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Letter from the Editor Dawsonites, Today you are all faced with a big decision. Today, you are being asked by your fellow students and Student Union to voice your opinion on the possibility of a student strike at our very own College. Over 60,000 students are on strike as I type this out to you. They are fighting the proposed tuition fee hike by the Quebec government, which would see a rise in cost of $1625. I am not going to sit here and preach to you about what decision you ers, both in the future and should make. There have present. Why wouldn’t you vote? been enough people doing that for weeks, with No one is asking you to some doing so in a re- pay to cast your vote or spectable and intelligent give up too much time. manner that I can appre- You are basically being ciate and admire, and asked about your opinion others basically shoving on an important issue that information down your will affect you, and that is throat in a completely in- whether or not you want effective way, in my opin- to go on strike. You have the opportunity to be ion anyways. My only message that I heard, no matter your powant to get out there to sition, so take it. As students, we are you all is simply to vote. Vote for what you want being unleashed into a and what you think is raw society; it needs us best for your education as much as we need it. I and the education of oth- think it is important to

stand up for what you believe is right, and to give it your all. We are lucky to live in a place where, for the most part, our voices are heard. There are plenty of other teenagers and young adults around the world, I think, who wouldn’t mind being in our place in terms of what we can and cannot do to express our positions and ourselves on issues that concern us. The one thing I ask of anyone, on behalf of our generation, is that if you are going to protest for whatever side, do so with

class. I do believe it to be possible to come across as a strong group with a message without any type of shameful activity or violence. That doesn’t help one bit, in my opinion. If anything, you’re just turning more people off, not garnering any support, and reinforcing what society already labels our generation. We’re better than that, I know it. Be loud. Be smart. Be strong. Casandra De Masi Editor-in-Chief casandrademasi@gmail.com

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To strike or not to strike? ALEXANDRA HERRINGTON STAFF WRITER

The Dawson student population is currently at odds, debating whether or not to vote in favor of going on an unlimited general strike, beginning March 1, against Jean Charest’s plan for university tuition fee hikes, a decision to be made by the Dawson student body at tonight’s Special General Assembly. It will take place in the third floor cafeteria and will begin at 5:30 p.m. There will be four motions. The first for an unlimited general strike, the second for a three-day strike, the third for a one day strike and lastly, a motion for no strike whatsoever. Five percent of the student population, roughly 530 students, must show up to the Special General Assembly for it to proceed and each motion must have over a 50 percent majority for the motion to pass. According to CBC, the many student-led demonstrations during the present and past semester were triggered after Jean Charest’s mid-2011 announcement re-

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•According to quebectuitionfees.ca, the problem isn’t the underfunding of the universities, but the mismanagement of the funds by the administrations. •The hikes would be a 75 per cent increase in five years, and would block about 7,000 students from being able to continue to a university level education, reports tuitiontruth.ca. •Increases will affect student debt. According to tuitiontruth.ca, 25 per cent of students who chose not to attend university cited student debt as the cause. •Many countries, such as France and Germany, have very low tuition, if any at all. Students are calling on the provincial government to adopt similar tactics and offer an increasingly accessible education. What are the consequences of these countries having lower tuition fees? Do more people get better jobs, or something like that? Some provinces, like Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island, have 0 per cent student loans, while our students are forced to take out loans with high interest.

garding the Quebec government’s decision to raise university tuition fees by $1,625, or by 75 per cent, over the next five years. The protests have since gathered momentum from over 200,000 Quebecois students province-wide, reported CBC, including students at Dawson. Last semester, Dawson students went on a simple one day strike, led by the Dawson Student Union (DSU), during mid-November, picketing at every Dawson entrance. This semester, however, the ‘Yes’ Committee is driving for an unlimited general strike, which potentially could cancel the rest of the semester in its entirety. The ‘Yes’ committee has been met so far with fierce opposition from the ‘No’ committee. ‘Yes’ Committee elected representatives Alexandra Bondar and Farah Noun argued for their committee’s views by commenting that “strikes are historically the best way to get your point across [...]. Education is a right, not a privilege, and we’re determined to make [the strike] happen.” ‘No’ Committee elected representative Alex Magder refuted these arguments and

elaborated on the ‘No’ Committee’s stance. “When you’re going on unlimited strike, basically what you’re doing is postponing your graduation. Not only that, it causes so many other problems like messing up exam schedules. Why would you want to do that,” Magder said. “There are other ways of approaching the issue.” The ‘Yes’ committee has been particularly vocal in voicing their concerns that people aren’t fully educated about the tuition hike and that they are worried the misconceptions about the increase in fees may be what mold students’ opinions. One of the misconceptions they speak of is the Charest Government’s insistence that universities are underfunded and the tuition fee hike will aid this problem. In actuality, according to Free Education Montreal, “public subsidies and contracts for research to universities have more than doubled between 1995-1996 and 20052006, making university revenue jump from $721 million to $1,276 billion over a ten year period.” Essentially, the problem is not underfunding but that the universi-

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ties are not allocating their money to the right places. The real question however, is does the population of Dawson even care? “The tuition hike will raise [fees] by $1625 over four years. That’s around four hundred more a year, two hundred more a semester,” Elizabeth Cavanagh, a second semester General Social student, said. “If you’re motivated to go to school, you’ll find a way to make it work.” “Who exactly is the strike punishing? I’m positive the government officials’ graduation dates won’t be affected. Students need to reconsider the many possible consequences of the strike,” Cavanagh added. Patrick Marois, a second semester Civil Engineering student, agrees and said, “This whole fight has been prolonged for so long, that now, not only is it kind of desensitizing people to the actual importance, it’s making people lose interest in the cause.” Other students, however, still strongly support the protest. “This fight is important. Tuition fees were $527 when Jean Charest was in

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Late breaking news CASANDRA DE MASI EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

STEFANIE BROOS NEWS EDITOR The campaigning for both the Yes and No committees has become heated within the final hours leading up to the vote, with students butting heads with each other and with the administration. According to the Dawson Student Union (DSU), two students representing the Yes committee were victims of harassment and intimidation. Both the DSU and the College have condemned such behavior from students. “The Dawson policy states that there is zero tolerance for any display of intimidation or violence,” Donna Varrica, Director of Communications, said. “That's not cool. It's not cool anywhere, but it's especially uncool given the history our school has with violence,” The DSU posted on their Facebook page.

The DSU will also be looking into the alleged interference of the Dawson College Administration in the campaigning process with their legal advisors. According to L é o Fugazza, Director of Internal Affairs and Advocacy, “last week, emails were intercepted between Dawson College Administration and representatives of the ‘No’ committee.” The DSU is also accusing the administration of having helped students form a petition against the General Assembly, calling for a referendum. Varrica, the correspondent of the emails, personally believes that a referendum would be a fair way of representing the overall student population. However, Varrica said that the e-mails were not meant to sway those on the No committee, but rather to inform herself of the stance of the No committee. Thus ensuring that both opinions of the committees could be represented fairly to the media.

“I was just asking the questions that the media will be asking me,” Varrica said. Fugazza also claimed that “these communications include false information and baseless allegations on behalf of Dawson College regarding the legal documents and processes of the Dawson Student Union.” However, Varrica stated that she simply quoted the DSU constitution that she found online in her e-mails, only to later find out from the DSU that this constitution was out of date. “The whole vote hinges on [a] constitution that isn’t even on the website,” Varrica said. The Administration denies any form of manipulation of both the Yes or No committees’ campaigns. “The College never made it a secret that the referendum gives more people the chance to vote,” Varrica said. “I can tell you with my hand in fire that I never told anyone to do anything.”

school,” Rachel Giulione, a second semester Child Studies student said, “How could he understand how hard it is for a modern day student? We need this strike to show him how students feel.” DSU Deputy Chairperson, Mira Katz, urges students to show up to the vote, regardless if their opinion has been made or not. “If you’re still undecided, like many people are because they’re not sure of the facts, just show up. There’ll be a debate and you’ll get to hear both sides and you can make your decision there.” “It’s a decision that’s going to affect all of us and everyone has an opinion. Everyone at least needs to be there to hear both sides and make an informed decision,” Léo Fugazza, Director of Internal Affairs and Advocacy for the DSU, said. “If you voluntarily don’t show up, you basically give up your vote and your voice. People fought for so many years for the right to vote and it’s time to exercise it,” he added.

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•The general strike could result in up to a month of striking and no classes. Teachers may not be able to pass students due to lack of grades, or classes being extended to June. This could affect university applications for the Fall 2012 semester. •Being anti-strike isn’t being pro-hike: it just means you disagree with the methods used to protest. •The increase would mean that students pay $3,800 as opposed to $2,200, CTV News reported. Many consider the increase necessary to ensure they receive a quality education. •The Greek Financial Crisis caused widespread, unrestrained government spending, according to CNN. Some believe that taking some of the burden off the government’s shoulders could prevent a similar crisis from occurring in Quebec. While Quebec tuition has not changed in over 20 years, inflation has been going up at an average of 2 per cent. Money is worth less, but tuition has stayed the same.

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“Pretty epic shenanigans happened, like counterfeit viagra leading to a zombie apocalypse that was saved by Chuck Norris,” Monika Cefis, a Dawson Liberal Arts student, said.

Feb. 23 to 26, Dawson’s Model UN delegates had the opportunity to participate in one of two conferences: the Pennsylvania State Model United Nations Conference (PUNC) and the Marianopolis Model United Nations Conference (MariMUN), which was held on Feb 25. Representatives brought home awards from both conferences last weekend. PUNC was divided into various committees: CIA: Project Middle East- The Aftermath, Africa in Turmoil: Rwandan Genocide, Philosophical Dichotomy- Vietnam Conflict: Take II, World At A Crossroad: UN SC 2060, Round 2: Sino-Indian Conflict, Secretary General: Secret Committee and The One Percent, according to the PUNC official website. Dawson delegates impressed the judges at PUNC, only Cornell University and Pittsburg State, won more awards than they did. Dawson Delegates earned awards on the committees representing the CIA, as well as the US in Philosophical Dichotomy- Vietnam Conflict: Take II. Representing the CIA, Liberal Arts Students Daniel Etcovitch and Michael Oberman received a double award for Best Delegate, while Julian Finklestein, in the Law, Society and Justice program, was given an Honorable Mention.

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“[There will be] all kinds of activities that honor the French language and allow for the learning of French in a different setting than class,” Sonia Beaulne, a French teacher, said. 

“[The committee] focused on the rising tension between the US and Pakistan, since the assassination of Osama Bin Laden. Our job was to stabilize the region,” Finkelstein said. “Everybody had different roles within the CIA, some were made up characters, while others, like David Petraeus, were real people.” The Outstanding Delegate award for PUNC was given to Ryan Estwick, who studies International Business at Dawson, and represented Robert McNamara, US Secretary of Defense in the committee on Vietnam. Delegates from this committee were transported back in time to 1965, as they were given the opportunity to alter the face of history by revisiting the US’s tactics during the Vietnam War. “In the end things were not resolved for my committee. By the time it ended, South Vietnam had been invaded and 500,000 troops were on the way to relieve the problem,” Estwick said. “Obviously this is not historic but that’s not what model UN is always about. It is about being able to roll with the political punches and make whatever comes at you, work for you.” MariMUN, which invites Model UN delegate committees from highschools and CEGEPS, is the only Model UN conference in Quebec to be held completely

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bilingually in both English and French, according to the MariMUN official website. The French delegate committees took the role of members of the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO), as they disputed issues related to “drug trafficking, human smuggling, organized crime and terrorism,” stated the MariMun website. Dawson students took the roles of the German Federal Police, the Bundeskriminalamt, for the conference, as they focused primarily on the issue of counterfeit pharmaceutical products. While these problems are very real, and the Model UN is set up to give students an avenue to explore and try to find solutions for prevalent world issues, it is also about having fun. “Pretty epic shenanigans happened, like counterfeit viagra leading to a zombie apocalypse that was saved by Chuck Norris,” Monika Cefis, a Dawson Liberal Arts student who represented Jörg Zeircke, the President of Bundeskriminalamt at the MariMUN debate, said. “In our committee session, two of the three major awards were given to the only two Dawson students in the committee who were both part of the German federal police,” Cefis said.

