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Editorial Staff Editor-in-Chief Oliver Nacey Managing Editor Zac Starke News Editor Devon Walcott International News Editor & CUP Liaison Sarine Moumdjian Arts & Culture Editor Alexandra Herrington Features Editor Karl Ussakowski Voices Editor Oliver Nacey Sports Editor Dan Sailofsky Graphics & Comics Editor Olivia Gilbey Head Copy Editor Lisa White Web Editor Monika Cefis Super Happy Crazy Fun Page Dahlia Belinsky Public Relations Sam Nazer Photo Editor Vacant

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Letter from the Editor What if cinnamon was the cure for malaria? What if poutine cheese wasn’t just found in Eastern Canada? Hi, I got a job at Five Guys Burgers & Fries this week. Serving the best burgers ever is a pretty cool way to pay rent. I work with some pretty cool people too. There are about 60 new employees, so the names are a bit iffy, but there is one guy who really got me thinking. I think his name’s Kevin and he’s from Korea. He never mentioned how long he’s been in Canada but on our short walk to the bus stop he made me think some awesome thoughts about the size of our world and the differences and similarities between the massive number of people within it. Kevin is at language school learning French, a pretty admirable trait for any immigrant. It also made me realise how lucky I am to have learnt French at a young age and to still be able to speak with fluency and ease.

I grew up in New Zealand, which is basically in the middle of nowhere. I was surrounded by every creed and culture however and this has truly made me ignorant to the fact that their are places in the world where this is really not the case. Montreal is a hotpot of multicultural mess just like New Zealand, but there are places where there just isn’t

such a thing as multiple cultures. It’s bizarre to think that I could walk into some places in the very same world I live right now and be the rarest of visitors: a caucasian person. Kevin made me realise how lucky we are to live among people from every corner of the globe. He also made me realise how darn small we all are.

But I don’t quite want to feel insignificant right now so I’m not going to there. It was a quick five minute walk with Kevin, but there was a very pensive twenty minutes to follow. The Human race is special. Bye, Oliver p.s. We’re really, really, astronomically miniscule.

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EDITOR: Devon Walcott CONTACT: 

Six Views on the Human Body SAM NAZER STAFF WRITER

This afternoon students and teachers gathered for Six Views on the Human Body, a presentation organized by S.P.A.C.E. by six Dawson Fine Arts teachers of their work and views on the human body. This year’s S.P.A.C.E. theme is “the human body; then, now, and in the future,” and the presentation encouraged the artists to explore how they represent the human body literally and thematically in their work. Kristi Ropeleski, Lorraine Simms and Shelley Reeves presented paintings, Giuseppe Di Leo and Frank Mulvey showed their drawings, and Rachel Echenberg showed photographs of her performance art. While painting was the most common medium among the artists, they each had their own style and, of course, ways of representing the body. All the seats, and some floor space, filled, the event began with Di Leo’s extremely realistic and detailed drawings, his take on the theme being that he explored “the human condition” through portraiture.

Similarly, Ropeleski said that matters of identity were important in her work. She showed a self-portrait that was part of a series based on photos of her taken by other people, instead of by herself as she had previously done, to explore “the paradox of how much of [her] identity is invested in [her] appearance, yet [she] can’t see it.” To further explore that concept she did a series of oil portraits based off of photos that the subjects had chosen of themselves, including them in choosing how they would be represented. Echenberg, Mulvey and Reeves explored how we as physical human beings relate to each other, to our surroundings, and to our own minds and souls, respectively. The theme of relationships between people is especially important for Echenberg because, as a performance artist who uses her body to create her art, she interacts with her audience. One of her projects, “Portraits of Spectators,” looked at the idea of the “controllable and uncontrollable body.” She took video portraits of people (including herself) watching a film to catch their physical reactions while they were in “a state of neutrality.” Mulvey’s charcoal drawings of the

human body were just as beautifully detailed as Di Leo’s, and he explored how people, bodies, and flesh interact with their surroundings by situated his figures in landscapes that were often fantastic constructions. His drawing of Adam and Eve with pixelated genitals and a pixelated fruit of temptation drew appreciative chuckles from the crowd. Simms’ focus was on identity. She said that with her series of paintings of prosthetic pieces for the body she was asking “can you change certain parts of the body…without changing the person?” and that she believed that you could, that identity goes beyond the physical being. Reeves’ work covered a broader theme of the body’s connection with the mind and soul. For one series she asked what objects her subjects wanted included in portraits of themselves. One of her works, a portrait of a woman’s back with a vertebrae shown on the outside, was titled “Woman with a Backbone” and played around with the idea of the mind/body connection. Third semester Literature and Arts and Culture students Victoria Mastropietro and Chelsa Jubin both found it interesting to listen to artists speak about their work and enjoyed the presentation.

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Dawson’s three top Bond films to be screened

Montreal’s new mayor


Next Tuesday Conrod's will be hosting a BOND-A-THON from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Three different Bond movies will be shown, chosen by the most votes from Dawson students. The admission is free, all proceeds from the $1 popcorn and drinks will be donated towards Prostate Cancer research. James Bond is the longest lasting franchise in film, currently in its 50 year anniversary and is still going strong. Due to the recent success of the newest 007 hit, Skyfall, showing a bond-a-thon now seems to be a perfect time. "Bond is a franchise that appeals to everybody," Julius Francischiello, third semester Cinema/ Video/ Communications student said. "It has certain elements that everybody loves." There are different aspects to Bond movies; the everlasting selection of gadgets, and cars the non stop villains, intriguing locations and of course, the beautiful bond women! Without Bond movies, there would have never been the comedic Austin Powers trilogy. "I like James Bond because I grew up with it," Francischiello said, "The locations come to life, from Dubai to Space!" Vote for your favorite James Bond movies at:

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DEVON WALCOTT NEWS EDITOR Michael Applebaum, second-in-command to former mayor Gerald Tremblay, has been elected interim mayor of Montreal, the first Anglophone mayor to be elected mayor of the officially Frenchspeaking city in a hundred years. Applebaum is also the first Jewish mayor of Montreal, a second milestone in the city’s municipal politics. He was voted in as mayor in a vote split 31-29 over his opponent Richard Deschamps, who was poised for the position by local media. Montreal’s municipal political scene has a been a battleground in recent weeks, and calls from the provincial government have prompted former mayor Gerald Tremblay to step down from his 11 year tenure, lest he be the center of a

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major crime investigation while in office. The Chabonneau Commission has many insiders of the political and construction circuits naming names and exposing much of the corruption in the awarding of city contracts. “In the last two years, I’ve been talking about the corruption that I have seen, where I live and elsewhere,” Patrick Barnard, who teaches in the Enligh department of Dawson and is an editor of Montreal Sarai said. “I’ve found amongst ordinary people here, lethargy, and it’s enormous. So that lethargy on the part of the public has fed this crisis. We have people in the corporate sector, who have organized themselves in this way, in a corrupt way, for their own purposes. You have corrupted politicians and you have a lazy and dead public. I think, for now at least, the Charbonneau commission has woken people up.”

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Speaker talks about home studio that flourished into a livelihood JEAN-PHILIPPE PROULX STAFF WRITER

"I was passionate when I first builded my studios," Chambers said. "Passion is what fueled me to continue to do what I love doing.”

hammer and bam. "My passion did not let excuses slow me down. It did not stopped me from doing anything that I felt I needed to do," Chambers said. "Maybe somebody helping me to build the soundproof room was something I needed, but I knew I could tear down that wall by myself." The best way to understand what his work is consisted of, was for Chambers to decorticate a recording session. Chambers played the English version of a song from Don Juan, Changer, who became Seasons. Chamber's job on those sessions was mainly to coach the Francophones singers with their pronunciations while keeping their emotion. Exactly step by step, Chambers showed to the attentive audience with the help of analyser, every little thing that happens in the process of recording a song. A song is consisted of a bunch of small and particular details, that isolated won't do much of a difference, but all together, creates the emotions. The devil is in the details. Sometimes people think that you just put a microphone and record vocals, but there is a little more that goes into it than that. Just like being an entrepeneur, there are several steps that someone has to do before achieving what you want. It depends on your level of success, and your definition of success. "To me, being successful is being able to do what I love every day," Chambers said. "I’m considered extremely rich and successful in that way."


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Last wednesday, Dawson eWeek welcomed the founder of Base Bin Studios, Albert Chambers to feed the audience with his passion of music. Chambers' adventure started 17 years ago with four fully equipped rehearsal studios in one house. The studios supply services to about 80 bands a week, like Simple Plan, Chromeo, and David Usher. They are bands who are going on tours, preparing to enter studios and record an album and possibly anything you can imagine that deals with music production. "I was passionate when I first builded my studios," Chambers said. "Passion is what fueled me to continue to do what I love doing." Chambers did not end up with his own studios with the blink of an eye. His journey started with musical studies at Vanier. In the meantime, he played live music and spent a lot of time in studio sessions work. "I worked in all facets of the music industry to get me to where I am today," Chambers recalled. "There was no shortcuts." Among all of his passions, writing and producing were taking more of his time, as he was getting better at it. He started getting more and more phone calls from other studios to help produce songs, while he still did not have his own production studios. One day, while he was waiting for the next band to come rehearse in his studio, he looked over to his left and told himself that was where the window of his studio was going to go. He picked up a sledge-

Beauvais, who will likely be part of the delegation, underlined its relevance, “the eyes of Canadian student associations are presently turned toward Quebec.”

