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Volume 30 Issue 8

October 16 2012

Stingers’ playoff dreams crushed

RESQ and CIS CommEndEd thE StIngERS managEmEnt and athlEtICS dEpaRtmEnt on thEIR handlIng of thE InElIIgIbIIlIty SItuatIon and thE aCCEptanCE of SanCtIonS. photo by madElaynE hajEk

Concordia Stingers football team forfeits wins after disclosing ineligible player Andrew Maggio Staff writer

The Concordia Stingers football team was hit hard by the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec and by the Canadian Interuniversity Sport a week ago, after self-disclosing the use of an ineligible player

through the first four weeks of the 2012-13 season. The RSEQ and the CIS are citing CIS eligibility Article 40.10.4.3.1.1, which limits the number of years a student athlete can participate in CIS competition to five years, as the reason for the player’s ineligibility. Two players, who wish to remain

anonymous, confirmed to The Concordian that the player in question is offensive lineman Daryl Rankin. The Stingers were forced to forfeit their first two wins of the season, a 42-36 victory over Bishop’s University in the season-opener, as well as the 41-20 win over St. Francis Xavier in the third game of the

season. The Stingers were left with a 0-6 record, but a thrilling 43-40 victory over cross-town rivals McGill on Saturday, has already eliminated the possibility of a winless season. It appears the time Rankin spent playing in the Quebec Junior Football League with the Chateauguay Jr. Raiders after CÉGEP may

have knocked a year off of his CIS eligibility. Katie Sheahan, Concordia’s Director of recreation and athletics, said Rankin approached the coaches himself with concerns over his ability to play on the team.

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City in brief Student centre project reopened CAMpuS

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>> Ici, on parle en français In a controversial move, the Parti Québécois aims to cut back English classes in elementary schools and provide a more developed curriculum on the province’s history, with a special focus on sovereignty. Education Minister Marie Malavoy wants to eliminate mandatory English courses for grades one and two, earning backlash from the opposition for trying to politicize the education system in Quebec. Malavoy argued that secondary students need a greater understanding of Quebec nationalism.

>>What the hell was that? A small earthquake hit the Montreal region just after midnight Wednesday, forcing residents awake and a mass influx of calls to local police. The tremor lasted a few seconds and while no damage was reported, a few sleepy civilians bolted from their dwellings. The earthquake was measured at 4.5 magnitude on the Richter scale and could be felt as far as Ottawa. No damage was done to Montreal’s crumbling infrastructures such as the Champlain Bridge, the Turcot Interchange and the Jacques Cartier Bridge according to The Gazette. No injuries were reported.

>>A different kind of protest Approximately 80 people marched in support of privatized daycare following the announcement of additional funding promised by the Parti Québécois government to the public daycare system. Protesters said they wanted more funding for private childcare instead of the plan to open more public daycare centres. Premier Pauline Marois promised to provide 15,000 extra spots in the public system. Those in attendance, including parents and private daycare owners, said that the provincial government should help them fill space. The plan is expected to cost the PQ $177,000,000.

>>Mental health awareness Thousands gathered at the Walk for Mental Health to raise awareness, funding for health services, and eliminate the stigma surrounding mental illness. Supporters gathered at Phillips Square at 11 a.m. Sunday, to kick off the fourth annual event before heading west. The honorary president of the walk, Margaret Trudeau, the wife of former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, encouraged those in attendance to seek help if they, or someone they knew, were battling mental illness. Trudeau suffered a long and widely publicized bout of depression.

CSu looking over proposals from different project management firms Marilla Steuter-Martin Editor-in-chief

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he Concordia Student Union has a bank account with $9.5 million in it, set aside for the creation of a student centre. This fund has been collecting dust, and interest, for more than a decade as the CSU and the university administration have struggled to come to a consensus as to where to spend the money. Student space is something the downtown campus is pressed for, and with years of student dollars going towards this fund until 2011, CSU VP clubs Nadine Atallah wants to do something about it. “This project has been lagging behind,” she told The Concordian in

an interview. “In my opinion, our approach has been too reactive instead of proactive.” Last year, the CSU rejected the Faubourg Ste-Catherine building as an option in a unanimous vote by council. Once it became clear that student opinion was not favourable towards turning the space into a student centre, the deal was killed and not much ground has been covered since. “It became a contentious issue,” said Atallah. “The only way I see moving forward is by hiring a professional project management firm.” According to Atallah, the first step will be to choose a company, and then study the existing student space on campus. An important factor will be to “consult student associations

and faculty associations.” “We can’t think about just stakeholders in the present,” she said, “but we have to think about the stakeholders in the future.” Once a firm is chosen, by council, they will put together a financial feasibility study and eventually a project implementation plan which will include associated costs and risks. When a plan is brought to the table, Atallah said she would rather take it directly to students than have council decide. “I would prefer going to referendum and having students choose which way they want to move forward,” she said. “Going to referendum would ensure that the next executive has a clear mandate that they have to follow year in and year out.”

With student opinion factored into the plan, Atallah hopes to approach the university about renegotiating the existing student centre agreement. “I wouldn’t be doing my due diligence not to leave behind a better plan than the one I came in with,” said Atallah. She said that most likely, the student centre construction project, whether it’s renovating an old building, renting a space or building from scratch, is going to be a five to 10year project. An ad hoc committee was created by the CSU to review proposals for management firms and Atallah confirmed they will be meeting this week to make recommendations for the next regular meeting.

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Sexual assault workshops to start at Grey Nuns The 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy aims to educate students Amanda Brin Staff writer Concordia University’s 2110 Centre for Gender Advocacy plans to implement workshops later this year which focus on sexual assault awareness and the definition of consent for students. “We don’t really hear a lot in this society about what is the meaning of consent and what consent looks like,” said Julie Michaud, the administrative co-ordinator at the 2110 Centre. “We have this very narrow idea of what is sexual assault and that creates a whole lot of problems in terms of being able to identify acts that technically do constitute sexual assault but that don’t fit the mould.” The 2110 Centre hopes to educate students about the different ways sexual assault can occur, provide preventive measures, and define direct consent between two people. The initiative aims to debunk misconceptions such as the notion that women ask to be assaulted by the way they dress or act. The upcoming consent workshops are also part of a broader effort by the 2110 Centre to start a sexual assault centre at the university. “We’re trying to take a really holistic approach to making the campus safer for everyone so on the one hand we want to have the sexual assault centre to provide support for people who’ve had experiences with sexual assault or sexual harassment,” said Michaud. “We also want to act on the prevention side of things and we

WoRkShopS WIll bE ComIng to gREy nunS RESIdEnCE In thE nEaR futuRE. photo by maRIE-joSéE kElly see teaching people how not to sexually assault as a key component in prevention.” The workshops are in the early stages and while the exact launch date remains unknown, a few courses will take place before the end of the fall semester. Currently, workshops have only been planned for the Grey Nuns residence downtown, and not for the residences located at the Loyola Campus. “It will be very beneficial,” said D’Arcy Ryan, the director of Residence Life at Concordia. “It is also something that we will look into having for our resident assistant orientation for next year.” Since floor meetings require mandatory attendance for students living in residence, the workshops will be held during the meetings at the Grey

Nuns residence. By default, this action ensures the seminar is mandatory for all residents as well. “I definitely think that it’s nice that the information is available,” said Eleni Burrell, a student residing at Grey Nuns. “But I don’t think they should be mandatory. There are some students I know that would feel cornered; some people might feel uncomfortable so I think having your own choice is nice.” However, this does not necessarily mean all future workshops at different residences at Concordia will be mandatory. It is to the discretion of individual resident assistants to decide how and when workshops will be held. On Oct. 11, the Women’s Studies Student Association held it’s first General Assembly. At the assembly,

those present unanimously voted to support the 2110 Centre’s initiative for the creation of a sexual assault centre at Concordia. “Sexual assault is an all too common reality for many women, and by extension a primary concern for feminists,” read a statement issued by WSSA the next day. “One in four students will experience sexual assault over the course of a post-secondary career. Over 80 [per cent] of these are women.” The statement went on to say that “to stall on the creation of a sexual assault centre is to further endanger the safety of Concordia’s population.” WSSA is asking Concordia to “prioritize” the creation of a sexual assault centre and work with the 2110 to make this plan a reality in the future.


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Nation in JMSB will have representation on Senate brief Ramy Khoriaty officially resigns leaving his spot open

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>>What’s in a name?

Kalina Laframboise news editor The Concordia Student Union appointed two additional students to fill undergraduate seats on Senate last week, failing to address representation for the John Molson School of Business, before a spot opened up unexpectedly Monday evening. Senator and CSU councillor Ramy Khoriaty stepped down Monday, leaving a spot open for JMSB student and VP academic of the Commerce and Administration of Students’ Association, Tuan Dinh. CSU President Schubert Laforest told The Concordian that Dinh’s appointment will happen “soon” and that Khoriaty was motivated to step down because he personally wanted JMSB to have undergraduate student representation on Senate. It remains to be seen whether or not Laforest will appoint Dinh in an upcoming special council meeting or by presidential decree. Khoriaty did not attend either Senate meeting thus far in the academic year. “I thought it was only fair that Dinh had the chance to represent students,” said Khoriaty. “JMSB deserves representation.” In accordance with university bylaws, the CSU selects 12 applicants to represent the undergraduate student body at Concordia. Under Section 11, regarding Senate membership, Article 55 states that there must be “Twelve (12) undergraduate students who shall be appointed by the Concordia Student Union, with representation

tWo StudEntS WERE appoIntEd to SEnatE at a CSu mEEtIng on oCtobER 10, onE fRom ECa and onE fRom aSfa. from each Faculty.” In early October, council chose another five senators leaving one spot available. Following the resignation of VP Loyola Stefan Faina from Senate Friday, Oct. 5, council resolved to nominate two students. Faina stepped down from his position because his part-time independent student status rendered him ineligible to sit on Senate. The move garnered backlash from students in the following days because two applicants from JMSB were not granted representation. Council selected instead, Sydney Swaine-Simon, from the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, and Daniel McSharry, from the Arts and Science Federation of Associations. The reasons fuelling the CSU’s decision remain unknown since de-

liberation was conducted entirely in closed session. Several concerned students sent Chairperson Jean-Francois Ouellet and the student media an email detailing where they took issue with the recent decision of the CSU. “Furthermore, it was stated publicly that all the candidates whom were not appointed at council were still in the running for the sixth spot on Senate that was available, but from my understanding, that spot should only have been open for a JMSB student, as independent, ASFA, FASA, and ECA were already represented on Senate,” read the letter. The email went on to say that the CSU violated its own policy by failing to “represent its membership as required” as stated in Objects 2.1 of the CSU bylaws. Approximately a dozen students from various faculties wrote that the

CSU was not fulfilling its mandate by not appointing a JMSB student. Todd Lipstein, a JMSB student, said he submitted the letter because he felt the CSU excluded his faculty at Concordia. “Personally, I am afraid we would get screwed and we wouldn’t even know it,” said Lipstein. “If there is nobody out there looking out for us though, I believe we are going to start wondering why all these decisions are being made to the benefit of all the Concordia students except us.” Lipstein went on to say that he hoped to see an improved representation of JMSB in all aspects of Concordia, including the CSU. Laforest said that there were discrepancies between university and CSU bylaws, and it must be emphasized in the future that all four faculties receive adequate undergraduate representation on Senate.

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President Shepard brings home $357,000 a year university provides additional funds for benefits like housing, and french lessons Kalina Laframboise news editor In an article published in the Journal de Québec Thursday, it was reported that President and Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University Alan Shepard’s base salary for the year is $357,000. This comes as a $7,000 increase from Frederick Lowy’s income as interim president last year. Shepard is slated for a five-year mandate and if his income remains the same, he will receive $1,785,000 for the entirety of his term, not including benefits. Concordia allots an additional $73,000 in annual benefits for Shepard. For his residence, the university designates a total of $50,400 each year. The Journal de Québec wrote that the university explained that Shepard was obligated to acquire a home that is larger than what he needs in order to accommodate a large number of guests. The university also pays out $1,200 a month or $14,400 a year for Shepard’s vehicle. This includes

expenses and maintenance but does not include gas. Furthermore, Shepard and his partner, along with their two children, receive French courses paid for in full as part of his contract. The contract also includes membership to two clubs for “the purpose of advancement of the university” where the expenses are covered by Concordia. The Board of Governors chairperson, Norman Hébert, was quoted as saying that Shepard’s earnings are reasonable. Hébert also said that while he realized the sensitivity surrounding directors’ high-end salaries, they serve to acquire the best senior employees for universities. Unlike Hébert, Concordia Student Union President Schubert Laforest said he believes that Shepard’s contract is a “systemic problem” within the provincial education system. “It’s really inappropriate,” said Laforest. “It’s a lot of money, it’s heartbreaking to see students and academics struggling financially.”