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Cefis went on to win the award for Outstanding Delegate at MariMUN. “I think I earned it by stirring up the debate, heating up the crisis from time to time and adding a bit of humour to the mix,” she said. The second major award, for Best Delegate was given to Simon Cousineau, part of the Law, Society and Justice program at Dawson. As in real politics, issues brought up at both MariMUN and PUNC turned personal. “A picture of me (which they had taken earlier) was projected for the entire committee. It showed me on the cover of the New York post claiming I, Robert McNamara, was caught cheating on my wife,” Estwick said. “The next day, they actually had a girl walk in claiming to be my mistress.” Cefis’ committee encountered similar accusations, “my partner was accused of having a homosexual affair with the leader of the terrorist group we were fighting against,” she said. Dawson’s Model UN team will next be sending representatives to New York for NMUN in April.

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Celebrating Quebec culture The annual Dawson Francofête will take place next Tuesday through Thursday with activities including poetry, a conference on painting, cartoon creation, Francophone songs, storytelling, movies and documentaries. The Francofête includes “all kinds of activities that honor the French language and allow for the learning of French in a different setting than class,” Sonia Beaulne, a French teacher, said. Everything scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday will be happening in room 5B.16 and the activities for Thursday will be in Conrod’s. “The Francofête so far has always been organized for students that are taking French courses but we are now extending some of the activities to the college at large,” Lucie Jenevieve Lambert, Coordinator of the French department, said. “The activities could be helpful to raise the

students’ awareness of French as a second language and of French culture.” Teachers of classes besides French can now take their classes to the Francofête if the event has to do with what they are teaching. “This year, for the first time, we are opening up the Francofête and inviting teachers of other subjects to bring their students during certain activities based on their interests and the themes of their courses,” Lysanne Audy, a French teacher, said. The movies La tête en friche and Incendies and the documentary Génération 101 will be shown throughout the Francofête. On Wednesday, painter Rafael Sottolichio will be speaking about his artistic career and his mural painted in Montreal. On Thursday, storyteller François Lavallée will perform some of his stories and

talk to students about his profession, the oral tradition, writing, interpretation, travel, language, identity, and imagination. At 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, comic book writer Tristan Roulot and illustrator Patrick Henaff will talk about the different genres of comic books and explain how writers and cartoonists work together. “It is important to understand that a language is also a culture, an artistic product, and a way of thinking,” Audy said. “The Francofête gives a cultural aspect to French instead of just being a mandatory grammar course.” From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, there will be singing of Francophone songs from Quebec and France. “We will be singing many songs that are part of Quebec culture to educate students on a repertoire of songs specifically from Quebec,” Beaulne said. “We will do the

same thing with songs from France as well.” Finally, on Thursday night at 7 p.m., Queen Ka will perform some spoken word/slam poetry from her show Ceci n’est pas du slam as the closing event of the Francofête. “This is the grand spectacle. Any students who want to attend, even without their French class, are invited to come watch. It is the main event that everyone is invited to,” Audy said. “The Francofête is an occasion to really celebrate and learn about the French language and culture. We hope to be able to continue it for many years to come,” Beaulne said. For the full schedule, refer to the various posters placed around the school.

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Students are welcome to bring in as many articles of lightly worn clothing they wish to trade-in for tickets that determine the amount of clothing they’ll get in exchange the day of the swap. The swap has garnered positive feedback by thrift store shoppers like Antony Maiolla, “Lots of people go to places like Village des Valeurs for used clothes, so it should be appealing to lots of people at Dawson, including me, as long as the clothes get washed somewhere in between.” But still, the Student Affairs clothing exchange fails to entice everyone. Fourth se-

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Lots of people go to places like Village des Valeurs for used clothes, so it should be appealing to lots of people at Dawson,”  Antony Maiolla, said.

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“We’re in the Literature program, so we’re writing all the time,” she said. “It’s not that big of a deal to send stuff in and there’s a good chance to get published, so maybe I will now.” Even with the lack of early submissions, Literature Profile Coordinator Liana Bellon said she isn’t worried about the journal. Bellon oversees the production of Creations, and said that with this year’s group of editors, she believes everything will turn out smoothly. “We seem to have diligent people working on the journal this year, they’ve devoted a lot of time and effort to the project,” Bellon said. “It’s not like we need 200 submissions either, 50 would be good. According to Bellon, Creations welcomes all creative work, even work that is done in class. “Graduating C.A.L.L students write a final academic project this semester, and the best of these projects can end up in Creations,” Bellon added. “The editors select which pieces are going to go in, and whoever is selected gets to work with all of us and eventually will be published.” Dunnigan also stressed how important all forms of art are to Creations, as his vision of the magazine is a collaboration of visual and written art. “Ideally, we’d have every page look like a completely different thing,” Dunnigan said. “We don’t just want text on every page. “I’d like it to turn out as a most complete expression of what we at Dawson can do in art, stories and poetry.” All submissions for Creations should be sent to creation_dawson@hotmail.com

“Where you’re born will make a huge difference on whether you’ll succeed,” Vanessa Hunt, Racialised Students’ Representative on the National Executive said at an assembly in Conrod’s last Wednesday. During the assembly, Hunt and Francophone Students’ Representative Paige Galette explained how 45 per cent of Canadian immigrants borrow student loans, compared to only 31 percent of non-immigrants. “In terms of barriers, it’s racialised communities that suffer the most,” Galette said. Many immigrants receive a smaller income and are less represented in highpaying jobs. The assembly had to do with the inequality of tuition fees mainly hurting not only ethnic groups, but women as well. “Even today, women still make less [money than men],” Hunt said. “It is a form [of racism] people don’t realize.” In Ontario, typical student debt is $28,000 and takes up to 15 years to pay off. As a result, they are likely to pay double what their education originally cost while in school. After graduating university, interest rates grow higher every year, which is why it takes so long to finish paying post-secondary education. Low earning leads to a lower repayment, which often results in a student having to pay more interest fees. “If we can’t lower tuition fees, why

A slideshow during the presentation

should we pay interest,” Mathieu MurphyPerron, Executive Director of the Dawson Student Union, said. “We should follow Newfoundland and Labrador,” he continued. Students in those provinces only have to repay loans six months after graduation, but no interest fees are added. A ‘Debt Reduction Grant’ is also available to those who complete 80 percent of their course load. According to Statistics Canada, only eight percent of student loan borrowers whose debt accumulated by more than $10,000 a year completed their studies. A student’s family earnings are likely to affect their chances of completing a degree as well, especially those from ethnic groups. Statistics Canada has also found, “In just under 20 years, undergraduate tuition fees have more than tripled—from $1,818 in 1991-1992 to $5,951 in 2009-2010”, even though 70 percent of today’s jobs require a post-secondary degree. The number of students has also increased by 91.7 per cent in the past two decades, discovered a study by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. “It’s up to you whether or not [the tuition hike] is going to happen,” Hunt said. A democratic society is based on “what the people want.”

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“Even today, women still make less [money than men],” Hunt said. “It is a form [of racism] people don’t realize.”

EDITOR: Stefanie Broos  CONTACT: stefanie_broos@hotmail.com

STAFF WRITER With an editorial staff of two in place and the layout already decided upon, Dawson’s creative journal Creations is only missing one thing: submissions. “We’re all busy with ideas and not so much publicity, that’s definitely been our biggest problem,” student editor James Dunnigan, said. Dunnigan, a second semester Literature student, is one of two editors of Creations, working alongside fourth semester Literature student Sara Baron-Goodman. Dunnigan said they hope to have the journal published by the end of April, in time for the Creative Arts Literature and Languages Festival (C.A.L.L.). Creations welcomes all submissions, be it essays, short stories, poetry, even visual art. However, as a magazine dependent on student submissions, it can only be published with the participation of Dawson students. “We’re going to put blurbs in the Daily Bulletin and also hopefully in the MyDawson Portal, because we need to get the word out,” Dunnigan said. Second semester Literature student Margaret Boucher agrees with Dunnigan, as she said she’s barely heard anything about Creations since the start of her first semester. “Not many people in the C.A.L.L program know about it,” Boucher said. “We heard about it at orientation at the beginning of my first semester, but no one’s talked to us about it since.” Boucher said that if more students in her program knew about it, Creations would have no trouble with submissions.

No underwear, bathing suits, clothing with missing buttons or stains will be accepted. Volunteers will be on-sight to decide whether or not clothes are in good enough condition for the swap. There is no guarantee that clothes will be taken home by a student, but after the swap, anything left over will be donated to charity. “Swap Till You Drop” has managed to gather well over 150 articles of clothing within the first week of collection. The swap will take place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the third floor cafeteria.

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mester Modern Languages student Judith Dubuc-Jolicoeur said she would not participate in the swap. “I would give clothes but wouldn’t take someone else’s. I don’t really like the idea of second-hand clothes,” she said. “Swap Till You Drop” is not just for clothing, but encourages students to bring in hats, scarves, footwear and outerwear as well. However, not everything from one’s wardrobe can be exchanged. “You don’t want to bring in anything that you wouldn’t want to wear after someone else,” Manty said.

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On March 1, Student Affairs is organizing a “Swap Till You Drop” clothing exchange in the third floor cafeteria. Samantha Manty, a Community Recreation Leadership Training student, chose to pair-up with Student Affairs to complete her on-the-spot fieldwork component by bringing the economically and financially friendly event to Dawson students this semester. “I wanted to work with peers and I wanted to bring in events that got students thinking a little bit more about the impacts that their actions have on the world around them,” Manty said.


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How porn is turning us into performers guides or manuals. "The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio (1351) is a fa-

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LONDON (CUP) — Sex is often moved "underground" and quietly spoken of. It's naughty and R-rated and borders on what's acceptable to share and what's embarrassingly not. Karene Howie and her partner Geoff Haselhurst, both philosophers, maintain a philosophy website called sexuality.spaceandmotion.com. Howie explained that philosophy has largely neglected sex, yet sex is central to human existence and survival of the human species. "Cultural and religious myths label sexuality 'forbidden' or 'sinful' and equate blame with sexual intercourse. The forbidden fruit is very appealing though, and because of that, it enhances desire and makes evolutionary sense that we find sexuality exciting. We are programmed to seek sex, procreate to spread our genes, and thus survive and replicate." She outlined details in erotic literature, which includes fiction novels, short sex stories, poetry and verse, sexual memoirs, autobiographies, dramatic plays and sex

mous work of erotic literature from the medieval times. Themes of love, lust, seduction, fortune and misfortune, happiness, desire and generosity are explored with the stories. However, the book was banned in many countries, even after 500 years!" she said. The Kama Sutra was written by the sage Vatsysayana, who, as Anne Hardgrove of Open Magazine explained, was

a monk who collected all of the sexual knowledge of years before him, to meditate and contemplate about the Creator. It is the only surviving written account of that ancient period of Indian history. Tyler Smith, an employee at City Lights Bookshop in London, Ont., was equally open about his opinion about what he sees as the distinction between erotic fiction and pornography. "In terms of broader aspects, there is the subtlety and sophistication in erotic fiction — it's a journey to the act," he said. "But with pornography, it's merely 'doing' the act." With the invention of the printing press in the 15th century, Howie added, came a new age of the distribution of erotic literature, as well as more restrictions with censorships and obscenity laws. Both the Victorian era (1837 to 1901) and the Edwardian era (1901 to 1910) were characterized by rigid class structure, moral purity and severe sexual repression. "It is fascinating to uncover the sheer volume of erotic literature that came out of Britain and France during this period. When our natural sexual desires are suppressed, they do not die, but manifest in perverse ways or flourish 'underground,'"

said Howie. During the Victorian Era, plenty of passion ensued. It was characterized by fixations on spanking, incest, defloration of virgins, rape, orgies, pedophilia, sexual torture, discipline and punishment, homosexuality, cross-dressing and more. John Cleland was one male erotica writer from the era. He penned Fanny Hill, Memoirs of Pleasure in 1748, one of the most famous works of erotic literature and the most persecuted in the Western world. Smith contended that erotica, at first, was mainly written by men for men, with females being the sexual object. Later, erotica written by women for women proved that they have just as many lustful desires as their male counterparts. Pauline Réage, who wrote the Histoire d'O (Story of O) squashed critics who claimed that erotica couldn't be written by a woman. Her book was released in 1954 and brought about controversy over its sadomasochistic nature. No one knew it was written by her: some thought it had to have been a man's work. Forty years after the book was published, Réage came forward and admitted that it was her writing. Anaïs Nin is another female author both Smith and Howie mentioned. She was unique in her graphic and raw exploration of sexuality. She captures the depth of the nature of a female psyche. Her works included Delta of Venus and Little Birds, both of which were arousing and powerful. In the 21st century, erotic fiction is very mainstream but somewhat elusive in context. Much of erotic fiction can be found in fan fiction and based on science fiction, fantasy or current television programming.

