committed to their cause and after roughly seven months, produced the first edition of Pop Montreal, despite Seligman’s admitted naiveté. Or perhaps because of it. To what does Pop Montreal owe its success? There was a niche for this kind of festival in Montreal when we started it. We’ve continued to build it from the ground up, working with artists and different community members to keep it original, fresh, and fun. What is the objective of the festival? One objective is to showcase emerging bands. Another objective is to shine a spotlight on some bands that may have been forgotten, or maybe mainstream, commercial culture hasn’t really accepted them. The other one is to just have a really great time, provide concerts with some amazing music and bring people together. It’s really about discovery; about bands discovering new bands and artists who live in Montreal finally seeing some of their heroes that they grew up listening to. What makes this festival different than the others? It’s a similar kind of format to several festivals that happen around North America. There’s a huge festival in New York called CMJ, there’s one in Austin called South by Southwest, there are two in Toronto, North by Northeast and CMW. They’re mainly industry showcase festivals so you have a lot of bands, like young emerging underground bands, playing and looking to be discovered by media, record labels, etc. We try a similar format but instead of being about the industry we try to be more about the musicians and the fans, supporting culture. We try to be a great host for bands to feel comfortable so they don’t necessarily feel this spotlight on them to perform, and can just focus on just having a good time. Are you conscious of your carbon footprint? We’re a pretty green festival. We don’t build stages, we don’t have concession stands, we don’t have porta-potties all over
Festival creator Daniel Seligman knows no boundaries when searching for new talent.
on a huge undertaking. It’s an amazing experience. What makes you the most anxious about the festival? A few problems that have arisen this year in terms of losing venues. One bar owner sold his bar two weeks ago and we just found out about it so we have to move one of the venues to a new location. It’s a little stressful but that’s part of the undertaking. There’s always things that arise. We just kind of take things as they go and hope to do our best to keep everything organized and moving forward. What have been some of your favourite performances in the past? There’s been a lot of really great ones. Burt Bacharach two years ago was amazing. Last year Buffy Sainte-Marie and Think About Life were really great, and the Gonzales performance at the National Theatre five years ago was really great too. Every year there’s so many things that happen, it’s impossible to see everything but it’s all good stuff. What is your best advice to a first-timer? Don’t try to see everything. Pick a few things every night. Go go one show and then see what’s happening and follow the flow of the evening. This year we have a pass called the POP Hopper, so if you buy a ticket to a show, for an additional $10 you can get a pass to see any show that night of the festival. You can kind of “pop” in to different venues and check things out. That way you can’t really have too many expectations, and you can discover things as they happen. Also, every night of the festival we’re doing a late night loft series at Place Ubisoft on Hutchison above Beaubien. Starting at midnight we’ll have shows, so you can go to a few shows earlier in the evening and end up there. This interview has been condensed
Fun Festival Facts Year festival began: 2002 Number of performers for 2010: over 300 Number of attendees: around 50 000 Price of ticket: from $5 to $35. Average price $15 Style of music: indie-punk-world-localinternational Number of venues: over 50 Number of volunteers: 300 Photo by Joan Tomas
Xiu Xiu is one of over 300 acts playing Pop Montreal this year. Photo by Huy Ngo the place, and we don’t have excess garbage. We’re working within the fabric of the city. We recycle everything we use, so we do our best to be environmentally conscious. What part of the festival are you most
proud of? The way that we’re able to bring people together to support the community of artists in Montreal. We’re all very young organizers so it’s a lot of young people working together
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Caribou graces the stage at Le National.
Photos by Shannon H. Myers
Fans scream for more Caribou rocks the socks off their Montreal audience at Le National last Thursday Hannah Jung Contributor The audience at Le National last Thursday during the beginning of The Russian Futurists set was clearly a thin and disinterested crowd. They played many songs from their latest album, The Weight’s on the Wheels, which came out this summer as their first release in five years. However, something just wasn’t right about the performance. For one thing, whoever was in charge of lights seemed to be doing their job with vindictive pleasure, because they shone sporadically at full and blinding intensity in the direction of the audience’s faces. The Russian Futurists’ distinct pop/indie/electronica sound did not work with their overtly chilled-out stage presence. In a very non-traditional way, the drum kit was set up at the front of the stage, where one would expect a commanding presence. Unfortunately, drummer Scott Farmer seemed awkward and unable to fulfil the visual pressure placed on him by his stage position. To be fair, Sofia Silva on the bass and vocals was working hard to up the onstage energy. Nevertheless, the crowd seemed hard to please and I braced myself for what might be a long night. Surprisingly, the room quickly filled to the brim with excitement teeming from a once very unenthusiastic crowd. It was clear that they were there for one thing: Caribou. And they were not disappointed. The band humbly slipped onto stage behind mountains of various instruments without a word and erupted with sound.
The man behind Caribou, Dan Snaith, writes and records his songs solo, but uses his band for touring. If I didn’t know that, I would have never guessed it from the partnership the band has formed with one another. In total there were eight people playing an array of instruments. There was the normal bass/guitar/drum combination, but also trumpet, saxophone, what appeared to be a brass oboe, and my personal favourite, the flute. Snaith occupied the front, alternating between keyboard, guitar, vocals, and drums. Caribou’s most recent album Swim was released in April and has sent the band on a world tour to various countries including China, Russia, Italy, and Mexico in only a few months. They have no intention of stopping, as this fall Caribou will be touring all over North America and returning to Europe. Swim is garnering a lot of attention, and was short-listed for this year’s Polaris Music Prize, after Caribou picked up the 2008 Prize for Andorra. As the band began pumping out their extraordinarily encompassing music I was so overwhelmed that I suddenly felt that I had to capture the moment. The words I scrawled to myself to remember my sensory overload were “thick crowd,” “dance,” “weed,” and “powerful drumming.” It suddenly became very apparent that the drum kit at the front was not The Russian Futurists’ idea, but was intended for Brad Weber, Caribou’s percussionist. Indeed, Weber’s intense and skilled drumming deserved all the spotlight that the front of the stage awarded him. Notable songs of the performance included, “Melody Day,” “Leave House,” “She’s The One,” and “Jamelia.” Caribou finished their set with a lengthy climax that left the audience begging for more. Apparently one encore was not enough, and the crowd screamed, stomped and pleaded until Caribou’s surprised faces appeared back on stage, with Snaith informing the audience that they were crazy. They finished the night with “Sun,” as Snaith and Weber partnered in what was a most captivating drum solo.
