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M usingsfrom theM anager Oh hai there Dawsonites, I have once again stolen Casandra’s letter for no apparent reason. I thought I should start this letter with this VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION before you all skip over to Skanks. Make sure to check out our Dawson Student Union (DSU) candidate spread on page 6 and 7. Today is the last day to vote for our future representatives, and you should all take 5 seconds out of your days to fill out your ballot. Now back to my usual nonsense. The semester is coming to a close. How did that happen? I feel like yesterday was my first day at Dawson, and now I will be graduating in less than a month. I do not comprehend this. I finally feel like I belong here, and now I have to leave? CEGEP sucks. It does not help that the one university I actually want to go to is taking their sweet ass time to tell me whether or not I am accepted.

But whatever. It’s not like I am impatiently refreshing my email every 4.5 seconds or anything. Thankfully, the constant stream of essays and exams has kept me busy. Ha. That’s a lie. I have been procrastinating and reading The Plant instead. Did all of you know that Pottermore was now available to everyone for free? Make sure to read all about this in the Arts & Culture section. If you have always felt a deep

hatred towards other English Cegeps such as Vanier/John Abbott/Champlain, make sure to read Maika Duperval’s editorial on page 17. On a side note, Casandra just returned and noticed that I stole her letter sooo….gotta run! Happy last 4 weeks of semester everyone! Nathalie “The Flame” Laflamme, Best Production Manager in the History of the World


Quote of the week: “I love it. There’s a French twinge to that,” Gary Lightbody, Snow Patrol lead singer.

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For their biggest conference yet, Dawson’s Model UN debate team headed to New York City from April 3 to 8 to take part in the National Model UN (NMUN) alongside five thousand students from around the globe. Delegates from countries as far and wide as Germany, Italy, and Australia, a large portion of whom are pursuing liberal arts and political science, were divided into two different conferences: one being hosted at the Sheraton, and the other at the Marriott, Dawson participating in the latter. The Marriott conference was sectioned off into six committee sub-categories including the general assembly, intergovernmental organizations, and peace and security, with debates taking place in various conference rooms around the hotel. Committee sessions took place from 9:30 a.m. to 10p.m. each day as of the 3 until the final day of the conference on the 8. Divided amongst their delegations, participants debated issues such as the planet’s quickly increasing population, free trade

agreements, and human trafficking. Simon Cousineau, a fourth-semester Law, Society and Justice student who has participated in many Model UN conferences, appreciated the NMUN experience because it took place in the bustling city. “You’re in New York City at a high-level conference meeting amazing people and not sleeping much,” he said. “Even though we didn’t win anything this year, it was an awesome conference for me.” Monica Cefis, a second-semester Liberal Arts student, was also struck by the grandeur of the event. “It was huge. The conference lasted five days, which is a tad bit longer than a usual simulation,” she said. “However, being in the heart of an amazing city such as New York, it went by far too quickly.” As a break from debating and a chance to socialize with their peers, a dance was held for the participants at the Marriott on the Saturday night of the conference. On the final day of NMUN, the General Assembly delegations’ final voting procedures took place at the United Nations building. “It was a great opportunity,” Kianna Kaspy, fourth-semester Science student said. “It made the conference feel more authentic.”

Delegates outside the United Nations, representing the Philippines

For Cefis, having the opportunity to visit the UN was the highlight of her trip. “We got to wear odd-looking earpieces where automatic translations are usually heard,” she said. “It was like being in a diplomatic spaceship.” The closing ceremonies were also held

at the UN headquarters in the presence of the NMUN’s Secretary General, who ended the conference with a closing speech. He introduced NMUN’s head organizers for the upcoming year, who in turn gave speeches of their own. “I would love to be able to experience

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NMUN once again,” Cefis said. “I would never hesitate to relive this opportunity that allowed me to meet and work with such brilliant students in such an incredible setting.”


The Dawson Rowing Team hosted the Tony Proudfoot Ergathon on Friday April 13 in order to raise funds for themselves and to support research in Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The event took place in 5b.16 and began at 6:30 p.m. with the recreational relay team competition which saw a team composed of Proufoot’s family members take on rowers, friends, and a team of teachers from the Physical Education department. Each team was composed of between four and five rowers who took turns on an air rower for five minutes each until the end of the hour-long competition. The winner was determined by the t e a m who

could row the largest distance display on the machine’s electronic system. “I’m here to support my friends on the rowing team and furthering the research for ASL,” Monika Cefis, an attendee, said. The $20 fee permitted participants to take part in the event and for the first time ever, have access to a buffet. To raise further funds for both causes, there was once again a silent auction at the entrance containing various bottles of wine, paintings, and even a $2,000 bicycle. All proceeds collected at the event were evenly distributed between the rowing team and ASL research. “The event is fun but I’m here because I believe in raising funds for a good cause like ASL research,” Juan Pablo Hernandez, a fourth semester Pure and Applied Science student and

participant, said. The second part of the charity event was an actual competitive event geared to mostly professional and experienced athletes. The 90 minutes-long event saw the participation of various rowing teams such as Dawson, Brebeuf, McGill, Lachine,and Boucherville. Each team has not been active since rowing season came to an end in late fall therefore the competition was perceived as a warm up for competitions to come. “I’m doing it for a good cause and because it happens to be quite a fun event,” Eric Saragosa, a member of the Dawson Rowing Team said. “The team hasn’t done any competition since the beginning of the winter so this event gets us back in shape and permits us to show off our great team spirit.”


A fundraiser benefitting the Montreal Children’s Hospital, named “Build a Wall”, will be taking place on April 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Upper Atrium. The efforts, organized by Dawson’s own Community Recreation Leadership Training program (CRLT), hope to raise $1000 to benefit the Montreal Children’s Hospital and recruit volunteers. The group plans to raise funds through a bake sale, a photo booth with hospital and construction themed props, and purchasable building blocks. Donators will be able to write messages of hope and encouragement on the blocks, and they will all be stackable, to emulate the building of the new “super-hospital” near Vendome metro. The new construction will house several of the hospitals affiliated in the McGill University Health Centre, such as the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Montreal Chest Institute, the Montreal Neurological Hospital and the Montreal Children’s Hospital. The “super-hospital”, set to open in 2014, is expected to be one of Canada’s largest medical facilities to date, according to Construction Canada. “Dawson’s population is approximately 10,000 students, including day students,

night students and faculty,” Meaghan Hamelin, one of the organizers of the event, and CRLT student, said. “If 1 per cent of the Dawson population gave $1, then we would have reached our goal.” The event is being organized as part of a course aimed at fourth semester CRLT students, where they must plan and put a fundraiser into action. Many of the students feel a profound connection with the Children’s Hospital, having either been patients there or known someone who was. The fundraiser is also being planned in the memory of a volunteer close to the program. “Our Business Administration teacher had a husband who recently passed away and he was an important volunteer at the Montreal's Children Hospital,” Hamelin said. “We have a stronger connection to the hospital [because of it].” The organizers also hope to recruit new volunteers to lend their time to the Montreal Children’s Hospital. Many roles are available for volunteers, ranging from escorts to families in Emergency to reading, singing and playing with the children. There is even a program to bring pets, such as cats and dogs, to visit patients in their recovery rooms. Those willing to support the Children’s Hospital are encouraged to join CRLT on April 18 and donate funds or time to the cause.

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Next semester’s Dawson Student Union (DSU) Executive Council candidate hopefuls met in Oliver’s this Monday to participate in a debate and discuss their individual plans and goals for the future of the union. The debate brought in a small crowd of about 30 students. The room listened quietly throughout the hour-and-a-half-long debate, interacting with the candidates through direct questions. The debate began with a quick introductory segment, where each candidate was asked to introduce themselves and briefly summarize why they should get the Dawson students votes. Morgan Crockett, a contender running for Director of Internal Affairs and Advocacy, began by answering, “because I’m

good”, before, then handing the microphone to another one of her fellow ‘Voice’ teammates. Other Voice members gave additional answers that conveyed the slates objectives for the following year. They also described themselves using traits that ranged from organized and trustworthy to communicative and determined. When Change took to the microphone, members expressed how their strengths and experiences would benefit the students. Alexandra Bondar, candidate for Chairman representing Change, said, “I know what the students want. I can represent the different points of views, the different ethnicities.” Change also illustrated another important message; they will strive as a team and

be as neutral and transparent as possible. Karl Usakowski, running for Director of Internal Affairs and Advocacy promised “a crusade for transparency” and better dialogue between the students and administration. When it came to discussing the issue of the meme on the Dawson Memes’ Facebook page that played upon Change’s electoral platform, as well as set ground for a surge of comments towards Bondar’s response to the meme, Voice’s Director of Communications & Mobilization Candidate, Geoffrey Graham, addressed the issue saying, “We hoped it wasn’t from anyone on our team. We want to have a clean and fair election.” Graham was clear when he said Voice does not endorse or condone any form of

DSU candidates inform students on their campaigns, and what they hope to accomplish next year

bullying or intimidation. The rest of the debate featured both teams answering questions in French, demonstrating the bilingualism of the members. Voice agreed to pursue negotiations for a student lounge and Change emphasized their commitment to delivering what the students want. “It was interesting to see all the different arguments and ways our student government can serve the students” Julie Brousseau, a fourth semester CALL student, said. “It’s going to be a tight race and I’m excited to see how it turns out.”

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Best Buddies raise funds SARINE MOUMDJIAN

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“We’re hoping to get people aware of the [Best Buddies]program,” Stephanie Blanchette, a Dawson student and one of the chapter’s presidents, said.

This week, “Best Buddies Dawson” sold tickets around the school for a raffle, which was held on April 10, in order to raise money for activities between the students and the “Buddies”. Stephanie Blanchette, a Dawson student and one of the chapter’s presidents, organized the raffle with the help of Audrey Forrest for the volunteer movement, which creates opportunities for friendships between students and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “We’re hoping to get people aware of the program,” she said. “We’re trying to get as many students involved and it’s also to raise a little bit of money for activities in the program.” Activities between the students and the Buddies often include trips to the Biodome, T-shirt painting, pizza lunches and board game parties. Best Buddies also offers scholarship opportunities. A fellow Dawson student and former Chapter President Francesca Lombardo was crowned winner of the James Raymond Cowling University/College Scholarship. She had recruited 25 students to join the program, one of them being Blanchette. “When I first started Cegep, Francesca, the one who was in charge, had a bake sale, and spoke to me about the program,” she said. “It seemed interesting to join, because the Buddies really seem to enjoy and appreciate spending

time with the students.” “It all started with a university student, Anthony Kennedy Shriver,” Gemma Kerr, Program Manager in the Greater Toronto Area in Saskatchewan, said. “The program grew from there. It came to Canada with its first chapter in 1993.” Today, the program has established chapters in high schools, colleges, and universities all around the world, with more than 250 chapters in Canada alone. Anyone around the country can become a Buddy. “All you really have to do is just fill out an application online,” Kerr said. “Most people have never heard about the program in the school,” a first choice Health Science student and a contributor to the program, Raquel Roth, said. “We’re just hoping that people will get interested and eventually join us.” “It’s a great experience, and you can see how the buddies appreciate what you are doing,” Roth said. “I really benefited from the organization, and I learned a lot.” On April 10, Blanchette and other contributors sold tickets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and announced the winner, Communications coordinator, Donna Varrica. “It was a great turnout,” Blanchette said, “We sold 4012 tickets, for a total of $412, so we are definitely happy.” Dawson students can volunteer an hour of their time, whenever it fits best into their schedule, to spend time with the

The Best Buddies international logo

Buddy. “If anyone wants to join the program they can come by the office at the end of the 5.B wing or they can email us at best-

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Author passes on knowledge ANDREA KRASZNAI STAFF WRITER

Author Adam Leith Gollner

said. “ When I went on a trip to Brazil, I had an epiphany. I was going to write a book about fruits." His next book, Springs Eternal: The Nev-

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erending Quest for Neverending Life will be published this year.

SPACE speech for students

"I would like to give you guys a nugget of wisdom," Adam Leith Gollner, contemporary writer, said. "Writing takes a long time."