"There is definitely a paranormal aspect to current erotica," Smith explained. Series such as Twilight by Stephenie Meyer or J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books are examples of the teen romance genre. Although these books do not contain hardcore erotica, they glisten with subtleties and temptation, Smith explained. Howie added that the modern reader is in a very unique place. "We now have very easy access to the history of erotic literature. Reading quality erotic books from the past helps to cultivate the sexual and aesthetic aspects of our minds, enhances our sexual lust and adds spice and variety to our sex lives." So what does the future hold? Anne Rice delved into her naughty side to produce the series The Chaining of Sleeping Beauty, three stories loosely based on the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. The trilogy made the list as a bestseller, and topped Rice's financial success with her first book, Interview with the Vampire. Nerve is a fantastic, modern-day collection of 10 years' worth of essays, interviews, fiction and photography from the magazine of the same name. The book's neon pink cover with a nude photograph of an Angelina Jolie look-alike besots the reader to purchase. "It's a tricky line," stated Smith. "Just because something [sexual] is written, does that make it erotic fiction?" Mark Twain coined the phrase, "Nature knows no indecencies; man invents them." So while showcasing an erotic coffee book for the guests to see may seem inappropriate, well — that's up for you to decide.

Cat ladies have feelings too JACEY GIBB THE OTHER PRESS

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. (CUP) — My transformation into a cat person was as unexpected as it was gradual. We've all been exposed to the caricature of the senile cat lady who has more felines than she has fingers, but I always assumed I was safe from sharing a similar fate. After all, I don't have a vagina and, for the most part, have managed to maintain my mental health. Both of these characteristics are uncommon in crazy cat ladies, yet it would appear that feline fanaticism no longer discriminates against a person's sex or mental stability. I've lived with cats before, but it wasn't until about a year ago that I was able to add the title of “Cat Owner” to my makebelieve business card. A fateful Craigslist posting led me to a grungy basement suite in North Vancouver, and I was introduced to a kitten smaller than my fist. Two weeks later, I transported said animal across the hey

city in a Build-A-Bear box to her new home. I settled on the name Inspector Ciabatta Lebowski and with that, my descent into domesticated animal dementia began. Everyone who met Ciabatta cooed over her cuteness and how feisty the feline was, so I assumed my fascination with her was normal at first. I acquired her during midterms so that instead of applying myself to my studies, I was able to ignore the textbooks on my desk and spend hours throwing toy mice around the apartment while she chased after them. My roommate and I began to express our feelings out loud about how much we enjoyed the cat. Showering her with affection and attention when we were alone was one thing, but once we realized how strongly we both felt, the floodgates to our emotions opened. Not long after that, when leaving my house with a friend, he asked me if I always did that. When I asked what he was referring to, he pointed out that I had said goodbye to the cat. Up until this point, it hadn't even registered that this was some-

thing I did often. I became self-aware. I mentioned to my roommate how ridiculous it was for me to bid farewell to the cat, and we laughed over how weird some cat owners were — especially the ones who referred to their cats as their children. This naturally led to us calling Ciabatta our daughter, but we quickly realized that our satire was slinking towards reality and immediately ceased such behaviour. The climax occurred earlier this month when I realized that Ciabatta's birthday was coming up. I commented on how hilarious it would be if we had a kegger to celebrate her having survived living with us for a year. But this “joking” led to me making a Facebook event and creating a guest list. Friends came over with presents. Someone made a cat food cake with catnip icing. We all got trashed. The cat was freaked out by the number of guests since she wasn't even aware that many humans existed. I think I had more fun at her birthday party than I've had at some of my own. Is it weird that when I'm on the bus ride

home, I get excited because it means I'll soon be reunited with my cat? I prefer Ciabatta's company over that of most humans, and if that's not a red flag, I don't know what is. So let my story be a warning to the rest of you.

When picking out your next pet, get something less adorable and with a shorter lifespan. Like sea monkeys. No one's ever heard of a crazy sea monkey lady.

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Eight-year-old Amina Kocer-Bowman was critically wounded by an accidental gunshot that went off in her classmate’s backpack on Feb. 22 in Bremerton, Washington. The nine-year-old boy, whose name has not been revealed, was charged with third-degree assault, illegal possession of a gun and bringing a weapon to school, according to OpposingViews. “Generally with young children they try to deal with in the juvenile system,” Gail Hammer said, professor of law at Gonzaga University, according to Seattle Times. Anna Laurie, Superior Court judge, scheduled a ‘capacity’ hearing, an assessment made by the court to determine an eight to 12-year-old’s ability to understand that an action was ‘wrong’. If the court finds him guilty, he will be sen-

tenced to 30 days of juvenile detention, after which he would be on 12 months of ‘juvenile probation’ and have to do 150 hours of community service, according to Seattle Times. The .45 caliber bullet went through Bowman’s arm, piercing through the abdomen and fixed itself in her spine. She still has to undergo several surgeries and spend a few weeks at the hospital. Bowman was admitted into the intensive-care unit, on strong sedatives and breathing with the help of a ventilator, reported CBS. “I knew I didn’t have any balloons in the room, loud sound, the kids were stirred. And then I saw Amina start to slump over. So I knew something had happened, but it was very puzzling,” Natalie Poss, teacher at Brementon Elementary, said, according to King5. According to Seattle Times, Poss immediately applied pressure to the bullet wound and talked to the student, making sure she was conscious. She also urged the other children to leave the classroom and to call for help. In contrast to the existence of penalty

laws in the state of Washington for children, there is an absence of criminal penalty laws against adults who give children access to guns, according to San Francisco Legal Community Against Violence. According to Seattle Times, the parental grandmother has had parental custody of the boy and two of his siblings for years until 2010, when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed away months after. The boy’s uncle, Patrick Cochran, has been their legal guardian since 2011. Both of his parents have criminal records. The 34-year-old mother of four, Jamie Chaffin, possessed methamphetamine and syringes when she was caught by the police in 2005. She was found selling dope at a Motel in Kirtsnap the following year. His father, Jason Cochran, lives with his brother Patrick and has been convicted of assault against Chaffin and violation of her protection order. Chaffin sued Cochran who also evaded child support, reported CBS.

Toews gets told ANDY KRASzNAI STAFF WRITER

Anonymous makes its case clear and aggressively demands Conservatives backtrack on crime legislation and Public Safety Minister Vic Toews resign in a YouTube video last Friday. Anonymous warned Toews and any politician who supports Bill-C30 that scandals will be surfaced in 7 days if they did not kill Bill-C30 and Bill-C11 and have Vic Toews resign and give a formal apology to Canadians for calling them supporters of pedophilia and attempting to infringe on “basic civil rights.” On Saturday, Anonymous attacked the computers at The Ontario Association of Police Chiefs – who support C30 – stating on Twitter, “People of Canada: Ask yourselves, if the police cannot even secure their own information, how will they secure yours?” However, Joe Couto, spokesman for Po-

lice Association said the attack only reinforced their support for the bill. “What this does is demonstrate quite clearly to Canadians the type of cyber crimes perpetuated every day,” Couto said, according to The Canadian Press. “The citizens of this province and this country are asking us to address cyber crimes and we need tools for that.” Anonymous revealed that the purpose of the Bill-C30 was never to protect child pornography, as Toews stated in his controversial remark two weeks ago where he called anyone who didn’t support him a supporter of child pornography, according to the Globe and Mail. Anonymous goes on to slam how ‘convenient’ Bill-C30 is when the government plans to pass Bill-C11 which would make every Canadian who shares, or backs up content of any kind, a criminal. Bill-C11 would even allow the Canadian government to block Canadian access to YouTube on the basis that it contains material that supports piracy.

Anonymous revealed that Bill-C30 was originally named “An act to enact the investigating and preventing criminal electronic communications act and to amend the criminal code and other acts,” but renamed it to “The protecting children from predators act” to make it an easier sell to Canadians. Anonymous warned that it is “becoming impatient” and that it has evidence that links Toews and other Conservative Members of Parliament to serious crimes in their past – crimes, they state, have been used to stay in power. Some of the scandals extend to the highest levels of government, said Anonymous. Anonymous finished by asking parliamentarians to reflect on how many more scandals and crimes they want revealed in light of the election fraud scandal. “A government that doesn’t allow its people any secrets are not allowed any secrets of its own,” they conclude.

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International representatives from over 50 countries, including United Kingdom’s (UK) Prime Minister David Cameron and United State’s (US) Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton, met in London on Feb. 23 to discuss the future of war-torn Somalia. According to the communiqué issued by the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the conference resolved with a raft of new agreements aiming to improve the festering political tension and it’s symptoms that include famine, weekly bombings, and piracy, which the country is infamously known for. The communiqué features some of the agreements that include increasing African Union (AU) troop numbers from 12,000 to 17,000 in order to out the AlQaeda-linked Al-Shabaab militant group, implementing efforts to eradicate piracy and confirming the international community’s support in helping Somalia find its democratic foothold. For the past two decades, Somalia has been ravaged by political instability that has caused over 500,000 civilian casualties, 750,000 refugees and millions of displaced people, according to the Voice Of America News. The main problem arises from AlShabaab militants that have lost much ground over the last few years but still control much of central and southern Somalia and terrorize civilians on a daily basis, reported CBC. Meanwhile, off the Somali coast, pirates plague the sea, costing the global

shipping industry billions of dollars annually. In addition, over 240 seafarers are currently being kept as hostages by the Somali pirates, all being held until ransom demands are met, reported CBC. “The Somali crisis is a complex issue that will not be solved overnight,” Cameron told Reuters, “even with sustained commitment, progress will be slow but we hope that this conference will serve as a catalyst and that in time, it will be seen as a turning point.” However, not all are convinced, pleased or satisfied with the conference’s promise of hope and stability. Members of Kashmirwatch.org are angered by the entire premise of the conference arguing that the summit is all about the “hypocrisy of democracy.” The site features an opinion piece written by Sharique Naeem that stated, “It [the conference] shows how the torchbearers of democracy are eager to impose models based on their own vested interests on foreign lands.” A sarcastic and dismissive report in The New York Times echoed the opinion that the conference encouraged people to have a false sense of optimism about the Somali situation. The New York Times stated, “Here on the ground, in scorching-hot Somali villages like Tabda, where people live in twig huts and stagger from shady spot to shady spot to avoid the wrath of the sun, there is laughing disbelief that any conference 4,000 miles away will solve anything.” Global Post reported that another summit is due to occur in Istanbul in June to discuss the progress of the initial agreements that were drawn up last Thursday.

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Government Sponsored Torture public or defendant, he also said “It is unconstitutional for a government to try a defendant based on secret information”, information from which they cannot defend themselves.