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Sometimes less is more, and a song doesn’t have to be fast to be powerful. Here’s a collection of my personal favourite slow jams, in order by tempo. Press play, lay back, and feel the groove. To listen, visit http://8tracks.com/ the_concordian/slow-jams SIDE A: 1. “Blind” - TV on the Radio - Young Liars EP, 2003 2. “Complaint Department” - Lykke Li Youth Novels, 2008 3. “Lizaveta” - Constantines – Tournament Of Hearts, 2005 4. “The Wicked Messenger (Bob Dylan cover)” - The Black Keys - I’m Not There, 2007 5. “White Dove” - Sleepy Sun – Embrace, 2009 6. “When The Levee Breaks” - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV, 1971 7. “Bobby Zincone” - Do Make Say Think Besides EP, 1999 8. “Born Of A Broken Man” - Rage Against The Machine - The Battle Of Los Angeles,
1999 9. “U.R.A. Fever” - The Kills - Midnight Boom, 2008 SIDE B: 1. “Down Boy” - Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Is Is EP, 2007 2. “Freestyle (Ratatat remix)” - Despot Ratatat Remixes Volume II, 2007 3. “Spitting Out The Demons” - Gorillaz D-Sides, 2007 4. “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Greatest Hits, 1993 5. “No Diggity (ft. Dr. Dre)” - Blackstreet Another Level, 1996 6. “Total Job” - The Faint - Danse Macabre, 2001 7. “Make It Wit Chu (acoustic)” - Queens of the Stone Age - The Definitive Collection Of B-Sides & Rarities, 2007 8. “Monkey Man” - The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed, 1969 9. “No Regrets” - Sohodolls - Ribbed Music for the Numb Generation, 2007
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 PROFILE
The enigmatic Kurt Vile The psychedelic guitarist’s humble views on his life, his art and his love of banjo
of the song. “I’ve always listened to stuff with a tinge of weirdness,” revealed Vile. “Over time I started getting into reverb, but it’s really when my friend started playing for Ariel Pink that I got into effects pedals and all that stuff. It became a kind of juvenile Brian Eno thing where I wanted to make things sound different.” Yet his sound is still evolving. Even Vile admits that he will probably grow out of reverb at some point. Having released two full-lengths and a slew of EPs, Vile has come a long way in his songwriting. Starting off as more of a “studio geek,” his early albums are much more ambient and complicated, with nods to Sparklehorse and Ariel Pink. Now that he has begun to tour more extensively, he has evolved a more musical style. But the creative process remains the same, with Vile beginning on an acoustic guitar at home and then moving on to the studio with his band. “Sometimes I have an idea about what I want it to sound like, but then once it’s recorded it comes out completely different,” he explains, “You can’t spend too much time thinking about it though. Or else it gets contrived.” Now on his way to finishing up a third fulllength record, Vile is positive about the future. “The band gets better all the time,” he says. “When [my debut] Constant Hitmaker came out, the Violators were good but now we’re really ready to give to them!” Which is why you should see Vile this Thursday. Be prepared for “something a little different, kind of unique. We’ll be playing as a trio which is a first but it should come off pretty good.” As usual; the understated artist.
Cora Ballou Assistant music editor Some artists seem to live their art. Understated and with seemingly old souls, they wear their integrity on their sleeves, shrugging off both attention and compliments. Kurt Vile is one of these. The Philadelphia-born musician creates ambient psychedelic rock that integrates melody with noise. His sound is soaked in sustain and reverb that recalls My Bloody Valentine or Atlas Sound. Yet Kurt Vile remains an enigmatic figure. In concert, he stays hidden behind his shaggy mane, speaking more often to his backup band than to the audience. But the public always loves a reclusive innovator and, without trying, Vile has garnered industry attention as well as praise from noise-rock pioneer Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. But Vile has not reached this level without putting in the work. Growing up as one of 10 children, he began his musical education on the trumpet at school. After asking for a guitar, he was given a banjo by his father. These beginnings shaped his later sound, which now integrates finger picking with rootsy/psychedelic riffs. As a teenager, Vile listened to alternative rock like the Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth and Pavement. “I was in a bunch of bands when I was younger but when I was about 17, I started
Kurt Vile as the tortured artist. Photo by Shawn Brackbill getting heavily into music,” Vile explained. By 2003 he had started self-releasing records under his own name, but played live with a backing band, coyly called Kurt Vile & The Violators. Nevertheless, it is his sound that has awarded
him the most attention. Mixing reverb with drum tracks and folk guitar, his music is at once strange and incredibly melodic. His singing is smothered in echoes but remains downplayed as the attention remains on the instrumental aspect
Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart (Jagjaguwar; 2010)
Blonde Redhead - Penny Sparkle (4AD; 2010)
The boundaries between generic and innovative are easy to cross. Rock bands struggle to appeal to the masses without sonically selling out by writing hard-rockin’ yet undoubtedly easy-listening melodies. Take Metallica, who were panned by their fans for going mainstream on their best-selling Black Album. For Vancouver’s Black Mountain, this pop/rock battle seems to drive their third and latest release Wilderness Heart. In past albums, the quintet was known for psychedelic, sometimes ambient hard rock. Wilderness Heart finds them tightening their sound into an accessible verse-chorus-verse structure. They also seem to haven taken a cue from mellower genres, infusing a lot of their tracks with folk and pop licks. Most of these sonic experiments come off easily but it is hard to shake the image of a slick producer extolling the virtues of “referencing” Black Sabbath, whom you can hear in every track. That said, Wilderness Heart is still a great listening experience that takes the listener on a catchy hard rock journey.