Monday Nov. 19 at 6 p.m., Dawson Student Union executives discussed a possible campaign to raise awareness about the plight of political prisoners, as well as the details concerning the upcoming Fall General Assembly, forming a Dawson delegation for the Rassemblement national etudiant (RNE) organized by the Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ) and adding some forgotten flags to the multicultural week display. A special guest, Johan Boyden from the Young Communist League of Canada, joined the executives before the meeting was officially started to seek their support. Boyden presented the case of the Cuban Five. According to the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, these men “are unjustly imprisoned in the United States after being arrested by the FBI on Sept. 12, 1998 and convicted in U.S. federal court in Miami in 2001, in a political prosecution by the U.S. government.” Boyden’s group is not alone to fight for their release. Indeed, a number of parliamentarians, including the decease Jack Layton, have also voiced their support. Fa-

tima Santin, Director of Student Life, and Nicholas Di Penna, Director of External Affairs, suggested building a campaign to raise awareness about to the plight of political prisoners, and the activities of the United States in Cuba as well as to “be a voice for the release of these five men,” in the words of Boyden. “It’s difficult to get student’s attention,” Beauvais said. Geoffrey Graham, Director of Communication and Mobilization, concurred, “it would take a lot of effort in mobilization,” Beauvais would prefer focusing on local issues to, “affect students directly;” and on services rather than awareness campaigns. However, she stated that she would support the project if the decision was taken to go ahead with it. Graham balanced his cautious with encouragement, “this is clearly a cause that we all support,” he said. The question remains as to how much energy will be spent on this campaign as well as the form it will take, a topic that will be further explored during the executives’ winter retreat. The meeting then started with the appointment of Beauvais as ‘sole possessor

of the DSU safe combination’. It was continued with talk about who would chair the General Assembly that will take place next Monday Nov. 26 at 5 p.m. in the third floor cafeteria. Graham stated the group’s intention to choose a person from outside the DSU to avoid the appearance of bias however, Audrey Deveault, DSU Chairperson, will have to chair the Assembly if no one else comes through. The executives discussed the formation of a delegation for the RNE, which is a non-partisan event that brings together student associations from across Quebec. “The previous edition, which was held in May 2011, laid the groundwork for last spring’s strike movement,” as the ASSE’s indicates invitation, the upcoming event will be an occasion to “draw up a summary of the 2012 strike, as well as to discuss a common strategy in light of the Education Summit.” Beauvais, who will likely be part of the delegation, underlined its relevance, “the eyes of Canadian student associations are presently turned toward Quebec.” Beauvais will be joined by Brian Lapuz, the DSU’s ‘attaché politique.’Also, Di

Penna will cede his place to a student from the Dawson Persists since he is already scheduled to partake in the Canadian Federation Student’s conference. Multicultural week also was a topic of conversation. The executives expressed resentment toward the administration’s policy regarding which flags can and cannot be hung in the atrium. The policy has been that only countries recognized by the United Nations could have their flags up. Executives discussed purchasing some of the ‘forgotten’ flags including that of Palestine, Tibet and Canada’s First Nations, and posting them up in the office window. Finally, a motion was adopted to communicate with the Interim Mayor of Montreal, M. Applebaum and invite him to speak at Dawson. This motion raised some debate, but it was agreed that students “it would be a really successful event” given the present situation in municipal politics and also given that Beauvais is the first Anglophone Mayor of Montreal in a hundred years.

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Israel and Palestine Complications LÉA NEUMARK-GAUDET STAFF WRITER

An old conflict has reignited as Israel launched its Pillar of Defense operation last Wednesday with the publicly announced intention of crippling the Hamas rocket launching capability in Gaza. According to CTV, there have been over 130 Palestinians killed in the Gaza Strip as a result of some 1,500 Israeli air raids, a number of which were civilians and including women and children. Over 1000 rocket attacks have targeted Israel, and five were found dead. The “Iron Dome,” Israeli’s defense system has, according to Israel’s military, shot down hundreds of rockets mostly aimed toward southern Israel. On Sunday, “a spokesman for the Hamas-run Interior Ministry said an Israeli missile wrecked the three-story residential building, killing 11 people, all of them civilians. Medics said four women and four children were among the dead,” according to Reuters. Two media buildings hosting international journalists and broadcasters, identified by Israeli defense forces as Hamas operational communication sites, were also hit during an air raid leaving several people wounded. In response to International criticism, the IDF released a statement telling International journalists and correspondents to “stay clear of Hamas bases and facilities.” Nadim Baba, Aljazeera’s correspond in

Gaza, said this would make journalist’s work very difficult. Hamas Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh Turkish and Egyptian government have condemned the attacks on Gaza. The truce brokered by Egypt in October has clear fallen apart. On Sunday, Arabe League chief Nabil

Elaraby “pledged to support Palestinians against ‘Israel’s aggression’ and to end the blockage of Gaza,” according to Aljazeera. There has been an embargo on Gaza since Israel withdrew settlements in 2005, according to Reuters. The densely populated Strip is now subject to high unemployment rates and serious resource scarcity.

Bombings in Gaza


Protests have broken out all across Irelan and Irish Embassies against theirCatholic-based anti-abortion laws due to of Savita Halappanavar, an Indian woman living in Ireland, who was denied abortion which led to blood poisoning and her death on Oct. 28. Halappanavar was a dentist working in

Protests in Ireland

Ireland, but was originally from India. She was 31 years old and was 17 weeks into her first pregnancy. Halappanavar was admitted into hospital with severe back pain and with a miscarriage, but the hospital refused to abort the fetus because Irish law states that they cannot abort unless the foetus has no heartbeat or the mother’s life is at risk, according to The Telegraph. Women are holding candlelight vigils, protesting that non-Irish women should not be subject to these laws, and that it should be more precise about when a


woman is at risk, because the hospital did not believe Halappanavar was in danger, according to CBC. In 1992, a Supreme Court judgment ruled that the Irish, no abortion laws, be changed to allow women at risk of death to have abortions. Since the death of Halappanavar, women are protesting for the laws to be abolished, giving them the right to abortions in Ireland. March organizers have claimed 20,000 people present in Dublin to protest the Catholic-Irish laws, but Irish police claimed only 6,000 protestor were present, according to “Under a 1992 Supreme Court ruling, women in Ireland are legally entitled to an abortion when it is necessary to save the life of the mother, but legislation has never been passed to reflect this,” reported Hindu Times. Halappanavar’s entire family is outraged over the incident, as Halappanavar had known something was wrong and was asking for an abortion repeatedly. “In an attempt to save a four-month-old feotus, they killed my 30-year-old daughter,” Halappanavar’s mother, A. Mahadevi, told CBC. "They said unfortunately she can't because it's a Catholic country," Mr. Halappanavar said to BBC.

On Nov. 13, the Arab League released a statement calling upon “the Europeen Union to support the Palestinian request for its statuts as a UN non-member state,” ANSAmed reported. The United States are in a particular situation, with growing commercial ties with Turquie and Egypt, and with Congress’

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unequivocally supporting Israel, the U.S. have no interest in the conflict escalating. According to Aljazeera and Reuters, last Sunday, Israel’s Prime Minister announced that the military was prepared to “significantly expand” its operation, having already authorized the mobilization of 75, 000 reservist in preparation for a possible ground invasion. Military has been building-up on the Gaza boarder. President Obama has once again reiterated Israel’s right to self-defense calling on both sides to avoid causalities. Aljazeera reported, “Ben Rhodes, White House Deputy National Security Adviser, told reporters the US ‘wants the same thing as the Israelis want’, which is an end to rocket attacks. “The world is extremely concerned at the rising loss of human lives,” stated Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations upon his visit to Israel, “a further escalation would be dangerous and tragic for Palestinians and Israelis and would put the entire region at risk.” After a day on heavy from casualties, a ceasefire was finally agreed upon, and announced yesterday evening. A number of rockets have been launched from Gaza since according to Reuters. “Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that while terrorists are to stop their rocket fire, he expects there to be a ‘small tail,’ like in previous ceasefires.” Israel National News reported. That being said, the Prime Minister’s office did not completely overrule the “use of greater force if Hamas fails to abide by the terms of the ceasefire.”


