theconcordian Volume 31 Issue 4
Independent student newspaper at Concordia University. Since 1983.
September 17, 2013
Secular values are not Quebec values Thousands turn up to protest proposed charter p. 3
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MTL band perform A win for Stingers acrobatic set P. 9 P.13
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Against Charter of Values P. 18
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CITY Christina Rowan Copy editor
Quebecois MP expelled Bloc Quebecois Member of Parliament, Maria Mourani, was expelled from her position after publicly opposing the religious symbols ban Thursday, Sept. 12. Mourani, one of five Bloc MPs, described the proposed ban as “discriminatory, probably illegal and strategically disastrous for a sovereignty movement that has struggled to convince Quebec minorities of the allure of national independence.” An open letter criticizing the PQ’s plan for a charter of values was signed by Mourani and 18 others.
19th murder of the year A 45-year-old man was shot in the head in the parking lot of Place Versailles shopping centre last Thursday. The parking lot of the shopping centre, located in the east end, where the shooting occurred, was in sight of a Montreal police major-crimes division. No suspects have been identified, according to Constable François Collard. However, the victim was known to police. This death will mark the 19th murder of the year on the island of Montreal — an improvement from this point last year where 22 murders had already occurred.
property values to rise
With higher property values comes higher property tax, approximately 21 per cent, for Montreal residential homes. According to the City of Montreal’s property assessment roll for the next three years, boroughs such as the Plateau, Outremont and South West, will have the highest property tax hikes at 25 per cent.
>> Waitress fired after noble move
Quebec waitress Valérie Couturier lost her job after intervening with a customer who attempted to drive home drunk. After confronting the customer and insisting they take a cab home rather than drive, Couturier called the police, who later drove the customer home without charges. However, the owners of Le Chêne Blanc, located on the South Shore, let go of Couturier because “her actions could ruin their reputation and open them up to litigation.”
Campus // news
Concordia unions reach agreements CULUE and CUUSSTS settle with the university
with 97 per cent in favour. The agreements, which expire May 2015, include wage increases of 10 per cent over six years and dental and vision insurance coverage for members. According to university spokesperson Chris Mota, the next step in the process will be to have it ap-
proved by the Concordia Board of Governors. “Both parties will sign the agreements together and after that signing, we will post the agreements,” she explained. CULEU President Irene Fernandez explained that while she and the members are relieved to have
negotiations settled, the process was often frustrating. “I can’t jump up and down and yell hooray,” she said. “This has been a long haul [...]There’s he Concordia University so much that was discussed and Library Employees’ Union negotiated that just went out the (CULEU) and the Concordia window.” University Union of Support Staff Fernandez went on to say that Technical Sector (CUUSSshe hopes bargaining TS) both reached agreerelations at Concordia ments-in-principle with will improve and that the university during the remaining 12 unions collective bargaining last still in negotiations will week. soon come to a conCULEU and CUSSclusion. Among these TS have been without a unions still without collective agreement for contract are The Conover four years. cordia University SupThe CUSS-TS came port Staff Union and the to an agreement in prinConcordia University ciple Sept. 5, which was Professional Employees only tentative and had to Union, who are still in be ratified by the union negotiations to renew members before it could collective agreements. be made official. On “We hope other Sept. 11, they voted 99 unions who have not per cent in to adopt the yet to come to an agreenew contract. At a Genment will do so and eral Assembly on Sept. that we bring a little 12, the CULEU voted to peace to Concordia,” accept the new agreement, Concordia unions demand their rights after being without contracts for over four years she said.
Marilla Steuter-Martin Staff writer
Campus // news
Greener buildings on the horizon for Concordia Increase in funds for energy efficient infrastructures leads to new plans Kelly Duval Co-news editor
A research endeavor to create more energy efficient buildings, carried out by a Canadian initiative and directed by Concordia professor Andreas Athienitis, has recently received further funding. Created in December 2011, the project is being fulfilled through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada’s Smart Net-zero Energy Buildings Strategic Network (SNEBSN). The network is made up of 29 Canadian researchers from 15 universities, with professor Athienitis from Concordia’s department of building, civil and environmental engineering, acting as scientific director. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Hydro-Québec are also involved in the effort to ensure buildings become more environmentally friendly. This past May, the research initiative received $1 million from NRCan. New research funding of $2 million has been provided by NSERC, NRCan, Hydro-Québec and Régulvar, while the network’s five-year budget from 2011-2016 is about $7.5 million.
This research effort is especially relevant in Canada since temperatures often reach extremes, causing buildings to consume high amounts of energy. Athienitis explained the goal is to transform buildings from being energy consumers into becoming producers of energy. “Substantial savings can be achieved through reduction of energy consumption for heating, cooling and lighting,” said Athienitis. As he writes on his website, “My long term vision is the realization of solar buildings operating in Canada as integrated advanced technological systems that generate in an average year as much energy as they consume.” Athienitis is the Concordia University research chair in Integration of Solar Energy Systems into Buildings and was also the founding Director of the NSERC Solar Buildings Research Network from 2005-2010. He served as Associate Editor of the ISES Journal “Solar Energy” and played an important role in the engineering design of several award-winning low energy solar houses and green buildings. In an article published in Actualité in 2009, Athienitis was deemed one the most important innovators of Quebec. SNEBSN researchers from Concordia include professors from the
civil and environmental engineering department Paul Fazio, Theodore Stathopoulos, Sheldon Williamson and Radu Zmeureanu. “It has been recognized in the last few decades that buildings consume about one third of the country’s energy,” Concordia buildings engineering professor Fazio wrote in his research. Fazio founded the Concordia Centre for Building Studies in 1977. Fazio’s research currently focuses on the building envelope and its impact on building performance and industrialization. Problems with building envelopes can result in insufficient insulation and the growth of mold, which is a serious problem since it not only damages the building envelope, but also contaminates the environment inside. SNEBSN’s website outlines that the research project’s vision is for key regions in Canada to have zero-energy buildings – those that don’t consume energy or release carbon emissions – by 2030. This is hoped to be accomplished by establishing ‘smart’ controls in buildings such as integrated solar systems, windows that control solar gains and different types of energy storage. “We will be developing novel techniques for predictive control and
optimized operation of buildings so as to reduce peak demand for electricity - essentially making buildings “smart” so as to predict continuously their upcoming response to predicted weather,” said Athienitis. The research is currently aimed
towards improving commercial and institutional buildings. Athienitis and his graduate students will carry out case studies in the EV and JMSB Concordia buildings and other public buildings in Montreal. “Right now we have five graduate building engineering students and a postdoctoral fellow,” said Athienitis. “And similar numbers are expected to join every year.”.
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Protest // news
NATION Christina Rowan Copy editor
>> Mislabelled oil in Lac-Mégantic crash
According to the Transportation Safety Board, the oil being carried by the train that crashed in Lac-Mégantic, was incorrectly labelled. The oil was supposed to be tagged as being less dangerous and flammable than it actually was. It had been identified as Packing Group (PG) III, the least dangerous in that class, but it was actually PG II, a substance with a lower flashpoint. This mistake was revealed when the federal agency tested the crude oil.
>> Canada is happy
Protesters against values charter take to the streets Quebecers unify to demonstrate opposition to controversial legislation Laura Marchand Contributor
Thousands of people flooded Montreal’s streets Saturday, Sept. 14, to protest against the Parti Québécois’ proposed Charter of Quebec Values, which would “prohibit the wearing of overt and conspicuous religious symbols by state personnel.” The route taken spanned over two kilometers down de Maisonneuve Blvd. from Place Émilie Gamelin (UQAM) to Place du Canada. Protesters donned multiple religious symbols, such as hijabs, kippahs, and crucifixes through the downtown core in a march to voice their opposition to the controversial legislation. The crowd chanted slogans such as “PQ values are racist values” and “No to the charter of hate”. “We came together in unity to send a strong message to Madame Marois to let her know that there are
so many Quebecers opposed to this bad idea,” said Salam Elmenyawi, President of the Muslim Council of Montreal. “She is trying to solve some imaginary problem to divide the country, and making the stupid claim that it is for women’s equality. In fact, it destroys their equality […] in an exclusionary way.” “I want to be able to live in this province,” said Sybil Riopelle, a convert to Islam who drove to Montreal from Gatineau for the protest. “If [the charter] happens, they’ll tell us we’ll have to live in another province if we want to wear our scarves. Just for the scarves. It doesn’t make any sense.” Many took to shouting “Quebec is not France”, referring to the 2004 French law that banned veils, crosses and turbans from state schools, in addition to the 2011 law that banned the niqab in public places. “Quebec is not France but Marois is Sarkozy,” said Mohammed, a masked protester who preferred to remain anonymous. “What
France is doing is racist. What has their law done for them? We will not make the same mistakes they did.” Others agreed that the proposed charter is not only infringing on the rights of religious minorities, but was racist as well. “Christians are not affected by this law as much as others. It’s obviously pointed at immigrants who have different faiths,” said Sarena Santilly, who moved to Montreal from Toronto. “The Christians and people without faith who are passing the law are failing the population.” Participants repeatedly took to shouting “Marois: racist”, an accusation that many did not approve of. “I don’t think we should use such explosive language,” said Ehab Lotayes, who carried a sign criticizing Marois’ stance on the issue. “I think we should focus on the point itself, and not on cheap shots.”
André Levésque was one of the few seen carrying a crucifix to the protest. “I don’t want anyone telling me how big I can wear my cross,” said Levésque. While opposed to the charter, he saw no reason why the crucifix in the National Assembly should be taken down. “Canada was built on Christianity. This is a Christian civilization, and if they’re not happy, they can move somewhere else.” Marois has previously said that the crucifix in the National Assembly in Quebec City would not be removed under the new rules. A poll by survey firm SOM places support for the charter at 66 per cent, or two-thirds of all Quebecers, according to CBC News. However, opponents of the charter are willing to fight the legislation, should it pass. “We will take it to the Supreme Court,” said Elmenyawi. “All the way to the United Nations, if we have to.”
Photos by Gabriel Ellison-Scowcroft
According to a survey sponsored by the United Nations, Canada ranks sixth among the top ten happiest countries in the world. The so-called happiness scale is based on life-evaluation results from the Gallup World Poll conducted every year in over 150 countries since 2005. With the average happiness level scoring 5.1 worldwide, Canadians scored 7.48 points behind first place Denmark, ranked the happiest place, with a score of 7.69. The U.S. ranked 17th.
>> B.C. woman attacked by cougar
A 60-year-old woman was severely injured after being attacked outside her home by a cougar on a remote island near the west coast of Vancouver Island on Sunday, Sept. 8. The woman’s husband allegedly beat off the cougar with a spear saving her from further injury and possible death. According to conservation officer Sgt. Ben York the woman is in stable condition and is expected to recover.
>> Three dead in helicopter crash
A Canadian Coast Guard helicopter crashed and killed three men in the Arctic waters Monday, Sept. 9, during a routine patrol to check ice conditions. The victims killed in the crash were the commanding officer of the ship, the helicopter pilot, and a veteran University of Manitoba Arctic scientist. Reasons behind the helicopter crashed are being investigated by the Transportation Safety Board.
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WORLD Sloane Montgomery Co-news editor
>> U.S. and Russia enforce deal on Syria Russia and the U.S. have agreed to the conclusion that the Syrian government possesses 1,000 tons of chemical agents and precursors. U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, has outlined a document indicating that Syria hand over a compiled list of its supposed weapon stock within the week. Should Syria refuse to hand over the list, the deal will be enforced by a U.N. resolution backed by military force.
