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Letter from the Editor Hello Dawsonites! So it’s week four of the semester and I already want to curl up in a ball listening to Mumford and Sons and watching Skins. But alas, between work, school and life in general I find myself not even being able to cry about all I have today because there is NO time for that. That’s the problem. Time. Time is amazing in that it can heal everything. It can heal a broken heart, the loss of a loved one, or an actual physical wound. However it’s like a child. It can be quite destructive when we don’t pay attention to it. We’re so busy running around doing a million things at once that we sometimes forget to stop and “smell the roses” as they say. That’s my biggest fear right about now, time. We all want to leave our mark on the world; we all want to pursue our passions much like the late Tony Proudfoot did. You can read all about the inauguration of the Dawson Gymnasium under his name on page three of the News section. But that’s the thing. In

this time where we are being asked to fill our forms and write letters to Universities about how great we are, we lose sight of what is really important. What do you see yourself doing? What do you see yourself enjoying? It doesn’t matter what people say, or rather what other people decide for themselves. You can listen to others, but make up your own mind. That’s the only way you’ll be happy, because in the end, if it doesn’t go as planned, you know you gave it a try and you can move on happily.

So all you beautiful people scurrying around the maze we call a school day in and day out, I know it is hard, but find the time to watch a good movie with a friend or listen to some new music. Flip over to the arts section to get some ideas, Ema, our Arts Editor, is always on top of things. You should also take the time to vent and reflect, even on the small things. The Voices section is filled with rants from our writers, in nice, little neat packages of course. So go off now, and enjoy your week! Be good to

people, smile brightly, and be true to yourself. If that sounds cheesy so be it, but in the end if there is one thing we can control in this world it is the way we hold ourselves and treat ourselves. Enjoy Dawsonites, read to your hearts content! Cassie De Masi Song of the week: Ghosts That We KnewMumford and Sons (yes, I am in that type of mood!)

Editor of the Week Name: Ema “the explorer” Kibirkstis Section: Arts Program: Literature Three essential items for being stranded on a desert island. - Soap, a boat (with fuel, don’t be mean) and Brad Pitt. Best quote ever – Only dead fish follow the current. Hottest Disney prince – John Smith, hubbahubba How do you feel about gel pens? – Yes. Favorite kitty font – Comic Sans (look it up) So I hear Starbucks is going bankrupt… - You’re kidding right? That’s not going to happen, IS AIR GOING BANKRUPT TOO?! YOU GONNA TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME TOO??!!!!KJEFCNWERCBQCRTQJG Why are you so Lithuanian? – Because Smurfian is way too mainstream.


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On Thursday, Feb. 9, Dawson College held a ceremony for the inauguration of a gymnasium in honor of Tony Proudfoot, a well-respected teacher who lost his battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) on Dec. 30, 2010. The ceremony began with the Dawson athletes walking into the gymnasium, where they stood on one side, followed by the members of the platform entering and sitting on the stage. The Director General of Dawson College, Richard Fillion opened the ceremony by introducing all the members of the platform. Then, a video was played in Proudfoot’s honor, which portrayed his accomplishments as a teacher, a journalist at CJAD, an Alouettes Football player and much more. “What was great about Tony was that he was great at so many things,” Fillion said. “This ceremony hopes to catch some of the essence of his life.” Proudfoot was a Dawson College teacher for 30 years, as well as a two-time champion Grey cup winner. He had a passion for the outdoors, nature and always promoted physical well-being. “I think it’s something we needed to do to pay tribute to an incredible man who did so much,” Donna Varrica, Coordinator of Communications at Dawson College, said. Fillion then called upon Rick Moffat from CJAD to speak. Moffat spoke about his memories while working with Proudfoot and certain things he remembered

The program for the day

him to say. “Tony knew beating a team couldn’t only be with heart and muscles, but with brain power,” Moffat said. “I hope next time any athlete walks into this gym, they will think of how to beat their opponent with more brain power.” Moffat then proceeded to say how there is a portrait of Proudfoot in his office at CJAD, which he finds himself looking at when he has a bad day and remembers Proudfoot’s catch phrase, “suck it up.” Moffat continued by stating that all former Alouettes players had re-tweeted “suck it up” that day in his memory. “Tony I love you, I know you’re looking down and I’m glad I’m wearing #23,” Moffat said. Ginny Malcolm, Chair of the Physical Education Department at Dawson College was called forth next. “Tony would be honored to have this many people,” Malcolm said. She then spoke of all the many people Proudfoot touched in his life; his wife, his kids, his friends, his colleagues and his students. Doug Smith, Outdoor Education Coordinator came forth and presented the Tony Proudfoot Award to Dawson’s Fall 2011 recipient, Vincent Giampalma. This award is given to a student who demonstrates personal growth, leadership, sense of adventure, overcoming adversity and who supports others in outdoor activities. “Life moves pretty fast, and if you don’t take the time out of your busy schedule to enjoy it, it will fly by fast,” Giampalma said. “Take the time to make the world a better place.” Proudfoot was greatly admired for

Athletes in their uniforms watch the ceremony

wanting to raise awareness for ALS when he organized the Tony Proudfoot Fund for ALS Research at the ALS society of Quebec, which raised $500,000 for research towards the disease. ALS, also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease progresses rapidly throughout one’s body, targeting the nervous system

Photo Credit: Roger Aziz

Photo Credit: Roger Aziz

which leads to eventual paralysis. Ninety percent of people who contract ALS die within three to five years of their diagnosis. To date, there is still no information on the causes or a cure for this condition. At the beginning of 2007, Proudfoot wrote a series of articles about his challenges with the disease in the Montreal Gazette. In 2010, the newspaper published a farewell article written by Proudfoot, recapping his other articles he had previously written and thanking all his supporters. “[Proudfoot] distinguished himself as a leader in the Dawson community,” Leslie Barker, Chair of Dawson College Senate, said. “Today, we are here in his gym with admiration much more then these walls can contain.”

“Thanks for the speeches and the video, he’d be so happy if he were here,” Proudfoot’s wife, Vicki Proudfoot, accompanied by their daughter Lauren, said. “You couldn’t have given him a better tribute.” Dawson College honored Proudfoot with a plaque and an official day, Feb 9, which will be devoted to physical activities every year. “The ceremony was lovely, I’ve grown up my whole life with him promoting outdoor fitness, it’s what he loved,” Lauren said. “It was a really special tribute to him, he’d be so happy,” Vicki said. “He loved Dawson and the students. It’s a very special day.”

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“Much of the video focuses on classrooms, campus life, and the opportunities Dawson College offers as a learning community,” Petros Kolyvas,  coproducer and editor of the video, said.

This is the Place a promotional video about Dawson College, was released on Dawson’s official website on Feb. 3 by the college to help them communicate with young students on a whole new level. The video highlights the best aspects of the college in just over two minutes and highlights what Dawson has to offer. Although the main reason the video was made was to communicate with students, it was also said that “a fun and informative video is a great tool for attracting students, as well as other partner institutions, parents and guidance counsellors,” Donna Varrica, Coordinator of Communications at Dawson College, said. “ It gives them a sense of what we are about.” The video, which is the first in a series, aims at branching out to grab the attention of future students and making part-

nerships with international corporations. It’s a new and advanced way of promoting the college in a way that takes advantage of how people process information. “Much of the video focuses on classrooms, campus life, and the opportunities Dawson College offers as a learning community,” Petros Kolyvas, co-producer and editor of the video, said. Kolyvas and his partners Tom Crilley and Roger Aziz spent the last year capturing different Dawson moments, such as sporting events, in-class work, end of year festivals and the graduation ceremony. All this was edited together to create the a short film that provides students with a taste of what college life at Dawson is really like. “I think what we’re most proud of, is that none of the footage we captured was posed,” Varrica said. “Everything was as

is and nothing was staged.” With the help of Aziz, Crilley, and Kolyvas, the school will be working on the next series of videos. The videos that are to come however will be more program and sector specific and geared towards international partners. “If they made a video pertaining to cinema, it would be nice to capture the labs, and make viewers aware of the many different pieces of equipment that Dawson offers its students,” Jennifer Chisholm, a fourth semester Cin/Vid/Com student, said. Varrica believes that as the demographic out of high school changes and becomes fewer, it will be important to attract people internationally. The corporate aimed videos will be dubbed in six different languages to help the college expand their demographics.

“This is the Place” video on Dawson’s official homepage

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“They're funny because it's something that, as a student at Dawson, we can all relate to,” Stephanie Guida, a fourth semester Fine Arts student, said.

“I thought the video was cool. I liked the music, and I liked how it showed the very social aspect of Dawson and how it showed how at this school, there really is something for everyone,” Chisholm said. Just like This is the Place, the videos that are to come are going to be just as relatable. Dawson is trying to keep the series of videos as real as possible. The voice in the current video belongs to a recent Concordia graduate and the current Multimedia Officer at Dawson, Elisabeth Roy. She was selected specifically because they wanted to avoid the typical radio voice and have someone relatable and who sounded like a student. “We are trying to grab a feeling in our videos, give people a splash of the feeling that you get when you come to Dawson,” Varrica said.

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Y U like dawson memes?! On Friday, Feb. 3, Lenny Leprince, Director of External Affairs from the DSU (Dawson Student Union) launched a Facebook page called Dawson College Memes as entertainment for Dawson students. Although the page is still new, the page is already strongly popular among students. The number of likes on the page has already reached close to 2000. A “meme” is a part of the internet culture which many are familiar. A meme is type of comedy that makes fun of everyday life situations which people can relate to. It is usually portrayed in a picture where the picture follows a certain formula as to how the joke is delivered. “I figured, why not have a page for Dawson, since there’s so many students, and there’s so many situations that are funny that happen at Dawson; the escalators not working, the rumors about the eighth floor and the really old teachers,” Leprince said. The page’s logo is the Dawson College logo “D” with a brown hat on the topside. “The hat is ‘scumbag hat.’ If you put that hat on something, it becomes ‘scumbag’, and because Dawson administration are

scumbags, I put that hat,” Leprince said. The page is separated into different albums which divide the different topics of photos that address different situations at Dawson. Some of the categories include, “Skipping Class,” “4P.#- Forum to Hell,” “C is for Clubs,” “Course Change,” and “The 3F Maze.” “They're funny because it's something that, as a student at Dawson, we can all relate to,” Stephanie Guida, a fourth semester Fine Arts student, said. “I think it's also interesting to see people get so worked up about them, like getting really upset when a meme is used inappropriately, or bragging when someone's own

meme gets a lot of likes.” Although Leprince is the creator of the page, Leo Fugazza, Director of Internal Affairs & Advocacy from the DSU, also plays a role in the page’s popularity. “At first I didn’t want any categories, but I asked Leo to help me; and he’s obsessed with order and grammar, so he helps me with those things,” Leprince said. The reason why both Leprince’s and Fugazza’s names aren’t on the page listed as Administration is because they don’t want people thinking it’s just their page, they want it to be a place where everyone can feel free to post their funny pictures. Together, they decided for every 500 likes, they will want at least two students to join their team. Interested students

must send in a meme to their email, and the most original will get chosen if they want to be a part of the team after they’ve met with Leprince and Fugazza. “We realized the next day that there was another Dawson College meme page,” Fugazza said. “I requested to merge with them but they didn’t want to. I don’t see the point in having two pages.” Leprince is happy with the increasing popularity of the page which encourages him to create more memes. “The thing is, no one knows who we are, until now, but it’s okay, I’ll take the heat,” Leprince assures.

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History and Mythology are what prompted him to create this course, designed solely for the purpose of studying Greece. “I proposed the idea for this course to the Dawson Administration along with three other History teachers about two years ago. I wanted students to get the chance to learn from experience,” Tucker said. “Instead of staring at PowerPoint slides, students will get the chance to see Cyclopean walls, the brilliant dimensions of the Parthenon and the tub where Agamemnon was murdered by his wife.” Tucker’s class meets every second Wednesday, in which they discuss the social and economic history of Greece from the Bronze Age up to the present day. “I’ve selected a different book for each student and each of those books discusses a different time period,” Tucker said. “The student who is assigned to the novel, which has to do with the time frame we are discussing that day is the one who starts off the class discussion.” “I chose this course because I have this crazy need in me to travel. Also, history is one of my favourite courses and the idea of going to a place that I’ll be learning about throughout the span of the semester seemed like an experience that I just didn’t want to miss out on,” Sarah Bencsics, a fourth semester Psychology student, said. “It takes learning to a whole new level.” The students’ first bake sale will take place on Feb. 23.