DEVON WALCOTT FREELANCE WRITER

Torture at the hands of the common man is cruel, unusual and inflicts lasting as well as emotionally devastating effects. However, at the hands of a government body, it can call into question the effectiveness and ethics of torture, even for information that could conceivably save lives. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) is Canada’s version of the well known American CIA, is responsible for management of military intelligence and information regarding Canadian national security. Though not quite like in the movies, the secretive agency does coordinate operations overseas and information is kept “hush-hush” and the identities of those involved are kept quiet to protect them from foreign prosecution, or in extreme cases assassination. Since the formation of CSIS, Canadian immigrants have had security certificates issued to them by the Canadian government for various reasons. The official web site for the Ministry of Public Safety, publicsafety.gc.ca, writes “The security certificate process within the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act is not a criminal proceeding, but an immigration proceeding. The objective of the process is the removal from Canada of non-Canadians who have no legal right to be here and who pose a serious threat to Canada and Canadians.” Fred Jones, Professor of Economics as Dawson, who has taken part in demonstrations against the Security Certificate policy, said the policy is “Unconstitutional” and as the information regarding reasons for the certificates, which is not revealed to the

Earlier this year, information about CSIS and their ties to torture have come to light. In May of 2009, CSIS Lawyer, Geoffrey O’Brian, told the Canadian public safety ministers and committees that CSIS would use information gathered from torture to prevent a catastrophic event like 9/11 or the Air India Bombing. Current Public Safety minister, Vic Toews, reaffirmed this statement, telling the agency to use any means necessary to obtain any information regarded as vital.[ According to CBC, Toews told CSIS to make the protection of life an overriding priority. In other words; information gathered from torture can be used if it could save lives. In Question Period, Toews went on to state that, "Information obtained by torture is always discounted. But the problem is, can one safely ignore [information] when Canadian lives and property are at stake?" Crime and Society professor Michael Duckett said that “The attouney gerneral under George Bush argues that [Waterboarding] is not torture is the person doesn't die. He went on, adding “The Japanese, during World War II used waterboarding against the Americans and they made formal complaints at the end of the war calling it torture, so nothing has changed since then.” Recent revelations have sparked a national debate and a stiff divide between Conservative and NDP MP’s, as the NDP starkly disagree with Canadian involvement in torture. They feel, as do many Canadians, that torture is ineffective and gives a bad reputation abroad; American ‘Water boarding’ techniques have been under scrutiny for years, yet still remain in practice. Although the Americans are not the actual interrogators, it is speculated that it is still funded by the American government, which makes them indirectly responsible. It has been the subject of much public debate, but no plans to scrap the operations have ever been in place.

Gurpreet Sandhu, forth semester Law, Society and Justice student says that “enhanced interrogation” doesn’t work, and that steps that Canada have made lately have made he and many other young Canadians uneasy. When asked if he was comfortable with recent changes in stance, he replied “No, I am not comfortable. Canada as a developed country should be aware that torture doesn’t work. Torture can lead to anyone saying anything, thus the information obtained through torture is always unreliable.” He even went of to say “Torture is what lead many women to confess to being witches, hence leading to their deaths hundreds of years ago, and the government should be more knowledgeable about the effects almost 500 years later.” Maher Arar, a telecommunications engineer, a Syrian born Canadian, who is a victim to one the most publicized “extraordinary rendition” cases in North America. Extraordinary Rendition, according to Mr. Duckett, is “when you would not be allowed to transfer a prisoner to another jurisdiction except in an extraordinary case. An normally you need some sort of agreement with the country that the prisoner would actually have to commit a crime in to face justice. Instead, all thats being done is essentially farming out interrogations. So you send them to Syria, send them to Egypt, you send them to Yemen.” the wake of the 9/11 attacks, thousands of American, Canadian and European Arabs and Muslims have had their activities monitored by their respective heads of state on suspicion of ties to the al-Qaeda terrorist group. On their way back from vacation, the Arar family was in layover at John F Kennedy international airport, en route back to Montreal. On information provided by the RCMP, he was held in solitary confinement for two weeks without trial or legal representation. He was then deported by the U.S. government to his native Syria. While in Syria, it was reported by ‘Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar’ that he was tortured by the Syrian government for almost a full year. Both the Syrian government and the commis-

sion on behalf of the RCMP declared Arar to be completely innocent and cleared his name of any links to al-Qaeda or al-Qaeda operatives. Arar sued both the Canadian and American governments, receiving $10 million from Canada, yet he and his family are still on the US no fly list. Arar and his legal representation are still seeking compensation from the US government. It is unknown to the public if and how CSIS played a role in Arar’s detention and rendition. Duckett said that the Canadian government “is allowed to use information obtained under torture as long as the torture did not occur on Canadian territory.” He went on, saying “Torture produced false evidence and is actually very counter productive.” When asked if he thought that torture is an acceptable means to obtain information that could save lives, he responded saying “No. Is actually a greater crime in some ways and even the crime supposedly its designed to prevent, and it’s ineffective. Torture in some foreign countries is an acceptable means to extract information from enemies of the state. Syria, renowned for its extreme and cruel torture methods, have been listed as one of the most horrifying examples of government sponsored torture. [The Syrian government's interrogation techniques are known to the public. Measures include cigarette burning on bare skin, stabbings, mutilation of testicles, just to name a few. According to Gulfnews.com, Haitham Maleh, an opposition activist and member of the Syrian National Council was arrested at the age of 50 in 1981. Maleh said “Water-hosing, people being burned with cigarettes, being whipped with electric cables all over their bodies and on their feet, insulting and threatening family members as well.” He then went on to say that "Many people died as a result of the torture, especially Kurdish detainees. I am not exaggerating when I say some detainees were killed for no reason — simply for fun." Professor Jones said that “extreme cases of solitary confinement can be considered torture.”

The Geneva Conventions, according to redcross.lven/conventions, The Red Cross’ official web site, “It is forbidden to kill or wound an adversary who surrenders or who can no longer take part in the fighting.” The essential humanitarian laws outline most basic human rights and those of enemy combatants held by a military or government officials, as well as mercenary groups and essentially any living person. The conventions were agreed upon by 194 countries. The law then goes on, saying “Everyone must enjoy basic judicial guarantees and no one may be held responsible for an act he has not committed. No one may be subjected to physical or mental torture or to cruel or degrading corporal punishment or other treatment.” The United Nations have also put forth its own official laws against torture in 1987, The United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. The BBC World Service released statistics on global public opinion on use of torture in war time. The poll suggests that people are generally against use of torture, “even if its purpose is to elicit information that could save innocent lives from terrorism”. The BBC polled 27,000 people from 25 countries around the world. “Italians (81 per cent) are the most opposed to the use of torture in all circumstances and the British are among the highest with 72 per cent opposed and 24 percent in favor. Other countries with high numbers favouring a total ban are in Australia and France (75 per cent in both) as well as Canada (74 per cent) and Germany (71 per cent).” Most Canadians fear backlash from the international community, with many saying that a once shining reputation for human rights and international aid could be tarnished. Some fear that people will begin to hate rather than welcome, as much of the same sentiment given to the Americans abroad.

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Although Radin states that the proof lies in the experiments and recounted human experiences, “[a] theory has to be correct 100 per cent of the time. If these pseudo sciences were to be true, then you’d have to add in new theories that don’t fit with the old ones,” Mathieu Coulliard, a Concordia student majoring in physics said. It is a lot easier to accept ESP as false than to change our already established knowledge of nature and of science. Instead, we could come up with new ways to make ESP a reality, just like these new machines Pasley and Knight are experimenting with. They can open doors to new scientific advances. Our extra sense can be created via technology, and with a 100 per cent success rate. ESP is becoming a fantasy, especially to scientists who can prove its non-existence through facts while believers try to prove its existence with faith. There could be other reasons for being able to “read” people’s minds or “know” certain things about objects and events. “We indirectly do mind reading all the time because we do know what people are thinking but we’re not in each other’s mind,” Robert Stephens, a Dawson humanities teacher who is studying cognitive science, said. “We do that based on each other’s behavior and we infer. That’s not extra sensory. That’s just using our senses. People who claim to have ESP are either con artists or just very good at indirectly reading people.” Which could be the case in Karaplis’ story about the woman who approached him. ESP has been in question for centuries because of the countless stories told by people who have experienced some form of it. However, skeptics will only believe after it is fully proven with hard facts because having a feeling of ESP does not necessarily prove it exists but only that we believe it exists. Based on our scientific knowledge of the world and of the universe, ESP cannot exist. It is simply not feasible. However, science is infinite and our knowledge will only expand with time. Also, most people have claimed to experience ESP at least once in their lifetime. Is it so hard to believe that a force unknown to us exists? What do you believe?

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You’re walking down the street and you have this foreboding feeling that someone is watching you. Your gut feeling tells you to turn around and go home. There’s something about this night, this street, this time, and you can’t scratch that itch that keeps urging you to leave. So, you listen, because the uneasiness takes over. You wake up the next morning to discover that a murder took place in the exact area you were in. However, you are not shocked. It seems as if you knew that something bad was going to happen, but you just didn’t know what. Have you ever experienced an incident like this? Where, for a moment, you felt as if you had the psychic ability to foresee the future, to read other people’s thoughts, or to just “know” certain things about people. In the eyes of believers, those abilities are called Extra Sensory Perception, or more commonly known as ESP. Yet, in the eyes of skeptics, they are simply coincidences. Is it fact? Or is it our imagination trying to explain the seemingly inexplicable? Most people are open to the idea because they have had at least one experience they feel qualifies as ESP. Parapsychologists who specialize in the study of paranormal activity have been trying to prove its existence for decades, but without success. And scientists, well, they are unsurprisingly the most skeptical of all because of the lack of scientific proof. However, nowadays, scientists hardly try to prove ESP. Instead, they attempt to create it using technology. The Wall Street Journal reports a new advance in computer technology that can “read” minds by “translating the brain’s electrical signals into simple words.” These experi-

plains in his book The Conscious Universe how “psychic phenomena is now no longer based solely upon faith, or wishful thinking, or absorbing anecdotes. Instead, [it] exists because of new ways of evaluating massive amounts of evidence collected over a century by scores of researchers.” He claims that the evidence lies in the experiments held in laboratories and in the fact that the very idea of ESP exists. Something cannot exist without our knowledge of it and many people can recount their experiences with ESP. The results in experiments can either be chance or a form of ESP, yet Radin states that after a century, there are more than enough positive results that cannot be disregarded as chance. For example, a famous experiment conducted by J.B. Du Rhine in the 30’s involved Zener cards, cards with various shapes on them. The test subject would have to “guess” or “feel” the next card in the deck to test for clairvoyance. Although the success ratio is only at a mere 20 per cent, over time, that ratio grew since more people were involved in this study. Also, something cannot exist if we have no feeling of it and people feel like they experience ESP all the time. However, why do some people have a greater sixth sense than others? Anthony Karaplis, a second semester psychology student, recounts his story of a woman who claimed to be a psychic. “I went to Alberta for the first time, and during my first day I went to a festival. As I was walking alone, a woman approached me and told me things about my life she couldn’t have possibly known. I was completely shocked because I had never met this woman and she was telling me very specific things about me, my family, and my friends.” Although people claim to have experienced ESP at least once, most are not as riveting as that woman who approached Karaplis. “Sometimes I experience [ESP] in dreams, but I don’t think anything of it, it’s just a coincidence,” Matthew Orsini, a fourth semester CinCom student said. Whether it is coincidence or not, hard facts are still missing. “I’m skeptical because I am a firm believer in facts and evidence to back it up,” Andrew Kruppa, a fourth semester social science student said, and he has a point. There is not enough proof, scientifically speaking, for a theory like ESP to exist.