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take them for granted,” Geoff Graham, a second semester Nursing student, said. “I found it really cool that there are fruit grafters that are able to make new fruits. It was just all the stuff you really don't hear about." Gollner gave advice to future writers of fiction and non-fiction that Canada Council for the Arts provides grants for anyone between the ages of 16 and 29 as long as they would be able to encounter a mentor in their field that would be willing to guide the applicants. "I would like to give you guys a nugget of wisdom," Gollner said. "Writing takes a long time." Gollner used to write for the student newspaper at Marianopolis College. He has held a variety of jobs, such as telemarketing, film festivals and even in the food industry. He realized that these jobs were time consuming and did not leave him enough time for writing. "If you should pursue writing, it's amazing what art can do to make sense of our experience. You need to try things out and the universe will choose for you,” Gollner


The English department reading series welcomed Canadian contemporary writer Adam Leith Gollner in Oliver's on April 3 to speak about his experience in journalism as well as his travel inspired book. Gollner spoke of the adventures he has experienced with his travels around the world. He explained how fruits do not have the identical properties and flavour when they arrive in our grocery store, and that the places as well as the people surrounding these fruits are different. "I thought [the speech] was excellent,” Gina Granter, a Dawson English teacher, said. “It covered a lot of great topics, from students who are interested in writing to the content of his book. It was obvious that students were really engaged based on their questions.” Gollner then read an excerpt from his book, The Fruit Hunters: A Story of Nature, Obsession, Commerce and Adventure. It has been published not only in Canada, but in Brazil, the United States, the United Kingdom, Korea and Japan as well. "He is someone who fully experienced and explored fruit. He certainly does not



Dawson’s SPACE welcomes special guest speakers to speak about future cities, the significance Buckminster Fuller’s visit to Dawson in 1972 and Transforming Futures, which features an exhibition showing in the Warren G. Flowers Art Gallery at Dawson until April 19. SPACE is an interdisciplinary organization and web magazine that allows students to showcase their works and have academic discussions that go beyond the classroom. Andrew Katz, one of the organizers of SPACE, said that the group goes “beyond school” and that students are “writing for their peers.” “Transforming Futures, Imagining the Cities of Tomorrow” is an exhibition put together by Dawson’s SPACE, and features works done by students, including arts and technology. Some of the exhibition features paintings and sculptures, as

well as engineering projects. SPACE brought in three guest speakers to speak to Dawson students about the future of cities and the significance of certain advancements in urbanization. The evening’s first speaker was Dr. John Buschek, a professor at Carleton University and author, who spoke about future city designs and worldview of ‘Spaceship Earth’, the idea that due to earth’s limited resources, we as humans must seek life elsewhere. In his presentation, he showcases the ‘Dymaxian House’ design, a name given to several of Fuller’s inventions. Buschek went on to present designs for indoor cities, like those drafted by biologist John Todd and architect Paolo Soleri. He spoke of ‘indoor city’ projects brought forth by many architects and scientists, citing one trial that was a failure in the sci-

entific community’s opinion. The second speaker was Concordia University professor and historian Johanne Sloan, who also wrote a book on Expo 67 and its great importance to the history and science communities. She spoke about Buckminster Fuller’s visit to Montreal and the creation of the Biosphere on Ile Saint Hélène. During the Expo, the sphere was used as the American pavilion, and after the expo, the sphere was kept by the city, which through the years has become a national landmark. Sloan explained that the expo helped put Montreal on the international map and that “Expo 67 was Buckminster Fuller’s gift to us,” and was “a utopian movement.” The last speaker of the evening was Thomas Knebuhler, a Swiss artist and photographer, who spoke about the every-

day use of technology and the effect it has on our lives. Knebuhler took rooftop photos of Montreal office buildings and with a zoom, was able to take pictures of the building’s contents at night, mostly cluttered office space and storage. He went on to speak about Montreal’s esthetic beauty, a mix of the old and the new, but said that Montreal is a young city and “is still a work in progress.” After each presenter spoke, there was a discussion period about the subjects presented, and audience members engaged in a discussion about the viability of the Spaceship earth concept and the ideas of setting up these ‘indoor cities’. Buschek concluded the seminar by saying “at the end of the day, if you don’t answer the population problem, then it doesn’t matter what you make your cities out of.”

The group goes “beyond school” and students are “writing for their peers,” Andrew Katz, one of the organizers of SPACE, said.

LAURA MARCHAND An estimated 200 protestors assembled outside of the National Film Board of Canada’s Cinérobothèque on April 10, protesting the federal government cuts that would force the agency to close the doors to their free theatres and lay off 73 employees. The protest was announced following a press release from the National Film Board (NFB), which stated that the $6.7 million cuts (or 10 per cent of their annual budget from the federal government) led to some “tough choices”. In addition to the closing of the Cinérobothèque and the loss of staff, the NFB will also be cutting funding to independent filmmakers, festivals and events. According to an anonymous source who spoke to the Montreal Gazette, funding to the NFB amounts to about 0.2 per cent of the federal budget. Many at the protest were voicing their frustration with signs condemn-

ing the Harper government, such as “Less F-35s, more 35mm” and “Stop your theatrics, Harper”. “The head of the NFB decided that films are no longer deserving of a social space,” Pablo Alvariz, a protestor at the sit-in, said. “They have the mandate to foster cultural spaces. Filmmakers will definitely be affected by this short-sighted decision. [The NFB] is blind and deaf to us.” Others rallied in support of the NFB’s decision, such as Annabelle Aubin. “We aren’t angry at the NFB,” Aubin said. “We are friends of the cinema. We are against Harper, for culture. He’s the one we’re protesting.” The protest, which was publicized as an event on Facebook, began as a sit-on on the sidewalk. However, around noon, the protestors took to the street, blocking St. Denis from Emery St. to De Maisonneuve. The police were able to di-

vert traffic away from the crowd and did not interfere with the sit-in. “I find that’s a direct attack to our culture,” Nathan Maziade, a sixth semester Cinema/Video/Communications (CVC) student, said. “Whether it be for the arts in general or just filmmaking, they should not be cutting funding to culture. It’s what keeps our society together.” For several years, the CVC department at Dawson College participated in “DocShop”, a documentary-creating workshop funded and hosted by the NFB and the CBC. It allowed the two entities to find new talent, while giving new filmmakers a chance to study with more advanced equipment. Both the NFB and the CBC suffered multi-million dollar cuts by this year’s federal budget. According to the Montreal Gazette, an estimated 23,000 people visit the Cinérobothèque every year watch one of 10,000 films or documentaries free for viewing,


The group goes “beyond school” and students are “writing for their peers,” Andrew Katz, one of the organizers of SPACE, said. Photo Credit:

not including those who visit its sister-cinema, the Mediatheque, in Toronto.

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Protesters storm the streets

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DSU executive candidates CHANGE

Name: Alexandra Bondar Desired Position: Chairperson Program: Law, Society & Justice Slate: CHANGE! Have you had any previous experience with the DSU? No, but I'm part of Dawson Model United Nations, I organize charity events, I do a lot of volunteer work and I used to be a member of the student council in my high school. What changes (if any) would you like to see in the way the DSU functions?:The primary goal of our team's slate is to represent ALL of the students in the best possible manner and give the voice to those unheard.To do so, we believe that it is the student bodies' agenda that should remain priority number one. Our initiatives and efforts will be to strive in the direction of a neutral and transparent DSU.

NOTE: All candidates had the chance to answer questions. Unfortunately, not all candidates from CHANGE got back to us in time.

Name: Bahaa Musa Desired Position: Treasurer Program: Social science psychology profile Have you had any previous experience with the DSU? Officially, no , although I do know how things work at least generally. What changes (if any) would you like to see in the way the DSU functions?: An idea I've had recently was to campaign around school to raise awareness what the DSU is, and its importance at Dawson, since many students don’t

Name: Karl Usakowski Desired Position: Director of Internal Affairs and Advocacy Program: Law, Society & Justice Slate: Change Have you had any previous experience with the DSU? No, I have not had that opportunity yet but I have had experience when it comes with clubs and events. What changes (if any) would you like to see in the way the DSU functions?: There are no dramatic changes to be brought forth but I would like to assist in the proper functioning of the new Student Council, survey over the proper maintenance of protocols and rules when dealing with any matter of constitution, make sure that any position taken by the executive is that of the students and develop a better dialogue between the administration and the students.

Name: Lorina Bolea Desired Position:Student Life Slate: Change

Election Elephant says: “Make sure to vote guise!”

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VOICE Name: Laura Graciela Di Genova Desired Position: Deputy Chair Program: Cin/vid/Com Have you had any previous experience with the DSU? Since 2010 I have been a member of several clubs at Dawson, such as Chill Club, Comedy Club and Electro House Club. Being part of these clubs has given me the opportunity to work very closely with the DSU and get to know the executives. Because of my involvement in DSU functions I had to opportunity to go to the Canadian Federation of Students Skills Symposium in June 2011 as a member of the DSU where I was lucky enough to meet some amazing activists from other Student Unions across Canada. I also attended this year's Lobby Week where students from across Canada had the chance to sit down with MPs and Senators and discuss a plan to work towards a more accessible education. Lastly, In Fall 2011 I was appointed Executive Assistant of the DSU because of all my involvement and hard work. The position of Executive Assistant allowed me to get more involved in what happened in the DSU and gave me more opportunities to meet amazing student activists from across the country. What changes (if any) would you like to see in the way the DSU functions?: The DSU has done a wonderful job this year and I want to make sure next year is even better. I would like to get more students interested in what happens in their Union. I want to work together with The Plant to advertise events and functions that more students can get involved in. I want to create a more friendly Student Union Office and keep our door open so that students won't feel too shy to come in. I want to work really hard to make sure that more students have a say in what the DSU does so that we make sure to

Name: Audrey Deveault Desired Position: Chairperson Program: Part-Time Student At Dawson this year, I was Chairperson and I don’t think I’ve had a more gratifying experience than to work for and with the students. In this past year, I was also elected Quebec representative on the National executive of the Canadian Federation of Students and attended many rallies and meetings with students across the country and built ties in the struggle for accessible education. I also served as a student representative on the Dawson College Board of Governors. If re-elected, I want to continue working along your side to make the Dawson experience more than just the two years before university. I want students to feel a sense of community. I want to make students more aware of their rights, and at the same time fight for them. I am confident that my experience, along with my passion for empowerment, will not only enrich Dawson as a school, but every student that is in it.

properly represent the students.

Name: Edith Beauvais Desired: Treasurer Program: Call: Languages This semester I created the Spanish Reading Book Club for students learning Spanish. I thought courses didn’t give us enough chance to practice our skills. I also started a petition to pressure Dawson into offering higher level Chinese classes. I want to improve our habits to create a more sustainable Dawson, participate in giving a more accessible education for all and look for a more enjoyable time on the campus for everyone. I believe we can do so, by creating a student run-lounge where student could work in our community, for our community. Our team also thought that having students making their course change on line rather than in line would allow student to benefit more of their time.

Name: Geoffrey Graham Desired Position: Director of Communication & Mobilisation Program: Nursing My previous experience with the DSU has been my involvement with the Mobilization Committee in the Fall semester of 2011 and the winter semester of 2012. During that time I have taken every opportunity to find out as much as possible about the workings of the Union. I am satisfied with the functions of the DSU, but in terms of the WAY the DSU functions, I believe that there should be a stronger focus with regards to communicating with the student body. The communication strategies have been very effective, but I believe it is important to constantly strive for more student participation. . The communication strategies have been very effective, but I believe it is important to constantly strive for more student participation. Our school is very busy, and in finding a way to stimulate more students' interest, there would likely be an increase in the quantity, quality, and variety of events held around the school.

Name: Nicholas Di Penna Desired Position: Director of External Affairs Program: Presently in Psychology, transferring into CALL: Literature I've spent a large portion of my time working with and for the mobilisation committee/Dawson Persists. Furthermore, I've spent an equally large portion of my time discussing with the current Director of External Affairs, Leonard Leprince, learning about the student federations, associations, and various other student organizations. More open mindedness from the DSU's view on external relations, a more personable approach to dealing with student's and their causes. Overall, a more open and personable DSU, one students won't be afraid to approach. A student union prepared to voice the needs and wants of the students.