A first listen of Blonde Redhead’s new album Penny Sparkle reveals an album that sounds like an imitation of, well, their other material. Though the album peaks at certain interesting tracks such as “Here Sometimes” and “Everything Is Wrong,” on the whole the album is as interesting as a coma. There’s not much happening. One could argue the tense, wispy lyrics and steady tempo are much like the sound on previous great albums. However, there is a distinct spark missing from the mix in these particular tracks. Blonde Redhead’s trio, Kazu Makino and twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace create a pleasant musical background but fail to emote in any way. It is disappointing to see such a consistent band produce suck a lacklustre album, but one can still hope they will break out of their comatose state with a less pretentious and more original effort next time round. Trial Track: “Here Sometimes”
John Legend and The Roots Wake Up! (Sony; 2010) For his fourth studio release, John Legend has teamed up with The Roots for an album that covers soul songs from the ’60s and ’70s. Fresh off their summer release How I Got Over (featuring a collaboration with Legend on “The Fire”), The Roots masterfully give Wake Up! an updated and totally 2010 sound and feel. On Wake Up!, fathers of soul such as Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes’ less-popular songs are given a second life. While Legend is a great pianist, his greatest instrument is his raspy, soulful voice, which makes every song off Wake Up! sound completely like an original. Fans of Legend’s previous albums should expect more “If You’re Out There” and less “Slow Dance” on here, but it’s all the same great John. The songs covered on Wake Up! inspire without being preachy, because they are ultimately hopeful. After listening to “Wake Up Everybody,” the listener will be inspired, too. Trial Tracks: “Compared to What” and “Wake Up Everybody”
Title Track: “The Hair Song”
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See Kurt Vile open for Superchunk, Sept. 23 at Le National. Tickets for Concordia students are $10. This concert is brought to you by CJLO.
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Fugazi - Repeater (Dischord; 1990, 2010 rerelease) After the breakup of Minor Threat, Ian MacKaye’s need for making music resulted in the creation of Fugazi, a life-changing band for fans around the world. Soon after amassing his band he enlisted Guy Picciotto (formerly of Rites of Spring) to act as second vocalist and guitarist. This was the real beginning of Fugazi. After two releases that were lyrically and musically written by MacKaye, Repeater was an amalgamation of efforts from the whole band and thus the first real album by Fugazi as a whole. Joe Lally and Brendan Canty feed off of each other and create an almost tribal rhythm section that sometimes becomes so complex and unified that it’s easy to forget it’s only a bass and a drum kit. Picciotto and MacKaye lead the band, but have a strange dichotomy that either feeds, fights or condenses the sound into new arrangements that are both familiar and foreign. Repeater is emotional, political, DIY and experimental. If you don’t know Fugazi, Repeater is a starting point in more ways than one. Trial Track: “Merchandise”
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
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Stingers spoil the party at Molson Stadium Late interception by Kyle Smith wins Shaughnessy cup for Concordia
Stefano Mocella Contributor The Concordia Stingers went into a hostile environment at McGill’s Molson Stadium last Friday and overcame a 15-point deficit to take down the McGill Redmen with a 34-29 final, nabbing the 42nd annual Shaughnessy Cup. It was the 11th consecutive victory for Concordia over their cross-town rivals and like many others it didn’t come easy. The game came down to the very last play as the Redmen pushed the ball down to Concordia’s one-yard line with the help of two Stingers’ pass interference penalties. The defence would not allow another yard. After stopping McGill twice from punching it in, an illegal procedure call against the Redmen pushed them back to the six. McGill quarterback Ryne Bondy’s last pass was picked off in the end zone by Concordia’s Kyle Smith to seal the win. Kris Robertson gave Concordia their first and only lead of the game with a 62-yard punt return for the score. That broke the 27-27 deadlock with just 2:23 left. That put the game in the defence’s hands and they were up to the task intercepting passes on McGill’s final two drives. McGill got off to the fast start as Jeffrey Thompson returned the opening kickoff 102 yards to the house. Thompson would rack up 223 yards in kick return yardage. With the electrifying returner putting a hurt on Concordia, the Stingers simply wouldn’t kick it to him in the second half. Concordia’s defence did a terrific job limiting the Redmen to field goals. The Redmen had favorable field position most of the game but could not convert a single offensive touchdown. McGill’s Austin Anderson booted six field goals, however the inability to finish drives cost the Redmen. McGill added the remaining four points off two team safeties.
The Stingers defence marches onto the field. The ensuing defensive would result in Kris Robertson’s game-winning punt. Photo by Faiz Iman Concordia played from behind nearly all game and dealt with tough field position. With quarterback Terrence Morsink making only his second start as Robert MacKay was still out with injury, it took a while for the offence to find their groove. Down 18-3 with two minutes remaining in the first half, Morsink quickly led his team down the field, scoring on a three-yard pass to Edem Nyamadi to cut the deficit to 18-10 at halftime. After two early interceptions by Morsink in the second half, he settled down and finished with 317 yards passing, going 24-of-42 with two touchdowns. He was composed and recovered well, as the young quarterback credited his teammates for his strong performance.
“We really came out strong as a team. Our defence played great, my o-line blocked well for me and all I had to do was get the ball in the playmakers’ hands, so that’s what I did.” Morsink said. Nevertheless, Morsink impressed his coach with his performance. “I thought Terrence was masterful,” said McGrath. “ I felt bad putting that much pressure on a young quarterback, but we couldn’t run the ball very well. He really stepped up to the plate and got things going late in the game.” With McGill up 24-13 in the final quarter, Morsink led the offence to two touchdown drives. He found Liam Mahoney in the end zone to cut the lead to four before a McGill field goal made it 27-
20. Running back Michael Donnelly cashed in on a 15 yard run to tie the game with 3:47 remaining. The Redmen then went two-and-out before punting to Robertson who got some great blocks en route to his go-ahead touchdown. It was a classic rivalry game coming down to the wire, and the all-time series is now tied at 34. Concordia will play their next game at home against Bishops on Sept. 25 at 1 p.m.