Eyes on the DSU The app can also aid in creating a sense of greater community in a student body, through interactive games that offer tantalizing prizes. “At the [University of Toronto], over 1500 students played a game to win a Macbook and the cost of textbooks for one semester,” Awad said. The focus then turned to the Dawson Dinin’. The DSU is at odds with Dawson Plant and Facilities and Chartwells, the food provider company at Dawson, over a proposed change to the schedule of the biweekly event. The program, implemented by the DSU, currently offers free vegetarian meals to students on Mondays and Wednesdays. Chartwells, along with P&F, are urging the DSU to change their Dawson Dinin’ days to Tuesday and Friday so as not to take business away from the cafeteria on Mondays and Wednesdays, when the school is busiest. Chartwells and P&F are looking for the DSU to concede to their demands, but the latter stresses the importance of their

choice. “It is our duty to give people food who can’t afford it on those days when there are the most students at the school,” Mira Katz, Deputy Chairperson of the DSU, said. However, the DSU does not want to alienate themselves from these sponsors or create animosity. “It’s important to keep our services going even if it means partly giving in to them,” Katz said. “Ultimately a compromise will have to be made,” Léo Fugazza, Director of Internal Affairs and Advocacy of the DSU said. The DSU will also be continuing efforts to join in and get students involved in the Unlimited Strike happening throughout the province. Eighteen student unions and over 20, 000 students voted in favor of the strike against tuition hikes. The strike began Tuesday, February 14 at UQAM. Other schools and students around the province will join in over the coming weeks, and the first of four Na-

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“I was [in Honduras] during the coup, in a rural area. My parents back [in Canada] were more aware than I was about what was going on,”Rose Chabot, a fourth semester NorthSouth student said.  

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tional demonstrations will take place on Feb. 23. Further demonstrations will be held on March 1 in Quebec City, March 10 in Sherbrooke, and March 22, hosted by the CFS. The motion to approve the composition of the Senate for next year, from the meeting on Jan. 27was approved, resolving to add in a seat for an Aboriginal representative. “The chair will remain empty unless someone comes forth to fill the position next year, as of now Dawson doesn’t have any major voice for that population,” Fugazza said. The Senate holds positions available for representatives for all of Dawson’s major groups, in their effort to promote diversity in the DSU. A final topic that was discussed was the student-run café, to be opened in Oliver`s. The plan is to modernize the space, creating a bigger kitchen along with other needed renovations. Floor plans for the student café will be ready by Feb. 29.

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“It is our duty to give people food who can’t afford it on those days when there are the most students at the school” Mira Katz, Deputy Chairperson of the DSU, said.

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The DSU met Friday, Feb. 10 to discuss the possible implementation of a new app for smartphones, the fate of Dawson Dinin’, the strike against tuition fee hikes, and other upcoming plans. The DSU Executive Council welcomed Adam Awad, a student activist from the University of Toronto and representative for the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), to present a new app for smartphones, Oolala. The app, created by the CFS, will allow students from a university or CEGEP campus to keep in touch, stay up to date on campus clubs and events, and take advantage of special discounts. With the app, the DSU would be able to reach out to the student body in a more efficient way, and keep track of other Dawson clubs. “The DSU will be able to create events for everyone in the network to see, and monitor the popularity of the event through the apps’ user statistics,” Awad said. “This way [they] can see what the students are responding to.”

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On Friday Feb. 10, Monica Lambton, Coordinator of Montreal’s Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC), spoke to Dawson’s North-South students about the escalating struggle for human rights in Honduras since the coup d’état in 2009. The situation in Honduras is of great concern to Dawson students because it sits on the border of Nicaragua, the country in which North-South students travel to every December for humanitarian work. The majority of the families that the students have met in Nicaragua, according to North-South teacher David Olesik, have been displaced from Honduras. “North-South students have to keep an ear on about what’s happening [in Honduras],” Olesik said. In 2009, a coup d’état occurred that divided the country in two with regards to the country’s concentration of wealth and control. This division, although it affected all Hondurians, had a significant negative consequence on teachers and journalists who were stripped of their benefits and are now the main targets in gang related assassinations. The people of Honduras were completely unaware of the political shift while it was happening because of the government’s control on the media. “I was [in Honduras] during the coup, in a rural area,” Rose Chabot, a fourth semester North-South student said. “My parents back [in Canada] were more aware than I was about what was going on.” Chabot said that she was not scared for her life at any point on her trip, however,

she was, “unaware of the real, concrete situation in the country where we were.” North-South students listened attentively throughout Lambton’s hour seminar. Erin Sanders, a fourth semester NorthSouth student, enjoyed the talk and considers it important for people to be informed about what’s going on in the world. “Especially in places where there is corruption. The more people know about it, the less corruption the country will be able to get away with,” Sanders said. Lambton spoke about the negative connotation that Canada has in Honduras because of Canadian mines, which exploit Honduras’ resources without much compensation. Canada’s exploitation of these resources force “the Canadians who live there to pretend to be Americans,” Lambton said. She explained Canadians have a responsibility to become aware and get involved in the situation in Honduras because of the many mining projects. Rose Chabot found the talk very interesting and said that the situation in Honduras is not being covered by Canadian press anymore. “The media, after they covered what they wanted, rarely attempts to follow the subsequent consequences on the country. In Honduras, however, since the coup, violations of human rights have been increasing dramatically,” she said. Although the Canadian Majority government has not defended the people of Honduras or taken responsibility for the consequences the Canadian mining projects have caused, Chabot was hopeful, “as knowledge is power, Canadians should get informed about the situation in Honduras, in order to put pressure on our federal government to pronounce itself on these important issues.”

On May 27, Dawson students will travel to Greece to participate in the school’s first ever 300-level History Abroad course, accompanied by their teacher, Jiri Tucker who specializes in the field. The class will be traveling to Athens, one undecided Greek island, Epidaurus, Delphi, Sunion, Nafpilo, and possibly to the Turkish Coast. “I chose these specific areas in Greece for their cultural and historical appeal. I don’t think it’s appropriate to visit Mykonos and other tourist attractions like that island. After all, this is supposed to be a learning experience,” Tucker said. There are less than 15 students registered in his course, thus in order to keep the trip’s price under $3000, the class will join the expedition of another college from New York where the two groups will tour Greece together. “The students have already started planning fundraisers towards the trip like bake sales, grocery bagging outings and a possible mini flea market at Dawson to replicate the famous Monastiraki in Athens,which is a huge tourist attraction that includes clothing boutiques and souvenir stores,” Tucker said. Students were only eligible to register in this course if they had already completed a 100-level History course, such as Western Civilization. “I found out about the History Abroad course through the registration manual, I immediately e-mailed Mr. Tucker when I saw it,” Leora Syne, a fourth semester Social Sciences student, said. This course is available to those in Social Science profiles as well as those in Liberal Arts who received specific permission. The majority of Tucker’s students are those in the General/Social profile. Tucker’s love and knowledge of Greek

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“Make friends, get involved,” JosephAlexandre Darrous, part of the Dawson Student Aid Accessibility department, said. 

A University Workshop was held on Feb. 9 in the all-purpose room (5B.16) to inform students of what they need to know in terms of applications and general information about universities. The workshop was hosted by Jane Valihora, an academic advisor at Dawson College. “I’m just figuring out what I need to do to apply,” Grace Labreche, a fourth semester Languages student, said. Other aspects of the workshop included what majors, minors, and honors are, as well as tuition costs, and how to qualifiy for individual programs.

Majors, Minors and honors range from 42-66 credits. A minimum of 90 credits over the course of about three or four years are required to achieve a bachelor’s degree. Other topics included online classes, school activities and size of classes. Current university students were there to share their experiences with the students. Jamie Floyd, a first year Journalism student at Concordia and former Features editor of The Plant, shared some of his experiences and some advice about certain aspects of university life. He stated that the size of journalism

classes are a lot smaller than those of other programs. “There are about 20 people in the classes,” Floyd said. “Classes can have up to 600 students in a large auditorium,” Claire Latimer, a second year student at McGill and former Liberal Arts student at Dawson, said. It was mentioned that most teachers will know a student by their number, not by their name in classes of that size. “Make friends, get involved,” JosephAlexandre Darrous, part of the Dawson Student Aid Accessibility department, said. The workshop ended with general tips

and advice. “Avoid online classes,” Floyd said. In regards to a university workload, “be responsible,” Latimer added. “I wanted to get more information on minors and what I should apply for as a minor,” Hannah Abarca, a fourth semester Arts and Culture student, said. For students who are unsure of what to choose as a major, minor, or even a career, Valihora suggested www.humanmetrics.com, which provides a personality test which provides a list of careers that match one’s personality.

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“We should follow the lead of Newfoundland and Labrador, who have zero percent student loans,” Lenny Leprince, DSU Director of External Relations, said.

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“Students [should] make a social effort in aiding the homeless kids of Montréal,” Simon Davies

The Dawson Student Union’s (DSU) Social Science Week talk on student debt brought a mere crowd of 20 last Thursday, which aimed to inform students about the rising tuition fees and the consequences of high student debt, as well as possible solutions The event was hailed as “one of the most important events of the week,” by the presenter, Vanessa Gordon, a Political Science teacher at Dawson. Lenny Leprince, DSU Director of External Relations and President of the Law, Society and Justice Student Association, had a presentation prepared, which he called “Bankrupting a Generation.” He stressed the $325 per year rise in tuition fees in Quebec for the next five years. Using statistics and figures, he attempted to drive home the message that we’re in trouble. “The average student debt in Quebec is over $15,000,” Leprince said. The presentation also addressed possible solutions. The DSU suggested that the money from corporate tax cuts be allocated to schools and that student loan interest rates go down. “We should follow the lead of Newfoundland and Labrador, who have zero percent student loans,” Leprince said. A lot of blame was placed on the Harper government. The purchase of fighter jets could have gone to education funding, according to the presentation. Leprince estimated that the money used to buy those jets could have paid “all of Quebec’s student loans twice over.” “The event was informative, but the lack of interest really put a damper on the

mood,” Sam Gurman, a fourth semester Liberal Arts student, said. Despite the small student presence, Leprince still found the event to be a success. “Twenty students were here who will talk about it with their friends,” he said.

Gurman said that he will probably tell his friends, but will “definitely mention how few people showed up.” Leprince maintains that the event is important. “If students are kept in the dark, they are going to have a surprise they

Lenny Leprince encouraging students to stay informed

won’t appreciate,” he said. “For those Dawson students who do care, get involved and see us at the DSU office, right near the escalator.”

Photo Credit: Dawson Student Union

Film class gives back On Feb. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., students in Simon Davies’ Film and Social Issues class will be in the lower atrium raising money for the homeless youth in Montreal to support the non-profit organization, Dans La Rue. One of the issues that Simon Davies, professor of the course and Department Chairperson of Cinema, Video and Communications chose to focus on his course is homelessness. He organized the

fundraiser because he wants his students to apply the knowledge they have acquired about the issue to the outside world. “I want to bring the classroom experience into the real world,” Davies said. The fundraiser will involve Davies and his students creating a “Loonie Line” and holding signs with statistics and facts about homelessness. Davies wants to promote a proactive education for his students where they can go

out and make a difference for their community. All of the students participating in the fundraiser will volunteer to do so. “Students [should] make a social effort in aiding the homeless kids of Montreal,” said Davies. According to danslarue.ca, Dans La Rue is a community organization that helps homeless youth aged 12 to 25, providing them with food, shelter, clothing and prevention programs at high schools.

“[The employees of Dans La Rue] help [the homeless] develop their autonomy. Working with the community, we support them and provide the help they may need to realize their potential,” danslarue.com. The “Loonie Line” will act as visible proof assuring people that their money will go to a good cause.

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Align the letter of the law with its spirit SHANDI SHIACH VANESSA ANNAND THE MARTLET

VICTORIA (CUP) — Headlines like “Thousands of same-sex marriages performed in Canada may not be legal” (National Post) provoked an intense response from citizens on Jan. 12. The outcry arose after a lawyer for the Department of Justice told courts a lesbian couple could not get a divorce here, even though they had married in Canada in 2005. He said that because their respective places of residence (Florida and the U.K.) do not rec-

ognize the union, they were never actually married. Thankfully, the Harper government has since backtracked on its lawyer’s statements. Justice Minister Rob Nicholson said on Jan. 13, “We will change the Civil Marriage Act so that any marriages performed in Canada that aren’t recognized in the couple’s home jurisdiction will be recognized in Canada.” The news came as a relief to the 5,000 same-sex couples who have come from other countries to marry in Canada since the legalization of same sex marriage here in 2005. But this doesn’t mean these couples are out of the woods yet. If the Civil Marriage

Act changes but the Divorce Act does not, they may still have trouble obtaining a divorce, not because of the legality of their marriage, but because of the length of their stay in Canada. Canadian law requires that one or both spouses must live in Canada for at least one year before they can divorce. This isn’t a problem for heterosexual couples who move away and then seek divorce, because they can usually divorce in their current jurisdiction. However, since same-sex marriages aren’t legal in many other jurisdictions, neither is same-sex divorce. If Canada grants these couples the right to marry, it can’t very well turn around and say they were never married, or deny them a divorce. Most people — including the government — seem to be on the same page on that front. The question is whether courts should hold these couples to the one-year residency requirement. If there were no residency requirement at all, Canadian courts could be bogged down with people from all over the world shopping for Canadian divorces that may be cheaper or work out more in their favour than a divorce in their own jurisdiction. If, however, our government were to waive the requirement only for couples who were legally married in Canada and — here’s the important bit — can’t rea-

sonably be expected to carry out the divorce elsewhere, it would come close to an even playing field for same-sex and heterosexual couples in Canada. That is why Canada legallized gay marriage in the first place, is it not? Even if one member of a same-sex marriage is willing to put their life on hold and live in Canada for a year, they may not be able to because of other legal restrictions. An American can only live in Canada for six months without a visa, and even if they manage to obtain a visa, they may not be allowed to work. Essentially, only someone with expendable wealth and a lot of time on their hands could meet the residency

requirement in many cases. Do we really want to be a country where equal rights are contingent on money? Those aren’t equal rights at all. Until the one-year residency requirement is waived for same-sex couples (and it should be), Canada has an obligation to make same-sex couples from abroad aware of the murky situation. Any couples considering coming here to marry should be duly informed that a divorce may be nearimpossible to obtain at the moment — but only for the moment. The government should modify the Divorce Act as well as the Civil Marriage Act, and with expediency.