Laforest went on to say that this issue should be resolved at the upcoming education summit proposed by the Parti Québécois government. As part of her mandate, Premier Pauline Marois promised to investigate the fiscal management of post-secondary institutions and to invite students to provide their input on the governance of universities. According to Concordia spokesperson Chris Mota, Shepard’s contract for his salary will not be available online like Lowy’s contract was, but it is available upon request. While Shepard collects more than past presidents at Concordia, he is the not the highest earning administrator in Quebec. McGill University’s Principal Heather Munroe-Blum brought in $369,250 in 2011, not including perks totalling

Ontario community colleges are hoping to rebrand three-year diplomas as degrees and create new three-year programs in order to attract more international students and provide more credibility for college graduates. The call for the name change was proposed by Linda Franklin, president of Colleges Ontario, in response to Ontario’s discussion paper to potential provincial reforms to the post-secondary education system. Certain four-year programs completed at the college level are currently called degrees while two and three-year programs remain diplomas.

>>Make a decision already XL Foods, Canada’s second largest meat processing plant, temporarily laid off 2,000 employees Saturday only to recall 800 the next day so that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency can continue its review. The largest beef recall in Canada has led to an estimated 15 cases of E.coli after approximately 1,800 products were recalled. The Alberta plant’s license was immediately suspended on Sept. 27 after several Canadians reported being ill from the tainted beef. CFIA announced that the plant could be fully functional in the upcoming week and shipping meat across North America in the next 10 days.

>>Don’t get any ideas, Mom In a weird social experiment, a Calgary mom abandoned her household duties for six days to teach her children a lesson. Jessica Stilwell let the dishes pile up and the laundry go unwashed until her messy daughters accepted responsibility for their actions and apologized for being disorderly. The parenting experiment was documented on Stilwell’s blog, garnering national and international attention and kudos, in an effort to have her children clean up after themselves. Stilwell and her husband helped their daughters wash and scrub the house after they apologized for being messy.

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to an additional $120,481. MunroeBlum is slated to complete her second five-year mandate at the end of this academic year. Guy Breton of the Université de Montréal also makes a pretty penny, banking approximately $365,000 per year.

Alice Wong, a Conservative Party member of parliament, is facing scrutiny after throwing her support behind serving shark fin soup in Richmond, B.C.. Activists consider shark fin soup as an act of animal cruelty and a threat to the world’s shark population. They were upset following Wong’s decision to back restaurant owner David Chung for serving the delicacy. In a press conference with Asian media, Wong vowed to fight the ban of shark fin and went on to eat some of soup. Numerous cities in Vancouver have already banned the delicacy.


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World in brief Playboy shakes up Vanier College Kalina Laframboise

>>A bad judgment call Following a national outbreak of meningitis, Florida Governor Rick Scott inadvertently provided the phone number for a sex hotline instead of the correct number for information on the disease. During a cabinet meeting last week, Scott announced the toll-free number that was later revealed to be the wrong number by a concerned caller. A woman’s voice on a message recording thanked callers for their thoughtfulness on her anniversary. The mix up led to several confused civilians reaching very different services. The phone number was quickly corrected.

>>I hope that squirrel was worth it A Michigan resident allegedly using a propane torch to cook a squirrel on his balcony in Holland Township may be responsible for burning down eight units of an apartment complex. The individual was supposedly trying to remove the fur on the deck of his third-floor apartment when the entire deck caught fire. Flames spread to the roof, destroying eight units and damaging 24 additional units at the Clearview Apartments with smoke and water damage. Although the identity of the man remains unknown, the fire department believes he was preparing to eat the squirrel.

>>Good things come in small packages A contest in Denmark is calling for men with small appendages to send their photos for an online competition to win a free iPhone. Men are asked to submit a photo of their erect penis with measuring tape beside it. The contest has already gathered six applicants and is slated to finish at the end of January 2013. The online contest is sponsored by erotica website Singlesex.dk in an effort to prove that men with small penises have nothing to be ashamed of. Members of the female sex will determine the winners and judge the photos. The second and third place winners will take home an iPad.

>>The trouble with quadrillions A phone company issued a $15quadrillion phone bill to a woman in the Bordeaux region of France following the cancellation of her contract in late September. Solenne San Jose was informed that what she owed would be automatically withdrawn from her account. Bouygues Telecom service representatives told San Jose there was nothing they could do, and one agent even told her to pay the amount in million-dollar installments. San Jose spent several hours on the phone trying to convince the representatives that there must be an error before her actual bill revealed that she owed $149.

Hugh Hefner’s provocative company to sponsor school’s winter carnival Joel Ashak Contributor

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anier College’s annual winter carnival has a new controversial sponsor which is creating waves on campus and beyond. The CÉGEP accepted the offer to have Playboy Condoms, the enterprise’s new condom brand, sponsor the carnival. As part of their sexual awareness “Playin’ It Safe Tour” in seven different CÉGEPs and universities in Canada, Playboy Condoms will be on campus during the Vanier winter festival on Dec. 7, 2012 to promote their new product. In exchange, the bunny logo company pledged a financial contribution to the Vanier College Student Association for prizes, games and contests organized for the event, as well as investing in goodies. As expected, the idea was not welcomed by all students at Vanier College and quickly triggered a petition pressuring the VCSA to break the deal. Anthony Kantara, member of the Vanier College Mob Squad that created the petition, said he was concerned about the increasing corporate presence on campus. “The fact that it’s a company that is mostly linked to pornography is even more worrying,” Kantara said. “School should be a sacred institution

without commercial influence, especially not Playboy’s.” The petition created last summer, has been signed by 110 individuals so far. It states that although “the VCSA claims [the sponsorship] is ‘OK’ since [Playboy Condoms] is promoting safe sex,” they demanded that the student union cancel any deal with a company that is connected to pornography, as well as “sexist and degrading [content] toward women.” According to Taruna Kaur-Singh, VCSA special projects officer and student leader behind the sponsorship deal, the arrangement is not yet “set in stone.” Since a contract has yet to be finalized, Kaur-Singh could not reveal a precise figure regarding the contribution from Playboy Condoms but explained she accepted the deal mainly for financial reasons. “I am a woman too and I understand why this sponsorship is perceived as offensive to some but I also had to think about the financial needs for the event and my business side took over,” she said. In response, Kantara claimed that Vanier College has the largest CÉGEP student association budget in Quebec. “Money is not an issue in this debate,” said Kantara. “The executives are just looking for an excuse to try to make the event more fun.” Kaur-Singh said the idea was also

to attract a certain demographic “that don’t usually participate in school activities but who would recognize a brand like Playboy.” She also emphasized the benefits of raising awareness regarding safe sex. But the Vanier Mob Squad said it was not an excuse for making a deal without consulting the student body and keeping students uninformed on the nature of the arrangement. During the summer, VCSA voted twice on council on whether or not to make Playboy Condoms a sponsor for the event. According to Kaur-Singh, both votes were in favour of the deal, the first one passing unanimously and the second one — after the creation of the petition — passed by a “large majority.” Kaur-Singh said that although she did not have the chance to discuss offers with other businesses because of time constraints, Playboy Condoms was the only company to offer a sponsorship so far. While Playboy Condoms already started investing money in producing T-shirts, pamphlets and other prod-

ucts for the occasion, the Vanier Mob Squad is actively trying to mobilize the teacher’s and parent’s association to pressure VCSA on holding off the deal until the decision is taken to a vote in a general assembly. Kaur-Singh admitted she heard some teachers were concerned by the sponsorship and said she was still looking into the matter. She also affirmed that the deal could be cancelled at any moment, which would implicate cutting into other expenses but without requiring compensation to the condom company. On their part, Playboy Condoms has already announced Vanier College as one of their destinations of the “Playin’ It Safe Tour” on their website.

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Protesters demand resignation of police officer Stéfanie Trudeau suspended after alleged misconduct caught on tape Marie-Josée Kelly Assistant news photographer A call for the dismissal of Constable Stéfanie Trudeau and a condemnation of police brutality was the message of protesters that took to the streets of the downtown core Friday night. Trudeau, better known by her badge number 728, was temporarily suspended from the police force last week following the release of a video showing her use foul language and excessive aggression against a civilian during an arrest, Tuesday, Oct. 2. “That incident was thankfully recorded but we don’t know how often this happens,” said protester and second-year nursing student at Dawson

College, Geoffrey Graham. Graham believes that Trudeau overstepped boundaries and her behaviour was unacceptable. “I tend to be optimistic and hope that it does not happen very often but I just want it to be as widely known as possible that this is not what we believe our police should be doing, they should be protecting us,” he said. Trudeau also gained notoriety during the student conflict when a video posted online showed her pepperspraying individuals who appeared to be non-threatening during a protest. She is suspended pending the results of an internal investigation into the allegations made against her. Michael Arruda, a Montreal Police

mediator followed Friday’s demonstration and was on hand to resolve any conflict that might arise. “I know a lot of the people present here tonight,” said Arruda. “I’ve walked with them this summer [in the protests] and I say we’re going to have to give the system a chance, see what they have to say. I haven’t lost faith in the system yet and I think justice will be done.” The march ended around 11 p.m. with no arrests reported.

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CSU appoints VP sustainability to Board of Governors Kalina Laframboise news editor

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he Concordia Student Union nominated VP sustainability Andrew Roberts as a student representative to the Board of Governors and announced the division of the mandate of VP academic and advocacy between two executives during the regular council meeting

last Wednesday. As President Schubert Laforest is ineligible to sit on Senate and BoG due to his unresolved student status issues, council motioned to elect Roberts as alternate governor to fill the empty spot on BoG. Roberts said he was already preparing for his new role and that while “the task is daunting” he is ready for the responsibility.

Roberts emphasized that should Laforest’s student issues be rectified in the near future and he becomes eligible to sit on the university’s governing bodies, there isn’t a concrete plan in place. “That’s something we’re going to have to discuss,” said Roberts. “The initial idea was for Lex Gill to be main governor.” Following the resignation of VP ac-

ademic and advocacy Lucia Gallardo, who stepped down due to her inability to register as a student coupled with personal issues, the executive decided to divide the work from that position for the time being. Until further notice, Laforest explained to council that Roberts and VP external Simon-Pierre Lauzon will fulfill the mandate by splitting the additional responsibilities.


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Organic food: friend or trend? The Concordian takes a trip to an organic farm in Havelock Véronique Thivierge Contributor

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ating organic nowadays seems like the trendy thing to do, but is the price worth it? A recent study from Stanford University affirms that organic food is not necessarily healthier than conventional food. The Concordian decided to take a deeper look into this and visited Les Bontées de La Vallée, an organic farm located in Havelock, Québec. Awareness concerning farming practices has been growing, as the access to organic products has been multiplying around the city. Les Bontées de La Vallée sell their products on the corner of Fabre St. and Laurier St. each weekend from July to November. At their stand, you can buy an impressive diversity of organic goods following the time of season: carrots, fresh lettuce, apples, pears, fines herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, blueberries, potatoes, beets, bok choy, as well as other varieties rarely seen in the grocery store such as swiss chard, kale, purple broccoli, tomatillo, purslane and even fresh chamomile. François D’Aoust is originally a graphic designer. A few years ago, he started reading

about organic farming and medicinal plants. His interest grew stronger as the time passed and he finally decided to take a course on agriculture production in Ontario to start his own business. He then met Mélina Plante, who was an artistic agent at the time. She fell in love with organic farming and the organic farmer! The two have been running the farm together for three years. For Plante, it’s the human side, offering a space for community bonding and sharing at the market. For D’Aoust, his passion is to offer a wide variety of fresh quality and responsible products. How then is it possible that Stanford University can state that “after analyzing the data, the researchers found little significant difference in health benefits between organic and conventional foods?” First of all, its claims were made mostly on a nutritional basis. They analyzed papers “that compared either the nutrient levels or the bacterial, fungal or pesticide contamination of various products (fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, milk, poultry, and eggs) grown organically and conventionally.” At the same time, the study specified that “there were no long-term studies of health outcomes of people consuming organic versus conventionally produced food; the duration of the studies involving human subjects ranged from two days to two years.” The question is: can you draw relevant

conclusions on these relatively short-term studies? What happens when you look at the whole picture, taking into consideration other elements beyond the nutrition levels? The principle underlying organic farming is sustainability, in the short as well as the long run. On the farm in Havelock, D’Aoust is constantly trying innovative farming practices to produce in the most natural way. Rather than rolled down in June, rye and clover are sowed in a field where they will stand as green fertilizer and as a blockage to weed for future tomato plants to grow. Daikon roots grow almost wildly, drilling the ground, thus aerating it naturally. Plantation sites are changed around every couple of years as to avoid draining the soil of its nutriments. “Organic farming is a destination,” said D’Aoust. “It’s a continual learning process.” As students, we can often feel divided between our responsibility as citizens and our restricted budget. An important aspect here, if not the most important, is buying local. The organic stamp can be very expensive. Often, small-scale farmers just can’t afford it, but many still use sustainable practices. At Jean-Talon Market, you can find several sustainable producers such as Les Jardins Sauvages. It is either the same price or less expensive than at the grocery store since there are fewer intermediaries, and it is by far more delicious! Organic farmers are often called “family

farmers.” It’s about re-establishing the link between consumers and producers. It’s about taking our responsibility through our daily actions, raising our awareness and creating the kind of world we want to live in. So while it’s still unclear what the exact health benefits of eating organic food are, it’s still worth it to invest in these local community-run operations.