A new discovery has been made from a recent Journal of Neuroscience study, that oxytocin, the ‘love hormone’, can keep men in relationships loyal to their partners and away from attractive women. The study was composed of 57 heterosexual men. Half of them were single and the other half were in relationships, according to Yahoo. The men were either given oxytocin nasal spray or a placebo, and were told to tell the attractive women walking towards them when to stop, therefore deciding what was the socially appropriate distance between the two. Results showed that the men who didn’t received this ‘love drug’ stayed approximately four to six inches closer to an attractive woman than the men who had received the oxytocin, reported the Indian Express. Single men, whether they received the love drug or the placebo, let the woman be at a distance of 20 to 24 inches apart. The men in relationships who were given a

placebo also let the woman be at this distance, according to Yahoo. It was only the men in relationships who received the drug that lead to a greater distance and let the woman come at a distance of 20 to 30 inches apart. “One possibility is that the men are more attracted to the unfamiliar woman and that triggers a defensive move,” a Philosophy Professor at the University of Toronto, Ronald De Sousa said. “Maybe in this case the sight of the unfamiliar woman acts as a reminder of the relationship with the partner — she's nice but my lover is nicer," De Sousa said. "For that matter, maybe I want her to step back so I can get a better look." The drug is believed to help couples stay together, according to Kens5. “If [the men] have a higher level of oxytocin, they might have a higher level of bond commitment in their relationship,” Urologist Dr. Parviz Kavoussi said. Meanwhile, several young men claim to not need a drug for this. “I can’t see that working. A hot girl is going to be a hot girl, whether you spray something or not… but I don’t have a girlfriend,” 30 year old, Shane Heumann said.

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The good Westboro Bapist Church JOHN MICHAEL BENNETT THE MuSE ST. JOHN'S (CUP) — At 12:43 PM on Friday, Nov. 16, a mock protest took place in the vein of the Westboro Baptist Church at Memorial University (MUN). The demonstration re-enacted the protest that took place surrounding the beating, and subsequent death, of Matthew Sheppard, a young gay man, in 1998. Staged by Spectrum, a LGBTQ choir, and students from a performance and communications media class at Memorial, the demonstration began with individuals holding up signs, while standing around one stu-

dent who was acting as Fred Phelps, the head of the church. They soon began chanting, “God hates fags. God hates fags,” which was quick to draw the attention of passerbys. Off to the side were others holding three signs stating that the following was a demonstration and re-enactment, and should be viewed as such. The Fred Phelps character began a monologue, while another actor, off to the side, delivered a separate monologue, stating they could not let such hate deter them. The demonstration concluded with angels descending upon the steps of the University Centre, and began to surround the Westboro Baptist Church’s group, blocking them off from the public while circling them. This re-enactment is a dramatization of

what happened in 1998 when the protest occurred while Matthew Sheppard, a young gay man, was hospitalized after being beaten to near death by individuals who were against his sexual orientation. Sheppard succumbed to his injuries in hospital. “t studies the community, and what hate does to a community,” said Danielle Irvine, the Memorial instructor for the class, about the protest. “The Westboro Baptist Church came from another state to protest Matthew Sheppard’s funeral to say he was going to hell because he was gay. “The angels and their wings are so big that they block [Phelps] out so that they don’t have to see him,” continued Irvine, explaining the significance of the event. “The

angels were given earplugs so they didn’t have to hear him. “We wanted to raise awareness of this problem and that hate is still happening today. People are still doing violent things to each other.” Many students gathered to watch the reenactment, with most of them reacting positively to the demonstration. “I thought it was awesome,” said Emma Smith, a fourth year at MUN. “I think what they are protesting and showing is a great message.” Smith also says that the demonstration was effective. “It got people’s attention. People dressed as white angels, and I got worried they started chanting ‘God hates fags’

and thought ‘oh shoot, what’s going on?’ But then I started listening to the other girl’s monologue.” Not all students understood the goal of the event, as to whether it was for promotion, protest, or for something else. “I believe it had an effect, but I have no idea if they accomplished their goal because I don’t even know what it is,” said Christian Van Nostrand, a fourth-year student at MUN. The class that helped organize the demonstration will be performing The Laramie Project, a play based on the death of Matthew Sheppard and the reactions of his fellow citizens later this month.

or 17 and Vanier College cannot be associated with Playboy, mainly because the company does not share the values we want to disseminate among our students, even though we do promote safe sex.” Anthony Kantara of the Vanier Mob Squad, the group behind a petition launched last summer against the sponsorship, said he was pleased by the school’s de-

cision to disallow the bunny logo on campus but wished both the VCSA and the school administration kept the student body more informed about their decisions. “It is a shame we had to go to Playboy Condoms’ website to see the cancellation,” added Kantara.

No condoms for Vanier JOEL ASHAK THE CONCORDIAN MONTREAL (CUP) — The administration at Vanier College, an English-language CEGEP in Montreal, rejected the student association’s wish for Playboy Condoms to sponsor their upcoming winter festival, thus depriving them of their sole sponsor for the event and ending a contentious dispute. In an article published on Oct. 16, The Concordian revealed that the Vanier College Students' Association (VCSA) established a verbal deal with Playboy Condoms, a condom company that shares branding with Playboy Enterprises and is associated with their trademark bunny logo, to sponsor their end of semester party. In exchange for space on campus to promote their products and safe sex practices during the event, the company promised a financial and material contribution to help the student association organize the event. According to Monique Magnan, director of student services at Vanier College, a previously planned management executive committee meeting held last week led to the unanimous agreement on the ineligibility of the VCSA’s chosen sponsor. Following the

meeting, the committee contacted the VCSA to demand the student executives cancel any possible deal with Playboy Condoms. “Although the VCSA has a certain margin of autonomy, they need the school’s permission to have external business companies on campus,” said Magnan. “We collectively agreed that the school could not have a company harbouring Playboy’s image on campus, one related to pornography and exploitation of women for 60 years ... whether the company is directly related to Playboy Enterprise or not.” VCSA president Alexander Liberio said that in face of the “controversy,” the VCSA council will be addressing the issue during a regular meeting to decide whether they wanted to continue with the event on campus and follow the school’s directives to end the sponsorship, to negotiate with the administration, or to take the winter festival to a different location in order to keep the sponsor. “Now that we have a full council, there’s much more division on the matter and not everybody is in favour of [the sponsorship] like it was the case in summer,” said Liberio, who insisted he opposed the contract from the beginning. “Given the controversy, I wouldn’t think we would go with Playboy Condoms again for any future events.” According to Liberio, Vanier’s students

services’ office approved the sponsorship when they were first notified in September but then decided to vet it through their committee following rising tensions. Magnan however told The Concordian she never approved of the sponsorship. After Taruna Kaur-Singh, VCSA’s special projects officer, approached her a second time with the idea on Oct. 11, Magnan asked her to hold off the deal until she consulted the executive committee. Magnan argued that the VCSA’s liberty to initiate the deal without the school administration’s permission was based on “miscommunication and inexperience.” She also went on to say that misunderstandings of a similar nature are rare at the college. According to Magnan, the VCSA and administration are usually in constant communication with one another. “The idea is also to use this experience to educate student executives about the company they chose and the values it promotes,” she added. Magnan notably insisted that, unlike some of the other schools that Playboy Condoms will be visiting during their sexual awareness “Playin’ It Safe” tour, Vanier College is a CEGEP and not a community college. “CEGEPS still keep a high school feeling,” she said. “Many of our students are 16

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Forgotten Detroit Detropia gives you a look into the formerly beautiful, now rotting, Detroit CHRIS DAHDAH STAFF WRITER

Detropia, Heidi Eiwing and Rachel Grady’s latest documentary on Detroit’s economic crisis following the crash of the automobile industry, is a subtle yet brutally honest critique of globalization through a poetic portrait of the city’s barren landscape. From the Academy Awards-nominated directors of Jesus Camp (2006) and Freakonomics (2010), Detropia was produced independently through Kickstarter, an online funding platform, receiving $71,262 in pledges. The film made its first Montreal appearance at the Montreal International Documentary Festival

(RDIM), in mid-November. It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Best Editing Prize for U.S. Documentary. The expression, ‘an image is worth a thousand words,’ is quite an accurate description of Detropia. In that sense, the film seems to borrow some of its stylistic elements from the recent trend of silent documentaries, such as Samsara, a purely cinematographic piece. In Detropia, the silent segments appear all throughout the film and serve as a reminder that the documentary is about the increasingly desolate scene that is Detroit. The imagery is modest, much like the city it portrays. Furthermore, the silence complements the slightly mournful and nostalgic mood of the films as well as the people appearing in it. Indeed, the film isn’t entirely silent, and

