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Letter from the Editor So what if our skulls weren’t vaguely spherical, but pyramids or dodecahedral? Or that poptarts grew on trees? These are things that plague me daily. Hi, I’m Oliver the new Editor-In-Chief of The Plant. That probably doesn’t mean much to you nor does it mean anything to me, but hey, I’m here now and I’m basically in charge of the world. If you don’t know what The Plant is I really hope you’re new around here. Basically, we’re the school newspaper. So what did you do this summer? I got hit by a mail truck. I say hit, but I really mean grazed or brushed. I wish it was more exciting, that I’d nearly died, but I didn’t. I’m actually quite boring except for the fact that I come from New Zealand, some people find that interesting, I have an email account, know how to brush my teeth and once I even took my bike on the metro. So, now you know me and my extraordinary talents. Interestingly, with my New
Zealandliness, I can’t vote. Being unable to vote makes following the whole election process a little difficult. One can’t help feeling somewhat detached. That’s not to say I’m unconcerned with the future of the province, I really am, but I keep getting asked who I voted for and subsequently have no answer. As for the outcome, I’m not ready to give up all hope and move to Ontario, but I can’t help but be somewhat concerned with the rift that ap-
pears to be forming between the English and Frenchspeaking populations. Only time will tell what will happen with a PQ minority, whether it will be good or bad, but the vicious nature with which Anglophones are attacking the results can only be seen as premature. A PQ minority is not the end all or be all for Quebec. In less serious news, the NFL season has started and I can’t put into words how much it... All that is covered in
Around the Leagues by the Sports Editor Dan Sailofsky on page 11. So I also went to the Born Ruffians concert organised by the DSU and was devastated by the complete lack of people in attendance to see such a great band perform. For more on that story see page 8. Bye, Oliver p.s. p.s. stands for post script.
Editor of the week News Editor: Devon Walcott How do you pronounce your name? The white way. How long will the fish survive? Not long enough, i’m going to cry :( Rack, Rack City Bitch? NO. Shut up. No. On a scale of one to ten, how hawt are Pauline Marois’ pant suits? Every girl should have one. Favorite Disney movie song? Under the sea. Who’s my all-time favorite editor? Ally <3 <3 <3 10/10 I would bang 8==================D How big is your slit? NO FUCKING COMMENT. So, it’s really that big, huh? Yes.
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PQ wins minority government Violence erupts at PQ victory party, leaving one dead and one in critical condition CHRIS DAHDAH Staff Writer
The PQ led the Liberal Party of Québec with only an extra .73 percent of votes resulting in a PQ minority government with 54 seats. The PLQ is now the official opposition with 50 seats, Francois Legault’s Coalition Avenir Québec came in third with 19 seats, and Québec Solidaire won two seats bringing Françoise David to join her colleague and cospokesperson of the party Amir Khadir in the National Assembly. PQ leader Pauline Marois is the first woman to become Premier in Québec history, and her victory was saluted by the leaders of all parties. According to Radio-Canada, voter
turnout was around 74.61 percent, a substantial increase from the previous provincial elections with only 57.43 percent in 2008. Part of Marois’s mandate is to abolish the 82 percent university tuition fee increase, repeal law 12 (previously named bill 78), and reinforce the French-language protection law, bill 101, and extend it to the CÉGEP level. This may be hard for her party to achieve, however, with a minority government. Opposition to the Parti Québecois’s success came no later than Marois’s victory speech a few minutes before midnight at Metropolis where a man raided the venue around midnight and opened fire on the crowd. Two stage technicians were hit, one of them killed and the
Pauline Marois, Jean Charest, Fransçois Legault, Amir Khadir
other gravely injured. Primary suspect Richard Henry Bain, age 61, was armed with an AK-47 automatic rifle and a handgun. He also started a fire backstage and was apprehended by the Montreal police shortly after. He was heard yelling “the English are waking up, the English are waking up!” in French, as he was being taken into custody. Bain’s assault was an abrupt interruption of the PQ militants’ assembly where Marois was giving her victory speech. She was quickly escorted backstage by her bodyguards but came back to continue her speech only a few minutes later. What drives students to vote? The electoral campaign announced in August was launched as a means to solve
the crisis of the 2012 Québec student strike. Although a specific breakdown of the voter turnout hasn’t yet been released by the Directeur général des élections du Québec (DGEQ), turnout for the 18-24 age group was expected to increase by many. “I think most students are pissed off and feel disassociated from politics” says second-semester student in Child Studies, Anthony Chattha. He says he has voted CAQ , partly because he wants to see the debate on sovereignty eliminated from the political scene. On the other side of the political spectrum, Geoffrey Graham, independent student, voted for Québec Solidaire. “I love all their policies and their platform. I recognize that many of them would be difficult to attain, but
when you strive to attain something, you have to have big ideas and take small steps.” Not all electors, however, chose to vote for the party that they feel best represents them. Julie Jenneau-Rollin, fifth semester Commerce student, says she voted for the CAQ as well, but only in the hopes of preventing the victory of the Liberal candidate in her riding. Despite a probable higher turnout of student voters in this election, some still chose to abstain. Nicholas Di Penna, second-semester student in Continuing Education, argues that not all do so out of apathy. Di Penna chose to spoil his ballot. “I have no trust in our current [electoral] system,” he says, “it is archaic and destructive.”
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Representitives make their case on education and sovereignty
JEANPHILLIPPE PROULX Staff Writer
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Benoit Guerin, candidate of Option Nationale explains that "In my Quebec, everybody is welcome, whatever the language they speak at home.”