>> Japan launches new affordable spacecraft Japan’s latest spacecraft, the Epsilon rocket, was successfully launched into space Saturday, Sept. 14. The Epsilon rocket is about half the size of Japan’s previous space vehicle, the M-5, and cost half the price to build at $37 million. Due to the use of artificial intelligence, the need of 150 operators has been tremendously cut down to merely eight people. The launch took place in south-west Japan where crowds of Japanese citizens gathered to watch.
>> Four Indian
men sentenced to death for gang rape and murder An Indian court has sentenced Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur and Pawan Gupta to death for the gang rape and murder of a student in the capital of Delhi. The victim, 23, was attacked on a bus in December of 2012 and died two weeks later due to her injuries. The four men continue to plead not guilty, however, the case has led to violent protests across India and possibly harsher laws against rape.
>> Thirteen killed and at least four injured at Washington Navy Yard
At least 13 people have been killed in a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, confirmed Sept. 16 by officials. In addition at least four others including a federal officer have been injured. One gunman was killed at the scene and police are searching for two other potential gunmen. “The big concern for us right now is that we potentially have two other shooters that we have not located” said Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier. The missing suspects have been described as a white male in a tan short-sleeve military-style outfit with a beret hat and a black male 40-50 years of age.
Campus // news
Concordia to divest from dirty industries Newly formed coalition urges university to invest responsibly Kelly Duval Co-news editor
Divest Concordia, a coalition of students and community members formed this past winter, is working to have Concordia invest sustainably and responsibly. The hope is that Concordia will be the first Canadian university to divest from fossil fuel industries. “[Concordia] has the knowledge and expertise to do this. It’s a matter of having the will to do it,” said Anthony Garoufalis-Auger, organizer of the Divest Concordia information sessions held on Sept. 10 and 14. The organization’s goal is for Concordia to divest completely from fossil fuel industries in three years time, with the first step being to freeze its investments with such companies. Garoufalis-Auger announced four reasons why it’s important to divest from dirty forms of energy: climate change, pollution, the geopolitics of oil and the fact that the oil industry undermines democracy. At the moment, Concordia has
an endowment fund, which Divest Concordia compares to a savings account, of about $100 million for investment. As it states in the Responsible Endowment Coalition’s Student Handbook, most schools care about growing their money as much as possible, even if this includes sending funds to “international projects that are environmentally or socially irresponsible.” “We have about $11.7 million in fossil fuel industries. There’s about $9.1 million that’s invested in oil and gas and there’s about $2.6 million invested in pipelines,” said Garoufalis-Auger. Divest Concordia is currently submitting access to information requests to find out what specific companies the school is investing in. The Board of Governors is re-
sponsible for deciding whether the university will abandon investing in fossil fuel industries. Divest Concordia is currently organizing a presentation in hopes the BOG will see the necessity to invest in renewable energies. The organization wants the university to adopt a binding social and environmental responsibility policy, formulated by a committee with student representation, so that reinvesting in fossil fuels at a later date won’t be a possibility. They also want Concordia to make a public statement endorsing the divestment campaign and to encourage other universities to do the same. The Concordia Student Union (CSU) and the Graduate Student Association (GSA) support this cam-
Workshop urges sustainable investment. Photo by Michelle Gamage
paign. Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania was the first school to divest from fossil fuel companies, explained Garoufalis-Auger, while six campuses across North America have already divested. McGill and the University of Toronto are among some Canadian universities that already have divestment campaigns. “If we can be the first in Canada to divest, that’d be nice,” said Garoufalis-Auger. He further explained that companies specializing in renewable forms of energy will be coming to Quebec, seeing as the government is looking to buy wind turbines and Quebec Premier Pauline Marois wants Quebec to invest in the electrification of public transport. “Quebec has a lot of investment management firms that are signed on to [sustainable] principles and it’d be nice to see Concordia do the same,” said Garoufalis-Auger. Divest Concordia is in the process of creating an advisory board. They currently have a worker specializing in social finance from the School of Community and Public Affairs. Students are encouraged to get involved by spreading the word about divestment, sending a letter, and attending Divest Concordia’s weekly meetings on Fridays at 2 p.m. at the GSA House, 2030 Mackay.
Campus // news
How do you get from campus to campus? Concordia researchers develop app, Datamobile to measure distance travelled Amanda L. Shore Editor-in-chief
ow do you get to Concordia? Whether you’re a student, faculty or staff member, Zachary Patterson, assistant professor in Concordia’s department of geography, planning and environment, wants to know. And he’s introduced an app to figure it out. Christened DataMobile, this app developed by undergraduate software engineering student Robson Razafindramary is designed to collect information about a person’s commute to and from Concordia. “There’s two parts: when you open the app, there’s a survey and you’re asked about your trip to Concordia, what campus you go to, by what mode you go, how often you go by that mode and if you use an alternate mode, which one you might use,” said Patterson. This socio-demographic information is anonymous and it’s about the only part of the app that requires user participation. After the user has completed the survey, the app will run in the background, collecting information from the phone’s GPS about the users longitudinal and latitudinal positions, and uploads it when Wi-Fi becomes available. “We can look at distance, we can get the speed they’re traveling at, we can get the modes, we can get a sense
of what their trip itinerary looks like. Do people just go to campus and then go home or do they go many other places?” Patterson explained. The information collected will be useful in determining travel behaviour and therefore give a better understanding of travel demand. “Demand creates congestion and emissions and all the things that are bad about transportation. The idea typically in these surveys is [to look at] what the total demand is on the system that you have,” he said. Patterson and his team are looking to recruit between 1,000 and 2,000 participants to use this app, which is why they’ve made the app to be as “hands-off” as possible. Other than the two minute survey after installation, users are not required to do anything. The app has been designed to not interfere with a user’s regular charging schedule. However, if you are an iOS user, you will have to manually sync the data every so often as Patterson’s team was unable to find a way for iPhone users to have their data sync automatically. It is Patterson’s hope that this app, because there is very little required by the user, will be more popular than its contemporaries. For example, MIT has been conducting an app-based research project in Singapore and, according to Patterson, as of last year, they had only 75 participants. “The idea is to get a little bit of in-
formation, let it run in the background and hopefully that will increase the participation rate,” he said. The data retrieved from this app will also be beneficial for students, especially those concerned with sustainability. “We could give an estimate of the total kilometres traveled on the roads of Montreal, relating to the people at
Concordia, and that gives a sense of what our contribution is to congestion or emissions” added Patterson. “If you can use this information to better plan [public] transit, it will mean more people will use transit and fewer people will use their car.” DataMobile is downloadable from the App Store or Google Play Store.
Zachary Patterson presents Datamobile app. Photo by Michelle Gamage.
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Competition // life
Foodies unite: the search for the hungriest campus is on “JUST-EAT” your way to glory in the first ever ‘chompionship’ Sabrina Giancioppi Life editor
wenty-five universities will be going stomach-to-stomach this week as round one for the search to find the hungriest students across the country begins. JUST-EAT Canada, the online takeaway food delivery service and the organizer of the competition, “likes to do things a little differently from most consumer brands,” said Luke Sheehan, marketing director at JUST-EAT.ca. The idea was conceived over lunch when one of the interns made a bet that she could eat an entire pizza in two minutes. This led to the launch of the first ever Campus Chompionship. “[We thought] it would be a lot fun to discover who Canada’s best student eater was, and the extreme lengths they would go to prove it,” said Sheehan. Sheehan joined JUST-EAT in January
2011 in the UK and moved to Canada the following year to lead the marketing team. Sheehan’s a competitor himself. Nicknamed “The Intestinator,”, he was born into a life of food; his mother went into labour whilst queuing for shawarma and he says that since then he “has feasted at every available opportunity.” Sheehan and Takeru Kobayashi, a Japanese major league eater who holds several records, will be among the judges. This ‘chompionship’ is no joke, but a highly organized three round competition. Surviving the post-contest tummy ache may not be easy, but joining is a piece of cake. Students create a profile on chompchompchomp.ca and collect as many votes as possible. Sheehan suggests campaigning to your student body to get them to support you. Round two is titled “Video Showdown” in which 25 semi-finalists will be challenged to create a 60-second video for YouTube. The five person judging panel will then look for and grade the following criteria: the desire to compete, a visually compelling video, and the innovative use of takeout food. On Oct. 28, semi-finalists will head to Toronto to compete against each other, and special guest Kobayashi, in a three minute eating competition. “The hungriest finalist — that is, the one who consumes the high-
est number of square cheese pizza slices — will win bragging rights as the 2013 Campus Chompion and $25,000 in prizes,” explained Sheehan. “Not only does the prizing benefit the entire student population,” said Sheehan, “the competition drives friendly rivalry amongst schools.” A cheque for $5,000 will be presented to the winner and the affiliated
university will win $20,000 worth of prizes delivered to the campus by a JUST-EAT truck over five days in November. JUST-EAT invites Concordia students with an appetite to join in. It’s a fun way to earn cash and a possible opportunity to beef up your resume with a 2013 Campus Chompion title. Visit chompchompchomp. ca for more information.
Competitive eater, takeru kobayashi, will be one of the judges at this year’s campus chompionship.
Recipe // life
The Mennonite chef’s soup for the soul recipe The kind of food that really “schmecks” Olivia Ranger-Enns Contributor
“So you’re a Mennonite,” say people musingly when I reveal my identity. This is the common reception I receive when I talk about being a Mennonite. Most people like to think of Mennonites as—farmers who broke off from the main Protestant branch to form their own group as anti-war personalities—hard-working, bulky people with a strong morality code and tantalizing cuisine. Scratch that. The word “tantalizing” does not even cover 50 per cent of the scrumptiousness that Mennonite cuisine entails. I should know, having attended family gatherings that resemble the UN, where we miraculously rise from the dinner table and make it all the way, groaning, to the living room in one piece. Bread buns, pecan pies, beef stews, zucchini salads, chocolate cake, apple pie, roast pork, banana bread, grapefruit lemonade, pork pies… the list goes on and on. Confession number one: I admire my grandmother. She managed to raise seven hulking children and bake at least two fresh pies every morning, milk the cows, bake some bread, and send the kids off to school on a horse-drawn carriage (it actually hap-
pened). My grandmother’s days were full to the brim. Yes, Mennonites can cook. Believe me. So, in the honour of Mennonite cuisine, I hereby raise my hat to my favourite kind of cuisine. Confession number two: Mennonite food has nourished me through breakups, unsuccessful interviews and the general angst that comes with life. My life would not be what it has been without Edna Louise Staebler’s Food That Really Schmecks. One of my fondest memories growing up as a kid was living for a while in downtown
Montreal, baking bran muffins with my father on crisp autumn mornings. He would show me his dog-eared recipe books with a couple of personal instructions or added ingredients written in clear, neat handwriting. I would be too small to reach the counter, so there are a number of pictures of me, a brown-haired little girl with pigtails, standing on a kitchen chair, folding dough with the seriousness of a police officer. This autumn, when the weather begins to cool, hunker yourself down with this cabbage borscht Mennonite soup before you
olivia ranger-enns brings us into her kitchen for some soup. photo cred: michael eby
You will need:
- 2 lbs of beef bones -1/2 cup of cream - 2 quarts of water - salt and pepper - 12 carrots - parsley - 6 potatoes - 1 head of cabbage - 1 ½ chopped tomato - 3 onions - 1/2 star anise - 1 bay leaf
In a pot, heat up the bones and water over medium heat. Reduce the heat and let the liquid simmer for two hours. Once the broth is at the two-quart level, drain the bones and put the broth in a new, clean pot. Add the onions and let them simmer for half an hour. Add the potatoes, carrots, bay leaf, star anise and cabbage. Wait for 30 minutes, then add tomatoes and let them cook in for 15 minutes. Ladle the soup in cups, add the cream Photo by Press and enjoy!