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all of its characters seem to have a lot to say. Detropia follows a few locals, including video blogger Crystal Starr, a local business owner, and the president of a Union of Auto Workers (UAW) unit. Detropia documents the so-called “Motor City” population decline of 25% in the past decade, the desertion of over 100,000 lots, and many other dramatic demographic changes, all of which are a result of the city’s dependence on the automobile industry which has recently been outsourcing to the point of shutting down numerous manufacturing plants in the city. The film’s landmark scene would have to be its opening. A juxtaposition that contrasts an orchestra conductor and a modest youth with headphones on, pants around his knees, walking through the night, mimicking a conductor’s gestures, all the while accompanied by grandiose

and tragic opera music. This is a recurring phenomenon throughout the film, underlining the cultural divide between the upper class’s high art and the city’s graffiti-strewn dystopian landscape. This divide is accentuated even more when shots of the opera house audience show an assortment of elderly, rich, white males. This

demographic is rather scarce in a film that depicts the consequences of globalization and capitalism on Detroit’s population, most of whom are black, lower middleclass citizens. More information about Detropia can be found on

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Breaking Dawn doesn’t suck...? Breaking Dawn: Part II finally ends the era of K-Stew cross-eyes and lip biting!  ARIELLA KLEIN STAFF WRITER

The second installment of Breaking Dawn, the final book in the Twilight Saga, premiered in theatres last Thursday and surprisingly, the film staring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner is a must-see. I know what you’re thinking, no Twilight movie could ever be worth watching. Stewart constantly looks like she’s passing gas and when Pattinson walks into the sunlight, he looks like he was doused with arts and crafts glitter one would find in a kindergarten classroom. Shockingly, Breaking Dawn: Part Two is unlike past Twilight films. If you haven’t read the books, this one is all about the Cullens protecting Renesmee, Edward and Bella’s newborn daughter. As per usual, the evil group of head vampires known as

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the Volturi is unhappy, and they hunt the friendly vampires down. In order for their family to survive, the Cullens must rally their allies and devise a brilliantly crafted plan. It sounds awful but certain features of the picture help it tremendously. In this film, Bella has been turned into a vampire and for some reason, when Stuart is not playing the role of a human, she seems less robotic. She actually embodies her role as a newborn vampire quite well, who woulda thunk it? Additionally, the cinematography is beautiful. Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse all had different directors (because they clearly couldn’t find one that fit) but Bill Condon directed both Breaking Dawn installments. In his second attempt, he finally got it right. The film begins with beautiful nature shots and dynamic artsy close ups, and the serene wildlife and landscapes continue throughout the movie. Above all else, what really makes this film worth watching is the final 20 min-

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utes. The epic fight scene between the Cullens and the Volturi is included, but there’s a twist that will make your jaw drop to the sticky theatre floor. As a bonus, Bella finally fights in the battle, rather than being the one who needs protection. She learns how to control her power in an effort to save her family. If you’ve seen the past Twilight films, I recommend you check this one out as the cherry on top. If you’ve read the books, don’t even question it, just buy a ticket. If you were a 14 year-old “twihard” back in 2008, Breaking Dawn: Part Two may even bring a nostalgic tear to your eye. You must keep in mind that this film is still part of the Twilight Saga. I don’t want to set your expectations too high, but this one is actually like watching a normal movie. The film is action packed and not boring or painful to watch. Of course, if for no other reason, you should see it just to hear the audience shriek when Jacob Black removes his shirt.

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CHEAP EATS Are you a broke-ass student who’s craving quality pad thai but literally only owns a five dollar bill? Get yourself down to Restaurant Jean-Guy (at least we think that’s what it’s called, half the sign is broken off), where all five items on the menu are $5, no tax. Welcome to the sketchiest, cheapest, yummiest Asian restaurant in PointeSainte-Charles. Despite being on a corner, it’s easy to walk by without realizing that it’s an actual working restaurant. It’s not located on any main street, it looks halfabandoned, and there’s no clear sign or name on the outside. On warmer days, the door is open and the doorway is blocked

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by waist-level piece of plywood, on which “please knock” is scribbled in permanent marker. At first glance, it’s not the most enticing place to eat. Inside, it’s tiny, practically the size of a room. The open kitchen takes up more than half of it, and two tables are crammed into the back. Containers of chicken broth, rice noodles, and inexplicably, a pile of old VHS tapes are all messily strewn on a bookshelf next to the door. A small staticy television plays soap operas next to it. The owner and cook doesn’t speak English or French, and seems to only know how to say the items on his menu. Still, he

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manages to be extremely friendly and always has an infectious smile. When we came in, he was making eggrolls. He held one up to show us and smiled enthusiastically. “Eggroll,” he explained. It’s definitely a takeout place, and the menu is simple: pad thai, fried rice, fried noodles (these three come with either chicken or shrimp), general tao, and tom yum soup with shrimp. Clearly, it’s not very vegetarian friendly, unless one is finds a way to communicate with the cook. Two-dollar wonton soup is also available, and egg rolls and drinks are a dollar apiece. He makes everything right under your

eyes, with only basic home cooking appliances. His recipes are simple and delicious, with generous portions that can easily feed two. Tomatoes are an unorthodox, but key ingredient in his cooking. Do not expect your general tao with a thick, greasy, gravy-type sauce, but rather a sweeter, healthier sauce with vegetables. Our personal favorite is the pad thai with chicken. The restaurant is on the corner of Laprairie and Chateauguay, a five minute walk from Charlevoix metro, two stops west of Atwater. Open unreliably every day, besides Sunday.

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Concordia graduate Isabelle Landry’s take on a local Hassidic family Israel’s Entourage, an exhibition of photographs by Isabelle Landry that offer a rare and intimate look into the life of an Outremont Hassidic Jewish family, opened last week at the Lilian Rodriguez gallery in the Belgo building. The exhibition consists of 11 photographs featuring a mother, a father and their three sons in their home. The composition of the portraits is very formal and traditional, as Landry uses the architectural lines of the rooms to frame the subjects symmetrically. The family members are carefully posed, often in the middle of a square frame, and look seriously into the lens. However, the beautiful details of each portrait make them feel intimate and genuine. The subjects are placed near windows, and the morning sunlight softens their expressions and warms the tone of the photographs. The color palette is also quite soft, with faded pastel colors, and a lot of off-white and almost black, both in the subject’s clothes and in the background. The setting of the portraits makes them all the more fascinating and intimate. While most Montrealers have probably crossed paths with members of the Hassidic Jewish community on the street, given their quite conservative and private lifestyle rarely do outsiders get to see inside their homes. This family’s home is a typical Outremont/Mile End house with architectural details probably dating back to the early twentieth century: crown mold-

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ings around the tall windows and the solid wood doors, old metal doorknobs, nine or ten foot ceilings, and everything painted a milky white. The furniture and décor is sparse, clean and very modest. The photographs are mostly portraits, but a few focus instead on details of their home, and the element that unifies both is simplicity. For instance, in “Homemade Curtain”, the subject of the photograph is a piece of thick, coarse fabric resembling burlap hung in a window, and held to the side with a piece of string. “Chavi”, Landry’s portrait of the young mother, won the Quebec prize for BMO’s Canada-wide competition, 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition last October. The piece was exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto that same month. The great respect and sensitivity with which Landry approached and captured her subjects is clear and moving. The portraits are beautiful cultural artifacts that inspire many questions and infinite curiosity about the family and their community. They are telling but still mysterious, and they respect their subjects’ culture of privacy. Landry, who graduated from Concordia last year, created this series in the context of a larger research project on the multicultural identity of Montreal. She is currently studying in Administration of Cultural Organizations at HEC. Israel’s Entourage runs until December 22nd.

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Girl, interrupted. out the jobs, we actually went to immigration, we hired a lawyer, we did so much research, and those jobs never existed. They were fabricated,” Redmon said. “We were constantly there, we were either helping her trying to get money, buying her food, all kinds of things,” Sabin said. “But to [the filmmakers], it’s not so interesting to go into that [in the documentary] because it’s a much more powerful story to experience without us guiding the audience through it.” “The entire movie is edited in such a way that it makes it appear that we’re not involved,” Redmon said. “We’re trying to mimic the coldness of what the girls expe-

rienced and what we witnessed.” A company had photographed Vall for a photo shoot but she hadn’t been paid. Looking through magazines, the film showed Vall finding herself in a photo where half her face is covered by a wig. “We tracked down the company and went to their offices and got them to talk about how much Switch Models made [from this photograph],” said Redmon. “It was more than five thousand.” The filmmakers believed that none of this money went to Vall. The contract had a clause where Switch was able to change it on a day-to-day basis, therefore Vall was sent home over two

thousand dollars US in debt The documentary ends with Arbaugh continuing to promote her modeling industry. “Every model has success in Japan, unlike other markets, where they go into debt, but they don’t in Japan, they only win,” Arbaugh said. Vall is currently still modeling oversees although Redmon and Sabin have lost contact with her. The two filmmakers believe that what has been heard of Vall, through emails and her Twitter account, is not actually her, but the agency speaking on behalf of her.