Candidates of the six major provincial parties took part in an election debate at Dawson, held by the DSU (Dawson Student Union), on August 29 in which campaigning party members spoke about key issues, such as education and bill 101. Green Party representative, Lisa Cahn was only able to join in the third segment of the debate, due to a miscommunication with the the DSU. Jacques Chagnon, PLQ (Parti Leberal Quebec) deputy, was replaced by Dave McMahon of the Bourget riding due to a law that prevents the President of the National Assembly to campaign. About 60 people attented the debate, and as many followed the event online through ustream.tv, a live video streaming website. The questions have been previously chosen by the DSU, and audience had the chance to ask questions directly to the candidates themselves at the end. Education was the main topic of discussion. Parti Quebecois candidate, Marc-André Bahl, promised that PQ (Parti Quebecois) would abolish law 78 and Charest’s planned tuition hike; the PLQ's reprensative, Dave McMahon, argues that the rise of tuition fees is a "responsible decision, the system needs a raise." Option Nationale, the Green Party and Quebec Solidaire are all in
favour of free education from kindergarden to university. If the Parti Quebecois is elected, they will expand bill 101 to CEGEP, which will prevent francophones and allophones to attend English . "In the Quebec that I see in the future, I see more and more francophones, and having the CEGEP in french will make more and more francophones. Everybody can learn whatever language they want, but public system education should be in the language of the nation" argues MarcAndré Bahl from the PQ (Parti Quebecois). Mélissa Desjardins, candidate of Quebec Solidaire and former Dawson student believes that "everybody should have the choice to go in a school in English if they want to improve. Thanks to Dawson, I was able to improve it." Everybody in their academic career will have French language courses and will learn about French cul8.4ture, so expanding bill 101 to CEGEP is, according to Desjardins, "pas une nécéssité". She also quoted René Lévesque who said "Whoever wants to be a Quebecer is one". [What does this mean exactly?] Desjardins explains that Quebec's independence has nothing to do with your
language. She also added that "everybody here is a Quebecer, they are studying in English as well. Bill 101 in CEGEP and university level as nothing to do with that." According to PLQ [representitive McMahon], the PQ has no data to support their claims on language. "I haven't seen a francophone coming into an English CEGEP saying And I am now an anglophone", said McMahon supported by loud applause from the audience. Whether a party is accused of not being sovereignist enough, lying about it, being too vague or too sovereignist, the subject is still a big part of political debates. Benoit Guerin, candidate of Option Nationale explains that "In my Quebec, everybody is welcome, whatever the language they speak at home." CAQ (Coalition Avenir Quebec), a party that has switched officially from sovereignty to federalism wants to tackle coruption, school dropout rates, work on the economy and put Montreal back on the map. Johnny Kairouz, CAQ candidate for Westmount responded that "you don't need independence to fight coruption." Guerin from ON (Option Nationale), reminded Kairouz that Francois Legault wanted to work on those problems with Quebec sovereignty a few
months ago, but according to Kairouz, there is now "more pressing issue to deal with". About LGBT rights: Every party agreed to support the fight for LGBT rights. QS (Quebec Solidaire) wants increase sexual education, at least until CEGEP, while McMahon reminded the audience that his party created the program to fight homophobia, which Guerin hopes that twenty years from now will be part of the past. They also all agreed on the Indian act, calling it "one of the most xenophobic laws in Canada", said Guerin. Michael Forion, a third semester student in General Sciences thinks that "it's astonishing that some of the candidates admitted to agreeing with other party's policies, when if a voter said the same they would be called delusional for thinking their choice on Election Day is some sort of utopian construct. The thing is: candidates are voters too." He also added that Audrey Deveault, the moderator of the debate, did a fantastic job. Julie Jenneau-Rollin, a 5th semester student in Commerce, appreciated that the Liberal candidate stayed at the end to answer to individual questions as well as to see all the parties represented.
May flood wreaks havocin damages Torrential rains responsible for over three million dollars
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“It was Niagara falls right here!” exclaimed Gavin Sealy, Night Supervisor at the Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation Center.
On May 29, as a result of the torrential downpour, water spilled into Dawson College causing a significant amount of damage in its wake. Plant and Facilities has been working all summer to insure that the College would be ready for this semester. “It was Niagara falls right here!” exclaimed Gavin Sealy, Night Supervisor at the Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation Center. He continued, “The water was actually coming out of the toilets!” Indeed, 40 to 80mm of rain overwhelmed the city’s sewers systems and the municipal infrastructure could simply not contain the amount of water resulting from this natural disaster. Around the city, the brute force of the water even blasted off manhole covers. The flood surprised hundreds of firstyear Dawson students in the gymnasium during their language placement tests. Sealy recalls one of them asking with a worried tone, “Does this happen all the time?” The Westmount fire department was called in to help staff and faculty conduct the evacuation. As students exited the College, the water continued to force its way in primarily through the De Maisonneuve entrance and the bent-in emergency exit in the H wing. The water damage reached right down to the -2H level. The H wing and PARC complex were severely hit, but there was significant the water damage done to the E wing on the second floor as well as atrium and lower atrium.
Elizabeth McDonough, Plant and Facilities Director, said the cost of the damage amounted to around 3 million dollars, a sum that the College insurance will be covering. McDonough is particularly grateful to the management team composed of Wai Bong Shum, Jorge Sanchez, Daniel Deschènes, Vincent Mansueto and Fanny Fung. She said they worked especially hard this summer in order to insure that the areas affected would be safe and ready on time for the Fall semester. The Director General’s board approved the clean-up plan devised by McDonough and her team, and decontamination was the first phase of this said plan. It required a certain amount of demolition, the results of which are still apparent in some areas were the reconstruction has not yet taken place. A specialized company, BioVac System, was contracted to conduct tests to insure that the reconstruction would be done on safe, mold-free, surfaces. The reconstruction phase would not start until acceptable results were received; this took a certain amount of time explained McDonough. The results of these tests finally were deemed satisfactory by the Health Department of Montreal and the rebuilding began around mid-summer. The gym has finally been reopened yesterday at noon. While priority zones such as lockers, classrooms and other student areas are now mostly taken care of, work remains to be done in faculty and staff quarters.
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Clearing the Air However, money may not be the college’s only concern.
ARIELLA KLEIN STAFF WRITER
There have been recent speculations stating that the massive flood that hit Dawson has created a mold issue that affected the college’s air quality, putting everyone in the college at risk.
The flood that occurred on May 29 caused severe water damage to numerous locations in the college, including the gymnasiums and many different offices. The necessary renovations cost Dawson an estimated amount of over $3 million.
McCready worked with Dawson’s Plants and Facilities and contacted Public Health after the flood. Specialists who visited Dawson to evaluate the state of the college were satisfied with the procedures the college took and the work that was done. When assessing the health of a building, it is necessary to collect data regarding air quality and levels of humidity. However, this information alone is not enough to ensure that Dawson College is safe for employees and students. “Objective data we can measure,” Mc-
The nurse plans to send out a letter to those who spend extended amounts of time in the college so she can evaluate their health. If a case is brought to her attention, McCready can assess the situation and call Public Health for their advice on the matter. There is still a need to be cautious even though McCready says, “right now, there is no indication that we have a mold problem.” She explains, “even if you do it all the right way, there is never a zero per
cent chance after a flood this big.” McCready adds that “early intervention is important” to protect health, prevent the spread of mold, and to save the college money.