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ments are being held at the University of California, Berkley by Brian Pasley, a researcher, and Robert Knight, head of the neuroscience department. If machines can pick up on our brain waves and signals, which allow them to “read” our minds, then our brain is definitely sending these signals out. Can humans truly pick up on them? Computers reproduce what humans can do but at a greater speed. It is possible that humans have the ability of ESP but they simply cannot comprehend the difficulty of channeling that ability. That is, ESP in a most general sense and in its simplest form. Not the over dramatization in movies of vivid premonitions and loud telepathy, and not the telling of those classic ghost stories of spirits that are doomed to walk the earth searching for vengeance. These are common misconceptions. ESP is defined as a sense outside the basic five, an extra sense that lies beyond our abilities to see, to hear, to taste, to smell and to touch. In other and simpler terms, it is a “sixth” sense. There are three main categories for ESP: telepathy is the awareness of another’s thoughts, precognition is the knowledge of future events, and clairvoyance is the ability to gain knowledge of objects and people. All these, without the use of our five senses are considered Extra Sensory Perception. “It happened yesterday that I was sitting next to a tall dark stranger with the sound of a computer buzzing behind me,” Damienne Bauer, a fifth semester visual arts student said, “until I realized I had dreamt of this before.” Bauer claims this was an experience of precognition since she had a dream that came true. Could that be coincidence? Maybe. Or was it a sign of something more? A sign of a greater force we still, today, don’t know anything about. She’s not the first to tell such a story that falls under the category of precognition. “I went to bed one night and dreamt that my grandmother was cooking at 11:13 at night,” Amanda Korylo, a fourth semester Cin/Vid/Com student said. “She looked troubled and when I went to hug her, she disappeared in my arms. I told my mom about the dream the next morning. It turned out that my grandmother had passed away at 11:13 p.m.” Could ESP really account for such a coincidence? Dean Radin, Ph.D., ex-

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Last Friday, Béatrice Martin, also known as Coeur de Pirate, had tears in her eyes as she watched the crowd in the Métropolis applauding her performance, song after song. Accompanied by the guitar, the drums, the double bass and violin for a couple of songs, Coeur de Pirate’s fingers touched the piano’s black and white keys. Throughout the show, she inserted a smile or two during her songs, making her even cuter then she already is. Her music was making the nostalgic crowd dance gently from right to left on their feet. Although there was approximately 2500 people in the room, it felt like a private show and it was like every songs were sang specially to every one of us. It started with Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval and Les Voix boréales singing “Lève les voiles”, first track on her new album Blonde. The room was completely silent to fully enjoy the sweet voices of the young singers. After, Coeur de Pirate took the stage and sang songs from her first and second album. The crowd (composed especially of girls of all ages) sang along with her throughout the show. After 20 minutes of upbeat love songs, she announced that we have come to the sad part of the show. She sat at her piano, and started to play melancholic and slow melodies. I have to admit that I had tears in my eyes and I was about to

The winter is tough on looks – everyone is bundled up, people put on a few pounds, and we all get way too pale. If you think someone still looks good during the winter, marry them before the weather gets warm again and you miss your chance. Case in point: Mike Rev (pictured), a fourth semester Professional Photography student, displays a great balance between style and winter practicality. His outfit combines all the winter needs (tuque, scarf, layers) but still maintains a polished, laidback look. The look was achieved by staying loyal to a neutral color scheme (grey, black and brown) and adding that crucial punch of color with his burgundy scarf. Dawsonites, I know it’s hard to not look like the Michelin Man during the frosty months, so here are some tips on how to look & feel your hottest during days that are the coldest: forget layers and instead choose thinner but warmer fabrics, like wool or cashmere. Invest in some chic leather gloves that are lined because those knitted mittens your grandma made (despite how cute they are) do jack for warmth, style or functionality. Wear hiking socks, a.k.a God’s gift to humans, that will keep your feet nice and toasty all day (I swear by L’ Angelaine, a Quebecois company, which sell the comfiest wool-mohair mix socks. It’s a splurge, but so worth it). Lastly, make sure to get some good, reliable boots. Nothing sucks more than wet feet that can be so easily prevented by a pair of warm Sorels.

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cry. It was so beautiful. When she was about to sing “C’était Salement Romantique”, she gave permission to the couples to kiss. This permission gave the crowd a laugh and a reason to enjoy the moment they are having with their loved one or their friends. At the “end” of the show, the crowd asked for an encore VERY LOUDLY. She came back and sat, again, at her piano. She asked us what we wanted to hear. This was a bad idea, because asking this to a room of 2,500 people, you can “stay there two hours and still don’t have an idea what to play,” Coeur de Pirate said. She “finished” her show with her two

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most popular songs, “Comme des Enfants” from her first album named after her stage name, and “Adieu” from her second album. The crowd burst into applause and as they couldn’t get enough, they asked for a second encore. Coeur de Pirate came back on the stage, and didn’t know what to do or what to play. She sat, for the last time, at her piano and did acoustic versions of songs already played during the show, with the crowd still singing along with her. When she bowed at the end, I thought that this was maybe one of the best shows I had ever seen and if you don’t know Coeur de Pirate, you should, because you’ll fall in love with her… voice.

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album review Van Halen A Different Kind Truth Interscope Records KARINA LICURSI STAFF WRITER

Whether you’re looking for something loud to drive your neighbors through the roof, or tracks to sing along to while stuck in traffic, Van Halen’s A Different Kind of

Truth is the album to purchase. Being their first album in 14 years with their original vocalist David Lee Roth, it remains faithful to fans familiar with the sounds this group is known for. It consists of guitar riffs from Eddie Van Halen, who still remains one of the best musicians in the rock world, as well as a prodigy to look out for - Halen’s son Wolfgang on bass. Since its release Feb. 9, A Different Kind of Truth has topped charts worldwide, climbing at #1 in both the UK and the U.S., and #3 in Canada. Despite staying faithful to their roots, the album has something for music lovers young and experienced alike. Anyone with an ear for the blues will definitely be sure to play air guitar to “Stay Frosty”, where Roth proves a vocal lesson to any young singers out there who have to rely on auto-tune for radio airtime. At 58 years old, his voice still holds the jazzy influence which made him famous. For those with a taste for metal, “As Is” and “Bullethead” ought to give you whiplash from excessive head-banging while procrastinating from schoolwork. Although for listeners with sensitive ears or lovebirds seeking a ballad to send to

your sweetheart, this is not for you. For wise meaningful lyrics to quote on your Facebook page, I suggest to listen to the post-Roth era with Sammy Hagar, who stands his own on vocal talent. Overall this album will not disappoint any Van Halen fan, which also includes past demos reworked by the masters. As far as entertainment is concerned, it could easily pick up a new generation of fans as well. So don’t feel shy about listening to a classic rock band your parents might have enjoyed back in their wild college years of spandex and hairspray. A Different Kind of Truth proves music has no age, and is an album which will make fans everywhere feel like Van Halen’s never left our speakers. Be sure to see these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers next month as they rock the stage of the Bell Center March 15.

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of the great artistic icons, and offer societal criticisms through cinema,” Franco Nuovo, FIFA spokesperson, said. In addition to a new outlook on filmmaking, FIFA is for the first time, including a 3D film amongst their nominees; Lost Action: Trace by Marlene Millar, Crystal Pite and Philip Szporer. They are also opening a new category for Children’s Cinema, which will debut at this year’s festival. “The caliber of films is getting more and more diverse,” Nuovo said. For the occasion of the third decade of FIFA, this year’s festival will include an International Market of Films on Art (MIFA), a forum within which cinema professionals will be able to discuss and showcase their works. MIFA will take place from March 21 to 24. FIFA is holding a number of events including screenings of the nominated films, conferences, performances, tributes to classic films from past years of competition, classes and museum exhibits, all of which are open to the public. Amongst these, there are several free events; others offer discounts on Youth or Student tickets. In addition, there are special events for VIP members of the Musée des Beaux Arts. “It’s the huge support from the local and international community that has showed us how fortunate we are to have such a refined audience. It’s thanks to them that we can continue to fill our screenings halls and continue the tradition of celebrating greatness in artistic filmmaking,” André Larin, Chairman of the Board and Executive Producer, said. A schedule of events can be found on the FIFA website, www.artfifa.com. The final awards ceremony will take place on March 25.

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The Festival International du Film sur l’Art (FIFA) announces nominated films and new events as it gets ready for its 30th season, which will take place in Montreal from March 15 to 25. As Oscar season winds down to a halt, the FIFA is just gearing up. FIFA, which is the most important festival of its kind worldwide, celebrates films dealing with artistic and cultural subject matter. The festival is held in Montreal every year, and welcomes filmmakers from around the world to showcase their work. At a press conference held at the Musée des Beaux Arts on Thursday Feb. 23, FIFA officials went over their big plans for their 30th anniversary. This year, 232 films, hailing from 27 countries, will be showcased during the festival. Of these, short previews were given for 19 of the nominees, which boast depictions of all manner of culture from Manga, in Secrets du manga - Seoul District, a film by Hervé Martin-Delpierre, France, to sculpture in the Canadian film by Rénald Bellemare, Chaorismatique – David Altmejd, sculpteur, to fashion in Monsieur Hubert de Givenchy, by Karim Zeriahen in a collaboration between France and the US. Among the diverse variety of subject matter is also Le Moulin et la croix, by Lech Majewski from Poland and Sweden, about the paintings of Pieter Bruegel, as well as Eames-The Architect and the Painter, an American film by Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey. “When FIFA was first starting out, the films took a much narrower view on art, and people tended to put artists on a pedestal. Now, with all the new technology we have, filmmakers can demystify some

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stage with a magic trick of appearing out of a small box with tight red leggings, as the girls all wailed. The group is one of the most unique ones on the scene, with an orchestra integrated into most of the songs, which makes them that much more interesting. It was personally my first time seeing them, and I can say by experience that Ramsay can damn well sing, with his highpitched falsettos, and a raspy voice that makes Marianas Trench one of the favorites of the night. They even sounded better than on their album. With a setlist of 90 minutes, Simple Plan finally came on stage with the crowdpumping song “Shut Up!” and ended with their first-ever single “Perfect”. Just the word to describe their setlist. They also played their new single “Summer Paradise”, when beach balls were thrown into the crowd, and Marie-Mai, French-Canadian singer, surprised the crowd and sang the band’s second single off the new record, Jet Lag. The band did a medley cover of “Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO, when lead vocalist, Pierre Bouvier, showed off his sexy bod, “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz, and “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5. I don’t think Simple Plan has had a better lineup then these fantastic bands. They always make the crowd beg for more songs, and they’re not afraid to go all out. I give it a 10/10!