Name: Kayla Christos Program: CALL- Literature Position: Director of Clubs and Services This winter, I was a part of the 'Yes Committee' and I also am one of the founding members of Dawson Persists, a group formed to help students with the ongoing movement. This experience has made me much more independent and also has taught me to be more efficient in everything that I do. I don't think that anything needs to be changed within the DSU itself, but I would love to see students more involved with their union. For this reason, I plan to make sure to be more open with the students, to be "out there" and to ensure that all students feel heard.

Name: Morgan Crockett Desired Position: Director of Internal Affairs and Advocacy Program: Law, Society & Justice I was an active member of the "Yes" committee and then became a member of Dawson Perists/Mob squad. I also testified in front of the Parliamentary Senate in Ottawa as to the negative impacts of Bill C-19, the act to amend the Firearms Code.

Name: Fatima Santin. Desired Position: Director of Student Life. Program: Cinema/Video ad Communications. Most of the experiences I had with the DSU are through the club spaces. I have organized events, such as the breakfast day and The Chilloween haunted house. When I'm not organizing events I enjoy the many events that the DSU holds such as the Cultural Food Fair Day and the Soul Food Gala and The Kids Stay Home event and many more. I also help the DSU whenever they need to get petitions signed around the school and to spread the word to all the students about their rights and concerns of the school and the student movement.

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Racist? There's a pill for that




OTTAWA (CUP) — Since the 1960s, propranolol has been a drug prescribed as a beta-blocker to lower blood pressure. Sylvia Terbeck, an experimental psychology and neuroscience PhD candidate at

the University of Oxford, recently noticed that propranolol also has tangible effects on certain parts the brain. “Since I do neuroscience, I know from the biochemistry of the drug that it not only reduces your blood pressure, but it works in some areas of the brain,” Terbeck said in an interview with the Fulcrum. “I was specifically interested in the

one [part of the brain] the drug is working on called the amygdala, which deals with emotion processing and fear processing. I wanted to test the hypothesis that fear responses are really causally relevant or crucially important for a prejudice.” To test Terbeck’s hypothesis, she and a few fellow researchers screened a group of 36 Caucasian volunteers for medical eligi-

bility. They gave one half a placebo, the other half propranolol, and then had the two groups take the Implicit Association Test developed at Harvard University, which measure’s individuals’ subconscious race biases. “What usually happens in the test is that white participants seem to have a preference for white faces, meaning they find it easier to associate white faces with good words as compared to black faces with good words, or they find it easier to associate black faces with bad words compared to white faces with bad words,” explained Terbeck. “This favouritism — this bias in the response — disappeared when they took the drug.” Monique Frize, an emeritus professor at the U of O and professor at Carleton University in biomedical engineering, commented on the possibility that Terbeck’s research can be seen as unethical. “When I do anything with patients and doctors, I have to make sure that they’re all aware of the potential risks and the benefits,” noted Frize. “So I think if that was clearly explained, then I don’t see an ethical problem with people being encouraged to take this.” Frize stated that she would prefer re-

search funding go towards altering people’s race prejudices in a more natural manner, as racism is not an issue that should be considered solved by taking a pill. “I think it’s a cultural problem, I think it’s an attitude problem, and a behaviour problem,” Frize said of racial biases. “Instead of working on chemicals, I would work on [the patient’s] attitude. Why do they have this fear? I would prefer to see fear reduction through psychological means rather than chemical [ones].” Terbeck noted she is not an ethicist, but she works closely with researchers who are aware of the sensitive nature of her research. Terbeck believes her findings are important, and that her research could lead to positive developments. “One of my co-authors said that there’s a recent report that we might want to consider that for judges or in employment cases, in some decisions, some groups would be disadvantaged [and taking propranolol] would be a good thing. Terbeck is already working on new studies to confirm her findings and delve deeper into how our brains deal with fear and race prejudices.

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TORONTO (CUP) — More students are saving their calories during the day by cutting back on eating so they can binge drink at night. The University of Missouri has released the results of a study showing that one in five students choose to drink instead of eat. This growing trend among university and college students, according to the study, has been called "drunkorexia." Students in the study said they are saving their money for alcohol and are aiming to get drunk quicker. But while cutting back on food to drink more is a health concern, binge drinking, while something to be avoided according to health recommendations, is prevalent among students. “From our study so far, it's really hard to find people who don't engage in binge drinking at all,” said McMaster University psychology professor Suzanne Becker, who is researching into links between histories of binge drinking and its effects on cognitive performance. In terms of the health effects of excessive alcohol intake, usually in the form of binge drinking, some short-term effects include the

slowing down of the involuntary reflexes like breathing and the gag reflex — declines in reflexes being an indicator of alcohol poisoning. "Generally people are OK with reacting to the expected, but poor at reacting to the unexpected," said Becker. "For instance, when someone runs out in front of your car, you're very poor at dealing with the unanticipated. You might be fine at rolling along on autopilot, but if you have to deal with something unexpected, you'll be slower, and you might miss things that should grab your attention, but don't." As well as a decline in reflexes, there are other short-term symptoms that are seen with excessive alcohol consumption. “Some of the symptoms that go along with alcohol poisoning can be very dangerous,” said Ian Culbert of the Canadian Public Health Association. “You have extreme confusion, the inability to be awakened, vomiting, seizures — so obviously you see some really nasty stuff.” Even the recovery from consumption can be seen to have effects on health. "The alcohol acts as a depressant, so your brain tries to compensate by generating more neural activity, so when you're withdrawing from the alcohol you can have this rebound excitation that's actually potentially toxic to the brain," said Becker. “So alcohol withdrawal may be part of the

reason why it hampers your brain particularly badly.” Binge drinking — which is classified as the consumption of five drinks in a row for men and four drinks in a row for women — is typically seen more in teenagers and universityage adults. That has the potential to cause problems further down the line, with the effects of binging seemingly stronger the younger the drinker. “We know that the early developing brain is very vulnerable to alcohol — you get fetal alcohol syndrome when the fetus is exposed. Likewise, the adolescent and teenage brain is very vulnerable especially in the areas still undergoing development,” said Becker. “Early binging could cause long-lasting, permanent brain damage.” Other effects brought on by consistent binge drinking are common of other alcohol abuse disorders. “The wear and tear it has on your body, the breakdown of your social relationships, the inability to maintain professional employment — all those are the trickle down effects of alcoholism,” said Culbert. Although the speed in which consumption takes place when binging can be a problem, Culbert adds that the major issue is not the number of drinks that are consumed, but the timeframe of consumption and the way that drinks are processed by the body. “People always try to put a number on it

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because it makes it OK, but how the alcohol is processed through your body makes all the difference in the world,” said Culbert. “It tends to go back to what is the motivation for drinking in the first place.” That motivation can be anything from emotional triggers, the idea of alcohol as a stress reliever, or in the case of students, the simple aim to get drunk or the desire to feel

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adult. “I'd like to know how you'd possibly get through to teenagers and what kind of information would it take to make them change their behavior,” said Becker. “Even in the face of really hard evidence that something you're doing will cause brain damage, does that change their behaviour? Not really. We need massive public education,” she added.

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Kanae Kijima, dubbed by the press as "The Black Widow," was sentenced to death in Japan on April 13 after receiving a guilty verdict from presiding judge, Kazuyuki Okhuma, for the murders of three of her former lovers. According to the BBC, Kijima, 37, murdered three men, Yoshiyuki Oide, Takao Terada and Kenzo Ando, aged 41, 53, and 80 respectively, by poisoning them with carbon monoxide from burning charcoal after knocking them out with sleeping pills. Kijima, who worked as an escort and paid-for mistress in the past, allegedly killed the three men because she wanted to avoid them demanding back the money she had taken from them over the course of brief relationships, BBC reported. "Three times she carried out extremely

serious and vicious crimes," Judge Ohkuma told Global Post. Kijima committed the crimes "in order to maintain her luxurious life full of vainglory without working.” Okhuma continued by assuring that there would be no leniency given to Kijima “as the defendant committed the crimes for selfish purposes. She reiterated irrational excuses in court and did not show any remorse." The persecutors in charge of “The Black Widow” case managed to win their guilty conviction without any of the firm evidence courts usually require, like eyewitness testimonies or a confession. Instead, they made and won their case based on several pieces of convincing circumstantial evidence, which include Kijima's receipts of purchases for sleeping pills and coal briquettes, in addition to the fact that she had met with each man shortly before their deaths, Times of India reported.

According to India Express, the case garnered so much attention in the media, more than 1,300 people queued up outside the courthouse on Friday to witness the outcome of the trial firsthand. Japan Today reported that despite the guilty verdict, Kijima still insists she’s innocent and is planning to appeal. Her legal team stand by their defense that the victims committed suicide because they were too distraught after she had broken up with them and “couldn’t imagine a life without her.” Suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning via burning coal is a fairly popular suicide method in Japan, BBC reported. According to The Daily Yomiuri, Kijima was also charged with seven other counts of lesser crime, including fraud and theft.


A ten year-old girl from the Wayuu tribe in Columbia gave birth to healthy to a baby girl in early April. She visited a local hospital for the first time since her pregnancy began to give birth via cesarean section, Dailymail reported. After giving birth, the Columbian girl, whose name was not released, became one of then world’s youngest mothers, Fox News reported. The age of the girl sparked an outcry. The Columbian police would arrest the

father except they have run into a cultural barrier, CBS News reported. The Wayuu tribe is allowed to govern itself, the police can’t arrest the father for underage sex because having children at a very young age is a part of the tribe’s culture and laws, despite 10 being too young even for them, Fox News reported. According to Dailymail, rumors of the father’s age are either 15 or 30 years old and information on the father is virtually nothing, as the tribe is actively hiding his identity from the press. The girl arrived at the hospital in enormous pain, sobbing heavily because of her contractions. The hospital was unprepared for her arrival, as they hadn’t been monitoring her throughout the


Two earthquakes struck western Mexico on April 11 and 12, causing civilians to run onto the streets in panic yet no major damages have been reported. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a magnitude 6.5 quake occurred in the evening of April 11 in the state of Michoacan followed by a 6.9 magnitude quake on the morning of April 12 off Baja California. The first had a depth of 12.4 miles and the second had a depth of 6.2, reaching the capital. Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard posted on his Twitter account that “there were no initial signs of serious damage” since important services such as the international airport and subway were properly functioning after the first quake, according to Reuters. According to CTV News, authorities also stated that no serious damage or injuries were caused by the two quakes. However, residents were in a panic and shaken by the scare. In the city of Hermosillo when the 6.9 magnitude quake hit at 12:15 a.m. local

time, people woke up distressed and resorted to calling the civil protection offices in Hermosillo, clogging the phone lines, as explained by Luis Enrique Cordova, director of emergency services in Sonora. He also said no serious damage was detected, according to The Star. According to ABC News, [p]eople were mostly shaken by the fact that there have been many quakes in Mexico during the past month. An earthquake struck the states of Guerrero and Oaxaca on March 20, with a magnitude of 7.4, which caused much damage and injury. Since then, almost 400 aftershocks followed suit. “We just had another earthquake, this is damn scary,” a Twitter user from Mexico said. Each year, the country is hit with many small magnitude quakes but they are not directly caused by one another, scientists said according to The Huffington Post. The quakes are the result of three tectonic plates coming together off the Pacific Coast of Mexico. On average, there is a 5.0 or more magnitude earthquake each month, Victor Espindola, a Mexico national seismological service worker explained. “What we’re experiencing is nothing extraordinary,” he said.


pregnancy, CBS News reported. After the cesarean section, the baby was born only five pounds, despite being born after 39 weeks (38 weeks is a normal pregnancy). The mother and child have been determined to be doing well but are still being monitored in the neo-natal unit of the hospital just to be safe, Dailymail reported. “We've already seen similar cases [with] Wayuu girls. At a time when [the girls] should be playing with dolls, they go to having to take care of a baby. It's shocking,“ Efraín Pacheco Casadiego, director of the hospital where the birth took place, said.