The ConCordian visits Les Bontées de La vaLLée organic farm, photos By writer

“It’s rare,” explained Sonia Nanda, a certified genetic counsellor at the Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit at the Women’s College Research Institute in Toronto, Ontario. “But it does happen […] because men do have breast tissue.” The reason why women are more susceptible to it than men is still unclear but Nanda was able to provide some insight. “It might be hormones, a lot of cancers are hormone dependent as well,” she said. “Women produce a lot more hormones and then there are a lot of other things: we have children, men don’t, we menstruate, men don’t, so there’s a whole bunch of factors.” In 2012, according to a statistic put out by the Canadian Cancer Society, “an estimated 200 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 55 will die of it.” And while survival rates for both genders are close, men often do not pick up on the signs and end up being diagnosed too late. Though women know performing breast exams on themselves and having mammograms is essential for their bodies, how many times have you heard a man telling his friends he’s due for a breast checkup?

Compared to the number of women afflicted by the illness – 22,700 Canadian women in 2012 – it is not hard to see why breast cancer in men is put on the backburner. However, this is no excuse. “Right now, there is almost nothing pointing towards men being able to be diagnosed with this disease, but a little awareness would promote support from both sexes,” suggested Corpus. In an effort to raise awareness for men battling this type of cancer, Marvel Comics has teamed up with Susan G. Komen for the Cure in printing eight pink-coloured limited editions of their most popular comics in order to shed some light on the topic of breast cancer in men. This is a great initiative seeing as comics might appeal to men than a pink ribbon. While donating to colourful awareness causes may seem like the right thing to do, considering the general population is left uninformed about breast cancer and its effects on men, it seems the money is being used to spread a message we are already very familiar with. At the end of the day, cancer doesn’t discriminate and neither should these campaigns.

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Pink ribbon discrimination? A look at those left out of the battle against breast cancer Elizabeth Tomaras Copy editor We have all come to know and love the famous pink ribbon. When October rolls around, we see it plastered everywhere and the city becomes tinted with the ‘more feminine’ shade. Although the ribbon and

its colour seek to represent the majority of those affected by breast cancer, there is still a demographic few know can also be diagnosed with the disease: men. “The way our society is today with the media always associating breast cancer with women, like using women in awareness campaigns, the pink ribbon, ‘I love boobies’ bracelets, it makes it seem that it is a cancer that can only be found in women,” said Robert-Jun Corpus, a second-year accounting major at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia.


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Give your canine teeth a rest Feast your eyes on some of Montreal’s best vegetarian restaurants

Editor’s Intro Whether it’s a food trend, a generational thing, or the number of studies we are bombarded with on the health risks of red meat, there is no denying that vegetarianism is spreading across Canada. According to the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s “Canadian Food Trends to 2020,” citizens have become more cautious as to what they are eating, continually increasing their consumption of meatless meals. Restaurant owners and media outlets, like the Food Network, are paying attention to this shift in healthy living, incorporating vegetarian options to their menus and teaching viewers how they can prepare a healthy, no-meat meal in less than 20 minutes. Even Mario Batali, a well-know American-Italian chef who is no stranger to a great piece of prosciutto, has integrated Meatless Monday options into 14 of his restaurants. While we’re not expecting everyone to take on a vegetarian lifestyle, there are delicious ways to incorporate some meatless meals in your omnivorous diet; here are few of our favourite choices around Montreal!

Chow down at ChuChai Andrew Guilbert, Staff Writer ChuChai is back in business after a long reconstruction period that started way back in February, and Montreal vegetarians are grateful for its return. This restaurant sells itself as Thai vegetarian food with an upscale feel and a wine list to match. Though the menu can seem pricey to the uninitiated (meals run from 12$ to 20$), the unique presentation and intimate atmosphere make for a dining experience that accentuates the calm, modern vibe that goes hand in hand with chef Lily Sirikittikul’s creations. The main attraction here is the series of “fake meat” dishes you can order; fish, duck, beef, chicken and shrimp are all reproduced in both taste and texture through the magic of soy, seitan and various vegetables coming together. The simulacrum is so uncanny that a vegetarian friend of mine recounted how he once shocked an acquaintance of his by inviting him out to ChuChai and chowing down on the fake meat in front of his incredulous dinner guest. A personal favorite is the duck in red curry with pineapple, tomato and basil, which comes drizzled and stepped with a liberal amount of sweet, tangy sauce that demand you order an extra rice bowl just to finish it off. The main courses aren’t the only draw to this modern St-Denis eatery; the appetizers are a brilliant amalgamation of oriental tastes, vibrant colors and simple, delicate presentation. Warranting particular note is the award winning Miam Kram, a unique combination of tastes like ginger, lemon and peanuts is served on a leaf you fold around the piled ingredients and pop into your mouth. It makes for a fresh, crisp morsel you won’t find the likes of anywhere else on the island. ChuChai is located on 4088 Saint Denis St.


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and feast like a herbivore Aux Vivres deceives the palate Andrew Guilbert, Staff writer Aux Vivres was my go-to place during my lean, vegan years and despite my relapse into the world of carnivorism, it remains a mainstay of my restaurant rotation. Why, you ask? Because it’s not a good vegan restaurant; it’s a good restaurant that just so happens to be vegan. The menu features a wide selection under different sections; veggie bowls, burgers, salads, soul food, sandwiches and smoothies, ranging between $10 and $20. Whatever piques your fancy, you can find something to your liking. There’s also a detailed tea list with a dozen different brews to choose from, as well as a dessert menu that features a fantastic “uncheescake” that will make you wonder how they can make this stuff without cream. If you’re curious about their vegan cuisine, I recommend the BLT on chapati bread. The ‘B’ in this case is a coconut confection made to resemble, but not reproduce, the texture of bacon. What makes this sandwich truly remarkable, however, is the faux mayonnaise they use to lend it a nice, moist counterpoint to the hard crunch of fresh lettuce and coconut bacon. It’s enough to warrant suggesting they enter the commercial market with an “I can’t believe it’s not mayo!” product of some sort. If Asian cuisine is more your thing, give the Macro bowl a try. A generous serving of steamed spinach, sauerkraut, bok choy, wakame, sprouts, miso-tahini sauce and grilled tofu or tempeh makes for an impressive amount of food that will leave you satisfied, but won’t leave you feeling bloated. Aux Vivres is located on 4631 Saint-Laurent Blvd.

Bonnys is a hidden gem Nicole Yeba, Contributor When I stepped inside Bonnys, I noticed a wall that consisted of long branches of wood and speakers inside a small log near the ceiling. With only 12 tables, the restaurant has a very intimate atmosphere. The wood, plants, and shades of green and yellow give the room an earthy feel. I ordered a platter of the boca burger, which consists of a homemade chickpea flour and black bean burger. It’s served with an avalanche of fresh salsa, cheddar cheese, organic sour cream and sliced avocado. The platter comes with a large chef’s salad and nachos. The burger is covered with salsa, making it almost impossible to eat without utensils. I had never tried a vegetarian burger before, but I wasn’t disappointed. With taxes, it was roughly $16, so not cheap, but worth it if you’re splurging. Owner Bonnie Tees wasn’t at the restaurant so I chatted with one of her employees, Jazmine Johansson. She has been working at there for three years now, and is a fellow Concordia student. Overall, we could both agree that Bonnys is a hidden gem for veggie lovers! Bonnys is located on 1748 Notre-Dame West St.

Lola Rosa gets creative with veggies Marta Barnes, Contributor Lola Rosa café should be added as a point of pilgrimage for all Montrealers. Their menu is a long list of imaginative dishes like tomato pie, hempburger, and the Rosa salad. With that said, the most popular choices are quesadillas, three cheese and spinach lasagna, and the quiche of the day. The quiche, served with a side of rice and salads, is wholesome with a crust that would give your French-Canadian grandmother envie. If put to a vote though, the best has to be the lasagna, a generous portion of baked cheese melting in and over creamy layers of spinach and pasta. All is mid-priced, averaging around $12 a dish. For dessert, the absolute standout is the seasonal pumpkin pie. The filling is velvety, halfway between a pie and a cheesecake, but it is the pressed sesame seed crust that makes it a star among pumpkin pastries. As for a quick appreciation of the décor, the wood paneling, chalkboards, cushions, and worn wood furniture packed close together give it an easy-going, yet carefully styled bohemian vibe. Don’t forget to leave a note behind in one of the hidden drawers! Lola Rosa is located on 545 Milton St.

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Many paper memories: feminism, art and the 1970s Delving into second-wave feminism, The Heretics explores themes of friendship and controversy Ariana Trigueros-Corbo Staff writer Dearest art aficionados, for those of you who, much like myself, associate the autumn season with new literary ventures, art cravings, coffee shops and intellectual teasing of all sorts, make sure to book your evening off Oct. 22 for Cinema Politica’s upcoming screening of The Heretics. The film, which was written, directed and produced by Joan Braderman in 2009, explores the complications of feminism, art and media in the 1970s, through interviews with members of the feminist art magazine The Heresies. Artists who were once a part of the editorial crew contribute their views, memories and nostalgia, recalling poignantly some of the more controversial moments of the magazine that ran for 27 issues, from 1977 to 1992. Most of these women are what would be considered “second-wave feminists,” although many of them are quick to state that they no longer like to be associated with the feminist movement, because it has taken on a subversive meaning. “It used to be that being a femi-

nist meant that you were a fighter. Today, it means you’re a victim,” states one of the interviewed artists, with more than a hint of dismay. The documentary makes it its mission to point out the uniqueness of The Heresies. As Braderman explains it, in an era where the art world was ruled by panels of men, this magazine, which was owned by no one in particular, funded without any form of advertisement and relied solely on its subscribers, was a peculiar phenomenon. Contributors vividly recall the many meetings a week they attended; drinking, smoking and arguing into the early hours of the morning, debating the controversy that they had managed to stir up amongst their readers. It’s true that the film is fairly one sided, though this does not make it exaggerated, a fault that is often attributed to documentaries of the sort. The “collage” style of Braderman’s documentary was lacklustre at times, but her interviewees entirely made up for it. Instead of blatant condescension and old-days nostalgia, the film presents a fabulous crowd of alert revolutionaries who decided that if no one was going to change the world for them, they would simply have to do it for themselves.