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Filmmakers David Redmon and Ashley Sabin, visited Dawson students on Nov. 16 for a screening of their documentary entitled Girl Model, which follows a young inspiring model on her journey to Japan in hopes of making it big, however becomes trapped in a world where opportunity and freedom is non-existent. The film began with tall, skinny females wearing bathing suits and heels, getting inspected by modeling scouts. “I feel like her hips are too big”, “Pimple problems, you’ve got to fix it”, “We’ll put her on a diet” were some of the comments exchanged between the scouts. Nadya Vall, a 13-year-old female from Novosibirsk, gets chosen to represent Switch Models, a modeling agency that looks for specific types of girl to send to the Japanese market. In the documentary, Model Scout Ashley Arbaugh said, “If you catch the girl at 12, these girls are in very delicate stages of their life. You have more power or more influence to guide them and direct.” Filmmakers got access to Vall’s journey through Arbaugh, who had approached them with disturbing casting videos. “I felt that after seeing that imagery, we couldn’t just walk away and say it didn’t exist anymore,” Sabin said. Japanese immigration required Switch Models to provide Vall paid work in Japan. Paperwork was submitted to guarantee Vall two jobs, plus eight thousand in her contract. “Now is my chance to be a model,” Vall said in the film. “I want things to be good at home and to become a good model.” With a language barrier and little money, Vall was sent to Japan and was taken to multiple castings, followed by multiple rejections. The film showed Vall pleading to her mother that she doesn’t have a job, isn’t eating and wanted to go home. “Nadya got her visa, except we checked


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We came, we saw, they conquered. Dawson Theatre’s production of Julius Caesar is real good, y’all.

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a dual purpose. The first was to assist the projector and to show images, and the second purpose it held was to show the union shadows of the actors. The actor’s costumes changed drastically during the intermission. In the first half, the main costume theme was traditional Roman clothing of the time of ancient Rome. White robes with some red on the edges were worn by men and women alike. The actors were dressed as civilians and politicians of Ancient Rome. During the second half of the play, the costume design was different. As the mood had changed, the costumes were of soldiers and generals. There were two sides

among the actors. One side wore brown leather while the other was black leather armor. The dialogue was not changed for this production making it complicated to understand at times. The first part of the play used the older English vocabulary quite heavily while the second had less dialog and more action. At times, the untrained ear could have found the dialogue to be dull. The actors were fantastic in the way they managed to remember the lines, aside the few slip-ups. The second part of the play proved to be full of action. The actors ran around with swords and fought against each other. There was a lot of shouting involve, the

audience seemed to be pleased with this part as some cheered during the performance. Overall the Students who performed in the play did a marvelous job. An interesting modification of the play was the fact that Caesar was played by a woman rather than a man. The twist may spark some debate among the audience. Julius Caesar is playing at the Dawson theater until Nov.24, admission for students is $5. Be sure to go and watch the production performed by your fellow Dawsonites.

Olivieri (not actually Italian)Art of Sleeping, Empty Hands

Sarine (actually blood sisters with Gary Busey)- Song of the cats.

Dan ze man (actually rocking this month a la Ron Jeremy)Hatikvah (Isreal’s national anthem)

Zac (actually a bad-ass bandit)Scorpions, Rock you like a Hurricane D’vohn (not actually a Tyler Perry movie watcher) - Bro Safari, That A$$.

Alexundrob (actually illiterate) - Azealia Banks, 212. Karl (actually a J.A.P.)- Rolling Stones, Star Star.

Dahlia (actually Ronald Dahl) - Glee Cast, Dark Side

(a person) - Counting Crows, Mr. Jones.


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The Professional Theater Program of Dawson College is presenting Julius Caesar, directed by Jude Beny, from Nov. 14 until Nov. 24 at the Dawson Theater. Originally written by William Shakespeare, the production was staged by 21 third-year Theatre students. The play was divided into two distinct periods. The first being before the assassination of Julius Caesar and the second period is the one following the assassination. The set was simple in nature. Four pillars were used, two on each corner. There was a platform in the middle made of wood thatthe actors regularly used. There was a screen behind the platform that had

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Washroom Politics How campus washroom facilities can be inclusive of non-binary identities

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Is this the next step for gender equality?


When was the last time you had to think twice before entering a public restroom? For the large majority of people, having to ‘go’ in a public space is one of those recurring, no-big-deal details of the day. In fact, it’s usually a source of relief. At least it is if you fit the gender binary. Indeed, the male-female dichotomy is a breakdown in washroom politics that leaves some people completely excluded. The Issue For those individuals who don’t identify with the gender binary, having to choose between the men’s room and the ladies’ room tends to be a source of great anxiety. “Choosing between washrooms was honestly the worst thing I would have to go through during the day,” Jordan Keating, a second-semester student in Cinema, Video & Communication, said. Neither choice would be easier on him, as entering either the male or female washroom could cause for him to be discriminated against. “It’s one of the worst feelings for a trans person because we already don’t feel comfortable in our own bodies,” he added. In addition to that, Leo Rosato, fifth semester Social Services student, added that, “having to be asked ‘aren’t you in the

wrong washroom?’ is pretty offensive to someone who does not necessarily identify with their assigned gender at birth.” Meaghen Freeman, first semester student in General Social Sciences, has faced similar issues. “I identify as female, but I do know I look more masculine than anything. So, when I walk into the women's bathrooms I always dread it,” she said. “I just dislike how people assume my gender is male and think I'm some sort of pervert going into the girls’ bathroom. I just want to go to the bathroom, and not have girls look at me like I'm some sort of freak.” Furthermore, Dawson College nurse Genevieve McCready said that she believes this to be an issue for concerned students’ health and well-being. “Anxiety triggered by the thought of what others will say to them, or how they can manage to go to the bathroom without being intimidated can be very strong and interfere with health and school success.” As such, the exclusive presence of male or female washrooms has proven to be an inconvenience for quite a few students. They may be a minority, but they remain a minority that faces constant discrimination and daily challenges that tend to be overlooked by the larger student body. Fortunately, there are ways to accommodate individuals who do not identify as either male or female. These solutions have started to be proposed and implemented very recently, all over the country. Gender-neutral Washrooms Gender-neutral washrooms, or unisex

washrooms, have started popping up all over the map. Campuses all over Canada are starting to implement changes to their facilities to accommodate their genderqueer, transgender, intersex, bigender, androgynous, and all other students who don’t identify with the gender binary. Such changes can be applied in various ways, all of which have their pros and cons. One option is to simply remove the male/female sings from the common multi-stall washrooms, such as the ones at Dawson, and to remove the urinals from the previously male washrooms. This option would be the most practical and least costly. However, it also would affect people who would otherwise prefer not to be in washrooms at the same time as members of the opposite sex. Furthermore, this option does not address the issue of discrimination against genderqueer individuals and therefore may not be considered a safe option. On that note, the second option is a slightly more comprehensive one. Singleoccupant washrooms, such as the ones found in homes, are much more private and therefore offer the safety and peace of mind otherwise overlooked with multi-stall washrooms. However, there are logistical challenges that make single-stall washrooms more difficult to install. Instead of revamping pre-existing multi-stall washrooms, this kind would have to be installed from scratch. In a place like Dawson College, it may be a challenge to find an accessible space that can be turned into a

washroom. Furthermore, the location is critical, as it would have to be accessible enough for anyone, yet also remote enough to be private, and to prevent them from being constantly occupied. Another issue would be the targeting of occupants. Ideally, these washrooms would be suitable for ‘all’, as opposed to ‘other’. In other words, the issue would be to avoid labeling them the ‘other/trans/queer’ washrooms. At the same time, that would encourage people to use them who would otherwise be comfortable using gender-specific washrooms, which would deprive access to individuals who truly need single-occupant, genderneutral washrooms. Advocating for Change Despite being a challenging issue to address, the need for gender-neutral washrooms is still there. With every day that passes where the issue is ignored, some students face discrimination and anxiety. Zynor Majeed is the Dawson Student Union’s Queer Representative on the Student Council, as well as president of Et Cetera, the LGBTQ Alliance of Dawson College. “It is a one-time expense, with a lot of good outcomes,” he said. “The overall issue here is the respect of trans and/or genderqueer individuals and the importance of ensuring their comfort while they take care of basic human needs. They face enough discrimination as is.” Furthermore, from her perspective as Dawson’s nurse, McCready agrees that gender-neutral bathrooms are a must for

the College. “As a community, we want to make sure students feel safe and that being in the school does not constitute a source of anxiety, especially because it could compromise their studies and well-being,” she said. Geoff Graham, the DSU’s Director of Communications and Mobilization, believes that a campaign for such changes is possible, should the general consensus among DSU executives and students be that the installation of gender-neutral washrooms should indeed be advocated. “Despite the fact that we’re in 2012, there’s still harassment that happens,” he said. “We know it, we work very hard to eliminate it, but these things are inevitable. I think a campaign would be not only necessary but it would be crucial to the success of said facilities because for any given campaign you need to know that you have support.” For many people, this may seem like an exaggeration, or perhaps, hopefully, as a small positive step. For the people concerned, however, this would be a significant solution that would allow them to have the same amount of comfort as everyone else. “A gender neutral bathroom would literally take away a lot if not all the pressure of trans people,” Keating said. “A lot of trans folks don't want to be identified by that, […] and having to use a bathroom for the sex you were born with instead of what you want to be is basically having to come out as trans.”