Syphilis rates on the rise ALANAH DUFFY THE BRUNSWICKAN

FREDERICTON (CUP) — The number of syphilis cases is rising in the province, according to a New Brunswick Public Health coordinator. The Student Health Centre at the University of New Brunswick is also dealing with a number of new cases. “Our practitioners at the Student Health Centre have not noticed a change in the rate of STIs, with the exception that we are now seeing cases of syphilis,” said Stacey Taylor, a nurse practitioner at the Student Health Centre. Karen Wilson, communicable disease coordinator with New Brunswick Public Health, says that the province is currently in outbreak mode for syphilis. Wilson says that an outbreak is a term used when rates are significantly higher than normal. Between 2010 and 2011, syphilis rates almost doubled among people aged 20 to 24. The data from Public Health is preliminary, unpublished and was retrieved from the system in October 2011. Syphilis progresses through four stages, and symptoms of this infection may in-

clude a sore on the genital area, rashes or red spots on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet, hair loss, fever and sore throat, and muscle and joint aches. Syphilis is curable with antibiotics, usually by injecting penicillin into the infected person. Taylor also said the two most common STIs the Student Health Centre sees are human papilloma virus (HPV) and chlamydia. There are more than 100 strains of HPV, which can be present without any symptoms. Factsheets say that about three out of four sexually active Canadians will contract this virus at some point; for women, it can be detected during a routine pap test. Chlamydia, like HPV, can often be present without symptoms. When symptoms are present, they include an unusual discharge from genitalia and burning while urinating. Taking antibiotics can cure this infection. “It is important to be aware that chlamydial infections are frequently asymptomatic,” Taylor said. “An infected individual can therefore unknowingly spread the infection to their

sexual partner or partners, and so on.” Wilson told the Brunswickan that chlamydia rates have gone up ten per cent in the Fredericton area, and five per cent in the entire province. The two most commonly affected age groups are people aged 15 to 19 and 20 to 24. Gonorrhea rates have gone up five per cent in the province, and affect the same age groups as chlamydia. Factsheets from the government of New Brunswick say that the

people most at risk for sexually transmitted infections are those under 25 who are sexually active with multiple partners. Taylor said that there are sometimes rises in the rates of chlamydia among students. However, the Student Health Centre does not track the rates of STIs among its patients. “An increase in chlamydia rates in a brief period of time is not unusual, but overall the rates re-

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main very consistent,” Taylor said. “The bottom line is that chlamydia has been, and continues to be, one of the most commonly seen STIs in this clinic.” Wilson encouraged all people who are sexually active to practice safer sex by always using protection and getting tested for sexually transmitted infections regularly.


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Angry Athenians DEVON WALCOTT STAFF WRITER

As protests continue in Athens, Greek parliament is installing a new austerity plan that will cut jobs and pensions in order to receive a €130 billion bailout package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but this plan was met with harsh hostility as most greeks fear a declining quality of life. Greek Ministers of Parliament voted on the controversial bill, which includes cuts to public jobs and spending. In order to receive the IMF’s bailout totaling €130 billion, cost saving measures must be implemented, including the slashing of 15,000 public sector jobs and bringing down minimum wage by about 20 per cent, according to BBC. Other measures include reducing minimum wage from about ‘€610 a month

and bringing down the state sector workforce by about 150,000 people by 2015’ bill was voted to pass 199 out of 300, reported Reuters. An estimated 80,000 protesters took to the streets of Athens and thousands more in other cities in protest of the newly implemented austerity measures. They have launched petrol bombs at riot police, injuring many. A reported 39 buildings have been set ablaze, and countless businesses and homes have been looted, according to BBC. According to Reuters, the protesters were boxed in by polic “The violent protests have reached a point that government officials have been forced to double up police protection, and angry protesters have allegedly posed a significant threat to officials.” Ioannis Simantiras said. “Nobody could get away from the gas,” Simantiras told BBC. “When it engulfed everybody, and everybody was choking the

police drew back and opened up a corridor for us away from the parliament that's when everybody made a run for it.” Greece’s Prime Minister, Lucas Papademos, is desperately urging the Greek people to accept the terms of the bailout deal and warns that if the bill is not officially put into motion, default could collapse the Greek market, making the living situation far worse than it already is. He said in a state television appearance that it is the only possible way for Greece to stay on the Euro currency, according to Reuters. While the streets are still hot from petrol bombs and rocks thrown from protesters, the greek government prepares to put a new, unpopular economic plan into motion. Cries from protesters and rioters have yet to subside, and the MPs fear that sacrifice is the only answer to fixing a declining economy in a key european region.

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Save our Syria Mexican Meth CHRISTOPHER MARTIN STAFF WRITER

Syria’s year-old crisis continues to escalate in violence as the international community fails to come up with an acceptable, and worthwhile plan of action. The situation in Syria has been escalating at a remarkable rate. In the last couple of weeks, the United Nations’ (UN) Security Council has come up with a resolution plan that was aimed at controlling and then ending the violence in Syria, as well as starting reconciliation talks, reported the New York Times. However, the resolution was vetoed by China and Russia as they feared it was an excuse to simply oust Assad and bring in military intervention, reported the New York Times. On Valentine’s Day, Homs has been attacked hardest by pro-Assad forces since they began their daily bombardments on Feb. 4, reported Voice of America (VOA) News. The vetoing by China and Russia has had a direct effect on the populace of Homs as attacks have increased and the people have no food, no aid, and no fuel. President of the US Barack Obama has publicly stated that he is disappointed by the vetoes, but China and Russia have defended themselves by explaining that they have done so in order to protect the Middle East as a whole, and that the Security

Council shouldn’t be choosing sides in domestic affairs, reported VOA. According to CBC, “The longer the international community fails to take action, the more the civilian population will suffer from countless atrocities committed against them,” the High Commissioner for human rights of the UN, Navi Pillay said. In Pillay’s appraisal, she explains that the inaction of the UN is showing the Syrian Government a green light to fighting back violently against the rebels in Homs and all across Syria, reported CBC. Even if there hasn’t been any large-scale action by the UN and the Arab League, there have been peacekeeping missions on a smaller scale in Syria. The US plans on helping but that military action in Syria is definitely out of the question. The Syrian Government is performing too many atrocities while showering Homs (the city with the largest rebel population) with ammunition, killing many innocent people and causing widespread crimes against humanity, reported Global News. The situation in Syria is far from over, and the delay in action of the UN is causing more and more harm. Global News estimates over 5,400 civilians have died in the past year in this pro-democracy movement. The situation has reached such drastic levels, that when the dictator’s family tried to flee a couple of weeks ago, the fighting was so intense that they were incapable of running away.

ON THE BLARGH NEW KROKODIL DRUG SHE WAS FAKING IT - THE SEx SCHOOL IN vIENNA WHICH IS SAFER: MCDONALD’S OR PETTING A PITBULL?

ELYSSA STOCK STAFF WRITER

Fifteen tons of methamphetamine in pure powder form was seized by Mexican soldiers in the western state of Jalisco, in the capital Guadalajara, officials announced in a statement on Feb. 8. The methamphetamine was about 13 million doses and worth more than $4 billion, the New York Times reported. That is equal to half of all meth seized worldwide in 2009 and over double the amount of all meth seizures at the Mexican border in 2011. “This is a historic seizure,” General Gilberto Hernandez Andreu, military commander of the region, told the LA Times. After several anonymous tips from locals, soldiers discovered the synthetic drug at a ranch. This is believed to be the biggest amount ever found in Mexico, according to BBC. Nobody was found on the ranch and there were no arrests made,

however it seemed that 12 to 15 people had been working there, reported CBS. The considerable rise in the production of methamphetamine in Mexico is accredited to the dominant Sinaloa Cartel. The U.S. Treasury Department calls the head of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, the most powerful drug trafficker in the world, reported CBS. The army statement did not say which Mexican cartel might have been responsible. However, Jalisco state has been considered the center of the Sinaloa’s methamphetamine trafficking for a while, according to CBS. “[It was] probably Sinaloa,” a senior US law enforcement official in Mexico, who could not be named for security reasons, told the Washington Post. The official said Sinaloa may be moving into meth “to reduce its reliance on Colombian cocaine by flooding the market with meth.” Eighty per cent of the meth caught being smuggled into the US is seized at the Mexican border, according to the National Drug Intelligence Center, reported CBS. Officials in the United States and

United Nations (UN) are concerned with the quantity of the seize because it illustrates the high level of organization and how efficient meth production has grown despite efforts to stop the illegal industry, according to the New York Times. “Seizures of this size [...] could mean one of two things,” Antonio Mazzitelli, the regional representative of the UN Office of Drugs and Crime told the Washington Post. “On one hand, it may be a product that hasn’t been able to be sold, and like any business, when the market is depressed, stockpiles build up. [On the other hand], such large-scale production could suggest an expansion, an attempt by some Mexican groups, the most business-oriented I would say, to move into Latin American and Asian markets.” “The big thing it shows is the sheer capacity that these superlabs have in Mexico,” Rusty Payne, a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration, told the New York Times. “When we see one lab with the capability to produce such a mass tonnage of meth, it begs a question: What else is out there?”

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Cupid, you stupid

SARA BARON-GOODMAN STAFF WRITER

Whether you’re basking in the after glow of a romantic soiree, or on the verge of recovering from a chocolateand-sappy-movie-induced coma, you have all been sucked in to the all-consuming vortex that is Valentine’s Day. This is a day that most bitter singles like myself have come to associate with pain and angst, the former being a feature of the holiday that existed long before Hallmark bought into it or The Notebook was filmed. Once upon a time, in ancient Rome, the pagan fertility festival Lupercalia was held annually from Feb. 13 to 15. The celebrations, which seem to have spawned Valentine’s Day as we know it, entailed not a dozen roses nor declarations of love, but rather what we might today refer to as light masochism. Men, stripped naked, would use animal hide whips to spank the buttocks of their female counterparts, in order to improve fertility, Noel Lenski, classics professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, told National Geographic, according to The Telegraph… romantic, isn’t it? The holiday owes its name to one or all of the three martyred saints named Valentine. The first official Saint Valentine’s Day occurred on Feb. 14, in 496 AD, after Pope Galasius declared it a

Society pressures young men to make these grand gestures and buy expensive gifts, but there’s nothing genuine about it because its all so forced. -A fourth Semester Health Science Student-

holiday in memory of Saint Valentines one, two, and three, according to BBC. Very little is recorded about the two first Saint Valentines, except that one was Bishop of Interamna, according to The Telegraph and the other suffered in North Africa while doing missionary work. Both had been tortured and martyred heroes, and allegedly died on Feb. 14, the years unknown, reports BBC. The third Saint Valentine is the most notable of the three; in 270 AD, he betrayed Emperor Claudius by performing illegal marriage ceremonies for young lovers. Emperor Claudius had outlawed marriage, as he deemed it to be a distraction for young men who should be concentrating all their energy on military life. Bishop Valentine he was only dubbed a saint after his death- was thrown in prison by the emperor. There that he fell in love with the jailor’s daughter. The night before he was executed, Valentine wrote a note to his love, signed “from your Valentine,” according to BBC. And thus, ladies and gentlemen, from a history of spanking and beheading, the Hallmark Holiday was born. In 1913, Hallmark produced their first Valentine’s Day cards. In the mid 1980s, diamond jewelers began to promote giving jewelry as a way to show that special someone you care, reports The Telegraph. This year, Americans spent approximately 4.1 billion dollars collectively on jewelry for Valentine’s Day. This year, Americans spent roughly $126 each on Valentine’s Day type tokens, an 8.5% increase from last year, reported Time Magazine. In Canada, about 1.5 billion dollars was spent on chocolates this year, according to Statistics Canada. And with all the commercial push comes a certain amount of expectation and pressure, whether you’re in a relationship or not. According to Statistics Canada, more than 51 per cent of Canadians are single; it is this market that online dating sites try to reel in just in time for Feb. 14. It isn’t easy to be alone at this time of year, a fact that dating sites such as Match.com and eHarmony capitalize upon. “If you’re not in a relationship you don’t feel like the day means anything

Hallmark and Lindt undoubtedly rake in the profits every year, but that’s no reason to avoid taking the opportunity to tell someone special that you love them in whatever way you choose -Megan Lindyto you, like it’s a slap in the face […] You see everyone else getting ready for it and talking about their plans but you don’t have any,” a fourth semester Social Science student said, she also requested to be left nameless. Match.com is offering a promotion of 25 per cent off membership for those who join in February. Likewise, Eharmony issues a coupon every year at this time, urging potential customers to join just in time to get a Valentine’s Day date. This year, they offered a 20% discount on a 6-month membership, or 17% off on a 12-month subscription, if you register before the end of the month. In past years, eHarmony has offered a Free Communication Weekend every February right before Valentine’s Day, according to Little Red Rails, and online dating guide. “It just proves that our society has come to a point where we’re only in relationships because we ‘have’ to be, we’re just expressing our ‘love’ for one another in public just so we can not feel alone for 24 hours,” Talia Huculak, fourth semester Liberal Arts student said about the pressure many singles feel to couple up at this time of year. For those in relationships, Valentine’s Day can be just as daunting. “[It’s] completely commercialized. Society pressures young men to make these grand gestures and buy expensive gifts, but there’s nothing genuine about it because its all so forced,” a fourth semester Health Science student, who asked to remain anonymous said. “I love my boyfriend every day of the year. If he has to wait for one specific day to return the love or do something nice for me, then I’d prefer he not do it at all,” she said. It seems though that while we undoubtedly buy into the commercial as-

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pects of Valentine’s Day, as we do for most other holidays, it is not without a certain skepticism for the profit the industry is making on what is supposed to be a day dedicated to love. “I love my girlfriend and I want to show that to her in my own way rather than be pressured into buying an expensive present for an arbitrary holiday. I'm lucky she has a similar opinion or I would constantly be broke," Evan Jones, a fourth semester Liberal Arts student said. “Hallmark and Lindt undoubtedly rake in the profits every year, but that’s no reason to avoid taking the opportunity to tell someone special that you love them in whatever way you choose,” Megan Lindy, also a fourth semester Liberal Arts student and Jones’ girlfriend said. “Valentine’s day should be whatever you want it to be.” Yes, after all the bloodshed, tears, broken hearts and bank accounts alike, I am going to be so clichéd as to leave you on this optimistic note: whether Valentine’s day is your friend or foe, it is ultimately about love. And, after all, as the ever-wise J-Lo once said, “love don’t cost a thing” (just don’t tell that to Hallmark).