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What do magic tricks, bras, and beach balls have in common? Well, for one, they make up an amazing Simple Plan show at the Bell Center. Last Thursday, the Montreal-based band played a hometown show for a crowd of 10,000 people, with opening bands These Kids Wear Crowns, All Time Low, and Marianas Trench. Fans slept there a night before to make it first in line, and some even travelled from the US to what seemed to be like the craziest Simple Plan show that’s ever been. These Kids Wear Crowns opened up the show and warmed up the crowd, as the place stated filling up. They played “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, a song they had covered before Whitney Houston’s death, and the song “Jumpstart” that has been getting a lot of airplay lately. Next up was the band All Time Low. The Baltimore-based band is composed of two of the craziest band members, bassist Jack Barakat, and lead vocalist Alex Gaskarth, who have been long-time favorites of the punk-rock scene. And they never disappoint. No matter if you know their songs or not, they remain one of the most entertaining duos out there. Sex jokes after sex jokes, Barakat has been getting more bras thrown on stage then a regular woman wears in a lifetime And of course, Marianas Trench. Josh Ramsay, lead vocalist made his way on

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I am planning on robbing the Gay Village. There is no need for guns or ski masks, rest assured. I’m going to defraud them. A capitalist economy doesn’t leave many options for a young, ambitious guy like me. The idea came to me while planning a trip to Europe with a friend. Travelling the world is a dream of ours. The problem is I got all kinds of time to dream but money is tight as summer draws closer. I recently lost one of my jobs. That means I’m paying debts by the skin of my teeth. Savings for the trip turned into a month’s rent and an overdue internet bill. What am I gonna do, cry about it? I’m still going to Europe. About a month ago, I realized how easily scammed the art market is. I was at a vernissage at an upscale bar in the Gay Village. The people there were amazing. Art and culture is so important to the philosophy of the Village. Proof is in the abundance of statues, murals, flowerbeds and decorations in that part of town. The walls of the bar were covered with paintings, a significant improvement from the bareness of most West Side nightspots. In the downtown, I’m familiar with it’s considered glamorous to overpay a club for a

bottle of alcohol. In the Gay Village that same glamour is achieved by choosing a painting to buy at the party. What is more important? So with all those people buying art, how many actually know what they’re doing? It’s not like the general acceptance of artistic culture has made an art connoisseur out of every person in the bar. Gay people are people too and are just as prone to idiotic consumerism. I’m going to sell them crap paintings. Colorful, vaguely emotional and dripping with “my style”, the paintings will sell like hotcakes to the average moron trying to look glamorous. Part of the scam involves getting help from the best salesmen out there. The bartenders, in on the deal, will heavily influence sales. They know everyone in the village. I’m also going to generate buzz with social media and fliers. The plan is to make about 20 paintings in the next two months. I’ve extended my credit limit to buy art supplies. Let’s do it. The paintings are going to be priced accessibly yet glamorous, just like 26 ounce bottles of vodka on St Laurent Blvd. Photo Credit: David Symon

Scam series: “Self-Portrait” (2012), David Symon

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Martin Allain has been working long and hard to find a sound (and a band for that matter) that stuck. “I’ve been moving around a lot and experimenting. I wanted to start another band, so I wrote ‘Against Me’ and recorded some of it with Connor [Seidel] and showed it to some of my friends… Now we’re here,” he explained. We’ll Always Have Paris is seated in a circle in Evermoor Audio studio, in the basement of Connor Seidel’s (their producer) home. Connor is tweaking the drums for their soon-to-be-released single “Miss Confidence,” as Martin (vocals), Shayne Upcott (drums), Kristian Pigeon (bass) and Gabriel Proulx-Garcia (guitar) give me their full attention. Not only did they pick me up and drive me all the way out here, but I’m constantly thanked for the doing this for them. “This is going to be sick, “ Shayne said, sipping some iced tea. *** Why is the band named “We’ll Always Have Paris”? Martin: I’ve got this one! I chose the name before the others were part of the group… Pretty much it just explains that shit happens, but there’s always something good that comes out of it. This band is an experiment, and if we don’t make it big, at least we can be proud of what we were able to accomplish. Pigeon: And Casablanca is a great movie. Martin: Yea, that too. And it’s a cool band name. Have you ever even been to Paris? Martin: When I was two… Shayne: I’ve seen a movie filmed in Paris… Pigeon: We speak French… Gab: Some of my family is French… Close enough. How would you describe the band’s sound?

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Shayne: I guess it’s like Rise Against, but more pop-ish. It’s not pop-punk, edgier. Martin: I guess a cross between Rise Against and Sugarcult. Shayne: Yea, and a little Slipknot in there too. Martin: No, never. Pigeon: I think its pop/rock. Maybe a touch of 50 Cent in there too. Gab: And Adele. Justin Bieber…

How do you guys work together? Who’s the giver and who’s the taker? Martin: I guess the givers are Shayne and me. Shayne: Martin draws the blueprint and I build the building. Martin: Pigeon and Gab are more like the unpaid unionized workers that don’t want to do anything. I’m kidding…

What are your favorite colors? Shayne: Blue, the color of my eyes! Martin: Green. Pigeon: Green. Martin: Fuck, we sound like fags. I’ll change color and Pigeon can have green. I like beige. I really like beige. Shayne: As a band we like beige and like burgundy and a little khaki and checkered shirtsMartin: Shut up, I like beige. Gab? Gab: Green.

If you could sleep with any Disney princess, which one would you choose? Pigeon: Princess Leah… Even though that’s Star Wars. Martin: Ariel, she’s a fucking mermaid. Shayne: She’s a ginger you dirtyGab: Cinderella. Shayne: Snow White because I like dwarves. They’re a plus when Snow White is sleeping.

Now here’s a question for Martin requested by Shayne. On a scale from one-to-ten, how cute do you think you are? Martin: Realistically, I guess I would say… nine? No… Yeah, probably nine. I mean it depends how you say it though. On a handsome scale I would say seven-pointfive, and sexy I would say six… Shayne: He’s a metrosexual, in a good way though. Oh, and because you have a dirty beard now, I think you lose point-five on the cute scale. Pigeon: But he gains two points on the badboy scale. *** We’ll Always Have Paris will be having their first concert April 10 at Underworld Cabaret (1403 St-Elizabeth). Check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/alwaysparis.

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EDITOR: Oliver Nacey  CONTACT: olivernacey@gmail.com

Some people are idiots Alexandra Herrington lists the five most idiotic. ALEXANDRA HERRINGTON STAFF WRITER

Life has a specific quota of idiots it needs to provide. As much as I hate them, bless ‘em for existing and making me that much of a better person in comparison. Either way, here are some types of people that, with extraordinary zeal, have worked hard in earning their spot as one of the Top 5 Most Annoying People: 5. Starbucks Baristas. What pole did they get wedged so far up their ass that they refuse to serve you unless you order with their oh-so-sophisticated cup size names? No, I don’t want a grande. I want a medium. You, my friend, are being a grande asshole. The day I become the type of person to have 2 p.m. cocktail is the day I might reconsider ordering a Venti Soy Latte with a straight face but until then, speak English, bro- I said medium. 4. Men Who Make Jokes About Women Driving. If there was a reason women suck at parking and/or driving, it would probably be because for the last thousand years, we’ve been told three inches is actually six. Next time a woman

accidentally hits your car, suck it up and see it as the collateral damage from the ego stroke you so desperately needed last Saturday night. Remember that it’s all. your. fault. 3. Politically Correct People. The basis for being politically correct is to not offend anyone. Instead of stupid, you’ll be “intellectually challenged”; instead of housewife, you’ll be a “domestic engineer”. Instead of being politically correct, you’ll be “that person who makes everyone get off the elevator before their stop.” 2. Mature People. You know that friend who lives in their perfect apartment (that’s newly equipped with eco-saving lightbulbs)? The only one of your friends that actually owns a bed frame and who you would totally hate, if only they weren’t so nice? Mature People are the type of mythical creatures who read classic novels because they genuinely like them and who have medicine cabinets full of stuff other than condoms and empty bottles of tylenol. They’re the type of people that offer you loose-leaf tea when you come to visit, suitably accompanied with organic sugar cubes (U Jelly?). Okay! We, the imperfects of the world, get it: you’re amazing. Now, GTFO and let us bask in the

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flickering glow of our own apartment’s shitty, non-eco lighting while we watch raunchy HBO programming and eat 89 cent ramen. 1. Hipsters. What exactly is a hipster? To put it in a PBR-soaked nutshell: hip-

The Friend Zone MAIKA DUPERVAL STAFF WRITER The Good Cop Bad Cop Situation is one huge aspect of the dating world that leaves most of us Forever-Aloners…Forever Alone…in the Friend Zone. What is The Good Cop Bad Cop Situation you ask? This Situation was obviously set up to make the boy meet girl, then girl fall in love with Mr. MachoDouchebags, gets heartbroken, repeatedly gets cheated on but, its ok and they get back together ‘cause “Mr. MachoDouchebags promised not to do it again.” *Sarcastic Tear Drop* Don’t get me wrong, us women go through this crap also. But why is it that this happens? It’s because people know

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how to manipulate the ones they know are head over heels for them. So they make little effort out of the relationship and drag you along for the ride like a little rag doll. Let’s be real, we are all selfish bastards when it comes to being in love. The bad guy in the relationship always go after the innocent guy/girl they are currently with after they break up. They like knowing that there is someone out there that actually cares. Which in all honesty is what most of us want. What I suggest? Don’t keep trying to save the relationship. God only knows how many hurdles you’re going to go through trying to train the badass boyfriend into a purebred puppy. Unless you’re on One Tree Hill and he’s Nathan Scott and you’re Haley James, the bad guy is not going to change, at least not any time soon. See, when the person who falls for the

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one that initially put them in the Friend Zone the person doing the Friend-Zoning will most likely say that you are “sweet, caring, always there for me when I’m down” then verbally kicks you in the nuts and says “I wish I could find a guy like you” then gets back together with her boyfriend. Now, to all of you in the Friend Zone pining over the spineless twit you can’t have, unless God himself came down and told you that you needed to be with this person directly, then chances are, until that person comes to grip with reality, you better move on. I mean sure, you can recite this huge speech in the rain, outside their window, when your soul mate is with the bad guy, and then she/he realizes that the person they are with is worthless and that you’re a BOSS. But 79.7 per cent of reality time is devoted to you looking like an idiot while getting trolled. That other 20.3 per cent of reality time should be used to move on. I mean it’s great that you still keep hope alive, but unless you’re planning on living with 30 cats or becoming the next Adele, honestly do everyone around you and yourself a favor and move on to the next one. Now just a warning, this has happened to me and a few people I have known; when you are trying to get over what you’re either too scared or too unlucky to have, then you will start to see your beloved EVERYWHERE. Now don’t be alarmed, it’s just the universe’s way of testing you if you’re really over them or not. If you’re not, at least you know you tried. And if you are over them, write a song, win six Grammy’s and be a BOSS.

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sters are pretentious kids with trust funds that have reached their own “unique” apex of absurdity. Often communicating their anti-capitalist views on Facebook, via MacBook Pro, it is safe to assume that hipsters know that much more about music,

Charles Bukowski and clothing than you will, ever. Ever. They sigh at all things current and are universally loathed by all outside parties. I’m surprised they don’t find breathing too mainstream. Wouldn’t we all be in for a treat if they did?

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Letters from the Committees

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With over 65 000 Quebec students currently on a general unlimited strike, Dawson must choose whether they want to join the fight against tuition fee hikes. Students concerned about increasing university tuition fees gathered enough signatures in a petition asking the DSU for a Special General Assembly (SGA) where students could vote whether or not to strike. The motions presented were for a one-day strike, a three-day strike and a weekly renewable strike. The issue at stake is the provincial Liberal Government’s plan to increase university tuition fees by $1625 over the next five years; an increase of approximately 75 per cent. This augmentation is part of a wave of austerity measures being implemented in Québec by the Charest government. The case of post-secondary education is marked by a shift from being publically funded (taxes) towards being funded individually (tuition fees). Fees are relatively low for Quebec universities, and the reason for that is students in this province have fought for accessible education since the 1960’s. We also pay higher taxes in Quebec which is supposed to help fund our social programs. The main point is that the increase of 1625$ over five years will block access to students who can’t afford to put themselves through university. Families who are already in debt certainly won’t want to take-on yet another loan. According to the Canadian Federation of Students, the average debt for a student is $27,000 once they’ve finished university. The fees aren’t going to help improve

universities because as the government raises the fees for students, the government will lower their funding. The fees are a tax on students that goes towards the Quebec Liberal party’s budget which plans to cut funding to social programs while also cutting corporate taxes. Having an educated workforce can only benefit Quebec as a majority of jobs require a post-secondary education. High tuition fees create economic inequalities because vast layers of society (such as women who still only earn 71 cents per dollar that men make) tend to have fewer funds to put themselves through university. For over a year, the Quebec student movement has been fighting against this fee increase. Despite tremendous solidarity among student bodies, the Minister of Education, Line Beauchamp, has declared her unwillingness to negotiate the planned increase. With all other options exhausted, an unlimited general strike has been called. Historically this has been the most successful and powerful tactic of the student movement. Strikes work because they exert economic pressure on the government, who cannot afford to delay or cancel a semester, thus pressuring it to comply. One reason why Quebec tuition fees are among the lowest in Canada is because the Quebec student movement has fought to keep them so since the 1960’s. Ultimately, the decision belongs to the student body. In choosing to strike we can take a stand, give courage to those who have been picketing for weeks and set the example for many others.