The film features interviews with members from the 70s feminist art magazine The Heresies. Expect a documentary that does a marvelous job at telling the story of friendship, companionship and controversy, reminding our generation of what it truly means

to blur the lines between who we are and the art we live for. The Heretics screens at 7 p.m., Oct 22 at 1455

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All genres are equal, some are more equal than others

The prejudice against science fiction in literary publications Colin McMahon Staff writer

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n the world today there are many places where prejudice is tolerated. However, there exists in idealism, several establishments where free thinking and expression are valued and encouraged. A university is one such place, but sadly idealism is not reality. Concordia’s creative writing program promotes individuals to step forward and express themselves through fiction, but only if it’s a certain type of fiction. For people who write in the realm of science fiction and fantasy, many doors in the literary world are closed. There exists an unspoken understanding that these genres are not worth the time of serious writers. It has become commonplace to see this exclusion and there are many publications, most of which claim to support all forms of creative fiction, that will not touch

these genres. said Soliloquies editor-in-chief Lizy Mostowski. science-fiction. But who can honestly claim to One needs look Concordia’s creative writing program does have never read a bad romance, boring comno further than actually accept works of science fiction in the edy, tedious drama, or pretentious satire? There Concordia’s own entrance portfolio. The instructions for sub- is nothing innately better about any of the other Soliloquies, a stu- mitting a portfolio as part of the application to genres but for some reason science-fiction is dent-run anthology admission to the undergraduate creative writ- singled out. that publishes bi- ing program states: “Work in a specific popuSoliloquies and the other literary publicaannually. On their lar form (for example, fantasy, science fiction, tions that restrict science-fiction are all well-run website, Soliloquies horror, or romance) will be considered only if organizations but this prejudice hurts them as advertises its goal: it does not constitute the entire portfolio, as our well as their readership. It is an unfair judgment “to showcase writ- program does not focus on these areas.” that says there is no difference separating writers that you might Despite this, Mostowski still feels science ers like Jules Verne, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. otherwise never en- fiction would look out of place in the publica- Clarke, and H.G. Wells from the mass of poorly counter and be able tion. written science-fiction works. Even Margaret to enjoy.” This mission statement sounds very “It would be like accepting romance genre Atwood’s, novel A Handmaid’s Tale was sciencompassing and encouraging. Yet it is not the submissions and trying to put them alongside ence fiction; a book, it should be mentioned, whole story as the submission page presents experimental works of poetry and a short story that is often used in academia. two restrictions: no science fiction and no non- about a road trip, it would not work with the However, many would still dismiss sciencecreative essays. The latter is easily explained curation of the journal. That being said, we only fiction as inferior to works of poetry and litsince Soliloquies markets itself as a fiction plat- accept pieces that are highly literary, which can erature. It is seen as light reading, a means of form. include short stories that can fall into the cat- escape and therefore not an intellectual pursuit. “Soliloquies, if you look through past issues, egory of magic realism, but I’m not interested in Arthur C. Clarke disagrees with this assumphas never accepted sci-fi, and I don’t think that reading a story about aliens,” said Mostowski. tion, “There’s no real objection to escapism, the graduate journal, Headlight, has either. The The question then becomes: why is science in the right places...We all want to escape ocreason for this is simple. I am sure that you re- fiction not included? Such a restriction directly casionally. But science fiction is often very far member that when you applied to Concordia’s implies that the genre of science-fiction is worth from escapism, in fact you might say that scicreative writing program that portfolios had a less than the others. There is no way around the ence fiction is escape into reality...In fact I can’t similar restriction: no sci-fi, no fantasy[...]The implications of such wrongful restrictions. Yes, think of any form of literature which is more reason for that is because none of Concordia’s everyone out there will admit that there is bad concerned with real issues.” creative writing professors specialize in the genre[...] therefore it is not something that we, as a program, specialize in. Journals like Soliloquies and Headlight exist mainly to showcase talent from the program, and since we do not specialize in sci-fi or fantasy, we do not accept those sorts of submissions,” Soliloquies, Concordia’s creative writing journal will not allow students to submit works of science fiction.


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No words, there is only art exploring the healing power of art in creative art therapies nathalie laflamme & amanda l. Shore Staff writer & arts editor

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efore speech, humans communicated through symbols, drawings, and their body movements. However in this age of words, there is still a lot that can be gained from our previous methods of communicating. Drawing, using our bodies and making sounds are tools that are useful in expressing what we can’t or don’t know how to express verbally. These tools are especially useful in therapeutic settings and are employed by creative arts therapists to help patients express their needs, resolve issues or come to terms with trauma. Therapists can use a number of different media in their sessions, including art, music, drama, and dance. In the case of art therapy, the client is invited to create something in front of the therapist. The therapist and client will look over the image together and reflect on what they have created. As an image speaks louder than words, it is sometimes easier for people to express their inner world through art. The art created by the client is an opening for dialogue and in some cases, such as traumatic experiences, the issue can be worked out through symbolically using what the client has drawn or painted.

“I’m really into abstract impressionist [art], so I just take the paints and try to blend all the different colors and after I’m done doing that [my therapist] looks at my artwork and says, Rachel* is this what you’re feeling inside?” says Rachel, an art therapy client at CSSS Cavendish. There is no dictionary of symbols in art therapy, what a person draws is symbolically significant to them and therefore only has meaning in relation to that particular individual. “The art is a way for them to symbolically explore their issues. After that, we look at the images and see if we can find a solution,” explains Julia L. Olivier, art therapist and president of Expression LaSalle. Most of the people who take part in art therapy at Expression Lasalle are people who

TherapisTs Can use a number of differenT media in Their sessions, inCluding arT, musiC, drama, and danCe. phoTos by madelayne hajek. have had to deal with trauma and things that they are ashamed to talk about. It is much easier for them to express it through art or by acting it out with theatre. “At first, patients will come in contact with a lot of emotions, like anxiety, but after awhile they will feel joy, and remember what is was like to do art when they were children,” says Sarah Brodie, an art therapist at the Montreal Therapy Centre. “You can make links between the shapes on the page and your inner world...it all leads to who we are and where we want to be.” Sometimes, art therapy can help people discover passions they never would have discovered ordinarily. For example, Olivier had a patient who was a single mother of three children and was dealing with the fact that they were growing up. She had to find out who she was as a person, as an adult without children. Her artwork was filled with jewelry, so Olivier suggested that she should try taking a jewelry-making class. With drama therapy, patients must act and watch others act in order to solve their problems. This technique, like art therapy, is great for people who have suffered traumas, as well as people who have trouble understanding the problems they are living with; they can understand it better by seeing other people act it out, or by acting it out themselves. “With drama therapy, you can act out memories or fantasies, and this helps you better understand them,” says Brodie. Patients will often set goals for themselves on their first session. This becomes the theme that they will explore during their individual or group sessions. “We try to work on a series of goals that we need to overcome in three years time. So I have three goals that I need to overcome in the next three years. So every week we try to work towards that,” says Rachel. “One of my goals is to be more comfortable in my own skin, another one is to stop being overly stressed.” According the Canadian Association for Music Therapy: “Music therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical,

emotional, and spiritual health. Music has nonverbal, creative, structural, and emotional qualities. These are used in the therapeutic relationship to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, selfexpression, communication, and personal development.” Music therapists work mostly with children with special needs or developmental disabilities, hospitals’ patients, and elderly populations. They also work with people who are in comas, or premature babies. “We once had a little boy who spoke in gibberish. With music therapy he was able to make words by following the rhythm, he started saying short sentences, to say his name,” explains Guylaine Vaillancourt, assistant professor of music therapy at Concordia. Music therapy allowed the little boy to make friends, and Vaillancourt even noticed a change in the boy’s mother, who seemed to realize that her son was smart. Vaillancourt told another story of a patient in palliative care who was very tense and who was dealing with a lot of pain. She also had trouble talking about her disease. Vaillancourt played songs that she chose

on the piano, songs that meant a lot to her. With the use of instruments and song, the patient became much calmer, and even felt less pain and slept more soundly. With premature babies, music therapists use techniques like recording the mother’s voice and playing it to the baby. They may also record the mother’s heartbeat and play soft, soothing music for the baby. By playing these sounds, the baby is helped to feel more secure while in the incubator, and this helps the baby gain weight much faster, according to Vaillancourt. Words are a difficult mode of communication, we can’t always find the right ones to express how we’re feeling, but with the tools used in creative arts therapies there is another avenue to which we can turn. *Name has been changed in order to protect the identity of a minor. Expression Lasalle is located at 405 Terrasse Newman. The CSSS is part of the CLSC’s network of mental health services. For more information visit www.santemontreal.qc.ca


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Who is the audience and who are the actors? The line is grey in concordia’s adaptation of ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal andy fidel Staff writer Forget the 3D glasses — The Seventh Seal will have you on the edge of your seat, swivelling your head in every direction. No need for a backstage pass or binoculars when you are literally sitting on stage, an arm’s length away from the actors. “You are so close,” said Brefny CaribouCurtin, the theatre student playing the part of Lady Death. “The people there are within spitting distance.” From Oct. 18 to 21 in the D.B Clarke theatre, Concordia’s theatre students will perform an adaptation, written and directed by Jennifer H. Capraru, of Ingmar Bergman’s

well-known film The Seventh Seal. After fighting for so long in the crusade, a noble knight named Antonius Block questions the existence of God and his own humanity. The protagonist, played by Marc-Antoine Kelertas, encounters Lady Death on his return home. He challenges her to a game of chess in order to extend his life, as he isn’t ready to die. With his life at stake, any move can prove to be fatal. “As an actor you try to be faithful to the character and put yourself aside,” said Kelertas. “But I wanted to step away from the stereotype. I wanted to play his torment.” The interpretation is a success as Kelertas inserts his own sensitivity into the character. In this journey, accompanied by his

squire, Antonius Block discovers that his country has been hit by the plague. In a race against time, he encounters many memorable characters, such as a circus company, a witch about to be burned, and a jolly couple. They guide him home as well as help him find the answers to his doubts. Usually it’s just the actors under the spotlight — now it’s you. Rather than passively sitting in the audience, you are engaged and involved in this story. You can literally see the actor’s joy, anger and misery as they frolic and fight, embrace and cry right in front of you. The actors off-stage are behind and beside you, still performing and participating in the sonic effects, along with the live music

carried out by students of Concordia’s music department. The immense energy of this will bring chills up and down your spine. Theatre-in-the-round heightens the action and emotion on stage, creating an intimate and at times uncomfortable experience. Not only are you watching the actors, but the audience as well. “It creates a whole new sense of being in the story. The actors can’t just pretend. The audience is all around,” says Caribou-Curtin. “It’s the best and most enthralling challenge I have experienced so far.” The Seventh Seal runs from Oct. 18-21 at the D.B. Clarke Theatre, 1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W. $10 regular, $5 for students.

The CasT of The sevenTh seal rehearse on sTage aT ConCordia’s d.b. Clarke TheaTre in preparaTion for opening nighT on oCT. 18. phoTos by andy fidel

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A high stress afternoon in the country, with little reward Tremendous acting and set design carry Jean marc Dalpé’s play about family drama Sophia loffreda production manager

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ho doesn’t like watching a good screaming match? They’re dramatic, tension-ridden, the stakes are high and it makes for great entertainment. The same can be said for August, An Afternoon in the Country — Jean Marc Dalpé’s critically acclaimed play about a dysfunctional Canadian family living on a farm outside of Montreal. Translated from Dalpé’s original French version, Août - un repas à la campagne, by his wife Maureen Labonté, and directed by Harry Standjofski, the play comes to life on the Centaur’s main stage more than six years after it first premiered in Quebec back in 2006. “Who are these people?” asks Dalpé in the program’s ‘playwright’s notes’ section. “There are many tricks of the trade to tell a story on stage but I tried to stay away from most of them to focus on just that one question.” With this in mind, the viewer is prepared for what follows — 80 minutes of impeccable acting, a few chuckles (mostly at Grandma, a hilariously bitter and judgmental gem, played by the very talented Clare Coulter), and the rawness that accompanies the disintegration of a seemingly normal, yet loud and abrasive, family.

The set design is stunning and effective, consisting of a white wooden porch, a swing, and a pebble-lined front lawn. To the left and right of the stage lies an imaginary apple tree, hen house, and driveway. There are no frivolities, just the necessary swinging door, allowing actors to go from the porch to the inside of the house. When it’s time for supper, a wooden plank and two-by-fours form a makeshift table, exactly like they would on a hot summer’s day up north. However, the most impressive part of the setting was the sunny yellow lights and summer sounds, used to create the swelteringly hot atmosphere that is essential to August’s drama and denouement. How else can Josée, the feisty teenage daughter (played by a very confident and promising Arielle Palik), scream about having to move the car and lose her temper about having to go to the dry cleaners if it weren’t for the intolerable heat? How could Monique (an enchanting and funny Danette Mackay), the sophisticated family member who plays golf with her new husband and lives in the city, fan herself constantly if it weren’t for the humid summer air? In other words, the set and costume design for a play such as this requires a fabulous magician. James Lavoie deserves all the praise he has received thus far, and being a five-time recipient of the Montreal English Critics Circle

Award, his skill comes as no surprise. The only downside to August is the ending. It is a running gag in theatre to say that “if you don’t like the ending, then you don’t like the play.” Sadly, in this case, ‘I didn’t like the play’. The entire length of the play, the tension rises and rises and rises, as the audience sits through an emotionally draining but realistic break down. There is so much screaming, and cringe-worthy heartbreak that you expect a great pay-off at the end. You want something (anything, even if it’s bad) to come from all of this difficulty and despair! Instead, the situation is left opened-ended and somewhat unresolved — the main characters all standing stock-still on the stage as the lights dim. The audience does have the opportunity to experience the trials and tribulations of this family. They learn that even in the country, where we sometimes believe life to be beautiful and carefree, there is real struggle and real pain. Yet, it seems, that we only have one afternoon with these fabulous characters...and perhaps one afternoon is simply not enough.

josée & monique (Top). monique’s husband & grandma.

August, An Afternoon in the Country runs until Oct. 28 at the Centaur Theatre. For more

ticket and showtime information please visit centaurtheatre.com.

Correction: In last week’s Arts in Brief column, The Medea Effect was said to be playing at the Centaur Theatre. It is, in fact, playing at the La Shapelle Theatre. We apologize for this error.


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M for Montreal, music, and marathon!

The M for MonTreal ‘faMily’ sMiles for The caMeras afTer revealing This year’s fesTival lineup aT a press conference lasT week.