The college is “probably safer Currently, some areas of the school are still suffering. Geoff Graham, Director of now than beCommunications and Mobilization at the Dawson Student Union, said, “the DSU fore the flood,” office was heavily affected. They had to open all the walls, air everything out, and Geneviève Mccheck for fungus.” The DSU office is still Cready, Dawunusable and the whole team has temporarily had to move their location. son’s Health The gym has taken longer to fix because Education Dawson wanted to rid the area of any exNurse said. cess humidity before laying new floors.
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Though the flood certainly took its toll on Dawson, we may actually be better off now than we were before. Because no one usually checks for these types of dangers, the college is “probably safer now than before the flood,” Geneviève McCready, Dawson’s Health Education Nurse said.
When a flood of such force strikes a building, there is always a risk of mold developing. Dawson took a quick initiative and opened the walls to ensure that no issues would develop.
Cready said. There is, however, “subjective data that is just as valuable to make a correct portrait of the health of the building.” McCready must keep an eye out for any employees suffering from mold related symptoms. She ensures students that they have nothing to worry about because while they move around throughout the day, employees are sitting in the same stagnant office air for 40 hours a week.
Mold caused by flood responsible for compromised air quality
PARC is hoping for the gym to reopen by Aug. 22, but workers took the time they needed. These precautions will ensure that there be no mold in the future, keeping Dawson a safe environment.
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Students line up to change courses in hopes of a better schedule ANNE NICE STAFF WRITER
chanical Engi-neering student said. “The system is also not always helpful” Matsoulevitch said that he checked daily to see if Spanish was available online. It wasn’t until his friend informed him on the last day that he got in line to switch his course. “If there could be notifications that would be great.” Matsoulevitch said. Even though the online option to change courses is more convenient, some students find themselves either uninformed or it doesn’t always offer them what is available. In which case they must, inconveniently, wait in line to change their course(s). Giulia Tiranani a third semester Pure and Applied Sciences student wanted to take an intensive but it wasn’t available
online. “[It was] Something about the intensive, it didn't show up as available so I had to visit the gym coordinator.” Tiranani explained. Many students are found waiting in line after line just to understand what they need to do to get what they want. In which case course changes can become more difficult than necessary. Changing courses for Dawson students isn’t always easy and convenient, in which case students can find themselves jumping through hoops to get a good schedule with courses they’ll enjoy. Students are still able to drop their courses until September 19.
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Changing courses is a big commotion at Dawson College during the first week of the semester. There are two ways in which a student can change their courses. There’s an online link called “Course Schedule Modification” found on MyDawson [Omnivox]. Online, a student can pick from a new set of schedules availa-ble with open classes so that the student can change their course sec-tion/teacher, for numerous courses. The second option for the students’ is to fill out a form found at the information center, on the second floor, and wait in line
at Oliver’s. 2C.17 Unfortunately the second option is very inconvenient and also the only way a student can ensure they are getting what they want. The main reason students want to change one or many course(s) is be-cause they aren’t happy with their original choice and this gives them a second chance to change their schedule around; however it also charges them an extra $20 fee in the process. “I changed Film Styles for Spanish because Film Styles is not my type of thing and it was the only one that fit in my schedule before because with my program it’s always hard to get a class that fits.” Anthony Matsoulevitch, a fifth semester Me-
“[It was] Something about the intensive, it didn't show up as available so I had to visit the gym coordinator.” Tiranani explained.
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Good vibrations ELLEN CROSBY THE XAVERIAN WEEKLY ANTIGONISH, N.S. (CUP) — The insulting but hilarious story of the invention of the vibrator seems to be popping up everywhere. Let’s face it; if anything warrants a retelling and celebration of its invention, it’s the vibrator. Rachel P. Maines’ 1999 novel The Technology of Orgasming discusses the invention of the vibrator. In Victorian England, women who complained of headaches, stomach aches, being tired or any other symptom that could not be explained by an existing disease were diagnosed with hysteria. Hysteria literally means disease of the womb. Doctors believed that women with emotional excesses had disturbed uteruses. This illegitimate disease was said to be affecting about half of the female pop-
ulation. Luckily, men were able to solve the problem. Doctors found that performing “pelvic massages” on women until they reached orgasm seemed to help. No kidding. Before the vibrator was invented, and as early as the beginning of the 16th century, married women who suffered from hysteria were urged to have sex with their husbands. Single women, who could not relieve their hysteria via sex, were encouraged to take “vigorous” horseback rides. Maines’ novel was a source of inspiration for the play In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) by Sarah Ruhl, and the upc o m i n g movie starring Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hysteria. Ruhl’s In the Next Room (or The Vibrator
Play) was nominated for three Tony Awards in 2010, including best play. It centers on two women who are unhappy with their monotonous sex lives, which have always been focused on their husbands’ pleasure. They are both excited to try out the new invention of the vibrator, and to experience their first orgasms. The final curtain closes on one of the actresses having sex with her husband, but not in the usual missionary position. The couple has discovered girl-on-top sex, and the play ends with Catherine having her first satisfying sexual experience with her husband. The film Hysteria has not come out yet, but the trailer looks very promising. It focuses heavily on the doctors who invented the vibrator and why. Actor Hugh Dancy plays the young doctor, Mortimer Granville. He takes his career very seriously and insists that the invention, at first called the feather duster, has nothing to do with pleasure. Granville’s objective is to help hysterical women become sane again. Little does he know, his method of curing their hysteria is through satisfying them sexually. The reason for creating the vibrator was originally to cure an invented disease. However, the fact that hysteria has since been dismissed as a
disease does not mean that the vibrator cannot be used for medicinal purposes. In fact, the amount of medical research coming out about the health benefits of experiencing orgasm is increasing each year. Some of the latest research shows that having frequent orgasms can curb your appetite, get rid of headaches and cramps, lower your cholesterol, decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke, protect you against cancer and boost your immune system. Of course, there are other benefits that come from using your mechanical friend that are harder to measure, such as enhancing your mood and lifestyle, recharging your romantic relationships, and making you feel more comfortable with and about your body. Granville may have had a misogynistic and unfounded reason for inventing the vibrator, but we now know that it actually does have some legitimate health benefits.