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La educación es un derecho ... hermano KARINA LICURSI STAFF WRITER

“But it's my home, all I have known/Where I got grown, streets we would roam,” are the words K’naan sings in ‘Wavin’ Flag’. Whether it is the anthem for the beautiful game, a song to Haiti after a near destruction, or used infamously for political campaigns, many young people also show reason to sing these lyrics as well, as student protests continue throughout the world. Significant student protests have been held in Chile. Their movement began in May of last year, and shows no sign of slowing down despite a lack of media attention across the border. During a demonstration, a reported 900 students were arrested in one day alone. Until now the media has covered the main student movements across Europe, Canada and the United States, but what about the rest of our blue planet? With the emphasis on us, it feels we’re the only ones here. Let’s take a trip. Camila Vallejo, president of the University of Chile Student Federation, stated in a speech dating Oct. 19 2011,

EDITOR:Zac Starke  CONTACT: zacstarke@live.ca

Knowing that other students in my country don’t have the same privileges as me- to have a good free education makes me realize the importance of education, and I value it a lot. -Isabella Peres“it has much to do about, as ensuring that education is a right not a commodity. […] Where progress is made in ending the deep inequality of distribution of wealth in our country.” Until Augusto Pinochet came into power during the 1970s, higher education in Chile was free. However all would be changed for the worst once Pinochet created privatized schools and universities. Today, only those with a higher income can afford to attend university in Chile. The current is slowly changing now due to a generation of young voices, the

same ages as students like us, who are speaking up against their oppression. Despite hundreds of thousands of students taking part, the face of the Chilean movement has been greatly led by 23-year-old Vallejo. “The extinction of the student movement is not a possibility,” said Vallejo in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El País, or The Country. One thing sparking controversy is that Camila Vallejo now has the support of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro. He claims, “We should support the ideas of the young Chilean woman.” These are the same words from the man who once lead a country where children only receive “free” education if they undergo military training to become a pionero, or pioneer. Now picture a paradise that is famous for white sandy beaches, nothing but blue skies, and music loud enough to drown the reality of everyday life. Between South America and the coast of Florida lies Cuba, a place that once had the exact education people like Camila Vallejo have been fighting for. Recently, on Oct. 22, 2009, student protests also occurred, but not quite for the same reasons. Early on before the revolution of 1959, Cuba was known for having one of the top education systems, including many scholarships for those who couldn’t afford education. Nevertheless, their fate was quickly changed when the new government under Fidel Castro made education based upon communist ideas, where children are taught such things as that God doesn’t exist. If parents interfere they are threatened with sanctions, and often face jail time should they teach their own child something which may contradict the school’s teachings. While most of us here have been busy fighting to keep the easy access to higher education, we a t times t a k e f o r granted that not a plane’s flight away are students the same age fighting with that common goal. Many others are also fighting to simply get a taste of that

diploma, which is a ticket to freedom in uncertain times. Miriam Celaya, Cuban author of the blog Sin Evasion, or Without Evasion, wrote, “Comparing Cuban social reality […] with those of countries like Great Britain, Spain or Greece, can only be classified as a childish fantasy or a perversion.” From Brazil, Isabella Peres, a second semester International Business student at Dawson, mentioned that movement is active in her country of origin as well. “[In Brazil] Higher education costs a lot of money, and the public universities don’t have many spots available, so students are protesting.” Few online articles and videos, some showing police firing tear gas at students, can be found, showing once again that relying on the media is not always the best option. “Knowing that other students in my country don’t have the same privileges as me; to have a good free education,” explained Peres, “makes me realize the importance of education, and I value it a lot.” With technology advancing every day and copyright acts such as ACTA-- which has sparked major protests in Europe as some governments signed (reportedly without consulting the public) --it’s shocking to realize how little we know about what is happening around us. Reporters Without Borders (RWB) discussed in their annual index, ‘Never have acts of censorship and physical attacks on journalists seemed so numerous,’ as a reported 29 journalists were arrested in Cuba in 2006 alone. While Celaya makes a strong point, differences in culture, language and beliefs do not slash common struggles. As seen 10,046 miles from Cuba, there is another country with students fighting for the same reasons. “Government media is criticizing us all the time,” said Delani Galagedara, a university student in Sri Lanka, for an interview with The Plant. Several years after the end o f t h e civil war in Sri Lanka, w h i c h lasted almost three decades and killed 100,000 people, many students l i k e

Galagedara are now taking on a battle of their own. Their government announced a new law called the “University Act” in an attempt to privatize schools, something students in Chile know all too well. Due to these protests, the passing of the new law has been postponed-- for now.

The lesson of the ‘60s is that people who cared enough to do right could change history. -Abbie Hoffman-

“It is worth noting that in the 1988-89 period, when university students protested against privatization of education, several student leaders were tortured to death,” stated Lionel Bopage of Ground Views, an online news site from Sri Lanka. In the last two years, 1,000 students have been suspended for protesting, while 70 remain in custody. Higher Education Minister SB Dissanayake claims the protests are “stage-managed to rouse students,” despite students winning support from the Federation of University Teachers’ Associations (FUTA). “We will not be able to bear the high student fees, as our parents are getting a low income,” Galagedara continued. “Here we still have free education and we are fighting to protect it.” It is difficult to estimate how many countries have taken part in the student movement. Reports of protests in Romania, Taiwan, Canada and many other places have also emerged- all for similar reasons. Although with a growing number of governments passing laws to privatize schools, the protests for a better education are not likely to see conclusion any time soon. “If it continues how it is going,” Isabella Peres added, “I think fees will get higher and higher and this will certainly be more difficult to pay, which means I will need to work more.” As Abbie Hoffman, co-founder of the Youth International Party, said, “The lesson of the ‘60s is that people who cared enough to do right could change history.” Looking at the world today, change may not be so far away.

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Queen of the bongos SARAH PAPADOPOLI

STAFF WRITER

The deep sound of the Toca drum echoed throughout the atrium as students and faculty enthusiastically drummed African style. KoSA, an organization and a percussion school in Montreal, came to Conrad’s on Tuesday to give a short African drumming workshop for Black History Month. “Everyone, don’t be shy! We have drums in need of hands,” Aldo Mazza, the instructor, said as he beckoned people to join in on the workshop. Mazza’s wide smile couldn’t be refused as a small group of students and faculty formed, eager and ready to be banging away. As more people came, the energetic Mazza happily welcomed all of them. He started the workshop with the basic techniques for position, posture and hand movements and then continued with the actual notes of the Toca drum. When participants got the hang of it, the workshop went on hold for the African clothing fashion show. Women and men came out in African clothes as loud music played. Participants of the workshop experimentally drummed to the beat of the music. When the fashion show ended, they laughed at the sting in their hands when Mazza asked how it felt. Despite the sting, the workshop was back in action and a mini orchestra was created accompanied by solos from

Mazza. All the participants took a stab at the solo, but only with the help of Mazza whom they followed. Smiles went all around as they did their solos. “I’ve never played drums before so it was a lot of fun,” Geoff Graham, a second semester nursing student, said. “He’s [Mazza] very engaging and encouraging. He teaches you by leading, which is nice.” For the finale, dancers came on stage as Mazza and the participants drummed their beats loudly, again to the beat of the music. Onlookers couldn’t help but join in on the constant smiling and laughter. “I enjoy seeing people light up and seeing how beautiful this is,” Mazza said. “People play a drum and all of sudden they are connecting and learning that this is actually a language and a really great way to connect with people.” Mazza is also the founder and artistic director of KoSA, as well as a musician who has played alongside artists such as Celine Dion, Jon Bon Jovi and James Brown. He is the type of instructor that teaches because he is passionate about music and that radiated throughout the one-hour session on Tuesday. African drumming is definitely worth looking into because anyone can learn, and if Mazza is teaching, there will be a lot of smiling involved too. Overall, people had a good time, learned a little something about Toca drumming, and also experienced a small snippet of African culture.

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The Breastfeeders

Here are a few activities for this week! * Montreal’s own Les Breastfeeders are playing at Le Divan Orange this Friday. This rock n’ roll French group will be presenting their 13 rock songs with a touch of pop like always. Don’t miss the first act, Ponctuation, a garage grunge band described as psychedelic, surely to be interesting. Be sure to get their early to get a good view seeing as this venue is quite small and is sure to fill up fast. [4234 StLaurent, $15 at the door]

* For fans of The Clash, The Slits, The Vaselines, Velvet Underground, B52s, LouReed, and much more; basically all the groups that inspire you hipsters of Dawson, do attend Les Jeudi on the rocks at Salon Officiel. This bar near the Sherbrook metro station is the perfect place to have a quite beer and enjoy the music or go crazy on the dance floor to great music. You choose! [ 351 Roy East, no cover]

* For all the cinema snobs, especially the ones in Cin/Vid/Com, Les Rendezvous du Cinéma Québécois are going on until Feb. 26. The 30th edition will be presenting more than 300 films plus 40 special events and workshops with professional. But you probably all already knew that. Be sure to check out the program of the activities on www.rvcq.com. [Price and venue differ depending on activity.]

An unusual partnership seems to be in the works: video game developers Double Fine, Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson, and the general public may be collaborating to give a cult classic an anticipated sequel. Psychonauts was a critically acclaimed commercial failure released in 2005, and in the years since its release, has gained ‘cult classic’ status among its fans. While many called for a sequel, Double Fine created other high praised games such as Brutal Legend, working with larger publishers and newer projects. However, fans may finally be getting their Psychonauts fix from an unlikely source. Persson became not only a video game cultural icon, but also made a good amount of money from his independent creation. As of April 2011, Minecraft had made an estimated $33 million, according to GameSpot. How much it has made in the 10 months since then is still unknown, but taking into consideration the publicity and the extra money made from the Android app, it’s safe to assume that Persson has some money in his pocket.

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So when Persson tweeted “Let’s make Psychonauts 2 happen” to Psychonauts creator Tim Schafer, the gaming world instantly turned their heads. “I’m serious,” he added in a later tweet. “[Schafer] and [Persson] are talking,” Double Fine said in a statement to GiantBomb. “Who knows what might happen?” Not long after did Double Fine begin a Kickstarter page. Kickstarter is a site mostly used by fundraisers, who include videos, pictures and text explaining their vision and people can donate towards its cause. Double Fine created their own, asking for $400,000 to “develop Double Fine's next game, a classic point-and-click adventure”, according to the project’s page. They not only reached their goal in less than eight hours, but by the next day, had received over one million dollars in donations from fans. While the two projects seem separate, there is still a chance that the adventure game’s funds will turn to Psychonauts 2. The Kickstarter project page will be accepting donations until March 13. When asked my twitter followers how much it would take for the project to turn into Psychonauts 2, Schafer replied with an estimate. “$20 [million] minus $1 [million],” he wrote back. At this rate, it’s a viable possibility.


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Symon says...