Montreal’s annual international emerging music fest returns Nov.14 to 17 audrey Folliot staff writer Montreal is a destination of choice for musicians from all around the world. The city has been blessed with a full year of amazing festivals— and it is far from over. From Nov. 14 to 17, M for Montreal will take the city

by storm for the seventh year in a row. On Oct. 9, festival founder Sébastien Nasra was proud to reveal this year’s program. With over 100 performances in 16 different venues, over 100 Canadian artists, 28 presenters and 100 international delegates from 18 different countries; it’s something to be proud of.

This year, M for Montreal decided to divide the festival into two components. The first one, ‘official selection,’ features 25 promising Canadian bands, including Quebecers Les Trois Accords, Koriass and Maïa Leia who offered an impressive performance at the press conference. The second part, ‘M FEST’ features 75 performances

from big names and emerging artists from all over the world. The festival features Of Monsters and Men and Paper Diamond, as well as great Canadian bands like Plants and Animals and Half Moon Run. But M for Montreal is not just about the shows, there’s also a more professional aspect to it. Over one hundred music industry professionals and delegates from Germany, China, Latvia and more will host nine conferences and workshops about various topics all related to music. M for Montreal seeks to promote and showcase emerging talent from Montreal and the rest of Canada. In the same week, the Mundial Montreal festival is back for its second year from Nov. 13 to 16, seeking to showcase the best of world music from Canada, including names such as Marco Calliari and Heavy Soundz. With 33 artists, 10 venues, and more than a 100 delegates, this festival is definitely a must-see. To top it all, GALAXIE will be giving out a $3,000 Rising Stars Award to a promising performer or band selected by a jury. To all music lovers, producers and players out there, the third week of November is definitely one that you’ll want to spend in the city. For more information on M for Montreal or to purchase tickets, visit www.mformontreal.com. Tickets for conferences are available as of Oct. 20 at 1 p.m.

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This Maritime Siren Spell really is a ‘tease’ Pei rockers Two Hours Traffic back on the road leah Batstone staff writer Prince Edward Island’s music scene exists. No really, it does. With bands like Paper Lions, Boxer the Horse, and The North Lakes, PEI indie bands are making a name for themselves now more than ever. Indie pop-rock quartet Two Hours Traffic has been pounding out addictive tunes for over a decade. The band has been nominated for a Polaris Music Prize and several other Canadian music awards. Their song “Heros of the Sidewalk” was featured in an episode of The OC and Little Jabs won Alternative Recording of the Year at the 2007 East Coast Music Awards. After a three-year production hiatus, Two Hours Traffic released the Siren Spell EP on Sept. 11. Several significant changes occurred in between projects; Siren Spell features a new band member, new producer and a new musical influence — Motown. “The album is basically songs we’ve been working on for the past two years. It was a bit of a different process this time obviously, because Alec [O’Hanley] is no longer in the band, so Liam [Corcoran] and I did more of the song writing. It was a good challenge,” said guitarist Andrew MacDonald, who formerly played

bass, but took over guitar after O’Hanley left in 2011. Nathan Dill, the lead singer of The North Lakes, now plays bass, while original members Liam Corcoran and Derek Ellis stick to vocals and drums, respectively. Two Hours Traffic also parted from past producer Joel Plaskett to work with Darryl Neudorf, who previously worked with Neko Case and The New Pornographers. Neudorf’s rural recording studio, outside of Orangeville, Ont., rests by a large field and pond, and includes an apartment for band members. The setting came as quite a change for the band that had always recorded in downtown Halifax, but MacDonald sees it as a beneficial adjustment. “It is kind of interesting being in such an isolated area. There was nothing around. We just sat in the studio all day, everyday,” said MacDonald. As far as sound goes, Two Hours Traffic retained its catchy, feel-good melodies, but was able to add more electric guitar and rock ‘n’ roll rhythms, giving their sound a newfound maturity “[Neudorf] had cool ideas about the sound of the songs. In “Amore Than Ami,” which is the original demo and was a bit more traditional rock sounding, we fooled around with some things between the drums and the bass, turning it into something totally different,” said MacDonald. “It’s great when you’re working with someone who can bring something to the table you’d never think of.”

When Two Hours Traffic recorded in Ontario this June, the band successfully completed an entire record. Just to tease what is yet to come, they decided to release Siren Spell, which includes two songs that didn’t make the final album cut, and two songs that will be heard again on their upcoming, full-length album. “[The final album] is all done, it’s just sitting at the apartment right now, waiting for artwork,” said MacDonald, who had his room-

mate and close friend, Phil MacIsaac, design the cover. At formation in 2002, Two Hours Traffic was just learning how to play their instruments properly and perform on stage. Now, with ten years under their belts and six albums released, the Maritime rockers are back in action, proving that Two Hours Traffic is a long-standing contender in the Canadian music scene.

Two hours Traffic eMbark on The norTh aMerican siren spell Tour This MonTh.


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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 PrevieW

Sounds like the sea, tastes like the cake The sea and Cake release their 10th album after almost 20 years together

andrew Guilbert staff writer

>>>Oh is that what ‘pimp juice’ is?

Grammy-award winning rapper Nelly ran into a bit of trouble last week when borderpatrol officers performed a routine search of his tour bus that turned up more than half an ounce of heroin, 10 pounds of marijuana and a loaded .45-caliber pistol. Nelly and his crew were detained but eventually set free once a man named Keith Jones admitted the illegal articles were his and was subsequently arrested. “I’m not gone front I’m MAD as Hell about this,” Nelly tweeted, “2have some1 who works 4u n who u call a friend 4 ova 10years jeopardize ur life WTF?... No excuses for wad he did!” Oddly enough, the search occurred at the now-infamous Sierra Blanca checkpoint in Texas, where musicians such as Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and most recently Fiona Apple were all arrested for drug possession.

>>>Nicks Nixes threateNiNg Nicki’s Neck

Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks has apologized for her hostile statements regarding Nicki Minaj after the rapper reportedly threatened Mariah Carey on the set of American Idol. “I’m not fucking putting up with her fucking highness over there,” said Minaj in a spat between the two performers during a filming of the show. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Nicks stated her opinion bluntly: “How dare this little girl! . . . If I had been Mariah, I would have walked over to Nicki and strangled her to death right there.” Now the “Edge of Seventeen” singer has thought twice about her harsh words. “I want to apologize for my remarks about Nicki Minaj’s behavior toward Mariah Carey, which I said during a long and exhausting day of interviews.” Nicks said that the comment was completely out of character and that she truly regretted having said it. “I feel very protective toward Mariah Carey, who has gone through many difficulties in her life, and I spoke without thinking. I think all artists should be respectful toward one another and that includes me. I am truly sorry.”

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The media got to share an uncomfortable moment with Led Zeppelin last week as a press conference for the band’s new DVD Celebration Day, which documents their 2005 reunion show at the O2 arena, went a little sour. “There’s a masseuse in here who’s not a journalist. I think that’s ever so exciting,” said a visibly annoyed Robert Plant early on. Soon after, a radio host commended the new film, but claimed it might not “quench the thirst of those who wished to see you in the flesh” to which the band remained silent, until Jimmy Page replied simply, “Sorry!” Rumors and questions regarding a possible Led Zeppelin reunion swirled around the conference, which Plant addressed obliquely, speaking about the O2 concert: “There were moments where we took off . . . but the responsibility of doing that four nights a week for the rest of time is a different thing. We’re pretty good at what we do but the tail should never wag the dog, really.”

rock veTerans The sea and cake bring RunneR To concerT venue il MoTore on ocT. 19. saturn De los angeles Contributor If you spend your weekends wandering around trying to satisfy your music craving, look no further. Chicago post-rock legends The Sea and Cake, who have been together since 1994, will be coming to Montreal for a delightful treat that is worth checking out. Their 10th album, Runner, came out this fall. As far as what inspired the band name, Frontman Sam Prekop credits the Gastr del Sol song “The C In Cake.” “It’s a pleasantly odd and really straightforward play on words that partnered really

well together,” explained Prekop. The Sea and Cake’s lineup consists of Prekop on vocals, Eric Claridge on bass, John McIntyre on drums and Archer Prewitt on guitar. It started as a studio project between Prekop and Claridge, but they chose to establish themselves as a band by recruiting like-minded musicians. If you listen to the upbeat ambience of “Harps” and “Pacific,” or the more laidback and somber “Harbor Bridges” and “The Runner,” it’s easy to imagine yourself walking on an empty road on a late Friday night. The mood feels so ambient and solitary. Listening to Runner is like embracing the fog that surrounds you through the evening as you

head home. “A lot of the pieces seem to work in a sort of sweet and sour, light and dark, yin and yang sort of a way. It’s sort of melancholic but also sort of uplifting,” said Prekop. “It’s a pretty unique sound. It’s not about delivering a message, it’s about exhibiting the work.” Runner is the follow-up to their last album, Moonlight Butterfly, and was recorded in Prekop’s personal studio. This was a new working method for the band, who previously created albums at a professional recording studio. The Sea and Cake love being on the road. Prekop compares it to a “weird vacation” where everything is planned and the band always know where to go and what to do. Though they’ve swung through Montreal on several tours, the frontman insists that they’ve improved performance-wise, making their latest show a must-see. “I think we feel like we keep getting better. It’s quite a bit different from the record actually. I think it could be interesting to hear our material in a live setting,” said Prekop. “The delivery is more intense than the record. Live is really something we really like doing and it’s important for the band.” The plan to showcase at least five tracks from Runner and will play fan favorites as well. The Sea and Cake’s Montreal show will be the second stop of their tour in promotion of their new album. The Sea and Cake play Il Motore (179 JeanTalon W.) on Oct. 19. Tickets are $15 at the door or $13 in advance.

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Perreau gets by with a little help from his friends Famed Quebec singer-songwriter inspired by poetry, friends, his late father veronique Thivierge Contributor A couple of years ago, the poet Claude Péloquin gave Yann Perreau 300 pages of poetry and said: “you can do what you wish with this.” With the recent death of his father, the liberty to draw from this sea of prose came as a full breath of fresh air. From this ocean of words, À genoux devant le désir stood out as the title. As Perreau puts it, a title has to have some punch to it, and he had found his ‘punch line.’ Perreau describes himself as one of a line of artists who push their limits. As a multidisciplinary musician, he draws from theatre, dance and literature to colour his music and nourish the soul. He doesn’t want a label to be stuck to his forehead. He is in constant evolution, and when asked what kind of artist he is, he says, “I don’t know yet, and I think that is healthy.” This collaboration between Perreau and Péloquin was not planned. At an art exhibition in 2009, Perreau felt a hand on his shoulder — it was Péloquin, a legendary artist that marked the ‘60s and ‘70s in Quebec. A true and creative relationship was born from this encounter. Building an album based on Péloquin’s words, for Perreau, brought the poetry to life. At the same time, the singer created an album faithful to his own image. He describes it as the boundless and eclectic soundtrack of an unexisting movie. To see it, you simply have to close your eyes and let yourself

travel away. In short, À genoux devant le désir is an Perreau’s liveliness, energy, and authen- uplifting album that comes straight from the ticity stood out throughout his Oct. 11 album heart. launching show. Boasting a backing band composed of 20 musicians and nine female vocalists, this was his biggest show to date. For each musical piece, Perreau called for the voice of a particular singer. He performed “Les temps sont au galop” alongside Marie-Pierre Arthur and sang “Vertigo de toi” with Catherine Major. “Qu’avez-vous fait de mon pays” called for the rasping voice of Salomé Leclerc, and nobody but Lisa LeBlanc could have sang “Le coeur a des dents.” The show was a brilliant homage to femininity and Quebec talent. The climax of the evening was the announcement of Perreau’s girlfriend’s pregnancy, or “the moment to which each man aspires in his life — to become a father.” rocker yann perreau launched his laTesT albuM lasT week.


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mixtape Autumn is so good. You can optimistically sip coffee on the terrace, ride your bike to school and invite your friends to impromptu picnics. Deep down you know that winter is quickly approaching. And who doesn’t love to sit by the window, drink herbal tea, covered in a comfortable wool blanket and take in a book? This mixtape is for those days when it’s still summer in your head but the weather’s really not with you. Don’t give up — turn on ‘Side A’ of this playlist and sweat it out. You’ll be fine. When the homebody inside you awakes, ‘Side B’ will let snowflakes fall all over your living room.