Hitting Rock Bottom KACPER NIBURSKI THE SILHOUETTE HAMILTON (CUP) — I should preface by saying that this isn’t a cry for help. Nor is it an otherwise lackluster student’s lament. Instead it is a realization that the summer sun is fleeting, and
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in its wake is a perpetual cycle of work, school, work, school, work and school some more. Maybe I’m just tired of it. Maybe I’m sick of the monotony. Or maybe I’m just both sick and tired of the lie of academia that as students, we are not supposed to struggle or complain. We are supposed to sit in the large classes, recognized only by our number, and enjoy the luxury of a university education that is reserved for a select few.
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We are told marks are only important as we choose to make them; the same could be said of social experiences. All of the opportunities, all of the activities and all of the groups — they are but a small portion of the privilege that is a “student’s life.” And yet, I cannot help but feel something is very wrong in this current climate of academic culture. Despite the apparent pleasures, there is an underbelly that is rarely discussed. Behind the picture-perfect, poster-child students and the stratospherically high GPA’s is an environment that stigmatizes the smallest imperfection. Schadenfreude has replaced empathy. Hypercompetitiveness pits student against student. Weaknesses are exploited, successes are lauded above all else, and the failures of others are a source of celebration. Don’t get me wrong. A new age of natural selection in academia is all fine and dandy, but where does it leave the students who are trampled by competition? Where do those with arguably unstable personalities find themselves? Alone. Forlorn. And waltzing around with ideas reserved for the end of times. Or, at least I was. To some, there is a thing called ancient history — events that happened so long ago they are worth being forgot. But sometimes, it’s hard to forget. Some memories are triggered by the slightest provocation, hidden by thousands of daily jokes and smiles. Even though my eyes were closed, I recall everything from that night just like it was my first kiss. The way the water from the showerhead masked my cries. The amount of time I could hold my breath. The lingering whispers of
doubt. The cold metal against my skin. To this day, I remember when I told my parents about the first time I planned to take my own life. With a pained look on his face, my father wearily sighed. To no avail, I tried to get the attention of my mother, who simply gazed off into the distance. Although I couldn’t read her lips, it seemed she was mouthing, “My son, my son.” At the same time she was shaking her head, stuck in an infinite loop between now and forever. I helplessly stared at them — my parents, my caregivers — while my father waffled about to find the right words. He stuttered once. Twice. Despite having lived in my house for years, it felt foreign. As I sat there with hands that grappled against the air that seemed to be suffocating me, it felt as though my house was not my home. Was it my fault? Was I just incorrigibly inept? I wasn’t sure, and at the time, I took that as a confirmation that I was. The grades. The disappointment. All of it was my undoing, a testament of my limitations. Others could balance school and athletics. Some even worked. And here I was struggling with just academics. In my head, I was less than pathetic. I remember my mother’s botched attempt at reassurance, the feeling of overarching meaningless, and the days I never wished to face, days I couldn’t believe had happened. But above all else, I remember the stern voice of my father, who spent five minutes in a quiet search of wisdom. “I promise,” he whispered, “it gets better. It always does.” After it all, I like to pretend that I am stronger. I could even say that I am wiser too. But I’m not. For a while, I let my depression get the better of me, and I became a victim of my own suffering.
Yet in due course, I realized that my father was right. Even though the following days were filled with uneasy footsteps that echoed a song of regret, I remember that it — the pain, the heartache, the unquestionable distress — eventually stopped. When it did, I experienced the spicy taste of peppers, my first true love, a passion for writing, the beauty of a Polish cathedral, the soothing call of an Imam in Turkey, the confusion of an abstract painting, the exhilaration of cliff diving, the salty kiss of an ocean, the unbridled carnal urgency of sex, and a whole blur of other memories that bring both joy and happiness to me now. In short, I experienced life like I never thought I would again. I tell this story not in search of therapy. I’ve dealt with my own demons already. Instead, I write with the hopes that I can inspire you – whoever you are and wherever you live – to believe that you are not alone. Now I certainly do not think I can ever truly understand what you’re going through, and I will not presume to make a blanket statement about what is best for you. I will not tell you that the sun will rise tomorrow. Nor will I tell you that it will set today. In the end, I will not pretend to know you. But while it is perhaps foolish to hope that these words will reach anyone, and it is probably even more so to assume that they could help in any way, I want you to know that no matter what has happened and no matter how you feel, you are fantastic. You are unique. And I love everything about you.
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Miners charged with Pop that pussy murder MJ CROMP SENIOR WRITER On August 17, Adezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, three Russian punk members of the band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years, after an improvised performance in a Russian Orthodox cathedral. According to the Guardian, "Pussy Riot has been found guilty of hooliganism, motivated by religious hatred in a Moscow court after their performance in February.” They performed one of their songs, "Virgin Mary, Put Putin Away," in reference to the Russian politician Vladimir Puntin, the leader of Russia since May. The band is against his re-election to the head of Russia, because of his cor-
ruptive politic regime, reported the Guardian. Last Thursday, an elderly woman and her daughter were found in Russia beneath a scrawled message demanding freedom for the members, reported the Vancouver Sun. Their blood was used to write "Free Pussy Riot". The supporters of the Pussy Riot were the one blamed. Many artists, "from Sting to Madonna, [have] called for their freedom," according to the Huffington Post. "But the support received by Pussy Riot is sadly an aberration. As a rule, European and US artists have been strangely silent when it comes to recognising the plights suffered by their fellow musicians and performers around the world, where freedom of expression receives little protection." According to Serj Tankian, frontman of System of a Down, "artists should boycott performing in countries that do not allow free expression of their opinions.”
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MARIA FLORES STAFF WRITER During a violent protest on Aug. 16, 270 South African Miners were charged with the murder of their 34 colleagues after police officials opened fire towards thousands of the miners at Lonmin’s Marikana mine. According to Al Jazeera, on Aug. 10, 3,000 strikers, represented by the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) were involved in an illegal strike demanding a pay raise at Lonmin’s Marikana mine, the world’s third largest platinum producer in South Africa. The strike became more serious when police officials began shooting, as self-defense, after being threatened by a large group of miners armed with machetes, reported Al Jazeera. Thirty-four of the miners were killed and another 78 wounded.