CONTRIBUTOR

God? Nope. Science? Nope. Art? Indeed. The slogan, part of a project by local artist Sebastien Gaudette, was worn by many of the 1, 000-plus people in attendance at Eglise Sainte-Brigide. Yes, a church. Decover Magazine’s launch party for issue #15 was indeed a success. Last Friday, the guests at Eglise SainteBrigide were treated to an exhibition of work by the ten artists featured in issue #15, five cases of live painting and three cases of body painting. The notorious street artist Zilon gave a satanic live performance. There was beer by Boris, wine by Barefoot and hors-d’oeuvres supplied by Soupcon Cochon. The evening was animated by Rock Larue. This party was unanimously considered to be their best yet. In attendance were many of the city’s influential artists, gallery owners and journalists. Decover Magazine has seen incredible support from the arts community since its inauguration in 2009. Its mission is “to provide a window into Montreal visual arts… It is a platform for fine local treasures to enrich your eyes and spirit.” Every

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two months this colorful review floods Montreal, offering glimpses into the careers of ten local artists. Decover is the only publication of its kind in Montreal. Publicity is incredibly valuable to individuals who have devoted their lives to making art. When times are hard, the ability to continue creating can become limited. Decover is like a guardian angel to so many of our city’s artists. The bi-monthly has helped many to connect with important factors in their careers. The after-party was held at a restaurant up the street. The entire back-section of the eatery was filled with happy, artsy folks. Cedric Taillon, the marketing director at Decover, thanked everyone in attendance with a hearty toast. He was covered in fresh paint and wore a ‘–God-, -Science-, (Art) shirt.’ This humble, involved gesture characterized the very essence of Decover Magazine. ( Decovermag.com, facebook.com/decover, ratsdeville.typepad.com, galleryfarm.com ) Photo Credit: Michel Bazinet

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chocolate & fashion

EDITOR: Ema Kibirkstis  CONTACT: ekib@live.ca

BUSINESS MANAGER

This past weekend at the Je t’aime en Chocolat show, Master chocolatiers and designers from Montreal created a world where a union between chocolate and fashion has a place in marche Bonsecours. The old market’s basement was flooded with over 10, 000 people who came down from all parts of the province to see the many chocolatiers and designers who came to showcase their masterpieces just in time for Valentine’s Day. The biggest names in the city’s chocolate business were present at the event included Point G, Chocolats Privileges, and Christophe Morel. All sold the best of what they had to offer to the public, even a depiction of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa made completely of macaroons. The highlight of the event was the brain child of Montreal designer Anne de Shalla that came in the form of a fashion show which married the art of chocolate and design to create a world of endless possibilities for any fashionista. Five designers were each paired with a maitre chocolatier to create clothes which were half cocoa based and half fabric. The show started with Paco Rabane inspired clothes by designer Dinh Bà who was paired with Claudine Desnoyers. The look presented was urban as promised and all were adorned with bars of chocolate hanging from the front and back of each model which clearly showed a lack of imagination and was quite boring. Luckily, all was saved when the designs of Yolla Annah and Maitre Patissier Julien Reignier appeared in the form of a macaroon clad demon and angel which greatly delighted the crowd. The pink and the red paired with the macaroons blended well and provided a stylish and pleasantly colourful vision of hell for all who were present. Maitre Chocolatier Ludovic Fresse

showed the true extent of his talent when he added chocolate lace to the 1920’s inspired creations of designer Vicky Dubois. The pieces displayed on the cat walk gave the audience an opportunity to see the true beauty of fashion during the silent film era. The piece de resistance of the artistic collaboration came in the form of a chocolate hat worn by one of the models which included a gorgeous white chocolate flower in one of its creases. Cupid and two Godesses of love visited the fashion show wearing creations by Ralph Le Roy and Michael Gottard. This was much more impressive than it was beautiful. Each of the three models had their own unique accessory: the first Goddess had a chocolate heart studded cape, Cupid had a set of chocolate bow and arrows, and the second goddess had a red dress completed with dollar store accessories. All in all it was a fun concept and the dresses were beautiful. My coup de coeur for the show was the last collection to be presented whose models walked onto the cat walk to Edith Piaf ’s Milord. The clothing by Anne de Shalla was beautifully designed and the chocolate accessories created by Maitre Chocolatier Christophe Morel left the audience in awe. One of these accessories was a matching hat and corset made of chocolate which consisted of numerous hearts going in all directions. Those two pieces subtly symbolize the explosion of love in the heart and in the mind which takes place in all of us around Valentine’s Day. It was by far the best duo of the show. Je t’aime en Chocolat was a great and successful event. I strongly encourage all to attend next year for what will be its second edition. IT’S A WOMAN’S WONDERLAND

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movie review STEFANIE BROOS NEWS EDITOR

Kisses on the Bottom Hip-O/UMe If you like listening to jazz music while studying, or if you are preparing a romantic dinner for your loved-one, you must add Paul McCartney’s new album Kisses On the Bottom to your playlist. Kisses On the Bottom was released on time for Valentine’s Day. It marks McCartney’s 16th solo album and also his return since Memory Almost Full, which came out in June 2007. Released last Tuesday, this album is mostly tributes to songs from the 20s, 30s and 40s that McCartney’s parents use to listen to when he was a little boy. On this album, McCartney covers songs by Fats Waller, Sam Cooke, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Austin, and many more. Consisting of 16 tracks, the album includes covers of “I'm Gonna Sit Right

8.5/10

Dawsonista

ALEXANDRA HERRINGTON STAFF WRITER

Lazywear Clothing is the truest and most exciting form of self expression. It annoys me that so many gorgeous Dawsonites pass up the opportunity of style, surrendering much too quickly to those pesky “lazy day” feelings. But let me be clear... it’s not particularly a “lazy day” that’s frustrating; I’m not super-human, I know what Mondays are. What frustrates me is the common misconception of what a “lazy day” entails. Dawsonites: SWEAT PANTS ARE MEANT FOR THE HOME, where no one can see that diaper-crotch or saggy ass. I’m talking to you, Guido Caf. Eight o’clock class? Ditch the sweat pants and instead, use this day to be detail oriented. Put on some comfy jeans and a cute tee (easy) and add some details of choice, at your leisure. Cuff your jeans for an instant outfit pick-me-up, wear some sparkle in the form of a ring or bangle or wear some show-stopper flats. There is absolutely no excuse for sweatpants. Laura Robillard, a fourth semester Liberal Arts student a.k.a the girl featured above, has done a terrific job at worrking the details. The cuffed jeans, the shined shoes, the gorgeous belt. Result: a great look, easily achieved. I challenge all you sweat-pant loyalists to try it out for a week and see how much hotter you feel. Humor me & I promise a difference!

EDITOR: Ema Kibirkstis  CONTACT:ekib@live.ca: 

The Canadian/Polish film, In Darkness has garnered much praise, cumulating to an Oscar nomination in the Best Foreign Films category. Although the film is only set to release tomorrow (Feb. 17), an advanced screening was held on Feb. 13 at the AMC. This event was held courtesy of Cinémagique, a film club created and organized by Peter Pearson, former president of Telefilms Canada. Based on the novel, In the Sewers of Lvov, written by Robert Marshall, In Darkness tells the unbelievable true story of Leopold Socha, a pipe inspector who hides a group of Jews in the sewers of Lvov during World War II, in Nazi occupied Poland. Directed by Agnieszka Holland, and starring Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Furmann and Agnieszka Grochowska,it is a superb line-up that undeniably adds to the quality of the film. From the first five minutes to the rolling credits, this film attacks the emotions without a backward glance. The harsh and gritty images impact the audience as much, if not more, than the reality that these events actually occurred. A catastrophic rainstorm floods the sewers, Mundek, one of the Jews hiding in the sewer, sneaks into a Nazi work camp and successfully returns to the sewers the next day, and during the time spent in the sewers, there’s even a birth. David Shamoon, the Toronto based screenwriter, joined a question and answer period proceeding the advanced screening of the movie. “It was a struggle to decide what to fictionalize, everything was considered very carefully,” Shamoon said. “The flooding

and the work camp scenes amazingly happened exactly the way we showed it.” It was an original take on Holocaust films, especially distinguished by the explicit sex scenes scattered throughout the story. I didn’t particularly see the need for that much nudity and sexuality until the writer explained the thought process behind that particular creative decision. “The original script was less graphic,” Shamoon said. “However, Agnieszka [Holland] felt that it was extremely important to portray the sex scenes because those people were in such a dehumanized state that to [have sex] was the only connection that they had left to their humanity.” This film leaves little to the imagination in terms of living conditions, as well as what the these people had to live through. I had a constant feeling of claustrophobia, especially during the vivid scenes in the sewers and I couldn’t get those images out of my head a long time after the credits rolled. From a cinematic standpoint, it was heart-wrenchingly beautiful. The way the filmmakers were able to capture so much emotion in the actors performances, given the fact that 85 to 90 percent of their scenes were in badly lit sewers was quite an achievement. Without giving too much away, I’d just like to reassure you that the film ends satisfactorily. Although the film dragged on at some points, I believe that In Darkness is definitely a movie to watch. With tragedy, despair and a blossom of love and humor, this film portrays how even in the darkest hour, we can find the light. “[Socha] was just an ordinary man who made some crucial choices that led to extraordinary deeds,” Shamoon said.

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STAFF WRITER

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BUSINESS MANAGER Anne de Shalla is a French designer based in Montreal with a boutique in the Bonsecours Market and has taken part in many artistic and cultural endeavours in her adopted city, notably the Je t’aime en chocolat show which was visited by over 10,000 people this past weekend. What do you like to design and where do you find your inspiration? The essence of what I design is creativity, it is part of my DNA.I try to go and do what other designers don’t. I am not interested in making ready to wear, I love designing kimonos and when I do make something, may it be a dress or a shawl; it will be one of a kind. What makes Montreal so special to you? It is a city with endless possibilities and such beauty. I am born French, it is not my fault, but I am now 100% Quebecoise and Montreal has been my home since 1975. We Europeans come here and fall in love with the place because it is a city of such vast culture. Where did you get the inspiration for Je t’aime en Chocolat?

A while ago, I had done a show in the hallway of the market and I had called it Coffee and Chocolate and at the same time there was a chocolate show somewhere in the city and it’s representative had approached me to design dresses for the show in order to fuse both worlds, chocolate and fashion, as it had been done in Europe. I love all that is original so I went through with the idea. Two years went by with the same type of show and because of poor decision making they were not big hits. Finally, this year I decided to go forth with a couple of other people and create an event which marries the world of chocolate and fashion together. I called around and got a couple of designers together and all were paired with a Maitre Chocolatier. As you can see it was a big hit with over 10,000 attending the two day event. Is there a future for this event? Yes, we will bring it back next year hopefully with a couple more designers and some of the businesses present at the event had expressed an interest in taking part in the fashion aspect of the show next year. I will make sure that people know that Montreal Now has such a wonderful event and we will hopefully attract a bigger crowd next year.

MJ CROMP

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Anne de Shalla

Down and Write Myself a Letter”, with a touch of romantic piano, “It’s Only a Paper Moon”, which can make your head follow the rhythm of the song, and “Home (When Shadows Fall)”, a very slow song with a touch of violin. “My Valentine” and the re-release of a Wings song from his 1978 album Back To The Egg, “Baby’s Request” are original romantic songs signed Sir McCartney. “My One and Only Love” might be the best song that you can find on the CD. This cover of Frank Sinatra’s song with beautiful lyrics such as “The very thought of you makes my heart sing/ Like an April breeze on the wings of spring/ And you appear in all your splendour/ My one and only love” are well accompanied by the piano and Sir Paul’s sweet voice. McCartney contributes only vocals to the album, except on two tracks, "Get Yourself Another Fool" and "The Inch Worm," in which he plays acoustic guitar. With the collaboration of Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder and Diana Krall, Kisses On the Bottom exceeds all expectations. When I started to listen to it, I didn’t know what to expect, but I realized that McCartney does justice to every cover he does on this album. No wonder why this album is the second most popular album on iTunes at this moment. If I may say, this jazzy album rocks!

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14 Champagne cupcakes Makes about 16 INGREDIENTS: For the Cupcakes 1/2 cup light margarine, at room temperature 1 cup splenda 1/2 cup egg whites, at room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 3/4 cups whole wheat all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt 1/2 cup champagne/sparkling wine For the Frosting 1 cup, plus 1 tablespoon champagne/sparkling wine 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350 F. Cream together softened margarine and splenda with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg whites and vanilla. Beat well. In another bowl, add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and mix. Continue to mix the margarine/eggwhite mix and slowly add 2/3 of flour mixture. Then, add Greek yogurt and white wine. Finish off by adding the last 1/3 of theflour mixture. Divide batter into greased cupcake tins using 1/4 cup. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or insert a toothpick every few minutes until it comes out clean. (The toothick is recommended for every oven works differently.

Photo Credit: Claude Gaultier

EDITOR: Ema Kibirkstis  CONTACT: ekib@live.ca

SENIOR WRITER

To celebrate the 2012 Black History Month, Montreal’s City hall is presenting The Spirits of Mask-Dancers by Claude Gauthier and Guy Musha-Galusa Chigoho. This photo exhibition depicts the collaboration of a free spirited photographer and a legitimate child of a mask-dancer. “With this exhibition we want to offer anyone the possibility to tell the lives of these beautiful children, because for us, photos are the shortest films that can tell a story without an end. We wanted each work proposed here to be a starting point of a great delirium,” said Gauthier and Chigoho in a video at the start of the exhibition. While entering the building, the show seems to be misplaced. Hung on the walls of the main hall, workers passing by it barely acknowledging the work of art, it seems more as a decoration for this venue as an actual expo. Venue put aside, the photos are quite breathtaking. Each one displays different

NOTE: If you want to add a V-day twist, add a few drops of red food colouring to the frosting as you mix. Now, I know the frosting isn't very healthy, but it requires these ingrdeints to sustain itself. If you don't want to make the frosting, and want a healthier topping, opt for some sugar free jam, or just sprinkle some spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or dark coacoa powder!