Goosebumps Compiled by Flora Hammond Contributor

SIDE A: Songs that warm you

Side B: Songs that give you chills

1. “Hard Twelve/The Ante” - Beat Assailant - Hard Twelve 2. “Sunlight” - Harlem Shakes - Technicolor Health 3. “Holidays” - Miami Horror - Illuminations 4. “Going Up The Country” - Kitty, Daisy and Lewis - Kitty, Daisy and Lewis 5. “We Are Here” - The Procussions - Up All Night 6. “Tamacun” - Rodrigo y Gabriela Rodrigo y Gabriela 7. “Just Don’t Open Your Eyes Yet” Polarsets - Single 8. “Tan Man” - Is Tropical - Single 9. “Household Goods” - Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Single 10. “Hold Tight” - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich

11. “Frozen World” - Emilie Simon La Marche de l’Empereur 12. “Famous Blue Raincoat” Leonard Cohen - Songs of Love and Hate 13. “Gallows” - CocoRosie - Grey Oceans 14. “Les métamorphoses du vide” Chapelier Fou - 613 15. “Fantasy” - DyE - Taki 183 16. “Older Chests” - Damien Rice -O 17. “Mend (To Fix, To Repair)” Elsiane - Hybrid 18. “The Wolves (Act I and II)” Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago 19. “Aldgate Patterns” - Little People - We Are But Hunks Of Wood 20. “Return to Oz” - Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters

Quick spins

Tame Impala - Lonerism (2012; Modular Recordings)

A.C. Newman - Shut Down The Streets (Matador; 2012)

Ultraísta - Ultraísta (2012; Temporary Residence Records)

Three Days Grace – Transit of Venus (2012; RCA)

In 2010, a quartet of skinny, shaggy-haired Aussies burst onto the indie-rock scene with a distinctive blend of loud, synth-driven, psychedelic rock. Melding melody with heavy distortion, Tame Impala’s music conveyed the image of a stadium arena, filled exclusively with beerswinging, pot-smoking bros. Two years down the line not much has changed. Although their single “Elephant” seemed to promise a change of direction for the band, their sophomore effort Lonerism continues in a similar vein as their debut Innerspeak. Digging even deeper into their signature sound, Lonerism has amped up the weirdness, burying their songs in psychedelic tangents and studio tinkering. Simultaneously, singer Kevin Parker’s eerily John Lennon-like vocals, paired with the trippy melodies, makes one wonder how Magical Mystery Tour would have sounded with today’s technological innovations. Nevertheless, Lonerism lives up to its name, leading the listener in a solo adventure down the rabbit hole.

Best known as the frontman of Canadian indie rock group The New Pornographers, Carl Newman is finally showing a more personal and intimate side to his songwriting. Newman said that Shut Down The Streets “is all about birth, death, happiness and sadness, chronicling a time in my life where all those things had to learn to coexist side by side.” Following a year of joys and sorrows, the heartbreaking “They Should Have Shut Down The Streets” was written after the death of his mother, while the blissful “Strings” and “Hostages” are about the birth of his son. Inspired by classic ‘70s folk and pop singer/ songwriters, and featuring vocal contributions by fellow bandmate Neko Case, Shut Down The Streets is a beautiful album, full of timeless string arrangements, acoustic and synthesized instrumentation, and a brutally honest sentiment that is sure to win your heart.

Nigel Godrich, of Radiohead producing fame, formed Ultraísta with famed session musician Joey Waronker and vocalist Laura Bettinson. The band’s name takes its inspiration from a former Spanish literary movement. Though Godrich’s involvement has certainly spurred the media’s hype over this obscure three-piece band, the attention is well deserved. The vocalist’s prowess keeps you listening to every second of each track. There is heavy use of vocal looping and digital cut-and-paste production, creating a unique vibe. The result is an excellent debut, sure to please fans of Radiohead, Zero 7, and electronic enthusiasts. Some might find the music a little too abstract for their taste, as a result of overproduction.

A ‘transit of Venus’ is an astronomical phenomenon by which Venus passes in front of the Sun, becoming visible to Earth. With Three Days Grace’s new album, aptly titled Transit of Venus, the band does just that. They reach for the sun and increase their visibility without burning themselves. Instead, they shine. Each song sounds carefully structured and ached over, and each lyric bleeds perfectly into the next through frontman Adam Gontier’s voice. The lyrics are what have improved the most since 2009’s Life Starts Now. Each song is heavy, honest and raw. From breakup anthem “Chalk Outline,” all the way to closer “Unbreakable Heart,” the band shows just how much of themselves has been poured into this album. Having been in the industry for 20 years and in the mainstream for the last decade, it is a true testament to their skill that this new release may come to be remembered as the group’s best yet.

Trial track: “Elephant”

Trial track: “I’m Not Talking”

Trial track: “Smalltalk”

Trial track: “The High Road”

6/10

- Cora Ballou

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- Paul Traunero

8.7/10

-A.J. Cordeiro

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-Ryan Demberg


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Stingers drop home-opener to rivals mcGill spoils first game of the season by scoring eight goals David s. Landsman contributor Sporting a revamped look with many new faces, new jerseys, and a new team, the Concordia Stingers women’s hockey team took to the ice Saturday afternoon at Ed Meagher Arena, dropping 8-1 at the hands of their cross-town rivals, the McGill Martlets. With many alumni on hand to take in the season opener, the Stingers dressed seven rookies, including goaltender Chelsey Hodges, making it her first career CIS league start. “It’s really exciting, but I was very nervous,” said Hodges, who allowed six goals on 19 shots. “Finding out I’m starting [the game], I was happy to hit the ice.” The Martlets, no longer nationally ranked first, still had the Stingers number roaring

out of the gate scoring on a shot just under Hodges’ blocker 55 seconds into the tilt. Hodges got back on her feet quickly, stopping close chances by the Martlets potent offense. “I said I needed to focus and go on,” said Hodges. “I knew that McGill was strong, but to keep the work ethic, and continue to play hard.” However, barely six minutes into the first, Concordia rookie defender Danielle Leonard took a holding call, which McGill quickly responded with forward Melodie Daoust scoring from the circle just under Hodges’ glove, doubling their lead. Daoust led the day in points scoring one goal and four assists. The Martlets added another tally on the main advantage, going two-for-four on the day, before the period was out, leading 3-0 through the first 20 minutes. In the second, the Stingers seemed more aligned, with stronger player coverage and efficiently breaking up the Martlets’ passing. Recently-named captain Mallory Lawton missed a close chance in the opening min-

utes after a scramble in front of McGill goaltender Taylor Salisbury was covered. At 4:25 of the second, McGill’s top line struck again with forward Katia ClémentHeydra getting her first of two on the night with helpers from Daoust and Leslie Oles. The line combined for four goals and seven assists on the afternoon. Midway through the frame, with Martlets defender Stacie Tardif in the box, the Stingers had a very strong power play, easily cycling the puck back and forth. “We are a good mix of young and old, a little inexperienced playing with four rookies on defense,” said captain Lawton. “We just have to fine tune our offence and defense and we’re sure to make it closer.” After the Martlets made it 6-0, Stingers head coach Les Lawton decided to rest Hodges by replacing her with Carolanne Lavoie-Pilon. “We’re a young team, and we’ve got work to do. We need to put our nose to the grind,” said Lawton, starting his 31st season behind Concordia’s bench. “We need to work on

consistency, but it’s still very early.” Late in the period, Concordia had another chance on the advantage and this time, they capitalized. Stinger Erin Lally found an open Jayme Shell at the side of the net, sending Salisbury sprawling but coming out empty, and Shell getting her first goal of the season. McGill added a shorthanded goal in the last minute of the period, making it 7-1. In the third, McGill added their final goal of the afternoon when their top line connected again. Despite the loss, the team sees good things for the upcoming season. “I’m disappointed in the score, but definitely not the effort,” said Lawton. “If we continually work hard, chase the other teams, and build stronger as a team, we definitely have a shot at the top three.” Concordia has an upcoming double-header weekend when they play an away game at U de M on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. and return to home ice to face off against Carleton on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m.

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Stingers’ playoff dreams crushed continued from cover “[He] spoke with our coach about his athletic background before coming to Concordia, and wanted to check whether or not there was something in his background that would make him ineligible,” said Sheahan. “Because at the time that he started with the school five years ago, he had not understood that all of the years that you play tackle football could be counted toward eligibility. So, at the time when he signed up with Concordia, he inadvertently did not understand that it was required to acknowledge that.” Sheahan said that every student registers themselves, which is supervised by the athletics department, but admitted that the form players are required to fill out may have not been as clear as possible. “The form asks the person to disclose information about sporting leagues and any particular activity that might happen in another league,” said Sheahan. “It’s possible that a student might not realize the significance of what they did or did not include.” Sheahan added that the department is working on upgrading the forms in order to avoid future problems of a similar nature. “One of the things we’ve been looking at is if there’s a way we can put better prompts in our paperwork that would ask someone to reflect on something, even if they didn’t understand some of the administrative jargon that comes with every administration, so we’re looking at whether or not we can break down the questions we ask to make it more explicit.”

Concordia’s athletic department released this statement to the press last Tuesday regarding the sanction handed down by the RSEQ: “We recently discovered that an administrative error led to an ineligible student athlete participating in our first five football games this season,” read the statement. “Although we are disappointed for the members of our football team who have worked so hard this season, we are fully supportive of the sanctions that have been applied by the CIS and RSEQ.” Sheahan also pointed out that the phrase “administrative error” is only a “summary statement,” of sorts. “It is the phrase that we use to summarize, but it is not a question of someone having seen something and neglected to record it — it was something that was not there to be seen.” John Bower, program director of university programs at the RSEQ, and Michel Bélanger, communications and media relations manager at the CIS, both had high praise for Sheahan and the athletics department for the way they handled the situation. Bower revealed rumors began flying around one week before Concordia’s announcement. He said the school took full responsibility, self-disclosed the information without any issues, and were co-operative. Bower noted, while this doesn’t lead to a widespread search for ineligible players, the sanctions handed down by the league gets everyone’s attention, and teams make sure to review the statuses of their own players. There is already evidence of this happening around the province, as the Sherbrooke

Vert et Or men’s soccer team was forced to forfeit three regular season wins following the discovery of an ineligible player on their roster, earlier this month. Bélanger noted that the issue will be put to rest by next year, as a new timeclock rule will come into effect, meaning athletes will have a certain amount of years to complete their five years of eligibility following their graduation from high school, depending on what part of the country, or part of the world, they are coming from. Sheahan is not worried about the impact this might have on potential recruits, who may perceive this as another black mark on a football program that, as it StingerS football team huddle. photo by Veronique thiVierge is, is far from matching up with the elite teams of the province. ethical educators at the heart of their sports “If it was all about wins and losses, it program.” would almost negate what the recruiting Sheahan said that the department would process is all about at the inter-universi- be implementing a new system which calls ty level, because athletics is one portion for anyone who has done any type of study of that,” she said. “I think we stand for beyond high school that is not a direct line the integrity of the system of rules, and I from high school to university (or high think it would be wrong to assume that school to CÉGEP and then to university, for students and parents that are looking for Quebec athletes) to have their files reviewed programs across the country, wouldn’t sup- and interviewed to try and catch any errors port the fact that they know that there are before it is too late.


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Late goal puts Carabins on top Stingers go from bad to worse stingers work hard but can’t quite secure a tie

a good second-half effort just not enough

the StingerS men’S team loSt for the Sixth time in a row thiS paSt Sunday. photo by marie-JoSee kelly.

the women’S team couldn’t quite keep up with the carabinS. photo by marilla Steuter-martin

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The Stingers gave first place Montreal Carabins a run for their money but came up short in a 3-2 loss on Sunday afternoon at Concordia Stadium. The last time these teams met this season, the Carabins beat the Stingers by a score of 5-0. The team has substantially improved and has one thing they didn’t have in the first game, according to head coach Jorge Sanchez. “A lot of what we have more of is confidence,” said Sanchez. “Results get confidence and confidence gets results.” This loss is the first for the Stingers in five games. Their last loss came on Sept. 23 against Sherbrooke. Since then, they won and and tied twice and lost once, including today’s result. “It’s tough, we’ve been on a good run,” said Sanchez. “We took goals from Laval, we took points from McGill, and taking points against them would’ve been a great accomplishment. They’re the second ranked team in the country.” The game started with both teams getting their equal share of chances. Stingers keeper Saby Dagenais kept the score even, pulling off an amazing fingertip save in the 22nd minute. However, the Carabins did manage a goal in the 27th minute. Samantha Gauthier showed great individual skill, splitting the Stingers defence with a burst of speed to smoothly put it over the keeper with a nice touch. Concordia worked hard to get back into the game, and they got their chance with a set of corners in the 32nd minute. Philippa Lyttle had her volley blocked after a corner, leading to another one. She then got the ball in the box from the second corner kick, spun

around, and placed it in the bottom corner. The game was tied at one apiece. The second half started in the same fashion as the first, both teams getting their fair shares of opportunities. A good set of runs on the wing by Stingers forward Melissa Kedro gave Concordia two good chances to take the lead, but both were parried by a strong Carabins defensive line. The deadlock broke when Carabins midfielder Éva Thouvenot-Hébert hit a free kick from 35 yards out in the 58th minute that eluded the Stingers keeper and found its way in the back of the net. The Stingers proved that they’re capable of coming back from behind. A partial break from Stingers Gabriela Padvaiskas was impressively saved by the Carabins keeper. The time was quickly winding down. After a Concordia corner was cleared successfully by Montreal’s defense, a quick counter from the Stingers defenders led to Padvaiskas having her shot trickle into the back of the net in the 73rd minute. The game remained tied, but the Carabins got more chances, hitting a crossbar and a post in the process. As time winded down, the unthinkable happened. A Carabins player came in from the left side, cut in perfectly, and hit the bar. The rebound was smoothly put in by Carabins striker Isabelle Dumais. Despite the loss, coach Sanchez said he was happy with the game. “We were five minutes away from tying a great team,” he said. “We were competitive, we fought hard and we stayed in the game. I’m very proud of the girls.” The Stingers find themselves four points out of a playoff spot with four matches remaining. The next game is on Oct. 19 when they travel to play the last place Bishop’s University.