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Society // Life
Nadia Alexan: a force to be reckoned with
The founder of Concordia’s Citizens in Action group explains her quest for social justice Katherine Wood Williams Contributor
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing,” said Irish political philosopher Edmund Burke in the 18th century. For Nadia Alexan, founder of the Montreal civic organization Citizens in Action, the words couldn’t ring truer today. Alexan has been striving for social justice for over thirty years, and she doesn’t seem keen on stopping,“How can you see what’s happening and remain apathetic?” she asks. During their monthly meeting, Tuesday Sept. 10, Citizens in Action addressed Scandinavian prosperity. Guest speaker and UQAM doctoral researcher Pier-Luc Lévesque dissected Scandinavia’s socio-economic model while comparing it to Quebec’s. The goal was to find tools to improve the province’s own system. A crowd of mixed backgrounds and ages listened intently. “What I want to do is to get people involved in the political process,” Alexan said. “First, you’ve got to understand the issues. Then, you’ve got to act. The mission of Citizens in Action is to fight for justice and good government in Canada.” Alexan is passionate about what she does. She prints and hands out pamphlets, keeps her community informed about upcoming talks and protests, calls politicians about polemical issues and writes opinionated articles in local newspapers. When she talks about
the matters that irk her she’s vociferous and doesn’t shy away from words like ‘disgraceful’ and ‘preposterous.’ With her bright attire, confidence and conviction, she’s a force to be reckoned with. Two months after graduating from the University of Alexandria with a major in English literature, Alexan left Egypt and immigrated to Canada. She landed in Montreal in May of 1967. Her timing couldn’t have been better. “I loved it at that time, I loved Canada! I thought it was the most wonderful country in the world. People were talking to each other on the streets, the bus drivers were singing, the intellectuals were writing books and plays; René Levesque had nationalized electricity and a new Ministry of Education had just been formed... I get goosebumps when I think of those days because everybody seemed so happy,” Alexan recalled. Alexan found a job teaching for Montreal’s English school board, a position she held for 30 years. In the 1980s, she attended a teacher’s conference in Toronto where something happened that changed her life. Maude Barlow — author, activist, and National Chairperson for the influential left-wing non-profit organization, The Council of Canadians (CC) — gave a speech. Alexan was deeply moved by Barlow’s views and decided to start a CC chapter in Montreal. For the following decade, Alexan organized CC conferences while teaching. She also earned two bachelor’s degrees: one in education from McGill, and another in political science from Concordia.
In 2006, Alexan founded Citizens in Action to raise consciousness through popular education and lobby government in the public interest. “I’m the kind of person that, wherever I go — even at the Centaur theatre — I’ll pass the pamphlet,” she said. Alexan explained her zeal by using a quote from British thinker Bertrand Russell: “Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.” Citizens in Action meetings are made possible thanks to the collaboration of Concordia’s Student Union and
What I want to do is to get people involved in the political process. First, you’ve got to understand the issues. Then, you’ve got to act. The mission of Citizens in Action is to fight for justice and good government in Canada.” - Nadia Alexan
Concordia’s School of Community and Public Affairs. Conferences take place the second Tuesday of each month. For more information visit the group’s website at citizensinactionmontreal.org or email Alexan at email@example.com
Nadia alexan, founder of citizens in acton
History // Life
ConUncovered: from then to now The transformation from the YMCA into a university Milos Kovacevic Copy editor
We aren’t an old university, though our presence in the city now appears ubiquitous. Prior to 1974, Concordia as we know it did not exist. Yet, our origins, obscured by time, run deep, and nowhere is this better shown than when one examines our close historical affinity (indeed, our origins) to the YMCA. Now known primarily as a place for physical recreation, the Young Men’s Christian Association originally began, and still is in many parts of the world, as a holistic organization for the installment of wholesome character. But it was
also the parent organization from which one-half of our university sprang from. Sir George Williams, the founder of the YMCA and whose name now graces our downtown campus, was an English draper who experienced a religious epiphany and decided to create a nonsecular organization to combat the immoral distractions of a London wracked by rough social changes and rapid urbanization. From prayer meetings and bible study, the YMCA expanded to provide vocational activities and teachings and, by 1851, the very first YMCA in North America was founded in Montreal. The YMCA, following its mandate to care for the mind as well as the body, was for the longest time the main provider of such vocational studies for Montreal’s adult anglophone community who couldn’t attend school during the day because of work. This educational arm, christened Sir Williams College, was centered on the
YMCA building still extant on Stanley street. Prior to the Second World War, Sir Williams College acted as the first university to offer undergraduate credit courses to adults in Canada. After the war, the college became a university and was granted a charter. By the 1960s the YMCA ceased being used for classes and a proper location, the Hall building, was constructed in its place and various other annexes added on to house its expanding enrollment.
Not coincidentally, this was around the same time the university had sufficiently developed its own independent character and means of support to cut all ties with its erstwhile parent organization, the YMCA. So now you know the surprisingly deep roots of our university. It’s still anybody’s guess, though, if you can use this information the next time you’re negotiating for a discount membership at the Y.
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Project // arts
Transcending to new heights of BEAUTY Concordia graduate and director talks about his new film and the challenges of crowdfunding Milos Kovacevic Copy editor
The trailer is evocative and languorous with haunting close-ups of everyday objects and a soundtrack, simultaneously atmospheric and energetic, that gives everything a dream-like quality. It operates under the maxim ‘less is more’ and you don’t quite know what’s going on, but it draws you in nonetheless. So what is going on? Concordia alumni and director Colin L. Racicot is giving you
a peek into his new science fiction film (or, as he explains it, metaphysical short film) BEAUTY, centered on the transcendental metamorphosis of protagonist Michael after his encounter with an alien presence billed as “the world’s most beautiful thing.” It’s the germination of a long-dormant idea finally being given form. “The original concept of the story has been haunting me for years, but it only took shape a few months ago, as I started writing a script,” said Racicot. “Ten billion drafts later I had a script so I sent it to my friend Simon Allard, with whom I studied at Con-
“[T]his intense ride... to a surreal and overdosing crystalline world,” Says Racicot.
cordia in film production. Days later, he was the producer of the film.” Evoking influences of science fiction gods like Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), Andrei Tarkovsky (Solaris), and Chris Nolan (Inception and Memento), among others, should give you a fair idea of what this movie will be like. “I don’t want to stick too much to reality. Reality is there every day in our lives. I want to lift the audience in a world that isn’t ours, but that could be ours, as if it was a nightmare, a lucid dream,” said Racicot. “These filmmakers knew how to portray an idea poetically, while taking advantage of the infinite possibilities of the cinematic medium.” Racicot further explains, “the audience will be lifted into this intense ride, move from an extremely boring representation of reality to a surreal and overdosing crystalline world.” Interested? Racicot hopes you are, because successfully creating BEAUTY will cost a pretty penny, and it goes without saying that providing for everything – rentals, sets, equipment and supplies, vehicles, distribution and production, etc. – takes money. To pull off this feat, Racicot has engaged the services of Kickstarter for the crowd-
sourcing of his film. By soliciting help from anonymous and the not-so-anonymous alike he hopes to raise the $7,500 budget within the next four weeks. As anybody who’s had to pitch knows, selling an idea is hard. “Perhaps what is most challenging about the kickstarter phase of the project, and what is really the challenge for any crowdsourced project, is convincing regular consumers that your product is worth investing into. You have to sell the dream before the dream exists,” said Racicot. And he certainly has ambitious dreams. “BEAUTY could be the beginning of a big adventure. I don’t see this film as a single short; we could easily develop this into a mini-series or even a feature film. I’ve always been kind of reluctant to the TV-series format, but after watching Breaking Bad... what can I say... I feel like the possibilities are endless.” If you’d like to view Colin L. Racicot’s BEAUTY, the teaser is now on Kickstarter. Pledgers, depending on the donated amount, will receive exclusive material and other perks in appreciation. For more info, please visit: kickstarter. com/projects/cinesthetique/beauty-ametaphysical-short-film
All tangled up in some not-so-straight lines FOFA Gallery exhibits recreations of some of Sol LeWitt’s iconic works Roa Abdel-Gawad Arts editor
ave you seen the lines and squiggles housed in a grid of 12-inch squares in the EV building’s corridor recently? It’s not a glorious game of Sudoku. This is “Wall Drawing #394”, originally by Sol LeWitt, and now being recreated by Concordia’s fine arts students. This all started when Eric Simon, chair of the studio arts department, traveled to France to see an exhibit of LeWitt’s wall drawings. After speaking with François Morelli, professor of studio arts at Concordia, the two decided that they needed to bring LeWitt’s work, and the opportunity to reproduce it, to Concordia’s students. They arranged for permission from Sofia, LeWitt’s daughter and his estate manager, choose four drawings from the series, and co-ordinated exhibition locations with the Faculty Of Fine Arts (FOFA) Gallery. “There are over 160 wall drawings … there is always a lot of demand, especially for Sol,” explained artist and LeWitt’s assistant since 1980, Anthony Sansotta.Initially, Simon and Morelli’s plan was for Sansotta to write up instructions of what was needed for the drawings to be done
by students. “[Then] they said ‘what if you came up here and did a tutorial?’ So I said sure, that would be fine. And that’s what happened,” said Sansotta. Sansotta’s arrival in Montreal meant that he was able to personally work with students, guiding them in the preparation and reproduction of LeWitt’s work. “I know his work quite well and what he had in mind in a way, even if it is not expressed,” said Sansotta. LeWitt’s wall drawings have prescribed physical parameters, predetermined types of lines, and specific mediums which lines should be constructed out of. So while there is some wiggle room for personal choice, there is only one correct way of interpretation, making it a delicately laborious endeavor for the students. Therefore it was advantageous to have had Sansotta
there to mentor the undergraduate and graduate fine arts students who had been selected for this project. “When all the students arrived on Monday morning, I remember vividly the first thing that Anthony [Sansotta] made clear to them was that the first action they take is [measuring] the wall,” recalls Morelli. Standing at over 33 meters long and 4 feet high, the piece, encased in the FOFA Gallery vitrine, will no doubt be a showstopper upon completion. Such is the case with “Wall Drawing #1099”, completed and proudly displayed on the Ste-Catherine St. vitrine of the FOFA Gallery. “Wall drawing #1099” consists of 10,000 lines. To be more exact, 10,000 notstraight lines. Of this work, FOFA director jake moore explains that “two artists in particular were chosen for [the] project
because they have performative and durational drawing practices. But it’s not because they can then best interpret Sol’s work, it’s not about that interpretation. They have the skill set to draw 10,000 not straight lines of equal weight within a milieu. There is a remarkable embodied knowledge that’s present here.” The two other recreations of LeWitt’s wall drawings can be found in the VA building hallways. Together with the two showcased at FOFA gallery, the drawings stand as a testament to the planning and onerous execution of Concordia’s fine arts faculty and students. Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings: Facilitated by Anthony Sansotta runs from Sept. 3 until Oct. 25 at the FOFA Gallery and in the VA building.