Top 10 finishes for men’s and women’s cross-country First meet of the season yields promising results Kamila Hinkson Assistant sports editor The men’s half of the Stingers cross-country running team came in third place overall at last Saturday at the McGill Open. Team captain Ryan Noel-Hodge finished fourth and teammate Stephane Colle placed ninth. The strategy for Noel-Hodge and Colle was to run the first two laps of the race in what could be described as a cruise control pace, in order to prevent the slower runners on the team from falling too far behind. In the last lap, they went all out, and attempted to pass as many runners as possible. The strategy paid off with Noel-
Hodge and Colle’s rankings. Four of the top seven members of the women’s team didn’t race Saturday for various reasons, including captain Kelly Hewitt, who had a cold.But Coralina Tse, a rookie out of Champlain College Saint-Lambert, shaved six seconds off her best time from last year and finished 13th overall. The women’s team finished in seventh place. At each meet, the team score is tallied by adding the places of first five runners to finish. The team with the lowest score wins. “It went well. On the women’s side, everybody ran as well or better than I expected them to,” head coach John Lofranco said after the meet. As for the men, some veteran runners didn’t post the times he had hoped for, but overall he was satisfied with everyone’s performance. “I think everyone ran well, everyone learned something, and everyone feels like they have more to give.” While cross-country running sounds like an individualistic, non-team sport, teammates and strategy are instrumental in
winning a cross-country meet. At Concordia, cross-country is a club, not a varsity team. The distinction, Lofranco explained in an email, is internal to Concordia. “The runners are Stingers just like any other team,” he said. The 30 members of the training group, which is split half-half down gender lines, run together four to six times a week. Both captains, try to keep tabs on their respective halves of the team in order to ease Lofranco’s workload. But the only real time they separate is when they compete. Last Saturday at the McGill Open, the first meet of the year, the men lined the sidelines and watched the women go by, encouraging them as they ran the four-kilometre race. And when it was the men’s turn to run, six kilometres this time, the women returned the favour. Even injured members came out to support their team.“There really aren’t two different teams,” Noel-Hodge explained after the race. “We’re one team.”
Next week’s meet in Laval is only an exhibition, so not many runners will compete. The next competitive event will be held at Université de Laval, in Quebec City, on Oct. 9.
...everybody ran as well or better than I expected them to.
John Lofranco, head coach of the crosscountry running team.
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Concordia loses and and suffers injuries against powerhouse McGill McGill scoring frenzy in last ten minutes leaves Stingers in the dust Kelly Greig Staff Writer The Concordia men’s rugby team were delivered their first loss of the season on Friday night 18-6 at the hands of last year’s champions, the McGill Redmen. Despite the score, it was the best effort that the men’s side had put together against their biggest rival in years. “McGill is always a rival, we’re both from Montreal so we hate each other, of course it’s going to be a big game,” said head coach Clive Gibson. Concordia started out strong and marched deep into McGill territory. The Stingers won almost every ruck and Daniel Thomassin and Matt Held were often the first to jump in to keep possession. It was clear that the team had learned from their last game
Adriano D’Argelo evades two McGill defenders. Photo by Cindy Lopez against Bishop’s, as instead of trying to pick up loose balls, they dove on them to ensure they maintained possession. “We played a lot better than last week,” said Gibson, “even though we won last week and lost tonight, it was an improvement.”
Big hits were being thrown on both sides and every ball in lineouts and rucks was fought for. The Stingers were first on the board as Xavier Birot completed a 40-yard penalty kick to make it 3-0. McGill returned the favour soon after with
a 32-yard boot to tie it up. As the game progressed, the contact got more and more rough. Eventually both teams were warned by the referee, but penalties were racked up on both sides. “When you have a ball in hand that you fought for hard you don’t want to just give it away,” said Gibson. Eventually the referee started handing out sin bins, Concordia suffering four and McGill taking one. If this wasn’t bad enough, starters like Jonathan Dextras-Romagnino, Thomassin and David Biddle left the game with injuries. “As the captain it’s tough not to freak out (with penalties and injuries),” said newly appointed captain Curtis McKinney, “it’s always been McGill and we knew we couldn’t be counted out of this competition.” It wasn’t long before McGill took advantage of Concordia’s reduced numbers to score. McGill’s eight-man picked the ball off the scrum and broke through the back line right in front of the uprights. Brendan O’Sullivan widened the lead for the Redman with the conversion to make it 10-3. The Stingers would add another penalty kick by Dario Pellizzari, but McGill put the nails in the coffin with a try and two kicks. The men play against Sherbrooke at home on Friday night at 7 p.m.
Battle of the Titans Concordia and Laval duke it out for early season supremacy Kelly Greig Staff Writer The rivalry was palpable at Loyola field on Friday night. The Concordia women’s rugby team was facing off against Laval Rouge et Or, the team they defeated in last year’s finals to advance to nationals. History repeated itself as the Stingers won their league game 10-9 to remain undefeated. From opening kickoff to the last whistle the game was highly charged. “The rivalry is getting worse,” remarked co-captain Claire Hortop. “It’s almost dangerous.” Players on both sides were scratching, raking, kneeing and punching their way through the game as reflected by the huge number of penalties. Concordia took a total of 20 penalties and Laval had 15. Early in the first Laval opened the scoring on - what else - a penalty. Their kick put them ahead 3-0. Jackie Tittley would tie it up for Concordia minutes later in the exact same situation. It was obvious that both teams were out to prove their dominance by the way they were tackling. Lea Leahy delivered a spin-o-rama hit on a Rouge et Or back, Hughanna Gaw punished the flankers who tried to take her down off scrums and Sara Scanlon tackled any Laval player who even thought of touching the ball. Fullback Jenna Giuliani showed her speed by coming into the backline at key moments
Forward Sarah Scanlon dragged down by two Laval defenders. Photo by Cindy Lopez to gain some valuable yardage. Unfortunately for the Stingers, it seemed like they were taking one step forward, two steps back, as much of the ground they gained was negated by penalties. This led to Laval regaining their
lead with a penalty kick to make it 6-3. Giuliani almost pulled the Stingers ahead on a solo run early in the second half, but at the last second, Laval’s fullback got a hand on her jersey and hauled her down. Instead of Concordia getting more points on the board, Laval’s kicker countered with a 33yard penalty kick to widen the lead to 9-3. It was clear that Concordia was driven by desperation and intensity in the last 10 minutes. They kept constant pressure on the Rouge et Or and tried to force the ball over the line at least five times. Every time Laval managed to hang on by holding the ball up in the try zone. “If you give us enough opportunities, we will make it happen,” said head coach Graeme McGravie. Lisa Hoffman made it happen when she