The Stingers men’s soccer team suffered their sixth straight loss on Sunday, losing 6-2 at the hands of the province wide second-place Montreal Carabins. The Carabins came out strong and dominated the first half. Their advantage in speed and height was absolutely no match for Concordia’s sloppy play. The visiting Montreal side wasted no time getting on the score sheet. In the ninth minute, midfielder Paolo Demanga out-ran a Stingers defender to play a perfect ground cross to Damir Rosic, who then managed to squeeze it past Remo Taraschi in goal. “We gave up an early goal, which is not the script you want to begin a game,” said assistant coach Greg Sutton. The Carabins showed no signs of letting up the pressure. In the 18th minute, Abdoul Bah fired a shot that just went over the bar. Concordia struggled offensively, sending long balls that had almost no hope of finding a striker. The Carabins had a free kick of their own in 27th minute. Maxime Laurey showed the Stingers how it’s done by perfectly placing the ball in the bottom left corner of the net, leaving Taraschi with no chance. The visitors kept on their relentless pressure, backing a hopeless looking Stingers defense to the goal line more than once. Just as the first half was about to end, Rosic was alone with the Stingers keeper and placed a shot in the right corner, putting the Carabins up 3-0 at the half. The second half was a completely different game. It started much like the first did. A perfect cross from a Carabins midfielder saw Vincent de Bruille completely unmarked and he smoothly tucked the ball into the right corner. It was now 4-0, and all hope was lost. That’s when the game changed, and the

Stingers found a spark. “We had to change our game plan up, going into the second half,” said Sutton. It took but one minute for Concordia to get a goal back. Stingers defender Enos Osei found himself with the ball after a nice passing play in midfield. He had time, picked his spot, and triggered a low shot that found the back of the net. The goal ended Montreal’s chance of keeping a clean sheet. The goal sparked the fire even more, and with 40 minutes remaining, the Stingers took control of the game and became the dominating team. They won one-on-one battles and were first on the ball - aspects of their game that were non-existent in the first half. “The guys were committed a little bit more and I think that we worked harder than Montreal in the second,” said Sutton. “We were able to come back and get some goals.” The Carabins keeper, frustrated with the relentless pressure coming from the Stingers, went on to kick Stingers defender Jayson Gallahue, earning him a yellow card and giving Concordia a penalty kick in the 60th minute. Ramin Mohsenin easily put it in the back of the net, and Concordia were well on their way for an amazing comeback. At least, the fans thought so. As the time wound down, Carabins striker Alexandre Kénol took matters into his own hands, outrunning Stingers defenders to then tuck it in off the post on the keeper’s right side. To make matters worse, Stingers defender Mohsenin committed a foul in the box in stoppage time, earning him his second yellow card and a sending-off. The game ended with Carabins striker blasting it in from the spot to make the final score of 6-2. Concordia now sits dead last in the conference with only three games remaining. Their next game will be on Sunday, Oct. 21, against UQÀM at Concordia Stadium.

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Concordia falls to Laval in final game of season both teams battled with a perfect 6-0 record christine beaton copy editor Despite having the home field advantage and a sea of maroon and gold sitting in the bleachers, Concordia’s women’s rugby team lost 27-22 to the Laval Rouge et Or on Friday night. Graeme McGravie, Stingers head coach, said the team is happy with the game but disappointed with the result. “We played really well but left too many scoring chances on the field, especially in the first half,” he said, “and we paid for it.”

Laval has been a strong competitor so far this season. They placed first in the RSEQ conference with seven wins and zero losses. Concordia finished in second place with six wins and one loss. The game started off in Laval’s favour; their first try - with conversion - happened within the first 10 minutes of the first half. Concordia fought hard to get back on top, bringing the score to 7-3 with a penalty kick. Bianca Farella showed promise with a breakthrough six minutes to the end of the half, but got taken down five yards from the try line. Laval finished off the half with a penalty kick, bringing the score to 10-3. It was obvious, in the first half, that Laval was strong in the scrum and aggressive in the rucks. They had an excellent back line made up of fast

players who regularly broke through Concordia’s defense. However, Concordia picked it up in the second half, scoring three tries and two conversion kicks. The more impressive of the tries was the second, which happened 30 minutes into the half by hooker Jessica Beaudry. Concordia was lined up perfectly on offense at the five-yard line and pushed hard to get through Laval’s defensive line. The crowd was visibly impressed with the second half; you could hear the supportive cheers all the way from Deli Pat and fans were on the edge of their seats cheering on the female Stingers. They played with more force and determination, using Laval’s weaknesses to their advantage.

Unfortunately, Laval scored two more times with conversions and started off the second half with a perfect penalty kick, bringing the final score to a close 27-22. Regardless of the loss, Concordia has one vital motivating factor: optimism. “If we play that well again, and stop some of the brain farts we had, we can win it all,” said McGravie. “But we have to execute our chances.” The Stingers will play the McGill Martlets in the semi-finals of the RSEQ division this Friday. The winner will face the victor of the semi-final between Laval and Ottawa. Concordia plays the Martlets on Friday, Oct. 19 at Concordia Stadium. The elimination game starts at 7 p.m.


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Is Concordia’s president worth his weight in gold? Money can’t buy credibility, but it can buy senior administrators If I had a million dollars...I wouldn’t be as rich as Alan Shepard will be after only three years at Concordia. That’s what it’s like earning $357,000 a year, not including benefits. We hate to ask the obvious questions, but why does someone who makes all that money need extra money to pay for a house anyway? It’s not like Shepard would be on the street if the university didn’t give him a housing allowance. As much as we appreciate the fact that he uprooted his life in Toronto when he accepted the position at the university, it remains unclear why anyone who works normal nine-to-five hours should be paid so much for doing, well, so little. While Concordia’s presidential salary is, in fact, lower than both McGill’s and Université de Montréal’s, it’s still no justifica-

tion. We don’t want to sound crazy here, but what if the university simply decided not to pay someone such an exorbitant amount for executing this job? Concordia is a university with a lot of potential and it would bring us nothing but joy to see this institution flourish under Shepard’s leadership. However, this systemic problem of overpaid administrators really has gotten out of hand. If the president needs to be flown somewhere for recruiting and schmoozing, fine. If he needs to charge a couple of working lunches now and then, that’s okay by us. If he wants to get French lessons to help his family integrate into Quebec society, be our guest. Call it a Christmas bonus. What we take issue with, namely because it isn’t just, is that the administration is sucking money out of students who are

lucky if they can manage going to school and working part-time. All the while, the university administration is complaining about how hard-up they are when they can still afford to pay such a presidential sum. Clearly, Shepard’s salary is no big deal to the people in charge. In fact, his contract alots him $7,000 more than his predecessor Frederick Lowy, who is most remembered not for his actions, but for his condo. Is this the leadership Shepard is referring to when he told The Gazette he gives governance at Concordia an “A+?” Probably not. Don’t agree? Write to us. Send a letter to editor@theconcordian.com

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Mayor Tremblay needs to take a hint Where there’s corruption, there should be resignation George Menexis Opinions editor

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famous American author by the name G. Edward Griffin once said that “to oppose corruption in government is the highest obligation of patriotism.” He was right. Why live in a society run by a corrupt leader? Why live in a society which wastes people’s money in hopes of being reelected? Why put up with the antics of a leader such as Gérald Tremblay? Mr. Tremblay, Montrealers have had enough. In the past few weeks, a chorus of people have put their voices together, screaming out corruption in City Hall and in the good old construction business. This came after allegations brought forth at the Charbonneau Commission when an expert witness showed and alluded to corruption “so deep, so systemic, that kickbacks to the Montreal mayor’s political party and payments to the Italian Mafia were handled by the same person,” wrote the Huffington Post. The Charbonneau Commission was created by the Charest government in 2011. Its goal is to bring forth allegations of corruption in Quebec’s construction industry all while protecting witnesses and victims alike. It was set to run a two-year mandate and is being chaired by Judge Francine Charbonneau. The expert witness was Lino Zambito, former construction boss, who further testified that the cost of construction was driven up by corruption and that for every contract, three per cent of it went to the Municipal government. He continued, giving amazing details about how contracts were handled, and naming everyone who got a share of the cut. Major mafia strong-

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holds in Montreal were mentioned more than once, such as Rizzuto, Accurso, and Nicolo Miloto. “People knew about it at the city. The business people knew about it. The suppliers knew it... [It was] business as usual... There was wilful blindness. It was accepted,” said Zambito. These recent allegations made by Zambito have turned many people against the Tremblay government. The most prominent name was Yves Francoeur, president of the Montreal Police Brotherhood. He said that recent allegations have “tainted” his view of the Tremblay admin-

istration and has publicly asked the provincial government to come in and strip Tremblay of his power. “It’s unbelievable in the circumstances that we always have to go to the Tremblay administration to have them approve our orientation, our budget, our priorities because all the corruption allegations that we heard lately are very severe,” he said. Whether or not Tremblay is actually corrupt remains to be seen by the authenticity of Zambito’s testimony. Although he may not be accused of corruption yet, he’s definitely being

accused of making major mistakes as mayor of Montreal. Suzanne Décarie, city consultant for the Pointe-aux-Trembles district for Vision Montréal, said publicly that his behaviour is unacceptable. “One cannot let himself be so naive as mayor of Montreal,” said Décarie. “Whether it was voluntary or involuntary, Mr. Tremblay was blind and laid his trust in too many people.” There’s a serious problem in Montreal. The Charbonneau Commission is a step in the right direction, but it’s only the beginning. When substantial evidence is shown against the mayor of a city you’re trying to clean up, the mayor in question has no choice but to step down. But not here. Not for Tremblay. Tremblay is so used to having it his own way that the recent allegations have him smiling and even considering running for another term. “I will not comment on the everyday happenings of the Charbonneau commission,” said Tremblay in a press conference after Zambito’s testimony. “As far as the funding of our political party, Union Montreal, [Quebec’s chief electoral officer] verified on a regular basis our financial statements and found no wrongdoing.” Corruption will always have a place in politics, whether we like it or not. However, when the majority of people know the details of just how the government is going about its dirty dealings, changes need to be made. A Leger Marketing survey for QMI Agency conducted over the internet on Oct. 3, suggests that 62 per cent of Montrealers want the mayor to step down. According to the survey, 67 per cent believe corruption is built into Montreal’s political system. My message to Montrealers: wake up! In any other city, a politician accused of this much corruption would be long gone. We know what’s happening, and we can’t sit and watch while our city crumbles.


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Does undocumented have to mean uneducated? lack of official papers may prevent some parents from sending their children to school Milène Ortenberg contributor

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or families with children, the fall routine is now in full swing. Days in the schoolyard are getting chillier, and iconic yellow buses roam the streets around the city bringing kids to school. However, several hundred children do not have a seat on these buses, nor can they have a place in the classroom. “We estimate that there are about 40,000 migrants without immigration status in Montreal, several hundred of them children. But with many of them living in hiding, it’s hard to tell for sure. There are no statistics for these people,” said Judith Rouan, member of the Collectif Éducation Sans Frontières, in an exclusive interview with CUTV News. Because they do not posses status papers, the children of undocumented migrant workers cannot access public education, unless they pay a fee of $6,000, a whopper for most families. Immigration Canada’s delays are increasing, and status papers are taking longer to process. Parents usually work illegally for several dollars under minimum wage in dire conditions, supporting their children who stay at home with nowhere to go until their immigration documents go through, which can take several years. These parents are often scared to enroll their child in school; worried they will ask for immigration papers and fear the risk of deportation. So while the papers are pending, what do they do? “It’s abominable, always living in fear like that […] children cannot have a normal life, it’s a deplorable situation,” said Rouan. Immigration documents should not be a factor in the admission of a student, said Rouan, and such laws have been implemented already in France, Spain, and in the U.S. to ensure access to education for all children, with official status or without. Here in Canada, it seems that our own laws are grossly overlooked.