“Those who were arrested are charged with the murder of those who died, because they knew very well when they are armed that a fatality can happen,” Spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Frank Lesenyego told The Daily Maverick. “If people confront members of the police who are armed, they must also understand that there will be fatalities.” Julius Malema, the former African National Congress Youth League leader told The Guardian, “The police who killed those people are not in custody…the whole world saw the police kill those people.” More than 150 of the miners in jail have filed complaints towards police officials that they have been beaten in their cells, reported The Guardian. South African lawyer Jay Suru told BBC that the common purpose doctrine they are being charged under was used by the former white minority regime activists fighting for racial equality in South Africa during the late 1980’s. “This is a very outdated and infamous doc-
trine,” Suru told BBC. “It was discredited during the time of apartheid.” Constitutional Lawyer, Pierre de Vos also told BBC that he believes the decision is a flagrant abuse of the criminal justice system. “Final charges will only be made once all investigations have been completed,” Nomgcobo Jiba, the acting National Director of Prosecutions told reporters of The New York Times at a conference held Sunday, “The murder charges against the 270 suspects will be formally withdrawn provisionally in court.” Charges against the police have not been ruled out according to The New Yorker. “The actions of the police will be sorted out, we’re not ignoring that,” a provincial prosecutor from the region where the strike held place told reporters. Until further notice, “the miners, protesters, and all the accused persons are to be released,” Jiba announced during her conference, reported BBC.
MJ CROMP SENIOR WRITER On August 23, the largest toilet manufacturer in the world, TOTO, exposed their newest ecofriendly invention: the Toilet Bike Neo, a motorcycle which has a toilet as... a seat. According to the National Post, TOTO made this motorcycle as a way to “raise awareness about bathroom emissions and water savings.” Contrary to what people may think, the engine does not use excrements as fuel. The company explained to Metro UK that their invention “runs [on] biogas fuel (fertilised, purified and compressed livestock waste and household wastewater) provided by Shika-oi Town in Hokkaido and Kobe city.” The toilet seat doesn’t have an extra function than just being a place for the rider’s behind. Ac-
cording to Metro UK the Toilet Bike Neo “has been created for promoting TOTO's environmental efforts.” Aside from its funny looking design and its ecological features, the National Post reported that “this toilet on wheels talks to the rider, keeping him up to date on the latest stock prices or weather reports.” At this time, this green machine is just a prototype, reported autoevoluation.com. It seems as though the company wants to bring it into production.” Opposite to what autoevoluation.com has said about TOTO’s future projects, the National Post claimed that it “is meant to stay one-of-a-kind”. The company will only use this just as a “promotional tool.” Hopefully, with time, we might see them on our roads. So, who’s down for a poop-tastic ride?
So...what’s up Syria? LISA WHITE STAFF WRITER Multiple aerial attacks were made in Syrian cities by the government in the last two weeks of August, killing dozens, while injuring many more, as the regime develops a new home-made bomb that could wipe out entire areas. Two cities near the Turkish border were attacked in the final weeks of August. According to The Globe and Mail, a government aircraft shot at a city block, killing 40 people and injuring over 100 in Azaz. A second attack took place a week later in Aleppo, where government helicopters threw deadly homemade explosives in areas around the city, reported The Daily Telegraph. "I was lucky I was standing behind a corner
but I was still knocked off my feet,” Mohammed Ibrahim, a fighter recovering from an explosion, told The Daily Telegraph. “When I came round my ears were bleeding.” The Daily Telegraph reported, the homemade bombs exploded in at least two areas of Aleppo. The first bomb landed in a park where civilians had gathered to avoid the attacks, the second was near Aleppo's ancient citadel (an ancient castle), The ‘barrel bombs’ have emerged as an improvised weapon with the aim of causing maximum death and destruction. The battle in Aleppo has been going on for weeks, but the rebels have been able to hold the area. The regime has been using tanks and aircrafts as the primary method of attack, reported The Associated Press. Government aircrafts also attacked the nearby city of Azaz, with wild gunfire hitting everyone stuck in its path. “Including many women and
children,” said Karam to the Globe and Mail. The Globe and Mail also reported that Human Rights Watch, an independent human rights organization, was present in Azaz after the attack. “This horrific attack killed and wounded scores of civilians,” Anna Neistat, the group’s acting emergencies director told The Globe and Mail. The street in Azaz that was attacked was located in between two Free Syrian Army camps, reported The Globe and Mail. “HRW said two opposition Free Syrian Army facilities in the vicinity might have been targets of the Syrian aircraft,” said Karam. The battle between the rebels and the government has no sign of stopping. Hundreds of people have fled the city, but the rebels continue to try to hold ground in the suburban areas, according to The New York Times. are u kitten me
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Motherf***, I missed it SAM NAZER STAFF WRITER Disappointing is the best word to describe the closing event of the Fall 2012 Orientation Week organized by the Dawson Student Union. The free, all-ages concert, held last Friday night at La Tulipe failed to generate much buzz and the twostorey venue was left overwhelmingly empty, with most of the small audience consisting solely of DSU members. The audience rarely remained silent and showed little respect for the artists playing on stage. Yet, regardless of the empty
concert venue and the utter lack of concert etiquette from the crowd, each act still managed to deliver impassioned performances. Luke Lalonde, vocalist and guitarist of the headlining band Born Ruffians addressed the turnout, or lack thereof, saying, “We’ve done enough of these college shows to know how it’s organized. Most people just don’t go to them.” The entire show resembled a pub with high quality bands playing in the background. Some of the audience were sitting on the floor and one woman was belly dancing at the stage front. The entire attitude of the crowd was disrespectful towards the bands. For example, despite the quality of their music, opening acts Matt Stern and
Lakes of Canada could hardly be heard over the loud chatter of the crowd. Once Born Ruffians, the indie-folk band from Midland Ontario, took the stage around 9:00 p.m., the crowd finally began to come together. The stage front was slightly more occupied and the audience seemed less apathetic; more people joined the crowd at the stage front and the entire audience seemed fairly attentive. When the band played their critically acclaimed single “I Need a Life” there was a momentary flare of enthusiasm amongst the audience. The song’s herky-jerk rhythm made it difficult for anyone in the crowd to remain still. The headlining band, signed by British music
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label Warp Records in 2006, consists of guitarist and singer Luke Lalonde, bassist Mitch Derosier and drummer Steven Hamelin. The band recently recruited Andy Lloyd on guitar and keyboard to accompany the band in live performances. Born Ruffians have released three albums since 2006. Their self-titled debut album was met with mostly positive reviews and was considered a “firm handshake from Born Ruffians” by Pitchfork. Since then, they have released two more albums titled Red, Yellow and Blue and, Say it. Their fourth album, set to be released in the following year, features the song “65000”, one of the songs they played Friday night. “65000” contained elements of both their older, more energetic songs and their new and slower vibe of their last album Say It. The song enjoyed a peculiar
change in the tempo at the chorus and included vocals that resembled the band’s earlier works. The new album’s title has not been decided upon yet. “You might consider it [the album] the next step in the band’s evolution,” said Lalonde, “but it might be more like an extreme step. We’re working with a new producer, so it’s a pretty dramatic shift in the production.” Lalonde stated that the new album will consist of more isolated sounds rather than a live band vibe. Lalonde stated the Simpsons as his favourite cartoon and flight as his superpower of choice. Born Ruffians will be returning to play in the POP Montreal festival at the Parc de la PetiteItalie on Sep. 20. Check out more of their music and show dates on bornruffians.com.