Concordia’s fine arts students meticulously prepare gallery surfaces. Photos by Guillaume Valée and Sonya Stephan
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Film // arts
The angst and woes of contemporary love A Collection of Failed Love Stories reveals what it’s really like to be young and in love Mathieu Demers Contributor
If you love the film adaptation of (500) Days of Summer by Scott Neustadter and feel like you need to see more dysfunctional relationships, then A Collection of Failed Love Stories will deliver by bringing you not one, but several stories that are awkward and anxious, yet charming in calibre. Concordia film production student, Terry Chiu, writer and director of the film, forges a connection with the audience by showcasing real human behaviour in different everyday situations with his short film. Peppered with humour, the tales touch on various aspects of love and explores its failures, revealing truths that anyone with a heart can identify with. Shot in Montreal, the film takes advantage of the city’s gorgeous spaces and picturesque skylines. With the familiarity of the settings, and perhaps some of the faces on the street, the viewer can immediately see themselves and their own stories in the film. In one of the narratives, we witness a moment of love at first sight, an occurrence that can afflict anyone at anytime. The audience is presented with a portrait of a character who lacks courage to talk to the object of his sudden infatuation, tortured as he misses
the opportunity, and left with nothing but the angst of ‘what if’ plastered in his mind. In yet another story, a boy meets a girl. They fall in love, which, appropriate to the film’s title, leads to heartbreak. The theme of failure in love is a thread that is weaved through the film, creating a sort of collective perspective from the characters as they love and fall out of love, taking a faraway stand from that of many ‘80s films. As the narrator tells us, “life isn’t like
in the movies... life is so empty. Movies are superficial representations of reality. They are portraits of what we wish would happen in real life.” Gone are the days where movies like Say Anything try to convince us that falling in love can easily be achieved by the use of a boombox. With the coupling of the heartbroken crooning and a melancholy soundtrack, the audience observes how the characters are still remembering their failed love stories
and how it has affected them. This short film compels an understanding of how arduous love can be, the struggle it is for someone to move on, and how heartbreak is a universal theme from which no one is safe. A Collection of Failed Love Stories will be screened on Saturday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. at Le Cagibi, 5490 St. Laurent Blvd. Admission is $7. For more information please visit, facebook.com/acollectionoffailedlovestories.
In the game of love, no one is safe from heartache: a still from A Collection of Love Stories.
Binge watching: We want all of T.V. now! Why watch one episode a week when you can watch one season a day? Marco Saveriano Contributor
Imagine watching an entire series in just a couple of days. Impossible? Not anymore. With the popularity of Netflix and other free television streaming websites, people have the opportunity to skip the waiting time be-
tween episodes — and the commercials. Back in the early days of TV, you had to be glued to your television on a specific day at a specific time to catch the newest episodes of your favorite show. And if you missed it, you were out of luck. Unfortunately, not all of us have time to be stuck to our TVs. But nowadays, that’s no excuse, the Internet is filled with video streaming websites with basically every TV show or
movie you’d want to watch (and plenty that you wouldn’t). With PVRs, you can record multiple shows at a time, and spend an idle weekend catching up on everything you’ve missed. Don’t have a PVR? Too lazy to Google where to watch your favorite show? Well then you can turn to Netflix. For those of you living under a rock for the last few years, Netflix is a video streaming service available
Our new televesion consumption patterns are shaping the way media delivers it. Photo from Flickr
online through any device connected with WiFi and requiring a small fee for unlimited access to movies and TV shows. Now you can choose your show, sit back and watch as many episodes as are available to you. In 2012, the New York Times published a story about how How I Met Your Mother’s seventh season had the best ratings the series had ever seen. Coincidentally, the earlier seasons of the series had just become available for instant streaming on Netflix. The show hadn’t necessarily gotten better, but the people who were too busy to watch it before could suddenly catch up and tune in. The popularity of the company has even allowed it to expand its market from movies and TV shows, to producing their own original content. Shows like Orange Is The New Black and House of Cards are both Netflix originals that have gained immense popularity. After being cancelled in 2006, Arrested Development was revived for a fourth season exclusively on Netflix due to the huge demand from fans and both House of Cards and Arrested Development garnered multiple Emmy nominations this year. Is this the way of the future, or are we just getting lazy? Either way, this just goes to show that in today’s fast-paced world, people will find ways to make anything more efficient. We get busy, and we want to watch our shows whenever we have the time. If that means having to squeeze one whole season into one day, then that’s what we’ll do. Who knows, maybe one day TV schedules will be a thing of the past and our beloved shows will be available to us whenever it’s convenient. All we know is that we want our shows and we want them now, and we’d prefer a whole season in one sitting.
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Opera // arts
East meets West: Lakmé comes to Montreal An age old tale of forbidden love. Who can resist that? Olivia Ranger-Enns Contributor
Forbidden love is the theme of Léo Délibes’ opera Lakmé which kicks off Opéra de Montréal’s 34th season. On the menu this season: diversity. “We are committed to bringing diversity to the masses and this season our mission is clear — the opera is an invitation to journey. We are combining styles, cultures and ideas,” said
Pierre Vachon, director of communications. Lakmé is being sponsored by the Kabir centre and its members will strut their stuff in saris on opening night. Lakmé is a story of East meets West, where British officer Gerald falls in love with a priest’s Hindu daughter, Lakmé. When Lakmé’s father Nilakantha learns of his daughter’s relationship with the colonizing forces, he coerces Lakmé to sing in public so as to allure her lover. When Gerald steps forward, Nilakantha stabs him. Lakmé takes the wounded officer to a forest, nursing him back to health. In act three, Gerald’s friend, Frédéric, reminds Gerald of his sense of duty and notes that loving Lakmé is an act of betrayal. Lakmé senses the difference in Gerald’s demeanor and dies by eating a poisoned datura leaf, for she decides she would
Starring Audrey Luna, Lakmé hopes to bring diversity and appeal to all audiences at the opera.
rather die in honour than live in dishonour. For Vachon et al., the goal of the organization is to demystify the allure of opera and to take opera down a peg or two. “Opera is for everyone,” Vachon insisted. “The idea that opera is only for the elite is a 20th century notion. We are here to show that opera can be enjoyed by everyone.” For example, Opera Happenings-ARTV is a new series set up for 18 to 30-year-olds, where youngsters will be entertained with a DJ and VJ in a Lakmé-inspired setting. The first edition of this series took place on September 12 in the ARTV studio. “We’re constantly searching for particular themes that bring exoticism to Montreal, so we’re leaning on colour and dazzle,” Vachon added, nodding at the installation of Bolly-
wood-themed artifacts arranged for the dress rehearsal. The artifacts were provided by Opera Australia. Behind Vachon, the mind-boggling installation of canary yellow flower garlands, a bronze god statue, fuschia-coloured saris, brass bowls and gold-rimmed pillows is hard to miss. If one thing is clear, it is that Lakmé is all about exoticism for this production. Renowned for the timeless “Bell Song” and “The Flower Duet” arias, Lakmé brings together a formidable cast with both national and international singers, such as soprano Audrey Luna playing Lakmé, joined by tenor John Tessier cast as her lover, Gerald. Turkish bass Burak Bilgili plays Lakmé’s religious father Nilakantha and Dominique Côté sings Frédéric, Gerald’s sidekick. Côté shared some tidbits with The Concordian about the life of an opera singer. “Things are going smoothly for this production,” said the relaxed-looking tenor. “Our stage director is so easy-going that we don’t feel any tension as production week approaches.” When asked to describe his character Frédéric, Côté hesitated. “It’s hard to describe him, to be honest, but if anything Frédéric is a very straight-laced kind of man. He keeps Gerald, who is more flamboyant, more romantic, in check. In a way, I am the policeman of the group,” explained Côté laughing. “My biggest challenge is to bring Frederic to life, to make people believe that there is a man with a heart and soul on stage.” Vachon will host a pre-opera talk on Delibes’ work in the Piano Nobile in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier before every show, beginning at 6:30 p.m.. Lakmé productions will take place Sept. 21, 24, 26 and 28 at 7:30 p.m..
Book review // arts
Zentangle your way to better mental health A new artistic phenomenon, Zentangling boasts being able to change your life Sara Baron-goodman Contributor
At first glance, Zentangle looks exactly like the DoodleArt that every child born between 1970 and 2000 surely spent hours toiling over. Zentangle, however, claims to be much more than simple doodling. It is an easy and relaxing way to create images through drawing structured patterns. It is, in fact, a school of art, a sensation that is sweeping the nation. There are hundreds of Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZTs) in more than 10 countries worldwide. Apparently, Zentangle can bring one to a state of religious experience and deep meditation. Zentangle is like the tantric sex of the art world – the goal is to achieve a spiritual awakening, it’s not about the end results. For tanglers, the pretty art is just an incidental bonus. Because aesthetics are not important to Zentangle, even the most artistically handicapped among us can become tanglers. Tangles, as the patterns are called, are meant to represent life’s problems, helping to deconstruct them into zigs and zags, dots and squiggles so that they are easier to overcome. As the Zentangle mantra states, “anything is possible, one stroke at a time.” Disclaimer: compulsively drawing lines and shapes will not help you erase your debt, mend a broken heart or pass an exam. Armed with a copy of The Joy of Zentangle, a black fine-tip Sharpie, a pencil, and a small sketchpad, I was ready. It should be noted that “true” tanglers are supposed to use special tiles to draw on, made from fine Italian
paper. I, however, had no desire to spend $20 on said tiles when my highschool sketching paper would suffice. For beginners, it is recommended to only use black ink and a pencil, so that our feeble minds aren’t distracted by too many colour options. The cardinal rule of Zentangle is never to erase – there are no mistakes in tangling. Already this made me anxious. The thought that there was nothing I could do if I messed up my pattern had me in a cold sweat before I even put pen to paper. Finally, I took the plunge. Following the guidelines in my book, I marked off each corner of the paper with a dot. The next step was to connect the dots to make a frame in which to tangle. Then, tracing an imaginary string with a pencil, I followed the instructions to divide my frame into sections. Each section is meant to represent an aspect of life. The next part was the fun part, where I got to doodle (sorry, tangle) for an hour under the pretence of self-betterment. After meticulously drawing filigrees and shapes in the first section, I was starting to feel exasperated rather than zen. I can only employ acute concentration for so long, I am a millennial after all. Like a trooper, I persevered and filled the rest of my sections with intricate-ish tangles. The end result is no Picasso but it is interesting-looking. Was my mind clear and focused on the task at hand? Yes, for about an hour, my raison-d’être was trying to make paisleys fit together like a puzzle. Did this help me to achieve spiritual awakening and solve my problems? Not so much. The Joy of Zentangle retails for $15.74 at Amazon.ca
Baron-Goodman’s first, and only, attempt at Zentangle. Photo by Sara Baron-Goodman
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Festivals // music
Steady Hills embraces the highs and the lows Halifax folk-rockers ecstatic over their upcoming tour dates jessica romera Music editor
From music videos, to YouTube cat/rap parodies and online games, it seems like Steady Hills are perpetually dominating cyberspace. With the release of their latest music video “Dark Room,” the Halifax duo prepares for their third tour of Eastern Canada. “Most people found it slightly creepier than we thought,” said Andrew Dahms of the video, the band’s drummer and backup vocalist. The band was able to creatively — and creepily — capture viewers’ attention while filming in a Halifax art gallery, despite their non-existent budget. The video shows the band playing in what appears to be a vacant lot filled only with taxidermied animals and unnerving monkey statues. “We really lucked out when we got this art gallery,” said Chad Harrington, the duo’s lead vocalist and guitarist.