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The Ontario Education Act clearly states that “A person who is otherwise entitled to be admitted to a school and who is less than eighteen years of age shall not be refused admission because the person or the person’s parent or guardian is unlawfully in Canada.” However, according to a study made by Social Planning Toronto, this law is only respected one in seven times. What’s alarming is that, unlike our neighboring province, proof of citizenship is required in Quebec for a child to be enrolled in school. That being said, there are no specific regulations concerning undocumented migrants; except for that impossible $6,000 tuition fee. The

school commissions are trapped between the Education Ministry’s regulations, and the children’s families. “Sometimes, they can be accommodating and accept children on condition that they show their pending papers within a year of admission … but even in some cases when the parents can afford to enroll their child in private school, there always remains the issue of the permanent code and the legitimacy of their diploma,” said Rouan. It seems that our educational institutions have their doors shut tight when it comes to undocumented migrants with only some schools leaving the door slightly ajar in secret. With most

people unaware of the situation, awareness is the key to bringing this issue to light. Clearly, a province-wide discussion needs to be held in order to determine a possible middle ground. Undocumented migrants could perhaps attend school on small grants, paying back their tuition once their documents are sorted out. Some say this is going too far, that it isn’t taxpayers’ responsibility to fund undocumented migrants, but doesn’t every child have the right to learn? How do we as a nation achieve this delicate balance between cost effectiveness, and access to fundamental rights for all, regardless of status? With files from CUTV.

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My religion is better than your religion Office of religious Freedoms can do more bad than good casandra de Masi contributor Oh, Canada. Our country’s government is ready to cut the ribbon on a new $5 million federal office within the Department of

Foreign Affairs, an Office of Religious Freedoms. Now, I am not a political expert. However, I read a lot to stay informed, and I also have a good friend named logic. She tells me that the one thing we have no need for is the ORF, at least the one the Conservative government has planned. Religious freedom means something different to everyone. The issue here is that the purpose of this office is so vague. Does it

The Office Of ReligiOus fReedOms Opens in OTTawa. phOTO by sOphia lOffReda

mean that the government is out to protect those who want to have a space to practice their beliefs? Last time I checked, this already exists; it’s called the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The government believes that religious minorities overseas need protection. Fine. However, many news agencies are reporting that the majority of the people involved come from a Judeo/Christian background. In fact, according to the Toronto Sun and CBC, the Department of Foreign Affairs held a “closed-door” meeting having to do with the ORF last fall, but failed to invite “Muslim, Buddhists, Sikhs, Hindus and First Nation religious leaders.” Well, what’s the point then? This poses a serious threat for bias within the office, and that could do much more harm than good. Whatever happened to secularity? The Canadian government isn’t supposed to be filled with missionaries. “I think Canada doesn’t really know what to do with religion,” said Dr. Susan Palmer, a sociologist and religion professor at Concordia and Dawson College. Palmer said she believes that an office like this has “a lot of potential if people in the office are educated and not partisan.” She thinks that trained religious scholars and historians should be the ones calling the shots. Problems with bias were seen in the 1990s when the United States opened up a

similar office called the U.S. Office of International Religious Freedom. The office was called out as being dedicated to not only protecting, but also promoting Christianity in other countries. If not done and dealt with properly, this is very well what could happen with the Canadian office. Here is what we do need. First off, education. Religion is barely present in the education system. Palmer believes that providing a “solid knowledge” of world religions can be very beneficial. The media shapes a lot of what we think of certain religions, and this has obviously proven to have a negative impact. Second, I think the government should be trying to protect people from the potential threat of religion. Work with other countries to separate church and state. People find themselves violently fighting for this, so why can’t Canada promote this in a peaceful manner? I have nothing against religion on a personal level, but those in power who use it as a manipulative tool are oppressing far too many people. While one government shouldn’t tell another what to do, I think certain circumstances call for it, especially when human rights are on the line. The way I see it, no one should be held prisoner in the clutches of religion, and those who want to practice it should be able to do so without being persecuted by ignorant generalizations. It’s a two-way street.


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Ask yourself, would you risk it? controversial supreme court ruling on hiv disclosure is bad news robin della corte assistant news editor In a controversial decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has decided that those infected with Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) won’t always have to inform their sexual partners of their diagnosis. Back in 1998, people were obliged to be upfront to their partners regarding whether or not they had HIV. If you didn’t, you could be charged with aggravated sexual assault. Now, more than a decade later, the Supreme Court stated that as long as you are wearing a condom and taking medication that is treating your disease, you no longer have to tell your partner if you have HIV because “there is no reasonable risk of transmission.” For those not familiar with HIV, it is a virus that “targets certain immune cell types and destroys them thereby crippling the immune system,” said Sophia Ushinsky, a professor of biology at Concordia University. Ushinsky said that in most cases, taking treatments can cause complications and doesn’t always guarantee the person to be risk free of transmitting the disease. “HIV is a retrovirus. This class of viruses has a high level of mutation,” she said. “This can result in the virus acquiring a change that

Graphic by phil Waheed. makes it insensitive to antiviral therapies.” HIV has been intensively researched over the last 30 years and there is still no cure or vaccine. Ushinsky continued to say that “each cell the virus infects, the viral genome becomes integrated in the DNA of the person it infects and remains there until that particular cell is dead and destroyed by the body. The virus itself can replicate very rapidly.” A main concern is that by requiring people infected with the virus to disclose their condi-

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how you can bring the past into the present Melanie shields The Muse (Memorial university) ST. JOHNS (CUP) — Surrounded by the sounds of rattling Crossley car mufflers, the mystery of speakeasies, the enchantment of downtown and the delight of exotic coffee, I escape to what I’ve created as the ultimate golden age in my mind –– the 1920s. I imagine Louis Armstrong playing over the radio in every shop, Annette Hanshaw, Ella Fitzgerald, and Josephine Baker performing at every lounge; high-waisted pants hugging every man’s body, and a general atmosphere of dapper, grace, and excitement. The truth is we all have a golden age. But history is deceptive. Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “history is but a set of lies agreed upon.” When we inevitably find something we dislike in our modern lives –– for me it’s having to settle with “grinding” versus the Charleston –– we escape through the illusion of the past. We focus on the glamour of yesteryear and leave out the hardships, quarrels, and uncertainties that lie beneath. What’s more, most of us weren’t even alive during our preferred eras, so we really don’t know what it would have been like to live then –– it’s all an illusion. Every reality has its issues, but it is our job as inhabitants of this age to make the most out of every second of our existence. No matter how you slice it, every moment takes us one step closer to death. So instead of whining about how the music industry just isn’t what it was in the 1960s –– because you’re 13 and just learned who the Beatles are –– take the time to venture past

the radio waves and find someone who is passionate about music and is actually alive today. Instead of fretting about how poorly everybody dresses nowadays, go put on your high tops and legwarmers and let everyone else live their own lives. Rather than complaining about how we are destroying the earth with our fancy cars and air conditioning, recycle that Starbucks cup in your hand and walk to work tomorrow. Progress does not always mean success. There are many things from decades past that would be useful to our now perhaps over-advanced society, such as widespread farming and bicycling. But there are still things that we can and should improve upon, such as school systems and city planning, which have remained essentially stagnant since the industrial revolution. Why do we choose to focus our innovations on specific advancements such as various categories of computer technologies? Is it simply easier to build and create new ideas rather than improving old ones? Perhaps this picking and choosing of modernization is what leads us to crave times past. When we’re impatiently waiting for our phone signals to come back from outer space, we look around us at the beautiful heritage buildings and think “what if….” There is absolutely nothing wrong with dreaming and idolizing the decades before us. By all means, fill your home with Shakespeare posters, Beatles records, shag rugs, and vintage Campbell’s soup cans. But always remember that there is a beautiful, real world just outside your stained glass door.

tion only “if there is a ‘realistic possibility’ a sex partner might become infected,” it infringes on the rights of those who are not infected. I’m pretty sure any individual would like to know whether or not their partner has HIV, even if they’re being treated and wearing a condom. The problem here is that the Supreme Court is completely taking away the right of the uninfected individual to make an informed decision on whether or not to have sexual relations with an infected partner.

In an article published in the Chronicle Herald, it was stated that the evidence showed that when the “‘viral load’ — which measures HIV in the blood — of the infected person was low, due to proper treatment, risk of transmission dropped by more than 85 per cent.” The court also reported that data retrieved showed that by wearing a condom, the risk is reduced by 80 per cent. This, to the court, means that by wearing a condom and taking proper medication, the risk of transmission becomes “speculative, not realistic.” I do not understand this decision at all. Everyone has a right to information that will essentially help them make a choice in their life. By taking away this information, people do not have the ability to make the best choice. Ushinsky went on to say that she worries about “the compliance of the patient in taking their medications.” “Some of these drugs have serious side effects and a person’s immune status may have an effect on the disease course. Not knowing how often patients are monitored for changes in viral load makes me uneasy as a change reflects a change in infection status which may be asymptomatic.” The Supreme Court seems to have a lack of sympathy and judgement when it comes to sex. In many cases, a condom can break and can be up to zero per cent effective if not used properly. So brace yourselves boys and girls, HIV isn’t something you want to live with for the rest of your life, and once that condom breaks, there’s no going back.


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From our kitchen

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012 Vol. 30 Issue 8

Ditch the crust with individual eggplant pizzas amanda l. shore

Marilla Steuter-Martin

arts editor

editor-in-chief editor@theconcordian.com

Pizza is a favorite among students but it’s not exactly the healthiest treat. If you love pizza but want to cut the carbs down to size, try this pizza alternative from shape.com that uses slices of eggplant instead of dough. IngreDIentS 1 large eggplant 1 tbsp. olive oil Salt and pepper to taste 1 6 oz. can tomato paste 1 14 oz. can fire-roasted tomatoes 1 tbsp. garlic gold 1 tsp. Italian seasoning Cheese of your choice (about 1-2 c.)

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Kalina lafraMboiSe news editor news@theconcordian.com

StePhanie la leggia life editor life@theconcordian.com

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DIrectIonS: Cut eggplant into even slices. Coat with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 400 F and bake for 20 minutes. Remove eggplants from oven and top with tomato paste, tomatoes, garlic, Italian seasoning and cheese. Return to oven and bake for 10 minutes more. Makes 2-3 servings.

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elizabeth MacKay Music editor music@theconcordian.com

Kevin duarte sports editor sports@theconcordian.com

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Madelayne hajeK photo editor

Tuesday night, Montreal experienced something that rarely happens here: an earthquake. Needless to say, the Twitter world exploded with people’s different accounts as to the reasons behind this short rumble of the earth. From Pauline Marois moving Quebec, to people taking excessively large “number twos,” here are the tweets of the week! @stats_canada: “82% of Montreal believe

this morning’s earthquake was Quebec literally trying to separate from Canada”

@manveerheir: “Think about it: somewhere

in Montréal at the exact time of the earthquake someone just finished masturbating. For a moment, he felt like God” @sugarsammyk: “Montreal couple in bed

tonight: “How was it for you?”“I think the Earth moved”“Ya baby”“No really I think the Earth moved”#Earthquake” @saintlion: “Keep thinkin there’s another

Montreal earthquake,but its just the couple above my floor gettin freaky with the same 9 second intervals” @jimmiemyers: “On the toilet in Montreal

during a 4.5 magnitude Earthquake.#montreal #earthquake”

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robin della corte Matthew guite assistant news editors news@theconcordian.com

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Events of the weeK: Oct. 16 TUESDAY +THEATRE- Guys and Dolls - 20h - Centaur Theatre +MUSIC - Menomena - 20h - La Sala Rossa +MUSIC - Alanis Morissette - 20h - Metropolis

WEDNESDAY +THEATRE- August, An Afternoon in the Country - 20h - Centaur Theatre +THEATRE - Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show - 20h - Mainline +MUSIC - Barbra Streisand - 20h00 - Bell Centre

THURSDAY +THEATRE - Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show - 20h - Mainline +THEATRE - The Seventh Seal - 20h - D. B. Clarke Theatre +MUSIC - Rush - 19h30 - Bell Centre

Friday +THEATRE - Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show - 20h - Mainline +THEATRE - The Seventh Seal - 20h - D. B. Clarke Theatre +MUSIC - The Sea and Cake - 20h - Il Motore

SATURDAY +THEATRE- The Medea Effect - 15h & 20h - La Chapelle Theatre +THEATRE- The Bacchae - 20h30 - Centaur Theatre +THEATRE - The Seventh Seal - 14h & 20h - D. B. Clarke Theatre

SUNDAY +THEATRE - The Seventh Seal - 14h - D. B. Clarke Theatre +MUSIC - The Presets + YACHT - 20h30 - Theatre Corona

Monday +MUSIC - Justice - 20h - Metropolis

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