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PAUL BALLERINI STAFF WRITER June 23, 2012 saw the bitter end of one of the greatest cultural papers Montreal has ever seen. With no warning to either editors or writers, the Montreal Mirror halted printing after 27 long years. Sun Media decided to cease production of The Mirror by surprise the day after the last issue was published. They explained, “The growing popularity of digital media and communications has irremediably changed the context in which free cultural weeklies op-
erate, bringing about economic challenges which have unfortunately compromised The Mirror’s viability.” According to Malcolm Fraser, the newspaper’s film editor, “that is a lame excuse. Publications that are thriving or even just surviving, both in print and online, are due to the vision of people or companies who know and care about what they’re doing. And our former corporate overlords are not that.” The Mirror was first published in 1985 inspired by The Village Voice, a cultural newspaper from New York City. In 1997, it was bought out by media giant Quebecor. 70 000 copies were printed on a weekly basis and distributed free of cost in metros and stands all across the city. Rick Trembles, the creator of Motion Picture
Purgatory, a comic-strips, column and film-review, is one of the now-unemployed writers. Trembles’ work has been described by famous underground comic writer Robert Crumb as “even more twisted and weird than me.” Trembles said the day of the closing, “The Montreal Mirror just went kaput today with zero warning to its contributors. I found out about it through Facebook. […] Knowing full well how fickle the weeklies biz is, every week I would mark a reminder down in my agenda to go pick up a print copy to see how my strip turned out, but I would always follow it with a question mark because I was never sure if It’d see print or not.” Hours after the news broke that the paper would be discontinued, a petition circulated. It was met with overwhelming popularity for the first few days but ultimately lost it’s appeal and failed to achieve it’s purpose. But, not all hope is lost. Less than a month after the last issue was published, ex-editors and old employees began a spin-off website called cultmontreal.com. Though not exactly the same as the newspaper, it does include some of most popular features from The Mirror such as The Rant Line. All of the contributing writers and moderators are working on a purely volunteer basis and are hoping to get funding sometime in the near future. Rumours are circulating between staff and fans that publication of a new paper may be available to the public in the next month.
graphics, and standout accessories. Mix prints
(florals and stripes can look very striking) and stick patches and buttons on a denim jacket. Be
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bold with your jewelry choices: big and bright
style? Think sarongs on the beach, light
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dresses, shorts, and sandals. It can be difficult
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to hang on to the easygoing spirit of summer once school begins, but here are some tips: 1. Don’t overdress at the beginning of the semester. Take inspiration from this week’s Dawsonista, first semester Environmental Science student Agnessa Karapetian.Use accessories like a light scarf and a pair of oxfords or saddle shoes to liven up and add a sophisticated touch to a simple summer dress. 2. Cover up (a bit). First of all, let me just say that there is a time and a place for short-shorts and crop tops. That time is summer and that place is almost exclusively the beach or a music festival, where it can feel too hot to handle clothing. If I can see your butt, you’re doing it wrong. Let’s keep it PG-13 for school, shall we? Pair revealing pieces like crop tops and bustier tops with high-waisted pants, and wear a tank
top under that completely sheer lace shirt.
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tive/rock cover band called Milky and the Rockets. Toner met Webb at last summer’s Jazz festival, where they were both playing at the same event. From then on, Toner joined them to create Atacama. Atacama released their five-track EP in June, which was produced by Montrealer Glen Robinson. Keeping in line with their old-style influences, they recorded it using almost exclusively analog equipment. “We also recorded it live all together in one
big room, instead of in separate tracks, which is how it’s usually done these days,” said Webb. As for the sound of the album, “We’ve tried to make it a bit more spacious, and a bit less about rock” said Toner. The members agreed that there is no real uniting mood or theme to the album. “You can listen to it alone and find some depth to it, or you can blast it at a party,” said. Toner. “I’m no poet”, he said about the lyrics. The songs we have I wrote when I was 16.” Atacama have played several shows in the past
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Hello Dawson! As you probably know, being a full-time student can leave you with less cash flow than you’re probably used to. Yes, we’re all broke, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a delicious meal without having to empty out our chequing account. This is Cheap Eats, and we’re looking at Café Bano, 6929 Sherbrooke Street West. Café Bano opened its doors in 2006. The owner, Paris, is a kind, soft-spoken woman who makes everything on the menu from scratch. “Her name is Paris, like the city in France” her son told me eagerly as he took my order. He acts as the main clerk and deals with all the customers while Paris prepares the food in the kitchen Everything is homemade, which makes for a small menu. “Every day takes about 10 hours of preparation just to have enough home made
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phere and complements the spiciness of the food perfectly. Bano’s offers a new special every single day. They don’t follow a weekly calendar to determine the daily special, they just make whatever they feel like making and it's always something worth trying. The atmosphere is extremely cozy. Beautiful rugs hang from the walls and act as seat cushions for all the booths. A reason why the atmosphere works is because of how friendly the staff is. They are very welcoming and the service is very quick. It’s the kind of coziness you’d expect from a family-run restaurant. A tea and a chicken schnitzel costs less than $8 and will leave you very satisfied. It’s a great place to fill your stomach without having empty your wallet. Café Bano is open every day, except Sunday, from 11:00 A.M to 6:00 P.M.