“We kind of like to focus on YouTube in general,” he said, but both agreed some musicians can get too caught up in the whirlwind of social media. With a handful of videos readily available on YouTube and a selection of tracks on SoundCloud, Steady Hills has amassed quite a following since the release of their debut 2012 EP Alone in the Marquee. With an altogether eclectic sound, the Halifax two piece have been described as a clash between The Decemberists, The Black Keys and Johnny Cash. Although flattered, they don’t necessarily agree.“It’s something like that but it certainly isn’t either,” said Dahms. “I feel it’s getting a little folkier, but some people respond by saying ‘No, it’s even more rocky’ [...] but I don’t know, everybody interprets it a lot differently,” added Harrington. They admit being a two piece band can be challenging at times, most notably if something were to happen to one of them, “there’s not a whole lot holding it up,” he said. “More important than the music: the long drives. I just can’t hear the same stories over and over,” joked Dahms. Any technical challenges are certainly outweighed by the creative rewards. “We’re not trying to impress anybody by just being two people, we’re kinda just
trying to make good music,” said Harrington. Despite personal challenges along the way, the guys remain optimistic. “I think any half-sane musician second guesses being a musician,” said Dahms. “If you love it, it makes it easier.” “I kind of ignored it for many years because I was just kind of making money and following that path of taking over the family business,” said Harrington. Familial expectations aside, Harrington could not get music off his mind. “I gave up a lot of things to pursue music [...] and I started nurturing that creative side again,” he added. Although optimistic, the folk-rockers’ album Alone in the Marquee displays a strong sense of mature realism. “The song “Today” really wraps it up [...] don’t worry about what was in the past or what you didn’t do; if you want to do something just do it now [...] life kind of sucks sometimes but that’s just life so keep truckin’ and while you’re alive get some things done that you wanted to do,” said Harrington. “Most of the songs just spurted out as I was paving a new path.” This idea of acceptance ties in well with the name of the band itself. “Life is a series of hills to climb and there’s
“We’re not trying to impress anybody by just being two people, we’re kinda just trying to make good music.” - Chad Harrington
Halifax folk-rock duo Steady hills released their debut album alone in the marquee in 2012 and have set out on their third canadian tour.
ups and downs,” said Harrington. “And we thought we were pretty steady guys,” he added cleverly. “It’s kind of like putting all the negative shit on the table and acknowledging it and still figuring out how to put a smile on your face,” added Dahms. The duo have much to smile about with a slew of upcoming Canadian fall tour dates. Not to mention some increasingly popular music parodies available on YouTube, the most popular of which boasts over 15,000 views and features Harrington’s cat sporting some bling to the tune of LMFAO’s “Shots.” “It’s actually a sort of almost but not at all viral video on the Internet on my strange channel,” he laughed. When all is said and done, Steady Hills has come to terms with the fact that life is filled with struggles, but it doesn’t seem to be slowing them down in the least. “Know that you’ll always be constantly overcoming something and just get comfortable with that,” said Harrington. “You’re better off once you realize that life is always a bit of a struggle and once you accept that, the sky’s the limit I guess.” Steady Hills play Bar Spectacle l’Escogriffe on Sept. 19.
Tuesday, september 17, 2013
a boxer claiming victory in a heavyweight fight. 2. “Jesus Walks” – College Dropout Kanye burst through with a song that placed Christianity at its focal point and was one of his first songs to break into the public sphere. It wasn’t just a good song, it allowed listeners to ponder how Kanye was able to make such a successful song using Jesus Christ and religion as the subject matter.
Kanye West Songs Compiled by Julian McKenzie Contributor 1. “Through The Wire” – College Dropout Ignore the fact that Kanye West sounds a little weird on the beat—the man wouldn’t let reconstructive jaw surgery bring him down. Kanye’s persistence and desire to rise to the top shine throughout the track. He recounts life before and after sustaining injuries in a car accident in 2002 with a jaw that was wired shut. He doesn’t cower, but instead rises to the occasion and looks more like
3. “Diamonds From Sierra Leone”/”Diamonds From Sierra Leone [Remix ft. Jay Z]” – Late Registration The imagery depicted from the opening line of the original song makes it arguably one of Kanye’s greatest. West takes the original and transforms it into a track that is equally as good. In the remix, Kanye goes political, addressing the conflict diamonds being mined in countries such as Sierra Leone. 4. “Touch The Sky” (ft. Lupe Fiasco) – Late Registration Kanye’s bravado, and taste for expensive brands, is on full display in “Touch The Sky.” Swag level, awesome level, his ego, whatever level you would want to judge Kanye on, is looking to go over 9000. The song features a show-stopping verse from a young Lupe Fiasco and a slowed down Curtis Mayfield sample. 5. “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” – Graduation Whether it’s through its visuals or its lyrics,
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“Can’t Tell Me Nothing” was strikingly more brash and displayed more bravado from Kanye than on any of his previous material. The chorus itself, perhaps foreshadowing the paparazzi and haters, was a precursor to a more audacious Kanye West, setting the tone for the most boastful album in his catalogue, Graduation.
Kanye re-emerges from the rubble, caused by an avalanche of hate after the MTV VMA’s incident with Taylor Swift. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was his comeback from licking his wounds on 808’s & Heartbreak, and “Gorgeous” is the indicator that Kanye is ready to reclaim his extravagant and expensive throne.
6. “Stronger” – Graduation Graduation featured synths and electronic influences, which explains the outstanding meshing of Kanye West lyrics and Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.” The booming drums from super producer Timbaland complete the electronic/hip-hop masterpiece.
9. “Runaway” (ft. Pusha T) – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy The beautiful thing about Kanye’s fifth studio album is that it emphasizes his braggadocio behavior, but also features his vulnerability, with remnants from 808’s & Heartbreak. Add that to rousing instrumentals, it’s a glossy, fancy piece of work that can be added to any museum. “Runaway”, which was the centerpiece of Kanye West’s short film of the same name, features piano and Kanye willing to admit that he is in fact, a jerk but in the classiest of ways.
7. “Welcome to Heartbreak” (ft. Kid Cudi) – 808’s & Heartbreak 808’s & Heartbreak delivered West at his most vulnerable, and his most imperfect. Despite the tracks dripping with Auto-Tune, the album is the first indication that there are in fact chinks in Kanye’s armour. Depression sets in on the track, as Kanye sounds empty and hollow while everyone else seems happier and on the verge of promising futures in contrast to Kanye’s grim reality, after the loss of his mother the previous year. 8. “Gorgeous” (ft. Kid Cudi & Raekwon) – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Kanye goes after haters, among them the writers of South Park, critiques the issue of race in America, and of course, a boastful
10. “New Slaves” (ft. Frank Ocean) – Yeezus Kanye’s sixth studio release Yeezus may go down as his most polarized album. On the one hand, you must applaud Kanye for daring to use dancehall and electronic sounds paired with lyrics that all but claim he’s the second coming of Christ. On the other, some of Kanye’s ideas are displaced and just don’t fit within the album. “New Slaves” is among the better songs off the album, and while the verses might not be the greatest, there’s no denying the shock value of the lyrics and Frank Ocean’s vocals at the end.
Emilíana Torrini - Tookah (Rough Trade Records; 2013
2Chainz- B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time (Def Jam Recordings; 2013)
Elvis Costello and The Roots-Wise Up Ghost (Blue Note; 2013)
The Weeknd – Kiss Land (Republic Records;2013)
About the title of her fourth studio album, Tookah, the Icelandic singer-songwriter is reported as saying: “it is the core of you. The ‘you’ before life decorated you like a Christmas tree with all your baggage. It is what connects us with everyone and everything. Some call it god. I call mine Tookah.” Torrini explores a new soundscape with Tookah. A mixture of atmospheric synthesizers and acoustic instrumentation envelop her folky indie pop melodies to create a richly layered, evocative experience. Some comparisons can be made with Cat Power’s most recent album, Sun. However, this is the album of an artist who is constantly evolving and has now crafted a sound that is comfortably and definitively her own. Tookah succeeds in drawing us into Torrini’s dream world, with its poetry and focus in a way that feels both effortless yet thoughtful.
Put on your Versace aprons, 2Chainz is makin bread with his new album, B.O.A.T.S II:Me Time. The album, released shortly after his arrest in Oklahoma, demonstrates a wide variety of sounds. From the classic 2Chainz tongue-incheek lyrics over killer samples to some reflective pieces on his life thus far, Mr. Chainz is really giving us a taste of what he can do and expanding his repertoire in the studio and the kitchen. While Kanye has offended patissiers everywhere, 2Chainz gives shoutouts to his stove, raps about baking soda and gives us a lesson in measurement all in the same album while still making tracks that flow into each other perfectly and have their own flavours, leaving listeners satiated. Maybe his next single will be featuring Martha Stewart?
Wise Up Ghost is an interesting collaborative experiment between the industry veteran Elvis Costello and the house band for Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, The Roots. While far from Costello’s first partnership, Wise Up Ghost is a definite stylistic departure from his previous album, National Ransom, which might leave some Costello fans unsatisfied. However, this collaboration clearly displays a wide range of influences conglomerated into an overall funky hip-hop work with hypnotic drum patterns that manage to ingrain themselves into the listener’s ear drum. Costello’s vocals bring an interesting foreground to this well-crafted beat that hits the mark more often than not. Many of the tracks on this album borrow, either lyrically or instrumentally, from his back catalogue such as “Stick Out Your Tongue”, making reference to “Pills And Soap” off of 1983’s Punch The Clock.
Emerging in 2011 as a mysterious and dark, yet refreshing new sound, Abel Tesfaye, better known to us as The Weeknd, captivated listeners with the release of his debut project, House of Balloons. Two mixtapes, a compilation album, and a rumoured —and untrue— beef with Drake later, The Weeknd has finally released a studio album with all new material. Tesfaye describes Kiss Land as a symbol of tour life, but also describes it as a “terrifying place”, and as a place he’s never been before. While Abel’s lyrics and subject material do offer an insight into his new world, the mundane, isolated lyrics and beats can easily go over the listener’s head after a while, causing them to yearn for The Weeknd’s superior singles. All in all, The Weeknd’s Kiss Land is a good, not great, studio debut for the artist. It’s an album his hardcore fans can surely appreciate, if they blast it on really good speakers.