Many of you, fellow Dawsonites, may have noticed in the past week or so that the issue of a student strike had arisen at our school. Several arguments for and against such a strike have been thrown around, so let us look at the cold facts, which might be hard and unpleasant to hear, but truthful nonetheless. Today, University tuition fees in Quebec lie at $2,168. By the 2016-2017 school year, this will have increased to $3,793. The fact of the matter is that even with the increase of $325 over five years Quebec will not have reached the national average for tuition fees, which is at $5366 in 2011-12, according to Statistics Canada. Moreover, there are approximately 450,000 higher education students in Quebec, of which to date fewer than 70,000 are on strike. Therefore, a little over 15 per cent of the students in Quebec are not in school, while another 85 per cent are still attending class. Furthermore, it should be noted that student strikes have had mitigated success at best in the past. Let us remember that in 2005, some schools’ students penalized themselves by having to retake seven weeks of studies in the short period of four weeks. We must realize that this had an impact on those students’ summer jobs, thus affecting them financially more so than any hike in tuition or reduction in bursaries. And now, as you expected, comes the bombshell. Indeed, a semester has never been lost

to a student strike, but it is utterly reckless and irresponsible to claim that due to this precedent, a canceled semester will not happen. The fact is, the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sport sent a letter to faculty recommending they continue to give class even though students were on strike. In the unfortunate event of a strike that would last until May, for example, it is a legitimate possibility that the semester be ultimately canceled, because classes we would have to take back in the summer would then affect the normal scheduling of Fall semester classes. Finally, as of 2016, students will account for 17 per cent of the funding for their own University studies. 50 per cent of the funding will come from the Government of Québec, 12 per cent from the Government of Canada and 19 per cent of the funding will come from private industry. Students whom actually attend University will bear a mere 17 per cent of the burden of the cost. It is time to have individual responsibility, a characteristic that Quebec has been lacking for too long in its citizens. It is easy to hide behind a picket line and cry outrage at an apparent unfair measure coming from an unpopular government. It is much more difficult to act as civilized individuals and take the pill, or use adequate means to show your opinion. One can contact his MNA, or the Minister of Education to make their voice heard. Shutting down a school for the sake of accessible education: Ironic, much?

It’s happened. The French have taken over...at the Oscars of course. Hollywood’s best but probably not brightest sat on their butts for four hours and pretended to look grateful once they lost their category at this year’s Academy Awards. The Oscars are always too long. They could probably be cut in half if it weren’t for all the nonsense and self-indulgent behaviour. But who am I kidding; I watched the whole thing so I suppose I am the real fool here. Billy Crystal returned as host of the evening, marking his 9th year scoring the prestigious gig. Nathalie Portman mentioned before the show that everyone was happy he was the host, because they knew he would be “nice” and entertaining. Crystal still managed to make a fat joke and a racist one and no one had a sour face in the audience. I have nothing against Crystal, and think he does a fairly good job with hosting, but Ricky Gervais would be burned at the stake for some of the same jokes. Then again, Gervais is an asshole, and a brilliant one at that. An awards show like this can grow boring very quickly, but there were many moments during the night that provided entertainment, keeping the crowd sucked

in. Emma Stone, who looked brilliant in her red dress, used her funny, awkward shtick while presenting with Ben Stiller. With the help of old Superbad co-star Jonah Hill, it made for a very funny segment. Will Farrel and Zach Galfienakiss (Galifianakis) presented the awards for music in white suits, walking on stage with large syllables. They were noisy and obnoxious... the best attitude to have when dealing with a stuck up crowd. Seriously, some of them weren’t even impressed with the Cirque du Soleil performance. I’m looking at you emotionless lady friend of George “the silver fox” Clooney. Angelina Jolie made a complete idiot out of herself on stage, even being mocked by the winner whom she presented the Oscar to for Best Adapted Screenplay. When on stage to present, she for some reason decided to stick out the twig covered in white flesh that she calls a leg all the way to the side through the slit of her basic black gown. She just stood like that, with a ridiculous look on her face. Her usual look because her face never actually seems to move. When Jim Rash accepted the award with his colleagues, he immediately stuck out his leg with Jolie still on stage off to the side. You could see the embarrassment on her face! Also, added plus, for any Com-

munity fans out there, Jim Rash plays Dean Pelton. So there is a visual for you! Better watch out Dean, Jolie might send one of her spawns after you. A lot of the winners were expected, with Hugo and The Artist sweeping up. The Artist won Best Picture, of course. It’s black and white, French, and silent- it has Oscar written all over it. Seriously though, lead actor Jean Dujardin picked up his very own trophy for Best Actor, much to his surprise and content. Meryl Streep won Best Actress for her role in The Iron Lady. She has now been nominated 17 times, and her win marks her third Oscar. I’ve come to the conclusion that she is not human, but an android of some sort. Octavia Spencer won for Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Help. She wobbled her way onto the stage in shock, and was just adorable giving her speech through tears. She thanked the state of Alabama, which was thoughtful, because without their laws way back when, The Help would not be a book or a movie, and how horrible would that be... I was honestly so happy that Woody Allen won for Best Original Screenplay for the beauty that is Midnight in Paris. I am not sure why, but that movie has a special

place in my heart, even if Owen Wilson and his nasally voice are the main stars. Something I wasn’t happy with was the apparent absence of a true Hollywood prince, Ryan Gosling. Drive didn’t even win the one thing it was nominated for, but where were you Gosling? Why weren’t you there to cheer on your buddy Clooney or be cute with Emma Stone. It doesn’t matter that she is dating Spider Man, you’re Hercules, you could take him on no problem! For real though, Gosling wasn’t present and Justin Bieber was in the opening montage with Billy Crystal. Why? Just why? Also, who let the thirteen-year-old loose in the editing room? Somehow, a clip from Twilight made its way into a movie montage with the likes of Titanic, Ghost, and so on. Imagine intently watching the carefully selected clips that are supposed to draw emotion out of the crowd, and suddenly, boom! A foot-faced vampire is gracing my TV screen. No. In the end, the show was like every other Oscars I have ever watched. Like I said, I don’t know why I bother watching it all the way to the end. I suppose it is my hope for something big to happen. It never does. That sums up my life. In all seriousness, why wasn’t New Years Eve nominated for anything?

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Dear Committee for Students of College Dawson who will Vote for Strike, Now this is more like I have been trying to preach to you. People are now standing up to most bourgeois government and telling THEM to take most tiresome hike. You have mobilized and taken to streets in masses of 30 000 students! Ah this brings back good memories of St Petersburg in 1917, we had weapons and fought for different reason but yours is just as good. I find it also good that there is opposition for even if I am Political Commissar, I do believe in healthy debate! This is good that all student point of views being represent, even if provincial leaders of our friends in green are Liberal Party lapdogs. Now to my red square friends, your fight is noble but you must never forget that the tyrant government will never let go and you must fight until the last sovie....sorry I mean student. No matter what is your side (Red or green, Bolshevik or tsarist, student or kisser of assholes), remember that it is most important to exercise your duty as most unionist members of Dawson to go vote. If outcome is no, then too bad and as French separatist chain smoker once said

“a la prochaine fois”. If vote is most victorious in strike, then do not go fucking the off at home while you jerk off to most proletarian porno! Come out and take part in the movement that is most important in generation that is not mine but yours! By that way, if strike no work with government of man who looks like sheep, then you can always vote him and his most liberal party out of power in next election. Now for question from most admiring fan: Dear Commissar Plakov, what the fuck? Commissar’s response to Question: Well dear fan, information has come to Politburo attention and I believe that la gente esta muy loca is the answer you are looking for. I will from now answer your questions at the end of my letters to you. If you wish to ask what you think is important question, please send to commissarplakov@hotmail.ca Until next time my dear comrades, please remember that tricks are for the kids and not for silly pro charest rabbit. Yours Sovietly, Commissar Anton Plakov

Election fraud is never a topic that can be shoved under the rug. While it may happen in scattered instances in modernized countries and in a more ruthless light in other places around the globe, the attempt to undermine the validity of the voters’ will breaks a basic civic right. Suspicious and misleading phone calls traced from Racknine, has raised doubt in the validity of the results of the last election. Racknine CEO Matt Meier has been found to have close ties with the Conservative Party as seen in this leak:http://goo.gl/nWZLL. The opposition and Conservatives shared attacks but as more evidence arises, more doubt instills on the results from the last election, results that could very well have been different if the scandal hadn’t occurred - especially in several close ridings which can be seen at http://goo.gl/lWf9B. Electoral offenses are not new to the Conservatives. They have pleaded guilty to the In and Out scandal of 2006 to prevent four of their senior members from going to prison. They have also admitted responsibility to the phone calls in Liberal MP Irwin Cotler’s riding that endorsed the Conservative candidate on the basis that Cotler was retiring. To be fair, while the links point toward the Conservatives, concrete evidence has yet to arise. But this kind of offence to the basic right to fair and legitimate voting should get the maximum obtainable five

years in prison for breaking the Elections Act, regardless who committed it and what party they associate with. In the coming weeks, the opposition will press for certain ridings to be overturned and if the Conservatives are as innocent as they claim, they should have no issues launching a public inquiry. Robocall is not the only issue on the table, Bill-C30 and Bill-C11 have been hidden from sight lately but they are still alive in the House of Commons and pose a threat to people’s privacy. Bill-C30 would allow the police to monitor and act on your online activities without a warrant the only protection people have against false accusations. Bill-C10 would enable the government to block access to any site that has any form of piracy. Both bills have a negative impact on the lives of Canadians and attempt to define them as criminals - or as Public Safety Minister Vic Toews put it, child pornographers. Bill-C30 would also violate Section 8 of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms which reads, “Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure.” From allegations that the last election was tampered to the intentions of the government to start tapping into our online freedom, one can easily say that it has been a rough week and this is just the beginning. For more info, visit thecanadianpoliticalscene.blogspot.com

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Two times the charm RACHEL POCHAT SELBY STAFF WRITER

The Dawson Blues' Men's A Basketball team won against the Gérald-Godin Gladiateurs for second time this season last Friday night by a score of 78-69. The Blues were able to take a 20-11 lead with 2:50 left in the first quarter. Blues guard John Ngala scored with seven seconds left in the quarter, giving the Blues a 33-17 lead. “We started [the game] off strong,”

Blues centre David Charlot said. Throughout the second quarter, the Blues succeeded in keeping their lead, ending the half up 41-24 after Ngala once again made the last field goal, this time 40 seconds before half time. “We tried to blow away the other team in the beginning of the game,” Blues guard Terry Ngala said. In the third quarter the Blues still had the upper hand but it was the closest quarter with a score of 56-48. Terry Ngala scored twice within the first two minutes of the game but then the Gladiateurs kept a tight

grip on the ball scoring five times in a row. “They creep back up, we have to make sure we keep the lead,” Terry Ngala said. Nicolas Dufort started the last quarter with a three-pointer. The Blues kept a firm grip on the ball for most of the fourth quarter. Then the Gladiateurs came in towards the end scoring four times with less than two minutes on the clock. Even though the Gladiateurs stepped up in the end the Blues won the game 78-69, without ever losing the lead. “It was one of our easier games, we were taking it easy,” Head Coach Roger

McDonald said. The Blues had already played against the Gladiateurs last semester had a similar game result. “It was around the same score margin,” Terry Ngala said. “A win’s a win. We will take that but I mean we didn’t play at are full potential.” Although the team took it easy, resulting in not playing at their full potential according to Ngala and McDonald, they still managed to hold a lead throughout the game. “We worked together to win the game,” Centre David Charlot said.