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EDITOR: Oliver Nacey  CONTACT:

Can you tell apart a chicken and a kitchen? BARBARA MADIMENOS SENIOR WRITER

I don’t know about you, but I am getting pretty sick and tired of all of this language hoolabaloo. All I am hearing is “French must prevail!” or “The English are suffering!” or “TABARNOUCHE, DAMN YOU, VA ΠAS STO ΔIABOΛO!” and it just causes me to have a big headache and grow frustrated with just how ignorant people are these days. It’s an unbelievable vision that Quebec has portrayed ever since Marois was elected into power, and it saddens me to hear, the majority of the time, people disputing over something that should be cherished; the diversity of language. Language, cultural backgrounds, religions, and everything in between should be celebrated for their diversity. It makes the world what it is today, and enriches us with so much to learn. Why must people feel so defensive when something unfamiliar approaches and only want to destroy it? Is it the fear of the unknown? Is it the fear of losing oneself in the process of adventuring this unexpected element? Or is it just being really ignorant and pig headed? Maybe it’s the generation of today, or our parents’ generation, but I can honestly say that I sometimes wish we reverted back to when the immigrants were streaming into Canada, wanting to find a new life in order to better their future, because peo-

ple, even those already living here in Quebec, understood them. They were afraid, they were needy, and they needed support, and this resulted in welcoming these strangers. They did it with open arms wanting to help them, to teach them, and embrace them into their society so everyone can grow together, for the way they were coming in, they were battered, clueless as to what the future held for them, and had a mere ‘five dollars in their pocket’ as my grandfather would have said. In fact, it sometimes even brought a sense of humor with the language barrier, but only prevailed with acquiring more knowledge in the end. You see, I have a funny story... One day, my yiayia (grandmother), my papou (grandfather) and my thia Eleni (Aunt, grandfather’s sister,) all went looking for kitchen table to furnish my grandparents’ new home. They had just recently settled here in Montreal and spoke very little English, nevertheless any French. So, with that little issue on hand, off they went to a furniture store. Upon a arriving, a salesman greeted them with a “Bonjour” only to receive blank stares in return. He then understood that they must have spoken English, and asked “May I help you with anything?” Again, my grandparents weren’t ones to really speak up at the time, but, my thia Eleni on the other hand (known to be very forward,) stepped up and said “Yes. We are looking for a chicken table,” with her heavy Greek accent. The salesman starred, trying to wrap his head around what she was asking for.

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“A what?” he asked. “A chicken table.” My thia Eleni repeated. The poor sales man, nodding, trying very hard to understand, repeated, “You want a chicken table?” “Yes, a chicken table.” Again, the salesman tried to comprehend what she meant, and motioned to a series of tables the store had. “Well we have these-” he began, of which were very elaborate and grand looking, more suited for a dining room set. My grandparents shook their heads, this time, my grandmother now repeating what my aunt said “No, sir, a chicken table. We vant a chickeeeeeen table,” and as she continued with my aunts’ request, my thia Eleni approached a simple

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wooden table, and banged it with her fist. “HERE! A CHICKEN TABLE. NA ENA TRAPEZI, YEAH?” meaning, “HERE, A TABLE, YES?” You can only imagine the poor employee’s relief in finally understanding that they wanted a simple table for their kitchen. He then, ever so politely, as my papou always said, explained that the word they were mispronouncing meant something else. People with patience like that is what we need today. When others cannot speak the present language, whether it’s one of the official languages of French or English, or a foreign one, like Italian or Greek, we must try and understand one another’s predicament and place ourselves in their shoes. Being misunderstood is frustrating, and if one shows kindness to one another,

maybe people wouldn’t be so stubborn in diversifying their own language abilities. According to the language module, I am an allophone (I learned Greek first,) I speak three languages (English, French and Greek) fluently, and know the basics of Spanish. I am proud to have had the opportunity in learning all of these languages, for I know it will bring me very far in life and open many opportunities with just a simple switch in the different linguistic capabilities I have. It’s amazing how simple it is, but so gratifying in receiving all of these open doors for my future. So, to all, stop for just a second, pack your pride into a little box and go and learn how to differentiate a chicken to an actual kitchen in another language. It will get you very far in life.

Repercussions of Military action in Iran SAM NAZER STAFF WRITER

“IRAN ONE STEP CLOSER TO 25% NUCLEAR ENRICHED APOCALYPSE WEAPON HOLY FUCK RUNRUNRUNRUN.” We have been seeing these headlines at least once every couple of months for the past decade. It is almost like a norm; everyone gets all worried and shit, Israel threatens to start war, then the US threatens to start war, Iran says they will blow

shit up if someone starts war, then something more important happens somewhere else in the world and everyone goes about their business until a couple of months later then it’s the same shit all over again. This has been going on for almost a decade, but I like to take this opportunity to explain why a military strike on the country is foolish, devastating and will probably never happen. Also, I want to propose a more efficient way for the United States to put the Iranian government in check. As a former resident of Tehran, I can assure you, it’s no fun living with the constant fear of predator drones just showing

Let’s just hope this doesn’t get even more out of hand.

up someday and messing shit up. Neither is it fun to live in a country subject to sanctions, causing inflation and shortages on everything commonly used by civilized man, including medicine or even milk powder for babies. The western media fails to demonstrate the disaster that will follow an assault on the Islamic Republic of Iran. For one thing, an airborne strike on Iranian nuclear facilities will not overthrow or even weaken the government. It will only lead it to become a military dictatorship, thus ensuring its survival for the years to come. Second, an attack on Iran will have irreversible backlashes in the region.

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Iran and its allied regional forces will retaliate. Iranian Militia, terrorist cells in Lebanon, Syria, Palestine and, other countries in the Middle East will do all in their power to strike back at their western assailants, killing thousands of civilians in the process. The conflict might even extend to Sudan, Nigeria, and other parts of east and North Africa. And third, something no one seems to realize is what bombing a nuclear facility would actually result in. It’s a nuclear power plant for fuck’s sake! Most of these facilities are not of the highest safety standards and are located near densely populated areas. The Center for Energy and Security Studies, a Moscow-based independent think tank, claimed in a report that there is a "shortage of skilled Russian engineering and construction specialists with suitable experience” in the Bushehr Nuclear facility. The report also spoke of "frequent problems with quality and deadlines”. Aging equipment at the plant has also been a problem and in 2010, the IAEA noted that the facility was understaffed. The Bushehr plant is located in the southwest of Iran, it is very close to the sea and In the case of an airstrike, the radiation is likely to kill thousands and will contaminate nearby food and water sources.

Furthermore, its proximity to the oil trade routes of the Persian Gulf makes it difficult to estimate the full impact of such an attack on the global community. The Iranian government has separated itself from its people. Everyday Iranians and their struggles simply do not concern the Islamic Republic. Many members of the government, the Revolutionary Guard and their affiliates have Canadian or American passports. They own property all over California and Vancouver, and have their wives and kids living off Iranian money in such places. Thus, they are not affected by the sanctions imposed on Iran by the US. The sanctions are aimed at the wrong group of people. Instead of punishing the people of Iran for the wrongdoings of the regime, the US can identify these individuals and attempt to isolate them. Revoke their American passports, freeze their foreign bank accounts, and keep them from transferring Iranian money to the states for investments. Under pressure, the families of these individuals will be forced to return to Iran, and will have the chance to experience how sanctions actually affect people. By pressuring the elite of regime, the US can impose its demands on the Iranian government without punishing its people.

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Proper Restaurant Etiquette

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Last week, I had the “pleasure” of eating at the fabulous Les Deux Gamins with my fiancee, her best friend, and her best friend's boyfriend. I was already apprehensive, as I try to bring my fiancee to the restaurant at least once a month, and my constant criticism of everything makes her extremely depressed, so most of the time, what was supposed to be a perfectly romantic date ends up being a total flop. The thing is, I've been cooking for a while now, and have been writing about food for a bit (and have been eating at restaurants for even longer), so, by instinct, I analyze everything, from the way the food is plated to the way the waiter is shaved. That's not just part of my job, it's an integral part of my nature. However, my biggest criticism now when I go to restaurants with other people isn't the food. It's the other fucking people. I feel like people have no restaurant etiquette whatsoever, yet still feel they have the inherent right to complain when served badly. My rule of thumb is, if you want good service, be a good customer. So, here's my do's and dont's of eating at restaurants, if you want to optimize your dining experience at a fine dining or higher priced establishment: 1. Order drinks: While that seems pretty obvious, countless times I've been to restaurants with people who didn't order drinks because they were on a restricted budget, or simply because they don't drink. Unless you're a recovering alcoholic, you have no legitimate reason to not order drinks. There's enough alcohol out there for you to find something to fit your moods, needs and wants. (P.S.: When I say that, girls, that doesn't mean you can just go to restaurants with your girlfriends and doublefist Lychee Martinis all night. You know who you are.) 2. Don't go to a restaurant if you're not ready to spend money: That's acceptable if you're going to McDonald's. However, if you're going to a 3 or more star restaurant, don't even look at the fucking price. Live a little. You're there to have a good time with friends and eat good food, right? Well, good food costs money. Lots of money. And having a guy in the back cook it for you so it's nice and perfect costs money too. (Don't get me wrong though, cooks don't get paid much.)