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Trial Track: “Belong To The World”
- Paul Traunero
Tuesday, september 17, 2013
Profile // MUSIC
Peter Hook shines with The Light Punk rock veteran revamps Joy Division classics Noelle Solange Didierjean Contributor
egendary bassist Peter Hook recreates the sorrowful sound and ambiance of his former post-punk group, Joy Division, with his most recent creative project. Primarily a cover band, Peter Hook & The Light breathe new life into songs Joy Division fans wouldn’t have thought could be reproduced after the suicide of lead singer and songwriter Ian Curtis more than three decades ago. To return to the punk scene in the United Kingdom during its heyday is no simple task. Recreating the vocals of the late Curtis presents theoretical and logistical issues. “I was kind of propelled into the role of frontman when I decided to do the albums and no one else would take on the vocals,” said Hook. Having only previously played bass and contributed backing vocals on occasion, he described the transition as “extremely daunting,” but claims that as he played more and more as a vocalist, he was able to adjust. Despite the tremendous task of replacing the legendary singer, Hook’s style is well suited to Joy Division’s early material. The lyrics may remain the same, but the manner in which they are sung is no longer quite as tortured, in fact it’s quite the opposite. The same beautifully haunting quality which made the band so great during the pinnacle of their success back in the mid-1970s remains, but is no longer fraught with unhappiness. The group consists of Hook as the lead vocalist and bass player, his son Jack Bates also on bass, David Potts on guitar, Andy Poole on keyboard and backing vocals, and Paul Kehoe on drums. Although Hook claims that the relationship can sometimes be “quite tense” between him and his son, the enthusiasm Bates brings along with his mastery of the bass far outweighs the occasional disagreement. Hook’s current group marks a significant turning point, not just in terms of musical style, but personal growth as well. After only a moment, listeners can ascertain a certain optimism infused into the original sets. Although there haven’t been extensive changes in the lyrics or acoustics, there are subtle differences in the way they are sung. Inspiration for the name ‘The Light’ name came from the aftermath of the tumultuous years of playing with Joy Division. “I felt that a weight had been lifted from my shoulders,” said Hook. This is a clear contrast to his former band name, Joy Division, which was taken from the name for the prostitution wing of a Nazi concentration camp mentioned in the 1955 novel The House of Dolls. The youthful energy and spirit of rebellion, the je ne sais quoi of expressive despair that characterized Joy Division, can never be reproduced. However, their roots can be built upon, and Peter Hook & The
Light do an amazing job of reviving the original sets. “As I’ve aged, I’ve mellowed and my sound has got wider and more rounded,” said Hook. This resulted in an audible difference in the songs which were once performed in such a state of internal turmoil. For those accustomed to the versions performed by the late Ian Curtis, this gives the covers an almost surreal quality.
I was kind of propelled into the role of frontman when I decided to do the albums and no one else would take on the vocals,” - Peter Hook
Hook is keen to perform in Montreal, where he appreciates the thriving music scene. Although this city in 2013 is far from the English punk rock scene of the 1970s, the liveliness and energy replicate it in many ways. The beauty of the old and the new come together with Peter Hook & The Light. Whether you’re a punk rock enthusiast, die-hard Joy Division fan or simply appreciate good music, Peter Hook & The Light are sure to deliver on all fronts. Peter Hook & The Light perform at Club Soda on Sept. 18 at 8 p.m.
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The In & Outs defy the laws of physics Local rockers take their live performance to a whole new level Jessica Kenwood Contributor
ontreal rock band The In & Outs are preparing to perform an acrobatic set at the grand opening of Zero Gravité, a rock climbing, yoga and pilates centre, on Sept. 21. The three song set will be performed both on stage and in the air. This will be made possible with two drums sets, one on stage and the other lifted in the air on a 90 degree angle, facing the audience. The idea for the show was born when guitarist Dave Groover was approached by a friend who informed him of the rock climbing centre’s opening. The band had been looking for an occasion to create an original rock experience and since the name of the centre matched their recent album title, the guitarist approached “someone over at Zero Gravité and it worked out.” The acrobatic aspect of the show was Groover’s idea. It came to fruition while searching for a concept for the trio’s newest single “There We Go,” which depicts the band performing and rising into the air then being held up by chains attached to their legs, resembling the effect of a helium balloon. The band is made up of three members: Groover on guitar, bassist Alexandre Pepin and drummer Francois-Michel Beauchamp. Although Groover used to be an acrobat for Montreal’s internationally renown Cirque du Soleil, he explains that the inspiration for the unique performance had nothing to do with his old job but instead came from his interest in astrology. His infatuation with outer space also inspired the album title Zero Gravity. Groover ex-
plains that he thought up the concept and got in touch with some of his former acrobatic contacts. Together they have been setting up the stage at Zero Gravité where the acrobatic performance will be shown in public for the first time. When asked if the band was nervous about performing the set live, Groover responded “we’re not really nervous, we’ve done it for the music video so we know what we’re getting into. We’re excited.” Zero Gravity was released earlier in July and is The In & Outs’ second album since the band’s formation in 2006. The self-proclaimed heavy rock band switched up their style from the ‘screamo-esque’ sound of their first album Ascending Back and Forth. Instead, the Montreal natives opted for a lyrically more accessible rock style with a melody that is somewhere between heavy rock and punk rock. While the inspiration for the album is Groover’s fascination with astronomy, the lyrics present a completely different meaning for the title. The album is a doubleentendre, part of it—the acrobatics for instance—clearly plays on the manipulation of gravity to recreate an outer-space experience, but the lyrics take on a deeper,
more earthly and human meaning. Take for example the intro to the title track: “Stare at the sun ‘til your eyes can’t see/ Undo the laces that tie your mind/ Different layers of reality[...]keep your eyes open... keep your mind open and you’ll be free.” Groover explains that his lyrics attempt to inspire “global awakening, collective awakening. Human created illusion, the money system for example. We have no clue what the real meaning of life is.” The In & Outs have been a completely independent band since the beginning and admit that this road requires a lot of hard work.With the collaborative effort to keep the band alive, The In & Outs have made their first corporate deal, signing a contract this year to bring their music to the U.S. market by way of television and movies. This will be a very exciting year for The In & Outs and whether you think that an acrobatic set is gimmicky or not, there’s no denying that it will be something worth seeing. The In & Outs perform at Zero Gravité, 4519 avenue Papineau, Sept.21 at 8 p.m.
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Arcade Fire performed two surprise concerts at Salsatèque on Peel St. last week on Monday and Tuesday. The Montreal-based band decided on two intimate shows without any prior advertising. A leak in the media created a news tornado around their appearance at the salsa club. The point of these concerts was to launch their fourth album. Their new song “Reflektor,” made it to the blogosphere which is why many audience members knew the words by heart already. Some die hard fans waited up to eight hours in line to get into the club.
>> Miley Cyrus’ shocking new video for “Wrecking Ball” Miley Cyrus continues to rule headlines even after her scandalous performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. Earlier this week, she released her new music video for the song, “Wrecking Ball.” After only 24 hours, the video received over 59 million views. In the video, Cyrus balances herself on a demolition ball completely in the nude.
>> Apple set to release iTunes Radio After having just launched the iPhone 5s and 5c, Apple is preparing to release iTunes Radio. On Sept. 18, the California company will offer a non-stop music radio system for the U.S. only. Based on the customer use of iTunes and iTunes Radio, this streaming system will offer personalized radio stations. It will not be possible to choose which song you want to listen to or create personal playlists. The service will be free of charge, but if you want to remove ads, it will cost you $24.99.
>> Second volume of unreleased Beatles material to surface Yes, it’s true. A new Beatles album will be released on Nov. 11. Nearly 19 years after the Live at the BBC album was released, a second volume of unreleased material will be made available to the public. The volume will include 37 unreleased live versions of many classic Fab Four songs along with interviews and discussions from 1963 and 1964. The release of a second volume was prompted after the wild success of the first set of BBC recordings back in 1994.
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Tough call doesn’t faze Stingers Concordia’s men’s soccer team wins home opener against UQAM Samantha mileto Sports editor
The Stingers men’s soccer team overcame a 1-0 deficit in the first half to beat the UQAM Citadins 2-1 in their home opener on Friday night. The Stingers fell 1-0 to the Citadins when UQAM was awarded a penalty kick in the 20th minute, after a foul in the penalty area, resulting in a UQAM player going
down. Stingers goalkeeper Remo Taraschi was able to get a piece of the Citadins forward Remi Veilleux’s shot, but it wasn’t enough to stop it, giving UQAM a 1-0 lead. The Stingers bench wasn’t happy with the call, but head coach Greg Sutton was happy his team didn’t let it affect their play and the score. “Honestly, it seemed like our goalkeeper got the ball before the player went down, but not according to the referee,” he said of the penalty call. “[But] probably, your guess is as good as mine. “The guys were able to persevere through all the strangeness, to put it kindly,” Sutton added. “We made some adjustments [at half time] and we were able to break them down and be fortunate enough to get a couple of goals and get a big win
for us.” Veilleux almost got his second goal of the game eight minutes later, when he broke through the Stingers defense and had a wide open net, but a quick sliding play by a Stingers defender prevented Veilleux from taking the shot. Veilleux was denied yet another goal in the 11th minute of the first half, when a failed clearing attempt by the Stingers after a UQAM corner landed on Veilleux’s foot, but his shot hit the post, keeping the score 1-0 for the Citadins after one half. A handball in the penalty area in the 25th minute of the second half gave the Stingers a penalty kick and a chance to tie the game. Stingers forward Andrew Bryan capitalized on the opportunity and tied the game 1-1.
With less than five minutes left and the game still tied, Stingers forward Massimo Tartaglia passed it to an open Gabriel Quinn from the side of the field, and his low but hard and accurate shot beat the Citadins goalkeeper, Garbard Fénelon, giving the home team a 2-1 lead. The game ended with a red card given to Stingers forward Amadou Lam after he accumulated his second yellow card of the game. “We needed to get a win here,” said Sutton. “We had a tough game [against Montreal]. We played well, but the score didn’t dictate that. We were able to bounce back tonight and get a W, which we needed and now we can go into Sunday’s game [with confidence] and get a result against McGill.”
Men’s hockey // sports
Stingers optimistic despite loss to McGill Young hockey team aims at making playoffs Daniele Lannarone Contributor
oncordia Stingers men’s hockey team stayed positive in their first preseason game at the McConnell Arena against the McGill Redmen on Thursday night, despite a 6-4 loss which saw the Stingers surrender three goals to McGill’s powerplay. The Stingers started off the game strong, building an early 2-1 lead in the first period thanks to goals by Anthony Nobili and Jessyko Bernard, but found themselves in penalty trouble near the end of the period and down 3-2 headed into the first intermission after surrendering two shorthanded goals. The Redmen struck again early in the second period, scoring two quick goals. The score was 5-2 McGill before the halfway mark of the period, which team captain George Lovatsis said was “definitely their worst period of the night.” The two teams exchanged goals in the second half of the period, Lovatsis scoring for the Stingers. The Redmen took a 6-3 lead into the intermission. The Stingers started the third period with lots of energy, and didn’t let the threegoal deficit intimidate them. “In the third period, they stuck to the game plan perfectly,” said Stingers head coach Kevin Figsby. He added that with a bit more luck the team may have been able to score a few more goals. Lovatsis hit the post early in the period
while Ben Dubois managed the only goal in the period to bring the Stingers within two, which would be as close as they would get despite putting furious pressure on the Redmen late in the game. Figsby was also very satisfied with his team’s performance in the first and third period, although Lovatsis, who registered a goal and an assist in this game, was quick to point out the teams’ inconsistencies in the past seasons. “We have to stay consistent and we can’t just take one period off, since that’s something that’s been a history of ours, where one period loses us the game, and that’s what happened today,” said Lovatsis. In a team with several new players, veterans Lovatsis and forward Olivier Hinse, say the team has a lot to look forward to this coming season. “I think we have a great attitude,” said Hinse, “We’re working and we have guys that hit, that skate, that never stop working, and we had a little let down in the second, but we came back hard in the third period so that’s what we want and hopefully it’s going to be great this year.” “I think it’s going to be a great season,” added Hinse. “We’re going to make the playoffs for sure, we have a great attitude and that’s what we need to have success, and I think we’re going to be good.” Despite the loss, there were many positives to take out of the game. The first and most important one, Figsby said, is that the Stingers played the game without most of their best players. Some of them were injured, like Youssef Kabbaj, while others did not play. Figsby says that the team still has cuts to make and this was an opportunity for him to evaluate his players. Figsby also pointed out that the Red-
men put their best team on the ice, and losing 6-4 against a top team like McGill is something to be proud of. Figsby was quick to deny any concern about the penalty killing unit, saying that the team’s best penalty killer was not
dressed for the game today. Furthermore, Figsby explained that over the past few seasons the Stingers have had one of the best penalty kills in all of Canada, and that there really isn’t anything to worry about there.