While cupcakes are baking you can prepare the frosting! In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of the champagne to simmer over medium/high

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heat. Simmer for 20-25 minutes (until it looks like it has evaporated to 2 tablespoons) Let this cool COMPLETELY. As it cools, cream powdered sugar and butter until light and fluffy. When done, add the cooled champagne and remaining 1 tbsp and mix. Refridgerate the icing until cooled and frost your cupcakes!

African-American models with mask on their face in empowering poses or traditional dance poses on black backgrounds. One of the most impressive pictures is a model with a large mask on his head, fists in the air pointing to the right side, making a stand for himself and his culture in this position. Portraying at the same time what is happening in the picture, beside some of the photos are poems with subjects like family, love and community. While all the poems are in French, there are written in basic French and touch subjects that are universal, therefore they are quite easy to understand. Traditional African music playing in the background, reading a poem that said “when love hurts, I cry. When love is nice, I dance. Dancing with the mask makes me more sensitive,” you feel the love and honesty coming out of each individual photo in their own way. While you might be the only one in the venue for your whole visit, it is quite lovely to see how a community is celebrating themselves in photos. The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon. to Fri. and goes on until Feb. 22.

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fam jam vi

PARTAYYYY

EMA THE EXPLORER ARTS EDITOR Indecent Xposure, in collaboration with Surf 66 and Planet Earth clothing, threw FAM JAM VI at Restaurant Comme Chez Soi in the West Island last Friday. Situated in the Pointe-Claire Village, the restaurant had a romantic and classic look from the door, but upstairs was a plethora of hipsters, smoke and flashing neon lights. Dark varnished wood everywhere, shuttered windows, tables stacked into one corner of the room, large black pleather couches and a small bar added to the comfy and personal feel of the party. The night started out with an opening set by Bent, accompanied by some wicked head banging and rather “smart” individuals throwing themselves at each other. Though it was difficult to decipher what the vocalist was saying over the drums and guitar, the overall outcome was great. Especially the few proud parents filming their half-naked protégés. DJ Alex HQ (Blizzarts/Blue Dog) kept the place going until the wee hours of the morning with the help of Skunch’s (Boomclap/Indecent Xposure) psychedelic lighting.

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Followed was the classic rap-slash-dirtyslash-hiphop-slash-dance-slash-electroslash-dubstep-slash-I really don’t know how to qualify their music seeing as the style keeps changing, but what I can say is that it’s always good. And by good I mean so good that your childhood dog that “ran away when you were at summercamp”, but actually died, would come back yapping and jiggying to dance to these beats. Yes, it’s THAT good. The atmosphere is exactly what you would want to find at a bar. Everyone is laughing, dancing and having a good time. This is no place for the snooty ‘elite’. The party-goers are open to new acquaintances even before the three jaggerbombs start kicking in. Though there was no cover cost, I was deceived to find out there were no specials or deals for their drink, as there were for the previous FAM JAMs… Then again I guess I am pretty cheap and should have pre-drank nonetheless. Overall, it was a great night and definitely worth the travel for all those DT hipsters. When people weren’t rocking out inside, they were outside smoking cigarettes or other naughty naughty things.

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Doesn’t smell like team spirit. . SHAUNA ZILVERSMIT STAFF WRITER

Sporting events are just that, events! Yet for some reason when you go out to a Dawson Blues game it comes no where near that. You can see more bleacher then human faces! I mean the supporters that do come out to watch our beloved Blues’ play are either; family members, the boys or girls team of that sport, and maybe, just maybe a couple of friends of a player. This situation is deplorable. We need to get out there and support our teams. Why can’t we have the same spirit when it comes to sports as schools in the United States? The U.S. knows how to do it: they get huge crowds of fans sporting their colours and cheering their school team on as loud as possible. They have bands, cheerleaders, music, mascots, everything it takes to make a simple soccer or basketball game fun. They do it because it’s a good time. I’m not saying that we need to pull out

all the stops and make it like something you would see in a movie, but anything is better then what we have now. At a Dawson game, we’ve got nothing. I mean the best we’ve got is a mascot suit...that never gets used! What’s the point? Speaking as an athlete who plays left mid on the AAA Women’s soccer team at the school,I know how depressing it is to look at an empty set of stands. It doesn’t take that much effort to take a little time and support your school teams. We’re not American when it comes to the rah rah like they do, but are we really that apathetic that we can’t find a way to put a Canadian spin on an event. We are the generation that is the most wired in and technologically advanced, that the world has ever seen, but we have such a disconnect from real events. Why not use our Twitter and Facebook accounts to spread the word. We should be using the technology we have at our fingers to promote the Dawson games and make them into a huge event. Everybody loves going to watch the Montreal Canadians play even when the team isn’t playing well. Why not go out and support Dawson’s women's hockey

team instead. They’re doing way better than the Habs. Not to mention the cost of a ticket is much more student friendly. If the reason you aren’t going is because you think it’s a waste of a Friday or Saturday night, your wrong. Not only can you have a good time at the game, but you still have time to go out after. If the athletes (myself included) can do it, why can’t you? Nobody goes out at 7 o’clock. You go out around 11 o’clock, and by that time the game is way over. We’re all a part of this school, we defend it, and we take pride in the fact that we attend it. Dawson is a great school with an amazing athletics department. We are the home of the Blues. So lets show some school spirit and go out and support them. The athletes at our school give everything they’ve got into bringing back championships and making the school proud. So why not give back, show your support and pride in the school by going to a Dawson Blues game. It’s simple Dawsonites: pick a sport, gather a group of friends and make a night of it. I promise it won’t kill you to take a little time out of your night and cheer on the Dawson Blues.

group when I say we are truly aghast and upset, not by the insults themselves, but how badly we are being insulted. Calling us pompous is only truly offensive if our superiority complexes are not justified. We, quite obviously and with good reason, believe that they are. Calling us nerds is equivalent, according to John Green, New York Times bestselling author, to saying: “you'd rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you'd rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsay Lohan.” If your goal is to point out our blatant flaws in the face of your oh-so-intelligent magnifying glass inspection, you’re going to have to put in more effort than this. Before you spit slander at a Liberal Arts student, stand back and consider your op-

tions. Consider how potentially intelligent they are, consider their ability with rhetoric. Wonder whether they know a Shakespearean insult that will make you feel like a timorous wretch or a carcass fit for hounds. Perhaps, if this careful consideration becomes common practice, our snappy retorts and rebuttals will be unnecessary. I can only dream of a world where I can sit in a social science class where my program is not scoffed at. I can only hope for a day when Dawson journalists don’t turn their nose up at our literary claims to fame. So if one more member of your sinful sarong of stupid satirists attempt to generalize about my group of brilliant boys and girls, I will snap back with insults more poignant and powerful than ever. I’ve had it with your plethora of pointless passes at our group identity. Your criticisms of our attitude have been noted, and clearly ignored. Repeating yourself will not cause us to suddenly change, we clearly think we are justified in our elitism. Keep attempting to rattle our cages, your noise barely bothers us. Over and over we hear your complaints, over and over we ignore them. Will you never learn? While I appreciate your not-soconstructive criticism, please just give up. As you have so eloquently pointed out, an infinite number of times, we believe ourselves to be superior. Why would we listen to your criticism if we see ourselves as above you?

Liberal Arts Students DANIEL ETCOVITCH STAFF WRITER

If I hear one more person rag on Liberal Arts students, I’ll call you all stupider than I already do. It is preposterous to canter out unnecessarily slanderous and libelous trivialities about our above average intelligence. While I understand that the prestige of our program intimidates parts of the population of the student body, that is not a reason to attempt to marginalize us or slander our interests. We take offense to the insulting nature of our treatment by the general public, but I believe I can speak for the Liberal Arts

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SHCF EDITOR

EMA KIBIRKSTIS

EDITOR: Oliver Nacey  CONTACT: olivernacey@gmail.com

STAFF WRITER

This past winter break, I had the luxury of hopping on a plane and catapulting myself to sunny Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic. I spent a whole week surrounded by blue skies, bluer water, endless streams of alcohol, and sky-high temperatures – basically, my week was the shit and the urine. Surprisingly enough, though, a ton of people seemed to believe that there was something better to behold besides, well, paradise. I liked to call them “screen families”. Clusters of people festering around tables in the lobby of the resort, the only place with semi-decent wifi, hunched over a million different kinds of screens: mom on the iPad, dad on the laptop, and Thing 1 and Thing 2 on their iTouches playing Fruit Ninja. This is precisely what 50 Cent is trying to eradicate. He’s sick and tired of people missing out on the splendour of life. 50 Cent wants you power off that laptop and open up

your eager eyes to the world. Take a barefoot walk through a field of daisies, read some Hemingway, drink an Earl Grey tea with a lemon wedge floating around inside. Most importantly, though, this guy wants you to spend time with your goddamn family. “Why don’t you sit down on top of me?” is clearly the cry of a disheartened parent whose only wish is for their child to sit on their lap like the good old days. The need for face-to-face communication is equally paramount as the parent continues to plead, “I need you right in front of me.” Can someone put down their tech shit and give this guy a hug already? According to Fiddy, the American Dream is slipping out of reach as the close-knit nuclear family ideal withers away. The only way to crack the window of opportunity back open, it seems, is to get your shit together and sit down for a good old-fashioned Monopoly extravaganza. You know, the kind that you set aside overnight and make sure that nobody fucks with while everyone’s asleep. Heed 50 Cent’s warnings – you know he’s your guy when it comes to family values. If sitting down on top of someone is good enough for him, then it’s good enough for you.

You’re obviously asking yourself why the hell I’d think you’re stupid enough not to bring shoes when travelling. The reason is very simple: not all “shoes” should be called shoes. You know those tiny amiable sole-less (no ginger hate) pieces of fabric some people call “flats” or “ballerina slippers”? Hard to break it to you, but those ain’t shoes. You’re better off buttering toast and sticking them to the bottom of your feet for comfort. Am I insulting your little overprices shoesies and hurting your feelingsies? Fine, wear those Geisha-type-bonding-torturedevices and watch your feet die. That’s right, you’ll become a MURDERER. Same thoughts go towards Hunters, flipflops and those really expensive heels that you bought for 75% off on boxing day: they aren’t meant for traveling. And for them boys, those battered-up, untied and toe-revealing sneaks are a big no-no. Did I just diss all the shoes you’ve ever owned? Good. Now then, go to the store and look for something practical. Get something with a strong sole and

that laces up well (not too tight, but you want it to hold your foot in place). For sandals, or anything else that exposes the foot, look for something that adjust at the heel so that the shoe doesn’t flipflop like a flipflop. I’m not saying you have to wear running shoes or hunka-chunka hiking shoes, but you should. If not, get some quality sneakers that can take hours of walking. The reason to get good shoes is because when you travel, you’re expected to walk. Last thing you want is having to pull out your duct-tape and sticking it on your blisters (actually a great tip if you do get blisters). If you are expecting to go out, pack those other shoes in your suitcase and pull the out when needed. A really important note is also to break into your shoes because taking them on your trip. In other words, wear them a bit so that they mold and shape to your feet’s comfort. And for the record, when explorin’ new countries, you should be excited to see and experience new things rather than showing of your cute shoes.

“Ayo, I’m tired of using technology. Why don’t you sit down on top of me? Ayo, I’m tired of using technology. I need you right in front of me.” -50 Cent

My boyfriend keeps asking me if I want to have a threesome with him and his best friend (who is a guy.) Should I be concerned about his sexuality?

My boyfriend really wants me to get him a midget stripper for his birthday, but the thought of it repulses me... What should I do?

Well girlfriend... I really don’t see what the problem is here. I think you’d know if he was gay. He would go shopping with you, compliment your shoes, notice your new haircut... If he just wants to have a threesome with you and his best friend than maybe they have a bet going on. Is his friend attractive? Maybe his friend has a crush on you. Maybe you’re so boring in bed that he feels like he needs to spice things up. Although it is a tad unusual he’s asking for another guy to join in as opposed to another girl, there’s nothing wrong with that. I say strap up young lady and ride their dicks like there’s no tomorrow. When all of you wake up in the morning you guys can go get breakfast and criticize each other.

You’re his GIRLFRIEND. It’s your job to fulfill his wishes and make him happy. Get him his midget stripper and be the good girlfriend you’re supposed to be. Jesus. Why are you even questioning him?!