punched the ball over the line and down onto the field in the corner. Concordia scored, but was still behind. It was down to Tittley to make the kick to put the Stingers ahead by one. On a bad angle from 22 yards out, she hit the mark and Concordia was up 10-9. Laval put the pressure on late in vain. Concordia’s defence was too driven to let the lead slip away and with some amazing tackles by Giuliani the Stingers held on to win. “It’s such an ego boost,” said a smiling Tittley. “It is reassurance that we are a good team and we can compete with the best.” The Stingers will try to continue their undefeated streak this Friday night against Bishop’s at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Lady Bees squashed by McGill Martlets Stingers unable to capture cup honouring fallen athlete Hiba Zayadeen Contributor A week into the season and Concordia women’s soccer team has yet to claim its first win. The team lost 3-0 to McGill’s undefeated Martlets at Concordia Stadium on Sunday. The Stingers were playing with more than just the match on their minds, as it was the fifth annual Erica Cadieux memorial. The honorary game pays tribute to Cadieux, a former Stinger who died tragically in a car accident in 2006, and the team was trying its hardest to win in her name. Early into the game, McGill forward Alexandra Morin-Boucher converted a pass marking her sixth goal of the season. The Stingers’ head coach Jorge Sanchez was not too impressed. “It was 1-0 on a really dumb mistake we made,” he said. Once McGill gained the lead, the Stingers fell back to fiercely defend their goal. McGill had a much greater advantage in shots over Concordia. “We couldn’t put our offensive side of the game together,” said Sanchez. The Martlets were constantly advancing throughout the first half, but the Stingers’ defence remained unbreakable. The Concordia men’s soccer players sat scattered amidst the crowd and cheered on their female counterparts throughout, shouting out advice and expressing their support. Almost 17 minutes into the second half, McGill was awarded a penalty kick. They now had a 2-0 lead and the Stingers were scrambling to gain some control over the pitch. Confidence
McGill moves the ball forward on the pitch towards the Stingers’ goal during the Erica Cadieux Memorial Cup. Photo by Tiffany Blaise amongst the Stingers was faltering, but they didn’t give up. “Do we keep defending? Or do we try to at least get one goal so we start to push players forward?” said Sanchez when reflecting on the performance of his players. The confusion on Concordia’s part was appar-
ent as four minutes later McGill scored its third goal, insuring their success and putting the game out of Concordia’s reach. Sanchez is confident that as long as the team works hard they’ll perform better. “Right now we have to limit the amount of mistakes we make
in dangerous areas. We must out-work and outthink the opponent team.” The Stingers next game will be played against Laval on Friday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Late McGill goal breaks tie, Stingers hearts Opposing goal in final minutes ruins otherwise great Stingers effort Hiba Zayadeen Contributor The Concordia Stingers men’s soccer team played their third game of the season this Sunday afternoon and lost 2-1 in a very close game against the McGill Redmen. The game started off brightly for the Stingers as they immediately gained control of the ball, and through a series of neat passes marked the first attempt on goal by forward Matthijs Eppinga. The McGill team’s retaliation came quick and their midfielder’s long pass brought the ball to Jeremy Hurdle’s feet. His strike lead to McGill’s first goal of the game. Tension on the field and amongst the crowd grew stronger as the match grew older. A few minutes later a hasty foul by the Stingers awarded the McGill team a free kick. The ball was taken deep into the box but the Stingers’ defence was there to block it. Throughout the entire first half, possession of the ball was divided almost equally between the teams, with the Stingers relentlessly putting pressure on their opponents. McGill’s players had a chance to take the lead, but their efforts kept getting flagged for offside. Concordia’s team was doing very well by the end of the first half, but still couldn’t get past the goalkeeper. Half-time boosted the players’ spirits and morale remained high. Almost 12 minutes into the second half, the Stingers were handed a corner kick. Ryan Brousseau sent the ball soaring deep into the box. Midfielder Claude Arthur-Diesse got hold of it
Stingers’ defenceman Thomas Muir kicks the ball deep down field against the McGill Martlets. Photo by Tiffany Blaise and aimed at the goal. Into the net it went and the score was tied. Rough play just minutes after the equalizer prompted a pause in play, wherein a heavy confrontation between McGill goalkeeper Jean-Lou Gosselin and a Stinger left Gosselin injured and forced the team to replace him. The Stingers then increased pressure on their opponents. Diesse sliced through McGill’s defence with a precision pass. Stingers’ forward Eppinga was on the receiving end but his shot at the goal was neatly blocked, allowing McGill’s
substitute goalkeeper Matt Gilmour to show his worth. Throughout the second half, McGill maintained its defence well, but wasn’t able to gain possession of the ball and control over the game. Towards the end, Concordia’ team had the opportunity to score the winning goal, but a strong counterattack by McGill’s players snatched it away. To everyone’s surprise and most of the Stingers’ dismay, a light-footed strike by one of McGill’s players landed the ball in the net.
Concordia worked hard to tie but the match was nearing its end and soon after, the referee’s whistle signaled McGill’s victory. Whilst leading the team away from the field, Stingers head coach Lloyd Barker did not seem too troubled. “I thought we deserved a better result, but we have a competitive team so we’re going to fight on, one game at a time.” The next games are Sept. 24, at Laval at 6:30 p.m., and a home game against UQAM at 3 p.m. Sept. 26.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Women s hockey open season with two victories on the road
But home team wins don’t come as easy Jamie Gewurz Sports editor
As is the case every fall, it was yet another busy week for Stingers athletics. The men’s baseball team played four games, splitting their two home games (beat John Abbott 11-2 before getting throttled by McGill 18-7 the next night) as well as a doubleheader in Ottawa against Carleton (both close games; a 5-4 loss and a 10-9 win).
The women’s hockey team kicked off their season with a non-conference road trip to Ontario, losing to Brock 3-2 but sandwiching that loss with a pair of 4-1 wins on the day before and after (over York and Queen’s, respectively). Sophomore Emilie Bocchia stood out for the Lady Bees by notching two goals against York and adding another against Brock. With a great overall performance against some top-flight Ontarian talent, the Lady Bees look to be on track to far outperform last year’s team (which ended the season on an 18-game losing streak). Concordia’s newly-established lacrosse team lost their first game to Bishop’s 8-6. This is the first time Concordia has had any form of lacrosse team, and the club is looking to become official next year. On the soccer field, the weekend started off horribly for both teams, as the men got thrashed 6-1 and the women 7-0, both at the hands of the Université de Montréal Carabins. Both teams recovered in time for Sunday’s matchups against McGill, with the men getting robbed of a tie by a late goal that made it 2-1, and the women losing valiantly in a game honouring former Stingers player Erica Cadieux, who died in a car accident over four years ago. In rugby, the men were unable to pull out a win over rivals McGill, losing 18-6. The women were more successful however, with
female athlete of the week Jackie Tittley scoring half of Concordia’s points in their 10-9 win over Laval. The male athlete of the week was Stingers sophomore quarterback Terrance Morsink, who led his team on a heart-wrenching 34-29 comeback victory over McGill in their own stadium, despite a hostile anti-Concordia crowd. In his second start since taking over for injured all-star quarterback Robert Mackay, Morsink showed poise throughout the game, throwing for over 300 yards and adding two touchdowns. After such an emotional victory over McGill, the Stingers will need to regain focus in time for Saturday’s homecoming game versus Bishop’s in which the winner will take home the annual Shrine Cup. With all money raised going towards the Shriner’s Hospital, make sure to show up to Concordia Stadium at 1 p.m. on Saturday, wearing maroon and gold and ready to cheer on the Stingers in what could be a season-defining game. For some non-Stinger action, QPIRG has planned what looks to be a very interesting panel for any sports fan. Author Dave Zirin and blogger Meg Hewings will be speaking to students and anyone else interested, Tuesday night in room 110 of the Hall Building. The panel is part of their alternative to orientation week, known as “disORIENTATION.”