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The Montreal Film Industry

STEFANIE BROOS NEWS EDITOR “You have to see something in your mind, and want to see it outside of your mind,” Jean-François Pouliot, a Montreal Director, said of the industry’s hardships and the passion needed to succeed in the Montreal film industry. Whether one makes it big on a lucky break, or slowly pounds the pavement and works their way up the ranks, the Montreal film industry is an ever evolving one who’s success, particularly in Francophone films, has seen a surge of recognition on the world stage in

the past few years, priming the workforce for the next generation of filmmakers. For the second year in a row, a Quebec film has been nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Academy Awards this past February. Although the Iranian nomination, A Separation won in the end, two weeks later, Monsieur Lazhar swept the board at the Genie awards, Canada’s most prestigious film awards with a triumph in six of the nominated categories. “The Montreal film industry is very vibrant, not the English film

industry, that’s practically non-existent other than American films coming to film here, but the French Québécois film industry in extremely vibrant,” Josette Perrotta, a Montreal Producer, said. “There is huge talent [here] and huge advancements.” Perrotta, who has worked as a Production Manager and Producer chose to pursue this field because “it seemed like something that just fit for [her].” She has worked on many productions, most notably the widely successful blockbuster film, 300, as well as The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and The Spiderwick Chronicles.

In many cases, professionals in the industry start out working in other areas and by chance or by choice careers are shaped along the way. “I studied Liberal Arts at Marianopolis College, so that gave me a little bit of a foundation in terms of exploring the theatrical arts, but not very much,” Stephanie CocoPalermo, Montreal Actor and Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Artists Apprentice (ACTRA) Member, said. “I went on to do Communications at the University of Ottawa, then after returning for a Masters in a

different discipline, I finally had the courage to take an acting class.” Palermo later went on to say that after that initial acting class, she never looked back and since then has taken an abundance of courses with various professionals throughout Montreal and Ottawa. Having acquired her first ACTRA credit quite recently (a full ACTRA Members requires four credits), Palermo has contributed either as an Actor or Director to commercials, and many theatrical productions such as the Montreal Fringe Festival.

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While some actors are allured into jumping right into the industry and put education on the backburner, Palermo insists that regardless the topic of study, further education is an asset that should not be overlooked in terms of the benefits that it can have in a professional acting career. “I think just being in school and getting a university education really

taught me how to be disciplined and work hard for results,” Palermo said. “This type of training in itself is great for actors.” Younger actors, such as those studying in Professional Theatre at Dawson have a tough choice to make by either starting their careers, or pursuing higher education. As future graduates of a theatre program recognized by ACTRA, for completing the program, all students are eligible for their first credit. This gives the ac-

tors an edge of non-ACTRA members as they are part of the union. This gives performers greater opportunities for auditions and work opportunities, as well as the protection from the union. I want to get a university degree because I feel like when you’re young, it’s harder to get roles, so instead of wasting time, I’d rather stay in school,” Julia Borsellino, a fourth semester Professional Theatre student, said.

Wanting to pursue education, Perrotta studied Communication Arts at Concordia University, learning to appreciate style in and about film. However, in this line of work, despite the higher education that can be attained, there is still nothing that can compare to the wealth of knowledge that one gains on set through a real working environment.


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“The best way to learn acting and develop your craft is to work,” Palermo said. “You learn so much from being on set […] just seeing how things work and studying other actors if you have that opportunity.”

Terry Chiu, a Cinema, Video and Communications student, who was recently accepted into the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University hopes to have “a certificate in film production at the end of the day as a badge.” However he notes, “it all depends on what [he] takes away from it.” The industry can be rewarding and exciting, tiresome, stressful, but for the professionals, it’s all in a day’s work.

Pouliot, who is known best for the widely popular Québécois film La grande seduction and The Little Book of Revenge began his CEGEP education studying in Pure Science, but not finding the passion that he was looking for, Pouliot opted for Concordia University’s study of Communication Arts as well; he had originally set out to become a Director of Photography, not a Director.

“The industry’s got up and downs and the only thing that I can say is to hold a course. If that’s what you want to do, then that’s what you do,” Perrotta added. “I’ve seen a lot of people go into the industry when it was at a peak and they thought it was always going to be at that peak. So they lived high, they blew their money, and then the industry when down, and they lost their homes, their

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For the two-time Genie nominated Director and winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance film Festival, desire is what can drive or deter a career in this workforce. “The advice that I would give to anyone that wants to make it in the industry […] is to have passion,” Pouliot said. “Like Steve Jobs said, ‘in advance, you don’t know how to connect the dots’. Just go for it, if you’re not passionate, you won’t go through all the hardship.” Heather Wallace, a Cin/Vid/Com teacher at Dawson College who was an Executive Producer at CBC for a radio program explained that to make it in this industry is hard, and to have an education as a back-up is important and useful.

“It’s very hard to break into the industry, you have to be prepared for rejection,” Wallace said. “[Education] is important because it helps give you a wider base to fall back on.” As one of the three major cities where productions are filmed each year, along with Toronto and Vancouver, Montreal brings a unique element of bilingualism to the world stage, as well as cultural diversity and originality. From continuing on to a Master’s or simply finishing a CEGEP DEC, a future career can never be certain in this field of work, but for those who crave the cinematic experience, that seems to be worth the risk. “It’s going to be hard, and it’s going to be harder than you think,” Pouliot said. “In the end it doesn’t really matter if its film, […] what matters is that there’s something in your head that you want to have out there, and you do it.”

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“After University, my first job was at Cinepix films,” Perrotta noted. “I wrote copy for newspaper ads, publicity campaigns for the films they were distributing and answered phones. Because of this I learned a little about how things were done.”

money, their jobs, they were in debt. It’s a difficult life.”

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STAFF WRITER A 30-minute short film demonstrating the Invisible Children’s Foundation campaign, Kony 2012 was uploaded to the Internet on March 5, and has since gone viral, reaching a total of over 100 million viewers, the approximate equivalence to Canada’s population multiplied by three. Kony is a man who lies at the very top of the International Criminal Court’s list for his leadership of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda which forces children to participate in murderous conflicts that have lasted for over 20 years. The ICF is geared to inspire the youth, all around the world to unite as a whole in order to have their voices heard. “We are storytellers, activists and everyday people who use the power of media to inspire young people to help end the longest running armed conflict in Africa. We make documentaries, tour them around the world, and lobby our nation’s leaders to make ending this conflict a priority”, Invisible Children’s Blog reported. The foundation believes that if nations all around the globe express their opinions, they can truly influence the people in power, such as the government and various celebrities to take further actions to expedite an end to the struggle. Unfortunately, shortly after the video’s debut, viewers began doubting the efforts of the ICF, along with the significant legitimacy of Kony 2012. In a class of 32 students at Dawson College, each individual claimed to be aware of what the ICF was and how it was going about to capture Joseph

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Kony. Meanwhile, only 42 per cent of those students stated that they support the ICF, along with its plan of action to capture Kony. The remaining 58 percent insisted that the Joseph Kony campaign was a scam and that the ICF has not approached the issue as it should have. “Almost everything is wrong with this simple picture […]The kind of social media activism the video promotes is calculated to make Americans feel good about themselves for ‘spreading awareness’ of child soldiering,” Bruce A. Dixon, a blogger from the Northern Truth Seeker said. Individuals who disapprove of the campaign’s legitimacy have formed a misconception of the ICF. They believe that like any other aid organization, it should be sending clothes and water to Africa’s youth. Others have also expressed their opinions about the lack of money that is actually being donated to African related causes. “I’ve heard a lot of people talking about how the Invisible Children’s Foundation was giving more of their donated money to employees travelling back and forth from the United States to Africa than to actual relief organizations in Africa,” Callie Dorfman, a third semester General/Social Sciences student said. The majority of doubts expressed about the ICF, however, are towards their campaign, Kony 2012, which pertains to an event that is set to occur on Friday. This event, referred to as “Cover the Night” is one in which individuals from all around the world are planning to participate. On April 20, over 14,000 people from Montreal have agreed to meet at various places such as Place Des Arts, McGill and Concordia UniverI’ve never jerked off in San Diego. Have you?

sity to blanket as many streets in the city as they can with pictures of Kony’s face. Several individuals have shown their lack of confidence in the effectiveness of covering the streets with Kony’s face. “Putting posters everywhere and wearing bracelets isn't going to help the movement at all,” reported the Visible Children blog, which is a movement against the ICF’s efforts. Many of them, however, do not fully understand the ultimate goal of the Kony 2012 campaign. The ICF is not an aid organization, but an awareness and advocacy association. The ICF, along with its Kony 2012 campaign is a global movement. The truth of the matter is, as well, that people cannot work for free, and salaries must be paid. “Thirty-seven percent of our budget goes directly to central African-related programs, about 20 per cent goes to salaries and overhead, and the remaining 43 per cent goes to our awareness programs,” said Jedidiah Jenkins, Invisible Children’s Director of Ideology in an interview posted on the Visible Children’s blog. According to the Kony 2012 documentary, while the mission to capture Kony has been going on since 2005, the US government has announced that it will cancel the mission, unless it knows that people outside of Africa actually care about the issue. The ICF’s event, “Cover the Night” has proven its potential effectiveness. “The rest of the world will go to bed Friday night and wake up to hundreds of thousands of posters, demanding justice on every corner," Jason Russell, creator of the Kony 2012 video said in his documentary.

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The Kony 2012 video clearly depicts the pertinence in raising awareness about Kony’s actions and how publicising his crime to such a great extent is in fact active. “People need to participate in “Cover the Night”. This is the only way that the government will interfere with the issue and actually take initiative to end the madness. The Canadian and American governments will only take action in the matter once they see that the majority of the local population actually care for it,” Taylor Madew, a fourth semester Child Studies student said. Madew plans on participating in “Cover the Night” along with a group of 15 other students. Their group has decided to begin their plan of action at McGill University and will poster their way around the Downtown area. “The reason why capturing Kony is taking so long is because the government doesn’t think the issue really affects the local population. But the truth is, we care, we truly care deeply for the children suffering in Africa. Perhaps once the government sees how much we support the cause after ‘Cover the Night’, they will decide to take action,” she said. Max Pancer, a second semester Health Sciences student will be participating in “Cover the Night” to express his passion for the ICF’s cause. “By participating, people everywhere can render Kony to justice by simply showing the government that they care,” he said. “The people of the world see each other and can protect each other, […] What we do or don’t do right now will affect every generation to come,” Russell, said in his documentary.

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Philadelphia-born artist Colette Fu can convince you of two things, that there is such a thing as sorcery, and that she has a complete mastery of the craft, as seen by her ability to create completely ridiculous pop-up books. Colette Fu visited Montreal for a two-week residency starting on April 12, in order to teach a two-day course on crafting pop-up books. A presentation was held at Atelier Graff, where Fu explained her works, inspirations and experiences as a popular artist that’s won many prizes and studied in several renowned institutes across North America. Fu has three series of books, 21 first major projects, the haunted Pennsylvania series, and the 25 ethnic minorities of Yunnan Province, China. When listening to Colette Fu speak about her beginning work, it was very clear that her works were highly affected by her coworkers, a food scientist and a playwright, at the Alden’s institute and her own personal life. For example, she created a pop-up book about consumerism and the fast food industry using pictures of a colon and McDonald’s food with a happy meal that all popped out. Another piece that stood out was her book

featuring a rotten egg she found that she said represented genetic modification, Easter, holidays and abortion. Fu uses her own photos to create her pop ups and she often visits museums and factories, as well as other inspirational places to create her books. Some of these places include a steak factory, a pasta factory, a prosthetic leg factory, a sewage center and a penitentiary. After having seen her first series and second series about haunted places in Pennsylvania, she was quick to mention that she doesn’t know where her mindset was at the time because the work seems so dark. Colette Fu’s first two series, dark comedy hits informative documentary, in 3D! Fu might have started off being a slightly stereotypical artist, with her book’s themes being about consumerism, and the dark side of things, but her skill was what set her apart. Her books fold so well that they end up being very thin, but when they open up they’re several feet tall and wide and the fact that it folds up so well, and creates such an excellent 3D image. This is the magic of Colette Fu’s art. If her first two series were dark, her third, and latest, are anything but. With a scholarship from the United States, Fu was sent to make pop-up books that represented the 25 different ethnic minorities in her mother’s home province in Yunnan, China. The books created from this voyage are even more com-


plex then her first two series, as she’s gained considerably more skill after her several residencies, and they’re informative and descriptive of the different minorities’ cultures and traditions.