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Couple of the Week

So for a special edition of Man of the Week, I decided to have one week for the Valentine’s day issue to be dedicated to a couple. I lurked the corners of Dawson trying to find a couple worthy of this week’s Couple of the Week and I finally landed on a couple. These two opposites, Vicky and Anthony, met because both their best friends were dating and then they randomly introduced each other and immediately hit it off. Things they enjoy doing together are going out with friends, bowling and “coloring.” Although they have not yet discovered their favorite song and movie as a couple, their book together is “The Year of the Flood,” by Margret Atwood, since it’s the only book in common they read and they both dislike yellow cardigans. Seen as how the two of them are in different programs, they share different interests. “If we were the same we’d kill each other,” Vicky confesses. “We complete each other,” Anthony adds. Anthony’s favorite part of Vicky is her eyes and her sense of humor. Vicky’s favorite thing of Anthony is his arms and his intelligence. However, the thing Anthony dislikes most about Vicky is that fact that Vicky worries too much; and the thing that Vicky dislikes the most about Anthony is that he’s Italian.

and princess RiRi lit up the stage, Chris Martin et al bringing their glow in the dark theme for their new tour to the Grammy scene. I was really impressed by Bruno Mars, charming little guy! He really knows how to work the stage despite his wonky eyes. Maroon Five and Foster the People delivered a swoon worthy tribute to the Beach Boys. My mother was impressed so I’ll take her word for it. I am just happy that Adam Levine sang in his falsetto. The Beach Boys looked confused though, they were probably thinking about how much larger the audience for the Ed Sullivan show has gotten over the years. Adele swept up the awards, winning six awards including Record of the year and Album of the year, She returned to the stage with grace and triumph after having not performed for a while since her vocal chord surgery. Can I just say that she looked amazing! Chris Brown continued to try to clean up his reputation by jumping off some glowing stairs with his albino vampire bat

When it comes to pet peeves, nothing else bothers me, but if you are eating your little sandwich that your mommy woke up early to prepare for you, and you show me what is the outcome of it within your mouth, I will strangle you. The worst part is when people know you absolutely despise this cruel act, but decide to do it anyway to bother the crap out of you. Just…no. I will most likely leave the table and never eat lunch with you again (and I have done so already). I don’t get it. Why is it so hard to take a bite out of something, close your mouth for a little while, swallow, and repeat? It will save you from the embarrassment and it will save me from feeling the shivers running down my skin. Don’t get me started on those people who absolutely need to talk while having food in their mouth. What are you even doing with your life? WHY DO YOU EVEN EXIST? Another category of people who make me want to jump off a building are the ones who just insist on slurping their drink until the very last drop. You are simply a heartless and spiteful human being. So to you, readers, who will have something to eat today, for the sake of my or other people’s vision, make that upper lip zip with that lower lip as you eat. Learn your manners Dawson, or else I will hunt you down, and there will be extreme consequences that involve sharpened objects.

friends and waving around David Guetta’s glow sticks. He was entertaining enough, although the whole segment with Guetta, Foo Fighters and Deadmau5 had my head spinning. I really liked the effects, but as soon as the creature that is Lil Wayne came out screeching into a microphone wearing yellow transformers on his feet, my ears began to curl into themselves. I really don’t get the appeal. Also, he’s so awkward. He raps a few lines and then saunters off stage like a sloth, his pants reaching his ankles. Nicki Minaj had me cringing too. I must say, her music is a guilty pleasure of mine, and I find her entertaining enough. But honestly, what the hell was I watching? Apparently Minaj has an alter ego named Roman and he needed an exorcism. People were dying and being all sexual up in church. The screen kept cutting to some low budget film of Minaj crouching like a daddy longlegs on the ceiling corner of a room. What? It’s o.k. to be shocking, but don’t be shockingly bad. Unfortunately, the loss of Whitney

Houston hung over everyone like a dark cloud throughout the evening, as expected. However, I think that everyone dealt with it gracefully, with LL Cool J saying some words to open the show, and Jennifer Hudson modestly performing “I Will Always Love You,” in tribute. All in all, it was an interesting show, but a long one albeit. I started to loose interest towards the end. I was upset that Mumford and Sons did not win anything, and didn’t perform either. Coldplay and Mumford both lost out to The Foo Fighters. I am definitely not a fan. Bon Iver won best “new” artist, a little late in terms of the wording of the award but merited none the less. He was also adorable accepting the award. Apparently the 12 year old J Cole fans were flipping their lids on the internets. They were also inquiring who Paul McCartney was on twitter. Drink your warm milk and go to bed kids.

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SARINE MOUMDJIAN STAFF WRITER

CASANDRA DE MASI Editor-in-Chief

EDITOR: Oliver Nacey    CONTACT:olivernacey@gmail.com

Adele conquers the Grammy world, Coldplay lights up the stage, the stars play tribute to the late Whitney Housten and Nicki Minaj introduces us to Roman. The biggest names in music came out to play last Sunday at the 2012 Grammy Awards. I am not going to sit here and give you a play by play on what happened; I am just going to gush over the things I liked and bitch about what I didn’t; because we all know that’s how it’s done. I must just start off by saying how surprised I am at the set design for these award shows. Every artist had an amazing stage for their performances. Some poor gophers backstage must have been running around trying to get everything together. The night was all about the show, and not so much the trophies. It took an hour just to give out two of the golden babies. There were so many amazing performances; I don’t even know where to start. Forget the fact that Paul McCartney performed because he’s just light years ahead of everyone else! But my babies Coldplay

As I am sitting in the train typing away on my laptop, a woman, with glasses bigger than her head and a purse that can fit a whole baby, walks in and sits right in front of me. Very subtly, she takes out a gum from her purse and puts it in her mouth. She starts chewing. As she’s chewing away, she starts making these abnormally weird noises with her mouth. “TAC TAC TAC.” For the rest of the train ride, when I tried reading my book, I couldn’t help but get distracted from her incessant chewing noises. As it turns out, the train filled up with people pretty quickly, so, seeing no way out, I spent 30 minutes of my life literally just staring at this grown woman, trying to look away, failing, hoping for my life she would just make eye contact with me for a second to shut her mouth close, and secretly plotting ways to kill her without getting caught. Spit just flying everywhere, as the gum makes its way up and down the mouth: it’s just purely disgusting. Where have the manners disappeared? Where are those days where you weren’t allowed to eat with your hands, put your elbows on the table and have your cellphones out? I honestly cannot think of anything worse than someone that chews anything too loudly. I don’t think there is anything else more repulsive and nauseating. It is a barbarous act and a shame to all of mankind.

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Couple: Vicky Desjardins and Anthony Vitulli Anniversary: October. 29, 2011 Potential Wedding Date: August. 20, 2020 Plans for Valentine’s Day: “Coloring,” Restaurant and Movies Programs: Literature(Vicky) Pure and Applied (Anthony)

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ALEXANDRA HERRINGTON

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I just can’t understand why more people don't decide to go to the movies alone. This forever-alone-on-Toonie-Tuesday activity requires no effort (like the gym) or conversation with strangers (like the bar). Okay, to the cinema. Movies with a student ID and a large purse full of treats tend to come in at under $10, and did I mention that it's two hours which you're almost guaranteed to be entertained and not have to actually interact with anyone? As a bonus, when people ask what you did with yourself last night, you can say "I went to see a screening of an old Curtiz. Oh, and just in passing, I'm a more cultured person than you are (insert smirk)” I just don't understand why, when I tell people I saw a movie, they stop for a moment and ask: "Alone?" Yes, alone. It's not like I told you I went to a romantic candle-lit dinner, but all by myself. Moviegoing requires three things after the ticket purchase: the ability to sit down, the ability to be silent and and the ability to watch all the pretty moving pictures. I don’t see how other people are in any way necessary for this. That said, I completely understand it when someone says "But I like to have someone to talk to about the movie after-

ward!". Totally reasonable. The problem is that, with me, that conversation too often begins and ends with “Holy shit, you have terrible taste in films.” If I want to watch a movie about dancing Jewish cross-dressers, then I will see it, thank you very much. I do not need or want to be reminded that you don't like my taste in movies. Likewise, when I say that I would rather tear out my finger nails than watch another Katherine-Heigl-cries-andeats-ice cream-for-the-first-half-of-thefilm-then-lives-happily-ever-after movie, I really don't want you to roll your eyes and immediately label me as "that pompous prick". I'm not claiming that my ever-sohighbrow taste are limited only to nonHollywood movies. I'm ashamed to admit I love me some gratuitous-sex-andviolence film as much (probably more) than any puberty ridden, 14 year old boy. I'm just saying: I have great times at the movies by myself and I plan to continue to have a great time at future movies, which I may also decide to attend alone. Please stop acting like I've just admitted to being a leper when I answer your question with "Yes, really. Just me". And before you go, could you please get your codependency off my seat? Thanks.

Comrades Dear Comrades for the committee of People who celebrate Valentino’s day, I find your celebration of this saint with most untrustworthy name of Valentine to be quite misrepresented. We at the Politburo have found out very truthful story about him, mostly from our files on the interrogation we put his brother through at Lubianka. Yes, we beat shit out of him and then wrote report that had nothing to do with what he actually told us. Saint Valentine was actually North African filthy priest who emperor decide to stoned and clubbed to death. That is most efficient method of killing enemy of the state! It is so that KGB decide to adopt as method of most gentile execution. Getting back to your fuckin fabulous friend valentine, you westerners actually celebrating most brutal death of man by buying plenty of useless shit for woman of yours. You sick fucks. This gets me on subject of the woman on this most expensive of days for men. My fellow proletarian brothers, why do you spend hard earned wages on women who half the time no appreciate? Do you realize that comrade can go all year buying nothing for sex giver and take her out on Valentino’s day and that is all she will remember? Imagine all the money you can

save up and give to your local Communist party secretary! Why is victim of clubbing’s day all about woman? Women in your America that is north expect too much. For past 70 years they have screamed at top of lungs for equality. This has been granted for in Soviet Union all are equal. Now comes problem of this application: they are equal yet son of bitch taking them out better always pay, they have arms to open doors but Niet! You must open (they are lazy), and lastly they demand equal wages! Well soviet answer to that is:” When you stay on Titanic and men and children get off first, then you get equal wages.” I have most important announcement: For the present future, I will 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 then have most fantastic week and try not to get the clapping disease. Yours Sovietly, Commissar Anton Plakov

The Friend Zone The Canadian Political Scene

EDITOR: Oliver Nacey  CONTACT: olivernacey@gmail.com

with Julian Wolfe

MAIKA DUPERVAL STAFF WRITER

Getting a guy or a girl to like you is one of the hardest things to do now-a-days. Want to know why? There’s this thing in life we now call “The Friend zone”. You know? That category you get put in when you start out to be friends with someone you like trying to seduce them into liking you, but not being too obvious. They key to avoiding the friend zone…stop acting like a damn friend! At some point in your friendship you need to stop being such a buddy. From personal experience I’ve learned that communication is the key. Honestly telling the person how you feel and getting shitted on is a lot less painful than waiting for them to notice you actually cared about your appearance that day. There is a certain way you need to act and portray yourself. If you are so dead set on being his friend first and making them fall for you, then really…move the fuck on or pray for a miracle that you’re in a movie and he asks you out. But you know that won’t happen unless you grow a pair. Truth is people actually prefer you are

straight forward. No one is going to read your mind and assume that you like them and that they should go ahead and make a move. If you are shy then it really sucks. But once again, you are going to have to try your hardest to grow a pair of balls and go up to that person you like and just say hi. One thing to not EVER do: DO NOT and like, I definitely mean this DO NOT add them on Facebook. Unless you are like totally bangable or this person likes to fap to Facebook pics, they will most likely ignore your request and you will start to over analyze everything. You ARE going to go cray cray. So take it from me…talk to them face to face and NO Facebook add. In all honesty, it was a lot easier before cell phones and internet when people had no choice but to talk to other people face to face. But remember, just be yourself, no Facebook adds and try and grow pair. The only thing you have to lose might be a bit or your dignity…But after a while you’ll be fine! ;)

As a part of Harper’s announced “major transformations,” the retirement age will be increased to 67 from 65. The argument is that our current Old Age Security system is unsustainable but when you look at the way the Conservatives manage your money and when you look at their pensions, you just have to wonder if it is necessary. According to CBC, MP pensions get a 23-to-1 contributor ratio – as in for every dollar they put aside $23 comes out of our pockets. You will be lucky if you get a 5-to1 ratio in the private sector. The Canadian Taxpayer Federation estimates that an ordinary working Canadian “would need to save $129,000 per year over six years to provide the same retirement benefit.” However, while the Conservatives plan to change our pensions and reduce the fruits of our labor, not only do they get luxurious pensions that Canadians will never dream of seeing, they also get to retire a good 10 years earlier. PM Stephen Harper will retire with a pension of $223,500 per year, Liberal interim leader Bob Rae would get $71,400, and 19 year old NDP MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault would get a pension of $40,000 per year if he retired at 27. Are any of you able to do that? Why should you accept that your retirement be first on the chopping block? We are facing the highest numbers of

senior poverty on record and that number is only expected to climb. To think that many people in this country lived dignified and honest lives to work and be overtaxed and then try to retire and end in poverty. And to think future generations will be even more overtaxed and be punished for retiring. If we look at how this “prudent” Conservative government has managed the money, we see a very ugly sight. We see an endless list of misplaced priorities and abuse, including $50 million for gazebos, luxurious hotels for Peter Mackay, and shifted priority to American-style prisons and F-35 fighter jets. All the while, it summed to Canada’s worst economic state since Brian Mulroney’s Progressive Conservatives left office in the early 1990s. Before you increase retirement age and cut pensions of ordinary people Mr. Harper, we better see MP pensions decimated, senators laid off and a freeze on MP salaries and this is just the beginning. Before you attack the work force, the families and the individuals, be sure to get rid of your oversized and wasteful bureaucracy - which is not only the largest it’s been in history, but also due to your government. Let's not go back to the feudal days of kings and peasants, we all know how that worked out. For more visit: thecanadianpoliticalscene.blogspot.com

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STAFF WRITER The Dawson Blues' women's AAA basketball team played their last home game of the season against the Edouard Montpetit Lynx last Friday night and won 87-53. The Blues started the first quarter with a three-pointer scored by Cali Fox and quickly jumped out to a strong lead of 90 by 6:50. The Lynx scored their first basket about a minute later, cutting the Blues lead to 9-2. The game started to get tight around the end of the first quarter with a score of 20-18. In the second quarter, Edouard Montpetit was able to even the score at 20-20 at 9:55. Later, the Lynx took a brief lead until Fox was able to tie the game, the Blues regained the lead once again, as a free throw at the end of the first half gave the Blues a 39-31 lead. “In the first half we were playing at their level,” Marilyse Roy-Viau said. According to Head Coach Trevor Williams, in order for the Blues to continue to be successful, they needed to “pressure

the Lynx on defense and move the ball quickly into offensive.” “We need to stay focused and play the whole game to get ready for the playoffs,” Williams added, despite his team’s lead heading into the second half. The Blues picked up their game in the second half, scoring two points 48 seconds into the third quarter and keeping a strong grip on the ball throughout the second half of the game. Despite the Lynx scoring two points two seconds before the end of the third quarter, the Blues still lead 66-46. In the fourth quarter, the Blues were able to strengthen their lead and concluded with a 87-53 victory as point guard Victoria Maughan scored a two pointer 16 seconds before the final buzzer. The win was the Blues’ sixteenth victory since October and it was the second time this season they have defeated the Lynx. “This game was better then the other ones because [we played better as a team],” forward Richelle Gregoire Legault said. “We stepped up in the third quarter. We played well in the end,” Roy-Viau, who scored a total of 24 point during the game, said.