This might be a little much, but the idea is there.

If you're not willing to spend money, then stay at home with your friends and have your “famous” Alfredo pasta. Don't waste the waitstaff's, kitchen staff's, and most importantly YOUR time. 3. Step out of your comfort zone: Like I said before, you're going to the restaurant for an experience. Well, it's not much of an “experience” if you're going to order a Caesar salad and a chicken breast, is it? You can get that at pretty much any restaurant in Montreal. Be adventurous. Try the pig snout at the Japanese restaurant. The curried goat at the Jamaican restaurant. The trippa (braised pig intestines) at the Italian restaurant. And, most importantly, the sweetbreads at the French restaurant. Try the restaurant's specialty, you can't go wrong. More importantly, try the Table d'Hote (the daily specials). That ensures that you get the freshest product, and the chefs will be pleased knowing that you are willing to try something they've been developing all day. Try something new. They know what they're doing, trust them. 4. Share things: If you're a group, there's nothing wrong with sharing with everyone. Who knows, you might fall in love with what the dude down the table ordered. But you'll never know if you don't try. If you're sharing moments, then you should also be sharing food.

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5. Dress in an acceptable fashion: Yes, darling, I know it's your BFF's birthday, but tuck your left boob back in. If you want to dress like a slut, by all means do it. Just go to a lower-class, party restaurant. There's still a couple of tables and 3 Amigos, and they have your margaritas you love so much. 6. Don't get well-done meats: The sight of blood might scare you. Hell, I think it scares everyone. But 1) that's not blood on your plate, that's water that's been tinted red from the flesh of the animal. 2) If you get a substantial amount of red water on your plate, chances are you're at a pretty bad restaurant, where the chef hasn't learned on his very first day of cooking school you have to let the meat rest. Furthermore, while I have never done it myself (or seen it being done), but I know this is pretty common practice: if you get your meat well-done, then we (the cooks) know you're not serious about food, as it is EXTREMELY hard to argue against the fact that meat loses its flavor the more you cook it. Therefore, we know you probably won't make the distinction between a good piece of meat and a bad one. So why wouldn't we give you the bad one, instead of throwing it out and losing money? You won't know the difference cause your meat will have the taste and consistency of the sole on your Uggs.

7. LEAVE A GOOD TIP: Unless the waitress has been spitting in your food, and pouring drinks on your head, there is no good reason for you to not leave her a tip. ALWAYS leave a minimum of 18%. She has to share her tips with the busboys, and she has a life outside of work, which makes it very hard to get by with the meager salary she gets (which is even lower than minimum salary). I cannot stress this enough. Leave her a good tip, don't be a jerk. And if you really liked your food, tip the cooks too. They'll have a healthy thought for you when they spend your money at the pub after service. If you follow my guidelines, you will be the perfect customer. Your waitress will love you, the cooks will love you, and so will whoever you're eating with. Restaurants are about experiences, so enjoy the damn experience. Try the wine. Try that weird thing on the menu. TRY NEW THINGS. And trust me, you'll feel a lot better about yourself as a diner if you follow this. These are simple rules everyone should know, so spread them, and help make this world a better place. A place with no welldone meats. A world with no one sitting at the table not eating because they don't have enough money. And if you're not willing to follow these guidelines, then stay at home.

Skanks How do I hit my girlfriend's "GSpot"? First papi, you need to find it. The G-spot is about the size of a quarter, it is a bean shaped spongy tissue and is located about one to two inches back from the vaginal opening inside the front vaginal wall, on the same side as your chicas belly button. The G-spot is composed of erectile tissue, and swells up when blood rushes to it. To locate your chica's G-spot, face her while she is lying on her back and insert your finger into her vagina as far as it will easily go. Slide up your fingertip along the top of the vagina until you find an area that is rougher than the rest of the vaginal wall, the best way to stimulate the G-spot is with a firm "tapping" or "come

hither"motion with your finger or fingers ;). Don't be afraid to apply some pressure. During sex you want to create a way for your penis to hit the front of her vaginal canal, cowgirl is a great position for stimulating the g-spot! There are three other "hot spots" you may also want to try; the Clitoris, the Uspot, and the A-spot. The Clitoris is located at the top of the vulva, where the inner labia join at their upper ends. It is a bundle of 8000 nerves, making it the most sensitive spot on the entire female body. During foreplay it is often directly stimulated simply by touch but don't be shy to send some kisses ;) The U-Spot is a small patch of sensitive erectile tissue located just above and on either side of the urethral opening. Gently caress this spot with your tongue,

fingers or tip of your penis, become extremely friendly here chicos. The A-Spot is a patch of sensitive tissue at the inner end of the vaginal tube between the cervix and the bladder. It may take some time to pinpoint your chicas spot, but continuously stroke the

upper front part of her vaginal wall, it's only a matter of time before you find it. Once lubrication begins, show her what you're working with ;) Chicas and Chicos, feel free to message me at Holla, LOLITA <3

Love and Lube, Lolita

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Christmas Envy


Chaz KnowS

I love the Grinch.

Yo Dawson, what’s good? Hope you’re all trucking through these last few weeks with ease and little effort. No? How surprising! I myself am buried in those endof-semester woes too. You may be asking yourself how someone as Chazzy as me can get through piles upon piles of assignments, essays and exams while maintaining a perfectly coifed fauxhawk. I just focus on the light at the end of the very long, emotionally shattering tunnel: winter break. Yea, it gets cold and wet and kind of miserable, but that’s what Gooses are for, bros. If you ignore the way the weather makes your body feel like its breaking down and just kind of stare at it, it’s actually kind of beautiful. It's like the world was coated in magic white dust. In reality, snow is just cold water. I know, I was shocked too when I first found out, and a bit heartbroken, but it is what it is, nothing magic about it. The real magic is that massive six-week

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break we get in between semesters. I remember hearing legends about it in high school, stories of a break that lasted until the middle of January. Nothing could have prepared me for the real thing. Those of you who know already know, but for you newbies out there, prepare your livers. Think about it, bros. Most of us go to school, go home and do homework. Maybe one day a week we have a little extra time to meet up with some bros and smoke or cruise around and steal street signs and honk at old people, but for the most part, fall nights are spent in the books. We don't have that problem in the winter. Even if you work full time, once you clock out, you can take off your stress cap, flip off your boss and just worry about getting shitfaced. No essays, no calculus, just making money and buying booze, and not necessarily in that order. Thank Chaz for VISA.

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VOL. 41 ISSUE 11 - Thursday, November 22, 2012

I was filled with a jealous rage the other day when I walked into Alexis Nihon and heard Christmas music playing. Let me assure you, I’m not the Grinch. I’m simply a lost soul swimming in a fish bowl where the castle is Santa’s North Pole cottage. As someone who doesn’t celebrate Christmas, this time of year gets me all riled up. Everywhere I turn, I find a reminder that there’s only a month and a day left until Christmas. The spirit is everywhere and I can’t stand it. It’s not that I don’t like the holiday. In fact, it’s the opposite. Growing up in a Jewish household, of course I celebrated Hannukah. Now you may be thinking, “This girl is greedy. She has eight days of presents and she’s jealous of Christmas?” Damn straight I am. Listen, unless your mother is some sort of Oprah, those eight days of presents are not what they’re chalked up to be. Eight days means less extravagant gifts and more fillers. That’s right, socks and umbrellas, not hot wheels and furbies. Now I know, it’s a time of giving and I shouldn’t think of all those materialistic wishes but as a child, I was heartbroken. Not only that but Hannukah is known as the festival of lights. Jewish people celebrate the ancient miracle of the oil burning for eight days when our Temple was destroyed. However, for a festival of lights, there aren’t many lights at all. Sure, we light a menorah but we don’t decorate the outside of our snow-covered homes from top to

are all in a hurry. Learn from your mistakes and stop procrastination before the big day. 3. The same parties Family parties are always the same thing. You say hello to everyone, you talk to your cousins, depending on your family, you might play games, you open the presents before or after eating, people get drowsy, and they leave. I’ve been to the same family parties for the past 19 years. They are usually fun until you are 12. Past that, you get tired of the same routine. 4. Boxing day Wow, what a waste of a day. People jump on top of each other. Lines that never finish and parking lots with angry drivers: people! The real deals happen during January! So stop fighting at Best Buys and stay in bed on December 26. 5. Putting on weight Maybe you shouldn’t have taken another portion of that good roast beef eh? People start complaining about their weight and they always say, “Ok, I know my New Year’s resolution for the next year: I’m gonna go to the gym and I’ll be super fit!” And then, they eat and eat until January 1 and subscribe to the gym*. Simple solution: eat less! Ask for smaller portions, and go back if you want more. Hosts love it when you go back for more. Learn from your mistakes and this Christmas might not be like the others. Have an awesome Holiday time!