The most amazing thing about her presentation wasn’t her pop-up books, but how she captured the essence of her trips and relationships and put it into art. Hearing her stories was nothing short of inspirational and

the books I got to see where mind-blowingly detailed and extraordinarily well crafted. Colette Fu deserves nothing less then an A+.


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songs, “Give me Love” “The A Team,” “You Need me I Don’t Need You”.


Snow Patrol and Ed Sheeran took over a full Metropolis on April 16 for Snow Patrol’s Fallen Empires tour. Ed Sheeran came on stage at around 8 p.m. with only his guitar and his signature orange microphone, and the crowd went insane. After his first song, Sheeran exclaimed, “Wow, you guys are loud!” which the audience enthusiastically responded to. He played three of his most famous

During “You Need me but I don’t need you,” Sheeran struggled to quiet down the audience in order to…… Snow Patrol then took over the stage, causing a second wave of excitement in the crowd. They played both songs from previous albums and from Fallen Empires. Snow Patrol’s energetic performance spread through the audience, causing everyone to dance and sing along. Even those who had only gone to the concert to

see Ed Sheeran (which was a surprisingly large amount of people) could not deny the pure talent and charisma emanating from the band. The décor was kept simple, with colorful lights and projected images of birds or of the band’s previous videos on a large screen. Of course, Gary Lightbody, Snow Patrol’s lead singer, could not get over how enthusiastic the crowd was, and repeatedly thanked everyone. After a few songs, Snow Patrol invited Ed Sheeran back on stage to sing “New


York,” one of their new chilling singles, with the band. The crowd went insane, and with reason, the love song was absolutely beautiful. Lightbody laughingly mentioned that this duet really gave a new sense to the song. “You guys are awesome…this is for you…” Lightbody said before playing Snow Patrol’s most famous song, “Chasing Cars.” Every single person in the crowd seemed to be singing along, so much that you could barely hear the band. Had the band been playing any other

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song, the crowd would probably not have realized when Lightbody forgot a line. He then proceeded to hit his palm to his face and laugh. Snow Patrol also asked the audience to participate by having them repeat after them. After singing a few lines, Lightbody laughingly said, “I love it, there’s a little French twinge to that.” This is not a concert that will be soon forgotten. Hopefully both Snow Patrol and Sheeran will be back soon, hopefully with Ed Sheeran’s friends Rizzle Kicks.

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Hayyy-yyyah Hay Fever is Dawson theater at its absolute finest. Directed by Winston Sutton, it is the Dawson Professional Theater program's final production for the 2012 graduating class. Be prepared for fast paced dialogue, satirical comedy and loud British accents full of words like "frowsy" and "spurious" (a glossary can be found in the play's program). When these words are first muttered, you just know it's going to be an entertaining show about over dramatic Brits. What can be better than that? Hay Fever is set in the 1920's in a village called Cookham in Berskshire, England. A weekend full of drama, flirtation, confusion and wit take place at the Bliss family residence. The play begins with brother and sister Simon and Sorel Bliss. They bicker and come to discover that they have each invited a guest over for the weekend. Little do they know that their mother, retired actress Judith Bliss, and father, author David Bliss, have also invited guests of their own. A very interesting weekend is ahead of them as the guests get thrown in the middle of a very peculiar and dysfunctional family drama. The first five minutes of the play are hard to grasp since you get tossed right in

a conversation between Simon and Sorel. It’s tough to get used to their British accents, but once you do, the play grabs your full attention for its two hour length. There isn’t much of a plot and the action is slow, but it still manages to keep you entertained because of the high energy of the actors. They did a phenomenal job keeping their characters as convincing as ever, except for the lack of authentic British accents of a couple of the actors. An honorable mention goes out to Chantale Demole who plays the starring role of Judith Bliss. She performed with such poise yet so much hilarity that your eyes are glued to her practically the whole play. Mara Lazaris and Adam Capriolo, who play Sorel and Simon Bliss, also deserve recognition for their very convincing performance of two spoiled stubborn Brits. The set is worth mentioning because of its perplexity and beautiful design. A lot of the time I found myself looking at the interesting things on the set while listening to the characters. Be sure not miss out on the hilarious Hay Fever this month until April 28. It is guaranteed to give you a laugh. Photo Credit:

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All-American Rejects Kids in the Street Interscope, DGC SHAUNA ZILVERSMIT STAFF WRITER

The Oklahoma band The All-American Rejects released their album Kids in the Street on March 26, making it their fourth studio album to be released worldwide. In this new album it’s clear that the band wanted to stick to their alternative rock origin, while still branching out and adding an essence of pop to some their songs. Songs like “Kids in the Street” and “Gonzo” are great examples in this new style they bring to their music. Both songs have a melodious slowness to them, but contain the same up-beat sound we come to expect from this band. Together the

sounds create an interesting and perfect blend. Tyson Ritter (lead vocalist and bass guitarist), Nick Wheeler (lead guitarist and backing vocalist), Mike Kennerty (rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist) and Chris Gaylor (drummer and percussionist) also made sure to stay true to their roots and please their fans with songs like “Somebody’s Gone” and “Walk Over Me”. “Somebody’s Gone” which is the leading song on the album begins with that quick up-beat tone we’ve come to expect from the band and is maintained through out. However, the best song on the album was definitely “Walk Over Me” which is the song that demonstrates perfectly the tune we got from the band we first fell in love with. The lyrics and beat to this song are a perfect mix, making this song the all around package. The only down fall is that this song, which appear in the middle of the album, is so good that the other songs, while still good, fall short of expectations. “Walk Over Me” is the song that needed to close the album so that fans are left wanting more. Overall, The All-American Rejects have released an album that is surely a crowd pleaser to both new and old fans. They’ve kept to their roots, but went out and tried something new that works just as well for them. The album Kids in the Street is a must have for all All-American Reject fans and people who like alternative rock and pop music.


One Direction Up All Night Columbia Records MAIKA DUPERVAL STAFF WRITER

Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson make up the X-Factor famous, British-Irish boy band One Direction. After placing third place in the seventh season of The X Factor, One Direction was signed to Simon Cowell’s Syco Records and later signed to North America’s Columbia Records. Up All Night is One Direction’s debut album, released on March 13, 2012 and has debut at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200. The album is filled with catchy hits and melodies for the ladies and young men wishing they were these five young

men, but they belong where every other successful boy band belongs…and that’s back in the 90’s. Their hit single “What Makes You Beautiful” is an upbeat, fun and enthusiastic song basically telling a girl that she is beautiful even though she doesn’t know it. Though this song is already played out through the radio, it isn’t completely annoying and it is at least fun to listen to. “Gotta Be You” is a slow jam basically serenading the ladies telling them that “It’s Gotta be you” and how they would do anything to be with them and that they are the only person for them, as if they don’t have groupies in every single country throwing their panties at them. It is basically a more recent version of any other boy band hit, the only thing that’s different is their choice of words formed of the English language that’s basically saying the same thing. Honestly, the late 1980’s up until 2003 could’ve been the biggest thing ever, competing for women’s hearts all over the world with the Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees and *NSYNC. Overall, One Directions new album, Up All Night is not complete cotton candy and bubblegum. They are overrated but their tunes are catchy and aren’t completely annoying. They would be much better placed and appreciated back in the 1990s.


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picked up you head to Hogwarts, where you sorted through the one and only official, J.K. Rowling-approved Sorting Hat process. Countless fans are swarming onto the site, if only to have their House inclinations affirmed by a certain speaking hat. Once you’ve found your home-awayfrom-home, you can continue through the rest of the story, collecting potion ingredients and books along the way. In addition, there’s said to be over 13,000 “new words” from J.K. Rowling scattered throughout the site, dealing especially with backstories of rarely-explored characters. Of course, Hogwarts wouldn’t be complete without a House Cup. Once sorted, you may create Potions or compete in “Wizard Duels” against others on the site to gain House Points. You may also acquire them by thoroughly investigating the “pages” in the book. The House Points rank in the tens of millions and seem to grow exponentially every day as floods of new “students” are sorted. Slytherin and Ravenclaw seem to be especially at each other’s throats, with Gryffindor in a close third and Hufflepuff tailing in last place. Of course, the site is still in technical beta. Many have been complaining about glitches in the system, and others are upset about supposedly “wrongful sorting”. While the site may not be perfect, the general feedback from the community seems to be an overwhelming applause, even though only the first book in the series is up for exploration. Let the sparks fly, my wizarding friends. It’s going to be Ravencl-awesome.


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Did you cry on your 11th birthday? Did you spend the day pining at the window, waiting for an owl to swoop down with a letter? Maybe you were lying awake that night, hoping a certain half-giant was going to come stomping through your bedroom door. Chances are you were thoroughly disappointed – and if you weren’t, well, then you wouldn’t be able to tell us Muggles, would you? Well, consider this a late birthday present: Pottermore, the online Harry Potter community-slash-game was finally released to the open public. Grab your frogs ladies and gentlemen: we’re headed to Hogwarts. The concept of Pottermore, when first announced, was ambiguous, to say the least. Described in the initial press conference as “an online experience to read, interact with and share the Harry Potter stories”, it quickly created a buzz in the hearts and minds of diehard prospective witches and wizards. In what way would the public be “interacting” with the books? The public finally got a taste when it opened on April 14. Users are capable of navigating through interactive landscapes, each representing iconic scenes from the books, following Harry on his journey to Hogwarts and collecting items (such as Chocolate Frog Cards) along the way. The user sees their name on the register of new students, and follows the storyline of the book as they go to Diagon Alley and beyond. Your persona not only picks a pet, but also gets “chosen” by their wand at Ollivander’s shop. Once your supplies are




by Darien Pons, through a hearing where an array of religious personas from different time periods are being called up to the stand to tell us their side of Judas’ story. Mother Teresa, played by Donnub Jafarzadeh, seemed like your average toughskinned, mellowed-out old lady who does not put up with any nonsense. She brought wisdom as well as comic relief to the stage; Saint Monica, played by Brefny Caribou-Curtin, is a ballsy attitudinal sleaze from the Bronx; Satan, played by Jake Zabusky, is a cunning, temperamental maniac that barges into the courtroom at the perfect time, when the attorneys make the final verdict. Each actor gave a believable, captivating performance that got the audience’s undivided attention. Both the prosecuting attorney, Yusef El-Fayoumy, and the defence attorney, Fabiana Aziza Cunningham, accurately manifest their passion and will to win the case. It’s too bad that Satan proves either of them wrong in their premises. The play ends with a poignant, thoughtprovoking scene of Jesus finally stepping into the spotlight along with Judas, begging him to love again. The song “Judas” by Lady Gaga was the perfect song to sum up the play, and came on as Jesus washed Judas’ feet with a white cloth.