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Football // sports
Letting one slide in second half Stingers can’t hold lead against X-Men, fall to 0-3 Elias Laradi Contributor
The Concordia Stingers were looking to improve on their 0-2 start to the season but fell 35-18 to the St. Francis Xavier X-Men at home on Saturday afternoon. The game didn’t start as the Stingers would have hoped though they seemed dominant in the first five minutes of the game, driving down the field in a flash. However, Concordia fell 0-7 in the first quarter after quarterback Reid Quest was picked off by X-Men defensive back Demetrius Ferguson, who ran 103 yards
for the interception and the touchdown. But the Stingers stuck to their game plan and their defense helped them out by making the X-Men go three and out on their next three plays. A couple of drives later, Quest found Jamal Hyman for a 27-yard touchdown pass and the game was tied at seven apiece. In the second quarter, the Stingers defense pinned the X-Men offense on their own goal line, where the X-Men decided to take a safety when Xavier quarterback Clay Masikewich snapped the ball and took a knee, making it 9-7 Stingers and giving them their first lead of the game. On the following drive, the Stingers got the ball to the 30-yard line but fell short on downs. That’s when kicker Keegan Treloar kicked a 38yard field goal to increase the Stingers lead to 12-7. On the X-Men’s next drive, they got into
Stingers territory but failed to convert as the defense kept strong, holding them to a field goal attempt. X-Men kicker Jeremy Ford couldn’t convert on the field goal, so they were awarded one point, making the score 12-8 for Concordia. Treloar then gave the Stingers a 15-8 lead with a 31-yard field goal on the Stingers next drive. The X-Men took their first lead of the game when wide receiver Devon Bailey completed a 20-yard touchdown pass from Masikewich early in the third quarter, making it 16-15 St. Francis Xavier. The lead didn’t last long as Treloar scored another field goal, this time all the way from 42 yards out. The Stingers took a 18-16 lead. A couple of drives later, Ford kicked another field goal to once again gain a one-point lead. The game was now 19-18 for the X-Men.
In the fourth quarter, the X-Men were driving early when Masikewich found wide receiver Jordan Catterall, who ran for the 50-yard touchdown. The X-Men took a 26-18 lead in this up-and-down battle. The touchdown seemed to take the wind out of the Stingers offense as they couldn’t produce anymore offense and once again the X-Men took over the game. With two minutes left in the game, Catterall was thrown to again and he ran a whopping 85 yards for the touchdown, giving the X-Men a 33-18 lead. The game ended with a safety converted by Sanmi Adereti for another two points, which made it 35-18 for the X-Men. After the game, Stingers head coach Gerry McGrath said he saw improvement in his team. He was pleased with the special teams but he said they needed to work on defense and interceptions.
A poor second half leaves the Concordia Stingers men’s football team 0-3 to start the season as their playoff chances begin to fade. Photo by Marilla Steuter-Martin
Women’s soccer // sports
Offense explodes at home Stingers women’s soccer team win their first game of the season Samantha mileto Sports editor
The Stingers women’s soccer team rebounded from a tough 1-0 loss to the Montreal Carabins last weekend with a solid 4-2 win on Friday night at home against the UQAM Citadins. Concordia got their first good chance to score in the 11th minute of the first half when forward Melissa Kedro was sent in by herself but Citadins goalie Valérie Labbé came out to stop the play before Kedro was able to get a shot away. Concordia took a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute of play when defender Kayla Myre’s header found the back of the net off of a Stingers’ corner kick. The Stingers doubled their lead in the 38th minute when defender Philippa Lyttle’s pass from the side fell right to midfielder Alexandra Dragan, who made no mistake and buried it to give her team the 2-0 lead. The home team came out strong early in the second-half, quickly making it 3-0 from an easy chip in by Kedro in the 6th minute of the second frame. The Stingers then seemed to take a step back before scoring their fourth and final goal. In the 31st minute, a UQÀM player was sent on a breakaway, which sent Stingers goalie Saby Dagenais way out of her net. The Citadins player was able to beat Dagenais, leaving her a wide open net to score but her shot hit the post. The play led to a penalty kick, taken by
Citadins forward Stéphanie Brien-Lejeune, who capitalized and made it 3-1. Less than five minutes later, the Citadins were given a chance to reduce the Stingers’ lead to one goal when Brien-Lejeune was awarded another penalty kick. However, this time she hit the post, leaving the score at 3-1 Concordia. The missed penalty kick seemed to revive the Stingers as they started to push for that fourth goal. Soon after the second penalty kick, a perfect pass from Dragan sent Kedro in all alone but her shot went just wide of the net. In the 24th minute, Dragan had a chance to score into an open net after receiving a pass from Stingers forward Gabriela Padvaiskas, off a free kick, but she chose to pass in front of the net instead. Unfortunately, a UQÀM player got to the ball before her Stingers teammate was able to tap it in. With three minutes left in the game, Padvaiskas was left all alone in front of Labbé but her shot went just over the crossbar. Seconds later, Padvaiskas redeemed herself when she sneaked one below the Citadins goalie and made it 4-1 Stingers. The Citadins managed one last goal in extra time, which ended the game with a 4-2 score. “We had a great week of practice, we knew what we did well in games last week and we knew what we had to do better today,” said head coach Jorge Sanchez. “A lot of the stuff we did in training this week came out in the game. To score four goals is great. I’m a little disappointed about the two goals [against].” “I think we possessed the ball better and we played intelligent,” said Dagenais. “We practised a lot of our offense because we were struggling to put the ball in the net, so we worked a lot on that and it paid off with four goals.” The team will play host to Université de Laval on Friday, Sept. 20 at 8:30 p.m.
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Mixed messages: competitive vs. healthy eating Students are offered opportunities to binge while simultaneously being told they need to eat healthy
he media and concerned health officials are constantly promoting the idea that healthy eating and exercise is integral to one’s health and well being. However, television, restaurants and consumer industries promote excessive consumption of fatty foods in the name of the competitive spirit. People are being encouraged by restaurants like McKibbin’s Irish pub who offer a prize of honour to anyone who completes their Rim Reaper Challenge and television shows like Man V. Food and Epic Meal Time, to consume large
amounts of unhealthy foods. It’s one thing to have these things promoted in restaurants and on TV, but it’s quite another story when eating competitions come to universities. Last year, McGill University hosted the World Poutine Championship. In this competition relay teams of four members had to consume large portions of poutine as quickly as possible. This year, JUST-EAT Canada is hosting an eating competition for university students in Toronto. Although these things aren’t university sponsored, it seems to go against
the university’s health services constant promotion of healthy eating. Furthermore, despite all the hype about obesity, these competitions continue to be lauded. People are free to choose what they eat. McDonald’s shouldn’t have to stop selling its burgers because they’re unhealthy, it’s a person’s choice what they eat. Nonetheless, promoting the consumption of this type of food, and in large quantities, for the purpose of competition, is destructive. Who decided that being able to ingest large quantities of food was some-
thing to be proud of, and something to honour people for? It seems ironic that in an age where healthy eating and defeating obesity is among the most talked about subjects in North America that we would continue to have restaurants, TV shows and competitions endorsing this type of eating. The question then is: Should universities be doing more to discourage eating competitions and should legislation play a role in eliminating the promotion of consuming large quantities of food for rewards by restaurants? We believe the answer is yes.
Syria // opinions
American media puts country and military on pedestal International media paints a very different picture of United States’ power Noelle Solange Didierjean Contributor
he current political crisis in Syria has received international attention. Media based from different places obviously have different points of view, however one place of origin sticks out as being particularly closed minded. There seems to be a collective failure on the part of the American public, reflected in the media, to come to terms with their place in a world where their country is no longer the sole superpower. For example, the New York Times recently ran an article which mentioned the Syrian Press ‘mocking’ president Barack Obama and claiming that asking for congressional approval for a strike on Syria was a sign of weakness. In contrast, Canadian newspaper The Daily Star covered Syria’s plea to the United Nations as a means to “prevent any aggression” from the United States. As biased as this may appear to those with an international perspective on foreign affairs, American media consumers often have no exposure to other points of view. Paris based newspaper Presseurop referenced European council president Herman Van Rompuy’s speech in which he stated “Everyone has come to realise that there is no military solution to the Syrian conflict.” Conversely, the American media has barely mentioned the reasoning behind the United Nations insistence on finding a diplomatic solution to the conflict. There’s so much emphasis placed on the intervention that the logistics of a successful one are neglected. Indeed, the definition of success has been skewed to mean the show of military and political force by the United
States rather than the well being of the Syrian people. In a speech on Tuesday Sept. 10, Obama “laid out his most extensive and detailed case for an attack to punish Syria for its use of chemical weapons,” according to the New York Times. In the same speech, he claimed that the United States had a moral imperative to attack Syria, that the United States was an anchor of global security, that it is their duty to enforce international agreements, and that the ideals and principles of the United States were at stake. Media in the United States does nothing to dissipate this widespread idea that the country is the globe’s savior. American news outlets reported on Obama’s speech, where he stated that the American military was going to “keep the pressure on (Syrian head of state
Bashar al-) Assad” and “be in a position to respond if diplomacy fails.” However, they failed to make the link between such threatening words and the arrival of more than 500 American commandos as well as helicopters and other military equipment in Bulgaria. Presseurop’s Sept. 6 article detailed the aforementioned event which, according to the Bulgarian weekly newspaper Sega, coincides with the growing refugee flow from Syria. The presence of the United States military in Bulgaria was a sign of an increased likelihood of a strike, according to Sega. However, their presence in Bulgaria received minimal press coverage in the United States. Russia’s proposal at the recent G20 summit in St. Petersburg that Syria’s chemical weapons be put under international control and eventually dismantled was tentatively
accepted by Obama. While the international community breathed a collective sigh of relief, American media stirred restlessly with what could be described as pent-up aggression. As if to push its readers to support military action, the New York Times, Sept. 14 article ended with a quote from a commander of a Syrian rebel group saying that because the United States didn’t go through with an air strike, it must be due to diminished military and intelligence capacities. Will the American media ever allow for a more moderate point of view on foreign affairs? It remains to be seen. In the meantime, we can only hope for as peaceful a resolution to the conflict in Syria as possible, and be thankful that the global balance of power is shifting.