Gaining ground SHAUNA zILVERSMIT STAFF WRITER

The Dawson Blues Women’s hockey team took control of the game right from the start, winning 2-0 against the SaintJérôme Cheminots last Saturday night at the Gadbois arena. The Blues had possession of the puck throughout most of the first period and had the Cheminots players struggling to get out of their zone. They had many scoring opportunities but were unable to get the puck past Cheminots goaltender Marie-Pier Chabot. The second period started with both teams raising their intensity, which led to good scoring opportunities at both ends of the rink. Blues assistant captain Gabrielle Davidson ripped a hard slap shot just over the net. However she was rewarded several minutes later during the power play when she cut in from the corner, crossed the crease and went to the back hand going top shelf for the first goal of the game. “The whole week we worked on intensity and giving everything we got,” assis-

tant captain Cassandra Poudrier said. “We could see that in our game tonight.” Saint-Jérôme played hard and had several scoring opportunities during some of their power plays but couldn’t beat Dawson goalie Melanie Fournier who stopped everything that came at her, while her defense took care of any rebounds. During the third period Dawson received a couple of penalties but kept the Cheminots to the outside by playing excellent zone defense and even created there own shorthanded scoring opportunities. “We did a great job forcing them to make mistakes and our players sacrificed their bodies to prevent Saint-Jérôme from getting any shots on net,” Davidson said. Midway through the third, while on the power play, Poudrier sent a pass up the middle to captain Tracy-Ann Lavigne who passed if off to Davidson who slipped the puck past Chabot for her second goal of the game making the score 2-0 for the Blues. This being said, he’s happy with his team’s overall performance. “I’m very satisfied with the way we played tonight,” Lambton said.“We played more of a playoff style game.”

Upcoming Game: Thursday, March 1, 2012 Dawson vs. Bois-deBoulogne Bois-de-Boulogne College 8:00 p.m.

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Upcoming Games: Saturday, March 3, 2012 Dawson vs. Saint-Laurent Gadbois Arena 7:50 p.m. Sunday, March 4, 2012 Dawson Limoilou Apridome 2:50 p.m.

Blues Gabrielle Davidson (19) and Valerie Wade (21)

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Edging the Nordiques KRYSTINA SCENNA STAFF WRITER

The Dawson Blues AA Women’s basketball team’s determination and perseverance paid off as they won a close game of 68-61 against the Lionel-Groulx Nordiques last Sunday at College Lionel-Groulx. Despite the fact that the ball went out of bounds several times throughout the first quarter, the Blues were quick to capitalize. The first quarter saw an abundance of block shots and field goals from the Blues as they did not leave any room for the Nordiques to gain possession of the ball or make any field goals. This resulted in the Nordiques scoring only four points until the

last minute of the first quarter. Because of this, the quarter ended in a 22-8 lead for the Blues. During the second quarter, tension in the court began to rise as well as both the Blues and the Nordiques’ energy, as field-goals alternated between both teams. Midway through the quarter, the Nordiques were about to score a field goal but it was thanks to the Blues’ exceptional defense that they managed to score two field goals in a row. “Our defense really stuck up today,” Head Coach Sharon Sandy said. “We played really well together.” The Blues did well in communicating which player the ball went to and worked together to avoid the stress of being sent over

to their offensive side by the Nordiques. Even though the Blues were in the lead throughout the first half of the game, the Nordiques gradually caught up to them by doubling their field goals since the first quarter. The Blues resisted by having the Nordiques on the receiving end of blocked shots and steals. This combined effort helped Dawson maintain their lead by a score of 34-25. “Our teamwork and communication made us win the game,” point guard Layannah Saint-Louis said. The third quarter was highlighted by a slow start for Dawson as they began losing control over the ball due to the defense not properly checking their teammates, giving

Lionel-Groulx the opportunity to tighten the point spread with a two point difference, this resulted in a tie. Dawson broke the tie by scoring a three-pointer. However, Lionel-Groulx was able to take the lead again, going up 46-45 by the end of the third quarter. Despite a few moments of anxiety for the Blues’ offensive side in the fourth quarter, they managed to work together and brush up on their defense. “[Although] we had a let down in the third quarter, we pulled through and attacked the group,” Sandy said. “It was an amazing day for the team,” Saint-Louis said. “Everyone showed up and they were ready to play and win.”

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thier should have fetched a first rounder for the big Belarusian. Then again, Gauthier is managerially inept, and maybe Predators management was worried that Kostitsyn and his brother Sergei would start causing some trouble within the Nashville organized crime scene, so I guess a second and a fifth isn’t such a bad prize. Los Angeles Kings acquire Jeff Carter, Columbus Blue Jackets acquire Jack Johnson and conditional 1st round pick: The biggest trade of the month by far. Carter was never going to be happy in Columbus and was never going to perform like he can, and the former 40-goal man will get a fresh start in Los Angeles with old buddy Mike Richards. Johnson was drafted third overall in 2005, and is a strong offensive defenseman who still has tons of upside. He’s had his struggles defensively (combined -33 in last two seasons) and hasn’t lived up to his allstar potential just yet, but this is still a good pick up for the Jackets. This looks like a win for both teams as of now,that is unless Carter and Richards party too hard in Los Angeles and get alcohol poisoning (just kidding, sorta). Nashville Predators acquire Paul Gaustad and a 4th round pick, Buffalo acquires 1st round pick: Big gamble by the Preds, big win for the Sabres. Gaustad is a grinding third line center at best, and his only real noticeable skill is in the faceoff circle, where he wins 57.8 % of his draws, good for 10th in the NHL. He’s only posted 17 points this year and is really nothing more than a role player. Yes, Nashville also got a fourth round pick from the Sabres, but giving up a first rounder is a big loss, no matter what the perceived quality of this year’s draft may be. Buffalo Sabres acquires Cody Hodgson from the Vancouver Canucks for Zach Kassian: Another big win for Buffalo, and a deal I don’t really understand on Vancouver’s part. The Sabres acquire Hodgson, a speedy young forward who has played well this year for the Canucks (16 goals, 17 assists and +8). The former Team Canada Junior’s star is still only 22, and could be a big piece of the Sabres going forward. Kassian is also young (21), but I don’t think he offers nearly the same upside as Hodgson. He’s a tough, bruising kind of player, but has only chipped in seven points in 27 games for the Sabres this year, and has had trouble staying out of the penalty box. San Jose Sharks acquire Dominic

& Jeff Carter is reunited with Mike Richards

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Other Deals Sammy Pahlsson to Vancouver, two fourth round picks for Columbus Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau to Boston, Yannick Riendeau and Marc Cantin to NYI. Wojtek Wolski to Florida, 3rd round pick in 2013 and minor league D Mike Vernance to Rangers

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Nashville Predators acquire Hal Gill and 5th round pick, Montreal Canadiens acquire Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney and a 2nd round pick: Great deal for Nashville, good deal for Montreal. The Preds pick up an expert penalty killer and made-for-the-playoffs robot Hal Gill, who will undoubtedly help them this post season. He may not be the fastest skater in the NHL, or the most talented scorer, but Habs fans know how valuable Gill is, as his octopus impression on the penalty kill and constant shot blocking helped Montreal sneak past offensive juggernauts Washington and Pittsburgh in the 2010 playoffs. The tanking Habs got a pretty good package for Gill, who is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. The second round pick the Habs received can be turned into a solid player, and the Habs also acquired Blake Geoffrion, grandson of Habs legend Boom-Boom Geoffrion and great grandson of Howie Morenz. Despite the pressure of his ancestry, the Geoffrion came into the NHL with considerable upside and hopefully some of it can still be realized in Montreal. Nashville Predators acquire Andrei Kostitsyn, Montreal acquires 2013 2nd and 5th round pick. Well, the ship has finally sailed. Andrei Kostitsyn’s finally been banished, joining his brother Sergei (and Gill) in the Music City. This was a win for the Predators, but not necessarily a loss for nos Canadiens. Kostitsyn is a big, strong and extremely talented player when motivated, but this year, it seemed that his tank of motivation had officially run out. He needed a change of scenery, and for him, going to Nashville with his brother is a godsend. Away from the pressure and bright lights of Montreal, AK-46 can shine and this is why the Predators may have struck gold. Having said this, the Habs didn’t do too badly either. Kostitsyn was never going to succeed here (only 24 pts this year), and it was smart to get something in return instead of having him skip town via free agency. Next year is projected to be a great draft year, and Montreal picked up a second rounder in that draft. The only sour part for Habs fans was that later in the day, Paul Gaustad was flipped to Nashville for a first rounder. Kostitsyn is much more talented than Gaustad, and knowing Nashville was ready to part with it, Gau-

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second and third picks for Grossman and Oduya, respectively, which is a little too much. Grossman and Oduya are serviceable, tough, top six defenseman that will help their new teams, but I don’t think either of them merited the two picks they were swapped for. Phoenix Coyotes acquire Antoine Vermette, Columbus Blue Jackets acquire Curtis McElhinney, 2nd and 5th round picks. The Jackets picked up a good package of picks for Vermette, a former 65-point center who’s game has dropped off in recent years (27 pts and a -17 this year). This is another good deal for the rebuilding Jackets, and if Vermette can find some of his old scoring abilities, it is an average move by the Coyotes as well. San Jose Sharks acquire Daniel Winnik and T.J Galiardi, Colorado Avalanche acquire Jamie McGinn, Michael Sgarbossa and Mike Connolly: Only time will tell who won this trade. The Sharks acquire good depth in Winnik and Galiardi, boosting their penalty kill and depth up front with the two big forwards. McGinn is a good player to give up though, as the 23 year old put up 24 points this year (12 goals) and became a fan favorite in San Jose. The Avs also acquired prospects Sgarbossa (84 pts in 57 OHL games) and Connolly (30 pts in 40 AHL games), and the future of these players’ will ultimately decide who won this deal. Minnesota Wild acquire Tom Gilbert, Edmonton Oilers acquire Nick Schultz Straight swap of 29 year old, average, top-6 defensemen. Yawn.

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Moore and a 7th round pick, Tampa Bay Lightning acquire 2nd round pick: Good trade for both teams. San Jose picks up a veteran center in Moore, who can fill the grinder, do-it-all 3rd line role that’s so important in the playoffs. The Sharks are an infamous regular season boom, post season bust team, and a proven playoff performer like Moore helps their cause. In the Lightning’s case, they are also going nowhere this year and picking up a 2nd rounder for an older player is a good pickup. Colorado Avalanche acquire Steve Downie, Detroit Red Wings acquire Kyle Quincey, Tampa Bay Lightning acquire 1st round pick from Detroit: One of the more interesting deals this February, this deal also seemed like a good fit for each team. Although the Detroit first rounder is more like a second as the Wings are likely be making a run in this year’s playoffs, it’s still a good pickup for the Lightning. The young Avs add another good piece for their future in Downie, a gritty forward who can do the dirty work so that skilled forwards Matt Duchene and Paul Stastny don’t have to. Detroit also got better, as Quincey’s offensive skills (23 pts this year) will be welcome on the Wings’ blue line. New Jersey Devils acquire Marek Zidlicky from the Minnesota Wild for Kurtis Foster, Nick Palmieri, Stephane Veilleux, a 2012 2nd round pick and a conditional 3rd round pick (if the Devils make the conference finals): Huge steal for the Wild, who pick up a solid defenseman in Foster, a prospect in Palmieri and at least a second round pick from the Devils. I know the Devils want to win now and hope that a veteran like Zidlicky can take them there, but he’s past his prime and simply not worth his $4 million contract. Philadelphia Flyers acquire Niklas Grossman, Dallas Stars acquire 2nd and 3rd picks and the Chicago Blackhawks acquire Johnny Oduya, Winnipeg Jets acquire 2nd and 3rd round picks: Both the Flyers and Hawks gave up their

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