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food to last us the 8 hours we’re open. The schnitzel sells out every single day.” Fortunately though, everything on it tastes great. Café Bano is famous for their chicken schnitzel sandwich, which they prepare fresh every day. It’s spicy, messy and filling; perfect comfort food. “We bake our chicken. Other places, they fry it. Not us. If it’s not baked, it’s not real schnitzel.” If chicken’s not for you, they have amazing vegetarian dishes like a spinach patty dish and eggplant with tomato sauce. Their deserts are what really make this place something special. Paris makes all of the deserts including delicious chocolate balls and an exotic saffron ice cream topped with pistachios and complemented by two huge waffle sticks. Their most popular desert is the cheesecake. “We don't make the cheesecake during the summer, but when we do make it, it’s the first thing to sell out everyday.” If you’re a tea drinker, you’ll find that Bano’s homemade tea fits perfectly with the atmos-
few months, a mix of opening and headlining. They practice weekly and are currently working on new material and trying to increase their following. Their EP is available for free download at http://atacamamusic.bandcamp.com/album/ep.
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Atacama is a Dawson-based up-and-coming blues rock band that recently released their first EP. On the band’s Facebook page, they describe their genre as geographical rock. “One of my passions is geography,” said Joe Toner, singer and bassist. “Almost all my songs had names of places somewhere in the lyrics, subconsciously. When I realized it, the term geographical rock was born.” Toner named Atacama after a Chilean desert, which is the driest desert in the world. “I thought it was a cool word, we might as well make it into a band,” he said. “But we always have to spell it out to people,” added Graham Webb, lead guitar Their sound is influenced by Delta blues, classic rock and a bit of soul. They started out by doing covers of Black Keys songs, a band with a similar mix of influences, but Toner made sure to calrify the differences. “They tend to recycle old stuff a lot, we try to create a modern take on it instead,” he said. “There’s definitely a tropical trend in our songs. I grew up in large part in Cuba, so that’s an important influence for me,” he added. Toner is a first year General Social Sciences student at Dawson. The other members, Graham Webb, Kevin White, drummer; and Ryan Young, backup guitarist, met in high school. The three originally formed an alterna-
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An open letter to Mme Marois MJ KROMP STAFF WRITER
Dear Mrs Marois, Here is an editorial you won’t completely understand, taking in consideration your lack of skills in English. Mrs Marois, you have lost my vote (and obviously your mind) ever since you said you wanted to apply the Bill 101 to its fullest extension, therefore preventing Francophone students from studying in English institutions. This decision is harmful to both Anglophone and Francophone parties. As you may already know, mastering the English language is a huge asset and it offers a wide variety of career and travel opportunities. Unfortunately, even with the actual English as a second language program, Francophone students are not currently skilled enough to be comfortable in English and, therefore, lose the potential of becoming citizens of the world. Many Francophone will suffer from this decision. Not to mention that in the business world, many executives speak exclusively in English. If a Francophone didn’t take any intensive English classes, it is unlikely they will get high ranking positions. Is that your goal, or just another way to preserve your precious language? I think I
know the answer. I know it’s hard to accept the fact that the French language isn’t as dominant as before in Montreal and the rest of the Quebec province, but there must be other ways to preserve it. To continue, you intend to close all bridging schools (private institutions to which students, Francophone in this situation, can go before transferring to English public schools). You are eliminating the possibility for Francophone to go to English school. The population of Francophone students in English schools will be extinct. Continuons ce texte d’opinion en français, étant donné votre médiocrité en anglais. Maintenant madame Marois, votre but est-il de faire pleurer les étudiants anglophones? Votre projet de faire passer le même examen de français pour tous les élèves des cégeps anglophones, qu’il soit en Français de base ou en Français 103 est absolument et totalement inconcevable. Comment voulez-vous qu’un élève ayant comme langue seconde le français soit capable de réussir le même examen qu’un élève cent pour cent francophone? Leur cote R diminuera considérablement, et ils ne pourront pas entrer dans le programme de leur choix à l’Université. De plus, obtenir un emploi sera beau-
COMRADES Dear Committee For the Quebec Citizens Who Just Elect new Crooks to Power, I hope summer has been most full of the follies which include most copious amounts of drinking, dancing the mamba, and having the hook ups for most orgasmic sexual activities. For my part, I spend summer in Odessa with most beautiful woman I ever buy at local market. We move in and she cook. Great Success! So you have elected Fascist leader Pauline Marois who will now proceed to biggest ethnic cleansing North America has viewed since Cowboys shoot Indians. Congratulations but no alarm dear beloved ethnic proletarian population, you will not be harmed. She only have four more seats than official opposition. Four seats, Bliat! To stir the shit, I have moved in my own luxurious chair in National Assembly in order to give Soviet Russia’s input on your dealings. But do not worry about separation. If come to that, Communist and internationalist forces shall “install” themselves in your Belle Province and uphold the peace (while never giving you back parliamentary power). If you are worry about dictatorship my Dawsonites, no worries because your DSU executive was elected with less than 5% of student vote so therefore you are most accustomed to this system. Question now all peoples ask is
“where the fuck do we go from heres?” Let me tell you what you must do, wait till the Marois takes down your most gorgeously oppressive law of the 78 and then wait for her to most gloriously fuck up. Once this is accomplished by her persons, break shit in streets, exile this little blond bitch and claim a proper Soviet Government. I also wish to address new school year, for those who are new to this gulag of a school let me introduce myself. I am People’s Political Commissar Anton Stanislovich Plakov. I am the political attaché from Soviet Union to this school ordered to pass most inspiring recommendations to students in order to improve your communist selfs. Recommendations from my person to yours is please skip all classes that are taught by teacher who force you to call him or her Doctor. Unless they are medical doctors tell them to stuck this title up assholes of theirs. If class start at 8 AM then you are ordered to show up at 8:15 of the AM. Lastly, the stoning of hipsters or students of most liberating arts shall not be frowned upon by Soviet Russia. So there is my say for week of this one. If you wish to ask me stupid North American Questions please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org Yours Sovietly, Commissar Anton Plakov
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coup plus facile pour les francophones, maintenant que tous les anglophones seront condamnés à réchauffer les bancs d'école éternellement pour cause de cours de français échoué, pas vrai? J’exagère un peu ici, évidemment, mais on ne sait jamais… Ce sont des choses qui me trottent dans la tête.