EDITOR: Oliver Nacey  CONTACT:


bottom with twinkling decorations. Of course, there are the songs. Every radio station blasts tunes about having a jolly Christmas and kissing under the mistletoe and honestly, I love it. There is nothing like a Mariah Carey holiday ballad but you never hear her singing about latkes. Above everything else, the thing I am most envious of is obviously the Christmas tree. As I child, I begged my parents for a Hannukah bush. It’s not fair that everywhere I go I see beautiful ornaments but I can never purchase one myself. I will never have the experience of setting up the tree as a family while drinking eggnog around the fire. I will never experience Christmas morning and unwrapping presents while drinking hot cocoa. I never left cookies out for Santa and I never experienced the eternal heartbreak that comes with finding out he doesn’t exist. The worst part is that I only know about all these things because of what I’ve seen from television and movies. I don’t understand why I can’t live like Seth Cohen from the O.C. He celebrated Chrismukkah and wore a yamaka that looked like a Santa hat. It’s not that I don’t like my holiday. Chocolate gelt (chocolate money), sufganiyot (jelly filled donuts), latkes (potato pancakes) and spinning driedels are all fantastic but let’s be honest, it pales in comparison to Christmas. There is no magical man riding through the sky with his delightful reindeer to slip down my chimney and deliver me happiness. For all those who never celebrated Christmas but always wanted to, you’re not alone. All I want this holiday season is to be able to stuff a stocking.

Outside is getting colder and colder, malls get their green, red and gold decorations out and Glee’s Christmas episode’s airing is expected soon: you know exactly where I’m going with this. Every year, it’s always the same thing and Christmas after Christmas, at our age, we start to be a bit tired of the same routine. Yes, it is a period of joy, but sometimes, it is hard to be happy when the same issues come year after year. So here there are: my five reasons why one should hate Christmas time. 1. Music This bitch never gets tired of playing, does she? Christmas music is the first sign of when public places go Santi Claws. The problem here is that it’s ALWAYS the SAME songs, and new versions come out every year (thanks Bieber). This year is worst than ever, because I work at a music store, and I might develop a mental illness by the end of December. The only bearable new Christmas album is the one by Michael Bublé. What? He’s Canadian! (Ok, I may have a crush on him…) 2. Last minute shopping Oscar Wilde once said, “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” Well, this quote doesn’t apply for people during Christmas time. Most people always buy their Christmas presents a few days before St. Nicholas makes his round. Chaos reigns in the stores. Everything is messy, because people go crazy and they



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The O.C. still sucks though.

I Hate Christmas

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VOL. 41 ISSUE 11 - Thursday, November 22, 2012

Blues get two big W’s over the weekend ANNE NICE STAFF WRITER 

The Dawson Blues Div. 1 mens basketball team played a great game last Friday against John Abbott College, beating the Islanders 61-49. The Blues began the game slowly, but by the end of the first quarter Dawson secured a lead that they would not relinquish. “It always feels good to win,” Head Coach Wayne Yearwood said. “It’s a good win for us; we needed it at this time.” Dawson’s slow start to the game, trailing 6-0 within the first five minutes, caused the coach to quickly take out some of the starters. Bench players Jordan Aquino and Cedric Sanogo both played over 20 minutes in the Blues’ win and responded with great games. They pair scored 16 points a piece while shooting 54 per cent from the field and chipping in a combined 13 rebounds. Brandon Robinson ignited the Blues offence after the substitutions, putting in back to back buckets to lead Dawson to a 14-9 first quarter lead. “I think we played solid defense tonight, our 2-3 zones were pretty good [and] our matchup was pretty good,” Yearwood said. “We’re usually pretty good at running our of-

fenses [and] running our sets.” By the end of the first half, the Blues still held their five-point lead, and went into the locker room up 30-25. “This is the best defensive game that we have played,” Center Kamali Durrant said. Dawson really put their heads together to pull out this win. By the third quarter, the Blues were comfortably in front and only strengthened their lead, entering the fourth quarter ahead 48-40. “Knowing that we were playing at that level,” Yearwood said, “[we knew] we just had to close it out with a win.” Dawson didn’t let up in fourth, holding a 10 point lead for most of the quarter as the result was barely in doubt. “I thought we gave [John Abbott] some problems with our pressure,” Yearwood said. With 20 seconds left on the clock, Cedric Sanogo intercepted John Abbott’s pass and scored the final points of the game. “We have got to put this one behind us and get onto the next one,” Durrant said. “There’s always room for improvement,” Yearwood explained, “[We] can’t get off the win because they still have to play another game.” Dawson kept the train rolling two days later at Édouard Montpetit, beating the Lynx 69-60 to improve the Blues’ record to 3-4, good for 4th place in the SouthWest conference.

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Guard Jordan Aquino lines up for one of his four free throw attempts

Penalties and poor start plague Blues MARIA FLORES STAFF WRITER 

Arena Dollard in Saint Laurent filled up last Sunday afternoon as the Dawson Blues div. 1 men’s hockey team fell behind early and couldn’t recover en route to a demoralizing 7-1 loss to the André Laurendeau Boomerangs. André Laurendeau completely dominated the first period as they lit the lamp five times. Dawson couldn’t stay out of the penalty box in the frame, amassing

This year’s Blues’ men’s hockey squad

14 penalty minutes in the first. “We took a lot of stupid penalties,” Center Hassani Johnson said. Those 14 penalty-kill minutes were brutal for the Blues, allowing the Boomerangs to build a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The Blues’ strong presence in the faceoff circle couldn’t quite keep the Boomerang offense at bay, as every mistake Dawson made was taken advantage of by André Laurendeau. The Boomerangs were always first on the puck, baffling their opponents with con-

sistent forechecking and lots of shots on net. The Blues had beaten the Boomerangs twice already this season going into this game, but couldn’t continue this success. "They came on the ice hungry and they worked hard," Head Coach, Carl Benoit, said about the Boomerangs. “We were probably overconfident because we beat them twice this year and we figured that we didn’t need to [play hard],” Johnson said. “All the hype got to our head.” Starting goalie Evan Fish didn’t think

the Blues played to their full potential. “They’re a good team [but] we didn’t play close to our best game,” he said. Shaking off the cobwebs of an opening period, the Blues clearly woke up in the second. The game became more balanced as Dawson played more aggressively, outshooting their opponents and hustling on defense to keep André Laurendeau out of their zone. The Blues couldn’t turn this improved play into goals though as the second period remained scoreless. Both teams came out hungry in the third. Passing and puck possession was an issue for Dawson in the first two periods, but in the third they began working better in the offensive zone and playing with more patience, resulting in a bevy of scoring chances. “We tried to come back a little stronger [in the third],” Benoit said. Juliano Lemme scored the first and only goal of the game for Dawson late in the third with only 6:30 remaining. The Boomerangs defense stayed consistent throughout the game, and when their defense faltered, André Laurendeau’s goalie was there to bail them out. The Boomerangs scored another two goals in the third period, putting the game away for good. Their final goal was scored by Felix Page with 3:02 remain-

ing, putting a little salt on the Blues wounds. Overall, the third period was a rough one on the injury front for Dawson, as three Blues’ players left the ice with injuries. Late in the third, with the game already lost, Johnson sprained his MCL on a vicious knee on knee collision. Not many penalties were called against the Boomerangs from the beginning of the game. “The worst thing we can do is get emotional and let the calls of the referee dictate our emotions,” Benoit said. While André Laurendeau seemed to be the more physical team, Dawson got slapped with the penalties. No fights broke out, but tempers flared both on the ice and in the crowd, with Blues fans hollering at the refs throughout the game. Both the coaches and players agreed that the team must work on their discipline. “We get down on ourselves too easy and get frustrated too fast,” Johnson said, “We just need a good week of practice, focus and regroup.” Dawson plays Andre-Laurendeau one more time this season, and will be looking for revenge at LCC Arena on Feb.16. Dawson heads for Alma this Sunday, hoping to end their current three-game losing streak. The Blues currently sit in sixth place.

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The Plant Volume 41 Issue 11  

Supporting the Fight Against Prostate Cancer Since 1969

The Plant Volume 41 Issue 11  

Supporting the Fight Against Prostate Cancer Since 1969