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The Last Days of Iscariot, directed by Montreal-based theatre-maker Sarah Garton Stanley, was presented by the Concordia University Theatre Department last week at Loyola Chapel, covers the themes of religion and conflict and is set in a modern-day New York style courtroom in which the betrayer Judas was condemned. The aura that the chapel let off was neither an exciting nor uplifting one as the stage looked like a downtown New York purgatory. Miscellaneous props like empty wine bottles, bicycle wheels, dirty clothes, and chairs that seemed like someone had thrown them there from a distance, took over the stage in little clusters. Stairs on either side of the stage leading up to the elevated portion of the chapel, where Judge Littlefield and his larger-thanlife limbs and cape sat, were vandalized with made-up statements like “Jesus is my homeboy: Exodus 20: 3-17” scribbled everywhere in chalk. A rope with a round piece of wood attached at the end, which was Judas’ seat throughout the play, hung miserably at the center of the stage. The audience and cast members get a chance to participate in the play as jury member, guided by attorney’s, Fabiana Aziza Cunningham, played by Lindsey Huebner, and Yusef El-Fayoumy, played

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16 Tsoureki (Greek Easter bread) INGREDIENTS: 1kg whole wheat flour ¾ cup light margarine 2 tbsp grated orange peel 1 cup egg whites, plus 1 tbsp 1 ½ cup Splenda ¾ cup skim milk 1 tbsp yeast ¾ cup water ¼ cup slivered almonds (optional) INSTRUCTIONS: Dissolve yeast in water, and add ½ of a tea cup flour. Mix, and cover with a spoon. Heat milk, Splenda, butter and orange peel, subsequently adding it into a food processor.

degrees F and bake for 1 hour or until lightly golden and texture inside is not sticky. NOTE: This can be made with full fat ingredients if you don’t feel like making this skinnier version. If you see that the bread is browning too quickly than actually baking, cover it with aluminum foil until you feel like it will not be detrimental to the outside of the bread. All ovens are different. This bread is considered a desert, and pairs great with coffee, tea, as well as jams. Photo Credit:


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Turn on food processor on a low level, and add yeast mixture, when bubbly, egg whites, and the rest of the flour to the butter mixture gradually as you increase the speed on the processor. Mix consistently. You may need to knead and use your hands but it should be easy enough to handle in the processor, as it will shape itself into something like a ball of dough. Cover bowl and let stand for 1 1/2 hours. When ready, knead by hand and braid bread. Optional: Drizzle almonds on top. Brush over with 1 tbsp egg whites. Place it on a greased baking sheet at 350

“That house, that street. We never moved. I was talked about, pointed at,” Una cried. Trash is spread across the small office as 55-year-old Ray stands there in awe to see his former young lover Una has returned years after their illegal relationship ended. Directed by former graduate from Dawson’s Professional Theatre Program Mikaela Davies, “Blackbird” begins with the lights dimmed as the Beatles’ classic is played to set the mood for a story that draws attention - statutory rape. She wants answers. He wants to forget. This is the controversial tale written by Scottish playwright David Harrower, winner of the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play. It will leave the audience feeling compassionate and sickened as Una describes to Ray the acts they performed together. “How many other 12-year olds have you had sex with?” Una tell him as if he wasn’t there when the abuse happened. She is dressed in black and refuses to leave. He questions her in-

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tentions and grabs her arm violently at one point as she reaches into her purse for tissue to wipe her tears. The Montreal Production stars Brazilian actress Isabel Farias as Una, a confused woman who goes looking for Ray, the man who stole her innocence when she was 12. “How did you find me,” Ray asked.

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Jock MacDonald, portraying Ray, has 30 years experience in the theatre industry and has also directed. After serving time in prison and changing his identity, Ray has a new neighborhood, new home, and a different namePeter. When discovering the age difference be-

tween Una and Ray, Harrower manages to make us sympathize with both characters, while still doubting whether Ray used Una or not. Whatever the impact it caused on Una’s life, it is clear when she delivers a memorable monologue that will be felt in the audience’s gut. Overall the performance was impeccable, as the entire play takes place over a 90minute act in an office that was likely hit by a tornado. The story is a rollercoaster of emotions as Una and Ray evolve from resentments to fury, to silent forgiveness. It makes me wonder why anyone would waste $13.50 on a Hollywood flick filled with sappy dialogue and an overdose of CGI, when for $15.00 (student price) you can see this humble masterpiece of unconventional desire. “Blackbird”, presented by Shadowbox Productions, is playing until April 22 at Les Ateliers Jean-Brillant, 3550 Saint-Jacques Ouest near Lionel-Groulx metro.


Dear Hipsters of Dawson, You are probably crumbling under a ton of homework because as we know it all, hipsters or not, the end of the semester is approaching. If you are “la crème de la crème” of hipsters, therefore not mainstream, then you’re probably finished with all this bullcrap. Here are some activities for you, if not you’re going to have to settle for creeping the instagram photos your real hipster friends will have uploaded on facebook of their underground events, sorry hipsters.

1.Blood sucking hipsters, get your teeth ready. KANNIBALEN is back with Warfield as the theme at Belmont this Friday. Put on your best Kannibal soldier and Zombie warlord outfit to listen to groups Black Tiger Sex Machine, Dooze Jackers, Eloi!i& Heights with special guests Karluv Klub and Vakkum. With names like this expect an electro dubstep extravaganza. ($5 at door, 4483 St-Laurent boul.) 2.For the all you cinema snobs, the third Festival Cinema Latino-Américain

de Montreal is going on until April 22 at Cinema du Parc. Expect the best from Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese cinema and if you’re not fluent in those languages don’t worry, they are all subtitled. You’ll be surrounded by people from the industry or other hipsters, perfect for meeting other cinema snobs. Enjoy! Check out the schedule on [$11.50 per movie, 3575 avenue du Parc.] 3. Attention Reggae/Ska/Soul lovers! Yes, yes there are some of you in the hip-

ster crew, Danny Rebel and the KGB is playing at the Petit Café Campus on April 20. This easy loving band will probably attract many of you with their reggae beats, and if you are skeptical, you’re not a real hipster if you’re not willing to discover new up-coming bands. Plus, they are from Montreal. [10$, 57, Prince Arthur East street.] Enjoy and talk to you soon hipsters !

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There is a certain midst in the air between CEGEPs that we don’t really notice is there until we ask other’s a certain question; “What school do you go to?” For some odd reason there is an awkward rivalry between the English CEGEPs in Quebec. It’s not necessarily like the “East Coast-West Coast” beef, but it is more like, which boy band is better. It is like saying Dawson is *NSYNC, Vanier is the Backstreet Boys and Champlain is 98 Degrees. I mean sure, Vanier has an amazing music program and Dawson has an amazing theatre program but really what is the difference between the two? Yes, Dawson is infested with hoboes from the metro and salesmen trying to sell you things while you are just minding your own business and you have to walk a certain distance just to get to Vanier from metro Cote Vertu or metro Du College. But really isn’t the reason we go to these CEGEPs is either it has a certain better quality academically the other schools cannot provide for us individually? Most of the students, who go to Vanier, go to Vanier because their programs are there. Don’t get me wrong, I adore being a Dawsonite but if we really look at this closely, we are all the same on the inside. We are all the same Ugg/ Hunter/ Mackage/Goose wearing, iPhone/ Blackberry talking, Beats by Dre listening, Me, I, Bro saying people. No matter what CEGEP we

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go to, most of us are going to end up at McGill or Concordia anyway so does it really matter which CEGEP is better? I mean no shit these CEGEPs have something about them that makes them better than one another but where does the superiority come from? Like, who the hell told any of us that we are so fucking boss and better than one another? Bitch please. As if we aren’t going to end up all together at some weird club or cross one another on the metro like seriously, I don’t get why we make such a huge fuss over CEGEPs. We all take similar classes that most of us skip, have huge stretched out breaks most of us use to eat and/or go sleep, or do homework we were obviously too hung-over to do at home. In all honesty, every CEGEP does ex-

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actly the same thing; it gives you something to do before going to University after high school. It gives you just a taste of what University is before you go crazy over the workload and are freaking out over nothing. So here’s what I think we should do, we should wake up, go to school, pass (or fail whatever you’re motivations are) do our homework, go out and do fuck all on the weekend and go to University and make mommy and daddy proud that we have accomplished something other than going to “the best CEGEP in Quebec”. I mean it’s great to have school spirit but geez, noses don’t need to cringe when you find out someone goes to Vanier. The amounts of fucks given to this entire situation should honestly be divided by zero and left alone.


Why is it that people go to bars to meet strangers and it is just weird if you talk to someone in the metro? Don’t get me wrong I’m not really one to strike up a conversation with a stranger in the metro. I usually have my headphone on and I must look super anti-social, but the other day I looked up, and out of my little bubble and noticed that everyone around me was also in their own bubble and paying no attention to anyone or anything around them and it got me thinking.


There are many different ways one can see this, first we are not used to being crammed into a small space with a bunch of strangers. People are used to being in their familiar setting, with friends and family and this situation can be quite uncomfortable especially at rush hour when everyone is squeezed together. People are also very addicted to their technology most people in the metro are glued to their phones even if they only work ten percent of the time in the metro. When it’s not a phone it’s an iPod or a book or anything that may distract them from the awkwardness they would feel otherwise. Shyness and social conduct must also have a lot to do with it. As kids it is drilled into our brains to not talk to strangers. Al-

though obviously we grow out of it, this sense of insecurity towards strangers is still omnipresent and the awkward setting of the metro does not help. The reason could also simply be that people are becoming more and more anti-social or that as people we are just not used to this type of situation. I am from a small village in the eastern townships and I remember the first time I was on the metro as a little girl the experience was somewhat unsettling, but not that I have been in Montréal for a few years the idea that we are not used to this situation sounds silly because humans adapt quick quickly and still now that I am used to the metro I don’t talk to people in the metro or hardly. On one hand all these reasons are completely valid and logical reasons to keep to our selves, but then I wonder why if someone has the desire to talk to someone and does so why should they be the weird one if everyone else are the ones with a fear of looking strange is it transference? I find it sad to see people’s indifference to their surroundings. The other day an announcement came on the speakers in the metro and the message was that an eleven year old girl was missing. I found astounding to see that no one even lifted their heads to see if she might be there.

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Life in the Short Lane




Dear Dawsonites, I feel the need to inform you about a recent issue, since no one seems to care about this matter which ought to be causing a shitstorm of reactions. Oh no, wait, this is Dawson, home of the apathetic and pioneers of the 3-second attention span, where we make sure to stand out from the typically informed, politicized, and active student body. But this isn’t about our deeds; this is about what I saw on Thursday the 5th of April. As I was crossing the upper atrium around 1pm, I saw a slight irregularity in 2nd floor activity. Sure, the rowing team was having a bake sale again, but what shocked me was the horrid sight at the neighboring table. 2 pampered saleswomen, a display of lipstick of all the shades you could possibly imagine, and a giant poster that read: DIOR. Seeing this brought about the need for an unfathomably high palm-to-face ratio. If you’re a club member or executive, or you’ve tried to book a tabling session in the upper atrium for a bake sale or whichever other reason, you know how hard it is to get Student Affairs to allow you to table for a few hours. Not only is the college blindly granting this opportunity to outsiders (and, by doing so, defying their own policy which states that “Outside vendors or other commercial entities that do not have

a direct benefit to the student body will not be considered”), but can we take a moment here to consider who exactly is getting this privilege? DIOR! As in Christian Dior, as in one of the leading cosmetics brands, as in a multinational corporation worth roughly $50 billion. It seems Dawson’s concern is to be licking the shoes of rich folk. But would they ever take such measures to accommodate their students? Fuck no. We pay administrative fees to attend this school, what do those filthy billionaires do? (Actually, I don’t know what goes on between the Director General and his golf buddies, cough cough.) What’s worse, the administration recently dug up an archaic rule stating that no group or club is allowed more than 3 tabling sessions per semester. When did they threaten to enforce that? Right after the newly-founded group Dawson Persists started regularly tabling to promote awareness about the student movement and upcoming events and protests. Wait, so the administration is trying to repress the student movement? Golly gee, what a surprise! What’s even worse is that Dawson College would even consider allowing such a company to come to a school, of all places. It used to be that student spaces would yield creativity and activism. Apparently now our only purpose is to offer ourselves to some corporation whose only purpose is to exploit our female population, drill superficial values into their minds, and insult our intelligence in the process.