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Should we just get rid of the Internet?
A few egregious incidents have made us question why we even bother with the World Wide Web The Internet is, arguably, one of the greatest, most revolutionary inventions we’ve ever come across. It’s been a landmark game-changer in how we communicate, research, interact and summarily, live our lives. But a few choice incidents have made us question why we should even continue to bother with the Internet. Besides being the most efficient time waster ever, with Facebook and lolcats driving down productivity and making it that much harder to get studying done (reason enough to get rid of it), the world wide web’s been a quick, cheap and easy platform for viral videos, games and photos that expose the worst of humanity. And the last few weeks have provided a whole list of incidents that exemplify this. In British Columbia on Sep. 10, a group of men gang raped a drugged 16-year-old girl. Pictures and video recordings of the incident were posted on Facebook, and every time police take down content, they are uploaded again just as fast. A 16-year-old boy was arrested and released, and could be charged with child pornography distribution. And the RCMP report that the victim is “re-victimized” by the content.
Re: “Down with McGill frosh week” Sept. 7 Dear editor, I’d like to comment on the article “Down with McGill Frosh Week” written by Tyson Lowrie in the Sept. 7 edition of the Concordian. To begin, it seems as though the author of this article has forgotten, or is not aware of, the frosh festivities that take place at Concordia and other universities in this area. I participated in Concordia’s Arts and Science Federation of Associations Frosh this year and can say first-hand that it was almost exactly what Tyson Lowrie described McGill Frosh to be. “Stumbling down the street at 8 p.m.” and “wearing ugly identical t-shirts” are pretty much staples of any frosh event. I’m not sure if this article is written in the hopes of perpetuating the age-old rivalry between McGill and Concordia, but if it is, I don’t think this paper is the right forum for that debate. To say that Frosh is not a great way to meet friends is just wrong. I admit that very often the drinking gets out of hand (not that anyone expects it to stay in moderation), but just as often the alcohol helps loosen up the awkwardness that is inherent in meeting over 50 people at once. I consider myself a shy person and I was thankful there was free alcohol at all the events because it made socializing a lot easier and a lot more fun. At one point, Lowrie says “99.9 per cent of the, time Montreal nightlife doesn’t look anything like it does during Mcgill frosh week”. I’m sure that this statistic is unsubstantiated and used solely for the purposes of this article, but I don’t even imagine this to be true. All Thursday nights on Crescent, Mackay and Ste-Catherine Streets seem to be pretty crazy. For some reason Lowrie believes that to think Frosh is “a great way to experience Montreal’s nightlife!” is “the worst logic.” It seems as though the “best” logic would be to assume that Lowrie never attended Frosh or is just bitter about not having any fun when he attended it. Jesse Polowin
The “Dawson College Massacre!” video game, which allowed gamers to re-enact the 2006 Dawson shooting, provoked an outcry from current students, survivors and shocked Montreal, and no doubt brought grief to both the family of the lone victim who did not survive, as well as the family of the gunman. Another Facebook story includes an Israeli soldier posting photos of her posting with bound and blindfolded Palestinian prisoners. Inappropriate? Disrespectful? Reminiscent of Abu Ghraib? Some sure thought so, because the incident drew criticism and likely worsened tensions in an already tense situation. And who could forgot the video of the Bosnian girl in the red hoodie tossing six puppies into a river and drowning them? Thousands watched the video, because despite being yanked off one website, it sprouted up on many others. So, evidence of rapes, puppy killing and reenacting of shootings are posted online. A few sick or mistaken individuals can create malicious shockwaves with the click of a button. There are countless other heinous activities like these that make us want to toss the whole danged Internet out the window, and impose incredibly strict rules on who can post what online, and limit the amount of content certain people can upload. But even if the Internet never existed, evil and bad things would still happen in this world -- and perhaps the Internet itself is a useful tool for getting rid of some of the nastier stuff out there. After all, putting something on a platform draws attention to it -- hopefully, in these cases, shining spotlights that can lead public outcry
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to have the offending material pulled, people who’ve committed infractions and crimes punished, and highlighting issues that need to be discussed. The video of the girl throwing puppies led to an investigation into the incident. While it’s hard to pull any kind of meaning from the B.C. gang rape, you can be sure many a household with young women in it have had discussions about how to be safe at parties and avoid similar situations. And the Dawson game reminded people that memories and feelings were still fresh just four years down the road -- and while the video
game’s creator was misguided in his intentions to understand the killer’s ethos, he did raise important questions: why do people walk into public areas and shoot people? And how can we prevent this from happening again? While our stomachs churn at the thought of more horrific incidents gaining a global stage via the world wide web -- in a way, the speed and access granted by the Internet provides a way for us to discuss these incidents and the issues that arise from them, and make sure offenders are punished or at least, chastised.