De plus, d’après Radio-Canada, vous allez fermer de plus en plus d’écoles anglophones pour favoriser la langue française. Beaucoup de cours de rattrapage à faire, non? Pas sûre que ce soit la meilleure manière de gérer la situation actuelle du français au Québec…
En conclusion, chère chef du Parti Québécois, votre projet de loi est « trèsbeaucoup-pas-mal » improbable. Vous nuisez aux francophones ainsi qu’aux anglophones. Vous faites une grave erreur. Bravo. *Clap. Clap. Clap.* In my opinion, if you get elected, you won’t last long.
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AAA Hockey Around the leagues JACOB COHEN CONTRIBUTOR
Men’s After years of exhibition games and far off trips out of province, the Dawson Blues AAA men’s hockey team is proud to begin its first season in the RSEQ`s (Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec) first division. The Blues men`s squad was added to the RSEQ this summer, and will be playing against eight other college programs across Québec. After a challenging season where the Blues traveled as far as Ottawa and Lake Placid to find competition last year, this year’s team is looking forward to playing against their fellow CEGEP students. Tim Shaw, the only returning goalie from last season, is optimistic about the
Blues’ chances. “We’re definitely excited to be in the league,” Shaw said. “I think we’re going to be a contender, even in our first year.” Thus far, Shaw’s optimism seems well warranted, as Dawson finished their preseason undefeated, beating Lionel Groulx, St. Laurent and Andre Laurendeau. They also outscored their opponents 20-12 in the process. While the Blues have proved that they have no problems lighting the lamp in the preseason, Dawson still has yet to prove itself on the big stage, and will look to start the regular season off strong in just a few weeks. The Blues open the 2012-2013 campaign on the road against Alma on Sept. 22 at Mario Tremblay Center, while their first home game takes place a week later on Saturday, Sept. 29 against Thetford. All home games will be played at Lower Canada College (LCC) Arena, on Royal between Monkland and Notre Dame de Grace. Full schedule is available on the Dawson website.
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Women’s After coming oh-so close to gold last season en route to a bronze medal victory, the Women’s AAA Dawson Blues hockey team is eager to start the 2012-2013 campaign. The Blues will be aiming for just a bit more this season after last year’s heartbreaking 1-0 playoff loss to Limoilou relegated them to the bronze medal game, where they beat Édouard Montpetit 7-5. Since joining the RSEQ (Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec) in 1999, Dawson’s AAA women’s team has always been one of the league’s stalwarts, and this year’s squad hopes to be no different. The Blues finished second in last year’s regular season, and look to keep that momentum rolling into the 2012-13 season. Come playoff time, Dawson will hope to build on last year’s success, where one more win would have propelled them into the gold medal game. Getting back to the Promised Land won’t be easy though, as head coach Scott
Lambton has some big holes to fill, especially on the blue line. Top defenseman Cassandra Poudrier – who was named rookie of the year in her first year and was a first team all-star in both of her seasons at Dawson – finished her Blues career last April. Lambton will rely on his returning core of defensemen to step up and fill the hole left by Poudrier. Three-time Canadian Olympic medalist Kim St-Pierre also returns as the Blues’ goalie coach this season, which should help Dawson keep a few more pucks out of its own net. The Blues open their season this Sunday against defending champions Limoilou, ready to show the champs that their title is far from safe. Dawson first plays host Sept. 22, against Lionel Groulx at the Gadbois Arena. Home games are all played at the Gadbois Arena, which is accessible via the 36 or 37 bus lines. The season runs until late February, with most games played on weekends. Full schedule available on the
With summer coming to a close, student protests beginning anew, and our beloved premier Jean Charest losing power to Parti Xenophobois (*Québécois, silly autocorrect) leader Pauline Marois, we seem to have forgotten about September’s most important issue: The NFL starts this week! As of this writing, the defending champion New York Giants (and your sports editor’s favourite team) are preparing to open the 2012 NFL season against America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys, and I couldn’t be more excited. Side note: You’d think a franchise with a moniker like “America’s Team” would have won more than one playoff game since Y2K, but let’s move on. (For more Cowboys related mockery, please see the very bottom of the page) Ok, enough laughing. The NFL season is officially underway, with the rest of the league beginning play this Sunday. The horrible sports lull between the end of the
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NHL and NBA playoffs and before the NFL season is finally over. Yes, I know the Olympics were great, and no one loves cheering for Canada in Obscure Sports That No One Cares About Except For Two Weeks Every Four Years more than I do, but come on, it’s football season! I know more about the Giants third string running back than I do about Canada’s silver medal winning women’s rowing team. With football, not only do we get to watch the games, but bet on them, analyze them, read about them, and watch highlights again and again. We get to yell at the refs, the announcers, our TVs, and at that guy who walks in front of the screen on third and five when your team is down 21-17 in the fourth quarter. We get to let out all of our anger pent up during the week, and it’s considered socially acceptable (in most cases). In all seriousness though, football offers us an escape. We fall in love with our team again, with Sundays spent with friends and food, and with our heroes, old and new. We forget about the commercials after every possession change, the frustration of
each close loss, and the hundreds (or thousands) of dollars wasted betting on this great game. When September rolls around and everyone’s 0-0, hope springs eternal. Maybe this is the year everything will come together, we tell ourselves. And really, why can’t it? Football isn’t basketball, where we already know what the Finals is going to look like (Heat vs. Thunder/Lakers, anyone?). The Giants didn’t make the playoffs in 2010, and were within one miniscule play of not making the playoffs again in ’11, but a few things fell into place, and by February they were lifting the Lombardi trophy for the second time in five years. “Any given Sunday” is the NFL’s motto, and at the beginning of the season, that motto really transforms into “any given season”. Everyone’s got a chance in September (except you, Browns fans), and that’s what draws us back to the game. So kick back, crack open a cold one, forget about the issues of the world, and watch some football this weekend. Besides, Charest is gone, Marois is here and everything should be alright, no?
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