We have a lot to be proud of with our charter and our identity and it is a shame that while Harper has the money, resources and will to celebrate the war of 1812, he doesn’t have the money, resources or will to celebrate a charter that has not only shaped Canadian culture, but has also impacted many countries around the

world who used us as a model to establish a foundation of freedom and human rights of their own. Considering Stephen Harper’s unwillingness to celebrate the Charter, disdain for gay rights, and utter demand for power, does he really care about our freedoms and rights?


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I was never blessed with the long legs most of us hope for, I’m only 5’1 and I’m okay with that. It is you tall people that have to listen, and move on with your lives because you my friends make our lives harder, as if being short isn’t hard enough. Last week after I had dinner with my friend as we were saying goodbye we hugged and just like EVERYTIME we say goodbye, which is a few times a week, she said the same disturbing six words, “Oh my god! You’re so small!” The worst part is that she’s not the only person who always feels the need to remind me of it! Exhibit A of why tall people make our life harder: There are MANY difficulties of being short but I’d say the number one is you tall (or average height) people acknowledging it. Tall people everywhere, listen and count yourself lucky for having those long luxurious legs. SHORT PEOPLE KNOW THEY’RE SHORT, Understood? I never quite understand why you tall people out there constantly feel the need to remind the little people of their littleness. We know we’re little, obviously, we do own measuring tapes and a mirror

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Tuesday marked the thirtieth anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. While other countries that used it as a model for their own freedoms and rights may have celebrated, along with every person who cares about their freedom, the Conservatives didn't and have openly criticized the charter. "In terms of this as an anniversary, I think it's an interesting and important step, but I would point out that the charter remains inextricably linked to the patriation of the Constitution and the divisions around that matter, which as you know are still very real in some parts of the country," said Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a statement. While national unity may be Harper’s recent criticism of the charter, this isn't the first time Conservatives have criticized it. "If the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is going to be used as the crutch to carry forward all of the issues that social libertarians want, then there's got to be for us conservatives out there a way to put checks and balances in there," said former Conservative MP Randy White during the 2004 election.

and needless to say we have to walk past you amazons every day. So you guys reminding us of our small height is unnecessary and it gets repetitive. No matter how many times you feel the need to remind us of our littleness, it’s not like we can do anything about it. I accepted a long time ago that I would never surpass my little sister in height, yes having a younger sister who is taller than me is annoying, but such is life. Now you people have to accept our height, and move on. Unless a recent growth spurt serum has been invented we’re stuck at the height that we are given – we have no choice, and it’s not like we chose to be small. However, I’d prefer to be small than to be freakishly tall any day. If only life was like a game of Sims, we’d all be the same height. That would be nice now wouldn’t it? But IT’S NOT. So for the time being, just love our littleness and I’ll leave you with the same question I’d ask my tall locker buddy every day at high school, how’s the air up there? Anyways, I’ve got to go, Ikea got a new shipment of stools.

So do the Conservatives believe in free speech? It is thanks to this charter that we are all allowed to express our views. However, when it comes to opposition views, the Conservatives have done everything in their power to oppress them. Those who are concerned about the environment have been muzzled and should they attack the oil sands project, the Conservatives will respond with audits, smears and law suits. Harper’s Conservatives are the same Conservatives who wanted to ban gay rights and reopen the abortion debate. Whether you believe in pro-life or prochoice, do you really want a government dictating who is right? The Conservatives have demonstrated on multiple levels that the only values that are acceptable to Canadian society are the ones they share and based on Harper’s rant about getting a majority government, it appears his tolerance for differences is minimal. The Charter was signed on April 17, 1982 by then-justice minister Jean Chretien and then-prime minister Pierre-Elliot Trudeau.

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Man of the Week

I’ve been with a few guys now and I’m wondering what the situation is with the balls. Should I massage them? Should I leave them alone, I have no clue what the protocol is on that. What do you think?


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Dear Skanks, I slept with this girl and she was into hitting and like being spanked… Basicially she fucking loves it when you beat the shit out of her. Seriously rough sex. I don’t like it at all, in fact I’m so freaked out by it I have a hard time staying hard. What do I do?

Dear Hesitant Balls MAsseuse Dear Hit Guy, Honestly, I don’t know. I can’t speak for most boys. Amongst my male friends I can’t say that’s something I’ve ever really discussed really with them. My suggestion is to just leave them alone and if they want than they’ll say something. I don’t think it’s a huge deal if they aren’t attended too...

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Name: Sean Michael Humphrey Program/Semester: Visual Arts, 4th Semester Age: 19 Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Mood: Peaceful Interested In: Women Position on Men's AAA Dawson Blues? Guard Opinion on student elections? I'm not sure where and how the candidates receive their ideas from, but i suggest they approach the students and alumnus for suggestions about how they should be and what they should do, if they didn't do it already. Worst Class? Why? English: Communication (Nature), because it wasn't interesting in any way. I couldn't change the course, it was the only one that fit my schedule. What special power would you choose to have? Why? The power to absorb other powers, if other people will also have powers, if not I would like Telekinesis. Role model? If I can choose fictional characters I would choose Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece, if not I choose my parents. Favorite flavored Pringles? Pizza, I'm not sure if they still make them though. Have you ever been tied up? Do you want to? No i've never been tied up, I think. I wouldn't want to be, I don't like being defenceless. Would you ever go cow tipping? Yeah I would, it looks fun. Coolest instrument? Electric Keyboard Opinion on The Plant? I think it is another outlet for students who need to release some stress and have a good laugh. What will you be doing this Summer? Probably work, play basketball, flip around, "parkour", chill with friends. I'm also going to a family reunion in Grenada. Phobia? Coulrophobia: Afraid of clowns. I'm working on it though. Sex before marriage? It's a prerequisite. Where can people find you? At Dawson I'm usually walking all over the place but recently i have been on the second floor drawing things. Other than that, I’m on Facebook, no Twitter.


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SHIZZ IN THE BIZZ Coachella thing and not meant to be more than that. However, Coachella will be putting on another show with the hologram to, of course, increase ticket sales. I can just imagine it now. People in the crowd who believe Shakur’s death was a hoax, dressed head to toe in Tupac attire, screaming nonsensically about how they saw him in Mexico, Africa, Asia, Russia, and Antarctica. Then you have the white girls who know one or two songs but think they are badass fans, fumbling over the words as they try to rap. Then you have the actual fans unsure of what to make of the situation. This isn’t the first time this has been done. Remember a few years ago on American Idol, when Celine Dion sang with Elvis Presley. Presley being the hologram of course. Everyone made such a big deal about it, but I doubt it had anything to do with the technology, because it really isn’t that advanced. It has more to do with the nostalgic feeling something like this evokes. You think you’ll never get to see the artist perform again and boom, there they are, right in front of you just like old

times. I question the ethics in all of this. Putting aside the fact that I probably wouldn’t want to pay to see pre-recorded footage of a dead artist, I wonder if it is just better to let them rest in peace. Yes, I know, not everyone has the same beliefs about where we go once we depart, but I think most of us people with an ounce of morality can agree that the dead deserve respect. I wouldn’t say this is terribly disrespectful, but at the same time it is a cash tactic. What irks me most is that a spokes person for the event explained to the New York Times that the footage used isn’t archival or pre-recorded... it is manipulated footage. Now that bothers me. It’s creepy and unnecessary. It is almost as if you are putting words in a dead person’s mouth, the expression a little twisted here, but you get my point. It is one thing to honour someone by showing their best performance, but another thing to start playing around with them like a doll. Who says Tupac would have wanted to perform the song that way?

I am just curious to see what the future of the music industry holds with these types of people putting together these types of performances. People are always complaining about our music these days and its state of deterioration, so is this the answer? Holograms of dead artists popping up on stage? One big mega band perhaps? No. Honestly, not to be a kill joy, but Youtube has plenty of old music videos and concert footage. Press play on a rainy day and enjoy. Let the artists rest in peace, and stop trying to make money off of them. Also, a little off topic, but to those who think the music industry is crap, and there are no good artists around anymore, that isn’t true. Music goes through different phases depending on the period in time, yes. Sometimes certain genres are more popular than others, yes. Pop music has a lot to do with money and publicity and not the sound and lyrics, yes. However, this is how it has always been. My answer to you is that you’re probably just not listening hard enough.

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It seems the people at my high school who thought Tupac was alive and worshipped him donning dog tag chains and attempting to rap in his honour, were right. That is if the definition of alive to you means being projected on a piece of Mylar plastic like they did back in the good old 19th century theatres. The people behind the Coachella Music Festival created quite the stir this past weekend, when what people are calling a “holographic” image of Tupac appeared alongside Snoop Dog during his performance. Apparently the ghost of Shakur, who was shot back in 1996, performed some of his most famous raps and even interacted with the crowd! I can just imagine the poor soul stoned out of his mind (so everyone?) probably thinking that some kind of rap apocalypse was coming. So now everyone is talking about this and flipping out about the possibility of an actual tour. Dr.Dre, who is not a practicing physician, reportedly has plans in the works to make something huge out of this. However, there are a lot of contradicting reports, with some saying that this was a

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The Dawson Blues Women’s hockey team’s last game of the season went down with a bang as they won 7-5 in the bronze medal game against the Edouard-Montpetit Lynx on Sunday at the Complexe Sportif Guimond. The Blues didn’t wait too long to take the lead, as forward Devon Thompson scored and gave the Blues a 1-0 lead four minutes into the first period, with an assist from Jenifer Pouliot. However, Edouard Montpetit replied with a goal of their own when Valerie StOnge scored seven minutes later, tying the game. Seconds later, Thompson scored Dawson’s second goal of the game, once again putting them in the lead 2-1. Again, the Lynx quickly responded when Lynx’s Roxana Rioux scored with seven seconds left in the first period. The Blues beat the buzzer at the end of the period when Tracy Ann Lavigne gave Dawson their third lead of the game with only 36 seconds left in the first period,

leaving the score at 3-2 for the Blues. After blowing two leads in the first period, the Blues knew they were in for a rough game. “Both sides want to win. Everyone’s playing physical and doing everything they can to win,” Thompson said. The Lynx proved them right yet again as Rioux scored her second goal of the game five minutes into the second period, tying the game at three. The tie didn’t last long however, as Lavigne scored again 20 seconds later. The tight score continued as Blues forward Karel Laplainte scored 10 minutes into the second period and forward Alexa Brown scored the last goal of the period with four minutes left, giving Dawson a 54 lead. “It was back and forth, there was always energy coming from both sides of the bench, so that kept us going and that’s what we needed to win,” Valerie Wade said. With eight minutes left in the third period, Davidson scored another goal for the Blues, with another quick reply by the Lynx as Rioux three minutes later, leaving the score 6-5 for the Blues.