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Canadian Air Force ﬁnally soars into 21st century New F-35 fighter jet purchases will modernize CAF
Alex Woznica Contributor Earlier this year, the federal government announced its plan to purchase 65 F-35 stealth fighter jets from Lockheed-Martin. The transaction, Canada’s most expensive military purchase to date, will cost Canadian taxpayers around $9 billion. Since the announcement of the proposal, the federal government has come under significant criticism, most of it revolving around its large cost and the irregularities in the tendering of the contract for the jets. Nonetheless, the fact remains that Canada’s military, and especially its air force, is rather antiquated and is in dire need of updating. This modernization will also enable Canada to meet its treaty obligations in organizations such as NATO and NORAD. As a founding member of both of these organizations, Canada has an obligation to participate in their actions and operations. The development of the F-35 jet was in some ways a NATO project, with development being shared by Canada, the United States, Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Turkey, and
Norway, all of whom plan to eventually adopt the F-35 for use in their respective air forces. As Canada’s current jet fighter, the CF-18/A Hornet becomes obsolete, Canada will become increasingly less able to meet its NATO and NORAD obligations effectively. The purchase and delivery of the F-35 jets will allow Canada to continue to make significant contributions to both organizations, as well as to meet its independent defence requirements as effectively as possible. Once purchased and delivered, the new F-35 jets are sure to bring Canada’s air force into the 21st century. They will replace the CF-18/A Hornet, Canada’s ageing multi-purpose fighter jet. Although it has served Canada’s needs, the Hornet entered the Canadian Air Force 28 years ago and is beginning to show its age. In contrast, the F-35 saw its first flight in 2006, and is widely considered to be the most advanced combat aircraft ever designed. It contains state-of-theart battlefield awareness, avionics, and stealth technologies, and can be used against targets in the air, as well as against land-based targets. At this time, the F-35 is the most refined fighter jet Canada could have chosen, and it promises to be the most effective. The proposed purchase of the 65 F-35 stealth fighter jets, although costly, is necessary. Canada’s air force is in dire need of modernization if it is to continue to counter such threats as those posed when Russian bombers entered Canadian air space earlier last month. The F-35 jet will help Canada to honour the obligations to NATO and NORAD that it is treaty-bound to keep.
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Getting out of optional fee levies at Concordia is too complicated Like McGill, ConU should implement online opt-outs Lana Polansky Contributor
Fee levies are per-credit charges factored into tuition that help fund and subsidize various student groups. Most of these are harmonized into the tuition and are not available for optout, but some are. The Concordia Student Union website currently offers an opt-out for dental and health insurance, and a list of other fee levies is posted on the site for public perusal. Unfortunately, the current method for student group opt-outs at Concordia is horrendously stacked against any student who tries to use it. McGill gives students the opportunity to opt out of fee levies via the Internet, something Concordia does not do. The conversion to online had ruffled some feathers in 2008 at McGill: particularly, the McGill chapter of the Quebec Public Interest Research Group said that online opt-outs are “detrimental to their ability to operate freely,” because students can too easily leave without knowing what they are missing. Concordia maintains the policy that students must visit the organization whose fees they want to opt out of with both their student ID cards and transcripts, and only after the official opt-out date of Sept. 21. When questioning a clerk of one of these groups about my opt-out options, I was received with the same aversion to online transitioning. The clerk summarized the same sentiment issued by the QPIRG McGill. I was also met with a slight air of (albeit polite)
persuasiveness from the group member. Even an exchange with the nicest member is going to be uncomfortable because of the nature of the discussion. Although clerks are required to comply with an opt-out request, the current system still poses a risk to students who opt out that they will endure enticements to change their mind while trying awkwardly to justify their position. My entreaty has nothing to do with price (a full-time student taking five courses, for example, would pay a total 75 cents in fee
Unfortunately, the current method for student group optouts at Concordia is horrendously stacked against any student who tries to use it.
levies to the Sustainable Concordia Project for the entire term), it has to do with principle. There seems to be a dejected sense of apathy that since the current opt-out program is coercive, bureaucratic and circuitous, it is too small a cost to be troubled with. The labyrinthine system is exploitative and undemocratic because it not only discourages a student from researching the facts, it also withholds from them the motivation to actively take part in student socio-economics. Don’t get me wrong, I am not opposed to the existence of student groups. It is, however, troublesome that students who object to certain fee levies, or are perhaps ideologically opposed to some of the places their money is
going, face numerous inconveniences when trying to make use of the existing services. I can understand how an online opt-out system might be too tempting to use for the lazier among us, but it remains a more ethical al-
ternative to one which uses inaccessibility to manipulate students into paying unwelcome charges.
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In Town Without My Car! is a good initiative But more should be done to reduce traffic and pollution yearround Owen Nagels Assistant opinions editor Car-free day is the one day of the year that pedestrians can roam around Ste-Catherine Street without the fear of being run over by reckless drivers. It’s a good initiative, but it isn’t quite enough to raise awareness about the detrimental effects cars are having on our lives. On Sept. 22, the official day of the eighth edition of In Town Without My Car!, streets between McGill College Avenue, Bleury Street, René-Lévesque and de Maisonneuve Boulevards will not be accessible by vehicles between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Several organizations will put together all kinds of shows for the 50,000 or so Montrealers that come to check out the festivities. At 3:31 p.m., as though nothing even happened, the cars and the noise return, and we, the car-less, go back to our sidewalks. According to www.montreal.com, motor vehicles are responsible for 47 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in Montreal. On car-free day, nitric oxide levels decrease by 70 per cent inside the perimeter and perceived noise levels go down 34 per cent.
Quebec is rushing into shale gas project Renewable and sustainable energies should be government’s top priorities Kayla Morin Contributor
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Look before you leap. This common sense adage is something you’d pick up from talking to your grandmother. Obviously the Quebec government has not been spending enough time with its grandmother. The provincial government is jumping into the shale gas industry without taking enough time to educate themselves. Okay, so it’s cleaner than tar sands and oil mining. But it being the newest and most exciting alternative doesn’t make it the best one. Here is what we, the public, know about this stuff. The gas is collected by shooting chemicallaced water at shale rock in a process called hydraulic fracturing. Then all the dirty water gets sucked out of the wells to be cleaned. There is a possibility that some fluids could escape and contaminate the earth or groundwater sources. We should not be taking this risk prematurely, and we are. Quebec has already begun shale gas exploration in low-lying regions along the St. Lawrence river. Quebec’s environmental protection agency, otherwise known as the BAPE, has been told by the provincial government to review shale gas exploration. In other words their job is to inform everyone whether it’s a good idea or not and why, as well as tell the government the best way to oversee the popular new industry. They have been given a February 2011 deadline for this. Recently, a group of former members of the BAPE, including the ex-president and ex-vicepresident, expressed doubts the agency will have time to fulfill this mandate, claiming the Liberal deadline is just too soon for such a big job. The Parti Québécois agrees. At a party caucus meeting on Sept. 2, opposition leader Pauline Marois called for a moratorium on shale gas drilling and exploration in the province until the BAPE completes its probe.