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Lashing the Lynx of our games.” The Blues walked in after half time with a 30-point lead. Dawson scored several easy baskets, since the Lynx committed a booming 22 fouls. Despite the Lynx’s strong efforts to turn the game around, they constantly came up short. With the clock winding down to its final minute of the third quarter, Cedric Sanogo knocked down a wide open three, followed by an outstanding play by Robinson, consisting of a steal and an easy jumper. “I didn’t have to say too much, these boys just came on the court, played hard and they were focused for the game. We did the things we had to do […] when

you’re focused and ready to play like we did, you should have good results,” Head Coach Wayne Yearwood said. The Blues proved their coach right as they led by a score of 95-44 at the end of the third quarter. With the game wrapping up in the fourth quarter, the Blues’ drive and determination led them to victory. With the last possession of the game, Brian Ofori hit the clutch jumper in the paint giving his team not only a 110-69 victory, but hope for the playoffs as well. “Our next and final two games are crucial, and then come the playoffs,” Yearwood said.

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NATALIE SOLOMON STAFF WRITER

The Dawson men’s AAA Blues basketball team kept their playoff hopes alive as they cruised to a 110-69 win over the Edouard Montpetit Lynx last Friday in their last home game of the season. Blues forward Alex Rufagari, along with seven other graduates played a wellrounded game with an exceptional performance of team work in their final game at Dawson and their highest scoring game of the season. After overcoming a five-game losing streak with a win over John Abbott last week, this second consecutive win was well earned. “It feels good to have won this game,

especially since it’s only the second time we’ve won here at home,” Rufagari said. The Blues brought their determination to the court from the very start of the first quarter. From blocked shots to steals, their defence led to great offence. With the help of Rufagari hitting several shots and coming off with a dunk, the first quarter ended with a score of 30-20 for the Blues. Brandon Robinson, a 6’4 guard, was the Blues’ best shooter as he had a sky-high field goal percentage, knocking down three-quarters of his shots from beyond the arc. “That’s everyone else just passing me the ball,” Robinson said with modesty. “It’s two games in a row that we’re playing this well […] we still have a chance to make the playoffs, we just have to win all

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Choking vs Cheetahs DANIEL SAILOFSKY

STAFF WRITER

The AAA men’s Dawson Blues basketball team couldn’t overcome their poor outside shooting and sloppy play on Sunday, losing 78-64 to the Vanier Cheetahs. Dawson shot a paltry 21% from the field in the first half, and started the game off extremely slowly as Vanier jumped out to a 30-13 first quarter lead. Kurt Caro and Brandon Robinson, Dawson’s two leading scorers coming into the game, finished the first half a combined 2-for-16 from the field, underlining the Blues’ shooting struggles. Dawson also struggled from the threepoint line, as they finished 2-for-18 from behind the arc and only hit their first three with two minutes left in the game. “Today we were off with our shooting,” point guard Kurt Caro said. “We should have adapted and attacked the bucket more, and that’s our own fault.” The Blues had been shooting well over their past few games, but today the shots just weren’t falling, said Assistant Coach Michael Moody. “We settled a lot for the jump shot, but over the past three games that’s what was working for us,” Moody said. “They gave us open looks, we just couldn’t knock them down.” Missed free throws and turnovers also plagued Dawson in the first half, as they couldn’t seem to get any rhythm going offensively. The Blues turned the ball over 21 times in the game, and gave the Cheetahs lots of opportunities for fast breaks and easy scores. “We definitely didn’t take care of the ball and we had way too many turnovers,” Moody said. “They had as many turnovers as we did, but the big thing was that we

didn’t capitalize and turn those turnovers into offense like them.” By the time the half time buzzer sounded, the Blues had dug themselves into a deep 44-29 half time hole that they could never get out of. Dawson continued to struggle in the third quarter, missing three three-pointers to open the half. The Blues couldn’t muster much offense in the third frame, but managed to keep the score at a respectable 61-44 thanks to their defense, led by power forward Brian Ofori. Ofori made his presence felt down low, blocking over 10 shots and altering countless others. He played tough defense in the paint, and made life very difficult for the Vanier front court. Most of Vanier’s scoring in the game came from their backcourt, and specifically guard Benjamin Millaud-Meunier, who is currently second in the league in scoring with 17.3 points per game. The Blues had no answer for Meunier, as his mix of inside and outside shooting gave the Dawson defense fits all game. The Blues were able to turn it on a bit in the fourth quarter though, as they started to capitalize on the Cheetahs’ mistakes and outscored the home team 20-17 in the frame. “We started running the floor more and scoring on our opportunities,” Caro said. “We were able to hit some layups instead of just jacking up threes.” Dawson cut the lead to 12 with two minutes to go in the game, but it was a classic case of too little, too late for the Blues. “We didn’t give up,” Moody said. “We fought hard and got back into the game, but it just didn’t work out for us.”

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Blues’ forward Mark-Yves Zwanenburg

The Dawson Blues AA men’s basketball team played in a close game against the Rosemont Gaulois last Sunday at Dawson College, but won a well-earned victory of 72-51. It was a slow start for the Blues as both teams scored one after the other, hardly securing a lead for either. Slowly but surely, the Blues started to spread out more and played with better teamwork. Despite their strong play, the Blues failed to take the lead

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early, as Gaulois lead by a score of 20-15 by the end of the first quarter. Dawson’s second quarter featured more energy and their teamwork finally paid off. With the help of Griffin Tajfel, Jon Cayanong and Tyron Francois, the Blues were able to tie the game midway through the second quarter. With Dawson determined to get the lead, Tajfel and Antoine Legault ended the quarter with slam dunks, breakaways and three point field

goals. That determination didn’t go to waste with a Dawson lead of 34-27. The rest of the game picked up even more in speed and energy for the Blues. The Gaulois caught up quickly but not enough to be able to take the lead away from the Blues. By the end of the third quarter they dominated with a 13-point lead. The fourth quarter was the best quarter for the Blues. Dawson did not give Rosemont much of a chance to catch up to them as they secured their victory with many points scored by Webb, Legault and Kevin Tulud. “If we don’t come out with that intensity, we falter,” head coach Shawn Alleyne said. “That’s why we were behind in the first quarter. We played a hell of a lot better after. We got the tie and we got the lead.” Dawson felt optimistic about their victory against Rosemont. “We knew that if we can play well against the second best team, we can beat anyone,” Mark-Yves Zwanenburg said. This is the Blues’ second victory in a row and they have no intention of lessening their determination to keep working hard. “Our win today and our win last week is all about hard work,” Alleyne said.

Upcoming games: Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 Dawson vs. Outaouais 3:00 p.m. Dawson College Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 Dawson vs. Jean-de-Brebeuf 9:00 p.m. Jean-de-Brebeuf College

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Undefeated no more The Dawson Blues AA women’s basketball team 71-47 lost against the Rosemont Ravens last Sunday for the second game in a row. The Blues scored within the first few seconds of the game when forward Layannah Saint-Louis passed to point guard Li-Qi Roy’s. After Blues forward Shannon Collins scored again, the Ravens quickly picked up the pace and gained a four-point lead. Forward Theresa Bergner assisted on Collins’ two-pointer, reducing the Ravens lead to 8-6. Despite several free throws going their way, the Blues failed to capitalize on these opportunities to regain the lead and fin-

ished the first quarter down 22-16. “We know we have the necessary skills, but what we didn’t have is mental focus this time,” Saint-Louis said. Rosemont received a free throw that earned them three points and a nine point advantage to begin the second quarter. Right after Roy made a two point basket, forward Katrina McMullan scored four points in two shots, leaving the Blues three points behind. Despite scoring three more points through free throws by the end of the first half, the Ravens had a 14point advantage. Early in the third quarter, the Ravens nearly doubled their lead to 57-29. However, the Blues ended the quarter by scor-

ing six points, one of which was twenty seconds before the end and set the score to 60-37 for the Ravens. “We are going to have to toughen up and we really need to work on our defense. It was rough,” Collins said. Rosemont scored the first basket of the final quarter, while Dawson was only able to muster one point on a free throw in the first 10 minutes of the final quarter, giving the Ravens a 68-38 lead. Guard Murielle Mwanza’s and Perry both attempted a rebound, but couldn’t find the basket. By 2:20 of the fourth quarter the Blues were able to put together nine more points, but it was too little too late for any type of come back.

STAFF WRITER

Upcoming Game: Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012 Dawson vs Valleyfield 1:00 p.m. Dawson College

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Fail for Nail

DANIEL SAILOFSKY

STAFF WRITER

worst thing in the world. We could end up with the next Toews, Malkin, Stamkos or even the next Sidney Crosby, without the concussion problems of course. Then again, we do still have Pierre Gauthier as our General Manager. He’s the guy who traded for an aging, defensively challenged, and overpriced Tomas

Habs Forward Ryan White

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order to finish lower in the standings. The lower a team finishes, the higher their draft pick will be, and as teams like the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins know, there is no better way to build a team than through the draft. Look no further than the NHL scoring list to see the value of high draft picks. Steven Stamkos, the NHL’s leading goal scorer and third leading point getter, was picked 1st overall. Points leader Evgeni Malkin was picked 2nd in his draft year, Phil Kessel was picked fifth, and the Sedins were picked second and third. We also can’t forget the NHL leader in plus/minus, Tyler Seguin, who was drafted second overall just last year by the hated Bruins. The list goes on and on. The Chicago Blackhawks, 2010 Stanley Cup champions, built their team through the draft and through tanking. The Hawks turned two horrid years, 05-06 and 06-07, into Captain Jonathan Toews (third overall pick) and Patrick Kane (first overall). To put this in a Montreal perspective, the year Toews was drafted, our Habs had the 20th overall pick, a much lower selection. We drafted David Fischer, a defenseman from Minnesota. Last year, after already having won a Stanley Cup and an Olympic Gold Medal, Toews put up 76 points and a +26 rating for the Blackhawks. Fischer posted 29 points for the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. Enough said. Try to remember, loyal Habs fans, this article isn’t meant to make you cry or start watching soccer (the Impact just joined the MLS!). It is to show you that maybe, just this year, losing a bunch of games isn’t the

ouch.

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Next time you find yourself propped up on your couch, cheering like a madman every time the Habs get into the opposing team’s zone, take a second to look at the NHL standings. There, between the perennial loser Winnipeg Jets and the sophomore slumping Tampa Bay Lightening (as of February 12), lie Nos Canadiens. Now I’m no math professor, but I’m pretty sure 12th in the Eastern Conference is not the place you want to be if you want to make the playoffs, and especially not if you want to win a Stanley Cup. Even after their 5-0 domination of the Leafs last Saturday night, our Habs are still seven points behind eigth place Toronto Maple Leafs, and need to jump four teams if they hope to play for Lord Stanley’s mug this postseason. Even if we did make the playoffs, we would just get swept out of the first round by the big, bad and very talented Boston Bruins anyways, and nobody wants that. But don’t fret, loyal Habs fans, there is still something to hope for this season. And no, it is not Brad Marchand getting knocked out by a just-out-of-retirementfor-one-game Georges Laracque, although that would be nice. Now that we are safely certain that a parade down St. Catherine’s is not in our near future, the Canadiens can now engage in a ritual familiar to fans of cellardwelling teams like the New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers: Tanking! For those not familiar with the term, “tanking” is the act of losing a lot of games at the end of the season when you know your playoff chances are gone, in

Kaberle this year in hopes of shoring up the Habs power play. He was also the team’s Head of Scouting when they picked the aforementioned superstar, David Fischer. As General Manager, Gauthier has the final say on who the Habs pick in the upcoming draft. Let the tears keep flowing.


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