Dawson ended the game with a bang when they scored the last goal of the game with 7.8 seconds left on the clock. Following the end of the game, Pouliot was named “Player of the Game,” after her team received bronze medals. “It was pretty physical but that’s always how it is against that team, but we knew what we were going up against and it’s a team we really wanted to beat, so it feels good beating them in the finals,” Pouliot said. “I think we had a really good season, Coming into this weekend, I thought we were going to be in the final and I thought we were going to win, so to not be there is a little bit disappointing, but with the way we played yesterday I can’t be disappointed,” head coach Scott Lambton said. Next season is already has a positive outlook. “My expectations are to pick up where we left off and it’s nice this year, we’re only losing five players,” Lambton said. “This season we brought in 13 new players, it was tough to get going, so next year we should start off pretty strong, right off the bat.” Blues’ Devon Thompson

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The Dawson Blues Women’s hockey team suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss against the Limoilou Titans in the semi-finals last Saturday at the Complex Sportif Guimond arena, ruining their chances for a goal medal on Sunday. The Blues came out strong right from the first puck drop and within the first few minutes of play received their first power

play opportunity of the game. Unfortunately, it was short lived and assistant captain Gabrielle Davidson received a penalty for hooking after she stopped the other team’s breakaway. Halfway through the first period, Blues defenseman Cassandra Poudrier took a slap shot from the point that rebounded off the Titans goalie Joannie Lebrun, but no one was there to pick it up and the puck was dumped out of their zone. As the period wound down, both teams were trying to get the first goal and put their team in the lead. With five minutes

Blues’ Karel Laplante

Blues’ Alexa Brown

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left in the period, the Titans scored off a feeble shot that got a lucky bounce and trickled by Dawson goalie Melanie Fournier. Despite being down 1-0, the score did not reflect the Blues’ play in the game. “This was the best game we’ve played as a team and I don’t think we could have played any better,” Davidson said. At the start of the second period, the Blues started off slow and only as the pe-

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riod went on did their intensity and determination from the first period reappear. The Blues were crashing the net, making set plays, and taking plenty of shots, trying to put themselves on the board. Their first scoring opportunity came at the beginning of the second period on the power play. Davidson sent a nice pass across the ice to Poudrier who took a slap shot from the blue line that went over the net by an inch. The Blues continued to test

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Lebrun shot after shot, hoping that one would get past her and tie up the game before the third period. “We played incredible,” head coach Scott Lambton said. “It’s the best we’ve played, it just sucks we didn’t score.” When the third period started the Blues came out with even more fight in them, trying desperately to get the win they wanted. They had control of the puck for the majority of the period, skating through the Limoilou players with ease and setting themselves up on attack. They kept taking shots from the point or trying to wrap around the back of the net and slip the puck in behind Lebrun, but continued to be unsuccessful. “I was going through the whole game sure we were going to score,” Lambton said. “I thought it was impossible to want and work for something that badly and not score.” In the last minutes of play Dawson pulled Fournier to add a sixth skater in a last attempt at evening the score and forcing overtime. Even with the sixth attacker on the ice, Dawson was unlucky and could not get the goal they needed to try and stay in it. “There’s nothing we could improve on. We outplayed them and out chanced them, we just didn’t out score them,” Lambton said.

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The Women’s Dawson Blues hockey team finished their last game of the round robin portion of the playoffs strong, with a hard fought 3-1 win that ended the John Abbott Islanders’ season at Macdonald College on April 14. Right from the get-go, both teams knew they were in for a tough and physical three periods. There was plenty of strong, gritty play from both sides, with stoppages in play often leading to small scrums in both creases. “I was really worried about what was going to happen, because every time we play John Abbott it’s an intense game, bordering on dirty,” Dawson Head Coach Scott Lambton said. “Before the game, we knew already that they [John Abbott] weren’t going to advance [to the next round of the playoffs], so I just didn’t want anybody getting hurt.” Dawson was handed the first penalty of the game just five minutes in, a theme that would continue throughout the game. By the time the final buzzer had sounded, 15 penalties were doled out, (seven for Dawson, eight for John Abbott), and many were of the body checking and cross

checking variety. As for Dawson’s first penalty, the Blues did more than just kill off the Islanders man advantage, but even opened the scoring just as the penalty expired. Gabrielle Davidson found herself in alone on John Abbott goalie Alex-Ann Caisse, Davidson made no mistake, showing off the hands that made her this year’s league leading goal scorer with 29 goals as she tucked a backhand beyond Caisse’s outstretched pad. “I hadn’t done that move in awhile, and usually I roof it,” Davidson said. “This time I decided to wait a bit and be more patient, but that’s one of the moves I normally do.” John Abbott responded with a little pressure of their own just a few minutes later, but Dawson goalie Melanie Fournier was up to the task, smothering a hard screened shot from the point. The Blues had a few more chances late in the first period, but Caisse came up big in the Islanders net, making a few good saves during a late Dawson power play to keep the score at 1-0 going into intermission. Dawson kept the pressure on to start the

Forward Gabrielle Davidson

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Fournier. With the Dawson lead suddenly cut to 2-1, Fournier made a few good stops at the beginning of the third to keep the game in check. The teams then traded 5-on-3 advantages in the third, with both teams coming up empty on their chances. “Tonight we did a great job in the defensive zone,” Lambton said. “We’ve been working on it the last couple of weeks and it’s starting to come together.” After a few more pushes from the Islanders, including a 2-on-1 rush broken up by a great back check from Dawson captain Tracy-Ann Lavigne, the Blues finally put the game away. With a delayed penalty set to be called, Dawson kept puck possession for nearly a full minute before Audrey Ann Boutour put home a rebound. “John Abbott is always the big rivalry,” Davidson said. “It’s always a physical game, and luckily we were able to skate faster than they could hit us.”

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second, looking to go backdoor on an early 3-on-1 opportunity only to be stymied by Caisse. A few minutes later, Cassandra Poudrier missed another chance, sneaking by the Islanders defense before firing a backhand just wide. Power plays continued to come in bunches for the Blues, allowing them to keep pressure for most of the frame. Keeping possession for most of the sequence, Dawson still could not capitalize on any of their advantages, including a 5-on-3, putting shots just wide or into the body of the John Abbott goalie. “We need to put move the puck better and more fluidly,” Lambton said. “We’re taking too long and that lets [the other team] get into shooting lanes.” Eventually however, the Blues’ efforts were rewarded. After a long stretch of time spent in the John Abbott zone, Jenifer Pouliot banged home a rebound to put Dawson ahead 2-0. The Blues then picked up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for celebrating in the Islanders’ crease. John Abbott quickly capitalized on the ensuing power play, as Roxanne Turcotte’s laser from the high slot flew over the shoulder of a screened

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the second period],” Blues center Alexandra d’Onofrio said. The third period started with a bang when Blues Karel Laplante scored Dawson’s second goal of the game. The team continued to play an offensive game and even managed to kill off a penalty thanks to a swift and apt defense. In the final half of the period, the Lynx scored an equalizing goal after the home team lost control of the puck following a failed shot on the Desmarais. The overtime period saw both teams fighting to score the winning goal, but no one scored as the time ran out in the extra frame. Following a one minute recess, the Lynx went on to win in an intense shootout. “We were frustrated because we had a winning streak against them. We had even won a game 6-2 and we were disappointed that we couldn’t answer to the challenges they were throwing at us,” defenseman Rebecca Laganiere said.


On Thursday April 5, the EdouardMontpetit Lynx edged the Dawson Blues Women’s hockey team 3-2 in a shootout at Gadbois Arena in their second to last round-robin game. Though the first five minutes of the first period saw the Blues playing defense, they tried to take advantage of some bad line changes by the Lynx with a couple of slap shots on net by the end of the period. However, they fell short of a goal every single time. At the 15 minute mark of the second period, Blues goaltender Melanie Fournier was left hung out to dry when the Lynx took a 1-0 lead on a breakaway. However, the Blues replied before the period ended as Blues forward Gabrielle Davidson outsmarted Lynx goalie Frédérique Desmarais and scored in the last five minutes, tying the game 1-1. “Despite their strong advances into our zone, we managed to keep it together [in

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Jonathan Clarke is a member of the Dawson Blues’ Rowing team, but he’s much more then the average athlete. Not only is Clarke a dedicated teammate, but he’s also a role model to athletes everywhere. Why? Because before becoming a Dawson Blue, before he even began rowing, he was forced to survive something many of us hope we never have to go

through: cancer. Clarke’s dedication to his sport starts early, as his day begins at 5 a.m., in order to get ready for practice at 6:30 a.m. and he trains six to seven days a week. He’s been doing so since he started rowing in 2008 for the Ryerson rowing team in Ontario. “We’re on the water regardless of

weather, and on top of that, we have to find our own time to hit the gym ourselves for weight and cardio training,” Clarke said. “If you take a sport seriously, it takes sacrifice. The hardest part is finding a balance and time for everything,” Clarke said. “Every practice is recorded, and nutrition is also monitored. Being a student athlete takes up a lot of time, and sometimes it’s hard to get up in the morning.” Clarke’s family lives in Labrador, where he grew up, and don’t understand how he can be committed to something like rowing, that takes up so much time, when he should be focusing on school. Clarke is a second semester Diagnostic Imaging student, a program that takes dedication itself. “One day I hope that [my parents] see me row, so that they can see how all my hard work translates in competition,” he said. “Rowing is a lifestyle choice, it does not choose you, but you choose it,” Clarke said. Since rowing isn’t generally a high school level sport, Clarke’s introduction to the sport came shortly after a random student in a hallway told him he should try it. “I’ve been rowing ever since,” Clarke said. Clarke has rowed for Ryerson and for Dawson College, but he’s also starting to play outside of the collegiate sports spectrum this summer. After the school season, Clarke will start rowing for the Montreal Rowing Club, where he hopes to further improve his skills. At Ryerson, Clarkes’s boat came in third at the Ontario University Athletics competition. At Dawson, he has seen success at the Head of the Fish competition, where his squad came in third place. Clarke hopes to continue

doing well, and improve with the Montreal Rowing Club this summer. Clarke isn’t only a dedicated and successful athlete; he is also a team player. “My teammates are the ones that see me everyday, pushing me to success, rowing with me every stroke of the way,” he said, making sure to point out the pun. He plans to continue rowing for the Blues, and has aspirations of becoming a coach afterwards. Not everything has been a walk in the park for Clarke; there have been many obstacles. Besides the obvious time related obstacles that promote stress on school life, friends and his parents’ disapproval of his rowing, Clarke has seen the inside of a hospital room on more then one occasion. Just recently, he was operated on for a thumb injury, which caused him to delay his training for six weeks. The thumb operation was merely the most recent injury, and is one of many. Jonathan is also a cancer survivor, after having won the fight 10 years ago, a fight that is never easy. This rower is an inspiration because he’s taken this hardship and used it as fuel to fight his way through multiple degrees and athletic prestige. Surviving cancer has been one of Jonathan’s biggest achievements, and it’s helped shape who he is today. “I know what pain is, and if I can get through that, the sky is the limit. It may never turn out exactly how I imagined, but in the end I put in the effort and heart to succeed,” Clarke said.

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Hacky sacks are generally something reserved for schoolyard games and, occasionally, semi-drunken escapades with

friends. Also known as “footbags,” hacky sacks are one of the simplest of toys: toss bag, kick bag, and try to keep bag up.

While the practice of footbags have been around for many years – if not centuries – the Western world only got their feet wet when the term Hacky Sack was patented, and the footbag was mass-produced in 1972. In fact, the Hacky Sack game itself is trademarked for use by Wham-O. However, some people have taken Hacky Sacks to an entirely new level. Firstly, there are Hacky Sack performance competitions: contestants perform freestyle or balletesque dances, all while hitting the sack with their feet and keeping it afloat. The moves are intricate: twirls and backflips aren’t uncommon, along with kicking the ball up and balancing it on one’s face, neck, or knee. Imagine break dancing, whilst trying to keep a tiny little footbag in the air. It has gotten to be so popular that an International Footbag Players’ Association (IFPA) has been formed to promote the “growth of footbag play world-wide as lifetime recreation and as an amateur, competitive sport,” according to their official site. In fact, this November, the fourth edition of Kick Volley – a Montreal-based, footbag event will be taking place at the College du Vieux-Montreal. Prospective competitors are encouraged to visit, where all the necessary information on the event has been posted. Of course, for the less musically inclined, there’s another Hacky-Sack related sport that might just peak your interest. It’s an ancient Thai sport by the name of Takraw,

and used to be referred to as “the game of kings”. Originally played with a ball, some have adepted the popular south-east Asian game to accommodate kicking a slightly lighter – and smaller – target. In its purest form, Takraw is played with a basket hanging high above the players – usually by a tree-branch, at a comparable height to a basketball net. The players would be asked to kick the ball into the net – not using their hands, of course, usually while avoiding the other players and making sure the ball didn’t touch the ground. However, a newer updated version calls for a horizontal net, just like the kind you’d find in volleyball. In games of three vs. three, the players have to strike the ball over and hope that they other team can’t retaliate and send it back, going back and forth like badminton. To get it over with speed and precision, the players usually have to do flips to gain momentum, though spins and twists aren’t uncommon either. It’s gotten so large that Heads of State are known to make appearances at games of note, and there is the Sepak Takraw Association of Canada (STAC) who is tasked with governing the sport within our home and native land. To participate in a little “soccer meets volleyball,” prospective members free to visit the STAC site for yourself and contact one of the two Montreal representatives. Who knows, maybe those recesses were well-spent after all.

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