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share the road in a less stressful environment (kind of like Prince-Arthur Street on the Plateau). This is already being practiced all over the world in cities like New York, Copenhagen, Toronto, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. Pedestrian streets have become like municipal parks in a way, with fountains, trees and benches. Who doesn’t love a good park? But in the end, all Car-Free Day really causes is an increase in cars just around the perimeter. Unfortunately, it does not make people want to leave their car at home. People just tend to park it in a different place while they grumble off to work upset they have to walk an extra 10 minutes to get there. But check out Car-Free Day anyhow, and whether you drive everywhere or you are a frequent public transit user, you’ll see how incredibly different a car-free downtown will make you feel without the constant noise and pollution all around you. It really is a breath of fresh air.
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Nitric oxide emitted by cars directly affects the lungs and brain. It acts as a depressant on the body and can cause symptoms like loss of balance, mental confusion and nausea. When there are a lot of these pollutants, the effects are very detrimental to our body. It’s obvious that less pollution would make Montreal’s citizens healthier. It would then make more sense to permanently close off some areas to traffic, instead of just one day per year. But Montrealers love their cars and closing off streets means lots of frustrated drivers. If a car-free zone is planned correctly, it can give a positive atmosphere within the city and create a sense of community. Ste-Catherine Street, for example, is busy enough without cars. Pedestrians must cram together to walk down the sidewalk without knocking each other over. Permanently close off Ste-Catherine Street (between Guy and St-Urbain, for instance) to vehicles, but leave the cross streets open for them and pedestrians can
The public also agrees. The companies spearheading shale gas exploration east of TroisRivières, where digging has already begun, held a meeting for locals to express their opinions Sept. 15. The companies were met with a barrage of protests and calls for a moratorium. Oh, but never mind: there’s no need to worry folks, because the government (in this case Quebec Natural Resources Minister Nathalie Normandeau) says everything is fine and they are confident BAPE has enough time and resources to get ‘er done. And anyway there will be no large-scale projects until 2014, according to the minister. Normandeau also made sure to tell us about how much Quebec would benefit financially from the shale gas industry - $1 billion a year once production gets underway. Sounds great! Don’t be fooled. Most of the shareholders who would rake in the cash live outside of Quebec. Andre Caillé, president of the Quebec Oil and Gas Association, says shale gas will eventually
give everyone in the world access to cheaper energy. He predicts the emergence of shale gas as a new energy source will reduce costs of other energies, like oil. This could be true, but it is unreasonable to tout suspected positive outcomes and avoid investigating the possibility of negative effects. Also, whatever happened to a commitment to sustainable energy? In 2006, Quebec promised to focus on renewable energy (hydroelectricity, wind, and biomass) with the flamboyant release of their Quebec Energy Strategy 20062015. They have not followed through on this promise. Instead, they are throwing money at the newest way to pollute the earth and avoiding making real changes to improve the future. The Quebec government should suspend all shale gas drilling and exploration until the BAPE completes its report, and give them more time to do so if needed. But the greater issue here is that the government needs to initiate action towards researching sustainable energy.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Dictionary horoscopes This week, pay attention to details at school - not just in class. You may be pleasantly surprised by what you find.
Aries – March 21 to April 20 Do not take the escalator in the Hall building. It’ll most likely not be working. Use the elevator instead; you may make a new friend in that small space. Take that friend to your favorite spot the first time you hang and you’ll start things off perfectly.
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Taurus – April 21 to May 21 Love is in the air! Keep an eye out for that special someone this week. Don’t forget to sit on the left side of the class if you want to meet your future lover. Wear your favorite underwear on your first date, otherwise your romance will be doomed. Gemini – May 22 to June 21 Just as you are two-faced, so is your lover this week. Avoid studying at the library with your significant other; it will cause nothing but problems. Instead, head to the closest coffee shop: the more intimate vibe will save you in the long run. Cancer – June 22 to July 23 Remember to prepare your method of payment for your coffee before getting to the register. No one likes the person rummaging through their bag to look for those 14 pennies they swear they have in there somewhere. Leo – July 24 to August 23 Speak to the people handing out flyers at and around Concordia. They can offer you the opportunity of a lifetime, if you just ask the right questions. Virgo – August 24 to September 23 Look to your immediate left while studying. Use whatever you see as inspiration this week. It is the best indicator of what will happen in your love life this week. If you happen to come across a rotten apple, your week will get a lot worse. Libra – September 24 to October 23 Go to Reggie’s on Thursday. If you don’t, your whole weekend will feel off-balance. While at Reggie’s, steer clear of anyone wearing red and talk to at least one blond (guy or girl). Please be careful crossing the street as your judgment will be impaired. Scorpio – October 24 to November 23 Do not ignore any vagrants while at the downtown campus: give them some change or buy them a snack. This act of kindness will really improve your week and their day. If you do not do this you will most probably receive a bad grade in the next week. Sagittarius – November 24 to December 21 Be bold: raise your hand in class. Answer all questions posed by your professor; you will be the object of someone’s affection if you put yourself out there. While answering questions be wary of being wrong, otherwise you will come off as a fool. Capricorn – December 22 to January 20 Avoid wearing bright colours in class. This will draw some unwanted attention and may jeopardize a relationship that you cherish. Instead, stick to black and neutral colours and keep to yourself. Aquarius – January 21 to February 19 Be careful while walking around campus, something may fall on you (debris or even bird poop). Always be on the look out for anything suspicious. You will be struck when you least expect it. Pisces – February 20 to March 20 Be sure to use the washroom before attending class, otherwise you may find yourself in a bad situation. While at the sink in the bathroom ask the person next to you the name of their mother/father. This will be the name of your future lover.
You share a birthday with... Sept. 21: Nicole Richie, Bill Murray, H.G. Wells Sept. 22: Bonnie Hunt, Joan Jett, Tommy Lasorda Sept. 23: Jason Alexander, Bruce Springsteen, Ray Charles Sept. 24: Phil Hartman, Jim Henson, F. Scott Fitzgerald Sept. 25: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Christopher Reeve, Barbara Walters Sept. 26: Serena Williams, Olivia Newton-John, Edmund Gwenn, Jamie Gewurz Sept. 27: Avril Lavigne, Lil Wayne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Emily White
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