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Charter and multiculturalism // opinions
Dividing a province, The value and one ban at a time strength in diversity Questions and concerns arise from discrepancies in proposed charter of values Gregory Wilson Contributor
fter over a year in power, the Parti Québécois government must be commended on their flawless performance in the art of dividing a society. They began the year with language laws, which culminated in the infamous “pastagate.” Now they have moved on to segregating religious minorities. The PQ’s proposed Charter of Quebec Values is a set of guidelines describing which religious symbols would be considered appropriate for a public servant to wear to work. Public servants would include all city workers, policemen, judges, prosecutors, correctional agents, hospital, school, daycare and municipal workers. “When you’re serving the state it will have to be clear: The state is neutral … the people who serve you don’t want to influence or embarrass you by openly and clearly expressing their convictions,”said Quebec Premier Pauline Marois, in a press release. Notably, hijabs, niqabs, turbans, ostentatious crucifixes and kippahs would be considered overt and conspicuous symbols of religious belief, and as such would be forbidden. Only small religious symbols would be allowed, yet there are no size limits proposed. Thus, the line between acceptable and conspicuous is both arbitrary and subjective. They have also not established how they would enforce their proposed charter. Since its official release, the contents of the proposed charter provoked outrage from both the political sphere and the general public. One much discussed aspect of the bill was its inherent discrepancies. The bill will give hospitals, universities, CEGEPs, and municipalities the option to opt out of the charter for a five-year period, during which employees would be able to wear religious symbols on the job. Daycare workers however, will not have that privilege. Dr. Emmanuelle Richez is a political science professor at Concordia University who specializes in Quebec and Canadian politics. According to her, these five-year exemptions are only a temporary option. ‘‘[Quebec] Minister [of Democratic Institutions] Bernard Drainville does not want these exemptions to be continuously renewed. He wants to eventually reach the PQ’s vision of secularism in time,’’ said Richez. Even more striking is the fact that elected officials in the National Assem-
bly would be exempted from the charter policies altogether and will thus never have to worry about hiding their religious symbols. ‘‘If we’re really trying to achieve the religious neutrality of the state, what’s more representative of the state than an elected official?’’ said Côte-des-Neiges – NotreDame-de-Grâce Mayor, Lionel Perez, according to The Gazette, Sept 11, 2013. Perez is a practicing Jew who wears a kippah. The crucifix will also remain in the National Assembly, and so will the cross on Mount-Royal — despite both being symbols of Christianity. Drainville says they are now part of Quebec’s religious heritage and will not be removed, according to La Presse, Sept 10, 2013. Other discrepancies include Quebec’s continuous subsidizing of religious private schools and keeping the opening prayer at municipal council meetings. ‘‘The charter is essentially trying to impose the values of the majority of Quebecers on the minority. There is a religious double-standard here evident by the crucifix remaining in the National Assembly,” said Richez. “ The majority of the people want to force the minority to make sacrifices the former is itself not ready to do.’’ In essence, the PQ is once again using their divide and conquer strategy as a means to gain the upper-hand in the next provincial election. ‘‘The Parti Québécois is continuing its policies of division by literally fabricating a crisis to change the subject [from Quebec’s economic situation],’’ provincial Liberal leader Phillippe Couillard said at a caucus meeting last month, The Gazette reported, Sept. 8, 2013. It’s a good thing the PQ renamed the bill from the Charter of Secularism to the Charter of Quebec Values, because this proves it is anything but secular.
Middle Eastern student believes that multiculturalism allows for societal growth Shereen Ahmed Rafea Contributor
wo years ago, I sat on the Concordia shuttle bus next to my younger sister, who was a first year student. She was new to Montreal and to the big city life. At one point during our conversation, I told her to pause and count how many different languages she was able to hear. Together we counted four: Persian, French, English and Mandarin. As two Muslim girls, from a small Middle Eastern country, we couldn’t help but admire the diversity around us and how beautiful it was. On Friday, Sept. 6, Quebec Premier Pauline Marois was quoted in the Globe and Mail criticizing multiculturalism and suggesting it as a possible cause of terrorism. “In England, they get into fights and throw bombs at one another because of multiculturalism and people get lost in that type of a society,” she said, disregarding Canada’s longstanding history of diversity and Quebec’s vibrant immigrant population. Terrorism, as defined by the Merriam Webster Online dictionary, is “ the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal.” Its causes can vary from human rights abuse, to poverty and religious extremism. However multiculturalism has not been a proven cause. On the contrary, minority oppression can lead to violence. In the case of Sri-Lanka, the Tamil Tigers, who fought for an independent land, were classified as a terrorist organization. However, the Tamils were also a minority facing discrimination by the government. This past week, the controversial proposed Charter of Values was unveiled, along with a photo of suggested rules by
the Quebec government. The charter calls for a ban on religious clothing by public employees. The picture that was released shows earrings with a crescent moon, a small cross and a Star of David ring as acceptable wear. On the other hand, the hijab, kippah, turban, niqab and the big cross, are all things to be banned. This proposal, coupled with Premier Marois’ comment, sends a message that there is some target set of values we are not adhering to. Therefore, we should leave the symbols that represent our beliefs at home, even though they harm no one. Attempting to squash different beliefs and stifle the fundamental human right to express them pulls us all back into a dark age ideology that led to massacres of thousands of people from different cultural backgrounds. The more we stifle people’s individuality, the more racial tensions can emerge. Racism also led to countless wars from Rwanda, to Sarajevo and current day Iraq. This is why it is important to stop the government from spreading the message that to wear religious symbols in the workplace is harmful. The late Palestinian theorist and founder of post colonial thought, Edward Said, argued in his 1978 book, Orientalism, that orientalism is to examine other cultures with an inferior eye when comparing them to the Western way of life. This is clearly a practice that still exists. A modern example is believing that a multicultural society causes trouble. Suggesting that wearing a hijab or a kippah can affect our work environment pours oil into the fire of racism that is still reeling from the effects of 9/11, 12 years later. Rather than ignore the effects of globalization and the changing face of our society, we should embrace the change. The positive effects of this is a widespread sharing of ideas and knowledge. Studying in Montreal, I am able to interact with people from around the world. My friends, who have different backgrounds, such as French, Vietnamese, American and Canadian, taught me a lot about their beliefs, history, life and opinions. My identity is the same, but I am better off having known them. Exposure to diversity helped me grow as a journalist, student and human. If only people who were more keen on turning it into an ‘us’ versus ‘them’ world would stop trying to shove that mentality down our throats, because that mentality is the root cause of true harm.
Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
Labour // opinions
Letters to the editor People reading your editorial “Where is the outrage?” last week were left with the impression that graduate students don’t exist on this campus, that students are oblivious to happenings on campus and that labour unions always provide vocal support for students. This is very misleading and we feel it needs to be addressed. The editorial omitted that the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), which represents more than 6,000 graduate students at Concordia, invited its members to the Sept. 3 demonstration to support faculty and staff without contracts. It also failed to note that GSA representatives and members attended the protest. GSA’s support for labour unions on campus goes way back – yes, predating even the Maple Spring. It was sparked by The Link’s March 2012 article, “ ‘This Is All We Have to Give You.’ A Look at Concordia’s Growing Labour Pains” about the dismal progress of negotiations many Concordia unions were facing. GSA members started organizing meetings with representatives from at least five labour unions, including CUPFA. This collaboration led to a comprehensive pamphlet to mobilize student support for Concordia’s unions in April 2012 and a joint action at Concordia on May 15, 2012. The GSA also made a banner and showed its public support for labour unions’ BBQ protest in April 2013. Sure, it would be great for more students to turn out at these crucial events. No one will contest this assertion. Yet we must contest statements that paint an overly rosy picture of Concordia faculty and labour unions as providing full and clear support for student strikes. It was a complicated time for everyone and a complete assessment of the support that labour unions gave the student strike deserves a full article. A deep reflection on that turbulent time is sorely needed as many students are still trying to make sense of what happened. What is not needed are accusations that the students are somehow failing in providing reciprocal support (a support many would argue never existed) to the labour unions at Concordia. Another thing should be clear: the university had negotiations pending with the labour unions way before the strike and the government cutbacks, so let’s stop blaming students and cutbacks. All unions on this campus need to make an effort to continue working together and that onus does not simply fall on students. Until then, Concordia’s administration will continue to blame students and government cutbacks, conveniently erasing from our university’s collective memory its administration’s recent history of severance packages, luxury car leases and salaries more than doubling that of our province’s Premier. Recent reshuffling of the same old faces within senior management portfolios indicates that Concordia is more interested in internal public relations exercises than in working with labour unions to give workers a fair deal and with students to make Concordia a more open and transparent institution. Concordia unions, let’s put into full practice what we preach, now and for the struggles to come: That united, we will never be defeated. Concordia Graduate Students’ Association (GSA)
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Tuesday, Sept 17, 2013 Vol. 31 Issue 4 Amanda L. Shore Editor-in-Chief firstname.lastname@example.org
After the surprise summer weather last week, the crisp fall air has made its return, and with it the smell of pumpkin flavoured everything beginning to fill the air. Starbucks is celebrating 10 years of the Pumpkin Spice Latte, and other places, including McDonald’s, are jumping in on the trend. But the trend on Twitter seems to be mocking the sweet treat and those seen drinking it...
@susie_meister: “Pumpkin spice latte is the female equivalent to the McRib.” @MyHairLife: “Based on my calculations, orgasms are up 6,000% since the return of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. ” @Houston_Bass: “Two hundred white girls form a staircase. I descend from my Ugg-colored jet. It’s good to be the inventor of the Pumpkin Spice Latte.” @aguywithnolife: “Obviously jesus wasn’t white because if he was he would have just turned water into a pumpkin spice latte.” @Shock_Monster: “Starting an online petition for Starbucks to offer a vegan version of Pumpkin Spice Latte is why other countries hate Americans.”
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Warm up the season with an easy and delicious
vegetarian chili JADE ADAMS Staff writer
or the cold autumn days, this chili works as the perfect warm and filling meal. The best part about it is that it can easily be stored in your fridge so you can heat up a bowl whenever you’re too busy studying to cook. I often double the recipe, especially if I have friends coming over. Originally taken from Vegetarian Cooking for Dummies, I’ve tweaked this recipe by adding more veggies and taking some of the ingredients out, although I always make sure the keep the richness of the cashews and sweetness of the raisins. Preparation time: 20 minutes. Cooking time: About 55 minutes. Yield: 6 large servings Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 medium onions, chopped 2 large green bell peppers, seeded and chopped 2 stalks celery, minced 4 teaspoons minced garlic 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, optional One 15-ounce can tomato sauce One 16-ounce can stewed tomatoes One large zucchini, chopped 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 cup cashew pieces 1⁄3 cup raisins 3 cups cooked dark red kidney beans In a large pot, heat the olive oil. Add the onions, bell peppers, and celery and cook over medium heat until the onions are translucent — about 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic, basil, oregano, chili powder, cumin, and pepper. Add the optional cayenne or more chili powder for a spicier chili. Add the tomato sauce, tomatoes, and vinegar. Reduce the heat to low and continue cooking for two to three minutes. Stir in the cashews and raisins and cook over low heat for another 16 to 17 minutes. Add the beans and zucchini cook for an additional 25 minutes, stirring frequently. Prolonged cooking will thicken the chili so it can be cooked overnight. After it’s done, enjoy and make sure to have some containers to keep extra portions of this homey and hearty meal in your fridge or freezer.
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@factsonfemales: “If you say “pumpkin spice latte” in the mirror 3 times a white girl in yoga pants will appear & tell you all her favorite things about fall.” @Java_Jo: “Young men, if you ever meet a woman who is half as excited about your existence as she is the pumpkin spice latte, marry her.”
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